* Posts by gotes

229 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009


Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner


Salt? We were lucky to get a wrap of sand to season our crisps with.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine


Re: OK, then...

Maybe throw in a "Micro$haft" as well.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab


Push volume button to mute

It's fairly normal on vehicle audio systems, aka the "car radio".

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat


I've done this a couple of times, though not to full combustion. A whole lotta smoke in the house though!


I would expect any kind of keyless entry not to involve keys.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman



Nonsense. People love to look at wrecked up shit, myself included. Though whilst on the road my focus is most definitely on keeping the traffic moving. If I really want to see it I'm sure there will be a load of portrait videos shot by gawpers posted to YouTube or passed to a local news website (you know, the one with all the trashy ads).

Do you think people watch things like "Top 10 most epic fails" out of concern for a family member?

It's been going on for centuries...


Re: Hunting season

I'll definitely be checking out that Defcon talk; it starts with "God this talk was fun to make" so hopefully I won't be disappointed.

By the way, "neighbours" is spelt "neighbors" in the title of this talk. You probably just typed it out from memory, so I'll forgive you. I'm British, but generally accepting of American spelling, except perhaps for "Aluminum" - I'm willing to write "sulfur" but y'all had better include that extra i in Aluminium.

No teacher icon as that's for professional Grammar Nazis, though I will think less of anyone who writes "your" when they mean "you're".

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge


Re: Latest advice

Or "call the police"

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges


Re: Throw the book at him

Yes, true. In the UK we had the case of Jean Charles de Menezes, I don't think any police officers were charged in that case either.


Throw the book at him

.. use a hardcover and aim for the face.

I see a lot of people discussing US gun laws and trigger happy police officers, but nobody is condemning this piece of shit who has called in 46 bomb hoaxes and (indirectly) got an innocent man killed due to his childish actions.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin


Re: Possibility of being prosecuted for false advertising ?

This is not BBC HYS.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME


What surprises me is that somewhere there's an installation of Windows ME that "works".

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


Yes, I have several sort-of-working USB cables which I keep just in case I need a USB plug for something.


Re: Bin it all.

But then you'll spend the next few weeks trying to source it all on eBay as inevitably you'll have a need for the stuff you just chucked away. Did you even read the article?

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


I was wondering if this "Focus assist" feature would stop message boxes stealing focus while you're in the middle of typing a document/command line/password (the worst!). Probably not.

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files


Re: Man...

head crash

Where do you get your drives from, the 1980s?

I'm not saying there's no risk, and that people should be blasé about it, but modern hard drives can take a few knocks with no ill effect.

British fixed broadband is cheap … and, er, fairly nasty – global survey


Nonsense. In many remote areas there's only one choice - Openreach. No fibre service available, and spending more on a better ISP doesn't make any difference to the speed of the service.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank



Back in 1996 I was playing Duke Nukem 3D on my PC.

UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit


Is BBC Have Your Say making a guest appearance at the Reg today?

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate


Um. Calm the f*ck down....

Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack


Re: Pay Us in Beer

No beer icon? Flabbergasted.

Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes


Not sure if this is some kind of weird joke.. Yeah, let the poor kid off, he had no idea what he was doing because his brain wasn't fully developed! Boys will be boys...

Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle


Re: The other side

Plus recurring maintenance fees on the bookshelves, which would obviously be supplied by Oracle, cos these books won't be supported unless you're using Oracle furniture.

BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while


I thought all HYS comments sections were about Brexit, regardless of the content of the related article.

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


First paragraph

Surely if Intel only sold super high power CPUs in the 80s we'd just be using a different vendor's CPUs now, rather than not buying computers at all.


I find a watch is a far more convenient timepiece than a phone. I don't take my smartphone with me everywhere.

Irish fella accused of being Silk Road admin 'Libertas' hauled to US


Re: So crime doesn't pay!

The statement Davis received a weekly salary from Ulbricht that, over the course of a year, would have fallen between $50,000 and $75,000 is rather ambiguous.

I assumed that he was receiving 50-75k a week rather than per year, otherwise it's a rather underwhelming salary considering the risk involved.

