* Posts by Kubla Cant

1802 posts • joined 28 Jun 2010

Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

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Re: Isis

I've never heard of Isis Academy, but Oxford has had a magazine called Isis since 1892, and an eponymous river (aka Thames) for rather longer.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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It's OK in other states

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Re: Is that my flying car I hear approaching.....?

@LDS All good points. It sounds like what we need is a lighter-than-air flying car, but I suppose there are problems, such as size and slowness, with that.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: Procurement always works this wonder

The expensive supplier is often chosen because it delivers on account and invoices.

It might be cheaper and quicker to pop out to Maplin, but it creates issues like "Why isn't X at his desk?" and then there's the faff of drawing petty cash or paying with your own money and claiming on expenses. The solution is a company charge card, but the PHB doesn't like allowing minions to spend company money.

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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

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Re: Order and decency can only be restored by reversing the First Referendum vote

That would be the Scotland one, then.

Tick, tock...

The First Referendum was on 5 June 1975. Reverse the result of that and we've been out of the Common Market European Economic Community European Union for 41 years.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: GOOD FOR HER!

Dupl post

And that means dupl downvotes.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Whichever way you voted, it's fun to see the Eurocrats spitting the dummy. First of all, we get "Leave means leave! We want you out tomorrow." Then we had "We won't let you screen immigrants in Calais any more." Now it's "See how you like it when we all start speaking French."

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

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Re: The next question is whether the UK should add this min limit for next Scottish IndyRef?

Definitely not. The 60%/75% rule only applies to referenda that return the wrong result.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: As I think Spike Milligan said..

Laugh? I almost did.

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Re: Yep, there's a huge difference between ''wiped out" and "nearly wiped out".

Moa, Ostrich, Rhea, Elephant Bird, Penguins, ...

I don't see many of those 'hopping around in the treetops'.

I suspect the flightless birds evolved from flying birds, rather than being dinosaurs that couldn't climb trees. Even though they're grounded, they retain most of their bird-like adaptations, such as wings and beaks. That's why they're "flightless birds", rather than "feathered dinosaurs".

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Willie Eckerslike

Steve Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO

As soon as I read his name, I found myself thinking of Willie Eckerslike*. In light of the toothless enforcement reported in the article it seems appropriate.

* I thought this was just the name of a character invented by the much-missed Victoria Wood, but It seems to have wider currency.

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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A cute accent

I'd never heard of a cat café, so when I read "Twenty-two cats from Japanese cat cafes" [sic], I thought I'd post a short WTF. I didn't want to appear ignorant, so I copied "cat cafes" from the article and did a quick search of the 45 comments already in place. Nothing found, so I went ahead.

When I came to read through the posts, I found there was quite a bit about "cat cafés", with the accent, so I had to withdraw my post. Serves me right for under-estimating the literacy of Reg commentards.

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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I recall a girl saying around 1990 that all her friends suntanned topless at the swimming pool, and she was feeling peer pressure.

The peer in question is now being investigated by Operation Yewtree.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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Re: Not just Virgin....

a separate incident with a rogue JCB

Backhoe screws backhaul?

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Publicly owned open spaces in Wales now feature a Red Button...

Sounds like the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia National Park.

(OK, maybe these aren't actually publicly-owned, but I don't know the names of any other Welsh open spaces.)

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Re: Strange Sign

"bulking out bread flour with white Lead" That doesn't make any sense. Lead carbonate is, and has always been, more expensive than flour.

The main adulterants for white flour were alum (hydrated potassium aluminium sulfate) and chalk. Ground bone was sometimes added, too.

If you didn't want to eat it, you could always pave the patio with slices.

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Re: Anonymous? Really?

the real health issue in Wales, alcohol

So Sunday closing really worked as expected?

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No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

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Re: Still don't understand how this happens

This stuff shouldn't go out to AWS or any other commercial cloud provider. G-Cloud should be able to offer the same. And if it doesn't, why not?

Because the scalability of cloud services is largely a result of serving a lot of different clients with varying load requirements. A government facility isn't a cloud in this sense, it's just a web server scaled to what is thought to be the maximum likely demand.

The odd thing is that the sites always crash when they're overloaded. If overload is likely it would make sense to throttle access through a proxy that is sufficiently lightweight to have little risk of overload. It wouldn't solve the deadline problem, but it would reduce the problem where slow response makes people queue up numerous retries and open several clients, thereby increasing the overload.

I accept that the use of a commercial provider might be inappropriate, but I should have thought that the information being processed isn't super-sensitive, and it ought to be possible to devise an arrangement that respects security requirements in a commercial environment.

