* Posts by Gerhard den Hollander

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

Gerhard den Hollander

meet the new boss...

... same as the old boss?

Will the bofh be fooled again?

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: So it scrolls from right-to-left ...

kinda fitting, as legions of youtube uploaders use a mirror imaged version of their upload (say a soccer world cup match highlights reel or ...) to bypass the google (c) checks in yootoob .

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: FFS!

wasnt it tvwm (Toms Virtual Window Manager ) ?

OpenLook on Solaris had an olvm in the early 90s

I started using fvwm in late 1993 because I wanted something on Linux that gave me what I had been using on Solaris (or maybe even SunOS).

So, from personal experience, I can say this has been around for at least 20+ years

The windows ``desktops'' solution does not even come close to the flexibility and ease of use of a real VWM

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

Gerhard den Hollander

printed ?

The service will cover printed books ?

Really ?

how ?

[insert joke about how something should have thought of this before, and call it something creative like library]

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Beamer?

And it's a bummer when it gets stolen

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

Gerhard den Hollander

whatsapp?

What is the deal with whatsapp?

Last I heard you had to pay for whatsapp on winpho?

That got followed by someone telling me whatsapp was dropped for winpho 8.1?

Kids these days use whatsapp more than anything else on their phone

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Why faff with a piddly microSD when there's a 2TB vault tempting your selfie-stuffed mobe?

Gerhard den Hollander

interesting ....

what would be eally interesting if these wifi connectable devices wouold also show up as a UPnP device

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

Gerhard den Hollander

do away with cash ... plot

Maybe a good excuse to get rid of all those pesky coin operated machines, and switch to credit/debit/NFC machines .. and screw all those without debit cards, tourists with incompatible cards

worked really well over here ....

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Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

Gerhard den Hollander

care to back up your claim that winpho is actually more secure than the alternatives ?

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BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

Gerhard den Hollander

snap

You need to sideload snap if you want to access the googlplay store. If you can find the raw apk file, you can just doubleclick it.

2 caveats:

1) corporate phones usually have a security policy that disables debug mode, so no sideloading possible

2) some android apps rely on the Google play api (e.g. For in game purchases) and Google play api is not supported on bb10.

So Google maps will work fine, plants vs zombies 2 fails to start.

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Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

Gerhard den Hollander

want one ....

Seriously .. for this kind of money, I want one .. just to use as a spare phone in case my real one dies .. in fact, I might want an additional 4 (one for each of the kids, and a hot spare in case they drop one in the loo).

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Gerhard den Hollander

BB10 Re: If you want answers

As a recent owner of a Q10 (to replace a dead bold 9x00) I have to say this device is sweet.

The android compatibility layer is great, some of my favorite apps are now available as .apk's (endomorphpo, spotify, google maps).

The new UI takes some getting used to, but is actually very easy to use.

It has a physical keyboard ... honestly, if you do more than a few emaisl a day, physical keyboards are soo much better than touchscreens.

It finally has a decent webbrowser

And if you have a BES server as a corporate email gateway, honestly, there is no alternative worth trying for more than a few days

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: This is old news...

Too late

... sent from my iPhone 8 ...

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

Gerhard den Hollander

recruiting

I would still go for a recruiting job ... kinda like how the brit intel agency in WWII found people who were good at crosswords , and used that as a selection starting point.

Spy agencies need peole who you can tell, we know that messages are being swapped through the XXXXX messageboard, without them going ``yeah, Duh .. it's a message board, what do you expect '' and in stead find the steganosaurs

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Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Its simple

even if you screw up, it's still a job for life .... just a very short one ...

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: I don't care what it looks like

I'm lost ... you say the music is being reencoded every time you have to sync the phone ?

Then why not just reencode to VBR-mp3s and leave the lossless items on your harddrive ?

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Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: And cry you might

Weird

Optimus just works for me (using the nvidia drivers, which are a 1 -click install, and a lot quicker and easier to install than doing the same on windows 7

I currently run my main linux box with 3 screens connected to it. Took about all of 15 minutes to get it to work, at least 10 of which was spend trying to find a HDMI cable to connect screen #3

Whereas windows 7 for some reason insists on removing my second screen as soon as I switch off the monitor, happily moving all my apps to screen #1, then when I switch off screen #1 as well, poor old windows doesnt know what to do anymore, so when I poweron my monitors the next morning, my whole desktop is screwed.

So, in order to maintain my desktop overnight, I have to leave both my monitors on (and let them switch to powersave mode).

Sound has been nice, stable and rocking since oh I dont know, mid 1995 I think (which is when I bought the first soundcard for my PC).

