* Posts by Uncle Slacky

1463 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008

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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Re: Of all places

> When you remove Oakland, Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore and Chicago from the equation, the USA goes from 138th safest place in the world to 3rd safest, behind Iceland and Switzerland.

Nope: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/united-states-third-murders/

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: MySpace

Not to mention Orkut!

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Re: I'm Amish.

There are Mennonite communities in France: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mennonites_in_France

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: Where are the Brexit fans?

> I didn't have a vote in the referendum, because I've lived outside the UK (in an EU country) for too long. I would have supported the leave vote

Which now leaves your right to remain in the EU country you reside in fully in the hands of that country's government, who could (if they so chose) turf you out and force you to go back to the UK.

Something something nose something spite something face...

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Re: Transition what?

You do realise that there is no agreed transition period/deal yet, right?

"Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed", remember?

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: If I wrote spill chuckers...

> Radical departure from structural integrity > it broke, badly

Reminds me of Elon Musk's "rapid unplanned disassembly" > exploded

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Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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Why not just use PrivacyBadger?

PB has the advantage of blocking all social media tracking buttons on other sites, not just FB.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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> Can we call it Tippy McTipface?

Tippecanoe? ...and Tyler too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippecanoe_and_Tyler_Too

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Re: The Register

> Stick to the tech, cos your shit at politics

Good grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit.

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: People will forget...

> If Facef*ck were smart they'd engineer a war to disrupt the news cycle.

Well, John "never saw a war he didn't like" Bolton's just been hired as National Security Advisor...

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BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

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Perfect Curve?

Sounds like something you'd see on W1A, or maybe from Gus on Drop the Dead Donkey, e.g. "Could we interlock brain spaces in my work area?"

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Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

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Re: the 1980's called...

AmigaOS is still around: http://www.amigaos.net/

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Re: Unfortunately...

QubesOS is a secure (installable) Linux, there's also TAILS if you're really paranoid:

https://www.qubes-os.org/

https://tails.boum.org/

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BBC Basic still available...

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

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Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: It's printing upside down!

> Amazing the number of times one could resolve a problem by simply reading the information displayed on the LCD screen and doing what it said.

"PC LOAD LETTER"? What the fuck does *that* mean?

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

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: We're gonna need a bigger board

> But what do they want with all those socks?

Fuel, according to Married with Children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRH-zVcOmE

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: Dates

> "fourteenth of March" what sounds incredibly backwards

How about "Fourth of July" then?

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Doctor finds physical changes to astronaut's eyes after ISS stint

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Re: Ummm? Artificial Gravity?

That, or we'll need to develop reliable suspended animation techniques, which would also reduce the need to bring along so much food and air. Just don't let HAL control it...

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Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

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Battlestar Galactica (TOS at least) was pretty obviously based on Mormonism (Kobol/Kolob etc.).

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Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed

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Re: Don't let the Gummint get involved

Qwant's ¨lite¨ page seems pretty good: https://lite.qwant.com/

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