* Posts by disgruntled yank

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Re: Oh, dear

Ms. K is always worth a look. In this case, though, she was handicapped by period costume and hairdos, and by having to recite the distinctly sub-Stobbian dialogue.

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Oh, dear

The Stob version not only exhibits the wit and sense lacking in the movie, but would've got me home an hour earlier.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: strange...

Do you remember a governor of New York state, one Eliot Spitzer? Admittedly, his downfall was in connection with a transaction in Washington, DC.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Mowing

Sorry, is the Australian functionary supposed to mow down Canberra along with hackers, or is he supposed to protect Australian assets and also, by the way, Canberra?

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Open-source Java pals Groovy and Grails seek moneybags backer

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Well

I did a very little bit of experimentation with Groovy several years ago. It was fine, but did not inspire the need-it, gotta-have-it feeling. There was also the minor difficulty that Google tends to offer absurdities when one goes looking for help.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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By a remarkable coincidence

"The Wizard of Oz" turns up first by own preferred movie metric, appearances of flying monkeys.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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bum rap

I side with Mr. Hegedus, thinking that the cats would be digested by now. And I will add that the greatest Angeleno menace to cats must be the coyote.

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Suck on this, Larry: NoSQL pair hit the G-spot

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As the man said, above

Venture capitalists pouring buckets of cash into this or that company proves only so much.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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Re: Computers know you better than your friends

The reunited friends who remember a 1979 (was it?) wedding as occurring in 1966. No real surprise there.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: What's "Dumfounded"?

I'm off to the jewelers for an anti-American English pendant. How much do you think it will set me back?

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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

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Bah

Good think OD didn't try to horn in on a Sinatra conference.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Re: BB measurements

It has been about nearly 40 years since I saw "Tommy", so without going to YouTube, I can't really say. And even that might not help, for I'm not sure she was actually floating.

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BB measurements

Somebody has to figure out a way to get Ann Margret into the baked-bean measurements standard.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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breaking

obligatory XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1428/

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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Well

rather than "the exact same genetics / appearance" I think you must mean "the exact same last name / mother tongue". I know US citizens of South American birth who make David Cameron look dark, and others whose ancestors clearly were mostly African or pre-Columbian American. Any and all can write down "Hispanic" on a form with good conscience.

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Fake Android The Interview app actually banking Trojan

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Oh, dear

I blame it on Steve Bong.

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Reflections

1. Bin diving sounds better than six-hour board games.

2. If there is serial monogamy, why not parallel monogamy? One of Theodore Roosevelt's uncles managed this, I believe: two households unknown to each other, a very few blocks apart.

3. I am grateful to have spent my single days before the invention of on-line dating, mostly since I seldom turned down a chance to make a fool of myself.

(aging male, in case there was any doubt.)

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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"Unless you live by a bus stop, in which case you have the kinds of people who hang around bus stops hanging around your house, you’ll have to walk to it."

The people hanging around the bus stop are in fact the people hanging around my house, which is to say, my neighbors. I have met some troubling people at the terminals of inter-city buses (Greyhound and Continental Trailways), but in 30+ years of riding city buses in a couple of metropolitan areas, I have met remarkably few head cases.

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Re: The best urban transport

In the parts of the US where I grew up, one could count on a fair number of days with snow in the air and on the ground. People may be fairly good, but only fairly good, at clearing sidewalks, the roads are narrowed by the snow pushed to the side, and are filled with drivers even flakier than usual, and now spewing slop from their tires. So those days are not good for bicycle tirps.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Minor point

Yes, Mississippi is the poorest of the states. But under the Constitution its official acts are entitled to full faith and credit from all the other states. A previous attorney general, Michael Moore, skinned the tobacco companies, which plenty of legal help, for an astonishing amount of money. So let's not exaggerate the imbalance of power.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Choices

Foomf. I could purchase and configure a laptop to suit my wife--she needs Word, Excel, (for now) PowerPoint and a browser. But I doubt that one male nerd in a thousand could select women's shoes with any success--I'd never have a chance.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: Obligatory Rant...

We got the offspring a Tinker Toy set when he was small, and I helped him through building some of the standard designs on the sheet that came with it. Eventually, he had enough of that and started to build what interested him--there was the construction intended to be a laser printer, which got the shape of a LaserJet II more or less correct. I was interested, a few years later, in reading in one of Gerald Weinberg's books (The Secrets of Consulting? Becoming a Technical Leader?) that he had teams build items of their own design in some of his training sessions.

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Festive post-pub noshtastic neckfiller: HEARTY HOG MAW

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too bad about the regulations

You have to do a bit of looking around to find hog maws even in the eastern US these days, and I gather that it just can't be done in the Pacific Northwest.

One thing I will add for the benefit of the readers: left-over hog maw can be cut into slices and fried to make an excellent breakfast. I applaud your efforts.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Re: American bacon... What's wrong with it?

My impression always was that the English complaint about American sausage was that it actually contained a fair proportion of meat. English visitors bothered by this can look for soft-core vegetarian restaurants offering what looks like sausage but isn't.

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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Re: The NYT, a frank necon propeller (not to mention Krugman conduit) says...

Aaron Sorkin called someone that. NY Times reporters and editorial staff did not. But then I suppose he used the same spot, the Op Ed page, that Krugman uses, which must be evidence of something.

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GOP?

The Republican Party is out to get Hollywood? Usually I thought it sent committees with subpoenas.

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Finland ditches copyright levy on digital kit, pays artists directly

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Re: Absurdity? We don't need no steenkin' absurdity.

Right. I've paid for my CD of Handel's "Water Music" and just listened to it on the surround-sound system. Should I pay again if I want to listen to it while a taking a bath and leave the door open to the bathroom?

