* Posts by CrazyOldCatMan

5215 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Re: Eugenics - Sometimes a good decision - is what I think.

people who volunteer their IQ as a preemptive strike know there's no other reason

Well - I took the Mensa test just to see if I could beat my brother. I did. He is now a professor in the US (1st class honours from Oxford, masters and PhD).

Me? I didn't even complete my HND. IQ tests sre not an indication of ability, it's being able to use pattern-matching to solve a puzzle. I'm very good at some things (technology being one of them) but useless at anything that requires long-term concentration *unless* it's related to technology.

And I'm one of the few techies that can explain technology to non-techies because I have (IMHO) good people skills (and cat skills. And dog skills - anything that needs empathy). My brother, on the other hand...

All of which is a very long-winded way of saying that succeeding at IQ tests measures your ability to pass IQ tests and very little else. The one year I was a member of Mensa I came to the conclusion that, as a group, members of Mensa are some of the most boring people around and, in the main, not good at the whole empathy thing. So I didn't bother renewing.

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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Re: Numpties, the lot of 'em.

See: Cats, herding.

Pah! Trivial.

Getting end-users too do things properly - *that's* impossible.

You know Facebook has an image problem when major nonprofits start turning down donations over political lies

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Re: stop using it

Not signing up doesn't stop you being used by it, unfortunately.

Which is where NoScript comes in - hard for their tracking scipts to run against my machine if I refuse to let them..

California bigwigs rule Uber, Lyft dial-a-ride drivers are employees, not contractors

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Re: America

Whose morals

Well - since the US proclaims itself to be a "Christian" state (a claim which is pretty laughable if you know anything at all about the original Christianity before it got twisted into something unrecognisable) then that might be a good place to start..

But then that would mean discarding rampant soul-less capitalism so I'm not holding my breath.

It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4

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Re: IPv6 isn't a very good solution?

It all makes work for the working person to do.....

'Twas on the monday moring that the engineer came to call...

Trump's Make Space Great Again video pulled after former 'naut says: Nope

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Re: Practically the only thing that has gone right in his Presidency

until the position of king or queen is nothing more than a tourist attraction

We're not quite there - the Queen still has the power to refuse to sign something into law. Of course, all the frothing republicans would immediately demand that she be de-throned and the UK becomes a parliamentary republic.

Because that's worked so well for the US..

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Re: 450 cities protesting racism


Who was eerily similar to the Orange One - he had minimal attachment to reality and lived in a little bubble of his own where no-one was permitted to oppose him..

Of course, George had valid medical reasons. OO not so much.

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Re: 450 cities protesting racism

Probably intelligent people fleeing British oppressiveness

Ironically - the Pilgrim Fathers (and Mothers) were fleeing because England wasn't oppressive enough for them - they wanted to kill all the Catholics but were not allowed to. So they got in a huff and left to form their own white, oppressive theocracy.

Sounds familiar eh?

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Re: Make ? great again

Is that a dangling participle?


Namesco email 'scripting error' has last bastion of Demon Internet holdouts scratching their heads

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And this, boys and girls..

... is one of the many, many, many reasons why I host my own domains and run my own mail server. If the domain disappears, I won't care because I'll probably be dead..

Spending watchdog doubts UK is capable of managing Brexit and coronavirus info campaigns at the same time

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Standing up for ourselves

Massacring the natives, looting a third of the world to keep ourselves afloat. Yeah, glorious..

world beating execution and delivery

You obviously don't work in IT or the public sector.

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posting your Britain hating little europhile nonsense

Y'know, it's not an either/or situation - which doubtless you would realise if you applied your surely-gigantic ego^w brain to the problem.

Y'see, there are those of us who appreciate both things. And don't buy into the fascist pap that UKIP and others have sold to a largely-credulous electorate..

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And yet Nissan just torched the EU to stay in Britain

This is the same Nissan that said "without a tarriff-free EU deal, the future of the Sunderland plant is highly in doubt"?

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Re: And they wonder why we take the piss.

I don't care half as much about Brexit as I do the preservation of our democracy

You think it's safe in the hands of a pair of incompetent bumbling fools like Boris and Cummings? Dream on boyo.

Any more than it's safe in Trumps tiny little paws.

AT&T tracked its own sales bods using GPS, secretly charged them $135 a month to do so, lawsuit claims

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Re: Customer service?

how do you want your customer cooked?

Slow-roasted in a pit, covered with earth. Hmmmm.. long pig...

Vint Cerf suggests GDPR could hurt coronavirus vaccine development

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Re: GDPR 'an onerous chore' says distinguished tech website The Register

Washing your hands before preparing food is an onerous chore

And trying to explain technological reality to a senior manager is also an onerous chore..

