* Posts by sabba

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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

sabba
Angel

Simple solution....

...nationalise the off-sales business. Make it so that only government owned businesses can sell alcohol for home consumption; they can then dictate the price level. I know Iceland (the country and not Kerry Katatonic's sponsor) has something similar although I forget whether you can actually buy alcohol in 'ordinary' shops as well.

Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

sabba
FAIL

Re: Unfortunately,

Of course you have the right to shout 'fire' in a cinema. How else might you alert people to the presence of flames? Technically you also have the right to shout 'fire' without any evidence of a conflagration being present although, were someone to be injured in the ensuing panic, you might be on sticky ground.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love IPv6

sabba
Thumb Up

Re: "Steve's Infeasible Third Coming"

Erm, I think you'll find it was Assange's coming and it was all a conspiracy (whilst you slept)

Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

sabba
Mushroom

Re: Guys, I think you're missing the point...

Hmmm!! 6 down-votes (as of 21st August). I am guessing that some of you guys really do have a problem differentiating between reality and fiction. You're not all American are you by any chance?

Dumbo and Robin Hood must have been a real disappointment for you what with all those hidden political agendas contained therein.

sabba
Mushroom

Guys, I think you're missing the point...

...the show mentioned is FICTION; it's not 'real'.

Get a grip for Christ's sake!!

Creepy skull find proves Man penetrated Asia 60,000 years ago

sabba
Pint

No but...

...apparently he leaked all over her wiki!!

UK watchdog snaps on glove to probe Tesco's 'security fails'

sabba
Mushroom

Re: As stated - @NogginTheNog

You are of course assuming that Tesco does not allow its janitors etc unfettered access to the system as a whole. Having observed their working practices at close hand, and known a good few people who have worked on their site, I wouldn't be so sure.

Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

sabba
Mushroom

Of course there is another option...

...if Assange really did care about the future of Wikileaks, he could always hand over the reins to someone else and distance himself from the initiative until this whole debacle has been resolved. I have a feeling that his ego might not necessarily allow that to happen. So WL continues to be mired in the murky morass that is Assange's personal life. Personally I would think that if the State (choose whichever one you like best) wanted to tar and feather him they should have just planted some kiddie porn on his machine - this normally ensures enough hysteria to make someone disappear for good (unless that person is Gary Glitter of course).

Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

sabba
Facepalm

Re: They are telling the truth

There will be some very bored spies if they listen into my Skype calls. Half the time I can barely stay awake myself.

Actually having grown up in a small village where the local exchange couldn't cope and we all had 'party lines' (not as much fun as it sounds - they are lines shared between multiple homes) where your neighbours could easily listen in to your calls, I have always worked on the principle that anybody could be listening into my calls.

YouTube blurs faces to protect the innocent

sabba
FAIL

If I were up to something naughty...

...I doubt I'd rely on Google's technology (Or anyone else's) to blur my face.

I would how easy it would be to undo the blur effect (as that child molester found a couple of years ago - ok he used a twirl effect rather than a blur but there you go).

Kiwi judge steps aside from Dotcom extradition hearings

sabba
Mushroom

America...

...the three hundred pound bully in the school yard!!

No doubt this judge will find his career prematurely over. One thing about the Yanks - they can't take criticism!!

UK snoop system had 1,000 COCKUPS - including 2 duff cuffs

sabba
Gimp

Bloody hell...

...I thought a Communication Service Provider must be some kind of complex data aggregation facility a bit like a CRA - having looked it up on the Web I now know it's a glorified name for a telecoms company or ISP. Was I the only one who had to look it up?

What's the DPA spin on providing incorrect data of this kind about an individual or group?

India preps craft for first mission to Mars

sabba
Trollface

Re: Apparently

Pakistan will handle re-entry.

sabba
Mushroom

Re: We paid for this...

Ooh, sorry, got confused for a moment. When I read your posting about having a space programme but not being able to feed their own people I thought you must be talking about the good old US of A. :-)

RIM: What's all the 'bleeding' fuss about BlackBerry developers?

sabba
Megaphone

Re: I could actually believe that they're not losing developers...

I like my Blackberry. It does everything I need to run my business when I am on the road and in a compact / robust package. I can send and receive emails, SMS, MMS etc. and it has GPS although it's true to say the quality is not that great plus a passable camera for the times I need to take some quick snaps of a whiteboard. If I want full internet capability I'll use my MBA or iPad.

I for one hope that Blackberry survive as I don't want or need the distraction of a full media centre / games machine in my pocket.

Europe's prang-phone-in-every-car to cost €5m per life saved

sabba
Facepalm

First call to the insurance company?

Insurer: I see you've had a prang sir

Driver: Erm, yes

Insurer: Did the police attend?

