* Posts by Hollerithevo

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Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Re: Sites need revenue

Given that Patreon makes it easy for me to support worthy YouTube channels (hi, BazBattles) at £1 a month, the technology is sorted.

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And presumably...

...300+ jQuery

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Re: Every web site should...

I am an old skool web developer and it seems every week I have to ask one of my frisky young team "why would we do that?" or "why is doing that better than not doing it?"

They've been taught to do it and pointless bloat or 'but we always do it' is how you do it, so they do it.

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Re: Your JS can KMMFA.

Go to phys.org -- fantastic site full of the latest science news. They have a reasonable and sad header that says it sees you are using an adblocker and why this hurts them.

I will not unblock even for this great site, so I use it guiltily. I would be happy to pay them, but they've gone 100% ads and so I face a moral dilemma, and don't go to the site as often as I want.

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars

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Re: Thanks Opportunity!

Yep, that XKCD got me right in the feels.

Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

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why the quinine?

I can see rewarding the bees with a drop of nectar, but i don't see ant reason for punishing wrong answers. It's all one with giving test animals shock. What proves human specialness more, now that have to grant animals, birds, and now insects, advanced mental powers than gratuitous cruelty?

Another Apple engineer cuffed over alleged self-driving car data theft: FBI swoop on bod as he boards plane to China

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Re: how much were they getting?

My first thought. Are these folks from China so utterly brilliant or so utterly cheap that it's worth the world of an H-1B to get 'em over and insert them into your team? It's not like China has a huge, long track record of stealing industrial data, eh?

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested

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Re: Is that all?

@Spazturtle, sometimes this is a good thing. Indeed, an SRO is often a good thing. Of course it can be used against innocent people, and we don't have a lot of public cases to be able to know, but I can't help but think, on the basis of the few that have been in the news, that they are quite often the best option, other than locking up someone predatory and disturbed person for the whole of his life.

Canadians moot methods to embiggen moose monument and make Mac great again

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Re: Learn something new every day

Head Smashed In would describe the condititon of the bison that had fallen over the cliff. The story is almost certainly a back-formation (or 'retcon' for the younger generation) to explain the name, and the 'legend' is probably White in origin, because, hey, those crazy dumb Indians, ya know?

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Go on, laugh

This from a country with 'Oxford' and 'Goosey' and 'Ely' and 'Buckden' or 'Shapwick' etc on its map

Florida man's deadliest catch forces police to evacuate Taco Bell

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Re: Irony

'pre-european inhabiants' or, as we tend to call them 'original inhabitants'.

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary

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Re: "hostage-grade cable ties"

TMI

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Re: Not from the Midlands...

Why has doubt crept in, @keith_w? Where do you feel misled by Ms Stobb?

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder

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Re: See this as an opportunity

I bow to the master. Now to try to memorise that awesome marketing sentence.

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer

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'Largest and most trusted'

Livi is the 'most trusted'?? As voted for by whom? I have never even heard of them, let alone trusted them.

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@ Mr 'erm' Longshaft

Stating something does not make it true.

If so, let me state that 'Capitalism is inherently evil.'

Sure, it will give you money if you agree to the terms of the bosses, but you probably end up giving them 10x the actual cost of your wages in productivity that lead to profits you never share, as salaries are always the smallest they can be under pure capitalism*.

Its like idiots who claim that laisez-faire economies benefit everyone, when in fact it is the less well off who pay for it every day of their working lives, indeed their lives, while the rich get ever richer.

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

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Re: Corporate Parasitism

My experience with HR over a number of companies is that the nice ones are useless, the unpleasant ones are useless, they all feel that any employee-related work impinges on their own productivity, and that they see themselves as inside the wagon-fort fighting off attackers.

I am always clear that their job is to cover for senior management, and that indeed is the only time I have seen them bestir themselves.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: I can believe it!

I found putting a cartoon face by the prompt message made people look at it, as people tend to spot and focus on faces, even cartoon faces, as long as they are pretty human.

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: It's a matter of relevance

Please PLEASE let's have Michelle Yeoh as the next Bond.

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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Re: will have interviews of "survivors"

@Kicker of...

I suspect you speak as someone who's never been made so miserable that you were sick with stress, who has never been hounded out of a job, who has never seen others inexplicably promoted, who has never been gaslighted.

I admit I don't like the term 'survivor', which began to be used with good intendtions (e.g. 'cancer survivor') and has now been diluted, but it's an OK word until we find a better one. We all know what it means.

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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Re: TV ads

I see they didn't fool you, @g00se2!

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Re: Actually...

@ledswinger. These are your comparisons? Cuba, Venezuela, the ex-Soviet Union? How can a family-run oligarchy, a failed state, and an ex-state with a vastly different, tyrannous governing system give any lessons at all to the UK as it is now? To suggest a Labour govt is closer to Cuba than it is to, say, Denmark, Netherlands, etc. is to make an innuendo that holds no water.

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Trying to maximise the pain

That's very Jonathan Swiftian of you (second para).

First para is more Dante's Inferno.

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Re: A very odd way of working...

We all know this isn't a new thing. We have, most of us, lived through the Clinton years and the Bush years and some of us even lived through the Reagan years, and our memories are still there.

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Re: Comparison

This, a thousand times.

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Re: Comparison

If Trump was a labor union, we would not be cheering a union on to build a wall.

If you are a contractor, you will not get back-pay.

