* Posts by Khaptain

2947 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Flickering screens turn Microsoft Surface Books into Microsoft Surface paperweights

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Re: Wooo!

And of course the EULA contains a clause where Microsoft decline all responsibility for damage caused by the strobe effects.

Behold bad knight and kneel before me before I smite thee down and blind with my mighty silverlight flash.

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Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers

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Move Along

"Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns."

And what exactly has changed since those days ? When I lived with the Aussies, and let's not forget the Kiwis ( although their accent is much cleaner), pub night was 5 times a week on the quiet weeks.. And this was no joke...

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

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Re: Even happier I chose a PS4

@Michael Habel

It's all about stats and habits.

* They know your age, location and language.

* They know what you play.

* How long you play.

* They know from where you play. Wifi, Cabled , therefore probably also know your ISP.

* They know how many games you possess and what genres you prefer.

* They can see the evolution of what you are buying, playing, winning losing.

* They can see what music, films, media you like to watch, buy, download.

* etc etc etc

Sony can learn a lot about you even through a simple games console. And that's only the stats that I can imagine, they might have much more sophisticated algorithms... "Shaky wrist" detection for example..

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Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf – not too hairy, not too scary

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Re: Not an upgrade

Obviously we have different opinions of the definition of upgrade. Moving between minor versions, especially with such few changes is not what I would classify as an "upgrade"... This was more of a 15.9 to 15.92 move....

If you moved from 14 to 15, then yes there is not doubt about that classifying itself as an upgrade..

But honestly, new scrollbars and a couple of application updates.... in my book that's just a patch release.

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Not an upgrade

"minor updates, bug fixes, speed improvements and application updates "

This appears to be, at most, just a couple of patches thrown out to the penguinistas under the guise of an update...

Unless of course someone was actually waiting with baited breath for the new scrollbars...

Scott did you draw the short straw by any chance when it came to who was to do the write up on Unbuntu 15.10...

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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Optional extras

It also has an optional "Picatinny rail".. all that's missing is the ACOG TA01 4*32 and the world will learn to fear these senior "OAPerators"...

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Scotland Yard pulls eyeballs off WikiLeaker-in-Chief Assange

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Re: what's a man to do.

"It's actually "on the lam", but I suspect Assange's bleating may have contributed here :). It's a normal, if somewhat lesser used English expression meaning "on the run"."

I wonder if it is actually a twist of the French expression sur la lame du rasoir", on the edge of a razor. ie "On a knifes edge"... ie In a very difficult position.

He is antipodean so it might therefore be possible that he will hide in a food truck as a piece of New Zealand Lamb...

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Re: what's a man to do.

"while on the lamb."

Now there is a phrase that I have never heard before, is it rhyming slang, if so, what is the rhyme ?

However, as much as I do not like the man he has not been found guilty of rape and where we live "Innocent until found guilty" is still in da rigour ( or at least I think so).

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Sneaky bastards

They are just feeding him some bait to lure him out of his den, then they will pounce on him like a bunch of power hungry politicians.

Alternatively, they are just bored shitless standing around all day doing absolutely nothing, even with their exceptional bonuses they just can't stand it anymore..

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

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Re: I have yet to EVER see ANY Android device with Malware

The OP might be a stealthy boffin :-)

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Re: I have yet to EVER see ANY Android device with Malware

"It may be stealthy malware."

If it was so stealthy the boffins wouldn't know either.

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Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

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Re: @ac: That's so ghey

Geoffrey

No worries, I understood where the original language came from.

I understand what you are saying but speaking from experience, about myself, I come from a very gritty background and was extremely "bigoted" towards anything out of the norn. Today I am still "a little bit biased" but far less than I was at the time, why, because a few people took the time the explain things to me.. I digress though that it also requires the want to change on behalf of the "bigot"....

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Re: @ac: That's so ghey

Geoffrey

If someone is being a bigotted prick then it is usually through their ignorance of a given subject. So rather than waste time insulting them, try helping them by educating them..

In my opinion calling someone a bigoted prick is actually the perfect example of being bigoted oneself as it shows a failure to understand that other people have different opinions...

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Re: @ac: That's so ghey

@FruitOfTheLoon

Your response is exactly the kind of response/attitude that is likely lead to hatred and radical action rather than encouraging any form of acceptance.....

