* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

1557 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: standard operating procedures

Are milk floats still electric?

I'm sure there's one that came down my road that sounded very much like an 18-wheeler's diesel engine.

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Second 'dimmer switch' star spotted

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I'm not saying it is a Dyson Sphere, it almost certainly is not, but I don't see why it only partially dimming prevents it from being one? Perhaps the civilisation only needs that much power? Maybe they're working on it but it's not finished? Maybe they ran our of economically viable material to make it with?

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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Surely The Sun are sticking their oar in? Previously, if memory serves, they've pushed for David Beckham and Robbie Williams

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Red-faced VESK scratches '100% uptime' claim after 2-day outage

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Re: Their website still states 100% uptime

That seems like so much redundancy that they're maybe not being entirely truthful ( both diesel and petrol generators? )

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I don't think there's anything wrong with pointing to a previous winning streak of 1500 days of 100% uptime. It's not the same as promising 100% uptime in future.

Although it's obviously embarrassing when the inevitable happens, so whether it's a good idea to advertise that fact is a different question.

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Password strength meters promote piss-poor paswords

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Re: Passwords need to be rethought

I like the initial format, eg:

Bootnotes is the best bit of the register, sod the storage articles

bitbbotr,stsa

easyish to remember and pretty secure

( That's not my el-reg password, before somebody tries it )

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: "On Linux we’re just another shell"

Why write that in bash in the first place? Write it in Python, Perl, Ruby, C, whatever.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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This is quite possibly the wrongest thing I have ever heard of in this country.

It's just plain vindictive.

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

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Re: How does a web client work on a phone then?

I don't know the spec, but there's a way for websites now to ask for permission for the browser to keep polling for notifications after the page is closed. Facebook use it, for example.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: similar to Laura

I have a similar experience, although at the time I used an Iphone 4, both as my on-call phone and as my alarm. When abruptly woken at a godforsaken hour, I couldn't tell the difference in ring tones.

I still get a feeling of intense dread when I hear the default iphone ringtone though. My dog doesn't like it either, although maybe that's because he senses my discomfort.

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Re: similar to Laura

Why is it that when people call you up at 3am they sound pissed off if you don't seem particularly bright and alert?

You woke me up at 3am. You're lucky I could work out how to answer my phone.

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Re: similar to Laura

I used to work on call, I switched jobs partly to get away from it.

We were a small firm who had a few ( by comparison ) large clients. Their main business hours were overnight.

Very often I got a call that "something, I'm not sure what, is wrong, can you have a look", only to find out the next day that their boss was in the office and wanted to know why there were less transactions than they expected.

As they were very important customers, I had to look into it.

You don't need that shit at 3am.

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Ten-trillionths of your suntan comes from intergalactic photons

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So the advice is still to avoid sunbathing at night?

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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If there's 3100 on order, 100 isn't such a big number. Surely an existing customer could bring forward its future orders, or buy a few extra at cost.

If it means keeping them out of the hands of Russia, it seems worth it.

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300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

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Regular footballs

Regular footballs? How regular? Every hour?

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Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

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Re: Much less likely in America, paranoia rules here

Last time I went to a hospital ( Provincial UK ), about a year or two ago for a suspected broken ankle, I was given an A4 sheet full of lots of barcodes.

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Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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Re: AT a BBQ last weekend

You can mix a bit of flax seed into foods to get the adequate fibre. Fibre doesn't count toward the carb budget.

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"Vegans are all pale, scrawny and weak - look at Venus Williams, for example."

He's so feeble he plays in the womens section

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Re: Criminal offence to impose a diet lacking in essential elements ?

I'd say that's not quite as bad. It's negligence rather than imposing poor health through ideology.

Actively trying to give your child an inadequate diet is more serious.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Re: Scotland and London vs. England and Wales

Because they'd have to put locals on the news and who wants to listen to a scouser's accent?

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Re: Class divide

"I'd be curious to know what sort of coins you have."

Really big ones with quotes on. I got them from a guy in the park, he said they were legit.

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Re: Class divide

On the other side of the coin: too many tweets makes a twat.

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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Re: Wrong lesson, I am afraid

I think this metaphor is getting silly now.

If an adversary has nuclear weapons, and we don't, then we do what they say or else ( eg: get your troops out of Poland, we'd like to take it back, blagodaryu )

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Re: Wrong lesson, I am afraid

Of course. But in theory at least, Trident is invulnerable, therefore *less* likely to produce a mistaken second-strike than, for example, the V-force, which required the airbases still be in tact to launch.

Nuclear chicken it may be, but I'd rather play chicken with two equal sized vehicles than be a pedestrian playing against a tank.

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Re: Wrong lesson, I am afraid

I disagree. The more capable a retaliatory strike would be, the less likely the retaliation would be made early.

Trident, for example, could carry on waiting for months after US/UK is sunk into the sea. There's no need to be trigger happy with it.

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Ofcom cans Virgin Media's Premier League live footy match probe

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Re: HD?

