* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Re: Is it on?

Input verification with no error message is the most annoying and financial systems are the worst offenders:

Suppose on the next line he had entered 4.1% and it wouldn't let him continue because 4% is the maximum deduction for one legged piano players in Arkansas who also claim a single dependant as wife and sister and aren't separating form 24B from income on .......

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

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Recognition of bias was the reason for the bind auditions - but it wasn't to counter sexism.

There was a belief that students at certain prestigious music schools or who trained with certain well known maestros were getting preferential treatment.

Women being as good as men came as a big surprise to everyone

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Re: It's an advantage, stupid.

In a perfect irony women are now preferred so much for STEM faculty positions in universities desperately trying to make themselves look more balanced, that academic posts are a significant percentage of female STEM PhDs jos

Because more women are going into low paid junior academic posts and more men are being "forced" into Wall St and Silicon valley, the gender pay gap for STEM PhD is now one of the fastest rising.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

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Re: Witnessed something similar

Best story I heard, a bank was doing layoffs by the time-honored method of cancelling your access badge.

One techie turns up monday morning, badge does't open turnstile - thinks "oh shit" and goes home and starts updating linkedin.

2 days later manager calls and asks where the fsck are you?

I've been fired

No you haven't. Checks with HR and is a fault with your badge.

"Tough" says the somewhat pissed off engineer, I've got a job interview tomorrow - I'll be in next week.

Takes a couple of days off and goes back to a 20% pay rise.

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US Labor Dept accuses CIA-backed Palantir of discriminating against Asian engineers

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Ridiculous

They accept all members of the same Harvard fraternity that they went to, who are sons of members of the same fraternity and whose fathers are currently in the same country club - totally without considering skin color

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SpaceX: Breach in liquid oxygen tank caused Falcon 9 fireball ... probably

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Re: A few notes

and 1 cubic meter = 1000 litres and 4kg = 1000 x 4cc

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Re: A few notes

4litres (= a milk jug) of LHe expands to 24 cubic meters (=an apartment) of room temperature/pressure gas. So blocked He pipework can get very exciting very quickly.

It's also why we aren't allowed to travel in elevators with the LHe dewers and why that glass internal wall along the side of the NMR lab is a REALLY stupid idea.

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Re: too technical for me

The falcon9 holds nearly 120,000kg of Kerosene.

An AGA burns about 40litres of kerosene a week (according to their website), say 2000kg/year

The Gruniad has a readership of around 150,000.

So assuming that 100,000 Guardian readers have an AGA they burn 200,000 ton of Kerosene a year or nearly 1500 Falcon9 launches - I propose this as a new el'reg unit.

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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Re: Presentation methods

I would like to deliver this quarter's financials through the medium of interpretive dance.

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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Come over to this side of the pond.

We like experts, we pay them, you don't have to work in the City to get paid above poverty wages.

You can even afford a house (San Francisco and Vancouver excepted)

Even if you have a Northern accent people can't tell and women still think it's cute.

Your boss won't be a chinless **beep** who got promoted because he went to the right school.

(You do have to get used to not being able to swear as much in the office.)

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Re: Off-shoring, can they afford it?

> John Major opened up the doors he doubtless had good intentions of widening access to higher ed,

It was a great opportunity for some elite places. They had been facing competition from other universities since the 60s but now they got a huge marketing advantage.

Go to say Sussex or Newcastle and hope the HR dept know if those are "real" universities or just an old teacher training college rebranded. Much safer to stick with Oxbridge/London/Durham. Same thing applies to researchers/industry partners/funders as well as students.

If you were cynical you could think that it was all planned over a nice dinner for Sir Humphrey at his old college.

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Re: french law

Open enrolement is a problem for many courses. You end up with massive first year classes with a 80% drop out rate. It's less a problem in science/engineering because you can set pre-req.

Staff is a bigger problem, jobs are civil service. So it's very very difficult for a new post-doc to get a permanent job, but once they do they are set for life and impossible to fire - makes for some pretty hide bound departments.

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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

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Really it is a good thing.

If the 3letter agencies are after you then there is nothing this can do - but to stop an East Texas patent court demanding all Airbus's docs are handed over to Boeing it seems like a good solution.

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US cities promise to crack down on police surveillance tech

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I can see why they want to reduce Police surveilance

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/police-accidentally-record-themselves-conspiring-fabricate-criminal-charges-against

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: Launch Mistake

> it doesn't look as though you could stay on the pointy end in a storm for more than a couple of seconds.

I don't think US Navy sailors and sailoresses are allowed to do the whole Kate Winslet bit.

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Re: weapons?

I was hoping for a line of hatches opening along the side and cannon being run out.

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Which explains the later US policy f using nukes against Japanese fishing boats - can't take any chances

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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Re: Won't change until...

Give contract to small startup to do it cheaply on web - any problems = you're fired.

Give contract to Crapita/EDS/etc but tell them to add a couple of Bn contingency - comes in under budget = promotion, and a seat on the board when you retire.

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what changed?

Presumably it was a center of excellence in management best practice for the 15 odd years when her lot ran things?

How did it become so institutionally wrong so quickly under her opponents? I thought the civil service wasn't agile?

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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

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It's not just a skinned version of Chrome.

It's a skinned version of Chrome that routes all your data through their VPN that is owned by a Chinese 'security' company

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

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Re: Report's opening paragraph

It's OK, even with the new online-only system there will be a way for your QC to lodge an objection and then turn up with so many high powered lawyers that the volunteer magistrate is intimidated into letting you off.

