* Posts by aqk

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

aqk
Headmaster

Re: I dont care if you do or ...is it your horse?

Why yes. It is! But who is on it? I cannot quite see...

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Paris Hilton

Is there any particular reason for your incredulity?

yes.

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OnePlus privacy shock: So, the cool Chinese smartphones slurp an alarming amount of data

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IT Angle

ODM? Not a domain?

You are mistaken, sir.

The TLD "odm" refers to the Overseas Department of Mediocrity. They actually host many of my websites.

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Big Brother

I'm not worried! I live in CANADA!

And I have a trustworthy Huawei phone! They would never do this!

Why, just read the following reassuring article from a few years ago!

CBC now alerts you to the following GRAVE CANADIAN CONCERNS!

But I AM wondering where I can quickly sell my small supply of Plutonium and my bump-stocked AK-47...

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It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

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Windows

Poor ol' Bill?

(Sorry, I suppose this reply shd have pointed to the OP)

I have to inform you that Ol' Bill has been out of Microsoft for several years, and (probably) only shows up for board meetings. He and Warren Buffett are too busy trying to eradicate Malaria than to be much concerned with MS.

Good news! Even Steve Ballmer is not around much any more. And the office furniture is now in much better shape.

Your news of the world seems dated. I bet you're even using XP, right? Or did you finally upgrade to Windows-7?

I would say that Bill, and Warren are well on their way to a Nobel Prize. Heck, if Bobby (only women bleed) Dylin' can win one, almost anyone can.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Boffin

Stop being pedantic!

And stop being so defeatist!

If the windmills are inefficient, well, just turn them around - facing backward! (or is it forward?)

Periodically, the plane could do a steep dive, and thus use air-breaking to recharge its batteries. The same way electric cars do going down hills.

Sooner or later we'll solve this perpetual energy problem! Only a matter of time.

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Pirate

Use a shitload of AA or possibly C batteries

I say power these things with simple AA batteries- thousands of them.

As each set of batteries go dead, you jettison (no pun intended) them, and the plane thus becomes lighter and more efficient!

Insecure passengers could bring thir own pile of batteries in their carry-on and receive a badly needed discount on this ripoff-charge.

If you wanna use rechargeable ones, pay people on the ground- kids or homeless people - a nickel for each AA turned in. They can combine it with their empty beer-can pickup.

And it will get these unhealthy city people out in the countryside! It's WIN-WIN!

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Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

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Pint

Re: Could have been worse. $B?

If this silly overpayment had happened to me, I would have put the excess in my bitcoin wallet for safekeeping.

Then when they asked for it back, I would have sent them the same $ amount out of my $B wallet.

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Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

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Facepalm

Re: Great News twitter also?

Sorry, but twitter can't transmit packets more than 140 bytes.

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Windows

Forgotten Kilo? Perfectly understandable.

Well, it only takes 640 of them. That's ALL you'll ever really need.

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Big Brother

Ah the good ol' days before wiring closets!

And all those mainframe 3270 and peripheral cables under raised floors.

Just grab yours, and pull as hard as you can. Sooner or later it will be freed up.

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Alert

Re: A towed Plough. A dragged anchor.

Pretty much the same thing, if you're one of those little coral creatures.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Windows

Goodness! So many Win-10 users here!

Or are you all using Edge on your trusty Win-7 system? Or perhaps XP?

I know! You've ported Edge to Linux, right?

Just 2 or 3 years ago, I remarked in various threads here that Win-10 was a great OS, and would only get better, WOW! I got a whole shitload (Hundreds?) of down-votes from all the users that said they would ABSOLUTELY NEVER use it!

"You'll have to PRY XP out of my cold dead hands!"

"Win-10 SUX! In two years time, we will have all upgraded to LINUX!"

Am I in some sort of alternate universe here?

- OK, before you leave this message, don't forget to click the Downvote button at the bottom.

