* Posts by Blackjack

75 posts • joined 28 Jun 2019


Woman sues Lyft, says driver gang-raped her at gunpoint – and calls for app safety measures we can't believe aren't already in place


Just a question

How long until regulations put these services on parity with taxis and as a result they go bankrupt and all taxis start to use apps?

Flying priests crop-dust Russian citizens with holy water to make them stop boozing and bonking


Re: Coo-

At least they are not using a chair and a bunch of balloons.


Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me 'grandpa', engineer claims


Re: Ageism


I am honesty scared idiots at the tech industry are taking villains from movies as role models.

World's oldest human was a 122-year-old French smoker after all


Re: This just in... New Study Of Aging Finds Old People Are Liars

Thing is, people usually say they are younger that they really are, not older.

I knew a person that I thought was 85, when she died it turned out she was actually 91. Even family members had to search for her birth certificate to know how old she was when she died, since not even her own daughter knew how old she really was.

Au my bog: Bloke, 66, on bail after 'solid-gold' crapper called 'America' stolen from stately home


Re: There's cheap crap, and there is expensive crap.

I honestly hope this isn't some insurance fraud scam or the artist himself stealing it.


Re: There's cheap crap, and there is expensive crap.

The thing is probably just gold plated. No gold toilet is made from solid gold because gold is too soft to hold a heavy person weight.

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google told: If you could cough up a decade of your internal emails, that'd be great


Re: Re "....10 years' worth of emails between top executives."

What if they argue they don't have e-mails from that long ago? Tech companies are not the military, they don't have rules about saving every information forever, even if ordered to destroy it.

Just joking, of course they saved their own e-mails that long!

COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for many a greybeard coder


And with Freedos and Dosbox around...

COBOL will never die. The problem is, programmers do. What will happen in a few decades when all those old COBOL programmers are dead? And younger people who know COBOL only know one or two versions of it?

By the way, many libraries and companies still use programs that run on DOS and a lot of them were coded in BASIC...

Dosbox works on Windows 10, right?

But of course governments only care about libraries when it comes to cut funding so more than one of them had to redo their whole catalog when their aging computers died. Thankfully Dosbox is a thing, right? And sometimes libraries keep using the old filing paper made cards method despite having computers.

And Windows 7 can run Windows 95 programs, many companies don't want to get new programs when those made over two decades ago work fine.

And then people wonders why XP won't just die...

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein


Re: 16 years using Windows 95!

Anyone can make a computer last that that way. 16 years was how long the original hard disk lasted, if with some problems. This really shows how crappy hard disks are nowadays.


16 years using Windows 95!

That's how long my old Compaq with Windows 95 lasted, I even upgraded it to have 16 MB of ram. Sadly Compaq computers had the bios on the hard drive so once it finally died the computer was a goner.

By comparison, my HP Media Center Windows XP laptop only lasted 9 years before the video card was a goner. And my Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 killed the hard disk in a year and a half.

Just what we all needed, lactose-free 'beer' from northern hipsters – it's the Vegan Sorbet Sour


You can make beer with milk?

Really? Anyone knows how?

Vulture Central team welcomed to our new nest by crashed Ubuntu that's 3 years out of date


Re: Timely...

Why not use Debian 10?

Debian has all the stability you want!

Do you want fr-AI-s with that appy-meal? McDonald's gobbles machine-learning biz for human-free Drive Thrus


The Simp... Japan did it first!


Yeah Japan has burger vending machines.

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search


Re: It seems to me

Is NTFS-Search any good?

Business PC sales up as suits flee looming end of support for Windows 7


Re: The death of the PC?

Is bull manure.

People buy their desktops PCs to last, they don't buy a new PC every year.

Laptops are build to get broken so they rarely last a few years without problems.

Desktops can be manually upgraded unlike with laptops were you can at most get a new hard disk and more Ram; if you are lucky.

Smartphones sales are slowing down, but do we see anyone saying smartphones are dying?


