* Posts by ici.chacal

65 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Nov 2010


Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras


Re: Er ...

Shirley you meant to say "Ar, milk an' tao sugars please, moight"

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US


Guess he's screwed then, as he always knew he was...

He's no choice but to stay in the embassy for the rest of his days then, or face an almost certain trip to the US. Could be worse though, at least he's not hiding in the Saudi embassy...

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian


"LIVE MILITARY OPERATION. People can be killed because of this."

Uh, yeah, that tends to happen on a military operation...

Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ


If the NSA knew of this, more likely that the UK was spying on the EU on behalf of the USA...

Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228


Re: use sysvinit instead

Would that removal of systemd work for the latest Ubuntu/Mint too..? Has anyone tried it..?

Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures


I don't know why, but every time I see the word Glonass I read it as Gonads... Must be my dickslexia...

Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'


An den......?

So how will they name 17.10 and beyond..?

Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday


I don't think I've ever connected my kindle wirelessly to anything, nor have I ever applied an update. I only connect it to my PC via USB. The kindle books I buy from amazon get delivered to my PC and then I manually transfer them over...

Do I still need to do an update..?

Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work


Okay, so...

I have a Skylake CPU, so what do I need to do, if anything..? Hope ASUS puts out a BIOS update for my motherboard..?

Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders


Re: *Sigh* windows 10 is quite good for a given value of good.

I put my technically-clueless mum on Ubuntu a couple of years ago after Windows ground to a near halt and her browser became more toolbar than web page; ironically, the only calls for help I get now are because Hotmail (or whatever M$ call it now) has messed up her email...

Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss


What's with the censored puddle, did she drop a #2 also..?

Pebble smartwatch finds its voice


Unless it calls me Michael in KITT's voice, I'm not interested...

I want my EPG, say Windows Media Center users left in dire straits


I wonder if this is an attack on another front to herd people into Windows 10... Is Windows 10's media center still okay..?

Daredevil Brit lifts off in 54-prop quinquaquadcopter


It's good, but...

I'd have preferred to see him build it using 54 of those cat quadracopters that were featured a while back instead...

TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'


With regard to platform-provided security...

As well as using Truecrypt, I also use home directory encryption when I install Ubuntu. Does anyone know how secure that is..?

Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS


Serious question...

What is it that makes people prefer Mint over Ubuntu; the desktop environment alone, or is there more to it..?

Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots


Re: foss

I expect MS aren't affected because they have their own implementation of SSL with NSA's back door hidden inside...

USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan


Re: For a start....

Indeed. Schengen..? Sounds like that place in China, so must be some kinda commie network...

French youth faces court for illegal drone flight


Careful with the piss-take French accent buddy, that easily-offended AC from earlier may make a re-appearance...

Frenchmen's sperm plunges by a third in quality and quantity since '89



You'd think it would be the Indians and Chinese dessimating their breeding potential by polluting themselves to death whilst trying to catch up with Western-scale industry and infrastructure.... What have the French done wrong, and should we worry too..?!

Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!


I'm with Mr Potts on this one...

I used to have an old XPS Gen2 as well, and still have very fond memories of it. I got rid a few years back since it was the last of the single-core CPU machines and I needed more juice. I then decided to try Sony, but mainly for portability reasons... Meh.

A month ago I received my brand new M17xR4, complete with top-end GTX680M graphics chip and quad core Ivy Bridge CPU, and this thing flies..! I'm not kidding, this thing is mental..! I'm so glad that I have a modern equivalent of that old XPS again... The thing runs flawlessly, without getting too hot even when I'm playing Just Cause 2 for hours on end... (And in an Astro Scout backpack, it's not uncomfortable to lug around either...)

Modern Alienware machines are to die for...

(P.S. My brother got the M14xR2 at the same time, and that rocks too..!!)

Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack


Hurry up Valve..!!!!

As soon as I get my Steam games on Linux, Windoze is gone forever...

