* Posts by BongoJoe

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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Re: New ne plus ultra standard?

To be fair, it would be rather difficult to leave your car on the bus.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Re: Ads and speed testing

Only if you were testing for VW.

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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The real reason

I had back in the noughties for running QuickTime was for playing Myst.

And then one had to have the correct version installed. Have the latest version and then it would bork and then later on I tried to use, and gave up, on a pile of astronomy software because it required a different version of QuickTime and each and every time it was either not quick or it just made things worse.

I've never liked QuickTime and each time I revisited the Isle of Myst I would install, and have nightmares installing, QuickTime and then removing it from the machine when I was done with.

A cracking game which needs a properly written port to the modern day machines. But QuickTime should have been taken outside and shot sometime last century.

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

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Re: Football... the easiset way to burn your money.

As Mike Ashley is discovering that the Advertising Wing of Sports Direct is making money hand over fist each year. Where else but football could you advertise your tat and still make millions in profit?

He's got the perfect business model as far as his bank account is concerned. The Toon fans see this somewhat differently.

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Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

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Re: Not similar at all

That may be, however the 43 long and often humiliating years we fans suffered through prior to our moment of glory cannot be downplayed or overlooked.

Compared to what we Newcastle United fans have endured that's nothing...

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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Re: Enduring power of attorney

But reportedly beyond the comprehension of many bank staff.

Reminds me of the nice people in Yorkshire Bank, Sheffield. We had PoA over my father in law and there was a problem which needed me to ring them up.

"Could your father-in-law pop into the branch?"

"No, he's in a nursing home in Gwynedd and won't be able to hear you and if he could he won't understand you which is why I have this PoA arrangement."

"Could you get him onto a bus to come to Fargate?"

"From North Wales? "

"Why? Is that far?"

sigh.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Re: Strange email from them today

Those 2012 tapes will be the back ups...

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Aluminum-wrapped robbers fail to foil bank

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Re: even stupider

meaning that he still thinks "if i had just gone to a REAL wizard"....

OFF TOPIC. I was passing through Glastonbury the other week and I was watching a street hawker selling his wares. "Top quality magical poetry" he would exclaim to all and sundry.

I was thinking: is there any other acceptable type?

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Google's dream city isn't a new idea

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Re: How long...

Even if they don't get bored with the idea. I give it Five years before the weight of the amassed egos sink the entire place into the core of the earth.

Can't we use Bono as an egoCounterweight?

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Wanna be a DevOps expert? You’ll have to be a Red Hat expert first…

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ummm

Developing Containerized Applications, OpenShift Enterprise Administration, Cloud Automation with Ansible, Managing Docker Containers with RHEL Atomic Host, and Configuration Management with Puppet.

I see words and I know what they mean individually. But together, like this, is just nonsense. Unless, it's a qualification to become a stevedore on Antwerp docks.

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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Re: What happened to them?

Big John

Ah but you're forgetting that the Vikings and other Norsemen had the ability to navigate along the latitudes with sunsticks (a sort of sundial one held in one's hand). With such a device it's easy to travel any distance across open oceans going directly East to West.

Plus, of course, it's not hard to hop from Norway to Iceland to Greenland to Newfoundland and back again.

The only thing that could possibly surprise me is that if they somehow managed to prove that they didn't get there at all.

Yours etc.,

Prince Madog

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Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program

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Cloud Computing...

...in the Oort Cloud?

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Re: Sound of zero hands clapping

AC how would you freeze?

To cool down you need something to cool into and as this is mostly a vaccuum you would perhaps be cold if you were out of the sunlight but you wouldn't be able to radiate heat as there's no molecules to radiate into, or onto.

You are more than likely to be in a cold spot but unable to dump heat which is a strange position to be in. You have more chance to hear Sounds In Space than to be able to cool down a data centre.

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: apple wants to video about computer stuff ?

Stoll's book and "The Newtonian Casino" are two books I give to people whom I like.

"The Cuckoo's Egg" would make a great film.

Thanks for bringing that one up.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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"Blind Testing"

Ah, it all makes sense now.

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Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project

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Re: No Adobe here

I am using Sumatra now. I use it constantly to open PDFs with lots of data over a hundred or so pages.

And it's so, so much faster than Adobe.

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Oops, I meant downvoter. Apologies.

Anyway, good to see him pass by once again.

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Big Brother

Who on earth is this one upvoter?

