* Posts by Steven Raith

1738 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007

'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

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Facebook/Portugal

"But still, 358 of you, yes, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-EIGHT OF YOU favoured Facebook over Portugal."

Some people just want to watch the world burn.

Steven "petrol and matches" R

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re: AKA Meatfucker

Yugguy - go read it. It's great.

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Slowed down and reversed it's

"HAIL SATAN AND ALL THE DENIZENS OF HELL WHO WILL COME BEFORE HIM TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR HIS MILLION YEAR REIGN"

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT, again

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Re: In situations like this, I find it useful

War and peace?

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: There are a lot of unscrupulous people in the world

My vocabulary is perfectly fine Graham me old chum :-) and to be fair, if someone does take great offence at my use of language - I do tone it down, although I tend not to let myself get into situations like that. But these are exceptions, and generally, once people realise that I'm not swearing just to be offensive or crass but to make an important point then they tend to be very chilled about it.

When I swear, it's either because it's necessary or because it's funny. Because I'm a fucking professional, I am*

Steven R

*see what I did there? ;-)

PS: Upvote because you're not wrong - I just have a different opinion on the subject...

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Re: There are a lot of unscrupulous people in the world

No-one has ever complained about my language usage - period. But then, I know how and when to swear for maximum efficiency and ruthless, brutal effect.

I have interviewed at places where they've felt my use of language was unprofessional (not swearing - just colourful euphemisms, vivd descriptions, etc) and I've been the one to terminate the interview, because, as noted, I'm not nine, I'm a grown adult and if I can't voice my opinions clearly and consisely, I don't want to work there, period.

The thing with swearing - when you do it right, no-one will care you've done it at all.

Steven R

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Re: There are a lot of unscrupulous people in the world

Here's the context including apparently not safe for work hand gesture and language. Although if I worked somewhere that had a rule about hand gestures being seen on monitors being banned, I think I'd just fucking quit. I'm not nine..

Anyway, if you can't get Youtube either, Linus bemoans the fact that Nvidia were flooding the market with Android chipsets and contributing fuck all back to the kernel - he cites them as by far the worst for this. "So Nvidia....fuck you".

There's a bit of a smile there - you can tell he just thought of it right there and then.

And it worked.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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I may have to eat my words after yesterdays Win 10 free for a year announcement!

:-D

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Re: Linux? @ Nelbert Noggins

Ah, nice one sir, that makes a lot more sense TBH. I did see references to Fedora in some of the search results (a black screen boot, but at least it got past the bootloader) but the EFI implementation being 32bit certainly answers a lot of the questions in my mind.

Have an upvote (because I'm a goddamned child ;-) )

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Re: Linux?

So much tragic butthurt, so little time.

I love this place :-D

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Unless, of course, Microsoft don't make a Windows 10 with Bing variant.

You then also have to implement an update path that ideally doesn't nuke the device - not easy with Widows due to the sprawl of config and application files. An update path that uses a custom, manufacturer specific WIM with the correct drivers preloaded and configured.

I've suffered through enough 'inplace upgrades' to know that, believe me.

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Fat chance.

HTH.

:-)

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Re: Linux? Re:Steven R

theblackhand - I'm not even sure what you're talking about, frankly.

I was just curious if anyone had any luck throwing a Linux distro on these devices - I rarely dabble in Windows these days so it's not as relevant to me as it used to be. Linux is a better fit for me, but I'm well aware it's not for everyone.

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Re: Linux?

Meh, there are at least three people registered on this site who are tragically close minded when it comes to fiddling with tech, given none of them have posted as to *why* it's a stupid question from a technical perspective.

I suppose it is a bit much to hope that a Windows + Bing device would allow alternate installs, but apparently the option to boot from external media is there in the BIOS - it just doesn't seem to work properly. You'd think if they wanted to bar it, they'd remove that option (and only enable manufacturer specific devices to boot off a whitelist) rather than have it there at all.

Suppose it might explain the cheapness - limited developer time for detail stuff.

Anyway, suppose I'll have to wait for that cheapy Linux tablet fiddly experience thingy. No hardship...

Steven R

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Re: Linux?

S'possible, but I've not been able to find any concrete tales of it working full stop, never mind getting as far as the touchscreen drivers. One would assume it'd be HID class of some sort, but admittedly, touchscreen != mouse.

I like how I got a downvote for just asking if people who were aware of this knew whether linux with a touch centric UI would install on it. There really are some sad, sad fuckers on this site.

*looks at self in mirror*

Aw, I made myself feel sad :-(

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Linux?

I've had a quick google and it seems this device is a bit pernicky regarding what external media it'll boot from - does anyone know if this would make a cheap, simple Linux tablet?

I haven't had real (non work related) geekery fun for ages, and it'd be interesting to see how Gnome3/Unity actually work on a tablet without dropping a couple of hundred quid on something...

