* Posts by handleoclast

10 posts • joined 6 Jan 2012

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

handleoclast

Re: Your redesign stinks, sorry, but it does

I have to agree with just about every criticism I've seen.

Failure of middle-click to throw to a new tab is absolutely indefensible. They had to deliberately disable it, whether that was the desired end or just an accidental by-product of some useless crap "modern" web design effect they wanted.

But, I have to say, middle-click is working for me (Exploder 11/Win 7 - not my usual choice but it's what I happen to have in front of me right now). Maybe they have already fixed this or maybe it's whatever browser you're using.

If it still isn't working for you, you could try control-left-click, which on some versions of some browsers is equivalent to a middle click.

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Phones for the elderly: Testers wanted for senior service

handleoclast
Holmes

Asterisk sucks

Unlike others, I'm not going to offer an opinion on the merit of the idea itself. I've been wrong enough times in the past (twitter? srsly?) that my opinion about the merits of the idea is probably wrong. Well, it would probably be wrong if I thought about the idea long enough to form an opinion in the first place.

What I will say is that asterisk is Krap with a special K. Yeah, it works most of the time but the innards are a horrible mess meaning that every so often it has an epileptic fit. Asterisk WILL lose calls. Try freeswitch instead. Don't bother trying to run either of them in a VM no matter what the docs (and testimonials) say - you'll get stuttering even when the host machine is at minimal load.

Other than that, go for it. Maybe you'll make a lot of money, maybe you'll lose a lot of money. But asterisk guarantees you'll have problems, so don't do that.

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handleoclast
Meh

Re: "normal old people won't need it."

"For me and many like me the smartphone is just another tool to let me continue my work and enjoyment of life. I know there are others of my age and younger that, through no fault of their own, find technology incomprehensible or unusable. Those are the ones that this proposal should be aiming at, not just everyone that is classed as old - many of us resent that classification."

You're right. Simon shou;d have targeted his proposal at the stupid/ignorant, not the old. Statistically the older amongst us do tend to be less technical but it's far from 100% correlation. The stupid (of all ages), however, are legion. I'm not talking about an inability to hack the linux kernel as a definition of stupidity, I'm talking about an inability to understand basic technology. Of my seven neighbours in my little cul-de-sac, only one of them knows how to reset a breaker in their consumer unit. Only one. Their ages range from 40 to 70 and it's the oldest who knows how to reset her breakers.

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Forget the word 'cyberwar' says Marcus Ranum

handleoclast
Terminator

It's war

The guy is a twat.

One primary aspect of warfare is that it causes damage. If played according to the rules then that damage affects only the military of the other side. If played not according to the rules (as happened in every war that has ever occurred) then it affects civilians too.

It's warfare. Doesn't matter whether it fucks up the SCADA of electricity generators or fucks up bank accounts, it's warfare. Here's a big fucking clue: whether you demolish essential infrastructure with a cruise missile or a virus, the effects are the same.

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Fedora cooks up new Linux for Raspberry Pi

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Re: @Rampant Spaniel

"vi for ubiquitousness."

Ummm, ubiquity, I think. Either way, I agree.

Once upon a time I used VAX/VMS. I customized EDT (the original, not the broken TPU emulation) within an inch of its life. Which left me with problems when I had to use somebody else's login to show them what to do, because none of my clever tricks worked (worse, some of the keystrokes I'd defined they'd defined differently with hilarious results).

Which is why I no longer try to customize editors. Why I avoid emacs like the plague (I know I'd customize it to hell and back and I can't afford that luxury). Raw vi. Well, maybe not the raw vi cygwin gives you if you don't touch .vimrc, but otherwise unadorned vi. It's a crappy editor, but it's a KNOWN CONSTANT crappy editor.

It works the same on all the systems I deal with. CentOS. Ubuntu. Cygwin on various flavours of Window$. Even the bastardized flavour of Debian on ReadyNAS. If I ever have to deal with some other flavour of *nix I'm confident that vi will be the same. Just as tedious and unpleasant and unproductive to use, but consistently so.

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Lego X-wing fighter touches down in New York's Times Square

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Lego nipples?

You have just created an entry in the lexicon of all that is great.

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Russian geologist claims finding chunks of Tunguska Event invader

handleoclast
Alien

No Raman spectroscopy

No Ramen noodle spectroscopy either, which would have revealed these as artifacts of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack enters the final furlong

handleoclast

No disrespect

MNMU deserves great respect for setting up the challenge. You deserve respect (but not of the great kind because £1/day was only a little under what I spent on food when unemployed recently) for taking up the challenge.

But as my recent unemployment reminds me, the food needs to be cooked and cooking takes energy and energy costs money (or labour costs scavenging for fuel). So, in the UK, that £1/day is not a sustainable, realistic figure. I hope the Tories don't get wind of the challenge or they'll be insisting that the unemployed, disabled and elderly all survive on that little.

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Dinosaurs were super mums, nest find proves

handleoclast
Boffin

Cold blooded?

"They may have been cold-blooded"?

More likely not.

The sole surviving branch of the dinosaurs (birds) is warm-blooded.

One of the three types of scales on birds' legs can be induced (by chemical treatment of the embryo) to turn into feathers (down feathers, not flight feathers).

Fossils of several dinosaur species have been found to have feathers (flight feathers in archaeopterix, down feathers in others).

Down feathers provide insulation. Important in WARM-blooded animals.

So probably warm-blooded.

Of course, you did say "may," but in context that reads as "Despite being cold-blooded..."

Now I shall go outside to watch the dinosaurs.

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

handleoclast
Holmes

Let your satnav do the walking...

The most likely explanation for vehicles ending up on undriveable paths and having to be airlifted out of there by helicopter is not mapping errors but due to the nut behind the wheel.

Most satnavs offer a choice of fastest route, shortest route and WALKING route. Guess which choice results in vehicles trapped on goat tracks...

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