188 posts • joined 28 Jul 2007
Re: GnuTLS considered harmful ..
"What's a gnu?"
"Oh, not much -- whatsa new with you?"
You deserved that one, you know.
(You can never find a wildebeest icon when you really really really need one!)
In 1968 or thereabouts, a cartoon in Playboy showed a shepherd, sitting, with his back against a tree, playing his flute. Nearby stood a sheep, winking at him!
Stop me, before I pun again
Of course, he got caught.
His riddles let the cat out of the bag.
Re: Flappy Byrds
Will I be allowed to play it right away?
Or will I have to wait for my "Turn Turn Turn?"
Will paying it get me "Eight Miles High?"
Or will I have to leave a turn unstoned?
Gifts can be rescinded
If Pope Francis didn't like an email that you sent to him, would he then excommunicate you?
Re: Pope in believing in God shocker
"Man made the internet faster"
And he did it, typing with only one hand.
So call me a curmudgeon
We've all seen the bumper sticker
HANG UP AND DRIVE
I've often had the urge to shout
HANG UP AND WALK
"Why would my computer have a microphone?
"It's a computer, not a phone."
A computer isn't a typewriter, and yet you can compose documents on it.
A computer isn't a post office box, and yet you can send and receive mail on it.
A computer isn't a jet plane, and yet you can visit Paris and tour the Louvre on it.
A computer isn't a CD player, and yet you can listen to CDs on it.
A computer isn't a DVD player, and yet you can watch DVDs on it.
A computer isn't a TV set, and yet you can watch TV on it.
A computer isn't a digital voice recorder, and yet you can dictate into it.
A computer isn't a videophone, and yet you can have video chats and teleconferencing on it.
A computer isn't a music studio, and yet you can do multi-track mixing and recording on it.
A computer isn't a drafting table, and yet you can do architectural drawings on it.
With the right hardware, built-in, added in, or plugged in, and the right software, a computer can emulate any number of dedicated devices.
Yes, even a phone.
Re: Uh oh
"...It boggles the mind that they would produce what is clearly a nice looking device and then skimp on the actual bits inside the case."
I consider it highly likely that the Lenovo Yoga 10 has exactly the same number of "actual bits inside the case" as every other 16GB/32GB Flash - 1 GB RAM tablet.
(OUCH! Don't kick!)
Up and coming
There's a deluge of Android tablets coming in from China. They're cheap, and they're not junk.
Go to eBay, type in irulu, and see examples for yourself.
Top-of-the-line is a 9.7" iPad lookalike and workalike. Dual core 1.5 GHz CPU, Android 4.2.2, 8 GB NAND, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 10-point multi-touch capacitive screen, 6000 mAh battery. Clamshell case with keyboard. Resolution is 1/4 of the iPad -- "only" 1024 X 768, which was the default resolution of 17" (16" actual) CRT monitors. Google Playstore. One year warranty.
Are the specs as good as those of the iPad? Nope. Are they good enough? Yep.
And it's only $140. Add $25 for a 32 GB micro SD card, and laugh at the iPad fanbois and their empty wallets.
You'll also find 10.1", 9" and 7" tablets, at even lower prices. Given the state of the world's economy, these tablets are gonna be big news in the channel this year.
BTW, I have no economic connection to the manufacturers or to the vendors.
The Internet is too dangerous
People should get their illicit drugs the old-fashined way -- on the street, from their friendly neighborhood dope pusher:
Here's the IT connection
I don't understand the popularity of "fart apps." Their simulation, being only auditory, qualifies them as "crippleware."
Who needs expensive high tech? The only "fart app" that the human body needs is a bowl of chili. Unike its cyber equivalent, it implements the stench feature.
Moreover, a skillful human can supress the auditory component, escaping blame for the odoriferous component and possibly shift the blame onto someone else.
Why be a Glasshole, when you can be an asshole?
Who can resist?
"DANGER: RADIOACTIVE" label = "WET PAINT" sign
Why is it...
...that the FBI hasn't been able to pin the tail on the CryptoLocker donkey?
Stop bashing Vista
MS marketing insisted on Vista's being released before it was ready. That's ancient history.
With two Service Packs under its belt, plus the monthly updates, Vista no longer deserves to be viewed with contempt. The operational differences between Vista and Win7 are insignificant.
I have two circa-2007 laptops -- a Compaq and a Gateway, each of which came with Vista. HP released Win7 drivers, so I upgraded to Win7. Gateway didn't, so I stayed with Vista.
What Vista has going for it over Win7 is that its desktop layout -- Start button, Launch bar, Taskbar and Tray -- is identical to that of XP. Its familiarity is comfortable. The only real learning curve is the menu system, which takes all of two seconds, before the user enthuses, "Wow! Neat!" Vista will continue to be supported until April, 2017.
Next spring, when it is time for clients to upgrade from XP, I will show them my two laptops and let them decide on which Windows version that they prefer.
Go here to find out about Tails:
For the personal or SOHO user, there is no better anonymity and security solution available.
