* Posts by Spanners

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I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google

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Re: Anti-woke

My general observation about the word is that anyone who uses "woke" as a negative is a twonk.

I suppose it's the same as anyone who uses "liberal" to indicate something far to their left.

If you consider the politics of the centre (liberal) to be far to your left, you have just outed yourself.

If you consider the woke concept of giving respect to others (woke-ness) to be horrendously far from your attitudes what does that identify you as?

Lenovo says it’s crammed a workstation into a litre of space – less than three cans of beer

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Linux

Perhaps not

I would not run Windows on it so If I want this sort of power and size, I will get a Raspberry Pi 4. That would save me a LOT of money.

Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning

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Linux

Is this

Is this the thing that actually makes your Google drive show up as a letter again?

How soon will it be before Microsoft follows suit and then Apple "invents" the idea?

India's IT minister angry that Twitter broke local law by following US law

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Re: Who wants to tell this idiot ...

At least in civilised parts of the world.

Yes, but where is Twitter based???

Euro court rules YouTube not automatically liable for users illegally uploading copyright-protected material

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@Potemkine!

...owned by the author and the composer...

Because that would decrease the profits of some hugely rich organisations (mostly US), that isn't going to happen. Good idea though...

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

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Re: Colourful?

...doesn't pay what he owes...

I was starting to understand that this was income tax for the many years he lived outside the USA.. That is not the same as owing anything. That is just evidence that the USA thinks it owns the world.

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Re: Why was he in a Spanish prison?

Was the tax evasion for what he should have paid for while he was in the US or was it the fake tax that people from the US have to pay even though they have been living elsewhere for decades?

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

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Re: Romanes eunt domus

Sic transit in Gloria mundi

My sister was sic in the back of a white van at the start of the week.

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"Si Hoc Legere Scis Nimium Eruditionis Habes"

If you can read this, you're overeducated.

My mother did put my fathers degree on his tombstone. They met at Uni and I assume that it was still part of them.

Perhaps it is more common in Scotland where education is (or used to be) more important than it is down here...

FYI: There's a human-less, AI robot Mayflower ship sailing from the UK to US right now

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Happy

Re: Off Air no more.

Looks like it's working now. The weather there is pretty much the same as here.

We seem to have had a busy WWII on this route.

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?

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Re: The argument is a bit beyond Priti Patel

"Anyway, you won't have to worry. Once Brexit starts to bite, the immigrants will not want to come here."

I hear this occasionally (less and less as the propaganda doom fails to occur) but see no evidence of it.

Oddly, I see it more and more. The results of the predictions (not propaganda) have been slow in occurring for several reasons. Obviously, Covid is the biggest reason but the various extensions have stretched it out as well.

Who would have guessed that the people in Northern Ireland would be the first to get really stroppy because they can't get their Walls sausages?

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Holmes

Re: Masks and the Flu

Masks will be around in 2121 - just like Chinese people were still wearing them over 100 years after the Manchurian Flue of 1910!

In some places, perhaps including Manchuria, wearing a mask is seen as good manners to protect other people, not the wearer. As an NHS worker who had had Covid at least twice, that seems right.

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge

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@lglethal

I get it, people really don't want another bloody telco mast on their office's roof.

My office is on the 3rd floor of a 4 floor building. I do not care that there are phone masts and microwave relay things on it. I do not care when I go up to the 4th floor. It does nothing to me so it doesn't matter. I assume my employers get some rental but, as it doesn't even affect our WiFi, IDGAF.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

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Childcatcher

IT knowledge is deemed hereditary

When my daughter started school, she seemed to be the only person there who had ever touched a computer - an IBM AT that I had put some educational software on.

She soon was doing very basic support...

"Is it plugged in Miss?" - it frequently wasn't.

"try typing in your password again but slowly. I promise I won't look."

and so on

Over a quarter of a century later, she still has the low opinion of humanity that we now teach level one support...

Microsoft sheds some light on perplexing Outlook blank email incident: Word was to blame

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Re: "foolishly attempt to author web content there and save as HTML"

Dreamweaver output was full of crud as well.

Not keen on a 5G mast in your street? At least it'd be harder for crackpots to burn down 'a flying cell tower in orbit'

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"Not keen on a 5G mast in your street?"

Very keen indeed thank you. Also keen on having 5G where I work and where I spend my own time.

Someone needs to found a movement to protest against the stupids and the NIMBYs.

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

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"Famed" investor

That is quite a euphemism!

How about "notorious"? At least, he would be notorious if I had ever heard of him. I will have to stick to the word "stereotypical" instead,

Montgomery Burns seems to have more hair

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Re: A big battery in Texas

Something US regulators had been trying to address for years.

Can I idly speculate that some very rich people prevented this?

