* Posts by MyffyW

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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CTRL-ALT-DEL the last few years please. Something has gone horribly wrong.

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Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at

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Re: The question is: do you trust?

Turns out I am actually a number, combined with a letter, as Google gently invited me to view underwear in my exact size.

Sleazy algorithms.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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Re: Obligatory "Office 365" Joke

Bravo @wolfetone - have a seasonally-adjusted upvote from me

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Re: Obligatory "Office 365" Joke

Well fair enough, though I do think anybody posting an O365 availability gag should declare the availability achieved on their own on-prem service for the last five years .... partly in the interest of balance, partly because I'll swear I'm some where on the spectrum and that sort of pointless attention to detail calms my restless mind.

Paris, because that's were you can't get your email this morning.

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Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

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Re: Ground Ice

Fray Bentos pie with Cadburys Smash potato.

Give me a small bottle of Unigate milk and I've been transported back to the 1970s.

Watch out, watch out, there's a Humphrey about

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Re: Ground Ice

Shurely the ice is a left over from a marathon Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster session at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Vogon-constructed hyperspatial express route?

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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Re: West Wales...

The drones thought they were landing in Cantref y Gwaelod...

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: £1,149

The opening paragraphs are perhaps the most relevant - there is not likely to be an audience of 20% of the smartphone market who fancy splurging a thousand quid on a phone.

I'll grant that Apple have a long history of innovation. Yesterday's announcement feels like them attaching the milking machine to the cash cow's udders.

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Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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Re: Good bye, Cassini

Dear Mr Musk, if you have a spare 100 million or so a mission to Saturn would put you in the big boys club of spacefaring AND return useful science.

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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

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Re: Enterprise Architecture

You're familiar with the Crayola Continuum, then? Strong is the force in this Architect...

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Crackas With Attitude troll gets five years in prison for harassment

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A "cracker" is a somewhat dry biscuit commonly eaten with cheese.

Not to be confused with a craker - a genetically engineered variant of homo sapiens from the Margaret Atwood novel Oryx and Crake.

Under His eye.

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Re: Tim Worstal's article

You may have got more wealthy in the past few years from promotion, or by a switch from permanent to contract employment, or by realising a capital gain on an investment. But if you're really honest with yourself how certain are you that rate of growth will continue? And for most of the readership salaries are struggling to keep pace with inflation.

Western economies are increasing inequality. That itself will not be sustainable. Whether through revolution or reaching for "populists" who peddle hatred and fear, the current situation will not endure for even a human lifetime. You poor take courage. You rich take care.

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Re: Studies show . .

No. of sensible questions > No. of sensible answers

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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Re: Logic?

I think forcing people onto the internet through an ID card is probably the worst idea I've heard this week. And my boss suggested we don't need to retire Windows Server 2003 yesterday.

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

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Re: A nice gesture, but

Yes, there is a certain irony that if I was fleeing from the consequences of global warming I'd definitely choose dino fuel.

You can't argue with an energy source that can be topped up in 5 minutes and can be augmented by a couple of 5-gallon jerry cans in the boot. Plus, discounting firearms, nobody can remotely disable those jerry cans.

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"we seem to throw them away even earlier for some reason."

Indeed we do, due in no small part to the pervasive advertising. Friend of mine has a 12 year old Merc that still looks like a showroom model thanks to being well maintained, cleaned and polished.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Reminds me of the Olivetti Quaderno from circa 1993, which was a fine form factor but embuggered with NECs take on the 8086 processor in an era when the 386 was well established. Glad to see they're upping the processor spec.

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Re: Great start ....

Agree - it was a wise decision to use an existing OS, and a choice of Android or Debian should give plenty of use cases. Wishing them all the best. I'd probably get one of these once they have it ironed out.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: "in a few million years"

Quid a week in a whisky bottle should do it....

I saw Cressida written down and wondered how many Brazilians were going to be shot.

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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Re: Double Standards

A proportional response would be to put Larry's entire net worth at risk of the adverse court judgement.

I'm sick to death of these "Entrepreneurs" hiding behind the law and putting all the risk on to salaried underlings.

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Sales is not a job I'd care to do, but a company needs somebody to push their products.

Granted Sales don't create wealth (like Engineers) but they do realise it by getting us customers.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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Re: It is a long way away from the sun

It's ok, they've got until December to download the Flashlight app

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Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

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News flash - traces of 92 elements found on Mars, plus those transuranics powering the Mars Rover.

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Re: Geneal Atomics Reaper drone

Relax @frank ly - General Atomics are the outfit who (back in the fifties) nearly brought us the nuclear-bomb-powered Orion spacecraft weighing in at 3000 tonnes.