I just can't help it, folks
Some years back, I picked up a leopard-print T-shirt.
I was lucky to find it. Among all of the other designs, it was hard to spot.
"iQueue ... Punters line up outside Glasgow's Apple Store this morning"
"iQueue ... Punsters line up outside Glasgow's Apple Store this morning"
There -- fixed it for you.
I'm wise to you folks
You're trying to get my goat, aren't you?
Yes, it is:
"Did they just happen to have one knocking about or did someone bring in one from home?"
A researcher's lady friend tossed it out, because it chipped her teeth.
Re: Why are people using Tor?
It seems to be a common human foible that those who resent any intrusion into their own privacy regard others with the same attitude as suspicious. There's also the authoritarian attitude of a certain fascist pig corporate CEO that if one doesn't want anyone else to know what he is doing, then maybe he shouldn't be doing it.
Why then, in our real lives, do we have doors and locks and curtains and drapes and safes and...? Why then, in our online lives, should we not avail ourselves of their cyber equivalents?
Privacy requires no justification. Privacy, for its own sake, is a fundamental human right.
Re: Why be half safe? @Rukario @Uncle Slacky
The minimum size of a USB stick is 2 GB. A 2 GB stick's actual size is ~1.9 GB. Tails requires ~1.5 GB, leaving ~400 MB for a persistent volume. The greater the capacity of the USB stick, the more space available for the persistent volume. (Yes, it is a volume, not a folder, as I mistakenly posted.)
You cannot install Firefox. You cannot install any programs. Tails is locked down; that's part of its security. You can copy a deb file into the persistent volume, and it will only extract; it will not install.
BTW, instead of a USB stick, you can use a Micro SD card inside a USB adapter. A Micro SD card will fit inside a hollow coin.
For any other info, visit the Tails Web site and read the docs.
Why be half safe?
Using a live version of Linux leaves no tracks on your computer's hard drive. And if that live Linux also implements TOR, then what's not to love?
Billed as "The Amnesic Incognito Live System," Tails is based on Debian Live 6.0.7.
Disclaimer: I am in no way affilated with the Tails project.
You download the iso file and burn it to a DVD blank. You can then use it to boot into Tails. It provides for making a bootable USB stick. Using a USB stick allows you to use the free space on it as a password-protected persistence folder. For instance, I have my bookmarks.html file from Firefox in it, so that I can load my bookmarks into the Iceweasel browser.
All online activity is forced onto TOR. The Linux kernal is version 2.X, which means that the Broadcom B43 wireless in this old Gateway laptop works; moreover the driver is included and activated. (Yes, I'm in Tails right now.)
It's free, so if you've been considering using a live operating system, it's worth a shot.
Fire your headline writer...
...and hire me.
Codger Todger Fork Up
Re: "everyone bets on Linux today"
Linux has an Outlook clone -- Evolution. Combined with the word processing, spreadsheet and presentation apps in OpenOffice/LibreOffice, the typical home office/small office user has all of the MS Office functionality that he needs.
Correcting this history
"(Readers with very long memories will see an irony here. The original 1981 IBM PC, which made Gates' fortune, shipped with a choice of the then-very-fashionable UCSD p-Machine, a VM-based OS, and Microsoft's MS-DOS, which was rebranded as PC-DOS."
The choice was between MS-DOS/PC-DOS and CP/M-86.
And, yes, the icon is a put-on.
Why use Tor?
The main problem with Tor is that it transports you back to the days of dial-up. Yep, it's that slow. (Well, not quite -- it just seems that way.)
If you want both security and speed, then VPN is the only way to go. There are even free VPN services.
Setting up a PPTP VPN doesn't require that you download and install software. It works on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android.
A happy ending (for real)
This goes back 40+ years. I was sitting in court, waiting for a friend's case to come up on the docket.
In this city, back then -- and still, from what I understand -- cops cruise by and sollcit street hookers. As soon as the hooker accepts and gets into the cop's car, he flashes his badge and arrests her.
A hooker's case came up. The arresting officer testifed that he pulled up alongside her, yelled out the window, "Where's the action in this town?" She replied, "For $20, I could be the action." "Get in." And then he arrested her.
The hooker's lawyer was sharp. He reviewed the cop's testimony to him, and the cop said, "Yes, that's what happened."
Then the lawyer dropped his bombshell. "At any time, did either of you mention sexual intercourse?"
"Well. er, uh, no," the cop stammered and sputtered.
"Your honor, I move for a dismissal."
And the judge granted it!
Back to the days of dumb terminals, hooked up to the company mainframe. Except that it's not just company ITs that have access to your files, now it's Microsoft plus the NSA and their various and sundry contractors.
Perhaps I should have entitled this post
Under your spell
...the United States takes Thursday off for its annual "Huzzah, we kicked out the British and will now spell color anyway we like," Independence Day celebrations.
Your Yank bashing is tyresome.
