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Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?

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Re: Not too long ago

> reasons beer was a drunk by all was that compared to water it had minimal dangers.

Unless you were from ancient Athens (beer was a foreign drink - proper civilised people drank well-watered wine. Well watered because it was uncivilised to be drunk in the morning and wine because it killed the bugs..)

What did the ancient Greeks ever do for us anyway?

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> boiled with malted barley and hops

And then made into whisky?

(Beer gives me bad hangovers. Even after one pint. Whisky isn't so bad. Cider and red wine [not neccesarily at the same time] don't give me a hangover at all..)

And I like the taste of cider. And red wine. I never really got the taste for beer because of the issue above.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Re: Windows only though

> I think the feature was a bit of a bad idea by Microsoft to begin with.

I suspect it's also the first step in Microsoft trying to provide the facility that Mac machines have - the ability for a bare-metal machine to do a full install from Apple via the Internet.

Of course, Apple has much tighter control over the hardware and firmware - Microsoft would have to trust that the OEM does a good job of making sure that all the relevent h/w drivers are also present to allow the machine to connect. And we all know how fully trustable the OEMs are eh?

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Care.data is a complete omnishambles, says study into hated scheme

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Re: Good medical practice

> My local practice mailed out forms allowing you to opt out of everything.

So did mine. With the rider that opting out would mean my electronic prescriptions would no longer be delivered to the pharmacy of my choice (or any other). So in order to get my diabetes meds I'd have to put in my repeat request as usual, go back two days later, pick up the prescription forms, wait for them to be signed (30 minutes to two hours) then take them to the pharmacy (and wait 30 minutes for them to be filled).

Do-able but a pain in the fundament. Especially given that I work..

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Symantec’s dismal results show need for Veritas sale

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If Symantec disappeared..

.. would anything of value be lost?

Possibly Astaro Linux (they borged that a year or so ago) but I can't think of anything else off-hand.

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Wanna harvest a stranger's Facebook data? Get a mobile number and off you go

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> once updating the world on your life on FB has embedded itself as a habit in your basal ganglia

Annnd we are back to the Laundry Files. So - is FB the computer equivalent of the Necronomicon?

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Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

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FAIL

40 doesn't crash, staying.

(See, personal experience isn't guarenteed to be adaptable to universal experience..)

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Re: i thought i'd educate myself

> England.

Which has a pretty wide selection of accents (one of my previous (Californian) managers had great difficulty with my wife's soft South Devon/Plymouth accent).

And lets not forget that wonderful Geordie or Northumberland accent. And lets please forget that Essex accent..

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Re: 32 years

> computer I deal with professionally is a poorly designed cash register.

That is to say - all of them. I've yet to see one that actually looks good, works well *and* is supported by a company with a clue..

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Re: Just goes to show..

> Now that is what I call a secure PC!

You forgot:

Crush it with a Victorian Steam Press (hack that!)

Collect crushed bits in hand-forged steel box and weld shut

Cover steel box in concrete. We recommend at least 30cm thickness.

By rowing boat, take box to nearest deep ocean trench. Preferrably one of at least 2KM depth

Push box over side. Before pushing, check to make sure you are not actually tethered to it.

Run like hell when the Deep Old Ones come after you for littering.

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Re: We've got our FBI on you

>SOUFFLETROUGH, SCHOOLMONTANA and DEITYBOUNCE for DELL

Case NIGHTMARE GREEN?

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Re: a ha ha ha ha ha :(

> " .... To a general air of "when has a chip ever had a bug ?". ... "

> classics as the FDIV bug.

I remember (many many moons ago) arguing with a colleague about the use of non-Intel chips (in this case AMD). He was adamant against the use of non-Intel on the basis that "Intel were the premier chipmakers and produced chips with no errors - you always knew where you were with Intel". Then the next day the news of the FDIV bug came out..

Sadly, he didn't change his worldview even when faced with the evidence. So we carried on buying Intel-only computers despite the cost premium.

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

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Re: These include chocolate, of which Australians "eat the equivalent of 32kg" per year.

> "eat the equivalent of 32kg of chocolate" is 16Kg. Apples are 10%

Apples contain a good bit more than that - but it isn't generally available. The sugar in chocolate is generally sucrose which is only one step from glucose and easily converted so your blood sugar levels tend to look like the north face of the Eiger..