Re: Having to have 10 very soon, must be better than 8

You could try using Linux Mint with "Play On Linux" and Steam if all you want us run games. Unfortunately Play On Linux only works well with stuff that's a decade old or older. If you want modern games and Steam doesn't have a Linux version then is Windows or burst.


Re: "Pro" for business? Hardly

Windows 10 Enterprise is the one you want... if you have to use windows 10.


Home users might still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

With their Windows 7 licence code, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

I am still going to keep my laptop with Windows 7 until next year because I only use it for videogames.

Wanna know how to upgrade? Go to the Guardian website to the "Ask Jack" section. There are two or three articles about what to do.

Unfortunately if you want more control over the spyware and updates, you are going to have to pay for the Enterprise version of Windows 10.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...


Re: Lego & Playmobil

Probably the fact that their kids stole them.

eBay eBabe enigma explained: Microsoft bug blamed after topless model slings e-souk's emails at stunned Brits


It was a result of code being written by bros or "brocode".

Next time e-mail headlines will be replaced by wonders like "Stay in the kitchen" and "Make me a sandwich."

Enterprise Java spec packs bags, ready for new life under assumed name – Jakarta


What's the purpose of Java anyway?

Is slow, to the point any program made in Java runs faster when exported to another language. Look at Minecraft; the Windows 10 version doesn't run on Java and it shows.

Is propietary, meaning you are at the mercy of Oracle.

Is not easy to code and or learn.

So, why do people use Java?

Opal Fruits, Princess Diana and... PowerToys? Microsoft is dragging Windows 10 back to '95


I played it but Space Pinball definitely was my ultimate free Windows game timewaster.


It was Hover!


Hover! was a video game that was included on CD-ROM versions of the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system. It was a showcase for the advanced multimedia capabilities available on personal computers at the time. It will run on all of Microsoft's 95-compatible operating systems, from Windows 95, up to and including Windows 7 and 8. Additionally, Hover! will run in WINE on Unix-like systems.

There was a web browser port that worked on Internet Explorer 11 once, but the site is down. It also used to have a Windows 8 app but the App is gone.

For real this time, get your butt off Python 2: No updates, no nothing after 1 January 2020


20 years is a lot of time.

Are people still using Windows 98 SE? No? Then why are they still using Python 2?

Holy fudge is has already been twenty years since Windows 98 SE!

I should dig out my old "Games only" Windows 98 SE machine out the cardboard box, clean it up and see if it still works.

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)


Re: Guilty Secret

I still have a yahoo e-mail and a hotmail e-mail. Mostly I use them as spam sponges.

OK, let's try that again: Vulture rakes a talon on Samsung's fresh attempt at the Galaxy Fold 5G


Re: Why?

Because people want a Smartphone that's the size of a tablet yet fits in their pocket?

Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...


Maybe a blue hedgehog from the planet Mobious?

Tempted to play with that Chinese Zao app for deep-fake frolics? Don't bother if you want to keep your privacy


Surpising indeed!

Is "Surpising" a clever word play or a typo?

After banning adverts in command-line terminals, NPM floats idea of Patreon-style donations to open-source devs


Please donate

There is no shame in asking for donations, they should have done that first instead of trying to turn open source software into adware.

How do you do, fellow kids? Facebook now Boomerbook as British oldies outnumber teens


Hey, remember the 2000s?

So... Remember web forums, whatever happened to those things?

Cortana makes your PC's heart beat faster: Windows 10 update leaves some processors hot under the cooler


Re: Not concerned.

Why aren't you using Linux Mint or some other desktop user friendly Linux distro already? Yes things can go wrong on Linux but usually not to the lengths Windows 10 updates do.

Uber, Lyft and DoorDash put $30m apiece into ballot battle fund to kill gig-economy employee benefits


There is a typo....

Were it says "Gig-economy" it should say "Slave-contractors-scam".

I know English loves to steal words like the pirate it is, but how the hell you get "Gig economy" from "contratos basura"?

