* Posts by Repne Scasb

10 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Sep 2019

Bringing cakes into the office is killing your colleagues, says UK food watchdog boss

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Passive smoking? Let's investigate

I have done a scientific study and despite using several different types of cakes in several different office locations, at no point did the cake move towards me. Several colleagues verified this. With 100% reproducibility we had to move to the cake and actively eat it. At no point did cake enter our bodies without active deliberation on our part, so I am at a loss (well, not in the calorie sense) to see the equivalence with passive smoking. I'll keep trying though.

Too soon? Amazon commissions FTX mini-series

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Re: I still don't get...

A bridge you say? Old school. No sir, I've got a URL to a photocopied picture of a bridge that is an absolute steal...

Creatives up in arms over claim that AI is killing human art

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Re: How many times have we heard "art is dead" since the '50s?

See also "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" Walter Benjamin, 1935. Creatives might find they need to get a bit more creative and a little less whiny. Unless that's the creative bit. Sometimes it's hard to tell these days.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Re: Who knew data centres were tinder boxes?

One place I worked at the fire alarms went off, which we presumed to be a fire drill, but this time there was a chap at the bottom of the stairs blocking the main entrance telling people that they weren't heading for the proper fire exit and couldn't use it, to head for the fire escape door instead. There were a fair number of people milling around unsure of what to do, to the point the stairs were backing up. I headed for the fire exit door, broke the glass tube and opened it, we then filed out.

There was a brief discussion that I might have done something wrong as it was "only a drill", which indeed it was, but they seemed to miss whole point of a fire drill being to ensure that people do the right thing in a real one, which just might possibly include breaking some glass to save your life.

Robinhood plays Sheriff of Nottingham as it pauses GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry etc stock sales, gets sued

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Defund the funds!

"Game's over and I'm taking my ball home!"

"It's not your ball, it's mine, you just borrowed it and then sold it to me. Now I want the ball you borrowed back. Tell you what, I've got one here you can buy. Gonna cost you though.."

Good thing you can only borrow the ball once. Oh wait....

Windows Product Activation – or just how many numbers we could get a user to tell us down the telephone

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Re: as long as that hardware hash didn't change too much

I had the "joy" of the telephone activation service after removing the a network card from an XP machine. It had been setup elsewhere and the network card was no longer needed as it was to be used in a studio, that didn't have internet and wasn't needed in any case. It still wanted to activate via a network, oblivious to the fact that it didn't have one. It was a very slow and painful process entering the 25 digits back and forth, took a couple of goes if I remember.

If you're a WhatsApp user, you'll have to share your personal data with Facebook's empire from next month – or stop using the chat app

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Re: Does this apply here?

The thing I find somewhat odd is that if someone has my details on their phone, I am not consulted nor consent about my details being passed on to Whatsapp (or any of those other 'allow access to contacts' apps), which would seem incompatible with GDPR. I don't have a business relationship with them, which would seem to fail the test for them being allowed to have my data. Friends / colleagues and associates don't seem to grasp that it's not their personal data they are disclosing by blindly accepting these changes, or tell me they are very careful about not disclosing their number / email and wonder how it got out.

Welcome to the telco, we've got fun and games: BT inks 5-year deal to outsource mainframe management to IBM

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Help me out here

I'm confused.

"what we do brilliantly and what our partners can do brilliantly"

Hmm, I know IBM are pretty good at redundancies, especially of older staff, although it sounds like many will jump first, but remind me, what is it BT do brilliantly again?

The Windows Phone keeps ringing but no one's home: Microsoft finally lets platform die

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So Windows Phone Got Smoked after all

No apps, erm, flowers....

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...

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Re: Motherf***ers

Same here, vaguely remembered an email from them, saw the article here, checked my account and yes, auto renew for a .uk domain that I didn't want set to auto renew for next month.

Will be looking to move from them when my only remaining domain with them expires.

What a bunch of tossers.