* Posts by John G Imrie

1799 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Happy

Thank you

Now I have the Philosophers Song going through my head.

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: Alternative solution

4.5 remove url of porn site from photo

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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You missed one

Volcanic lair.

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UK.gov expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

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they are stuffed with Muslims and similar foreigners.

All the Muslims I know where born in the UK and have jobs, but keep reading the Daily Mail if it makes you feel better.

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people who produce nothing but are a continual drain on resources

The old.

Anyone with a chronic medical condition.

The young.

The unemployed.

University students

Doctors

Nurses

Police

Teachers

Tax collectors

Bin men/women

Ambience drivers

Firemen/Firewomen

Bus drivers

Train drivers

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Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

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Humm

From the judgement,

It is undisputed that Google copied verba-

tim the declaring code of the 37 Java API packages—

11,500 lines of Oracle’s copyrighted code. It also copied

the SSO of the Java API packages. Google then wrote its

own implementing code.

So 11,500 lines of API function definitions, plus the SSO of the Java API packages. What's SSO?

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Summary

Yesterday API's where not copyrightable. Today they are.

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Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

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Re: What's the problem?

There are about 254 working days between now and Brexit 8 hours a day, gives 2032 hours per 100% fit person to get it working.

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Re: Guardian has more details.

I think we need to open our borders to those who want to work, just don't give them access to our benefits system until they have been here and contributed for 5 years.

I'd go with the employer having to pay for insurance that would cover medical bills on the NHS and any thing else we deem necessary that should normally be paid out of NI contributions, for the first 5 years of an immigrants stay here.

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Privacy activists to UK plod: Wanna slurp folks' phone records? Come back with a warrant

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Re: Section 20

Na that will never happen, the PM is to busy. Pass it down to any cabinet member instead.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Re: What that tells us about Skype?

Point of order,

All Glaswegian is swearing.

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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Any kind of central "real world identity" system is RIPE for abuse. Period.

I may have misunderstood, but wasn't the ID bit to piggyback of DNS, which is defiantly not a centralised system.

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Zucker for history: What I learnt about Facebook 600 years ago

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Re: Good article

Well it did in Europe. English Protestantism started because Henry VIII wanted to get he leg over Anne Boleyn.

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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Lets ...

Put his wheel chair on permanent display on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. The voice computer could be programmed to come up with some of his pithier quotes. GNU Prof Stephen Hawking

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That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

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Re: The saddest thing of all...

People are idiots.

And that's the intelligent ones.

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2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Re: 3 <= 2 + 2 <= 5

2+2 = 10

for sufficiently small values of base.

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Here is how Google handles Right To Be Forgotten requests

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Re: "Google also uses the Buganizer tool as a way of managing workflow"

Could be a paralegal. cf PJ and GrokLaw

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Sysadmin held a rack of servers off the ground for 15 mins, crashed ISP when he put them down

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Working in a school, was up a stepladder in an disused store room that held one of the network cabinets

What happened to the sign saying 'beware of the leopard'?

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I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker

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Re: two sorts of conference

And the people who get invited to each are

1) You

2) Management.

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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Talking of other ways to get porn.

How does this affect all those live video apps like periscope?

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Crypto crackdown: Google bans ads for unregulated currencies

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being wealthy on paper as long as they don't try to sell them

There is of cause another way to cash out. Get a loan and use the nominal value of the bit coins as collateral. default on the loan and hand over the bitcoins. Problem solved.

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Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

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Re: Scargill

With the current shambles of Tories, he might even give up the bung :-)

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crapita corner

I thought that was Private Eye's job.

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Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer

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Is there a 'BFOH' club badge available?

The first rule of BOFH club is you don't talk about BOFH club.

The second ... oh hell you know the rest.

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Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins

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Re: Not the Eye of Sauron....

I bet the Jupiter version is easier to navigate across.

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Re: Probably transient

“Big whirls have little whirls,

That feed on their velocity;

And little whirls have lesser whirls,

And so on to viscosity.”

