* Posts by Mike Flex

316 posts • joined 6 Mar 2009

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Naming computers endangers privacy, say 'Net standards boffins

Mike Flex

Re: Kellyanne is already on to you

"She fixed the problem of hackers spying on her via her microwave by unplugging it."

She'd be better off solving the problem by purchasing a microwave that wasn't Internet-connected in the first place.

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Mike Flex

From the article...

"I looked at an eight-year graph of latency from my home logs"

Get out much?

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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

Mike Flex

Reg exclusive?

"At 1545 GMT, NHS sources were telling The Register that emails with 0950 timestamps were only just beginning to arrive in their mailboxes."

What, special sources were telling you privately; or you were just reading it off twitter like the rest of us?

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Mike Flex

"However, I was quite displeased the other day when my printer out of the blue printed a page telling me it now had an email address and I could web print."

If you have an IP-addressable HP printer point a web browser at it; it probably has an internal web server.

If you have a fancy-schmancy HP enterprise printer the internal web server may give you access to a hard disk with a cache of everyone's print jobs since installation. Happy browsing!

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

Mike Flex

Re: I find what people hate about Ubuntu weird

"With Unity, you never have to touch the mouse. I mean, using the keyboard is actually faster than using the mouse for almost every task."

Well, there's the problem. Unity is a command line interface masquerading as a GUI. It was originally presented as a new GUI needed for a new wave of Ubuntu tablets and smartphones so we come to it expecting a GUI. If I'm going to have to type in the name of the program I want I might as well just type it at a command prompt.

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Mike Flex

From the article...

"... Unity 8 is available for testing if you'd like to try it."

Personally, I'd have preferred not to have had to try Unity 1.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

Mike Flex

Unsound Sound

"Given that we had only three TV channels and the analogue audio was perfectly consistent between them"

Those were the days. In these days of digital wotsits sound levels are all over the place within a single channel. In the case of BBC's Click (supposedly its technology flagship programme in the absence of Tomorrow's World) levels are all over the place within a single programme. (In a bad week, even within a single item.)

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GitHubber wants to revive the first Unix in a PDP-7 emulator

Mike Flex

Re: So, is Dennis Ritchie an "un-person" for some reason now?

Dennis Ritchie isn't available to ask for assistance.

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These Chicago teens can't graduate until they learn some compsci

Mike Flex

Re: Wrong subject

"Codoing is a useful skill, "

Is co-doing the latest fashionable manglement-speak for team-working?

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Manchester 'wins' £10m to test talking bus stops

Mike Flex

Re: Far more useful would be the time of the next bus... too often they just skip a few....

"On the continent? They do in London too. Don't they everywhere?"

They have them in Brizzle. Of course, the times displayed bear very little relation to the times the buses show up.

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Mike Flex

talking bus stops?

Did they not learn from talkie toaster?

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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

Mike Flex

"Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner"

People pay actual money for this sort of "insight"?

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Looking for a council house in Sheffield City? Meet your fellow tenants

Mike Flex

Reply to all

"The Register does not know if the residents have begun emailing each other using the "reply-to-all" function"

Is the Pope Catholic?

Every time we had a reply-to-all storm at a former employer you could look forward to a half-day of r-t-a requests to not reply to all, mixed in with requests to "delete me from this list" even, or perhaps especially, for emails that didn't originate from a list server, all enlivened with sarky comments on the internal newsgroups.

Made me wish for Google Wave. Apparently I was the only one.

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Shocker: Adobe patches critical Shockwave remote hijack hole

Mike Flex

Re: Who can tell?

"When I check firefox add-ons I have something called Shockwave flash (v19.0 r0). So I don't actually know if this is shockwave or flash or something else?"

Confusing, isn't it?

The Adobe Shockwave Flash product which is at v19.x.x is what's normally just called Flash. While it's buggy there's still a lot of it about, so getting rid of Flash might restrict your ability to see videos.

In Firefox you can set Flash to 'Ask to Activate' so you can turn it on for wanted videos (and see how often you need it) whilst leaving it off for adverts. (Tools->Add-Ons->Plug-ins->Shockwave Flash, choose Ask to Activate in the Activate drop-down.) The ipad/iphone don't support Flash, which drives the growth of alternatives.

Shockwave itself is at v12.x.x. As Psymon noted, it isn't popular now. I deleted the Shockwave plugin the last time it needed updating and I haven't missed it.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

Mike Flex

Re: Either your entire organization is incompetent when it comes to intellectual property,

"Post more details, perhaps we can help fix your PC for you."

