* Posts by Anomalous Custard

31 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Jul 2019

Vote now on who should take the lead in Musk: The Movie

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Re: Envious?

Being wealthy does not make you bright or better than anyone else

Being well read does not make you intelligent

Woman jailed after RentaHitman.com assassin turned out to be – surprise – FBI

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Or at least make sure they're on Check-a-trade (or your country's equivilent)

Hey GitLab, the 1970s called and want their sexism back: Saleswomen told to wear short skirts, heels and 'step it up'

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Probably more to do with this comment just below the bit you quoted:

"A source familiar with the San Francisco business tells The Register it is common practice for male executives to have female subordinates take responsibility when things go wrong or deliver unwelcome messages."

The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day

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Re: Awww bless..

in a previous job we made the mistake of trusting the aircon company to properly deal with a decommissioned ceiling vent, which happened to have a rack underneath it (there wasn't anywhere else in the room for it to go).

The Monday after this happened we came in to find the carpet around the rack soaked, and the one server in the rack full of water. Which led me to try to invoke our support agreement at HP (they would send us the parts we needed to recover from an emergency - in this case it was just disks needed). Which led to what seemed like hours of trying to get the support person to break out of their script - it was certainly long enough for me to end up putting them on loud speaker and random people wander in to listen. It went something like this:

Me: *explains problem, and that we need to invoke our agreement and need this many disks of this size*

Them: "What happens when you turn it on?"

Me: "It's full of water - that's not happening."

Them: "I understand. But what happens when you turn it on? Does it beep?"

Me: "It's full of water, I'm not turning it on"

Them: "I understand this. But if you turn it on, what happens?"

Me: "Electricity and water don't mix well. I'm not turning it on"

Them: "OK. I understand you don't want to risk turning it on, but what noise does it make when you turn it on?"

At around this point one of the people listening in muttered, I think just loud enough to be heard by the support person, "If you want to find out you come and turn it on"

Shortly after the support person did understand that I wasn't going to turn it on, I wasn't interested in trying to fix the server and that I just wanted disks to start the rebuild of the server on other hardware.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Re: Mensa...

I did once consider joining Mensa, purely to wind up the owner of the place where I worked at the time.

Why can't passport biometrics see through my cunning disguise?

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Re: Habitual glasses wearer

I had a circular conversation with someone about that.

Me: Why would I care? I'll be dead.

Them: But think of the embarrassment!

Me: But I'll be dead...

Them: But the shame!

And so on for far too long.

We've found it... the last shred of human decency in an IT director – all for a poxy Unix engineer

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Re: The senior manager wearing a mob cap and apron

On the flip side: it generates more interdepartmental communications, ensures staff get up from their desk and move around for a bit (which should help them stay focused), and you can make tea the way you like it. It can also generate in-team good will if people take turns in getting all the drinks.

In Rust We Trust: Stob gets behind the latest language craze

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Re: Think I'll pass

>After the tutorials, I wrote a multi-threaded chess queens solution. (You should know the problem, how many queens can you put on a board without them being able to attack each other

I've now got "One Night In Bangkok" stuck in my head

("I'd let you watch, I would invite you / But the queens we use would not excite you")

High Court dismisses nameless Google Right To Be Forgotten sueball man... yes, again

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Re: If this who

And that reminds me of the song Old Dun Cow (Bellowhead version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH1qVQumqKk)

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

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Self service lunch?

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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Re: Mains gangs or wall sockets

It's not just one room though - if you look at the listing every empty room has an abundance of sockets - including the conservatory and the loft extension!

Bet you can't guess what I'm wearing, or where I'm wearing it

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Re: Just wait until you need hospital appointments

My local hospital and my GP use my mobile number. Although for a while the local pharmacy used to text the landline to let us know a prescription was ready.

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Re: Identity theft is a bummer

I briefly thought I'd wandered BTL on The Graun for a moment...

What does jackfruit taste like? I've never quite managed to feel brave enough to try!

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords

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Re: RE: sierpinkski

It would have to be "app1e.sucks1" as L is affected too

Think your VMware snapshots are all good? Guess again if you're on Windows Server 2019

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Re: Snapshots shouldn't be used as only backup for db workloads

As I can't upvote you more than once, have a drink of whatever you're having.

You know the deal: October 2019. Pwned by a spreadsheet. Patch your Microsoft stuff

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Re: No Adobe patches

My money's on the latter

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

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Re: The arcane arte of using a mouse

Back when I was a trainer we had a section in our Intro to Windows courses that was just playing Solitaire and Minesweeper. Most people's mouse control improved a bit after that.

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Re: Taking the Trash

Do council flats exist anymore?

Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...

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Probably just Hotblack Desiato warming up for their next gig

Trade union club calls on UK.gov to extend flexible working to all staff from day one

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Re: Very general...

>"The inherent problem with job sharing and part time working from an employees point of view is that you also have to accept an effective pay cut."

