* Posts by Gene Cash

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Well, that was my way of not slogging through half a dozen "pages" at one or two paragraphs of content per page. It was pretty rough when 8 "pages" boiled down to half a properly formatted page.

For an example, look at the book & car reviews and the current cloud printing inkjets articles.

So I'll probably be cutting way back on my reading, as I just don't have the time & patience. I'll also be turning AdBlock back on.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Re: How silly

I don't have a radio, nor a TV, and I sure as hell am not paying the local fishwrap MONEY for it's poorly researched typo-filled unedited crap.

As a matter of fact, my local paper switched to a website layout so spectacularly difficult to use, that the only way I can read stories from it is Google News.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Then it's compressed to shit for broadcast

If I watch sports like motor racing, I can't distinguish the logos on the vehicles because of the artifacting, and 10% of the time, the picture just breaks up into blocks. Watching the Orion launch with the ocean behind the pad was annoying because the waves were artifacted into a grey slush.

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Intel: Grab these platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

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Battling standards

That's sure to kill IoT, or at least really delay it. I'm not putting things in my house where each appliance talks a different proprietary standard.

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RIP Ralph Baer: Father of the games console dies aged 92

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Pint

Hoisted one in memory of Mr. Baer when I heard yesterday... I had both a Magnavox Odyssey and a Simon, of course.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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FF 34 Mobile broke Twitter

I don't know if it's Firefox or Twitter's crap code, but when I updated to 34 on Android, Twitter started painting the page then instantly replacing it with "something went wrong"

I had to downgrade back to 33.1.

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Orion hacker sends stowaway into SPAAAAACE

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Re: Why the fuck ...

> Space-cadet wannabes.

Yup, that's me!

> Rah-rah cheerleaders for the future.

Last week, I designed a coin box for my motorcycle myself with a computer, and transmitted the design across a worldwide network to a robot that automatically created my design for a small fee.

This week, I'm riding an electric motorcycle, with a portable connection to that same world wide network of computers, that can locate itself and show me on a map where the nearest charging station is.

It don't get much more "future" than that.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Linux future

> if you were aiming at the authors of systemd, then.......

I think you'll find a LOT of people willing to pay for gas for that bus!! And fighting for the privilege to drive...

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IBM Research wants laptop batteries to retire and slum it

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Nope, Lithium batteries actually use the AA (and C) form factor too now.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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WTF?

DSG?

What the hell is that? Dick's Sporting Goods? Dakota Supply Group?

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'Why do Register commentards get so frothy-mouthed?' Thus started WW3

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Re: Florida1920 If you have to ask

> For them, the introduction of reality is often a brutal affair

Yup. This country went from landing on the Moon to THIS BAG IS NOT A TOY in 40 short years.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Even stupider security

I was called to jury duty, so I had to go to the courthouse, where of course you're screened because everyone showing up for their civic duty is a member of the Taliban.

For some reason, the guard took offense at my keys. 6 keys, on a 1" ring, clipped to a small double-ended clip that then clipped to my belt. I have no clue how that could be a weapon dangerous enough to bring down a federal courthouse building.

Anyway, she instructed me to take it back to my car, and LOCK MY KEYS IN MY CAR.

Seriously. Not kidding. I matched her complete irrationality by calmly saying my vehicle didn't have doors and I couldn't do that. She stared at me for about 30 seconds, got a pissed off look and waved an officer to come get me.

The officer escorted me out of the building with my extremely deadly weapon.

Of course I went home and called the court clerk, who - after hearing the story - did a facepalm you could hear over the phone, and consequently released me from jury duty.

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Re: Why would anyone bother

All of the surveys I've gotten recently have been decent and to-the-point. One was trying to find out what Kerbal Space Program merchandise I would like to buy. Another was my experience at AIMExpo and how I'd improve it. A third was about my experience with my TomTom GPS and their tech support.

They didn't have leading or vague questions.

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Re: Such surveys are invented by marketards.

I don't fly commercial either. When I go from Orlando to Phoenix, I drive. All 2,129 miles of it. I do stop off at interesting spots along the way.

I burn as much carbon as I can too, taking my dirtiest car

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Re: Although a fairly accurate and amusing portrayal of LHR security...

> the number of morons in the queue who have to be repeatedly told what to do.

Or like me, they're pissed-off obstructionist assholes protesting in the only possible way that won't get them immediately arrested.

