* Posts by Amorous Cowherder

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Not in the Ware ( Herts. ) area it didn't. I've been busily flushing backups up to an online storage site and never noticed anything untoward.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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As an amateur landscape photographer, the BST change over gives just a couple of weeks more when I can shoot in the morning before work and catch the sunset after work.

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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Re: I see tears ahead...

This is the reason I'm intrigued, purely as a backup to my backups. I have 140 years of family history in photos in JPG and 7 years of landscape images I've shot. 2 backup sets on NAS boxes at home and I want offsite storage to dump 2TB of CR2s, ARWs, TIFFs and JPGs. My wife has a Prime account and that's really got me interested as I can piggy back her account for this.

NSA and US Gov? I'm not bothered if they want to rake through 45,000 images of long dead pets and my since deceased relies grinning into camera!

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Not worth going then

Ideas and situations change, mostly for the better. We don't use terms like paki, nig-nog, wog or coon any more because they're nasty, racist and only serve to demean others based on skin colour and cause friction. Would you describe your female co-workers as babes and bitches? Not unless you want slap and handed a cardboard box by HR.

The world is changing Duncan my old son and having respect for everyone, whether they have a penis of a vagina, shows we are growing up and becoming better people. I suggest you leave your 1950's attitude to women at the door.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Human nature

"Yes, stupid safety features. They should ban selt belts and airbags and put a massive barbed spike sticking out the middle of the steering wheel. That would stop speeding. Dead."

They should also make it compulsory to learn to read a comment, weigh up the relative merits and then make a sensible comment in return. Instead we have the "unlicensed" with their utterly stupid knee-jerk reactions.

I interpreted the OP AC comment as simply making a point that safety features are all well and good but should be designed to consider that human override is appropriate sometimes. ABS braking, no human override, airbags no override, sign reading speed limiters yes override allowed.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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It's pure unadulterated "poor porn", cheap and easy to make. Get an out of work jobbing actor for £100/day, get them to voice over some PD CCTV footage and you've got yourself a TV show.

The mentality of those who watch, "Ha ha, look at those people they're worse than us, let's laugh at them for entertainment!". Sorry but anyone who sinks low enough to watch this kind of utter shit for entertainment is, in my opinion, lower than the people being shown in these so called documentaries.

Reminds me of the "TV shows" in THX-1138, simply boiled down to the key elements. You want sex? Just watch two people having it off. Want violence? Watch someone being beaten. Why bother wasting time with characters of plots, just show the key elements in the raw.

I'd rather watch my cat take a dump than the shite that spews out of the TV channels these days.

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Depends but in some places here in London, caught urinating in public can lead to a fine of up £500.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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I'm probably the only person on the planet who doesn't have a problem with Windows 8, then again I'm a bit odd. I had a mate who swore that Windows ME was a stunning version of Windows at the time everyone else couldn't wait to piss on ME's grave!

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Re: Desktops????

I swear I seem to vaguely recall a third-party util/hack that allowed you to get multiple desktop screens under Windows 95.

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

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New security features? Shame 'cos I love collecting fake £1 coins, best places to pick them up are pubs.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Am I the only one...

Simple enough! We do what they did with the Jubilee line in London, simply put glass walls all long every road and the doors only open when the cars all stop!

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Facebook unveils P2P moola-to-mates payment feature

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One huge gap in the plan...

OK, I can accept that Facebook will probably keep the CC details secure but there's one gaping, huge monsterous gap in the plan...the fleshy thing with the account details! Given that 1/6th of the planet has an account on the ad network how many users have absolutely ridiculous passwords that anyone can guess the credentials for?

Auntie Gladys is not very tech savvy, she needed her nephew to set up the PC and the account and her nephew did his best to secure the passwords but when password change time came Gladys changed the password to something easy to remember. Now Gladys thinks it would be a great idea to send that £25 birthday pressie to her niece through Zuck's system. 2 days later Gladys CC is has been maxed out or her bank account has been cleaned!

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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I was never huge fan but anything I did read by him, I always thoroughly enjoyed. The typical British sense of humour was so well captured. It's never nice when someone who gave so much genuinely innocent pleasure to so many, is no longer around.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: raided Thursday a call centre

The force is strong with them, hmmm raided on Thursday a call centre they did!

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Going off-topic I know, but please stop with the moronic jargon that was trendy 15 years ago. "cyber criminals"? FFS! They are just "criminals", full stop. Whether they be online, offline, on the moon, wherever! No one says, "That real, hard-copy criminal just stole my mobile phone!"

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Ban Minecraft? That's jive, Turkey!

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You couldn't make this stuff up!

One of the best practiced human right's abusers on the planet is banning a simple computer game that involves tasks we have to do on a daily basis, killing animals for food and skin, because those actions in the game are seen as too violent?

ROFL! LOL! Brilliant! Sorry? You're serious? Oh!

