* Posts by Not That Andrew

920 posts • joined 13 Nov 2007

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

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Don't the ESA Japanese and Russians get a say in this?

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Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

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Re: I don't get it.

Remarkably badly animated, but it's just a 404 page

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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WTF?

Re: "On Linux we’re just another shell"

Perhaps you should learn Power shell so you know what the hell the script is actually doing?

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: Transdimensional Personnel Locator

I imagine The Laundry gained a few new employees

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Except the Pratt & Whitney PT6 is a turboprop turbine, so still irrelevant.

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Cray profits literally go up in smoke after electrical incident

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Re: Electrical Smoke Event?

Dont forget battery fire on the Boeing 787 = thermal runaway event

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: PCs to a useful state

Aah yes, I've seen a couple of those, and each of them my reaction has been "But you can do that on a Mac", or "It actually works better on a Mac you daft idiot". I'm tempted to report them to the ASA

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Re: It aint just this upgrade

In my case I updated 2 machines running 7 to 10. Both were set to eng-GB for system locale and all related settings. Not only did Win 10 set both to eng-US for keyboard and locale, it didn't even bother to install the eng-GB locale, although it installed Japanese on one machine.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

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Re:common denominator

They are all high street banks? Perhaps the slightly non crap one was still a building society until recently?

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Ford voice "recognition" (supplied by Microsoft)

Probably the same as in their computers & phones, works adequately with a good microphone close to your face. But even then you find yourself training yourself to the software. I'll bet you anything (5p to be precise) Ford didn't bother to install the various regional voice recognition files.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: Earl Grey

> If you'd consider drinking Earl Grey I'm afraid it will be absolutely necessary to have you killed.

Fixed it for you

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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RE: go out and buy a different OS

Pro WAS a commercial version for Windows. Before MS to remove features, apparently to force SMB's to use EE.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: They were Canon right?

And if you are really "lucky" there drivers tucked away in the cavernous depths of their asian website that will only compile on and might even work occasionally on DeadRat 4.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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FAIL

change.org

The only government that pays attention to Change.org is the People's Republic of San Serriffe (and possible Portland city council). It's just a way for lazy people on the Internet to pretend they made a difference.

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Joke

Re: To think that...

I'm actually vaguely surprised systemd doesn't come with a keylogger, considering how many other things it's borged.

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Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

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Re: Re:BBC

That should work, as mentioned above, the only way to reliably play HTML5 video on the Beeb is to spoof your user agent.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Re: Not sure it's an anniversary I would celebrate

I think when you count all the deaths in the US and USSR's various proxy wars the death toll comes close

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Re: @collinsl -- @Phil O'Sophical

Not to forget the SADM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Atomic_Demolition_Munition

or the Davy Crockett recoilless rifle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_(nuclear_device)

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Re: They are on Weston-super-Mare beach

Is Weston-Super-Mare infested by idiots or something? The tidal range around here is about a mile and a half but can't I recall the last drowning

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Re: Surely, this should have happened?

You have to have signed the ECHR to be in the EU, but that's a totally separate treaty from the EU.

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Oz PM's department red-faced after database leaks in the cc: field

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Re: "Beard Level"

Men already get employed at board level regardless of ability. Ever heard of getting kicked upstairs and the Peter Principle?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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R.I.P. Lester

He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

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It's not helped by the fact that about the only way to get Twitter to take notice of threatening behaviour is to make a police report

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: I need info

NEVER use anything from that shyster Gibson. GWX Control Panel is a better option

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Micro Focus spends $540m to add Serena its software brand museum

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Re: Give it another 20 years

Ahh yes, I remember having a slight beakdown upon hearing of the existence of COBOL.net 6 or so years ago.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: No. Never. The solution is now simple...

See the posts on the first page why using anything from that shyster Gibson is a bad Idea

here's a couple of El Reg articles on him when the public still thought he was relevant

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/02/25/steve_gibson_invents_broken_syncookies/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/12/31/winxp_hole_misrepresented_by_fbi/

Use ANY Win 10 control tool except his. I use GWX Control Panel but any should do.

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Re: Alternative is'nt pain free

If you are going to move people to Linux, move them to something relatively sane and which will still be around in a couple of years, like Debian. Or Fedora or Ubuntu or Arch if you insist on being bleeding edge. Even Slackware is a better choice, it's stable and it's been around forever.

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Re: My opinion on this?

You are right, he's basically a wannabe McAffee and like McAffee occasionally amusing, but not to be taken seriously or trusted with anything potentially dangerous.

Rather use something like GWX Control Panel, IMO any of the others are much more effective than Gibson's attempt to jump on the anti Windows 10 bandwagon.

