* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Conspiracy theory for the weekend

"it still looks rather glaring - but hey, I'll wear shades."

Is it a coincidence that this week my spam folder has been full of adverts for dodgy Raybans or has some tracking site decided that I now need them to read El Reg?

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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"With the email addresses of staff with access to root zone records having been compromised and the hack only noticed a week later,"

That's a bit worrying.

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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Re: How was the Wombat Foetus ...

Possibly more than you want to know about Wombats:

Australian Wombat - Facts, Habits and Personality

and of course, The Famous Datatrieve Wombat

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Good luck on that joint nationality mission

Enter your password to allow this.

Computer: "Invalid password"

Spaceman: "Who was using the computer last?"

...

"Oh the Russians. Anyone know how to change the keyboard layout?

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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"EVERYTHING is shut on a Sunday,"

That was true until a three or four years ago where I am but a limited number of shops are now open from 11 to 5 on Sundays.

The major difference came over a decade ago with later opening during the week. Extending opening hours to 7pm on weekdays made a huge difference, and Saturday shopping no longer involved huge queues. That's now 8pm for the major supermarkets so it's really quite relaxed. There are also places open until 11pm but they don't stock stuff at budget prices.

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Re: Speaking of language

"Business language is usually English or American"

In the multinationals yes, but learning the local language makes your life outside work much easier and opens up opportunities for work in smaller places.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Re: All You Need to Know aboutSurvey Results

"A well-designed survey will attempt to control for this phenomenon. Or exploit it ruthlessly, depending on the objectives of the organisers ....."

These are known in the trade as "lie detectors".

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Re: Ten words...

"..that should never appear in this order. Ever."

My personal autopilot kicked in and skipped that video.

I'd rather not risk it straight after my tea,

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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FAIL

The last CAPTCHA I couldn't get past probably did me a favour

Out of frustration I went looking for some means of contacting the admins but found no means of doing so.

All I found were some extremely heavy Terms and Conditions, which I preferred not to accept.

Ultimately their loss, not mine, I suppose.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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'I get a lot of calls and have to keep saying "Does a Google search work? Yes? Then it's the website.".'

Advise them to try the following website. It might save you some calls:

www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

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Cable Cowboy?

I've seen the moniker "Cable Cowboy" in various places related to this deal so it's apparently not just an El Reg nickname.

I'm curious. Where does "Cable Cowboy Malone" come from?

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Re: Lots of other good products....

For owners of more than one Mac, VMware Fusion currently beats Parallels on pricing because one licence covers multiple systems (for personal use anyway).

Parallels not only spams you to death while you are doing an evaluation but pops up a "Buy now" window every time you fire up a VM, which quickly gets tiresome.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Printers were much simplier when...

"..they only printed formed characters that were on the type band/chain/drum spaced by the fixed print hammers."

Allow me to introduce you to the guy who sold us an uppercase-only printer.

P.S. I still occasionally wonder if he ended up in Nigeria.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Skipper

"Why is Barbie's sister called Skipper? Does she wear a beard and a greasy sou'wester? Does she look like a tinned pilchard? A penguin?"

It was a misprint for Skippy.

Presumably a mix up at the printing presses.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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How about a help system that doesn't work most of the time?

""If you expect me to buy something where all I can sense is carelessness, actually I think that is personally offensive," he continued. "It's offensive culturally, because it shows a disregard for our fellow human."

Dear Jony.

Please give me a help system that doesn't flake out 90% of the time with the advice to "try later".

Once is unfortunate. Nine times out of ten is carelessness.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Re: Laptop

"They're quite right, it's a laptop without a screen or peripherals."

I can't remember where I read this but "think MacBook Air without the laptop bits".

For the base model, the mini processor specs look awfully like the MacBook Air processor specs.

P.S. for lurking pedants: If you look carefully, Apple refer to it as the "Mac mini" rather than "Mac Mini".

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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With Microsoft you don't get situations like the BASH mess...

"With Microsoft you don't get situations like the BASH mess that took no less than 4 goes to release a secure fix! "

How many goes have they had at securing IE?

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DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

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WTF?

Wait a minute

Am I the only one who does daily backups?

And keeps them hanging around for more than a week or two?

