* Posts by Moultoneer

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Alien

That NASA is a bloody tease.

It'll be something pretty inconsequential to all except the nerdiest of space-buffs.

Though I really hope that I am wrong.

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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It may be designed to encourage small firms but as we saw with the Xmas collapse of City Link far too many firms use it to avoid responsibility for staff and individuals use it to minimise their tax.

In my current shop we have two ex-2e2 staff as contractors who were kept on after the collapse, but the firm baulked at making perm'. Good workers, but if they are looking to expand into a services company they are keeping it very quiet.

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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Re: Poor insurance risk

If Google's automated cars (other vendors are available) are as successful as hoped there should be fewer accidents which should lead to lower premiums. Where will that leave the car insurance industry?

The manufacturers will own, or have best access to, the usage data. Would it be permissible to insure your vehicle with the manufacturer?

Today the insurance giants trade on algorithms based around the common experiences of millions of people. Will their risk assessors be re-training to start judging software implementations instead?

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Pint

Re: And when you've finished

Good shout for the Hope and Anchor. Its about halfway between the barrier and the Woolwich ferry. The visitor centre is worth a look for the large concrete and steel scale models of the workings.

The ferry is a bit of fun too, though the crew now turf you off at each end. You can get back on again but its hardly the same. When I was younger I used to sit on the boat and go back and forth while having my lunch.

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Re: Ok Seriously you all seem to think its ok ??!?!

I may have misinterpreted your story but bear with me.

So your driver has failed to drive at a speed appropriate to the conditions, i.e. they are blindsided by the blacked out SUV and are traveling too fast to avoid the obstacle in their path.

At 30MPH their car is traveling at 13 or 14 metres per second . When they clear the SUV and see the cyclist, how far away is that cyclist? Probably less than ten metres.

Irrespective of what the cyclist is listening or not listening too, they are not going to be able to throw themselves clear in that fraction of a second.

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WTF?

Re: add audio-comments/updates/street names

If I need to hear your approach to be safe, then there is something seriously wrong with your driving.

Before I cross the road or make a turn on a bike I am going to look over my shoulder. If that small turn, just a couple of inches, puts me in your way then you have plainly failed to allow me sufficient room.

Also, if you consider hearing essential to cycling safely are you going to ban deaf people from cycling?

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Summer breeze makes IT fine, blowing through sysadmins in my mind

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Outsourcing question

I'm making the assumption that you're writing from the university sector. In which case do you know what is happening at LSE?

About three years ago they moved a large chunk of their server estate (mostly hosting VMware) to Google for a pittance. The contract must be either up or close to renewal, and being nosey I was wondering if you knew what kind of deal Google were offering this time round?

I remember that Google offered 20GB mail quotas for all the roughly 12k students and staff. It all looked very tempting but I did wonder what would happen when the contract ended. Would Google stay reasonable and if they didn't how easily could it be ported to MS or similar, was moving back in-house even possible etc.

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Norks execute underperforming terrapin farm manager

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Coat

Never happen in Blighty

No way that a manager in the UK would get shot for short-failings in an operation. That's what junior staff are there for!

See icon.

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Berlin pours bucket of flat beer on Patriot missile hack report

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WTF?

Why reference Annie Machon?

Who would take Annie Machon seriously?

Her time wasting Saville Inquiry testimony should be sufficient to blow away any credibility before you even start to consider her bizarre 9/11 theories.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: The writer underestimates the effect of the Falklands raids...

It was also rumoured that there were American snipers assisting the Argentines, and no evidence for either rumour.

Waste of energy, even if it was a magnificent effort on the part of the crews.

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

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Tim's version

IT dep't in new firm completely out of touch with business.

Grafting really hard to meet client demands, no else else seems fussed so users are approaching me direct.

Too many hours in the office, lager really helps me unwind......

Burn out.

================================

Sounds like terrible management though.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: I'd watch it.

More like Robinson Crusoe on Mars...... with extra potatoes.

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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Familiarity

The jobs/ tasks being automated away are familiar to us and its has already been decided that the problems they resolve, or the benefits they deliver, are worth paying for.

Any new jobs will have to under-go the same process of being weighed and valued.

BTW - Other than John Cooper-Clarke can any readers name a commercially successful modern poet?

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Uber app expands in France despite govt opposition ... and laws

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Problem for cabbies...

Is too many aspiring cabbies. Most adults in the UK have a driving license and its a skill that can fairly easily translate into a job.

Existing cabbies off all kinds see value in scarcity and lobby their regulators to restrict the supply of new entrants to the market. Uber etc are bypassing those authorities and offering people a chance to earn money.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: Economy of France

@ Scorcio - I suspect that all political and economic philosophies could be claimed to work if, as you phrased it, "done properly".

