* Posts by Scott 62

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

Scott 62

Your creatures need a bigger lair!

<3 Dungeon Keeper

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The cute things they say

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Re: My <COMPLICATED SQL-BASED SOFTWARE PACKAGE> isn't working

on a vaguely related note, I went for a job interview a view years ago for a support job and we got onto the topic of customer relations / customer service and i essentially said "never trust the user"

afterwards i found out that saying that cost me the job...maybe it wasn't the most appropriate thing to say in an interview but it's 100% true. if you've worked in a support role for any length of time it's a fact of life that you cannot trust them and generally need to assume they're lying :p

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

Scott 62

my Just-Eat order history is depressing as fuck.

272 orders since late 2009, at an average of around a tenner a go...wow, my car isn't worth that much lol.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Scott 62

How is she the Directory of anything at 23 years old?

Nothing to do her being easy on the eyes, presumably?

At that age I could just about direct myself to the pub and back. But then again maybe that's why I "only" work in IT and I'm not a captain of industry or a politician.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

Scott 62

I read this in a Fargo accent, for some reason.

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Tim Cook gets weensy 1.9% increase - but it's still twice an average joe's salary

Scott 62

It still amazes me that you can be in charge of tens of thousands of people, leading a company worth billions but get paid less than a premiership footballer.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

Scott 62

There was something flying around my company a couple of months ago about a lack of good new engineers (we make a lot of shiny stuff) coming into the company, but then they appear to be totally unwilling to invest in its staff anyway....you can't have it both ways.

But then this is a company that'd rather repeatedly spend £500p/d, with repeated 6 month contract extensions getting some mercenary in to do a job than try to train someone internally to do it for £30k a year.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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GTA San Andreas: Now smack that disobedient hooker on your PHONE

Scott 62

>clip

MAGAZINE DAMNIT

my /k/ is showing

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

Scott 62

tl;dr - shit job is shit, don't be a picker

anyway it's hardly unusual, i used to work in a big distribution centre up't north for Netto before they were swallowed by Asda and our veg pickers were expected to pick 300 shopping basket sized veg trays an hour, in a room that was esentially a giant fridge

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

Scott 62

I've only just realised that it is being referred to as "Vulna" yet I've been reading it as "Vulva" over the last couple of weeks.

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

Scott 62

i'm pretty sure it'd be much less faff to actually cut someone's finger off and just use that.

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Moving from permie to mercenary? Avoid a fine - listen to Ben Franklin

Scott 62

Re: No mess with the revenue - they deserve it

Apologies in advance for linking to the Daily Heil, but this article is worth it...

Interesting ways to screw with bureaucracy and red tape that Patrick Moore came up with.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254467/How-drive-jobsworths-potty-IN-devilishly-inventive-manifesto-late-astronomer-Sir-Patrick-Moore-tells-fought-box-ticking-bullies.html

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

Scott 62

Re: Its not just you..

>I'm not an expert in being a girl, seeing as I'm a guy in IT. But i'd offer a suggestion that it wasnt just that you're a girl, but the fact is if you make a big song and dance about being amazing and awesome you get noticed.

Best. advice. Ever.

At my last job there were three of us on the night shift, we came in, kicked arse every day and got our heads down, quietly being awesome, generally doing much more per shift than the day shift guys.

However, they made a big song and dance about the stuff they did and as a result were getting 40%-50% more for less work...but then again the culture at that place was very much "you get paid what you can blag" rather than what you can actually do

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

Scott 62

I agree, but then again Quake 2 never did it for me either, the best thing about Unreal IMO was the fact that it led to Unreal Tournament, which shat all over both of them (memories of playing Deck 16 on a LAN).

But then again as you said, Half Life was better than either, both in terms of single player ("HOLY SHIT, A HELICOPTER!!!1") and MP (TFC, CS et al).

Oh to be 14 again.

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Make cool shows, make money: Netflix's SHOCKING TV strategy

Scott 62

I'd subscribe to Netflix for the rest of my working life if they finance series 2 of Firefly!

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

Scott 62

Re: Which problem is The Problem?

your autism is showing.

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

Scott 62

Can you imagine GW trying to sue Blizzard?

Blizzard probably spend more on lawyers in a month than GW make in profit a year.

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Big biz, expensive beancounters write UK tax law, says senior MP

Scott 62

Didn't the Hodge family's company pay 0.01% tax last year on £2bn revenue?

Yeah...I can't think of a better person to look into dodgy tax law.

