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6637 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: FFS!

SunTools had the capability in early 1984ish.

Still running on my 1988 Sun 3/470 "Pegasus".

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@Piro

DOS has had sym links since before DOS3.0, IIRC. See: SUBST and JOIN.

Not a Redmond fan, but let's play fair.

(Yes, I know, for small values of sym links, but what do you expect from a simple non-networked, single-user, mono-tasking program loader?)

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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@AC (was: Re: The rise of the Neo-Luddites)

Care to show me just exactly how we're missing out on DearOldTelly broadcasts without spending money on a new television every couple of years? Seems to me that we can still partake in the daftness, without spending an arm & a leg every 18 months.

Why yes, I AM a neo-luddite. But only because I see no reason to spend several thousand dollars every couple of years on kit that doesn't actually do anything more useful than kit I already own.

Methinks AC is demonstrating a case of projection.

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@AC "21 hours ago" (whatever that means, ElReg) Was: Re: Re: @AC "2 days ago"

""The wife" sounds much more misogynist and demeaning"

How the hell do you figure? I don't own her, I've never tried to tell her what to do (unless asked), and she's the only Wife I've ever had, or ever will have. She's "the wife". I'm "the husband".

To my mind, considering her "my wife" would be totally misogynistic, with undertones of ownership. As in "mine", I own it, you can't have it, it has no say in the equation, it's an it, not a woman.

You, on the other hand, seem to think that "My Wife" (implying ownership) is a good idea? Really? Have you ever actually been in a relationship?

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@AC "2 days ago" (whatever that means, ElReg) (was:Re: During the meanwhile ...)

She's The Wife. Not My Wife.

There is only one of her, and I don't own her.

No Labradors here. We use real retrieving water dawgs ... Standard Poodles.

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

You have obviously lost the point ... DearOldTelly is pretty useless, when you think(?) about it.

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During the meanwhile ...

The 32" 1988 Trinitron (the only TV in the house) still performs quite adequately on the rare occasion that the Wife or myself is interested in DearOldTelly.

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Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

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Unfortunately ...

... Capitol Hill ignores the electronic world. If you want to make your point, print it out, drop it into an envelope & burn a stamp. Seriously.

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

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Gut feeling?

"It remains to be seen whether Cook will have the contents of Jobs' office transferred to the spaceship-like building and reinstalled in place."

The answer is "yes". Religions are funny that way.

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Sellouts! Fans snap up iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders to avoid store queues

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Apple's web site fell over? How 1990s!

Perhaps Cupertino would do well to hire a few competent computer/networking engineers. Just a thought.

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NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies

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Who the fuck cares?

North Korea (as a government) is absolutely meaningless on the world stage.

I cry for the stifled people and culture.

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US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

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Which statute, exactly ...

... allows the arbitrary US$250K/day fine?

"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." says absolutely nothing about "the NSA is above the law". The kiddies at Yahoo! shit their pants & backed down. If they had held their ground, the SCotUS would have (eventually) backed Yahoo! on Fourth Amendment grounds.

This overbearing NSA shit is getting ridiculous, and I don't even use the likes of !GooMyFaceYouMSTwit.

Elections are coming. I vote. Do you?

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WD punts cash at ... no, it couldn't be... another 'tape library killer'?

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You'll kill my tape library ...

... when you pry it out of my cold, dead data center.

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15 MEEELLION malware-infested mobiles worldwide – report

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Hey, Kevin McNamee, you claim:

"Network based anti-virus embedded on an operator’s network cannot be disabled by cybercriminals, is always on and up to date.”

Post proof, or retract.

That has got to be the most idiotic statement I've read in ages.

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Death of a Salesman: Enough with the marketing already

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Duh.

Marketards have been cowing clueless Manglement for about two decades.

Neither of the above have any actual clue about technology.

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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So basically, MS says ...

... clueless idiots running MS products are clueless? I can live with that. I won't work on it, mind, but I can live without it.

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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@ frank ly (was: Re: Funny thing is ...)

Yes, here on ElReg I have posted details about my life. And I have been contacted by folks I knew 30+ years ago because of those details. I welcome that contact. Friends are friends (or fiends, if you are lucky!).

To date, I have had absolutely zero skiddies/trolls figure out who I am based on posts here on ElReg.

The devil is in the details ... One of those details is that I'm "jake", not "Jake".

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Funny thing is ...

... I actually agree with the latest silly little Louise Ciccone wannabee.

