* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Beg pardon?

I thought that I was my own human-beer interface.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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"These millions of one-way mirrors give us a sharp knife. ... With all this in hand, to cut a long story short"

I'm not sure that it takes millions of mirrors to give one a sharp cutting edge. However, I think that The Register's copy editors could have cut this story quite a bit shorter.

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Re: Was I the only one...

No, not the only one. A couple of people were killed and many more injured in the Carolinas the other week because a crew locked a switch on the wrong setting.

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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cognition-oriented professions?

I would call those jobs where you have to think, and I would question the qualifications of those using such jargon. But maybe it's my lack of social skill that make me do this.

Also, are eggheads with a point anything like the Coneheads on the old Saturday Night Live shows?

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Re: @Maelstorm

I don't care for McConnell's or Ryan's policies, but at the moment I can't think what laws they have violated. Until you can establish that they have broken laws, "being held to account for their actions" means being voted out of office--unlikely, I agree--or losing a majority in Congress. We'll see there.

I also don't really know how a speed trap story turned into a referendum on 21st-Century US politics. Speed traps have been around, and not only in the US, for a good 100 years: Kipling's short story "The Village That Voted the Earth Was Flat" (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13085/13085-h/13085-h.htm#page163) is dated 1913.

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Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

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Re: Twisting the knife

for "of all costs" read "of all counts".

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Re: Twisting the knife

"He faces a theoretical maximum sentence of 1,029 years in prison [etc.]"

And I have a lottery ticket that could theoretically be worth tens of millions of dollars. It can be yours for $20. Law enforcement likes to total up the potential sentences of all the costs, somewhat in the same way that it likes to report the street value of seized contraband without going on to consider distribution costs. By the time his attorney has worked out the plea bargain with the Feds, the likely time behind bars will be in the lower single digits.

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US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'

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Don't see it.

Somebody or other had a Strava map showing very neatly the location of a base in Afghanistan. It was amusing, but I can hardly imagine that anyone in the province, whether friendly or hostile, or simply concerned not to get blown up by land mines or sentries, didn't already know this.

Perhaps Twitter will add a geolocation feature, and shock all the tourists who didn't know where the White House is.

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Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

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Re: Oh do fuck off.

Given that Wikileaks splashed a lot of Clinton's emails, the POTUS probably thinks that Wikileaks is a grand operation. Now, his ability to think the same thought for any length of time is limited, and the fellows in the three-letter agencies probably don't care for Assange, so I don't entirely blame Assange for being jumpy about this.

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Matryoshki of news: Tech giants flash code to Russia, Dutch hack Kremlin spies, and more

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Really!

"This is, don't forget, the same Russian government that [etc.]"

So my memories of Nicholas II authorizing the release of Clinton emails to Wikileaks were created by fake news?

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Under fire for its shoddy response, FCC finally wakes up to Puerto Rico

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"Many suspected racism on Donald's part: although a US territory, Puerto Rico is predominantly Spanish speaking, with fewer than 20 per cent of residents speaking English."

Even if El Reg gets its information about Spanish-speakers from reruns of Fawlty Towers, surely somebody here has noticed that there are quite a few persons in all hemispheres with Spanish as a mother tongue and Spanish surnames who are as pale if not as orange as the president of the US. As it happens, the residents of Puerto Rico are largely of African descent.

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Camels disqualified from Saudi beauty contest for Botox-enhanced pouts

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Bunch of Pikers

"Scandal hit in 1972 when “Big Mac,” the Grand Champion steer, was ruled ineligible. It had been previously entered at the American Royal Show in Kansas City as a white steer, but had been dyed black for the National Western Stock Show!"

(https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/events/2016/01/21/national-western-stock-show-through-years-history-colorado/79141426/)

What this does not tell you is that the judges at the National Western Stock Show did not go purely by color of coat in taking Big Mac for a Black Angus, but also inspected membranes fore and aft: the kid who passed off the Hereford (I think) had gone to considerable lengths.

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UK Army chief: Russia could totally pwn us with cable-cutting and hax0rs

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Re: Modern defence thinking...

Well, three can play at that game. I think that a German cruiser cut the cable to Australia in 1914, and I know that the US cut the (Spanish) cable at Manila in 1898. And the US and perhaps the UK did a lot of tapping of Soviet cables during the later days of the Cold War.

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Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

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But your honor, I read it for the interviews.

Or have people quit saying that by now?

