* Posts by TheRealRoland

557 posts • joined 29 Jul 2009

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

TheRealRoland

Date format history - somewhere?

A couple of weeks ago I watched an ancestry-type show. Documents written in England in the 1600s apparently used the mm/dd/yyyy format back then. But now almost all European countries are using dd/mm/yyyy in their day to day communications. So I guess that's where the US format came from... And got stuck, after "the rest of the world' adopted dd/mm/yyyy as the regular date format

(sure, pedants will find exceptions, already highlighted in previous posts. But in general, i'm saying).

Interesting. Probably off topic. Still interesting.

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BlackBerry Key2: Clickier, nippier, but how many people still want a QWERTY?

TheRealRoland

>If only it wasn't so incredibly expensive

Look into getting a KeyOne - it's still a good phone even though a newer one came out.

It's been working fine for me, having moved from a Passport, and wife from a Classic (or Q10, now i can't remember...)

Main reason for me dropping the Passport was that apps would no longer run in the older-Android-VM that the Passport was using. Not because it was a crap phone :-(

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TheRealRoland

I would love to have one, but i just got one year into my KeyOne.

Is it me or are these product iterations getting shorter and shorter? Built-in obsolescence becoming an issue?

Looks nice and shiny, though. And while the BB apps on Android are still not what BB10 used to be (how integrated everything was in BB10!), it has improved a bunch over the last year.

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Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

TheRealRoland
Meh

Re: Phone or camera?

You know, i kinda disagree. I live by this rule: The Best Camera is NOT the One You Have With You.

When i walk around, on hikes, through town, other places, i'm certainly not always carrying my DSLR with me. But i see stuff where i would say 'damn, that's the money shot',. And try to get as best a shot with the camera i have on me - mostly my phone. But that makes that whole experience even better: you see something worthy of capturing, you have less than optimal gear with you, so then if the result is better than you expected, even better!

I live nearby a municipal airport where sometimes military planes do flybys. I use my 500mm zoomlens and not my phone for that. Phone would be useless; but then when going for static shots of those planes on the ground - that zoom lens is completely useless. I'm happy I have my phone with me, and that my phone takes pretty good quality photos (or is it the guy behind the camera...)

So to focus (geddit?) on picture quality in a smartphone review - totally warranted.

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Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

TheRealRoland
Coat

Re: Pass the salt...

Perhaps one of those mushroom brushes, to brush off the dirt?

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

TheRealRoland
Coat

What's that sound?

Oh, must be the Royal Society of Putting Things on top of Other Things working overtime. In this case, stacking all the cash...

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

TheRealRoland

Re: Obama

>So what have the Onion ever done to upset you? Or did you actually mean the vegetable?

Both probably made him cry.

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

TheRealRoland

Re: "The particularly large circular size of the shock wave"

I saw what you did there...

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China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

TheRealRoland

Re: Oak heatshields

http://www.chinook-helicopter.com/history/aircraft/C_Models/74-22292/74-22292.html - Walnut grit.

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TheRealRoland
Unhappy

Counting Crows - Recovering the Satellites - nobody? Sigh.

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Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?

TheRealRoland

Re: Offensive content

>They just keep it hidden. Like good morons.

I like it. I had to read it twice to make sure i did not read what i wanted it to be. Can't imagine what the bad kind will do...

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OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

TheRealRoland
Stop

Re: Use the Trump solution

At the least the State of Illinois begs to differ. .177 pellet gun is allowed without any permit, but for a .22 pellet gun you definitely need to have a permit.

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AI racks up insane high scores after finding bug in ancient video game

TheRealRoland

Re: "Chrabaszcz"

Nicknamed "Scrabble" ?

Actually: Marc Rzepczynski's (MLB Pitcher) nickname...

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Gits club GitHub code tub with record-breaking 1.35Tbps DDoS drub

TheRealRoland

Still some stuff happening?

I see intermittent glitches on anything atlassian - JIRA, Confluence mainly; US East Coast, Central Time zone as well. It all seems stable, but even the main atlassian site itself was still down, a minute ago.

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Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty

TheRealRoland
WTF?

Guess i'm too late to preempt the commentards saying 'but it doesn't have an engine, so how could it damage the glider?' It would just 'slide off' or 'bump it out of the way'.

Idiots.

Put blinkenlights on them, dayglo orange mandatory colors. And. Don't. Fly. Near. An. Airport.

