* Posts by Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

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Brits shun country life over phone not-spot fears

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Re: Perfect

People stare at their phone when they're on their own and waiting for people to turn up, afterwards they chat to their friends.

I very rarely see a lone mobile-gazer in my village local. If anyone goes in on their own, there is generally someone that they know in the pub already and they will talk to them...or if it's quiet the genial barkeep is good for both beer and conversation.

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Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Obviously life outside its mob just doesn't compare.

So are you saying that you *can't* compare the meerkat?

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iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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Re: 2018 is the year of stupidly sized phones

I remember struggling to find a suitable pocket-sized phone a couple of years ago. After a couple of OS updates, the hardware is struggling a bit and performance is suffering. Due to upgrade soon but have a feeling it'll be difficult to find something with performance commensurate with modern mainstream hardware but in a package the size of a phone from 3 or 4 years ago.

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Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90

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Re: Fun IT facts about HAL's song

Back in the days of big iron mainframe CPU's used to have speakers linked to the cpu's.

I don't remember that, but I do remember a computer room with a transistor radio hanging next to the mainframe. It was tuned so it picked up RF generated by the processor - steady white noise indicated all was well, and silence or a disrupted pattern was a telltale sign that all was not well.

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Re: One of the iconic voices...

badass space bastard with a Bristolian accent

Apparently, during filming Prowse's character was referred to as Darth Farmer.

It was quite late in the day when Prowse found out that his voice would be replaced by that of James Earl Jones.

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Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

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Re: Missiles, Torpedoes, Mines etc.

Whereas a standard missile or torpedo might be capable of tracking an object which they were already given beforehand they can't, or I don't believe they can't, decide what to attack autonomously.

True, but only up to a point, as we are getting into a grey area. Systems like Brimstone (or is it Stormshadow?) perform an assessment of the situation and decide whether to press home the attack or just fly of and blow up in a safe zone. That decision is made on-the-fly by the missile, based on pre-programmed data and data gathered at the scene

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Ms Abbott would be responsible for cybersecurity, as well as crime and policing

The important thing for being in charge of anything is to understand your own limitations. The philosophy I adopt for anything that I find I have been made responsible for is...

Is this thing something which lies in my defined skill-set?

If yes, then I should be able to cope

If no, then assess how important it is, risks, impacts, etc. If it is in any way serious, then I find someone for who this thing is their bread & butter, and utilise their expertise.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Workplaces are quieter now. No longer do you suffer the scream of dot matrix printers or tweedling of fax modems, let alone digital squeaks. I miss these sounds a little, possibly because they seemed, I dunno, organic.

Quieter? I really wish that was the case. According to the crude decibel-o-meter app on my phone, I'm currently in the sonic equivalent of heavy traffic. Dot matrix printers and fax machines may have gone, but they've been replaced by a multitude of other noises in this open plan office.

I literally have to put in earplugs when I need some peace and quiet in order to concentrate on anything

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Party like it's 1989... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

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Re: don't feel bad

I remember getting excited because I had a PC with a Hercules graphics card delivering monochrome graphical goodness into my fishbowl-like amber-on-black 12" CRT monitor.

Now that really makes me feel old

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Re: A standard dating back to 1987?

Yes, I remember those days, but I have no idea of the timescale. I do remember, though, having monitors with post-"Standard Definition" resolutions about 15-20 years before people started buying HD TV's.

Indeed - I remember reading about the awesome new tellyboxes that were going to be able to display 720 horizonal lines...I was reading the story on a rather elderly monitor running at 1280x1024 and wondering either what the fuss was about, or what the misprint was

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: Say what you will

I think ALL these guys will be giving their riches away sooner or later.

I believe the phrase is 'trying to buy a ticket to Heaven'

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Crimble Free Zone?

One of my biggest bugbears is how early the local council puts up the Xmas lights. Last year, the photographs in the local paper of the Remembrance Day ceremony featured a load of solemn-looking people stood with bowed heads around the war memorial, with a load of flashing-light Santas, reindeer and snowmen in the background. Just plain wrong.

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Re: Christmas is essentially Page 71 of the Brand New Monty Python Bok

Companies who start "Christmas" in early October (or even late September) are a large part of the reason I've grown to hate it.

Some of the shops around here started with the Christmas guff in *early* September.

I totally agree with you in my hatred for all of this.

I've got nothing at all against Mr & Mrs Christ's little boy, but I really do think we're making far too much of a fuss over his birthday.

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Re: The King of Vegetables

The Brussels sprout is the King of Vegetables

As convincing an argument as any for republicanism

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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It's all relative

Seeing as the entire marketplace is full of insecure products, in this case "best" probably just means "least bad".

