* Posts by Scroticus Canis

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Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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So the last season of Rake was an Oz Parliament documentary?

Why don't they just ask Huawei for the info?

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£10k offer to leave firm ASAP is not blackmail, Capita told by judge

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@Tomato42 - "76h work week is almost 11h a day every day for 7 days"

Yes, but the article states "... a roster that included working for 12 days straight (a total of 76 hours) immediately after the New Year holidays", which is only 6 hours and 20 minutes per day. Which is shorter than the core 09:00 - 17:30 which is 7 hours and 30 minutes working time (lunch hour not counted as work).

The story indicates the complaint was she didn't want to work 12 days in a row as she needed her rest day. IIRC the law allows 14 x 14 hour days straight before it becomes a legal necessity to take a 24 hour rest period. There are other regs covering those working in the human cargo industries (pilots, drivers, rail maintenance workers, etc) but no one recognises accountants as being a safety critical group* even in those industries. (* except for skimpy budgeting on safety materials quality)

However she does mention a 76 hour week in her email which is not mentioned the story line. So who is lying the reportee or the reporter?

Interesting idea of being "managed by your sick leave". How is that done? Small dose of thallium tea if your annoying, escalating to polonium if you are a real PITA?

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AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Couldn't show a Dong on a bus over here in blighty - You'd get in trouble!

I've seen plenty of pictures of politicians on buses here!

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Re: I can't see what you did there...

You put it on back-to-front, the mesh bit is for the eyes ;)

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Barnet Council reckons Capita's dropped the ball on outsourced services

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So Crapita is going to get its Barnet cut.

Sorry ... but someone had to say it :)

Mines got the copy of Sweeny Todd in the pocket.

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Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Smart meters do not save energy @Gerry 3

Don't need a smart meter for load shedding, South Africa has been doing it for decades with hot water heaters. They are fitted with a device that switches the water heaters off via a ripple put through the electricity supply and a similar ripple turns them on again; was used mostly for peak demand time like cooking dinner. Now they just blackout whole areas*.

*Since the ANC's energy ministers famous "Why do we need these extra giga-watts when we have so much more mega-watts now?" comment! It has become standard practice for rolling blackouts during the winter months as a load balancing method. Eskom (state supplier) publishes the time table of when you need to light the candles.

Old joke - What did Zimbabwe use for lighting and cooking before candles and paraffin burners? Answer - electricity. SA is headed the same way. So damned sad.

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Laptop search unravels scheme to fake death for insurance cash

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RTFA indeed - "...explains that in June 2013, someone told the FBI that Igor was alive."

The time stamps and the camera were just evidence that the authorities were ALREADY LOOKING FOR.

FFS RTFA before leaping to the wrong conclusion. Meh!

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Did you hear? There's a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it's Adobe Flash's fault

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Re: I have no problems at all with cat videos.

Neither do I, as I wouldn't waste my time watching them, but hey, each to their own.

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Kill Flash by 2020? But... but...

... what about all those cat videos? Oh the felinity! Such a loss!

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Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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It's the cat I feel sorry for.

Jules can sit and rot in Ecuadorian comfort for another six years of well earned, self imposed isolation for all I care.

Hope he does, then the idiots at the embassy can continue to enjoy his aromatic company and paying for his living expenses, which they so well deserve.

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That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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The lead-in picture is wrong ...

... should be missing 6 toes and sporting a few see through holes.

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Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

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Excession!

Cyclic migration time again?

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Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Is that US Gallons or Imperial Gallons?

Meh - next distances in rods and cubits.

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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Orifice 365 finest vapour-ware available

Any thing cloud based is vapour-ware when the cloud goes BSD (Blue Sky of Death ©), but in this case MS seem have excelled themselves again and so soon after their glorious Win 10 fuck-update.

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Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel

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Re: Fuel? Why no solar panels?

