* Posts by Khaptain

3800 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Facebook hands over chats to cops in post-Roe abortion case


Anything you do say may be given in evidence.

Social Media : The shark in wolves clothes.

My Big Coin founder is – you guessed it – a $6m crypto-fraudster


Re: Trading Places

That's similar to Nasty Nancy and her husband playing the stock market, n'est-ce pas ...


Re: It never ceases to amaze me!

It's because from the very outset they never intended to offer an honest product.

Their only goal is to bait the fish, harvest the gold and disappear. No long term strategies to worry about...

Russian ChessBot breaks child opponent's finger


Re: it just me or .....

I don't see any embedded video at all, nor any placement that is could be used..

The page has possibly been changed between times..

Dell and Ubuntu certify latest model of XPS 13 ultrabook


Re: "When you hold down the Fn key..."

Buy a ThinkPad, they quite easily have the best keyboards on the market, well outside if that damned FN key being in the wring place ..

SCOTUS judges 'doxxed' after overturning Roe v Wade


Re: The left no longer understand what democracy means.

Why do keep droning on about women having their rights stripped, this is simply false..

The decision makers have changed that is all....

It's no longer SCOTUS, it's your local state.... Which means that "you" can vote to make the changes... Nothing is more democratic than that, the vote remains with "you".... What don't you understand about that, it really is very very simple.

DOXXING the Scotus memebers is tantamount to anarchy... It will achieve nothing but negative results.


Re: The left no longer understand what democracy means.

The supreme court removed the law at federal level and put it back to state level.

That's a far more democratic movement because the citizens of the state do get to vote for who makes the decisions state wide.

The overturning of this law does not stop anyone doing what they want. They may have to move state but that's all .. that's like living in a dry state and complaining that there are no liquor stores..

Any it appears that judging by the downvotes that people here are ok with Mob Rule, good luck with that when you are suddenly on the wrong end of the stick....


The left no longer understand what democracy means.

So now if someone does something that the leftists no longer agree with they are then DOXxed with the future intention that someone will come along and possibly harm or kill the offending party..

Is this what is now known as democracy in the US?

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'


Why aren't Twitter happy

In the beginning Twitter was against the idea of Musk buying them out , and now they are angry that he won't.

For a company that believes in socialism and liberalism etc why have they suddenly become Capitalist and Conservatist, is it the call of the giant GreenBack that is changing their minds?

They really are a very strange company...

API rate limits at the core of Elon Musk’s decision to ditch Twitter


Re: Ah, twitter

Personally I would like to learn how and by whom the bots are being controlled.. it's a bit like follow the money ina detective case ...

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more


Re: I wish it was retroactive.

I did it using this way by doing the two regedit's that Rufus does for you....

This link gives you both methods, I have tried both and can conform that they both work, Rufus obviously with a fresh install and also the Upgrade from W10..


There are quite a few sites listing the same method..

However even after 6 months I am still trying to find the advantages of W11.. It's ok but dfinately nothing world changing.. It's not bad though and I find it very stable..

Arrogant, subtle, entitled: 'Toxic' open source GitHub discussions examined


Re: Hoping they can publish a fix soon.

The open source community is faltering because of the behavior you'd expect from unsocialized "men"...

If it's Open Source then you are free to do your own thing, why would you remain in such an environment if such is the case.. Do your own fork and develop a nice group of people, why is that a problem for you..

Don't look for a problem, become the solution.


Stress and idiotic questions/requests

I wonder if the study will also take into considersation the extreme levels of stress, lack of sleep, endless 24h thought processes and problem resolving mind games that a developer has to endure in order to perform his craft only to be confronted by a question from someone that can see no futher than their own belly button..

The toxicity often comes from the opposite end of the stick...

Is computer vision the cure for school shootings? Likely not


" Children killed because they got hold of parent's gun (which was not securely stored);"

Ok then there are a hundred other items that we should remove from houses thenm, Bleach, Gasoline , Medication etc etc .. Again the gun is not the cause it merly the catalyst. Why were the guns not locked up correctly.. It's a case of stupid people not dangerous items0


Again , remove the gun and they will use Drugs, Alcohol, Pieces of rope. Gun's don't make suicide easier, it's just a tool as that moment.. All suicides are not done by shooting oneself.

