* Posts by abubasim

64 posts • joined 22 Sep 2009


AT&T (sucks) upgrades folks to 5G (Evolution) that isn't actually 5G


Aim gun at foot, squeeze trigger

If people believe they already have 5G on their phones, why upgrade to genuine 5G models? Those technically inclined, who haven't switched to less dishonest operators, will be the only ones upgrading their phones. AT&T better keep a bleak outlook on their sales expectations.

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies


Re: The BBC's version of this story

5.25" and 8" were floppy but you were not supposed to bend them.

If the A/C broke down in the server room you would not take an 8" floppy to fan yourself with.


Legacy System = Shoes Worn Until Comfortable

The advantages with a legacy system that has been in use for decades are that you are less likely to bump into bugs you haven't discovered years ago and know how to circumvent, and that there's no need for frequent updates to patch for security defects. And I doubt there are any crooks out there writing ransomware for System/1....

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires


Re: Unlimited is limited?

What does an ISP's greed have to do with the law of physics?

No, my ISP does not have a cap. Maybe it's because this market (I'm an expat living in Oman) is very young, but at least for now, their definition of 'unlimited' is true to the word.


Unlimited is limited?

"Under this plan, users get an unlimited amount of data but speeds are reduced when they exceed their allotment until the next billing cycle," Verizon's statement reads."

If there is an allotment then it is not unlimited. That is at least how it works where I live (not USA).

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


"although most owners would gladly sacrifice a couple of millimetres for a longer lasting battery"

Maybe that applies to the smaller model. On my 8 Plus, battery life is one of the few things I _don't_ have complaints about.

They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today


Re: GMail

You will need your GMail passwords once you replace the phone and the tablet - or need to do a factory reset.

"No body"? Reminds me of the joke about the boy born without a body who's complaining that the only gifts he receive are hats.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name



That would go well with their Critical Update Notification Tool from Windows 98.

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit


The Seller's Consumer Law?

"Apple had also argued that the plaintiffs could not seek an injunction against what they allege is false advertising, saying the group could not prove imminent harm."

Is that how American consumer law works, that Apple is free to lie in a product's advertisement as long as no one gets hurt?

Slicker servers, heaving racks, NVMe invasion: It's been a big week in serverland


Kind of slim on internal storage?

"...and 3.84GB of internal storage from two SATA disk drives or SSDs"

That's all? 3.84GB?

Google gives its $1m Turing prize to, er, top Google bods: RISC men Hennessy, Patterson


Re: Silicon valley view of the world

John Cocke of IBM was awarded the Turning Award in 1987: https://amturing.acm.org/award_winners/cocke_2083115.cfm

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax


Re: 80 hours

Maybe enough to pay for the wall?

Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview


Already Past Beta?

"The firewall might not work. It can corrupt data."

So Microsoft's production quality then.

IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

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Quick and Dirty

The monospaced fonts are poorly hinted - look like crap if you use them with your favourite terminal emulator.

Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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All Apps Good?

I don't understand why almost every app in the Play store have at least four stars.

Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe


Public Beta Testers

This is what we have early adopters for.

HP denies rumours Elite x3 is for the axe, admits coveting neighbour's OS


Re: Multi-OS

Probably no chance of that for my Microsoft Lumia 950 XL...

Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes



Combine these two from separate posters and you have the solution:

- "Beginning to think it's more of an issue to go after intelligent, even sentient species for food and/or sport."

- "Unfortunately as a species we're not very good at population growth control..."

Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor


"connecting their PS/2 desktops to the company 3270 mainframe"

3270 was not the mainframe type. This is the terminal type. The mainframe was probably from IBM's System/370 range, not necessarily with an IBM logo. The company I worked for in those days upgraded from a 4381 to a Hitachi machine, and as it was a Japanese box, it was nicknamed the rice boiler.

Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver


Corporate Image

"Toxic trash taxi biz"... Must give them a warm fuzzy feeling hearing themselves being described as such...

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout


A company called Analtech selling 'bulk absorbents'. Pampers?

Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs


Re: "SmartTV's are fine, as long as you do not give them access to a network"

Hurry up and take advantage of the sale at Amazon.com: was $63.87 but now $63.85!

QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones


Re: No need to panic... But PANIC FEELS BETTER

With 'this incident', are you referring to your toe stubbing experience or the article?

