* Posts by Spasticus Autisticus

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BOFH: I care a lot ... about onion bhajis

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Re: Small Rural AM station?

Strangely yes, and without any issues during the move - you'd imagine the body count could be quite high.

While I like the '. . . what now?' eg 'Decoy family', reply 'Decoy what now?' (Rick & Morty), I dislike the 'wait, what?' that appears in R&M quite a bit, it might not be long before Simon or Steven use that phrase.

Ex-Tweep mocked by Musk for asking if he'd actually been fired

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Nice South African?

Search ' i've never met a nice south african '

Actually I have - even back in mid-70's, a really nice and funny Formula Ford driver. We built a Merlyn FF1600 for him, tested on the A120 to Harwich and back! :)

systemd 253: You're looking at the future of enterprise Linux boot processes

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Embrace, Extend . . .

Is Pootering (sic) part of the Extend mission by Microsoft to eventually Extinguish Linux as we currently know it?

Perhaps it's a case of - systemd isn't finished until Linux can't boot?

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.

PS I'd like someone to ask AI Bing 'who are the useless cunts that work at Microsoft?'

Let's play a game: Deepfake news anchor or a real person?

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I have one thing to say . .

Max Headroom

BOFH: Generating a report the Director can show the Board – THIS is what AI was made for

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I see Simon, the PFY and the whole company have moved Stateside - ize - how did the move go? I can't image it was totally painless - or bodiless.

How I made a Chrome extension for converting Reg articles to UK spelling

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Re: Ugh

I could imagine it's not particularly due to El Reg now being a .com but rather that many po-faced, humourless advertising agents and their equally po-faced, boring clients would prefer El Reg to be less disparaging and more uninterestingly professional.

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The last few have been a bit weak.

Richard Speed was doing a good job with On Call and Who Me? Maybe he was too English for the USAsians, lots of Yanks have a good sense of humour but many, many others aren't educated enough to 'get' funny things.

We (the UK) get many overseas comedians here as their humour is sometimes lost on their fellow countrymen, we send our weaker comedians to the USA - Tracey Ullman, James Corden, for example. I can imagine Rich Hall is probably not considered funny in a lot of US States :)

Japanese sushi chain boss resigns amid accusation of improper data access

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That's it then - Yankification of El Reg complete. Bye bye £ to $ conversion (or vice versa) - just dollars now.

As Professor Myang Li might ask - does it float or does it sink? :)

Fixing an upside-down USB plug: A case of supporting the insupportable

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Re: Can't put my finger on it

Richard Speed hasn't posted anything for nearly a month, is he another casualty of the descent of El Reg in to the current blandness, or is he just on holiday? Since the .com takeover things have been getting more and more strange here.

Almost certain we'll not see any more bork shots of Windows killing itself.

First steps into the world of thought leadership: What could go wrong?

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Re: magnificent

You could try Old Harry's Game by Andy Hamilton. He's done lots of good stuff on radio and TV.

Also Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar, and Lenin of the Rovers

Meet David Sedaris is laugh out loud too.

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is good

All from BBC Radio 4


Red Dwarf, Benny Hill, Fawlty Towers - all individually brilliant and unique. Father Ted very good too.

Porridge, Open All Hours - Ronnie Barker

Early Absolutely Fabulous?

+1 for stuff by Armando Iannucci. Chris Morris fronted The Day Today, is this where Alan Partridge started?

Chris Morris's Brass Eye (his gardener is my gardener :) )

A miserable work week spent toiling inside 'the metaverse'

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Re: Disembodied business casual

Reminds me of Floaty Blood Man in Rick and Morty - Tickets please.


Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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"Open the pod bay doors please HAL" - Sci-Fi leads where tech follows.

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"Open the pod bay doors please HAL" - oh shit!

Amazon accused of obstructing probe into deadly warehouse collapse

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An easier solution perhaps is to send H&S, or whatever the US equivalent is, to another Amazon warehouse in the tornado belt for an unannounced inspection that includes a drill for an emergency evacuation. Do that once or twice and the documents might appear.

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Re: So... this is why Baldy

Argos - for a Karcher washer, cheaper than Amazon.

