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2595 posts • joined 19 Oct 2011

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

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Re: superuser rights on the vacuum

There is no fucking reason, at all, for any fucking vacuum cleaner anyfuckingwhere, to run any variation of un*x

Ah, of course, what could one be thinking, Windows is the perfect solution for Vacuum Cleaner O.S, it sucks too.

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Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

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Re: Look at all those wonderful alternatives insight.....Oh wait

Ask a grown up to explain the difference between Android and the entirely optional Google Play Services

Which the entire point of the ruling and this discussion, since you seem to have missed it while running around looking down your nose at eyeryone and dribbling from the brain.

You can't easily <u>buy</u> a device that doesn't come with Google Play Services nor remove it from said device without replacing the entire O.S. with another version.

Majority of the market in Android phones comes with bundled Google Play Services, and to most users they are ubiquitous, so I doubt I could find an average grown-up to tell me the difference, because to most, and many phone OEMs and Google they are synomymous.

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Re: Look at all those wonderful alternatives insight.....Oh wait

"Android is now very popular because you know what you are getting when you buy it."

tracked, spied on and monetised?

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Re: Look at all those wonderful alternatives insight.....Oh wait

It's not the only thing you can buy, but the alternative puts you between a rock and a hard place.

Or at least between a brittle plastic case and the sharp edges of a shattered screen.

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You're burning £1.2bn for what? UK spending watchdog gives digital court plans a kicking

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So Judge Dredd is a computer. What are we going to call society in the future? Old Dystopia or New Dystopia.

The digital feudal system. They're just replacing local lords (who've been occasionally know to go Robin of Sherwood with corporations, who sometimes do charity, but also very 'charitable' to poor government servants.

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: Customer Delight Providers

Sorry, It's been a long week and I think we ran out of Coffee by Wednesday afternoon.

Priceless....

I'm in the same mood, but all I've had to drink all week is coffee (although, might be a fair amount of whisky in it).

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DNA to replace passwords? Has no one seen Gattaca?

I was also going to say that replicating DNA is "easy" for those that know how. But even easier would be to say "bleed on this will you?"

Gattaca? I thought it was a dreary Corporate training film....

There's DNA in piss* isn't there? That's always an option

* there is in faeces, hey, if they want a sample, might as well have something I'll be dumping at some point during the day anyway. I prefer to get lightheaded and trippy in my own time.

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Re: Customer Delight Providers

Customer Delight Providers

The Seamstresses of the IT world.

hem, hem. Oh, and two needles.

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Architects? Power-hungry GPU fiends? HP has something for you

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Re: desktops in a rack?

<Why would you want to jam 56 PCs into a rack?

You'd never fit people's desks around it for a start.</i>

Maybe it's the new Hot-Deskting.

Sort of musical chairs Hot Desking, didn't manage to login for long this week, ticks list for next to be shown the door.

Must be a new IBM strategy.

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Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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Talk Talk went down?

So the guy on the exercise bike that powers the system fell off then?

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Brit tech forges alliance to improve cyber security as MPs moan over 'acute scarcity' of experts

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Maybe it's not a comfortable area to be in.

Considering the number of people inclined to that area of It are often hounded to the grave by U.S. authorities, is it really an area ...

a) to look for stable, reliable people

b) the reliable kind of person who tends toward loyalty, doing what they are told and not making waves (which is what I gather governments like).

It's not very nice to have the security forces crash your home at 6 a.m just because you found a hole and told the responsible company something they didn't want to hear enough to decide to play ostrich and deny everything.

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Most of the rain falls where there aren't that many people living (eg Scotland, Cornwall)

You left out Wales and N.I - where it rains a lot. Maybe not heavily, but seemingly consistently.

Don't know about Wales, but N.I water is still on the rates (or was until recently) and with mostly sod all investment (and total lack of any effective Political leadership for decades) if it actually stops raining for any more than a few weeks, the leaky system can't retain much of a reserve.

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Re: "Capita’s expertise in transforming customer experience across all channels. "

Yep, I was just about to point out that it didn't say improving...

I am reminded of the Ministry of Alterations "We, Change people from being alive people to being dead people" from the Red Dwarf - Back to Reality.

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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Re: xkill Terminator

All well and good but what about the big elephant in the room? Linux

Linux is what future terminators run on (as evident in the films) and what are they doing about this?

