* Posts by TomChaton

48 posts • joined 15 Aug 2012

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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WTF?

Re: Trump: Making America Great again!

Who's winning?

It's the wobbly Microsoft service sweepstake! If you have 'Teams', you've won a lifetime Slack sub

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Joke

Re: Without an incident clock

They've just exposed the clocks API to their CI servers, and it's automatically zeroed whenever there's a deployment anywhere in the company.

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Stop

Re: Of course, given recent statements from the rumor mill...

Nooo! Look what they did to Skype

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Trollface

Who would notice?

I can never tell if there's a bug or if teams is behaving as intended, it's that bad.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

"Programmers, fuck off!"

You first.

We'll be right behind you on Ark Fleet Ship C.

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

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I'm shocked that someone has found Capita wanting. Shocked, I tells ya.

In other news:

Grass: Green

Pope: Catholic

Bear: Arboreal defecation

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Megaphone

Re: Do you people work in I.T?

You are Steve Ballmer and I claim my five pounds.

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Re: An insider speaks

"...your personal preference or leanings don't make one better than the other"

But apparently yours does.

Crypto crackdown: Google bans ads for unregulated currencies

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Bitcoin prices plummeted after news of the ban emerged...

To be fair, bitcoin prices plummeted in early February after I'd had a particularly nice sandwich.

Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed

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Joke

"Let's assemble the brightest minds from...government..."

404 Not Found

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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This is why we can't have nice things.

RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

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Unhappy

ping bob.taylor

ping: unknown host bob.taylor

Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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WTF?

@Voland's right hand

You are Carl Spackler AICMFP

Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command

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Alert

re: ...and what did they actually enter.

I suspect it had an asterisk in it somewhere.

Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Stop

Re: Sing and you die

Perhaps they wouldn't be seen dead on the same stage as a scumbag like him?

But no, of course they're being partisan whilst you have obviously put politics aside.

Oracle exec quits over co-CEO Safra Catz's promise to assist Trump

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Re: "Planned Register of Muslims"

plan

NOUN

1. A detailed proposal for doing or achieving something

2. An intention or decision about what one is going to do.

FTFY

Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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What about satire?

I have yet to come across a piece of fake news yet. Either that or I'm such a sucker I wouldn't be able to tell, but that would be an epistemological matter.

What concerns me is that good satire is almost indistinguishable from that which it satirises.

What a bee-lief! UK's asian hornet outbreak is over ... for now

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IT Angle

I, for one, welcome our new vespine overlords etc etc

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Meh

Meh

It's a free service. They can push ads at me all they like. I've long since developed internal filters for ads.

Of course, I see them peripherally, but that doesn't mean I'm going to walk/click zombie-like into a shop and buy it there and then. I may specifically seek this product out when I'm weighing the pros and cons of a list of alternatives, but it doesn't get preferential treatment

123-Reg goes TITSUP – again

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"123-Reg customers is not exactly a stranger to periodic service outages"

This am not good make typings.

Brexit has left a regulatory black hole for digital, say MPs

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Stop

Re: So the trouble with taking back control

Who is criminalised? The banana?

Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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"...at least she wouldn't be leading the Stasi"

Well, the uniforms would probably be better

Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: Users are the Product

"I know that Oculus have said that they don't share information with FB, but have they promised that they will NEVER start doing that?"

If they did it wouldn't be worth the paper it was written on.

Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

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Re: Makes sense

Eh? Trump has to win everywhere. Clinton only has to win one or two swing states. Trump's appeal to the hardcore loonies he's attracted so far will wane as he tries to woo the moderates in his own party and democrats in swing states, who all hate him. He hasn't a snowflake's.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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@kventin

"remember that web thing? they missed the boat, caught up, boarded it and then pretty much defined the thing."

The way I remember it was they missed the boat, and then used their massive commercial clout to shoulder barge their way back in, ruining standards left right and centre for over a decade. Then, once they'd "won" the web wars and Netscape was open sourced , they stopped development on I.E.

If you define "the web" as a complete basket case which has only recently recovered from Microsoft's meddling, then yes, I suppose you can say it was their doing.

