* Posts by Uncle Slacky

1878 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell

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Re: A couple of funny ones I can remember hearing from mates

I thought that was the Heisenberg compensators?

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Re: That Meme

Reminds me of this classic SMBC cartoon:

https://www.smbc-comics.com/comics/20140817.png

Google fixes 'Chromebork' one-character code typo that prevented Chrome OS logins

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Re: "All three mitigations, however, clear local data on the device"

IIRC EULAs have no legal force, at least in the UK. That might concern only the "by opening this package, you have accepted the EULA" kind of thing, though.

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

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Re: Your headline reminds me...

Jasper Carrott famously did a whole standup routine about Australian Durex:

https://youtu.be/5SdbEfueBY0?t=1110

The lights go off, broadband drops out, the TV freezes … and nobody knows why (spooky music)

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Re: Supply pipe location

I had something similar when I moved into a new build. It was the middle of a row of 3 terraced houses, the three water meters were grouped together in the road in front. The meter reader would only read the meters for the other two houses, even though the third meter (ours) was clearly visible alongside the others. We wrote to the water company several times to alert them to our existence (and to avoid any future accusations of avoiding payment) and after a couple of years they eventually added us to their system and made us (over)pay by installments to make up for the lost time (how kind of them!).

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Satellite TV is the more reliable option...

...however, in the south of France (like me) you'll need a 1-metre dish (minimum) to get a good signal from the Astra 2 constellation, and they often turn the power down in summer.

Still waiting for that fibre broadband, they laid the cable in the road outside the house almost a year ago, but they haven't actually got around to connecting anyone yet, though.

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Re: I have a friend

#susanalbumparty

(party for Susan Boyle's album, of course).

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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Re: Thoughts

Was it Rod Hull?

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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Re: I must have been lucky

We had one of those too, she used to handle telephone VAX/VMS support from our Bristol office in the late 90s. In retrospect the VAX knowledge should have clued us in that she was a bit older than we thought...

Who would cross the Bridge of Death? Answer me these questions three! Oh and you'll need two-factor authentication

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Re: Ceci n'est pas une robot

You could also interpret it as "I am not a food processor" as French tends to overload its nouns.

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Re: What crap security

I once got around that by uuencoding the encrypted file and sending it in a plain text email. I had to instruct the recipient how to uudecode it, but it worked (eventually).

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate

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Re: Laptops are good for this

They're clearly printed in black, on a black background - what's the problem?

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer

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Re: Colourful?

You have to show evidence that you've paid all your taxes before you're allowed to renounce, though.

US Navy starts an earthquake to see how its newest carrier withstands combat conditions

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Re: Odd Name

But can it sail and chew gum at the same time?

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Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: home shouting your rage

Or GBeebies...

What job title would YOU want carved on your gravestone? 'Beloved father, Slayer of Dragons, Register of Domains'

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Re: Headphones

Yes, things like the Bone Fone were being sold 42 years ago: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_Fone

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Re: Romanes eunt domus

Caesar sic in omnibus, Brutus sic inat.

Whatever you've been doing during lockdown, you better stop it right now

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That "family" movie review site...

Reminded me of NTK's favourite "Christian" movie review site http://www.capalert.com - which to my surprise still exists, in all its Web 1.0 goodness!

See for example their review of LOTR:TRotK: http://www.capalert.com/capreports/lotr-returnoftheking.htm

Apple ditches support for pre-2015 MacBook Air, Pro laptops with macOS Monterey

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Linux?

It'll probably run a (light) Linux distro reasonably well, still. I'm running Trisquel Lite on a 2007 Core2Duo MacBook (MacBook 2,1) and it runs well enough for light browsing.

Flying dildo poses a slap in the face for serious political debate

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Life imitates...

...Second Life?

BOFH: I'm so pleased to be on the call, Boss. No, of course this isn't a recording

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"He's apparently moved to his daughter's place in Spain."

Missed the chance to say "Dave's not here, man"...

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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Missed opportunity...

...for this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djGap7oLgvE

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

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Re: CV's top tips

> Candidates need to be more honest about simply wanting a salary and not caring who they're working for (within reason). The whole process needs to be less delusional.

Reminds me of this classic cartoon: https://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3454

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What really gets my goat...

...are those sites where they ask you to upload your CV, and then you have to retype the whole lot again in their own format (or worse, have to correct a form that they've attempted to auto-fill from your CV). I guess it's a way of filtering out those who don't have a capacity for pointless additional work...

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Re: Tech CVs might not be understood

Also, if you're applying for jobs in a foreign country with a minimum expectation of a qualification that you don't (or can't) have because you were educated elsewhere (looking at you, France, with your "BAC+5"), bury it in white text on white background somewhere on the page so that it gets picked up by the scanning software but is invisible otherwise.

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Re: Vb, c, cOO, fortran....

I pride myself on being able to write Fortran in any language.

Reports link Bill Gates' departure from Microsoft board in 2020 with probe into employee affair

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Re: Always the ones you least expect

And avoid eggs...

