* Posts by jonathan keith

353 posts • joined 14 Aug 2007


New Zealand cops cuff alleged jackasses who shared mosque murder video, messages online

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A common misconception - in fact the line was written by a woman called Beatrice Evelyn Hall in her biography of Voltaire.

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Well, yes - however, it's also the case that having the freedom to express one's opinion goes hand in hand with accepting the consequences of expressing that opinion.

NASA: We need commercial rockets! SLS: Oh no you don't!

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Re: or, indeed, from fictional (star)ships of discovery from the future!

All of this has happened before, and will happen again.

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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I would think that only fitting two instead of three AoA sensors for an 'invisible to the cockpit crew' automated avionics system might well be viewed as criminally negligent on the part of Boeing.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Back in the day...

My dad used to work in Shell's aviation fuels department. One day his boss came in to the office and asked if anyone had their passport with them. Dad and another colleague did, whereupon the two of them were told to get to Biggin Hill pronto. Turned out that the company's new BAe 125 needed a few more passenger flight hours to receive its safety certification, and there was no way that the lives of Board members would be risked flying in an uncertified aircraft, so off they were whisked to Stockholm and back for the day.

God DRAM, that's a big price drop: Memory down 30 per cent, claim industry watchers

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Does that mean DDR4 will be affordable in a few months time?

Band banned, Tarka arrives on Windows 10 and Visual Studio hits RC status

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Re: although the Emoji 12.0 character set

In Settings > Ease Of Access > Display (obviously) there's a option called "Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows" which is - of course - on by default. Switch it off and presto! no more disappearing scroll bars.

(I'm wilfully ignoring everything else for the sake of my blood pressure.)

Foldables herald the beginning of the end of the smartphone fetish

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Now perhaps Microsoft might retrieve its Courier from deep-cold storage and actually go on to build something useful again.

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'

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My kneejerk reaction these days is to instinctively distrust any object with an adjective in its name, and assume that Marketing have tried to hide one of the product's more obvious failings behind a soothing word and a glossy, optimistic brochure (not forgetting the disclaimer at the bottom of the receipt stating "all sales are final, buyer assumes full liability resulting from use.")

Also, loyal to whom?

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Re: 4G?

You'll never become a Titan Of Industry with an attitude like that.

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So how many DevOps Influencers are out there in Social Medialand?I can't be bothered to even try finding out for myself but you sound like the sort of person in the know.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Hell is user interfaces

I'm currently being punished by having to use QuickBooks Online. Worst UI I've ever experienced, and that includes TIFKAM.

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill

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Any idea if Levy et al are being investigated for fraud or suchlike, in regard to spunking half a mil of investors money on something other than the Vega +?

Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split

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Re: Avoiding the "C" word


Well played, sir.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Sort it out, Reg

It's glaringly obvious that the correct acronym is FuCC.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Thanks for that. I'd managed to successfully suppress those memories.

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible

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The trouble with only two monitors is having the bezels directly in front of you. You really need *three* of them.

There's a gaming-oriented version as well with a 144Hz refresh rate.

To my mind though, the best thing about it is the 1200 pixel height. Now I just need to find a grand in loose change down the back of the sofa...

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

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Re: Width

Masses more nests to explore!

Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight

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$3k prize?

That might just about cover his electricity bill then.

Boffins manage to keep graphene qubits 'quantum coherent' for all of 55... nanoseconds

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Re: Welll .....

I believe the natural state for Schrödinger's cat is 'undead'.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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You've done a man's job, sir.

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

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Re: Vindicated

Ah, shaddap you face.

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

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The anti-vaping lobby

As I recall, at the time of the first big vaping health-scare, the largest group lobbying for strict regulation / outright banning of vaping and e-cigs was actually Big Pharma, who were extremely concerned about the hit to sales of their nicotine-replacement products. NiQuitin (made by cuddly, loveable GlaxoSmithKline) and the like.

No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

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Need to determine your alignment?

Here's a handy chart.

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

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Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

"We" is humanity who, while capable of being really rather decent every once in a while are, on balance, a somewhat shabby bunch all told.

WIPO 'temporarily suspends' whistleblower CIO amid allegations of misconduct

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What is it with people in charge of Patent Offices?

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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I think it's an extremely laboured reference to the Titanic.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean hackers won't nuke your employer into the ground tomorrow

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Re: Paranoid

If you even have to ask, the answer is "no".

