* Posts by Evil Graham

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Anyone remember the signatures?

My boss bought an A1000 shortly after they came out. We took it apart to see what was in it (naturally), and were pleasantly surprised to see the development team's signatures moulded into the underside of the upper case lid.

That was a classy touch.

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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Re: @Little Mouse - "Alf said what most people were thinking"

Speight's intention was for people to laugh AT Alf Garnett, not with him.

Very true. I recall an interview with Warren Mitchell where he expressed his frustration at the number of people who identified with Alf and thought he was in the right.

This is a perennial problem with satirical characters - a lot of people identify with them instead of seeing their flaws. I'm sure you could say the same about Harry Enfield's Loadsamoney, Ricky Gervais' David Brent or Al Murray's Pub Landlord.

That doesn't make the satire any less valid or funny. I was only a kid when Alf Garnett hit the screens but some of those shows were works of comic genius.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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@safari: Re: Bad news for God

Just curious to know what part you don't agree with. That there are other planets outside the solar system? That the universe is about 13 billion years old? The age of the earth?

It's getting pretty hard to make coherent arguments against these things nowadays, so I wonder what part of this you think is not scientific.

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

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What's not to like?

At the risk of coming over all Tim Worstall, a bigger market with more competing suppliers should lead to wider choice and lower prices ... right?

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Company in trouble

I could spend time Googling for a real world example of a technology company being rescued from doom by having its techies dress better.

But somehow I doubt it is worth it.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: "Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber-terrorism will be held responsible"

Some other news sites are reporting that it could be an inside job.

I think this story is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

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"House Party was just great TV"

I can only assume that you left your PC unattended for a while and a "friend" wrote this as a prank.

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Swimming in smartmobe profit? Let us guess, you're Tim Cook?

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Re: It is the Brand silly

I can agree with that. I use Windows and Linux all day at work, but when I get home I have a MacBook.

I have an Android phone because work gives me one, but if it was my own money I would probably buy an iPhone. I don't hate my Android phone though, it's fine.

If people are spending their own money on something that does what they want and makes them happy, what's the problem? That's the beauty of a (mostly) free market, you have choices.

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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Re: No jail?

"I suspect that the CPS would prefer to recover the proceeds of the crime rather than impose a custodial sentence.."

Here's a suggestion - how about doing both?

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Family hot-hatch SUV that looks a bit like Darth Vader's hat

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Re: Pretty - Not Very!

I think it looks like a big running shoe.

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Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD Foundation, becomes top 2015 donor

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Re: @Jack of Shadows - PESI

"So we're going to ignore the code contributions?"

Well the article is entitled "Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD..." so we are talking about money. Code contributions are lovely of course, but they aren't much use if you can't pay the bills to keep the server running.

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Re: @Jack of Shadows - PESI

Apple's contribution to FreeBSD in 2015 is somewhere between $100 and $249 according to:

https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/sponsors (see "Apple Matching Gifts").

I can't find any mention of Apple contributing financially to OpenBSD.

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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Re: More Pay?

you do not want to be working on a team made mostly of folks who got into the field for the pay

Have an upvote.

I'd go so far as to say you don't want to be working anywhere that people are only in it for the money, STEM subject or not.

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Chinese takeaway, hold the Google: Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android

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Another caution

Getting a broken Mi4 fixed in Blighty is going to be a challenge.

Getting insurance for your device may not be straightforward either. I've been shopping around recently for device cover (for my clumsy offspring) and many policies won't cover eBay imports. Worth checking the fine print before you buy.

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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

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She's not quite right though

I doubt that the Chinese are restricting their hackery only to stationary objects.

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SEX-starved worm can GIVE HEAD to ITSELF to reproduce

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"I wish I could do that."

Give him a biscuit, he'll probably let you.

