* Posts by Reue

51 posts • joined 24 Jan 2011

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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Got drunk on my last dat of uni

And bought a one-way ticket to Australia. Best drunken mistake I ever made.

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Give hackers your data, says former RSA man

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Old tactic applied in a new way

I work for a large online search provider and we have several sections of fake data on our listings so that we can track and prove where out data has been scraped. It's been going on for years, similar to how an un-released movie script will have slight variations so if one copy does get leaked they can know exactly whos copy it was.

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

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Re: What's wrong with 'unelected.uk'

What's wrong with being in unelected in a position of power? Nevermind.

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UK.gov to warn tweeting twits, celebs 'n' pals on court case comments

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Re: People shouldnt be above the law

Or the grammar Nazis :)

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Why should foreign companies operating in foreign countries be bound by our laws? We're not America.

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People shouldnt be above the law

Especially these vigilante keyboard warriors.

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CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us

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THIS.

I work desktop admin for a very large firm and its amazing the amount of crap which just seems to magically appear on our sales peoples laptops. This isnt games or cat videos, its various macro-stuffed excel documents or plug-in loaded intranet sites which have been pushed out via email and are now mission critical and requiring urgent IT support despite the first we know about it being when a helpdesk guy wanders over and asks wtf this new 'app' is.

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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Finally

As an atheist and anti-royalist, I always felt very uncomfortable during various services and sayings whilst in Cubs/Scouts.

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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Re: Take a look at a rip-off bar menu

"In the UK, such places are required to display a menu with prices outside"

Do you have a source for that? Not disagreeing with you, just interested if it is actually a law or council policy anywhere.

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Re: Poor guy

I was thinking more the type of person he's likely to encounter in the inevitable super max prison would drive any normal person to the edge

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Poor guy

Parole in 11 years? He'll be found hung in his cell within 11 weeks

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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Re: I know I am old now...

IF being the key word.

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Re: I know I am old now...

26 here and never heard of him either..

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Surface Pro for enterprise: We name the dates and the lucky partners

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Re: Pain in the rear to build

No good when corporate polices require bitlocker ;)

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Pain in the rear to build

Currently sat beside a Surface Pro having spent almost 2 days now trying to get some form of corporate image on it with MDT. Absolute pain in the ass as it has no ethernet port and only 1 usb. Forget trying to build it from a standalone USB, requires FAT32 so no >4gb WIMs. Having to boot from a boot wim loaded with usb ethernet converter drivers going through a USB hub. The hidden partitions add further complications.

Apparently the latest fireware supports PXE boot.. but of course you'll need the official ethernet adaptor for that.

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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The maths never adds up. The 'winning' team on these tasks usually make a few hundred quid for 2 days work (researching/making then selling). Split this between the 6 on the team and they are earning below minimum wage each.

Honestly, they'd be better off if they all went and worked at Mcdonalds for those 2 days and then pooled their earnings.

Also agree with the earlier poster about Sugar's split personality. One week its all about listen to the focus groups, the next it should be totally disregarded etc etc.

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LinkedIn DNS hijacked, site offline

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Worked for me..

My last job offer was from a recruiter finding me through Linkedin. In the end they offered me the job but I declined as my current company offered to beat it if I stayed.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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Re: BBC3

I wasnt sure if it was real or not at first, but it is, along the style of 'coppers' on channel 4 i think a few months ago.

And on an interesting note.. just glanced over and my phone which has just this second lit up with a text message about the compensation im owed from my accident i didnt have. what a coincidence :)

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Typical

Typical of so many companys: Free sales line number but then premium rate for any customer/technical support.

I've taken to just calling the 0800 new customer sales line and blagging my way through an internal transfer to the support teams.

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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Blizzard done the same

Blizzard once asked me to send them a scanned image of my passport for 'security confirmation'

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Has any employer ever delivered the training it promised?

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Must be a rare case,,

Started my current (and first) job in IT without any qualifications or real experience. Hiring manager said they would put me on training courses and pay for the exams etc.

