* Posts by Efros

1190 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

Efros
Silver badge

Re: Excellent

Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. Although the actuality is hotly contested particularly by the Church of Scientology. There is little but anecdotal evidence that the bet was ever made, Heinlein's contribution is generally felt to have been the novel "Stranger in a Strange Land", which is possibly one of the most enjoyable anti religion pieces ever written. You grok?

30
1

Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Efros
Silver badge

Give 'em a taste

and they will want more and better.

1
0

'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

Efros
Silver badge

Hit 'em where it hurts

Right in the spank bank!

3
1

BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Efros
Silver badge

Re: Dummy Mode...

We had a theory about this, some individuals have the biological equivalent of an anti thump circuit. We've all met them you say something and then a few seconds later there is a movement in their eyes and a dawning realization that someone spoke to them. Essentially instead of protecting speakers from the thump of a suddenly connected mains supply, the biological anti thump circuit protects the feeble brained from sensory and motor neuron overload by preventing them firing in quick succession of each other.

14
0

Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

Efros
Silver badge

Re: Hunger determination

That's 'Purth' talk that is.

2
0
Efros
Silver badge

Hunger determination

Several degrees of hunger have been observed in Scotland

1) Ah'm guttin - I have a pain in the midriff is it dinner time?

2) Ah could eat a scabby dug - I really am quite peckish is it time to eat?

3) Ah'm that hungry I'd eat a shit pie - I'm that hungry I'd even consider some fruit.

4) That pie wiz boggin' - I still ate it though!

None of these are quantitative and setting them in any particular order is dependent upon a variety of variables not least of which being the availability of deep fried pizza, which is likely to provoke the first three prior to consumption and the 4th post consumption.

14
0

How Remix's Android will eat the world

Efros
Silver badge

For Shits and Giggles

I put Remix on a fast USB 3 drive and plugged it into an i7 4790K desktop and booted it from the USB, holy crap!

5
0

We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

Efros
Silver badge

Re: On point 3

Office is at work!

4
0
Efros
Silver badge

On point 3

My work issues us with a MacBook Air, after much probing and eventually a f2f meeting with the tech director it came to light that they held us financially responsible for anything, absolutely anything that happened to said piece of kit. When pushed on this I was told that they have a very reasonable insurance scheme to cover for any such damage/loss. I asked if the laptop was necessary for me for my job, they assured me it was, I then suggested that if it was that necessary then they should pay the insurance, they refused and so my MBA currently resides in the bottom drawer of my locked filing cabinet in my office. I use my own laptop.

21
0

Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

Efros
Silver badge

They've lost the place...

which is of course presuming they had it in the first place.

So the app of brevity is hooked up to the sport with the biggest ratio of inactivity to action there is. 60 minutes of an American Football game contains on average 11 minutes of actual play, and can take up to 3.5 hours to complete.

3
0

Champagne weekend for Blue Origin with third launch

Efros
Silver badge

With purple crew capsule?

5
0

Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

Efros
Silver badge

MSDOS/Apple DOS prankage

A batchfile silently executed on boot to display corrupted messages to the screen with a C: drive failure message, used this frequently to stop weekend use of my PC and the instrumentation it was connected to by arseheads who wanted to play Dungeon and/or Star Trek.

Best one I saw/heard was someone in the same lab who had setup an Apple IIe with some speech synthesis (yeah it was that long ago) set to scream "Get your Effing hands off me" should anyone touch the wrong key combination to unlock the IIe. Measures taken to prevent budding computer experts (in their own estimation only, in everyone else's they were pillocks) faffing about with some carefully crafted 6502 assembler.

7
0

Foxconn pays £2.5bn to swallow Sharp in cut-price takeover deal

Efros
Silver badge

How the mighty have fallen

Were the bees knees in affordable turntables and styli for a while.

1
1

Amazon ports Alexa voice assistant to Raspberry Pi

Efros
Silver badge

Something very

Creepy about the whole Alexa/Echo thing. I remain to be convinced of any advantage to the user that is not outweighed by the advantage to the supplier... but they still want to charge you an eye watering price for the Echo, and even more disturbing is that people, a lot of people judging by the reviews on Amazon, are willing to buy them.

1
0

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

Efros
Silver badge

Re: Why Touch?

You'll get downvotes for stating irrefutable facts that others don't like.

3
1
Efros
Silver badge

Re: Small != Small

I have to agree, I use a Samsung Mega 6.3. Advancing years and diminishing eyesight make it essential to have a generous screen. I really wouldn't be averse to an 8" tablet with bluetooth phone functionality, even at 6.3" I still have the occasional issue so a bit bigger would be nice (oooer missus!).

2
0

Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

Efros
Silver badge

Not before time!

Forty quid for a single pdf, that I wrote!

20
0

Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Efros
Silver badge

Re: "In reality, Windows 10 today is nothing like as bad as its reputation."

