* Posts by Velv

2189 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

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

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Re: Pr0n at work

“Then 'go to work' on the missus”

I’m not really part of the PC brigade but you should be careful of your words. Those “men” who cannot wait until they get home are also potentially those men who will actually ‘go to work’ on the Missus, permission or not.

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Re: Seems an interesting argument

There is zero* excuse these days for doing any personal work on an employers device.

Most people have SmartPhones, tablets are cheap and can have cellular access, even laptops can have connectivity. If something is so urgent it can’t wait until you get home then most tasks can be completed on a personal device.

*zero - there are a tiny proportion of workplaces where personal devices are banned. Most I’ve seen then have a staff “Internet cafe” that can be used for personal business during working hours. Not that I’m suggesting fapping in the cafe is permitted

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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

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The employment landscape in the UK has changed and IR35 is a failed fudge to close a perceived “loophole” in the taxation of citizens.

The entire system needs ripped out and replaced with something that accounts better for the different ways people work these days.

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: Ducks

“None of my devices run the latest versions of Apple OS as they have to be stable.”

You have to install the latest version at some point, there is no option to install N-1. Agreed you may not install on release day, allowing time for other people to find the bugs, but at some point you will be installing the latest release.

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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Wouldn’t it be funny if that thing that might smash into Earth and destroy all human life turned out to be something we’d sent out there in the first place.

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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Re: And so it goes....

“4) is the most likely....”

Not likely when you align with the other GOP policies on Climate Change

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Lead by Example

Before setting laws for the general public, the government should encrypt all government owned devices with security that has a back door only they can access. They already have the right to inspect devices they supply to employees, so there’s no privacy issue to overcome.

When someone breaks their back door down with a few months, perhaps then they’ll understand the issue.

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Uber and Waymo sitting in a tree, S-E-T-T-L-I-N-G

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Re: Smoking Gun

Either way I appear to have over stocked on pop-corn expecting the fur to fly anyone want some ;->

Nah, so much shenanigans going on that you’re to find something else entertaining very soon

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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The crew of the ISS are now looking at each other asking "who ordered the Uber?"

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Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish

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Re: A Flagrant Rotten Denial of Justice and a Blot in the UKGBNI Landscape

the fact that he is still being persecuted/prosecuted long after removal of disputed facts

In what universe is he still being persecuted/prosecuted after removal of the facts? The ONLY case currently against him is that he jumped bail, a fact which remains entirely true and is not disputed in any way.

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Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

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"say the knock-off vendor advertises by letterbox litter"

It could be argued Cartier should go after whoever distributed the letterbox litter...

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Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

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Re: Expensive

Very few bail jumpers would be granted political asylum by a foreign embassy. They’d be shown the door almost immediately, probably with a call to the local Police.

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Cold calling director struck off for ‘flagrant’ breach of duties

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"Tony Abbott" just got struck off, but "Anthony Abbott" is opening new businesses as we speak

(I don't know if he really is, but it's simple to use a variation on your name on company registrations)

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TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

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Big Brother is watching...

Nearly every ad space on the article and comments page (for me at least) is for plus.net.

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There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

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I wonder how the DoJ would respond if the Canadian government demand Blackberry hand over data on American citizens hosted in data centres in the USA?

Isn’t Blackerry the device of choice by US politicians?

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PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

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Why have we not got MPs demanding that the networks log all calls from these criminals so they can be tracked and prosecuted properly (not just the ICO)?

Many MPs seem to believe it is a simple task to log and record all the public's communications at the network, so surely it must be simple to log this traffic too?

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Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

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Freudian slip? Trojans being male wear

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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As a white male who works in STEM I can tell you that there is a substantial number of lazy, feckless, work shy jobsworth people who wouldn’t lift a finger to save their grandmother from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Trall.

If you didn’t get the job and you believe you were a victim of discrimination, then you probably fit in the category above. I’m not saying it never happens, but my experience is that the best candidate gets the job, and I’ve never come across any instance of selection on criteria other than ability to successfully navigate the interview and CV process.

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Simple answer.

Have him plead guilty to bail jumping via letter from the Ecuador Embassy.

