* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

1675 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

Azure is on fire, your DNS is terrified

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Re: Blimey!

What? A football reference in El Reg?

I'm surprised too.

Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

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Re: Must be an acronym

So what you're saying is that if you use this language, your data will get soggy?

Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Re: Why all the coughing

I've read that cigarettes suppress the cough somehow. That's probably why smokers cough comes sporadically rather than constantly - the bad shit builds up until it overwhelms the cough suppressant properties.

E-cigs don't do this. I remember initially coughing when I switched, which apparently is my lungs clearing themselves out - the same thing happens when people quit cold turkey.

As an asthmatic, I obviously never should have started smoking in the first place ( stupid 14 year old me ), but since the switch my asthma has improved enormously.

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Re: Thank heavens it's harmless ...

I mix my own, so I don't know about the end product stuff,but the flavours ( which are just nicotine free flavouring and propylene glycol ) started coming in child proof bottles recently.

'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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Re: To do anything else would be dishonest

Assuming a conical pig....

Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: Pretty meaningless metric

So if these selfish greedy bastards leave, I assume you'll be happy to pay much, much more tax to cover the shortfall?

I assume from the giant chip on your shoulder that you pay less tax that it costs for the state to take care of you ( the NHS alone costs £3k/year per person ).

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Re: Fuck the poor then

That's an interesting interpretation, to say the least.

The summary I got from the article ( by reading the words ) is that non-doms pay a substantial amount of tax and maybe we shouldn't go on an ideological witch hunt or we'll probably end up losing more money than if we just left the system as is.

You know, because people can leave the country, especially rich people, and go to countries that don't punish people for doing well.

Although you leftie twats think that we should charge exorbitant amounts of tax and ignore the Laffer curve incase anybody has the gall to make more money than you.

Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: Buh?

Thanks for the translation.

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Re: Buh?

I understood more of the words in your post than I did in the article, however not in the order you put them in.

So, when it's still, it's moving? Does that mean movement without energy being input?

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Re: Buh?

I think the author has overestimated her audience.

My understanding of the article, based on the odd word I understood ( eg: "and" ) was perpetual motion. So that can't be right then. Anybody?

You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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Re: Smart Meter Mis-selling

I assume when they're commonplace, there will appear mixed rate tariffs using them, similar to Economy-7, but more flexible, meaning knob head neighbours will save money by running their washing machine at 2am.

Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

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Re: The same goes for Solar Panels (PV arrays)

With the aim of pricing people out of buying a new build, for no discernible benefit?

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That new builds should be legally required to be FTTP is beyond obvious. I can't believe it's not currently the case.

A nice long pub crawl is good for your health, if you stay on your feet

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Re: Drink healthy and in moderation

I remember reading a study that showed something along the lines of thinking about exercise is as good as actually exercising, so you might be on to something.

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Re: RE: We study this every week

No grants, but we do do double blind studies - some of the fat lads think they've been running about but they haven't really.

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We study this every week. None of us are dead yet.

Our death rate is lower than that of wider society :)

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Re: Inducing paranoia pulls in the grant money!

Moderation is stopping at 8 cans on a school night, isn't it?

UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Or just not bother.

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.

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?

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

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.

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 )

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Ten-trillionths of your suntan comes from intergalactic photons

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So the advice is still to avoid sunbathing at night?

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.

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

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Regular footballs

Regular footballs? How regular? Every hour?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ).

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.

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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