* Posts by Stevie

3272 posts • joined 12 Jun 2008

Oh Jeez, not now! Activist investor threatens Violin Memory

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Penultimate line, penultimate para. For "firm" read "ford".

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Riddled with factual errors as usual.

Mike Oldfield and Phaedra+ TG are more accurately described as mid seventies.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: Apart from, y'know, the federal ones.

But the context of the discussion was about the carrying and use of the gun in his garden, a matter which is firmly ensconced in the local and state firearms laws.

The reason there is so much successful resistance to "gun control" is, in large part, because it is being attempted at the Federal level. This is also at the heart of attempts to curtail the Affordable Healthcare Act.

A war was once fought using the Federal usurpation of States' rights as the battle cry. Some are still fighting that war.

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Re: How about ....

An old avionics X band radar should do that quite well at short range, or you could build a directed EMP box. Either would fry any unshielded sensitve electronics on the drone and be undetectable as well, thus avoiding arrest.

Typical US, brute force approach, even if it does sortof get the job done :-)...

Model, please, or confess to bullshitting.

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Re: He should go free...

only? The average American's grasp of global geography presumably not able to differentiate between the UK and New Zealand...

As is the tenuous grasp of how law is made in the U.S. by UK Reg readers. Gun restrictions are enacted by States, not by "America".

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Could have been more relevant (this being a UK website discussing a UK TV show which has been ousted from the BBC), but hey, I value your effort.

So you aren't aware that the Clarkson/May/Hammond Top Gear goes out weekly on BBC America, or that there are umptytump seasons of it available for binge-watching on Netflix?

How Imperially insular of you. You should check out this American invention called The Internet. It is wonderful for keeping up to speed.

Well, I'll let you get back to The Archers on your wireless.

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Re: 30 grand is not really a punishment

Nononononono. The fine is to fund the payoffs that will be incurred over time.

The punishment is the loss of the co-producer credit (with concomitant loss of income and say in what the shows do, where and when).

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Re: "smart TV. Ironic, isn't it?”

You stupid sod. I sneezed very hot coffee down my nose when I read that.

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Incoming clue missile for the BBC:

If you want to punish your very very very popular presenters for reprehensible bad behavior but don't want to lose your revenue stream and be made to look like a bunch of bathchair-bound dodderers who've lost the thread, instigate large fines and public outing as per sports louts.

"Okay, Clarkson, you punched this bloke because you were tired and being a twat: That'll be 30,000 quid and the loss of your co-producer credit for a year. The cashier is the third door on the right. Now cut along and don't do it again."

"Okay punched bloke, you absolutely didn't deserve that. You can either sue that idiot Clarkson or you can have a bonus of 3000 quid if you sign this here waiver."

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Re: Oh well, at least you get to watch some fun TV whilst waiting for a delivery...

"Well there's no point signing up to Amazon to get prompt delivery, they're either late, or don't show up (filing a "tried to deliver, no answer")."

In New York I have had one delivery marked as a "prime" offer that arrived later (by one day) than the "expected delivery" date. I typically see my tat in two full days from the purchase time, even though that is NOT what is promised in the ToS.

I prefer my stuff delivered by the US Post Office, as they are on-time and don't break my stuff. UPS are prone to seasonal worker issues in my experience. Amazon even got the USPO to start delivering on Sundays again, something that was discontinued so long ago I don't remember it.

The times I see excruciating delivery delays that miss targets sometimes by over a month is when I get involved with a UK or Aussie vendor. I try and avoid doing so because the business standard seems to be "charge for express delivery and superb packing, toss in a padded Teflon mailer and sling it aboard the nearest tramp steamer pointing approximately the right way".

So perhaps your beef is not with Amazon so much as the vendors and the pitiful postal infrastructure in your locale?

There are other advantages with Amazon Prime that make the cost worthwhile for me, but to be honest until now I hadn't factored streaming TV as one of them. I live for Clarkson howling "I've ruined m'car!" while toodling across the Andes or somesuch.

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Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

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The Congressman clearly never learned the old lawyer adage: never ask a question in public to which you don't know the answer.

And I prefer my Congressmen to limit themselves to "Wow, that's interesting" since the alternative is a slow speech with pauses ever three to five words used primarily to use up three minutes of public mike time. I can't be the only one to wish someone would yell "for f*cks sake get on with it" when one of these assclowns takes the stage for yet another three minutes of painfully slow outrage.

