* Posts by g e

3255 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Freezes and wifi dropouts

Ubuntu has always has issues holding wifi stable in my experience but upgrading to Cosmic from Bionic on a Dell XPS13, bought with Ubuntu installed, which has been perfect (bar the occasional wifi dropout) since November now has random freezes (fixed only by holding power down to reboot) and very frequent wifi disconnects which aren't always recovered by restarting network-manager. Had to setup my VPNs again too as existing ones failed to start after updating to Cosmic.

Worst update in a while for me.

Oh and my workspace switching shortcuts all got reset along with the workspace layouts. Grrrrr

Escape from the Zuckerborg: WhatsApp founder legs it

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Re: Business model

I always assumed that a good chunk of the ridiculous price that MS paid for Skype came from the Us Gov't as part of a payoff to MS to somehow backdoor that pesky 'untappable' app.

Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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Re: There you have it: security or performance or switch to AMD

Might they not do:

if($cpu == shit) {


} else {



Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Ahhh Perl

The write-only language

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Lower case keyboard

Do they have that yet?

UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: Mein Campf

Surely that would just be...


UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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With the exception

That she won't "Get better"

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Does anyone remember ...

Errr or even Pear computers, back in the day


Even I'd agree that had some similarity to someones else's logo at the time

Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Theresa May?

Well she's given us the opportunity to sack her so let's not shillyshally around.

Voting someone else in you maybe don't like for four (five?) years is still better and she'll not be back for a second bite of that cherry afterwards.

DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

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Re: Budweiser

Not to be confused at all with it's rather awesome brand ancestor Budvar.

No Sir, that would be beer heresy of the highest order.

Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

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Yep. It's a pretext

For then saying 'well you can do it with kiddie filters, now you have no excuse not to do it for our generous donors in the entertainment industry'

Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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Re: Yet again

Except now those opportunities are toxic due to the IR35 stuff that created them in the first place ;o)

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Re: Yet again

This outcome is all far too obvious which makes me think the gov't have an ulterior motive/agenda for shoving the small individuals out which they surely knew would happen.

The first thing that comes to mind is lining their pockets via various kickbacks from large co's like Capita, etc. Maybe it's actually something more subtle which will be played out in a year's time when a fictitious 'skills shortage' is being moaned about. Well. Not fictitious to the Public Sector but no-one will be reminding Joe Public why that shortage is there due their DIY toxic status.

Also the general lack of awareness/action in Public sector and the Agencies is astonishing.

Binning my Public Sector contract before end March, one week's notice plus making sure the last payment falls before April. Fuck 'em. They brought in on themselves.

Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

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Reunited & it feels so good

Ladies and gentlemen, reunited again for the first time after being separated at birth, we present The Twins Oracle and SCO !!

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Don't forget the financial aspect, also

Vote with you wallets. Yeah lots of American-owned components are in non-American products and you can't completely anal-yse everything you buy but you can divert your spending away from them along with your tourism for sure.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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It certainly hasn't stopped MickeySoft from advertising Edge or whatever they call their browser while I'm using Chrome. "Edge has 30% better power usage than Chrome", etc. Actually it has 100% better power usage as I don't use it.

Is that breaking some anti-compete ruling?

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: End of the TV Licence

That thing which is 2x the cost of a Netflix/Amazon subscription? Oh yeah. Please dump that crap.

Routes taken by UK prosecutors over supply of modified TV set-top boxes

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Re: Common sense.

I'd not be surprised if the ball-kicking people somehow categorised a football match as a 'performance' in the same sense as a Neil Diamond or Iron Maiden gig.

Therefore they can claim to own the IP of the 'performance' and carry on in exactly the same way as say EMI demanding a takedown of video of an artist's gig somewhere (even in a public park) as the content of the media contains a performance of their IP.

Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Re: Darwin

From the same country as the consumer watchdog, to boot. Quel coincidence!

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Pandora's box?

And diabetics.... wasn't insulin originally derived from pigs, despite now being synthetically produced?

May have dreamt that, unsure...

Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Delivered to his inbox, no doubt

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Jeremy Hunt

Is a stupid .....

The clues are in the name ;o)

No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Keeping harmful material from young minds?

Put the Dail Mail on the top shelf then.

Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Marketing emails?

I can't remember the last time I saw one and I have Prime an' 'ting too.

Perhaps I accidentally have the right options set without realising or something.

