* Posts by Uncle Slacky

1519 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Re: Darned tech!

First seen as one of the "AI koans" from the Jargon File:

http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/koans.html#id3141171

"Tom Knight and the Lisp Machine

A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off and on.

Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: “You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong.”

Knight turned the machine off and on.

The machine worked."

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

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There is a certain irony in seeing all these fixes requiring the command line, after all the (misplaced) criticism of Linux for supposedly always needing to use the command line to fix things.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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Re: Reboots

I think Hot Tub Time Machine probably milked the 80s for all it was worth, time-travel-wise.

Edit: Also the short-lived TV series "Do Over".

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Re: How unimaginative

No, we need a remake of "Plan 9 From Outer Space", or "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" or "They Saved Hitler's Brain".

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Re: Did'nt

About time for "Spaceballs 2:The Search for More Money"...

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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> "Just delete the organisation" or "Just upgrade the entire domain" or "Just format the entire drive"

Or indeed "Just leave the EU"...

Linux kernel Spectre V2 defense fingered for massively slowing down unlucky apps on Intel Hyper-Thread CPUs

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Calibre uses multiple cores when converting ebook formats (one core per book), and of course those online cryptocoin miners will use them all if you let them.

France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

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Re: Google translate anyone?

I much prefer Deepl these days - sometimes Google Translate even misses out negation in French, completely reversing the sense of whatever it's supposed to be translating.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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> Two iomega zip drives, one with an 80 pin IDE connection and one with a USB 1 connection. Should I dump the IDE model and keep just the USB one?

I've got a parallel-port and a USB version - they came in handy when tranferring data/installing software on an old IBM PS/2 Note N33sx laptop whose floppy drive was dodgy.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Don't forget PARRY!

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

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: Anti-intellectual?

Largely by the Islamic empires translating the Greek originals into Arabic (which were then translated into Latin after the fall of Islamic Spain).

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Re: Anti-intellectual?

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

- Isaac Asimov

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Re: The name 'Tesla' has been hijacked

Not to mention the Toyota MR2 in France.

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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Re: Library of Doom

Ook. Ook Ook!

RIP Charles Wang: Computer Associates cofounder dies aged 74

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Obligatory Simpsons reference

https://frinkiac.com/meme/S05E05/624506.jpg

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Just tell 'em...

Or feck off...

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Re: Just tell 'em...

What a load of felgercarb!

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Re: And then there are Spoonerisms

There was also the Kenny Everett character Cupid Stunt. All in the best possible taste, of course.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: Oh Gawd...

I digitised the entire intro from The Prisoner for use as the startup sound on my Mac IIsi at work in about 1992. It took up most of the hard drive, as I recall...

For the SE/30 I used occasionally at the time, I had HAL 9000 saying "I am completely operational and all my circuits are functioning perfectly".

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Re: Trigger Happy

Maybe he was a former Speccy user.

POKE 23609, 255

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Wot, no Trio?

"Da Da Da" is surely the grandaddy of all no-effort, piss-taking synth music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNYcviXK4rg

BTW, my SMS alert is Majel Barrett saying "Incoming Message", my ringtone is the phone ring sound from the Matrix and my alarm is the theme from the Twilight Zone.

Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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Re: Cross Distro?

It will also work in QEMU on Linux or Windows, e.g.:

http://linux-mitterteich.de/fileadmin/datafile/papers/2013/qemu_raspiemu_lug_18_sep_2013.pdf

30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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Re: Space Shuttle - Pop Culture Favorite

Meh - I prefer the Skylon: https://vimeo.com/42682980

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

Here's a link to the Brexit red line slide, showing how May has excluded all but Canada or South Korea style deals: http://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/rngs/BRITAIN-EU/01006039065/brexit.jpg

US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves

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Re: I Say!

Implied, not inferred.

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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Re: Case for a new Marx

> Just, Google & C. understood from 1984 what proles want - they're giving them aplenty (especially YouTube), so they won't turn against the Big Brother.

Indeed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prolefeed

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: Remind me...

We could have had blue passports at any time (Croatia still does), burgundy was just the default - the UK representatives didn't care enough to bother mandating a different colour.

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

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You missed the chanting of things like "Jews will not replace us" and "Blood and Soil", then?

Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

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Re: Ah, Enlightenment...

The Bodhi team have (quite sensibly) forked the last version that worked properly (E17) as Moksha, allowing Enlightenment to go on its merry way into unusability.

Bodhi also has quite low resource requirements (considering it's based on Ubuntu).

Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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> Did PIL make any other song?

I'm surprised you've never heard of "Rise": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq7JSic1DtM

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: Menah Menah

I think my favourite is the Koozebanian Mating Ritual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbXzpoH6m2c

Cover up your privates: Linux distro Tails drops a new version

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Heads also still runs on 32-bit hardware.

Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

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Re: Ask Google? Ask Microsoft?

There's always Startpage if you want Google search without the tracking.

Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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Re: When Booking-Travel now the first thing I usually do is:

That's some /r/ShitAmericansSay material there.

Somerset boozer prepares to declare its inn-dependence from UK

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Re: Piel Island

There is/was also the kingdom of Hay-on-Wye:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay-on-Wye#King_of_Hay-on-Wye

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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Any relation of the old F-U-F-Me?

As preserved here: http://www.easylife.org/fufme/

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.

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.

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

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Lovely! Milky milky...

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

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.

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

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Not even Bing Crosby?

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.

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.

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

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.

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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