* Posts by Mint Sauce

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Hand the security cookbook to your robot butler: Time to automate

Mint Sauce

I feel like I have been Rickrolled...

... or whatever the DevOps equivalent is!

Came here expecting an interesting or amusing read, then *bam* an article from the Stock, Aitken and Waterman school of writing.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

Mint Sauce

Re: It's a shame

Yup, been a happy enough Windows Phone 7.5/7.8 user for the last few years. Now the ole' Nokia 710 is getting a bit tired it's finally time for a change. Apple is ok but too expensive (for my tastes), tried the latest windows 10 phones and they felt like a real step back in speed and usability.

So, seeing as Palm are no longer in the game (I miss my Centro!), I guess I'm off to Android for the first time...

MS really seem to be doing their damnedest to burn what should have been a great platform. I wonder why?

Soon-to-be-ex-winphone-user.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

Mint Sauce
Windows

Sadly

I noticed this the other day. Sadly the only way to 'provide feedback' is by logging in with your microsoft account. But, don't worry! you can create one through the app!

err, nope.

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Hey -- what is that oddball box on the left?

Mint Sauce

Re: Argghhh.

They appear to have broken the mobile site too, I use that almost exclusively and it's not updated all day...well a few 'stub' articles have just appeared with next to no content. Maybe it's a work in progress... maybe it's DevOps in action ;-)

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

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Devil

$22bn

According to a report by Adobe and PageFair, a Dublin-based adblocking blocker, nearly $22bn (£15bn) in advertising revenue was lost last year due to the practice.

No, no it really wasn't.

Unless they think the kind of people who block ads are the same kind of people who also love them and click on them and buy from them...

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Go DevOps before your bosses force you to. It'll be easier that way

Mint Sauce
Alert

BINGO!

Well that was too easy, filled in my card very quickly there. Me dabber's seen better days though ;-)

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Chrome 49 goes live as Google pays bug mercs $51k to patch 26 holes

Mint Sauce

Yes in Mint in this case though. I removed the source and put a hold on the current version. I only use it for Netflix anyway & don't do any other web surfing with it, so figured I probably don't really need to update it.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 set for fourth launch attempt

Mint Sauce

Oh my, I've just tried to imagine what something powered by 108 supercharged cylinders would sound like on full chat :-}

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Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package

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2.0

Openshot has been my go-to editor for the last few years. Although missing some features and being a bit buggy it had the cleanest interface IMO. As I've progressed and wanted more features (motion tracking, mainly) I've been using KDenlive and lightworks (free) too, but always seem to go back to Openshot for the final edits.

I''ll probably still keep hitting 'save' after every change tho ;-)

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

Mint Sauce
Terminator

Re: Asimov's Laws

4) Hipsters arent human.

By the end I was hoping it would go full Chuck Norris on the hockey hipster and roundhouse kick him out of the nearest window ;-)

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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WTF?

Re: I'm getting old

Beat me to it...

TIL: I'm not a functioning member of society.

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

Mint Sauce
FAIL

Re: Those sneaky bastards!

I thought I hadn't seen one of those trusty 'what do you want to do with cookies from this site then, eh?' dialogs for a while. Buggers, guess I'm downgrading from 44 and staying there then as this is the main reason I use firefox for all normal web broswing.. grrr.

And I can now see that I still have a block list, but plenty of sites have now set their cookies.. double grrrr. Trust undermined.

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Ready for a nostalgia kick? Usborne has put its old computer books on the web for free

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Happy

Write your own...

I still have my copy of "Write Your Own Adventure Programs For Your Microcomputer" somewhere. The dragon on the front was very exciting as I recall. The reality back then is that much more imagination was required during gameplay of course ;-)

It's only been around 30 years, I should probably find time to finish the book ;-) Although, need to download all the others I don't have first!

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

Mint Sauce
Flame

lp0 on fire

If it isn't, it soon fscking will be...grr! Is it beer-o-clock yet?

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

Mint Sauce

Pint Maths

Sound like it's probably related to, or a subset of Bistromathics... :)

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

Mint Sauce
Paris Hilton

<AOL/>

I come here for the snarky humour, commentard flamewars and the fact there's stuff to _read_ in actual articles rather than tiny bits of text introducing videos etc.

I'm one of the few that use the mobile site in preference even on the desktop as it is far more text based. I appreciate I'm probably in a tiny minority in these days though.

Will continue to visit, whatever changes you make, but whether that's more or less often remains to be seen.

Cheers!

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

Mint Sauce
Go

Re: So, instead of XP?

