* Posts by 27escape

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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noooooo

PIN number, its just PIN or do the printers have helpful LCD displays on them too?

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

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Re: Actually in many cases

I'm thinking that this solution is not targetted at you, but at all the others who have different requirements and abilities to solve them

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Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

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Poor keyboard support

Does not like a UK keyboard @ for starters, then tab ordering is not respected, if they cannot manage the basics, then I am not surprised that more complex sites do not work

One to watch but not use, for ages maybe

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ZTE flagship elbows aside Xiaomi

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Re: Hmm.

Though if you are wanting to use your phone for VR, then more pixels is a benefit. VR on the one plus range is blocky at best

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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I would like to know

how well electric cars manage driving down flooded roads, how deep water can I go through etc

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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WTF?

And suddenly their minds go

“They’re at a point when they’re often outperforming the boys and somehow in their minds they go, ‘this isn’t for me’.”

So its the girls fault? Rather than teachers/parents suggesting that science and technology are not areas to be studied by girls?

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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Mushroom

aliens sending messages

may be easier than gravity waves

icon, cos it matches

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It takes two to Tango: Lenovo bets on phabs, snap-on smartphones

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Mods/add-ons don't work

For consumer experience, if I buy a £600 phone and then add on £400 of extra projector, camera etc and then find that in 2 years time they will not work with my next phone I will be a bit annoyed. Hence people are a bit wary of buying into this tech

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

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A tech startup called Shittr

That must exist, surely?

Maybe for a bluetooth or wifi connected chamber pot to analyse ones stools?

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BOFH: What's your point, caller?

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Re: Gaffa tape

Surely for problem callers, they always have the carpet tape ready to hand.

And the carpet of course, and the bag of lime, shovel etc

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BBC's micro:bit retail shipments near

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Now we have Pi Zero

for £4 is this device still relevant, sure it has a bit of bluetooth and some LEDs and is lower power, but is that enough to convince schoolkids that they should become software developers or electronic design types?

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Inside Project Loon – Google's megaplan to build a global internet

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Happy

Can we have some for Wales and Scotland please

Surely the telcos want to get on board and properly give 100% area coverage rather than 95% people coverage

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Maybe google are not good at searching

in google search google "data processing business" gives 19700 results

in bing search google "data processing business" gives 2.8 million results

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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Re: UI design

There are many andoid forks, some are supported by manufacturers, who generally will not do it themselves due to the cost.

Cyanogenmod, Oxygen (from oneplus), AOSP etc are ones that can be easily found

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Joke

Ban photocopiers

They too cannot provider reverse paths to copies

Down-scaling a lossless image format, will lose information and the original cannot be rebuilt

The Readers Digest organisation is going to be in for a lot of trouble

etc etc

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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Still does not compete on price

Why would I get this, rather than a £4 raspberrypi zero plus a bit more when you factor in a SD card or get a standard arduino?

In many cases the power draw is not such a big issue, the ease of software development is.

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Slack smackback: There's no IRC in team (software), say open-sourcers

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And telegram

Also falls into this category, free to use, though not free to get their code, yet, they suggest that at some point it will be properly open

https://telegram.org for those who cannot google

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Those chicken snacks are nasty

Really, you are better off skipping that part of the in-flight food

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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Re: One way mirrors

I thought pilots all wore 'cool' mirrored sunglasses anyway

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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

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Lock based on bluetooth proximity

Surely thats not a feature? This is in the realm of additional software to add to your system, not a feature of a the laptop itself.

Blueproximity works well on all my linux systems already

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Coat

Ah floppy disk stories

I used to write software for pharmacies, in the old days and this all ran along with the data on 5.25 inch floppies.

When asked to send in a copy of their disks we often got photocopies of the disks or a floppy disk stapled to a covering letter, obviously right through the disk itself, just to make sure! Other disks came in glued together with paint, glue and who knows what, also the backup disks that have never been used and so blank were sent in to be used for data recovery and disks stored next to their TVs or CRT screens.

USB drives are not as much fun.

Getting my coat cos its almost knocking off time

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How to build a real lightsabre

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Magnetic fields

Could contain the plasma, no need for filaments. Would be hard to get the field into a nice cylinder though

Nearest thing to a light sabre icon

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Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech

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Which Government gets the keys

If back doors were somehow enabled to give the government access whose government would it be? Yours, mine, USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Egypt etc.

Obviously these would be shared between friendly governments but the friend of my friends government may not be my friend. For starters google, apple, microsoft etc would have to hand over all their keys to pretty much every government in the world.

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Bringing discipline to development, without causing pain

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Re: meaningless buzzword soup

The is no 'F' in team either, in most cases where people raise the 'I' comment

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Sorry we slurped all your data for a while

But we've switched it off again now.

We may share it with our friends in the NSA if they ask for it or maybe they already asked for it and this is how we collected it!

Potential for the conspiracy people to have a field day with this, though as ever human failures are the most likely cause

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: Overpriced

But then, if you buy one of the other pi's (or beagle bone etc) then you have to buy them then too.

You buy them when you buy your new desktop computer or monitor too, though often the price is hidden in the overall price of what you buy.

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Have a Plan A, and Plan B – just don't go down with the ship

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Adding in

A list of people who should be onsite fixing the issues. Some of the workers sure, not all of them and certainly none of the management getting in the way asking is it fixed yet!

