* Posts by GruntyMcPugh

878 posts • joined 29 Sep 2016


The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Re: "Massey died in a fusillade of bullets"

@AC : "Whilst the UK has stabbings virtually every (other) day and acid attacks."

Country Region Subregion Rate Count Year listed Source

United Kingdom Europe Northern Europe 1.20 791 2016 CTS

United States Americas Northern America 5.35 17,250 2016 NP/UNSDC/CTS


Giving the USA over four times the overall homicide rate, compared to the UK. That's _rate_ before anyone says anything about the larger population. So, Kleck et al came up with some BS 'gun defense' stats, so why aren't your guns preventing these homicides via 'defensive gun use' hmmm?

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Re: A high viz vest?

@TrumpSlurp the Troll "safety" gear doesn't make you safer. It just makes you feel invulnerable"

I don't like wearing a snowboard helmet, and last time I went snowboarding, my lack of helmet was remarked upon by my fellow board chums,.... they were rather surprised to hear that despite the prevalence of helmet wearing on the slopes these days, the incidence of serious head injury hasn't really changed. Research backs up your claim, with too many noobs hitting the board park and trying jumps when they haven't got the skill.

Now, I do have a helmet, and I will wear it when I deem it necessary, but for the most part, I value peripheral vision and unencumbered head movement more.

Vodafone signs $550m deal with IBM to offload cloud biz

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Re: "Watson conditioned pin-headed weasel-bots"

@Rosie ... I literally did LOL.

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: Age...

@AC "Well educated graduates can bring in skills, enthusiasm, an energy"

IBM will soon beat that out of them. If there's one thing I learned during my time, was that changing things was painful. I'd find that some process was flawed, and people had been doing it wrong for years,... trying to get it corrected was swimming against the tide. I'll wager many of things I corrected in my area are now being done incorrectly again, and if anyone from PWC wants some pointers for their next audit, ping me.

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Re: Just think of all those ex-IBMers and the purchasing decisions they make each work day.

You know, I did wonder if I was ever going to get to grill some IBM sales guy, but given IBM don't produce anything we're remotely interested in, it'll never happen. We're not in the market for a Mainframe, Watson AI, and our cloud stuff is taken care of by MS and AWS. It'll be a cold day in hell when we look at Notes.

Given I now work for local Govt and we do everything, pretty much, I doubt IBM could come up with a cost for outsourcing this century, so that'll never happen. But, it is a small world in IT, maybe, just maybe, we'll be able to offer some other ex-IBMer refuge at some point in the future.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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@'s water music

Similarly recently saw a new, big Mini parked alongside the new Mini, and thought I was having a brain fart as the furthest was the biggest.

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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"IBM makes its employment decisions based on skills and business conditions – not age,”

Odd that, I took VR nearly four years ago now,.... and about two weeks after I was clear, I got a prod via Linkedin asking me to apply for a role doing exactly what I had been doing, for IBM Germany. Given I'd been WFH, I could have supported IBM Germany from my Home Office too. Of course Hell hadn't frozen over, so I wasn't going back.

So if skills were short, how does that happen? IBM used to have 'The Bench' where you'd get a grace period to re-deploy, but it seems that level of self determination is gone, and a hand is now moving the pieces. Seems obvious how they are being selected.

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Re: Nice one, cheers

@ J J Carter: " made their $Ms day-trading during the .com bubble"

hahahah, except far too many people were left holding stock when the music stopped.

Working for an ISP during the noughties, that got an over valued stock market valuation, I saw this bollocks first hand. We weren't employees, no, we were 'associates' we had a casual dress policy, we got stock options allocated each year, varying on years of service. As the company had grown by acquisition, some members of staff had very long TUPEd length of service, and had large allocations of stock options,.... one was almost a paper millionaire.

Except stock options had to 'mature' ie, we couldn't exercise them directly, buth had to wait two years, then could only realise 20% of that years allocation, and the same for each subsequent year.

Except the stock price had gone from it's peak at around $100 a share on the NASDAQ to sub dollar, and got booted, in less than those two years. Banks swooped, there was a debt for equity deal in which private investors got shafted, and the company only just survived.

This wasn't rare, remember Palm? Valued at more than the Ford Motor Co back in the noughties.

Remember all those web sites that were snapped up for Meeeellions of dollar? Where are they all now?

If you made money, it was probably largely down to luck, than judgment.

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Re: Just to play devil's advocate here

@RatFox; "people over 40 have no more experience than youngsters in the technologies ... like cloud and containers."

