* Posts by Oodles of Noodles

81 posts • joined 12 Nov 2010


Russian bots are just for rigging US elections? They hit home, too: Kid stripped of crown in TV contest vote-fix scandal

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Re: Singing, but folk too busy carrying on the cold war to notice.

'turning every single note into five different ones'

Oh my word, succinct and oh so very true. Have an upvote.

Starz, meet the Streisand Effect. Cable telly giant apologizes for demented DMCA Twitter takedown spree

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What a very toxic environment

For lots of reasons, this is not viable for company communications and such like.

But maybe .. Just maybe, it may be time to get pen, paper, envelope and stamp back out of retirement for personal use.

That way we could communicate with people that we actually know.

I also wonder if that could force a much narrower 'Government Interception' regime.

An admission of 'Well no, I don't really want to open every letter within the UK, but how about steaming open the correspondence for this particular address?' could work well.

Just as an afterthought, Apple may promise not to track us ( Yes, I am a sheeple), But I find that once I start gurgleMaps on my device, the only way I can close the stupid thing is by doing a restart of the device. I wonder how much gurgle paid for that little thing.

It could be that paying for some services (email and such like) we could start to protect ourselves from the like of google, Facebook, and the noxious debt generators like MasterCard, visa and so on.

Now here is a question.

My understanding is that any shop that offers credit/debit card facilities, have to either:

a) Pay a charge of about 3% (ish) on any transaction, and ..

b) Charge exactly the same price to cash payers.

If that is true (and I am not *quite* certain it is ) then it would seem that for every purchase I make in dear old blighty, a percentage is being funneled of to dear old Trumps pocket? Am I correct in this assumption?

USB4: Based on Thunderbolt 3. Two times the data rate, at 40Gbps. One fewer space. Zero confusing versions

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Re: Lemmy!

I suspect it was Ian Gillam of Deep Purple you were paraphrasing. I think he said can we have everything louder than everything else. Can't be arsed gurgling it, so I await cries of indignation with bated breath.

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Re: LumpSpeed

LumpSpeed - now that would be a fantastic name to use!

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

NHS as an organ of the state?! Do you really think that we are justifiable targets given that we treat both the knobheads that believe that maiming and killing is justifiable alongside the victims? Really? Oh FFS!

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

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I bought an XS.

I really like it.


( In mitigation, my daughter also really likes my (ex) iPhone 6s )

Vodafone signs $550m deal with IBM to offload cloud biz

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Bacon Butties

I used to do a shed load of lecturing and course development at Hursley.

I sooo miss the bacon butties that the staff restaurant people made there.

Should IBM ever go tits-up, I believe that the sarnies should take pride of place next to the Winchester hard drive for IBM accomplishments.

I know which one I would prefer to eat.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: I can believe it!

Ahhh, life in an A/E staff room :P

Poland may consider Huawei ban amid 'spy' arrests – reports

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Sales and marketing

I have become so sceptical about many things recently.

I haven't the faintest idea if Huawei are guilty, or otherwise, of the things they are accused ( or suspected ) of.

However, this is a campaign that Cisco and other major network players must dearly love.

If Huawei leak information to the Chinese government, I wonder if Cisco leak a little as well? .. and who to? Maybe other major players ( heaven forbid ) also subvert 'stuff'?

I think I will go back to writing letters. At least then I will know for certain that nobody ( including the intended recipient ) will be able to extract meaningful information from any missive I may post. :)

Corel – yeah, as in CorelDraw – looks in its Xmas stocking and discovers... Parallels

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Re: Oh no!

A few months back I made the stupid decision to buy and install a new version of Coral PSP. Shortly after I started to get inundated with ads on my W10 desktop constantly beseeching me to buy more crap and updates from them.

This has got to be the first time that I was thankful for a catastrophic machine failure forcing me to re-install everything ... except for the now hated Coral product!!

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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Re: Have to agree....

Just so very stunned about your comment regarding 'Tim-nice-but-dim'. I mean, he says such nice things about you and everything you have accomplished.