Had this happen a few years back, massive fire took out most of the factory, the recovery crew was 30 odd of our 250+ staff, none of the directors were allowed on site as it was essential staff only and they would not be contributing to the actual recovery actions.

Flame icon, cos thats what happened

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Junk your IT. Now. Before it drags you under

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Disruption

IT is becoming irrelevant as the workers increasingly rely on their own 'devices' and bring cloud services with them.

Business units specify and implement moves to cloud systems without involving IT, "who just get in the way and slow things down".

Sales gets Sales force, legal, HR, operations, finance all go to SAP, often as separate teams.

Developers code and deploy against AWS as IT cannot provide stable systems.

Legacy kit was virtualised and moved into the DC or a cloud provider years ago as IT could not

support the equipment.

End users all know their OS of choice and the applications they need to do their jobs, IT no longer

need to help out with Excel etc, the users are more expert nowadays.

IT may have to help out with HD swap outs and windows re-installs but thats getting to be the limit

of their involvement. Senior staff expense new high-end laptop purchases, IT only get

to specify laptops/desktops for low end staff, though often the finance team has the account

with a preferred supplier and just orders more of the same with hardly a thought about required use.

Phone systems are becoming virtualised and call routed to mobiles, no need for managing a phone switch and patching.

IT only need to provide network pipes/wifi, access to printers, service account creation (office365 etc).

The article really should be suggesting - Junk your IT job, before the company junks you!

:)

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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FAIL

By the time they are ready

The year of code will be over and another opportunity missed

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BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

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Great idea

Need to create a twilio script to do this!

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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Its taken long enough

Been in common parlance for many years, grexit for months and will be out of favour by next year!

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Whitehall IT running costs creep up again to £4.6bn

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Doesn't the incumbent write the spec

For the new supplier to bid against? Meaning that its almost impossible to change

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Driverless cars do not need to be owned

just rented for the period you need them and can fill up, get repaired etc when not being used.

Extends the Uber model a bit more, big companies will own cars - garages and the like but normal people less so, why bother it sits outside the house or office for 22 hours of the day

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A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

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blueproximity

Pairs my computer and phone, means I do not need to wear a stupid bracelet and run windows

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: Got to ask

Its 4 fast cores and 4 slow ones, check out the Big.Little ARM architecture for the reasoning

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Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

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Classic

Must have taken you ages, refrains from adding to the cow related puns

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Facepalm

how about using letters and numbers

I know its a bit radical but that could also work

much like a password

yes yes people will use the name of their dog/cat/pet thing and they will be easy to guess but I guess some combinations will be more popular than others anyway

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Spoiling staff with toys could turn against your business

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FAIL

Linux root user

Most current linux distros request to create a normal user during boot, you do not get to set a root password, but your normal user gets sudo rights, so you can change the root password for console logins

Oh and ssh access by root is also normally disabled

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Electrons ride huge plasma tubes above Earth

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Impressive

especially the binocular use of the MWA

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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

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cloudatcost

Gives you the option to purchase a VM for a one off fee, prices are reasonable; based in Canada for those not wanting to host in the US.

The various interfaces are not consistent and poor, but get the job done, customer support is about average, but for these prices - acceptable.

$35 USD gets you a basic system (1 vCPU, 1 IP, 1G RAM, 10G SSD, 500GB data) or you can rent it for $1 USD / month. Thats right just one dollar!

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ROBOT telescope discovers ENORMOUS planetary neighbours

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Three super-Earths orbiting HD 7924 and published in the Astrophysical Journal

Its almost a Pink Floyd track title from the olden days!

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Its certainly not a butterfly

So works well as part of the test

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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its cyanogen

or you can have their version of paranoid android (oxygenos)

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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unlimited 3/4G

So why do I need a limited broadcast service. I get audio from around the world where ever I am.

If I cannot get 3G there may be a good chance that I cannot get DAB either

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Pay and display machine wrangling

I doubt that the pay and display machine wranglers will bother, trying to find ones that take the £2 coin is almost impossible and they have had years to adapt to that.

New machines get the new form, old machines get replaced as they are broken is the likely replacement route. I would also guess they may be able to get some form of compensation from the government too to help things along, sort of like the PPI botherers - have you been mis-sold a new currency....

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Atomic glowring

It would be awesome if you had actual rings. That would make decoder rings like toys for kids ;)

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Blackhat: Michael Mann brings an informed cybercrime yarn to the silver screen

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Unhappy

Super hacker, muscleman, martial artist and crackshot

American hackers are awesome!

This film was rubbish, from the flying around inside a microprocessor to show that something is being hacked to the hacker/killer character, then onto the FBI who only send 2 staff to trail said hacker around the world, to the predictable ending.

I would say it was a waste of time to watch but I happened to have some time to waste. However, I would in no way recommend it to anyone else.

Watch Kingsman instead, that's a lot of ridiculous fun.

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IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

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Surprising

As they used to get along so well

http://www-03.ibm.com/software/businesscasestudies/us/en/corp?synkey=G880661M72373R00

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Vertical landing

There is something beautifully old school SciFi about rockets landing vertically, can't wait to watch them in action

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

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Angel

Wind trails?

Or rocks rolling downhill trails?

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