* Posts by Ellipsis

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Snubbed R Us: Microsoft eschews Vulture Consultants in Playmobil tech research

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Angel

> So glad to see Lester's name back on El Reg!

It’s in everything the server sends. Check the HTTP headers…

Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Re: OMG can I say SQUEE?

> You know this works in windows 10?

It didn’t in the early days – both active and inactive title bars were grey, and the shading on the active application’s taskbar button was barely perceptible, so it was impossible to tell at a glance which window was active. It’s just one example of the bigger point: Microsoft went out of their way to degrade the existing UI, which had worked brilliantly for years, solely in the pursuit of “Ooh, new! Shiny!” They may have relented now (in one or two places), but you know it was through gritted teeth.

> Microsoft give you options to customise the appearance of the OS, and get what you want

They give me a much more limited set of options than they used to, and I cannot get what I want…

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Windows

In NT 3.51 it’s 250 KB.

I don’t think I’ve got a copy of Windows 3.0 to be able to dig out the original. I joined the party around the time of 3.1, though I do just remember Reversi (as somebody mentioned elsewhere).

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Re: OMG can I say SQUEE?

> scrollbars

IRIX had a great little additional feature, which I’ve not seen anywhere else: as you dragged the slider, it drew a divot in the trough at the slider’s original position, allowing you easily to return to where you started.

> What is the impulse to break established UI conventions?

Ooh, new! Shiny!

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Re: OMG can I say SQUEE?

You’re not the only one, but Microsoft simply does not care.

As for using the File Manager source as the basis of something decent for Windows 10: it’s a nice idea — but if Windows 10 has got to the stage where the guy who wrote Classic Shell has given up, you might have your work cut out…

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Facepalm

> over 700kB when compiled with modern tools

Ah, progress…

2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie

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Re: How rugged is it?

> Where's the Thinklight?

Gone because everything has to be razor-thin, because MacBook.

> Why on earth did they waste so much space on the palmrest?

Because the touchpad has to be vast, because MacBook.

OK: to be fair, the X1C is competing with the MacBook Air, so thinness is a feature. And a battery big enough to earn you a review like this one has to go somewhere.

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Yes, the screen ratio is the other bête noire of old-skool ThinkPad fanbois (who admittedly constitute a minuscule proportion of Lenovo’s market). But it’s probably more complex than just penny-pinching: seemingly even the premium business segment is very price-sensitive; Apple and Microsoft have captured the entire supply of 16:10 and 3:2 LCDs; and trying to change the chicken-and-egg supply/​demand status quo is a risk that even the big players are not willing to take.

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> trackpad is pleasingly large

Aaargh, no! This perceived demand (driven mostly by MacBook users, it seems) for making the touchpad ever bigger is why we can’t have a 7-row keyboard any more…

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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

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That’s what I thought — until I realised (after two weekends of fiddling) that the i386 bootloader is hard-coded to be started from a BIOS, so getting it to boot on my UEFI-only Atom would be an enormous amount of effort…

Linux Beep bug joke backfires as branded fix falls short

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Re: A stand-alone program to ...

> somebody thought it'd be useful. But who? And when? And more to the point, why?

One could ask the same of the vast majority of software packages and features, and never receive a satisfactory answer…

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Windows

What the *beep*?

> 1.88% of users have beep installed. Only 0.31% use it regularly

How do they know this? Does Debian slurp collect telemetry?

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Unhappy

Re: @Tim Brown 1 - Microsoft points gun at own foot and pulls the trigger.

Yet somehow they manage to stay standing up…

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Big Brother

Re: Fucking idiots

The 90s happened; what’s less clear is whether Microsoft actively erases them from its employees’ memories or whether there’s simply nobody left who remembers them…

(There are notable exceptions such as Raymond Chen and probably a handful of others, but they are unlikely to have much influence over product strategy.)

I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker

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Flame

Inadequately lit hotel conference rooms

This. So much this! Why is it a thing?

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Joke

Re: 1901

Please send corrections to corrections@theregister.co.uk

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Boffin

Re: Glamping?

> Anyone know what it is in German?

Well, “glamorous” is “glamourös” and “camping” is “Camping”, so the inevitable (if disappointing) answer is Glamping

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Coat

Re: @ Russell Chapman Esq.

> you are the US president

Also: Did you fire a Rex. T for breakfast?

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: We need a brave airline willing to charge a little more

That sounds like a setup for the “how to make a small fortune in aviation” gag…

Swiss cheesed off after Apple store iPhone does Samsung Galaxy Note 7 impersonation

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Flame

Re: No one else picked up on this?

I assume they do, though perhaps not always what you might expect.

Our office fire extinguisher is halon, and lives in a cupboard whose door has no handle…

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Terminator

Re: Do iPhones have removable batteries???

“I require a cutting tool”

Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

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Re: Is Intel guilty of negligence?

> did not include *BSD developers

Didn’t they burn their bridges by going public early with a patch for KRACK last year?

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Go

Re: Hang on a sec...

Mmm, fair point. I was mixing up bank-operated ATMs (which really do cost the banks a fortune) and non-bank ones (which as you point out the banks pay for as well – and by my own logic must at least break even, or they wouldn’t exist)…

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Pint

Re: My partner hates me..

Surely you just stay and wash dishes all night write them an IOU and then go back (or phone them up) and pay by card once their system’s working again?

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Re: Hang on a sec...

