* Posts by joeW

358 posts • joined 9 Mar 2012

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

joeW

Re: "no fixed controls on the land border between Northern Ireland and the republic"

Because if they'd tried to make us pay for a wall in the 70s and 80s, we would only have been able to afford one that was two feet tall and make of chipboard.

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joeW

That's a change

Whatever happened to "Brits Out!!"?

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

joeW

Prince

Don't you mean "The Artist Formerly Known As Alive"?

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Intel told Irish council all was well just before 12k job cuts announced

joeW

Re: Wonder how much

Grants don't have to be repayed - that's why they're called grants and not loans.

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joeW

Re: Wonder how much

Yeah, they set up in 1989 so the IR£87m probably dates to around that time. They certainly received more grants since then - IR£26m in 1996 for example (http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/intel-top-of-ida-league-with-26m-1.85886), so who knows what the actual total is.

It's almost certainly a hell of a lot less than US$12.5bn though, so lI'd call it a win overall - http://www.idaireland.com/how-we-help/case-studies/intel/

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Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50

joeW

Re: Isolating each tab

I think that's more the fault of what Chrome is loading into those tabs.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

joeW

"War on Smut"

Fantastic idea. It'll be just like that time there was a "War on Drugs", and now there's no drugs anywhere.

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Magic Kinder app developer: Surprise! No security holes

joeW

Good response

While the app should never have been released without proper security testing in the first place, credit where its due for the response. Don't try to band-aid the troublesome feature, remove it entirely and (presumably) re-do it from scratch for inclusion in a future release.

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

joeW

Re: Come on MS. Please tell us who thought that this was a good idea?

Millennials don't though. Nobody really does, apart from during the first two weeks of owning a smartphone.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

joeW

Its not every day I learn a new word from El Reg

Now, to see if I can slip "traduce" into a sentence today.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

joeW

Re: encourage staff to challenge anyone who's not displaying their badge

What I'm not is a fucking bouncer. "Challenge them", yeah, no bother, all 65kg of the skinny IT nerd that I am is going to go around challenging people for the good of my employers. The one time it turns out to be a fucking nutter I'm challenging will go really well for me. Yeah, we have occasionally had proper nutters try to get in (my employers have contracts with some rather unpopular companies, I'll say no more).

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joeW

encourage staff to challenge anyone who's not displaying their badge

If I'm expected to do a security guard's job as well as my own, I'll want a security guard's pay on top of my current salary.

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There's oil in that thar … Chinese space probe?

joeW

Re: Cheap shot.

They'll give that satellite more democracy than it knows what to do with!

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

joeW

Re: I've been april fooled

It's Ctrl+Alt+Up to revert to a normal orientation.

The old "Desktop rotation" is usually used as a first warning to those who don't lock their machines when theyu walk away around here.

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When Steve Jobs was away, Apple's designers snuck out a penis-shaped remote control

joeW

Re: Yawn article

More like he had to write an article to go around the penis joke.

Well done that man!

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

joeW

Re: Size 14

My old home town has a similarly-sized lump of rock in the middle of a junction (something to do with the foundation of the town, I forget the story/legend). Simple solution, throw some bollards and a bit of kerbing around it.

Like so - https://www.google.ie/maps/@51.6229216,-8.8879659,3a,41y,314.74h,70.21t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_AkvmT_lVh71mw_ZDUPG8A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

joeW

Re: lack escalation

Why wreck some poor outsourced phone drone's stats for the week because you're pissed off with a company he doesn't even work for? I can assure you, he doesn't want to be there any more than you want to be phoning in.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

joeW

Re: Top Gear

Do you guys still have that deal where you can own black people?

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Firefox features will land out of cycle and Mozilla's cool with that

joeW

Re: Small increment - big change?

Had a similar issue a couple of months ago - they seem to have removed any option for manually "trusting" plugins. In the end I resorted to a slightly older version of Firefox running in a VM for testing, and also learned the same lesson as you regarding auto/manual updates.

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Ransomware now using disk-level encryption

joeW

Re: I hate to say it...

Vastly more prevalent on Windows of course, but lately some miscreants have been sharing the love - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/07/first_working_mac_ransomware_infects_transmission_users/

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

joeW

Re: jQuery

Yes, but for anything beyond the basics your n lines of javascript is more like n*b (where b is the number of browsers your site is expected to support).

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joeW

That, or else maybe

$("#img").attr("src", $("#img").attr("src"));

was supposed to read something like

$("#img").attr("src", $("#differentSelector").attr("src"));

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joeW

if ($("#img").attr("src") == null) {

$("#img").attr("src", $("#img").attr("src"));

}

When you absolutely, positively, have to make sure your image's src is null.