Joking aside, I ( as many other people have ) went through the journey of Ericsson, Sony, Android, Apple 6s, back to Android Google Nexus, Another Sony, back to Apple 6s, and finally have paid the so-called 'idiot tax' for an Apple Xs.

I really like the phone and the camera. I hate that I have to use google maps and all the tracking it entails 'cos the apple version is just not up to speed.

I like the device. You don't. I do not think you are an idiot for not liking it or the price.

Each to their own.

5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

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Re: Data plan


Just thinking about the seven minutes it takes you to commute in your car. I wonder if a lightly earlier out of bed time would allow you to walk the distance ( assuming you can ) rather than driving?

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Re: A possibly explosive question.


I will join you to some extent regarding police trust. The Police I come across on almost every shift I work ( a busy A/E Dept. ) do seem to be worthy of our trust.

I have yet to see one giving any sort of abuse ( verbally or physically ) to anyone under their 'care' irrespective of the type of abuse I have seen them subject to. The only despair I suffer is fact that they brought the drugged up / drunken / violent / abusive knob-heads to us in the first place!

I think the real problem begins as people of any profession start to enter the heady upper echelons. I suggest that this is the point they become divorced from the reality of the job they initially entered.

Once insulated from the cause and effect of the sharp end of life, great proclamations give them a feel good factor despite them no longer being rooted in reality.

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Re: A possibly explosive question.

Prosecuting 'speeders for 1 mph over the limit' has been mooted before by other chief constables. It normally gets quietly shelved once the local ( and national ) rags start following them around with speed guns.

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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Re: People still use Skype?

When I started to read this, I thought ' oh my, I used to use that '. So I looked on my ( windows 10 ) 'pooter, and discovered I still could. If I wanted to.

I just don't see the need though. I wonder if I can get my £6.50 credit refunded?

Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app

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Re: ‘ideation’ ?

It is a phrased used quite a lot in psyche, as in 'the patient has suicidal ideation'.

Perhaps it is appropriate in this case. :)

BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

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Re: Seriously

Actually, I changed to Vodafone a couple of months ago ( Halving my BT Bill ) and they had no problem with me using my own router and associated gubbins. Just call them and they give you the details you need.

Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

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Re: Obscurity Optional (but fails)

Dear oh Lor - that is one clever guy. I loved the page fault technique, that was *really* impressive thinking.

BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

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Something similar here

Only I just unplugged the phone.

Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

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Re: Android: Declining compelling reasons to upgrade?

I largely agree. I have got so fed-up with the bloatware and the lack of Android updates available that I have abandoned Samsung despite them making lovely devices. In fact, the only way to make sure you get a decent release is to buy google hardware, but unfortunately I am not all that keen on their offerings.

So, this week I have done something that I never thought I would do, and gone down the Apple iStuff route. Shame really.

Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

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Hmmm, could envelop two of my favourite pastimes - listening closely to music, and err, well ...

Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones

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Re: continuum

'The poor might be better served by something like a Moto .... '

Then again, they may be better served by putting food on the table (if they own a table).

That aside, if I thought for one minute that the internal politics and empire builders at MS would allow the continued development of the phone, then I might be interested, however I have seen too many MS endeavours sink without trace. I suspect this may be one of them.

Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

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After reading about this take over, I have just moved to Sticky Password. It seems quite good.

I have deleted the logins that I had stored under LastPass, but I cannot find a way to actually delete my account.

Still, I suppose an inactive account counts towards total user count in the scheme of things.

Yes folks, we have x million registered users. No idea how many actually use the service though.

Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

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Re: This won't be popular...

Oi you! After many years in IT (well paid and ty very much), I retired and then found myself working in these "very low quality of services (hospitals, schools, etc.) ".

The people I work with are caring, committed and determined to give both comfort and treatment to patients under their ward. Perhaps less vitriol directed to the people who work on the front line and a little more criticism aimed at the people who are pissed off that their 'mates' are not making enough profit from other peoples misery might give you some support from me.