Firstly :

If you can't tell a Penguin from an Elephant, there's no hope for you. Penguin research

Additionally :

Well, if you are going to have an AI potential killing machine, wouldn't you want it open source and not a closed proprietary system?

John Conner wouldn't have been able to reprogram the first T1000 and send it back to protect Sarah otherwise.

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Can't take Elron seriously anymore

Will he be swearing off weaponising acting like a stroppy child over having his useless ill-conceived toy rejected as unfit for purpose by experts.

I have severe doubts about everything else he creates over that, and his attitude.

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Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview

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Re: Expensive Decade of Hell

"Only the Mega Rich corporations own anything."

Neo-feudalism

Might be good for the soul - might lead to a kind of Neo-buddishm - all possessions are a burden* after all.

* Some are necessary, but as a civilisation, we've carried it too far.

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Re: Wow, that's appealing

I wonder what those in Redmond have been smoking?

Just a big circle of bent over backs, faces inserted between cheeks of colleague in front and breathing deeply.

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Re: 'Perhaps MS can assume this role, if they can be trusted with it'

It started with low-down dirty upgrade tricks

Dirty tricks started long before that.

Even the old FUD Linux Cancer campaign was not the prow of the MS malevolent gleefully ramming any other ship on the bay.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: "Google leveraged its platform dominance"

Please. What is wrong with "used"? Has someone escaped from HR again?

You wanted them to 'used' like a 'used' condom when they can instead 'leverage' a more dynamic sounding word that gives the impression of force being applied with care and judgement and to ultimate effect?

Even when the impression is a total lie and gives a wholly false image of even remotely competent management.

This verbal virus spread far beyond HR years ago.

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Re: Yee Haw!, Eeh Haw!

It's getting so bad that I am looking for a different forum.

Yeah, good luck with that, but I doubt anything less infected exists.

I'm not so sure of the corporate sponsored involvement (although it would not surprise me), unpaid or unrewarded partisanship seems quite easy to induce in the land of the 'no free lunch unless you pay for it, and tip well, but if you can afford it, then it's complimentary'.

I know I wouldn't go down well on Ars....

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Re: Dandy Highwaymen

and spend their cash on looking flash.

And grabbing the attention of the European Commission,

Google ain't no 'Prince Charming' any longer, more a Grand Vizier (and you know what Pratchett mused about people with that title).

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Yee Haw!, Eeh Haw!

A lot of anti-EU 'how dare they fine Google' (presumably 'an US company') sentiment on here today.

Tempted to think the Trumpeters cavalry are out in force, armed with recent orange twits tweets about 'the enemy' to try to deal some alternative propaganda.

'Course, it might be the Farage-Boris lot, hoping to ingratiate in the vain hope of not being shafted roughly at a future US-UK trade grovel agreement.

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My guess is that more would than wouldn't. By a seriously long way.

I daresay they would. The easy functionality is a strong inducement, even if you are aware of the slurp and tracking, even the feeling of your lifeforce being constantly drained by the knowledge of the slow drip of your personal data and activities syphoned off to feed the Google beast is not enough for many users.

But having the choice not to, if your don't need or don't want the thing leeching at your life is much better.

There are other satnavs, and openstreetmaps (is that still about, I lose track) could do with the attention. One Google fan (or even one Google van) certainly didn't make Street View the rich resource it is.

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Re: Margrethe Vestager

As long as it's available in a supermarket. I'm guessing they like bottles priced at more than £20 each

Well, buying plonk in £ isn't a great idea, buy it somewhere in Europe where fermented vegetable drinks are cheaper.

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Re: @Julian 8

Show us where Microsoft is threatening to withdraw the availability of Windows to any manufacturer that dares to ship a Chromebook

Giants in the Playground (in lingerie)

Maybe Google is too big to dare crossing, or fear of pushing OEMs to total ChromeOS supply only, or Google has piccies of MS in saucy underwear....

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Re: FireOS?

There is the chance that this would erode Amazons grip too.

At the moment, Amazon is big enough to ignore Google, but other producers are not.

Cracking Googles stranglehold, may add some benefit to Amazon, but they've been big enough to not be particularly intimidated by Google for some time before bring out their pad, so it's not a sudden release of potential handcuffs for them at all.

Smaller entities are much more shackled by the current status quo.

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Re: it is only fair that we fine some of theirs back!

