* Posts by Alien8n

862 posts • joined 15 May 2007

It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Re: the ruling class will always be white.

Japan is notorious for xenophobia. It's exceedingly rare to find anyone not of a Japanese origin in charge at a Japanese company. And by that I mean anywhere that's not Japan. When I grew up in the North East of England my dad worked for a Japanese company. All the senior management were Japanese. I wasn't going to complain though, I was 7 and grew up eating Japanese food as I went to school with my dad's boss's kids (even now I seem to be the only one in the restaurant actually using chopsticks properly)

BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

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Lunch

Is it beer o'clock already?

Capita redundo staff: We are free at last, free at last… at the end of this month

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There's a reason...

There's a reason no one tries phoning O2, it's because it takes over an hour to get through to someone, regardless of whether you're trying to order a phone or asking for help. I have to support over 50 users all on O2 contracts and they rank alongside BT as one of the worst companies I have to deal with. It took 3 years before we finally got O2 to set us up with a dedicated account manager who we now email direct and for any support and activations we deal direct online. I simply refuse to call them now.

Please stop working and abuse your expense account at the beach

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Not one of mine (unless you can count 6 months of playing Black Hawk Down on the company's servers while waiting for the redundancy package to kick in. All sanctioned by the management as well, I played on the same team as the R&D manager), but the boss of one of our suppliers took a 6 month sabbatical to hike to the South Pole.

Teen thugs lure, rob Pokemon Go gamers

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Re: "It's not as if people looking at smartphones would otherwise be difficult to find."

It's already been verified on Snopes, but the last victim has stated that there wasn't a lure at the stop he was robbed at.

http://www.snopes.com/2016/07/10/armed-robbers-used-pokemon-go/

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Re: Smells Like Bullshit

"Pokemon Go is used by such a minuscule proportion of the population"

In the UK maybe, but even here I can go out in town at midnight and you'll see a dozen people with their phones out clearly playing Pokemon GO. And that's in a country where officially you can't play the game. In the US I'd hazard a guess that's it's the most popular mobile game amongst teenagers and young adults.

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Re: Smells Like Bullshit

If you want to rob someone of something that's easily transferrable and worth a considerable amount of money (say, a smart phone) I'd say it's actually quite a smart idea on the robber's part. Rather than trying to rob any old person and have a chance that the phone they use is a Nokia brick this method guarantees a relatively new smart phone, and you don't even have to run around trying to find people to rob.

"Smartphone GO, gotta rob them all" (tm)

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Regression to the really mean

@Fonant once you take out the militant green policies they actually have some excellent ideas, it would be interesting to see another party actually look at some of their policies and actually try and implement some of them. Would never happen though as all the main parties are only interested in maintaining the status quo.

Time for a complete change in Westminster, remove everyone and start again, have Labour MPs with truly socialist ideals, Tories that are true capitalists and Lib Dems that are truly moderate. I think this may be one of the reasons why the Tories are swinging so far to the right now, the fact that pretty much every MP now seems to be trying to claim the centre ground. The only way to show themselves to be different is to try and out-Thatcher Thatcher.

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Re: Regression to the really mean

Don't be so sure, if they succeed in pushing out Corbyn they're left with another Blairite in charge of Labour and Blair was actually more right wing than the previous conservative government. Politics in the UK is getting more and more like America with 2 parties dominating that you really can't tell the difference between unless they have a leader at one or other extreme end. The Lib Dems had an excellent chance of proving themselves to be a moderating force in politics until Nick Clegg showed everyone that actually all three parties were just slightly different shades of blue

Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Re: Delusions of Competence

@Allan exactly. At least my maths teacher waited till I was 13...

(I lived next door to my maths teacher and was invited to her house warming party. Copious amounts of home brewed ale at the age of 13, needless to say I was a bit wobbly on the way home)

Not your Imagination: Britain’s other chip giant posts biggest ever loss

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Re: DAB

@AC as stated, back when I got my first DAB car radio sometime around 2003 I had no issues with reception or station choice. This is something I've noticed since getting another car with DAB in the last few months, but I can't say if the issue is a lower signal strength or with the quality of the car radio.

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Re: Has anyone ever bought a DAB radio?

@Hans pretty much exactly the same for me, DAB came as standard on the car when I bought it, but is pretty much unusable due to poor reception. My experience with DAB is very much that it is much worse now than it was 10 years ago. I don't know if that's due to reduced signal strength or inferior car radios.

