* Posts by Alistair Dabbs

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Pastures New.

It's not impossible. Something about this reminds me of champion cyclist David Millar practically leading investigators to the syringes on his bedside table: it's said he'd had enough and subconsciously "wanted out".

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Re: Good riddance, I say

Are you invading Steve Coogan's privacy by quoting what he once said? Isn't Steve Coogan acting like a tabloid newspaper by blurting out his cruel opinions of celebrities he doesn't know personally?

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>> Go fuck your hands you blubbery, bilious bunch of baboon-faced bastards.

I've read that before. Was it Captain Haddock in Secret of the Unicorn?

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>> disgraceful attack on the LGBT community

One of the Facebook comments in question claimed that JC was a misogynist (which he may well be for all I know) because he used the word "c*nt" as a term of abuse. Earlier in the post, the same person had already called him, apparently without any sense of irony, a "prick".

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Re: CompuServe computer magazine Forum

It was CLIFEUK. Disappointingly nothing to do with fish but the UK edition of Computer Life.

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Re: How Internet chat works

An animated GIF? Fascist.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Correcting the facts

Thanks for the clarification. Whenever I saw a message telling me that I had to dick about with winsock to make it work, or change my version of winsock, or insert winsock up my arse, etc, what I really ought to have done was tell myself: "Oh, never mind. Winsock's just a copycat of the *nix sockets interface, which is supposed to enable easy porting of already existing *nix networking applications and utilities to Windows. So it's OK that it doesn't work."

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Re: Ahh CL

InDesign doesn't do 'lorem ipsum' precisely but it's another part-randomised, mashed-up Cicero variant, I think. PageMaker used 'lorem ipsum' and I believe WordPress used to (still does?) when you preview themes. Which makes me wonder... do the Vatican newspaper subs have a spellchecker?

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Re: Just one more thing...

I don't think I ever met anyone who had actually animated a gif

What, like this one?

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Re: Ahh CL

the infamous "Type some shit in here please" Amiga Format issue

Thank you x100 for the link to the page scan. I use this exact anecdote regularly in my training courses with respect to the use of 'dummy' text. I'm a strong believer that the reason why Adobe InDesign uses faux Latin for its dummy text (as opposed to 'lazy brown fox' or indeed 'type some shit in here' etc) is that it will always get flagged up during a spell check. Now I have a copy of the original page to show everyone too. Thanks again.

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Re: It was crap but...

In the eBook publishing industry, we have to put up with this all the time. We have perfectly acceptable EPUB standards but when will we ever see an eBook reader that respects them properly or a creative package that supports them correctly?

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Re: Ahh CL

I'm pleased that Computer Life is fondly remembered. I did several freelance stints on the UK edition, starting as production editor, then CD editor and CompuServe sysop for CLIFEUK. There was no such role as a web editor in those days, although someone later pointed out to me that Britain's "first ever magazine website" (Futurenet) only got going some months after I artlessly coded my handful of CL pages.

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Re: In a wonderful piece of irony...

Apparently the alignment of my mugshot is obsolete. It's the story of my life.

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Re: non European character sets

ISIS must be bricking it without IE.

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Re: "I'm on the internet....."

Good piece but really of most value to those who will never read it.

When I publish my book, I'll print that on the dust jacket.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Asturian goat cheese and a substantial slab of provolone

When I get back from the pub, these ingredients are inexplicably missing from my fridge.

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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As SEO-friendly expressions go, that one's probably a bit of a failure.

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Re: Vinegar and Cat’s Piss

Enough to avoid the gym I go to, anyway.

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

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Re: gut flora

But this is my point: if it's unique, it's a security nightmare. As soon as the biometric data is stolen, what do you do? Change your gut flora?

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Re: A bit over the top, but...

implanting it into the user's hand

The gadget would be out of date before the stitches healed.

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Re: Is it just me?

Your password is as secure as you choose to make it.

Whereas it's perfectly OK for my biometric identity to be in the public domain? BTW, Apple treats your fingerprint as your password on iOS devices.

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Re: A bit over the top, but...

1. YOUR FINGERPRINT DOES NOT AUTHENTICATE YOU TO THE BANK!!

This is true. However, your scenario only considers the possibility of a user's phone being stolen. My opinion is that the greater threat is that the bank allows all of ITS records to be pilfered.

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Re: Wishful thinking as a platform

Thankfully, the UK Government has an excellent track record in rolling out IT systems.

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Re: Weird.

Are you implying that this column was a joke that we all got?

How dare you imply that my column is a joke? I'll have you know, it's written as a tutorial.

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Re: Trouble is, that's only going to work for ~50% of the population…

nipple geometry could work

Might need some tweaking.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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Re: Why go back to Nixon?

I was looking for old and new non-contentious examples. That Nixon lied his head off while sending young Americans to their death is a matter of public record, as is blatant truth-bending by Britain's chief accountant. Opinions on Obama's healthcare stumbles, however, remain politically loaded and open to interpretation

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But then, identifying moronic gullibility on social networks should also be easy. Spotting intelligence and erudition there, now that's tricky!

