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BOFH: You say goodbye and I say halon


Re: Great murder choice.

Because, obviously, political nuts have to take every change to shit on their enemies.

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it


Re: $10 million

All that techobabble to end up saying that banks ask for collateral when granting a loan?

Wow! Who would have thought? Thanks for that earth shattering insight.


Re: $10 million

Yes, they laugh at people for asking for a loan, that's why nobody is in debt


Re: $10 million

"If you have vast sums of money, and hold onto it, it means that money is taken out of the economy"

If you keep it in a coffer at home, maybe.

If you keep it at a bank, nope, the bank will loan it to their customers.

Actually, they can loan about 50 times as much, it varies depending on the country.


He recently died in prision, he had been there since 2009.

Dell bigwig: Expect another 6 months of supply woes. Oh, hello Windows 11


"a collection of kit that's now two years old"

So? That's pretty good kit.

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'


Re: Centos was happily independent until 2014

"happily" as in they could hardly cope with all the thankless work

FBI confirms Zodiac Killer's 340 cipher solved by trio of amateur math and software codebreakers


Because, obviously, political nuts will be nuts.

Tablets and Chromebooks are hot, towers and desktops are not: El Reg combs through Q3 PC numbers


Re: Who NEEDS a desktop?

It's trivial for us, but I don't think we are such a big percentage of the market

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'


Re: "the far the most successful and profitable Linux distribution to date."

Yes, Red Hat was about to go under, that's why IBM paid 34,000 millions to buy it.

While eyes are fixed on Apple announcements, Microsoft's streaming service Mixer goes the way of the Windows Phone


Re: Facebook Really

MS bought a chunk of Facebook back when it still was a private company

Red Hat’s new CEO on surviving inside Big Blue: 'We don’t participate in IBM's culture. It’s that simple'



On the other hand IBM has imported Red Hat's CEO, Jim Whitehurst, as president of IBM

Already in final beta? That's Madagascar: Ubuntu 20.04 'Focal Fossa' gets updated desktop, ZFS support


Are you seriously trying to argue that English spelling and pronunciation is consistent?

Amazon staffer based just a stone's throw away from Seattle HQ tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus


Re: Doesn't check out

I know but I still get the shot every year, that way I get the flu every three or four years instead of every year.

Even when it's mild it is still worth avoiding.


Re: Doesn't check out

Any 'savings' will be offset by the cost of caring for the people that get sick, whether they recover or not.

And that's not even counting all the economic damage being done.

So, don't start spending the savings just yet.

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia


Re: Foot meet gun, gun meet foot

Indeed, why would they care if some of the best people they have to make custom ARM chips for their products leave?

It's probably just a way to scare other companies from poaching Apple employees.

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations


Re: Billionaire white men argue...

Like Microsoft's CEO?

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks


Re: Enjoy your self-inflicted wound Brits!

Because they USA didn't give up when the germans bombed Pearl Habor

Indie VPN WireGuard gets the Torvalds seal of approval with inclusion in Linux kernel 5.6


Re: VPN subversion

Or, more likely, they are using VPNs to watch Netflix or Disney+ from places where they are not available.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls


It will work, yes, but next month Microsoft will fix a vulnerabity in Win10 and exploiters will check if it also exists in Win7.

If it does, they will exploit it and, indeed, the exploit "will work tomorrow, for all values of today moving forward."


Re: Ah, Git ...

" And if you do not buy hardware that uses ill-conceived fly-by-night interfaces then you do not have to worry about driver support."

I long for the time where it was only Linux fans saying that.


Re: @The Oncoming Scorn - Ah, Git ...

They are, they are called 'arabic' because Fibonacci, who introduced them in Europe, learned about them during his travels in north Africa.

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker


No, the next generartion doesn't care, have you noticed how the size of the Star Wars toy section has decreased in four years?


Re: No surprise there then

"how about making them at the (still excessive) $20-50M"

You mean, like the Joker movie?

No, of course not, nobody in Hollywood would do that

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games


Re: AKA Libertarians

Except that the one doing the suing was the one being shat on.

Do you want to get his constitutional rights away because you don't like his politics?


Re: AKA Libertarians

On the other hand you seem to believe that people whose politics you don't like shouldn't be allowed their day in court.

If they have won a case in Oregon, that the the "laws that elected representatives put in place" are on their side, why shouldn't they sue for their legitimate rights?

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup


I don't like working that hard.

That's one reason my home is going to remain dumb for the foreseeable future.

The main one though is I don't see the point of making it smarter than me.

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune


Re: Counter-arguments

Yes, of course, they will need technology lessons to get a point about accounting.

Apple's credit card caper probed over sexism claims – after women screwed over on limits


"The drama unfolded on Twitter..."

So, it's nothing of importance.

Although, I guess, it will a couple a years for the world to catch up to that simple fact of life.

WTF? Apple iPhones shrank by more than $22bn in fiscal '19


Re: The miracle of cheap debt

If you get the card, Apple will get a cut of every purchase you make with it.

So, to help with convincing you to do it, they are willing to make a little less profit on the sell of an iPhone.

What a scandal! I am shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you.

Just a friendly reminder there were no at-the-time classified secrets on Clinton's email server. Yes, the one everyone lost their minds over


Re: Cue:

Why the countdown? You already did it yourself.