Mighty quake shook ENTIRE PLANET, broke tectonic plate

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Re: or, as Dara O Briain put's it

I guess that'll be part of the US immigration problem then; latinos crossing the mexican border into the US unobserved at close to the speed of light...

So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?


Four rashers of smoked back, dry fried, two slices of lightly toasted wholemeal, dash of mayo, dash of tabasco...

I'm off to make that right now...

Oracle knew about critical Java flaws since April


Re: CIA?

Perhaps it's Microsoft who is paying them, in an attempt to discredit Java even further and attract more developers over to their own dot.Crap stuff. Oracle clearly no longer gives a damn about Java or its user base...

Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz



Not Benny Hill; Peter Griffin more like...

Iran: Our nuke facilities still under attack by US, Israelis 'and MI6'

Black Helicopters

Damn lies...

Both sides declare contradicting arguments. One of them must be lying. It's probably Iran, but then can you blame them..? If they have any sense whatsoever, they will be working their arses off to try and put together a nuke as fast as they possibly can, before America decide to do to them what they have already done to their neighbours...

'Kindness of America' snapper shot himself in 'act of self-promotion'


So, erm...

If this guy shot himself, I assume it would have been point blank, so therefore would he not have been covered in gunshot residue with powder burns all over his arm and torso..? I'm no expert in GSW forensics, but I imagine it would have looked obvious that the shot was point blank, wouldn't it..? (Perhaps some 'all-American' firearms experts can enlighten me...)

I wonder what he used too; bet it was a poxy .22 or something (wouldn't have been a .50AE, lol)

Crytek says future is free-to-play


I thought they'd already scuppered the second-hand market with the likes of Steam, etc, whereby once you've registered the license key, that's it locked to you...

Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA


News to me...

I thought NVIDIA did support Linux, and it was ATI that was always problematic..?! Guess things have changed; and besides, won't all Linux users be flocking to Windaz 8 when that comes out anyway..? :-p

Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8


On a side note...

... I wish they would change that stupid traffic cone icon in VLC to something that doesn't make me think that I'm running an unfinished application that is 'under construction'...

Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield


Re: Futurama

I much preferred Futurama to The Simpsons, purely because it appealed to my inner-geek more...

...I also prefer Big Bang Theory to Friends...

Windows Phones message hub hit by killer SMS


Isn't it funny how...

...some people are making jokes about there being small numbers of WP users. They must enjoy being one of the mindless herd.

Personally, I prefer a little exclusivity in the things I own...

Vodafone touts low-tech phone for app-phobes


I think it's a good idea...

Some people just neither want nor need a phone full of crap, which the marketeers seem to insist are necessary for human survival...

Modern Warfare 3 teaser trailer reveals terror on the tube


@Richard Wharram

The Modern Warfare series are developed by Infinity Ward (although MW3 is being co-developed with Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software), whereas Black Ops was by Treyarch. The IW games all rock, whereas Black Ops was not the first by Treyarch to receive criticism.

My point being, you should be fine with MW3...

Judgment Day prophet resets doomsday clock


Jeeezus Wept...

Can someone just shut this guy up once and for all..?! I'm bored now...

Rapture postponed as world inexplicably fails to end



The religious folks who believe in these extreme prophecies are really no different from those who believe that they will receive 70 virgins in paradise if they blow themselves up. The sooner the human race can eradicate religion of all flavours, the sooner we can all get on with concentrating on more useful activities, like figuring out for ourselves what the universe is all about...

Playboy sneaks NAKED LADIES onto iPad

Jobs Halo


It's very handy that Apple made the device to be held with one hand...

Iran accused of hacking nuke inspectors' phones, PCs


@Richard Jukes

Sorry, my mistake, it was $2.3T...

See here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU4GdHLUHwU


Not convincing enough...

Just read that Popular Mechanics article, and sure, I believe the towers were hit by two airliners, there was always enough footage to see that. And sure, maybe they did collapse at free-fall speed due to their internal floor design and the pancake cascading effect. I buy that...

