* Posts by deadlockvictim

847 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009


DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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The Black Irish

If you want to find the black Irish, go up to Norn Iron around Marching Season. And while they may not be too happy at you calling them Irish, they are very proud of being black.

Otherwise, Ireland has some black sons of whom she is very proud — Phillo being one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2OcIqwmSaY

People say tabloid hacks are always looking for an angle. This time, they'd be right: Tilting disk of proto-planets spotted

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Re: And matter is just +ve -ve and electric force

AC3: 9. If matter is completely made of the same stuff light is made of, it has no mass either.

I'm sure that e=mc² fits in here somewhere, but where?

US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft

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Make America Great Again

Microsoft software: proven over time to be resource efficient, secure and user-friendly.

America, you are in safe hands.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Crazy

According to the Gallup website (1), his approval rating in the week before Christmas was 39% and his disapproval rating was 55%. It was roughly the level of Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan at the same period in office.

So Bombastic Bob is correct in that not even close to everyone wants him gone. Now, whether you believe that opinion polls have any validity is another matter.

(1) https://news.gallup.com/poll/203198/presidential-approval-ratings-donald-trump.aspx

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Re: Crazy

I get the impression that Mike Pence is anything but crazy. Very religious and right-wing but hardly crazy.

With Mike Pence as president, you'd get stability, morning prayer and an end to abortion, as well as more tax cuts to the rich (he is Republican after all). If you can live with 'Happy Christmas' instead of 'Happy Holidays' then it mightn't be so bad.

Would this be 10x worse?

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Any computer game after 1994...

I thought that Deus Ex & Half Life were not at all bad now.

Now, not Dark Castle or anything from Infocom, to be sure, but not bad nonetheless.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Tim Cook was simply pricing the top-of-the-range iPhone for those who buy in Hermès and the like. The Swiss sell watches for 3 times the price of the aformentioned top-of-the-range iPhone. I wonder if it wasn't expensive enough?

This iPhone is supposed to be a status symbol. Given how important status symbols are in the Far East, I'm surprised that it didn't sell well.

Maybe Apple needs to get the people [1] in the red-topped magazines aimed at women to brandish them as if they were Birkin bags.

[1] One of them is called 'Posh Spice' apparently and if that isn't classy then I don't know what is. She is seemingly famous for her love of baubles.

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Re: Huawei the lads!

I came across once some lasses from Ireland who pronounced it, 'ho-a-ye' (as in 'how are you?') which I rather liked.

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

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

Hi bombastic bob,

Are you of the opinion that poor people are poor because of their own failings and that the external environment has absolutely nothing to do with their poverty? Would you concede that there are systemic factors that severely hinder poor people escaping their poverty?

Likewise, do you believe that rich people are rich because of their hard work and endeavour *and nothing else*? How do you feel about the lazy rich? Does a lazy rich person deserve his/her wealth more than a hard-working poor person? It's hard sometimes to understand where Republicans (and I'll assume that you are not a Democrat or Naderite) stand on these matters.

I'm just curious.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Google, Facebook and friends

(Wendy Hall) pointed to the impact and growing influence of China and Russia on our lives, highlighting their authoritarian impulses.

To be fair to China, the impact of Facebook's & Google's influence on our lives is not entirely positive either. Their motives are at best profit-driven and at worst power-crazed. They have their own agenda and I don't see them much different to Russia or China — powerful actors protecting and extending their space.

Microsoft says it's time to get serious about facial recognition rules: 'Laws and regulations are indispensable'

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Surely the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook must all have quite advanced face-recognition algorithms and hugely-trained data-sets by now. I would think that these would be the companies to go to if the U.S. Government had billions around to implement this technology.

My first thought on reading the headline, though, was that it was time for Microsoft to get serious about Windows 10. Concentrate on your bread-&-butter first before you go looking for lucrative contracts elsewhere.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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Re: Ethical behaviour

On build quality, I still have a Macintosh Performa 475 from 1994 around that I like to play Prince of Persia and Civilization on every now and then. It needed a new PRAM battery and all was well. Not bad for a 24 year old machine.

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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Re: According to eBay

...crack open the case and look at the inside back face of the bucket...

The previous poster meant that you need to get a long Torx screwdriver (no. 10, I think) and loosen the screws at the back of the 1980's compact mac in order to slide the back case off (a.k.a. cracking the mac). They are about the depth of a compact mac (about 30cm long).

I'm sure that ye all knew that. I just want to avoid any unnecessary violence to old tech.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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If they are going to go full hog on removing obscene pictures, then they should remove all pictures of firearms too.

I know that ye Americans still need them in case the British ever invade again, but I think that you are safe for the time being. They have problems of their own that need sorting out first. And the firearms have created more than a few problems for yourselves, as ye may have noticed #AllLivesMatter.

(And this doesn't earn me downvotes, then nothing will...)

