* Posts by AK565

44 posts • joined 20 Jun 2016

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one


But wait, there's more!

Given that most of the Mediterranean basin has been visiting each other for several thousand years, how exactly do these corpanies discern the differences? The same might be said of the Baltic. Hanseatic League anyone?

There's another issue: "Eastern European" is not one thing. The peoples living in that area belong to very different groups. They arrived at different times, speak very different languages, and had less mixing with each other than with their Germanic or Romance neighbors.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?


Re: Yes, in school.

I lucked into a course in Basic in the summer of 1979, while in middle school. The next time my education involved computers was grad school.

El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block


One of the elephants in the room

Ok, let me see if i understand this correctly.

A contingent of alterkakes who manifestly know almost nothing of anything even vaguely tech-related seriously think they can orchestrate and/or vet & oversee those they hire to orchestrate a system of age verification that will prevent a 15 year-old from finding online skin.

If this is correct, her majesty's government's clearly been spendinf too much time with us yanks.

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year


Re: How?

For some reason i suspect the award was given before it became known the device was not designed for cis, straight males.

A wildly implausible idea, i know.

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues


Re: Tech ignorance and magical thinking

IMO, a disturbingly large amount of people apply magical thinking to more than just technology.

More disturbing is how few people ask how or why when a piece of tech gets labelled good or bad.


Re: I wonder if many Americans read?

Agreed. I've taken a 2-week gig with an average workday of 11 hours plus a 3 hour round trip commute so I'll have the funds to pay next month's bills. Im lucky in that I can charge what the market will bear.

Many people are overwhelmed just making ends meet. They dont have the discretionary time/energy to worry about the security of their personal data, even if they know they should.

Im not saying this is the largest piece of the puzzle, but i dont think it gets the attention it warrants.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock


"It just works."

This was the largest single factor in my buying an 8Plus. Half my income is from freelance work. I do not have time to futz with a phone. Everything has to "just work". When I bring up a PDF form for a client to sign it must come up IMMEDIATELY and without any questions being asked of me. It must save the form with the signature without asking me anything because 99% of the time the situation does not allow me to address any questions from my phone.

I have this with my iPhone. No amount of time and energy spent got an Android to do this. "It just works" is why most of my colleagues have iPhones. If Apple loses this characteristic it'll lose its chief advantage over android, at least among my colleagues.

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7


Re: With every new device there is a Windows 10 Install

"Bowl of petunias"

I vote for this and let the rest of the world figure it out.

I do believe that El Reg is the only non-SciFi publication in which Hitchhiker references are made on a regular basis.

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter


Re: Remember

Sush! Don't use the A-word! Don't you know it's a trigger? We might all stop what we're supposed to be doing and spend the rest of the day rereading the history of lighter than air powered flight!

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones


Re: Santa bring me...

Function over form? You mean like an updated version of the Lotus Elite?

I loved that phone....



Re: 350 quid? Nokia take note.

Are the frequencies the N97 Mini uses even available any more?

Personally, I'd love an E55 with a taller, up to date screen.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.

"Many people would rather have others tell them how wonderful / beautiful / intelligent they are than to be told the truth."

Agreed. IMO, the percentage of 'blue pill'people in the population seems to grow every year.

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon


I wonder if the dark/far side has TLP's (Transient Lunar Phenomena) aka "unexplained lights that have been observed for centuries"...

I wonder even more why there seems to be so little interest in checking them out.

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you hackers are targeting 'nuclear, defense, energy, financial' biz


The problem is that you can't fix stupid. Most people believe they already know far more than most people about damn near everything. The glaring lack of any supporting evidence for this belief is irrelevant in their minds, such that they have.

Most simply won't accept the idea that someone from IT might know a tad more about hw, sw, and security than they do.

All you can do is keep them from accessing anything that might cause damage.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


Re: Riddle me this?

I've a friend who features the yearly naked Orthodox priest calendar on his rainbow FB page. Yet his adverts are mostly for Turkish men seeking "real" moslem wives. Go figure.

Most of the "targetted" ads aimed my way are for things ive never had need to research or buy. They're just completely random.

