* Posts by TRT

5080 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: BREAK

I seem to recall having a IIci that had two buttons on the front. There was a reset/reboot and a button that very, very occasionally let you type a command that could get you back to the finder, but it rarely worked. I wasn't an ADC member way, way back then. But the bent paperclip WAS an essential part of my tool kit.

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Re: BREAK

I seem to recall Macintosh had a "programmer's" button.

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Re: Requiring two or three keys in combination

Sod that. You want a rotating key switch to arm the interrupt button which is concealed below a flip up cover.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: Not unless you consider it a good use of the "big back end system"

"...and appropriately in such a way that it can be swapped out without the adjacent layers noticing if and when it becomes necessary."

I would not consider the sorts of applications that make use of esoteric IE6 functionality or rely on deprecated UI interfaces in the host OS as fulfilling that criterion either. I merely offered the sort of very simple, very-thin client, text-based interfaces that some businesses rely on and have done for many, many years as an example of making something that has a long operational life and that requires very little done to it, if anything, when the other end, the client bit, needs to change. Changing something in one place is, usually, far easier and cheaper than having to change it in ten thousand places. As many of these "web form" type applications are feeding information back to a central repository, having excessive complexity at both ends makes things much worse.

Having said all of that, if javascript and HTML5 were to be banned or superseded without any legacy support tomorrow, everyone, including myself and my web pages and web apps, would be royally f***ed. At least I could implement a replacement without having to go and install a software package at each end point, though.

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Re: Entirely unrelated to reduced funding by central government…

The digital photo booths, fingerprint scanners, cell monitoring systems, interfaces to in-vehicle data systems, evidence barcoding systems etc etc. There's a lot of embedded technology in things nowadays. I'm actually shocked, though, by how much of the "must have legacy systems" are actually an on-the screen form drawn in some visual basic like interface designer that relies on IE6 foibles to work. I always get a little buzz when I see something like in a shop where they tab through a VT-100 style interface and get an immediate response from some big back end system. No reliance on any real local processing, no reliance on Windows or Microsoft libraries for the actual leg work... I mean, it's how it should be, right? It's going to keep working forever, practically. It could work with a VT-100 CRT display and an ethernet card, or with a VT-100 emulator on Windows XP, or on a Windows 7 , or Win 10 or a VT-100 emulator on a Raspberry Pi stuck under the counter. It just keeps going because you're asking so little of it.

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There's a bank in Manchester

Did they cooperate?

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Does the K8 come with added front bumpers?

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Re: Hang on... automated AI vehicles?

We already have the 'net connected smartphone wristwatch.

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Hang on... automated AI vehicles?

Knightscope Industries?

The K177 autonomous vehicle?

What's next? The Knightscope Industries Two Thousand? The Knightscope Automated Roving Robot?

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

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Paris Hilton

Tight black hole

that sucks everything in? In fact two holes close together. See icon.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Re: I call BS to any detractor of this people's choice!!

CCleaner removes threats? Really? Are people getting it confused with some sort of malware protection?

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Re: Ruisert

I've always found the registry cleaner to work well. Its value is limited nowadays, but on a 32-bit machine with 2-4Gb of memory and several programs running, risking the HIVE files getting too big to fit into actual RAM and becoming paged to disk instead... well, CCleaner's registry tool would prune 100s of K off the file, the machine still worked, and the reported things being removed were mostly left over broken links to .NET files orphaned by upgrades. If a machine had been sitting there updating for years, with software going on and coming off, then the reported issues from that tool could easily run into the thousands. I always used to rerun it until I got two consecutive "no problems", because keys referred to keys, which referred to keys, which referred to nothing.

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Re: I'm an idiot

Oh! It's a person. I thought it was a cool name for a team in a well known IT outfit. *red face*

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Re: Hopefully el-reg readers are aware of...

It is also a far more comprehensive uninstaller and startup tweaker than you get in the OS, as well as the disk space utilisation tool being quite handy sometimes. Not had a problem with it myself, ever. However learning that it's now owned by Avast, I'm less than happy to continue using it.

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Was there a reason...

they specified 32 bit Windows in their response? Where exactly did the vulnerability lie? What systems might be affected?

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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

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Re: Simply a misunderstanding

Maybe he was just going back to his roots as a Caramoja tribesman?

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Re: Ummm - I fell...

Like that time on the pornch killer.

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Re: Angle grinder?

If he'd have gone straight to the snatch instead, he'd not have found himself in this situation.

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Re: a “vibrating” saw

I feel sick.

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If he was visiting the A&E department...

did he have to suffer a long weight?

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Selfish Bastards

The best thing about noise cancelling headphones is not being able to hear the other half saying "How much?!"

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Re: It's like a second sense for me...

I find it actually IS the second sense for me. It's also _like_ a sixth sense. Sorry for not being clearer.

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Whilst I've toyed with the idea...

of using noise cancelling headphones because they moved me to a shared office and I'm just about on some spectrum or other (probably the spectrum of being a perfectly normal human being) enough to find it impossible to work when there are people reeling off lists of numbers or talking loudly and having meetings under 6 feet away; it is enough of a disturbance to entirely wipe out that internal voice that reads out code and plans subroutines and holds function names and parameter lists in temporary workspace after looking up the definition in another file because the documentation (my fault) isn't yet extended to include the new parameter.

