* Posts by Alien Doctor 1.1

235 posts • joined 16 Feb 2010


The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass

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Re: God!!!!

Same here old chap, have a double diamond on me! (At least the beers are better now)

Larry's steely grip on Oracle led to 'conflicts of interest' in NetSuite buy-out, court told

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Re: Shock and horror!

With the Bristol Slapstick Festival on I wouldn't mind watching Larry "Larry" Ellison, Steve "Curly" Ballmer and John "Moe" McAffee bash the hell out of each other on stage.

Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll

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This will go off-topic, sorry...

I am getting so fed up with many sections of the populace that complain about non-inclusivity; this does not apply to access for the disabled or anything similar, it is about those complaining or wishing to force things being included in surveys or the "fact" that some companies are shoved into positions where they have to do/say/acknowledge* all.

I, myself, am disabled yet I don't worry about access issues or, being a vegetarian (that is not my disablilty) nothing of interest on menus et.c. What really annoys me and grinds my gears (thanks Homer) is being told to do something which is completely contrary to logic - why should I have to have a certain number of females on my board, why should I need to employ BAME?

I want to employ people based on merit and their skillsets, if that means all my staff are black single-mothers in wheelchairs then that is fine by me - I will NEVER accept being forced to employ anyone by the gubbermint just so they can hit their own targets.

The above all boils down to - if Oracle is missed off the survey who gives a flying? It is an SO survey and they can do whatever the hell they want.

End of rant and I am prepared for the flack.


Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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I am really...

going to miss the common sense rulings the EU have provided in many areas of life and business; I hate to think what protections we are going to lose in human rights, consumer rights and environmental issues in a couple of years - I don't trust any of our politicians to give a damn about non-law makers.

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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I am surprised...

that no-one has mentioned the irony of him being investigated and outed by someone called Purer.

Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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personal system

I am running a pi array of 6 boxes between my vm tivo box and the telly training it to recognise ad breaks on a single itv channel atm. The sw I have written warns me when it thinks a commercial break is starting so I can either switch to a news channel or mute the sound on my telly.

I am ages away from even posting the neural or claiming any success, but my ultimate aim is to create something that will switch to a second channel or mute ads once the ad break is recognised. At present , given the various volume changes, on-screen notifiers and other indicators we are succesful around 1.3 to 1.5 percent of ad breaks.

I am hopeful of major identification improvements and, with the right hw engineers, of developing a system that will mute the tv automatically.

Yes, probably vapourware, but it is a project I am conducting at home, in my own time with my own needs and agenda and with no plan to release unless I can get that recognition way higher.

Free smart fridges! App stores in fountains! Plus more from Canonical man

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Re: What use is a smart fridge?

Which malt did you use Tom?

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Re: What use is a smart fridge?

My local tesco keeps bottled ales (hobgoblin, doom bar, old pec etc) in a fridge at the same temperature as lager and cider - bloody sacrilege.

I asked them why and said head office told them, only following orders mein herr.


I know the hobgoblin is only £1.39 a bottle, but having to wait for the mrs to sit on a couple of bottles to warm them is a waste of valuable quaffing time.

CHEERS! Office 2013 now on Wine 2.0

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I wonder if my massive collection of old games, useless in my new win10 box, can now run under linux with wine2?

All the games ran either in xp or (for the older ones) they booted directly from their own cd based os's.

I just wish I could sue m$ for the money I spent on games that still mean something to me, without having to buy them again on dl sources like gog; every game is still pristine, but used, and fully boxed.


Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

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I have some...

old bows, sights and arrows if they want, I'll charge the same per item as a "special" spanner

Valley techies to protest outside Palantir – Trump adviser's creepy citizen database biz

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Re: But Trump said...

I wish I could do something to help that poor woman in Scotland that has stood up to "my little trump" for the last 7 years or so. According to online sources she has been denigrated by one of his businesses and had her water supply cut off by them be ause it crosses their land.

The bloke is an odious, evil and disgusting slob; he deserves no respect.

Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Death by wheelbarrow


or did you mean DEATH standing in the wheelbarrow aisle at B&Q?

