* Posts by Uncle Slacky

1483 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: The Holy Trinity

> resulting in anarchy.

What's so bad about anarchy anyway?

https://thebreadbook.org/

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Re: The Holy Trinity

> If these agencies are denied the means to get evidence from communication channels then there is no chance of them carrying out their legal responsibilities.

Not our problem. Police work is only easy in a police state.

> One of the primary responsibilities of democratic government is to protect the people that put them in office. If a these governments cannot do this then what do we have?

Well, we could guarantee to "protect" everyone by locking everyone up in solitary confinement from birth - some compromises are required in a free society.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Maybe Jeb! should be the voice of the assistant?

Please clap.

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Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

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Lovely! Milky milky...

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: I was "lucky" enough to receive one...

The second prize being TWO Vega+-es....

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Re: What we need

If you're desperate to recreate the Beeb experience, there's a stripped-down version of RISC OS (i.e. just BBC Basic) available for the RasPi:

https://www.riscosopen.org/content/sales/risc-os-pico

Direct link to the file: http://packages.riscosopen.org/RISC-OS_Pico.zip

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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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Re: Nothing wrong with a netbook

Still running my EEE 701 4G, in fact I just bought a replacement keyboard for it from Aliexpress. It's still chugging away with the latest MX Linux on an 8Gb SD card and 1Gb RAM. Great for torrenting or as an internet radio, if nothing else.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Not even Bing Crosby?

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Re: "Alt-right moron"

No the left has no need to change its name, whereas "fascist" and "nazi" have somewhat negative connotations to overcome.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: Last time I checked Spain was in Europe...

> That reminds me of a reddit thread a while back (not the first) where a black British guy got into an argument with an American who was insisting that he (the black guy) was African-American.

Yes, that kind of thing shows up often on /r/ShitAmericansSay. I always say that my favourite African-American is Charlize Theron...

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Re: I can see where this will lead

There are quite a few black and asian-style androids in "Humans", the UK version at least.

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?

Um, whoosh?

This is what the title is referring to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QQdNbvSGok

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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You wait...

...Thorin sits on a rock and starts singing about gold.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Linky = Come home to a real fire

Notwithstanding the privacy implications, apparently the Linkys also have an unfortunate habit of catching fire:

https://www.60millions-mag.com/2017/12/11/linky-des-cas-d-incendies-qui-inquietent-11492

https://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2018/04/20/2783721-son-compteur-linky-prend-feu.html

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: The best unlock ever

These ones?

https://titanicbelfast.com/getmedia/998a50fc-d2e6-487c-adf9-452a9e74475b/Titanic-Queenstown.aspx

https://78.media.tumblr.com/01cd9dc86148667b607af6e231a95841/tumblr_n3uc9f29nW1rr91rqo1_500.jpg

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Re: I'd tell you but might get in shit

Barbara Woodhouse?

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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Re: Hmmmm

Made me think of the maid from Family Guy: "Nooooooo....."

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GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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NPR and Bodhi Linux

NPR also sends you to a nice quick & minimalist text-only site if you refuse tracking:

https://text.npr.org/

Bodhi Linux admins, however, took the rather extreme step of deleting their support forums entirely, just in case:

https://www.bodhilinux.com/2018/06/03/forums-closed-due-to-gdpr/

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Re: Took me a minute...

hink differen

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Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

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Re: This is just a ploy to distract from the man in the UK

> Was National Geographic always thus?

Only since it was bought by Rupert Murdoch:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150909-21st-century-fox-media-partnership/

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: Hills

Woolsery (but that's only because I know the cryptozoologists who live there).

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US-CERT warns of more North Korean malware

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Re: Didn't get the memo?

But the US did develop a strategy for invading Canada as late as the 1930s:

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

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Re: Didn't get the memo?

I thought it was covered in the documentary "Canadian Bacon".

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Re: Stupid... Just stupid...

It was more a victim of bad timing, coming just before the collapse of the USSR.

However, it was capable of autolanding, something the Shuttle couldn't do.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Well @Anon Coward

> Politicians (and most civil servants) haven't caught on yet that they can't rely on whatever they said being forgotten 6 weeks later. Everyone is a journalist now and everyone is able to pull up archived data rather than just a few determined loonies.

