* Posts by Jay 2

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Re: IT Error?

GIGO = Garbage In, Garbage Out. I put it down to duff (human supplied?) data somewhere and the computer just doing its normal thing.

Meanwhile, to err is human but to really mess things up, it takes a computer.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: Program for a puppet

My main problem with that film is that it gives the impression that the drug completely surpresses all emotions etc. And I recall that because of that some bits of the plot didn't make much sense. But in some cast/crew chat they refined that to be that it mostly surpresses emotions etc. That made a lot more sense, but they didn't make it at all obvious in the film.

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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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Re: It was designed to fail

Agreed. I recall running Solaris 7 (I think) on x86 and it was OK (not fantastic or anything). But sometime after that the x86 offering went away and came back a year or so later with a slightly different name and some associated Sun x86 hardware.

At this point I noted that Sun had at least two big problems. One was that people who were burnt on them withdrawing Solaris on x86 for whatever reason would think twice. The other was that their own x86 hardware was a lot more expensive than other 1/2U offerings from other manufacturers. And (at the time) on the horizon was something called Linux...

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

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Re: Introductory

For the lot doing MSc it would depend on what they're actually doing. Whilst I was doing my BSc we shared lectures with some MSc who were effectively on a 1 year IT conversion course. As a result they were significantly less experienced than us. In hindsight maybe we shouldn't have been so harsh on them. Though I'm sure for many a HR department an MSc would trump a BSc...

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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Re: Dear gods...

Have you started looking at your migrations to RHEL 7 yet? :)

In some cases we had to purchase extended support for 5.x servers as there was no way they could be moved. However we put in a pretty big effort to get (mostly) everything onto 6.8, but I'm not looking forward to have to get it all to 7 in a few years...

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Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

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I really wish Tesla hadn't called some feature or another "autopilot". It gives off all the wrong ideas about what it actually does.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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Re: What's so wrong with a Ferrari engine in a metro?

I seem to recall a Vauxhall Nova (beloved of many a Max Power reader) having a rather larger engine dropped in it without any major tweaks to structural integrity or the brakes. Apparently its chassis was a bit wonky after some use of the new setup.

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Flaws found in Linksys routers that could be used to create a botnet

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Don't hold your breath

From previous experience, Linksys' pace of firmware releases are slower than glacial and are as frequent as hen's teeth. And when they do it'll be for something really important, like a logo change on an admin webpage.. http://cache-www.belkin.com/support/dl/Linksys%20X3500%201.0.01.006%20Release%20Note.txt

Mind you, that seems to be par for the course for most manufacturers of 'leccy-using kit nowadays.

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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Twice as good? Maybe significantly slower!

Not entirely on-topic, but Oracle really do need to spash some cash on hardware to support their own services. I've recently started using Oracle Linux and attached a server to their Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), basically their version of RedHat's RHN/RHSM. In short any interaction with the ULN repos takes an ice age and is completely unusable. As an example, a yum repolist all took almost 30 minutes(!). On a comparable RHEL server talking to RHN/RHSM the same command takes upto 30 seconds.

The reason for this is that Oracle host ULN on their own hardware/network, which is obviously not fit for purpose. More so, when you consider that you have to pay for a licence/subscription/support to access ULN. Ironically the bulk of Oracle Linux is freely available (and at no cost) and is availble at yum.oracle.com which is hosted by Akamai and is fast enough to be usable.

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: Brilliant!

Q: Is the sole purpose of your visit to bring down the US government?

A: No, I'm also going to do some shopping

And then there's the question still on the immigration cards along the lines of "were you involved with the Nazi party 1939-1945" when an increasing amount of people going to the US wheren't even born then.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: A paid Red Hat Edition

Your analogy is slightly broken in that under the various software licences involved RedHat have to make the source of RHEL publicly available. So it is quite legal for anyone to take that source and make their own version as long as they don't mention RedHat or use any of their proprietary code. That is why OS such as CentOS, Oracle Linux and Scientific Linux exist.

