* Posts by Uncle Slacky

1719 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008

Firefox 78: Protections dashboard, new developer features... and the end of the line for older macOS versions

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uBlock Origin is a much better alternative to Adblock Plus.

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Checkboxes on Linux

I wonder if it will be able to render checkboxes as something other than 1x1 pixel in this version?

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Well, no

Especially as PeppermintOS is its own thing, too: https://peppermintos.com/

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Re: Linux flavours

Apart from the usual "BTW I use Arch" crowd, Solus and Void are the new hotness.

US govt: Julian Assange tried to recruit hacker to steal hush-hush dirt and we should know – the hacker was an informant

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"Are we the baddies?"

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: 555

Also sometimes spelled out as "KLondike-5": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555_(telephone_number)

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Re: I didn't know of the triangle badges in the prison camps

> (government takeover of businesses is one of the characteristics that defines socialism)

"Socialism is when the government does stuff, and the more stuff it does the socialister it is" - Carl Marks

No, the only common characteristic of *actual* socialism is the social ownership of the means of production. It's useless to argue about this with Americans as they can't even properly define the things they object to.

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

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Re: I didn't know of the triangle badges in the prison camps

There's a good collection of links and info on the subject here if you're interested:

https://old.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/wiki/faq/europe#wiki_how_socialist_was_national_socialism.3F

From there:

"First of all, here's Hitler's understanding of socialism from his 22.07.1922 speech "Freistaat oder Sklaventum" (translation from Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich):

Whoever is prepared to make the national cause his own to such an extent that he knows no higher ideal than the welfare of the nation; whoever has understood our great national anthem, “Deutschland ueber Alles,” to mean that nothing in the wide world surpasses in his eyes this Germany, people and land - that man is a Socialist.

That is simply not how socialism is defined, therefore appealing to the mere use of the term is not an argument."

In short, no, they weren't. What Hitler meant by "national socialism" bore no relation to the actual definition of socialism.

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Re: I didn't know of the triangle badges in the prison camps

If you think Nazis were socialists, I presume you also think North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is democratic?

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Re: FTFY

Or "Resident Rump" for short.

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Re: @diodesign "References involving 88, HH, and 14 have been used for years and years "

There's also "Combat 18", where 18 => AH => Adolf Hitler.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combat_18#Name

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

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Re: That is insane

You can thank President Ford's "Project Bootstrap" for that!

Mr. Burns: Where is the meltdown originating?

Smithers: Sector 7-G, sir.

Mr. Burns: Who is responsible for that sector?

Smithers: Homer Simpson.

Mr. Burns: Simpson, eh? Good man, dependable? When did he begin work?

Smithers: Actually, sir, he was hired under Project Bootstrap.

Mr. Burns: [sarcastically] Thank you, President Ford...

https://frinkiac.com/meme/S03E05/294283.jpg?b64lines=IEFjdHVhbGx5LCBTaXIsIGhlIHdhcwogaGlyZWQgdW5kZXIgIlByb2plY3QKIEJvb3RzdHJhcC4iIFRoYW5rIHlvdSwKIFByZXNpZGVudCBGb3JkLg==

If Daddy doesn't want me to touch the buttons, why did they make them so colourful?

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"Please do not press this button again"

Should have been programmed with the H2G2 approved message - see title.

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks

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Re: Obviously

Reminds me of this old story: https://rmitz.org/freebsd.daemon.html

Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn

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Re: "an all American crew in an all American craft"

Well, Elon is (also) a US citizen, so they're technically correct (which is the best kind of correct).

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Re: Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly

Also known as "lithobraking".

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: Crossing the International Date Line/Equator

Correction, for the downvoters - it was an F-16 inverting whe crossing the equator, and luckily the bug was found in simulation:

https://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/3.44.html#subj1

https://dl.acm.org/action/showFmPdf?doi=10.1145/1010792

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Crossing the International Date Line/Equator

At least one jet fighter that I've heard of would flip over (i.e. inverted flight) when crossing the date line (180° longitude) and/or the equator.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: What 5G ?

Another example of Life Imitating The Simpsons:

https://frinkiac.com/meme/S07E23/281597.jpg?b64lines=IEJ1dCBJIGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbnkKIHRpZ2VycyBhcm91bmQgaGVyZS4gRG8KIHlvdT8gTGlzYSwgSSB3YW50IHRvIGJ1eQogeW91ciByb2NrLg==

Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness

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Re: Pi a great project

That's what they should have called the Pi Zero.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: You supported a system...

I think someone once said that the problem is that the president was effectively given the powers they *thought* the King had, not the powers he actually had (which even in the 18th century, were mostly ceremonial).

Microsoft drops a little surprise thank-you gift for sitting through Build: The source for GW-BASIC

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Re: The worst Basic ever

Sinclair BASIC had much better string handling than MS Basic, for a start.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: Quite an upgrade...

