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UK Broadcaster Sky To Launch Mobile Service

Idimmu Xul Re:It is an attempt to lock in customers (26 comments)

That's actually pretty good. I was paying half that for a BT line and Be ADSL Internet (who I think got bought by Sky anyway).

An extra £30 for Internet five times faster than my ADSL and a TV package.. assuming adding mobile doesnt increase the price that much, I'm in!!

6 hours ago

Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Idimmu Xul Re:This really is a man's world... (377 comments)

I know it's a good image for this purpose, it's just the origin that is really sexist.

Forgive my ignorance, but how is this image sexist and/or how is it's source (Playboy?) sexist?

In order for something to be sexist doesn't it in some way have to discriminate between sexes?

about a month and a half ago

UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

Idimmu Xul This is a complete farce (150 comments)

If they wanted to prosecute peadophiles theye'd open and release the dossier from the 80s.

about 2 months ago

Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Idimmu Xul Re:Apparently "backers" don't understand the term (473 comments)

If you helped crowd fund my shoe, then I deliver you a hat, I think you'd be a little disappointed. Even if it was an awesome hat.

about 2 months ago

32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Idimmu Xul Re:'Bout time (175 comments)

I love it, private business has fucked you guys so bad that a social enterprise has cropped up to fix the problem. And the first thing you think of is to give that social enterprise back to the same businesses that just completely fucked you.

about 3 months ago

Making Best Use of Data Center Space: Density Vs. Isolation

Idimmu Xul this article (56 comments)

is not good.

about 3 months ago

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Idimmu Xul The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (270 comments)

I looked in to Cobol rolls as a potential career shift as I keep reading on Slashdot how amazing a Cobol job can be...

After a quick scan of most UK job sites for Cobol in London (where all the banks are ..) e.g.


Pretty much all roles are £40l-£60k a year and require some kind of real world, commercial experience with Cobol/mainframes etc etc

That's not that exciting, The salaries are lower than equivalent positions in other areas of development. You have to work for someone like Lloyds. Chances are you'll need to wear a suit to work. Have to work in London. By definition, you're going to be supporting ancient, systems which have undergone years of maintenance by probably dozens of different developers and it's going to be super enterprisey, loaded to the gills with change control and red tape, etc etc.

I don't get it.. sounds awful..

about 4 months ago

New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

Idimmu Xul Re:I now know what age Russell Edwards is (135 comments)

The more correct facts, however irrelevant, the salesman (journalist) can fit in their marketing (article) the more likely we are to buy the product (story) and not notice any mistakes or inconsistencies.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

Idimmu Xul Re:Or you could (137 comments)

Nagios is Open Source.. GPL V2 specifically..

about 5 months ago

Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Idimmu Xul Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

In 1994 there were 23,730 homicides in the USA source.

Isis are responsible for way more than 23,730 deaths source.

Read in to that what you like :)

about 5 months ago

GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Idimmu Xul Price point is way too high (126 comments)

99 cents might sway me, but as it is none of these are worth the price

about 5 months ago

Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Idimmu Xul Advertising (61 comments)

This is solely about viral marketing and Facebook ad revenue. Preventing people from seeing naturally shared articles will prevent things from naturally going viral. In order to get views marketers will need to pay for views.

about 5 months ago

Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects

Idimmu Xul Intelligent Decision (91 comments)

USA, population : 318,463,000

*Rest* of world, population : 6,727,537,000

That's a rather large population who could be donating to get this made that they've just alienated.

about 6 months ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Idimmu Xul Automation Resistance (228 comments)

One of the tasks here is the daily generation and collation of statistics across our various platforms to present to the clients. It contains things like the state of the tickets, number of tickets raised/closed, peak data across the platforms, systems metrics for utilisation and other similar things.

Currently these metrics are gathered manually be people eyeing up graphs and manually reading the data from them or running scripts that pull out metrics they need, it went from a half hour task to a 120 minute task, daily, as we've been growing.

