* Posts by Uncle Slacky

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Uncle Slacky
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Re: But.... where are the netbooks?

I was in the same boat as you recently. My eeePC 701 is showing its age and I wanted a newer netbook.

The new "netbook" equivalents (the cheapo Medions and Asus Cloudbooks etc.) are optimised for battery life and media consumption (and aren't particularly Linux-friendly, either).

Your best bet these days is a secondhand Lenovo X-series (e.g. X220), failing that a Dell Latitude (I recently acquired a Latitude E6220 for €200) or an HP Elitebook.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: British efforts

"Cold fusion" has such a bad press that it's now termed "Low Energy Nuclear Reactions".

There's quite a lot of serious science going on in the field, too: http://lenr-canr.org/

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Motorola-powered Mac from 1989 used to write smartphone apps

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Re: Love my old Macs

I've got a IIsi (expansion-challenged cousin of the IIci) and Stylewriter II in the attic. I should get them out and see if they still work (last booted circa 2003). I suspect I'd need to replace the capacitors and ink cartridges, at least...

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Great machine

The SE/30 is well known and loved as just about the best 68k Mac ever in terms of bang per buck.

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Xombrero browser replacement

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Re: Xombrero browser replacement

Arachne? Yes, it's still around!

http://www.glennmcc.org/aralinux/

It's a little basic, but the source code is here: http://www.glennmcc.org/aralinux/arachne-src-1.97.tgz

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Slashdot, SourceForge slurped by travel publisher

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There is another...

Soylent News is where most of the refugees went last time: https://soylentnews.org/

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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Re: Acorn System 1

A few (Acorn) Atoms were still in regular use in the University of Kent physics lab as late as 1991 - any more recent alumni know whether they went on any longer than that? They also had a PET 2001 and a PDP-8 in storage, but they were too big to carry away.

Personally, my oldest PC is a colour Amstrad CPC 6128 from 1986. It hasn't been switched on since about 1993 but I suspect it still works, though it might need a new drive belt.

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HSBC online services still offline following 'attack' on bank

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Re: We successfully defended our systems.

Just like "we had to destroy the village to save it"...

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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

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Re: And the point is...

Shirley a grizzly end is what you get when you're attacked by a bear?

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30 years on from Challenger, NASA remembers the fallen

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Re: Damn...

I think most of us in the UK saw it first on Newsround - probably the only significant breaking story they ever covered. I think they had intended to cover the launch anyway because of the "first teacher in space" thing, and shuttle launches were no longer considered newsworthy by the major agencies, so they pretty much had an (unwanted) exclusive in the UK.

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UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

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Will...

Lord Bong of #businessmodel be consulted on the content of this bill, I wonder?

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Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

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Re: Quite Frankly

It's the unstoppable telemetry in W10 that most of us object to...

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In this Facebook and Google-owned world, it's time to rethink privacy

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Re: The sad thing is that no startup / corp has stepped up and seen a wonderful opportunity here…

There are several vendors of Linux laptops (System76 springs to mind immediately). There are also OS-optional vendors like PC Specialist.

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Re: " I need to buy a TV, but can't find anything but smart, so I'm not buying period"

Or just get a decent widescreen monitor and use that instead?

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: No Safe Level

To pick a recent example, lead (see Flint, Michigan).

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: If Pluto is taken.

I went to a planet with no bilateral symmetry and all I got was this lousy F-shirt.

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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Re: exponents....

So...can we have your liver, then?

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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MX-15

MX-15 (a cousin of antiX) offers Debian Jessie without systemd, if you're interested.

http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page#News

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Pre-Thinkpad laptop

I acquired a circa 1991 IBM PS/2 Note N33SX (16 Mhz 386sx, 2Mb RAM, 320Mb HD) laptop which wouldn't boot (turned out all it needed was a BIOS floppy). Still works today, though the backlight is nearly dead. The (separate) floppy drive is dodgy, but luckily I'd also acquired a parallel-port ZIP drive for easy installation of Win 3.1 and NewDeal Office ((when I need to work distraction-free - great keyboard!).

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We know this isn't about PRISM, Matt Warman MP. But do you?

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As Upton Sinclair put it...

