* Posts by whileI'mhere

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Contact-tracing or contact sport? Defections and accusations emerge among European COVID-chasing app efforts

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Re: Testing! testing!

THIS!!!!

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper

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Re: Friday

The Applied are Boffins? I think you mean Bouffants.

California man served with restraining order for allegedly 'stalking' Apple CEO Tim Cook

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So this guy was doing an Apple stalk. Well, he did it first - nobody pipped him to it. He's rotten to the core, of course.

Please check your data: A self-driving car dataset failed to label hundreds of pedestrians, thousands of vehicles

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"The mysterious patent owner, Voice Tech Corp, turned out to a brand new company in Texas, USA, and it's address was someone’s bungalow,"

There seems to be one missing word and one erroneous apostrophe in the extract above.

Aw, look. The UK is still trying really hard to be the 'safest place to be online in the world'

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Re: Halfwit?

There is no measure. She's just a fuckwit.

Cover for 'cyber' attacks is risky, complex and people don't trust us, moan insurers

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The link to "a number of high-profile court cases brought by insurance companies against their own customers" is in fact a link to ONE case of a client suing its insurer. Quite the opposite.

(Mondelez suing Zurich for refusing a claim.)

Will Asimov fix my doorbell? There should be a law about this

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"part of the European Rubber Duck Mountain?"

I think that technically it is the European Rubber Duck Pool. But we have got out, picked up our towel, and will be drying ourselves off for the next 11 months while we wonder which of the now available shark-infested waters to swim in. No more rubber ducks for us!

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"be happy to do their jobs for the good of the state"

L'état, c'est moi.

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Re: You are confusing EU with Europe

"And because I love Europe so much, I want a better EU."

So on balance it would probably have been better to remain and work harder to change it for the better. Leaving it is certainly not going to enable whatever flavour of 'better' you think it ought to be.

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Mandatory electronic prescriptions was the easy bit in NHS paperless plans

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I've been through both of those systems with my GP. (Shudder)

Now they are using Patient Access software and it does seem to be a great improvement, so far.

We read the Brexit copyright notices so you don't have to… No more IP freely, ta very much

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Re: TL; DR

Some fruit is not susceptible to automated picking. But carry on with your sweeping and inaccurate generalisations...

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

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Re: Would someone explain

"The issue is people who entered the junction on green, but couldn't exit the junction before the lights went red. I.e. Amber wasn't long enough before the lights went red."

The article failed to make that clear. Does make more sense.

But. again, if I entered the junction on green, amber's length is irrelevant. Absent a yellow hatched/box junction, I might be prevented from exiting the junction (e.g. by stopped traffic ahead) when the light turn red. I do not get a 'red light infraction' fine for that. It is - and should only be - all about when you enter the junction. Unless there is a MINIMUM speed limit then all the tinkering in the world with amber light periods cannot prevent someone being in the position of leaving a junction when the light is red. The case you note implies there must be an assumed minimum speed for the amber light period to be calculated.

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Re: Would someone explain

If you have legitimately entered the junction (crossed the line) on amber (under circumstances described above) what on earth does it matter if you are turning right or left or going straight on and/or whether the light is red before you leave the junction? Either you entered the junction legitimately on amber or you did not. I really do not understand what all the rest of the fuss is about.

Mike drop, DXC-ya later! Lawrie immediately ejects as CEO from IT outsourcing giant

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Re: FailCEO

"Jo Mason, if you haven’t already, start sweating profusely. Sal looks like he’s plenty capable of cutting his own steak. Which means, you represent no “tangible” value whatsoever."

While Mikey is Chairman until Dec 31 she can rest easy. If Salvino takes a day longer to sack her, he will have proven his lack of competence.

She can find another job by then. I'm betting it will turn out to be some form of domestic employment. (Mikey will still someone who can deal with his meat.)

Firm fat-fingered G Suite and deleted its data, so it escalated its support ticket to a lawsuit

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Re: FailCEO

"And ice crystals."

All hail our cloudy providers.

DXC: Slashing costs affects ability to attract, develop and retain staff? Who'd have thunk it!

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This guy will not be at DXC for long. His "openness" and implied criticisms are tantamount to saying "no" to Mikey.

Mikey does not like "no" and people who say it swiftly "depart".

But should you really be boasting that you were also on the call? It's bad enough from DXC mgt perspective that the content of these calls gets leaked, but if they believe employees are sitting with El Reg journos on their calls, they'll end up only being accessible from DXC office numbers (not that they have the technical capabity or competence to arrange that, in all probablilty).

What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters

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Re: Acceptable?

Didn't "those pesky Prussians" also have something to do with that other Bonaparte - Boney M?

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: FailCEO

They may have been less agile but were still just a very long slow waterfall, irrespective.

The BMC in OpenBMC stands for 'Burglarize My Computer' – thanks to irritating security flaw

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Re: "Burglarise" ?

So if you were burglarised it was presumably done by burglarizers, who later burglarisered your house because they were burglariserisers?

(Burglers burgle and burglarisers burglarise. Buglers play for the Buggles.)

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Re: FailCEO

"Tight rein', 'loose reign', 'free rein' "

Umm - 'loose reign' is probably less to do with horses and more like not paying due care and attention while in charge of a monarchy.

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Re: insurance

"Makes sense, given the banks are also insurance brokers."

No. No it does not. Brokers are agents - they sell insurance but do not write it. They do not underwrite or carry third party risk. Conversely, for many risks that you might assume they would insure against, they may choose to self-insure (i.e. just take the risk and suffer the loss). The fact that banks sell some forms of insurance to customers has no link to why they may or may not be insured by a insurer for acts of theft or criminal damage.

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Re: Fucking Awesome

"Someone has a career waiting in the wings."

Yes. Yes, they do.

