* Posts by Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

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Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

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Re: I always like when people put flammable materials...

That's why you always know where the nearest fire extinguisher is. For example, mine is currently acting as a door stop to keep the fire door open for ventilation purposes.

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That last picture

I applaud your use of a cable, rather than the more traditional gaffa tape, to secure the fan in position. If, however, you accomplished this job whilst standing on a stepladder rather than balancing precariously on an office chair, then you have lost all respect that I might have had for you.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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rouge techs

Caught red-handed

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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: Pumping Hack Flash

As demonstrated by "Mythbusters" -- trying to get a gas tank to explode was hard work. Like you also said, it ended with more flame and less boom.

And, IIRC, fewer eyebrows at the end of the experiment than at the start

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Pumping Hack Flash

It's a gas, gas, gas

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Re: User-generated obfuscation

My dear old mum worked for years as a secretary, and so was proficient in shorthand. At home she used that any time she wanted to write anything down that she didn't want my Dad or I to be able to read.

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: Monasteries had it right centuries ago

OK, but apart from saving us from the dark ages, writing stuff down, preserving culture, developing efficient agriculture, translating science, improving metalworking and acting as universities....what have the monks ever done for us?

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Hell is other people

I work in an open plan office, and the noise from other people drives me round the bend.

I've got a reasonably good decibel-o-meter app on my phone, so I tried measuring the sound levels when there are a few conversations going on around me. I also tried sampling the sound level when we had a fire alarm test.

The fire alarm was only 3dB louder than typical background noise. It's no wonder I'm grumpy, have a headache and that my productivity stinks.

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Welsh firm fined £60k for pummelling phones with 270k pay-day loan texts

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Has anybody got their telephone number? I thought it could be fun if we all sent them a txt message "Need to pay a fine from the ICO? You've been APPROVED. Borrow £48,000 TODAY for £481/week"

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Boeing embraces Embraer to take off in regional jet market

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Re: Really?

As noted above, noise is a factor but in my experience jets offer a better quality of ride particularly in bad weather. If you're flying through storm clouds, a jet can whiz up through them in no time - a prop-powered plane will lumber through more slowly, subjecting all on-board to turbulence.

One of the places I used to travel to regularly was reachable by either type of plane - after one particularly stomach-churning flight on a DeHavilland Dash, I always made a point of booking the trip with the airline that flew 737s/A320s.

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: Kim or Ken?

>When you smell and see fire, you don't hesitate

Actually, you should take time to assess the situation - otherwise you risk putting yourself and others in even more danger.

I recall a visit to a site, where I was in the main equipment room and smelled burning, and noticed wisps of smoke near the ceiling. I was about to go into full Corporal Jones mode, when I realised that none of the regular staff seemed bothered. A few moments and a few lungfuls of air later, and I noticed the air had a rather agricultural aroma. Then one of the staff told me that this always happened when the farmer started a fire in the field next door and the wind was blowing towards the ventilation inlets.

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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Re: Killer App

Think yourself lucky they didn't do it in Excel

Ah yes, Excel....one particular customer's word processing package of choice.

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Re: Killer App

Access and Outlook don't work so well, and they are the two office applications that don't have such good alternatives on Linux

In the case of the former, that may not be such a bad thing. I've seen a few examples of systems which have been put together by staff (not professional software developers) who can hack in Access. Perhaps it's well-intentioned, but in so many cases the result far exceeds what Access was intended for, and really should been written as a "proper" application.

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Re: Killer App

Does the absence of MS Office matter as much as the absence of Visual Studio?

I remember having fun getting an Ubuntu box to run Visual Studio on WINE (can't recall which version, but it was going back a while because it was on Breezy Badger version of Ubuntu).

We'd been trying WINE for the first time to get something else running, but when we hit snags some bright spark had the idea of getting VS running so that we could debug the application. A bit of an eye-watering task, but IIRC we succeeded

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Some organisations have 'clouded' their office suites (for better or worse...) using GSuite/Office365247, you can use your Linux laptop, Macbook, smartphone, anything that can access the net.

