* Posts by ChessGeek

64 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Sep 2007


Opera updated following unexplained Outlook.com lockout


Heh, I use Opera but I don't use Google.

Facebook: Our phone app DID seize your email


No Thanks

I'm not letting FaceBroke anywhere near my phone.

Facebook, FTC settle over privacy ‘deception’


Okay, then...

...we're collecting everything about you and done by you and selling it to anyone who'll pay us for it. Happy now?

BOFH: Licence to grill ... stupid users


Users are pretty Basic

My experience with Office goes back to version 4.x, and my experience with users suggests that if you could actually get that version to run on today's computers few of them would know the difference.

BOFH: The PFY Chronicles


Did Anyone...

...see the body?

Dear Google: Just how mammoth is your search share?



I've been using Bing and have had no problem finding what I want. Google is a habit, not a necessity.

Google Toolbar caught tracking users when 'disabled'


Bug? Pah!

It's not a bug - or at least it wasn't until they got caught.

No free toolbars for me, thanks. They're too expensive.

YouTube and Hulu dabble in for-pay vids


You can...

...charge a horse for water, but you can't make him drink.

Today is not New Year's Eve - or the end of the decade


Of course...

On most things, when a dial flips over to 2010, it means that the 2010th WHATEVER is completed. When a calendar flips over to 2010, it means that the 2010th YEAR is just beginning. Therefore, January 1 2010 is the first day of the last year of the decade.

In terms that automobile-odometer-obsessed types can understand, it will be 2009.1 and only after it gets to 2009.364 will it finally be 2010. THEN it will be the end of the decade.

US feds squeeze bloggers for posting TSA orders



Did the furious feds ever think to check the internet? With as many places as that announcement was sent, it's probably a safe bet someone posted it.

And no, I didn't do a search. Me totally ignorant about whole thing, Uncle Sam - no subpoenas, please.

US Congress seeks control over NASA moonshot


Pork-Barrel Politics as Usual

Any statements to the contrary by the politicians involved may be safely disregarded.

'Doctor Dark Energy': The Ultimate LHC eccentric?


Hasn't anyone figured this out yet?

When the God Particle is made manifest, all the other particles shall flock to worship It. It is this rush to devotion which will create the black hole that shall destroy the earth.

Moller Skycar to finally crash and burn?


So, Tell Me...

When are Moller Skycar and SCO going to announce their merger?

Two losing propositions that refuse to die, sounds like a natural.

Space butterflies invade ISS


Larvae Poop

Too bad they didn't have a way of removing all that. It might be less freaky for the butterflies.

NASA: the world will not end in 2012


Well, you see...

Late December 2012 is when they'll finally get the LHC working properly.

Facebook acquires 300 millionth user


@ JB: Actually, no, it's not Staunches...

Stanch: –verb (used with object) 1. to stop the flow of (a liquid, esp. blood). 2. to stop the flow of blood or other liquid from (a wound, leak, etc.). 3. Archaic. to check, allay, or extinguish. –verb (used without object) 4. to stop flowing, as blood; be stanched.

Staunch: –adjective, -er, -est. 1. firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person: a staunch Republican; a staunch friend. 2. characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty: He delivered a staunch defense of the government. 3. strong; substantial: a staunch little hut in the woods. 4. impervious to water or other liquids; watertight: a staunch vessel.

US Navy aims to make jetfuel from seawater uranium


Nice to see Piper mentioned

And interesting, since I recently got my hands on and read a copy of "Murder in the Gunroom" - his sole work of detective fiction.

Blaster anniversary recalls network worm heyday


I remember Blaster

After the worst was over, I knocked together this Shakespeare-flavour "soliloquy".

A Midsummer Night's Worm

That which we call a worm,

by any other term -

a virus springs to mind -

would still be as unkind.

To patch, or not to patch,

That's hardly the question;

nor nobler in the mind,

facing worms of this kind,

to count on a bastion

of safe e-mail to catch

this inbound contagion

which comes not to us thus,

making fools of us all.

Windows computers fall

Despite our cautious fuss,

through this dread pathogen.

