* Posts by Fibbles

1365 posts • joined 28 Jan 2008

Page:

UK plastic beats cash in 2021

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Titles are for toffs

Is the reg just posting sub 100 word articles now or is the mobile site b0rked?

I've found myself coming here less and less since the editorial staff changed; I'll probably not bother at all if super short articles are now the norm.

0
0

Oculus backtracks on open software promise

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: "As I have said a million times"

hyperbole

[hahy-pur-buh-lee]

noun, Rhetoric.

1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.

2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”.

Origin of hyperbole

1520-30; < Greek hyperbolḗ excess, exaggeration, throwing beyond, equivalent to hyper- hyper- + bolḗ throw

7
0

Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Wow, first Canada has worse internet now the UK has worse cellular

You get charged for incoming calls. In what universe is this a better system?

8
1

Photoplethysmography up

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Are we playing Headline Scrabble here or something?

Presumably that's why the article is less than 70 words...

1
0

Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Age Verification

1) All pornography websites must institute age verification. Think of the children!

2) Those damned foreign websites refuse to recognize our laws, this makes them illegal. ISPs must block all illegal sites. Think of the children!

3) ???

4) Thank-you Mr. Chinese Ambassador for lending us the technical expertise to implement this "Great Firewall". 想想孩子们!

9
0
Fibbles
Silver badge
Big Brother

The same way China does.

Don't worry though, it's only to protect the children.

14
1

Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

Fibbles
Silver badge

Instructions unclear. Deleted root file system.

2
0

Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

Fibbles
Silver badge

For reasons unknown American instant coffee tastes like soap.

3
0

Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

Fibbles
Silver badge

Copyright in the UK has an exception for parody. I can't see any legal action getting very far.

10
0

The fork? Node.js: Code showdown re-opens Open Source wounds

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Without open source there would be no leftpad

Just because they're old, doesn't mean they're good. Tables are generally agreed to be bad unless you're actually representing tabular data, i.e. what they were designed for. I've yet to meet any web developer in the last 10 years who doesn't advocate CSS, it works fine cross browser unless you target ancient versions of IE.

Using tables you're bloating every single HTML file with presentational info, rather than allowing the browser to cache it once in a single CSS file. If you want to modify your site's design you'll have to edit/rebuild each HTML file rather than a single CSS file.

Tables are also slower to render in the browser since they need to be processed in full before any rendering can begin.

Last but not least, using table tags is actually more long-winded than using divs.

<table>

<tr>

<td></td>

</tr>

</table>

vs

<div>

</div>

tl;dr Shitty code can often be quicker to write but it's a bitch to maintain.

0
0
Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Without open source there would be no leftpad

/me points out (again) I hand-code my html and use '<table>' to format it really nice. Why can't others do this?

Because this isn't the 90s and we have CSS now?

4
2

Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: sort of dull red?

Well it does appear to hang in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

3
0

Debian farewells Pentium

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Time moves on...

It's a lot of effort for very little return. Virtually no one will be still using Pentiums in a home setting. Those using them for business are likely using an ancient LTS Debian and won't be affected.

1
0

Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: If

This is already how it works with other Ubuntu based distros. The codecs aren't on the live CD though, they must be downloaded during installation. That's OK for most people but if you don't have a net connection then you're stuffed.

4
0

Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: not quite as acceptable as VISA/Mastercard

That's because all your nice AMEX rewards are paid for by the retailer rather than the card company.

1
0

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: propylene glycol plus some flavourings ?

I'm fine with vaping but the flavour additives definitely need to be regulated.

There were stories last year of e-cig liquids containing Diacetyl. It's an artificial flavouring added to 'butter' popcorn and is safe to eat. Inhaling it however will seriously mess up your lungs.

0
1

Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

Fibbles
Silver badge

The more articles from Simon Sharwood that I read, the more I realise he knows very little about technology.

1
0

ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

Fibbles
Silver badge
Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: ironic

Isn't that a text speak contraction for 'amazing'?

1
0

If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

Fibbles
Silver badge

"Technology is not a REPLACEMENT for life"

Speak for yourself meatbag.