Saw this Cloudflare problem on my Android tablet this (Saturday) morning. Worked again an hour later.

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

Mike Flex

"the corridor chase / shutting door sequence was pinched from Alien3, not from Alien..."

To be fair, Alien 3 is the one we all try to forget.

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Mike Flex

Re: The Abyssmal

"The Abyssmal"

I was surprised that The Abyss escaped the roll-call of SF films in the articles - underwater base, alien, even the shot from above of the base all lit up, like the fleet.

Mind you, at least The Abyss was set at sea. This base appears to be submerged in a reservoir. Why do you need an underwater base and a trillion dollars of drilling kit to drill under a reservoir? Rather a bit too much SF running down corridors as well.

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

Mike Flex

Re: Surely their competitors knew about this?

"VW claimed to have uniquely clever diesel engine design, able to meet emission standards without needing urea."

Needing urea? They appear to be taking the urea.

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

Mike Flex

Oooh, I haven't seen a walled-up server story for yonks and now we have a whole comments section full of them. Of course, back in the day, all these hidden servers used to run Netware rather than Unix.

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Shedload of security bugs squashed in iOS 9 – what the hell went wrong with iOS 8?

Mike Flex

Re: Apple employees are super human?

"But Apple has to live up to higher standards?"

They charge a premium price for their products and their software only has to run on a restricted range of hardware so, frankly, yes.

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NBN cable rules spark electricity network push-back

Mike Flex

Which Reg Bureau?

It would be helpful if there was some indication of which Register office was filing each story - perhaps a national flag with the date and time or just the name of the office.

I know this isn't a UK story from the mention of 'federal government' in the first paragraph but I need to wade down to paragraph eight to find out this is an Australian story rather than a US one.

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

Mike Flex

Re: Can't wait

"The service was better before google and has been a pain since google took over."

Indeed, but this talk of integrating third party email solutions suggests we're not getting Blueyonder email back.

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PC sales go OFF A CLIFF to under 300 million a year

Mike Flex

Re: WTF?

"Despite the extremely loudly publicised free "upgrade"? Fawn on, Gartner."

Yes, despite the upgrade offer. People, especially ordinary, non-Reg reading people, are quite likely to want to avoid the hassle of:

- performing an OS upgrade (with the risk of everything going pear-shaped if the automation fails),

- sorting out any drivers or bundled software that stop working under Win 10,

- having to use Win 8 whilst waiting for the upgrade.

Once you know Win 10 is on its way, it's easier to carry on with your existing kit a bit longer, let the vendors sort out the integration issues and buy something that does what you want when you buy it.

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

Mike Flex

Re: Windows 10 will be updated like a Linux distribution

" Linux needs no reboot after applying the patches unless you update the kernel itself."

As almost every time I get an Ubuntu update a new kernel turns up there's no difference for me between Ubuntu and Windows in the number of reboots required.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

Mike Flex

Re: Rolex Explorer II

"Couldn't you just move your watch arm a bit ?"

It's common for watch collectors to have more self-winding watches than available wrists.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

Mike Flex

Get thee to an optician

"...the first screen after setup animates hundreds of swirling particles; it’s vertiginous, like staring at the Pleiades."

If you find the Pleiades look like a vertiginous cloud of swirling particles I suggest you get to an optician. Or a doctor.

"There are alarms and stopwatches and timers, handier than on your phone."

As, indeed, there are on my £23 Casio watch. As a bonus it has a 5 year battery life and doesn't look like it should only be worn by a 1980s gym bunny.

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USA is home to largest number of data perves, study finds

Mike Flex

Re: Umm. They found dumbasses?

"Excel spreadsheet on TOR.

And... You're going to open a *known* virus vector on your pc after downloading what is very clearly labelled "illegal" material in that format?"

You might choose not to open it in Excel, and certainly not in anything with macro execution enabled.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

Mike Flex

Re: Not Dot Matrix...

"1401 had a 1403 chain printer."

Indeed. It's even shown in the blogpost linked from the article. More details of the 1403 on Wikipedia.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

Mike Flex

Re: sigh!

"And this is what passes for 'entertainment' on Channel 4 these days?"

Regrettably so. In the Flex household this sort of stuff is referred to as a caring, sharing, freak show. Add a thin layer of social commentary and you can apparently serve up any amount of bad behaviour from the less fortunate in society. And to think we look down on Hogarth's contemporaries for going along to laugh at the inmates at Bedlam.

