* Posts by gotes

212 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009

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

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Chess?

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

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UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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

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

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

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Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

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Re: Pay Us in Beer

No beer icon? Flabbergasted.

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

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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...

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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".

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

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It would be very handy.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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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.

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

The Queen?

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

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Re: Superb...

Absolutely amazing alliteration.

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

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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?

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

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

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Re: But...

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones

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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.

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

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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).

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

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Re: interesting typo

He's in Australia.

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

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Re: Too late...

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

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

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Re: good times...

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

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

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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..

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Re: Clickbait headline

It was mentioned in the article that another vehicle hit the waymo van to avoid hitting something else. I guess if you're gonna smash something, go for the autonomous vehicle with billions of dollars behind it. Looking at the photo it's clear it was hit side on, so unless it ran a red light or sailed through a stop the other driver was at fault.

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I suspect jake does this every day, and makes fancy lasagne sheets with a punched card press.

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Seems like we're always racing to keep up with changes and replace obsolete systems.

Like replacing the scythe with a combine harvester? Them combines are totally in vogue right now.

If you prefer to grow your own wheat, harvest it by hand, separate the grains, hand mill the grains, hand knead the dough and bake the bread (which is by no means a bad thing) - cool.

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Re: Dumb drivers

Perhaps suggesting that anyone kills themselves was bit out of order. I wasn't being serious.

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Re: Dumb drivers

Absolutely flabbergasted at the lack of support for automation.. I'm certainly not suggesting we retrofit all existing rail services with computers, but the bank example? Yes there have been a few high profile failures, a few consumers have been inconvenienced, but frankly the bank doesn't really give a shit about consumers anyway. I'd rather rely on a computer to process my bank transactions, like it has been doing millions of times per day since at least a decade before I was born (not yesterday!)

Surely what most of us here are paid for is essentially working to automate mundane tasks carried out by humans so they can spend more time doing things which require a human brain. Unless you work in SEO or something, in which case, take Bill Hicks's advice and kill yourself.

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Re: Dumb drivers

Autonomous trains have already proved to be quite successful. But yes, I agree.

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Terminator

Isn't that what all programmers/engineers are trying to achieve? Replacing humans with machines to make our lives "easier" (it totally does). I don't see this as a bad thing, as long as we're not so good at it that the machines take over.

We automate the mundane stuff so we can concentrate on automating the more complicated stuff, and so on.

ROTM icon obligatory.

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Re: Dumb drivers

It's a work in progress. There have been a few smashes, and unfortunately one fatality. As with any method of transport, or any situation where things are moving at speed independently, accidents will happen. To say "self driving cars suck" is a little harsh, though this is El Reg so a little rhetoric is expected.

In my opinion, the tech is already safer than human drivers, and I for one welcome our robotic vehicle overlords.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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Re: And here we go

Would the Amiga have been so popular if it was called Amigo? Discuss.

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I assumed it was some trendy way of writing Latina/Latino.

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BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

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Re: Published at 08:36

The early bird posts the first comment.

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Re: Lester makes perfect sense!

Also, "the robot"? He's a domestic mechanoid, Sir.

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Re: Lester makes perfect sense!

Whilst I don't have access to the full crew roster of Red Dwarf, and there may well have been a Lester on board, the curry & beer loving protagonist from Red Dwarf was Dave Lister.

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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Re: Dumbest dot com bubble company I've ever seen

Ah, the old "[any business] - but on the internet!" model.

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Re: Illuminati Online

Wow, you weren't joking about the array of crappy beige PCs.

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Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

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Re: Microsoft should be held accountable for there defective code

HmmmYes:

I dont buy server oses for their fucking guis.

Server 2012 is the worst. The full screen start menu and that fucking "charm" thing.

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: On call

I was kind of asking for it, really.

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