* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Microsoft sets Feb 2017 date to kill last SHA-1 zombies

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Hey! I'm Lizard People and all this is news to me. Is there some Meta Lizard conspiracy going on here that I'm being left out of? Bastard Lizards!!! Cant trust no-one...

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Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

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Re: so what who cares

So who did you buy it from?

And who did they buy it from?

And just a few generations further back you can ask, who did they steal it from? Someone who thought the land belonged to everyone, until someone armed with ultra violence came out of the blue

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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Re: not to be a dick but

Yes. That quote, in this context, is not only confusing but offensively confusing. Johnson was trying to say that a woman preacher is like a dog walking on its hind legs; that is, wrong. But Johnson himself is wrong (unless you're an ugly reactionary with ugly views).

So, is Mr Orlowski saying that continuum is like a dog walking on its hind legs, or is he saying that it is like a female preacher being like a dog walking on its hind legs? Is continuum wrong or is Orlowski, like Johnson, wrong?

Ah, decisions, decisions...

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Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families

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Re: Local or remote processing?

RE: "What do you think?"

Internet commentards don't think; they react.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Re: Reality check

If nothing really matters then piddling on someones fireworks doesn't matter either so why piddle on his fun if that's what makes him happy? Be happy that he's happy, and I'll be happy that we're all happy because this is all on line nonsense and there is no actual piddling going on and no extinguished fireworks and we can all be happy knowing that everyone else is happy and unicorns can nibble stardust and we can all love one another and no one need ever feel sad ever again.

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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Re: re. "Rampant Robot"

"Rampant Robot" sounds more like a Linux distro to me

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Re: Oh goodness how awful

At times like this *I* think that maybe comments should be disabled on certain stories.

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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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Bernie cant do any worse than the past several presidents have done in this respect, and I suspect he would do much better than any of the current crop of GOPpers would do should they rise to the top of the toilet bowl.

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Re: Given how people are taught...

I read the letter as saying that everyone should have the "Chance" to do CompSci, not that everyone would do it. I think it also says something about having the chance to follow the subject at University without requiring millionaire parents or an ability to run about with a football. There is a lot that could be done if enough of the political class had the will to do it.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

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Re: @Geoffrey W - Epoc defining

How much do you think I care for any of you?

OS hate is just stupid. I like playing with all of them.

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Re: @djstardust Word to the wise old chap.......

Wind ups may be his game but its a very fine line between being funny and being irritating, and I fear he isn't funny enough, nor original enough, to avoid irritating me at least. Giggling at those who take him seriously wears thin after the first few hundred posts basically all using the same pointy stick which has long since lost its point. I don't know why I bother to look in the comments of any register story about Windows or "Slurp". I already know what I'm going to find.

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Re: Epoc defining

RE: "They too will learn to hate Windows"

But they still wont switch to Linux

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Re: WTF!

They probably have an old copy of Myst and are determined to finish that damn game before they die

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Re: Starting to see sense

@Adair

The OP is trolling, you fool. He does a lot of it.

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: America

RE: "The South is (crazy)

Nope, all of it, except for the western edges and the north eastern edges are "Fucking Crazy', and even those bits are a bit flaky too. Its all those guns: They make us so goddamn free we all get light headed and giddy and do stupid shit just because we can. And even though I'm actually British I now consider myself a honorary 'Murkin having lived here 15 years and am gettin' a bit kooky too. I talk to the bears behind the house and they say to me - "You fucking crazy american, leave me alone..." The whole country is mental but you would have to drag me kicking and screaming back to the mother land what brung me up. I fit right in. Sort of...

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Re: Fucking moron

I don't think there were actual mountain rescue teams involved. According to more detailed reports she was found by chance by a group of climbers who then helped her down the mountain. Pretty lucky really.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Why Touch?

Well I upvoted yours. Love me, Love me do...

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Re: Why Touch?

re: "You also get downvotes for complaining about downvotes"

I simply hate all those sycophantic, fawning, toady upvotes seeking self justification by agreeing with those able to express themselves better than they. Give me good, honest, belligerent, red faced downvotes any day.

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New York senator proposes tax credit for open-source developers

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Re: Stupid idea

RE: just rip it up. (the tax code)

Yeah. We can all just build our own roads and form our own police and military and do all our own medical work and throw out all that other useless shit provided by governments. Back to the Jungle, here we go!

