* Posts by TRT

4260 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

We've found a ‘vaccine’ for fake news. Wait! No, we really are Cambridge researchers

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Does this technique extend...

to other "net nasties"? Like pr0n, for example.

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UK.gov still drowning in legacy tech because no one's boarding Blighty's £700m data centre Ark

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You're gonna need a bigger rack.

Said the bishop to the actress...

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Re: The problem is...

The Peter Principle.

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Government systems...

are huge, unwieldy things that take many years to understand let alone transform into code. And I'm not talking software here, I'm talking systems as in ways of working. Every year some tweak is made to departmental budgets, tax codes, legislation etc etc. And every six months some tweak is made to operating systems, hardware, interfaces etc. It's like trying to hit a moving target from a moving platform with a wobbly crossbow.

As long as you understand that, you could probably project manage your way out of it. But it would take a team with minds like corkscrews to work it all out and devise a system as flexible, resilient, secure and future-proof as required.

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IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

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Re: Hmm... I am currently

That's a grand story, and I'm glad you got a lot out of your experience. I've never, ever, had a proper job I was unhappy with, so I'm really fortunate. The very worst job I had was in the late 70s delivering Sunday newspapers round the steepest roads in Bolton in the middle of winter under three feet of snow for a couple of quid and a packet of Wotsits. I was out at 6am in the dark, and finally finished at 4pm in the dark and that was AFTER having to call in my brothers as reinforcements. I did two Sundays and that was it.

For my son, he absolutely loved the job. The crap and the unhappiness is purely and simply related to not being able to work after them pinning some incidents on him, incidents which happened outside the office but inside the shared rental. He's a train nut, which comes from having me as a father, and it was as close to a dream job as he could realise because you just can't get a job driving a steam train nowadays. I can't say too much more but you just can't replace local knowledge. It's like outsourcing the RAC call centre to Mumbai, if you catch my drift. "I'm stuck on the side of an A road, I'm not sure of the number... by that field near Milton Keynes, the one with the cows in it. I'm right opposite those, yeah."

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Hmm... I am currently

Having to console my youngest after his data-collation-and-repackaging company seems to have initiated a witch-hunt against him, presumably to save money during a restructuring.

Absolute classic is HR referring him to the company intranet for documentation about the disciplinary procedure, staff handbook etc after having immediately revoked his access to the company intranet as part of that very same disciplinary procedure. There should really be a kind of DMZ for that sort of thing.

I think he's most pissed off at being told his "desk toys" were not an appropriate professional accessory for the office. And this isn't a particularly public place, just an anonymous news-desk type hole in the butt-end of London. I mean, who doesn't have a Lego mini figure or a rubber ducky or a Blu-tack sculpture somewhere around their non-hot-desking place of work? I believe it's called environmental enrichment. The Home Office insists on that for our caged rats.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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Re: Bah!

1 2345 67 890123455.

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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...bunch of racist twats...

there's only one thing I hate more than Illinois nazis....

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Re: "African American"

I'm an utter mongrel. It can help if you include that as an answer to "Racial grouping" on a form for security clearance. Nationality is clear enough, it says it on my passport.

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Irish dancing? Irish?

You mean that nation of terrorist scumbags, blowing up people all the time and funded by a secret network of supporters in main stream America!

What's that Mr Trump? Am I somehow wrong? Over-generalising perhaps? Tarring them all with the same brush? You say the vast majority of Irish people are decent, hard working human beings who contribute enormously to the culture, wealth and development of modern America? And they aren't over-running the country through mass immigration? And their involvement with hard-line religious belief is vastly misunderstood? Well, that's a surprise! Or are you just glad they're not Mexican? Or Muslim.

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Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

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Re: No parts of a toilet should move except the water and the flushing handle

You don't lift the seat?

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Ah, like the car wash.

Yes, that has an underbody wash program. And one to polish the tyres. Shiny ankles.

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Laser beam sky mirage cannon can spy on enemies and generate Star Trek-style shields

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Re: I'm hearing a female computer voice...

GDI not GDF. I must dust off that copy of C&C...

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Re: And it's

Super

Heated

Atmospheric

Refraction

bulwarK

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Can't you...

change the refractive index of a gas by changing the density of it? And doesn't a sound wave actually cause compression and rarefaction of the gas it is travelling through? So, couldn't you create a lens defined by sound waves? Just a thought. I mean, a sonic lens sounds cool. It's about time we had one.

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I'm hearing a female computer voice...

NOD weapons system detected. Destroy the NOD weapon so GDF aircraft can destroy the base.

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Seagull x-ray?

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Re: FUD, FUD

Given the last comment should that be FUD, glorious FUD, Hot sausage and mustard...

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year

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I think I've found the fault...

CommandPoint is a .NET-based piece of kit running on Windows Server and Unix-powered machines.