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Re: Oh God

Hmm, except for those Govt workers who are getting evication notice because they can't pay rent, those in trouble because they are running out of money and have families to feed, my Buddy in Homeland Security on the west coast whose beat is the port and did some unpaid work until finally sent home and he freaks about the drugs that come in via the port every single day, not to mention people smuggling themselves in. Stuff like that.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Hmm.

Myth.

No plain sailing for Anon hacktivist picked up by Disney cruise ship: 10 years in the cooler for hospital DDoS caper

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But a lawyer helps

I had to go to a small claims court when an employer was doing me wrong. I spent an hour with a lawyer to understand what I was up against and how to marshall my evidence and arguments, then went into court with my papers and everything prepared. Took ten minutes to win and get costs. You'd get expert advice on something medical, techie, etc, and it's the same with the law.

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Re: I didn't downvote you

As I have said elsewhere in this thread, it's the SHARING of polling info with ANY foreign government. Iceland, Ireland, anyone outside the USA. That sort of sharing is a crime in the USA.

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Re: Another example, just today - one of hundreds

RT is your source?!? The original American newspaper printed its own correction. They weren't 'outed' by RT. And yes, as the other resplier has said, Ukraine has a huge pro-Russian, actively-working-for-Russia part of it, mostly in the east, and the ones who aren't, mostly in the west.

In any case, Ukraine is STILL a foreign government and the information Manafort was sharign was with a foreign gov't. If he shared with the UK or Canada, it would still be against the law.

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Re: Feh

Honestly, I blame the Scythians, coming into the Empire and settling a bad example.

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Re: Red herring

No, righties want to control what people think as well. They do actively try to force other people "to be good". Everything from Rush Limbaugh to billboards to you name it. I am not saying others don't, I just can't buy that Rightists are all tolerant and hands-off. Let's just bring up a woman's right to abortion or to being paid for work of equal value, as well as access to the board-room. That tends to start up an interesting conversation.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Easily solved

Trump is the powerful 'art of the deal' guy, and Bombastic Bob has pointed out in this thread,. So...where's the deal? He had a fully supportive Republican House for two years. Where's the deal? The democrats were out int he cold for two years. Where's the deal? Where's that money from Mexico?

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

Bom. Bob, whenever you use the tortuous and weird "Demo[n,c][R,r]ats", all I can think of is those oiks in school who turned a funny surname or an unusual word into something naughty. (as in 'oo, oo, the pen is here ha ha, look, it says..')

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

Bom. Bob, you haven't acknowledged that you reported an error (or 'false fact' by saying Obama cancelled the shuttle programme when it was Bush 2. Or do you just move the goal-posts to new ground without ever admitting that you told a porky-pie?

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

The NAFTA replacement helps corporations and businesses. So if you say that, for example, a kitchenware manufacturer benefits from the new trade agreement and therefore makes profits and perhaps then spends more in the community of give their workers a pay raise or something and therefore more money is floating around in the USA so that means Mexico paid for the wall, you have an interesting idea of what 'pays for' means.

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

Bom. Bob, you've already said elsewhere on this thread that you would prefer border security to more expenditure in space.

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Re: Crazy

@ Ken Hagan, would it be nice if he started now?

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Re: Crazy

I have long wanted the USA to become less powerfully dominant in the world. Certainly the spluttering results in Ieraq, Iran and now Syria show it to be less than an all-conquering military force, and now erratic behaviour vis-a-vis treaties is showing it to be an ally you might never want to rely on. I think the EU is becoming aware that the USA cannot be seen as a country to be counted on, and Chin, with its road-and-belt proceeding apace, seems pretty comfy with a world where you can thumb your nose at the USA.

So I can only agree with Bom. Bob that more of Trump will deliver what Trump is already delivering: a USA hurting because of tariffs and thus economically weaker, trade wars that make many countries start to look around for new friends, and so on.

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Re: Crazy

'an end to abortion' can't be waved off. It would be part of a lot of things, such as the end to already limited birth control and so on, that we also know Pence is against. To 50% of the population, this is not an 'oh well' issue.

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Re: Crazy

Is it defence funding? Is the Pentagon seeing this spend as defence? Does it fall within the building of military bases and facilities part of the law? Din't Obama approve of a low fence or barrier? Was this seem as military defence?

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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I think not

Sir or Madam, I put it to you that you are not, in fact, the inventor of the marmite laser.

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Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

@Chris 125, if you two ever divorce, send her my way. My type of gal!

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: This kind of thing probably happens all the time.

It is in San Rafael and is a charming, old-fashioned campus and a great outdoor swimming pool outsiders can pay to use. But they are ditzes, even when paying to get in to use the pool. Much uncertainty over everything.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Re: Incredible

rein in. 'Tight rein', 'loose reign', 'free rein', all from the dear old days of horse-riding, so no wonder it is obscure.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Just the thing I like

A good, long, detailed article with good images and insights on the usual routine of a ship. Having just been in the Norway fjords (on a slightly swankier vessel), I was happy to see the Norwegian coast.

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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Let's expand our horisons

French & Saunders?

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

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Re: That Genesis reading

@Keith Oborn

I know that most of us in the Western world have an emotional and cultural vibration when Christian scripture is intoned, because it's everywhere around us and the English of the King James Version really is majestic, but it would be nice not to make the Bible the go-to source in exalted moments, as we have so many other choices.

Silicon Valley CEO thrown in the cooler for three years, ordered to pay back $1.5m for bullsh*tting investors

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Re: the 39-year-old tech wannabe had made a "tragic error"

Yep, so easy to make the tragic error of transferring $130,000 into your own account.

Perhaps it was just resting.

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