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IBM's Morphing Touchscreen Keyboard Interface

drseuk Re:This seems stupid (45 comments)

Apparently, for MS Windwoes users, it auto-morphs such that the entire lower left quadrant of the screen has a massive CTRL "touchkey", the lower right quadrant is filled with an ALT "touchkey" and the entire top half with a DELETE "touchkey". Supposedly, those are the only three keys you need under Windows to achieve 90% of the productivity with it that you enjoy today on your desktop ...

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

drseuk Re:Well, then... (648 comments)

Always remember that you can set Clippy to be Puppy ...

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

drseuk Re:Not only that (648 comments)

Monkey Boy still does ...

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

drseuk Re:The will to be free (648 comments)

Has it occurred to you that perhaps she tolerates Windows and hates Ubuntu in inverse proportion to the amount of time each requires her to spend with her husband?

more than 3 years ago
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New Android Exploit Discovered To Steal Data

drseuk Who needs exploits? (98 comments)

Just use Windows Mobile 7 which steals your data out of the box.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Asks News Outlets Not To Publish WikiLeaks Bombshell, US Prepares For Fallout

drseuk Re:What do they have to hide? (606 comments)

Nuclear weapons were designed by the British and all the UK designs were handed over to be developed, built and deployed by the US to prevent them falling into enemy hands ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tube_Alloys

more than 3 years ago
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UK Asks News Outlets Not To Publish WikiLeaks Bombshell, US Prepares For Fallout

drseuk Re:let me clear your mind. (606 comments)

What our team UK cyclist David Cameron and your team America basketball bloke Obama are terrified of is the public finding out that they don't use the same toothpaste, the leaking of which could end the special relationship and, god forbid, lead to nuclear war.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Find 70-Year-Olds Are Getting Smarter

drseuk Err, not quite so true in the UK (115 comments)

Yesterday, my friend's 70 year old dad scalded himself by pouring water from the kettle over his hand to test "whether it had boiled yet". Fortunately we didn't miss the match back home, having been fast-tracked through casualty since he's a doctor at the local hospital.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Switching To EXT4 Filesystem

drseuk Re:Not A Nerd? (348 comments)

Ah, you'll be needing our DFS [Dog File System] then which is highly optimised for exactly such queries - unfortunately we lost the source during a spate of flying chairs from a well-known UK furniture retailer.

more than 4 years ago
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Cliff Click's Crash Course In Modern Hardware

drseuk Re:Fast forward... (249 comments)

Or kill Flash Gordon to get rid of both Adobe and Intel simultaneously ...

more than 4 years ago
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WHO To Investigate Handling of Swine Flu Information, Vaccine Orders

drseuk Re:I actually like swine flu (372 comments)

Hmm, my YL went from normal weight to obese in nine months - does this mean she's got it before she's had it?

more than 4 years ago
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Holy See Declares a "Unique Copyright" On the Pope

drseuk Re:Please keep in mind (447 comments)

Papal infallibility was only declared in the 1890s at the First Vatican Council.

Sorry, the declaration was nearly two millennia late due to a clerical error.

more than 4 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

drseuk Re:Worked with one would love to have one as sidek (419 comments)

Actually, he was awarded a c. $1,500 bonus for each database he'd fixed which (x50) meant he received c. $75,000 well-earned dollars for two or three weeks most excellent work ... The rest of us got some kudos (but no bonuses) and his mum was very proud of his contribution. Coming back to my original point, I'd recommend anyone seriously to consider engaging the services of people with Asperger's in IT endeavours - whilst paying a fair wage - as, despite perhaps being a bit "odd" socially, they tend to be fiercely focused and extraordinarily fast and accurate in matters IT.

more than 4 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

drseuk Re:Worked with one would love to have one as sidek (419 comments)

Seconded.

