* Posts by Alister

2854 posts • joined 19 May 2010

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Yo Dabbsy

Buses stop at a bus station

Trains stop at a train station.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to my work station

Has work stopped??

:)

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Re: Yo Dabbsy

in which case I'd go to the whaleweigh station.

There aren't enough downvotes in the world to cover that one...

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You miss the point, Ken.

IME Younger people don't bother to even try and remember stuff.

Some of our younger staff here (who allegedly have a degree in computer science) have to be told, and told and told the most basic stuff, time and time again.

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Re: Education is no longer designed to teach.

Of course not. That was all done and dusted at O-level.

Hahahahahahaaaaaaa... Oh sorry, did I just type that out loud?

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Re: Education is no longer designed to teach.

Hitch Hikers Guide started on the wireless damnit!

Wot, you mean it was a podcast?!

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Thanks to the Internet, I have the opportunity to be better informed about a wider range of subjects than has ever been possible hitherto. And so does everyone else, if they're prepared to take it. Is that a bad thing?

No, it's obviously not a bad thing, and I too am better informed about all sorts of subjects as a result of the internet.

But, I do believe that it discourages the individual retention of knowledge, because of its immediacy.

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Re: Not Dutch

Just a FYI, it's an American story.

I see you've been reading Wikipedia.

The story predates any American publication by many years, and its origin is obscure.

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I'm in danger of revealing my grumpy-old-man status here, or even getting into a full blown rant, but it seems to me that the mental retention of literary allusions, cultural references etc is something older people do.

It is my perception that younger people, who have grown up with the ubiquitous use of computers and smartphones, and particularly the advent of Google and Wikipedia, make no effort to retain such things, as they can just go and look them up when needed, and then forget them again until next time.

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Education is no longer designed to teach.

I recently made the mistake of helping my daughter with her "A" level biology homework - which given I used to work in the medical profession I thought should be a doddle.

She had to describe in 'detail' the movement of blood through the circulatory system, so I started with the blood leaving the left ventricle through the semilunar valve into the aorta, and how it travels through arteries to the capillary beds and then back through the veins, through the inferior and superior vena cava, to the right atrium. (simplified)

She was sitting looking puzzled, so I asked what was wrong. She said "Oh, we don't need to know all that"

I was gobsmacked. How can you possibly learn human biology if you don't even need to know the names of the bits you are supposed to be talking about?

I've noticed this before though, that students seem to be actively discouraged from taking a wider interest in any aspect of a subject outside the strict focus of the coursework.

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Pavilion Data Systems hands more engineers their marching orders

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The decision to separate from these employees was driven by a combination of performance management and alignment to ongoing objectives and investments.

We've decided to concentrate on software sales...

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US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

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Re: There really...

@Skippy Bing

'the safety record of a Corvair '

I suspect we are talking the Chevrolet Corvair which was identified by Ralph Nader as highly unsafe.

'It's got all the reliability of an NSU RO80'

Again, not an aircraft, and the rotary engine was renowned for the seals at the tips of the rotor failing.

'as popular with pilots as a clapped out Austin Ambassador'

...none where they complain about the window popping out when you jack it up and the steering wheel being square.

I'm sure it's only a matter of time.

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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Re: Health Hazard?

Bob,

do you want to ban open fires and diesel cars as well? They are much more hazardous to your health than secondary tobacco smoke.

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: its like the leads at the back of my desk at work.

According to Sir PTerry, it's due to malignancy - the local hostility of things towards non-things.

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Any volunteers?

build a prototype able to follow a PFY around

For the post of LESTER TESTER?

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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socks in a lunchbox

That's just crying out to be a euphemism...

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Re: Probably...

Why the thumbs down?

You forget, Americans read this. Mentioning a blow job is akin to setting fire to the Bible.

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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large enough to consume our company whole whilst leaving room for dessert, a cheese board and several after-dinner cognacs.

Oh Simon, fancy forgetting the wafer-thin mints...