HTTP/2 is now utterly officially official

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Re: Only took them 18 years for a new version

Perhaps they should call it Half life 3

Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

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Re: Windows 7 is popular because it is easy to pirate

Is that also the case where people already have W7 or 8? I was under the impression that MS were giving people a free upgrade rather than a one year trial.

KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: Parachutes

' how to explain the new garden decorations to some unsuspecting pensioner '

I nearly cried laughing at that!

Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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I like this

Fantastic bit of serious reporting presented in a register-worthy tongue-in-cheek manner. Good stuff.

Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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I was with you ..

.. until you mentioned Peavey and fretless precision's. Peavey somehow managed to infect Trace Elliot with their components and their 'meh' type sound. I learnt this at great expense when I had to very quickly replace my old Trace which was damaged in an unfortunate RTC the day before an important (read profitable) gig.

The old broken one was the canines undercarriage, the new one was (to my ears) a crackly cheap-sounding abomination. The first clue was the sound engineer rolling his eyes when he saw it. The second and most enduring clue was when I turned it on and used it.

As far as the fretless is concerned, I demo'ed them around the NW of the country when they first came out. Lovely guitar (as precision's mostly are), but with a very limited soundscape.

Anyway, given all that I bow to your Journalistic abilities, especially as I struggle to string more than three letters together at any one time.

you are right about the piano though - I am *really* struggling with that sod of an instrument!

Enjoy your deadness - opps, sorry I meant retirement. The novelty will wear off in about - oh lets see - 14 days. :)

Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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COBOL? I never could get on with fancy high level languages like that. Stick with BAL - it is difficult to get simpler than that :~)

Nokia, Microsoft put on brave face as Lumia 925s parachute into Blighty

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Will they be producing an Android version?

I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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I feel your pain!

" ...With almighty crashing inevitability, at least three of them are asking which laptop they should buy"

I now just tell them to pick one that they think is pretty and is within their price range as they can all do the ' I just want to surf the web and do emails and documens' things now.

Dear oh lor, I am soooo sick of that question.

Chinese man pleads guilty to $100m piracy scam

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Re: Sigh...

That made I giggle that did. Brilliant.

Global strategic maple syrup reserves hit in Canadian mega-heist

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Re: Burn the heretics!!

You sir owe me a new keyboard!

Microsoft: Gmail rival Outlook.com will 'look good on your iPad' 

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I have just tried it and I have to say that I like the interface a *lot* more than gmail which I use as my main email account. I agree with a previous poster though who says the switch between outlook and calendar or skydrive is clunky in the extreme. Still, I'm sure they will address those issues eventually.

Axe hovers over John Lewis IT jobs

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More jobs Away

I *used* to have a very small (1 person and a salesman) education outfit. We ran very well for several years. In that role I gave courses about some pretty serious messaging software that was used by almost all of the major banks and insurance companies. This was program-to-program not email .

The last three months of my existence in that role was taken up by giving courses to people who were soon to be made redundant due to their roles having being moved 'off-shore' . I was a regular visitor to places like Canary wharf, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cheadle Hulme, a little place in Hurseley & Portsmouth, Seattle (loved the place), Oklahoma, and many many other places.

For me it was a very sad period because I understood that not only were the people to whom I was giving the courses to be very unlikely to find another job in either the UK or America, but also because I realised that I was performing my swan-song in this particular field.

However, in England we survived the cotton industry going to the 'third' world, so perhaps the birth place of the mass produced motor car can survive as well ... as long as we all bank off-shore. :)

Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

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Re: Incomplete article

too long and far too boring

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Re: Good Lord

I hope that my wife never reads this forum, but she has every square (oblong?) pixel of screen covered in Icons, applets and crapletts that are known to man - along with some that are probably known only to woman.

I don't normally care, but when the soul destroying phrase of ' hold on, just let me show you this .. hmm, now where did I put .. oh here it ... oh no it's not that one.. oh, that click didn't work did it?' raises its head, I come to think of the screen shots that have been used to illustrate windows 8. Still, I am sure that its parents will always love it.

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I will buy it!

