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2641 posts • joined 30 Sep 2009

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Re: But how do you make a phone call with it?

"Sony make a little Bluetooth device about the size of a little finger. It has a small monochrome display, a 3.5 mm headset socket and physical call and media transport buttons. "

And you an use it as a stylus? :-)

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A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple

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Re: its not a folder, it is a directory!

There isn't a "file" of data either, though.

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Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

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Re: Question for those who know this stuff

I'm not a flier but it seem that the drone could be higher than the helicopter, so, liable to be pulled through the blades?

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Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

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Re: It's all about control

I think the argument is that the app provider should usefully, therefore compulsorily, receive complaints about drivers and some of these should be passed on to police. These may be not all obvious initially, e.g. a lost property report escalated to stolen property.

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Apparently there is an electric black cab, there may even be several, and according to this link, TfL is already insisting that new taxis from now must be "zero emission capable". This one has "a small back-up petrol generator" to back up the battery power. The battery is zero emission, presumably.

http://www.theelectrictaxi.co.uk/2017/12/05/all-hail-the-new-tx-ecity-london-taxi/

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Essex black hat behind Cryptex and reFUD gets two years behind bars

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Re: Much of what was reported seems strange.

If you can find something on GitHub or other similar service, that doesn't mean it's legal. Apple presumably is still trying to get copies of some of its operating system software removed from there.

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So... Nokia's taking a long, hard look at its health unit

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Which market?

There's a big difference between medical care in the community for walking wounded with ongoing "virtual hospital" records, and fitness nudge devices and sleep monitors for the worried well. There's probably also a big differences in price between people whose breathing actually needs to be monitored at night, and those of us who just want to achieve our 10,000 huffs, or whatever it is.

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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"Maybe we should get in the habit of saying "start, full stop, com"?"

I hope that's two spaces after the full stop. A lot of lazy people only put one space nowadays.

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Oh sh-itcoin! Crypto-dosh swap-shop Coinbase empties punters' bank accounts

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Re: only 39 per cent of Americans could raise $1,000 to cover an emergency bill

Maybe it's "could not borrow $1,000 MORE in an emergency". People have big balances on credit cards (unwise).

it probably also doesn't include selling your home, your landlord's furniture, a child, etc.

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Aching bad: 'Kingpin Granny' nicked in huge prescription drugs bust

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Re: Kingpin

No, hang on - The Kingpin's name is Wilson Fisk.

Nicholas Fisk is a pen name of an author of science fiction for children, mostly.

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Re: 12000 Dollars

1000 pills does not a "Kingpin" make, if by "kingpin" we mean Nicholas Fisk, on-off crime boss of New York City in Spider-Man comics.

On the other hand, this may be a business where you don't keep much inventory, where you sell it as fast as it comes in. I don't know the industry well.

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Re: Hairy tongue

Apparently it isn't uncommon and isn't serious (and isn't actually hair) but I don't recommend looking it up, because inevitably you will also get to read about black hairy tongue...which may be the same thing, but it's hard to read about it with fingers over my eyes. (As a defensive posture, not another alarming clinical condition.)

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Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

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Re: Apple has a point

I expect that the hypothetical script to track copies of Apple's proprietary iBoot program code and issue automatic DMCA notices, could be tricked into issuing a DMCA for some non-infringing data. That would be painfully expensive for Apple.

Having said that, is GitHub really so full of hackers, or is this one or half a dozen hackers who are opening 100000 accounts at GitHub in order to "publish" Apple's should-be secure software to the world public and foreign governments particularly?

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Or

Foracle, it is short for -

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BT backs down from charging millions in phone book listing fees

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Indeed, many antique stores don't just have tables with different length legs, they also have uneven floors. Sometimes this evens out, sometimes not. So, a well-placed book...

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Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

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I am not certain that "edible arrangements" is a "generic expression", or whatever they said, and if not, then let it be a trademark. I don't think I knew it existed. However, I may have seen this previously, from 2011:

"Continued Existence Of Edible Arrangements Disproves Central Tenets Of Capitalism"

https://www.theonion.com/continued-existence-of-edible-arrangements-disproves-ce-1819572513

If so, my brain decided it was not information to be retained.

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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"Anyway, what the hell will this "uncrunchy crisp" be like?"

