* Posts by Arty Effem

82 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Jan 2009


How I made a Chrome extension for converting Reg articles to UK spelling

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Those of us who don't suffer from Chrome, will continue performing the conversion mentally and on the fly.

Scottish space upstart's rocket crashes into the drink

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I think I've analysed the problem: they should have mounted it on the end of a long wooden stick.

Infosys must face claims it told recruiter not to hire women with kids 'at home'

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Re: It's not that easy to employ someone.

Or just plead the open-and-shut case himself.

Fixing an upside-down USB plug: A case of supporting the insupportable

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Prior to the ATX standard, many will recall that AT motherboards received power from two separate connectors, fitting adjacent to each other onto a single row of pins on the board. Unfortunately, it was possible (and common) to connect these incorrectly, thereby trashing the MB along with the components connected to it.

Someone who had done just this, asked me if I knew of any place that had a 'motherboard repair service'. In these situations one endeavours to keep a straight face, so I thought for a moment then replied: 'Actually all computer dealers provide this service; you just give them the spec of the equipment you've destroyed, and they'll cheerfully sell you replacements.'

There are some looks one never forgets.

FCC floats 'five-year rule' for hoovering up space junk

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Vacuum cleaners don't work in space.

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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What they won't mention...

If the objective of all this is to reduce pollution, let's remember that it takes more energy/pollution to create a car, than that car could ever cause during its lifetime.

NASA selects 'full force' for probe into UFOs

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If there were any experts on this subject, an inquiry wouldn't be needed in the first place.

Russian cosmonauts abort ISS spacewalk after suit power fluctuates

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'Which is not to say they take unnecessary risks, but when they do take them they don't make much of it.'

That's because even before they climb into the tank, they know there's a shoulder-launched missile with their name on it.

Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes

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How will we get the knowledge that the data is there?

'Wayne Kerr?': School board falls for 'Bart Simpson' prank names.

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Re: 'Wayne Kerr?': School board falls for 'Bart Simpson' prank names.

www.waynekerr.com I remember using their equipment decades ago.

Mozilla browser Firefox hits the big 100

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Re: Firefox is dead

Chrome won, its users lost.

Putin reaches for nuclear option: Zuckerberg banned

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That should put a huge crimp on Zuck's travel plans.

Man arrested, accused of trying to track woman using Apple Watch attached to car

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"strapped to one of the wheel's spokes"

One has to wonder how well it would withstand the g forces.

UK science stuck in 'holding pattern' on EU funding by Brexit, says minister

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Re: Equality

Where does it say that's happening?

Crack team of boffins hash out how e-scooters should sound – but they need your help*

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Re: It rings a bell

A pavement is not a mixed-use space.

Tesla Full Self-Driving videos prompt California's DMV to rethink policy on accidents

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Re: Clippy

"I still cannot get used to Xcode's habit of automatically inserting a closing '}' when I start a clause in 'C',"

Sounds like a good idea, providing the opening brace is:

a) Always vertically aligned with matching closing brace.

b) Never allowed to reside at the end of a line.

( Sound of hatch being screwed shut )

Linux Mint 20.3 appears – now with more Mozilla flavor: Why this distro switched Firefox defaults back to Google

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Estimating Popularity

"It's very hard to estimate the relative popularity of Linux distributions. Aside from a couple of paid enterprise distros, they're all free downloads without serial numbers, activation nor any other tracking mechanisms"

I'm sure I remember reading on this site that each copy of Firefox has it's own unique serial number. Given the relationship with Mozilla, that could be a tracking mechanism.

Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike resigns, leaves WhatsApp co-founder to run things until a successor is named

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I didn't object to anything; I asked a question the answers to which do not leave me entirely convinced.

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"open source privacy technology" Can that ever be a thing?

Low on passengers, low on memory: A bad day on the London Underground

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Re: It's leaking

I'm more inclined to suspect that 'it hasn't needed rebooting' for three years.

Astroboffins reckon they've detected four hidden exoplanets by probing distant radio waves

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"probing distant radio waves?"

How is it possible to probe distant radio waves? Surely they have to reach your antenna first.

Australia rules Facebook page operators are legally liable for user comments under posts

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At another level, that ruling could make Facebook liable for everything appearing anywhere on its site, regardless of its source.

We're going deeper underground: New digital project to map UK's sub-surface 'assets'

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So 2.4 billion a year in damage, but the system will save only 0.35 Billion. Presumably most of the damage has other causes.

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

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Re: Different types don't match well

"Only to receive a phone call a few weeks later; it turned out that the person they'd hired actually had zero programming skills, but had somehow managed to blag their way through the interview."

If you're smart, that's the first thing that should concern you; if you're really smart it'll also be the last.

