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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

DJV
Mushroom

Re: Reason for an older couple?

I nominate David Cameron and Nick Clegg... or aren't they old enough yet?

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Microsoft's own code should prevent an Azure SSL fail: So what went wrong?

DJV
Facepalm

You beat me to it - though I was going to say the first 3 words...

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Hipsters have spoken: Microsoft is 'hip to be square'

DJV
Unhappy

Raspberry Pi?

Damn you, you young whippersnappers! So that's why trying to entice sweet young things back with my "do you want to come and play at my abacus and difference engine" is no longer the draw it was in times past! Hrmph!

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

DJV
Mushroom

Re: Considering the mess we've made of this planet...

Yes, we've got to keep trying until we manage not to fuck one up!

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

DJV
Happy

Russia

It's a bit like alien spaceships always landing in the USA. Oh wait, it was real life and not Hollywood this time around.

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Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover

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Happy

50 Fun Raspberry Pi Recipes?

Or even "50 Shades of Pi"

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Boffins find RAT-SIZED bug-muncher links man to beast

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Joke

OMG!

We're all descended from Larry Ellison weaselly lookalikes - the shame!

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Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch

DJV
Happy

Re: Hmm...

Your wish/wonder has been granted - see right below

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Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday

DJV
Meh

57 patches?

Wow, this must be the Heinz special soup edition!

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Speedy MySQL 5.6 takes aim at NoSQL, MariaDB

DJV
Mushroom

Oracle will never learn

It's OpenOffice all over again.

I'm hoping someone will fork VirtualBox as well soon to get it out of their clutches.

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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

DJV
Mushroom

Re: Random Poking

There's some nice killer POKEs here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_poke

The Commdore PET one was the first one I ever heard of that would destroy hardware.

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Apple blocks Java on the Mac over security concerns

DJV
FAIL

Re: 50% Java - This SUCKS!

How many more times do people need to be told that Java is NOT JavaScript - aargh!

Wall, head, hit.

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My top tip for Microsoft: Stop charging for Windows Phone 8

DJV
Happy

Re: My top tip for Microsoft:

Excellent idea!

We would be able to to laugh again to Bill Gates' 2004 announcement that spam will be dead in 2 years - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3426367.stm - and look forward to them releasing the Zune all over again!

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

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Thumb Down

Bollocks

I am getting on and have no intention of kicking the bu----

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Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

DJV
Meh

Re: Cringe

Don't insult Neanderthals - apparently, they were quite intelligent!

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DJV

Re: 2002

He may not be current but he is certainly adding to the continuous story of how Microsoft has been mismanaged over the years. More tales can be found here:

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2012/08/microsoft-lost-mojo-steve-ballmer

and in the book Barbarians Led By Bill Gates - another "not current" book, but well worth a read:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarians_Led_by_Bill_Gates

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Raise a beer: Titans of tech fill out 'Worst CEOs' list

DJV
Alert

What?

No mention of Ballmer? Shock horror!

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Leaping hedgehog probes planned for Martian moon Phobos

DJV
Alert

Cavorite!

Yay! Spiky punk versions of "First Men in the Moon" Cavorite sphere!

http://home.earthlink.net/~jparvey/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/cavorite.jpg

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

DJV
Trollface

Re: Stop the Presses! New Research!

Yes, but enquiring minds would like to know which of you was imposing the nekkidness on the dolls, you or your sister?

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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

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A*

I got A* in the exam for my Astronomy GCSE evening class - seemed appropriate - can't think of any other reason for it though!

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365 days in SPAAACE: An interstellar glance at 2012

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Obviously...

...it's the Medusa Cascade!

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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Feck!

Well, at least Doogle is still around!

www.doogle.org

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Shh! Proxima Centauri can hear us!

DJV
Happy

I'm just hoping that...

...someone/thing around 49 light years away is getting ready to set up their video recorders and will post the missing Dr Who episodes back to us at some point.

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

DJV

Re: The Real Story here...

Try Inkscape - price = free!

http://inkscape.org/

Seemed to work for what I wanted (but my drawing needs are small so YMMV)

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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Re: I wrote to him once...

Likewise! I wrote to him after reading his autobiography "80 Not Out" to not only say how much I had enjoyed it but to also point out a bunch of typos and mistakes. He replied saying he knew all about the mistakes and had sent a list of them to the printers who had then lost the corrections and printed it as is anyway! He sounded quite annoyed!

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

DJV
Happy

Re: Two Jobs films

But eveyone forgets the best one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrhmWkRfyAI

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

DJV
Unhappy

Terry Pratchett was right

(from 'The Last Continent')

'Why did he have to go to prison?'

