* Posts by nichomach

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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I'm not going to say "work of genius", but I thought it was pretty good; truer to the book, excellent performances.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Wrong methodology

On the basis that my experience of "deploy and then fix" has been "We've given your issue to the developers, who are in <time zone Y>, and we'll hear back from them the day after tomorrow", I'm not liking the chances of those magnificent men in their allegedly flying machines...

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No, defence companies. I think that when push comes to shove defence workers would be treated as disposably as any others.

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Re: cauldrons of magic potion that Obelix fell into as a baby

"AHA, BY BELLISSIMA!!!"

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NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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Re: I like my Windows phone

I concur; I had two lower end Lumias, a 620 and a 735. They were excellent in use, with a really good UI, excellent battery life, rugged enough and cheap. The only reason I've gone over to an Android handset is the paucity of the app ecosystem around Windows Phone, and in some respects I still miss it. Don't get me wrong, I get on fine with my OnePlus, but I do sometimes miss the WP experience.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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It should always be back bacon (dry cured). Sausages should be pork, with a high meat content; I second (or maybe hundred) Cumberland as a good option. Mushrooms should be incinerated and tossed in a bin. Beans are fine, and I don't mind either fried or scrambled eggs. A fried slice would be a good idea (white bread, NOT any brown, mealy crap), although I have a predilection for hashbrowns as well. I have a mild horror of cooked tomatoes (especially the tinned monstrosities). Black pudding isn't my favourite thing, but I probably won't throw it away if it turns up. Sauce-wise - worcestershire. Tea - builder's, and supermarket own brand is fine.

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Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

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Re: "any automatic technique for removing the patches"

Yeah, but no. I've attempted to circulate an uninstall for at least one of the affected patches via WSUS, and it never completes, just keeps prompting the user every...damn...restart. The June patches have been an epic clusterfuck, not just with regard to attachment handling, they've also broken indexing, killing search in Outlook, which is a pretty big deal. My users are not happy campers, and there has been no effective response from MS.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Facepalm

"Though the British public sector keeps bunging Microsoft ever larger sums of cash to keep up extended XP support"

Wasn't part of our recent problem due to the fact our glorious, strong and stable leader elected not to keep paying for support and patches for XP?

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

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Re: Boeing involvement

On the 737s are you thinking of the uncommanded rudder hard-overs?

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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

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Re: Lawyer normal

1. There were no cabbages.

2. If there were cabbages, they were not eaten.

3. If they were eaten, they were not eaten by a goat.

4. If they were eaten by a goat, they were not eaten by MY goat.

5. If they WERE eaten by my goat, my goat was insane.

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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: Make something new

Peter F. Hamilton - Night's Dawn Trilogy. I'd love to see them bring Voidhawks to the screen.

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How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

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Joke

"smells like roses to me..."

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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In principle...

...I don't see any difference between this company and the fake "Microsoft Support" guy who talks your Nan into downloading ransomware onto their PC.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: This country

Ah, yes - it's the fault of the people that *didn't* pander to and snuggle up to the Tories, rather than those that did... Idiot.

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Re: This country

And the Tories would never have got in *at all* except for the Lib Dems enabling them. Plus they did *nothing* to block things like the no-longer creeping privatisation of the NHS - they just nodded through the Health & Social Care Act. Sorry, but they chose to throw in their lot with a bunch of vicious, corrupt, callous scumbags. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uvllh4bQbc

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Re: Think for a minute

There is already legislation which would be perfectly satisfactory for prosecuting the perpetrators of that sort of harassment. I have a teenage daughter myself, and were she subjected to that, my first call would be to the police. As noted, one can also block numbers easily enough. Kneejerk demands for magic code that reads minds are stupid enough in business, but stupider and much more dangerous in government.

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Re: This country

The Lib-Dems speak sense until someone gives them a sniff of actual power, at which point they throw sense out of the window and fall into line with whoever's wafting it their way - witness the government we have now, which they are *directly* responsible for. Pointless bunch of oxygen thieves.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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Re: Naming

Bullshit .

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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Trollface

Does the "care pack" also include a helmet, life jacket, fire extinguisher and "make your own will" kit? 'Cause that might be an idea...

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Trollface

Re: Worried Samsung owner.

Also Crackle! and Pop! ?

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SonicWall goes it alone as Elliott and pal swallow Dell/Quest Software

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Re: SonicWall

We've been using them for a few years, and I'd say ours is pretty good.

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Re: "Not my fault..."

IIRC, the P39 was supplied in large numbers to the Rusians, who far from disliking it actually did a huge amount of damage to the Luftwaffe. Maybe it just suited their operational style better.

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Trollface

Just published...

"Airworthiness Note: F35/September 2016

Electronic Flight Manual no longer to be supplied on Note 7."