Oh it has those too. Don't think they were running a mini genset for the electrics :)

With the electrically powered gyros bust they had to use fuel to point the comms at earth just to transfer the collected data, doubled the drain probably.

If they had used imperial gallons it would still have a little life left.

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Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up

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Re: Works the other way also @DougS

Sod's Law dictates the neighbour would have gone a crime spree and now your sharing a cell with him thanks to GoogleFace.

Better leave it at home strapped to the dogs collar so it moves about the house and garden.

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Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Yes, someone had to say it.

Went OSX in 2001 and have been fighting the schadenfreude ever since.*

Three weeks into a major release and still problems, well done M$.

I avoid any MS product that I can. I have used Skype to stay in touch with friends but have a feeling that will end when I try the enforced new version.

* - unsuccessfully :) , but in this case I am starting to feel sorry for the poor sods stuck with it.

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FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: "why wasn't the work started over 10 years ago and completed 5 years ago?"

Because Crapita has only had the contract for 15 years. Project plan due soon.*

*PS: Don't hold your breath

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You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

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This is why I set Firefox to clear cache, etc... on close

Then just close and reopen the browser after visiting a site on the list of tracking 'suspects'. Easy.

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Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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Can't imagine the stink bugs are worse than the cockroaches

Back in the late seventies when I was living in Paris the local councils would have your apartment sprayed twice a year for roaches. All along the skirting boards and bottom edges inside of floor level cupboards, whether you liked it or not. The older buildings were permanently infested due to wooden floors and loads of hiding places.

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Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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"polish away some of the rough edges " ... ha ha ha etc... because you can't polish a ...

insert your answer here ____

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Unplanned maintenance... like backing out the Windows 10 update maybe?

Just a thought.

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New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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Re: "deoxyribose, in a chain that forms the backbone of DNA and RNA"

Yep. Also, both ribose and deoxyribose are carbohydrates and contain no phosphorous; it's the phosphorous groups which link the sugars to form the backbone of the respective RNA and DNA molecules. DNA is double stranded and RNA is single stranded, no helix shape.

Meep!

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Re: "I'd say the B-Ark is a definite favourite for the origin"

Lloyd I think you are being a bit optimistic. Much further down the alphabet would be my assessment.

Uppies.

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Beautiful

Just plain beautiful.

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Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Re: Typo alert... or is it?

First thing I though of was a FTFY of "stand in line to be preyed on at the altar of dreams".

I'm late to the party today :(

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...dressed like tramps...

Trickle down economy, pay a tramp to queue for you. Who says fanbois & gals don't have a social heart?

(damn just seen anthonyhedgedus beat me to it)

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Re: What's the first rule?

Rule No. 1: "Don't get caught"

Rule No. 2: see rule 1 .....

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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

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Re: @HampsterNet - Epigenetics

Epigenetics is not evolution nor is it mutation. It is the expression of "suppressed" genes due to changed environmental factors. The genes are already there by normal inheritance but another set or even the same set are just expressed differently due to need; think lung size when changing from a low altitude to a high altitude environment and vice versa.

Native High Andes dwellers have larger lungs than the norm, move them to a coastal environment and in three generations their lungs are the same as the norm. Move them back up and three generations later they have large lungs again.

Basically it's 'stored' responses to conditions experienced by the ancestors and allows fast adaptation to changing conditions.

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London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

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@blugir "...so that you get a free lawyer..."

I suspect that you are a solicitor/lawyer or married to one.

I can see the use of these scanners would result in a drop in business for the legal profession and a saving for the public purse.

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: Double Plus Good - "...doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong."

Ah, but who's definition of wrong will this operate under?

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Faxploit: Retro hacking of fax machines can spread malware

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Re: Denial of Service -Looping the black paper...

Supposedly five black pages was enough to fuse the thermal print heads on the older models. Never tried it myself, much.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Re: "Dazed and confused", surely?