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Re: DAB

@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

A large chunk of their losses are from the sales of Pure DAB radios, hence my comment. They'd probably be able to save even more by simply shutting down their DAB radio business.

(I do know at least one person with a DAB radio, but I don't think they ever actually use any of the DAB stations due to issues with reception)

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DAB

Does anyone still buy DAB radios? I remember when DAB first came out I had a DAB radio in the car and it got a good selection of high quality stations (high quality in reception sense, not necessarily content). My current car also has DAB but I find today that both the number of decent stations has diminished and the reception quality is absolutely appalling. Most of the stations are copies of the FM stations and the FM stations are much better reception wise as they don't constantly try to retune every 100 yards. For this simple reason I couldn't justify buying a DAB radio for the home, especially as I can stream to my surround sound from my phone and just get the apps for the stations that I like and stream them over the internet.

Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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Re: There oughta be a law!

@POS No, the rebate is applied immediately so we don't send £350m per week, we send the lower £250m per week and then get subsidies back. This was made very clear in the Remain campaign. Please stop with the misleading figures.

For more see here https://fullfact.org/europe/our-eu-membership-fee-55-million/ with nice graphics

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Re: There oughta be a law!

@AC actually the rebate is applied *before* we pay the EU. With subsidies that £350m is then further reduced to approx £69m per week. As the UK is one of the richest countries in the EU I actually have no issue with this, for the same reason I have no issues with my taxes paid in Oxfordshire going towards regeneration programs in Liverpool, or Wales.

Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

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Re: You've missed one key justification

I've actually made this analogy before. There's a lot of my music collection that exists now (in legal form) due to some form of piracy in the past. My entire Iron Maiden collection (I own every album legally) came about as a result of being handed a copied tape on a school trip in the 1980's. I also now own a reasonably large collection of symphonic metal (think Nightwish) as a direct result of someone providing me a copy of an album many years ago that was only available in the USA at the time. Once it became available in the UK I bought the deluxe CD. Then add to that all the ticket sales for gigs and merchandise sales and they've probably made more money off me than any album sales they could have potentially lost.

A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

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Re: @Dan 55

That will be the new Windows for Starships (tm)

(It's a wonder the USS Enterprise ever made it out of orbit)

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Re: Depressing

To be honest the constitutional crisis and backstabbing has resulted in the best government we've had for several decades. Now if only we can keep them this ineffective for a few more years the country might just recover...

Pollster who called the EU referendum right: No late Leave swing after all

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True, but it could influence HOW we exit. Although judging from comments from the EU any chance we had of remaining in the EEA as part of our exit may be slim to none. It would appear the EU has decided that the UK has thrown one petulant tantrum too many and has been relegated to the role of that friend you never invite to parties because they get drunk and start a fight.

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It would be interesting to see them do a follow up poll now the referendum is over to see exactly what the swing *after* the referendum has been given the lies that both sides have told have come to light. My guess would be a slight swing back to Remain, but probably not enough to change the result. The alternative is an elective that will believe anything even after proven to be false. Mind you, considering how many people believe in UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, that politicians keep promises...

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Re: Luck, not skill?

Seems to me they also used a fair amount of knowledge to produce unbiased results. Recognising that their polling skewed the results due to education and social status seems to be the key factor here, whereas other polling companies have assumed that sentiment would be the same regardless.

"We polled 2000 degree educated people and came to result X"

My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

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Re: Didn't understand

You clearly didn't own property in the 1990s. Negative equity was the result of many people going bankrupt as houses they bought suddenly lost half their value almost overnight. Banks were foreclosing on loans as people lost jobs leaving them without a house and still owing hundreds of thousands of pounds due to the selling price of the house being so much lower than the mortgage price. It was the negative equity in the US housing market that was one of the driving forces behind the 2008 banking crash.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_equity

Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: @AC

In my case I have many friends (and family members) who voted leave and who I can still have reasonable and polite discussions with. Mainly because their reason to leave are all pretty much the same, they want controlled immigration, not to stop "immigrants stealing jobs/benefits" but to release the pressure on housing that this and the previous government's lack of action has caused, and to regain a certain sense of control over our own laws. I then have friends who are quite simply racists who's FB timelines are a stream of Islamophobia and Britain First hate rhetoric. Needless to say which I prefer drinking with...

