* Posts by Arty Effem

61 posts • joined 31 Jan 2009


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.

In a humiliating climbdown, Facebook agrees to follow US laws

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Most Inconvenient.

They'll just have to rely on filtering by letting agents now. In my experience far more reliable.

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Re: 100% 999 coverage?

At every tee, the club should provide an emergency radio intercom to the clubhouse. Solar-powered / hand-cranked dynamo, job done.

Data breach rumours abound as UK Labour Party locks down access to member databases

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Re: Nothing new

"I remember a few years ago (less than 5 so well within scope of data protection rules) hearing a Labour politician boasting that they knew exactly how everyone in their constituency was likely to vote as they had canvass records dating back decades "

Then he knew how on the day they were canvassed, everyone currently in the constituency claimed they were going to vote. What could be more reliable?

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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Re: Doctor Who is a documentary...

You weren't downvoted for the quotes, but for knowing them.

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no

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What could go wrong?

So next time their network gets attacked, they also lose the ability to send documents. Better fax everyone a directive to keep a fax machine handy.

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

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Re: amazon delivery drones

"weren't amazon piloting a drone delivery system? what's gonna happen to that?"

It'll carry on as normal, with all the drones driving around in vans as they do now.

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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Paypal wasn't having it; didn't even get to the confirmation screen.

Happy Christmas! Bloodhound SSC refuelled by Yorkshire business chap

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George Mallory simply replied "Because it's there."

"Because Mallory's there."

BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages

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Re: Why not import from America or else where?

How long does it take to train a customs drone?

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

" Join a militia first and show up every month for their meetings."

Because we really need militias, don't we(?)

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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"Obviously, that patent came to early."

Unlike your literacy.

Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

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"Buying" a ticket is a classic money laundry method.

The winning value of any ticket is checkable, so how can it be used to explain acquisition of a larger sum?

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Re: Bill Gates

'I cannot see how a "famous" (whatever that means in this context) Commode engineer could have any form of affection for Gates.'

Perhaps he used Windows Paint to design his portable toilets...

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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Re: @csecguy44

But did he remember to cover the microphones?

UK's data watchdog seizes suspected Scottish nuisance caller's kit

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Re: Can’t they just look?

"Google shows no phone number for checking level crossings that I can find."

The only crossing you need to check is the one at which you are present. Dedicated trackside phone, no dialling required.

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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"I miss the electronics specialist who used to say things like "if you use this 8-pin DIL rather than that one you'll get a better result...""

Just wouldn't want to end up on holiday with him.

Got some broken tech? Super Cali's trinket fix-it law brought into focus

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Sounds fine, but:

Anything in the legislation to prevent available spares from being prohibitively priced?

Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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What was he expecting the LA Fitness staffer to do?

We're talking about someone happy to keep the name 'Colon'.

Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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Re: Really?

You just answered your own question - it's a Driving Licence.

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Re: Really?

In the UK you can be licensed to drive, but there's no such thing as a 'driving license'.

Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

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Emissions testing as performed currently is already a known cheat. Anyone with any knowledge of engines is aware that the only realistic way to test emissions is with the engine on load. Under those conditions no cheat device can operate, eliminating the need for measures to detect one.

The reader is left to guess why such real-world testing is not mandated.



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