* Posts by Jedit

1144 posts • joined 3 Jul 2010

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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"if they didn't pick up arms and charge over the top"

I think you have the wrong war. Unless you're north of 50 it's more likely that your grandfather fought in World War II, not World War I.

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Fake ruse: USA Today calls the FBI after half of its 15m Facebook Likes turn out to be bogus

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Trollface

"fb claim almost 2 billion accounts but always forget to mention..."

YOU CAN'T MAKE

500 MILLION FRIENDS

WITHOUT MAKING

A FEW BOTNETS

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Fire fighters get grinding on London man’s trapped genitalia

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Devil

"... then apply a blow torch to the metal ring."

That's not what they meant by "give him a blow job"!

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Master of Dredd: Judge inker John Higgins speaks to The Reg

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Re: Democracy

You misspelled "America" there, but I'll forgive you as the two words have little connection these days.

Totally unrelated to Higgins or Dredd, but Summer Magic just got a full reprint this week. John Ridgway's art in top form (and Ridgway illustrated The Dead Man - ha, there's your Dredd connection).

This forum needs a Dredd icon.

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IT Angle

Meltdown Man

Sorry to be a pedant on what is otherwise a good post, but Meltdown Man was illustrated by Massimo Belardinelli. Sadly taken from us too young, like Joe Colquhoun and now Steve Dillon.

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

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"R-Type? Something related to the Super Nintendo game?"

She has lost her battle against the Buydildo Empire.

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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"It needs a NSFW tag on it to avoid coffee splattered monitors and keyboards"

If your coffee drinking is NSFW, you're using the wrong orifice.

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Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

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FAIL

"shocked to see it for sale on AliExpress"

He was probably the only one who was shocked. Whenever a "lifestyle accessory" project like this hits a crowdfunding platform, nine times out of ten it's cheap tat that was already on sale on Alibaba being resold at a 300% markup.

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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Devil

Re: Sin and sex

Speak for yourself, you God-benighted sinner.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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Headmaster

"Yay, the regular Super Cali headline"

Nobody's ever beaten the original newspaper headline recorded after Inverness Caledonian Thistle (AKA Caley Thistle) beat Celtic: "Super Caley go ballistic, Celtic are atrocious".

Also this one doesn't match the song; it needs to drop a syllable in the second half. "Uber drivers stocious" works, as does "Uber hacks are stocious".

Now if you'll excuse me, the wind just changed and I need to go back to work.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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FAIL

Nobody ever asks the important questions

OK, we know how the inmates got the parts. We know how they got them into the ceiling. We even know how they got the PCs rigged up to a display. But nobody - NOBODY - has asked the most important question of all:

Can it run Crysis?

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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

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"There are two more archetypes"

I suspect most of us believe there are only two archetypes, total: "complete and utter twunts", and "me".

Everybody holds this opinion simultaneously, and everybody is right.

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

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Joke

"They managed to get a cheap lot of surplus phone batteries from a source in Korea."

And just as the Note 7 was recalled, the North Korean nuclear programme took a lurch forward. I wonder what happened to all those defective batteries.

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It's not just Elon building bridges to the brain: The Internet of Things is coming to a head

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Paris Hilton

""My objective ... is to read and write the underlying functions of the human brain"

Reading brain functions doesn't bother me, but writing? Not to go all tinfoil hat here, but there's not an open system that can't be broken into with sufficient time, effort and incentive. And when you apply that to the human brain, you literally get mind control. That's a pretty big incentive.

(Paris, because at least she'd be safe.)

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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"James is now rolled in carpet under a layer of quicklime."

I read that as "a layer of QuickTime", a fate I wouldn't wish on anyone.

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US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

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"you voted in Donald Trump, now you are having to pay the price"

No. Only Trump voters voted in Donald Trump, but everyone is paying the price.

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Smart sex toys firm coughs up $3.75m in privacy lawsuit

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Coat

@Dr Who

Ah, just the man to answer the question of the hour: does a dildo you connect to your PC require a sonic screw driver?

(Mine's the one with jelly babies in the pocket ... both my coat and my Doctor.)

