* Posts by Dr Spork

48 posts • joined 2 May 2016

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Flame

Re: Shame

Polycarbonate.

MP, BP & therefore FP would depend on chain length but ignition temperature is nominally 500C... so...

Celcius500

Don't have a Dirty COW, man: Android gets full kernel hijack patch

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Trollface

Elsewhere... in the realm of grown-up computing...

"Meanwhile, as one major Linux kernel hole is fixed, another was discovered, patched and publicized."

"Users and administrators should patch their Linux systems as soon as an update for their distro becomes available, if they haven't already done so. A fix for the flaw was not included in this month's Android update. ®"

FTFY 0:-)

All my systems patched themselves for this two days ago. Before those cynical, biased bastards at El Reg had even noticed anything was happening. I dare say all the other top-tier distros are similarly fully patched too.

https://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-security/cve/2016/CVE-2016-8655.html

Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Boffin

Re: Do anything to excess is stupid

Not at all convinced his "five a day habit" is necessarily excessive, or the cause of his ills, as has been so widely and enthusiastically reported by the mindless mass media. Even though it would exceed the recommended maximum intake.

Call me old fashioned but I'm inclined to think it possible that THE PATIENT'S CHRONIC HEPATITIS C INFECTION could, just possibly, be contributing, in some way, to those "hepatitis like symptoms."

A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: 64GB Micro SD only?

Shirley CM13 can do exFAT OOTB?

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Pint

Re: Wileyfox

What's sad about being in a pub??

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Holmes

Re: Missing info in write up

I note that you can have a spare battery (£15)

Are you sure that was for the "Swift 2"? There's no mention of replaceable batteries on the specs page.

http://www.wileyfox.com/swift-119.html

What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Pint

Re: Hawker Harrier

Thought exactly the same.

Probably plenty of gently run-in examples still knocking around for spares & repairs too. ;)

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

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@Pompous Git. Re: Lexmark C543

Interesting problem! Can't help directly as I've never used either Mint or any Lexmark printer. The "healing crystal" healing weirdness suggests you might be flogging a knackered device... but a couple of thoughts spring to mind:

What "driver" are you using? Presumably the CUPS included in your Mint plus some PPD package? If so where are you getting the PPD(s)? Might be worth trying Lexmark's own pack and/or the Open Printing pack which is dated very recently. That Open Printing page describes your model as working perfectly which also makes me suspect a duff unit. Can't think why a PPD update would help particularly but can't think why a "healing crystal" would either! A less brutal electronic alternative to giving it a kick I suppose ;)

Alternatively, spinning up a Mint 18 (their first release based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS?) live ISO could be a more rational course of action, as is includes a much more recent (v2.1.3) CUPS stack. Or maybe a daily ISO of the forthcoming Ubuntu 16.10 with its very up-to-date CUPS 2.2.0

If neither of those suggestions help, the CUPS mailing list might be the place to make cries for help - possibly a more likely bet than a distro's general user forum?

Good luck old Git.

Dr Spork

Re: El Reg sat down with....? Wow!

Probably just a function of the size of your audience Git. What forum was it? Any chance of a link to your thread?

Windows 10 market share fell in September

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What's wrong with you?

CloudFlare shows Tor users the way out of CAPTCHA hell

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Thumb Up

Re: nonce field - unfortunate choice of name

Indeed, "n" being usual mathematical abbreviation for "a number"

A "nonce" is a number [used] once.

Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Re: What a whiny bunch of spoilt hypocritical MORMs

Having said that...seriously? A company changes its hardware, MS is the first to come along with drivers (yes, yes, I know - no doubt they were approached and involved from the start, but that's business), and it's somehow a conspiracy?

Interesting disingenuous rant AC. Well done. I have the feeling there's absolutely no truth in any of it.

The particular FACTS of this specific case bear no resemblance to the fantasy you describe. Lenovo hasn't "changed its hardware." Lenovo has installed perfectly standard Wintel hardware, configured the Wintel intentional-clusterfuck-UEFI to initialise that hardware EXCLUSIVELY in its PROPRIETARY Wintel mode DISABLING its STANDARD AHCI mode, and REMOVED from the UEFI the capability for the PC's "owner" to re-configure that MALICIOUS UEFI setting. This is a DELIBERATE LOCKOUT however you look at it.

