* Posts by DJV

715 posts • joined 4 Aug 2009

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Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

DJV

Re: Friendster

Yeah, I'm really worried about my FriendFace one as well.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

DJV

Small/far away

Obligatory Father Ted:

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

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Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

DJV

They tried this a couple of times but found they couldn't find ladders long enough to get right up to the cloud, and the machines had a habit of falling down if they merely glued them to the ceiling.

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

DJV

@Lee D

Exactly, very well put.

And, it should be added that, absolutely NO program should pop itself to the front and take focus away from whatever the user is currently doing! Over the years I've lost count of the number of times something running in another window has popped itself to the front at the most inconvenient point, whereupon I've accidentally clicked on a button or pressed a key that has caused that program to do something I hadn't intended.

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

DJV
Trollface

"Neither, we were told, does it read road signs"

Ooh, first set of roadworks on an established route is going to fun (though not for the guy down the hole who suddenly experiences the pleasure of an AI van landing on his head).

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JavaScript spec gets strung out on padding

DJV

I look forward to using this in...

...2027 - when MS finally get around to implementing it years after everyone else (as per bloody normal).

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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

DJV
Happy

Re: guffaw

Admit it - you work for Engrish, don't you!

www.engrish.com

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

DJV

save the baby/most people

Well, as long as they save the cheerleader - any alternative might be truly disastrous!

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

DJV

Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

DJV

Good

Hopefully, they'll reject his bid altogether. We need LESS of Murdoch's vile influence, not more.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

DJV
Happy

Not only Win XP...

Those blue screens with white window borders and text look rather too much like AmigaDOS 1.3!

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ICO fines 'Wolf of Wall Street' electrical survey biz for nuisance calls

DJV
Mushroom

Unwanted scum calls

Another bunch of lying, pestering cunts who have no respect for people's privacy or the TPS list. The directors of these companies should be heavily fined in addition to the companies themselves.

I registered with the TPS years ago and report as many of the unwanted calls I get as I can, even the scum that withhold their numbers.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

DJV

Re: @45RPM

Reminds me of "I saw you coming": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgysRim_zT4

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

DJV

Cameras

I remember seeing a TV programme (probably an edition of the Sky at Night) where Patrick Moore and others were viewing an eclipse from a plane. He had a great few moments shouting "Turn off your flashes" to all the idiots onboard!

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

DJV
Joke

"'career' PE teacher"

Yeah, only good for a quick somersault over a Skovox Blitzer and then get run over crossing the road a few days later.. lightweights!

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

DJV
Facepalm

That's Surface crossed off my Christmas list, then!

Well, it would have been crossed off had I been stupid enough to put it on there in the first place. I'll stick with upgradeable PCs and a cheap lappy when I need to be portable, thank you very much!

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

DJV

Re: CRTs

Back in the 1970s I was an apprentice TV engineer for Rediffusion. Once, I forget to connect up the wires to the vertical scan coils after fitting a new B/W CRT. So, upon turning the set on it took less than a couple of seconds to burn a permanent horizontal line across the brand new phosphor! Somewhat chastened, I had to remove the newly buggered CRT and fit yet another one. At least I only did it once!

Health & Safety people please look away now! One of the other engineers there told me a story of when he was an apprentice (probably back in the 60s). One day, not long after he'd started, someone announced that it was time to break up some old CRTs. Everyone grabbed a CRT and he did likewise, following them outside where they lined up facing a brick wall. All the others started swinging the tubes to chuck at the wall and, on a count of three, they all let go. Of course, they'd deliberately omitted to tell him to run like the clappers in the opposite direction as soon as he let go! When those buggers implode they do tend to shower glass everywhere! Obviously, he survived to tell the tale!

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Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

DJV

Re: Time for Y2.1K

Is it too early to start worrying about the Y10K problem?

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If you haven't already obliterated your Jaff-infected comp, there is an antidote available

DJV

Re: Don't trust email.

Absolutely!

In my case, I use MailWasher as one of several lines of defence.

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DJV

"overshadowed by the WannaCrypt outbreak"

Blimey, I'd say - this article is the first I've heard of Jaff!

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

DJV

@Circadian

"Privacy should be the default situation, not something you have to fight to try to retain."

Abso-bloody-utely! But try telling that to Theresa fucking May with her Snoopers Charter bollocks!

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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer

DJV
Facepalm

@Pompous Git

Obviously, your superpower is: Impervious to Puns!

"can't elope" - You'll get there if you try...

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WannaCrypt: Pwnage is a fact of life but cleanup could and should be way easier

DJV

Apparently, "Seeral" is not an operating system - it's a typo...

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Health data 'vault' app floats into UK.gov's G-Cloud. *cough* GDPR *cough*

DJV
Meh

Hmmm

Sounds like Flying Binary want to be the Microsoft of the medical world.

I get a nagging "Too many eggs, only one basket" type of feeling about this.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

DJV

Re: "You can even physically see how the music is happening."

Back in the 1970s, I almost convinced a work colleague that, if you looked very closely into a vinyl's grooves, you could see the lyrics that were being sung.

