* Posts by sam bo

196 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Aug 2007


Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

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Re: Commonwealth bank down today!

Not openssl that was an xp bug.

Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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" more money than creosote," - creosote being a rather toxic substance that runs down the inside of my chimney when I burn wood that is not well seasoned.

Surely, you meant Croesus, that rather rich chap that some even wealthier people have more money than ?

Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: No win.

"First off, WTF is it with your obsessions with wanting to marry animals. It's a ridiculous argument. "

Not so, i would quite gladly marry my cat before I would marry some people ;-)

And don't say - that's bestiality ! Sex is not a compulsory component of marriage. I know plenty of married couples that don't have sexual relations.

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Re: Because "minority" people are entitled to entitlements!

Huguenin, missed a real opportunity to have some fun with that assignment - I would have turned up to the ceremony with a Kodak Box Brownie .

Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' shingles

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Re: Have they changed those plastic external cases yet?

"me to crack it open and convert it to internal drive (not sure I could crack open a WD drive case"

Only if you want to connect via usb not sata. The last time I cracked the case open on a WD drive to do that - it had an extended logic board that included the usb socket - no sata connector to be seen.

The case never quite fitted back together properly either after opening it, but a little dab of superglue soon fixed it.

I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Animals

You would be surprised to know how bigoted gays can be when they hold the power.

Once the head of the Nursing faculty at a local university got appointed she proceeded to stack the faculty with gay-only lecturers. It was quite an eye-opener to observe the blatant discrimination against males and the grooming of any prospective sexual partners by the faculty staff.

It is not just straights who abuse their power when they hold it. It would have been nice to have seen them practice what they preach (non-discrimination and equal rights for all), but sadly absolute power corrupts absolutely and lofty ideals are soon jettisoned when personal gain is at stake.

Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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Re: Compulsory voting in Australia

"I think Australian voting forms have a "None of the above" option on them. "

You are probably confusing this with the "option" of an informal vote.

The voter just scribbles "Fuck the lot of you!" on the form and deposits it in the ballot box.

Simple errors in how the ballot is marked by the voter also count as informal votes.

so yes ,voting is compulsory but formal voting is not compulsory.

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"but without a functioning wi-fi card it's useless"

you do realise wifi cards can be had for next to nothing these days - even tiny usb ones that barely protrude from the port work quite well (at least, a lot better than a card with no driver ).

El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Just to be pedantic

OK, lets split some more hairs .

Whether or not a substance is poisonous or not is dose related.

Many substances are harmless in sufficiently small quantities when ingested, but poisonous if the dose is raised above a certain threshold.

LenovOUCH! Thinkpad's overheating batteries spark recall alert

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and where else would they be manufactured ?

Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: All the world's knowledge

"That kind of teaching is becoming less and less acceptable, and its demise can only be considered a good thing..." if that is the case ,why are literacy and numeracy standards in general decline ?

Teaching is not something that can be taught. Good teachers are rare (and born - not made).

Unfortunately, anyone who has ever been to a school is well aware of this.

How many outstanding teachers can you remember from your childhood ?

Smart kids are easy to teach (they do it by themselves). The teacher naturally takes the credit for any smart kids in the class and we get a positive feedback situation where they get more and more attention to the detriment of the also-rans.

Boycott Firefox, gay devs urge as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: Gay rage, because of what somebody believes?

"People like you are an embarrassment to theologians, do you know that? "

i think theologians can embarrass themselves without his help :-)

"It's like Lloyd Blankfein discovering that an Indian peasant who keeps a gold bar under his bed thinks he knows all there is to know about banking." Beautifully put ! Have an upvote .

Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Re: Decompression?

"That's 'El Reg' though eh? No matter what the topic - Bitcoins, Boeings or whatever - somebody always seems to pop up who has a handle on it!"

Exactly right ! It also makes a nice change from pathetic bickering you see on some other forums.

If you don't know anything when you start reading, you certainly do when you have finished.

Have an upvote all contributors.

Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Re: Why tie these people into the MicroSoft symbiosis.

