* Posts by peter_dtm

340 posts • joined 16 Dec 2009

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

peter_dtm
Pirate

Re: Nah - carpentry is where its at

um - the 1st word was the same as the colour for 0

the rest by comparison is totally innocuous

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

peter_dtm

Re: Personal responsibility?

it is so damn difficult to make airdrop 'safe'

you don't even have to 'log in'

Just slide up the bottom menu

select airdrop

Turn OFF (or set to contacts only; or if you are a sensitive type on the tube set it to everyone)

LIFE IS NOT BUBBLE WRAPPED

It is YOUR responsibility to understand something so mind numbingly simple to use. You DELIBERATELY open it to everyone then you are responsible for DELIBERATELY leaving it that way. It is not rocket science; it's even easier than 10 + 10 = 100

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

peter_dtm

indeed

I knew a bloke in Southern Africa who turned up at the HQ of a global IT company wearing shorts; open neck shirt with assorted 'bling'; and sandals.

Promptly escorted out; with bin bag full of his personal belonings

Then managemnet had to appologise and re-instate him; when they were shown to allow women to wear such clothing all the time and only had a dress code of blue suits (and ties of course) for the men.

( He actually planned this; arriving and going through security between two very 'undressed' young ladies; all caught on the security cams of course....). Visits to HQ were a lot less interesting after the dress code was tightened up to incude ALL staff; not just the males.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

peter_dtm

Re: Logical management?

Thesis :

Long termism is inversly proportional to the influance of bean counters !

Collory :

Long termism is directly proportional to the influance of Engineer (type people)

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

peter_dtm

Re: The Challenge to MS is to keep the hype going for the next 3-6 months

Pascal Monnett

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Personal Computing started with Microsoft,

/quote

UTTER TOSH sir.

MS were very late to the PC world. Before MS came along riding its 'No one's been fired for buying IBM' misunderstanding - there were LOTS of PCs around before MS joined the party.

It would be more correct to say MS wrecked personal computing until it was set free again by smartphones & tablets. I still remember being taken aback by just how crap IBM clones were compared to all the other PCs I'd used (Sinclair; VICs; the mighty Beeb ; Amstrads etc not to mention Dragons (speaking FORTH ...)). And the plaeasue of having SCO Xenix V instead of the microsoft thing.

Do you also think MS started the interwebs ?

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

peter_dtm

Re: Bombing Japan

Dresden

Fire bombing of Tokyo a couple of weeks before the Bombs; the Bombs prevented multiple city fire bombing (and therefore reduced the casulaties). And of course the after effects (radiation sickness) was not anticipated; unlike the after effects of fire storms

and bonus downvotes for trying to conflate the holcaust with acts of war; you really need to understand what the Nazis were up to in their genocides; it is not hard to do.

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

peter_dtm

Re: " ... customers will start to receive on 7/29," Gabe Aul wrote

and there is a perfectly good ISO way of doing unambiguous dats to :

yyyy-mm-dd - and amazingly it will sort properly too

Then there was the rather clever idea WHO (the Doctors - not THE Doctor)came up with in the 70s -

days - 1 or 2 numbers

months - Roman Numerals

year - 4 numbers

so 9/11 always comes out as 11/IX or IX/11 (or in full IX-11-2001) such a simply concept

(of course in English we'd say the eleventh anyway - none of this funny inability to use ordinals and cardinals properly)

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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Happy

Re: How do you un-subscribe? - ta Paw Bokenfohr for the How To !

how refreshing - you can turn off the auto sucbscribe and still leave the free demo period running ! - I could almost accept that as a valid way to offer a free trial.

Now change calander entry made for 1st Oct which says turn OFF Apple Music and review to just 'review Apple Music' and turn on if wanted ...

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

peter_dtm

Re: @ Flocke Kroes

don't blame me !

Blame Flocke Kroes for the gratuitous hand wringing after claiming to be a scientist !

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peter_dtm

@ Flocke Kroes

I'd just refer you to the models on which the whole catestrophic anthromorphic climate change theory is based.

All of which predict a tropospheric hot spot.

Which is not there.

Models falsified.