Words to strike fear into admins' hearts: One in five workers consider themselves 'digital experts' these days

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Experts from the Dunning Kruger Institute of Technology

Which causes me the most stress?

1. The self taught expert who feels he knows more than me

or

2. The person who feels superior because "all that c4ap is for grunts" because he got O Level Latin and is therefore classically educated.

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

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Big Brother

So when?

When will we see the criminal actions of the Post Office and others examined in court?

There seems to be grounds for charges of perjury, false accounting and all sorts of other fun stuff...

BOFH: Postman BOFH's Special Delivery Service

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Agile/HotDesking

Does sharing mice and keyboards contravene Covid-19 protocols?

Who'd have thought the US senator who fist pumped Jan 6 insurrectionists would propose totally unworkable anti-Big Tech law?

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Re: "A small group of woke mega-corporations"

It's amazing how a single word like "woke" can reveal

In a different place (/.) I listed my understandings about that word. To use it with any vitriol you need to be at least one of these items...

From the USA

A conservative of some type

Have an IQ under 80

You will note that I am not saying that all conservatives or people from the left side of the pond are stupid. That would be a rude assumption.

And what does "woke" actually mean?

showing a willingness to treat other human beings with the same possibility of respect I may treat other people in my groups.

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

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Happy

I have found that many of those that forbid pasting in still allow the use of <Ctrl>V

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

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Boffin

Re: Communicating with only obscenities?

The amount of information your drill instructor can convey using only screamed obscenities is truly staggering.

That takes me back!

When I went to college and joined the OTC, I already knew how to do drill etc (many years in the ATC).

My first parade there had someone make some negative comment about the new batch. The RSM proceeded to verbally dismember them, no obscenities and no repetition.

They get intelligent, verbally able ones to show students the stuff. It was very impressive.

¿How long did this last? I don't know. I did not move during this!

Yep, the 'Who owns Linux?' case is back from the dead

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Re: Lawyers, a circle jerk.

...Because the other guy’s got one....

That sounds like a reason for a whole load of other antisocial behaviour including SUVs, honey traps, hit men and firearms.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

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ran out of ram

ran out of ram...

My first thought was of this time of year over 4 decades ago. I did farm work in the holidays and we used to have this little gadget that put a rubber band on baby rams!

'Imagine' if Virgin Galactic actually did sub-orbital tourism: Firm unveils new chrome job on SpaceShip III

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Happy

Re: Bucket List

Thank you for reminding me of this!

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Bucket List

This definitely sounds like a bucket list item. The trouble is, will we all be too wrinkly/fragile by the time it stops costing silly money?

If no to this, how much is a ride in a vomit comet?

You put Marmite where? Google unveils its latest AI wizardry: A cake made of Maltesers and the pungent black tar

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I have noted

People from the US, against every advice, seem to try Marmite as a spoonful and then sensibly declare that is nasty. Then they never try it properly.

I have always found the smell of Marmite nasty but thinly on toast or in the middle of a peanut butter sandwich is nice.

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Re: Safely Ingestible

Better with Stilton, but what does the AI recommend I drink with it?

Satellites, space debris may have already brightened night skies 10% globally – and it's going to get worse

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Re: It doesn't actually get dark here.

...but who exactly is "they"?...

They are the people complaining. A useful life rule is if you want something done, make it happen. For example, if you think things should be done about climate change, get your energy use down before telling everyone else to.

If astronomers are unhappy about light pollution affecting astronomy, they need to persuade their local councils to change to streetlights that light the ground and not the sky as well before they complain about stuff in orbit.

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Unhappy

It doesn't actually get dark here.

The extreme light pollution of the southern UK (Coventry for me), is probably pretty standard for much of humanity now. If I get up about 3 in the morning, they have turned off(down?) some of the street lights so the number of stars visible increases from perhaps a dozen to perhaps 50. I do not think satellites are going to make much difference to this.

Before anyone can criticise, Starlink, or anyone else, they need to fix the, far worse, ground based, light pollution.

Guilty: Sister and brother who over-ordered hundreds of MacBooks for university and sold the kit for millions

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Big Brother

Re: "Gentlemen do not read each other's mail."

...most especially from American cops...

I'm sure that the police do it here too. They are probably more discreet about it

As for your quote, I doubt many people have accused the US police, FBI, spooks or many other criminals of being gentlemen since Henry Stimson actually made that comment!

City of London Police warn against using ‘open science’ site Sci-Hub

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Holmes

Re: SciHub vs publishers

>...Clearly someone's gotten upset at that. Aww, cry, boohoo

The problem is "that someone" has (A) a lot of money and (B) some VERY powerful friends.

