* Posts by Red Bren

1558 posts • joined 17 Oct 2007

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: If you're all in favour of strong female roles...

"Or do these strong female roles have to battle against entrenched favo[u]rites by starting new series?"

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Xena Warrior Princess

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Re: In other news

It's amazing how far the definition of success can be stretched. Roughly proportional to the seniority of the people involved.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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"Would you stake your life on that statement?"

It could be argued that he already is. Unfortunately, he's also staking everyone else's lives on it too!

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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I read the article. It was comets. Bugger.

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Alien

Lalalalala

I'm not reading the article! I'm not reading other comments. I'm just believing WE HEARD ALIENS!!!

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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Re: Scotland & Tories

"SF should take seats or get no money."

You'll be pleased to hear SF MPs do not get paid.

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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Re: @Symon

Covfefe (adj.)

A shade of orange.

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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Je ne c'est pas

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Ergonomics v Economics

If Samsung put the fingerprint sensor in a sensible location, i.e. in the centre, below the camera, near your index finger regardless of which hand you're holding it in, LG would follow Apple's example and sue them for copying the obvious.

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Re: Never trust a binary - and never trust a vendor who works with the NSA

@AC

"What about the software that ONLY works on Windows and has no alternative because medical software and equipment is an incredible niche industry?"

If it's that niche, you're only going to have a small customer base. If that customer base starts telling you they're not buying equipment that relies on a consumer grade OS with a designed obsolescence that's shorter than the life expectancy of equipment itself, what are you going to do?

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@David Webb

"Ease of use naturally has to be one of the highest priority, the people who use the machines will have basic training, if the complexity is too high or there any many disparate systems, ease of use drops which reduces safety for the patient."

You make a good argument for sticking with XP. No ribbons, no metro UI, no having to learn new keyboard shortcuts. Or migrating to a linux with an XP-like desktop interface such as LXDE or Cinnamon.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: MP3 vs other formats

"So like AM Radio, FM Radio, CD Audio, 33rpm and 45rpm discs, cassette tapes (yes people still selling new ones!) the MP3 format needs to be still supported both by gadget makers and download providers."

One of the barriers to linux on the desktop has been the hoops that have to be jumped through to rip and store music in a format compatible with other devices. It's no good telling consumers how much better/worthier FLAC or OGG formats are if their MP3 players only support MP3. Now that the patents are lapsing, Fedora (my preferred linux flavour) are including it as standard.

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Linus Torvalds stops personally signing Linux kernel RC tarballs

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Has Linus invented time travel?

Mother's day was back in March...

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

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Who is going to pay for all this?

I assume it will be the UK taxpayer. Unless Chairman May goes all Trump and demands the Irish pay for a wall that they don't want.

Or can we put a penny on income tax for leavers?

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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@albaleo

"Does that work for the police too?"

Yes. The photographer was not breaking any law. The police employee had no legal grounds to detain him. I think that's proof of twattery.

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Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

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Re: Be aware...

In the uk, it's damn near impossible to "cash" a cheque, you have to pay it into a bank account and wait for it to clear before you can get hold of any folding money because terrorists or something.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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In the land of the free

You can be who you want to be. Unless you can't afford the fees to join a state sponsored cartel.

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Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Re: Bog Design

Thanks for highlighting two of my pet hates.

It's a sad fact of life that not everyone washes their hands after heeding the call of nature, but it's no good putting signs on the walls saying "Wash your hands" if you don't provide enough sinks. Who washes their hands but then can't be bothered to dry them?

And why do cheap hand dryer manufacturers think temperature is more important than airflow? A design based on an asthmatic dragon is going to burn my hands rather than dry them.

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Conventional Sex

Bearing in mind the predilections* of the Eton Old Boys club that is the Conservative Party, probably the only thing that will be banned is the heterosexual missionary position.

* I've gone right off my bacon butty now...

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It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)

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Don't worry!

The regulator* will fine NatWest** a fortune for this. That will teach those pesky shareholders***

* Part of the government

** Owned by the government

*** The UK taxpayer

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Happy

Have an upvote

Just for gratuitous swearing in the same paragraph that describes El Reg as "Family Friendly"

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Re: depressing...

We'll keep the red wine flowing here...

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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

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Re: The land of the ....?

"The US and UK still have free press; Russia, not so much."