Who the Flying F*** do you think defined the need for, developed, and implemented these things?

They did not appear like some frikking monolith for us to dance around waving femurs at each other.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Oooh, Pepsi.

Yeah, they own 'Walker's Crisps' (I can see the emissions from the largest crisp factory in Europe from my office window) amongst other brands. Smart move, who doesn't like a fizzy drink and a salty snack.

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Re: Male reproductive,....


You'll have to narrow that down for me, because us Brits have many and various names for our reproductive organs and emissions ; -)

I remember 'Dasani' being a brand, and a quick check of Wikipedia shows a brand of 'Aquabona' and boner might qualify.

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Re: CNSA has a nice logo

@Robert Helpmann: " I tried going re-watching it recently..."

Yeah, same here, it dawned on me I'd never seen the final episode,.... as in 'seen'. I'd heard it, but the tube on our Telly stopped working, so I listened to the final episode back in the day.

So before Xmas I sought it out on YouTube.

Wow,.... the 'special' effects, the 'acting', sad it doesn't suffer the test of time as well as a Gerry Anderson puppet show.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Re: someone elses problem


Reminds me of being a student, we printed off a little note and had it on the back of the kitchen door:

"There was a job to be done and Everybody thought that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody ended up doing it."

(I paraphrase, but it was something like that)

Despite this little nag, one guy only washed up annually.

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

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Re: Atheist vs. Bigot?

I see I got a downvote, some snowflake doesn't like the truth. Meanwhile, for clarity, I wasn't just talking about the followers of YHWH in a historical context either:

"state Rep. Matt Shea ... who’s vying for a sixth term in the state House, has been under fire since he acknowledged last week he had distributed a four-page document titled “Biblical Basis for War.” The document condemns abortion and same-sex marriage and describes how a “Holy Army” should punish those who flout “biblical law.” At one point, the document states: “If they do not yield – kill all males.”


That's an opinion from 2018 folks.

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Re: Atheist vs. Bigot?

@BillG "But if you attack people that do believe in God, then you are also a bigot."

Calling BS on that. have you read the Old Testament? It's full of the followers of YHWH smiting people. Believers in God are worse than bigots, they're all out murderers. Someone saying something like that is asking for special privilege, all opinions and views can be challenged, nobody gets a pass.

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Re: That Genesis reading

"Sad that a bunch of narrow minded idiots could tarnish that."

So, at the demonstration of the pinnacle of science, and engineering, a flawed creation myth was read out,....

The people that called that out weren't 'idiots', I presume they were just peeved taxpayers who saw it as an erosion of the constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state. you know, those 'idiots' that want everyone to abide the by the rules.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: "wouldn't be common freakin' sense to not surf dodgy websites at work?"

You'd think,... but in the late 90s I worked for an ISP, and we had a large, open plan call centre. So one member of call centre staff is caught watching porn. Not just any porn though, apparently it was several males in bondage gear and one well endowed blonde lady.

So my colleague had to print off the offending image for HR to use in the offender's dismissal. He'd just fixed a printing problem for the Chief Exec, so his default printer was in his boss's boss's boss's office. Dwarf porn plopped out in the corner office. Lucky, boss man was in a meeting elsewhere.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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No experience of the Co Op but,...

... I was Blue for a while, and saw one massive project for a UK charity collapse, largely because IBM had massively oversold the solution, and were creating something far bigger and more complex than was needed. The charity wanted a web site and the infrastructure to host it, IBM managed to interpret that as a P-Series and 16 LPARS (if I recall correctly).

But as we say in the (non - IBM) office, if we're feeling particularly evil, we give our customers what they asked for,... not what they need. We weren't there when the Co Op had the conversations with IBM, so it's hard to know which donkey to pin the tail on.

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

@rg287 "half as many people are dead"

At the moment,.... the homicide rate has historically been higher than that of the UK, and could exceed it again at some point. And yes it matters whether people got shot, because it demonstrates the correlation that more guns = more gun homicides.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

@Timmy B

.The problem I have is people like this:


That shoot everything in sight.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

@rg287 "confused by the fact that the Czech Republic has one of the highest rates of private firearms ownership in Europe and even allows Concealed Carry (subject to stringent licensing and a test), but has a homicide rate half that of the UK."

But about five time the homicide rate by firearm,..... and the homicide rate is _now_ lower than that of the UK, but hasn't always been.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

@bombastic bob "and a bit of herd-thinning would actually be GOOD for the deer population."

