* Posts by Rufus McDufus

73 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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Re: never used Amazon

I worked for Amazon and it was one of the best-paid jobs I ever had.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Proof that Google are planning on charging the man in the street.

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Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

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Re: I used to like AC

I hated AC3. It was just repetitive and I found remembering all the moves way too much. AC4 was fantastic though - try it.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Do...

Apple's iOS developers develop the OS only using an iPhone or iPad? If so, I'll be impressed.

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

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Re: Ah!

iOS 8 has ruined my iPad Air 1 and the 2 as well judging by all the complaints on the Apple forums.

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: @SuccessCase Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

Has it occurred to you that 'techies' may not be the ones designing the phone styling and look & feel of the OS?

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

Rufus McDufus

Re: iOS ME ?

Did that yesterday. Still not fixed my iPad Air. It's absolutely destroyed it. Safari in particular has so many problems it's unusable.

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You can ring my #bellogate. EMAIL STORM hits 29,000 hapless UCL students

Rufus McDufus

Wow, is it 1997 again?

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Safari

It's the changes to Safari that bug me. The irritating autohide address bar for one. Plus Safari seems to hang frequently. The pinch-zoom crash bug isn't fixed either.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Re: This being Dyson ...

Don't tell me - Apple will sue because the Roomba has curved edges?

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: Confusing wording indeed

No way! It's much more fun making snarky comments at the bottom of the article. That's what life is all about.

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The cute things they say

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Barf

Here's a couple.

First - the mail server is running out of disk space. We decide to implement the obvious policy of emptying everyone's trash, removing emails more than a month old. I immediately get calls from at least 5 users saying 'where have all my old emails gone?'. 'What do you mean' I say, 'you got the warnings that we're emptying the trash with emails older than a month?'. Every one of them then tells me that the trash folder is where they store _all_ their emails. The reasoning is that it's quicker to hit 'delete' than put them in a folder. They've got a point I suppose ...

Second - my first job at a top science and engineering university in the early 90s. Female professor of computing comes in one morning with a sorry-looking Sun 3/60 keyboard. 'It's not working', she says. I took a look at this rather greasy keyboard. After asking how it got this way, she told me... She'd puked on the keyboard. Thinking the acid in puke probably wasn't very good for it she decided to wash the keyboard. Not in water though as most people would do (and probably wreck the keyboard too but that's not important right now). No, she decided cooking oil would be a suitable cleaning solvent so she drenched the keyboard in it.

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Egghead dragged over coals for mining Bitcoin on uni supercomputer

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If it is anything like the supercomputer I used to manage at a particular UK university, I suspect he was the only one who'd actually figured out how to use the thing.

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Londoners urged to cut landlines and take up wireless broadband

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Their availability checker doesn't work for me on Firefox on Windows but works with IE. How quaint.

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

Rufus McDufus

Re: Most sysadmins out there have never heard of rsync

There's always cygwin, with rsync loaded. :)

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Though hyperlinks were in frequent use before TBL's paper - for instance I remember the concept in Apple's HyperCard. Though of course Tim extended the concept to become the URL, which was really the clever bit.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Rufus McDufus

Re: www = internet

Or 'the internet's down'. Okee - the internet's down or your PC is screwed. it's bound to be the entire internet isn't it?

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Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports

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Re: I don't know about that

Spain, France & Italy aren't terribly rich at the moment.

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

Rufus McDufus

I'm ex-Amazon, but from a long time ago (left 2005). They do rely on open source but only generally as a building block (e.g languages). Most of the big stuff is bespoke and perhaps is not so useful outside of the context of Amazon where they really do like to re-invent the wheel, and rather scarily often do it better.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

Rufus McDufus

I worked for Amazon early on and can remember the consternation when a certain book went to the top of the bestseller list. It was 'A Hand in the Bush: The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting'. They tweaked the listing so it didn't appear. Most disappointing.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Marvellous

Takes me right back! I dreamed of an Atari VCS but my mate had an Atari 400 which frankly was better. Star Raiders blew my tiny mind and we spent hours playing Asteroids (one of the best implementations IMHO).

Also Casio fx-570 - tsk, forgotten about that. Proper little workhorse.

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

Rufus McDufus

All this talk of Ecclestone, and just watching the F1 qualifying, made me think Bernie Ecclecstone could be a handy Davros.

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Samsung's at it AGAIN: SHATTERING profit records, that is

Rufus McDufus

Re: Non-linear exchange rates.

The won crashed while the journalist was typing.

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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Re: When I lived in Bracknell...

Do I know you? That perfectly describes a company I worked for! The CEO lived in Ascot. Company moved there eventually.

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Rufus McDufus

Sadly the article seems a bit confused. TVP and Suttons are most definitely not in Wokingham! Despite that though, Wokingham does definitely have a very large proportion of IT companies.

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Rufus McDufus

Re: Molly Millars Lane

I spent some time working in Wokingham for different s/w houses back in the late 80s and mid 90s. You're right, getting pissed at lunch/morning/afternoon was a necessary feature. The necessity of doing this seemed to disappear about ten years ago. Maybe we all just got older.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Rufus McDufus

Re: £1.10 for a return?

£3000 pa would £8.20 a day if you travelled every single day of the year. More like £13 a day on average if you deduct (say) 20 days holiday and some public holidays.

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

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Re: Satellite Server

You can use PostgreSQL if you like - it's a supported option.