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Re: "GDPR is there to prevent your data being used without your consent"

It's about time someone actually read the GDPR before pronouncing on it

Indeed. But it didn't suit Cerfs paymasters to do that. It's sad, but he's pretty much living proof that have done some good tech things in the past doesn't mean that everyone has to listen to him with an uncritical mind.

Oh Hell. Remember the glory days of Demon Internet? Well, now would be a good time to pick a new email address

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Re: Sad to see it go

Likewise (catsoft.demon.co.uk) - they were a good ISP for many, many years until malice and incompetence combined meant that they got borged. First borging wasn't too bad - it was the second one (from memory) that lead to me moving to a decent ISP (first IDNet then Zen).

The final straw was ringing the Helldesk (to fix a recurring fault with my line) and, upon asking if we could skip all the prelims having the drone at the other end scream at me and then put the phone down.

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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Re: Anti 5Ger

nut jobbery drives me to drink

To be fair, *most* things seem to drive commentards to drink..


Dot-com price rises on their way over the next four years: ICANN approves Verisign contract, walks off with $20m

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It's about time governments started kicking the till draws

The trouble is that the US Government is staffed by fools who have their hands in the same cash drawers so they can't exactly kick it closed.

*Everything* is an opportunity to make lots of money. Even if it's unethical or outright evil.

Want to see through walls? Electroboffins build tiny chip in the lab that vibrates at just the right frequency to do it

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Re: Ugh!

French portmanteau into the English Language

Nah. It's our right as a superior language to chase, catch and absorb any vocabulary that we choose. After all, we've been doing it for almost a thousand years..

Microsoft Teams gets off to a wobbly start as the world and its cat starts working from home

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How very dare you..

.. suggest that cats work? That's why they have semi-trained hairless apes to do their bidding!

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%

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Re: Maximizing shareholder value?

How is this maximizing shareholder value?

It's missing a couple of words:

"maximizing short-term shareholder value"

Most companies don't really care about anything other than current-financial year+(CFY+1) - mostl becase board compensation is predicated on current year performance.

Last time I was in a formal bonus scheme, the bonus was paid 50% up-front and 50% delayed for3 years. So if I screwed up[1] during those 3 years, I lost the deferred bonus. And, since the the toal cae to about 90% of a years wages over 3 years, it was a fair chunk to lose.

[1] Ways that you could lose the bonus were clearly delineated in thebonus scheme - leaving, being kicked out for gross malpractice were the main two.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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Re: So, who do the cool kids bank with these days then?

stashed in a 250ft radio telescope in Cheshire

I prefer the one in Cornwall.

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Re: So, who do the cool kids bank with these days then?

Cheque book even reached the customer before it was spotted..

Many, many yeas ago, my father and one of my brothers both banked at the same branch of Midland bank. Said bank sent one of my dads chequebooks to my brother.

He, not noticing the different initials (his only had one letter different) used about 10 cheques before he noticed (about £120 - which, in the late '80s, was a decent sum). Said cheques had *his* card details on the bank but Midland honoured them anyway (showing how little notice the banks actually took of that).

Dad phoned up the bank, got nowhere (except the statement that he needed to take his own son to court to recover the money).

So it got escalated past the local bank manager to Midlands regional management. Who promptly grovelled, refunded the money (without taking it from my brothers' account) and, we later heard, redeployed the manager upwards to a role where he didn't actually have to make any money or customer related decisions.

That whole thing started me on the "I'll never use a bank again" trend (that was confirmed by how Lloyds treated me as a student). Which is why I've had a Nationwide Building Society account for 32+ years..

UK Defence Committee probe into national security threat of Huawei sure to uncover lots of new and original insights

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Ian Duncan Smith sharing his opinions with us as facts

ObPedantry: They are almost certainly not *his* opinion, but the opinion he's been given by others..

Australian privacy watchdog sues Facebook for *checks notes* up to £266bn

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Re: That could hurt

then left in a sealed room full of starving feral cats

You can't do something that horrible to cats! As their (cough) appointed mouthpiece^W representative^W chew-toy I'm here to demand that all of their many and quite clearly required and purely reasonable whims^W wants are met.

And that doesn't involve being fed something that would make even a starving vulture turn up its beak.

Far better idea - how about a roomful of starving feral lawyers? There might need to be an element of capture involved and lengthy non-feeding but hey, you can't make an omlette without breaking some lawyers eh?

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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Re: 42??

Depends on which number base is being used

Apparently, my wife is currently 39 (more accurately 0x39..). Which is a complete mystery to me as I'm 55 and she's older than me!

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Re: If there is a Salmon of Doubt

and my memory isn't what it was

Whose is? Why, I remember when..

What were we talking about again?

One for the super rich fanbois: Ultra-rare functional Apple-1 computer goes on auction

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Re: Not bothered

I'll stick to my Nascom1

We had one of those! With the mighty 300-baud tape interface..

