* Posts by BeerTokens

78 posts • joined 29 Jan 2013


Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?


Re: Whatever they do, it will make sod all difference

I've found that riding 3ft from the kerb helps negate this. however this does mean that car drivers are less likely to give you the correct amount of room whilst overtaking, or drive straight at you whilst negotiating a parked car on the other side of the road. kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place. Also not riding full tilt in busy areas helps (I was guilty of this but have taken a chill pill and things are less frantic)


Re: Dumber and Dumber

Gotta say one of the scarier things I see on the road is drivers with earbuds! but the general lack of awareness by road users that other road users might be around the next corner or be stopping soon is just astounding. I'm all for mandatory insurance for cyclists and driving licenses should expire after 10 years.

UK tech has a month left to bare gender pay gaps, but less than a fifth of firms have ponied up


Pie in yer face

link to a johnathan pie skit that deals with this


Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks


Re: good start, now...

Ah the days of selecting what you features installed during the build I do miss those. I even miss them on the linux builds, can't remember the last time I got to pick my packages during install probably about five years ago at a guess.

What is wrong with letting the tech savvy have a proper advanced install option?

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner


festive fried food

Our local chippy is doing deep fried pigs in blankets. Sourced from the local farm shop. Very nice indeed.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours


Re: I'm a bit slow

Can we have this as a banner on the reg homepage please?

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned


It's not just Photoshop.

We have just done a server migration for a design company using 100+ macs. They were using two mac mini's with 16gb Ram i5 500gb ssd connect via thunderbolt to storage arrays to serve the files used by photoshop currently 15Tb. now because apple hates professionals, see current mac pro (bin) and lack of apple server love. We started trying to convince them that the best way to get a stable system was to move to windows. However the amount of kick back because some plugins aren't available and workflows would be too different for the designers that we had to use another approach.

Unless these fully support both AFP and SMB3 all current plugins for photoshop and autoCAD and can manage multitasking, there is no way we could put one out in the field for this company.

However if it's for the person I saw yesterday who justifies his time with pointless meetings and wants to feel important we could definitely sell him one...

Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro


Fives eyes a wondering

If I loaded up a lots of fake video's of me with differing gait's to facebook youtube instagram ect. then went on a crime spree would it feed enough noise into their system to stop it from finding me?

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity


Re: "Silver in gold"

Your description reminded me of Star Trek 'Gold Pressed Latinum'


Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips


I believe this is the link you are looking for... https://www.linaro.org/groups/leg/

El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot


Re: Wetherspoons.

To be fair, the food maybe less than perfect, the bar maybe frequented by some rough diamonds and the places may have the atmosphere of a company canteen but in general they do serve a nice range of refreshing beverages.

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin


Headline should read .eu saves uk £3000000 a year post brexit

It's not about facts but how you spin them!

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'


Re: Stolen Focus

Now you mention it it is still an issue, think I have just gotten used to it.

Just remembered that I have had to turn 90% of the features of my CTI client off because, if the phone rang and I was working on some text I would always inadvertently answer the phone by pressing return. Now in order to see you is calling I need to alt-tab to the window before answering the phone which is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard!


Stolen Focus

In the days of Office 95 one of the minor bugs of clippy is that it and other notifications would steal focus from the current window. Leaving users sat there wondering why they couldn't type anymore. Unable to resolve this on their own they would sit mumbling until someone near by would help. This would be resolved by leaning over and click on the word doc they had open.

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft



The Irony is without collecting this data they wouldn't be able to tell us how many installs had requested less data to be slurped.

What about those win10 installs that never hit the interwebs, or as some other posters have noted where a n other os is installed.

Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive


Re: For those anywhere near Southampton...

If you like brewdog and live near soton you need to try vibrant forest beers.

Just be prepared to have your taste buds assaulted!!!

It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?


pebble time

The time travel dial sounds a lot like pebble time to me.

BlackBerry pecks up crisis squawker AtHoc to add sauce to BBM


No issues with the phones, happy z10 user here. They are just no very fashionable or readily available on the high Street.

What would they need to include in their phones to make them more desirable to you?

Swarm of Apple iRobots released to map interior of Cupertino HQ


you have to be pretty scared of the boss,

If you go to all the trouble of mapping the brand new hq instead of having to admit you lost the plans!

Hacker data dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database


opt out?

If this is accessible by any one, then it would not take to much for go through it looking for your own personal information, and then at least you know when you're information has been compromised and can take the appropriate action.

Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it


Re: Lubuntu...

Why use the gui install instead of cli?

For me at least it saves on Google time.

Want to do lots of different unit conversions & don't know the name of a decent one available in your repos then launch the software centre and search for converter, read some reviews and install. Now try that using apt get. Time to finding out how many pints in a hectolitre increased meaning less time drinking said pints.

El Reg reforms the Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse


Re: Group efforts make sense

For us a family of four £28 food budget is not too far from our normal spend. Maybe it should reduce as you add more members to the group...

Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?


