* Posts by Triggerfish

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Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software

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The Enemy

Just thinking.

I can remeber a job where i had to deal with a secratary who would insist Office had been unistalled if the icon was even moved from the exact pixels it had been living on for years on her screen. Seriously she would not be able to see it anywhere else on the screen if you moved it like some sort of mental blindness, once pointed out she would ask for it to be moved back to its familair place.

Software devs and managers need to be introduced to people like this while someone says thats your enemy, everything you do will be fighting this persons stupidity and if you don't plan and test you will lose.

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Re: Actually there's a precedent for all of this

M&S being fussy is an understatement. But yeah have heard similar stuff going on like you describe in my time working in manufacturing.

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Ego

I always get the feeling a lot of these things happen because;

1. it's been announced and now to say we will delay it means a loss of face, hint CEO's who think this way as a customer I would rather you said "We had a look realised it could cause problems and put it back a few months so it doesn't cause you problems."

2. The company has ticked all the boxes,

"Have you tested it?"

"Yeah sure see this ticked box"

"Have you tested it properly"

".....there's no box to tick for that, it can't be neccessary".

The Board say we have implemented it all, anything half assed after that is not their problem, they own lead from the top when it comes to success and praiseworthy stuff*.

*I'm having a cynical day today.

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Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

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Whats winphone like in Japan? Just asking because just had to buy a new phone in Vietnam and I got the general impression of "Whats Windows Phone" from a lot of people, seemed it was all Android and Iphone out there, although it was for sale in the shops.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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I have seen a whole pseudo ERP/ manufacturing system created on Excel pivot tables. I still have nightmares about trying to work out how people can mislay 5 tons of cotton.

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College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education

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Re: Normally I hate the lawsuit mentality @x7

"Should not be given access to weapons on Mondays mornings".

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Re: Normally I hate the lawsuit mentality @ Triggerfish

No people do not post things like that on public forums, however I think thats the sort of thing inferred by meta data is it not?

I think the point of the article is they are not posting things on facebook they are having private mails and communications used to advertise to them which means their data is out there being sold to all. It was you who first talked about them posting it on facebook to aid your rant, don't pin that on me ta.

The "why the fuck" was not aimed at you as a swear word dearie, it was just an expression read the rest of the paragraph it may come together for you then.

The Hypo person is short for hypothectical (man you really aren't doing this reading of the comments things well are you?) So don't know how I advised them, possibly if I have been I am the one who should be looking at getting some help, but not quite at the point of talking to walls yet.

However lets address this like they are real, my comment was that a lot of people with mental health issues would rather they choose when to reveal it and who to, so a company who mines meta data and makes inferences out of it that could affect their life might not want that unknowingly (especially under the false pretension of a company saying they are not), being passed on to others. However that stuff being revealed might be enough to make our Hypothetical person much worse, depression being a nice illness were people can and often try and appear like everythings all ok especially as long as someone feels like they have some control over it.

I actually feel people with mild mental health issues should be allowed in college rather than sheltered away from society, shutting someone with depression away from the rest of the world for example is not neccessarily a good thing. Sheltered housing for people with mild mental health issues no I'm sorry I do not agree.

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Re: Normally I hate the lawsuit mentality @ Richard

The amount they are asking for 10K makes me think they are not going for the big payout more making a point.

Also if you read the article they were told their data was not bein used this way, and then it was. So it looks like any terms of trade they were supposed to understand were lies.I think they are acting perfectly grown up.

Also as someone else commented and as you may not be aware a hypothetical person who is suffering from some mild mental health problems might not tell people since a lot of people still have prejudice or do not know how to act. Its one of the issues with mental health and people keeping it quiet.

Also why the fuck do you think you want other people knoiwing it? Or things like that which should be private? Especially companies, want to get insurance watch your premium rise. Had a sad day and been reading about depression even if you do not have it,maybe it still goes back to your medical insurers.

I think they are being grown up and standing agints it. Yes maybe they should have worked out there's no such thing as a free lunch, but maybe it was delivered to them as a free lunch, again they checked and were told their data was not being used this way.

For someone who is scornful about them comprehending what goes on with their data you sure seem to have a hard time comprehending a short article.