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

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Re: Dear Microsoft

The telemetry is still going on even when you've allegedly turned it off, though:

http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Re: If you played the original X-COM game

115 should be named after the guy who made it (in)famous - Bob Lazar...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Lazar#Claims

Hence, Lazarium!

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Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?

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But does it run...

...Linux?

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Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

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Re: Conservative = stupid

“To be conservative requires no brains whatsoever. Cabbages, cows and conifers are conservatives, and are so stupid they don't even know it.” - Colin Welch

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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Is it called...

...a TIE rack?

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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On a similar (Zaphodish) note

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." — H. L. Mencken

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National Crime Agency: Your kid could be a nasty interwebs hacker

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Re: Terrorism terrorism terrorism

Trying to dissuade and assuage at the same time?

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Mozilla confirms its Firefox OS phones are dead

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Re: Mee-Go/Sailfish still has a life I reckon

I fear we'll end up with the Hitchhiker's Guide gesture-controlled radio scenario, so sensitive that you have to sit absolutely still if you want to keep listening to the same station...

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

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Re: Shocking!

A hobbit?

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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Re: Who moved my cheese

The Doctor always lies, however.

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It was a reused prop...

...from the docudrama "An Adventure In Time And Space". Nice to see the round things back, though...

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: Ah

Still have my copy of "Thrud's Graffik Novel" - that's all I need or want to remember about White Dwarf.

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IT pros are a bunch of wedding and funeral-dodging sickos

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Re: Not allowed to have a life - ever

I bet you're also one of those people who can't see the point of unions, either.

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Re: Not allowed to have a life - ever

I'm guessing you're describing the life of a IT pro in the good ol'US of A. Civilized countries have laws against the kinds of abuses you describe.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: Her name

I wondered whether her middle name would be "Headroom"...

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Windows 8.1 exams kept alive six more months, Win 7 tests immortal

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Re: Probably a necessity

If you're looking for non-systemd distros, there's also AntiX (if you want a Debian base) as well as Slackware and its derivatives, to name a few. There's always BSD, too...

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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Re: "...we were told bluntly: No compromise exists..."

Or "j", if you're an electrical engineer...

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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"Back to the future" for the flat design paradigm?

Win 1.0 looks like pretty much like the "ideal" flat UI, doncha think?

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Re: Mouse tricks

I had to learn to drive WfWG without a mouse (on a 386SX laptop with a broken screen, to boot) because my boss at the time was too cheap to shell out for one! Still, I learned some useful shortcuts.

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Re: Ahhh Windows 3.11 for Workgroups...

You might be thinking of 95, although I think that was around 19 floppies (when created from the CD) IIRC.

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Re: Am I splitting hairs

You could argue that (consumer) Windows wasn't a full OS until XP - up until ME, DOS was still there lurking under the GUI.

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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No surprise...

...to those of us who use GPS velocity measurements instead of position when blending & fusing them with inertial measurements for precise navigation - it gives a much more accurate result.

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Obama: Let me spam 600,000 of your customers with a TPP sales pitch. eBay: Sure thing, Barry!

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Re: Obama the socialist, hahaha good one

I'm guessing Mr or Ms Downvoter is American, judging by their apparent lack of knowledge of what a socialist is.

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Horrid checkbox download bundlers drop patch-frozen Chrome

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Repositories?

Who'd install stuff downloaded from a website when you can just apt-get it from your repo?

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Tor Project: US government paid university $1m bounty to hack our networks

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Re: time to go old school?

The language on Zoom was called "Ubbi Dubbi", as I recall, ubor, ubas ubi rubecuball...

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Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium

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Re: Cool

Had got their what?

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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"How long can the ceasefire last?"

Presumably about as long as the previous 15...

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Zygella...

...wasn't Bonnie's real name, it was just the Doc's way of winding her/it up.

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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Re: FUZE Basic

If you'd rather use BBC Basic on the Pi, there's a cut-down RISC OS install with only what's needed for the Beeb experience: https://www.riscosopen.org/content/sales/risc-os-pico

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R&D money for science – from your taxes?

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Re: CERN

Gee, I dunno, maybe the WWW for starters?

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