* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Sorry, Linux. We know you want to be popular, but cyber-crooks are all about Microsoft for now

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Re: linux users are worthless

I do! Eat dog food that is. Or, rather, cat food. It charms my wife no end as I then run after her going "Gizza Kiss! Go on..."

Nothing to say about your other comments. You'd have to specify Which Windows API for that.

Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew

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Re: IF, and I stress the IF ...

Apologies for jumping to assumptions.

Obama was really only known in Chicago, and he won. I guess we'll see when it happens. Interesting times, huh?

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Re: This is awesome

trying to drum up sympathy for the comms industry is a bit of a lost cause, especially around here, or anywhere to be honest.

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Re: IF, and I stress the IF ...

No one thought Trump had a hope in hell of becoming President, including Trump himself and Melania who reportedly burst into tears when she heard the worst, so your opinion as to the skiddie doesn't really fly very high.

You may not like Trump, for which I applaud you, but you are obviously a Republican who doesn't really like any Democrat, and if you're hoping for someone with clues, backbone, and character to emerge from the current Republican bloc then you may be in for a bit of a wait. Good luck. I mean that most sincerely.

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This is interesting. It raises O'Rourke above the mundane level of candidate to actual character! It's a claim that doesn't seem to hurt him and is really true and "Authentic", as opposed to candidates claiming to like [select your own cultural icon] as so many candidates do. It elevates him to the same level as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez where attempts to defame her have re-bounded and made her seem even more adorable. Obama had a similar level of personality.

AOC or Beto. Anyone else? Do the republicans have anyone of similar stature? I cannot see any.

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Re: I'd like a better understanding of why Beto O'Rourke is running for Prez

Hmmm, I see nothing. Just a black screen. It's one of those sites that if you have a script blocker enabled then you get nothing. Or perhaps he's flying under the invisible flag and stands for nothing. Vote for King Mob!

Being serious for a bit; the site is obviously written by some back room intern with no real information, or knowledge, to hand. If you really want to know more about him then, as the popular saying goes, Google|Bing|DDG is your friend. There's tons out there about what he stands for, not least of all (gag) face book.

Agree though, if he's serious then he needs a serious web designer. Perhaps the dead cow folk could help out.

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Re: Nice

RE: Our friend Bob...

Yeah, and you're still a knee jerk REPU[G P]LI-C[A O]N and thus it's advisable to take your opinions with a [pinch lump] of [rock] salt.

Have a nice day, y'all.

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Re: Nice

Funny, he still espouses a single payer medical insurance as far as I can tell. He disagreed with some other proposals put forward by others for medical cover, but still thinks we need single payer and a drastically revised medical care in this country, for the benefit of we the recipients, not for the insurance companies.

Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months

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Re: o rly?

...Add to that list UK, Germany, Austria, France, Netherlands and Ireland. The US is looking a little isolated in still operating the MAX.

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All the experts I have heard so far seem to be focusing on the MCAS system as the culprit and most say there should have been more AoA sensors than two - three minimum, so that in event of failure of one then the other two can vote it down. With two sensors then when one fails, which is the failing one?

It also seems that the manuals had no mention of the MCAS system or its functioning in them. A pilot of these planes said that until the first crash he didn't even know there was an MCAS system, and woudln't have known what to do if it malfunctioned. He does now. And that the only training they had had was a one hour training class on an iPad, and no simulators for this aircraft. Simulators are now on order.

Tim Apple. Larry Oracle. Ginni Layoffs: It works so why the heck not?

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You still need to remember the first name, which can be problematic, so let's just call Tim Mr Apple, and Marylin Ms Lockheed, and Donald Mr USA...or...hmmm...Mr Trump when he's no longer President.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Combined reply :)

I let the hair grow, all the hair, until someone mistakes me for the hillbilly across the gully, then I trim it. The wife doesn't seem to notice either way. Perhaps she thinks "If it's wearing underwear all day then it's him [i.e. me], if it's dressed then probably someone else."

Working from home is fabulous. Doesn't make me a hipster.

I think you can tell a real hipster because their beard edges are all neat and straight as a rule because they use a guide to trim them. My beard edges are all fuzzy, as are my thoughts, actions, and words.

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Re: Combined reply :)

There are folk who dream of hairy women. For all the internet's sins, it makes it easier to find your ideal beloved. Finding the one when all you had to go on was the local personal ads in Wigan or Oswaldtwistle meant you would probably be lonely forever. Now we can reach out to the World.

If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build

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Re: Things I last used and when

Excuse me! What exactly did you use your cat for? Is it OK? I need proof or I'm calling someone!