Capitalism in the USA and most of Western Europe worked very well while tightly regulated by the State. Living standards in the USA grew for almost everyone during the post-War consensus. But once regulation becomes light touch we get catastrophic bubbles and the Devil take the hindmost.

At the other extreme planned economies fail once the initial investments in infrastructure are completed.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

Moultoneer
Windows

Re: Whatever happened to 'respect'???

Its hard to believe that someone will interrupt a conversation with someone in the flesh to answer a phone, but people do!

In my shop there is talk of a legendary Carpet Layer, if anyone interrupted him to answer a phone his party trick was to lean in and cut the person's tie off with a Stanley knife. I doubt that its true, but its a lovely thought.

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Co-op Bank's creaky IT should be flogged off, growls UK.gov

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Scent of money

25 years ago the politicians made it possible to de-mutualise the Building Societies and encourage the members to make a quick buck by grabbing their share of the assets.The wider Co-Operative movement, and to a much lesser extent the Co-Op bank, offer a similar opportunity.

I should like to think that the originate and sell excesses that became the norm' at the likes of Northern Rock would not have happened had the Building Societies not de-mutualised. The mess that Britannia got itself into (and by extension the Co-Op after their merger) suggests that it could have happened anyway.

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Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

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Re: On yer bike!

24 miles a day is definitely on the serious side of the bell curve. I managed 22 miles a day for a while but if I was doing it again I would invest in an electric assist. These days I have a far more agreeable five mile each way commute. One of the best parts of my day.

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Daisy Group: Yep, we're gonna eat you all up, Phoenix IT Group

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TUPE'd staff

Hi Wyatt,

The purpose of TUPE is to preserve terms and conditions of employment when a firm is merged or bought out.

Can you say how the staff at Daisy that you know expect to be worse off after the move?

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

Moultoneer
Black Helicopters

Re: Innuendo... Al-Qaeda, what!?

My money would be on Mrs Trellis......

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Just Dangerous...

If you don't want to die in the over-taking manoeuvre on a single lane road try exercising a little patience and wait until it's safe to do so.

The majority of journeys in the UK are under five miles so at most it will add a couple of minutes to your trip, even if it feels longer.

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Re: Another nail in the coffin...

Which village is that Hellcat? It would be good to look at the accident stat's.

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Moultoneer

Re: Human nature

I suspect that some people will say it because the risks from driving are mostly externalised, which leads to risk compensation. But most are probably saying it tongue in cheek.

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Re: Is this a lost in translation

I had never heard that the Brit's tried to ban cars before and does not match my experience. In my corner of suburban London (Redbridge) every front garden bar ours has been torn out to provide parking and the road is pretty chock full as well.

My neighbours defend their driving habits with a vehemence that an unusually zealous NRA member would find unsettling.

Parking - fault of the minimum wage meter maid, Speeding - fault of the cunning councils trying to raise money, Skint - yes but can buy a new car on HP, Fat - too busy to get any exercise or cannot afford the gym.

I ditched mine almost twelve years ago, put the cash towards a mortgage deposit. Had planned to buy another, but never got round to it. I don't miss the aggravation and when I do drive it's usually somewhere foreign and sunny and you can actually enjoy it.

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Samsung, LG wash dirty laundry in two separate court cases

Moultoneer
Coat

The laundry game

Its a dirty business....

I'll get my coat.

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Bad news, IT bods: UK's tech outsourcing up 15% last year

Moultoneer

Merry go-round

We have only just finished training up one provider on the sub-continent to a near acceptable level of support (after more than two years). Yet a couple of months ago I was told that we will be having a new partner, this time in the former Eastern Bloc. They might be brilliant from the off but....

I nurse a theory that these changes owe much to senior management switching to Project Management skills rather than keeping their tech' skills up-to-date. They need constant projects to anchor their place in the business.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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Judiciary vs the Executive

Chaz can speak to the new ruler but the judiciary and the executive are separate entities. The judiciary have passed judgement using the laws as they are now. The executive can change the laws to avoid this in the future but all that the current King can do is to offer a pardon.

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Brits need chutzpah to copy Israeli cyberspies' tech creche – ex-spooks

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Coat

Re: Britain is not Israel.

But if you're in the same room as Bill Gates it does wonders for your average net wealth!

I'll get me coat..

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

Moultoneer

The Mars Express delivered Beagle2 to Mars, no one is doubting the success of that mission or the decade long success of the Mars Orbiter.

Beagle2 had to land on Mars, complete its scientific tasks and send back its data. If these four pixels are correctly identified then it did land (though how heavily/ controlled we do not know) and we do not know if it completed any atmospheric or surface level readings.

The only thing that we know for certain is that it failed to return any data. As such the Beagle2 element of the ESA mission to Mars was a failure.

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Moultoneer
FAIL

Thanks for the feedback but I am not buying into this plucky failure meme.

Credit for reaching Mars goes to the Mars Express mission, which successfully delivered Beagle 2 to Mars and then handed over to the Orbiter which has been a huge success (mapping Mars anyone?).

