* Posts by Stef

66 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Apr 2008


Windows 7 to ship October 22

Gates Horns

Better the Devil...

Much as I hate M$ Windows7 isn't (bites lip) all bad.

The latest version of Ubuntu has just given me endless problems and stills feels distinctly 1980s - it's still what most business/government/educational users ought to choose though!

Sikh coppers request bulletproof turbans


Let 'God' sort it out

Sure their invisible magic friend that lives in the sky can protect them?

Obviously the same goes for Catholics/Jews/Pastafarians/whatever.

Microsoft rebrands WGA nagware for Windows 7


Begging for an acronym

The Windows Activation Technology - hmmm....

Pirate Bay judge and pro-copyright lobbyist accused of bias



Throughout the trial the prosecution - the Judge's great mates we now know - were allowed to get away with producing surprise evidence, in breach of Swedish regulations of disclosure. That alone should have been enough for a mistrial. Then unbelievably harsh sentences on the ridiculous lesser charge of facilitating access - which is no more than Google does. Now we know why. Let's hope the utterly corrupt Moderate Party get a good kicking in the next election.

Oracle reels in Sun Microsystems with $7.4bn buy



That cannot be good for MySQL - or for any employees at Sun.

I dare say all the higher-ups will be raking it in though, as ever.

Pirate Bay guilty verdict: Now what?



The TPB 3 have been sentenced more harshly than two youths who beat a gay guy to death.

If you don't wish to fund this kind of thing then don't buy from major labels.

Pirate Bay fans: Lay off our neo-Nazi Sugar Daddy


A little background

Sweden had decades of it's own brand of Social Democracy, that made Sweden a near Utopia, but young people being naturally rebellious made many inclined to adopt a Nazi posture, almost wilfully ignorant as to what that particular fashion meant.

The murders of Olof Palme and Anna Lindh, as well as mass immigration of Muslims, seemed to end the Swedish dream and Moderaterna (The Conservatives) took power, dismantling much of Palme's legacy whilst sucking up to Big Business.

Hopefully now, with IPRED and TPB verdict, more Swedish youth will recognise their true enemies.

Drunk Swedish pastor woos Christians online



There's also this mind-bender


"Japanese popstar dressed as pineapple robbed in Malmö"

It's all go in Sweden! Unless you want to download anything...

Bucks village repels Street View spycar



An affluent area populated by cretins eh?

I'll get my... balaclava.

Lloyd-Webber calls for clampdown on ISPs


Go on then rubber-face

Sue The Queen!


Texas senator wants to ban Vista purchases

Gates Horns

A Lone Star

For once, Texas gets it right!

Florida cops taser satnav lake plunge woman



Sounds like she's got a definite case against everyone, the police, the car manufacturers, the phone company, the phone manufacturers, the GPS manufacturers, the GPS salesmen, the lake...

Now that would be one class action!


eBay put Skype on iPhone 'to boost price of NSA backdoor'


* shudder *

"Man-at-each-end backdoor attack" - don't give them ideas!

Battlestar Galactica eyes 'technology run amok'



"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Just saying.

iPhone 3.0 beta reveals mixed blessing



So fanboys are now ecstatic about getting some of the features that everybody else's smartphones have always had (except multi-tasking, obviously) but they were insisting weren't important before?


Mormons demand ICANN plugs net smut hole


Just firewall Utah?

Just firebomb Utah - and let God sort it out.

A grim day for browser security at hacker contest



Safari was hacked in seconds, IE and Firefox took considerably longer.

Google in Chrome rebetafication



There's been three channels for as long as I can remember. I'm on and it is visibly faster than IE (by a very very very long chalk) and Firefox (by a nubbin)

iPhone 3.0 adds cut-and-paste, search, new dev toys

Jobs Horns


A few more releases and it will be up to the standards of most smartphone betas!

Pratt changes name to Bruce Willis



It's a common misconception that you need to go to solicitors to get your name changed, just word the document correctly and get two witnesses - that was good enough to get me a new passport and that got me a new driving licence. PayPal and MBNA Bank have both proudly trumpeted their ignorance of the law by demanding a "Legal stamped document" (shut down accounts, opened new ones)

Or you can just find a gravestone of suitable age and apply for a birth certificate if you fancy making an even bigger mockery of ID card legislation.

Hmm, El Reg, I smell a project for you!

Kraft puts foot in big pot of yoghurt?


Rebranding worthy of Consignia

I wonder how many millions were pissed away on that?

Also worthy - the SciFi channel's change to SyFy - which means filth in Polish.

Mystery chip found inside talking iPod Shuffle's earphones



Apple has gone way beyond taking the piss.

Fanboys are now the beaten wife pathetically defending their husband:

"But he says he loves me!"

I'll just get my non-fruit-related MP3 player.

Right-wing Oz politico in nude snaps rumpus



Not Safe For Stomach more like!

Mind you, some people found Thatcher attractive.

Texting peer released from prison


Above the law

Right, I'm off to do some speeding and texting, with luck I'll hit Jacqui Smith.

Swedes say nej to Sofia 'Dark Knight' Englundh

Paris Hilton


Ever since the Conservatives gained power in Sweden the country has been going downhill, from a land of free health care and free love into a country that raids file sharers and pays people to have more kids - just what the world needs!

Paris - because, just like the Swedish tax authorities, she's blonde, stupid, and sticks her nose were it shouldn't be. Allegedly.

iPhoney nano found, tested in Asia



and all without a massive ripoff contract

HTC waves wand, pulls second Android phone out of hat


Touchscreen keyboard

... is coming / semi-available already with Android Cupcake.

Pirate Bay prosecutor tosses infringement charges overboard

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One nil

The fact the prosecution ever charged TPB with "complicity in the production of copyrighted material" is absurd, as is their tenuous 'evidence'.