Driver: yes, but there was little damage and I won't be making a claim

Insurer: doesn't matter sir; it's not on your insurance record. We will make sure to screw you for more next year. Have a nice day.

I wonder how much other information said system might supply to the emergency services / insurers?

Am I cynical?

Amazon buys 4-person 3D mapping startup, claims report

sabba
Gimp

Re: I know of one user of this

2 degrees of freedom? You're obviously not married: my wife allows me only 1!!

Bill Gates: iPad is OK, but what Apple really needs is a SURFACE

sabba
Facepalm

I think...

...he's just scratching the surface here!!

<<thank you and good night>>

RBS customers still suffering tech issues at Virgin One Account

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: How would anyone tell anything else was wrong?

To be fair, I have used V1 for years and never had a problem. In fact I have to say I have always found their service to be exemplary. Saying that I have yet to check my account this week so I may have cause to retract the above.

On the other hand RBS's business account management was a total nightmare. It started well but then they moved account handling out of the branches and into a centralised system at which point it all went down hill. How they managed to get so many monkeys to work for them I will never know but suffice to say my account quickly got moved away.

Paris - well she's apparently experienced at f*#king things (up)!!

Dying Kodak doesn't have to leave its jewels to Apple, says court

sabba
Flame

Re: Waste

Now assuming that Apple's claims are valid, and that it does in fact own the patent rights, they might feel, quite legitimately, that paying again for something they already own could set something of a painful precedent.

Of course the key point here is that they do own the rights in the first place and quite honestly I have no idea if that is the case. What I am certain of is the fact that the American patent system needs a good kick up the arse (along with its litigation centric business / personal culture).

Full Tilt Poker boss arrested over $430m 'Ponzi scheme'

sabba
FAIL

There's a certain irony here...

...gambling in its truest form!!

So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

sabba
Big Brother

Interesting article but...

...I question the validity of the approach.

1. If the person in question is incompetent to that extent then it's his management's fault for having left him in place to do the damage in the first place

2. If he's malicious then, again, I'd question what was going on in the workplace; there should always be checks and controls in place in any organisation (including monitoring motivation levels in your staff)

3. If it's a mistake then initiating a blame-game process won't help as the only winner will be he who covers his tracks best. Better to find out what happened, why and how it can be prevented in future.

If I did want to perform a forensic analysis to dig up some real malicious / incompetent behaviour then I am not sure that a HR consultant / recruitment agent (sorry, head-hunter) would be my first port of call regardless of their apparent self-believe / abilities. I'd probably start with an investigation's agency along with a forensic examination of any machines / logs. By the time Mr HR has had his chat there's time for all the evidence to have been removed.

Nice piece of self-promotion here though. Hope it works out well for you.

Just my two pence worth.

Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

sabba
Big Brother

Apparently the rumours that he will rename he island...

...to Mordor are untrue!!

Tech fault at RBS and Natwest freezes millions of UK bank balances

sabba
Gimp

Actually, it's probably a good day for it to happen..

.. at least from RBS's perspective. At least their can't be a run on the bank if no one can get to their money.

Cynical? What, me?

Major London problem hits BT broadband across southeast

sabba
Holmes

Re: Key word here is "Redundancy".

Surely, in this context, redundancy is not about having too much of something but having just the right amount. In the case of systems / processes, resilience ('the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties') is often provided **through** redundancy ('the inclusion of extra components that are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components').

Consumer Affairs Victoria says App Store contains malware

sabba
Facepalm

It would have been nice...

...if she'd listed a few examples!!

sabba
Flame

Viruses?

I don't recollect the article being about viruses (self propagating units of code). I thought it was about malware. Maybe I misread. :-)

FunnyJunk lawyer doubles down on Oatmeal Operation Bear Love

sabba
Childcatcher

Re: Really, el reg?

Unfortunately (sic!) the Reg is right. This guy is an asshole but he's certainly no dummy. Getting the fund recipients to apply leverage on his actual target: brilliant!! Not exactly ethical but since when has that been an issue for lawyers.

The child-catcher - just because it feels right!!

Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

sabba
Mushroom

Re: Sexist joke alert

@AC - I was going to follow up with a smart arse remark but obviously someone's left the kitchen door unlocked at the wrong time of the month so I'd better not. :-)

Just out of curiousity, when and where are the best times and places?

sabba
Happy

Sexist joke alert

I see no recent why girls shouldn't be electing to do computer science these days - after all they are the ones who will really need to know how to use MS Office.

(since computer programming was removed from the syllabus)

Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech

sabba
Flame

Re: @AC: Embrace, Extend, Extract money.

Hang-on there sunshine. I use Apple' MBP, MBA and iMac and I expect my kit to give me a good 5 years of use. We're not all fan-boize!!