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Re: This is why we need courts

"This is why we need courts "

This is bascially what they got, I decision based upon criteria...No different to a court really... but as mentioned in the below comment it is likely that someone is being greedy and waiting on a big fat check coming through his mailbox in advance of a positive decision....

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Noughty by nature: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rock Band 4

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Re: OK how many did this?

You didn't miss anything

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: Dieselgate

And what you call it if someone stole or destroyed all those lawn protection devices. Shirley it must be called GardenGate...

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Rich but not clever

It's taken the poor bastard more than a week to come up with a lame excuse like this ?

Obviously being rich, which I presume most of the board members are, has no bearing on being intelligent or imaginative.

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MACAQUE ATTACK: Monkey plunders Florida resident's box, gobbles contents

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Streefull Situation

When the monkey was on top of the car it must have been a very stressful situation for passers-by.. How would they know who was actually in charge, the being on the roof or the being behind the wheel ?

Not an easy situation to judge....They are both primates, with equal intelligence, although one of them might be seriously overweight and a lot slower than the other.

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

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"these doomsday preppers will die with the rest of us."

Thay can't die they are prepared for all possible outcomes whether they may be : Zombie Rampage, Alien Infestation or worse Mark Zuckerberg becoming King of the World.....

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David Miscavige rejoice

Dear Mr Miscavige,

I doubt very much that you will believe this but we have found Xenu..

L.R.H....

PS : I watched the HBO "Going Clear" report yesterday.....very interesting understanding how these scams work.

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332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

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332M

That's a lot of phone calls to make, are you sure that 332 Million people really got their ass kicked, or is this just scaremongering headlines for the El Reg reasdership.

This is an old scam and those indian call center people can be convincing to the non-tech savvy... they are also extremely agressive, warn your parents, family and friends not to accept tech calls from "anyone"....

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Zuck, Gates and Bono in ludicrous internet access for world+dog by 2020 bid

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Re: If Bono's for it...

Yes, it's very ironic but this public figure is an amazingly unloved character. In my opinion he symbolizes a lot of what is wrong with the media today.

* A commercial singer with what became a commercial band and basically sings commercial songs for purely financial gain - no integrity.

* Extremely difficult to believe that anything that he says has actually any honesty attached to it.

* No modesty.

* Lives in a world of luxury but would like us to believe that he understands what it is to be poor and hungry.. Bono, Ireland is not a third world country, please do not confuse the two.

If Bono want's to do something good for society all he has to do is find a very, very remote island, that has no outgoing communications or media facilities, and remain there for a very, very long time. It would already relieve a lot of world tension.

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Break from the future: Hold the new stuff and fix the web first

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Re: >Geolocation API, possibly the most useful HTML API out there

Chrome : ctrl+shift+n

IE : ctrl+shift+p

Also create shortcuts to start automatically in private mode:

IE add the "-private" switch to a shortcut

Chrome add the "-incognito" switch to a shortcut

Et voila, that should probably be the solution to the future "Spy in the Sky" APIs... Don't quote me on that though

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SAUCY INCEST and brutal VIOLENCE boosts UK space sector

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Soft Porn with a reasonable plot

There is definately some soft porn for everyone in GOT... Gay, Lesbien, SM, sodomy, rape, incest, orgies, prostitution, blood, gore, snuff, creepy, mad shit, great stuff, keep it "coming". All that's missing are the animal scenes....

Honestly though, it's quite a good series but it is starting to draw out, hopefully the next one is the last one...

( Never read the books but I presume that they are even better, usually they are).

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Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

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Re: Baths and Bugs

If that giant ant floated I would take it along with that fantastic looking bath.

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Global productivity explodes as Facebook's service takes a dive

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Back to sanity

Fortunately half of the planet will not be up to date about who actually drank some Starbucks this morning... and with a bit of luck they might have actually got some of their sanity back.

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

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Icann could earn a few dollars

All it has to do us charge for each ip address holder that uses a netmask below a given value...Thereby keeping it free for smallish businesses using smaller ranges.

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Chinese ad firm pwns Android users, creates hijackable global botnet

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Re: Nokia E71 for sale. Who wants to start bidding?

No-one is safe :

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/21/sms_of_death_explained/

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Re: China sponsored maybe ?

Obviously that would be the Great Firewall of China then... ( queue drum roll and cymbal crash)

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Re: Conspiracy

Seems like there are at least 2 people whose sense of political satire is on the low side for the moment...

