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Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary

Qwrk FYI; Google even devotes a doodle to this. (212 comments)

On the google.co.uk domain today there's a special doodle devoted to the ZX and St. George's Day; all in one ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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Icelandic Rocks Suggest Meteorites Brought Gold To Earth

Qwrk Green Iceland (82 comments)

Iceland is very green.
Greenland is full of ice.
And never the twain shall meet, or be mixed up.

more than 3 years ago
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So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts

Qwrk And a thank YOU from yet another long-time /.er (238 comments)

Since well over 12 years on all the boxes I installed, and the 1000's I added to networks, I made sure they'd opened up a browser with at least a /. tab present. I hope it did help in making the user base grow and grow and grow. Kudos to you and thanks for all the...

more than 3 years ago
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I get most of my books...

Qwrk Review copies, ARC's and such. (283 comments)

I help people to weed the errors out of their books. Fact checking, supplying references and the likes. So I get review copies, or as collectors prefer to call them 0-editions, ARC's [advance reading copies, if you will]. And when the final draft gets published - the 1st edition - I get a stack of signed, dedicated newly printed ones in return, as a form of payment. One for me, one for the archives, and the rest is being auctioned off for the benefit of Tibet. So, in the end, we all benefit in one way or another.

more than 3 years ago
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Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

Qwrk It's a Mengele / Übermensch dilemma (1229 comments)

Preventing Mengele from creating the Übermensch is a good thing. Preventing a complete fuck-up of a natural balance is a thing to be praised, not criticised.
*ploink* me if you will. I don't care.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 1.0: the Power of DOS, Plus Tiled Windows

Qwrk Google can be your best..... you know. (249 comments)

There's a plethora of OS's out there, if you're willing to tap in some queries. Windows 1.0 on a single floppy, ApplePC v2.52, CP/M, Minix OS, OS2 v1.0, OS2 Warp Demo on 1 Disk...... you name'm.
This ain't Craiglist, is it?

more than 3 years ago
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Twitter Prepared To Name Users

Qwrk It's Giggs, not Gibbs (292 comments)

And I'm no fan of soccer or twitter, but just for the record.

more than 3 years ago
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Vatican Warns That Internet Promotes Satanism

Qwrk Water is wet. Grass is green. (585 comments)

And I reckon' that the behaviour of the Roman Catholic Church has led to a sharp rise in the demand for psychologists, psychiatrists, children's welfare workers, and other people caring for the abused and downtrodden.

more than 3 years ago
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How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

Qwrk Why the condescending whack at Wikipedia? (1148 comments)

/. doesn't need that. And it wasn't funny for starters.

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

Qwrk Australian mining stock (868 comments)

Chauvinism and nostalgia combined with value. Simple as that.

more than 3 years ago
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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

Qwrk Re:CPM? (763 comments)

....FORMAT command on the first day of Xmas holidays in 1983. First computer in town [8" floppy drives!] and no manual at hand, so just happy to discover how things went through trial and error. After that there were another 13 days left, just staring at the silly screen where the bleep went into oblivion.

about 4 years ago
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What security policy will the TSA adopt next?

Qwrk Re:Hands (554 comments)

Might be true, but I know the story to have happened close to the GPO on the corner of Bourke Str., Melbourne, with a jar of sandwich spread involved. Google comes up with an amazing variety of versions!

more than 4 years ago
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What security policy will the TSA adopt next?

Qwrk I'm one step ahead. (554 comments)

Had a bar code and my citizens number tattooed some 20 years ago. Easy ID if ever I'd not return from one of my expeditions to the higher regions on this earth.

more than 4 years ago
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What Do You Do When Printers Cost Less Than Ink?

Qwrk This is 2009..... (970 comments)

Hate to say this..... but we've been doing this for quite some time now at the MoJ. HP has been doing this for years.
We just toss them out. Don't need to replace them cartridges no more; just hook up a new printer. And you're done...

about 5 years ago
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Your browser's home page is...

Qwrk All one needs in life. (496 comments)

slashdot.org, www.k2climb.net, www.ebay.com.au, en.wikipedia.org and news.google.com.au

more than 5 years ago
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What is your least favorite industry to deal with?

Qwrk Red Tape industries (548 comments)

a.k.a. Big Brother Government. Worldwide.

more than 5 years ago
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Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

Qwrk Quality that lasts. (533 comments)

Getting these things up and running is no surprise to me. It seems that they used quality stuff in them days. I have loads of these oldies that haven't been booted for 10+ years and upon plugging them in they start off as if nothing ever happened. Drives with a ST-506 interface in particular seem to be of an indistructible kind of quality-make. Feel free to contact me for disks, or as stated; check eBay of contact Bruce Damer of the DigiBarn [http://www.digibarn.com/].

more than 5 years ago

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Google politically correct on the Olympics?

Qwrk Qwrk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Qwrk writes "I didn't check out a thing on the Olympics, apart from the special Google logos that get racked in automagically by a script [through Wget]. Yesterday I noticed they had two separate logos for the closing day. Upon checking subdirectories I noticed that they were having a censored version for Muslim countries, as the dog and the pig were missing. I this a new attempt by Google on being PC, or are they bowing their heads in more and other directions [read; totalitarian states / beliefs]?"
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Gary McKinnon loses extradition appeal

Qwrk Qwrk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Qwrk (760868) writes "The BBC [amongst others] reports that Gary McKinnon lost his extradition appeal.

"A Briton accused of hacking into top secret military computers has lost a Law Lords appeal against being extradited to stand trial in the US. Gary McKinnon, 42, could face a life sentence if found guilty of gaining access to 97 American military and Nasa computers from his London home. Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon admits breaking into the computers but says he was trying to find information on UFOs.""
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LiveLeak bins Fitna after threats.

Qwrk Qwrk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Qwrk (760868) writes "Just one day after LiveLeak [http://www.liveleak.com/] started hosting 'Fitna', the controversial anti-Islam film by right-wing politician Geert Wilders, they've decided to pull it off the grid after receiving undisclosed threats.

"Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, Liveleak.com has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers. This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else. We would like to thank the thousands of people, from all backgrounds and religions, who gave us their support. They realised LiveLeak.com is a vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one. Perhaps there is still hope that this situation may produce a discussion that could benefit and educate all of us as to how we can accept one anothers culture. We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high."

Exit freedom of speech?"
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Fitna [the banned film] now online on LiveLeak

Qwrk Qwrk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Qwrk (760868) writes "Right-wing politician Geert Wilders released his controversial movie "FITNA" through LiveLeak just an hour ago. The strip managed to get outright condemnation of Muslim world-wide, and even the faint Christian-Orthodoc Dutch Government was inclined to bow under pressure NOT to have the film appear. Google can be your best friend or check http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ee4_1206625795 for yourselves, before the onset of international protests. [Tibet is a far more important issue IMHO...]"

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