* Posts by aqk

250 posts • joined 19 Nov 2012


Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


Re: I think I can spare 7Gb out of the 8Tb I'm using for storage at the moment.

Admittedly, disk cleanup needs to be automatic,

WHAT??? NO! Heaven forbid!

El-Reg weenies don't like this "automatic" stuff! Particularly automatic updates!


Re: I think I can spare 7Gb out of the 8Tb I'm using for storage at the moment.

Hey! 75 DOWNVOTES! (so far)

The Android and MAC weenies really don't like you! You must be saying something sensible!

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media


Re: Spot the 'deliberate' mistake in the video

Now tell us your 9-11 theory about how steel will not melt at 800 degrees!


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Nah... nothing nuclear. Just all that PLASTIC garbage that the "West" keeps sending to China, and they have finally smartened up, and are resusing any more of it.

So get used to dumping your plastic crap in the ocean again.


I can't be bother deciphering your ASCII text, but... "URANUS" HA HA HA!

Really? Up yer anus, 12-year-old.

Black Helicopters

Re: Lunar "nature" pics.

> ...as China can't go beyond Moon, it's still fifty years behind.


Really? India has sent probes to Mars. And Japan has gone to asteroids. I am sure China could easily land on Mars, but they seem fascinated by Selene.

While Elon Musk et al mutter about Mars, the Chinese are pragmatic. They know what is quickly attainable.

Too bad the USA petulantly kept them off the ISS. So? They understandably said "Fuck YOU, USA! We will build our own space station!"

Expect the next Moonwalker to be Chinese. And the next, i.e. the FIRST permanently-manned moonbase to be (mostly) Chinese.


Re: Dark {side||Ages}

Well, things fall apart, and the centre cannot hold.

And some rough Chinese beast is slouching on the Moon.....

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7


Re: It's my fault

....something that you'd do for a kids computer to get them started

Or your mother-in-law (but you're not married are you?). Or your elderly aunt.

Or the average doofus office clerk. Or his/her manager.

Alas, we are not all real techies like you are.


Re: The Back Button Dependency and bland

Oh that WIndows -10 IS SOOOO BLAND!

So... spend most of your time playing Freecell huh? And you haven't tried figuring out aero or wallpaper customizing yet. Sad.

Paris Hilton

Re: Fear Mongering and M$


You're cute. I love the way you stamp your little foot. And even type that old Macintosh M$ jokey acronym. Nice to see someone still remembers.

So it's gonna be Linux for everyone by 2016, huh?

Oh. Now it's Android. I see. Possibly by 2020?


From 5½ YEARS AGO - I only got 17 downvotes!

The following was from 2013, when all the silly elRag Winbashers (you know who you are) were saying they would NEVER give up their WinXP / Win7 systems, and the desktop world would be all using Linux by 2017 or so....

Ah... Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose


Re: I'll update

I've upgraded a desktop and a laptop to Win-8. One of them has already been upgraded again to 8.1 - I realize I'll have to re-install when the "real" 8.1 comes out, but that's OK. Unlike you, I went the $39 route each.

I've a 3rd PC that may be upgraded if MS does a another bargain-basement offer like this when the final 8.1 comes out.

I wonder what all these tedious eight-bashers here are gonna do 2 or 3 years from now, when their old XP and Linux systems become unfashionable, or perhaps a boss starts asking questions as to why his IT dept. is so out-of-date....

It would be amusing to keep some of these comments here and repost them publicly a few years from now.

Alas, most of these folks are anonymous cowards.


Hey, maybe you guys could give me a few more downvotes this time? I love collecting them here.


Re: "Windows became glacial on both systems" @AC

"... glories of 10 and it's increasing size and poor condition I am seriously exploring alternatives to see if we can migrate to a more modern operating system."

Sure, Dude. I bet you've been saying that for years.

Yes... I too predict that the desktop world will finally dump this horrible Microsoft product and migrate to Linux by 2017!

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)


Re: Firefox.... Godwin.... Balloune

Not just Godwin's Law... but Balloune's Law also!

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently


But what about Netscape?

I am too tired to read all the arcane comments below.

But has any El Rag user yet suggested we should go back to Windows-XP and Netscape?

Yes, NETSCAPE! Surely a much more secure browser than IE6 !!

Com'n guys! Is everyone asleep at the wheel here?

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


Hey! Good job! 68 Downvotes!

You must have REALLY upset the El-Reg weenies!

