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1775 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates

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Re: Cool, but...

Hell, when I first got my smartphone, I decided I wasn't going to let Facebook anywhere near it, no matter what.

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Twitter rejigs layout, opens wide to swallow SLURRY OF ADS

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I've already gone to the standalone Twitter app on my desktop...

...as I'd gotten fed up long ago with the clutter and bloat in Twitter's Web interface, after they started showing attached images inline with the tweets, and started shoehorning "sponsored" tweets into the timeline.

I won't speak for Windows or Linux users as I don't know if it's available for them, but if you're using OSX, the standalone Twitter app really is the way to go. It's clean, it's fast, I don't have to look at the image attachments unless I want to, and I don't see any of the "sponsored" crap.

Btw, just copped a peek at the new profile layout, and cripes, is it ever outta control. The hugely expanded masthead image area is a total waste of space, and the profile/avatar image is also way bigger than it needs to be. It's just way bigger than it needs to be, overall. I've seen a lot of users lately commenting on how much it reminds them of MySpace. Eurgh.

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

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Re: "...with a bronzed goat"

What a mental image that is.

I'm gobsmacked -- in a good way.

Sadly, I can only give this post one (1) upvote.

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Re: "Merely...make money"

Y'know what's really sad? It's that sometime sooner or later, some pissed-off Web ad-slinging outfit is going to hire a lawyer to try to obtain an injunction against the people who create utilities like FlashBlock, AdBlock and NoScript for just this reason... perhaps copyright nit-picking along with some weak-assed balloon juice about "restraint of trade".

(only using this icon because El Reg doesn't have an icon version of the classic Captain Picard "facepalm")

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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apparently, "John Galt" approves...?

"Ya know what the real interesting thing is, and what scares governments and bankers?

The fact that even all of this.....people are STILL WILLING to go with bitcoin..."

I'm sure the governments and bankers are feeling something about all this, but I don't think it's necessarily fear.

"...The ability to not be slaves and subservient to the masters with your wealth is worth a HUGE amount of potential risk of not being 'regulated'..."

The ability not to be slaves and subservient to the masters by trusting my money to a bunch of hucksters who might, at any time, fold up and disappear with my money, and... oh, Christ, my brain hurts. Where the hell do you start with balloon juice like this...?

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"Amateur Hour is now over..."

P'hah. Amateur Hour is never over, man.

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Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

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Re: MacBook Pro?

Actually, I'm sure that's just some real quick'n'dirty concept art, just to show how their system would work, without actually divulging what their actual hardware looks like this early in the game. It's fairly common with hardware in early development -- kind of like when an automaker is road-testing early prototypes of a new model on their test track; they know there'll likely be unauthorized photography going on just outside the test-track compound, so they bolt on body panels from known older models to disguise the prototype undergoing acceleration/braking/handling/other road tests.

Whoever did the Alcatel concept image used a foto of what's obviously a MacBook Pro, and made no effort to disguise it aside from the nameplate which is obviously just sort of pasted in there, as Alcatel is probably still prototyping their own phone/tablet-dock dumb-terminal "notebook".

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SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission

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Wow, that'd really be something...

And to think all these years I laughed at all those cheesy sci-fi flicks that show rockets backing down to the pad and landing on their tails.

And, just for the hell of it... here's a pretty wild early VTOL booster concept from the mid '60s.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Oooh, I wet 'em.

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

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Re: As big as three football fields??

Do you realize that if the NFL were to suddenly go out of business, Americans would be totally unable to visualize the lengths of really large objects?

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Meanwhile, the obligatory Drudge Report headline...

ZOMG! IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US!!11!!!!!!11!!

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WordPress two-factor login plugin bug, er, bypasses 2-factor login

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Re: Just curious

Recently one of my favorite blogs, run on WordPress, spent weeks cleaning up after a massive trackback and comment spam attack and now requires commenters to log in, and I'm totally cool with that, if it means lucid, quality comment threads free of spam and trollage.

About five years or so ago, when I migrated my cartoon site from an old-style static HTML site over to a WordPress blog installation, the first thing I did was to disable comments by default, based on what I'd seen happening in the comment sections of several other blogs I read. I just didn't have the motivation or time to spend moderating flamage or scraping out all the spam. I also ended up having to disable trackbacks as well, as almost all of my trackbacks were pointing back to skeezy dating sites or counterfeit Louis Vuitton accessory shops.

