* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

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"When we wanted to accept credit cards for our online business the processors said they wanted 8% and NO online sales, only sales in person."

I bought a load of bed linen in the late 70s from a market trader. He really didn't want to touch a credit card because of the charges so it was off to the bank for cash and we split the difference.

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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Re: The race is almost run

"David McWilliams, 'Days Of Pearly Spencer' - That took me back! Thanks"

I remember listening to it frequently enough that it stuck.

Probably listening to Radio Luxembourg while doing my school homework,

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"How Einstein slipped through the net is anyone's guess."

"You're only allowed to be truly clever after you're dead: think Alan Turing, Louis Le Prince, Hedy Lamarr. How Einstein slipped through the net is anyone's guess."

He lived in a different age when scientists were respected. Mind you, in their day, the privileged classes probably also thought that the relative who spent all his time in a homemade lab or exploring jungles was probably bonkers.

The wild hair probably helped.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Fedora

"I'm using Fedora Cinnamon too. Rock solid ..."

Interesting thanks. I didn't realise Fedora was suitable for production.

The last time I used Fedora (2012?) it was a bit too "bleeding edge" for my taste.

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Re: Corporate users?

"This is not something you can lobby your MP about."

It certainly is something you can lobby your MP about when so many government departments use the product.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: We need some ...

"Hand-dryers are now being accused of being very efficient microbiological dispersing devices."

I rather like the idea of machines being accused...

Perhaps it'll become a trend as more and more of them acquire "AI".

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Re: We need some ...

"My experience talking with premises staff is that the most disgusting and unusual things tend to happen in the ladies toilets."

I've been told the same by bar workers and hotel owners.

Hair dye/colouring gets everywhere, apparently.

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Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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Re: Popcorn time

This could tunr out to be an armchair sport we can all participate in.

No time for popcorn, too busy pondering what we can complain about

<evil grin>

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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"El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won"

Nah. That song title will never hit the charts.

P.S. Congrats El Reg. Keep up the good work. :-)

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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So WTF is wrong with the US school system?

There MUST be something wrong with the US school system if so many feel they need to go and shoot the places up.

WTF is it?

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HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

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Re: "most contractors would go permie"

"Really? Do they actually have that option? Would they really take a huge hit in take home?"

Once you get past a certain age, for many, going permie without a horrendous commute Is not an option full stop.

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Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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"I have for years ignored all kinds of adverts especially for things like cars, which I've never owned."

In contrast, I enjoy a good car advert, if only for the artwork involved.

Many of these are for stuff that's out of my price range or for vehicles I wouln't consider buying from a practical view, but I still enjoy them.

In the old days of paper magazines, that was definitely a factor in buying the magazine itself.

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Re: Consent

From Bruce Schneier's book "Data and Goliath"

There’s a famous quote, most reliably traced to the retail magnate John Wanamaker: “I know half of my advertising is wasted. The trouble is, I don’t know which half.”

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Re: Consent

"The best one was trying to advertise spandex leotards to me, on a Linux news site."

There was an instance of a support site for LaTeX suddenly attracting a lot of hits from folks searching for pron.

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Re: Consent

"It is targeted. By context. The best targeting there is and the best targeting there can be."

In a sense it's like going back to magazine / TV / radio ads.

You put the ads for gardening equipment in the gardening sections.

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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

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"Full fibre services are where the profits will be made."

I'll just leave this here:

eff.org: The Biggest Cost For An ISP is the Initial Deployment, Not Internet Usage

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Upgrading the whole country

"they'd "only" have to replace or upgrade EVERY SINGLE TELEPHONE LINE in the country. "

Time to study the obstacles British Gas faced with the conversion to Natural Gas, and see how that translates to the telephone system.

Granted, BG didn't have to replace the pipes to each dwelling or commercial premises, but plenty will have been condemned during the process, and therefore replaced.

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We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding

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Re: I'll raise you

"(especially if you wonder where his chin is)..."

Ooh! It tickles!

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Boring spectator sports

"Watching the competitors going round ..... and round ....... and round ..... and round a circuit."

Ice speed skating.

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You're in charge of change, and now you need to talk about DevOps hater Robin

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"Throughout their career, the Robins ... are now ready to ensconce themselves in a lovely, little cottage curating their model-train collection."

The Robins must have been well paid then. Have you seen the price of model trains and lovely little cottages nowadays?

Stomps off to cut the lawn...

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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student halls and fire alarms...

