* Posts by CentralCoasty

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Game of Thrones showrunners to make Star Wars flicks

CentralCoasty
Happy

---->"The possibility of successfully navigating a field of this hype is approximately 3,720 to 1."

Which happens about 50% of the time.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

CentralCoasty
Holmes

Media-hype

Showmanship

Media-circus

but at the end of the day it was a successful launch of a new heavy-lifter which shows the leaps that technology has made over the last 20 years and will (hopefully) help us ageing sci-fi fans dream that maybe we can make that great leap before we shuffle off this mortal coil.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

CentralCoasty
Pint

A new national dish?

Topped with Mushy Peas on a sea of gravy - brings a new meaning to a "pie floater"

Followed by a Deep Fried Mars Bar.

And washed down with several pints of Guinness.

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How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?

CentralCoasty
Coat

Re: What!?

----> "Is that because they were bolted down?"

WHAT!? What namby-pamby part of the country you from?

NOTHING stopped them from being nicked off the buses when I was a lad. Spent many a trip home from Stratford-upon-Avon squatting on the frame where there used to be a seat.....

I always wondered how they got the seats off the bus though.... big pockets?

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Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

I'm just so over this whole NBN mess that I refuse to comment anymore....

.... oh.... bugger... I just have havent I?

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

CentralCoasty
Devil

Wont happen... as Musk will have built his "B" Arc for them before that happens....

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

CentralCoasty
Holmes

Stretched out in the pool on Sunday in a balmy summers 42c I watched the local birds behaviour around the dogs water bowl. I cant say it was intentional, but it seemed to me that one bird would fly in, attract the attention of our dog & the two would then go tearing off down the garden. Following which the water bowl would then be instantly swamped by a horde of birds..... when the dog came back, away they all go.... two minutes later another solitary bird comes along and it all repeats again.

So I certainly wouldn't put it past the buggers from learning to use fire as well. Cockatoo's can shred a camper van/tent very quickly in order to get to food - even if they cant see it. They know there is likely to be some inside.

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Micro Focus shares take bath after results report

CentralCoasty
Thumb Up

Well I'm all for it!

Are they recruiting for the executioners?

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SpaceX delivers classified 'Zuma' payload into orbit

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

.Tesla... astro-archaeology......

I can just imagine it... "x" years from now an alien astro-archaeologist will come visiting our system to investigate the remains of this quaint civilisation that failed to make a permanent move into space and find this strange object orbiting near Mars.... what will they make of it?

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Australia's future technology headlines … for 2019!

CentralCoasty
Pint

2019....

Brown-outs become common. Government threatens to nationalise the power industry to which the power companies respond "your welcome to it!".... private industry pulls out/reduces investing in the poor power infrastructure. Individuals seek to mitigate the power issue by installing private solar farms but get taxed to the hilt by the government looking for money to try and build a national electrical network (NEN?)

Electric car "service stations" shut due to limited power supply.

NBN equipment blanket failure due to "unusually" hot summers cooking the curbside equipment results in a special tax to help sustain NBN.

Sydney's housing market plummets after government restrictions on housing investment come into force - complaints by China force government u-turn.

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How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD

CentralCoasty
Pirate

I've just realised the RN's plans....

... sink the RAF by having a carrier that the RAF can't take-off or land on, then go out and buy a bucket-full of drones that can do (most of) the RAF's work.....

... the Admiral's will be thumbing their noses at the Air Commodores going nah-dee-dah we dont need you!

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

CentralCoasty
Paris Hilton

Re: Tonnage

Sorry, but can we have that converted to proper El Reg units?

<Paris icon as I can't find any official El Reg unit for this, so sticking with "hiltons">

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Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious

CentralCoasty
Pint

.....call from the production line came in - one of the Sparc's had gone up in smoke.

Attending the location I was informed there had been a nasty puff of smoke just as it stopped.

Opening it up - yup - there was a deep-friend motherboard with a strange brown/burnt stain in the centre of the motherboard. Now on these babies the power supply was actually locked into the top-half of the case and came off with the case when you opened them up - so the initial thoughts were that something nasty had leaked out of the power supply.....

Anyway, replaced the whole machine and took the dead one back for diagnostics. Curiosity caused us to plug it in - and the power supply came online... no issues..... thats strange. Motherboard was dead. Buts what caused that stain/burn mark?

