* Posts by Outski

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Tropical island paradise ponders tax-free 'Digital Nomad Visa'

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Downside

A downside of Bali for me would be that it's only 100 miles from my mother-in-law.

"What's that, beloved? Yes of course I like your mother (exactly where she is, 8000 miles away)"

None of this if m-i-l came to stay ----------->

HCL to end all support for old versions of Notes and Domino in 2024

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Re: "HCL promises upgrades are now easy"

obviously jumping from R9 to R12 is going to be a bit of a hassle.

We went from 9 to 11 in our legacy environment last year (we migrated to Exchange a couple of years back) - an absolute doddle.

Airbus flies new passenger airplane aimed at 'long, thin' routes

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Re: Why

I completely agree with the sentiment, but you missed the grammar nazi icon.

Still, it's a summer Friday -------->

That time a techie accidentally improved an airline's productivity

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Re: UI to avoid problems

Cue

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Re: Easy to miss something trivial

That would be 90% of the under 30 year-olds in my office, almost all of whom are university educated, so presumably used PCs for their essays & dissertations. It beggars belief. Some are thankful when shown what the shift key does, others just sniff & say "I'll keep doing it my way, thank you very much"

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Re: Two types of workers

And those who were expecting a base 3 gag

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I always thought it was due to zizi being french argot for the male member

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Heinlein had a tale of The Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail - essentially working out shortcuts and processes to save himself from doing any "meaningful" work, or work that might actually involve physical effort.

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Well said, good to see someone standing up for the many dedicated professionals working their arses off to improve systems in the NHS and wider public sector, despite the widespread opprobrium from the Heil and its ilk.

One on me ---->

BOFH: Where do you think you are going with that toner cartridge?

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US Legal?

The bastard! Deserves everything that's coming to him (from a great height)

Friday ---->

Confirmed: Broadcom, VMware agree to $61b merger

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I'm still surprised by this, I'd've thought VMware was larger than Broadcom.

As for Eloon, he might not be going anywhere re takeovers for a while, seems some investors and maybe the SEC aren't particularly happy: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/may/26/elon-musk-twitter-investors-sue

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL

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Re: Just a quick question.

Not just English, Malay and Java, which are really closely related, have some differences as well, for instance pusing which in Malay means "turn" but in Java can mean "dizzy" or "headache" as you give me a fucking headache [0]

Also, some words that just don't translate, which was just as well when a four year old Outskette mentioned her bawak on the monorail in KL (goggle translate doesn't have a definition for it but it means fanny (en-gb) in Java)

[0] Any excuse to post a video of the amazing Oly Oktavia

Confirmation dialog Groundhog Day: I click OK and it keeps coming back

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Re: Effect as a verb

Semantics - I've always understood enquire/enquiry as a simple question, with inquire/inquiry being the sort of questions a coroner or other formal body might ask.

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Re: Effect and "impacted"

I should also acknowledge that you could loose a canon if you have a particularly intemperate cleric who often needs words of restraint.

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Re: Effect and "impacted"

The one that boils my piss is 'loose' as a verb. That's fine if you're talking about cannons, but not if you've mislaid something.

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Re: Effect as a verb

or, indeed, enquiry and inquiry

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Re: Standup

Isn't that the scrum-half's job? Surely someone with as vaunted a title as scrum 'master' wouldn't appreciate being called a 'half'

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Re: Effect as a verb

Ah, I took that as an accent thing, like sex being what coal comes in

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Effect as a verb

Absolutely effect can be a verb, as in "to effect a change", ie, put a change into effect

September 16, 1992, was not a good day to be overly enthusiastic about your job

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Oft-stated advice to worms: sleep late

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them

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Re: Sat Comm

Did you follow me here from Dabbsy's column?

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Re: Sat Comm

I suppose some of them are big enough to play rugby on, yes :o)

Bank for International Settlements calls for reform of data governance

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Re: UK Card only disaster

Most banks charge a currency conversion fee, from the currency of the transaction location to the currency where the paying account is held.

So if you're paying with a CIMB card (to pick my wife's bank), it first has to be on either the Visa or Mastercard network. Then, once you've paid your £25 for a meal, your bank will not only give you a shitty conversion rate, it'll charge you a few % on top, so that 25 quid easily becomes over half a million rupiah, rather than ~440k rph per market rates. 10-15% seems a bit steep, to be honest, but it's the bank holding the account (eg CIMB) that charges that, not the card network.

On a side note, most banks worldwide issue debit cards (Maybank, my old bank, certainly do, CIMB as well), so I'm not sure why you reference credit cards explicitly.

The point is, the problem lies with your bank, not where you spend the money. Incidentally, if you were trying to use cash, how did you get it? If from an ATM, you'd have been charged an even bigger exchange rate. If from a bureau de change, in London or Surabaya, there's still a fee, it's how they make their money.

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout

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Re: Full names please.......

Gordon Bennett was the permanent manager at my student union, back in the day.

And a contract manager at a former employer's client was called Michael Hunt (no-one was allowed to call him Mike).

John Deere tractors 'bricked' after Russia steals machinery from Ukraine

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Re: Apologies

Hence the scene in episode 1 of Servant of the People, where Vasiliy is getting his presidential wristwatch: his aide is listing what other world leaders wear, leading to the incredulous Vasiliy clarifying "Putin's Hublot?".

Episode 2 didn't get shown in Russia.

A discounting disaster averted at the expense of one's own employment

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Re: Alarming, fired.

Ah, the HP printer model

Accenture announces 'Accenture Song' – not a tune, but a rebrand

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Re: I am disappointed.

Fair, but you could at least have included a response from luminary bluesky visionologist* Steve Bong

*just made it up, feel free to use and abuse ;o)

The month I worked for DEADHEAD: Yes, that was their job title

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Re: I have to ask ....