Late 1974, the oil crisis and inflation had sent the Bursar into skimping on the heating mode, and our bedrooms were pretty cold by the early hours of the morning.

Some rats would regularly come back late from drinking session somewhere and decide to have a water fight with a firehose. Activating a firehose naturally set off the fire alarms, which woke everyone up, and they didn't get turned off until a very grumpy caretaker dragged himself out of bed.

It was bloody agony trying to get back to sleep when you were frozen stiff and had a bad case of the flu.

The only saving grace was that the firehose-happy bunch were in another block

so we didn' t have to evacuate the place.

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Consent, datasets and avoiding a visit from the information commissioner

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Re: Commercial relationship?

"You may need an audit trail for the VAT man even for the one-off purchase or to verify possible warranty claims. "

It's many years since I read the UK VAT Handbook, but there was a requirement (often not followed by retailers) to record the name and address of the purchaser for goods over a specified value (was £100 back in the '80s). Then there are tellies, purchase of which demands a name and address for TV Licencing purposes.

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Re: Commercial relationship?

"It depends what's being scraped. If it's personal data then yes but it does raise the question of why it's on the screen being scraped."

Legitimate cases of screen scraping would include getting data out of a legacy system where the original software didn't include adequate data export functionality.

Just about any pre-relational database application I've ever come across would fall into this category when considering how many screens contain data assembled from more than one indexed file.

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Re: Commercial relationship?

"or a one-off purchase, there is no legal reason to keep details of the customer, and the old practice of requiring that someone set up an account before being able to buy something will no longer be tenable."

Interestingly, I came across a website yesterday which allows purchases to be made as "a guest", no account creation required. It was a refreshing change.

Prompted by GDPR or simply a way of making one-off purchases easier, I know not, but it definitely makes a one-off purchase less hassle.

They also offered account creation for those who want things like purchase history, monthly statements etc, but the guest option was offered first.

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Re: info

"I disagree with you profoundly. Info is likely the most useful and user friendly doc system there is. What it isn't is beginner friendly; being a sophisticated system, it takes time and effort to learn and get used to. "

Alas, you contradict yourself.

User friendly means it's also friendly for beginners.

Info is not the only culprit here, but one really does need to recognise where "the competition" has the edge.

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There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees

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Re: 106,000??

"Oh Talk_talk you may have changed your name but NEVER your practices and as for Virigin --- standard Branson promises of Unicorn poo that was never delivered."

The name Virgin Media is licenced from Branson. The real owner is Liberty Global (or whatever they call themselves now).

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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I could do with some of that cash

Don;t worry, I’d work for it on some worthy project.

But it would give me an income to support myself rather than rotting on the dole when my current employment comes to an end.

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: XPS

"With PDF printer drivers costing money at the time, the advantage of XPS was that it was there."

Yikes, I never realised you had to shell out for PDF printer drivers.

OS X had PDF support from quite early on - 2002-ish IIRC,.

Disclaimer: In that time frame I'd got PostScript capable printers, both at work and home, and a lot of stuff back in the day was available in .PS format.

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Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

."Also both WinHelp and CHM had navigation features and a way to organize contents so you could explore them. "

I've learned an awful lot through the years just digging around help files to see what's there.

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Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

"Most people have mobile Internet on their phone for when the PC is broken, and wired Internet on their PC for when their phone is broken."

With a data plan that's all used up, or about to be once you've navigated through a maze of help options, none of which quite address the problem you are having.

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When your network is out...

"Sometimes we just want to view help documentation offline, and not get online (and launch a browser) to do that."

Nothing more infuriating than a help system trying to go online when your network config or DNS or ISP has gone AWOL.

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Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Gas problem

"It's the rest of Europe that has a gas problem."

Sauerkraut does have that effect, yes.

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Windows USB-stick-of-death, router bugs resurrected, and more

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"Hahad" - a wonderful name for a security bod

"Sounds scary, but as Mounir Hahad of Juniper Threat Labs told El Reg, both flaws have long-since been patched by Microsoft."

Ha!-Had!. or Haha'd, take your pick :-)

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

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The phrase you are looking for

"One thing that is unforgivable though are call centres where I can't understand a damn word they are saying and they can't understand me,"

is "Management has complete contempt for the customer".

Until that attitude changes, nothing will.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

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"BT routers come with randomised passwords and I see no reason to change them to something user-selected and likely less random. That must make up a large fraction of the 82%."

But my (non-BT) router has the random looking Wifi passwords printed on a label on it. As does the router supplied to a mate by his ISP, Liberty Global (the owners of Virgin Media).

