* Posts by old_IT_guy

21 posts • joined 23 Jan 2015

Judge snubs FBI's bid to snaffle Autonomy docs ahead of founder Mike Lynch's UK showdown



Caveat Emptor has its place in this argument regardless of Autonomy's conduct.

Even if Autonomy were dishonest, HP have a track record of corporate malfeasance (bribery, for one), which while it doesn't excuse any bad conduct on Autonomy's part, it does give some needed perspective.

Also, they're both businesses, their task is to make money and not be caught doing something illegal.

I have no sympathy for either of them (the companies), only for their victims, it's their lowest paid employees and their customers who pay the price for both companies' greed.

Cisco sues lawyers on its own side – for bigger slice of capacitor price-fixing settlement pie


My brother has our grandparent's 1960's GEC fridge in his living room (chilling beers ofc!). It has worked perfectly for over 50 years, never broken down, never needed re-gassing and is far quieter than any fridge either of us have ever owned. It's also not at all unattractive, this image is of the same model - https://goo.gl/images/XiiT8A

It's all been said elsewhere countless times as well as why, but I do wish this design philosophy hadn't fallen by the wayside decades ago.

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits


Re: When will using GMail (or any Google Service...)...

They're a business, they exist to make money, any claims of loftier goals are a smoke screen to give their unfettered greed a veneer of appeal for the benefit of their marks.

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true


Re: Indeed

She - "her bedroom".

I clearly didn't over-indulge last night

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Re: As a non Apple owner, all I can ask is


Pentagon cloud contract sueball: Oh no, Oracle doesn't need those docs, AWS tells court


A plague on both their houses, greedy fucktards that they all are

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports


Unthinking authoritarianism - one of Mrs. May's defining characteristics. Unsurprisingly, her government departments reflect her malfunction. The other side, if they were in, would do something even more daft - mine isn't a party partisan statement, they all suck big hairy goat balls, and if there was a "none of the above" on my ballot paper, I'd always be ticking that. Fuck the lot of them.

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds


Why does anyone give a flying fuck about what one person says and another finds offensive on a(n anti-)social media platform? Even if for some reason you do, if YOU take offence that easily simply stop using the damn thing.

Note the directionality, you TAKE offence, then accuse someone of GIVING offence, it's entirely subjective, which one would presume prevents a sensible, fair and proportionate law from being formulated... (n.b. by chance I encountered and had a conversation with a UK government lawyer a month ago, I raised this point and received an entirely bullshitting answer, perfectly well suited both to the politicians who instructed her and her profession).

Analogy: If you are waiting for a bus and get repeatedly soaked by cars driving through puddles from some recent rain you move back or walk to another bus stop or even to your destination. Continuing to stand at the bus stop complaining about the bastard drivers is just too stupid for words.

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request


memory is short

Meng Hongwei - Director of Interpol, disappeared on arrival in China on 25th September this year, now being investigated by China's National Supervisory Commission.

This arrest was committed with apparent impunity, search and you'll find very little - if any - comment from the West at the time and basically nothing since.

China is posturing over Meng Wanzhou's Canada arrest and we should ignore them, it's part of that ridiculous game called International Politics.

It's official – satellite spots water ice at the Moon's chilly poles


Re: rotating on it's axis

Oh yes, requires it's rotation-on-its-axis period match its orbit-round-earth period :)


"The Moon is hypothesized to have rotated on its current axis two to three billion years ago"

Um, isn't it still rotating on it's axis? It's tidally locked to us, that's why we get to see the same face when the moon is up, that requires that it's rotation period match ours...

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity


heavy atmosphere

I am feeling oppressed, seems we live on a planet where the normal pressure is 1000 Earth atmospheres.

Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫


why stay?

When the ship is so obviously sinking - I suggest that 22 profitless quarters, that's five and a half years for the innumerate, qualifies as a sinking ship - don't wait to be pushed, look for a new job. As an ex-IBMer you (whoever you are) will find it easier to get a new job in the sector than most. The lure of a redundancy payment shouldn't be sufficient to offset the erosion of your quality of life as you work for an organisation in terminal decline.

Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised


Re: Remind me again what the ex-labour cabinet are doing now?

Progressive and Regressive are relative terms, in the context of their time Athens was Progressive, not Regressive.

It could perhaps be argued that they should be considered Regressive in the context of the modern era, but then you'd have to state where in the world you are taking as your baseline as well.

It is only in relation to "the west" in the modern era that you may be able to claim Athenian society was regressive, and then some will still argue with you.

Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment


Liberty Global are gougers

they've hiked prices twice at least since taking over, they are all about maximising their profit - which is fair enough, customers (like me) can always walk away (and I will), but their whining about Brexit consequences is pathetic, just a play to get more government money to throw away not providing any wider or better service.

Leave LG (VM) they are scum, I certainly am leaving at the end of my contact.

Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works


o rly?

many reasoned arguments presented in the comments to the effect of "what a load of bollocks".

I completely agree.

'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media


rant in E minor (thanks Bill)

They're all a bunch of c**ts. We're meaningless ciphers for their profit. They don't care if we are pissed off or if we leave. We are a sadly necessary nuisance for them. No difference between any of them, provide the minimum service they can get away with and often way below that level.

Here's an example of their cynicism: VM offer a TIVO box which they have hamstrung with a 10mb nic making the bloated unwieldy poorly designed menu system almost unusably slow to interact with. This minor detail is not included in what passes for a "tech spec" for the device (that I could see). Naturally, we will soon be able to buy an "upgraded box" - with a 100MB nic, something the original should have had, only this way they can shaft you for a fat upgrade charge. Note that the minimum speed VM offer is 50mb/s - 10mbps nic really does cripple their silly box.

Unprincipled tossers the lot of them.

And, yes, they are a business, they are there to make profit, but like nearly all businesses they imnsho get the balance completely wrong, their conduct is unethical across the board (pun intended).

Happy Friday :)

Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver


Not detected...

"Subsequent research showed that between 2000 and 2013 Earth was hit by two asteroids a year that exploded with a force of more than one kiloton, with the biggest bang a 600 kiloton airburst. None of these meteors had been spotted by telescopes."

'Roids approaching from the direction of the sun are not detectable from Earth, we need a couple of satellites around the L2 points to see what we cannot from, down here.

NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics


"The craft is the fastest human-made object to leave Earth's orbit"

Voyager 2 is currently moving at around 16 Km/s, faster than New Horizon.

Fancy six months of security nirvana for free? Read on...


What AV?

I've not used AV software on my home machines for, ooh, well, ever really.

I've also never had a virus.

What works for me is "being careful" - this covers opening email attachments, visiting websites etc.

Naturally (pardon the pun) being behind a locked down NAT firewall in my router helps a lot.

I realise this isn't a viable option for all people - not every one in a household is aware (read: savvy, experienced etc.) enough - but it has worked for me.

To my mind what a windows machine - any, but mine in particular - doesn't need is yet another set of processes that "have your best interests at heart and try to be extra helpful" by doing stuff to your machine that you are unaware of either the reason for or the detail of.

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?



Night of the Lepus.

Them, Phase 4 - anyone know of any other ant movies?

I've watched them all with many laughs and no regrets, but they are truly among the mingers of the film world.

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