* Posts by Amorous Cowherder

1026 posts • joined 5 Jul 2012

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

Amorous Cowherder
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Not for every one I know, but dump your old number

I happily dump my number every 2-3 years and get a new one off whichever network is supplying me at that time. I know it's definitely not for everyone but it's a great way to get rid of people you dislike and only keep those numbers you wish to keep up with!

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: This is a bad thing

"Speaking for myself, I'm sufficiently adult that I don't need some tosspot regulator to bleat on my behalf, YMMV."

Do you have kids? If so then you know exactly how bloody stupid and easily influenced they are by everything they see around them. That's one thing I've learned bringing up a daughter over the last 20 years, they take every single thing they learn from you, they rebel against their mothers and they look to you, their father, as the first and most important bloke in the life. Then when they move on to moon over some spotty, floppy-haired bell-end in their class they at least know what a sensible bloke is actually like as they've grown up with one all their lives. They know that people, men and women, deserve equal respect.

I want my daughter to grow up and know that she is respected, my wife and I respect her, she can respect both men and women. Don't get me wrong I like to see some complete div making a mess in a kitchen 'cos he's a bloke, it's funny but kids are daft and I don't want my kids to see one message telling them all blokes are as thick as stupid kids and then seeing me, a sensible and I would say typical bloke who does his fair share of housework and sharing the chores, and she's gets conflicting messages.

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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I've been playing with it since its first release on Linux and it's not bad. However I just get the feeling that Microsoft is creating a solution for a problem that only exists for Microsoft, not the consumers. Anyone with good SQL Server skills is a generally a reasonable Windows tech too, they're not going to want to learn a whole new operating system especially one like UNIX ( cut the crap, Linux is UNIX!) which is not always the easiest to work with. I came from Oracle on Unix in the 80's, then Oracle on Windows and up through SQL Server on Windows, so I've had to learn to be a "jack of all trades" to survive, however my personal experience of SQL Server only admins I've met is that they're happy on Windows and they like it that way. The only people likely to want to use this are accomplished UNIX admins with solid DBA skills in lots of different DBs who have to support apps that only install on SQL Server an nothing else. I can't see many Windows admins and/or SQL Server admins jumping on this. This is just a project that proves MS knows Windows is slowly being hit in the server rooms, both on-prem and especially in the cloud, where every single inch of rack space needs to earn its keep.

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Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear

Amorous Cowherder
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Re: Do big technology companies really think Trekkies are gullible enough...

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

Amorous Cowherder
Pint

Tough? Pah!

Get 'em down my local on a Friday night, watch 'em tip some nutter's pint over and then we'll see how tough they think they are!

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

Amorous Cowherder
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Oh come on

It'd be easy to gloat but come on, if you had a great idea to attempt to help very rich trust-funded tat-collectors fork over their cash by the suitcase on some daft idea of yours, you wouldn't do it? I know I bloody well would!

Shame, I really wanted Vertu to work as it proved beyond a doubt that there was several born every minute, not just one.

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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Facepalm

Hmmm, chalk up one more reason why investing in a nice chunky NAS box or two ( need to mirror, right! ) to store your music and vids is a good option, you're not beholden to some fly-by-night "service" that will upsticks and bugger off with your carefully crafted entertainment selections. Welcome to the real world Millennial types who seem to think the Internet is running on Unicorn farts and rainbows and where nothing ever goes wrong!

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Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart

Amorous Cowherder
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"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal" , said Picasso supposedly. Web design is artistry, and like any other line of work it has a large number of lazy people simply nicking other people's ideas which simply proves they never really had any true creativity or understanding of the skills they profess to have. In any business sphere there are a small percentage of people who are world class, then a big chunk of hard working types who know their stuff and then a huge proportion riding the coattails of the aforementioned.