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Too Naked for the Nazis streaks to literary glory

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Re: Soviet Bus Stops

You inspired me to go look and you're right; some of those artifacts are just awesome, and future archaeologist confounding for sure. Beats all those signs on a stick that we have. Or would have if we had buses. I suspect most of these originate in the grand old days of the USSR. As for your USA reference; Plastic/Concrete; sums up the two cultures somehow.

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: Mr Barack "Hope & Change" Obama

RE: "Most disappointing president EVER!"

Sure, I'm somewhat disappointed by what Obama has done, but its a poor measure of his overall worth.

The only reason George W Bush didn't disappoint me was because I expected him to do all the crazy shit he did. He did not disappoint me one bit. I know which of the two of them I prefer though, and it isn't Bush.

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Go No! Google cyber-brain bests top-ranked human in ancient game

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Re: In other news

They will have to pry my GO stones from my cold, dead, fingers before I bow down to their superior game play.

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Re: Congratulations to the team of DeepMind

I can play Noughts and Crosses (OXO) and snakes and ladders. I cannot play GO because I dont know the rules or strategy. I wouldnt be able to do so without some extensive re-programming and learning. Does that make me a non-intelligence? I also went fishing once, and ended up hooking myself in the arm. There are lots of things I cannot do without some programming work. Why should it be different for this AI?

What they have done is not write a program that knows about GO, but write a program that knows how to play the basic game and has the ability to learn how to do it better. It *Learned* strategy. That learning technique is something that could be applied to many things and I think its a fabulous achievement and am massively impressed. Most grumps I have come across so far seem to be people who refuse to be impressed by anything or anyone on principle. Not very impressive for supposed tech people.

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You're fired! No – you're acquired! Reality TV hits Silicon Valley startups

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I have a theory. The great zombie apocalypse has already started and it is not as depicted in popular fiction. The virus is shows of this ilk and there are already so many of the undead, who feel their lives cannot be real because they do not correlate to "Reality" shows, that I fear we may be too late to stop it. I have my place in the woods marked out so keep your zombie butts away from me.

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If Trump gets elected then there is no future. The Black Iron Prison will enclose us all and not even Valis can save us.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: The Issue

RE: Reagan

Reagan was almost strangled by his ape costar in bedtime for Bonzo. Imagine how different everything would be now if that had happened!

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Re: The Issue

RE: "I have no idea how Pravda on the Potomac is doing under Bezos"

On the other hand I know that "Der Stürmer" on the airwaves is doing OK under Murdoch and Ailes.

Yes, I know...Godwin! Godwin! But he started it.

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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Q "Lurching from one clanger to the next"

I think that's standard once an organization becomes so large that it divides into independent and competing kingdoms that only talk to each other via stilted formal channels.

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Re: Just hack your own version per the open source spirit

@Lars

Hmmm...It says Ekiga is available for Unix Like operating systems. Does that mean Linux? If not then Pinar Yanardag himself is stuffed.

Actually I looked it up and see its available in most of the best known Linuxes so I guess everyone should be happy. As long as it works at least as good as Skype and is Granny friendly.

Seriously, is Ekiga worth a look? I've been getting a bit niggled with Skype.

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Re: Just hack your own version per the open source spirit

Does it connect to Skype clients? If not then Pinar Yanardag's Granny is still stuffed.

Unless he can get her converted to Linux, since Linux is now apparently easy and does everything Windows does; then they can just switch to Ekiga, or whatever passes for a Skype equivalent

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Austinites outraged as Google Fiber tears up Texas capital

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Re: Austin = LaLa Land

I always figured Austin as one of the more habitable Texas cities, a bit like Texas's Portland Oregon, though less Portlandia than Portland. I suppose to the rest of Texas that would seem a bit La Di Da but to the rest of the civilised world...well...

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Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

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RE: "who's being funny?"

Not you.

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Sigh. Mr Justin Keller, a "Tech Bro" of ill repute, wrote a letter wherein he called the homeless and other street folk riff raff and wondered why they cannot somehow be gotten rid of so people like himself, who worked hard and got an education, do not have to see them. The article describes a satirical tech solution to the poor Tech Bro Keller's problem. So No, it isn't real. Its highly critical of tech bros like Justin Keller.

At least, I "Hope" its satirical and critical and not just another asshole tech bro.

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Ummm...I think your attempt at funny lacks something. Are you a tech bro?

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Easter Islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all, says archaeologist

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Re: "...primitive (sic) Jeremy Clarksons..."

