* Posts by Munehaus

40 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Aug 2023

Microsoft's Recall should be celebrated as the savior of SMEs and scourge of CEOs


El Reg needs a joke alert on these articles

That's good satire but a bit long winded.

HP CEO: Printed pages are down 20% since pandemic


On the Office Space?

Did they really say "on the office space" out loud? I guess they've seen how most of their former customers regard their garbage products.

BT chief blames regulations for UK lagging in next-gen network rollout


The colour of money

Maybe the problem is they've been rolling out fiber when everyone is asking for fibre?

Tokyo takes on Tinder by developing its own dating app it hopes will arrest population decline


Re: Japan should be an admirable example to the world!

Population collapse is now seen as a bigger risk than over population. It turns out if you encourage people to not reproduce and give them the means, it happens quicker than expected.

Microsoft could be about to write a fat check to stave off cloud antitrust complaint


Re: WTF?

So why are they checking fat?



I've read that headline ten times and I still can't tell what it means.

UK may not hit goal of 95% mobile coverage, commons committee warns


Re: Lack of mobile coverage

Wifi and 4G use the same IMS. The issue is many Android phones don't have the right support or profiles for SMS or on some networks even calling. Its generally not an issue for Iphones as they all share a single profile for each network.

Parliamentarians urge next UK govt to consider ban on smartphones for under-16s


Re: Does not go far enough!

Gallows? We used to dream of gallows. We had to be hit by meteorites until we had a hole. Then we had to live in the hole.

Apple says if you want to ship your own iOS browser engine in EU, you need to be there


"Isnt this a illegal restriction of trade"

It's unclear who you're refering to, but it is by definition an illegal anti-competative restriction by Apple. Hence why it's not allowed in the EU.

US watchdog chases Waymo robocars to catch violations


"Police: Your move, creep."

Car drives off to get next passenger.

Brexit border system outage puts perishable goods transport in peril


Re: A power outage

Even the computers on aeroplanes typically have a minimum of three systems with a voting configuration deciding which one works. But apparently the UK already voted so can't ever vote again.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre entry code cracks up critics


That's incredible

I've got the same combination on my luggage!

Broadcom has willingly dug its VMware hole, says cloud CEO


Re: Alternative to Player with USB support?

Be aware that full USB support in Virtualbox requires the "additions" be installed. These are not open source and not free for commerical use, exposing users to potential legal action by Oracle!

San Francisco's light rail to upgrade from floppy disks


Re: Have they been hacked?

I was recently given a backup disk from a relative that had been in a draw since 1992. It read perfectly on a new (old stock) £10 USB floppy drive I bought on ebay.

That's 30+ years from a disk that was badly stored and probably well used and a few years old even before that! Yet modern USB flash drives seem to die if you look at them.

Want to keep Windows 10 secure? This is how much Microsoft will charge you


Be careful what you wish for....

For many people, due only to Microsoft's hubris, Windows 10 really may be the last version of Windows.

Brits blissfully unbothered by snail-paced mobile network speeds


Re: Finally, a promise is realized!

When 3G launched in 2003 it didn't even provide internet access, something 2G already had. It took them another year or so to get that working and another 5 years till HSPA etc made it usable. 3G was always over promised and under delivered, so it's ironic that 2G has outlived it.

UK awards £1.73M to AI projects to advance net zero goals


"UK awards £1.73M to AI projects to advance zero net goals"


Rancher faces prison for trying to breed absolute unit of a sheep


"If they could only breed something able to shoot back, it would even the odds."

Everyone has the right to polar bear arms.


All I can think of...

...is it should have been called Ram'o Montanna.

I'll get my coat.

Oh look, cracking down on Big Tech works. Brave, Firefox, Vivaldi surge on iOS


Maybe in the US where there are no laws to prevent that. But the ability to choose your browser on Apple devices only applies to the EU, where we have not only protections to prevent that kind of abuse but also enforcement.

The end of classic Outlook for Windows is coming. Are you ready?


The final straw?

Microsoft must be getting close to the "find out" stage by now?

Year of Linux on the desktop creeps closer as market share rises a little


Re: Repeat after me:

"If you think Outlook is any good at email, you really don't understand email."

99.9% of the functionality in Outlook has nothing to do with email. It's a very bad email client with an integrated calendar, contacts and task management system that syncs across all devices and staff in an organisation.

It's shocking nobody else has made anything similar (Lotus Notes is the only thing that came close) as Outlook is terrible yet still the only real option for that use case.

Ironically Outlook doesnt even support Microsoft's own Activesync protocol well. All we need is an open source Activesync desktop client with the shared calendar/task/contact/email functionality that already exists in most mobile phones.

Chinese PC-maker Acemagic customized its own machines to get infected with malware


Re: AceMagic?


Americans wake to widespread AT&T cellular outages


Indeed. My copper based landline that worked perfectly for decades is now a copper based "fibre" connection over the same decades old copper wires and now stops working every time it rains or the power goes out, thanks to BT Openreach and Zen Internet.