[The old ones are still good]

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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Vodafone are already doing this

They might call it "customer support" - but now I've read this article, I've seen through their ruse.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Re: I have

"One (other) thing that I do not miss at all about the UK is the rampant jealousy and disdain for anyone who's actually done better than you, regardless of how much harder they worked for it."

Yeah, but I'd miss the sense of humour if I moved. Obviously that's less of an issue for some people.

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Re: I have An Audi...

That's why your comment is first. It was probably behind our comments, then cut in front of them at the last moment.

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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Re: Still no print capability?

"You print code out?"

- Of course not. But I want to be able to.

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Still no print capability?

I've tried it out a few times and it seems like a reasonable editor, but it doesn't have a print function.

Now I know it's the 21st century, and we are all supposed to be hacking our Next Big Idea together in a trendy Shoreditch coffee bar, but I would have thought that a user might occasionally want to put something on paper.

Call me old fashioned (because I am), but this seems like a strange omission for a text editor.

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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

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Strange picture

Are those actually Tech Mahindra employees, or a random group of middle aged Indian people sitting on plastic chairs looking vaguely grumpy?

Perhaps they are shareholders.

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Easy solution

Put a bag over his head.

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Technocodger

"...the "old farts" who cut their teeth on Computer Science in the mid 80s had to learn a heck of a lot more about the actual iron than the web junkies cranked out today"

Amen.

If "technocodger" is not yet in El Reg's lexicon, I hereby nominate it for inclusion. It is at least as good as "commentard" and could even be the next "twatdangle".

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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Re: OK, then... (@John Brown)

"IIRC, it has been shown that the ratio of number of suicides to number of employees was about the sameas any other similarly sized large group and therefore a non-story"

I agree, and I've posted about this before. I was in China at the time that story was current, and the press there made exactly that point - Foxconn employs hundreds of thousands of people and in a population that large you will get some problems.

I think Tim's point in the article is a good one. It's easy for us with relatively affluent western lifestyles to look at a foreign electronics factory and find the conditions harsh, but it's all relative. If you've moved from the remote countryside where the roof on your shack always leaks and you can't feed your family, then it might be a step up.

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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Re: Sometimes it helps to be old

"To me, what he did was just as brave and praiseworthy as signing the Declaration of Independence. He stood up against wrongful practices of his government."

I fully agree. In my opinion, he should not only be getting a pardon, but a Nobel Peace Prize.

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GCHQ gros fromage stays schtum on Snowden and snooping

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Re: An intelligent Intelligence boss?

"I feel slightly reassured that the person in charge of the bin sniffers isn't easily outwitted by a direct question."

Maybe the questioner had drafted the question on his laptop before the meeting...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (of the net). Make your vote count

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Take GCHQ's crown?

Are you implying that they can't win it again this year? Because they'd be top of my list pretty much all the time.

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Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

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Re: "There’s going to be smarter lawyers out there, but no one’s going to work harder than I will."

It's not the best advertising slogan, I'll give you that.

Even worse is the possibility that his perception of time has been warped by all the illicit substances, so that he just *thinks* he's working harder.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Re: Where are the police?

They are busy downloading all our metadata.

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There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp

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Re: can't listen to it

You commute 1 mile each way, at 19mpg? And we wonder why the planet is fucked.

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NASA's Jupiter moon mission becomes acronymathon

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They sound like NSA project names

Might as well get the surveillance in early, just in case they find life.

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Superb timing

Bringing in new powers to undermine our right to privacy whilst simultaneously disentangling us from that pesky European Human Rights legislation.

I sincerely hope these bastards fail.

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Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

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Re: Well,

"Our toaster lies in the cupboard for over 25 days a month, it is taken out every now and then and plugged in for a couple of minutes to make some toast, before it is packed away in the cupboard again."

I read this several times, but I still don't comprehend. You seem to be living an almost toast-free existence.

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AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

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He's not wrong

"...a willingness to challenge even basic assumptions"

I have worked with Chinese software engineers on a number of occasions and they certainly challenged my basic assumptions.

