* Posts by Uncle Slacky

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

Uncle Slacky
Meh

Re: The response to another mass shooting is to ban.....

As someone said recently, it's the least we can do, and unfortunately the way things are it's the most we'll be able to do.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

Uncle Slacky
Holmes

They'd sell a lot more laptops if they offered better than 1366x768 resolution for less than a king's ransom...

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Free ethical upgrade offered as Fairphone launches mobe No 2

Uncle Slacky
Devil

Re: Unfair phone

Apple already did, shirley?

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

Uncle Slacky
Windows

WIll the POSReady hack work on it?

Asking for a friend...

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

Uncle Slacky
Alien

Re: Could This Be The Explanation?

I've heard they may be useful to aliens as fuel for their spaceships (if your name is Al Bundy, at least).

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

Uncle Slacky
Alien

Re: Supplies for Download festival !!!!

No, from Vega: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vega

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Uncle Slacky
Stop

Re: they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark

And of course it's not true: http://www.snopes.com/business/alliance/barcode.asp

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

Uncle Slacky

Re: And yet...

Through savings on the administration of the existing welfare system, and of course on the ability of every nation with its own currency to print as much of it as they like (see QE).

See also: https://www.reddit.com/r/basicincome/wiki/index#wiki_how_would_you_pay_for_it.3F

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Uncle Slacky

Re: @Dawson

The only ones who will be able to afford to consume will be those who already own the robots, or at least own the rights to their output. The rest of us get to starve.

We're already at the stage where industry doesn't really need consumers, and in fact the financial sector doesn't really need industry, just QE and other forms of government welfare/bailouts. Socialism for the rich, etc.

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Uncle Slacky
Terminator

Re: Sexbots, Tim

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!!!!!

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Uncle Slacky
Stop

Re: And yet...

If we're not working, then where are we going to get the money to "get" the things the robots are making?

The only solution AFAICS that doesn't end with pitchforks and the 0.01% being strung up from lampposts is a universal basic income scheme. It'll either be that or: http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

Uncle Slacky
Mushroom

Air Force General Hawk Carlisle

Wasn't he a character in Dr Strangelove?

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

Uncle Slacky
Linux

Re: bad batter made bitter

Have you tried Netrunner? http://www.netrunner.com/

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

Uncle Slacky

Re: Me, give me strength

Equally, they must never worry about getting flu jabs, because there's no evolution...

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Uncle Slacky

Isn't it referring to something like a hippopotamus, or a rhino? Much more likely than a dino, at any rate.

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Uncle Slacky

It's a trap!

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UK.gov confirms it's binned extended Windows XP support

Uncle Slacky
Linux

Re: What next ?

They're reviewing all IT in Munich, as is standard practice. They're not "desperately trying to revert":

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/no-munich-isnt-about-to-ditch-free-software-and-move-back-to-windows/

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

Uncle Slacky
Thumb Up

Re: Secret Technology

As seen in Dr Who, of course...

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

Uncle Slacky
Windows

Re: Don Box?

And only one letter away from DosBox...

Is there a connection? WE SHOULD BE TOLD!

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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

Re: improved hardware specs and sharper displays,

ITYM "fewer".

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

Uncle Slacky

Re: Why not nationalise all the banks?

Indeed they are, but they shouldn't be. It always makes me laugh when I hear UK govt ministers claiming that they will lower utility bills, as if they have influence over them whatsoever.

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Uncle Slacky
Stop

Why not nationalise all the banks?

Surely such a vital element of the economy shouldn't be in private hands, in much the same way as other things that people rely on, like health care and public utilities?

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

Uncle Slacky
Thumb Up

Re: And the nominees are...

Bernie Sanders: https://berniesanders.com/

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

Uncle Slacky

Relevant Family Guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YOh-rpvjYg

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

Uncle Slacky

Re: Can't tell scale from photo

Looks like too much (cosmetic) dirt and/or texturing on it to be the 70s Mattel version, plus the guns on the wingtips of the 70s version are black, and you'd have to push R2D2's head down almost flush with the ship to get the wings to lock in attack position.

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Tencent introduces slimmed-down wristjob TOS to swollen market

Uncle Slacky
Stop

What about Atari?

Will the Tramiel estate sue for trademark infringement?

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

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

Uncle Slacky
Thumb Up

I used to write entire application installers with the PowerBatch compiler.

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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
Thumb Up

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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