* Posts by CAPS LOCK

1034 posts • joined 20 Mar 2012


Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Re: Linux Mint devs have a valid point here

I think a move to LMDE is inevitable now.

Got $50k spare? Then you can crack SHA-1 – so OpenSSH is deprecating flawed hashing algo in a 'near-future release'

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" able to turn on the nuclear reactor " Red sky at night, shepherds delight...

... red sky in the morning, nuclear warning...

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Exactly. Additionally, air-gap is impossible to breach...

... once you fill the USB sockets with Plastic Padding (type elastic natch).

The time of annealing has come upon us, says Nutanix after beating revenue guidance

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Dheeraj Pandey is not a metallurgist then...

...annealing is a heat treatment which reduces hardness and relaxes grain boundaries after stretching and distortion from cold working.

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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How often does a relationship with Microsoft work out well for the other party?

Not often.

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

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"Pinegrow" Thanks for that, I may well take if for a spin...

...although it might be a wee bit too different to WebPlus. Time will tell...

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"Good job Serif!". Harumph...

... WebPlus users won't agree...

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"If my backups fail"

Err, that's not how backups work. You may need to rethink your 'backup' process...

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'

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"you could almost be using bash!". Err, didn't I read somewhere...

...that bash and the rest of some version of Linux (probably Ubuntu, it's always Ubuntu) was now integrated into Win 10? Not being a Windows user myself I don't know about these things...

NASA renames dark-energy telescope after its first Chief of Astronomy and Mother of Hubble: Nancy Grace Roman

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Re: A worthy tribute

...and Rosalind Franklin...

Talk about physical to virtual translation: Red Hat officially emits OpenShift 4.4, Fedora 32 in online conference

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Blue Hat jumping into bed with MS?

We all know 'My enemy's enemy is my friend' but I'm a little surprised, give history. Short memories abound it seems...

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Ah yes, a 'fine'...

... and guess who'll pay said fine? That's right, not the Council Leader, not The Chief Constable, the people of Sheffield. Oh joy...

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground

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Absolutely. And just imagine if your MP spent all his/her time in the constituency instead of...

...the Ivy.

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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"Cars of the day... " Harumph. I owned an original shape Ford Ka from new.

Carefully maintained. Never crashed. Rust all over the bugger.

Welcome to life in the Fossa lane: Ubuntu 20.04 let out of cage and Shuttleworth claims Canonical now 'commercially self sustaining'

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"we're working with Microsoft"

Thanks. That's all I needed to know.

Cloudflare dumps Google's reCAPTCHA, moves to hCaptcha as free ride ends (and something about privacy)

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Let's not go into...

... 'fanny'

Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year

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Windows awoke to discover it had metamorphosed into...

... a bloated, ugly Linux. (Sorry Franz.)

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

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"I'll wait for the Linux Mint version" Exactly...

.... time and again Linux Mint has proved a better option. Additionally, Canonical is getting far too chummy with Microsoft for my liking.

UK Information Commissioner OKs use of phone data to track coronavirus spread

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"...your neighbour's cat."

There seems to be some problem here with the cat ownership issue. No-one owns a cat, it's the reverse.

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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All this talk of hydroxychloroquine is making me want...

... a G&T. Cheers.

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It's no good trying to explain medical statistics to muggles...

...it's a dark art...

Forget about those pesky closures, Windows 10 has an important message for you

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Hahaha, yes. 32 Jiggybites and not even an...

... SSD. They had, and have, an eMMC card. AND it's soldered on. Guess what your only alternative is, when the eMMC card is full?

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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So, who do the cool kids bank with these days then?

Me? I'm with the Co-Op[1]

[1] Smile actually, fact fans.

After 16 years of hype, graphene finally delivers on its promise – with a cosmetic face mask

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"do they specialise in brain injuries?"

Well, I was never the same. Recent, I hear, they moved the rats out of the animal testing floor and, you won't believe this, installed a computer/data processing department. "Rats/computer people, much the same"

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Re: Manchester Graphene building is awesome

Not being sarcastic here - money well spent. I spent a good deal of undergraduate time in one of the worst building ever built[1] and it was purgatory.

[1] Let's name names, it was the Worsley Building at Leeds.

Raspberry Pi goes 2GB for the price of 1GB in honour of mini-computer's eighth birthday

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I'm with @doublelayer, my RPi 4Gb including all the gubbins worked out at...

...65 Earth Pounds.

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

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If only there were a cheap-to-deploy land based positioning system...

...errrr. there is, it's called eLORAN and works on the same principle as a GPSS, but it doesn't involve satellites so it's not sexy.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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"To this day I have no idea how that was possible"...My guess?...

... wall...

The man page for the Gnu/Linux version is here, but I imagine comedy shenanigans

are no longer possible: https://linux.die.net/man/1/wall

Did you know? Internet money lender Opera also offers a free web browser

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Re: About murky waters and all that....

There's no place for common sense on El Rego. Go to your room and think about what you've done.

Famed Apple analyst chances his Arm-based Macs that Apple kit will land next year

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RPi 4 as a desktop?

Interested parties should check out the Youtube channel of one Christopher 'Haircut' Barnett, here he is using an RPi for everything for a week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3ddj9_LMgU

It's Terpin time: Bloke who was SIM jacked twice by Bitcoin thieves gets green light to sue telco for millions

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Re: File Encryption?

