* Posts by Uncle Slacky

1501 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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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).

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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

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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

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

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Heads also still runs on 32-bit hardware.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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/

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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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