Later that day walking through the production line I see the same guy drinking a can of coke. Seeing me, he puts it down on a nice flat surface... yup... the lid of the Sparc (which has vents in the top).... uhmm.... a bit of questioning and he admitted that he had spilt a can earlier - but he mopped up the top of the computer so was sure it wasnt that that caused the problem.......

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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

CentralCoasty
Unhappy

.... I was recently shown the new fire-proof room that had been built to house the antique paper records that were still being used daily (I'm omitting the company name)...... very solid construction, looked really good.... except one problem. They ran out of budget. So there was no roof. A nice clear view up to the wooden rafters.

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CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: "and gloves were forbidden"

.... a long, long time ago, in a place far, far away... well, actually at SWCFE we had to come up with a nice pretty experiment to demonstrate at the open day.....

.... needless to say we managed to talk our chemistry lecturer into "donating" a few goon-bags of cheap red wine & spent the day merrily distilling it......

Wasnt until late in the afternoon when one visitor actually asked what it was that we were distilling.... by then none of us cared..... and it all gets very hazy around that time.......

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

CentralCoasty
Happy

Am glad the Reg picked up on this - was a bit disappointed to have to read this first in the "main stream" news first.

Isn't it amazing - that when it comes down to it our role-models in life consist(ed) of a bunch of men with very strange/bad hair-do's. Show's that its what's between the ears that really counts.

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Pest control: Eggheads work to help RoboBees dodge that fly-swatter

CentralCoasty
Pint

In related news.....

Hasn't been marked anywhere else on "The Reg", but given the reference to Egg-heads.... I noticed that dear old Heinz Wolff has passed.

Ah - the good old days of the Great Egg Race.... what better role-model could we have for science?

Apparently he turned up for his 80th birthday party on an scooter powered by fire extinguishers.......

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

CentralCoasty
Angel

Re: For the next experiment.

No, no, no, no, no!

Its not "Fill a bag with salt water and see if it can replace a BT manager."....

... its "Fill a bag with a BT Manager and see if can replace salt water."......

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NASA says New Horizons' next stop might have a moon

CentralCoasty
Alert

Ooops....

Just realised... its the Fithp coming with their footfall.....

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Facebook bends to pressure, opens German center to löschen abuse, gets yelled at by spies

CentralCoasty
Big Brother

Mentioning the unmentionable

I had an interesting debate (argument) with someone recently over art museums. I dared indicate that whilst they were open to the public, it wasn't the average public that visited them. That it was rather more likely to be a specific demographic of the public. (eg growing up I never saw a skin-head in an art museum - unless they were actually an art student - or there as part of a school excursion.)

I think the same applies here - Facebook is open to the public - but I would also question its demographic usage. Given the responses here in the Reg as a sample (and the prolific negative opinion) I would imply (and could be wrong) that Facebook users are predominantly of a (more) limited education, potentially with a narrower global outlook - possibly less willing to question what is presented to them. (All conjecture & a blanket statement - fully accept there are some VERY smart people out there that could be using Facebook).

I'm reminded of the propaganda information passed out by the NAZI party back in the 20's & 30's - it's appeal was to people's base instincts - which was why the basic party membership consisted of what could politely called the left-overs of society. It's political success only occurred when they toned down their propaganda in order to appeal to the more mainstream population in Germany (then ramped it up again once they were in control).

It is currently VERY easy to distribute fake information, news & to create impressions in certain groups of the population. The reality is that some people will always look for, expect and believe things just because they are presented to them. And I feel that Facebook has become a very accessible tool to spread this sort of information.

The German response? Is it right or is it wrong? Hard to tell. I think their reaction is at least partially based upon their own history and that they are fully aware of the ability of masses to be swayed by misinformation. On one side it becomes overt censorship and government conspiracies, the other leads to chaos.

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Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

I think I am tired... I read this as a Possum in the rocket fuel......

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

CentralCoasty
Trollface

Re: As to culling, just offer it as varmit control holiday to yanks

Hey, this is a good idea... .we can deal with all sorts of varmits in the same stroke....

..... whilst the idiot trophy hunters are out taking pot-shots, the other crowd of parakeets will be busy shredding the camper-van's tires, window seals, roof vent, the tents, food containers, eskies, water containers - in fact just about anything that can get their beak into.....

...... so we end up with lots of dead cockatoos and lots of dead trophy hunters... a win win I think!

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

CentralCoasty
Happy

Re: Elderberries

.... along with accompanying nose-thumbing and gesticulations?

