* Posts by Larry F54

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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paths

with the biggest catch being your paths had to be set correctly to make sure MS-DOS would look in the folder that contained your executable – otherwise you’d see the commonly seen “Bad command or file name” message

To be fair, that's true in *n*x shells as well.

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

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obligatory "using filters to block the huge space-wasting pictures that would otherwise force me to scroll down a whole screen to start reading the actual content" post

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Re: It's my computer

"Or javascript, via which many ads are delivered?"

ITYM "Or javascript, via which much malware is delivered?"

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"I use AdBlock Plus mainly for the ability to hide elements of pages I don't want to see,"

Like the bloated photos that waste screen space at the tops of the articles on this site?

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Re: Adblock Plus is garbage

"no slimey paid ads"

Isn't it still the case that the ads have to qualify (as not too intrusive) in order to be whitelisted (in addition to funding AdblockPlus, I mean)?

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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outrageous

CDs have the great advantage over vinyl, of course, that they can be quickly and easily converted to digital. In most cases, all you have to do is set a few options, put the disc in the PC, and make a cup of coffee.

But but but that's stealing! You're supposed to buy a new copy in every format -- it must be true because Big Media says so.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: Deeper thought

"A sensibly design IoT oven would not allow independent control...."

A sensibly designed oven would not need an internet connection.

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"And gas won't "gas" you because it doesn't contain carbon monoxide these days."

Still a big fire hazard!

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Re: Um...

"electric blankets are NOT supposed to be left on while someone is in the bed!"

That depends on the blanket. The instructions for mine say you can preheat the bed with any setting (1 to 6) but only leave it on 1 while you're in it. The control also has a timer so you can set it to cut off automatically after various numbers of hours.

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Microsoft cramming free stuff into Galaxy S6es? Not so fast – US telcos

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"All the preloaded apps on Android devices are typically installed as system apps, so they can't be removed without root access."

And Samsung is (probably) the worst for preloading crapware.

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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Re: Real title should be: Health apps and wearables make you nervous, but someone is getting money

"Organic" is a bad name for it, but there needs to be a term and that's the one we're stuck with. Same with "bio" in French and German.

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IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

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Re: I was wrong.

Do we have any idea how many false positives or arguable positives they have blocked too? I'm not saying that they are doing anything wrong, but I wonder how we can tell.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Re: Leave your front door open

"Spooks want to hand all your data over to Al Quaeda the first time one of their own defects."

Who needs a defection? US spooks trained and funded Al Quaeda in the old days, when they were (supposedly) "good guys". What future bad guys are they helping now?

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

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"road tax"

Bzzt, wrong answer. Go look it up.

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"The nations of the world are all competing and offering makers the roads at the cost of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders."

That describes the current state of affairs. Automatic cars would give society the ability to reclaim the roads for people. For example, we could require them to be programmed to overtake cyclists and equestrians correctly and to give way to pedestrians.

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Re: Autonomous?

"Cars can already signal their intentions to change lane, overtake and go through red lights."

They *can* do that, but they only *do* it if the operator is competent, alert, and not using the phone.

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You. FTC. Get over here. Google is INVADING our children's MINDS – anti-ad campaigners

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Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Support http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/.

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Re: Languages

"The current trading system is based on the principle that you know how best to market your stuff - who to sell to, and where. No coercion is required."

That's worked out so well for the consumer with region-locked DVDs, for example.

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Don't be stiffed by spies, stand up to Uncle Sam with your proud d**k pics – says Snowden

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Re: Honey Trap

Incitement is an offence in England

"unless you're a policeman or an aristocrat"

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Not in the Budget: Spooks beg UK.gov for £111m brown envelope

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could be a good investment...

if it's all spent on cyanide capsules.

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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two fridges

We have a small "overflow" fridge in the cellar. It came from the "scratched/dented discount" section of a local appliance dealer. But as you say, it's "set and forget" -- as is the more expensive one upstairs.

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new nickname

George "Two Kitchens" Osborne

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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NOTA

"I have often said that there should be a 'none of the above' category on voting forms and if that gets the most votes then no MP is returned from that constituency."

I like the idea that if NOTA wins, all the candidates are banned from standing again for a number years. The parties have to field new ones for a by-election.

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I usually say that in a democracy you have to let everyone vote but you should not encourage everyone to vote, because we're all better off if stupid people, ignorant people, and Sun readers don't vote (I realise there's some overlap in those categories). But I see here that they are particularly targeting universities, which might be a good thing -- except for that recent news item about UKIP support among students (educational standards have obviously dropped).

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Worrying about ads is missing the real issues, we think, which are security and privacy.

Advertising to children is a real issue too. I'd like to see it banned completely.

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Ad bidding network caught slinging ransomware

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Re: @ Larry F54

I'll try that out. I've been using these to "fix" the website:

http://regmedia.co.uk/*.png?x=648&y=429&crop=1

http://regmedia.co.uk/*.jpg?x=648&y=429&crop=1

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Re: @Richard Jones 1 - The problem with such as Adblock

You'd get more sympathy if the ads weren't so obnoxious that they get in the way of reading the news.

...and if the redesign in general didn't get in the way of reading the news!