For decades food scientists - male and female - have been carefully and ingeniously engineering the physical sensation, as well as the sound, of eating crunchy foods, for the greatest satisfaction.

So now they just need to not do whatever they do to make the crunch e.g. leave out the brittleness enhancer or whatever.

"Munch," will go the uncrisps.

Or just take the regular kind and put them in your mouth for 5-10 seconds before chewing.

Or eat something healthy instead.

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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Re: #metoo with a big arse

Should I say "bums and arses against the lightning!" now, or read down to see if anyone else has, or, not bother?

It is an obscure reference. And bums and arses are the same thing, anyway - I claim poetic licence. And it clearly should be "Bums and arses against the lighting", anyway.

And it may not even be funny. And yet aren't bums always funny?

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Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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Re: How to get rid of fleas on your dog

Nixon was tossed out then pardoned by the next President, wasn't he? So that works. But then you get Mike Pence. And the Apocalypse.

President Trump proposed pardoning himself. That would be ludicrous and I want to see it.

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Unreasonable expectations

Basically, it is and always has been the case that for Google or other search program to find a web page containing the information you're looking for, some human being has to create that web page. For instance an index of every single background actor in "Star Trek" episodes... never mind why you want it but someone has to have done the research and put the information together, or it won't be there. And that isn't Google's fault.

Actually, that list may have been limited to crew of the Starship Enterprise - "officially" about four hundred of them. So if you want to know about "Non-Speaking Klingon Officer #5", then the time may have not yet come, nor ever will.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

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Re: Security question...

...apparently the puzzle answer is "string vest" but I have no idea why except that a "string vest" is underwear... wait: maybe "row" = "string", "old soldier" = "vet" (veteran), and "Sun skewers" means somehow "insert letter S in the middle of the word", thus, "vest".

I would not have got that, and there is a prize but you wouldn't make a living from this.

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Security question...

My password hint is "There is no hint."

That saves thinking of something cute, although It's a little tempting to put something like "Underwear row - Sun skewers old soldier (6, 4)". This is from the crossword puzzle in Private Eye 1461 which I haven't done any of, but the answer almost certainly isn't my password. A possible catch is that a hacker gets encouraged and then frustrated and insists on actually finding out what my password is in order to get closure, and eventually they would. But I think most of them prefer low-hanging fruit.

The answer seems to be due to be printed in Private Eye 1462 anyway (20 down and 23 down), now on sale.

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Good passwords

Password strength test https://www.my1login.com/resources/password-strength-test/

Random data generator https://www.random.org/ - I favour a string of 20 capital letters.

Both to take with a pinch of salt. I either shuffle the random letters before use, or devise a novel way of reading them into a password e.g. every 3rd letter skipping any that don't fit.

Alternatively I pick letters from a page of the bible, again not just a straight reading.

As to "fit": I've seen passwords rejected by assorted rules including "includes actual word" (reasonable-ish, but the risk is up to me) and "uses the same letter twice" (what the actual foolishness). So I pick:

Consonants only.

The first capital, the rest lower case.

No repeats.

6 letters then 2 numerals, also no repeat. The random generator includes a timestamp that can provide numbers, or, convert from letters.

If a site insists on a non-alphanumeric symbols then I add !

So for instance: Nsytrh35!

On the other hand, I suspect that at least one system that I use doesn't recognise the ! symbol. Fortunately it doesn't also require it.

Nsytrh35! is rated "Strong", which is a bit of a worry since that formula usually provides "Very Strong".

Incidentally... I am finding these harder to remember now. It could be Oldtimer's Disease.

For public use I set and hand out a password in format of ABCD-EFGH-IJKL-MNOP-QRST which is the 20 letters with places to stop for a rest. After jumbling it first.

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Helpfully the news story was illustrated with one of the pictures... or not exactly, but, I think that was a bad decision.

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Crim-checker IT system update fail has cost UK taxpayer 'MEEELLIONS'

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Re: And the people wrongly fired because of an incorrect DBS/CRB check ?

If people got an incorrect check, I haven't noticed it in the story. What else may have happened is that their check document was provided late or not at all, in which case, as noted, their appointment or promotion may be delayed or cancelled.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Re: Conflicting information

Yeah, maybe there's some super subtle reason that a drill which includes a message that "this is not a drill" is actually a good idea, but nothing strikes me at the moment. And someone got fired for transmitting that? They should have their laundry bill paid.