Follow. The. Frikkin. Rules.

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

TheRealRoland
Thumb Up

Re: @TheOldGuy "But when we arrested them, they said they had come for fishing and were tourists."

I was recently 'membered about Louis de Funès. Man, that was a trip down memory lane.

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

TheRealRoland
Coat

Re: Commas are important...

>Let's eat Grandma!

>Let's eat, Grandma!

"Calling Donner party of five?"

"Over here! Now four!"

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2018's first spacewalk bugged by software

TheRealRoland
Coat

>Rebooting the robotic arm cleared the problem, but that set back the astronauts by roughly an hour.

As with anything in space, even rebooting an arm just goes slower, right?

The one with the environmental controls on it, please.

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

TheRealRoland
Coat

Re: I hit the lamp shade

Ah, Bucks Fizz... When we were young.

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

TheRealRoland
Coat

Re: Success!

But what about the Women Tai?

Mine's the one with Mai Tais in all pockets.

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TheRealRoland

Apparently it was a person already member of the team for 10 years, and has been reassigned other duties, but has not been fired.

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

TheRealRoland
Thumb Down

Bought one a while back, returned it almost immediately

i hated the fact it was constantly phoning home, and using a lot of bandwidth. Not sure if it's still the case, but it was downloading the background images it's showing while it's not casting. that could only be changed using the Android app, and not by the integrated webpages, when accessing the Chromecast by webpage.

So then i blocked the outgoing traffic of the chromecast - and then it 'glitched' or 'hiccuped' every 20 seconds. Now i know why.

Never again.

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Open-source civil war: Olive branch offered in trademark spat... with live grenade attached

TheRealRoland
Coat

Re: "Freedom"

People's Front of Judea and Judean People's Front are watching this with interest.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

TheRealRoland
Flame

Re: God bless her...

> it's carrying the [teaspoon|bucket] up seven or eight decks from the bilge to dump overboard that takes the bulk of the time!

Just drill a hole in the hull nearby and use a hose to pump the water out? Shouldn't be that difficult.

Or use a commercial cargo ship.

Too soon?

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BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates

TheRealRoland

Re: old Android OS not as big a deal anymore

Uhm, the Android VM on the passport for instance is only 4.3, or perhaps 4.4 - a number of apps are refusing to start or even install because of this older version. so while the phone itself may still be working, i was being painted in a corner on what i could easily use.

I switched with heavy heart to the KeyOne / Android. At least i still have a keyboard :-(

But i will miss BB10/BBOS.

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

TheRealRoland
Coat

So, as long as the drones are coming in at the windshield of a plane, we're all good; i guess it's just a matter of pilot skills to weave towards the drone, making sure it hits the windshield, and not the engine.

Got it. (my coat, that is.)

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

TheRealRoland

>2620:fe::fe (the PCH public resolver)

FE FE?

CovFE FE ?

Hm...

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

TheRealRoland

Re: How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air?

No, even easier. Do not allow anything that can act as a computer on board anymore. And the US is moving towards that model, right? Because the batteries can explode. Or something.

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BlackBerry Motion lurches into UK stores

TheRealRoland

Switched to a KeyOne from a Passport last week. While i like the feel of the phone, Android still is just so not ready for business. Almost everything that was integrated in BB10 now needs an app. Resize photos before sending? need an app for that. Bedside Mode? need multiple settings plus an app for that. Stuff like that. Trying to make edits in a text or message? Need to enable some sort of weird virtual joypad that allows you to move the cursor through the text. Just use that scroll-paddy keyboard already!

Infuriating.

But, at least i still have my physical keyboard.

I know i won't switch over to a Motion. I need those keys.

So, yay - another Blackberry released. Here's to hoping more of the BB10 functionality gets built into the Blackberry apps.

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Shhh! There's a new BlackBerry and... no, we've said too much

TheRealRoland

I'll be switching over from a Passport to a KeyOne shortly; having just switched over another family member's Q10 to KeyOne.

All that went well - easy, no hiccups.

However, then getting the KeyOne to behave as much as possible to be a BB10 machine. Impossible. All these Android idiosyncrasies preventing a proper BB experience. Nothing is as integrated as using BB10 to communicate.

I do like that keyboard though. And the battery life.

I would have liked sticking with my Passport, but that only supports sideloading of apps that should still work on Android 4.3 - anything above that wont even work. So slowly but surely, the Passport is pushed into obsolescence.

