* Posts by KroSha

325 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

KroSha

@Spartacus

With gin, you'll always get a much wider range of flavours than with Scotch, as the flavours are what it's all about. Gin is easy to differentiate, which is why there are a plethora to choose from at the moment, all with their own distinctive taste.

Gin Mare is one of my favourites as well; try Bulldog or Martin's Icelandic gin. They're nice. But you're right, too nice to be drowned in tonic.

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Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up

KroSha

"the Mac had its best-ever full year for revenue"

Possibly because the prices are at their highest ever and there has been a dearth of new models in recent years?

Even if the Touchbar is generally useless, lots are buying it, just because they need a new 15" MBP to replace the 2010 model that's died.

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Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

KroSha

Re: "There's a lot of drama around deployments because they aren't fully tested."

PHB : "It needs to be deployed tonight. The COO wants it done."

Me : "Are you sure? It will probably work, but we haven't tested it yet and I'm on holiday for a week from tomorrow."

A week later....

PHB : "Where were you?!? I tried to get you for days! It didn't work!"

Me : "Show me."

<Demo>

<clickety>

Me : "Fixed."

Something similar happens every quarter or so.

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IT reseller Misco UK shutters warehouse and distie centre

KroSha

Re: "Release"

Is "terminating" any better?

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Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

KroSha
Pint

A glass to you, sir.

For your imagination, effort and the inspiration you provided to young minds reaching for the stars.

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Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

KroSha

Agreed. I've tried a fair few of the online banking systems, between the wife's accounts and mine, and Nationwide is by far the nicest and most reliable.

I just pity the poor buggers that have had to work all Sunday to fix this, with glares from the PHBs.

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Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

KroSha

Re: Usuually when you hear about hardware standards you expect a bunch of mfgs signed up

Additionally, there's no way to tell if a port is USB-C or Thunderbolt 3. They both look the same. The current crop of MacBooks has a single USB-C port. It isn't a Thunderbolt port. I mistakenly tried to connect one to a MBA Thunderbolt port yesterday for Target Disk Mode.

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

KroSha

Re: Meh

Agreed. I would have made a fantastic xmas present for the wife, but her birthday is in July, so there's hope yet. Or there's xmas this year.

RCL's stance that they will refund anyone who wants out is commendable, but naive. They should have just said "crowdfunding!" and kept working. No point wasting energy on whiners. Better late than never.

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

KroSha

Re: 'Smart guns' - an inherent failure

" It is assumed I'm not an idiot ..."

I think I see the issue.

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BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

KroSha

Re: Customer Hatred

I left Orange for precisely this reason. They couldn't seem to understand that I didn't want to receive spam SMS about Orange services. After about 15 requests over 3 months, I ported to Three and have been happy ever since.

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Say bye-bye to net neutrality next year, gloats FCC commish Pai

KroSha

Re: A small side question.

That's a co-operative, which is probably dangerously close to communism/socialism for most USA-ians.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

KroSha

Re: lifetimes and other matters

The guy who sold me my bacon roll this morning complained that they stick together. Maybe a bit more grease needed?

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Accessories to crime: Facial recog defeated by wacky paper glasses

KroSha

Re: Mr Potatohead

It's either that or Mega-City One Blob fashion: http://dreddreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/complete-case-files-06.html

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Dropbox apologies for clunky administrator account access on Macs

KroSha

"unfortunately some of the permissions aren’t as granular as we would like"

B******s! Under no circumstances does an app need permissions to the whole system in order to sync user files. It's running in user space and only needs user permissions, nothing higher, and certainly not root. As for granularity, I call B******s on that too. UNIX's ACLs and granularity go hand in hand.

I was dubious about the new Dropbox app ever since I heard it installed a kext. Definitely deleting it from my Mac now.

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French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

KroSha

"... escrowed with every gov agency world wide who demands them, just how long until the well funded criminal gangs..."

