* Posts by perlcat

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

perlcat

Re: GIMP: love it

The GIMP has done everything I've needed it to do. If I script, then it's Image::Magick, but for what I need, it's worth the learning curve.

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Re: What a hero

When there's trouble at the mill, you always should expect an inquisition.

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Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog

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objoke

This place is going to the dogs.

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

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At last...

A good use case scenario for self-driving cars.

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IT manager jailed for 5 years for attempting dark web gun buy

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Re: "attempting to evade the duty on an imported item"???

Yes, that's how chickensh*t LEO's handle it when they think it ought to be illegal, but it isn't. It's also called 'selective enforcement', as I'm sure the law is applied the same for every package sent to a UK address from international addresses. Oops. Sorry, my sarcasm is acting up again today.

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BOFH: How long does it take to complete Friday's lager-related tasks?

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Re: I know exactly how they feel

That's what happens when you can't say "NO".

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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@Tom 7

You ain't just whistling Dixie. My mind's eye moved out after reading that.

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WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

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Re: Surf's up!!! Maybe, maybe not.

I'm putting that down as one of the stupidest scientific quotes of all time. You can always get a 1:1 correlation if you adjust your sample size down to the one instance where you have found life. Clearly there's no intelligent life in his office.

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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

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Re: Today VW ...

I dunno, but the horsemeat scandal triggered a lot of people,

IGMC

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Astroboffins snap BREATHTAKING, WISPY Veil Nebula supernova debris

perlcat

Re: Sir

If you were in a close position to view this, your view would be rather brief.

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Excellus healthcare hack puts 10m Americans at risk of identity theft

perlcat

Say, I've got a great idea!

Let's connect all these systems together using mandated legislation nobody ever read, voted in by politicians that don't know the difference between an email client and server, and are not able to tell "Classified Top Secret" data from unclassified personal emails, even though it was two separate computer systems, one of which was clearly labeled as a secure network, so the only way to take information off is to manually key it in.

I'd say that no one's that stupid, but, hey, it *is* the law of the land these days.

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Ich nicht bin Charlie: Facebook must crack down on racists, says Germany's Merkel

perlcat

Says it all:

"When people stir up sedition under their real name on social networks..."

Well, just don't do that.

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'Walter Mitty' IT manager admits to buying gun on dark web

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Re: Surprised it doesn't happen more often

My cynical take on the "Darknet" is that it's more like the Ashley Madison site, with maybe 6 or 7 actual sellers that didn't get the memo, hundreds of dumbasses that think they can actually buy, tens of thousands of "lookers", and any remaining "seller" or "buyer" is a government front or someone looking to entrap.

A lot like the scene on "Office Space", where they looked up "money laundering" in the encyclopedia. If you want the term to describe these things in general, I suggest: "dumbasserie", and this in specific: "Dumbassnet".

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West's only rare earth mine closes. Yet Chinese monopoly fears are baseless

perlcat

There's another mine in Elk Creek, Nebraska -- operated by NioCorp. Haven't gotten anything out of the ground yet, though.

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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Re: Going soft

It's not pity. If there were no survivors, then how would people know to not trifle with the BOFH?

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

perlcat

I'm calling BS on this one.

I think that space exploration is a major priority. However, this smacks of budget-time theatrics where they say "Look what you forced us to do. Since we failed to plan ahead and remove non-viewable internal parts when we *gave* these away to museums, we now want to appear in the headlines. Give us money. "

If they'd have planned ahead,any usable parts would already have been removed and stored, and using them would be a mere inventory adjustment. It was either a failure to plan ahead (which isn't a phrase you should use to describe people bulding great big, explosive rockets), or just more kabuki.

This lack of planning is ironic; the reason that NASA is lacking for funds is because they are unable to come up with a plan for future exploration that resonates. Instead, they prefer to keep funding their bureaucracy, which is about as uninspiring as you can get. A more active NASA would have no problems getting funded. What they are doing now is the equivalent of an oil drilling company drilling dry holes in order to preserve their lease. If you doubt me, ask yourself -- we used to use the term "space-aged" to describe the technological offshoots of the space program. How long has it been since there have been significant 'space-aged' offshoots from the current program? It certainly couldn't have been from the national embarrassment* that was the Space Shuttle (the B52 of space exploration). Why did they have to reverse engineer the Saturn V engines? Surely they could have gone and used the blueprints and research data? Losing that information, so fundamental to their purpose, was way beyond criminal.