One would think someone would notice thIs untargetted nature of supposedly targetted adverts. Or I missing the plot?

Brits shun country life over phone not-spot fears


If one can't get good teachers & medical staff to a given area, it's a safe bet there's a problem with the compensation package. Good luck with getting that fact acknowledged, though.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity


I dare say your bedroom must be quite popular.


Re: Chain printers

I guess this means I’m “of a certain age”. I’m old enough to know the song, but young enough that I’d never, ever think of it when encountering the words “daisy” and “chain” in the same paragraph.

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans


"It just works"

Add me to that category of fanboi. I was Blackberry man until I was forced to Android. There were constant issues of one type or another. Eventually I noticed that my colleagues with iPhones had far fewer work-related phone problems than I did. I made the switch to iPhone a month ago and am overall more satisfied than I was with android.

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere


Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

As one in the lucky-enough-not-to-care category, I'd be more concerned with obtaining a share of any click-generated income from vids of my 'activities'.

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?


All about the sounding and not the substance....

Actually, I've been told there's a good bit of substance (and expense) involved in sounding. The results are purportedly rather spectacular.

I wouldn't actually know, myself. My kinks are more leather-oriented as opposed to medical.


"And Chrome OS just works, reliably and securely (by mainstream OS standards)."

I think this is it in a nutshell. People know that google's spying on them but they believe Windows does the same AND borks their data & machine. With Chrome your data & machine remain relatively unborked.

Then you factor in the fact that people spend more and more of their time on other people's schedules. They have a limited amount of time write their email/video chat with g'pa/reap the benefits of porn, etc. They don't have time to futz with anything, even if they have the skills and desire to do so. Shit has to work the first time, every time and personal preferences aren't even in the equation.

Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy


Re: X220

I naively bought a T431, thinking it'd be am improvement. HA! I agree 100% about the trackpad. I'd dearly love to take a hammer to it. My x200s is leagues better save for lack of lit keyboard and shitty contrast. And while we're at it, the x200s proves a damn trackpad isn't even necessary to begin with!


Re: X220

I have two x200s's and I agree completely. The only reason I want to upgrade is my ageing eyes; the horrible contrast ratio and lack of a lit keyboard are becoming a problem. Otherwise, they're damn near perfect for me.

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help


Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

Grammar zealots frequently have poor control of grammar. Asking them to explain the difference between 'who' and 'whom' is frequently quite entertaining.

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath


Re: Phone? What's that?

Close. For me the line is, "99% of calls from numbers not already on my contact list are junk" ... This is the reason for the spontaneous orgasm I had when I discovered Blackberry gave the option to allow only calls from my contacts.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


Re: Not in IT...

Having worked in a large bureaucracy in a position that required fluency in several languages, I can see how those howlers could cause serious problems. However, the admins to whom one must explain this are usually monolingual English speakers who have no knowledge of language interplay and no knowledge of the topic of the document in question.

There's no hope of getting through. One must work around them.

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something


Nice to know the reason I understood none of this is the fact that it made no sense, not my lack of tech background.

Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone


One thing I liked about Blackberry: It allowed one to block all calls unless the number was on one's contact list.

NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits


Agreed. If you recall it wasn't that long ago that a member of this body patiently explained that improper expansion of the US naval base io Guam could cause the island to tip over:

No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging


Anyone wishing for a downmarket Key2? The only time in my life I was on top of all my email and (so say my friends) my social media was when I owned a Blackberry 9900.


Re: What else IS there?

Hmmmmmm...... The only apps I can think of that would benefit from that would be those involving scruffing and grinding.....

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


Size matters. Weight, too.

While I prefer an SE-sized phone, that requires carrying 2 devices and the requisite paraphernalia. That gets heavy when you're a freelancer who walks ~5 miles/day. All of my colleagues who have a 6,7,8+ have been able to ditch the tablet they were using for client paperwork.

Even my Android fanboi friends admit each iteration requires more tweaking than the one before. The thing is, some of us don't get to choose how much time and energy we can spend learning a new system. The software has to "just work" from the get go, even at the price of living in a walled garden.