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McDonald's forget hash, browns off security experts

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I've never...

liked McDonald's cookies.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: He'd be shit out of luck in the UK

The first act was the Bills of Exchange Act 1882. Cheques have never been legal tender and banks are not obliged to process written instructions unless it is by a means agreed in advance, that the customer has funds and that the bank is satisfied that there is no fraudulence involved. There were further measures introduced in 1985 to prevent fraud which established some of the features of cheques which would be required for them to be considered "valid instruction" for UK banks. These features have been expanded upon ever since, and there is even a non-standard paper cheque unit at the central clearing house for dealing with foreign cheques and weird-arse shit. It was around 1999 that a legal statute was passed whereby the pieces of paper didn't have to be actually hoiked all over the country in order to have their value transferred. I'm not sure how the pieces of paper felt about this.

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Embrace the world of pr0nified IT with wide open, er, arms

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Headline just made me think of...

Timba. His arms wide open.

Darmok and Gilad at Tenagra.

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AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

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Re: Intel line... stopping at...

Or would that be only on a bus?

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Intel line... stopping at...

London Southbridge and London Northbridge.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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This is LONG overdue...

Because I went to the BBC store to but the animated version of Power of the Daleks when it came out. First time I'd been there, so I had a poke around. Return of Doctor Mysterio was available from the BBC Store for like £2.99 or something, but it was on iPlayer for free (well, included in my license fee) for the next 30 days. Weird stuff.

So I looked at the rest of their catalogue. Huge amounts of cross over on there. Some stuff was commercialised, some not, iPlayer had some stuff available which hadn't been "broadcast" during the last 30 days but was just offered up due to related programming or current events. BBC Store has serials dating back to the 70s and earlier.

If it's all brought together, tied up with the license fee handling stuff, it could be a really great thing. As it is, it looks like a multitude of different project teams all working on their won way of doing things with the merest hint of a guiding hand on the tiller, most evident by corporate branding similarities but without a commonality of UI or technical design. Which is exactly what it is!

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This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

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"effectively taking credit for decisions he had no part of."

And there was me thinking Trump didn't have the makings of a politician.

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Re: Invention of iPhone

Some lovely lady who used to work at Apple Education lent me an iPod for the day whilst she worked on some finance deal with our college. The big HDD based one that was an early pre-production model. It was the next big thing she said. The portable Minidisc killer. When she got back and asked me what I thought I said "Meh. Now if it had an FM receiver in it as well..." She said there was a WiFi connecting version in the pipeline and that FM was going to be dead in a few years, to be replaced by Digital Radio and radio over the WiFi. I scoffed and said good luck.

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Re: Engineering change at the BBC?

Oh and NICAM don't forget.

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Re: Engineering change at the BBC?

They've got their finger in another pie I thought. something recent and to do with 10k UUUUHD or some such shizzle.

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Does that mean...

that Mazzucato and her research is a product of the state?

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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Re: My fav useless item of the show.

Catalogue of gadgets mapped to pocket location... Is there an App for that? Would that be a pocket calculator?

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Re: ...on the wrist or wherever....

If it twerks...

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Forget aircraft – now cretins are laser-blinding ferry boat crewmen

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Cretins...

round our way have taken to lasering bus drivers and lorry drivers down the high street.

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

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Re: It probably *is* possible to detect a driver...

Aw man! And after my skiing accident I was looking to prevent boredom by face timing people from my traction bed.

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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How to read the barcode...

Braille, obviously.

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Re: on the other hand....

I thought that when they did two things they did them one side at a time.

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Christmas cheer for KCL staffers with gift of extra holiday after IT disaster

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Re: mirror

That's block and track mirroring. You can also have just file mirroring.

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All staff. I assume that's the directly employed ones, not the subcontracted ones like a lot of the cleaners and maintenance staff are that put up with a lot of shit from all sides.

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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Re: I have a mate who works as a plumber...

Jungian? No. NLP. NeuroLinguistic Programming. What about you?

I practise CLP.

CLP?

CunniLinguistic Pleasuring.

*boom chikka wa wa*

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At a FE college...

we were suspicious of one student who used the LC475 lab on his own when the other suites were full of brand new Power PC based macs. So we networked in to view his browser cache folder. In real time we watched him downloading page after page of Disney smut. He was dragged in to the dean's office for a talking to, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for him. If you are going to jeopardise your education and hence career it might as well be for something more... potent... shall we say, than a drawing of Snow White with her boob out, pleasuring an anatomically inaccurate Thumper the rabbit.

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Re: Love a good pr0n investigation

Got in via a back-door.

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

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Re: Consolidation

Phones. On the 3PAR. I mean, come on!!!

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Re: Erm...

Tactics? Donald loves them. As soon as he became President elect he ordered as big box of them. Cherry is his favourite, but the little mint ones are good too.

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Missed chance...

For headline along the lines of "Chinese deliver take-away"

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Erm...

Unpresidented? Jesus wept.

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Never let your man forget he can be replaced with 7" of plastic and 2 batteries

How's your ex-wife's shelving holding up nowadays?

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Re: What would they be running on?

Clockwork?

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HPE says 3PAR problem that broke Australia was a one-off. Probably

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Gosh...

This is sounding awfully familiar...

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Why does Skype only show me from the chin down?

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Re: SPED???

Or the Toyota version, "I put my foot on the brake and the car sped up."

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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Re: Bad data

I think I saw the figure 36 per 100,000 in there somewhere.

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