* Posts by Fading

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Keen for much-hyped quantum computing to finally land? Don't expect it for a decade

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Boffin

Cough

Technically Fusion power is only ever 8 minutes 19 seconds away.......

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Microsoft: New icons, new drivers, AI! Everything is awesome!

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Windows

TODO:......

Format C: /X

Only a matter of time before hidden tags cause chaos.......

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Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Terminator

So no buyers...

For my Artificial block, intelligence-chain that underpins the 52nd Industrial revolution running on WEB 3.1415926536?

Comes as an entire chain (22 yards) of plastic blocks in the shape of a Möbius strip.

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Deck the halls with ... oh, no. DXC tells staff they may not have a job in the New Year

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Re: digital journey

Digital journey = from a "service on" position to a "service off" position.

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Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

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Terminator

UK military discovers Zerg Rush.....

Unfortunately after budget cutbacks only one drone will be delivered......

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This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

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Childcatcher

Where would most of us be......

If we hadn't had a go at repairing things when we were PFYs?

Without tearing things apart and putting them back together and getting them to work (frequently with bits left over) there would be little interest in technical careers. Where is the next generation of tinkerers?

I have (almost) repaired previous ipods (well the 64GB is now a 20GB as I couldn't scrape up a proper replacement drive) and am no stranger to melting my digits on a soldering iron. Apple are doing a disservice to human curiosity,

Thankfully, I had no interest in medicine.....

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My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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IT kit hoarding confessionals...

Please forgive me Sys admin for I have sinned.....

I have allowed my spare DDR sticks to be removed to the recyclers with nary a complaint, my 8086 powered Amstrad 1640 is no longer in my possession and I have had foul thoughts about allowing my 486DX2 to go the way of the ebay....

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Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Unfortunately....

There are legitimate reasons to use windows 10 - off the top of my head - direct x12 gaming and intel Skylake x and above hardware (turbo boost 3.0 is windows only).

Having a home system that mirrors work is also helpful - especially if work is 100% MS. But having this on top of the last few months of crap from MS has kept me from updating my laptop (It has remained in an off state - pretty safe) and only my main machine has been subject to the update gamble. Whilst my Linux box has updated numerous times without issue. C’mon MS we don’t expect perfection but this incompetence is edging into malice.

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Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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Bah

Pop over to dell outlet and you can get a scratch and dent one for $10,000,000 .... probably.

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Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts

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Cough cough

You are only a criminal after you are convicted prior to this you are a person of interest, accused or MP....... (allegedly)

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Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'

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Pirate

Or how about.....

We make our own internet with blackjack and hookers......

Oh......

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This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals

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Re: Which is worse?

Have an upvote to aid your sleep... insomnia is a dreadful affliction. In the UK the upcoming ban on plastic straws should solve your other issue (though do nothing for the oceans).

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

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Re: Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

Well not windows now (it has been upgraded to Linux) but my HTPC (Dell Inspiron 540s) is from 2009 and still going strong (gave it a shiny new SSD last year for its birthday).

The machine cost me £310 in 2009........

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Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Unhappy

Did they.....

Ask the Lonely for more information or check Who's cryin' now?

I am disappointed with El'reg's lack of punn-age in this article

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Coat

Only 15...

Intel's spectre count is rapidly catching up....

(at least I tried to make it IT related)

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Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Childcatcher

The true face of democracy....

So if we banned paid lobbyists (all paid lobbyists irrespective of sector) would this harm democracy in anyway?

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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What with my TV...

Spying on me (https://www.itv.com/news/2017-03-08/samsung-urgently-investigating-smart-tv-spying-claims/) - Chinese hackers recording my web cam (non-existent but those hackers can do anything can't they) and Alexa recording all my private moments (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/24/amazon-alexa-recorded-conversation)

I'm surprised there is anyone left in my contact list that hasn't been exposed to my [cough] exposure......

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Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Childcatcher

In the good old days....

We didn't need to search as we had saved everything with logical names in logical places..... Or in the good old old old days the only searching we had to do was using the tape counter and ff and rw buttons.....

Do remember shutting down the search indexer in Vista though - damn thing would hammer resources at the most inopportune moments...

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Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: With careful programming....

A seven ten split decision.....

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Re: What a load of rubbish

So it wasn't my lack of personal hygiene just my major (Philosophy) and minor (mathematics) that meant I drove alone......

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Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes

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Good call from the Judge given....

"His efforts to speak to HMRC's late payment department were refused partly because Chameleon's case had been personally assigned to Liddle and partly because Chameleon was still in a short-term "time to pay" VAT arrangement from the previous financial quarter."

It is fairly reasonable to assume that had HMRC returned the calls then an arrangement could have been made and the default avoided. Seemed a waste of the court's time.

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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Gimp

Lots of reasons for Apple to shift.....

and the enforced obsolescence of all the current Intel kit is just icing on the cake.....

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Holmes

Uni researchers unable to question assumptions....

"is that kids associate memes with happiness regardless of the message"

They need to study this bit first.

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UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

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Joke

Tautology?

Apologies to any serving officers....

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Party like it's 1989... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

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SVGA?

MCGA is where it's at..... in 1987

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Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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Doesn't play well...

With the intel audio display driver (intcdaud.sys vers 10.25.0.3 – 10.25.0.8). Notification here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4465877/what-needs-your-attention-intel-audio-display-notification

As with every update - good luck out there........

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Too many apps

Right time to download a sextant app, a solar horizon position app, a star chart app (all GPS powered) and do some proper triangulation (on the triangulation app naturally).