Or perhaps you have an intimate medical problem you're too embarrassed to see your GP about? Why not expose your suppurating nads to the whole nation on one of C4's medical shows? The freakier the better.

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

Mike Flex

Re: @just a thought

"There are a surprisingly large number of 'inflation' indices."

...866 results

Hmm, is there an index measuring how fast the number of inflation indices is growing?

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

Mike Flex

the dreaded dingy CFL

Well, now we have dingy LED lamps. The brightest available from my local DIY emporium is only rated at 50 W equivalent, which is rather less than the 100 or 150 W incandescent lamps I used to use in my living room.

That's before you start arseing around getting the lamp to work with your phone, which will pretty much rule these products out for normal people.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

Mike Flex

Re: This SO reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey...

"...when HAL9000 "detected" a fault in the AR-35 module,"

AE-35

Standards are slipping.

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

Mike Flex

Re: > much better view of it with a telescope or good pair of binoculars.

"Just come in from comet watching using a 10x42 monocular. Fuzzy monochrome ball"

Yup, that's what I saw with 7 x 50 binoculars on the edge of a town (hence not a dark sky). Still, my first comet.

Parky out though, -1 deg C with the wind chill according to my Met Office app.

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

Mike Flex

"How does it taste? Not good, if the current standards of what Hershey euphemistically calls chocolate here in the US. The firm describes it as "edible," which doesn't inspire confidence."

To be fair, 'edible' would be an improvement on over-the-counter Hershey's.

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

Mike Flex

Re: btrower The gloves are off

If you're going to quote Article 8 of the ECHR, quote the whole thing, not just the bits you agree with. Here's the part you omitted:

"2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others."

Looks like the IPT decided GCHQ was working within the limits of that paragraph. Whilst your US and Canadian examples aren't relevant to the UK I see they don't offer unlimited privacy either, and nor does the UN UDHR article 12.

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

Mike Flex

"while sticking very real broom handles up their arses in private"

Followed by a trip to A&E to remove said handle. "Oh, I was just getting ready for bed when I spotted some dust but unfortunately tripped when cleaning it up."

If you're in A&E and need to borrow a pen check if it's come from the "removed items" drawer.

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Police in U-turn as 'shop a gun-owner' hotline is scrapped

Mike Flex

Tough.

From the article:

"Presumably the anxiety caused by all these "you vill report zer koncernz to us or else!" orders from the police should now be reported for their consideration?"

If someone can't cope with the responsibility of looking after firearms properly then they shouldn't keep firearms.

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That's PROFESSOR Woz to you from now on, young whippersnapper

Mike Flex

The Dr Chau Chak Wing building...

... looks as though it's supported on a Wing and a prayer.

Ivy, anyone?

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Mike Flex

Duh

"Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Check IMEI number? Bloke said not to open box until he leaves"

Yup, it's stolen. No need to faff around with a website.

Cash only, no credit cards? Well, strike me down with a feather.

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Internet Transit price falls slowing: Telegeography

Mike Flex

Re: huh

"*Disclaimer - Im not even sure what a Transit price is."

Is it just me who was expecting to read about the cost of Ford vans?

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

Mike Flex

"an annual silly season of iPhone rumors and speculation"

That would be the season lasting from January to December presumably.

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OMG, sorry about 'poor comms' on Facebook secret emoto-meddle tests. Laters!

Mike Flex

Re: I lie to them

" I have an "internet birthday"

Yup. Unless I have a real-life legal relationship with an organisation (e.g. financial) I'm as young as the Unix epoch.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

Mike Flex

Re: Collectplus?

"Ebuyer are you listening? Do not ever again "upgrade" me from paid for next day delivery that works, to "free, next day" delivery "

Ebuyer? "Free, next day" delivery?

Well, I certainly got that impression from the sales page (next morning, even) but on arriving at the checkout page it was 'free' OR 'next day' delivery. Free was 5 days. 5 working days, that is, so actually 7 days. (I was threatened with 9 days for my last order, placed on a Friday afternoon, but it did turn up in 7 days.)

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Mike Flex

Eh?

"SanDisk's Connect Wireless Media Drive is a neat alternative and can stream to eight devices and has an 8-hour battery life. "

To my mind the 'festival season' is in 6 months time but for people who do want to shell out several hundred quid to sit in a mudbath and listen to live pop music isn't it rather defeating the point to take your own music with you?

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

Mike Flex

Apparently "javadevguy" wishes:

that NESTA would bung me £200k to build my website. I am to do something socially useful. #somethingelse

I'm glad he's planning to do something useful with our money.

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