* Posts by Spoonsinger

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

Spoonsinger

So is....

tickling the bearded clam and licking the sauce from the chocolate starfish OK?

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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Re: how to nuke this crap

Actually probably easier just restoring to a point previous to the 'patches', then just turn off updates. Then think about what you actually want from your computer.

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Well this sucks...

I was waiting till my dotage before going full on hair shirt.

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Hidden password-stealing malware lurking in your GPU card? Intel Security thinks not

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Re: Microsoft even requires BIOS vendors to disable PCI...

BIOS? it's all UEFI nowadays - and you get stuff like http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/12/lenovo_firmware_nasty/ happening. You don't need sexy hardware based vector attacks when easier software ones are available.

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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Fixing Beebs?

I always thought when at school, with five people playing planetoid at the same time - each having a different key to press(*) - that the Beeb was fairly indestructible.

(*) They weren't particularly progressive games in terms of getting to the end, but were fun. However it was more productive than the use it was being put too - which was nothing, because it was just dumped on the school with actually no point. (a then remote farming land school didn't really require a computer at that time).

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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Re: "I'm wondering how much of their riches are due to not paying for some competent programmers."

Maybe, just maybe, competent programmers would rather actually do other stuff. Not saying competent programmers couldn't fix the problem for - you know - money. But given the choice probably not that interesting to write and maintain an API to display stuff on various platforms in a browser and take flak for not considering every possibility situation. There are way easier methods to earn money.

Programmers arn't nurses. We do stuff for money and fun, (probably mostly fun). So if you are going down that "why can't programmers do this" route. It's because they really don't have to and if pushed can find other fields to ply their skills while still being surly - but actually getting the job done.

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BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

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This is starting to look like these 'failures' are one of those new fangled 'banking' scams. i.e. they 'have a problem' with their systems, peoples payments bounces, charges are incurred. A certain percentage of those people who have charges won't complain or get redress. Yeh! profit for bank or banks - it an oligarchy after all. I suspect a cycle. Place your bets on the next bank to have 'problems' with their basic accounting processes.

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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Erm.. my phone is a flippy 'feature' phone , (a tad old, but in that wine colour).

Reasons:-

1) Although old, it still last a few weeks between charges.

2) Don't really need it to do anything apart from make calls, do some SMS, take occasional low quality photos.

3) Doesn't break when you put it in your pocket, (or actually give you an over prominent bulge in such areas)

4) Doesn't have a contract

5) When people, (i.e. friends - who are in their 40's), laugh at you for having it, you are then totally in your rights to tell them to f**k off or actually pick away at all the things which are wrong with them or their life with no guilt at all.

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

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The quoted article comments are basically...

'Why oh! Why don't they think of the children?' after handing the child a loaded handgun. (Ignoring the fact the only place they should get a loaded hand gun is from a railway siding or from a local friendly gang member - or is that porn?. Anyway If you don't understand it, don't give it to your children).

(Nice click bait though).

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Re: U.K. National Grid Status

Interesting that no oil. Even though it's quite cheap at the moment. Biomass, (@ 5.85%), is quite interesting because that's going to include straw burning - and if you've lived near a straw burning power station, you'll know that the local youth love nothing better than to set light to a large stack of straw stuck in a field, thus negating the 'clean' credentials of the power station itself - but that probably isn't calculated in the 'green' aspect.

(Also 6.84% for wind at the time of writing).

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Well, as there are only a few minutes to go:-

Options:-

1) It's some boring 'there is a planet nearby' thing, (well light years away, but shows signs of being a planet) - a previous poster did that more eloquently.

2) There is a planet nearby and it has life, (and not the bacterial kind - the radio transmitty coming to suck your brains type thing). But... It's just a Watchmen type ruse to make us all, (i.e. current humanity), hug together in a Princess Diana type emotional explosion. (Resulting in an age of scientific fervor and zealot theological endeavour - so no change there).

3) It's not a Watchmen type ruse, and they are coming to get us.

4) It's just NASA doing what they do. (Which is generally quite boring if you were brought up on 70's NASA conspiracy movies).

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Re :- "Meeting a cold dwarf hasn't put off NASA one bit"

I will take umbrage at the cold dwarf thing. It seems obvious that it has internal activity and therefore is actually a proper planet rather than a lump of icy rock and shouldn't be shunted into the whole 'lump of solar detritus' category. Besides Carl Sagan managed to get nine planets on the plaque of the Pioneer missions, (and he was a clever bloke). Modern day people are going to just confuse the aliens with their PC revisionism.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: I'm puzzled...

I think you'll find that people talked about applications being 'apps' way before Apple stuck their sticky snozzles in. (Which is basically a reason why Apple couldn't clamp down on the usage of the term).

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: He was a drug dealer

I can think of quite a few pubs in the local area where I could buy drugs from their denizens. Does this mean that the councilors who allow the pubs to get a license which in in turn have drug trafficking begin conducted on their premises should be banged up in the clink? (Yeh! less libdems).