"Making a start on gun control to address these areas would save many lives"

Gun Control already exists as it does in other countries where there are not the same problems.


Have a look at the deaths related to firearms and firearms per capita... Why does Finland, Germany, Norway, Switzerkand, Kuwait etc not have a huge amounts of firearms related deaths yet they still have a high number of guns per capita...

It's a culture problem no matter how you try and wind round it.


Every time there is mention of a ban the sales of guns sky rockets......

Ok lets say that you make a ban on weapons, how do you intend to enforce a ban on more than 300 Million arms... Yes, there are more than 300 millions arms in the States, most of them legal and most have never seen combat/fight/shootouts etc..

The guns are not the problem, the problem is the culture, and/or serious mental health problems, due to a multitude of reasons. Start by tackling the culture, and start addressing the mental problems then we might start to see a difference.

Lenovo reveals small but mighty desktop workstation


Re: Is it true that it uses proprietary bits?

I don't have this exact model but I know that mine defiantly has proprietary connecters between the PSU and the Motherboard..

When my PSU fried it suddenly became a whole lot of extra pain to find the "adapter" and then have to perform some electrical shenanigans to correctly set things up.. You have to use a paperclips between two pin in order to allow for a boot.. It's easy to do but it feels like you lose any advantages that Lenovo has to offer( if there ever were any)

Always read the comments: Beijing requires oversight of all reader-generated chat


Re: Administrivia


Thanks again for replying but in 14 years I have never seen so many comments being moderated. On the extremely rare occasion in the the past I may have waited, at most , 30 minutes. In the last 2 months or so , it has now become the majority of my posts and some of them take 2 days before being published.

What is the explanation for the increase in both the quantity of posts being put under verification and the increase in waiting times.

After many years it is very obvious to me that something has changed in the getting process.


Re: That would be a huge change

I've been on El Reg for nigh on 14 years and this is new to me..

As far as being an asshole is concerned, I disagree, my opinion might not conform to current ideologies but that certainly does not make me an asshole.. Quite the contrary, my disagreement, or opposite point of view is what is required in order for any "discussion" to take place..

If someone does not agree they are welcome to present their side, the ad homonyms are not necessary. I might not be correct 100% of the time but why should that prevent me putting forward my point of view.. It is quite a normal process during ones education throughout life....


Re: That would be a huge change

It's already happening on El Reg


It appears as though if your post doesn't adhere to the San Francisco's current ideolology then you don't get to reply.

I currently have several posts awaiting moderation and yet there is nothing contreversial within them. It's just that it appears as though I have been flagged... So the verification process has begun here too...

So much for for El Reg being a place for actual conversation.

Never fear, the White House is here to tackle web trolls


Re: Finger-Wagging

It's not a gun problem , it's a culture problem...

If you can't change the culture, you can't change the problem.....

It's for that reason that many of todays movements don't actually change anything or do anything positive, because they are not changing the cultural problem that are the fundamental root causes..

Big Tech falls in line with Euro demands to fight bots, deepfakes, disinformation


Re: It's okay when we do it

It think you missed the irony.. Nobody in the EU wants that..


The Ministry Of Truth

Who is going to control the Governments Disinformation Services ?

El Reg - Shadow Banning


Re: No

Ok now I have understood that everytime I reply to (a) certain author(s) my comments are sytematically put into the "Waiting for moderation " queue. I will keep track but I think I see that common element...

This is not by chance as it now happens on non controversial threads....

What's to sensitive about this thread :

https://www.theregister.com/2022/06/17/eu_tech_deepfakes/ that it requires moderation...

Something has started to change at El Reg....


Re: No

Ok, thanks for the reply.


El Reg - Shadow Banning

I have noticed lately that some of my replies remain in the state "awaiting moderation" for far longer than I have ever seen..

There is a common element betwen the Posts and the replies...

At the moment I have 3 posts, with the oldest bying 21 hours...

Has the El Reg decided to shadow ban any views that don't adhere to particular points of view ?

Meta slammed with eight lawsuits claiming social media hurts kids


Social media is terrible for "Everyone"

Yes, it's damaging for Kids but let's not forget how damaging it is for adults as well...

