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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse crawls towards finish line

Robert Moore

Reading with great interest

As I got my layoff notice a couple of days ago, I am making notes.

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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

Robert Moore

They don't do much.

They don't do anything that the phone in my pocket doesn't already do.

They use bluetooth, to communicate with my phone. I leave the bluetooth shutoff on my phone (S4), as it drastically reduces the battery life, when I turn it on.

For the record, I own and wear over a dozen watches. (Worn one at a time.) :)

I won't be buying a smart watch any time soon.

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Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

Robert Moore

The only correct response

to Carl Icahn is to publicly state, "Bugger off you freaking worthless parasite."

Then do the exact opposite of what he wants.

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

Robert Moore

What they never take into account

They want these people to ride the regular buses, figuring that this will bring more money into the regular transit service, but it just won't happen.

Let's assume someone making $150K a year. They will probably take the Google provided luxury bus to work. Why not, it is easy, quick, and you can even get some work done. (Or watch some cat videos.)

Now let's take that same person, and eliminate the Google bus. Will they take the crowded bus with no internet access, no direct route so it takes an extra 30 minutes each way, some smelly homeless guy stinking up the place?

Of course not, he/she will drive to work instead.

I know because I drove to work instead of taking the bus for these exact reasons. I doubt I am unique.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

Robert Moore

Two suggestions.

Dban CD.

The software equivalent of taking off and nuking the site from orbit.

In fact you only need to run it for a few seconds to make sure that you are starting with a fresh partition table. This technique has solved problems for me more times then I can count. Virtually impossible for a virus/malware to survive dban. Old machines frequently have partition table strangeness, Hidden partitions, restore partitions etc. I have gotten to the end of a Win7 install with no errors, and found the machine would not boot. Dban, and reinstall and everything is good.

A large quantity of your favourite pain killer.

Upgrading machines speced for XP to Win 7, is going to be a painful experience.

Good on you for doing it.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

Robert Moore

As much as I loved Star wars

Enough already. I am so damn tired of sequels, prequels, reimaginings, reboots, ETC.

Here is a radical idea... Why don't they try making something new, and original.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

Robert Moore

Re: remove their genitalia..problem solved

> Really? How? The malware servers are administered by penis?

> What a stupid thing to say.

Well, if removal were done with a dull rusty chainsaw, and televised live. It might be a pretty good deterrent.

Just a thought.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

Robert Moore

Re: Life

"Are you eluding the a secret race of mole people who live deep underground?"

They are crab people. As you well know, since you are one of them! (Rips face mask off to reveal crab face.)

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Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

Robert Moore

Re: Make the server big enough

Everything old is new again.

When we finally get enough power on the desktop, we start moving the processing back into the data centre. I am still trying to figure out how this will not just recreate the problems of the dumb terminal/mainframe architecture of yesteryear.

Any bets on how long until we start moving everything back out of the data centre and back on to the desktop?

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

Robert Moore

Maybe he just wanted to shut it down without getting into an argument about how movies based on video games ALWAYS, without fail, suck.

Whatever movie you are about to point out as an exception... It sucks too!

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Robert Moore

I loved that game - anyone know what it was?

> One of the games I learned to code from involved programming a little kill-bot round an arena.

> You had directions, a radar and gun.

Sounds like Crobots to me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crobots

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

Robert Moore

This stuff costs a fortune.

Over here in Canada, I was into the Dragon 32s brother the Radio Shack TRS-80 Colour Computer.

Sadly I let all that old stuff go, and am not paying a fortune to buy back pieces of what I once had.

I now have:

COCO 3, with drive controller, no drives. (Looking for them)

Model 100

Model 200

PC-2 with thermal printer.

The COCO 3, cost me nearly what they sold for when they were new. :(

Nostalgia is expensive.

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KILO-MACH SONIC BOOM probed in fireball embers of 1572AD SUPERNOVA

Robert Moore

Re: In Space, No-one Can Hear You Explode

I want to know what Mach 1000 is in Linguine per fortnight.

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Obamacare website 'either hacked or will be soon', warns infosec expert

Robert Moore

Wow. The stupid is strong with this one.

"We have not monitored any attacks," Holden told CNN

Then i promise you that you are monitoring the wrong things. This is a big fat target. I would be surprised it someone had not already breached it.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

Robert Moore

Had to be BMW

Better range since an BMW never has to waste electricity on running the indicators. :)

Same car made by any other manufacturer, would have 10% less range. :)

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Drugs e-souk Silk Road back from the dead with new Dread Pirate Roberts

Robert Moore

You would have to be on drugs to use silkroad now!