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Everything that's new is crap

"Yup. I've consulted at two companies in the last 5 years and more developers and IT operations techs are getting Mac laptops because of simplicity and Unix"

No idea what that is about. The only thing I can think is that those 'developers' are doing web page type stuff - which is basically type setting without the messy ink stuff.

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Facebook preps for class action lawsuit as angry EU mob lawyer up

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Re: This action is fundamentally misguided

" If I am registered with Facebook's subsidiary in Ireland, it should logically be Irish law governing what they can do with my data.Otherwise, why have the Irish subsidiary?"

I think it's something to do with how technology/progress can outstrip convention/laws quite quickly in short sharp bursts.

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

Spoonsinger

Obviously the best way to find if there is actually a back door is to install the software, then write on a twelve year old girls/boys facebook page "I'm a peado! come work for ISIS with us in Syria on our new chemical/biological ordnance project". (a bit like Computer Futures sell speech, but less seedy). That should draw attention. Then you can see if they can break into you HDD.

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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

Spoonsinger

I'm still waiting for my shiny silver suit and jetpack,

but in the mean time isn't this technology actually available to everyone in this day and age? It's just whether you have the motivation/time/funding to employ it which is the problem.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

Spoonsinger

Re: -Adobe Photoshop inventor Thomas Knoll???

'creator', I think is the word you are looking for.

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PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

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Re: -PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

Umm maybe. Well until it's found out what the actual Windows X+ licensing will be when it's released. (i.e. it's all a bit foggy at the moment for the up and coming release in that respect)

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Re: "QuickEdit Mode"

Umm - well on Win7 anyway in quick "QuickEdit Mode" you can highlight and right mouse click to copy, then right mouse click to paste what you just highlighted. (Ctrl+C, Crtl+V just gives ^C & ^V respectively). Was it better in XP? (like some sort of weird deprecated feature - like a usable file explorer?).

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

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Re: A year ago the price was 36

Buy on the build up to the new release, but sell before the release. That seems to be the common pattern on such things. Also don't look at what you could have made if you held out, just relish in the fact you made a profit.

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Re: "hell, they should be forced to use Windows ME."

Really? bringing up ME? - (in the parlance of the youth of today - apparently), "that's so last century". Shirely you could get a more modern example of their shenanigans?

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Umm, I have this device....

It's sitting next to me. Built out of bits and pieces, (actually quite good bits and pieces) and running a legal version of Windows 7 Pro. I'm totally willing to support this device till it dies or becomes obsolete to my work.

The question is "will they support this device, if I upgrade, until the motherboards caps burn and die"? If so can I continue to upgrade to future Windows 'n', (where 'n' is bigger or equal to 'X'), with a different motherboard but same setup, without significant hassle and cost, based on my current setup?

ps

I'm totally prepared to coax this setup to the foreseeable future. (which is a lot shorter as you get older and a lot longer than the young perceive - but they will have the enjoyment of that time dilation experience later)

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

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Re:- by going to Maplin.

Everytime I go to my local Maplin I get accosted by spotty teen floor staff at the entrance asking whether 'they can help?'. It's probably the most annoying shopping experience I've endured trying to actually get into a shop while wanting to purchase the thing I need immediately. Knowing their mark up is based on the emergency factor anyway, they should preclude having to run that annoying gauntlet to get the bits people need.

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In the Year of Our Bong, 2015

Spoonsinger

Obviously bongs should also go to.

1) IT/Tech sites which went all touch friendly, abet not going the full monty because they like their icon design - so it's naff on a big screen and naff on a tablet.

2) IT/Tech sites which employ moderators who are too young, (or ignorant), to know that Gupta SQL Windows was actually a product.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

Spoonsinger

Actually this highlights quite a nice free market competition lead peer review system developing.

i.e.

Company G) Companies M software has a bug, we've told them, they didn't do anything about it, we will tell everyone else. (including the punters).

Company M) Oh!, you're going to play it like that are you? OK, this is the bug we told you about sometime back and you didn't do anything about it. Finger is now hovering over the 'enter' key. Not backing down? ok!, it's pressed.

(Some iterations of above later).

Company G) Ok, point taken. But what if we pool our efforts, (because you and us have common ground now), we can go after that Company A - mainly because they are smug and can be quite lackadaisical.

Win win for the consumer.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Spoonsinger

Right I have had the time to look at this on a tablet.

Yes!, you have made it all big chubby finger friendly, but at what cost? The chubby fingered couldn't give a fig about IT. I suspect most of your viewers are in work, (i.e. not retired - the most chubby fingered of them lot), and view it at their desktop. (i.e. a proper screen with keyboard/mouse combination and don't want to scroll down through white space for a quick IT infomation fix).

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WTF have you done to this site?

It looks all crappy circa 2011 tablet orientated. (Basically the same sort of kak Ars Technica did and that was - and still is - just pants).

