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* Posts by Blake St. Claire

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Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

Blake St. Claire

Tony Stark?

All his fanbois who love to refer to him as a real life Tony Stark seem to be missing in action.

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Is the FCC purposefully screwing up US school broadband projects?

Blake St. Claire

Re: Socialism

> I have 200mbps supplied by a cable provider because of open war

> amongst the telecoms companies.

And what do you pay for that? I have Comcast and Verizon FIOS available to me, but I can't get broadband-only FIOS service at even the lowest speed tier for less than $75 per month. Even harder is to get it unbundled from a phone and cable TV, the former I don't need, the latter I don't want.

There isn't even a hint of competition.

I call crack pipe.

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Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

Blake St. Claire

Re: Pity

> Build in wireless dongles for keyboard and mouse...

I have a pair of late 2012s, one on my kitchen counter, one on my TV; they have bluetooth. I use Apple's bluetooth keyboard and mouse on both.

What I'd like to see is Apple support the LG Ultrawide monitors natively. I'm tired of having to patch my system after every OS update.

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

Blake St. Claire

>According to the legend, the wizard Merlin embedded a sword into a

>stone, swearing that whoever pulled it out again would become king of

>all England Britain.

and

>The sword was stuck in a bloody ANVIL

Meh. "...a great stone four square, like unto a marble stone; and in midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:—Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil, is rightwise king born of all England."

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1251/1251-h/1251-h.htm#link2HCH0005

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

Blake St. Claire

We have dyed diesel in the US too

It's also used for farm gear and #2 heating oil.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heating_oil

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

Blake St. Claire

Re: He, who controls L1, L2, L3, L4 controls all space

> And what about the spice? Huh?

Today L1, tomorrow Arrakis.

But first we need to get Baron Harkonnen out of the White House.

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

Blake St. Claire

It's definitely worth seeing

I saw the original in the theater in 1982, and the "official" director's cut in the theater in 1992. Looking at wikipedia I find that I missed a chance to see the 70mm working print "director's cut" in 1990. Or not, maybe I just don't remember passing on it (had babies and didn't get out much.) I liked the 1982 version. In 1992 I thought the 1992 version was better.

I liked 2049. The plot hangs together better than the original and there are some interesting twists that keep you guessing. The visuals are stunning. It dragged a bit toward the end.

Overall thought, definitely worth seeing IMO.

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Beach, please... Billionaire VC finally opens way to waves

Blake St. Claire
Holmes

Obvious man is obvious

> based on usage charts that his team compiled – which conveniently showed the beach is

> not visited very often.

Bleeding obvious, isn't it? It's hard to visit when the gate is locked closed. I'm sure that fact wasn't lost on the judge either. Sherlock icon, as in "no shit Sherlock."

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

Blake St. Claire

Perhaps not, but upsetting the entrenched incumbents was definitely a win where I live.

Being able to hail a ride. Having drivers use a Nav for the (usually) most direct route. Being able to pay with a credit card. I can't tell you how many times a taxi driver told me "the machine doesn't work." Ever since Uber and Lyft appeared on the scene "the machines" all magically work.

I won't use Uber because of their shenanigans. I'd guess about half the cars I see have both Uber and Lyft stickers, so I don't believe I'm suffering by not using Uber. I do think everyone that's driving for them are being duped, but we'll have to wait and see how long it is before real self-driving cars are a real thing.

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What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

Blake St. Claire

Re: Still not clear on the actual size of this breach

When first I checked my wife _was_ potentially at risk.

Checked back a few days later and now she isn't.

Which is it? I'll check back again in a few days.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

Blake St. Claire

Re: Lovely, lovely man

> Not even Hermes could limbo dance under the bar this guy sets.

And some of us thought Twitler had already set the bar too low for that.

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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

Blake St. Claire

Re: Insider trading?

I think a number in the low 300s would be sufficient. (Just ask anyone with a 500 score how hard it is to get credit. Hint: next to impossible.)

A lifetime limited to _one_ "secured" credit card with a $250 limit. A checking account (you lot call it a current account) with a balance of $437.73 with $20 per month in fees. And a 1986 Ford Fiesta with 300K miles on it that burns oil and needs a clutch.

I presume you lot on your side of the pond are familiar with what a secured credit card is.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

Blake St. Claire

New Uranus?

