* Posts by Not That Andrew

859 posts • joined 13 Nov 2007

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

Not That Andrew

Re: We make our own prisons

I'd believe youexcept Britain also has an extradition treaty with the US and has shown itself even more willing to do thir US master's bidding

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

Not That Andrew

To be fair, Stephen Fry's level of tech knowledge is no deeper than and about as accurate as The Register's reporting of climatology.

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Rust 1.6 released, complete with a stabilised libcore

Not That Andrew

Re: Rhyme or reason?

IIRC it's named after "Rust Never Sleeps", the Neil Young album named after the slogan of Rustoleum, an anti-rust paint, although Wackypedia claims it's named after the fungal infection that affects plants.

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

Not That Andrew

Are we talking about the same cloud service where "unlimited" means 1TB and where if you don't follow tech news you'll suddenly find your free storage has shrunk to 5 GB?

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British bureaucrats are world's most social-media-tastic

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I'd really hate to be the poor sod charged with running the DWP and Jobcenter's twitters

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If you want a USB thumb drive wiped, try asking an arts student for help

Not That Andrew

Re: The future

Not really they had clerks & secretaries for that

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

Not That Andrew

Re: @ x7 WP stability

And then it turned out the reason for WordPerfect's instablility on Win95 was MS deliberately changing the behaviour of the libraries it depended on in order to sabotage the program.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

Not That Andrew

Re: Killing wife's laptop - grrrrr

Not necessarily, I think it's a general Windows thing. My sister's computer was doing that a couple months back, so I ran it through that set of malware detection, removal and repair tools that that one forum I can never remember the name of recommends. They didn't detect anything, but it fixed the problem with svchost.

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

Not That Andrew

Re: urine-filled bottles

>since when did The Reg turn into a sensationalist tabloid?

About 1998?

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UK.gov pooh-poohs Virgin Media's whinge to Brussels over beefy broadband pot

Not That Andrew

I'm pretty sure it was when they were still called NTL. So this century at least.

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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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Joke

Re: Is there any legitimate reason to choose Oracle?

They didn't buy them (up, or otherwise). They got them free, bundled as a more-or-less unwanted part of Sun Microsystems.

So you're saying even Larry got unwanted software bundled with Java?

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

Not That Andrew

Re: Stop spamming.

He uses yahoo email he can't help it, His machines probably in a botnet.

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

Not That Andrew

Re: IBM are not known for being cheap

Surprising amount of programs used to have OS2 builds, FF, VLC and OO.org among them. They have all changed substantially so it wouldn't be as easy as digging up the old build scripts and changing a few things, but it should be doable if the interest is there.

EDIT: apparently FF and OO.org are still build able (just not officially) on OS2

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Kill Flash: Adobe says patch to fix under-attack hole still days away

Not That Andrew

Re: Stuck by other people's decisions

I was about to say Flash beats an ActiveX control that only works properly in IE5.5, but no, it doesn't.

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Ring Chime: Needy wireless doorbell or $30 bling t'ing?

Not That Andrew

Re: Main problem round here

That's one of Steve Bong!'s more successful start-ups, isn't it?

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US taxmen won't say WHY they're probing Microsoft. So Redmond is suing the IRS

Not That Andrew

Or Apple.

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Audi, Seat, Skoda admit they've been fiddling car pollution tests as well

Not That Andrew

Hmm, I wonder about MAN and Scania.

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Not That Andrew

Re: Not available

that's pretty impressive for about 6 seconds (hit Mod4-Space to bring up whisker-menu, type writ.., press enter, wonder why I didn't switch off the splash screen, start typing) on my old core-duo Thinkpad.

Are you ure you din't slap an SSD in there? It takes 23 seconds on average for Writer to start on my desktop machine

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Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

Not That Andrew

Re: Epic fail

So next time I need my car serviced I go to Apple?

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

Not That Andrew

IMO, you really don't need to remove so much, just the 3 main telemetry updates and the GWX one.

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Not That Andrew

Re: FSF recommended distros

All the other distros include software that's free but not open source, or even worse by the FSF's standpoint open source but not "compatible" with the GPL. Or ESR, the Anti-Stallman, once used them.

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Microsoft's 'successful' Nokia slurp kills off Lumia photo apps

Not That Andrew

You evidently haven't tried to use more than a moderately complex Word or Excel file from 2010 or later on 2007.

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Not That Andrew

If you think el Reg are iTards then you haven't been paying much attention

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Not That Andrew

Yeah, I'm not quite sure why they can't just dump it all into Sky/LiveDrive (or whatever they are calling it these days) and give the poor souls who relied on those apps 5 or 10 GB extra free to make up for the annoyance

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Hackers spent at least a year spying on Mozilla to discover Firefox security holes – and exploit them

Not That Andrew

The oldest of those went unpatched for 335 or more days – meaning, Moz developers spent more than 11 months fixing that bug, and hackers had everything they needed to know to exploit it.

