* Posts by Mycho

2773 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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I know what you mean, but ever nurse in the country just rolled their eye at you :-)

Then sighed with relief that they didn't get lumbered with an egghead working the ward. They're very different skill-sets.

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I actually got an apology for not having a role suitable for me when I did something similar. I knew which skills I didn't have but the recruiter kept insisting I'd have a year to get up to speed which was a blatant lie. I didn't get to see what they did to my CV but I speculated aloud that they had misrepresented me as well.

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Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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Re: I use a Chinese VPN on purpose.

If you were serious it would be Winnie The Pooh.

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Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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You can get funding for all kinds of crap these days.

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Mise à jour de nos conditions d'utilisation

Is this why I just got an email in French claiming to come from Microsoft? I'm guessing they've seen me logging in to Skype in the EU and figured it was the best language to use.

Not written off it being a scam though.

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Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Re: Freedom Units

The standard number of time the register actually references reg standard units has been declared as once per 17 months, 4 days and the time it takes to cook a penguin burger from frozen.

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Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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Just to clarify,

They said they didn't hack the party.

Did they say they didn't hack anyone at all related to the elections?

I would have assumed the party was the wrong target. To quote a Romulan on this, never attack what your enemy defends. Go for the partners, the broadcasters, facebook et al. Don't go for the people with national security backing them.

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OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?

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Oh, oh, are we getting into a 'who is best at buggering up the rest of the world'? Are we?

I see your internet fail and raise you inventing Television.

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Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: 3D Printers

Or chocolate.

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Such a dark photo

For a glorious moment I thought you'd actually used a ninja cosplayer to illustrate this article.

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Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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It did not cost anything to enter

Have they changed the wording to be explicitly about money, or clarified the definition of a 'valuable consideration'? It's been a while.

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I am curious what the current law is on this.

Not so long ago you had to at least answer a really easy question or it was an illegal lottery. Viz took the piss out of this by asking people to name a very obvious sport and then giving the address to send entries to starting "Viz Cricket Quiz".

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: Eh?

Where to? What's the weather like?

Weather's pretty shit, politicians would probably be as bad if they could work out how to consolidate power like the British lot did. Nobody's trying to sacrifice any demographic containing me in order to shore up their political status so I consider it a win.

Your situation is different to mine so which country is marginally less shit for me may be different to which country is marginally less shit for you. Feel free to do some research, the world is big.

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Re: Eh?

We don’t deserve this government, or the ‘opposition’.... but in our two party state there is no escape from this hell.

I escaped. There are literally tens of marginally-less-shit countries out there.

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Re: Eh?

I am not sure how you got downvoted for that comment.

I knew it would happen, because I interrupted people's casual smart-signalling.

There's a lot of arguing about virtue signalling, but what all these things boil down to is the primary school tradition of insulting someone for being X to imply you're the opposite of X.

Whether X is immoral, thick, bad dress sense, poor taste in music, people need to be accused of it so you can imply you're the opposite. You're moral, smart, look like sex on a stick and know all the latest tunes. But you're also kinda lame if you have to do that. Just saying.

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Re: Eh?

You get the government you deserve.

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Re: The breeding grounds

The source appears to be a small nation off the coast of Europe. Targetting now.

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In news that will shock, er, actually a few of you, Amazon backs down in dispute with booksellers

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Re: Possessing an increasinly rare skill...

We should ask for a black fedora icon. It has many potential applications in tech.

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Re: Librarians

"Librarians can catalog anything from an onion to a dog’s ear. They could catalog you."

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'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

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Honestly, if the code of conduct included a blanket ban on voicing support for political violence while at work, most of the controversy would disappear.

Unfortunately, many of the code's strongest supporters are proud to do just that and letting them tell you what to say is always going to scare people.

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: oh, very good!

Historically the best tesla coil music videos came from ArcAttack because they were the ones crazy enough to put on chainmail and dance through the electrical discharges.

The floppotron also deserves an honourable mention for making good use of obsolete scrap.