Bearing in mind that the accused are a smart bunch of guys expect the defence to make mincemeat of the remaining charges - unless the prosecutor has a dynamite PowerPoint presentation on that useless laptop of his!

How to survive the crisis: Sell kiddies booze


Drunken chavlets

Hopefully they'll get drunk enough to be unable to have sex.


Large Hadron Timewaster


A bargain

An absolute bargain compared to the London Olympics!

You did what? The trials of supporting remote users


Back in the day

This will be the early 80s when I was a humble op for a large sweetie firm in Sheffield which had a subsidiary many miles away.

"Me computer's brok"

"Is the cursor flashing?"


"Can you see a little flashing square on the screen?"


"Is there a light on the keyboard?"


There was more of this, eventually we were getting to the stage of the only option being loading up a car for a long drive out with replacement kit.

"'ang on a bit, s'not plugged in"



Not exactlt IT Support, but...

The Midlands, late 80s, a large regional brewer.

The IT Director was an accountant transferred over from Finance because he knew how to set up a spreadsheet. Would sit in his office, red-faced, puffing on his pipe.

There was no computer in his office.

The Project Manager had no computer in his office either.

The IT Director's first brilliant idea - get rid of all the computers IN THE IT DEPARTMENT.

We could write everything down and the secretary would type them in for us.

I'm sure that by now he's running a bank.

MP wants Welsh text on ID cards

Black Helicopters


If we get every language (and comedy made-up language, like Welsh) spoken in the UK on there, then the card will be the bigger than most people.

No doubt Wacky Jacqui will rave that this is yet another advantage of these wonderful devices and that people are beating down her door with sticks to get them.

Toshiba wows crowds with sexy touch smartphone


Just the Jobs

How many iPhone killers are there going to have to be before fanboys stop buying bloody iPhones?!

Absolutely Fabulous ups sticks to LA

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Be suspicious of anything with "US" in the title

I heard they're using younger actresses - o-oh.

Let's hope it's more Californication than Friends...

Disabling Windows Autorun - there's a right way and a wrong way


Short of dumping Windys...

Create a .reg file containing


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]


(Careful of the autowrap, that's one line in the braces)

Right click: Merge

Job done.

LG Cookie budget touchscreen phone


Fanboy baffler

At less than a quarter of the price, surely any sane person would call it an iPhone beater?

It may not have 3G (and the iPhone doesn't always) but it actually has a higher spec in some areas.

Let the fanboy comment frenzy begin!

iPlayer finally makes friendly with Mac and Linux

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It works, and that's all that matters

99% of my viewing is programs downloaded via P2P or via iPlayer.

Whilst it may be fashionable amongst Daily Mailtards to bash the Beeb, it's way ahead of the other on content and delivery, no contest.

Worth the licence fee? Every penny.

Electric car maker in 'urgent financial distress'



NOK, I think you'll find.

Browsers fail password protection tests


Man + dog report

Makes me want to knock up some report to generate some publicity.

Mozilla boudoir shoots out second Firefox 3.1 beta


Browser wars

As a long time fan of both Firefox and Google I felt duty-bound to give Chrome a try.

Early on it obviously still had a long way to go, but once I started using it I found going back to Firefox almost painful. Not Internet Exploder painful, you understand, but Chrome's all-in-one bar and sheer speed make it near impossible to for me to go back.

Why the IWF was right to ban a Wikipedia page



"It's also worth noting that the law covers only photographs and 'pseudo photographs' – so the IWF will not censor, as one contributor to a BBC blog fears, Michelangelo's David."

Aren't you jumping to conclusions here?

That depends on what they define as a pseudo photo, and given that Australia has just punished someone for possession of a Simpsons picture, don't expect common sense to always apply - this is the law after all.

Entire class fails IT exam by submitting in Word format


Not the kids' fault

If the teacher told them to save it in M$ Turd format then it's hardly their fault.

I remember failing an exam which I should have sailed through because of being incorrectly advised by a teacher.

Because of that I didn't go to college and went straight into IT at the ground floor instead, meaning that I'm now not as useless as most graduates!

But I guess I did miss out on a lot of parties.

Carphone co-founder quits over secret share pledge


The Curse of Boris

Can't Boris hire anyone but his loaded crooked mates?

S60 knows where you're at


Not exactly new

There was an app for the Sony Ericsson P-series phones that was based upon base station detection. As I moved from home to work the phone would automatically reconfigure itself, e.g. quieter ringtones, more sedate wallpaper etc.

No GPS required.

Bittorrent declares war on VoIP, gamers


UDP and uTorrent


"µTorrent 1.6 supports SSL (for trackers and RSS), but not UDP trackers. UDP tracker support is not likely, due to many flaws with the UDP tracker spec."

Boss frogmarches bound employee to cop shop


Executions in the workplace

Why shouldn't any old manager be allowed to hog-tie and shame an employee suspected of thieving?

Time was the thief would have been burned as a witch - and quite right too!

These days of course a Loony Lefty council would give him an Arts Council grant for him to rape our innocent children's death mouths - whilst asylum seekers watched and laughed!

The police are clearly part of leftist conspiracy to turn our once proud empire into a neo-Stalinist state - and that would make our dearly missed Lady Diana cry.

Google silences Gmail security blogorumors

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Blame Google

People seem all to keen to loudly blame Google - when their own lack of caution and gullibility was obviously to blame.

More Tasers for cops: not in London


To Anonymous Coward @ 17:05

Put your copy of the Daily Mailtard down and get back to muttering about asylum seekers under your breath ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H work.

Congratulations, Barack — Now fix your websites


It's not just their webmaster that's sloppy

1) They're not government websites

2) Google Analytics is hardly 'a backdoor'

3) He's not President!