* Posts by Uncle Slacky

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

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Re: Get ready for sensationalism...

All this talk of nonces reminds me of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHP3Jih_rfA

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Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked

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Re: Plus

I think in this case, secondhand "business" smallish road-warrior laptops like the Thinkpad X series (X220 is pretty cheap now) are probably the best bet, with a significant bang for the buck given the lack of performance increase in the last few generations of Intel processors.

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

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Re: Awesome -

See also tail recursion: http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/T/tail-recursion.html

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Re: Galaxy Quest

Don't forget avenging, by Grabthar's hammer...

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Lenovo spits out retro ThinkPads for iconic laptop's 25th birthday

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Re: x220... slow to boot

I've got the Dell equivalent (Latitude e6220) with SSD and Solus (distro optimized for fast boot and shutdown) and it boots in <10s.

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Re: considerably biggest discount.

<Zoidberg>Once again the sandwich-heavy portfolio pays off for the hungry investor!</Zoidberg>

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Alabama Pi bill = urban legend

However, Indiana (almost) passed something similar in 1897:

https://www.agecon.purdue.edu/crd/localgov/Second%20Level%20pages/indiana_pi_bill.htm

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Re: Look in the loft

The CPC can manage (given its age) a pretty decent GUI-driven OS - SymbOS:

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/SymbOS

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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Bring back (OK, update) Ubuntu Satanic!

Still waiting in vain for updated themes and icon sets...

http://ubuntusatanic.org/

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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EX-SPERM-IN-ATE!

Sounds like something the Gay Daleks would say...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G5jYKwxuFc

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Out, damned Spot! Amazon emits Echo ball with screen, inevitable ever-listening mic

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Re: 1984

Looks like Huxley got it right: https://sinteur.com/index.php/2010/08/02/amusing-ourselves-to-death/

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: scaling up is the answer?

> It so happens that I live near leading boffins of ITER and they do not believe they can reach anywhere near a surplus of energy

ITER was never intended to produce a surplus, it's just another step on the road to working out the bugs in order that the next iteration will be more likely to do so.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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Re: Object Oriented Computing

Am I the only one around here who remembers (and used) Publish & Subscribe on System 7? At least that *did* do live updating as well - and didn't do a bad job as I recall...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publish_and_Subscribe_(Mac_OS)

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: Couldn't she....

She also said "Boris is Boris" the other day...

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Re: Bothering the homeless...

IIRC the vast majority of the cost of crime (in money terms) is from financial/white collar crime (embezzling, insider trading, falsifying accounts etc.) so it would make sense to concentrate crime-fighting resources in the financial sector.

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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Wot, no Fortran!?

...and ludicrously high pay scales that certainly don't reflect my experiences.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Moto G5

Pretty much stock Android, still gets updates, decent battery and good specs (AFAICT).

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: Pantome

A sort of "Pantome Menace"', if you will...

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Python explosion blamed on pandas

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Why not Fortran?

If it can't be done in Fortran, it ain't worth doing...

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Re: If the US administration keep pushing China and Russia...

ISTR Putin being quite keen on helping the ReactOS crew a while back. An independent Windows-compatible OS would be right up their street.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: What about "leverage" as a verb?

They could "table" it instead...

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Re: That'll confuse users

I thought if you googled Google it would break the internet...

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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Just like how the DPRK is democratic - it's in their name, after all...

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Re: Mmm, Ubuntu.

Bodhi is pretty much there already - they forked E17 (into Moksha) to keep the last good version going. Otherwise it's 16.04 LTS under the hood.

http://www.bodhilinux.com/

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Budgie now at 10.4

The latest version of Budgie is now 10.4 - I suppose this will be included in the official release next month.

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Re: 2017 Year of the Linux Desktop

Void and Antix/MX are also good non-systemd alternatives.

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Re: I must be missing something ...

If you like KDE3 there's always Trinity: https://www.trinitydesktop.org/

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Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

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Re: I wonder ........

There aren't many other "civilized" countries where so many people feel the need to go about armed everywhere - I'd say that indicates a high level of internalized fear.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Yes, alt-right are idiots, but...

Speaking of Dr King, here's what he thought of "muh both sides" centrist "moderates":

"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

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Remember when...

Being anti-fascist was the default position of the vast majority of humanity? Pepperidge Farm does...

I'm sure WWII would have been avoided by a nice chat over a cup of tea, too. No violence required to defeat fascists...

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Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

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Re: FOR SALE: Eclipse Glasses, hardly even used

Something something blind leading the blind...

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Not if they're scratched!

ISTR back in 1999 we were told not to reuse them in case of scratches - has the filter material improved sufficiently that this is no longer a risk?

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Re: Oreo

Same here - I predicted "Nougat" correctly here a while back too. I think the next one could be "Peanut Brittle", or possibly something to do with pineapples if "brittle" gives the wring connotation.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: Shit Happens

I use Thunderbird wherever I go, as it has a consistent UI (and storage structure) on Windows and Linux.

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: Fascists marching in the streets

Cable Street ring any bells?

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

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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Re: Fully Automated Luxury Space Communism

"To look at people in capitalist society and conclude that human nature is egoism, is like looking at people in a factory where pollution is destroying their lungs and saying that it is human nature to cough."

BTW, you forgot the "gay" part - it's properly known as FALGSC, Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism (it doesn't mean you have to be gay, just that gender becomes irrelevant)

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Imagine how bad we had to have fucked up to create a world where robots taking all the jobs is somehow a bad thing.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Godwin not applicable here

Godwin's law doesn't apply when you are *actually* discussing Nazis - this is a long-standing corollary.

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Blocking peeps on social media? That's a paddlin' for governors, senators, house reps

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Re: The more i read about America...

That's usually called "Jesusland": http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/jesusland

Alternatively, Dumbfuckistan: https://rosamondpress.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dum.jpg

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Re: Do you work in IT?

I think that advice applies no matter what you do.

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Re: Just remember...

And if you want to, you can run RISC OS on a cheap Raspberry Pi nowadays (and quite a bit faster than the Arch could!).

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: Finally!

I use Vivaldi too - mainly for its vertical tab implementation.

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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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