China doesn't need to nick western tech when Google is giving it away

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Re: Welcome to capitalism

Google's actions have made Google's shareholders richer. Isn't this the basis of capitalism?

That America (or anybody else) has suffered is the will of the free market.

Is it written into law that corporations are suppose to have the public good in mind?

Capitalism is about winners and losers. Google wins and others lose.

You might as well be suggesting that the socialists in Scandinavia have a point when you start tying corporations to national, state or local wellbeing.

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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James's Tech Reviews! Episode 1

For the compatibility of multiple digital assistants, I turn to James's Tech Reviews! Episode 1 for clarity:


1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Re: Huh?

Bringing all of those children into the Temple *is* engineering, unfortunately it is just social engineering. And they aren't the ones doing the engineering...

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing

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E-mail Client

That 80% opened an phishing e-mail is not a surprise.

Most e-mail clients open the e-mail in a side-pane or in the whole pane on a small form factor device. I avoid reading e-mails on tablets, smartphones and the like because it can be difficult to tell well-laid out phishing e-mails from what the real thing.

Mouse-over the link to see where you wil be re-directed to.

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Be careful when using that name, he is (well, was) the most evil person in the world. He's up there with Hitler. Just ask any devout American.

I remember some innocent asking in the IMDB forums if the animated film, 'Pirates! (in an Adventure with Scientists)' [1] asking if this film was safe to watch because Darwin was in it.

Now, there were some red-flags concerning the historical accuracy of the film, I will admit, but I wasn't swayed by his heretical message. I was too taken by The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate to listen the lies.

[1] https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430626/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Re: Oh really ?

...IoT is a world of badly implemented useless or bad ideas.

So, IoT is a world of badly implemented useless ideas or badly implemented bad ideas.

Anything poorly implemented has the possibility to be really dangerous on the grounds that it has not been implemented according to specification.

It does depend on how one defines 'bad' and I assume the OP meant a poor implementation of an evil idea. I will admit that I'm not too worried, though, about poorly implemented evil ideas.

What a useless idea is, I'm not sure. Can ideas have no use?

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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it really isn't your hardware

Previous Commentard» it really isn't your hardware

The hardware is yours. There are patents and the like to hinder the theft of intellectual property but it *is* yours. You can throw the laptop off a cliff and Apple's primary concern would be about pollution. They will hope that you buy a new Apple product as well.

Apple's line stands with usage. If you use it as intended, they will look after you, often very well. Do things that are not intended, like installing other OSs, then they won't support you and support from Apple is often a reason people buy into the Apple ecosystem. Apple see their products as tasteful appliances ("I want it to just work"). It is the Jobsian mindser and this has been standard in Apple now for quite a while. I personally prefer Woz-ian view myself but this mindset hasn't really been present in Apple since the G5 and that was over 10 years' ago.

Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff

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Re: Who would have thought

White straight male is still the demographic to be. Least negative discrimination and most positive discrimination. It's akin to be playing a computer game at the 'Don't Hurt Me' level of difficulty. Add massive wads of money to that and you get cheat mode.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Big space lasers

Dammit! If we've got big space lasers then we've got to start blowing things up.

How about the moon? That might take a while. Some of them asteroids maybe?

Or sharks? Why do no sharks have lasers on them yet? It might help them survive their seemingly movie-induced extinction.

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Re: Is it me ...

I do. I think that the chemist's down the road is far away.

Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week

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Time to buy Cisco stock then.

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Mr. Flibble's very cross

"The number of units sold in every quarter has not been representative of the underlying strength of our business," Apple CFO Luca Maestri told analysts on an earnings call.

This says to me that Apple's customers got it wrong and not Apple. Apple's customers didn't buy as many units as Apple had been expecting. Mr. Flibble comes to mind here: Mr. Flibble's very cross.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOE7qTAK87o

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Re: I would've bought an iPhone

JeffyPoooh» Switched to Android, which turned out to be trivially easy.

So now I'm Google's bitch instead...

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Windows 10

rg287» The only Mac desktop users left are the ones wedded to the OS because of specific applications.

There are some who really, really don't want Windows 10 and whose Windows 7 support will be running out soon. Linux, I suppose, is in theory an option.

And if the machine would anyway have to be replaced, this Mac Mini is not at all a bad replacement.

Intel hits target: 27% of staffers are female? Apparently that's 'full representation'

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How about this

Article» The current diversity push began in 2015, when former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich chucked $300m at the problem, tying exec incentives to achieving specified goals.

How about this for a wild idea: rather than giving overpaid executives more money in order to get them to hire more women, why not offer more money to female candidates instead?

It's not especially fair, to be sure, but it might help to compensate the women against the rather female-unfriendly work environments that seem to exist in the IT-world.

Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up

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Trump & Apple

If I believed D.J. Trump to be a shrewd businessman, I'd be thinking now that this up-and-coming trade war was to put pressure on Apple to hurry up re-patriating her hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. Tim Cook has said that Apple will do this, but it happens is anyone's guess.

