* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1205 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Page:

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

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Devil

"Spry Mosaic, crudely rebranded and very clumsily installed by CompuServe"

I feel your pain.

0
0

Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Probably not important

What sort of comment was that … ?

The troll avatar I used should have been a massive clue.

4
1
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Trollface

Probably not important

Apple owners only look at apple.com.

5
10

Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Thumb Up

A privacy officer discusses a drawback to collecting personal information online

"We have a suspicious amount of 98-year-old Albanian millionaire grandmothers with Hotmail addresses who own 200-plus computers and head up a tech firm who are interested in reading our newspaper."

10
0

Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Coat

Re: CAN$25,000 (US$19,900)

Moreover, the Dominion of Canada is a British colony.

I love the Canadian national anthem.

Fines there should be expressed in pounds, shillings, pence and beaver pelts.

Nice beaver.

9
0

Change of email address

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Change of email address

I'd like to change the email address that I use for El Reg but I need a working address before I can change it (or that's how it was last time I checked). I stupidly used the same email supplier as Mr Snowden so I don't have access to that account any longer.

Any suggestions from the staff?

0
0

Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Headmaster

"Using historical records from four different countries"

As opposed to records from four identical countries?

6
0

National Rugby League boots 'metadata' right into Australia's face

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: *cough*

Soccer... Football to your average Aussie is Rugby League or ARL

I could call golf something like "stick-ball-hole" but it's still golf.

0
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Headmaster

*cough*

Soccer Football.

0
0

Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: WTF?

You beat me to it. Have an upvote instead.

0
0

Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Thumb Down

the wrist-wearing gizmo would nag sedentary people once an hour...

...to throw their new watch at the wall.

3
0

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

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Rostrum cameras

Back in the olden days of the 70s we were using rostrum cameras to create many of the effects that now need just a couple of clicks in programmes such as Photoshop.

Forox and Marron Carrel were pretty popular in the better production houses at the time and were in common usage until the late 90s.

Operators were skilled craftsmen who spent long hours hunched over the camera's compound table in a window-less room. One of the best I worked with was a bloke called Chris Andrews. His nickname in the industry was "Julie". It wasn't until many years later that I found out he was the younger brother of actress Julie Andrews.

0
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Let's not foget the Quantel Photobox

The BBC had two of the first in the country

That'd be two of the first Paintboxes produced as Quantel is a British company.

1
0

Oi, Kanye. BEYONCE deserves that gTLD more than you do

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

I think ... Beyonce deserves that gTLD more than he does.

From several dozen gossip sites:

Sam Smith Says Beyonce Deserves Album Of The Year Grammy More Than He Does

0
0

Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Devil

If I was stupidly rich...

...and could buy any car at all I think an Aston would be top of the list (based purely on looks). I'd buy something more practical for shopping and the school run.

2
0

Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Joke

Any colour you want...

...as long as it's white.

2
0

Avoiding data retention will be as easy as eating a burger

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Is Ludlam being a bit naive?

You're missing what he is talking about.

You're missing what I'm talking about.

1
1
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Big Brother

Is Ludlam being a bit naive?

Ludlam's one of our better senators but is he correct in this case? Anyone that uses backdoored services such as Skype will just be shafted by one of the other 5 Eyes partners and any juicy data will be funnelled back to spooks.gov.au.

4
1

Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: British Democracy

800 years since Magna Carta.

Magna Carta is overrated. It was designed to give more power to the barons, the military-industrial complex of mediaeval England. Plus ça change.

2
0

NO WARRANTS NEEDED for metadata access, argues Oz A-G

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Big Brother

"isn't an invasion of privacy to rank with entering a home"

It's worse than that. It's entering your brain.

6
0

Evernote says goodbye to Hello, shuts lid on Peek

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

just like my phone

I was thinking along similar lines. This is like a phone but with the phone functionality removed. And bigger.

7
1

India pushes ahead with slimmed-down fibre rollout

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

I hope Malcolm Turnbull is reading this.

0
0

Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Firefox stability problems?

The half and half trick, fondly remembered from days spent fixing peoples' Quark XPress.

It's a real time saver to eliminate half of many possibilities in one go.

Many years back I took a car to the dealer to have a warped brake disc changed under warranty. The symptoms were the brake pedal "pumping" in use and the disc wear warning light going on and off. The receptionist told me it would be a long job as they had to take all the wheels off and check the brake assemblies to determine which one it was. I told them that I knew which one it was because I had unplugged the sensor cable from each brake in turn, a simple process of elimination that took less than 15 minutes. The receptionist looked gobsmacked that there was a better, faster way than following the manufacturer's bible.

5
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Firefox stability problems?

They probably aren't caused by Firefox but some crappy extension, theme or plug-in you have installed.

Disable all your add-ons and re-enable one at time* until you find the culprit.

A base installation of Firefox is always 100% stable for me on both Windows and Linux. The only issues are extensions and that's not very often.

* I disable half of them first of all. If the issue stops then I know it's in the other half. It's bit quicker to do it this way.

3
4
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Thumb Down

Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

Switch to SRWare Iron instead then...

I tried it in the early days and dumped it after a few tries. As I've mentioned here before, when I logged into an SSL-secured site it made simultaneous connections to an SSL server owned by Google. Nein danke.

Companies only have to lose my trust once.

4
0

Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Big Brother

I think it's safe to assume...

...that whatever the NSA says is the opposite of the truth.

34
1

David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Facepalm

David Cameron

<inbetweeners>Cryptowanker</inbetweeners>

15
1

Disney, McLaren and National Rail walk into bar: Barkeep, make me a Wearable

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Devil

Atos?

