* Posts by David 132

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Unfortunately, the wrong lessons will be learned.

Don't you just know that somewhere in an advertising agency's HQ, some Bright Thrusting Young Exec is currently giving his pitch...

"Folks, we all know that advertisment impression metrics are down. But relax! We have a solution! I give you...

...ADZILLA!

TWICE as obnoxious! FORTY-SEVEN percent larger! THREE-X times more difficult to close!

We'll have these babies on every major website by the end of the month. That'll solve things.

If the peons are ignoring our adverts, that's because we haven't made them intrusive enough! Yes!"

...because these people just don't learn.

Icon is what I'd do to them. They'll be second against the wall when the revolution comes.

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Socat slams backdoor, sparks thrilling whodunit

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Re: Obvious, indeed!

I tried that on my puny little Ubuntu box, and the factor command choked pathetically on a number of that size (actually, I think it has problems with anything larger than three digits...*)

Anyone know if the University of York still has a VAX? They did when I was there 20+ years ago and I think that's the only one I've ever used. I miss it.

(*feel free to insert mental "That's what SHE said!" here if so inclined)

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Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

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Re: Mystery solved

Hot on the tail of their declining revenue announcement, more current-cy problems.

Watt next?

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

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Re: "growth in services revenue"

Is this an euphemism for fleecing existing customers?

I fear so. You can expect to see ever-more-intrusive nagging to get you to use their services... App Store, Apple Music, iCloud and so on. Apple have moved towards adding features that suit them and their need for ongoing revenue - not stuff that suits the user.

/rant on My own enthusiasm for all things Apple has cooled somewhat because of this. Forced to upgrade my (work-issued) iPhone from 7.x to 9.x last month, I found that it

a) runs at half the speed (the UI is very laggy, and applications stutter and stall)

b) incessantly tries to push me towards using Apple Music and iCloud.

Seriously - just about every time I try to go to the Music app on the phone, it hits me with a full-screen splash offering an Apple Music trial. Even though I've turned AM off in Preferences. Siri won't even start playing music unless I have Mobile Data enabled for Music... so it's obviously trying to connect to AM regardless of my preferences. Grrr! /rant off

Apple, here's a hint - when people have paid premium prices for your products, they probably won't appreciate subsequently being treated like cattle ripe for the milking.

If your services are good enough, people will come flocking to them. If you have to pester your loyal users with pop-ups and coercion, you'll just breed suspicion and resentment.

Oh, Microsoft and Google - that goes for you too.

B@stards.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

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Are the cows accommodated onboard...

...in steerage?

Or is that what the poop deck's for?

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Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and VPN's...

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Audio effects plugins for OSX and/or iTunes

This is a long shot, but does anyone here know of a way to simulate vinyl record-type crackle/rumble/hiss effects in realtime while playing music on OSX? I mean, from iTunes/VLC or similar app, not as part of a dedicated $$$ audio editing suite.

Apparently iTunes has a plugin architecture, but my google-fu isn't good enough to find anything that's relevant. Ditto for VLC; their plugin site is a barren wasteland.

A long long time ago, I used an applet called Izotope Vinyl. Can't even remember if it was on Windows or OSX, but it had presets for different speeds and even eras of playback equipment - select "1960s" or "45rpm" for example and it would tweak the audio to sound appropriate - boosting/reducing frequencies and introducing rumble/skipping/scratching/dust artifacts.

That plugin's been discontinued by the manufacturer, although it can still be found from various sketchy download sites. It doesn't seem to work on more recent versions of OSX, though. Damn shame, because it's exactly what I need.

I'm wondering if there's something equivalent. Anyone have any ideas?

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Oracle blurts Google's Android secrets in court: You made $22bn using Java, punk

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Fortunately, the info is very hard to find.

After literally a picosecond's diligent hacking, I found a little-known site that is making the information public, the scofflaws:

https://www.google.com/search?q="%2422Bn using Java"

Top link. Boxed out, no less, to highlight it.*

Thank goodness Google are safe from the risk of anyone disseminating this information.

*- I wouldn't put it past Google to censor the results and spoil my joke, so for anyone in the far-distant future reading my comment: at time of posting, that search term returned umpteen links to this story, with this very page on the Register at top of the list.

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Fears of fiber cable cuts, rogue drones menacing crowds at Super Bowl 50

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Re: well...

Disclaimer: I haven't watched this particular event in a couple of decades... and I'm American.

Besides, the American mascot is the Bald Eagle, not this so-called Superb Owl.

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You’re an IT pro working in AV? This is the show for you

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Where are they holding it - the Banana Bar?

"That wasn't a banana, Dougal."