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Re: "though she did not specify precisely what weapons"

Python you say ....

Well then you need a powered sheep and two canny French peasants to explain on a blackboard, ne c'est pas?

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Re: RAF Warrington

I was wondering if it was RAF Burtonwood or RNAS Stretton (HMS Blackcap) ...

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

I wonder if there are Soup Dragons on the moons?

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Futuristic driverless car technology to be trialled on... oh, a Ford Mondeo

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Well it looks much the same as the Tesla model 3...

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

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Re: much easier to use than a traditional beige box

My thermostat was put in back in 1978 when they built the house. It is paired with the programmable clockwork timer on our boiler control (also a veteran of the late '70s). Between them they maintain the house temperature at something approaching acceptable most of the time.

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Belarus declares war on imaginary country within borders of Belarus that is better than Belarus

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Re: offered a reward of "stew, honey, bread and lard"

You had me at "lard"

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How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

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Never really seen the need for anything electrical, never mind electronic, when it comes to the humble dildo.

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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

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I'll be honest I was thinking of /dev/null

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: Copyright

Paris COS she's bound to have a TAN

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Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins

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Re: Does he sound like a baddie?

I'm going to embrace my Merionethshire accent next time I visit the US.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Re: Television sucks

I'd be quite happy with one channel if it was Channel 4 circa 1987.

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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

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Clucking Bell

The sound of euro-sceptic chickens coming home to roost.

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Gartner mystics name Rubrik Miss Data Centre Backup 2017

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Re: Gartner

It's a cliché, but senior management use Gartner like a drunk uses a lamppost - for support rather than illumination.

I'll take the Delta Quadrant - 70,000 light years from home beats any data centre shenanigans.

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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It's a measure of our paranoid times that one's instincts are to simultaneously doubt the integrity of the suspect, the law enforcement authorities and the medium through which news is communicated.

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Uber drivers game Uber's system like Uber games the entire planet

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Re: "Our study shows that Uber's strategy is perceived very negatively by drivers"

Welcome to the new economy, it's remarkably like the old economy - Them and Us.

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Alfie

"Seems to me, if they ain't got you one way they've got you another, so what's the answer, that's what I keep asking myself, what's it all about?"

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NetApp channel chief Bill Lipsin leaves firm

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Enough of that shitty NetApp Ad

El Reg I know times are tough and you have to make your money somehow but that crappy NetApp Ad that embuggers your website is putting me off my usual double-entendre-laden commentarding.

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

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Telegraph

A spokesman for His Royal Highness said "Bloody Tory Rag"

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'Invisible Man' malware runs keylogger on your Android banking apps

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Re: More than the stars in the sky,

"[Many] are ways that any damn app can gain root and pwn your Android"

Well if you're daft enough to install packages from untrusted sources you do rather deserve your sorry fate.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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Re: Linux 1.79 per cent (was 1.55 in Jan)

Hardly, I'm sure plenty of penguinistas have an android phone or tablet (I certainly do).

But the only commonality between GNU/Linux and Android is the kernel.

Throw the tardy approach many manufacturers / carriers have to Android updates into the mix and you can see why there is a disconnect between attitudes to security in GNU/Linux and Android.

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Linux 1.79 per cent (was 1.55 in Jan)

I told you back in January, this is the year of desktop Linux...

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Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

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About this transition from snowball to overheated greenhouse...

It's not like it's going to be instant. We could be talking many hundreds or thousands of years, short in geological time but potentially interesting to any carbon-based ape-descended digital-watch-wearing folk that are out there and looking for a temporary home.

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Re: Logical fallacy!

Interesting point @Palpy

The "Enceladus-Jupiter system" could be an interesting subject for study. Alas, Enceladus is a moon of Saturn, so any influence Jupiter has on it is pretty tenuous.

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Arcade Fire releases album on USB fidget spinner for £79/$105

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Re: Finite and Infinite

In percentage or multiple terms you are correct, however the author didn't use those terms for any of the other comparisons (Cassette / CD / Vinyl), so my criticism is valid albeit really, really, really picky.

Personally speaking I'm no great fan of ads, I rather like album sleeves and my only previous knowledge of Arcade Fire was their co-opting of the late, great David Bowie to do a version of "Life on Mars" live with them. Not brilliant but it didn't totally suck.

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Finite and Infinite

£79 isn't "infinitely more than the free stream on Spotify" - it's exactly 79 pounds more, that's all.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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Re: Jokes on them...

The only ad that really pisses me off is that NetApp one here on El Reg which brings my corporate PC to a grinding halt.

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