Then I'd refer you to the lack of any measurable (statistically significant that is) warming recently - again the models on which CAGW is based; insisit that increasing CO2 concentration WILL result in increased warming. During the current lack of warming; CO2 concentration has continued to rise - at a not insignificant rate.

Again the modles are falsified.

Since the models on which the CAGW theory are falsified; it follows that the theory is falsified.

Occams razor -- the null theory (current levels of observed climate change are natural) remains un sullied and unchallanged and it still remains for the proponents of CAGW to demonstrate an argument that provides falsifiable experiments that robustly back up their currently poorly evidenced theory. Until this is done CAGW remains an unsubstantiated theoretical exercise in bad science.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

peter_dtm

Re: And the Perpetrators @william 10

and let's be sure we know WHO was to blame for the changes in the law (laws put in place following the 1920's crash - to explicitly stop what happened from happening )

In the US President Clinton

In the UK Blair (& Brown)

I'm sure Tim can remind us all which law it was that Clinton had removed (Shannon Act ??) whilest insisting Fredie & Fannie leant to high risk borrowers (the 'poisonous' mortgages that infected the whole system - even now); and that great economic giant Blair & Brown matching the insanity this side of the pond - boom & bust indeed.

The greedy capitalist bankers aided; abbetted; encouraged and coerced by the 'great' socialist leaders

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

peter_dtm

Re: Post-It note? Miserable amateur!

which reminds me of the correct reponse to that 'tidy desk; tidy mind' stupidity ..

empty desk - empty mind

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

peter_dtm

What ?

Like probably the vast majority of human beings (of which; obvioulsy; lawyers & EU court judges are not part of) I had never heard of some (then) mickey mouse UK media comapny when I and thousands of others in Africa started using Skype.

I do assume; that the EU does know the rest of the world exisits ?

and is populated by humans - not scum bag lawyers and EU drecks ?

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

peter_dtm
Mushroom

Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

I think you'll find the recent period of peace through out Europe has rahter more to do with

NATO

the Cold War

than any movement aiming to federalise Europe (what do you think 'ever closer Union' means ?)

Devoltion is NOT a UK weirdness - see also Spain (Catalonia; Basques) France (Basques) and of course the ex Soviet Balkan contries.

If anything the imposition of so many foreign laws through out the EU is upsetting people; and (as evidenced in France; Greece; Portugal even Germany) there is a popular backlash against pro EU parties - that the MSM still keeps trying to describe in terms of Left-Right politics.

EU responisblye for the Peace Dividend post WWII ? - no sorry; self agrandismation by a bunch of anti democratic plutocrats that we know as the EU.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

peter_dtm
Pirate

Re: However

no; the German president costs a hell of a lot more (an infinite amount more ?) than 'Brenda' WHO PAYS HER OWN SALARY -- see up post for the arrangement

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peter_dtm
Flame

Re: However

I suggets you trouble yourself to find out how the Monarchy is funded.

Then perhaps you would like to volunteer to have the same arrangement with the government.

Including the working hours and the removal of all your rights to free speach; freedom of association; right to privacy; right to a family life and perhaps most infuriating the right not to have assorted envious no hopers going on about how little of their OWN money they are allowed to keep

But then; a certain type of envy ridden coetirie have always perfered fiction to fact; especially when they run out of everyone else's money and actually have to use their own - though; being shameless; they normally bluster on and on and on and on.......... refusing point blank to use a single penny of their own ill gotten gains

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Sitting on one's ARSE is the new CANCER, says Tim Cook - and an Apple watch will save you

peter_dtm
Unhappy

you beat me to it

title says it all

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Go

Re: What that stationary Mamod steam engine needed was...

I still have mine - its base plate has meccano spaced meccano screw sized holes in; and the drive shaft is meccano axle shaft diameter.

That; the clockwork motor & later the multi geared electric motor meant I had proper red an green meccano vehiles puttering around. Part of my meccano came from my Uncle - who must have had some of the very first ever made.

I could never see the point of lego...

