* Posts by jake

9757 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's MY fault?

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Re: Powerpoint - 'boring on-screen business wank'

Rappers don't kill people, silly! Rappers kill other rappers.

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Re: Ah, 'booking'

Commswonk must be a Redmond or Cupertino user; the poor thing's been brainwashed into thinking s/he doesn't need the source.

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Re: Ah, memories.

It would work until the LCD display unit started getting hot from the light underneath ... The LCD units were equipped with cooling fans, but the fans were pretty much useless being selected more for quiet operation than maximum CFM ... The refresh rate on them was gawd/ess-awful slow, too.

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Re: Powerpoint - 'boring on-screen business wank'

I, for one, have never in my entire life met a single person who "relied on Power Point" who wasn't completely superfluous to the organization. As a consultant, if a middle-manager is introduced to me as "our Power Point expert", that manager is usually the first to be fired. Power Point has wasted more man-hours, more CPU cycles and more meeting-dollars than any other line of purely corporate bullshit that I can remember in my over four decades of trying to teach Corporate America to work efficiently with computers.

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Idiots in charge of booking ...

About a billion years ago (Internet time, call it 1985ish), I was booked on an "emergency" flight to LAX to fix some computers for Disney. I got the call at noon, was in the air by 1PM. Unfortunately for me, the Disney offices were in Glendale, so I should have been flown into BUR ... which might as well be on another continent at 4PM on a Wednesday if you're using wheeled transportation.

Fortunately, helicopters exist and I was only 2 hours late. My fault, naturally.

Did the job, staff came in Thursday morning & were happy with the change, customer signed off on it at noon, and I was home in time for supper. Job well done, right? Maybe not ...

The PM (or necropsy, as I prefer to call such things) showed the temporary secretary assumed that everything in the LA area had to go through LAX ... but it was my fault anyway, as I should have known better & flagged the bogus destination before I boarded! This despite the fact that my instructions were oral "Take this briefcase full of hardware, fly to LA and install it. You will be met at the airport and taken to the site. Further instructions by telephone will follow." I didn't even know the name of the destination company until I was on the ground in LA. But my fault, so no bonus for the emergency call. It was right about then that I started thinking about going freelance ...

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For Facebook, ignorance is the business model: Social net is shocked – SHOCKED – that people behave badly

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How many people believe Sheryl?

I, for one, believe she's full of shit.

Of COURSE they knew, it's how they make money! Furrfu!

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Re: "They looked for the password on the CD . . ."

I was an consultant doing a security audit. I have no idea why I looked, other than the fact that the fake tree was at arm's length from the secretary's keyboard. I found many other security problems, but that particular one was the worst overall.

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Re: "They looked for the password on the CD . . ."

I once found a comprehensive list of login/password pairs written in sharpie on the underside of the leaves of a faux ficus in the office of the secretary of a VP. They included complete access to the corporate mainframes (including R&D). Quite a few people got reamed, and I'm absolutely certain that Amdahl's internal security culture was much better by the time Fujitsu bought them ...

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Re: "They looked for the password on the CD . . ."

David 123, take it from a Yank: POETS day is well known here.

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Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at

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Re: I am not a Number.

I am localhost!

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Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

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Re: So... what's the big point for slack?

My daughter made her own IT Barbie ...

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Re: So... what's the big point for slack?

Christian, I think DevOps Barbie put it best: "IRC is hard!"

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Re: EMACS. Is there anything it cannot do?

Concur with the bit bucket as an ultimate destination, Dr.S ... but sometimes it's about the journey, not the destination.

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Re: EMACS. Is there anything it cannot do?

Joe, ever fiddle about with Vimscript?

:help vim-script-intro

Seems to me some guy at IBM had a mice[0] intro ... here it is.

Have fun!

[0] I seem to need some of that mouse cancellation ...

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Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

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The short attention span generation.

