* Posts by C Yates

147 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Apr 2009


Free software pioneer Richard Stallman is battling cancer

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Mandatory xkcd


I only forwarded this classic onto someone last week too, so I feel slightly heartbroken at this news.

I hope he beats it, or at least doesn't suffer...

Microsoft whips up unrest after revealing Azure AD name change

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"there are zero changes to Azure AD capabilities, APIs, login URLs"

Then why change the f******g name!?


I'd only just started the MS learn stuff.

The main thing I "learned" was that I really wanted to give the idiot coming up with all of these stupid names a slap.

Richard Stallman says he has returned to the Free Software Foundation board of directors and won't be resigning again

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Appropriate xkcd

One of my favourites :)


Whoooooa, this node is on fire! Forget Ceph, try the forgotten OpenStack storage release 'Crispy'

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Re: Thermal Incident

"The old meeting minutes and printouts of his e-mails were presented to him in a folder, which just happened to be at hand. The presence of several witnesses was a great help."

Beautiful ;)

Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it

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Re: Let the victim-blaming begin

Do you need a hug? :)

The gimlet gaze of Azure to be turned upon UK footpads thanks to cop-friendly analytics

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Re: Not sure what the point of this is.....


Toerags were on site breaking in in broad day light in full view of our caretaker. He phones the police and tells them that they are still onsite and that if they come now they will catch them.

20 mins later someone turns up. Caretaker tells them that the crooks are still on site and asks if they want him to show them around. "No thankyou sir, we've seen all we need to see."

Monday morning, I confirm on CCTV that they were indeed still on site...

I know there have been cutbacks and it's a hard job, but it'd be nice if they actually did the work occasionally...

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Was about to thank the reg for not using any horrific "massive spider pics" to illustrate the story.

Than I scroll down and caught a glimpse of the vid...


Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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Re: I'm not quite sure who I would like to play the Doctor

Thank god someone said this!

The last two doctors would have been brilliant if it were not for the writing - a very patchy affair.

I hope to god that Capaldi's regeneration isn't as crap as Matt Smiths! (Such an anti-climax!)

iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

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Re: subtle and clever innovations

While I agree with you 100%, I do seem to remember feeling exactly the same way when they got rid of the floppy disk drive...

UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Re: Yup


Plus, what's the bet's that this gets stuck on a USB stick and lost on a train?

Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

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Re: @Chika

"while software lock-in can be a problem, in some cases the lock-in is only force of habit"

Agreed, although again, the average person generally isn't going to be the one that breaks that habit.

"Don't belittle the "average person" though as they will often be the first to gripe when X has moved or Y doesn't work the way it used to."

The average person isn't to blame or belittle for this. MS are.

"Then they take measures to correct that, which is where we come in!"

First, they have to know it's a problem (most won't), then there's the fact that a lot of us don't *want* the extra work!

Microsofts' Facebook-like "arsing-about" with privacy shouldn't be something that we have to deal with!

There's enough to do with hunting down drivers (which the Win10 updates are terrible at finding btw - another gripe), general software/hardware errors/maintenance etc. Adding the joy of ensuring a customer/friend/family members' privacy isn't being violated too is something that just shouldn't need to be done.

They are causing all of this, why can't they fix it?

"Maybe, maybe not. See my note above about your note."

Hah! well if you'll refer to appendix A, you'll find something in sub-section B that will clearly disprove your argument. (Sorry, it's been a very long day.)

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"nobody is forcing you to change to Windows 10 besides Microsoft"

They're only the company people whose products are used the most at work and home...

No real biggie there then.

"there are measures that you can implement to kill that nonsense off"

But you shouldn't need to, that's the whole point. Sure *I* can implement these measures, but the average person isn't going to know any better.

"Microsoft are still supposed to stick to their published extended support for Windows 7..."

A lot of people have had this "OS" practically force itself onto their systems. So even if they did try to stay with Windows 7, they would need to know what they were doing (see "average person" comment above) in order to avoid it installing automatically.

"If you have W7 or W8.1 and it does what you want it to do, then why change now?"

Oh I'm not, believe me :)

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"we take steps to avoid gathering any information that directly identifies a company or user, such as name, email address, or account ID,"

"Take steps"!? So they can still work it out then?

I *really* don't like this; there's just too much leeway for them to be able to do/get whatever they want.

Linux all the way now I'm afraid...

Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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And yet he succeeds...

I agree with all of this, as funny as it is.

But then I remember that this is a successful businessman who has run his own business, worked on TV and has a huge income - he has got to have done something right, racist or not...

(Plus, he managed it all with THAT haircut!)

Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: SImilar thing happened to me

I can only echo what the previous people have said: it wasn't a dick move.

If it were me, I would have asked for the Director to phone you personally and beg... it would have made telling them where to go even more satisfying :)

Good job!

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"the ability to suspend disbelief and the ability to conceal disgust"

I'm going to use this :)

Thought YOU'd had rude service in France? Ce n'était RIEN, M'sieu Pantalons Malodorants

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Re: Is it only me...

Today I learned a load of French swear words and to never piss off a French washing machine salesman.

Important life tip - merci! :D

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Re: Is it only me...

I thought the same!

I wonder if they have anyone down for promiscuity...

Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' slablet phones (in Puerto Rico)

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Re: Set it to vibrate, missus....

eww, I hope it's going to be water-proof... @_@

Moist towelette anyone? :)

Wanna play PlayStation games but don't have a console? Samsung's got a TV for that

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It would be grander still if the playstation network stayed up over the holiday period...

Can't disagree though :)

Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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Re: I'm STILL playing this!!

Were I to have the ability to grant 100 upvotes, this comment would benefit from it...

It seems a shame that games seem to be more about screwing people out of extra cash with microtransactions and other sharp practices than actually being fun now...

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I'm STILL playing this!!

I've been playing this off and on since I discovered the emulator - it is still such an awesome game, despite the graphics!

I discovered a bit back that all the monster stats and attributes were stored in a plain text file - so I tweaked things so that if I trained an imp upto level 10 he would morph into a level 10 Avatar... Much fun has ensued since :D

It *needs* a decent remake - not the recent piece of money-grabbing crap that EA came out with and should be dragged out into the street and shot for.

GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Re: Women in position of authority ..


This is gold, thanks so much for brightening up my day =)

Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

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"You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings,"

It's amazing how I STILL don't trust them.

I was paranoid before, but now the NSA thing has hit I'd consider burying it in concrete *just in case*.

Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

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NOW we know why they keep changing the bl**dy charger!

It wasn't to make money, it was for our protection!

Come back Tim Cook, all is forgiven!

Anonymity ZUCKS: Facebook's Instagram to switch on face tagging

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Re: There are 4 or 5 persons in the World....

I dunno why, but the first two names that occurred to me were Jeffrey Archer and the Gocompare bloke...

Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin

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Re: Dinosaur resurrection out of the question!

At least it's a break from horse :)

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Re: Defuse The Situation

"Raptors can open doors, but they are slowed by them. Using the floor plan on the next page, plot a route through the building, assuming raptors take 5 minutes to open the first door and half the time for each subsequent door. Remember, raptors run at 10 m/s and they do not know fear."

This *forced* me to look up xkcd raptor cartoons ;)





RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push

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Re: "Legitimate download sites like amazon.com"

@Larry F54

Excellent link, thanks for posting! :)

Kinda reminds me of the cynical-c "pirate-a-dvd-to-avoid-annoying-anti-piracy-warnings" diagram...


British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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It's just that 2013 is the year of the twat :)

Security audit finds dev outsourced his job to China to goof off at work

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Re: Dilbert predicted this'd happen in 2003

lol! Good find :)

St Zuck gives half a BEELLION DOLLARS in Facebook stock to charity

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Re: Those share certificates...

I would rather use the puppy though ;)

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Timed to balance Instagram debacle?

One has to wonder...

Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

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Re: Good old in-your-face book

"fundamentally what made it great has gone and can't be easily regained"

Jolly good! I just wish that in Facebook's case, it would happen a little faster (and bloodier).

I could hope that this would serve as a lesson to other big companies, but in the real world...

Copyright trolls, biz scum, freetards - it's NOT black and white

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Re: Where to even begin...

I agree, great post!

Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?

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Anyone who can sell a journalist a carved wooden dolphin...

... whilst blacked up, sporting a slight limp and HALF A TAMPON up his nose is pretty bloody interesting to me!

I laughed so hard I had to wipe away the tears ;)

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Re: "Running in the Background"

The rootkit of all evil? :)

Earthworm Jim

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If you're asking the Gamesmaster...

...you might be waiting a while for his reply...


VPN ban makes for nervy times behind Great Firewall

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Re: ?????????????????????????????????????????????????

See icon :)

Apple sticks finger in dyke, cuts off Dutch flood of Galaxy S, SII, Ace

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Re: ...not again.


Certainly Google seem to be the lesser of the evils at present.

I for one won't be buying any Apple Rimjobs anytime soon :)

Apple cultists slaver as Mothership landing now foretold in 2016

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Re: It doesn't look like the most efficient use of space.

The trees are generating the atmosphere for the iCloud...


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game review

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Re: Really?


Spot on! I think they only have the single player campaign just so they can say they have one.

The multiplayer is what it is meant for, and it is the multiplayer I know and love... even though I die a lot... to twelve year olds... *sob* :(

Blizzard blasts 'frivolous' security lawsuit

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I was with Blizz too until...

"He also wants the Court to force Blizzard to drop Battle.net as a requirement to run the games."

He may be a moron, but this I happen to agree with.

Google trains Army's information Top Guns in data skills

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Re: Google taking over the military...

@amanfromMars 1

My head hurts! @_@

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Google taking over the military...

If they could be turned, they would be a powerful ally... :)

Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

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No different from a Frankie Boyle joke

Tasteless absolutely, but would Frankie be charged for it?

WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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Only one player remains...

... he says "DING" :)

40 Foxconn staff hospitalised after CAMPUS RIOT

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Re: Apple Slave Owners United

While I agree with the sentiment; it's not the "twats" fault for wanting their shiney new iPhone, it's Foxxcons fault for having such crappy working conditions (in China!? surely not...) and Apple's fault for continuing to employ Foxxcon when they KNOW this is still going on.

Mighty ROBOT achieves total SUPREMACY over feeble humans

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I for one...

welcome our new robot overlords... and their pleasing array of wrist actions =D

Can't watch Flash vids in Firefox? It's not just you

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I can still remember realplayer being first released, then gradually turning into a bloated piece of crap...

Then again, I can still remember Flash being released... oh and Firefox... :)