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Red Hat sticks lawyers on non-neutral Switzerland

elderlybloke
Happy

It makes me happy

to see that although I am old , clapped out , run down etc. that there are people much younger than I , who are seem to be more mentally deficient.

Those above shooting their mouth off about using the Command Line to do things on Linux, will never have used Linux, but are just parroting what their predecessors have written./ spoken.

The Command Line is also used in Windows,

This may come as a shock to those Windows users writing above.

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If they can break the law, why can't we?

elderlybloke
Unhappy

British voters

could vote for independent candidates rather that the sheep like voting for a Party.

Any Party that has been in power for a couple of elections become arrogant and conceited .

Thats what has happened here in New Zealand,

At present your politicians from all parties seem to be greedy corrupt people who are say how sorry they are for what they have done.

They are only sorry that they have been caught.

At the next election you will be told that everything has been corrected and there will never be another embarrassing situation like this.

Politicians rely on the voters have a very short memory

Remember that!

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Swedish chopper chief demands fireproof bras

elderlybloke
Paris Hilton

Fire hazard of long ago

When I did my CMT service in the RNZAF , we were told about the problem of nylon melting into skin and making burns much worse.

The instructors all wore nylon scarfs (may have been more hidden nylon.)

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CSC freezes UK pay

elderlybloke
Alert

Bonuses(Mk2)

Dear Lord of Dogtown,

Your sum on house value looked a little strange to me.

200,000-170,000= 30,000

30,000/200,000= 0.15= 15%

can't reconcile that with your " over 30% "

Don't understand "the circle is Squared"

We don't have this expression down here in the South Pacific, so I can't comment on that sum,

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Scrubbed geo-location data not so anonymous after all

elderlybloke
Happy

I am ODD

I carry a cell/mobile phone in my car,

It only gets turned on when there is an emergency.

It has only been used about four times in the couple of years that I have had it.

I am of the older generation and can live happily without chattering all day long on the phone.

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Worldwide GPS may die in 2010, say US gov

elderlybloke
Dead Vulture

Way down south in New Zealand

A few years ago one of our Air Force Hercules left Antarctica to come back home , and their space age electronic navigation systems went u/s.

The crew had to drag out a Sextant (fortunately carried onboard) .Also fortunately could remember how to navigate the old way.

It is a long way from Antarctica to New Zealand and it wouldn't take much of an error to miss the place, and find only great expanse of ocean.

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NZ couple do bunk with £3.9m bank error

elderlybloke

It was here

in New Zealand that these entrepreneurs accepted the gift from Westpac.

How dare Cameron Colley say it was Australia, they couldn't pull off a trick (I mean manage to do this business deal) .

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Europe, Russia discuss 'orbital shipyard' plans

elderlybloke
Jobs Halo

The ISS

What is the alleged purpose of the Space Station at the moment?

It has had various proposed valuable uses, but these keep changing.

Also what has it cost to date , and how much more to complete it.

The only thing that seems certain is that it will be Russian Craft that transport

the parts up there because the US space shuttle is just about obsolete .

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Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

elderlybloke
Linux

Only in America

In the democratic world (outside of America) , if this became law, it would not have any effect.

Things like Linux and in particular , Ubuntu are beyond the reach of American law.

Such a law would only help to generate software in Europe and Asia, while America stagnated.

Would put America even deeper into an economic meltdown.

To avoid the consequences of the law in America, you would have revert to something simple like DOS.

Good luck to you.

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Blighty's black honeybee comes in from the cold

elderlybloke
Happy

Do nothing

until Britain finds that crops are failing because of lack of bees.

Politicians will then tell you that the matter is being studied and that their party is confident of a solution.

Belt tightening will be necessary until some artificial alternatives can be developed.

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Six months on, Macs still plagued by critical Java vuln

elderlybloke
Dead Vulture

Dear Matt

Don't get too complacent about H1N1.

