* Posts by the Jim bloke

1035 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007


Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice

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Re: The real problem is that there are only 2 mobile OSes.

Apple retains mass market appeal.

The secret to appealing to the masses, is to pander to pretentious wankers.

One of the android phone manufacturers - probably samsung, ran a campaign a few years back touting their latest toy... and the skinny, hipster bearded young man wails "I cant use that - I'm creative!", and the pretty young slightly non anglo saxon, woman responds "You're a barista".

The walled garden exists because everyone inside is disdained (polite version) by the people outside.

You dont choose an iPhone for your parents because of their competence with technology...

Behold this drone-dropping rifle with two-mile range

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Re: what I don't understand

Courtesy, common sense, and communication..


Firstly - you tell your drone people you have anti-drone equipment active, and your anti-drone guys that you have drone operations on, If you arent communicating, you arent an army, you are just a mob.


Drone guys avoid harrassing your own troops, anti-drone guys dont fire on targets without reasonable suspicion - Both should escalate any sightings up the chain of command.

Common sense

If it looks at you funny -Kill it immediately.

Actual real-life hoverbike makes US debut at Detroit Auto Show

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Re: What is “internal combustion with batteries “?

So how would you go about making a fire-fighting rocket?

China's single aisle passenger jet – the C919 – likely to be certified next week

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Re: That's how Airbus started

We are still flying around in Fokker F-100s, and I have more faith in them than the current crapcrop from Boeing.

This sounds like its the same size/role, so if Qantas wants to replace its 30+ year-old work horses with something presumably more economical to run...

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Re: Jesus

Not as many as the martians landed on Britain..

I read it in a book..

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Re: Jesus

China has one of the best aviation saftey records on the planet

.. it also has one of the best Covid 19 health records on the planet.


because 'the record' is just whats written down.

Between the orange idiot and pooh bear each trying to score political points, real facts had a higher mortality rate than slum dwellers in Brazil or India during the Delta wave.

Former Microsoft UX boss doesn't like the Windows 11 Start menu either

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Re: Windows 11 UI ist just like what happened in 2012 with Windows 8.0.

They are learning from past mistakes. They find the things people hate, and elevate them. they find the bits people find useful, and remove them.

Each iteration is even worse than the previous..

"How can they achieve such greatness ? Because they are standing on the shoulders of giants...

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: Not going to happen

If Nevada were smart,...

.. they'd have to call it something else,

sorry, couldnt resist.

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Re: Not going to happen

Whichever of the Mission: Impossible movies they set in Australia..

a couple of scenes around Sydney landmarks, then a quick helicopter ! flight, and they are in dead flat outback sheep station country.

Yeah Nah.

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'

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Re: Photocopier challange

There was an advertising campaign on this issue a few years - or possibly decades - ago.

Something about attempting to reduce the number of people reversing over their own children as they leave for work in the morning.

BOFH and the case of the disappearing teaspoons

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Re: I remember when….

Looks like Deimos has become .. AMoonfromMars...

Well done.

Amazon has repackaged surveillance capitalism as reality TV

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Re: Apathy is the problem

If you want to get a response, the complaint would best come from the teenage girls, with potential escalation to tabloid media involvement.

This would rouse the torch and pitchfork contingent... but also increase the number of supposed creeps from 2 (+ Amazon) to thousands...

basically the nuclear option, with only cockroaches as winners

We were promised integrated packages. Instead we got disintegrated apps

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Re: Phone?

you are falling prey to the same mistake Dabbsy was railing against.

You dont need some third-party "somewhere to put my beer"

Because YOU are where you put your beer.

taken as a philosophical statement, that should be making Descartes worried..

Tesla jettisons 75% of Bitcoin holdings, boosting cash balance by $936m

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Re: Up and down ... and up again.

If the tailwinds are ahead, it means you are travelling backwards.

This is probably an accurate analysis of Musk and crypto.

China-linked fake news site shows disinformation on the rise

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committing the sin of feeding the troll, but..

Sure there are media organisations that dont let reality interfere with a desired narrative ... here in Oz the one I see is Sky, but the difference is we have access to alternatives.

If you are willing to stick your head outside of your echo chamber, you can see different interpretations of the 'facts', or information that is ignored or suppressed by people promoting a particular agenda.

