* Posts by Johnny Canuck

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Travel back to the 19-Z80s this weekend

Johnny Canuck

Where is he getting the floppy drives from? The supply is drying up.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

Johnny Canuck

That video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqL1BLzn3qc

There were 2 versions on the disk - low resolution and not quite so low resolution.

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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

Johnny Canuck

Trevor is way over inflating how much the average Canadian cares about the election and the issues surrounding it. The reality is that barely 50 percent of eligible voters will even bother to show up at the polls. These "hotbeds" of political discussion Trevor makes reference to are likely nothing more than already disenchanted, semi-radical types who hate absolutely anything to do with Steven Harper and the conservatives. But he is right about one thing, the NDP look poised to form their first national government ever, largely at the expense of the Liberals. As long as they don't start spouting radical leftist nonsense and Mulcair keeps his “Angry Tom” persona under wraps, They stand a very good chance of winning.

P.S. I hate Bill C-51 as well.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

Johnny Canuck

It seems to me

... that, given androids growth, and the judgement that it does infringe, then Oracle might br better off NOT trying to limit its uptake or ban current stocks. Maybe they'd get an extra 1 billion infringements to claim against.

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

Johnny Canuck

Me too!

Still using my old Nokia slider with numberpad. Lasts a week between charges and has very good phone performance.

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$100m fine? How about, er, $16k? AT&T teabags FCC with its giant balls

Johnny Canuck

Its a shame

how legal weasels have tortured the english language. To me, unlimited bandwidth/downloads means just what it sounds like. If there are conditions attached then its not unlimited.

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

Johnny Canuck

Honestly, I don't recall ever seeing him. When you consider that the "Just for laughs" Montreal comedy festival is on 2 or 3 times a day, you'd think that couldn't be. Even when they do "best of..." stuff he's not there. I watched the first video and found him mildly amusing by today's standards. That said, comedy is a very subjective thing. After all, some people just love fart jokes and slapstick.

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NASA boffins peer at Pluto: Could it be ... is that ... OATMEAL?

Johnny Canuck

porridge

When I was young and we were living in northern Ontario country, I used to love hot porridge with brown sugar and milk for breakfast during the winter. We never got it any other time so I guess I didn't have time to get tired of it.

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

Johnny Canuck

Its obviously evidence of alien intrusions into our solar system. Or less obviously a chain strike, similar to the "string of pearls " strike on Jupiter by Shoemaker/Levy. Or liberals - damn liberals.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

Johnny Canuck

Rabies?

Don't know the prevalence of rabies in the UK, but in Canada, a fox behaving in this fashion would be assumed to be rabid, put down and then tested. Anyone bitten would be getting rabies shots as a precaution before the testing was even completed.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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I think its amusing that its runs on Pu!

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Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

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perfect

I was considering a Raspberry Pi for the job of hammering torrent users on my network, but this looks way better. I administer a wireless network in a large rooming house (90 users). Presently I use a cheap computer to monitor network traffic for torrents and redirect that traffic and any subsequent traffic to 127.0.0.1., forcing the offender to come to the office to get de-listed from my ban-hammer. Its for our protection as we are a small internet provider.

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NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

Johnny Canuck

impliedly?

Is that a word?

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

Johnny Canuck

I like

the poop one.

Regarding youth in general, well, the more things change...

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

Socrates

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Mortal Kombat: Brawler gaming's quintessential gorefest

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I remember the first time I saw Mortal Kombat in the arcade. I was walking through with a friend and just happened to glance over at a crowd around one of the games just as Sub Zero pulled the spine out of his opponent. The image was so shocking (for the time) that for some reason I burst out laughing. Then I watched, mesmerized, for a good 45 minutes as the players performed fatality after fatality. How they got so good so fast is beyond me. Anybody ever hear of planting expert players in an arcade to drum up interest in a game?

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

Johnny Canuck

People who are poor and have been so for some time develop tastes and habits that are a result of their situation - basically its all they've ever known. It also has a tendency to carry over when/if they finally get out of the financial crisis they've been surviving in. Here's a formerly poor person's perspective/

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-5-stupidest-habits-you-develop-growing-up-poor/

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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"Staingate"

Isn't that the name of the building where the BJing/urinating Ms K. lives?

