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Comment Re:I'm not going to stand for this (Score 1) 312

Sitting just causes a fat butt

Not to mention a bit of DVT. Of course all things should be in moderation (except the DVT) and that is why adjustable standing desks (something like this) are a lot better IMHO. At regular intervals just switch from sitting to standing at the touch of a button and carry on working - problem solved!

Comment Re:Free speech (Score 4, Funny) 598

when you threaten someone at gunpoint (which is what an arrest is)

Not quite. Maybe in the US but in the UK the police do not usually carry guns so an arrest is not at all like that.. it is more a polite request to accompany the officers to the station for a nice cup of tea. If you don't resist you may also get biscuits. For dramatic effect the officers may sometimes say things like "You're nicked, sunshine" which typically elicits the response "It's a fair cop" from the cooperative arrestee.

Submission + - Are you SURE you want to be a System Administrator? (

slashmojo writes: A cautionary tale for those considering any kind of career in system administration. It is not as glamorous as you may have heard, there's not much jet-setting, no parties between the server racks and it involves hard work and sleep deprivation, if you can even find a decent job. Not to mention endless learning which you're often expected to pay for (if you want the certificates) and it is never cheap. It is apparently also not cool for cats. Abandon hope all ye who enter here!

What is your experience working (of looking for work) in system administration these days? What would you advise a prospective sysadmin?

Comment Re:Angling to get Iran too (Score 1) 433

Israel bombed Iranian nuclear facilities twice in the open. See operation Opera [] for a start..

That was Iraq which was bombed and from that article it was even done with cooperation from Iran. Israel hasn't officially bombed Iran.. yet.

Are you implying that defense pacts are evil?

Not at all, just that such pacts and Iran's well documented past and present activities as regards proxy war makes the subject of this particular news item not exactly far fetched and in fact quite likely. Whether or not it is actually true is anyone's guess.

Anyway the whole situation with Syria/Iran and the whole region is dangerously close to spiralling out of control now and there seems to be no viable way out of it.

Comment Re:Angling to get Iran too (Score 1) 433

On more than one occasion Israel has bombed Iran

When? There were a few mysterious explosions and assassinations but I don't recall anything other than that.. Syria on the other hand was bombed, as was Iraq.

What I have not seen in this time is Iran retaliate, start a war, or massacre their allegedly sworn enemies.

Then you've been looking the wrong way - Iran has for a long time waged war through its proxies, Hezbollah for example being the main Iranian weapon which it has used many times to bomb Israel and Israeli/Jewish civilians around the world on numerous occasions. There is nothing innocent about Iran, they have plenty of blood on their hands and the extreme islamist regime there is plenty evil without any help from the west.

As for this allegedly intercepted message.. I don't know how true it is but it certainly does not surprise me since for a start it follows their usual method of getting their proxies to do the dirty work and secondly, perhaps more importantly - Iran and Syria have a number of widely publicised mutual self-defence pacts for just such a situation so Iran is now obligated to join the fight with Syria if/when the US attacks.

Comment Enlightened Turkey (Score 2) 110

Fortunately not all countries in the region are that batshit crazy.. Turkish authorities recently cleared a bird suspected of spying for Israel.. such a shame the bird in question wasn't a Turkey as that would have made for some great headlines - "Turkey spies for Israel!" followed by "Turkey clears Turkey!" etc.

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