* Posts by K.o.R

55 posts • joined 22 Aug 2009

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

K.o.R

Re: weighs 45 pounds

I actually quite enjoyed the new Thunderbirds, but I have to say the half-hour timeslot really hurt it. Everything was a bit to frantic to get the story completed.

I loved the way they made the ships believeable with little details like manouevring jets, warning labels, etc.

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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Re: "The real problem is that they need to identify things they can do well"

Curves and Colours, 80 lines, minimum spread, multicolour (Windows 98 version) was my favourite. The XP version had a rubbish selection of colours.

I'm sure these still exist on the net somewhere, but the whole screen saver concept isn't really a thing any more.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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@ecofeco

That's interesting, the biggest problem I have with all the sync apps is that you have to move everything into their one special folder rather than being able to grab any folder.

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Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

K.o.R
Trollface

Real people...

...don't need decent broadband.

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Meet VRfox: Mozilla's latest attempt at regaining browser share

K.o.R

Does it still grind to a halt after a day or so?

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

K.o.R

Re: True Command Lines

Use set prompt=%username%@%computername%:$P$S$$$S then.

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

K.o.R

Re: Sea of Japan takes another hit

Decline to be called the "East Sea"?

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

K.o.R

Re: weighs 45 pounds

The lightness of modern screens is incredible. I was able to lift and almost install a fifty-inch tv by myself; I only gave up and got help because I couldn't physically see around it to get it on its mounting arm.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

K.o.R
Boffin

> but from the bullet wounds.

XKCD reader?

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

K.o.R

You can also require 2FA to get into LastPass in the first place. So I keep my other TOTP in that authenticator instead.

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Microsoft delivers secure China-only cut of Windows 10

K.o.R

Well Microsoft Blue, er, Azure is already a thing so..

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: 2nd factor strong!

Twitter and Facebook's so-called 2FA is pointless as even if you set up an authenticator app, they still send the (interceptable) SMS code with no way to turn it off.

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Microsoft wants you to plan a new generation of legacy systems

K.o.R

> when serverless computing has shown us that operating systems aren't all they're cracked up to be

Please elaborate?

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Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

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Coat

Re: SHA1 still "useful" then?

> c) Vogon poetry is STILL the 2nd worst in the galaxy (I was compelled to make that reference)

The Azgoths of Kira will be deeply disappointed to know they have been bumped off the #2 spot.

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That guy using a Surface you keep seeing around town could be a spy

K.o.R

They've been NCIS-approved for ages.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

K.o.R

Of course this doesn't help on my phone, on which you can't manually set *anything*. And you can't download any potential fixes over mobile data...

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K.o.R

Huh, so that's what it was. DHCP would get everything from the router except a DNS server address.

Said screw it and set DNS manually.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Big Brother

I'm guessing it's trying to phone home for something and you have all the telemetry domains blocked in the firewall.

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Google IMAP losing old security protocols this month

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Boffin

So does this mean I will just have to change the option in Outlook 2016 from SSL to TLS (as it is on the SMTP side already), or is this going to break something?

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TP-Link abandons 'forgotten' router config domains

K.o.R

Wouldn't they be stored in the routers themselves to resolve to the router's IP address? Otherwise how would that work if you haven't set up your internet connection (you know, by configuring the router)?

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Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

K.o.R

I, apparently, am the only person in the world who seems to like Windows 10. Although thank you for the extra tips on turning off the telemetry.

Is this what it felt like back with Windows 8?

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K.o.R

Re: Has anyone looked into why....

Tried launching it from Run..., appeared in Task Manager. Closed it, it disappeared from Task Manager.

Opened it from the start menu, same thing. Closed it, same thing.

Doesn't seem particularly "stay-resident" to me.

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I want my EPG, say Windows Media Center users left in dire straits

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Thumb Up

This is probably one of the best pieces of news I've gotten.

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

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The latest round of cuts finally affects BBC News.

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

K.o.R

I believe RAW is to JPG as something like a CD track is to an MP3 - the unmodified data without any sort of compression algorithm. Just as you'd want to work on the original CD rather than an MP3 for making some processed audio, so too do people want the unprocessed data from the camera's imaging device to work with when producing a picture. So similar in concept to, but probably very distinct from, a BMP image.

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SpaceX: CATS with FRIKKIN' LASERS to blast off to space station

K.o.R

So, why are they specifically trying to land the first stage (which seems like an incredibly difficult proposition)? Couldn't they use parachutes (and possibly landing rockets) and floats to get it in the ocean intact and then go pick it up?

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

K.o.R
Trollface

I can almost hear the whalesong emanating from the post...

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BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

K.o.R

Re: Installers

"wait for the hurried chance to press [F12] again"

You need to change the boot program from startrom.com to startrom.n12 then.

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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

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Happy

Re: "Operated within the law"

Given that the alternative is "or death", I don't think you'd need that much of a campaign.

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Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story

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Thumb Up

Re: Hip?

Nah, definitely StarFox (StarWing here in the UK). Carried big pylons and obelisks around Corneria for some unknown reason.