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Use your Apple gizmos only for good, says Tim Cook

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True-ish

"...just as Steve envisioned, they empower people all over the world"

Well they empower the ones who can spare £600 or so.

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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Re: Get with the times

"With the benefit of being designed by the world's finest engineering teams in Redmond"

There, FTFY.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: It is better to send robots

"I'm all for the occasional Brazilian plumber dig at the Met..."

Actually the police record on shooting unarmed Brazilian plumbers is impeccable. Electricians, well that's a different story.

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CSC picks up the axe yet again, eyes 800 staffers' quivering necks

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Top Management Skills

I love this bit:

"...admitted that it had experienced “issues” with recruiting staff with skills needed to complete contracted work"

I wonder if they have noticed that firing large numbers of people at regular intervals has a negative effect on one's image as a good employer? It's only a hunch, but I reckon I am onto something here.

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Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

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Hipsters

Indeed they are.

My favourite is the enigmatic "Wynter". He wears a hat indoors while playing his guitar. You can't get much more hipster than that.

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Malfunctioning Russian supply podule EXPLODES above Pacific

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Stressful

Surrounded by rubbish, toilets backing up, tomorrow's dinner burnt to a crisp.

The next guy to get his guitar out for a David Bowie singalong is going to be wearing it.

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

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What do they mean, stale?

I doubt that it's a synonym for "old", given that the median age for Google employees is 29.

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

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And why not?

"How galling it must be to be an Android ODM and cram in interesting new features, only for punters to flood back to Apple, for doing the same thing it’s always done"

There's a lesson there though. How annoying is it when you have been happily using something without any particular problems, then the manufacturer makes rampant changes to the UI just because fashion, or bling, or differentiation or whatever?

As a customer you would much rather they devoted their efforts to fixing actual bugs, or making your thing play nice with other things, but no. They have to reinvent stuff and you have to learn it all again.

I don't have an iPhone and there are many things I could criticise Apple for - but this isn't one of them.

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Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

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Re: Senior Wrangler

Absolutely. For a good indication of how impressive this is, look at who has finished *second* in past contests. According Wikipedia, James Clerk Maxwell, J. J. Thomson and Lord Kelvin - to name just three.

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Re: Ahhh, machine learning

"Deckard: You're reading a magazine. You come across a full-page nude photo of a girl.

Rachael: Is this testing whether I'm a replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?"

The film got that a bit wrong. The grumble fans of the 21st century would have said "what's a magazine?"

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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No side is looking good here

I wouldn't go as far as a Reg commenter who, in replying to Mr Shapps' Register article from 2010, called him a "lying, clueless gobshite" - but the problem is that Shappsy has got form.

Even though it looks very much like he has been stitched up here by Lib Dem activists and the media, his denials are ringing hollow because he's been caught out previously in some major lying action.

Of course, being a politician he didn't actually admit that he'd lied. He said that he had "over-firmly denied" the accusation. Much as I dislike the guy, I have to admit this is a beautiful bending of the English language, at least as good as anything they came up with in Yes Minister. It will no doubt make it to the lexicon of great political euphemisms, alongside "economical with the truth" and other such classics.

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The Government Digital Service: The Happiest Place on Earth

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Martha Lane Bloody Fox

I can't understand the adulation.

She isn't a technology expert or a serial entrepreneur; she had one big hit during the dotcom boom and has since ridden a raft of quangos, charities and boardrooms. I can't see that she has brought anything other than her name to any of them.

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Re: Typical EURO answer

"And you call Americans litigeous"

No. I would call them litigious.

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The content business wants Netflix out of Australia

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Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder

Seriously?

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

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The Joy Of PowerPoint

Like many of us, I sit through a lot of PowerPoint presentations. This is of course very boring, but I find there is a lot of entertainment and education to be extracted from the presenter's Skype, Outlook and other assorted notifications - which helpfully pop up in the lower right corner at regular intervals.

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