* Posts by Cpt Blue Bear

230 posts • joined 2 Aug 2010

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Tony Abbott says food importers deserve help denied to telcos

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Required

Indeed. Generally its the polly who picks up the dinner tab for the lobbists, on the public dime of course. Defense Minister, David Johnson comes to mind...

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: You can always try YumCha

"Try checking out DansData. YumCha is his word for no-name Chinese knockoffs and generics, in fact apparently a common phrase down under"

I haven't heard the term Yum Cha in years and even then only in Melbourne. The correct Ozism for "I can't remember the brand, you've never heard of them and they'll be long gone in six months anyway" is Kung Pow. While its definitely a derogatory term, it in no way dismisses the item. It may be cheap, it may be nasty and it may work very, very well.

And thanks for the link to Dans Data.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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Maybe we need a three strikes system: three false accusations and you are off t' internets. Sauce for the goose, etc.

Failing that, allow those in receipt of such notices to bill for time taken dealing with them if they are demonstrably false. I'm seriously of the opinion that doing this would end many of modern life's frustrations.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: I had a company credit card too

"My most blatant one was a receipt from Asda for a dozen Durex ribbed condoms, which I insisted were PPE.

Questions were asked, but they couldn't argue with my logic..."

The Girlfriend once filed her boss's "entertaining" expense claim under "laptop servicing". Questions were indeed asked, referred to her boss, grudgingly paid and he was told not to bloody try on it again.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: I feel your pain

"... and live in dread of the next major power outage happening during compulsory Facebook access time needing a bloody diesel genny."

You don't want a diesel genset - too slow to come online and have nasty spikes in the supply (or so my sparky tells me).

A mate has a small battery farm consisting of four old truck batteries (sourced for the cost of taking them away 'cause it costs the service shop to dispose of them) and a couple of solar panels to keep them charged. An old rack mount UPS provides the power management and fail-over is instant. Don't forget to hook the router up to it for full SWMBO Facebook service compliance.

It still leaves you with the question of where to put it, having exchanged noise and diesel fumes for a chemical hazard.

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Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

Cpt Blue Bear

"In fact I remember being sent to play with the kids who had things like this so I would get it over and done with. Mumps wasn't pleasant but when your young you get over these things amazingly quickly."

Caught measles at school when I was seven. Two of my classmates ended up in what passed for intensive care in those days and a third died.

What your Mum was doing in exposing you like that was the third world equivalent of immunisation. You can catch the disease, suffer for a week, carry life long scars (or is that chicken pox?), risk blindness, nerve damage, death etc, or you can have the vaccination. Having gone through the former, I'll take the latter.

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Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

Cpt Blue Bear

Not only in the public sector

This is SOP of modern management.

If anything, making sure that the public facing bods can't even contact those actually responsible is more prevalent in the private sector. If you don't hear any complaints you can assume your customers are happy and can happily go off for a long, boozy lunch with the other inhabitants of the C-suite.

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Nokia Maps?

You are not alone. Samsung offer a free version of whatever Garmin's software is called. It would be brilliant on a tablet but the !@#$ won't install without a phone service.

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Carmakers DEFLATED by AIRBAG FLAW as US watchdog recalls TWO MEELLION vehicles

Cpt Blue Bear

If its anything like the dealer recalls we have in Aus...

The reason for them going off AFTER being recalled is that the dealers just didn't do the fix. My Toyota Hilux went back four times to fix a maybe, perhaps, on-some-models faulty bonnet catch. The first two times they gave the vehicle back without actually doing anything and the fourth time was to fix the damage they did to the paint work when they actually did the work on the third attempt.

Muppets.

WRT airbags: what I want is an option not to have the fucking things in the first place. Then I could have a proper dash mounted Jesus bar again...

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Common Tax Delusions

"Companies do not pay taxes, these are in every case paid in full by the end buyer" blah, blah, blah.

Speaking of disingenuous...

This tired old canard again? The same argument can be applied to me: all my taxes are paid by my employer(s). If I was taxed at a lower rate I could work for less rather than inflating the prices to the end consumer. Your argument applies to ALL taxation.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

@ Adair: have another upvote for succinctly paraphrasing a rant I've been giving for a decade and a half.

A colleague once summed up the Windows vs Apple interface question thus:

"Nobody likes Windows and everybody bitches about it so MS spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours trying and mostly failing to make it better. Apple users love their interface so Apple haven't touched it in a decade and it fucking shows"

I'd add that the Linux / Unix crowd are too busy trying to get their sound cards to work to worry about what a GUI looks like* or the first thing they do open a terminal anyway.