'You don't have to take Prozac to work at Capita - but it helps'

sabba
Facepalm

Oh, the irony...

...Capita can't even deliver redundancies under budget or on schedule!!

And these morons are running most of our government IT projects, which will be outsourced to India.

Morons!!

Bye, bye Apple. Now Facebook's the global app kingmaker

sabba
Holmes

The masses don't need any help...

...have you seen the state of British TV lately or, even worse, American?

NHS fights record £325k ICO fine after clap records appear on eBay

sabba
Pirate

Re: The equation is really rather simple...

The 298k plus benefits would certainly reduce the overall outlay. And with regards to his moving on to another trust, that's why I advocated at least a 5 year ban on his taking up other such posts. The number of times these guys 'do the honourable thing' by resigning only to move on to another similar role to do it all again (after using their golden parachute of course).

sabba
WTF?

The equation is really rather simple...

...if you can't afford to pay a penalty then:

1. do your job properly in the first place

2. don't try to cover it up again and again

I am not overly sure whether it's failings in the recruitment process within the administrative / managerial side of government departments that ensures this level of incompetence or if people just become lazy / disengaged / demotivated to such an extent that they no longer give a f*@k. Either way something has to change. Perhaps if the fund cannot afford to pay the penalty their chief exec should do the honourable thing and throw him-or-herself on the proverbial sword (perhaps with a ban on their taking up a similar role for the next 5 years).

Council builds £2.8m shared database of vulnerable kids

sabba

Re: Cost

"Does it really cost £2.8M?"

- yes, 300k development and licencing costs; 2.5M in legal fees and penalties for when they cock it up and the sensitive data ends up in the public domain.

Techies beg world to join the 1% on IPv6 launch day

sabba
Facepalm

Re: D-Day? Don't remind me!

So I guess from your missive you'd not have us discuss anything for the next N years other than the state of the World economy and the morality of the various nations? Better turn off your telly, unplug your 'puter and head to the hills with a number of your like-minded pals where you can sit around the campfire and put the world to rights.

Ex-Lloyds bank digital security chief 'submitted £2.5m in false exes'

sabba
Facepalm

I don't which I find worse...

...the fact that someone in such a trusted position (or any position for that matter) would even consider such a stupid act or the fact that as head of security and fraud the silly cow didn't have enough knowledge or common sense to cover her tracks.

I am of course assuming that she is in fact guilty and that this is not just all some terrible mistake (like happened with those poor MPs not realising that a duck house or a pad for your mistress might not be a refundable expense).

Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

sabba
Alien

Ok, perhaps I am being dumb...

...but how do they know that the received photon is actually the one they sent and not just one that looks like it (or that the characteristics of the photon exhibiting similar behaviour are not just a coincidence)? Sceptical? Me?

Wayward footballer turns to iPod cure

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: You get a point for missing...

you're right: I always try to miss the point with darts!! Ouch!!

Fat blokes, swigging lager and throwing pointed sticks at a board. Not quite a sport now is it.

<<Paris cos' she's always up for team sports - allegedly!!>>

sabba
Paris Hilton

You get a point for missing...

...everyone's a winner, baby!!

Oh, you Australians!! What with calling Fosters and Castlemaine lager and now this!! When will you guys quit kidding around?

Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

sabba
Mushroom

I suppose it's a bit late to suggest...

sterilising his parents!?!?

Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

sabba
Mushroom

Re: When will parents learn

I'm guessing you are one of those parents with feral children of their own!! "Not my fault governor. You can't expect me to control my own kids. It's just not fair!!"

Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

sabba
Facepalm

He needs to be more careful in casting...

...for "My Wedding Video II (the return)"

London wage slaves face hour of Cloud discharge a day - official

sabba
Gimp

All you need now...

...is enough space on the trains to be able to use your device. Usually lucky to even get a seat.

So, what IS the worst film ever made?

sabba

Re: every

Now. There you go. Bet you feel better for that. A cathartic experience I'll bet. Just one quick question: regardless of whether or not you liked the original, which bit did you find confusing?

sabba
Mushroom

Re: every

You found the original Italian Job confusing? Bloody hell? I hope you are tucked warm in the care home and not allowed out alone. Watch out for the spittle on your keyboard.

You're not American by any chance are you?

Microsoft fires Bing execs after biz probe

sabba
Joke

I wonder..

...which search engine they will use when looking for new jobs?

Stolen iPad leads to 780lb crystal meth seizure

sabba
Unhappy

Re: Press Release from the MPAA and RIAA

Damn! I can only up vote an item once

sabba
Facepalm

Re: Typical American Idiot

Ooh, I am torn here. Do I up vote AC or LC?

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