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

peter_dtm

Re: very good article, thank you, with one minor nitpick and one major

"intelligent progressives" is an oxymoron

any one claiming 'progresive' in the political sense is

1) using double think

2) refusing to acept the reality that almost with out exception 'progressive' policies are at the least bad for the majority of the people. And the poorer your are; the worse the (unintended) consequences tend to be.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: Special @terry 6

that must have been the SAP CRM system at work !

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

peter_dtm

Re: Aunty Shirley off on one again.

and don't forget all the boddles of lolly that OFCOM get in access fees & (FM) spectrum sell off fees.

I suspect OFCOM will be the real thieves/winners here

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peter_dtm
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Re: Spectrum is go?

quite possibly

it costs a lot more to licence a multiplexer than a straight forward FM/AM tranmitter(s)

It costs a lot more to run

and - you can cram a lot more (low quality) DAB channels onto a multipexer than you can squeeze FM transmitters into the same broadcast bandwidth

It may just be all about maximising OFCOM's income - to the detriment of the public

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peter_dtm
Coat

Re: Digital radio

AM is the lowest power consumption

FM comes next

iPlayer/TuneIn radio app would come along behind FM

and then a long long way behind that is DAB - particularly if you want a 'hi-fi' solution (decent stereo bit rate not the cut down minimum spec (often mono) bit rate used in the UK DAB system - the 'new' 'improved' standard for DAB used to squeeze as many channels as possible on the the multiplexers is nowhere near CD standard - never mind BBC FM Broadcast standard)

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

peter_dtm
Alert

Equal pay - it would be good if it was

Lets take a well publicised real world example

Wimbledon Tennis Final

After years of screaming & shouting the proze money for both men's & women's finals are the same.

except this is a very good example of why it is so hard to get this right.

Women play 3 sets

Men play 5

And they play that through all the rounds; so by the time a person gets to the Final; the male has been vastly underpaid; all because many people seem to confuse SAME with EQUALL VALUE

Which also explains why there is a massive failure to understand the importence of experience in SOME jobs; taking a year off; needs more than a year to regain the lost experience & exposure; even 3 months off can cost more than a year's experience in some fast moving industries.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

peter_dtm

Re: Antactica is melting too

what are the error margins on that sir ?

oops - the so called warming is less than the error margin which means it is merely NOISE not a trend or anything else.

There has been no statistically significant warming over the past 18 years. If you insist on being pedantic (in which case never stoop to talking about Carbon - its CO2; never complain about the risks of Climate change - its CATASTROPHIC climate change that could be a problem).

CATASTROPHIC climate change is a myth - CLIMATE CHANGE is natural and the observerd changes over the last 100 years are with in bounds of previous changes and are not unique nor unprecedented over many thousands of years.

The null hypothosis that the observered changes to the climate are entirely natural has yet to be disproven; therfore the CATASTROPHIC climate change hypothosis remains just that - an unproven hypothosis. But don't let the scientific method get in the way of the hysteria; or the correct interpretation of noisy graphs.

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peter_dtm

Re: Antactica is melting too

but to melt the ice; the air temperature has to be > 0C.

Which only happens rarely over the Antartic.

And only in the Antartic Summer - which is still a couple of months off

Yes there is some anomolous warming (probably caused by vulcanism) around the Antartic peninsular - but that is a comparatively small area (.. of the Antartic land mass) and last time I heard; vulcanism is nothing to do with man; or CO2 emmissions (on the contrary; vulcanism is a large producer of CO2).

The climate models used to predict Catastrophic global warming failed totally to predict an increasing Antartic ice extent; just as they failed to predict the 18 year lack of warming; or predicted the non existant tropo hot spot. In short the climate models are a busted flush. Let me put it in IT terms - if your model of your corporate network predicted that you coud not exceed 1MB bandwidth; but you constantly achieved 1GB bandwidth; what would you do with the model ? Junk it; or insist that reality is wrong and the model right ?

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Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

peter_dtm
Black Helicopters

am I just paranoid ?

cutting through the “jungle” of technical standards, developing safe and fair contract terms and conditions, and establishing a European Cloud Partnership

sounds more like a way to enforce one monolithic arbitary (but probably the worst possible) set of standards on EU companies & people.

It wil then be made llegal to offer anything that some ignorant politician can broadly define as 'Cloud Computing' using any other standards, methods or contracts. Especially once they work out how to tax it all.