Steven R

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Re: It's not a movie but...

I'm perfectly familiar with the gym, I'll have you know.

And that's why I don't go to one. It sounds like far too much like hard work.

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Re: Cough Cough!! Independence day

As I recall in different cuts of the film, or at least the script, the character had spent lost of offscreen time playing with the alien fighters systems, hence having an idea of how to interface with it cleanly.

Still doesn't explain how he managed to write a virus for it. I mean, what did he do?

guest@Fighter406:~ man self-destruct

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

Meh, why wait?

Steven "Had Ubuntu as primary OS for six years now" Raith

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Re: Trouble is, the last time round

Don't be silly Robin, the Greens know that nobody *needs* to drive.

Why, rather than driving to work in 1 1/4 hrs, I could take the train. Then change to another train half an hour after arriving. Then walk 3/4 a mile for a total time of two and a half hours to three hours, assuming the trains aren't late or blocked by three snowflakes.

Or I could take the bus, which takes two hours and still drops me off half an hours walk from the office.

Because I love getting up at 0530 to get to the office at 9am.

Yeah, I'll stick to the car thanks, just like everyone who doesn't have convenient public transport, which is basically everyone who lives outside of the M25, and who doesn't live in a city/town centre.

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Re: Trouble is, the last time round

Cantankerous - freedom isn't much good if you don't have grid power to heat your home with or perform your encrypted comms on.

Vote for the Greens is a vote for rolling blackouts, basically. Their energy plans are a bad joke, because they don't see what's wrong with them.

Edit: To point it's a shame as there is some good stuff in the Greens mini-manifesto. Just a shame it's all practically impossible to implement. Better insulation for all! Live in a listed building (aka a large chunk of NoE ex-mining towns)? Maybe not.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Scumbag Steve Meme goes here

Which is why you take a backup before doing anything precarious, like moving a folder and symlinking it back, not knowing if it'll mount or be seen correctly.

All code is, in some respect, shit. Backups aren't hard to do, but everyone learns that only just *after* they needed to know it...

HTH.

Steven R

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Re: Scumbag Steve Meme goes here

OliverJ - it's your responsibility, as the computer owner/user to do backups and verify their veracity and recoverability.

This goes double if it's a machine you make earnings on.

Otherwise, every tech support shop out there would be sued out of existence for that *one* time they acci-nuke a HDD.

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Re: Scumbag Steve Meme goes here

To be fair, I'm a bit inexperienced at *nix admin - if I wrote something and thought it was 'scary', I'd probably get someone else to have a look at the code and see if it can be done in a less scary way.

The most potentially dangerous, buiggy code out there is written by people who don't think anyone knows better than them, and don't bother checking.

Steven R

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: In the future

"but even I know that with that many lines and routines and branches, if you fix one thing another will go wonky"

And that's assuming you're not adding new features at the same time.....

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

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Re: Hmmm the Alcatel 'Snotblob'.

I remember those bloody VIA chipsets, bane of my life when I did pre-release support for the BT Voyager modems (back when it was a combo job between them and AOL back in the very early 00's).

Ah, the pain, the horror.

Steven R

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Re: It works at the circus

Whilst I agree that catching it in a big, rocket-proof net would be easier to an extent, it wouldn't be nearly as cool as a 1950s-sci-fi esque vertical landing.

And if there's one thing Musk and his companies seem to be a fan of, it's the Rule Of Cool.

Upvote delivered though...

Steven R

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BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

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BT would far rather Fixed Unitary Consultant Kickbacks though, to make up for the money they'd 'lose' when (hopefully) they get a slap from the regulator.

At the moment with BT, there are no Fixed Unitary Consultant Kickbacks given.

Steven R

(think it's too early/not enough coffee for me yet...)

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Re: The curse of t'interwebs

"Someone once told me it was my personality not my looks that attracted them, based on observing me in various "social venues" around. How many of todays generation will that happen to?"

Probably quite a lot - I know a good few people who have paired up from chatting on forums and in IRC, etc. Hell, I've done it. I have a physique like a corpse that's been left in a river for a week, too!

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: This must be....

Mycho, they're all idiots anyway.

MP gets genius idea, and advisers, civil servants and their assistants aren't competent enough to say "What on Gods green earth are you talking about? That's unethical and technically near impossible. Do not say that in front of the cameras and don't try to implement it behind closed doors under any circumstances."

Alas, there are too few people high enough up in the CS with tech chops to be able to say these things, and the ones with the knowledge either don't have the stones to say it, or aren't 'of the right sort' enough to get into a high enough position to have their objections taken seriously.

The senior civil service needs a massive kick up the arse when it comes to technical knowledge - because there's fuck all in there right now where it matters.

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Re: This must be....

Thinking about it, I think I see the real endgame, having been chatting in the office about this.

