* Posts by herman

1907 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007

A Burger King where the only Whopper is the BSOD font

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Re: Didn't say if a purchase was made?

Wimpy, eh? For auld lang syne…

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Pint

Pull request

Now I want a pulled bork sandwich!

Datacenter migration plan missed one vital detail: The leaky roof

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Re: Architect Smartitect

I am not rich enough to buy cheap equipment.

Alert: 15-year-old Python tarfile flaw lurks in 'over 350,000' code projects

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Re: No need for path games

If the admin is a tool, then the problem lies with the tool.

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Devil

Nobody’s problem

Fortunately nobody uses tar anymore, so only nobodies are vulnerable.

Amazon's Roomba acquisition gets caught on FTC's rug

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Windows

Real windows that is. I need a robot window cleaner that really works!

White House puts $50m into floating wind turbine projects

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Re: Fiddling while Big Oil carries on as usual

Hywind is the second one. The first is in Portugal.

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There are quite a few floaters in Europe: Portugal, Scotland , Netherlands and Norway all have a few floating turbines.

Arm execs: We respect RISC-V but it's not a rival in the datacenter

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Re: What goes around comes around

ARM is a RISC architecture processor.

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Re: More bad news for Intel

RISC V is nice for FPGAs and Intel happens to manufacture FPGAs.

Keeping printers quiet broke disk drives, thanks to very fuzzy logic

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Re: Perhaps, but Shakespeare had other ideas …

You may be confusing Ol Shaky-javelin with a certain very loquacious caterpillar.

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Re: Wang

I used to work with two engineers who regularly greeted each other with: “Hey Paki!”, “Hey Cooly! Whatsup man?”

BOFH: It's Friday, it's time to RTFM

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C4ISR is my favourite.

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Re: Pedantic description alert!

BUB - almost like TBC used by the cold meat wagon crews - means Total Body Crumble.

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Re: Pedantic description alert!

I like Slovak, because fucked means really, so it is a perfectly acceptable word.

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Yeah da!

Chip delivery times fall, but so does demand as global economic conditions worsen

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Re: Still no low-priority chips anywhere.

Sure, you may have to wait for a LF351 but there are so many ways to amplify audio. I never use op-amps for audio since one or two transistors are usually enough ( and of course three or four valves are way more fun!).

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch

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Re: Coburg-Gotha-von-Battenberg

Monegassians(?) have French passports and if the house of Grimaldi would have no heir, then Monaco will revert to France. So Monaco is part of France - De Gaulle ensured that.

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Re: Queen Elizabeth - demon driver

Err, Prince Philip also drove your Prez on occation.

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Certainly not a Landy. A Range Rover. She would not subject her Corgis and Dorgis to anything less.

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Re: Faster than light communication

Robert Heinlein said it best: Man will only be free, once the last king was strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

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Re: Coburg-Gotha-von-Battenberg

There actually is one remaining prince in France - Monaco. De Gaulle blockaded the harbour in the 1960s until prince Grimaldi rolled over and submitted.

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Coburg-Gotha-von-Battenberg

I fail to see why the Brits are so tolerant of this mollycoddled family. The French had the right idea.

Windows 11 update blocking some users from logging in

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Re: 30 years of Windows...

The guy who wrote the MS USB stack died decades ago. (Not a joke).

CERN draws up shutdown plans to save energy

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Boring

CERN runs the same experiments over and over. It must be the most boring place to work.

OneWeb takes $229m hit from satellites not returned by Russia

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Re: Sorry, that’s what caused the war.

The precursor if the CCCP was the Kievan Rus empire which had its capital in Kiev. It was destroyed by the nice Khan gentlemen in the 12th century. So Russia was ruled by Ukraine for longer than Ukraine was ruled by Russia.

Windows 10 business refresh will revive PC shipments

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The pattern is that Windows always get progressively slower. Despite machines becoming thousands of times faster, Microsoft always find a way to make it slower, so that it doesn’t work on older machines.

