* Posts by ICL1900-G3

107 posts • joined 7 Nov 2019

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?


Re: Best Photo Editing Software.....

Darktable is good, but it's not outstanding. Sadly, Light room is much easier to use.


Capture One

Amen to that.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes



Upvote for mention of S3… SFL, anyone?

Microsoft drops a little surprise thank-you gift for sitting through Build: The source for GW-BASIC


Re: Not bad for the year -- but they may not be telling us everything

Ah, PL/M, programming Raytheon airline res terminals in Amsterdam, happy days.

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree


Re: No love for CORAL 66?

The great advantage of slow turnaround was more time in the pub.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things


Re: Elon Musk Is An Ass

What a gibbon.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke


Re: The higher the frequency, the greater the energy

Downvoted for 'reply's'

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground


Re: Electric planes?

Thank heaven there's another planet just waiting to be used up.

Work from home surge may work in Wi-Fi 6's favour, reckons analyst house


Re: another Pink Elephant

Zen provides a rather nice Fritzbox.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'



Lovely country, lovely people, shit regime. They deserve better.

SE's baaaack: Apple flings out iPhone SE 2020, priced at £419


Re: Only took Apple 2 years...

Agreed. £419 for a phone? No thanks.

Ethernet standards group leaves its name in the dust as it details new 800Gbps spec



When I worked in airline res, we were thrilled when we upgraded from 1200 baud to 2400.

NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet


Steam engines

My dad! Bless him.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots


Well, I used to turn mine off after every flight, but it was a Robin DR400, so probably not quite so complex.

Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support


Re: Marmite

Nutella in my day.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus


Re: The emergency regulations...

Indeed so...this week's Economist said much the same..'what government, having experienced such power over the people, would not be reluctant to give it up'? Or something like that.

World's smallest violin to be played for opportunistic sellers banned from eBay and Amazon for price gouging


Re: Panic buying

He bravely posted...anonymously

European electric vehicle sales surged in Q4 2019 but only accounted for wafer-thin slice of total car purchases


Not quite sure what 'prolly' means, but VAT came in when we joined the EEC, as it then was.

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes


Re: Green card holders and the immediate family of US citizens get a pass.

Viruses is the plural of virus. In Latin, it was singular only.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


I presume you'll be doing your bit to pick the fruit, or is a care-home more your thing?


Scott Mann

Scotty, the man who wanted to GPS-enable knives to reduce knife crime. The man who went surfing without telling anyone he couldn't swim. What a guy. My MP.

New Jersey beats New York – and then the rest of America – on broadband access. How does your state fare?


Re: So the UK is somewhere in the middle then?!?

Soon will be if Johnson has his way.

World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts


Try Pi Hole...it helps.

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries


Re: Beware survival bias

Admittedly not quite 200 years, but I still wear every day the watch that my pa bought in California in 1945. And it keeps pretty reasonable time.

Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules



According to The Economist, just 14% consider politicians to be trustworthy. I'm surprised it's as high as that.

Life in plastic, with a classic: Polymer £20 notes released into wild sporting Turner art


Re: Offensive?

Well, clever old you. It's good to see witty repartee is still with us.

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything



Perixx make lovely keyboards, I'm surprised they're not better known.

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


Re: Nicky Morgan

The government of all the talents...yeah, right.

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey


Re: Anonymous Contractor Dr Paul

I could not agree more, exactly the same happened to me. What had been one of my most enjoyable contracts turned into absolute hell.

Crazy idea but hear us out... With robots taking people's jobs, can we rethink this whole working to survive thing?


Re: They toooock ewre joohbs!!!

I think the time to rise up and eat the rich comes ever closer.

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that


Re: It's legal

You can't help but wonder about the dicks that downvoted this.

This is also a system for GPs, right? UK doctors seek clarity over Health dept's £40m single sign-on funding


Re: what is a GP?

I see six conservative voters are in denial.

5G signals won't make men infertile, sighs UK ad watchdog as it bans bonkers scary poster


Re: effects on lab test animals and not on humans,

Unfortunately, the well of human stupidity runs very deep.

Intel teases NUC-leheads with new desktop-class graphics systems and a fast i9 CPU


Re: Build it into a keyboard.

Fewer!!! If you can count them, it's 'fewer'!!

Two missing digits? How about two missing employees in today's story of Y2K


Re: Clipper

Foxpro was not bad at all. I gained an exception to carry on using it at a well-known charge card company, to the wrath of 'Compliance'.

Amazon Germany faces Christmas strikes from elf stackers, packers and dispatchers


Thatcher II

I suspect Johnson will make us yearn for Thatcher.


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