* Posts by DanceMan

544 posts • joined 17 Aug 2009


One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Re: Standard political process

Just like the laws on speeding, set the speed limit lower than the speed of most traffic and leave the enforcement to the discretion of the plod.

If we don't like you we can always find something to charge you with.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


So Office 97 is the victor, Vector?

Upcoming report from UK's Huawei handler will blast firm for unresolved security issues


Re: For Those in Need of a Cyber Hot Lines, Try Tempestuous Post of Sheet Lightning Speed

I'm worried about my mind. I think I almost understood amanfromMars 1's post.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats


When my sisters and I escaped from our mother we rented the top floor of an old house in Vancouver. There were pigeons nesting in a triangular alcove of the roof beside a dormer. There was a giant pile of pigeon poop at the opening of this alcove. What animal shits where it rests? One result of this was a surfeit of those flies that fly around in random patterns inside the house.

Years later I was working on the opera The Cunning Little Vixen (an animal allegory) by Janacek in a Welsh Opera production that at one point featured several housewife chickens in housedresses and aprons leaning on brooms, smoking and cackling. Putting these together my image of pigeons ever since has been of avian rubbies with cigarettes dangling out of their mouths, walking around the sidewalks saying "Got any bread crumbs, bud?"

Data hackers are like toilet ninjas. This is not a clean crime, you know


Worst bathroom

Men's bathroom at an arena after a paint rave.

What's that you ask? A rave at which water based "paint" is sprayed at the audience. Picture them leaving at the end and trying to find a taxi that will take them.

Senior UK.gov ministers asked: So, are we going to ban Huawei or what?


Before you allow Huawei to dominate your country's 5G space, which will be all-encompassing, it is well to remember the Chinese surveillance state, hacking of foreign IP, suppression of freedom of expression, and bullying of anyone who gets on their bad books. Note the arrests of two Canadians, change to a death sentence to another, threats made to Canada directly by Chinese officials over the Meng arrest, and the links between Huawei and the PLA. They don't play by internationally accepted rules and before you put all the future 5G technology in those hands it's wise to keep that in mind. Jim Balsillie, ex RIM/Blackberry co-founder who might have a clue about security said as much on Canadian tv recently.

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible

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Keyboard layout

The keyboards that irritate me the most are the Acer/Asus (and even one T4xx Thinkpad I acquired) that split the left shift key into two keys and put the \ on the inside. Until you use a keymapping utility to restore order, every time you go to capitalize you get \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


"In short, it's a bad deal for everyone"

So just like Brexit itself then.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here


Re: the wifi hardware in Linux

In my recent experience installing Win 7 and Linux Mint in older Thinkpads, Windows is the OS that has a problem with wifi hardware. Not a problem in linux, several problems in Windows. There were issues years or a decade ago, but none for me recently in linux.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid


Re: You're doing it all wrong

We Canadians had Thanksgiving back in October. Leaves us more time for shopping when Black Friday comes around.

And we still have Boxing Day.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Re: the current Sumo basho

Can be seen on NHK World live streaming (search those words) at the appropriate times four times daily.

The daily highlights are about 20 minutes, followed by Sumopedia for about 5 minutes, which explains things for new people.

Watched today's at work on Pale Moon in Linux Mint Mate, on an old X61t Thinkpad. Very interesting basho this time.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?


My son sent me this link:


It details the data Amazon sucked out of these cities through this bidding process. Sheds yet another light on this travesty.

D.O.Eh: Here's the new privacy law Canada can't really enforce


Dudley Do-Right

That's Dudley Do-Right in the photo, right? And he's the enforcement arm? Put Nell on the case.

NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor


Hubble un-hobbled?

The post is required, and must contain letters, even if superfluous.

SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space


Re: Lack of Astonish!

@ Pen-y-gors

My 944's were daily drivers. Didn't need an everyday driver. They could also carry more than any sedan, except more than one passenger.

Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive


Wifi on Pentium M

I had Linux Mint Mate running with wifi on both Thinkpad T40 & T41 and Acer Travelmates, all of them Pentium M. Wireless cards had to be upgraded to wireless G to access the wireless at work, but they worked with both 2G (max) or 1G ram. No drivers had to be found to get wireless working.

Facebook flogs dead horse. By flog, we mean sues. And by horse, we mean BlackBerry

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IP freely

Subhead of the week.

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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"he wrote to head office to explain the cockup, apologise and name-check his knight"

This is what earns trust in the long term.

The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one


Swamp -- Alligators

Trump has put the alligators in charge of the swamp.

Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives


Re: are causing flash pricing to decline in a rate faster than in past quarters

We can hope. I notice some ssd prices declining on sale items.

The above user reports on hdd unreliability scares me. Thank you to the commenters for the detailed reports.

Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon


Re: deep underground eg in caverns?

Hollywood figured this out many decades ago, at least as early as Flash Gordon.

Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records

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"takes the safeguarding of personal health and financial information seriously"

No you obviously don't, you blatant liars.

