* Posts by aqk

264 posts • joined 19 Nov 2012


Can't do it the US way? Then we'll do it Huawei – and roll our own mobile operating system


We need the Mozilla / Firefox phone!

Now! More than ever!

Why did Shuttleworth bail out so soon?

Big Brother

Another operating system?

I've had a Huawei phone (well, a couple) for 5+ years and they always seemed to have their own OS. Is this just a cosmetic front-end to Android?

And what's the difference? I assume that Android, as a Linux clone, is open?

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you're holding, and make sure you've updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked)


Mint? Ubuntu?

What! Why aren't you using the supplied Firefox as recommended?

Problem solved.

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?


You don't have to go back to 1939.

In the late 1970s and early '80s I was systems programmer for a large Canadian hospital. After designing my own online CICS registration/admissions system and successfully getting it up and running, I was gradually implementing more and more features into it.

Then the IBM suits walked in with their inferior (in my modest estimation) system, and sold it to the top brass for beaucoup $$.

Anyway- one of the demographic boxes on this "new" IBM system had exactly that: WHITE, BLACK YELLOW. I don't remember if there was a fourth "MULATTO" box - this may have come in a later release.

BTW, our IBM sales "engineer" had just come back from Rio de Janeiro, where he had helped to install this vaunted IBM hospital system. Perhaps this is where Brazil picked up these descriptions.

Anyhow, I was gladly outa there, and let several COBOL hacks, um.. programmers (not hackers!) take over its implementation, replete with an older version of CICS.

Finally, by the 21st century, I had thankfully retired, as the suits with their "Master of Hospital Administration" and MBA degrees had increased at least tenfold, running rampant. Then the hospital became embroiled in huge financial and operating scandals, with the CEO and his wife escaping arrest by fleeing to Panama, where he eventually died. But I think it's still safe to have an operation or other medical procedure performed in this hospital - the medical staff appears to be competent enough....

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD


Re: worth it! Brex it?


You brex it, you pays for it!

According to http://www.brex.it/wp/

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again


I don't care. I use whatever system / machine does the job.

Exactly. And 30 years ago Apple (and its weenie fanbois) COULD NOT do the job. I was there. I saw them. All they could do is whine "But my APPLE is sooo much better than this cheap DOS machine!"

"OK, shithead. Do the job!" they were told by a boss who would not even use a Windows mouse! (it was too effete)

And they failed. Then they were tossed out. Their expensive company Apples were then raffled off to us.

Yet strangely, nothing has changed! The incessant yammering nerdyboys here no doubt still mutter "BILL GATES? HE'S THE ANTICHRIST!" (yawn...) Well.. at least they no longer shout it.

Hey- I'm STILL waiting for Linux to take over the business office. Gee! Is it 2016 yet?

Mind you, I'm still waiting for my 2008 Hydrogen-powered BMW that I ordered in 2006...


Re: Expansion slots. Meh. Indeed!

Who had the last laugh?

How much did you pay for these "add-ons"? And the original XT? It must have been at least TRIPLE the price of a fully-loaded Apple, right?


Check out Huawei- the Apple of the 2020s...

People actually still buy Apples? I mean beside the El-Rag faithful and their weenie acolytes?

What do they actually DO with their Apples? I mean the overpriced iPads, iPhones and iCraps..

Just read https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/technology/huawei-europe-china.html

In particular, read the reply from "Godfree" in California.

Anyhow, I've used Huawei phones for 5+ years. A pox on your Apples.

And DON'T be afraid of the Yellow Peril spying on you! Nor are the Huawei phones filled with opium to hook you.

Oh wait! I'm mixed up. This is what the British did to the Chinese a hundred years ago!

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

Paris Hilton

NO! Not even to grow cotton! Although you might ply me with Cashmere....



A pub?

Hey, I make the local atmosphere! As long as there no smokers nearby.

Oh- the Moon is airless! No problem!

But I'd like an awning perhaps. Or a large umbrella for my acolytes. Then you all may gather around, and listen to my bon mots. The atmosphere will come.


Re: Should have sent the tardigrades

Of course they know. But capitalism reigns.

Cotton is also responsible for draining the Mare Imbrium and Mare Frigoris, etc At one a great colony of Lunatechs lived there.

Earthling, take note.


Re: Cotton is interesting

3D printing a loom?

Get with it man! You feed the cotton juice into the printer and it prints your undies!


Re: Cotton?

In China, they use noodle suppositories. And of course bones from dead tigers.


(-274 degrees in Freedom units)

Great! As a Canadian living next door to the US, I have to remember this one.

Besides the US, does any other "developed" country in the world still use Faren,... uh, Freedum degrees?

The local US radio stations drive me nuts with their antiquated weather reports.

hmmm... So one KM is now approx .625 Freedomiles.

And it takes 2.54 cm to make a Freeduminch. Yeah, that's about right

How many stone does a Brit weigh? ??? Oh! A Stone = 14 FreedumLb

Uhh.. I mean ONE Brexitstone of course!

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!


Thumb Down

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.


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