* Posts by David 132

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Spelt?

onefang I just looked in my pantry, spelt - pasta.

No, spelt - P-A-N-T-R-Y, I think you'll find.

You're welcome.

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Aaiieeee The fact they screwed up and then tried to blame someone else is just pathetic personal ethics.

I think you mean “...is modern politics.”

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Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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gregthecanuck Rumour has it that Disney may take a partial stake in Tesla. They have a great need for autonomouse vehicles.

“Hello, AA? I need a tow. My autonomous car has Frozen. I tried pulling the fusebox but it’s all Tangled...”

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: and the moral of the story is....

Blackpool.

It’s the Vegas of the North, or so I keep hearing.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Re: "Do not want" is not strong enough.

You can always tell when a software feature is for the benefit of the vendor, not the user - it will be difficult-to-impossible to remove/disable it.

Bixby’s a prime example, but also: apple pay, cortana, apple Music, the windows Store, animated emoji crap on just about every modern platform, iOS/Windows updates... I’m sure you can think of others.

Yes, I’m aware that some of those can in theory be disabled, but they have a habit of popping back every so often (after every update in the case of Windows 10, and about every 10th time I try to play a local MP3 file in the case of Apple Music).

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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@Gene Cash Nurse Ratchet won't hear of that foolishness.

Just to be pedantic - the name of the nurse in the original movie was Ratched. "Ratchet" - and how could it be anything else? - was the name of the robot nurse in Futurama.

Unless German nursing homes are more high-tech than assumed, I am technically correct (the best kind of correct).

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@Rich 11 If you think I'm going to downvote that then you've got another thing coming.

And as usual on these comments, the British steel the show...

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Re: I think I'll..

Can you use Wagner as a Ring tone?

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

So many grammar errors. I'm loosing patience.

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Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't

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Re: A "phoencall"?

I didn't think I had either, but it rings a bell.

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Sen. Ron Wyden: Adobe Flash is doomed, why is Uncle Sam still using it?

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or casseroling their gran.

Mind you, there’s a few nice South Africans these days.

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Core blimey! Apple macOS update lifts boot from MacBook Pro neck

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Re: Poor quality control

Haven’t you heard? The notation A.J. / “After Jobs” is considered culturally divisive. We’re all supposed to use C.E now... “Cook Era”

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Re: Tools vs Toys

Let me guess... you drive a Ferd Fteenthousand?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8P5vGcf-NU

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Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

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Re: Why is this even a question?

Oh dear. Well, I suppose you have to learn sometime. Come, sit down.

See... the world isn't fair, or logical, or consistent. Some people are greedy - for money, or power, or control. Some are idiots in thrall to the greedy ones.

Next week, when you've recovered from this, I'll let you in on the shocking truth about the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas, and the Honest Salesman.

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Call records breach let users feel like Movistars (with everyone watching who they're talking to)

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Re: IT's a Novel Virtualised Utility for AI Application in Future Productions

Sssh. The grown-ups are talking.

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Re: New version of Cluedo

Now I have a vision of Tim Curry as the BOFH. Or maybe Madeline Kahn.

Cracking film, by the way. Watch it if you haven't already. You're in for a treat.

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Re: You wait...

Meanwhile, I have a thing in my dressing-gown pocket which my aunt gave me that I don't know what it is.

Oh, sorry, wrong adventure.

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A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades

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Re: A little bit harsh but nevertheless there is a certain validity in the opinion

"Money can't buy you happiness... but it allows you to be miserable in comfort"

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Nicely done.

Did the spell-checker on Word have conniptions, putting red squiggles under every single word, or did it just give up in despair?

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Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers

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Re: The GitHub repo includes a zipped executable of UI Recorder

For people who can’t be bothered building it themselves from the source.

It’s a risk worth taking when dealing with a reputable developer who consistently produces good code.

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Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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Re: Nige is spitting feathers

Thank you for that reasoned, mature and well-argued contribution.

On behalf of all of us who voted to leave: kindly fuck off and take your ad-hominem petulance with you while the grown-ups get on with trying to extricate the country from the bureaucratic, corrupt, arrogant and anti-democratic mess that is the EU.

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Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

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I thought this thread would attract a better caliper of comment...

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Re: "Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking"

Yeah, I just think a car with brakes is retarded.

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Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

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Re: Annabelle the Sheep

If you want a sheep with personality, it has to be Flossie - just ask Lord Melchett.

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Re: Rejoice, rejoice!

@AC - don't be mean to "JJ Carter", who is after all just another AI experiment from Microsoft:

IF ($article-text.contains("Microsoft"))

{

post_reply ("thank you for this two-minutes hate")

/* TODO: can't get this next line to work properly, right now it segfaults every time */

/* post_reply ($well-reasoned-argument-carefully-and-eloquently-rebutting-the-article) */

}

Apparently, we're supposed to see Microsoft as the Emmanuel Goldstein de nos jours.

JJC is less annoying than Cortana, but only just.

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How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

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Upvoted, although "engaging with PDF as a file format in a disturbingly intimate manner" raises all sorts of very uncomfortable questions. Are French letters involved?

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Re: Routers, Routers, Routers

Justin Case >>I recall stories of proposals in the early days of mobile for just that since they had a huge wired commas network for trackside

Imagine if someone hacked that. What an apostrophe!

That would certainly give a period of chaos and would be a dire critical situation.

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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Re: you mean just like windows 10

@Boothy (Would have been nicer if MS gave the option to use a separate drive for the Windows.old backup).

Wandering off the topic of this thread, and really just thinking aloud... I wonder if you could manually create a C:\Windows.old folder and mount another (empty) NTFS partition into it - thereby tricking Windows Update? i.e. instead of assigning a drive letter to drive D:, just mount it into c:\windows.old?

