* Posts by BoldMan

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Its not bad, the normal articles have their own boxes.

You are still only using at most 2/3rds of the width of my desktop screen - I guess the side columns are where you will put adverts.

There does seem to be a disconnect between the numbe rof articles above the first row of imaged articles - looks to be about 1.5 box widths of whitespace on the right of the last box in the second row.

Its a redesign I can live with.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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If the processes they have constructed work with Fax machines, what is the problem? just because they aren't shiny new tech doesn't make it bad. If the process works, then be very careful when replacing it with shiny new bollocks because as we all know quite often it can end up as a retrograde step...

If the process is faulty, then replacing the fax machines won't necessarily fix the process.

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Outage outrage: TSB app offers users a TITSUP* encore

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Why is anyone still banking with these jokers? Surely after the last debacle people would have learned a lesson!

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Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

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Re: "An email address is unique to a person. "

I've seen it used in my own work history in conjunction with messages about the male or female toilets in the building...

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Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be

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Re: The President is missing?

Or between the cushions on the sofa

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Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

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There is not a STEM skills shortage - there is a shortage of decently paid STEM careeer opportunities! Fucking pay a decent salary and there won't be a fucking shortage of employees! Pay the risable and pathetic amounts I see from recruiters all fucking day long and you will get numpties and nobodies!

Oh and while I'm at it, make the qualifications and experience required for jobs sensible rather than ask for 5 years experience in a technology that only existed for 3 years!

Fuckwits the lot of them!!!!

(I need beer, today is going down the tubes rapidly!!!)

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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Re: My precious....

China does not have a monopoly on rare earths - at least not an EXPLOITABLE monopoly as they discovered a few years ago when they tried to push the prices up. Suddenly all the mothballed Australian mines were now worth starting up again and miraculously* the price fell again!

This was explained in some of the most informative sets of articles Tim Worstell wrote for EL Reg back in the day.

* the miraculous law of supply and demand

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Speaking of which,

Top of a Bic Pen was the perfect tool to clean the crud from the mouse wheels.

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Re: eeeww - gross

Two trivial but important tools as a tech support drone back in the day:

1) Paper clip, for unbending and ejecting stuck Floppies/CDs

2) Bic pen top for cleaning the crud off mouse ball rollers, best tool for the job I always found :)

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Shock: Google advises UK peers against more legislation

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A much more important question the Lords should ask the internet giants is "Should Salads have eggs in them?"

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NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

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Re: And the remnants had fled to Earth.

You can always catch up on Missions on the BBC iPlayer, I'm enjoying the series a lot, esp the theme tune and the depiction of Americans as bullying thugs, gotta love the French for that :D

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Re: The real Lightning

...and a big bath of oil and assorted other fluids that had leaked out

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: +1

But it is the track that includes the album title ("Selling England by the Pound") in the lyrics.

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SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

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Re: Odd!

JJ Abrams has been directing launches again...

Looks like an internal refection in the camera lens.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Deep fried curly-wurly - a thing of beauty to experience! Far better than a Mars bar!

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: they waited 2 years for EU to fund the conversion...EU FAILED

Don't let the door hit you on the way out...

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Re: Pinterest

Yup never worked out the point of that waste of pixels site!

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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Re: Excelelnt song!

I actually prefer the original on that, although the analogue synth on the Soft Cell version is pretty good.

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Excelelnt song!

Thumbs up for mention of The Days of Pearly Spencer, great song and one of the best covers Marc Almond ever did (second only to Something Gotten Hold of my Heart)

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Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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Re: "emergency braking switched off by design"

In that case Uber is utterly the wrong company to develop this sort of software if they can't integrate with the existing control software of the vehicle. It should be Volvo doing the development OR Uber (laughs uncontrollably) do their jobs properly and negotiate access to the Volvo source code to integrate it fully.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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...and so it begins... <popcorn>

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UK.gov's use of black box algorithms to decide stuff needs watching

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Of course it can - it just makes itself immune to the provisions of GDPR. Simples, Trebles all round chaps!

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Re: Keyboard player out of Sparks.

<pedant mode>

I think you'll find the line is:

"This town ain't big enough for the both of us."

</pedant mode>

:)

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RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

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Re: Jet Ace Logan was RAF

There was also Captain Condor from the Lion comics, he was definitely British but not sure if he was in the RAF...