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Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine

Rufus McDufus

What a terrible punishment, getting someone else to pay the fine.

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

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Object-oriented programming failed 20 years ago? Goddamit I must be imagining all those objects I've coded for the last 20 years!

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Geolocation tech to save 60 Londoners from being run over next year

Rufus McDufus

Re: The GLC was dismantled ...

Yet London's roads are safer now than when the GLC is power, despite more traffic. You want to kill people, is that what you're saying?

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Rufus McDufus

I tell tham I only know Linux. Or I'm an infrastructure architect. Or something completely opposite to what they want.

No-one expects a plumber or electrician to pop round and fix their stuff for free do they? I've got the brain the size of a planet but for some reason it's seen as if I enjoy doing my job (hobby?) and am only too eager to fix their (usually disgustingly dirty) shit for free.

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Google to offer 'same-day delivery' Amazon Prime killer - report

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Re: oh yes, please

Though it be fair if you're paying for next day delivery that's what you should get.

Personally my fastest delivery was five minutes. OK, I worked for Amazon for many years, and that was back in the day when system engineers worked in the same building as the distribution centre.

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Free delivery better

Anyone find Amazon Prime absolutely rubbish? Their next day delivery seems to take more days than the standard free delivery, and often gets into to clutches of Home Delivery Network which seems to be staffed by mentally-ill people. I recently had to wait several weeks for a 'next day' delivery. The excuse from the HDNL guy was 'my car broke down'. What, for three weeks?! This wouldn't be so bad but I had the exact same excuse a year or two ago from a different HDNL person.

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Apple and world HACKED by Facebook plunderers

Rufus McDufus

Re: "This is the first really big attack on Macs,"

Mutter mutter, something about horses, *jazz hands*

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

Rufus McDufus

Are Intel deliberately trying to produce the least successful product in history here?

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Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

Rufus McDufus

Good. I RMA'd my original January-purchased Nexus 10 and the battery life is better on the new one but still not great. Turning off wi-fi when sleeping makes a big difference but i don't think that explains all of it. Previously it could consume 100% charge when sleeping overnight.

Also would be nice to see Chrome memory usage reduced. The Nexus 10 out of the box seems to eat all memory as fast as it possibly can with Chrome using nearly half.

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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

Rufus McDufus

Re: Will move if Sky take over

Switched to VM a year ago after being with BE for maybe 5 years. BE gave excellent and very reliable service but it doesn't compete with VM to me. I'm getting 60Mbps for about the same as I paid for 5Mbps with BE & I find both offer excellent support if you need it (don't laugh). There are more outages with VM but still pretty rare.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

Rufus McDufus
Devil

Re: Ultra-pedant mode activated!

But he doesn't claim he had a (narrow band/phone-line) dial-up modem!

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

Rufus McDufus

Even simple things like choosing the correct input for all the connected devices is difficult to explain to someone non-technical. For instance my old Panny TV which I donated to my parents comes up with 'EC/HDMI' or whatever when switching to the Humax PVR (*). Just WTF is that supposed to mean to the casual user?

* Operating the PVR is sadly completely beyond their comprehension.

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Rufus McDufus

Re: Dream telly

Good sound - exactly. The problem with nice flat TVs is the sound is usually abysmal.

Also a remote control that people with adult-sized fingers & less-than-perfect vision in a darkened room are able to use.

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October global temps above average for 332nd straight month

Rufus McDufus

Above average over 133 years - not exactly a long time over the lifespan of life on the planet. And as we now, many of the measuring stations are poorly sited, in now built up areas for instance.

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Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

Rufus McDufus

Gif with a hard G for me down in that thar London and I've rarely heard it pronounced with a J. More often it's non-techies who I've heard pronounce it with a J. I also like to say 'Linnux' as opposed to 'Lie-nux' because it's more likely to piss people off.

How about SQL - Ess-cue-ell or See-quel? I prefer the former.

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Samsung turns screws on Apple, hikes A6 processor price 20%

Rufus McDufus

Re: $25 Android pad coming soon...

UK price £325 probably.

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How to spot a terrible tech boss within SECONDS

Rufus McDufus

I had a manager in my first job, in the compsci dept at a top UK University. There was quite a lot of unaccounted cash at the end of the year. He asked me to fake some invoices.

This and a few other events led me to conclude things weren't quite as they should be.

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FOlA judges: Secret 28 who made the BBC Green will not be named

Rufus McDufus

Re: Stunning

Sorry if I misunderstand your sarcastic post, but do you think the theory that anthropomorphic global warming with CO2 as the main driver of change is a theory with as strong a foundation as that behind evolution? I and many others would certainly like to see the proof behind that insinuation.

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Groupon redundancy special offer tips, shares plunge

Rufus McDufus

12,000 employees??? What on earth do they all do? They could teach the Civil Service a lesson in waste...

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Apple's Cue gets parking space on Ferrari board

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Lucky barsteward...

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Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE

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FAIL

"The 3G auction was 12 years ago and raised £35B, that's £1.85B per year. Compare that to the extra £5B a year the companies get from customers being on the wrong tariff.

Or put it another way, there are 81.6m mobile contracts in the UK, so you're paying £22.67 per year for the 3G spectrum."

You need a new calculator mate...

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

Rufus McDufus

Re: Optional, sometimes expedient

Is living in a really posh neighbourhood with a 40 minute journey between houses worse?

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