No doubt there will be lots of compulsory back doors so they can keep an eye on things (for our own benifit -not).

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Flame

Re: Could we have some screenshots on a widescreen monitor

well of course you can

You've been able to put the task bar on any edge since W95

the fact that most WIndows programs & WIndows OSs can't cope with it is the fault of the user not the naff programming by Windows OS devs

Of course; with wide monitors it is obvious that no one would want to move Application menus to one side or the other as well I mean; look at all that height you have to fill up with ribbons & stuff

what;; you wanted useful stuff for users from Redmond ?

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peter_dtm
Black Helicopters

Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme

because there is an old old Engineering saying (probably pre-dates Brunell)

'If it ain't broke; don't fix it'

which is fully understood by Engineers to be an ironinc play on English (and the 'ain't' construct).

But then Engineers tend to be clever people; wot can speak english proper like what they was taughted to when having to deal with non-Engineers; and can recognise an old chestnut when they see it as well !

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

peter_dtm

but the basic (and most common ones) are all Windows standards

and work just about everywhere in MicroSoft Office - all flavours and in just about every Windows OS since Windows was first foisted on us.

And amazingly they almost always work in every other WIndows hosted program too !

OF COURSE this requires a small smidgeon of effort - most people will only need about 10 any way (select all-copy/cut - paste-save-close window-close program-print-open explorer-undo-redo)

Now they can get stuff done with less risk of RSI & a damn sight faster !

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

peter_dtm
Megaphone

Re: It would save time if ...

and Churchill also said that the UK did not need to have an HRA - because we had the far supperior Common Law & Bill of Rights (yes we do have a written constitution - oh my; they had to break it illegally to get the stupid HRA into law)

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Mushroom

that depends if they re-instate Common Law & Habeas Corpus that they had to (illegally) abrogate before they could REDUCE our rights with the un-needed by Common Law jurisprudence EHRC & the enabling act.

When originally mooted the EHRC was not deemed to be as strong as UK Common Law rights & therefore it was not only unnecessary to 'enable' the EHRC but would in fact (and did) remove our Common Law rights leaving us all less protected (30 day detention ring any bells ? Illegal under Habeas Corpus).

You did know that Habeas Corpus is no longer part of the law didn't you ? Because Habeas Corpus & assorted other Common Law rights PREVENTED the EHRC from working.

So get the right end of the stick - get rid of the pathetic HRA and restore Common Law rights; so for instance just one example of REDUCED rights :

- No extradition unless

-- it is a crime in the UK

-- there is prima facia evidence that there is a case to answer under UK law

-- No foreign governments/courts would have primacy over the Law Committee of the House of Lords ( now replaced by the very inferior Supreme Court - a court that is NOT supreme because it can be overruled by FOREIGN courts who run a complete different jurisprudence that is NOT compatible with Common Law)

Shove the Human Rights Act; Common Law countries don't need an inferior copy of what we have (because that is what the EHRC is; an inferior copy; weakened because Code Napoleon can not tolerate the State NOT being supreme)

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

peter_dtm

Re: Proper clipboard support

so that is 20 years of abject stupidity then

it is such a stupid concept; where the hell did they ever come up with it ?

along with some 15 other defaults - mosty in Explorer

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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WTF?

Re: lets look at this in another way..

But it is normal people NOT geeks who make up the market

as has been shown time & time again geek sales != profit (quite often geek != sales | geek = give away)

so geek sales are either niche; marketing or supported by volume sale to normal people

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Flame

since Thatcher ?

since long before Thatcher - probably since the end of the 1st World War.

WIlson & co had no truck with engineers or scientists either - unless they were party credentialed (lysenkoism)

What is it with people who blame Thatcher for everything - ? She's been gone these many years; we've had Blair and Brown who definatlely hated engineering & science; & Cameron who wouldn't understantand what a thesis was if you made him learn the definition by rote; using single sylable words ! News for you - NONE of the governments following Thatcher have attempted to reverse any of her most conservative/capitalist/sane anti-big government policies; so if you don't like Thatcherism you must hate all the modern political parties.