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Astroboffins may have found the first exomoon lurking beyond the Solar System

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Habitability

the chances of life are pretty slim since the planet is gaseous and not rocky

Does that really have to be a barrier to life forming? There are plenty of fluid-dwelling creatures in our oceans who I imagine aren't bothered at all that there's a rocky surfaces on Earth. Not such a huge jump of the imagination to consider that life could evolve to float around in a gaseous environment rather than a wetter fluid environment.

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: Still irrelevant

Being outside Galileo has no practical impact: we never needed it anyway.

Words that no doubt come as great comfort to the many people currently employed in the UK space industry who are now contemplating unemployment.

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UK's Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

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Re: Be careful what you wish for

My VDSL2 line started at 80/20 and has degraded to 68/18

Similar story here - my d/l went from 85 to around 40, and u/l from 20 to around 18. For a lot of my use cases, getting an u/l better than 10 is the more important factor rather than super-fast d/l.

That said, having been one of the really early adopters for Superfats in my village, I do kind of resent others jumping on and slowing down the bandwagon.

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Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be

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How long does your document persist in server or printer memory?

In the case of things like commercial photocopier/printers, for the lifespan of the printer and beyond.

Whatever you send to the printer actually gets converted to a TIFF image and stored on a hard disk inside the unit, and then printed out. The TIFF file persists on the disk after the print job is finished.

Go shopping for a used photocopier/printer and I'll offer you fairly short odds that the hard disk is still in there and it won't have been formatted.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Tea with milk

With one exception - coffee in France is horrible unless it's from Starbucks...

I've rarely been disappointed with coffee any time I've been in France. Even McCoffee from The Evil Beef Clown joint was perfectly good.

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It also means that you get to look around and appreciate your surroundings (or at least form an opinion of what a place is actually like). I think that if you asked most people what any given city looked like, they'd say that it looked like a smartphone screen.

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Re: Too many apps

A good tip that I heard the other day...

If you get lost in the city in the morning, walk against the crowd. If it's in the evening, walk with the crowd. That'll most likely get you to a tube station. In the suburbs, the opposite applies.

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Tea with milk

Good tea-related rant, but you missed out one of my particular pet peeves...whenever I get milk for a beverage on the continent, it's always that horrid strange-tasting UHT muck.

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Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions

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His assessment was that a "significant element of this problem" is that Sopra Steria isn't seeing a return on the investment in contract development, driven by the "client management and consultancy teams".

Paraphrased:"The sales guys are wonderful but the actual workers have let us down". A depressingly familiar message from those who don't understand what actually how much the commercial part of a business seems to work in conflict with, rather than in support of, the people who acctually provide the products and services.

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Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Is it "sexist", or "sexual"? I feel like some people don't want to see the difference.

That reminds me of the 'Smell The Glove' scene in 'This is Spinal Tap'

Nigel Tufnell: "What's wrong with being sexy?"

David St Hubbins: "-ist.....sex-IST"

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The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: A bendy-legged workhorse walks into a meeting

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Re: So how is this a workhorse?

yet another "optimized for thickness at all costs" fashion statement

When one of those costs is lack of air between hot components, the compromise becomes unacceptable to me.

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After enduring the f***ing annoying TV ad campaign for these things, no matter how good the review might be, there's no way I'd be buying one.

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Re: Ironic, isn't it?

Maplin started as a mail-order business many, many moons ago - that distance-selling mindset should have helped with the on-line. Ironic that a business that was originally not about retail sites was killed off by the retail side...

Live by the sword, die by the shoddily-made blunt penknife which is available for the same price as a sword.

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That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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Re: 6 point plan?

...what's a budget?

The best way to answer that question is to Explain it like this....

Consider how long it will take you to analyse requirements for the job. Then consider how long it would take to design and implement a solution to meet those requirements. You should also think about how long it would take to design and develop a test plan to verify that the solution worked as expected. Now think about how long it would take to execute the solution and run all your test cases.

Each resource - designers, developers, testers, etc. will each have a daily (or hourly) cost associated with them. Do some maths to work out how much it'll cost you for the resources to spend however much time you estimated. Then factor in a modest percentage uplift to cover risk mitigation, etc.

Finally, think about the physical resources you will need to support your efforts - things like hardware, software, tools and the like - and work out how much it will cost to procure those.

Add all of those together and you come up with a number....

...then knock a couple of zeroes off the end, and that will be the budget that you're given.

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WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

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Re: Standard German and Dialects?