In Russia, the state has too much power over the media. In the UK the "free" press has too much power over the state. And I put "free" in quotes as the UK press is predominantly owned by a small group of tax exiles.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: Feeding children properly is generally

"Feeding children properly is generally regarded as a good thing. It is also an investment in the future many of us share at least a portion of."

Feeding and educating the next generation is a no-brainer, If only out of self-interest. After all, who is going to feed and clothe us in our dotage? Or will today's children solve the housing shortage and pension crisis by instigating a "Logan's Run" style policy of geriatric care?

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Re: Workers

"if they could make 'Til Death Us Do Part now (which they couldn't, the BBC is far too PC) "

The BBC recently remade an episode of "Till Death Do Us Part" with Simon Day playing Alf Garnett.

"The most telling thing about that series was that Johnny Speight wrote him to be a figure of ridicule, and was siad to be quite upset that so many people identified with Garnett."

Al Murray gets a lot of abuse on twitter from people upset that his character is a parody.

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Re: Breaking news:

@Steve Davies 3

"The problem will be with the Union block vote. They'll want another lapdog to boss around."

The Union "block vote" was abolished by John Smith 20 years ago. Corbyn has won two leadership elections thanks to his popularity with party members.

"We need an effective opposition but at the moment the Labour party is not it. IT is a party withing a party (Momentum) which I thought was illegal (in party rules)"

The lack of effective opposition is due to the spoiling tactics of Progress - the real "party in a party". Sadly, there are too many Labour MPs who would rather another five years of tory rule, than back a leader from the left wing of the party.

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Subpostmasters prepare to fight Post Office over wrongful theft and false accounting accusations

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Re: Disreputable...

"A state entity like the Post Office"

It's no longer a state entity, it was sold off for a fraction of it's true worth by George Osborne. Utterly by coincidence, a hedge fund fund that employs Osborne's best man was allocated a large chunk of shares, from which it made £36million profit overnight.

I can't help but wonder if this whole debacle has been swept under the carpet so as not to jeopardise the privatisation. You can be damn sure that any illegal activity will be blamed on the previous management and any fines or compensation will be paid by the tax payer.

Compare this with the bailed-out banks, where the crooks formerly in charge walked away scot free with their ill-gotten gains, and the subsequent fines have been paid by the reluctant new owners - the UK tax payers (who's ranks do not include the crooked bankers as they hide their wealth offshore)

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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Re: What's the use?

As I've said before, he used a car as a weapon to kill and maim in his attack. So why isn't Amber Rudd demanding a ban on cars?

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

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Re: Bright

"successive governments have found other ways to make it expensive to run businesses in the UK"

The biggest expense for businesses seems to be paying royalties for intellectual property rights to a parent company in the Cayman Islands via subsidiaries in Ireland and Luxembourg. There's no profit to pay any corporation tax on.

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Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

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Re: So a 5 meter increase in lengths delivers 38 more passenger slots?

"The toilets are stupid, with an over-sensitive automated flush that inevitably hoovers your arse at least twice while you're using them."

Is that to increase "throughput"?

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Re: So a 5 meter increase in lengths delivers 38 more passenger slots?

@muddysteve

"2-4-2 is much more suitable for couples (and swingers)."

FTFY (I think)

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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

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Ban Everything

The arsehole who commited this awful act used encrypted communications. Obviously (at least to Amber Rudd) encrypted communications should be banned.

He also used a car and a knife...

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: What a colostomy bag...

@chivo243

Speaking as a parent, I have no more authority on this matter than a non-parent. The point I'm making is that the drone pilot was in the wrong, regardless of whether his target was the kids, the wife, the dad or the house. Which I think is the point you're making. So shall we agree to agree?

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Re: What a colostomy bag...

AC, could you cite where it says his daughters were under-age? I've re-read this latest article, the original El Reg article, and the WDRB story, and nowhere does it say mention under-age daughters. It's perfectly feasible that his daughters are in their twenties.

What the drone's owner was doing was out of order. There's no need to invoke "Think of the children".

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Red Bren's Axe

"If we're being charitable to Redmond, we'd say this is a case of Hanlon's Razor: never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

I'm not feeling charitable so let us apply Red Bren's axe: never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by greed!

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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Re: Depressing, exacerbated by the targeted ad at the top

The ad at the top of my screen tells me that Microsoft Cloud is changing the future of golf. A little bit of my soul died at the thought of that ad being targeted at me...

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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"Or maybe the 'be wary' flag could expire when the conviction is spent?"