May as well ask Gary Glitter to look after child protection policy too.

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

Scott 62

i have both, but prefer Netflix because

1. I can watch it on my Andriod phone whilst on the toilet at work.

2. Subtitles. I frequently watch Netflix on the iPad whilst in bed and don't want to risk waking the kids up, having no subtitles on Lovefilm is a pain in the arse.

3. Access to the US / Canadian catalogue via VPN, which is awesome.

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Red-faced, sweating and still in your chair: Welcome to eSports

Scott 62

Re: Best thing I've read this Christmas!

Agree 100%, I have a couple of good friends that I met playing TFC around the turn of the millenium, we spent our weekends and evenings playing in the UKTFCL league, where a large percentage of the "good" players went to the i-series of LANs.

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Scott 62

Re: IRC?

Ahhh, good old Quakenet, I think I spent the majority of my teen years antagonizing Q in various channels with my MP3 script :D

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Amazon outage whacked Netflix US customers on Christmas Eve

Scott 62
Trollface

Don't Amazon own Lovefilm?

No conflict of interest there then!

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Valve hauls down The War Z, offers refunds

Scott 62

Whether I pay for WoT or not has no effect on my actual playing, bar spamming gold rounds everywhere, I suppose, which I'd rather not do unless the MM is drunk again ("LOL, T82 AGAINST 5 KV's...WHY NOT!!1").

However making 60,000 silver from an average game in my JT8.8 does make life much easier in terms of buying shiny new stuff.

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

Scott 62

I remember Altavista was my primary source of 10 second Jenna Jameson clips as a youth.

Those were they days *sniffle*

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Sheryl Sandberg offloads $41.5m in Facebook shares in just 6 weeks

Scott 62

because once you're worth £500m+ money isn't what drives you anymore.

to most of us plebs a job is a means of getting our bills paid, eating food and not much else, given the choice i personally wouldn't work, but then i'm not massively career driven in the first place, i don't live for my job and feel no particular loyalty towards my employer. (who in turn feels none..or very little towards me)

maybe that's why i'm still a techie and not a COO in the first place?

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Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent battle v Apple

Scott 62

Ugh, I'd hate to be an IP lawyer, that line of work would make you into such a miserable bastard

"no, you can't patent the sun"

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Facebook: 83 million IMPOSTERS stalk our network

Scott 62

makes sense, my other half peddles home made greetings cards and other crap like that through Facebook, so paid for a bit of Facebook advertising last month and she suddenly started getting "Likes" from loads of clearly fake accounts...

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BSkyB punches Virgin Media in ads watchdog fist fight

Scott 62

Re: not sure what your on

No internet connection on earth is worth putting up with Virgins abysmal "customer service"

I signed up with them this time last year, the kit they sent me was excellent, the broadband was very fast and the Tivo box awesome.

But.

I had more fuss with them in 2 weeks trying to get the correct package (each time I rung them I was quoted a different price, I also have young kids so kids TV channels are a lifesaver, but to match my initial Sky TV package would have cost a fortune) than i had in 4 years with Sky.

Not to mention my initial bill of £145, the fact that they changed my phone number without telling me AND didn't cancel my Sky subscription for me ("oh no, we'll sort that out for you!").

Useless bastards, bring back Blueyonder.

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HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya

Scott 62

looks more like gadaffi to me?

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The Great Border Agency IT Crash: Just who was responsible?

Scott 62

Re: When they won the contract

if the clearances aren't transferable surely sites like this wouldn't exist...

http://www.securityclearedjobs.com

?

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

Scott 62

record labels clearly don't understand the problem, let alone come up with a solution to it.

saying that, if they understood the technology in the first place and did something positive about it rather than trying to litigate the problem away, maybe piracy wouldn't be so widespread...

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HTC struggling as profits drop 70 per cent

Scott 62

i like my HTC, but i probably won't be getting another cos they're all the bloody same, i have no idea which is their most recent model, which ones are the budget models, which one is the premium model etc

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Game of Thrones Blu-ray disc set

Scott 62

the only criticism of Game Of Thrones I can think of is that sometimes it is painfully obviously that they couldn't afford to film scenes with large crowds. Eg most of the scenes with Drogo's khalasar, it was supposed to be a vast gathering of people yet you can really tell they're trying to get around that with sneaky camera angles and other trickery.

Other than that, it's all good!