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Scottish MP calls for drone-busting eagles

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Re: Now we have an opportunity to redeploy Stun Guns or use Stainless Steel rotors

In reference for the drone flying on an even keel. I would bet a few thousand years of aerial warfare between predator and prey means they are probably going to outfly any drone pilot.

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Re: @Neil

Thanks

That was a good video, with some impressive cursing.

Thanks for the explanation of parallax that would explain that vid, (sure I have seen another similar type incident), although if thats the case would not geese do so? Thinking of videos I have seen videos of them flying in v formation with paragliders.

Just conjecture here as I know they can be teritorial (although also seen plenty of some species hanging out, Brahiny Kites seem to like hanging out together), was curious as to how they may see the human intruders up in the sky.

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Re: Ethics?

Actually ethics is a fair question. There's a difference between being a bit of a muppet and thinking its OK to fly a drone where you shouldn't, compared to purposely trying to harm an animal.

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@Neil

Just curious do you have any problems with them being territorial when you are up there?

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Yeah they are something, having had one flown to a glove at some falconary centre or other, its a very big bird when its sitting on your hand and looking down its beak at you.

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

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Not really, you could describe me as a hopeful cynic. I always hope it will be better, I know it won't.

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I have to say 3 customer support is actually pretty good after Orange, I hope the merger doesn't cock it up.

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Autodesk vapourises ten per cent of jobs to go completely cloudy

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Apart from the functionality/ power of AutoCAD which to be fair 90% of the average users probably only use a small part.

I think the OSS software needs to get in down at student level. Sun had an awesome CAD program only encountered it a couple of times working at various places. Hard to find operators for it though the average student didn't have a Sun workstation (we had Vax for email when I started so even PC's weren't that common in a student house).

A few years later when PC's were more common everyone had a dodgy copy of AutoCAD (AC), the uni teaches engineering stuff on AC because they all have AC by the time you go work for a company your either at a reasonable AC CAD operator level (apart from speed), or past the basics enough that you can learn the rest you need quickly on the job. I reckon that makes it an easy software choice for a firm.

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Can't say for 3DS max, but having used AutoCAD from about version 10 onwards. Apart from being a bit niocer and a few groovy things making stuff a bit easier, CAD pretty much has covered any engineering drawing I weant to do for years, and is powerful enough already that I can't see many people not being able to survive on a desktop copy.

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Universal Credit slammed by MPs: Late programme branded 'unacceptable'

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Re: Sanctions

Red that's a great idea, they insist 60 quid a week is enough to live off when complaining they do not get a large enough meal allowance of a third of that a day, they say it will cause no disruption moving to UC, when they make sure their pockets are lined.

About time they were made to put their money where their mouth is.

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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I don't know from what I can work out Dev Ops seems to boil down to people actually doing their fecking job.

I sort of feel like when I have seen this much buzz about it and no one still really knows what it is, then;

a) its probably something thats been given a cool marketing name (serioulsy one of those marketing people it's going to change his name by deed poll to max power one day and the rest will probably orgasm to death at how cool it will be for clients to hire someone called that).

b) the management are going to spend a fortune hiring someone to come in and spout a load expensive stuff that at best they have been told already but ignored because it was being delivered by their own staff at a cheaper cost, or at worst is complete bollocks.

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Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after sacking 68 people

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Re: his work there is done

They are to big to fail, or their ego is.

I say this as someone who watched a MD lose 40K on a project, (to give you some idea I was lambasted for almost losing 30 quid on a project I was making a nice extra profit of 16K over the profit margin target). Who took time twice to personally sit down in front of me at work and tell me I should consider myself lucky his project was such a success (honestlly we will lose the money but its worth it for the advertising (it was not and it did not get us more work)), otherwise he would be personally sacking me.

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Dutch cops train anti-drone eagle squadron

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Re: Instant amputation of Eagle's feet?

People know how to train Eagles outside of Khazakhstan Falconry has been praticed worldwide for years.

Anyway you want them learning the same techniques as to take birds in flight not wolves on the ground, unless you are going for the drone owners.

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Re: Useless

I think there's more than two police and some of the others probably aren't training Eagles.

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Re: Instant amputation of Eagle's feet?

I think you may be underestimating the Eagles.

The feet are basically skin bone sinew and talon evolved into weapons, they are probably pretty tough if you think of the average Eagles use of them they need to withstand some punishment, and strong as well after all a Golden Eagle can pull a goat of a cliff.

