* Posts by John Angelico

351 posts • joined 20 Feb 2007


Windows 7 and the Linux lesson

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Critical Path Analysis lacking?

Gee, wouldn't an organisation the size of MS have someone using Critical Path techniques to parallel some of those tasks?

I mean, knowing that they have to be done <b>sometime</b>, an' all...?

Or are they so stuck in single-threading that they can't even multi-task the business, let alone the software?

Microsoft targets Barmy Army with Silverlight

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Gates Horns

www.iplt20.com/ isn't available

I just tried to add my statistics to the site but received a peremptory 503, or a very brusque 404.

Could they be testing Silverlight right now?

Sorry for the inconvenience...

Ford faces tax bill for unsold cars

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VAT A Shemozzle!

Whilst IANAL and "circumstances alter cases" and "you must have the documents" [Thank you, Mr Crun], I would expect that reservataion of title provisions are designed to make the sale conditional on complete payment being made by the debtor.

Consequently the failure of payment by the car yard should ipso facto result in an undoing of the deal - there was no sale because the conditions were not fulfilled.

Dear me, you Poms seem to have regular trouble with your law. It's as if Shakespeare ("First, kill the lawyers") has been trumped by Gilbert & Sullivan ("The law is the true embodiment/of everything that's excellent" - Chancellor in Iolanthe).

It must be the end of civilization as we know it! :-)

'Vista Capable' judge tosses class-action status - again

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@colin morris


It may be hard to accept to the many of us who think Microsoft are abusing their position but it's a fact.

Microsoft have been typically sneaky barstewards here but I agree that they don't really have a case to answer in this case unfortunately.....


Given that a leopard doesn't change its spots, we would agree that the basic proposition is plausible (ie. that the "Vista Capable" sticker was meant to snare people into buying the hardware, pending Vista release and that theoretically they would be able to run Vista).

However, this is all about MS avoiding the legally provable case ie. they don't want the mud to stick.

The rules for proved monopolists *are* different...

Bacon sarnies cure hangovers: Official

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@Damn Yank @ Simon Ball

HP Sauce - one brand

Worcestershire Sauce - generic name (in Oz at least).

Usually pronounced Wot's is here, Sauce?

Aussies get gov-backed uber-broadband

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$43Bn to reward monopoly behaviour of Telstra

Telstra the monopolist and bad boy of the Broadband Network bidding process is to be rewarded for its bad behaviour in lodging a non-compliant bid (which was correctly rejected).

Now it will be able to participate in the Public-Private-Partnership (reminds me of Yes, Prime Minister "A Real Partnership" episode).

AND as it happens to be a large player, no doubt it will have bucket-loads of money to put into it

Oh, yes, along with all that, it will happily offer a wonderful resource - all that underground conduit for the fibre to run in - all the way to the premises.

My, my, who'd have thunk it, eh?

It's a great scheme for cementing the monopolist as the largest player in the Australian telco field.

And we the mugs will be paying for it!

Leaving PCs on costing UK business millions

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Leaving files where you found them? @various

Hmm, that seems to be a MS-Windoze problem.

My trusty OS/2 Workplace Shell Desktop does an automatic restart of all files/folders left open at last shutdown.

Mormons demand ICANN plugs net smut hole

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@Steven Hunter

[Quote] Jebus, kids can get off on the Sears catalog's brazier section.. [/Quote]

Log Fires, heaters


... yes, there's a HOT topic!


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Dodgy statistical argument

"according to a recent study has the highest consumption of internet pornography of any US state, boasting an average of 5.47 porn subscriptions per 1,000 broadband users"

"A recent study" - which study specifically? When published? By whom?

"porn subscriptions" - as another commented, do you have to subscribe? Who keeps count of these, then?

Where is the raw data (yes, I know, a terrible pun)?

How was the data collected? Over what period?

Can the results be replicated?

Do the results actually mean anything useful? Or are they just "shocking" enough to beat the Mormons or the residents of Utah, whilst avoiding the primary argument?