As an aside, can anyone explain why web design was ever considered an IT skill?! While the rest of us toiled in the computer rooms of companies and schools, everyone else scoffed at us until the WWW explosion in the 90s and suddenly IT wasn't geeky or nerdy anymore when they saw how much skilled IT people earned behind the scenes. All of a sudden it was an excuse for artist types to look "retro-geek trendy" by saying they were working in IT when they were basically graphic designers working on computers.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

Amorous Cowherder
Mushroom

It's all disgusting!!!

Most computer boards have female sockets ( read: orifices ) taking it hard from male connectors! Mother and daughter boards being raped by phallic male connectors!! Urgh, it's horrendous and sickening male centric computing! I've half a mind to write to my MP!

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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

Amorous Cowherder
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Re: Quel Surprise

A point of pedantry, the phrase "Quel Surprise" is more often than not used sarcastically to state there is no surprise. There really is no need to use the hideous Americanism of appending "Not!" after it in order to state you're being sarcastic.

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Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

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Re: Please explain to me ...

"You're entirely at the mercy of a 3rd party to make something available, and when they let you down you're left completely bereft."

Aren't you still at the mercy of a person or person(s) you employ yourself at your company when it goes tits up? The only difference is that you local bods have to know their stuff as they will have limited support out of hours ( dependent upon service agreement contracts ) at least with the cloud offerings you get a company that's got a lot more at stake, more customers complaining and bad PR ramping up all over the world, that's enough to get the best and brightest of the backline support out of bed at 2am to fix a worldwide problem.

Don't get me wrong, while I like cloud offerings and I think they're good for some tasks, other stuff should only be done in-house by dedicated staff. Sadly the days of the IT technical bod at smaller shops is limited. Nearly 30 years as sys admin/DBA and I'm looking to shore up my knowledge with non-IT related skillsets, 'cos I'll need an escape plan when all the PHBs finally send our jobs out into the cloud, and it's not as far away as you think.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

Amorous Cowherder
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Re: School boy mistake

Well, they laughed and mocked Darwin when he posited that the earth was millions of years old and that we were descended from apes...although it has to be said this shite about Mars paedo-colonies is pretty far out there when it comes to whack-o-doodle theories!

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UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

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False economy

Well done UK Gov for putting my tax money to such great use. So all the money you saved with going with a cheap consultancy you've now spunked up the wall on fixing the fallout from this insecure shite.

We're the all mighty cut-price, cockup artists "Crapita" involved by any chance?

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

Amorous Cowherder
Unhappy

Sadly you're right

I found that a lot of my memories of early 80's gaming on 2600, Dragon32 and Amstrad CPC were so heavily rose-tinted, I tried out a few old games on emulators and it was nice to go back and remember them but they were like visiting an old relative you used to have so much fun with. Only now there they are staring out of the window of the nursing home. Your memories are still strong but seeing them so old, frail and aged so ungracefully, you just pay your respects and leave quietly as they're simply not the same fun person you remember them to be. Leave them in the past, along with your happy memories and move on.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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Can wait for the first lawsuit for several million dollars when some kid gets put into a coma by a falling box of spanners ordered off Bezos tat market.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

Amorous Cowherder
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Excuse to strip privacy, end of story

May is hoping that regulation can be used to control social media and other websites, once she has more in place she can finally begin stripping out encryption and making it illegal to use encryption and then the security services finally have what they want in the ability to spy on anyone they please. However as we all know if you push the nutters too hard off the mainstream sites they have enough nous to set up their own networks, develop their own encryption tech and online meeting places, they might be nutters but they're not stupid. Not as ignorant as the politicians anyway.

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Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

Amorous Cowherder
Big Brother

You literally are a number, not a free person.

The saddest truth of all is that the ISPs don't care and the Gov really don't care about 99% of what we do, the only people who care are the scumbag ad-men. Everything you do can be sliced and diced to provide lots of useful info that can be used to direct ad campaigns. That's it, the value comes from having real data about real people's habits, they don't even need to have any sort of names attached, just the data.