Not sure how tough the blades are on a bigger drone, but I'd bet the Eagle would learn to adapt its strikes as well.

Or you could always fly a Harpy Eagle pretty sure that would sort out any commercial drone.

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Cunning Greek lizards seek skin-matching rocks

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Re: Too many husbands..

I thought the Jury was still out on them being venomous but having a look I see maybe not. I can believe that about the Komodo's being tameable apparently crocodillians can be tamed as well. Large herps have some brain space for intelligence, and I can see them being good pets. Just never had room or lifestyle for anything larger than geckos though. :)

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I think colour might be a subjective term, i.e we limit it to what we can see and call that coloured light. Mantis shrimp vision for example see's a massive spectrum of light compared to humans, there idea of colour might make ours look drab.

A dog can't see the full colour range of spectrum we see and so can't see green I think.

Weirdly experiments with cultures that use less words for colour or more, have trouble perceiving them, or better perceive them depending on their language. Things like shades of green or even green vs blue become indecipherable.

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Re: Too many husbands..

That's one of the reasons they let it have the left overs, you don't mess around with a lizard that size foolishly, also wild ones mouths are dirty you are looking at a good few antibiotic injections, pretty sure it was a wild monitor it was at their house and its pretty junglish round there, also I would have expected the locals in village areas to have scared them away, or munched on them, there's lots of chickens usually left semi wild around a lot of houses in the countryside anything messing with them tends to have a short lifespan.

However if you go to some of the parks in Bangkok you can see them there wandering through the park and raiding bins during the day. They will walk right past you and ignore you, funnily enough there's no ducks on the park lake.

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Re: Too many husbands..

Large wild monitors are interesting, friends have had a full size water monitor (about 6ft) make its way onto the balcony whilst they were stoned and help itself to leftover food on the table, they didn't argue.

Then again I have seen smaller wild ones do a runner, probably because they know they will end up in the cook pot, in fact I suspect I may have eaten one.

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Re: UV photoreceptors

I'd say movement definetly helps. Having actually spent some days going out and hunting snakes and lizards, the power of staying still for camoflage is very useful thats why a lot freeze if they think they are spotted. (Also some reptiles that hunt are definetly triggered by movement).

Sometimes the best way to find reptiles was either to stay very still and listen for rustling, or to poke about a bit using a stick in the undergrowth and see what moves.

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Re: Zoology, hardly rocket science is it?

Your looking at photos expecting to see a lizard and that has been chosen to show it off a bit. You can easily miss lizards in the wild if you are just walking about.

Some raptors will predate lizards some of the species are quite small, the smallest being Falconets that are about budgie size. In Europe would not surprise me if something like a Merlin would think about it.

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Re: Tempting fate

Same thing happens in Guppies, males are more likely to be eaten.

Guess you could argue that the females surviving more helps the species, you only need a few males.

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

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We need a general sign. Something just along the line of "Try and think" or "Look, just don't be an idiot.".

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Re: How bad?

No it's a fair question.

To be honest I don't know. You have the inner turbine blades that are strong in some ways but can shatter, design that try and prevents things from getting to them, including how the airflows I think. Plus general plane design to allow a pilot to fly on one engine for example. Hard crunchy components from a drone don't know how different that may be from a bird strike, bird bones might not be as tough.

But you also have murphys law, you can design as much as you like but you don't actually want it to happen because every time several bits of things randomly hit an engine you can only model to a certain degree the parts paths they would take, every times different maybe one day its hits that thing and does damage no one expected.

I say in essence emergency features are for emergencies and in practice you work to avoid the instances when they occur before they can occur.

I would still say the distraction value can be critical as well I was not joking about that landing, the pilot pulled a sharp banking climbing turn above manchester on the pull out, I can't think there's a time there were you want him paying attention to anything other than flying.

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Re: How bad?

Considering my landing last week consisted of a go around due to winds, and a following landing where the pilot really used all the runway and got a cheer. I'm rather glad he wasn't distracted by something going crunch in the engine or on the cockpit glass.

