* Posts by Khaptain

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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Jean-Marc Ayrault also suggested, in 2012, that the usage of Open Source Software was to be encouraged, great... but...... They believed that they could have made a reduction in costs of 5 - 10% .. ( When you are dealing with a budget of 3 Billion, 5% is definitely a worthwhile reduction).

As far as I know though very little headway was ever made, my wife is a civil servant and their default documents are still in .DOC, .XLS format.( Word and Excel being the standard software).. I am convinced that she would not know what an .ODF document was....

Autant pisser dans une violin.

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Shock findings

So it appears that makes actually prefer to play against males in order to avoid the embarrassment of being beaten by a woman.

How many PhDs does one need to come to that conclusion? Isn't that simply the playground antics that we have all known?

The next study should be "how many useless studies can a research team manage to grab money for/write useless paper for".

Quick find me some Andrex for Plantigrades...

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Re: One of the few modern automotive inventions that I applaud

>I'm resigned to the fact that autonomous vehicles will happen and can see the benefits

Personally, I can't think of aynthing that I would enjoy more. I have to drive the same damned motorway quite a bit and it is boring, time consuming, dangerous due to geographic position and weather and simply drives(pun intended) me crazy..

Now if I could get in the back seat, wth a cold beer and a good film I would be a happy camper..

As for bikes, gave that up years ago when my back decided that the draft would become a pain...literally... I still like to admire bikes but the pleasure has all but gone .. ( My wife refuses that I buy a quad, grrrrrrr, and yet she loved being in an offroad buggy whilst in Spain )

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Re: Fantastic projets

The Can-Am Spyder is pretty cool for a three wheeler, although for a familly of four it is probably not a great choice....

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Fantastic projets

I can only imagine how much fun it must be to be on the dev team of these kinds of projects....

Ok developer number 1, your project car for todays exercise is a Shelby Cobra, your only constraint is that it must remain on the track at all times.

Ok developer number 2, your project car for todays exercise is a Double Decker bus, your only constraint is that it must remain on the track at all times.

Ok developer number 3, your project car for todays exercise is a Reliant Robin, your only constraint is that it must remain on the track at all times.

On your marks, set, go ................................Maria Karts comes to life.....( without the drivers of course)

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More Apple Car mutterings: Cupertino slurps more autobiz brains

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Re: Apple car?

And it will also require that you inform "iTunes" about your destination, preferred driving speed, upload a copy of your passengers credit card details and validate your password before you are allowed to open the drivers door.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Doesn't the queen have a slightly similar problem at the moment with some videos of her playing in the garden....

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Re: >The leaked data could become fodder for extortion or blackmail,

"My masturbation practices performed in the privacy of my own home aren't fodder for blackmail."

That depends if you publically announce said practices and also who your employer is.... considering that you might be a priest, doctor or a primary school teacher....

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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

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Tinfoil hat request

I wonder how many of the those Home Office IT staff are actually real people or just bank accounts...

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Re: Releasing Grey Squirrels

G Squirrels

G Men

G Spots

Gee whiz guv, what's with all the G's nowadays ? ( Neigh,,, don't bother answering that).... Golly Gosh

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Re: Wondering about that too

There is no point in avoiding the copy as the authentication is usually done using the eponymous MS 25 digit "Licence key".. I very much doubt that they will allow full copies to be installed without the Licence Key being supplied from somewhere.

Obviously in the case of an upgrade I would presume that there will be a routine which verifies if the existing hard disk already has W7 or W8 and then uses some logic to determine if the upgrade can proceed.

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Thought for the day : "The disk media is not recognized, it may not be formatted"

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@P.Lee

Is this what you are looking for...

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722358%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

It must be horrible to be intellectually challenged :-)

[The OS is not as much of a problem as the persons behind the keyboard...] Personally I would suggest the people use both systems and get the best of both worlds...

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Agreed and personally I prefer downloading the iso's with MD5 checksums to match...

I can easilly begin to imagine the local markets stalls selling USB Windows "Ten" sticks that contain little else but the latest drive encrypting virus or a load of porn for a fiver.....

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India reveals plan to fix poverty by doing ANYTHING-as-a-service

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t. Announcements of the new plan included admissions that India's own economy won't be able to provide sufficient jobs.

I think I can spot a problem here. Last time I looked there was the same problem in most of the occidental countries as well. Or are they hoping to work for the Plutionians...

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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"With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8 megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos, and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows and movies."

So basically it can do less than a current phone but it is still expected to excite... I need poked with the big clue stick because I just don't see it..

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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SadNads

SadNads just doesn't cut it as the head of such a large corporation. I'm beginning to think that our ex-incumbent sweaty chair throwing lovable monkey was actually better at the job... At least Balmer had some character and he brought us W7, which is quite easilly their best desktop OS...( Let's give W10 some time before making judgement).