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Happy

Re: Accessible? Viable? No.

Have you told your boss yet about your "go-it alone" decision?

Oh wait! I forgot- you're self-employed.

But have you told the wife yet?

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Big Brother

Goodness! You still use Google?

"Every time you visit Google with Edge, you see an ad for Chrome."..

One of the reasons I no longer google.

I usually search with Duckduckgo, and yes, sometimes even Bing! I hear it's a favourite of TheReg users! ;-)

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Big Brother

Re: Nobody gets fired for buying IBM..

You're right on that one.

So many times I would recommend a non-IBM piece of software or hardware, whereupon IBM-blue suits would walk in, not even look at me, and take the head of a dept or a VP out to lunch, or (better) on a junket to Las Vegas.

And strangely a few days/weeks later, we went with the inferior IBM product.

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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

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Linux

Will it work on a Raspberry?

I'm too lazy to look up the specs, but will my Raspberry Pi and its Rasbian support one of these drives?

It's time I upgraded the 32 GB file & web server on it. And needless to say, it also contains my bitcoin and ether wallets!

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Paris Hilton

Re: 400 Gb on 4000 Winchesters.

If you were thinking of the IBM 3330, they held about 100 MB each and weighed about 10 lb .

As I recall, unlike those fancy new SUVs where one kicks under the tailgate to open it, you had to actually MANUALLY open the disk drive cover when replacing the diskdrive.

So about 4000 of these big cakeboxes could probably replace one of these micro-SD.

Understandably, direct-access would be somewhat slow, depending on how motivated the computer operator was. From my experience, the female access mechanism was generally faster, unless her nail polish was drying.

On the other hand, the older 2311 and 2314 held 7MB and ~30 MB respectively, Sadly, they were permanently nailed into their ersatz washing machine. So unlike the 3330, there was no "low-speed" direct addressing, except on the same drive.

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Facepalm

Re: Youre right of free speach

Certainly Trumps my right of free peach. Or is it spinach?

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Paris Hilton

Poor Bob Parsons!

Do ya think cancelling the daily stormper contract will cut into Bob's love of shooting elephants and big boob websites promoting them 427" American macho circular car racing?

Gee.. probably not.

Well.. even if so, fellow billionaire Robert Mugabe will pick up the slack. Hey- what's another $45 / year?

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Meh

Remember-your weapon was made by the lowest bidder

Unless it's an AK47....

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Coat

Re: It does .. not sexist but pre-COBOL..

You are possibly thinking of Adm. Grace Hopper, who with her staff of calculating ladies, programmed the ENIAC back in the '40s..

Pleased with this, she then went on to develop COBOL, and thus lost all credibility, the poor thing. So all they could do was make her an admiral. But sadly COBOL was out of the bag and managed to survive.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Angel

Re: It only gets worse. Travis?

What you need is Travis Bickle! He would clean things up! And free that poor abused Melonomia!

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Devil

In comprehension, simplicity is not just the only thing, it's EVERYTHING!

After all, the world is oh so much simpler to comprehend when there's a scary bogeyman on which to rally against and apportion blame.

Thank goodness we KNOW that this isn't the case with Hillary! She is indeed a servant of the anti-christ, and, with her husband, is amassing a great fortune through the the crooked Clinton Foundation that soon will be turned over to Satan; perhaps with a goodly portion going to Vladimir Putin.

Why is she still running free? LOCK HER UP, Donald! Before it's too late!

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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IT Angle

Re: "We knew the STFU risks"

Hey, my phone IS a brick! That Bakelite is as sturdy as hell! And the rotary dial works flawlessly.

But after some deliberation, MS told me that unfortunately I cannot run Win-10 on it.

Yet.

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Windows

OMG! Thank goodness I have a Grandpa Box!

Yes, I have one of those old big beige boxes that has seen a multitude of mainboards, processors (usually AMD) and more than one PS that has burned out.