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You also need a time machine

to go back a couple of weeks to 15th October.

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VMware: Yep, ESXi bug plays 'finders keepers' with data backups

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128GB is nowt really

"128GB won't affect everybody running ESXi, but it will hit those running very large clouds and virtual instances."

As I discovered recently, installing Docker allocates 100GB in one fell swoop for its container file.

This "buggette" could be affecting quite modest installations.

In fact once I realised I needed to expand my VM by so much I installed Docker on a real machine instead of a virtual one, so it's a case of "I could have been bitten by this".

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Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers

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Re: Not a problem...

"much like state lotteries are a tax for people who don't understand math very well..."

What that statement fails to take into account is that many people don't have the option of a better job just over the horizon. State lotteries provide a dream for such folks.

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Cashing it in: Personal finance apps – the best and the rest

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WifeSwap - Social Currency

I first glanced at that without my specs and interpreted it as WifeSwap.

In that context the "Social Currency" bit on the card image seems highly appropriate.

Damage done. I will forever see that name as WifeSwap.

Yours

WifE SWAPPER

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: Video tutorials

This week's winner for video tutorials can be seen at the Raspberry Pi Quick Start page

The cartoon character points out where the obvious things like USB, video and ethernet ports are but completely forgets to tell us one vital bit.

WHERE THE FUCK DOES THE SD CARD GO?

It's the same in the written instructions by the way. They tell you how to build the thing using Windows, Mac or Linux and then jump straight onto the thing booting up.

Spoiler: On the model B+ it goes underneath the board, at the opposite end to the USB ports.

And oh yes, the video requires Flash, so I had to fire up the only system permitted to run that bug ridden fest (company policy and one I agree with).

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Re: Opens the email and displays the first line...

Or URL.

Spammer's delight.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Back to vendor lock in

"Microsoft wants to safeguard the data they are using, and so is adding containerisation technology for each file, ensuring it is sandboxed and encrypted."

Add cloud and your data isn't altogether yours any more.

Back in the days when our data was locked up on a mainframe at least we could get our management to do a bit of screaming on our behalf.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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"British values"

"My staff are the embodiment of British values, not a threat to them," the spy chief was due to conclude.

Whether one can interpret that as positive or not depends on his meaning of "British values".

Pass the port please Carruthers.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: They are competing with Google via..

And I'm losing count of the newly upgraded apps, not just the Apple ones, which want access to Contacts.

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Re: Relevant results?

"IE11 for Windows 8.1 is the most relevant result for 'weather' on a Mac? Apple must really hate Google."

No, that's Parallels in action. My brief test trial of Parallels showed that it sets things up to prefer Windows apps over native OS X ones.

Think about that one carefully and you might conclude that they really want you to remain dependent on Windows rather then transitioning to OS X so that you carry on using Parallels (not to mention seemingly without end future upgrades).

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Show me your search history and within five minutes I'll find something embarrassing or incriminating. Guaranteed."

Embarrassing or incriminating for who?

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: Why would you PARSE FONTS in the kernel?

> Anyway the reason is the video drivers are on the kernel too.

But it'll give excellent response times for your favourite games.

I'm sure all those corporate buyers will be pleased about that.

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FACEPALM! HP cert used to sign malware

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Re: Scale of negligence

"Sorry, someone else's day job interferred with my post."

That's quite some day job isn't it?

I wonder how much that monologue costs HP.

Two and a half minutes long in its latest rendition.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Re: If in doubt, right-click.

"In a certain operating system that grew up with the knowledge of three mouse buttons, you will find the context menus hanging off the middle mouse button"

Chuckle.

Shall we tell them that not all systems have a BIOS?

Oops just did.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: 6GB download?

" Either that or he just can't be bothered to sit through an interminable 6GB download for the sake of a teeny-tiny change to his phone."

It's a little over a gig if and only if you can free up the required amount of space on the iPhone or iPad for an in situ upgrade.

If freeing up that space is too much of a pain you are faced with the whopping download to go the iTunes route.

When will Apple, Microsoft et al realise that not all of us have super fast uncapped broadband?

It's the pain of the downloads, and for those with low bandwidth caps cost too.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: Never quite got...