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France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry

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The Louisiana version

As you've surely guessed, is the Bayou Tapestry. Not as old, mind you, but the food and music are much better. And maybe the weather, depending on your tolerance for heat and humidity.

Seriously, I have heard a local pronounce "Bayeux" as "bayou". I hope that he didn't cause any fainting spells in Normandy.

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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

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Re: jury...

Well, the jurist Learned Hand did say that in his worst nightmares he was the defendant in a trial by jury. Having said that, the jury you end up with might depend on what your attorney can use in the way of peremptory challenges; the one jury I was on that sat until a verdict was OK. And de Tocqueville in some of his notes on the American legal system remarked that judges often end up by thinking that everyone is guilty.

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Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

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descaling?

Has anyone called the FSPCA?

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Don't remember using these

I have heard plenty of these, but don't recall them being much used.

For connoisseurs of this sort of thing, you might see what you can find of the defunct journal Maledicta. I never saw the journal itself, but the Atlantic once carried an excerpt from an article on the medical profession's terms for patients.

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FIGMO

According to Alan Kay, FIGMO is the dead time between leaving one assignment for another. It apparently was in one such that he read up on computer stuff and decided what to do after leaving the service.

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Weed wish you a merry Christmas: Pot-toting OAPs tell cops 30kg stash is for pressies

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Mighty generous

The use of marijuana is now legal in the District of Columbia. At a paraphernalia store on Columbia Road NW, the electronic sign says says "NO FREE GRASS", followed by "PLEASE DON'T ASK". But ask any politician outside the Atlantic drainage, and some within it: people in the heartland are the salt of the earth, those along the east coast are soulless parasites.

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Social network smacks back: Accusers say it helps recruiters target age-groups in job ads

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age discrimination

My impression that is that about 10 years ago, being on Facebook implied that you were under twenty-five. Now, using Facebook seems to imply that you are over forty.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Link

The article that the story thoughtfully links to includes the sentence

"Consequently, we have reached a state of affairs where the public think that the QUEEN ELIZABETH is a late, leaking and broken white elephant without any planes."

Does The Register have any idea how the public got that idea?

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Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

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No, not rented, hired

But I thought that the Onion got it about right: https://www.theonion.com/wikipedia-celebrates-750-years-of-american-independence-1819568571

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Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

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"Forget Bruce Willis"

I had done a pretty good job, until you wiseacres came up with the headline.

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Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area

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Re: Modern systems

Upvoted for the mention of Brewster Buffalos.

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Re: Techdrone

Bob, it appears that California is heading for a shortage of capital letters and exclamation points. Should I email Governor Brown?

Remind me how failure to water lawns induces wildfires. Would hairy-chested libertarian Californians be heading out to water the scrub and grasslands but for socialist oppression?

(And I am very disappointed that you didn't reach for Mike Royko's old "Governor Moonbeam" moniker for Jerry Brown. Kids today...)

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Re: Techdrone

Then why does El Reg have all these articles mentioning Fintech? Is it part of the conspiracy?

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: Dear Data general - such a lack of foresight.

Was that the one shaped like a toaster oven?

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Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?

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Most amusing

Try searching as "Jason Rammed". (No, I've never met anyone with the surname "Rammed".) A whole lot of Jasons posted

"Before leaving office, the Obama Administration rammed through a massive scheme that gave the federal government broad regulatory control over the internet. That misguided policy decision is threatening innovation and hurting broadband investment in one of the largest and most important sectors of the U.S. economy. I support the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to roll back Title II and allow for free market principles to guide our digital economy."

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Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men

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Re: Delusional liberals and their sacred cow of diversity

Don't know about septic tank cleaners, but there has been litigation about access to construction work, mining, and a number of other tough jobs in the US. These jobs are not well paid compared to law or much of IT, but as blue collar jobs go they pay well, and some women want them. Some women who have wanted them in the past have had to go to court to get hired, and often enough put up with a bad time at the work site.

Having said that, I don't know the hand-wringing over IT is particularly worth it.

But "Sacred Cow of Diversity" would be fine name for a band.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Eh?

" Campbell commented: "It's rare in computer forensics for criminal cases, whatever the alleged crime and if the user is male, not to find traces of porn viewing, especially in late-night sessions. The evidence in my experiences is that that is a norm for most British blokes, even those whose religion might forbid it. If he was working late, it's to be expected."'

