* Posts by Boris the Cockroach

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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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Media editing

They're all at it...

I came across a story from the metro paper saying "UKIP want the death sentence for suicide bombers"

Where upon reading what the UKIP leader actually said you find out that she said nothing of the sort.

But hey ho, thats the media for you, never one to put their own bias on a story of course.

As for May and her "campaign to rid farcebook et al of extremist speech" where does extremist speech end and normal speech begin?

Who defines what is extremist?

How much mission creep will there be?

How much will the new laws be abused by the next generation of politicans.

After all, I could see an election won by the green party and they decide anyone supporting nuclear power or wanting discussion of global warming causes being labeled "an extremist" and carted off to jail after having their postings deleted.

The best way to fight extremists and their supporters is not to ban them and censor them (as many on the left want to do with the f***ing british nazi party and now May wants to do with so called muslim extremists) but to drag them out into the daylight and force them to discuss their views with people outside their own little circle of haters.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Looks like

I'm off to jail for writing a program that uses public/private key encryption, then sharing it with a a friend

We put up with the the IRA without this level of intrusion, hell we even fought off a bunch of facist nutters for 6 years then dumped all the regulations involved the day after we won....

A few extremist nutters are not goign to be that much of a threat... especially if they are ALREADY known to the security services......

And I'm not going to mention the guys who sent tip offs to the police hotline saying "Hey this guy is a nutter"

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: A complete non-starter

Yupp... and the reason?

The so called 'green' lobby with its obsession with windmills and solar... along with constant yelling of "Its not safe its not safe"

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A complete non-starter

due to the so called 'green' people who see the word "Nuclear" and go into a complete meltdown.

And then theres the sort that see the exhaust from a gas station , compare it to the clouds of steam coming from a coal station, and decide coal is polluting the world....

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Re: I hate Vivaldi because of BT

Halifax are another bunch with ****ing vivaldi....

But then it usually takes from spring to winter for the arseholes to answer the phone......

Oh yeah they also add "Your call is important to us" every 30 seconds too

I got so fed up I decided to give them 1 last call.... to tell them I was shutting the account....

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Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

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Re: And another thing ...

Well I can see them putting the slogan on an huge billboard only to have it sink into the ground and read "Go stick your head in a pig"

We need a HHGTTG icon

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: Appeal to armchair strategists

Who gives a shit what the daily mail thinks (its designed to sell to a certain frothing at the mouth kind of tory voter anyway)

In any case, apart from the whinges in the usual papers, we were quite happy to let 1/2 the russian fleet sail past last year.

And they had every right to, international water ways and all that and not being at war with us (or the french for that matter)

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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What

I've been saying all along whenever the "Upgrade now" or "super whizzy windows" stories come along is

"What about us who have millions invested in safety critical stuff that runs on WinXp?"

You cant just 'upgrade' the PC to win10, install the drivers and hope it works because 10 times out of 10, it wont.

And the price of the kit is such that you need years to get back what you paid, and then make a profit.

For example, the factory next door to us bought them selves a spiffy new moulding machine , the price... about 500 000 pounds, now imagine that in 3 years time , m$ go fsck you we're not supporting your OS anymore , upgrade or else, and the machine is rendered useless.

Upgrading your desktop is easy , even throwing it out and buying a new one, but when the control is embedded and has to be proven to work......

As a side note, we have 4 windows powered machines, the manuals state "If the customer attempts to install updates to these machines, the supplier has no liability for any loss or damage that may result"

Possibly explains why we make sure the machines either have the Fanuc OS in them or the controls are based on Linux.....

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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ANd yet

they had the patch ALREADY written before the NSA hack was leaked..............

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Political SNAFU

If there was such an attack on the banks, the crooks would be had up against a wall and shot before you could say SMB bug.

Remember , the government only cares about money .. usually belonging to its political bribers... sorry donators.

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'Jaff' argh snakes: 5m emails/hour ransomware floods inboxes

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Re: Law enforcement??

Nope wont even be those

Until a major bank is hit and money siphoned out of rich political donators accounts, nothing will be done....

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: Неверная цель, выключите ее

I'd suspect if they are found it will be a bunch of guys far more serious than a GCHQ code breaker knocking on the door.

I'd expect 1/2 the worlds special forces black ops groups are currently organising a list of who goes in first to kill the little shitheads.....

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RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports

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Re: Indian skills? What skills?

But just like everything else , you get what you pay for.

So if you outsource to an Indian code shop that will charge you £1 million for your project, you'll get a better quality product than an Indian code shop that will charge you £100 000.......

But then the beancounters will look at those 2 rates, choose the cheapest, then wonder why 16 million transactions have gone missing .....

