* Posts by DJV

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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If manhole covers look a bit like dustbin lids...

...then I suspect it may have landed here.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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That is (hopefully) good news

Firefox is still my browser of choice due to the multitude of developer add-ons that I've become familiar with and now rely upon over the years. However, if things like Classic Theme Restorer hadn't also been available to reverse many of the completely idiotic things Mozilla have tried to impose then I would have ditched it some time ago.

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

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@ Boothy

Please don't feed the troll.

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

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Re: PET 2001

And then there was the SuperPET.

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Re: Can I play Bounty Bob Strikes Back?!?

You were lucky - we had to use semaphore...

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Russia campaigns to stop SUICIDALLY STUPID selfies

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Re: Totally disagree

Yes, and what's wrong with setting off fireworks when wearing them as a hat, anyway?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/33405639/man-in-america-dies-after-trying-to-launch-firework-off-head

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Firefox 39 bites four critical bugs

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Re: FFS FF

I sympathise!

I'm not currently having problems with Google Maps on Firefox so it's probably one of those "random things that break" when you upgrade and, unfortunately, will be peculiar to your own set up.

A few months ago I had something similar. When zooming in on a Google Map, it would completely flip the entire map on it's head so that the map, all text and even any map markers were upside down (not rotated but mirrored, so even standing on my head to view it wouldn't have been worthwhile). Starting Firefox with add-ons disabled stopped it from happening but disabling the add-ons manually didn't! I couldn't find any reference to other people having the same problem so, in the end, I completely wiped and re-installed Firefox (after saving the passwords and bookmarks files, hoping they weren't the problem - they weren't).

Now, I'm finding that when the latest version Chrome starts up it is refusing to show my home page (even though it is plainly set up properly in the settings). Oh well, another wipe and reinstall will probably cure it, sigh...

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

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Yeah but...

...why isn't Brainfuck in the top 20?

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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Arse!

"I've had LAN switches delivered to US data centres with European-style plug on the cables, which was a pain in the butt"

Conversely, LAN switches delivered to UK data centres with US-style plugs on the cables are a pain in the arse!

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: doom

We're doomed!!!*

* but for only small, local values of "doom".

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

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@ Michael Habel

No, that would have been C£ or Clb

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BOFH: Step into my office. Now take a deep breath

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Re: Scary?

You sure it wasn't one bloke, one terminal and a large mirror?

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What sort of tit builds non-bird bird boxes? Vodafone

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...and a tasty snack afterwards!

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Re: "I'm a cyclists"

Just how many are you? Does even your shrink know?

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Unisys weans itself off homebrew chippery, finally slurps Intel gear

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That picture reminds me...

...must buy a new shed.

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

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Re: Apps? There are apps?

Lucky sod!

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Multiple fondling on the MIGHTY 12-INCH iOS 9 SLAB — so, so close now

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"The future is truly here"

Sarcasm tags not required - ha ha!

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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7 year cycle

I always thought that music from the mid-1950s onwards roughly seemed to have a 6-8-year cycle in the UK:

1956 - Elvis Presley and rock (ok, Haley and Rock Around The Clock was 2 years earlier)

1963 - Beatles (which morphed into the later hippy stuff)

1971 - Glam - Bowie, Bolan etc.

1977 - Punk

1983 - Synth-based stuff and new romantics

1991 - Hip-hop etc. by which time I had pretty much lost interest in the charts due to old age, senility or getting married (I forget which)

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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Preferences

Am I alone in preferring the idea of a single platform-agnostic language that has the ability to target any OS/hardware combination? If such a thing existed then I would also prefer it to come unburdened by a hefty/bloated IDE that does its best to hide things from me. I have always preferred the simple text editor approach.

So far, nothing reaches that ideal, though I am keeping a close eye on Red - well, you never know:

www.red-lang.org

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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

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Free upgrade

"Chen said if you buy a Windows 8.1 notebook now, he'll give you a free upgrade to 10 later."

Wow! Maybe Microsoft should do this for all Windows 7 and 8.1 users as well!!

Oh, wait...

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Punometer

El Reg ought to have a "Most Punned Comments Section of the Week"

Thanks for the great Monday morning groans eveyone!

