* Posts by Uncle Slacky

1971 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008

Apple to compel workers to spend '3 days a week' in the office

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Stop

> avoid that like the plague

I think we're going to need to come up with a better analogy, given recent experience.

Google's ChromeOS Flex turned my old MacBook into new frustrations

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Linux

Peppermint OS promotes them as a feature: https://peppermintos.com/guide/ice/

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you

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Re: Examples?

That might be acceptable in Yorkshire.

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Re: Examples?

"Upturned corrugated baby carriage on wheels" is, I think, how Jasper Carrott referred to it.

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Headmaster

Re: Don't know about that

It's OK to start sentences with "and" now? Did I miss a memo?

Large Hadron Collider experiment reveals three exotic particles

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Boffin

Re: Moo

First, assume a spherical cow...

Tech companies ready public stances on Roe v. Wade

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Childcatcher

Cheaper than the alternative?

As someone pointed out on Twitter, paying for your staff to have abortions works out cheaper than maternity leave.

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Mushroom

Re: Space 1999

I hope they're more careful about storing the waste this time.

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

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Trollface

KHive?

I wonder if there will be any repercussions for this group?

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/kamala-harris-khive-toxic-side_n_5f4fa573c5b69eb5c037473e

Microsoft brings tabs to File Explorer

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Holmes

Just like Explorer++, then?

Which I've been using for at least 12 years now:

https://explorerplusplus.com

No more fossil fuel or nukes? In the future we will generate power with magic dust

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Boffin

Re: Give it time

Slavery with extra steps?

How one techie ended up paying the tab on an Apple Macintosh Plus

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Not a problem if she used something like:

copy con myfile.txt

Taser maker offers electric-shock drones to stop school shootings

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Re: NRA accepts need for new legislation

Ammosexuals.

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

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Boffin

FreeDOS.

Declassified and released: More secret files on US govt's emergency doomsday powers

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Mushroom

Re: Might is right, in other words

Threads and The War Game are both far closer to reality.

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

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WTF?

> I've been on googlemail since 1999

That's impressive, seeing as it started in 2004...

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively

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Don't forget As-Easy-As...

...which was released for free a few years ago:

for DOS: http://www.triusinc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10

and Windows: http://www.triusinc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=9

Confirmation dialog Groundhog Day: I click OK and it keeps coming back

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Re: Error messages have sometimes improved a bit

Better yet, there are WOMBAT issues (Waste Of Money, Brains And Time).

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

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Re: I love demands to do the impossible

Obligatory XKCD: https://xkcd.com/1053/

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Alien

Life imitates...

...Avenue 5 (but at least the techie doesn't end up dead).

Clustered Pi Picos made to run original Transputer code

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We had a Computing Surface at uni as well (maybe it's the same one - the Octagonal Tower mean anything to you?). As part of my degree course we had a short series of lectures on Occam and were allowed to look at (but not touch!) the Meiko running full-motion real-time fractal generation (this was 1990ish).

Unity and Trinity: New releases for forks of abandoned Linux desktops

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Re: A new version of Trinity is always welcome

Q4OS Trinity (Debian-based) and EXE GNU/Linux (Devuan-based) both run well on old netbooks.

John Deere tractors 'bricked' after Russia steals machinery from Ukraine

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Stop

ITYM Cornhub...

Worried about being replaced by a robot? Become a physicist

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Stop

Re: Amen .....

The mice told me it was 42.

ZX Spectrum: Q&A with some of the folks who worked on legendary PC

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Re: Screen memory layout

I can understand the two-colour-per-character-block limitation, but why was the pixel "map" divided into three blocks instead of one simple top-to-bottom (or vice versa) block?

US Space Force unit to monitor region beyond Earth's geosynchronous orbit

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Re: Don’t look up.

"Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft gap!"

https://youtu.be/kuPh6TfK4iY?t=92

Amazon warehouse workers in New York unionize in historic win against web giant

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To summarise...

..."If you have a boss, you need a union".

GParted 1.4: New version of live partition-manipulation tool

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Linux

Re: Low RAM tips?

Rescatux or Refracta might work better for you.

Debugging source is even harder when you can't stop laughing at it

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Re: Window titles too

Yes, we had that one too!

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Window titles too

A common window title in our department was "X blows goats" or similar. There were also conditionals or loop endings of the style "fat_lady = has_sung".

EU, US agree on Privacy Shield enhancements

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Stop

Re: Wait and see ...

More worried about Priti Vacant:

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/jan/13/how-will-the-police-and-bill-limit-the-right-to-protest

Unable to write 'Amusing Weekly Column'. Abort, Retry, Fail?