* Disclaimer: I have actually never had an issue with sound under Linux - this is rhetorical hyperbole.

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Re: Have you actually used PowerShell to automate GUI operations?

" You know that to run Windows 3.1 you typed "Windows" from the dos prompt? Hardly hacked onto it later....

Actually, the command was "win". Rather ironic since I didn't get that winning feeling when the Program Manager appeared."

Someone had probably written a batch file for him...

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: 2 sides

Disties generally won't support equipment not bought through them regardless of its origin.

Refusing or charging for warranty work on "grey imports" also pisses off a lot of customers who bought equipment quite legitimately OS. You can't tell the two apart in practice and if the brand is big enough to have local representation they probably have an international warranty.

That's why most service agents just do the work.

I've only had one problem personally. That was with the local service agent for a Japanese manufacture of third party camera lenses (hint: greek letter, starts with S, rhymes with smegma) but a phone call up the chain fixed that. That was some years back.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: finite time...

"Ultimately I can only listen to X mins of music/year. The industry provides 106 more than I need, or can physically use."

Nail. Head.

We have a glut of entertainment. Prices should have crashed and the weak players should have been bankrupted out of the business.

There are plenty of talented performers out there, probably more than ever before. But there are also more wannabes and hacks. If you've ever had to manage talent you'd know that the latter are much easier to deal with.

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HE'S DONE IT! Malcolm Turnbull unites left and right with piracy policy

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Counterproductive ... Security Wise

"If they can make them look like utter moron's at the same time, that's just icing on the cake."

And this is why I've come to despise Bill Shorten: Labor are more interested in cheap points scoring than what is good for the country. They look more and more like the LNP every day...

I despair of government in this country. The choice is Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Even Dumber.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Dunno about warming

"This year the rain started in March and stopped last week. "

"where do you live? Obviously not the UK."

No, south eastern Europe from his second paragraph.

The last time I was in the UK it was rather obviously not in south eastern Europe. If it had been the weather would have been better, the prices lower and the inhabitants less of a pack of miserable twats. Admittedly, I was stuck in London and crossing the M25 always makes me like England a whole lot more...

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Sony marketing?

Having dealth with Sony Oz for close to two decade, I'll go out on a limb and say they are quite incapable of organising such a hack. Even of themselves.

But having also dealt with marketing people (and I use the word very, very loosely), this just reeks of the sort of opportunism they think is clever.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Better to beg for money $3 at a time

Maybe because they want to take donations from all over the world and the Swiss can actually make that happen? Many of the same qualities that attract money launders, tax cheats and kleptocrats are also attract honest business.

Jayzus! I need to got take a shower - I'm not only defending Wikipedia but Swiss Banks...

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: but of course the sacred cows left untouched.

Every problem we have is ultimately caused or exacerbated by over population. But, as you say, its a sacred cow (and there's no money to be made from it)

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Sorry

"IME, nothing screams 'entitled twit' like a Porsche SUV."

You've clearly never driven one. The old Cayenne Turbo S was ugly as a hat full of proverbials, but holy crap do they go!

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Joe

"Let's shoot for the moon: If they have computerised door locks, can we lock everyone out of the building?"

Not out. In...

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NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Do I feel lucky?

@dan1980

Its worse than that: Telstra don't want back in. They thought they had a great scheme to get rid of a massive financial liability in the form of the copper network. Their wet dream of getting out of their universal service guarantee was looking to come true. Instead we are going to have to pay to buy their dodgy network, pay to fix it and then pay to give it back to them.

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Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Cool. The .fed is profiting from ...

Jake, all currency is virtual. Only the nature of the token changes. Did you pay for that beer with a debit card?

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

Cpt Blue Bear

I hate to be the one to tell you, but if your sweat "eats through it" then its not shark skin. Similar to the the chick who can't wear gold because it leave a green stain on her skin...

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Cpt Blue Bear

So can I: September 1987. That was when I bought my first self-winding Seiko.

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Australia's going to need a standalone metadata retention bureau

Cpt Blue Bear

But the Lib-Nat government are against increasing the size of the public service and creating more bureaucracy. Anyway, we are supposed to be having a budget crisis so we can't afford this sort of thing if we are going to pay Boeing for a dozen jet fighters that don't meet the RAAF requirements and still don't work after ten years of development. </sarcasm>

My guess is they'll dump it on the carriers. They will do a half-arsed job and it won't serve anyone's purpose and there will be a series of screw ups, misidentifications, leaks and misuses. None of this will not be reported for national security reasons and the whole thing will be quietly dismantled somewhere down the track as a cost cutting measure.

