* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Re: Or, just maybe...

Oh, you two...go sit in the corner with Bombastic Bob and have your pity party quietly. You poor things.

Tech giant to spend $500m dealing with housing crisis caused by tech giants

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Re: Microsoft housing

I suppose a Google house would have glass walls so they can see what you're up to and have random guys walk past your house with billboards and loud hailers; "I SEE YOU'RE TRYING TO SLEEP. HAVE YOU SEEN THESE ZzzQUIL LIQUID GEL CAPSULES? SPECIAL PRICE TODAY ONLY $54.99 FOR A BOX OF 10! HURRY HURRY! YOUR NEIGHBOURS CAN'T SLEEP EITHER SO THEY MIGHT NOT LAST."

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Re: A simpler and more sensible option

Yes. Let's spread and share the unaffordable housing problem to more people and areas. Progress!!!

Oracle boss's Brexit Britain trip shutdown due to US government shutdown

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Re: Shutdown as negotation

RE: "Cheerleaders"

Only two women in that list of cheerleading politicians. I'd love to see Mitt (Sexy Legs) Romney and Rick (I'm not drunk) Perry in a skimpy skirt and low cut top. I didn't know they had male cheerleaders, never having seen any. But then, I'm British and not yet fully immersed in the cultural highs of the USA. Ya' live and learn.

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FTA: "So far, the effects of the President Trump's executive have been limited to minor issues, ..."

Minor issues such as thousands of people, many on not particularly great salaries to start with, not being paid. If only they could furlough needing to live in a house and keeping warm, eating, medical treatment, etc.

Not to worry. They advise if you need legal assistance then just consult your personal attorney. Yeah. I keep my personal attorney in the closet. Don't we all?

IMHO the ability to have government shutdowns is a completely mad way to run a country. What were they thinking when they came up with that mechanism?

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: How long...

Apparently not.

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Re: How long...

Have to say, I'm a bit disappointed with ElReg commenters. I'd expected the indent to be much greater by now. I suspect the average age of commenters is greater than that at which silliness becomes less likely and we start to say "Ah, who cares. We'll be dead soon. Better act my age." You all need to keep on acting as you did when you were twenty years old. I am still twenty years old, and intend to be forever. I'm probably younger than you suspect, but older than my mind thinks I am. Or something...I'm confused...

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Re: Width

Well...?

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Re: Width

Who has the most perseverance? Idiotic commenters, like me, or the software controlling these comments?

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Re: Width

Those bars on the left are getting thinner and thinner. This is like Zeno's frog (or am I thinking of the Indefatigable Frog, by Philip K Dick?), which jumps half the remaining distance each time and never reaches the end...

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Re: Width

Here be dragons.

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Re: Width

No.

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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Re: How?

No.

Someone with more intelligence lower down the hierarchy awarded the prize, then someone with less intelligence higher up the hierarchy noticed and thought, without actually thinking, "OooErr...can't have that! It's too naughty. Men and Mary Whitehouses will disapprove." and retracted it.

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Re: CES relevance?

It's an excuse to spend a week in Vegas; "Of course I was working."

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Re: "mimics all of the sensations of a human mouth, tongue, and fingers"

Ummm...that sounds as if there is some sex activity I am not privvy to. Do tell...

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Damn! I can't use Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, Comcast, Google, Apple, etc, etc...Is there a list somewhere of evil companies? Is there a FOSS grocery in my area? Can I eat grass in my own garden? Wait, no...someone called me evil last week...

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Re: A simple idea

RE: "Wait. People are buying these?"

You buy the button, and the cost is refunded on your first purchase. It's right there in the article.

You stick the button on your fridge, or stash box, and find the milk is out, or your hash cookies*** are all eaten, then you click the handy button and just sit back in your comfy chair and wait a couple of days for delivery. No need to click to Amazon.com. Awesome!

*** Hash cookies - the all in one solution for the gigglies/munchies!

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Re: That does seem kind of shady...

The buttons are usually for staple items that you buy all the time, not for special one off purchases - the boring household stuff. Not that I would ever use the buttons. I think its a silly idea. The only time I can think of where it would be useful is when I'm snowed in again and cannot get to the shops. But if I can't get out then they likely can't get in. I'll Pass.