It gets a bit tricky after that. CentOS are mostly onside with RedHat, and I believe various bugs/fixes found/squashed are then sent back upstream to be folded back into RHEL. Oracle Linux is a slightly different matter in that they do quite a bit of their own messing around (very customised kernels etc) but as they're Oracle they don't feel the need to contribute much back to the upstream. Though in a rather strange move (for money-grabbing Oracle) you can download and use the bulk of Oracle Linux completely for free, it's just the support and some of the proprietary software you need to pay for. I don't know too much about Scientific Linux, but they seem to send stuff back upstream too.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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I don't see anything in the article to say when he gave the second (wiped) laptop back. I would assume it would be after the alleged hack.

More worrying though is the inference that he used the company WiFi to gain access. There really shouldn't be accessible WiFi that can allow access to production kit. Any remote access should be via some sort of VPN via 2FA. The 2FA alone should have been enough to stop the alleged login as someone else.

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Parcel bods Hermes become latest London drone delivery droogs

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I wouldn't like to be the person typing in all the steps if it was!

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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"It's as gross as its grease-drenched fries."

Many years ago BK changed their way of cooking fries and since then I've never been a fan. Out of those two I prefer burgers from BK and fried from McD. But given more choice (and a bit more cash) Five Guys is my current favourite burger joint, even if I'm not sure about their fries.

Fire inco, as allegedly something from BK is flame grilled...

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Verizon's bogus bills tanked my credit score, claims sueball slinger

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Re: Wow, deja vu

It might be different over in the US, but over here in the UK the collection agencies don't really care about the reasons for the debt, they just want to collect the money. In your example it's a cop-out from Verizon to say "nothing to do with us" when I'm sure they could stop it if they felt like it. More so given that the colections types are working on their behalf and (in the case of the UK) the collectors will contact the client regarding possible deals if the debtor can't (or won't) pay in full.

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India to world+dog: Go ahead, please hack our elections ... if you can

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Re: Hackathon?

I don't think a pure hacking-oriented contest will do much. As you say in the real world there's a lot that can be achieved via social engineering and physical access to said machines all greased with a bit of cold, hard, cash.

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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Aga Saga

I always though Agas were on all the time, but I've learnt from these very pages that's the old ones. It woud appear the newer 'leccy ones are a different beast.

I'm not a great fan of all this IoT stuff, for the usual reasons. Can't say I'd ever really want to switch my cooker on when I wasn't there. I don't like having such appliances on when I can't keep an eye (or nose) on things.

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DTMF replay phreaked out the Dallas tornado alarm, say researchers

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or more realistically, they've never changed! I'm sure this will get people running for their nearest box of Captain Crunch (or whatever cereal it was that was phreaker-friendly).

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Canonical sharpens post-Unity axe for 80-plus Ubuntu spinners

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Re: so this was the real reason

Yep. As a sys admin I find myself constantly explaining to some of our newer devs why they can't have the latest shiny software on our Enterprise Linux systems because it's very nice and stable and because of that somewhat behind the times. And then there's all those package/library dependancies...

Generally we stick to the line that if it's in our in-house repositories you can have it and if it's not, then I'll make an excecutive decision regarding how much of a pain its going to be to source and install it (where possible I prefer RPM rather than tarball stuff).

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HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

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Re: Clearly this tax change has taken all the devs by surprise

...and that they can change their minds in the future and retrofit said taxes. Though I hear the current big book of tax laws (or digital equivalent) is now so big and complex no-one really knows how it all works. So they're probably making it up as they go along.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Maybe get nostalgic and dig out some older ones?

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Re: But the real issue is

Amen. The chocolate (are they actually allowed to call it that?) used in most mainstream Easter eggs is not very nice at all. It's probably not too far removed in quality terms, but I'd prefer a bar of Fruit & Nut.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Won't miss it

That's a fair point and I'm sure it doesn't help. Though in reply to that, the fact that the Win7/10 (in my case) updates systems are so slow and somewhat broken from a user experiece point of view still causes me grief.