EU wants power to fine behavioural data bad boys and the ad men aren't happy

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When I first went online...

there was no advertising, no porn and no fake news. I had access to information I needed and connected with people that really did share good ideas and saw what a boon the connected world could be. Now I hardly spend any time online, visit only a few sites and fear for the future of what was an amazing idea.

The whole connected world has taken a fearful turn for the worse (iot, so much malware and crime, bullshit from politicians, twitterers that seem to think the world revolves around them et.c et.c)

Perhaps the net has dumbed us so much that as a species we are already accelerating down the path to extinction.

Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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only after an ignoble.

Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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if one of these...

bastards got in my way at the rugby while delivering to some lazy wanker or sliced someones head off in front of me I would be slightly miffed and demand a full ticket refund.

WTF is happening to the people on this planet, have we suddenly all become stupid overnight?

Groupon frauds blamed on third-party password breaches

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This reminds me...

of all those american cases where massive sums are paid out, but there is no admission of guilt; so bloody annoying that others are blamed, damn pr shitheads.

When I was younger and got fucked I'd brag about it (most times anyway, I made some dreadful mistakes.)

Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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"At that point, the customer is free to use another product."

Am I the only one to find that statement odd and arrogant?

UK cops spot webcam 'sextortion' plots: How vics can hit stop

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I have no social media accounts, use disposable email for competitions and shopping, specific mail addys for fora and any email in my non-ISP based account is either from friends and family or ignored and promptly deleted without opening.

That may be OTT or a long-winded way of doing things but my kit has remained free of nasties for a decade and a half.

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: Tell you what then,

You're allergic to peanuts? Don't worry there's only a trace amount...oh shit, call the coroner

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

I once worked in the actuarial support dept. of a pensions/investment company in Bristol. Employed to provide detailed resonses to clients about their investments and to code stand-alone fortran progs to model new products I eventually became the departments own IT support - first line support, netware server management, daily DAT back-ups etc (the company had a major IT dept. using a mix of Burroughs, Sperry and Unisys mainframes with pc's on user desks)

The incompetence of degree and doctorate actuaries and accountants when it came to IT was incredible; I had to demonstrate how to use a mouse to one guy and finally moved into full-time support functionality when I spent 90% of my time helping my poor dumb colleagues and 10% trying to show clients why their investments were/were not performing as sold.

US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: How can any decent voter

Well said, sir.

Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: Governmental emails had already been provided

No offence intended to any people of faith; great offence intended to those who claim to be Christian with no idea of what it should mean (footballers crossing themselves and pointing skywards, politicians trying to get votes from the religious, americans that seem to think Christianity is based in old testament revenge teaching rather than, hmmm, what Christ said...)

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Re: Governmental emails had already been provided

Bob, you just lost all credibility citing hannity as a source of anything truthful, he makes the bible look believable.

'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million

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+1 for the Jean-Paul Belmondo reference (i still love watching the french language version of "That Man From Rio", great spoof spy/thriller.)

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With a name like that...

Surely it's Cardouche not Cartouche?

Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

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At a beer festival...

in Bristol a couple of decades ago we used our free bud vouchers to try and cleanse the palette between real beers - god, what a mistake, I've never been so ill in my life.

Brace yourself, Samsung: Activist investor Elliot's in an arm-twisting mood

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Forgive my ignorance...

of things financial, but how much clout can an investor have when they hold 0.62% of stock, that's like saying the british national party could argue for the number 10 job because they have half a dozen members?

US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

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Do the yanks get irony?

Probably not, they've never involved themselves in the affairs of any other country have they?

I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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If any bugger...

tried using an emp outside my house and fried my kit I would be slightly annoyed and then talking to my solicitor.

I could see an emp pulse in "the city" would cause chaos.

I know they aren't talking about neutron bombs are such like, but I fear the implications.

Pluto's emitting X-rays, and NASA doesn't quite know how

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Star Surgeon

It's obviously the location of Dr Conways new hospital - so many broken bones to scan, especially after his tryst with Nurse Murchison.

