* Posts by sabba

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Australian State launches IBM probe

sabba
Facepalm

Re: Whose fault?

Changing requirements are a fact of life. A decent implementor will take these varied requirements, consolidate and filter them and turn them into a usable end product. Bad requirements are no excuse.

Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

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Paris Hilton

And while I'm on a rant...

...having to get my credit card out amidst the general furore around the ticket machines doesn't seem like a good idea. Generally speaking people are in a hurry to catch a train so the chances of them subsequently mislaying, of having it mislaid for them, the credit card seem somewhat high. If I lose my Oyster card it's 30 quid gone. If I lose my credit-card that's a whole different matter.

Also will they still offer the travel discounts that you get from using Oyster?

sabba
Facepalm

What about non-repudiation?

How can I prove that it wasn't me who used the 7.15 to Peckham on the 12th December? Don't like the sound of this at all. Can't wait for the first cases to come to light.

Isn't this a backward step? We now have 3d Secure and its equivelants on the Web and pin numbers for machine based transactions. Surely contactless transactions make fraud more likely rather than less. It might only be a couple of quid per transaction but that'll soon add up over a month.

I'll stick with the Oyster card I think.

US Army demos first robot Black Hawk helicopter

sabba
WTF?

Personally...

...I'm not too sure I'd want to be in a tank. They are hardly invulnerable and there is quite an array of anti-tank technology out there. Basically you're in a big tin can and once targeted I'm not so sure what your survival chances are - even exiting a disabled tank under fire seems pretty fraught. I think I'd rather be attacking from a chopper myself although hopefully I'll never have to do either.

Explosion of DANGEROUS IT GEAR injures and CRIPPLES MEDICS

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Happy

Re: Wireless keyboard, trackball and a good desk-chair combination...

Like anything it is important to find a device that fits your hand. Not all trackballs are equal and a trackball that works for one person might not work for another. Conversely, trackballs won't necessarily suit everybody. I do know however that of the people I know who have reported shoulder or wrist issues once I have persuaded them to move to a trackball instead of a mouse or trackpad their problems have lessened. Hardly scientific proof I know.

sabba
Happy

Wireless keyboard, trackball and a good desk-chair combination...

...along with decent lighting will make all of the difference.

Use of a mouse and fixed keyboard use to cause me all kinds of problems with my shoulders. Then I moved to a trackball, wireless mouse and things improved considerably.

Not saying it'll work for everyone but...

sabba
WTF?

Re: new shapes for computers and ways of interaction

Having the display floating in front of you means you'll be putting more stress on your back and rotator cuff muscles since you'll be continually lifting your arm to move items.

"Most people don't need to enter text except for searches" - how do you think your medical notes get into the computer? What about anybody working in the data capture industry (insurance agents, delivery men, secretaries)? I think you might be being a little short-sighted here. Note I'm not saying that there aren't better ways to get that data in, just that there is a significant proportion of the adult working population who need to enter text for things other than search.

Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

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FAIL

Re: "the gesture" @ Ole Juul

In that case he still deserves not to get the job because he didn't have the presence of mind to mute his phone before going into the interview. If on the other hand they explicitly asked, 'what kind of phone do you have' and he answered honestly then it's probably their loss and not his.

sabba
Facepalm

Re: Thin end of the wedge

You should have replied that you did it to garner real world experience that would be of use to both you and a future employer; that you wanted to have a full and rewarding career rather than end up with the career choice of failed social studies students: HR.

NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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Gimp

Re: Dangerous

Mmmh, am I the only one spotting the flaw in their logic? "we are scared of death, so in order to get around this we have decided to...erm!!...kill ourselves". I do honestly despair about the kind of idiots we are breeding in this world of ours.

John McAfee 'captured'

sabba
Joke

Re: Movie, pretty please with sugar on top

If they make a movie they should release it on YouTube. I'm sure it'd go viral.

America planned to NUKE THE MOON

sabba
Holmes

Re: So...

Highly unlikely I think most of 'em have been in the employ of the good old US since 1945 or shortly after.

Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

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Facepalm

Re: Is it wrong...

A watch phone isn't necessary to turn someone into a Dick. The iPhone seems to do that with some regularity. Not sure about the Tracey bit although I am pretty certain there'll be an appropriate attachment out there somewhere.

Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

sabba
FAIL

Another good reason not to upgrade.

Thanks very much Microsoft but no thanks. It looks like I shall be staying with my current versions of Windows and Office indefinitely.

GoDaddy puts gratuitous sexy pics on IT content

sabba
Paris Hilton

What...

...no jokes about having her balancing your load!!

Come on guys, you're slipping up here. In the old days such an opportunity wouldn't have been missed.

Equinix's new Sydney bit barn built to survive TOXIC FLOOD

sabba
Paris Hilton

What, haven't you heard...

...never, ever, under any circumstances, put it on the fifth floor!!!

C'mon. Surely you've heard!!

Opera site served Blackhole malvertising, says antivirus firm

sabba
Facepalm

Oh dear...

...a night out at the opera and all I got was this nasty virus!!

Belize PM: McAfee boss is 'bonkers', should 'man up and talk to cops'

sabba
Gimp

What a guy...

