* Posts by Maryland, USA

183 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Jan 2008


Firefox 106 will let you type directly into browser PDFs

Maryland, USA

Foxit Software's PDF Editor Pro can make a PDF accessible, natively and as an Office plug-in.

Maryland, USA

Re: Keep up the good work

I, too, import a scanned signature. Don't forget to flatten the layers so it looks as though you signed a printout, then scanned it.

Serious surfer? How to browse like a pro on Firefox

Maryland, USA

Tablet users need not apply

I wish articles like this one would clarify that these benefits apply to desktop Firefox only. They are not available in Firefox for Android and iOS.

AI-created faces now look so real, humans can't spot the difference

Maryland, USA


I was ready to propose to Miss 88% (S). I still might.

You'll never guess what US mad lads Throwflame have strapped to a drone (clue: it does exactly what it says on the tin)

Maryland, USA

That's one small step for man

...one giant leap for marshmallows.

Has NASA's Mars Insight lander hit rock bottom? Heat probe struggles to penetrate Red Planet

Maryland, USA

Seek help from Donald Trump

Each time you think he can't go lower, he does.

Frustrated Brits can dump mobile providers by text as of today

Maryland, USA

In the days if dial-up, anyone trying to divorce from America Online (AOL) was put through the wringer. I suucceded painlessly, using this approach:

AOL: How may I help you today?

Me: By closing my account without asking why or trying to change my mind.

Silicon Valley doesn't care about poor people: Top AI models kinda suck at ID'ing household stuff in hard-up nations

Maryland, USA

As a Googler's father, I can safely say...

They're such sheeple, they probably wouldn't recognize my Android phone, Ford car, Olympus camera, or $25 coffee maker.

NASA 'nauts do what flagship smartphone fans can only dream of: Change the batteries

Maryland, USA

Um, LG

I can swap in a replacement battery in my LG V20 in about 5 seconds.

Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

Maryland, USA

So Yoda German was.

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

Maryland, USA

You call that a phablet? This is a phablet.

My old Sony phablet had a 6.44-inch display. And it earned its diagonal rating the honest way: by being wide and 16:9, not by being taller. At 89.5mm, it could live in my shirtpocket.

Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

Maryland, USA

They already killed the presence icon

Awhile ago, Yahoo stopped letting you see whether someone was online. at that point, for me, I quit. I don't want to begin every chat with the words "Are you there?"

Donald Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports

Maryland, USA

But what about her "moron" comment?

Wasn't it Catz who indiscreetly informed coworkers that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, during a White House dinner, had told her he thought the president was a moron?

Boeing ships its 10,000th 737

Maryland, USA

Remember Lockheed?

In the 1980s, I worked for Lockheed Aircraft in Georgia, USA. Our plant was making a modest 4 airplanes a month. Wall posters read, 'Look to Lockheed for leadership.' On one poster, a wag had scrawled, 'Look to Boeing for airplanes.'

FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

Maryland, USA

At 61...

I'm grateful this technology has come while I still can.

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

Maryland, USA

As in James Bond?

Wasn't a frisbee of death the decapitating weapon of choice by the henchman of Dr. No or Goldfinger?

Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

Maryland, USA

Re: It all started as a kid

You mean,


my muther

UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Maryland, USA

Long ago and far away...

In the 1980's, I read about a study here in the states. The researchers analyzed 399 television commercials where either the woman or the man was humorously portrayed as clueless, stupid, incompetent, we're lazy. In all 399, the butt of the joke was the guy.

Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

Maryland, USA
Thumb Up

Um, I do

Snitches like the brother who turned in America's Unabomber after recognizing his rants in the New York Times. Snitches like parents in the UK and the USA who warn the police about their wayward sons.

Love bots lecture thrills room full of Reg readers

Maryland, USA
Thumb Up

A companion in my old age, if...

I plan to retire in 10 years, so I have one pressing question: Will the cost will be covered by Trumpcare?

Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

Maryland, USA

You CAN show the ads but block the trackers

Use the Ghostery add-on.

TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

Maryland, USA

"Alexa, void the results of the Presidential election."

Oh, well, it was worth a shot.

Icelandic Pirate Party sails away from attempt to form government

Maryland, USA

We Yanks should be so lucky

But our ship of fools is raising the flag.

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

Maryland, USA

Not the same at all

Your printer was 'newly installed.' The caller was already familiar with turning her computer on and off. Here in America, Consumer Reports famously faulted the original Macintosh computer because it's tester could not figure out how to turn it on (by pressing a certain key on the keyboard) without reading the instructions.

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Maryland, USA

If the update was for security...