But it's that reliance on being connected to the net which is the Achilles heel - having a device which is fully functional but disconnected happens more often than these cloudy vendors seem to want to acknowledge. If you've ever tried to do anything online while travelling by train along the East Coast Mainline, then you'll know exactly what I mean.

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Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

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Tautology?

a plot to illegally import 313kg of crystal meth to South Oz.

I'm no expert in international trade regulations, but is there actually a legal way to import 313kg of crystal meth anywhere?

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That'll learn ya! Data watchdog spanks two Brit phone botherers

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Re: Honestly..

Personally, I like to waste their time for a bit, if I've got nothing else to do. It can be quite entertaining and/or theraputic, and they're picking up the phone bill.

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Koh YEAH! Apple, Samsung finally settle iPhone patent crusade

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Re: Steve Jobs vowed to launch the legal equivalent of "thermonuclear war" against Samsung

Neither side won? I thought I read in the article that Apple received $500+m. Probably covers their legal fees and doubles Samsung's. That's a win, not to mention getting phones banned from sale.

It depends how you define "won". Yes, Apple trousered a healthy amount of cash, but in doing so they demonstrated behaviour which a lot of people would regard as twattish. Apple won financially, but I don't think there are many who would say that they scored a clean moral victory.

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UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy

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Are you sure they didn't shoot Archie Duke?

No, he was off playing bridge in Sarajevo

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Get a grip, literally: Clumsy robots can't nab humans' jobs just yet

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about as dextrous as a 1-year old, then?

Yes, but with the added benefit that having picked something up it doesn't then either put it in its mouth or try to stick it up the dogs nose.

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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Re: Lets...

the woman that was hit came out of the darkness. If it was that dark to the naked eye, then the safety driver wouldn't of been able to stop in time

From what I've read elsewhere, it was nowhere near as dark as the camera footage would have you believe. Think dual carriagway with regular lamp standards, not some unlit country road.

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MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo

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I'd forgotten about that one - have an upvote

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

I've never seen a door penis.

Likewise, but I have seen plenty of door knockers

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This doesn't sound so bad from just the El Reg story, but when you follow the link and read the original article it becomes clear what a linguistic faux pas he made.

Quite a cock-up, in fact.

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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Re: Black Dog is not Burnout

Agreed - they aren't mutually exclusive, and one can lead to the other, but depression is a much bigger issue

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Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

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Re: Being sensible

explicitly says no to noisy DIY on Sundays and Bank Holidays

You say that like it's a bad thing - for me that's the dream scenario.

"I'd be more than happy to put those shelves up dear, but I'm afraid it's illegal. I just couldn't take the risk."

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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STOVL version

a STOVL version of that aircraft could cause headaches for Western militaries in years to come.

I'm confused by the use of the word "could" in this sentence. There is a STOVL version of the aircraft - it's called the F-35B and it already is causing headaches for certain western militaries.

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Cloud-in-a-box? Bo-ring! How about cloud-in-a-tank?

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Re: I'm likely being highly ignorant....

Which shell do you think they'd use?

I don't think it matters, so long as it runs Minesweeper

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Richard51

So why was brexit so good for the UK?

We get blue passports!

(OK, they'll be printed by a non-UK company, but *we* made that decision take business away from a UK-based company *ourselves".)

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: I may be mistaken but...

I'd been led to understand that the autofill options are driven by trends in what people are searching for. For s**ts and giggles, people set up automated processes to perform thousands of searches on some really bizarre phrase, and then that becomes a more popular autofill suggestion.

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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Re: Bone-breaking falls

Getting some poorly paid PhD student to pretend to fall over a lot is unlikely to work either, since real falls don't look anything like pretend falls.