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ATO, Dept of Immigration wrist-slapped for failing security audit, again

CentralCoasty
Devil

Oink, oink?

You can see where this is going.

New contracts coming soon.... with lots of Governance and Oversight.... which means that in 4 years time when they have failed to deliver anything they can fire all the contractors and restart the projects...... Pork Barrels All Round!

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It's time to rebuild the world for robots

CentralCoasty

Re: No, time to design better robots.

"Tractors impetus due to loss of labour on land due to Industrial wages and WWI...."

..... and the loss of the horses to the army (loss of horses on the Western front was enormous)

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CentralCoasty
Happy

Re: Just who's world is it, anyway?

"How save do these examples save labour 'cycle to the next village to court the landlord's daughter' so before that you wouldn't have courted her you would have courted someone else close to hand."....

.... just had to reply to this..... watched Deliverance recently? Perfect vindication of the need for ahm... courting away from your own locale......

As to compatibility - yes the world will change, but it will take decades - and the robots are going to have to deal with what we have for the time-being. Look how it was when cycles & the motor car started. Gravel roads, cart-tracks & cobbles. 140 years on and... yes, we still have unpaved cart-tracks in places, gravel roads - and even cobbles in some places (especially where the road is worn down!).

So I think its fair to say that robots will be dealing with our crappy infrastructure for some time to come.....

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Plants in SPAAAAAAACE are good for you

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Cant believe there isnt a single comment about Silent Running.......

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

CentralCoasty

Re: The hole truth

Well those WW2 bombers & other fliers had to be parked somewhere away from prying eyes....

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/583080/Plane-shaped-UFO-found-on-Moon-in-50-year-old-Soviet-lunar-mission-pictures

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SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings

CentralCoasty
Unhappy

Why, just....why?

Its always amazed me that something so ugly, so cumbersome, un-user-friendly, complex, difficult to maintain, update, fix or manage is the top software time after time in reviews of ERP's and related systems.

I worked out the SAP business model long ago... make something SO complex that once someone's bought it, its just going to be too expensive and awkward to migrate off to something else.... h^ll - even its own version upgrades are the stuff of worst nightmares.

Nearly ever customer bastardises SAP out of existence - why - because SAP allow it.... brilliant strategy.... customers are tied to them forever.... easier to close the business and move to a new one than try to migrate off of SAP.

Do SAP care about cloud? No. Not really - they want their fingers in it just incase - but their focus is, and will remain in the huge money generated off of licencing.

(End of rant from a long-term SAP PM who's in desperate need of a weekend)

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

CentralCoasty
Pint

Lets face it..... Uranus is probably the main reason most schoolboys have any interest at all in the stars... and the "renaming" has simply made it even more comical...

That said, down here its pouring so no chance of seeing it.... dont know what the chances of seeing from Sydney were anyway even if it wasnt!

So whilst all my northern friends enjoy staring at Uranus I'll have a beer........ (better than them staring at mine....)

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Got a software development and deployment story?

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Working on a great project at the moment - with my "newly" coined term of deployment called "fluid".

Basically it involves government setting legislation but neglecting to pass on the details leading you being in the position of having to develop something (in order to meet legislation) but not actually being sure whether what you are doing is right or wrong.... so every second week involves a major change in direction with corresponding panic, fear, chaos etc.

Does make life interesting though.

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

CentralCoasty

Re: Uh, guys...

Isnt that an Austin A30? Or an A35?

Reminds me of the tracks my Mum left when she learnt to drive in her old A30...... and it sure looks like one from behind.....

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Australian PM Turnbull's AU$1.1bn 'Ideas boom' revealed as a bust

CentralCoasty
Pint

Where's my Pork Barrel?

What?!??!?

You mean I'm not getting something of value out of my $1.1bn Pork Barrel?

Oh well.... Suppose its our own fault for voting (for him or any of the other parties!).

Anyone for a beer? Think I need one now......

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SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

CentralCoasty
Pint

As someone who grew up with the shuttle it seemed that our capabilities in launch vehicles had improved only incrementally from the 60's through the 80's.

Then the shuttles got canned and it all seemed to go to pot.

Then came what seemed to be the miracles of the first private launches and we dared to dream again.

Making these launches (and especially landings) "boring" I find to be the greatest achievements ever. Its what is needed if we are ever going to make even simplest sci-fi dreams a reality.

