* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

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Bomb hoax server hoster reportedly cuffed in France

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Re: Pushing it ? Why ?

I believe it's a criminal offence in Britain to drive away from the scene of an accident.

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Is this the last ever Lumia?

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The Lumias seem popular around these parts because they're exceedingly good value ( we have two in our house for the same reason ).

I don't know why, but I'm regularly surprised when I heard a Lumia ring tone and it's not my phone. Obviously anecdote isn't the singular of data, but they seem more popular than they're supposed to be.

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

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Re: Single Source

It would be odd if they didn't at least have a test version of their services ready to go on some other cloud providers kit, at least to use to negotiate cheaper rates with Amazon.

Surely they do? It can't be a big job ( for a company like Netflix ) to maintain that, given the pricing advantages it would give them in the long term.

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Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

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Re: False premise leads to false results

But nobody is hoping to use the consensus on QM to reduce the living standards of everybody in the world.

My point is that I don't believe the 97% figure. It's being jammed down our throats so as to say "You're wrong, science says so, reduce your living standards".

I won't believe until I see some some actual evidence, not a vague promise that keeps getting pushed back, that any day now, we're going to experience the pointy end of hockey stick. Every time it's "firey death in 20 years", but 20 years came and went and we're apparently occasionally 0.1° warmer, within the margin of error.

Next prediction, of course, will be different.

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Re: Surely it wil average out

Google suggests it's only a few hundred miles wide - I wonder why they don't fly around it.

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Re: False premise leads to false results

And another ( last one, promise ):

THIS YEAR HOTTEST EVER ( although actually *way* within the error margins, technically equally as warm as one year just after the war before AGW really apparently kicked in ). That form of hyperbole doesn't sit well with me.

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Re: False premise leads to false results

Another thing that makes me think 'hmmm' is that temperatures are currently relatively stable ( ie: it's not 50°c in the UK today ), but any day now, if we don't do something immediately, that hockey stick is going to kick in. It's all too way convenient.

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Re: False premise leads to false results

When somebody tells you that there is 97% agreement for something as complex as this, you have to question whether it's true.

The 97% figure is one of the things that makes me think 'hmmm'.

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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We do a status meeting every Monday. I usually spend more time on a Monday morning going through my emails trying to work out what I actually did before the weekend than I do in the actual meeting.

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Lights out for Space Vehicle Number 23: UK smacked when US sat threw GPS out of whack

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Re: Hmm...

Could an equivalent be achieved by requiring all radio stations to broadcast their position and the current (accurate) time?

Seems a lot more simple than chucking satellites into space, although it wouldn't have the same coverage area, obviously.

I assume I'm missing something obvious though, just a thought.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Re: QI

Before I stopped watching QI ( because If they can get the thing I know about wrong, what else is bollocks? ) I was sick of the comedians making cheap and lazy jokes.

Fine, be funny occasionally if you're actually going to be funny, but the programme is supposed to be mainly interesting.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: Be afraid

Damnivebeenrumbled.

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Re: "And all this for the price of a couple of community catalyst catapults "

Which is private money, so completely off topic.

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Re: That's Bundeskanzlerin Frau Doktor Angela Merkel to you

You're right, the country has lost its quaint character since Thatcher defeated the unions. No longer are homes lit by candle-light for half of the week.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: Any chance of a solution?

If you did

while ( SUCCESS = status );

Then it would work as expected, because ( ( SUCCESS=status) == status ) .

It also wouldn't change the behaviour, even for future uses of SUCCESS, because it wouldn't exit the while loop until SUCCESS was set back to 1.

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I can't tell if you're joking, but if you're not, rubber ducking is describing the code, line by line, to a rubber duck. You reveal the bug in explaining it.

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Rubber ducking would have solved that in 30 seconds.

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Re: Any chance of a solution?

it should say:

while(status == SUCCESS) {

Currently it's just doing a while(1) ( as SUCCESS is set to 1 )

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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So an office, with devs, DBAs, sysadmins, in the same room?

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Anybody care to explain what "DevOps" actually means? I have googled many times and it seems to boil down to "developers and infrastructure people talking to each other".

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Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

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Re: "Offshore" data storage

I think that form of "offshore" would mean more than 200 miles.

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

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Re: A couple points ...

Our gallons are bigger than your gallons!

( 6 us gallons = 5 uk gallons, roughly ).

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Re: A couple points ...

The government wouldn't have known in advance that the car was a lemon or that the owner would have his collar felt.

If it had taken off it would have been worth it.

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Re: Should have priced it

"Suitcase full of cash" is an obvious contender.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: Office Space

LETTER is the American equivalent to A4

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Sensors, not CPUs, are the tech that swings the smartphone market

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Re: >we tend to judge of our computers by their CPUs, rather than their complement of sensors

If your phone is easier to use over VNC than in real life, you need a different phone ( ie: one that doesn't run Gnome/KDE )

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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Re: Another example of brain atrophy...