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New look ?

Spoonsinger

WTF have you done to this site?

It looks all crappy circa 2011 tablet orientated. (Basically the same sort of kak Ars Technica did and that was - and still is - just pants).

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Spoonsinger

Wow! - I mean WOW!

Why all the hate from various posters and in fact the article writer? I mean Sir Clive isn't going to come around to your house and shoot you in the face for not buying into it. Just move on if you don't have an interest.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Re: "I wouldn't touch normal US bacon with a shitty stick "

Agreed US bacon is shite, but it would normally be covered with some sort of syrup. The trick is knowing if that syrup is HFCS based or actual maple.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: not “plug compatible” in software terms

Good point on the 100mBit thingy - although people these days are spoiled - I remember bla, bla, bla. Anyway I was just going for the 'If you can find a trusted source of software' bit.

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Re: not “plug compatible” in software terms

Re:- "In theory - Beagle same as PI is a 100MBit Ethernet. So if you are looking at 1G which is essential for a decent thin client this will do (if you can find a trusted source of software)."

The Beaglebone Black already has an O/S & desktop on board when you get it, so no need to download anything if you don't want to.

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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Re: Windows 8.0->8.1->8.1u1->8.1u2 !!!

Sigh. Windows 8.1 is a different O/S version to Windows 8. It's not a service patch. What's so difficult about this concept? (Well obviously apart from the naming convention, but we are all grown ups here and the nomenclature is irrelevant).

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Re: Does anybody know how many XP patches have been released since support expired?

Yes. Somebody out their knows - but I suspect you'll have to define your terms more clearly to get an accurate answer.

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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Re: Why Split Windows 8 - misleading

Because they are different O/S versions and not just a simple service patch. You might as well say why not combine Vista/Windows 7 or Win2k & XP.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Coat

Re: What?

Yep!, ignorant peeps believe in a panacea. Not saying I cared for most of those examples you gave, but the platform has kept a roof over my head for the period you stated, and hasn't when applied appropriately over your somewhat short period,(in the scheme of things), provided anything unresolvable, in the sphere of the technology it encompasses then and now.

Yes I hate their internal politics, horrible business practices, and the fact when something is deprecated they manage to remove it from their support sites almost immediately - ignoring the fact that the internet has a memory. Yet they still provide a viable option for peeps who have a life, (both in a development role or support). IGMC -because.

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Revolution is for the youngsters - but they will get old eventually and know.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

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I'm old - as I've never heard of him.

Anyway nice Telegraph style advertising piece. (I only assume it's an advertising piece because you don't normally do this for other books - be it praise worthy or not.)

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Lights off, nappies on! It's Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within

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Happy

Re: Is that a...

I assume you are talking about "The lights are on, but nobody's home. Or so it seems" piccy.

Yes!, - probably one of the weird keyboard ones. (Although they have put on those flimsy eighties plastic filter things over the screen to make it B&W rather than B&G. Not sure how they did that, but it's the future!).

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Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks

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Re: 1023x768

I think you are missing a column. Maybe send it back :-)

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Windows

Re: "UNIX generally uses Ctrl-Insert to copy, and Shift-Insert to paste....."

This is also true for Windows 'Windowed' Applications - generally(*), but obviously not the CMD line. Always preferred Ctrl-Insert/Shift-Insert over Ctrl-C/V - Maybe my hands are too large or hang over the keyboard in a more UNIX'y fashion? :-)

(*) Most applications which don't support that seem to be cross platform jobbies.

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Headmaster

Pah!, back in the day...

ref "Nudist On The Late Shift" - Po Bronson.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Windows

Read all the above and now feel abit peckish.

Buttered Bath Buns!

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Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

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Coat

Upright '!'s....

Is it actually possible to get a consistent Register standard on Yahoo !'s. (i.e. whether it's italic or upright). It's just confusing. That's to say if '!' in italics is a different slant, (erm), to a story over an upright '!', then it would be helpful to know where the Register is coming from on any particular article. (Obviously a Reg articles will be pointedly witty in this respect anyway, but a joke is only pertinent if the audience as a whole gets it. Terminology is a form of exclusion. In jokes more so)

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Windows

What are you waiting for?

Erm, I was waiting for Sir Sinclair to pop and say "Hey! You! No! You can't go sticking my royally appointed name on any old horribly designed product. I could do that myself. Besides everyone knows that a PSION series 5 makes a cooler looking Spectrum Emulator even if it's on a black on grey screen." (His words probably not mine).

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Alistair Dabbs

">> the Will Self of the IT world

>Except much shorter, poorer and less likely to get published in New Statesman or The Guardian. I >know this because I tried.

Their loss."

Maybe if he dressed up like Molly Ringwald?

(Not saying that's a good tactic, and probably not a good look for him, but.... - nope just write for the Register thank you very much, gentile poverty is the way to go)

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