Came here looking for this comment, was not disappointed. Trebles all round :-)

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Windows 10 won't come to old WinPhones until some time in early 2016

Mint Sauce
Windows

I guess I'll be keeping my Nokia for a while yet

My WinPho 7.8 Nokia is still nice to use though small screened, & a bit slow by more modern standards. It's a well made product, with a good OS that's done nearly everything I wanted (despite several of the usual Microsoft crazy decisions they always make with software). I'd have liked to finally replace it in the next year or two, but it sounds like WinPho 10 is a huge step backwards in usability & functionality :-(

No idea what to replace it with. Not a huge fan of Android, won't pay the Apple tax, there doesn't really seem to be much choice any more.

I should probably form a support group with the other WinPho 7 user... ;-)

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How to build a real lightsabre

Mint Sauce
Go

Re: How do you make a lightsabre...

Hah ha, upvotes all round for cheering me up with those references :-)

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

Mint Sauce

Re: They're just colored stickers

I thought the itea was to very carefully swap over the stickers on two opposing middle squares, scramble the cube, then hand it to the nearest smug b'stard and watch them sweat... ;-)

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

Mint Sauce

Re: Capaldi has been channelling Tom Baker since he took over the role.

In his very first episode I thought he did a piece that was pure Tom Baker - in voice and facial expressions. "Oh goody :-)" I thought. Then I barely watched the rest of that series - and can remember almost nothing from it.

This series has been a lot better. Phew.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

Mint Sauce
Angel

Re: “We apologise for the inconvenience.”

And made out of correctly stacked MSFT executives doused in petrol.

I think... I feel good about it.

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Mint Sauce
Big Brother

Background Apps

When I installed Win10 I went through and disabled/turned off every privacy related setting, app & feature etc. Even disabling the diagnostic services (they were never any bl**dy help anyway).

I have noticed that seemingly random 'background apps' keep getting re-enabled on a regular basis. My best guess is that it is updates that are doing this (it's been happening since I installed just after release). I did wonder initially if using an app made it happen, but this does not seem to be the case (and I never use 'xbox' for example which was the last one to magically re-enable).

Grrsigh.

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Science Museum celebrates Ada Lovelace

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But most importantly...

She fought crime!

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VW offices, employees' homes raided by German prosecutors

Mint Sauce

Re: "My understanding is that...

My understanding is that it was a couple of software engineers who put these in

Well, technically, yes, a couple of engineers probably did TYPE in the code...

'Technically correct' is always the best kind of correct, pays the lawyers wages after all ;-)

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

Mint Sauce

Xenix

Maybe their Xenix licence has finally run out?

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

Mint Sauce
Mushroom

I actually *had* a clock that looked like 3 sticks of dynamite wired up to a timer, back in, oo, the mid 80's. A present from a well meaning relative (probably from Index or BHS or maybe even Tandy ;-). Remember carrying it poking out of my school bag through the town centre. Nobody looked twice...

Then again, it was in the tiny part of the UK that isn't London, so maybe more relaxed...!

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China eyes the dark, sorry, far side of the Moon

Mint Sauce
Happy

Nazis on the moon...

... mmmm Julia Dietze

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Microsoft issues first SharePoint 2016 preview

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Childcatcher

Your life, as it has been, is over.

A new “cloud hybrid search” will permit users wielding “SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 to retrieve unified search results through a combined search index in Office 365.”

Wow, sounds like they've done the impossible, and made finding stuff that's been borg'd into sharepoint even harder!

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

Mint Sauce

Re: Not totally suprising

I wonder if Amazon treat their accountancy department the same way (which they should considering they've never turned a profit...).

No no no!.. the accountancy dept get paid huge bonuses every year. No profit = no corporation tax to pay!

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Parrot drone pwned (and possibly killed) with Wi-Fi log-in

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Facepalm
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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

Mint Sauce

Re: Those of us who haven't "upgraded"

Hmm, you've clearly not used it. IMO Win8 is an improvement on 7 with the caveat that you need to spend an afternoon sorting out the start screen (uninstall the crApps, create logical groups for your daily driver software etc) and learning some keyboard shortcuts (irony!). Use is exclusively on a multi-monitor desktop machine, no touch screens. It handles multiple desktops better than Win7 too.

Now, I prefer it to the restricted Win7 start menu design. I realise I'm in a tiny minority here tho ;-)

I will move to Win10 soon at work so I can test out all our software with it, but it looks like they've adopted a 'worst of both worlds' approach to some of the UI :-(

I'm with you all the way on the 'flat design' shite though...

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Intel 80386 queen Renée James quits as chipmaker's president

Mint Sauce
Coat

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Glad to see an obDNA reference as the first comment, but my very first thought before coming here was...

"So long and thanks for all the chips"...

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

Mint Sauce

TIL...

... that Britain HAS a National Barrier Asset!

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Or do we now need an Emacs vs Cortana flame war?

I know right? Who needs Cortana when you've got ELIZA :-)

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

Mint Sauce

Re: World of Warcraft?

Indeed - all I could think was 'South Park' whilst reading this article :-)

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

Mint Sauce

Re: What the hell is an Emjoi?

