* Posts by AK565

117 posts • joined 20 Jun 2016


Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook


Re: I can type any language I want?

Agreed. Here's the thing. There are actually TWO Americas. The Coasts&Great Lakes and the Interior. Most well off, white, adult males in the interior have no idea that most of the white adult males in the world are nothing like them except for skin, hair, and eye color. Nearly all are non-ethnic, monolingual English speakers who are utterly convinced they are at the center, are the norm, are what's 'right'. There's no changing them. Their response to Covid19? I rest my case.


Re: You vill parle Amrecianish Da!

Adding words to the dictionary changes nothing? Good, I'm not the only one with that problem then.

Yes, American are much worse than Brits with monolingualism. More likely than not most of the people involved with writing that list had never heard of half the languages. And if the languages were actually important they would have heard of them. Yes, that's the way a distressingly large number of Americans think. Remember, we're talking about people who think the Bible was originally written in English. They also think Jesus was white and spoke English.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban


Re: Thailand is opening up

Agreed. The problem appears to be the word "so" in your second sentence. Most Americans don't have the background knowledge of how common sickness spreads therefore it's unlikely the cause/effect relationship you're pointing out will be understood or accepted.

More basic is that many Americans can't / won't process the fact that the spread of disease is not contingent upon what humans understand or accept.

Of course this makes no sense. Yet, here we are.

US govt can talk about the end of lockdown, but Silicon Valley says 'as long as it takes' – and Twitter says 'WFH forever'


Re: It has been a strange couple of months

1 or 2 days in the office, the rest at home is my preferred compromise. While I miss the opportunity to bounce ideas off coworkers, I'm more efficient with the routine tasks home alone. My r/t commute was three hours and had almost a mile of walking so that might influence my view.

Author of infamous Google diversity manifesto drops lawsuit against web giant


Re: i knew this thread would quickly devolve into sticks and stones

"Cis" (or not) is an objective fact. But I don't think that's your point. IMO, an ongoing problem is these kinds of issues tend to attract people who are more interested in ranting and railing than in addressing any actual issue. Regarding "cis" itself.... I'd say half the time I hear it, being cis or not is completely irrelevant to the conversation. So using the word simply announces the speaker has his own agenda and doesn't give a shit about the conversation. So you're probably right to be pissed off at its usage.

Fun fact: You know that nauseating LGBTQIA++++++ ? Most people who are members of those communities have no idea what 3/4 of those letters actually mean and don't care. Oh, and before anyone says anything, I'm 'G' myself so I'll call it nauseating all I please.

I'm getting offf my soapbox now.


Re: re: evil Corp

My gay, Greek orthodox friend gets daily adverts on book face for "real Muslim brides". So there is that.


Re: re: evil Corp

Why do so few realise? A couple of things:

1. Many people are working more hours than their counterparts did 20 or 30 years ago. The discretionary time to keep up on this isn't physically there.

2. Keeping up on this requires a shitload more time & energy than it did even 10 years ago.

3. It's simply too complicated for the average person to understand.

I'm really confident I'm one of the least tech savvy subscribers here. At the same time, I know much more than the average person. Feel like I'm 2/3 of the way to the right on the Dunning-Kruger curve. I know enough to know that I'm really not that knowledgeable, yet I'm surrounded by "experts" who crowd the left end of the curve and try to tell me I "don't really understand" how google works and that I'm being ridiculous with my concerns.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Spacecraft with graphene sails powered by starlight and lasers


Re: Well... Laptop as weapon

True. I had no idea when I bought my ThinkPad x200s I was buying the laptop equivalent of the Nokia 3310.


and here I was thinking I was being all witty posting a Kzinti reference further up the page........


Motes ...

Aha! I knew I'd read of this somewhere before...

One of Niven's ships used such a laser to maintain contact with earth. The crew didn't think of it as a weapon therefore the craft was determined to unarmed by a Kzinti telepath. However a few crew members knew better and used said laser to obliterate the Kzinti when they attacked.