No one would ever steal it- they'd sniff "Ha! This old geezer is still running Win 3.1!" as they went for my 48"TV set. Mind you, the big LED screens might be a giveaway...

But hey! I'm still current! Running Ubuntu 17.04 and Win-10 (fast) Build 16199, which both work great!

So... what's all this nonsense about telephones turning to jelly and frying?

You mean I can run Windows-10 on my rotary-dial phone now? Wow! This IoT thing has really got outa hand!

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Facepalm

Re: $300 in Bitcoin is a NOT $300 US$

Sorry, but 300 dollars is 300 dollars. Australian, Canadian or USA.

I have currently half a bitcoin. I think it's now worth about $400. I haven't checked lately

You probably mean 300 BITCOINS, = Ƀ300, not $300. There is no ASCII character for the bitcoin symbol yet. Nor likely will be!

Ƀ is a proposed symbol (see http://www.bitcoinsymbol.org/ )

But that's OK.. you're an amateur, right?

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aqk
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Time to move off Windows

Move off of Windows onto what? A typewriter? Or perhaps a quill pen?

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aqk
Big Brother

He sees it all the time....

Following is from a disgruntled friend about to retire: And thenhe's gonna provide Bitcoin services/knowledge to people who have never heard of bitcoin, but suddenly need it for some strange reason.. ;-)

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Executives, and in this case Doctors (remember XXXXXs), are the reason IT backs down and drops their pants and leaves the door ajar for hackers. I see it all the time here at work. Screaming executives demand their f’n new toy or phone gets 100% access on our network NOW before their big meeting (or just before you get fired), or even board members cry to IT directors, who then order guys like me to “open er up”. We have no real power in IT.

The Russians KGB types now type all documents on typewriters, and lock them up in real vaults. In security circles in the USSR, nothing is on a computer.

So when Putin screams in your face, you open the vault, not the network firewall or switch ACLs. Then you’re poisoned or shot.

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aqk

What it's only $300?

PAY IT!

Hell, that's only one hospital flunky administrator's supper money!

A few years ago, The U. of Alberta (I think) got hit for $Thousands in ransomware.

If you're gonna be foolish, you better learn how to manage Bitcoins! You're gonna need to!

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Fortran greybeards: Get your walking frames and shuffle over to NASA

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Big Brother

"MODERN" Fortran?

I'm retired. And have a lot of spare time.

Where can I find this "Modern" Fortran compiler and DL for free?

Heck, in the old days I used to translate Fortran's object code (IBM 360) into BAL to make it go faster.

Ahhh... the good ol' disassembly days! Apparently you go to jail for than now.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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WTF?

Re: Don't blame bearded young hipsters for the UI

Well, I'm neither bearded, young or a hipster (though I did play bongos briefly about 55 years ago, whilst smoking strange tobaccos)

And I run Win-10 In.Preview 16170 (the Redstone-3) on this desktop as well as the "standard" Win-10 on a laptop.

As well as Android x86-64 on this machine - but only to run a couple of apps that are sadly available only on Android and iCrap.

However, posting this from Ubuntu Mate 16.10 just to kick its tyres. Ugh.

Think I'll switch this partition back to Gnome! Mate is for old ladies. Indeed I WOULD recommend it to some "older" person who was wondering what to replace their XP with. Highly recommended to you folks here!

But- I spend most of my time on this machine in Win-10. I DO NOT see what all the fuss is about with all you old fuddy-duddies. OK, The Win-10 UI is SLIGHTLY different from XP or Win-7. So? Learn to navigate.

You geezers obviously have difficulties with anything "new". Still running Netscape 4.7?

Confession: As an elderly (semi-indigent) retiree, I have lots of time to fool around with OSs.

Wake me up when Linux replaces Windows on everyones' desktops/laptops. But be advised -I may not wake up- I don't have many years left.

And let me know when the dislike on this post hits 100. It's been so long!