Printers, are actually a lot easier under Linux then under windows, as all the models I've tried work out of the box on Linux , whereas on windows I needed to hunt down the right drivers (yes, Dell, Im talking about you)

As for laptop battery life. Im sure you have a point there. Thankfully Im noever to far away from a wallsocket, and I prefer to enjoy my plane trips reading a good book, in stead of trying to work on a heavy laptop

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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

Gerhard den Hollander

missing on winphone 8

To get winphone in the enterprise, a few things I could think of

* physical keyboard (seriously, while it's fun to see people struggling, fighting,. cussing and swearing at their touchscreen, it gets stale pretty quickly if you're on the receiving end of emails send that way)

* proper exchange integration (only blackberry seems to have gotten it right, by tying exchange to the BES, and than using BES to talk to the device. Form what little I tried on iphones and androids, their exchnage integration is nowehere as smooth and seamless

* lync integration

The latter 2 now seem to be available in winphone 8 .. too bad I've never seen anyone actullay using ti to see how good this is ...

Any chance of getting a winhone with aphysical keyboid ?

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Three Men in a Tardis

Gerhard den Hollander

To say nothing of the dog

... is a rather funny time travel novel by Connie Willis .. which has nothing to do with Dr. Who, but should not go unmentioned in a thread like this :)

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

Gerhard den Hollander

Lync

No lync integration ... that was about the only reason (for me) to consider this ....

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Fooling with conventions

in which case your SoL on the citroen, as it does not have a cigarette lighter,

in stead it comes with a cigar lighter .

Yes, the mind baffles .....

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Britney-obsessed Ubuntu 13.10 DUMPS X Windows-killer Mir in desktop U-turn

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: The Britney Link

from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/01/ubuntu_second_beta_review/

Smart Scopes also seem to have become a little smarter. Search results were a bit more relevant than when I have tested this feature in the past, though there is still plenty of junk. Why Britney Spears albums come up on a search for "Thailand" is something only Canonical knows. Maybe.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: grip on Linux does a nice job

If you have a laptop, this becomes less of an issue, just leave the laptop soemwhere near, and just occasionally pplug in the next CD when the drive door opens. If your work involves working with/near/at a computer, again it becomes less of an issue

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Samsung's new image sensor promises better snaps in smaller devices

Gerhard den Hollander

you will also need a bigger lens, and therefore a large focal range, meaning increased Z-height

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WHY do phone cams turn me into a clumsy twat with dexterity of an elephant?

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Well, if you're taking photos at a concert...

hear .. hear ..

people taking pictures at any event , using a tablet/iPad should simply be taken out and shot.

I mean, wtf would youo take an ipad in the first place to a concert ?

It's not like a spur of the moment, ohh I only have an ipad thing.

You deliberately thought about it, and decided to take an iPad / tablet to take pictures, in stead of a (much smaller) camera or your iPhone. [no iPad wihout an iPhone in like 99% of the cases]

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

Gerhard den Hollander

No 3rdparty driver support for Mir ?

So your nvidia card (or your AMD card) will not work with Mir ?

(or at least not work accelerated)

That's a minor disappointment.

And what about things like mplayer (and friends) who use the acceleration in those proprietary X drivers for nice smooth video playback ?

Also, editing xorg.conf ?

Havent needed to do so by hand in years ... nvidia-settings does it all (including hot plugging monitors, triple monitor support , laptop support ).

The only time I needed to manually ahck the xorg.conf tree was when I wanted to have one of my monitors in portrait mode (though even that can now easily be done through the nvidia-settings dialog)

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: if it works as just a tablet....

It would be running ARM, which is (one of the) reasons windows RT fails.

If you want a laptop, you want to do windowsy stuff on it (for work purposes outlook 2010 connecting to exchange plus some vpn stuff that's real windows only).

For hobby purposes, you pretty soon end up needing some stuff that's windows only (roxio dvd creator, or some silly games or ....)

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: So I suppose...

Dali clock still lives, along with xscreensaver (which I still run), both from the same guy, who used to code for netscape (remember the days ) .

xv wasnt really an editor, and other than viewnior, not many image programs come close to it's ease of use when it come to putting an image on the screen as fast as possible, with as little unnecesary junk as possible.

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: The better solution would have been

Maybe they should just include a z80 emulator, a shitload of z80 games, and sell it to the retro audience

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Hubble boffins: Incredibly old supernova could explain EVERYTHING

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: superbovae ?

Is that the plural of a spherical cow in a vacuum ?

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Firefox: Use new stealth window to satisfy your wife, suggests Mozilla

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Really?

Same here. Working mainly on Linux, I usually have 3 different browsers open (Opera, Firefox and chrome) sometimes including konqueror/rekonq/whatever.

Of those 3/4 I find that I tend to use opera least, simply because it doesnt fo what I want it to, or at least not in the way I expect it to.

Nothing serious, but sometimes it's just slower, sometimes it's just annoying and sometimes it's just crap.

And sometimes it does things to a webpage that none of the other browsers do

Still it has it's uses, so i keep using it, but if I had to stop using any one of those 3, the obvious choice would be opera.

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: I hate Boffins

He might have been talking about that Cricket match near the chinese border , though I think that was pre-Pearl Harbour .....

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: A nitpick

Zawinski's observation is in all good books on regexps

'Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.'