Utter horse puckey, because I've never, ever heard of a hunter surveying the population numbers before taking an animal. EVER.

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

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Re: its.........

@Garry Perez

.. customers should have to solve a really cryptic riddle before it will unlock and hand over the prize,... I mean order.

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First thing I thought was tripping hazard. I recall vividly the time we took the Eurostar to go Snowboarding, so I navigated the London Underground, with my wheelie boardbag. It has reflective stripes down the sides, and a hairy headbanger at the front, but it was amazing how many people managed to trip over it,.... almost completely people using their cellphone while walking.

So this little fella in a busy urban environment, surrounded by distracted pedestrians rushing to get somewhere,.... fun times.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Re: OTOH, regardless of "reaching space"

@Gene Cash

You omitted 'manned' as the unmanned X-37B have been spending quite long periods in orbit.

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Re: Terminological inexactitudes


If I had the spare cash, I'd have done the 'Edge of Space' flight in the MiG 25, and be happy with that I reckon.

Sidecar drags itself out the grave, sues Uber for putting it there

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You are indeed correct sir;


Uber have a history of not playing nice with others. As to the claim by the OP Uber are 'mis-managed' they seem to have been very focused when it comes to doing evil.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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... the guy that murdered Dimebag Darrel on stage had jumped on stage at a previous gig, damaged equipment, and was removed by security. If he'd been subject to facial recognition, maybe Dimebag, and the three other people killed that day would still be alive.

So while there are issues wrt freedom and anonymity, there's also the problem of crazy stalker fans, and it just takes one with a 9mm to ruin your day.

IBM is trying to throttle my age-discrimination lawsuit – axed ace cloud salesman

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"unduly burdensome"

Odd IBM would use the phrase "unduly burdensome" because when I was Blue, and we got audited by PWC we had 24 hours to stump up data or we failed audit. The idea that an internal publication such as a 'Staff Handbook' could be ambiguous is farcical, how many publications match that description?

Meanwhile, age discrimination is exactly a thing at IBM. IBM make long serving staff redundant, and then hire graduates (in the UK at least) to work at 'Client Innovation Centres', but they aren't enrolled in the pension scheme, and get contracts just short of two years to prevent them getting employment rights. So these staff won't age in the workplace, they'll get replaced with fresh meat, for the most part.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: @ Toilet Duk

My concern is that if ID cards are required to access certain services, and are biometric (read, expensive) I would only want to carry it when I needed it, for fear of losing it, and becoming a non-person until it was replaced (which I presume would cost me some money, ~the cost of a new passport (£75 or £85).

A Driver's License is just £14 if I need to renew online,... hence I'm happy to keep that in my wallet.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Re: 3D Monster Maze

Ah, good times,.... although for the era, ('82) I think 'Phantom Slayer' on the Dragon 32 had the edge. Remember when we all had _different_ computers? Sigh,....

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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@AC Sleaford? Now, I used to live near there (well, in the village of Leasingham) and I was having a bit of a nostalge and having a virtual mooch courtesy of Google Street View. I noticed the car showroom that used to have a toyshop above it was gone, then I realised I couldn't recall the name of the place,... it was opposite the now defunct Cinema, near the rail crossing. Last seen by me in '77.

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Do IBM,...

... still use Notes as their internal mail platform?

I used to use 'BigFix' when I was Blue, it was a buy in, originally called BigFix, then renamed to Tivoli Endpoint Manager, then IBM Endpoint Managed, then IBM BigFix, and i guess now, HCL BigFix.

Odd for IBM to sell tools it uses internally, sure they'll rake in some dough, but end up paying via licenses, Wikipedia reckons Big Blue still has ~366,000 employees, That's a lot of revenue for HCL.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Just pull out,...

... the big players should, temporarily, block comms in Oz. No Facebook, Google, Whatsapp etc, for a couple of days, maybe a week. Turn Oz into a data wasteland, just to show the Govt what hackers could do to them if backdoors were exploited. Then, once the populace have revolted and hung all the politicians from the nearest Eucalyptus tree, their replacements might have a different attitude.

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

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@AC "it's not unusual"

I spent a little time doing IT in junior schools, and I don't think teachers consider Data Protection, or Copyright or anything really. One IT co-ordinator wanted to teach the kids how to use email, so asked me to enroll them on the Internet facing, real email system. Well, Crapita charged us per head, and it could have exposed kids to all sorts of nasties, so that was a 'no'.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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I understand for the Coprophilia forums,....

