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6755 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie sacked in three-way fsck row

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Somewhere ...

... Admiral Grace is spinning, furiously.

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What? El Reg had a cheap dig at Putin?! SAY IT AIN'T SO

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@Cipher (was: Re: 77 upvotes)

"Explain how the Boston Bombers slipped right past our protectors, even with advance fucking warnings?"

It's a freedom thing. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about.

As I posted after this post over four years ago:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/898978

"What do *you* call people who destroy large buildings full of civilians, marketplaces full of civilians, public spaces full of civilians (hello, Mr. McVeigh) or try to blow up airplanes with bombs in their shoes, then? Accountants?"

I also call them statistically meaningless events brought about by politically & religiously intolerant xenophobic nutcases. I do not view them as a sound base with which to format national security measures.

But if you want to live in fear that Bin Laden's few educated loons who were capable of actually learning to fly big jets *AND* were willing to die for the cause not only can be, but SHOULD be lumped under the same umbrella as McVeigh, right-wing Republican Catholic, and decorated Desert Storm veteran that he was ... Well, I personally don't want to live with what I perceive as your paranoid world-view. Life's too short.

(Before anyone says it, yes, I feel for the friends & families of the deceased. I'm not a monster. Nobody should have to go thru' what they did ... And for the record, everyone I know in the offices of Sun Microsystems got out of the WTC alive ... Would my opinion change otherwise? Quite honestly, I don't know. But I seriously doubt it. Random events have rarely riled me up emotionally.)

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Re: 77 upvotes

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin, 1759

Or put another way, mass surveillance quashes freedom of speech.

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Lame phone dodgers fleece finance's foolish and fat fingered

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One wonders how many ElReg readers ...

... would know how to use the red dial telephone pictured in the "http://www.theregister.co.uk/Week/" page.

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Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

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Re: Cool. The .fed is profiting from ...

Well, I traded a gallon of my homebrew West-Coast IPA for a dozen live Dungeness crabs yesterday afternoon. Seems pretty un-virtual to me. A couple days earlier, it was 10 pounds of Venison sausage for 5 pounds of smoked salmon ... and I regularly swap a case or two of my wine for the wines of other vintners. One of my wells is a trifle dry this year (California is in a major drought), so I swap water from the property over the hill for barn space for his horses.

Barter still exists. Just don't tell the IRS ...

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Cool. The .fed is profiting from ...

... the sale of unlicensed, unregulated currency to idiots. It's only a little bit of profit in the .fed pocket-book, but in theory it might knock one cent or two off of my taxes this decade.

I'll use virtual currency when I see value in virtual beer.

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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Cool.

The Wife & I help build up our immune systems with every snog.

Can't ask for more than that. Win-win.

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How to keep everything fluffy in your hybrid cloud world

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Whatever.

I've been rolling out distributed computing solutions for around a third of a century.

In no case did my solution involve a third party. (Obviously, transport of ones & zeros involves telcos, in most (not all!) cases.)

People need to stop drinking the coolaid provided by marketards.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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@ gazthejourno (was: Re: Who wears a watch these days?)

You wrote: "Not sure what happened there."

Can we find out? I'm not talking naming names here. I don't personally give a rat's ass who hit the "nix" button. All I care about is allowing folks with an opinion to voice that opinion, as long as it's not outside the rules of the forum.

Seriously, moderators need to be moderate ... if not, madness ensues ...

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Re: Who wears a watch these days?

@ElReg's immoderate so-called "moderators" ... My reply to "Thecowking" was nixed? Really? Why? Was that really against ElReg's rules? Where, exactly. did I cross the line?

Again, @"Thecowking": Yep. Your point?

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@Thecowking (was: Who wears a watch these days?)

Yep. Your point?

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Who wears a watch these days?

I can see the time damn near anywhere I look!

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Amnesia: A mad Aussie dash through history, hacking and the CIA

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ECHALON/Five Eyes "allegedly" monitors communications?

I kinda think that that "allegedly" is superfluous ...

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

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Greenpeace is neither green, nor peaceful.

