* Posts by Geoffrey W

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Re: Re Mr. Python

RE: "My brain hurts"

Probly coz you've been eating squirrels. I mean, "'I' dont eat squirrels, do I"

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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I knew I was making a mistake when I couldn't think of a concrete example off the top of my head, so pulled that generic one out of my bum instead, based on some vague memory of an example that may even be a phantom memory implanted by some other poop comment. Withdrawn example.

I feel as if there aught to be a name for the thing I was trying to illustrate, where one ignores faults in a beloved while criticising a hated in similar terms. Perhaps I should look on Wikipedia...

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Re: Anything with r-types running/advising it is a potential hazard.

That's Lily Cole is it? Damn! She's a fucking menace to the world and should be extirpated at once by E-Types(Phallic symbol/knob) such as yourself. So predestination is a thing after all.

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I don't see how Wales is the global gatekeeper or policeman of news. If he were then he would be supplanting all other news outlets or attempting to. He is setting up yet another news outlet in competition with the rest of them and we are free to ignore or read it, perhaps in conjunction with other sites, as we wish.

Labeling him thus is using sinister terms to colour our image of him, and influence our reactions to him and his new project.

Also, dismissing Wikipedia completely because of its inaccuracies risks falling into the trap of insisting that something you dislike be perfect all of the time while failing to see the faults in that which you do like. Medical matters comes to mind as an example. Alternative medicine (whatever you or I think of it) cannot fail, even once, without demands being raised that it be expunged, while regular medicine fails all the time and makes mistakes and is allowed a pass (lawyers not with standing).

I like Wikipedia but if its a contentious issue, or somehow important that I get it right, then other sources will always be taken into account. If this new venture works then great, if not then, so what? All the other news is still there, good and bad. To write it off before its even public seems a bit churlish.

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Re: Trust Jimmy Wales to make decisions for us?

It removes from us the option of peer reviewing his comment and his work and therefore being able to judge for ourselves if we agree with Jimmy Wales, or not. It accuses Wales with no means of verifying so the only thing we can safely do in this is to dismiss the claim; unless it agrees with our own opinions and prejudices.

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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

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Re: Flying cars? Pft.

What we *Really* need is Teleporters. Then we can stop people aiming projectile vehicles at each other.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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I like the Whiskas fishy sachets. They make a quick snack when you simply haven't the time. My kitties eat nothing I wouldn't eat myself. Correction - they can keep the dead mice.

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Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss

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Re: Well, even if it works

And this is where digital assistants come in; Its extremely satisfying to scream "GO F!@# YOURSELF" at a computer screen rather than type it.

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Re: Well, even if it works

RE: "Does the head monkey still put tape on his powerbook?"

What's wrong with that? It's the only thing Zuckerberg and I have in common.

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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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Re: Siber Sekurytie!

The aliens are now using a wireless tech similar to Blue Tooth called Green Finger, named after that "Phone Home" dude, so the USB 2 attack is already outdated. It all depends on if that wizard dude is Potter or Dresden, and whether the aliens have some really tasty garbage in their cans, coz that will distract team raccoon and we are all f!@#$%^&

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Microsoft touts SQL Server 2017 as 'first RDBMS with built-in AI'

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Re: Calling all Penguins!

Wot? Noooo. MS is doing something. They need some snarking. Your little bit will do for now.

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Calling all penguins! Calling all penguins! Your presence is urgently required on article 5.

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Re: Ha Ha

Runner up comment of the week. Come on. Try harder. You can do it!

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Re: Pre-trained neural network

Comment of the week. Wonderful stuff.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: Let the Gros Michel banana be a lesson to us all...

I fail utterly and completely at constructing a satisfying metaphor between fat mike bananas and firefox browsers. Is Firefox supposed to be the fat mike and Chrome the Cavendish? They both seem more like fat mikes. Perhaps it's me.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: Crooks caught in a RAT* trap?

Who could confirm it but Theresa and her compadres. Not sure Russian Television is the most reliable source for stories of this kind. It was being talked about on BBC radio 4 this afternoon and it would be an awesome distraction. though a bit severe for her own side. Risky too, given recent polling successes.

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Re: Feeding children properly

RE: "...but what to?"

The capitalist meat grinder and war machine. National Service for the young, to service all the growing wars we seem to be heading towards with buckets full of napalm...

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Re: May's speech

Yes. She emphasised the *Unelected* Lords. When they do something you like then they're a valuable balance to power. When you dislike their actions they suddenly become *Unelected* and you make sure everyone knows it.