Samsung unveils next-generation 8nm Exynos silicon

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Never mind that; how good are the photos?

'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN

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Still TITSUP* here

Hello to you all from the balmy Jurassic Coast (Devonian section)

*Total Inability To Sustain Uninterrupted Phonecalls

Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out

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More proof (if it were needed) that Eno's Not Of This Earth.

Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious

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Re: States’ Rights....

Inconvenient for the Executives of Cable companies and their bonuses.

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Someone phone the shipyard...

... we're going to need a bigger 'B' Ark.

Qualcomm's tardy chip upgrade leaves the Great Wearables Reveal to jokers and clowns

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Now Sir, if you just step over here...

... allow me to demonstrate our newest arrival which is simply *ideal* for the discerning I.T. professional: the Smart Fob Watch.

Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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"In a statement to The Register, Imad Sousou, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center, said it's "not true" that Debian can't distribute the microcode package."

Technically, he's absolutely correct in his assertion. Of course, what he's specifically NOT addressing is the fact that Debian *won't* distribute the package.

'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

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Re: Default passwords...

Frankly, if someone can't understand or be bothered to carry out a single straightforward instruction, they're a danger to themselves and others and shouldn't be permitted to use the thing.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: What if ... Bob reads and then burns the letter?

Bob will have made a mistake. After a period of re-education, Bob will be returned to society, secure in the knowledge that it is *books* he should be burning. Perhaps he might even get a job with the Fire Brigade.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Choices, choices...

One Galaxy Note 9, or one Moto G6plus and week scuba diving in the Red Sea?

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Re: Fuck that.

It starts with occasional massive lag, and random lockups and reboots. From there it's onto failure to boot, and the error message "could not do normal boot, mmc_read failed."

If your Note 4 is still working properly, the best thing you can do (after making sure that everything is fully backed up) is to limit internal storage memory access as much as possible and force everything you possibly can onto the SD card.

If you have started experiencing symptoms, there's a free app on the Play Store called 'Wake Lock - PowerManager'. Install that, set it to Partial Wake Lock and do all you can to avoid having to reboot. That's just putting off the inevitable though, so start shopping for a new phone.

As a coda, I asked the Samsung repair centre in Plymouth for a quote to replace the motherboard in my dead Note 4, and they wanted to charge me £250 for the part alone "because the Note 4 is really popular and so we can."

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Re: Fuck that.

Not really. It seems that Samsung manufactured the Note 4 with the shittiest eMMC chip they could find, with the result that under normal use it will fail after about two to three years - as hundreds of thousands of Note 4 owners are finding out.

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Fuck that.

Samsung have just summarily executed my Note 4 by eMMC failure so can go and do one, as far as I'm concerned.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: It's Devon, they probably think spell check is the work of the devil.

Why blame the Devil when you've got the Cornish living right next to you? Bound to be their fault somehow.

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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I've got a bad feeling about this.

The ̶S̶i̶n̶c̶l̶a̶i̶r̶ Vega+ *and* Magic Leap in the same week? What next? Human Sacrifice? Dogs and cats living together? Mass hysteria?

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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Can all of the irritating Clippy 2.0 bullshit be turned off?

Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Re: Have I ever seen printer malware?

You bastard. At least we now know who to blame when all the local wildlife gets eaten.

Sen. Ron Wyden: Adobe Flash is doomed, why is Uncle Sam still using it?

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And how many people forming string quartets are pretending their name is Keith these days? Precisely bloody none, that's how many.

It's as if we lived through the 80s for nothing.

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Games too!

Windows is the largest games platform in the world, even with Microsoft's repeated efforts over the years to rocket-jump both its feet off.

Samsung touts bonkers-fast 8 Gbit DRAM for phones, AIs

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Re: Proof reading needed?

This could be the first recorded incidence of a number being verbed, though. However, the question still remains: exactly *what* happens when you 51.2 a gigabyte?

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His Dark Bill Of Materials

If my ailing Galaxy Note 4 is any indicator, those chips will cost far too much for Samsung to actually use them in their own phones.

(Edit: unless of course they're almost certain to fail after slightly more than two years.)

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Time for a bigger stick.

I've said it before and I'll no doubt say it again, but FTTP should be part of the building regs in all UK new-builds.


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