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ajt (2546)

ajt
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http://www.iredale.net/

UK based. Perl, XML/HTTP, SAP, Debian hacker.

  • CPAN: ATRICKETT [cpan.org]
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  Comment: Service...! (Score 1) on 2009.12.17 17:07

by ajt on 2009.12.17 17:07 (#71417)
Attached to: Service (?) Contracts

Remember us tenants are the lowest form of life, the agent rips us and the landlord off, the landlord rips us off, the bank rips the landlord off, we bail the bank out (or the bank rips us off)...

I'm not being cynical or anything but why should the landlord install proper reliable and economic appliances when they can install the cheapest cr*p, and we are forced to pay the utility bill and take time off from work when it breaks.

If it weren't for the insanity of UK property prices I'd have bought a house by now, even though I like the flexibility of renting, because most landlords and their agents are ar*e holes...!

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  Comment: Swings and roundabouts... (Score 1) on 2009.12.12 4:52

However you could buy good quality local beer or cider in a low-weight glass beer bottle that didn't travel so far! When you had consumed the contents you could take it back and then it would be reused, whereas the plastic has to go though complex processing to be turned into low-grade plastic products...

The calculations are very complex and a royal pain in the arse...!

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  Comment: Re:There is no crossover point (Score 1) on 2009.12.09 4:14

by ajt on 2009.12.09 4:14 (#71357)
Attached to: The carbon footprint of code

While I am a keen advocate of reducing CO2 pollution, isn't it also true that when you are on a train, aeroplane or ship there isn't much else to do. However, I sincerely hope that people don't take trips just to write code... ;-)

I'm sure that using the appropriate tool can in the long run reduce CO2 emissions, as you need less extra power to drive the extra hardware required to run the wrong infrastructure.

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  Comment: Re:There have indeed been some CPAN problems (Score 1) on 2009.10.28 16:40

by ajt on 2009.10.28 16:40 (#71005)
Attached to: Strawberry Perl and the nightmare of installing Padre

It's good to see honest feedback with warts and all and a reasoned response. It's shows good maturity - it would be so easy to fly off the handle with a post like this.

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  Comment: Lots of hash based solution (Score 1) on 2009.10.06 5:51

by ajt on 2009.10.06 5:51 (#70796)
Attached to: Finding Duplicate Files

There are lots of hash based solutions that can do this, some of them are easy written in Perl...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fdupes, also lists alternatives (including one of mine!).

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  Comment: Re:VBV sucks (Score 1) on 2009.09.13 5:11

by ajt on 2009.09.13 5:11 (#70573)
Attached to: Phishing scams are more professional than this

That I can believe. I don't know what the Visa executives were on when they came up with the design but it's not something I want. I will walk away from a sale if VBV is enabled and I have alternatives.

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  Comment: Beer from a big company? (Score 1) on 2009.08.01 8:45

by ajt on 2009.08.01 8:45 (#69838)
Attached to: Obama disapproval rating

I lived in the US for three years and it's fair to say almost all the "beer" I had there wasn't in any way good. It was mostly over chilled, fizzy pop with a ethanol in it. In one or two places I found decent beer but that was alas by far and away in the minority.

Having said that a lot of so called beer in the UK isn't much better, it's synthetic fizzy pop with ethanol added and sold far too cold for you to taste anything. I would say that decent beer is perhaps more common in the UK than it use to be and than it is in the US.

I don't like larger, which is far more common in the US than proper beer, so I have a biased opinion. However people I knew out in the US who did drink and like larger were pretty dismissive of the common commercial beers available in the US.

Is there any large brewer that produces a decent beer?

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  Comment: Bank != Secure (Score 1) on 2009.06.25 3:09

by ajt on 2009.06.25 3:09 (#69153)
Attached to: Phishing by Visa

Some institutions that need to be secure get it, most do not. You quickly come to realise that a lot of so called "security" is actually "security theatre". It sort of looks secure and that's more important that being secure.

I'm no banking or security expert but it is very clear that lots of things that should be secure are not well done. Sometimes it's because real security is hard and it may put off customers, sometimes it because the marketing people are in charge and sometimes I can't fathom why it's done...

Most Windows machine get infected at one time or another. Ignoring some of the weakness in the design the main reason is that most Windows users do not know what they are doing - they have not the faintest clue. Is it any wonder that web site are insecure...

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  Comment: Re:Apples and Pears on the same tree (Score 1) on 2009.05.31 10:39

by ajt on 2009.05.31 10:39 (#68886)
Attached to: Fruit

Wackypedia suggests it's all just branding....

I'd suggest you try H. Weston & Sons' Premium Organic Pear Cider, very nice! Mind so you so is their (apple) cider so it's not a surprise. What was surprising was that it was cheaper than the mass produced Bulmer's stuff in the supermarket.

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  Comment: Apples and Pears on the same tree (Score 1) on 2009.05.29 12:07

by ajt on 2009.05.29 12:07 (#68846)
Attached to: Fruit

Apples and pears are sufficiently similar to be able to grown on the same tree once you have done the grafting magic. I think you are quite right you couldn't mistake an apple and an orange but you could mistake an apple and a pear.

Isn't pear cider actually called "perry" anyway...?

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  Journal: Moving Home? on 2009.05.22 5:16

Journal by ajt on 2009.05.22 5:16
User Journal

I've been blogging here for several years. I've tried to keep my Perl stuff here and my non-Perl stuff else where. Recently I've found the interface very unstable, at first I thought it was just a manky Firefox set-up but I see lots of other people are reporting the same.

I don't think this site is particularly pretty but at the same time I don't dislike it or have some active hatred of it. I'm not paying anything for the site so I can't complain anyway about the visuals.

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  Comment: Re:It's depressing (Score 1) on 2009.05.13 6:39

by ajt on 2009.05.13 6:39 (#68556)
Attached to: Troughligate

I hope it surfaces but I fear there will just be apathy and an ultra low turn out...

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  Comment: Re:I hate the electorate (Score 1) on 2009.05.11 16:31

by ajt on 2009.05.11 16:31 (#68520)
Attached to: power to the people

Most people just don't care as long as there is cheap food, beer and footy on TV... It is a disgrace what MPs have got up to with our money, however I totally agree that it's shocking their utter lack of backbone they have when it comes to doing the right thing on just about every other issue possible.

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  Comment: It's depressing (Score 1) on 2009.05.11 16:08

by ajt on 2009.05.11 16:08 (#68519)
Attached to: Troughligate

It's utterly depressing that nobody seems to care. It's entertaining to see Hislop on "Have I Got News For You" get excited and a few newspaper headlines but in reality nobody in the country seems to bat an eye-lid over the whole affair...

My local MP - who is Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee - was on C4's Dispatches last year saying that Parliament was Sovereign and that MPs were untouchable. I never liked the man but that made me realise what a bunch of slime most MPs are.

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