I think I read somewhere that elements of "personalisation" in the source messages did come into it. Each operator had their own keying style, so the interceptors knew who it came from, and certain operators would have little quirks in their message content.

Real needle-in-a-haystack stuff though, nevermind the complexity of the encyphering of the message.

I've read a few books and watched a few documentaries about this subject over the years, so in theory I kind of understand the principles....but of you gave me an Enigma-encoded message I honestly wouldn't know where to start. Very much hats off to everyone involved at Bletchley Park.

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Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice

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GDPR LAWS DO NOT APPLY IN USA OR CANADA !!!!!! END OF STATEMENT -- PERIOD !!!!!

Interesting. I'm in the UK and in recent weeks I've tried visiting a few Canadian websites only to be met with a message with words to the effect of "We have detected which country you are in and are blocking access for you as we cannot guarantee that our website is compliant with GDPR"

I'm fairly sure TVA Nouvelle was one of the websites in question. Can;t remember the other offhand.

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That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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@ big_D Re: Shrug

All Google services disabled,

Not that I'm cynical, but I have a horrible feeling that sentence ought to read "all Google services appear to be disabled"

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Re: "yo FYI you're currently logged in to Gmail"

Regardless of the privacy issues, I'm getting to an age where I have a problem dealing with anything that addresses me using "yo"

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services

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Not with sufficient coverage. There are plenty of places in the UK where ESN would deliver 4G comms, but to date commercial networks have not even delivered reliable GPRS.

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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I once had a music CD with the Sony copy protection. It said "will not play on PC or Mac". Just out of curiosity, I popped it into our departmental Sun Server. = instant kernel panic.

An excusable event, assuming that the Sun Server didn't carry a sticker saying "will not play with a Sony CD"

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: for all the "too many guns already" idiots

Guns don't kill people.

Idiots kill people.

Idiots with guns are just so much more efficient at it.

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Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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“were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

Small change, big cost and long timescale...that sounds sickening familiar

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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Should have been charged for arson

That would be a bum rap

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

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Re: question

At what cost does AWS provide services to the retail business?

I came here to contemplate the same issue. Thanks for saving me the trouble - have an upvote

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Feeling old yet?

Yes. Yes I am....

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Great stuff

Excellent article, although my brain still struggles to cope with the scale of an mission like this. I think what makes it so hard to comprehend is how well it worked despite the massive scale and complexity, while all around me I see relatively trivial government IT jobs spiraling out of control and way over budget.

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: Typical Apple

Is that more than you paid for it, including inflation?

Yes

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Re: It's the Oxfam effect in action.

1789 and all that.

Probably quite an accurate prediction for the RRP of the next new phone from Apple

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Re: Typical Apple

Well...a luxury watch will at least hold its value over time, and maybe even appreciate if you buy the right one. An iPhone is just a piece of consumer electronics which will become outdated in a couple of years...you could probably chart its decrease in value on a month-by-month basis.

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Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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Re: Zero G

In space, no one can hear you ream

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@bombastic bob Re: I still think it was done by a Russian technician

Agreed. After all, who among us hasn't looked at a recently-completed DIY project, shrugged and uttered the words "nothing a little caulk won't fix"?

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: The punishment beating will continue

It's like 'wanting unicorns'

Indeed. Having unicorns seems like such an awesome idea until you find yourself spending all your time cleaning unicorn sh!t off the carpet.

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The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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Re: Off topic...

you can give it a little time and see if it grows on you.

Sounds like advice you'd give to someone who suspects they have a case of thrush

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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Agreed. All the purchases that I can remember making from Maplin were largely because of convenience. However, they all tended to be fairly small, so even with Maplin's enthusiastic approach to pricing, the amount of pound coins passed over the counter was still relatively small.

Given the choice between paying £5 for a do-dah worth £2 and getting it now, versus going online and paying £2 for a do-dah worth £2 plus £2 postage/packing and a 2 or 3 day wait...happy to go to Maplin and pay their prices.

Multiply the value of the do-dah by a factor of, say, 10....then the online option and a wait time becomes more attractive.

To my mind, a large factor in Maplin's demmise on the high street was that there just weren't enough people in urgent-ish need of a plu/cable/adapter/whatever to bring enough cash into the business.

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Re: "people already hand over masses of info to private firms"...

I rather fear that the reality is that you have handed over more data than you think. I wouldn't be surprised if even the more privacy-conscious among us have had data taken by stealth. So many things we do - using a mobile phone, using a credit or debit card, etc. are practically unavoidable in this day and age, and all are opportunities for someone somewhere to scrape a bit of data about us....tans pis.

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