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Re: Dial 5 for sadomasochism...

RE: "as long as it doesn't frighten the children and animals"

What about frightening the adults? Don't we count? What's so special about children and critters?

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Mushroom

Re: Vinyl 2

Doesn't sound bad? You should hear a disc my cat used as a scratching pad when played through my ex-Hawkwind stage sound system installed in my bedsit, when cranked up to 11! Mind blowing!

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Re: OK, I'd like to add another one

I think electronic thingies can safely be considered actual musical instruments these days, and for many previous days (stylophone excluded). I have to say, though, that I can listen only momentarily to most music emitted by such things. That might be more due to the knob twiddler than the knobs. The only thing that kept me within that particular video was the visuals, not the bleeping and burbling.

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Joke

From the article "One in four women would have sex with a robot..."

And 2 in 4 nerds/men can Only have sex with a robot.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Re: Where we are vs. Sci Fi predictions

True, but those locals were just savages who didn't even speak proper European so could safely be ignored.

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Re: 2019 is also the year for the events of...

Yeah, but...upvotes do give you a rush though. Be honest.

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Re: Lab grown organs.

Crumbs. I looked him up. Was the 2 year old girl one of the subjects who died or the one (singular) who survived?

I guess I'll wait a bit longer for a new implant.

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Black Helicopters

Re: Where we are vs. Sci Fi predictions

Lets not forget that there is a rather interesting theory, with some evidence, that people who wanted LBJ in power were behind the killing of Kennedy. We can be kind and not suggest that LBJ himself had a hand in matters. I know this is generally considered to be tin foil hat territory but if you actually read some of the data there is on the Kennedy assassination, some of the conspiracy theories actually make more sense than the accepted establishment version of events.

I know, it's bonkers to even contemplate such heresies that Oswald wasn't just a lone gunman. Down vote away...

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Re: Where we are vs. Sci Fi predictions

The only time there were no rules in the USA about where you could build your house or castle was back when the first invaders came over from Europe and started killing the locals. Once those invaders had their houses and empires settled they created rules (and armies and policemen (police women only came later at the behest of those damn socialists)) to stop other invaders coming over and stealing their property and eating their lunch. Socialist is only a label to slap onto those with whom Republicans and Libertarians disagree and about which you know absolutely nothing. Silly boy.

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Other than in the middle of very big cities, I find US drivers to be vastly superior, in manners and patience, to those in the UK. And in the middle of very big cities drivers in the UK and the US are virtually identical. I cannot see 4 way stops working, even marginally, in the UK since they rely on manners and politesse. UK drivers are bastards. Perhaps it's because there are so many of them in such a small space getting in each others way. Whatever, they are...

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Re: 2019 is also the year for the events of...

A TV executive whose plans have been exposed

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Re: 30 years, perhaps more, to reach human-level AI

Your memories are not your own. I have some bad news for you...

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Headmaster

Re: "I can has flying cars?"

Ermahgerd! You can haz assignment - research internet memes and then you can haz cheezburger before bedtime. Lolz!

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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I'd downvote myself if I could, though I suspect y'all is headed for a leaden pall if you keep on the way y'all is going. Glad I'm here in "y'all" country and y'all is there.

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The N.W.R.A

I'm a remainer.

I'm gonna remain right here across the Atlantic until British civilisation collapses and I can return to form my own republic somewhere in the North of England and stake my claim to the throne, despite it being a new republic. Just you lot wait. See if I don't.

Signed: The unborn son of Joe Totale.

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Oh, just leave the EU and get back to your Leaden Pall.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Angel

Re: No gumption

RE: "call me David Kelly"

Oh. Can I have your autograph? I thought you were much better than all those brats in Charlie and the chocolate factory! I bet you'd have been a great Arthur Bryant if they'd every made a Bryant and May movie. You should come back from the dead and audition if they ever do. Bring John le Mesurier with you to be John May. That'd be awesome!

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Re: No gumption

Gatwick isn't exactly in the middle of nowhere. There are people walking around out there. The bill for landing on one of those heads might be a bit higher, especially for the owner of the head. It's easy for armchair warriors to come up with these solutions. They don't actually have to implement or face consequences.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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Re: Democracy at its best!

