* Posts by ForthIsNotDead

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Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

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It's time...

It's time to do something out these pricks that deliberately fly drones close to aircraft. It's happening weekly at Heathrow.

Jammers might do it. Make the fucking things drop out of the sky.

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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

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Kind of glad I don't develop mobile apps...

...it seems like a bit of a hamster wheel...

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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The "audience" doesn't want it at all. It has been foisted upon them by Google, who are reacting to their customers demands (i.e. the people that pay for advertising) to let them do this kind of thing.

We're not the customers, as I'm sure you're aware.

We're the victims.

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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I worked for an oil services company in Aberdeen...

I left to go contracting for two years in China and Uzbekistan.

Upon my return (my wife was expecting our first child) the company I used to work for found out I was back and offered me my job back, which was very kind of them.

When I returned, I found I had the same SAP ID, the same email address, with two years of un-read email in it, and the pin code for the server room doors was the same!

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IBM's chief diversity officer knows too much and must be stopped!

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Re: Ho hum

What you are describing is *equality*, not diversity.

Equality is making sure everybody is treated equally.

A good thing.

Diversity is giving the job to the person who is *less qualified* than the other person, on the basis that their gender/sexual orientation/whatever places a tick in a box.

A bad thing.

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Recruitment meetings must be interesting...

HR droid: "Well, we've been through all the CVs, the stake-holders have interviewed the short-listed candidates, and we're going to hire this guy here: John Smith."

Diversity Officer: "Is he a pregnant black lesbian gay non-gender-binary tetra-plegic that part-time-identifies as an inanimate object, and a member of the Labour Party?"

HR droid: "Not as far as we know, no."

Diversity Officer: "Well fuck off then, you're not having him."

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Rectum

'cause it's stuffed full of shit.

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Monday: Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday: Intel shows off new server chips

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Yes... But does it actually work?

As in, Spectre/Meltdown?

No?

Well fuck off, then, Intel.

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Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

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Re: QUICK - SEND MORE POPCORN

@tony72 - thanks for the clarification. Beer -->

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QUICK - SEND MORE POPCORN

I'd be interested to see the "contract" (if any) that exists between Indigogo and RCL. My impression was (possibly wrong) that Indigogo simply handed over the money, but had no contractual relationship with them. IF they have no contract between them, then they can not claim to be a debtor, and RCL could quite rightly tell their bailiffs to fuck right off.

There isn't enough popcorn in Aberdeen to see this one through...

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

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Stable. Door. Horse.

Up yours.

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Re: 1,800 feet

<quote>..Or he doesn't even have to leave San Bernardino county. Just drive about an hour west to the Rim of the World Highway. Some of those passes are above 8,000 feet.</quote>

Rim of the World Highway. Did you see that, everyone? **RIM OF THE WORLD** HIGHWAY.

They were hiding it in plain sight all along. Just toying with us. The bastards.

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Lauri Love judgment: Extradition would be 'oppressive' and breach forum bar

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Main difference between British and American legal systems...

In the UK, if convicted of a crime, you are given a punishment, and (unless it's a very very serious crime indeed) that's it. After a period of time (I think it's three years) you are not even required to divulge previous convictions.

In the USA, the state continually exacts revenge (that's the only word I can use) on you for the rest of your life.

If you got done in the USA for stealing a car, say, 25 years ago, you will have trouble getting a job, a house, a credit card, and voting.

For the rest of your life.

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Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years

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Sees a post about VAX on The Reg...

...goes all warm and fuzzy, like a Sunday lie-in.

Ahhh.

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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So...

not even giving their new shiny OS away for FREE is enough to beat Windows 7.

To be fair, there is probably a lot of inertia to overcome with businesses. I was in my branch of Halifax at the weekend, and was surprised to see them using Windows 7. I was even more surprised to see them running what looked very suspiciously like Win 3.x apps on it, too. If it ain't broke...

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Crowdfunding refund judgment doesn't quite open the floodgates

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Good.

With any luck, this company, and the shady individuals behind it, will now be sued into oblivion.

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H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump

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A better life in the *States*?

I don't think so.

Maybe if you come from from Syria or Yemen, yes. Otherwise, (to quote Trump) it's a shit-hole of a place.

Land of the free my arse.

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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

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Re: Easily.

Agree. I have a 128GB SD card that is about three years or so old now. It's only around half full. It's used to backup documents and stuff from my machines' hard disk.

