* Posts by David 132

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

David 132
Megaphone

Re: Ignorance of the issue

Since it is abundantrly clear to everyone that the EU willl do whatever it takes to stop any nation leaving the Euro

And there's the rub.

The Eurocracy are not, despite their public protestations, afraid of Greece leaving and thereafter collapsing into chaos, rains of blood, cats and dogs sleeping together, etc etc.

That would be a good outcome from the perspective of the EU - "pour encourager les autres", it would stiffen the resolve of Portugal, Ireland, Spain &c. to double down on their austerity efforts and be good little EU team-players.

What scares the EU powers-that-be is that Greece will default, Grexit will occur, and - unshackled from grossly unsuitable and inflexible monetary policy, the Greek economy will begin to recover on its own terms. "Hang on," Portugal/Spain etc will say, "if the Greeks are doing better now that they have a floating exchange rate and fiscal autonomy, why don't we do the same?". And bang will go the acquis communitaire and the unifying dreams of Monnet, Delors, Juncker et al.

Sadly, or happily depending on your point of view, there's little chance of that latter outcome, as the Greeks have seen fit to elect a loony left government with about as much grasp of fiscal realities as Rick from the Young Ones.

My own view? It's one of those scenarios where I really don't care who wins or loses. Like watching a wasp fighting a scorpion, I don't care whether the centralising control freaks in Brussels get their way, or the Dave Spart-alikes in Syriza. I just feel sorry for the Greek people who are having to suffer through this mess.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

David 132
IT Angle

Re: A completely preventable situation.

Call it a RAM upgrade, then.

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

David 132
Coat

Presumably the pita bread attack vector can be thwarted by a strategically placed tub of hummus.

Epic Falafel.

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Supermarket tweet: Twitter ankles balloon in product, places shopping frenzy

David 132
Mushroom

They REALLY said that? With a straight face?

[Twitter announced it was] "playing around with two new functions to 'make it easier for you to discover rich and relevant content about products and places on Twitter.' "

Really?

I just threw up a little in my mouth.

This is the kind of bastardisation of the English language that can only come from the Dark Arts of Marketing.

I mean, has anyone EVER thought to themselves, "gosh, my life is almost complete. If only I could more easily discover rich and relevant content about products and places".

(I might have to burn my keyboard after typing that).

Bastards. I hope they all die a horrible death. I'm with Bill Hicks on this one.

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Windows 10 Preview - First Impressions?

David 132

Out of interest, (and this is a genuine question, as I am a complete non-Microsoft shop here), how aware were you/would a typical user be, of the issues you describe, if you had done the, 'express', install?

That's a good question 1980s_coder, and I don't know the answer. I haven't tested it, because I always when installing software, pick the "custom install" option; a habit that has allowed me to dodge countless Ask Toolbar / Bonzi Buddy installs, for a start!

Would it make any sense for MS to pick the most privacy-friendly options when "Express" is selected, but pre-select the opposites when "Custom" is chosen?

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David 132
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Re: Does anyone else think Win10 is a privacy nightmare?

I'm pretty sure that @david 132 means, "privacy nightmare relative to other Windows".

Correct. I should have made that clearer. And yes, I know Windows 7 isn't spotless in this regard, but what irked me (and prompted my rant above) is that EVERY. SINGLE. OPTION. in Windows 10 seems to be geared towards "tell us about everything you do". The "predictive browsing", for example, which is described as - paraphrasing - "To predict which web-pages you'll want to view and pre-load them for you, details of your browsing habits will be sent to Microsoft". Is that not the least-privacy-friendly and most intrusive way to accomplish the goal? Why not do it locally? "Oh, every day for the last 3 weeks he reads bbc.co.uk/news then goes to bbc.co.uk/news/UK, so I will pre-load the latter while he's reading the former"?

And it's not as if this related to it being a public beta; as far as I can tell, these are the standard options that every user will face. If the options were prefaced with something like "Because this is a preview, we need to collect as much information about how you use this OS as possible." that would be different.

Oh, and on that topic; the "feedback" tool only works if you sign into Windows with your MSDN/Windows Insider cloud login. I don't; I always use a local account to sign in (because I don't see any advantages to giving MS & the NSA/GCHQ/whoever my username and password). So I can't submit any feedback on Windows 10. Ergo, Microsoft are excluding the voices of people like me who are concerned about privacy, and (arguably?) have valid points. When they release Windows 10 and people complain about the pervasive snooping, they will look around, bemused, and say "But no-one gave us any negative feedback about this during the beta phase..."