Get your news from multiple sources - not just different outlets of the same source - apply rational discrimination and judgement (previously trading under the name of 'common sense').

Is it actually news you want, or just another scripted reality show..

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Re: Western Propaganda is Global

While your arguments about "the West" and its poor behaviour are mostly valid, their weight is diminished by the (non-west) political leadership striving to emulate them.

There are several "developing" countries with rich resources that could be prosperous and good places to live - but instead their best and brightest are devoting their energy to getting the hell out, because the local rulers have turned it into a shit hole. This isnt because of colonialism - its because the colonial powers moved out, and the tribal factions took over.

Data brokers amass profiles of pregnant women – and, of course, it's all up for sale

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I'm still wondering what a "passively pregnant" woman might look like...

potentially but not obviously ?

..So is roughly half the population of the internet, with continually ongoing research

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Re: I used to be nice to christians, not any more


Lawyers, politicians and religious leaders.

Its the 99% that give the others a bad name..

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told

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Re: Back to the future

"Capitalism has mixed results and can be very unfair, not very inclusive"

yes, Capitalism is great for the capitalists, but utterly sucks for the workers

Every *ism is great for the relevant *ist, because basically every governing power structure exists for the enforcement of privilege.

Communism and Socialism never got off the ground - they were hijacked by totalitarians right at the beginning. Democracy was stolen by the capitalists - because somebody had to be in charge, and all those competing voices werent achieving anything...

The world has recently seen the rise of various populist sociopaths who can freely tell people whatever they want to hear while dismantling or discrediting any checks on their power.

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These centrifugal moon towers could be key to life off-planet

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Re: Not practical

Low gravity is only one of the stumbling blocks on the path to colonising space - and probably the easiest to clear.

Others include getting materials there, keeping the vacuum outside of the habitat, and radiation in all its spectrum, are more immediate in effect.

Building habitats below the surface is just far more practical.

And definitely limit the scope of the centrifuge to human maintenance necessities - until such time your moon colony has sufficient surplus to support extravagances

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets

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“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.”

.. Sir Pterry.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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Re: Hobnobs - invented for mans pleasure

Problem is that Americans are unfamiliar with the word 'biscuit' and say have horrible, over sugared, abominations called 'cookie' instead.


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Re: the markup, while maybe explainable, offends my grasping Yorkshire soul :)

I think you have provided the 2022 version of "schadenfreude"

Whatever hit the Moon in March, it left this weird double crater

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The problem with getting a chinese crater, is half a second later, you want another one...

Microsoft issues fix for Windows 11 Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: "... each new distro release"

users whose life is not dedicated to worship and cuddle their OS (only people using a penguin icon like that)

Penguins are cute and cuddly (in popular culture, as opposed to malodorous, noisy, reality), whereas all but the most dedicated self-harm hobbyists realise hugging broken glass is a stupid idea.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

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the 'agreed' solution was for scrapyards to have a skip / container of sufficient size available that was filled with water and said burning car could be dropped in there and left for a week or three

same goes for firefighters,

You would hope their families would miss them after a day or two...

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Re: I have a revolutionary idea.

If it was being done at a scrapyard, they would probably pull them out and stack a bunch of them on top of each other, until they had a full truckload for the recycler to collect.

Microsoft pulls Windows 10/11 installation websites in Russia

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Bastard Oligarch from Hell?

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In Post Soviet Russia..

Windows throws YOU out,,

it had to be done,,

A miserable work week spent toiling inside 'the metaverse'

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Re: But... but... but...

Unless there is a fundamental shift in how we input data it's not going to work

This is zuckerbergs secret key to success.

Facebook has already collected all the data, so no need for any new inputs.

Any concept of bringing new stuff in - except through a multi-billion dollar project controlled by Meta - is crazy subversive talk, needing to be stamped out swiftly and decisively.

The other surveillance-capitalism powerhouses will be happy enough to imitate the model - you wont notice the absence of choices if the wallpaper is pretty enough.

Never fear, the White House is here to tackle web trolls

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An already implemented step in protecting web citizens from white supremacists.

Online and phone based support is no longer available from native English/European-language speakers.

i would use the joke icon - if it was funny.

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Re: Finger-Wagging

All of the proposed gun control measures - banning 'ghost' guns, maybe, possibly some character checks before selling automatic weapons.. whatever others they come up with - act to protect the gun manufacturers.