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt

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Re: Tolerance

You need to read up on the Paradox of Tolerance:

"if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_tolerance

The Wight stuff: Marconi and the island, when working remotely on wireless comms meant something very different

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Re: Inspiring review

Not only radio, but Bell demonstrated long-distance telephone calls from Osborne House, and Vicky was so impressed she tried to buy it off him:

https://www.onlygoodnewsdaily.com/post/queen-victoria-and-the-telephone

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years

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Re: Imagine my S5 feeling lonely

It does (depending on the variant): https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/#samsung

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar

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Re: Corby

As a frequent rail user, I always assumed "Corby" was short for "Kettering for Corby".

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger

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Bitcoin analysis (stolen from Twitter)

"Imagine a child's concept of an evil businessman. He plugs in his pollution machine to make money. It doesn't do anything for anybody, just pollutes and then he gets money for it."

Brit MPs and campaigners come together to oppose COVID status certificates as 'divisive and discriminatory'

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Re: requires both data about an individual's health and, linked to it, confirmation of their id...

F-Droid also has Aurora Store, which enables you to download some/most Google Play apps anonymously.

39 Post Office convictions quashed after Fujitsu evidence about Horizon IT platform called into question

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Re: Cowards and Liars

Wasn't the OPD just a Sinclair QL with a phone built in?

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?

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Re: Perhaps an error really has, well, occurred.

My first thought too!

US Army develops natural-language voice-command AI for robots, tanks, etc. For search'n'rescue. For now

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ED-209 situation?

"You have 30 seconds to comply!"

"You have 20 seconds to comply!"

"You have 10 seconds to comply!"

ZZAP!

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

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Re: Religion in the UK?

Do they move in mysterious ways?

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Re: Great quote

There was (in some Protestant quarters) a long-standing suspicion that the EEC/EU has been a covert Catholic project from the start, so it's not surprising that they might vote to leave on that basis.

Pentagon confirms footage of three strange craft taken by the Navy are UFOs (no, that doesn't mean they're aliens)

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> There is no attempt to explore reality with an open mind, the mind is closed and the 'facts' must be made to fit - ignorance and prejudice at work

More projection than the Cannes film festival! The onus is on the person making a claim ("there is a god/gods") to prove their argument, not for others to disprove it:

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Burden_of_proof#God

"The burden of proof lies with whoever is making the assertion. If there's no evidence, either way, it's a matter of faith, or lack thereof. Expressing a personal belief/disbelief in the existence of a certain god/goddess is sound enough, but claiming their opinion is factual or denouncing the opponent's claim as false without any proof supporting one idea or disproving the other is fallacious. While an unfalsifiable claim/hypothesis can be proven neither right nor wrong, it is reasonable to dismiss it as non-factual if it lacks logical supporting evidence."

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I think the point here is that you don't need to be a tailor to discuss whether the emperor has no clothes.

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> simple minded atheists who think saying "sky fairy" is a powerful argument and know nothing about millennia of theological argument, or what followers of religions believe or why.

Sounds a lot like the "Courtier's Reply": https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Courtier's_Reply

Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library 'of any open source desktop ever'

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> have no desire to extend my skills to my smart phone, which incidentally has had every app removed and all internet connections ripped out or blocked

Same(ish) here - I was obliged to get a smartphone for teleworking (inherited one of my daughter's castoffs) as my landline internet connection is unreliable, so I needed something to act as a 4G hotspot in emergencies. I spent some time learning how to lock it down and degoogle/debloat it as far as possible (it can't be unlocked, otherwise I'd have put LineageOS or similar on it). I only have a few F-Droid apps on it and usually keep it in "extreme power save mode" (i.e. dumbphone mode) which still allows 3 apps of your choice anyway and doesn't require constant recharging.

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user

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Re: Training!

Makes an ass out of you and ...umption?

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Angel

That would be an ecumenical matter.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter

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Re: Strong like this?

bork.bork.bork

British gambling giant Betfred told to pay stiffed winner £1.7m jackpot after claiming 'software problem'

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Re: Works Both Ways

*Both* casinos...

Time for an upgrade: Dev of the last modern browser for PowerPC Macs calls it a day

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Re: There's always Linux...

I ran the earlier incarnation of MintPPC (based on Debian) on my Blueberry iMac. I needed the right xorg.conf file installed before running X, however the current version of MintPPC appears to do it automatically (booting to an LXDE desktop):

https://www.u58733p55594.web0093.zxcs-klant.nl/installation-instructions/

I'm not sure about Mesa or acceleration, though.

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There's always Linux...

There are still a few Linux distros for PowerPC, like MintPPC and Void:

http://mintppc.nl/

https://voidlinux-ppc.org/

and of course Debian:

https://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc/

UK terror law reviewer calls for expanded police powers to imprison people who refuse to hand over passwords

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Re: Some things to consider:

BTW, Madison died in 1836, not 1863.

No JavaScript, no trackers, no SSL security: Retro computing boffin gives Google News a Netscape 1.1 makeover

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> For example a forums just for i.e FreeBSD / Linux nerds really doesn't need to be fancy.

Usenet is still a thing. Use https://www.eternal-september.org if your ISP doesn't handle UUCP.

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