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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

Kurt Meyer

Re: In perspective, Galileo isn't important

@ YARR

Brevity is your friend.

You had me at - "I remain ignorant... "

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Kurt Meyer

Re: Well

@ AC

"The only pity is the spineless and incompetent tossers... "

Posted by an Anonymous Coward.

Well done

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

Kurt Meyer

White Rose

@ CrazyOldCatMan

White Rose

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MoD: Sci-tech strategy? Er, here's a bunch of words and diagrams

Kurt Meyer
Coat

Harnessing Brit boffinry

A splendid idea.

I'd quite like to harness that boffin on the right hand side of the picture.

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

Kurt Meyer

Re: substitute?

@ Mark 85

Er, Joke icon?

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Family's legal battle over YouTube's role in Paris terror murders is paused

Kurt Meyer

Re: Not Surprised

@ Diogenes

I'm not surprised that dear old dad decided to sue comma here in "The land of the free and the home of the litigious."

Perhaps I should have bolded that comma which you (and others) have apparently overlooked.

Or perhaps, used the "Joke Alert" icon.

Or maybe <sarcasm> </sarcasm> tags.

I haven't actually seen a film clip of dear old dad saying "It's not about the money" but I'll bet there's one out there.

Here in "The land of the free and the home of the litigious", it is standard operating procedure to file a lawsuit in the aftermath of any tragedy, large or small.

You never sue the perpetrator, they're dead, broke, or both.

Instead, you find out any product or service he used in planning or committing his act and sue the manufacturer, provider, or operator of that product or service. They'll have money, and maybe, just maybe, a sympathetic court will rule in your favor.

Then you'll have your "Justice".

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Kurt Meyer

Re: Not Surprised

I'm not surprised that dear old dad decided to sue, here in "The land of the free and the home of the litigious."

What puzzles me is why he didn't bring his suit against those oil rich terrorists. My goodness sakes, it's not as though Google has any money.

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Tories spared fine after being told off by ICO for election telemarketing

Kurt Meyer

Re: How to get downvoted on Al Register?

@ sabroni

"Make a post showing you know like something about Windows 10. Gets way more downvotes than any political bollocks...."

FTFY

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UK financial regulator confirms it is probing Equifax mega-breach

Kurt Meyer

Re: What Exactly Was The Breach ???

@ Commswonk

Please accept this upvote for the Reg Perrin reference.

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Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions

Kurt Meyer

Re: Sounds like el'reg is screwed

@ Yet Another Anonymous coward

Screwed just doesn't seem to fit El Reg properly.

Might I suggest "self abuse"?

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You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

Kurt Meyer

Re: Oooh, clever..

@ AC

"Competed is past tense. England will compete this time because unlike the US they qualified..."

Is that supposed to be a shot? A dig? A none too subtle jab?

I'll briefly return to baseball to describe it as:

A swing and a miss.

Now back to football. This may surprise you, but I was, and continue to be, thrilled that the ridiculously styled "USMNT" failed to qualify out of their wretchedly weak group.

The chants of "USA! USA!! US... Oh!" were, and still are, music to my ears.

I despise "soccer" as it is currently, and for the foreseeable future, presented in the US. I have no interest in MLS, and very little in the amateur game over here.

It is the world game, and I resent the American attempts to reshape it into another version, or variety, of the sports already established here.

I follow European football, and have done so since the days of my youth. I think it much more entertaining than the North American sports. The same holds true for motorsport.

So, like England, the side I follow, and support, and cheer for, and have for almost 50 years, did qualify, and will be in Russia next summer.

I understand they're coming to England to play a friendly against the Three Lions at Wembley on the 10th of November.

It should be an exciting match.

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Kurt Meyer

Re: Oooh, clever..

@ AC

"For a similar reason that no other countries compete in your "World Series"! "

The Toronto Blue Jays - back-to-back World Series champions in 1992 and 1993.

"It said compete - i.e. in the present tense. I believe since those 2 years it has been US teams only?"

Changing the terms of your argument after it is shown to be incorrect?

Good job.

In fact, prior to the Blue Jays winning the title, it was US teams only. So what?

The Blue Jays have competed for the title of World Series champions every year since they were founded 40 years ago. They have only won the competition twice, as was pointed out to you in my previous post.