Perhaps the only hope we had was a secretary of education who was prepared to fight the establishment so ALL kids had a chance at learning to try to excell instead of being told how useless they are (indirectly of course; what else is the refusal to allow competition but a subtle way of saying you aren't goog enough ?)

Why do we not value producers & doers - because kids are taught NOT to that's why - science/maths/engineering ts too 'difficult ' so do a gcse in hair straightening or grass growing. Gove had the guts to challange that and finally halt the academic dumbing down.

Why has this come about ? Many reasons no doubt; part of it is that science & technical studies demand ABSOLUTE answers that are mostly either right or wrong - unlike all the soft skills where there are as many right answers as there are politically correct views. And the current powers that be do not believe in ABSOLUTES; evrything is realtive (to their political leanings); to have to face the posibility of being wrong is just too damned soul destroying for the poor things.

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

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Re: Ask a policeman

no no no no

the Home Office (despite lunny left governments [blue & red] trying) MAY NOT issue instructions to any Police Constable or Police Force.

The Home Secretary MAY issue GUIDENCE which is non binding.

The Constables ( a CROWN appointment; not a governement appointment) are responsible (have a legal duty as sworn Constables ) for KEEPING THE PEACE.

As Sir John Peel observerd; every arrest is a FAILURE of the Police. (Look up the meaning of the verb 'to police' as used by the Royal Navy for a better understanding of why this is so)

AND overerly prescriptive laws are BAD laws not good laws in this COMMON law soverign nation. Laws are subject to the 'reasonable man' test - something control freaks (Blairs; governments; etc) hate with a passion; which is why so many of their laws are so bad; they try to prevent Common Law reasonable man tests.

COMMON law is what seperates the civilised Anglosphere from the madness of Code Napolean aka Eutopean Law.

Common law countries are supposed to rely on JURIES being GUIDED by Judges in interpreting the law in respect of the CIRCUMSTANCES under which the accused MAY have broken the law. They are also supposed to consider the INTENT of Parliment in passing said laws as modified by case law and the changing times.

But never mind; let's all vanish down the horrible Code Napolean law you find in the EU ( as rammed into UK law bu the EU) and outside Commonwealth/Anglosphere countries. Freedom IN the law; not continental tyrany UNDER the law.

God Save King George and death to Napolean and all tyrants !

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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the civil service is out of control

read this stuning cv of the person responsible for the debacle

and then weep that she is not on benefits

http://order-order.com/2014/08/19/homers-odyssey/

it would help if Vaz was not such a slime ball party hack; and actually cared about what went wrong

(Hint to Vaz; it started with the incompetent administration who allowed such an applaing contract to be signed; that would be your lying mob; as against the current lying mob)

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peter_dtm

Re: Clusterf**k

nope

she's here

http://order-order.com/2014/08/19/homers-odyssey/

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

peter_dtm

Re: QR Menu ?

exactly

put the qr on the menu

scan (using table scanner) hit ORDER button

the waiters and waitresses can then concentrate on looking after the clients; keeping tables clean & clear of dirty plates/glasses so their meals become a pleasent experience

and may be they will stop the usless 'is everything ok there ?' noddy questions - because if it isn't ok; you; the waiter/waitress will be 1st to know !

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

peter_dtm

Wow - Real Science

let's see :

Model observed to differ from reality; conclusion model is wrong; model needs to be fixed.

This; as we all should know; is the correct way of doing science; unlike some branches of science where the models are all ways right and it is reality that's wrong; so the data will have to be 'adjusted' to make it match the models.

This novel approach that reality is right would never get any funding in East Anglia or the Pen State ! Next thing you know is that they will have the nerve to make their models and data freely accesible as well; heavans forbid !

Such a warming concept that models may be wrong; not reality !

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

peter_dtm

@DaLo : Ever had a phone call from your bank

Ever had a phone call from your bank

yup & they get asked who what and why; and I refuse point blank to discuss anything other than why they have called me and the fact that THEY have called me; and the fact that it was YOU who called me so no I am not going to do ANY security with them; nor am I going to call back any number they ask me to either. I do tell them that I will phone on the relevent 0800 number so I need their name & reason for the call.

