* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

1676 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps

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Re: did anyone ever use these buttons the way they were intended to?

Well you can't play it in the hall way for health and safety reasons.

Obviously.

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

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No you wouldn't. If you were British you'd have a stiff upper lip.

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Re: re: I wonder why they would pretend to think....

Interesting that you compare the USA to the UK.

If you compare the USA to the EU you get comparable results.

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Re: re: I wonder why they would pretend to think....

I hope you take the same stance against EU lettuce which is also "chlorinated".

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Re: re: I wonder why they would pretend to think....

The facts disagree with their worldview. You should see the shoeing that Andrew Neil gets on Twitter for daring to post positive ONS statistics.

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Re: re: I wonder why they would pretend to think....

Tariffs are applied to a countries imports, not its exports. Countries don't set export tariffs ( except perhaps on things like natural resources ).

So if we decide to tax ourselves more on our imports of arse paper, then we will tax ourselves more.

However, we do not currently have a free trade agreement with the USA or China. The EU's only involvement in our arsepaper trade with those countries is that it insists that we tax ourselves for buying it ( assuming arsepaper has a non-zero tariff, I'm not sure ).

I'll say it again because people seem to be struggling with this; If we import something from abroad, we can decide what the tariffs are. That is a tax that we charge ourselves on imports from abroad.

We can set those tariffs at the WTO maximum, at zero, or at anywhere in between. Those tariffs being how much we choose to tax ourselves.

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Re: re: I wonder why they would pretend to think....

You seem to think that Northern Ireland is somewhere between Britain and Calais ( or Rotterdam, or your continental port of choice ).

We can today buy arsepaper from the USA which doesn't have a free trade agreement with our overlords.

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I wonder why they would pretend to think that Germany would refuse to sell us arse paper if we were to leave the European Union.

Also The top two producers, world wide are China followed by the USA.

Hey look I got a downvote from somebody who also wants to pretend to think that Germany, Japan, USA and China (amongst others) aren't going to sell us arse paper.

Brekkie TV host Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adds fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms

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Either way you mean that, I agree.

Brexit text-it wrecks it: Vote Leave fined £40k for spamming 200k msgs ahead of EU referendum

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Re: "Vote Leave Ltd"

My local rugby club is an LTD company. It's not for profit.

The LTD is just a liability shield.

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Re: "Vote Leave Ltd"

Who told you that bollocks?

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Re: Interesting dilemma

Guido Fawkes reports facts that you don't like.

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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Re: find is your friend

for updates i'm not sure about ( or deletes )

select id from t where f='b'

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update t set f='c' where id in (

select id from t where f='b'

);

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Still in college, two weeks into my first part time development job* as the only employee ( literally just boss with an idea and me ) and before I'd gotten around to setting up VCS or even backups and I deleted the whole lot of my work by mistake.

I had previously had all the files open but for reasons lost to the mists of time I had closed the text editor. Fortunately it occurred to m to dd if=/dev/mem of=~/mem and I stumbled across my files in one pretty much contiguous block. Two weeks of awful, terrible code saved.

That was the day that I learned that you cannot be overzealous about backups.

* How that company didn't go bust I don't know. I had very little idea what I was doing and the "firm" eventually hired another developer who was even less competent than me. It's still going and doing well as far as I know. I feel shame that people are likely still working with/on the code that dribbled out of my eighteen year old brain.

The HeirPod? Samsung Galaxy Buds teardown finds tiny wireless cans 'surprisingly repairable'

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Re: Wireless?

I recently bought myself some wireless earphones ( Soundpeats Q12+, £25 on Amazon, decent reviews and I like them ).

Anyway, I found them to be far better than wired headphones when running - no wire to get snagged and on a treadmill I don't have to have my phone bouncing around in my pocket.

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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Re: Musically...

Those Rolling Stones are all noise. I don't know how you can listen to this din.

( Sorry, I happen to agree with you )

Raiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits

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Or their VOIP carriers. I assume that it's possible to track down where the call came from.

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Pirate

Hangin's too good for 'em.

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?

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Re: Entertainment system pen testing

Why risk it? What if they are on the same network and this particular crash causes an infinite loop that floods the network with activity?

They probably aren't and it probably won't, but I'd rather not try to find out at 30k feet.

Or less urgently but he might find himself introduced to the emergency exit for it: what if he broke the entertainment system for everybody on this long haul flight?

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'Marco told El Reg that he "immediately contacted the affected stakeholders" once he had found the bug'

So he complained at an air hostess.

Two in five 'AI startups' essentially have no AI, mega-survey of nearly 3,000 upstarts finds

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I found when lying I was of legal drinking age that it was more effective to claim to be 19 rather than 18.

