* Posts by Inspector71

136 posts • joined 24 Jan 2009

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Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

Inspector71
Happy

Has to be a White Pudding supper FTW. Can only be enjoyed to the fullest with ice cold Irn Bru. If you can buy the limited edition 1901 Recipe where they put all the sugar back in.

Was one happy Dundonian when I was home for Christmas.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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No, ideas are bulletproof. (as per your icon)

School's out as ransomware attack downs IT systems at Scotland's Dundee and Angus College

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Happy

Hey, cross the bridge and say that. I'll pan yer heid in.

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans

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Yes, Doonesbury pretty much marked the Newton handwriting recognition for all time. :-)

To give it it's due by the time Steve Jobs killed the Newton when he returned to Apple they had improved on the infamous recognition a lot and it functioned really well. The last model, the MessagePad 2000/2100 was a really good product only (plus ca change) way too expensive and niche for the time. Powered by ARM cpus as well so a harbinger of the future in one way.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

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The Other Side

Having period flashbacks here.

For those of us on the Mac side of things, mid to late 90's networking brought us the wonders of Appleshare, the glory of Open Transport and if you wanted to pollute the network with Windows then of course you needed Dave. Not a bloke called Dave, there really was SMB networking software called Dave.

Functionality for all this was of course at times optional.

Extension Manager was your best and only friend.

A little product renaming here, a little RISC-V magic there, some extra performance, and voila – Imagination's 10th-gen PowerVR is born

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Happy

Dope

More old school hip hop subheadings please.

Microsoft Chrom... Edge hits beta as new browser prepped for biz testing

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Re: Vivaldi

Me, I'll stick to WorldWideWeb on my Next Cube.

If it's good enough for Tim then it's good enough for me.

Queen Elizabeth has a soggy bottom: No, the £3.1bn aircraft carrier, what the hell did you think we meant?

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Re: Trim options and the sticker price

That assumes that any of those parts work in the first place. It had better be simpler to work on because it is rarely out of maintenance. The F35 has been barely able to fulfil its role(s) properly since day one and has been dogged with airframe, systems integration and god knows how many other problems.

Don't get me wrong I admire it as an engineering and technical exercise, it's quite an achievement. But as a front line aircraft deployed both on land and at sea it is as they say, sub optimal. Aircraft Techs have a more choice phrase I believe.

It's an absolute classic product of the military/industrial complex. A $1.5 Trillion (and rising) tribute to pork barrel politics.

Yorkshire bloke's Jolly Roger flag given the heave-ho after council receives one complaint

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Pirate

Re: Guidance on flags wrong but a possible loop hole

Forza Sankt Pauli!!

Probably all Hamburger SV fans around there.

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings

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Re: Easy Fix

Attention all symlinks.....dead or alive, you are coming with me.

Mad King Leo pulled the wool over HP shareholders' eyes, ex-CEO Whitman tells court

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Re: The more this goes on...

Yes for all we have a go at the fruity one and boy do they deserve it at times they are pretty canny that way. Their biggest aquistion ever I believe was when they bought Beats for $3 Billion which is verging on change down the back of the sofa for them considering the cash pile they are sitting on.

'Happy to throw Leo under the bus', Meg Whitman told HP after Autonomy buyout

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Re: Is it me?

Oh yes, not just at HP and I would humbly suggest IBM as the star turn as far as that is concerned.

Oracle suspects Pentagon fell for a JEDI Prime trick: Amazon now accused of luring two officials with jobs

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Re: Blakes 7

I had to re-read the headline again. Thought it said "Orac suspects.....".That would explain a lot about how Big Red operates though.

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'

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Re: "WTF do you think you're doing?"

Yep

I got my very first IT "job" through my aunt one summer in the local council computer dept. She was in charge of the "punch room" where a gang of very lively women punched all the data on to cards and I got to load them on and off the I/O card reader in the computer room.

NASA fingers the cause of two bungled satellite launches, $700m in losses, years of science crashing and burning...

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Happy

Re: Aluminum

'Earth without art is just 'Eh'

Ah, the Canadian pronunciation....

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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IT Angle

Come on then...

Pandas so useless.....even mentions of Red Pandas in the comments.

There must be a Mozilla gag in there somewhere.....

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently

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Thumb Up

I'd buy those for a dollar.

Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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Have to say that that I think there was a point when Apple could have made a dent in at least the SMB enterprise market. They should have pushed Mac OS X Server and the XServes as a all in one business in a box solution like the old MS SBS product which Microsoft was breaking up when they thought they could make more money by selling separate products.

The "proper" OS X Server around Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard and the G5 and Intel Xserves made it a really good solution IMHO.

But then along came the iPhone and Apple Computer became Apple Inc, OS X Server became just an "app" and the Intel Xserves were killed off and they started offering Mac Minis as "servers". They just lost interest.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Re: Git TF!

and yes I know all you fellow Scots not the original electric soup which my dad used to talk about seeing the local alkies consuming in old Dundee but that's what Buckie got called round my way amongst other things.