On a GT related note, I did read a BBC news 'article' about the launch of GT and it seemed noticeably butthurt and pitifully childish, decrying the big budget 'cinematic' opening to the show - like you're going to launch a new flagship show with a pitiful, weaselly cheapass intro; ah yes, BBC.

If you've not watched GT yet, it's pretty much Top Gear. With a nice budget. As you'd expect really.

UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

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Re: down tools

Same here, was just discussing this yesterday with a consultant I'm working with who's been looking into IR35 and public sector after I mentioned it to him a while ago. He will also be shifting contract to private sector in the absence of any guarantees/indemnities against HMRC deciding he should pony up extra money just because.

So there's one central England county council whose entire project is going to stop dead in April, potentially even though it has a couple of years to run yet, supposedly.

What is the current best information on what IR35 will be in April or is it still just as (intentionally by HMRC) woolly as it's been since the idea was first touted about ?

Celeb-backed music TV phallus Electric Jukebox finally ready for launch

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Re: WHY??

Does anyone make a tv that turns the panel off to become a speaker? None of mine do that that I know of...

Better off with a bluetooth soundbar and a phone/tablet to stream to it

What's that, Adobe? A Photoshop for faking voices?

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So twenty minutes, eh?

How long is a presidential inauguration speech, must be at lest that ;o)

Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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506th person to die in a police shooting this year


What a country.

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Or better...

A site that generates infinite pages of AI-assembled text

Replacement IT at 'high risk'. Squeaky bum time for UK tax folk

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And in the near future

Good luck finding a contractor after March next year when that revised IR35 crap for public sector comes into effect. They'll be stuck with Crapita et al

Chilcot's IT spend: Tighter wallet than most public sector bods

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Upvote +100

Have beer, too.

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He did as he was told by the USA like a good little PM

WIPO chief trying to 'fix the composition of the Staff Council' – lawyer

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Re: How does he still have a job?

Good, I'll lend the fecker a damned ladder then

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How does he still have a job?

Didn't he have a massively damning report on his recent behaviour ?

Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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Thank you, Sir

For teaching me a word heretofore unknownst to me.


Next week, for avid learners of our colourful language... Poor, Pore, Paw, Pour followed by an afternoon studying Though, Thought, Through, Trough, Drought, Tough

Israel's security minister suckers Zucker for Facebook'ed killings

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But don't Israel have the most capable security service in the world?

Bit shit if they don't monitor FB then aren't they.

May as well blame Smith & Wesson for people getting shot or, perhaps more appositely, IWI who make Uzis

European Patent Office palace coup bombs

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I, for example have just been granted patent in the USA for Shoes and The Wheel1, exceptionally easy.

1 On a mobile device, natch.

BAM! Astroboffins now have a second way of picking up black holes' collision super kicks

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Re: Would someone who studies boffins...

A boffalyser ?

Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Although the burden of proof lies with Love

That context isn't a 'Thing' you have it's actually a documented phenomenon with human recall. It's not called 'changing context', IIRC but it's essentially the same meaning, like moving from the living room to the kitchen to subsequently forget what you went for, only to remember immediately once you returned to the living room 'context'.

Something to do with hunter-gathering I seem (see what I did there) to remember ;o)

EU Investment Bank will honour pre-Brexit deals – but don't gamble on new ones happening

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Once you reach El Reg SuperStatus then you subscripts will work as iffe by magicke

Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

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Re: I call bo**cks!!!!

Well the politicians should be nice and comfy with a post-vote U-turn. They do it enough themselves.

This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Or paying £130 for a 1TB hard disk

cos you have a supply contract with HP

You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

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Re: Has it been six months already?

cat /dev/rand | /dev/sda ????

Or thermite :oD

Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Of course, given a choice...

You can visit another country and spend your holiday cash within their economy instead.

Let's grow a baby universe in a supercomputer, watch black holes collide

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And somewhere within the simulation...

Is an Elon Musk saying 'We're living inside a simulation'

Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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"give FBI director James Comey proof"

Proof that he thinks like a pinko commie subversive ?

Facebook to stalk shoppers

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Re: Yuck!

Good old Marshmallow. FB denied location, microphone, etc

By 'Good old' I mean they finally had to put proper permission control in at last.

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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I found the synergy!

" intelligent and delightful"

Two things I associate with neither company - there's the commonality!

TeslaCrypt tamed

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See title

Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

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Not 'vapers'. Plus the negative rhyming slang connotations....