* Posts by Uncle Slacky

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

Uncle Slacky
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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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Pentagon hacker McKinnon reinvents himself as SEO guru

Uncle Slacky

Re: $800k in damages

IIRC there were no passwords set on at least some of the systems he accessed.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

Uncle Slacky

Re: Only in the Hollywood version

Technically, the British Empire won...

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

Uncle Slacky

Re: The chocolate is still shit, though.

Reminds me of this: http://satwcomic.com/always-watch-your-drink

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

Uncle Slacky

Re: Splorf

It probably originated here: http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/hovercraft.htm

which gives two Latin possibilities:

Mea navis volitans anguillis plena est

Navis volitans mihi anguillis plena est

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

Uncle Slacky
Stop

Growth really isn't needed...

as long as there"s a universal basic income (paid for by land value taxation)...

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

Uncle Slacky

Re: Yay!

Or the Ribbon?

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

Uncle Slacky

Re: other titles that would freak out the Adele listener:

"Radar Love" (and of course "Crash" by the Primitives as I said upthread)

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Uncle Slacky

Re: My debut single

Or "Crash" by the Primitives?

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

Uncle Slacky

Re: Not Complete non-news

IIRC there was some kind of campaign (supported by Buzz) that had something to do with a #Apollo45 hashtag on Twitter to "raise awareness" or somesuch. See http://buzzaldrin.com/apollo45/

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

Uncle Slacky
Mushroom

Re: Holes in the ground

That can't possibly end badly...

(BTW for you young'uns, this is a Space:1999 reference - now get off my lawn)

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

Uncle Slacky

Re: Hows about

Wouldn't "to infinity and beyond" be better?

Google Translate reckons it's "Ut infinitum et ultra", BTW.

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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

Uncle Slacky
FAIL

Re: I like mass surveillance

Says the anonymous coward....

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