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

aqk

Token-Ring? Ugh! Sorry, Madge! IRMA is here

Se my comments elsewhere here about the shitty token ring.

I thing THIS -Token Ring - is when IBM began to fall apart, in spite of all their FUD about Ethernet..

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Alert

Re: Model M

Yep. Indeed, chappies! IBM made really good keyboards! And typewriters too!

I loved their sturdy 029 keypunch machines. The holes in those 80-column cards were crisp and clean! IBM sure made great stuff!

Their disks? Not so good as the competition. But when an IBM salesman took your boss on a 3 day junket, and you were then faced with maintaining your operating system(s) and data on a dozen or so shiny new 3340 disk-drives, well all I can offer is that it was a least some sort of guaranteed job security. But not necessarily for my boss.

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Facepalm

TOKEN RING! It's WAAAY better than Ethernet!

And faster too! Ethernet only has a 10 mbs speed, but token ring will soon offer 16 mbs!

And our routers are something to behold! Listen carefully- you may actually hear the clicks of their relays switches!

Yes I remember the dorky IBM salesman trying to sell us this crap 30 years ago...

We laughed at it, and stayed with our ethernet.

Then 5 years later we were outsourced, and I suddenly, beside our own ethernet system, I had to maintain a horrible token-ring network used by a major international company (much larger than ours) whose IT dept had also been outsourced... Oh, the humanity!....

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Holmes

Rudy, I need more security!

I just tried browsing www.giulianisecurity.com

and it gave me

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Your connection is not secure

The owner of giulianisecurity.com has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.

Learn more…

Report errors like this to help Mozilla identify and block malicious sites

giulianisecurity.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for the following names: *.securesites.com, securesites.com The certificate expired on Friday, December 2, 2016 15:24. The current time is Friday, January 13, 2017 10:06. Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN

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This surely must be the fault of my Firefox!

If not, should I report Rudy to Mozilla? Or to Trump?

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

aqk
Gimp

How about EBCDIC?

Will my new Windows phone be able to run all those old COBOL payroll programs I have?

Oh- I may need a COBOL compiler too. Be aware.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Linux

"I WANT WINDOWS-7!"

Perhaps the latest Linux? . Or more likely, some (linux-based) fruity feline Mac flavour on an old Motorola,.

I can't be bothered looking at all the whiny comments here,

But I wonder how many of the techno-weenies below are saying that they might buy it, but only if they can retrofit their wonderful Win-7 (or perhaps XP) on it instead of this horrrible Win-10.

"Windows-10?? OVER MY DEAD BODY!"

Enjoy your win-7 (or perhaps Linux), guys! And don't get too many sticky little fingerprints on that big touch-screen! Unless of course, mum will wipe it clean for you every morning, and not ask any questions..

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Paris Hilton

Now the thread is degenerating.

58008618

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aqk
Facepalm

Re: @ DJO

Ahh.. are you coming it to PORT or leaving it?

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IT Angle

Re: Easily fixed...port? uh.. oh yeah- left

It doesn't work like that.

I can easily figure out which is port or starboard etc, after a couple seconds through the use of conscious thought, but NOT when I'm driving a car at high speed and someone shouts "Turn LEFT NOW!"

I'd prefer they simultaneously point with their finger.

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Windows

Re: Easily fixed...The "Right" Key not often used.

I have that problem all the time.

I have to emphasize "click the RIGHT button, not the left" usually used to bring up a context menu in Windows.

They'll often pause and ask "the right one?" as though they had just discovered it.

Of course, normally when you say "click the button", you imply the left one by default.

Luckily, the more advanced Macintosh users have no such problem! (ducks!)

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Facepalm

"No, Mr. Scott! You talk into the mouse!"

This actually happened to me about 15 years ago.

My Pointy- Haired Boss (an elderly lady) asked me to replace an employee's dumb ASCII terminal with a shiny new PC and of course, a mouse.

