* Posts by agricola

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Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'

agricola
Joke

The problem is--the inordinate number of psycopaths in high places.

"The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.

To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.

To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

[I would add a personal comment, except for the following sage advice:]

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place,‭ ‬but far more difficult still,‭ ‬to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.‭"

‬--Benjamin Franklin‭

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Canonical rolls out home-grown Ubuntu OpenStack distro

agricola
Boffin

I want to hear it straight from the (dead) horse's mouth.

Where's Jono Bacon when you need him for real dissembling.

Mark Shuttleworth is still up to his old modus operandi: announcing a brand-new world-beater of an application while still not having delivered on the last three, or four, or five... Oh, and putting him smack in the middle of the ranks of legitimate organizations such as Red Hat and H-P,

The only thing missing from this report is Mark Shuttleworth's stock, standard prediction prediction of an immediate user base of 20 million (go ahead: "google' "mark shuttleworth twenty million").

What's the reason for this? Same as always: to divert your attention from the fact that his last three or four or five "announcements" were pure, unadulterated horseshit.

Where's that ubuntu TV, watch, smartphone, and combobulated system-which-works-across-all-products that you've been waiting for?

Now you can shift you hearts' desires to a NEW, never-to-see-the-light-of-day

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

agricola
Holmes

There goes the Linux touchstone.

"Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better"

-- Edsger W. Dijkstra

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Big Brother

Democracy? Republic? Where?

You people are running as fast as you possibly can to follow the US into being a police state.

Be very careful what you wish for.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

agricola
Boffin

Major contributions...

...HAVE been made to any field of human endeavor you can name by people who did it by not being assholes.

Linus Torvalds can NOT claim that distinction,

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

agricola
Boffin

The world is filled with people who don't have any real work to do, ...

...wouldn't recognize REAL work if it slapped them in the face, and are totally incapable of doing any.

Who exactly ARE these numb-nuts who come up with these completely effete ideas?

Sorry, but I've had "e-intrusion" up to here; and not a week goes by without a breaking story regarding a major financial catastrophe due to hacking.

Get this, blockheads--and this includes Google, BIG TIME--loud and clear:

I'm LEAVING the internet as fast as I can; NOT, for God's sake PUTTING MY HOUSE ON THE INTERNET.

"Good ideas are overrated...The world is filled with people with good ideas and very short of people who can even rake a leaf.‭ ‬I’m tired of good ideas." --Andy Rooney‭

"Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better" -- Edsger W. Dijkstra

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

agricola

Re: That last photo..

"looks rather like a slick and speedy hearse. Maybe a market they hadn't considered?..."

How very appropriate, considering what Tata has done to Jaguar-LandRover.

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agricola

WROOOONG!!!

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agricola

UNreliability of turbocharged engines.

THE most reliable internal-combustion engines extant are the ones used in diesel-electric locomotives: they are SUPERcharged diesel engines, most definitely NOT TURBOcharged.

If you want the correct answer, always ask the guy whose bottom line depends on having made the correct decision.

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agricola

Re: Jaguars are astonishingly awful in the snow

This comment is not about Jaguars, specifically.

It's about a disturbing trend among automakers to use turbochargers to boost performance--for a while--rather than using their brains to innovate.

Turbochargers are a cheap way to boost performance while actively exacebating the long-term (<100K miles) UNreliability of the powertrain. Forget that this is an inherently long-lived diesel (if it's a proper diesel); it's the turbocharger--on any engine--which causes the problems.

Remember all those "rubber-band" engines which used a (internal) flexible timing belt which REQUIRED changing before 100K miles, and the breakage of which could ruin an engine? Before the industry killed THAT design concept, it at least had the good grace to ensure that total engine destruction did not occur WHEN the belt failed.

Thanks, but no thanks. None of my cars--including my 2005 Jag with 160K miles--have turbos, nor will they. And they all last--save the Jag--well past 300K miles.

Just one guy's opinion--who's been working on autos for a loooong time

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

agricola

...except as...

...an excellent indicator of the intelligence, knowledge and reasoning and logic skills of the respondees.

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.‭ ‬Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work,‭ ‬and I studied it intently.‭ ‬The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.‭ ‬They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more*.

--Sir Winston Churchill,‭ ‬Roving Commission:‭ ‬My Early Life,‭ ‬1930,‭ ‬Chapter‭ ‬9...

*...except for some.