SadNads just doesn't have the panache, the clear vision, the flair or the presence to hold the chair... he just has a pair of emtpy, sad nads....

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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Re: No guns does not = no violence

Agreed, but that article is quite bare on facts and I was surmising that a budding director would have more to his palette than just some badly worded script.

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No guns does not = no violence

I do not understand why no guns = a lesser sentence. violence can also be psychological.

Example : Give the bank teller a note stating that her daughter/son/spouse will have something extremely nasty done to them should she not immediately hand over all the money.

So the years sentence means that this guy will be out in 8 months or so, if nothing else that gives him 8 months to improve his next robbery film script...

I do not see the relevance of mentioning that he was ex-MIT other than the fact that he obviously wasn't the head of the Intelligence Department.... Intelligent people do not rob banks they become politicians and rob the people legally.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Great news

If we can use sea-weed to create food then we can triple, quadruple or quintuple the number of people on the planet. Now isn't everyone looking forward to that.

</sarcasm>

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Reddit CEO U-turn: Site no longer a bastion of free speech – and stop posting so much hate

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Its either free speech or its not

You can't stop people hating anymore than you can stop them loving.

In one sense it is good that people are able to vent their spleen as I imagine that it creates a kind of pressure release. If this option doesn't exist then that same pressure will probably be released elsewhere, ouch. When it's on the web at least we are aware of its existance and to some extent can take appropriate action. If everything gets pushed underground we simply blind ourselves.

The PC brigade always seem to fail to realise that the idealistic world that they would like to create is an unbalanced place. Nature does not allow for unbalance....the stronger the PC brigade become the stronger the Non-PC brigade becomes..

If anything, these forums and sub forums are merely a manifestation of the state of mind within a particular strata of contemporary society....it needs to be studied rather than banned.

Again it's just another of contemporary societies problems that will not be resolved by brushing it away.

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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Alternatively

Microsoft has stopped entering other rings, temporarily.

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Huawei: in the world of 5G, we're all Europeans now

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Re: Grasshopper velly wise

Well that all depends on how long or short your memory is..

For approximately 4 or 5 years we see nothing but "Security Concerns", "Huawei dropped", "US refuses to work with Huawei"...

As an example : If you read the recommendations on page 20 we can easily understand the British governement does not trust Huawei ( or any other foreign telecoms development company).. In the end they state the what is most important is "how they handle the risk" rather than the risk itself............what, why not just give them the Private Keys to GCHQ headquarters while were at it.......

There are too many lines of code to verify therefore we will just mitigate the risk by ......coming up with a mitigation solution....no shit Sherlock..

Report-Foreign-Investment-in-the-Critical-National-Infrastructure.pdf

And now in 2015 all is hunky dory once more... maybe the Government managed to read the million lines of code that they feared in 2013....

Surprising how the world can change.

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Grasshopper velly wise

We own you data, you do we say...if not choppy choppy, you understand.

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

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Flash : Just say no....

'There are extensive efforts underway internally'

They have changed the coffee machine and are now using a stronger Robusta mixture...

Seriously though, this is not a new problem for Adobe, it has only been like this for the last 5 years or so.....Is the company run by ostriches ?

+1 for the comment relating to a "dog egg", it's the first time that I have heard the expression, made me laugh this morning which is always a good thing..far better than having to install an adobe product.

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Re: Map Source?

@AC

Please excuse my lack of clarification I was being generic rather then specific, I couldn't agree more and would quite happilly encourage anyone to return to using physical paper maps..

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Re: More and more people expect to be spoonfed

I sympathize with you on the cloudy nights... I can only imagine that you have to resort to actually reading the street signs, or worse still actually having to "ask someone"....oh the shame, oh the shame...

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Re: Improved or alternative version

I honestly believe that there is nothing "shocking" about the idea other than when the intensity is too high. Below a certain threshold it would represent nothing more that tingle..

Would some of the DVers care to explain their position....( or maybe they don't have the balls, pun intended)....

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Improved or alternative version

Rather than have that hammerhead thing sticking out the front why not simply place two small electrodes on the handle bars or seat...

From here we have two choices, small vibraiting panels that activate briefly to indicate to the hans which direction to turn or a small electric shock to the gonads.... The female version might have something inside the bra...

If nothing else there might be some cyclists with large smiles on their faces even though they have completely lost their direction... unless of course the BOFH turned up the power to 11....

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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Re: Laughing all the way to the Swiss Bank.

>Blue Nun?

I guess that I am showing my age, the cheapest of Rieslings that even the unemployed could afford..

PS : I know why you shuddered. ( Definitely not what you would find in a 3 Macaron Michelin Restaurant.)

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Laughing all the way to the Swiss Bank.