2 years later and I had 2x MCITP and an MCTS with training towards other areas as well. My employer has just signed an enterprise agreement with CBT Nuggets giving all It staff access to their entire library as well.

Now if only they'd give me the pay grade rise to go with the new qualification levels :)

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Facebook: 'No merit' to claim we broke German privacy law

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Re: How would they know?

Just because use of something online is 'voluntary' does not mean it can break the law.

Use of various child abuse websites are voluntary and yet I doubt many would argue it should be a case of "If you dont like it dont use it"...

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Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

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Stopped using the messenger when it tried to be too many things to too many people.

I want to log on and easily chat to those online. I didnt want to be spammed with photos, news, shopping offers and facebook-style status updates from contacts.

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

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Re: Right decision for the wrong reason

How about the people that dress up in nazi costume fancy dress? Ought they all be extridited to Germany where such actions are illegal?

How about me currently living in sin by sharing a bed with my unmarried partner? Better pack us off to Dubai.

If a crime is commited in this country, then it should be charged, tried and punished in this country. If someone does something which is not a crime in this country then they should be safe from extradition.

In your example, would you rather such a person be extradited to a country where they would then be tortured and killed? I wouldnt.

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Right decision for the wrong reason

Finally the right decision is made, however for the wrong reason.

It ought to have been blocked long ago as the crime was committed from in the UK and so should have been tried in the UK.

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Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless

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Used to queue for hours

to get into a music festival. Gates opened at 6pm, but sure as hell each year we were there at 8am. The music didnt even start for another 2 days but the queueing to be one of the first a half-flooded campsite was all part of the experience. We had an excellent time with 8 of us crammed into a 2 man tent pitched on the pavement at the front of the queue passing round the bottle of JD.

Sometimes queueing is all part of the overall experience.

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Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

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Re: Gaming is a very niche market.

I agree; not everyone plays games on their computer. However in my experience, nearly everyone does play some form of game.

Im an enterprise admin for a large company and from our inventory software we can clearly see that everyone from the receptionist right up to the CEO have games installed on their PCs, MACs and smart phones.

Your image of a WoW playing 16yr old gamer locked in his bedroom is outdated. Take a ride on the London underground one morning and look around at the investment bankers and business analysts playing angry birds on their phones. Gaming is mass-market.

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Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs

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Re: USB 2.0

Our pXe build and DART environments boot up pretty quick from 2.0. But then they are pretty small.

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USB 2.0

Dont even try it. Took 20 minutes to get to the desktop running a Windows 8 to go USB boot.

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3,000 Guild Wars 2 gamers banned for flogging stolen loot

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Re: Guild Wars

My GF and I both play it, with the curtains open and the glorious sunlight pouring in. Then we go out for a couple of drinks with our friends in the evening.

What a shame that you and your lifestyle are incapable of managing to handle the complicated nature of both having friends and being able to play an online game at the same time. Best of luck for the future.

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Scrunched Street View spymobile spied in India

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WTF?

eh

Why is this news worthy?

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Big biz 'struggling' to dump Windows XP

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Could you not..

Just run a local virtual machine and publish the app through that? Either by actually booting up the local VM or using the Windows 7 function to pass the App directly onto the Win7 desktop.

Fortunatly in my company we have the Devs still around to re-write any of those tricky browser based apps, even going as far as making them 64bit compatible. Started development on the Windows 7 image in November, now at about 80% rollout completion in the UK. The biggest slow-down has been users moaning that they will lose their saved music/photos etc which we're refusing to migrate.

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

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Re: I don't put any pictures of my son on Facebook

Except he cant really chose what to do with it as Facebook has already chosen for you with their Ts+Cs.

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

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Re: is it portable if connected to a LAN cable?

IIRC the law makes no mention of portability, only that the device be poweres solely by its own internal battery.

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The law is the difference.

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Re: TiVo / Sky Pause?

The law specifically states "Live or near-live". A 5 second delay would almost certainly be considered as near-live.

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Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

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Re: One off the top of my head....

Sounds very familiar to the time I had remoted onto a virtual session hosted in India. Had the user on the phone and was desperatly trying to find the local keyboard setting for ". I was unable to and then spent a good 10 minutes trying to convince the user that all I wanted was for them to type " into a command prompt. In the end I email the " to them and copy/pasted it in.