Have the judge give him whatever custodial sentence, but state he has spent more time confined in the Ecuador Embassy so has "served his time".

Immediately deport him to his home country of Australia.

Leave it up to the Australians to decide if they'll permit his extradition to the USA or Sweden.

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Parliamentary 'puters made 30k tries to procure pr0nz last year

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SexyMP

Don't. Just don't.

There isn't enough mind bleach on the planet.

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FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

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Re: Blocking WhatsApp, FaceTime, iMessage etc...

"except perhaps the FM radio and torch"

Just the torch, not many come with the FM radio any more :(

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Smartphones' security enhancements just make them more dangerous

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Didn't they circumvent the DNA checks in Gattaca quite easily?

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Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

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A service outage at El Reg?

An article about a Service being down without the journalist using TITSUP

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

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I suspect some of the commentards missed the point.

Even if you were switching between two products that support an Open Document Format you incur costs to switch, it’s not free and open. You need to train users, you need to train support staff, and you need to deploy the software. Digital independence does not exist unless you tell staff they can choose their own software as long as it writes open document format, and they’re supporting themselves. And no enterprise, business or authority would consider that a viable option yet.

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“the risk posed to digital independence by being locked into a single proprietary architecture”

Er, HELLO!

The point of the article is about how much it is going to cost to switch from one to another, they are already locked into LibreOffice, etc and are paying the price to switch to an alternative. You may think because it’s a free world, open source, and not Microsoft that LibreOffice is the perfect digital independence option, but it is just as constrained as every other offering.

You back a horse. You might not have to pay to ride the horse, but you’re certainly going to have to pay to get off the horse.

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UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Age verification

First they imposed Age Verification at the ISP on the online porn, and I didn’t complain because I don’t watch porn online.

Then they imposed Age Verification at the ISP on the online gambling, and I didn’t complain because I don’t gamble online.

Then they imposed Age Verification at the ISP on tool purchases, and I didn’t complain because I never buy scissors or knives online.

Then they imposed Age Verification at the ISP on ...

There are already “age checks” in place, adding additional checks is the slippery slope of censorship and totalitarianism.

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: How to be English in Three Easy Steps

“Post an article on an IT news website that has nothing to do with IT...”

Perhaps you never read about the Aye-Mac

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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Re: Feral Criminality

If this was a money laundering or drug case they would get off their asses and get the locals involved

My understanding is that this is a drug case (“narcotics trafficking” to use the reported words). If I remember correctly the accused was outside the US (in Ireland), shipping substances into the US.

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Re: Caffeine high?

Never underestimate the bandwidth of sending the office gossip for the coffee every day...

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Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

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“electricity used in the process of mining the coins are staggering”

The electricity used in the process of mining NEW coins is staggering.

Mining new coins is like Quantative Easing (or printing money), adding new money into the economy. Bitcoin was deliberately designed with a throttle to maintain some control as the economy grew.

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Auto auto fleets to dodge British potholes in future

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Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

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Barclays bank bod in the cooler for aiding Dridex money launderers

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Re: I'd do 6 years porridge for £2.5M

Proceeds of Crime Act - you don’t get to keep it unless you’ve laundered it very very well. And if you got caught, you weren’t very very good at laundering.

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Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

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When has technical feasibility ever worried politicians and lawmakers when they come out with their ideas to save the people?

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Florida Man… pockets Uber cash to keep quiet about data breach

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Over at Uber HQ

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"wouldn't it be better to have a reformed company than a bunch of people out of work?"

Isn't one of their major claims that nobody works for Uber?

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Lauri Love appeal: 'If he's dead, no victim's going to get anything'

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Re: Evidence is portable...

"The allegation is that a crime was committed in the UK, it's a criminal offence in the UK..."

The allegation is that a crime was committed on computers located in the USA. The laws of both jurisdictions have effect.

If a US citizen on the US side of the border shoots a US Citizen on the Mexican side of the border, where did the crime take place, USA or Mexico. One would hope it was considered a crime in both, but where should the trial take place. Could the shooter be convicted twice in two countries?

It is not as simple as "Case closed".

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

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Re: Prestwick??

Can you imagine the sales pitch to top American businessmen*.