Now all I want is someone to build a shuttle-type device that looks like Serenity!

A beer for all concerned, all who are interested and anyone who is thirsty.....

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Bah..... should have checked first....,

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast

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Oz government wants its own definition of what 'backdoor' means

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: Politicians don't understand what they're dealing with...

"While many politicians are motivated, quite genuinely, by fears of terrorism and criminality online"..

..... no, no, no, nooooo,,, they are motivated by losing their seats if they are not seen to be acting tough on terrorism/criminality online.....

Totally different thing.

And hence the irrelevance of the discussion - Joe Public wouldnt have a clue as to what the "backdoor" implications are - and most wouldnt care (until it impacts them).

Pollies get the big thumbs up by the Great Unwashed for being tough and standing up to the evil terrorists/crims....

....and we all get beer as its Friday.....

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

CentralCoasty
Pint

Stir, stir...

Just to stir the pot...... (given its a Friday)....

Switzerland's government recently ignored the results of a referendum (on immigration) following the UK's Article 50 (https://www.thelocal.ch/20170330/how-will-the-brexit-negotiations-affect-switzerland).

Which does lead us to question whether the government's role is to impose the will of the voters, the will of ALL the people, or even just what is best for the country overall.

In the Brexit vote the resounding "leavers" were aged 50+. 75% of under 25's voted to remain... so what is it that the younger generation are seeing that the 50+ arent? (Or vica-versa).

Thinking back to how things were in the 70's & 80's in middle-England - it seemed a period of unrest and shortages combined with wild patriotism..... now in the "teens" whenever I go back to the old country I find the shops laden with exotic foods from everywhere, booze from everywhere....

Maybe the under 25's having only seen the "good life" are scared that exiting the EU will disrupt their lifestyles? Maybe the over 50's dont give a rats about the obscure Czeck beer/cheese because they wouldnt buy it anyway.

My parents called the Brexit result "short-sighted". Whilst certainly not pro-EU, having lived through the 30's & WWII they feel that there is a huge benefit beyond those which have been stated by being "in" Europe to being "out". That said my sister and her partner both voted out (and both are in the 50+).

I just wonder what the view of the next generation will be on the decisions that have been enforced by their older generations.

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: HGV drivers are already at a disadvantage

..... and if its all done electronically by the time you have driven to work you will have clocked up a pile of automatic fines and penalty points.....

Reality is though that - like correctly placed speed cameras, if you obey the road rules then it shouldnt make much (if any) difference.

<SOR>

If I cut someone up in my driving then I deserve the slap/fine. Driving into work this morning I saw more than one car swerving across 3 lanes (without indicating) and back again multiple times (in moderate/heavy traffic) in a desperate move to get in front of other cars. Anything that helps reduce accidents caused by idiots like this is arguably a good move.

On my drive home tonight I can guarantee that I will meet:

Cars driving up the motorway (freeway) in the dark with no lights

Cars changing lane without indicating

Cars (and trucks) hogging the middle or "fast" lane

Tailgating

If I am lucky then today there will be no accident holding things up - but it is a regular occurrence and one that seems to spawn child accidents (from rapid braking/rubber necking/speeding).

I think I am just fed-up with how stupid we are when many of us get behind the wheel (and yes I include me in that at times!)....

.....<EOR>

I think I am tired - its been a long week, I've got no beer and its time to go fight the idiots on the motorway......

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: The Post-US Era... Europe forth place

I read it as "force place"... .lots of hipster's with litres of beer waving light-sabers....

That said I agree. It seems to be a tussle between China & Russia at the moment - and I would put my money on China.... the EU seems to be happy to be an "also ran" - the scars of WWII run very deep it seems..... the US will probably perform a hard-landing - similar to the situation the UK ended up in a few decades back......

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: TWATTER

Down-votes? Really?

The imagery this writer presents when I read their posts always makes me chuckle.....

.... that and of course bringing to memory certain scenes from "Deliverance".......

Anyway have an up vote and a beer.... not for the content, but rather than amusement value!

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

CentralCoasty
Unhappy

I agree - except there does tend to be one problem.

Most of the content us old farts actually want ISNT available on a licenced stream or for purchase!

I joined Netflix because I was hoping to get some old content I wanted... nah... not available in Australia, so that went into the bin. Online services (here or overseas)? Nah, they dont have it either.

