* Posts by PhilipN

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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"good thing"

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Oh alright ...... "letters"

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GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

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'The 1968 Combined Edition'

Helping out any bemused punters here : think back to when they were called "locomotives"

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Connectors!

Cupboards-full and more all the time - all the way from serial, parallel, printer, scsi, FireWire 400 and 800, usb 1 through XX, Ethernet, and not forgetting vga, DVI-whatever, HDMI, power cables galore, audio cables with 1, 2, 3 or more jacks, optical, RCA, DIN, and now Thunderblah-blah 1, 2, 3 ....

But why is it -

1. The last critical connector cable is always two inches short.

2. That immensely valuable gender-changer at the bottom of the drawer turns out to be female-female instead of male-male.

Better stop here I’m getting angry

Too late : Ever tried counting the contacts on a scsi plug to see which frigging one it was? Sh**t!!

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Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

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Ghostbusters

Second reference in 24 hours :

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/08/13/windows_is_coming_to_chromebooks_with_googles_blessing/

(Just counting the first such reference on the above page)

Who else you gonna call?

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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OS/2

"A better DOS than DOS and a better Windows than Windows"

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Wasp heaven

Cut the (bruised) top off an apple once and a fully-grown wasp staggered out from the core. He must have crawled in as a wee wasplet and couldn’t back out. Or was having a doze to sleep it off. Had no choice - after all wasps look and sound so ANGRY and the way they fly at you is so THREATENING - but to squash the b*****d.

Just imagine getting stuck inside a reasonably full barrel of cider and not even being able to drink your way out.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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60’s technology

Thanks for reminding me of the expression “Winchester drive”. Somebody did the exact right thing back then.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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How to save humanity's self-respect

Brilliant idea - FB should freeze every single account - all of 'em - and require punters to re-register.

I'd be surprised if they have more than a few hundred million actual users. This whole chunk of the planet supposed to be on FB is bollocks.

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“push divisive messages to the US public“

Huh? I thought that was normal electioneering?

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: Commonly known as "the triumph of marketing over technology"

Slight correction. IBM’s desktop salesman understood the market very well. They were desperate to sell boxen, which meant Windows, and no incentive to push OS/2.

AND MS would wield their monopolistic power by threatening to withhold information about the latest version of Windows (so it could actually run properly) unless IBM turned its back on OS/2. Ergo market opportunities for Compaq et al and the rest is history.

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Re: The hatred runs deep

And originates from long before XP, and even before 95. ‘Cos, for example, the favoured word processor early on became WordPerfect and whilst it’s series of owners tried to stay ahead of and then match Word feature for feature MS built undocumented API’s into each iteration of Windows to make WordPerfect explode.*

By comparison OS/2 had an excellent basic set of workhorse programs (Faxworks for example had a built in graphics subsystem so you could amend and annotate faxes, add signatures etc on the screen 20 years ago or more) then the developer’s website would suddenly and “inexplicably” disappear, the supposition being that the developer, understandably, succumbed to the Microsoft shilling.

*Remember there was an OS/2 version (5.2 if memory serves) of WordPerfect but at a time when cross-platform compatibility was essential (that is, until MS succeeded in making compatibility unnecessary) it was ill-formed. Basically a pig’s ear.

But then there was a Linux version too, which did not justify the name WordPerfect. Not just the ear - the whole pig!

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Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

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"seized in as little as 24 to 48 hours"

Not clever.

Surely better to let them run and track what they are doing.

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Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century

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Hats off to Slackware

My Linux baptism was with Ygdrassil but blowed if I can remember whether I tried installing it from 5 inch floppies or those new-fangled 3 inch ones.

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Dirty bomb

Newsworthy because of the chance to use the above epithet.

From which it follows all (hopefully) bombs in the world are "clean".

Phew! That's a relief. Had me worried there for a minute.

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Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

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I got it!

To keep down the layoffs IBM put whole departments into suspended animation. They just woke up Notes.

Very clever.

Who’s next? The OS/2 team?

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Chirp unveils free tier of shouting-at-IoT devices audio net tech

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Spies

Believe it began in WWII?

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Brilliant

Gave this a go when a simple prototype was available to shoot small files from one iOS device to another. Blindingly simple in concept. Love it.

Would, by way of trivial example, Apple please incorporate this into HomeKit so I can be alerted by the teapot when the tea’s brewed, by the saucepan when the egg is soft-boiled and by the toaster when the bread is crisp and brown. Thanks.

