* Posts by Spoonsinger

732 posts • joined 6 Mar 2009

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

Spoonsinger

Re: English Idio.....

However I'm of similar 50 year standing to the above but only ever heard it as 'Comp'. The additional 'o' probably allows the speaker to emphasize their supposed barrow boy roots to their target audience.

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California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

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Re: Where's the master list of passwords kept ?

Flimsy Backdoor Industries will keep the list. You know they can be trusted.

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Re: "and they vendor no longer supports this model."

Car manufacturers manage to support giving out radio codes for years. (I mean years. I have done it for a 20 year old Volvo in the past). I assume there must me some legal reason, (other than goodness of their hearts), which could be used as a template law for said IoT devices.

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Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Re: Well....

Umm, smashed avacado sandwiches seems to be a step backwards in the general state of the sandwich. I remember, in the late eighties, the "too your desk" sandwich lady used to deliver Avocado, Bacon, Brie and Red Current Jelly sandwiches. Maybe the late eighties was peak sandwich and everything that followed is just a bland pale interpretation of those times. Maybe there is a phone manufacturer which exemplifies that blandness?

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Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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squeezed into a tiny radius on the order of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles),

Why not 9.65606Km? Then it would be a nice round 6 miles. A much more believable finger in the air number.

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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Umm...

I imagine the chocolaty bit at the bottom of the cone in a Cornetto will also be smaller after Brexit. Wall's, to my knowledge, have made no comment - which speaks volumes. Will the horror never end!!!???!!!!

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OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros

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Re: we see that programming strategy into a statistical analysis machine is not an easy thing to do.

Then the AI got bored and went off to make a cuppa tea and invent a cure for cancer - but didn't tell anybody because...

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: Because... they can fly?

But unicorns can, (erm could), fly.

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Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption

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Re:Alvin Toffler seems more and more prescient with his concept of 'Future Shock'

and Gillan.

(Just remember that there is no laughing in heaven).

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

Spoonsinger

Re: Spelt?

spelt - past and past participle of spell

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re:- Not even Bing Crosby?

Especially Bing Crosby.

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

Spoonsinger

AI...

playing text adventures so you don't have too. (Just remember that they will remember that you made them do it).

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Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

Spoonsinger

Re: Blockchain. AI. Cloud. Cures Cancer!

You missed Devops

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Azure Dev Spaces has hit public preview, so El Reg took it for a spin

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You missed out "test code"

Pah!

1) Write Code

2) ????

3) Profit

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..."typing in BASIC listings from computer magazines in the '80s and debugging"...

Now that there is a dying breed in IT. Ho hum.

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Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

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With Folded Hands

Jack Williamson (1947)

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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Re: so am I one of the few who thought his writing is rubbish ?

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” - Harlan Ellison

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Jimmy Hill feted in Shoreditch

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I don't believe it.

IGMC

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HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...

Spoonsinger

It's about time...

we had phones with less clean design and with more knobs and levers.

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MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo

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Windows

Re: Surely

Or more beer :-)

"His face is all bubukles and whelks and knobs and flames o' fire; and his lips blows at his nose, and it is like a coal of fire, sometimes plue and sometimes red, but his nose is executed, and his fire’s out. "

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Re: What do they expect?

Shops? err Grandad is that you?

Actually.....

Anyways when you, (and I), were a lad people all the time invested in things that they wanted but didn't exist. That's why you have variants of such wants in those, erm, shops. I think it's probably nowadays people have an instant platform and somewhat encompassing platform to voice their discontent when those things which don't exist still don't exist which brings such things to short term prominence. Now where are those spandex helicopter jet pants I ventured an interest in back in the day?

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Windows

You know those advertising 'News' articles the Daily Mail do?....

Are these Greggs stories the Registers version? (Peckish now).

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British Level 4 driverless pods are whizzing along ... er, a London path

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So those kids with back to front hats...

You know the ones. Hang around in groups with their rap music. Talking loudly and obstructing the pavement with a certain menace. How does this future of automated transport on the pavement or cycle path take into account the actions or potential actions of those lovable ragamuffins?

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Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins

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Re:- What’s it expanding into?

elasticated old man trousers

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Vodafone boasts 200Mbps with 4G mini mast in Cornish trial

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Re: Planning Consent

Re:- "So who is raping the countryside, the council as 'custodians' or the corporations??"

Councils are municipal corporations. Therefore the answer to your question is corporations are raping the country.

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

Spoonsinger

Umm shirley.....

Heavy Metal (the film), intro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MyfInT1y0c

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Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

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Escape Pod EP115: Conversations With and About My Electric Toothbrush

http://escapepod.org/2007/07/19/ep115-conversations-with-and-about-my-electric-toothbrush/

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

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According to the 'story', didn't the three 'wise' men actually spend a bit of time trying to find the right barn? (in fact even as far as going to Herod and saying "Oh!, you don't happen to know where that son of god is do you?") In which case isn't it totally possible that one of the other barns did in fact have a large sausage roll in a manger. Actually, if you go by Matthew's version, they were just an unnumbered party of unnamed "wise men". In which case they would definitely of had at least one large sausage roll about their persons.