... they plan to use faecal recognition software.

I'll get my coat.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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Re: Lack of decent content.

@AC History is repeating.

There used to be place in Nottingham, where you could pay to play a VR game (it was just the one game) that was some sort of fantasy adventure. It ran on an Amiga. It was 25 years ago. About the same time I went to Computer Graphics expo at London Olympia, and tried out some VR demos, and I also played some trippy game that involved an Escher-esque staircase in space, a rocket launcher, and a dragon, at the hard Rock cafe, in Covent Garden.

So, where are we now,... oh yeah, still waiting for VR to catch on.

IBM's Ginni Rometty snipes, er, someone for being irresponsible with data, haven't a clue who

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IBM Fumbled the ball.

From the Wikipedia article on the AltaVista search engine:

"By using the data collected by the crawler, employees from AltaVista, together with others from IBM and Compaq, were the first to analyze the strength of connections within the budding World Wide Web in a seminal study in 2000.[11]" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AltaVista)

IBM analysed traffic data on the budding WWW, aaaaaand,.... tumbleweed.

So Ginni having a rant about the conduct of people who did step in, is irrelevant. She can't say IBM would have done it better, or more ethically.

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

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Re: Just to echo so many more of the comments

@goldcd "Why is speed still considered to be such a big deal?"

Beats me too,... I don't even get the video streaming angle, because I used to commute on the train, and there were dead spots (sidings, tunnels etc) so speed, is lovely and all, but coverage is essential. Same when I go surfing,.... it's Cornwall, so coverage is spotty, so I take rips of films to watch in the old caravan, like I used to on the train.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Smart meters do not save energy

@DJO "Also SMETS1 is a fuck-up"

Agreed, although a mate of mine is co-ordinating Smart Meter rollout for Eon, and said SMETS1 can be upgraded to give the tarif handover capability between providers, and iirc that can be done over the air, so there could be a save there.

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Re: How are these supposed to save energy

@Chemist "superheated liquid"

Sheeee-it,... I've done that sketch. Microwaved some coffee, put a spoonful of brown sugar in it, ,,, and WHOOSH, it went off like angry Coca Cola. Totally emptied the mug, ended up all over the counter, and I copped a bit of spatter. I'm now much more careful with the timing.

Oracle sued by app sales rep: I made tens of millions for Larry, then fired for being neither young nor male – claim

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@fandom: "But then, she is in sales, she may be "embelleshing" what happened."

I agree 110% .

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Re: You'd have to be a Dummy,....

@Yet Another Anonymous Coward.

Dude, seriously? 'Dummy' was a reference to the film 'Mannequin':

Soundtrack Credits

Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

Performed by Jefferson Starship (as Starship)


Because, you know, a 'Mannequin' is a 'dummy'.

So step away from the fanboi trigger, and recognise a little bit of leg pulling. Don't pull too hard, it'll probably come loose.

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You'd have to be a Dummy,....

... to take Musk's declarations at face value.

'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

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Re: Constable Savage


With no less than 55 ludicrous trumped up charges against Mr Kodogo alone,....

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

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Re: Sorry, I was picking my mandible up off the floor...

@RLWatkins: "Anyone remember that Iridium sat banging into that out-of-commission Russian recon bird?"

Yeah, I wonder how manoeuvrable Iridium birds are, because the collision was fairly predictable . I used to maintain (when I worked for a bunch of PhD Astronomers) 'Satellite Tool Kit' which had a database of all (non secret) objects in orbit and their trajectories.

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste

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Re: Every supermarket does it


The only case against a retailer I can recall was Poundland vs Toblerone, all of the other copycat cases seem to go unpunished. I guess this is because brands know suing a supermarket chain would be be suicide, as the chain would stop stocking all the brands wares, and the brand would lose a lot of revenue. In the Poundland case, I don't think the makers of Toblerone saw a downside there.

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It seems unfair for the Mail to single out Aldi for selling similar looking products, as all supemarkets have been doing it for decades. But then, it's rather obvious that if you are selling ketchup, you're probably going to have a tomato on the label, or in the more specific case, that chicken sausages might come in a packet that is a similar colour to a roast chicken. PR luvvies think they are clever creating a brand, when it's an obvious set of attributes plonked on a label.

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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@Captain Scarlet: "promote your town as the place to go for Christmas Shopping"

Not being gouged for parking would give a town a higher ranking for me, over the size of their Xmas tree.


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