* Posts by Roj Blake

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Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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Re: Brexiteers jump ship

It will be virtually impossible to get rid of May during a Parliamentary recess because:

a) Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act you need to have a vote before you can call a general election ahead of schedule

b) Leadership challenges in the Tory party are organised by the 1922 committee which doesn't meet unless Parliament is sitting. They also use Commons infrastructure for the initial rounds of voting.

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Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

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Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems must be really worried about losing the data of both of their supporters.

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UK.gov is not being advised by Google. Repeat. It is not being advised by Google

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Sir Humphrey Appleby...

...is alive and well, it seems.

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: why can't it be put to the vote?

Because there's a strong chance that the result will be the same. And if that happens, you can kiss goodbye to any hope of anything but the hardest of hard Brexits.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

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Son? Is that you?

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Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Re: It's hitting the biosciences too - and perhaps medicine

But because of the beer shortage there will be less demand for liver transplants, so it all balances out.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Re: The Fonz Has Let Himself Go...

What I never understood is that if the Fonz was so cool, why was he always hanging around with a bunch of total losers?

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CV

Time to dust off my CV then!

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EU negotiator: Crucial data adequacy deal will wait until UK hands in homework

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Re: Requoting from another thread

The key thing to remember is that the EU isn't so much blocking the UK's access as the UK has unilaterally chosen to withdraw itself.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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re: Socialist countries never work

Try telling that to Sweden and Norway.

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If you think UC is bad...

...wait until you hear about the fiascos involving PIP (formerly Disability Benefit).

In one case, the office to attend the interview could only be reached by going up some stairs. Fail to attend the interview, you don't get your benefit. If you get out of your wheelchair to pull yourself up the stairs then you're not sufficiently disabled to warrant getting the money.

Kafka and Heller wrote satires, not instruction manuals.

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Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

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The cameras will be mysteriously malfunctioning that day.

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: EastEnders

Point taken, although I thought that the thread demanded it.

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EastEnders

I'm still waiting for all the EastEnders fan sites using .cotton domains.

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Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

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Re: And still no messages from the stars....

Hence Pterry's dinosaur with a placard reading "End Nuclear Testing Now"

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White box server makers flounder BUT big brands shine

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Re: Do white box servers exist?

White box in this context doesn't necessarily mean unbranded. It usually refers to the Far Eastern companies that have traditionally made servers for the big names but are now selling their own kit as well - so Wiwynn, Inspur, Quanta etc

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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Re: I never knew BirdsEye had their own bank.

I was with them but left as they kept freezing my assets.

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Re: Hi Vis...

It's how George Osborne got where he is today.

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Re: "chief privacy officer"

The person in charge of eliminating privacy, natch.

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Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

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Re: My main takeaway from this

That's actually quite a common thing in the UK media.

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: So...

Except for the RAF Typhoons that are now permanently stationed down there.

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UK has data adequacy issues? Oof, that's too bad! says Isle of Man

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Isle of Man

Isle of Man, Isle of Man,

Does whatever an island can,

Motorbikes, like its bends,

On its flag, there's three legs,

Look out!

Here comes the Isle of Man

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: Big giant head

It's definitely you that has the face.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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Re: Tesco Drones on

According to the documentary series Time Trumpet, it could happen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfSi0D7KESk

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Re: not sure how they would get political persuasion

If you buy a newspaper there, that would be a reasonable indicator.

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Tesco Does Not Know More About Me

I nearly always use cash when buying groceries, and I don't have any supermarket "loyalty" cards.

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Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino

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Possibly a Stupid Question...

But if neutrinos oscillate between different flavours, then how could the sterile ones be what makes up the dark matter halos around galaxies? Why wouldn't they sometimes flip into non-sterile types and therefore be detectable?

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Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

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What This Story Really Means...

...is that only six cloud companies were willing to pony up the money Gartner was asking for.

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AI servers will need much more memory. And you know who's going to be there? Yep, big daddy Micron

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Re: Price fixing

All of the manufacturers increased supply during 2017.

But not by as much as the increase in demand.

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Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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Re: What I want to know

Bananas are gamma emitters. The gamma radiation is caused by nuclear positron emission.

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"Positrons, the antimatter component of electrons"

I think you mean counterpart, not component.

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Aria's Big Mistake...

...was to not be a Conservative minister.

That way, he could have put it down to an administrative oversight and no more would be said about the matter.

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

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Re: A quick shake

One thing that I've discovered as I've grown older is that pale trousers are the bane of the middle-aged man

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Re: loos at home are notable for their lack of written instructions.

I think your fellow pupil is now working at my place of employment.

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Re: Dinner / Tea

It's really quite simple.

Dinner is the main meal of the day.

If your main meal is in the very early afternoon, then you have dinner followed by tea in the evening.

If your main meal is in the evening, then you have lunch followed by dinner.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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One of the four was probably Matt Hancock (the social network app, not the minister).

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

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Re: ...AND THE BILL WOULD BE?

They may have done away with the "skip adverts" button, but the fast forward is still there and works almost as well.

I've not watched an advert on Virgin for years.

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: Dreadnaught class subs?

The problem with the old dreadnoughts was that prior to the construction of HMS Dreadnought the Royal Navy had an overwhelming numerical advantage over every other navy, but afterwards every pre-dreadnought ship everywhere was effectively obsolete - so other nations only had to build a single ship to be on level-pegging with the UK.

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Re: VMWare?

Because they have the best junkets?

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Re: So sad

Agamemnon was also Captain John Sheridan's ship prior to taking over command of Babylon 5.

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Re: Arnhem

Arnhem went down in history as a bridge too far, because the allies failed to permanently capture it.

I'm not sure if submariners would feel particularly inspired by sailing in a boat named after a famous defeat.

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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Re: If Jony Ive can't wank off to it, it's not a proper Apple design.

That would at least explain why the keyboards aren't working...

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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You First

I'll be happy to think about this once Sir Geoffrey Vos QC sends me detailed logs of his daily movements.

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Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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Administrative Oversight

Obviously, if the zookeepers had moved to the UK and become Conservative cabinet members before attempting this, their failure to properly inform the authorities would have been overlooked.

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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Re: Moon base Alpha

As a bonus, when the moonbase has been built, we can store tonnes of nuclear waste next to it.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial

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Norks

So basically Project Lightning is lightning fast in the same way that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is democratic.

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UK Home Office tiptoes back from slurping immigrants' NHS files

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Re: The Home Office official position

Bloody Gallo-Belgics, coming over here, taking our jobs, using our NHS for five millennia.

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SpaceX Bangabandhu-1 launch held up while Dragon splashes down on time

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Re: kilograms and pounds

The real scandal is that they didn't give the mass in Jubs.

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High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

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Re: What's the use case for gamers?

Believe it or not, but the people who design their SSDs are not the people who design their CPUs.

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Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

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Re: aviator on the BBC micro

Spitfires!

Bridges!

Aliens!

What more do you need?

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