Foxconn factory fiasco could leave Wisconsinites on the hook for $300m

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. . . and who's getting the money - if it's paid out?

Don't hate on cryptomining, hate the power stations, say Bitcoin super-fans

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It would be interesting . .

. . to know how much energy the 'normal' bank/money systems require to keep working.

Also the stock exchanges in New York, London, Paris, Munich . . . . everybody talk about pop muzik :)

China makes using cryptocurrency a crime – again

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'. . . for the greater good' of the CCP - not necessarily for China or the Chinese people.

Pooh would like to make the weather illegal - he finds that hard to control too but has made attempts at it.

Remember Norton 360's bundled cryptominer? Irritated folk realise Ethereum crafter is tricky to delete

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Re: Heh Norton

Dear Drooper

Yep, nope.

Real-time crowdsourced fact checking not really that effective, study says

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With Meta being close to the Hebrew word for dead. 'Meta head' must mean dead head?

Blue Origin employees complain of sexist culture that ignores safety concerns

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Uhh ohh

"We stand by our safety record and believe that New Shepard is the safest space vehicle ever designed or built.”

Please don't kill Bill

The lights go off, broadband drops out, the TV freezes … and nobody knows why (spooky music)

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'He is a floating sports fan ... '

SailGP and the America's Cup are great floating sports, although with the foils it's now closer to flying. Available for free on Youtube and more exciting than F1

If HAL did digital signage. I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that...

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Brilliant, Richard

'My God! It's full of Bork!' and 'A black oblong of purest Bork glares balefully over shoppers...' - both made me laugh out loud.

Thank you

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

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Re: No TV


Easily distracted by too many apps, too many meetings, and too much asparagus

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Agreed - see name.

I also enjoy Gil Scott-Heron as a singer/songwriter/poet

US state AGs: How can Facebook, Google, Twitter say they tackle misinformation when *gestures wildly at COVID-19 BS everywhere*

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'Google’s Sundar Pichai explained the same: “This past year we’ve also focused on providing quality information during the pandemic.'

The word quality without a quantifier is meaningless. If something really is top/high/good quality the quantifying word will be used. If I see 'quality' on its own I then put the required quantifying word, low/poor/rubbish, in myself.

Chairman, CEO of Nominet ousted as member rebellion drives .uk registry back to non-commercial roots

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My preferred registrar/host are EX Networks/Express Hosting - they voted YES

The Great Borkish Breakfast: I'll have a cup of tea, a sausage roll and a side of bork, please

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Re: A coffee, sausage roll and a Windows license please

Links or search terms please - I've not found any so far but have to believe there are a few.

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

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Re: How about them black holes ?

... and White Dwarves.

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it

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Re: The Truth?

@SD3 - hopefully you mean Kayleigh 'Trailer-trash' McEnany? She's supposedly a clever girl but the things she says to defend the Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief are sometimes indeed hilarious :-)

UK, Canada could rethink the whole 'ban Huawei' thing post-Trump, whispers Huawei

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B Movie

"What has happened is that in the last 20 years

America has changed from a producer to a consumer

And all consumers know that when the producer names the tune...

The consumer has got to dance

That's the way it is. We used to be a producer – very inflexible at that

And now we are consumers and, finding it difficult to understand"

Some lyrics from B Movie by Gil Scott-Heron, 1983.

Change the names for some in the current administration and the whole song/poem is still relevant.

I tried to not have the lyrics double spaced but I failed :-(

KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME

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Sorry KDE, 3.5.10 was the last good KDE in my books. Used on SuSE something or other (11?). I thought KDE 4 was pretty awful so they lost me, I did try it again a few years later but still disliked it compared to whatever I was using - might have been Mint Gloria and GNOME or Xfce. Still a happy Mint user with either MATE or Cinnamon depending on GPU power.

123 Bork? Six-day DNS record-edit outage at domain name flinger 123 Reg enrages users

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Pay peanuts, get monkeys - 123Reg, GoDaddy, 1and1 (Ionos), Fasthosts - when things go wrong all these are shite.

Famous last words - never had a problem with Express Hosting

GitHub warns devs face ban if they fork DMCA'd YouTube download tool... while hinting how to beat the RIAA

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That horse has not only bolted but been shot and turned in to dog food that has been eaten by dogs that have themselves shuffled off this mortal coil.