Why does it prevent authentic HP ink cartridges from working in my machine if the cartridges came from Europe?

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

Maryland, USA

Did you know that when you attempt to read an article that's blocked, often you can read the article in plain text by switching your browser to "reader mode"? You do now. That's how I read more than 10 articles a month in the New York Times, using my Lightning Pro browser on Android.

T-Mobile USA leaked free access to sites with '/speedtest' in the URL

Maryland, USA

Re: Did he also get high speed access?

Presumably, he would have to if he was running a speed test.

Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

Maryland, USA

Re: Only an Ad agency (and other similar low-life) would think like this

Only an ad agency and Donald Trump. Oh, wait: same thing.

Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

Maryland, USA

Clearly a case of...

code rage.

Japanese female fish in sperm-producing strangeness

Maryland, USA

Hey: If Bruce can become Caitlyn...

I'm just sayin'.

INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

Maryland, USA

A new feature will point the lass to nearby lads who volunteer to apply it.

Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

Maryland, USA
Thumb Up

The future couldn't come soon enough

And neither can we.

Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

Maryland, USA

Did anyone 'like' his posts or respond to them?

If so, the response's time stamp.

T-Mobile US preps for $43 MEEELLION shower of gold on cram victims

Maryland, USA

Screw postpaid plans

Switch to a prepaid plan; you'll never again be charged for something you didn't ask for.

Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

Maryland, USA

Re: Hmmm

If it's valuable for Comcast to understand why the customer is leaving, why won't they pay him to tell them why?

Maryland, USA

Maybe one of these excuses would work

1. My parents hate Comcast so much that they've put in writing that if I don't cancel my account, they'll cut me out of their will.

2. My wife hates Comcast so much that if I don't cancel our account, she'll divorce me. She doesn't bluff.

3. My child is dying and canceling our Comcast account is her fondest wish.

Maryland, USA

Re: Just tell them you've sold your house

Indeed, on another discussion thread, someone said that when he said "We're moving," the Comcast rep insisted he provide the street address so Comcast could confirm whether the new address was served by Comcast.

Maryland, USA

Of course there are options

No one needs live pay TV. Gen Z doesn't buy it. And my family has never had it; we do just fine on a diet of NetFlix, Amazon prime, and over-the-air broadcasts. Some of the best shows ran years ago; if it's good, it's worth waiting for.

Maryland, USA

Re: VP of product at AOL

Here's how I finally got AOL to cancel my account:

AOL: "Good afternoon, my name is Raj. How may I help you today?"

Me: "By canceling my account without asking me why or trying to change my mind."

Come off it, Moon, Earth. We know you're 60 million years older than we thought

Maryland, USA

If the Earth has been passing as younger...

...that proves the Earth is female. Mother Earth, indeed.

Clingy fondleslab owners TORPEDO industry forecasts

Maryland, USA

Re: When have 'Industry forecasts' ever been right?

They didnt think owners would store the older tablets in drawers. They thought they'd keet the new tablet in the living room and use the older tablet in the basement.

London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

Maryland, USA

It's a choice

Yet another group who have a problem with capitalist acts between consenting adults.

HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

Maryland, USA

My favorite IT acronym is the scanner interface, TWAIN

Technology Without An Interesting Name

Yep, that's it's real name!

T-Mobile US: Our dump-your-network drive is doing SO WELL (PS: We lost $20m last quarter)

Maryland, USA

"We lose on every customer…"

…but make it up in volume."

Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

Maryland, USA

This article was well-written

It was so well-written that when I glanced at the byline I fully expected to see the name Ray-something or something Ray, the chap who usually writes the RF-related articles in which an abstract concept is clearly explained. Simon Rockman, eh? That's another name I'll gladly look for. Paul

Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

Maryland, USA
Thumb Up

Brainstorm (Re: Re:Footage is stored for on the cloud for five hours)

Exactly! Watch the 1983 trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNiZP2G-nEM

Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

Maryland, USA

Still pocketable

If a phablet is no wider than 86mm, It can slip into a man's standard shirtpocket. The 1520 measures 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, so it's pocketable. In fact, so is Huawei's Ascend Mate, which sports a 6.1-inch screen.

Huawei Ascend Mate: The phondleslab for the skint

Maryland, USA

And its radio bands include 1700 MHz

T-Mobile users, rejoice.

China's second woman 'naut blasts off for coupling in HEAVEN

Maryland, USA

They need to practice docking

Is that what they're calling it these days?

Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

Maryland, USA

Re: Quiet news day? El Reg?

The accused has been charged. Whenever that happens, we can expect to see highlights from the original story.