Grrr.

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David 132
Windows

Does anyone else think Win10 is a privacy nightmare?

I just installed one of the latest builds (101xx).

During installation, I chose "custom" rather than "express" settings. That's where I started to get a bad feeling...

1) The "customize settings" option is tiny text, but the "Express" settings option is a BIG PROMINENT BUTTON.

2) The default option in just about every case is the worse privacy choice. Had I left them unchanged, the OS would be sending info to Microsoft about my: contacts, browsing habits, location, downloads, applications. It would be allowing apps to view my location, associate me with a default advertising ID, and access just about everything in my profile.

3) By default the Search box on the task-bar / Start Menu searches via Bing for everything I type. So if I type "common", for example, the top result is the local file "Show/Hide Common Icons on the desktop" - but I also get search predictions showing what every schmuck on the web has searched for ("Common Venereal diseases", etc). To turn this behaviour off, I had to ferret deep into the Group Policy editor (which, I'm guessing, won't even be an option on "Home" versions of the OS).

That latter point is the one that concerns me; what if I don't WANT Microsoft/Bing/their advertisers to get copies of all my searches? Hypothetically, what if I work for Acme Corp, and search for a local file called "Acme Corp Bankruptcy Plans July 2015.xlsx", or less dramatically, "Acme Corp takeover of FooBar Corp plans.docx"? MS will have a record of that term. Would anyone else using Bing to search for "Acme Corp" get that as a search prediction?

I'd rather have the Windows 7 behaviour, where the Start menu search box was limited to local files/applications.

Am I being a tinfoil-hatter, or does anyone else think this OS is shaping up to be sinister? Considering all the noise Microsoft have been making about protecting users' privacy, this seems... hypocritical? Their default stance with Windows 10 seems to be to datamine the user.

Apart from that I think it's generally an improvement over Windows 8. Anyone else agree?

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

David 132
Coat

Re: @ trev potts

Could be worse, you could be a mopper-upper at a peep show.

Or "chief b*llock-catcher at the eunuch factory", a particularly poor occupation in the Roman Empire mentioned in Chelmsford 123, as I recall.

Mind you, that's also a sexist job, because it takes balls.

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David 132
Coat

I tried reproducing by cellular mitosis, but it gave me a splitting head ache.

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Sacré bleu! Parking machine labels French mayor ‘thieving bastard'

David 132
Trollface

Re: ... Sadly twinned with both Reading and Basildon

The sadly twinned line stood out to me a joke I am clearly missing, would anyone care to enlighten an international reader who does not get the reference?

'Twinning' is a cozy little scam that local government councillors across Europe have run for a number of years - pick a town elsewhere in the world, establish diplomatic relations with your civic government counterparts over there, and your communities will be Best Friends Forever. In theory it allows communities of similar size/challenges to learn from each other and establish entente cordiale; in practice it just means taxpayer-subsidized holidays^H^Hjunkets^H^Hfact-finding "friendship" visits for the aforementioned bigwigs for ever more.

Generally the towns with which UK places are twinned tend to be rather pleasant, so the Mayor and his/her cronies have to force themselves to suffer a visit to, say, Nice or Geneva - but the trendier municipal authorities have a compulsion to twin with benighted hell-holes that bear no relation to their own community (e.g. "Marlborough, twinned with Gunjur in the Gambia".)

As the article points out, sometimes that cuts the other way, and the foreign town draws the short straw out of misguided sympathy or just bad luck. I'm sure the French town hoped to be twinned with somewhere nice - but had to settle for Basildon and Reading. Perhaps next year they'll get an upgraded twinning arrangement with Mogadishu or maybe even Detroit.

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Bundestag hack origin still a mystery as DE.gov techies pull out their hair

David 132
Boffin

Re: Block cyberpackets at the router!

In which part of the multiverse would this actually work? How can you select for Trojans, why would the NSA analyze them and why would it warn anyone of anything?

Simple.

For each packet, if the Evil Bit is set, forward it to the NSA. Actually, forward it to anywhere, safe in the knowledge that the NSA will get it.

Of course, some bad actors might theoretically neglect to set the Evil Bit, but there's just no dealing with some people.

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

David 132

Re: Percy's Horse

Maybe one of the colour options will be Purest Green.

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

David 132
Devil

And they immediately take no notice.

Coincidentally, I just received one of these calls, about 5 minutes before seeing this article.