What the hell is an emoticon? Are they what we used to call 'smilies' back in my day??

[shambles off muttering about yoof of today, gopher and ncsa mosaic]

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Whither the PC? Mobes, slabs drive majority of traffic for top news sites

Mint Sauce

Re: m.theregister.co.uk

Do I count as a mobile or desktop - beacuse I *always* use the m.theregister.co.uk site

<aol>Me too!</aol>

Still wish they had a proper feed of just 'latest article first' though.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

Mint Sauce

Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

Perhaps this really isn't the sort of place to claim that Vulcans had afterburners (ignoring flying testbed configurations), as half of us are anoraks who know better. I doubt the airframe would have been strong enough for 50% more thrust from the engines.

I sincerely hope that when XH558 finally runs out of engine cycles, the pilots on the final display are allowed to give it absolutely flat-sticks over the airfield as a final goodbye.

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Mint Sauce
Happy

Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

I think the same was said about the Vulcan as well.

Ah, but that beauty sometimes appears to hang in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

:-)

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

Mint Sauce

Someone needs to tell TV Licensing then, 'cos that's not what it says on their website.

IANAL but I believe the current interpretation of the legislation is such that although section 363 of the communications act (2003) states:

363 Licence required for use of TV receiver

(1) A television receiver must not be installed or used unless the installation and use of the receiver is authorised by a licence under this Part.

Elsewhere [in case law maybe??], 'a television receiver' is only defined as such if it is installed with the intention of receiving the live broadcast. If you've no intention of doing that then the requirement to have a licence does not exist.

Of course, if some MIBs from Crapita knock on your door, don't blame me ;-)

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

Mint Sauce
Coat

Headline?

"Boozy beau's bedroom barney - she chomped chap's chap after laptop slap."

Work in progress ;)

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

Mint Sauce

Re: Timezones

Ah yes I experienced that (Windows Phone 7.8). Had a long 'discussion' with a support droid over that one, and completely failed to make them understand why my appointments for 10am (say) should remain at 10am & that if you travelled through multiple time-zones on a business trip it would be a FuckingNightmare(tm).

Although in general I like windows phone, if v8 enforces the same behaviour, then I'm out.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Happy

Mavis Beacon

I wish I could upvote the article for mentioning good ole' Mavis. Hah, that takes me back :-)

Also, there was the 'Unix System' in Jurassic Park. I was working on SGI systems at the time and they included fsn (File System Navigator) as part of IRIX IIRC.

It was shit.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Pint

Buh...but...

..how many hours of 'Children in Need' would have to be broadcast to cover all the instances of people sitting in bathtubs of beans, where total beanage = 900 megatins.

For that matter, how many bathtubs would be required for said sit-a-thon (assuming UK spec tub and average BMI of occupant ;-)

Enquiring minds (well it is Friday...)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Mint Sauce

The only thing I'd really like to see is.....

A page somewhere which shows the stories ONLY in chronological order - most recent stories first. No 'most read' no 'featured' etc. Just every post to the site, newest first.

I usually use the mobile site as it's the closest to this, but I still have to scroll past the top stories, and also the list that follows often has old stories popping up amongst the newer ones...

#firstworldproblems ;-)

Other than that, no real probs with the new layout. If I can get used to Win8 I'm sure I can get used to this ;-)

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Process Explorer

It's only surprising to include a Microsoft tool until you realise that the whole sysinternals suite & Mark himself were borg'd by the Big M some while ago. The tools were developed externally to MS. And, indeed in my windows programming days I made extensive use of many of them and was very glad they existed, as there weren't many alternatives back then.

They were (and presumably still are) massive time-savers when developing software (that's what we did in the days before 'apps', kids! ;-)

<shuffles off to reminisce about DLL Hell to anyone who'll listen>

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

Mint Sauce
Unhappy

I seem to be the only person left...

.. who likes to have separate software for different jobs. I like my PDF's to open in the software of my choice, the same for documents, spreadsheets etc. I like to keep browser windows for browsing, and switch to other applications for other tasks.

I think I must be a dinosaur - hey ho!

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

Mint Sauce
Windows

I still have...

...my copy of Programming Windows 3.1. The knowledge of how the internals of windows worked came in useful for many years afterwards even as things moved on to proper multi tasking, and wrappers, APIs and frameworks came to hide some of the more laborious parts of the code we had to write.

The Hungarian Notation comment above made me szChuckle too :-)

I still slip in to using it sometimes and people wonder why the variable names have all 'that crap' in front of them [myself included] ;-)

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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More of this sort of thing

So what if it's 'just' running on DOSBox? W95 is older than he is and it's a bit of good old fashioned tinkering-for-the-hell-of-it fun.

Then again, I am [very] easily amused - as the other day I RDP'd into my windows 8 work machine from my nexus 7 and showed everyone how I'd got TIFKAM running on Android ;-)

Hey ho!

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