UK.gov plans to legislate on smut filters after EU net neutrality ruling

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Stop

To prevent the kids...

...from putting their genitalia where it doesn't belong?

Job alert: Is this the toughest sysadmin role on Earth? And are you badass enough to do it?

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I bet there's no googling the answer

And for that reason, I'm out.

UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Coat

Re: A cunning ploy

Teenaged boys are already pretty adept penetration testers, as I recall...

What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Headmaster

14nd place?

Is this a heretofore unknown numbering system?

Possibly based on the number of sumo wrestlers it is possible to get into a mini?

Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Stop

Re: wow

Unless, of course, you're a developer who subsequently spent months developing for the prototype you were sent, only to find that the whole shebang has been sold to an outfit that has - at the last count - no respect for developers, and little interest in gaming.

Under these circumstances, I can see why backers are up in arms.

Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

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"metastable bound states of the gravitational field"

That's going to be hard to market. I'd stick with the original name.

Army spaffed millions up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

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Blunders

"...has been hamstrung by a series of blunders after Capita was awarded the contract in 2011".

A series of blunders after the first catastrophic blunder; namely letting Crapita anywhere near it.

Have they *ever* brought a project in on time and on budget?

Answers on the back of a blank taxpayers cheque.

Facebook slurped phone numbers says Norton

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Facepalm

Re: @Gordon 10

I agree, it looks more like a lazy /stupid developer to me.

NSA accused of new crimes ... against slideware

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Re: FAIL!

Has he not heard of anti-aliasing either?

IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Go

What a hero

I think he's going to need a bigger boat, though. The website is responding very slowly.

My method is to call the sales department, if such a thing exists, then the salesdroid that answers can transfer me internally to the department I need.

Sales numbers are rarely engaged or have queuing systems, and are normally answered by wetware.

Good news: Debian 7 is rock solid. Bad news: It's called Wheezy

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Stop

Re: But what can it do?

"Well the cost is in one's time, even for a home user. There is a measurable "cost" in terms of the hours taken to to a major software install..."

I'm guessing you've never used apt then?

Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Stop

Re: Zero Tolerance

Zero tolerance is anathema to rational thought.

UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

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Pirate

Re: Excuse me

The legislation specifically names registries that you have to use.

It seems to me to be that diligence in this case means searching the registries.

If that's prohibitively expensive, then the only recourse would be legal action which is beyond the means of most people / organisations.

Pirates, because they're cool. And this amounts to legalised piracy by the big meedja boys.

GR££DY

Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Unhappy

Christ! :(

Title says it all.

'1337 hacker' scrawls all over careless coders' SourceForge sites

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Stop

Re: ...this is what happens when you use [insert operating system here] ....

and do not know what you are doing

After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

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Stop

Re: The Difference Between Communism And Capitalism

Or Communism, for that matter.

The fact that most Communist states have been totalitarian too is a coincidence (more probably linked to the propensity for greed in the human race).

SpaceX Dragon eventually snared by ISS

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Thumb Up

Mission controllers pressure-hammered the pipes to clear the problem.

Does this mean "turned it off and on again *really* fast"?

Soak up CO2 with sponges, says CSIRO

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WTF?

Icon says it all

...and when we run out of things to burn?

If we could only harness hyperbole and ignorance as a power source...

'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Re: Friday 13th

Bearing in mind that the Tunguska event is conjectured to have been an airburst. The likelihood of this rock having the same composition is slim; therefore a comparison would not appear to be appropriate here.

ROGUE PLANET WITHOUT A SUN spotted in interstellar space

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Coat

That's

no moon...

Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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Sage?

It isn't the "job of policy makers to ensure our children don't access this type of material".

I wouldn't trust the majority of "policy makers" (whatever that actually means; substitute the word "policy" with the word "useless white noise" and it's perhaps a bit closer to the truth) to collect my recycling, let alone bring up my children.

Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

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Joke

Re: It's the year 2020...

EC/197/2006...No officer with false teeth should attempt oral sex in zero gravity?

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