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Octogenarian accused of performing sex act with a SHRUBBERY

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I don't understand what all the fuss is about. He says he is a nature lover on his facebook page.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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I agree with Mr Cameron. We should stamp out this vile internet vileness tootsweet.

Teenaged boys should get their inspirational artwork by clipping it from the Sunday Mirror like I did.

The girls illustrating the serialization of Desmond Morris's The Human Zoo almost gave me Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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Re: What are you all worried about?

Nonononono. Everything DOES get deleted from disc.

It's just that diligent SAs ensure there is a good backup before anything gets erased.

Hey Pesto! Both sides happy.

What?

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Re: Plan of action

Not just the keyboard, the screen too.

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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Re: who don't have a guaranteed job

"... who don't have a guaranteed job " by choice.

I was a consultant programmer for years, and very happy I was, not because of the money - which wasn't outrageously great in them days - but for the sheer pride at holding a job because I could do it and would be shown the door the instant I couldn't.

But the fact that the money was much better than the salaried types were getting, benefits and all, didn't hurt. Nosir, it didn't hurt at all.

And the motto with taxes is "pay as little as you can but don't whine when the bills come due". This Gibraltar scheme is a re-tread of the old Seychelles scheme which is a retread of the ... well, you get the picture. The fiction is an obvious falsehood erected to avoid paying your fair share.

Every tax pound *you* "avoided" was added to someone else's bill, usually in the form of additional taxation.

So Mr F. Ewe, pay your taxes.

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Thought YOU'd had rude service in France? Ce n'était RIEN, M'sieu Pantalons Malodorants

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Re: Je suis Eadon, et ma femme est aussi

I don't see what your wife being Australian has to do with anything.

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Re: de cases libel.

Bleeding enfer! Vous avez raison, methinks.

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Well, the French are well-known to be stereotyping racists.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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I don't see any attempt to bring up the system from cold and use it sans Internet connection. It seems an awful lot of the new OS predicates on persistence of webbiness.

As for Windows as a Service not being a subscription model, I strongly suspect this is a frog-boiler, a way of desensitizing the community to increasing levels of MS presence in the business of using your computer to the point that a subscription service for one's OS is "acceptable".

It's what I would be shooting for if I were looking for a way of increasing revenue stream in the OS game. I mean, it works for X Box, dunnit?

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But the interesting thing is that the interface for the iPad - the "successful" tablet according to the article* - uses a conventional desktop icon array as the way into the thing, whereas Windows 8-> uses asymmetrical splats of odd-shaped bug-ugly tiles that use too much real-estate in order to add functionality no-one in their right mind would want on a desktop.

One might ponder that the iPad designers, who have indisputably "got it right", didn't think the blotchy windows uckfup display was a Good Idea when they were inventing the device that would cause the Windows 8 GUI to happen.

Windows designers: Give me a switch to put the icons back and send the tiles into the hell in which they were conceived and you might, might I say, get me to consider buying one more iteration of your increasingly too-much-trouble OS.

For someone else. I'm going Linux next time, assuming I can get two critical programs in compatible versions. If not I'll stay on Win7 and hide it behind a defensive linux proxy when it talks to the WuhWuhWuh.

* - but it is doing so in the context of a replacement for a PC and I take strong and strident issue with that thesis

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Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

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Are those English billions or American?

Typical Register imprecision.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Two best things about Blakes Seven:

a) Hearing a friend describe season two as "Un-Blake's Not-Quite-Seven".

2) Seeing "Clackavoid" defined as a page of dialogue from Blake's Seven in the first edition of Liff.

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Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

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Time to reclassify a Dwarf Planet as everything that has already been said plus "must not have pimples".

What we have here, rather than a true Dwarf Planet, is obviously a Ceresoid.

Job done.

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

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OI!

Where am I supposed to fly my aerobatic kite, Mr Deliverydrone Fucktard? Your multirotor flying brownboxen are in my airspace according to your picture.

Show me the plan view of this, er, plan on a real map of, say, Long Island (to pick at random) before you start layer-caking the atmosphere for tat-delivery.

Or run the risk of encountering some high-speed duraluminum wrapped with blue plastic sheet.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: Rebooting after updates

"In fact, Linux had (is this still the case?) a reputation for introducing gratuitous breakage from one kernel version to another "

And people wonder why the desktop uptake was so slow and limited to the Expert User.