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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

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OK, I'm obviously swimming against the tide here, but...

I have been with VM since they were Blueyonder, and they went through a very disappointing patch, customer service-wise. Recently, however, we have had speed upgrades with kit delivered when they said they would (not always a given under the previous dispensation), and when they wanted to turn off support for the old V+ boxes, they shipped us a TiVo for free (which again arrived when they said it would). When I've had occasion to contact support recently, they've been much sharper and on the ball. I'm sorry that some (maybe many) of VM's staff are having such a torrid time of it, but from an end user point of view, my experience has significantly improved.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: A suggestion

Actor-wise, can we see if the guy who used to do Gerry Adams in a silly high-pitched squeak for the Beeb is still available? Let's see how those keynotes sound then...

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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He was great in The Night Manager (still hoping for a second series), and he's fun as Loki (the Hulk throwing him around like a dishrag followed by the *Uuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnhhh...." in Assemble is still one of my favourite bits), but he's not Bond.

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

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I've had...

...the insert disk on a windows phone handset, which occasioned a little head scratching; that said, that was one out of a couple of hundred handsets. Gave the department a giggle though.

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Re: We have seen the fiasco with TSA locks

On the TSA side, there's almost an unintended canary effect, since every time my other half travels over the pond, the TSA don't bother using their keys, they just destroy the lock, so if your luggage makes it through with the lock intact, it's almost a racing certainty that it has been opened, but by a nefarious (or more nefarious than the TSA) party...

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Big Brother

Re: "Collecting information". Yes. We are.

THIS wasn't supposed to be an instruction manual.

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CERN staff conduct 'human sacrifice' at supercollider site

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Re: Its fake?!

They WOULD say that, wouldn't they...

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#Censusfail Australia: Not an attack, data safe, no heads to roll

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Joke

They should have used...

...Mongo DB, because Mongo DB is Web Scale

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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WTF?

Re: Brrrrr spiders.

Your idea of "cute" indicates an urgent need for an alienist!

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Bleeping Computer countersues Enigma in software review libel row

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Trollface

You mean you...

...WANT 10 times as much crapware?

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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We use KMs

...with Papercut, and they work fine. Scan to email, SMB, prints follow you around etc. Thoroughly popular system.

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: Penny

*covers check engine light with tape* - "There you go - fixed it!"

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

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Devil

Re: He is not going to be popular in prison

Next to the soap in the shower.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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I actually wanted to upgrade to 10...

...but the upgrade crapped out, initially leaving my machine unbootable and taking quite a lot of work to put it right. It's still nagging me though.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Trollface

Paging Howard Wolowitz...

"Hey Froot Loops - you're up!"

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Yes.

Exchange 2003 -2010; Dell PERC H800 started freezing. Very uncomfortable.

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

nichomach

Well...

...they're not confidential records any more, are they?

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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google

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Thumb Up

Re: Value and values

"Those kinds of musicians are often the most interesting" - THIS. One of my favourite albums was and is "Drunk With Passion" by The Golden Palominos , who were largely a studio only project, but able to call on artists like Richard Thompson, Bob Mould and Michael Stipe to fantastic effect, in no small part due to the fact that it was a studio-only deal, and they didn't have to take it on tour. Yes, live performance is great, but if that were the only way to finance making music, albums like that would never be made and we'd all be the poorer for it.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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Re: Irredentism

IME, it's frequently the case that if it involves technology or has wires in it, other departments are keen to offload it onto IT.

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SAP backs UK remaining in the EU ahead of vote

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Yes, it's kind of the Blair Effect - "Look, you're right, yes, but PLEASE don't be on my side anymore..."

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MoJ restarts troubled £250m National Offender management ICT system

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Re: Oh no ...

State County Municipal Offender Data System... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1aIGqrGqnU

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'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

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Re: O2 in the UK are on the ball

I'm on GiffGaff, so O2-by-stealth, and 4G pops up a lot for me too.

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Pirate

Altho never thtarting a land war in Athia or going in aagainst a Thithilian when death ith on the line? (Icon for Dread Pirate, obvs.)

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Online pharmacy slapped with £130,000 fine for flogging customer data

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Re: So

That presumes the ICO would exercise them, which they wouldn't. These are the incompetent lackadaisical fucknuggets that did precisely *nothing* about Phorm, remember.

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/fistolove_1_thumb-tfb.jpg

http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/17982/17332539_2.jpg

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

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Had to vote for...

...Colin Baker as the worst, but that's largely story/script-related. McCoy had some good moments, but I concur with the general view regarding Scrappy Doo...sorry...Ace. Awful idea for a character.

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Because his incarnation was incorporated into the continuity, but Cushing's performance was always a standalone?

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