What happened to the old one?

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Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

Blake St. Claire

RIF ins't Oracle-speak

RIF (Reduction In Force) is a pretty common expression on this side of the pond, although Layoff is perhaps the more commonly used term here. Or a furlough, for putting employees on leave while retooling a plant, as used to be common in the automotive industry. Now I think they just get laid off.

I never really did understand "redundant" as a verb for termination. For all anyone knows you could have been 'redundant' for years before anyone finally got around to terminating you.

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Linus Torvalds passed a kidney stone and then squeezed out Linux 4.13

Blake St. Claire

Re: Is the sky falling? Or, ...

>I am a UNIX expert ... and could not do anything even close to what I had been doing/using since 1979

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. –– Eric Hoffer

or

In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. –– Al Rogers

And I'm not sure what you're on about, netstat, ifconfig, etc., etc., all still exist in all the Linux distributions I use. Often in add-on packages. Given what you've said about the difference between SunOS, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, *BSD, et al, I don't know why you'd have such a hard time with Linux.

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

Blake St. Claire

credit for something I didn't do?

Sometimes.

More often I get blamed for something I didn't do. Which I have to then fix.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

Blake St. Claire

>> ... Pan American Airlines, which flew it more than 18,000 times...

> That's a lot of flights. What could they have possibly been doing?

At one flight per day that's 49 years. Pan Am went out of business in 1991, so three flights per day for 20 years would more than cover it. If they count each leg as a flight, a R/T JFK to SFO with a stop in somewhere in the middle – which doesn't seem far fetched – is four flights per day right there.

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Blake St. Claire

Puny fifth engine in that pic

I was living in Johannesburg (Sandton) in 1971 when SAA took delivery of its first 747. It brought its replacement engine with it, attached to the wing. Somewhere I have a picture of it flying over our flat on its approach to JNB.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

Blake St. Claire

I know it's considered poor taste to correct people's spelling mistakes

But the correct spelling is "Nazi."

Not "Alt Right."

Steve Bannon is a Nazi. They guy that drove his car into the crowd and killed Heather Heyer is a Nazi. Donald J. Trump is a Nazi.

Thank you.

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No, the cops can't get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

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In Salina Kansas you're safe.

It's the geographical center of the lower 48. One or two steps off the spot though and you're fair game.

In all seriousness, here's a map:

https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/styles/scale_1200w/public/wysiwyg/constitutionfreezonemap.jpg?itok=umNWZ7vX

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

Blake St. Claire

Re: Contrition

> Strange - "Barker" doesn't sound like a Native American name, and they're the only

> ones who can legitimately claim to be "not foreign"

Gotta wonder what you're smoking. Even the so called Native Americans came to the Americas from somewhere else.

Hence why I like the Canadian term "First Nations."

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Now Uber sued for textual harassment

Blake St. Claire

Holy Shit

If Uber were public I'd be shorting their shares like there's no tomorrow.

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

Blake St. Claire

Darkness fell over America in November

It hasn't gotten any lighter.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

Blake St. Claire

Re: OK Computer

>>Sticky issue.

>Ewww.... use soap and water please.

Bleach.

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Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

Blake St. Claire

I'm a little unclear about what POS means

Piece Of Shit or Point Of Sale.

Or both.

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

Blake St. Claire

THX name derived?

>While it is sometimes hinted that the "THX" name is derived from Holman's initials (plus

>an "X" because it looks cool) sci-fi movie buffs will be aware that THX is an obvious

>reference to Lucas's first film, THX 1138, a soporific low-budget cult dystopian slow-burner

>from 1971

1967. Electronic Labyrinth THX-1138 EB

Also the license plate (number plate to you lot) on the '32 Ford Deuce Coupe in American Graffiti – THX 138 – which began filming in 1972. And one or two oblique references in Star Wars.

So, THX derived from Holman's initials? Pipe Dream as far as I can tell.

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

Blake St. Claire

Re: Ugh, that's what I forgot to do yesterday, watch Star Wars

> I bought the "original" Star Wars trilogy only to find it was the awful Special Editions..

> Seems you can no longer buy the proper versions.

Look for Team Negative1's Star Wars Silver Screen Edition mp4. It's transferred from an original 1977 35mm theater print someone discovered in a closet somewhere and then digitally restored. Apparently they even did a Blu-Ray disc.