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

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This is good news

But I dont believe it.

But then again , while doctors and other professionals maybe difficult to replace with an AI, replacing a lawyer with an AI will be a lot easier because they can leave out the ethics sub-module for a start and still get the same answer...........

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'Crazy bad' bug in Microsoft's Windows malware scanner can be used to install malware

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What?

Surely you're shitting us with a buffer overflow bug?

after all the times winxp/vista/win7 got patched/owned because of buffer overflow bugs?

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Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

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Should

have them made in France..... every time the germans look in their direction , they surrender ... ho ho ho and while we're on racial sterotypes....

Get them made in Britain and they'll go off for tea at 4pm before adopting a suspiciously upper class accent on the voice control software....

And gawd knows what the australian ones would be like.....

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Big Brother

Quick question

If I write an encryption program using open available public/private key algorithms, will I have to put in a backdoor to the software to let the government snoop on the messages?

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

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Beware, Muggles! Beware! Turn in your neighbor!

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Betray your friends and family!

Fabulous prizes to be won!

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Industrial plant robots frequently connected to the 'net without authentication

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Air Gap!

Air gap

Air gap

And glue in the USB ports

My boss thinks I'm crazy , but one servo lag parameter changed... and you get the example in the video.

Actually a fun example would be changing the speed parameters for when the machine puts a thread in a hole, so instead of the efficent cutting it normally does, it "pulls" on the thread thus weakening the thread structure.... sounds tiny does'nt it....... but that thread is designed to take 50 lbs of force but now it couldn't manage 10 lbs.... and your brakes fall apart at 80mph when you press the pedal....

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

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Re: Excellent

Quote "Another step on the way to smashing a hole in reality."

Well that explains where trump came from.....

Just have to account now for t.may and various other assorted loonies in the house of commons....

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Gig economy tech giants are 'free riding' on the welfare state, say MPs

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Its

Only because the government can see a fall in tax revenue as EVERYONE goes self employed status that they are starting to care about this

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Re: More murders than...

They are not murders, they are accidents, after all, if the dispatch manager in one of my old jobs managed to strangle himself with his own tie getting caught in the industrial cardboard shredder*, I'm sure its easy to for someone to fall out of a window during a meeting........

* PS he did survive.... curse that attentive admin drone and that easy access e-stop button.....

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Microsoft cracks open patch mega-bundles for biz admins, will separate security, stability fixes

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Hells bells

Is this a sign that m$ are listening to customer complaints instead saying "fuck you"

Or is it more of a sign that they're going to be releasing major updates to win10 every 6 months and dont want to completely piss everyone off all at once

In any case.. its too late here,... see icon

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Introductory

Quote

My first exposure to OO was in VB5 - a really bad way to learn OO. I didn't really understand what was going on until I studied Smalltalk as part of an OU course. Easy to transfer those skills to C# and Java.

Dont tell me you suffered M206 and those f***ing frogs?

<<<also suffered the delights of Jean Bacon and M301... a rghhhhhhhghghghghhghggh

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Happy

I'm voting

Cthulhu

Why vote for a lesser evil?

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Remember

one of the oldest rules in computing

Garbage in , garbage out.

You can have the most wonderful algorithms ever, and completely proven to work doing what they are suppossed to be doing. sadly the data entry gets a minus sign in the wrong place, and next thing you know is that mariner 1 does a 180 degree turn at mach 2

But the idea of regulation does raise a concerns. are they qualified to do the job? how long will they take to do the job? how much will it add to the cost? and finally what happens when they f*** up as well?

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Re: The worst sounds in the world..

Nope far worse is when you've spent 1/2 a day dismantling a wonky gripper robot, laid all the screws/bolts/clips out on a nice labeled piece of paper, and just about to replace the bent part when the apprentice is told by the boss to clean up and the dumb **** uses an airline....

And the most horrible noise you can imagine is just what did I did to him afterwards...... second only to the noise of 30 odd screws hitting the back of the machine and disappearing into the hyperspatial dimension most screws end up in after being fired off the table with an airline...

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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our turd

is'nt in the bosses drawer.... it ended up in the chair......

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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Devil

Makes you

think what OS is running on the GCHQ/Mi5/Mi6 systems..

Cant be nice to suddenly find m$ slurping data from innocent security service users when thats their job ....

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Apple fans, Android world scramble to patch Broadcom's nasty drive-by Wi-Fi security hole

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Re: At least...

well if you carried on supporting phones that were more than 12 months old, you'd never sell any new ones

Because I'm still quite happy pushing about a 5 yr old galaxy S2.. it makes phone calls, it surfs the net, in short it still works. why do I need to replace it? (apart from the fact its about as secure as a swiss cheese and I know it)

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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Quote:As another poster has noted, full automation has the potential to move to a post scarcity economic model where work becomes truly optional, and where we all get richer as the automation improves.