I worked with someone with Asperger's Syndrome as part of a large Government Y2K bug "fixing" team (and it was fixing, not checking). Senior management had prioritised the fixes based on how much each database was "worth" (i.e., how much they paid for it) rather than, more sensibly, on how much the databases in question would affect citizens were they not to be fixed.

The result of this was that three weeks before 1/1/2000, 50 databases critical for functions such as medical care, burials, garbage collection, liquor licences, care homes etc. had not been fixed. This work-experience chap with Asperger's who up until then had basically been the post room / tea-boy (as well as carrying out rudimentary IT tasks) offered to help.

We let him join the team and gave him all the database documentation to read just to keep him quiet as we were busy enough. He sat reading it for two weeks and we got on with our work and left him to it.

Then the tape arrived with a copy of all 50 databases on it for us to fix. Before we'd arrived for work that morning, he'd opened the post, loaded the tape and was fixing the databases one by one (having prioritised them well by importance without our intervention) at an unbelievably fast typing speed. Incredibly, as he finished the fixes for each database (which we obviously tested), it turned out that he had fixed it without error (so far as we could tell).

He finished fixing the 50th and last database on 30/12/1999. The "post mortem analysis" (as far as we could tell) in early 2000 was that he'd fixed all 50 databases perfectly within a week.

more than 4 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

drseuk Re:Aspiritech? Specialisterne? (419 comments)

Actually, the Danish word "Specialisterne" includes a [plural] definite article in its suffix and can be translated into English as "The Specialists", or better translated as "The Professionals".

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

drseuk Re:I don't get it.. (571 comments)

Agreed. In the event of the extradition going ahead (against the expressed wishes, not only of many of us here but also a clear majority of the UK population, including highly influential members of the [UK] government etc. (e.g., the Prime Minister's wife as reported here some time ago in the UK Press), ) the Anglo-American "Special Relationship" could be severely damaged. I concur with your advice that President Obama should close this issue down and issue a pardon or similar.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

drseuk Re:Telemurder (571 comments)

To use a real example: A Libyan intelligence agent placed a bomb on an airliner in Frankfurt (Germany) resulting in the murder of hundreds of (predominately) UK and US citizens, both in the air and on the ground, over Lockerbie (Scotland) and then scuttled back to Libya to hide. The UK government, working in conjunction with our US cousins / allies over the pond, eventually managed to arrange the extradition of the suspect from Libya such that he was tried and convicted under Scottish Law in a court within a Dutch military base which had temporarily been ceded to Scotland such that it was Scottish Territory for the duration of the trial. The accused was convicted and served IIRC c. nine years for the murder of these hundreds of people in a prison in Scotland before being recently released on compassionate health grounds ... Coming back to the main story, it seems as if the accused has been a bit of a "naughty boy" and has clearly embarrassed the US military authorities by exposing their, reportedly, woefully inadequate IT security. Arguably he's done them a favour by highlighting the IT security flaws they have (or had) - thereby saving them money (and helping them improve their IT security). Were I to be judging the accused, assuming he were found to be guilty, I'd think a good "slap on the wrist", along with a stern warning not to try such actions again along with twelve months supervised community service (in the UK - with him not having been extradited) would be an appropriate sentence.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

drseuk Re:Good grief! (571 comments)

They're saying he caused 700k worth of damage

Personally I blame the parents. They should have encouraged him to become an Enron executive or some sort of banker and if he then caused billions of dollars of damage, he would get away with anything (or at least spend less time inside and certainly not be sent to the chair).

more than 4 years ago

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UK Gov. GNU / Linux, FLOSS push to 9.2m adults

drseuk drseuk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drseuk (824707) writes "Low-cost computers are to be offered as part of a government scheme to encourage millions of people in the UK to get online for the first time.

Prices will start at £98 for a refurbished PC, with subsidised net connections available for £9 a month.

The cheap computers will run open-source software, such as Linux, and will include a flat-screen monitor, keyboard, mouse, warranty, dedicated telephone helpline and delivery."

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