* Posts by quxinot

398 posts • joined 15 May 2016


Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him


>You have now planted in my mind the image of 12 jurors with buckets of popcorn and gallon jugs of fizzy drinks loudly laughing and clapping at the various arguments bandied about in the courtroom, having great fun, and sometimes throwing some popcorn at the various participants.

I'd pay to see that film !<

Shame he's from the wrong state. If it was a little further east, it could be the Rockies Horror Picture Show.

My coat, yes.

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7


VCDS with a HEX-CAN cable (not a wireless version) can be run in a virtualbox VM. I forget the trick, but it definitely is possible.

Unfortunately the newest VCDS doesn't want to run on XP, so it's time to retire the portable netbook I use for datalogging :(

Remember the OpenAI text spewer that was too dangerous to release? Fear not, boffins have built a BS detector for it


Re: For now

I like to masturbate long words into my phrases even if I don't know what they mean.

Champagne corks undocked as SpaceX brings the Crew Dragon back to Earth


Re: Well done, SpaceX ...

>and a tendency to fall apart on re-entry.<

Isn't that precisely what they were designed to do? Explosively, at that.

Liz Warren: I'll smash up Amazon, Google, and Facebook – if you elect me to the White House


Re: Not Trump again, please

Here I was hoping that the backlash would be a reasonably moderate canidate, that would win by a landslide.


Biker sues Google Fiber: I broke my leg, borked my ankle in trench dug to lay ad giant's pipe


Bike, no lights, in the US?

By law, the headlamps are always on during operation of the motorcycle.

UK banking was struck by one IT fail every day for most of 2018


Re: it is time!

Or my wife.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace


Headline of the year

It's early, but we're not going to see anything more correct, honest, and direct than that. Props to the person who came up with it.

Foldables herald the beginning of the end of the smartphone fetish


Re: Foldable? I've already got that.

The other thing to remember, whilst waxing nostalgic for folding maps and the like--you're old. Sorry AO, but the up-and-coming market for these devices don't share the same nostalgia. They're completely used to having a single flat surface that lights up and lets them tap away for their information.

It's okay, I'm old too. But the best map I've ever used was a giant book format thing, which meant the total time spent dicking with it to get it put back to the original shape was less than two seconds, instead of ten minutes and another tear down the long edge.

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins


Re: It's Dark out there.


My ex's soul is floating around way out there?

Boy, I'm going to sleep great tonight. Thanks for that.

In hilariously petulant move, Apple shuts Texas stores and reopens them few miles down the road – for patent reasons


Re: Perhaps an empty gesture

>But I guess nothing stops trolls from relocating their HQ in east Texas, or renting a mailbox there or something<

Or more plausibly, their legal team.

Linux love hits Windows 10 19H1 amid a second round of zombie slaying


Re: Uncomfortable

>>That would mean that MS would have removed one of the biggest hurdles to WINE in the first place, which would be the lack of complete documentation about the APIs, especially for DirectX. If MS would do that, maybe even submitting patches to the project (which would have to be thoroughly checked out by the senior WINE devs first-- this is Microsoft, after all, and they can never be trusted to have dropped embrace-extend-extinguish), WINE could really make some great strides, with the non-gaming Windows hold-back titles like Photoshop and Office working in Linux seamlessly.<<

This is Microsoft today.

It would still not be well-documented, and wouldn't work any better than it does today. It would also require connection to an online auth server before trying to function--said server would have worrying amounts of downtime.

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror


Re: Computer sound is on in an open space ?

Important notifications are acceptable.

For example, if there's a fire in the building and the BOFH has disabled the alarm horns, a discreet beep suggesting to all that it's time to leave would be appropriate.

Of course if the big alarm is disabled, I'm sure that the BOFH wouldn't be warning the lusers of their impending doom.....er... of the possible hazard.

Data-spewing Spectre chip flaws can't be killed by software alone, Google boffins conclude


Re: Call me paranoid..

No, he asked to be called 'paranoid', not 'fewer'.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


You can be a designer and suck at it, too.

