* Posts by Not That Andrew

900 posts • joined 13 Nov 2007

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

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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'

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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'

Not That Andrew

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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Not That Andrew

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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Not That Andrew

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'

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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?

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

Re: Wot no Michael Cain?

And he'd get you killed in Newcastle.

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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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'

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

Re: Evidence of Hacking

Not to mention the BOFH mug

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Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew

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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Not That Andrew

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

Not That Andrew
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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Not That Andrew

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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NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust

Not That Andrew

So, perfectly clear and understandable to anyone with half a brain, then?

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Ukraine has a Eurovision pop at Russia

Not That Andrew

Re: Maybe that lovely singer

Possibly the Ukrainian holocaust in the 30's may have had something to do with a large number of the tartars fighting for the Nazi's?

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Linux Mint forums hacked: All users urged to reset passwords

Not That Andrew
Joke

This sort of thing would never happen if you just used Slackware, they don't have official forums.

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FBI says it helped mess up that iPhone – the one it wants Apple to crack

Not That Andrew

Re: Most downvotes...

I'm don't think I read that to downvoted it. Pity it's too late to do it now.

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Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

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Joke

Re: A fresh install of Mint 17.3 down to 12 mins with an SSD, fully updated.

If you want a Linux distro that comes with a free religion, try Slackware, and bask in the slackness of Bob, or don't, it's your choice.

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Not That Andrew

Re: "Microsoft blats bugs in super-secure web browser Edge"

So basically Edge is IE 12 with a new name?

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Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

Not That Andrew

Re: Minecraft

I think you are thinking of the version that MS deliberately limited to Win10, which almost certainly doesn't use .Net as it is based on Pocket Edition.

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

Not That Andrew

Re: Turn off Adblock updates

Or use a different ad blocker, like whichever version of uBlock you prefer

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Not That Andrew

What's with all the Mint fanatics in any thread that mentions Windows 10? I mean I despise the way MS is shoving Win 10 down our throats, (while liking some of its features), but I don't go about recommending Slackware to everybody.

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Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

Not That Andrew

Are you seriously suggesting that Uber is a co-operative or non-profit organisation?

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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

Not That Andrew

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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