* Posts by Fruit and Nutcase

2543 posts • joined 10 Jul 2013

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

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Me too.

WinZip, being an essential utility, it was the right thing to do. And as a software developer it was even more important to do the right thing.

We'll pay £400k for a depth charge-proof robot submarine, says UK's Ministry of Defence

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They also want to ensure the autonomous vehicle makes an effort to get back in contact with humans to finish its duties after losing touch,

Will it be listening in for Radio 4 Long Wave to see if it is worth betting back in contact with humans? I read somewhere that with the UK Nuclear Sub fleet, in the event of Blighty being a waste-ground, they are to try to make contact with Australia, Canada or New Zealand

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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"and accidentally deleted the Sybase master device file while it was running."

I did something similar on a DB/2 for OS/2 installation on a customer site ironically whilst doing a roll-forward recovery after a database corruption. Some quick thinking got me out of a hole - connected to another of the customer's sites and copied the relevant file off that server, as the builds were identical. The connection... Lan Netview Managment Utilities to remote server at 9600baud

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole

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Re: Holiday season

Costa del Sol still in lockdown?

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Meanwhile closer to Earth...

NASA have released "A Decade of Sun", images captures by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

This 10-year time lapse showcases photos taken at a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers, which is an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the Sun’s outermost atmospheric layer — the corona.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3QQQu7QLoM

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Professor Moriarty

As I was skimming through the article, I read "Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society " as "Moriarty..."

Scala contributor: Open source and diversity key to tackling dev skills shortage

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or just trying random guesses until the errors went away.

The sounds like one of my "programmers"

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: slapping the Union Jack on the side of OneWeb's birds

Well, I wouldn't be surprised (though I don't want to know) if Boris wears Union Jack boxer shorts.

And at the next Conservative Party Conference, whenever that may be, they'll no doubt sell knickers with Boris' mug on the front and a Union Jack at the back.

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Ku-(ng)-FU Band

Ku-Fuck Up again by the (HM) Government.

I use the term "HM" with reluctance, as I do think the Queen may be somewhat embarrassed by the quality of "Her" Government

White elephants in the mist: Google's upcoming Pixel 4A may ship without Soli motion recognition, per FCC filing

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Zits!

Blackheads and Whiteheads. Unloved by all.

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Re: Why use the phrase "White elephants"

Actually no one has spoken out about the humble "Black" Boards, now supplanted by hoards of "White" Boards in Education establishments and Offices the world over

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Re: Why use the phrase "White elephants"

Looks like Disney are going to have their work cut out having to rework "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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No idea if the numbers scale up, and chronologically, this is later, but the non-exclusive MS-DOS deal with IBM was to bring in a lot of cash

https://www.ozy.com/true-and-stories/the-agreement-that-catapulted-microsoft-over-ibm/94437/

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Re: Isn't it obvious......

@Dr. Vagmeister + DS999

Microsoft could sell through Ann Summers and provide an environment to handle and buy Hard and Soft Cores and Wares at the same time

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: The one true way...

I tawt I taw a puddy...

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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Re: Venus

Point(s) taken.

No wonder I couldn't find any Venusian Blinds on Amazon for my Windows.

I was Venusian Blind

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Venus

NASA do like a challenge. Why don't they send a probe to Venus equipped with a video feed fed to an off the shelf facial recognition system like those employed by police forces.

Extending that to the full body, the flaw is when it comes across sunbathing triple-breasted venetian. The training data says 2 points...

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An unfortunate bit of product placement for Microsoft as Liverpool celebrates winning some silverware

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After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

King Boris? You mean the poodle that is shared between Dominic Cummings and Trump

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: Lester would have been proud!

Well, Lester and a quid-a-day challenge was what came to my mind as I was reading this - though at $2.50 a pop, that sort of blows the budget for the rest of the day

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Sadly

Years ago, I missed the opportunity to buy arsebook.com which was available at nominal cost. Meant to come back to it but never did, then when I did get back on the case a long time after, it had been scooped up by some domain name outfit

Fujitsu, Japan strong-Arm their way to the top with world's fastest-known super: 415-PFLOPS Fugaku

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and will be used to study all sorts of stuff from earthquakes and new drugs to energy sources and the fundamental laws of the physical universe.

*cough* some researcher or BOFH may be temped to slip in some crypto currency mining

Police and NHS urge British public not to call 101 and 111 non-emergency numbers after behind-the-scenes kit failure

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TITSUP

If it were the 999 service...

Total Inability To Summon Uniformed Police

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Re: Trade sanctions and cyberattacks

Current weapons of choice for superpowers apparently.