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Conspiracy

I think it was Obama that done it.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Re: Sorry but how is this at all funny or appropriate?

>So the thumbs down is from someone who thinks violence to kids is OK?

No, and the world is not a dichotomy either.

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

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Re: But why?

"https://products.office.com/en-us/buy/product-key-card"

Yes, I considered the boxed versions but then thought that it was highly unlikely that these boxes would have been given to the PC recycling firm but it could be possible.

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Re: But why?

"Often the COA is attached to the side of the chassis by means of a label. This is quite common on Dell and HP systems."

Personally I have never seen Dell or HP stick MS Office stickers on the side of a PC, are you sure that you mean Office and not Windows.

( That doesn't mean to say that it doesn't exist, it's just that I have never seen it)

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Re: But why?

I imagine that MS have no way of knowing which licences passed through the hands of these guys. I would also presume that a fair amount of estimation was involved to arrive at 70000 or are there other techniques which we are not aware of, if so what are they.

I would also like to know how they got the licence keys because they are generally not visible after installation. I know that Jelly Bean used to be a method but I am unaware if it still works..

Why would I want to know : Simple, it is always interesting to see how the criminal mind works, you do not have to be a genius to be ingenious.,

(Hint : Don't search for/download Jelly Bean without having very up to date virus définitions)

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Re: @ Khaptain

@Just Enough

That's very poetic and I thank you for your kind sentiments.

I understand that some people find great joy in looking at painted baseballs. That's fine, continue as usual.

I understand also that these kind of icons are very important to a large part of the population. Whether it be white crosses or white baseballs the difference to me is irrelevant. That's fine, continue as usual.

Surprising how upset some people can get over such trivialities.

All hail the baseball....

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Re: @ Khaptain

"The media has being doing stories like this since Ugg said to Oog "You'll never guess what that crazy guy in the next cave has painted on the wall". So I guess we must have been dumbing down ever since then."

@Just Enough

And you think that that is acceptable ? It is one of the reasons for which I gave up television about 15 years ago.

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

@Yugguy

Is it even possible to be realistic without being nihilistic ?

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Re: @Khaptain Darwin Awards Equivalant

"Ummm... yeah... so you know this is Bootnotes, right?"

Don't worry I have got more downvotes than the majority have got upvotes, yes, I klnow that we are in the bootnotes and it also seems that I have touched a nerve on our more "sensitive" readership..

Obviously painting baseballs is higher up in the ranks of other people's "list of things I dream to do" than it is on my mine..

Carry on James....take the exit where it reads "welcome back to sanity"... because it seems we may have strayed from the route..

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

I honestly couldn't care less for what anyone does in the privacy of their own home, that's their problem.

What I do not care for is the fact that the media, in this case El Reg, pump this crap onto the screens/newspapers/medium of their readers.

Society is being dumbed down to a level the leaves me in complete despair.. and what do I see, people on a tech site that defend this kind of thing.

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

"Is he hurting anyone? Is he harming himself? Is it pointless?"

You read the Daily Mail don't you ?

"Are most hobbies pretty pointless?"

No.

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

Should I judge from the 3 downvotes that there are 3 El Reg readers that actually think that kind of hobby is interesting ? If so, I shudder at the speed at which humanity is descending into complete moronity..

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Darwin Awards Equivalant

Are there any "Darwin Awards" equivalants for the most pointless/useless/plain stupid hobbies.. This would easilly be classed way up high, along with growing long finger nails, collecting snail saliva and

measuring the ovality of chicken eggs..

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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No Finbar, I said "that I wanted to see what you can do with a pair ot bits.."

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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Re: Makes Me [Click] Baity

or even "Has replaced the existing liquid expansion recipiant with an old IrnBru labelled perspex bottle + replaced the existing liquid with an IrnBru coloured liquid within a prebuilt PC".

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Re: Perspex?

"On the same note, Glasgow should *never* be pronounced. "Glarsgow"."

Where I am from it would have to be spelt "Glesga" or "Glesgi* , that's how it is pronounced locally, even the Glaswegians don't pronounce it that badly....

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Re: I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

PS : It's pronounced "Irn Bru" all over the world....

As a Scotsman I can't pronounce it any other way....

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Re: Sod the Irn Bru

"But with a clock like that... how can we be sure it's not actually a bomb????"

Because "Scotsman" enough said.....

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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RedmondHat Inside

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