...don a disguise and then tell the international press.

I for one will be trying to spot the ginger haired, clean shaven bloke at customs!! The one with a full case of radox!!

Judge: Your boss has no right to your emails held by a third party

sabba
WTF?

Re: Is it just me?

The point you are missing is the fact that he was the CEO and we all know that they live in a different world. One in which you are never ultimately culpable, where you can get a fantastic pay off for poor performance and where, in the unlikely even of you having to deploy your golden parachute, your cronies will ensure that you land safely in some other comfy role. None of that having to adhere to company' data ownership malarkey.

<<sigh>> I am getting overly cynical of late<<sigh again for effect>>

TRULY sinister blond madman signed for Bond 24, whisper insiders

sabba

Re: Inline with the new, darker Bond films, might not a more realistic villain be appropriate...

Crikey I got a thumbs down.

George W - are you now reading the Reg? (well, when I say reading....)

sabba
Megaphone

Inline with the new, darker Bond films, might not a more realistic villain be appropriate...

...how about someone from that Bush circus. George W could play the deranged simpleton side-kick and his Pa could be the uber baddie.

Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

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FAIL

Re: 2012 Body-paint

@Artic fox - going on the photo, I wouldn't be too sure about that. Think there's a chance that she's a CIAF but without the frock!!

Bald? Looking old before your time? Don't panic, but you might DIE

sabba
Facepalm

And elsewhere on Planet of the Bleedin' obvious...

...if you're over 90 years of age it has been reported that your libido is likely to have drop, you probably can no longer do triple back-flips and are unlikely to have an 18 year old girlfriend (unless you are also very rich).

Widow lost savings in Facebook stock, sues all concerned for $1.9m

sabba
Paris Hilton

Seeing as how she has [a] got more money than sense, and...

[b] (see [a] above)... could someone please tell her I know of this wonderful investment opportunity. Let's call it Ponzi UK Limited. I am prepared to let her in on the company at the ground floor. Of course, I'll need to take a commission payment up front to cover my costs....

British IT consultant talks of his three years as an Iraqi hostage

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Re: Working in a warzone.

@AC - the difference is that a soldier is ordered to be there and is generally paid pretty poorly. Most civilians have not choice and do not get remunerated for their risks. The commenter chose to be there for his own financial benefit. I'd say the risks incurred by the first two were most likely considerably higher and their remuneration far less.

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Re: Working in a warzone.

@Ashton Black - whilst I have no idea what your work entailed over there. As an IT guy did you really have the same chance of being shot as say a front-line soldier? I am suspicious that the answer is maybe not.

Amazon quietly un-wipes remotely wiped Kindle

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Holmes

Surely the problem is less that Amazon deleted the content of her device...

...and more that they didn't offer her any easy way to appeal and didn't offer an apology when they corrected the 'mistake'.

There seem to be two issues here. (1) that they can delete content if they feel it is being abused (which seems perhaps fair enough if we all understand that we are licensing rather than buying content), and (2) that there should be a ready and transparent way to appeal including a duty of care on the provider to explain the reason for the 'punishment' *before* they apply it.

Kindle DX delisted by Amazon

sabba
Unhappy

Given the choice...

...I'd much rather have a larger format liquid ink e-Reader than my iPad for reading books and other documents. Yes, it has less functionality but the battery life is great and it's easier on the eye. That's not to say that there isn't a use for fondleslabs it's just that one size does not fit all.

British car parks start reading number plates

sabba
Paris Hilton

Ooh, dogging will never be the same again

<<see title>>

Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

sabba
Mushroom

Re: I'm really shocked.

Oh, come on. Don't deny it. We all know someone who's been indecently abused by a Microsoft product.

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Re: Full version?

I like the fact that all of the OS X versions look sufficiently alike and I don't see the value of change for change's sake. OS X works and it works well. It's intuitive to use but let's me get under the covers easily when I need to. Do I need added bells and whistles? No thanks. Bring me change only when it adds some value - but don't make the change so great that I need to keep re-learning a whole new UI.

sabba
FAIL

So I shell out for the full version of the OS...

...but I can only install it on one machine and I can't then transfer it? Yes, that sounds like a really sensible, well thought out plan that will serve to persuade people not to obtain pirate copies.

sabba
Gimp

Re: Fair OS pricing?

To be fair...Apple do make their money on the hardware as well as the OS so it's less of an issue for them. Microsoft, for the most part, make their money solely on the software.

Amazon UK leaks Windows 8 retail box, TV ads

sabba
Paris Hilton

Actually I like the styling of the box...

...it looks very suave.

Pity about the contents.

Paris: well, after comments about a nice box she's the only choice (unless you like penguins)!!

HP UK veep Murphy volunteers to jump ship amid staff cuts

sabba
Megaphone

His Golden Parachute can barely have had time to open.

His Golden Parachute can barely have had time to open.

I do hope he doesn't crumple on impact. That gold bullion can weigh a fair old bit.

sabba
Mushroom

Let's hope...

...that a significant proportion of the 29 000 consist of the large number of feckless, lazy fuckwits who reside in the HP offshore teams of MPhasis and HP India.

Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner

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Facepalm

Re: Nope - Psyx was right

The restaurant owner's mistake was in not clearly defining the reason for his dismissing the contract. If it was on the grounds of inappropriate behavior (pushing, rudeness etc) then he is well within his rights. On the other hand, if it is because the customers have eaten more than he believes they should then he could have an issue since the invitation was to 'eat as much as you want'. I guess the final outcome depends on whether or not he took money from them. If he didn't charge them then the argument would be that there was no contract; if he did charge them then i guess they have a legitimate claim for breach of contract. I think they might be on sticky ground trying for slander on the grounds that he called them greedy pigs since it does sound like this could be a legitimate claim.

Whatever the final outcome - it's not a great advert for his business.

US court lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Re: Ban The Iphone 5!!!

Erm, I beg to differ. I am an Apple customer and I have a number of their devices but I'd never rush to be an early adopter and, whilst I have Apple laptops, iMacs, iPads and iPods I have never had an iPhone and I won't be rushing to buy one either.

NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

sabba
Angel

Actually I think you're all being a little unfair...

...no doubt he is from a long line of famous New Zealand eel smugglers!! The inference that he might have gained any sexual pleasure from this is obviously incorrect!!

Kiwi cops forgot Kim Dotcom's visa

sabba
Mushroom

To be fair...

...they were probably too busy counting sheep!!

Smartphones may soon listen in on you while they sleep

sabba
Joke

Re: After herniating a disk......... in the Galápagos Islands in mid-April,

Perhaps he was just coming out of its shell!!

sabba
Mushroom

Am I the only one wondering why you'd call out your Mum's name...

...whilst love making?

I am presuming she wasn't in the room (in any capacity) at the time.

Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

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Re: iTards can all get lost

I thought Bob's comment was quite witty. And at least he didn't hide behind the banner of AC.

I am guessing the respondent perhaps has an iP5 and perhaps is lost!!

iPhone 5 Lightning cables sticking in USB ports

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FAIL

Re: the white plastic surrounding the USB end slides right of revealing the medal connectors

30 pins or 9 pins!! Who cares. The relevant point is the bit about them still using a proprietary interface at the other end.

And talking of which - what is it with Apple and this interface. Looks the same on the iPad / iPod / iPhone but you can't use the same devices with them. Even amongst the same product line (e.g. the iPod) they vary the spec.

Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

sabba
Megaphone

Given that she has a face like a badger's arse after a week old prawn vindaloo...

....I would consider the 'offer of a hug' to be more stick than carrot.

I have no idea how here music sounds. Maybe she's so damned good that playing for her is an honour but if that's the case, I am confused as to why she'd need kick-starter funding.

Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

sabba
Mushroom

Re: I need three hands here

There's a difference between your 14 year old daughter getting topped by some 17 year old scrote down the local youth club and by 65 year Mr Jones and his pals down the news agents. By leaving the age of consent as it is there is the possibility to enforce, or not enforce, the law depending on the context. It's usually the horny old bastards who fancy a bit of underage action who tend to advocate the lowering of the age of consent. Might we be expecting to see you in one of our tabloids before too long Mr Altman?

sabba

Re: Unfortunately,

And yet again another example of the abdication of responsibility by the masses. If someone shouts fire, plane, elephant, martian spaceship or anything else and you run and injure yourself without first taking the time to determine whether there is any threat then I am afraid that you are just as culpable as the 'idiot' who shouted it in the first place.

And with regards to your last line - does that also apply to the right to bear arms (as opposed to bare arms which is a right that should always be inalienable).

sabba
Gimp

@artic fox

@artic fox - thanks for your long explanation. Of course I am familar with that use The point I am making is that it is mine and everybody else's right to shout fire in a cinema. You are of course assuming that I need the parable explaining to me. Thanks for that but there's no need. I did understand it. I might like to offer a counter explanation to you. Personal responsibilitty does not lie just with the person shouting 'fire' but also with those responding to the call and context can also play a big part in this. Perhaps there is a fire in the film and I am shouting to warn one of the characters, in much the same way as I might shout 'behind you' to warn a character at a pantomine (if you're not English you might want to look this up);or perhaps one of my testicles has self-combusted and I am keen to share this occurrence with you all. If I shout 'fire' you run for the door, perhaps injuring yourself in the process, without first checking that there is any sign of a fire then, in the real world (i.e. not America) that should be your responsibility. In the same way that if I am in the middle of a pavement and shout 'bus' (or airplane) I would not expect to be sued by every moron who dived for cover without first checking that a large public transport vehicle is not immediately bearing down on them.

AT&T defends FaceTime price gouge

sabba
Holmes

Re: Compare this to Utility companies

Is ripple charging like the off-peak system here in the UK whereby you ostensibly have two metres installed? One is responsible for off-peak electricity and this controls things like storage heaters etc that can charge up during the quiet hours overnight and then discharge during the day; the other looks after 'normal' devices whose usage needs to be on-demand - water heaters; TVs; irons; central heating; jacuzzis etc

If it;s not I am keen to understand how they know the device is a water or storage heater? Perhaps I just have a really shit, old TV!!

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