Apples OTOH, have a lot of their sugars as fructose and locked up within nice cellulose packages[1] that your gut has to work harder to open. So your blood sugar rise looks more like a small roundabout in profile and the broken insulin feedback system has more time to adjust.

Also, Apples contain citric acid and acidic things seem to also slow down sugar take-up (dunno why!).

[1] Which is why drinking sweet fruit juices is generally not a good idea for t2 diabetics - all the sugar is now in solution and much much easier to absorb. Even things like rhubarb juice contain a suprising amount of sugar..

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Re: There are 2 'Schools of Thought' on this

> if you end up with diabetes, the cost is horrendous. Meds, dialysis,

> amputation after amputation (and the prosthetics) before the Grim Reaper shows up

None of which are inevitable (apart from the meds). It doesn't take a great deal to successfully manage t2 diabetes - just some will power (no - I won't stuff myself on cream cakes and sugary snacks) and a sensible diet (and not relying on "I know I've just eaten lots of sugar so I'll take an extra tablet" - the feedback loop itself is broken..)

And ending up with diabetes isn't always as a result of lifesyle - sometimes (like me) you end up being t2 as a result of having a mother with a very large family history of it. Despite being (reasonably) fit and watching what I ate I still ended up t2 after a period of intense stress. And none of the (largely snake oil) 'therapies' that promise to end t2d actually work except in certain fringe cases.

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It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE

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Re: Risky Experiment [Geddit?!]

> There's also an English Whisky Company

Who produce some very very fine whiskys indeed. Their Chapter 7 is particularly recommended (not that they have it very often - it's a limited release).

Not cheap though - economies of scale they do not have!

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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Re: Frozen A/C, hot room

> And for much of the year - spring and autumn - we could keep the door open and welcome the cats in.

And productivity improved?

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Re: PDP 11

> It had airco fitted and that summer it promptly died

A bit like a new computer room project I was involved with - merging two separate computer rooms in a new building. We offered to do a proper calculation (but being the support team were not trusted to do anything related to the new computer room) but the managers chose instead to just install double the capacity of one of the old ones. They chose the wrong (smaller) one. Likewise with UPS capacity.

The end result was a 2-chiller aircon system where theoretically we could take one chiller offline for maintenance but actually had to run them both at about 70% load all the time. Likewise with the UPS - about 80% of the way into the merge, the UPS went into bypass mode as we we were pulling too much current and we couldn't put in a bigger unit as the UPS was surrounded with fixed frames and racks.. It ran on bypass for months with us praying that the power supply in the new building wouldn't crap out on us. Especially as restarting the systems had to be done in a very specific fashion otherwise transactions would almost certainly be lost.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

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Re: Reduced drag coefficient?

> "As aerodynamic as a breezeblock"

As the old saying does - even a brick will fly pretty well if you put enough power behind it..

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Re: Unfortunate timing

Well - we all know everything is the Fault of the English[1]..

[1] Apart from the stuff that isn't of course.

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Re: Cat ate my bacon

> surely the feline bacon filching is theft?

Cats, being officially classified as wild[1] animals and not mere property[2] are outside the law..

[1] Wild? They are furious!

[2] Like a certain other species. No - not children..

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Re: Not just meat

> I have known 2 cats who steal cheese if given half a chance.

Our senior male (no - not me!) has stolen:

One baby sock

An empty cigarette packet (neither of us smoke)

One brand new, unused 3" paintbrush (good one too!).

Moral of the story? Cats will steal *anything*. Why do you think topfloor men are called "cat burglars"?

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Re: Too polite

> Cats can't digest pork,

Can't decide whether this is satire, trolling or dumbness..

(My 6 all quite happily eat pork. Especially if they have managed to steal it from my plate.)

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Don't want pranksters 'bricking' your Android? Just stop using the internet, duh – Google

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Re: Genuine question..

> You can flash a custom ROM which will likely have this patch applied but that will almost certainly

> void your warranty.

It depends on the phone (and the process you use) - my previous HTC m7 and my current OnePlus One both maintained the *hardware* warranty if rooted and reflashed.

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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

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Re: We're gonna need

> Bigger shark...bigger boat...even bigger shark...warship...where will it end??

Dreadnaught?

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Canucks: Hey, Big Dog Telcos. Share that fiber with the little guys, eh?