Q of the day: Why is 'Kzinti' already in my phone's dictionary?

Vivaldi browser to perform a symphony of ad and tracker blocking with version 3.0


Re: It's not bad

You're referring to Opera Blink, I assume?


Re: It's not bad

For those of us who are a bit slow, you mean Opera with Presto?

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position


Do you perhaps mean 9x5? I ask because 5x9 sounds very uncomfortable.

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response



I'm really stuck on this point. My brain can't process that TPTB actually want highly trained professionals (of ANY field) to work for free. I get asking people to "volunteer" to come out of retirement and go back to work. But to ask them to work for free is pretty ballsy.

Are TPTB working for free? I doubt it highly.


Re: Over thinking this?

Silly me, I took all this as a given.

I agree, but you forgot to mention that most non-tech management assumes that tech people don't understand what's "really" going on or how things "really" work in the "real" world. They also assume that tech people really want the equipment for their own pet projects that aren't work related.

The whole volunteer thing is just absurd. Why would anyone do that? You want access to a person's skills? Then you pay for it. This applies across the board: programmers, doctors, nurses, interpreters, teachers, etc. It's a safe bet the people calling for volunteers aren't themselves volunteering.

Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down


Re: Microsoft has a long history of sabotaging products which they want their customers to replace.

Not only Nexus...

I had a Motorola Razr M which I loved. After an update (4.2 to 4.4?) battery life literally dropped by half. It only took a minute of searching to find this was a near universal problem.

Neither the first nor last time this has happened. Something New!Shiny! comes out and older models mysteriously start developing problems.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees


Have to admit, this is prob the most entertaining article I've read here.

Banning coffee? I assume some time next week there'll be a follow-up about how a decaffeinated flight crew increases passenger safety.

Seriously, the comic material is endless. I wouldn't be surprised if this wound up being a Key & Peele (sp?) skit.

The BlackBerry may be dead, but others are lining up to take its place


Blackberry should license their keyboards (even SureType) to other manufacturers to make case covers, battery backs, snap-ons, and handheld BlueTooth units all with their keyboards. And they should license the software for their touch screen keyboards. I'd love a 9900, Q10, or SureType keyboard for my iPhone.

I'd've bought a Key2 if it'd been less expensive or came with a deal from my carrier the way my iPhone 8+ did.

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer


Re: „I use Macintosh“

For those of you der haben Deutsch studiert, a professor once told us, "For dative plural stick an -(e)n on the word, but if it looks really stupid just take it off."

Same professor: " -(e)n or -(e)m: you can't tell the difference at conversational speed anyway, so it really doesn't matter. Either one is sufficient for grammatical clarity."


Re: „I use Macintosh“

Why do you have to teach English? It's quite simple: a large number of English teachers don't know English grammar. I was working in an ESL class once and a student asked the difference between "who" and "whom". The teacher replied that if it's before the verb the proper form is "who" and "whom" if it is after the verb".

I remained professional and refrained from trying to takeover the class. To this day I'm proud of that.

Microsoft boffin inadvertently highlights .NET image woes by running C# on Windows 3.11


Re: 'Facts' are historically situated

Part of the problem is what Dilbert called something like "automatic application of the corollary".

Eg. Most Corvettes are owned by males aged 35-55. Therefore most males aged 35-55 who own cars own Corvettes.

See the problem?

Here it's "Most of the time in most situations the power holders are mostly white men. Therefore most white men are power holders."

It's amazing how many people rake this mistake.

Google reveals new schedule for 'phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems'


Re: So, Google is pulling a Microsoft ?

Several times in recent years I've toyed with the idea of moving everything to Google and a Chromebook. But each time I researched I seemed to get a totally different picture of what I had to do. Now I realize I wasn't confused; it really was different each time because Google kept changing. Thanks!

The Windows Phone keeps ringing but no one's home: Microsoft finally lets platform die


Agreed. I only left BB10 because work-related apps stopped working on top of the few social/reading/research apps I used.

