* Posts by Outski

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University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

Outski

Point of order: the sale of gold was to prevent a catastrophic loss from a globally systemic Japanese bank who'd taken a disastrously short position on gold. The ECB and the Federal Reserve couldn't act quickly enough, so Brown requested that the BoE dump enough gold on the market to crash the price, hence preventing the collapse of said Japanese bank.

Brown was way under-appreciated as Chancellor, a very savvy economic strategist, albeit not suited to be PM in the era of 24/7 rolling news coverage.

Outski

Re: MS' deep pockets

"Will the world pandemic give us the chance to reset to a better and fairer world, not run by corporations and greed."

I think Betteridge's Law applies here.

Trump bans Feds from contracting H-1B workers and makes telehealth the new normal

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Re: As some other commentard has previously said

The lottery aspect comes out of how quickly you can submit your application. Every year there's a cap on the number of applications; you apply from (normally) 1st April, and once the cap is hit, no more are accepted. Then, those applications are reviewed, and a portion of them are successful.

There is a separate lottery for green cards which is an actual lottery, ie, you can submit an application for the right to apply for a green card, not an H1-B, from most countries in the world, without having any of the normal qualifications (job offer, family ties, etc), and maybe you'll get lucky. You still have to prove you're not disbarred for things like drug convictions, membership of the Communist Party (yes, that bar still exists).

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far

Outski

Re: Ah the good old days...

There was a sort of @Formula debugger for a while, but Damien ripped it out when he rewrote the @Formula engine cos it was so poor

Bad news: Your Cisco switch is a fake and an update borked it. Good news: It wasn't designed to spy on you

Outski
Headmaster

Re: Things I also learned.

FEWER nails, damn your eyes, FEWER!!!

Outski

Re: Hearing and Obeying, Mr. Trump

I had a Chinese client ten years ago who were vociferously annoyed about some bent Cisco kit they'd had palmed off on them. It turned up with all its holographic stickers, supposedly from an approved channel vendor, but missing half its innards, so it's not just non-Middle Kingdom firms affected by this.

UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year's end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all next-gen kit by 2027

Outski

Re: This will end in tears.

Read the 2015 Act: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/36/contents/enacted

There is nothing in the Act mandating what should happen in the event of a majority vote in favour of leaving the EU.

Compare and contrast with the AV referendum in 2011, particularly the section on what should happen in the event of a Yes vote: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/1/part/1/crossheading/result-of-the-referendum/enacted

Ergo, the 2016 referendum was advisory, otherwise a mandated course of action would/should have been included in the Act.

Outski

Re: This will end in tears.

Yes, they would be unhappy, but that's largely becasue JCB and Lord Bamford are significant donors to the Conservatives (and previously pro-Brexit organisations).

The Devil's in the details: Church of Satan forced to clarify that no unholy rituals taking place in SoCal forest

Outski

Re: Chanting your invocation of choice

Not to mention...

Anal nadrak, Uthas bethad, dochyl dyenvey

Pokémon Go players fined for breaking down-under COVID-19 lockdown rules

Outski

Re: Pokémon Go is still a thing?

Second life is still a thing?

Outski
Pint

Re: Crazy

With Ingress (what PoGo is based on, in terms of locations), all our monthly First Saturday gatherings are now virtual, so no mass gatherings, just remote portal charging from the couch

-------------> always a factor in FS events

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

Outski

Re: 5G caused infertility in men and cancer in humans

Emo Philips, I believe

Indonesia slaps 10 percent tax on three Googles

Outski
Unhappy

"...whatever it is that Indonesian audiences like to watch on the telly."

Dodgy telenovelas, scripted reality shows, and the usual american procedurals, if MrsO's viewing preferences are anything to go by

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

Outski

Re: Just which week?

Firstly his name is Christian Cooper, and secondly, the article refers to the recent decision to charge Amy Cooper (note the same surname), not the incident itself.

Facts matter.

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

Outski
Pint

Re: There's a rat in mi kitchen...

I tried dropping a large glass mixing bowl over a mouse me and the ex-gf had visiting once upon a time, with the intention of a humane release a few hundred yards away from the house. Unfortunately, Mickey was a little bit too quick for me, and the edge came down right upon his little spine. To this day, dispatching him mercifully is one of the saddest things I've ever had to do, including leaving my family at Dubai airport (visa/hostile environment)

----> For you, Mickey (I did think about sadface icon, but it's Friday)

Outski

Re: Alternatives are good.