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Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

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Remote > remove

There is a button to press to alert the sub-editors so as to avoid commenting on typos in these forums. This El Reg not Private Eye.

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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always a long queue, not just individuals

Huh? You mean like some of those scenes in Men in Black?

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: happens around 1:10

Almost as shocking** was, earlier in the video, a Marty Wilde poster flashing past on the nearside verge.

**Alright it wasn't, but you know what I mean.

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ZTE remakes board as demanded by USA

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Some new directors have ties to Chinese elite, government

Urrrmmm .... ye-es...

This is China...so what else is new?

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

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Key phrase

Oh I’m disappointed.

Given we are talking about calls to HMRC, I was hoping for an article praising us Brits’ creation of the world’s largest audio profanisaurus.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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I get thumbs down here?

No Yorkshireman'd say "t'lad" when referring to himself.

Sheesh - Southerners!

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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In other news :

Today's Financial Times :

"Facebook, Amazon and Netflix all closed at new highs"

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Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Family unification has been a fundamental tenet of American policy and law since ..

Really? Could our brethren over there explain WTF about the above claim?

No, seriously I'd like to know.

Or has the writer been watching too many Disney movies?

As an aside, IAAFL and a cross-examining counsel would have a field day tearing a witness in the box apart over use of "fundamental", "tenet", "policy" and "law". Course the first question would be : "What was the tenet and policy before the Second World War?"

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US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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Re: Only because someone has to say it..

I’d rather it be programmed to design an even faster rig, all by itself ... or maybe that’s asking for trouble

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watchOS 5 hints at new Apple wearables and life beyond the Watch

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Re: "yes, they still make Teasmades"

Guess I’ll stick to the good old Brown Betty then.

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Re: "yes, they still make Teasmades"

I want one but can any kind soul tell me if the tea is any good?

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Foul company

Agreed, but (or and) in principle MS cannot - simply CANNOT - adopt a benign, paternalistic attitude towards an acquisition such as GitHub, or any acquisition. Line managers may want to. Nardella may even want to but they are all answerable to the Board (who are answerable to shareholders) who will sooner or later ask “What did we pay all this frigging money for? Where is the Return on Investment?”

Oh and by the way, a warm, cuddly feeling that a company is “doing the right thing” does not qualify as RoI.

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UK Foreign Sec BoJo asks tech firms to save endangered species

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Now I understand

Straying this far from his brief of making the World a safer place (stop sniggering at the back!) I realise he thought conservation was something to do with the Conservative Party.

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Apple WWDC: There's no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one

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Walled Gardens

OK something to be said for keeping two systems functionally separate in principle but if you are the gatekeeper the openings in the fence could be selectively and more intuitively accessible from within each system. They must be there since this third-party app or that will help you to do things - such as sharing screens (e.g. Teamviewer), and seeing the output from a Home (TM) CCTV on a Mac (e.g. various) - which are not native to the system.

The Home potato patch surrounded by barbed wire in the walled garden - which I agree is a potentially very dangerous trouble spot for spreading potato blight - would have greater potential at least for me if I was not forced to handle it on a phone or iPad -

or a frigging Apple TV! Whose brilliant idea was that?

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Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly

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too lame to have a real page

Couldn't agree more. Even worse is those who have a real page which has an invitation to go to their FB page. Makes no sense. Why would I want to go elsewhere when I am already looking at their own website? Mad.

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Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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"profanisaurus"

UV'd because of the connection with that widely-read children's comic.

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Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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"beautiful countryside" and "outstanding golf courses"

With the greatest respect to golfers I would prefer that "beautiful countryside" stay that way.

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Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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Pah! Away with your namby-pamby hobbyists

Look - first, young'uns, "chips" are not from potatoes. They* are Britain's finest. Grill a few extra to eat straight from the fridge, slightly shrivelled, the following day. Preferably with a slice of yesterday's toast which has absorbed all the butter. Best snack in the world.

Second, Walls's super size** - black on top and bottom. Sides optional. Wrapped in a slice of decent white bread with lashings of (melting) butter to compensate for the fat lost during the cooking process. Luxury!

* Sigh - kids today - "chipolatas".

** I hear you no longer have to pierce them with a fork?? What the hell is that??

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Re: Um… Why?

By appealing to rabid knee-jerk animalistic tendencies with barbaric speechifying and ... oh..sorry. Was your question about Donald, Nigel or Adolf?

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Biometrics: Better than your mother's maiden name. Good luck changing your body if your info is stolen

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History's first hacker

Ali Baba sneakily finding out that "Open Sesame" was the password.