This is art. In Tate Modern it would have strokey-beard critic types .... well, stroking their beards.

Creaky systems 'cost lives': Health secretary Matt Hancock pledges to solve NHS IT woes

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Gosh. If only we had a NATIONAL health service. That has always been a fiction.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: Branded Advertising

"Hendrix Lives" is a slogan, not a brand, nor an advert.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Reminds me of an apocryphal WWII RAF exam question for pilots. Something like 'you are the pilot flying Winston Churchill, the PM, and his staff to an overseas conference when the rear cargo hatch blows open and WC is ejected from the plane. How do you react?' The answers varied from ' swoop down and catch him', jump out with a parachute and catch him', to 'divert to RIo and disappear'. The correct answer was, of course, 'adjust rear ailerons to compensate for reduced weight in rear cargo compartment'

Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

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Re: Backups and redundancy, FFS

Did you dictate that using some voice to text thingy? I can only assume that "wants" was meant to be "once", and as for a "baster" (turkey baster?) CC company, my mind boggles.

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Re: Cash is King

According to some stories last year (?) a £50 note is not cash. Rather, it is a drug-smuggling/criminal proceeds money-laundering device. Apparently they are so rarely used by normal people and disproportionately used by those types that some central bankers and law enforcers want high denomination notes removed from circulation.

And anyway, what with the advent of super jumbo extra outsize choccy bars and the price of the stuff in general, I reckon a couple of said bars would not get much change out of £50 these days.

UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Re: Brillaint

Several years ago I was heartened to see the French media regulator tell the French public broadcaster's TV news guys to just stop advertising their Twitter ID on air, as it was de facto advertising for a commercial entity on the public airwaves, and other social media were available. They probably long since lost that battle, but an admirable stance, for sure.

Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

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Re: FailCEO

"...and it's the new office - not sure about client meetings though."

I seem to recall some time ago (1970s?) seeing a film extract on Barry Norman's Film programme of that year (if only I could remember which year) where the concept was to reverse eating and shitting. The extract showed a company board meeting taking place with everyone on a shitter, free to raise the lid and let rip, while those needing any food or drink had to excuse themselves to a small ante-room and do it in private, quietly. It was, of course, a foreign-langauge film. Wish I could find out what it was...

Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Re: The B ark.....

Like an ice pick, but used to make holes in cats instead.

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Well if they are looking for 'snorkles' they may wish to search for 'snorkels'

DXC confirms veep level shake-up in new world order

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Re: Night of the Long Knives

"This company isn't a Board run company. It is the private plaything of PRESIDENT, CHAIRMAN and CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Mike Lawrie."

FTFY

(Appropriate corporate governance also not a big thing in Lawrie's world.)

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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Re: FailCEO

THIS! "Screwfix £20 polish up nice as well."

Bought a pair of own-brand steel toecap 'Chelsea' style boots from Screwfix for £40. Would have expected to pay 2-3 times that at a 'shoe shop' selling brands. Workwear can often be very economically viable.

Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Re: Rasberry Pi to the rescue?

Which piece of your mind is that, then? The bit that craves some peace?

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Re: Rasberry Pi to the rescue?

Which piece of your mind is that, then?

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Re: Battery life on the sensors?

What is "burglarization"? Is it what burglarizers do? (Hint: 'burglary')

IT giant CSC screwed its 1,000 sysadmins out of their overtime – jury

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Re: "... a significant driver of CSC’s profits and success..."

If 'no pun intended' then the correct spelling is 'plain'.

Volvo puts Swedish families to work on driverless data-slurp trials

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Re: Chelsea Tractors

I'm guessing all that tech has to go somewhere and may be a bit bulky? As it develops, miniaturisation will kick in along with manufacturing scale and smaller/cheaper cars will be able to have it shoe-horned in?

DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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Re: Tribal Frankenfirm

It is ambiguous. "legacy CSC staff" could be as opposed to "bright, thrusting wave of the future colleagues" or it could be as opposed to "legacy HPE colleagues". Either way, "one DXC" is clearly fractured and the splints are not yet working.

Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

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"they could perhaps control one of the world's easiest borders to control a little better than turn the NHS into big brother. "

Which prompts a thought. If the NHS is now to act as a de facto border force, perhaps the real Border Force could start doing health screenings at passport control? This could catch on. Let's get the MOD to run whatever DEFRA is called these days and let the farming and food lobby play with the ships, planes and tanks.

IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

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Two people in this thread have now claimed that staff reductions (a COST-reducing action) have propped up revenue. Please explain how cutting costs increases the money people spend with IBM?

Layoffs may be propping up margin or profit but do not impact what clients spend (REVENUE) other than perhaps negatively in the short term.

Sometimes, bean-counters can be useful to help us all understand what it is we are actually counting!

€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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Re: FailCEO

Cool you? Why? Are you hot? And why "as well"? Nobody else mentioned needing to be cooled.

(Punctuation. Makes a difference, every time!)

When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

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Re: Not so easy...

We're at war with Europa? Jeez, how did I miss that?

From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: So when will the politicians learn?

"A politician thinks of one thing only. Their next election."

I guess Jeremy Corbyn is not a politician, then.

HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

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Re: How many times must HP "Invent" itself?

They reinvented themselves agin in 2017 when they spun ES into CSC to create DXC. And now with ALL the baggage dumped, time to start chopping off the limbs

DXC Technology puts reluctant office movers on naughty step

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Re: 2.5 miles may not sound like a lot

Which stop is that?

Capita call centre chap wins landmark sex discrimination lawsuit

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So much fuss?

So much fuss for a principle, actually.

Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Brick or Jelly?

Brick or jelly? Which is it? I feel there may be a slight difference...

Or is it this: http://www.instructables.com/file/FXINSU9FN82TMFF/

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