A spoofed number that began with my area code but had way too many digits - 503515386523 - I foolishly answered it anyway (my wife can never remember her number, so hands mine out to everyone as her point of contact, so I get random calls asking when I'm going to take delivery of even random-er furnishings & suchlike, but I digress).

Anyway. Perhaps in response to this verdict, "Rachel" has changed her name and modified her pitch. She's now "Melinda from Credit Card services", and she assured me that my current account is OK but I need to call them urgently. No. Fsck off. Hung up at that point.

So maybe it'll take more than a $1.7 meeeellion judgement to squish these scumbags. Personally I'd feed 'em into an industrial meat grinder feet first, but then I've always been soft on social justice matters.

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LOHAN's final test flight set to honour PRATCHETT

David 132
Headmaster

Re: 4 years

Unless the FAA starts reporting to Lord Vetinary - a while yet.

Vetinari.

Tsk, tsk. Report to the duty torturer. A little something off the ears, I think.

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

David 132
Happy

Re: Desk name plate and worn name ID for all

I have a black T-shirt, unadorned except for a design resembling one of those conference "Hello My Name Is" badges. I wear it to work occasionally, living in foolish hope that a previously un-encountered coworker will say "Hello Mr Inigo Montoya".

Little things, little minds.

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David 132

Re: I blame the parents...

Like this: ᚤᚳᛁᛇᛅᚤᛁᚱ?

Ogham?

Or more like, given the tone of Dabbsy's columns, Oggham...?

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

David 132
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Obscure TV references 'r' Us

+1 (heck, plus several thousand) for the reference to A Very Peculiar Practice.

I was starting to think no-one else remembered it.

"Would that be marmalade you'd be smearing on your crotch, Bob?"

I once saw a convoy of Bond Bugs driving through Swindon. It's an exciting place like that.

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

David 132
Happy

Re: I suppose.

Ah. Yes. I debated whether to add the caveat "...but devices that use the frequency for timing purposes will have problems"!

I was going to give you a link to another Youtube video that shows the effect of running a teasmade on US voltage - and then realized that by incredible coincidence it's the same model as in your video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Zo4AVL7AE (interesting bit happens from 0:06s-->0:09s)

[tl;dw: Queen - I Want To Break Free, official video]

Good luck.

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David 132
Mushroom

Re: I suppose.

Now if i could just figure out how to get a Goblin Teasmade working on American wall current.........

250V/60Hz circuits are available in most/all American homes - usually for electric stoves, furnaces, that kind of thing.

Here in Oregon I bodged a UK 3-pin socket & cord onto a NEMA 6-20 plug from Home Depot, and via one of the 250V sockets in my garage can now use my UK jig-saw, kettle and cordless drill charger*. They don't seem to mind either the slight over-voltage or the difference in cycle rate.

I'm sure any qualified sparkie reading this will be having palpitations at this point, but hey, "YOLO" as I believe the kids say...

*-individually. Not all at once. Cos, you know, that would be tempting fate.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

David 132
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Re: Heated steering wheel???

I recall reading somewhere - can't be bothered to google it, so take this with an appropriate level of scepticism - that heating the steering wheel is one of the most effective/efficient ways to "trick" the driver into thinking the whole car is warm. For electric cars, where every erg wasted on interior heating is one less to use to propulsion, a heated steering wheel is the best way to make the driver feel "warm" quickly and efficiently. If your hands are toasty, you're more inclined to ignore your chattering teeth and icicle-encrusted nose.

All of which is somewhat tenuous when applied to a combustion-engined vehicle like this one, of course. For what it's worth I have a heated steering wheel in my Volvo XC60. It's handy on cold mornings. Wouldn't have paid extra for it, but it came bundled on the car along with more compelling features (heated seats... mmmmm)

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

David 132

Edge has all the features I need

I've always preferred to think of Microsoft's browser as a single-purpose tool to download a proper browser, as in "Oh, I see Microsoft have released Firefox Downloader Version 11".

So on that score, Edge has everything I might ever need from it.

But I do like downloading Firefox in a way that is, as Joe Belfiore touted it at BUILD, "on the edge of consuming and creating" and "to the developer notion of being close to the modern capabilities of the web.".

Thanks Joe. Really appreciate your hard work there.

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

David 132
Happy

Re: Pining for fjords

putting a møøse round its neck

Fixed it for yøu.

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Netlist gets derisory $2 award following Diablo IP theft trial kerfuffle

David 132
Thumb Up

Re: They have grounds for appeal

I like your explanation. But I doubt they scanned them; EURion constellation and all that...