And spawning a thousand atrocious pantomimes.

Bastard!

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: Normandy autonomy

Right. What you might call a 1,000-year rei..... dukedom.

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Facebook misses Brit MPs' deadline, promises answers on Monday

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Room to let

Apply Ecuador Consulate.

He and Assange would have LOTS to talk about.

One breaks out data from unwitting subjects.

The other ... oh ... hang on a sec ....

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Systemd-free Devuan Linux looses version 2.0 release candidate

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Beowulf

Name's taken, sorry. Or at least it was when I were a wee lad.

It was the system for connecting and sharing two or more computers to apply multi-CPU brute force to a single program which needed it.

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Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners

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Time and a place for everything

I was an (cough! cough!) innocent schoolkid complete with blazer and schoolcap during the skinhead** era and I would have been more than happy for Plod to database all young, white, bovver-boot** and 'crombie** coat wearing, walnut-sized brain primates and to have 'em rounded up en masse and sent away for good.

**Explanation for millennials : "Skinhead" was... oh, forget it. Look it up. While you are at it look up "pogoing" too. The kind of "dance" which could be done when you have a brain the size of a walnut.

By the way - good article and EXCELLENT discussion in this forum.

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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36 Mb hard disk

Luxury!

When ah were a lad ......

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The world is becoming a computer, says CEO of worldwide computer company Microsoft

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Tech leadership

Not just strange to see a reference to Microsoft in the same sentence but downright dangerous. Granted there have been immeasurable benefits to most of our (meaning this readership, which does not include the Sudanese herdsman) lives in the past two to three decades but, no, the world is not becoming a computer. Nor even is it particularly intelligent.

Dangerous because this is a more subtle and misleading and therefore threatening presentation to developers than Ballmer's mantra, aimed at persuading them all to re-imagine themselves as Jeff Bridges speeding round the electronic circuitry as if it is real life. It isn't.

Time - roughly a century has elapsed, in fact - to re-visit the debate (dispute, if you like) between Bergson and Einstein concerning the primacy of an imaginative or a clockwork universe.

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Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

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Re: For the majority of people

Watching movies?

Crazy thing is our wives have this strange idea that nothing, including when a bloke wants to devote his whole attention to a good film, is more important than she is. <shakes head in disbelief>

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Apple's latest financials are still pretty decent even though iPhone sales are slowing

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Tinkering rather than developing?

Watch 3 does cellular. One day, in one possible scenario, we shall all make calls that way.

Fine by me. Phone calls are less than 1% of what I do on the, um, phone.

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

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Re: Cue the Custard Pie

Could it possibly be arranged by his good lady for general amusement?

Surely the Digger’s good lady at the time could not have arranged it - for self-publicity?

I mean, no, definitely, 100% not......

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Facebook confesses: Buckle up, there's plenty more privacy lapses where that came from

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We got the joke already

Kindly stop the puerile rendering of Analytica as Anal. or I shall have to cancel my subscription.

P.S. You missed one.

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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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One basic problem found - maybe

Cautiously confident that at least one of the issues is solved - up to a point.

Mac Pro 2013.

Seems High Sierra 13.4 does not know how to go to sleep. To whit:

Re-installed. Immediately began a Time Machine backup and nothing else. Next time I looked the bastard had crashed.

Happened a second time.

Changed Energy Saver settings to keep the display awake longer and NOT to allow disks to sleep when display sleeps.

So far so good. First backup completed. Bloody miracle!

This did NOT solve the ridiculous install/update issues which again one time ended with a floating frigging question mark on the screen but the OS seems somehow - eventually - to complete the boot/install/update.

Now on to latest developer preview no. 2 of 13.5. Can't be any worse ..... surely? I mean, this came out relatively quickly so maybe Apple actually reads all the crash reports.

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Thanks for the heads up

I shall have to try that. Problem is, after choking on the update- install-re-install more than once my Mac Pro crashes randomly. One time ran fine for more than 24 hours (indexing A LOT of music files for Plex Media Server) but then began choking randomly.**

**Well each time a report is sent to Uncle Mac (who must be bombarded with 'em) so perhaps it ain't so random but who knows? The log is crammed with any and every possible assistance - short of REAL HELP.

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Latest High Sierra and 2013 Mac Pro

Crashed more times in one week than all my other Macs in 10 years - in total.

I had to search for an explanation of nothing on the screen but a floating question mark - "cannot find the boot disk". Crikey - welcome to 1988.

'Course I could rewind to Sierra. But then the SSD is 100% invisible.

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