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agricola
Boffin

Just some food for thought...

Criminals obey gun-control laws in the same manner as politicians follow their oaths of office.--anon

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is,‭ ‬as a last resort,‭ ‬to protect themselves against tyranny in government.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Thomas Jefferson

‭An armed society is a polite society. – Robert A. Heinlein

‭Switzerland is a land where crime is virtually unknown, yet most Swiss males are required by law to keep in their homes what amounts to a portable, personal machine gun. –‬Tom Clancy‭

‎The police can't stop an intruder, mugger, or stalker from hurting you. They can pursue him only after he has hurt or killed you. Protecting yourself from harm is your responsibility, and you are far less likely to be hurt in a neighborhood of gun owners than in one of disarmed citizens – even if you don't own a gun yourself. – Harry Browne

The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords,‭ ‬bows,‭ ‬spears,‭ ‬firearms or other types of arms.‭ ‬The possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues,‭ ‬and tends to permit uprising.‭ – ‬Toyotomi Hideyoshi,‭ ‬Japanese Shogun,‭ ‬August‭ ‬29,‭ ‬1558

‎The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. – Alexander Hamilton

‭We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. - Patrick Henry

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it.‭ ‬If you do that,‭ ‬you will double the danger.‭ ‬But if you meet it promptly and without flinching,‭ ‬you will reduce the danger by half.‭ ‬Never run away from anything.‭ ‬Never‭! --‬Winston Churchill‭

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Internet of Things? Hold my beer, I got this: ARM crafts OS to rule them all

agricola
Boffin

We all saw this coming...

Microsoft, Canonical, ARM: makes no difference.

You got a license for me to sign? Your product dies.

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Microsoft boss Nadella makes fleeting visit to China for conciliatory competition talks

agricola
Boffin

Time to re-boot.

One whole day later, you have TWO WHOLE COMMENTS!

WOWEE!

Be certain to send this ringing endorsement of reader interest in things Microsoft to Redmond.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

agricola
Boffin

Re: Can you say, "Read between the lines...", boys and girls?

"They're not a full computer in the sense you're implying, but for many people they're all they'll need, and easier to use and maintain. I got one to use only for internet; I have many other computers for the other needs..

Not a full computer? You mean not being able to print (easily, at all), no serial port, not being able to upgrede hardware, not being able to store and run YOUR software makes them not a full computer, right.

You've made my point for me.

All a Chromebook is, is a TERMINAL for GOOGLE. It's nmot even a terminal you can connect to all your "...many other computers...".

And if you've got "...many other computers...", why'd you throw your money away on a device which makes your other computers look like supercomputers?

Thanks for making my point for me.

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agricola
Boffin

Can you say, "Read between the lines...", boys and girls?

No matter how much whipped cream with maraschino cherries Google piles on the Chromebook, it's STILL a useless turd.

The one thing it is NOT is a computer.

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Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

agricola
Boffin

Too bad,,,

...the younger, 'I-want-it-now', 'I've got-to be- continually-entertained', 'I've-GOT-to-be-seen-with-the-latest-technology' generation scoffs at the acquired wisdom of maturity.

We've looked at tablets, phablets, CHROMEBOOKS, ultrabooks, INOT, 'wearable' (cough, cough) technology, and have told the idiots who dream up--andthese effete pieces of technological sh*t that "...you are totally, completely full of sh*t"...

Stagnating, falling sales, hmmm? Q.E.D.

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

agricola
Boffin

It's too late to make up for all the years of ...

Offering Ubuntu with Mate because of all the defections to Mint Mate, are they?

Purely and simply a red herring.

Mint is just simply better, and the gentleman behind Mint is sterling. Two things which cannot be said of Ununtu, or Canonical.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

agricola
Boffin

People won't learn.

So Sandisk refuses to learn ANYthing from Samsung's TLC fiasco.

Fiasco: Samsung's falling, falling, falling prices on their TLC devices as potential customers stay away in droves, regardless of all of Samsung's hype.

Sandisk, people are a lot smarter than either you or Samsung give them credit for.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

agricola
Boffin

CHROMEBOOK?! I thought you wrote articles for NON-BRAIN-DEAD people.

Thanks to all three of you room-temperature-IQ mouth-breathers for your unwitting (what else would we expect from you?) affirmation of my exposition of the utility of this piece of shit, via your three down-votes. My only disappointment is that there are not a lot more--but we know you're out there. You simply don't know how to write coherentlly

You also probably believe that a Chromebook is more useful than a four-function calculator.

