* Posts by Aladdin Sane

2517 posts • joined 20 Jun 2015

Over long US weekend, GitHub HR boss quit after firing Jewish staffer who warned Nazis were at the Capitol

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Godwin's Law doesn't apply to actual Nazis

150,000 lost UK police records looking more like 400,000 as Home Office continues to blame 'human error'

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Technical issue?

PEBKAC

UK network Three hikes pay-as-you-go rates by 400% to push punters to buy 'bundles'

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“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms

Pizza and beer night out the window, hours trying to sort issue, then a fresh pair of eyes says 'See, the problem is...'

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Re: ~/.procmailrc

Great, now I have to choose a new password.

Dutch officials say Donald Trump really did protect his Twitter account with MAGA2020! password

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That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life!

What a difference 6 months makes: UK retailer Dixons Carphone returns to profitability on the back of high online sales

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They no longer have the O2 contract, so it's tatty bye from me.

China's Chang'e 5 probe lands Moon rocks in Inner Mongolia

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Joke

Wait

You guys believe in the moon?

Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

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Re: Mixed feelings

Poe's Law

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Re: what a shame

You're saying they're lower down the evolutionary scale than primordial gloop?

I can see that.

There are two sides to every story, two ends to every cable

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Re: Idiot Boasting Mob

I Bribed Management

Obvs

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'Tis the season after all

Oh no it isn't

Imagine things are bad enough that you need a payday loan. Then imagine flaws in systems of loan lead generators leave your records in the open... for years

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Re: On the bright side

Or that you're vulnerable.

Adiós Arecibo Observatory: America's largest radio telescope faces explosive end after over 50 years of service

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Re: Square Miles?

Area is nanoWales, or nothing.

Billionaire's Pagani Pa-gone-i after teen son takes hypercar out for a drive, trashes it

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Why not both?

Test and Trace chief Dido Harding prompted to self-isolate by NHS COVID-19 app

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Mushroom

Re: Only advisory

But as we all know, advisory is the will of the people and must be implemented with no heed to how fucking shite it all is.

I may have gone off on a tangent.

America's largest radio telescope close to collapse as engineers race to fix fraying cables

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I thought it blew up in 1995

BOFH: You might want to sit down for this. Oh, right, you can't. Listen carefully: THIS IS NOT AN IT PROBLEM!

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Re: I'm fondly remembering the time years ago

I often need a tissue when using my laptop late at night.

Solving a big, yellow IT problem: If it's not wearing hi-vis, I don't trust it

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Was it Diggerland?

I want it to be Diggerland

When you're On Call, only you can hear the silence of the clicks

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Big financial institute blaming some poor sod for a failure of process? Par for the course.

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets

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Re: This is a job for Clippy

"It appears you are using Excel for a database. Do you want a slap?"

'Robbery, economic plunder, victim of larcenous cronyism and a heist'

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Mushroom

It's extortion is what it is. Wouldn't be surprised if it gets slapped down in US courts as well.

UK Parliament's human rights committee pushes for better protections of coronavirus contact-tracing data in law

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Re: World beating

Too many syllables.

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World beating

FML

Have no idea WTF is going on with the Oracle-Walmart TikTok deal? Don’t sweat it, here’s our latest rundown

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Re: Muppetry

I'm more concerned about who exactly has their hand up his arse.

We don't need maintenance this often, surely? Pull it. Oh dear, the system's down

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Trollface

Re: An ex employer did that too.

"forgotten"

Cops called to Singapore golf club after 'wrongdoers' use scripts to book popular timeslots

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Re: It really is resource misuse

I'm pretty sure The Orange One uses a Dunlop 1 golf ball.

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon

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Re: Trumpet

Isn't a Trumpet the spawn of Trump?

I AM ERROR: Tired of chewing up your RAM? Razer tells gamers where to stick its special gum for the RGB crowd

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What does Soylent taste like?

It varies from person to person.

Salon told to change ad looking for 'happy' stylist because it 'discriminated against unhappy people'

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Re: I'm with Richard

Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?

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Terminator

Re: How I feel in the office

Multiple instances of time travel shenanigans have left me no less than thirty-seven times older than the universe itself. My various body parts, now rusted and barely functional, have been replaced at least fifty times each (except, ironically, all the diodes down my left side).

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How I feel in the office

There's only one life-form as intelligent as me within thirty parsecs of here and that's me.

Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope

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Re: Unless you WANT to be a slave to email, that is ...

Don 't kink shame me

What would you prefer: Satellite-streamed cat GIFs – or a decent early warning of an asteroid apocalypse?

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And then you'd have to vent that gas once it's in orbit, or make it air tight. Either way you're creating more problems for not very much benefit.

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Hubble cost 4 billion USD for a 2.4 metre mirror telescope, Gran Telescopio Canarias cost 130 million EUR for a 10.4 metre telescope. Considering a shuttle launch at the time cost 450 million USD, we can surmise that satellites are seriously pricey. For what they're looking to do, ground based is still the best option.

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Re: If only there were some kind of paint with 99.999% absorbtion

What about red doors?

Some lucky web developer just scored $20k to scour Facebook out of Neil Young’s website

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Mushroom

Anti GMO but dependent on insulin from GMO corn. He's a hypocrite. Also, I think Pono is a good indictment of how tech savvy he is.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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Greg House? Is that you?

Google extends homeworking until this time next year – as Microsoft finds WFH is terrific... for Microsoft

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Those are mostly the same folk who cite defence against a tyrannical government as reason for owning guns...

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Are you sure you're not me? I've come to the conclusion that I'm no longer working from home, I'm living at work. The lack of separation is tortuous.

From 'Queen of the Skies' to Queen of the Scrapheap: British Airways chops 747 fleet as folk stay at home

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Re: BOAC

Here was me thinking it stood for Boeing Only Airways Corporation

The reluctant log trawler: The buck stops with the back-end

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Who's the guy from IT

Who'll defenestrate you and me? (BOFH!)

You're damn right

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Seems like the web developers need to meet a lift shaft.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Re: The Need For Chewed Wires...

My brother once had to tell our mum that the hoover went bang and tried to bite him. He'd tried cutting through the lead with the breadknife, fortunately he was wearing his wellies at the time. 30+ years later, they still have the knife with a perfect semi-circular hole in the blade.

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Re: The Need For Chewed Wires...

Some people unplug devices before cutting the cable.

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Have you tried

Chewing on the cable?

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Nothing tops clotted cream.

Icon just because.

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: Price...

He took away their turkey twizzlers, the same generation then took away his restaurants.

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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Al

Was Chevy Chase involved?

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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Re: Simple Response.

He'd smash the Carol Baskin Savage dance, and you know it.

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Re: Simple Response.

Anybody else love the image of Trump doing a TikTok dance?

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