As for the rest of your drivel, look again. The ones whining hypocrisy in this thread are the MS staffers and freelancers.

Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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Pint

Re: Windows 10 downgrades

> ...the result half of everything didn't work...

Thanks for that! :) Reminded me of this. Ahhh... happy times, when it was still funny. Before Redmond became so desperately malignant.

'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Paris Hilton

Re: Green? Blue? Brown?

>You obviously have to use the flash when you take the picture

What would the Guide Number be on that?

Our resident expert on all things paparazzi might know --->

Cisco confirms two of the Shadow Brokers' 'NSA' vulns are real

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Coat

Re: This is an obvious ploy to get us to expose ourselves

Bugger! :-|

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Black Helicopters

Re: This is an obvious ploy to get us to expose ourselves

Is upvoting ok?

Very much doubt it. You'd really have to be a bit deficient to go anywhere near an obvious elephant trap like this.

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Facepalm

Perhaps NSA were using NSA Cisco firewalls?

Oopsie!

Researchers crack homomorphic encryption

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Pirate

Re: If One-Time Pads could self-regenerate...

Use One-Time Pad #1 (again) to encrypt the new One-Time Pad #2

Not so sure about Data and Noise.

Here be dragons

Boffins shrink light-twister to silicon scale, multiply bandwidth 10x

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Pirate

Re: If a fibre optic setup is an order magnitude faster

Course they can.

..but the instant it's attached to your premises it becomes V92

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeechchchhchchchch....

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Facepalm

...and how the hell does one pour the milk first, which everyone understands is of paramount importance, after some raging psychopath has poured it into the pot?

Oh the humanity!

That said, “it’s [still probably] better than the piss brew you get when people don’t dunk the tea bag properly.”

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Pirate

Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

"...once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime* of the device... and then leave you with a device which we've locked by our "Secure [sic] Boot" mechanism to an OS which we'll suddenly start informing you is an absolutely horrendous unmitigated security catastrophe."

*i.e. Until the Microsoft Corporation Inc. (NASDAQ: MSFT) decides at its sole discretion that it's time for you to pay another round of danegeld "essential" (MS taxed) hardware "upgrades." Must keep that old treadmill turning...

The Register was brought to you today by the letters M and $ and the number 10

Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

Re: Damn

Precisely my thoughts Ralph.

Truly tragic news.

Glass duly raised. ---->

My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and all at El Reg (including other readers)

No, I am NOT a bot.

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Holmes

Re: @ allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

>Weird. And pointless.

jake?

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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Alien

Welcome to The Reg

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Holmes

Re: Samsung gets a pass, again...

"Samsung is what is wrong with South Korea all wrapped up in one mega corrupt conglomerate. After all if you don't get good enough grades (ie if you dare sleep enough) to get a job with one of the dozen basically government ran conglomerates its suicide for you."

You sure you're not thinking of your own country AC?

Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Holmes

Re: re:unknowing partner

>The unusually large rectum may be more of a give-away.

They probably weren't expecting it to get so read

PS Can someone re-label the Holmes icon, please? --->

Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Megaphone

Re: Serious question

Believe me AC, nobody thinks M$ is funny.

NOBODY.

(well except maybe 1Rafayal - who seems to have failed to successfully deploy his "joke alert")

Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Alien

Re: Disable Secure Boot...

Has someone rebooted AMFM?

'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Headmaster

>Looser than what?

>Did you mean Loser?

A closing reference to CW's grip on reality perhaps?

NIST readies 'post-quantum' crypto competition

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Paris Hilton

Really? You're quite Shor the people designing the algo for the QC will be ignorant of your cunning plan?

Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking

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Alien

It's a "social media" thing: Billions of miserable pathetic wretches desperately vying to convince their "friends" that their own miserable and pathetic existences are less miserable and pathetic than those " friends' " miserable and pathetic existences.