"WHAT'D YOU SAY SONNY BOY? SPEAK IN MY OTHER EAR, THAT 'UN'S NO GOOD!"

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Great news

They're not rubber bands, they're continuous elastomer retaining devices.

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Re: Typo

NASA works in Celsius & meters. NASA PR has to work in Fahrenheit & feet/miles because the American public is a complete sack of retards (like that's a news flash)

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Re: Crown is correct

I've got a current model Citizen Eco-Drive, and "crown" is the term they use to refer to the knob on the side you pull out to change modes and settings. This usage is in both the manual and their YouTube videos.

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A brief history of BLADE SERVERS: From the Big Bang to the, er, 'unblade'

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You couldn't hot-swap S-100 cards. At least, not more than once.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Re: Brute force solution

So does my Linux box here. The amount of pounding on my SSH port went from one every 3 minutes to maybe 2 or 3 times a week.

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US retail giant Target fails to get banks' MEGABREACH lawsuit slung out of court

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> Target has already significantly raised their prices

That's ok, I've already stopped shopping there, after they got my card chomped.

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Tenacious Twitter tries to topple terrible trolls

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Re: this is all very well, but...

For Android I use the Twitter website as the app is battery-munching garbage. This has the added advantage that the Adblock Edge extension with an EasyList filter subscription kills sponsored posts.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: I'm a big fan of WPS Office

I wish to hell they'd named it something else though. Searching for Dia plugins and shape libraries is almost impossible because the name is so goddamned generic.

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Re: GIMP

Except Pinta appears to require a ton of Mono libraries. No thanks.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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I wonder if this'll be like "we flew an SRB all by itself" ARES 1-X? I have a nice shirt pin from that, but it was about the only lasting effect of that program.

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Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams IN ONE YEAR

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Re: Wrong tree

> GP surgeries often [withold CNID] for example

OK, I'm at a loss. Why the hell is that? I'd think if I was going to discuss my healthcare, I'd want confirmation I was talking to my doctor's office.

I deal with things by never answering my phone. If they can't bother to leave a VM, it wasn't important.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: Evolution

"how do you titillate an ocelot? You oscillate its tits a lot!"

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Australian Government funds effort to secure wearable data pulses

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Re: Solution to a non problem

Interesting solution to healthcare costs: Make 'em publish how much a service/procedure costs and let capitalism take its course. At least on this side of the pond, it's absolutely completely fucking impossible to find out, even after you've had it done.

One state did that (Massachusetts?) and it turned out one hospital charged $X for an appendectomy, and another charged $3X. Of course there was A) the outrage at the differential, and B) the inevitable flow of everyone to the first hospital, resulting in the other hospitals lowering prices to match.

It doesn't completely solve all the problems, but it's a pretty good start.

The real shock was all the insurance companies going WTF? implying even they didn't know the actual costs either.

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XML daddy Tim Bray pops his head in the Amazon cloud

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Am I reading this right?

So Google's got someone like Bray and they lose him over insisting he move to California? Really?

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Shin avoids boot: Samsung hangs onto mobile chief despite crappy Galaxy S5 sales

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Unhappy

Goddamn it Samsung. Get rid of touchpizz so I can buy one.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Hasn't this happened already with Upstart?

Well the problem is systemd has its tentacles in EVERYTHING, not just boot.

For example, I use udevd to run short scripts to automount and run fsck when I insert a usb stick, and copy images off when I attach a camera. You're not supposed to run long-running scripts from udevd, so I fork them off so udevd can run. No biggie.

Well, systemd says fuck you and kills them because it tracks them by process group, and changing process group is really difficult, so I american-engineer it by running things as an "atd" job. Really. It goes to a really complex extra effort to screw things up.

Also systemd does its own logging. In binary. Not using syslog. You can't cat or edit the logs any more. No. Just no.

That's the sort of crap you have to put up with when running systemd.

I uninstalled it and banned it from ever installing again.

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Weather Channel forecast: Bleak, with prolonged XSS

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Good

Weather Channel sucks. They take the NWS RADAR images, pixelify them for lower resolution, and serve them up with ads and XSS 20 minutes late.

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BORGED! Expat moves from New Zealand to Norway to be acquired by Cisco

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I sense a trend

Every one of these blokes says "stay away from other expats"

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Facepalm

"period table"

Is that a table of punctuation? Or a table from a specific era?

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Stop

Snoozing

As a loyal American, I spent my Black Friday under my electric blanket snoozing.