I thought Leonard Nimoy's final tweet was nice.

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Re: To inform or to entertain?

It also seems that journo's are writing their stories to be GN friendly, with all the facts in the first sentence or 2.

That's just how news is written. It has nothing to do with online: newspapers have been doing this since their invention.

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Re: egotistical drivel

Thumbs up from me. I'd complain to your MP if I were you.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Thanks, Paw. I'll give it a go.

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Re: Accents in Windows in Parallels on Mac OS

Unfortunately,, this iMac won't run Parallels Desktop 10... because Parallels has designed it to work with Mac OS X 10.7 upwards ONLY. As far as I'm concerned, they're as bad as the bloody .NET lot.

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Re: Windows' pre-supplied US-International keyboard layout works great for French ...

Thanks, Peter. We will give this a try.

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Re: I feel like this every day working in IT

The manatee in question will be Dominique Strauss Khan.

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Re: Apple builds crap computers designed to fail after just a couple of years

If you think an iMac can last that long, your are day dreaming

Dreamer I may be but my personal experience is that Macs remain operational and usable longer than PCs by a factor of 3 at least. I keep meeting people who are still bashing out work on a Mac Plus. The only Mac that ever lasted the usual PC lifetime (four years) before collapsing in a heap of rattling, burnt-out parts was one of those Mac OS clones so favoured by Gil Amelio.

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Re: surprise- a translation company doesn't understand IT

The answer is quite simple. Like many companies today, they are an IT company - but they haven't realised it yet because all the people at the top are translators.

I don't think this is the case. The people at the top are business people - nothing wrong with that. To me, the new system looks like what an IT person thinks translation software should be like. Someone's had a look at Google Translate and thought "That's it!" It's a bit like seeing an infant's ABC toy and rolling that out to authors as a word processor.

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Re: Accented characters in windows

Question: can't you just use a Windows session for the link and transport, but remain on the Mac for everything else?

Unfortunately not. You have to use the .NET generated web interface to enter the translation.

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Re: Take a look on the Amazon reviews for IT Hardware/Software...

Application software that is Windows-only is perfectly acceptable to me. However, a cloud-based system intended for multi-user access should be OS agnostic.

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Re: To Bach

Why doesn't Alt GR with USA and UK keyboard give accented letters on EVERY key instead of only € á é ú í ó ?

Because they didn't want to support a separate Irish English keyboard. Alr-Gr plus vowel gives you a fada.

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Re: bébé

The Alt key to the right of the space bar serves as Alt-Gr in Parallels.

So I need to get an extended keyboard. This is never-ending.

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Re: Accented characters in windows

Thanks, Alex, we might give that a go.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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IEEE Milestone plaque

There is an IEEE Milestone plaque in the National Trust Visitor Centre at Poldhu, dedicated on 12 December 2001. It reads: On December 12, 1901, a radio transmission of the Morse code letter 'S' was broadcast from this site, using equipment built by John Ambrose Fleming. At Signal Hill in Newfoundland, Guglielmo Marconi, using a wire antenna kept aloft by a kite, confirmed the reception of these first transatlantic radio signals. These experiments showed that radio signals could propagate far beyond the horizon, giving radio a new global dimension for communications in the twentieth century.

Sorry for the plug but I am a big supporter of the IEEE Global History Network and I do love a good historical plaque.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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1-2 hours to prove the muffin dough?

For a post-pub nosh-up, I expect we'll be eating at about 3am.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Re: The Register - What happened to "Printable View" for articles?

Reader View in Safari should do the trick. Please don't swear at me for offering a suggestion.

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Micromedia being a good example

Therein lies a tale, Terry, best discussed over a pint. Adobe + Macromedia was more of a merger than a takeover and many Macromedia bosses took over senior positions in the merged company. Adobe became a less friendly company afterwards.

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Re: Not a patch on the rest

Isn't The Reg fantastic? Not a single reprinted Press release among them!

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True about QuarkXPress 5, but you have slipped on the dates. When Creative Suite was launched, QuarkXPress was at version 6, running on Mac OS X. You may also remember that Adobe also began following a Windows-first strategy in the early 2000s, which left Acrobat for Mac nearly a year behind its Windows version.

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Re: How to freeze animations?

I listen to readers. That's two of you so far.

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Re: How to freeze animations?

Oh come on, you're a Reg reader, right? It depends on which web browser you're using. if it's IE, hit Escape. If it's anything else, install a GIF blocker extension.

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Image editors still go home with pin-hole burns

My cousin used to be an art editor at the Financial Times during the 1980s. Every day, he said, he would arrive home, only to find that he had a huge ink smear somewhere across his face.

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Re: Utterly Moronic

I'm watching a video press conference with Thomas Knoll. He's just said that, even though Adobe's legal team hate the idea, it gives him a thrill every time he's watching a film or TV and someone says "Photoshop" as a verb.

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