I want my kids to understand that food doesn't just arrive on the plate, it has to gathered from crops or got from killing animals. This is taught to young kids in this game in a safe way so when they do find out about industrial level food production, it's no great surprise to them to learn that burger and veggies don't just magically appear down TESCO.

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

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You NEVER start of with a backup strategy

You never, ever start off with the backup strategy, you start off with the restore/recover first. What is it that you would need to have back WHEN ( not if! ) XYZ goes tits up? Once you know what you cannot live without, then you work backwards and from that you can come up with backups that will cover what you have to restore.

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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I can't begin to imagine how many hoops this company have to jump through for governments who need to make certain areas "disappear".

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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Re: Part of HP Bloatware

"What Blu-ray playback software would you recommend then?"

VLC! VLC! VLC! It reads the streams, not all the useless other shit they load onto discs. If you can't be arsed to dig about for the stream, simply pop in the disc and just throw VLC at the disc and it will soon fathom out where the menu system is and show that to you.

Let me expand that, "What movie (file) playback software would you recommend then?"

VLC! VLC! VLC! Transparent source and I've yet to find a format it won't at least have a crack at playing on any platform I've used it on, Linux, Windows, OSX and Android.

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Re: "... avoid playing Blu-Ray discs from untrusted origins ..."

Untrusted source? That would be a certain Japanese company by the name of SONY I believe. They've proved once they can't be trusted with even a simple CD, tech has moved on and become more complex and so I certainly wouldn't trust any media they have to sell me.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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I remember a company I was working for back in 1994 bought a 48" CRT, it took a team of builders a week to prep the setting for it and a team of 6 people to lift the thing into place. It was absolutely stunning, had picture in picture, more sockets than an old style exchange and loads of other gubbins. No doubt it ended up in a skip on it's way to a scrap pile in the third world in the end.

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Re: You want a bigger picture?

"Luckily the content is not worth doing that for."

Sums it up for me! I generally only watch BBC comedies filmed last century most of the time, so even my 7 year old, bog standard 40" LCD is probably a bit overkill!

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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

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Hence the classic line, "Do as we say, not as we do."

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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"Apple complained that the outcome of the case was another reason for reform of the patent system..."

Oh I see, the system is fine while Apple were fleecing everyone through this "broken" system but not OK as soon as the boot is on the other foot?

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Re: Only what they deserve

That was the final kick in the teeth, "(* fingers crossed behind back *) No Madam we didn't install anything nasty on your box but we can remove it for you, for a fee of course!".

Utter scumbags.

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Cert-slurping security firms chop super-fishy features

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As the late, great Bill Hicks said...

"If anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill yourself. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalisation for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now. There's no fuckin' joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang yourself...borrow a pistol from an NRA buddy, do something...rid the world of your evil fuckin' presence."

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Here's a stupid idea that always works for me, stick to speed limits on non-motorway roads?

Although even on motorways now they have speedcams, the M25 from Enfield to Watford is a fun drive, every every half mile or so it's a like a red carpet night at swanky London opening 'cos there's so many flashes going off! LOL!

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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I've had 2 x 8TB 4bay ReadyNAS units running for close on 3 years serving the family's needs for movie and MP3 storage, plus PC/Mac backups. They're on 24 hours a day and (*touch wood*) I've only had one drive blow out on me, simply replaced on the fly without shut down. They've been patched to allow root access over SSH and I've even run a web based torrent client directly off one off one of the units! They're absolutely superb and very hackable units running Linux.

Looking to buy another NAS unit and I'm after another ReadyNAS based on how well the current two I have, have been.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

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One day it does, the next day it doesn't. They said sat-fats kill, now they're saying they don't.

Here's a spiffing idea, how about we all stop giving ourselves strokes through the stress of worrying about eating the wrong things and simply eat a balanced diet, less shitty stuff ( note I said LESS not STOP ), slightly more of the fresh healthy stuff and we'll probably be OK.

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Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

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"Some customers claim they were told that if they wanted to bring about their promised returns on investment, they should recruit other investors to pump additional funds into the operation."

Ah there we go....nothing but a naff pyramid scheme then!

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'Ruskie' malware pwns iOS 7

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Probably paid for by Apple to force people to upgrade to new iOS or buy new device that supports the latest patched iOS! ( See that icon over there! )

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Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

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Downvotes, really? Some people have zero sense of humour!

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Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

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National Pirate Day....so that would be on a "Sat-Arrrgh-day" then! I'll get me...

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Maybe I'm missing something but the guy ran a site to allow selling of narcotics, at the very least he turned a blind eye to it going on and he contracted hired killers. Doesn't sound just another daft kid running a tiny, harmless, "backstreet" website, sounds likes a thoroughly unpleasant piece of work who's deeds are catching up with him.

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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

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" ...there's even a mission statement in the NSA HQ foyer reminding analysts how important privacy is."

There's some really superb photos in our foyer at work, doesn't make any of us artists or photographers! Ha ha!

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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I VOTE THEREFORE I MOAN!