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Bloke who tried to get journo killed by SWAT cops coughs to conspiracy charge

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Presumably the guilty will be placed in a small cell with concrete walls to reflect the sound of the nightly concussion grenade pushed through the food slot after dark.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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I lived the the alternate reality

You wouldn't like it. That's the one where all the games look like Pong Tanks.

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Point of information: Although Pac-Man looked the part and made the right noises (coulda swore it was the arcade version in fact) it had a game-destroying bug from the get-go in that it would often not obey the joystick.

Pac-Man requires only one thing to be playable: reliable and responsive code wrt the steering stick. Remove that and you have an expensive door-wedge.

And though Tetris was great in the original versions (pretty damn close to the arcade version) absent Gauntlet the rest of the Tengen catalog was abysmal, exactly the sort of poorly produced and badly visualized crap that killed Atari (and the console market shortly after because the fast'n'cheap release mindset extended to Coleco etc) and which Nintendo was trying to make a bad memory.

People coming of age in the post-NES world don't remember how badly the pooch had been screwed and how much better NES made things - notwithstanding companies going under waiting for chips. I still break out the NES for games of Gauntlet, Arkanoid and SMB3 on occasion.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Re: This "Get Windows 10" widget...

I stopped deleting the patches and hacked the registry to hide the clicky. Now the updates download automatically but the annoying too-easy-to-click icon is nowhere to be seen.

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Unisys halts and catches fire: Mainframe builder dives into the red

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Re: The last of the BUNCH

Univac->Sperry Univac->Sperry->Unisys (the popular alternative at the time was "Spurroughs")

Unisys have had some fine products, a great OS, and some innovative ideas on hardware. What they have never had in the 30+ years I worked on their kit in my opinion, is any kind of vision for how and where to move forward and market it to the world.

They also suck balls when it comes to PR. In the 80s, if you booked an airline ticket in the western world the chances were better than 80% that your transaction passed through Unisys kit at some point in the process. I'll bet you never knew that, even if you are old enough for it to have mattered to you.

In the early 90s I was asked by an IBM DBA how much data we lost when we had a disc failure/recovery, and I didn't understand the question, because for me the answer was "none" and had been for years. I just assumed everyone was on the same page as Unisys when it came to low-level integrated recovery but for other manufacturers it was apparently rocket science made of unobtanium. It was easy to take this sort of stuff for granted because Unisys didn't make a big deal out of their achievements, something everyone else calls "marketing" and understands as essential for business.

Unisys were also open before there was a popular recognition of the term. If you wanted to know how anything worked they would not only give you a manual, they'd show you the code. This prepared me badly for dealing with the "so far and no further shall ye tread" Black Box world of IBM I inhabit these days.

Ah f*ck it. If Unisys don't care, why should anyone else?

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The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking close at hand

And they wept like anything to see the legacy of Rand

"If only there were strategy" they said, "It would be grand".

"If seven men with seven brains worked on what to do

Do you suppose", the Walrus said, "that they could get a clue?"

"I doubt it" said the Carpenter, and took a sniff of glue.

"Oh customers do walk with us" the Walrus did entreat

"And buy once more our lovely kit" (the thought of sales were sweet)

"Some products from the dawn of time your business needs will meet".

"But wait a bit" the customers cried "before we go and sign"

"This kit is from the nineties, have you no newer design?"

"I doubt it" said the Walrus "put your name down on the line".

"Oh customers" said the Carpenter "you've had a pleasant run"

"But our RDBMS is still on version none"

"Can we sell you something else like Cool Ice e're we're done?"

The Carpenter stood waiting for an answer in the sun,

But he stood in vain because of answers there came none,

And that was scarce surprising 'cause they'd b*tt-f*cked everyone.

Again.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Punative Treadmills. Finally a use for all those hackers clogging up perfectly good prisons. Also: promotes healthy exercise for the incarcerated. Go in an overweight geek with a penchant for cheetos, come out a lean, clean, running machine with a great health insurance profile and thunderthighs. Give prizes and incentives for over-capacity hamstering to encourage dilligence: No-Lashes Friday, that sort of thing.

I see no downside to this plan.

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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In your face, DeGrasse Tyson!

All time-wasting thing-renamers should now move over so real scientists can work at getting humans there for a proper look in a decent timescale.