I'm hoping to get 100 downvotes for my insolent remarks here! I bet I can beat you!


Oh! The horror! Is it the evel M$ Bill gates spying on us?

BS. They ARE upgrading! See my comments elsewhere here.

OH! I expect to see AT LEAST 100 downvotes on my nasty truth / comment! Are you listening, Mac weenies?


Oh my! 69 downvotes so far (Dec 14)


Not very popular here are you? Sometimes it's tough revealing the truth to old fuddy-duddies.... ;-)


NO ONE IS UPGRADING TO WIN-10? Oh, the horror!

And Microsoft wonder why people are not upgrading to Windows 10

Hello... people are not upgrading? lol.

Just about everyone I know (and a lot of them are non-savvy folks (except for their thumby li'lAndroid chocolate bars) seem to upgrade their laptops (and the occasional BIG MONITORS desktop) every 2 years or so.

And when asked if they want to replace the installedWindows-10 with Win-7 (or perhaps el-Reg's favourite Win-XP), do they still moan


The few that made this mistake a coupla years ago have since realized their shortcomings and have actually asked later if they could re-U/G back to Win-10. LOL. Not sure what replies were.

Geezzz... Who are you old troglodytes here anyhow? WTF rock are you hiding under?

Just ABOUT EVERYBODY I KNOW who buys a new laptop or perhaps desktop (I need that big 27" monitor!") accept windows-10 and, AND! have now grown used to it. Understand yet?

And some like me, have indeed installed a Linux variant (usually Ubuntu 18.04LTS) on their old PCs that they refuse to junk. Sigh... sooner or later that HD will have a headcrash...

Migod. Is El-Reg the last refuge for old dying Mac users?

OK- I'm in Canada. Perhaps the nerds in Old Blighty still masturbate to pictures of Steve Jobs....

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request


Tit for tat... uh, Tat for tits?

Fly through Beijing or HongKong much? Are you Canadian? Don't be surprised if you are "detained" at the Chinese airport while in transit.


Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran


Re: China is not a democracy

SEE https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-december-8-2016-1.3885770/we-only-came-to-help-canadian-couple-imprisoned-in-china-accused-of-spying-1.3885918

Anytime. I know lots of people that pass thru Beijing airport on their way to somewhere else.. Let's see what happens.


Re: China is not a democracy. And THEY BITE

Are you asleep?

See https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-december-8-2016-1.3885770/we-only-came-to-help-canadian-couple-imprisoned-in-china-accused-of-spying-1.3885918

This is just ONE instance. Going to HongKong? Or just passing thru? Like that Huawei lady did in Vancouver?

Be careful.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship


Hey- what about the monikers Astronaut and Cosmonaut?

Just how far have these brave spacey nautical fellows ventured from the Earth's atmosphere?

Any American been to the ASTEROID belt yet? And how far into the "cosmos" have those Russkies travelled ?

OK- A dozen+ Americans have been as far as the Moon. Sorry guys- you're still under control of Earth's gravity.

But is this really waaaaay out there?

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA


Re: What could possibly..poison our atmosphere?

When these things "burn up" will our atmosphere slowly be polluted with Cesium, Cobalt, Xylunkium and Transmogrium, And whatever the shit else is in their chips and circuits?

What next- a bunch of low-flying birds that are powered by plutonium?

But what I REALLY wanna know is- will my present rural geosat internet connection with its 800ms ping and 5 Mbs DL speed be improved? At a lower price?

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


Re: The joke is on you!

Well, I have Alcohol and FOUR cats!

After reading the usual and predictable nasty anti-MS comments here just now, I changed my insider Preview status from Slow to Fast, just to see what all this kerfuffle was about!

Oh-oh! Another 4 GB 2-hour download has just been initiated! This is the fastest that the Insider Preview system upgrade service has ever responded! And it's Friday PM, my trolling hours!

Thanx, guys!

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Re: When I know I'll be using a laptop, I use a Lenovo..

Lenovo inherited IBM's red Thinkpad "G-spot", which is very useful, once you get used to it.

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel


Re: "the system has a more modern and no-reboot look"

I never need to reboot, uptimes are in weeks.

Oh my! Are you running a flat file server? You don't need KDE for this!

I'd like to be there when you finally reboot.

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)



I've been using Build17763 for a week or two now. ( as well as 2 or 3 flavours of Linux)

OMG. Now I have to read all the El-Rag comments here?

From the usual gang of weenie suspects (yes I know who you are) that said:


- "Hey! Yes, Vista was BAD! But M$ has improved it!"

