* Posts by General Purpose

19 posts • joined 2 May 2018

Seriously, this sh!t again? 24m medical records, 700m+ scan pics casually left online

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Re: Ratios

Plus a comment about the comments and a comment about that. Recursion rocks!

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"Pore" is correct; you may accidentally pour coffee over a book but if you want to read it carefully, pore over it instead. https://www.dictionary.com/e/pore-over-vs-pour-over/ describes it well.

Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones

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Re: But...but

"...Athenian "democracy". In that State, not only did citizen soldiers have to supply all their equipment including transport (which is why only a small percentage had the vote)"

Err, no. In classical Athens, all free Athenian male adults had the vote, regardless of whether they could afford weapons or armour. As for transport, most Athenian soldiers walked (as did Spartan, Theban, Corinthian, Argive etc etc soldiers).

The idea that you have to have guns and automobiles to be a citizen is modern American.

Planes, fails and automobiles: Overseas callout saved by gentle thrust of server CD tray

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Re: " And Brad, of course, was in Europe,

UK ∈ Europe

What's that? Uber isn't actually worth $82bn? Reverse-gear IPO shows the gig (economy) is up

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Re: Holland, Tulips, early/mid 1600s ...

For more modern views of "tulip mania" see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_mania#Modern_views . Mackay, writing in 1841 about events in 1637, made a good start but more has come to light since then - hardly surprisingly.

Key to success: Tenants finally get physical keys after suing landlords for fitting Bluetooth smart-lock to front door

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Re: Key? No thank you.

"My place has a key which lets us all enter the main and rear entrance, cycle room etc but then lets us in to our individual flats."

That suggests that the individual flat keys only differ from each other slightly.

Some fellow-students once tried to make a master-key for the fire-doors to their flat in halls, by carefully comparing keys and mechanisms. They discovered they'd made a key that opened all the doors in that tower block. And university campus. And BBC White City, various major rail stations.... Fortunately they were very responsible and only issued master keys to people they liked.

We regret to inform you the massive asteroid NASA's all excited about probably won't hit Earth

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Re: NASA

Humans might survive, sure, but not by virtue of being descended from survivors. We wouldn't repeat the strategies that allowed small mammals to survive Chicxulub.

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Re: NASA

Even if you only count primates, humans are the second largest. For every mammal larger than humans, you' can find dozens smaller.

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Re: NASA

Some small dinosaurs survived - we call them "birds". Likewise some small mammals might survive another major strike. Humans, of course, are among the largest mammals on the planet at present.

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it

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Re: Why use a third party DNS?

One example: earlier this year, many couldn't update Windows as usual because of corrupted DNSs. Switching to an incorrupt third-party DNS allowed normal updating.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ 'backer'? Nope, you're now a creditor – and should probably act fast

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Re: This is important because...

Anyone can look at the accounts filed at Companies House, though there's not much point. They're very brief and the accounts due in December 2018 haven't been filed.

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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"I 'm thinking this is to be expected. They appear to raise their offspring with an uttlerly different attitude toward 'responsibility' and 'integrity'." I'm thinking not.

Three were commended; rather more were sacked or penalised. Of those, one exhibited "passiveness," not responsibility, another didn't have the integrity to recognise or deal with being "unsuitable for the role", two were "negligent and in non-compliance of orders.” Singaporean ways of raising kids seem to have mixed results.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

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Re: dura lex sed lex and caveat emptor

"If they're officially directors, they must have signed a contract appointing them as such."

You're a director from the AGM or EGM at which you're appointed by the shareholders or from the board meeting at which you're co-opted. No contract's required.

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Re: Janko Mrsic-Flogel

It seems they were representing themselves after being made individually liable for costs back in 2017, and Mrsic-Flogel was trying to find out if there was any escape.

When even lawyers aren't getting paid, a sweepstake sounds like the best bet.

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Re: dura lex sed lex and caveat emptor

Generally speaking and in this particular case, it's not true that "a real director needs to own shares".

Company law doesn't say directors have to own shares, companies can be limited by guarantee and not have shares at all, the model articles for companies limited by shares don't say directors have to own shares, and the articles of Retro Computers (available at Companies House) don't require that the directors have shares.

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Re: Janko Mrsic-Flogel

He has. Companies House received notice on 17 August 2018 that he'd resigned on 7 August and Suzanne Martin on 3 August.

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Re: The reason I left...

@Alien8n VAT definitely is charged on any postage billed to customers just as it is on other delivery charges (the Royal Mail doesn't charge VAT but that's another story), so the numbers wouldn't balance out. If it was a scam and the IT Director was in on it, he did rather well to get rid of you with nothing but a month's pay.

Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Re: Maybe

TinyURL offers previewing, though they don't promote it as much as they might. https://tinyurl.com/ybdhn32u autoredirects but https://preview.tinyurl.com/ybdhn32u will take you to a tinyurl.com page showing the destination.

It seems individual users can automatically preview all tinyurl links if they install a cookie in their browser. https://tinyurl.com/preview.php

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