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agricola
Boffin

CHROMEBOOK?! I thought this article was about COMPUTERS.

How much is Google paying Gartner to beat the drums for this brain-dead piece of shit?

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Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

agricola
Boffin

Another Apple 'Red Herring', for certain.

All Apple has is to do is pay Canonical money.

If you remember. Canonical was prepared to offer the Ubuntu Edge with not just a sapphire glass screen, but a SAPPHIRE screen.

With the "self-appointed-benevolent-dictator-for-life" 's prediction of sales of at least ten million of anything he proposes or promises, he SURELY knows that there is enough sapphire in the world to support these kinds of numbers, and had the supplier "...lined up...", as he always does.

Apple: get in touch with SABDFL. What have you got to lose? That can only have two outcomes: solve all your problems, or cneate new ones.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

agricola
Big Brother

Tit-for-tat...

"...If something as innocuous as Linux Journal is on the NSA's hit list, it's a distinct possibility that El Reg is too, particularly in light of our recent exclusive report on GCHQ – which led to a Ministry of Defence advisor coming round our London office for a chat..."

So why don't you SHOW GCHQ that you will not be intimidated by them--and, more importantly, that you consider them nothing more than room-temperature-IQ arseholes, and pond-scum--by PUBLISHING this entire chat you had with this Ministry-of-Defence so-called "ADVISOR"?

Believe me, we would ALL simply delight in NSA's boot-lickers, the GCHQ, being made fools of.

The NSA has already taken care of that problem on its end.

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

agricola
Boffin

Re: Duh!!!

"Reader--Imagine yourself to be a blithering idiot.

Now imagine yourself to be a member of Congress.

But I repeat myself."

--Mark Twain.

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HP's $1bn 'Linux for the cloud' dream: Will Helion float?

agricola

Another H-P fiasco?

"http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/16/cloud_computing_is_fail_and_heres_why/

"Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

Stick that online service up your SaaS

By Alistair Dabbs, 16 May 2014"

The Register

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HP's Whitman rues 'biggest failure' at eBay Japan

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Sell your HP Stock

From one of the world's premiere technology companies--medical equipment; all forms of engineering instrumentation; the world's best industrial research organization; chip manufacturing--...

Wow! Carly Fiorina REALLY turned HP into...nothing.

And, Meg Whitman has all the credentials to finalize this transition.

Great going, GIRLS.

AND: GREAT GOING, H-P BOARD WHO JUST HAD TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT DIVERSITY CAN DO.

OK. You've showed us. We're now believers, every one. Won't ever happen on my watch.

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SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

agricola
Boffin

Now I haven't seen everything!

WHAT?!

The guy who knows absolutely EVERYTHING can't take a proper video?

AND, he's asking the amateur community for HELP?.

Sounds just exactly like the modus operandi of another South African: one Mark Shuttleworth. Must be a systemic South African disease.

Perhaps the Ubuntu-controlled (lifted straight out of a Tesla) fire extinguisher for the camera didn't respond to its Ubuntu commands.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

agricola
Boffin

of COURSE, don't mention Mark Shuttleworth's INCLUSION OF SPYWARE !!!

...because this is TYPICAL MARK SHUTTLEWORTH.

A dumb-ass decision, POSSIBLY UNETHICAL, is made, the justification for which goes something like

"...this is NOT a democracy, I made the decision; it's good for you; GET OVER IT!"

And then what follows is a series of prevarication, circumlocution, out-and-out lying, and cover-up. Oh, and grandstanding, diversionary tactics to take the public's mind off the whatever-it-is.

BUT, MAINLY, SIMPLY NEVER MENTIONING THE WHATEVER-IT-IS EVER AGAIN, and doing whatever is necessary to ensure that it never appears in the press again.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

agricola

WHERE ARE ALL THOSE BELLS AND WHISTLES?

"Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS!"

Why?

Mark Shuttleworth has already dropped more announced features for 14.04 than will appear. AND, when the bog-standard Ubuntu is flawed, we'll get the same set of excuses: my ALL-TIME-FAVORITE was the brain-dead excuse when Unity didn't work when it FINALLY appeared:

"I never said it would WORK(!); I said this would be a work in progress" (!)

Get ready for another work-in-progress.