People say , "Don't vote? Don't moan!".

That's complete and utter bollocks! If I vote for someone and they don't deliver then I have every bloody right to moan at whomever it was that failed to live up to their promises! If the person I voted for fails to get in, then I have a right to moan about the other canidate who did get in and still isn't doing what I want! Ha ha!

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Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

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Usually software companies are quite relaxed in so far as they give a little bit of time to prove you making moves to sort yourself out. Even Oracle, who are like vultures when it comes to licenses, usually give you a couple of months breathing room when your licenses don't come up to scratch, providing you stay in contact with your account manager and prove you're sorting it out. I doubt this has come out of nowhere. Sounds like Adobe have been bugging F21 for a while and F21 have not been opening the red headed letters that have been arriving, so Adobe had no choice but to drag F21 into the courts to get their money.

It's not hard to stay "in license". As an individual I pay my Adobe licenses by way of my CC subscription. I use the software on my photos and I make money from my images, it's only fair I pay for my tools. I wouldn't like it if someone ripped of my images without paying, so I don't see why I should rip off Adobe.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Figures for migrations the other way, in the interest of a balance? Oh, sorry that would be sane and sensible to ponder the figures overall.

I thought about upgrading my 3 year old SGS2 to an iPhone, pondered and in the end bought a second hand SGS3 off eBay! Sorry Cookie old son, your latest mega-multi-core monster device is just a bit overkill for me at the mo.

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GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

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Re: So it's okay to...

Right, so no one's allowed to get passionate about something other than you then. It's OK for you to have a good rant at the "bleeding heart liberals" who are pissing you off and you're allowed to feel better about yourself for venting your opinion but it's not OK for them to have a good rant about something they're getting pissed off about?

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Re: CCTV rant

I believe we have the largest number per capita of any country in the world!

Obesity! Go UK!

Childhood asthma! Go UK!

Teenage pregnancy! We're getting there!

Makes you proud to be a Brit doesn't it?!

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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So what?

I would be glad if I was in trouble and knew exactly where the nearest copper was when I needed them!

Just 'cos good people make things that bad people can use for bad things, does not make said thing a bad thing itself!

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

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Re: Two very different incidents

"handing out of a mobile number, whether classified or not, for any employee, let alone a senior one, is a serious security breach."

From what the story said, the hoaxer called the PM's aides, they put the call through to "Hug-a-hoodie" Cameron. So surely DC needs to give his aides a bloody good bollocking for not checking the call was genuine?

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: I reckon that I have something...

You've obviously never watched JET ( also known as Ground Control ) starring Keither Sutherland!

OH GOD IT'S BLOODY AWFUL! The set must have cost about £5 to build/rent out of hours. Sutherland seems to have taken his inspiration from Ted Striker in Airplane! It's shot at night for the external shots which consist of our hero having flashbacks and chain smoking while standing in a stairwell! The interior set must have been about 10 foot square max. The worst bit is the fact that when the plane safely lands it's daylight AND the shots were taken from another movie! Train wreck? It's a full on train-carrying-nuclear-warhead-hitting-a-city wreck!

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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"64-bit eight-core..."...Jeez that's some scary-arse hardware to make a phone call and send a text message!

( Mines the one with the Nokia 3310 in the pocket! )

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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If references were the metric where's a Bond film? Every spoof spy movie references Bond, especially Connery's tenure in the role.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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A good idea, some of us were not born with dainty little pinkies but chipolata digits and while modern technology works for us, intricate adjustments on a touch screen is not one of them!

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Middle finger

It's funny OK? It's a little joke to make the man seem less like a God to some or a demon to others, but to make his public persona more like what he is, a human being with all the frailties that come with it.

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Re: As far as I can see...

Exactly! I've run groups of volunteers and the biggest problem is getting a solid commitment. Most people here would have been managed in a work environment, there you have to do the job so everyone is already committed to the project as payday is reliant on you pulling your weight.

With volunteers, people will happily say they will commit but then when you push them a little to get done what they promised, they suddenly have 50 other things to get done! If you get a commitment from someone then a promise is a promise and it needs to be seen through unless circumstances are so bad that it's impossible.

I can't imagine what it's like to be in charge of such an important piece of code like the Linux Kernel and ensure all the egos are held in check and everyone is doing what they said they would to the best of their ability. Like herding a swarm of locust using a tea strainer!

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"Tough at the top"

Have you ever run a club or a group? Takes a lot of "herding cats" type work and sometimes you have to just get everyone in line, that takes a bit of gentle goading and other times a lot of shouting. Yes I agree, there is no need to be rude or obnoxious about being in charge but when you're dealing a huge number of egos and they all want to get one up on each other including you. sometimes people need to be slapped back into line. Sorry but the world is not all happy and fluffy 'cos it's full of people and sometimes people can be arseholes to one another.

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Rusty Russell ?

Sounds like the name of a 1970's prog rock band drummer.

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