* Posts by Uncle Slacky

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Teledildonics

Found it!

http://www.easylife.org/fufme/

Illustrations here: http://www.easylife.org/fufme/faq-use.html

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Re: Teledildonics

> I dimly remember devices that plugged into the centronics port.

There was a spoof(?) website at the time called something like "fu-fme.com" with illustrations of people <ahem> interfacing with the front of tower units.

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Re: I am still waiting

Once again the sandwich-heavy portfolio pays off for the hungry investor!

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Re: Please complete this sentence Elon:

Is there a chance the track could bend?

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: Thoughts on tax avoidance

"...under US law Microsoft is legally obligated to maximize shareholder return by whatever legal means possible."

Wrong - it was Milton Friedman's own idea:

http://www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=883

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Re: A Stonking Year???

Not to be confused with the Spectrum game "Stonkers":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonkers

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Re: Tax rebates?

We see here who the real welfare queens are...

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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Re: @ codejunky

Reminds me of that quote from one of the Matrix sequels: "There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept."

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Re: "The potential downside of not getting this right is very serious,"

"What's the point in asking the question if you aren't going to act on the answer? Isn't that one of the most common complaints about politicians, that they don't do what we tell them to? Now you're complaining that they are doing what they were told to do, and they shouldn't be!"

Nobody asked Cameron to call a referendum - he just thought it would be an easy win and and easy way to shut down UKIP and the Brexiteer wing of the Tory party. They *should* have put some qualifiers on it, e.g. 2/3 majority, or 2/3 of the voting population had to vote leave for it to be valid.

As a non-binding referendum, it should only have been a signal to formally review (e.g. via Royal Commission or similar) our membership and determine whether leaving would be a better alternative (which it clearly isn't...).

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Re: "The potential downside of not getting this right is very serious,"

"another referendum should be taken (presumably over and over ad infitium) until they got the result they wanted. Despite democracy not working like that"

Well, it would be nice to have an actual BINDING referendum, unlike, y'know, the one that took place last year which everyone seemed to treat as binding for some reason.

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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

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Re: Microsoft murdered netbooks

Still use my EEE 4G when I'm out and about, it's convenient and unobtrusive and is fine for basic browsing (I stick to mobile versions of sites where possible, though). I test non-systemd distros on it in preparation for the day when systemd implodes/becomes serious malware (the only drawback of Solus, which I run on my main laptop). Currently I'm testing EXE, Void and various BSDs, but I always return to antiX or MX...

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Top tip for all you insider traders: Don't Google 'insider trading' from your work PC

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The best way to get away with it...

...is to get elected to Congress.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/congress-trading-stock-on-inside-information/

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Re: "Microsoft's decision to branch into hardware"

Their first hardware was a Z80 card for the Apple II in 1980:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z-80_SoftCard

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Re: But...

"It allows linux binaries to natively call their expected APIs under a windows OS, through a very lightweight translation layer."

So, like Wine in reverse? Eniw?

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

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Re: Why on Gahd's Green Earth....

Let me guess, second prize was two flights to the US...?

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: Rainbow

"What about the ZX Spectrum? Big rainbow plastered all across the front of it."

Not to mention the game "Pimania"! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimania

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Re: The Bible (@Steve K)

Cain's wife appears to have come from the land of Nod, believe it or not - depending on how you interpret Genesis 4:17: http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/gen/4.html

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Re: Bible?

"Moses dropped two of the tablets on the way down and, well, we've been at war ever since."

Actually, he only dropped one, as seen in the documentary "History of the World Part One":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWSN6xYz8XQ

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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Re: Confused

"1p was actually too big compared with 1d. For small value items rounding up to the nearest d (and when did prices ever get rounded down?) represented quite an inflationary step."

That's probably why the 1/2p was also introduced at decimalisation (and only phased out in the 1980s), worth the equivalent of 1.2 old pence. Inflation was pretty high at the time anyway, so it's not clear how much could be attributed to decimalisation.

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

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Re: Oy!

How about a nice game of chess?

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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Re: How does one

I understand there's stiff competition...

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Re: Live fast and die punk

Ask and ye shall receive: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety_coffin

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Re: Facebook...