Add some male urine to that if you want to deter cats (female urine doesn't have the desired effect, as my mum & stepdad found out)

Outski

Wall-lizards, we called them in Malaysia :o)

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

Outski

Re: This is why we can't have nice things.

See the Buffy episode Normal Again https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0533464/?ref_=ttep_ep17

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

Outski

Re: New Normal?

So how is that different from geographically dispersed teams? For example, on my team of 5 (plus two managers), I'm in Blighy, two are in New Jersey and one each in California and Chicago, with the two managers in NJ and Pittsburgh. We still have a pretty good team atmosphere particularly among us three older hands, yet all our communication is via phone, email, IM & VC, so it's not that different for us.

Winter is coming, and with it the UK's COVID-19 contact-tracing app – though health minister says it's not a priority

Outski

Re: The German one seems to work

I think the new £100bn in QE is for commercial banks to use for loans to assist the economy where the COVID-19 specific schemes aren't applicable. BoE has already extended the govt's contingency fund (its overdraft facility, if you will), which is different to normal government borrowing.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

Outski
Headmaster

Re: Me too

S is for Solidus, which evolved into the shilling/schilling over time

Outski

Re: Me too

one shilling & fourpence, surely

Outski
Headmaster

Which gives us the acre: a chain by a furlong, or what a man could reasonably be expected to plough in a day with a plough drawn by one horse, leaving one chain unploughed, but instead, mowed & rolled for a the village cricket team :o)

Side note: at my school, kicking someone in the swingers was known as making them a landowner - giving them two acres

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

Outski

Re: Male and female connectors..

I still love Sir Terry's word "inhume" to describe the main function of members of the Assassins' Guild

Outski

Re: Where will this end....

Proofpoint (email security platform) have been using block list/safe list since before I started using their platform five years ago

Outski

Re: Where will this end....

My old apartment block in KL had neither a 13th or 14th floor, 14 having connotations of imminent death. Instead, we had 12, 12A, and 12B (our floor)

Outski
Pint

Re: When STONITH falls

Per the late and much missed Clive James: "I save time on the web by reading nobody’s opinion that contains the word 'methinks'"

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/oct/24/clive-james-spring-poetry-methinks

For you, Clive ---->

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

Outski

Re: chrome tabs!

I still get that, usually with Notes being blamed: "I can't open this email, why is Notes so crap?"

Er, because you've got 20 Chrome tabs and 10 hefty spreadsheets open which is killing *everyone's* Citrix session

Outski

Re: Perfect Mail Client

DAOS really is your friend there, only storing one (encrypted, unidentifiable from the OS) copy of identical attachments per server, so a, say 55GB mail file only takes about 9GB on disk, plus the space for attachments it shares with other mailboxes. Vastly superior to the old SCOS in use up to v7, which was a nightmare to maintain.

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

Outski

Re: I know many people who work so-called "gig economy" jobs here in California.

I wasn't talking about law either, rather business models of app-based companies and their workers, vs occupations that have traditionally been freelance

Outski

Re: I know many people who work so-called "gig economy" jobs here in California.

"loggers, produce haulers, photographers, musicians and various other people who own their own equipment and hire out on a per gig basis"

But @jake, these are all jobs that are more appropriately described as freelance. Most session musicians and photographers I've known work on a similar basis: use their own gear & get paid for the gig, with possibly a cut for an agent if they use one. With Uber/Lyft, and delivery firms like UK firms Hermes or Yodel, the drivers are under massive pressure wrt number of fares or deliveries completed, they get charged by the companies for the privilege of working, frequently have to lease the vehicle from the firm or have to take an expensive loan, and are sometimes responsible for finding their own replacement if they take a day sick, at risk of a fine from the company if they can't, not to mention the lost income, on top of the company taking a large cut of the income they do garner.

These are not similar circumstances. (I was going to say they're not comparable, but they obviously are, I've just compared them.)

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

Outski

Re: Sooo....

When I was in the civil service, this was known as a sideways promotion, ie a nominal promotion, into a position where the promotee couldn't do any further harm

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

Outski
Pint

I met Frank Dobson (RIP) three times. The first time was when he'd just been installed as SoS Health, so was my Minister, and he came on a walkabout of Quarry House in Leeds.

However, the second time was when he was sat next to me in the Bobby Moore Upper at Upton Park (West Ham's old ground, for non-football fans) - couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, swore like a trooper, no doubting his fervour for the club :o). I think he was running for the Labour nomination for the first London Mayoral election.