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes


Re: real estate agents drop notepads off regularly

You live in Vancouver too?

Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: "a vast sea of deep political ignorance and apathy"

Upvoted for this.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out



Apparently the machina works as quickly as Catarella speaks Sicilian.

OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears


Hyper-treading works by allowing one CPU core

Tires have cpu's?

Mine's the one with the tread depth gauge in the pocket.

Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage


News reports have mentioned that no other countries separate children from parents, though a previous post has mentioned British examples.

In WW2 French children of Jewish families were separated prior to being sent to extermination camps. I've seen the testimony repeatedly in a supplementary item from the French mini-series "A French Village" that MHZ Worldview uses as filler after the Euro dramas that fall short of an hour without commercials.

Godwins hell. Any country that separates children from parents deserves the comparsion.

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design


Re: Why have AMD not developed a similar approach

AMD don't have the money, while MS has.

Crappy IoT on the high seas: Holes punched in hull of maritime security


Given how ship owners register in the the cheapest no-standards countries they can find, and use the cheapest labour they can, why should this surprise anyone.

FYI: Qualcomm hasn't given up on Arm-based Windows 10 slabtops


Re: But can it run Linux?

My question also.

This report could have mentioned ARM kernels for linux and whether this also requires window managers and apps coded for ARM.

'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors


Perhaps an insider can provide more accurate info, but I recall reading that this project was also pushed into implementation by the Harper government anxious to show cost savings on paper to meet their hallowed balanced budget.

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control


Re: Manual gearboxes often suffer from incompetent drivers

Tried to teach my son to double-clutch but he wasn`t interested. His second car is an automatic.

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


"What should we do if the printer is smoking?"

It's okay. It's old enough.

FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab


Corporate Welfare

Welfare is bad, except when it goes to corporations.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties


Does this mean that 2018 isn't the year of Windows 10 on the desktop?

Here's the list of Chinese kit facing extra US import tariffs: Hard disk drives, optic fiber, PCB making equipment, etc


Hard disk drives -- Canada

This could hurt Newegg. Presumably their volume buying would supply both US and Canadian operations. But now smaller Canadian competitors could have an advantage, even if their smaller volumes would not get the same quantity discounts.

Same principle might apply to other products and industries.

Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots


Re: Ready, Steady, Go ..... and Bon Voyage on Trips to Tale and Trail .... and Trial :-) *

I'll have what he's having.

Hacks Fifth Avenue: Crooks slurp bank cards from luxury chain Saks


Owned by Hudsons Bay Co.

When will these giant retailers realize they have to take security seriously and hire the necessary skilled staff?

As a Canadian, I'm embarrassed.

We're Putin our foot down! DHS, FBI blame Russia for ongoing infrastructure hacks


some text was in French

French was once the language of the Russian Imperial court. So there may well still be some connection with French in Russia.

Doctor finds physical changes to astronaut's eyes after ISS stint


Re: the extreme acceleration of interstellar flight

I've wondered why on Star Trek they occasionally show the crew rocked around a bit by a weapons hit or some space obstruction, bu they can accelerate to warp speed with no effect at all from the G-force.

Dolby sues Adobe for dodging license fees


Who's the pirate?

It's only piracy if some user doesn't pay?

Suspected drug dealer who refused to poo for 46 DAYS released... on bail

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Re: I can't believe!

Bravo, Mr Hack!

Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys


Russians respect strength

Russians have always liked strong leaders, going back to Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. This speech is probably as much to impress the Russian public in advance of the vote as much as it is the west.

I've thought for a long time that to deal with the Russians you have to initially slap them in the face. Once you have their attention (and have gained some respect) you can proceed to negotiate. Trump's toadying approach to Putin has and will fail.

Hey girl, move a little closer. 'Cause you're too gun shy. Hush, hush, bye says Pai


Pai has ethics?

Could have fooled me.

Trump buries H-1B visa applicants in paperwork


Re: Disney

Disney has history for being anti-labour that goes back at least 60 years.

You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death


Re: Lace Doily

lace doily?

ant-iMacassar Shirley......................

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump


Re: We don't need no education

"I have much more 'faith' in the individual people deciding for themselves what is best for their own lives."

Like they do in the northern territories of Pakistan where the madrassas have the children rocking back and forth while they memorize the Koran. Or in Bountiful in BC where they brainwash young women into "celestial marriage."

Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search


Re: that's what computers look like

No, computers have lots of coloured blinky lights. Anyone who grew up with the movies and tv of the fifties, sixties and seventies knows this.

I'll never understand why no one made a screensaver in that fashion.

FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast


Re: We learned, what?


Doesn't even need nukes. Norks have enough artilllery near the DMZ to hit Seoul and kill thousands. Whoever has been pushing the "bloody nose" proposal in the White House is thinking nonsense.

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs


Re: Create Follower Tab

Might I suggest Tab Mix Plus. I used to use it in FF and still do in Pale Moon. It gives you complete control over tabs. For years I have used it to open nearly everything I click on in a new tab.


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