* Posts by Uncle Slacky

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Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

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Re: The New Star Trek

At least the American Orville can actually fly...

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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Re: Subservience

There's a good (free) ebook on the authoritarian & authoritarian follower mindsets here:

http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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You might have come across the US version, the Timex Sinclair 2068, though it was never popular:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timex_Sinclair_2068

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

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No mention of deep frying turkey can omit the Shat's safety video on the subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYkRF_FmD40

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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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Re: The world never has been better ...

Username checks out...

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Wiinpad date...

This version of the article says 20th May 1999:

https://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/1981900/a-rugged-touch-screens

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Vivaldi Arms onto Raspberry Pi

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Re: So long...

Passwords are here: vivaldi://settings/passwords

I prefer it to Chrome (and to an extent Firefox) mainly because it can do vertical tabs.

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No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

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Re: I see nothing much has changed.

Even better, they could get up and unionise...

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Re: Typical large company

Just capitalism working as designed, shirley?

Revolution when?

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Badass alert: 1 in 5 Brits don't give a damn about webpage crypto-miners

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Re: An ounce of prevention.

The NoScript (if it's been updated for Firefox Quantum by now) or maybe uMatrix Firefox extensions should enable you to selectively block the mining scripts.

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Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

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Re: Commit the crime, then do the time...

...and profit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison%E2%80%93industrial_complex

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Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers ONE BEEELLION POUNDS

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Re: Good value

I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure.

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Danny 14 ...

As Dick Solomon (3RFTS) put it, "Guns don't kill people, physics kills people!"

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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"SPD voted yes"

So, not just Rosa* killers, but Linux killers too?

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Luxemburg#German_Revolution_of_1918.E2.80.9319.2C_Luxemburg.27s_execution

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This is peak AI: Bot to guest edit Radio 4's Today programme

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Re: Erm ....Hang on

Only when they can work in a mention of DevOps or Agile at the same time...

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From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

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Re: Earth shard

Possible but very unlikely, based on flight path analysis:

https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05735

"Here we investigate the possibility that the asteroid 1I/2017 U1 actually is a Solar System object, currently expelled from the Solar System by the recent encounter with a Solar System planet. We show that this possibility is extremely unlikely and that 1I/2017 U1 really is an interstellar object."

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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Re: James Madison

There's also this, attributed to Sinclair Lewis (probably wrongly) but still an apposite quote:

""When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

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'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

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The invisible and the nonexistent...

...look very much alike.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Remember, God hates Christmas trees, according to Jeremiah 10:3-4:

"For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."

https://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.fr/2006/12/god-hates-christmas-trees.html

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: 30 per cent faster

The metric shit-ton already exists:

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=metric%20shit%20ton

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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FALC will win...

Fully Automated Luxury Communism, that is:

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/18/fully-automated-luxury-communism-robots-employment

If anything, UBI is a just a new version of the sop to the working class that the welfare state is/was, and is likely to be introduced to stop any nascent popular uprising against the 0.001%.

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Re: UBI is the future

"Haman nature" is a very malleable thing, it's not frozen forever:

"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."

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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Re: Will the last person on the internet

Meh, I'll wait for Netcraft to confirm it.

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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Re: Prior Art

Oh ghod, we used to be forced to watch that at least once a year throughout elementary school - along with a number of Grimm fairy tales faithful (in every gory detail) to the original text. Oh yes, the Disney version of Sleepy Hollow, too, which still gives me nightmares.

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

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FULLY AUTOMATED LUXURY GAY SPACE COMMUNISM WILL WIN!

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Re: No chance I'll be replaced

> a machine that does absolutely nothing

Like this, you mean?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqAUmgE3WyM

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: Should have bought the How To book off WH Smiths

Good thing he didn't buy the Anarchist Cookbook:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-41802493

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Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

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Re: Why must democracy be digitised?

This exchange from the Simpsons might explain the enthusiasm for voting machines:

Homer: Do you want the job done right or do you want it done fast?

Marge: Well, like all Americans... fast!

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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"...the destroyer of screens"

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Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

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Re: Shirley...

Maybe they're trying to avoid the Hounds of Tindalos?

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

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It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

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Re: "This frame reports only one byte remaining after it's fixed fields.\n"

> I'm just trying to come up with a suitable logo.

See icon.

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US judge orders Sci-Hub be excised from the internet

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Re: I wonder ...

There's a .onion site for it: scihub22266oqcxt.onion

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Username checks out...

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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Smallish sticks make handy Live USBs

I've got a freebie 1Gb drive (shaped like a gold ingot for some reason) that's just right for live-booting Puppy, or antiX, or Q4OS, or heads (Tails used to fit, sadly no longer), or 4M, or even Lubuntu. Of course, it's USB 1, so a little slow, but still useful for recovery & maintenance if needed.

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Re: I know it's apocryphal ...

The Russians use(d) grease pencils, not graphite ones.

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Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world

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Re: Thats a plan...

There's also:

"I'm sorry, I've never used Windows 8/8.1/10, I wouldn't know where to start..."

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MoD: Sci-tech strategy? Er, here's a bunch of words and diagrams

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Re: "Hugh Durrant-Whyte"

Nah, I know Hugh, he's a good egg. No idea how he got mixed up in all this, though!

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: You know....

More like Clarke's "Superiority":

http://www.mayofamily.com/RLM/txt_Clarke_Superiority.html

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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There's also EXE Linux, which is essentially Devuan with the Trinity Desktop Environment:

http://exegnulinux.net/

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Good choice for the original eeePC 701

I run it on my 701 4G - it even fits comfortably on the internal 4Gb SSD with room to spare. With Qupzilla as the browser, it does basic Internet stuff acceptably well.

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To ease the transition for former Windows users, there's also a Windows-alike theme/skin for it, called XPQ4:

http://dailylinuxuser.com/2016/11/make-q4os-look-like-windows-with-xpq4.html

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Also, in possession of an offensive wife, curly black hair and thick lips.

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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Re: Unity, Unity, Unity......

There's still Yunit:

http://sourcedigit.com/22464-install-yunit-unity-8-fork-ubuntu/

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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

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Re: Walt Disney

Snopes is usually pretty reliable, though:

https://www.snopes.com/disney/waltdisn/frozen.asp

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Re: Zombies

Technically I think Jesus was a revenant, not a zombie.

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

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Re: 01/01/80

Macs used to default to 1/1/1904 as it was the first leap year of the 20th century, avoiding the complications of starting with 1900 and having to implement Gregorian leap year exceptions. More here:

http://www.lowendmac.com/lab/04/0115.html

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Re: You'll be revived on mars, or worse...

From the Norweb wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NORWEB :

"Holly, the on-board computer of the mining ship Red Dwarf, played a practical joke on Dave Lister. According to Holly, the Norweb federation were looking for Lister for his crimes against humanity; leaving two half eaten sausages on his table before leaving, which over three million years had gone mouldy and now covered seven eighths of the earth's surface, and also because he left his bathroom light on for three million years, resulting in a 180 billion pound fine."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEu0o62ycmg

Also reminds me of how people paid for their meals at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

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Re: 01/01/80

ISTR old Mac Systems (6 & 7) used to default to sometime in 1904, or maybe that was just Excel?

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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

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Re: It's been awhile (thankfully!) ...

Vermin.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Re: Starting to make sense now

The "UK poorer than Alabama" thing is a myth:

http://time.com/3198225/britain-poorest-state/

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