As soon as I see someone talking about copyright "theft", I have to wonder if they are about as unbiased and logical about that as, say, Nigel Farage is about immigrants or the pentagon is about exposure of its criminal behaviour.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

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Re: Smoking

My extended armspan is almost exactly 2 metres. Many of my fingers are 2CM wide. It is about 20cm around my wrist. I can't find any part of my body that is an even number or fraction of a rod, pole, perch or furlong though. In fact, I can't find any part of my body that is an inch or a foot long either.

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Re: Metrification

not in summer

If someone was as odd as to assure me that the temperature was, for example, 86 degrees, I would know that either global warming had run away and everyone was dead or that I had to subtract 32 then divide by 1.8 to get something meaningful (like 30 in this example).

I am too young to be instantly conversant with Fahrenheit. Fortunately, I am fast at mental arithmetic.

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Re: Metrification

So how long until metrification is complete in UK?

We got rid of Fahrenheit, didn't we?

I remember converting the temperature for my grandparents to probably around 1964 or so. If we can get rid of one unintuitive and difficult system, we can get rid of others!

Microsoft sides with media groups, together they urge Europe to follow Australia's lead, make Google, Facebook pay for news article links

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Devil

Will they get refunds fir lies?

If when a sizeable quantity of what they will link to turns out to be lies, they should get refunded several times what the initial cost was.

Neither Australia, the USA or the UK have much free press. The majority of it is owned by old white guys.

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

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Happy

Doomsday Preppers

I came across a story about "doomsday preppers" in Texas not being as prepared as they thought.

Apparently, a lot of the food they have stocked up on is "canned" (tinned for English speakers). They do not seem to to be widely aware of the benefits of the mechanical tin opener. Their electric can openers are not working and little of their supplies have the nice ring pulls we are seeing nowadays.

Their standby generators are failing and a lot of them do not know how to start a fire!

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Unhappy

I mean, if we starve the public sector, can we expect the public sector to function?

Talk to BoJo about that.

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Re: SpaceX

we used to get regular daytime power cuts

Was this part of the Enron frauds? I heard a story that they instituted rolling power cuts to increase their profits in some way.

The fail is because those power cuts were not needed and were just a way of increasing executive bonuses.

Nominet vows to freeze wages and prices, boost donations, and be more open. For many members, it’s too little, too late

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Re: Nominet should never have existed

but to be swallowed up by the DTI (or whatever it's been renamed to this week)

Although a reasonable idea, this would have currently got it run by our current government. If we think that Nominet is corrupt at present, this is tiny in comparison to what is being done with public money at present.

How do we know that this is not going to continue? Instead of a few hundred grand here and the odd million there, it wouldn't turn into something that spaffed hundreds of millions here and billions there as is being done with money that is supposed to be for healthcare etc.

Faced with the sack, Nominet CEO half-apologizes for taking the 'wrong tone,' asks angry members to hear him out

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Devil

Re: Witchfinder general, assemble the following

The name Agness Nutter came to mind. I wonder if his prophecies will turn out any better...

How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use

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Re: That's the sort of thing

My go to site back then was the Snopes site

It is still pretty useful. Have a look at how many of the crazies still hate it!

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Black Helicopters

Re: That's the sort of thing

You trust the BBC? How amusing.

I trust the BBC far more than the Daily Wail, RT, Fox/Sky and so on. I remind myself that the British Government has overall control far greater than it should (thanks Tony Bliar) and while many of the journalists and other staff have varied opinions, their management may not.

Death Becomes It: Who put the Blue in the Blue Screen of Death?

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My favourite BSOD

We all remember Bill Gates demonstrating the use of USB...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW7Rqwwth84

How do you save an ailing sales pitch? Just burn down the client's office with their own whiteboard

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Boffin

" 220V on which South Korea operates"

South Korea and the majority of the planet.

The thing that causes as much damage is also the AC frequency. The world generally runs on 50hz or 1 cycle every 0.02 seconds. Some weird places run on 60hz or 1 cycle every 0.01666666666R secomds. If you ever hear a good low buzz with some iffy piece of electrical equipment, that is a mains hum. Theirs is a worryingly higher note...

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

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Re: And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

here come the Remoaners

There is nobody wanting to "stay in". That damage has been done. The preference for adults now is to return

The Fat iPhone, 11 years on: The iPad's over a decade old and we're still not sure what it's for

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Re: It's for

Looking cool and forcing coolness upon others.

Tablet computing if you don't know that equally good tablets can cost far less.

Smartphones are becoming like white goods, says analyst, with users only upgrading when their handsets break

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Re: Too Expensive for Clear Up-Tick in Value

I stopped using Samsung a long ago when the amount of crudware went from "excessive" to "you have to be out of your mind!"

By the time Bixby arrived, I didn't even have an old phone in my drawer in case the current one broke..

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