March patch Tuesday omits Excel fix

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Well, that's alright then...

...I don't use Excel.

Boffins: Send robot lawn tractors to the Moon

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Dear me, ever heard of a dictionary?

Brace = a pair

Just to save your poor li'l fingers...which have typed a lot more in asking the question than would have been required to find the answer.

Brits find accommodation a little uncomfortable

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@Geoff Bin In: I before E

Thank you so much! Would someone please give that gentleman a Knighthood?

That is the first time I have seen the rule set out in full in these fora - in fact anywhere outside homeschooling lists. I keep promising myself that I will do as you did whenever this topic arises.

That leaves only five exceptions: seize, weird, foreign, counterfeit, protein (plus neither if pronounced ee),

Down Under, we are subjected to cultural imperialism from both sides of the Pond, but have defaulted to US English (sorry Blighty!) for many decades.

The anti-phonics "whole language/look-say" brigade is dominant in the child-minding centres which masquerade as our education system.

The troops decry pure phonics with half of the I before E rule, and then loudly complain that there are so many exceptions that it isn't worth learning, so the English language therefore MUST BE a random mess (which they as experts have to fix up - HA!)

Nevertheless, parents still hear about and demand phonics, although it is not easy to find all 29 spelling rules (that's all there are!), and the requisite teachers of pure phonics to preserve the general orderliness of the English language.

<Sigh> Ah, even nostalgia isn't what it used to be! :-)

Vatican endorses Darwin, slights intelligent design

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Vatican now authoritative on science?

Where it wasn't before?

Brits 'a bunch of yellow bastards', says irate Yank

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This memo bears the ring of authenticity...(historians will one day thank you for its discovery).

Her Royal Majesty would, of course, NEVER stoop to self-aggrandisement by requiring the replacement of the "Star Spangled Banner" with "God Save the Queen"

However, some of her loyal subjects might consider it fitting that the resumed counties recognise that they owe allegiance thereby.

And the afaoresaid Banner may then be retained for ceremonial purposes at lesser events.

PS. The sub-editor goofed with the headline, though: Her Majesty is not H.R.H. (that's for Philip and Charles, I believe)

Boffin dubs global warming 'irreversible'

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Oh, dear...

... if this author is correct, has she not just validated the Bible's prediction of our future ie. burning in the heat of hell?

Now, what a dilemma THAT poses!

No, no, it's the T-shirt thanks - too warm for a coat apparently.


How you pay for tomorrow's scares, today

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Adapting an old Jewish joke...

Nazi thugs bail up a wise old Jewish gentleman.

[Thugs] "What's the cause of all of Germany's problems?"

[Gentleman, with a sigh] "The Jews... and global warming."

[Thugs] "Why global warming?"

[Gentleman, smiling] "Why the Jews?"

Don't shout at your disk drives, warns Sun engineer

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It's a fundamental design problem...

The basic mathematics of binary computing is the cause of it all.

Subtraction is done by two's-complement addition (it's faster).

But two's complementation requires a bit flip to be propogated through an entire byte value. This often results in a carry at the top end, which either goes to the low order if that's a zero, or has to be dropped.

These spare bits left over simply crash to the floor, which is why there is so much noise in server rooms, and the poor hard drives can only take so much vibration.

Consequently, they are hyper sensitive to any additional vibration induced by our angry vibes.

Yes, mine's the one with the bunch of April dates hanging out of the pocket.

2009 - Thomas the Tank's journey to IT Hell

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Pedants, Unite! Dyslexics, Untie!

Thomas the Tank? And you call yourselves Poms, the inventors of the steam engine?

Even us antipodean exiles know that his proper title is Thomas the Tank <b>Engine</b>.

You threw in the island of Sodor just because it's part of the Thomas trivia, but how many at Vulture Central know the origin of same, and the connection with Gilbert & Sullivan, eh?

[Looking for an icon to represent supercilious superiority; something to do with cricket and the Ashes might do...]