Pete 2

The UK seems to think the ignominy of being found to be breaking the law [ sharp intake of breath! ] is enough

Now I know you're American. Such a U.S. view of the English, it's total fiction.

UK government have no such concept of ignominy, the proof is their response to mass surveillance being found illegal, their response was mostly to try to ignore it, then offer measly rewordings that didn't much change the illegal nature of their intent much at all.

Sort of like a bank robber going in and offering to rewrite the note demanding money from the safe (after the trial), in the hopes it would no longer count as perpetrating a hold-up and they could walk away with 'the goods'.

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Re: Choice on Apple?

They are monopolist in terms of user lock in methods - try getting iTunes for android, try auto sync of photos (etc.) you take to iCloud from Android.

Maybe, had the iphone inherited the ubiquity they had in the early 00's with the ipod, but they haven't.

I'd forgotten all about itunes, (I had to send a request for long term storage for the word 'ipod') hard to believe that buggy bloat POS, itunes was every a thing.

seriously mucked up mentally now, i'll be iwriting, 'i' in ifront of ieverthing for the irest of the iday.

Icon : sod it, I'm on the sauce (isauce) the rest of the day.

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Re: At least it's not BING

But even if we did I'm sure the world would just keep spinning.

It would no longer be spinning round the Sun though, but revolving around microsofts arse, bathing in the occasional pungent fart and frequent blackouts

...Sorry, bad humour today.

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Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes

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Going by the article pic, seems a lot of work just for a choccy bar.

* Very drunk now....

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Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

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This another round of pass the parcel fines.

The inquiry runs on funding, does it not. It's not a for profit or a rogue independent charity making a nice little earner for those managing it and only good works as a by product.

Here's your speeding ticket, pay now, you'll get most the money back once it's been round the tumbledryer for a while. Bollocks

Fire everyone responsible, start again with all new staff, repeat as necessary if/when they blunder.

I'd also recommend criminal proceedings, after all 'this was a crime against the most vulnerable in society' or somesuch...

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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We now interrupt your call for the obligatory 15 second advert.

I'm sure it's coming, and the advert will be ever so slightly on topic to your phone conversation.

The excuse will be 'call prices may have to go up, blah blah monetise, blah blah alternative income streams'

....just feeding the tinfoil hatters, tear off another sheet and increasing the lining by an extra 5mm.

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thinner and now taller and narrower

Let that trend continue, we'll all be talking into the kind of pen things used in The Man From UNCLE.

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Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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by the time you've found a spare monitor, mouse, keyboard and carried cables around,

You're assuming a truly portable situation - clearly something like a laptop/netbook/ultrabook is still better for the occasions where you might need a screen and keyboard in a convenient bundle anywhere.

I think most people, most of the time, are only using full desktop mode in a few predictable locations a lot of the time home - office, in between these locations, a smartphone style access might be acceptable.

KDE are prepping for adjustable display-size apps with Kirigami as well.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: Still too much grey space ...

I know that wide screen monitors are a thing of the past

Have I stepped through into a parallel universe again (I still suspect, not matter what my therapist says) - last time I looked, it wasn't impossible to buy a not widescreen, but it wasn't easy either.

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Re: How about...

RE: Jump to comments button.

Then there's all the sages and wise-men who leap immediately into the comment box without having read more than the article title (or merely just skimmed it, and jumped to comment on what they thought it said).

I do try to read the article first, but with articles like yesterdays mostly verbatim drivel from ISPs, it was self defence to leap to the comments after a paragraph or two before I started bleeding from the ears.

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Web regulation could push Silicon Valley startups away from UK, Parliament warned

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Corporate verbal bollocks

Almost totally verbatim, for several paragraphs, halfway through a Monday.

I don't know if that counts as a sobering hangover cure or a somnambulant.

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Turn-based?

Text based, I get, i fondly remember (well, small flashes in between the long cold-sweat nightmares of fruitless and mostly unrewarded frustration) but turn-based always puts me in mind of the only slightly less frustrating Civilisation, Colonisation or UFO and their ilk from the early to mid-nineties.

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Huge Teeth

I used to play about with a text adventure construction kit (don't recall it's actual name) on my first PC - the only way beasties would kill you with was one 'huge teeth' description, which I kept forgetting, A spy epic I wrote for it was a little freaky with beautiful spy ladies coming at you with knives/guns but at the last minute, taking you out instead with a huge set of sharp teeth.