Nevertheless, I still crap myself every time I use it, just in case "today is the day".

I need a backup of the backup. And I'm only talking about ~60GB - nevertheless there's decades of work from long-forgotten projects in long-forgotten languages on that little SD Card. In effect, my life's work.

Can you imagine losing it all?

Now imaging losing half a terabyte. Perhaps all the photo's of your children from the present day right back to the day they were born. Your wedding. Your mother before she passed away. Your grandparents at their golden wedding anniversary (long gone, now).

It would break my heart.

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Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments

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Smut

I'll be honest: I'm only here because the title mentioned smut!

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IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

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Bollocks...

“In the era of the cognitive enterprise, when business and technology architectures are merging, our clients understand their success depends largely on how well they capitalize on exponential intelligence fueled by pervasive technologies.”

^^^ As long as they continue to spout bullshit like this, which can be identified at a 1000 yards by any sensible budget-holding IT manager, they are fucked.

I work for a large water company with massive OT/IT infrastructure, as you would expect. IBM (the company, not the techs that we deal with day-to-day) are a laughing-stock here. We do business with them through gritted teeth.

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

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Re: So...

Yeah, but they're Google, so fuck that! :-)

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Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo...

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Re: Yes, and...

It's worse than that, Jim... Much worse...

The youngsters have got bored of OPC-UA. I mean, why do something in a few bytes (MODBUS, DNP3, PROFIBUS/NET) when you can do it with a few hundred (OPC)?

No, we've moved on from that... Now it's XML/SOAP, and... the latest one on the block... JSON.

I'm getting old.

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: The Thing...

Well, *that's* got me intrigued. Maybe I'll take the misses for a weekend aht in the smoke...!

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The Thing...

We watched 1982's The Thing just the other night on telly and it STILL creeped me and 'er indoors out.

Incredible.

The other thing (ha!) that impressed me was the quality of the film, considering when it was filmed. The picture quality was excellent. I'm guessing it has been up-scaled and re-mastered?

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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Re: Oh the misleading...

Indeed. The text of this article is a massive distortion of what he actually said.

In fact, I'm just going to ahead and call The Register a bunch of fucking liars on this one.

This article is un-true, potentially libellous/defamatory, and should be removed.

It's a fucking lie.

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Re: Funny how...

"Funny how... one of the shittiest, privacy violating, evil companies in the world has so many staff running around SJWing."

Have an up-vote!

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Re: I am confused

Yes. It's a bollocks article. Hang your head, Register.

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Re: I am confused

Down-voted due to all the SHOUTY caps.

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Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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We'll (hopefully) see various popular libraries and systems be re-visited and their code-bases improved WRT performance.

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Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

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It was just a temporary outage...

...the cleaner un-plugged the Pentium II under the stairs in order to hoover the office.

It's plugged in again now. As you were.

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Taste

As an Englishman living in Scotland for the last 13 or so years, I've never really gotten used to the taste. Imagine the taste of sweaty socks mixed with burning tyres...

That's Irn Bru.

I actually think it tastes better when it's flat, rather than fizzy. It's smoother. But I think the same about cola, so it's probably just me.

My six-year old daughter bloody loves the stuff, though.

Given that she's such a fan, I'm quite happy to hear of the sugar reduction; maybe we won't need to be so stingy in rationing it!

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Re: Casual offence by referring to Scots as Jocks, typical English based bigotry

The Scottish are not a different race. Living on the other side of an imaginary line drawn on a map by some self-appointed "king" a thousand years or more ago does not make them a different race.

Then again... there is the red hair thing!

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Re: Eh?

Yes, I was eluding to the fact that these days nearly all of us have an always on connection, the complexities of connection being handled transparently for us by our routers.

However, your point about running slack *as* the router is an excellent point that I hadn't considered.

My bad.

Beer, and up-vote on me!

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Re: Eh?

Well, if that's what they are doing, then how about using the web site to, you know, actually PUBLICISE that fact.

Instead of gems like this, on http://www.slackware.com/config/ppp.php

"PPP

Most people connect to the Internet through some kind of dialup connection. The common one is PPP, though SLIP is still occasionally used. Setting up your system to speak PPP to a remote server is pretty easy. We've included a few tools to help you in setting it up."