Re: Disingenuous

and if the owner of the CD listens to it ten times it looks like spotify gets rights owner a better return on investment.

ZTE Open C, the Firefox OS mobe you'll almost want, now on eBay


Where? Could only find it for £120.00 unlocked

Whereas the ZTE Open C is £69.99 from ebay which makes it over 40% cheaper.

OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod


Re: No Removable...

No because a new washing machine motor was cira £150 last time I looked and I can get a new machine for near that.

Have replaced pumps on dishwashers as it is economically viable to do so.

If I could up the spin on a cheaper 1400 spin washer to 2000 then I would as it would halve the initial price of the machine but I would fear for my silk undies in a machine not designed to go that fast.

FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH


Re: beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

"Seeing as those are both by miles the market leaders in their fields, the answer would undoubtedly be very few extra ones on Linux...And why would you want to - all those extra Linux security patches to integration test - not fun."

Sounds like an excuse looking for an issue. Cross platform support is part of what has made many open source projects so popular, Apache, OO, mySQL, to name but a few.

If a person gets windows so they can run MS office they may feel strong armed into the deal. If they get windows because they already use ms office and like the professionalism of it against the backdrop of the other programs available the OS they are currently using then it is a bigger win for MS in the hearts and minds of their users.

Don't get me wrong here I am using linux mint and would not install windows unless absolutely necessary. It's just I think this strategy is sound.


Re: beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

I think you may have misunderstood their intentions. If they can sell 365 @ £75/ per annum on an ipad device and then get the next purchase of a fondle slab to be a ms one, on the basis that it will be more integrated to the 365 system that they are already paying for, instead of a new ipad. Then this would be a short term and long term win for them. as opposed to them just ignoring a whole market segment that does not run the ms os.

This is a strategy they should have taken years ago. imagine the amount of exchange servers and ms office licences they could have sold if it ran on Linux..

'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss


Re: Of course NSA puts USA at risk

@Roj Blake

you will still be british...


Wanna use Bitcoin on your site? BitPay's open-source library wants to help


Re: I'll use virtual currency roughy ...

Enjoy -------------------->

Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block


'If you hold their hand every time they cross the road, they will get run over the first time you don't.'

Completely agree! My son is three and we live near a very busy road, through constant 'parenting' from before he was one. Only ever crossing the road how I would expect him to cross, not just glancing over my shoulder and wandering across the road EVERY TIME we cross. He will now walk upto the kerb side (a foot back) and wait for me, telling me when it is safe to cross. He is not ready to do this on his own but he may by the time he is five. This then will so engrained that he will not break the rules even when he is 12 and all his mates are dashing across the road.

Each part of the world that he gets introduced to needs a different approach for instance he is allowed to run amock around our lounge, where nothing is baby proofed, he gets one warning 'if you continue doing that you will hurt yourself' then when he falls over he will learn not to run so fast, that falling over hurts, and hopefully that daddy doesn’t just say these thing for the fun of it. It is not an instant lesson but one learnt over time.

Each one of these things I do, I do because his life and well being is ultimately my (and my wifes) responsibility. This will extend to the internet once he has tired of the cbeebies web site. I do not need nor want the gov. to intervene. If we had followed their advice on baby proofing the room, he would not know that it hurts when you fall, and those corners are kinda ouchie. This was evident at a birthday party, a year ago, where he fell down three steps, whilst falling he put out he hands to break his fall. Other parents at the party could not believe that he had done that as their children had not shown this skill (for want of a better word).

I want my son's to grow up a little bit street wise, so when they do venture out into the big wide world they are as prepared for it as possible, if this means introducing them to the dangers they face in a controlled way, then that is what will happen and is my prerogative.

SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad


Re: My how far NASA has fallen :(

Not sure that's how I would look at it. If a process/function/service can operate without the state sponsoring it, then it removes the dependancy of the aforementioned process/function/service on peoples hard earned tax dollars. Which can only be a good thing?

Whether this sould be applied to auntie or not is another topic for another day.

El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more



From the time of the dinosaurs and still running through some jigery pokery and my 6 year old synology NAS.

As said before my IT kit is in desperate need of upgrade but as it just keeps working I can't justify it.

Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box


Re: Great bits of kit +1

Yeah my DS-106j is stuck on DSM 2.1 :( but it was made 5-6 years ago. My IT kit is getting very long in the tooth!

Was going to write the only thing holding me back to upgrading to a DS214+ was the lack of linux client for the cloud station but just been back to their site and they now have one -


Change Log

Linux Cloud Station client is now available and has been verified on Ubuntu and Fedora.

Yeah! Now where's my christmas letter to santa I need to add something.

Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab


Re: What is it?

yep screen size followed by 'phone' if you can make calls from it and 'tablet' if you can't


Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo


Re: file type reassignment?

Press shift at the same time as right click and it will appear. plus some other options.