Over in Ladakh, the Chinese are allegedly using other types of weapons...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-53089037

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Make Britain Great Again!

Every Britain should be using a "Great British" iPhoneukPhone. The Government should pump money into a new startup venture to rival Apple with Dido Harding at the helm called "Lemon". It will produce a better phone than what Apple or Google can offer, and will be the duty of every patriotic Britain to own. It will come with a colour scheme matching the repainted RAF Voyager aircraft, in which Dido Harding can go around the world to promote the phone to the Great British Public

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Re: with respect to the UK app

"For someone with absolutely no IT-related qualifications whatsoever"

That is why he has surrounded himself with "Special Advisors". And in exceptional circumstances, (in the past?), "Extra Special Advisors" to give advice on things like IT, Pole DancingFitness...

Microwave-tech-touting British upstart scores £3.6m to build 'large-scale quantum 'puters'

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Are we there yet?

Asks the old man in the back of the car. He was just a kid when we when set off on the excursion to the Quantum Computing and Fusion Power Expo

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Reptiles program in "Python", where C's "nipples" are banished

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Re: Master and Servants

Mistress

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In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Re: Queen Carnage

She does, by virtue of being a member of the government that keeps giving them contracts despite multiple failures

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Re: Tow the party line

I really do need to fire the sub...

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Beware, space Chuck Norris inside: Wacky flight rules for Chris Cassidy's first mission unearthed as Navy SEAL greets Dragon crew

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Re: ISS vs LHC

It's a shit job even with a doctorate

Trump's Make Space Great Again video pulled after former 'naut says: Nope

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Re: That's a cheap-ass looking hat he's hawking.

Meanwhile on the other side of the pond...

"Woman told her ‘F*** Boris’ T-shirt is illegal by police"

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boris-johnson-tshirt-police-black-lives-matter-protest-a9549911.html

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"No bucks, no Buck Rogers."

I don't care about Buck Rogers, as long as there is Wilma Deering

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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An Odometer is what you use to measure the distance travelled in your Tesla.

A Pedometer is what you us to measure the distance travelled when your Tesla runs out of power,

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

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Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Re: Unhearing government

Although the focus there is more about how the government sets out to avoid being scammed by the public

Surely, it is the public who's got to avoid being scammed by the government?

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Re: Naming

Experiencing A Significant GravitasGravity Shortfall here, right now ;)

Reports one of the astronauts

Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn

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Kaboom Inc

A wholly owned subsidiary of SpaceX, for testing rocket prototypes.

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Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly

any relation to the "Rapid Unscheduled Deceleration" that Teslas on "Autopilot" sometimes exhibit?

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Re: "the concept of saving face"

The Local Authority serving Durham and Barnard Castle should invite manufactures of autonomous vehicles to test and certify their systems on the route between these two places.

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Re: Load?

Constraint payments...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/wind-farms-paid-record-93m-switch-turbines/

No doubt there are financial instruments out there to exploitreap these benefits

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Trumpo

Trump + GOP Mascot/Disney Character.

The little one with the big ears is way smarter

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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No Cummings please, we're British!

"Twitter’s anti-porn filters have blocked Dominic Cummings’ name... "

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/27/anti-porn-filters-stop-dominic-cummings-trending-on-twitter

Dude, where's my laser?

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ACME Corporation

Where DARPA try to flog off inventions the military don't buy

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

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Re: Politically Astute Decision

Dark Matter probe - you must mean the campaign to get the Trump IRS returns published

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Re: Politically Astute Decision

Thankfully NASA didn't feel the need to go to the extent of shortlisting and selecting the name "Ivanka Trump Space Telescope"

Document? Library? A new kind of component? Microsoft had a hard time explaining what its Fluid Framework is

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Re: Question

+1

Damn, there goes my idea to build a killer Clippy component

NASA's Human Spaceflight boss hits eject a week before SpaceX crew launch

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Re: ABORT!!!!

"With Elon's recent decent into madness, I'd be afraid he'd even sabotage it personally."

I have mentioned the follow observation in a prior post...

Hugo Drax

Elon Musk

Each has first and last names of 4 letters. First name has 2 vowels, the last name, 1.

There are more parallels if you consider Fleming's book. In the book, Both have won lucrative government missile/rocket contracts. Drax plans to nuke London. In the film, Drax plans to re-colonise Earth, after using a bio weapon deadly to humans. Now, Musk plans on colonising Mars..., Earth is already tackling a pandemic virus to which as yet there is no cure...

I'd get worried once Musk starts driving his ex-Bond submersible Lotus Esprit into work rather than a Tesla.

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