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David 132
Trollface

They have grounds for appeal

They may have only won $2, but according to your photo both dollar bills have the same serial number. Oh Diablo, you're in trouble now. Counterfeiting? Now that's an offence.

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Someone PLEASE stop patent trolls' stroking their favorite tool, cries Google and friends

David 132

Re: ratfox

There are plenty of arguments against Microsoft, but relative to other technology companies, their ratio of innovation vs patent litigation is higher.

By and large, I concur. But let's not forget the whole FAT32 patent thing, or the repeated-and-vague "nice Android OS you have here, we own patents on the mumblemumblemumble aspects of it, so you owe us money" threats. MS' hands are not entirely clean on this front.

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LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says

David 132
Windows

If you disable UAC on Windows 8, the OS won't let you run any of the TIFKAM apps.

And nothing of value was lost.

On Windows 10 it's more annoying though - even the TIFKAM Settings apps are disabled. So it's hobson's choice; disable UAC and have control of your own PC, or retain the ability to change basic system parameters. Thanks, Microsoft, for treating us like infants.

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

David 132

Re: As a Volvo owner...

"Meh, petrol's 49p/litre here so I don't care"

Where is this??? I want to move.

'Murrica. The Pacific Northwest - less kooky than California, less icy than Alaska. Better craft beer than just about anywhere outside a CAMRA convention. No sales tax. Friendly natives.

I did the $/US Gallon conversion just to blend in here. And probably screwed it up - if anyone cares to double-check my working, we're paying $2.80 per (US) gallon here for Premium right now. Was down as low as $2 earlier this year, muhahahaha!!1!

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David 132
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As a Volvo owner...

I found myself nodding in agreement with this article.

I don't have the V60, Polestar or otherwise, but I have what the article describes as its putative parent, the XC60. Great seats and a feeling of general solidity have always been a feature of Volvos for as long as I can recall. However the overall build quality seems to have taken a slow glide downwards since the Chinese took over. Driving around town last weekend, part of my sunroof spontaneously fell off and hit my wife on the head. Depending on your personal matrimonial situation, that may or may not be seen as a bad thing.

The LCD dash is kind of cool but it's more a gimmick than anything; you have 3 "themes" to choose from, but tbh I picked one and then stuck with it. Rarely do I find myself thinking "hmm, it's Tuesday, today I will go with the Eco theme for my dashboard".

Volvo engines are good but, as the article alludes, tend to be quite thirsty; mine has a 3.0L I-6 which pushes out 300bhp to the accompaniment of a giant sucking sound from the fuel tank. Meh, petrol's 49p/litre here so I don't care. I hear Volvo are moving to I-4 engines with various degrees of turbo/supercharging up and down their range, which will help.

Same Haldex system as the V60 in the review (AWD not "true" 4WD - maybe the article needs a tweak?); it's good inasmuch as it keeps the car planted solidly.

In terms of other common Volvo traits - yes, the bluetooth syncs quickly and works well, but the mass of buttons on the "floating" centre console are small, fiddly, and tricky to find whilst driving. Reach out for the heated-rear-screen button without looking and you might find yourself changing radio channel or turning off the parking sensors.

Not sure about this Polestar V60 specifically, but estate/SUV Volvos have one optional feature that appeals to my malicious side - a button on the console to automatically flip the rear seat head-rests downwards. To improve visibility, but it takes no account of whether the seats are occupied. Known in my family as the "if y'all don't shut up back there I will whack you on the back of the head" button. *grin*

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

David 132
Happy

Re: Biological accuracy

The ones in the picture are wearing inflatable water-wings - unfortunately not quite visible, just below the surface.

There's simply nothing in nature to rival the aural symphony that is a herd of majestic Brontosauri thundering towards a pool, roaring and bellowing, with their water-wings squeaking and hissing with over-inflation.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Deep-fried cheesy Hungarian

David 132
Pint

I made this last night - and survived

I made this last night; my wife was torn between excitement that I was cooking for once, and trepidation/mortal dread that I was cooking for once.

It went pretty well despite my sober state. The quantities given in the article made 6 pieces, although I suspect I could/should have made them thinner than I did. For what it's worth, I used grated Gruyère and lashings of sour cream. Delicious! And we both survived!

I note the suggestions above about adding garlic, or folding the cheese inside the dough - and will certainly give those a try.