Fake news and conspiracy theory , both from the left and the right, designed to divide in order to conquer. The dumbing down of everything to the point where no place if left for rational thought. The witch-hunting and doxing when you don't agree with a particular ideology"....

The internet has become a dark, sombre, dog eat dog courtyard in which the weak are preyed upon and idiots are hoisted onto pedestals for no apparent reason...

It's the new church for the simple minded.

This should have been a tool to unite us but instead it has simply become a tool of division..

Should the Facebooks, Twitter etc be held accountable, of course they should, they benefit directly from the mayhem that they cause, and they have become masters at stirring the pot.

Salesforce staff back an end to its relationship with NRA


Re: Its a f**king amendment - of course you can change it

"Quite simply people are dying in the US because of gun crime"

Let my correct that.

"Quite simply people are dying in the US because of crime"

The fact that a gun is involved is irrelevant.. How many people die each day from drugs, car accidents, alcohol, robbery, murder....

The US of A has become a mentally unstable place to live... Solve the mental/cultural problems then we will start to see a difference.


Re: note to self

Agree with Cederic :

In my opinion this is just Cancel Culture rearing its ugly head...this is a Twitterati/Wokerati style reaction..

I wonder if Salesforce will announce it's position in relation to the ProLife/ProAbortion dichotomy, thereby risking of losing half of it's clientele...

Companies will learn the hard way that by becoming political they will lose their clientele...... Only a tiny percent of the population are vocal and hot-headed about political issues, the rest don't really care.


Re: pledge to double our commitment to making schools secure.

Countries like Switzerland, Finland and even France have huge amount of legally owned guns but there 8s none of the gun violence that we see in the States.

This is a cultural problem that no one wants to address .

Changing the gun laws won't change the culture. The politicians don't no where to turn because they won't face the real problem head on.

Logitech's MX Mechanical keyboard, Master 3S mouse


Same here, for work I have a Logitech K280, it's wired, kinda clunky but I love the layout. Also there is decent space between the Alphabet keys and the arrow keys etc...

I used to have an MX Keys but the lack of space separating the various parts really annoyed me.

OpenAI's DALL·E 2 generates AI images that are sometimes biased or NSFW


Re: The real world as it is, or as you'd like it?

"The problem is that companies will inevitably use this AI to make hiring decisions. Then you end up with an AI that rejects male flight attendants because the archetypal flight attendant is female."

A company that uses "ML" to hire employees is already a company that has problems...


Biased is a loaded word

For something to be truly unbiased it would have to be tasteless, formless, colourless, soul-less and lacking all intelligence and completely void of any interaction with the real world..

If there were no biases in the world we would have not art, music, culture, language or haute cuisine... We would simply by returned to an amoeba state.

Why would someone desire to achieve that state ?

Bias is what makes people different, it's what keeps things interesting, it's creative and delightful, it's thought provoking.

It's also ironic that those the push for "bias free" are those that require it the most... Hollywood, the media , and others for which I will not use the word as the word is negative...

For anyone that doesn't agree I look forward to reading your definition.

AI models still racist, even with more balanced training


A fully non white model

So why dont they do a model that uses only data from non white people ?

Elon Musk flogs $8.4bn of Tesla shares amid Twitter offer drama


Re: Irony

"Maybe think of it like the movies Hollywood produces via the same type of creepy committees as opposed to the singular-vision of an auteur like Kubrick......hopefully!"

ultimately all commitees have a chaiman who generally has a vote "more equal" that the others memebers so the status quo remains.



That's the icon for the old regime.

This is the correct new icon.. because Elon had successfully managed to troll the entre internet... Well done Elon.


Re: Irony

The extreme leftists and Wokists mantra states that if you don't like it go somewhere else or build your own....

Why is that Mantra no longer valid ?

Google Docs' AI-powered inclusive writing auto-correct now under fire


Re: Orwellian nightmare

"In the Winter, I'm pale blue. Part of the year I'm a very light tan. If I go out without sunscreen, I'm red."

Sounds about typical for a Scotsman.


Re: Orwellian nightmare

I laughed at the remark on the Miriam Webster site that states...

"The words niggard and niggardly are etymologically unrelated to the highly offensive and inflammatory racial slur euphemistically referred to as the N-word, despite the words' visual and auditory resemblance to it. Because of that resemblance, however, both niggard and niggardly are often taken to be offensive."

