* Posts by Pookietoo

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Canned laughter for Canadians selling cans of air at $15 a pop

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Around fifty years ago ...

There were fresh air vending machines on the streets of Tokyo, to offer some respite from the smog.

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Farewell to Borland C++: Embarcadero releases Delphi and C++ Builder 10

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Re: Remember when software came as a package

I remember when the various PC magazine cover CDs regularly included all the Borland tools. ISTR before that getting DBase (and maybe other stuff - Turbo C++ for DOS?) on magazine cover floppies.

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: this is not caused by anything

Psychosomatic symptoms can be just as "real" as strictly physical ones. Some psychiatric illness is characterised by "magical thinking". This "électrosensibilité" could be indicative of something like schizo-affective disorder.

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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

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RE: already has a perfectly functional alarm clock app

The phone doesn't have AM radio. Or an eight-track.

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Re: you would (hopefully) have to have admin credentials

Yeah - hard-coded into the app.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: asking for Program Manager back

The Win3.1 Program Manager was an included option in Win9X, you could even set it as the default shell.

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Auto erotica bonk shocker: ja das ist gut, say 56% of Germans

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Re: Oh really

It can require a certain souplesse that seniors might lack. Although perhaps not so much in a large car - my experience is of smaller cars.

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Want security? Next-gen startups show how old practices don't cut it

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Re: They would be better off taking notice of the greybeards

Just because a company and its product are fresh and new doesn't mean its people are wet behind the ears.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: it makes you provide the perfect fix

Not with PS/2 keyboards, when you have to plug in a keyboard and then reboot the machine.

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Re: The resistors I buy in the UK still have the traditional value colour coding

That will be because you're not buying SMDs.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Re: It's not an automatic sign that the device did not pass testing.

But it does suggest that perhaps the manufacturer wasn't particularly careful about following the prescribed procedures.

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Snowball spud gun shows comets could have seeded Earth with life

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Re: Occam's razor isn't an absolute. It certainly can be wrong

Occam's Razor can't be wrong: it states that usually a simpler explanation is more likely than a more complex explanation to be correct - it certainly doesn't rule out the occasional bizarre or convoluted explanation that may in fact be true.

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Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

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Re: IBM took the decision not to chase full compatibility

OS/2 was originally a joint project of IBM and MSFT - they split when MSFT wanted to include full Windows API support and IBM wanted to design something good instead.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: how was it ever accepted?

I can remember pocket cassette players from the 1980s that were rectangular slabs with rounded corners, some even had so-called "touch controls" on the face. How about these old radios?

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Row rumbles on over figures in Oracle CSO’s anti-security rant

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How do two bugs become one because they're reported by one customer? They're not considering bug-reporting customers versus total customers, but bugs reported by customers versus total bugs.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Re: My eyes are still bleeding

Perhaps the volume of your monitor is turned up too far? I tend to turn everything down from the default settings, which are probably intended to make a screen stand out in a shop display rather than be nice to sit in front of all day.

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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Re: "we don't allow advertising of prescription-only medicine"

You should qualify that with "to the public". Drug companies spend plenty bringing their products to the attention of medical professionals.

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Re: Not a lot of time

Medics can be very conservative - many who started working for the NHS at its founding had been in practice for decades before then, and probably continued to offer the same treatments for decades after.

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Rise up against Oracle class stupidity and join the infosec strike

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Re: you're "just following orders"

Don't mention the ... er ... you know ... thing.

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Re: Sure, if you like being fired for insubordination

Maybe give notice that what you've been asked to do is inadvisable or overly difficult, and get the relevant manager to sign off on it? That might be just as bad as refusing to do whatever - I've been sacked for "bad attitude" despite having done nothing wrong.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Re: refine this method

Here is the list of servers to block in order to frustrate Microsoft Update.

As for "physical system with an actual key which would need to be turned to gain root privileges" you could probably do it with an internal RS232 port, which I think most motherboards still provide. Something like join Tx to Rx with a keyed switch, and poll that whenever someone tries to sudo? Dunno.

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

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Re: Embuggering

Terry Pratchett described his illness as "an embuggerance".