'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Actually most seem to be saying "I'm English, not British" which just makes it even worse...

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What will most likely happen

The most likely result of Brexit is this:

We'll leave the EU, thereby making several overpaid MEPs redundant and no longer having any say in what actually happens in Europe.

We'll sign new trade deals that will contain clauses, such as free trade and free movement. Meaning economically nothing changes. We'll still give £350m a week to the EU for this trade agreement. If we're lucky this will also get us access to EU subsidy funding. Immigration from EU countries will still continue. We'll no longer be able to veto expansion of the EU to countries such as Turkey.

Non-EU immigration will become more difficult to control as we'll now have to process them in Dover rather than Calais.

So nothing really changes except we'll no longer have ANY say in how the EU progresses. That does not look like a victory for Great Britain.

And does anyone else find the whole "Let's make Britain GREAT again" rhetoric disturbing? It has all the connotations of Empire building and 1930's jingoism. Let's face it, a couple of small islands full of sheep farmers and accountants do not make an Empire. No matter how much we might like to think that way we no longer control half the globe and we never will again. Accept we're one of many economic powerhouses on the global scale and we must work together globally, not in isolation as many seem to think we're capable of doing.

77 per cent ignore company social media policies

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Re: common sense

Rule 1, I cannot up vote this comment as much as it deserves. I have one particular "friend" who seems to only post how much she hates every single job she's ever had. That and her current load of utter nonsense about the EU referendum. I don't care how anyone else votes, we do live in a democracy, but please, Britain First is NOT a credible source for statistics to base your vote on. Accept that the official information from both sides is pretty much made up bollocks and do your own research and then make your own decision based on actual facts.

How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Re: I would like to know

My first car was an F reg Ford Escort (automatic, petrol). Had to take it over the flooded A3 to get to work back in about 2000/2001 when the south of England was flooded. Drove straight through a flooded roundabout past a big 4x4 that had stalled in the middle. I swear that car was part amphibious.

Next car was a Rover 400, with the manual gearbox it inevitably stalled in less than a foot of water and had to be towed out. No damage to electrics, started up again straight away once on the dry.

Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Check your nearest city, most cities will have an established boot maker or gentleman's outfitters that seems to hang on despite the supermarket onslaught (usually by supplying bespoke or good quality shoes to the local elite). Failing that look at some of the alternative manufacturers. New Rock are more famous for their boots for goths and metalheads, but do a remarkably good range of exceedingly high quality, hand stitched Spanish leather shoes.

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Jeans

Strangely enough Primark (yes I know, surprised me as well) do a remarkably good selection of Jeans. Plenty in the 32" - 34" range. Seem to be "reasonable" quality (so far) but for a tenner each pair you can't really complain. My other jeans cost me over 100 quid (imported from the US) and even they have quality issues, not to mention a pair of 34" waist jeans having to be adjusted as they expect the average person to have giraffe legs.

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Re: The reply is

There is a similar affliction among some of the metalhead community. Quite a few have fairly slim builds, but with the neck muscles of an ox. Try finding a slim fit shirt with a 20 inch neck...

(also it takes at least an extr a20 minutes to get dressed as you try to find the specific black shirt that you want to wear amongst the pile of equally black clothing in the corner of the room...)

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Quality

Used to buy relatively cheap shoes at £20 to £30 a pair, but found I was replacing them every 3 months due to a job that entailed a lot of walking. Decided to get a pair of New Rock shoes for £73 (reduced from £184). In over 2 years the shoes are still going strong. had new soles once and protect the heels with the metal protectors that you can buy for a few quid. Have to replace them every few months, but they've already paid for themselves no end of times since buying them. I'll never buy cheap shoes ever again.

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Re: 9 1/2 shoes

Barleycorns? Thought you got the corns after wearing the shoes?

BOFH: What's your point, caller?

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Re: How do I order a new keyboard online if this one is broken?

Are you sure you didn't work for the same company as me? I remember having almost the exact same conversation with a colleague when they had a network issue in their office.

They also had an IT policy that stated that it was a sackable offence to be sent a virus. I could understand sending one being a sackable offence, but receiving one?

Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court

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Re: "he"

When Jacob Rees-Mogg asks a girl out does he ask "would one like to give one one?"

Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Re: Huh?