This guy must have left court in a wheelchair as the fits of laughter that he must have suffered would have rendered him unable to walk.

As he walks into the Geneva branch of Lombard Odier, thinking to himself, I wonder if I should have a nice Blanc de Blanc with my lobster today or will I simply send a bottle of Blue Nun to HMRC with a nice card saying thanks for everything, lol....

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

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Re: Who?

A quick Wikipedia later et voila : Quick version, They deepfried "nut shaped" balls of dough ....

The earliest known recorded usage of the term dates to an 1808 short story[13] describing a spread of "fire-cakes and dough-nuts." Washington Irving's reference to "doughnuts" in 1809 in his History of New York is more commonly cited as the first written recording of the term. Irving described "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks."[14] These "nuts" of fried dough might now be called doughnut holes. Doughnut is the more traditional spelling, and still dominates outside the US.[15][16] At present, doughnut and the shortened form donut are both pervasive in American English.[17]

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Donuts definately donuts

"Denny's Donuts" looks fine and they taste great with some good coffee.... America's obesity problems probably stems from here and I can easilly understand why. (There might also be better "donut" shops but I thought Denny's was pretty good)

"Denny's Doughnuts" is too snobbish... ( England is more about Scones, double cream and raspberry Jam)

Never forget that the Americans are still learning their 3Rs . Reeding, riting and arifmetics. so they are excused for their ortograf...

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'Ugly Reddit commentards made me doubt humanity'

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Re: Ugly..The Ultimate Sin

@John Bailey

>Places like Reddit and here are what happens when all that post are essentially trolls.

What's interesting though is that it is indicative of contemporary society. The rage of anonymous and ephemeral courage shown by the great unwashed is simply a manifestation of it's state of permanent fear.

Everything has become a dichotomy, if you are not for something then by misguided logic you automatically become against. No longer do we learn to debate, now we learn how to hate..

El Reg has bitten it's own tail long ago, it is after all a business, not a charity, and as such now panders to the unwashed masses, have you seen some of those damned 10 best of lists ( facepalm and tears stuff).

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Yes, and as we all know Brian is in the kitchen?

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Et vous, vous n'etes pas un commentard..

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Barracuda billings blunder: Blair bloke bullish

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Corporates care

How much profit, would have been made if the top 10 earners salaries were not paid out....

BJ Jenkins earns approx 700,000k, so I can easilly imagine that the top ten in the company must earn just under 4 Million between them...

As is the case with the usual corporate environments, only one of those 10 people will actually be doing anything worthwhile over and above actually being a sycophantic maniac....

Lets remove the 9 useless sycophants, replace them with people that actually care, for half the salary, they will still be happy and the company could add another 2 Million to it's P&L for the year....

There I just saved Barracuda from the scrapyard.. Now that's all in a theoretical world, in the real world there are probably only 1 in 20 at the top that are actually worthwhile.....

I'm going back to reading Engels and slipping back into the socialist russian haze.....

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What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

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In the same boat here, using a 4 year old Core Duo 3.Ghz system with only 4Gb or RAM and I can run 2 Linux VMs + 1 Android emulator VM + Android Studio + a couple ( 10 or so ) webpages, MS Visio + Note, Outlook + a 3D package + bitTorrent Sync + uTorrent and things keep chugging along nicely... ( The Android Studio compilations are a little slow though - which I don't understand, the speed is the same even when it is the only application running.)

The only upgrade that I have done in the last two years is the purchase of a 2 * 128Gb SSD which made a huge difference..

I know that I will change in the next 2 years but it wont be because of lack of speed... ( I don't really play games so I dont care about DX12 or Open GL triangles per second benchmarks...).

I am not surprised that the market is shitty, the great unwashed have a lot of "tat" to choose from at the moment. PCs, Tablets of multiple sizes, Iphones + Samsungs Sxs, Macbooks, Macbook pros, Macbook Airs , iWatches, Pebbles and all of these gadgets cost "money".. We have lots of choice but at the end of the day we can only choose one or two of the gadgets within a given period...

It will only get worse when someone comes out with yet another unnecasary electronics item....

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Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts

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Re: Availability

Thanks for the Link, it successfully installed over my existing installation.

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For info it might be necessary to go into the setting of the VM, General-Advanced and enable the BiDirectional Drag and Drop, no need to reboot the VM it works instantly...

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Availability

Sounds good but where did you get it from. I am running 4.3.26 and is states itself as being the most recent version available ?

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: Bad marketing El Reg

>do you really think there are many non-geeks reading a fairly focused web-site's extremely focused article on the minutiae of the smallest usable Linux?

As I mentioned above, people that already know linux don't come to El Reg for anything Linux related there are far too many dedicated forums for that.

>article on the minutiae of the smallest usable Linux?