Never heard , being tied to Microsoft described as a symbiotic relationship before - interesting choice of words .

Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

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Re: Bah!

"one of the most destructive explosions on record was caused by a shipful of it going off of its own accord."

Are you sure it went off of its own accord ? Ships also contain fuel oil. Accidents do happen.

Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

"you'd be ****ed off if the display of fruit was hidden and you'd have to type on an unrelated the name of the fruit that you'd like without knowing what is available or sometimes even what the name might actually be. It's not a great example,"

Oh yes it is - that is exactly the problem I had when I got to the desktop on a win8 machine. I had absolutely no clue what progs were available or what they might be called. I have win8.1.1 and I like it with classic shell. I am in a rural location with an expensive 3g home internet service and I really don't appreciate having Modern apps downloading data constantly in the background, all modern apps have been uninstalled. As long as I keep the mouse away from the bottom right corner of the screen it is very fast and functional OS.

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

"asking me if I'm Steve Ballmer. (I am not). "

Thanks for clearing that up , I thought he meant Steve Jobs.

You don't know what you don't know, until you know it ;-)

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Most office folk still use desktops - despite the constant intrusion of their personal mobile phones into the work environment. I see see very few offices with workers doing their day to day duties on tablets and phones.

As you are being pedantic, I suppose you use your laptop on your lap rather than a desk in your contracting duties. do you have your own custom written laptop OS as well ?

My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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"It's simply stupid not to give anyone the right tools."

Got it in one !

Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Actually spring starts on the 1st March, according to the met office.

"Calendar dates are arbitrary. Equinoxes and solstices are not."

That may well be true for you, unfortunately the net is global - we are heading into autumn here .

Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

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Re: Internet darwin award

"Anyone who installs this will somehow remove themself from the internet. "

If only that were true ! Unfortunately, we all know that they live on as the undead zombie hordes that clog the net with their spam-spewing machines while their owners carry on regardless.

Millions of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

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Re: Don't overlook the bling factor.

"He told me 'If people aren't complaining about the price you're not charging enough'. and that is absolutely true."

Only if they continue to buy. If they are not buying, maybe you are charging too much - or your product is crap.

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Re: @vector

"Concrete railroad cross ties"

We must be behind the times in Aus. All hardwood ties are replaced by concrete these days .

What exactly is the problem ? Hardwood ties were almost single-handedly responsible for deforestation of the Murray-Darling (river) basin.

'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth

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Re: Girls

Got it ;-)

What I don't understand is why she's bragging about being a "fucking" girl - every girl I know fits that description - hardly worth emphasising ?

Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

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Too late !

looks like MS have already shut the door on this one. No updates for this 8.1 machine after doing the registry hack.

Satya Nadella shakes up Microsoft, appoints 'Scroogled' man Mark Penn as strategy chief

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Re: The shape of things to come?

"'compete' is not a thing."

And neither is marketing, - media is the plural of medium.

maybe they need a medium to foresee which markets to compete in ?

Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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Re: ...Why not DO IT, yourself?

"they would never tolerate such a response from real world service providers, eg banks"

never really thought of a bank as a service provider, much less one I could tell what to do !

Most people barely tolerate them, and since it is impossible to be paid without them, tolerate them we must.

But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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Re: Too Old

"Dude, I guess you're just too old." Dead giveaway of da Yoof .

"Oh, and don't forget that the plural of anedote isn't data."

And the plural of antidote isn't data. Either is the plural of anecdote.

As far as I know the only thing data is the plural of is datum.

Glad to hear you found a use for it.

UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: As usual ...

" GCHQ go for the low-hanging fruit."

You mean like a couple of figs ?

Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: Hmm. You never......

"You get what you pay for..."

Damn right ! You get a right rogering for your money.

Now shut up, bend over and pretend you like it.

Personally, I prefer "free love".

MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429m Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: Got what they deserved.

"Only those who got in early fall into this category. You do realise this is a zero sum game, right? People can ONLY make a profit by dumping these onto someone else for a higher price than they paid (the so-called greater fool theory).