All hail the singularity!

1
0

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Yep

Search for kkrieger, it's a full FPS game in 96KB. Sadly the original download page appears to be gone so I can't link it.

3
0

Comcast stabs set-top boxes in the back, pipes directly into smart TVs

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: The cable companies had already been trying to push this "app" model

My advice has always been to get a dumb TV and a smart box to plug into it. Smart services will inevitably suffer code rot or be deliberately made obsolete in which case it's a lot cheaper to replace a box than a TV.

This move by Comcast shouldn't be the death of set-top boxes, it's just going to allow consolidation of multiple services into one box.

6
1

FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

Fibbles
Silver badge

I suspect if the FBI had gone to the correct, more senior judge they wouldn't have gotten the warrant. The FBI were effectively distributing kiddie porn 'for a couple of weeks' before they shut the server down.

3
0

Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: but... but..

Bring back the death penalty for numpties who demand we bring back the death penalty!

Oh bugger...

24
2

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: This is awesome!

You don't know that. Maybe his giant CRT has irradiated him.

7
0

European Union set to release anti-competition hounds on Google

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Thank goodness this is nearly over.

Your point is slightly undermined by the fact that both Cameron and May are members of the Remain campaign to keep Britain in the EU.

0
0

Linux-fight! Dev's plan to bundle kernel patches sparks debate

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Please stop reading their mailing list

I think your point about context is interesting; that maybe the Reg shouldn't portray two friends having a dig at each other as a massive argument at the heart of the Linux project. I wouldn't hold my breath though, no news org is above clickbait. That said, you can't expect the Reg not to report something from an open mailing list when it's likely of interest to a lot of their readers. It's their job to report this stuff.

9
0

The future of Firefox is … Chrome

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: How about an explanation

Check out the Self Destructing Cookies addon. It lets you choose on a per website basis whether the cookies are permanent, blocked completely, or disappear when you close the tab.

3
0

Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

Fibbles
Silver badge

The landing was so smooth that at first I thought something had gone wrong with the media player so that I was watching the video in reverse.

12
0

How Remix's Android will eat the world

Fibbles
Silver badge

Revisionism

In a few months Gartner will have been seeing it coming for years.

29
0

Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: IPV6, TLDs, etc

Alternatively when IoT Lightning Co. go out of business you can quickly buy up their IDIOTS address and point it to your own server. A server which just do happens to be running a script which switches everyone's lights on and off in a strobe like manner.

Bonus points if you also get their wireless speaker system to play obnoxiously loud House music.

6
0

Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: I worked at a place once where we got a bonus based on LOC

Compiled size?

Today I will mostly be including all of the libraries.

3
0

Microsoft lures top Linux exec from Oracle to Redmond

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Actually, not quite the case

As the multitude of cracked Windows installs show, bypassing Redmond's authentication servers is not hard.

5
0

Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: counterfeit pound coins

I'm amazed they're still touting the use of 2 different metals as a security feature considering the amount of fake £2 coins around.

1
0

Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: How complete will it be ?

I wonder if after installing WINE we can use that to install Cygwin.

Let's see how deep this rabbit hole goes.

2
0

Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Small != Small

Yes it is. Does anyone know where I can go for unbiased, HONEST tech news?

Found the Trumpet.

Do parody and satire strain your cognitive abilities too much? Let me induce a headache. Donald Trump answers one of the greatest questions of our time; what is 2 + 2?

I have to say a lot of people have been asking this question. No, really. A lot of people come up to me and they ask me. They say, 'What's 2+2'? And I tell them look, we know what 2+2 is. We've had almost eight years of the worst kind of math you can imagine. Oh my God, I can't believe it. Addition and subtraction of the 1s the 2s and the 3s. It's terrible. It's just terrible. Look, if you want to know what 2+2 is, do you want to know what 2+2 is? I'll tell you. First of all the number 2, by the way, I love the number 2. It's probably my favorite number, no it is my favorite number. You know what, it's probably more like the number two but with a lot of zeros behind it. A lot. If I'm being honest, I mean, if I'm being honest. I like a lot of zeros. Except for Marco Rubio, now he's a zero that I don't like. Though, I probably shouldn't say that. He's a nice guy but he's like, '10101000101,' on and on, like that. He's like a computer! You know what I mean? He's like a computer. I don't know. I mean, you know. So, we have all these numbers, and we can add them and subtract them and add them. TIMES them even. Did you know that? We can times them OR divide them, they don't tell you that, and I'll tell you, no one is better at the order of operations than me. You wouldn't believe it. So, we're gonna be the best on 2+2, believe me.