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Equinix CEO bails after ‘poor judgment in employee matter’

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Could be a race, religion, disability, or homophobia thing, yes. It doesn't have to be sex.

Here's where I'm choosing not to say "Let's have a bet to make it interesting."

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Wanna motivate staff to be more secure? Don't bother bribing 'em

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Leaving aside the harassment question, you could continue personalising the "remember to log out" message with names of the IT office team, for variety.

Our building tests the fire alarm at 3pm every Friday. I don't know who actually runs around the building checking that it can be heard, if that's what they mean, but they must be fast. Anyway, it comes as a shock when it rings... even though on Friday the receptionist's desk usually has a big red-printed sign saying "The fire alarm will be tested today". I've thought it would be better with flashing lights on it. Or... an e-mail at 2.55pm to remind us.

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Not sure going straight up is safer.

The drone pilot intends in future to make his drone start by flying straight upward.

If it goes seriously wrong - likely to show up early in the flight - then it will go straight downward. And land on his head.

Okay... I suppose he can stand it on the ground and then retreat a safe distance before starting it.

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Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

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Meanwhile

There are still actual taxis and hire cars. Although sometimes feuds between cabmen get rough too. Apparently, prank calling your competitor for fake rides or silent calls is common. Conversely, I have called for a car, drawn breath before speaking, and they hung up on me.

As for Uber, do you think that perhaps an organised system of prostitution, drug dealing, and demanding money with menaces is operated from their address to disguise the fact that they're also responsible for the Uber car thing? After all, people -like- drug dealers.

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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Mystery solved?

"Hitler's Bitcoin Factory"

...Too soon how?

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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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Unclear to me whether this is ISIS or the brave democratic resistance to the dreadful tyrant Assad (with or without assistance from CIA). Russia is on the side of the d.t. Assad. We are on the side of the b.d. resistance. For now. The d.t. Assad having been elected is one of the little problems with all this. My actual interpretation is that Christian countries (U.S., Canada Europe, United Kingdom) saw a way to wreck a Muslim country and slaughter the population, and in those terms it's gone very well.

Also, I rather think that dropping bombs on military bases doesn't count as "terrorism". Fighting wars is what military bases are for. Granted, the article doesn't say that it is terrorism, it says it was done by terrorists, which is different. It's possibly true because that is who would be particularly good at doing that sort of thing, if "good" is the right word.

another way to look at it is that war is a kind of terrorism, but people don't like you saying so, the same as when you say that humans are a kind of monkey. Which I think is mainly offensive if you only say that a particular set of humans are monkeys. That isn't true. It's all of us.

So really when you say "terrorism" you mean "terrorism that isn't in a war". And this is in a war.

By the way, don't only totally evil countries now have cluster munitions? Including the U.S. and Russia themselves as you say.

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Watt? You thought the wireless charging war was over? It ain't even begun

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Re: Efficiency?

Plugs and sockets wear out, so that's one advantage of plugless charging. The socket on a device also is vulnerable to water penetration, so it's worth either sealing it or not having a socket at all.

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Parliamentary 'puters made 30k tries to procure pr0nz last year

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Re: yes, but

Someone can send you an e-mail that includes references to pictures from $NAUGHTYPLACE. Depending on configuration choices, that's liable to make you desktop computer "visit' $NAUGHTYPLACE.

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Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

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Re: Still no laughing matter

"And the sticker seems to be similar to the dazzle pattern used to disguise ships in the early 19th century."

1914-1918 is the 20th century.

Does the image here represent the actual sticker used, or did someone read the story and then photograph a toaster then go nuts with Instagram filters? Should I see a toaster when I look at the sticker?

If you paste a picture of a toaster into a photograph of a banana, should AI not see a toaster in the picture?

What about the "door security" scene in [The Fifth Element]?

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Bug-finders' scheme: Tick-tock, this tech's tested by flaws.. but who the heck do you tell?

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But

For a web site, isn't this just mailto:webmaster@web-site-name.tld ?

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: Can't we get rid of May?

I assumed - though I seem to be wrong - that the message meant there was no present of money in the "sorry about your new job" card.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Re: Why now?