They are, in fact, the second Canadian team to compete for that title. The Montreal Expos also competed for 35 years before they moved from Montreal.

That the Blue Jays have only been champions in the two years mentioned, and the Expos never won the title, doesn't change the fact that both teams competed to do so.

Using your "present tense" argument will you also claim that England have not competed for the World Cup since 1966?

As dire as the performance of the Three Lions has been for the last 50 years, they have competed, however brief their participation.

"The point being made which obviously went straight over your head is that it's called the "World Series" for reasons other than where it takes place or who takes part - Just like the Americas Cup!"

I'm not missing any point. I am addressing your earlier claim, which is shown to be wrong.

Are you going to stand by your original contention that "no other countries compete in your "World Series" "?

Rather than accepting the correction, you have since added a further qualifier, and then gone on to a completely separate statement regarding the name of the competition, neither of which is germane to, or supportive of, your original statement.

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Kurt Meyer

Re: Oooh, clever..

@ AC

"For a similar reason that no other countries compete in your "World Series"! "

Ah, the wisdom of the anonymous cowards free to post anytime, anywhere, and on any subect they please.

Knowledge of the subject under discussion not required.

The Toronto Blue Jays - back-to-back World Series champions in 1992 and 1993.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

Kurt Meyer
Pint

Re: Forbidden Excitement

@ AC

"Dear HEAVENS above - DID YOU NOT SEE THE TROLLING ICON?"

He, and at the time of this post, 23 others!

Btw, I heartily endorse your entirely appropriate use of caps.

Have one on me.

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Kurt Meyer

@ ridley

"Some things just make you go "mmmmm"

I will freely confess that Zelma Davis made me go "mmmmm!"

In fact she could have made me do just about anything at all.

Mmmmm!

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

Kurt Meyer
Megaphone

Re: Ch-Ch-Changes

@bombastic bob

Good choice of icon.

For a lightweight text editor pluma is fine. i wouldn't mind a few more plugins though.

Caja, on the other hand, is terrible. There may be a worse file manager out there, but I thank my lucky stars that I haven't encountered it.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

Kurt Meyer

Re: "The Starfighter to Germany, "

@ John Smith 19

"In fact LM (and it's predecessors) has something of a record where (whoever won the contract) they ended up building the aircraft that flew (starting with the F104 and the SR71)."

John, I'm not sure I follow your reasoning, the F-104 and the SR-71 were each designed and built by Lockheed.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

Kurt Meyer

Re: I'm going to keep sneering, Amber

@ AC

AC, while I agree with your assessment of the current crop of Conservative Party clowns, (from an across the Atlantic perspective), I am somewhat sceptical with regard to your focus on the type of degree possessed any given individual.

Talent will out, it is said, and while these people all seem to have a degree of some sort, they do not seem to have any talent beyond that required to gain, and perhaps retain, high office.

I say a degree (of any sort) is immaterial, or as near as dammit. What England, or any other country for that matter, needs from it's leadership is talent above all else. A degree may be useful, but in the opinion of many, it is not necessary.

I have no doubt that some of the readership will disagree with this contention, in defense of which I offer this example.

A hard act to follow, by all accounts.

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ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

Kurt Meyer

Re: Ignorance knows no borders

@ Slap

"Also it’s not like the JD brand is unknown here - it’s one of the most popular american whiskeys with most bars and supermarkets having stock."

I am genuinely sorry to hear that.

JD is the "Budweiser", or the "MacDonalds" of American whiskeys. It is frequently mixed with Coca-Cola, many times with Diet Coke!

"Gimme a Jack 'n Coke" is a common cry heard in saloons across the land.

With so many fine whiskeys, not to mention whiskys, available to the American consumer, it's popularity is a testament to mass marketing techniques.

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Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

Kurt Meyer

Re: Now the search for the ultimate diversity employee starts.

@ bombastic bob

Bob, there seems to be precious little room in the multi-culti, gender-bender crowd for any recognition of, much less any discussion of, age discrimination. As you are well aware, it is out there in the workplace, and it is growing, not shrinking.

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Kurt Meyer

Re: Now the search for the ultimate diversity employee starts.

@ Trevor Pott

"Um...Jesus is an important prophet in Islam...

