* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

1394 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?

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Re: So the good news is....

Apparently The Guardian will run out of cash in about five years, so the UK newspaper industry could become a lot less extreme by 2020 or so.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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My beard's primary role is as a second-chin concealer

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

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Re: So who should I host with?

Xen Europe misplaced my VM a few years ago

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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

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Re: It's fake

"Look what this chump did, buy our backup product"

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Re: Alternatively...

Just bounce the mail. Set the bounce message to "dunno who you wanted, email mail@the.firm"

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Nice, fuck up his life. Way to go.

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Re: Devils advocate.

My viewpoint is that there's no reason for the admin to be reading those emails in the first place - just bounce them. I'm guessing he set this up as a way of snooping, rather than to be helpful.

Anyway, they aren't sharing trade secrets with the competition, the emails aren't illegal. He knows nothing of the details - this pair may have left their spouses which makes the email completely innocent, for example.

It's not for him to judge. I was once told by a colleague that he gets sucked off every time he goes to Amsterdam. I didn't feel the need to tell anybody, especially his wife. None of my business.

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The obvious solution is to just bounce invalid recipients, like everybody else.

This isn't even an interesting story. It follows the standard formula of "found porn or similar at work". We've heard enough of these, surely.

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Why is it any of your business? Either delete the email or forward it, as your conscience requires. You aren't the morality police.

Why are you even reading the body of the emails if you're expecting they're for somebody else?

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Met cops shop for £150m IT system. Must have: Data centre ops

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Re: why?

The citation is that these contracts are going to get fucked up by somebody. We might as well save newspaper column inches ( and probably money ) by just fucking up once, centrally.

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why?

Does the Met have vastly different requirements than, for example Lincolnshire police?

Why can't these large contracts be brought under the Home Office purview, so as to benefit from efficiencies of scale?

Also, when it fails, wouldn't it be better to have one medium sized contract go tits up, rather than lots of little ones that cost much more in total?

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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Determining hunger should be done using the calorific value of traditional stadium food. For football, that's a pie. We'll go with meat and potato as that's a classic.

A meat and potato pie contains approx 430kcal *. A ham sandwich contains 230kcal*, so each stadium goer would need a minimum of 1.8 sandwiches to sustain them.

* according to the first result on google for "calorific content in X"

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Bavarian town rescinds Hitler's honorary citizenship

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Interesting. I suppose he could put it down to staffing mistakes. For example Himmler running the Ministry for Inter-community Relations, etc ).

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What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

This poor chap has had his honorary citizenship taken away because of supposed war crimes, but he never was able to defend himself in court.

Don't they know he was disabled, too?

Facists!

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Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

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Trolls

What's with all the trolls today?

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: new lighting options

Google "LED strip lights".

I have some IP67 ones in my garden, to light up the flowerbeds at night. They cost about £10 for 5 metres, I think.

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Re: Who's paying the piper?

It's the same here. The new ( 2/3 year old? ) LED streetlight outside my bedroom window means I had to buy blackout curtains and in summer when the windows are opened, a gust of wind often dislodges the curtains enough to make my bedroom look like the set of an alien abduction film.

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Microsoft's bigoted teen bot flirts with illegali-Tay in brief comeback

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Why make it public?

If it's for research, surely just pretending to be an anonymous idiot on twitter would produce better data?

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."

That also ignores the fact that a band of lunatics with guns would be slaughtered immediately by the professional military, were they to face off in battle.

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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

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Re: 'No more "spyware" turned on out of the box'

The system search thing would search online as well as offline, so if you searched for "butt plugs", not only would it find your local collection of butt-plug pornography, but it would also find used butt-plugs on Ebay.

( For example ).

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Small != Small

As a person with moderately large hands and moderately awful eyesight, I welcome the enourmophones. I have a Lumia 640 XL ( 5.7" ) and it's amazing. I can read webpages without holding the phone six inches from my face.

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

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I guess that's supposed to be:

if ($("#img").attr("src") != null) {

$("#img").attr("src", $("#img").attr("src"));

}

To reload the image. I assume either that works in that particular JS library, or the developer thought it would.

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

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Gentoo NT

Reminds me of the Gentoo/NT port from a few years ago:

http://gentooexperimental.org/nt/

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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I think I prefer RRS Pingu.

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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Re: Amazon

Here's the same TV you just bought, now on sale, £100 cheaper.