I can't help you with episodes V and VI though.

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

Blake St. Claire

You misspelled Twitler

I can see how it'd be easy to do.

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

Blake St. Claire
Headmaster

Nice try

Moby (Dick) the whale, was a sperm whale.

If I'm not mistaken, the whale in your picture is a baleen whale.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

Blake St. Claire

Re: But the real issue is

> Hershey's Kisses as evidence

That'll serve you right for buying pretty much anything Hershey makes – I won't touch it myself. I prefer Ghirardelli chocolates. And real Cadbury chocolate, not the crap Hershey sells here under license.

Why you brits look for the cheapest crap there is when you come over here is beyond me. Staying at cheap hotels because they've got free breakfast and then whinging about the bacon? For God's sake, go somewhere that's got good bacon if you want good bacon. Likewise don't buy the Hershey's shite. Oh, sure, the good stuff'll cost more. You get what you pay for.

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

Blake St. Claire

perhaps he just turned it back on?

If all he did was shut it down, maybe it was as simple as turning it back on.

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

Blake St. Claire

Re: Silly, that's what bots are for

pfft. Trivial problem to solve. Spybot – amongst probably others – has a long list of known malware and porn sites that it inoculates your system with. It blackholes the known sites in your system's (/etc/)hosts file. And I've tripped over a few other sites on my own that I've added to the list. (Which reminds me, it's been a few years since I updated the list). The bot can start with those and be updated on a regular basis. It's also easy to avoid anything/everything in the .xxx TLD – thanks ICANN.

And if I ever decide to run for Parliament or Congress and someone goes muckraking through my browsing history I've got an easy answer: the bot did it. On top of which, there's also the Get Out of Jail Free Card, er, I mean the Grab 'Em By The Pussy card. It worked for Twitler, it ought to work for everyone. I mean honestly, who gives a rats ass if I've looked at porn? Aren't we over that yet?

Next!

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Blake St. Claire
Holmes

Silly, that's what bots are for

I'll just run a slow spider of the web. I'm happy to let them sell that history to someone.

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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

Blake St. Claire

Couldn't possibly pay me enough to do that job

> Imagine yourself as Donald Trump's sysadmin.

Further to my previous comment. I happen to know (and I think it's public knowledge anyway) that federal employee pay is capped at the VPOTUS's salary. And getting that much is damn near impossible except in the most extenuating of circumstances.

Frankly, $230K wouldn't be enough. Ever. Not for #45 anyway. Although I'm sure there are less scrupulous individuals who would take the job and then come ask El Reg how to do it.

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Blake St. Claire

Imagination

> Imagine yourself as Donald Trump's sysadmin.

There are some things that defy imagination. And I've got a pretty good imagination.

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

Blake St. Claire

Re: "I just open the casing once a week to wipe the dust off from the phone."

Another USian twit. The word you're looking for is American.Or 'Merkin if you think you're being funny.

And some of us may call it a blinker (here in New England that'd be 'blinkah') but I believe most of us call it a turn signal.

(Many years ago, during a particularly pedantic period I was in, I tried to convince people that American was incorrect as all of us, Mexicans, Canadians, Argentines, etc., were all Americans by virtue of living in North or South America. I was heartily shouted down, mainly by Canadians, who righteously declared that they were Canadians and that was that. But just the other week I had a Canadian tell me that here in the good ol' USofA can't claim the title of American, as we have done for some 200 years, as there are more Americans in these North and South American continents than just, ahem, us Americans. I laughed at him.)

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Re: New AppleCare Support Tier: Go away complainy-pants

> ... accept an unlocked ... Whatever

I like how you threw unlocked in there for seemingly no apparent reason. Are you ass-u-me-ing that phones over here are all locked?

They're not. AFAIK nothing is locked any more. My current phone was not locked, ever. My previous phone was locked, and after a year Sprint unlocked it for the low, low price of asking for it to be unlocked.

I suspect the other commenters are correct, you should switch to decaf.

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Re: I'm not a major fan of Apple stuff (more Android/Linux for me) , but ...

> A _manager_ noticed .. and stopped the production line,

> ...

> I wonder what happens to anyone who stops the line at Foxconn?

Versus what happens to anyone at Ford who is not a manager stopping the line?