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Re: I suffer Windows users ....

So, essentially, you're a missionary traveling to strange places to tell the locals they are damned and will burn in the fires of hell.

In the pot you go - Penguin for dinner tonight!

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Re: You really are .....

Putting on my serious hat for a moment...

Among my various machines, Linux and Windows, is a Win10 machine running update 1809 - or is it 1810? - happily, so, yes, in many cases they have gotten it working. It has been funny to watch Microsoft's struggles with it, though and the endless Register jokes about it haven't worn thin at all.

But what value does anyone who last used Windows in 98 have to offer, other than fodder for snarky comments like mine. If I didn't mock them then I might get a bit annoyed and nobody wants that.

I last used Linux this morning. Isn't that interesting.

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I have two Linux machines...draw your own conclusions...

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The perfect commenter to offer pearls of wisdom about Windows. Thank you kind sir. My life is enriched by your words and I sigh with joy and delight that you decided to offer them to us. Knowing you last used Windows in 1998 has enlightened me such that my life will never be the same. And I feel it safe to say that...Cont Page 157...

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I know. And it's users are so friendly and likeable. Not insufferable at all. No sirree. Folks we'd all love to live next door to. The perfect dinner party guests. Oh yes! The ones who love to help old folk across the road, even if they're happy where they are. Such all round, well balanced...cont. Page 97

After last year's sexism shambles, 2019's RSA infosec bash has upped its inclusivity game

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Then you've led a sheltered life. When I used to work in a real office with several male engineers, mechanical and otherwise, the excitement was palpable whenever the prospect of a conference was imminent. From their comments you'd think they were off to a strip show. They couldn't wait to get their eyeballs on the women, and anything else they were able to. This wasn't just asking if they'd like to go to bed; It was constant pestering and touching. Some of them also displayed similarly poor attitudes about things such as their wives working - "NO!"

This was admittedly a while ago but old habits die hard. It will obviously take a while longer yet.

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Worked in IS? Sorry to hear about your buddies in Syria but I would be very careful who you tell that to...

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"Get thee back, tide! Thou shalt not rise!"

- King Canute.

"How many angels do you think we can get on the top of this pin?"

- Satirical religious philosophers.

You're arguing the unarguable.

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Re: This is why

This is why I stay home and read The Register.

You're on a Huawei to Hell, US Sec State Pompeo warns allies: Buy Beijing's boxes, no more intelligence for you

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Re: Economic warfare

Given the track record of the accusers here, a very large country that thinks it's exceptional and which is currently run by a somewhat haphazard and maladroit administration, I'm a little worried too so pardon me if I spare more than a little of that suspicion for them as well. I don't trust any large powerful country with a track record of spreading misinformation, lies, and propaganda.

OK, Google. Music in 2019 isn't what it was, but Play nice, will ya?

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

It may be English spoken in those farflung heathen regions, but not as we know it!

I've known my American wife for nigh on 17 years now and there are still moments when we gaze in utter bewilderment at the words emitting from each others faces.

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Re: Pah, I weigh 101.6kg

What, no ferret, for pulling cable through small channels?

Florida man's deadliest catch forces police to evacuate Taco Bell

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Re: Candidate failed

Youd'e be disappointed if you did.

Miscreants sweep internet for unpatched Cisco kit, fears over bugged Chinese parts, Roger Stone nabbed...

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Re: It should be noted that WikiLeaks has categorically denied the emails came from Russia.

RE: "The readers of ElReg don't want to hear anything about Seth Rich because it contradicts their cherished fable"

Sigh. Here we go again. I'm fed up of arguing about this so I'll just post a couple of links. Read them or don't. I no longer care if you and your ilk want to be stubbornly ignorant.

https://www.snopes.com/news/2017/05/25/seth-rich-conspiracy-theory

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/seth-conrad-rich

Microsoft delivers a second preview of Visual Studio 2019 (a Redmond thing we actually like)

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I suspect he was thinking that a hair shirt is the hairiness that grows on many male torsos, rather than those austere and scratchy shirts worn to make you feel closer to God.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Re: Ah, but ...

Out of interest, who or what is SLC?

I always thought that quote was from Mark Twain.

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Re: Ah, but ...

Cheers Old Chap! Very nice but don't you have a good champers? If you have any I'm entitled to it you know.

Tally Ho, old bean! :-)

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Happy

Re: Ah, but ...