Cameron got them all in this mess by playing politics with his referendum, which he couldn't possibly lose, to try and quell his parties malcontents, and now May is doing the same to quell all her opponents. "Oh no, Nicola Sturgeon; we're far too busy with Brexit to have another independence referendum. Lets have a general election instead!" BAH...

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Re: Don't Blame Me...

I especially blame you, and all the other non-voters who just couldn't be arsed for allowing the more extreme to control who and what gets voted for...you...yes...you...

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@AC Generally agree with you but feel an urge to respond to your slight about "pro-eu supporters with very short memories."

Pro Eu supporters do not have short memories, just more pressing concerns for right now than to let long term grudges get in the way. The Tories could not have done a better job of rehabilitating the Lib-Dems. They certainly did a better job of it than the Lib-Dems themselves.

I have to laugh quietly to my self as I listen to all the pundits still talking about polls as if they were glowing pearls of wisdom uttered by god himself. They utter an aside about uncertainty of polls then on they gallop head on into their wilderness of certainty as if the past few years never happened.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Re: Institution unknown

RE: "I was unaware that there was such thing as an English Parliament. Pray, where does it convene?"

These kind of responses are so tedious; nit picking on some trivial point or mis-chosen words, when its perfectly obvious what is meant. It serves no purpose except to demonstrate what a clever dick the responder is and to divert the discussion down a totally irrelevant path. Stop it at once, you naughty boy!

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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Well, possibly. Mea culpa if so.

I would counter that comments about his orange-ness are likewise irrelevant in the face of his current activities abroad, but that would risk getting embroiled in pointless argument entirely beside the point, so I won't.

:-)

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Re: Buytaert opened pandora's box, and doesn't know how to close it...

Did I use the wrong words? Perhaps doctrine isn't the word to use? I'm no theology academic so forgive me. Christianity, and all the variations as the other commenter commented, seems to me to be littered with anti sex, from original sin onwards. No sex outside marriage. Sex for pro-creation only. Institutionalization of women who conceived outside marriage. Even nasty little boys playing with themselves needing to be restrained by devices that look more like torture implements. Is any of that a sign that sex is considered sin?

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Look, he wasn't talking about consensual sex acts with his "Pussy Grabbing" comment; he was talking about grabbing the genitals of random women he happened to meet, whether they wanted him to or not, because "you can do that when you're famous."

It isn't something to ignore but something to add to all his other sins, such as warmongering, and criticise him for all of them. Which I do.

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Re: Buytaert opened pandora's box, and doesn't know how to close it...

@ShelLuser

What this is, IMHO, is an effect of the old Christian doctrine of sex being a sin which still bounces and echoes around the human psyche after all these years and refuses to relinquish its hold on our mores. This states that anything just a few percentage points off the bell curve centre is sinful and to be abhorred, and even the centre ground is wrong and to be kept to a minimum.

It has become much less acceptable now to criticise someone for their sexuality, at least in public, so instead we apply a layer of something else which we still find objectionable, female inferiority and subservience in this case, and criticise for that instead; though at its heart it is still sexuality which is the main driver of our distastes. I fear it will take a long time for this distaste for sex to die, if it ever does. Human beings are a strange animal.

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Re: It's interesting that some higly disturbed people...

And I'd like to stay away from you, Mr Anonymous Coward. Tell me who thou art, so I can make my wish come true.

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Official science we knew all along: Facebook makes you sad :-(

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@AC "Whenever someone criticizes tattoos, a knob such as yourself pops up and posts exactly what you just did."

And then another knob pops up with some pseudo intellectual statements lightly seasoned with a mild spattering of jargon and vulgarity, much of which is dubious and/or meaningless.

And then another knob, such as myself, pops up taking a contrary position to the second knob and before you know it, you have a mini social media-like thread full of knobs, just like you can find on FriendFace et al.

And why not! These forums ARE just another social media site after all.

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Re: Go on.... deactivate

I disagree with you! You odious ratbags. How can both of you hold such an elitist pathetic viewpoint? What snivelling wretches you are. We arent good enough for Mr goody two shoes snob face. Oooooh...I'm so upset...5 million thumbs down for you...

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From the article:

"your Mom was right: get off that computer and go outside and play with your friends."

Mom only wants you off the computer so that she can update her status and resume her web cam activities, which junior might not appreciate seeing.

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Trump's govt hiring freeze means there's no US Privacy Shield chief: We tracked down the woman filling in for now

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Does Trump even know she exists? It sounds as if she was just the default boss after a failure to appoint a trump approved one, so Trump had nothing to do with it, accidental or otherwise. Once he becomes aware of her, if he reads the Register article for instance, then he will be able to fix the situation in his normal pointy haired boss style.