I'm not altogther sure now that even that would stop the impending tit-for-tat.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: Broken, yes... and not fixable.

AC» .......I could go on...........Did MS actually ORIGINATE anything at all?

Excel (née Multiplan) is a Microsoft original.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: D'uh

I wouldn't be too hard on him for that. `

I have some sympathy for people who have been born into generations where painful decisions are requiring to be made. Had you been a youth in Germany in the 1930s, would you have gone along with the flow (as he did) or would you have been massively courageous and stood up and out, knowing full well that it might have earned you a trip to Belsen?

And as for cults, well, the top is the place to be.

I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Re: Leave it there

Assuming that the gold hasn't washed away, of course.

Tim Severtin recreated the Jason Voyage in 1984 and wrote a great book (1) on the subject. He had a master shipwright in eastern Greece build him a boat in the neotlithic style and he captained a crew that sailed the boat to then Soviet Georgia. And in the mouth of one of the rivers opening onto the Black Sea they came across locals who left sheepskins in the river to collect grains of gold as the river water washed through it.

(1) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jason-Voyage-Quest-Golden-Fleece/dp/0099461803

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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And then there are Spoonerisms

And then there are Spoonerisms, of which my favourite is 'cunning stunt'...

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: anti-crime

werdsmith» The house was never locked. One day we found kids in the pool in the yard, but they hadn't realised the house was open and had climbed the fence.

That is the only proper way to do it.

As a child, I would never have dreamed of entering someone's house unless I knew that I was allowed in, but climbing over their fence, well, that was perfectly OK. In the same way that I would never, ever steal from a shop but I had no problems helping myself to the apples from neighbours' trees.

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The late Terry Pratchett refers to these activities as anti-crimes and his example was breaking-in-and redecorating. Not too far from what actually happened.

It was a case of mistaken identity, I do admit. On that note, does an act have to criminal intent or is the execution of the act enough to be a crime? I suppose it depends on the act.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Windows Insider: Hustle as a Service

The head of the Windows Insider programme likens Windows 10 to 'Hustle as a Service'.

Make of this what you will.

So, are we Windows 10 users hustlers then?

Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

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Re: It's MOULD, not mold

Outside the U.S. yes

'Mold' is the U.S. version of 'mould'.

I think that it is understood that he meant the lowly form of life rather the inverse form.

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How should patents work?

This fellow came up with the idea and Apple took him up on it. The idea belongs to Apple.

Is this enough to be listed on the patent?

The idea of mobile phones and smartphones was around in Star Trek in the late '60s. Should Gene Roddenbery be listed on the patents of smartphones to come?

I am not a patent lawyer. It would be good if someone with experience in this field would clarify what entitles one to a place on the patent.

VR going mainstream? Yeah, next year, says Facebook, for the third year in a row

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Someone needs to tell Mr. Zuckerberg that it's spelt 'Beeeelllion'.

New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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brainiacs — my brain hurts reading this.

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

Regardless of whether it is sarcastic or not, it is true for many Americans.

Within a generation or two, whites may be less than 50% of the overall U.S. population and this scares the shit out of a lot of folk. What if they [1] do to us what we have been doing and continue to do to them?

[1] not us.

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

Naive by name, naive by nature?

A couple of points:

1. I, too, find Fox News too close to the centre and afraid of taking a clear stand on the hard issues. Thank God we have Breitbart for the honest man's opinion.

2. I wonder how critical the Washington Post is of Amazon? Not very, I suspect.

3. I'm not sure if I'd want to make an enemy of Jeff Bezos. I suspect that he could destroy The Donald within a couple of years. Having billions at your disposal makes you very persuasive.

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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Re: 6 point plan?

You really are at the codeface there.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Article» Moorhead hoped the telemetry will predict hardware failures, identify insecure or non-compliant apps, diagnose performance issues – such as problems with “bloaty drivers or the myriad security layers” – and help administrators get “the right kind of device to the right person.” ®

Let me re-write that for you:

Nadella hoped the telemetry will increase ad revenue, identify users with greater accuracy, diagnose price-performance issues – such as problems with people trying to turn telemetry off (the fools!) – and help marketers get “the right kind of device to the right person.” ®

First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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Re: Download


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Does anyone know if these builds can be downloaded as an executable, like the SPs of yore, if so, where they can be found?

I don't fancy leaving a machine on for a couple of hours while Windows Update does its thing online. I'd rather install the build offline.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Article» Whether or not it's easier than smacking the laptop owner with a two-by-four until they give up their login password is, well, an exercise left to our more sociopathic readers.

They are *executives*.

Think of Dilbert's boss and all of his bosses.

Actually just think the c-suite in general.

Think about your last payrise.

What would the BOFH do?

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Obligatory xkcd

AC» And you wonder why people pirate ?


Back up a minute: Veeam database config snafu exposed millions of customer records

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