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Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

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Re: fx comapny gb

onepintleft? I'd guess you've drunk a few dozen.

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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Wouldn't it be 'format space c colon backslash enter'?

No backslash. "C:\" is a directory. The thing you want to format is a drive, so "format space C colon".

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Tidal?

Rivers are another massive (and reliable!) source of energy and again untapped ( in this country)

@Prst. V.Jeltz: citation? I'd be amazed to learn that the comparatively small, slow-moving rivers of England could deliver much energy.

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Re: I'm still upset...

No doubt you still telephone for a taximeter cabriolet to take you home?

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Language, by it's nature (at least the English language in all it's various flavors) changes. As a tech writer in the defense industry seemingly eons ago, I used to use machine-gun... then that was changed to machinegun.

I hope that in your role as a tech writer you observed the difference between "it's" and "its". One is a contraction of "it is"; the other is the possessive form of the inanimate pronoun. It's the latter you want.

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Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver

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Re: Isle of Man did this nearly 50 years ago - at last our Mint wakes up

I think the Isle of Man issues novel notes and coins with an eye on the collector market. I recall that they issued a £1 coin some time before the Royal Mint did, and advertised it as the "Round Pound".

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Re: Legal tender?

I always thought it was about settling debts to the state, ie taxes, otherwise I'm fully at liberty to accept or reject your cash/goats) as you please

I suspect that if payment is offered in legal tender then you cannot seek legal remedy for non-payment.

As to whether the shops will continue to accept them, it surely depends on what the shopkeeper does with the contents of the till. If he deposits the cash at the bank, then demonetized fivers shouldn't be a problem. Many big shops accept USD and EUR even though they have never been legal tender. If he simply stuffs it in his wallet, then he's likely to be more choosy.

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Re: Ted Baker shoes are good for wide feet

... but not for long, I suspect. I've bought two items of leather goods from Ted Baker, and both fell apart within weeks. One was a belt - how incompetent do you have to be to fail when making a belt?

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Re: 9 1/2 shoes

most people have wider feet than the average shoe is made for

Clothing and footwear manufacturers seem blind to the actual dimensions of real people. Try buying a casual shirt. Most are so tight they constrict my breathing. I may not be as svelte as I used to be, but I don't think the size of my rib-cage has changed. And I find it hard to believe that skinny twenty-somethings have the financial resources to be the target market for Thomas Pink, Gant, Ted Baker et al.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Fit for purpose

If you're sent a document that contains scripts, I suggest you treat it as malware.

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Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update

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Re: Erm... theres

And when you phone them up they presumably take a card payment. It should be simple enough for card companies to identify the beneficiary.

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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

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Re: I think a paid service would only work

people who only view the BBC online, but who live in the UK, will now be obliged to pay for a TV licence

I'm wondering how they expect this to work. The implication is that every licence-holder will be issued with a username and password that they're expected to enter using the TV remote control. Such a preposterous plan would require an expensive support network and could cut authorised iPlayer use by 90%.

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You wanted innovation? We gave you Clippy the Paperclip in your IM client

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Re: Clippy was a nice idea but poorly executed

I bet I can apt-get install faster than you can "Alexa install bla bla bla"

No doubt, but you have to remember the tedious rigmarole required to install on Windows: search the web, download ye olde install.msi, run it, install missing .NET framework (even though you already have three installed), run the .msi again, shut down all other programs, run the .msi again, reboot (maybe twice).

Whenever I install something new on Linux I find myself asking "Why isn't it this easy on Windows?"

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Re: A.I. or A.H.? There's a big difference

Reproducing true human behavior in a machine is therefore likely impossible. How do you simulate all that... and why would you want to?

It's not as if there isn't a well-established procedure for producing real humans. (Or so I've been led to believe.)

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Re: Cue the EU competition watchdog...

Stop bitching: you have a choice. Use one of the several hundred Linux distros available. Then you can bitch about Unity and systemd ...... and choose another fork that is free from them..

The only truly safe option is RSTS/E.

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Re: Cue the hackers in 3, 2, 1...

"phone" number order, rather than keyboard keypad number order

Does anyone know why push-button phones were designed with these ridiculous keypads in the first place? I'm reasonably sure that calculators (desktop, not pocket) had keypads long before the first push-button phones were made.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Re: Typical of the advertising industry

Good products don't need to advertise. Somehow everyone seems to just know they're the best in their industry

Schnorfle! You owe me a new keyboard. How do I find out which is the best?

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German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

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Re: Its a bike...