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Boffins make noise about D-Wave chip: it seems quantum

agricola
Boffin

I'm going with the odds...

Wishful thinking.

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Mozilla DENIES reported claims of board rift over new chief Eich

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<b>Reverse Things!</b>

I'm so tired of all this political correctness sh*t I could puke.

I don't CARE what someone's stance on being homosexual is, either way.

What would have been the consequences of this gentleman's saying, "I don't care for heterosexuals."?

You know as well as I: effectively nothing. Heterosexuals would NOT have called for his head. They might have written him off as ONE MORE homosexual nut-case screaming for "the cause" (I have yet to deternine what that "cause" is). That's the very real risk you homosexuals run by your very strident approach to gaining notoriety. Those whom you haven't turned off laugh at you.

Oh, and by the way, I'm calling a press conference next week with a local TV station to announce my "coming out" of the closet. I've kept my heterosexuality secret for far too long. Boy, do I feel a LOT better about myself now.

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

agricola
Boffin

Einstein's answer:

Everyone knows that the universe is a composite of matter mixed with a vanishingly small amount of antimatter (that's why there is "something" instead of "nothing", to answer an age-old child's question). We also know that, by definition, antimatter has al the "anti-" properties of matter. Why does this question need investigating any more than does confirming the fact that an anti-electron in a magnetic field travels in a direction opposite to an electron.

Einstein's probable answer to the question, "Does antimatter fall up?":

"Of course. This keeps fewer dishes from breaking when a stack of them is dropped."

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

agricola
Boffin

FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU. FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME.

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

agricola
Boffin

Misery really does love company, you think?

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."

--Sir Winston Churchill

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

--Confucius

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.

--Aristotle

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.

--Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

--Thomas Jefferson

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

--Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

--Thomas Jefferson

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

agricola
Boffin

Shuttleworth understands that people have been paying for emotional attachments for a long time.

I wonder if Canonical has patented a new use for the vibrator-annunciator used in phones?

[Keep it clean, folks. I can literally hear all those of you who want to say, "By George, this'll lend new meaning to the phrase,'I've got to get off, now.' ".]

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

agricola
Boffin

What IS it about this industry that attracts slime-balls?

Let's see, now:

Larry Ellison, Steve Balmer, Mark Shuttleworth, Michael Dell, Samsung, ...

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

agricola
Boffin

Re: Your lack of Ubuntu knowledge is pegging you as a Shuttleworth Cult Member.

That's one.

Someone want to start a list of the number of Ubuntu Cult members who respond?

(It shouldn't be hard work at all; the list will be a LOT shorter than it would have been three years ago when there were more than one or two in the "ubuntu community": the ultimate oxymoron).

The interesting fact is that they still exist for some reason.

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agricola
Boffin

Your lack of Ubuntu knowledge is pegging you as a Shuttleworth Cult Member.

"...There are quite a few alternative flavours to the main Ubuntu: the Xfce-based, Xubuntu, the KDE-based Kubuntu,..."

Since WHEN, in the last three years or more, has Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth produced a Linux distribution called Kubuntu?

Shutlleworth decided more than three years ago to abandon the KDE version of Ubuntu, and fired the one man (he had ONE WHOLE PERSON!) dedicated to the entire (then-Canonical) Kubuntu effort: development, maintenance, bug-fixing, improvement...

Got that? Shuttleworth fired the one person responsible for Kubuntu, and abandoned Kubuntu. Period.

The sole development and maintenance of Kubuntu was picked up by a company named Blue Systems, and--according to all accounts--has done one OUTSTANDING job of creating and maintaining what some claim to be the best of the KDE distributions, bar none. Once again, that's BLUE SYSTEMS, folks (it is VERY interesting to discover that when people (commenters to articles) started pointing out that Kubuntu is NOT a Canonical product, file photos from 2006--THAT'S 2006, MIND YOU!!--showing Mark Shuttleworth sporting a Kubuntu tee shirt--and requisite 'rock-star headgear' started showing up in articles on Canonical...articles which have absolutely NOTHING to do with Kubuntu, and articles which have been written in the last six to nine months. Canonical's crap machine does nothing if not churn out crap exceedingly well).

Of COURSE Mark Shuttleworth wants credit for this Kubuntu effort, and will NEVER admit that Kubuntu is NOT A CANONICAL PRODUCT. Go ahead. Ask him. Ask Ubuntu for help with some ginned-up problem you're having with "...the very latest version of Kubuntu...". We'll all be waiting.

