* Posts by DasWezel

77 posts • joined 31 Oct 2013


Unless you want your wine bar to look like a brothel, purple curtains are a no-no apparently

Paris Hilton

House of ill repute?

House of Negotiable Affection, surely.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left


Re: What's in a name

Perhaps then it should be simply called Errol.

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

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Maybe they got it right this time?

That'd be lovely, given that there's currently a user's laptop on the bench that's been running Windows Update for 9 days solid. (So far...)

Makes it all seem worthwhile!

Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho


Re: Wrong Metric

So I buy a new battery, pop the back cover off, swap out old for new and keep on truckin'.

... What do you mean I'm not allowed to replace a consumable part of my device?

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


"Innocent people don't run and hide, they accept what they've done"

Eh, run that one past me again?

You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!


Re: Laws and Lessons

Read the document again slowly.

- There was no security, because they were *publicly available documents*

- The application provided *no* access controls, because they were *publicly available documents*

- The publicly available documents were sent directly to the person who put in the request, as well as being made *publically available* online for anyone else to read. Deliberately.

You hypothetically eavesdropping on my communications would be illegal, because they are not public domain. These documents were in the public domain, for public consumption, in response to Freedom of Information requests.

So, please enlighten me: Precisely which f*cking law did he break? Because pointing out that a *public document* hasn't been redacted properly sure as hell is not illegal. And making someone who failed to do their job properly look like a pillock isn't illegal either.

Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man


"The taxes haven't been avoided, or even evaded. They just haven't been paid." - Vetinari.

Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it


Re: Just

"People bitch about things they know nothing about..."

Well, quite.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: All Pi's need USB3!

Why do they *need* it exactly?

You might need it for the use-case you've got in mind (I'm guessing you want a dirt-cheap file server or some such) but I'm willing to bet the majority of folk don't need a whole lot more than basic peripherals.

AFAIK there is no SBC with USB3.0 and gigabit ethernet, much less one for $35. Sure, USB3 would be nice. I'd hardly call it essential though. You might not care about a price increase, but the price is and always has been the big leveller of the RPi and makes it so readily available to practically anyone. I'll live without it.

Good luck saying 'Sorry I'm late, I had to update my car's firmware'


Re: OTA Updates for Cars

Here speaks someone who's knowledge comes almost entirely from drama shows on the TV.

- How do you "just turn off the ignition" in your ICE car when the ignition switch is just a trigger to a computer?

- How do you "just put it in neutral" when a lot of ICE autobox gear selectors are nothing more than a fancy switch?

As for battery overcurrent controls, I think you're underestimating a little invention from the far off days of 1864: the fuse.

If you think your ICE car is truly "off" when you remove the key, you're about 40 years out of date.

BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Re: Why persist?

"when pretty much everyone HAS a TV set"

[citation required]

Frankly I suspect TV ownership is actually going down, what with more than enough decent content being available on demand via the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Youtube etc. That said, I've got about as much evidence to support that as you have in claiming that pretty much everyone has a TV.

Put it this way. Since pretty much everyone has a car (amirite) how's about we all just pay road tax, then apply (probably to the bastion of reliability and morality that is Capita) for a refund if you don't own a car, or drive an EV, or drive a classic.

tl;dr: Nope the nope right off.



One for call-centres

I'm reliably informed by a former call-centre colleague that a popular acronym was BOAT = Bit Of A Twat

UK Foreign Sec Bojo to tell Kremlin: Stop your cyber shenanigans... or else!


Re: What's happened to the UK?

"It's time to find people who understand good ole British strength!"

It's time to find people who understand getting their own house in order first.


If our strategy was to send over the hardest and scariest MP in our arsenal, why did we send a talking mop that's missing it's bucket? ;-)

Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?


Is that you, Bombtastic Bob?

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself


Re: Good!

Personal goodliness is not correlative with software development ability. Jus' sayin'.

Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban



I feel reassured about our recent decision to move to Kaspersky.

It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild


Re: Screw 16:10

Never had two documents open side-by-side? I'll admit I wouldn't want to go any lower than 1920x1080 for that sort of thing, but in the spirit of fairness it should probably be mentioned.

(Daily is a x61 1024x768 Thinkpad with a 2048x1152 23" monitor from 2008 before "Full HD" ruined everything)

What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit


"...too accessible to ne'er-do-wells"

You mean banks?

Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives


Re: We are in IT

0.328 fathoms?

WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI


"Would he really make himself known with regards to wannacry?"

Let's be honest, he didn't. He got doxed by the Daily Torygraph. (https://esist.tech/2017/05/15/doxing-the-hero-who-stopped-wannacry-was-irresponsible-and-dumb/)

Who incidentally released this gem today with no sense of irony whatosever (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/14/revealed-22-year-old-expert-saved-world-ransomware-virus-lives/)


Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?


You're looking at that comment completely the wrong way - it's not written from the perspective of "Lower classes are too stupid to know the law"; it's written from the perspective of "Upper classes are too well off/ and/or connected for the law to apply to them."

That is and always will be the way to some extent. For a kick-off, and Ignoring all the claims about connections and hands in pockets etc.,the wealthy would be utterly stupid not to use their wealth to employ much a better legal defense than somebody on the dole. The wealthy are also less likely to fold under the financial strain of defending a case through the courts.

May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody


Which is better?

Surely they're all the same?

(Braced and ready for the tirade of downvotes!)

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap


Re: The problem, is Android

"it's the fact that Apple are the most moral corporate company on the planet"

u wot m8?

I presume that is ignoring their labour practices, tax practices, and their overworked army of lawyers?

Happy 20th birthday to the RADIUS RFC


Re: Stock photography

On that note...

What the /hell/ is the guy on the left wearing on his face?

God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons


Re: Sigh

Sorry, just remind me who May works for again? Last I checked the job of PM was not that of an absolute ruler.

Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way


Re: Huh?

Well, for starters the TV production industry quite like to be able to record what they're shooting...

Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun


That time of year again

Larry Ellison wants to buy a new yacht.

US voting machine certification agency probes potential hack


"...el Reg publishes so much liberal anti-people propaganda"


Canada asks citizens: How would you like us to spy on you?

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Re: Mockery

AC: Please cancel your DM subscription.

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor


Have you completely lost your mind?

'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'



Please just FOAD already.

Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners


An ad-blocker that permits adverts

... is not an ad-blocker.

Installed uBlock a while ago and ditched ABP because, well, it's not really an ad-blocker now, is it?

Mars to get Chinese delivery. Estimated time of arrival: 2020


Re: Please consider changing the title

A rover, built in China (by the Chinese) is being delivered to Mars. Nope, I'd say that's about an appropriate a headline as El Reg does. Quite how it's culturally insensitive is beyond me. If it is genuinely offensive to Chinese readers, then sure, by all means reword it.

Out of curiousity, what title would not cause you to become culturally sensitised?

Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did


Re: Americans...


"The Brexit thing is actually a good idea, nothing to be embarrassed about."

I am forced to completely and totally disagree with you. Ignoring the actual result itself (which is still frankly a wildcard at best) the month or so of squabbling, infighting, outright lies, scapegoating and straight-up bullshit being spaffed about by both sides was a national f'ing disgrace. That's without taking into consideration the violence and publicly-broadcast hate that were fuelled by the issue.

As far as I can tell, even before the first vote was cast, we made ourselves look like squabbling, childish fuckwits on the global stage. If that's not something to be embarrassed about, then we've certainly lost any right to tell another country to be ashamed of itself.

Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers


Re: Ban the vape!

And I'll bet you spend more time in the fug than you would otherwise by taking a few moments to berate the user. Lawks.

Who'll guard your personal data post-Brexit?


If you can't provide a credible citation to a wild claim ("surrender the right to govern ourselves" is right up there with that thing about "child's birthright" crap I saw on Faceache the other day), then to you, I say fsck off and die.

Same goes for both sides.

In this particular case, it's not that our politicians are incapable of passing an equivalent law, and more to do with the fact I wouldn't trust them with a bucket of water if my genitals were on fire, let alone to make the right decision about my personal data.

Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe


"You don't even need to listen to EU-sceptics to find solid arguments to leave that anti-democratic monstrosity behind."

I've been listening, but haven't yet heard an argument that stands up to scrutiny. Or cites a reliable (and neutral) reference. At all.

Seriously, I'd be more than happy to vote to leave *if* someone can present a good case for it. That stands up to scrutiny, and doesn't rely on facts that fall apart when context is applied.

Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?


