You don't ask the BOFH to list only the good things that come to his mind about his mother.
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Wait, so it wasn't called Penis Island but the young children's TV Show "Bod" does translate as Penis? THIS IS A FAR BIGGER STORY!
Won't somebody think of the children? I mean, they're not children now, obviously, they're me and maybe a fair few other readers here. But maybe we wouldn't all be reading stories about penis islands if we hadn't been subliminally assailed with Scottish knobbery from an early age!
Classic send up
"As well as the usual dried food and water for the orbiting outpost's crew..."
I guess they must save a lot of space by sending up dried water.
"Eternity was mentioned frequently, and you can’t get more life-enhancing than that, surely."
They are onto a winner here. What could be more life-enhancing than the fact that from the perspective of any sufficiently long timescale our lives are no more than the tiniest flicker, of no possible impact or value, just a momentary sputter of energy in the endless river of meaningless dust.
Thanks Yamaha, my life feels a lot enhanced.
Re: We are forgeting the important part
Contractors are usually on fairly strong contracts ( there in the name ) and if it proves to be from an ex-contractor they will have an immediate recourse to law and will be able to sue them to the limits of their finances and then also to the limits of their insurance cover.
Re: What If
Good point. Except that there is no evidence that misogynists ( of whom there seems to be a bafflingly huge number relative to a handful of actual misandrists ) need any help at all in making themselves look like repugnant imbeciles. They seem to actively enjoy it, in the same way that American conservatives do. Maybe it's just the new fashion with the young people and whathaveyou. Probably in a few years they'll look back and be as cringingly embarrassed by their antics as we are witnessing them.
Is it easier for it to start from a comet?
My organic chemistry knowledge is basically zero, so the part I'm not following is why it is more likely that these chemicals would have originated from a comet than from lightning striking primordial soup, or whatever the currently favoured terrestrial theory for the origin of complex proteins is.
Are these chemicals more common on comets than they would have been in an early terrestrial environment? How did they get onto the comets in the first place? Did they just happen there? Is the universe surprisingly high in protein?
An easily solved problem
Clearly what he needs to do is declare a WAR ON STRESS.
It worked for Reynholm Industries, it could work for them.
Now you're just being mean.
If it were me I would hide the interesting stuff in the music on the other side...
Having read up a lot on equine physiology I was under the impression that this was fairly widely acknowledged.
This has certainly affected my enjoyment of monsters in popular media- when they turn up with a horizontal pupil I start thinking "wait, this is a prey-animal eye, how did that evolve?"
As an alternative are you suggesting that nobody should do anything to try and improve matters anywhere because they may not have foreseen every possible consequence of their actions?
Re: Picking Nits: TIN versus Tin
Of course if a conductive form of lead could be produced with the requisite flexibility and conductivity we could make lead led leads for lead guitarists. If they were exclusively designed to power their fretlights they would be for lead guitarists' LEDs.
Re: super cow powers.
Sounds like you're describing that most terrifying of weapons, what the scots refer to as a "military coo."
Lucky we're all getting our coats ahead of this camping trip.
Well, maybe you shouldn't be flying your drone through the men's showers?
Re: It is about time
I reckon they meant the fusion of Jazz and rock favoured by bands such as Weather Report, which we actually have had since the 1970s, so no cause for complaint there really.
Re: My greatest fear
I think I originally came here from Slashdot about twelve years ago after it was pointed out that every interesting story there was a repost of something from here.
EE have signal sometimes
With my phone on EE I often have no signal. When I have a data connection it has a selection of letters: 'H', 'H+', 'G', 'E' and maybe a few others? Anyway experience has shown that all of these letters signify that I have download rate a little slower than a 22.5k dial-up modem.
How have they spent this much money? What on earth are they doing?
I mean, I get how you could spend a few million on getting a good size team of decent developers to build your application for you and more for some solid hardware to run it on or to hire the cloud services that it will need, but sixteen billion???
That is more than the annual cost of all unemployment benefits put together. What is wrong with them?
This is where private sector involvement falls down. If they had simply recruited and employed all the staff needed to design, implement and maintain this, it would have cost far less than they have already spent. The British government spends far too little on hiring good people, too much on horrible, awful, appallingly designed private sector contracts. Great if your ministers want a directorship but a shitty deal for us as taxpayers.
Re: I wouldn't bother
"This is no child of mine" - Emacs
Goes to install Atom.
Downloads Windows installer package.
Waits for an installation path to be queried.
No installation path is forthcoming.
Editor is installed to some god-forsaken corner of the user profile folder, with no option for it to go anywhere else. Apparently this is by design.
Re: While we're talking about money...
If this is an argument, the quality of dissent is really going down hill.
Re: Katherine Archuleta is lying to Congress!
This is about the only solution to the problem - but not just the OPM, To clear the risks caused by this compromise they just have to to fire everyone who has gone through that vetting system. From what I can tell that means a complete government staff turnover. Should be exciting times watching a completely new civil service try to figure out how to do their jobs...
Might as well leave the stable door open now
Given that all the most personal information about everybody in the US intelligence services is now available to at least one hostile nation, why bother with more security infrastructure now? I mean really, how much worse can it get?
