* Posts by Hollerithevo

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Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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As Joni Mitchell so well observed...

Some get the gravy

And some get the gristle

Some get the marrow bone

And some get nothing

Though there's plenty to spare

Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly

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So...

...she thinks good thoughts, so the rest of Salesforce don't have to?

If you want an ethical and decent company, um, hire ethical and decent human beings, especially in the C-suite. Is this possible? On the evidence, not really.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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Nope

No, it is not justifying hanfred against trans persons. Questioning the validity of the trans argument, but opposition does not equal hatred.

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Re: Login box

@katrinab: is that what Jeffreys and Greer are saying? Do you think that sums up their arguments? TERFs aren't as intelligent as most people? Or just that they don't agree with the trans arguments? It would be better if each side didn't assume the other side were idiots or evil.

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Re: Hopefully

@AC, there's a reason we have featherweight, heavyweight, etc in boxing: because you can't put a small short fit fighter with a hugely tall, slab of muscle fit fighter. Small differences are fair. Enormous differences ae not fair. There's a photo of a girl's team onlinem with the girls all teenagers and about 5ft6in, and one bloke over 6ft. He identifies as female, and there he is on the team. First, as it were, amongst equals.

The dingo... er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview

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Re: Naive

Nont-IT, but same problem: I was working in marketing and had a chat with an art college student who had bravely decided to approach my company directly with her portfolio. We couldn't use her (we didn't hire freelancers), but she was smart and talented and had great ideas. She also mentioned that she had been interviewed by several big design agencies. Shortly thereafter, we interviewed some design agencies and I was surprised and amazed to see one of the art student's designs displayed as the work of one of the agencies. The design was so distinctive that it couldn't be a zeigeist thing. So, she had shown them her portfolio and they had promptly ripped her off, and she never knew. I didn't want to hire the agency, but my boss was untroubled by my disclosure and we took them on. Still makes my blood boil, 20 years later.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: Jezibel syndrome

I am a consultant. I regularly walk into the situation Mr Dabbs describes: everything in melt-down and a fix demanded within five minutes.

As a grey-haired web professional, I can usually spot two or three easy small fixes at once, can identify the wetware that is going to be useful (often anothe grey head in the IT dept) and the ones that are the main problem, and grasp a good-ish bit of the organisational culture. It's called 'experience'.

Once I prove my credentials with those quick fix suggestions, which always seem to be received as if Holy Writ, with looks of stunned and relieved amazement, I start talking to employees (as another commentard suggests) and finding out what the deep problems are. I write up my thoughts and offer to stay to project-manage the solutions, that is, I own what I think and am willing to prove it.

So far, I seem to be valued at my daily rate. It's embarrassing that it's usually common sense, knowing how to handle big egos, and 'have seen this before' that is the secret magic, and this magic commands the big bucks.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Re: I am a bit disappointed ...

@Androgynous Cupboard, you scoff, but it's hard. Their little pale plastic faces, so familiar, so beseeching...

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Re: Not quite as dire

Yep, I got paid an extra month's salary and various accounts were still available to me after I resigned. I wemailed, then wrote, asking to whom I should pay back the salary, etc., but heard nothing. The money sits in my account earning whole pennies of interest until they finally get a clue.

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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When the British were honest

@phuzz, there's some interesting stuff on the 'black market' in the UK in the last years of WWII and especially in the years following (to about 1952) when spivs and buying thins on the black market became the norm. Your local butcher would keep back a choice bit of pork of beef for you on a 'consideration', your other high street merchants did similar, and you got to know your local chap for other goodies. Some people refused to break the law, but many admitted that it was during this time of austerity and rationing that finally broke them of their honesty habit, and some historians date a general decline in respect for the law from this time. I am not 100% convinced, but it's interesting. Would we all enjoy St Trinian's so much without that admiration for the scofflaw?

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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I'm a type II as well

And I am definitely going to use that excuse to get out of housework, because after I've done 30 laps in the local pool, I'm knackered.

Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

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Now immortal

"eight legs of fury." Mucho upvote.

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...

Baby Elizabeth.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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@Lee D a thousand times

Upvote to infinity and beyond.

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Re: Karma

@Spazturtle, but that is both unethical and unprofessional.

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: run the scam backwards

@Chivo243: indeed, and an even more shaming one: "we notice that you have a very old-fashioned PC and screen without a webcam at all. As you are an IT professional, you wouldn't want this fact to get out, now would you?"

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Re: Racist?

Dr Syntax, as much as I respect you and always enjoy your comments, it's really not a game. What does a white straight male win if he 'games' someone is is not and who has had a lifetime of being made to feel second-class? Why can't straight white guys just be civil and realise not everyone got handed a golden ticket at birth? I speak as someone with a visible disability.