They don't want to know you as you're name is irrelevant, they'd be happy to have your data anonymised 'cos all they need is a constant stream of real data from real people to fill their huge data warehouses in order to make sure the ad campaigns are worthwhile and costs effective. All you are is just a stack of stats and nothing more. Once collection is part of the status quo, the Gov will go quiet they've won, they'll be able to pick you out of a stream of thousands of others simply by your habits.

Want to stop it? Log off now, stop using the internet...oh wait you can't because all the services you need, Gov, local Gov, banks, utilities, shopping, it's all online and it ain't going offline ever again.

We're 100% screwed, so get used to it!

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

Amorous Cowherder
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Re: First world problems

Well said!

I could make the time to spend 2 hours shopping but after a 50 hour week at work, 2 hours daily commute quite frankly I'd rather spend my free time doing something more productive with my time.

Why is it people like to suffer? Shopping is suffering, it's an awful, awful experience and I've done it for the last 25 years since I left home. I'm very thankful for the supermarkets delivering. The local shops used to have a boy who'd deliver to your house, this is no different. If you like a bit of masochism, be my guest I won't stop you. Personally I'd rather go out Saturday morning walking and taking photos, come home for lunch, shopping delivered at midday and then I can out again in the afternoon again if I want knowing my shopping took me 10 mins of browsing and 10 mins to put away, I'm not writing off my entire Saturday morning to stock up for the week. Still you need to feel the need for some inflicted suffering up TESCO on a Saturday morning, knock yourselves out!

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Absolutely brilliant for local economies!

Hear me out...

Take 1 child on plane, take away tablet/phone, bloody major annoyance ensues. Multiply by X number of bored kids on X number of planes, absolutely bloody chaos! Parents shouting, ruined holidays. This will lead to parents knowing they are in for a world of misery, they will cancel long haul holidays, take shorter, closer destinations, a boost for European economies in our case, major loss for US tourism.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: "Tirelessly"?

Not sure about other banks but it's part of our mandatory requirement to the auditors to prove we have a functioning DR site and appropriate, tested procedures for using it!

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Phishing: Another thing we can blame on Brexit

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Re: They are getting better

Exactly what i was thinking. It's not that we're becoming more gullible, it's that the scum are getting a little more practiced. They know full well that anyone with a good grasp of English can spot a dodgy email a mile off. Basic security education is being nagged into Joe Sixpack in every media outlet day in, day out. The scum now need to up their game to catch more marks, so they use genuine addresses, proper logos, correct English, genuine emails and with the prevelance of cheap dumps of genuine data stolen from large corps on a regular basis, it's possible to put genuine names and contact details on emails that could fool most people.

The days when you'd read, "I come Nigeria as prince. You get big $1,000,000 for give me 1 thousand dollar sent by Paypal.", are long gone.

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Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

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Uber...

...the online version of a dirty, grotty little mini-cab firm you find in any city backstreet, employing their mates who're less than reputable scumbags fresh out of clinky.

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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

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Re: My first visceral disagreement with Mr. Dabbs

Ditto! My Saturday afternoon/evening when everyone goes to my sister-in-law's, who I love dearly as it happens, for dinner. The stomping and stropping of my teenage daughter taking 2 hours to get ready, my wife making sure I've done all the tasks for the weekend all happen at midday Saturday. Then around 3pm silence settles upon the house and I have 6-7 hours of bliss to enjoy. I reserve that time for such private things as...

* Digging out my copy of The Rocky Horror Show and singing along ( quite a sight to witness I'm sure, a 45 year old heavy metal fan in his Megadeth shirt singing "The Time Warp"! )

* Tending to my chilli plants ( usually talking to them! )

* Digging out some utterly naff sci-fi movie ( watched "Colossus" the other day for the first time in ages, very prophetic! )

* Cooking a stinking hot curry using the aforementioned home-grown chillis.

* Grabbing a huge bag of Doritos, a packet of Oreos and/or a bar of Caramel Dairy Milk and fininshing the whole lot in 45 mins, washed down by a couple of ice cold Newkie Browns. Then doing any of the above.

