* Posts by mickaroo

36 posts • joined 16 Oct 2016

China successfully launches its biggest-ever space truck to fire up its space station ambitions


I thought the USA stole the scientists, not the technology...

As Zoom bans spread over privacy concerns, vid-conf biz taps up Stamos as firefighter in totally-not-a-PR-stunt move


Facebook Security...

Isn't that an oxymoron?

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds: They're good – though for close to £300, they really should be


Re: Waxy build-up

I must have weird ears because I've been through a multitude of ear buds, including Bose StayHears... and they don't stay here. Or possibly "ear"...

I presently have Sennheiser earbuds with over-the-ear clips, which kinda work, but I've mostly thrown my hands up in dismay.

Bose QC-35 headphones are my go-to now. They make me look like a dork, but still not likely to drop three hundred quid on earbuds any time soon.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


Re: WTF?

You're obviously not a professional lefty...

You turn the page upside down and write right-to-left with the letters inverted.

When you turn the page right-way-up, everything is just dandy.

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit


HDMI and Audio

My "venerable Lenovo T440s" has a Mini DisplayPort and I use a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI dongle. Video is auto-detected but I do have to manually select "Digital Stereo (HDMI)" in Sound Preferences. Not a huge challenge as I've added Sound Preferences to my shortcuts; and once selected, the HDMI audio works too.


My Minty Lenovo

I have Mint Mate 18.3 running on a venerable Lenovo T440s. Boot time is measured in seconds, not minutes, and it "just works". I have a VirtualBox installation of Windows 10 for compatibility with my co-workers, and even that boots up faster than some of my co-workers' laptops.

I did look at upgrading to Mint 19 a while back but it seemed pretty daunting at the time, kind-of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", Maybe time to take another look?

Rowhammer rides again as FPGA attack, RSA again reportedly up for sale, anti-theft kit to nuke laptops, etc


Please Don't Laugh...

But I have actually done this while stranded in an airport... chained my laptop to my leg while I caught some much needed ZZZs.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott


Now I feel like a Luddite...

I still use a desktop computer (coincidentally running a variant of Linux).

And I also have an Android phone, which I mostly use as a... phone.

Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States


Re: It Is With Such Baubles That Men Are Led.

A wall around New York would serve no useful purpose. Just ask Snake Plissken...

Robocop needs reboot, $200m for AI research, UK govt knowingly deployed racist passport system – plus more


Sexist Facial Recognition?

"Several experiments have shown that they’re less accurate when looking at women and people of color"

My wife and I recently used HM Govt On-Line Passport Service (beta) to renew our passports. We acquired digital photographs as directed.

The system accepted my photograph first time. It required three attempts to acquire an acceptable photograph of my wife.


The safest place to save your files is somewhere nobody will ever look


Re: Been there. Done that.

Same as when people apply filters to large, shared spreadsheets and forget to reset them when they exit.

So the next person along opens the spreadsheet and goes into cardiac arrest because a thousand rows of data have disappeared.

Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline


Re: Obligatory XKCD

Similar story...

My sister-in-law was having trouble with her PC. Mouse working fine but keyboard not so much. Passed by one evening and noticed the mouse was wired but the keyboard was wireless.

Flip keyboard over, insert new batteries, enjoy cup of tea, head back home

Firefox Preview for Android: Mozilla has another go at a mobile browser


Firefox Forever?

Firefox has always been my go-to browser, even back in the day when my desktop was OS/2.

I disabled Chrome and I was running Firefox for Android on my not-so-smart phone. However, my phone is a little memory constrained so I switched to Firefox Focus, which has a slightly smaller footprint. (Oh, how I wish that ALL apps allowed you to move them to the SD card)

I guess my next big adventure will be to become a beta-tester for Firefox Preview...

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug


Not Just MacOS

I've encountered this very problem on a Linux installation. Screen blank, appears dead. WTF?

It didn't take me $10,000 and two motherboards to figure out the problem, and I became very adept at doing "blind" logons.

Essex named sexiest British accent followed closely by, um, Glaswegian


Anything North of the Watford Gap

Home Counties born and bred, for some years I worked at a company in Windsor, Ontario (AKA Detroit South). One of my colleagues was also from England. One day, one of the locals commented how me and my English colleague had similar accents. To which I replied "Good God no, he's from Manchester".

After last year's sexism shambles, 2019's RSA infosec bash has upped its inclusivity game


"That's prejudice. If people don't kinda act like you and look like you should they be removed if you attend? Maybe that's another problem to add to the pile"

All you Reg Vultures out there please feel free to correct me, but I'm not sure that was the intended meaning...

I read it as "someone with whom I can identify" rather than "someone who is my doppelgänger".

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit


Facebook to appeal against ICO fine

They're appealing on the grounds that it's not a data leak, it's an undocumented feature.

Swedes grumbling about Apple Store in their park are lucky – in Toronto, Google eats all your data


Shouldn't that be iSore...?

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app


I am so confused...

Will someone remind me again why connecting your whole home to some nameless, faceless smartphone app is a good idea?

Boffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks


Pedant Alert


A team (of geologists) has analyzed samples...

Wears my coat...?

They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today


Hotmail Holdout

I've had a Hotmail account since 2003 when I switched over from @Netscape.com.

Spam was never an issue (maybe I didn't visit the right websites?) and Hotmail is still my preferred email address.

And I am no fan of Micro$oft. Go figure...

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements


No, No... It's The Liquid Sensors

My wife's Macbook keyboard quit some months ago. When we took it to the Apple Disingenous Bar, we were told the Liquid Sensors had been tripped. If you saw how my wife cares for her MacBook, you would realize that this is a very low probability scenario...

We were subsequently informed that as well as the $400+ keyboard replacement (not under warranty - liquid sensors), there were also two other boards that required replacement that would be covered by warranty. I was out of town so my wife asked our adult son why the keyboard was not covered, but the two other boards were. His reply:

"They broke it taking it apart"

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Re: Speaking of which,

I used to clean my mousewheel with a Q-Tip dipped in Windex.

The challenge was like peeling a tangerine... see if I could remove the crud from the mouse-wheel in one long strip.

You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!


Re: Unisys screwed up

"If my bank left a pile of money on a table for me to take my own, I might be tempted to take a bit extra"

I believe that this analogy only holds if it's "public money". You can take as little or as much as you want and it's totally free. The issue here is that the "public money" also contained some krugerrands the bank had stupidly forgotten to separate out, and the kid arrived with a dump truck.

I'm Canadian, and I think the charges need tossing...

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing



OMG... that looks to-die-for!!

That would be supper I weren't in stuck Belgium gagging down moules-frites and Grimbergen beer.

Is the recipe on-line...???

Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal


Re: We'll stick to real food, thanks

I thought poutine was in the Good Nutrition Guide as one of the Four Major Food Groups...

(If I recall correctly: Alexander Keith's, Moosehead, and Forty Creek are the other three)

Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue


Re: Does Microsoft offer an exchange program too?

Return older kit to Apple?

How about put an SSD into my wife's plastic unibody Core Duo MacBook, install Linux Mint Mate, and never look back...

Is that recycled enough for you?

Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding


Re: Let's mention Microsoft's Policy of hoarding patches unless you pay up.


I had this very problem. I tried every suggestion on fixing broken Windows Update with zero success.

The solution I found that worked was WSUS Offline Update. YMMV, but it worked for me.

Lenovo's 2017 X1 Carbon is a mixed bag


Intermittent Freezes

I was loaned a Lenovo T440s a few years ago that was kitted out pretty much as the X1 in described in the article, except running Win7. It, too, would occasionally freeze for twenty seconds or so, for no obvious reason. It was the first computer I had ever used with an SSD, so I thought it might be the SSD doing some load leveling or trash management, or something.

However, I liked the T440s enough that when I needed to replace my old laptop, I bought myself the identically spec'd T440s from Lenovo. And until I read your article, I hadn't realized that mine DOESN'T freeze, and never has.

And it rocks Linux Mint ];-)

The trouble with business executives…


Tribal Knowledge

>> “Business management pours close to 100% of our IT budget into consultants and third-party off-the-shelf solutions and services, so we have nearly no 'tribal knowledge.'” <<

I was a high level consultant at a company helping them organize their operation and put some documented procedures in place. Four of the team were staff and the remainder were contactors of varying ability. A couple of the contractors were 'long term', some only stayed for a few months.

If I once pointed out to company management that I was training their contractors, I must have pointed the fact out a dozen times. The contractors regularly quit; all trained up for a better job elsewhere. And with them went the Tribal Knowledge.

Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court



I believe I shall cease watching/reading/listening to broadcast news about THE DONALD, and just get all my DONALD news from The Reg Comments section whenever there is a DONALD article.

So much more fun than ABC, BBC, CBC ... NBC ... XYZBC.

Zut alors! Uber wrecked my marriage, fumes French businessman


Zut Alors, Indeed...!!

"...the husband was enjoying a cinq à sept, a French term for a lover you see after work but before going home to the wife and kids."

I guess us dumb Canucks got that one wrong. Our cinq à sept usually happens in the bar, not the bordello... with beer, and chicken wings.


Samsung SmartCam: Yes, those eyes really are following you around the room


I am so glad I'm a Luddite

>> It's still not clear to this reviewer why people would want cameras in their home.

>> Or even outside their home.

O M FSM... I am so happy that I am not alone in this world!

Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy


But do they still make good eating...?

Blighty's Home Office database blunders will deprive hundreds of GB driving licences


Re: Total xenophobia !

I don't know what the CTA is, or it's relevance here, but maybe having your passport examined in Dublin has something do with Eire (like the U.K.) not being part of the Schengen Zone.

I'm a U.K. citizen living overseas, and my passport is checked every time I enter the U.K..or Ireland, irrespective of whether I've come directly from overseas or via the E.U. However, I travel widely inside the Schengen Zone without having my passport checked except on initial entry.

And 259 innocent people having their licenses revoked is 259 too many: "That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer". Or something...


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