Rich people won't have to see any drop in the quality of service

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: "Not compatible with fuel"

You can tell all that from the "F" (Fsck-up) code letter at the beginning of the name.

Projects beginning with "B" tend to be the same but with $Bn instead of $Mn, I think that's what the "B" stands for

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

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Re: That old saying ...

I thought their corporate moto was :"Gertner, damn Gartner and statistics"?

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Re: It isn't enough for the ARM to match i5 perofrmance

If Apple succeed in getting most Mac software sold through the iStore you won't even need to recompile. Upload the app as clang intermediate code and let the store compile the appropriate version when the user downloads

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Re: History

At least over here in the land of the currently free; "liberal" is code for ultimate conservative.

No government spending except defense, everything else you pay for or do yourself.

Why pay for a police force if you can just buy a gun ?

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History

To be fair it does date back to 2000, well before women had the vote and before we realised that they had minds as well.

It is going to be replaced by a contemporary balanced question:

Are you a thick racist neanderthal brexit brain or a modern go-ahead dynamic remain cultured genius brain?

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French hackers selling hidden .22 calibre pen guns on secret forums

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Re: Not an Internet story

Actually the trick for British people would be trying to remember if it is le pen or la pen or is it le or la gun.

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Songsmiths sue US antitrust over Google-friendly rules ruling

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Treasonous

What's good for Google is good for America.

They paid for the President so it's only fair that they get to call the tune.

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Great British Block-Off: GCHQ floats plan to share its DNS filters

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Re: I misread that at first

>made me think the government was going sell GCHQ on the Stock Exchange.

The prospectus - "For carrying on an undertaking of great advantage; but nobody to know what it is."

Only on el'reg do you get to make obscure C18 financial crises references before breakfast

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Re: Toxic reputation

>I, for one, wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

But if you don't use their approved list you must be a pedo(*)-terrorist-communist

(ie a shoe bomber)

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Depends who the tobacco growing states are funding in the 2020 race.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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>As a hypothetical occupant would not be able to walk away I doubt a pointy end down rapid geometry adjustment would classify as a landing.

You just step off at the last moment - I saw Roadrunner do it on TV so it must be true.

(unless you are one of those cranks who thinks TV is faked in a sound stage somewhere)

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: Buh?

Dabbsie will explain it better - with a bacon sandwich analogy

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Typo made Air Asia X flight land at Melbourne instead of Malaysia

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Re: Sense of direction...

That's what used to be said about INS, the pilot may not know where he is but at least he knows where he started from.

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Re: Hang on...

But Japan is now just outside Sydney

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Re: Airbus software

Because it's very hard to make an exciting Hollywood movie where a heroic pilot struggles manfully with a gameboy controller.

I assume that the new movie of Mr Scully's water landing will change the aircraft from a fly-by-wire Airbus to a DC3 to add the necessary excitement.

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Re: <sighs>

Ironically the patch was necessary because the original approved design was to assume that the pilot knew best, not that new fangled satellite computer GPS rocket-scientist stuff.

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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

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Re: Half the schools in the USA

The public schools don't sell you IT courses with a guaranteed job - which turns out to be in a call center.

They don't change the name of courses regularly so that you have to redo pre-requisite courses.

They don't pressure students into taking top-up loans from lenders that are wholly owned by the college - purely to skirt regulations on proportion of government student loan their students are on.

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GE runs off $1.4bn, hands it to two 3D printing firms

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Re: Arrrgh

But they can't make swords, their technology leads to less "weilding" apparently.

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: they do have a point

Not to mention that the Poles had weapons of mass destruction which could be used within 40mins

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When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

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Re: A no-brainer ?

>worst that could happen was that they'd have to pay the tax they owed in the first place.

Which they can immediately knock off their US tax bill - it isn't going to cost them a cent

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: A small crumb of comfort

>So you mean not like Ariane?

After the first launch of Ariane5 the stats didn't look so good.

Fortunately I wasn't a solar astrophysicist so didn't care about the loss of the payload

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Re: A small crumb of comfort

Because $bn rockets built by giant defence companies from re-purposed ICBM designs and launched by national space agencies don't go kaboom ?

In fact the only way to get 100% reliability appears to be the N Korea method - I wonder how they do it?

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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Re: Can't add USB?

But some of those limited markets are very profitable.

An entire city's traffic lights, water/sewage system ?

An air traffic control system

A power station

A couple of million $ worth of production line in a plant running 24x7

All bits of kit that you can't easily "just update to windows 10" and use USB

There was a company making PDP11 on a card to run traffic lights until recently

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Re: 3.5Mb? Floppy?

Yes it looks like a floppy at the bus level, same power, same signals, same connector.

There was a similar gadget that was a floppy disc shell with a ribbon cable that detected the magnetic signal from the floppy drive head and generated a floppy signal back

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Wasn't he the cockwomble who explained that it was only "theoretically possible" for non-US companies to write encryption software ?

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Re: Two thumbs up for the sub-heading

"I worry that the next 'merkan president will be sympathetic towards these agencies and support the backdooring."

Yep the next president is going to be REALLY sympathetic toward the FBI having free access to her communications.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Re: Easy mistake to make?

So you mean Saudi oil wealth hasn't trickled down to make the man on the street of Riyadh wealthy?

You'll be telling me that the billion $ bonuses to Wall St hedge fund managers hasn't improved the lot of Walmart greeters in Arkansas next

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