* Posts by Chris W

1990 posts • joined 28 Aug 2007

Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Re: No.

Don't you just love how perfect we all are. Any recruiter need look no further than here to get the best IT bods. Maybe we should form the El Reg dream team ER for short (egos rampant).

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

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Re: To develop a good measure of scientific citations

>tell the you that the authors were significant

Exactly(*), it doesn't tell you the paper was significant so you end up with a popularity contest amongst those who care about such recognition.

(*)Well partially exactly, it tells you who is popular at the time. Many an obscure entity has done far more for science than the person who recieved credit for it.

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To develop a good measure of scientific citations

This method won't work with scientific papers for the simple reason that virtually all authors of these works have some sort of "I'll reference you if you reference me" agreement.

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Re: These aren't the metrics you're looking for...

>If they're never seen Star Wars (I know, I know, but bear with... ;o)

You know what? I've never seen Star Wars nor any of the umpteen other films in the trilogy.

I did see about the first ten seconds of 2001 ASO but wish I hadn't, dull beyond belief.

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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Re: Of all the things that there should be a league table of...

24 comments so far including your own prove you wrong.

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Skewed

I understand that in Alabama, and most of the others in the top five, if the teacher/student are closely related they shouldn't be counted in the study.

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Spammers set their sights on WhatsApp – that's that ruined then

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Re: @ukgnome

So the typical facebook/google/whatever else user wants to keep their telephone number secret (hahahaaaa.... sorry it's not that I don't believe they won't snarf your number) yet will pull their trousers down, bend over and let them get everything else. I think I'll let whatsapp have my telephone number.

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@ukgnome

I don't understand what you're trying to say. Are you implying that if you use facebook or google to send mobile messages they don't pass on your telephone number?

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>big snake of your friends faces

I suppose that might be mildly amusing... for a five year old, yet I still fear we haven't found the lowest common denominator.

I use whatsapp for the simple reason you don't need a facebook or google account and the associated overhead.

As for being free? I've been told you just have to ignore the payment request, can't be 100% sure as I haven't received any yet.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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During cooking, the vapours were really noxious

Reminds me of when I threw some chili powder onto a frying pan of onions, it was an unknown brand someone had given me and the packet said extra hot, I naturally thought this was just to get you to buy it over a different brand. As soon as it hit the pan there was a nuclear mushroom cloud of chili vapour that not only got in my eyes but was also breathed in, that hurt. Ever since I've use a full face mask when trying new variants.

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Re: no need to post winky pics

They aren't interested in posting anything. They are fishing, if you bite and send money they'll ask for more until you wake up and tell them to sod off, if you don't bite they'll just drop it. They are working percentages and don't have time to chase refusers. Have you ever heard of anyone's todger actually being posted online from one of these scams?

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Re: Know your target

>Know your target

I'm an international diamond dealer.

No wait. it's Wednesday, on Wednesdays I'm an oil tycoon.

Seriously, do you think people tell the truth online?

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Are you running a Telnet server on Windows? Oh thank God. THANK GOD

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Re: first Patch Tuesday in many months that didn't bring with it multiple security fixes for IE

>rolling back a patch or get a system compromised

It is not unheard of for AVs to brick an updated system not the fault of MS but that's irrelevant, it happens.

Also if someone relies on MS to secure their environment then maybe they shouldn't be a sysadmin

I would have been slightly impressed if you'd mentioned applying the updates on a test environment first but apparently that doesn't seem to have crossed your mind, update and be damned seems to be the order of the day. Blindly applying patches out of panic is never a good policy.

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Re: first Patch Tuesday in many months that didn't bring with it multiple security fixes for IE

Well I hope that's all you did and didn't actually update anything. Unless you're one of the guinea pigs others rely on to find the bugs in the update before updating their own systems.

Only nine flaws in flash? Either they mean since the day before yesterday or they're saving some for later. If it's the latter they needn't bother, they'll find more soon enough.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: "right to freedom of expression" @DavCrav

>I only quoted half of it to disprove your statement

I think everybody knows when you only quote half of something it's because what you miss out proves you to be wrong and you hope nobody will notice.

>there is nowhere in the world with an absolute right to say anything

So we can take it that this includes the UK

>So please shut up about the fact that because there are certain narrow exemption

I see, can't prove your point logicall so you resort to bullying methods. Nevertheless, very ironic in a discussion about freedom of expression you ask someone to shut up then go on to admit there are limits. You either have freedom of expression or you don't any qualifications no matter how narrow you seem to think they are, even if it's only one, means you do not have such freedom.