BlackBerry Key2: Clickier, nippier, but how many people still want a QWERTY?


Fat-fingered.... <sigh>

MessageEase is the only touch screen keyboard for which I've developed any kind of muscle memory. It's also the easiest to override when its spell check thinks it knows the English language better than you do.

That said, a physical keyboard lets me type more quickly & more easily than any touchscreen I've encountered.

I'd love a small and cheaper BB I could use with one hand.

Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0


I think I'm the only person who had an ME computer that was stable and worked. I had problems initially then I found an online guide that suggested a number of tweaks. IIRC, one of the first instructions was to ignore Microsoft's advice.

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened


Likewise here. Anyone eavesdropping on my personal life will become bored very, very quickly.


Re: Not at all surprised.

I've wondered that myself. For example, I know a gent who's Greek-American, speaks it fluently, is Greek Orthodox, and is gay. This is all clear from even the most cursory glimpse at his FB page. Yet FOR YEARS he's been innundated with adverts to meet and marry good Muslim women.

Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet


Re: "Everyone is allowed to make a mistake"

I've said all along that the only reasons a person would vote for Trump would be Borderline Intellectual Functioning or a blinding desire to be anti-Obama. Looks like I'm not the only person to come to that conclusion.

Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller


Re: They smashed the toilet?!

I'd never heard of 'beating the cistern' so I figured it was yet another slang term for whacking off. Then again, I'd never heard of 'bashing the bisbop', either. I've learned so much British slang reading El Reg, lol.

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions


Re: another 'Google is Evil' example

"Possibly because for the most part it actually works, ... Joe Bloggs ... simply sees the convenience..."

IMO, this is an important bit that doesn't get enough attention. People often work within parameters they do not set. Often the time and energy involved exceeds what is available. Yeah, I've downloaded, installed, and troubleshot Ubuntu on my laptops. I can use apt-get fairly well. Ask me if I can get a calendar to work across all my devices, including my android phone and tablet.

Much as the thought makes me cringe, I'm actually toying with going all Google or all Apple because I simply don't have the discretionary time & energy to spend getting shit to work. This is where Google and Apple excel. Their shit simply works. I need to make ONE entry into ONE calendar when I book a freelance gig, NOT be asked anything by my software, and have it show up on EVERY device because I do NOT choose which device I have at hand when booking a gig or checking my availability. I need to be able to start an invoice on one device and continue it on another.

Most of my colleagues use Apple. I ask why and the answer is always variations of, "It just works."

Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310


Re: My new Nokia

Thank you! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one with this complaint. My needs are similar:

E-mail, texts, GPS/maps, the occasional phone call. My app use is mostly for things like finding/paying for parking, and reading news/articles/books. I technically do use 'social media', but they're almost always apps designed to facilitate old-fashioned, live, in-person meetings around beer pumps. So even my social media consumption is text-based with still photos to elaborate/illustrate. I spend an ungodly amount of time on subways so easy, one-handed use is a definite plus, as is a battery that can handle 18 hours of this kind of use.

I find it a little difficult to believe that the market for this is so small it can't support even ONE phone like an updated E6 with a slightly taller screen.

Ironically, the ONLY time in my life I was on top of Facebook enough to keep my friends happy was when I had a Blackberry 9900. Their Facebook app aligned everything in ONE easy-to-read column so I could engage and not become lost as a result of the inevitable interruptions, lol.

Personally I don't think we're asking for very much. Yet all indications are that we clearly are. Sad, really.

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs


I live under a rock....

I thought "technobollox" was utterly brilliant!

For the record, very few Americans have any idea what a "Babelfish" is...

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

Most of us G-men can't keep track of the letters, either:-)

Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches


"The middle generations have largely succumbed to the USA-inspired moral panics and poor self-body image."

Here in the USA it's so bad that I've seen gay men under 30 years of age react in horror at the thought of socialising nude with other gay men. A dividing wall was accidentally opened between them and the predominately gay, all male, naturist social I was attending. By no means were the majority of men at the social in need of a 'burkini'.

Let me state it more bluntly: The USA has managed to produce a generation of gay men who are scared to disrobe among other gay men.

The mind boggles...

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