* Posts by A K Stiles

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Facebook Like, social sharing buttons on your website may land you in GDPR hot water if data goes a-wanderin'

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Re: The Register SM icons

Interesting that (at least on my screen) the reddit, twitter and linkedin icons are all anchor links to a sharing url but the facebook one is 'just' an image, not a link, although the cursor reacts to it so presumably (cba to look) some scripting to do 'stuff' with it when clicked.

Reg at least gets a thumb up for them not being evil tracking things, assuming the above mentioned script isn't doing that...

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Sssshhhhhhh!

Woah there Simon! don't give away all of the helldesk secrets!

Beer, 'cos it's Friday, and 5 o'clock somewhere.

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food

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Off their food

I wonder if the transition to micro-gravity has the same effect on mice as it does the astronauts, making them feel nauseous for a few days whilst they adapt to the lack of gravity on their stomach etc.

Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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sounds more hermaphrodite than trans...

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Got to love undocumented fixes

A simple sticker pointing out how the jam detection had been disabled could have saved the poor lad from the massive tear-down/rebuild, but obviously everyone 'knew' about it so it wasn't necessary, until someone didn't.

But also, how did it get to the point of having the printer stripped to components (i.e. who authorised it?) before having someone point out the work around?

Merry Christmas, you filthy directors: ICO granted powers to fine bosses for spam calls

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Identity

Now all we have to do is be able to identify the calling organisation. On the odd occasion that I answer a spam call and ask for which organisation they are calling from, that's usually the point they hang up.

I do look forward to the first rounds of directors getting caught with it though!

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

I used to strongly rail against this (and split-infinitives), but it's become so commonplace now that it seems like something against which it is useless to fight.

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

We only have one wheelie bin (for garden / compostable waste) so I have to just carefully line it up with the kerb edge. The other rubbish goes in bags next to it, where the cats / foxes / corvids can have their way, assuming the waste collection operatives don't achieve the same thing in their attempts to gather all the street's waste into one big heap for when the lorry arrives.

And then they always leave the wheelie bin at some obscure angle in the middle of the drive... or someone else's drive... or the road...

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

"I got my manager to buy the coffee's once..."

I debated between upvote for the sentiment and downvote for the grocer's apostrophe...

You got the upvote.

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Re: I'm pleased he eventually found the cause of the problem

It didn't exactly take some brass ones to sort that problem, just some steely determination.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: Implanted chips

And of course you have to allow for staff members who may not have the requisite appendage into which the chip is specified to be implanted, so do you make all implants be located somewhere like the back of the neck, which makes swiping near the scanner tricky! Never mind the fact that it also gets difficult to double check someone's allowed to be in an area when their id card is embedded under their skin and the picture would be really small!

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Re: Just one more thing...

Ah, they'd be the perfect accompaniment to the 87.5m roll of co-axial cable I have in the spares box in the garage (or is it in the loft?)

Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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recompense?

So Ben got a bottle of wine (and continued employment) for $10m of business, and the 'salesman' got how much commission?

(okay it's not a bottle of wine, but it is rapidly heading towards pub-time!)

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: Sorry

off topic and grammar pedant:

ensure: make certain of

insure: arrange for compensation in the case of loss

Carry on.

BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Re: Not the 'rural' part of Milton Keynes , apparently

Within the grid of MK and the cityfibre / vodaphone sites say 'No Chance'...

Mostly curious as I currently have a FTTP connection with BT/OR...

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Headmaster

You were doing so well...

" those with which I believe a one Alistair Dabbs dabbles (SWIDT?) with"

If only you had left off the last "with", you would have crafted a sentence of excellent structure. (Well, that and the errant "a" between "believe" and "one Alistair Dabbs" )

I have to agree though, FoTW can provide some wonderful entertainment.

[edited to remove the suggestion you still had time to edit your post as that time has now expired]

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: C

@imanidiot

Only in the pockets? That's not how you wear stockings you know...

Well, the ones in the coat are obviously in the pocket. Where else would I keep my spares?

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Re: C

Well I hope your undergarment proclivities don't cause you too much trauma whilst pumping. (Sorry, is this not a Dabbsy article?)

One vehicle has the cap on a 'string', the other has no cap.

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Re: C

In Blighty, not filling your own car is really the exception to the standard. What we don't have though, is the clip on the pump handle that allows you to walk away whilst the fuel flows. You have to stand there for the 2 minutes holding that lever up, all nicely grounded through the pump. So we're free to wear as many nylon stockings and polyester underpants as we could wish too...

Yes, the one with the 20 denier lace-tops in the pocket, thanks!

Soft eng salaries soar by 25 per cent – and, oh yes, devops is best paid for non-boss techies

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Re: Salary or Package value?

Would you not consider many of those things to be 'other package benefits' then?

Obviously not including the shrewish secretary part!

Sadly never been in a place to have a private bath provided - occasional use of a shared shower perhaps.

