* Posts by RegGuy1

283 posts • joined 20 May 2012


RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit


Should have sent the tardigrades

They should have sent some tardigrades up there.

And why are they trying to grow cotton? Don't they know that's what has drained the Aral Sea?

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files


Problem with users -- or software?

Hmm, what do all these horror stories suggest?

Is it that users, who are often not technical and only use the mail system as part of their daily job, are stupid, and should know better?

Or could you argue that software is not user friendly enough? If this is known behaviour that happens so often, is it not the responsibility of the software companies to provide software that makes it easy and intuitive for none technical people to use?

We can all laugh at stupid users, but is the stupid software not to blame?

The glorious Brexit uncertainty: The only dead cert on data rules for tech biz in 2019


"[...] so we will be able to have blue passports."

Which we could have had anyway.

That's exactly my point. The fuckwits are too stupid to know. I bet they couldn't even spell EU, let alone tell you anything about what it is.

When I asked my father why he voted leave his response, after some thought, was 'we won the war'!!

Funny that so many of those that voted leave -- so we can make our country great again -- are retired and so won't actually be doing any entrepreneur-ing.


Re: My prediction is...

that the initial impact of no deal Brexit will be as devastating as...

That's probably going to be true. And the reason -- we will become a vassal state.

Yes we will be allowed to diverge from the EU, so we will be able to have blue passports. In other words, were we can diverge it will make no damned difference (but it will keep the brexitering muppets happy).

Our future is likely to be either remain (the best option) or vassal state (ie still be told what to do but have walked out of the room where we could have had a say -- because that will make the UK's fucking retards happy).

The real thing these fuckwits want to happen -- no deal -- won't, because the politicians are smart enough to know that down that road there is a hell of a lot of shit, and the fans are very big. They know that the electorate are never wrong and will simply point their fingers of blame back at the politicians.

Where is that twat Cameron when you want to punch him in the face?

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?


Re: Alice

Alice? Alice? Who the fuck is Alice?

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!


FORCED to use Google

Your I find it more humorous when people post, "that's why I'm running Linux" while using Chrome may be fair. But I refuse to use Chrome. And when I use Firefox I always make sure it deletes ALL cookies on exit, and I exit at least once per day.

But the other day I had to buy a new shower from Trition showers, or whatever they are called. I couldn't buy it until I'd proved I was a human. In other words, I'd asked permission from Google to buy the damned thing.

Cunts. That's the word I would use.

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick


Windows subscription? Fuck off

Have I understood this correctly. When I buy a new laptop I'm forced to have the Windows shit on it. Now you are saying I may be forced to pay a monthly Microsoft tax as well?

Time to go to Linux. I went there more than 10 years ago; the few times I've been forced to use MS it has been, frankly, awful. But if you really do think Microsoft is good[1] then you deserve all you get.

[1] You must have already had the labotomy.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins



It was the music that has always impressed me. You take it for granted, but the creativity that went into it is amazing.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


why the fsck the s/w doesn't present a big flashing dialog

Opps! Sorry that was me. I must have kicked the reminder machine that is under my desk, and I think I dislodged the network cable.

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat


Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

It was ANY Canada, a civilised country, so micro uzi not allowed I am afraid..




Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost


iPhone SE

I have one of those -- and what I pile of shite it is. The phone bit is good, the other stuff is shite. I had an Android phone previous to that. That let me put in an SD card. I had gigs of mp3 and one or two videos and lots of pictures. There is no SD slot in the iPhone.

I thought I'd use the bluetooth to start moving these files across. But the bluetooth is either broken or deliberately disabled. I can't get anything on or off the phone. Apparently I can use some Apple software to do that. Fuck off. I want my data to be movable at home, and not have to go through some Apple gateway to control what I can put on or take off.

I took a picture and tried to email it to me. That failed.

Jesus -- I've never come across anything as useless (apart from the phone feature). It is utter crap. The phone is for work, so I'll be buying an Android phone (as long as I can root it) then I can have control over what I use MY device for.

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans


Are subs not better at this than surface vessels, especially given the "afternoon effect"?

What an absolutely brilliant question. Look at all the good quality answers you've got.

Who are the muppets who've downvoted you? They should be ashamed.

Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services


NHS is an oldie's' service

My experience of the NHS is that it is still strongly focussed at old people, those who don't have, or have no knowledge of how to use, a computer. Everyone gets appointments by letter, and it is difficult to interact via modern technology as the tools are often not there.

