* Posts by thosrtanner

87 posts • joined 7 Mar 2013


The biggest uptick in demand for software devs by bosses is for... *rubs eyes* blockchain engineers?!?


No obvious explanation - really?

fairly early on in the article:

"...nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain – besides currency speculation and illegal transactions."

i think there's enough of an answer there. The 2 largest financial markets on the planet!

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


Re: Offering for your consideration

Glad it looks better on the mobile site, but the mobile site is the mobile site. What looks good on mobile and what looks good on the desktop are very different beasties. As M$oft discovered with Metro


Offering for your consideration

the previous el reg site and the current one. A great example of trendy getting in the way of usability/legibility

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Re: Google are cunts

Still using palemoon here. adblock, ublock origin and noscript work fine. It doesn't have webextensions but I've yet to find a problem with that.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

+1 for her as well

Oh, SSH, IT please see this: Malicious servers can fsck with your PC's files during scp slurps


And if for 'malicious' you substitute 'compromised'? As compromised servers seem to be rather more frequent these days. I doubt the run of the mill person is going to be using scp, but this particular hole is more worrying than some that have been published.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free



> Unfortunately, mankind no longer has a spacecraft capable of reaching Hubble and carrying out repairs,

is sorta depressing

It's 2019, and from Beijing to Blighty folk are still worried about slurp-happy apps


But the problem is these apps aren't asking your permission. They just do it anyway.

Silicon Valley CEO thrown in the cooler for three years, ordered to pay back $1.5m for bullsh*tting investors


Is it just me who's disappointed that the court didn't actually use the word in the article title?

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym


I presume this must mean that half the delegates read The Register avidly, because where I come from nips are things that are given to you by creatures with teeth. Or a small amount of spirits.

Only here have I regularly seen it used to refer to body parts below the neck.

Worrying Windows 10 wrecking-ball weapon weirdly wanders wildly on worldwide web


what's with wild wacky awwitewation?

I had numb wips after weading the article title out woud

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design


It seems to come as a surprise to certain people that mobile screens are a lot small than computer screens. Why on earth is it necessary to make page layout look the same?

You will be able to see less data on the mobile version so format it differently.

Trying to make it looks the same ends up with a metro like interface. Which everyone hated.

Incidentally I also hate the attempt to make everything look like web pages designed by extreme minimalists. A control panel is not a web page.


Re: What link?

Ah ha.. I couldn't find it either. Till I enabled javascript.

Why should I need javascript enabled to opt out of something I don't want? Seriously...

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


Re: that's the point where things start to go downhill.

It being python, perhaps European Swallow or African Swallow?

Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage


windows update

I coughed up for windows professional on all our home PCs after one of our PCs had something updated while it was being used, causing the keyboard to do something very odd.

So I've told windows to not apply updates unless asked for. And it asks nicely to reboot. Don't see why I should have to pay for this, but for £99/PC it (sadly) seems worth it.

However it's still pretty manky:

- it does not download stuff before notifying it has an update. Result. Update stops for a long while while it's downloading stuff.

- you can't choose which updates to apply (I'm happy to apply defenders update - mostly - recently it decided to quarantine some microsoft control panel, for instance, but leave the rest of the stuff till saturday)

- it appears to bugger off for a pint and a meat pie when it's updating. The progress indicators frankly suck.

- the progress meter is insane. it stops dead for a while then leaps ahead 20 percentage points

- the "I am doing something" spinner somehow magically turns into an "I am not sure what I'm doing so I'll spin this to convince you I'm doing something useful" after about 1 minute, leaving me with the impression the machine has hung.

- it can hang or fail for no reason. Or at least no reason it cares to translate into comprehensible English. And the fixes invariably seem to involve running stuff from an admin window.

None of which appear to be being addressed by the update. It's just attempting to guess better when you aren't using the machine.

TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email


I think the people on screaming.net may just have ended up with a provider that matches the name

Android apps prove a goldmine for dodgy password practices


QWERTY is so last year

I've been using UIOP[] for ages (but I refuse to use websites who won't allow special characters)

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector


Re: Alternative history drivel..