Relevant XKCD: https://what-if.xkcd.com/69/

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Re: Paris Agreement

> Trump will launch his own luxury cruise liners.

Trump steamers, then? (sounds a bit pervy, though)

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Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

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Re: Bring Back

> But in a lot of these examples and in other systems,I would think it was possible to swap "normal" xp for xp embeded,that should run old drivers etc ok,

Something like Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs, then? Luckily, being based on XP Embedded, it has the POSReady setting for continued updates already in place, too:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Fundamentals_for_Legacy_PCs

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

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Unity lives on a Yunit

As with many things in the FOSS world, Unity has been forked as "Yunit":

https://yunit.io/

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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Re: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

I wonder how they pronounce it.

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WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

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Re: U 1F4A9

> So now we have an entire industry built around treating minor offenders as a cash cow to be milked, and the existence of ticket camera companies (and the way the whole system is set up) is just one sign of that.

This must be an example of that wonderful free market innovation leftpondians are so proud of.

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Tails OS hits version 3.0, matches Debian's pace but bins 32-bit systems

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Re: So, what's the intersection

Core2Duo, I reckon.

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32-bit alternative

For those of you wanting a 32-bit and/or systemd-free alternative, the (unrelated) "heads" distro is also available:

https://heads.dyne.org/

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: Speaking from NZ

It's not that hard, a 1 metre dish works fine in the south of France.

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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Re: So....

It's possible for psychopathy and narcissism to exist in the same person, as two parts of the so-called "dark triad" (along with Machiavellianism): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_triad

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

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Re: I'm sorry, but...

i think you need to get off that high pedal stool...

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At the feet of the Great Monad, or, How the functional programming craze plays out

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Re: Been there, done that

IMO if it can't be done in Fortran 77, it's not worth doing.

(BTW I'm another UKC alumnus)

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German robo-pastor preaches the GNU Testament

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Douglas Adams predicted it...

...the Electric Monk, that is.

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St Charles (aka King Charles I)

The CofE has (one) saint: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Charles_the_Martyr

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Love bots lecture thrills room full of Reg readers

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Obligatory Futurama

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!!!!

https://vimeo.com/12915013

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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Re: Regardless of anything else ...

Verbing weirds language.

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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

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Lennart reacts...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cdEFF-ttLw

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Re: ARM, pretty please!

Void runs on Pis and uses runit: http://www.voidlinux.eu/download/

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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

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What if I don't have a smartphone?

There are still a few of us about with no use case for a privacy-sucking timesink.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: The encryption horse is free

In terms of civil servants, specifically, Charlie Farr.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Farr

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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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Solus FTW!

A fast, independent distro with its own DE (Budgie) as well as MATE, GNOME, i3 and (soon) KDE Plasma, optimised for desktop usage (particularly gaming). The devs are responsive and willing to package software not yet in their repo. Highly recommended.

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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Re: Retro?

If you really can't wait, you could always run WordPerfect in FreeDOS (natively or in a VM) or in DOSBox.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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Re: fun article

I take it you don't live within the 100-mile constitution-free zone, then?

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights-governments-100-mile-border-zone-map

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Re: "used only in extreme terrorism cases"

"Hitler was a separatist - he didn't want to exterminate people of other races (well, except the Jews after the plans for relocating them to Madagascar or Israel failed)."

"Anon because, well, apparently people think you want to fire up the gas chambers and ovens if you have actually studied the policies of Hitler, even if you don't agree with them..."

You are Ken Livingstone and I claim my £5...

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Re: "if they didn't pick up arms and charge over the top"

I'm 48 and my grandfather fought in WWI (gassed twice), although he did lie about his age to get in (born 1899).

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UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

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Re: Politicians do listen

Pretty sure Nixon did something similar, hiring mainly black people IIRC to call people during unsociable hours (often in the middle of the night) on behalf of the opposition candidate.

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European Patent Office dragged to human rights court – by its own staff

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Dissemble?

I think you mean "disassemble"; although I've no doubt there's a fair bit of dissembling going on too...

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

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MX-16 > Debian XFCE

If you want something friendlier than Debian XFCE with all the extras pre-configured and backports easily available, MX-16 is well worth a look.

Bonus - it doesn't use systemd by default.

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