Oh, and by the way, Register: You, as a supposed leader in the world of all things technical, pull another boner like this, and you're toast.

I hope I'm wrong; I sincerely do. I stay on top of developments in the Linux sphere well, and I do NOT remember having seen any news to the effect that BLUE SYSTEMS gave or sold ownership of Kubuntu back to Canonical. As a matter of fact, I downloaded Kubuntu FROM BLUE SYSTEMS not a month ago, for installation on one of my laptop computers.

The word "Canonical" appears nowhere.

Not to put TOO fine a point on this, Register, I DOWNLOADED KUBUNTU FROM BLUE SYSTEMS, AND DID NOT DOWNLOAD IT FROM CANONICAL. Want me to draw you a picture?

Prove me wrong, Register.

AND, ADVERTISERS: WATCH VERY CLOSELY; YOU'RE GOING TO LEARN SOMETHING.

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The Sun ERUCTATES huge ball of GAS at 4 MILLION MPH

agricola
Boffin

Why I won't let my children resd El Reg...

"ERUCTATE":

Isn't that a dirty word? For shame, potty-mouth.

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

agricola
FAIL

ONLY HALF?! THAT MEANS THAT TATA STILL HAS ALL THOSE PEOPLE TO RUIN PRODUCTS!

"Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests "

Perhaps that's because one can see direct evidence of the quality of Tata's work in what they have done to Jaguar/Land Rover since they bought it/them.

Turn out sh*tty work and then bitch about the people who complain. Tata has learned its lessons well from us..

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Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

agricola
Boffin

And you think the Feds DON"T want to make an example of Edward Snowden, why?

"I am not sure why the ones who know better are so quiet..."

WHAAATTT ???!!!

We have a saying in my neck of the woods which applies admirably here:

"DAMN, BROTHER, I DON'T RIGHTLY BELIEVE I'D'A SAID THAT!

The tooth fairy really exists; and Snow White is still a virgin.

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agricola
Boffin

There is wonderful entertainment here!

Doesn't it give you great joy and pleasure, and an almost limitless sense of entertainment, to know that common criminals, crooks, and thieves are at LEAST as smart as the cretins and boneheads at NSA and GHCQ?

Will Rogers--

"I don't write jokes. I just report on what goes on in the government."

"If it was stupidity that got us into this mess, why can't it get us out?"

"Be glad you're not getting all the government you're paying for."

"Reader: imagine that you're [a member of the government]. Now imagine that you're a blithering idiot. But I repeat myself." --Mark Twain

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

agricola

I can take a shot at who SHOULD be...and have every chance of getting it right.

"No, Seriously, You Probably Can't..."

Sears?

Ace Hardware?

Mister Sparky Electrical Contractors?

Mack Trucks?

Tonka Toys?

Tide Washing Detergent?

Raspberry Pi Foundation? Uuhhh, they build only real, high-quality product.

Since they've turned Jaguar/Land Rover into what they have, how about Tata?

Did I get close?

(I have since gone back and READ the article, having answered before I read it. It appears as though even though I didn't get the precise answer, I DID get very close).

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Secret to success?: Don't do what you don't know

What an absolute formula for failure, and a disastrous one at that:

1. Elon Musk is really not an automobile manufacturer (please spare us all the mindless blather about your hero d'jour until you can provide pictures of an honest-to-God auto manufacturing plant--where automobiles are consructed, beginning-to-end--and with the words "MUSK AUTOMOBILE, INC." in large metal letters on the front of the building).

2. Apple and Tim Cook know ZERO about automobile manufacturing,

3. What do you get when you combine #1 with #2?

Answer: a full-fledged disaster.

(The similarities are more than apt:

What do you get when you combine a cup of wine with a barrel of sewage?

A: a barrel of sewage.

What do you get when you combine a cup of sewage with a barrel of wine?

A; A barrel of sewage.)

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Must be something about South Africans:

1. Mark Shuttleworth has been overpromising and underdelivering for so long that he's considered a jerk joke, in most circles. And the way he has been getting away with this for so long is by continually coming up with headline-class diversions to make you forget (he hopes) about his last disaster/un-fulfilled grandstanding promises (you DO have an Ubuntu TV, don't you?).

