* Posts by macjules

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Exactly spot-on!

Well done El Reg.

Such a change to read an article about ILM that is properly researched and well written. Of course you could have mentioned such schisms as BFTR (Banned From The Ranch), Digital Domain, that Pixar began essentially, as an ILM internal investigation or that Photoshop was invented, in part, by an ILM employee tinkering with programming in his time away from work,

Oh, and that little project began life as "Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as Taken From the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars"

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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Re: GVFS sounds super dumb

Well, I suppose that you could just clone from a shallow depth, such as git clone --depth=10, or from the last stable release.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Re: Honor Australia's Greatest Hero.

Since they are in the transportation business ...

Sirius

Supply

Alexander

Charlotte

Friendship

Lady Penrhyn

Prince of Wales

Scarborough

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Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

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[Upchuck noises]

"Yes, there is a piece of me inside Theresa May. Just hold that thought."

Thank you, I was just considering what a lovely day it has turned out to be .. and then I had that concept injected through my eyeballs into my brain.

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Netgear 'fixes' router by adding phone-home features that record your IP and MAC address

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Re: Nope Nope Nope

Much easier just to put all your private information on Facebook .. saves a lot of trouble from those pesky Ransonware chaps.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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In 5 years of washing his socks and the cat in the embassy guest loo, it seems that Mr Assange has spent an awfully large amount of time creating user accounts on The Register. Never seen so many down votes on even minor sceptical comments.

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Right now I strongly suspect that there is indeed an extradition request lodged with the Home Office and just waiting for Assange to depart Ecuadorian territory in a blaze of publicity for it to be date stamped and enforced.

A 2 to 5 year wait in HMP Pentonville for due process with (I would presume) absolutely zero chance of bail is possibly what awaits Mr Assange right now.

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It's all a cunning ploy ..

Just wait until he's out of the embassy .. then its bag, tag and Gitmo time for Saint Jules of Leaks

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

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Well ..

They don't really fly between the towers you know. Though it is a bit weird to be in a plane looking up at people in the Shard as you fly past.

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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

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Re: Tactile possibilities

Surely you mean "which reach out and touch the sole"?

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UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

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Re: Large pictures of The Maybot

Be thankful. The other picture was one of her gnawing on a migrant's thighbone.

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Re: One must ask ones self

Because one must realise that one is about to experience a General Election and in the run up to said election criminals politicians tend to forget their promises, where they left the microphone and occasionally where they left their trousers.

As for the "right to be forgotten", didn't the Tories already do that to the rest of the UK that isn't a part of the Home Counties?

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UK.gov plans to overhaul £6bn in big IT deals 'watered down'

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Speaking as a (former) GDS dev I can confirm that they all are very experienced indeed .. at not doing anything.

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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

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Are they really that incompetent?

Yes, this is nothing.

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Flying robots are great... until they meet flying humans, anyway

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Re: Drones intruding in controlled airspace must be disabled

Or disgruntled sea bass .. with frikkin' laser beams

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Pay attention. We're only going to show you this once: OpenAI coaches robots to copy humans

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Re: Honey, I'm selling the kids and getting a Homebot!

And likewise ... "Well, dear, I am sure that they will be able to automate the job of software developers well before they can automate the job of those who have to clean up after them, feed them and deliver their teenage offspring to/from school."

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What could go wrong? Delta to use facial recog to automate bag drop-off

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Re: ...agents will be freed up to...deliver more proactive and thoughtful customer service

Taking the lead from United Airlines more ground staff have now been freed up to provide for better 'customer relocation services'.

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How to reward an IBM exec for lower sales and shrinking profits? Promotion

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Re: I would guess that..

He deserves to be promoted .. to glory, as Lord Snapcase might say. And, rather surprisingly, as the Salvation Army also say.

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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I noticed on Friday that my employer has now removed Business/Premium Class as an option for all travel. Now all translatlantic flights are to be done after work in the UK, so that you arrive in New York early evening and are ready to work the next day in New York. Thus no need to use the laptop on the flight. Given that my employer is one of the largest in the UK (200k+ staff) I would hazard that this must be a major dent in any airline's income.

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Plutus Payroll finally pays up ... but pays people TOO MUCH!

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Plutus' post tells overpaid contractors”It would be appreciated if you could keep the overpaid amount in your account as you may find it gets reversed in the near future

Always presuming that the contractor is still working in Australia and now, having just received 4x the amount owed, has not transferred all the money back home and shut down his account.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: More 'Walls'

I am presuming that your average Trump FSB handler Russian citizen is not affected by this. No doubt Russian airport security far exceeds the average British airport standard.

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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

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For a second I saw that as "A woman friend used to grope me in to go shopping expeditions with her "

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Re: Oh God

Regrettably I am also alcohol intolerant. I tolerate it so little that it never stays in the glass for very long.

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Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

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Re: We OBVIOUSLY are missing big chunks of the story. . .

But the ATO would notify first. Plutus either failed to heed any warnings or simply refused to open the plain brown envelopes.