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No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

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Re: Phones and tablets are not PCs

Except of course that they are - they're not the classic "IBM compatible PC" but they don't need to be because web content is a large part of what many people use PCs for these days and that is generally platform agnostic.

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Re: at work some time in the Win 9x era

My first exposure at work, before I'd ever owned a PC, was Solaris and HPUX, so I was happy to put Slackware on my first PC because I found Windows 95 a bit confusing (we'd only done DOS at college).

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Oracle pulls CSO's BONKERS anti-bug bounty and infosec rant

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Re: Security breach ... red face

I suspect she may not be at Oracle much longer, because she needs to spend more time with her family.

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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Black Helicopters

You said you'd "turned off the report back crap" as if you think that's enough to defeat the evil data slurp all MSFT telemetry.

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Re: scared by the price

"Worth what you pay for it" is popular among Windows proponents dissing "free" software, now it's our turn.

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Re: should be all the more valid

Not when the subjects are self-selecting, as already explained.

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Job ad warns of boss who 'will incite anger and frustration'

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Re: "tips and corrections"

I sometimes get an acknowledgement, sometimes not, but I do it because I'm trying to be helpful, not in search of gratitude. Maybe I'm good at spotting the the type of error that our brains tend to skip over or fill in automtically.

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Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'

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Re: It was Clydebuilt

The shipbuilders didn't go down with it, the sailors based at Devonport did.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Re: something to stop it crumbling

Moisture resistant chipboard has a green tinge. You still have to be sure to seal any cut edges.

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It's happened, folks: An actual exhibition about cats and the internet

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Re: Cats and Goodwin!

Godwin.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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Re: Have a safe weekend.

Hehe - this weekend I fixed my chainsaw. Still have thumbs.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: the technically literate solution to which you elude

Allude means "refer", elude means "escape"

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Re: Telemetry

Telemetry will only show MSFT how people are doing things in ways that have been forced upon them, rather than ways they would prefer. If someone totally can't figure out how to do something, how is telemetry going to tell MSFT what they were trying to do? Are they going to bring back Clippy to interrogate the user?

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Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

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Re: Stick with what you know

I would love to read Frankie Boyle's review of Windows X.

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Re: Explaining a joke

So where does it state that Ina Fried is Jewish? It's not a conclusively Jewish name. Maybe if the "joke" alluded to a yellow star, or Star of David, it might have been clearer.

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Re: 90 per cent of whom were Jews

There's a tips and corrections link at the bottom of the article.

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Re: There's plenty of good holocaust jokes

Dark humour is based on something tasteless or offensive - there are many other types.

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

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Re: dowsing / acupuncture / organic food

Except acupuncture works ... did you perhaps mean homeopathy?

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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Re: Speight's intention was for people to laugh

The Comedy Playhouse episode was shown on TV a year or two back, I found there was nothing much funny about Alf - he was a pathetic unpleasant isolated character rejected by his family.

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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

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Re: sticking the boot into G+ all the time

It's just payback for all the nagging to create a G+ account when using other Google products.

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'Plague Scanner' controls multiple AV engines, for $0.00

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Re: AV scanners are all based on after-the-fact signatures

Except they're not - some also use behavioural and heuristic methods.

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Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

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Re: give people longer on the previous system

They do - one of my machines is still on 12.04, for which support ends in 2017.

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Re: giving image credits

You must have missed the alt="A Handful of Giant Weta by Mike Locke" tag. I expect that satisfies the requirements of the Creative Commons license under which the photographer released the image.

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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

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Re: No, pick me

If all they needed was NAS why were they running a Windows server OS anyway?

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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Re: the honking great handle that actually moves the tail

So put the lock on the feather control and there's no inclination to deactivate it before you’re ready to feather?

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Re: before you deem an unfinished product a failure

But it's a failure because it's unfinished.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Re: SP1

I expect there will be updated install images, to avoid the need for a zillion updates after installation, but they won't come with the support period guarantee that SPs have traditionally had. Remember how they dropped support for original 8.1 after 8.1 Update was released.

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Re: get excited over service pack 3

Why are people still talking about service packs? There's no such thing in MSFT's new strategy of rolling updates.

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