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Jedit

Re: Penal-ties

It's a ridiculous penalty. If this thing can slurp, the users should be paying extra.

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Blast from the past: Mass birth of early supermassive black holes explained at last

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Joke

"Only 800,000 years? Seems like a blink!"

Yes, it's amazing that Muse could produce a semi-decent album in that time, isn't it?

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Big Brother

"... the number of incidents dropped dramatically."

Reported incidents, or resolved incidents? It doesn't make a difference from the point of view of that IT department being chancers, but there's quite a difference between slacking off because your performance bonus got cut and actively faking incidents for profit.

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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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Paris Hilton

This would never work at my place of employ.

The entire premises are non-smoking.

(Paris, because an hour of sex is all the work she's done in her life.)

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

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There may be an easier way...

Just install El Reg's sidebar ad handler. The story page hung for over a minute due to a "long-running script", and while typing this the text box pauses before updating and sometimes ignores keystrokes while a new ad is loading.

(Yes, it's IE, but don't blame me - I'm on my break at work.)

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Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

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FAIL

"The Three Customer person simply wouldn't take no for an answer"

And that customer person was Albert Einstein.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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FAIL

"Computer games don't affect kids..."

It's considered polite to attribute your quotes. That one is from Marcus Brigstocke, if memory serves.

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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Mushroom

"...if it detects that the music you're listening to wasn't bought through ITunes."

No, that's what the Remotely Controlled Detonation feature is for.

And Samsung can't claim prior art on this one; when their phones detonate it isn't remotely controlled.

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Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

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Flame

Were the numbers cooked?

As a serious question: isn't the change more likely to be explained by the Global Thermonuclear Note incident [1], rather than a sudden surge in Apple? Both Samsung and Apple appear to have reached peak popularity, but Samsung lost both sales and trust when they had to withdraw a model for safety reasons.

[1] Spontaneous Huawei Combustion would be a better joke, but unfortunately Huawei can stop their phones randomly igniting.

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You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

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Holmes

"Baker – the actor, not the Who – garnished the 50th anniversary episode"

I must don my pedant hat here: at the end of Day of the Doctor, Baker's museum curator suggests that the Doctor may want to "revisit a few old familiar faces". It's an obvious hint that the curator is in fact a future incarnation of the Doctor.

Which means Baker would have been cast as the Doctor three times, not two. How lucky would that be, measured in standard Reg gigashamrocks?

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The best of Reg readers' David Hockney-style logo redesigns

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Devil

Re: I don't think it's an egg...

Looks more like a pustule to me. Time for a new strapline as well, perhaps? "The Register: The Boil On The Arse Of IT" has a certain ring to it. (Pun definitely not intended.)

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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"I rarely get cold calls"

I wish I were you. But I only get cold calls from the Indian scammers, so I start from the BOFH's end point and get progressively nastier. Always calmly and with a smile, though.

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Twin brothers. One went into space. The other didn't. NASA reveals how their bodies differ

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Pint

"I'd better get back from the pub then."

Don't worry. Even when administered in sufficient quantities, IPA only simulates the effects of Alzheimers.

(A pint of 3-indolepropionic acid, sir? Don't mind if I do.)

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It's official: Ejit – sorry – Ajit Pai is new FCC boss (he's the one who hates network neutrality)

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"It's only 4 years, what damage could they do in 4 years?"

Look at how much damage they've done in four days. Multiply by 365, and there's your baseline.

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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"it had seemed likely to be too far in the past"

Ed McLachlan has been cartooning for well over 40 years, so it could be both.

I wouldn't say his style was that similar to the late Martin Honeysett, either. Their backgrounds are quite similar, but their figures are very different.

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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"Jeremy "Spoonerism" Hunt"

Pedant point: a spoonerism is when you switch corresponding letters or syllables of two words, as in the old joke where the Merry Men start calling each other "Hobin Rood" and "Skill Warlet" until Friar Tuck says they're being stupid.

Hunt's more accurate renaming is not a spoonerism. It's just another attempt on the speed record for entering Cockney rhyming slang, a title previously held - to his credit, quite proudly - by James Blunt.