You seem to be implying that these are two different groups of people.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

KroSha

Wrong biometeric

Nationwide have added TouchID to their iOS app. Touch isn't great and at least this is an alternative to the usual PIN. But voice just seems the most variable biometric to choose. What if you've a cold. Or it's windy, Or you're on a train. Or haven't good signal. Or are in a car...

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Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins

KroSha

Morning off for outsourcing

I used to work for a major UK "Service Provider". One day I get a call to a data centre down in Wapping. The contract requires response within 4 hours, so I get down there sharpish.

Seems that a new guy had started on the Security team. He beeped into the data room, with his pass and checked whatever he was supposed to be checking. On the way out, he didn't realise that he also need to beep out, and pressed the big button next to the door; the Big Red Button.

Taking the whole room down fried multiple servers and there were a good half dozen guys in the room, all trying to get clients' kit back up.

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

KroSha

Boaters

"Strangely narrow boat users apparently sometimes complain at the delay.."

Some boaters will moan about *anything*. (See, that's a meta-moan)

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Android tablets too bitter a pill for Dell

KroSha

The company will also quit updating Android

Just to, y'know, get a final kick in to those that *did* spend some cash on them. When does the support end?

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

KroSha

They don't read them. I regularly get offers for things I am not qualified for and are not in my skill-set. I think that a lot of them think IT is like reading; you can read a book, so you can read a thesis, no?

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

KroSha

Re: Sigh ...

US article, written by US Reg hack, ergo US spelling.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

KroSha

Re: Go visit

I went there for my stag. Brilliant place for a visit, and the Zot is very nice.

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

KroSha

Re: I don't get the fuss

In which case, sir, you are an idiot. There is a massive difference between hardware kexts and a data copy agent. Even if they "hacked the client", that's a user process, not a kernel one.

Currently, Dropbox has access to one folder on my system. The only non-trival item in that folder is an encrypted .dmg, to which Dropbox does not and will not have the key.

Anyone who gives an online syncing service "access to everything of worth on my computer" deserves everything they get.

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China leaves Apple books, movies on the cutting room floor

KroSha

Re: Encryption-related?

Wow, I didn't realise that you HAD to use iTunes! I wonder how I manage to load everything into Marvin and VLC on my iPad?

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When is making $20bn in three months not enough? When your name is Google

KroSha

Re: The original reality distortion field.

"why aren't they running a google sized enterprise?"

Because that would involve pulling their finger out their asses and doing more than just waving it in the air?

Because they'd actually be responsible for getting things wrong? Because they wouldn't just be playing with other people's money, but would be personally committed to fulfilling their own predictions?

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Netflix's $1.81 billion Q1 disappoints markets

KroSha

Re: Huge Bandwidth Hog

"There is no setting in the app to specify quality - and therefore bandwidth consumption."

Sign in to the website. My Account >> Playback settings.

I have mine set to Medium; 0.7GB/h and that looks good on a tablet.

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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

KroSha

Re: Another dot com manager is going to bite the bullet

For £360 you can buy a good NAS and stick a couple of TB in it. Then next year a couple more TB and you've got a decent backup.

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Monster crowdfunding total raised for Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+

KroSha

Re: Nostalgia crisis

You should try Oolite.

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Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'

KroSha

"making personal data easier for government officials to access will also make it easier for criminals to access that data as well"

Particularly when it's the same group of people.

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Obama: What will solve America's gun problem? What could it be? *snaps fingers* Technology!

KroSha

Re: Stats for comparison

It means that there are more guns than people.

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

KroSha

Virtual insanity

Dad, I think I trod in something virtual....

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

KroSha

Re: Dodgy legal ground..

Obligatory xkcd

http://xkcd.com/501/

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

KroSha

Re: Does Uber have something that...

Thing is, as is so often the case, the current incumbents have an awful lot of cash piled in the trough. Whether they are filling or gorging, there's a lot of money involved and no one like to think that someone isn't paying their wedge.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

KroSha

Re: Selfridges

There's a reseller in the tech area in the basement.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

KroSha

I had to get inside a comms cabinet once. The cables were everywhere; front, top, sides and even through the middle. I had to wriggle underneath the port panels and in behind to detangle some leads. Unfortunately, there was a 4-way on the floor (hidden under more cables) and I stepped on it, killing power to all the switches in the room.