I then phone back on the 0800 number for my bank's general enquiries and ask to be put through to who ever is trying to contact me

Score so far :

3 that were genuine

2 that were sales (with resulting complaint made at the time and by secure email) - sales calls are not of course any reason for having security; I actually consider them to be scams ...

1 that had the bank go charging off soemwhere else to shut down some scam or other .

My bank tends not to phone me now; except by express invite

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

peter_dtm

Re: I rewrote it for you...

or a global car hire company a coupleof years ago charging €800 for a sat nav for 2 weeks in Skanderholigan land.

And the company beancounters agreeing that this was 'good value' despite being able to BUY a decent Europepean satnav next to the Hertz counter for about €300

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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FAIL

Re: RACISTS!

I take it you are talking about the bastardisation that is SI ?

neither cgs nor mks; just a mish mash of two DIFFERENT metric systems to allow them to come near to proper human (imperial) friendly sized measure.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

peter_dtm

Re: Drax

not yet

iirc Drax now has one unit doing biomas fuel the other 5 are undergoing conversion one at a time.

What sort of idiot makes a power station replace high energy concentrate fuel with low energy concentrate fuel that uses a massive amount of fuel to ship it in from the USA ?

what a stupid waste of money; time and energy that is - I wonder whuch politician (or their chums) have their sticky little fingers in that money making scam ?

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peter_dtm
Mushroom

Re: Oh fsck. Not Lewis Page again.

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who don't believe in AGW,

un quote

there you go; Science & Engineering do not have room for 'believe in' - they both use demonstrable empiracle FACTS. And models != fact.

I don't not believe in AGW ( and you forgot the all important 'C' for CATASTROPHIC btw; 'cos if it ain't catastrophic what the heck is all the fuss about anyway ?). cAGW just has no facts backing it up; well apart from (sneer) model outputs; 100s of bloody model outputs; so many damn model outputs they can show a model which gives that result which demonstrates that cold/hot; snow/rain/drought; you name it it must be cAGW in action (/sneer)

It's the same with Fukishima & Nuclear power; no factual evidence to support the belief that it must be bad for us.

Belief != Science

Belef != Engineering

Climate changes; politicans tell lies and theft is illegal only because the government hates competition

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Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

peter_dtm
Alien

IT - sometimes my friend - sometimes my enemy

I do Process Control.

I do Remote Support.

Sometimes the IT guys are my best friends; helpful & prepared to learn that a Process system with a life expectancy of 15-20 years is NOT going to do WIndows upgrades; nor is it going to arbitarily shift from its current OS (which could be DOS or later) just because of some new fad from MS. They work with me (& my colleagues) to get it working. Wow; I could almost love them.

Then you get the IT department that RUNS - but still interfers (without asking or checking; blowing a badged CISCO router back to Cisco firmware and trashing all the automation preferential stuff that our Cisco firmware handled correctly; and then crying 'cos the Production manager screamed at the dozy idiots).

Then you get the ones who shove their damned group policy/ arbitarily changed service account name rules onto production servers crashing entire factories. Oh yes; the service account that looked after the SAP connector; just changed; just like that; 3 days loss of production -- moroons. Not even one of their servers.

Then you get the corporate supplier of all things server based; who don't even know how to maintain an SQL server. Tell our clinet they will have to charge them for even looking at the problem they have caused - then having the damned nerve to ask US to inspect their cock up and help their cleint for free; Holy Pisstake; if I wasn't talking to the factory IT guy ( one of the many good guys) about why I thought we were justified in saying NO WAY - and he agreeing with me; I would not have believed what I was seeing/hearing.

Then you get the moroons in OUR IT trying to get a VPN through the moroons in the CLIENT'S IT. Lock them all in a room with no food or water until they sort it out is my answer. How long to fix a site to site VPN you may well ask - try 3 to 6 MONTHS.

And when it comes to running Process Control in VMWare - I've been told by the IT people in a UK factory the ONLY VMWare servers are in the US; and yes please can the DCS run on VMWare servers in the US. Of course bloody well not; IT people ?