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Re: The gap year

" I have interviewed plenty of people and found that interviews are much more about finding out who the person is, than anything else. "

So you're not too worried about incidental factors, like for instance whether they're actually capable of fulfilling the advertised role? Sounds about right for a typical employer.

UK Special Forces soldiers' personal data was floating around WhatsApp in a leaked Army spreadsheet

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"Take that man's name, sergeant!" x 1182

Holy margins, Batman: Pandemic tech prices balloon as demand outweighs stocks and suppliers get greedy

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Re: Greedy?

In that case, what's wrong with encouraging them?

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Re: Cheap at twice the price

Any reason non-flammable Brake Cleaner would not be suitable?


Facebook: Nice iOS app of ours you have there, would be a shame if you had to pay for it

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"It was free and always would have been!"

This developer created the fake programming language MOVA to catch out naughty recruiters, résumé padders

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Vetting Mechanisms?

""The information age has matured to the point where it's very difficult for people to represent themselves as something they're not," he said, pointing to sites like LinkedIn and GitHub as vetting mechanisms."

So they're vetting people via LinkedIn; a site that could have been designed for the purpose of fooling recruiters.

We need a 20MW 20,000-GPU-strong machine-learning supercomputer to build EU's planned digital twin of Earth

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Sounds like a Year 9 programming test. Time allowed 90 minutes.

The wastepaper basket is on the other side of the office – that must be why they put all these slots in the computer

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Re: Whoops mind your head if there is a fire, and dont trip

"The local builders were very helpful and provided a fireman's pole - unfortunately that only helps you get quickly to a lower floor, not a higher floor "

They'd probably seen the film Fahrenheit 451 and thought that's how they actually worked.

What's a COVID-19 outbreak? Amazon gets all Trumpy over Alabama warehouse workers' mail-in vote to form a union

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Re: When your company fights you this hard...

At which point they resign and cease to be a problem to the company.

You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right? Trust... but verify

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Re: Professionals built the titanic...

A moron (or group thereof) insisted that the voyage take place, despite knowing that the ship was on fire long before it took-on any passengers.

A pub denied: One man's tale of festive frolics postponed by the curse of the On Call phone

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"It's surprising just how many things can be fixed with a bit of a jiggle."

Jiggle [verb]. to toggle an intermittent fault.

Arriving in 2021, the UK's Digital Markets Unit 'could' start to do something about the power of online ad giants

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Re: Please change the name, will ruin searches

Just don't ask how it's generated.

Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world

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Re: Boycott Facebook

You mean you prevented them being visible to anyone viewing your profile, friend or otherwise.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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So they should, it's unnecessary pollution.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: Reality check

You do not need to carry proof of anything. Nothing has changed the burden of proof. Nothing has changed to oblige you to give your destination or even answer any question.

Contractors welcome Lords inquiry into IR35 before tax reforms hit private sector but fear it's 'too little, too late'

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'too little, too late'

The motto of British governments since time immemorial.

Bank IT bod pocketed nearly $1m in kickbacks from tech contractor bosses for sending deals their way, Feds claim

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Company email accounts? Personal bank account? You'd think they were trying to get caught.

Delayed, over-budget smart meters will be helpful – when Blighty enters 'Star Trek phase'

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Re: OT

Given that she only just scraped into parliament last time, she doesn't want to take the risk.

Tearoff of Nottingham: University to lose chunk of IT dept to outsourcing

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Re: Been through this myself.

"The CEO actually had to resign"

So some good came out of it.


Not really, since probably he was snapped-up by another firm needing someone to make a difference, and I'm sure he would have.

Google causes more facial-recog pain, machine learning goes quantum ­– and how to lose a job if an AI doesn't like your face

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Re: Uh?

"I am already in your stupid store wasting my valuable time! Why the hell do you want me to use the company website to buy something you could be selling me yourself since ya know, I am here at your store to buy stuff?"

Because we're planning to hose the store, so get used to it.

What's in store for Microsoft's US pop-up shops? Not much, they're being closed

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Re: Retail Operation,,,?

Presumably he's referring to the on-site availability of spares and equipment, the former likely to be non-existent, the latter unlikely to consist of more than a kettle (for which no training course is available).

Return of the JSedi: After being ousted from NPM Inc, former CTO is back with rival package registry Entropic

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Don't use anything you didn't write yourself. Problem solved.

Come friendly bit barns and fall on Slough: Equinix opens £90m data centre in London rust belt

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It'll still be cheaper to rent a server in France.

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Re: Back Hoe?

Don't know about the dog, but I have it on good authority it's just got a new floor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwMK2ywRF78

Kent bloke incurs the anchor of local council after fly-tipping boat

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The author should take a bow.