Use of encrypted comms (VPN, TOR, anything non-trivial) where a judge deems it to be 'unnecessary' becomes a terrorist act.

Encrypt your email? Boom, you're no longer a citizen of this country - no vote, no lawyer, no appeal.

And it'll slip through parliament like a hot knife through fucking butter.

Fucking sickening.

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This must be....

...what going mad feels like.

Quite possibly one of the most inane and ill-informed proposals I've ever heard of.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Hot Spanish tongue action

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Re: Tongue not gone

Yes, but you tend to need to be quite close to someone for it to not feel weird.

Oh, wait, I'm thinking of something else. Ignore me.

Steven R

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: Not bad but still no cigar, methinks!

It's not just the fuel costs though, it's running maintenance. How much does a cambelt change cost you every two or three years? £500? Remove that.

Changing of oil? Mebbe £50. take that off. Clutch changes? £200-£400? Remove that too.

I agree that a £30,000, 3-series sized Tesla would be a winner if it used the same (or similar capacity) battery packs but with less KW in the motors - something that can do 0-60 in 7 seconds, top out at 130 and get 300 miles on a relaxed cruise would be fine for 80% of drivers (even on the continent, autobahns etc), even those who want a bit of pep in their rides.

Which they're working on - have a google for Tesla Model 3.

Bear in mind the range of 260 miles is the press car, which gets ragged; in the real world, as far as I'm aware, well north of 300 miles is the norm, and you can top it up with a 13A plug in when you're on site/at the office.

We might not have robot butlers and jet packs, but a realistically usable electric car that would suit at least half the population doesn't seem that far away. Who'd have guessed that ten years ago?

Steven R

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Time lords in Paris

Ever flung a bratwurst down the Blackwall Tunnel?

(I'm fond of that one)

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

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Remove print assembly from printer.

Place print assembly over mouth.

Enable heating element/feeder.

Open mouth.

Press print.

Enjoy.

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Boffins spy I in your little eye

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Ah, accidental reflectoporn.

It never gets old.

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Re: CSI?

DJV - I was getting more of a Blade Runner vibe from that...

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SpaceX: CATS with FRIKKIN' LASERS to blast off to space station

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Re: Scrubbed...

I'll follow (As I've been watching this too)

A stabilisation module in (from what I heard - the Dragon capsule) gave off some duff data, so the launch was scrubbed.

Rescheduled for 0509 (presumably local time) on Friday.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of horsepower

You've missed the point so spectacularly that I can barely believe it.

They are completely, utterly different usage cases - the only similarity being that both are required to push liquids around at high speed/pressure.

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Re: The love of horsepower

Municipal water pumps aren't constrained by weight, power supply or tend make things explode big time if they go wrong.

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Mirror, mirror: Seagate shows off 1TB data shiny at HDD beauty contest

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"Our data is truly a reflection of who we are"

I appear to be a porn magnate, covering many obscure niches!

Wait, what?

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: It is a French car.

Horses for courses indeed. I'm currently ratting around in a Puma, which is hilarious on the backroads and capable on DC/motorway stuff, if a bit noisy.

Now that I'm doing near 1000 miles a month, those £1000-2000 Citroen C5s are starting to look mighty tempting....

Clearly the correct answer is to move somewhere that is a backroad thrash away from work, rather than 40 miles of A road away ;-)

Steven R

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

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I used to miss slide out (and BB-style, below the screen) keyboards and had a dark period of about five years of frustrating text entry on mobile devices until I got used to using Swype-style tracking keyboards.

For those whom a swipey keyboard doesn't do anything for them (which to be fair, is mostly non technical types who just aren't interested - I'd imagine most of the posters here would get on with them well, even if they weren't their final preference) then this phone is probably pretty tempting.

I'll pass though - I'm far faster on Swype than I am with any mobile device keyboard, including the (admittedly really very good) Apple onscreen ones and the last couple of BBs I fiddled with.

I reckon this'll keep BB going for a while longer, maybe even for the long term future - there's definitely a market for the old school BB experience, even if I'm not part of it.

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Metrics house hails Apple DOMINANCE of X-Mas phone 'n' slab sales

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It almost certainly refers to registering it with the relevant provider of cloudy backend stuff via serial number or login, as opposed to SIM/mobile phone based activation.

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

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Re: Big name no guarantee

I would imagine they mean 'when asleep' as opposed to when powered fully off....

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Pond, rocks or quicksand in your 1km garden? Get a rugged DECT phone

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Re: Better than tha last one?

Suppose that would make sense. Would also explain why my victorian flat (not posh - just an old town) is fairly nippy at the moment.

Steven "pulls covers over self" R

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Re: Broader coverage needed

I love my car, but it's a platonic thing.

Still, if someone want to have sex with a car, then maybe there's hope for me yet - I'm about the size of a BL Mini.

;-)

Steven R

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Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

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No, that's your local porn stash.

Just me?

Oh.

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