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Australia Post goes a little bit grey with parcel forwarding service

Cpt Blue Bear

Sales tax. Or lack there of.

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Senators plot metadata pushback as requests keep expanding

Cpt Blue Bear

Its officially a bandwagon

Nick Xenophon has climbed aboard.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Red X

"Wasn't RedX a UK fluid vacuum gauge/mileage aid popular in the 1950's? ISTR my Dad getting one for our 1950 Ford while stationed there."

RedEx is a brand of engine cleaner / fuel treatment here in Oz. Its major use is what's called a poor man's decoke. Remove sparkplugs, squirt 10cc of the sponsor's product into each cylinder, plug holes with rag* and crank the motor for 30 seconds. Replace plugs, start engine and let idle until warm. Dump remains of bottle into tank to clean fuel lines. Finally, sell the car ASAP.

* VERY important as it will eat the paint from the underside of the bonnet when it all comes spraying out in the next step.

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Strange tale of an angry bean counter, Comcast and a shock 'firing'

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Just for the record...

"Comcast's main products are frustration, annoyance, lies, and incorrect bills"

Looks like a telco, quacks like a telco...

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: My favorite has been mentioned!

There's a special circle of hell reserved for the person responsible for that. Waiting for him are a bunch of people like us each with a funnel in varying sizes.

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'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: First iPhone late

An ex lost hers riding pillion. A mate following us saw it happen and picked it up. I have no idea how he managed to pull up in time 'cause we were doing well over 100km/h. For the record the bike was jelly mold CBR1000 and the phone was a Moto StarTak, which dates it nicely to the late '90s. The phone suffered a broken hinge but otherwise survived unscathed only to be drowned in suspicious circumstances a few months later.

It seems that losing and recovering phones like this wasn't as rare as I thought.

@ Richard Taylor 2: You have to remember that phones became a disposable item relatively recently. Fifteen years ago even a basic phone was over $100, and they were real dollars back then, not the Aussie Pesos we get now. Then there was the hassle of getting a new SIM. So, yes, back then you did turn around and go back for it.

[Yorkshire accent] But you tell the kids of today and they don't beleive you. [/Yorkshire accent]

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MIT boffins cry havoc and let slip the ROBOT CHEETAHS of Whoa

Cpt Blue Bear

Hear that, Darl?

Meh. I miss the screaming two-stroke engines their previous efforts used.

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Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Detectors?

Of the Gods, Mate.

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Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

Cpt Blue Bear

That's Netgear all over these days. Another once great company brought low by 'tards.

Having said that, the DGN-1000 was always a POS and I can understand why the manufacturer would rather you replaced it. Back when I dealt with domestic stuff, we took one look at the feature set compared to the 834 it replaced and started supplying Billion. I still have a pair of 1000s that we replaced in use as a point-to-point relay.

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: possums

"Aussies learn early to swerve round wombats, which are pretty much indestructible mobile traffic islands..."

Most Aussies learn.

I've seen the aftermath of a Holden that hit a wombat at around the tonne. It punched the passenger side upright through the fender and tore the hub clean off. The skid and scrape marks were about 300m long. Its a miracle the thing didn't roll over. That was on an old tank like HQ, not a fall-apart-if-you-look-at-it-funny Commodore.

To add insult to injury, the driver had walked all the way back and found the bloodied mound of brown fur was still breathing so he walked back to the car get something to finish it off with and by the time he'd got back to the scene the bugger had wandered off into the bush never to be seen again.

We picked the poor bastard up about an hour later.

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Oz metadata retention won't include URLs: report

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Why the secrecy?

"Am I overly cynical, or what?"

No, not quite cynical enough I fear.

My first thought when I read you summary "the source of the communication but not the destination" was that this has nothing to do with terrorism or crime (what really does?) and everything to do with tracing leaks.

This is about finding and punishing whistle blowers, not security.

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Intelligence blunder: You wanna be Australia's spyboss? No problem, just walk right in

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Alternative story if it worked

This would be a problem how exactly?

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: It's all good

"Taxing something of value doesn't really make any statement about its legitimacy"

Yes it does. Its says loud and clear that the powers that be consider it has value as means of exchange. In this case, counting it for FBT purposes says it has the same legitimate value as a car, a laptop or a long liquid lunch. It says this is not a valueless mirage.

