* Posts by Grouchy Bloke

15 posts • joined 20 Jan 2011

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

Grouchy Bloke

Re: 42

I always asked alexa to give pi to 10,000 decimal places when in John Lewis. Made sure volume set to 11 first and walked away.

Great fun.

They're locked down with awful demos now, so not so much fun.

IBM loses mainframe docs down the back of the web, customers cry 'sabotage'

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It's like Whack A Mole

IBM documentation links are always changing, I've lost track over the years of just how many times, I've needed to re-search for the documents that I had saved a nice handy link to.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

Grouchy Bloke

Re: See also Tat R Us (gone today) &


Interesting analysis...


Brit prosecutors fling almost a million quid at anti-drone'n'phone ideas

Grouchy Bloke

would a

great big net over the prison not work?

Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

Grouchy Bloke

Sometimes, if we were lucky, someone else on the BBS would have typed it in and we could download it using our 1200-baud modems

Luxury! 1200 baud modems were for rich people. I had to suffer with a 300 baud modem. And was thankful for it.

Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86

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Re: Primos

Ahh, the days of boot 14114...

A pr1me 750, the first computer that I got paid to use..

Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

Grouchy Bloke

Re: yeesh Can we have some more @#$% willy wagging please?

Kudos and Uptick for mentioning RPG.

Like COBOL, yuge amounts of important enterprise applications run on it.

Shame the salaries are now rubbish.

Black Friday: Cashback site Quidco goes TITSUP* on payday

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Was fine first thing this morning, then kyboshed ever since.

All I want to do is order an echo dot from argos at the black friday price and get some cashback....

Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

Grouchy Bloke

DAB just doesn't work for me


You're lucky, I'm in Maidenhead and in my house, downstairs, I get zero DAB stations, upstairs, I get some occasionally with a lot of Dalek style break up of sound.

i just hate listening to those stations that are constantly advertising DAB saying how good it is. Utter Rubbish

I use FM and internet radio, they seem fine...DAB's for the dustbin.

Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

Grouchy Bloke

Re: The man from Adobe is a funny man

I don't think flash has properly worked with FF for a couple of months now since FF 13 came out...on either of my pc's.

Keeps downloading new versions, but still borked and CPU tends to go through the roof and then crashes.

Forces me to revert to IE when I need those YouTube moment.

B****Y Mozilla / Adobe!!

War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

Grouchy Bloke

Re: Excellent work.

A neighbour of mine witnessed a lightning stike to his home. Whole room lit up.

Caused 10's of thouisands of damage, surge came in and radiated out through all electrical wires. Including the aerial.

Goes to show that unplugging the the mains is not enough, you have to completely isolate your telly if you want it to survive lightning.

Oh, and those surge protectory, not a chance with that sort of power involved!

Grouchy Bloke

Re: We need to invent light switches!

I've been playing with these LED's for a couple of years now.

the stated equivalent wattage is generally way off the mark. So I've got 8 lights in my kitchen, two sets of four. Four halogens and four LED's. The LED's are staggeringly dim compared to the 50w halogens and cost 10x as much.

I've tried various types, but the people selling them as I say, are exagerating their capabilities and shopuld be taken out and shot.

Dixons reports huge losses of £224m

Grouchy Bloke

In the words of the King

Way down like a tidal wave

Way down where the fires blaze

Way down, down, way, way on down

UK short 100K tech recruits this year

Grouchy Bloke
Big Brother

WOT, I See no Recruitment?

My employer (one of the world's largest companies), is hell bent on moving all skills to the lowest possible locations i.e. India and not China (because India's getting too expensive). They don't care about people, just numbers.

I know of one business manager who is an expert in this sort of offshoring. He would go to business managers and tell them he could reduce their costs to 25% of what they are now. When a manager turned around and said, no thank you, he would ask if they received a pay slip every month and which logo it had at the top.. They soon tumble.

There's a reson no ones going into the industr in the UK..... There's no jobs!

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