* Posts by Outski

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Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

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Re: I found it best to...

the use of inches is unforgiveable

Not at all, many components are sized in imperial measurements. Just make sure everything is either one or t'other.

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Re: PICNIC?

Reminds me that, among IBM business partners, the joke went that if IBM had to market sushi, it would be as IBM Cold Dead Fish.

I never found out whether it was real or a pisstake that people were spotted at an IBM conference wearing IBM Certified Website Navigator t-shirts, given how legendarily simple and navigable IBM.com wasn't.

Protip: If Joe Public reports that your kit is broken, maybe check that it is actually broken

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Re: PC Upgrade

Have to confess to breaking the screen on my work phone recently, it was charging on the TV stand, fell off a foot onto the round, smooth, but very hard corner of a guitar pedal board.

The woman responsible for all kit distributed for EMEA in our firm, who is also a good mate, said, we'll pay for this one, but get a screen protector* and you're paying for the next one.

*We do fit the as standard for GenPop, but my phone's a special, since I need a big screen to cope with fat fingers occasional by a hereditary tremor.**

**Three treatments***, booze, beta-blockers, brain surgery ---->

***Or a complete lack of stress and anxiety. Right.

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

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Re: Religion in the UK?

Not really, Islam has more in common with Judaism, even if it's only the not-being-Christianity stuff (Christ being both God and the Son of God, whose fully human death and suffering propitiated mankind's sins and whose resurrection was a promise of life everlasting in God, along with a fair amount of Roman-appeasing guff and some pseudo-Greek metaphysics tacked on a few centuries later).

Texan's alleged Amazon bombing effort fizzles: Militia man wanted to take out 'about 70 per cent of the internet'

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Re: Christian Militia Terrorist

Indeed I am, since, whereas Marx was addressing the exploitative nature of Capital in an industrialised economy vis á vis the labour force, Jesus was active in a largely agrarian society where theocratic institutions helped enforce the hegemony of an external military based empire, brother/sister/sibling who has declared (or not) their gender to be neither or both of these, for those who insist on such outdated patriarchal concepts.

And now over to our correspondent for political affairs with news of a split in the Judean People's Front - over to you, Reg...

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Re: Christian Militia Terrorist

Not sure you can count the INLA there, since they are avowedly Marxist (yes, I know they're not actually Marxist in behaviour)

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

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Re: Hummmmmmmmm.....

A couple of times in KL I rocked up to the bar my wife worked at, to be met with a few besuited gorillas with very short haircuts and suspicious bulges under the armpit, lounging against large black SUVs and not looking like they were going to entertain this skinny-arsed mat salleh entering the premises for a nightcap... until MrsO leant out of the first floor window and shouted to them who I was, and that yes they should definitely be letting me in. Apparently their patron was the eldest son of a Sultan, who, along with his mates, was definitely NOT knocking back thousands of ringgit in champagne every visit, oh no (nor sending comps up to me & the missus).

Especially not on Fridays --->

Atheists appeal to higher power for intercession over alleged sins against privacy

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Reminds me...

...I forgot to watch LoB over Easter, must address that before the kids go back to school

You put Marmite where? Google unveils its latest AI wizardry: A cake made of Maltesers and the pungent black tar

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Re: Marmite Icing

Marmite crisps? Aren't they just flattened twiglets?

Move aside, Technoking: All hail the Sweat Master and his many inspirational job titles

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Re: Technoking

And Dabbsy looking a tad Daniel Craig-ish in his profile pic today...

Mimecast bins SolarWinds and compromised servers alike in wake of supply chain hack

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Re: Mimecast misses the point

previously shipping products with nerfed (40-bit) encryption to international customers at the request of the US government.

You realise that was US law at the time, yes? Did you expect that they would, consciously and overtly, break export laws of the country in which they were and continue to be domiciled?

Huge if true: If you show people articles saying that Firefox is faster than Chrome, they'll believe it

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Re: Speed means nothing

And what a wonderful machine it was!

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Re: Speed means nothing

Is browser speed significant when all you are trying to do is click on all the squares with a mosquito in them?

Depends how fast the bloody mosquito is...

Like a challenge in a high profile 'face-of-IT' role? Welcome to the Home Office

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I left a central government department because I could see that I had a very limited career development path, unless I wanted to move into management (I didn't). Otherwise, the highest grade I'd be able to get to was HEO. There were some very able permanent tech staff who were motivated more by long term stability than I was (I left to join a small consultancy when I was 27, those staying were generally 40+).

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If I could downvote you twice, I would, firstly for your aspersions on public sector workers, many of whom are highly competent but appallingly paid and treated by the civil service compared to their private sector brethren, and secondly for deeming HIV/AIDS positivity in a co-worker as a thing to be avoided at all costs. In case you hadn't noticed, this isn't the 1980s anymore.

