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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

webmistressrachel Re:Re:well then! (341 comments)

Hi, apk!

about two weeks ago

How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

webmistressrachel Re:Time to show what you really are troll (142 comments)

I love you, too, apk, we make quite the pair. I'd be offended by all this if I hadn't anticipated it when I posted my GP troll...

about two weeks ago

DARPA Embraces Nature With Establishment of Biological Technologies Office

webmistressrachel Re:Am I the only one... (40 comments)

When I saw the headline, I thought, "DARPA doesn't embrace nature, it maims and kills it!" So, close...

about two weeks ago

Darth Vader Runs For President of Ukraine

webmistressrachel Re:It won't help if he wins (114 comments)

Why, thank you... I think. You have a script?

about two weeks ago

Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

webmistressrachel Re:Obligatory xkcd, and rirst post (248 comments)

Hey, it's not that bad, it's strapline does include "sarcasm", after all. This is an ancient debate and deserves a smile or two on this auspicious occasion - modernising vi / vim is a laudable goal.

Think about the comfort and ease of use, if one could use Alt-Gr for the shortcuts in Vim, and ALT-TAB etc. to switch instantly for other GUI apps (SSH, Seamonkey, etc.). A long-awaited blend of the old and the new.

about a month ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

webmistressrachel Windows 7 (860 comments)

They should just roll back to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and start from there. It's bloody good, and all this is a bloody shame. They were just getting good and learning from the UNIX crowd about security and user space. Aero is gorgeous and efficient. And they threw all the best bits I got excited about in the bin - and no I didn't get excited about Vista - 7 runs better on anything that runs Vista.

I've posted before about this calamity that is removing Windows 7 from the shelves for this 8 nonsense.

about a month and a half ago

Google Earth's New Satellites

webmistressrachel Re: If Google's flying satellites, (118 comments)

Wow, that's a fast downlink, never mind uplink.

I'm a bandwidth-starved Brit from the Northwest backwaters, one of the first to get fibre (spelt correctly) in Leyland, Lancashire - and then use it to spread anarchy in the form of recycled computers with pirated windows and learning software (and yes, games) through that hell-hole, enlightening many a disillusioned soul suffering from the negative effects of the DAF fallout...

So how exactly are you doing that, Sir? And can I come play with it, please? Rachel

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Beta Woes

webmistressrachel Re:Beta font is hard to read (16 comments)

I knew they were new here when I saw the UID... another feature missing from the comments on the Beta.

It's not the lowest, but I'm proud of mine, at least it shows I'm not some muggle who grew up with nothing but Pentiums and pseudo-code / Windows API / scripting being the only shops in town...

about 2 months ago

World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

webmistressrachel Re:Is no one else concerned? (161 comments)

I was going to mod you into oblivion for being a troll, but I did due diligence first and looked at the homepage!

about 3 months ago

New 3D Printer Can Print With Carbon Fiber

webmistressrachel Re:3D plastic prototypes (141 comments)

Ah, I think I get what you're trying to explain to me, you're saying that injection moulding and other trad methods can be beat on price, by current printers, for niche (short-run) products? Is this the case?

about 3 months ago

New 3D Printer Can Print With Carbon Fiber

webmistressrachel Beats colour.... (141 comments)

This is the first materials advance I've seen in ages, bar superficial things like the ability to make ridiculously expensive full-colour prototypes of things that need moulding to make en masse.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost?

webmistressrachel Re:Price (220 comments)

Best. Comment. Yet.

In fact, so good, that I'm only posting this in return for a cid so that *I* can come back here, and do exactly the same thing!!!

I've been saying it since modems and HDDs first began to grace the consoles, ESPECIALLY the Microsoft ones... after all, critical mass, monetization of the online services, and collection of personal data make it an almost inevitable, and high-value, target right now. Not the mention the possibilities for using all that excess CPU and GPU as a distributed server farm.

Here's a fascinating chain of thought to leave you with - just how powerful would that server farm be? So powerful that it may even outweigh any of the other benefits of hacking consoles? Would a potential "owner" be more likely to leave personal data and short-term gains (cc info etc.) aside in order to "fly under the radar" whilst captaining the biggest ship (couldn't help it!) / server farm no-one ever knew about?

Well, if I'm not on the watchlist yet (ha!), I am now! ;-) (dons lead hat)

about 3 months ago

Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

webmistressrachel Re:This is goddamned appalling (209 comments)

We're aware of it, which means we're on to it.

I reckon, with projects like Wayback already operating (and already saving, among other things, my election results, which have since moved around a lot on the City Council's rubbish website, old company sites I've created, various iterations of my personal site, and some of my +5 comments here) that there's a chance this comment (if modded up!) WILL be available in 100 years' time.

If so, hello everyone! You're reading 100 year old bits and bytes! The real question is, will they teach bits and bytes in 100 years' time, and will people be able to write their own parsers in 100 years' time?

about 3 months ago

IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

webmistressrachel Re:Data != understanding (182 comments)

Your post is an example of Slashdot turning 1s and 0s in the database, into my understanding that you don't know what you're talking about, troll.

Binary, and computing, and even mathematics, is ALL about understanding the world around us.

about 3 months ago

Metal-Free 'Rhubarb' Battery Could Store Renewable Grid Energy

webmistressrachel Re:"A molecule nearly identical" (131 comments)

That stuff is just shit. Sorry to just come out and say this, but I just wasted 5 minutes of my life, and about 50megs of bandwidth, finding that out so I could warn you guys about it!

about 3 months ago

Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

webmistressrachel Re:First... (829 comments)

Thanks. My FP was shallow - but no worse than most, and I took my chance, it made me smile posting it! Saying that, I sometimes smile wryly at "Fr0sty P!ss" posts, too, so I can't claim much credit for wit, at all!

I rarely post aiming for moderation or credit, but if something makes people smile, why not share it?

about 4 months ago

Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

webmistressrachel Re:First... (829 comments)

I've been using Lunix / BSD variants for decades; it's a sarcastic first post, motivated by the empty discussion thread I was presented with. Sorry to disappoint...

about 4 months ago


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Moderator Access

webmistressrachel webmistressrachel writes  |  about 8 years ago Well, I've been allocated my first 5 moderator points.

Quite boring, actually, considering I looked forward to this.

I have 4 mod points left...



webmistressrachel webmistressrachel writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well, here I am in reciept of my first "troll" mod. I think the comment was "insightful". Can anybody who can moderate and reads this please just look at that post, just once, and read the replies (such as "mod parent up - not a troll it's the truth").

It might be short and to the point, but it's also true. We rage against countries who support censorship and spying, including the US, but short snappy comments like this always seem to get modded down.

I suppose I could just accept that short, snappy posts like this get modded down and write long boring ones about US policies, but then they might never get read!

At least all of my positive comments outweigh it and leave my Karma "positive".

P.S. The Anonymous Coward poster was not me rotfl!

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