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Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

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Re: The rights issue is an interesting one

I understand that the Premier League went after some publicans for showing games sourced over the satellite under the EU Freedom of Trade because they showed their on-screen logo without permission.

icon because it's the nearest thing to my temper going off all Thermite.

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Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit: A timeline

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Re: a fckn llama on llama day

I think that llama day is the Welsh version of lamas day...

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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Would our junior doctors (on strike today) have regarded this as an emergency and done something, or told him that he must wait until tomorrow ?

I would suggest then that he makes his way over the border into Wales. Though how the German lad is to get onto the train at Paddington or Euston without causing offence is, indeed, another conundrum.

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Regular Fast Radio Burst detected outside our galaxy

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Re: Next thing you know...

...and Theresa May will be wanting to save the data

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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Arse about tit

When people whine that without advertising that there will be no content on the internet (which I assume that they mean 'the web') they seem to overlook the fact that a lot of this content was produced in order to gain revenue from advertising in the first place.

If we lose this content this can only be an improvement and then we can get back to smaller and slimmer internet-web.

As someone who produces my own site and don't infest it with third party adverts I am tired of being asked to include adverts thinly disguised as poorly written articles with no depth and, therefore, no content of worth to my readers.

There is a whole culture of advertising clerks and agencies which produce nothing of value as far as I am concerned and if they have to find alternate work doing something useful: stacking shelves at Tesco on the midnight shift, for example, would be better for us all and the economy of us all.

So, please. Let's get rid of this spurious content and let's get to the web in which there's nothing but relevant content and information. We may have moved on from the time of CompuServe but, then again, I don't recall many viruses being distributed then neither.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

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Boolean variables not as True or False

I find it's fun* when someone assumes that one can handle an variable of any type and treat it as a Boolean.

The trouble is that some languages assume that True is -1 and that others assume that True is non-zero or that False is zero or not-one or...

Cue arrival of someone who loosely types and is new to the language...

*another loosely typed definition

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Re: Yes, but....

That'll be anything that has any form of implementation descending from Microsoft Access (which includes the horrible mess of ODBC) where depending on various arcane client settings (as in as a developer you couldn't really guarantee the settings) you may receive a NULL, an empty string or a string consisting of a single space when expecting a NULL.

What I would do in such a case is to add the result from the recordset to a zero length string and then shove the thing in a Trim$() statement.

stringVariable = Trim$("" & oRS("Field"))

This then would ensure that even if a NULL were encountered it would be added to a zero-length string and nothing would blow up. And the Trim$() would sort out any stray spaces which may have come from $DIETYknowsWhere.

Nothing wrong with Access, per se. It's just being aware of the pitfalls.

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Black Monday: Office 365 down and out in Europe

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Teeside University.

I didn't realise that there's a river called The Tee unless we're talking about Teesside...

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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Fifty quid

Only so that then I can find my wife's photos that have gone missing on Flikr that she's been trying to unearth for ages.

icon because she still can't get to grips with the concept of back-ups even after this.

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Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

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In the meantime...

...I was thinking the other day. Whatever happened to the Last Next Big Thing: Glass?

I've never seen one in the wild. Will I ever?

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Re: IoT - Has it's time passed?

One thing Hive can't do is to get light the firelighter, put on the kindling and then, when all is ready, put on the wood and then close down the vents.

Big Brother won't like to try tracking that.

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HP Inc Elite X3: Windows 10 phablet for enterprise-y types

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Re: Thick!

It's a henge!

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Re: black watch

My dad's mate had a Black Watch. I think he got the Build It Yourself option from the pages of ETI: he was an electronics boffin in the MoD so was a dab hand with the soldering iron.

Biggest problem then was that in the 1970s shirts were often mafe of nylon. Which caused static and would fry the watch.

I remember the reviews of the Scientific Calculator in another electronic magazine of the time where the errors on the trig functions were reported to be 33%.

Great days.

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: "Nobody needs to load software from disc any more"

It's precisely that approach which has me looking out over parkland this week with pheasants wandering through the topiary, last week towards Glastonbury Tor, before that somewhere in Cornwall, before that over the sea, the moors, woodlands, the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, etc., etc..

And the best bit: no Cloud computing!

Oh, and does your car have a cocktail cabinet the size of a tea chest? :)

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Re: "Nobody needs to load software from disc any more"

Given that I am living, travelling and working on my motorhome with my own network on board you may find that I am that BOFH, user, developer and PHB too.

No DevOps here though; I just want to get thing done.

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"Nobody needs to load software from disc any more"

So, it's time to upgrade to the next version of Adobe's somewhat less than slimline Lightroom. I am still living in the back of beyond where the download speed is neither barely registering or I am forced to use my 15GB/month 3-Network dongle.