Guys - Process Control is NOT the same as Windows Office; or even SAP. And NO we can not test every piece of fixit code that comes out of MS and tell you it will work with ALL our kit. Especially if you work in Pharma or Food & Drugs.

We like to LOCK it all down when we've finished building it. And your factory Process Engineers get kind of antsy when some idiot comes along to fiddle with something that's been working for weeks/months/years.

And since your factory techs & Egineers no longer specialise in our kit; they expect us to remote in & help them fix problems. SO it really is a no brainer - we must have remote access - via a nice secure VPN with proper passwords and proper accounts; of course; what do you think ? That we're as stupid as the damned suits ?

Please remember that if the factory is not making widgets; there is no need for all that back office IT that keeps you employed. So no; I'm afraid 'my' process network is way more important than your network; and no; I do serriously expect to PUSH my data out to your servers and suck your data in; even when I'm playing on the Middleware box.

Please help us to help you; and remember - the devs who make our software ARE Rocket Scientist when it comes to process programing; and don't have time (because we also have stupid suits making impossible demands on us) to pander to the latest IT craze/good idea/sensible recommendations that have just surfaced to replace the last bright ideas the last head of IT had.

And no; I can't make that DCS running on WIndows 2k run on W2k8; it's going to cost £500 000 to £1 000 000 to make that happen - something your company can't afford to do (what with paying some incompetent 3rd party IT 'support' company to break Process servers by pushing unquallified patches on them).

Most of us want to work with you guys in IT to help make BOTH our companies money. We (well most of us) aren't IT specialist (though we've had to learn a lot); most times all we want is a little help and advice; and an understanding that we are trying our damdest to get YOUR factory working efficiently & profitably. So maybe it really is YOU who should be discussing possibilities with YOUR Process Engineers & Techs.

Let's just work together - looking after our mutual client; resolving issues in a nice flexible way. We are not your enemy; honest !

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Re: Be afraid...

Wangi in Zimbabwe used to have a power station that was run off a ZX81.

Unfortunately there were too many bullet holes in the place to attempt to recommision it

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

peter_dtm

Wow & I thought comintards were IT literate !

IPads have remote lock & remote factory reset functions built in.

So tea leaves may as well not bother nicking the things

Autocorrect - amazingly you can actually turn this OFF ! Yes, really; it has an OFF button

Witness statements, well what do you know ? I suggest you look up "Self Evident" as an example of a PUBLIC SECURE statement system. Perhaps the free public front end is there because plod is going to use it (idle speculation ). (Did I say plod there or pleb? Darned auto correct )

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IBM nearly HALVES its effective tax rate in 2013 - report

peter_dtm

The Government set up the Tax Avoidance Laws - stop drinking their kool aid !

In the EU a company may choose where it is domiciled for EU tax purposes.

Under EU tax law; that company may only be taxed in the country it chose to domicile itself in.

Only paying tax in Ireland; even though you operate a subsiduary in the UK - well OF COURSE you only pay tax in Ireland

BECAUSE THAT IS EU TAX LAW

Ok add to that charging outrageous 'licence' fees and Head Office 'Services' is not mandated; but a single point of taxation is

(sorry for the USA-ian but it does describe this rather well)

please ask your MP to explain just what Starbucks/Google etc should do - BREAK THE LAW ????

And if you really feel that a company should voluntarily hand over any of its money to the Government I do trust you are leading by example ?

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Flame

Re: False statment and lack of understanding where retirment accounts are invested.

No

UK State Pension is paid out of current receipts (current tax take)

It has NEVER EVER come from investments - that is the cause of the black hole in the UK State Pension sector.

What State employees need to understand is that every penny they earn has been TAKEN from some one (or some company) in the Private sector.

If only the NI payments were invested in a Soverign fund; then the State employees may have had a case for whinging when their pensions rights were cut. The sooner they are cut to be no better than the WORST private sector pension the better (because then we'd get proper pensions again)

I must remember to add my grateful thanks to one Gordon Brown who single handledly destroyed the world's best private sector pension system by taxing it and totally cocking up the rules under which they operated. Thanks Gordon; nice to see you linning your pockets with our money after screwing up MY pension; you blithering ignorent idiot.

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