And why would your 'enemies' bother doing it? She is irrelevant now, at most they may pretend to care a little for old times sake.

Open-source companies gather to gripe: Cloud giants sell our code as a service – and we get the square root of nothing


Re: In a normal universe

You are seriously going to pretend not to know that many, or most, of those 'volunteers' are paid by the companies that 'volunteer' them?

You wouldn't happen to be a fan of politics, would you?

Adobe results show it is still creaming those subscriptions but its share price fell – why?


Re: Optional

At work we pay subscriptions for a few packages we wouldn't be able to do without and I am fine with it, but for my personal computer I don't, I wouldn't pay a subscription even if I weren't into Linux.

And it is not just software, if it is not essential, like electricity, I avoid subscriptions like a plague, I don't understand how they can market something being only as expensive as 'a cup of coffee a day', my mind inmediately translates that as 'really expensive'.

And I do drink coffee.

You know SAP's doing a great job when a third of German users say they 'have no confidence in it'


"Apart from the fact I've never bought into the superior efficiency of Private Enterprise"

You see, if instead of Lidl it was a goverment they would still be throwing good money after bad.

That's were the superior efficiency comes from, private companies can be as stupid as any goverment, but they either stop willingly or they go broke and stop anyway.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name



Is the Gimp used more in places where english isn't the language of the natives?

Do said natives get retless because of it?


Re: Has anyone asked to rename Trump?


I always thought the current snooker world champion looked like a nice fellow.

Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs


Re: 50 miles???

"20 minute break every 5 hours"

You shouldn't drive for 5 hours straight.

WeWork filed its IPO homework. So we had a look at its small print and... yowser. What has El Reg got itself into?


Re: "Working lifts are also a distinctly optional part of the package"

People pay expensive gym subscriptions so they can use a machine that simulates going up a stair.

WeWork selflessly provides that service for free! And yet they get complains.

Haters gonna hate, I guesss.

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, where to go? Navigation satellite signals flip from degraded to full TITSUP* over span of four days


Re: We live in a society

No, that quote can't really be checked, it says 'sooner or later', so it can't only be checked after the collapse.

Like all good prophecies from omens throughout history it is intentionally vague, if 5000 years from now civilization insists on not collapsing, well, he said 'sooner or later' so it may just be going to happen.

Also, like all good prophecies, it makes the point of making the rubes, in this case educated rubes, on the receiving end feel superior so they will repeat it.


Re: We live in a society

Carl would be the first to tell you not to believe a quote just because it comes from someone with percieved authority

Oracle told to warp 9 out of court: Judge photon-torpedoes Big Red's Pentagon JEDI dream


Re: A legitimate use of the word "literal." FINALLY!!!!

From the Oxford dictionary:

Literally: informal Used for emphasis while not being literally true.

You have already lost this war, have the decency to move on

YouTube mystery ban on hacking videos has content creators puzzled


Re: Cui bono

Actually, it's the advertisers that keep the site running.

An unpopular thing to say, I know, but still the truth.

Cop a load of this: 1TB of police body camera videos found lounging around public databases


Re: ALL police body cam footage...

Sure, who cares about the privacy of the people that appear on the video?

A Register reader turns the computer room into a socialist paradise


Re: Socialism

"Whether it's ever been actually tried anywhere in the world is open to debate."

Indeed, just because you have heard socialists and comunists praising the regimes in some countries during the last hundred years, doesn't mean those regimes were implementing socialism.

After all, when they can no longer deny those countries have been, pretty much, destroyed they will insist on how those regimes had nothing whatsover to do with it.

Nothing at all, of course not.

After all, there are still many countries to destroy while they learn to implement it right.

That this AI can simulate universes in 30ms is not the scary part. It's that its creators don't know why it works so well


Because why talk about boring things like science when you can put political shit in everything.

Brexit: Digital border possible for Irish backstop woes, UK MPs told


Re: 41 good, 44 bad?

"Why? If we dont want to make a border then its not our problem"

Of course not, the EU may start blocking, or set big tariffs, to imports from the UK, but that doesn't mean the UK can't allow anything to go from the Republic of Ireland to the UK uncontrolled and untariffed.

Actually, you know, the EU may very well agree to your plan.


Re: 41 good, 44 bad?

"would that not be equivalent to withdrawing from the withdrawal agreement, i.e. pitching the UK right back into the EU?"

Not even close, really what kind of reasoning is that?


Re: 41 good, 44 bad?

"The problem is that it had no time limit"

And the European Court recently ruled that if an international treaty has no time limit it means that any party can withdraw from it at any time.

And, what is the EU going to do if the UK says "We have had enought of this backstop, by next month we consider it nulled"? Declare war on the UK?

The idea of opposing the withdrawal treaty because the backstop has no time limit is so utterly stupid it defies belief.

Or it would if I didn't have enough experience with political fans to know they will believe any shit that makes them feel good.


"if Europe agrees to a Brexit transition period"

Hasn't the UK parliament already voted down the proposal that would create such a transition period?

Actually, haven't they repeatedly shot it down?

We knew it was coming: Bureaucratic cockup triggers '6-month' delay of age verification block on porno in the UK


Re: Don't you love the EU?

Youtube is increasingly curated.

And it has had a ban on porn since the start



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