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: New Group Policy option to disable upgrades

Did anyone read the article?

Read the article? Before diving in to vent one's thinkings in the comment section?

The standard response in this situation is "are you new here?". But that seems inappropriate in your case. So I will just... applaud your optimism and your confidence in your audience.

(yes, I read the article, Teacher's Pet that I am)

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Australia considers mass herpes release for population control

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Re: Close your eyes and make a wish

Has there EVER been a targeted local species eradication project which did not have unintended, unforeseen and horrific consequences?

Mm-hmm. It's a chain of good intentions that invariably begins with something like "Let's release spiders to kill the mosquitoes" and usually ends with arguments about "OK, smartarse, how are we going to bring the elephant plague under control?"

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Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

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Time to update contract language?

Surely any end-customer IT organization of reasonable competence already has language in their vendor contracts to the effect that:

"- Vendor certifies that the Equipment herein described, is free of hard-coded credentials and other access bypass mechanisms to the best of their knowledge, and has passed an independent security audit"

Given the drip-drip of such revelations, it would be negligent to NOT make such terms a condition of purchase. Knowing that they would be on the hook for breach of contract and deception should focus the vendor's attention.

Or am I being hopelessly naïve?

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Re: WTF?

@Pirate Dave:Have an upvote, if only for the Plankton reference.

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It's replicant Roy Batty's birthday – but hey, where's my killer robot?

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Re: Never mind the replicants

"Where's my artificial owl!?"

I believe they're being developed for the field of advancing human romantic relationships through humour.

To wit - to woo.

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Re: Score one for my pet theory...

@AndrueC: The older I get the more I see where Victor Meldrew was coming from. Like him I'm not a pessimistic person and like him I am frequently disappointed.

New marketing slogan?

"Windows 10. You Won't... Believe... It!"

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Re: Score one for my pet theory...

... only for mean users.

Personally, I've been regressing for years.

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So ask them if they would like a drink, and if they say yes, punch them in the fucking face

Actually, the thought occurs to me that a better analogy for Microsoft's Windows 10 Update behaviour is Father Ted's Mrs Doyle...

"Will you have a cup of tea?"

"No, thank you."

"Ah, you will. Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, GO ON"

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Re: There's WAY more to this issue than claimed in this article

@Asok Asus, Good job! It's obvious you've put a lot of thought into this & I'm sure your tools will be very useful for people.

Have you considered making the source available too? I err towards the principle of "trust, but verify" and am hesitant to run random EXEs as Administrator.

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Re: @ David 132 Paying for Windows 10 after July

@ Stephen Roper

So just like the Skype client, then?

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@Mikko, your suggestion...

Frankly, if you chance to meet anyone from Microsoft who is associated with Windows 10 Update, be kind to them and follow the same bait-and-switch mode of social interaction he is clearly comfortable with. So ask them if they would like a drink, and if they say yes, punch them in the fucking face.

...amuses me. But they have a really pleasant bar/restaurant on the Redmond campus called Spitfire, and I think it would be ill-mannered and downright churlish of me to implement your suggestion next time I'm invited there. Could I at least get one round of drinks in first?

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Re: I tried this

@Brett Weaver: I'm not sure about the HKLM part of those registry entries..

HKLM is a commonly-used abbreviation for the

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

branch of the Registry. Broadly speaking, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE stores machine-specific settings (that are common to all users). HKEY_CURRENT_USER - usually abbreviated to HKCU - stores user-specific settings for the current user. All the User trees are held under the HKEY_USERS group; the appropriate set for the currently logged in user is linked/mirrored to HKCU for convenience. So if you log in as two different users and look each time, you'll see a different set of data under HKCU.

Hope this helps and didn't come across as patronising.

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Re: Paying for Windows 10 after July

@Steven Roper: Excellently put. Have an upvote. I agree.

I'm not, despite what some of you might think from my posting history, a Microsoft hater. As I've said before, I like a lot of their software. I develop using Visual Studio. I have friends in Redmond. I just don't like the direction they've been heading in ever since Sinofsky was there. Your comments about ransom-as-a-service ring all too true.

I don't think they will suddenly switch existing copies of Windows 10 to pay-as-you-go. That would have too many complications for them; they'd get sued for deceptive marketing promises faster than you can say "class action", for one thing. I'll wager they'll be more subtle about it - "if you want DirectX %nextversion% enabled on your copy of Windows, that'll be $1/month, please" and so forth. Growing revenue in a mature, saturated market is a real challenge for them - and this strategy makes sense if only considered from an accounting/finance perspective. If they think they can make users swallow it - well, give them full marks for chutzpah, at the least.