To surf, perchance to browse,

aye, therein lies the rub;

for in that 'net browsing

what dire threats appearing

shall penetrate our hubs?

So we all best not drowse.

Nay, this worm, as we know,

doth enter where unpatched

to Windows versions three -

NT, 2K, XP -

from portals yet unwatched.

Its progress is not slow.

This worm's not made the best,

though spreading wild and free,

'tis not most efficient -

there's yet more proficient.

What fools these mortals be!

See not this is a test?

This be very madness,

yet 'tis method in it.

For, if we shun the patch

despite what we might catch,

when Windows next gets bit

'twill make a vaster mess.

This pale worm might be poor;

but, lest we be serene,

the next one will have ways

to use our salad days

of judgment very green

to pierce to Windows' core.

I come to bury this

Blaster, not to praise it.

The evil men do lives

on the 'net and it gives

us cause not to be hit.

Come, this patch let's not miss.


Man blames cat for child porn downloads


Oh, um...

I'd post a comment, but I think I'd better go feed the cats.

US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox


It's the PoS Factor

In addition to the costs of ownership and the costs of deployment, there's what might be called the "Price of Staying". When the PoS is more expensive than the price of something newer and better, then you have a case for moving. In the case of IE6, I would imagine the PoS is pretty costly.

El Reg commentards offered extra iconography

Big Brother

Score one for the UK, I guess...

I tried to go to Sarah Bee's link and got: "This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions."

Ah well.

Opera applauds scepticism on MS browser pledge



I have IE, Firefox, and Opera on my computer. I use Opera. As far as I can tell, the people rattling on about hating Opera are just that - rattling on.

On the other hand, maybe they're trying to use it for something I don't. Since I can't know that, I'll just say stop pushing your prejudices off as fact unless you want to document specific failures of Opera versus other browsers.

Failing that, do us all a favor and belt up.

Google trademark grab defies mounting lawsuits


Does Google think we're idiots?

"Imagine opening your Sunday paper and seeing ads from a large supermarket chain that didn't list actual products for sale; instead, they simply listed the categories of products available - offers like 'Buy discount cola' and 'Snacks on sale.' The ads wouldn't be useful since you wouldn't know what products are actually being offered. For many categories of advertisers, this is the problem they have faced on Google for some time,"

Not even close. What Google is doing would be like opening an ad and seeing: "Looking for Pringles Chips? Try our Crunchies Chips instead. They taste better and are half the price."

Or maybe: "Are you still searching on Google? Come over to Whoogle where we don't bug you with nearly as many ads as Google does and you'll get better results too."

Now, how long does Google expect us to believe Pringles would put up with the first type of advertising or Google would put up with the second?

Microsoft rebrands WGA nagware for Windows 7



"We haven't figured out how to actually make the stupid thing work right, so we're just dressing it up differently."

Win 7 RC fails to thwart well-known hacker risk


It IS a Problem

90% or more of my users wouldn't have the faintest clue how to change that setting - no matter how many times they were told or shown. However, they either want to know where their file extensions are or readily agree when I explain the reasons for changing the setting. I have yet to meed a single user who preferred not to see the file extensions.

The Microsoftheads who persist in keeping this setting as the default are idiots - pure and simple.

Google clones search ad machine on photo sharer



You have to love the verbal gymnastics in announcements like this which try to hocus-pocus more ads into something positive for the consumer.

Ballmer tries to breathe life into Yahoo! deal


People Haven't Connected to "Live Search",..

...and they'll connect to "Kumo"?

Icahn huddled with MS over Yahoo! search sale


The Shares Are Undervalued?

Where have we heard THAT before?

Bot-wielding hackers crash eBay holiday giveaway



"The Grinch stealing this year's Christmas booty were bot-armed hackers who were able to sniff out the promo pages before they went live to the public."

THAT is the scandal. The pages had no views, no because no one HAD looked for them but because they were bought before anyone COULD look for them.

Pay attention, dude.

