* Posts by John 110

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

John 110

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

vivaldi.net?

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

@ Esme "Most recently a couple in their 60' s who installed Linux Mint without assistance"

Here, I'm in my 60's and I've got LXLE on my hacked Acer chromebook (scariest bit was stuffing tinfoil into a tiny socket on the mainboard so I could reflash the BIOS)!! That's just ageist, that is!!! Young people today...(wanders off muttering.....)

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

John 110

Re: @JDX - Does it still hate the user?

"has the UI improved over the last few years" is only a perfectly nice question if the reader agrees that it needs improved (I do for GIMP by the way)

Obviously some people feel strongly that it doesn't need improved...

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

John 110

Have a look

http://www.amigaforever.com/games/

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

John 110
Joke

Re: Gun nut

Betamag? That's a bit old-school seeing as how VHS won that war!!

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Hackers add exploit kit to article asking 'Is cyber crime out of control?'

John 110

Hmmm

Think I'll just pop over and have a look.....bugger!!

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SpaceX starts nine-day countdown to first flight of the new Falcon

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Terminator

Wait.....what?

"machine-to-machine communications network"

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Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

John 110

Re: No problem for a long time to come

I think there's a big shiny power source already up there....

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John 110

Re: As a microbiologist and SF fan...

@destroy "Cross-contamination would seriously rock. I don't think it is really possible. It's more likely that a human gets tobacco virus."

So we're not going to wipe out all the BEMs with measles or the common cold then? We're doomed, doomed!!!

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John 110

As a microbiologist and SF fan...

"Similarly, if we started contaminating celestial bodies with microbes from Earth, it could ruin our chances of ever finding alien life there."

Similarly, if we started contaminating Earth with microbes from celestial bodies, it could ruin our chances of ever surviving the alien life there.

There fixed that for you...

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

John 110

Re: Remind me why anybody should listen to this guy?

You don't have to listen to him if you don't want to.

His opinion is just as relevant as yours, except he's less likely to call you a pampered prick (even though it's perhaps a more apt description of you than him)

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Phone support...

"I've pressed the button on the screen but the PC still isn't on"

"See the big silver DELL...."

"I've pressed that, nuthin happened"

"...there's a wee black button below that..."

"wait till I get my specs"

"...press that"

"Oh, that worked....what's the password?..."

"for f......."

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John 110

Worst "gift" eva...

After spending 2 days disinfecting a PC that had every malware in existence (and the only copies of the guys baby pictures (his babies, not someone else's) so just blowing away and reinstalling was not an option), the next week he presented me with the PC back, along with a new cargo of parasites...

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Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth

John 110

Re: Todays message is brought to you by the letters W, T & F.

See "Thanks for prompting me to find out more" above...

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NHS IT must spend a fortune to save a fortune, says McKinsey

John 110

Re: own the software

You have to remember that specialised medical equipment (especially those with robust technologies; autoclaves for instance) fall into the same category as fixed industrial plant: they're made to last by companies that disappear once they've been sold to everyone that wants one, they are integrated into the fabric and require demolition work to get out, and - most importantly - they still work! Unfortunately that usually means that controlling software HAS to be what the manufacturer supplied and has to run on the manufacturers choice of platform and will never be updated.

Oh, and it's easy to keep up to date when you have billions, it's the little bit of a couple of hundred (or less) software that's hard to get funding for.

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

John 110
Joke

Re: Totally irrelevant fact

"...But the GC is nice...."

Speaking from the perspective of a diagnostic microbiologist, I would NEVER describe the GC as nice...

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It's all Me, Me, Me! in Doctor Who's The Woman Who Lived but what of Clara's fate?

John 110
Go

Re: why this

Because it's the weekend edition where the crew get to let their hair down (even Tim) perhaps. Is Dabbsy any less fantasy than Dr Who?

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Phone-fondling docs, nurses sling patient info around willy-nilly

John 110

Re: This happened to me

I think the important thing to remember is that info shouldn't be strewn around that contains info that can uniquely identify the patient, so unless your groin has a readily identifiable (and unique) feature (a tattoo of your social security number, maybe -- or wait, maybe you're a pr0n star...) it's probably ok to send pictures across public channels...

PS please don't quote this out of context...

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

John 110

"... if the guy/gal is some kind of fundamentalist ..."

And here I was just thinking how refreshing it was for somebody to NOT be fundamentalist about their reasons for leaving a project.

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THESE ARE THE VOYAGES of the space probe Discovery

John 110

Lucy of course,

My granny was called Lucy and she would have loved a Venus mission named after her.

Oh, and - Science

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

John 110

Re: 58!!

OOh another poll!!

B. Stupidly optimistic

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

John 110

Re: Meh...

You've got windows! Bastard!!

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Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

John 110
FAIL

Re: Have to admit...

@Lost

"...the wooden bath, this one crafted from yacht-varnished oak,..."

pay attention...

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

John 110

Re: Given that Irn Bru contains more sugar even than Coca Cola...

It's got tons of caffeine as well!! Brilliant! And colourings!!

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John 110

Re: Perspex?

What's "gairdahhz"? Surely you mean "girrdurrz".

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Jeremy Corbyn: My part in his glorious socialist triumph

John 110

Re: Full of win

@TheVogon "That's hardly starvation level when you look at incomes globally."

But we're not looking at incomes globally. If you feel that the problems don't start until people are scouring rubbish tips for food, then you are part of the problem.