Sorry, but that precious Saturday afternoon is just one of many reasons our marriage is still very much alive and kicking! Long may I be forever in my sister-in-law's debt for organising it.

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Facebook loves virtual reality so much it just axed its VR film studio

Amorous Cowherder
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Facebook VR?

Why did Facebook need a VR studio? Their users live in a different reality already!

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

Amorous Cowherder
Unhappy

Why would they? They know we're bloody stupid enough to want new toys like webcams and Skype on mobile phones. We buy into things like Alexa and Siri, talking to boxes that transmit our every thought back to the master servers. They won't have to make it law because the next generation are already practically brainwashed into sharing every single thought and deed online.

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Veritas lays off a third of its sales staff – merry Christmas, everyone!

Amorous Cowherder
Unhappy

There are no jobs for life and never will be again

I take it you've never been made redundant then in your entire career? If so then you've been very lucky. Every redundancy I've been through, luckily only 5 over 25 years, has always been in Oct, Nov or early Dec. They give you notice to work 1 or 3 months, pay you your big wedge pay-off and when New Year comes you've got a big wedge in your back pocket and a month or two to find a new job. It's actually not as bad as it sounds, sure you have the pain of doing interviews and having to run around to places to secure a job but it's just part of modern life I'm afraid, there are no jobs for life anymore.

I feel for people, I really do and I hate the uncertainty that builds up as you wait to see if your job is being scrapped, then the worry, it's one of the worst things to go through especially if you have a family like most of us do. I assume the US system is like the UK, you will get a pay off to keep you going for a couple of months to give you a chance to find a new job. Most people work hard, have a good reputation and always manage to secure something. We all think there's 3 jobs out there in our field but there's always work, you may have to quickly (re)learn a skill set and make a compromise to get some cash into your house but there's always something out there that a flexible IT worker can turn their hand to to get a job. I took a 35% pay cut once to make sure I had some cash coming in while I spent time trying to find a good job and get myself back up to the pay I really wanted, 4 months of cutting household bills to the bone and a baby on the way, nightmare time but I survived and it only took me 9 months to finally get the job that got me back up to the pay rate I really wanted.

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

Amorous Cowherder
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Numbers games, surely?

Surely this is all a game of percentages?

If you have job X and you put out for CVs and you get 6/10 white males, 2/10 while females, 1/10 black and 1/10 Asian. Then the most obvious thing, even to a pre-GCSE maths student is that the probability of someone from the higher percentage ( the white male group ) getting the job is much higher. Simple, basic probability.

This "screaming meamies" crying foul over possible employment discrimination need to expend their energies on getting into schools and promoting the value of a well paid tech/science job to kids who may not have otherwise thought of it. most kids aren't stupid, they simply need the right motivation, sadly in today's world, for a lot of them, it's shite like Meet the Kardashians and X-Factor.

When you have a society that worships at the feet of the likes of Kanye West and that fat arsed bird he's with ( who's famous for simply being famous ) or a dozen premier league footballers and their bimbo girlfriends, rather than paying respect to the likes of Dr Brian Cox (*), then you're going to end up with a load of kids with poor ideas about life choices. My daughter has just made her choices for GCSE, she wants to do history and science subjects, the discussions at school came up about what the other kids want to do in life, the top 3 ( from her very rough straw poll ) footballer, hairdresser and rock star! FFS! Other kids asked my girl why she was taking history, geography and sociology, they couldn't understand how someone could enjoy those subjects as they're so boring! There's your problem, right there. A lot of kids believing the shite like X-Factor, thinking that getting their 15 mins of fame is all that matters over trying to begin a steady career path.

(* - just using Cox as an example of a scientist who's in the media that kids would have certainly seen )

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

Amorous Cowherder
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Re: Surely the last one is obvious?