Um...Islam, not exactly "a religion based on Jesus"...

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Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

Kurt Meyer
Linux

Disable your antivirus, or stop using Internet Explorer 11

That IS good advice.

I'm glad I took it.

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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off chip designs

Kurt Meyer
Thumb Up

Re: Do not mess with badgers

I am surprised that no loyal son or daughter of Wisconsin has posted this. The sentiments expressed seem entirely appropriate.

Badgers.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Kurt Meyer

Re: Bit stunned to find it's not nuclear

@ Andus McCoatover

"Nuclear would've meant never refuel for 20 years or so. But, it could never visit Japan, as I understand."

Andus, the nuclear powered and armed USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is based in Yokosuka, Japan.

The USN will neither confirm or deny that it's ships are armed with nuclear weapons. The plain truth is that every USN warship of frigate or larger size is nuclear armed, whether with depth charges, missiles, or bombs.

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Kurt Meyer

Re: Admiral Beatty's Battle Cruiser Fleet

@ Smooth Newt

"... imaginary risk of the Germans landing a small force to bring the bridge down and preventing this, the fast reconnaissance wing of the Grand Fleet, from being able to get to sea during a critical moment."

Given their stellar performance at Jutland, that might have been the best thing to happen to Beatty and his battlecruisers.

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

Kurt Meyer

Re: Ex-queen

@ Dan 55

"Er, no. It's a job for life."

Er, no. Not always.

That said, I believe there was an element of sarcasm in the original post that you may have overlooked.

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

Kurt Meyer

Re: Aren't we living in the 'free' west?

@ AC

Thank you for posting that, Bloodlands was indeed "both horrific and compelling".

Far too often people make comparisions between some nation of today and Stalin's Soviet Union and/or Hitler's Germany.

While the actions, or the intentions, of many of today's nations are both repellent and ultimately ineffective, they do not begin to approach the levels of oppression that existed under those two leaders/governments.

North Korea being an exception.

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Kurt Meyer

Re: It isn't a difficult topic

@ Tomato42

Bucky2 said "This is a false presumption. Even for so-called "enlightened" governments."

Note the quotation marks implying an opposite meaning to the word.

I'm afraid the fail is all yours.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

Kurt Meyer

Re: Impeachment?

@ Eddy Ito

"As the chief executive, if he says to drop the investigation then it gets dropped and sorry kids but there is nothing illegal about it."

Your grasp of these issues rivals that of the Venus de Milo.

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Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

Kurt Meyer

Save your breath

@ AC

"The US, with the help of the financial elite, has been trying to destabilize Venezuela since Chavez was first elected..."

You are Delcy Rodriguez, and I claim my $5.00.

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What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

Kurt Meyer

What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

Iceberg? U-boat? Terrrorist hijackers?

One can only hope.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

Kurt Meyer

Re: How many changes

@ Phil O'Sophical

Phil, a common expression used over here in answer to LDS' question is: a shit load.

A popular alternative is: a butt load.

Some times written as one word, sometimes written as two words.

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Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

Kurt Meyer

Re: "We can only imagine the pointing and laughing"

@ Ben Trabetere

Thanks Ben, you are correct, I plead guilty to skimming the article. I should have read it more carefully.

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Kurt Meyer

Re: "We can only imagine the pointing and laughing"

@ LDS

"after all only those using Ubuntu among the 2.4% of Linux desktop users are impacted ..."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to recall that there is a distribution derived from Ubuntu, or perhaps I misremember.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Kurt Meyer

Curmudgeon

@ FuzzyWuzzys

"As a trainee curmudgeon of 46 ..."

My God Fuzzy, that appears to be an inordinately long training course.

Personally, I went for the "Seems like overnight" version.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

Kurt Meyer

Re: no, no, you got it all wrong

@ johndoe9000

I believe your sarcasm meter is broken.

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Re: "used only in extreme terrorism cases"

@ Patrician

"Terr'sm is just EVUHL"

"It is, no matter how it came about; or do you think otherwise?"

Terrorism seems to be a matter of perspective. After all; "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

Kurt Meyer

Re: Oh!

@ nematoad

"And all of them with the added goodness of systemd."

