* Posts by Uncle Slacky

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

Re: That caption for the second image

Also, the singular of criteria is "criterion".

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

Uncle Slacky

Re: Hold on there

Or uBlock (now uBlock Origin), now available on FF as well as Chrome:

https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

Uncle Slacky

Re: >> well, a few graphics would help!!

Alice has the advantage of being in the public domain...

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

Uncle Slacky

See also

Eminent domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eminent_domain#United_States

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

Uncle Slacky

To be fair, she did make the point that many programmers who cut their teeth on BASIC in their bedrooms went on to become very successful commercial programmers (particularly games) despite the dire predictions that they'd never "unlearn" their bad, unstructured habits.

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Uncle Slacky

Re: Listen to it

It's also available on the Podcasts page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r4codes

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

Uncle Slacky
Stop

Re: Wealth redistribution

Not sure about the others but Bill Gates Sr was already a millionaire before Bill Jr dropped out of university. I'm sure that must have helped him a bit.

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

Uncle Slacky

Expletives deleted, of course...

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

Uncle Slacky
Black Helicopters

Re: Yet another one? --> dangerous Ukraine brawl,

Also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacturing_Consent

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

Uncle Slacky
Black Helicopters

Re: security chip???

I suspect an embedded RFID element in there somewhere...

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

Uncle Slacky
Stop

Re: "fully Bong"

Never go full Bong...

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

Uncle Slacky
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Not my writing, but quite appropriate

The following has been circulating on the intertubes...

"I would like my pudding now nurse. And then I think I'd like to... write... something... I don't remember what."

Standing in the corner, he waits. The sand slowly flows, but it nears its end. The old man still glows, as thousands of threads spread away from him.

SQUEAK.

I AGREE. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE HIM THIS WAY.

SQUEAK.

NO. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.... BUT I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK HIM HOW IT ALL ENDS.

The old man looks up, through them at first... and then he sees them. For once, the smile on the hooded figure's skull is genuine.

"I... I remember you. The anth... ant..."

ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION.

"Yes, that. We knew each other?"

ONCE. AND WILL AGAIN, SIR.

He so rarely said it, and these feelings... remembering his young apprentice, and beloved daughter. The beautiful child they have.

"There... is a girl, yes?"

SHE IS SPEAKING TO THE AUDITORS, SIR. THEY ARE UNWILLING TO LISTEN.

"Well then. You know what they say, two things you cannot avoid. Taxes and..." He looks into the fiery blue eyes, and becomes aware.

SQUEAK.

"Quite right. Is it time already? I have so much left to do."

YOU HAVE GIVEN ALL YOU CAN SIR.

"No, not cancer. Alzheimers."

I AM AWARE.

"So, where is the boy? I remember a boy."

CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.

"Ahh. Never much trusted cars. Or horses."

THEY GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

"Must I?"

SOON. BUT WE MAY SIT HERE AWHILE.

SQUEAK

DO YOU HAVE ANY BISCUITS?

"No. Shame really."

YES.

"Is it truly turtles?"

ALL THE WAY DOWN. I HAVE SEEN THEM.

"Ahh. I would love to see it. Perhaps a small trip before?"

IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE.

"The light is slower there... and there's a monkey...."

ORANGUTAN. SAME PRINCIPLE.

"Yes... will they remember me?"

SQUEAK.

"What was that? I could not hear you."

HE SAYS WE WILL, SIR.

"I never much liked the trouble people had with you. You seem like a nice fellow."

I HAVE MY DAYS.

"Don't we all?"

SOME LESS THAN OTHERS.

"Is it quick?"

YES. AND I BROUGHT THE SWORD. CEREMONY DICTATES IT.

"Ahh. How about a cup of tea?"

I WOULD ENJOY IT. DO YOU PLAY CHESS?

"No. how about checkers?"

And so they sat, two old friends regaling each other, though the old man could not remember all of the details, the cloaked man and his rat filled him in, when it was needed.

- by Nick Mogavero

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

Uncle Slacky
Stop

Re: Why did it do that? What squirrel?!? Let's check the instant replay...

Was it an old dear she hit? If so, dear oh dear...

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

Uncle Slacky
Happy

Obligatory Weird Al

Frank's 2000 inch TV!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vVSulqXwAU

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

Uncle Slacky

Re: Visit the Cable and Wireless Telegraph museum as well

There are also, on a clifftop near the Porthcurno museum, the remains of the concrete anchors used to stabilize a huge antenna put up by the (then) rival Eastern Telegraph Company to spy on Marconi's transmissions in the days before the "forced" merger in the 30s that formed C&W and brought together the two rival comms systems under one roof.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

Uncle Slacky

Re: LOOSE != LOSE

Would have loved to, but don't have email access where I am...

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Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

LOOSE != LOSE

ITYM "Lose" in that there subhead...

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

Uncle Slacky
Windows

Re: If Lenovo have included this what has any of the other makers included

Always keep a copy of PC Decrapifier handy: http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

Uncle Slacky
Linux

Re: Stock install?

Try TLP for better battery management in Linux: http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/tlp.html

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

Uncle Slacky

Re: Turtles all the way down?