SpaceX reportedly fires staffers behind open letter criticising Elon Musk

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Re: Never directly criticise the person paying your wages in public or work time ...

... but I'm the only person in the room...

Interpol anti-fraud operation busts call centers behind business email scams

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In completely unrelated news

Nigeria's GDP plummets

Brute force and whiskey: The solution to all life's problems

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Sounds like the filming of the original Highlander movie

For the Scots clan battles, the extras were locals who were paid with booze.

Supposedly some serious injuries resulted.

Icon for Christopher Lambert, whose vision was so poor he was doing all the fight scenes by memory.

Small nuclear reactors produce '35x more waste' than big plants

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Re: even more safer to operate?

There are 1,000 square miles of eastern Europe

So an area 32 miles by 32 miles ( i feel dirty even writing 'miles')

You can live there - you just wouldnt want to. Probably a better chance of getting shot in the USA than dying early there.

As for Fukushima,

Fukushima is going to dump contaminated water into the ocean because it has run out of space

.. if you love something, let it go..

Honestly, you cant keep stuff forever, so after a bunch of half-lifes, and suitably diluted, and monitored, dispersal is an effective tool for harm mitigation.

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Re: much more safer to operate!

If the solar generator blows up...

It will be out to the orbit of Mars..

not even going to bother with the nuclear fireball icon..

Starlink's success in Ukraine amplifies interest in anti-satellite weapons

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Re: Keep it simple

Just think of poor Endor and all the shit left in orbit after the Rebel Alliance blew up the second Death Star....

3 things.

1) The battle fleets were not in stable orbits, being engaged in powered manoeuvring.

2) The inhabited point of interest is actually one of the moons of the Endor gas gaint, which will help clean up any loose space-going trash and make it very unlikely for stable orbits to develop

3) The inhabited moon has an atmosphere, which both acts to de-orbit nearby small items, and protect the surface and anyone living there.

and finally and most importantly.

Science does not apply to Star Wars. Its Space Opera, not science fiction.

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly

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Re: The sound of Perseverance

the most recent jargon I am aware of - which probably has been superseded -


Failure to learn

Just keep using that term when describing these politicians, and they may change tack to avoid the embarrassment. Appeals to common sense are completely pointless.

TomTom to chop 10% of workforce, blames automation tech

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Re: "Lifetime Updates"

"Lifetime Updates"

that ceased.

Watch out, they will chasing you down to bring your lifetime into sync with the subscription...

Fusion won't avert need for climate change 'sacrifice', says nuclear energy expert

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Re: From the cheap seats: NO SACRIFICE IS NEEDED (and you KNOW China will not do it ANYWAY)

The west's dependence on oil or gas sources controlled by regimes that range from dodgy to outright evil..

the USA becomes a net EXPORTER of oil again, which we were doing a couple o' years ago, and EASILY can, again

... exactly.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux

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Re: Now Do an Article About the Top Ten Linux Apps

Because I do graphic design

Who let the coloured pencil brigade in here?

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Re: choose how the OS will annoy you

Not sure you deserve those downvotes, unless people are taking exception to the word "quality"

Whilst agreeing with the sentiment - and upvoting the original post- the part I did find irritating was describing software as "äpps"

I know this puts me out of step with the youngsters - but I dont feel any need to pander to their sensitivities (in the absence of sensibilities), so fuck em.

How ICE became a $2.8b domestic surveillance agency

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Re: Why?!!

Being a criminal doesn't automatically exclude you from having rights, but lying about it does.

and yet, Trump still walks free.

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Re: Fixing the civil registry would have costed less...

They need some visionary to drag them, kicking and screaming, into the century of the fruitbat...

*need a Sir Pterry icon*

Spam is back with a vengeance. Luckily we can't read any of it

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Re: Spam = all time low

Spam folder today only had 4 entries ..

and they were all 'legitimate' marketing spam, not scammers.

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Put a cost on outgoing email

charge a cent or two per sent email, and the random flooding of the internet becomes less attractive.

implementation and enforcement would be almost impossible, of course.

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them

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Define the ISS as a place of incarceration, and the penalty period the same length as the mission.

Issue solved. This isnt rocket science.

IBM's autonomous Mayflower ship breaks down in second transatlantic attempt

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Someone should tell IBM

If they want to be a naval power they need to prioritise engineering over the sales...



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