We need anti-matter and a way to store it economically, and we need it yesterday. Otherwise everyone will be stuck on this mudball listening to the time-wasting telescope-and-robot brigade forever.

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Oracle storage analytics break Oracle storage appliances

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Re: know what you're doing

That pre-supposes Oracle ever wrote down such information and is willing to show you what they wrote.

Neither of these is a given.

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The classic example of that is the Unisys ASCII COBOL problem that "goes away" when "MONITOR ALL" is used, but knowledgeable types just tell the Expert Programmer to use extra option 7 on the compiler so they will get an error when their "logic" zooms off the end of a table. The monitor code simply pads out everything so the table pointer is still within bounds (but wrong).

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

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The giveaway was the offer of "LLysergic Acid Dai-ethylamide".

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Why the hell connect cars to the net anyway?

Great question, but a better one is "why are the brakes connected to a computer that has a web interface?"

Every time I think I've seen the apogee of automobile stupidity some idiotic designer comes along with an extra solid fuel booster and a zippo.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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rugby shirt, kilt and Cat boots

I, an Englishman from Coventry, once shared a cube with an Irish-Irish American from Montgomery NJ by way spiritually of Kilarney, an Indian from Bangalore and a Chinese American chap from Queens.

I was browsing the interwebs in search of work stuff like CDs and interesting work-related cat videos and came across the then-new Utilikilt. I was dead excited by this provocative fashion statement and mooted the idea of Kilt Friday once a month.

The one guy who refused point-blank to have anything to do with it? The Irish-Irish American.

*Irish-Irish American: One who celebrated his heritage to the point of teaching Irish Step Dancing to co-workers in his lunchbreak desite their protests and who visited The Auld Country once every year even though he hated the cuisine and plumbing. Positively reeked of Guinness and hurley.

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If your "geeks" can't figure out proper attire for the office, perhaps you don't need them as badly as you think. Such behavior indicates a lack of engagement with the workforce which can (and does in my experience) translate before long into interminable personnel issues and complaints.

Businesses don't need to coddle. Geeks are two-a-penny, there's always a fresh batch cooking in the halls of "learning" and I've yet to see any business collapse when their coddled geek du jour decided he was better than them and packed his bags for pastures new.

In the words of Sherman Potter to Charles Winchester: *No-one* is that good.

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So they want you to wear long trousers like a grown-up and one of the golf shirts you collected in wardrobes full from the last Tech Expo?

Intolerable!

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

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Pfft!

Sometimes science goes bang. That's why we do it.

Who could stand the utter tedium of doing a titration if their very life didn't hang in the balance because of the presence of unstable, shock-sensitive chemicals or flammables with a high vapour pressure standing in a beaker next to an open flame?

If you can't stand the heat, don't break out the Bunsen burner.

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All wristjobs are as insecure as $#@%, reveals unsurprising research

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The danger to the iWatch wearer is significant. Consider: you are minding your own business in one of the thirty seven Starbux near work and some yob hacks your timepiece and replaces the time display with a custom one. In a trice, An iSherrif leaps from behind the organic chocolate chip cookie display and slaps you, the innocent iFan, with an iSuppoena pending ruinous sueage.

Oh the humanity!

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I thought it was 64.3% of facts are made up?

You made that up.

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Re: Precedent exists

Precedent exists

... for emergency responders to do damage as required to complete their mission. Park in front of a fire hydrant and they'll break your car windows and run the hoses straight through it.

Yes, I saw "Backdraft" too.

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Re: Not drones

Pfft. Hacker/Cracker.

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

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So no-one caught the "heat-seeking" missile in a wildfire thing?

Tsk! "Engineers".

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I can't see why they don't just bring down these drones with shoulder-launched heat-seeking missiles.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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The Great and Powerful Oz doesn't run his own mailserver for crucial Linux business?

How unexpected.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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He wrote the words. He wrote the music. He learned to play a staggering array of instruments on which he plays his music while he ... sings ... his words.

So, if anyone has any right to say how the music in question gets distributed it is Neil Young. If you think your opinion should matter more, start making your own music. Sampling other people's stuff and remixing it doesn't count. Original works or properly attributed covers only (you can hire people to play the instruments if you can't be arsed to spend the time learning how yourself).

Can't stand much of Neil Young's work personally, so no great loss to me either way, but as far as I'm concerned those with no skin in the game have no say about it.

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