Launch from the US mainland in a suborbital craft and be on Turnberry in under an hour. Or Troon. A short helicopter ride to Muirfield, St Andrews, Carnoustie or one of a dozen other "top" courses.

*there may be some businesswomen who play golf, but let's face it, most of the top business wankers are men.

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Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*

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Re: RBS?

“Fred Goodwin did it another way. He simply leveraged the bank to a stupid extent and then purchased a load of sub-prime (ABN AMRO). ”

Shows how little you know. RBS was not leveraged, it bought the sub-prime ABN-AMRO with 10Bn cash. The problem was then not having any “savings in the bank” when hard times hit.

If RBS had not bought ABN AMRO and Barclays had won the deal, when the crash hit Alistair Darling would have been asking Fred Goodwin to bail out Barclays in the same way he asked Lloyds to bail out Halifax Bank of Scotland. There would have been no under the table Qatari rescue of Barclays.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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"Throw in the fact that it's not yet possible to send a spare wheel to Mars and have it fitted"

You can. You just call out The AA or the RAC. But I believe you need to be with your vehicle with your membership card to hand when they arrive. (adapted from Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bank Theory)

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'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one

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Coffee/keyboard

One problem I’ve encountered with “doing the DevOps” is that it is perceived as a new way to do IT. All of IT. Everything agile.

The article hints at it, it works really well for software development and release. Being agile delivering hardware is not so easy. You can be agile if you’ve delivered a capability to be that way, hardware sitting waiting to be used. And cloud can help. But in this austere world, who is really going to pay.

DevOps is NOT a panacea, a cure all. It is simply another tool in the box to potentially bring benefits. Done well, you save. Done badly, you go out of business.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Christians getting upset at Greggs...

...while sticking a dead tree in their house and cover it with tinsel and lights, spend millions on "presents" for friends and relatives who already have more stuff than they need, all while eating and drinking themselves into several stupors. Because that's the true meaning of Christmas.

To those Christians who quietly go about observing their belief, I wish you good tidings. The rest of you hypocrites get the mockery you deserve.

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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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There are a small number of people who enjoy medical attention.

For the vast majority the thought of any kind of medical procedure is depressing, a unpleasant necessity, something we need to do but would rather we didn't. Last hospital I visited didn't have the entertainment of cocktail service and a cabaret band, it was kind of focused on the serious job at hand.

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Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

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Re: Paid overtime...I wish

Unless you are the only person on the bottom rung of the ladder, why are you and your colleagues persisting the "culture".

If a substantial number of colleagues can highlight that working the hours of the big boss is NOT in the best interests of the company you'll have better engaged employees who'll probably do more work in less time.

A good boss will already know this and should be directing their management team to change the culture. A poor boss expects you to be there when they arrive and still be there when they leave. Or is the culture set by the mid-level staff who don't actually know what the big boss wants...

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Re: Makes a change from chocolate

Gin - John Lewis.

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Don't worry. Godwin will be along shortly too

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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Re: Nearly as good as the PARIS project...

I think your backronym should probably be on the ships name:

Aberdeen

Dread

Ventures

Ever

Nearer

Trinidad

Using

Radich

Excursion

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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Fortunately for him, Amazon has offered to pick up the 500 euro tab for Alexa's weekend party as a sign of goodwill. Although whether his neighbors will be as forgiving is yet to be seen.

Amazon has given the neighbours a free Alexa and Prime membership.

Revenge is a dish best served cold...

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

"There is presumably a small logical difficulty in preventing violent killers in the military having guns"

He was disgracefully discharged from the Military, and as a matter of policy such people are meant to be added to the "no guns" list. Clearly the "no guns" list is an effective gun control...

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"murder-suicide"

You what?

It was NOT a "murder-suicide".

This was pure out-and-out murder by a man who had access to guns.

He tried to get away, and may have died in the escape, possibly by his own hand, but lets not dress this up. It was another mass killing as a direct result of the free access to guns in the USA.

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Frowns all round as Smile and Co-op online banking goes down

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Waiting for the obligatory "why don't they fail over to DR" commentards without anyone knowing the root cause of the issue

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