* Posts by Moultoneer

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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.

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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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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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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Happy

Re: Both edible

The only natural predator of Eels are the Cockneys.

Someone remind me of where El Reg is based again?

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

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Trained profesionals or talented amateurs?

Where does Francis Begbie fit on the list?

Should any alien/ vamp/ zombie/ yank be daft enough to put him off his pool shot, then there is going to be bloodshed!

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: Religion is like a penis @Omgwtfbbqtime

Bertrand Russell's point is that dogmatists must prove their dogma, the rest of us are not obliged to disprove it.

In this example the relevance of Bertrand's argument is that it is for the deists to prove that their deity exists, the onus of proof is on them, not the atheists.

Your original comment in support of agnosticism was that no one knows if deities exist. If you apply your same logic to Russell's celestial teapot you have to agree that it might exist, right up to the point that you can definitively prove that it does not.

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Devil

Re: Religion is like a penis

Interesting disclosure. Can I take it that you have the same stance on Bertrand Russell's celestial teapot circling the Sun between ourselves and Mars?

If you do, you're probably a crack-pot. Though one circling the Sun on Earth rather than your own independent orbit.

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During the first Gulf War the BBC, CNN et al broadcast the charred and bloodied remains of hundreds of Iraqi troops, yet when a single out of focus image of a coalition casualty is shown the powers at home erupt in righteous indignation.

Either both are wrong, or neither are.

Nick Davies covers this subject well in his book Flat Earth News and so to does Robert Fisk in his book The Great war for Civilisation.

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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Re: equivalence

In the UK you can be made redundant without reason within two years of employment. It had been reduced to one year but the Lib-Con coalition switched it back.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: A few Things that will happen

Plenty of candidates for the Darwin award then!

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Market forces

If you want cheap Apple products go to Hong Kong or Japan. You will save as much as one third of the price in the UK. If you're sceptical look up prices for the iPhone 5s on the Tokyo Apple store and divide by 170 for the rough £/¥ conversion.

Back in the UK; goods are worth whatever the market will bear. No one needs a Mac Book, or MS Office, they choose to purchase one for its advantages over a PC laptop or Open Office. If you want the shiny you'll have to shell out.

If you're more interested in what you can do with the tech' that you are buying than the label on the box, then this probably does not affect you.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

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Purpose of qualification

Certifications are a way round the problem of finding a job without experience. You leave the forces, the factory closes never to return, the industry is sinking etc so you have to re-skill. There is not an equivalent of the chartered accountancy or legal qualification route for IT so vendor certifications are pretty much all that's left.

I like to see evidence of interest on the part of interviewees, for example a blog about their training or a technology that interests them. But recruitment agencies cannot realistically sort candidates on that criteria so instead they use a glorified word sort before sending me CV's.

Once in the industry you can be snotty about cert's but for someone trying to find work they can be the best of a bad set of options.

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