* Posts by Aleph0

74 posts • joined 3 Oct 2007


Kick Google all you like, Mozilla tells US government, so long we keep getting our Google-bucks


Re: Erm

In the case of governments, there are usually avenues to appeal such decisions (unless you're deemed a national security risk). In the case of private entities like Google, if they decide to stop doing business with you for any reason, you're SOL.

Indonesia’s black-market phone prevention plan bricks a whole bunch of handsets


What about roaming?

I get that travelers landing at their airports will find their own handsets have become wifi-only? Or have the authorities exempted foreign-registered SIMs from the scheme?

Okay now in the after-Corona it's not the right time for tourism, but when it's possible to travel again I think I wouldn't mind a week or two in Bali...

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


Excel only does that incrementing while doing autofill, not copy/paste. Granted, one can inadvertently invoke autofill with a clumsy mouse drag, but the Undo command is there for a reason, isn't it?

China slams 'dirty' America's 'clean network' plan, reminds world of PRISM snoop-fest exposed by Ed Snowden


China holds plain-vanilla U.S. Treasury bonds. Those are bearer and fungible, i.e. the U.S. can't selectively default against a holder they don't like, not without reneging on their whole debt.

Mozilla doubles down on anti-tracking tech: It'll be tougher for wily ad-biz cookie monsters to track Firefox


Re: Time-based cookie clearing

Exactly that, the add-on is Cookie AutoDelete. Works a treat, you just have to extend the auto-clean timeout a bit (otherwise things like reCAPTCHA don't work as well) and whitelist the sites you log on to like the Reg.

Firefox 79: A thin release for regular users, but plenty for developers to devour


Re: The snag with a four-week release cycle ...

Obviously yes, #1651800 in bugzilla.mozilla.org.

Result: fix optional, priority 3 (think it's the lowest one). Perhaps my fault for not being able to explain why breaking longstanding computing paradigms is a problem...

Hilarious was the first comment after triage, that basically amounted to "you're saving your own files wrong"


Re: The snag with a four-week release cycle ...

Ha ha... Try downloading a file and (when the dialog pops up asking which filename to save to) using a filename with double spaces.

Since time immemorial, file system operations either succeed or not (giving an error message like "cannot save for $reason"). Now Firefox has a third mode of operation, "I'm gonna save the file, but with a different name"... I wonder how it passed their tests.

USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027


Re: Height

There aren't very many such places I'm afraid, and even those don't get you totally uninterrupted power in all seasons (TIL the Moon has seasons).

Moreover, if you get there and find that some other nation has already put a permanent installation in place, the Outer Space Treaty prevents you from interfering i.e. putting your own solar panels next to theirs...

Butterfingers who don't bother with phone cases, rejoice: New Gorilla Glass 'Victus' tipped to survive 6ft drops


Re: Is dropping your phone common?

To me it happens a couple of times a year, in autumn when I start wearing jackets again. At six in the morning I pop the phone in my jacket's pocket, bend down to lace my shoes, and out the phone slips... Admittedly at that point the fall is just from 50-60 cm, but I reckon that with my luck it's best to take no chances so I bought a custom TPU case at the same time as the phone.

I've only managed to break one phone, a Nokia 808 Pureview (the last all-European phone from the hardware to the OS, and one of the first actually good cameras on a phone) to answer what turned out to be a spam call while I had both hands occupied. At the time the model had been out of production for a year, original replacements were no longer available and so the repair shop fitted a knock-off screen without the polarizing layer. So in the end even after paying for the repair, in a few weeks I still had to get a new phone because the display looked like crap.

After all those years I still miss that phone...

Japan plans massive national tech modernisation program


Hanko stamps

Wondering if they're thinking of doing away with those stamps they use in place of signatures.

Always thought of those hankos as a massive security issue, whoever steals (or compels the owner to hand over) them can legally sign everything in the owner's place. Like giving away your card and PIN to a mugger but worse...

NASA delays James Webb Space Telescope launch date by at least seven months


Obligatory XKCD


NY Attorney General warns Apple, Google to police COVID-19 tracing apps in their souks – or she will herself


Re: tracing apps

Ah, I think I've received the same message... Download location seems to be at TotallyLegitApps.ru .

I'm sure nothing can go wrong with that.

