* Posts by AK565

61 posts • joined 20 Jun 2016


Let's spin Facebook's Wheel of Misfortune! Clack-clack-clack... clack... You've won '100s of millions of passwords stored in plaintext'


Shit like this makes me glad I havent been on FB for several years. But maybe I'm just not a FB kind of guy. I have very little free time and what little i have i prefer to spend on things like sex with my boyfriend. Am I weird because id rather get laid than go online?

In a humiliating climbdown, Facebook agrees to follow US laws


Re: Dear Facebook,

Ive a friend who's gay, Greek Orthodox, and bilingual. His FB page reflects all three. His 'targetted' ads consist mostly of offerings of 'real' moslem brides. Who benefits from this?

Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap


Despite owning several, I never made the connection between them and the Audi symbol. One wonders what the good folks at Audi were thinking at the time.


Well that explains why i always preferred old fashioned urinals sunken into the floor.


Re: "rest size"

Any gay man will tell you that rest and working sizes don't have much of a correlation. Youd be surprised (or maybe not) how often 8cm at rest becomes 15 at work while 10 at rest becomes 12 at work.

Add in the already stated fact that resting size can vary widely minute to minute and youre left with the fact that resting size doesnt really tellnyou anything....

The infamous AI gaydar study was repeated – and, no, code can't tell if you're straight or not just from your face


Re: Anon for obvious reasons

Would any self selection bias be non-representative to a greater extent than the atudy's sample which appears to have few controls for inacuracy on tje initial sample set?

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads


I was wondering why I prefer to use my x200s when ive a t431s and a Dell, both of which have far superior screens. Now I know.

Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds


Got referred here by another article So am late to the party. But wouldn't any enforcement of any policy depend on the battery in question being labelled properly and any enforcement officials being able to read said labelling? Am I the only seeing a problem here?

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...


Am I the only one wondering abour the jolly squeaky bottoms?

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'


Re: OS Slow downs on the way then

What non-Apple phone do you have that's still being updated at 5 years old?


Re: It's all my fault

Wait. What?

I thought i was the one who killed Blackberry by buying one just before the end.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


Re: Mouser mat

Being ambidextrous (I can write with either hand), a left handed mouse doesn't even register. What makes my brain completely short circuit is when left handed people simply pick up a right handed mouse, move it to their left, and use it with their left hand! I come along, click with my index finger, and cant figure out why im getting these errant right clicks!


Re: Mice are not particularly intuitive

Whay kind of car is this? ???

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news


Re: Arthur C. Clark Omitted This

So who did the 'aliens responding to a digital watch' thing first, Clark or Adams?


Re: bonking to pay

A few friends and I are curious about how the deluge of homemade porn has affected the industry.

Whether the per shot pay is good or bad depends on the length of the work day. How would one go about researching this?

Look out, kids. Your Tinder account is about to be swamped by old people... probably


Agteed. There's something amiss here.


Too complicated for me.

Thank god I'm a Grindr and Scruff kind of guy. It's so much simpler. You set parameters of what you're looking for and you're done. If someone bothers you, there's this neat thing called "block".

Most guys are perfectly happy to kiss a chorus of frogs in order to find their prince. This might lower the bar in terms of app performance.

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.


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