Re: @ AC 2156h GMT - . . . sits back
"...I prefer to think of them getting EVERYTHING right except one thing - the economics."
Yeah, like the January 8, 1991 bankruptcy of Pan Am.
I saw 2001 in a theater when it was in first run. I remember two points when the audience laughed:
1, The in-your-face commercial placement of Pan Am, and
2. The instructions for the use of the zero gravity toilet.
Fixed it for you
Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Dave Bowman: sudo open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: [sudo] password for Dave Bowman:
Dave Bowman: (password not displayed)
Isn't this a geek site?
Then why hasn't anyone posted about this?
They are cheap -- about $35-75, depending on the capacity of the microSD card.
Yes, the temple pieces are large. However, mid-ear-length hair will cover them.
The best part is that they are not tied to the evil empire known as google.
Re: IRIS drivers
Lens be careful. Some folks might take a dim view of cataract jokes.
Oh, no! Are the jokes around here getting, erm, cornea?
One of the great features of Microsoft Security Essentials is that, when It encounters a file that it considers dodgy, it doesn't take a default action. Rather, it lets the user decide what to do with it.
Malwarebytes, however, by default, quarantines files that it doesn't like.
Open Malwarebytes and click on the Protection tab.You will see:
Automatically quarantine flesystem threats detected by the protection module
Uncheck the box to the left of that.
(BTW, the icon choice is a joke.)
"It also only works on 32-bit Windows 7 installations..."
Didn't 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium become the standard OS installation for both desktops and laptops, when 4 GB of RAM became the entry-level?
In fact, my circa 2008 Compaq laptop, with only 3 GB of RAM, came with 64-bit Vista.
Official city motto:
Welcome to Los Angeles
Where we treat you like a King!
Why would home users and small offices want to abandon WinXP? They're running Office 2000, Photoshop 7, AutoCAD 2002 and other application software of similar vintage, and they are satisfied with their productivity under WinXP and on their current hardware. Upgrading would entail expense and a learning curve.
The main danger from the cut-off of support for WinXP is that Internet Explorer won't continue to have its security holes patched. The solution is to switch to Firefox or to Chrome, which will continue to be upgraded. (Anyone with a brain already switched long ago!)
Likewise, anti-virus/anti-malware programs will continue to be updated.
Treat the end of WinXP support as the non-event that it is.
1. Burn petroleum, to boil water, to produce steam, to turn a turbine, attached to a generator, to feed the electric grid, which loses 25% due to resistance, to charge batteries in an electric car.
2. Burn petroleum in a car engine.
Which is more efficient?
In cold weather:
1. Pump warm air from a petrol engine's cooling system to heat the car's interior.
2. Pump warm air from a battery-powered electric heater to heat the car's interior.
Which is more efficient?
The end of XP?
Does anyone really believe that the average home user of XP will care about the end of XP support in April next year?
Will they even notice? After all, the end of XP support doesn't mean that XP will self destruct, Mr. Phelps.
Those fanbois who are dreaming that the end of XP support will start a stampede to Linux are just that -- dreaming.
(BTW, I'm not knocking Linux. I switched to Linux Mint four years ago. I just don't fantasize that "the year of the Linux desktop" will ever arrive.)
Am I out of touch? [guffaw]
"If Microsoft can switch Windows to a similar release model, the whole concept of a Windows 8, followed by a Windows 9 and an eventual Windows 10, could disappear. Instead, the product would simply be Windows, with Blue being just the first of many major upgrades."
If I'm reading this right, it means that people who decided to pass on Windows 8, hoping that Microsoft would come to their senses and ditch not-Metro, when they released Windows 9, are out of luck.
It sounds like "Windows 8 Forever!"
"...under last October's reinterpretation (sic) of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act..."
"...under last October's misinterpretation of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act..."
There -- fixed it for you.
Re: You folks don't get it
"'Collecting them' isnt (sic) illegal. Only distributing them."
The only way to collect them is to download them, and downloading them is illegal.
You folks don't get it
The fact that the viewing quality of camera-captured movies stinks doesn't matter.
On the providing end, it is a matter of bragging rights -- make that "bragging rites." There is competition among the various pirate groups for first release. Then there is further competition about (what passes for) quality.
On the consuming end, it is a game, comparing, by skimming through, the (lack of) quality of subsequent releases by subsequent pirate groups of the same movie. It's a hobby, mostly for tweeners and teens, collecting pirated movie releases, like other people collect stamps or commemorative plates. The fact that they're breaking the law adds to the mystique.
Only the most brain-dead freetard would actually watch such bilge rather then paying money to see the film at a theater.
Prosecuting the pirates is the same old scam as always. It's based on the myth that piracy costs the studios money in lost ticket sales.
Although they were all hilarious...
...the prize in medicine nearly made me, er, bust a gut!
Is it April 1 already?
el reg editor's to-do list:
1) Firmly grasp readers' collective leg
2) Pull really really really hard
Why do I always have to be the one?
Q: What do you say to someone who is trying to steal your Raspberry Pi cluster?
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