Obligatory XKCD:

https://xkcd.com/1360/

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Show me the money, America! It's time to learn how to pronounce 'Xiaomi'

Uncle Slacky

Re: Americans

Or Nissan, or Hyundai...

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

Uncle Slacky
Boffin

What about the 1974 Arecibo message?

OK, it wasn't aimed at any star in particular, but still...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_message

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Brit Linux distro CrunchBang calls it quits

Uncle Slacky
Linux

There's still AntiX and MX-14

For those wanting a Debian based distro for old hardware, AntiX and (for slightly newer machines) MX-14 fit the bill nicely:

http://antix.mepis.org

http://www.mepiscommunity.org/mx

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

Uncle Slacky

Re: Sigh

uBlock is available for Firefox too - it's still in beta, but it seems to work well enough (especially on certain sites with huge irrelevant lead photos and menu bars).

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ZX81 BEATEN at last as dev claims smallest Chess code crown

Uncle Slacky

Re: @werdsmith & A non e-mouse

Twain is reported to have said it, but it seems Pascal was probably the first:

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/04/28/shorter-letter/

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Uncle Slacky

Small Tetris

I've got a printout somewhere of Tetris in C (running on a VAX), possibly from one of the Obfuscated C contests, that was written in one line which took up most of an 80x25 terminal screen. I've also got an ASCII Mandelbrot generator written in DCL (banned at uni shortly after being distributed, for obvious reasons).

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Uncle Slacky

Re: @werdsmith & A non e-mouse

I'm reminded of the letter from Blaise Pascal (IIRC) where he apologised for lacking the time to make it shorter.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

Uncle Slacky
Stop

Greens?

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It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

"wont" is perfectly cromulent in this context.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

Uncle Slacky

Re: Fahrenheit

Or rods to the bushel, as Abraham Simpson used to.

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Orion BELTS UP: Space shuttle wannabe preps again for test flight

Uncle Slacky
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Re: "The Boat in the Red Zone is for loading and unloading only."

'Don't start with that "red zone, white zone" bullshit - we both know what this is REALLY about - you want me to get an abortion!'

Apparently voiced by the actual people who recorded the real announcements at LAX, too...

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

Uncle Slacky
Linux

Wine?

I was going to suggest that there must be a version of Wine for Android that one could use - well, there is, but it's still under development:

http://wiki.winehq.org/FOSDEM2014?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=wine-on-android-fosdem-2014.pdf

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

Uncle Slacky

Seuss reference?

Is that a quick trick duck stack in the photo?

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GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™

Uncle Slacky
Black Helicopters

Common knowledge at PK

Used to work for C&W at Porthcurno - it was an open secret that MI5 (at least) had people working and being trained there.

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Steve Jobs' bio man tackles geeks who 'created the digital revolution'

Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

Maybe the author is from New Orleans?

Everybody there knows what "lagniappe" means.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Uncle Slacky
Facepalm

Watch out for the pro-lifers

I can see this getting twisted (à la Horton Hears a Who) into an abortion allegory, particularly by the leftpondians.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

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Re: maybe there needs to be an app for that

Just checked - http://pleaserobme.com is still around, too!

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Uncle Slacky

Re: Obligatory Brass Eye paedo moral panic quote thread

I was thinking more of the bit where paedos could reach out of the computer screen and fiddle with the kids.

On a related note, Dr Fox.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

Who needs Google? Some of us can remember history...

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

Uncle Slacky
Joke

Re: Real terrorists use alt.usenet

alt.jihad.boom.boom.boom ?

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Mathematica hits the Web

Uncle Slacky
Linux

What about Octave?

https://www.gnu.org/software/octave/

A high level of language compatibility with Matlab, and there's even a GUI for it now.

Though personally, I'd just do it in Fortran...

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Uncle Slacky
Linux

Or run it for free...

...but slowly on a Raspberry Pi.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Uncle Slacky
Linux

Re: I can sense...

You'll probably find that your wifi and screen brightness work a lot better with a more recent kernel - you can always try it from a live DVD or USB stick to test those features out before installing.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

Uncle Slacky

Like the old Agora servers...

I used to do something like this, except via email rather than SMS.

Anyone know if any of the servers listed here still exist? http://www.faqs.org/faqs/internet-services/access-via-email/

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

Uncle Slacky
Alien

Re: Air Force reverse engineer?

Also, someone has to work out how the captured UFOs work...

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Uncle Slacky

Re: The BBC is really starting to piss me off.

You're going to need a bigger dish (maybe 1.5m) if you're allowed to install one.You may find this site useful for assessing potential reception quality in your area:

http://robssatellitetv.com/astra2ereceptionmaps.htm

Otherwise Filmon (as recommended elsewhere) or a Raspberry Pi with RaspBMC and the F.T.V. addon work quite well if you have fast enough broadband.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

Uncle Slacky

Some would argue that the inventor was in fact Italian (Antonio Meucci) although like Bell, he was living in the US at the time.

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

Uncle Slacky

Re: Not just me then?

Indeed - the invisible and the nonexistent look very much alike...

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

Uncle Slacky
Black Helicopters

Re: Just once...

You'll want to be especially careful at McCarran - they'll definitely be listening in given that that's where the Area 51 JANET employee shuttle flights leave from.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

Uncle Slacky

'Murica.

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