Going to be very interesting to see how things go on as this information starts to be used. Guessing the US are going to have to be bringing a lot of people home from various parts of the world over the next few months...
Re: Ooops, pet peeve triggered
I don't enjoy fiddly and ridiculous game difficulties, but I do rather enjoy a bit of Dark Souls, which is punishingly difficult but never feels unfair, it just makes you angry with yourself for being such an idiot. Of course it does also give you safe starting points and allow you to start from different ones, which is something those old-school games could really have used doing.
The old fashioned thing where you had to learn to be pixel perfect on a specific jump was purely frustrating, but games where the way you win is by learning to be better at the game - as opposed to simply by persisting - are something I can get behind.
Interspecies DNA exchange
When I was at school we learned that one of the markers of speciation was that you didn't have fertile offspring between different species, which left me questioning how the DNA got here at all. Luckily the internet exists so here is an interesting explanation of how Neanderthal DNA probably got into anatomically modern humans.
Re: TIL about centimorgans
But what is that in double-decker busses?
Re: Lots of people have to fill this out
And so is my Porn Name!
Re: @ Doctor Syntax
Social Security Numbers are the absolute least of it. They took the results of the security clearance background checks - those are an in-depth exploration of the risks a person might present if given security clearance, all the bad debts, past affairs and other secrets that might make them vulnerable to blackmail. It would be hard to imagine a more complete treasure-trove of information for a hostile intelligence agency or a more enormous and comprehensive screw up from any government organisation with the least interest in the wellbeing of the state.
Re: Pronunciation change?
So less like "yer ANus" and more like "YOUR anus"?
Yup, that's much better.
Re: High WIS
Jeff Atwood talked about about this a while back: http://blog.codinghorror.com/software-developers-and-aspergers-syndrome/ ( with interesting follow-up pertinent to the original story here: http://blog.codinghorror.com/what-can-men-do/ )
The ratio of autism diagnosis is 4:1 in favour of males, but the incidence of female autism spectrum problems is higher than most people realise because women tend to manifest symptoms a little differently - possibly as a result of cultural conditioning - and they can often go without being diagnosed.
Or maybe "Standardised National Identity Format Unification"?
I don't know about FMI - any way we could work it over to "FML" instead?
Re: @Tim Worstall
In this case I'd say education will be very important in mitigating the effects of change, but it needs to be oriented towards flexibility and skills that can be transferred across industries and environments. Unfortunately the current system here appears to be oriented towards passing the kind of exams that ministers took fifty years ago, which probably won't help develop the adaptability people will need in future economies.
Re: What about the noise
The real problem for the French was that most of the people they were listening in to spoke English and using audio-only recording left no room for subtitles, so they had no idea what anyone was saying.
Maybe the majority don't care because they don't handle the kind of information that might be interesting to the agents of international espionage. It's simply not their problem.
And "them" in this case is pretty much "us" with maybe a very few exceptions among the commentardiat.
Fear Uncertainty and Dismay caused by the suggestion that the World Series only features American team. I'm just not sure how afraid, uncertain or dismayed most people would be by that implication.
"Windows 10" is a bit of a cumbersome title, perhaps they could go for something a bit more classy, maybe a Roman numeral?
Co-op energy have been a staggering incompetence circus in our experience.
For a long time they were sending bills for money we didn't owe to an address where we don't live. Every month we would contact them to tell them they were doing this and each month we would be solemnly assured that they had resolved the problem. A month later: Another bill for money we didn't owe to an address where we didn't live- in fact to an address a hundred miles away where one of us once had lived and the Co-op had mysteriously decided that all bills should be sent.
The rates, are not bad, but the cost in terms of time and annoyance is quite high.
Still, better than BT I guess.
Re: It certainly seems to have downsides
That is absolutely perfect.
I hope El Reg take notice and start using "Belgium Everywhere" instead of IoT across the board.
It certainly seems to have downsides
One small but signficant - to me - detail is that sometimes I need to be able to adjust the heating in my house even when the internet connection is not working.
In fact, nobody is allowed to have internet connectivity for the first two weeks in a new house ( as far as I can tell ) ( or make that six to nine weeks if you somehow sign up with BT ) so presumably no IoT home furnishings can work in that period either.
It just doesn't seem to add much convenience.
Re: This is so exciting
I'm surprised Apple aren't branching out into this area.
The art of theft
"For a skilled entertainer, this would be no problem" - the question is who counts as a skilled entertainer? Do the Chuckle Brothers count?
Re: Time to leave
Serious question! Is there anyone keeping a list of awesome places to live? Like ones where the government isn't on a brisk dive towards Orwellian disaster?
I have vague hopes that if they manage to drag us out of Europe the EU might offer some kind of asylum scheme to those of us who find more value in belonging to the EU than in belonging to England...
The problem with allowing users to write their own question is that although it confers security to smart users, it confers broad new vistas of insecurity to dumb ones. Which is, unfortunately, most of us...
Re: Spell it phonetically
His full name is currently Bruce QKNNqX5RPied54StngMi0ZfMNF8l637cwywzQJ1302FdwG3R4NLodqYi1vMy6FS Schneier.
You've reached Half Life? Wait until you reach Deus Ex, you'll love it.
I don't know who said it, but I am sure a correctly designed automated car would reply with "OFFER ACCEPTED."