I've had half a dozen kids each of these last couple years get totally bent out of shape when they discover that the small plot of veg[0] they plant with their 4-H/FFA class won't be harvestable for a couple weeks. I've been teaching this class[1] for about twenty years now, and never saw kids that divorced from reality until about 2012. Seems that anything that takes longer that 10 (or 30) seconds isn't worth pursuing anymore. Sad, that.

Who's going to grow my bacon when I'm in my dotage?

[0] Mostly lettuces, radishes, hakurei turnips, spinach, scallions ... fast growing crops.

[1] "Backyard Kitchen Gardens" ... hey, we all gotta eat!

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Re: Limited growth company.

Personally, I'm not interested in buying into it. And I haven't even touched on it's proprietary nature, which bothers the hell out of me.

We shall see over the long haul. Might as well have a cold one while we wait.

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Re: Some intense dislike by the company of Tom Robinson, or an aversion to high speed roads?

TRB ... Strange how some music resonates across the decades, while most deservedly fades into oblivion. It would do today's kids well to give "Power in the Darkness" a good listen. The title track, and the entire album.

My own K-9s don't need lasers. They have teeth.

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Re: Limited growth company.

I agree with much of what you say ... but renting a toy for $62K/yr that doesn't actually do anything that I can't do with about $4,000 worth of off-the-shelf parts doesn't sound like a serious business plan.

Also note that you still need the appropriate number of meatbags to handle the miscreant meatbags fingered by the system. Might as well put 'em to work between handling miscreants, no?

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Limited growth company.

Limited in that there are only a few people daft enough to buy into this nonsense. I mean, how many folks with enough money are swayed by the "Oooh! Shiny!" argument?

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Who f***ing cares?

ONLY option? Puh-lease. There are always other options for employer. Including oneself.

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Re: The people have spoken

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

PDNFTT

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Re: 'Hope somebody answers you that way'

Mr. Kroes is absolutely correct. However, I'm feeling charitable this evening.

https://www.linuxquestions.org/

Specifically:

https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-mint-84/

Half-way in between is also worth perusing:

https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/

Note that your questions have been asked and anwered hundreds, if not thousands, of times. The answers are already there if you take the time to read them. But ask away, if you insist ... I suspect you'll find the treatment you recieve here to be fairly mild in comparison.

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The developers vs enterprise architects showdown: You shall know us by our trail of diagrams

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Thanks, ElReg!

I've been looking for a good article demonstrating why, exactly, DevOps is bad for business. You've just provided one. Much appreciated.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: National security

The fine folks in Arizona finally realized that London Bridge wasn't a money maker? Took 'em long enough.

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What could possibly go wrong?

How do I count the ways ...

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AWS can now bill us if you read this far. This bit will cost us, too

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"AWS can now bill you for reading this far."

No, they can't. They can bill YOU, perhaps, but not me.

Well, to be perfectly honest they can bill me ... but without a contract, good fucking luck getting me to pay!

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Warning

Having spent a good deal of my life, teenage -> early thirties playing my bass and going to gigs either as a participant or an observer I have no idea how my hearing has managed to survive unscathed.

During my teens you could usually find me close enough to the stage for my pre-punk long hair to be pushed around by the bass bins[0]. By the time I was 25ish, I was usually a trifle further back ... but thirty-odd years on I still like my music live & loud as often as possible.

I think it was Flugennock who once opined that it was the clean sound mixing of our generation that protected our hearing. I'm inclined to agree. Today's kids don't even seem to know the difference between the acoustics of an indoor and an outdoor venue ...

[0] Kind of an early version of sub-woofers, for you youngsters in the audience.

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Proofreeding. (was: Re: Warning)

I find it quite amusing that most people (self included!) can read their own writing a dozen times, and still manage to overlook the most obvious of typos ... and yet, any idiot can (and usually does!) spot the typo instantly, and with malice aforethought.

We now return you to the previously scheduled mouse cancelling, already in progress.