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SpaceX finally Falcon flings NASA's TESS into orbit

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Re: What duck?

Yep :)

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Facepalm

I see people are highlighting 999 calls, fear not, by the time this is done there won't be any police etc.. left due to cuts.

More immediately, the 999 services are going to be moving from TETRA radios to 4G on EE, so even if you could call the emergency services without a mobile signal, the controllers won't be able to talk to the fire engines or ambulances...

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Re: Mobile as the emergency option?

It sounds reasonable.

It doesn't sound so reasonable when you consider mobile network coverage is only at about 85% in the UK. There's still a lot of places without a signal.

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Pyro-brainiacs set new record with waste-heat-into-electricity study

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So, next step, perpetual motion!

Or possibly Nuclear Fusion, real soon now!

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Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

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wireless brain implants are insecure

Thank gods I forgot to put mine in, this morning, eh?

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: Ringworld Calling...

There'd need to be some fairly tight controls around using this to avoid it getting out into the "wild".

"What do you mean, you shouldn't have kept it in plastic containers! Nobody told me!"

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Brit boffins save planet

Yeah, until the microbes go on the rampage, eating plastic all over the planet, leaving nothing but metal behind...

:)

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We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

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Re: Is this a modern mathematics A level question, an A* guaranteed?

"Ah Simpkins, come in, stand at ease."

"Thank you sir"

"Now, as you know, I have to prepare a report for the Ministry about these five missing aircraft"

"Yes Sir"

"So can you tell me what happened, exactly?"

"They were brought down by an overwhelming enemy force, sir"

"Really, Simkins? And why didn't the enemy squadron appear on our radar, exactly?"

"Uh, it wasn't exactly a squadron, sir... more of a flock, kind of thing..."

"A Flock, Simkins?"

"Yessir... But they were terrible, sir, mad staring eyes and great sharp beaks and everything, our aircraft didn't stand a chance!"

"I see... Just to clarify then, the enemy force was comprised of what, exactly?"

"Seagulls sir, a great flock of seagulls."

"Thank you Simkins, that will be all."

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

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Re: Hmm

and screeched onto the internet with CompuServe along with hideous numeric email address.

Strangely, I came across my old Compuserve address only the other day, it was 101360.1534@compuserve.com

It's dead now, of course.

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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It is great and well until that singular cloudy provider goes TITSUP* for whatever reason

SYNTAX ERROR: Reference not set to an instance of an object...

Unfulfilled reference / dangling footnote detected.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: Turn it off and on again

it's just Roy answering the phone.

I thought he'd got a reel-to-reel answerphone now?

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Re: negativity

El Reg, please do not trade factual accuracy for a nice rhyming headline.

Erm, this is The Register, you know?

Rhyming headlines and quotes from 1960s musicals are far more important than a few facts.

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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The registry for .uk, Nominet, for example, has long withheld the personal details of domain registrants and provides only technical information publicly.

This is not true. I've just done a quick blast round some of our company .uk domains and some of my personal .uk domains, and the full registration information is returned by whois.nic.uk.

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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With the recent investment in Reaction Engines Limited, this may stand a chance of becoming a reality

Hmm, whatever fraction of the £26M that was shared between Boeing and Rolls Royce. Not exactly a massive injection of cash, considering the size of either company, more an expression of polite interest.

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'Well intentioned lawmakers could stifle IoT innovation', warns bug bounty pioneer

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Re: YES all digital devices are insecure

I have a digital alarm clock

That's So last century, darling...

:)

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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So where's the one addressed to:

Mr Whydontyou Gofuckyourself

27 Hawthorn Drive

Little Whinging

Surrey

GU21 6FU

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Lib Dems, UKIP's websites go TITSUP* on UK local election launch day

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What could possibly be offensive about a small bird of the Paridae family?

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Re: NationBuilder, eh?

Roll on the GDPR.

I don't know why there is such unbridled optimism that the GDPR will magically fix all IT security issues. In my view it is more likely to be an unmitigated disaster, just like all the other government led security initiatives.

