* Posts by Blake St. Claire

377 posts • joined 20 Feb 2008


Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

Blake St. Claire

Re: Its the way of it

You thought the LLC was just for the financial part?

It also absolves the shareholders of having to have a heart, social responsibility, or noblesse oblige.

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life

Blake St. Claire

Re: Well, I am glad that they were able to launch the mission during the current launch window

Decimal minutes? Next you'll be proposing ten months: five with 36 days and five with 37 days. Or maybe all with 36 days and five days of holiday at the end of the year.


Blake St. Claire

in living technicolor

To paraphrase Henry Ford: You can have it in any color as long as it's red.

Blake St. Claire


Is a plugged nickel something like a ha'penny?

More like a farthing.

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

Blake St. Claire

C'mon MIT, if that's the state of the art, I want my money back

Nixon's face looks like a cheap photoshop wobbling around like a bobblehead doll. Meh.

But I definitely fear for what the future has in store.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

Blake St. Claire

Re: O tempora, o mores!

"I shudder to think what the new American-translations of the back-catalogue will be like."

They'll be fine. We'll send all the extra 'u's back for a refund. I'm sure you lot can put them to good use somewhere.

I got my first A&O fix when my family spent two years in South Africa in early 70s. I made sure we had them when my children were young. In a few years the grandkids will be ready for them.

Oracle staff say Larry Ellison's fundraiser for Trump is against 'company ethics' – Oracle, ethics... what dimension have we fallen into?

Blake St. Claire

Re: Did they change the meaning of an acronym again?

""...LGBTQ and trans communities...". Double dipping?

You have to cut the Department of Redundancies Department some slack.

Come to Five Guys, where the software is as fresh as the burgers... or maybe not

Blake St. Claire

Re: upstart?

If you're in paris, ...

As it is, I don't eat at McDonalds here. Don't worry, when I'm in Paris, or London, I don't eat at McDonalds either.

Still waiting to get kidney again in my Steak and Kidney pie.

Blake St. Claire


upstart burger chain (in the UK at least) Five Guys

I know I've seen a Five Guys or two in the vicinity of Trafalgar Square or a bit further down The Strand, and that would've been two or three or more years ago when last I was in the Big Smoke.

Unless you mean compared to McDonalds and Burger King.

Alan Turing’s OBE medal, PhD cert, other missing items found in super-fan’s Colorado home by agents, says US govt

Blake St. Claire

Why yes, it would be ironic. Hilarious even.

<cough>Elgin Marbles</cough>

I wouldn't be surprised if Twitler weren't in already in negotiations with the government of Greece.

Blake St. Claire

Re: @AC - She sounds like a f*****g nutcase.

Yes please.

By definition she'd be better than the f*****g nutcase we have now.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

Blake St. Claire

Short answer: yes

Do the US not have the same rules then as the UK regarding public footpaths ...

Most of our state laws are based on English Common Law.

And then perhaps even codified in statutory laws.

And that's one of them. At least as far a I can remember from my Bus. Law classes 30+ years ago.

Dell slathers on factor XPS 13 to reveal new shiny with... ooh... a 0.1 inch bigger screen

Blake St. Claire

Can I get that in London double decker buses?

...size of the panel from 13.3 inches to 13.4 inches. And while that sounds like a fairly modest increase, every extra centimetre of screen...

Or football (American or FIFA) fields? (Yes, I know there's not a standard FIFA field size.)

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy

Blake St. Claire

What about the double decker buses?

It just doesn't seem right that the RN didn't park 470 buses on PoW like they did for the HMS QE.

Or paint it with 1.5 million m² of paint covering 370 acres.

HP to Xerox: Nope, your $33.5bn bid falls short of our valuation

Blake St. Claire

IBM paid $34B for Red Hat

I'm pretty sure HP is thinking to itself that it's got to be worth more than Red Hat – way more.

Does anyone think IBM paid too much?

50 years ago, someone decided it would be OK to fire Apollo 12 through a rain cloud. Awks, or just 'SCE to Aux'?

Blake St. Claire

costly jaunts?

as the US taxpayer tired of the agency's costly jaunts

Really? We seem to never tire of paying for the military's costly jaunts, even back then. And that was orders of magnitude more. (And still is.)

i wasn't paying taxes back then, but now I'm more than fed up with the size of the military budget and not at all worried about NASA's budget.

I kinda remember that launches and moon walks had become commonplace and maybe a little boring. It was also apparent that we had beat the 'Ruskies' so the thrill of the race was gone.

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market

Blake St. Claire

Re: Alternate headline

Oh, I'm sure EVs are just fine for folks commuting in from the suburbs of Kansas City, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Dallas into their respective downtowns.

