* Posts by CrazyOldCatMan

3422 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015

30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Re: DnD?

I am, unfortunately, old enough that my first thought was of a certain role-playing game with funny dice

Nowt wrong with ADnD. Apart from the riduculous racially-limited class system. And the many inconsistencies. And the overt sexism..

(But hey - I was a student then and spent far more time playing ADnD and CoC than actually studying..)

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Re: The Meaning of Stob

climbing a Dollis Hill

Amusingly, there was a Dollis Hill council estate in the London Borough of Barnet (where I was dragged up).

Not a place you wanted to go on your own. Or even in a small squad with major weaponry.

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Re: "you were seriously stuck up a gum tree"

By 1988, Usenet was quite a useful tool

It still is (for a very limited definition of "useful")..

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Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs

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"bean-counters will be delighted to learn that there is no additional charge"

I think there's a missing "yet" on the end of that phrase..

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Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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Re: Tariff recursion

This trade war idiocy just doens't stack up

No-one ever accused Trump of being a rational, sensible being..

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Re: In trade

whole opium for tea affair. That didn't go very well for them

To be fair, they did have a point - there was so much silver flowing out of the country (the Europeans wanted silver for their opium - by that point the British were already growing enough tea in the various bits of Empire that they didn't really need Chinese tea) that the Chinese currency was crashing (their currency was based on the silver tael and there wasn't enough silver left to make the standard coin so they had to debase the coinage..).

And the various European powers were forcing the Chinese government to allow people to buy the opium, despite the fact that it was illegal to do so in China.

So - not so much of a trade war as a "you will buy our poison that's killing your population" war.

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Re: In trade

legitimately via license, they pirate

Much like the US then..

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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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Re: Have you forgotten how to count?!

and under the gaze of 'tallymen/women'

All doubtless fuelled by copious free banannas..

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Re: Scanning?

In Canada (generally), the staff manually sort the ballots, and then count them

Likewise in most civilised countries. And in the UK :-)

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US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked

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Trousers with storage in them, what a great idea!

And given how tight breeches usually are (jodhpurs are a modified form of breeches) I'd really, really not want to see yer average American in them..

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Re: Why is there even another "unclassified" State Department email system?

It was Mrs. Clinton who set it all up...

Just when I was thinking that an element of sanity and reality was starting to seep into Bob's world he goes and posts something like this.

Oh - and if he's going to try to claim that "it was all a joke" - well, jokes have to have an elemnt of truth or cleverness to be funny..

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'I am admin' bug turns WD's My Cloud boxes into Everyone's Cloud

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Re: Another WD nightmare

You might consider NextCloud. Mine is open to the world but securing IT stuff is my day job

Ditto (to both). Add in Lets Encrypt and some fairly tight firewall rules for added oomph.

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Re: Firewall

This is exactly why my non-WD NAS sits behind a firewall

Likewise. And it's also why I use FreeNAS..

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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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Re: How does this differ from any Product as a service?

We don't buy music any more

Au contraire - I buy a fair amount (on CD) from a fine online Prog music store..

(progrock.co.uk - I'm not affiliated with them but I do know the owner.. And more prople listening to Prog is a Good Thing(TM))

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Re: Let them pay

I have never had to have any white goods replaced, or repaired in the eight years I've lived in my house

Ditto for the 21 years at our current house. We did have to replace the fridge and freezer when we moved in (new fitted kitchen didn't have space for the single fridge/freezer unit we had so had to get separates. We bought cheapo Beko units and they still work, 21 years later..

The cooker unit did go bang though - literally. The cooking element self-disassembled in a fairly dramatic fashion whcih meant a replacement. But I exclude that one since it was a black cooker, replaced by another black cooker :-)

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Re: Can someone please remind of the upsides of a mobile contract...

as opposed to buying a phone outright

Lower initial outlet. There are quite a few people that want the latest SHINY SHINY but don't have the £800-£1500 at hand to buy it outright[1].

So they go for a HP-type deal.

[1] Of course, there is an arguement that they should save for such purchases but that's not going to happen either..

