* Posts by An ominous cow herd

155 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Dec 2007


Cisco: Don't use 'blind spot' – and do use 'feed two birds with one scone'

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Re: (...)Swedish above English - there's only one word that means "snail" and "slug"

Don't want to rain on your parade, but "slug" has multiple meanings in English: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slug

As I don't speak the lingo, I'm not able to say if there is just one Swedish word for all those meanings or if multiple words are used

Soaring costs, inflation nurturing generation of 'quiet quitters' among under-30s

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Re: Their lack of experience – exasperated further by the pandemic

It seems to be a quote from CEO Toby Fowlston, so the error might not be of Richard's -- although in that case a "[sic]" would be advised

Beijing residents blast COVID surveillance device

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Did we? I don't remember wearing any kind of tracking device, but maybe that's all due to the mind-control device they gave me at the time. Or was it the chip in the vaccine? So many questions now.

BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft

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Re: Unicycle test

I'm a keen diver, downhill MTB racer and skier - may I be in the dangerous corner on my own?

Huawei pays $9.65b dividend to its workers

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Re: @MiguelC - $9.65 billion distributed by 131,507 "beneficiaries"

I would argue that, without further information on the distribution, the number of recipients is pointless.

The article would just need to mention whether it is based on personal shareholding or if any other calculation basis is used.

Where are the (serious) Russian cyberattacks?

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Re: "Putin may not be insane"

"may" is the escape clause

IT labor rights group files complaint against HCL, claiming it's clawing back bonuses

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Re: "1.7 lakhs (US$2,300)"

Why the downvotes?


Japan to send ‘transforming robot’ to the Moon in 2022

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Re: Moon dust ...

Of course they did some bad choices, they should have consulted you but no, there they go, thinking they can design it all by themselves just because they're space scientist and engineers

What could be worse than killing a golden goose? Killing someone else's golden goose

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Re: on a related note....

It's a classic, everything that breaks while running live runs flawlessly when under the debugger microscope. Probably owing to events timing or concurrency that stop being a problem when run on a step-by-step basis.

Mobile World Congress seemingly serious about in-person Barcelona event in June, shares safety plan

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Re: Just a scam..

Probably won't go bust by June:

MWC Barcelona (formerly but still commonly referred to as Mobile World Congress) is an annual trade show organized by GSMA (formerly the GSM Association), dedicated primarily to the mobile communications industry.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_World_Congress

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?

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Re: KeyPass as an alternative? Are you sure you didn't mean KeePass?

What? And lose Reg Forums creds? No way! ;)

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Re: "Only problem was keeping all my devices in synch"

security, functionality, ease-of-use: choose two (at most)

War on Section 230 begins in earnest as Dem senators look to limit legal immunity for social networks, websites etc

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Re: What, exactly, is 'free speech'

He is right, you know, ElReg forced me to legally change my name to "An ominous cow herd" and show a valid email address to proved it

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people

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Black Helicopters

And the AI doesn't know if the user is black or not,


Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

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Re: alternatively

Tried it, so instead of food I've got to vacuum dog hair and clean the drool...

The pachyderm punch: El Reg takes just-over-a-ton Elephone P8000 to tusk

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Re: I'm curious...

Similar story here.

I bought a S5 clone a year ago, no problem at all. Maybe just short on the battery side, although it was supposed to be 2750mAh, it never lasted me more than a full day.

Then, some ten months later, the battery started behaving funny, like charging from 10% to 100% in 30 minutes and discharging almost as quickly... I opened the case and saw the battery had a big bulge in it (maybe just happy to see me, but didn't want to trust it).

Fortunately, it wasn’t fixed, so I bought a new one for under 12€ and hope it’ll last for some ten months more!

Anyway, after reading the review, I noted this phone has a big battery but it is fixed. What will the owner do when the battery goes cock-eyed? These brands have zero support outside China, so it’ll take long and it’ll be costly to repair…

Cash-happy BlackBerry slurps one-time rival Good for $425m

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When BlackBerry where called RIM

Or, as the Reg used to call them "Lawsuits in Motion"? This seems like a remnant of those times.

Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

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I bet he's...

cowering somewhere!

Brit graphene maker poised to go public: Yes, wonder stuff WILL float

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"Graphene is relatively simple – a sheet of graphite atoms"

"Graphite atoms" you say? Is that a new element?

Barclays Online OFFLINE: UK bank site, mobile app go titsup for the evening

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Bank with Bitcoin: Make 25% profit in one evening

Then lose it all forever, without any trace of previous existence of said riches, the next day.

Deep beneath melting Antartic ice: A huge active volcano

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Re: Moving South

Maybe they used a time frame like that one because "0.96 cm per year" doesn't sound that impressive.

IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

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Joke icon

A IT guy asked a friend to recommend an attorney to defend him against a charge of bestiality.

"I know a great trial lawyer," the fellow said, "but he's expensive and doesn't know how to pick a jury. I know another lawyer," he continued, "who' s not a great trial lawyer, but he's cheap and really knows how to pick a jury."

The IT guy settled on the cheap attorney, but immediately had second thoughts when the key witness began his testimony. "I saw that man mount his sheep from behind," he said, "and when he was finished, I saw the sheep turn around and lick his pecker."

The accused IT guy was devastated and had all but given up hope of acquittal, when a juror in overalls whispered to the fellow next to him, "You know, a good sheep will do that."

Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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Re: Vauxhall and Marantz?

I'm still the proud owner of a Denon champagne coloured CD player.

Not only does it sound great, it stands out awesomely on the hi-fi rack.