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Trump's immigration clampdown has Silicon Valley techies fearing for their house prices

Blake St. Claire

Re: "sell his house and make a profit"

Seems to be a California thing. I wonder how many people know about or remember the SoCal pyramid parties of 1979/1980. Bring cash, just don't be the sucker that gets in the door late. They were finally shut down. Authorities said it was fraud, although I"m not sure how. The rules were simple and nobody was being forced to participate. There were long lines to get into some of them.

But if you do it with houses I guess it's okay. Bring cash. Don't be the sucker that gets in too late.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

Blake St. Claire

Re: I thought Arrival was decent.

yes, all that was evident in the movie. Still comes of as "bam, time travel, done"

IMO.

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Blake St. Claire

Re: Can't be a single movie

I guess Peter Jackson wasn't available.

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Blake St. Claire

I thought Arrival was decent.

Right up to the last ten minutes.It felt like they needed to bring the movie to a close after nearly two hours, so bam, time travel. done. There's no problem so big that it can't be solved with time travel.

Maybe I can expect this new Dune to be okay, right up to the last ten minutes?

(And FWIW IMDB doesn't seem to be confused about who directed the 1984 version. My copy lists Alan Smithee as the director, which wikipedia says is "... a common pseudonym for directors whose film was clearly taken away from her/him and recut heavily against her/his wishes in ways that completely altered the film." Not sure who to blame for it.)

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

Blake St. Claire

It's too bad there isn't any way to search the internet for answers to random questions.

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Blake St. Claire

Re: Change The Picture?

Some of us even knew they were Euro cents without having to resort to the image text.

And certainly I've have expected the El Reg staff to recognize Euro cents in any event, despite the fact that the UK isn't on the Euro. (And now won't ever be, and probably never was going to be anyway.)

(I didn't know that Canada finally ditched their cent. I've been wishing for 20+ years that the US would. I wish we'd ditch the $1 note too. We've got $1 coins, but nobody will use them as long as we've got notes in circulation.)

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

Blake St. Claire

Re: Translation

Just because you hold out for fair market value doesn't mean you're going to spend it all on shiny stuff. Médecins Sans Frontières, e.g., takes cash. As do plenty of other worthy causes.

But there's no reason to be stupid about it. Do you think Google will be equally stupid about it and donate to MsF in lieu of the bargain you want the Martinelli's to give them?

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Blake St. Claire

Re: Translation

Precisely. And I don't understand the down vote.

Everyone has price. A thing is (only) worth what someone else will pay for it. They know what they've got, and they know Google can afford to pay a lot more, thus making it worth a lot more than $7M. It it were mine, I'd hold out for a hell of a lot more than a measly $7M.

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Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

Blake St. Claire

“It was going into a vegetarian chilli,”

Plain old chili is – by definition – vegetarian.

Chili con carne, chili con frijoles, chili con carne y frijoles – those are something else.

Imagine my surprise when, as a naíve lad of about 13 or 14, when I ordered chili rellenos in a Mexican restaurant, and didn't get what I was expecting. Turned out I I loved it – it's one of my favorite dishes.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Blake St. Claire

I had a first gen go wacko

In between the late night false alarms my wife cooked something and managed to set off the other, non-Nest smoke detector in the house, which is upstairs. The Nest remained silent throughout.

I called Nest support and mentioned that fact, at which point the support person on the other end went silent for a moment, then said "oh", then offered to send me a second gen detector free of charge.

Since then it's all good – no more 3am false alarms. Just a monthly email from Nest saying no alarms – false or otherwise – this month. Which I already knew, but hey, that email is extra reassuring, since it came from Google/Nest's finest oompa loompas.

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

Blake St. Claire

Re: The people of Czechian will be known as Czechians ?

er, Boaty McBoatface right back at you.

Karma.

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Star Trek film theory: 50 years, 13 films, odds good, evens bad? Horta puckey!

Blake St. Claire

Evens good, odds bad only applies to the first six

Of the first six, numbers two, four, and six are good; one, three, and five suck balls. Yes, three really does suck; not as much as one and five, but it sucks none the less. The TNG movies are all okay. The reboots are fine too.

And I believe you're confused about which is the Flash Gordon rehash. I've seen at least one of the old Flash Gordon flicks that even had the opening scroll. TOS is just "Wagon Train" (a 50s cowboy American TV series) in space.

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