I mean, come on people. Anything that will make our cursor react more efficiently has got to be worth the asking price. So I for one will definitely upgrade to Lotus Ami pro (.. or whatever)

Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

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Office already works really well on ARM ..

I have recently bought Quickoffice for my (version 1) Samsung phone thingy, and I am delighted how well it works.

Oh no, I don't work for anyone connected to said software or Samsung in any capacity.

I have recently bought a bluetooth keyboard that connects to it, I just wish it had some sort of docking station that would allow me to have a decent sized screen and mouse as well. PC in my pocket and all that. Still, I love my PC for developing web stuff and all that.

Boffins pull off room-temp quantum computing with home-grown gems

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I was going great with the artical

until got past the words "Boffins pull off". After that I suddenly realised that my scientific knowledge was about (absolute) zero and I hardly understood a word. :(

Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

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At a now defunct Lancashire truck manufacturer.

OS/370 during IPL - and as is pretty normal for this type of machine, a couple of thousand users depended on it.

Operator starts the IPL - Machine throws up console message 'Today is my birthday'

Ops reply r00, u

Machine repeats console message 'Today is my birthday'.

Rinse and repeat for at least 30 minutes.

05:30, I receive a call detailing the above events.

Through the fog of sleep and the beginnings of a particularly nasty hangover, I somehow managed to vaguely remember one of those conversations - funnily enough approximately 12 months earlier - that I had when I was working with another sysprog installing the new Amdahl machine. It went something like... "wouldn't it be a laugh if we ...?"

Try r00,happy birthday I replied.

I didn't need to wait for the confirmation that it had worked as the half screamed 'Oh FFS, which C*** did that?! came echoing down the phone.

I rolled over in bed and drifted back off to sleep comforted by the very good call out fee that I had just earned.

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Re: I call bollocks

Actually, being a total cheapskate I bought my (ex)wife a Yugo a few years ago. I discovered that you *could* brake and accelerate from the passenger seat. So, your call of bollocks on this occasion is wrong. Probably why she is an Ex :))

Complex cyberwar tool 'Flame' found all over Middle East

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Re: Not Chinese

A bit like the UK then

Skype slurping software threatens IP exposure

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I have almost given up on Skype nowadays. It's OK for doing Skype-to-Skype stuff on, but I find it less and less reliable for calling actual telephones. I can't remember the last time it let me call a number starting with 08... without the line dropping almost immediately

Courier mishap sends woman's corpse to shopping club

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Not an American, so ...

.. Just wondered about this bit "a local cop told the local CBS radio news". I just wonder if that is as in fed them the information or, or simply responded to a question? Sorry, lots of phone hacking going on over here in the UK, and I believe you guys have much the same people controlling the news over there too. :)

iPhone fanbois enraged by Instagram's Android triumph

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Re: iPhone users <> Apple fanbois

Enough! BR R14 and goodnight!

Terrafugia flies first prototype: Flying cars 'within a year'

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Re: Meanwhile...

Ohhhh! That looks nice. Would even be worth dusting off the licence just to have a play in one when they get to the UK.

UK kids' art project is 'biggest copyright blag ever' – photographer

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Re: "Charities" acting like business ... Am I the only one

My understanding is this;

When you sign a DD for whatever figure, the agency that got you to sign up keeps all but around 10% from the first year. The 10% or so is the money that goes to the actual charity that commissioned them to do the hard sell on you. I believe (although I will have to check), that the commissioning charity gets to keep all subsequent monies, although I am not certain about that.

It also seems to me that the so-called charities that commission this sort of nonsense already get a substantial lump of tax-payers funded government money, so as far as I am concerned, they can forget getting even more money from me.

UK Home Secretary approves TVShack's O'Dwyer extradition

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Extradite all USA hand gun owners?! In direct contravention of UK laws that do not allow anyone (in theory) except the plod, the private LTD company (ACPO) that profits from them, and the armed forces to bear arms, it would seem that we have a shed-load of gun-toting Foreign Bureau of Intoxicants coming over to visit the Olympics! Grrr! (/rant off)



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