We spent the last twenty years demanding always-available Internet access; well, the flip side of that is that it's enabled a digital shackle for our PCs and software, shifting the balance of power back to the vendors. Dammit.

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Re: Score one for my pet theory...

Your snark is noted and ruefully acknowledged. I could have phrased myself better. I'm sure we here in these august fora are all expert users, of almost infinite sagacity - able, God-like, to bend the very electrons to our will and change data in memory just by staring pointedly at it... the Chuck Norrises of registry-wrangling...

But Microsoft are pitching this as "stop complaining that you can't defer the Windows 10 upgrade, we've given you a method, what are you all whingeing about?", and as I said, they haven't exactly gone out of their way to make it easy. Can we at least agree on that?

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Score one for my pet theory...

As (poorly) set out in a previous posting to the Reg forums, I have a theory that if something benefits the vendor, then it'll be made as easy as possible. If it benefits the user, however, the vendor will go out of their way to make it difficult.

El Reg might think that adding registry keys is neither "impossible nor particularly scary" but it's not exactly, um, something that the average user would care to do, is it?

Why not a simple checkbox in Windows Update that says "No thanks, I'm not interested, don't bother me again until I actively seek out the upgrade at my own convenience" (or words to that effect)? Leave a damn icon for it on the desktop, if you really insist.

Does anyone else feel that this is Microsoft's equivalent of "In the cellar, on display at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'"?

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Re: "Wowsers" These people are called "Wowsers"

@DAM: Excellent. Thank you for expanding my vocabulary. Filed under "I never knew that!"

I was almost as confused as Rincewind about the word:

...'Oh, you don't wanna go to Bugarup,' said Remorse. 'Nothing in Bugarup but a bunch of wowsers and pooftahs.'

' 's okay, I like parrots,' mumbled Rincewind, who was just hoping that they would let him go so that he could hold on to the ground again. [The Last Continent]

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I was wondering what that young lady was doing with two pints of crème-de-menthe

"Garçon! Two pints of Absinthe por favor!

And the same for my friend!"

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Tell us what's wrong with the DMCA, says US Copyright office

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@Code For BrokeBut how many of us who are cheering the proposals of David 132, et al, will be lodging formal comments with the US Copyright office?

Ah, would that you were not so right. Activism in the 21st Century is great, isn't it?

"I AM SO ANGRY ABOUT THIS INJUSTICE THAT I WILL CHANGE MY FACEBOOK AVATAR! AND TWEET TO ALL MY FRIENDS! AND WRITE A FURIOUS BLOG ENTRY!"

Icon, because.

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a_yank_lurker: yes, those are good points, but you're addressing the "what to do with people who HAVE infringed" side of the DMCA. Which, yes, needs fixing, I agree absolutely.

I was focusing on the other side, "what to do for people who have been unjustly accused".

I think we're both of one accord on this. Have an upvote. And a pint of microbrew from Oregon.

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How about massive penalties for companies who repeatedly make invalid takedown demands for legitimate use, or for material that they do not even own.

Have an upvote (the first of many, I suspect).

My biggest problem with the law is that it's asymmetric.

- Penalties for "infringement" of copyrighted works (even something as minor as, say, using a song from a 50-year-old Disney movie to accompany a video of your kids on Youtube): draconian. Lives ruined, people bankrupted.

- On the other hand, the penalties for sending out thousands of false infringement notices: zilch. That's organizations putting their legal signature to something that says "we have good faith belief that X is infringing" - having done zero due diligence to verify it.

If you want to feed a narrative of "big business vs. the little guy" and nurture the anti-capitalist mob mentality, I can't think of many better ways to do it than this.

My own modest proposal: one simple change to the law.

If a takedown notice is shown to be false or incorrect, then penalties are levied on the complainant equal to 2x what they demanded from the "infringer".

That should concentrate minds in short order!

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At last – Feds crack down on crummy encryption … starting with your dentist

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Re: Clearly, FTC did not ask FBI about this

WE COULD ALL BE KILLED BY TERRORIST DENTISTS!!!!!

Send for Lemming of the BDA!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAe6UEUmaJk

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Oh dear.

an evolving sense of humour, more modern and global cultural touchstones

{...wavey lines as we segue to the Editor's office, 6 months' hence...}

"Dabbsy, thanks for coming in. It's about that article you wrote. Great article, great stuff, lovely, super.

But I wonder if it's sensitive enough to global cultural touchstones?"

"Um..."

"Lovely, super. But we have to ask ourselves, what would an itinerant goat-herder in Mongolia make of this? Is 10 Things I Wish IT Suppliers Would Stick Up Their Arses really relevant to the needs of a Single Womens' pottery collective in Dhaka?"