'We put all our politicians in prison as soon as they're elected. Don't you?'

'Why?'

'It saves time.'

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Antarctic discovery: ALIEN LIFE may be FOUND ON MOON of Jupiter

DJV
Happy

Re: Nasties from beyond

Mmm, Popplers!

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BOFH: The Great Patch Mismatch

DJV

Updates

Yeah, I never update Ubuntu servers any more. Have been bitten once too many times (i.e. twice). Far safer to install a new version from scratch!

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The early days of PCs as seen through DEAD TREES

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@Uncle Slacky

Not quite! Goes upstairs, pulls out 20th Anniversary May 1998 edition of PCW (RIP). Page count (including covers) = 750 - and all for £1.99 (special price, normally £2.95). I've also got a copy of the first edition from 1978, slightly smaller at 68 pages and cost 50p. Those were the days!

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Convert your iPad into a foosball table and relive the dot-com days

DJV
Stop

Re: Must...buy...iPad...

But don't buy an iPad 4 to run it until they bring out a model of the foosball with a lightning connector!

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'Long Time Ago' and 'Far, Far Away' records broken by new GALAXY

DJV
Happy

Re: "has been observed 420 million years after the Big Bang"

By you and the rest of us looking at the photo?

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Slideshow: A History of Intel x86 in 20 CPUs

DJV

80186

In the 1980s I worked as a Pascal/C programmer in a company that was using the Burroughs/Unisys B20 series of computers (designed by Convergent Technologies, a company that Unisys eventually bought). The B25 was powered by that rare beast, the 80186. Most PC makers skipped that one completely.

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BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

DJV
Devil

Could you just...

Ah, that brings back memories of when I worked in this small crap-selling shop in the 1980s fixing electronics for a living. One of the salesmen was notorious for coming upstairs to our workshop and asking us if we could 'just' solder this or that (usually headphone plugs or sockets for crap walkman substitutes they and other shops sold at the time) for a customer waiting in the shop downstairs. We didn't have a magic >KZERT< but after a while we learned to put the fire extinguishers to good use on said salesman. The people who serviced the fire extinguishers always seemed to be surprised that it was often the ones in our workshop that needed refilling the most...

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The genetic button that could turn a WOMAN into a CHIMPANZEE

DJV
FAIL

Readability

Blimey! 7 paragraphs and a total of 9 sentences. Several gramatical errors. Did anyone actually proofread that article?

I chucked it through the readability test at:

http://www.online-utility.org/english/readability_test_and_improve.jsp

which scored the readability as very low at 36.11.

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Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told

DJV
Meh

Re: Quelle surprise...

Yes but with the American patent system you'd spend all the time sifting through tons of "obvious-should-never-have-been-awarded-patents" instead of actually developing anything!

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Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 'WILL ramp quickly', god dammit

DJV
Facepalm

Ha ha, love the sarcasm

Er, you were actually being sarcastic, weren't you? Oh right...

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Welsh council's unused mountain of 2,400 laptops

DJV
Happy

I'll take em off their hands...

...for nuffin!

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NASA's long shot shows Titan glows in the dark

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Code of the Lifemaker

A good SF romp!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_the_Lifemaker

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Microsoft: Just swallow this tablet ... the rest will take care of itself

DJV
Joke

"Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"

Can I have some of what you're smoking?

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Ballmer has plans for more Microsoft own-brand hardware

DJV
Devil

"important opportunities to set a new standard"

Well, that will make a change from important opportunities to screw up some existing standards...

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Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

DJV
Facepalm

Re: CEO Computer

This is good enough for a CEO's use.

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Windows 8: Microsoft will declare victory, but will anyone believe it?

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Thumb Up

Re: Please excuse the rant...

Excellent rant - upvoted!

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Moon was formed when PLANET SMASHED INTO EARTH

DJV

Re: with that rendered photo

No, you would definitely not have survived. Not only that but back then the atmosphere (if any) was not breathable - also it was early closing day and umbrellas were in short supply.

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Übertroll firm bags DRM patent for 3D printing

DJV
Joke

Re: This is evidently evil

Hopefully, unless someone manages to patent walls!

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Linux on ARM breakthrough to take away Torvalds' arse pain

DJV
FAIL

Re: But wait

You are Loverock Davidson and I claim my prize!

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UN locks Apple, Google, Microsoft in a room for patent peace summit

DJV
Alert

Oh no!

Patent system has a large injection of common sense - sales of popcorn nose dive!

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RIP Psion PLC: You're with Motorola now

DJV

Reminiscence time...

My Psion 5MX is still sitting in a drawer, damn good machine in its time. Keyboard has never been beaten, sigh...

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