The enormous bureacracy that is NASA was created as a *side effect* of the moon project, not the end goal. I think they may be unclear on that. As much as it pains me, I think that NASA should be eliminated, and a different agency created from the ground up. They've squandered enough technology to get us to Mars and back a dozen times.

Read this and weep: it is not a triumphant story about a technological advance, but instead a sad reminder of how pathetically mismanaged NASA was and is: http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/04/how-nasa-brought-the-monstrous-f-1-moon-rocket-back-to-life/ -- I dont think claiming a "technological advance" as a result of *duplicating* what I saw on a museum trip is anything resembling truthful. It's a "recovery of lost technology". Ask yourself who lost it, and why are we paying these idiots money to squander the resources they are in charge of.

*It wasn't an embarrassment when it was new, but why didn't they replace it when it first became obsolete?

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Secret US-Pacific trade pact leak exposes power of the copyright lobby

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I do not envy dairy farmers of any sort, they lead a difficult life.

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perlcat

Re: They seem to have a lot to hide...

Why, yes, yes, they do.

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perlcat

Re: I'm not subject to secret laws

I don't think so. It certainly doesn't apply to the politicians that vote for it.

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

perlcat

Re: Bandit theory

Precisely. The implication that there is a causal relationship between a bloated government and a well-to-do society is laughable. If anything, the causality flows the other way. Like Willie Sutton, old-time bank robber, they go there because that's where the money is. No more, no less.

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perlcat

Re: As usual.

I disagree. The crucial difference is that the nuImperialist has no interest in actually keeping said primitive brown people alive. They're simply engaged in the societal mutual masturbation exercise of "doing the 'right' thing", regardless of the actual consequences. Since they feel so gosh-darned *good* about themselves, they're happily able to ignore a democide or two of their own creation, or, even better, blame it on the people that have the gall to oppose them.

The old Imperialist may have had serfs, but dead serfs can't work mines.

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

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Re: Questions

They do, however, flock to the Maori studies and women's studies courses - neither of which is any use for employment. Which pretty much says it all. There's more money/satisfaction to be made in being outraged, offended, and discriminated against than in actually performing work for pay. Reminds me of a conversation I recently had:

Outrageist: "There aren't enough women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math professions."

Me: "What was your major?"

Outrageist: "Womyn's Studies"

Me: "..."

In a normal world, I'd have asked her why she wasn't in such a major -- but I'd like to keep my job, and so freedom of speech went right down the old crapper.

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Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

perlcat

Re: Wait!

It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of assholes. erm, "guys".

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

perlcat

Re: Ah....

Yes, they singlehandedly got a grip on their needs.

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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

perlcat

but of course!

It's a good faith deletion, and you can rest assured that it will be most thoroughly deleted from the place where you know it to be.

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

perlcat

Re: Tidy Desk

Fix your nomenclature. It isn't an 'untidy desk'; your desk is a 'Horizontal Filing System', and the issues you are dealing with are fragmentation and indexing. Just remember, some FS's are better than others at coping with it. You may or may not need a wetware update, but if retrieval is acceptable, the correct resolution to the issue is to ignore it as in all probability, you have other issues that demand more attention, which may include getting a higher score in nethack.

This from a tech who told a manager "I'll be happy to give your issue all the attention it deserves". I hung up the phone, and we were both happy -- for different reasons, of course.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

perlcat

Re: CAN Bus

That's reassuring. I had thought that the builders of trucks and airplanes were more sane than auto manufacturers. My faith in universal corporate stupidity has been restored! Now I can sleep at night. Wait a minute...

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

perlcat

Re: "At which point, believe it or not, the government will get less tax, not more"

Not exactly. In a just and well-run world, they'd shut off services that yield marginal benefits, are excessively expensive, or that haven't been proved to actually work.

I kill me, I really do. If your politics work like they do in the US, shutting off those sorts of things would stop the flow of cash to their pockets or their crony's pockets. They'll just take the page out of the 0bama playbook, threaten to shut down all sorts of essential services, and hire new sentries in order to block the public from using facilities that don't cost anything to erect, and cost nothing to maintain. After all, being a heel pays big dividends and with the press in your back pocket, unlikely to generate a backlash.

Don't believe me? Google 'obama blocks world war 2 memorial'.