No, it means that Mozilla's programmers spent 333 days ignoring the bug and 2 days patching it

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Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

Not That Andrew

Re: Let me know when it works on computers.

With a Core i7, 16GB RAM and 2Gb HDD the Mac Mini is around £1,224.00, so he wasn't too far off. Also, there aren't exactly many user upgradable parts in there, are there? And Intel HD/Iris graphics are adequate but that's all you can say for it,

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

Not That Andrew

Re: the Great Google Gay Translation Fail of January 2015

I suspect it's related to this article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/28/google_gay_translation_fail/

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Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

Not That Andrew
Joke

So the obviuos conclusion is that @deuszu was behind the Iranian heavy metal attack as well! And is therefore working for a TLA or the Isreali's.

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Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

Not That Andrew

Re: Not dead (yet?)

I dunno, there *did* seem to be a drift towards google+ among some open sauce types, a year or 2 ago, but the ones I pay attention to have drifted away again

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Joke

I seriously doubt that. There's no mention of global warming

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Not That Andrew

Re: They're all idiots...

I've tried that and they start acting up if you do things too slow as well. It's a no win situation.

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NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

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Re: Playing the party line

Yeah, those Russian troops were just vacationing and had accidentally strayed over border.

I know do that all the time in my BTR 80, one minute I'm in Kent and all of a sardine I'm in France or Belgium, the Gendarme are stating to get cheesed with me.

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Dixons Carphone still has 7.5k Windows XP EPOS systems

Not That Andrew

Re: So?

I have installed Win95 printer drivers on XP and XP printer drivers on Win 7 to get old dot matrix printers working. Why can't Dixons manage to do this?

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Use QuickTime … and become part of the collective

Not That Andrew

Re: VLC

IIRC it's FFMPEG doing the heavy lifting for VLC, although they do maintain libdvdcss and some other important media related libraries. And QuickTime used to include a media player, couldn't be bothered to install it to check if it still does.

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Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

Not That Andrew

Obvious troll is obvious

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

Not That Andrew

Well I guess I've received an answer to a question I never knew I had asked. Who would be stupid enough to draft legislation against conflict minerals and limit it to a very specific list of mineral in a very specific geographical area?

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Screw your cutesy plastic art tat, the US govt has found a use for 3D printing: DRUGS!

Not That Andrew

Re: alternatively...

Epilepsy is an incredibly complicated subject. Yes, some may react favouraby to a ketogenic diet, many others don't and others it just makes the condition worse.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Not That Andrew

Re: Personalised Ads? Bring 'em on!

Don't forget the ads for "sexy senior" dating services, haemorrhoid cream, "performance enhancers" prostrate cancer "treatments", hair loss treatments, plastic surgery & girdles.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

Not That Andrew

Re: Warning: Windows is not free everywhere ( ...thats statistically improbable )

Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Windows 10.

Do not taunt Cortana.

Windows 10 has been shipped to our forces in Syria and our warplanes are bombing IS with copies of Windows 10 now.

Do not splash Windows 10 with water after midnight.

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Not That Andrew

Re: Wheezer

Mine also had both

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Not That Andrew

Re: Free you say?

The Linux desktop is coming and it's worrying MS and Apple

You do realise that every year since 2000 or so has been the "Year of the Linux Desktop". I'd love for that to happen, but it's not going to

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

Not That Andrew

Re: Nvidia at fault?

Funnily enough, my solution in a similar situation, Win 7 with an oldish unsupported graphics card, to was to uninstall the NVidia supplied driver and associated crapware and install the driver from Windows Updates.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

Not That Andrew
Mushroom

Only slightly related , but goddamn it I'm getting pissed at all these goddamn updates for Win7 that are just compatibility patches for Win10! Can't those retards at MS design a proper fucking installer for that piece of shit? I was actually interested in Win10 but at the moment I'm so pissed off by those goddamn updates that I would be happy if everyone at MS died in a fire.

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

Not That Andrew

> So then how do you get someone completely computer-illiterate and isolated to update their car..

I'm pretty sure that's why the NHTSA made it a general recall.

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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

Not That Andrew

I remember that I chose Slackware because at the time it was the only distro where the installer recognised my perfectly standard USB keyboard. All the other installers worked fine with PS2 keyboards but not USB, even though the distro's worked fine with them once installed. Maybe he had a similar issue?

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

Not That Andrew

Intenet's fine over here, but the Virgin set-top box has been rebooting regularly

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

Not That Andrew

You don't need a Porno Player to listen to FLAC.

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Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

Not That Andrew

Re: Alternatives

While the project seems active, there hasn't been a release in years. The sort of person who actually needs gnash is usually not up to the task of downloading the git repo and compiling it from source. And is also usually not interested in installing a Linux distro which may or may not have a recent package for gnash

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