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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

JulianB

Re: Well... So do some christians, hindus and even buddists (on a bad day)

"Except the Jews" - see commandment 6 of 10

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

JulianB

Re: Too confusing for some - which London are we talking about

I <heart> New York

Oh, you're from Lincolnshire too?

(5-10 miles NW of Boston, just to make things worse)

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Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June

JulianB

Re: Or will they just carry an adapter for all the oil rich countries?

No just a standard US-style 110v plug, and then be surprised that not everyone in the world uses the same standard.

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IBM x86 sale will disrupt customers and the channel, shrieks Fujitsu

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Yeah, right

because the future for Fujitsu is far less uncertain and unpredictable than for Lenovo

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

JulianB

Re: Forgot Your Own Device

Hmm, sounds a bit like the laptop I take home in the evening, then bring back in the morning and plug into a docking station. Plus ca change, plus c'est la mem-sahib.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

JulianB

Re: Obscene Geography

Interestingly, that place name means exactly what it looks like. I don't have my Dictionary of English Place-names to hand, but the entry is words to the effect of "Town with a stream used as an open sewer".

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JulianB

I've been briefed on more than one company reorganisation where the speaker said something like "This role would logically be called Business Unit Manager, but we obviously can't use that..."

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

JulianB

Better than someone I heard of who obfuscated his PINs by writing them down in EBCDIC. So he'd write F1F2F3F4 safe in the knowledge that nobody would guess he meant 1234.

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Using a blank keyboard

A colleague of mine used the blank "Das Keyboard", and couldn't tell you offhand what his password was. He just picked a pleasing pattern of keys. I guess that would be applicable even on a conventional keyboard.

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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

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Naive question...

.... but what's to stop those who want to join a union from doing so while those who don't, don't? I've worked in places where some of my colleagues were in one union or another and some were in none. That's in the UK - does the US have an "all or nothing" law?

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Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

JulianB

Re: wheres mine

You've got a 5 millibit connection? And I though mine was bad...

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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Difference between this and roofs or cars

I think the difference is that it just conceivable (perhaps not to you and me, but to a lot of people) that Microsoft would know that your Windows computer has a problem and it is possible to give them access and let them do stuff to it remotely. Hardly anybody would accept the idea of Ford knowing your car has a worn bearing and offering to fix it over the phone (there's always one, I guess).

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Ever been asked fro your Facebook password ?

JulianB

Do they mean password?

I think my initial reply would be along the lines of "My password? Do you mean my ID?" (or whatever term Facebook uses)

It wouldn't be unreasonable for a prospective employer to want to look at my public persona as revealed on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn etc., to see how it compared to my persona on my CV.

If they insisted they meant my password, then I'd politely refuse and explain why, as detailed in others' posts, above.

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Curriculum Vitae - must rage

JulianB

>> some agencies are really NOT up to muster on IT tech

When I was being sent to interviews by an agency, I always took my own version of my CV with me, and the interviewer was always grateful to see what I'd actually written before the agency scrambled it.

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Classy Oregon diners tipped waitress with 'crystal meth' – cops

JulianB

Re: "a meth lab comprising a small torch, batteries and other items",

I'm now clearing all other items from my house, just to make sure I'm above suspicion

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

JulianB

Re: I had a go at this test

What this shows me is that phones are slower than computers (or perhaps that touch screens are slower than mice) for web-based interactions. Their fastest finisher took 47 seconds and I've just done it in 45 on a Win7 laptop, doing it "seriously" rather than trying to beat the system.

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Horrific FLESH-EATING PLATYPUS once terrorised Australia

JulianB

Re: Size estimate based on single tooth

Thanks. Exactly the sort of answer I hoped for.

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JulianB

Size estimate based on single tooth

How valid is it to extrapolate the length of an unknown animal based on a single tooth? Could they not have discovered, for example, a standard sized platypus with enormous teeth? Or something entirely different with at least one tooth uncommonly like that of a platypus?

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How to spot a coders comment

JulianB

Re: infinite loop

"DO FOREVER" is a completely standard REXX command...

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My favourite comment

discovered when investigating a program that wasn't quite working correctly (and the original programmer had left)

* REMEMBER TO PUT SOME PROCESSING IN HERE

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

JulianB

Re: Over excitement much?

Taking any of these figures, it seems we need a ship capable of supporting many generations of crew, producing its own energy, food, etc. Once we can do that, we don't need the other planets: just stay on the ship.

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Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

JulianB

Re: Ummm

It makes grammatical sense:

* Orange was known as France Telecom.

* Orange has customers in Europe and Africa.

* Orange has no customers in the UK.

* Orange remains part owner of EE in the UK.

"Remains" is a strange choice of word, appearing to imply that it was formerly part-owner of EE outside the UK, but is so no longer.

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Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson battles bullfighting

JulianB

You just know...

I'm not necessarily pro-bullfighting myself, but making comments like "I know that there is nothing remotely entertaining about stabbing bulls to death in bullfighting arenas.", when apparently a lot of people are entertained by it, shows a good deal of self-importance. "I believe there is nothing remotely entertaining..." or "I don't know what is entertaining..." would be more rational.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

JulianB

Re: Youtube broken

An upvote for (almost) pointing out that scooter riders are not bikers.