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested


Re: Back in my day

Leatherman is a far more versatile tool, IMHO. Though I don't doubt the utility of a Swiss Army Knife, my dad has had one for as long as I've known him and it never leaves his side.

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres


Re: Note to my fellow Yanks ...

I'm British, and it (T)annoys the hell out of me when people use the name Tannoy when they mean PA.

Mind you, I do say "Velcro" instead of "Hook-and-loop fastener".

Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips


It would be very handy.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual


Re: SGI IRIS Indigo

Many poorly configured IRIX systems left certain system accounts with a shell and no password. Once in, it was a fairly trivial matter to get root access.


Re: I'd tell you but might get in shit

The Queen?

How polite: Fun-bucks coin miners graciously ease off CPU pounding


Re: Superb...

Absolutely amazing alliteration.

Registry to ban Cyrillic .eu addresses even if you've paid for them


A site with some original content, still maintained, not a scam/malware site, not a mirror. I guess...

I mean, does anyone open their browser and type in سرچانجن.com (or whatever) instead of typing the western script equivalent?


Does anyone run any serious sites on these extended character domains, though?

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand


Re: But...

Apple designed it, Foxconn just make the thing. I doubt they'd have any more to say to the Reg than Apple.

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...


IP67, glass back and as the other commenter pointed out, it's 2018, I would say no.

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space


Re: Oh two or zero two?

O and 0 are actually quite close to each other on a keyboard, so it's quite possibly a legit typo.

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements


Oh, and I almost bought a Macbook Pro 17" a few years ago as it was pretty much the last remaining laptop with a big 16:10 screen. Then they fxcking went and discontinued it.


As much as I hate to defend Apple, especially on such a contentious issue, but I can think of a couple of instances where they have predicted changes in computing by removing certain features - e.g. no floppy drive in the iMac, no optical drive in the Macbook. And - I know this is unpopular here - no easily replacable battery in the iPhone. I'll keep my removable storage and 3.5mm jack though, thanks.

Personally, I prefer a proper docking station - which is why I'm clinging on to my 2014 E-series Dell. The new ones use those fiddly USB-C port expander things.

P.S. Not an Apple user. I have a few broken iPhones people have dumped on me, and a Mac Plus. Spent several hours trying to install Mac OS on a regular PC, without success.

Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things


But wait, they've sent a canned response. Well done Microsoft!

Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones


Re: NontechnicalBen

Also, if you are so technical, explain how to source and fit a legitimate Apple Id fingerprint scanner?

Isn't it obvious? You take the phone to an Apple store and they sell you a new one.

Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract


Ah yes, just install Linux, that'll solve all their problems! If only they knew!

My understanding of this is that it has very little to do with operating systems, and is more due to poor project management and handling of data.

But hey, Linux is great!

(I believe it is great, but it's not the answer to everything).

PayPal reminds users: TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 are no longer optional


Re: interesting typo

He's in Australia.

Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield


Re: Too late...

Wow, I can almost smell the smoke coming off bob's keyboard.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Re: good times...

My mouse has been disabled on several occasions with very small fine cat hairs, and I only have one cat.

Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...


Re: Onboard storage? Live WiFi streaming?

I think they mentioned you can put an SD card in it . would that help?

As long as they take the SD card out of the camera before stealing it..

OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right


A few years ago I bought myself an Xperia Z. I had no idea it was waterproof, until after owning it for just a couple of hours I dropped it in the toilet. I was sure glad I had a waterproof phone then. A couple of years later I lost the same phone in a bog on Dartmoor, and managed to locate it a few hours later.

When waterproofing was a new thing it was also quite a novelty "accidentally" dropping it in water in front of people.

I've probably used the waterproofing feature about as much as the 3.5mm jack socket.

Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more


I've no idea what I'd do if I saw another vehicle heading towards me at speed across several lanes apart from hope that the side impact safety features work.


Re: Clickbait headline

Just watched the video, apparently "self driving cars suck" because "the Honda entered the intersection during a red light and careered across several lanes directly into the sucky autonomous vehicle. Yeah Waymo, you should'a seen that coming.


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