Never mind all the major metro areas of California, Oregon, and Washington.

You don't need to make up excuses for them (them == the limeys.)

In terms of percentages, I don't believe that there are large numbers of people making cross country trips in general, let alone in a Tesla or a Leaf. So AFAIC it's irrelevant that it's slightly harder to do in an EV.

Oh, and AFAIK the expression is "Knickers in a twist."

Shock! US border cops need 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime before searching your phone, laptop

Blake St. Claire

Re: No problem



Blake St. Claire

Re: No problem

That would be the Shengen ... zone...

Well, yes. But a non sequitur because we were talking about the US border.

And regardless of whether you need a passport to do it, you can definitely walk across and don't need to be a passenger.

Blake St. Claire

Re: A CITIZEN'S rights

The Fourth Amendment protects US Citizen's Rights...

I'm not a Constitutional Scholar, or even a lawyer, but I have read the Constitution. I don't see anything in it that it says it only applies to US citizens.

You must be thinking of some other Constitution. I'm guessing you also have a Republican Bible. That's the one that doesn't have "Thou shall not kill" in it.

Blake St. Claire

Re: No problem

[A] passenger? It might come as a surprise, but there are places where you can – gasp – walk across the border.

And it's the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." But I hope we never get to the point where you have to be brave to want to come back home from visiting other places.

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice

Blake St. Claire

Re: lucky you...

Or 12am. Or 12pm. I'm never sure which is which.

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still

Blake St. Claire

Re: No problems here!

must have taken their Marketing departments many weeks of meetings and brainstorming to name that app

I'd guess about as long as it took Microsoft to come up with Windows and Word.

MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps

Blake St. Claire

> Mac OS X on X86 is actually quite old, in the context that NEXTStep and OPENBSD

> it was based on

May I borrow your Reality Distortion Field?

The NeXT* used an M68040 cpu and was first released in 1988. DeRaadt didn't fork OpenBSD* until 1995.

NeXTSTEP* was "based on Unix", and specifically used the Mach (monolithic) kernel. Much has been said about the NeXTSTEP and Mac OS X userland; one study of the OS X RCS ID strings compiled into everything showed that – at that point in time – it was a mix of all the BSDs, and I'd wager that's still true.

No reason to make stuff up. It's all there in Wikipedia – among other places – for anyone to see.

*Note the correct capitalization. Please hand in your geek card at reception desk on your way out of the building.

Blake St. Claire

Shared volumes from my Airport Extreme

Seem to mount instantly, and stay mounted. Finally.

Which would be great except for the fact that Apple is no longer in the WiFi Access Point business, and when this Airport inevitably dies I'll have to find something else to serve what's on those drives.

Blake St. Claire

Re: 'Trash' is gone

It still says "Move to Trash" for me.

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me

Blake St. Claire

a kind of runny-nose green?

> Worse, they are all the same colour: a kind of runny-nose green.

Can't that be fixed with a can of spray paint?

Trump attacks and appeals 'fundamentally misconceived' Twitter block decision

Blake St. Claire

Re: You can't have it both ways...

The 1st Amendment expressly prohibits the suppression of free speech by the government.

Can you guess what the President of the United States is a part of? Go on! Take a wild guess!

There is no nuance here. It's as straightforward as it gets.

I can't tell if you're trying to be funny here or not. The way you've written it you seem to be suggesting that speech by someone in the government – e.g. the president – can't be suppressed. And you say there's no nuance there. lol.

What the 1st Amendment actually says is: "Congress shall make no law ... prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;..."

It really doesn't get any more straight forward than that, IMO. Twitter is not Congress; Twitter would be entirely within its rights to suppress Twitler.

Blake St. Claire

Re: Personal brand

I'm sure the only guy who ever managed to lose money running a casino will somehow manage to not monetize his @realDonaldTrump twitter account.

With any luck it be because he'll be in jail and not allowed to have a phone or computer to tweet from.

Xbox daddy bakes bread with 4,000-year-old Egyptian yeast

Blake St. Claire

What a fucking poser

UK readers will also be pleased to hear that his kitchen kit includes a 5,000W transformer allowing him to run 230 volts to his proper British kettle in order to make a proper cup of tea

My electric kettle makes 100℃ water perfectly, using 120v electricity.

Storied veteran Spitfire slapped with chrome paint job takes off on round-the-world jaunt

Blake St. Claire

Re: Arghh!

And when you own your own Spitfire you can paint it in an authentic finish.

A couple years ago I visited the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum in Manston. When I walked in one of the gentlemen there asked if I'd like to buy a Spitfire. (I trusted that he wasn't talking about a Triumph.)

I said "sure, will you take a credit card?"