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Google's PHP API client has XSS vulnerability

DJV

Beta?

Google's software knows of no other state!

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Avast blocks the entire internet – again

DJV

Yeah, me too

Its payload was a message saying "Something wonderful has happened Your AMIGA is alive!!!"

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It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)

DJV

Nothing new there, then!

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

DJV

Bloody thing failed to install on my Vic-20 - came up with an out-of-cheese error.

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RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

DJV

RIP a great Wizard

Ah, will have to go and read Where Wizards Stay Up Late again...

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Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality

DJV

?

"net neutrality rules are extremely popular with internet users (ie, Americans)"

Then what the hell have the rest of us non-Americans been using for years if it wasn't the internet?

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Finally a reason not to bother with IPv6: Uh, security concerns...?

DJV
Meh

Given the speed...

Given the speed at which Virgin Media are rolling out IPv6 (i.e. currently not at all) I probably haven't got to worry about this for several years yet... sigh...

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Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

DJV

@LeeE

Agree, but you spelt his name wrong - it should be "Denial" ;)

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People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

DJV
Joke

Can you recharge an Apple watch without taking it off?

Dunno. Maybe one electrode in the mouth and another where the sun don't shine might do the trick...

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Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

DJV
Unhappy

Re: Keep shuffling those deckchairs...

Totally agree.

At the moment I use both Firefox and Pale Moon but, as Mozilla have deprecated XUL, this means that essential (for me) add-ons such as Classic Theme Restorer, which restore a bit of sanity to the total abortion that is the Australis theme, will no longer work. At that point XUL dies, Pale Moon is likely to become my main browser and Firefox will be relegated to "IE" status - i.e. installed but used only when something doesn't work in Pale Moon.

Unfortunately, Mozilla have become every bit as "good" at listening to their users as Microsoft. Sigh...

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

DJV

“There are so many possible ways this object could be moving”

Are the macarena, the twist and dad dancing possible options?

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

DJV

"It's called prejudice."

Nah, it's called experience...

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

DJV

Re: £1,000 fine

"senior barristers can struggle to push through £100k a year"

My heart bleeds...

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

DJV

OneDrive

I tried it for a short while. It failed several times so now the only thing I do with OneDrive on any machine, is to remove or disable it.

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This ONE easy cloud trick is in DANGER. Why?

DJV
Facepalm

"attempt at humor"

Which part of the "Joke Alert" icon next to my post did you fail to see?

Sigh...

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DJV
Joke

Maybe...

Maybe a quicker alternative would be to turn off the system you want to move to the cloud and see who (or what) complains!

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

DJV
Thumb Up

Magic words!

I see the spec includes the magic words: REMOVABLE BATTERY

Excellent!

Just got my 5MX out to compare the keyboards - they look almost identical.

WANT!

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

DJV
Joke

"Disagrees: The body text disagrees with the headline."

Muchof El Reg's news content for February 14th 2017 declared fake as the body text didn't mention roses or violets.

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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

DJV

Planets

"In the 1990s, it was commonplace for the single IT guy to name their servers after planets"

Damn, found out at last!

Well, almost - my WiFi is called Saturn, and many of my servers and computers have named after moons such as Ganymede, Europa, Callisto, Titan (a very big box!) Mimas, Dione, Hyperion, Prometheus, Daphnis, Kari, Pandora, Pallene, Tethys and Enceladus!

Before that some early ones were called Ermintrude (it was a Gateway!) and Zebedee.

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Eee by gum! Aye up, Microsoft, what's tha y' got? Cloud for accents?

DJV

Excellent!

Mash up of the week!

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Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

DJV

Re: Early hard drives oftn had this kinfd of fault

Yep, I used to have to do that with my first ever HDD in my Amiga 2000 - the 80MB slab that had originally far too much out of a grand!

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Time Warner Cable, you've 'earned your miserable reputation' – NY Attorney General

DJV

@ecofeco

Maybe the cotton strung between the baked bean cans is in dire need of upgrading to string.

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

DJV

Re: Clacks

Several of mine as well.

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Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

DJV

I didn't have a problem with Lloyds...

...but that was mainly because my ISP, Virgin Media, had completely fucked up internet access in my local area for several hours and I could get access to anything!

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

DJV

Re: It disappeared...

That reminds me of a story I heard when working with Burroughs/Unisys equipment back in the late 1980s. A customer who had bought a second-hand Burroughs/Unisys B28 system. These came as modular pieces of kit that were clipped together - common modules were CPU, hard disk only and combined hard/floppy. Customer had phoned support because she couldn't get the 5.25" floppy to read after inserting it. Apparently, it was only when the support person asked about whether she'd flipped the floppy drive door shut that it turned out that she couldn't find anything resembling the door catch. It finally dawned on support that she'd been sold a CPU module plus a hard drive only module (no floppy module at all) and had just been slipping the floppy disk in between the CPU and hard drive modules.

There's a pic here of a B28 system (this one DOES include a combined hard/floppy module): https://www.reddit.com/r/retrobattlestations/comments/4wmksf/my_burroughs_b28_aka_convergent_technologies_ngen/

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