(from memory not used a win box in anger for nearly 5yrs)

Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced


Re: How to fix a MacBook


the lappy belonged to the school and not me so not really able to do much/anything about back ups. It would be their responsibility not mine to implement an off site back up policy and procedure. Also as with most data losses hindsight is a wonderful thing...

I'll let you tell an overworked school teacher to throw away the first copy of anything she does :)

Yeah the risk of getting access to and replicating data I should not have access would have been a necessary evil in this case. Out of six or seven drives that failed in the past I was not able to get any dat from one of them YMMV. However none of them suffered a ball being bounced on them, so more than likely would not have been able to recover the data. It would have been nice just to put my mind at rest.

see post from @hoe for confirmation that this has happened elsewhere.


Re: How to fix a MacBook

above post aimed at @Hoe and @PJI


Re: How to fix a MacBook

Was not able to justify the money on the fact that I could possibly restore the data. Also not my machine but belongs to the school so really was dependant on what their IT dept. would allow.

Only ever seen 1 HD that I could not get any data at all from. Though it has been some time since I done any work like that.

As for the poster stating that I should educate my wife in simple back up proceedures, as mentioned in the OP her machine was backed at work, it happened in school hols. All our own machines are backed up to a NAS drive. Not really the done thing to store info on school pupils on your own private equipment.

As it was a school machine there is only so much sticking my nose in I could've done.


Re: How to fix a MacBook

Yeah this didn't work for my wife MacBook.

Son dropped ball onto laptop. Unable to boot due to bad sectors on HD.

Took Laptop to Apple (one hour drive there and back) no on-site warranty available. They school where she works spends enough cash with them to warrant a on-site service contract.

Apple (we don't)care replaced old HD and said they were unable to read data from old drive.

There was lots of work my wife had not backed up as it was summer hols and she was away from school so I asked for the old drive to see if I could access any of the data using a few tools I have.

'yes certainly sir' came the response that'll be £349.00.

Don't know if it's because they don't want me to show up their genii or because they just don't care.

If I had done the same thing at a independent PC repair centre I am sure they would have just given me the drive.

Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars


Re: Hang on...



As expensive as a scalextric digital?

Probably around the same money


Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED


Too slow!

My major bug bear with them is they (witnessed in both sainsburys and tescos) are too slow and will forget to add any multi buy discounts. you need to go back to select payment twice before it has added the discounts.

btw I recall a time and motion study stating that it is far quicker to go through a manned till but we all knew that anyway.

I only use them when no on is at the till or the queues look too long or full of people who need to chat to the cashier.

Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report



Does this mean they will be unlocking the bootloader on RT so we can put android or another linux distro on it?


Thought not.

Obviously the CEO of HTC does not allow such petty things to enter into negotiations, but it would be funny if they said yes only if we can sell win rt tabs with dual boot android or ubuntu and an unlocked bootloader.

Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea


Re: Don't take the piss out of MS Beer...

You say MS Beer but did you see the mac in the video and I bet that board is not running a version of embedded MS software!


Credit where credits due

That is a nice bit of kit, if you had watched the vid you would see that all the hops etc are added automatically.

A lot of the brewing process was left out of the video and description but they do look like they know what they are doing, also there is a massive micro/home brewing foloowing in the US.

My problem is the price for nearly $1500 you could make your own with a greater capacity and control. The problem being if I were to try out home brewing to see if it was for me, that is too much and I could get away with a bucket and a large pot for £50.00 then if I thought it was for me the next step would be to upgrade my kit. Now do I spend $1500 on an automagical one with a low yeild or do I go the whole hog and get a propper full grain set up now I know what I am doing? http://www.ebay.com/bhp/all-grain-brewing (an american site to give a better price comparision)

Don't get me wrong if someone gave me one for keeps the shed would be used for storing stuff as it should be and I would be watching the TV as my beer brewed.

BlackBerry Messenger to launch on Android, iOS this weekend


Re: I don't get it.

Think of it coming out of their advertising budget.

Next time someone not clued up on the various different offerings in carphone warehouse (other mob pushers are available) and see a blackberry phone and think 'ah yes I use that for my messaging' that must be the phone I need. sold.

Well I think that's the plan anyway.

Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty


Re: Budget?

That was my first thought when I saw the pic of all those bits.

Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech


Re: Battery life

Also if you are running your tank down to near empty each time over five years expect some crud to get into your engine.

You're probably best to only useing the top 70% of your tank after five years just to be on the safe side :)

Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...


Re: Right-angle poo

it's a 'soil pipe' I assume waste stack is an americanism.

Lingering fingerprint fingering fingered in iOS 7 for NEW iPHONE


Re: Nothing to see here...

This - I too have had finger print enabled security kit for some time - it's all been shit. If this works, it would be pretty neat.

it would need to work alongside the existing lock - press and hold to scan finger, tap to bring up lock screen. otherwise same old problems, gloves, loss of fingerprint through wear and tear, what if I'm driving and want the wife to make/answer a call.

Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette


You know when we have more money than sense, just before the recession hit we were buying more BMW M3's than Ford Mondeo's!


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