* Posts by Jim 59

1765 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

Jim 59
Silver badge

...there is a reasonable community at the 8 Bit Acorn Webring...

Blimey msknight, the word "Webring" gives a blast of nostalgia even more potent than the BBC Micro.

Yes, I think the story is actually designed to remind chaps of a certain age that there are 80's home computers aplenty at Bletchley, and wouldn't it be nice to take the family there in the upcoming school holidays. If they really wanted Beeb experience, they could just contact one of the thriving online BBC Micro communities, rather then sending a press release to The Register.

0
0
Jim 59
Silver badge

"The 8-bit BBC, launched on 1 December 1981, epitomised the British home computer boom of the early 1980s."

Oh come off it. Well, from a 2015 view point, maybe. You see a BBC Micro, and it all comes flooding back. However the thing was mind-meltingly expensive. Now we are all middle aged with reasonable jobs, the terrifying price tag seems less important. But in 1981, the scene was epitomised by more affordable kit: Sinclair, Oric, Dragon, Commodore, Tatung, Superbrain, TI and the rest of them.

3
3
Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: 20 years ago

I took mine to the dump.

Which dump?

10
0
Jim 59
Silver badge

Any competent electronics engineer could give a BBC a once over. Publicity stunt by TNMOC.

3
7

Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

Jim 59
Silver badge

I've never tried Linux but I know I don't like it.

Cool story bro! You changed my life!

5
0
Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: Goodness.

Mint 17.2 is only a point update, dears. For those squealing for blood, a point update is unlikely to receive a bad review, because all it does is supply a few corrections and enhancements to an existing OS. Viz, Windows 8 was panned, but 8.1 was modestly/positively received.

What, did you expect the author to fulminate with rage because there was a slight improvement to the efficiency of the Caja option feature for colouring folders ? Or a 5% memory footprint reduction in Network Manager ? You're disappointed he didn't criticize the importation of a few Cinnamon features into Mate?

7
0

With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: “serious emotional distress”

Any forum where punters are anonymous eventually turns into a hate-chamber. That's what parts of Twitter are now. There are armies of anonymous Twitter users who do nothing except pour bile over their chosen targets 24 hours a day. Sadly this appears to be something in human nature.

If people were themselves, instead of anonymous, they would be ashamed to behave in that way. Recall the sad case of Twitter user "Sweepyface". She attacked the McCanns ceaselessly. When she was unmasked by Sky News, she unfortunately committed suicide a few days later. I guess she could not stand that behaviour being associated with her name and face. If Twitter was not anonymous she would be alive today.

I am not sure what the solution is, but removing anonymity from certain areas might be part of it. Freedom of speech laws could operate, and people could critisize openly, as they always did through books and newspapers. At the same time, their targets would be given some level of protection through slander laws or whatever. Some kind of balance. For the record I am pro freedom of speech.

0
0
Jim 59
Silver badge

“serious emotional distress”

Online bullying is a problem, particularly on Twitter, as Tim Hunt and many others know to their cost. However the alternative offered here is much, much, much worse. Rather than desist, I think the online bullies will use this law as another weapon on their hapless victims. It curtails freedom and strengthens the bullies' hand all in one.

So rather than simply bullying Tim Hunt out of his Nobel prize winning job (for example), the Mob will bully him out even faster by saying he caused them "serious emotional distress". A better approach might be to first remove internet anonymity. People behave much better when they are themselves.

Agree with the suicide bit but that's a different story.

4
2

Don't start reading the last rites for monolithic storage just yet

Jim 59
Silver badge

What kind of storage is this comment on ?

0
0

The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

Jim 59
Silver badge

"...we regularly pass around near-gigabyte raw sound recordings of interviews with guests. With my connectivity it takes about half an hour to transfer something like that."

Sorry to snipe, but wouldn't high bitrate MP3 reduce that near-gigabyte WAV to about 60 MB? 256 VBR encoding would do that, and should be good enough for broadcast. Certainly it would put you well ahead of BBC DAB broadcasts in the UK, in quality/bitrate terms.

0
0

Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

Jim 59
Silver badge

So cloud provider Canopy told The Register that cloud is really important, being increasingly used and that using cloud is an absolute must. This is hardly surprising is it.

Regarding cloud blocking and possible ways to circumvent the blocks, this is dealt with in the Company's acceptable use IT policy, which all employees sign up to and may form part of their employment contract. You may not be able to secure all channels, but then you can't stop your employees stealing office furniture either, if this is what they are determined to do.

Employees should be very careful about defeating the employer's security measures. In the UK it is difficult to dismiss someone from employment. If an employer wants to give you the chop, then evidence you defeated some security measures could be just the excuse they need. And it will all be in the logs, an open and shut case.