There's no way in hell I'm going out on the roads jam-packed with idiots (even more so than usual) or shops stuffed with inconsiderate impolite assholes (even more so than usual)

I actually do need groceries and various things for the garage, but that can wait a couple days.

While Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (sit with friends and eat good food) Christmas really is the worst time of the year.

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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Re: Multitasking on a tablet is still a pain

The Android "recent apps" button works really well now. This is the rightmost button that brings up a list of the latest screens and you can tap the one you want. For example, it's great for copy/paste between editor/browser and password app or whatever.

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A DRONE OF THEIR OWN: GoPro tabbed for cameracopter launch

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Ahhh, the Wall Street Journal

I remember when they were a decent & reputable paper. Now I'd rather read Daily Mail.

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Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

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Re: Legally incapable

@Daniel Hall

Well then you're an idiot on the same level as some of my local vendors that put all their stuff on FB.

If you put it on a real website, then I could actually look at your product and consider buying it.

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Basically, humans were screwed when they came down from the trees and started walking about the savannah. The spine is not designed for upright posture to start with.

The typical American doctor can't find his ass w/o a copy of Grey's.

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Re: He must be several tera-furlongs out of his skull

Plus American doctors are anything but scientific.

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No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed test websites

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On the other hand

Kudos to the FCC for actually putting the bite on them.

Of course this is the day and age where you have to clap and say "hey! you actually did the job you were paid for! that's amazing! that's just wonderful! keep it up!"

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Their DNS is crap too

Hm. My T-Mobile contract says I have 5GB cap, and when I exceed that, I'll be switched from LTE/3G to EDGE. As I've never even gotten close, I don't know for sure.

I do know however, their DNS IS SHIT. It takes about 2-3 seconds to resolve anything and about 4-5 seconds if it's a bare IP address. I thought the Android resolve library was smart enough to not try to resolve bare IP addresses, but that's not true according to my packet captures with KitKat.

So if you have a web page that hits a bunch of servers (e.g. for ads) it'll be slow as hell. AdAway for the win, but still...

Also, isn't this true with several landline ISPs that they treat speedtest sites specially? I know Comcast does it.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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"Google has asked Hegglin to provide a list of web links to be removed"

So wait, he's bitched that Google won't remove these links and is suing, but he can't be bothered to actually list out the links? What? Am I reading that wrong?

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Negative view on Sat nav

Bullshit. As I'm the sort of guy that gets lost in his own house, I've used a lot of GPS units.

Google Maps is fine as long as you strictly follow the route. The moment you leave it, it's "fuck you, you're on your own" - I had to pull over recently and wait for it to take nearly 4 minutes to recalculate the route. I had full satellite lock and 5 bars of LTE, so it's not like there was a problem other than the software.

Garmin is ok, until you don't want to pay $100 for the 6 month map update. Then you do, and my rather large neighborhood, which has existed since 1988 IS A HUGE BLANK AREA!

TomTom is ok, until you're confronted with "Do You Not Want To Avoid Toll Roads?" Yes! No! Wait, what????? Oh yeah, and for the longest time, it insisted that Interstate 4 and the 417 toll road did not have any interchanges in downtown Orlando. As I-4 has been in Orlando longer than Walt Disney, this is rather a mysterious error.

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Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

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So who has the job of precision mounting the e-waste on the flipper table? Probably some poor Indian kid...

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Uber exec wanted to sic private dicks on critics ... Hey, Emil Michael, COME AT US, bro

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Gimp

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

KISS KISS KISS

Seriously though... I want to see someone take on El Reg and its giant economy size can 'o whoop-ass.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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So now....

There's the Fruity Foxconn rebrander, and the Frigid Finnish Foxconn rebrander...

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

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There are people that do backups, and there are people that have yet to lose valuable irretrievable data.

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

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FAIL

Riiiight...

> The group claims the plan will not require any taxpayer funds

Uh huh. And I'm Queen, I am!

> 10,000 of the city's little-used phone booths will be uprooted and replaced

Over how many decades?

Considering the amount of vandalism to hardened public payphones I've seen, I don't think a tablet's going to last more than a week.

And if you connect and hack the State Dept, how do they track that? If you take care to spoof your MAC address, of course.

The FAIL icon has never had a better calling.

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

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So I pulled into a Shell station; they said I'd blown a seal.

I said, "Fix the damn thing and leave my private life out of it, okay, pal?"

(So are they sure it wasn't frat night for the seals? Apparently beer goggles work interspecies now)

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