However, most (if not all) universities have an almost limiteless supply of undergrad students who will genuinely fall over a lot...usually around closing time, and especially during freshers' week.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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“We want to make sure our customers receive the right support they need to get the best Windows update experience and we will continue to review customer enquiries and issues on a case-by-case basis to ensure individual help and resolution where possible”

Which means "something has happened which makes us look bad so we are making an open-ended statement, but won't take any concrete action and will continue as per before." when translated from PR-speak

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: Three Monoliths just down the hall,

Three vertical, one horizontal across the top? Sounds like a wicket to me! Wonder where the bat and ball are?

Fell into disuse after the whole thing was found to be impractical - play kept stopping for bad light for stretches of 14 days at a time.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: Mad Cow Disease

if they were slaughtering properly, the cow chow wouldn't have been tainted with an extremely high concentration of prions.

To my mind, the slaughtering practices are a secondary issue. There's a more fundamental problem that cows were being fed to other cows.

Even as someone who is very much towards the carnivore end of the omnivore spectrum, but think that the idea of forced cannibalism among livestock bred for food is pretty repugnant.

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Re: Lira?

You beat me to it! We probably shouldn't Panda to bad jokes though....

Bravo!

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Sadly, I can't recall seeing a Lighting when I had the chance to visit the RAF museum near London

There was a Lightning when I visited a year or so ago. A little unusual as well, in that it's fitted with over-wing extended duration fuel tanks.

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Japanese fashion puts the oo-er into trousers

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Ridiculous as this is, it not as crazy as the news item I saw last week about the fashion house which is peddling a shirt with another shirt sewn onto it.

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FTSE has a nap after a full English IT glitch

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Not really, the fault might have been fixed way before then (such as 0850, 0830, or even 0805), and the powers-at-be might have decided to open at a time that was on the hour.

Agreed. The speed that automated trading occurs these days is truly staggering, Getting in on something even a split second before someone else can make a huge difference. Sensible thing to do is a have a concrete point for everyone to get back through the doors. On the hour just seem like a logical synchronisation point.

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UK military may recruit wheezy, alcoholic keyboard warriors

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Re: Why, you utter barstewards

The article refers to alcohol/drug dependency not necessarily being a barrier. To my mind dependency still ought to be a barrier, although use may not be. For example "use", such as occasionally puffing on a jazz cigarette could be viewed as no worse than popping down to the NAAFI bar for some beers. But "dependency" is a much bigger deal, likely to impact on a person's behaviour in a way that renders them unsuitable for service.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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Apple's best costing a grand.

Sadly, "cost" and "worth" are two separate metrics

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I've been trying to work out what I get paying £500-600 on a top of the range phone, vs spending £100-150 on a mid range phone but I can't work it out.

As I understand it, you get the rights to brag about how you have the latest, shiniest model of phone...and that's about it

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Re: Homeopathy placebo NOT ok

As Bill Bryson put it in one of his books, "laughter may be the bets medicine, but when it doubt you're much better off with some penicillin"

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

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Re: "Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ"

But of course if you become of interest to GCHQ, I'd imagine that they can probably get hold of any extant Tesco data without too much trouble.

Almost certainly - every little helps.

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Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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Re: What on earth...

Power to the people!

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Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

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Good article. I remember mentioning the south coast acoustic mirrors in a comment on a GGTB article a few months back - I didn't realise there were some examples closer to my home up in the north east though. Thanks, El Reg

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Headless man found in lava’s embrace

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Re: One does wonder

You're right - thanks for correcting me. They'd rebuilt after earthquakes, not volcano activity. I got my geological natural disasters confused.

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Re: One does wonder

Big V may have been smoking & giving the odd wobble for years before going bang

It most certainly had. The people who were killed following the last eruption were the generation who had pretty much rebuilt the city following a devastating eruption a number of years earlier.

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Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

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Re: But when ?

I believe that the preferred government acronym is NIMTO (Not In My Term of Office)

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