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Re: @Richard Jones 1 (regarding new design)

The staff here seem to think that everything is fine and dandy with the new design.

I wonder what size monitors they have in Vulture Central?

Think otherwise? Why not comment in the following thread?

I joined many others in complaining about it! As you say, the staff think it's fine and dandy.

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Re: @ big_D

For instance a custom filter removes all the junk from the homepage of the Reg but leaves any subsequent pages/articles images displayed.

Could you post your filter rule(s)? I'm still tinkering with mine. Thanks.

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Re: @Richard Jones 1 - The problem with such as Adblock

obligatory "El Reg is supported by ads, please whitelist us to continue reading more top-notch tech news" post

I agree in principle, but can you guarantee your ads are malware-free --- and accept liability in case they aren't? And there's the question of the new design, which is bloated even without the ads....

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Re: Feeling guilty

You can add El Reg to a whitelist on Adblock to allow advertising on the site. You get to read El Reg guilt free and they still get their ad revenue.

I like that idea in principle, but there are two problems.

1. How do I know the ads here are any "cleaner" from a security viewpoint than anyone else's?

2. The recent redesign already wastes too much screen space with giant photos; I'd have to scroll through a full screen of junk to get to the actual words.

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Legalising London's bed-hopping economy is POINTLESS

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Re: Rules and Regulations

AIUI, this is about planning permission, not income tax.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: 1 USB port? Seriously?

"The flaming film business should let you download the bugger if you purchase the DVD or throw in a USB stick for an extra quid."

OK, but don't expect to use a mouse at the same time as that stick!

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Re: 1 USB port? Seriously?

"what do you use an SD card for???"

My camera.

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1 USB port? Seriously?

I think a laptop needs at least 3, more if it doesn't have an SD card slot built in!

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Re: Population Growth Rate

Cars themselves will be smaller, not much larger than the person they carry and there is no technical reason why they have to have 4 or more wheels.

Make them human-powered and people can get exercise for free while they commute! The technolog already exists (pedals).

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Re: Job Creation

If I invest MY money in a company, I damn well expect them to do there utmost to make it worth my while.

"I've got mine, screw the rest of you!"

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Re: Having cars that will park themselves will also free up space in cities

Accommodating more single-occupancy cars can't work:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_Mc6R0W4AEPiay.jpg

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Re: Job Creation

if you are running a publicly owned company (ie., anyone can buy shares in it) you have a legal duty towards the shareholders to maximize the return on their investment

Right there is one of the fundamental problems with our society --- you aren't allowed to do the right thing even if you have morals.

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Re: Having cars that will park themselves will also free up space in cities

I think you underestimate the number of people who won't want to share their car. I wouldn't.

It's about time we stopped widening roads to accommodate all the lazy, selfish people who want to move around in an oversized box by themselves. Some people have a legitimate reason to commute in a single-occupancy car; most don't.

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Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!

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Re: hmm

As an IT news site, shouldn't El Reg set a good example?

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Re: hmm

See here, here, and here. Since 2012 (at least), others and I have been asking El Reg whether they store passwords correctly (salted then hashed) and why no https. You'd think an IT news outlet would want to show off its competence in these easy things.

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: what a rip-off

You _CAN_ be reassigned to a local serving GGSN, but you are not. This is done on purpose to justify high charges.

Well, that's at least as bad as what I thought was going on!

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what a rip-off

I can (to some extend) understand high international phone call charges --- the company you're connected to actually has to connect a phone call to another country. But for data, the local company, which is probably another subsidiary of the same big company as your "home" company (if not the same company) is just connecting you to the local internet. So there's no justification for charging you any more abroad than at home (which may be £0 if you're still in your allowance).

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Re: Jury Nullification

Likely they took the view that the public and parliament had a right not to be lied to, and that "public interest" was not necessarily and only whatever the executive said it was. And possibly that it was for them, the jury, to decide guilt, not the judge.

Such acquittals are however sadly rare.

That's because (in both the USA and the UK) prosecutors, judges, and the gov't go to a lot of trouble to prevent people from being educated about their right to jury nullification. I think it should be a required part of the school curriculum.

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Re: Wouldn't a legal and fair trial find him guilty?

Regardless of whether you agree with the things he revealed, revealing them was illegal.

jury nullification

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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Samsung/Motorola

Some Android Lollipop handhelds ... are simply not automatically encrypting their files by default. That includes the second-generation Moto E and the Samsung Galaxy S6, according to Ars.

I'm not surprised about Samsung, one of the worst crapware installers. I am surprised about Motorola, though.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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"1st amendment" bunk

Freedom of speech is about the exchange of ideas. Advertising is not worthy of protection as free speech.

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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sure, we can trust the FBI

After all, they would never go after peaceful protesters like Martin Luther King, opponents of the Vietnam War, trade unionists, etc., would they?

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: The problem starts with punters and prices

In the end, it's all about what people are prepared to pay for a PC and the battle for the cheap end of the market.

Well, it's also about deliberately keeping the masses badly informed and unequipped and dumping on the public competion on price without regard for quality.

Long-term solution: if you pay for an OS, even indirectly, the supplier should be legally required to give you the media to do a full format and reinstallation without crapware.

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