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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SeaMonkey

Thanks for the tip. Just downloaded a copy of the OSX version. Happy to see versions of some of my favorite add-ons -- NoScript, AdBlock+, DownloadHelper -- for SeaMonkey. Sweet.

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"YouTube in glorious 480p"

"Is YouTube content better in HD?"

Not especially... still the same old plane-crash porn, cheesy music videos, skanky chicks twerking, only in HD. Nothing to see here.

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Re: It's also awash with mozilla developer stupidity

"I am still on FF 22.0 since the new version forces you to have a tab bar, even for one single useless tab. Yes, I know you can get an addon for that, but I can also just skip upgrading..."

I'm on v25, and I'd love to get rid of that useless-assed single tab. What add-on is that, and where can I find it?

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browser.newtabpage.enabled

Sweet. Thanks for the heads-up.

Now, a new tab comes up completely blank, not even with empty tiles. Excellent.

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Re: <scratches head>

I'm showing 9 blank tiles, but then I've got AdBlock Plus and NoScript enabled.

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Yahoo! Mail users see crying baby who says firm is 'over capacity'

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Re: who?

"...1996 called it wants it's dinosaur back."

Yeah, its big purple dinosaur.

It loves you, you love it.

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Video thrills the Google ad star: Susan Wojcicki becomes YouTube chief

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I've long since started moving my content to Vimeo...

...where there's actually a fair-sized percentage of quality original content which can be easily found without having to slog through piles of stupid music videos, twerking videos, plane crash porn, people throwing dry ice into swimming pools, cats sliding off of tabletops, and MLM pitches with the notoriously vile, nasty, trollage- and spam-loaded comment sections... not to mention being able to post with having to deal with YouTube's ball-busting music police.

My wife and I spend a month in Puerto Vallarta every year, and I like to post a video diary -- little five-minute "underground travelogues" -- for our friends back home, accompanied by the most obscure, little-known music I can find, like old 45rpm rips of '60s garage-rock instrumentals by long-gone bands on long-gone labels, never reissued anywhere. The last straw for me came when I posted a piece using some obscure old Latin jazz track, and I got one of those snippy, anal-retentive warnings from YouTube about "third-party content", one of those little stick-pokes where they say they aren't going to do anything nasty to my account or take down my video, but that they're going to be festooning my video with those little pop-ups advertising the album the track came from. Mind you, this wasn't some massively popular international pop hit, but a track from the early '60s by some obscure Cuban jazz outfit that hardly anybody's heard of. So, I finally decided fuck this noise, I can't be bothered with this chickenshit anymore.

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Re: Given that most ecosystems are full of shit ...

Hell, I quit reading at the point she said "ecosystem".

It was as if she hung a sign hanging around her neck reading "I don't have a single original thought in my tiny little brain."

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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XP night at the movies

"...last month I went to a movie theater and about midway through ending credits, the glorious 4K digital projection stopped suddenly, and was replaced with a Windows XP desktop showing a plain white background and the message "Active Desktop Recovery. Microsoft Windows has experienced an unexpected error. As a precaution, your Active Desktop has been turned off" with a "restore" button and a bunch of troubleshooting info..."

Uh, I hate to tell you, but that was actually part of the movie.

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ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE

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if an astronaut gets a craving for a burger...

I've tried several varieties of non-meat, simulated burgers and -- all cheap laffs aside -- the one that came closest to a real burger was made from textured protein and hemp.

Still, tomatoes, rice and dwarf wheat, and entirely edible -- sounds like good news for eventual long-haul crews headed for Mars.

Next -- seedless "hydro"? Heh.

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WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working

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Re: UrtheCast

I keep reading this is "Uretha Cast".

I may need a bucket also.

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Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week

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Re: Beyond hope...

You took the words right out of my head, man.

Perhaps the opening phrase of El Reg's headline should've been Time To Update Your Spam Filters:.

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NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 10 years on Mars with a FILTHY selfie

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Re: Expected lifetime

"Of course the other one died but I believe that was mainly a power issue..."