Both orgs had several 100+ staff, one a scale of magnitude larger than the other, and both in open plan office spaces of 30-80 people, a bit too much overbearing admin / HR but neither enough to make them hellish experiences.

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Salary or Package value?

It isn't clear whether they've included simple pre-tax money earnings or other package benefits like holidays, health-care, vehicles, travel passes...

I've worked in 2 (UK) jobs several years apart for the same salary number, but one of them had effectively 22 days annual leave (including any compulsory shut-down days, bank holidays extra) whilst the other had effectively 36 days in like for like comparison.

Which of those is better remunerated?

UK.gov's no-deal plans leave HMRC customs, VAT systems scrambling to keep up

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I swear if the UK were a company and the board were acting / making decisions the way the government are, they'd have been sacked by the shareholders or the administrators would have been called in by now...

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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Facepalm

I've lost count of the number of occasions where I've gone to log in to one of those '6 month' sites, failed to get the password right after several attempts, clicked the reset password notification, followed the email to reset the password and then get the message that the password I'm attempting to use doesn't comply with rules X, Y, z, 3, %, and then not had to change the password because I can use that information to figure out the particular arcane combination I used in the first place. Just tell me the arcane rules the first time I got my password wrong, dammit!

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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Re: For those in the UK...

Ah is this the trade-off bank holiday for the ever-sensible 2 day holiday at Hogmanay?

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: New internet standard...

Yay! - new standards!! Who doesn't love a new standard?!

It does seem like the kind of information that could easily be embedded in any EXIF-like data. There'd be no need to remove it unless you were doing something nefarious, but there's no way I know to put an image on the internet and not have it readily 'stealable' by those with more than no knowledge.

The browser could readily display the relevant copyright and licence data on an attempted save / copy of the image.

There is also a lesson for the students (and frankly the school staff) regarding copyright and what is actually permitted use. Ignorance of the law is no excuse and all that - nor whether or not you agree with the law, sadly so in some cases!

Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Headmaster

a pause as if their taking one deep breath

You did that deliberately, didn't you?

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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Dev-Hops IPA

Triple hopped, extra citrus ale, 6.66% ABV, leaves you with a bitter aftertaste - seemed like a good idea at the time you bought it!

Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Also from the Register...

Very not surprised when about half the "Also from the Register" stories clearly keyed onto the word Lager and linked back to various episodes of BOFH!

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Fewer repeating headlines

Would be appreciated - If they're sticky, they don't need to be chronological and /or most read.

Having an easier way to access some of the article types (like On-Call, Something For The Weekend) that don't have specific sections (e.g. BOFH) would also be helpful. It's currently a pain to find them if you've been on holiday and are playing catch-up over a couple of weeks.

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: Lost In Space

I was on a train for about 4 hours last week, deliberately sitting in the 'quiet' carriage. The two old dears in the row behind me conversed solidly for the whole 4 hours about inane rubbish and whether cousin Timothy would be spending the next few days at the golf club - it didn't even sound like they paused for breath the whole time!

Everyone else in the carriage made not one jot of noise, except briefly when England scored, and once again when Colombia equalised.

Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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Big Brother

An organisation I used to work for had a time recording clock system, which recorded time in decimal hours - 8.0 - clock was reading between 08:00 and 08:05, 8.1 - clock was reading between 08:06 and 08:11, etc. The system automatically removed a specific amount of time during the day to reflect a lunch break so you only clocked in on arrival and out on departure, at the building you worked in whilst the car park could be up to 1/2 mile away and car share people had difficulties from the divergent attendance where they worked in different buildings closer or further away from the car park.

In the morning you'd have a bunch of people hustling to get to the clock machine so it clocked you in before ticking across to the next 6 minute block, whilst at the end of the day there would be a queue forming as nobody would clock out when the clock read 29 minutes past the hour.

After a few years it eventually changed to recording the nearest minute, which at least reduced the queuing to leave issue. Joys of a big organisation and not trusting their highly paid staff members.

Senior managers didn't have to use the clock system as 'they obviously work longer hours anyway'.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Going equipped

I believe it also has something to do with how you answer any questions the police might ask - e.g

Polis : "I see you have a perfume spray there madam that isn't the perfume you are wearing..."

Woman: "Oh yes, that's so if someone attacks me I can spray it in their face and get away"

Polis: "...and that'll be considered an offensive weapon, if you'd like to accompany me to the station"

Now obviously you are allowed to carry perfume sprays, just not with the intention of using them as a weapon - same with many other things like wrecking bars, pipe wrenches. You just have to have a good, legal, and preferably verifiable, reason for carrying them, and for the most sensible law enforcement officer to be having a good day.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Coffee/keyboard

fuzzy balls

In a previous existence I used to regularly get someone complain that their "mouse isn't working!!!!"