Another clueless dreamer

What will actually happen is us meatbags will be put out of work to ensure profits either stay the same or rise.

The people that own the robotic equipment wont care that the machines do 100 people's jobs, they're being made richer.

Of course every company will do that resulting in about 1 in 50 of us actually having to work, and about 250 people owning the means of production, while the rest of us are unemployed, stuck in a sink estate with no hope of our lives ever changing

I'd give it 25 yrs before the machine owners are strung up or subjected to the 'national razor' (along with their lick spittle apologists)

The solution is simple, a national minimum income paid by the government to everyone that ensures we all get a decent level of living, of course there will still be poor folks because some will piss the money away on beer, fags and betting shops, but the majority will be free to do as they like, some will get themselves educated, some will travel, and some like me (much to my neighbours relife) will get guitar lessons.

But that all another dream that will be throughly blocked because the rich bastards not only own the means of production, but the media and the lawmakers too................

Anyway... I'll have a job... as will most of the IT skilled folks reading this... as who'll fix the robots/software when they break?............

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Security co-operation unlikely to change post Brexit, despite threats

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This is only the start

Prepare yourselves for for 2 years of talks

interrupted by various parties on both sides going "WE WONT ACCEPT THIS" in loud voices to the press... followed by the usual mid level guys having a quiet fireside chat over drinks and getting the text of an agreement together.

Both sides have a lot to lose if it goes badly, and no matter what the top guys spout off to the press, they'll be instructed to sign on the dotted line at the right time

And then hail the agreement as the best thing ever while spouting off to the press that the deal was what they wanted all along........

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Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

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Re: I rather like Windows 10.

I'll upvote you because you're right

However (and theres always a however)

M$ are going about it in completely the wrong way, We have a product we make and its been made for years, every so often we tinker with the production process and improve it somewhat and reduce the time it takes to make it. if we followed the m$ system for innovation , we'd delete all the machine programs, throw all the fixturing in the bin and wipe the robots to start from a blank sheet. then spend 12 months trying to make it work again while the customer screamed at us.

You tell me whats the better method?

And it does seem m$ are listening......(mutters darkly about forced updates now getting a time to install/reboot instead of killing your PC for 2hrs)

But its too late

Linux mint here... and windows only for the CAM program we use until they release a linux version....

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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I'm a terrorist

and so's my wife

Actually, seriously.. for a change

If I was a terrorist , the last thing I'd do to communicate is to use an encrypted message.

That just flags for attention from anyone interested in me.

Far better to know to read the farcebook messages to me over a set number of days and know to use the first prime (1) for the first message, 2nd prime(2) for 2nd message, 3rd etc etc and extract the word matching each prime. so that an innocent set of messages becomes "Plant the bomb at target #1 timed to go off at 3.10pm"

Dang..... here comes special branch again.... must install a door they can easily kick down without breaking the loc

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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: Surely this could have been avoided.....

Quote: It's amazing what a little actual conversation with your neighbours can achieve......

What is this sourcery?

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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because

nudity and buskers playing copyrighted stuff are a direct threat to the USA and the loonies in charge over there, hence the quick takedowns

But some poor bugger having his head cut off by a bunch of deluded fools is'nt not a threat, and in fact , can be used to justify ever higher military/police spending/intrusion by the self same loonies in charge............

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Re: The key word is 'Ever'

Quote :As usual, the US goes for total overkill and a lot of totally innocent people will be caught up in their search for these mythical 'terrorists under every bed' who are trying to get into the USA when most terrorist acts in the US are carried out by 1) people born there or 2) Legally there already.

3) white

4) christian

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Glad

I whined at my doc until he let me have 1 beer a day.

although what effect it has on the cocktail of drugs I take I have no idea....... but its fun finding out

<<found out tramadol and paracetamol dont play nicely in your system..... the hard way

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Coffee/keyboard

Having had the ISO9001 man through

last week....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

You lot owe me a keyboard

And thanks for giving me inspiration.....

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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Re: Do I see a new product opportunity?

You can also use those for contraception

can be easily sold using the phrase "Never a drip with a jubilee clip"

And its not even friday yet......

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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I suspect

its from the time illustrious set sail while having the de-watering gear running in the main gear box

It got about 2 miles out and went bang due to it over heating and setting fire to the oil mist inside the box...

Also I think the 200 million for a lump of concrete also includes all the other works too... like the habour dredging etc.