Post a snap of the M25 flyover and it's just a snap of the M25 flyover... but... post a snap of *yourself* at the M25 flyover and suddenly it's a different thing entirely: Look! I've "been to" the M25 flyover! OMG! Who's livin it now!!! Suckers!!!!! Don't you SOOOO wish you were me?!!!!!!one

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WTF?

Somewhat tangentially...

Anyone any idea what changed between 6.x and 7.0? A look at their (freshly cleaved) website(s) gave remarkably little away, except that they're keeping the 6.x line going as "legacy" - so presumably this isn't just a torvaloid ovine renumeration episode... ?

Cavium snubs MIPS, picks 64-bit ARM for next-gen network SoCs

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Paris Hilton

Re: Prices

Any idea whether that axis might be intended to imply linear progression (as one might consider for such data) or some sort of quasi-logarithmic progression as that infographic's other y-labels do?

Apple: Don't 'overreact'

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Holmes

I'd hardly call initiating a frantic public media damage limitation frenzy "shrugged off fears" myself... more indicative of a state of "is shitting himself"

...and as for... "will look back, and people will think 'How could I ever have thought about not wearing this watch?'." ...the poor man's clearly psychotic.

Someone should call someone.

Chrome edges out IE for desktop browser crown

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Terminator

Re: ...article included both Edge and IT...

Didn't "Edge" turn out to be pretty much IE with a respray?

Insurance article

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Alien

Re: Insurance article

Interesting.

The infomercial itself is still there ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/14/professiona_indemnity_insurance_promo/ )

I wonder if this is going to be the format of future Lumia/Surface "reviews"

The "crude deletion" angle is odd. There are often articles without comments... and they don't have the button... so why leave it there?

Crowdfunding new Commodore 64s, desktop and handheld

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Facepalm

Re: Crowdfunding new Commodore 64s, desktop and handheld

Seems the poor sods never grew up (as one might have predicted) and are trying to compete with this insanity: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/29/clive_sinclair_tin_rattle_result/

Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

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Black Helicopters

Re: The Batman approach to labelling

The UAE google page, no less! :-|

Trivial enough to decode by eye 'though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLDvtpSC_98

(not visited it but moved by the heroic Sellersian spelling effort)

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Holmes

Re: Lots of lateness

What makes you so certain "the genius behind this prank" was the person in possession the device on the plane?

I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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FAIL

Re: Explanation

Personally more dismayed and disappointed than confused, I think :-|

Not you, but someone ----->

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Paris Hilton

Re: Post Bank Holiday BBQ food poisoning?

Maybe an exhibition analysis into what passes for investigative "tech (sic) reporting" at the BBC these days?..

"Gosh, that sounds awfully technical: Can you put your hand on your heart and promise me it's true?"

Badges for Commentards

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Unhappy

Re: Just realised...

It's certainly not 2000 upvotes in total. I've over 6000 upvotes (net) and never had a (worthless) silver badge.. Just reluctantly traded my (worthless) bronze badge in for a new moniker which (hopefully) won't make me cringe quite so much. What's puzzling me is why changing my name got me on the naughty stool... Losing the (worthless) badge I can understand - some small inducement to retain an identity for the sake of "community" or suchlike - but why the naughty stool? Are they expecting me to be so overwhelmed with excitement that I'll be rendered unable to contain some long suppressed latent urge to splaff profanity laden spam? Or have they so much time on their hands at Vulture Towers that there's nothing better to do than "moderate" the banal whiterings of people who've been splaffing away here for years without incident?

My permission to post trivial "advanced" tags has been revoked too, which also seems needlessly harsh :(

<b>Baffled</b>

Your f---- video player

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Unhappy

Re: Your f---- video player

No comment?

Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Pirate

The limits seem to be arbitrary absolute data values and not some product of the capacity of any particular model... so it seems to me that the spinning rust pushers are trying to indemnify their "warranties" against covering normal wear to mechanical head/arm components and the like, or some newfangled flash buffer as JP suggests, rather than the plates of rust themselves.

Strikes me as pretty slimy.

'Charred Weasel' Linux

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'Charred Weasel' Linux

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Pint

Re: Wrong mustelinae

Barbecued Beechmarten?

Mmmm...

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