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Win11 iiisss ssslllooowww

As usual for MS, the latest version of their OS is as slow as molassis, even after doing the obligatory Optimize for Performance setting change and killing all Autostarts.

Salesperson's tech dream delivered by ill-equipped consultant who charged for the inevitable fix

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Re: Tsk!

Engrish is to be helping and not to be laughful at.

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist

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Re: Green screens were great!

Aah, those were the days - of staring straight into an Electron ray gun all day (and much of the night) - I wonder why I have so many floaters in my eyes?

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave

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Re: Does this apply to everyone?

The police could enforce it using the IR cameras in their helicopters.

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Nukes

CA could recommission the two nuke plants they decommissioned prematurely, but that would make too much sense for a typical politician.

Braking news: Cops slammed for spamming Waze to slow drivers down

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Re: I know the USA has issues, but....

In North America (yes, Canada also), it is illegal for a divorced parent to drive with his child across a state border unless certain red tape legalities are followed. It is even worse for someone to drive with an underage friend across a state line. These kind of abductions are frightfully common, since you may simply be going for a dip in a lake on the other side if an invisible line.

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Re: "Traffic cops in Surrey, England,"

Yes, please note that on the rightpond, it is not a cop, but a copper, a plod or a gumshoe. Also, clocking someone means that you hit him upside the head with a blunt and heavy object, which is something you should never do to the friendly neighbourhood copper.

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Re: I have no problem with this.

Technically, speeding is not a crime. It is a misdemeanor. “Don’t do that you naughty child”.

Japan to change laws that require use of floppy disks

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#DEFINE floppy online

Just make a new law that defines how it should be done, superseding the old methods.

You can never have too many backups. Also, you can never have too many backups

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Re: a place in hell

East European names can have six consecutive consonants and are generally impossible for a West European to remember - and vice versa of course.

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Re: Hardly on topic

Yah, you got to bear in mind that it were us old farts who actually invented computers, compilers and rockets and whatnot - hope you can forgive us for that.

Japan reverses course on post-Fukushima nuclear ban

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Re: Wind and solar

There are huge solar systems in the Arabian desert. They seem to handle the heat, dust and rain just fine. So I don’t see why Aus would be a problem.

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Re: Wind and solar

“Twigged” - I guess that you are from Cape Town which has a fairly large French built nuclear power station on the Atlantic coast.

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Re: Wind and solar

Geothermal also has issues. Salt corrosion and limestone buildup for example.

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Re: saving energy

I need to get a PET scan in a couple weeks, so then I may glow in the dark for a day or two.

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Mountains of coal ash

Compared the mountains of ash produced by coal power, nuclear waste is nothing.

PanWriter: Cross-platform writing tool runs on anything and outputs to anything

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WTF?

Ed is the standard

So, I take it that you don’t like ed?

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Re: Unfortunately, held hostage by others

I run Office 2003 on Windows XP on Virtualbox, with the network disabled. It works fine this way and I don’t need to pay for any online services.

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Re: Where Linux fails - MS Office 365 + Addon's to start with

Office365 works fine in a browser on Linux.

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Re: Security

Linux don’t have any of those antiwhatever bandaids either and it doesn’t suffer from malware.

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Linux snuck onto the desktop long ago

I realized that Linux had arrived, when my Brother (accountant), told me that he and his wife are using Ubuntu Linux machines.

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up

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Re: Bank Accounts

When I was a wee little tike, our home phone number was 3103 and I still can’t remember my wife’s mobile number (nor my own). Nowadays a big hassle is that my Canadian bank won’t accept my European phone number - says it is invalid - sigh…

We were promised integrated packages. Instead we got disintegrated apps

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“Internet, Water, Power, Gas and taxes.” : I am busy drilling a well, there are solar panels on the roof already and I will get another truckload of firewood next week. The internet and taxman problems still need some thought…

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