* Posts by Mint Sauce

186 posts • joined 5 May 2010

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College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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primeOS mail

Post, I think it was called? Anyway it was trivially easy to send messages FROM any user... Shout out to any OxPoly bully boarders on here. I still have lineprinter output from some of the boards in a box somewhere. Must go rummaging for old times sake :-)

Swedes grumbling about Apple Store in their park are lucky – in Toronto, Google eats all your data

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Maybe a better design would be...

...a nice walled garden?

;-)

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: Don't forget the duct tape!

I was going to go with .303 British. Somewhat overpowered for the task, but enfields have a pretty good rate of fire in the right hands :-)

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: My Comments

Because these days everything MUST be 'curated' - you're not smart enough to just look at a list of things and decide for yourself what's interesting. Well, that's what just about every major website thinks these days, anwyay. <mutter> I remember when everything around here was green (screen).... gophers for goalposts... </mutter>

The Splunk that got sunk: Log-lover ends support for mobile apps

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Re: I know there's always Google, but...

Came here to say the same. I still have no idea what product and/or service they sell. I was going to try to find a relevant old Dilbert to link to... But pretty much any of them will do.

Well, now Nuro: Former Waymo devs reveal cute self-driving van tech

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Re: Why?

Beat me to it. Cow tipping now has a 21c upgrade!

Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers

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Dear Netflix

Please stop trying to 'curate' my viewing, and just give me a damn index so I can easily browse through everything and discover stuff for myself.

Yeah, I know never going to happen.

Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

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Windows

dir c:\*keyword*.* /s /b

Some variation of the above is now my go-to method of searching for files under Windows. Ever since the search indexer appeared the GUI search has got slower and more useless with each release.

dir is now the fastest way to find a file if you know something about the name. IME, YMMV of course ;-)

Part of me is sad that the bloated UI of windows makes this necessary. Part of me is happy it is still an option!

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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C-units like that drone operator

Are the reason we can't have nice things ;-(

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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This was my immediate assumption too!

Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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Re: I bet...

Son of a Diddley.

Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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A massive, steaming

turd. That is my experience of the WD My Book world edition. Ess aitch one T performance & reliability.

It fought me to the end, even as I ripped it apart to re-purpose the disk. Thankfully I finally managed to reformat / repartition the b'stard and cleansing flames devoured the rest..

ok, I was not a fan ;-) Subsequently would not trust them with your data, let alone mine!

Cheers.

What's your point, caller? Oracle fiddles with major database release cycle numbers

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SQL Developer

Well that explains why SQL Developer recently jumped to version 17.

Our dbas are also in the 'wait 'til R2' club. Yearly upgrades? Ha, yeah but no but, not going to happen...

Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

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ProBirdRights

Birb? Is that you? How am then baggels?

I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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Unhappy

I want to upvote this one meeeeleeeon times :-(

Like many I suffer management that believe that 'communication' is key, so a big noisy open-plan office with a mix of coders and people who are on the phone all day is an excellent idea.

People took the piss when I started first wearing ear defenders but before long more and more sets of headphones etc were appearing around the office.

These days I just about survive with some Bose QC headphones. As mentioned elsewere its the nearby speech that's the real distraction for a lot of people. On their own the QC's make people sound 'further away' is the best way to describe it, they do work very well but can't block out the most determined oxygen thieves.

Last year I discovered mynoise.net - I suggest checking it out and perhaps bunging the developer a few quid in appreciation if you use it (no link to him, just find the site really good). Playing a mix of background noise generators in conjunction with the noise cancelling headphones is usually enough to totally block all the office chatter.

Now don't get me started on the window wars.... (for the record, I vote 'open' ;-)

Science megablast: Comets may have brought xenon to Earth

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Happy

Re: Oh thanks, now I'll have bloody Bomb the Bass stuck in my head all day!

My first job after graduating was working for Spiny Norman (post Assembly Line days, though) Good Times :-)

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: The bit that puzzles me is...