8
0

How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

Jim 59
Silver badge
Pirate

Home taping is killing music

7
2

Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

Jim 59
Silver badge

Absolutely smashing. I'm not keen on minimalistic track cars personally, bit if I were, this.

Thing is the 4C, Elise and so on are (even more) expensive when you include the other car you'll also need to own for a bearable life. And the sub 5 second 0-60 is achieved simply by removing most of the car, and then charging buyers a premium for the remainder. Still would though.

0
0
Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: What's with car reviews on an IT site?

Less noise from the cheaper seats please.

1
1

20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

Jim 59
Silver badge

Lol. I remember an add in PCW mag or somewhere, showing a pretty secretary "lugging" what appeared to be a smallish steel suitcase. I don't think Osborne used the word "luggable", but it has never really been used on any products but theirs.

Incredible nifty at the time though. That fold out screen/keyboard was a wow.

1
0

It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

Jim 59
Silver badge

I think the real explanation is that the banks haven't hesitated to put their critical infrastructure in the hands of the cheapest guys on the planet, whoever and wherever they may be.

4
0

The world .sucks at a minute past midnight on Sunday

Jim 59
Silver badge

"...defends itself as saying it is empowering consumers to start conversations about brands. It's therefore created an "advocates program" that gives away free .sucks domains to "cause-related, customer service-driven and politically..."

Zzzz whatever. You're chasing a dismal trade selling insult words to carpetbaggers.

2
0

Reddit joins the HTTPS-only stampede

Jim 59
Silver badge

And another thing. Thanks to The Register for the clear headline and nicely written article.

FYI, I won't be reading the other story you have presented under the headline "git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'". Whatever.

1
2
Jim 59
Silver badge

We really should have given up with http when we gave up using telnet in favour of ssh.

Every security improvement is double edged though. In protecting you from snoopers, it also protects ISIS et al in exactly the same way.

0
3

Furious Flems fling privacy rule book at Facebook

Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: Please Cut Out The Cutesie Headlines

The endless pursuit of punning and double-entre laden headlines grows wearisome very very quickly. Apart from anything else, it is infantile.

THIS.

It has also become almost aggressively unfunny. Criticizing the Register feels like arguing with an old friend, but I say it for your own good: I now don't read most register stories because the headline is too baffling. I am not going to click on the story and read 3 paras just to see what the story is about. I will just go to another site. Do you understand ? A dead boring headline would be better than a failed, meaningless, "funny" one.

Again: * if a witty headline doesn't suggest itself then just put a boring but clear one in *

Eg. El Reg says: "Bezos' bozos swing ban-hammer at media player". Right. I don't care. Story unread. Pardon my rudeness.

0
3

Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

Jim 59
Silver badge

Zeitgeist failure

Injection moulded? Not 3D printed? You guys are so unhip it's a wonder your bums don't fall off.

14
0

If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

Jim 59
Silver badge

Good News Everyone!

The systemd team will take over.

1
2

Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: I'll stick with my MATE

Glad to see Cinnamon doing well. I am also a Mint 17.1/MATE user with dual monitors. I chose Mint 17 because it is long term support, taking my desktop nicely through to 2019. I chose MATE because it is like Cinnamon but even more lightweight and old school. A proper business desk top.

Mate, Cinnamon. It's all good.

1
0

LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: KeePass

Yeah, that'll work, because I know so much more about system security than the people at LastPass.

The people at Lastpass just strangers, and are not responsible for your security. It is no skin off their nose if your bank account is emptied. Trusting your life/fortune to random Internet companies is about as responsible as taking sweets from a stranger.

The exception would be if you had a contract with Lastpass forcing them to reimburse any losses you suffer, without limit, and pay damages on top. Is that the case ?

8
1
Jim 59
Silver badge

Storing your passwords in the Internet

No.

2
1

Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

Jim 59
Silver badge

GTR

Still supposedly the fastest car in the world point to point, if Top Gear magazine is to be believed.

1
0
Jim 59
Silver badge

Cheaper than a Nissan GTR (78k).

2
0

Microsoft: FINE, we'll help your web sessions be secure, SHEESH

Jim 59
Silver badge

SHEESH

Slashdot: Internet Explorer 11 Gains HTTP Strict Transport Security In Windows 7 and 8.1

The Register: Microsoft: FINE, we'll help your web sessions be secure, SHEESH

0
0

VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

Jim 59
Silver badge

The Register has turned into one of its own commentards.

4
0

Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: Could a drone hurt a 737?

And lastly, if hitting a light plastic drone can damage a landing gear strut (or tire), I wouldn't try to land 45,000 Lbs of aircraft traveling at 130+ knots on it. The loads on a landing gear at touchdown are massive!