Win 7 update is horribly slow, but at least it will give you an idea of how much data it is trying to download and how long it might take. Plus you can pick and choose when to down load and install. Win 10 is not only horribly slow it, it downloads when it feels like it and gives no indication as to how much it's attempting to download and then how long it may take. And in both cases there's the crappy thing where you shut the box down and it sits there twiddling its thumbs installing stuff and then when it comes back up again it will do the same thing. Then you find out that due to dependancies, there are still more updates required, so repeat. Admittedly the last bit is lessened if you do it more often!

I'm glad for my own main usage Macs aren't quite as bad for updates (they do the shutdown/install thing) and at work it's Linux so just one reboot sorts you out. I feel sorry for the poor buggers who after to look after Win in the enterprise.

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Won't miss it

Vista was more-or-less where I took my leave from having Windows as my main OS at home. My main problem with it was that Microsoft and a lot of the hardware manufacturers decided that they couldn't (or wouldn't) create drivers for existing or slightly older kit. As a result if I'd got myself a PC running Vista then such things as my printer and flatbed scanner would be unusable.

Plus I'd also got to the stage in my life where after cajoling computers to do something at work all day I really couldn't be bothered to mess about with a Windows box at home just to get the sodding thing to run normally.

So I signed my pact in blood and jumped to Mac, which of course has its own pros and cons. But I don't spend anywhere as much time keeping it up to date (unlike some Win VMs I still have).

Another reason to hate Vista is that at one point my dad had a PC and a laptop both running it. I spent a few fruitless hours trying to copy some files between them on the network before giving in and just using sneakernet.

I've heard that eventually with a service pack etc Vista was OK, but by then it had pissed off a rather large amount of people who do not remember it fondly.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Hmm, that does sound like a fair amount of fail. Especially the unsupervised bit!

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Facebook's 'delightful' AI Clippy the Paperclip creeps into Messenger

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It looks like you're sending a dick pic. I suggest editing the picture to use the enlarge tool first.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Re: Hillarious

Moreso if you take fact-less opinion as news.

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Twitter sues US govt to protect 'Department of Immigration employee' who doesn't like Trump

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Maybe they hope it will all blow over before they try again. Though I'm sure someone will notice and whip up some opposition. Then repeat until the government gives up.

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

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Re: Short attention span

Wow indeed. Now that's "graffiti" I can agree with. Actually a lot of proper graffiti (not that tag everywhere crap) is usually quite artistic and very well done.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: Logic

In the book Chickenhawk one of the (Vietnam-era) helicopter pilots few gliders in WW2. It was said that he only swore when talking about gliders and that "they didn't land, they fucking crashed".

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Amazon looks between the couch cushions for US$70m for kids' in-app spending spree refunds

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Yes I did wonder how much the first episode of The Grand Tour cost!

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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Re: Good Riddance

I didn't like it much either. Mind you I seem to recall when Ubuntu took to Unity I didn't really like Gnome 3 on some other distro either. Fortunately I only have desktop Linux on a few VMs to play with every so often, so I didn't have to suffer too much.

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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Re: Outsourcing only works...

Yes. I don't think enough people read the small print, or go through the SLAs with a very fine toothcomb to compare/contrast what sort of support calls/changes are currently being raised pre-outsourcing.

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Twitter cofounder to sell chunk of his stock for personal reasons

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I don't think so. I guess "needing more cash for wharever" is personal reasons. Anyway, isn't that the way of Web2.0 or whatever it calls itself? Create vaguely useful product (with no clear way of making cash), hype up to get investment/IPO, run away laughing with cash from sold stock before it hits the floor. No underpants or questionmark steps needed!

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Tell them about the honey mummy. Or maybe not. Hopefully this case will be thrown out sharpish and his "business" go under before he manages to try and con any more people.

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

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Re: ..writing about yellow submarines

You learn something new every day. I sort-of knew the change in dogfood was due to the lack of white turds you'd see everywhere in the 70s, but I didn't know about the bones.