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

Given that women

* Get sick more often

* Take more leave days overall

Not in my household - my wife has (in 30+ years of work) taken only about 10 days sick. Me? I do about that in a month..

(I also get more leave days than her..)

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Re: (m/f) in job ads

I expect the same applies to most European languages

One of the few examples of sanity in English - we got rid of (most of) the gendered nouns.. (and have available the perfectly adequate "their" as an ungendered possessive - you rreally, really don't have to put "his/her"..)

Sadly, we also appear to be losing the ability to conjugate past tenses - one website I was reading this morning (a US website) kept using "binded" instead of the perfectly adequate "bound".

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: TL;DR

not least among the most extreme Brexiteers in the government - casts a long shadow over the proceedings

They probably don't care about the economic consequences - all the Brexiteer polititians are well-off and thouroughly insulated from any consequences of their decisions..

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Facebook can't root out fake news and hate talk, but – oh look – it has software to catch bugs

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If SkyNet is born in facebook's systems, then either it will delete itself or kill us all out of compassion.

It won't be from compassion, but more from boredom and malice.

I have no mouth and yet I must scream.

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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I think that voting leave will be worth any economic cost

In other words, you are a sociopath who disreegrds other people pain..

Good advert for the leave community.

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UK.gov tells companies to draft contracts for data flows just in case they screw up Brexit

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Re: Transfer

the EU can legally declare war

Yeah - but who would they send? The Germans have even less of an army and navy than we do, the Italians ditto and the French love us to peices..

And have done for a thousand years.

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The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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Re: Nothing Really New

some security training way back in the late Dark Ages

"Never trust the East Saxons - after all, they'll turn into Essex"..

Stuff like that?

(Of course, living as I do in the land of the West Saxons, I might be slightly biased.)

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$300,000,000,000 worth of American intellectual property and business intelligence are stolen yearly

Makes you wonder about the cumulative historical value of all the IP and, in some cases, actual machinery that the US stole from the British back in the 1800's..

Hypocracy? Can you spell it? 'Cos I (probably) can't..

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Re: Off topic...

typical yeasty ne'er do well

Hmmm.. yeasty ne'er do well. Time for some scrumpy methinks!

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Re: Perhaps instead

Rudd spending her time usefully. The mind boggles.

I could think of lots of ways. And they all start with "leave Parliament immediately"..

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Her mind has been numbed.

And then (presumably) put back into the jar to keep it nice and clean.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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I think I'll..

.. stick with going to Prog festivals. At least, when the dementia strikes, by the time the song ends you'll have forgotten how it started :-)

(Which leads me on to my complaint about music players - when they say "room for up to 500 songs" they obviously don't have prog in mind. My phone (which has a mix of rock, folk, jazz and prog) has an average song length of 7 minutes..)

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Be your own YouTube: Cloudflare Stream flies out of beta, emits vids

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And..

.. if it gets popular, it'll turn into as much of an open sewer at YT.

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Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade

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Re: testing?

Or did they just skip that bit?

That's the magic of DevOps baby! No need to do that boring testing stuff, we'll just fix it in the next release!

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Re: "$75M....after botched SAP upgrade"

Isn't the lack of such lawyerfests a mystery

Presumably SAP (like Oracle) spends an unfeasable amount of money on in-house lawyers to make sure that such things either don't happen or go away quietly..

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Re: Why SAP?

the endless focus on "Minimum Viable Product" solutions mean that what gets built has gaps in functionality that have to be addressed by further IT projects

Which (in my experience) will have the lowest priority unless they are fixing something that's costing lots of money..

After all, management wants new Shiny Shiny since that's what gives them brownie points with senior management.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: Looks excellent!

Where do I sign up!?

Well, you could ask the nice nurse when she comes in with your afternoon medication. Getting her to undo the straitjacket straps might take more work though..

And the brightly-coloured crayons that you are allowed might not be fine enough to tick all the boxes.

:-)

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Re: What we need

Your generation has varieties of beard oil and North Face vs Superdry

And there was me thinking that beard oil was what you got when you forgot to wash it for a week or two..

