* Posts by Richard 126

57 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2009


BOFH: We send a user to visit Kelvin – Keeper of the Batteries

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Re: Keep the Frogs happy.

That factoid was the basis for an Issac Asimov short story.

Learn the art of malicious compliance: doing exactly what you were asked, even when it's wrong

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Why is there a need to wash dishes? Today's food cleans most of yesterday's food of the plate and tomorrow's food will clean most of the remains of today's off.

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

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Should make it illegal to supply a charger bundled with the phone. Most of us have plenty of chargers gathering dust that will work fine with the new phone, many already have USB ports incorporated in our power points and for the people who really need a charger with the phone they can buy one.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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I have a Tesla Turbine it is indeed a cool thing and well worth the time it took to build.

Tesla coils abound in my bedroom in the form of violet wands again great things to play with.

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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When I needed a new home printer I bought a second hand Xerox colour Phaser. Not much dearer than a domestic colour laser, built like a tank, toner lasts forever well tens of thousands of pages anyway. Linux just recognises it and prints. Only thing I ever replace on it was a transfer roller. Would never again buy a domestic printer.

Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Re: Fragile. Very fragile.

Maybe I have a personality disorder but if I saw my boss doing that I would have just turned around and gone to the tea room to make a cup of tea and let him get on with it.

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Nursing Acronyms

When I was working as a nurse about 30 years ago the most common diagnosis on a Friday or Saturday night was PFO (Pissed and Fell Over). Management got snotty and it was changed to EA (Ethanol Abuse). Been out of the game too long don't know what it is now.

eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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Re: The real reason most people here in Oz buy overseas...

When I lived in Launceston (Tasmania), nearly 30 years ago. I was told by my local grocery store that peas where so expensive because of the cost of freight across Bass Straight. Which was odd as I knew they were grown about 5 miles away out towards Hagley.

Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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Re: affected by the West's TWAT (aka The War On Terror).

No it should be TWAT (aka The War Against Terror).

Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Re: Amazon Prime "2 Day" shipping...

TDCU 1ZZ is a perfectly good British Post Code it is for the overseas territory of Tristan da Cunha it was assigned in 2005 so Amazon should have managed to find it by now.

One entire US spook base: Yours for $1m+

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Re: You know that fire stations are for putting them out, not starting new ones?

I believe it should be renamed back to the War Department. Might make people think about what it actually does.

Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: Teching self-help

“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”


by Terry Pratchett

PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: Reuters

"It also clears the way for employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access."

Does this mean as a devout follower of the flying spaghetti monster I can require all my workers to wear a colander on their head?

You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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I have fake passwords tapped to the edge of my screen. I figure it might keep someone amused for a bit trying to find out why they don't work.

New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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Re: When I get a gigabit pipe with no limits

I would pay good money for a browser that did that. Dump all the ads and trackers to /dev/null and just show me the page.

At present I use ABP+ and Adnauseum as far the advertisers are concerned I am interested in and click on every ad on every page I have opened in about the last 2 years.

Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

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Has anyone ever died from this?

I have been reading about lasers and aircraft quite a bit on her pprune and several other sites but nowhere can I find information on anyone actually dying, aircraft brought down etc from laser attack. It seems to be extremely annoying rather than deadly.

Tim Cook: UK crypto backdoors would lead to 'dire consequences'

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Re: Useless bus? @dan

"The war on terror" has been around for more than a decade,

It is The War Against Terror (TWAT) So called because it is run by a bunch of twats.

Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: Works for me @ AC

1. These people are insane in the way that rabid dogs are and need to be stopped.

I don't believe they are insane and any method of combating them based on this belief will almost certainly be a total failure. They are extremely religious believing that every word of their holy books is literally true.

Any Christian who lived according to the bible would be virtually indistinguishable from ISIS. (Stoning people to death, keeping slaves, eating shell fish in an abomination etc) I feel it is very important that we understand this when trying to combat them. We need to talk to them and and understand not just listen to the UK / US government point of view.

Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

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My personal favourites

Alexed (FUBAR)

e.g. The job is well and truly Alexed.

Merriman metal (metal of unknown quality, inappropriate for the job on hand)

e.g. Having machined one end of this bit of Merriman metal I find the other end is unmachineable.

Origin North Derbyshire, usage, occasionally heard in Rotherham, Sheffield area of the UK, not known to be used elsewhere.

'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

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Still in use

I have a friend who still writes books with Locoscript on a PCW and continues to hunt for 3 inch disks on the local car boot sales rather than fit moden drives or buy a new computer.

'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Lot of global COOLING deniers on here at present

Lot of global COOLING deniers on here at present

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Only dress code here is nothing loose that could easily get caught in machinery and kill you.

Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: now they have a "mandate to govern".

>Until this country becomes a republic, true democracy simply isn't possible

The problem with an elected head of state is that they will be a politician and therefore almost inevitably an arsehole bought and paid for by whoever puts up the money to get them elected.