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Obamacare goes LIVE, and so do the survey-spewing spambots

JulianB

"enticing prizes or in this case, Apple products"

Trend Micro aren't fanbois, then?

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

JulianB

Some sympathy

I take on board all the comments about an obnoxious git bluffing about the law, but when the EJ rep asks ‘What are you, some kind of lawyer?’, I wouldn't deny him the satisfaction of saying "Yes, actually", given that it was true-ish.

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

JulianB

Re: Thats strange...

Well, reportedly people have driven directly into the water when they should have waited for a ferry, so yes.

(Possibly an urban myth of course)

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Lip-wobbling boffins: Eating Chinese food is like kissing a vibrator

JulianB

Re: For all the chilli jokes

There's always someone who'll spoil everything by using facts...

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Lefthand mice

JulianB

Re: Lefthand mice

Like you, I use a right-handed mouse in my left hand. However I hold it between thumb and third (ring) finger, left-click with the second finger and right-click with the index finger. Hasn't caused me any strain.

Incidentally, I'm right-handed. I use the mouse with my left hand to keep the right hand free. It seems obvious to me, though nobody else seems to think so.

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

JulianB

Re: Rule of thumb.....

There was a non-Dilbert cartoon on our office wall for years, featuring a CEO type saying "Our staff are our greatest asset. I vote we sell them."

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'Chromecast - recycle it after a long fulfilling life of kitten videos'

JulianB

Re: The "Wooow" juror comment

I can't vouch for this personally but I'm given to understand that a typical reflection from a jury member is "I hope I'm never tried in front of a jury like that".

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

JulianB
FAIL

Re: Only a matter of time

Well, if the radiation interferes with their DNA so much that they grow fins, I guess that's punishment enough in itself...

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

JulianB

And another parallel with the porn-search-filtering nonsense: even if we accept that one shouldn't view porn or make functioning firearms, there are valid reasons to search on "dodgy" terms, and valid reasons to print something that looks a bit like a gun. Novelty cigarette lighters, umbrella handles, water pistols...

ISTM that any benefit is outweighed by the inconvenience of false positives.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

JulianB
Joke

Re: Better get busy

...and the RSPB website. Full of tits and shags.

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Weird interview questions

JulianB

Perhaps not weird as such...

"So, what makes you think you can actually do this job?"

Not my most succesful interview!

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Unprofessional job adverts

JulianB

Computer operator

"Should preferably have experience of operating a computer."

And that was about it.

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ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...

JulianB
Joke

Re: re 'There is no scientific consensus' on sea-level rise, say scientists

There is no scientific consensus on gravity - it's just that the earth sucks.

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Internet evildoers stitch together vile ransomware-survey scam chimaera

JulianB

Re: @Jess

I don't think "strain blocking" means anything. I parse the sentence as "this strain of ransomware blocks..."

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Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

JulianB
FAIL

presumably

he had to, as he'd superglued the original to himself...

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Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

JulianB

Re: Plague ....

Not sure, but I seem to remember an incident where building work opened a plague pit that was coincidentally next to somewhere that had been an ice house for centuries*, and there were serious concerns about frozen bacilli having survived.

*That part seems implausible now I come to repeat it...

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

JulianB

This might be apocryphal

if not downright untrue, but when I was first taught Lotus SmartSuite, the tutor swore that he'd just done a class where all the students turned their mice over and tried to move the ball around with their fingers. This was apparently their second-ever training session: the first had used a trackball.

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UK.gov finally admits it will MISS superfast broadband target

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Re: I hereby declare...

"anyone else get annoyed by the dumbing down..."

Yup. Don't tell me it's superfast (and no doubt ultrafast, hyperfast and various other meaningless terms in future): tell me how fast it is. And preferably without using the phrase "up to".

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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

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Headmaster

Re: Correction

Further pedantry alert:

"a motor" not "an motor"

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

JulianB

Re: Tedium.

Perhaps it's just prejudice, but the word "Studies" in the title of a degree or other academic course makes it seem less worthwhile to me.

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Life on Mars means subsisting on grim diet of turd-garden spinach

JulianB

Re: Desire for a brand new combine harvester

Indeed. "I've got a brand new combine harvester" seems to imply that I've got one, not that I want one.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

JulianB
Happy

Re: Values

Check out the photo of the home in the Sky News link. Somehow, it just fits the story perfectly.

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

JulianB
FAIL

"Lets users search for recipes on their Android phones and then transmit them to the cooker"

And then what? The rice cooker reads the recipe, assembles the ingredients, skins, chops and browns the chicken, peels, slices and adds the onion... (depending on the recipe, obviously)?

How can it do anything more complex than "Boil the rice currently inside you, using the water also currently inside you."?

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Brits admit to using mobile phones during sex - and not in a good way

JulianB
Gimp

Re: I'll admit I'm not as experienced as I'd like to be

"Unless you're a fanboi..." Suddenly it all makes sense. I had read the article as implying you're using a phone while having sex with another human being

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40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

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Flame

Re: Earth is 9,000 years old...

But didn't creation occur in 4004 BC according to literalists? It's AD 2012 now. That's only a touch over 6000 yrs. Where have the other three millennia come from?

Burn the heretic!

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