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Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

Bloke down the pub Re:What it's not about (264 comments)

mfgrs

Is that short for motherfuckers?

about 2 months ago
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Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

Bloke down the pub Re:So a fake pub with drinks and a place to sit (118 comments)

London South Bank University? I think that used to be the East Walford Arthur Fowler 6th Form College, so the Goodall comparison is more accurate than you might think.

about 2 months ago
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Are You a Competent Cyborg?

Bloke down the pub Re:Meh (101 comments)

How do you know? You might have been drunk.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Bloke down the pub Re: units please (476 comments)

The cold causes any oxygen present to liquify which in turn causes the packets to skid.

This is why Monster Cables are best.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Bloke down the pub Re:units please (476 comments)

Bullshit. I watch BBC news at least twice a day, and I don't even recall the last time I heard Fahrenheit mentioned.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Learning DB the Right Way; Books, Tutorials, or What?

Bloke down the pub Re:You haven't told us what you want/need to do. (106 comments)

I've met more than one very good developer who didn't grok database design.

One subcontracted me to teach his girlfriend who needed it for a course she was doing. Basically, it involved us all going to the pub and talking about movies and music while she scribbled furiously. It's a good teaching example because it involves natural/surrogate keys (how do you deal with movies/bands/artists with the same name, or movies with more than one title?), multiple relationships (an actor might also direct, a musician can also be a producer) etc.

Another had gone through the induction training in half the normal time, so he'd caught up with my cohort and we were on a DB concepts course together. The DB instructor just couldn't make him understand the difference between "Gone With The Wind" in the abstract and a particular tape of it. In the end I think I convinced him that in the first case it always stars Clark Gable, but in the second we might have two in the shop (of which one is reserved) and the third is out and overdue. At least he shut up and let us get on with the class...

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Departments Look Like In 5 Years?

Bloke down the pub Er, what? (184 comments)

As consumerization of IT and self-service trends becomes part and parcel of everyone's work in the enterprise

This is stated as if it's an axiom. I'm not going to opine on whether it's true or not, since I'm not sure what the blinking heck it's supposed to mean.

But the whole article falls flat on its arse if its major premise turns out to be a load of old bollocks, don't you think?

about 10 months ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

Bloke down the pub Re:Where these proffessors the same profs who teac (597 comments)

Such mustaches were quite popular in the 1930s. My grandfather had one, and kept it all the way through WW2. Woe betide anyone who asked him why he had a Hitler mustache; he claimed he had it first, and therefore it was Hitler who had a my-grandad mustache, and without so much as a by-your-leave. Strong words would be in order when the British army got to Berlin...

One thing's sure, he certainly had it last.

about 10 months ago
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IBM Robotic Coworker Will Help Engineers Fix Broken Systems

Bloke down the pub Re:The robot is the supervisor (56 comments)

In Soviet Russia, new mechatronic overlords welcome YOU!

about a year ago
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Boston Tech Vs. the Bomber

Bloke down the pub Re:Citation not needed (170 comments)

Even today, there are plenty of crimes that you can be convicted of for only KNOWING it was happening. Sure you may not have killed that guy, but you were there, you saw it, and you did nothing to stop it. That's accessory to murder, conspiracy to murder and a whole bunch of other crimes.

[citation most definitely needed]

1 year,1 day
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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device

Bloke down the pub Re:A smart watch? (260 comments)

200x200 pixels is really only useful for animated GIFs of cats

Make it pink and you'll sell millions.

1 year,6 days
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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device

Bloke down the pub Re:A smart watch? (260 comments)

with my hands full or occupied, underwater, or covered in jam/cement dust/grease/crap.

I don't know what your job is, but I don't want it.

1 year,6 days
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What's the Oracle Trial Against SAP Really About?

Bloke down the pub Re:Beautiful... (160 comments)

Some licensing schemes with oracle can wind up costing companies almost a million dollars per year.

I think they can cost almost that much to administer. I once got involved in trying to work out how much the hell we owed them and it was huge PITA to just extract the stuff out of our sales system. This was partly our fault (we hadn't captured some of the relevant info before) but mainly theirs because we hadn't needed to under the simpler old method.

In fact it was mainly our management's fault. One, for agreeing to the change (though perhaps they didn't have much choice) and two, because they only informed IT 6 months later when they expected a spreadsheet full of the magic lovely numbers to miraculously fall from heaven.

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

Bloke down the pub Re:"First Female PM" is not news. (419 comments)

Because, as they say, if females were in leadership positions, there would be only peace in the world.

It'd last about three weeks.

more than 3 years ago
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New Zealand U-Turns, Will Grant Software Patents

Bloke down the pub Re:The problem with NZICT. (94 comments)

Patents artificially sque the economies of scale.

[Spanish accent]Kew? [/]

more than 3 years ago
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New Zealand U-Turns, Will Grant Software Patents

Bloke down the pub Re:Switzerland HAS banned whaling (94 comments)

The cetacean population in the Bodensee has remained remarkably stable recently, so they must be doing something right.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

Bloke down the pub Re:I know what I would do. (482 comments)

An agreement between two parties doesn't exempt either of them from obligations to a third party. Just think about it for a minute. Anybody could renege on a contract by forming another contract with that weird guy who goes through the bins at the bus station.

more than 3 years ago

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