At least in a monarchy or a dictatorship you don't get that particular problem.

Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

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Missing votes

Postal votes for myself and my partner failed to arrive, hence as we are currently away we were unable to vote. Be interesting to see when I get back if they turned up after the election or if they are lost for all time.

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: looking for apps

The trouble with search for everything and the time you really need a good menu is when you have no idea what is installed on the computer. This happens when some Luser who appears to be stuck irrevocably in dummy mode brings me a laptop with the complaint that some program they have forgotten the name of, made to do some job, but they can't remember what is doing or maybe not doing something that maybe it should or shouldn't be doing. Really handy at this time to have a good menu to scroll though to find out what on earth is on the box. Not perhaps as useful as an over voltage cattle prod but useful.

Renewable energy 'simply won't work': Top Google engineers

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If ground source heat pumps and PV roofs were mandated on all new build, the price of installing it would plummet and therefore be more accessible to retro-fitting for owners of older properties.

Nice idea but in reality the price would go up not down. Once something is mandated you have to have it and then the manufacturers can and do charge whatever they like. In this situation the price always goes up as the manufacturers exploit the market and all manufacturers maintain similar prices.


BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Haven't had a tv in 20 years, still regularly get harassed approx every 2 months to get a license with threats of court action. Inspectors always get the door closed in their face. Never yet proceeded to court action. Wonder what it costs the BBC to harass me and people like me and if it is actually worth doing?

GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: ANY photos of GCHQ staff?

I suggest that perhaps you are wrong. A photo of Joe Blow in a High Street pub is harmless but this photograph could then be matched to another photograph (perhaps not yet taken) showing him working for GCHQ. At that time the photograph in the pub becomes targeting data, i.e. where he goes to relax and possibly depending on what else is in the photo what time and day of the week you could expect to find him there. Publishing information like this is certainly in breach of the law.

With facial recognition software I guess this is not very difficult.

British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Ice ages

I thought that the earth was currently coming out of an ice age and that it was completely normal and expected that the earth would warm, the ice sheets would melt etc. Just as has happened at the end of all previous ice ages.

Why is the end of this ice age blamed on human production of carbon dioxide when none of the other ice ages could have been ended this way?

Just curios.

Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Nothing is true until it is officially denied.

See title

Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: So what is going on?

It is an arc because the only thing measured was time to get a ping from the satellite to the plane. So the plane is somewhere on the surface of a globe centered on the satellite. From that you have to work out that it is lower than 43,000 feet as that is as high as the plane can fly, it is higher than sea-level as we are looking for a plane not a submarine. The extreme north south limitations are the amount of fuel on board and the break in the middle of the arc is the area where the transponder would have been picked up by two satellites and as it wasn't it isn't there.

Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Electrical model of the universe

There is an electrical model of the universe that doesn't require dark matter. It assumes that gravity is relatively unimportant in holding the universe together and that the main forces are electrical / electo-magnetic. Hence no need for the missing mass required by the gravity model. The predictions of the electric universe theory seem to be true but it is regarded as very much a fringe science as everyone KNOWS that the universe is held together by gravity. This latest finding throws a little more support towards the electric universe model and away from traditional astrophysics.

Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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I WAS going to buy one of them but for me it needs to spend half of its life with an Australian sim in it not bloody likely now.

Apple wins Samsung import ban, loses 'Battle of Rounded Corners II'

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Re: Aren't all physical corners round?

At least to the resolution of an electron microscope all corners are round.

US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. Deal with it'

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Worse disasters happen when everyone agrees.

Hundreds of climate scientists believe in anthropogenic climate change.

Hundreds of engineers believed the Titanic was unsinkable.

Hundreds of engineers believed that the propellent sealing O-Rings on the Challenger space shuttle would withstand a launch in freezing temperatures.

The fact that hundreds of qualified people believe something does not necessarily make it true.

Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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I still have an old wooden and brass phone with fixed mouth piece and two bells on top. It works fine

Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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How do they actually catch anyone not paying the license?

I have lived in the UK for 18 years now. In that time I have never had a tv or license and on average receive once a month a letter saying get a tv license or else, you must take immediate action. I now immediately put it in the bin and assume I have complied with their request. In the early days I used to contact them and tell them I had no tv. It made no difference. Generally after 5 months of increasing hysterical letters they send one saying they have opened an investigation then a follow up saying they have authorized an inspector to call on me. Nothing happens, they stop writing letters for 2 - 3 months and they it all starts again.

In the last 18 years they have actually sent an inspector around 5 times

Twice I wasn't home and they just left a nasty letter saying if we had caught you you would be in trouble.

Once I opened the door wearing nothing be a condom and said it better be good you just pulled me out of my girlfriend. Inspector looked embarrassed and left.