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K.o.R
Paris Hilton

Re: 3 inch disc

I always think of it as: K is kind of a "square" letter and so it fits with the things that are square in appearance, i.e. hard disks and floppy disks (even though there is still a circular thing inside them, the bit you see is square/rectangular). Conversely, C is a "round" letter and so it fits with the things that are round in appearance, i.e. compact discs, digital versatile discs, blu-ray discs, etc.

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Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

K.o.R
Go

Re: Sometimes I wonder

The ticket gates do show you how much your journey cost you when you go through an exit barrier.

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Microsoft braces for Surface RT feedback storm

K.o.R
Pint

Re: maths dont add

In the four weeks after Windows 8 launched, of all devices sold with some form of the Windows OS on them, 58% of them were Windows 8. The rest were Windows 7, Windows XP, etc.

In the four weeks after Windows 7 launched, of all devices sold with some form of the Windows OS on them, 83% of them were Windows 7. The rest were Windows XP etc.

At least I think that's what they're getting at.

Beer, because we should know better than to try and maths on a Friday.

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SUN to GO OUT COMPLETELY: Here's how to watch online

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Go

Re: but it not on the 13th

Nope 13th in the UK, but it looks like it'll be 20:38 rather than 19:38.

I have a different live stream open (19:25 GMT at time of writing) and it has a countdown of about 1h 10 minutes displayed. Stay tuned!

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Sophos antivirus classifies its own update kit as malware

K.o.R
Joke

Re: did you do for steps six through nine?

Originally it was:

5. Wait. Time passes.

6. Wait. Time passes.

7. Wait. Time passes. You are in danger of being eaten by a Grue.

8. Wait. Time passes.

9 Wait. Time passes.

But then they realised they could compress this.

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Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds

K.o.R
Boffin

"since that requires putting your existing router into it's DMZ, which won't accept a 192.168.1.x address"

Can't you set your router to use a non-reserved address, such as 192.168.3.x, and have your internal network as say 192.168.4.x?

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Sid Meier's Civilization

K.o.R
Facepalm

A classic which I no longer possess.

My first PC came with this in the form of CivNET - basically the same game with the graphics tweaked a bit, no copy protection quiz, CD music, and the option for network (on Windows 95? Hah!) play. I foolishly gave it away with said PC.

I would (probably) give a small kingdom if someone put the CD tracks up for download (I seem to recall the English theme was a variation of Mouret's "Rondeau").

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

K.o.R
Coat

Does this mean...

...that Apple are going to stop being such Cox to their consumers now?

I'm going, I'm going.

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Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

K.o.R
Headmaster

letters and/or digits

No, because that's not his name.

It's "The Doctor".

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X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

K.o.R
Thumb Up

Not officially patched...

...only in unofficial updates. The bug did have a knock-on effect as it wasn't discovered until after TFTD was released. When developing TFTD, one of the common change requests was "X-COM is too easy," (because of the bug, but they didn't know that) so they made TFTD's LOWEST difficulty setting the equivalent of what was X-COM's HIGHEST difficulty and went UP from there.

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Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

K.o.R
Thumb Up

Great story, that.

And probably the most literal Deus ex Machina ever.

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Lara Croft returns in next-gen Tomb Raider title

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Coat

Square-Enix and fashion sense?

Having played Final Fantasy games, I can conclude these two items are most assuredly exclusive of one another.

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How to choose the right screen size

K.o.R

letters and/or digits

Not *strictly* true, there were a few CRTs made which did have HDMI inputs. What happened to the signal once inside the box was anyone's guess however.

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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

K.o.R
Boffin

eltiT eltiT

Right-click toolbar, "Customise..." The stop and reload buttons amalgamate into the address box if they are directly to its right. Drag them to the left and they become separate buttons again. A lot of the UI changes can be removed, it's just not very obvious that you *can*.

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K.o.R
Boffin

eltiT

Right click on the toolbar, "Tabs on top". Done!

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Crystal Acoustics PicoHD5.1

K.o.R

Frame rates...

So just setting it to output 60p won't work satisfactorily then?

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Mummy, mummy, there's a nuclear monster!

K.o.R
Boffin

eltiT

Indeed, and the "dai" part stands for "number" in this context. Imaginatively named, aren't they?

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South West Trains puts squeeze on commuters

K.o.R
Boffin

is required

All four carriages in a 450 are different (front and back might be the same) so you have different arrangements in each case (one has bike space, one has a first class section).

The carriages on a 444 are slightly longer (23m vs 20m) but a 12-car 450 is still longer overall.

They couldn't make the seats any bigger and encroach on the aisle because there wouldn't *be* an aisle (the width of the coach allows six "narrow" (450) seats, five "normal" (444) seats or four "wide (1st class) seats, one or two of which are missing to form the aisle in each case)

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London's Olympic clock claps out

K.o.R
Headmaster

If it's counting down the 500 days...

...then shouldn't it be reading "499 days xx:yy:zz" ?

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NASA's Glory climate-data sat crashes into Pacific on launch

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Pint

With apologies to Mister Adams...

"We demand solid facts!"

"No, you fool, that is precisely what we DON'T demand!"

"Alright... we don't demand solid facts. What we demand is a total ABSENCE of solid facts. We demand RIGIDLY defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!"

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