Actually, it's an electric bike. It presumably requires assistance from an electric motor because the batteries, motor, electronic suspension and brakes make it too heavy for human propulsion.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: "Trust me, Microsoft reads these forums. "

Where are all the Microsoft Online Reputation Managers this morning?

I assumed that they were responsible for the many (and prolix) posts saying "wrong edition of Windows... should be using WSUS... should know better... should have an IT Department staffed by Windows experts...".

It's striking how this band of smartarses knows the TV station's business better than the TV station, when none of them appear to work there.

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

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Re: How endemic is it?

Social Media, number of active twitter accounts - around 230 million.

So if you can find 100 people in that 230 million who want to abuse you via twitter then that is 0.0000435% of the user base.

True, but in this case the abuse seems to have been a response to Jessie Frazelle's activities on behalf of Docker. No disparagement to Docker, but that's not exactly mass exposure. Most of the 230m Twats have never heard of Docker and wouldn't be interested in a presentation that explained it.

One of the many depressing things about this story is that the abuse presumably emanated from IT specialists, people who might be presumed to be better-educated and more intelligent than average.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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What about the solicitor?

Are Shyster and Shyster going to be fined? If the DPA doesn't place a responsibility of care on recipients of data, it ought to.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: Another routine desktop upgrade.

People looking for excitement will need to look to the server, including the new IBM mainframe support.

I'm always on the lookout for excitement, but I don't think my house is big enough or my electricity supply powerful enough to run an IBM mainframe.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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The last few years have seen an explosion in beardedness*. It's hard to believe that we're all becoming commensurately more sexist.

* I get the impression that it isn't very age-specific. Younger guys grow a beard to look cool. Old geezers like me grow them because they're tired of shaving, and in a probably futile attempt to conceal facial shortcomings.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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A pedant writes...

What are they going to do? Patrol the isles and ask people to leave?

I've never seen any isles in a cinema, though most seem to have one or more aisles.

Also, why does the article use the Merkin spelling "theater"? The AMC document depicted spells it "theatre".

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Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?

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Treadmills, grindstones and noses

I'm not qualified to comment on pair programming, but here's a theory about how agile methods increase productivity for rather mundane reasons.

Despite all the waffle about ownership and empowerment, one of the ways in which methods like Scrum improve productivity is simply be exposing every developer's efforts to the team. In a waterfall environment you get a piece of work and a relatively long slice of time to do it. Depending on your outlook, you may get it all done quickly then spend the rest of the time surfing, or spend most of the time surfing then get it all done even more quickly. In agile development, the smaller tasks and reporting to the daily stand-up tend to cut down on the time spent goofing off*.

I wonder if pairing enhances this effect? The two developers are unlikely to conspire to spend part of their time doing nothing much, so their noses stay in contact with the grindstone and the treadmill keeps on turning.

* I wish to make it clear that I personally think the goofing off time is when your brain does its best problem-resolving work. YMMV.

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Re: But is it DevOps?

Pairing one of the few remaining programmers with one of the few remaining sysadmins is probably not a recipe for success.

Isn't that how you breed DevOps people?

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

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Re: "Merlin engines"?

... after mythical characters ...

I always assumed the RR Merlin engine was named after the hawk, rather than the wizard.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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Re: Another reason...

@MonkeyCee b) IT not reporting the user, but advising them to knock it off

I agree with everything you say, but I think "knock it off" is an unfortunate expression in this context.

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Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park

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Tunny

Another reconstructed machine on display at TNMOC, the Tunny, was used to decrypt the Lorenz traffic after it was configured with the wheel settings found by Colossus.

I'm pretty certain that Tunny was the codename for the cipher system, or, by extension, messages encrypted by it. Have you actually seen this machine?

The messages which (as was later found out) were enciphered using the Lorenz machine, were known as "Tunny". (The Lorenz Cipher)

and again:

Bletchley Park decrypts of messages enciphered with the Enigma machines revealed that the Germans called one of their wireless teleprinter transmission systems "Sägefisch" (sawfish), which led British cryptographers to refer to encrypted German teleprinter traffic as "Fish". "Tunny" was the name given to the first non-Morse link, and it was subsequently used for the Lorenz SZ machines and the traffic enciphered by them. (Wikipedia)

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1,000 cats await stadium-sized sandwich bag launch

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Odd to choose "the wingspan of a 747" for the height. If a 747 has its wings vertical, then there's probably something seriously wrong. Couldn't they find anything 68.96m high that's naturally vertical?

And can you imagine the sound 10 grand pianos would make when dropped from a height of 33.5km?

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Barbie-brained Mattel exec phell for phishing, sent $3m to China

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Re: Blonde moment

Finance is hard! Let's go shopping!

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