Been there, done that and probably have the shirt somewhere, although it was usually only a frustrating 45 mins at most. Ah the follies of a youthful coder who thought he knew-it-all, only to be slammed back to earth by the genius of an inadvertent infinite loop!

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

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Thumb Up

Nice heart warming story of 2 bright people, thinking clearly, planning properly and making a success with a genuinely good product and a lot of hard work...and they're Brits to boot!

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

Amorous Cowherder
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Re: Yeah.. don't believe it.

Exactly what I was thinking..

a) a bad firmware update through a few core devices

b) accidental flip from prod to test setup

c) accidental flip from prod to poorly tested DR setup

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Two-thirds of Android users vulnerable to web history sniff ransomware

Amorous Cowherder
Happy

Feel free to forward my browsing history to my family, means I won't have answer inane questions about what I've been up to recently when we have to get together for family do's, they'll have their suspicions confirmed that I'm not good enough for their daughter! Ha ha!

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

Amorous Cowherder
Mushroom

Bloody women!

Had exactly the same problem last night with our Epson 7515. My Missus was trying to print from her iPhone. Queue is stacking up micely but nothing coming out....

W: "Why can't we turn it off/on?"

Me: "Not now love, who's the IT expert?"

W: "Yes but..."

Me: "I'll have it in a minute love."

W: "We could just reset the printer, look there's an option on the menu."

Me: "Yes but darling, it's working fine from the PCs, it's got to be your phone."

W: "What harm can it do to reset the printer config?"

Me: "OK but I can't see what good a reset will do..."

Wife: "Oooh it's working now look, it's printed my stuff!"

( *grumble* bloody women, bloody well always right....bloody well get back to kitchen... *grumble* )

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Some happy memories and one very sad one

Remember going out for days with my Mum in her long wheelbased Defender, sipping flask tea while watching the drizzle run down the windows, happy times. The Land Rover had a heating system that would either freeze you or give you heat burns, perfect for a freezing cold Winter trip.

Sadly my Mum slipped from the back of her Land Rover at the age of 63, broke her leg which caused a massive stroke when a blood clot moved from the break, took my Dad about 5 years before he could part with her old Land Rover.

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UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

Amorous Cowherder
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Re: Digital

Just make sure they work the word "cyber" in there a least 4 times in every paragraph and they're golden!

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Feds slap Rentboy.com boss with further charges

Amorous Cowherder
Facepalm

Oh come on! These people cannot be so daft to assume the name was chosen merely for it's humorous appeal and ability to climb the search engine rankings?!!

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Happy

Re: Brilliant

What kind of DVD extras do we get?

"Making of..."

Torture of the artist as they go through the pain and anguish of selecting the right wall.

The artist at B&Q till buying paint, did they select Dulux or did they go for an inferior product like Crown or worse, that B&Q own brand cack?

Artist select correct grade roller and paint tray.

Finally the application to the wall itself.

Alternative endings?

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Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach

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Facepalm

Cheers....( Note to self, important Word and Excel docs, no doubt containing full DB dumps of sensitive data, all on G drive once I'm inside network.... )

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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

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Re: not a chance

"As an IT bod in Gov. (rather a well run section actually - all in house) may I just say - Ah-haa-haa-haa-haa"

The one thing that does wonders for an IT techie working in Government projects is to meet the few external contractors that are brought in. The Gov IT bods suddenly realise they're as good as the contractors and wonder why they hadn't thought of ditching the Gov pay packet in favour of contracting or full time in the private sector, either way the pay is far more reasonable given the time they've invested in their talent.

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Re: arcane code...

C++ standards have changed over the years but people rarely do move with the standard. So many people simply flip on the "use deprecated feature" flags when they're coding and you're then left with a pile of tripe that has to be maintained.

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Facepalm

Sounds about right. I worked for the Gov IT for a few year in the early 90's and failing projects, or at the very least over budget and overdue, seemed to be almost factored in at the planning stage!