My GP's service is now partly digital, and that's a good thing. I can go online and book a doctor's appointment, but I still can't book a nurse appointment without using the telephone, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting and... oh hello, yes, I'd like to book an appointment please. (I thought being on hold was something I left in the 80s, but now as I get older I'm being dragged back into the past as I interact more with the NHS.)

I will probably have to wait another 20 years before all the computer illiterate folk die off and we can finally move to a better more modern system.

Unlike others here I don't blame the politicians, I blame the voters -- they are the real twats that force the politicians to do stupid things. If we didn't have voters the politicians could actually be allowed to do a good job.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


"Tell my my dear, do you collect chocolate paper?"

I wonder how many times the little shit got kicked in the goolies?

Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more


I have cookie persistence disabled

Yes indeed. Tell your browser to delete ALL cookies when you close it. Then close it NOW.

Ok, back again after opening it? That wasn't too bad, was it. And now all those connections are with NEW cookies, so less tracking. Of course, you could have rebooted your router so you got a different IP address. That just helps to make the analytics that little bit more complex.

None of this is foolproof. But you can remain the 0.1%[1] who are doing something extra to protect themselves.

[1] 0.1% of a very BIG number is still a BIG number.

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads


Re: Would they allow it if...

There's always Twatt, which seems appropriate as we are talking about Apple.

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee


his neighbours couldn't bear to open their windows

Is this another Microsoft story? It's talking about shit, so it must be.

(Or it could be Gnome 3, that's another bag of shit)

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app


Also, what does "unexpected load" mean? DDoS?

"unexpected load of shit"

It's just the end got cut off (when really someone should cut off their end).

Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU


Re: How about........

or the other way round,


as that is undoubtedly what it will become.

European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes


Helping out a mate?

Well if the UK totally cock up Brexit it will hurt Ireland, so any extra money they can get will be good. Good luck to them.

After all, haven't we here been saying these naughty US tech companies need to pay more in tax? Clever lot, those europeans![1]

[1] Guaranteed to earn multiple downvotes from Brexiters. Hey ho. :-)

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)


I hate crumbs in bed.

Well have crumbs on the kitchen table.

She might like that.

RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer


We had to use ls and Os.

We had to use ls an DOS?

MS-DOS. :-)


participants are Microsoft haters

Well for me it is the fact that I'm forced to but a laptop complete with a virus.

I'd rather just have the hardware and then I can choose.

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound


What's so difficult about having a button on the wall ...?

Nothing. It's just that it's on their wall.

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit


I don't want a second referendum. I want the grownups to put a stop to this Brexit nonsense.


It starts: "Catherine kindly asked me which ABBA song I would want to accompany my dance to the platform. “Waterloo” would be the obvious choice, I think."

Read it and learn a lot.

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside


LibreOffice provides buggy releases and and a degraded UX

Indeed. I use Open Office because Libre Office does not handle cell formatting correctly in some situations. So if I have a cell linked to another and change its default formatting to match the other, it would not keep it; either every time I saved or when I changed the original cell (I can't remember which).

It was just such a pain in the arse that I chose to go back to Open Office -- it was easier to work with and meant I didn't have to keep trying to debug or find workarounds (such as save in XLS rather than ODT -- FFS!!).

But I'd certainly go back to Libre Office if it worked.

Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO


Re: Makes sense

Well my advice is don't go to Pret a Manger:


SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space


Don't be cellist

What a bassoon!

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square


but can't tell you which one as my kid has it over in Spain nowadays!

What? He's become a bloody foreigner?


Brexit means Brexit.

Leave means Leave.

Red, white and blue Brexit.

We won, get over it.

No deal, no deal, no deal.

... etc :-(

[voice in background] Nurse! NURSE!!

That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought


Re: "yo FYI you're currently logged in to Gmail"

He doesn't use Golang does he?

Herr Yo Go.

Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old


Re: So what does Cholesterol do in the body that's so important the genes are unchanged in

Well apart from structural uses, it is also important in making hormones:


On a different point, this animal is 500m years old, but that's still only 1/8th of the age of the earth. So it's quite a recent occurrence. Which makes me think was God around then? Or was God around when the dinosaurs were here? Or did he only bother to turn up 2000 years ago? In which case he's a very recent occurrence.

A beer to all who found this animal.

Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy


Lenovo -- super kit

But don't be silly and put Redhat 7 with Gnome 3. Then it will stink[1].

You have been warned.

[1] To be fair I think it is Gnome 3 that's pants.

Gartner: Governments want to be digital, but just can't scale it up


Planning prevents poor performance

Actually, the full phrase is:

Proper planning prevents piss-poor performance

We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations


it's the only way ...

... to totally fuck up this mess we are already in.