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Kickstarter folk pay $8 MEELLION for joys of EXPLODING KITTENS

KroSha

Re: NSFW

Regular deck; 15k backers

NSFW deck; 200k backers (including me)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/elanlee/exploding-kittens

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Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

KroSha

Some serious lobbying money has been spent here. I still say that the EP is a serious burden to Joe Public, except that most people don't know who their MEP is or what they do. Given that they dictate so much of our legislation, we need far more coverage on their activities and should be holding them to far higher standards.

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KroSha

Re: It would be interesting ....

And probably "not in the public interest".

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

KroSha

Re: Originals still going strong

YMMV; I found my old one recently, it has gone dark.

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Intel, Apple and Cisco crossed off Chinese Gov's kit list

KroSha

Re: One possibility we're not considering....

“domestic security technology firms offered more product guarantees than overseas rivals”

They guarantee that the State will be able to snoop on anything they damn well want to.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

KroSha

Re: How many...

8 complaints.

http://asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2015/2/Kazam-Online-Ltd/SHP_ADJ_290315.aspx#.VO343lOsXGx

Generally, very few members of the public actually bother to contact the ASA. Back in 2011, the ASA released their top ten. No 10 had 840 complaints.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18243577

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Google hooks up with group formerly known as ISIS to battle Apple Pay

KroSha

I'm almost surprised (but not really) that VISA and MasterCard aren't trying to muscle in on the action.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

KroSha

I'm hazy on the dates, but I remember when the publisher I was supporting shifted away from Xpress. It was entirely Quark's fault too. All the Macs in the Studio had been transitioned to OSX 10.2 and Quark was the last package that was still running in OS9 Classic mode. The cost of upgrading everyone's Xpress was more than purchasing CS, and for some it was as much as 50% higher as they had the Passport edition.

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Like working at IBM? Let Big Blue do the matchmaking

KroSha
Joke

As case of "take the Blue Pill"?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

KroSha
Coffee/keyboard

Re: 'evil capitalist marketeers'

First read this as "evil capitalist meerkats" and all the subsequent lines were read with a Russian accent.

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APT devs are LOUSY coders, says Sophos

KroSha

Pot, meet Kettle

Having the competence of malware coders called in to question by the authors of some of the worst, buggiest, bloated imaginable commercial code available is delicious.

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

KroSha

Re: time to jump ship

I also left Orange due to their inability to stop sending me spam text messages. I asked them about 15 times to stop before I gave up and moved to Three.

I wonder if this will affect giff-gaff and the other MVNOs that use the O2 network.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

KroSha

Re: iPlayer @ streaky

You do not need a TV License if you do not watch live broadcast TV in the UK. You are being perfectly legal if you watch iPlayer on a laptop / tablet / phone over mobile broadband.

I don't have a TV (or License) for exactly this reason.

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

KroSha

Re: No such thing @ KroSha

There is no such thing as a moral right. You're spouting magical fairy dust if you think that saying "I'm right" will do anything against someone who vehemently disagrees with you. Being right is very nice, but a bloody nose is a bloody nose. All your so-called rights are just words on paper that lots of people agree is a good thing. They don't actually exist.

All civil authority ultimately stems from the ability to commit violence; whether it's riot police with batons, or armed mobs storming the Bastille. That's why the last resort of a desperate Government would be to declare martial law and get armed soldiers patrolling the streets.

Parliament rules by the will of the people, but only if people are willing to get up off their behinds and loudly protest when things go bad. And politicos have got very good at mollifying enough of the populace to avert that.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

KroSha

Re: Truer in some countries than in others

Even the UK only has EE, Voda, Three & O2 and the subsidiaries thereof. Not that any of them would stitch up anyone to increase their slice of the market...

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