Do rhyming words also count as being potentially offensive. What about words that have the same amount of letters ? Is there actually any word that is not offensive to someone or other ?


Re: Orwellian nightmare

So who gets to decide what's acceptable or not, and how often do the rules get updated, daily, weekly, monthly etc ..

How can you consider that ALL homosexuals accept the usage of the word homosexual, what do you do about those that don't accept that word... Maybe some don't even want any word used to describe them as that in itself could be considered exclusive..

There is no end to that method of thinking....It a vicious circle with no winners.... A contemporary exemple

would be how to define people with non white skin.. Is it ok to say Black , Brown, Africa, Midle Eastern, People of Colour or BAME, which is acceptable and which is not ?

I have many coloured and or gay friends/colleagues that admit that they have become disturbed by all these word games. Especially when the games are being played by people that are not concerned by it at all....


Orwellian nightmare

How long will it be before a Police Person is sent to your habitation because you used to many non inclusive words in the last 3 months ?

If anyone actually believes that Inclusive words actually change the world, think again because the victim culture will always find news methods in order to reman victims..

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe onto PCs, is 40


Re: Where it all began...for some

The spectrum was the reason I got into IT. It was my 1st step into the world or programming...

Wonderful memories even 40 years later

Elon Musk says he can get $46.5bn to buy Twitter


Re: Next Monster Raving Loony candidate for President

Look at those already in power and then you realize that Elon Musk would probably be a far better candidate.

It feels as though Clown World has become the defacto state of affaires.

Twitter faces existential threat from world's richest techbro


Re: Most of us don't give a toss.

"And, why is ENDING (apparently) POLITICALLY MOTIVATED BANS *BAD* for them?"

It's not bad for Twitter as such, it's only bad for those that want to push their ideologies unchallenged or those with political gains to be achieved...

True democracy gives everyone a voice regardless of how stupid, evil or disagreeable that that might be.


Yes definitely a significant effect, that I agree with..

It's just that it's a negative effect....

Beijing to build Communist training college in a metaverse


L'eternelle fuite en avant.

What else did anyone actually imagine that "metaverses" would actually be used for other than a means of indoctrinating the users into Ideology [X].

If you can't get a grip of your current world then the idea of using an alternate one is really a very poor choice... I wonder what the parents will say about their children after having let them "peruse" the metaverses for a couple of years.....

Salesforce sued in attempt to block release of Capitol riot info


All parties

If the Republicans have to do it then it should alsobe done for the Democrats, that would be democratic....

Internet backbone Cogent cuts Russia connectivity


Difficult choice to make

It hardly punishes Putin, he won't even notice the difference.

However the Russians that don't support Putin will be extremely impacted, they will be shut off from the outside world...

Putin and his cronies are the cause , they should be the only target. I imagine that this will only help reinforce his position within Russia, it's basically strengthening his dictatorship.

We in the "free world" however have to understand that we also profit from the Russian Oligarch wealth, what will be done to stop the same thing being done after the war is over.

No one is truly innocent in this dark scenario...

Zero trust? Not yet a must for most IT departments


Not as easy as it looks

Zero Trust is great in principal but in releatiy it's a lot of preparation and also the risk that you are going to block a lot of devices that currently have access to your network.... Which in normla times would be Ok because you would have access to the devie in question, it would be somewhere in your building BUT with Home Office everything quickly becomes impossible to implement.....

It's a problem looking for a solution that has been found but that cannot be put into production....

Govt suggests Brits should hand passports to social media companies


Very very bad idea

The main stream media dictators are not currently well known for handling informations a civil and respected manner. And the govt wants to give the more ?

In such a case one must ask oneself , what's in it for the govt ?

You cannot trust Social Media sites with all your information! it's just giving them the means to bite you over and over again. Rabid Dogs are less dangerous...

Microsoft says the internet is the nicest it's been since 2016. Obviously they didn't look at The Reg comments


Re: What about Twitter and it's ilk

"Since the plebs have had a connection." or since the Plebs had access to Social-Media?

I don't remember it being such a bad place in the times of Bulletin Boards and the various Forums ( Usenet, Fidonet, moving on to CompuServe etc)...

I would put it around the time of the Web 2.0 when the storm erupted...


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