If it was my job to find a firm that does what this company does, I'd avoid them so I didn't have to listen all the shit jokes.

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

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Re: Also Parent and Child bays

My car is the width of a normal car but gets 14 miles to the gallon.

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Re: Also Parent and Child bays

Ah! P+C spaces finally make sense, thanks! I've always wondered why they existed.

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twat

So if they become disabled they must buy a new car, because you're jealous of what they drive?

My GF has a bad knee, in a few years she may need a blue badge ( although not currently ). In that situation, I should sell my Jag because you can't afford one?

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

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Re: Corporation tax

I wonder if it's possible to charge corporation tax to multinational companies on a proportion of their revenues?

Eg: Revenues of £1m in UK, worldwide revenues of £10m, your UK profits are considered to be 10% of your global profits.

Any takers?

( I imagine the USA would object, being the home of a lot of multinationals, but it's just a thought )

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: Shirley

You're not drunk if you can lie down without holding on

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No Safe Level

I've heard that 'no safe level' before, but I can't think what it was. Anybody else?

It may have been as sensible as 'no safe level' of polonium-210 in your tea, or it may have been something as stupid as 'no safe level' of booze.

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Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

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Re: Or Log On To Other People's Steam Account Via Bing...

If it was a caching issue, then most likely you would have been safe - you should worry if you saw your page ( as that would be cached and displayed to everybody for the next few minutes* until the cache expired )

* depending on the cache ttl, or what triggers flushing the cache

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El Reg picked a pack of ace pic-titlers

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What's wrong with you? You sicko.

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Telecoms provider Oricom working with NHS fraud officers in ongoing probe

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As far as I'm aware, in British English, organisations are referred to in the plural. It's American English where organisations are referred to in the singular.

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Oh good - I was wondering the same thing and assumed I'd forgotten how to grammar.

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PHP 7.0 arrives, so go forth and upgrade if you dare

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Re: just my 2 cents...

Not that I care about up or down votes, but I am curious why somebody has downvoted my comment about inconsistent argument ordering in PHP.

If you read this, could you tell me why? I honestly want to know. Do you like being kept on your toes by its inconsistency?

I can't think of any reason why anybody would disagree with that.

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Re: WTF is a "spaceship operator"?

It's useful for sorting arrays of objects, used in a callback function for usort and the like.

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Re: just my 2 cents...

I agree, but the history of PHP is terrible. Breaking backwards compat for a better language is fine by me.

Now if only they'd fix crap like:

bool in_array ( mixed $needle , array $haystack [, bool $strict = FALSE ] )

mixed strpos ( string $haystack , mixed $needle [, int $offset = 0 ] )

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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Re: External IP KVM or DRAC?

I've previously used an IPKVM and an IP power strip - they worked out considerably cheaper than DRAC/etc cards in each server at the time.

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Re: what colour are the lights?

In my experience with Dell servers, the only way to be sure they're on is if the fans are doing an impression of screaming banshees.

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US gourmets sizzle in bacon-scented underwear

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Re: Yeah, you like bacon, I like bacon, now shut up about it and bring me some sausages

Cumberland or Lincolnshire sausages. None of that flavourless stuff, thankyou very much.

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George Osborne fires starting gun on £20m coding comp wheeze

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Re: World problems solved

I assume your call to GROWUP is at 30?

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Where's Worstall/Weekend Edition?

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And what happened to the caption competition? I was hoping somebody would do the leg-work of going through 10 pages of crap to find the funny ones for me to snigger at.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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This is what futurists thought modern technology would look like now, way back when this caption competition was posted on El Reg.

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Identifying terrorists: Let's find a value for needle in haystack

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I'm torn on this. Part of me thinks 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear', but on a personal note, I've bought several books from Amazon which some could see as questionable ( Mein Kamp, Marx's Communist manifesto, etc ).

To a dispassionate reader, that could be seen as worthy of putting me on a dubious characters list. The fact that I'm reading them out of historical interest, not out of support for those ideologies is not something I'd trust somebody else to guess.

Even that's assuming a perfect state with no theft of information for blackmail purposes using embarrassing information such as MP's porn habits.

Part of me thinks that racial profiling probably isn't a terrible idea for this, but that's hardly fair ( infringe other innocents liberties so I can be left alone ).

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Most developers have never seen a successful project

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Unless only lifelong EDS employees were surveyed, this article is bollocks.

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Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

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It's my understanding that a hipster is somebody who tries to be a contrarian and accidentally becomes conferment with another demographic - other hipsters.

I'm not sure hipster is the right term here, because you can be in the "I don't own a TV" crowd without having a large lumberjack beard.

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