China’s UK embassy calls for probe into 'hack of Ambassador’s Twitter account'

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Re: haha

Unfortunately any person of Chinese descent is vulnerable to the CCP, no matter for how many generations they may have lived outside China. If there are relatives back in China then pressure can be exerted - 'it would be a shame if Uncle Ying and Aunt Tong lost their house, think of poor little cousins Tiddle, Aye and Po'.

We can only hope that whatever catastrophe China has to suffer again doesn't effect the rest of the globe too much.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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The bunker is/was in Mistley, the ground site has been developed in to housing recently (haven't looked for a few months to see if its finished yet). I'm not sure the the Secret Bunker signs are there as the 'attraction' isn't open any more. As I live in the third of 'The Three Parishes', I don't know, because I don't 'see' the local signage.

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

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Re: Quinone

So that's why there are no lemons in the supermarkets! I wanted to use some in cakes and scones I plan to bake.

Broadcom sues Netflix for its success: You’re stopping us making a fortune from set-top boxes, moans chip designer

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Hopefully Netflix will use Private Eye's response ....

"We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram."

Drones must be constantly connected to the internet to give Feds real-time location data – new US govt proposal

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Re: Turn it around

That's good Jake, you are a responsible gun owner.

Maybe our gun cases should have a tracker on them too? That way it is possible to 'see' the weapon(s) being moved from safe to case, 'see' case as it travels, then 'see' guns being used at gun club or other shooting locations. The guns 'disappear' back in to case with tracker that then travels back to safe at the registered location, guns or case disappear in to safe - all beautifully logged by the powers that regulates guns.

So easy with today's technology :-)

I fly model aircraft and the new drone laws are threatening my hobby. I also shoot at a local gun club.

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

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Baby seal

Unlike Serge the Seal of Death


Bollaux - don't seem to be able to make a link, what am I doing wrong?

Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States

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Re: Wow.

I have a picture in my mind that this happens, but Trump just puts his hand up to his head and goes OW - despite half his head being shot away.

Am I bad?

Join us on our new journey, says Wunderlist – as it vanishes down the Microsoft plughole

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Qunts - absolute and unredeemable qunts.

Questions hang over Gatwick Airport after low level drone near-miss report

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Having an offensive person on your weapon

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

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May be worried for the gay frogs more like

Here we go again: US govt tells Facebook to kill end-to-end encryption for the sake of the children

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Re: Forget the kiddies

I was slightly bullied at school, in two cases I remember I retaliated to the surprise of the bully - one who found himself held by the throat backed over a table, the other* kicked hard on the knee so he couldn't catch me as I ran :-) - attack is the best form of defence against bullying.

* I was told he joined the Met. Police, where I suspect he continued to be an arsehole.

Wake me up before you Gogo ... so I can jump out: Kenyan MP takes on aeroplane flatulence

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The solution

How about emergency pairs of Shreddies kept on board? - https://www.myshreddies.com/

Spasticus - aka Johnny Fart Pants

Are you who you say you are, sir? You are? That's all fine then

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Re: A funny thing happened to me in July

If the service is working our ISPs don't care about the infrastructure, if its Openreach's kit then contact them direct - search for openreach damage.

I did this when some trees got removed near a new development and our line was hanging down to around 10', I could see a lorry tearing the line down at any moment so called Openreach. Within the hour 2 vans and 3 guys turned up, one went up the pole and gathered the excess cable up. Sorted.

Friends, it's fine. Don't worry about randomers listening to your Skype convos. Microsoft has tweaked an FAQ a bit

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Feed all these voice things some Professor Stanley Unwin.

Pi in the sky as ESA starts testing encrypted comms on International Space Station

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I hope they'll be putting a backdoor in for law enforcement

UK PM Johnson spins revolving doors, new digital minister falls through

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Re: Starting a sweep-

'The worst part of the whole situation with Ms Priti Vacant?

She's the MP for Colchester'

Nope - Will Quince is. Priti Patel is MP for Witham (wit-am, not with-am)

Remainers - getting it wrong a lot :-)

Chill a bit @Jemma