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Come to Vancouver

I've never been to Vancouver, but the US NW weather pattern is for a lot of days with a little rain. I think that the residents of Seattle and Portland would be running hard uphill after a 4" rain.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Question

Does this count as learning in the school of hard Norks?

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Devs: Barack Obama's gunning for your job!

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Re: Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

In a litigious society like ours, I would not want to teach #HourOfWiring. However, in #HourOfPlumbing one could probably teach the beginner how to change the washer or cartridge in a faucet, and maybe how to do basic toilet repairs. As such it might be more useful than the others.

Do I expect #HourOfCode to make a great difference in the world? No. Is writing a bit of Javascript sillier than various other stunts presidents are expected to take on, say pardoning a turkey in November or throwing it out the first baseball in the spring? Not really.

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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hmm

A researcher I knew from the US National Institutes of Health was said to have lost a dozen or so male organs being shipped to her from Asia. I think that they were frozen, but it has been quite a while since I heard the story. And I never heard what the actual recipients thought when they found that package on the porch.

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Internet gossip has NOWT to do with data protection, EU Commish

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internet

Apparently you do not regard "internet" as substitutable for "web". What about the expression "internet meme"? I don't much care for it, but I don't remember The Register complaining about it.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Interesting

I have to say that such men as Alexander Hamilton and John Marshall, who took a very expansive view of the federal government's powers, would have been astonished at this breadth of construction.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Re: Good to know what offends him

So can I stop by and spray-paint graffiti on your house? That falls substantially short of any of the offenses you name.

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Not here to make money?

I thought that was Amazon.

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Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

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Re: Nice

" employing people that know stuff is simply not in their interest"

Does the stuff these people know have to be true?

I see many uses for FOSS in big business. I don't see a lot of FOSS accounting systems out there making noise. The two with which I am slightly acquainted are Deltek's CostPoint (which gives you a choice of Oracle or SQL Server on the back end) and Microsoft's Dynamics (which lets you choose SQL Server).

An FOSS accounting system would I suppose continue to work under the conditions for which it was developed. Tax laws and accounting regulations change. Are the FOSSers going to find the creation of tax updates as engaging as the development of Drupal modules or yet another CMS?

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'Chinese hackers' pop US weather bureau, flatten forecast feeds

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Actually

Actually, Frank Wolf is retiring from Congress. He has also, as a representative for the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, generally been an advocate for federal government employees.

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Re: Would you use an airline?

Then what is the alternative for CEOs, professional athletes, and so on? Use a company jet where the pilots make substantially less than you?

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Re: Clearly MS read Elop's memo...

'"Fair play to MS for providing a life-raft for developers deserting the legacy Windows platform"

.Net already runs on more recent Windows versions than XP.'

Ah, but this is the salesman's definition of "legacy": that which we don't sell or support. (Or the developer's: that which I can't stand to maintain.)

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

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Oh?

i. I don't know what you mean by "candid portrayal". Somebody who had worked with Zuckerberg might offer a candid account, i.e. one going beyond the PR. Somebody without direct knowledge might give an accurate account, but why call it candid? For that matter, given the movie's representation of what programming is all about, why assume that it is accurate?

ii. "Kinda"? If he said "like, you know" would you construe that as a subtle advertisement to hop on Facebook and like something?

iii. "Boydroid"? As you remark, he is 30. From my present age that looks pretty young, but not at all boyish.

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

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Surely it was Robert Graves, or maybe Robert Bridges who said that about books. Most of us remember Sir John Bejteman for "April is the cruelest month".

As for the offspring's name, I think that you should also take into account the great American educationist John Dewey in preference to the Dalai Lama. This would allow you to name the child Dewey Rand Rand D'wey Rand Rand Dewey Rand Rand.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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@Passive smoking: see Stuart Castle's comment above, first.

"then maybe you should have tried harder in school and got a proper job"

There was a joking going around Calgary in the early 1980s:

Q. How do you get a geologist's attention?

A. Hey, waiter!

But I'm glad your education, night school or not, is working out for you.

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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Re: RE : Jobs is not God, Apple is not heaven.

TSN was amusing. But it had essentially nothing to do with technology, except by making programming appear to be a party game like Beer Pong, played at high blood alcohol levels. Mostly it was about shady business deals, a subject that Hollywood knows all about, and which makes for much better drama than writing virtual machines for PHP. (Yes, I know that came later.)

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Re: Jobs is not God, Apple is not heaven.

I would not cross the room to get the remote to switch to such a movie, but come on. Maybe the Khaptain can fill us in on the redeeming virtues of Tamerlane, Coriolanus, etc. etc.

(Of course, if was Tamerlane written by Aaron Sorkin, probably I wouldn't watch that either.)

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Rich techbro CEOs told to SLEEP ROUGH before slamming the poor

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Playground

Recreation areas in the US often require reservations, and I think that the techies were not wholly at fault, though they were imprudent, in the matter of that dispute. I do think that the HR departments at Twuftlebnb might want to announce a policy of "Don't Be Evil in Tee Shirts Bearing the Company Name."

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A long reign indeed

I knew that QV had one of the longer reigns of European history, but not that it dated back to the 1st Century AD. Google gives Matthew 26:11 as the source of "the poor you will have with you always."

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Buck passing 101

With all due respect, and maybe a dollop extra for lagniappe, El Reg is not an American publication.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Oh?

Many a man might honestly confess that it was mostly for pity's sake that women slept with him.

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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NML

I have been impressed with the MPAA ever since the days that it tried to impose a royalty on video tape, back about 1982. But the name "Notorious Markets List" suggests that they're drawing on the screen writing talent in Hollywood, not just the bankrolls. Does anyone else envision Marlene Dietrich, Peter Lorre, and Orson Welles behind the counters of the Notorious Markets?

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