Oooh, bitchy! Though it's a bit rich coming from a citizen of the USA where American Exceptionalism is an actual thing. ;-P

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary

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Re: PodCasts

They are "Exactly" like the video casts made by Moss from "The IT Crowd". That episode of the IT Crowd was where satire failed miserably and descended into dreary reality. There is absolutely no way to be satirical about something that in reality is so...whatever the heck it is.

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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Re: Witness on TV

RE: "did say during the interview that HRH asked about the other cars occupants."

He probably asked "Did I get the blighters?"

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Re: Or, just maybe...

Oh, you two...go sit in the corner with Bombastic Bob and have your pity party quietly. You poor things.

Tech giant to spend $500m dealing with housing crisis caused by tech giants

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Re: Microsoft housing

I suppose a Google house would have glass walls so they can see what you're up to and have random guys walk past your house with billboards and loud hailers; "I SEE YOU'RE TRYING TO SLEEP. HAVE YOU SEEN THESE ZzzQUIL LIQUID GEL CAPSULES? SPECIAL PRICE TODAY ONLY $54.99 FOR A BOX OF 10! HURRY HURRY! YOUR NEIGHBOURS CAN'T SLEEP EITHER SO THEY MIGHT NOT LAST."

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Re: A simpler and more sensible option

Yes. Let's spread and share the unaffordable housing problem to more people and areas. Progress!!!

Oracle boss's Brexit Britain trip shutdown due to US government shutdown

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Re: Shutdown as negotation

RE: "Cheerleaders"

Only two women in that list of cheerleading politicians. I'd love to see Mitt (Sexy Legs) Romney and Rick (I'm not drunk) Perry in a skimpy skirt and low cut top. I didn't know they had male cheerleaders, never having seen any. But then, I'm British and not yet fully immersed in the cultural highs of the USA. Ya' live and learn.

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FTA: "So far, the effects of the President Trump's executive have been limited to minor issues, ..."

Minor issues such as thousands of people, many on not particularly great salaries to start with, not being paid. If only they could furlough needing to live in a house and keeping warm, eating, medical treatment, etc.

Not to worry. They advise if you need legal assistance then just consult your personal attorney. Yeah. I keep my personal attorney in the closet. Don't we all?

IMHO the ability to have government shutdowns is a completely mad way to run a country. What were they thinking when they came up with that mechanism?

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: How long...

Apparently not.

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Re: How long...

Have to say, I'm a bit disappointed with ElReg commenters. I'd expected the indent to be much greater by now. I suspect the average age of commenters is greater than that at which silliness becomes less likely and we start to say "Ah, who cares. We'll be dead soon. Better act my age." You all need to keep on acting as you did when you were twenty years old. I am still twenty years old, and intend to be forever. I'm probably younger than you suspect, but older than my mind thinks I am. Or something...I'm confused...

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Re: Width

Well...?

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Re: Width

Who has the most perseverance? Idiotic commenters, like me, or the software controlling these comments?

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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Re: How?

No.

Someone with more intelligence lower down the hierarchy awarded the prize, then someone with less intelligence higher up the hierarchy noticed and thought, without actually thinking, "OooErr...can't have that! It's too naughty. Men and Mary Whitehouses will disapprove." and retracted it.

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Re: CES relevance?

It's an excuse to spend a week in Vegas; "Of course I was working."

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Re: "mimics all of the sensations of a human mouth, tongue, and fingers"

Ummm...that sounds as if there is some sex activity I am not privvy to. Do tell...

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Damn! I can't use Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, Comcast, Google, Apple, etc, etc...Is there a list somewhere of evil companies? Is there a FOSS grocery in my area? Can I eat grass in my own garden? Wait, no...someone called me evil last week...

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Re: A simple idea

RE: "Wait. People are buying these?"

You buy the button, and the cost is refunded on your first purchase. It's right there in the article.

You stick the button on your fridge, or stash box, and find the milk is out, or your hash cookies*** are all eaten, then you click the handy button and just sit back in your comfy chair and wait a couple of days for delivery. No need to click to Amazon.com. Awesome!

*** Hash cookies - the all in one solution for the gigglies/munchies!

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Re: That does seem kind of shady...

The buttons are usually for staple items that you buy all the time, not for special one off purchases - the boring household stuff. Not that I would ever use the buttons. I think its a silly idea. The only time I can think of where it would be useful is when I'm snowed in again and cannot get to the shops. But if I can't get out then they likely can't get in. I'll Pass.

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Re: Dial 5 for sadomasochism...

RE: "as long as it doesn't frighten the children and animals"

What about frightening the adults? Don't we count? What's so special about children and critters?

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