And they say that no-one needs to load software from disc?

I find it's useful sometimes to have the discs handy for one's paid for applications. It's nice to know that there is a more mechanical backup, i.e. the orginals, nearby.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

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"more remote places where you don’t have to deliver too much".

Er, when we lived in a remote cottage we were receiving more post, more packages and the like because we had to resort to buying everything on-line. This included buying pet food, various items of groceries, books, bits for the Freelander (mostly fire extinguishers as it happens) and just about everything other than diesel for for the aforementioned firetrap.

It was a rare day that the postman or courier didn't come with a delivery for us.

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Indonesian comms ministry orders 'gay emoji' block

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Re: Its the 21st century, why are we still arguing over sexuality?

...and not with my cat too!

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Skype users were targeted by bad-ad pushing Angler crooks

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Me </hands up>

Lately I have been annoying people with my Welsh Encoded Roman numbering system. It tends to keep them quiet as they try to work out why the Roman numerals for five (V) have been replaced by IW and X has been replaced by WI.

LL tends to be a bone of contention though because is it two Ls or L+1?

It's great fun. But seriously, I do release my software versions using the Welsh alphabet because, well, why not? Most of my users have come to like it which does surprise me somewhat.

edit: I also seem to have become somewhat unemployable of late. I can't imagine why...

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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Re: Morning Prayers

We used to have them at 8.30 on Monday morning. And try getting in from Brighton to some bomb and bullet-ridden area South of the River in time for that.

And in a good mood...

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We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

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Re: Ahem...

And our data shows that you need more veggies in your fridge...

This is an interesting point about veg in the fridge. We keep ours in the pantry or in a cool room as they do better there. And Big Brother won't like this as anyone who keeps their veg in a different place to the rest of the hive-sheep is an independent thinker and, thus, is clearly a danger.

Perhaps one of the worst thing that IoT is going to do is to enforce conformity amongst we proles.

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Back to the Nineties

Decades ago I really liked SCO and I thought their Unix running on my 386 desktop was absolutely brilliant and I thought that the sun shone out of their dev/nuls even thinking that the name itself was cool.

But that was then. And by the end of that decade I had started to dislike them and then this, or others like it, started up and I liked them less and less.

Now I am wondering if I am looking into the future at what could befall any of the other computing giants of today.

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TalkTalk confesses: Scammers have data about our engineers' visits to your home

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A larger security risk

The scene. A block with a striped shirt, eye mask and a bag marked 'Swag' is poring through the purchased data from his mate down the pub.

"No, Nobby. We can't do Mr & Mrs Fotheringday over. They're in during the day. But, hang on, what's this? I've found details of a Miss Honeywinkle who has always asked for engineer visits at weekends and evenings. We'll pop around this afternoon..."

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Brit spies want rights to wiretap and snoop on US companies' servers

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Re: "Home Secretary (the elected official in charge of the police)"

One doesn't even have to be in the House of Lords. In theory the Prime Minister could appoint anyone to any position of the Cabinet.

I am not sure if there is a requirement that they even have to be British.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: No sympathy.....

er, pedantically speaking shouldn't it be

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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

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Re: Directors...

> Apparently some footage from "The Shining" made it into the U.S. theatrical cut. Who knew?!

There were, it seems, no end of 'Director's Cuts' of this film. One of the ones that I saw had the replicants' eyes slightly glow. Deckard's eyes were glowing in this one and it drove me mad.

One of the other clues to Deckard being a replicant was that he was the best Blade Runner of them all. In other words, he was brought in as "a thief to catch a thief".

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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Article Picture

What exactly is going on here?

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UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

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Re: Theresa May's Bogeyman Checklist

* If you've not done anything wrong, you've nothing to hide [ ]

Shirley: if you've not done anything wrong then we have missed out some of the rules.

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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Eh?

meaning that benefits such as reduced costs and greater speed of transactions are being missed out on

"Two pints of foaming ale, landlord."

"That'll be seven quid, sir" *

"Here you go. A fiver and a two pound coin."

"Thank you, sir"

No. Sorry. I can't see how this transaction speed can be muchly improved upon.

But in the interests of investigative communtardism I shall go out and test this repeatedly this very evening.

*This may vary greatly to where you are.

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Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

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Belgium, man. Belgium!

Having lived in Antwerpen for many years I can quite honestly say that the average native resident can speak, read and understand English far better than that the average American.

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