47
5

Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: I'm sure we've all opened the box and found bits missing...

Can't really blame the aircraft for what the meatbags do to them. IMO, if after having been serviced by a drunk* an aircraft can still become airborne most of the time, then the engineering has to be pretty damn good.

*fnarr fnarr...

2
0
Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Keyboard hell

Why go on ebay when you can buy a new one?

1
0

Atlassian finally gives users Bitbucket code search

Fibbles
Silver badge

They started "routine maintenance" today at 17:00, presumably to implement this feature. The whole service has been titsup since 17:30.

How very DevOps.

3
0

Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: It could always be worse.

That's hideous. Did his language not have goto?

1
0

New York senator proposes tax credit for open-source developers

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Stupid idea

I don't think the OP was complaining about supporting creators of open source code. Rather they were complaining that not all code is equal and we shouldn't be giving tax breaks because someone released a Hello World under the GPL.

1
0

Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Sex is a marketing way to sell stuff? What a news!

It's not the dancing women or their clothing I have a problem with, it's the context. If I go to a lingerie convention I expect to get an eye full of a gyrating, scantily clad twenty-something. At a tech convention? Not so much.

22
6

Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

Fibbles
Silver badge
Boffin

Re: MDMA

The only thing known to man to be worse than a whiskey hangover is experiencing a whiskey hangover and a comedown simultaneously.

Allegedly.

4
1
Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Bizzarro World

If you say so. I've tried various blends and single malts from Japan, including something from Nikka which was 'critically acclaimed'. Some of it was decent, a lot of it tasted like it'd been in the cask for less than a year.

0
0

Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

Fibbles
Silver badge

Currently consuming about 35GB per month on Three with an unlimited internet allowance for £23. I do a fair bit of tethering though. Had to start using an app called EasyTether when they 'upgraded' my plan from unlimited tethering to a 6GB cap.

0
0

Woz: World-changers to Apple Watches, why pay for an overpriced band?

Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore, and why?

Why would you go for a swim if you're so constrained for time that you can't wait a few minutes to dry off and retrieve your phone from your bag on the beach? Your example is contrived at best.

I can see that there are definitely some circumstances when having a watch is useful. However I think most people in Western society can, and do, get along just fine without one.

3
1

'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

Fibbles
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Arrr -back in me day, we didnae have rocks!

Binary bandaids, brilliant!

2
0
Fibbles
Silver badge

Re: Finding dates and times in text

there are now functions numbered 1 to 7 - with awkward supplements of 2A, 5A, and 7A.

Who needs descriptive function names, eh?

0
0

Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

Fibbles
Silver badge

A business plan for whoever wants it:

The Really Simple Ad Company

An internet advertising network focusing on delivering effective but unobtrusive advertising.

All adverts delivered by the network must not be animated or play audio. The total area of the user's web browser window covered by ads must not exceed 1/5. Adverts from the network may only be displayed alongside adverts from other networks if they enforce a compatible rule set.

Pitch to ad blocker makers and end users: We're helping keep your favourite sites online whilst not annoying you with loud flashing adverts. This is what you've been asking for please don't block us.

Pitch to websites: Loud flashing adverts may be more effective but only if the user actually sees them. If current trends continue most of your users will be blocking adverts entirely. Our adverts are unfiltered by all of the leading ad blockers.

5
0
Fibbles
Silver badge

Playing Devil's advocate...

Why should the publishers care about losing page visits from users who aren't "paying" by viewing ads?

1
0

Page:

Forums