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Re: Méthode Champenoise

Blanc de blancs is not a region or method, it means the wine is made only from varieties of white grapes (as opposed to the usual stuff where pinot noir, a black wine grape, is used).

Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

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Re: Trusting ANYTHING plugging into a USB port....

erm... no.

my own phone does connect immediately as a media device, without any prompt, giving access to anything stored on the internal storage and any memory card.

Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

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I had the same problem...

Bought a Phillips RC that wasn't good enough (limited set of supported devices out of the box and not enough memory for new commands). Then I bought a Logitech, but operation was weird, it was based not on devices but on activities (switch -on or off- everything you need for TV or music or watching DVDs, not very friendly if you're watching TV and decide to watch a DVD or want to put on some music while the TV is muted...)

Finally a friend recommended I buy a cheap One-for-all command. Got the 6-in-1 for 30€ and it controls all 6 different brand devices I have without a hitch, and even lets me program 3 combo modes (that I defined as TV+DVD+Amp, CD+Radio+Amp and STB+TV).

Won't replace it for a while!

Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

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Re: Excuse me?

About the laptop analogy... let's try another one: whether I'm employed or not, I still have to use the loo. Then, from your point of view, I should be taxed for using it, right? So, what's your take on this now?

Ten ten-inch tablets

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Have you even tried using the Archos?

It's got a RK3066 (dual core Cortex A9) that is barely able to support that resolution, it only works fine when you lower it to 1024x768.

And don't even think about running any of those flashy games out there, they'll just about crawl on you...

Twitter must unmask racist French twits or face $1,300-a-DAY fine

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Re: Privacy? Free speech? Opinion? Bloody mindedness?

Not that I agree with most of this, but most countries have some kind of restrictions on any of those. In the UK you can not be a police officer and a fascist, if you want a visa to visit the US of A you must state you're not a communist, in France you can not say you hate Jews... What is considered private or allowed in the spirit free speech varies wildly depending on where you are. Opinions on such matters differ, like in so many other liberties (drinking age, voting age, consensual sex age, expressing one’s sexual orientation – when not conforming to the norm –, etc.).

It's the world we live in, deal with it! (i.e., try to change it if you don't agree with what's going on, but accept that others may think differently)

Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

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Re: Same article

This kind of thing happens from time to time. I think the problem is that Reg hacks don't read the Reg...

Brazilian-made 'iphone' runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Re: 2GB ram

It hasn't 2 GB RAM. What it has is a 2GB memory card included in the box.

Man facing rare refusal-to-unlock-encryption charge: Court date set

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Re: Making a stand.... or just thick ?

"crap legal advice"? No, no, he must have the top law professor from a prestigious university advising him... He'll be out in no time, guaranteed!

BOFH: The Great Patch Mismatch

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RE: Don't think we really needed the footnote... *

You're beeing way too polite with the author on this one... ;)

Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

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Thank you nanny, for taking so much good care of me

I feel all safe and confy now...

Report: McAfee founder wanted for murder in Belize

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"Super perv powder"

Well, well, when searching Google for "super perv powder", it only knows this one article on El Reg.

So... what else can you tell us about it?

Walmart workers filmed playing iPad frisbee

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As they say...

"An idiot and his job are soon parted"

Edible iPhone case goes on sale in Japan

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120% chance?


President Obama declares VICTORY over JUSTIN BIEBER

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RE: Who the fuck is Justin Bieber?

You clearly don't have teen or pre-teen daughters....

WinPho 8 fans now able to order HTC handsets

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RE: "2.1Mp front-facing camera, able to capture up to four people in a frame"

That's going to make wedding photo shoots a strenuously long job (depending on the couple's social skills, anyway)...

Plucky orangutan rescued from encroaching biofuel plantations

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Re: Is it just me...

Yeah, sure, and that's why the pic's caption is "Orangutan at Chester Zoo"...

Campaigners roll out political-correctness Voight-Kampff CAPTCHAs

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"a test for human empathy"

So it's not a CAPTCHA, it's a CAPTPHA: "Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Psycopaths and (other) Humans Apart"

Guidelines issued for Qi wireless gadget charging in cars

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What's the point?

What's the point of having wireless charging if the phone must be clipped to anything? Might as weel be clipped to a wired charging station...

Navy devs cook up Android spyware to map your location - in 3D

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Re: Very annoying

Well then, read again... point 2 is for video, and there's no shutter sound when filming, is there?

Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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It shall be called "Ununtrium"

Or maybe it should be "Hyakujūsanium", for it's japanese origin?

New monkey species with massive blue arse found in Africa

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Yes, yes, very fine blue arse...

But what about it's face?



Nokia flagellates self further to quell fake cam ad Twitterstorm

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Media coverage!

If that's not the reason they did it, they surely are happy about it now (and bonus points for getting reporters to say stuff like "...it works extremely well - almost as well as the simulation...", so that much more people know now how great their new cameraphones are).

Chemical biz 'Nitro' hackers use Java to coat PCs in poison ivy

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"Bobby-trapped" web page?

Like in "watched over by the Scotland Yard"?

Samsung spends $4bn tarting up Texas factory

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Re: RE:Sammy knows it'll get an appeal in Texas.

I'd like to see how all that spending would be funded without those "typical banksters" and their "profession"...

Cut'n'paste UK launch for cut-price Motorola Android

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But, but..

In their defence, I have to say that “Simply put, Motosmart makes life easier, you don’t have to worry about complicated settings and hard-to-follow instructions. Just turn this smartphone on and get instant access to the people and things in your life that matter most.”

HP asks court to force Oracle to obey Itanium contract

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Re: Verbal Contracts

As Samuel Goldwin once said, "a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on."