Stating something is not true does not in fact constitute a proof it is not true. Even if you do make this statement 5 times.

BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot


Re: new keyboard alert !

I think Simon sees himself more as Lucifer Morningstar (like the TV series), bringing people their just deserts, in which case heaven is most certainly where the stairway does not lead.


So the PFY is called Stephen P? I had no idea.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)



As people started to bring history into this and what people were fobbed off with.

I'd have gone for Acorn, but that used to produce rather nice home computers

BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support


Maybe the PFY applied the prod to himself in despair. It's so unclear.

Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out


Re: here's a crazy idea...

or perhaps google should pay the distribution costs as well

Nvidia reports record revenues in latest fiscal quarter


This is what I love about the stock market: Huge increase in revenue and turnover. Price drops.

If they were scrabbling to make a penny and had bought in Marissa, the price would have rocketed.

No yolking matter: Google Translate cock-up gives Norwegians more than un œuf eggs


Re: Good eggineering tolerances


We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare


Re: AV issues/missiing server patches - WTF

> Oh look - you can only get the MS patches if your AV vendor stops making unsupported kernel calls,

> otherwise the patch will Blue Screen your machine.

Well, duh. You dig around in the kernel and call bits of it, your code is going to be very unstable. At least MS have done something so that the users won't unexpectedly be nuked (or at least no more unexpectedly than normal). It's probably rather hard to apply subsequent patches if your system keeps blatting itself because the AV program checks the subsequent patch...

Meet R2-DILDO: 'Star Wars' sex toys? This is where the fun begins


Pictures or it's not true...

More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find


Re: Forking right! ?

Pretty sure they can tell the difference between a forked repo and a copy and paste. It's pretty much how github works.

Copying the whole of some javascript library into your repo rather than using sub repositories (or whatever they call them now) seems to have been pretty much standard practice. Not sure how package manager works but some things are really good at breaking APIs. And there's probably a lot of "I just need a small tweak" mentality about this copy and paste stuff.

BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?


Re: Oh dear

I detect a tragedy for my coffee, followed by a large laundry bill

Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble


Re: One thing that bugs me in all this...

I don't see why you feel the law should come down twice as hard on someone who has been conditioned to behave in a certain way. They are victims of someone else too.

You might as well demand the punishing of someone who doesn't report someone else abusing them, because they are making it easier for the abuser to get away with it. However it is more than clear that society does exactly the opposite and people who report rape and abuse tend to at best get ignored.

Clearly abusers shouldn't be allowed to continue abuse, but heaping further abuse on them by inappropriate levels of punishment isn't really going to help. That's likely how they got into this position in the first place.

Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers


Article written Sep 19th. Article appeared under Verity Stob page Oct 2nd.

Clearly someone forgot


What was I saying?

Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware


only the 32 bit installer?

Well, I have a 64 bit version of windows. Yet somehow windows defender (yup, free, comes with windows) detected the malware and quarantined it (as well as the downloaded file). And detected and cleaned registry entries.

Yes, I use ccleaner because windows doesn't automatically clean your tmpdir and it ends up with tons of crap. not so impressed with the cookie/history cleaning and I treat the registry cleaning with a large pinch of salt (there are some programs that have been known to put entries in the registry that purport to be a file path, but the path doesn't exist, the program appears merely to be looking for the key), and to be honest I've hardly ever used it.

Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon


Re: Fuck a duck!

I remember having a 5Mb removable platter at Uni. Then in my first job, there were these 80Mb removable which were like 5 platters and quite an effort to lift and transport the platters.

Confessions of an ebook eater


Re: Great article

Only for metric sizes. If you use imperial paper measurements (foolscap, quarto, elephant, double elephant (a personal favourite), etc - which, given Foyles reputation for cutting edge technology is rather more likely to be the style of paper in use there) there's no such guarantee.

Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'


Yes. The way git handles renames. Every time I refactor something in a way that involves renaming of files, I cry and wish to go back to clearcase. Filenames are important metadata, despite Mr Torvalds rant on the subject.