I say, that sucks! Crooks are harnessing hoovers to clean out parking meters in Chelsea

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That's where the socialism comes in. State ran drug dealers charging more, delivering less and still making a loss.

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Re: Just wierd

The recreational drug version of the CAP ?

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Re: Trickle down economy?

I wouldn't touch her with *your* bargepole.

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Perhaps it's a criminal socialism ( feel free to make the joke you're thinking of here, I'm not going to ).

Peddling drugs isn't profitable so they subsidise it with petty theft in order to keep the black market employment figures inflated.

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"We also now know from local police that this is funding further criminality in London, from drugs and trafficking to possibly violent crime," Pascall added.

How, pray tell, could this possibly be related to trafficking.

Perhaps, I suppose, the crims will celebrate by purchasing some recreational drugs.

"National lottery funding Champagne and cocaine industries, campaigners warn".

( Ok, I made that last one up )

WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web

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Re: No https for you

Not that I care, but a downvote? For that? Moron.

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Re: No https for you

The Times works too, although I didn't try to log in ( I don't know what this service is doing with POST'd data )

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror

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Re: Computer sound is on in an open space ?

Slightly niche, but about 15 years ago I had my workstation's SIP client ringtone as the brain from The Mighty Boosh saying:

This is, my friends, an outrage!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBCq8XDgrP0

I think that might be the exact video I ripped the audio from.

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Re: Computer sound is on in an open space ?

`echo "Fire!" | wall`

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Linux

Re: Innovative sundials?

Whoosh.

Penguin because things go over their heads too.

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Re: Innovative sundials?

To be fair, analogue watches don't work in the dark either.

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

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Re: Alternatively...

If you're going to re-use stock footage, may I also suggest re-using the car chase from The Italian Job as a Macgyver episode did once.

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Or: Super genius hackers "hack" in by typing password guesses really quickly

( what film was that ? I think the password was God )

Sussex rap fan wants statue of Easy-E from NWA in his hometown because he's a 'legend'

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This reads like an article from the Daily Mash

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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WTF?

Re: You guys had mugs?

Tempus viator ex consulatum Augusti hic.

Quid est hoc novis linguis loqui tibi?

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Re: Your Mom doesn't work here

I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that this is civil disobedience in retaliation to the militant vegetablism

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Re: Vegetarian?

Bloody hippies.

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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Re: Beer and wine don't go together

I would agree, except Guinness and port do go very well together - either Guinness then port, or a Guinness with a shot of port in the top.

Switching is good with a meal though - couple of pints before, switch to wine with the meal and then switch to port with the cheese course, then brandy after.

A straight drinking sesh has a natural order of things.

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Same here, although I used to get hangovers in my early 20's. Two gallon session's aren't anything to be scared of now.

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Re: Drinking advice

So we should drink 66% booze all night and we'll be fine?

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can

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Re: Great

Same here ( Moto G6+ ). It's Levano dragging its feet, not your MNO.

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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Pants means kecks up north.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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Re: How much????

My American Style fridge is plumbed in, has an automatic ice creator and ice/crushed ice/water dispenser, a fridge compartment and a freezer compartment.

It cost £700 about 5 years ago.

I don't understand how it's possible for a fridge/freezer to be 5.7 times better.

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Having just been through trying to buy some decent football boots, I did wonder why Sports Direct and similar didn't sell the top of the line ones.

The same when I buy new rugby boots - you have to use the local Sports Direct to try on the rubbish model of the same boot then buy the proper ones online.

Brit bit barn UKFast opens up API to devs: Have at it, they're just a phone call away

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That London? Why?

Cheap call? Hardly. GSM gateway judicial review to settle whether UK Home Sec can legally push comms watchdog around

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Re: "eye-wateringly high per-minute rates demanded by telcos back in the early 2000s"

... and if you wanted to update your Facebook you had to phone it in, somebody would dictate it and post out hand written notes to all your friends.

Phones didn't have cameras so you'd just give the caption, eg:

A sandwich

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It isn't Ofcom's responsibility to protect the profit margins of MNO's, despite it frequently acting as though it is.

Oh dear! Amazon's facial recognition is racist and sexist – and there's a JLaw deep fake that will make you want to tear out your eyes

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Re: mashup

It looks like Frank Skinner in a frock.

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Re: Header pic

Further to that, generally in the UK only the sockets circuit is a ring. Usually either one ring per floor or one ring per house. Mine is wired as one ring per house although I'm thinking about splitting off the upstairs onto its own ring at some point.

Everything else is generally radial - lighting, electric hobs, ovens, etc.

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