Which elements of the Beagle 2 mission can be described as a success?

And please don't write 'Reaching Mars' because that was the Express mission.

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Thumb Down

Is 'Space Research Centre, University of Leicester' the name of a retirement home for confused academics?

The Mars Express Orbiter has been outstanding, but the probe failed. The probe did not send any data regarding surface layers of Mars. No geology, no geochemistry. Nada. Zilch.

Finding out 11 years down the line that the probe landed roughly where it was expected too does not turn failure into success.

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

Moultoneer

Not the same

The moron cycling without lights is a danger to his or her self, the moron sending text messages while driving is a potentially lethal threat to the rest of us.

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Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

Where is this 'empty, well-maintained, preferred track' that you speak of? Because I cannot think of many in London and should like to have a look at it.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Ignorance, malice and boredom

I've known management who would dearly love to have been able to spy on off sick staff. They hear exaggerated or even completely false stories and its like an itch that they're not supposed to scratch.

My experience involved a popular colleague who was off on a stress related issue. While off she took up running (exercise is good for stress) and around the same time dropped several colleagues from her Facebook profile.

Within a short period of time rumours started flowing about the exact nature of her illness, why her FB profile was less open and how genuine her illness could be when people had seen her out running and playing sport.

When she returned to work it all subsided, but the speed with which she went from valued colleague to slacker and back to valued colleague was a wonder to behold.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

Moultoneer
Angel

Re: It's all relative

Even the Brit's in London use a lot of tea bags, which can be acceptable in the office but at home you really should use loose tea. Sure it takes longer but the brew tastes nicer and isn't having a break the whole point of putting the kettle on?

And as a bonus you can read your future in the leaves...

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

Moultoneer

Money

It is correct to say that it is the investors money to spend/ waste as they wish, but if Uber floats anywhere near the proposed value then a significant number of pension funds, insurance companies and tracker funds will be obliged to buy stock.

So even if you do not want to actively invest in Uber your hands-off financial instruments will be doing so on your behalf.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

Moultoneer
Paris Hilton

Not just the users

Back in the early noughties one of my users asked after our new lady sys-admin, which was tricky because we did not have any.

After a bit of digging the culprit was an on-call tech' who would leave his phone with his girlfriend while he played football. It started out with her taking messages and then escalated. Eventually she was dialing in to kills sessions, unlock accounts etc.

In typical British fashion the guy got a bollocking in private and was taken off the on-call rota (hit to the pocket) and no one took seriously my suggestion to invite the girlfriend to a job interview.

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

Moultoneer

Re: What a load of old virginia

Maybe it was a freebie or a gift from a supplier/ vendor/ lobbyist or similar that was carrying a less than friendly payload?

In my shop we ask staff to turn over all their freebies for security checking, since asking them to reject all such shiny gifts in the first place is considered too much to expect.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

Moultoneer
Pint

Re: Dear corporate Britain

Not buying anything? Well I'm not going to the pub with you after work then!

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

Moultoneer
Alien

Aliens

Come to find out what happened to those synthetic CDO's they bought from GS back in 2007.....

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MoJ hands £125m to outsourcing giant Atos

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Devil

Benefits

There are huge benefits to having the five roles rather than a single contractor. Those benefits are well worth the extra £39 million, though they might be missed by the short-sighted types that read El Reg.

For a start there should be four more annual golf days, four more Rugby World Cup invites, not to mention the scope for post-Civil Service retirement Directorships!

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

Moultoneer

Re: Nuclear

I think that the fear revolves around the risks in getting the nuclear material off planet, not their actual use in space.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

Moultoneer

Re: Average?

Whether that be mean, mode or median, that is one low average. And the USA-ians' social security safety net is not famous for its generosity either.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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BYOD impact

In my firm we are seeing lots of old iPad 2's coming to us with strange faults (hanging app's, especially Mail) after the owners upgraded to iOS 8. When asked why they upgraded, a common answer is the mistaken belief that the firm's security bods would insist on them upgrading.

On the bright-side we are busy and, as has been noted on El Reg before, you cannot easily throw an iPad at a service desk several time-zones away.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

Moultoneer

Re: Flaw in the argument

I don't know where you shop in the UK but in my neck of the woods fruit and veg, plus staples such flour, rice etc are far cheaper than buying ready meals, certainly not 4-6 times higher. For example on Tesco's on-line store 1KG of McCains oven chips are £1.75 yet 2.5KG of baking potatoes are £2

People may not have the education or the facilities to cook from scratch but that is a different issue.

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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

Moultoneer

Amazon is closer to a mail order business than a logistics business (though not exactly either) so the union supporting staff have a good case.

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Re: AC@ 'Boo hoo. Your ancestors should..'

No they weren't, the American military used them in the Philippines in 1898.

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