I created a scaleable system that polled all the required statistics, from all of the various different systems in place, directly accessing the RRD files that generate graphs, polling our ticketing systems API to access the data, etc etc and then pushed them in to a database which could be polled easily for historic data as well as interrogated via a front end to generate the reports. It even allowed you to alter text in the report and export it to PDF to email to the clients.

After 2 years it's still sat, waiting to be rolled out, because of politics. The guys that run the reports just work from a process document and aren't really good enough to do much else. With the additional free time they have it would be too transparent that they can't do anything other than follow process but we do need them for various other tasks that can't be automated. At least by doing the reports manually they look really useful and the clients are happy..

about 6 months ago

PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

Idimmu Xul Re:Encryption (220 comments)

No, you really don't. Encryption is good for Facebook, but enforcing it for your Internet-of-Everything lightbulb or temperature probe in the basement gains nothing other than more complex bugs and lower battery life.

arent these the exact situations where encryption is necessary? i dont want someone sniffing the plain text credentials of my fridge as they fly through the air and then turning the temperature up to 40 ...

about 8 months ago

China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

Idimmu Xul Re:Idiots: (100 comments)

Anyone keeping coins in an exchange for any longer than necessary to exchange them is an idiot.

Or a day trader

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Idimmu Xul Pay me to fix it (266 comments)

i'll maintain it for £40kpa sustained across 1 single distro of your choice across its life time.

the choice is yours

about 10 months ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Idimmu Xul Re:Nobody cares (194 comments)

my very non technical mate got a sony vaio flip thing 10 days or so ago with windows 8 installed. he LOVES it, despite complaining non stop, it also auto updated itself this week, i think to 8.1, he certainly didnt do any registry hacks but had a text rendering issue with chrome that is apparently an issue caused by 8.1?

ive had a play and i dont really see the problem, sure its a bit different but its not a world ending calamity, i do prefer my mac tho

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Idimmu Xul Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

I'm 31 and seriously looking into getting out of software development.

It was cool when I was 14. It was still doable when I was 23. Now it's soul-crushing.

I wish I was a farmer or a carpenter.

oh god this is me so much, 34 and need to get out before i kill myself or actually have a heart attack

about a year ago

Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Idimmu Xul Re:Protection from what? (390 comments)

Dude there are Mclaren MP4s for sale for Bitcoins, people are buying land and mansions with them, you can get takeaways delivered, bars and restaurants accept them, other than gas/water/electric youre basically set. Converting $500M bitcoin to cash is MASSIVELY short sighted.

You could just take them and probably live off them in an extremely luxurious lifestyle, or at the same time you could sell 1 or 2 a day which wouldnt move the market at all giving you both an awesome life style and cold hard cash.

about a year ago



Online pornography and search terms to be blocked by default in the UK

Idimmu Xul Idimmu Xul writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Idimmu Xul (204345) writes "The BBC is reporting that "Every household in the UK is to have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it, David Cameron has announced". The new measures will apply to both existing and new customers.
Mr Cameron also called for some "horrific" internet search terms to be "blacklisted", meaning they would automatically bring up no results on websites such as Google or Bing."

Twitter anger over bomb tweeter

Idimmu Xul Idimmu Xul writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Idimmu Xul (204345) writes "The BBC and NY Times are reporting that Tweeters have joined forces to support Paul Chambers, the man convicted and fined for a Twitter message threatening to blow up an airport. Thousands of Twitter users are retweeting his original joke message with the #iamspartacus tag in protest of the conviction. So far there have been no subsequent arrests for people doing exactly the same thing as Paul."

Pirate Bay founders found guilty

Idimmu Xul Idimmu Xul writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Idimmu Xul writes "The BBC are reporting that a court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world's most high-profile file-sharing website.

Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay 30m kronor (£2.4m) in damages. In a Twitter posting, Mr Sunde said: "Nothing will happen to TPB, this is just theatre for the media.""


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