The problem is that the silence that falls is NOT a natural silence. I'm freaked out enough that my map of my personal space and environment is multi-modal - I like to hear my keyboard clicks bouncing back off the walls in a rather predictable pattern of reverberation. I can tell if someone stands behind me because they cast a shadow in the sounds I'm making as I type. I find it VERY disturbing to wear headphones. Can't do it on the street when I'm walking about. Can't understand why cyclists seem to wear headphones. Can't do it if I'm sat at a cafe waiting for someone. My hearing is like a sixth sense for me.

So I don't want to wear headphones, let alone noise cancelling ones.

So I've taken to staying late after work until the rest of the people have gone home if I have coding to do. Photoshop work is fine. Typing shitty invoices up, letters, instruction manuals (but not code documentation), posting on El Reg... I can do that with background noise - just - and it's fine. It's just coding, proof reading and statistical analysis - can't do that with other people talking near me. Can't do it with headphones on as I start getting paranoid about people standing over me.

TL;DR. Open plan offices suck balls.

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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Re: Once More, With Eeling

And Darwin.

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Can I be the first to say...

Eels, eels, eels, eels give it up now?

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: nothing impressive about Drupal

Oh, I don't know. Some clusterf*cks can be incredibly impressive.

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Sorry, they were Vogans. Vegans were also a race of mining creatures, but they were in The Monster of Peladon, which was nothing to do with Cybermen.

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The Doctor is a Gallifreyan, not a Vegan. He did defend the Vegans against a cyberman attack once, though.

EDIT.

He? Sorry. It. Got to get it right now they've changed it all. Like how to pronounce Ickier.

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Re: AC

Ethical treatment. Ethical. Who's ethics?

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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I suggest an immediate...

research programme to study research programmes. Yes, my bright idea is to research ideas, how we get them, how many we have, what we do with them.

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Re: . If everyone understood each other it would improve not only...

“Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.”

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Re: Animated poo is one of the last things any sane person would ever want to see!

Howdy-ho, everyone!

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Re: Iphone owners are in the know

That tingling sensation... that's using a third party USB charger which isn't properly mains isolated.

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Scientists, free software bods still worried about EU copyright proposals

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Re: And it will work over HTTPS...

Mmmm.... Pie!

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Re: And it will work over HTTPS...

HTTPS? You still reckon that they'll have encryption by the time May et al. have had their way?

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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Re: "Click on all pictures of storefronts."

"Targeting system now locked... firing..."

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Hmm...

Update complete...

Power on...

Huh?...

"Repairs to this aircraft have been made using non-Lockheed Martin components. Please contact an authorised service centre."

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: PC fail

I did a stint in A&E for a while. We had a few. My favourite is...

"I was cleaning the bathroom using limescale remover and a bleach spray, and I'd taken all my clothes off so I didn't ruin them. I started getting dizzy so I sat down on the nearest thing, which happened to be a crate which was part full of cucumbers; I work at Covent Garden Market. Anyway the top of the crate broke and I fell right in, and..."

Then of course, hats off to the guy who came straight out and said from the off that the curtain ring currently generating something that looked surprisingly like an aubergine in the guy's lap was put on there deliberately in a crazy act of foolish sexual experimentation and that's the truth, no funny story to laugh at, so just get on with getting the fucking thing off there NOW! Please! PLEASE!

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CDs in 5.25" drives

And 3.5" disks in Zip drives...

Gah!

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Does that mean they get better cartridge life in earthquake zones?

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Thinks back to student days... medical students...

There's the one about the prostitute who had a kidney removed but they sewed up the wrong hole, and now she's making money on the side.

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

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Re: Equifax?

Wasn't that Channel 4's version of BBC1's Tomorrow's World & BBC2's Horizon combined?

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Top tip, hacker newbs: Don't use the same Skype ID for IoT bot herding and job ads

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Re: Parents maybe not doing their job?

TBH I'd almost be glad if it were my boy. I tried so hard to get him to do something technical, you know. He said he liked computers and building stuff and technology and robots... enrolled in the local free college when he left school for a BTec in computing and robotic sciences with a side order of A levels in business studies, computing and technical design (or was that some other qualification?) Spent a fortune on books and tools and components for the course.

Anyway, he was there 8 months, did f*** all except play with Lego Mndstorms, then declared he wanted to switch to the hospitality course and become a trolley dolly, He was too far gone to switch and ended up flogging bacon rolls for a rail company.

Such a disappointment.

My daughter, on the other hand, did a degree in psychology but has now totally pwnd the systems of a major credit card company, and they pay her for it too.

Go figure!

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Re: eyes as brains ...

The "lower" the organism the more feature detection is done earlier on in the visual system.

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Re: "scalpel-fodder" ?

Yes. Yes they do.

Really tiny little knives on the ends of thin needles, which are themselves on the ends of micro-manipulator arms capable of movements measured in nanometers. They can slice a fruit fly up into slices less than a cell thick.

The technology was actually developed by the pre-packed delicatessen team at Tesco.

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

I'm more worried about these "time flies" that you are on about. Sounds like something I saw in Dr Who once.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Re: are about 15 or so usable colours

Should get on fine with Metro UI then.

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Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

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Re: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

I'm not sure it appreciates the emotion of being a fool.

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Re: Stormtrooper Helmets

Is that some sort of a cocktail?

Maybe it's just a shot of whisky.

And then you can ask it "Are you a little short for a stormtrooper?"

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