Atos, the "I'm sorry but you're not disabled enough for this watch" company?

1
0

SpaceX drone hovership ROCKET LANDER BURN: Musk to try again

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Joke

"floating barge"

I always find them preferable to the other kind of barge.

17
0

20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Cook's decline in the 70s and into the 80s

He did come back from that though. Cook did some low-key but still brilliant stuff later. His "Sven from Swiss Cottage" phone calls to LBC were hilarious.

In the early 90s one of last appearances was on the Clive Anderson show where he played all four guests. I watched again it a couple of weeks ago and it's still excellent.

1
0

G-Tech goes full lumberjack with drive for hard storage heroes

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Angel

Or if you are on a budget...

Buy a roll of gaffa tape in the colour of your choice and wrap a 25mm layer around a cheapo external drive. Bingo.

1
0

Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Facepalm

Not the first

Many, many years ago a Marina van I often drove (not out of choice) had something similar. Every time you put it into first gear your knuckle would hit the radio on/off button. Driving in London traffic was not a rewarding listening experience.

6
0

Sony's well and truly 4Ked with skinny TVs and cheap cams

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Xmas temptation

Good idea, wait until the game has played out a little more and the standard(s) have become more settled. In any case, the decent 4K sets still carry a hefty premium over very good 1080 sets

The Mrs had exactly the same thoughts too. The 55" model she was lusting after was reduced to under AUD1000 before Xmas. I just checked and it's now back up to over AUD2000 at JB Hifi.

0
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Xmas temptation

Sony had lots of 4K models in the shops at reasonable prices over the Xmas period. Mrs Coat was tempted but thought better of it.

0
0

Australia: even more empty than you imagine

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Bumper Sticker?

Maybe this should be published as a bumper sticker to counter those idiotic "F**k off, we're full" stickers I keep seeing.

Indeed..

4
0

Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Not being British

Last time I checked, being a 'Pom', aka 'British' wasn't a race, and therefore such comments cannot be considered racism.

Twattish, stupid, bigoted, ignorant, intolerant, prejudiced, biased, sectarian, discriminatory, etc. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, if you don't like my adjectives I have plenty more.

2
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Not being British

Antipodean humour is very much designed around having a thick skin

I'm not sure the racism I witness here could ever be classed as humour. Mrs Coat is an Aussie and it was only after marrying a Pom that she realised how much everyday racism there was in the tea room when her workmates forgot she was married to one. I can't begin to imagine what's said about non-white people.

1
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Grass always greener

I was always under the impression that Bali to Aus was kind of like UK to Spain!

In cultural terms you're 100% correct. It's the overseas destination of choice for young Aussies who want to get drunk and catch the occasional STD.

1
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Grass always greener

Oh, well, off to Bali in a couple of years time

Am I correct in assuming you're not in Aus and may be unfamiliar with how far SE Asia is from Australia? Here's a few distances for comparison.

Sydney to Bali: 4619 km

London to Tehran: 4407 km

Melbourne to Hong Kong: 7394 km

London to New York: 5587 km

Brisbane to Hanoi: 7389 km

London to Nairobi: 6805 km

The major population centres in Australia aren't as close to SE Asia as some people think.

9
0

1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

it was beancounters who ultimately did for the UK car industry

I thought it was a combination of shit car designs, shit quality control, shit managers and shit workers.

36
2

Zuckerberg asks the public to tell him where to go in 2015

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Headmaster

"gone nearly vegetarian"

the only meat he ate was stuff he’d killed himself

I'm not sure "nearly vegetarian" is the best description to use here.

5
0

30 years ago today, the first commercial UK 'mobile' phone call was made

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Megaphone

Meanwhile back in the early 70s

An acquaintance of mine had a mobile "phone" in his car. It consisted of a Pye two-way radio with a handset that looked like it was straight off a standard GPO domestic phone. Callers rang a service number and the operator then radioed the subscriber in their car and passed the message on (and passed one back, if required).

At least the wankers were isolated in their cars back then.

4
1

PlayStation outage: Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?'

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Meh

DDoS? Really?

Would a DDoS only affect PS4owners? Mrs Coat was using her PS3 all over the holiday period and there was only one occasion when she couldn't log in. Maybe an hour or two at the most.

0
0

The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking biopic is immensely moving

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
FAIL

Poxy release dates

I really want to see this along with the recent Turner and Turing flicks. My nearest cinema is a very long way from home and has seats with all the comfort of a Gitmo torture appliance. Why can't the distributors dump their cosy arrangement with the cinema chains on BRD/DVD release dates and sell them when willing punters are offering to buy them?

0
0

ISC.org website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Trollface

Maybe we need Microsoft to buy out WordPress and rework the security.

Why would you want to make it worse?

3
1

Japan to get blinged-out Firefox OS phone draped in GOLD

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: Doesn't tempt me.

Even if you're suitably paranoid

You want a copy of a receipt as proof of purchase for a phone that I said I like and you think I'm paranoid?

1
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Well, yes

This could tempt me to finally buy a smartphone.

0
0

Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

Mahatma Coat
Silver badge
Pint

Re: Users little affected

Have a festive beer!

Ta muchly. Mine's a festive Wells Banana Bread.

0
0
Mahatma Coat
Silver badge

Re: Users little affected

Few ordinary North Koreans will be affected by these problems, as so few have Internet access.

If you're wondering what they do have then this may hold some clues.

12
0

Page:

Forums