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Why the USS NetApp is a doomed ship

perlcat

Yep, and thanks to the powers that be

now our Marines need to hitch rides on other nation's ships. Embarrassing, really.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

perlcat

Re: Peter principle

You'll have to excuse me while I laugh and mock the statement: "... there is no reason that a political appointee, if supported by competent and experienced civil service executives, cannot be quite successful as director."

In other words, competence and experience isn't a requirement for a job that's essentially a payoff. If the job is truly a sinecure, wholly redundant, then she shouldn't have been given enough power to get into trouble. While the realist in me understands that she was placed there to oversee the ideological purge, in a sane universe, she shouldn't also purge the competent and experienced employees in order to preserve her pathetic and incompetent ass. She's been hoist by her own petard, and man, is that funny.

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perlcat

Re: Peter principle

In other words, a political hack of such imbecility that basic IT behavior like the "extreme measures" mentioned are actually viewed as extreme measures.

Given that most of the Administration didn't have a problem with the Secretary of State using her own personal email server until it was politically advantageous, not a surprise. The only surprise I have is that there isn't more of this. They're too ignorant to know they've been hacked. Surprised they haven't retaliated on the people that found and reported the pwnage.

My guess is that security firm will never work in DC again.

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perlcat

Re: Ha

Thanks to our fine government, solving imaginary problems by replacing them with real ones since the start.

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

perlcat

Re: "Earth" is a frequency!

I propose the length of time to be in 'KardshianMarriages" -- that's a reasonably long period when talking about seasons.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

perlcat
Coat

The opposition to this activity is oddly stiffer than anticipated.

I'll go away now.

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perlcat

Re: Cycling normally works the other way

Wrong saddle.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

perlcat

UI changes are not always bad.

However, part of the workflow for changing them should involve a life-threatening beating for the 5 top officers/wage earners in the company. If the need surpasses their unwillingness to be beat within an inch of their life, then the change is necessary and should go in.

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

perlcat

Nice try, but I doubt that they will learn the lesson. Not when they can socialize the costs and privatize the profits.

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

perlcat

Re: says:

Using the Gateway 2000 AnyKey keyboard. A thing of programmable beauty, good for many fun pranks when I worked for the CowCompany.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

perlcat

Wow.

Truly disgusting. Sadly, in the US, we can't claim any moral distinction, given that we have the Kardashians on TV, whose only difference between this utter scum and themselves is that they have enough animal cunning to parley what should be utter humiliation into a fortune. Yeccch.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

perlcat

Re: I'm feeling a bit ambivalent this morning...

Better calm down, Walter. You're lathering again.

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

perlcat

BOFH will neither win nor lose this one.

Gina transcends evil. This is setting up to be an epic mugging of the Company.

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Boffins cure BONING PROBLEMS in 'virtual lab'

perlcat

The solution to this is simple.

Anyone that wishes to stop animal testing should either volunteer to be a test subject, or be called out for the hypocrite they are..

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

perlcat
Coat

Re: Welly boots

Lends a whole new layer to the term "trigger foods".

IGMC

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

perlcat

I used to think that Gina was a perfect match for the BOFH.

Now I know she's the One for me.

Pity that I'm already married and all.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

perlcat

Re: CFH Gina?

I want more of her, as well. She was brilliant. Evil, too. Bastard needs this to keep him in line.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Coat

You guys got it all wrong.

I want Barbie to do my laptop servicing.

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

perlcat

Re: Swoons

You are not the only one. She slams my doors, too.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

perlcat

Re: If you want to make a million from playing music...

Excellent advice. People have to understand that if a record company made an artist a millionaire, it's because they made themselves billionaires.

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perlcat

Wrong.

That's how "crony capitalism" works. Crony capitalism works by taking money and power from the people in order to award it to the politically connected. If you understand that pattern, you may find that your politics may be challenged.

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BOFH: SOOO... You want to sell us some antivirus software?

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@Peter2

I love your sweeping generalisation that all exe's are bad. I work as a sysadmin, and trolls like you are why I have to first zip exe's using weird compression, rename them to .tiff, open with a hex editor and insert 1029 bytes of tiff file information at the top, just so I can transfer a file, remove the 1029 bytes, rename to whatever zip format and uncompress them and do my job. Pray to whatever gods you believe in that I never discover what kind of car you drive, where you eat, or where you sleep. Revenge is a dish best served totally unbeknownst to the target.

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