* Posts by deadlockvictim

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Black Horse Down, we repeat... yes, Lloyds Bank, again

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TITSUP

We need community help here. Backronyms are a part of what makes this site great etc, etc.

How about: TSB Initiates Trasaction Snafu Under Pressure?

By no means perfect, I'm afraid.

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Numenor

Is this still much interest in the fantasy genre? I would have thought that Game of Thrones is being wound down for a reason and it is hardly because the books are (ahem) almost finished.

That being said, there is a lot of potential for setting it in Numenor [1]. There are rough details of many of the kings in Unfinished Tales but nothing too detailed. This leaves a framework that can be filled in.

Sauron's there too and busy with Celebrimbor in Moria a-ring-making, as are Aragorn's descendents.

One can only hope that the script is given the attention it deserves is done well.

[1] Apologies for the lack of accents. I couldn't be arsed looking for them.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: Uh huh

Obligatory Monty Python Link (and, for good measure, on YouTube too):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvKIWjnEPNY

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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LoTR TV-Show

The image that first came to mind was Celeborn as a TV-presenter interviewing various personalities, like the uruk-hai second-in-command bitching about what a drama-queen Saruman was, the trolls from the gates of Mordor explaining what an art it was to get those doors open and how Sauron was too cheap to pay for oil to lubricate the joints or finally some hobbits on how they were sure that Mad Old Baggins' boy was destined for greater things.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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I can imagine the conversation

Sir Humphrey: What I want is irrelevant, Bernard, it's up to you - what do you want?

Bernard: I want to have a clear conscience.

Sir Humphrey: A clear conscience?

Bernard: Yes!

Sir Humphrey: I see. And when did you acquire this taste for luxuries?

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Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

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El Reg» Proxima Centauri... more like Pulvereus Centauri, amirite?*

'Pulvereus' means dusty. 'Proxima' is either feminine singular (nominative or ablative) or neuter plural (nominative, vocative or accusative) and I'm going with nominative feminine singular. That would make dusty then 'pulverea'.

However, once named, may a celestial body be renamed?

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My #95Theses of #Digital

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A Bite from the Apple

#60

Those who take a bite from the Apple shall find that the Apple takes more than you reckoned, gives less than you hoped for and leaves them wanting more (for which they will get less and pay more).

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'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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I never realised that HRH was so fond of public transport, but then, I'm rarely on the Tube.

Maybe she's more of a bus person. Do Bentley make buses?

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Lisp

Lisp isn't on the list?!?

When I was in second year in university, one third of Computer Science failed on account of the Lisp exams and there was much vitriol in the air. Now, whether the abstruseness of the language are to blame, the teaching of it or simply the low calibre of my fellow students is to blame, I cannot say.

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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ASCII Porn Stash

Nonsense, my ASCII porn stash fits nicely onto a floppy.

ASCII character 248 *is* sexy.

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Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have

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Do we need a reason?

El Reg» The Register has asked Microsoft to explain why price rises are proposed, and will update the story when we hear back.

Because we can! Muahahaha.

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Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Heresy

Article» One of the outstanding questions in physics is why matter and antimatter didn't wipe each other out at the Big Bang?

Maybe anti-matter doesn't behave the way previously postulated and doesn't wipe matter out. This would be in line with the results of the experiment.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Re: Win 10 & Internet access

elgarak1» At some point, you HAVE to go online.

Without doubt. I do intend to prolong this as long as possible. I have configured the machine so that it is a single use machine. There is no internal drive, instead, there are drive trays at the front. One drive per use.

Transfer of files from the Win 10 machine to the Internet machine is done via sneakernet, in the event that files must be uploaded or sent be e-mail.

At the moment, we have a Win 7 machine for Internet use. When I must access my work-machine from home, there is the VMWare client. When Win 7 loses support, I may buy a Mac mini as the new internet machine.

In short, I am doing my damndest to fight the trend to have the Internet everywhere.

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Win 10 & Internet access

I've disabled Internet access to Windows 10 at home.

I don't often need it when I'm working on making videos, sorting out and storing photos, working on databases and the like. It removes a lot of distractions and software that would ordinarily require to be installed.

I turn it only when I need to activate software and then turn it off & unplug the ethernet cable once the activation is complete. And at work the sysadmins take care of all of the unpleasantness that Win 10 presents.

I do have a Windows machine with Internet access and tough decisions will have to be made in 2020.

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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

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Septic

Esteemed Poster» As a septic...

Sceptic [1] maybe?

[1] or skeptic if you are of the Leftpondian persuasion.

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Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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Azure. A Cloud for all.

Azure. A remote server that you have to pay monthly for.

Because we all like renting.

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SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

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Monthly releases

I, for one, am looking forward to monthly releases of SQL Server.

It is moving in that direction.

That's assuming that it doesn't become a subscription model where you monthly first...

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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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deadlockvictim

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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deadlockvictim

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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