Signal goes Gaussian to take privacy to the next level: All your faces don't belong to us


Signal-produced face coverings?

I'd like one that performed the CCTV equivalent of a SQL injection, in the style of the Laughing Man character from Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex.

I think it would be cool to remotely crash the computers trying to run a face-recognition routine on my mug...

China to test digital version of its currency at 2022 Winter Olympics

Big Brother

Re: Why the uproar ?

I'll reply in his/her stead.

I work for a bank based in a different European country, and each of our customers opening an account has to sign a form declaring that they aren't a citizen or prior resident of the US, and that form has to be archived and kept available for inspection.

Look up FATCA ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Account_Tax_Compliance_Act#International_implementation ). Now imagine if each country demanded similar paperwork...

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties


Re: How Much?

Apropos Logitech quality, I hope the switches on this keyboard are better than those they're using on their mice. Now that it's becoming warmer, the left button on my two-year-old M500 mouse has again started issuing phantom double-clicks, just like last summer...


Actual width is 38.6 cm, per https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/products/gaming-keyboards/g915-tkl-wireless.html#product-tech-specs .

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork


Re: Jumped up quiche?

Neapolitans beg to differ.

Icon: wood-fired pizza is the only decent kind, according to some.

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much


Re: I drink both and I speak for me

Italian too here, apropos off Starbucks I've found that the smallest size of a Caramel Macchiato is a passable substitute for a cappuccino while traveling abroad (remember traveling?).

More automation to suddenly look like a jolly good idea as businesses struggle through coronavirus crisis, say analysts


You seem to imply that raw materials will cost nothing and will be infinite...

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things


Re: Dear Elon ...

Musk was born abroad, so he's uneligible to become president, according to article 2 of the US constitution.

Spyware maker NSO can't claim immunity, Facebook lawyers insist – it's time to face the music


Re: Missing something here

But if it's true that NSO's spyware can't be used within the US or against US-registered numbers (as they write in thair reply to El Reg) that leaves only the country of the perpetrator, doesn't it?

Sorry but I fail to see the legal basis for suing in the US. If this passes, the family of everyone that's been killed by US-made weapons sold to foreign governments would have standing to sue the weapon manufacturer in the US...

With the economy in turmoil, Alibaba to spend big on pipes and plumbing to catch up with Western rivals


A Chinese company with root access on your workloads

What could possibly go wrong?

Who honestly has a crown prince in their threat model? UN report officially fingers Saudi royal as Bezos hacker


Re: Mandy Rice-Davies Applies ..... MRDASNAFUBAR

Oh gawd, I seem to have understood two AMFM comments in a row. Time to switch to the higher-dosage dried frog pills...

If at first you don't succeed, pry, pry again: Feds once again demand Apple unlock encrypted iPhones in yet another terrorism case


Re: Compliance statement

P.S.: estimated electricity cost will be 65.83 quintillion dollars. Who do we bill for that?

Microsoft takes us to 2004 with new Windows 10 so you don't mistake it for Server 2003



Only available to corporations with a suitable number of licenses, I'm afraid... I've recently bought one such license off Amazon, and the seller subsequently reimbursed the purchase when I messaged them to the effect that the Microsoft dowload page they pointed me to only offered Pro and Home editions.

I haven't been able to find a download option on Microsoft's site that doesn't require credentials for the Volume Licensing Service Center, and I'm not going to use a dodgy torrent site to download my OS...

Twitter wants help with deepfakes, and Microsoft Azure will rent out new AI chips for its cloud users, and more


Re: a measly 97 cents per hour

The problem is, Western turkers often find themselves competing with people from countries where 97 US cents per hour is a good pay compared to regular work... Yay for globalization!

Power to the users? Admins be warned: Microsoft set to introduce 'self-service purchase' in Office 365


Re: But

Not in C:\Program Files , but in their own user profile I believe it's always been possible... Unless there's some new group policy of which I'm unaware preventing that, of course.

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper


Re: can't be recycled safely.

Apparently 92% of thermal paper contains Bisphenol-A (BPA), that is a quite nasty chemical and can leach into water sources. Paper recycling involves quite a lot of water, and who knows how it is disposed of...

Today's Resident Evil: Ransomware crooks think local, not global, prey on schools, towns, libraries, courts, cities...