And I'm sure its those sneaky germans in their super quiet electric subs that keep putting bombs in front of the dredgers..

"Heehh Hans... this will pay them back for not liking the new BMW M3"

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Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

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Can only

upvote the previous.

Where the hell where the procedues to padlock the power supply to the robots?

Which is what I drill relentlessly into the newbies at work

"Never go into the cage unless there is a padlock on the power supply"

But more to the point... the primary liability for that worker's health and safety was the company that employed him, and yet the company is protected from liability if anything goes wrong...

Bet this case goes down the cracks in the law with the equipment manufacturers saying it was the employers fault and the employers saying it was the manufacturers fault.... and the victims getting nothing

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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OMG!

the government is spying on you

Quick rip out the internet and smash your smart TV....... after you've downloaded a box set of 'the walking dead' and saved tonight's football on the tivo.....

Mind you , one misplaced IP address and the CIA etc are listening to a 4 month old baby sleeping instead of the Russian 2nd trade secretary bonking an MPs typist.....

All bought to you via some need to have everything connected to the internet whether its needs to be or not

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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Re: Fluent in English?

The stuck lory routine is more likely due to the driver using an el-cheapo car sat-nav rather than a HGV sat-nav that will avoid the narrow lanes.

But then, who does read the big sign saying "No HGVs beyond this point" in petworth town center?

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The trouble with business executives…

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Unhappy

change

the word IT into nearly every other kind of service (my world: widget bashing) , healthcare, plumbing, electrical, and you'll get exactly the same answers from the skilled guys who do the front line stuff.

There is a serious disconnect between senior and board level management and the lower tier skilled staff, and there can be only one reason for this.

A lot of the time in the past , you recruited a few of the senior managers FROM your front line staff to ensure that the board and upper management had an idea of what was involved in whatever crazy plan the 'business gurus'* were promoting this month.

"Lets jump to the cloud and save money on IT hardware" comes the decision without knowing that your 5 nines vital service is at the mercy of a dodgy bit of BT fibre optic cable.

Until that is cured , then we'll carry on fumbling away and getting stressed out over illogical and frankly stupid decisions....

*if business gurus are so smart.. why are'nt they running their own successful company ?

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Infosec white-coats: Robots are riddled with software security bugs

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And my

boss wonders why I insist on the robots either being on the old RS232 network or if they are network capable, having a bloody great air gap between anything that can link to the internet and our robots

Yeah I know that does'nt protect us against the USB viruses.... but it does make it harder

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

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Re: I hope his name is Jebediah

quote:

Not to piss on your chips, but I think you'll find real life is a bit more complicated than Kerbal.

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Have you ever tried to dock an emergency refueller craft to a spaceship stuck in a long elliptical orbit around Jool?

They would have made it home except I got the aero-braking wrong and ended up deep fat frying my brave Kerbals 25km from the surface of home

Icon..... because everyone who plays KSP sees that from time to time ...

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Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

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Re: Meanwhile...

Tom 38

Quote:

Fruit picking, not that tricky. It continually amazes me that people won't move from areas with high unemployment in the UK to work picking spuds in Peterborough, but they will from Lithuania...

The reason is simple: Cost

Imagine you're a guy with young family living in say... I dunno Manchester for example

You think... I'm unemployed, but can go fruit picking in Norfolk.

So now you're working... but you lose a lot of the benefits you were being paid, plus the fact theres no way to commute from Manchester to Norfolk every day, so you have to rent a room somewhere.

But the time you've done that, you find you're £100/wk worse off than being unemployed.

And yes I have seen it happen with an unemployed friend who could'nt get a job because he'd lose so much money having to pay full rent on his place.

And finally, when people go "Lazy brits dont want to work, well , we'll make them" just replace the word 'brits' with the word 'jews' and see how much it sounds like a popular central european political party from the 1930's

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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Re: Like automobiles ? Diesel ? Petrol ?

Hope so.... lets see a proper adult desktop on our work PCs and then test the users to see which one they prefer....

Then say f*** it and throw out the windows engine and replace that with a linux one too ..

M$ should have been split into OS and application divisions a long time ago... that way we still would have office/outlook etc without the crummy OS under it

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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WTF?

Re: Someone added a zero?

Or its its like mine.... catches and kills them outside, then brings the body in as 'evidence' its got a house mouse and gets a reward as a result.

fortunetly, the more kitty treats it gets, the fatter and slower it gets therefore is unable to catch as many mice outside and get as many cat treats.

I suppose there is an formula for the optimal number of mice kitty can catch without fatter or slimmer.

But I cant be arsed to work it out

1300 quid for a mouse trap..... jeez rentokill has been taking lessons from BAE in fleecing the government

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