Thanks Lester, another good recipe. Keep 'em coming.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

David 132
Facepalm

Re: Linux

For the kernel maybe, but what about the cluster-fsck that is systemd?

Well good news in this specific case - Systemd will soon include not one, but three German-Basketball-Scoreboard modules. All more or less complete and functional, but Lennart Poettering will leave the actual debug-and-testing to others.

</snark>

<bitter>

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Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

David 132
Paris Hilton

Re: No wonder tech is hard

Ah, I'm glad I'm not the only one who read the headline and immediately thought "so, wait, Sparta won't run in a VM? or won't run if you build an app with it?"...

For those like me that are slow on the uptake or excessively literal, may I respectfully suggest a little tweaking of the headline, Reg team?

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

David 132
Coat

Re: Plus.

> an 8.8mm Canon to shoot down all those pesky new fangled drones.

An ore-mining machine with a very tiny clergyman? I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

The fact that I don't have this kit makes my deacon blue.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

David 132

Re: AT&T and Verizon are ever-attuned to the public mood

23 upvotes? For a throw-away remark? I certainly hit gold there. Thank you, thank you, you're a lovely audience *mwah!* *mwah!*

The 1 downvote puzzles me though. Someone who doesn't like or comprehend sarcasm? (Eh, understandable)

Or maybe works for one of those two lovely, fluffy companies?

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David 132
Devil

AT&T and Verizon are ever-attuned to the public mood

I'm sure AT&T and Verizon can rely on the vast amounts of public goodwill they've carefully nurtured over the last few years to sweep them to victory and popular acclaim.

Go get 'em, America's Most Loved Companies!

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

David 132
Joke

what will they eat in the Arctic?

Wildlife documentary-makers?

Oil-drilling crews? (perhaps that's the "this will help combat climate change" angle)

Either that, or they'll have to learn to swim, then strain krill and plankton through their teeth.

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David 132

Re: Tundra Colder?

And leaving footprints in the butter.

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David 132
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Well I feel sorry for Mrs Elephant.

On seeing the article headline, the first thing that occurred to me was the South Park "Elephant makes love to a pig" episode.

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

David 132
Trollface

Re: Fun with ActiveDesktop

Evil desktop pranks...

Years ago, I wrote a simple Winforms applet that created between 4 and 20, 1x1 pixel borderless windows with backgrounds either #FF00FF, #FFFFFF or #00FFFF, and scattered them at random over the desktop.

Looked exactly like dead LCD pixels. Particularly fun when run on a colleague's brand new super-large, super-expensive monitor.

The CRT equivalent, of course, was to create a 3x2 pixel bitmap in MS-Paint, and colour every pixel the default desktop tint except for the top-right one, which would be set to magenta #FF00FF. Save it as the stretched desktop wallpaper, and Windows would do a beautiful job of scaling and smoothing it up to desktop size - et voila, huge and nasty CRT/phosphor magnet artifact in the top-right corner. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

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David 132
Windows

Re: Ahh, the old days...

All we had was a NAND gate made from twigs, and two delay lines made from old thermometers.

Thermometers? Luxury! When I were a lad, I had to stick the mercury up my nose and implement delays by opening and closing my sinuses.

Fortunately, it had no ill-effect on me whatsoever. None.

...buggrit, millennium hand and shrimp, I told em, I TOLD em....

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David 132
Joke

Re: Just one more thing...

What, like this one? - Alistair Dabbs

Fun fact: that's not actually a looping GIF, it's a real-time webcam. Showing a normal person's reaction to reading the Reg forums.

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David 132
Headmaster

Re: surely there was a reason that IE became so popular?

By using the "word" 'sheeple' you instantly made everyone reading your post think of commentard Matt Bryant.

Indeed. Torpedoes any valid point that you might make, unfortunately.

Apropos of nothing, and not having a go at the original poster - who actually did have a valid point - other red-flag words that immediately make me dismiss whatever an author is trying to say include...

- 'Windoze' (c.f. also 'Winblows', and variants)

- 'M$' ('Microsucks', 'Mickeysoft', etc. etc)

- 'Fanboi'

- Basic inability to spell or use punctuation, talking like a concussed valley girl

omg windoze is teh suck i h8 all you loosers

Seriously, don't make yourself sound like an 11-year-old.

Anyone care to suggest others?

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David 132
Coffee/keyboard

Re: IE Not So Bad, Safari? Chrome? Worse.

WinME? Stable?

You are trolling, right?

WinME was renowned at the time for being - to use an immortal phrase from Saint Pterry - about as stable as an upturned pyramid.