Have an upvote for for consistent use of 'series' rather than 'season' :-)

Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update

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This would be the same MicroSoft

that force-installs flash on every Win10 machine whether you like it or not??

Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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Thumb Up

Re: The law is there for a reason, it’s to stop companies inundating people with unwanted messages

My folks already have some kind of whitelist system. Known numbers get straight through and ring as normal. Unknown get diverted to a message asking who they are, and if the caller responds the system rings the landline, announces who is calling, then they have the option to accept, reject etc. If the caller doesn't respond the landline never even rings. Apparently zero marketing calls now get through. Think it's a paid service, might even be bt... Works well for them anyway.

'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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Machine Operating System

Hah, read the original article and wished I had a photo of the fairly regular Acorn screens I used to see at railway stations :-)

Glad one turned up, happy days, jumpers for goalposts etc ;-)

Google plots cop detection for auto autos

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Re: Oh good grief

Don't forget 'stopping alongside a traffic island' that was always a favourite...

'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Go

We already know what's out there...

.. it's our local planning department, which, if we could be bothered to look, probably contains the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council's plans for a hyperspatial express route through our star system...

I don't know, apathetic bloody planet...

Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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Hah ha, took me a few seconds to join up all the dots on that one. Have an upvote for the chuckle :-)

400 million Foxit users need to catch up with patched-up reader

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Yup I also junked Foxit years back when it became a bloated adobe-a-like. Shame but seems to be the way all too often. Now using Sumatra but also used PDF exchange too.

Microsoft hops onboard bonk-to-pay bandwagon

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Sorry

It's only two now. I recently defected to Android...

Wanted to stay but MS seem to be doing their level best to shed customers.

Lester Haines: RIP

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;-(

that is all.

Let's play: 'IT values or hipster folk band?'

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Fairly sure they already do, though maybe not intentionally...

<cough>HyperConvergedContinuousDevOpsLifecycle</cough>

Hand the security cookbook to your robot butler: Time to automate

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I feel like I have been Rickrolled...

... or whatever the DevOps equivalent is!

Came here expecting an interesting or amusing read, then *bam* an article from the Stock, Aitken and Waterman school of writing.

Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: It's a shame

Yup, been a happy enough Windows Phone 7.5/7.8 user for the last few years. Now the ole' Nokia 710 is getting a bit tired it's finally time for a change. Apple is ok but too expensive (for my tastes), tried the latest windows 10 phones and they felt like a real step back in speed and usability.

So, seeing as Palm are no longer in the game (I miss my Centro!), I guess I'm off to Android for the first time...

MS really seem to be doing their damnedest to burn what should have been a great platform. I wonder why?

Soon-to-be-ex-winphone-user.

Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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Windows

Sadly

I noticed this the other day. Sadly the only way to 'provide feedback' is by logging in with your microsoft account. But, don't worry! you can create one through the app!

err, nope.

Hey -- what is that oddball box on the left?

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Re: Argghhh.

They appear to have broken the mobile site too, I use that almost exclusively and it's not updated all day...well a few 'stub' articles have just appeared with next to no content. Maybe it's a work in progress... maybe it's DevOps in action ;-)

Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

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Devil

$22bn

According to a report by Adobe and PageFair, a Dublin-based adblocking blocker, nearly $22bn (£15bn) in advertising revenue was lost last year due to the practice.

No, no it really wasn't.

Unless they think the kind of people who block ads are the same kind of people who also love them and click on them and buy from them...

Go DevOps before your bosses force you to. It'll be easier that way

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Alert

BINGO!

Well that was too easy, filled in my card very quickly there. Me dabber's seen better days though ;-)

Chrome 49 goes live as Google pays bug mercs $51k to patch 26 holes

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Yes in Mint in this case though. I removed the source and put a hold on the current version. I only use it for Netflix anyway & don't do any other web surfing with it, so figured I probably don't really need to update it.