:)

My point was that it's definitely not 1080p

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Re: HD?

Sky Sports on Sky is 720p I believe ( or maybe 1080i ? )

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"As the only TV provider to offer all the available games"?

You can watch all the televised games on Sky or BT, if you buy the right packages ( Sky Sports + BT Sport ).

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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They don't want to do that because they see that as the first step on the road toward people only paying if they actually want the service, which wouldn't do.

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All this so they can avoid having people log in to iplayer using their tv license number, because they don't want to go subscription only.

Just privatise the bloody thing and be done with it.

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Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

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Re: Huh?

Come to think of it, an API to generate Excel spreadsheets onto Office 365 would make sense (eg: plum your sales figures straight into the accounting departments spreadsheets ) .

It wouldn't be remotely interesting or newsworthy, but it would at least be logical.

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Re: Huh?

THat's what I was thinking. The only thing I could think of would be to use an API to generate Excel graphs. A graphing API isn't such massive news, so what is it?

The ability to add numbers together? I'm fairly certain most programming languages can do that already...

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Assuming the small claims court in the US is similar to the UK claims court, there's no need to layer up.

I claimed ~£500 for a small job I did for a former friend and colleague. He tried to stiff me after I changed jobs and figured he'd get away with it.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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doozy?

What the frig is a doozy?

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Petty crime

You're right, I clearly haven't thought through this murder caper as thoroughly as others. ( Or maybe I'm covering my tracks )

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Re: Petty crime

Looking for his todo list?

Tuesday:

Buy milk

Shoot Brian

Pick up dry cleaning

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Ofgem sets up database so energy companies can spam Brits

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It could be worse. An acquaintance of mine has been taken in by an energy selling pyramid scheme.

The scam is if you sell for them, you get a percentage of the profits of anybody you sign up, and they sign up, etc.

Christ almighty, give me cold callers any day of the week.

So, what is it this company does?

"They make you money"

Not interested.

"But why wouldn't you want to make more money!"

Another one: "If I make X amount of money, they'll lend me a Porche for a week in 2019."

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Not enough competition in payment processing tech, thunders regulator

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Halifax in 2014

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I found out last year when trying to buy a car that FPS only works on transactions less than the value of the ( £4k ) car I was trying to buy. I had to split it into two ( and apparently the girl on the phone at my bank could have been told off for agreeing that I could do that ).

It makes no sense - do banks make that much out of CHAPS payments that it's worth hobbling FPS?

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UK govt to launch a tech creche for military-focused startups

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Our grant parents didn't fight the NAZI's to end up driving on the German side of the road, thank you very much.

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Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

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Shame. I've liked my windows (8.1) phones, but the browser is now so old that it's becoming unusable and the apps situation is getting worse rather than better. I'll be buying android next time.

They should have made Windows phone 8.2 ( don't care what's underneath, just make it behave similarly to 8.1 ), put Edge on it and added that android compatibility.

Who cares what API's the apps are using? Extend the API slightly to support things like live tiles, so anybody who wants to tweak their android app for Windows Phone can.

But no. Must be WP native apps.

Bastards.

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Re: IT Angle?

It's on The Register, The Register is an IT related publication, therefore the article is IT related.

Personally I wish they'd bin off the storage company stuff and expand Bootnotes.

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UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

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Because empire building

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Re: @Mark 85 re: blast radius.

Surely the Russians would send up decoy bombers and fighter escorts? In that scenario, one in a hundred carrying a nuclear bomb.

I assume that a nuclear attack by bomber would be a Dresden style raid, ie: the full force of the Russian Airforce. I can't imagine they'd send one bomber per bomb and leave it at that.

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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Re: Awww.

Boris has nothing to do with negotiations. The suitably impressive David Davis is in charge of that.

Boris is a fun, charming and clever chap who's job entails being fun, charming and clever with foreign foreign secretaries.

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Lloyds personal banking hit with 'intermittent' outage

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Works for me

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Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

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Re: Misdirection

I'm not saying it should be immediate, perhaps after one year. In most countries benefits don't go on forever. I think that is barbaric. But I do think that if you're on the dole long term, then restrictions should be placed on what you can spend it on.

It wouldn't be a whitelist, but it a blacklist. So only a limited amount of booze, no pay TV subscriptions. No cigarettes. I'm sure there are other things.

No cash withdrawals and a normal debit-card looking card for purchases.

It's not that they're incapable of handling their own affairs, it's that they are abusing a system which is supposed to be a temporary safety net.

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Re: Misdirection

This should re-open the question of whether we should allow people living on the benevolence of the state should be allowed to spend other people's money on booze.

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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Re: I'm too old for this.

Drive yourself to the pub, on the way back after 10 pints, you'll be perfectly relaxed.

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PhonepayPlus to rename

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I've not worked in a relevant industry for a few years, but back when I did, they were great to work with. Flexible but firm. Cracked down on crooks but left everybody else alone.

Most countries I dealt with were a nightmare because of overly strict regulators.

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