>Try getting a clue

Ouch, that hurt. Oh, wait, no it didn't, I've been insulted by better.

I think the best thing you can do with your comment is delete it before anybody else sees how you can't form a coherent argument without contradicting yourself.

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Re: "right to freedom of expression" @DavCrav

Why do you only quote half of it?

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

In other words your freedom is not absolute. Try denying the holocaust then see how far your freedom of expression gets you.

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Re: "right to freedom of expression" @Doug S

Article 10 is limited and does not give you the right to freedom of expression, it is primarily intended to protect freedom of the press and whistler blowers. Other than that it basically says you can say what you want if it is within the law, it will not protect you against, for example, hate speech.

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Re: "right to freedom of expression" @Doug S

And do you have the right of freedom of expression in the UK?

While the sentences may not be so barbaric in the UK say the wrong thing and you will find yourself in court without the defense of freedom of expression.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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Re: "greatest British comedian of all time "

Tommy Cooper could just walk on and stand still and people would be laughing in anticipation.

As said too many too choose from and a nod to the people behind many of them such as Barry Cryer.

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LOHAN sponsor Pulse-Eight: Supplier of hi-def TV to dogs

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Breaking Bad

For anybody who has not seen it do not watch the very last episode, it is crap. Tries to tie up too many loose ends in too short a time. It should have been spread over two episodes and done properly..

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Really, El Reg...

>it's leading every news bulletin in Europe.

I didn't realise a tragedy had to win a popularity contest before it could influence how something is reported elsewhere.

>that picture really has fuck all to do with the article

Er, which part of "Watch out Seagate" do you not understand? All I see is someone watching out and preparing to defend their position. I do not see, by any stretch of the imagination, a mock terrorist preparing an attack.

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Re: Really, El Reg...

Seems like this calls for a poll.

Should our intrepid El Reg journalists scour the world news headlines for stories of death, destruction, massacre, Carol Vorderman, Stephen Fry (got to be balanced) and possibly torture of little plastic figurines before deciding on a graphic for a particular story or should they be left to their own devices with impunity

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Re: Really, El Reg...

>journalists and police have been massacred...

I didn't know that, but then I come here for tech news and a bit of gossip. If I did want to know such stuff I'd read a newspaper. I keep them seperate and never the twain shall meet.

I don't usually vote on comments I've commented on but you're so special, have a downvote on me.

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Finally, some recognition: 'Selfi' snaps Spanish Word of the Year

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Re: Not surprised @Dan55

>The moron at Cumbre Viejo did not even raise his eyes to look around

Big deal. What's it to do with you?

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Re: Not surprised @Dan55

I often take a stroll through the main park in Madrid and see quite a few lone tourists and couples struggling to take photos of themselves, either with these sticks or outstretched arms. If I have time I ask them if they would like help taking the photo. I certainly don't get in a state because they don't have someone with them to do so and neither does it detract from the enjoyment of my walk.

Sounds like quite a few people are on their way to an heart attack and early grave. What else gets you all in such a state, baseball caps worn backwards, low hanging trousers, people with thick rubber lips or loud shirts?

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Re: Not surprised

Who died and made you Franco? (BTW you can't be because my wife has already claimed this title)

Just who are you to determine what people should or should not take photos of?

Was this person bothering you in any other way? Why did it bother you that he was doing what he was doing? Don't you have anything better to get upset about? The mind really boggles...

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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@ Mark 65

>how much will this thing cost to fix

To be fair to Renault, and having owned one I'm not usually inclined to be so, most modern cars are absolute buggers to fix yourself. I could wax lyrical about the times I've fixed cars with knicker elastic, and I have, but nowadays the engine bays of virtually all new cars are so cramped you can't even find a spark plug let alone replace one. Then there's the engine management control unit, I hate them with a passion. I'm suprised you don't have to get it reprogrammed simply for daring to open the bonnet and top up the wiper fluid. Just another way to try to tie you to the manufacturer. That and the need for special tools which cost a fortune and aren't profitable for a small workshop to have. These days I just drive and pray the car keeps going.

And has anybody else noticed that the Haynes manuals aren't anywhere near as good as they used to be?

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The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking biopic is immensely moving

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Re: Forgive me

Obviously, apart from making terrible cracks, you are unable to distinguish wisdom from intellect.

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Re: Weird

Many a biopic has been made while the subject was still alive. There's the advantage of being able to get details straight from the horses mouth and the disadvantage of them trying to block things. Once they're dead you've lost the opportunity to get the former but can include any scandalous anecdote you wish. Just imagine how different a biopic of Jimmy Savile would have been pre and post death. in the end they are a bit of light entertainment based very loosely on a real person with the aim of making money. They are not thouroughly researched documentaries.