Twice he has said tv licensing nothing to worry about, I just said you are right there and closed the door in his face. He hung around outside for out 10 minutes staring through my kitchen window with an expression on his face like a puppy that has just been kicked and doesn't know why.

In all this time they have never even bothered to find out my name or get a warrant to search my house. With this level of efficiency how to they catch people.

New science upsets calculations on sea level rise, climate change

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Re: If this is true...

They are already slaughtering each other for control of resources and have been for a long time.

America & Britain murder their way through the Middle East to steal oil, maybe started in the 1950s with the overthrow and murder of the democratically elected leader in Iran just so that BP could keep control of the oil.

Israel murders their way through Palestine partly to fulfil their imagined religious destiny but mostly to steal water because the Palestinians have it and they don't.

A side effect of these wars is to reduce population. Britain, America maybe Israel have dumped thousands of tons of Depleted Uranium throughout the Middle East during their wars, which leads to massive rises in birth defects, cancers, death, disability and will keep right on killing for the next 10,000 years at least. Seems our "civilized" western nations are already doing something to get rid of what they perceive to be surplus and inferior populations.

Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

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Re: TV Licensing RSoles

They have been doing this to me for 8 years now. They demand I take prompt action. I promptly put their letter in the bin. They have only visited once, I opened the door wearing nothing but a condom and told him that he had just pulled me out of my girlfriend and that it had better be important. The look on his face was priceless. No inspector has ever been back but they continue with the hysterical and threatening letters. As I have no TV I see no point in wasting my time with this crap.

How to get a job in Australia

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Re: Old-Timers need not apply

Go to New Zealand they have a limit of 55. Once you have an NZ passport you have defacto Australian citizenship.

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Re: Forgotten downside

Yes but all of them in Canberra. Parliment house is where you find the really venemous creatures.

iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

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Re: I laugh at these simple "security" scenarios :(

I have a friend who works in a place with this sort of security. Every 2 months she changes her password 24 times in one day to clear the usage limits then reuses the password she started with and carries on. Not good but better than writing it down on a post it note.

Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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@No such thing as an Anonymous Coward

Check the following it is all easy to verify:-

Which part of Poland has murdered tens thousands of German civilians with full support from Britain especially the British bankers do you not understand?

On March 31, 1939, Poland received a blank check from England, which unilaterally offered to guarantee her sovereignty; not only if Germany invaded Poland, but also if Poland invaded Germany! This merely served to stiffen Polish resistance to Hitler’s genuine desire to achieve a permanent solution of all outstanding issues emanating from the Treaty of Versailles.

During the next five months the Polish government progressively intensified the oppression, harassment of and attacks on the 1.5 million ethnic Germans living in Poland. These attacks, in which over 58 000 German civilians were killed by Poles in an orgy of savagery, culminated in the Bromberg Massacre on September 3, 1939, in which 5 500 people were murdered. These provocations and atrocities were stoically ignored. Eventually Hitler was forced to employ military intervention in order to protect the Germans in Poland.

On August 30, 1939, in an act of great statesmanship, Hitler again offered to the Poles the Marienwerder proposals, namely retention of the existing 1919 borders, the return of Danzig (97% German), the construction of a 60-mile autobahn and rail link connecting West and East Prussia (from Schoenlanke to Marienwerder) and an exchange of German and Polish populations. On the orders of the international bankers, the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax, strongly advised the Poles NOT to negotiate. This is how and why World War II was started. The ensuing forced war resulted in victory for the international financiers and defeat and slavery for all the people of Europe.

UK.gov threatens to 'pull plug' on smart meter rollout

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Bills always go up with smart meters because they read the instantaneous power usage unlike the old ones that lagged a bit. The result of this is the heavy starting current on electric motors is metered with a smart meter but not with an old style meter. Hence dearer bills every time you use fridges, washing machine, tumble dryer, vacuum cleaner, power tools etc. A win for the power company and a loss for the consumer as always.

Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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You can't patent the wheel it was patented in Australia in 2001

Office workers: 'The best way to upgrade a PC is to smash it'

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# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1

That worked on mine, IT couldn't work out why it kept killing hard drives and because it boots off USB the key logger never comes in.

WikiLeaks.org resurrected in US of A

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People believe what they want

I will not have a different perspective if one of my friends or family members dies as a result of these leaks. If they are stupid enough to obey illegal governemt orders to go to far off lands to kill innocent civilians they deserve to die.

WikiLeaks dubs Amazon 'The Cowardly Liar'

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

There maybe limits to freedom of speach in America but Assangei is not in America and inspite of the insane beliefs of American politicians and many other Americans, Amercian law doesn't apply to the rest of the world. Free speach is just fine.

Global warming is actually good for rainforests, say boffins

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We are busy talking about tropical rainforest and how it will cope and if it will continue to pump out oxygen but miss the point that approximately 70% of the worlds oxygen comes from plankton and cynobacteria in the ocean. Why no discussion of the effect or lack of it that global warming is having on ocean plants?