Hotmail users bitch and moan about new interface



I don't get or keep a lot of mail on my Hotmail account, but it loaded in Opera and looked fine. I have a widescreen monitor - maybe they formatted for the wider screens?

McCain begs for YouTube DMCA takedown immunity


As Usual...

...it all depends on whose ox is getting gored.

Apple rattles legal sabre at Canadian tech school


Dear Apple...

God hereby asks you to cease and desist in your use of a logo consisting of an apple with a bite out of it. This symbology has longstanding association with Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, Apple's usurpation of this symbol could be confusing to the public at large, leading - among other undesired results - to mis-identification of Steven Jobs as God.

God hereby enjoins Apple from any further use of said logo in promotion of its products.

Mars rover sets sights on distant crater


Go Get 'Em, Rover

Keep on trucking, little dude.

Sockpuppeting civil servant Wikifiddles himself


Sounds like...

...a genuine sockmuppet.

BOFH: Back in the saddle



Too right. The only trouble we ever had with data lines was a set installed by an outside group rather than in-house.

Ubuntu zoo preps for new arrival



Karma Khameleon.

How to stop worrying and enjoy paying for incoming calls

Dead Vulture

No Thanks

Outside of calls from my wife, the majority of calls I get are wrong numbers or junk calls.

So why, exactly, should I be willing to pay for other people's mistakes or for their money-grubbing endeavors? Forget it, Mr Ray, this bird will never fly unless the regulators shove rockets up its tailpipe.

Cloud computing lets Feds read your email


Par for the Course

Specious reasoning by the government, of the government, and for the government shall not vanish from the earth.

It's the courts that are supposed to put a stop to that sort of thing. This is, of course, the thin edge of the wedge. By the line of reasoning applied here, anything you've ever done which required a third party (by definition, anything across the internet, any telephone call, any credit card purchase, etc) can be reviewed by law enforcement at any time for any reason - or for no reason. Fishing expeditions, anyone?

Wikimadness XVII: The Return of Byrne


@ Angus Wood

Instead of something "abstract" like shares of stocks, imagine someone doing this with your home - without your knowledge or consent.

Microsoft Mojave 'outs' secret Vista lovers


Vista Licenses Sold vs Used

One question which comes to mind is how many XP licenses were sold early on where the PC was then used to run Win2000?

I know this was the norm at my company during XP's early years.

Chinese to censor Olympic press net access


To-may-to, To-mah-to

You call it partly closed, we call it mostly open.

Ballmer upset by Apple cart


The Louder the Chest-Thumping...

...the bigger the doubts.

Microsoft eyes AOL takeover


New Name?

Microsoft + AOHell = MicroHell?

MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed


What d'ya MEAN "gone"?

I still have to deal with Windows 3.1 as we have a couple of CNC machines at my place of work that run on OS/2 Warp.

As for WfW 3.11, I just finally terminated a PC running that OS three weeks ago.

Smut pop-up teacher retrial stuck in delay loop


@ Steve

'Round is meant to abbreviate Around. The apostrophe indicates the abbreviation, not the beginning of a quote.

As for the lady who is the subject of this article, I think they should dismiss the charges and be done with it.

Who will be the next Doctor?



Given that the doctor's "daughter" came back to life (regenerated? or not?) as "herself", precedent has been created for the Doctor to revive without the usual change of face and personality.

Adobe swings out Acrobat 9


Simple Math

PDF + Flash = More Opportunities for Vulnerabilities.

Doesn't that sound like fun?

'Humvee of the Skies' robot air-car design unveiled


Appropriately Named...

It probably will fly about as well as a genuine Humvee.

No-fly list grounds US Air Marshals


Not Surprising

Imagine your average non-computer-savvy person and then imagine this same "computer idiot" with a uniform and a gun and a whiff of authority.

Are you still surprised that this kind of thing happens over and over? If so, think harder.

NASA's Phoenix closes on Red Planet


Not Exactly...

It's not one chance in 5 million, it's 5 million chances in one landing area. As large as the area is, that's still not an insignificant risk.

One chance in 5 million would be the odds of hitting any particular one of those rocks - not at all the same thing.