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Re: They will fall in love with the hair in your ears and your snaggle teeth

Yes, I know she does, I'm ranting in general terms.

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They will fall in love with the hair in your ears and your snaggle teeth

I thought women were supposed to be deeper than men and be more interested on what's inside rather than outer physical attributes, appears they are just as shallow as us and all that looking into the eyes/window to the soul codswallop is exactly that, twaddle.

And while I'm at it, what's wrong with bin diving. It's a derogatory term for an eco-friendly activity. I wouldn't touch the food but there's some good stuff to be found in skips, especially if your into re-purposing.

I've been bin diving since the age of about 10, found my first Jerry Lee Lewis album and a few others in a bin behind a supermarket, all of them played perfectly well.

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Festive post-pub noshtastic neckfiller: HEARTY HOG MAW

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Presented on a platter by the aforementioned Sian

Looks like she's auditioning for Calendar Girls

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Lonely this Xmas? Nerds, n00bs and no-hopers' guide to dating apps, Pt.1

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Re: Pictures of one's privates

>Julian and Sandy

There has been at least one complaint made to the BBC about Samantha, heaven knows how many complaints J&S would get these day.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Re: The Bacon is not so bad.

Right, that's my tea sorted, semolina pudding and bacon.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: 24 the ultimate answer

@Arnaut the less - I'd love to accept you're argument but you lot don't believe in god. Now if the PDP-8 was the spaghetti monster's machine...

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Re: If time was going backwards....

>How would you know?

Ask a woman, I imagine child birth would be a lot more painful.

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Re: 24 the ultimate answer

You need to take a full byte, so 42 is 00101010 and reversing gives 01010100 which is 84

Otherwise when reversed using your method 10101 is still 10101, unless you want to stick arbitrary zeroes on the front of your starting number.

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Swiss McDonalds serves up no-holes-barred cheesy action to punters

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Re: And that's the news from Switzerland...

>Actually, no. That came from the Schwartzwald area in Germany

Can you read? I deliberately wrote adopted not invented.

Bet you're glad you posted AC...

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Re: And that's the news from Switzerland...

Hey, they adopted the cuckoo clock as a form of entertainment, never ending excitement on the hour every hour. What more proof do you need?

And yes, I have been to Switzerland.

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And that's the news from Siwtzerland...

...for the next twenty years.

Unless the Hadron collider explodes and it will probably do that unspectacularly. Inany event, it's hughly unlikely as they shut the thing down if they find an undocumented speck of dust out of place.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

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Re: Your Roots man, don't loose sight of your roots

So make it before you go out.

These aren't just post-pub nosh suggestions but also serve as hangover cures. Some people take preventitive measures such as drinking a litre of water before imbibing the golden nectar others chose to tackle the affects afterwards, hence "post-pub".

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Err...

Why the carrot?

Seems far too healthy.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: advertising are getting increasingly peeved

@gazthejourno

How does this work then? Do you get credit for click through or just showing the ad? I can ignore ads to the point where I don't notice them and have never intentionally clicked on one. My biggest complaint about them is bandwidth and flash but I disable that unless I need it anyway. So, if it's the former then you're not losing however if it's the latter I'll add it, tout de suite.

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Re: @ Terry

If four or five individual chocolate hob-nobs have melted together I always count that as one so don't judge the chap too harshly until you know the full circumstances.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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Re: The importance of seperate

You can also do that with a dual sim phone. Just turn off the work sim.

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Re: Buy my own device for work...

I do, I even suggested it. I usually share your sentiment with regard to the employer providing all equipment to do my job but I've got a dual sim phone and it's a lot easier to only have to carry and charge one phone than two. In the end it costs me nothing and is more convenient. Also when I run out of money on my prepaid card the work sim is a handy backup.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before @tnovelli

Excellent point. If I want a motor bike I don't start with a Cervelo racing cycle, bolt on a load of home made parts, end up making 10 different versions of it then claim they're all an Harley Davidson.

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

>I don't recognise your later comment that...

Exactly what I said you'd say.

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

J, You're an exception. Fully agree, I always say whatever gets the job done. Most linux fanbois will insist that windows is the devil's work which you should never touch under any circumstances while linux was created by their saviour, you must use it and never say it is not as good as windows. They close their eyes to all the hoops they have to jump through to get things to work and convince themselves after 10 days that whatever it was worked out of the box so to speak.

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