* Posts by captain veg

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

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endless fun

Just in case you've never seen it, the equally American Merriam-Webster dictionary's web site is not at all prudish, and features audio clips demonstrating pronunciation. I couldn't help myself in stealing some of the sound files and attaching them to critical Windows events. It was quite literally some days before the novelty wore off.

http://m-w.com/

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Malvertising attack menaces Match.com users with tainted love

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ad server model broken

This is one of the reasons why I block ads. Visiting a web page is a transaction of trust. The contract is completely broken when some third party is allowed to insert random content into the page, especially when it is paid for.

In print, the media owner inserts the advertising content itself, having first checked that it is suitable and appropriate. Why must online be different?

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Wikipedia’s biggest scandal: Industrial-scale blackmail

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"Grant Shapps found his reputation smeared"

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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Re: Ubuntu boot results?

Indeed, why isn't this a requirement for Reg reviews, given the readership?

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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where's the second part

OK, so you have a theory about the period between 1929 and 1980. (Not saying it is convincing, but there is some coherence to it.)

So how does it explain the sudden and accelerating increase in inequality since Thatcher & Sons destroyed the unions, the industries that they recruited from and notions of social cohesion and progressive taxation?

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Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

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Re: No number row?

Consider yourself lucky not to be French. On AZERTY keyboards the top row is accented characters. You have to press Shift (or Caps Lock) to get numbers.

They're hopeless for coding, too. Common symbols like \ need use of the right-hand Alt key.

Now you know why Philippe Kahn had to move to California.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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Re: I'm so glad..

> Wow....what browser did you use to post here?

Heard of the Mozilla Foundation? Some people have been known to use its FireFox browser.

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Wrist-top virtualisation comes to Apple Watch

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very old story

I used to do this with VNC from a PalmOS handset to a W2K machine, that I set up for the purpose, to browse web sites that were "optimised" for IE! Those were very much not the days.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Re: Typewriters with backspace

As a student, I got myself a secondhand IBM Selectric, since no one could read my handwriting.

It consumed correction ribbon *much* faster than the ink one!

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Re: <pendantry>

Whoooshhhh!!!!

Someone doesn't listen to Shaun Keaveny of a morning.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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priorité à droite

In france it still is the case that those entering have the right of way, unless signage explicitly states the contrary. It is a consequence of the ridiculous principle of giving priority to those approaching from the right, that has people driving towards junctions staring out of the passenger door window instead of at the road ahead. Possibly the most entertaining place to observe the phenomenon is the Place Charles de Gaulle - Etoile (surrounding the Arc de Triomphe in Paris). When traffic is heavy, which is most of the time, the only part actually moving is the inner ring. The rest is a gridlock of those trying to exit having to wait for a gap in the traffic of those coming on. And there are no lane markings, but if there were I reckon it would be about 15 across.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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If you've done nothing wrong, you haven't lived.

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as in free beer

Thanks for that, Andrew.

And this is why it's a "free" upgrade. Not as in free speech, but as in you-are-the-product.

I've been known to bitch about RyanAir. I don't care about how badly they treat their customers because I will never again be one. I do care about what they have done to people's expectations and how the rest of the industry has responded in kind.

I don't use Google (much) or Facebook (ever), but it looks like the same thing is happening.

Thank Bob for Linux.

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

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Re: Bandit theory

> Government adds something (I'd hesitate to suggest what) that makes being rich possible

What've the Romans ever done for us?

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Next-gen secure email using internet's own DNS – your help needed

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Spamhaus attitude

I think you must have confused Spamhaus with some other PBL. I have pleanty of reasons to complain about stupid and downright libellous blacklisting of my own (fixed) IP address, but unlike some others Spamhaus de-lists swiftly on simple application (provided that you are actually clean). I am philosophically against the very idea of IP-based blacklisting (the correct reaction to spam is to report it to the upstream provider), but if I had to recommend a list, it would be Spamhaus's.

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Re: Am I all alone here?

> they [spammers] comply with the standards

Not my experience at all. The only incoming filtering I run on my SMTP box is greylisting -- basically blocking non-RFC-compliant senders -- and it works very well, with zero false positives.

Anything that can be done to increase the cost of sending spam is effective. Incidentally, I can't remember ever seeing spam that had matching forward and reverse DNS. Mostly they come from pwned home PCs with dynamic IPs.

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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sacked

"the user will rue their decision as they won't be able to access anything in order do their job"

You will rue the day that your employer lost business because some "user" was prevented from doing her job by your deliberate action. The computers are there for the business, not your personal gratification.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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how long

From zero to 8% in the last few years (anyone have a figure?) is pretty impressive IMO. And the trend?

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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cycling

> Mostly though I use it for controlling my music [...] cycling

Cycling while listening to music. On headphones? On public roads? No offence, but that makes you an utter knob.

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Sloth

"No events: Looks like a sloth, just hanging around, waiting for something to happen"

To me it looks like a tasteless cartoon of airliners crashing into the twin towers.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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> Bit Bashing Boffins

Code coshing codgers?

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: Graun Groan

Being an unreconstructed Opera 12 user, I take advantage of the built-in content blocker. The Graun site doesn't seem to know about that, or at least doesn't complain about it. But the latest redesign is a clusterfeck of the highest order in Opera on my 1024*600 netbook. You can't scroll to the bottom of the page without it spontaneously scrolling back up again, and it insists on stealing valuable screen height with worthless non-scrolling banners top and bottom. At least, that's how it used to be, until I tried turning off Javascript as an experiment. I left it switched off. The usability is improved by several orders of magnitude.