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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Re: Clangers

The Clangers have ALWAYS talked! See:

www.wishfulthinking.co.uk/2010/03/08/clangers/

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Alien

Clangers

And when the new series of the Clangers starts in a few months time they will reveal that it's never actually been a kids programme but is, in fact, a documentary filmed on location.

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"Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say"

That's 11 more than most politicians...

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

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Re: Biological accuracy

I fully agree with the OP's comments as I have seen the indisputable evidence*

* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k44Wv__eovg

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Super!

I can now play one of my old Move singles without feeling guilty!

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

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HTML 5 Test

Running Spartan through the HTML 5 Test (or HTML 6 test as it says for today!!) at html5test.com shows that there are several improvements over IE11 (375 against 341). However, there's still a long way to catch up with Firefox at 449 and Chrome at 530.

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'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

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FAIL

Congressman John Carter

Ah, a politician - brain = optional extra

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Got a killer Microsoft or Oracle cloud deal? Start sweating

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Snake oil salesmen...

...will always be snake oil salesmen - it's just the brand of oil that changes every so often.

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

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Re: IE 4. Oh gods, no...

Where I worked we had one guy brick his desktop twice after installing IE4. We banned it throughout the organisation after that. I think we relented after Netscape got completely bloated and IE had reached version 4.5 and was found to be slightly less of a PC-bricking mess.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Not quite, apparently there is still a Tiffany Aching book in the pipeline that he completed last year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31859255

But that's only a small consolation.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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The ICO finally grew a pair - about fucking time!

See title.

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Life, the interview and everything: A chat with Douglas Adams

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Sri is:

here

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TDV

Amazingly, www.tdv.com is still up and running - well, in a preserved sort of way - last updated 2001. A small homage to a great man.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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@ Matt Bryant

The only (snow)JOKE around here is your moronic post!

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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TV Size

Back in the early 1970s I worked for Rediffusion as an apprentice TV engineer and, due to my lowly status, was often used for delivering the rental TVs to new customers. One day we had to deliver a hulking great (well, it was the 70s) 26" Ferguson colour TV to a couple who were renting and living in a single tiny room in someone else's house. There was only space for a "bed" (a double mattress on the floor) and a small chest of drawers. The TV went on the latter. A 12" portable would have been more appropriate.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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"This is how i really feel."

Please keep such feelings to yourself in future.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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@Primus Secundus Tertius

"You don't have yo agree with all of them."

...obviously a squiggle with which you decided to disagree!

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

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One question...

That top picture with the name "Lester Haines" underneath...

How drunk do you have to be before Lester actually looks like that?

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: @Valeyard - "haha!"

Shouldn't that have been "Bwahahahaha!"?

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

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Re: Since you mention it...

No, Alistair, that's where the BOFH was nearly 2 months ago. Is he still recovering from the miracle?

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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Where are...

...the dustbin lids and music trees?

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

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Verbatim? Shudder...

Had some 5.25" floppies from them when I had a CBM Pet + 2031 disk drive back in the early 80s. They all failed after not very long. In the late 90s, a place I worked for had some Verbatim 3.5" disks. They were well dodgy as well. So, unless their attention to quality has vastly improved recently, I wouldn't place any bets on their 100Gb stuff lasting more than 10 years at best.

YMMV

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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@Brewster's Angle Grinder

"cat buglers"

It's the buggers with trombones that cause havoc in my neighbourhood!

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Lost SPACECRAFT believed FOUND ON COMET

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Yeah, but how do you pronounce it?

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Write to your MP

Yeah, mine too.

Except I get the impression mine's rather more devious than the "Tim, nice but dim" image. She likes to get her mug in the local papers at every opportunity while doing extremely minor "attendances" at things like openings. However, most of the local constituents don't understand that she is stabbing us in in the back when she votes in parliament (she's pro fracking and was an architect of the gagging law amongst others).

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Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

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Today?

So, you should have had 4 days instead of 2 to select something if only Sony had actually managed to get their arse into gear and send you your email on time. I wonder how many people won't get their emails until the 27th or later...

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

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I wondered where that had gone...

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