* Posts by deadlockvictim

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: BREAK

Pre-1999 macs had an on\off button on the ADB-keyboards (upper right usually — it had a triangle pointing left) that I really liked. It was great that you could just hit a key on the keyboard and the machine would power up. Likewise, when you were ready to go, you could just hit the same button, press 'return' to choose the default option (shutdown) and off you went.

I missed that option once Steve Jobs came back, had ADB [1] taken out and had the keyboard replaced with USB keyboards. USB was a poor replacement for ADB and SCSI.

[1] Apple Desktop Bus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Desktop_Bus

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What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

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Mac Mini

I rather like the form factor of Apple's Mac Mini and its PC equivalents. Small enough to not take up too much space on your desk, powerful enough for everyday work and not terribly expensive.

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China orders immediate shuttering of Bitcoin exchanges

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To be fair

To be fair to the various customs' authorities, bringing a suitcase full of money is a red flag, no matter which country you are trying to get out / get into. It screams drug-money (or vice of your choice).

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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On Calvinball

A once noted Calvinball player commented back in the late 1980s-early 1990s that 'verbing weirds language'.

Just because one can do it, doesn't mean that one should.

But then, I find those who use Business English to be comparable with the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. One can only hope that the Revolution comes soon.

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It depends on what you mean

Not recommended: I dedicate this book to my parents, Ayn Rand and God.

Recommended: I dedicate this book to my parents, Ayn Rand, and God

The first sentence states that the dedicator's parents are Ayn Rand & God and that the book is dedicated to them.

The second sentence states that the book is dedicated to all 4 and the assumption is made that the aforementioned parents are not Ayn Rand and God.

Mean what you say and say what you mean.

As for the date format, I applaud Google's compromise. I use the East-Asian format (YYYY-MM-DD) as a matter of course and it does not go down well in Europe. The U.S. format (mm-dd-yyyy) is confusing for non Leftpondians. 'September 13, 2017', however, is perfectly clear. To be sure, people whose first language is not English will be peeved at the use of English as default.

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Don't forget the human factor in AI and Machine Learning

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That would be you, by the way

I'm not so sure. I'm still studying for the Turing Test. It wouldn't look good if I fail it.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Is this the El Reg that we know and love?

An article about G-Suites and not one pun, joke or even reference to g-spots?

There wasn't even any internal rhyming in the headline or subhead for that matter.

Is this the El Reg that we know and love?

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: Collision

Thanks very much Jake.

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Collision

I have 2 questions for those with some training in astronomy:

1. When the collision happens, will this happen in geological time (over millions of years), in Star Wars' time (a million souls cried out...) or somewhere in between?

2. If this collision were happening now, would we on Earth notice it?

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

Only bananas though. Apples fly remarkably unbananalike fashion.

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

This is why I like hyphens (m-dashes, too) — «fruit-flies» is unambiguous; «fruit flies» less so.

It took me a few moments before I realised that the «flies» in «fruit flies» can be a noun as well a verb in this context.

On another note, this Mendel fellow has a lot to be thanked for.

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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man

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Googe & Intolerance

It seems to me that Google is intolerant of intolerance.

It won't accept what it finds unacceptable.

Is that so very different to the rest of us, for given values of what is acceptable?

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Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

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As it once was...

To think that Sun were once touted as likely purchasers of the beleaguered® Apple Computer Corporation. How the mighty have fallen.

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Skype is dreddful

A.S.A.C.» it is dreddful

There is no justice, just me?

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Re: I'm finally ready to jump ship to Apple...

wallaby» You never truly own an apple product, it owns you.

This may be true. My IIfx is still going (albeit after new caps) and still plays the old games well.

I certainly don't want to part with it.

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Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!

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Re: Monitor lizard

I'm in two minds as to whether I want three Minotaurs on my desktop.

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

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Re: Anntenae (not anntenas)

Etymologically & classically aware commentard» indicies. oh dear. Nominative plural non-neuter third declension is what now?

John Cleese for you, I'm afraid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAfKFKBlZbM

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Trump upgrades Cyber Command, may sideline NSA in future

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Twitter

I wonder if this newly upgraded Cyber-Command will have the power to discipline members of the Administration who fire off messages to the outside world without official approval will be sanctioned, have their twitter-machine taken off them etc.?

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NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

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Absinthe

To quote Oscar Wilde (maybe, sure why not), 'Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder'.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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In the event of Scottish independence

In the event of Scottish independence (a not unrealistic possibility in the coming years), do the Scots get the warship? Or does the Admiralty's gesture to the Clyde region not extend that far?

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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This is not the place you are looking for

Jedi mind tricks.

