* Posts by B Johnson

21 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Jun 2007

Ten Essential... Travel Speakers

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real value

I have got two of these and a home made splitter - very good and the NXT speakers have a lot more bass than most similar speakers but don't eat batteries.


Have had them for >5 years and they are still going strong.

BOFH: The stupidity criticality

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Pedantry Corner

I think you may have meant 'medium-sized stripey-faced mustalids'

most satisfactory otherwise though.

Amish farmers lose court battle against RFID

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No No No

They've got it all wrong. Sod the cows. What they should be concentrating on is implanting RFID chips into anyone from a rural area. And anyone who believes that prayer cures diabetes.

Red Hat Enterprise clone poised to 'die'

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Black Helicopters

I wonder if anyone was behind this?

OK, a bit black helicoptery, but could CENTOS have been bankrolled/ supported through several intermediaries by someone who wanted redhat down the toilet?

If the market/ economic conditions changed, now might be a reasonable time to pull the plug.

Microsoft stores to get in Apple's face this autumn

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I don't see this ending happily

I can imagine the glee at cupertino about this.

They didn't need to dig this hole for themselves. They don't understand why people are loyal to apple - it is because their stuff doesn't fall over all the time and they have reached a moderately happy medium in terms of locking stuff to their system.

I was a microsoft fanboi for a long time, but now I could never go back. No one I know who has any choice over their hardware is using microsoft. It has got to the stage in the NHS that four people out of the seven I work with have spent their own money on buying apple computers to use at work because the consequences of being pwned by the NHS Admins are too horrible. I had a laptop that was just used for presentations and they encrypted my hard drive without asking me/warning me/ giving me the password! Our work network remains riddled with viruses and trojans.

Perhaps they should set up one of their shops near the London Stock Exchange. That way they could use it to punt some of the Microsoft pre-owned kit that is sadly no longer fit for purpose. No good for Enterprise, no good for consumer. Maybe time to ditch those shares?

Please kill this cookie monster to save Europe's websites

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Firefox opportunity

It would be good if firefox implemented 'chuck all cookies' at the end of session as the default setting, and possibly allowed us to keep a few select ones as 'permenant'.

This is one of the first things I do when setting up a new ff installation, along with adblock and orbit classic, the theme of those with taste.

London Hospital back online after computer virus shutdown

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Great Ormond Street went titsup as well

unfortunately the NHS practice of employing M$tards will keep backfiring.

paying administrators who cannot use the command line is like employing doctors who haven't been to medical school.

Royal Society: Schools should show creationism 'respect'

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Paris Hilton

Geography and Design and Technology

I demand that Geography teaches about beer volcanoes and DT teaches about how stripper factories work.

As a biologist, I am sure that the learned reverend professor would also want to include a section on the management, feeding, breeding etc. of invisible pink unicorns.

Keep god in MyTheology classes.

'Rowdy' rectal extraction op vid hits YouTube

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Light entertainment

I can see no mention of Michael Barrymore in this story. Or have I got hold of the wrong end of the can?

A380 passengers to enjoy 'military-style' urinals

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bad subbing

surely the headline should have been "A380 passengers to 'enjoy' military-style urinals" rather than "A380 passengers to enjoy 'military-style' urinals'.

My portmanteau. How kind.

NHS IT loses its interim head

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didn't see this one coming

the NHS has never treated IT as part of core business. The only way that this project is going to work is if it is headed up by a doctor who has the professional respect of healthcare workers, together with an IT team.

Anyone who has done this sort of work knows that buy-in is crucial to success, but the problem is that the only clinicians who are involved in this monster cock-up are the Nu-Lab Apparatchik moths who cluster round the flame of doom. Unfortunately this analogy does not pan out, as the moths don't get a horrible roasting death. But here's hoping.

If there wasn't already an OS highly proven system from the US Veterans Affairs, all this might be excusable. As it is, it is a fuck up on a par with Iraq, with similar costs and likely death toll, which could have been easily and cheaply avoided.

BOFH: Fun with automatic doors

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BOFH at Heathrow T5

Respect for the BOFH at T5.

Microsoft opens APIs and protocols to all

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Black Helicopters

Makes sense

They aren't doing it out of the goodness of their hearts.

World economy going down the tubes, the last thing they want is wholesale defection to OS products, as part of the squeeze. Better to have people still using their stuff, and if their margins have to go down a bit to maintain market share, then so be it.

SCO bags $100m to fight another day

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Dead Vulture

Big Hairy Rodent Smell

No one who has the nous to create £100m would stick it into a dead duck like SCO.

I am fairly sure that this operation is a front for someone else who stands to gain from SCO's continued attempts to piss on the linux chips.

NPfIT director general hands in his scrubs

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Dead Vulture

Think rodents + sinking ship

Prepare for an announcement that the whole thing has gone tits-up.

Why on earth they didn't go for the proven OS solution that powers the US veterans system nobody knows. OK, it is called Vista, but that doesn't automatically mean that it is crap,

Bloke takes missus up the Oxo Tower

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Black Helicopters

My favourite

Review by Betty H (8 August 2006)

My husband has been trying to take me to the OXO tower for ages, but I always refused in favour of more traditional fare... However last Friday I finally relented and he got his way for his birthday surprise!

I must say, having never experienced it before, I was a little unsure of what to expect, but him being a regular, showed me what a comfortable place it was, provided you were situated well.

And what a wonderful time we had! My only regret is that I spilt some Claret over the table, and some fell on my husband, but that proved OK as the restroom facilities were more than adequate.

In conclusion, I had a great nosh-up after the fuss with the wine and my husband said he'll definitely be going back for more. Everyone should try the OXO tower once in their lives, they might just like it!

Museum drops Watson talk in race row

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Sad society

It is a sad reflection on a society that owes its well-being to science that political correctness is allowed to stifle legitimate scientific debate.

I am not sure whether he is right or not, but he has a track record of scientific integrity, which gives some legitimacy to the debate.

It sounds as though he is somewhat naive as to the media's role in such debate.

Only Sky can save digital TV

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Thumb Down

Abysmal article

flawed logic. Sounds like astroturf.

I am very disappointed in the quality of this article and am surprised it was vetted by the editor and included in The Register.

IronRuby opened to all comers

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embrace, extend, extinguish

why change the habit of a lifetime?

Five things Sony needs to do save the PS3

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Announced today Duke 4

Duke Nukem forever (PS3) shipping

when it's ready

BMA calls for unity amidst MTAS fallout

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The BMA is messing its pants

BMA Members have been leaving in droves because this 'union' has done nothing to prevent this monster cockup.

This hasn't yet played out. Patsy Hewitt will go when Brown gets in, but word has it that the Chief Medical Officer is about to get the sack as well, as he started the whole thing, and signed off on it.

Don't get ill in August.