Needless to say I'm not painting anything, in authentic colors or otherwise.

Guess who reserved their seat on the first Moon flight? My mum, that's who

Blake St. Claire

because driving your country into recession because of a vanity project is never a good way to get re-elected

Exactly like a project involving a wall?


US border cops' secret racist Facebook group a total disgrace, says patrol chief. She should know, she was a member

Blake St. Claire

Re: Patrol?

> To me her measurements are nominal murrican.

I remember you now. You were that lard-assed brit in the seat next to me flying back from BLR on BA.

You were so big you couldn't eat your meal without constantly elbowing me in the ribs.

And you had the nerve to ask me if I could leave so you could eat.

When there are no fat people left in Britain, then you can talk about the fatties in America. Until then, STFU.

Blackburn ain't big enough for the both of us: Mr Creamy and Mr Whippy at the centre of new ice-cream war

Blake St. Claire

30 mph?

100 yards apart?

If I didn't know better I mighta thunk you were talking about America.

I thought you all were metrificated. Or metrified. Or something like that.

And nothing measured in units of London double decker buses either? What is the world coming to?

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

Blake St. Claire

What kind of "bacon" is that?

It certainly doesn't look like anything I've ever seen on a plate with eggs, mushrooms, and baked beans in England. Marks and Sparks should be ashamed.

But it does look like bacon pretty much every where else in the world.

Blake St. Claire

Re: missed opportunity

> and Spanish,

Not 'round here it's not. Cojones is – AFAIK – the preferred euphemism on this side of the pond. (Mexico and USA anyway; I don't know about further south.) Don't ask me why.

Here huevos are just eggs, of the poultry kind.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

Blake St. Claire

Expansion slots. Meh.

> ... expansion slots, something the innovative company has tended to shy away from in recent years.

This gets brought up over and over and over again, as if it somehow mattered then, or matters now.

PC XT and PC AT buyers laughed at Apple for not having expansion slots. The Lisa and all the Macs came with audio and mouse built in. What did 99.99% of PC buyers put in those slots? An AST Six Pack to max out memory. Quite a few probably put a SCSI card in. Few people cared about better audio until much later. Eventually maybe a mouse card (with mouse). All stuff, for the most part*, that the Mac had – gasp – built in. Who had the last laugh?

You know what I've put in the slots of the last two Wintel PCs I've bought, er, that my employer bought? A graphics card. That's it.

*TBH I don't know if the Lisa or the earliest Macs used SCS and/or had external SCSI ports; in any event it wasn't long before they did.

*taps on glass* Hellooo, IRS? Anyone in? Anyone guarding taxpayers' data from crooks? Hellooo?

Blake St. Claire

Re: There's a simple solution to this

That would be playing straight into Twitler's hand. Part of his base think the government is too big and they want to shrink it.

As it is, eight out ten jobs are unfilled at the State Department[1] and half the "top jobs" there are also unfilled[2]. And they're not even trying to fill them AFAACT.

People I know who who have been taking the State Dept. test tell me that a "passing score" – which is function of how many positions they are trying to fill – is very high these days, indicating that they're not hiring.A lot of jobs unfilled, but not hiring anyone to fill them? Hmmm. I'm not sure if that is the case elsewhere in government or not.

[1] https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-state-department-vacancies/

[2] https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/state-department-empty-ambassador-to-australi/574831/

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

Blake St. Claire

Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

> so the wall would have paid for about 4 launches.

The $5.7B he wants in the budget is just the appropriation for this year.

Several more years are required to build the wall that he promised Mexico would pay for.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

Blake St. Claire

Re: It'll never happen...

> what with having my own domain and all.

Well, me too. But rather than run my own IMAP server and have to manage the storage for all that mail (especially the spam) I just forward through SpamAssassin to gmail, where I have a FirstInitialSurname@gmail address.

So I still get the random distant cousin ditz that arrives at their first year of college or where ever and has to cough up an email address, apparently for the first time in their life, and they naively assume that nobody will have taken FirstInitialSurname@gmail.

Or the distant cousin who signed up for several things, and gave my gmail address. One of the several confirmation emails had her street address, so I looked them and called. I got the mother and asked her to tell her daughter to figure out her real email address and stop giving out mine. $stupid_mom said "oh no, she'd never do that." I told her in return that she would, and she did. Apparently she figured it out as I haven't had any that I can attribute to her for a while.

The most recent was another distant cousin on the opposite coast who booked a hotel room on this coast. I sent a reply to the reservation confirmation asking to remove the incorrect address from their system. Instead they groveled through the mail headers or something and found my personal TLD email address and added that to the booking as well. After a couple emails were exchanged I was contemplating driving the three or so hours and checking in ahead of $idjit and having a hooker waiting in his room when he and his wife arrived. Luckily for him though the hotel seems to have gotten it sorted.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

Blake St. Claire

Re: Double down?