I would be happy to pay for what I want - just not what Foxtel/Netflix/<Insert Corp Here> think I want/are trying to flog. But nearly all the time I cant get it.

I think the last DVD I bought was the Jeeves & Wooster (Fry & Laurie) boxed set - and had to get that in the USA because I couldnt get it anywhere else.....

When I look at my collection of old tapes they include copies of late-night comedies from Radio 4, old repeats of even older shows.... you cant buy these things elsewhere.

Would love the money to go to the original artists but.

1. They are (nearly) all dead.

2. I cant buy the stuff anyway!

As to you and your photos - if I wanted one I would expect (and be happy) to pay you!

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nbn™ hits the half-way mark – but has more than half of the job left

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Less than optimal take-up. So even telling everyone that their existing copper line is going to die has resulted in less than half taking up the service.

I did - almost as soon as it became available and am now thinking of cancelling it.

Voip? No. Dont need it. Make & receive calls by mobile these days.

Data? Same. Even with video streaming/Netflix etc I still get by on my (shared) data usage with the Mrs.

I wonder how many of the younger generation are really going to bother tying themselves into a fixed service with the mobile data becoming cheaper by the month.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

CentralCoasty
Devil

Re: Then there's change control idiocy...

Ah but....

.... last IT change/outage caused the business headaches.....

so....

.... no more updates and the business is happy....

... until something dies/crashes/needs an emergency patch.....

... by then the system is so far behind in patching it needs months of testing.....

... which then causes the business headaches....

so.......

... no more updates and the business is happy.....

and on infinitum.....

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CentralCoasty

Re: do not enter the hypen!

Having spent the last 25+ years working with outsourced developers it is that whilst they may be technically smart (an assumption not a proven fact!), they are required by THEIR management to follow the specifications given to the letter... no original thought allowed, no deviation, no corrections.

So what we end up with is normally EXACTLY what was asked for irrespective of how stupid it is.

PM's can sign off because its what was asked for. Subbies get paid because it was what was asked for. Management smile because the project delivered what was asked for. User's cry because the solution is so bloody stupid and cumbersome and bemoan that IT didnt fix it because it was "obvious" what they really meant......

Most satisfying program I delivered was where I had the business users sitting with the developers and literally going "ah no.. I mean.. blah, blah, blah" and the coder being able to change it there and then....

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Re: This is the correct order

Unbelievable..... .I missed out the CLANGERS!

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CentralCoasty
Flame

Re: This is the correct order

I am sorry but you have missed the flaming obvious.

WHERE IS "THE BOOK"? How can you have any list like this without it? We quote it, we emulate it, we breath it.... and its not even in your list!

Although I will give you bonus points for Space 1999! I used to love that....

... but am sad that you missed out Joe 90.....

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

CentralCoasty
Mushroom

Ok. So The Orange Master of Mirth (because the only two options when you look at him are laugh or cry) has managed to:

Upset Russia over Syria, Ukraine & because of backlash on Trumpgate

Upset some of the Middle East with Qatar & Iran

Upset China over the South Chinese Seas

Upset NATO over contributions (fair call though)

Did I miss someone?

... now he's sabre-rattling against FBK......

If that goes pear-shaped he might get lots of tokenism from the UN but I cant see anyone putting boots on the ground to help a situation he has escalated.....

... but then he has already put the options of nukes on the table (http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/03/trump-asks-why-us-cant-use-nukes-msnbcs-joe-scarborough-reports.html)

... so maybe he just plans on nuking them until they glow in the dark.... after all, that will teach them to threaten the US with nukes... (erhm?)

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

CentralCoasty
Big Brother

and the news is?

didnt we read this article last year?

and the year before...?

and the year before that.....?

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Who botched Oz cancer registry rollout? Pretty much everybody

CentralCoasty
Pint

You rat-bag! You stole my exact thoughts!

Oh well, its Friday so have a beer.... between the Government, Telstra & NBNco I think our only hope is to drink ourselves into oblivion.....

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

CentralCoasty
Pint

Cows are dumb

Many years ago in Ireland I met the obligatory herd of cows coming down the single track road.

"No Worries" I thought and moved over as far as possible - which was about a foot from the stone wall (foundations of which were too high above road level for me to get any closer)......

Naturally the herd flowed around the side of the car..... except the really, really clever one that decided it was only 1 foot wide and would squeeze through beside the car and wall.

A beer because I really needed one after that......

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