"Err..."

"Lovely. So re-write it with less emphasis on cis-gender white privilege, there's a good person. And try to throw in more references to the Ethiopian Tewahedo belief system while you're at it."

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

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I blame Mrs Miggins.

Came here for this. Was not disappointed. Have an upvote.

Ah, Le Comte de Frou-Frou, I presume.

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Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

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Re: Streaming, seriously?

It's an article of faith among the big IT players that everyone has fast Internet connectivity, everywhere, all the time. Because that's the case in Mountain View and Redmond and Cupertino, and what holds there is also valid for the rest of the world, right?

So we get cloud-based this and streaming that and having to connect our dumb terminals to the mainframe to do anything useful. And out here in the real world, annoyances like you mention - hey, Cloudophiles, let me know when there's LTE connectivity in the Paris subway, or the London Tube, or on a plane (no, $20 for 2 hours Pogo connectivity doesn't cut it).

Oh, and the person at Apple who thought it would be "helpful" to have my phone tell me that "Mobile data is turned off for $APP" every single time - please pound rusty nails into your hands and never, ever, do any human-computer interaction work ever again. Thanks.

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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Re: The guy is the hard-core Democrat's dream.

Bring back spitting image.

Upvoted, but, y'know... I looked up some old episodes of Spitting Image on Youtube recently, and I have to say it hasn't aged that well. It wasn't as funny as I remember it from the first time around. Perhaps I'm just a curmudgeon.

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Re: Who Trumped?*

A contributor to the Telegraph today suggested that he should be known as The Bouffoon.

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Ah, the old "free speech as long as we agree with it" policy

"Oh no! Someone said something that offends me! Ban him! On no account must I ever be exposed to viewpoints that stress me! Trigger warnings! Safe spaces! Microaggressions!"

The solution to "offensive" speech - and remember, everyone's definition of "offensive" is slightly different - is not to ban it. That just feeds the mentality of martyrdom and victimhood.

Instead, provide better counter arguments. Let Trump's viewpoints be heard, as widely as possible. Argue cogently against them - again, as widely as possible. Provide clear & concrete examples of why his suggestions wouldn't work. Hint: it should be very easy to do so, if he's as wrong and deluded as you think he is.

If you just drop the ban-hammer on viewpoints you don't like, it only makes people think "hmm, there must have been something valid in that argument..."

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Social media snitching bill introduced into US Congress by intel bosses

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Re: Definitions

It's even more nuanced than that...

"Yesterday, terrorists blew up a government building in France" == Ungood.

"Yesterday, freedom fighters blew up a government building in North Korea" == Doubleplusgood.

Context changes language.

What was that "Good Omens" quote? Ah, yes:

"Maybe some terrorist--?" Aziraphale began.

"Not one of ours," said Crowley.

"Or ours," said Aziraphale, "Although ours are freedom fighters, of course."

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"But I don't think any of ours have any big plans afoot," said Aziraphale. "Just minor acts of ter-- political protest," he corrected.

"Ah," said Crowley bitterly. "You mean none of this cheap, mass-produced murder? Just personal service, every bullet individually fired by skilled craftsmen?"

Aziraphale didn't rise to it.

Icon because, well, Crowley.

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US government pushing again on encryption bypass

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Re: They just can't stop themselves, can they?

It's something inside their heads.

Bingo. It's the belief, common to all politicians and spy agencies, that anything that happens that they're not able to snoop represents a threat. It's the Total Information Awareness concept (remember that?), writ large. Why, if we can only see and intercept absolutely everything, then we can stop all crime/terror/radicalism/wrongthinking!

Fundamentally, they don't trust people. The assumption is that people, left to their own devices, will do bad stuff.

And so they continue with their pervasive snooping. At the risk of sounding like a tinfoil hatter - treasure the privacy of your own thoughts, while you can.

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Dailymotion hit by malvertising attack as perpetrators ‘up their game'

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Re: French video site eh

The one time when a rouge ad would have been more appropriate and somebody has to spell it correctly :(

Started to read your comment.

Prepared to write a snarky response berating yet another person for not knowing how to spell "rogue".

Finished reading your comment.

Well played, sir.

But honestly, the quick and simple way to fix this is to ban JS, Flash and HTML5 from all adverts. What does an advert need to do, apart from display an image?

"EAT FILBOID STUDGE. IT'S NECESSARY FOR YOU."

Of course, that wouldn't suit the advertisers, so it'll never happen.