The "Spanish Flu" that killed about 50,000,000 people in 1918-1919 was an H1N1 flu.

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Next Ubuntu alpha reveals video change

elderlybloke
Happy

FFS, Why is this news

Dear Anon,

I expect it has something to do with Ubuntu being about five times more popular than any other Linux OS.

A happy Ubuntu user.

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Herschel and Planck safely away

elderlybloke
Dead Vulture

Things are much better now

than around 35 years ago when Englishmen tried to get rockets up from Woomera , Australia.

They were very consistent , every launch was a failure.

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Telstra bins UK support staff

elderlybloke
Thumb Down

Call India and pray

that you get someone who can speak understandable English.

I have suffered two bouts of dealing with Indian "help" desks,

1. Microsoft . To get a re-activation Number. God , what a struggle to understand ,what sounded like a Peter Sellers impersonator.

2. Hewlett-Packard . Problem installing new printer. Usual struggle to understand , plus I was told I had a non functioning USB card and to replace it.

It was wrong- My friendly computer man said that Windows XP was the problem,and after reinstall

the printer worked.

I will not purchase anything that has India as a site for customer service

Now use Ubuntu instead of MS .

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Greece grounds Google's Street View fleet

elderlybloke
Happy

View of Patio Doors!

The view of Patio Doors ( I assume this is what in New Zealand is called a Ranch Slider.)

I have got one visible from the street also but mine has a little lever that I can use to lock it.

I bet we have more thieves per sq mile/kilometer than you !

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Atlantis creeps up on Hubble

elderlybloke
Go

Space shuttle safety

NASA know that a repeat of Columbia will doom any more Shuttle flights and big problems all round for NASA.

Maybe the "managers" listen to Engineers now.

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US govt hydrogen highway runs out of road

elderlybloke
Happy

Oh Bugger

I understand that converting energy into vehicle motion, is done more efficiently by petrol than by electricity.

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Plod called in on MPs' expenses leak

elderlybloke
Flame

The Queen

does not get involved with anything as grubby as politics.

She would not be amused about any suggestion that she should get involved and sort the #$$%&* politicians out.

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Sikh coppers request bulletproof turbans

elderlybloke
Alert

They could abandon the Turban

like a lot of young Sikhs are doing, Hot, uncomfortable , bloody time wasted tying them on.

These coppers will be young , so I don't really think that most of them give a toss.

Of course the "establishment" are hollering about it.

But times change , even Sikhs will be moving into the 21first century.

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Ron Howard accuses Pope of scuppering Dan Brown movie

elderlybloke
Thumb Up

Don't be cruel

to Opie,he is a nice wee boy .

He will grow up to be successful in whatever career he decides on.

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elderlybloke
Happy

Ron Howard and the Catholic Church

Ron is lucky that recently the Catholic Church retired the torturers of the Inquisition , and has also stopped burning at the stake, those who dare to say that the Earth is NOT the centre of the Universe.

Galileo Galilei had a close call when he used that devilsh instrument called the Telescope.

He observed things that could not be ,as it was against Christian doctrine.

They are apparently now behaving the way that they should according to the book that they use as a guide.

Something about thow shalt not kill, and all that.

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Science tests for 11-year-olds to be scrapped

elderlybloke
Unhappy

I hope teachers in UK schools

teach the kids better than the useless ones I had here in New Zealand , 60 + years ago.

What I learned was despite the teachers, not because of them.

Finally got some blokes who could teach when I went to a Tech. Institute , when I was in my 20s.

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US Forces 'black' budget = 2nd biggest military on Earth

elderlybloke
Dead Vulture

Ian above

The reason England , France , China and India got Nuclear weapons was so that they would be listened to in places like the UN.

No nuclear bombs , not very important.

Pakistan got them because it couldn't trust India about fighting fair in the next round of wars between them.