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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ROMANES EUNT DOMUS

(Pedantic grammar nazi icon for obvious reasons)

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I object to all this sex on the TV.

...I keep falling off.

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Re: Don't forget the other two holy words

Semprini?

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AI crisis: Sony reports shortage of cute robot puppies!

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Re: I assume the seal is not for all markets

Too expensive for Canadians. Still, if they club together...

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High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

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Re: Only 4?

How much more black could it be?

None. None more black.

...So we've added blue LEDs instead.

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North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins

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Re: Just a coincidence

Is it just me, or does "Milankovich 41K" sound like a really crappy Soviet-bloc 8bit computer?

Never mind. As you were.

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

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Re: "Keep clicking, Windows-lovers! It's bound to come along soon."

AC ”Not only have MS already dog fooded it internally...”

AC, you may or may not be a Microsoft shill, but I’m happy to see that we’re in agreement.

Well, except that I think the other end of the dog is involved.

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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Re: No issues here

For what it's worth, no issues here either - happily running 10.13.4 on a mid-2011 iMac (6 years old! Still perfectly useable! can't get my head around that...) and an Intel NUC5i5MYHE Hackintosh. No, I'm not disputing that some people out there are having problems, but let's be clear that it's not affecting everyone.

Re the warning-about-deprecated-32bit-apps thing... amusingly, System Report->Applications reports that half the non-compliant applications on my machines are from Apple themselves. And I don't mean in the sense of ancient-versions-of-Keynote-or-iTunes... it's kernel tasks & background daemons that are still 32-bit.

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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

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Don't mention Javascript.

...I almost mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: Looks like the bunch of imbeciles a.k.a Windows Insiders are at it again!

"Service" in the livestock-breeding sense, one assumes.

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Tried checking under the sofa? Indian BTC exchange Coinsecure finds itself $3.5m lighter

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Oh, bravo, sir/madam. That made me chuckle.

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Re: Who's been using one of those funny CPUs?

@diodesign

Yes, I see something very wrong, but I'm not going to send an email because, instead, public chastisement is called for. By your own admission you're in the pub, yet you're still responding to commentards. It is an insult to good beer to neglect it while you fiddle with your phone/laptop. If my wife were there she'd smack your hands and confiscate your phone. Now get on with that pint.

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Using Outlook? You should probably do some patching

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Dan 55 Haven't they changed that message to "Hey there! We're not responding right now, but we'll be responding again right back at ya real soon now!" in the later versions?

Great, just what we need, mail client applications with Genuine People Personalities™...

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B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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Re: Not quite correct.

Michael Habel Stick it up your Nose!

And then... “Go Stick Your Head In A Pig”

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Not quite correct.

'... in which a race called the "Golgafrinchams" needed to move to another planet. They put their smart and productive people onto two space arks. A third ark, the "B-Ark" was home to " telephone sanitisers,...'

Simon, you hoopy frood, you...

I think it was pretty well implied in the book (and radio show/TV show/souvenir tea-towel, what a shame they never made a movie SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP) that there never were other arks, and it was just a cunning ploy by the Golgafrinchans to get rid of part of their population. As I recall, the Golgafrinchans subsequently perished from an infectious disease spread via dirty telephone handsets.

But that's not important. The really important question is: what colour should this invention "The Wheel" be?

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GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

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Re: From the department of bleeding obvious

AC "...Question No 2: Is any of these who temporarily qualifies as an enemy of my enemy really our friend."

Grr, I hate hearing this expression. The enemy of my enemy is my ally, at most, and even then only temporarily.

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Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley

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I'm surprised it's that popular we stopped being a pagan country hundreds of years ago.

Yeah, and they didn’t even provide a migration wizard.

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Symantec cert holdout sites told: Those Google Chrome warnings are not a good look

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Re: That Chrome error message is dangerously misleading.

@Christoph Possibly it's the generic warning they show for all non-valid certificates

I'm sure you're right - that's almost certainly what it is. But my point is that it's misleading. There's a world of difference between "this cert is not valid" and "this cert was considered valid until a week ago, but we no longer trust the issuer because they've been kind of a dick"!

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That Chrome error message is dangerously misleading.

The error message shown in the article - “Attackers might be trying to steal your information” is not just wrong, it’s dangerously misleading and I think Google should be ashamed.

A more honest error message would be “This site is being vouched for by someone who’s no longer trustworthy”, or some riff on that theme.

Equating “we no longer trust this cert” with “this cert is a forgery and this site is up to no good” is going to backfire. Users will phone the RAC/Natwest etc, be told “yeah, don’t worry, it’s just Chrome, there’s nothing unsafe about our site” and...next time they see a (genuine) phishing alert, will pooh-pooh it.

Yes, I understand that users don’t read error messages/warnings, and that those messages must be kept simple. But that can be harmful.

Am I the only one who has this concern?

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Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

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Re: APL

I was about to suggest Perl or Brainfuck... on the basis that they're equally incomprehensible to English speakers. Or maybe what we need is an Esperanto of programming languages, that takes all the "best" bits from other languages (programming and spoken)...

10 VOID MAIN()

20 PRINTF($CMD[1]);

30 ALLEZ AU LIGNE 10

...and so on...

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FBI raids home of spy sat techie over leak of secret comms source code on Facebook

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Re: Iran issues

Iran is "so far away", according to A Flock of Seagulls...

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BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

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Wait, what?

"...in several cases, returns are now exceeding sales, a phenomenon we have never seen before..."

"Sir! We've had over 50,000 returns."

"..So?"

"Well, uh, we only sold 30,000 in the first place. And, um, we only made 40,000..."

(cue Twilight Zone music)

Yeah yeah, I know, the quote refers to rate of returns vs. sales, not cumulative quantities, but it was an amusing mental image.

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