That, and being hopelessly stuck in deep dirt, as I recall. Then, the power issue arose as it was unable to get someplace to "winter over" with its solar panels towards the sun.

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Just want to pick the little blighter up...

"Just want to pick the little blighter up and give him a hug..."

...and give his solar panels a good going over with a feather duster.

(...and buy a round for all the guys'n'gals at JPL)

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: I'm sure this will turn out to be true

"...All i use Facebook for now is for private messaging..."

You use Facebook for private messaging? Not email?

Forgive my bluntness, but ARE YOU FRIGGIN' NUTS?

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Re: Wishful thinking perhaps?

"While Twitter may be misused, it does have its purposes, its a good replacement for RSS feeds, it is a place where news can be disseminated easily..."

Quite agree with that. I have accounts on both Facebook and Twitter, and use Twitter far more often to check out the latest news; on the other hand, I hardly ever visit Facebook, and probably spend about 10 minutes on it at a stretch, because it's just too big a pain in the ass.

The secret to getting the most out of Twitter, I've found, is to restrict who you follow -- or who follows you -- to people or orgs who are posting stuff that's actually of interest and real use to you. I've been able to largely avoid bullshit like fotos of people's lunches this way.

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join the club...

"I've shown several people what the address bar is, how to type into it, and how to bookmark the pages they go to all the time. I can only think of one of those people who has any bookmarks saved in their browser..."

My wife insists on typing the name of a site she wants to visit into a Google search box. Every time I suggest that she could make an educated guess by typing straight into the Firefox address bar -- or simply typing the URL into the address bar if she knows it -- she has a massive meltdown.

I gave up long ago.

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'Netflix bitch': CEO of vid-streaming site taunts HBO chief over results

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I think this Onion article pretty much sums up Netflix...

http://www.theonion.com/articles/netflix-instant-thinking-about-adding-good-movie,34958/

"LOS GATOS, CA—In a swift and unexpected departure from their present business model, officials from Netflix revealed Wednesday that the company is currently considering adding a good movie to their online streaming service. “With the growing success of the streaming platform, we thought the time was right to think about possibly offering, just for the sake of variety, one film that wasn’t a total critical and commercial flop forgotten immediately after its initial theatrical release..."

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

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"Problem solved"? I wouldn't count on it.

"...El Reg knows of at least one surefire way for Chrome users to be sure they're not being listened in on. From the main menu, choose Settings, click 'Show advanced settings...', click Content Settings, then scroll down and select 'Do not allow sites to access my camera and microphone.' Problem solved..."

I wouldn't count on it. I've read in these very pages about all manner of malware doing nasty shit like overriding preferences and switching on cams and mics anyway. And besides, don't forget -- this is Googleware we're talking about here.

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Re: Firefox all the way !

I bought my MBP in November -- finally, at last! -- and have been running FF25 with no major issues. It shipped with Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8.5) installed, and am in no hurry to upgrade to Mavericks after all the horror stories I've been reading.

One of the first things I did was replace Safari with FF25, with updated versions of all my mainstay add-ons (NoScript, AdBlock, etc), and didn't do any further futzing around except to import my bookmarks from my old version of FF.

FF25 has also been totally ace here as well. I'm sure that not going batso with tabs helps a lot.

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Re: Firefox all the way !

I've been running FF25 since November with no problems, though I don't use tabs, as I found them actually more confusing to deal with than separate windows.

I've puttered around with Safari (spit) and Opera (m'eh) and went back to FF because, like yourself, I really loves me some AdBlock, NoScript and FlashBlock... not to mention DownloadHelper, for grabbing all those YouTube clips from Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Kiev, and Fullerton before they're "scrubbed".

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

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Re: What this means

The dark skies opened up and rained down a shower of pain and general annoyance.

There, fixed it for ya'.

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Re: Very clever

I have an even more clever idea. If the house seems a bit warm or we notice the electric bill getting a bit steep, we walk downstairs to the thermostat and turn the goddamn' knob down.

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Oh, if I'd only known...

...fifteen years ago that I could have dreamed up some half-cocked company making an entirely useless bullshit product and arbitrarily valued it at a million billion trillion dollars -- hell, I could've retired by now.