It's been years and I still suck at touch screen typing. It's funny, I never thought of myself as having large hands until I tried to type on a touch screen. I've tried nearly every keyboard over the years and the only one I've developed any muscle memory for is MessageEase. It's the least frustrating for extended typing and probably gives me the highest net (after corrections) wpm.

I'd still go back to BB in a second if it worked for me.

Dough! Jobs microsite for UK's data watchdog set hundreds of cookies without visitors' consent


Re: That is something the ICO is well aware of

This matches my experience. It often shows up in subtle ways. IMO, countless man-hours are lost by such things as having to explain to higher-ups that the weekly report can't be printed in color on the department's B&W printer.... And having to explain this to the same higher-ups every week.

In a touching show of solidarity with the NBA and Blizzard, Apple completely caves to China on HK protest app


Re: Google too

So of Apple and Google are crossed off the list, the alternative for a cell phone buyer is... ???

Tetraplegic patient can now move his four limbs with the help of a badass neuroprosthetic suit


Re: Truly Amazing

IIRC the upper limit for healthspan is about 115 and lifespan is about 125 due to the general breakdown of neurons in both central and peripheral systems.

IR35 blame game: Barclays to halt off-payroll contractors, goes directly to PAYE


Re: Obviously they will increase the rates by the customary amount to compensate

My previous employer fired its staff interpreters to replace us with 1099 workers contracted through an agency. As employees we could be shuffled to cover in-house needs as they arose during our shifts and 1099 workers covered holes we could not. The 1099 workers cost 66% more per hour and have a two hour minimum even if they come in to cover a 20 minute staff meeting. Just yesterday I ran into a former coworker who informed me that monthly interpretation/translation costs have more than doubled since this change was made. Yet the director who made this decision still insists the department is saving money despite it being self-evidently not the case. Yes, there is an outside funding stream for 1099 workers but it is static and did NOT increase as a result of the decision to use only 1099 workers.

As stated previously, nobody does the maths.

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says everyone else


What's scary is that there're actually quite a few people who actually do think this way.

OTOH, there're also quite a few people who think that learning (or failing to learn) a language is something that randomly happens to people. I see this often in 'heritage language' situations. Those who failed to learn it more often than not refuse to acknowledge that family members who did learn it actually put any effort into it. Yes, I'm aware that makes no sense, but there you go.

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one


Actually, as a white, middle class, middle aged American male who chose a pay raise over writing a PhD dissertation I'm very confident that as a group we both spout and accept/believe a jaw-droppingly large amount of pseudo-science.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)


Re: That's horrible.

I hope you're with a new lady friend.

WTF is Boeing on? Not just customer databases lying around on the web. 787 jetliner code, too, security bugs and all


Re: A Modest Proposal

That'd never happen because there'd be too much of a chance of someone having to take responsibility and/or there being actual consequences in the event of a fuck-up.

And we're back live with the state of the smartphone market in 2019. Any hope? Yeah, nah


Re: Sales 101: When you can't sell by adding new features, take away existing ones.

I wish I could give this more than one thumbs up. Software 'updates' that reduced battery life and/or caused my phone to become 'too old' for needed apps are the main reasons I've changed phones.

As many as 100,000 IBM staff axed in recent years as Big Blue battles to reinvent itself from IT's 'old fuddy duddy'


Re: no wonder IBM is dying


Exactly. They fire their doohickey expert and when the doohickey breaks down they have no idea what to do. So they scrap the doohickey and replace it with a thingamabob that costs twice as much to buy and run. This is followed by a claim that buying the dookickey was a mistake to begin with. Ridiculous? That's my point.

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned


Re: Can this inform the 5G debate?

"Differently realitied" ... I am SO stealing that!

I'm forever searching for politically correct ways to convey concepts like "reality denial", "delusional", etc.

Thank you :-)

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean Google isn't listening to everything you say


Re: Why do people put this in their homes?