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UK.gov's Major Projects Authority ain't saving us any money, say MPs

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DAA

Surely they should have called this the Department for Administrative Affairs?

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Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

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Alcohol Action Ireland

What kind of person wakes up in a morning and thinks: "Right, today I'm going to join an organisation who's goal it is to reduce what other people drink." ?

Seriously? I mean, I can understand the case for it - it's allegedly harmful if you have wine on your cornflakes, but I can't imagine what kind of person would actively campaign against it voluntarily.

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Glasgow boiler firm in hot water for cold calls, cops £180K fine

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Re: Something doesn't add up...

I used to write IVRs. Our voice processors ( the boxes with the ISDN PRI cards in ) could set any originating telephone number, or none.

( I'm not a telecoms chap myself, just a former programmer of IVRs, so there might be more to it than I'm aware of ).

I've also dealt with VOIP providers who allow setting any origin number on outbound calls.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Re: Maybe it wasn't a drone?

I vote "iron pigeon" as the new El Reg colloquialism for drone.

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Who'd be mad enough to start a 'large-scale fire' in a spaceship?

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Re: I hope

Wouldn't burning the atmosphere create a low pressure area, pulling in more atmosphere?

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IEEE delivers Ethernet-for-cars standard

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I wonder if this will work over telephone extension cable?

If so, that would be very interesting as a method to retrofit ethernet into houses that have existing telephone extensions.

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Want to kick butts? Go cold turkey

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You don't have to have a large e-cig, I just think it's more convenient because you've got more than a day's worth of liquid and battery without having to carry spares.

The amount of nicotine is mainly based on which strength liquid you buy ( with 1.8% being the standard ).

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Re: Everyone in the study used NRT

Similar story here - not been a smoker for two years now, thanks to e-cigs ( currently a Kangertech Aerotank Mega 2 - £20 from Amazon including 1900mah battery ).

I now smoke cigarettes occasionally on a Saturday night with a drink, like non-smokers have the occasional cigar.

I know people who's failed to switch to e-cigs. I can only imagine they were using them wrong such as heavy usage every hour ( like you would have a full fag in one go ).

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Breaking news, quitting smoking is hard

Quitting smoking is hard, who knew?

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Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

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Isn't Sonic a brand of firewall?

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Are you ugly? Then it's sexual harassment.

If you look like the milk tray man, then it's fine.

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Re: Lost revenue

Clearly El Reg should stop trolling its readers

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"Unwanted advances" is sexual harassment?

Asking somebody out if they're not interested is sexual harassment?

Seriously. What's wrong with people?

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Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd

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I wonder if it's possible for a new distro to have a build system that pulls in something like Gentoo's portage to build a collection of packages for their own repository?

Obviously a lot of things would need tweaking ( such as build flags ) initially, but I think this could theoretically make for an extremely competitive "software centre" with minimal effort.

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Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

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Re: Bus vs. meat bag

One in England forced my GF off the road once ( on to the pavement ). It is universal.

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Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

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I got the "So you *want* to get viruses?" method of anti-virus sales for a tablet I bought recently.

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How will Ofcom reduce our reliance on BT if it won't break them up?

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If this is the new grown-up El-Reg, inviting shadow ministers to take pot-shots at the government with badly written articles, then colour me disappointed.

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Can DevOps be applied to the whole company?

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I assume DevOps was used to develop the El Reg Automated Article Writer (tm), as there seems to be a bug causing it to keep writing articles that nobody wants to read about storage companies, devops and how devops can be applied within storage companies.

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Permies sitting pretty as fifth of contractors see rates cut

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Another article, another mention of DevOps. I've asked before and got an answer, but it didn't make sense to me, so I'll ask again:

DevOps: Does that mean sitting devs and ops in the same room and having them talk to each other?

If so, what is a DevOps skill? The ability to have a conversation?

( I originally assumed it was a name for devs who can op, but it seems I'm wrong ).

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Is this the last ever Lumia?

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They'll presumably rename the OS again:

Windows 10 For Surface ( No, not that one, the mobile one )

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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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Bomb hoax server hoster reportedly cuffed in France

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Re: Pushing it ? Why ?

I was under the impression that it was the case for witnesses. Google has just proved me wrong.

Nevermind.

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Re: I don't get it

There are loads of VOIP providers on the internet that allow you to dial PSTN numbers through VOIP, They just have a bit of kit that speaks VOIP and is plugged into an ISDN connection

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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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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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