SpaceX Falcon 9 set for fourth launch attempt

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Oh my, I've just tried to imagine what something powered by 108 supercharged cylinders would sound like on full chat :-}

Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package

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Thumb Up

2.0

Openshot has been my go-to editor for the last few years. Although missing some features and being a bit buggy it had the cleanest interface IMO. As I've progressed and wanted more features (motion tracking, mainly) I've been using KDenlive and lightworks (free) too, but always seem to go back to Openshot for the final edits.

I''ll probably still keep hitting 'save' after every change tho ;-)

Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

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Terminator

Re: Asimov's Laws

4) Hipsters arent human.

By the end I was hoping it would go full Chuck Norris on the hockey hipster and roundhouse kick him out of the nearest window ;-)

Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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WTF?

Re: I'm getting old

Beat me to it...

TIL: I'm not a functioning member of society.

AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

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FAIL

Re: Those sneaky bastards!

I thought I hadn't seen one of those trusty 'what do you want to do with cookies from this site then, eh?' dialogs for a while. Buggers, guess I'm downgrading from 44 and staying there then as this is the main reason I use firefox for all normal web broswing.. grrr.

And I can now see that I still have a block list, but plenty of sites have now set their cookies.. double grrrr. Trust undermined.

Ready for a nostalgia kick? Usborne has put its old computer books on the web for free

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Happy

Write your own...

I still have my copy of "Write Your Own Adventure Programs For Your Microcomputer" somewhere. The dragon on the front was very exciting as I recall. The reality back then is that much more imagination was required during gameplay of course ;-)

It's only been around 30 years, I should probably find time to finish the book ;-) Although, need to download all the others I don't have first!

'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Flame

lp0 on fire

If it isn't, it soon fscking will be...grr! Is it beer-o-clock yet?

BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

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Pint Maths

Sound like it's probably related to, or a subset of Bistromathics... :)

The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Paris Hilton

<AOL/>

I come here for the snarky humour, commentard flamewars and the fact there's stuff to _read_ in actual articles rather than tiny bits of text introducing videos etc.

I'm one of the few that use the mobile site in preference even on the desktop as it is far more text based. I appreciate I'm probably in a tiny minority in these days though.

Will continue to visit, whatever changes you make, but whether that's more or less often remains to be seen.

Cheers!

Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Go

Re: So, instead of XP?

Came here looking for this comment, was not disappointed. Trebles all round :-)

Windows 10 won't come to old WinPhones until some time in early 2016

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Windows

I guess I'll be keeping my Nokia for a while yet

My WinPho 7.8 Nokia is still nice to use though small screened, & a bit slow by more modern standards. It's a well made product, with a good OS that's done nearly everything I wanted (despite several of the usual Microsoft crazy decisions they always make with software). I'd have liked to finally replace it in the next year or two, but it sounds like WinPho 10 is a huge step backwards in usability & functionality :-(

No idea what to replace it with. Not a huge fan of Android, won't pay the Apple tax, there doesn't really seem to be much choice any more.

I should probably form a support group with the other WinPho 7 user... ;-)

How to build a real lightsabre

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Go

Re: How do you make a lightsabre...

Hah ha, upvotes all round for cheering me up with those references :-)

How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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Re: They're just colored stickers

I thought the itea was to very carefully swap over the stickers on two opposing middle squares, scramble the cube, then hand it to the nearest smug b'stard and watch them sweat... ;-)

Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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Re: Capaldi has been channelling Tom Baker since he took over the role.

In his very first episode I thought he did a piece that was pure Tom Baker - in voice and facial expressions. "Oh goody :-)" I thought. Then I barely watched the rest of that series - and can remember almost nothing from it.

This series has been a lot better. Phew.

Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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Angel

Re: “We apologise for the inconvenience.”

And made out of correctly stacked MSFT executives doused in petrol.

I think... I feel good about it.

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