* Posts by Legionary13

12 posts • joined 8 Jan 2019

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban


There might also have been some exploration of the word Explode in the headline. We all know that Trump is prone to temper tantrums - he may need more nap time - but I could not help thinking of the late Mr Creosote.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


That would make them like the pharmaceutical industry, where marketing budgets typically exceed R&D. They of course have to bribe not only legislators but doctors and that costs. Not formally called bribes, I should add.

How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out


Australian needs

I read that Oz supermarkets are limiting shoppers to two cases of beer and twelve bottles of wine. If people are consuming that much per person per day this must require amazing levels of training.

Uncle Sam tells F-35B allies they'll have to fly the things a lot more if they want to help out around South China Sea


Re: !!!

It's in homage to the Golgafrinchan B Ark.


Re: !!!

The F-35 was designed to transfer money from the US (and foreign) governments to Lockheed Martin and it is doing that very well.

The secondary task - being a viable military aircraft - is rather harder especially as it is crippled by stealth technology which several Russian radar systems can circumvent. That's not going to stop the really important payment of bonuses to the LM execs. Tough on the aircrew and those they support.

Pomp and ceremony: When the US Secretary of State meets Oracle overlord Larry



Would it be fair to suggest these are members of the arseoisie?

Take a Big Blue cheque and go: IBM settles 281 UK age discrim cases


Re: confidential terms

I asked a retired surgeon if he could identify a point when the extra experience was overcome by loss of sensitivity/dexterity and he put it at age 45 - over a decade after he became a consultant.

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego


Aaagh - the Sirius Cybernetics Corp is still alive. Though nowhere near as evil as *acebook.

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


Re: Hot desking

Management will take credit for the cash savings implied in hot desking but the less-easily measured costs are hand-waved away. In normal offices there can be a great deal of informal information exchange (whether about shared clients or simply how to get a task done) that just vanishes in hot-desking. Plus human connections - whether you like your immediate colleagues or not.

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


Priority bollocking

In the early '80s I trained to join a TA observer regiment that had an unspoken rule: don't bother reporting anything smaller than a division in wartime. The Yeoman of Signals explained that we were free to classify our encrypted signals (still using paper one-time pads) as we saw fit (up to Flash - Top Secret): there were special handling procedures for this sort of message. But, he explained, "if you abuse the system you can expect to be bollocked in person by a general".

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers


A clue?

Is this a possible explanation for Brexit's continuing popularity?

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob


Disposals wanted

As South West Water are organised to deal with fatbergs, might they please deal with Boris Johnson? There is at least one too many in the UK.


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