That works providing you don't have to do anything out of the ordinary internet/office stuff.

0
4
Efros
Silver badge

Re: The roads always suck where the traffic is busiest

W10 will install from a USB 3 stick to an SSD in about the same time.

0
9
Efros
Silver badge

Re: Its not Windows 10

Yep I have a two 2006 vintage quad core Q6600s running W10, faultlessly and with SSD boot drives at more than acceptable speed. Not touched either of them in terms of hardware upgrade (excluding the SSDs and a replacement PSU for one of them) in just shy of 10 years, one of them runs 24/7 and the other probably 3-6 hours daily.

5
0
Efros
Silver badge

Re: Where are the facts no one likes Win 10?

Anecdotal evidence is so convincing.

Almost all criticism of 10 I hear is from people who don't use it. Similarly OS X, Ubuntu etc. etc.

They all have their problems, they all have their solutions, they all have their detractors and adherents. Personally I use W10 daily and don't have any major issues once I have it setup the way I want it, I also use OS X on a daily basis and have no major issues apart from the awful UI and the god awful Apple office apps, Ubuntu and Mint I use infrequently and have niggles with those too. Point is you use what is best for you and your environment, if and when you've used any OS for an extended period of time that is when you can tell someone whether you think it will do what they want or need with relative ease. For the average user, W10 is probably the only real solution at the moment, even with its faults, niggles, foibles and inbuilt telemetry. I'd say very few people on here are the average user.

4
24

US Supremes to hear Samsung's gripes about the patent system after Apple billed it $550m

Efros
Silver badge

Bellendous spunktrumpet

Has become my favourite expression of contempt lately.

6
1

Microsoft to add a touch of Chrome to Edge

Efros
Silver badge

I wish they'd develop

tools to stop Edge grabbing default program status for pdfs. It keeps nicking it from PDF-Viewer on one of my machines. Better still an uninstaller. Only time I've deliberately run it is immediately after a Windows 10 install to go and download Chrome.

3
0

Microsoft adds OneDrive to bug bounty program

Efros
Silver badge

Pity it's only bugs

If it was annoyances with Onedrive they'd go bankrupt... mind same could be said of most firms' software.

1
0

Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

Efros
Silver badge

Kills 99.9% of all known germs... dead!

leaving the strong, resilient 0.1% to kill off the humans.

0
0

Jump aboard our load balancing Maglev, Google tells devs

Efros
Silver badge

Maglev

Just a contraction of magnetic levitation, which the Japanese train uses as its mean of propulsion. The train in your linked article is the SCMaglev, Super Conducting Maglev train.

2
0

IBM wants to harden your 'data centre on wheels'. Yes, your car

Efros
Silver badge

"harden your 'data centre on wheels'"

Few tattoos, couple of cheek scars and a decked out Escort XR3 no doubt.

3
0

Plucky cable billionaires defeat menace of small-town broadband

Efros
Silver badge

And...

The fix is in.

Wonderful to see that graft still has its place.

3
0

Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

Efros
Silver badge

No Security Breach

Just no fixing "stupid" I suppose.

4
0

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

Efros
Silver badge

Non intrusive and relevant

I'll turn off my ad-blocker when an ad doesn't add to the screen load time significantly, doesn't occupy a major fraction of the screen, isn't screaming at me audibly or visually and is actually pertinent to the content I'm viewing. As to blocking ad blockers, go ahead, Forbes already lost my page hits because of this, so fuck 'em!

12
0

Former US anti-terror chief tears into FBI over iPhone unlocking case

Efros
Silver badge

Re: Barack Hussein Obama the Al Qaeda cell...

OK either you forgot the joke icon or you are seriously deluded!

25
0

Flash – aaah-aarrgh! Patch now as hackers exploit fresh holes

Efros
Silver badge

hackers exploit fresh holes

Brought to mind the spoof version of the film rather than the Queen soundtracked one. With one of the all time great quotes

Monster: [after being shot in the bum by Flesh Gordon] Ooh, the pain! The humiliation! The haemorrhoids!

0
0

Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

Efros
Silver badge

Re: Speed not the problem

Depends on where you live.

1
0
Efros
Silver badge

You don't have to be that far from populated areas to get questionable signal and be reduced to a single carrier. I live about 20 miles from the state capital and only have a single carrier to choose from and frequently lose signal, I'm lucky to get 2 bars in my house and frequently get missed missed calls, i.e. calls that have been made, that are not picked up by the receiving handset and are not transferred to voicemail.

1
0
Efros
Silver badge

Speed not the problem

Local monopolies or duopolies for vast swathes of the country and cartels for what's remaining are the fundamental issue. 2 phones, unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB data shared $118 per month, no alternative coverage in this area.