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Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

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Re: Does "detained in absentia" count towards any future jail time?

If the US really wanted to extradite him they could have extradited him from the UK when he was still lounging around leeching of the rich fools who paid his bail. Who he appears to have no intention of repaying.

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LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

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Re: OMG! Somebody hacked my LinkedIn account !!

I must add ferret combing to my LinkdIn profile (if i can remember it).

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: DVLA

When my brother first got his licence they issued him with a full HGV licence. It's come in very full over the years. He's never driven an articulated lorry, but that's the only type he hasn't.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: English Electric Lightning

English Electric Lightning? Surely you mean brick with wings?

It's one of my favourite aircraft, but it's a testament to the principle that with enough power you can make anything fly.

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Re: Wot no Michael Cain?

And he'd get you killed in Newcastle.

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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

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Re: IBM Invents

I suspect it's more to prevent someone else patenting it. Remember that IBM (unsucessfuklly IIRC) tried to patent patent trolling not long after it became a major business.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Re: BarneyScan XP

I was sceptical but you are right. Photoshop was developed by Thomas and John Knoll and first made available commercially by BarneyScan. It appears it was so popular Adobe decided to buy it and market it themselves as Photoshop.

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

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Re: BBC HTML5

That blog post is IMO mostly bollocks as HTML5 video works fine if you spoof as an iPad or iPhone

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

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Like the RSA in the Bad Old Days, where they first banned papers from publishing with areas left blank where censored articles would have gone, then from saying they had been censored and finally from mentioning they might have been censored.

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The fork? Node.js: Code showdown re-opens Open Source wounds

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Re: FSF

When some of the criteria are:

"Says “free software,” not “open source.”"

"Encourages use of GPL 3-or-later as preferred option"

and

"All code sent to the user's browser must be free software and labeled for LibreJS or other suitable free automatic license analyzer, regardless of whether the site functions when the user disables this code."

You have to wonder about the validity of the criteria

And seriously, there are a lot more than 4 code hosting services. And GNU Savanna may be ethical but is horrific to (attempt to) use.

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Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

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I used to use a Win 95 disc as a coaster (original MS disc). After my home WinXP disc (original MS disc) died on me, out of curiosity I cleaned the Win 95 disc and tried to install it on an old computer Installed perfectly. So naturally I tried the XP disc and the installed failed at the same point.

At least it resulted in me upgrading my home PCs to Win 7.

EDIT: spelling

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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Re: open source people DON'T universally hate Miguel.

At the time IIRC QT was available for free, but under a dodgy and restrictive licence, They then changed to a less restrictive but still not particularly FOSS friendly one. It was only with QT 2.2 that the free version was released under the GPL Many still had qualms however and it was only until the company set in place a mechanism whereby all rights to QT would be transferred to a foundation in the event of it ending trading that these were eased. Whether a receiver would recognise this is another matter however.

There were many valid reasons why de Icasa was hailed as a hero when he started the Gnome project. And I doubt QT would be as free as it is now without Gnome and GTK

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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And listening to both this and the other track at the same time is quite extraordinary.

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

Not That Andrew
WTF?

What's with all the sovereign citizen libertarian nutjobs in the comments?

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: Evidence of Hacking

Not to mention the BOFH mug

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Re: Don't know about UK law

They are not conflating it with the extradition request. This is an attempt by the UK government to expand it's ability to infringe on the privacy and right of it's citizen beyond even the overly generous boundaries provided by RIPA. Whether or not any evidence gained is admissible in the US is irrelevant.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: So, Chrome is the new IE then?

I remember getting a slew of downvotes a couple of years ago on another tech oriented site when I suggested that a Chrome/Blink monoculture the likes of IE5/IE6 was fast developing. Seems like El Reg is still one of the few places this is recognised.

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Re: Opera madness

Opera? There are barely any differences between Opera and Chrome. Surely you mean Vivaldi, the browser Opera promised us when the switched to Google's fork of Apple's fork of KHTML?

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Joke

Re: meh

Damn, I was about to post a comedy Mint post, but someone beat me to it.

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London cops hunt chimpanzee in top hat

Not That Andrew

Taxidermied chimp in a tophat? Wouldn't be called George Osbourne, by any chance?

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

Not That Andrew

Re: One for the courts

Yelp is a different story, Yelp claim to curate reviews on their site but have a track record of featuring bad reviews on the pages of restaurants that won't subscribe to their various "value added" services and burying good reviews.

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Re: Shady moi?

Clearwater? Isn't that the town pretty much run by the Church of Scientology? Might explain the heavy handed legal tactics

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