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Re: Thank god get_iplayer still works fine, and is not limited to the "approved" platforms

Jumpin' Jehosephat! It's simpler to just use the command line program than to get that GUI working.

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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

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I do recognise aspects of myself in those descriptions; a JOAT edging towards Algorithmicist. I was called a bit twister at one interview, then rejected, even after he said I gave the best definition of an expert system he had heard. I was very upset. Hey! What are you doing in my corner? Are you messing with my computer????? What are you doing? WTF? Get out! OUT! NOW! OUT!!!!! sulk...pout...weep...my...precioussssssessss...

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Honor phone for paupers goes upmarket, assails flagships

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Re: In UK?

So that's "Onour"?

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Re: Is "cool" even cool?

Silence is the new thing...getting back to core surly. Words are so passe'

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Re: Teenagers are idiots...

When I was a teenager I hated other teenagers. Much preferred older people, but they didn't seem as keen on me.

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Apple Store in Pennsylvania hit with discrimination complaint

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Re: There's your problem...

Let me boil it down to its essence: Assholes are Assholes.

All other factors are purely coincidental and merely provide excuses for being an asshole should the Asshole feel they need them, though Assholes seldom do. They just are. Just being an asshole is generally good enough for an asshole.

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Re: There's your problem...

I had a girl friend for a while who was a Seventh Day Adventist, or brought up that way as a child and still called herself as such, and she had no problem with a pagan/heathen/hippy/agnostic/atheist like me and rather liked my long girly hair. In fact she was a lovely woman and far better than I deserved, and in no way an asshole. Assholes come in all flavours including non religious types, and not all religious types are assholes. Some commentards are assholes too.

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Thank Souq for that! Jeff Bezos now world's second richest

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Bezos is now moving into space so we are well on the way to Wall-E's world. Say bye bye to your legs.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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Re: What MS giveth MS taketh away

RE: "Previously you could prevent updates over metered connections, all you can do now is merely postpone them"

Can't you stop the update service, thus pausing them indefinitely?

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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Re: Iain M Bank books

Isn't "Use of Weapons" book 3 or 4 of the Culture series? Can the series be meaningfully read out of sequence? The Culture books seem to be his masterwork so I guess Culture book 1 is where to start.

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Almost completely off topic but...I have somehow overlooked/failed/avoided reading any Iain (with or without M) Banks' books but feel I really do need to read at least one and see where that leads; Where to start?

Are his M. books SF, while his !M. books are other?

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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And where's Peter Norton, the glamorous cover model of Norton Utility boxes with his shirt sleeves rolled up? Bet he isn't crying in the corner. He's in the attic counting all his Symantec money.

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If your autoexec.bat and config.sys files are mangled, just run MemMaker to help you straighten them out. I wouldn't be without it. You'll have loads of high and extended memory in no time. Perhaps as much as 1 MB even.

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My msn email accounts don't work on my windows machines, either in client program or web mail, but they do work in my android tablet. Go figure. If you're having email trouble and have a tablet, try that.

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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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Re: >Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers...

Yay! The year of Linux on the desktop! Where have I heard that before?

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Re: re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

@ MartinB105

Isn't the option you're looking for called "The DVD/Blu-Ray"? It seems to fit all your criteria. Buy once, watch whenever? Yep. So buy the DVD, rip it to your disk, and sell on the DVD, or give it to your granny. She'll love you forever.

Otherwise just stay as you are and come to terms with the fact that you and the world don't match or mesh in any significant way. That's what I did. If only big companies catered more to the edges of the bell curve instead of concentrating on the lucrative centre.

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Re: Interesting

Sorry? I'm afraid I just don't understand your hip jive talk. What is this Slurp of which you speak? Bloat? I think I will never be able to get down with the kids...innit...alas...where are one's slippers...?

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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RE: "Firefox has that count-down-to-install for installing plugins/extentions"

I think that's a security thing rather than a helpful thing, otherwise they wouldn't bother doing it. It's so that anything with less cognitive ability than a human is less likely to install something behind the users back. A definition which fits several acquaintances.

"I can't install this!"

"What's happening?"

"............Oh....Its working now."

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Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

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Re: SQLITE3

It may be awesome, and I use it often, but an embedded local database engine is not really the same level of technology as a distributed database server. The Jet4 database engine is pretty good too, despite its age, and better at multi user use than SQLite, or was last time I looked, but they are minnows compared to Spanner.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Re: First question

Maybe not generate a reg style headline but I bet it can chat undetected in the comments and forums of many a publication, including this one. The commentards days are numbered.

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