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* Posts by Wemb

22 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009

Win XP security deadline: Biz bods MUST protect user data – ICO

Wemb

Re: Yeah, and we all fell for that ridiculous panic that immediately after 31 December 1999

Yes, we spent millions and millions of pounds fixing the Y2K bug and in the end nothing happened.... Because we spent millions and millions of pounds.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Errr. "Ridley Scott’s dystopian mini-epic featuring the future second Mrs Stallone"??

That wasn't Brigitte Nielsen, it was an English discus thrower called Anya Major.

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

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No one remembering the self-destructing memory sticks El-Reg mentioned a while back?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/21/runcore_self_destructing_ssd/

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New York City plans massive free Wi-Fi zone

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Given there was a starbucks on almost every other block, I'd says it already has a free wifi cloud. I certainly didn't need to ever walk very far to get a signal from a free wifi connection last time I visited.

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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What makes you think compiling from source will help....

http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/B/back-door.html

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Re: That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them

Forget about the pens - convert the thing to a laser-cutter. Much more fun. Add a couple of playmobile characters and you re-enact scenes from Goldfinger.

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Puppet gooses admin tool performance with Enterprise 3.0

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Re: Close that Window, it's getting shilly in here!

What will stir things up a bit is DSC:

http://redmondmag.com/blogs/it-decision-maker/2013/06/desired-state-configuration.aspx

Which is, at the small glance I've seen so far, looks to be pretty close to Puppet/Chef running on WIndows. Something that, as said, SC isn't too hot on.

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Fedora cooks up new Linux for Raspberry Pi

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Re: VIM @FrankAlphaXII

[No hash key] Oh, like a Mac. Much fun and games when my Snow Leopard machine decided to ignore alt-shift-3 or whatever the chord for '#' was. Bloody stupid - instead they did give you a 'paragraph' key instead. Very useful.

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Elon Musk's 'Grasshopper' hover rocket scores another test success

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Re: Rocket Landing is old hat

There's also Hajile - achieving a 'soft landing' by firing solid-fuel cordite rockets just before impact. Didn't work at all well...

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

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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WTF?

Re: Speaking of Emacs, ....

I use emacs, but to be fair to the others, it must rank as some of the most bloated software ever written. I mean, how many text editors really need at least one adventure game; a tower of Hanoi simulator; Tetris; pong; an implementation of Eliza; a random gibberish generator -and- a mode to plug the random gibberish generator into Eliza?

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Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

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Unhappy

Oh dear..

My problem with the non-Intel suppliers of motherboards is that the support material available from their websites is almost always rubbish - and the number of motherboards we've purchased that have had such useful features such as duplicate motherboard GUIDs and other enterprise stuff that Intel just got right and others didn't.

Our suppliers can customise the fleets of PCs we buy from them because Intel provide the tools to customise the BIOSs - no idea if ASUS, etc. are geared up for doing the same - I hope they are.

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Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

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Hooke?

Someone suggested Robert Hooke - admirable sentiment - but they're going to have trouble doing it since Newton has his only portrait destroyed. Could put a picture of a slinky on the back of the tenner, I suppose...

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Turing Machine brought to life with Lego

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All the real work....

Need a 'real computer'? Fine - attach it to one of these

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL_wy-CxBP8

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Raspberry Pi safe and warm in TINY Lego fortress

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Boffin

Plastic - ack!

I'll be building a Meccano case for mine when I've found a firm description of the exactly measurements of the damn thing so I can ensure I make something that isn't going to electrocute the thing. Can't been brass fittings!

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Domesday Book put on touchscreen at Bletchley Park

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FAIL

Gutted...

I was forced by my boss to send a fully operational doomsday^H^H^H domesday machine to the scrapyard in '99 - alas, I only wish I'd had the room to keep it myself. Damn shame.

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Minecraft upstages Portal 2 in arty game prize

Wemb
WTF?

Bah - poor mans Dwarf Fortress

I wouldn't try and compare Portal 2 with Mincraft - they're both very different beasts. But for sheer creativity, give my Dwarf Fortress everytime. Yes, you can build mega-constructions but the important difference is 1) You don't have to do all the grunt work yourself - it's what your minions are for and 2) there's a lot more gore.

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NASA's nuclear Mars tank arrives at launch site

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FAIL

It's been tried before...

Landing heavy vehicles that way, that is - didn't really work though...

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

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Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen dies at 63

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Too awful

I'd been lucky to meet her a couple of times, and she was a lovely, warm and generous person - it's so sad she's died.

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Apple chap knocks up ancient Lego computer

Wemb
Boffin

Pah - plastic rubbish...

I think this is much more impressive - Babbage's Difference engine, done in Meccanno

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL_wy-CxBP8

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Scots unleash world's strongest beer

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Ewww

That is going to be utterly disgusting...

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Wallace and Gromit get the Google doodle treatment

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Oh crikey..

That makes me feel old... I had no idea it was twenty years old... Blimey..

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Fibreless fibre optics developed by US Air Force

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Fibreless fibre optics?..

with line-of-sight restrictions. Doesn't this == semaphore?

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