Re: Insurance

That Ars Technica article is just a reposting of the ProPublica story linked in this Reg article...

Here's a top tip: Don't trust the new person – block web domains less than a month old. They are bound to be dodgy


How do you do it on a phone/tablet? AFAIK there's no way to see the target URL...

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again


A mole of X

As I understand it, the definition of "mole" as a measuring unit is simply a fancy way of saying "In a mole of X there are 6.02#### * 10^23 units of X".

As always there's a relevant XKCD.

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster


Re: Cashing cheques

In my country you can generally cash cheques, provided that you bring them to the branch where the issuer's account is, the amount isn't too high and you show your ID. If there's any doubt, the cashier can verify via phone with the issuer.

Source: that was my job until a couple of years ago.

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2


Re: 30 years on...

Assuming it was a same-named file in a different directory, it used to be possible; up to Excel 2010 you could do it by launching another instance of Excel.exe and opening the second spreadsheet in there with file-open. You had to switch by alt-tab instead of control-tab, but it was no biggie.

Sadly on Office 2016 applications are limited to a single instance, so this workaround is no longer possible...

New Column Width

Thumb Up

Seconded. To obviate this, the past two days I've been using the print option a lot more than usual, even if I have to enter the URL manually. If this goes on I'll have to write a userstyle for Stylish or somesuch...

McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked


Re: @JR Hartley TTIP

>> (This is happening without TTIP.)

Yes, but at the moment McD cannot sue the city using as a venue an arbitration panel where "judges" are mostly nominated by USA-dominated international trade/financial bodies.

With the ISDS provisions in TTIP and CETA the odds are heavily stacked against non-U.S. entities.

Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole


The Milky Way. Pic: NASA

I wasn't aware NASA has a telescope stationed outside our galaxy...

Unicode serves up bacon emoji


John Travolta emoji

I don't know how I managed to survive to this day without it...

Discworld fans stake claim to element 117


If only had it been element 118, it would have fallen in the column of the noble gases – whose names all end in -on – so Octiron would have fitted right in, under Xenon and Radon...


In Discworld, wasn't Octarine just a colour? The eighth in the spectrum, that only magic-proficient people could see... The element was called Octiron IIRC.

Facebook: Oi, Lizard Squad – we can take down our own site, ta


Am I the only one to find strange how all those web properties have fallen more or less at the same time? Perhaps some not yet publicly disclosed vulnerability requiring a mass reboot to patch?

End well: this won't. European Copyright Society wants one EU law to rule 'em all


Much ado for nothing

Whatever one may do to harmonise national copyright laws, content markets will remain heavily segregated anyway because of different languages... Not that this will deter anyone from trying, of course.

Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation



As for "Technologic", I like more this remix ( http://youtu.be/WRvipYTeVp0 ) with Beastie Boys' "Yeah" and Capsule's "Starry Sky" .

You have a 'simple question'? Well, the answer is NO


Good of him to not know anything about computers but still be aware that there's something called Street View...

BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?


Re: too subtle ending

I read it as the prominent "hottest place to work" was the company for which the BOFH and the PFY work.

Assuming the circled photos were of women, the thought of the husband having ulterior motives in opting to join that company would be a fine trigger for the CRAZY...

Shingle me timbers! Seagate brags of 1m SMR drives - where are they?


Re: "That's shipped, not merely manufactured"

Now this explains why my USB3.0 Seagate portable drive reads data fast but it's slower than a USB2 when writing...

LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms



Human Activated Network Gear for On-demand Vehicle Emergency Release .

Living with a 41-megapixel 808 PureView: Symbian's heroic last stand


Re: Wifi hotspot

Sorry to rain on your parade, but chances are it won't work for your setup.

Symbian can only create ad-hoc wi-f networks, and Android (at least, up to the version 4.0.3 that my tablet sports) doesn't support ad-hoc networks, it can only connect to infrastructure-mode ones.

VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies


1341 hp, according to Wolfram Alpha. Those propellers seem kinda small for such power, I wonder what RPM do they have to do to generate enough lift to take off.

'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch


Latest release 8 months ago. Hardly '90s software...

My brother still uses it daily at his day job. Hard to switch when you've got years of work saved in that format.



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