I would bet my next paycheque this is a scam of some sort. Either an FBI honeypot, or someone looking to run off with your bit coins.

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Shy, bashful HUMPBACK DOLPHINS expose themselves to boffins

Robert Moore

Re: The unrestrained proliferation of dolphin species

We all know you only have to worry when all the dolphins disappear.

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

Robert Moore

Why didn't you warn us:

The least you could have done is put a NSFW tag on the story, so we wouldn't bring up an image that disgusting on our work computers.

I don't think dong that is even legal. ;)

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Live Reg TV: Windows Azure on your terms

Robert Moore

Azure on my terms.

I will tell you my terms. "Hell no!"

You can quote me on that.

The thought of Microsoft and the cloud together should is enough to strike fear into the hearts of otherwise stout hearted, fearless IT professionals.

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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

Robert Moore

> "What they forgot to say is that EAS is a closed protocol that only MS controls."

From the perspective of Microsoft, that is better.

If you disagree you are a pinko, commie, Linus user.

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Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

Robert Moore

Re: Microsoft? Hosting?

I have always said the Microsoft software is just not ready for the datacenter.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

Robert Moore

For whatever it is worth

I really liked:

ARSE - Automated Range Safety Equipment (lawndart)

Smart, funny, and could almost be accidental.

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

Robert Moore

My vote still goes to Carly Fiorina

After the way she gutted HP, I would love to see what she could do at Microsoft. ;)

Full disclosure: I am not a Microsoft fan.

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Bionic Brit Babbage Bear boards brilliant balloon, bests ballsy Baumgartner

Robert Moore
Linux

Re: Re PETB

Bear is darn tasty.

Many people throughout the world eat bear.

FYI: I hear penguin tastes terrible.

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

Robert Moore
Linux

Re: Don't cheer yet

I am praying that they bring in Carly Fiorina. After the job she did at HP, I would love to see what she coul do to Microsoft. :)

I am not a religious person, but if they brought her in I would have to reconsider. :)

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

Robert Moore

Different linuxes for dirrerent purposes

Debian for servers.

Mint for desktops.

CentOS for servers where I need to be compatible with RedHat.

Windows for when I need to play Solitaire.

Posted from my Linux Mint machine.

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No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

Robert Moore

Why

So they will let you edit Office documents on your phone, but not on your tablet, running the same OS.

Microsoft fails again, and pisses off potential customers.

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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

Robert Moore

Low hanging pants are awesome.

I love this "style".

It allows me to detect idiots at a distance. :)

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Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

Robert Moore
FAIL

Nothing new

I have a Surface RT pad offered to me through work, for $199. I passed. So did everyone I work with.

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Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

Robert Moore
Trollface

Re: missed opportunity

"Apple almost ready to admit 4 inches just isn't enough for everyone?"

Your wife could have told you this.

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Petascale powerhouse cracks important HIV code

Robert Moore
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Re: Amazing breakthrough

There is no money in cures. Treatments on the other hand are a great source of revenue.

HIV might be the exception, due to the high fear, and the fame one would receive for a cure.

I had a good friend die from AIDS in the early 80's before anyone really knew much about it. So I still hope for a real cure.

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Fedora cooks up new Linux for Raspberry Pi

Robert Moore
Linux

@Rampant Spaniel

Reason I use vi.

I figured sooner or later I would encounter a broken system without my preferred text editor, and EVERY *nix system has vi.

It happened about 3 months after I made the decision to embrace vi. An old Solaris system that I had inherited with the job, decided to fail on a Wednesday afternoon. Payroll was run on Thursday, and of course the payroll system was tied to that Solaris box in a way no one understood anymore. (System was built by the guy who left before the person I replaced.)

Took me a couple of hours to figure out what was going on, correct the issue, and get a working system again. It would have been a much longer process if I had not gotten comfortable with vi.

I was a hero to the payroll people. :)

vi for ubiquitousness.

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Microsoft: Subscription-only apps? Not for us, yet

Robert Moore
FAIL

He added, "Within a decade, we think everyone will choose to subscribe because the benefits are undeniable."

Yeah, the benefits to the vendor are undeniable.

Customer gets screwed.

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Fraudster gets ten years after selling fake 'ionic charge' bomb detectors

Robert Moore
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What I want to know is

Where can I order the golf ball finder?

I have a step father who believes such things, is an avid golfer, and fathers day is coming up soon.

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The Chromebooks are coming! New models due late 2013

Robert Moore

Acer C7

I bought one. Yesterday as a mater of fact.

I really have not had much of a chance to play with it yet, but I am fairly impressed with the speed to cost ratio.

I am however less than impressed with chrome. I think I am going to dual boot it. But I am going to give Chrome a few days to see what I really think.