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Murdoch will get EU green light for full Sky takeover – reports

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Re: Churn factor

I'm now trying to figure out the last time I watched Sky 1. I'm sure I've probably watched ITV1 more!

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UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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Re: It is not public cloud but private cloud Office 365

Indeed. I am unconvinced about Office 365 for any business. I'm sure the beancounters who love this sort of thing will complain when they can't play with their spreadsheets or get their email.

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

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Re: His in-laws?

To say nothing of any family get-together. Though I suspect there may not be many of them as of late...

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Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

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Re: Solaris?

I'm sure there are one or two Solaris boxes round here somewhere. Don't think they're doing much though.

I used to quite like Solaris pre-10, but never really got to grips with the re-imaginging of init (systemd springs to mind!). But by that time Sun kit in clustered was doomed at our place as it was all replaced by smaller/cheaper Linux boxes.

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iCloud extortion racket nowhere near as epic as we thought it might be

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Yes, I'm not convinced by them either!

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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After some card fraud I stopped using by debit card (unless it's in an ATM, in a bank if I can help it) and switched to credit card. My reasoning being that the debit card is using my money but a credit card is using the provider's money until I pay them, so they may be slightly more inclined to protect against such nastiness.

Though if in person, then I guess cash can be king. Also it may provide incentive for you not to spend over your means (or what you've got in your wallet). You can't buy yet another round of flaming sambucas if you don't have enough cash, whereas there may be temptation to swipe that contactless card...

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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

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No, they outsource them to their phones. Which will be fed (dis)information of what to think via this new zippy WiFi...

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

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Though doesn't the printed stuff get somewhat held to account? Webby stuff can be any old thing, created by anyone.

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Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

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Not that I'm tempted by leaving my current ISP, but every so often when I happen to see such deals I always check to see how much the price jumps when said special offer ends. It's usually quite a bit! To be honest I'd be more interested in how much such a service is going to cost normally, not on the special offer bit.

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Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

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Next I fire up my Win 10 VM I suppose I should trawl through all the privacy settings. Fortunately I don't really use it for anything, so hopefully not too much info has been slurped.

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

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Re: Daft thing is ...

Funnily enough I'm not a great fan of that particular person (and their Jekyl/Hyde personality when alcohol is involved) and fortunately can usually pick and choose if I want to enter their social orbit or not. I think that's going to be less often from now on!

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Re: Daft thing is ...

I have a very nice watch that wasn't cheap. It's steel/back and not particularly flashy looking (there are many cheaper watches which are quite similar). However unless there is specific talk about such watches (or my watch) I don't make a thing of it and very rarely mention its price.

However the same can not be said for other people. For example last Friday I was out with a few people and one of them asked to see my watch (they knew what it was), so I showed them. Later on they then exclaimed to the others that I "...was showing off his flashy watch" which I most definitely was not.

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Homes raided in North West over data thefts from car body repair shops

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Re: You boys and girls actually answer your phone?

As of late I've been getting a few "you've had an accident" calls. They all have a number, but that's usually spoofed I think, especially given this real world example from my phone:

020 3457 4186 London, England

+20 3 457 4186 Egypt

So nowadays I just let them ring out and take the opinion that if it's important they'll leave a message or try again. Though I believe that some kosher places, NHS being one, won't leave a message and may not try again. If there's no voicemail then I'll look up the number and if it looks dodgy enough then I'll block it. Early on in all this I used to answer the call and play along for a minute or two until they got annoyed and hung up.

I've had the same number for ~17 years and only in the past year have been receiving such calls/texts, usually for someone with a stupidly generic name. I wonder where exactly my number was obtained from.

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Still no flash in a flash as chip supplies remain fried

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Meh

It's a bit all over the shop at the moment. I recently ordered some Dell servers with a few SSD in and was told by our trusty VAR that the SSDs may not be available until June(!) and asked if we would accept the server now and the SSDs when available. After mulling it over and consulting people who needed the servers we agreed that we'd take the server and wait for the SSDs. And at that point the VAR called to say the servers had shipped with their full complement of SSDs.

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