* Posts by ChrisElvidge

54 posts • joined 17 Aug 2011


Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star



Both Ben Browder and Claudia Black turned up in Stargate SG1 as I remember.

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass


Re: Webservers?

Tried cygwin?

US comms watchdog's industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by fresh legislation


On the other side of the coin

If local authorities are allowed to charge the telcos (say) $1000 per installation, that cost would probably be put onto the bills of consumers. Telcos will not lose money whatever the charge.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins



So for the cost of 1 HS2 we could have 2 VLHCs?

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe


Re: Am i being thick...

Running "nmap" on the IP address will give you the MAC.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year


Can anyone tell me the advantage of face/print unlock?

If I'm asleep can anyone just show the phone my face and/or fingerprint to unlock it?

At least with a secret PIN/password they'll need to wake me up to unlock it.

Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x


Remote Control

I use my 520 as a remote for NowTV box and DLNA from Kodi to my Bluetooth sound bar. (I also have a 650. Well it was cheap for dual-sim.)

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy


Re: Staff cost reductions maid

I would have thought skipping maids were more expensive than the non-skipping variety.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!


Re: Is it viral? dispatch or despatch

Dictionary.com : dispatch or despatch

noun: the sending off of a messenger, letter, etc., to a destination.

The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?


RSS here too

I download the RSS feed and then convert all references to www.theregister.co.uk to m.theregister.co.uk and serve that feed locally (cygwin, sed and nginx).

Huawei enterprise comms kit has a TLS crypto bug


The optics of the disclosure

Does "optics" now not mean "a device to dispense a fixed amount of a liquid"?

What does the phrase mean in English?

Courting disaster: Watchdog slams UK justice digitisation plans


Pubic Accounts

Or did I miss the joke?

Mad March Meltdown! Microsoft's patch for a patch for a patch may need another patch


Died of horse poisoning in the end.

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron


I use Thunderbird for everything rss related

But the major gripe I have is with Cloudflare getting between me and the feed url https://www.theregister.co.uk/headlines.atom

This happens irregularly, but regularly enough for me to have found "phantomjs" to get round it.

Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016


Re: Incomprehensible

I get my shoes as BOGOF

Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me


Re: I know it's not capitalised but...

I think the notice that upsets most people is the warning "Cats eyes removed"

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails


ubuntu -wayland -gnome3 -systemd +debian

Try antiX core install, then add MATE

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs


Re: Gif.

A few years ago, when I was living in Dubai, we had both JIF and CIF on the same supermarket shelves at the same time, at different prices.

Fending off cyber attacks as important as combatting terrorism, says new GCHQ chief


To quote somebody else:

"Well, he would say that wouldn't he?"

Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars


Re: Dear Mr Musk

"B Ark" - people seem to forget it was the passengers on the b-ark that survived. Golgafrincham suffered a wipe-out plague caused by unsanitary telephones.

'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google


Re: re: Contacting someone implies you were successful;...

"i will be doing the necessary"

I learned it as "I will be doing the needful."

RSS feed not working


Re: RSS feed not working

Stopped again as of 21:00 last night (Saturday)


Re: RSS feed not working

As of 16:00 today (Saturday) working again, thanks.


RSS feed not working

I've brought this up with the webmaster before. RSS feed has stopped working - again. Cloudfare getting in the way? I enter "https://www.theregister.co.uk/headlines.atom" as the feed address in Thunderbird and click Add. It then tries to verify the address but comes back with "The feed URL could not be found. Please check the name and try again." (Normally I try to download the feed to a local file with "links -source" but that only works sporadically, too. Links doesn't do JavaScript.)

Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon


Re: >>Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

I'm already retired. I reckon I could easily be replaced by an A. No I required to sit looking as though it's reading El Reg.

Police drones, robo surgeons and chatbot civil servants. What could go wrong?


Chatbots could shave off around 90 per cent of the total number of Whitehall admin workers by 2030.

Are politicians "admin workers"? Can we upgrade the Commons and the Lords too?

Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m


Card counting

Doesn't a computer by definition count cards. And isn't this forbidden in Casinos?

Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist


Dear Microsoft - Windows 10 Phone

As one of the few using this, I would like to be able to update the OS over 3/4G.

Phone c/w unlimited 4G is my main connection to the Internet. Hence Wi-Fi connection runs as hotspot over 4G (but has download limit.)

Also take aim at BBC/ITV/Ch4/Ch5 on-demand services. Won't run over 4G, must use Wi-Fi. However torrents work perfectly over 4G. There's a clue there.

Post Brexit EU will spend 'stability and peace' budget funding Chinese war drones


Governments eh?

As above

Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU


Re: "GPS is often of little help finding an address much outside Dublin"

"I wrote it in what I believed was a rational and sane way, requiring a house name/number, street etc."

Another example of a programmer thinking (s)he knows better than the person filling out the form. (cf Postcode/ZIP code.) I know my name and address - you don't.


Re: Pedant alert

Where does Glasgow Celtic come?

Good hacker uses vid vulns to spy on Quebec Liberal Party meetings


Re: Off topic

Try m.theregister.co.uk and m.forums.theregister.co.uk

Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?


Re: 50 years of masturbatory teenagers

Howard did this. Ended in hospital. The nurse rebooted it.

The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you


Parochial or what.

Lots of other professions on LinkedIn. Most of my connections are non-IT.

Hack the Pentagon shutters 100 bugs


Gary McKinnon

So how much does he get?

Seems the Russians should get a lot, too.

If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like


Re: Camberwick Green meets Tarantino

Why not get the podcasts: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qpgr/episodes/downloads.rss

Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board


Can anyone get to see this paper?

And publish it for all to see?

Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash


Set all your connections to metered


Salesforce's data centre team 'fought' AWS cloud outsourcing


Bureau Computing

Are we going back in time?

Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams


Police Body Cameras Seemingly Cause More Assaults on Officers


Hey, FBI. Wanna track someone by cellphone? Get a proper warrant, says US appeals court


Is it just for law enforcement?

How do I (as defendant) find out how many other phones were also at these locations?

Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!


'Twas on a Monday morning when the gas man came to call

Why the US government reckons it should keep phone network kill-switches a secret


But if the Iranians or Egyptians

or any other "Arab Spring" country were to do this, American Politicos would be first to complain about lack of free speech.

Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws


Re: The Pink one

Or the real Pink 'Un - Norwich City Football Club News.

I seem to remember both a Pink 'Un and a Green 'Un, both sports newspapers, back in the day.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.


Who brought back the "expand comments" idea

Sack him/her/it! If I'm reading comments, I want to read comments.

NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement



I don't trust magic in any part of my business.

The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure



And let's face it, who doesn't want a computer costing hundreds with the same functionality as a 30 quid tablet?

No. What we want is a 30 quid tablet with the same fuctionality as a several hundred quid tablet.

Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it


Battery life

"As the summer months were particularly glorious this year, more people may have taking their personal radios out to the garden or elsewhere. This is an easier task with an AM/FM radio as the battery tends to last longer," said the RAJAR mouthpiece.

This is a really good (and green, though I hate to say it) reason for not using DAB.

Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils


Expand comments button

What happened to it? Really needed in this thread!

Wanna boost app speed? Think of the server, and tune 'er to NUMA



Does Dirk Pitt® know?


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