As it's damn near impossible for innocent people to get themselves removed from the police database, even if they're only on there for "helping with enquiries", how likely do you think a spent conviction will take to remove?

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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"Any offshoring plans by Capita do not currently impact Barnet."

So no one at risk of redundancy lives in or spends money in Barnet?

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Idiot Husband?

Why the casual sexism? What exactly was it that the husband did that was idiotic?

He was performing a software update on a home computer. He took the precaution of making a temporary, off-site backup to prevent data loss. Not a bad thing to do, I use free tools do do similar.

Did he know his wife had stored confidential/sensitive client information on their home computer? As others have said, she should have a dedicated machine for such work.

Should he have checked through his wife's files for any confidential/sensitive data? No, because even if he did, he would not be authorised to read the sensitive documents in order to determine their sensitivity.

Paris icon, hasn't that joke passed its use-by date?

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

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Re: Mesmerising

"The cold war ended when I was born."

Does that mean you're the lovechild of Reagan and Gorbachev? Sounds like the stuff of ancient prophesy...

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Re: Jammed...

And your comment makes me think of The Phantom Flan Flinger Of Old London Town.

Nostalgia is heroin for old people...

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Police Scotland and Accenture were at odds over ill-fated IT project i6

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Re: Thats one way of reportng things

Just follow the money. If the police had kept changing their minds about what they wanted, you can bet Accenture would be happy to oblige, and demand payment in full if it all went fubar.

The fact that they refunded AND compensated the police would suggest the audit is correct.

If only every public* sector IT project was as tightly governed.

* And a few private sector projects I've witnessed...

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@Phil O'Sophical

As I said, the requirements didn't change. To also quote the article, "Accenture underestimated the programme's complexity and the resources needed to develop it"

What's missing from the Accenture quote you requoted are the reasons why the scope and complexity of Accenture's solution increased. "This was driven by the client" could easily mean Police Scotland knew exactly what was required and were holding Accenture to deliver it as agreed.

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"If Police Scotland had been honest up-front about their IT requirements..."

It sounds to me like Police Scotland were honest and up-front about their requirements. Accenture spent months assessing the requirements. The disagreement was whether Accenture's solution would meet the requirements, not that the requirements were changing, because changing requirements are where consultancies make their money.

The fact that Accenture gave a full refund plus compensation suggests desperation to avoid a court case and a desire to protect their reputation, whatever that might be worth...

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Amazon ports Alexa voice assistant to Raspberry Pi

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Re: Worth a fiddle though

"Yes!"

"No!"

"That would be an ecumenical matter!"

No other answers required.

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UK Home Office spy powers unit pretended it was a private citizen in Ofcom consultation

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Re: Trust

"The centre is being abandoned as Tories and Labour lurch right and left..."

The Tories have been lurching to the right since Thatcher, with Blair's New Labour following them. Instead of a spectrum of political options, we're given a choice between two variations of the same neo-liberal ideology, with what was once the "centre ground" sneeringly labelled "left wing". And into the vaccuum steps a charismatic orator with a handy scapegoat...

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Re: Trust

"Labour (or at least the Labour MPs and most of their working class voters) has split over Brexit."

Labour is split over it's leader. The majority of Labour MPs want a Blairite* messiah to cozy up to Murdoch and be business friendly enough to ensure they get a seat on the corporate gravy train. The members have (twice) voted for a leader who shares their ideals. But Corbyn can't generate appeal with the wider electorate as he is constantly undermined by his own back-benchers, who would rather remain in opposition than allow a left-of-centre Prime Minister threaten their corporate sponsors.

* An insult so offensive it can get you expelled from the party!

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MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

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Re: You've got what you pay for

When CSC or whoever quote for a job, do you really think they pass on the full savings from offshoring? They just have to make the tender look cheaper up front than doing it locally in-house and pocket the rest.

Meanwhile the UK former staff are now claming benefits instead of paying taxes and spending in the wider economy, putting a deflationary pressure on wages and a heavier tax burden on those still in work.

So yes, I want CSC to use UK workers so I can pay less tax.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

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Re: All hail Uber!!

If Uber is a lift sharing service then no money should change hands. You build up credit by giving people lifts, call them lift-miles if you like, which you can then spend on getting lifts yourself. Otherwise it's a taxi service.

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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Re: he should not have needed to

Funny. Play golf on company time and you're networking with the high flyers. Play WoW on company time and you're a freeloading nerd.

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