> "double down" makes sense. You lose a bet, then place the same bet again... that's

> doubling down (probably soon to be "doubly" down).

AFAIK gamblers who double down (or double up), e.g. at the roulette wheel, usually don't last long; either they run out of money or they are "invited" to leave the casino and not come back.

There's a bet in Blackjack called double down, or doubling down. When dealt two cards totaling ten or eleven you may double your bet and you get one more "down card", i.e. a card dealt to you face down that nobody else can see. (For the card counters.) Often the odds are good to be dealt a ten or a face card and thus a good chance of either winning or tying with the dealer.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

Blake St. Claire

Re: $185K vs. $71K

Where do you live that taxes the value of your health care benefit?

I'm not taxed on it where I live now, on the east coast, nor was I taxed on it when I lived on the west coast.

My employer pays about 66-75% of my health care benefit, and I pay the balance, which is withheld from my pay – that's not tax.

And I don't pay any tax to the feds or state for the part that my employer paid. (And don't give them any ideas.)

Blake St. Claire

$185K vs. $71K

The value of all the benefits, e.g. medical, dental, pension, etc., may indeed add up to $185K, but $71K in gross pay probably translates to $50K (or less) in net take home pay after taxes.

I rather doubt anyone can live in San Fran on $50K. In a house or apartment that is. Clearly a lot of people are living there now sans abode. Or maybe the plan is to hire some of those people who are currently living on the streets. And will still be living on the streets but with $50K in disposable income.

Blake St. Claire

I miss the good old days in San Fran

When you could find a spot in the parking lot at Fisherman's Wharf. And if not there, a spot on the street a little way down the Embarcadero.

And the Exploratorium was free, or free for a donation, and nobody enforcing the donation.

And you could hop on a cable car anywhere, not just at the ends after standing in line for an hour. And the price was the same as a bus ride.

And walk around without stepping in shit.

Yes, I'm that old. And still trying to figure out why San Fran as much appeal as it does. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a nice place, and has a lot of charm. But then, a lot of other places have a lot of charm too. I wouldn't want to live there today.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

Blake St. Claire

Re: What are the five existing armed forces?




Air Force


Coast Guard

Space Force uniform should be an orange jumpsuit. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to have Twitler model it for us in Leavenworth.

Twitler announced the first mission will be to the Sun. Asked whether it wouldn't be too hot, he said they'll go at night. Sarah Sanders later said that claims the Sun is hot are Fake News.

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

Blake St. Claire

> 6,440km (4,000 mile) flight, ... one would expect there to be a minimum

> of two refuelling points on the journey from their current location on the

> US Marine Corps airfield at Beaufort, South Carolina, to RAF Marham in

> Norfolk.

Srsly? They're flying non-stop from Beaufort, NC? And will fly right over Boston/Logan and Bangor Intl.

Bangor even has an ANG base if they had some some qualms about flying military aircraft into a commercial airport. Although there's nothing wrong with that, per se, AFAIK. That would cut about 800nm off the trip and probably eliminate one aerial refueling.

WRT the idea of crating them up and shipping them. If "A ship in port is safe. But that's not what ships are built for." then I'd claim that a fighter jet in a crate is also safe, but that's not what fighter jets are for. If you're worried about a bit of egg on your face if you splash one, better to put them in a crate. (And then have egg on your face for a different reason.)

Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

Blake St. Claire

Re: Wrong again, again.

> OpenSuse with version numbers 10, 11, 11.1 , 11.2, 12, 12.1, 42, 42.1, 42.2, 16.

There is an OpenSUSE 13. Leap 42 is in lieu of 14 (thank you Douglas Adams), and Leap 15 was just released. There is no 16 yet. And SUSE SLE 10, 11, 12, and then 15.

The real Ubuntu versions are 12.4, 12.10, 13.4, 13.10, 14.4, 14.10, etc. Those A...Z names are just nicknames.

Why do I know this crap? $deity only knows.

Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

Blake St. Claire

Re: One F35's worth

Yes, a small crack soon leads to its destruction.

Say what you want about what your roads are built on top of, but you don't have a monopoly on deep potholes. We too get bent rims too from deep holes. Broken springs though, not so much of those.

Blake St. Claire

One F35's worth

I'd wager that for the price of one F35 on HMS Queen Elizabeth you could fix every pothole in the UK; twice.

But over on this side of the pond, here in the pothole capital of the US, I've replaced bushings, and struts, but I've never broken springs or wheel bearings. What do they make springs out of over there that they're so fragile?



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