* Posts by Uncle Slacky

1756 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008

We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*

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Re: You are joking?

The "ever closer union" was implied in the first bullet point in the government's 1975 referendum pamphlet, as well as explicitly stated in the Treaty of Rome, so we were obviously OK with it then:

http://www.harvard-digital.co.uk/euro/pamphlet.htm#5

"The aims of the Common Market are:

To bring together the peoples of Europe.

To raise living standards and improve working conditions.

To promote growth and boost world trade.

To help the poorest regions of Europe and the rest of the world.

To help maintain peace and freedom."

http://www.hri.org/docs/Rome57/Preamble.html

"Determined to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe"

Let's go space truckin': 1970s probe Voyager 1 is now 14 billion miles from home

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"How To Serve Man"

We want weaponised urban drones flying through your house, says UK defence ministry as it waves a fistful of banknotes

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Re: I don't think I'd be willing to help speed its arrival for 150k

"Mr President, we must not allow a drone gap!"

Something to look forward to: Being told your child or parent was radicalized by an AI bot into believing a bonkers antisemitic conspiracy theory

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Re: convincing?

And not nearly enough ALL CAPS!!!!!one111!!!!

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?

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Re: Phantom Brexit Downvoter

My money's on codejunky, they haven't seen fit to defend the indefensible in this thread yet, so it's the only thing they can do without embarrassing themselves.

As Amazon pulls union-buster job ads, workers describe a 'Mad Max' atmosphere – unsafe, bullying, abusive

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He got a small loan of a million dollars from 20 family members and friends:

"In 1994, Jeff held 60 meetings with family members, friends and prospective investors to get them to each invest around $50,000 apiece in Amazon and help him raise $1 million. Only 20 said yes, a group which included his parents."

"A 1997 SEC filing unearthed by Bloomberg Tuesday finds that Jackie and Mike Bezos invested $245,573 in Amazon in 1995."

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/02/how-jeff-bezos-got-his-parents-to-invest-in-amazon--turning-them-into.html

Zuck says Facebook made an 'operational mistake' in not taking down US militia page mid-protests. TBH the whole social network is a mistake

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Re: And just what, exactly...

> Marxist. Is that anti-American enough for you?

Perhaps you'd care to point me to where Marx (or capitalism, for that matter) is mentioned in the Constitution?

Hidden Windows Terminal goodies to check out: Retro mode that emulates blurry CRT display – and more

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Re: Blurry CRT Mode

I just use Cool Retro Term instead : https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term

UK national debt hits 1.46 Apples – and weighs as much as 2 billion adult badgers

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Not like it's real money anyway: https://brrr.money/

We've heard some made-up stories but this is ridiculous: Microsoft Flight Simulator, Bing erect huge skyscraper out of bad data

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Re: Roof

On the Spectrum one you could fly backwards by doing a loop-the-loop (IIRC).

UK govt reboots A Level exam results after computer-driven fiasco: Now teacher-predicted grades will be used after all

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The unis are helped by the fact that there won't be any foreign students taking up places this coming year, though.

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Also "someone got a U at your school in the last three years, therefore somebody has to get a U this year".

Where there's a .mil, there's Huawei: Pentagon allowed to keep using Chinese tech deemed too dangerous for everyone else – report

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Re: "That hasn't however, stopped the US and other nations . . ."

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon you're talking real money...

Made in China? Not for much longer, reckons Foxconn boss

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Re: I don't suppose ...

"There is no such thing as ethical consumption under capitalism." - Sonic the Hedgehog

America's largest radio telescope blind after falling cable slashes 100-foot gash in reflector dish

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Re: I saw a different headline

Anyone with any sense quit /. for Soylent News a few years ago: https://soylentnews.org/

Uncle Sam says it's perfecting autonomous AI-powered drone, vehicle swarms to 'dominate' battlefields

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Re: ...with...

El Reg used(?) to have a "Rise of the Machines" category for this kind of story.

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit

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Re: Adding a comment sometimes caused compile failure

Also known as the Obi-Wan error: http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/O/obi-wan-error.html

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Re: How's August working out for you?

Didn't you hear that Eternal September ended on January 25, 2005 (when AOL stopped Usenet access)?

https://slashdot.org/story/05/01/25/1628233/aol-kills-usenet-access

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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You could use a microphone jamming app like PilferShush Jammer: https://github.com/kaputnikGo/PilferShushJammer

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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I use UBitMenu to get old-style menus: https://www.ubit.ch/software/ubitmenu-languages

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

> My "favorite" were those idiots whom had half a megabyte of sig attached to an (email) message that amounted to "Ok, thanks, bye."

Good old BIFF@BIFF.NET (and sometimes PSUVM.EDU):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIFF#An_example_Biffism

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Maybe because the telemetry had already been backported to Windows 8 & 7 (unless you kept track of which updates to block).

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Re: How bad is it?

The "Windows 10 Upgrade Tool" or "Media Creation Tool" is still a free download: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-download-windows-10-for-free-now-that-windows-7-is-dead/

How Bude: Google's sole-financed private undersea pipe to make a landing in Cornwall

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Suspiciously convenient for GCHQ

Bude's quite close to the GCHQ outpost at Morwenstow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GCHQ_Bude

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

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Watch out for his razor! Or did you mean "Halon"?

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Well, one in a million chances happen nine times out of ten...

Microsoft pulls dust covers off Dataflex: Low-code data access from Teams

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Re: Anyone told Data Access Corp?

I used to write & support databases for UK local government careers services in DataFlex 2.3b back in the day, hence why DAC's reaction was my first thought.

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Anyone told Data Access Corp?

DataFlex is already a registered trademark of Data Access Corporation: https://www.dataaccess.com/products/dataflex-63

Twitter Qracks down on QAnon and its Qooky Qonspiracies

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Re: Wait what?

Republicans, like Christians, need to believe that they're persecuted - it means they must be right.

960 LinkedIn employees will be let go... If only there was some kind of 'social network for suits' to assist job hunts

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There *should* always be valid accounts at abuse@linkedin.com and postmaster@linkedin.com, but whether anyone reads them is anyone's guess. I did this myself when someone used my address to sign up to Pinterest, and I actually got a reply and apology (from one of the founders, I think - it was in their *very* early days).

Detroit Police make second wrongful facial-recog arrest when another man is misidentified by software

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Re: Ssecond wrongful facial-recog arrest

They also seem to think that lie detector machines actually work.

Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

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Don't forget that you can still run a modern supported Linux on it, like MintPPC: http://mintppc.nl/

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Does it smell?

Apparently a lot of iBooks smell like sweat, something to do with the glue used in the keyboard: https://lowendmac.com/2006/a-stinky-old-ibook-that-smells-like-sweat/

I've got a 2007 BlackBook (MacBook 2,1) which is about the easiest machine to install Libreboot on (all done in software), now running Trisquel Lite.

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Continue

Obligatory Office Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QQdNbvSGok

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Re: I'm sure we've all done this too

There's already research going on. People who can cause this effect do it are called SLIders (SLI = Street Light Interference).

More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_light_interference_phenomenon

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Mondarin?

Is he any relation of Mondrian?

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: Low end machines

KDE is also fairly lightweight these days!

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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.

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?

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...

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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.

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