9
0

Don't fear PC-pocalypse, Chromebooks, two-in-ones 'will save us'

Efros
Silver badge

Education march

Will be picking up pace, school districts are under the cosh financially in the US, especially in rural areas, even more so with Republicans in power locally. The Apple deals are less and less affordable and the hardware more and more irritating to work with. Our district will not be replacing our current 1 to 1 MacBook Airs (circa 1000 machines) when they exhaust the contract in 2 years, it is looking highly likely we will be moving to Chromebooks. Google's year on year costs and the benefits offered compared to Apple are very favourable.

5
0

IBM pimps Watson out to Hilton robot for concierge duty

Efros
Silver badge

Phew

Looks nothing like an ED 209!

0
0

Don't snoop on staff via wearables, says Dutch privacy agency

Efros
Silver badge

I would

attach the fitbit to my dog's collar and let my pooch baffle their analysis.

6
0

Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

Efros
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Politicians and Maths don't mix

"Would it be improper to suggest that 10000000/2 is a fraction?"

No but it would be vulgar.

4
0

Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

Efros
Silver badge

Interesting use

of the "think of the children card"

Seems the politicos and the enforcement agencies can be played at their own game.

8
0

MAME goes fully FOSS

Efros
Silver badge

You have described Fallout 4 to a tee!

7
0

Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

Efros
Silver badge

WiFi

One of the Black Arts. Routers and dongles and for that matter those mini pci WiFI nics are all PITA to get going in a reliable configuration if you happen to use more than a single WiFi network. In the course of a single day my laptop probably changes network about 5 or 6 times, from home to work and back again. None of these changes happens smoothly always something pops up, usually a yellow exclamation mark triangle informing me there is no internet connection, which magically disappears about 30 seconds later. Must be the card/configuration I hear you say, maybe but I get similar little annoyances on my tablet and my phone. The tablet will occasionally go into an obtaining IP address loop which it never does until I reboot it, sometimes tempted to do this with my size 12s I might add. My students all have Apple MBA and if they don't reboot their laptops when they come into the building then they get no internet connection, so the little foibles don't seem to be isolated to Android/MS kit. Whatever the reason I can safely agree with others on this forum that WiFi is just a barrel of spiders to an arachnophobe in terms of friendliness to its users, and 15 years or so experience of using and configuring routers just shows how messed up and consumer unfriendly a consumer device can be.

4
0

Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

Efros
Silver badge

Like it's worked before

"My natural political instinct is that self-regulation and co-operation is the key to resolving these challenges,"

Self-regulation works so well whenever there's shitloads of cash to be made by not regulating. Makes me think his political instinct is really not that good.

13
1

Huawei Honor 5X: Swishy fingerprint tech for the mid-range

Efros
Silver badge

Dammit

I was offered one of these for review but had to decline as my part of the US hinterland doesn't support GSM phones, CDMA only up here! Looks like a good un!

0
0

Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

Efros
Silver badge

Media really operating on 1 cylinder

No mention of this on any of the major news sites, seems the bury it 'neath the EU debate ploy is working.

18
0
Efros
Silver badge

So no change

Employ experts, experts report, they don't say what you want, ignore said experts and do what you were going to do anyway. Same old (s)tory.

42
0

Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

Efros
Silver badge

Buy what you need

Don't buy preconfigured off the shelf, take the time to spec your laptop yourself, TBH any of the major manufacturers will be fine. Do you need a 17" screen, do you need a HiRes screen, do you need a quad core, do you need an SSD boot drive? All questions that are easily answered and will steer you towards the machine that will do what you need. I got the machine I needed for about $700 18 months ago, 15", 1366 x 768 (all I need), quad core, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB secondary, 802.11ac. No problems since purchase, because it wasn't off the shelf it took about 3 weeks to build and get here but it was worth the wait. Oh and when it arrives, wipe the sucker and put a clean install on there, Toshiba's bloatware was among the worst and their driver organization in terms of locating them on their website used to be a frigging nightmare.

1
0

Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

Efros
Silver badge

Re: How about

Pretty much what I have apart from the KVM extender, I use an rf mini KB and touchpad and an rf remote for media stuff. The HTPC is a venerable, 10 years old, Q6600 with 4GB RAM and a 16TB media tank attached via USB 3.0, housed in the basement and hooked up to my living room 52" plasma with a long VGA/audio cable. One of the HDMI channels on the TV is hooked to my gaming PC, (hex core, 16GB RAM, GTX 750 Ti, and rf full KB and mouse), which sits next to the HTPC in the basement.

2
0

Pentagon to Dept of Defense: Give us $580bn for cyberwar and spacewar

Efros
Silver badge

Just a comment

this is about 5 times the estimated cost of free college for all US students.

4
1

BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

Efros
Silver badge

Re: Quibblage

Or Hund's Laptop Rule of maximum multiplicity, no two laptops on the same floor can occupy the same desktop if another unoccupied desktop is available.

1
0

Forums