Euro eggheads call it: Facebook political ads do change voters' minds – and they worked rather well for Trump in 2016

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Re: or....

I am all for Trump staying on, as I think the world could do without a super-power forcing its economic and political will ont he world. We are already seeing countries looking at ways to have treaties or invest or do business without the USA in the equation. The USA has had about 60 years of world domination, and 'world domination' is always a phrase that means bad things (the baddies always want it), so if the USA wants to step back from being the dominant party in treaties ans trade deals, and wants to put up tariffs to encourage its own walled garden to grow, then I say great. It is time for the EU etc to stop looking to anyone but themselves to captin their own ships.

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Re: Oh go do one Saishav!

He's the guy who honks his honk in a traffic jam. All the rest of the drivers: oh, if only we'd thought to do that, we'd all be on the move!

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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Re: All that because..

I suspect it was more than a few postage stamps. I've been at companies where the mail room person shook his head over people clearly doing some sort of side business, using free postage, parcel delivery etc. More than merely having your online shopping delivered. He didn't report if because the guy was senior. I know companies tend to shrug when employees get birthday cards etc sent for free, but that's just secretaries and middle managers. Above that, senior managers should set an example of integrity. Auditors most definitely have to show personal and well as professional integrity. If I had to censure an internal auditor over what was theft, I would be seeking to encourage him to move elsewhere. I would also be keeping a beady eye on him. Keystroke stuff, for instance.

AI clinician trained to save humans from sepsis – and, er, let's just say you should stick to your human doctor

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Yes, spotting it is the first step

@Warm Braw, I agree. My partner is alive today only because an A&E admitting nurse thought something wasn't quite right with someone who was coming in with an inflamed knee and flu. It turned out the knee was a mass of sepsis and 24 days and expensive drugs later she came home with her life and both legs, but it was a near-run thing. But it looked like someone with flu and a bad knee.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Milk in Bags?

I remember when bags came in. We all had to buy plastic holders for the bags. They actually work well and there's less land-fill.

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Re: anti-crime

Odd how you go from a story about breaking and entering to indecent exposure. What are you trying to defend here?

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Re: anti-crime

Ignorance of the law is not 'mens rea'. Those who have a sub-normal mental ability can steal without understanding that this is wrong. It is the intent to do wrong that is the mental awareness. Much wrong is also against the law, but some isn't, and yet most people can draw a line where right shades into a very narrow band of questionable before we're in the territory or wrong. Cleaners who mistook the house clearly had no idea of doing wrong. Those who claim they didn't know it was wrong to steal a co-worker's packed luck clearly have a mens rea that they crossed the line, because nobody who knows the 'rules' of the workplace (and decent behaviour) can pretend they didn't know stealing was wrong.

Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

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Re: Exasperating

Before land, it was people.

Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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So it's...

Solid and yet not hard? Fudge, then?

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Re: Nah.

Why do children bully other children? Why are children cruel? Why is aggressive and cruel behaviour considered a way a child can gain social power? Why is it this behaviour which is simply accepted?

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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We do sit down

We sit down over a period of time and train the animal. We don't beat it. That's now frowned upon.

Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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Leave the phone at home

I've now started leaving everything but my Kobo e-reader* at home when on hols, and suddenly I have my holidays back. And it turns out that nothing that's happened while I was off-grid was essential for me to know. And now I look at things, rather than taking photos. And, spookily, I reflect, I muse, I take time to enjoy the here and now. It began when I was once on hols far from any signal at all and it was a light-bulb moment. I actually come back from my breaks refreshed!

*for the plane

Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web

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All of them, eh?

Every single one? Now, or from the dawn of time?

I assume you don't bitch and moan when a system you have stepped away from turns out to affect you.

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: Nothing like trashing a product

@Fred West, this from someone whose handle is the name of a serial torturer and killer.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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What people will do to get into space

I was sruck by Chris Hadfield's TED talk about what he had to do. It wasn't the physical training alone that impressed me, but the learning Russian and the years and years of commitment.

https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_hadfield_what_i_learned_from_going_blind_in_space?language=en

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: But muh headphone jack!

I want a jack because i have several sets of very expensive headphones that I am very happy with and don't want to replace.

I also have tinnitus, which means i need to have a volume control that is very sensitive, not a bar scale of volume but a rolling wheel that I can chnage very fact. These I hve and can put between my headphone cord and the final device's jack.

I am in a minority, or course, but not going to Bluetooth is not the moron's choice. And it's nice to have a choice.

Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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Let’s be honest, if Hillary had won Google employees would be perfectly happy...

Why?

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Re: All true

We can only rest when the hagiographic stuff ends. While he is being touted as an example we should all follow, we need to keep insisting on uncomfortable truths.