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Thumb Up

Re: The heroes of my youth

Thanks Oengus, I was going to ask how many of the lunar astronauts were left.

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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

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"Why should he care, it's peanuts compared to what he'll make"

Because perception is everything. If he'd presented a case that the short term losses would be recouped by the expansion, nobody would be saying a thing. But he didn't plan for it, and was in fact quite surprised by the news that his brand spanking new corporate HQ would have to be demolished. As a result he's now known for okaying a major decision without investigating the possible consequences. This time it may work out in BA's favour, but what about next time?

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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IT Angle

"How is it a documentary, when it has someone playing the role?"

Because Kaye won't be playing the part of the OFIAH, he will be speaking the words of someone who no longer can. It's no less documentarian than the programmes on World War I where diaries of dead soldiers are read out.

(The IT angle: Pterry famously used a six-monitor display rig, and said the only reason he didn't use more was because he couldn't figure out a way to hook them up.)

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Joke

"Microsoft smuggles suicide encouragement manual into operating system"

"Smuggle"? Software companies should be required to supply user guides with their products.

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You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins

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Headmaster

"And what happened to the Bluesmobile?"

It fell to pieces in front of the Cook County Assessor's office, in the process causing the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

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Prison librarian swaps books for bars after dark-web gun buy caper

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Facepalm

El Reg miss a trick again

Why was the headline not "Osborne jailed for possession of cocaine after trying to buy gun"? Our former chancellor's fondness for Bolivian bingo dust being well known, it seems like the perfect opportunity.

Come on, guys, the clickbait standard has slipping terribly round here of late.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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Pirate

"you're probably not going to be that bothered about human sex"

And indeed, not at great risk of getting human sex. Which is the most likely reason for buying a sexbot in the first place.

(I say "buying", because I don't want to countenance the idea of renting one.)

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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"... we saved electricity if empty sockets were switched off "

Something of a useful lie, that. Switching sockets off when not in use is a good idea just in case something gets into the earthing. It's a rare problem, but it doesn't hurt anyone to do it.

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Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees £18.5bn Sky takeover deal

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"Why now?"

39% isn't controlling interest. Even the most fanatic Scousers aren't going to refuse to patronise every single business that NewsCorp and the Sun have a finger in but they are going to refuse to patronise ones that Murdoch owns directly.

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Jedit

"I thought capitalist types were all about choice and competition?"

Capitalists don't mind competition and choice so long as you choose them. And if they're the only choice, well, they must be the best choice.

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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"V for Vendetta was actually a documentary"

That would not explain its air of foolish optimism.

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Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

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Trollface

Headline correction please

I mean, it wasn't rescued, was it? It still got eaten.

"Trump lookalike cut to bits and devoured by Mexican lovers"

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Firefox hits version 50

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WTF?

"Why the high usage of Google's Chrome?"

A better question: how are these stats being compiled? I literally don't know anyone who uses Chrome, at work or at home. I'm not even sure of the last time I saw a computer running it. Could it be that the numbers are coming from collated page browser checks, and Chrome is rating highly simply because it talks to everyone who asks while other browsers obfuscate?

(Serious question, by the way, this isn't just a Chrome bashing session.)

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

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Will you please just stop, 2016?

Leonard Cohen dead, Robert Vaughn dead, Mark Zuckerberg alive - when will the madness end?

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

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Angel

"I'm sure I'm not the only commentard here..."

I know I wouldn't patronise an establishment like this. I hate coffee.

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World's shortest international flight: now just 21km in 7 minutes

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"Driving 66.1km seems like a doddle."

Unless you don't drive. I suspect the main appeal of this flight is to non-drivers, because it's cheaper than a taxi.

Also baggage collection probably isn't an issue for this flight. Most people taking it are probably going to business meetings and so will only have carry-on.

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Skin tattoo will tell your phone when you've had a skinful

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Pint

"otherwise your premium doubles"

If you've had a round of premium doubles, you're definitely not fit to drive.

Beer, because WHY ISN'T EVERY POST IN THIS THREAD TAGGED WITH BEER?

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