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Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

joeW

Re: They gave him their password

Presumably the difference is the element of fraud. The alleged "hacker" in this case misrepresented himself as an employee of Apple and/or Google. If he'd emailled his targets and said "Hi I'm Ryan Collins, a complete randomer from Lancaster PA - can I have your passwords please?" then he might be in the clear rather than the clink.

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Remember WordPress' Pingbacks? The W3C wants us to use them across the whole web

joeW

There was a golden age of blogging?

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

joeW

Re: The curse of having an Amstrad

Same here now that you mention it. If very dusty memory serves me correctly, there was some difference in how Locomotive Basic for the CPC handled DIMming arrays?

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Re: Write your own...

I have a copy of that one too! Pride of place on my home office bookshelf, alongside .Net framework manuals and random networking door-stops and other books that would be much improved with a dragon on the front.

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

joeW

Re: Quick question

I was thinking of photographers, designers, writers and the like. Do we also have to start forking over tax money to them because they may or may not have suffered monetary losses due to copyright infringement?

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joeW

Quick question

So is this pot of money thats up for grabs only for musicians, or is it for anyone who stands to lose out to unlicensed digital copying?

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

joeW

"The motherboard was replaced a dozen years ago, enabling an upgrade from a 166Mhz Pentium to a 500Mhz model"

That would have required more than changing the motherboard - if I'm not mistaken, they would also have had to change the RAM when stepping up from a Pentium to a Pentium 2.

If you change the board, the chip and the RAM it isn't really the same PC anymore.

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

joeW

re "a matter for a living representative of the Catholic church"

I'm fairly sure that's a C of I church, not an RC one.

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Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences

joeW

Re: Back in the day

But then he'd have nothing to complain about!

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Marijuana from heaven: Bundle of blow bombs bow-wow's boudoir

joeW

Just think -

If it had hit somebody they would have the honour of being the first person ever killed by weed...

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You want a 6% Google Tax? Get lost, German copyright bods told

joeW

Re: “If Google takes intellectual property from the EU and works with it..."

That's a rather nice idea. Have a directory called /norobots, specify that it's off-limits to crawlers in your standard robots.txt file, and have an index.php script in that directory that adds the IP address of anything that requests it to a blacklist.

I'll give it a try on one of my servers when I have time later this week.

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joeW

“If Google takes intellectual property from the EU and works with it..."

"...the EU can protect this property"

Indeed they can.

Robots.txt

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

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AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

joeW

Re: We wont pay for data slurping pesterware

I don't think AVG Free, or any of the other free AV offerings, are licensed to businesses. Tell your boss he could end up in hot water.

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It's not broadband if it's not 10 Mbps, says Ovum

joeW

Re: As I understand it

Another example of what happens when brainless marketing-bots get their grubby hands on a nice well-defined engineering term.

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As McAfee runs for US President – we ask a crucial question: Will Reg readers back him?

joeW

Nah

If he gets installed in the White House, you'd never fully get rid of him afterwards.

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

joeW

Re "It's phone innovation was the capacitive screen"

You mean the LG Prada's innovation?

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

joeW

the Great Google Gay Translation Fail of January 2015

The what? I must have missed that, anyone care to f****** elaborate?

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Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

joeW

Re: It also has an adapter to plug into your hot water heater

Turn up the view distance a couple of notches (heh), you'll start straining any given CPU pretty damn quick.

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Wikipedia’s biggest scandal: Industrial-scale blackmail

joeW

Re: When Wales Can Fly.

Did you read that on Wikipedia by any chance?

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There's no Wayback in Russia: Putin blocks Archive.org

joeW

Re: "these regimes"

What, you think it's any different here in the West?

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Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

joeW
Mushroom

Thunderstruck

Well, I'm convinced. No other reason that guy would have been listening to such an obscure song.

Not like it's the best known single from one of the biggest-selling bands of all fucking time, or anything.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

joeW

Obligatory Dilbert

http://dilbert.com/strip/1996-01-23

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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

joeW

A small clarification

"Under the new regime, spam, child-abuse imagery, and posts leaking other people's personal information are not allowed, and will be removed"

Spam, kiddy-porn and doxxing have always been against the rules over there - it's not a new announcement by Steve regarding that unholy trinity, just him re-stating the existing rules.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

joeW

Re: Have we learned nothing????

Usually because PHB's have seen it on other websites and want it. For no other reason than to have data to put into a daily and weekly report that they send to their PHB (who will never actually open the attachment) in a bid to justify their spot on the Org Chart.

Being a corporate web developer is slowly killing me every single day.

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joeW

Re: Limiting searches

All that's stopping you from doing more than 15 searches is a cookie. Use a different browser, or use Private/Incognito mode, and you can search all day.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

joeW

Re: Call me a cab . . .

Three point turns used to be a bit more difficult before ubiquity of power steering. My upper arms were more toned then too.

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

joeW

Re: I have been saying this since time inmemorial

They should have done it in time immemorial too - I fear the ship has well and truly sailed at this stage.

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