Oh - and the optional RAM card too.

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Re: Which one?

hack the engine to control the Apple?

If hack == "melt into a small puddle of mostly-consumed plastic and molten metal" then, sure.

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Re: Fully Functional ?

can I take it to a genius bar for a quick fix?

In my experience, most people in bars think they are geniuses after about the fifth[1] drink..

[1] YMMV depending on what you are drinking.

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

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As it's for static use, it would fair well in a Lada :-)

Remember - *anything* will fly if you put enough energy behind it.. Yes, even a Lada.

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Re: Light the fire

and when you pulled up on one end, the other end dragged on the ground

One of my friends made one like this except for the pivot rubbing against the back wheel rather than the ground.

Made for some... interesting[1] handling when applied.

[1] "Interesting" == "new underpants please".

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Re: LA Science museum

The look on the face of my three-year old

I remember when the first shuttle went up in 1982 (I was 17) - our maths teacher had organised a TV and arranged for us to all cram into her classroom to watch the launch live.

To say that we were impressed is an understatement. I think we all had visions of moving to space stations/the moon in our 20's.

No joy for all you Rover McRoverface fans: NASA's next Mars bot is christened Perseverance

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Alex and his classmates are the Artemis Generation..

.. the what now?

Does that bit of pretentious flummery mean that they are expert and chaste hunters? I suspect not.

Facebook, distributor of deceptive political ads, sues registrar Namecheap over deceptive domain names

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Re: Only in England the source of the Skripal fantasy would this title fly

We've struck gold

And found iron pyrites.

Brit MPs, US senators ramp up pressure on UK.gov to switch off that green-light for Huawei 5G gear

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IDS know something we ought to know ?


As Australia is gripped by bog roll shortage, tabloid says: Here, fill your dunny with us

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Re: Deep Drop

when you got your fish and chips wrapped in newspaper; they definitely tasted better

yeah - those lead salts in the newspaper ink really added to the flavour..

(And even some modern inks contain volatile organics - not something you want near fried food..)

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Re: Am I missing something ?

without bothering to wash their hands

My mum was a nurse. Washing hands was programmed into us from a *very* early age..

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Re: Am I missing something ?

Also the rush on soap..

And, for a laugh, try to get hold of alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Not available for love nor money.

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Re: Bog Roll/TP Shortage?

have a nice sponge and give it a good wash afterwards

And don't forget to add vinegar to the wash water as an antiseptic.. (Mind you, the standard red wine ration would do if you don't have vinegar..)

Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift

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Re: Upvote

you'd have to kick a lot of people out of their house boats to re-industrialise them

In Swindon, you'dhav to remove half of the town centre as parts of it are built on land where the old canal used to be.

In mymind, a win/win.

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The big problem with flood relief is that

... we've removed all the landscape features that used to absorb the extra water (marshes & wetlands) and keep building houses in places ta flood..

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English Heritage..


English Heritage wasn't formed until 1983. The listing was probably done by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (AKA RCHME) - they get merged with EH in 1999 - at which point EH took over the statutary listing process.

In 2015 EH split with one part (renamed The English Heritage Trust) becoming a charity (and carrying on running the EH properties like Stonehenge) and the res staying as a Government body called Historic England.

Amazon staffer based just a stone's throw away from Seattle HQ tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Re: Respirators

people should get their flu and other shots

T'missus is currently getting her pneumonia vacceine - I had mine 3-4 years ago when I started on the current arthritis injections (a TNF inhibitor)

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Re: "So there is a high number of undiagnosed cases in that region"

Then you have to take into account age groups

There is a pretty clear link between mortality and age - the very young seem to shake it off with little effect but old people (or people with compromised immune systems like me) seem to have much higher levels of mortality.

After 1.5 million days of computer time, SETI@home heads home to probe potential signs of alien civilizations

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So maybe everyone is staying quiet for a very good reason.

We're doomed!

You. Drop and give me 20... per cent IPv6 by 2023, 80% by 2025, Uncle Sam tells its IT admins after years of slacking

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It seems to work well

Sadly, anything other than a simple flat network isn't trivial to setup. Mine is as follows:

VDSL-Router <---> Firewall <-> Internal networks

IPv6 works between each adjacent two parts but the internal machines can't see the Internet via IPv6 - which means anything with IPv6 bound to the network stack will fail since all the OS's that I run seem to prioritise IPv6 if it's available. Windows 10's 'Internet detection' is particularly broken and will flip-flop between "you haz teh internetz" and "Oh noes - no internetz!".

So I've got it turned off. And enjoy uninterrupted Internet access.

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so your provider can see each and every unique device behind your network

Not if you have an IPv6-enabled firewall and some careful network design..

(It's the latter I lack at home. My network works in IPv4 but not in IPv6 and I can't be bothered to change everything..)


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