It was dealt with at the time, by which I mean it was ignored.

While I'm at it, I'd suppose that files on the computer disk are labelled as belonging to dgreen or to dgreensecretary so you would be able to tell who did it, including the web cache.

As for what's legal or illegal porn, it may be only a few pixels difference but I expect that forensic investigators have file checksums to identify commonly available smut. Images may also include the publisher's name e.g. Playboy which you would expect to be legal.

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User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

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Re: Acronym alert...POS = Point Of Sale or Piece Of Shit

Thanks for prompting me to look up an explanation of why the policeman wizard (!) in Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" novel series ends up mostly driving a "Ford Asbo".

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Citrix cracks Windows Store's monopoly on Windows 10 S apps

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But

Does your Windows S licence entitle you to run Grown Ups Windows programs on your Window S screen? Or do you need an extra Windows licence to do it legally? Because that happens.

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High-freq trade biz sues transatlantic ISP for alleged spiteful cable cut

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Re: Frankly I'm astonished you can "HFT" from across the atlantic due to signal delay.

I think the idea is to HFT in two or more exchanges simultaneously, which are geographically separated. So, toilet paper futures go up microscopically in Frankfurt, you instantly buy shares in a laxative company in New York. Or sell. I'm not an expert.

For best results, you may also have to have an undersea base in mid Atlantic to do the trading from. This may be in a James Bond film soon (and blow up), or one made already, I haven't quite kept up.

But I find it distasteful that so much effort is put into playing on the stock markets as casinos instead of in actually running businesses well.

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Facebook, Google, IBM, Red Hat give GPL code scofflaws 60 days to behave – or else

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Re: Translation please

Software copyright is one thing, a business trademark is another. It's how you're recognised and your reputation, and it's mostly up to you to defend your right to be known by it - by chasing others off it. That includes deliberate fakes, coincidental duplications, and people who think your name is clever and so make up a similar one, and it includes near exact duplicates and distant suggestions - but in the latter case, the chasing off may only consist of a lawyer's letter in harsh language but no further enforcement action.

I think the incident of the Software Freedom Law Center goes further, into officially acknowledged or registered trademarks. I'm not a lawyer but I think a "registered trademark" is presumed to be legitimate until it isn't, so if someone applies to registers a trademark that resembles yours, then you'd better speak up.

To me, "Software Freedom Law Center" sounds generic anyway. They should maybe have put an "Acme" in there somewhere. Or, I dunno, "Spartacus". Something that just distinguishes it from alternatives.

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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Re: BRS

Microwaves - just guessing that the idea is, if the stuff on the turntable bumps into a wall or something and stops turning, then it should auto reverse. So it always reverses. That will also allow the reversing action to be tested.

Microwaves also shouldn't be run with nothing inside to be heated, but AIUI this isn't prevented?

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Re: Nursing Acronyms

Phil Hammond the comedy doctor has stated that funny descriptions of patients become less funny when you are explaining their meanings during a court case.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Re: And....

Yeah, I was thinking your digestion will be spurlocked after (less than) thirty days of pies.

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: How teensie weensie exactly?

The picture in Reg is not actual size? Aww.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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"If you'd like to "learn what to do" if you type the letter "i" and it autocorrects to an "A" with a symbol, click here."

Have you tried walking into the sea. http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1912

(Or, turning it off and on again. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_IT_Crowd )

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Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: One of these days...

It probably costs you more than £2.50 to drive to the council dumping facility. You're making a big objection to a small charge on what presumably ends up being expensive and unecological landfill somewhere.

Come Brexit we shall need to produce more food inland anyway, so, stuff your landscaping, and Dig For Victory and potatoes.

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Don't be a turkey: Help Linus Torvalds finish Linux 4.14 before it ruins Thanksgiving

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Surely too late?

Perhaps I misunderstand, but isn't it a question of how many bugs are left in release candidate 7? If none to speak of, then an rc8 won't be needed - but if bugs are there then they ought to be found and fixed, and not included in a final release. So it's your duty to spoil Linus's Thanksgiving if you can by finding those bugs.

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Spare me the confected 'Innovation Theatre' that is hackfests and their ilk

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Too. Much. Information.

about your series of tubes.

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