2. Elon Musk can only get away with (a) not being a REAL automobile manufacturer (anyone can put together ANYTHING from a kit of parts, and do it ANYWHERE) for just so long; and (b) can explain away his products' "ain't-my-fault" fires-for-no-reason for only so long. "WHAT WE NEED NOW IS A REAL DIVERSIONARY TACTIC, BOYS! That ought to take their minds off of what is obviously a MAJOR, BASIC design flaw."

You've learned your lessons well, Musk. Only problem is, for you and your fellow countryman, continuing to come up with NEW diversions is an end-game. That's harder than actually doing real work.

3. It wasn't apparent at first, but the honor of beginning this saga belongs to a South African by name of one Adam Osborne, who started out by flexing his massive ego brain muscle by giving seminars to Silicon Valley giants and writing books in the midst of the microprocessor craze, starting

in the mid-1970s (I was the personal recipient victim of an Adam Osborne pontification at Fairchild Semiconductor, Inc., as to how the future of microprocessors lie in the magic of MICROCODING. In support of what he hoped would become a blockbuster of a hit book on MICROCODING (what's that you say? What's 'microcoding'? Clearly you have ZERO potential for signing up for South-African bullshit.

To make a long story short, Osborne, having a full-blown case of the South-African national disease--suffering from delusions of adequacy--started his own computer company, because he was obviously brilliant, and knew much better how to build computers than anyone else.

And then promptly ran the company into the ground.

He did this via the absolutely brilliant move of announcing his second, MUCH MORE CAPABLE machine while the first model was enjoying a modicum of success, mainly due to 'early adopters'. Because of his loud mouth and massive ego (no similarities here, right?), sales of machine #1 dropped to zero. Like, overnight. Osborne went bankrupt.

BECAUSE OF THIS FIASCO, Adam Osborne has the unique distinction as having gone down (good choice of words, that) in history as being THE source of a neologism which refers to the killing off of a product (line) by announcing its much-better successor far too soon.

This brilliant strategy--and neologism--is now universally known as 'osborning' a product, or an entire product line.

There exist enough data points now, I think, to consider that there exists a National Disease of South Africa.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

agricola
Boffin

The ONLY way was to find someone who'd never heard of Microsoft.

So you expected something different?

The only way to make a passenger balloon REALLY rise is to throw all the ballast overboard.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

agricola
Holmes

"Is modern life possible without a smartphone?"

The article which would accompany such a title is a joke, right?

I, as well as most people, can 'make a leap': That's the reason I didn't waste my time reading the "article''.

Running out of serious material, El Reg?

Hey! I've got a REAL blockbuster for you: "Is Modern Life Possible Without Mark Shuttleworth?"

Go with it!

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Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

agricola
Boffin

All It Takes is a Galaxy-Sized Computer. The NSA Could Do It if They Had Spare Time

Was there ever any salmon of doubt?

Poor Heisenberg; Poor Physics Discipline; Poor Physicists; Poor Physics Students:

now , instead of not knowing which of two states (I know, I know: at the same time) is the correct one, now we don't know which of twenty-seven states, at the same time, is the correct one.

But this is great news for all the "quantum physics pseudoscientists": more fodder for their artificial intelligence.

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"Aachh!"--one can almost hear him exclaim--"This [(quantum physics) paper/hypothesis] is so bad, it's not even wrong."--Wolfgang Pauli

"If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics"--Richard Feynman

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

agricola
Boffin

All You Need is a Galaxy-Sized Computer to Figure This Out.

Was there ever any salmon of doubt?

42.

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FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops

agricola
Boffin

Good show, FreeBSD worker bees (or is that 'worker-BSDs'? Sorry; I couldn't resist).

It's heartening to see FreeBSD alive and well, even if it's not giving Linux distros sleepless nights.

It's a good, solid operating system which provides a viable option if you would like a different FOSS system with good support--via the FreeBSD community--and good documentation, both on-line and via many good books. And--by the by--a good way to learn 'almost'-UNIX (I personally think of it as UNIX, but I know I'd be flamed by the purists if I had not provided the qualification).

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

agricola
Boffin

What a bunch of wimps.

WhatEVER happened to Mark Shuttleworth's much-bragged-about (so what else is new?) Chinese adoption of Ubuntu?

Can't these Chinese wait for a few more missed deadlines--with accompanying feeble, transparent, prevaricating excuses by Mark Shuttleworth--on Ubuntu Touch?

What a bunch of wimps. WE can, and DO!

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