Didn't he start off with a Sinclair QL?

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat

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Re: Same for most social media style apps

> anyone at risk from burglars figuring out local targets & jumping for joy when a social media post reveals they are on holiday away from their home address

Someone already automated this: http://pleaserobme.com/

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Re: For any one in a sensitive job.

Or equally, having a very common name helps you to be lost in the virtual crowd.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: The Wheel of History

> writing letters using one big row per line

Sounds like the "word processor" in Lotus Symphony (DOS version).

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Pure 'Carry on ' gold.

Yes, sadly the Beebotron is no longer with us - it had a useful function called the Beebodge that would (usually) extract the requested radio programme (based on timings and station choices):

https://web.archive.org/web/20161230215329/https://beebotron.org/beebobodgewma.php

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Re: Kids Toys

Achtung, Schweinhund!

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything

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Re: reviewer uses Google extensively

> For those of us who never install apps and use YouTube by going to the YouTube website

And if you *do* want an app for that, install NewPipe from the F-Droid repository instead!

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Google apps etc. via browser?

What's to stop you logging in to Google's apps via whatever browser they've included?

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

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Re: Illegal.is relative.

It's also worth noting that Joe Biden was the author of what eventually became the PATRIOT Act:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnibus_Counterterrorism_Act_of_1995

https://newspunch.com/joe-biden-admits-he-wrote-the-patriot-act-in-1995/

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Re: 1st Amendement

The 1st amendment didn't last long at all - in fact, only until 1798. From:

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

"...criminalized making false statements that were critical of the federal government (Sedition Act of 1798)"

More automation to suddenly look like a jolly good idea as businesses struggle through coronavirus crisis, say analysts

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That's why it's called "fully automated luxury communism" - it's a post-capitalist society:

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/18/fully-automated-luxury-communism-robots-employment

Total Eclipse to depart: Open-source software foundation is hopping the pond to Europe

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Re: A long time coming

> whether 4/6/2018 is in July or April

Or even June...

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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ROTM?

Shouldn't this be listed under Rise of the Machines (if El Reg still has that category)?

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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Re: X Æ A-12

"Chumley"

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X Æ A-12

That's the official name - not sure how to pronounce it though.

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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Re: Sun4

There's a pinout diagram here: http://www.kbdbabel.org/conn/kbd_connector_sun456.png

IBM PS/2 pinout for comparison: http://www.kbdbabel.org/conn/kbd_connector_ps2.png

It was linked from a Sun 5 adaptor Github page, if it helps: https://github.com/benr/SunType5_ArduinoAdapter

There's also this: https://github.com/xelalexv/suniversal

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Macintosh Extended Keyboard II or GTFO

Nothing to beat it IMO. Still usable with a suitable adaptor like: https://www.bigmessowires.com/usb-wombat/

Sometimes one can go a little too far in search of isolation

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Re: Admiral Grace Hopper to post in 3, 2, 1...

She still haunts these forums, however.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: POTUS Supporters

Obligatory XKCD: https://xkcd.com/1217/

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Darwin Award can also apply to people who are alive but have lost their ability to reproduce (due to their award-winning actions).

Fright at the museum: Bored curators play spooky Top Trumps on Twitter over who has the creepiest object

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Re: A few years ago in Cornwall

Could have been at the old Potter Museum at Jamaica Inn, unfortunately long gone (I was there on the last day of opening). Lots of bad Victorian taxidermy - there's a nice collection of photos here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/sep/13/curious-world-walter-potter-pictures-taxidermist-victorian

Strangely, the Witchcraft Museum at Boscastle hasn't participated in this competition (yet) to my knowledge.

Vivaldi browser to perform a symphony of ad and tracker blocking with version 3.0

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Re: Vivaldi is great

Same here, it has the best vertical tab implementation of any browser.

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Re: I'll have to give it a go on Android.

You can set your country in DDG if you want, that should give you more relevant results.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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Re: Good for data-less phone plans

My Asus eeePC 701 is surprisingly portable...

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Re: Good for data-less phone plans

Same for me. I have a netbook running Linux if I need to access the internet when I'm out & about, and a feature phone (with a physical keyboard) for phone calls and texting. Smartphones are too closed for my liking.

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years

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Re: Thanks To A South American Immigrant

Adjusted per capita, too.

Honor MagicBook 14: Nice keyboard and ports aplenty – but with a webcam forever fixed on all of your chins

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Re: OS?

There's this one:

https://linux-laptop.net/

but I don't think it's been updated in a while.

OK brainiacs, we've got an IT cold case for you: Fatal disk errors on an Amiga 4000 with 600MB external SCSI unless the clock app is... just so

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Re: Witchcraft

Should have waved a dead chicken over it:

http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/W/wave-a-dead-chicken.html

Edit: On reflection, maybe a rain dance instead:

http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/R/rain-dance.html

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