― Lewis Fry Richardson

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Hackers create 'ghost' traffic jam to confound smart traffic systems

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FTFY

Pigeons. Russian pigeons. Russian pigeons with umbrellas. Russian pigeons with umbrellas and a fanatical devotion to the Pope Kremlin.

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'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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Tellers

I've been one of those annoying buggers who asks to see your polling card as you enter and where you get to sit and whether you can talk on the way in or way out is totally dependent on the electoral officer at the polling station. Surprisingly, or may be not, I've always found a grate deal of cooperation between tellers of the opposing parties.

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Re: This is ONLY about stopping the young and labour voters. Period.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1487144/Judge-lambasts-postal-ballot-rules-as-Labour-6-convicted-of-poll-fraud.html

However it's not just Labour

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/mar/10/localgovernment.immigrationpolicy

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Re: Democracy

Well IIRC, Vetinari's law on Mime Artists only stopped them performing within the walls of Ank Morpork. The City has sprawled well without the walls lately.

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Re: Doesn't seem to understand how voting works

Switch the right 68 votes and the Conservatives are down two MP's http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/mps-maj.htm

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UK data watchdog's inaugural tech strategy was written with... *drumroll* Word 2010

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Re: As Long As It Supports ODF.... ?

It supports odf 1.1, but not version 1.2

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Facebook regrets asking whether it's OK to let adult men ask underage girls for smut pix

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Re: Fixed it for you.

At least, the truth of the KFC chicken shortage.

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Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

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Humm

Going voluntary would be bad news for the Capita collectors.

This is the only good reason I have heard for getting rid of the licence fee.

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Copper feel, fibre it ain't: Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions

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vested interest

or enlightened self interest?

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Re: Bah, ASA.

They don't know what the word theft means either, at least they didn't when I complained about the FACT advertising on a DVD I bought.

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UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

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Re: it will make no difference

Not so sure about that, if everyone on your street switches ISP once every 30 days even if to come back to the original provider once every two to three months it's going to cost the ISP an arm an a leg to create and then remove the accounts. If you can get everyone in your neighbourhood to do it then the ISP's might just discover that replacing the string with some fibre is the cheaper option.

PS if you are in an area with only one ISP, cancel your order then sign up for a new one. It will still drive the ISP nuts with all the additional paperwork.

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Ah, uni days! Drugs, sex, parties... sci-tech startups? Not so much

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Re: Good time to leave the EU

Well number 1 aint going to happen, so shanty towns it is then.

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Re: Meanwhile in America ...

You have just given me an idea for a new terrifying fairground ride, 'The hall of broken things'. The only way out is to ring the doorbell.

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Now Europe's largest trade union squeezes Euro Patent Office's pips

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All corrupt.

I hope you are not suggesting that BoJo is corrupt?

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Star Paws: Attack of the clones

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euthanize

The people or the pets?

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Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'

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Re: Pr0n at work

Do you want to view porn with the misses and kids around?

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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Its powered by magic fairies and gnomes

You mean it isn't. Dam! Where does all that food and booze go that I leave out in the office for them?

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Blockchain nears peak hype: UK politicos to probe crypto-coin

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Re: Of course, this ‘investigation’ conveniently ignores..

Not sure about that, the Banks seam to be looking favouringly at block chain

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raising public awareness of the fact that it is actually gambling

But if they did that they would have to announce that everyone's pension is being risked on the largest casino on the planet, that being the London Stock Exchange.

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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Re: Sigh

I wish he'd piss off back to whatever land hobbits come from...

That's a bit unfair on New Zeland.

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Gove also pooh-poohed the argument against subsidising those who choose to live in rural areas, where broadband provision and mobile phone coverage may cost more than urban areas.

Has Gove bought a house out in the sticks recently, just asking?

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He also blamed the EU's rules on state aid having "prevented us from investing in broadband in a way that is best for the UK.

Er ... don't we keep giving large amounts of money to BT to get them to provide rural broardband?

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

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Re: Golgafrinchanian Moments

Stick it up your nose.

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