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Academics 'funded by Google' tend not to mention it in their work

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Moral of the story

So, the moral of the story is that if you have findings that will benefit a large corporation, be sure to get them to, em, sponsor you before you publish said findings.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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SQL Server for Linux on Linux on Windows

This will finally let me install the version of SQL Server that is within a container run on an OS within a container within Windows.

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Microsoft's Azure chief: What's good for cloud is good for on-premises too

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SilverLight & Azure

Let me get this right, he has worked his magic on Silverlight and now he's turned his attention to Azure. Where do I sign up?

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Civil rights warriors file US lawsuit: Let us see Five Eyes agreement

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vague

I suspect that the agreements themselves are rather vague and probably couched in anti-communist rhetoric. I wouldn't be surprised if it simply an agreement to share information between specified agencies within the 5 states and the detail has been left up to the agencies in question.

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Facebook's left hand is fighting for Americans' right to privacy

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slight correction: subtleness

subtlety perhaps?

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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The Bible

Esteemed Author» The issue appears to be a small rainbow featured on the website.

Does anyone want to point out to this True Christian™ that, according to the Book of Genesis [1], God created a rainbow for Noah to signify that the Flood had ended. Is he suggesting that improper acts occurred on the Arc?

[1] And Science doesn't get anymore real than the Book of Genesis. It's a good read too.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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Dark Matter

I had always considered articles by Katie Hopkins to be dark matter — believed to have substance but not yet proved, let alone discovered.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

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Apple do devices

Apple's forte is in devices. If they want to dominate the home TV space, then they need to work on a TV that is so fine, that it does everything we would like it to do, and more, and that we would want one.

This is setting the bar quite high but Apple has answered such a challenge in the past.

I'm still of the opinion that Apple should go into the games market. They should have just about enough to buy a controlling share of EA. With such a control they could ensure that all games were first released for Apple devices and that games optimised accordingly to give Apple devices an unfair advantage. There may even be an anti-trust suit as a consequence.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

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Compromise

How about this for a compromise?

The governments of Ecuador, the U.K. and Sweden come to an agreement.

Allow the Swedes to hold Assange on trial within the Ecuadorian embassy. Televise the trial live, as an open trial within an embassy is not at all easy.

If Assange is found guilty, then he serves his jail sentence in Ecuador. The U.K. government would let him travel safely to the airport for transport.

This way everybody but the Americans are happy.

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Every time Apple said 'machine learning', we had a drink andsgd oh*][

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Let me get this right

Apple said at an Apple event that we know what you will want.

Trust us.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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Government Work

I expect that he'll go into Government work. He seems to be the perfect fit for the current U.S. president.

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Ego stroking, effusive praise and promise of billions: White House tech meeting in full

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So, the federal government will purchase Macintosh computers for all of its employees which they will use to access Office 365, it store all of its data in Azure databases and make all of its purchases through Amazon. Google will handle special ops. It has the data.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Re: Apple vs Google vs Microsoft

You are correct. I realised it too late and the 'edit' button had disappeared.

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Re: Apple vs Google vs Microsoft

Sil» Please stop with the old stories about MSFT, do you think that the ~~ 400 millions Windows 10 users, not counting the hundreds of millions of Windows 7 users have nothing else to do than bear ill will ?

My understanding of Microsoft is that they make their profits on server licences — SQL Server, Windows Server and the likes. I am open to correction on this though. It may well be that The Cloud (Azure, subscription-based access to services etc.) becomes a big money maker for them in the future but I haven't read anywhere yet that it has reached the point of serious profitability.

I can only speak from personal experience and people whom I know really don't like the ribbon (I, personally, quite like it) and miss Windows XP and 7. Windows 8-10 may be faster, more energy efficient, safer and less trouble but the UI changes have not been well received,

And Apple is still a hardware company. While they make lots of money from the iTunes Store and apps, they also sell a great many tablets, smartphones, gimmicky devices (as well as a few actual computers). The iTunes Store and the devices go hand-in-hand. One makes the other great.

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Apple vs Google vs Microsoft

If Google had done it, my first thought would have been that it was a data-slurping exercise, because this is what Google does. It makes money by connecting all of the various bits of your data and metadata and then selling it to the highest.

Apple, on the other hand, is a hardware company. They want to sell you expensive hardware as often as possible. This means causing as few problems to the end-user as possible, The hardware and software must just work. There must as little hassle as possible. This tactic of theirs, while bold [1] in the extreme, is not at all bad. 30 minutes' separation discomfort and sweet bliss.

Microsoft is a software company and wants you to buy expensive software licences as often as possible. It is caught in the middle. It lacks the panache of Apple and has a much more heterogeneous base than Apple. There might have more goodwill towards Microsoft had they not interfered with their UI as much as they did (the ribbon in Office and all UI changes from Windows 8 onwards).