Most British blokes, or most British blokes who come to the attention of the law?

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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Re: The Cult of Tesla

I am not fond of the Prius, but they do make up a great deal of the taxi fleet in Washington, DC. Glamorous? No. Useful? Apparently.

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Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

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Background checks

Long ago, I applied for a Denver taxi job. I assume that had I taken the job, the company would have checked my license information with the state motor vehicle department, but it didn't sound as if this would have happened quickly: data processing then was not what it is now. The main requirement that I remember was that I provide the company with a doctor's statement that I did not suffer from hemorrhoids. As it happens, a better job offer came along, and the family doctor was spared the trouble.

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Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

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Lefty, right, and sentry

First, what is "lefty leaning", as you describe Mr. O'Brien? Somebody not ideologically committed to be left-leaning, yet with a soft spot in his heart for tunes such The Red Flag and the Internationale?

Second, you describe Georgia as rejecting help with its voting systems as "a power grab from the centre". By "centre" do you mean the federal government? It is never so called in the US, and for that matter only real-estate developers ever spell the word "centre".

Finally, faith in democracy is my experience pretty rare. At any given time, a large chunk of the US would like to disfranchise another large chunk of the US, mostly on grounds that come down to "not voting my way". The jurist Learned Hand once said that in his worst nightmares he was the defendant in a trial by jury; what he thought of being governed by system that requires not unanimity nor even a majority, I haven't read.

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Re: The biggest UK hackers of the lot then?

Conrad Black was born in Canada. The US has plenty to answer for, but not I think Conrad Black.

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My #95Theses of #Digital

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Battenberg?

Don't you mean Mountbatten?

And if your really want to go full Bong mode, you should follow up with "The Babylonian Captivity of Intellectual Property."

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Perl User Groups

Meh. When I started to learn PHP, I Googled to find out if there was an equivalent to Tcl's "upvar". Well up the list of links was a PHP forum in which someone had asked just that question, and been abused by all the PHP fans.

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Re: CPAN!

My point, evidently as clear as somebody else's code, is that one need not fight one's way through regexes--as on the snippet of the main article, that there are sane and sound ways of using Perl to do this, e.g. somebody else's tested, documented library.

The point I was too hurried to make is that CPAN is a huge reason to use Perl.

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CPAN!

Some years ago, it seemed good to write a script to transfer a bunch of posts from one server to another. In an uncharacteristic moment of common sense, I decided not to use regexps, and instead used HTML::TreeBuilder. That saved a great deal of trouble and time--my own, and that of the people who would have had to do copy and paste and discover on their own that, No, the new system does not support the blink tag.

Could I have done this in Python, rather than Perl? Yes, I suppose. But it worked.

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Rob Scoble's lawyer told him to STFU about sex pest claims. He didn't

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Wow

" I am sorry that so many women feel wronged by me". The beginning of the second sentence, and it gets better from there.

"This advice from attorneys is one reason why as a community we can’t properly discuss the issues hitting our industry." No, the advice from attorneys that prevents discussions is "Settle, and get a non-disclosure agreement."

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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

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Re: Zombies

Heck, why Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers at Halloween? Yet I remember a year about 1994 when half the five-year-olds looking for candy were done up that way.

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Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

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Surely a Siouxball?

Or is that covered under a different sovereign immunity?

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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Writing or typing?

Not even ruminants can "orally ruminate".

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Re: Not knowing how to look can make it hard to find

Hah! A friend of my wife's, a woman then about 50, applied for a job with an electronic publisher. The latter asked her what her SAT scores were. (Note to those from outside the US: this has nothing to do with P/NP. The SATs are the Scholastic Aptitude Tests that American teens take when applying to college.)

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Is there a story?

Twitter says that RT advertised RT stories. In the statement, it does not say what these stories were, or whether they in any way had to do with one side or the other in the election.

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Re: A sad state of affairs

I doubt that he has. But numbers of much better heads of state have managed to have equally little to do with physical labor.

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Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine

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Re: Dockyard

Have you by any chance read Thomas Pynchon's novel V?

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Equifax CEO falls on his sword weeks after credit biz admits mega-breach

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swords aren't what they used to be

There really needs to be a term for this: haha kiri, perhaps.

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Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound

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wow

So when you say "I bought it for a song..."

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Cisco's John Chambers to quit as exec chair

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Belle?

Yet you refer to Chambers as "he". What sort of switches are we talking about here?

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