* Posts by Not That Andrew

1046 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Nov 2007


The end of Microsoft-brand peripherals is only Surface deep

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Re: I'm no friend of MS

IMO Microsoft's best mouse. All downhill from there, the more recent ones just dont fit my hand

US officials probe Tesla's incredible detaching steering wheel

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Re: The early bird gets the worm

Well, it was in his lap, soo....

Ex-Tweep mocked by Musk for asking if he'd actually been fired

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Yup if you have the resources to successfully colonise Mars, you have the resources to successfully mitigate global climate change

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Tech initially researched by or for NASA in the 90's, which they were unable to develop further due to lack of funding. Even the waffle is partly based on NASA research.

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Re: Not necessarily……

Weell, SpaceX was cobbled together out of several failing aeronautics companies. And wouldn't be half as successful as it is without Gwynne Shotwell and others. And he was a cofounder of X.com which merged with Confinity and he blagged his friend Theil into making him CEO of Confinity. It was renamed PayPal after he almost destroyed Confinity & Theil sacked him.

Elon Musk to step down as Twitter CEO: Help us pick his replacement

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Re: Ughhh...

The huge problem with that laptop is even if it was Hunter Bidens at some stage, its passed through so many hands with their own agenda that the only material that can be confirmed to is that which matches stuff previously hacked from his email account. Which anyone could have put on there.

Why did Guiliani wait so long before handing it over to the FBI? What happened during the period he allegedly lost it? Why would Hunter Biden hand his laptop over to a hole in the wall computer repair shop on the other side of the country without leaving any contact details? The story has more holes than a BTR-D that's been used as target practice by a A-10.

Musk tries to stall Twitter takeover trial following whistleblower claims

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From my understanding from threads by alleged legal & financial experts on Twitter, Trump appears to have agreed to waive all due diligence & rights when buying Twitter. Basically he was buying it "Buyer Beware".

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

When I was in South Africa in my experience some people did call them stiffies, but most called the floppies.

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

I must have encountered several of your colleagues victims. I recall running into multiple otherwise sane people who insisted on calling 3½" floppies stiffies.

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

Yeah, I remember getting a floppy through the post stapled to the accompanying letter. IIRC it was a replacement for a faulty disc accompanying an IT textbook. Luckily the staple only went through the corner of the sleeve and the disc was still usable

Hands off Brock! EFF pleads with Google not to kill its Privacy Badger with its Manifest destiny

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Re: The Pale Moon option

Is Waterfox still as tardy as it used to be with security updates? I recall when it was supposed to be following mainline FF closely it sometimes took up to 2 months to update, even for major security issues. Which is why I decided against it.

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?

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Re: Tumblr

Yeah, I don't know why Private Eye has a Tumblr. I didn't think they knew what Tumblr is

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Seeing as the present referendum needs to be voided due to interference & criminality, Remain is the status quo it should remain so in case of a new vote. However if in an unbiased referendum without interference & criminality leave won a supermajority of at least 60% of the vote, I would accept it. I would be cheesed & would not stop campaigning for a reentry to the EU, but I would accept that vote.

The problem with this referendum is even without the interference & criminality, 51.7% is by any sane standards, & the government & EU's guidelines for the referendums far too small a majority for a major decision that will change the political, economic & social landscape for a generation.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Couldn't this be argued to be a GDPR violation?

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

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Re: Burden of Proof

IIRC, if the data of EU citizens or residents was lot in the breach, yes.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Re: Oh No!

Or the other favorite

"Something went wrong: Something went wrong."

Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

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Re: Good

You do know you can use an AMD CPU with nVidia GPU?

Till Microsoft finds it a place on the path unwinding, it's the circle, the circle of Skype

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Re: WindowsOS X

A massive infusion of cash by Microsoft?

AAAAAAAAAA! You'll scream when you see how easy it is to pwn unpatched HPE servers

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Re: MS did it with NT too

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it" - George Santayana

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Re: That boring grey is good for your eyes!

IIRC back in the bad old day of Win95 there were several built in high contrast themes

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Looks more like Motif or CDE than Win 95, IMO

Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage

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Re: ahum, dumb fucks ?

The warnings are there because McDonalds was selling takeaway coffee at temperatures well over 70 degrees C closer to 90 degrees C. After being warned multiple times that was dangerous. A woman accidentally spilled a cup on herself, causing 3rd degree burns to her legs and pelvis. Which required reconstructive surgery. Something that a hot cup of coffee generally doesn't do.