- "Windows 7 is the best EVER! Who would upgrade it to some shitty M$ Windows-10?"


- "FUCK YOU, M$ ! I AM SWITCHING TO LINUX! And by 2017, we will all be running LINUX on our desktops!"

And so it goes..(sigh) why is this even a news item on El Rag?

OH! You have actually read this far? OK- Look below. There is a downvote button to click on.(but you already knew that) Hey, just making it easier for you tired old unimaginative bozos. I expect AT LEAST 100 downvotes by Nov 15! So I can impress my girlfriend with what I comment on....

Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs


Need quick cash? Sell the old subs to CANADA!

Hey it's simple, you dopey limeys! Need some extra cash to pay for the new subs? Brexit got you down?

Easy financing is available!

Just sell four more of your old subs to Canada! Like you did before. We are suckers for these deals. You think Theresa is dim-witted? Hah!

But Canada, with our Liberal gov't, may balk when we hear that these things are nuclear-powered.

NUCLEAR?? EEK! That stuff is EVIL!

So? Just retrofit the old leaky subs with oil-burning diesel engines, and to hell with the pollution! And hope they don't catch fire or sink halfway across the Atlantic, like one of the previous ones did.

We ARE CANADIAN! Hewers of wood and drawers of (sometimes salt) water!

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


Re: or Maybe...??

Well at least Louis C.K. kept his hands to himself!

No slave, he! He was a MASTER-


Re: Historical context Kudos!


When this topic ever arises, all I can usually say is that some of my ancestors might have been "masters" but I have no doubt that the great majority were slaves.

And of course, many were thieves and cutthroats. Note abobe that my surname is "King". How did I get this? Ever heard of the "Droit du Seigneur"?

Paris Hilton

Re: Don't forget sexist terminology- Reverse polarity Mr. Scott!

But it's the reverse polarity female connectors that worry me! Have you ever looked in and seen that clitoris?

And in this case at least, for the few male RF engineers who are not klutzes, it's usually quite easy to find!


What next? The "S" word?

Soon, the niggardly language arbitrators of the USA will decree that, just like the Enword, the words "slave" and "master" must be stricken from THE dictionary. (I believe the only one they follow is the Webster.)

These nasty words will be replaced by "S-word" and "M-word" respectively, so that no culturally-sensitive person of colour (Kipling referred to them as the "Lesser breeds") will have a heart attack, or worse, draw out that shiv hidden under his trouser ankle, and slash some "white" man's throat. All good liberals know that every young Enward carries such a shiv, right?


Soon the USA will run out of alphabet letters to describe offending words.

The question is- which will come first? This, or MS-Windows running out of letters to describe the partitions on a hard or network drive?

Windows 10 Linux Distribution Overload? We have just the thing


Re: Remind me again......

How many operating systems should they support?

Why, just the correct one: YOURS of course! And to hell with all the others, right?

You must be a senior manager. Congratulations.


Re: I still think they're majoring in the miners. again.

Let me know when you've managed to run WordPerfect under WINE.

Yes, believe it or not, a lot of people still use this old dinosaur under Windows-7.

And I bet it even runs under Win-10.

You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark



Why cannot we get our newspapers (yes, the paper ones) printed in these colours?

An ALL-BLACK newspaper, with white or faint grey lettering on it. It would look just like my old VT220 monitor of 1992! Perhaps GREEN text on the page would be even more agreeable to today's generation.

This would be a boon to the failing newsprint companies! Not to mention the ink companies.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: This has been around since VM 1970s...

Back in the '70s, as a VM system programmer, I once had three levels of VM/HPO set up just for fun, and occasionally installed or upgraded a new VM system under the old production VM. i.e. two levels.

And I did know someone that apparently had tested at least seven levels of VM, but he worked for IBM, and lots of toys to play with.

Big Brother

Re: CP == Hypervisor

....a stint at IBM in Cambridge and knew some of the CMS folks...

Huh! So you're one of those guys that originated all those SVC 202 calls that kept me busy!

202 = X"ca"

Paris Hilton


Never heard of "C-sharp"?

Oops... it's a Microsoft language! No decent Reg user would ever program in this!


No... I also use the term "octothorpe".

And pedantically, I also pronounce Kilometer the proper (and Canadian) way: KILO METRE.

Not the silly American Kill ommiter....


Hash? Corned Beef?

Actually the proper name (and it has been around for decades) is an OCTOTHORPE.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

Big Brother

Re: Same in Canada- plus ça change, eh?