I worked one project and they needed a few Ops, just to run a few batch jobs and check log files. The job spec they put out said "IT/Computer Science graduate required for IT role.". It was only the insistence of my boss at the time, to her boss ( the one who came up with the ad ), that saw the top boss go to HR and scale it back to simply "IT bod required with Ops experience."! What's the point in hiring the wrong people, they will turn up get bored and bugger off after 5 minutes leaving the project delayed 'cos of the constant retraining of inappropriate staff.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Pint

Re: Errrrrrmmmmmm...

Indeed, anyone with half a brain will take one look at the requirements of that nasty little app ( both on Android and iOS) and realise their life will no longer be their own after installing it! I use FB to keep in contact with family and fellow photographers but I'm damned if I'll ever install any of FB's nasty pieces of malware masquerading as mobile apps.

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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Facepalm

Just wait for the first bug and the "bad guys" find the kill switch API, the script kiddies have a new fun toy to play with!

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

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Facepalm

FR was full of people you didn't like, boasting about stuff they hadn't really done and continuing to make dicks of themselves just like they did when you had to put up with them 6 hours a day at school!

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Stop, look, listen: Don't be 2016's DevOps roadkill – here's how to survive

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Facepalm

Re: lost me at every turn

"Patch-O-Li", that's the oily stuff Hippies used to rub into leather jackets isn't it?

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

Amorous Cowherder

I find none of these facts to be any great surprise. It's technically a charity/business/trust so it's fairly obvious that like any organisation there's going to be certain ideologies that they lean towards, certain practices are going to be less than squeaky clean. All CEO's claim to be spotless, PR is their job, so again no surprise to find fighting amongst the top bods in an organisation. I would expect them to have running costs and therefore reasonable liquid cash assets, servers and people's time is not free. For example, they also run competitions in the various areas they require quality material, they offer cash prizes which has to come from somewhere, I won one of their photo competitions a few years back and the prize was a very nice sum of money that allowed me to buy some new camera kit.

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

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Happy

Road works compressors!

If you look at the scene where Luke and Obi first get to the MF hanger, there are two large yellow pods with ducts coming from them. They look exactly like the compressors that road work crews used in the 1970's to power their kango hammers and other tools when digging up the nation's highways!

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What do Angolan rebels, ISIS widows, Metallica and a photographer have in common?

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Re: Murdered?

The media language of propaganda these days is utterly ridiculous.

"Pacifying Falujah" - Bombing large Eastern town back to the stone age.

"Civilian casualties" - Innocent people killed

"Liquidation" - People killed.

"Expedited removal" - People killed faster.

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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Devil

I distinctly remember myself and a lot of mates who played the original DOOM when it came out, started having very worrying dreams. Nothing horrendous but it was such a novelty at the time so we played it a lot, we even played it at work after hours. Despite it being very pixelated, your mind tends to smooth images and fill in the gaps and it did turn a lot of us off gaming for quite a while. The mind is a very sensitive machine and should be looked after carefully.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Gimp

Bollocks! If I fancy a beer, I shall bloody well have a beer! If I fancy a few shots of something nasty, I shall have a few shots of some vile coloured liquid.

I'm a middle aged adult, I know that when my head starts to get a little fuzzy it's time to hit the lemonade for a round or two until it subsides. When I was a youngster I enjoyed the novelty of the fuzziness and even pushed things a little further because at that age I had no experience of what real life was like, I thought I was immortal. Now I have grown older I know I am not and thus my common sense comes to bear with anything dangerous, be it a knife, a power tool or a pint of chemicals that will pickle my innards!

Take your nanny state and stick it up your arse! I'm a human being and I want to feel emotion and pain in my otherwise humdrum and quite dull 9-5 life, just to remind me that I am a real, living, breathing, thinking person with needs and wants. The gimp mask, 'cos pain is close to pleasure and a good playful beating from the Missus let's me know we're both very much alive and kicking!!

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Coat

I throw my caution to the wind last week, ended up with wet trousers!

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