* Posts by earl grey

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'The troll stats saddened me as a human, but didn't surprise me as a boffin'

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control panels with wires

Yes, those were used on the interpreters and collator units. Unisys had similar panels on their 1004 and 1005 units.

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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disappeared?

I was expecting to see "disappeared in a puff of smoke",

but disappeared in a newly poured foundation is surely much more satisfying. More beer

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Re: Another classic case

ODFO

RIP Mr. Spock

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Trust is one of the hardest things to gain and the easiest to lose

Ditto for virginity.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: the hypocracy

That's just unpossible.

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Net neutrality crunch poll: Americans want to know WTF it is

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Just say NO to net neutrality

and YES to last mile resale at current market prices.

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Re: Is Superfish really showing porn ads?

"got an ad for buying a cheap MP."

If it's a good price, you may as well get two.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: The Five-Eyes-Of-Sauron are Legalized Criminals...

" If those in power cared,"

well, there you go now....

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Re: @Christoph

"couldn't run a whelk stall."

So they're shellfish?

Clam up?

Move at a snails pace?

Ok, getting my whorled coat.

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Rap for fap stack in hack trap flap: This XXX site caught an STI (Script Transmitted Infection)

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appreciate the heads up

No, seriously. Have a beer.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: (disclosure: card-carrying member of the SNP writing here)

"Therefore party donors have more influence on the political agenda than the ordinary voter."

So, you ARE the 51st of the US.

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Re: (disclosure: card-carrying member of the SNP writing here)

"Ed or Dave being impotent "

Too late....

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: So that's where the Silurians went to!

So next you're going to blame the lizard people....

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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Re: Question

more bizarre and inexplicable

Yes, they're all in politics.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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hopefully they have the paint sorted

i recall the older bro having a v-12 that the bonnet had to be repeatedly re-painted as whatever whitewash they used failed in short order. That said, this is a nice looking beasty and i wouldn't mind having one to run about in for a bit.

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'Worse than I imagined': FCC commish slams chief's net neutrality bid

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Re: He didn't read it!

You're assuming he CAN read....

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: It's obvious

You mean Hilary?

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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can i say "step on it"

Yes, go faster car. I'm running late and this traffic is a bother. Get humping!

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Re: Congestion will still be better than it is with human drivers

"block out lanes"

Oh hell no. Last thing we need is some do-gooder deciding to blindly block the whole road to foul up the general flow. The "selfies" will be getting there in their own good time and hosing everyone else on the road as they hog all the lanes. It'll be bumper cars for them.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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marketing bacon at the synagogue ??

Well, depends on how well you know your market... If it's reform; I've known some who had bacon all the time. Wouldn't expect the same from orthodox now...

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Blighty quietly signs deal to read giant EU border control database

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Re: Cake *and* eat it ?

Just be happy you don't have a border with Mexico and having a third of your population having just walked over the line. Ditto for those on Le Mer who have the joy of having people jump fences or pile into boats to escape their miserable circumstances and try to get a better life elsewhere.

I suppose the haters would just as soon sink the boats and shoot the line crossers to keep them out.

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Re: Cake *and* eat it ?

depot dictator?

It's even worse with despot dictators....

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

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haven't been there in years

And last time i was, they didn't have whatever it was i was looking for at the time and gave up on them. Used to go there more frequently BC (Before Children); Now it's a trip to the area Habitat Restores to see what miscellaneous hardware may have shown up there that catches my eye.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Speed of electrons

maybe if he had a linear amplifier (which was popular at the time). I still have mine around here somewhere...

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Brit Linux distro CrunchBang calls it quits

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Re: Aww...

I'll give you an upvote for your trilobite. Love those things.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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whether wi-fi or hard wired

Just block it at your router. i wouldn't trust their internal "turn off" to actually do its job since they already have the "snoopy" part in place. it's bad enough when they don't use a generic control and you can't access features without their specially branded 400 button gizmo.