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Shared workplace?

For WRITING? That dog didn't hunt at uni, never mind in the real world!

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Chrome to label FTP sites insecure

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Re: FTP, rats and cockroaches

You honestly think that using somebody else's email address, and advocating other folks also use that address, when filling out random online forms is OK? Really? If you're all that certain that it's a good idea, why not post your own email address so we can all use it?

What do you mean, you're not going to do that? Hypocrite.

(Same offer & resulting epithet for my "thumbs down" and your "thumbs up" (but otherwise silently and cowardly anonymous) voters.)

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Re: FTP, rats and cockroaches

If you don't own that address at spam.com, don't use it. It doesn't belong to you. Instead, use spam@example.com (,net, .org) ... we invented the example.com domain for a reason. Technically, spam@127.0.0.1 (root@, etc.) is both correct, and truthful, but most servers incorrectly reject dotted quad email addresses these days.

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::shrugs:: A great sage once opined "Tools is tools".

Use the appropriate tool for the job, always mindful that the safety of the tool lies in the hands of the wielder.

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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Re: Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

Ever know an AppleFan who didn't fully internalize Cupertino marketing?

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Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

I mean, mocking basement dwelling nerds AND Apple fanbois/grrls in one column? They'll be calling for your head on a pike before noon at Greenwich!

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AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as S3 cried out in terror

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Re: Strange.

I work from home, and live in a barn. Everything is SFW here.

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Strange.

I didn't notice a thing. Must be all that clean living.

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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Burn, baby, burn.

Gone, but never forgotten.

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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Re: How about some balance?

No, not better. What do you mean by "White Folk"?

And what the fuck does "Muslim isn't a race but the majority of Muslims are not Caucasians." mean in this context?

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Re: How about some balance?

"Muslim" is not a race.

What do you mean by "white people"?

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Face it, Facebook allows advertisers to target ...

... anything the advertisers want to target, as long as Facebook makes a buck and receives no bad publicity.

Quis custodiet ipsos faciem liber? (Pardon the very rusty Latin.)

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Re: Casinos don't need to do maths

People, people, people ... You're missing something. Casinos and bookies aren't gambling, so my comment wasn't directed at them.

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Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid.

Cats are merely boneless. Everybody knows that.

Gambling is for people who can't do math(s). Gators don't figure into it.

One wonders if the inserted beat makes mommy-to-be ... uh .... er ... "smile", that's it ... and baby gets the endorphin rush.

People who are disgusted by cheese were brought up by abusive parents.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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I prefer ...

... ossification of the intellect.

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Menace to society? I think not.

I've certainly never been afraid of people like that.

Probably a menace to himself, though. The batshit crazy usually are. Should have committed himself (a psychiatric hold), he'd have been out in 72 hours.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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In my experience ...

... allowing ordinary users to interface with test systems in the comfort of their own desks is asking for trouble.

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See where it says " Tips and corrections" at the bottom of the article?

What do you suppose that might be for, AC?

Granted, ElReg could make it a trifle more obvious that it's a clickable link ...

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The Register Lecture: The secrets of power in the digital age

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Re: The North, we've heard of it...

The beer is better, too.

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Fifteen quid. Not bad.

Plus transportation to London. And room & board for at least a night. Not good.

I think I'll pass. I suspect I'm not alone.

Curiosity makes me wonder what percentage of ElReg's readership are in the right place to take advantage of this kind offer.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: Because It's Not Google

But gopher isn't the search engine any more than the WWW is a search engine. In gopher-space, Veronica is the search engine, with a little help from jughead and/or jugtail..

Wide Area Information Search (WAIS) is arguably more useful than gopher+veronica& the jugs, and indeed is often used as a supplement to them. Note that's current tense.

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"If you want to write developer documentation like a Google hotshot"

Thank you for asking, but no, I really don't.

The world has enough style guides, it doesn't need another one.

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