You can be a developer and suck at it.

Being something doesn't mean that you're good at it. True of basically everything! Bad drivers, poor parents, cops, politicians, teachers, cooks.... Hand in hand with the idea that doing something a long time is not the same as being good at something.

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters


Re: So, basically, no change there

You can also use a pihole for DNS if you have access to network settings on your phone. Another option is to use a VPN and have adblock set up through that.

Kinda sad that the best part of most browsers is the plugins/extensions, when you think about it.

Crypto crash leads to inventory pile-up at Nvidia, sales slaughtered


Well, the prices have been eye-wateringly high for how long, and that's finally slowing down? Boo for NVidia. Hooray for everyone who refused to buy an overpriced card, it sounds like there might actually be some supply coming in the affordable range.

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


Re: "reality TV "stars" dying from crash landing, habitat failure, or slow suffocation. "

Wait guys, you have this all backwards.

We've had people from show biz moving into politics. Everyone stop and name two examples....

What we need is to go the other direction. Rather than having a reality show on Mars where we watch people slowly die and winners inevitably move into politics--we need to ship politicians to Mars....

ACLU: Here's how FBI tried to force Facebook to wiretap its chat app. Judge: Oh no you don't


Wait a moment...

So a company that mines communication for information to sell ads has a end to end encryption communication service for secure comms. Meaning that they cannot apply their primary business practice to make money against a service that they're providing.

Anyone else see a glaring disconnect there? I'm sure that's wholly trustworthy. Really.

Clever girl: SpaceX's Mars-bound Raptor engine looks like it works just fine


Re: Bill, we need to relight the engine. Pass the kale.

The bigger question is which is better/worse to have onboard: Those who produce hot air vs those who produce methane....

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it


I'll agree with 'what an idiot!' pretty rapidly.

Specifically for the more mass-market users; when they hear about an important flaw that requires patching, they're more likely to turn the updates back on and get the fix... most users have been repeatedly taught that updates just mean 'we screwed up the UI and broke stuff', so if they are aware enough to turn it off, they do.

Grumble Pai: FCC boss told by House Dems to try the novel concept of putting US folks first, big biz second


Re: Sounds like ...

Break out the popcorn!

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?


May as well use Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill" for the same effect.

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opyVdN8GZtc )

Though you'll end up hating your phone more. It works well on an alarm clock if you tend to be slow to respond in the morning, though.


Re: £832.50, not £999

If you want to drive an hour to get there, I'm afraid you're in for a tough time.

Lifejackets, please!

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD


That's why I've got commadotcomma.com, of course. :D


Re: To be fair...

I was going to make hiss.ss. Gotta do the whole site in python, obviously..

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry


Re: wtf does not "freeing prisoners unlawfully" mean ?

That's exactly my first thought too!

What does it say that they're more interested in not freeing the crims than not jailing the innocent?

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid


Re: Another victim of the form factor "diet"

> Too many things run on the edge of "working" at this point, just to get the willy-wagging rights.

You wonder exactly why computing and electronics are so weird sometime.

If I had the smallest, thinnest, lightest willy--I wouldn't be bragging.

Just sayin'.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide


Re: Keep lawyers out of engineering please

I utterly agree that a lawsuit isn't required.

But I'd love to see AMD's marketing get lined up against the wall and slapped, with teams of customers running the length of faces with their hands upraised, slapping each in turn.

The FX-8xxx were a fancy quadcore, and honestly a very, very good one. Tons of clockspeed headroom and pretty good performance for the price, but a 'real' 8 core they were not. Finding that they were not required reading quite a bit of reviews and/or purchase, as it was absolutely not even hinted at in the marketing that was available at the time that I can remember.

Now that I think about it, can we get all marketeers to line up for a slapping, not just AMD's? And the lawyers as well? I just came up with the best income stream ever.....

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit


Re: Bad planning

>Clearly the control group needs to be of a reasonable size. So, the entire commons, plus any member of a political party sitting in the house of lords?