Those with any sense stayed on Windows 98SE.

Those with sense AND humungous amounts of RAM* moved to Windows 2000 as fast as their CD-burners would carry them.

*-64MB or thereabouts. Heyyyy, Big Spender!

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David 132
FAIL

Re: Ahh CL

Thank you x100 for the link to the page scan.

Heh, you're welcome, glad it was useful. TBH that isn't necessarily the best image of the AF blooper out there, but it was the first decent link google returned. As you and others below have mentioned, good ol' Lorem Ipsum is always the safest bet. That, and ELEMENTARY PROOF-READING BEFORE GOING TO PRESS, but it seems that's a dying art!

So, wandering even further down this off-topic path... if you're going to print placeholder text, why not put it on a lamp-post for the whole world to see?

http://cdn.elezea.com/images/3-deck-2.jpg

Mind you, it could be even worse - you could put a rude word in print AND insult a paying customer at the same time:

http://cheezburger.com/7355793664

(sorry for link to Cheezburger - again, I blame google image search. Don't get distracted by teh kitties OH MY GOD IT'S TOO LATE my precious IQ is leavingggg meeee wow such meme, very fail)

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David 132
Happy

Re: Ahh CL

Good times. And Crash for the Spectrum. Get off my lawn, you kids.

I still, somewhere, have my copy of the infamous "Type some shit in here please" Amiga Format issue.

https://twitter.com/russty_russ/status/417768019901689857

(TL;DR: sub-editor failed to spot that placeholder text (large, bold, and prominent on page #1) over an article describing software on the cover disk. What made it worse was that the software in question was a simple paint package for kiddies. A grovelling apology followed in the next month's issue.)

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David 132
Coat

Re: Ahh CL

The only IT mag I ever purchased religiously.

I used to buy Amiga Format religiously, until I got thrown out of WH Smiths. Some guff about how the chanting, incense and robes were freaking out the other customers. I told them it was my liturgical book and I needed it, but my missal defence tactic failed.

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

David 132
IT Angle

Re: Alternatively

Linguistic differences abound... Plural in 'Merika is legos.

Yep. Here in the Pacific Northwest, "niche" is pronounced "nitch".

and they sometimes look at you funny if you pronounce it correctly.

Amen. Or more usually, I get

[them] "Gee, I love your accent. What part of Australia are you from?"

[me] "Actually, I'm British"

[them] "Wow! So, who do you think killed Diana?" (or: "Wow! I just love Monty Python and Benny Hill!". To which my stock response these days is, "Oh, you're American? I just love I Dream Of Jeannie and Mr Ed...")

I'm just teasing, though, really. I've never met a more friendly, welcoming, polite and warm-hearted group of people.

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David 132
Unhappy

Re: Apple TV

The NowTV Roku-based box works a treat with Plex for less than £10.

Cheers for the tip, upvoted. I'll take a look at that. TBH though, the Roku boxes are solid, reliable, well-made and inexpensive enough (Costco has the 3 right now for <$85).

Edit: Never mind. Seems NowTV is a UK-only thing sold through Sky? D'oh. I'm now a leftpondian so, no good. And even when I was in GB, I would never have subscribed to Sky. Cue old jokes about "what do you call the small box on the back of a Sky dish".

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David 132
FAIL

Re: Apple TV

The second hand pricing on the ATV2 probably has a lot to do with the Jailbreak status on the ATV3 and will probably stay high.

Bingo. You nailed it.

I bought ATV2 units for myself and my in-laws when they came out. After jailbreaking, they were superb little media boxes that'd run Plex happily and play media-in-whatever-format from the local NAS.

Foolishly, I bought an ATV3 hoping for more of the same with added 1080p goodness. Waited for the jailbreak.

And waited. And waited some more. Finally, having seen how good the Roku boxes are, I craigslist'ed the ATV3 (still shrink-wrapped) and bought the Roku3 instead.

Apple worked so very hard to lock down the ATV3 against jailbreak, and completely screwed themselves in the process. Without jailbreak the ATV is crippled. Stray from Apple's model of "buy rent everything from the iTunes store in MP4 format" and you're SOL.

Roku and others saw the opportunity and came up with a much better product. The free market at its finest.

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Re: COUNTRY.sucks

If this is about "free speech", will they be allowing...

Islam.sucks?

Christianity.sucks?

FlyingSpaghettiMonster.sucks?

But on a lighter note, I want

LowerAtmosphericPressure.sucks

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