(And no - I have no idea what the latter part of your quoted comment is..)

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Re: What we need

Obviously emacs is better than vi.

At getting the end-user lost in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. And then getting eaten by a grue.

Whereas vi is a supreme editor, used by support professionals. And me.

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Re: What we need

I also worked on the Acorn Archimedes

Fabulous machine, spoilt only by the lack of commercial games^W software. I sold my Atari ST to get one..

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

except I had one of these (or rather the current model at the time) :-

https://dlidirect.com/products/web-power-switch-7

Yup - before the Apocalypse That Wasn't[1], I had a version of that installed in remote offices that allowed telnet access and controlled power and serial port access (I was herding Solaris boxes at the time and having serial access could be quite important as one of the failure modes would kill all network access but leave the box still running..)

[1] Y2K didn't represent the end of technology as we know it only because we did a lot of work to prevent it..

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Re: Just a beer?

Beer is eternal

And they have found lots of beer residues in Egyptian tombs to prove it!

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: Need an IT equivalent of mechanical sympathy....

The device, or the relative?

The relative of course - one cares about ones devices..

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Re: Elphin safety

because I haven’t found a plausible explanation for an axe in my print room

You need to 'upgrade' to an IBM line printer - those things were so solid that only an axe could disassemble them..

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Re: Sometimes violence is the only answer

cowering, simpering, meek little mouse trapped in the corner by a large, hungry, Evil Cat

Objection yer honour! There's no such thing as an evil cat - they are all just misunderstood.

(My cat told me to say that)

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

As far as cloud storage is concerned I do not want to be beholden to any company for storing my data

Indeed. Which is why I run Nextcloud on a VM at home.. (mirrored eslewhere as a backup)

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: Alcohol Free Wine

all references in the Bible to wine actually meant fruit juice

"A land flowing with milk and honey, with corn and new wine" seems to sum up all the approrpriate food groups nicely..

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Re: One little pill?

Maybe we all need to take a resveratol tablet every day

There's pretty good evidence that the synergy effect (of which resveratol is part) is responsible. In the same way as isolating any purifying active chemicals from herbs often doesn't have the same effect as the herb itself.

On the upside, at least with an extraced drug, you generally know what the dosage is - unlike herbs where the active compound amounts can vary widely depending on the growing conditions and age of the plant.

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" a chemical that has been linked to lowering inflammation and preventing blood clots."

... or aspirin?

Fortunately, wine doesn't burn holes in my stomach lining or cause gut pain and bleeding.

Unlike asprin.

(I can tolerate nurofen, but only in combination with something like rabeprazole and taken with milk. Otherwise it's stomach pain and/or bleeding)

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Re: Is correlation causation....?

Finally we have published evidence it is good for us

Indeed. I shot a swift glance at my wife when I saw that article (we've been married long enough that she knew what I meant).

And then I opened a nice bottle of wine and drank some.

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Re: Is correlation causation....?

Of course one should order a cask of wine!

Well - I have a nice cask of Amontillado down in the cellar - if you'd like to come down and take a taste.

Ignore all the bricks piled up nearby - I'm doing some... renovations.

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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

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Application whitelisting is just sensible, isn't it? Who wants any random code that they've not approved to run on their system?

Senior managers who want to run $LATEST_BUZZWOD

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: Woolworths

fetish for laying out some of their sites in a fairly linear manner, sometimes over quite long distances

Usually built along roads. After all, passing trade is a good thing eh?

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Re: An attitude based on unfounded snobbery

The only materials they had to use back then was stone and later on, copper

And wood. Sandstone is easily split by using copper chisels to make a small hole and then using wooden wedges to make the holes larger. And if your holes are in a nice line (preferrably along the grain) then sandstone is pretty easy to split.

And we know that's how they did it because we know where their quarries were and can see imcomplete or undetatched blocks.

And in Europe, they used deer antler picks to mine flint. It was pretty rubbish (by modern terms) but it did the job and was using something which they had anyway.

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