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Between £71,000 and £85,000 for that poisoned chalice? Hell, no

Royal Navy and Air Force get low-code bridge in UK military recruitment saga

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Re: Better solution

UK armed forces went straight from dishonourable discharge, loss of medals, rank & pension elements for anyone held by a Court Martial to be wearing rainbow laces, to full on "Come on in the water's lovely" - Don't Ask Don't Tell was never a thing here, only in the US.

Happily, last month's court ruling goes some way to redressing the consequences of the former stance, but won't make up for the damgee of the intervening years: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/16/british-soldiers-sacked-for-being-gay-can-get-their-medals-back

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Re: Better solution

If the RAF were to follow the Navy's "accustomed to the sea" model, and press those "accustomed to the air", that'd be half the population up for grabs

You want me to do WHAT in that prepaid envelope?

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Re: This is illegal

Clinical and medical waste is banned, but "biological substances (diagnostic specimens including urine, blood, faeces and animal remains" are permitted within the UK. Mustn't exceed a total volume/mass of 50ml/50g per parcel, and packaging must comply with Packagging Instruction 650.

(Mine's the one with Royal Mail leaflet RMDG19 in the pocket, what I happened to pick up yesterday)

https://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/royal-mail-prohibited-and-restricted-items-nov-23-2018---23410530_updated%20April%2019.pdf

Huawei invokes 140-year-old law at England's High Court in latest bid to thwart CFO's US-Canada extradition

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Re: Nothing to hide

That would be because it was migistrates' court, which, as you point out, is limited in the cases it can hear and sentences it can try.

Crown (criminal) or High (civil) court, may set a precedent with aruling, if it refers to a matter as yet untested, but such matters are rare at that level, vanishingly so when it comes to criminal law.

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Re: Nothing to hide

Equally IANAL, but I don't think that's so. A court lower than at the appellate level (which includees High Court in England and Wales) may set a precedent if a particular point of law has not yet been tested in court. Of course, such a decision may be appealed, but until such time as it's overturned by a higher court, that precedent may be relied upon by courts at the same level in the hierarchy or lower.

Groupware is not dead! HCL drops second beta of Notes/Domino version 12 and goes all low-code and cloudy

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Only if the admin totally fucked up the mail security

DBA heroes don't always wear capes. Sometimes they just have a bunch of forgotten permissions

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UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent

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Re: Test and Trace actuality

It depends on the circumstances of the test, I think. If you go to a drive-through or walk-in test centre, those tests are sent to regional diagnostic centres where there are tens of thousands being processed, so there's delay: despatch, allocation, process, despatch results.

If you're in a hospital A&E for something else, it's swab, send over to lab, process, analyse, send back to A&E before you're either discharged or admitted, all on the same site.

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Re: Test and Trace actuality

Part of the delay in PCR tests is getting the sample to the lab, and getting the results back to the right person. If, for example, you happen to be in a major hospital with a full diagnostics lab, you can get the result of a PCR test in a couple of hours (as I did last week, negative, thankfully).

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

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Re: Null and void

“You know you have fucked up on an epic scale when Sinn Féin, the DUP and the Archbishop of Canterbury are united in condemning you,” an EU source conceded of the extraordinary events that soon transpired.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/31/how-eus-floundering-vaccine-effort-hit-a-fresh-crisis-with-exports-row

Regarding Pfizer, Moderna and AZ cutting supplies so they can scale up the manufacturing plants, that may be so for the first two, but, as I understand it, AZ's Belgian plant has a problem with its filtration systems, meaning it's only producing 25% of expected output, so the EU want AZ to divert a proportion of the UK plant's output to make up the shortfall. As a committed remainer, my considered opinion on this is "off you naff!"

Negative Trustpilot review of law firm Summerfield Browne cost aggrieved Briton £28k

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Re: If you're going to represent yourself...

One of Sam's best, that one...

Friday beer for Mr Clemens --->

President Biden selects Jessica Rosenworcel to head up FCC as acting chairwoman

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Re: Cleanup in Aisle 45

The UK Supreme Court is stacked with highly experienced judges with a wide range of expertise who've spent their entire careers studying the law, is what I think you meant to say.

Judge denies Parler an injunction to force AWS to host the antisocial network for internet outcasts

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Snowflakes will snowflake

Typical of RWNJs, they want a government so small it can fit in your bedroom, but they don't like it when decisions go against them.

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Re: Censorship by Private Companies

"If you don't own a printing press, you don't have free speech."

Also, never pick a fight with somone who buys ink by the barrel.