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

John 110

Re: Answer

Ooh, I see I got some thumbs down from people who think swearing IS big and clever. Well, well.

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John 110
Joke

Re: Answer

See, now that was much more creative and entertaining AND got your point across better than actually using the words you've substituted.

My granny was right, swearing isn't big and it isn't clever...

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Fruity Firefox: Mozilla caves to Apple, unveils iOS-friendly browser

John 110
Mushroom

I give it 10 minutes...

...before Firefox ditches Gecko for webkit everywhere and plunges the world into a browser monoculture. We're doomed, doomed I tell you!!!!

What, Microsoft have a browser?.....

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

John 110

Re: If the idea's been around for 20 years

"Don't publish the announcement."

So does that mean it's both true and not-true in a quantum superposition and we won't find out till we read the paper, at which point we destroy what we're observing? Or have I got the wrong end of the stick? Does it even have two ends?

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

John 110

The public accepted Windows 95

The public accepted Windows 95 because what they saw on screen finally bore some relationship to where their programs actually were. If you were coming from AmigaDOS or Atari's GEM, windows 3.1 was a pile of pants.

The public didn't accept Windows 8 because Microsoft hid all the programs again.

People like to know where things are.

NOTE: People in this case are usually IT savvy, either professional or enthusiasts. The great unwashed couldn't care less about any of that stuff as long as they've got somebody from the first category to badger into doing hard stuff for them...

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

John 110

Who says I'm holding it wrong?

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

John 110
Joke

Re: Main Photo

"Is that a BEKO or a Samsung fridge freezer being delivered?"

It's in Space, It's obviously a Smeg.

"...It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere..."

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A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

John 110
Terminator

Those aren't mechanoids

Everybody knows that mechanoids are sort of roundish and spout fire, at least they were before the Daleks exterminated them. Those are obviously replicators and they should be exterminated (where are the Daleks when you actually need them...) before they evolve into humanform and start replacing people... Wait they are suspiciously subservient to that fleshy human ordering them about, I think we might be too lat

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ROBO-TENTACLE with mind of its own wields deadly electrical power – turns on Tesla car

John 110

Re: Put all the machinery in the car, so it goes where the car goes

@john sturdy (edited to say "you sod, you edited your original post - now I look stupid!!")

"I'd be more impressed with an arm that extends from inside the charging point, grabs a charging lead that it spots lying around, and plugs itself in that way."

If it was a USB lead, the tentacle would have to be capable of turning the plug over the requisite 3 times to find the right way up...

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

John 110

Re: Smidgeon as a unit of length

@ David Robinson 1

In this context, a smidgeon is obviously defined as "up to that mark ont' ruler where I caught it wi' me saw; the one not quite halfway between 3/10th and 4/10th of an inch on this here ruler in me pocket"

My dad measured things like that as well...

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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

John 110

@SPACEDMAN

I concur with your subtly stated conclusion that perhaps the article should have mentioned OS X only somewhere near the top so uninterested parties could have stopped reading/started sarky comments efficiently.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

John 110
Pint

re Directing taxi drivers

I find it useful to direct drivers using pubs as a reference point. The street I live in is the one further down than the road with the similar name with a pub on the corner. They all know where the pubs are...

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

John 110
Joke

Re: EVERYTHING* can be bought in a can

I QUITE LIKE SPAM...

(Do I have to say "bloody vikings!"?)

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

John 110

Re: What AV to get is an easy answer

"it doesn't nag or try to trick you into upgrading to a paid version like most of the other "free" ones,"

Ooh, Avast just popped up a nag screen as I read that comment... spooky

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

John 110

Re: What is so unique about this paint job?

It is, of course the GN A callsign painted on the side which is unique to the Flight Lieutenant. As seen here http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1146229/

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

John 110

Re: Now if they could just turn display of file extensions back on…

"Use a quality OS that doesn't need that silly three letter thing to to know what type of file something is."

What, like AmigaOS?

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Crude scammer targets Brit oil brokers

John 110
FAIL

Re: 'Once executed, the PDF ..."

There'll be details in the PDF linked to the article....wait a minute...

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

John 110

Re: Desk name plate and worn name ID for all

In the NHS all Lab coats and nurses uniforms have the names on them. For the ladies it's on the chestal area. You spend your day trying to remember names and eventually being forced to try and read what on their left... well I'm sure you get the picture...

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Back to the Future: the internet of things as imagined in 1985

John 110

Why the obsession....

Why the obsession with using smartphones as remotes? If I use my phone for stuff like that there's a good chance the battery will run out before I run out of waketime. I suppose I could always go and get the phone off the charger, and while I'm up anyway, I can turn the light on/off digitally (using a digit...)

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

John 110

@ac

"handle the verbal abuse they will get in the Commons"

I think you'll find that Scots are perfectly capable of handling verbal abuse...

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John 110

Discontented, surely

@ J J Carter

"FPTP flattered the YeSNP last week. They got about 35% of those eligble to vote, same as in the indyref. So yes about a third of Scots are malcontents who think Braveheart is a documentary, but that'll never be enough to swing it for secession."

I think I see why Scots might be discontented...

<aside>

malcontents implies that they might not have anything to be discontented about...

</aside>

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

John 110

mandatory

That's no moon.....

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

John 110

Re: Meh

@ Camilla Smythe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

That is all...

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

John 110

Re: Ah

"The armadillo probably needs an improved stealth field and a minigun."

Like this http://www.cdandlp.com/en/emerson-lake-and-palmer/tarkus/lp/r115483994/

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