[1] For Irish readers, it was naughty too.

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

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Re: I Vs we?

Well more along the lines of, I have caused 75 people to be retrained.

He summonsed 75 people into a hall and told them that they would be learning O365.

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Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years

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Re: Must be fake news

Gordon Pryra» Wont someone think of the sky fairy's?

Won't anyone think of the Sky Fairy's what? Sky Fairy's is in the genitive. It either needs an object or a correction.

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Russian hackers and Britney Spears in one story. Are you OK, Reg?

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Hit me baby one more time?

Title says it all really.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Abortion

Facebook says that aborted foeti may be shown as long as they are not nude.

This implies that Facebook is of the opinion that a foetus is a person, for one doesn't talk about naked (internal) body-parts. Nudity in people is strongly forbidden.

I'm sure that that revelation will exercise many to complain that foeti are not people.

In the meantime, women (and men too, I suppose), if you are planning on televising the abortion of your foetus, please, please, please have the good sense to dress it up tastefully before displaying it all of its glory on Facebook.

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Management's agile, digital (insert buzzword here) strategy ossifying? Blame the Red Queen

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Management & Sysadmins

IT hardware is expensive, good sysadmins are expensive and a poorly functioning IT infrastructure is very expensive.

In my experience sysadmins aren't especially greedy. With this in mind, I have never understood, why sysadmins are given budgets. The sysadmins should be able to say what they'll need, when (and why, of course) and signed cheques should follow.

Management wants consistency in its IT-infrastructure. IT should be almost invisible and only noticed when its not available. It should allow the company to run smoothly.

In my experience, it is upper management that decides what technologies get used, and, as a rule, it tends to be something expensive like Oracle, anything from Microsoft and the like. As a rule, sysadmins would choose something different, something safer and less disruptive. Furthermore, too much interference by management in the running of IT-systems drives the good sysadmins away and prevents an optimally run IT-services.

In short, my point is that management should look for good sysadmins and let them make the technical decisions. One doesn't go to a doctor and tell him the way you want your condition treated. One doesn't go to a programmer to design a database. One doesn't go to a marketing specialist for decisions on SANs, choice of OS or server hardware.

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Virtual reality upstart UploadVR allegedly had in-house 'kink room,' drugs, rampant sexism

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Cultural-Marxist/corporate/globalist "equality" wage-slavery/depopulation propaganda

One of the previous ACs complained about «Cultural-Marxist/corporate/globalist "equality" wage-slavery/depopulation propaganda».

This sounds like interesting reading.

Can you recommend any works that incorporate all (or even most) of the above philosophies together?

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Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

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Public Cloud

Do we really want (let alone need) public Clouds?

It seems to me that they are devices which allow the corporations to extract money from from on a monthly basis rather than whenever you choose (as would be the case if you owned and maintained your own hardware).

They also tether you to an Internet connection, which isn't always to your advantage.

And finally, they give the corporations much more power. And these corporations have been known to become very greedy. Rates can be raised at any time. Outages are your problem, insofar that you have to wait until we fix the problem, but we have you by the short-and-curlies, so there is little that you will do about it. And if you are not happy, you can go through the pain of taking all of your stuff off our Cloud and put it somewhere else. It will cost you though...

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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G. Orwell

Those who control the Past, control the Future.

Those who control the Present, control the Past.

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PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

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How could I forget about the Raspberry Pi? Hangs head in shame.

It is well most important computer to come out in the last 20 years.

My apologies all.

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Brexiteer

What's wrong with «Brexiteer»? It's a handy neologism to describe the 50%+ of the voting population of the United Queendom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland that voted to secede from the E.U. It has connotations of going forth bravely into a brave new world. I find it useful.

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Well, obviously the Brexiteers are waiting to buy Great British computers, once they arrive (or are revived [1]), instead of having all of that foreign muck foisted upon them.

Or the computer buying populace is not at all happy that fall in Sterling has made imported goods more expensive and this is putting many off.

[1] Ah, BBC Micro, we do miss you.

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So, you're 'ISO 27001 accredited', huh? Just saying so doesn't cut it

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Re: Can be misleading

An ISO 9000-certified company that makes concrete lifevests make good concrete lifevests. They have been certified to be reliably well made. If you don't want concrete lifevests, then this is not the product for you.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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PRAM batteries

To anyone who has an old mac in the cupboard, open it up and take out the PRAM battery. It is a 3,6V ½AA battery. These were never intended to be left in machines for 30 years and they been known to rupture and ruin and otherwise working motherboard. Most macs don't really need a PRAM battery as it is (some, though, won't start without it).

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UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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Re: Cloudy Outlook

Briexit? Rejecting foreign soft cheese for proper hard Cheddar?

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