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UK Milk Supply Contains New MRSA Strain

SD NFN STM Obligatory XKCD (179 comments)

Obligatory XKCD. It seems that Randall Munroe is the Nostradamus of our time, having predicted all future events in his humorous comic strip:


more than 2 years ago

Central Europe Countries Continue to Oppose ACTA

SD NFN STM Can you Vote in Europe? Take action NOW! (111 comments)

SOPA and PIPA are dead... meet their cousin, ACTA. Please contact your MEP (Members of the European Parliament) using this link and register your protest:


Rest of Europe:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch.do;jsessionid=EAF5D554A71EBE16A5E8A71092CD2DB9.node2 [europa.eu]

A brief analysis of the issue, but obviously presenting a one-sided view... so weigh the info as you see fit:

more than 2 years ago

Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming

SD NFN STM SQL to check your database (100 comments)

If you're worried... then check out your SCN with this SQL:

su - oracle
. oraenv
sqlplus "/ as sysdba"
column GET_SYSTEM_CHANGE_NUMBER format 999,999,999,999,999,999,999

Millions or Billions... no problem.
If you're starting to get close to 281 Trillion (actually 281,474,976,710,656)... time to panic. Remember, that's a US Trillion... not a UK Trillion:

about 3 years ago

Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming

SD NFN STM Re:Original source (100 comments)

RMAN anyone? I doubt anyone serious still uses BEGIN/END backup...

about 3 years ago

Verizon Backtracks On $2 Convenience Fee

SD NFN STM Re:Standard practice for US corporations (281 comments)

Ahhh yes... Mr O'Leary is a constant amusement. It appears from Wikipedia that he got his original ideas from Southwest Airlines, and has twisted it to the absurd extremes that is now the modern Ryanair. I'm not sure what's most laughable... the Standing Seats, or the Pay Toilets

Personally I think his silliness is one of the main drivers behind this cap on Credit Card surcharges. Just for fun, http://www.ihateryanair.org/ will give you a good chuckle... and make you seriously consider accepting that tempting offer. Lucky for us RyanAir are the exception to the norm, and I usually fly BA anyway... better service, and cheaper fares. No brainer!

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Backtracks On $2 Convenience Fee

SD NFN STM Standard practice for US corporations (281 comments)

I lived in the US for 3 years, and this doesn't come as a surprise to me. Big corporations will screw you as much as possible, and the sticker price is NEVER what you end up paying. Internet is $20/month... plus line maintenance, phone regulatory fee, tax, something I just made up charge that sounds legit, the "I wonder if they will pay this" levy... it goes on forever! I laughed/cried when 911 showed up on my phone bill as a line-item charge. WTF?!?

Seriously, US consumers get the worst deal on the planet for most things... but it's sold as if you're getting an absolute bargain.

Personally I'm more than happy to be back in boring old England where things cost what they are advertised as, and I have *REAL* choice of Phone, Internet, Electricity, Natural Gas, etc.... and not just the city-endorsed (aka. "Bought and Paid for") local monopoly that is all too common in the US. The government recently outlawed excessive Credit Card fees, like when you buy a plane ticket and they charge you £15 to use a credit card when it only costs them £0.50 or something similar. At least our guys have the balls to stand up to big-business... when will your corrupt politicians follow suit?

more than 3 years ago

App Uses Facial Profiling To Identify Perps

SD NFN STM Re:Fail. Turn in your geek card. (62 comments)

Thanks for the tips, but actually, I like to help Slashdot generate some revenue from their advertising... so I've chosen to leave advertising on (even though Slashdot will let me turn it off with a single click), and thus I have no need to block it.

more than 3 years ago

Scientifically, You Are Likely In The Slowest Line

SD NFN STM Not earth shattering (1 comments)

Common sense tells you that a single long line feeding into a group of cashiers will:

1) Make it a truly FIFO system which is fair... and us Brits love two things, queues and fairness.
2) Eliminate the hassle of trying to pick, and then change to the fastest queue... only to change back to the first after some dufus screws up the queue with a price-check item.

I'm confused as to why all stores don't adopt this approach these days. Maybe not Ikea, as jostling that huge trolley full of furniture may be a bit much... but if I can get through a windy queue with my suitcase at the airport, then I sure can do the same with my grocery shopping.

more than 4 years ago

The Technology Behind the Magic Yellow Line

SD NFN STM Re:unreality TV -- digitally inserted ads (261 comments)

I have always been amazed at the NASCAR broadcasts... if only the high-tech world of Formula-1 could catch up with these good 'ol boys!

about 6 years ago

T-Mobile Claims Trademark In the Color Magenta

SD NFN STM We've seen this all before... with Orange! (249 comments)

Orange mobile (cell) phones are at odds with Easyjet, who uses Orange as a corporate colour.


I can't remember what happened but I hope that neither side won, because Orange are stupid to try and claim ownership of a colour... and Easyjet are bastards that have sued anyone that uses the word "easy" in any domain name!

more than 6 years ago


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