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This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals

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Re: Chocolate

@AC

That sounds like an energy company I oversaw the security provision for. Enough said.

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Re: Chocolate

Indeed they do. Google is a cult and sacking a handful of carefully selected abusers won't fix that.

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Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

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Nice straw man you're building there.

This topic will be discussed everywhere at this year's conference and it will make everybody nervous because it's about breasts. If they change the name then the reason will be discussed widely for years and will make everybody nervous for the same reason.

If the campaigners were as interested in trolling as you clearly are then I call this a win for them.

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changing a name seems like an easy win

And like all lazy wins, it ends up making things worse.

NIPS is in a month's time and everybody is going to be talking about breasts this year thanks to these people.

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Hmm, pass.

I shall instead retreat to the comfort and safety of a new dark age.

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Can I have your stuff?

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Be careful. You know what happens to people who write journals in the Cthulhu mythos.

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Works for me

What are they going to do, reject my zero-day bugfix because I dress immodestly?

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Re: Obvious answer to grammar nazi:

According to Random House Dictionary, 'bird' meaning woman comes from middle english 'burd' that probably comes from the old english word 'byrde' meaning posh, which would make "classy bird" a tautology.

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Re: Forsooth!

I have heard Scholars attest that the accent of Will's time was a lot closer to Yorkshire than to what we think of as 'proper' today. I think it was mostly based on which words rhymed.

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Re: Wittgenstein, eh?

The meaning of erm is "I'm pausing for thought but still speaking."

Likewise, Oo-aar and variants thereof usually mean "I am listening, please continue."

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Re: Forsooth!

Who are these "Friends" that mer-web say use thee in the subjective case?

I mean they're wrong but who are they?

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Given his dislike of 'erm'

It should be a minute-long podcast dismantling the latest tech jargon without hesitation repetition or deviation. Rehearsals are allowed but the recording must be made in one take.

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Re: Flame of the week?

What a load of Milton Keynes.

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Amazon tried to entice Latin American officials with $5m in Kindles, AWS credits for .amazon

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Re: Top level domains should not be allowed to be owned by companies

Yes, we do.

I note that nobody has mentioned that the word amazon is almost certainly old Persian, and that it was westerners who named the Amazon after them.

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Euro eggheads call it: Facebook political ads do change voters' minds – and they worked rather well for Trump in 2016

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In the meantime what to they anticipate will be the result of this big crowd of migrants approaching the location of Trump's proposed wall will be on next month's elections?

Anyone care to take a guess?

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Re: Trump was elected...

Trump was elected because the reality of most of the anglosphere's politics is that you have to choose between two candidates.

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US congress-critters question prime directive of Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract

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Re: Missing Blakes.

Wasn't Blake's 7 that woman in the shiny spandex with the eyepiece?

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Re: Observations

I upgraded RISC OS 2 to RISC OS 3.1 - only two chips to unplug and replace.

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Re: The Archimedes was a brilliant machine.

It's biggest problem was the lack of keyboard shortcuts. Just an alt-tab combo could have saved it.

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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I worked in a secure environment where the default punishment for unlocked PCs was to open Internet Explorer, navigate to the Noddy homepage and hold down Ctrl-N until the user's desktop is swamped with hundreds of Noddy windows.

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Re: It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

Alternatively, because they're too busy with instant gratification technologies they can't be bothered to make proper food and end up eating ready meals.

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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Re: If I got this kind of shit from a supplier

If Capita got blacklisted from government contracts, how many of their senior managers do you think would move to a newly formed contractor company called definitely-not-capita and bid on the same contracts?

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Re: If I got this kind of shit from a supplier

They're paid to take the blame for fuck-ups that would have happenned anyway.

In this case it's finally coming back to bite the government.

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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"So sex is almost three times more popular than good food, apparently."

Well, we are British after all.

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Just to clarify,

If we successfully sue the BBFC for 2bn will that mean they go out of business?

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I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Re: The Hitch in the Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

Belgium.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: Giffen good?

Welcome.

I only remember because of a fight with a psychologist at university (not long after the 90s)

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