This was certainely not an article about the smallest usable Linux. If you know Linux you would know fine well that Puppy, DSL etc are 50mb distributions that will run with an "extremely" small footprint and still provide a GUI.

Again as I mentioned above Trevor wrote a comment recently about how the level of El Regs readers has really fallen and that there appear to be more and more numpties that have spent their lives being spoonfed rather than actually learning anything about their trade... That appears to be the demographic here, the spoonfed X,Y,Z generations...

A minimum of 2 Gigs to run linux, FFS, only the Ubuntu/Neophyte crowd would believe that. But then again they also believe Unity = Linux...

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Re: Bad marketing El Reg

I very much doubt that "extreme open sourcers" would ever come here to read such an article... this article if anything is for newcomers. I believe that there are far more dedicated and "enlightened" sites than this one. .

I read a comment recently, that Trevor Potts wrote, about the current ( new/newish) El Reg readers and I am now beginning to grasp what he meant...

I'll leave it to the "extreme open sourcers " wget/pipe/grep afficianados to find the article hidden amongst the latest copy of Inshore Anglers Monthly or alternatively to look back a few days on the El Reg site using their new Lightweight Desktop Power User Open Sourced Environment Browsing Application...

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Re: Bad marketing El Reg

@Anon Coward,

First please do not surmise about me disliking for linux, I am currently running 4 desktops and 2 raspis.

>But "ManagementMemo.doc open in Abiword" looks pretty much the same in all desktops

Be carefull with what you are saying here. It actually negates what you are bout to say in th next line

>, and he's trying to show they differ from one another

Ok please explain whats different about these distros and I mean honestly different.. apart from the fact that "ManagementMemo.doc open in Abiword" will look the same in them all. Themes do not count as differences....

>"It's not trying to advertise to anybody"

If that's not advertising then what do you call it, it certaintely wasn't an in-depth review of the differences between extfs and fat32...

>but convey useful information to the already-convinced.

WTF is the point of relaying information to those that are already convinced... It's not liekk linux users do not know how to get to distrowatch.com

And you were warned that I was going to rant so why bother reading my comment.

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Bad marketing El Reg

<rant coming up, you are warned>

Please, please, please will everyone trying to push linux stop displaying "empty desktops" or worse still stop display Sysinfo......

If you want to push an OS at least show it doing things that people are familiar with or are likely to do.... Word Processing, a Browser pointing at a common site, contemporary games ( why not steam), Facebook, Twitter whatever the social media buzzthing is..

Honestly no-one is doing any favors advertising like this, it is a compelte turnoff... Ok as IT people we dont care about the bells and whistles as much as some of the other nitty gritty stuff but Joe Public needs to see and find what he cares about and none of what was portryed in this article filled in that job....

If the linux crowd want Linux to be more readilly adopted stop behaving as though everyone comes from the IT world...and I say that as someone that has been in IT for more than 25 years.... Stop pushing linux to people that already know what it is and already use it.....

</Rant over>

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FLYING PIG crash-lands in Utah: Rider survives, bacon saved

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Re: Bah!

There is a certain amount of redundancy in Steve's comment

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Re: Quick thinking that man!

Yes, luckily he wasn't too ham-fisted with those and avoided up as barbecued chops...he didn't even squeal about the swine that butchered his balloon. At the of the day I am sure that he finished this adventurous little trot with a nice pint of the 'ol pig's ear'.

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Mistaken Identities

The pilots real name was Link HogThrob and that second balloon was piloted by Steve Miller.

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

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I would reply yet to all except which just hosting your servers in a known environment.

"virtual servers in a hosted environment in a Datacentre"

Whereas with all the others you have no idea at all which servers you are using, not where it is, nor who governs it...

The Cloud, in my book, is a complete abstraction of hardware and services within a dynamic and ephemeral infrastructure ( a cloudy place if ever I heard of one) over which you have absolutely no control nor knowledge nor need any.

The old mainframes were constant environments and you would know if they were down, whereas now the new "cloudy" servers might and can be constantly changing without you ever being aware. It's a self healing, replicating, evolving environment..

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Re: 35 Years ago

>Nothing else existed 35 years ago which could contend with what we discovered,

Richard I may hae expressd myself badly, when I said that the there was "nothing which could contend with what we discovered, " it was relating to the fact that kids these days already have Smartphones are used to having electronic devices, which I see as removing the "discovery" part from the equation.

When I was a kid the most amazing thing that I had ever seen up until the 1st computers was electronic calculator... So it was absolutely amazing to discover computers... I do not believe that kids today can have that same feeling because they have always grown up around a lot of electronics...

Another example would be the internet, kids today don't really discover the web, it has always been around as far as they are concerned.. Whereas in my case it was amazing to see the 1st screen full of the "internet".....

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