Most people connect to the internet through a dial up connection, do they? I dunno about you, but I retired my 33k Trust Pilot modem in 1999. Does your machine even have a serial port?

Get the fuck outta here!

It may be a good distro - everyone says it is so I've no reason to think otherwise, but their website is *seriously* shit, and it's letting them down. Visitors to the site will be left thinking it's some dusty old abandoned, un-loved distro, and that's a shame.

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Re: Eh?

Have you been to the slackware website? It's 1991 in there.

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Mint here, too.

64 bit on Lenovo laptop, and two aging 32-bit netbooks (remember those?) from around 2009. All running Mint. All "just work".

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IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

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Hey IBM

Go fuck yourselves.

Thanks.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Still on sale?

I presume that with Intel being a "responsible company that is committed to customers blah fucking blah" that they have withdrawn all affected silicon from sale until the problems are corrected and new silicon is launched?

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Can I return my laptop?

And for that matter, my 8 racks of Intel-based servers in the server room?

Seriously, that was my first thought.

If this were a car, and, under certain circumstances the brakes were applied without instruction from the driver, there would be a recall, and the problem would be fixed, with the manufacturer taking the financial hit.

Why is it different with computer hardware? Why does the world just shrug its shoulders and just go "Oh well"?

I've got a lovely Lenovo I3 laptop that runs Linux Mint beautifully, and I'm delighted with it. This has majorly pissed me off.

In the server room, we run racks of Wintel HP servers running mission-critical SCADA software, and it looks like we're suddenly going to get a lot less bang for our buck.

Why can't we return them the manufacturer, who in turn returns them to Intel?

It's a rhetorical question, I suppose. I mean, what would they be replaced with, since Intel has no iron that, you know, actually works *properly*.

But that's the point, isn't it. Why should we put up with this?

Mistakes happen, of course. But there's no reason why we should just "put up with it".

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Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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Well...

...if the fucking things were built in such a way that you could change the bloody battery... But no.

Which is one of the reasons that I don't own one.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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I'd happily use fingerprint authentication, but...

...the implications of Google, you know the company that bought Boston Dynamics that is literally building autonomous man-hunting dog-shaped robots having my fingerprints is just too terrifying to contemplate.

No ta.

Cool tech, though. I don't have a problem with the clever folks that have designed the technology, it's the likes of the evil c***s at Google that I have a problem with. They cannot be trusted.

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Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?

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Phone shops? I've heard of them.

I bought my Moto 5GS or whatever it's called from John Lewis, unlocked. Since I have Sky TV I get my mobile access, including internet, for £7.50 a month. 1GB internet a month (un-used data is put in a piggy bank - I have 3GB in my bank) and unlimited called and texts. Not that I bother.

Done.

'er indoors is paying £37.00 a month on EE for what amounts to the same thing. She has more internet allowance, but doesn't it anyway.

Come contract renewal they are fucking binned.

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'Drunk' developers delay software vendor's release

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DVDs?????????????

Are DVDs still a thing?

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Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

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Massive round of drinks for the NASA guys

Top job guys n gals.

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Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

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Re: Websites designed by AI?

I'm getting sick of the AI moniker being attached to everything, to be honest.

Your code editor offering auto-complete or recommending how to craft a particular line of code is not AI.

Just fuck off with your AI bollocks. Seriously.

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Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights

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Italy

Uber has just been banned nationwide in Italy, too.

Good.

Wouldn't want to be an Uber investor, right now.

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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Yeah but...

<sarc>

Did you read in the Daily Mail, X Factor had the lowest ever viewing figures for a final, and Paul Daniels' misses apparently had a mega-tantrum in Strictly Come Dancing. Not only that: there's some pretty hot totty strutting about in I'm a Celebrity. Who has the time for all this caring about "security" shit, eh? I mean, I'm not a terrorist, so what's the problem?

</sarc>

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Physical switches

First smartphone manufacturer to provide PHYSICAL switches that allow me to switch my wifi and gps on/off gets my money.

It's as simple as that.

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Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two UK.gov contracts

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"The DWP decided to in-source," one insider told us.

Good look finding contractors to work at the DWP!

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No venture capital please, we're British: Why a pair of storage startups went it alone

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Beers to both of them.

Congratulations. Both companies got their heads down and getting on with it, instead of blowing millions of other people's money before exiting stage left (you know... the way you're expected to do it in America).

Beers to both of them.

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