McDonalds refused to cover her medical costs so she sued for them and won, And was giving several millions in punitive damages as well (which IIRC she hadn't asked for). The punitive damages were reduced (but not eliminated) on appeal, but the case was upheld.

Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a moon is a good guy with a moron.

Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

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Re: El Reg 1, world media 0

At least the Grauniad called it "an alleged tank"

Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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Re: @AC

You can already insert custom structures into world generation. It could certainly be easier, but I'm not sure JSON is the best way to do it. Also "data driven"? As opposed to?

New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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Re: Given...

It's actually The Cassette Of The Album Of The Soundtrack Of The Trailer Of The Film of Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Executive Version) I have The CD Of The Album Of The Soundtrack Of The Trailer Of The Film of Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Executive Version)

Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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Re: At the risk of sounding extremely harsh ..

No they didn't. They fined him a couple of hundred quid. He wasn't making fun of Nazi's he was ridiculing concentration camp victims. And what was someone "making fun of Nazis" doing speaking at a neo-Nazi rally?

Glibc 'abortion joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Re: Shouldn’t quality and professionalism be the issue?

IIRC at last half of the contributors to core GNU projects like glibc & GCC are actually paid to do so these days. Not that that justifies removing a statement on reproductive rights and censorship (but unfunny attempt at humour).

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Re: Made me decide to donate

a) What stopped you donating before?

b) It was a terrible joke, unsurprising RMS found it funny. Although I defend it as a statement on reproductive rights and censorship. I fear for your sense of humour, though.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: It it ain't broke, you're not trying

Yup Debian or Slackware are best and most stable. Once you Slack, you never go back.

Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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More than me jobs worth, mate!

Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Re: So many comments, but does no one remember

Or why it was called that, for that matter.

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Aah, good old DOS Hell!

Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

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@ AC Re: Justice is not always as blind as it should be

Oh, you sweet summer child. Never change.

Sigh. Cisco security kit has Java deserialisation bug and a default password SNAFU

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Re: In 2018?

In theory a good idea, but I don't think animal shelters have the knowledge or resources to provide support for the companies products. And most Cisco customers will be needing extended support.

Maybe sell the assets & donate the proceeds to animal shelters?

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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Re: Onboard explosives

A better final objective would have been to have enough attitude adjustment fuel to change it to an orbit a bit likely to cause more of it to burn up in the atmosphere, instead of disintegrating.

Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick

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Unsurprisingly, this is a Plasma bug

Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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As someone on Twitter said, it appears they've invented the stale crisp

Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

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Re: Stupid generic names

Reminds me of when I pointed out that GIMP was a remarkably stupid name for a piece of software that aimed to be the Open Sauce answer to Photoshop.

Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless...

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Re: Ummm

The same Pope who just accused victims of child abuse of slander?

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Re: Where are the quotes?

And lets not forget the Pope accusing victims of child abuse in Chile of slander https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/on-one-issue-in-particular-pope-francis-is-far-from-infallible/article37738446/

Unlocked: The hidden love note on the grave of America's first crypto power-couple

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Re: @John Bentley

I can't believe it's not Bacon!

Samsung topples Intel as semiconductor top dog, but lead 'literally built on sand'

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They could always buy Cyrix's & Centaur's licences off VIA

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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I'm no fan of the Windows Store but it's no more restrictive than most Linux distro's repositories

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Are you suggesting that Slackware ISN'T a major Distro? /joke

Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Doubt it. Sao Paulo (ex Foch) is getting a bit leaky, so they do need something vaguely aircraft carrierish

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Re: Whats in a name - I prefer the Banksian naming convention

HMS Gay Viking?

It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

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Re: You don’t care about x86 vs ARM

This video might be of interest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2F-DItXtZs.

Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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Re: Chrome runs 110% of CPU, can't stand the competition

8 cores = 800% maybe? In which case using 50% or 100% isn't that big a deal.

But seeing as windows doesn't measure CPU usage that way (at least in task manager) probably exaggeration.

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Re: And this is why I use Opera

Opera these days is a better Chrome, that is true. What it isn't is a modern version of Opera. The closest thing to that is Vivaldi with the bonus of being a better Chrome than modern Opera.