No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off


Interesting this was published the same day as this https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/19/apple_patches_ios_os_x_flaws/

Sadly, as people are people, and our society is what it is, a significant amount of what is said by vendors is hype, otherwise no one would even look at their products, whether they are superb or awful.

But 47 assorted flaws is not exactly zero.

Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says


Won't this go the way of other similar attempts at control? There will be some mosquitoes that are immune / resistant to the infection. they'll successfully breed, and their offspring will be more likely to be immune. Somewhat like the antibiotic immune bacteria.

So after some years, this'll just end up with releasing 20 million randy and ready male mosquitoes.

BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on


Re: Hello. Is that the help desk?

You should have learnt by now not to drink coffee whilst reading BOFH

Back to ASICs: Mellanox pumps up Ethernet speed to 400Gbps


Is there a 400G standard already?

Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen


Re: Re why the interest in making H3 from hydrocarbons ?

You'd never get a job draining the Chesterfield Canal then

GitHub flub spaffs 8Tracks database, 18 million accounts leaked


github flub?

I thought for a moment from the headline that github was leaking passwords. But it seems it's not github at all.

It's not really githubs fault that someone put things there they shouldn't have done (or at least shouldn't have done without more security). The whole point of github is for people to read and share information.

I think this article could do with a little bit of retitling / rewording.

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs


Clearly the people writing go are doing bad things to their earning power.

Fortunately for my salary I abhor tabs, and after reading that, I shall never write in it.

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed


Re: Too many tools

And a bad programmer can write appalling Fortran in any language

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update


Re: Ahh yess

Acutally if you'd updated classic shell with their updater (i.e. from the right place rather than the nuked mirror) to the version that supported windows 10 anniversary, the anniversary update didn't complain about it one little bit.

Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?


Re: Not appealing at all

"It flies like a train"?

So rather slowly and only on the ground then?

URRGH! Evil app WATCHES YOU WATCHING PORN, snaps your grimace


*sigh* Windows does NOT encourage users to run as admin. It throws up a box saying "this software wants to do something to your computer". And on loads and loads of websites, you see advice that tells you to

1) Switch off the access control

2) Change the permissions on <something in program files> so you can write to it

And also

3) There is still software that is released that more-or-less expects people to grant write access to places they shouldn't have to (Bethesda/Steam - Skyrim immediately comes to mind, but there are others).

With a mindset like that even with the large developers, let alone the help sites, what do you expect. If people advised you to always run as root in linux, they'd be howled down. But apparently it's Microsoft's fault that doing the same thing on windows is considered par for the course.

There are plenty of criticisms that microsoft deserves, but encouraging people to run as admin all the time is not one.

Moshtix admin account popped by party-pooper hipster-hating hacker


how come

a $1000 price (as per headline) is a 1000% increase on a $355 ticket price?

Wouldn't 1000% increase be of the order of $4000 dollars?

Don't fret over SOHO routers and Heartbleed. But yeah, there's LOADS to fear on home kit


How are home users meant to fix it

Do you really think upgrading the router firmware is a trivial operation for the non-technical? Even I wouldn't want to do it. If the router dies because the ISP downloaded non working software to it, that's their problem. If my firmware upgrade went wrong (and TBH I've really got no idea what the 'right' version of software is, and even if I did, the instructions are frankly scary, and omit important stuff like MD5 sum for the software), it's my problem.

And it's not one I want. Support from ISPs is bad enough with stuff *they* do, anything out of the ordinary and any information they give goes from useless to worse than useless.

So I'm not surprised that heartbleed is still there. Nor will I be until the ISPs block malformed packets downstream.

Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again



OK, so I liked firefox. But they just introduced Australis which bust my user experience. The 'classic theme restore' isn't so bad, partly because I'm not totally against the curved tab markers.

But it broke at least one of the extensions I use, badly. I'm not an extension writer, so I can't tell how good/bad the code is, but it's worked more or less unchanged for ages.

So I went to palemoon which is more or less firefox without the UI changes for Australis, and everything works fine.

So why did they do this? Not to mention that the version number system is so broken resulting in everyone putting insane version ranges in their addons, and it makes the whole boiling thing useless.


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