...but what I don't buy, is that building 7, which only took damage to one side of it, would also come down so perfectly vertical. Surely it would have toppled over on the weakest side..?! But if you watch a video of it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73qK4j32iuo), it clearly comes down EXACTLY like a controlled demolition. If you want to believe some bullshit 'official' explanation, then fine. I will believe my own eyes, and draw my own conclusion.

Additionally, the Pentagon. I don't know what hit it, because there doesn't seem to be any footage of it. Now with the Pentagon being the headquarters for the entire United States military machine, you'd think there would be enough of CCTV footage, constantly monitoring all angles, all around the building. And all they could produce was five measely still frames of an explosion, which pretty much showed nothing else..?!?! WTF..?!! Too fishy by far...

(There's also some 'conspiracy theory' style addition to the Pentagon story: Apparently, the previous day, Donald Rumsfeld announced that they couldn't account for roughly 1.3 *Trillion* dollars, and supposedly the computers that held the evidence of mis-appropriation of funds just happened to be in the part of the Pentagon that was hit... Not sure about this though, like I said, very conspiracy theory, lol... :-p

But anyway, that's my two-cents worth... Open your minds people...

Space shuttle Endeavour finally off next Monday


Knackered old thing...

With broken this and blown that, it very much does seem like time to retire the old girl... And as for a replacement program, I think NASA should get in touch with the Top Gear 'scientists' and develop their Reliant Robin STS technology further...

Freeman Dyson: Shale gas is 'cheap and effective'


The solution is simple...

It should be compulsory for every household to have, and regularly use, an exercise bike wired into the national grid. We solve both energy and obesity problems in one go...

Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved



Yes, updating the images themselves would definitely be the right thing to do. The installation experience needs to be flawless; any other issues can be fixed later through Update Manager...


Just tried the LiveCD...

...and to be honest, I quite like this new Unity thing. It is certainly different, and although I can't vouch for its similarities to OSX (*spit*), it does remind me of the way the Windows 7 desktop works, which I also like.

As for its Fisher Price factor, I didn't think it was too bad, because as we all know, nothing can trump Windows XP in that regard.

And as far as productivity goes, just load up the launcher bar thingy with the stuff you use, and away you go...

I only played around with it for half an hour or so, so I have yet to run across any of the niggles that other people have mentioned.

And the great thing about this being Ubuntu/Linux, if I get bored with it I can just load up another desktop instead... Sweet..!!

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The bug that particularly shocks me is...

...the one where you cannot manually specify mount points in the partitioner during installation. Obviously somebody, somehow, has broken it since the last release, and it just goes to show how little, if any, regression testing goes on... Can you imagine the uproar if the Windows installer had such an unnecessary error in it..!!

Pretty poor if you ask me, if this fixed six-month release cycle is just going to mean flawed releases, then perhaps Canonical should consider a more manageable time-frame..?

Apple confirms white iPhone 4 on sale tomorrow

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That's right, Apple innovation strikes again... Lord help anyone else that dares try and make a product in white from now on, for they shall face the wrath of the iLawyers...

How I learned to stop worrying and love SSDs



I have a few questions for those that know...

1) Does the system see an SSD exactly the same as an HDD..? (i.e can you partition an SSD and write Grub into the MBR just like a regular HDD..?)

2) We know that Windows 7 supports TRIM, but does Linux..? (or will the likes of Ubuntu and RedHat eventually grind to a halt..?)

3) Is it imperative to be aware of, and make sure you turn off, automatic defragging, or will the SSD just ignore the request..?


Ruskie Java coder lifts inaugural Facebook Hacker Cup


If it was maths they were doing...

... surely they should have used Fortran..?

Canonical pares Ubuntu down to 2 editions



Surely everyone in the observable universe can burn a DVD these days, so why is it still different CD images..?!

It would be nice if they just had one DVD image download for Ubuntu, from which you could select in the installer whether you wanted Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Desktop, Server, Netbook, or indeed ALL of it...

Dell junks Adamo ultra-skinny

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$799..? It's £999 here in the UK. I didn't realise the exchange rate had taken a turn for the worse lately..!?