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

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war driving

"hack into vulnerable cars simply by knowing the the vehicle's IP address"

Or just use a port scanner. A new take on war driving?

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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Re: who cares

I rather think that ISPs offered email accounts not because of any customer expectation, but because it was good advertising for them to have their name in subscribers' addresses.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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ISO image

Surely all you need is an ISO image, then configure the virtual optical drive to present it to the VM as an inserted disk? I mean, who in their right mind is going to install this stuff on bare metal?

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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

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just learn javascript and CSS, FFS

Just what are all these frameworks for, other than to consume bytes and processor cycles? Seems to me that mostly they are to facilitate incompetents to copy and paste code that they really don't understand in order to produce web sites and applications that really don't work very well. The briefest of visits to stackoverflow and its ilk confirms this to be so.

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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VB much maligned

I started with VB at a time when the only alternative (for Windows development) was the godawful Windows SDK for C. Life was just too short to grapple with that, so back to BASIC it was.

We didn't like it much, and often had to put the heavy stuff in a C DLL. But by version 6, VB was shaping up quite nicely. It had swallowed up most of Pascal and was starting on C++. True, the Fortran legacy was apparent in places, but you could avoid them.

Then Microsoft developed its strange Java envy and decided to cut us loose. Bye.

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Re: Ugh

Better get used to it. For application programming, the browser is the platform now, and Javascript is its API.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Re: Quick question

> what's the list of things that have to be turned off as the first thing you do with a new Windows machine?

The power switch?

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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Windows 10 is [...] basically Windows 8.2.

So Calc ought to report that 10 - 8.1 equals 0.1.

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Re: Calc

For the benefit of the phantom downvoters, in Windows for Workgroups (before you were born), which had version number 3.11, the Calculator applet insisted that 3.11 minus 3.1 was zero. We thought it was funny at the time.

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Calc

Does 10 - 8.1 equal 1 in this version?

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: provide only internet services

> Of course the copper line should be provided and maintained for free just like your mobile signal is......

Well, that's what happens here in France. If you go for a Local Loop Unbundled package you have the option of ditching the France Telecom POTS altogether and then pay zilch in standing charge. Interestingly, this is true even if the "unbundling" is done by France Telecom itself.

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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To be, or not to be a laptop?

From the conclusion of the article:

"[...] this is no laptop replacement and never designed to be.

"If you can live with the limitations, and see the doughnut rather than the hole, then you have a lightweight, cloud-savvy laptop"

So, a laptop that doesn't replace a laptop.

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And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

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Re: Sand Squat Thrusts

It's just what press ups do, can't be helped.

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: FTFY

Too bloody right.

There is something fundamentally wrong with the entire concept of "tackling extremism". What happens to the definition of "extreme" once you have eliminated those currently considered to be in that category? Do you keep on redefining it until there is just one immaculately moderate person left standing?

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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ex-science teacher

Does he teach ex-science? I never knew there was a need for that.

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Re: Imagine if construction companies behaved like this.

Well, if in return for your unpaid cleaning work the purchase price of the house was reduced by a massive subsidy, would that be OK? Cos that's the only premise upon which telcos get to foist their crap on to your handset.

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Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

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Re: history

The most extraordinary comparison, in my view, is the weight. That wheezy A-series engine had just 600kg to punt around. Not many modern motors are less than twice that.

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history

Both Issigonis' Mini and the generation of Fiat 500 alluded to were children of the 1950s and so predated quite a lot of these oddities. Moreover, the "Nuovo 500" was a re-imagination of a previous 500, commonly known as "Topolino", which saw the light of day in 1936. And before that were the "voiturettes".

Not only does a new Mini "dwarf some of of the original microcars", the largest of the range is bigger than the Austin Maxi! Alec must be spinning.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Wrong question

Fixed rate home loans are pretty much the only kind in France. The market certainly doesn't have any appetite for anything else. Any idea why that might be?

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gosh

Interesting and informative article, non-dogmatic, even implicitly acknowledging that capitalism is not some natural state of being but a (remarkably successful) human construct that can, and should, be regulated to produce desirable outcomes. Tim, I salute you. More like this, please.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Have you never heard of PFI"

Of course. Invented in 1992 by John Major's government. Yes, it was a major failing of Brown's that he didn't sweep them away, but this revisionist history that Labour alone broke the economy by overspending is entirely counter-factual.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: How the Hell do you use Windows in a "Non-Genuine" State

I'm doing so since a perfectly legit upgrade on my netbook freaked out after I disabled some superfluous services, trying to reduce its footprint. I don't care about the black screen, and I'm becoming used to dismissing the stupid (and libellous) pop-ups, but if someone has any tips on ending this malarkey (*without* installing the WGA malware), I'm all ears.

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Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

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the usual reason

... is also that it runs applications that are familiar to Windows sysadmins. Things like Exchange and IIS, things that this version of "Windows" can't do either. Very odd premise. Why would I want to pay licence money for this in preference to the better-established and entirely free alternatives?

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: as long as you obey the letter of the law, then legally they can't currently touch you

You get the prize for non sequitur of the day.

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as long as you obey the letter of the law, then legally they can't currently touch you

And that's a problem how, exactly?

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Don't forget TV and radio studios where politicians are interviewed.

And pubs, of course.

Be careful what you wish for.

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She could try looking in a mirror.

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

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Re: Iliad Entreprises (France).

You might not be aware that the vast majority of Iliad subscribers have fixed IP addresses. This might slew your numbers, and certainly makes them juicy targets for black hats.

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