* Posts by Ordinary Donkey

121 posts • joined 10 Jul 2019


Purism's quest against Intel's Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches

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Re: If a Chinese chip manufacturer had put one of these on their boards ...

But only think of the children on this private island. Then the blackmail material remains between us.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: Jedi

I think it's okay for an in-universe slave trader to be un-PC. As long as they fall into a giant space gob at the end of the film.

As Twitter blocks white supremacists posing as anti-fascists, FBI appeal is flooded with images of cop violence

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Re: 108,000 killed by Antifa

It's hard not to notice, though, that the American Antifa are overwhelmingly white.

Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam

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Re: Land of the .....

It is the land of the free, just other people live there too.

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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When you look closely, most of politics resembles chimpanzees flinging shit.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: Sounds to me like ...

Now why would I report that something had been adequately installed months ago and was still working?

They'll have found it when they returned the system to the default spec.

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Re: Sounds to me like ...

I did the same thing in the aughts. My research PC needed a second network port, but the university bought me a full height card for a half height machine. The card was small enough, but the backplate required ... modding.

They found out when I left.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Never ascribe to mailce ...

At some point stupidity needs to stop being a get out of jail card. If you're that stupid you need banning from ever being near anything with edges. Chuck them in an oubliette and oubliez.

Wanted: An exit strategy from the overt surveillance of smartphone contact tracing

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Governments need to be explicit...

UK.gov will inevitably include "... or to protect the economic stability of the UK" into the conditions where they may use this technology.

Or in plain English, if it's worth selling they'll slurp it.

BT providing free meals to coax its healthy customer support staff back into office as calls rocket amid pandemic

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Used to work at a BT callcenter

You couldn't pay me to eat that food.

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage

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Re: Dictionary?

It can be hard to find some words in a dutch-english dictionary just because they tend to construct complex concepts from word fragments. In this case the word takes 'person', adds a prefix to turn it into a verb and then adds a suffix to mean someone who performs that verb.

So it's a person who points people at tasks. A manager.

Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web

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Re: pets

I wonder how many accounts claim to be owned by Corona-chan?

When the world ends – coronavirus plague, WW3, whatever – all that will be left are cockroaches and Larry Ellison trash talking his rivals

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Re: "all that will be left are cockroaches and Larry Ellison"

This prompted me to look up the current status of John Legere.

Nope, he's actually going. Larry and Keith outlasted him.

Amazon staffer based just a stone's throw away from Seattle HQ tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Re: "So there is a high number of undiagnosed cases in that region"

Indeed. My point was that Washington State wasn't the only outlier.

Probably different reasons for under-reporting the mild cases, but probably that's what's happenning in both places.

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Re: "So there is a high number of undiagnosed cases in that region"

The phillipines have also reported a 33% mortality rate, with one dead out of 3 total infectees.

I suspect the numbers will become less outlandish as the denominator grows.

Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'

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Re: What? They've been lying to us?

Actually, Shakespeare wrote about it in Julius Caesar.

That's actually not a joke, he really did. The message boards were made of actual wood but it was the same phenonomon. It's just quicker now.

Would-be .org gobbler Ethos Capital promises to keep prices down in last-ditch effort to keep $1.1bn deal alive

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Re: Doubling the price?

Ninth year unlimited

Eight years is not a long time. All this does is delay their payout.

'Don't tell anyone but I have a secret.' There, that's my security sorted

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A large part of Dabbsy's column is simply intended to share the pain. That feeling you are suffering from is journalistic integrity in its purest form.

The self-disconnecting switch: Ghost in the machine or just a desire to save some cash?

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Re: How much?

So a bean and a half, a bean and a half, half a bean and a bean and a half?

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale… by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org'

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Re: "this board already works in a very transparent way”

Replace them with an AI. You know it's inevitable.

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations

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Re: "Most tech rags would not remember what they published last week"

It would have to be "Lando Mollari"

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Re: It was the end of history....


Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD

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Define primary

A quick search through vendor websites reveals a ton of laptops with ssd primary drives barely big enough for Win10 today, and big spinning rust drives. If the ssd is considered to be the primary storage then I predict most users won't bother replacing the ssd once it gives up / is too small, and will continue to run only on rust.

Aw, look. The UK is still trying really hard to be the 'safest place to be online in the world'

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Re: Isn't that what "AI" is supposed to be capable of doing?

People still live in Scunthorpe?

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Re: Inevitable

Besides, I still trust government marginally more than Facebook.

It's easier to avoid using Facebook.

If you're running Windows, I feel bad for you, son. Microsoft's got 99 problems, better fix each one

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Re: Sudo apt-get update &&

Meanwhile I got 450 megs of updates for Arch Linux this morning.

Curious what that was all about but it finished while I was in the shower so all's good. Guess now I'll have to launch win10 vm at some point before I want to use it.

Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen

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"You cast a man named Mandy as me..."

BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer

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Re: flux capacitor decoupling

Me too. Just waiting on the lightning.

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Re: "And given that the Y2K thing was a big fat zero,"

Did you have to get the guard dogs Y2K tested at your place?

NASA's Christina Koch returns to Earth as the longest-serving woman astronaut – after spending 328 days in space

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Re: Question : What's more import ?

I know Helen Sharman gets annoyed by the emphasis put on her gender by people who seem to think being the first British woman in space is a bigger deal than being the first British person in space.

She got there first.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

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Re: Ingenious

Yes, Handys scans.

It's been a while, long enough that Friends was in mid-run, do you always pronounce the e at the end of alte? If we can say alt-handys then it fits. Or maybe misthandys?

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Re: Ingenious

There must be a way to make neunundneunzig alte telefone scan?

Will Asimov fix my doorbell? There should be a law about this

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Then I guess taking it back to the UK is always an option.

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How to dispose of the rubber duck depends on whether it is actually made of rubber or of soft plastic. If in doubt stop by your regional recycling center.

If it's one of those rigid plastic abominations then you're out of luck I'm afraid.

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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Re: Crazy Hammer Guy

Or a cabinet.

AI 'more profound than fire', Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai tells rich folks' talking shop

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Neanderthalers warn Fire Brigade plan "Stifles Innovation"

Today the founder of PyrosRUs, Ug, issued stone carvings carrying stern warning about the threat to the fire industry if new fire safety rules are introduced.

"I don't accept these claims that fire is dangerous." grunted Ug, "Without the freedom to set fires where and when we wish there might be nothing for dinner tonight and who wants that? Sure some people have burned themselves but they weren't me so that's okay. If I want to light a cooking fire in the base of a tree that's a wonderful opportunity to investigate the warming potential of several different tree species all in one go."

Sadly Ug was then eaten by a sabre tooth tiger attracted to the light of his campfire. To add insult to injury it ate him raw.

Protestors in Los Angeles force ICANN board out of hiding over .org sale – for a brief moment, at least

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Isn't there a boyband or something we could line them all up against?

We need to make it even easier for UK terror cops to rummage about in folks' phones, says govt lawyer

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Re: What is the evidence for the need for these powers?

People who used to watch Friends. It's considered subversive now.

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The economic well being of the United Kingdom can be improved by all sorts of evil acts. That line stinks of bad faith legislation.

Behold the Internet of Turf: IoT sucks waste energy from living plants to speak to satellites

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I hadn't noticed that there wasn't a reg standard for such things until now.

Can I suggest someone research the actual values and we can submit 'plants transmitting to space' for consideration?

UK data watchdog kicks £280m British Airways and Marriott GDPR fines into legal long grass

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Re: What's the point?

So that you can selectively enforce it?

I'm the queen of Gibraltar and will never get a traffic ticket... just two of the things anyone could have written into country's laws thanks to unsanitised SQL input vuln

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That could go further...

In the event of a no deal Brexit, sovereignty of Gibraltar will pass to the United States of America on payment of six million cans of Budweiser and half a pizza.

Facebook to ban deepfake videos in posts and ads, sort of: Vids must be believable, made by AI, and not be parody

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Re: it if it’s being run as an ad.

Are FactCheck UK on their list of approved fact checkers?

Stack Overflow makes peace with ousted moderator, wants to start New Year with 2020 vision on codes of conduct

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Re: They

Yeah, no. Chaucer isn't a neologism. Sorry, but "They" has been the indefinite pronoun for at least seven centuries.

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Re: They

"They" is the indefinite pronoun. It's used when you don't have or know a correct pronoun to use.

English used to have plural pronouns but they went the way that "whom" is going today.

We live so fast I can't even finish this sent...

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Re: Now you know what 2020 is going to look like

(aka the Satan of 2020)

I heard that was going to be Claire Balding, after some rather damaging revelations about something she said in primary school.

The Register disappears up its own fundament with a Y2K prank to make a BOFH's grinchy heart swell with pride

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All we know is that he was alive at the time he related the story.

After all, the BOFH knows where he is now...

BOFH: The case of the Boss's hidden USB inkjet printer

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I am a certified Private Detective.

But not a licensed one, that would have been much harder and it wasn't like I actually wanted to go into the business.

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Sadly after the end of work party, Jane from accounting had to be rushed to hospital as well. Nothing the bofh did, she just necked the boss' £15,000 bottle of super rare whiskey and had to go get her stomach pumped.

Fortunately, Marge the cleaner was only too happy to step into the vacant role, eager to show her appreciation after yet another cleaning company had taken over the contract and re-hired her at an even lower salary. She even took the time to look up how to say 'scrotal defibrillation technique' in convincing Latin.



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