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Home Office to keep innocent DNA samples

elderlybloke
Black Helicopters

It has finally arrived in UK

1984 that is.

I expect it will arrive down here in New Zealand shortly.

Remember , don't talk in your sleep, you never know who might be listening.

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Microsoft crimps products after second wave of job cuts

elderlybloke
Jobs Horns

Does Microsoft

take any notice of these numerous suggestions from the devoted slaves (er customers)

Question- A year ago did anyone foretell the current situation , cut backs in the products and sacking thousands of the unfortunate workers ?

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Car-prang secretary bites off boss's todger

elderlybloke
Thumb Up

I'm Sorry

but I have been reduced to tears over this story.

I must confess-it is from laughing.

I suspect that it is a made up story though.

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Jackalope gets jaunty with Ubuntu nip and tuck

elderlybloke
Happy

Will download it

in about a month or so, as advised on the Ubuntu forums .

There have been a lot of people who rushed in (fools rush in?) and had problems , some serious.

I can carry on with 8.10, the faults I have are not serious..

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elderlybloke
Paris Hilton

Camilla

It must be almost time to take your tranquilisers , please don't forget.

Be happy like Paris.

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Microsoft answers EU antitrust charges

elderlybloke
Linux

To JW

The Ubuntu OSs I have installed came with Firefox included in the OS.

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Branson mothership bottom smacked in 'touch & go' incident

elderlybloke
Happy

When I was a Boy

over 50 years ago, it was called -Circuits and Bumps.

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Yorkshire man wakes up Irish after brain surgery

elderlybloke
Dead Vulture

Danny Boy

I hate to mention this but I have heard this song quite a few times here in New Zealand.

What does that make us?

PS. All this has made me forget about the Swine something.

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UK agent leaves secret drugs info on bus

elderlybloke
Paris Hilton

Bugger me

How come this dim brained, useless, stupid female who is a menace to the law / security services , hasn't been booted out.

It seems a female can get away with being a brainless , useless incompetent.

If a man did anything like this he would have charged under the Official Secrets Act.

The females bleat about wanting equality. If they get it they will be worse off than now.

Paris as she is obviously quite bright compared to the above offender .

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Pig plague 2.0: Can't spell 'pandemic' without 'panic'

elderlybloke
Thumb Up

Look on the Sunny Side

Ordinary flu kills between 250,000 and 500,000 annually.

Must check up on Pneumonia as well.

Stay well.

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Windows 7 and the Linux lesson

elderlybloke
Thumb Up

Ubuntu 9.04

I have Ubuntu 8.10 on my computer, and I intended to upgrade to 9.04 , but found that quite a lot of people who have done so have got problems.

Some of them serious, so I will do as was advised to do on the Forums - wait a month before installing.

I can't complain as it is not costing me an arm and a leg.

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LG to stop making plasma TVs?

elderlybloke
Happy

Plasma verses LCD/TFT

I am no expert on TV screens, but I understand that Plasma can be viewed at a far greater angle than LCD.

When I replace my not so old CRT TV I will go for Plasma.. Our Consumer organisation gives a good writeup on Plasma, and that's good enough for me.

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Cabinet Office stuck with creaking PCs for five years

elderlybloke
Linux

Dept of Adminitrative Affairs

will get new shining computers if Sir Humphrey manages to outsmart Jim (again).

PS. when I was a government worker(!) the computers were called Commodors.

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Canonical punts Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope

elderlybloke
Gates Horns

to Anon . coward - Post no 1

Boo Boo Boo.

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NetApp coughs up $128m to close over-charging case

elderlybloke
Gates Horns

America values Honesty

at about a knob of Goat Shit.

The business that is guilty of fraud (but won't admit it) is still in business .

I am glad that the whistle blower got the cash, it may encourage more of the same.

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'Soon soldiers will have 3 tiny choppers in their pocket'

elderlybloke
Happy

secret sauce

Is that similar to tomato sauce?

