* Posts by ICL1900-G3

93 posts • joined 7 Nov 2019


Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it


It is indeed viruses.


A bravely anonymous comment, you must feel so proud.

NATO's at risk if you go your own Huawei on 5G, US government warns Germany


Or better still

Ericsson - literally 'son of Eric'.

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond


Re: Sadly... this is the beginning of the end

Downvoted for 'my bad`.

India shows off new home-grown CPU – but at 100MHz, 32-bit and 180nm, it’s a bit of a clunker


I bet VW are shitting themselves.

It's the year of Linux on the... ThinkPad as Lenovo extends out-of-the-box Ubuntu support to nearly 30 machines


Re: Licenses

Downvoted for cliché.

Alibaba wants to get you off the PC upgrade treadmill and into its cloud


Re: @doublelayer - 1996 called...

I'm surprised you're down-voted for stating facts. I can only agree with you; unless your computing needs are large - gaming, video-editing... an old computer will do most of what anyone needs. Mine is 10 years old, also runs Mint, and, incidentally, is fine for conferencing.

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended


Re: Static

Yep, programmed in the bootloader for a DG Nova from the front panel, but MY first computer was an IBM 360/30 running BOS - even more primitive than DOS.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'


Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

In the previous system, MO was one of the registrations for Berkshire. There are doubtless many others. Off topic, but, I think it would be hard to come up with a stupider system than the one we now have.

Vinyl sales top CDs for the first time in decades in America, streaming rules


Thanks for that - impressive, so far.

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan



"Cummings - and we have to assume his boss Johnson too"

The other way around, surely?

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles


Re: Send them to Scotland for a few years...

Yep...me too.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong


Look up 'proscribed' and edit your post.

Pass that Brit guy with the right-hand drive: UK looking into legalising automated lane-keeping systems by 2021


Re: some stupid and selfish drivers

Oh, well, that's all right then.

Norfolk's second-greatest cultural export set for return with 3-metre monument in honour of the Turkey Twizzler


Re: Is that a fact?

Sadly, we'll all have to get over it...If you have such firm belief in your convictions, why not be a big boy and not post anonymously.


Re: My dog refused to eat it.

Try not to be a twat, there's a chap..

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far


Re: Bah! - ICL!

If it had been and ICL computer, there would have been no problem. The 1900 had a hardware datum and a limit register and any attempt to go off piste would result in program termination, no matter which OS you were using. The 2900s were much more secure.

Cabinet Office takes over control of UK government data: Mundane machinery or Machiavellian manoeuvrings?


Re: You know you're in trouble..

Don't know...I suppose because, as there were no obvious benefits not to be in the EU, and that leaving would cost us a shed-load of money, they thought no-one would be stupid enough to vote for it, when push came to shove. Still, as long as Cummings takes back control, all will be just fine.

'First ever' snap emerges of something vaguely resembling our solar system 300 ly away. We'll take 10 tickets


Re: Are those numbers right???

And you deserve a pint for taking me back to happier, simpler times.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless


OK, I'll bite...here's just one reason...freedom of movement. I worked in the EU half of my working life. It was great, financially and culturally. There are other reasons.

Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven


Re: This is NOT that suitable for older people

He bravely, but anonymously said.

Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000


Re: "Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends?"

I'm afraid the only option is to eat the rich. Unfortunately, I'm vegan.

Cambridge student rebuilds Polish Enigma-code-breaking box that paved the way for Turing ... and Victory!


Re: Loyalty

Thank you for an excellent comment. You clearly know your stuff.

Is it Patch Blues-day for Outlook? Microsoft's email client breaks worldwide, leaves everyone stumped


Re: Effing Micro$oft. . .

Other vendors are available...

I know it's not always as simple as that, and I do sympathise, but I am glad that I am now retired and choose my own setup, and MS doesn't get a look-in.

UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year's end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all next-gen kit by 2027


Re: This will end in tears.

"...but that's being ruined by people who can't put their ranting political opinions to one side."

Including you, by the sound of it.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October


Re: Can it reduce the time spent at airports

You know, Greta isn't just doing what she does for her own sake, there is a bit of a problem with the climate, as will become apparent if we don't change our ways.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world




E-scooter fanboy so hyped for Teesside to host UK's first trial


Re: No consistency.

500 W is fine for ebikes too.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future


Re: The future is behind you ....

At least we can spell 'gramophone'.

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript


Re: "issues"

'when you're a bank'

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts


Three, actually.

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador


What, like the UK not joining in the joint PPE purchase with the rest of the EU, because Johnson 'lost the email'?

Now that's a train delay Upminster with which London travellers shall not put


Re: Gunersbury

I am his Lordship's dog at Kew.

Pray, tell me sir, whose dog are you?

Alexander Pope

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...


Re: Bah!

Ah TR6, forever a work in progress. I had one and *everything* that could go wrong with a car, did. Including a wheel coming off when I was living in France, diff exploding, catching fire... still wish I'd kept it.

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good


Re: Sorry to see them go...

Yay for the Saab!

We have one and it will die with us, hopefully never to be replaced. WHY did they stop making them?


Re: Sorry to see them go...

I agree entirely, but most people are happy with good enough.

I carry a Sony RX100 everywhere and it's much, much better than a phone camera. Don't use the Nikon so much these days for reasons others have stated. It depends what you want - memories or photographs.

Can't get your Pi fix online? The Cambridge shop's back open for business, Brits


Re: The Pi is a Lie.

Missing you already.

Ah lovely, here's something you can do with those Raspberry Pis, NUC PCs in the bottom of the drawer: Run Ubuntu Appliances on them


Re: Pi-Hole

Agree entirely. It just works, the Pi is incredibly reliable and cheap to run.

No Wiggle room: Two weeks after angry bike shop customers report mystery orders on their accounts, firm confirms payment cards delinked


Re: At Chris G, re: Lycranthropist.

Agreed. Lycra should be illegal for anyone over 21 - and quite a few under!

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops


The most incompetent government in my memory, and you get a downvote! Wow, Conservative Central Office must be on here today.


Re: I have to admit...

As you say, it's considered acceptable, the way drinking and driving was once. A knowledge of mechanics would help them understand the huge increase in energy that a few mph extra gives you. We are a self-centred species.


Re: I have to admit...

I thought iDed was a new Apple product, then I realised what you'd done.

Facebook caves to Australia's call for explanations of News Feed algo changes


Re: futile anyway

How's Mike Channel these days?

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it


Re: The silence of the lands

I suspect the OP knew a little, but not much, about flying.


Sadly for the aero industry, and speaking as a PPL, I don't think there will be a shortage of commercial pilots for a good few years.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears



We have FTTP and good mobile reception. The only use our landline got was for phishing calls. It has now gone and we don't miss it.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds


Re: sequence Numbers on punched cards

No! G3 preceded VME, the O/S for the New Range - 2900 series. Because so many people loved G3 and could not see a major reason to change, ICL brought out DME (Direct Machine Environment) which enabled G3 to run on 2900. G3 was indeed great, and I'm proud to have played a small part in its creation.

In Rust, we lust: Security-focused super-C++ language still most loved among Stack Overflow denizens


Agreed. I'm in my dotage, but learning C++ and Rust for the craic. Still prefer assembler, though!

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane


He bravely said, anonymously.

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?


Is that where Cummings lives?



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