App Permissions

... Are why I spent some appreciable time on my replacement phone last night looking for a simple flashlight widget.

No stupid fully-blown app, no ads, no stupid strobe effects, just a simple widget to toggle the camera flash LED. Preferably without claiming to be the "brightest" app too.

Considering the LED toggle seems to be the Android equivalent of Hello World, trying to find one that wasn't full of crap was decidedly trying.

Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?


The beautifully ironic of the pseudo-patriotic far-right nutjob's tendency to drop subtle links to the crusades all over the shop (lions bleedin' everywhere for a kickoff) is that when you actually go to research the crusades, the term 'pillage' is generally only just used sparingly enough to not qualify as punctuation, and by all accounts Richard I was a bloody awful husband, son and king. Contrary to whatever prescription-strength rose-tinted glasses Disney were rocking when they churned out Robin Hood to the young masses of the 1970s.

pterry was bang on the money with the line "The pamphlet was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners."

Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board


Re: Brilliant...

I'd argue otherwise, as most Indians I've dealt with have a much better grasp of English.

Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash


Re: ISLAMISTS killing the animals ?

Bellendery against mainland Chinese

Bellendery against wildlife in Africa

Bellendery against Hindus

Bellendery against Christians

Bellendery terror bombing Europeans

Bellendery against Thailand

Bellendery against Jews

Bellendery against the Philippines

Bellends burning thousands of cars in France

Bellendery genociding Kurds

Bellendery against India

Bellendery against Mali

Bellendery against Russia

Bellendery against the U.S.

Bellends raping Swedish women

Bellends stabbing and shooting Canadians

Bellendery against Sudanese

Bellendery against Bellendery

Bellendery against Democracy

Bellendery against ancient archaeology

and on and on .. the list keeps going.

TIFTFY. The world gets a little bit better when people stop accepting religion as a scapegoat to be pretty shitty towards other people, and realise that these acts aren't performed by a religion, but by bellends.

'Feature-complete' Windows Server 2016 preview 5 lands


"Look,s its shell FFS. Get the first version right and dont change the bastard."

Linux user who regrettably has to deal with Windows sometimes. Personally, found the later versions of powershell genuinely surprising in terms of the sheer power available. Actually in /some/ ways quite like the idea of return data being either formatted to screen or passed as an object to another function.

No bloody clue to how use most of it without extensive googling though.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS


Re: memory requirements?

ZFS' memory requirements are nothing particularly out of the ordinary unless you enable deduplication.

I tried this out on a copy of an rsync backup host with 16G of RAM and ~3T of backups to crunch. Carnage ensued.

Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman


Re: FFS someone just write an ACTUAL open one already.

Exhibit A) OSI-Approved Open-Source licences: https://opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical

Exhibit B) Why the above list exists: https://xkcd.com/927/

Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)


Re: But the program is error free!

"My favorite was standing behind one of my programmers one day and watching him...."

I can only imagine just how calm, comfortable, unpressured and in no way likely to make any stupid mistakes that guy was with you leering over his shoulder, ready to sack him at the slightest sign of not being the bestest best programmer ever.

The beer is for that guy.

NSA boss reveals top 3 security nightmares that keep him awake at night

IT Angle


"What happens when they use cyber for destruction?" he asked

... What? That sentence reads like it was an excerpt frrom the Daily Mail.

Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules



Anyone who bought a Defender for school-run safety reasons is a bit of a fool. It was never designed to absorb impacts - the crumple zone is your face. It was designed in a time where "occupant protection" meant "not driving it like a spoon", and if you ask it to keep you comfy in a crash, it'll respond by doing it's very best to kill you. It doesn't ask that you respect the fact you're driving 2T of metal - it demands it.

And I think for those who own them for the adventure of it, that's part of the appeal. It's back-to-basics motoring where you're so much more involved with what's going on. Nothing is really hidden from you behind a wall of plastic and "sight-of-tools-will-void-warranty" stickers.

Disclaimer: My daily-driver is a 1972 leaf-sprung Series III with a diseasil engine transplant from a 1994 Discovery. I'm warm, dry, surprisingly comfortable and can hold a conversation at 70MPH. (And I do about 15k a year in her!)

Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time



"... products with more resources / investment are usually better- Just like Open Office versus MS Office, etc, etc."

IIS/Apache, Internet Explorer/Firefox etc. etc... Er, wait a minute.


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