Note that a fellow employee, sitting not more than 4 feet away from the dumb terminal user, had been using her PC AND MOUSE for at least 18 months.

Thus the TWO employees, side by would now have identical equipment. Got it?

Once the new PC was set up, the PHB decided to show the ex-ASCII lady how to log in and use her PC.

When she first picked up the mouse, the ex-ASCII lady waved it at the screen, and disdainfully muttered "So how does thing work anyhow?".

Remember now: her "cow-orker" sitting RIGHT NEXT TO HER had been using an identical PC and mouse for 18+ months!

So I (the only male in the group), - stupidly thinking she had seen the StarTrek movie and was joking, - laughed and replied "No, no, Scotty- you're supposed to talk into it!"

So she held it up to her mouth and seeming puzzled, asked "So what do I say?"

My PHB gave me (now horrified) a nasty look and hissed to me "I'LL handle this! Now go back to your office!"

Anyhow after another 18 months, I found premature retirement - without a golden handshake - and the company went bankrupt. I believe the CEO retired to the Florida Keys...

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

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Holmes

Re: Welcome to a foldable disk market!

That story about the dumb secretary folding the floppy is an old one. I heard it ~30 years ago.

So it was YOUR SECRETARY! I finally meet the legendary apocryphal IT man! But did your secretary ever try faxing the floppy disk to a customer? She must have! Unless that was another dumb blonde that I once knew back then... I believe she is in an old folks' home now, with most of these stories.

Anyhow the 3½" disks are indeed floppies, once you take them out of their stiff cartridges, as I have done many a time, if only to physically destroy them.

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What's long, hard and full of seamen? The USS Harvey Milk

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Paris Hilton

Coming soon! The USS Trent!

Actually, the USS Trent Reznor - replete with Nine-inch Nailguns!

Used mostly for flooring, but able to shoot seamen a very great distance!

What next? The USS http://factoids.ca/liberace ?? - Oh, wait! He was in the Marines!

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

aqk
Alien

Re: Ugly, beautyful or purposeful.@James Hughes 1

You mean the Spruce Goose? Built by the guy that also designed Jane Russell's bra? This impressed him so much, he refused to cut his fingernails anymore!

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

aqk
Linux

Re: NOW 2016! from win8 to ubuntu gnome this weekend

It is now 18 months later.

So... did you switch? How was the experience? Please keep us informed!

Oh wait...! You're another anonymous coward. Sorry.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Angel

Re: Updates off - Rock on

Fine. Let's discuss in 2 or 3 years.

Will you still be running Win7? Or will you, like all the boastful lads here, have migrated to some flavour of Linux?

I bet that 5 or 6 years ago you swore you'd never, NEVER upgrade from XP (Or was it Win2000?) to this horrible new Win-7.

Com'n now. Tell the truth!

I have records of all the laddies here that swore they WOULD NEVER upgrade to Win-7. Wanna see them?

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Linux

Re: A final throw of the Minty dice before

Great! I personally use Ubuntu myself.

As well as Win-10 (both standard and the "fast" insider preview).

But at the present, I would NEVER install Linux - either Ubuntu or Mint on my Aunt Lucy's PC. Her old desktop could just not take the excitement of those interminable problem fixes via a list of arcane and lengthy commands.

YOU love Linux and so do your 3 or 4 geeky friends. And so do I.

But about your mom and pop? Or your uncle Ebenezer?

Do you plan to upgrade their XP (or is it finally Win7?) with your all-powerful sweetheart version of Linux?

Ah, as a retired techie, how I miss those 3AM phone calls!

Now, you too can expect them too!

Good luck.

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Paris Hilton

Re: A final throw of the M$ dice before?

Wow! M$ ! I haven't seen this cute little acronym since about 1994, when our company got rid of the last of our Macintosh weenies!

Golly, Dude - do you still refer to Bill Gates as the Antichrist? I bet you even have a ponytail!

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