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Snubbed R Us: Microsoft eschews Vulture Consultants in Playmobil tech research

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Re: This is terrible.

You know, sawing off bits of Barbie and then taking her to hospital.

Ah yes, those far off innocent days...

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Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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Re: A simple solution...

Mine is full of eels.

That's one elver problem...

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after a semi at 69 Cock Lane was up for sale.

Well, half-way up, anyway...

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Can't view memes on London-Southampton train? It's the worst line for mobile coverage

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Re: London-centric as ever

But on the bright side, we're looking out the window at the Peak District, not London ...

Well... you say that, but mostly we're looking out of the window at fog, or snow, or cloud, or rain...

Actually seeing the Peak District is quite rare...

:)

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Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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Re: No email here

Have you considered that if you haven't received an email, it means your account was not breached?

Do you use a different password for your GWR account than any other internet login? Then you probably don't have a problem.

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Huawei P20 Pro: Triple Lens Shooter promises the Earth ...

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Re: I rather think the author is using a turn of phrase you don't understand.

like I understand that "Shouldn't of" is becoming common

Ah, now there, we are in complete agreement!

Those who use shouldn't of or couldn't of should be hung, drawn and quartered with a blunt knife. It is an abomination unto Nuggan.

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Re: It's a real curate's egg

the author is using a turn of phrase they don't really understand.

I rather think the author is using a turn of phrase you don't understand.

From the page you linked to...

The initial meaning of the phrase was to describe something which was partly good but which was ruined by its bad part.

It's now more often used just to describe something that is partly good and partly bad.

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Long Exposure

With regard to your point about the "Night Mode" Hill shot, In my experience, with a long exposure shot, even on a top-of-the-range SLR or DSLR, you would get the problem of the sky appearing too light, as it reflects back the street lighting.

I would not consider this to be a problem of the specific software, just the limitations of the location.

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White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend

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Why now?

Radio-controlled aircraft, helicopters, boats etc have been around - and easily available off the shelf - for at least 30 years, and nobody's given a shit.

The task to make one of them able to deliver a terrorist payload is no different to that involved in modifying a quadcopter, and in fact most R/C aircraft have a much better range than your average "drone", so why is it suddenly a problem?

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Russian regulator asks courts to disconnect Telegram

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Re: Who are the extremists, exactly?

So, Are you suggesting we ban children?

I could go for that, although I can foresee a flaw or two in the plan. But think of the benefits - Theresa May wouldn't be able to use "think of the children" any more - that'd be great!

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Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

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Re: Outlook.com email was screwed up on Sunday night/Monday for me

What do you do for email? Run your own server?

Well, as it happens, yes, I do.

But for my Hotmail I use Thunderbird, instead of webmail, so I can download all my mail from that account to a local machine, and then I can back it up on a USB drive as well.

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Re: Outlook.com email was screwed up on Sunday night/Monday for me

All my important email goes there. I would be screwed if I lost that account.

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Issues like this are precisely why I don't trust the cloud.

Sorry, these two statements do not marry up. If you don't trust cloud services why the hell would you trust your important email to a Hotmail account??

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

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Re: Perhaps?

doesn't produce any tech relevant to real space travel.

Whilst I agree with your main point, that Branson's primary goal seems to just be about giving rides to rich tourists, I think the principle of an air-launched second stage is one worth pursuing as an alternative to ground to space rocketry, which (with the exception of Reaction Engines) is what everyone else is doing.

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Shhh! Don’t tell KillBots the UN’s about to debate which ones to ban

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Or GOGEOTHCPTTCOPOROTUOCCWWMBDTBEIOTHIE for short.

Based in Wales?

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Strategic maintenance of skills.

Sadly, not a lesson learned by the UK government, who have systematically wiped out heavy industrial skills from the workforce, to the point that when we wanted a new steam locomotive boiler, we had to get Germany to make it for us...

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