And remember, he isn't agitated or unrestful. He is dead.

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Re: Very...

Welch's book was laugh-out-loud. I wonder if he himself believed it.

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Not a parody

It's mostly brilliant and acidic, and not in poor taste, unless you believe that the dead should not be spoken ill of. Who is this hurting, despite Jobs' reputation? Why is telling the truth in a clever way, to make your points, in poor taste?

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Becoming a god

@Teiwaz, yes, you're correct: turning anyone (usually an emperor) into a god was more like making them a hero or a super celebrity. The Romans viewed their pantheon in interesting ways.

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Re: Rude

Many people feel it's improper to speak ill of the dead, but I consider that an illogical and sentimental feeling that has no effect on my own ctions. I won't deliberately say something to hurt someone, but if I diss Jobs and someone feels distressed by it, then they have to accept the consequences of their beliefs. There's nothing sacred about an anniversary. Indeed, an anniversary, which puts the person back into our heads for a day, is a great time to comment on him. Sanctimonious po-faced 'respect' serves no truth.

Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

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Re: Sauce for the goose...

Um, because there are laws that spell out the rights of way on public roads?

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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Building Society

Dr Syntax, I have moved from bansk to buildign societies and have that 'old-fashioned' bank feeling again: staff there who are happy to help, quick and good service, and I like dealing with a membership organisation.

Hubble spies supermassive black hole in surprising spot

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Re: Or dark matter is other universes

There is a thought out there that we are indeed in a universethat is one ginormous black hole, and the 'universe' we see and live in and are is simply a holographic surface phenomenon of that black hole.

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Stupidity or cunning?

What serves Trump's interests more? Does this serve the Republicans better than having a cyber-czar? Are they happy but going along, or unhappy and going along, because they seem to have lost the use of their spines and bollocks?

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

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SAP, so...

...that was going to work out fine. I just left a company that brought in SAP for expenss and procurement and lordy what a dog's dinner.

But i wondered why 'Indian' had to keep being repeated. What you tryin' to say, El Reg?

Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Re: Not seeing a problem, TBH

Mr or Ms Carter, so that's a staggering 0.7% of the Gross National Income? About maybe £14m p.a.? Not all of which goes to Africa?

However, I agree that foreign aid is shockingly mis-used in many cases. Or could it be that this is exactly the point, to buy the loyalty of the despots?

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Re: Yammermouth politicians

Services such as roads, street-lighting, hospitals, etc? Clean water, safe electricity, thanks to Government-set standards? Police, firefighters, air ambulance, etc? That sort of thing?

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Re: We're the ones to blame

MsKnight, I agree with you and your further comments. Amazon max the legitimate tax breaks they can, then use the global financial system to max the rest. Good books and reportage are coming out about the vast ocean of off-the-books or dark money that all global companies, zillionaires and oligarchs use (these categories sometime overlap) to pay the monomum tax everywhere. Governments such at that int he UK don't penalise them because the power structures are run by the beneficiaries of those who like to do favour for the very rich. But it is almost impossible to be a citizen and consumer without supporting this structure where they pay less so you pay more.

But you can exercise some narrow choice over where you buy, and I haven't bought anything from Amazon in years. I go to independent and smaller companies for books and DVDs and goods, if they seem to me to be better employers. Amazon gets exposed over and over again for its terrible employment practices. I can't support that sor tof employer. It's the same reason I never shop in Walmart. It's mini-ethics, but it's about all that's left to us.

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Re: My experience says different

They are doing us a favour because Amazon shifts the tax payment to its employees, who pay 50% in taxes when cashing intheir options? Did you perhaps miss out a word, such as 'not' somewhere?

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Negative influence

Mr or Ms F.A. Nutcase,

They've been prusuing this for a while, but the American Trans-Pacific trade agreemnt was offering the southeast Asian countries an escape route. Now, unfortunately, that choice is gone, and they have very little wiggle-room in negotiations.

The logical consequences, as I see it, is that all the goods and services the USA (and Europe) enjoys from the Pacific East will be offered on very different terms. I dont' think it willb e good for the USA. As with the Roman Empire, if you don't keep your troops, forts and walls in tip-top condition on the frontiers, it doesn't matter if your troops are superior, because the Goths, Alans etc will just keep on coming and a breached permeter is well-nigh impossible to repair.

Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Trolls choose politics

I think the troll mentality is one you are born with. Sociopathic, if you will, or just plain nasty. Then they seek a belief system that will allow them to wreak their choice of havoc, be it Westboro of white supremacist or whatever.

This makes it difficult for groups campaigning for positive change (e.g. end to disability discrimination) to act in any way but Gandhian passivity, lest they be tarred with the same brush.

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