RE: "...this is called socialism..."

No, "This is COMMUNISM!!!" Or so quite a few commenters have said in other fora, then stood back aghast that we are not all horrified at the prospect and running as fast as possible into Comcast's loving capitalist arms. People can be very silly.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Banking Recession

And there are again voices warning that the next economic disaster is well on the way. No one is really listening.

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Trollface

Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Libertarianism is the extremist faction of the republican party, and conservatism in general; The Taliban of the conservatives, if you will. They exist on the left side of the fine line between traditional politics and the militia mentality wherein there be dragons and conspiracies. The anger bleeds across that line by osmosis and fuels them to do such things as vote for Trump and hope for the best; if Trump doesn't turn out well, then never mind, it made a lot of snowflakes angry. It's voting turned into trolling.

That's a sarcastic troll icon BTW.

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Well, yes, except milking as much as possible from underdeveloped infrastructure has been their mission statement since forever, and will likely continue to be their mission statement when they buy up the LEO companies in the near future. Don't forget, we've already seen the future, and it's already passed.

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Not really sure what you're talking about other than the usual libertarian rant, but in case you're talking about municipal broadband, it isn't free, or even subsidized; it generally pays for itself. You still get to pay monthly for it so that should calm your angry libertarian soul. Unfortunately for Comcast et al, municipal broadband tends to be faster, cheaper (because it isn't paying for the ridiculously extravagant corporate lifestyle of a huge company and it's upper echelons), more reliable, and, should there be problems, offers better support. Compete with that, big boys!

Oh, and this hippy has a job; provided by myself. How very libertarian of me.

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

RE: "municipal broadband "

Everybody up sticks and move to Charlemont, Mass. The people there just voted to reject Comcast's offer to build broadband infrastructure (for a price), and to go for Municipal broadband instead.

And it won't be the only Municipal broadband in the country, despite the FCC's opposition and the ISP's lobbying.

Charlemont residents have, apparently, worked for years to get to this result. It can be hard work but it's not impossible, despite idiot libertarians squealing about "It's Communism!"

Bootnote:

Pay attention to the fact Comcast promised to allow the town to pay them, Comcast, to install the infrastructure that would then allow them, Comcast, to profit by charging for access to it.

They also promised to provide access to "Up To 95%" of the towns inhabitants; Please note that "10%" is "Up To 95%".

Ooo shiny! First Visual Studio 2019 sneak peek here in time for Chrimbo

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Happy

Re: It always makes me smile...

RE: "*GASP*! ... mein got, what is this magic you speak of?! "

I think someone else needs to polish their sarcasm skills.

P.S. That's a sarcastic smiley --------------------------------------------------------------------^

This is a real one :-)

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Re: It always makes me smile...

Oooh, hark at Mr Swanky, who doesn't dirty his hands on those nasty trivial GUI things. Businesses using GUIs is a minority case? You must be a Real Programmer. Wish I lived in your elevated realm of purity so I too could sniffily turn up my nose at lesser mortals.

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Re: Start page

I think (based on the article, not experience) the point here is that the start page has been disconnected from the IDE. It pops up and you select what you want to do before you enter the IDE. Apparently there is now also a wizard to step through for new projects. I will reserve judgement until I use it, probably not for a while if my clients remain as stubborn as ever, as I'm still on VS2015/VS2013/VS2010.

Your last paragraph resonates; remove a project from a solution and that project then appears at the top of the last used list. Even if you change your mind it's still useless as you can't use the list to add it back to the solution again.

Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows

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Why on earth would anyone downvote you for that? Are you being punished to teach you better El Reg behaviour?

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Re: Trying reasonableness?

@ Yet Another Anonymous coward

Is my sarcasm detector malfunctioning in the opposite direction? I read that as sarcasm but down votes disagree with me.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: You need to work for the FCC

I think it's a visual pun rather than aural. The Pai man himself is rather good at visual jokes as he seems designed to be disliked at first glance, even if you don't know what he does.

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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Terminator

Re: Guess he's screwed then, as he always knew he was...

Yeah, murder by the state is always a good thing; especially for those with character flaws such as, oooh, lets think, quite few sociopaths in this very thread. You beautiful people you.

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