Yeah, the LOBOT (real thing) sling (joke?) was attributed to Team Register, which is normally the giveaway

I'll join you, cheers! ---->

Help, my IT team has no admin access to their own systems

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And how often is that tested?

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I wouldn't call that overcharging.

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Quite. When the boutique consultancy I worked for many moons ago was responsible for a 12k seat Domino estate (later a 26k seat Exchange estate), the customer insisted my boss and I were never to travel together, by any means. Mostly ok, since I'd by that time moved to Malaysia to set up our 24/7 team.

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At my current employers there is an encrypted spreadsheet on a backed up server folder with two senior people having the key to decrypt it, just in case.

And what happens when that server fails?

Are we springing into a Y2K-class nightmare?

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Re: Coincidentally

That was brilliant, thank you :o)

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Re: USA change its date format ...

We (Brits) have form on this as well - when Argentina invaded the Falklands, there were a lot of people who thought it was off Scotland (not just Adrian Mole)

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Re: Daylight Daylight Savings Time

Malaysia & Singapore are on the same time zone as Hong Kong, despite being thousands of miles apart. Wierdness.

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While we're at it, Leap Years

My bank (only slightly mis-spelt) back in Malaysia screwed up my salary one year because their systems couldn't handle a leap year, so my salary cleared about five days late, what with a weekend and replacement days off.

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Hey, Microsoft!

Perhaps it might be a good idea if Outlook and associated tools actually looked at the DST rules in calendar invites, rather than the TZ description, to work out what time an appointment should be. Lost count of the number of helpdesk tickets we got from that particular doozy.

BOFH: Putting the gross in gross insubordination

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Misread that

something that will annoy Security when they wake up from their nightly carb coma at the end of their shift

I didn't see the F in shift at first

Russian court deems Instagram and Facebook as 'extremist', WhatsApp spared

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It sort of does.

Here's the best article I've read about why not to use "the" Ukraine (and I'd imagine it would also apply to the Argentine).

https://theconversation.com/its-ukraine-not-the-ukraine-heres-why-178748

As far as I can make out, it comes down to prepositions, rather than the definite article. As that piece points out, there's a difference between being in Ohio, watching Cleveland lose again :o( , and being in the Ohio going for a swim (wouldn't advise that); Ohio is a state with acknowledged borders, whereas the Ohio is a free-flowing river.

Russia mulls making software piracy legal and patent licensing compulsory

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Re: Modern-day nazis..

As our boy Volodymyr says, the best way to work out what Russia's about to do is look at what they're accusing others of doing.

BTW Watch Servant of the People on All4 if you can, cross between Thick of It, Yes, Prime Minister and a bit of Dad's Army, and very bloody funny - "Putin's a hublot?" (Translates, as a play on words, to "Putin's a dick?") See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putin_khuylo!

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Or Argentina - Juan Peron was quite happy to harbour them.

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Re: re: countries that haven't ventured an opinion on the invasion and shelling of civilians

For the hard of thinking: there's a difference between a fuck-up and indiscriminate bombing campaign targeting civilian residential areas, civil society infrastructure and nuclear power plants.

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Take the boy out of the East End...

You might also want to look up the 43 Group, a bunch of mostly but not exclusively jewish ex-servicemen disgusted that, after defeating Nazism in Europe, Mosley was active again in Blighty. So they found where their meetings were, and went in, cricket bats, hobnailed boots and 6 years of military experience to hand against a bunch of shites who'd been interned as sympathisers, or 'exempted' on medical grounds, or were plain old spivs, with, as they say, hilarious consequences.

Well, I find a bunch of Nazis and fascists lying bleeding on the floor pretty fucking hilarious.

Quoth Rik: Remember, kids: always wash your hands after touching a fascist.

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Perhaps closing the Rough storage facility wasn't such a great idea after all...

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/20/uk-gas-storage-prices-rough-british-gas-centrica

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Re: It'll be like cars in Cuba, but software

Perhaps our Russian sysadmin brethren and sistren will have one last Patch Tuesday today, with a lot of extra special goodies just for them :o)

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Re: "arbitration, often in Stockholm or London"

Hence the outcome of a legal case is much more predictable for both sides.

Mike Lynch might disagree with you, there

Generally, though, a pretty astute summary, upticked

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Actually, a lot of people listened to Haw Haw (William Joyce); although it was officially discouraged, it wasn't proscribed. It was generally a case of "what bullshit is that old traitor spouting today?" spurring people to listen.

As for Mosley, the BUF was dishearteningly strong, even after the shoeing they received at the Battle of Cable Street, running camps at retreats, particularly in West Sussex. They made a return after the war, renamed as the Union Movement, focusing on how jews were profiteering from post-war austerity and rationing (note to reader: they weren't) and how 'foreign' refugees were being given priority to social housing (repeat note). See any parallels there?

UK Home Office dangles £20m for national gun licence database system

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Re: To think

Not to mention a bloody good audit trail

UK govt signs IT contracts 'without understanding' the needs

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Re: Piggy in the middle

Three months after joining the civil service as a very junior spod (admin officer, one rung up from admin assistant, the lowest CS grade), I was chairing user group, and worse, technical assurance meetings for a project in the low millions. That with a degree in fuck all to do with IT or project management (theology, so, yes, some might say a degree in fuck all, before some smart-arse comes along :o) )

Oh, and the actual PM fucked off for the three weeks of implementation. Needless to say, the project failed (and the main consulting company were then hired to do the post-mortem).

Russia acknowledges sanctions could hurt its tech companies

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Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia would likely agree there, they couldn't wait to join, and who could blame them? Apparently Finnish support for joining NATO has risen from somewhere in the 30s% to a significant majority since last year...

Historians may also like to point out what happened to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

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