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Microsoft hands out tools to sneak Skype onto new PCs

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msiexec /quiet /i SkypeSetup.msi INSTALLDIR="c:\program files\Skype" ALLUSERS=1

We've been installing Skype silently for years. Why is this news worthy??

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BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits

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Took me

seconds to bypass this block.

I do however pay for lovefilm streaming (£5 a month) and would happily pay quadruple that amount if there was a service which allowed me to stream the avaliability of content so easily accessible through torrents.

Unfortunatly no such service exists as the big studios cling to their hopelessly outdated business models rather then adapt. Whats more frustrating is alot of the US prime-time shows are freely avaliable for streaming on their own websites.. but for US citizens only.

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Yellow Pages targets zombie survivalist market

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Different

Different and completely unrelated company.

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GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog

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FAIL

Re: Why do we have a set pass mark for grades?

It would also mean its impossible to properly compare students from different years.

Candidate A graduating in 2013 might get an A grade with 60% because his year group were on average dumber.

Candidate B graduating in 2014 might then get a B grade with 65% because his year group were on average smarter.

You see the problem? Simply saying "The top X% get an A grade no matter their actual exam performance" makes it even harder to spot out the high achievers.

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Star Wars set to expand into Disneyland

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Agreed

Went there last summer with the other half, being 23 + 24 we may be slightly too old for their target market but still thought the place was looking very old fashioned, especially compared to the UK theme parks which have all recently opened brand new big rides.

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Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

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Outdated

This has been going on for years at that old mall. And its not just zombie style role playing games they run there.

I remember last year the fire brigade being called becase all the smoke grenades they were using inside had started to seep out through the boarded up windows and passers-by thought the whole place was ablaze.

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TripAdvisor: OK, not all our reviews are trustworthy or real

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Have used trip advisor many times when booking hotels and have always found it to be very reliable. Obviously use an ounce of common sense and read several reviews before judging but its usually pretty clear where there is a pattern emerging.

10 reviews all complaining about the same thing usually indicate a pretty real problem.

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Ex-staffer: Apple assigns new workers to made up projects

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Oh..

We did. 1000+ iPads and 100s of iPhones. The current technology served the purpose we needed currently and has paid for itself.

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OnLive sneaks Windows 7 into the iPad

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Old news

We've been doing this for ages. Setup an remote connection on ipad using one of the many free applications, which hooks up to the external internet facing RD Gateway, passing that through to the load balancers which link the connection up to on of the terminal servers in our thin client farm. Use Appv to stream the applications to the terminal servers and each user gets access to their personalised applications on a windows desktop through tablet device.

And the best bit, with full profile redirection, all saved documents and settings are carried across between terminal servers each time they get reassigned by the load balancers.

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Fans lose grace with Star Wars MMO

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Errrr..

Game not avaliable until 20/12/2011. Tomorrow is when the preordered early access starts,

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Starbucks extends gratis Wi-Fi to UK

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Hmm

Part of the TV licence fee does go towards BBC radio, however it is not a legal requirement to own a licence in order to listen to radio.

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Schoolkids learn coding at GCSE level in curriculum trial

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Started A-Level computing in 2003

And we done Visual basic with a bit of assembly language, alot of access databases and tonnes of binary/hexidecimal. Thrown in amongst the standard hardware and networking stuff.

It was a huge step up from the gcse ICT which taught us how to open word/excel and print a webpage.

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Most bosses monitor or block social-network use at work

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Not worth the effort

We used to heavily monitor and restrict internet usages however a couple of years ago effectivly removed all restrictions.

Since then there has been no noticable loss of productivity and staff seem happier. So what if a few customer service agents plant some new crops on their Farmvilles between recieving phone calls? Its not worth increasing the staff turnover and decreasing moral to restrict it.

The only thing I will do is keep an eye on our Terminal servers incase any begin running too hot, in which case I'll give the user playing all those flash games a quick call and ask them if they wouldnt mind closing a few of the unused windows.

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