There's no timeline yet for anyone to provide real fibre here, if they even know the difference, as we're only a small city. :-(


Be aware that in many countries, such as the UK, a SIM is required for an emergency call even though the standards don't require it. The phone should still use any available network though.

Meta says risk of account theft after phone number recycling isn't its problem to solve


Re: How *is* this Meta's problem?

Because it's Meta that asked for the number in the first place. People lose numbers for many reasons outside their control. Moving house, health issues etc. For those same reasons they may also not be able to login for some time, even if they wanted to update their number and knew they should.

Once the number is lost someone else can access your Meta accounts before you get a chance to update them, if you can even login or know you need to. Every part of that is Meta's problem, not the user that only gave a number because they were asked.

50 years ago, the all-rookie, final Skylab crew returned to Earth


A long time ago in near earth orbit

To paraphrase a 1970s space quote, let the rookie win.

That's not the web you're browsing, Microsoft. That's our data


Re: Coprolitic

It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Windows 10 users report app gremlins after Microsoft update


Re: A calculator...

"Anyone know what dlls I need to drag the Win7 calculator across?"

Ironically I've used the calculator from ReactOS on Windows for the last few years, as it's substantially better than the one that ships with Windows.


" as much sense as the potato people from the Salad Nebula traveling thousands of light years so they can cause Type 2 Diabetes"

If there's one thing I can't stand it's crazy people. The king of the potato people won't let me. I begged him. I went down on my knees and wept.

GPS interference now a major flight safety concern for airline industry


Re: WTF did people do before GPS?

Google Korean Airlines flight 007. It's one reason why GPS selective availability was removed.


Re: Options

That could work, at least in Seattle:

"A helicopter with a pilot and a single passenger was flying around above Seattle when a malfunction disabled all of the aircraft's navigation and communications equipment.

Due to the darkness and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter's position and course to get back to the airport.

The pilot saw a tall building with lights on and flew toward it, the pilot had the passenger draw a handwritten sign reading, "WHERE AM I?", and hold it up for the building's occupants to see.

People in the building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign, and held it in a building window.

Their sign said, "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER."

The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map, determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport, and landed safely.

After they were on the ground, the passenger asked the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign helped determine their position.

The pilot responded, "I knew that had to be the Microsoft support building, they gave me a technically correct but entirely useless answer."

Akira ransomware gang says it stole passport scans from Lush in 110 GB data heist


Re: HR

Depends on the audit and print release system installed. Google Papercut as an example.

National Grid latest UK org to zap Chinese kit from critical infrastructure


Re: 特洛伊木马


Nvidia boss tells Israeli staff Mellanox founder's daughter was killed in festival massacre


Re: Why would you go to a music festival on the border right when things are clearly escalating?

There was no escalation until the hamas terrorist attack on the festival (and other places at the same time).

Can open source be saved from the EU's Cyber Resilience Act?


Re: GB left the EU

If the UK was still in the EU we would at least have had some say in these rules and might even have been able to stop or change them. As stated in the article, we now have to stick to them with zero political representation.

The home Wi-Fi upgrade we never asked for is coming. The one we need is not


Just a warning if using Zen's Fritzbox...

Don't plug in the Fritz if you value your existing POTS landline working. Especially if your landline is needed for emergency calls.

We have VDSL from Zen which came with a Frizbox, which until a year ago was unused as I had a PFsense firewall. I had to use the PFsense elsewhere so plugged in the Fritz as a temp replacement. Roll on a year and the Fritz was still there, so Zen without my permission or even telling us, decided to move the landline to the Fon port on the Fritz since it was connected. I only found out this is what they had done when I reported the landline as faulty teo weeks after they cut of the emergency line. Although unlikely, someone could have died because of this.

I've now switched back to PFsense and Zen appear completely unable to restore our landline to any kind of working fashon and even though I have a Yealink phone with multiple working AAISP VoIP lines on my desk, the Zen VoIP details wont work. Worse than that, our broadband is very flaky VDSL that resyncs several times a day (ongoing Openreach issue) and the landline is (or was) used in case of medical issues as a backup to VoIP and wifi calling. Zen also have no battery backup options to ensure 999 access.

Our only solution now appears to move the number to AAISP and presumably also the broadband.

Scientists suggest possible solution to space-induced bone loss



These creatures you call mice, you see, they are not quite as they appear. They are merely the protrusion into our dimension of vast hyperintelligent pandimensional beings. The whole business with the cheese and the squeaking is just a front.

Arm wrestles assembly language guru's domains away citing trademark issues


"all without compensation because I wanted this to be a mutually beneficial relationship instead of a gig"

Oh you sweet summer child. That $64 billion, who do you think benefits from it and are you happy with what they've done with your contribution?

Infosys launches 'sonic identity' – an aural logo to 'reinforce brand purpose'


Ernest Fiddler

This man is Ernest Fiddler... writer of tunes. A few moments ago he wrote the funniest tune in the world... and, as a consequence, his company will die ... laughing.