National Treasures you may well think they are but that doesn't mean you own them. Let em smoke if they see fit to.

And speaking of Stephen Fry; did you see his recent and excellent rant against FaceBook? Truly awesome and I applaud and agree wholeheartedly. Turds in a reservoir, indeed. My only regret is that I do not have a FaceBook account so that I can shut it down and flounce off as Mr Fry did.

And may I add another national treasure to the list: The stubborn indie band Half Man Half Biscuit, who sit like a sadly neglected dusty exhibit in the back room of a National Trust property that no one ever visits. Shame on us all.

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Re: There was no evidence they were primitive Jeremy Clarksons

Isn't that a tautology? Is there any other kind of Jeremy Clarkson than a primitive one? I doubt he is like Worzel Gummidge with a different head for all occasions. His is one big baking potato of a thinker for all situations.

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Dan Kaminsky is an expert on DNS security – and he's saying: Patch right God damn now

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Re: Buffer overflows in 2016 are an embarrassment

Moving blocks of memory around locations is such a basic operation down at the machine level, which is performed in almost all higher level operations, that adding bounds checking at processor level has a huge impact on performance and so is left to the programs to perform at their own discretion. Or not, as the case may be.

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Microsoft's malware mitigator refreshed, but even Redmond says it's no longer needed

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Re-Balanced

@ Kurt Meyer

I take your William Shatner and raise you one James Doohan (Scotty)

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RE: "Didn't you send Justin Bieber and Celine Dion to the USA?"

Canada also sent Neil Young and Joni Mitchell so their karma balances

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RE: "wonder how many of them stuck with that promise"

It's probably like all those famous people who say "If <Political_Party> gets elected then I'm moving to <Fantasy_Utopia>" and then disappoint us all by staying put.

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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I don't care what you all say. If it does 250 mpg (equivalent) then I'd happily sit in a plastic milk crate as long as I could steer it.

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

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@ ShadowDragon8685

I found your reply interesting so I went looking elsewhere and found a very interesting article about the fear for adolescent sexuality...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480590

I think adults seriously need to grow up in the UK and USA

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@Hans 1 "education is the only way to go forward here"

How do you educate kids and teens, or indeed adults, to not be interested in mucky pictures? You cannot educate rampant hormones and a burgeoning sexuality. You can educate them to be careful at best.

Why do people panic so much about sexuality in the young? We've all been young and been in that situation, and look how we all turned out!

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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If you want wall-less or, indeed, a lack of any restraint whatsoever, there's still lots of fun to be had with Usenet and IRC. Leave your inhibitions at the door.

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Don't you see these simple facts? Destroy Facebook and restore human Liberty

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Re: can I just say that....

RE: ""all men are created equal" was a complete joke in a country that used slaves"

Not to mention the near destruction of the indigenous people who were there long before they were.

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Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition

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Re: Drag and Drop

Neither can you synch your files locally if using the Universal App (UA). This is because UAs are sandboxed and dont allow access to the local file system. So it may be a nicely written program but it has less functionality than the regular desktop app so when on a full windows computer its still desktop app for me. Personally I think Microsoft is going to have to do something about this if UAs are ever going to be genuinely useful on regular computers.

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The Bong Diaries, Pt.94: Bowie, Martha... and where's my knighthood?

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Re: Shirley

RE: "The thing you missed is the ¡Bong! byline "

So what you are saying is everything in the article is bollocks? Got it!

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Happy

@KeithR

Don't worry. Plenty to go round. You can have a few of your own too :-) I even got moderated as well but I cant say why or it'll happen again. I wouldn't mind but I'm not a very good "Microsoft FanBoy" since I don't like much of how Windows 10 is being managed. The unstoppable windows updates, the data collection policies, and the aggressive pushing of win 10 on other versions. MS is its own worst enemy at times. But I refuse to call them "Slurp" like many here do, or get shriekingly hysterical. It is hilarious though and quite entertaining, once you stop being irritated by it.

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For versions that are capable of connecting to a domain there is now a method of disabling windows 10 updates via the local group policy editor.

When I said no change I was referring to Home Premium versions of windows which indeed have not changed.They never could connect to a domain and they always have GWX enabled. That's still the case. I'm not approving of GWX, which I think is a pain in the ass, but for domain enabled versions there is now a genuine way of turning off the updates. You still might get initial notifications which will then prompt admins to go into the policy editor and turn them off. That fails to horrify me.

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