It's more likely that the wording of the survey actually translates as "90% of people would buy an automated vacuum cleaner or lawn mower if they cost the same as a regular one"

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That will be SkyNet

(Although I'm not sure of the practicality of warming a kettle of water by using a thermonuclear detonation)

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Stuff that woks

There's a good argument for not trying to fix stuff that works...

Old company of mine ran some software written in MUMPS. Software worked for all but one client, turned out the IT manager (who claimed to be vastly more intelligent than anyone else, friends with Richard Branson, was once an Olympic archer, etc) had written some client specific code for handling billing. Turned out he hadn't tested it and it had been running for about 3 years when I arrived there. The bug? Customer makes a partial payment, instead of allocating against the bill and generating a new balance it tries to reallocate against all bills. Result is a random error, plus or minus pennies to thousands of pounds (sometimes tens of thousands). The "fix" wasn't to look at the code generating the error but to manually adjust out the errors in the billing export file as the code clearly couldn't be wrong. I finally found out where the error was occurring and got the vendor to fix the code, which promptly resulted in me leaving the company as the IT manager blamed me for all the fixed bills that hadn't been called due to his code. Needless to say the company doesn't exist anymore.

Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

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Re: The bit that intrigues me

Once I read your comment I was thinking that myself, short of freezing the droplet to near absolute zero the lack of air pressure should convert the water into gas. However, reading the article carefully it states that the laser and microscope are in a vacuum, but it's possible the water droplets are not. Would be interesting to see the full setup to confirm.

Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Re: The future...

@a pressbutton well Bond does seem to become a prisoner in every single film somehow...

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One film

Casino Royal.

(The original one, not the remake)

'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

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Re: sceptic

@John Brown I had a friend who already worked there so the interview wasn't quite as formal as you might expect. It was actually held in the bar of the health club opposite the offices.

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Re: sceptic

I once had a job interview at a satellite systems company in London. The interviewer explained I wasn't getting the job due to being married and having children. Something to do with the high probability of having to catch the last flight out of a country under gunfire (this had happened to the guy interviewing me, where they'd had to crash through the fence of the airport to get to the plane that was about to take off while being shot at by a rebel army).

The job was installing satellite communications into war zones for news teams.

BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

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Re: Expect very little commercial activity

I believe you're right. Not sure where I picked up Will I Am holding a stake from, but it wouldn't surprise me, he has enough money he could buy Endemol if he wanted to. May just be a small stake in the UK production side of things, or some memory of an article that had some misleading "facts" about the show.

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Re: Expect very little commercial activity

This is exactly what happened with The Voice. From memory the format is owned by an independent company that Will I Am has a very large stake in. From next year the show will air on ITV.

The only hope is that with the shift to ITV the X Factor will finally get dropped...

Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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Re: PINs?!

@Captain Badmouth

There was an article not that long ago that suggested the best way to remember a password was to use song lyrics.

So if you really liked Iron Maiden you could pick a verse from a song and transpose that into a password like this:

"Bring your daughter, bring your daughter, to the slaughter"

Becomes "BYDBYDTTS"

Then you add some variable capitalisation:

"ByDbYdTtS"

Followed by some number replacement:

"ByD8YdTt5"

And then add some symbols:

"ByD8YdTt5?"

Hey presto, instant random password that's easy to remember.

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Re: PINs?!

I can remember PINs for my debit card, the wife's debit card, and my phone. I don't use the credit cards anywhere near often enough in order to remember the PINs for them.

BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Tracking

Reminds me of one company I used to work at that wanted to put swipe card entry on every single door so they could track employees. The excuse they gave was to ensure people weren't spending too long in the toilet...

Needless to say the idea was about as popular as booking Gary Glitter for a children's party.

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: All 'religions' the same

@Mad Mike they don't preach from their library documents though, just the standard bible that anyone can pick up in any book shop. Interestingly it's said that the vatican holds the world's largest collection of medieval pornography. The real reason for secrecy is more likely to hide all the secret deals and financial information from years ago. The Vatican was a major contributor to the war efforts of many a medieval nation. During the middle ages you couldn't go to war without the blessing of the Pope and you can bet the Vatican benefitted after the war finished.

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Re: All 'religions' the same

@dan1980 while true that the standard path to most religions is to be taught it the vast majority are still very fond of giving out their religious texts for free. Think Gideon bibles. In fact the only one that I know of that expressly forbids letting "non-believers" see their texts for free is Scientology.

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