* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

1468 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

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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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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