* Posts by Not That Andrew

882 posts • joined 13 Nov 2007

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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'

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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?

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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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