At least on the subject of so-called "social" networking addiction.

No, I don't smoke pot. Nor am I a Louise Ciccone fan.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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@detractors: Re: Daft concept.

OMC Master Mechanic, actually, and CDM.

Dale is Dale.

Me the Pope? That's even stupider than the idiot who proclaimed that I worked on the Apollo Project. Honestly, the mind boggles.

As for the serial down-voter ... Try to get a life of your own instead of going through my back-log and down-voting me. It's been tried before, but I don't back down from attempted toothless bullying. "Thumbs" in this forum are a useless measurement ... and in fact says more about you than about me. (Seriously, how much time out of your life did you waste on that?) But whatever, if it turns you on, carry on :-)

I note that not one of you lot addressed my actual point, that being "but to get a vehicle supersonic underwater for more than a few yards/meters? Laughable, at best."

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Daft concept.

I was a test driver/pilot/throttle-man/mechanic for Dale Arneson when he was developing his surface piercing drives a third of a century ago. This kind of technology is VERY fast (see off-shore racing), but to get a vehicle supersonic underwater for more than a few yards/meters? Laughable, at best.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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@ david 12 (was: Re: And about 2 years later ...)

Coherent was US$99, as advertised on the back cover of BYTE.

Swap was properly implemented. I used the typical "twice RAM" swap file of the day.

Limited documentation? Eh? Ever see/comprehend the Coherent Lexicon?

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@ fandom (was: Re: Can't help himself)

You wonder: "What dig?"

When it comes to those two, in any one conversation, it's implied, if not actually blatant.

Torvalds & Tanenbaum need to pinkie-swear (hopefully witnessed by ken & dmr!) that FOSS is more important than ego.

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@ AC "15 minutes ago" (whatever that means, ElReg) was: Re: 23 Years

Commercial desktops are meaningless fly-by-night manifestations of marketing.

I'll bet your TV runs Linux. As does your "high speed" internet connection box. And possibly your phone, unless it runs BSD instead.

Votes ("thumbs", in this forum) are a useless measurement.

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And about 2 years later ...

... I started using the Slackware distribution at home, when it became obvious that Mark Williams Company's "Coherent" wasn't going to be around much longer, sadly. (Coherent was a really nice take on the UNIX concept, but written in assembler instead of C ... bloody fast on a 386SX33 w/math-co, 8 megs & 80 meg Maxtor). 21 years later, I'm still using Slackware as my desktop. I never even notice the OS anymore. It just works.

Thank you, Linus and PV, and all the coders around the world involved.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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@ ElReg!comments!Pierre (was: Re: Get a life, Simon.)

Things Simon doesn't have: Something useful to say.

I suspect my dawgs would giggle at his imagined bolt cutter, before causing him to piss/shit his pants. Seriously, the entire BOFH thingie is old and tired. Please lose it, ElReg. It hasn't been funny, or useful, for over a decade.

Side note: Where is Verity Stob? Now THAT is useful content!

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Re: Get a life, Simon.

::snicker::

Simon may be an "icon" around here, but he's still just a few bits.

If you insist on nuking my post, how about nuking the replies to my post, and the "thumbs" involved? Seems only reasonable.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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@ Khaptain (was:Re: Personally ...)

"What advantages does vi offer a writer ?"

The ability to just write. My goto for shifting ASCII from my brain into my computer has been vi (with the help of a Model M keyboard and a serial attached so-called "dumb" terminal) ... to the point where I have a user-name "write" that uses vi as the shell. When I'm writing (code, documentation, contracts, dead-tree letters), I don't like distractions.

Once the words are on the page, I'll format them as I see fit.

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@ Khaptain (was: Re: Personally ...)

First, it's "vi", not "VI". Second, I'm totally serious.

BSD and Linux (and Minix, Coherent, et alia) were written in vi (EMACS, or other ASCII text editor of choice). vi just works.

Adding rainbows, stars, unicorns and sunsets aren't actually functional.

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Personally ...

... I use vi as my text editor. Because I'm inputting ... er ... text.

Correct tool for the job, and all that.

Markup comes long after typoing/editing.

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NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess

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So basically ...

... folks who are unclear about security are unclear about security?

Whodathunkit. Go figure. I would have never guessed.

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Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years

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Sonoma here, 8-10 miles from the epicenter.