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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Uptime

OK not as long as some of these, but in my first job as helldesk make work we had to call round all of the stores we covered, make sure they were happy etc, check the servers. These were not high quality servers more like a bit better than PC's running SCO, the tills ran DOS. One store though had a server uptime of 9yrs, and the manager of a few years didn't even know they had technical support they had never had to make a call.

Also the comments about Sun kit, a friend worked as one of their repair techs I remember the toolkit he was provided, torque limited tools real precision stuff, those servers must have been built to some tolerances.

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Europe: Go on. Ask us to probe the £130m 'sweetheart' deal HMRC made with Google

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There's no time I have watched any commons debate when I have actually thought the MP's are actually there to do something other than go it's your fault, no it's your fault, no it's your... ad infinitum.

If it was some of the places I have worked we'd get rid of dipshits like this because they don't actually add any value to progressing along, the other places unfortunately we would promote them to middle managers.

Personally I'm happy to see them all go the way of the Syrius Cybernetics Corportaion.

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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That photo.

Please photoshop Vader in at the back.

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Fretful Amazon wishes it could get more Android action

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Stock android

There's a reason people like stock android.

If I want to add shit that gos through my permissions and delivers content from a company I want to be the one that chooses that content. Why can't they understand, liking crap you can't remove added by the manufacturr or phone provider is like buying a dell PC and going oh its got Norton pre-installed how wonderful.

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

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Re: Nothing like this will happen

The thing is the police selling to news of the world were corrupt anyway, so database access is a moot point. They were not good coppers.

You want to stop that sort of stuff, we need to start convicting the right people and stop letting those people at that level get away with it and be more open with things like IPC complaints, restricing them from doing there job because they can't be trusted is looking at it the wrong way.

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Re: Why badges?

Well if they are disabled then they have a disabled badge sticker, which means then they can park in the space that's how it works mate, if they don't fuck 'em.

Generally speaking if someone has a blue badge then I give them the benefit of the doubt, thats why the police should be able to check.

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Re: Why badges?

No we usually pointed it out as they were walking in as the parking spaces were right by the door, most people would turn back and actually move their car at that point, the power of a lot of people queing at tills staring at you I guess. If not we used to stick a notice on the car asking for it to be moved, a good tape that leaves glue residue helps.

Course there's alway some twat who thinks he is entitled, but if you let people get away with it without trying then more fool you.

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Re: Why badges?

No he didn't have tourettes, he was inflicted with being a wanker.

I hate people who park in those spaces when they shouldn't in my Saturday job days we used to announce them across the intercom and ask them to move their car when it happened. Luckily our manager had no problms with us shaming them.

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Google and HMRC face Parliamentary grilling over £130m tax deal

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Re: Posturing

Politicians need to make sure their retirement is secured, it won't happen any time soon.

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

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Re: Major Robert Cain VC - Clarkson & Thomas Durrant

Its worth seeing Clarksons documentary on this and the St Nazaire Raid, which are actually rather good and easily findable on youtube.

With that in mind Sgt Thomas Durrant who took part in the St Nazaire raid and at the age of 23, providing cover for others basically had a gun battle in a small wooden ship against a destroyer, and fought until he died from wounds.

The German captain of the destroyer actually sought out officers from the raid who had been captured and told them he should get a VC.

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Re: Jon Pertwee

On a similar note Tony Hart, who served with the 1st Gurhka Rifles in Burma, when asked in an interview whether it was dangerous, he just grinned and went "Rather".

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It's replicant Roy Batty's birthday – but hey, where's my killer robot?

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Re: Deckard

Typing from phone, slightly drunk, pardon spelling.

There is a deleted scene that show Deckard talking to the guy shot at the beginning and it show the chief and the gaff being able to see through Deckard and the invalids eyes

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North Wales Police outsourcing deal results in massive overspend

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We thought?

We thought by bringing it all into one contract, rather than having seven or eight different contracts, it would save money. But the bills are coming in and they are not saving money and actually costing more,” the North Wales

Did no one do any actual sums then?

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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Re: mneh

Yep the problem with the Han, Greedo redone shootout is its so shoddily done. Techs at ILM must have been crying at the Pound shop quality.

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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Links to Breibart should always be treated as dubious.

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Re: All you treehuggers need to look at the numbers.

Ah have I misquoted that's my bad an error of poor research on my part rather than an attempt to be disingenuous. I stand corrected.

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