For a while I would attempt to clean the things there and then, but that nearly always got the chorus of "Ew" and "humph", so instead I used to fetch a 'spare' from the stores, swap them out and then clean the previous one whilst waiting for something to load/install/compile, before returning it to the stores for the next time. We only actually had a couple of 'spares' and about 5 new mice in the stores. After 3 years we still had 5 brand new mice in their boxes.

Now don't get me started on the phone headset ear-sponges! (bleurgh!)

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

Oh jeez - there are some folks with trackballs here - I don't think they've EVER cleaned them...

My optical mouse generally gets its glidepads cleaned on at least a weekly interval. The keyboard gets a good shake when I know the cleaners are coming to wipe and vacuum round.

Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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How about the singing?

Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Joke

Re: Three Monoliths just down the hall,

Three vertical, one horizontal across the top? Sounds like a wicket to me! Wonder where the bat and ball are?

First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: This underlines one more thing

And yet the UK government seem to be headed towards yet more London-centric investment by adding a third runway to the already somewhat congested Heathrow Airport.

Someone may have their forecasts wrong or maybe it will all come out smelling of roses for everyone. Time will tell.

From my experience (Emirates), I'd rather fly A380 than B777 for anything 7+ hours. I can sleep in cattle class on the Airbus, no chance on the Boeing. YMMV

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: In Defence if online ads???

Aeh, I don't mind those sorts of bits on things like Blue Planet - frankly I'd quite like that to be a separate 30 minute programme with more details about the efforts of making the original. In fact, I'd be quite glad if the horrendous recapper ones just replaced some of the repeated dross with more details of the things they allege to be covering in the first place. I'm not (yet) a completely brainless idiot with a 3 second attention and retention span.

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Re: In Defence if online ads???

So much that - 'Factual' programme, scheduled for an hour with, in my instance, 3 mid-programme breaks totalling approximately 15 minutes. So, 45 minute programme.

But the first 5 minutes is titles and previous programme recap plus basic synopsis of this episode, and the last 5 minutes is the teaser for the next episode. and another 5 minutes or so is spread across the show in reminders of what they told you about 5 minutes ago, before they cut to a different section, so there are places for other networks with different ad regulations to insert even more adverts. Total 'content' time for the scheduled hour long programme, approximately 20 minutes. It's certainly a lot of the reason why I almost never watch programmes at broadcast any more. Hmm, I might have to try and re-cut one of the episodes into a single sequence of content with no self-referencing repeats, just to see how little content there actually is.

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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The Perfect Crime

Well cashing cheques has to be the perfect, totally untraceable crime! No paper trail.... um...

Capture your late-night handbrake turns with this 'autonomous' car-chasing camera drone

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Re: A petrolhead selfie stick

Either Darwin, or the constabulary identifying the individuals from the online shared video and either extrapolating speed from passing street furniture separation / car model and rpm sound, and requesting the owner's assistance with their investigations.

Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

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Pizza

Ask the Buddhists - they'll make you one with everything!

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Coat

AM ? Luxury!

Some of us can remember listening to "Longwave Radio Atlantic 252" with a signal to noise ratio on a good day of approx 1:1.

Not old enough for Radio Caroline though!

Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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Mushroom

specific sausage style

from the picture, it'd struggle to deal with something like a cumberland or a boerewors, but maybe they're not standard bbq fair in Switzerland.

( icon for what usually happens when I get let loose on the bbq/braai )

It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank

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Re: Money transfer

Last you recall was possibly the jackpot odds of 14ish million to 1? It's gone up since then! Now it's around 45 million to 1, for a jackpot of 2 to 4 million quid per £2 spend (obviously smaller prizes also pay out on better less bad odds but, you know). It's such rubbish odds that it usually rolls over a couple of times to get to 8 or 9 million (best I can see for the last 6 months was 24 million).

Okay, okay - mine's the one without the lottery ticket in the pocket, thanks.

Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

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Honest advertising?

Or at least, 'more reflective of reality' advertising - who'd have thought that was a good idea (from a consumer perspective at least)!

And who would have thought that the self-regulation model from a few years back wasn't going to work in terms of more accurately reflecting the likely outcome of the advertised product...

Surface Hub 2: Microsoft's pricey whiteboard gets a sequel

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Re: Inevitably...

At least you CAN scrape a CRT...

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Re: Inevitably...

"Have you tried turning the whiteboard off and using an erasable marker..."

How long before someone tries writing on it with a (possibly not erasable) marker? or pokes at it with a biro? So many of the screens in a previous job had little blue and black poke marks all over them...

Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash

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Joke

Giving a crap

Well that seems like a shitty thing to do...

No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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IT Angle

Re: Side-effects

Possibly people are realising that kids are expensive (along with almost everything else, including booze) and they actually can't afford to have 3 kids.

Or maybe falling religious participation and improved healthcare over the last 50 - 100 years means there is no longer the need / encouragement to have many spawn to bolster future member counts?

Perhaps some complicated combination of multiple causal factors that are difficult to quantify with neat categories?

IT angle? Well, there's booze involved, so that's good enough!

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