It doesn’t matter how low the operating costs are; they always greater than zero, and the profit generated is negligible. Every fee-free ATM is unprofitable, and every business seeks to eliminate unprofitable activities…

(Furthermore, I doubt the restocking services comes cheap, given the risks involved; and you didn’t mention increased insurance premiums for having a high-risk theft target on the premises, or the cost of renting the space taken up by the machine that could otherwise be used for profitable business…)

Sources: Misco sold to Hilco Capital, care home for the distressed

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Headmaster

Re: D'Oh

Then again, moving chains can be extremely dangerous, so buying “stationary chain Staples” was probably a sensible move, H&S-wise, on Hilco’s part.

I worked in one office with lots of cupboards. None of them ever moved, but only one was labelled “stationary”…

UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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And it’s not as though the RN is so over-staffed that we need to procure Osprey to kill excess personnel…

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Would they even fit on board? (On the lifts and in the hangars, I mean. Obviously they could get on deck.)

Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

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Re: The solution -

By far the biggest advantage of a syntax-highlighting editor is that it makes comments in source code easier to ignore…

NASA finds India's missing lunar orbiter with Earth-bound radar

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Headmaster

Re: In 2009, a lunar orbiter launched by India went quiet and never heard from again.

India accidentally their orbiter?

In other news: the Pope is Catholic, and copy-editing of English-language news Web sites is appalling…

Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Re: Could be worse

… and unlike in the U.K., it’s ownership of any device capable of reception that makes you liable for the fee.

But if “all you have is an internet connection or a radio in your car” – and no Internet TV service accounts – you don’t have to pay the TV fee. (Yet. That will change in a couple of years’ time…)

Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

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Coat

What happened to the first three?

Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

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Is this really new or exclusive to Huawei? It sounds similar to ZUK’s U‑Touch, which seems to have been around for a while.

(I might be able to understand more if I could read Chinese…)

Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

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Trollface

Re: Needling me?

> Rock solid, cheap, reliable, flexible, customisable, iconic and wonderful.

You missed out dangerous, uncomfortable, inefficient, slow and non-conforming…

Polls? How very 2016. Now Google Street View AI scanner can predict how people will vote

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Joke

“But what if there was a way to get the information without having to deal with mountains of paperwork or bothering people at all?”

Easy: just make it up. Be about as accurate and informative, wouldn’t it?

Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

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Pirate

“The English fleet, starved of money and manpower, could not afford to put to sea in numbers”

Plus ça change…

Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

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Unhappy

Re: ...the company all-but-accused Google of...

It wouldn’t surprise me if these days, Google knows more about how these dark and dusty old corners of Windows work than Microsoft does…

Might it not be easier for Microsoft just to contract Google to fix the bug?

Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Trollface

Re: Now ask me why ...

> there is no way anything older than approx 10 years is as good environmentally

Oh, I dunno. No catalytic converter ⇒ less CO₂ emission…

Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Boffin

The document linked in the article is (if I’ve understood correctly) just a motion to alter an existing motion before the city council. Schultz above linked to the full motion, which as mentioned refers to an external assessment of the city’s IT. Related documents are here:

https://www.ris-muenchen.de/RII/RII/ris_vorlagen_dokumente.jsp?risid=4169494

All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

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Britannia, rule the waves!

Make the Royal Navy great again!

etc…

Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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Re: over engineered

> If someone is breaking into your house, you need your gun right at that moment

If someone is breaking into your house, it’s most likely to steal something to fund his next hit. Why is your first reaction to end his life?

Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas

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Angel

Re: Since when cooking a Christmas Dinner is via a point and click interface?

Hmm, 'dinner' seems a bit complex with all those options. Surely the traditional way would be:

$ make xmas_lunch

$ make install

$ make clean

(With 'sudo' as required in the style of obligatory xkcd…)

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Re: 4.10 later than 4.9?

Right up to the point some bright spark decides to send you their module’s version number in a double, then acts confused when you ask them how you’re supposed to tell the difference between 4.1 and 4.10…

By 4.99 the supplier had understood the issue, and skipped 4.100 – even if it really shouldn’t have taken them that many iterations to get the product working in the first place. At the same time our GUI had to go through a few versions of its own as we tried to keep up: "%.1f", "%.2f", "%.3f", …; "%g" might have appeared to be the clever answer, except another module had its final version at 3.120 and couldn’t be changed; we ended up having to set the number of digits to appear after the decimal point in a configuration file, which you might think would have led to "%.*f", except the person coding it didn’t know about that so we got     if (numDigits == 1) printf("%.1f", version); else if (numDigits == 2) …

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Windows

Re: What's wrong with a CLI?

> “Read the man page for vi.”

Ah, if only I had been as enlightened for my own first encounter with the UNIX CLI.

Coming from an MS‑DOS and Windows background, my instructions were along the lines of: open telnet GUI in Windows; log in to SunOS server; “cd” is the same as MS‑DOS but it’s “ls” instead of “dir” and forward slashes instead of backslashes as directory separators; and “vi” is an editor. (No mention of “man”.)

OK, fine. Open telnet GUI in Windows; log in to SunOS server; poke around the filesystem a bit. So far, so good; maybe this UNIX thing isn’t so scary after all.

Run vi.

[Blank screen; no instructions.]

Press some keys. Nothing happens.

Press F1 for help. Nothing happens.

Press Ctrl+C to bail out. Nothing happens.

Use mouse to close Windows telnet GUI.

Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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IT Angle

Re: Wood behind the trees

> if you want to make a difference with your money, they are a good place to give it to.

[citation needed]

How does it compare to the most demonstrably effective charities recommended by GiveWell and Giving What We Can?

Debian putting everything on the /usr

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IRIX defaulted to storing users’ home directories under /usr/people.

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