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Help learning Linux

Most Distros can be made to run from a USB stick. In your case I would recommend Puppy Linux.

http://puppylinux.org/main/How%20to%20download%20Puppy.htm

Try the "Wary" version.

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

Johnny Canuck

700 million years!

Thank god, I thought you said 700 years for a minute there.

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Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet

Johnny Canuck

OT I know but the AC who posted 4 hours ago about our "mission" in the Middle East is partially mistaken. We have 2 missions in the area. One is to bomb ISIS targets from the air in support of Iraqi troops - everybody know about this one and its going as advertised. The other is to train and advise Kurdish troops. The second one is the cause of the controversy because our people came under fire from ISIS and returned fire - engaging in combat. The mission is to "train and advise" and by defending themselves, some people see that as an escalation of that mission without proper debate in Parliament.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

Johnny Canuck

Wouldn't a small drogue chute make sense for this type of scenario, to keep the rocket more or less perpendicular?

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ASUS router-popping exploit on the loose

Johnny Canuck

I have a RT-66U and just checked it and it showed there was a firmware update available so I installed it. I guess they are not that slow.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

Johnny Canuck

drank a gallon of beer and got a taxi home

But then the police came to get the driver's taxi back.

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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sticks fingers in ears

blah blah blah...haven't seen it yet. But just look how pretty Jenna Coleman is.

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

Johnny Canuck

Safe, I think

I have 6 access points behind a DDWRT x86 router. All of the APs (2 different models) are not in the list, so I think I'm safe.

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A general's tale of the US's Gulf War follies and Glyn Johns' life in music

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please...

The western powers gelded themselves when they invented and prosecuted the Nazis' for war crimes. I have no love for Nazis or any fascist regime, but by being so eager to prosecute and punish their enemies for the made up crime of "war crimes" we have essentially taken away our ability to win a war. By not punishing the entire population of our enemies we have essentially given them safe haven. Our enemies do not distiguish between civilian and military targets - to them both are equally valid. Yet under our "enlightened" "rules of engagement" we must put our soldiers in imminent peril before they can actually shoot at the enemy!

This is all the result of politicians (lawyers and businessmen) trying to engage an enemy without sustaining any negative publicity. They see the miltary as a monlith, not individual soldiers with families and children. They are unable to engage with the soldiers - the military is just a tool.

TLDR: You can't win a war unless you kill so many of your enemy that they fear for their very survival as a family/community. When you invent laws that stop you from doing that, you will nevr "win".

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Rosetta beams back colour pics: 67P shades of grey are SO HOT right now

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Water???? Ice????

Appears to be mostly rock and dust. This completely blows away the theory that comets are mostly ice and that said comets deposited mega-tons of water when they (allegedly) impacted the Earth. Seems like more study is needed and this latest data will help somewhat with our own origins.

"TROLL" It has been the scientific CONSENSUS that comets deposited all our earthly water and now that seems less likely.

(Grabs popcorn and runs and hides)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Johnny Canuck

Have to agree with petur, the top article takes up too much room. The login bar, Reg banner, navigation bar and top article take up 3/4 of my screen on 1920x1080 monitor.

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

Johnny Canuck

I haven't played with this tablet in about six months, but I may have a rooted, malware infested 7 inch tablet, or I may have the most secure android tablet I've ever seen. I don't know because I've been unable to get root. If I install root utilities it seems to go well, but every rootchecker says I don't have root. Flashing the flash memory with a newer OS simply doesn't work. I've installed a new ROM on a couple android tabs and everything went well, but this one refuses to cooperate. If I didn't already own an ipad and another android tab, then I'd forget about it. But damn, I should be able to crack it.

FYI - it says allwhinner - not allwinner. So, a clone of a clone?

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

Johnny Canuck

Coprophagia

Perhaps people who indulge in coprophagia are actually responding to their bodies instinktual need for healthier microbiota.

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WATCH: Rosetta astroboffin TATTOOED with PHILAE from the FUTURE!

Johnny Canuck

So which one of the SPB is volunteering to get inked?

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

Johnny Canuck

Any estimates about how much longer we can communicate with the probe? Whether failure by components or lack of power to send/receive from such a distance.

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Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

Johnny Canuck

@gerdesj

You forgot climate porn.