And everyone's got cameras on their phones now, bad guys too,

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Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain

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Re: 10-15 million pounds

"I do object however to your suggestion that anybody ever got an ICL and IBM mainframe to talk to each other, in any meaningful and useful sense of the phrase."

Objection noted. A VAX equipped with SNA/RJE was a good way of talking to IBMs, and that apparently included getting two IBMs to talk to each other.

I suspect that many comms projects involving disparate mainframes of the era were quietly shelved in favour of existing tape based solutions.

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Re: 10-15 million pounds

"The other 14 million will be required to yet again re-animate the body of the 1970s system administrator who they keep in a bubbling liquid filled cylinder fttled with electrodes into his brain, who is the only person left on the planet that knows how to wok with the rusting customised VAX systems with hierarchical databases that are still actually running the core systems the governmen relies on that the app will have to interface with."

Technical note. The first VAXes didn't appear that early.

The VAXes are there so that the even older ICL and IBM mainframes can talk to each other.

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Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35

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Re: Get burned?

"You calculate your rate and then, if you're registered for VAT, add the appropriate VAT rate onto the top."

Going back nearly 30 years, but if the client didn't pay your invoice, you still had to pay the VAT, and then wait 2 years to claim it back as bad debt relief.

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"ou shouldn't be paying NI if you are drawing funds in the most tax efficient structure. i.e. mostly dividends."

Sure, if you're happy to ignore things like allowable pension contributions.

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Re: re: Pay your Taxes

"It is clear to me that they don't want people in IT to work for anything other than the likes of Crapita, Steria etc."

Brain Drain then.

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Suspected drug dealer who refused to poo for 46 DAYS released... on bail

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Re: Lamarr, Lucky to be alive

"If they've held him, locked him up, under protest... this whole time ....and there's nothing... can you imagine what he's going to get out of this in settlement?"

Many years ago some local villains were locked up for a weekend after being identified by an eye-witness to one of their thefts.

They asked for a trial by jury, so got let off to save on costs.

They managed to claim x quid per day for wrongful detention. It wasn't a huge sum but it was a real kick in the teeth for their victims who'd had thousands of pounds of goods nicked.

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UK data watchdog's inaugural tech strategy was written with... *drumroll* Word 2010

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Re: in fairness

"Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\Graphics\

DWORD: DisableAnimations = 1

You may need to create the Graphics Key and you'll almost certainly need to create the DWORD value. Replace the 16.0 with 15.0 for Office/Excel 2013."

FFS!

IT'S NEARLY TWENTY SODDING THREE YEARS SINCE WINDOWS 95 HIT THE SCENE AND WE ARE STILL DICKING AROUND WITH DWORD VALUES?

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Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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"Readers will note how the building targets the head."

It's not just that, but when you get within half an inch of it, it comes out and butts you full thwack.

Keen observers will notice that this is a feature also demonstrated by shelf corners and the lifted tailgates of 5 door cars.

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Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

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The Swedish flag

If you are a Brit living in Switzerland it becomes a running gag.

Visits to Blighty are plagued with the question "How's life in Sweden?"

You eventually get used to it and simply reply "Fine".

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Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

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Re: Unsurprising outcome

"If you're creating a new brand name, at least try to make it standout, Enterprise Profile doesn't! How did it even get shortlisted?"

Chief suspects: those supporting "Jakarta EE".

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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Re: Reverse discrimination is now political correctness.

"if you're white and male, like me, and you didn't get a job at Google, like me, it's because, you weren't good enough, like me. "

Has it occurred to you that some of us don't particularly want a job at Google? Or any of the other Bay area behemoths for that matter.

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HR to blame?

"All based on imaginary numbers"

HR's fault for trying to pigeonhole everyone into this or that category?

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UK peers: Is this what you call governance of facial recog tech? A 'few scattered papers'!

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Re: Well

"here are some very bad people out there who do not pay their taxes our wages"

FTFY

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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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Re: As a practicing[0] guitarist ...

"Anyone suggesting that the guitarist on stage stops to play, picks phone from the floor, browses through five menus to adjust something, puts the phone down, picks the guitar up and continues to play, is really far out."

Hey, I like far out music.

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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Re: Siphoning fuel

"The pump was at the rear near the fuel tank.

Err.. not on the Morris Minor 1000 that we have it isn't - it's attached to the front bulkhead, just behind and above the carb.."

I think you are correct. I was concentrating on the Mini as I wrote.

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