Almost as massive as the pwnage delivered to x7 by this post.

Seriously, I saw a video of a passenger jet landing with no front wheel. All it had at the front was the extended strut to which the wheel would normally be attached. The strut remained in place and vertical throughout, plouging along the ground with a plane on top of it. The strength displayed was almost unbelievable, and saved the craft from worse consequences.

1
0

Has marketing grabbed the IT reins at your company?

Jim 59
Silver badge

That's so 1997

http://dilbert.com/strip/1997-06-10

1
0

LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

Jim 59
Silver badge

Samsung made a mistake taking away the SD card and removable battery. Apple must have been delighted with the S6.

My Galaxy S3 shows no sign of flagging. It is hard to foresee any reason to trade up in the next few years. Unless Samsung kill it with lack of support/updates.

2
0

Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

Jim 59
Silver badge

Hero

Guy's a hero, though a little daft for not wondering if the jamming went beyond his classroom.

Obviously cell phones should be banned in the school, all schools.Would also fix 50,000 other problems at the same time.

2
2

Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

Jim 59
Silver badge

Snakes remedy

Just make sure you have enough ladders around the house.

4
0

Thousands of 'lost data' reports mean we should ARM the ICO, says infosec bod

Jim 59
Silver badge

Unintelligible Headline of the Week

Compare with the headlines of 5 years ago. Here's how the Reg got its reputation for clarity and good humour:

http://web.archive.org/web/20100705120959/http://www.theregister.co.uk/

0
0

Nokia declares war on data centres to win back telco customers

Jim 59
Silver badge

They need to think in Finish and not in Microsoft.

0
1

Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

Jim 59
Silver badge

Storing your passwords on the Internet

Don't.

6
2

Yay for Tor! It's given us RANSOMWARE-as-a-service

Jim 59
Silver badge

@tox_team GET A JOB

0
0

City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

Jim 59
Silver badge

Secret questions are a hangover from the "security" procedures used by banks before the Internet. They never offered much security, for the obvious reasons outlined in the article.

1
0

Spotify smashing new media paradigms with something called ‘video’

Jim 59
Silver badge

"CEO Daniel Ek promised you’ll be grateful for its algorithms. “Recommendations will adapt over time to fit your taste and mood,” he said. As an example, if you’re jogging then Spotify will match a tune with your running pace.

I thought choosing what music to listen to was part of the pleasure of music. Like choosing which wine to drink, or what golf club to use for a particular shot.

1
2

Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

Jim 59
Silver badge

Surprised anyone used satnav for that. You practically fall out of the Stockley Park door onto the M25.

0
0

Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

Jim 59
Silver badge

Also I prefer just to shoot monsters, me vs. computer. A quick 30 minute blast. But single player has all but died out now. It is you vs myriad strangers or nothing.

3
0

So why the hell do we bail banks out?

Jim 59
Silver badge

Because London would never allow its local industry to go into decline.

0
0

Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

Jim 59
Silver badge

Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone in a way that would make a reasonable person (1) conclude that Reddit is not a safe platform to express their ideas or participate in the conversation, or (2) fear for their safety or the safety of those around them

Sounds like a reasonable policy. But beware the repeated use of "safe" and "safety" - here used as in the loony lexicon of US campus madness - where "safe" means "safe from being exposed to new ideas, facts or anything outside my comfort zone". Urgh.

1
0

IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

Jim 59
Silver badge

And PC users will need a big rig to power virty specs

They already need a big rig to power Windows.

7
3

Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

Jim 59
Silver badge

It should only show the top 20. Listing those rated least attractive is not nice.

2
0

$19 billion made from dumped e-waste every year, says UN

Jim 59
Silver badge

Solution

Put e-waste into a big box in your loft. At least it won't do any harm there. You never know, one day the world might develop a proper way of dealing with it.

The cost of making something should include the cost of unmaking it.

6
0

Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

Jim 59
Silver badge

Having seen that documentary a couple of years ago, I certainly would not like to work there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkNO8J4XSIc

It seems that you are electronically tagged and timed, having only a set number of seconds to do each pick, and will be sacked otherwise. There are much other unpleasantness too. Somebody above mentioned toilet cleaners and so on, but these jobs ore often better paid (railway worker), have some measure of independence (van driver) and you are not treated like an insect.

1
0

Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

Jim 59
Silver badge

Re: Am I the only person...

Indeed. So is the cost of schools, since I don't have any children...

You were, however, likely educated in said schools at other people's expense, including the childless couple next door.

1
0

Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

Jim 59
Silver badge

Are we talking robot, or just glorified/armoured/armed remote control car.

0
0

Forums