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There's a bit in Good Omens where Crowley sends a standard EULA to the sell-your-soul contracts department in Hell with the simple Post-it:

"Learn, guys"

Under that pile of spare keys and obsolete cables is an IoT device: Samsung pushes useful retirement project for older phones

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Well, my S5 lasted well, got it in 2014, then passed it on to the Outskette in 2019. It only got replaced this Christmas just gone, so I'd say it went significantly past 6 months.

Failed insurrection aside, Biden is going to be president in two weeks. What does it mean for tech policy?

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Re: Psyche!

PoO: I think you mean 25th Amendment. The 5th Amendment guards against self-incrimination, the 25th provides a path for removal of a President considered no longer capable of performing the duties of the Office by reason of mental or physical impairment.

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Re: Harry Truman

Hmm, two highly successful, multi-million selling authors make money. Colour me shocked.

I built a shed once. How hard can a data centre be?

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Re: I got paid for xmas overtime.

Gloriously written :o)

No amount of Glasgow handshaking will revive this borked kiosk

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Re: At least this Glaswegian kiosk is bang up to date on the operating system

Reminds me of Charlie Croker's line in the Italian Job when he's picking his car up:

"You must have killed quite a lot of tigers."

"Yes, I used a machine gun."

BOFH: Time for the MMOCC. You know, the Massively Moronic Online Christmas Call

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Re: "Everyone needs a cattle prod at Christmastime."

Happy Boxing Day Test Match, well done CA & the MCG :o)

(unless, of course, you're from the Land of the Long White Cloud, in which case you probably enjoyed the events across the Ditch as much as we did)

A pub denied: One man's tale of festive frolics postponed by the curse of the On Call phone

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Re: Ȝule yogh

Not just Scotland - here in the Republic of Kent (hope you've got your Kermits for Jan 1st), we have Goodenstone, pronounced Gunston.

Just let this sink in: Capita wins 12-year £1bn contract to provide training services to the Royal Navy and Marines

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Re: Ha!

So that would be giving up on the forces that led to the re-armament that kicked off shortly after 1932, including the development of monoplane fighter and bomber aircraft, new types of naval vessels and new tanks.

What was unprepared was the military leadership, preparing to fight the previous war, as per.

Where's the mysterious metal monolith today then? Oh look, it's atop a California mountain

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Re: A new kind of meme ?

It also made a brief appearance at Foour Seasons Total Landscaping!

https://twitter.com/lartist/status/1333871359399763971

Scotch eggs ascend to the 'substantial meal' pantheon as means to pop to pub for a pint during pernicious pandemic

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Re: 11pm and cornflakes

And a Coke

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Re: 11pm and cornflakes

Surely "just dry white toast, ma'am"?

H/T Elwood Blues

So bye-bye, Mr Ajit Pai. You drove our policy into the levee and we still wonder why

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Re: "he was the first Asian-American to head the agency"

Doing so while claiming that you must have a similar background to someone to properly feel insight and empathy is xenophobic and racist.

I said nothing of the sort. I suggested one might expect her to have more insight and empathy as the daughter of refugee Ugandan Asian parents (not that one can only have insight and empathy for people of one's own background).

Instead, she's gone full Daily Mail on the poor buggers who've crossed continents and a nasty stretch of water to get here to claim the same asylum as her parents (well, actually not the same, the asylum rules now are draconian compared to the regime her parents arrived under).

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Re: "he was the first Asian-American to head the agency"

I think the point is that one might expect someone with Priti 'Vacant' Patel's heritage as the daughter of Ugandan Asian refugees to have a little more insight and empathy towards others of similar backgrounds, rather than doubling down on the worst aspects of the hostile environment.

Italian competition watchdog slaps Apple with €10m fine over allegedly misleading iPhone waterproofing claims

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Re: Own Goal

I think in that case, the original award was massively reduced because the plaintiff exercised zero common sense, holding the cup between her knees while driving. However, burgercorp was found to have a modicum of liability for serving coffee at temperatures with scalding potential should the drinker be an absolute blithering idiot.

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?

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Re: Archaic Usage

Still very common usage in Malaysia, almost every cv we received for our KL office would trip the rule

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Re: Inside joke?

There's a law firm Bird & Bird, who have the domain twobirds.com which I always thought was quite amusing for such an organisation

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Re: Wang Care

No, nor were Master Bates or Roger the Cabin Boy part of the crew of the Black Pig either. These were student gags from the 70s and 80's, rehashed by Victor Lewis Smith in the Guardian, for which the Graun had to pay damages to the creator.

Obvious icon ------>

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

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How did I not know about this before now?

Boeing 737 Max will return to flight after software updates, says EU's aviation regulator

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Malaysian? No-one knows what happened to MH370, whereas MH17 was shot down by Russia. Both were 777s, but we can be fairly sure software wasn't the issue in either case.

Did you mean Lion Air (Indonesia) and Ethiopian Airlines?

Agreed, AF447 is not comparable.

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