Well more likely having found a toker willing to share than any dementia, it was a metalheads event after all.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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"Which could be on a single hybrid drive."

And thus a single point of failure if not backed up to an external device.

I am still on spinning rust but my next machine* will be all SSD for speed and physical shock resistance.

Apart from the big-iron exchangeable disc packs (8MB) my first hard drive was a 5MB Winchester on a CPM machine with 8" floppies, the HD replaced one of them. 1980 IIRC.

*assuming I outlive this one!

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Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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Re: Die early, recover quickly

"I can imagine that it would be quite annoying for a word processor to flicker in and out of existence while writing a document, though."

If you are having to imagine it you obviously haven't tried Orifice 365 yet.

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Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m

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Re: 2,500 staff in new roles

Probably just 1,100 of the new staff will be in new roles. 700 will replace existing roles in the IT division which have become vacant due to previous incumbents being condemned* to the hell desk (customer facing roles).

So just 1,800 "new" roles. I do agree with your escalation observation.

* a harsh but somewhat deserved punishment :)

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And the person who signed off on the migraine got a promotion, right?

They promote people who give customers headaches? Sounds even more like a bank to avoid.

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Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

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Re: "notoriously difficult language"

I lived in Holland for a year or so and found Dutch hard to learn because everyone just replied or talked to me in English as soon as they heard my accent! My period of living in France was the exact opposite of course.

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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Re: That conclusion seems a bit fast to me - also for the reaserchers

From the article : ' “This subsurface anomaly on Mars has radar properties matching water or water-rich sediments,” said Roberto Orosei'.

So could be just damp rock (water rich sediments). If it is actually liquid it would be a brine slushie at best.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: Good! - "how do you explain the Clangers?"

So the cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, could account for the veins in the blue-cheese it's made of. It all starts to make sense at last.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: "⸘You shut down the what‽"

FTFY

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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"... individuals – described as "security experts" ..."

Security experts - my arse!

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Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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Re: Gonna be one less school soon

"Capita just really don't seem competent in anything they do!"

Oh I don't know, they do seem to excel at getting undeserved business from the government while screwing them for large amounts of money for shoddy products.

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UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems

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Re: I wonder how many codgers are still mentis enough to work on the 4GL it was written in?

You talking about Quick Build (QB)? Yep, it was a bit crap but good old COBOL worked bloody well with IDMSX under ICL's VME op sys. Still my preferred network-database.

QB was crap at multiphase transactions due to page and table locks being released at the end of each phase. Had to code your own lock system and needed the low level calls available with the VME/B option.

To quote my team manager on an ICL to IBM conversion (last century) "A small step forward for IBM but a giant leap backwards for ...."

It was hard work converting a nicely integrated polished suite of systems to a less flexible architecture. That's just the hardware and op sys aspect. The fact that IBM only did IDMS as a database meant everything had to be recoded as the were no eXtended indexes.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: @jake - "... thanks for playing ..."

Is it that what comentardery is about?

I see that they have updated the article to include "US" gallons and correct the miscalculated litre values. Was wondering why Detroit would be using imperial measures ;)

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Re: @jake - "wimpy US gallons"

Well it's obvious they are talking 600 full-fat imperial gallons giving 2,728 litres as 600 US gallons would be 2,271 litres. So no need for us non-USAians to mention it! :)

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: "Our leaders wear jeans"..."I go commando, what does that say about me?"

You own more than one pair of jeans?

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Re: "What they want is partners ... not afraid to try and fail.

So IBM is now trying Crapita's game plan? Getting rid of the experienced employees is a great way of playing catch-up!

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Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm

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"... naughty children with balls of yellow snow."

"Watch out where the huskies go, don't you eat that yellow snow."

(That line triggered a bit of Zappa nostalgia)

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And that's now all three LTE protocol layers with annoying security flaws

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"5G will hopefully fix it"

And then probably introduce a host of new attack vectors. Ho bloody hum!

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