It's easy to say "I don't want that job back" but if the pay was good enough it might be hard to get that amount elsewhere.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: Stop. Just Stop.

"ermmmmmm the biggest culprits for bundled crap is Firefox and Chrome they'll try and install all kinds of shite by defaut"

Are you getting Firefox from the Mozilla website or from some other source which adds crap into the standard installation package?

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Re: My Fave Changes...

"a stultefying meaningless EULA."

When OS X Mavericks was released shortly after Windows 8.1 I got the chance to compare their presentation of the EULAs.

Apple won by a mile by allowing me to save them to disk for later perusal, and they weren't peppered with forgettable URLs which you had to write down to stand a chance of remembering.

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Apple tries to kill iWorm: Zombie botnet feasting on Mac brains

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Re: category of "stop being an idiot"

"Oh, wait a minute, someone I've never heard of has just sent me a link to a new porn site. Must be genuine!"

Various ladies from the Ukraine want to fall in love with me.

Apparently.

They claim they are good looking too.

What could possibly go wrong?

A beer because it's that time of day,

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Anyone Running it in Virtualbox?

"I'm trying to run this on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit, so that's VB 4.3.10."

VBox 4.3.16 is current.

4-5 years ago when I started using VBox useful new features were arriving with each release so I stopped using the versions provided by the software distribution streams from Ubuntu / RedHat / openSUSE and went with the downloads straight from the VBox site.

Yes there were difficulties recompiling bits of kernel with some releases at first but I haven't had to do that for ages.

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Re: 2015 will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

"This time, for sure."

This time next year Rodders.

Fixed that for you.

A viable alternative for those who really need apps only available on Windows is to stick Windows in a virtual machine.

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Re: existing products like Windows InTune (which can already manage PCs)

"No it is InTune as in let me tune your PC so it works better. Muppet."

Never heard of it.

Judging by the downvotes I seem to have hit a nerve.

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existing products like Windows InTune (which can already manage PCs)

Windows InTune?

Surely they had more imagination than to copy the name from iTunes (which can manage iThings).

Puzzled of Tunbridge Wells

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: curious how it works

"Simply imagine that you suffer from "electro-smog" phobia, rip the stuff from the ceiling/walls and claim it was self-defence, as it assaulted you."

Nah, that's the wimp's approach.

Locating the offending piece of equipment and smashing it to pieces with a sledgehammer sounds like much more fun.

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Blighty: Welcome your new, faceless MI6 chief – Alex Younger

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I wonder what Sir Humphrey thinks of him?

As any fan of Yes Minister / Yes Prime Minister will know, he will have his work cut out dealing with the Civil Services mandarins, and the politicians on top of that.

Cold War era trenchcoat seems appropriate ----------------------------------------------->

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Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT

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In which case was it simply too many curious people hitting the main page and not a deliberate attack at all?

Or another bit of subtle marketing?

Beer 'cos I fancy one right now.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Plex or Playon or the server of your choice

"I really dislike the subscription model, after a year and $120 (estimate) you have precisely nothing."

More to the point you get close to retirement age, your job disappears at the whim of someone looking to increase their bonuses and you find that you don't even have any music to while the hours away.

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Re: Streaming

"adding zeros to the bill for gain I cannot hear without moving my home to middle of the desert first is unjustifiable."

If you do move to the middle of the desert you will be glad that you made the investment.

It's kinda hard to get a decent internet connection out there.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

It's the age old question, isn't it?

Who guards the guardians?

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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We are not out of the woods yet

Red Hat has become aware that the patch for CVE-2014-6271 is incomplete.

"Update: 2014-09-25 03:10 UTC

Red Hat has become aware that the patch for CVE-2014-6271 is incomplete. An attacker can provide specially-crafted environment variables containing arbitrary commands that will be executed on vulnerable systems under certain conditions. The new issue has been assigned CVE-2014-7169. Red Hat is working on patches in conjunction with the upstream developers as a critical priority. For details on a workaround, please see the FAQ below."

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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phase --> faze please

faze |feɪz|

verb [ with obj. ] informal

disturb or disconcert (someone): she was not fazed by his show of anger.

ORIGIN mid 19th cent. (originally US): variant of dialect feeze‘drive or frighten off’, from Old English fēsian, of unknown origin.

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