A while ago I recall that the Tories deleted their entire archive of speeches off their site, going so far as to get the Internet Archive to delete their versions. However, they forgot that the British Library also has its own (UK-only) version of the Internet Archive - which I pointed out to the Graun journos at the time.

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Undecimate?

> But that immediately causes the problem that there is now no verb for reversing a decimation

Dedecimate?

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Re: No profit in 15 years? Is he soon going to have to wake up and smell the roses?

> I'm fairly certain that a duty of any corporate officer is to maximise shareholder and investor's benefits.

Nope, it's a myth:

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/01/myth-maximizing-shareholder-value.html

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Re: Lira?

Same with the Yugoslav dinar, new and old notes circulated together after the "new" dinar (= 1,000 "old" dinar) was created. IIRC this happened a couple of times.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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Re: Another one we have is WOT

Also WOMBAT - Waste Of Money, Brains And Time.

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: This generation has decided not to pay for anything

Perhaps they haven't so much "decided" not to pay as "can't afford" to pay - because they're not being paid enough, thanks to the "gig" economy and all that goes with it?

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Re: Too little, too late for advertisers

> I dont recall people moaning about how much it costs to run a web server.

Anyone else remember the dire warnings when posting to Usenet?

"Your message will cost the net hundreds if not thousands of dollars to send everywhere. Please be sure you know what you are doing. Are you absolutely sure that you want to do this? [y / n]"

Icon is nearest thing to old fart I could find...

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Mailshot meltdown as Wessex Water gets sweary about a poor chap called Tom

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Lovely...

Milky milky...

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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I thought it was Khlav Kalash?

https://frinkiac.com/img/S09E01/729211.jpg

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MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

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Re: The Galileo defence

"They laughed at Galileo, but they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

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RIP to two 'naut legends: A moonwalker and a spacewalker

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Obligatory XKCD

https://xkcd.com/893/

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Re: Steve

Pinta does pretty much what Paint does (it's modelled on Paint.net):

https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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> "Please refrain from washing one's feet in the urinals, we provide an ablution station in the prayer room"

When I worked in an establishment hosting many students from the Middle East, there would often be blockages in the toilets due to a buildup of small stones and pebbles that the students preferred over toilet paper. Apparently many also preferred to squat on the seat rather than sit (though this sometimes led to some deposits missing the target somewhat).

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Re: Had you just happened to hit the executive facility?

IANAL but I think in most countries there are legal requirements for the ratio of staff to toilets - it might be worth checking what the local rules are (if any).

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"Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?"

I'm reminded of this famous poster:

https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/files/2010/11/bathroomv.jpg

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Re: The particular issue around Open Source licensing

IANAL but (at least in the UK) EULAs are not legally binding.

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Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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Re: Trump's Next Tweet?

PNAMBIC!

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Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

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Void can be forked

If necessary, the current Void developers will fork it under a new name, but they're hoping to avoid having to do this. It won't be the end for runit-based distros.

There are still quite a few distros that don't use systemd, by the way - there's a list here:

https://without-systemd.org/wiki/index.php/Linux_distributions_without_systemd

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Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

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Re: Phlogiston

More like epicycles, really.

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Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

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Policing is supposed to be hard...

...policing is only easy in a police state.

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: Minor Point

This page has a few shots of the blue-painted Concorde:

http://www.concordesst.com/history/events/pepsi.html

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Re: My first laptop ran WIn98

ME was fine when it came preinstalled, i.e. the manufacturer ensured everything worked before shipping it. My Gateway Essential 800 came with it and ran very stably for 5 years - I think it bluescreened once in all that time.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Re: Probably...

Sodomy, in its broadest possible sense, can refer to any non-procreative sexual activity.

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Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

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Re: Not Sir Clive then!

Apparently Mackenzie Crook is in the frame for the role of Worzel Gummidge.

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Get ready for the Internet of Battle Things, warns US Army AI boffin

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You might be thinking of the end of this Simpsons episode:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Father,_the_Son,_and_the_Holy_Guest_Star

which was a holy war which included giant robots (as well as humans):

https://frinkiac.com/meme/S16E21/1265349.jpg?b64lines=IENvdy1hLWJ1bi1nYSE=

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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> The article states it was higher for both February and March of 2018. Not a good start for the year.

Per capita it's still lower (London's population is higher than New York's).

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