Rabble rousers with an agenda tend to not be exactly competent when commenting on anything outside whatever their religious obligation insists on ...

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Stop coding and clean up your UI, devs, it's World Usability Day

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Whatever.

Slackware-current on the desktops & BSD on the servers have been working for me & mine for over two decades.

I've tried alternatives (it's my job), but no alternate option has ever been successful.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Re: "computers are now reliable enough for cars, medicine and fly-by-wire aircraft"

#4,127 Yet another AC child thinking it has a meaning in life.

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"computers are now reliable enough for cars, medicine and fly-by-wire aircraft"

Really? Assumes facts not in evidence ...

Besides, most civilian gun deaths occur at distances of less than ten yards/meters.

When used (in)correctly, an ax, a claw-hammer, or a largish screwdriver can be lethal at distances in excess of 30 feet (horizontal), which is much further than most (civilian) gun deaths. I throw an ax at logging competitions, and can easily hit a human-sized target at 75 feet; I watched a guy get killed by a claw hammer thrown from 35 feet up in Humboldt County (was an accident, don't ask); and a friend once won a bar bet by sticking 7 of 10 Craftsman brand #41588 screwdrivers into a straw archery butt at 15 yards in under 15 seconds ... with pretty good grouping (#41588s are about two feet long, and nearly a pound in weight). Shall we ban axes, hammers, and screwdrivers?

Tools are tools. Most can be used to kill people.

The problem is wetware, not hardware.

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Ye Bug List

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Test ( was: Re: Just a note.)

This is just a test.

And now edited.

Second edit. Same problem.

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Just a note.

I'm on "the naughty step", for whatever reason[1].

When I edit a comment, instead of "Submitted and awaiting moderation ..." with an underlying "withdraw", all I see is the "withdraw".

[1] ElReg's site, ElReg's rules. I'm cool with that.

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Cybersecurity? Nothing to do with us, mate – Google and Facebook

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Once again ...

... it is very clear that the non-technologicaly inclined are ... err ... not technologically inclined. Any idiot who includes "cyber" in a message is just that. An idiot.

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Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

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"small but talented LulzSec"

Assumes facts not in evidence.

Not hackers. Crackers, at best. And rather inept ones, at that.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Whatever.

For the last couple decades, it's been Slackware on the desktops and BSD on the servers 'round these here parts. Obviously, YMMV. Follow your own bliss.

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

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Re: If you don't know the ins & outs of ANY language + compiler + OS ...

No, it's NOT rocket science.

Rocket science is moving hardware along an assigned vector.

Programming is moving ones and zeros through an array of relays.

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If you don't know the ins & outs of ANY language + compiler + OS ...

... you are going to produce crap code.

It's not exactly rocket science.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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In reply to several (was: Re: The only jewelry I wear is my Wedding ring.)

A friend made a mistake. See this post:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/670569

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The only jewelry I wear is my Wedding ring.

And that comes off when I'm working.

I can see the time damn near anywhere I look these days, watches are superfluous (unless I'm diving).

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Twitter turns to women's group to sort out its cyberbullying issues

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@ Donkey Molestor(sic) X:

Online harassment is only a problem in the mind of the observer. If you don't like that particular bar in RealLife(tm), don't go to that particular bar. Why should shitholes like GooMyFaceYouTwit!, etc. be any different? Vote with your wallet. Walk away. They aren't really important.

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The real problem is ...

... that school-boys are bullies. Like it or not, it's been that way since before time immemorial. Seems it's genetic ... teenage boys are assholes by their very nature, ESPECIALLY when they can comment anonymously.

The only real solution? Ignore the idiots until they grow up a trifle and are worth listening to. Think of it as "out of sight, out of mind".

Honestly, it's only text. It can't hurt you ... unless you let it hurt you.

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#VultureTRENDING: It's Pimpr, the latest sharing economy super app

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Great!

Yet another way for idiots to put themselves out of our misery by utilizing unlicensed, unregulated "services".

Perhaps TehIntraWebTubes has a use after all ... chlorinating the gene-pool.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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Dopamine.