Have an upvote for mentioning what the article would not. I've switched most of my household, and my recommendation, to PCLinuxOS with the Mate desktop.

I've tried Devuan, and it seems to be very promising, but I cannot stand the Xfce environment, and I have grown lazy extremely lazy with regard to tweaking my distro.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

Kurt Meyer
Pint

Re: The ol' PC performance race has shifted to mobile phones

@ Pascal Monett

"Personally, I prefer watching YouTube or general surfing on a platform that has at least a 19" screen and a keyboard/mouse combo, along with a comfy chair to enjoy the experience in - but apparently I'm a rabid old curmudgeon. And I'm perfectly fine with that."

Well said that man.

Oh, and my choice of either speakers or headphones, as the situation warrants.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

Kurt Meyer

Re: term linits

@ Swarthy

"Running for office is not speech."

Thanks for the laugh.

"Saying that term limits impinges on free speech is akin to saying that having to file honest and complete tax forms is a violation of free speech."

Thanks for the even bigger laugh.

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Re: term linits

@ lone_wolf

"another argument for term limits"

There are many arguments for term limits, here is the argument against:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Please don't think that you, or anyone else, can tell me who I may, or may not, vote for.

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Expedia support tech raided his CFO to rack up insider trades

Kurt Meyer

Careful investment

@ Your alien overlord - fear me

The $375,000 fine may take some of the sheen off of your available investment fund.

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All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker

Kurt Meyer
Joke

Re: On a different topic - The Photo

@ Ian Emery

Can ye nae read, man?

They've painted 'Dina Launcher' right on the side of the wee red bastard!

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New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

Kurt Meyer

@ TRT

"I think that our resident down voter would prefer "Defendery Mc Defenderface" or "Protecting-the-nationy McNationface"."

Or, perhaps, the 'Fill-in-the-blank-McBlankface' joke has gotten old. Very old.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

Kurt Meyer

Re: All are avalaible on Amazon

@ The Man Who Fell To Earth

You said: "But of course, we have a Freedom of the Press."

Jamie Jones said: "For what it's worth, I agree with the non-censorship issue"

Then you return with: "You don't really understand what the word "freedom" means do you? When applied to speech & the press, it means the government is not allowed to control either."

FFS, pull your head out!

He just got finished agreeing with you, and you're giving him the fail icon?

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Kurt Meyer

Re: Down, down deeper and down...

@ Lotaresco

Red Bren is spot on.

I thought it was a clever, funny post.

In my younger days, I toiled for a couple of summers in a [redacted] mill. Fire or flame of any sort was forbidden not only in the structure, but also in the parking area which was 100 yards away. You couldn't go out to your car at lunchtime and have a ciggie.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

Kurt Meyer

Re: I don't get it...

@ MrXavia

"Politicians should never be allowed to make procurement decisions like this, they usually mess up..."

I'm very interested in hearing your alternative(s).

The military?

The ordinary citizens?

Who would you allow to make procurement decisions?

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Kurt Meyer

Re: Turkey is a godforsaken corrupt shithole

@ Archtech

"I have a degree in history from a good university."

Go on, pull the other one.

"Well, the USA ... can't even design and build complex fighter jets."

Honest to goodness, I laughed out loud at that.

"The world is not as simple as you would like it to be."

Quite unlike your humble self then, eh?

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Re: Take back control

@ h4rm0ny

"maybe we shouldn't be building up massive military forces around Russia in the first place."

I'm very interested in your description of these "massive" military forces.

Perhaps you could enlighten the readership with an order of battle listing the western troops that will be commencing 'Unternehmen Barbarossa 2' some time very, very soon.

After that, please furnish the OOB of the Russian troops ready to "Defend the Motherland".

No doubt the Russians will be heavily out numbered.

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Re: Oooh. Italian maintenance!

@ AC

" 'Hell is where the police are German, the lovers Swiss, the mechanics French, the chefs British, and it is all organized by the Italians'.

The problem with these jokes, apart from being old, is that in order to work there has to be at least an inkling of truth about them. As it happens, German police are amongst the most professional I've come across (just don't get on the wrong side of them, they know how to dole out some impressive aggression)"

AC, I believe the joke (which is seen on t-shirts over here), is making reference to these men when it says "the police are German".

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