Why the 'joke alert' icon, that scene you describe seems sound to me. A strong password written down on paper is very hard to compromise by a cyber-ne'er-do-well. Just don't hang the paper on your study wall where it can be seen from your web cam...

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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Alfred Russel Wallace won a bet with a Flat Earther...

Copied from Wackypedia: "In 1870, a flat-Earth proponent named John Hampden offered a £500 wager (equivalent to about £48,000 in present-day terms[157]) in a magazine advertisement to anyone who could demonstrate a convex curvature in a body of water such as a river, canal, or lake. Wallace, intrigued by the challenge and short of money at the time, designed an experiment in which he set up two objects along a six-mile (10 km) stretch of canal. Both objects were at the same height above the water, and he mounted a telescope on a bridge at the same height above the water as well. When seen through the telescope, one object appeared higher than the other, showing the curvature of the earth.

The judge for the wager, the editor of Field magazine, declared Wallace the winner, but Hampden refused to accept the result. He sued Wallace and launched a campaign, which persisted for several years, of writing letters to various publications and to organisations of which Wallace was a member denouncing him as a swindler and a thief. Wallace won multiple libel suits against Hampden, but the resulting litigation cost Wallace more than the amount of the wager, and the controversy frustrated him for years"

So the lesson here is ignore Flat Earthers if possible. No good comes of trying to educate them...

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen

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It's simple. Big companies pay them to say nice things about them...

....Straightforward pay to play....

Your McDonald's demo has expired. For full functionality, please purchase a licence or try another fast-food joint

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Decent coffee in McD's marks the irresistible rise of...

... the bean to cup machine.

Reddit gets downvoted as site takes a Wednesday tumble

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Cat time?

I imagine a cat's watch would have two zones, dinner and nap. I think I'll make one like that for myself. Can you become a cat by absorption?

[Edit] Well, it turns out you can: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuvkNlIS39s

Bloke forks out £12m, hands over keys to tropical island to shoo away claims that his web marketing biz was a scam

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Didn't Grant Shapps do something like this?

Why yes he did. Quoting from Wackypedia: "In 2012, Google blacklisted 19 of the Shapps's business websites for violating rules on copyright infringement related to the web scraping-based TrafficPayMaster software sold by them.[91][92] Shapps's web marketing business's 20/20 Challenge publication also drew criticism. It cost $497 and promised customers earnings of $20,000 in 20 days. Upon purchase, the "toolkit" was revealed to be an ebook, advising the user to create their own toolkit and recruit 100 "Joint Venture Partners" to resell it for a share of the profits"

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" Although why you would pay $millions when not at fault escapes me."

Well, you could try asking Ms. Paltrow...

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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They walk amongst us...

...and by 'they' I mean stupid naive politicians, law enforcement and self appointed busy-bodies. I think I'll get some of those special glasses that you see in the documentary 'They live!'.

Aw, look. The UK is still trying really hard to be the 'safest place to be online in the world'

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Another step closer to the white list of web sites...

...Won't somebody think of the children?

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

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Should you require exceptional sound insulation...

... I can highly recommend Koss 'The Plug' earphones, they have a foam surround to exclude environmental sound, and generic ear defenders over the top. About twenty pounds for the earphones and a fiver for the ear defenders.

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The Justified and Ancient...

...Still a masterpiece....

US govt accuses four Chinese army soldiers of hacking Equifax and siphoning 145m Americans' personal info

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"I thought they'd given up on wigs for most courts years ago."

No, wigs, stockings, suspenders, the lot. Look, here's some now:


Is Chrome really secretly stalking you across Google sites using per-install ID numbers? We reveal the truth

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"Fred Dibnah"? More like...

... Ellen Ripley...

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access

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dBase III?

pah, I've got some running code with the signature of dBase II to dBase III conversion. These days it all runs under Harbour Compiler, an open source, cross platform thingy. Highly recommended!

Need 32-bit Linux to run past 2038? When version 5.6 of the kernel pops, you're in for a treat

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"...will they be "perfectly usable" on or after 2038?"

Curses, my cunning plan to never buy the ungrateful oiks new computers foiled. Those meddling kids...

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I can...

I have several laptops used by my family that are perfectly usable[1], but old enough to be 32 only.

[1] Usability was transformed by fitting cheap SSDs.

Windows takes a tumble in the land of the Big Mac and Bacon Double Cheeseburger

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A life without bacon isn't 'a life well lived'. Additionally, if Dog hadn't intended for us to eat pigs, why then did he, or she, make them out of bacon?

Co-Op Insurance and IBM play blame game over collapse of £175m megaproject

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Good news for...

...Mercedes dealers in London and Armonk

Bad news: Windows security cert SNAFU exploits are all over the web now. Also bad: Citrix gateway hole mitigations don't work for older kit

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"This vuln doesn't affect Windows 7"

'Blimey. that's even cleverer of Microsoft, frighten people off Win7 with something that doesn't even affect it.

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Hullo, NSA? Microsoft here...

... You know that backdoor we put in elliptic key encryption, well, if you've finished with it we'd like to release the details to 'encourage' people off Win7.



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