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Pirate Bay guilty verdict: Now what?

elderlybloke
Gates Horns

Re - Sue everyone

I believe it was pressure from USA (Bastion of Freedom and Democracy) that caused the Swedes to act on behalf of USA media moguls .

Might is right still. ( Reference - Iraq )

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HP packing workers seal bosses in conference room

elderlybloke
Dead Vulture

Dear Yorkshirepudding

Do you have to behave like AWOL Bush ( who hid during the Vietnam War) and swaggered around on an aircraft carrier pretending to be a combatant .

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Brazilian ejected as lingerie arouses border staff suspicions

elderlybloke
Paris Hilton

Made my day

Way down here in New Zealand, your contributers have cheered me up after a hard day .(Messing about my section

About being aroused, if I was 50 years younger I probably would be.

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NASA: Clean-air regs, not CO2, are melting the ice cap

elderlybloke
Unhappy

Western Countries Carbon Tax

seems to be masochistic practice.

India and China are exempt from this Carbon Tax business.

I checked on the coal produced in India and it is about 830 Million tons and that is not sufficient and an increasing amount annually is imported.

An Indian site showed that the amount of coal consumed is now about 1100 Million Tons / Year

A BP site shows Asia / Pacific Consuming about 1900 Million Tons in 2007.

A statistic site showing each country and total coal production showed total world coal production as 6395 Million Tons.

These figures are growing more rapidly each year.

If you want to frighten yourself , have a look at the information available.

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IBM fingered over early Linux mistakes

elderlybloke
Paris Hilton

Kernal

The reason there is a Kernel is because Linus created it.

BSD ,what is/who is that.

I love Paris in the springtime etc.

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BBC fined £150k over Manuelgate

elderlybloke
IT Angle

BBC downunder

Here in New Zealand, the BBC programs are a lot better quality than the locally produced stuff, which is usually an embarrisment .

We have had more than our fair share of pompous twits on the local channels.

Gave up a few years ago and went for Sky.

Even most of the American shows seem to show more intelligence . Had a change of Government , so things might improve.

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GPS drives father to murder

elderlybloke
Pirate

Guns are good

in America. They have a Constitution that permits them to be heavily armed , ready for the British when they invade again.

A few thousand of the citizens kill more thousands of their fellow citizens each year, but that appears to be an acceptable price to pay for keeping the British away.

God bless Amecaa.

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BT still struggling to fix Olympic problems

elderlybloke
IT Angle

This happens to Americans too

A few years ago , NASA had an Orbiter that they sent to Mars.

Everything went well and the time came to put the space craft into the orbit.

However there were two teams involved in the project, one worked in metric and the other in Imperial system.

The distance of the orbit from centre of Mars was calculated in miles by Imperial team , and set as Kilometers by the metric team.

The distance instruction to the craft meant that it tried to orbit at was beneath the surface of the Planet.

Rather more expensive than your local problem

Also making as built plans and putting the altered /finished location in the records is fundamental ,

but alas not always done.

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BT does Italian Job on London traffic lights

elderlybloke
IT Angle

The poor Contractor

will be liable for all the costs of this outage.--

If the tunnel that got perforated was accurately shown on the maps/plans/records.

It may well be that the person doing the recording of the tunnel location made an error. It does happen.

Maybe it was a computer error. That's what gets the blame a lot of the time.

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US Defense Dept shuffles self

elderlybloke
Thumb Up

The New Commander in Chief

has more intellect , less bluster and more common sense than AWOL Bush.

He can't obliterate the military - industrial complex that has prospered in USA for decades, immediately .

Give him a year or two and he might achieve something.

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U.S. unemployment rate jumps to 8.5 per cent

elderlybloke
Dead Vulture

Mr. Anon Cowrd

Second paragraph says recession started in Dec 2007.

Actually if you have been unaware of the collapse of the economy in USA , you must have been living in a cave for the last 6 months.

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