German beaver escapes from Dartmoor

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An alpha beaver? Bravo, Charlie!

Microsoft eyes metered-PC boondoggle

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Another one...

It's deja vu ... all over again (patent pending).

Dear Mr Ballmer, please advise your legal team that I have applied for a patent on the above expression.

Therefore every time you choose to recycle an old computing concept I will be asking for a fee equivalent to the retired Mr Gates' annual income.

As soon as you are ready to remit payment, I will advise relevant bank account details (no, not in Nigeria, in Switzerland if you don't mind).

Happy New Year Mr Ballmer!

And HNY to all readers too.

They used 'em, you reeled: the year's most overused phrases

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It's deja vu - all over again!

For any El Reg readers who can recall days before the now-retired Mr Gates, all these "concepts" (there's another execrable buzz-word) are merely recycled from earlier times.

<Fill-in-the-blank-as-a-service> is just the old computer service bureaux.

Crikey, can't we do something about these marketing droids? I wonder if ignoring them is worse than actually shooting them...?

Yes, the duffle coat, thanks - it still fits me.

Global notebook sales finally beat desktops

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That’s cloud computing. But not as we know it, Jim

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Speaking nostalgically...

... this sounds much like the old mainframe service bureau concept recycled.

is that the way businesses really want to go?

Redmond security guru explains IE vuln miss

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Us ig(n)orant darkies in OS/2-land...

... learn about thread programming and the integrity of threads very early

The Year in Operating Systems: No battle of big ideas

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Troll alert?

"...decent Windows operating system for desktops..."

can't recall seeing one of those ...

Harvard prof slams US nut allergy hysteria

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@Stop having children, you nutters By Anonymous Coward

If you believe we have an over-population problem, I would appreciate it you could please lead the way in adopting the solution.

The Mother of All Demos — 150 years ahead of its time

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Engelbart would have fitted in just maybe...

...at the 3m Company.

DARPA seeks Hitchhikers Deep Thought program

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@graham marsden

Probably not - especially while it's suffering that pain in all the diodes down the left side...

We obviously need a H2G2 icon

'Bloody' is an offensive word, declares ASA

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Down Under Cringe Factor Infinite

Speaking from the Antipodes, I am very glad that I did not have to see those Tourist Board adverts.

Lara Bingle might be a highly desirable example of feminine pulchritude, but that simply doesn't fit with the crass expression.

I can only hope that your sensible ASA will now go after the silly Australian Tourist Board as well.

Spacewalking astronaut drops toolbag

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Losing tools...

... must mean that space walks and repair jobs are no longer the stuff of amazement and wonder, but merely business as usual.

Hey Stef, did you remember to punch your time card?

Reg readers in Firefox 3 lovefest

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Coding for IE6 is a chore

Umm, shouldn't you be coding for a web standard (WC3 etc) instead of for a brand of browser?

Methinks your IT department needs a review of WBP (World's Best Practice) for web development...

Beatles game is go

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Apple Corps is pronounced as the froggies would: "app'l core" ??

Dawkins' atheist ad campaign hits fundraising target

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Fool <======================================> money

Keep spending folks, gotta fix up the economic mess!

Robot vacuum cleaners - now with grenade launchers

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ACRONYM failure

Ye gods, these Yanks just don't get it!

The abysmal results are obviously caused by the failure of the marketing unit (droid?) who invented that worthless acronym.

I simply HAS to be Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Innovation Service (TARDIS)

Microsoft taints open source CodePlex well

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Gee, you can trust Micrtosoft...

...to be Microsoft, can't you?

Caterpillar plans 600 tonne godzilla-lorry robots

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"Ok The Americans are famed for ... using the plane as an arial bombardment device."

Finally someone is going to attack MS over their horrid typefaces...

Microsoft starts stoking hype for Windows 7

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Gee, truth in pre-advertising? From MS?


“Our intent with Windows 7 and the pre-release communication is to make sure that we have a reasonable degree of confidence in what we talk about when we do talk.”