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Linux

Re: Linux on a foobared HDD

Testdisk (photorec) is what you should have used:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/testdisk/

An open-source COBOL contender emerges

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Pirate

Re: How did it come to this?

That's why Sci-Hub and Library Genesis exist.

BBC points Russians to the Tor version of itself

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Black Helicopters

Re: Fahrenheit 451

My ISP seems to be blocking it, but Firefox (with DNS over HTTPS enabled) works fine.

Proprietary neural tech you had surgically implanted? Parts shortage

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"Fun" audio clips

> merrily rejigging System 6 with ResEdit to make my Mac SE/30 blurt out audio snippets

I made my IIsi play the entire intro from The Prisoner on bootup (the audio file took up a sizable proportion of the 80Mb hard drive - I'd recorded it off the telly). The error sound was Ren Höek saying "You eeeee-diot!" (actually taken from the resource fork of the game Maelstrom - still a great version of Asteroids, incidentally).

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Re: The joys of modifying windows sounds...

I configured an SE/30 to say "I am completely operational and all my circuits are functioning perfeectly" on startup.

Google to wind down pandemic work-from-home

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Re: What I learned from the Pandemic

We've certainly had to retire use of the phrase "Avoid x like the plague", given the evidence that such a large proportion of the population wouldn't.

Amazon Alexa can be hijacked via commands from own speaker

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Devil

Why give it house room?

Unless I was elderly/disabled, I can't see any reason for keeping a listening device in my house. I'm obliged to have a smartphone, but I run an audio jammer (PilferShush) on it at all times.

Apple seeks patent for 'innovation' resembling the ZX Spectrum, C64 and rPi 400

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FAIL

> Anyone noticed that _nobody_ is building a device like this right now?

Raspberry Pi 400 (mentioned in the headline) and ZX Spectrum Next are two that immediately spring to mind...

UK's new Brexit Freedom Bill promises already-slated GDPR reform, easier gene editing rules

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Re: no checks are done when registering companies at Companies House

> p.s. I love those abbreviations, 4B here, 2.4B there...

Pretty soon you're talking real money...

New York Times outlays seven-figure sum for 1,900 lines of JavaScript – yes, we mean Wordle

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Re: What have they actually bought?

Yep, "Word Mastermind" dates from 1975:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastermind_(board_game)#Variations

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Re: hangman

It's a variation on Mastermind - in fact there was a "Word Mastermind" variant back in the 70s:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastermind_(board_game)#Variations

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel green-lights Mike Lynch's extradition to US to face Autonomy fraud charges

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Re: A question about her name.

I was thinking more along the lines of "Priti Vacant".

Wolfing down ebooks during lockdown? You might want to check out Calibre, the Swiss Army ebook tool

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Re: Upwards thumb

On Android (F-Droid) I use LibreraPro.

Privacy is for paedophiles, UK government seems to be saying while spending £500k demonising online chat encryption

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Boffin

Re: Encryption

No, *physics* kills people.

BeOS rebuild / Haiku has a new feature / that runs Windows apps

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Runs great on the original eeePC

In case anyone else wants to breathe new life into their old eee, Haiku works well on my 701 4G (even the wifi!).

Who you gonna call? Premium numbers, but a not-so-premium service

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Re: 555

It was usually "KLondike" (for obvious reasons if you know where K and L are on the phone).

US distrust of Huawei linked in part to malicious software update in 2012

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FAIL

Re: Smellycat

"Everyone I disagree with is a Russian bot"

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Re: Smellycat

Here's a recent summary of some of Bellingcat's work:

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/04/30/war-propaganda-firm-bellingcat-continues-lying-about-syria/

I don't doubt that they do "good stuff" too, but that makes it easier to hide the disinformation/misinformation when required.

Consent manufacturing go brrrr.....

US grounds investors in Chinese drone maker DJI over 'Xinjiang human rights abuses'

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FAIL

Relevant: https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/11/19/nobody-who-says-you-can-criticize-washington-and-beijing-actually-does/

"The US empire has killed millions and displaced tens of millions in its still-ongoing global “war on terror” since 9/11. It is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases, its sanctions and blockades are starving people to death en masse every single day, and it actively works to destroy any nation whose government disobeys its commands.

Nothing China is doing rises anywhere near this level of evil, either within its own borders or on the world stage. This is evident even if you believe every single claim the western empire has been asserting about the Chinese government’s behavior (which would of course be a very silly thing to do)."

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