Second celebgate hacker pleads guilty to phishing


Federal Prison...


UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft


Re: Interesting omission

He must have been a Muslim because he was not white, he killed a white person, and he had a foreign-sounding name?

FreeBSD 10.3 lands


Re: Compatibility Layer

Joking aside, that would be ironic, considering that Lennart Poettering, the author of systemd, is encouraging Linux developers to disregard compatibility with other platforms such as the BSDs.

Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet


Re: Question

The '1>&-' syntax is not redirection. This closes the specified file handle (stdout).

Samsung is now shipping a 15TB whopper of an SSD. Farewell, spinning rust



Plugged in to your PC using iSCSI over 1Gbps LAN....

Turkish carder scores record 332-year jail term


Spending the rest of your life in a Turkish prison: a fate worse than death?

Oracle ordered to admit on its website that it lost the plot on Java security


Re: To fix this problem...

Software developers know about the poor backward compatibility of Java versions so they often not only specify a minimum version but fix the Java requirement to a specific version.

I have a customer with a SAN storage connected to SAN switches which in turn is connected to an FC-IP router for connectivity to another site for replication. The SAN storage, SAN switches and FC-IP router each have a web GUI with its own requirement for the Java runtime. The worst is the FC-IP converter which only accepts one specific version.

They recently got new Brocade SAN switches installed which of course require their own version of Java.

The solution is to pick the most important device for the web GUI and use the CLI for the other boxes.

May the fuel tank on Larry's yacht always be filled with sugar.

Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system


Heartless B*stards

They refused to take down a torrent sharing autopsy photos of two murdered children. The request came from the father of the children. Here is more on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirate_Bay#Autopsy_photos

Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers


Re: re. "a mass streamlining ....etc"

Maybe the workers got a case of the Mondays?

Cash-hungry Google chief upgrades advertising veeps


Re: Article pic...

...with the always excellent Richard E Grant.

Choke on it! Brit police squeeze pirate site advertising money trail


Just a comment on the chosen picture for this story: it's Richard E Grant in How to Get Ahead in Advertising from 1989. I will be watching this film tonight.

James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim



Long live the new flesh!

One of my favourite Chronenberg films.

(Sorry for posting out of topic.)

Chinese bloke escapes execution for Forbidden City nude photo shoot


Re: Disgusting!

Head, knees and toes - what about shoulders?

Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS


PC battery? You mean the coin battery backing up the CMOS? Or do you consider the desktop PC dead now and PC means laptop?

REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac


No audio input apart from the built-in mic?

The headphone jack on the backside accepts Apple's iPhone/iPod headphones which has a built-in microphone. Another option is pairing a Bluetooth headset.

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET



What if I told you they asked a small child to hold up that back cover to make it look bigger? It's going to be yet another 4" model from Apple for 2014.

El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more


WIndows 200 on wife's computer? She told you that?

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling


Re: Region Locked!

Google Translate mangled the phone list. The Galaxy S2 is not included and neither is the original Note but Note 2 is.


Region Locked!

Fresh news that Samsung will be region-locking the Note 3. This does also include the Galaxy Note, S2, S3, S4 and S4 mini produced at the end of July 2013 or later. For more info see http://allaboutsamsung.de/2013/09/samsung-gibt-statement-galaxy-note-3-galaxy-s-4-und-co-ab-sofort-mit-regionaler-sim-karten-sperre/ (In German.)

'Nothing will convince a kid that's never worn glasses to wear them'

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Re: Glasses.

With all the electronics hidden in the accompanying top hat.

Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year


Re: @JDX

Does B&O intentionally make their equipment difficult to service by gluing the case shut?

I have the late 2009 21.5" iMac. This model has it's display cover fixed with magnets so no need for a heat gun to open it, and considering this I will not be 'upgrading' to a new iMac.

Customers dumping Samsung phones in wake of Apple suit


Other Side!

Only a fanboi would suggest that the court judgement was biased...

Sharp cuts exFAT deal with Microsoft for Android mobes



You didn't list Samsung as a lIcensee of ExFAT. The Galaxy S3 is at the moment the only Android phone on the market with support for this 'filing system'.

Indonesia in pre-Ramadan web porn blitz


Re: Out of curiosity ...

The correct answer is yes, but not during daytime when you're supposed to fast. Food and sex is not allowed from sunrise to sunset.


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