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Intuit halts TurboTax filings after states spot mass tax fraud scheme

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I never file electronically

Since the feds discontinued the abbreviated tax form (just sections and numbers), and i refuse to give my income and tax details to someone else for transmission... I just mail them a stack of paper each year and make them go through it. Suits me just fine.

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'If someone in Australia says lick my toad, it's not a euphemism'

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Marmite?

And here i thought it was marmots, flattened to use as road bed.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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Laughing and crying as i read this

And yes, i'm jealous too. Great bit of writing.

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

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Re: Lack of competition

Oh, you mean the politicians bought and paid for by the corporations. Tell us how that's working out for you.

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Silicene takes on graphene as next transistor wonder-stuff

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Re: Interesting

Citation indeed!. most of that pulled straight from someone's arse. The mcuniversities so deliciously slandered, are generally not affordable to the better part of US high school kids and the furriners arrive on the shores with suitcases fully of money.

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Dish, the FCC, and a sly trick to leave American taxpayers $3bn short

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Re: Be still my pounding heart!

Just have a copper kneel on your chest for a few minutes...that should do the trick.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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"it's not all about the money"

No, it's really all about the (data) base.

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Parts for Brit proto-mainframe EDSAC show up in USA

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power

So, they're turning up a new power plan to run this baby?

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Charles Townes, inventor of the laser and friend to both science and religion, dies

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RIP sir.

Thank you for your persistence and insight (and as someone already said; making sharks everywhere happy).

Congratulations for your long marriage. Another remarkable achievement in this day.

If i could...

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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I miss the big axe picture

Seriously, no big picture? That's ok, nobody like them anyway.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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correction

I think you meant to say dickbag licking weasels; and frankly, the weasels are insulted.

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

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So, they're getting rid of incompetent upper management, too?

*crickets, moving away quickly*

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Telcos try to head off net neutrality rules with legislation

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huge political contributors to Congress

Better get those checkbooks out and buy a few more.

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Re: Can't comment on trans-Pluto objects

If you pick the right time you can show her Uranus.

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US drug squad cops: We snooped on innocent Americans' phone calls too!

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how many of them went to jail

Not the callers; the lying bastards in the DEA.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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plus break new ground

i see what you did there. One internetz to you.

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Re: ALIENS!!!!!

I think ? and the Mysterians would be better...

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Re: Curiosity

I propose a manned mission consisting of all current and future PMs and their ilk.

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Mr President, is this a war on hackers – or a war on people stopping hackers?

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Re: They just don't care do they?

Well, you're guilty. Not so much, me.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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too heavy to lift

Even back in the 360 days we had a Johnson bar to lift the boxes on one side to retract the feet so it could be rolled about as needed.

And transistors weren't just a feature of the 360. The earlier 7080/7090 used transistors in their memory (and elsewhere). Of course, they were as big as your pinky fingernail, but they were still transistors.

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Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

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Re: No.

When you say "sell off our bandwidth", i'm kinda assuming you really mean to lease it out and keep ultimate control with some other group.

The fly in your ointment? Once someone *cough* has their grimy mitts on the money; it will be siphoned off for whatever flavour of current boondoggle they're pushing and none of it will go into a fibre upgrade.

And the result should STILL be free tv without having to pay some ISP for connection and delivery.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: Hmmmm.

Spend some time in the Rust Belt in the US and you will not see that kind of life from most vehicles and very few electrics. The sodium chloride and calcium chloride they use on the roads in winter will dissolve most cars to a pile of rust pretty quickly (even with undercoating).

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Re: Not bad but still no cigar, methinks!

"charging at a Tesla Supercharger only takes 30 minutes or so and is FREE."

As in "free for now..."? and it's not really free; someone has to pay for it.

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Right to be forgotten? That’s not Google’s call – data MEP Albrecht

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Is it just me?

Or do those little data spiders have two green eyes and no fangs...

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