* Posts by Charles Calthrop

263 posts • joined 27 Jun 2007


Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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i heard an awesome story about a guy in the dell factory at limerick. He was working on the production line when he pressed the emergency stop button by accident, and caused the entire line to shut down. It caused a huge rumpus as it cost $$$, so much so that someone from Dell HQ flew over to see what had happened, to try to see if there were workarounds they could implement. So this big shot was talking to the operative

'Walk me through exactly what you did' the big shot guy said

'I accidentally pressed the emergency stop button, like this', the guy said. Pressing it again to show him

RIP Dr Peuto, Zilog and Sun's bright SPARC

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Halt and Catch Fire

I love reading these stories of early computing (waits for a grumpy old sod to complain it's not THAT old). Sad it is normally in obits, though. Sounds like the guy made a huge contribution to computing. Cheers.

Accused hacker Lauri Love tries to retrieve Fujitsu lappie and other gear from Britain's FBI in court

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hate it. use it

it says “Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Log on”

DXC Technology utters words 'hiring' and 'digital' 105 times in Q3 earnings car-crash

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Re: Que?

Lucky you. In my field they're like japanese knotweed, they're bloody everywhere

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great news

everytime I am brought into a project and they're involved my heart drops.

For every good person they have they have 3 utter usless ones,

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Hamilton's water breaks

Water-way to have a good time

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

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Re: Ulbricht was also linked to six drug overdose deaths

Hope you boycott Big Pharma

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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These stories always remind me of this


bad language tbh

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

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Re: AI, AI, Oh.

you're saying it's elementary

if only it were expensive then it would elementary, dear watson

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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"The long one, that password that you place…is this the password? "

"Yes, sir."

"What a drag! It has symbols and things."

We've all been there, every one of us.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: Too late

I'm not doing the work for you. if you want to discover, go read it yourself. It's all in there, but not overly easy to find, but it's all in there.

AKA I did a quick cmd f, couldn't find anything, but I still know I am correct

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Re: Too late

There were maybe 20 words in my post and you still missed the point of them

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Re: Too late

Their privacy policy page is maby 3k words


that's without following all the links which have more detail.

Have you really read it all?

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easiest thing to do is probably turn on obsolecence again

Aside from lengthening the product cycle, I can see two engineering fixes:

1) Make phones exciting again. Make week long battery. Make as huge gains as (say) between the 3 and 4 and make world class industrial design.

however, that sounds quite hard so:

2) Make obsolecence great again!

If my 3 year phone works so well I can't see the point of an upgrade, well, they can change that quite easily.

Hope they don't go for step 2. would be a lot easier though, no?

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

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Re: Amateurs!!


Get the young woman to open google earth then get the grizzled 'cuts-corners-but-gets-results-why-are-city-hall-busting-my-balls' man to tell her to enhance. Should zoom in to just above the perp's flat.

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

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Re: xfer

why delete it?

I'd have created a new HDD with your 'best ofs' but left the rest. Spending ages removing things, just so you can throw out a hdd is not something I would do

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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you should be ugly like me, then you'd be safe

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Big difference between mortgage brokers and travel agents, though.

People often book flghts / hotels now, so are confident in doing so. Plus, if you screw up, you've screwed up 2 weeks maximum.

When it comes to things with huge financial risk, and which are not done frequently, like mortgages, people are happy to pay 200 quid for peace of mind. Same as why I think estate agents still exist. What do they do? Take worse photos than you or i, with their iphone, apply no artistc thought to them, stick a listing on rightmove and get someone else to show you around? Yet I will probably use them if I ever move again, because, wankers that they are, I would rather use their expertise than mine

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes

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I am an ex fanboy

I used to love Apple, Macs, specifically. Having to work with terrible Dells, with tiny trackpads, crummy software loaded on XP, cheap build quality and just an overall air of 'eh, this will do', it was a pleasure using a Mac instead. The ascthetic of the mac pleased me every time I noticed it.

Not so much nowadays. I am totally indifferent to them. I am typing this on a MacBook pro, but only because it is closer to hand than my thinkpad. The build quality is excellent, and I don't care about the price anyway, as work pays for them, but my thinkpad is also excellent, and while the touchpad isn't as good, the keyboard is better

I keep watching youtube videos about how you can use the iPad pro as your main daily driver. But they all focus on editing video. What about software development? I would love to run Apache / Sublime etc on an iPad. I can't see what Apple is doing which will impress developers. Maybe we don't matter anymore?

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is: 1. More ad revenue, and 2. Good PR. Lots of love – Mark, aged 34½

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I disagree.

My wife uses Internet explorer. If that wasn't bad enough, to open gmail, she types in google.com, then searches for 'gmail'. Just typing that out infurirates me, but what can you do? Anyway, the point is she is most definitely not an IT user, does not care about tech news etc. But she doesn't use FB anymore because of 'this privacy stuff c4 news keep going on aboout'

I know, of course, this is anecdotal evidence. But nonetheless I do think it is having a huge effect. A final straw when you think it's full of ads and sponsored content anyway.

I think the bigger problem is neither of my teenage kids have any intention whatsoever of using it; it's for old people.

the sooner fb dies, the better. An absolute stain on humanity. Happy Christmas Mark.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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pulled it very quickly. very rasher

Careful with this latest Microsoft release – tug too hard on the threads and it tends to unravel

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why do i like xmas jumpers so much?

why do i want that jumper in particcular?