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Work on world's largest star-gazing 'scope stopped after religious protests

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Shooting themselves in the foot

I'm on the Big Island at the moment on vacation, and drove past Mauna Kea on the Saddle Road last weekend. This is big news here, but sympathy seems to be broadly in favour of the observatory. My own gut feeling/prejudice is that, as someone else commented above, this is a bunch of watermelons who want to stop anything that might be construed as progress, and have whipped up the putative "native community leaders" to come up with spurious objections. It's a shakedown, nothing more.

I can highly recommend a visit to the observatory, or at least to the visitor centre halfway up the mountain. Most nights the visitor centre has portable telescopes set up in the parking lot, and it is the most spectacular view of the night sky you'll probably ever see, assuming you live somewhere with normal levels of light pollution. Amazing, and the staff of the observatory & visitor centre are super enthusiastic about communicating their love of astronomy.

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Brit hardware hacker turns Raspberry Pi Zeros into selfie slayers

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Interesting and eclectic choice of targets

"In this case it's Instagram, things like political Islam, men's wedges, and rugby."

I have to admit that on my mental Venn diagram of social media users, politicised Islamists and rugby players, there's not a huge amount of overlap.

Hipsters/Islamists... other than epic beards, do they have much in common?

Is Daesh going for the "we were cutting peoples' heads off and throwing gays off buildings before it was cool" excuse?

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Splunk, Rocana trade blows in blog 'libel' spat

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Another IT industry playground slap-fight

My immediate reaction upon reading this was "oh, two nonentities that I've never heard of are desperately trying to get publicity and recognition by behaving with all the maturity of kindergarteners. 'You smell!' 'Nu-huh! You take that back or I'll tell teacher!' "

Having said that I'm sure someone here more familiar with the data-analysis segment will now correct me and point out that Splunk & Rocana are titans in their sector. Along with, no doubt, "Kwijoob", "Vl'hurkle GmbH", and "Mmmflib, Inc.".

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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

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Re: On linux? Meh, I'll stick with vim

Upvote for mentioning SciTE. I use it occasionally (when hacking automation scripts together in AutoIT - with which SciTE is bundled) and I'm impressed at the rich feature set and support for so many languages.

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German ex-pat jailed for smearing own pat all over Cork apartment

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Kummer by name,

...Pooper by nature.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Re: R-Swype?

Wasn't that a popular shoot-em-up from irem corp.?

No, you're thinking of Turdican (the first was OK but number two stank). Or possibly Ratchet & Clagnut.

I didn't play either of them, but just went through the motions.

...Also, this whole topic is just, eww. I'm decamping to a more salubrious comment thread.

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Suggested alternate name

in the vein of such crimes against the rules of English punctuation as Microsoft's "Connect();" conference, may I suggest you rename your app...

"Rs:Wyp"

And when asked, you can say "well, the colon is central to the app"

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Well that's it for Kickstarter and Crowdcube...

...I think your app just rectum completely.

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Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

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And I suppose they're worse than the Demonazi party?

Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.

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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

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As an aside...

I built a new PC yesterday. As I hadn't yet installed Firefox+UBlock, but needed to look something up, I clicked the little blue e icon.

Big mistake.

I had forgotten what a shitshow the Web is without script/ad/iframe blocking - thinking about it, it must be 10 years since I last browsed without block-tools installed. Popups, autoplaying videos, and - bonus - HTML5 video/animation that, as far as I can tell, IE has no way of stopping. (the "play animations in webpages / play sounds in webpages" checkbox options appear to be a sick joke from the days of embedded .GIFs and .WAVs).

And I'd only been searching for innocuous technical content. I shudder to think how much worse it would have been if I'd been doing my usual game of where's-the-best-torrent-site-now.

Short version: remember, there are millions and millions of IE users out there. To them, that is what the web looks like.

Dammit, people, we the technically savvy owe it to them to get them onto a decent user-centric browser ASAP. It's practically a human rights issue.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Re: Yes I remember....

IIRC the press was complaining because back then "multitasking" meant "pre-emptive scheduling" which didn't grace Windows apps for - quite a while.

That fits my recollection, too... the "real" OSes (including AmigaOS) did pre-emptive multitasking, and the co-operative multitasking that pre-NT versions of Windows had was inferior.

The difference as I understand it is that under a preemptive system, the OS kernel does the time-slicing and determines how many CPU cycles to give to each task, and in what order.

With co-operative multitasking, it's up to each app to say "OK, I'm done, time for the next app to have control of the CPU", like a game of pass-the-parcel. Obviously, that renders the system hostage to the niceness & stability of the apps, but it's simpler and cheaper to implement.

The Amiga had pre-emptive multitasking - which was smugworthy - but no hardware memory management unit, which meant that one rogue app could still bring down the whole system far too easily.

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