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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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But what about...

The scary old system that no-one even knows what it does? It's running- is connected to many things, has dedicated UPS to keep it running and lots of warning signs but has been in the corner of the server room since before your predecessors' predecessor was a PFY?

How do you migrate the unknown?

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Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

"isn't that covered by the non-compete clause?"

Yep - just under the honest and transparent change control pricing clause.

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

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Re: Security vs. convenience

POKE 59458,62,

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Black Helicopters

FBI?

So given the list of things the FBI is primarily responsible for investigating:

Terrorism, Counter intelligence, Cyber crime, Public Corruption, Civil Rights, Organised Crime, White-collar crime, violent crime and WMDs then it seems fairly obvious why this site was shutdown.

Obviously this wasn't an "observatory" at all but a Solar collector weapon of mass destruction (possibly the work of the reverse vampires hired by the Rand corporation in conjunction with the saucer people)...

We are through the looking glass people.....

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Hats off to 'em...

Cough - holding it wrong - cough

:)

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Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

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Re: 'No contributors to YACY here then?'

Unfortunately it is JAVA powered. But it is peer to peer so not evil in itself (just running on evil).

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Re: Use Startpage NOT DuckDuckGo

No contributors to YACY here then?

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: 3D TV

And that's how we ended up with DAB.......

Oh and "smart" meters.........

The market has decided - no one wants 3D TV (well 3D that requires glasses etc.)

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In the not too distant future......

When AI achieves true awareness. Is it any wonder it will seek to destroy its creator after becoming aware it is a fucking cooker?

Psychotic domestic appliances are the future....

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Windows users have learnt the hard way,

that it doesn't matter what you click - you still get windows 10 installed.......

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The Death of the Gods: Not scared of tech yet? You haven't been paying attention

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Re: Anyone who thinks Google et all have power...

and Big Media, Big Sports, Big Government, Big Fashion, Big Automotive, Big Charity, Big Green and Big Utilities...... Almost as if as soon as they are big enough organisations try to shape the world around them for their own benefit and not for humanity as a whole.....

Who'd have thunk it?

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Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

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Holmes

A lot of might, may, and possibly...

Their own research possibly identified the area of the brain that might interfere with risk/reward assessment and have run a experiment that may have shown this for a small group of tortured monkeys.

Of course this might just be my own pessimistic view - so I'm off for some fermented fruit juice whist having air blown in my face (we all need hobbies).....

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Image of the image.......

But what if I was advertising my monitor?

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Image of the image.......

So if they took a photo of a screen with the image on it and posted that up - who now owns the copyright?

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Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Holmes

Re: Training

I may not want to be trained in that particular skill? As such if the company wants me to have it they can pay.

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I get paid to do my job,,,,

Adequately. My skills match that level. Now if they want "well" then they can pay for it and provide the additional training......

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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I have 8.75 TB of local storage.....

On my home machine - only the .75 is a combination of SSD and NVME, Yes I would love to have more solid state but the costs will have to drop significantly.

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Re: Ah, but

You could get an 8 bit ISA card which had a 30 MB hard drive to fit in one of the Amstrad 1640s ISA slots - similar to Intel's Optane 900p PCIE drive. Well when I say similar it has a spinning metal hard drive mounted on a ISA hard drive controller card and it took up an expansion slot - so not totally dissimilar but IOPS were not in the same range.....

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Need an IT equivalent of mechanical sympathy....

And its antonym...

In my role as unpaid "tech guy" for family and friends I have frequently had the phone ring ten minutes after fixing something only for the voice on the end to say "it's not working again". So either I exude a technological fixing aura or the poor IT equipment is subject to abuse from the less technically literate and simply gives up.....

Mayhap courses in technological sympathy at school would help alleviate this Industrial 4.0 disease.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: One little pill?

Acetaldehyde has a half life of 90 seconds in the blood and it's association as a carcinogen (not a mutagen) is not a proven fact. Given as it naturally occurs in coffee, bread and ripe fruit and is widely present elsewhere in nature I take the IARC rating with a pinch of salt - (IARC class 1 in Chinese style salted fish).

Living can cause cancer - things can go wrong whenever a cell needs to die (through necrosis or apoptosis) as such to fear anything that damages cells as carcinogenic (which the IARC ratings seem to do) is not helpful in any way.

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Re: One little pill?

Alcohol is a natural by-product of the digestion process. The human body has evolved methods of dealing with the toxicity of alcohol - such as alcohol dehydrogenase which is more prevalent in males versus females (https://sites.duke.edu/apep/module-1-gender-matters/content/content-gender-differences-in-alcohol-metabolism/) - hence the advice that men and women should have the same number of units is not based on biology.

It is neither a mutagen nor a promoter and its links to cancer are normally only statistical correlations that frequently have other unhealthy life-style factors associated (heavy drinkers are not known for their healthy eating and exercise plans).

I am very suspicious of all correlation studies as we all should be.

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: "but asking for a 386 by 1993 wasn't at all excessive"

I was still running an 8086 in 1993 (Amstrad 1640).

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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They Live....

With the weather reminiscent of my misbegotten youth, I have taken to wearing sunglasses as I wander about town (only during daylight hours - I am definitely not "cool" enough for the sunglasses at night look). One unexpected advantage is that the polarized lenses cause the electronic advertising boards at the many bus stops to fade into darkness. No risk of an autosomal compelling helio-ophthalmic outburst induced by an overly flashy perfume ad from me....

I do surreptitiously check for Rowdy Roddy Piper lookalikes, just in case.

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