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Oh, that's just great -- self-driving houses

"We noticed the temperature in your living room is set to 72 degrees. Would you be interested in the Matlock marathon on A&E? We'll just flip the channel for you..."

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Since nobody seems to have said it yet...

"Threshold" ...of PAIN.

Thanks, you've been wonderful, I'm here all week, don't forget to tip your waitress.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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Xerox PARC inspires Gates to create Windows?

"...There he’d encountered a Xerox Star, the colossally expensive workstation that introduced the WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse and Pointer) user interface and which - unknown to him at the time - inspired Steve Jobs and Apple to build the Lisa then the Mac, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates to start work on Windows..."

If that's his story and he's sticking to it, fine.

Still, saying that Xerox PARC inspired Gates to create Windows is a little like saying that Ed Wood was inspired to make Plan 9 From Outer Space after seeing War Of The Worlds.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: WGAF

"Go and see one of these in the store and tell me you still don't want one..."

I don't need to go to the goddamn' store to decide that I don't want one. Christ, man, have you seen most of the crap that's on American TV these days? Nearly FORTY THOUSAND GOD-DAMNED DOLLARS so I can watch Duck Dynasty and Two And A Half Men in 4K Hi-Def? Are you fucking NUTS?

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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"So something else is trying to encourage people into a cloud services based world, doubtless in the hope that they can charge subscriptions for it all once we're tied to it with no alternatives. Personally I've taken a different route, albeit one that requires a bit of manual effort. My desktop machine at home is my equivalent of a cloud server, with all my music, videos, documents and pictures on it..."

Sounds pretty much like what I do.

My old G4 iBook is now my studio "media server", with iTunes and a couple of different video players running on it, connected to a big-assed FireWire drive with all my albums and "mixtapes" (even though they aren't really on tape anymore) and movies and favorite old TV episodes on it, and I use either iTunes or VLC Player to cue up a working day's worth of music and video that plays while I work... and the whole mess is backed up to DVD ROMs. But, yeah, like you said... private cloud.

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Re: In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

Interesting you'd mention that. My old G4 came with Apple's standard digital sampling/recording application bundled with the OS, and its "CD quality" setting was 48Khz, with the sampling rate at something like 256kbps. I tried a few tests at that setting, and I honestly couldn't tell the difference between the stereo digital samples and my original source material, a metal-oxide analog cassette, in good condition, with Dolby C.

I can't remember where I read the article or the research it cited -- it's been some years -- but, yeah, as you mentioned, there's supposed to be a threshold for "average" human hearing at around the 48Khz neighborhood.

As far as samplng rates, my own personal ears start hearing those "swishy noise" artifacts in the quiet spaces and what I call "audio pixellation" at anything under 128kbps, but I won't speak for anybody else's ears here.

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That all sounds extra sweet, but...

...does it have a CD player, or a place to jack in my iPod when the wireless streaming gets sketchy?

Just wondering.

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You've got $60k: So, 2013 sporty Corvette, or a year of AWS's new I2 beast?

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i'm in love with my car, gotta feel for my automobile

Given the reveleations about Amazon getting cozy with the CIA, I'll go with the new 'Vette.

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HALF of all Bitcoin-investing Winklevoss twins predict $400bn market for the currency

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Re: Yet one more reason

"The trend does seem to be down .... last bitcoin price seems to be $732. I guess if you were a 'bitcoin' millionaire now would be a good time to sell?"

Bitcoin millionaires are probably just a step below your Dot-Com Era's "internet millionaires".

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Winklevoss!

BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHHH, ha, hah, eh heh heh... d'ahh, never mind.

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SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad

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"SpaceX Beats Off Bezos' Rocket"

Yet another classic El Reg headline.

Congrats, guys.

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Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

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Re: Yahoo mail's out?

...and nothing of value was lost, I presume.

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

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Re: Serious Application

"...A serious practical application would be additional chest space for additional chest-mounted components, or mounting counter-weights further forward in order to balance the battery pack on it's back..."

Well, OK, if that's your story and you're sticking to it, sure.

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Paris Hilton

Famous last words:

"When the humans arrive, the robots and the humans will work together in conjunction building habs, laying foundations, and working together in a tight relationship..."

Any bets? C'mon, guys, get yer money out.

(Paris, because she's a robot with a soft covering)

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