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Fiber/Fibre..

Seems to be my day for being an EnglishPedant..

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Facebook fails to block NY DA's fat warrants for profiles of suspected September 11 fraudsters

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surveilled

No such word. Not in civilised[1] English anyway.

[1] Rightpondian naturally. We invented^wdiscovered^Wgrew it by accident so it's ours dammit! I wonder if we can sue leftpondia for inappropriate use of our IP?

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べーコンはどこですか? demands post-pub nosh fan

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Re: I'd say

> For example, where "one large onion" is specified, we need to know to the nearest micro-linguine

> what the diameter should be...

And what the air-pressure[1] and ambient temperature[1] was at the time of measurement. And relative humidity[1].

Anality. It's not just a lifestyle choice.

[1] Is there a Reg unit for any of these? If not, why not? I suppose one could combine them in terms of politicians output (high-pressure hot air with lots of spittle being one Foot? Or in more modern parlance, one Farage?)

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Re: Did they catch the miscreant...

> ... by putting a tail on him?

Strangely enough, the tail was all that was left after one of the cats I grew up with[1] caught one. That and the mass of fleas that the cat was covered with (that soon left the cat once they realised he wasn't a tree rat).

[1] Even more remarkable, his back leg on the right didn't actually have the head of the femur after a close encounter with a car. All just held together with fibrous tissue.

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Backup upstart Code42 is in a world of Payne

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Been using Crashplan for years (one payment, no bandwidth limits like others I could mention (*cough* Carbonite - who still keep sending me begging emails) and a pretty good UI.

Main flaw - it uses Java for the engine.

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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Re: "including delivery charges the fuel costs nearly $10,000 per pound"

> they didn't bother going and knocking on the door of the ISS and just lobbed it over the fence.

Or in my case, leaving a highly nickable consignment (booze) out on the front doorstep, in full view of the pavement. Instead of ACTUALLY DOING WHAT THE DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS (printed on the box) SPECIFIED!

<pant, pant>

Just as well my $BOOZEVENDOR$ is happy to take my word for non-delivery of items.

(Icon describes what should be done to Yodel. Nuking from orbit is the only way to be sure)

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Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

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Re: Yuggoth

> "Roll for SAN loss..."

Sorry - character class [PHB] does not allow for a SAN score..

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Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids: Software bug kills engines dead with THERMAL OVERLOAD

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And meanwhile..

My wife is still smug - a software change on her car[1] consists of changing the driver[2]..

[1] MM 1000 (1966). 105K on the clock, still original engine.

[2] Not me. I'm rather too tall to drive it with any degree of comfort. And the agricultural engineering of the suspension[3] isn't really to my taste.

[3] Rear axle based on cart-spring technology.

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

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Re: They should throw the book at him

>>"We couldn't find anyone who could get me to that altitude. No pilots were willing to lose their

>> license to fly me into controlled airspace."

>A good clue that what he was wanting to do was illegal

And/or extremely stupid. Did I mention stupid?

So near yet so far from receiving a Darwin Award. The sad thing is that (in the worst case) he would have taken other people with him.

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

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>It seems this particular poltico just managed to reinvent the meanings of the words "continue", "run" and "smoothly".

*All*[1] politicians are infected with the Red Queen linguistic virus as a condition of employment[2].

[1] Well - almost all.

[2] As opposed to condition of work.

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ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins

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Re: "however, boffins involved in the Rosetta probe have dismissed the suggestions."

> but there ought to be a plucky kid/woman/dog that will save us.

I was going to add a cat to the list. Then I remember the that the cat wouldn't care as long as the Evil Slime From Space fed them and provided nice warm places to sleep..

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Blurred lines: How cloud computing is reshaping the IT workforce

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Re: i have a question

> Can somebody tell me the difference between Cloud and Thin Client?

Primarily - the site of the destination server. I'd be *very* surprised if any thin clients are being delivered by servers not within the organisations LAN/WAN. Also - thin clients generally boot off a local server and you really, really, really wouldn't want tftp being fudged to go over an internet connection.. (TFTP is about as insecure a protocol as possible)

Thin client == "running a remote desktop in your own environment"

Cloud == "running stuff remotely[1] but generally not thin clients"

[1] Generally - you can have on-premise cloud but that's not really cloud..