Does this constitute an admission that previous efforts have been marked by failure to engage brain before placing mouth into gear?

As Prof Sumner-Miller was wont to say "Who'd-a-thunk it?"

Could be time to change the BillyG pic for a chair in mid-air.

Phoenix lander sucks up water on Mars

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So the next thing...

...they look for is carbon, and now they worry about Martian Warming, eh?

Volcanoes fingered in oceanic mass extinction

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@Webster Phreaky

And the catastrophists still can't make headway against the uniformitarianists....

Microsoft kicks Ubuntu update in the hardy herons

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Piped, eh?

"Windows Update piped Apple..."

[Faux Scottish accent]

Aye! There's nowt like the skirl o' the pipes to put the fear o' God into the hearts of th' opposition!

Och aye!

[/Faux Scottish accent]

Is there still an urban myth to the effect that bagpipes are listed as weapons of terror, banned under the Geneva Conventions of War?

Microsoft pledges to fight Vista 'myths'

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Gates Horns

I'm off the update treadmill

GM/Toyota/Benz may release a new model each year, but this does not force me to consider updating the vehicle which I bought just two or three years ago.

Are the ice caps melting?

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@Duuh! By Chris G

Well, when (if) your feet are dangling from the top of St Paul's it may be time to call on the services of the Westminster Pier Salvage Co. whose directors are none other than Mr H Grytpype-Thynne and Count Jim Moriarty.

in the meantime, we may join in sad reflection on the departure of those comic geniuses the Goons who would have had a field day with all this stuff!

Microsoft touts trustworthy browsing with IE8

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Interesting timing...

... Just a few weeks after Firefox 3 is released.

<Unsubstantiated conspiracy theory>

Anyone for reverse engineering of Firefox?

</Unsubstantiated conspiracy theory>

eBay Australia faces PayPal fury

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I agree with jon here.

In fact, you said yourself that "eBay must accept legal tender in a fair manner" but forcing exclusive use of PayPal doesn't do it.

Check the Currency Act 1965 (Cwlth)


for our definition of legal tender.

PayPal, bank transfers, credit cards etc are all payment authorisation systems, not legal tender.

I haven't had time to investigate, but since eBay operates an auction system, there may be value in checking out legislation relevant to


Agency (does eBay act as agent for either party, particularly seller?)

Secondhand Sales

Sale of Goods

And no doubt each country in which eBay operates will have equivalent statutes.

Wind power key to UK's desperate renewable energy bid

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What kind of report...?

"The RAB document"

Could it be an Interim Draft Report, which should go down in history as the RABID Report ?

As Gates strides into the future, we wallow in the past

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Try Warp Speed - faster than the speed of light.

It's speed Jim, but not speed as we know it!


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@Way to go!

"With all that cash he could do a lot of good if spent in the right direction. "

However, MS insists on advertising the fact that they make donations to "worthy causes".

And Down Under here in Oz, the adverts finish with "Apply now to see if your organisation qualifies". Pardon me while I puke - Apply? Qualify?

Both MS Corporate and the Foundation need to just do the donating without advertising the fact.

God makes you stupid, researchers claim

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Paris Hilton

Must be Friday...

Even Paris would know that...

Firefox record breaker sets the date

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@ Timezones

On behalf of Mr Ford Prefect the well-known out of work actor, may I remind you all that:

Time is an illusion... Lunch time doubly so!

For myself, I have happily been trying the FF3 RC1 for OS/2 and look forward to more plugins after GA release.

IBM fills chips with water

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Water Cooled Processors? From IBM???

[Henry Crun:] Mngh, water cooled, eh? Er-m, mngh, Min isn't that something like the old System-360 we had at our lovely little inn down at Brighton? Where we kept the records of all those Mr & Mrs Smiths. Do you remember?

[Minnie Bannister:] Yes, Henry, there were so many of them too. We needed a serious database for the storage. Brown paper bags just didn't have the capacity, did they?



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