Any AI being forced to play that and against all odds, becoming self aware is going to need therapy.

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Privacy Shield under pressure as lawyers back MEPs' call for suspension

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Trump to fix toxic U.S. political air

I think we can be certain now, that those were wasted votes.

If anything, he'll increase the toxic miasma well beyond U.S. borders

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: "then it may time to step into the wonderful of world of Linux."

I've not seen a real gearing up of Linux (desktop) for the Enterprise

Nor will you. There's no overriding direction and no ultimate authority to dictate such a drive.

Thankfully, as from what I've seen of IT corps of late, they are much more concerned with devising some sort of scheme to make more money off people who've already paid them on the back of whatever Yo-Yo fad is currently in vogue in the guise of a new feature.

Gnome Shell is a passable desktop (although I believe Red Hat defaults to the more conservative fallback session - presumably they are quite happy to let the gnome monkeys do their thang in the eventual hope of shakespeare and not shit). KDE is getting there with Plasma 5, but the others are either too niche for Enterprise desktops or much too antiquated looking.

A company, like a singular user needs to have the will to implement the 'Linux Desktop, Dressing it up or trying a Lindows isn't going to work.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Re: Back in the day..

Bill Oddie was always a Flump

There was Goodie episode in which he shaved the beard off.

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: What difference did Russia allegedly make?

The silent majority demanded change and Trump was the only [other] candidate. With the vision to shake up the establishment? Don't hold your breath.

FTFY

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What difference did Russia allegedly make?

Politicians are intent on putting spin, lying, putting out fake news, borderline slander and generally egging on the worst instincts of society in order to win.

When there is no interest in the truth or sensible cooperative discussion to sort out issues and they rely on bribes and promises they don't intend to keep to get into office.

Russia are no saints, but they've done this because the western political systems are so corrupt and broken now. Their own population is led around by fake news and slanted reports.

Or is only okay to carry on when it's the native government deceiving the people and not when a foreign power sticks it's oar in.

Basically, I think it wouldn't have happened, couldn't have happened had the politicians of the country in question had not sunk to the lowest in their desperate morally bankrupt race to get in at all costs.

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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Re: Should have been pretty obvious

But back to the Magic Leap, how come it's using a processor that's almost 2 years old?

I would suggest because Magic Leap is all bullshit.

When you can smell it, and be fairly sure your are looking at, you should really just accept it

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

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Re: No one will agree on anything

Yes I can see it now.

Funnily enough, that close of that little drama-ettte, skit or sketch also often plays out the same if said Customs Official think you may have an extra ounce of baccy or bottle of cheap Calais plonk you weren't entitled to - and that was while within the EU Free movement of goods.

Ohh, the ruination of society...

You could probably carry through several cannisters of rabies and be waved through, but god help have more tobacco on you than they think you should have - It has such a short shelf life after all.

I often think this wole rigmarole is just line the rest of the government on the same mentality as HMCE.

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Re: Conflicted

I'd suggest soylent green but you'd need a lot of ketchup...

By the time they are finished making a dogs dinner of the Uk, you'll wolf down every crumb and be glad of it and also sleep soundly in the knowledge the next white paper they'd come into contact with is bogroll.

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The uK is a serious data fetishist and needs therapy.

It was all we'd like a soft exit, but if a hard exit is what it takes, so be it.

Until they were told they'd be out of Galileo and the Interpol *'sharing'.

* 'data Sharing' to the Uk is much like two year olds attitude to sweets, mine, mine, mine, mine Wahhh!

Supposedly might not officially have to accede to ECJ rulings, but the current UK administration aren't good at playing the game by any rules than their own. Even if this all goes through, I give it a year before the first suspension from the game for being out of bounds.

What do people think? Will Scotland decide to leave before N.I collapses?

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Azure Dev Spaces has hit public preview, so El Reg took it for a spin

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works on 80% of contexts but just doesn’t support the odd 20%.

My concern the last time I had to use ISPF.

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Re: ..."typing in BASIC listings from computer magazines in the '80s and debugging"...

..."typing in BASIC listings from computer magazines in the '80s and debugging"...

Now that there is a dying breed in IT. Ho hum

I'd be impressed if your could type in BASIC listings from Computer magazines in the '80's, today

Is that your Delorean parked outside?

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