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

Johnny Canuck

I still think they should have put a microphone on that thing so we can hear the martians giggling just out of camera shot.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

Johnny Canuck

Here in Canada, with 90% of the land area being wild amd hosting a variety of predators capable of killing a human (black bears, brown bears (grizzlies), wolves, coyotes, rattle snakes, sasquatch, we have no problem issuing licenses for long guns. Hand guns are basically illegal in Canada so only the criminals own them. The fact that Canadians own legal rifles/shotguns has not deterred the RCMP fromn trying to confiscate them, even using a flood as a pretense to break into peoples homes and steal their weapons. Governments SHOULD fear the populace rising up - voting doesn't seem to be keeping them in check.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

Johnny Canuck

cheap shit

Having spent a good deal of time being utterly poor (divorce, if you must know), I can testify to the futility of buying cheap. Instead of buying decent shoes for $100.00, that last a couple of years, I bought cheap $30.00 dollar shoes that failed after a couple months.

Also. cheap computer crap is just that - cheap! And it will fail soon after buying it.

I have used my knowledge of the cheapness/failure ratio to convince my bosses (2 brothers) to forget about the cheapest price.

You sell better shit to your clients, and they will give you repeat business.

Of course, even though this is fairly obvious, it continues to escape the noitice of the idiots who actually run things.

Idiocracy!! FTW!!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

Johnny Canuck

"Vera" was a day late taking off, because of a problem with the magnetos on one of the engines. They had her ready to go around 10:00AM the next morning. Also, they filmed the takeoff from behind Vera in a Mitchell B-25 medium bomber for a documentary.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

Johnny Canuck

major lag

"... it would take about 22 minutes for a signal from the rock to reach home."

So I guess Call of Duty is out of the question then.

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Tails-hacking Exodus: Here's video proof of our code-injection attack

Johnny Canuck

Hmm

TAILS just released an updated version yesterday with the advice "All users must upgrade as soon as possible - this release fixes numerous security issues."

So maybe not an issue anymore.

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

Johnny Canuck

Just what I need on the 3 hour train ride to see my grandkids. Not to mention impressing the grankids (6 and 8).

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

Johnny Canuck

Google translate

gives me tangens caelum, for touch the sky. Which I paraphrased from the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew —

And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

Johnny Canuck

So if one were to publish something that would be deemed an offense in a country which has sharia laws, say an image of Mohammad, then according to this reasoning, the sharia country would be justified in carrying out whatever punishment it deemed appropriate, provided the image could be viewed in said country. If that penalty was death then we should be OK with it if they send an operative to carry out the sentence (because we won't extradite a death penalty case). An extreme example, I know but slippery slope and all that.

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

Johnny Canuck

I'm wondering how agents of the US government can enter a foreign country and remove someone against their will (not that I have any sympathy for the defendant in this case). The Maldives government would have had to consent to this action, would they not? I wonder what incentives the US offered to secure their cooperation.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Johnny Canuck

Teamviewer isn't the answer to everything (though it helps). Yesterday I was installing a printer for a young lady over Teamviewer while talking to her over the phone. Ater installing the driver I noticed that the printer monitor showed the printer as offline. I asked her if the printer was turned on and the cable plugged in. She said yes, so I asked her to move the cable to another USB port and she promptly unplugged the network cable ending the Teamviewer session. After talking her through plugging the network cable back in (she had immediately forgotten where the network cable was plugged in), I asked her how many cables where coming out of the printer. She said there was just the power cable. So I had her hunt down a USB printer cable and plug it in. This story had been shortened considerably as I've left out all the "explaining" parts.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

Johnny Canuck

I.m just waiting for doge and grumpy cat to be in the same room. Or ceiling cat.

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KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

Johnny Canuck

So some lucky contractor just scored a 10 year supply of Euro-gov money.

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

Johnny Canuck

Its useless unless it is cheaper to extract than desalinizing seawater.

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Soccer Football in SPAAACE! ISS 'naut nails zero-G bicycle kick

Johnny Canuck

That looks like entirely too much fun.

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

Johnny Canuck

New Mexico Spaceport Authority

Wow, I'm finally living in the future.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Johnny Canuck

I like both kinds of bacon. What you folks across the pond call bacon, the Americans refer to as "Canadian bacon". No doubt we inherited our taste for that type of bacon from you British. Its perfect in a bun with a bit of butter (I like to add HP sauce). Strippy bacon is also good when you're in the mood for a BLT or Clubhouse sandwich.

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