I was actually awake (pulling meat out of the smokehouse, crush has started & I like to keep my fieldhands very, very gruntled). About half a minute of pretty good shaking, woke the wife & most of the dawgs. Lost PG&E power for about 6 hours, but that's what backup generators are for. No other damage. OK, to be truthful, I had three Green Zebra Cherry tomatos roll off the kitchen counter. I spotted two of them and picked them up. I stepped on the third ;-)

Gut feeling is that most of the quake's energy was deflected around Sonoma Valley by the roots of the Mayacamas Mountains. We won't be so lucky when Rogers Creek lets go ... "When, not If" is the mantra around here.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Re: No mention of roasting beans at home?

When it comes to the good things in life, being straight up and exact is the only way to go.

Example: 9 pound pork shoulder, no seasoning, bone in, 225F, ~10 hours, apple smoke for the first 6. Pull at about 200F (195-205 works).

Rest for about an hour, serve as you see fit.

Humans need to re-learn how to live. This "modern" life is boring.

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No mention of roasting beans at home?

Heathens.

Friends don't let friends purchase pre-roasted coffee ... much less purchase the 'orrible swill sold by billion dollar conglomerates.

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iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

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The average iFad user's monthly bill

Is payed by their parental units.

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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That's nice.

Can one of it's siblings get me, the wife & a couple of whippets, towing a three-horse-slant trailer (empty on the way out, full on the way back), from Sonoma to Solvang California and back in under half a day?

Until then, don't call me. I'm not interested, I live in the real world. Energy density in batteries will never be useful for over-the-road transport, outside of "look at me" vanity crap.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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@AC: (was: Re: 2 billion US dollars?)

Not a stupid waste of money, just because you have 18 billion dollars? So I guess if you have 180,000 dollars to spare, 20,000 dollars on a throw-away flirt with fame that will never be profitable is a good idea?

The Seahawks have no local competition. The Clippers are shadowed by the Lakers. The Clippers don't even have their own arena ... Gut feeling is that Steve could pour another 3 billion into the franchise (staff, new arena, advertising, etc.), and still not make a profit. On a vanity project.

I don't even like basketball ... but business is business.

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@Mr T (was: Re: 2 billion US dollars?)

To answer your question, no. There is no tax break on a vanity project.

Side note: I know Tom Tolbert, you are not Mr. T.

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2 billion US dollars?

For a third rate team in a saturated market. That is NOT good business sense. Stupid, stupid waste of money, Steve.

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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@ Arnaut the less (was:Re: Ever kept chickens?)

The little tractor is a Kubota L3430.

I don't do Kubotas in boats, I run Perkins.

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Ever kept chickens?

They are pretty much brain-dead. One of our free-range yard-birds managed to sprint under my Kubota about a week or so ago. Sadly, none of the meat was usable.

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Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years

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The mind boggles.

What kind of moron thinks that a public facing Internet site actually gives access to nuclear anything? I mean, really? Perhaps getting an education would be a better option than demonstrating your religion derived complete lack of real world clues.

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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

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From my perspective ...

... Microsoft has never had any product that is ready for "business critical" applications. YMMV ::shrugs::

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Re: One wonders ...

(a cat stepped on my keybr0ad before I was ready to post ... this is what I intended[4])

... why so many are up in arms over statistically[1] meaningless[2] police shootings, and yet refuse to stand up against the vastly more wide-spread gang violence?

[1] If you don't understand statistics, learn math(s) before commentarding ...

[2] Don't get me wrong, I feel for the surviving family & friends. But for the rest of the rabble bellowing about "justice"[3], puh-lease, try to grow a sense of proportion.

[3] For values of "justice" that is roughly equal to "retribution".

[4] ElReg, why was I not allowed to edit my original?

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Original intention, before a cat trod on the keybr0ad (was: "One wonders")

... why so many are up in arms over statistically[1] meaningless[2] police shootings, and yet refuse to stand up against the vastly more wide-spread gang violence?

[1] If you don't understand statistics, learn math(s) before commentarding ...

[2] Don't get me wrong, I feel for the surviving family & friends. But for the rest of the rabble bellowing about "justice"[3], puh-lease, try to grow a sense of proportion.

[3] For values of "justice" that is roughly equal to "retribution".

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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@AC "35 minutes ago"[1]Re: “There had not been a single case::snip::"

Apollo? Where did I make that claim, Coward?

Honestly, the mind boggles.

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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What kind of moron ...

... purchases anything when inebriated?

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