* Posts by Uncle Slacky

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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
Thumb Up

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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Thumb Up

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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Uncle Slacky
FAIL

Re: What do you think mass surveillance is?

"I think a lot of commentators here would change their minds after a close brush with a terrorist or criminal action."

It's a risk I, for one, am prepared to take to live in a free society where I am not treated as a potential terrorist by my government and monitored 24/7.

Terrorism alone can't bring down a nation. Anti-terror laws, however, can.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

"Hone in"?

Shouldn't that be "home in"?

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

Uncle Slacky
Holmes

Old news

I remember reading about this (and seeing photos of the earthworks etc.) about 5 years ago - maybe that was when it was still only specualtion, though?

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Surface Mini fondleslab farewelled

Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

"Farewelled"? Really?

WTF is wrong with "cancelled" or "terminated"?

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

Uncle Slacky

Re: A couple of simple tricks:

If you append ?sk=lf to the end of the facebook URL you should always get latest posts (and comments, unfortunately) first.

Dunno why they show me stuff that friends have commented on but that I'm not allowed to, though.

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Google offers $150 gift card for Chromebook Pixel data shutoff

Uncle Slacky
Headmaster

"reached out"???

Where has this stupid phrase come from, and why am I seeing it so much lately?

What the hell is wrong with "contacted"?

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

Uncle Slacky

Re: lifestyle choice. really? always?

This is why we need a basic income - given to everyone automatically (cutting down enormously on admin) and paid for by land value tax...

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

Uncle Slacky

Same here (except Physics was my first choice). To be fair, that was (just) before he arrived at Reading. The old Cybernetics lab had a great mad scientist/boffin vibe, though.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

Uncle Slacky
Linux

Numbering convention

I think the plan is to have 17.1, 17.2 etc. following shortly after Ubuntu 14.04.1, 14.04.2 etc. - Mint 18 will be the next LTS.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Uncle Slacky

A dumb (but well-connected) TV

A dumb TV with an excellent screen and audio, with half a dozen HDMI, SCART, VGA, DVI and composite inputs and an easy way to switch between them, and as someone pointed out the other day, a way to memorise the volume settings on each input port.

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

Uncle Slacky
Big Brother

Re: Errrrm....

"If you don't see the fnords, they can't hurt you..."

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Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

Uncle Slacky

Re: Doric (Scots)

I suspect it'd be similar to "dugs baws" in Ulster-Scots, too.

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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

Uncle Slacky

Re: When can I mutate into a bird?

I think Bill Hicks said it best:

"By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing, kill yourself. Just a little thought. I'm just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, they'll take root. I don't know. You try. You do what you can. Kill yourself. Seriously, though. If you are, do. No, really. There's no rationalisation for what you do, and you are Satan's little helpers, okay? Kill yourself. Seriously. You are the ruiner of all things good, seriously. No, this is not a joke, if you're going: 'There's going to be a joke coming.' There's no fucking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage. You are fucked, and you are fucking us. Kill yourself, it's the only way to save your fucking soul. Kill yourself. Planting seeds. I know all the marketing people are going: 'He's doing a joke.' There's no joke here whatsoever. Suck a tail-pipe, fucking hang yourself, borrow a gun from a Yank friend - I don't care how you do it. Rid the world of your evil fucking machinations. I know what all the marketing people are thinking right now too. 'Oh, you know what Bill's doing? He's going for that anti-marketing dollar. That's a good market, he's very smart.' Oh man. I am not doing that, you fucking evil scumbags! 'Oh, you know what Bill's doing now? He's going for the righteous indignation dollar. That's a big dollar. Lot of people are feeling that indignation, we've done research. Huge market. He's doing a good thing.' God damn it, I'm not doing that, you scumbags. Quit putting a goddamn dollar sign on every fucking thing on this planet! 'Oh, the anger dollar. Huge. Huge in times of recession. Giant market, Bill's very bright to do that.' God, I'm just caught in a fucking web. 'Oh, the trapped dollar. Big dollar, huge dollar. Good market, look at our research. We see that many people feel trapped. If we play to that and then separate them into the trapped dollar :' How do you live like that? And I bet you sleep like fucking babies at night, don't you? 'What did you do today, honey?' 'Oh, we made arsenic childhood food. Now, good night. Yeah, we just said, you know, is your baby really too loud? You know : yeah, the mums will love it, yeah.' Sleep like fucking children, don't you? This is your world, isn't it?"

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Robotics evangelist: 'Personal robots' should be invisible beings

Uncle Slacky

Re: 19 years late

I was thinking more along the lines of "Life Imitates the Simpsons" (the Halloween episode with Pierce Brosnan) or perhaps Ren & Stimpy's "House of Next Tuesday".

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Uncle Slacky

Re: Star Wars generated plenty of imitators at the time, but few - if any - are remembered.

Battle Beyond the Stars? If only I could forget it! It even had a simple farm boy in it (don't get much simpler than John Boy Walton).

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Tennessee bloke cuffed for attempting to shag ATM – police

Uncle Slacky
Joke

A penalty...

...for early withdrawal?

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