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First C compiler pops up on Github

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Stupid Question

back in the early 90s this was more or less how you had to compile gcc on machines that did not come with a compiler

You downloaded a bit of binary code that would compiler some source code into a proto compiler

(or if you had access to a Convex, you could use the Convex C compiler to build the proto compiler)

the proto compiler would then compile a second set of source code into a simple compiler (Im tempted to write a basic compiler, but that would confuse matters).

the simple compiler would then use the gcc source code to compile gcc

[but this was not the end of the build cycle, there was more ...]

the gcc-you-had-just-build would then recompile the gcc source code to create a proper gcc compiler

Note that the downloading process could involve having to uudecode some uuencoded files to get the proto-compiler, and there may not be a uudecode program for your OS.. Fear not .. as long as your OS had a hex editor, you could usualy find a printed copy of the hex code to do basic uudecode on your system.

All you had to do is retype the printout exactly as it was in the printout.

Though I think most of the ftp sites (like the wsmr one) had binaries of uudecode for pretty much any conceivable platform) ...

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

Gerhard den Hollander
Joke

Re: Facepalm...

@I like noodles .... so you would be driving with nothing, even without a thong .. and you thin k that's lucky ?

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Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim

Gerhard den Hollander

Did he used to be a drummer ?

Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year, it's not just widely reported

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZrqC5LL_oo

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Any storm in a port

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: I used to have the same problem

Ah, but those were the days when USB pens and other USB devices were thicker then they are now, and the USBplug part would be at the bottom of the USB device,

so having 2 in reverse polarity mounted atop of each other meant that you could use the double height USB devices without blocking the other port.

Crappy ascii art

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==| n S B |

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: if the phone is on and the ecryption key in ram

... or the phone could be locked or ....

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: "The only issue..."

Last time I had to do this, I used a perl script to manage the .csv's into whatever the right way to format a date value was so that excel could recognize it.

Not sure if that would work for you though.

This was 5 orso years ago, output to .csv -> perl script -> email -> excel 2003.

Took some fiddling, but after that the script worked fine.

Not sure what became of that script though. Couldnt find it , and cannot remember what the exact magic format was that made ezxcel get it right. Maybe just simply yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss

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Remember that Xeon E7-Itanium convergence? FUHGEDDABOUDIT

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: There Is Still Hope

Why not go one step further, and did what AMD did with their 64bit chips.

Make 1 chip, that can run x86, x64 and itanic code all at the same time ?

Or are their technical reasons for disallowing that to happen ?

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: @Eenymeeny

which is why you keep a laptop with office 2003, office 2007 and office 2010 on it (plus the upcoming 2013 version, which is sooo ugly).

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'Better than Adobe' Foxit PDF plugin hit by worse-than-Adobe 0-day

Gerhard den Hollander
Boffin

Re: Significance

Google for ``smashing the stack for fun and profit''.

PDF link here http://www-inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs161/fa08/papers/stack_smashing.pdf

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Nokia decrypts browser traffic, assures public not to worry

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: "Sales of 4.4 Lumia units"

maybe the .4 was a rental that got returned after a bit under 5 months ?

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

Gerhard den Hollander

Ob: Userfriendly reference

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19991013

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'SHUT THE F**K UP!' The moment Linus Torvalds ruined a dev's year

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: ioctl

EBADF, as explained in the post you replied to .

The file descriptor is no longer available, so it's no longer a valid descriptor.

EBADF is the error code to indicate that.

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Good job no-ones using Win 8 then!

I still sadly miss a good pinball game for Linux ... any pointers ?

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Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: what about traffic data

Not sure how it works, but here is how I understand it.

Google maps get part of their traffic data from 3rdparties, and part of it from phones using googlemaps.

This means that google maps works (at least over here) on my blackberry just as accurate as google maps using chrome on my desktop computer.

As far as how real time the data is, I've used it a couple of times whilst stuck in traffic (either when I was not driving, or by having handed the phone to someone who was driving with me). The traffic data (at least in the NL, germany, belgium and france) seemed to be accurate upto a few minutes, good enough to get a pretty accurate idea how far you would be stuck in barely moving traffic.

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North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Why hasn't the US "brought democracy" to NK yet?

China, Japan and South Korea would be very, very unhappy.

Even assuming the mere threat of the US invading would let to the fall of the NK government, and total freedom for it's people, without a single shot being fired,a nd the entire NK nuklear arsenal being disposed off safely, and immediately, it will only be the start of problems in that region.

Neither China nor South Korea will be capable of handling the influx of 1m starving North Koreans if the border opens. Nor will the South Korean economy be able to cope with this.

Reuniting NK and SK will be a lot more difficult then the east/west german reunion.

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Another Apple maps desert death trap down under

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Needs to be said again, Roadsigns?

I've seen more examples then I would like to remember of people who, when gettting conflicting information from roadsigns and their satnav, would trust their satnav.

If there are major roadworks in the Netherlands, these now include warning signs that people should switch off their satnav.

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