* Posts by Moultoneer

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

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Joke

Silver-linings

I'm sure that Cosmo' or similar could run these records thru' a headline generator and tell their readers how likely to stray their man is based on height/ weight etc.

"....is your man under 5'2 and weighs over 200lb's? Relax, you've got a keeper!"

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BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

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Facepalm

Xora app user

Rather than uninstalling the Xora app Myrna should have simply turned the iPhone off. Work phone = work hours.

Failing that, if the phone was viewed as some kind of a perk, surely she could have disabled location settings for the app at clock off time and re-enabled it the following morning?

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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Windows

Can we have a Straw man icon?

In the article Martin Geddes is quoted referring to "Stanford educated lawyers" who don't understand packet networking but no names and no examples of their ignorance.

I enjoyed reading the article and it made me think about the practicality of the deceptively simple concept (treat all traffic equally) but please, save the exaggerations and hyperbole for Bootnotes.

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Re: The issue is tha building on 'virgin' land...

In the UK you have to pay VAT on brownfield sites while greenfield sites are exempt. The brownfield site will also contain utilities etc that while totally unsuitable for your purposes will still be included in the valuation, again something you avoid with a greenfield site.

BTW - I am not familiar with the situation in Surrey but many golf courses in the UK are legalised dumps for builders waste. Here is a link to the Adam Smith institute article on it: http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/planning-transport/why-golf-is-a-rubbish-sport/

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NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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Re: Eating a peach

The insightful DM article about Bruce and the average sized peach is credited to Fehintola Betiku, I think that a decent portion of my brain will spend now until beer o'clock working on that as a potential anagram.

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Re: Show me physical proof god exists

Quite right Sabroni, it was the FSM and all done with his Noodly Appendage!

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Joke

Re: Blocking dating sites has too much fallout

Are you single by choice Cap'n?

And if so, is that your choice or the ladies' choice!

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: The end of any driving pleasure

Driving for pleasure has a great future as there will be great demand for track days driving hired muscle cars and there will still be sections of the South Downs where you can take your 4x4 off road.

The combustion engine did not write-off horse riding or cycling for pleasure, it simply made essential* journeys faster and more comfortable.

* - TBH quite a few non-essential journeys too, but lets not be po-faced about it.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: Any Amazon IT types care to comment?

Can you please confirm what the abbreviation TOIL stands for?

Yes, I can google it, but I will not be sure that whatever I find is what you meant by the term.

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Trollface

Inspirational

They should pull in some of these poor slobs to give talks in schools. It should inspire the kids to work harder at their exams to avoid ending up working in a warehouse!

Maybe send a few MP's in the opposite direction too. That way, when they parrot, ad nauseum, about "Hard working families" they'll have a f*cking clue as to what constitutes hard work.

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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"....difficulty talking to people and where appropriate, flirting and chatting them up?"

I hope that you realise that you're commenting on an IT website?

I am surprised that the article didn't blame Tinder for causing the shutdown of half the UK's nightclubs.

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Labour Party website DDoS'd by ruly democratic mob

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Re: Can someone answer this question?

Contrary to what the papers try to tell you, despite the millions spent on lobbying politico's, the gov'ts in the loosely termed Western world still hold the power.

The likes of HSBC can huff and puff, but where else can they go? Their only options are stable states with an effective rule of law.

This is why so many South Africans were upset when Omar al-Bashir was allowed to flee the country, it revealed their gov't to be hollow and makes external investors doubt the gov'ts future promises.

The flip side of the coin is the continued pursuit of the murderers of Alexander Litvinenko by the UK. It would be much easier on UK/ Russia relations to brush it under the carpet. But investors like to see a gov't act in a robust fashion, it makes their investments feel safe.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Alien

Breasts

Two or three?

Arnie's version of Total Recall

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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

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Re: Content-free sentences

Totally agree re the Win 8.1 upgrade. What business advantage will it deliver to RSA? Maybe there is a hugely obvious one that I am missing, but it sounds expensive and a nice way for their IT partners to bill for some extra staff before the contract runs out.

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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!

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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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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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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

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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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