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Gang-briefed by IBM bosses in Hawaii? Nah, I'll take redundancy

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Re: Those giving briefings

There is a joke somewhere in there: "A thousand computer sales reps win a holiday to a volcanic island paradise ... "

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Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

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Re: "We have responsibly declined to suspend business activities due to our commercial dispute...

The only people 'preventing' payments is the company itself. The doublespeak about 'sorry to see you go' etc is a standard prelude to 'we have already spent your money mate'.

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Cabinet Office losing grip on UK government departments – report

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Re: Courageous

No, "courageous" in government-speak means:

courageous

kəˈreɪdʒəs/

adjective

not deterred by danger or pain; brave, does not want a pension.

"his courageous action in signing his name to a letter denying that Jimmy Savile was a chronic paedophile"

synonyms: brave, plucky, fearless, bloody stupid

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

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Re: goodbye and good luck

"If you're desperate to send me personalised hatemail,"

Once you are in Sky you will find that their Spark service is quite capable of doing that for you.

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Re: Bollocks

Nah, you would spend far too long going down to one end of the deck just to see what other dips were availlable.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: Another day

I thought it was supposed to be built for "speed".

No, Safari was the one 'built for speed', that now has all the speed of a Southern train on a good day. Edge is touted as "a lightweight web browser with a layout engine built around web standards".

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Re: depressing...

I find that red wine helps. After one glass politics tends to look a bit less depressing. After the bottle I could not care less.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Brilliant!

My wife's tuppence worth was to say "Ooh, let's go and see it: I can say that I'm making a donation"

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Re: Betamax - Betamax quality wasn't actually that much better.

Add Surface 1. There are warehouses still charging MSFT for space.

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Re: Several sorts of fail

And just to add to that:

  • Sinclair C5 - Successful computer company goes into car production ... are you reading this Apple?
  • Apple Pippin
  • Philips Laser Disc
  • IE6 - 'nuff said
  • HD-DVD - Betamax successor
  • MS-Bob - anyone else recall that one?
  • Apple eWorld -it was actually priced to keep people from buying it

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Re: AC/DC blasting Out

Give or take 300 yards I am one of those neighbours. I am so looking forwards Thunderstruck being belted out at Noriega levels in Knightsbridge.

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I wonder if that is it: that Manning agreed to assist in exchange for release from custody. She certainly has a personal reason to want to see Saint Jules in chokey and not just because he still owes her $35,000 of the $50,000 he promised.

Still, looking forward to hearing AC/DC blasted out at maximum volume outside the Ecuadorian Embassy until they hand over Assange.

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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Re: Surprised

Down with that sort of thing. Next you'll be saying we should be careful with migrant Brazilian workers, just in case the Ms Dick (Met Police Commisioner) says that its OK to shoot them.

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RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

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A great man who will be sadly missed.

As for "It was this computer that, in 1979, inspired Steve Jobs to commission a mouse-driven graphical operating system for the Apple Lisa, just like PARC's design.", that is about the most polite way of putting it that I have ever heard.

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: Computer Misuse Act?

I believe that the Golden Rule is: if an individual shouts 'Hey Alexa [do corporate thing]' is is called theft and a breach of the said Computer Misuse Act, but if a company does it then it is usually known as marketing.

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T-Mobile US CEO offers kid a year's supply of chicken nuggets for switching from AT&T

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"United Airlines also offered him "a free flight to take you to any Wendy's in the world in a city we serve"."

So that's now 1) $400, 2) $800, 3) We beat the cr*p out of you 4) Free flights for nuggets?

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Jailed biz coach accused of $17.5m HPE fraud writes to fans saying 'join me'

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Re: I can foresee a book...

Would this be a motivational book on how to sell HPE servers on the cheap, pocket the cash, fail to let anyone know where the money has gone and then end up in chokey; simply because you would rather bend over gingerly in the showers than disclose where HPE's $17.5m is?

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Re: We've let you down...

Yeah, Apple tend to forget the Daystar Genesis when referring to clones, probably because it beat the cr*p out of any competition.

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Re: Apple, so disappointing now.

Once upon a time, Apple broke new ground, created new opportunities for creatives, scientists, creative scientists, etc.

In the meantime we just have to wait for the grand opening of the Pet Sematary Apple Park this month to see if they really can summon Steve Jobs using the Rite of AshkEnte, or just two cc of mouse blood ..

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Assange™ keeps his couch as Ecuador's president wins election

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Dear Mr Assange ..

I cordially invite you to leave the United Kingdom within 30 days (with or without your cat).

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Blimey, did you know? It's World Backup Day. But... surely every day is world backup day?

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Would not that be the other way round? The machine died on the Friday and the backup did not kick in until Sunday?

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WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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Re: Funny that

Just another slow news day in the broom cupboard in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

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

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Re: Dries Buytaert is a joke

Acquia tends to be a very, VERY overpriced AWS platform offering a service that you can do pretty much cheaper with Elastic Beanstalk (No BDSM pun intended).

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And there was I hoping that BDSM stood for Buggered Database System Module ... having just rescued a Drupal 7.34 build and upgraded it to 7.54 complete with all ancient modules.

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