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Microsoft says WinPhone outselling iPhone, BlackBerry

Robert Moore
Terminator

Phones on the street Vancouver Canada

I am looking to get a new phone soon, so I have been paying attention lately.

This is what I see in an average day.

iPhones Nearly half of the phone I see

Various android phones Probably close to 30% (Increasing rapidly)

Blackberry I would say about 15% and falling.

Non-smart phones 10%

I have never seen a windows phone in the wild.

Full disclosure. I have an iPhone 4, and am probably replacing it with an Android phone.

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

Robert Moore
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I love to drive.

I for one can hardly wait for self driving cars to hit the market (No pun intended.)

The reason is that the people who would be first in line to buy self driving cars will be a lot of the people you don't want driving. Partial list below:

My mother. (Slow, and unobservant.)

My sister, (Aggressive.)

My brother, (Drinker.)

In fact when the price gets reasonable, and if I can get a deal on insurance, I might think about getting one myself, for the boring commute to and from work. I wouldn't mind taking a nap in the back seat.

Keep my real car for when i can actually have some fun with it.

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Truck-maker CAT flogs smartphone spawn to butter-fingered fondlers

Robert Moore
Paris Hilton

Not Yellow!

I was hunting around for the credit card until I read that it wasn't yellow.

Who wants a Cat product that isn't Cat yellow?

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

Robert Moore
Go

@Graham Newton

I can't speak (type) to most of your comment, but I would think any device that is designed to survive for years in my pocket would have little difficulty surviving the stress of the launch.

As for the rest, I suppose they will find out pretty soon.

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Top tools for junior Linux admins

Robert Moore
Flame

Not so much a tool as a philosophy

If you are going to do it more than three times, script it.

OK, maybe cron.

If you are getting good at bash scripting, and want to use cron to run them at scheduled times for some reason they run fine when you run them manually, but fail when run by cron change the first line in the script to:

#!/bin/bash -l

The -l argument specifies a login shell. If your usual login sets a lot of environment variables this can quickly sold a multitude of strange problems.

(Very useful for scripting oracle schema exports/imports.

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Android 4.2.2 slides up skirt slightly, reveals a slip of fishnet

Robert Moore
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Re: Yes but a house is no good without Windows

My brain is melting while attempting to parse your comment.

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

Robert Moore
Devil

I know I am a bad person

But I really, REALLY want to hack the Popes twitter account.

Recovering Catholic here.

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

Robert Moore
Flame

Once again they miss the point

It is about the price.

At $35 (Sorry Canadian here.) if I break a Raspberry PI while working with it, I use some profanity, and go order a new one. At $100 I worry about breaking it and don't try to use it to build a heads up display for my car.

This is the same thing that happened with netbooks. the first one came out at a very good price, but every time a new model or competitor came along it was bigger, more powerful, or had new features, and of course the price went up.

I hope this doesn't happen. I hope people are smart enough to stick with the Raspberry PI, because it is the best bang for your buck. Plus the community that has developed around it is fantastic.

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Microsoft-Netflix bid rumours feast on froth – and logic

Robert Moore
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Damn

I really liked Netflix.

But Microsoft does NOT get money from me. Ever.

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Privacy group damns Ubuntu's Amazon search marriage

Robert Moore
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It seems to me that 50% of all searches that these vendors will get access to will be something like "disable amazon in ubuntu searches"

Here is my thinking.

One search for "ubuntu install PACKAGENAME" or "ubuntu configure FEATURE"

Some profanity.

One search for "disable amazon in ubuntu searches"

No more results.

Annoying, but hardly the end of the world.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

Robert Moore
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no one has pointed out

The biggest problem with this car.

My god is it UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the concept of electric cars. I have built two electric motorcycles and am working on my design for a car.

But I could never drive anything this fugly.

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

Robert Moore
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As a Canadian

I say metric, all the way!

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Pirate Bay site sinks, Swedish police raid its ISP

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: WTF

NAMBLA <--- its shit like this that makes me want judgement day to come /sigh

What did the:

North

American

Marlon

Brando

Look

Alikes

Ever do to you?

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

Robert Moore
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Re: If you are active for 50 years, that's 20K per year, or roughly 55/day.

That sounds about right.

Not counting weekends when I have more free time.

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Taiwan's civil servants caught by sexy email trap

Robert Moore
Happy

Re: RE: Over here

If you ever accidentally open smut from a manager. Run, don't walk to HR, and report said manager.

If you can pull it off, act deeply offended.

You might get the manager sacked. :)

Of course I just don't open any email from my manager. It seems the best option.

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