* Posts by rskurat

123 posts • joined 27 Mar 2018

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Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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new 'paradigm' god I hate that word

These are "agile" launches, and they just "pivoted"

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

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Re: I'd have gone for Risk!!

That's not an invasion, it's a Cooks Tour

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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Re: Catch up with all that stuff you wanted to see

a veritable lark compared to The Plague by Albert Camus

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but is it made from real goblins?

What happens when the maintainer of a JS library downloaded 26m times a week goes to prison for killing someone with a motorbike? Core-js just found out

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"In a preferred situation, we want to make sure that we’re proactively mitigating issues in advance"

Is that even English?

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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Re: My word...

Who is Susie Linux and why can't she just ring me up herself?

Samsung cops to data leak after unsolicited '1/1' Find my Mobile push notification

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Re: Lost in Translation

yes, but this is corporate communications we're talking about. Lying is their job.

The Register disappears up its own fundament with a Y2K prank to make a BOFH's grinchy heart swell with pride

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Had all the carpets removed

BOFH: 'Twas the night before Christmas, and the ransomware struck

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Sounds like something from Private Eye's In The Back

Clunk, whirr, buzz, whine. Shared office space can be a riot and sounds like one too

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Re: Companies in France

The Chevrolet Nova didn't sell very well in Latin America. I'm sure GM twigged early on, but I don't think they ever re-badged, since The Company Is Never Wrong.

Ding-dong. Who's there? Any marketing outfit willing to pay: Not content with giving cops access to doorbell cams, Ring also touts personal info

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malgorithm

perfect: right under Kieren's byline, a Ring ad

BOFH: You brought nothing to the party but a six-pack of regret

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Re: Learnings

These ridiculous MBA-isms have nothing to do with communicating, and everything to do with being part of the club. I remember when they couldn't be arsed to figure out affect/effect and so substituted "impact" which was infuriating.

World's richest bloke battles Oz catastro-fire with incredible AU$1m donation (aka load of cheap greenwashing)

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sounds like Kieren has been drinking the Kool-Aid

Sometimes shining a light on a nuclear problem just makes things worse

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Re: This has sparked a memory

I used P32 once a week and had the usual film badge finger ring with minimal exposure readings for months. Suddenly one month it came up offscale. Turned out I had left the ring for a whole week on the shelf over the waste bin rather than in the drawer under the bench. Big oops, radiation safety was NOT happy with me for a long long time.

Alphabet's 'love rat' legal chief David Drummond ejects after 18 years at web goliath, no golden parachute attached

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Re: Or Brooks, "It's good to be the king."

your naïveté is breathtaking

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker

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Re: A remake of Episode 6

I can still remember my Dad telling a 12-year-old starry eyed me that Star Wars' story was a cross between a western and a world war II movie. At the time I insisted he was completely wrong; now I agree.

Two missing digits? How about two missing employees in today's story of Y2K

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Re: Clipper

. . . and their wholly-owned subsidiary, Spall Chuck, Ltd

Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space

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So do executives at Boeing of the FAA ever fly in 737s? I suspect not.

I stopped taking flights using 737s 25 years ago, after I heard about the spontaneous oops-there-goes-the-rudder issue. This plane has had problems for 30 years, at least.

Capita lights One Revenues and Benefits bug bonfire: ALL reports older than 12 months to be ignored

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Re: It's the new way

wouldn't be surprised if 'hot desking' was invented by PwC or EY

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Re: Academy

It's similar in the States. At the Federal & State levels (especially big states) there's a level of professionalism that isn't perfect but resembles that of a half-way-decent corporation. At the county level it's like Grammar School, and the local town level is Lord Of The Flies.

Taxi for Uber: Ride-hailing app giant stripped of licence to operate in London

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Re: re. "Passenger safety is not our priority"

How do you know a corporation is lying? They issue a statement.

Handcranked HTML and JPEG japes. What could possibly go wrong?