This is a good point. After being an El Reg subscriber for several years I'm confident I'm one of the least tech-savvy readers. Yet i'm MILES ahead of John Q. Public, at least in the US. Most people have no idea that the privacy issues discussed here even exist, much less how such iasues could affect their lives.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker


Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

So with FSD I'd give up all the control but none of the responsibility? In what universe does that work?

Imagine being charged to take a lunch break... even if you didn't. Welcome to the world of these electronics assembly line workers


Re: Americistan??

Actually, in the US that attitude toward employees extends well above grunt level. I do a good bit of freelance work arranged through agencies. Companies that give me shit become 'schedule fillers'; I only take jobs with them when i need the extra hours. Most of my colleagues do the same.


Re: "the cost of which would be automatically taken from their wages"

Most places in the US have similar laws. It is unlikely the company was not breaking at least some of them.

Let's Pope mass upgrade of Vatican Library data centre is blessed with some of that famed infallibility


Re: Hoping they are using a reasonable file format

But seriously, we all know the vatican would never deliberately exclude anything from digitization. It's just that info that might present Rome in an unflattering light will mysteriously find it self at tje bottom of the priority list. Thats all. #

Facebook removes about as many fake accounts as it has actual monthly users (yes, billions) in effort to clean up online


While I agree it's trivial for a moderator to fact check as suggested above, you will be unlikely to find one who can do so competently for $22/hour. You could probably find some for double that, with the proviso that said moderator could log in from literally anywhere, at any time and work for as long or short a duration as he pleases. This assumes full benefits are offered. If it's done 1099-style, as an independent contractor you'd likely need to triple FB's offering.

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco


Re: Why doesn't engineering have a direct line into the executive team?

From what i understand, the product is irrelevant. "Management is management" .... Ive heard/read that a thousand times, frequently from managers themselves.

I disagree completely, of course. That's part of why i work in corporate environments only as a freelancer, hired through an agency. This way when managers get out of hand, they're forced to accept that *I* am my own boss and they WILL like it.


Re: Proper Certification

+10,000 on this! Regardless of industry, when a subject matter specialist reports a (potential) problem (within his area of expertise) to management, management's response is rarely, "You know, we hired this guy BECAUSE he knows about this shit. If he's reporting a problem, it's probably worth checking out."

Apple, Samsung feel the pain as smartphone market slumps to lowest shipments in 5 YEARS


Re: Prices...

I did the same thing. My carrier (in the U.S.) offered a screaming deal on the 8+. What made it screaming for me was that I tend to keep phones until they no longer do the job for me and that my carrier offers a $15/month post-contract discount. YMMV.

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows


Why, to prove theirs is bigger?

Regardless, I'd never connected that name to dick size just as I'd never connected the Audi symbol to 4 cockrings.

I have El Reg to thank for now having those connections.


My tech skills are limited to installing Linux on my laptops, so forgive my ignorance. But all i see here is the fox adding a hen house extension to his den, dressing it up with pretty, shiny woo-woo, and inviting hens to move in. How is this a Good Thing and how does it not lead to a Linux flavour called "$lurp"?

Behold, the insides of Samsung's Galaxy Fold: The phone that tears down all on its own


My idea for this tech.

Ok, you saw it here first: i want a phone with tje Blackberry 9900/9930 form factor with a screen that folds out/up to give a larger viewing area when needed.

Let 15 July forever be known as P-Day: When UK's smut fans started being asked for their age


Re: Sinister thin end of the wedge

High school english teachers have said forever that if you want to get teen boys to read just hand them porn with no pics. Problem solved. And there's even a built in comprehension test: -)


Re: Sinister thin end of the wedge

Just a random thought while waiting for clients to show.... Might some people start going out and having actual sex, once that becomes cheaper/easier than porn?


Re: Bollocks

Well that's kind of what i mean. Im having serious difficulty with the concept that a bunch of middle aged adults can actually keep a 15 yr old from his porn.


Re: The Porn Identity

I thought you were joking. I got as far as "tory mp au...." tje the search bar auto completed.



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