"What may be fun is when the next Bitcoin crash comes, whether people will be deducting the loss in value from their taxable income"

I don't believe you can deduct speculative losses in Aus. You would have to actually convert it into South Pacific Pesos first before you can try it on with the ATO. Capital value losses on assets would come under depreciation and is done to a specified schedule. IANATABIODWO*

* I am not a tax accountant but I occasionally drink with one. She could probably dream up a dubious tax avoidance minimisation scheme based around Bitcoins, but the same can be said for US$ or macadamia nuts.

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: It's all good

Nail, head, etc.

Recognition by the ATO legitimises the cryptocurrency circus.

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

Cpt Blue Bear

I seem to recall they also made pretty short work of a certain American Werewolf in London so that's the furballs out in the first round too.

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Re: "Going up Camborne Hill, coming down..."

"What would happen if Chuck Norris took up Morris Dancing?"

They wouldn't have him 'cause he doesn't drink. Besides, you can't do the Stick and Bucket dance in cuban heels.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: It's not unreasonable to assume the Coriolis effect is common knowledge...

I tried to read one of Wright's later novels but just couldn't get past the long political soliloquies. It was like a more coherent Ann Rand on uppers, or Terry Brooks at his worst. Except that Wright produces far better prose than Brooks' turgid rubbish. A pity, 'cause he seemed to have some interesting ideas even if they weren't terribly original (see Asimov, Clarke, Pournelle, Niven, et al). At least he seemed to be trying

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: @ Destroy All Monsters and BlueGreen

"more a serious, albeit fascinating, treatise on what exactly a person is if their memories, perceptions and abilities are all as malleable as the way they wear their hair"

Three words for you, well, two and letter actually: Phillip K Dick.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

"Does anyone else remember the saying that a camel was a horse designed by a committe."

I've often thought that a horse is a camel spec'ed by management: its sleek and fast but hopelessly inefficient, flighty, doesn't cope with difficult terrain* and has to be destroyed if something breaks.

A camel on the hand, is the BSD of ruminants: it won't make you look good but it will get you there.

* The last one I had anything to do with couldn't even cope with a heavy track.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Birmingham screwdriver...

Ah English manufacturing at its finest! We found a similar issue when replacing the rotted out fenders on an MGB. The new manufactured replacement panel was fully 3/4" longer than the one that came off. When queried, the manufacturer said this was normal to allow for variations in the originals and we should just cut it down to fit. Our gap was "a bit bigger than usual but by no means extreme".

I heard a lovely story about those fender mounted fuel tanks from a bloke who ran a car radio and electrics workshop back when carphones were the in thing for smart executives. A bloke brings in one of these anonymous Coventry build luxury cars to have one fitted. The installer has never done one in these before so he looks around for a good spot to mount the box-o-tricks. On the wheelarch behind the back seat looks like a good spot. Cue drilling followed by wondering why he can smell petrol...

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Hackers' delight: Hotel cyber-cafe, er, business centers, apparently – US Secret Service

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Hotel Business Centre Run By Muppets Shock

That's all, over and out.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Cpt Blue Bear

Its not that bad. I once spent an afternoon removing spyware from a series of PC that were all in Korean. The first problem was getting enough control back to change the language to something I could read. Cue lots pointing at button labels and asking "what does this say?" type questions.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Telephone calls

"At which point he accused me of wasting his time!"

To which the correct response is, "why yes, yes I have been wasting your time, and if you ring back I'll be quite happy to waste as much more of it as I can. Please have a nice day."

I once got back to my office to find the bloke I share with on the phone:

"Nah, I'm just tugging your chain." Pause. "Stringing you along, pulling your leg, wasting your time". Pause. "Why? Because ever second you waste talking to me you aren't making a sale. Now I've got actual work to do so piss off and don't call back." Hangs up. "I love cold calls"

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Cpt Blue Bear

I can deal with the goldfish - you know what you are getting with them.

Its the woman who's done a process one way for eight years, a way that is more convoluted and error prone than it needs to be, a way that has been obsolete for years, and who suddenly decides one morning to do it a different way.

A way that doesn't now, and never has, worked.

And who insists that "this is how she's always done it".

No, Carol, that's not how you used to do it. How do I know? Because that way doesn't work and you've done this successfully every morning since about the mid Pleistocene.

The only upside was that I got her to use the new, quick, foolproof (and none of the fools there had managed to screw it up) process. Which of coarse led to: "That's a much simpler way of doing it! Why didn't you show me that before?"

I'm so glad I've got beyond that level of the industry.

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