Developer reconsiders npm command-line ad caper after outcry


Hey remember the 2000s?

Whatever happened to paying money for a "pro" version?

Coin-mining malware jumps from Arm IoT gear to Intel servers



How long until all antivirus programs detect coin mining as malware?

"Your computer/phone/plane/toaster has beeb detected to be mining a Cryptocurrency, you might be infected with malicious program."

Clutching at its Perl 6, developer community ponders language name with less baggage


I suggest PerlA

Pronounced as "Perla", that's the Spanish word for Pearl or as "Perl A".

But honestly I didn't even know Perl was an insult.

Maltese browser game biz flings €1m sueball at Google over Adsense kerfuffle


So they were too cheap...

To just host the games themselves? Idiots.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media


Re: What does USA border patrol does do if you don't carry a phone or computer?

What if all you have is a flip phone? Do they hold you longer for being a hipster? Or all you have is a 100 bucks phone that you just bought for the trip?


What does USA border patrol does do if you don't carry a phone or computer?

Because as time goes on, that seems the most sensible option.

Sure, it might be a tad annoying but what other reasonable option do you have?

IT biz Web Yoga adopts contrition pose, admits it turned blind eye to college's H-1B visa fraud


How many other schools have been doing stuff like this and just haven't been caught yet?

Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it


Re: Openly and fairly...

If even Apple fanboys protested at that monitor stand, no one is safe from well deserved criticism.


They try to sell a crypto currency to hackers...

And then they are surprised they get heckled?

This is definitely a "What an Idiot!" moment.

Here's a top tip: Don't trust the new person – block web domains less than a month old. They are bound to be dodgy


Old websites are still a risk

Any old website that has not been updated in years can easily be taken over and infected with malware.

In fact infecting old websites that have been abandoned but are still online for some reason might even be easier and cheaper.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)


That is why...

I only use my laptop inside buildings with locked doors and said doors being locked with real keys.

Nowadays you can do almost anything with a Smartphone. Even write articles.

Notebook for Android from the Soho corporation is good enough to write an article you can later export somewhere else.

There are other options but Notebook has the best "copy and paste" option of all the ones I have tried.

Heck my travel phone is over five years old for a reason, that reason being that I don't mind if it gets stolen.

Brits are sitting on a time bomb of 40m old electronic devices that ought to be recycled


Every two years?

My 2012 Smartphone gor replaced this year. And I still use my Samsung Galaxy S5 to watch videos.

Also the whole Brexit deal means people are more likely to keep using their smartphones for longer.

RIP Danny Cohen: The computer scientist who gave world endianness meets his end aged 81


War about eggs

He was ahead if his time, maybe a bit too far ahead, he would have made a killing if he had decided to work for Microsoft or Apple.

Flight simulators? We got the guy who invented flight simulators!

Skype? Who needs to buy Skype? We got the guy who invented digital phone calls!

But alas, that wasn't the case.


Relax, satellite hacking is unlikely to lead to Earth-blinding Kessler effect – at least not yet



Next time your GPS doesn't work well, blame hackers?

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy


You know...

I never thought the fact I suck at remembering names, phone numbers and passwords would be an advantage, but is not possible to get information that's not there, right?

Lyft pulls its e-bike fleet from San Francisco Bay Area after exploding batteries make them the hottest seat in town


I didn't know Samsung made e-bikes!

Truly, if this doesn't bankrupt the company then what will?

Ah wait, is not Samsung? Copycats!

City-obliterating asteroid screamed past Earth the other night – and boffins only clocked it just 26 hours beforehand


But the cities that are left will have more and more people.

And you are more likely to have your home kill you or die from a car crash, than from asteroid.

Summer vacations put an end to rampant desktop crimewave


The Bic Crystal conspiracy!

Whatever happened to the famed paperless office anyway?

And why are we still using pens and pencils if everything is done digitally nowadays?

Evidently is a conspiracy by the B-Men so we keep buying their Bics!


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019