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Re: Git TF!

No, that'd be ES (Electric Soup)

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I'd go for Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi:

You dont' know what you've Git till it's gone

They paved paradise and put up a data centre.

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Re: Case for the prosecution

Long live the new lager!

Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Devil

Re: Title

I blame Eadon.

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

I'll see your Windows 3.1 CNC machine and raise you a BridgePort Wire Eroder running DOS 3.0 running off twin 720k floppies.

Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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It's less DJing now and more live "producing" now that you can essentailly have a complete recording studio on your MacBook. Layering not just effects but actual instruments over the tracks and then doing the mixdown live as you go. Be it automated or manually tweaking it with a controller. The next step is no doubt going to be an AI DJ. (shudders)

In the end the real skill of a DJ is not being able to put together a seamless mix or knowing where exactly to place the drop or being able to scratch 3 decks at once, it's simply about choosing good music to create a mood as it always has been. Be it in a hip club at 2.00am or your cousin's wedding.

Right I'm off to Discogs....

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Coat

Doug S

Then came Traktor and then you didn’t even need hardware. Nowadays you literally can “phone in” a set.

Mine’s the one with a pair of Sennheiser HD25s in the pocket.

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Agreed but nostalgia apart, there is/was a greater sense of theatre with a box of 12's, a pair of SL-1200s and working the crossfader on an SH-DJ1200. I was a very poor amateur but when you saw DJ Shadow or Z-Trip or DJ Hype do a vinyl set live (as I have several times over the years) it was some experience.

It's all too perfect today where you can fade in the breakdown to the thousandth of a millisecond and you can pretty much pre program your set. Even the old school DJs who have embraced the digital age still have a little xtra something to my mind as a lot of them still use it in an analog way with all the imperfections that implies.

I know, I know, rose-tinted.

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Trollface

A "real" professional DJ drops the needle on those SL-1200 MkII's.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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ZFS, ok maybe not, then how about ZFGFS Zero F***s Given File System?

Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC

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Re: Funny Sound Bite on Radio 4 This morning

+1 for After Dark reference.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Joke

"This industry is insane"

You only just noticed!

You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

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On record and of course T-shirts, the Poppies have it for me.

Live, Ned's just edges it.

If you disagree then there is no love between us anymore.

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Any mention of Stourbridge's finest is OK with me. 28 years since Touched By The Hand of Cicciolina....bloody hell. Still the best World Cup theme ever.

Sigh.

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: 2G (GSM, not USA CDMA)

2G will continue for a few more years yet. There are a lot of legacy systems especially M2M devices that still depend on it and the network kit will still be around as it is still used by hundreds of millions of users who can't afford (or you could argue need, 1st world problems and all that....) our shiny smartphones.

Good news as well for my original Nokias, 3110 and 8110.

Orchestral manoeuvres in the Docker: A noob's guide to microservices

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Now you've done it

I can't get Enola Gay out of my head now!

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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For the Fruity Users

For those of us on the dark side, BBEdit FTW although TextEdit is a little gem. And yes I am old enough to remember TeachText and SimpleText.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: Still using both Windows Home Server and Windows Media Center

WHS was one of the few MS products I have ever really liked, it really only seemed to be aimed at home hobbyists though which intrinsically limited its appeal a bit. MS being MS though, they killed the single best feature, Drive Extender when they moved to WHS 2011. Although they did add Time Machine backups which was nice for my Macs.

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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Old, old story

Remember all, management it say, IT is just a annoying cost, it's just a drain on the business.

Until that is you suddenly realise that your business is IT.

<Nelson Muntz voice> Ha-Ha

The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

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Boffin

Remembering...

I am pretty sure that I went to physics lectures by Walter Spear in the either the Harris Building or the Ewing building while I was doing my Electronics degree in the early 80s.

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Re: System 7...

Yes I remember too, Extension Manager was our friend.

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Thumb Up

I'll just stick to System 7

Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

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the CEO of HP, demonstrating incompetence, I can't believe that......

'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

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1995/96, using Claris Emailer on my Quadra 700, so exciting.......sigh....

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Walls can be useful

As the comments for this will probably show, we all have one or more of the family or friend war stories. Let the downvotes fly but in my case the best cure for this I have seen over recent years has been that tablet thing from that company from Cupertino.

For some walled gardens are the safest solution, for them....and us.

Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

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Re: It's still rather disappointing

N900.....my best phone ever.

iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...

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Happy

Re: Stuttering Music

Can't spot the difference on all my DJ Shadow or Kid Koala tracks.

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: re: F1 borefest

Agreed, if you want cutting edge machines and fabulous racing then it has to be Moto GP. Never tire of watching The Doctor at work, win or lose.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: You are being watched. The Facebook has a secret system, a machine that spies on you

Problem is....it's turning out more like Samaritan in charge rather than The Machine.

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

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Happy

Some sort of Amiga thing.....that's why I read El Reg.

Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you

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Re: The silv'ry Tay

As a Dundonian every time I go down Riverside the old pillars that remain from that bridge always catch the eye.

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