That depends on the person's circumstances. Going from full-time to job sharing or part-time, yes. But if you're effectively blocked from the full time market because, for example, you have a young child then being able to work in your chosen field during school hours may well pay better than the alternatives (benefits, relying on partner's pay (if you have one), gig economy jobs etc). Or health issues that prevent you working full time. Or are semi retired. And so on.

UK.gov: Huge mobile masts coming to a grassy hill near you soon

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Re: Health concerns

Make sure you line it with foil - added protection, plus it means it'll be easier to clean - no more having to try and get bits of brain out of the steel knit.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Re: A Boaty McBoatface moment

Gimpy McGimpface, obviously

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

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Maybe we should have meeting to talk about whether we should be talking about whether we should be talking about whether we should be talking about Brexit.

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Re: This is not IT related

>"Actual quotes from fellow ex-pats"

You could always wind them up more and call them immigrants ;) Maybe they'll explode from apoplexy...

Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs

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Re: Alternatively,

And you can stable it in your bathroom.

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

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I nearly choked on my apple when I read that.

Bomb-hoaxing DoSer who targeted police in revenge was caught after Twitter taunts

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I translated it as "Current computer(s) must be turned over for destruction. No restrictions on buying a new computer, but browsing history on any new computer(s) must be kept". As otherwise, as you say, it makes no sense.

How dodgy browser plugins, web scripts can silently rewrite that URL you were about to hit – and throw you into an internet wormhole

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Re: In a paper titled, "All Your Clicks Belong to Me: Investigating Click Interception on the Web,"

Somebody set us up the malware...

'We've done it, we've wasted further time!' Judge raps HP over Mike Lynch court scrutiny

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Re: The question is...

Jarndice v Jarndice for our times

Yorkshire bloke's Jolly Roger flag given the heave-ho after council receives one complaint

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Nailing your colours to the...


The guide mentions flagpoles but not the perennial favourite of sticking them to an external window ledge.

Metropolitan Police's facial recognition tech not only crap, but also of dubious legality – report

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Re: It's in its infancy, but it will improve

>The knuckle-dragging Luddites always get in a froth when new technology is applied.

Seems an odd insult to lob at a tech audience, but whatever.

>* You have a personal tracing device in your pocket RIGHT NOW (your phone).

Actually it's on my desk ;) And I have as much of the tracking stuff as I can turned off most of the time

>* You have listening devices in your home RIGHT NOW (Smart TV, digital assistant, games console...)

Nope. The TV is dumb, I have a phobia about digital assistants, and I don't use or enable voice on my consoles

>* You have behaviour monitoring devices RIGHT NOW (activity tracker, internet connect fridge, home automation...)

My activity trackers are tracking the activity of the drawers they're languishing in. My fridge cannot connect to the internet (unless it's gained sentience and can now walk to a computer). I do have "smart" bulbs (not my idea) - which will tell anyone tracking that we turn the lights on when it gets dark and turn them off around the same point every night.

>* You are using facial recognition RIGHT NOW (Facebook, Windows, Apple...)

I have facial recognition on my Windows tablet. Which actually only seems to recognise one pair of glasses and not my actual face. Or any of my other glasses.

>* You are happy to be tracked RIGHT NOW (advertising)

My ad blocker etc usage would suggest otherwise.

My tracking bingo card tells me you forgot to mention travel cards such as Oyster, bank cards, loyalty cards and online shopping.

>If you are happy with all of those (and it seems you are given the up-take), then why are you getting >your gusset in such a twist of over the Met applying technology to public safety? Oh whoops, it's a >false positive. Big deal. 30 seconds out of your day to provide ID and carry on.

I don't live in a country where carrying ID is mandatory, and as I have no need to carry it on a regular basis I don't.

>If anything it will IMPROVE matters massively for those affected by the racist stop-and-search >policies as the AI system won't have the inherent biases of the prejudicial police officers.

Hahahahanope. As others have mentioned it has difficulties telling darker skinned faces apart(*) , and add to that the biases of those who will be training it, then it's really not going to make things better.

>The technology still needs to advance, but once it have it will be a MASSIVE BOON to society by >helping us to identify risk individuals before they have would have become known by traditional >means.

We've had incidents where people have been deemed to be at risk of causing violence by those closest to them, who have reported those people to the authorities, who've not taken action. This is people being reported by those who know them well, and who are in a good position to judge change in character, behaviours etc. What on earth makes you think facial recognition will improve this? How does "this face looks vaguely like this other face" improve on "this person has become more extreme in their views and I have reason to believe they will carry out their threats of violence"?

>More importantly, it will help prevent the police from wasting their time and innocent people

>who happen to be "the wrong colour".

Only if it improves enough to be able to detect differences in all skin tones equally. Only if accuracy improves so police aren't wasting their time chasing down people who look a bit like someone else. Only if you think the police fail to apprehend the "correct" people because they're wasting time chasing after innocent people. Only if you thing human biases won't affect how human police officers interpret the results of the AI.

>Get your heads out of your collective bum.

I think it's you has your head in yours.