And when something like this happens, it's only the fools holding them...those who made 'a shitload of profit', as you put it, are long gone."

sort of like the share market then ?


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"The HTC one has stereo speakers that are very good for a phone. That alone is better than most other phones out there."

Wow ! you must be a real audiophile then ;-)

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Re: More metal kit that blocks and thus drops more calls.

"Perhaps try the Ballistic shell Gel Case. Works a treat :)"

Care to explain how the gel counteracts the signal-blocking of the metal case ?

Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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"Corporal punishment would be more effective as a punishment than prison for many crimes....."

I would argue that prison is a form of corporal punishment.

Maybe they should apply the same rule to those that let Snowden get the info in the first place ?

Their incompetence aiding terrorism ?

US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

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Re: Anon Cluetard Boston Marathon Bombing

At least you got the icon right - very appropriate for your post.

Anonymous: Sign this petition or we'll … get mad about the media?

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Schapelle, is that you ?

HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

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"Many hospitals use iPad 2s to allow patients to rate how miserable they are."

I'd be miserable too, if they gave me an iPad to use ;-)

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Re: Wait a minute...

"No, that can't possibly be true" Well you got that bit right at least :-)

"state of the art iris sensor" for security purposes, ...close but no banana.

Apple-aligned firm opens sapphire glass factory. iPhone 6 rumours, DEPLOY

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Re: at this point I can only see one potential effect.

"until the S6 comes out sporting a Sapphire screen."

Knowing Samsung's technical ability, I predict it will be a diamond screen :-)

Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Re: Reverse

"Or am I being victimised?"

you're being victimised :-) Not showing up here on a win8.1 machine but it is running Firefox with adblock , so that may be why.

I'm on wireless broadband here with an 8GB quota for the month. I just hope the update isn't another 3.6GB download when it finally arrives.

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Re: Phablet?

"You mean, like a really small phable?" by your reasoning, a tablet would be a small table ?

Snowden docs: NSA building encryption-cracking quantum computer

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"whether you trust the (democratically elected) government which controls these organisations to act in the best public interest."

Best laugh I've had all day ! No government controls these organisations - when you operate above the law - you do as you please, and we all know what happens when you have absolute power.

Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Re: A Trademark is not a Patent

I beg to differ , most Taiwanese and Phillipino English speakers have an American accent. Probably a few others too where the English is American due to their cultural domination. Even in the English colony of Australia the kids affect a bastardised American/Australian accent as a matter of course.

Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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Re: iOS 7

a bit of circular logic there. You have an iphone already,so you get ios7, surely that is a given ?

California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

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Re: Can't see it catching on. (Snow Crash?)

"But there is another more dangerous reason, a runaway board in the mountains has the energy to kill. Better to be secured tightly to the leg of a yoof!"

OK, but surfboards have a legrope to the surfers ankle for retrieving the board.

maybe velco soles on their boots and a matching area on the snowboard would give enough stability/traction without tearing a leg off in a fall ?

Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

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Re: The obvious solution

"* That thing about the glass back letting it slide off onto the floor and shatter? Completely true."

You mean like the iphone4/4s ?

What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

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Re: Damnit, I'd just about decided not to renew my BMFA ticket...

Suicidal, are you sure you didn't mean homicidal ?

Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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I have to agree, I never see the metro start page, all metro apps were uninstalled and classic shell (free) works wonders. I only wish i could disable the hot corners as I accidently activate them from time to time. I am not a big fan of the flat graphics but it's the fashion for now , so unless a third party hack can enable aero, I will put up with it.

Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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Re: As someone else said...

"and those with access to information the public does not know " -are shitting their pants, because thanks to Mr Snowden, they{the public) soon will have access to that information.

yes, all whistleblowers are criminals, according to those criminals they blow the whistle on. As for running away from his actions - the man is not a complete fool - I certainly wouldn't be running back to the waiting arms of the slimeballs behind this mess.

sam bo

Re: The UK should appreciate what Edward Snowden has done for them ...

Have an upvote for your handle. I hope you can justify it.