* Posts by Andrew Moore

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US judge halts mass fingerprint harvesting by cops to unlock iPhones

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Re: C'mon guys...

Q: How do Americans know that they are free?

A: Because they keep being told they are,...

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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If you ever see a product with the words "deluxe", "luxury", "gourmet" etc on it's packaging, avoid it like the plague; they are always anything but.

My other bugbear is the word "homemade", usual found on a menu in a bar or cafe; my first question is always "In who's home?"

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Re: Craft beer...

I've tried telling the small breweries over here (Ireland) to drop the use of the word "craft" and use "micro" instead. "Craft" cannot be protected/defined so it's open to use by anyone, whereas "micro" has been defined by Revenue has meaning a brewery that produces less than 30,000 hectolitres a year.

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Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"

Unfortunately, it's not entirely true- all exported beers whether they were going to India or not were brewed stronger. And as for adding hops to act as a preservative- well that was the reason why hops were added to beer in the first place- to act as a preservative.

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Re: Psion netBook

I still have a couple lying around the office (we were Psion's Irish disto)

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

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Re: "Wizards Wanted"

>About the only thing that's going to save the company is black magic, and whose best known for THAT?

Rowntrees?

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Hold the phone! Crap customer service cost telcos £2.9 BEEEELLION in 2016

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My experience...

After spending a week and a half, complaining about support from my telco, the support has just decided to flat out lie to me claiming it gave support when it didn't. Unfortunately for them, I have a email paper trail backing up my claim.

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High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines

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A little late...

The TV program was already on- two weeks ago...

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2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

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Okay then...

'Successful telework is directly correlated with a higher job satisfaction, lower absenteeism and turnover costs'

So this move will be directly correlated with a lower job satisfaction, higher absenteeism and turnover costs...

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

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I can't even...

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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I threatened to cancel a training course that would have taken place in the US. It's now been moved to Germany.

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Welcome back Simon...

You've been missed...

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2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

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Re: Beautification filters for the IPO

"I do not understand how a company like Snapchat can spend near enough to a Billion a year"

My guess is: Sky high salaries and bonuses for the boys at the top.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: I am obviously alone in this.

The actor playing Paul went on to become Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks...

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Re: I thought Arrival was decent.

It wasn't time travel, it was the ability to perceive time in a non-linear fashion.

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EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

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Hang on...

Wasn't this all supposed to be in place by April?

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Well-rested women in danger of bouncing their men into early grave

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I think the article might be a little confused...

“men who had sex once a week much more likely to experience cardiovascular events five years later than men who were sexually inactive.”

this would appear to indicate that sexually active men live longer...

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Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m

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Re: Imperfect text

I heard that hidden cards make poker an imperfect information game.

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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

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Re: Musk 'n' Trump

Firing the acting AG was an interesting move- it signals to the rest of "them" that they are all dispensable...

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Re: About time

It should be "President Snow [flake]"

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Re: About time

Why do all the nutjobs seem to think that a presidential term is 8 years??? It's 4 years.

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Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

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Re: Three Wishes

That's why I've never bothered with any of the latest reboots- I'm fed up of seeing John and Martha get gunned down again.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: Plausible

I think it's kinda cute that she thinks that she has any influence on what type of Brexit there's going to be.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Re: "You have reached your dest..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTcBWo4Aj0g

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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It also allows Apple to bork older models...

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Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

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Re: Sorry for your loss Alistair.

Likewise, condolences...

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: Nice to see...

"nothing has happened yet"

errr, sterling has tanked. And that's even before Article 50 has been signed...

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Re: Citizens of the US,

"It's not hard."

Have you tried Viagra? I have received a few emails that might be of interest to you...

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Remember...

Disrupt is better than datrupt...

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

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Re: Use NTP

Google do this- it's called a Leap Smear

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Where's the IT angle?

I do believe that "pap" is proto-germanic for nipple and is still in some use in English.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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I had a friend who regularly did business in East German back in the 70s/80s- he said Checkpoint Charlie was a doddle compared to US Border and Immigration.

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Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet

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Timely...

There's a leap second being added on New Years Eve...

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

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Re: Business Decision

When my CEO pushed for it, I just asked him if he was happy not knowing where business critical and confidential information was being stored. So, no cloud for us (well not public cloud anyway).

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Re: Available for Comment

my thoughts precisely, I even read the quote in Pete's voice...

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Re: Not Snopes

Stapling was a regular occurance, if you were lucky, the staple would be in the top left corner and the disk would be untouched. Thankfully, the introduction of the 3" nearly wiped out this practice- I say nearly because we did have one committed site that managed to get a staple partially into one.

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'Tesco Bank's major vulnerability is its ownership by Tesco,' claims ex-employee

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Unfortunate...

Do they really refer to themselves as 'TB'? Every time I read it, I thought 'tuberculosis'...

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Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi

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Sounds to me like they wanted to get their money back. Are they in one of those states that allows the police to keep the proceeds that are taken in evidence?

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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there's the issue- the parents that scream and froth at the mouth about these kind of things are usually the ones that are trying to deflect attention from their own parenting...

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Stay out of my server room!

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I've been thinking of building a biltong box on the back of one of ours...

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Re: Ahhh...

The cleanout event got nicknamed "The Purge". For ages after, any management request for hardware (new keyboard, printer cartridge etc) would get turned down with the response "well, we used to have that but it got thrown out during The Purge". Eventually management relented and gave us a budget to buy up new replacements and spares.

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Ahhh...

A couple of years ago, management decided to have a big clean out of our offices- without telling anyone. They hire a bunch of monkeys to just come in and throw anything not locked away into a skip, on a weekend. We came in on the Monday to find our entire spares cupboard stripped clean. We complained but it felt on deaf ears.

Cut to two months later and the NIC failed on an "important" server (one that produced reports for management- so not critical). There was much screaming, wailing and gnashing of teeth, and the accusation was levelled at IT that we should have seen that kind of thing coming and we should have prepared for it- our answer: We did, but you lot threw out all of the spares that were being stored for that very reason. Queue: mumbling and grumbling and "well, you still should have been prepared"...

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: Easily fixed

We had a similar situation- customer had a support contract, but on-site visits were extra. Which was handy because one of the remote offices demanded an on-site visit for every minor issue (one included me arriving to the site and just plugging back in the computer that the cleaner had unplugged the night before). This stopped the moment we showed him how much he had accrued in extra on-site charges, for the first half of the year.

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Re: I generally now won't help any family members or friends with any IT problems

One of the best things about everyone being forced into Windows 10 is I explain (kindly) to the friend/family member that I cannot help them because I have no experience with Windows 10. If they try to push the matter (usually by explaining "it's a simple problem" or "all computers work the same") I then tell them that I have not even upgraded our office computers to Windows 10 because it was so different and everyone would need retraining. Again, underlining that I have no experience with it.

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Google knifes Eclipse Android Developer Tools

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Re: Android Studio

Agreed- really liking the Instant Run feature...

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Groupon buys Living Social

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These sites still provide a valuable service...

They allow me to see which restaurants are selling discounted meals- and avoid them.

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Hackintoshes hackable

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Better Headline:

Hackintoshes Mackable!

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Swedes ban camera spy-drones for anything but crime fighting

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Re: _

When chickens are outlawed, only outlaws will have chickens...

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Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

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Re: Yup, women are smarter.

My eldest daughter told me that I didn't understand the internet; I replied that I, and people like me, invented the internet.

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The main thing to watch here is "barrier to entry"- as long as no one (including women) are being stopped from entering the field then the numbers would indicate what interest there is. On the other side of the coin, there's a 5:1 gender split (female:male) in marketing jobs.

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