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NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

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Re: The dark side? Again?

There is no dark side of the moon, its all dark!

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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HMS Stood Far Back When The Gravitas Was Handed Out

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

BoldMan
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Thats why you play CDs on a PC which then looks up the CD online and displays a list of tracks (on the CD you have most of the time!)

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Re: Not so clear cut....

...and? It still not the same colour!

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Social networks have already violated the spirit of GDPR

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Re: Consequences

THIS x 100

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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What are IBM going to do? Wave a fucking magic wand?

So how do they expect a bunch of outsiders to come along and fix everything when their own internal people who built the fucking thing can't get it working quickly?

Bringing in outsiders always looks good to the mouth-breathing morons up the org chart, but doesn't fix the problem just means that the people who are supposed to be fixing the problems spend pointless time explaining things to the newbies.

This Peter Pester twat sounds like a complete waste of space.

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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Re: "great heatproof kitchen furniture"

More like widgets...

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Re: [citation needed]

But isn't that a chicken and egg scenario, its only got those stats because google favours it in its search results.

Personally I'm shocked that anyone thought otherwise about the placement of Wackypedia in Googles search results.

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Re: "Could"......

...and Will is getting pretty pissed off now!

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Silent Running...

Oh god yes, please don't even consider touching the terrible sequels. As soon as I read the "Ramans do everything in threes" I knew there would be a trilogy, I just didn't realise how long we'd have to wait and what an absolute turgid mess it would be.

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Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

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Uber shills run riot!

Wow, how many Uber shills are commenting and voting on the comments on this topic, its quite astonishing!

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Re: That's Yorkshire fucked then

Don't forget Massachusetts, Marseille or anyone talking about the Two Cocks pub or who live on Dick Turpin Lane!

I once had to write a profanity filter for a data import tool - was the most entertaining bit of development in my entire career, especially conference calls with prudish Americans where we had to talk about how many different ways there are to conjugate "fuck" as a verb, adjective, noun or adverb :D

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Just stop making tracks that don't allow overtaking and none of this would matter - the better car and driver would be able to overtake and win. Look at the procession behind Alonso's McCLaren - he did not deserve 5th place but because Melbourne is a 'notoriously difficult track to overtake on' nobody could get past.

STOP USING 'notoriously difficult track to overtake on' TRACKS!!!!!!!

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British Level 4 driverless pods are whizzing along ... er, a London path

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Re: After more deaths governments will finally act

The first to kill a person not in the vehicle... remember that Tesla accident last year?

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YouTube banned many gun vids, so some moved to smut site

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That was an excellent series

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Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

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Re: Business Model:

> Sitting on a park bench ...

I thought you were about to launch into a Jethro Tull song for a moment there...

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Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on

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Digital Bolt-On Transformation

Rearrange the following words into a well known phrase or saying that perfectly sums this up:

old load bollocks of

Here is my invoice for supplying you with this paradigm reference model realignment...

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Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer

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Re: Wendell should have offered

Essential pieces of kit for a support person was a heavy-duty paperclip ready to unbend to eject reluctant floppies and the top of a BiC pen with which to clean the ball rollers of a mouse!

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Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

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Re: I've never quite understood

> Honour is another one that I just do not understand. Why keep the silent h but drop the still pronouced u?

The H isn't silent in 'Honour' except in America where they can't pronounce the word 'Herb' properly either!

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Re: Stick to the facts

Lets play spot the Apple shill with no sense of humour...

Oh there he is!!!

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Re: The B ark.....

Its a small digging tool that cats use when mining for capnip...

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In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

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Re: "they would get you on federal crimes"

Try telling the FBI that!

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UK.gov mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

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So if it was illegal, who is goign to jail?

If the previous regulations were illegal, then surely someone should be getting arrested and charges laid for breaking laws?

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It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?

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Re: Maps are useful, but things change

The paper maps will always be a bit out of date, in fact to be honest all maps will always be out of date unless there is 100% universal coverage of road blocks, diversions etc

That said, I'd trust the OS to be more accurate and up to date than Google or any other supplier...

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Pressing the foot pedal

... and how would you get them to watch the video... "click on the video button"...

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Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA

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Re: Google / Amazon search results

As that noted guru of all knowledge St Mick of Jagger said, You can't always get what you want, but you can get what you need...

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