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Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery

Spoonsinger

I went outside today. It was wet.

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Less than four weeks till DevOps' finest assemble in London

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Windows

Hair shirts...

optional?

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Spoonsinger

Sad, but not unexpected.

For me it always gave a nice glow just to see it. However I never did use it in a proper working environment. A typical design over functionality thing I suspect. Nice that it existed though.

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Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

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I like Dapper Drake. IGMC.

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Dirty code? If it works, leave it says Thoughtworks CTO

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Umm... (thought they had died out for a bit),

You know when a sphere of human endeavour become 'in vogue' in the 'common' sphere. You get a fucking bunch of know nothing arseholes commenting and generalizing on something they don't know anything about and getting paid for it in conferences - and then their ramblings are quoted in the media.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

Spoonsinger

Regarding...

"That depends on the execution. Windows 3.x won not because it was better, or because anyone particularly liked it, but because it looked inevitable. Inevitability is something Microsoft was good at. As soon as businesses lashed up a quick and dirty Windows front end, and execs started to paste the results into Excel, Window was off and running. Looking back now, the winner of the ancient “OS wars” 25 years ago was never in doubt - the press kept up the fantasy just to make things more interesting."

I don't think that's quite right. I'd go with a) licensing agreements on MS's part with manufactures so it was dumped it on any box you purchased, b) Petzold, because he gave an easy and very, (going to add another 'very'), coherent explanation of it's API. Thus allowing the prole developers, (i.e me), to just get on with stuff with something to refer back too.

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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

Spoonsinger

Re: "Maybe he meant chess."

I think probably more Mouse Trap. Build a big edifice through random events and are somewhat annoyed, (but not surprised), when it's you who get end gamed.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

Spoonsinger

So this is only one of those "That there London" things? So nothing to see elsewhere at the moment - da da DA! - slippery slope of crap coming your way. Might be a good idea to build some sort of wall to keep it from infecting other places, or invest in shotguns.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

Spoonsinger

You can earn $1.5 bizallion in four months. Just click http://tiny.cc/001sdy

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Re: " wouldn't be worth MS fudging the tests because of the backlash should they be found out."

Erm, this is Microsoft you are talking about right?

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

Spoonsinger

Sometimes, just sometimes you just want to shout out "You fucking mental nut jobs!!!!!". However it's not PC so I won't.

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Shares down?! But, but, but ... Apple just made $50bn – that's the way the Cookie grumbles

Spoonsinger

Re: Must be the end of the world

They hoovered up a current notional 'worth'. But that isn't the same as real value.

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

Spoonsinger

Umm, what's probably needed is...

some sort of salesman type character to make them "compelling".

"compelling" and "useful" is sort of different. It's a a subtle distinction but if you are trying to sell a "compelling" idea you do have to have the will and motivation to do it, a "useful" idea is easier to sell.

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Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?

Spoonsinger

Crap...

Old, so no idea what DevOps was. Still have Analyst/Programmer on my CV. Anyway is it me or do all these DevOps articles read like a Daily Mail Infomercial?

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: "so Ellison would have been a tad young to make the bet."

erm, Harlan Ellison was known for being very precocious in the sci-fi writing industry from way back when, (ok lets say early 1950's for "way back when"). So I can well believe that he would make that bet in his early twenties.

Favorite Harlan Ellison quote is "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.", although his one on people infringing his copyright is actually quite good as well.

Edit :- actually " 'You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.'" is good as well.

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Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

Spoonsinger

Coding is an interesting pastime which you can get paid for and beats working on a factory line listening to piped in Radio One or dealing with the 'public'.

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

Spoonsinger

Re: "cash in the mattress" loses value over time

It doesn't loose that much overtime as the "cash mattress" can pay for things at 20%+ less, (or whatever you local dubious automated tax suckage is).

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

Spoonsinger

Re: This guy could win.

Nope. He might win through twelve regular people and true, but then there will be an appeal. A bit of bad press for AMD for the first bit and a bunch of dosh to pay for the costs on the appeal, but not really a case. (If it did remotely win I suspect Intel would be quaking in their boots because of their varied and somewhat misleading nomenclatures)

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TalkTalk claims 157,000 customers were victims of security breach

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"TalkTalk claims 157,000 customers were victims of security...."

Shirley all TalkTalk customers are victims and should be pitied.

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Google spews out Alphabet. Alphabet gobbles Google

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Re: Tax reasons...?

Maybe fifty companies, one cup? Chocolatey.

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

Spoonsinger

So is....

tickling the bearded clam and licking the sauce from the chocolate starfish OK?

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

Spoonsinger

Re: how to nuke this crap

Actually probably easier just restoring to a point previous to the 'patches', then just turn off updates. Then think about what you actually want from your computer.

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