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Humourless HR has never heard "no harm, no foul" apparently

One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe's Galileo satellites going dark

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Re: Doesn't inspire confidence....

hint: it has a knob on it

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers

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Re: Reasonable defaults

I wonder if they've thought ahead to a future situation where the road was full of these things: wouldn't the radar/lidar systems interfere with each other? Would every car have to have its own unique modulation?

Huawei thanks Uncle Sam for returning its seized comms kit ... two years later, ya jerks

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Re: Did they drop the kit on the floor

dropped while attempting to escape, how sad

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wait: "breaking export violations"? Meaning they were in compliance? Good to see these well-paid gov't functionaries can write American correctly.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media

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Re: Twitter?

Reg commenters are intelligent, but not very bright. This happens a lot.

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts

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Glad to see the WSJ has a new revenue stream as the PR arm of the "intelligence" services.

Cloud computing's no PICNIC*: Yep, biggest security risks down to customer, not provider

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Re: Rice-Davies applies

Odd, isn't it, that they can spend two or three years getting an MBA, and either never hear about Dunning-Kruger or the Peter Principle, or be utterly certain that neither one applies to themselves?

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

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Re: Low quality coding

He appears not to understand the distinction between education and credential.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned

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No doubt a Darwin Award nominee?

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Re: Try a Lathe

Everything's premeasured and prediluted, no chance of gluing your trainers to the floor with Glacial Acetic Acid or filling the room with Fake Fart Smell with Ammonium Persulfate. Sad I tell you, sad.

BT boss warns 16-min walk from current HQ to new London base 'just the tip of the iceberg'

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Re: In reality

I'm sure avocado toast pairs very well with a pint, so yes they're best kept secret

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Re: Anonymous Mole here...

so will the tanks be shelling Number 10 or Parliament this time?

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

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Re: Nobody tells students nothing

The media go on and on about how "tech-savvy" kids are. My arse. They know their phones and possibly some video or sound editing software. The end.

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry

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Re: Physics will still be applied

right, no VC money for seatbelts, not even a TED talk

BOFH: It's not just an awesome app, it'll look great on my Insta. . a. a. AAAARRRRRGGH

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Re: Gotta Feel sorry for the Dev

Here at a major US mid-market retailer, the developers design all the UIs. You can imagine how well that has gone. Intelligent people are incredibly stupid outside their area of expertise.

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careful with that on Twitter, you'll be labelled transphone-phobic!

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer

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Re: It's worse than the antivaxxers.

exactly the opposite, they all drive 4-tonne SUVs because the safety of their little snowflakes is paramount. Screw you if you're driving a Fiat.

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings

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Re: Press CTRL-C before logging in

nowadays OG = "original gansta" but evidently OG has been in use for some time.

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames

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Re: Dolt

:Doctor, it hurts when I do this!"

"so don't do that."

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Re: Dolt

"Telling me that last week something funny happened and not be able to tell me what that was or show me it again means I can often do absolutely nothing about it."

I have to say this to my parents all the time. How they can not know even the most basic vocabulary is an ongoing puzzle.

Dedicated techie risks life and limb to locate office conference phone hiding under newspaper

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Re: Shouty men...

I believe "jake" can be confidently identified as a Shouty Man. Best to just hang up the phone.

Hot desk hell: Staff spend two weeks a year looking for seats in open-plan offices

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Re: Am I the only one who loves it?

projection, no doubt. They play online poker with their feet up all day so obviously you would too if you worked from home.

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Re: Cost analysis

beancounters never make decisions or take responsibility; they count beans

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also, you might not even know anyone nearby - your mates are all yards away.

PowerPoint to start telling you that your presentation is bad and you should feel bad

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Re: Oddly

probably WordPerfect, my advisor and all his friends used it.

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Or 5 minutes to read

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Re: - Thou shalt not use the words "going forward"

or "sourcing" - manglement-speak is like wearing the right shoes or the right shirt, it means "I'm part of the club."

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Here's a tip from an Anglophone Intelligence: how about 'effective' rather than 'impactful'?

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