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Re: Here we go again...

>The difference between a "cloud" solution and a non-cloud solution is that the cloud solution is self-service.

s/is/can be/

For example - we are migrating our Dev centre out to a cloudy system. The Devs do *not* get the ability to spin up machines at a whim (that costs money). Rather, they continue to take the traditional route of requesting more resources - that then get authorised and provided by an Ops function.

The main difference is that spinning up new machines takes a hell of a lot less time that then old hardware route.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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Re: FFS - Apple Strikes Again

> I'm certainly not going to argue that NFC payments solve a problem no one actually has

NFC is the Sperm of the Devil (TM). Hates it we does!

(This comment bought to you by the "we don't like protocols designed without much thought to security" department. YMMV. HAND.)

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WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?

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Re: because of the nine-hour delay for communications

> BOFH: Right, I've sent the re-boot command so I'm off down the beach to catch some rays.

Beach? Rays? Really?

s/beach/pub/g * | s/rays/pints/g *

Bah. Proper BOFHen are scared of that big burning daystar..

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Re: Home Leccy

> Talking of kitchen fitters

I read that as 'kitten fitters'..

Which is an adequate summation of my day today. Ever tried writing business cases?

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>jamie%eng1.bute.cardiff.ac.uk%coombs.anu.oz.au%nfsnetrelay.ac.%mit.edu.............%uk.ac.ed%uu.net@uk.ac.nsfnet-relay

Looks a lot like the old BBS ! field settings..

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Re: Oh FFS... A better headline would be 'Humans reach new lows in cowardice'

> Did the fox have rabies?

Unlikely in the UK. On a par in the unlikeliness scale as a banker having a conscience or a politician having a competence..

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Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme

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Re: "I thank Baroness McDonagh for"

> driving the train so far..

.. before succumbing to an unfortunate attack of conscience and letting people know what the situation really is.

Either that or suddenly gaining another level in the CYA skills tree.

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NASA's New Horizon probe rudely fires its thruster at gnome planet

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Re: Genuine question

> Late for what?

Cocktail hour? Lecture on the implausability of trusting politicians? Its own funeral[1]?

[1] I suppose you could term "slamming into a planetary[2] surface at x thousand kph" a sort of funeral

[2] Don't worry Pluto - I'll still call you a planet. After all, we still call Belgium a country..

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

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Re: yaman tony

> Neither of which seem to have the ability to use upper case characters or punctuation.

I believe the issue can be summed up by the acronym PICNIC..

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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Re: Distance

> Q: Do you possess thick edible roots?

> A: ... ... yes?

>*** WRONG ANSWER!!! - WRONG ANSWER!!! - YOU'RE A TURNIP!!! ***

Point of order - turnip and edible are not to be used in relation to each other without a negative.

Turnips are what you feed to food.

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

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> Anyone else find it mildly odd that this is the second time a rocket carrying the same equipment

> has blown up?

It's aliens I tell you, ALIENS!

(And not the not-from-my-country sort either. It's the "we can't let those smelly partially-evolved-simians-into-space sort. Not being permitted to deploy Vogon poetry at us by the Galactic Sentient Rights legislation they have resorted to blowing up unmanned rockets instead*)

* And if you think I'm serious then can I interest you in this bridge I have? One careful owner.. (but beware of the large green regenerating lifeforms that live under it)

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Re: Saturns I, IB, & V

> Facts. Please check them before posting.

Burn the heretic! Check facts? Next you'll be asking for technically correct articles and then where would we be?

Eh?

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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Re: "To question the managerial understanding of business processes"

>>"That's your role, right there. Inquisitor."

>There you go, thats the problem in a nutshell. Tech support Customer services never expect a call >from the serfish inquisition...

I was thinking Inquisitor on more of the Warhammer 40K Stylee. With the authority to slay unhumans (ie middle management) at will.

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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

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Re: Gov is sure to fail

> If you've ever worked in the public sector this isn't a surprise

Not entirely true - the body were I work^Wam employed has a good number of IT projects, delivered on time and to cost.

The reason? We have our own Dev team. While much of our IT work is outsourced, we maintain our own in-house team of IT people that are pretty experienced and have authority to say no to the outsourcer when they are being silly.

The ones where we do fail are generally where we are solely reliant on our outsourcer to deliver for us.

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