In other words, compulsive texters are addicted. They can't fight their jones. Any more than alcoholics or heroin addicts can.

Driving laws should reflect this simple fact.

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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Overt paranoia.

The so-called "terrorists", who will never affect me & mine in any way, shape, or form in our day-to-day lives, are winning in the eyes of the world.

Sad, that.

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Canonical pushes LXD, its new mysterious drug for Linux containers

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"a little murky"

What else would you expect from a space cadet?

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Microsoft now licensing Windows by the user, across multiple devices

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Seems to me that ...

... *nix has been doing this (and more!) for ~30 years.

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Ah. The French Canadians.

Credible research on sexuality, shirley.

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Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND

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@ Tapeador (was: Re: During the meanwhile ...)

Indeed. But then I rarely use a telephone for more that a couple-three minutes. It's a communications device, not an entertainment center.

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Out of curiosity, AndyS (was: Re: During the meanwhile ...)

Why do people like yourself insist on putting words into my mouth? I never said anything that you imply.

Inferiority complex? Perhaps getting a life would be a better option.

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During the meanwhile ...

My 14 year old Nokia 5185 cell still makes & receives telephone calls. As does the 1950s Western Electric Model 500 landline at my elbow[1].

Sometimes it's better for a telephone to just be a telephone.

The mind boggles at the amount of money being wasted world-wide on what should be a simple utility.

[1] My Father's first telephone. Yes, I still have pulse-dial access from the telco. When that goes away, I have a simple circuit to convert the pulse to DTMF.

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Me GIVE you $14 SQUILLION gadziddly-DILLION

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Sounds familiar.

"It’s like a dear old friend has knocked on the door bearing a box of chocolates and a bottle of port – with the obvious caveat that both the box and the bottle are empty."

Kinda like the BOFH?

"Hi Dabbsy, it’s Lewis. Your columns don’t seem to have very much to do with real computing any more. They’re turning into a shoddily researched and poorly written, not to mention tardily submitted, excuse to sting us with an invoice every week. Your ideas are old and your jokes are unfunny. Buck your ideas up, sunshine, or you’re out."

Indeed. See above.

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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@ dogged (was: Re: Why, exactly ...)

I'll give you "hard data".

Humans have lived for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years without this kind of tat. If you are hungry, eat. If you are thirsty, drink water. If you are tired, rest. It ain't exactly rocket science. Sneering at me is not exactly conducive to your "argument".

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Why, exactly ...

... would I want something like this?

Either I already know how to take care of my body, or I really don't care about myself. Silly-ass wearable bits & bobs won't change this fact.

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China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

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What?

Overworking children isn't enough? They have to work robot fingers to the bone, too? For shame, China.

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Amazon's hybrid cloud: EC2 wrangled by Microsoft's control freak

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Why, exactly ...

... do people think it's a good idea to put all their personal info on computer systems that are outside of their control? It's not exactly rocket science to roll it out for yourself ...

Honestly, the mind boggles.

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Remember Internet2? It's now a software-defined metacloud

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Re: The Internet was (nearly) always "software defined"

Not "(nearly)". Just always.

"Cloud" is a marketing meme that has zero meaning in actual technological circles.

UNIX(tm) existed a decade before what we now call "The Internet" was even a tickle in Vint Cerf's shorts. "The Internet" was born from *nix, not vice versa.

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NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

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Re: @Reg Number of electrons != current

Watt?

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Caption this: CERN needs pic tags. Serious answers only, kids

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"March 1970" looks like ...

... an early version of a wire bonder. Probably silver wire. You can't see the business end, just the feed end. No idea who the dude is.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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@AC "4 hours ago" (whatever that means, ElReg) Re: The problem food isn't chocolate

Some of the best cheese on the planet comes from California, specifically the North Bay.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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@ Graham Marsden (was: My webcam...)

My webcam only works when I enable the silly, mostly useless thing ... Slackware & BSD are kinda useful when it comes to this kind of thing.

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@ Ian Emery (was: Re: Webcams are vitaly important)

"I still hang out there even though I married a Chinese girl."

I feel ever so sorry for your wife.

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