I'd love to be all hip and cool and sneer at it but I think it is great.

what is wrong with me?

last year we had our xmas meall in a really facy restaurant and I rocked up in this bad boy


was a bit awkward.

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff

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87 seems rather a lot. do they have 00s, have they a keen new testing team, or have they not patched for ages?

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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hate it. use it

I remember the days I used to buy new handsets all the time, back in the day. When new cameras and features came out. Nowadays, I find the efforts to persuade me to upgrade laughable. 'We have 4 new pixels', 'We have a new chip which makes browsing 2% faster'. Big deal. Hard luck carphone warehouse.

'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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Re: Errr ...

You must have hated the smoking ban!. Saying that you don't have to be that subtle these days: I was in a conference room once where the owner of the company came in, left her mobile and notepad on the table and left. Unfortunately, she had unlocked it so we could she she had called in from her office line and we were on speaker. my collegue suddenly and uncharacteristically talked in excrutiating detail about his sex life. Completely coincidentally, the owner came in about a minute later, pretended she'd 'forgotten her mobile', and left, not looking at my colleague once.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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let the downvotes begin, but I would rather we have loads of browsers and webdevs had to do more work, than make google anymore dominant than it already is. See for instance that interesting post up there about youtube css.

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the edge is foine.

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don't get me wrong. I don't like IE, and that's putting it mildly. I was a front end dev in IE 6 days, for instance. But I do kind of think it's a shame that it's all getting steamrollered into one. Loads of standards compliant browsers would have been much better than just 1 or 2

Ooo shiny! First Visual Studio 2019 sneak peek here in time for Chrimbo

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all seem like good changes. Now lets see how the never bitter el reg commentards react.

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: "get a CEO's head on a pike"

don't tell him!

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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i thought the web would be this open, positive egalitarian platform. instead we're being siloed off into isolated partitions on huge multinational's platforms

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Not a good look here.

why have you never trusted the documents folder?

Oslo clever clogs craft code to scan di mavens and snare dodgy staff

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What a pun

just wanted to pay tribute to that pun. Oslo I have heard you've done better ones. I think that's a bergen legend, though.

Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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dutch internet speeds so hot it could be straight out the oven

Archive.org's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

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" For instance, if you want to see what The Register looked like in 1998, go right ahead."

archaic design even by early 1990s standards*, great puns, headlines about stuff I don't underst oh wait i haven't clicked that link yet

*I actually like the way you have ignored 20 years of web 'design'

Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

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I still think WIndows Phone had hte best UI. I was so bemused something so beautiful and functional came from microsoft. then I bought a 1020, and with every update something was removed. Bemused I was no more, and so I bought an iphone

Live tiles still haven't been copied properly. Or people, where I can see a list of my friends and get updtes from their twitter and facebook without having to use facebook's awful app. of course, MS killed that, too

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I was listening to original pirate material, which - I think - makes me the coolest el reg commentator

'you won't find us on alta vista' goaded Mike Skinner.

'too right' I thought, sadly

Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon

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software UI is bonkers.

step 1: make changes soley because otherwise v2 will look like v1

step 2 undo the changes

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: The return of front page

I do remember that, yes. And I still think it is a good thing.

Anything which lowers the barriers to non technical people creating content on the web is good. And, in my opinion, 1000 functional websites with awful code is better than 1 website, say, facebook, with 1000 beautfilly efficiently coded pages.

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Do you speak English?

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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I hate them and what they represent.

Microsoft's Teams lights solitary candle, hipsters don't notice

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hate it. use it

one of our managers insists we use it. awful tool. keep getting emails like 'hey you're missing all the fun'

er, no, i am not reading chat in a stupid bug fix channel.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Reg readers

Lots of crying into software company fleeces from our phone on belt wearing brethren.

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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wonderful article

I saw an advert for the Nokia watch on the tube the other day, and I was surprised at how sad I still felt about the decline of Nokia. The reporting of the decline and fall is perhaps El Reg's greatest legacy; I find it fascinating to read about and the details you have uncovered are still interesting.

Thanks to the authors for the PDF. A great article.

I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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Don't understand the hate for linkedin

I have got 2 ace jobs because of it. Not sure why people are so vehemently against it tbh. Its just like any other social media tool, there are costs and benefits and if you think the benefits aren't worth it, don't register. I have noticed that people who post 00s of times on this forum seem to hate any form of social media at all

Facebook have terrabytes of useless data: people checking in to restaurants or liking posts to win prices. MS have something much more valuable. I do worry about what they will be able to do with the world's CVs, but for me, the benefits outweigh this

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Nasa and the preservation of knowledge

A colleague was at a IA conference at NASA when some NASA bod stood up and caused some consternation by saying if they were told to fly to the moon tomorrow, they'd have to start from scratch because every appollo mission used different procedures and nothing was written down, it was all in the head of retired engineers*. The thing is, this is a known, old problem, and we have basically infinite storage and matrure solutions. It shouldn't be such a big problem.

*Mainly cos they didn't actually go in the first place .

Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding

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pudding jokes aside for a minute..

he's on thin ice here. I can't devon fathom the consequences

Argy-bargy Argies barge into Starbucks Wi-Fi with alt-coin discharges

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what a headline

very good

Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?

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how can I filter reviews on your site?

I can't find a category on the menu for them

Also, wish you used bigger photos


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