From the other side of the big water, we can cheerfully loan you a big pile of congressmen and senators.

You know, just to increase the statistical accuracy.

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo


Re: Getting shades of...

A flyswatter and some blur and perhaps that's the effect they wanted?

The DevOps Salary Report is in, and is great news for American men


Re: Is pharma not healthcare?

Insurance is heathcare? No, notsomuch. And insurance runs on tight margins? Again, notsomuch.

Otherwise agreed.

As a quick mental check, think about what you see advertised the most, on television, radio, newspaper, etc (I'll assume you see nothing advertised online, that means you're doing it right!). There's certain types of business that have significantly more advertising spend than others--turns out, it's because they're very profitable indeed. Insurance, pharma, and telcom companies very clearly have huge profit margins....

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz


Re: nobody performs well when put in a difficult position.

And that logically progresses to the best XKCD ever:


Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...


Re: Width

To be fair, there's plenty of width. It's just that it looks like whitespace if you have adblock enabled.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


Re: Great for this Engineer

The problem is that 'digital' can also refer to the things attached to a hand.

Then it becomes quite a bit more funny and dirty in equal measures.

The glorious Brexit uncertainty: The only dead cert on data rules for tech biz in 2019


As opposed to the honest politicians?

I mean, I understand there's a lot of ill-will being spread around, but there's FUD and there's basing your thoughts on absolute fantasy.... 'Honest politicians'... as if!

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it


Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

Anarchy is where there's no rules, so those with money/resources stomp all over everyone else's freedoms.

We're there.

Microsoft makes a dip in the Azure Cosmos DB pool just a bit more tempting with another price drop


Gosh. A price cut so huge.... though doesn't that mean that it could also spike up dramatically and without warning? Bet that'd be unpleasant, if you had made it critical to your work...

US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK


Re: People in glass houses ...

Must admit that I agree. After reading:

>UK authorities should not be granted access to data held by American companies because British laws don't meet human rights obligations, nine nonprofits have said.<

My initial thought was "So what? US laws don't meet them either!"

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love


Re: 1809 patch

I'm sorry.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


Re: just one bulb reduced my fridges light use from 15w to 3.3w

>I reduced my fridge's light use to 0W by shutting the door.<

ow do you know the light goes out when you shut the fridge door?

I mean, that's a difficult to measure metric to ensure that you're saving 3.3w!

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean


Re: what's soap?

>Its the stuff you knick from your mum to get the grips to go onto the motorbike!<

No, that's hairspray. It'll dry sticky so they don't twist around on you.

Persuading world+dog to love Microsoft's AI assistant a step too far for Acompli founder

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Re: Pretty obvious

>We need open standards, so we can choose our voice assistant separately to the hardware we run.<

I will market the world-beating new AI: Sally the Mute.

I expect to be rich.

Fujitsu: Closes director's gate to Tait, 9 execs abdicate, and for German workers – a crap Weihnachtszeit


Re: Wurst news ever

Don't be a brat about it.

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat


Re: Remember the good old days?

>Mars Bar wrappers are apparently a better fit.<

The "fun sized" are a bit insulting, though.

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?


Re: Thing of the past, thank god! -users just do not get why you need to limit their mail to 2Gb

>>I don't understand why people look at it and/or store it on their work computers.

(unless they are pornographers)<<

Maybe they don't have a pornograph at home?

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: Ok, where is he?

>I scrolled the comments, twice now, expecting to find BOMBASTIC BOB!!!!! blaming it all on C-POUND and the evil that is JIT compilation.<

Ctrl-f for ".not" and for "flatso".

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in


Re: this is just the start of a very ugly battle for your home

It's actually a great idea. The problem is I want it to have a backend on a server I control. Probably in the basement next to the NAS. If it's just yet another pile of crap tied into google, notsomuch.

If it could be easily hacked and turned into a local control for local systems, without phoning the mothership? They'd almost start becoming interesting and viable!

SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space


Re: Don’t call us plucky

Stop that.

There's plenty of sax and violins on the web already.


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