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Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs

TheRealRoland
Terminator

DocWagon...

I, for one, will be welcoming my Super-Platinum DocWagon HTR team, to bail me out of yet another compromised run... Gotta find that mole, and quickly!

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

TheRealRoland

Re: This article is just....

That's some Stilton language used in this article.

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

TheRealRoland
Mushroom

Re: Autoplay

I say we take off and nuke the entire browser from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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DJI strips out code badness, reveals some GPL odds 'n sods

TheRealRoland

>A terrorists wet-dream, this.

>What are the positives that outweigh those negatives, then?

>>You do know that remote control model planes have been available for decades don't you?

Don't give Fox News in the UK the pleasure to rant about things, in order to generate some last gasps of faux outrage, please.

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

TheRealRoland

Huh... had to check my machine first

Don't think it's any different on an HP x360 Spectre. Same issues. Keyboard needs getting used to, difficult to pry open the closed laptop, the powerbutton in such a place where you press it while moving the laptop on a desk, and some delay on when pressing the button.

Weird. Badge Engineering happening on laptops?

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

TheRealRoland

Re: This was my grandfather's HDD.

Kalok, right? Both the name of the brand, and the sound they would make when it broke...

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

TheRealRoland
Coat

"Low Boom Flight Demonstration"

As Tim Nice-but-dim would say - 'seemed more like a thud to me. Or a bang.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0815x8KzSQ

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VMware prepping NSX-as-a-service running from the public cloud

TheRealRoland
Coat

And here I came to see if Zipcar would finally have an NSX to drive, as a service. Left disappointed, with my coat :-(

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

TheRealRoland

We use google docs for collaboration / ideation; then as soon as a document reaches a certain state, we take it up into an Office tool - Word, Excel, etc.

So many issues still with cross-platform calendars - invites initiated in Google Calendar being stripped from data - no integration of plugins to allow easy invite generation from meeting software, stuff like that.

Sure, enterprise-ready for perhaps the IT depts at large companies, but for the regular users that need stuff 'to simply work' - nightmare. I was glad after having used google stuff for 2 years to going back to O365

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

TheRealRoland

Re: Fly via Canada?

They discontinued that when the Space Shuttle was retired.

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Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

TheRealRoland
Happy

Re: Why filed under "bootnotes"?

>Why filed under "bootnotes"?

Fiat-35B...

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

TheRealRoland

You know another shitty part? If he's a Permanent Resident, this kinda crap even can get him expelled due to the rules on Permanent Residency in the US of A. So don't count out Malice at this point either.

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

TheRealRoland

I will be getting one on AT&T, and my wife on Verizon. No doubt about it. Physical Keyboard for the Win. Yeah, it'll be difficult, switching from BB10 to Android; but that keyboard. To me (personally, so don't flame because you think otherwise!) that is the saving grace.

Business phone, not an iPhone or a Samsung phone. Had a Note 2 - didnt like it, couldnt work with the keyboard. Now running on a Passport, and a BB10 Classic...

So yeah, bring it on.

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

TheRealRoland
Coat

Re: Correction!

Crunchy, with a slightly 'stingy' aftertaste left on the palate.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

TheRealRoland
Headmaster

Re: EFF Lawyers are EFF'n Stupid

>bare no relation

Damnit, those bears keep running away...

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TheRealRoland

Nurse! He got to the computer again!

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

TheRealRoland

Re: So all we need now...

Atari Lynx for the win! (warbirds...)

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TheRealRoland

it was on a couple weekends again on PBS / WTTW (US Public Broadcasting, Chicago's Window To The World) channel. Lots of what-ifs, but in the end, indeed the glider was able to get launched from one of the roofs from the castle, and landed a ways away in a meadow.

Pretty neat.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

TheRealRoland

Re: Stupid headphone adapter...

yeah- another reason why i still carry my keyboard kindle, ipod classic and my phone with me; another bonus: phone battery not dead when i get off the plane.

Sure, the more modern planes have outlets built into the seats by now, but guess what? After strapping in, surrounding yourself with cables of all sorts, there's that person that constantly has to go to the restroom, needs something from the bag in the bin, etc. And no, you can't always get that window seat.

No thanks :-)

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Calling all Droids: BlackBerry’s giving away the Hub

TheRealRoland
Happy

Ha! Inception here we come!

Install it on my Blackberry Passport, so that it's running inside the Android VM? That would be cool :-)

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