Third time, on the Tube on the way to another West Ham game, by which time he was the Labour candidate for Mayor, and had a couple of Met Police minders as a result. It was a mid-week game, so a bit rowdy, but he took all the questions with really good grace, wit, and swears.

Not all politicians in Blighty are unapproachable arses.

RIP Frank, one for you, this one's Yorkshire ale ---->

Outski
Mushroom

Re: ...Australians can't wait to see what the next disaster of 2020 will be...

2020, the year that keeps on giving...

Outski

Re: Only in Oz...

"This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read, in front of a church he doesn’t attend, invoking laws he doesn’t understand, against fellow Americans he sees as enemies, wielding a military he dodged serving, to protect power he gained via accepting foreign interference, exploiting fear and anger he loves to stoke, after failing to address a pandemic he was warned about, and building it all on a bed of constant lies and childish inanity. This is not partisan. It is simply about recognizing the moral vacuum that is now pretending to lead."

https://twitter.com/FrRHendrickson/status/1267619991869779968

Fr Robert Hendrickson

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

Outski

Re: Never work with Fujitsu if you can help it

AC perhaps you might like to contact Mr Jones and share your experiences:

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25637/darren_jones/bristol_north_west#profile

Outski

Re: Any chance

Mary, shouldn't you be back writing more bullshit for the Spectator?

As Twitter blocks white supremacists posing as anti-fascists, FBI appeal is flooded with images of cop violence

Outski

Re: not the colour of the people doing them.

Do thosee stats include the many cases where a white-on-black suspect was completely exonerated?

Home Office waves a cool £1bn to outsource handling of British visa, citizenship applications

Outski

Re: Keeps at it ...

And when the Water Boards were privatised (and I think most people would agree that water is a fairly essential commodity), one of the first things that happened was the laying off of the hill-workers who kept the drainage culverts clear, which resulted in empty reservoirs the next warm summer - cue hospipe bans and water rationing (while still not fixing leaky mains supplies).

Never privatise national infrastructure is a very useful maxim for good governance.

Wanna force granny to take down that family photo from the internet? No problem. Europe's GDPR to the rescue

Outski
Pint

Gelderland

Whenever I hear or read Gelderland, I can't help but think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh7Q4BplCRc

He's blond, he's pissed, he'll see you in the lists...

NASA renames dark-energy telescope after its first Chief of Astronomy and Mother of Hubble: Nancy Grace Roman

Outski

Re: A worthy tribute

You can add Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell to that list as well, who was the first to identify pulsars

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

Outski
Pint

Re: Third rail

Thanks for that, have an early one ------>>

Outski

Re: Third rail

Third rail in the UK is 750V DC, so (not that I can remember much shoolboy physics) wouldn't that be a much reduced effect compared to 25 kV AC?

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

Outski

"two squaddies, or whatever they are called in the navy"

In this context, I think you could get away with "jack tars", whether jolly or otherwise

Caltech to Apple, Broadcom: You know that $1.1bn you owe for ripping off Wi-Fi patents? Double it, hotshots

Outski

"delay as much as possible"

Yes, I read three million pages submitted and thought, ah, the old bury them in evidence tactic. The shits...

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

Outski

Re: Actually ...

It's not general expenses, like taxis, meals in restaurants, etc. The extra £10k is specifically to equip their parliamentary office staff and researchers to work at home, if they weren't already equipped. Constituency staff costs are not included, as that's normally paid for by the party.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

Outski

Re: Methane Explosion

In a previous life, our servers in London were named things like Jalfrezi, or Dhal, while the servers in Dhaka were called fishnchips, or RoastBeef

Outski
Joke

Re: I'd have gone for Risk!!

We played Risk the other night. One of the Outskit's troops in China got knocked over by a wayward diceroll. "That one had the bat soup", he said, causing me and the Outskette to crack up. (We later stitched her up and wiped her from the map).

Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much

Outski

Re: Köln-Paris? Thalys train....

Back in the old days, I used to use a railway line called Aitchesswan, which was pretty damn fast, and reliable too. And it meant that there were more services just between the small villages (Tonbridge, Orpington and the like).

It's all grass nowadays, but I'm told you can still hear the trains in the middle of the night, if you listen hard and the moon's right...

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

Outski

Webex Teams is ok for us, at least the 10% of the company that are on it. The rest of the firm happily runs along with on-prem Sametime :o)

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