Still, I've stockpiled my popcorn and it's getting very near the time to sit down and watch the fun.

When's the Tory Party Conference? End of the month?

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't



HAHA he bought Apple!

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?


Is this it?

Finally the end? It has to come sometime.

If it is -- RIP little buddy. Have a (virtual) pint from me.

A stunning mission. Simply stunning!

Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives


Why do we have to keep paying for something, time after time after time?

Surely, once some new work has been created and paid for that is it. If I create a table and then sell it, I don't a fee for everytime someone sits down and uses it. Why should it be different for content? When an artist paints a picture, he may be able to sell it -- he gets paid and that is the end of it.

When and artist can create a digital item that can be copied at no cost, he seems to think it is a cash cow. The work is done, and now I can sell it time after time after time.

How is that justified?

I know they do it because they can, but that doesn't make it right.

UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right


Re: Same Sh1t Different Day

Bollocks. Universal Credit is not about streamlining and simplifying the benefits system. It is purely about cutting costs. We give money to people who don't have any, and that's bad -- they are the undeserving poor. So we have to give them less (to force them to work).

On the other hand we give more money, every year (triple lock) to the old twats -- that's because they vote (Tory, mainly).

It is nothing about having a working system. But it is everything about political ideology.

Pull your chair closer: It's the Reg autumn lecture series


Teal – just back from Antarctica

I thought it was winter down there just now, and no one would be mad enough to visit -- with everything happening in the summer months when it was a little easier to do stuff.

Of course it looks like I'm wrong, so a pint to Teal!

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges


If you're selling it as a phone service, it's a phone service.

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I think you've dialed a farm.

Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’


Re: It's about time

The Menubar is still there though

Yeah, well what about the fucking pile of poo called Gnome 3? That's made some god awful design decisions. That has gedit. And that hasn't got a menu bar, even if you want one, because some cunt thought it got in the way.

I hate Gnome 3.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data


Brexit, anyone?

This includes development of capabilities to prevent uploading of illicit content, to carry out "urgent and immediate" takedowns, and more investment in human and automated detection capabilities.

Major firms should also set industry statements and help smaller firms deploy these capabilities on their own platforms.

These are not the same bozos who think Brexit will be wonderful, are they? They are using the same delusional language.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: That is going to be one hell of an expensive failure

Oh yeah, they built a new aircraft carrier, but forgot the catapults.

... and the aircraft.

You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows


Re: £££££££££££

Schools (which are paid by the government) are also facilitating this by teaching everyone how to use MS Office and providing copies of MS Office at an extremely reduced price.

Surely the schools can be incentivised to allow their staff and pupils to explore alternatives by giving them bonus payments when they teach their kids how to use alternative products. Indeed why not make interoperability a condition of the contract with M$?

Change the curriculum to measure how well the kids know how to use different products, and crucially how to make sure they understand that different products can work together.

The government has the money which M$ wants. Make them work for it, and if they won't, tell 'em to fuck off.

It's not rocket science; you just have to have the mindset that M$ are a supplier that are trying to shaft you, so work out how you can shaft them back. At the end of the day you have the money, so you can always put yourself on the winning side. (Unless you choose to roll over either because you are thick or are receiving thick brown envelopes.)

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


Linux as it should be

I've still got many tens of floppy disks in the garage -- sets of disks for for each area of installation. I seem to remember X taking a very large pile, then you had to work through xf86config, or whatever it was called, to get the system working.

Happy days.

Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived


Constant change disrupts work-flow and impairs productivity.

Gnome 3 DIE.

Opps, sorry, wrong thread.

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR


locked filing cabinet...

But that's the point. The plans were NOT on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet... They WERE on display wide in the open, with people megaphoning that something was going to happen.

It took less than five seconds to find this:


IBM Australia to end on-shore software support


IBM database support coming out of Argentina

You mean the rest of the world is catching up. The Internet and Globalisation, a force for good. Alas if your skills are being undercut by someone else who is also remote you must retrain.

Just think 10 years from now how much different the world will be. Look especially at India -- 2030. Or Malaysia. Turkey, lots of places. I think we are living through an amazing time.

BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless


I'm getting too old to bother with correct spelling

Oh dear. If this is the attitude of to days yoof, Brexit Britan is wel an trooley skrood.

My advice -- buy a dictionary. There is no excuse for bad spelling -- here you get 10 minutes editing time!

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back


and out of their holes they come

What? Are you saying you like this MS shit?

Where they tell you how you should work, rather than Linux, where the computer is a tool that *you* configure how *you* want it to work?

I think it is you, sir, who should climb back into your hole.


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