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Blighty slaps £100m spending cap on govt IT projects

Scott 62

why impose arbitrary spending limits at all?

i'm pretty sure your average goon on the street wouldn't have a problem with an IT project costing £500m (assuming its necessary, not random shit like giving every civil servant an alienware PC...), as long as it comes in at £500m when it's finished, not £2bn

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You're crap and paid too much for the little work you actually do

Scott 62

TL;DR: be an arsehole, get ahead.

The sad part is, it's true, if you come into work, quietly get on with your job, kick arse all around but don't make a fuss, you WILL be overlooked.

Whereas if you make a song and dance about everything you do, management will assume you have more worth.

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X-com reboot's gameplay showcased

Scott 62

this really rustles my jimmies.

i'd love nothing more than xcom remade with todays technology, but missing out base building, max 6 squad members etc etc is madness

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Black Ops has best videogame ending ever

Scott 62

what? Black Ops didn't even have the best ending out of the CoD games, never mind best ending of all time.

They clearly only polled 12-16 year olds.

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Vodafone manages to fight off £3bn tax bill, claws back cash paid

Scott 62

maybe because everything you read about them reeks of dodgy dealings and secret handshakes?

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Lumia sales fail to set world alight

Scott 62

yeah, just what people want, a phone that BSODs

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RIM's top bosses slash salaries to $1 a year

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P2P veterans sue the Cloud ... for copying their stuff

Scott 62

obviously there is nothing to stop them, but surely you can see the irony of the people behind kazaa and morpheus sueing people for copyright infringment...seeing as they were probably the biggest illegal filesharing network after napster's demise, before all this torrent crap become popular anyway :P

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Punters even more dissatisfied by Virgin Media's package

Scott 62

a brand new tivo box is better than a 5 year old sky+ box?

holy shit.

my mind is blown.

i liked the service that VM provided, the tivo box was very good (although the interface was slow...) and the broadband was admittedly excellent but it was far outweighed by the faffing about we had with their customer service staff, they literally did nothing right

the engineer didn't install our box

it took 5 phone calls to attempt to get the right TV package and they still didn't get it right in the end

the package I was initially sold by their sales rep turned out to be the XL package, which was far more than the sky equivalent for less channels

they didn't answer several attempts contact their customer service goons via email

our phone line didn't work for 3 weeks after activation

the initial bill was simply exorbitant

they didn't cancel our Sky services as promised so we were paying for both of them

...it was endless

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Scott 62

although in all fairness with VM the broadband speed we got was very very good, the old telewest / blueyonder infrastructure they took over was also excellent.

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Scott 62
Trollface

I'd rather eat my own face than use VM again.

Sky customer service is very very average, but compared to VM they are shining beacons of excellence.

It's all relative I suppose.

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Think your CV is crap? Your interview skills are worse

Scott 62

i guy i used to work with did all our interviewing, and he said to me once that "he liked to throw in a few curve balls" when interviewing

to this day i've never got the mentality of it, if you ask the right questions in the first place you shouldn't find yourself trying to trick people or asking them what sort of tree they want to be.

bloody management speak.

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'Insatiable' Brits gobble Blu-Ray, deserve reward

Scott 62

i like the triple play stuff, it means I can keep the blu ray downstairs and the kids can take the dvd upstairs, fuck it up, draw on it whatever, and I still have a copy

for an extra quid of two, its definately worth it

its totally believable that we buy more BD's per head in the UK, i've always preferred a shelf full of actual things rather than files on a pc, and most people i know are the same, only resorting to shadier methods if something is ludicriously hard / needlessly expensive to get hold of (eg disney blu rays were £30-£35 EACH in HMV a year or two ago...and they wonder why most of their shops are in the shit financially)

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Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

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gaben deserves his place on the list, as does shigsy (just typing that reminds me of Digitiser back in't day!), the rest are shit, tbh

To round off my list I'd put the Infinity Ward guys, Peter Molyneux and Carmack.

Although admittedly the inclusion of Molynuex is 99% nostalgia goggles, I'm not sure how well his games stand up against the test of time...although I suspect Dungeon Keeper will still be as awesome as it was when I was 15.

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Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO

Scott 62

I recently moved from Sky to Virgin after being tempted by half price for 6 months + lower price overall, the actual kit was awesome and my 30mb line could consistently d/l at 3mb/s, which i loved but their customer service and after sales stuff was absolutely appalling. so much so that i went back to sky after 3 weeks

which is a shame as i did like it, but it wasn't worth the fuss

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