West country cops ponder appearance of 40 dead pigeons on A35

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Re: Don't forget...

Yep, agreed; what irks me the most is the smile on their faces when they flounce off to shit in the nearest or dearest shoe (Fat Freddie I blame you.)

And I am in Bristol, just about.

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Don't forget...

the Carpathian Lynx that roamed the Devon countryside for three weeks after escaping Dartmoor zoo; I guess like my cats (6) he hated most cat-food brands and preferred fresh meat.

For the 113th time...

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For the 113th time...

that you may have seen this question:

My baby passed into the great metal recycler in the sky recently (WinXP). The only one i could afford to replace it is a laptop from Asus with win10.

Can anyone suggest a comprehensive site that will teach me how to protect myself from ms snooping in win10 and get my old games working under this replacement for vista.

Many thanks if this is published, I cannot think of a better publication on which i could beg for help from my peers.

TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

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Re: If we're lowering ourselves to personal insults

Looks to me like the bastard offspring of Gordon Ramsey and Boris Johnson.


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Re: I'd eat some

If it's better than Quorn 'bacon' - either the frozen or chilled - then I will be first in the queue to try it.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Not the hottest...

and please forgive the daily fail link - i tried to find points west report instead:


Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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the matrix is born

Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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Looks more like...

Brandy Ledford from Andromeda in the article picture to me.

Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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I've just...

popped my response into a postbox: please keep the thread open for a while.

Twitter turns 8: Five tech kingpins whose first tweets are UNBELIEVABLE

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Where's the hope for us?

If poppy posts:

"Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis."

then I guess the rest of us are completely farked: surely he is the only one that has the direct line to God (via Prism ofc)

Winklevoss Twins' Bitcoin index provokes angry wails from rival

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There's one hope I have...

that the Wanklevosses sink in everything they do.

Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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You don't think Apple already have an highly paid team of shysters on retainers already?

There is no "in fairness to xxx" (whichever multi-billion company is in question at the time) - they subvert and pervert taxation laws, they overcharge, they (Apple) do not (unless forced to) comply with consumer protection legislation in whichever markets they operate, they are just not nice and too big.

I would love to see some of these companies broken up into totally independent businesses for their various "products".

Sorry, this was written after lunch (hic) - it probably makes no sense to anyone other than my shrink.

To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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Oh well...

if they view my guilds' comments in Neverwinter then I guess there will be 550+ arrests on the books.

We're a small (only 550+ members, not all active) guild but love taking the piss out of each other; the enessay can read into it what they will, but we're only playing a fucking game - although I'm sure some comments about taking down the big bastards with my new missiles (most of us are running with the new hunter/ranger archery class) could provoke them into a first strike against Lord Neverember. Fucking Orcs - or should that be Norcs or Narcs?).

Apple tackles iPhone lock-up cockup with iOS 7.0.2

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It shouldn't be too bad...

Aleister Crowley, Israel Regardie et al are long dead; any current form of the Golden Dawn are likely to be American imposters trying to run it like the money-making scheme called the Rosicrucians.

Comcast court docs show Prenda copyright trolls seeded smut then sued

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Re: shredders?

Probably the DVD covers with the warning them that sharing may cause an itchy infection.

Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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Re: Fat Freddy always gets burned!

@ someone talking about Fat Freddie - it was always the cat that got burned - one of the best cartoons was Fat Freddies cat falling several stories whilst saying "it's okay we always land on our feet" then the next panel shows the cat with concertined legs as he landed - classic - i laughed so much i dropped the bong, shoved my head in the bucket bong and swallowed all my stash in one go.

At least i could cope with it all those years ago - 30 years on and even passing a resinous pine tree gets me stoned.

Pacemaker hack legend Barnaby Jack dies just before Black Hat revelations

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I wouldn't be surprised...

if the "health" industry had him bumped off.

Optical archival system - where to buy from?

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I've got several 1994-era Zip drives if you want them ;)

Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

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It's got to be..


China rumored to rule impending Top500 supers list with 50-plus petaflopper

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will I be able to get a couple at PCWorld or Argos?


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