I live in a RURAL area, less than 60 miles from Montreal. Around 2000-2001, all kinds of fibre was strung on the poles in our neighbourhood. The 21st CENTURY WAS HERE! But then Northern Telecomm went belly-up, John Roth took his big gazillion-dollar retirement package, and all this fibre has now remained dark for the lastt 18 years and counting...

It mostly ends in refrigerator-sized CO boxes (one is about 1.5 KM from me) and the last 200 M of buried copper is fit only for voice telephones.

What a shame.

I'd love to show you my http://fibe.tk but it was repossessed. All I have left to rail against Bell is an old (2008) FIBE 0.037 DIATRIBE.

Bah! Nothing, NOTHING has improved since then.

Now I rely upon a geo-stationary satellite 38,000 Km away for both my internet AND telephone. The only thing that Bell seems to be interested in is cell-phones, and from celltowers, they charge insane amounts of $$ for a few Megabits of monthly HTTP.

Fuck Bell.

Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines


Re: A dry red with notes of cherry and a pleasing strontium aftertaste...

Bananas do not contain a warning?

After what I have read here, they bloody well should! (Perhaps the California ones do- they are not sold here)

Now, I have to wait until dark, then flip off the light-switch to see which ones glow!

They will go to my well-stocked Hazardous Waste bin, along with all those toxic CFLs, that keep breaking here (cough-cough!) and I shall only eat the safe bananas at breakfast!

I wish I had never read this disturbing thread....


Re: Grapes do not absorb much

And there's not mushroom for error, there :)

As long as it's done with a Toad's tool, so that it will not fung us!

IT Angle

Re: Worse than anti-freeze!

Even in the Canadian Ice!

Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year


Re: Intelligent cloud? Stupid cloud?


Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build


Re: They say history pounds a C into Sharp note.

If you really wish to sound sophisticated, try calling the # an Octothorpe.(with or without the trailing "e").

But definitely never a "hashtag", a "number sign" or a "pound sign".

If you are teaching someone how to play the piano, then you are permitted to call it a "sharp". If you are teaching C#, then you may also refer to the language as "C-sharp", if only to impress people.

Are we clear now?

NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men


Is it pronounced "Kill-opper"?

You know- the same way Brits and Americans pronounce "Killomitter"?

I hear there is a movement afoot to change the pronunciation of KiloGram to "Kill-oggram"

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana


Wow! Thanx, Bite-the-hand-that-feeds-me!

The last coupla days, I noticed all my Firefox pages in Win-10 looked really crappy,

I searched Firefox (they're always updating, as is Win-10) for answers, but to no avail.

I happen to be nowusing Win-10 Version 1803 Build 17133.1

So I tried the Win-Ctrl-Shift-B and suddenly everything cleared up!

Apologies to Firefox, and thanx, TheRegister!

That's no moon... er, that's an asteroid. And it'll be your next and final home, spacefarer


Be careful of these mad Delft Dutchmen!

I sense a plot here-

The language of this "starship" will be Dutch by default. Not Russian or English. Once we sail away from Earth and out to the Oort Cloud and perhaps beyond, the space colony may get bogged down in this strange Dutch cloud (remember- it is named after Jan Oort). There, we will all gradually replace what is left of our English, French, Chinese, Swahili and Russian languages with the Dutch language.

This is what the fiendish Delft overlords will be counting on.

The remaining dolts on planet Earth, with their new Trumpian religion will totally totally fuck the planet up, and after a couple of millennia, reduce themselves to a gibbering bunch of ersatz gibbons.

3,7 Millenia later:

The Genever gin has finally been exhausted... and-

Our descendent starship uber-captain (A Dutchman no doubt- well, at least he/she SPEAKS Dutch; who knows what genes she/he now has from this motley crew!) will finally sober up and decide that it is now too much trouble to sail to some star 25 LY away, and propose "Hey! Let's go back to Earth now! I hear it's finally much greener!" And there may be more Genever there! YAY! Let's GO!

Then, this new "Chistopher Columbus" gang will return to land on Earth and then slowly overcome the babbling indigenous peoples. Perhaps even teach them the new Dutchspace alphabet (27 characters, 45% or them peculiarly guttural, as they were millennia ago) and...

Everyone will soon learn Dutch!

This triumph of Dutch over English will finally avenge the humiliation of the 17th century. And who knows? The new Capital city of the Earth may be called New Amsterdam once again.


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