* Posts by DeVino

55 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Sep 2008


Updates are plenty but fans are few in Windows 11 land


Come, join us, oh except you

Got three PC's.

Only one is eligible.

The others have the wrong sort of i7.


A Windows 11 tsunami? No, more of a ripple as Microsoft's latest OS hits 5% PC market


A little code reuse here...

I also ...

Totally agree out of the 3 machines I own none meet the hardware specs even though they can blatently run windows 11, therefore I won't be upgrading anytime soon.

Ta GeekGuy.

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer


Plenty of rendundancy and a little, thoughtful divide and conquer.

Love it. Yo NASA engineers.

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together


Re: Your headline reminds me...

Anywhere near the fumes as they burned by any chance ? Just asking...

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban


The oxygen of publicity

Amused at how it's denied.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)


Want me to be (grudginly) impressed?

Fix the freaking network and permissions issues.

So many years of fiddling about. I get something sorted

then along comes an update and it all breaks again.

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine


Re: Broke my little toe...

Co-op Game ?

Feisty offspring likes Pandemic, Forbidden Island and (god help my short-term memory) Eldritch Horror.

Or maybe you like winding up little sister almost as much as Marlowe did ? ;-)

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer

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Family-yes, elderly neighbours-yes, friends-maybe, others-nope

"Can anyone help with computer" asked lady in the village.

Yep. Quoted my hourly rate. She agreed.

3 hours later had not got near what she wanted done

due cleaning the junk she had on the system and little side-trips she sent me on.

She guilt tripped me down to half-price and I got out of there.

She then deleted 5 years worth of emails (she is self employed).

Said that she was "following my instructions". Was bollocks.

I took pity and undeleted them (not just out the trash).

She slipped me a tenner "for your little girl".

I had just saved her professional existence.

Last favour I did !

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice


Don't watch the inflight movie if it is the Shining

Ah the days of unique mechanical access systems with on-time access security enablers stored in a vertical random access system behind the reception desk are gone !

In my youth I spent too much time at past midnight stumbling along spooky long coridoors with my case in the US being very careful to pick the right door.

Low point in key design was the use of unreliable mag swipe cards made even more dodgy by my Blackberry pouch.

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater


Re: 1:4:9 dark featureless slab with no openings

More Atari 2600 ET Cartridges !


Re: Must Mention....



Re: It's the core - hand-waving maths for fun

Hawaii island area is about 10,000km2.

5 Hawaiis are about 50,000km2.

Assume Hawaii is circular.

That means 5 Hawaii's as a circle are about 250km across.

The moon's diameter is about 3,500km.

Iron is around twice the density of moon rock.

So it's not a huge mass c.w. the moon.

This assumes that the moon is not hollow and I am doing 2 dimensions here.

Excuse if I got my numbers wrong.

Maybe it is a Nazi flying saucer?

Or more likely a meteor. (it is under a crater after all)

Wonder how many more there are.

Could you just pop into the network room and check- hello? The Away Team. They're... gone



Where precisely would you like this pointy object chucked ? Makes sense...

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf


Though it's only fair...

to point out that getting in and out of Israel (and several other countries) requires an exquisite amount of faff too.

Though Trump appears to be trying to top everyone else.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach


Re: Interesting, but. . .

...or xkcd


Ascendo Datavault is pretty good.

But I never store on a mobe.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman


Rubberdroning ?

Only it, you know sounds a bit ... iffy?

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


A tricky balance between worthy and recognition

Putting Rosalind Franklin on as a kind of consolation prize smacks of white male guilt and would have probably just annoyed her.

Put Maxwell on but most folk would not have a clue who he is sadly.

I would say that Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing get enough publicity maybe.

(Go to Bletchley Park BTW. Excellent place).

I'd like to see Lovelace and Babbage on a fifty.

Having a pic of the Engine between them on the note would look good and delight the anti-counterfit folk.

Maye Sydney Padua could draw them ;-)


Re: A logical choice...

Boole or De Morgan ?


Neither not Boole and not DeMorgan


Re: Eh? Come again?

Since time immemorial to around the 1700s and then the late 1960's to the current day sadly.

Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth


Re: V

I presume...

V = Roman 5

Star Trek V = Finding God

Ellison wrote sci-fi about finding God.

Sorry Nothing to do with lizards.

BTW: Napolean was quite tall. I think the phrase we look for is Small Man Syndrome

Billionaire's Babylon beach ban battle barrels toward Supreme Court


Dicks with money not isolated to US


So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...


Oops, sure we ain't gonna be nuked ?

Wonder if there were any of the following since everyone thought they were going to die ?

1) Punch boss.

2) Punch spouse.

3) Invite unsuspecting human/animal/reptile to "Take me you crazy fool" on your desk at work.

4) Poop in your annoying colleagues in-tray.

5) Ransack the nearest shop of interest. If pet-shop see item 3.

6) Down a bottle of something strong and intoxicating (possibly alcohol).

7) Run aound naked with a bin on your head singing "They can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man".

Presumably most of Hawaii just hid in their bedroom the next day.

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?


Re: Nano

Perusing the syllabus I suspect Femto would be a more suitable (and alliterative) prefix.

I presume the course in cars is "fly by night" only.

Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

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On-Hundred and Eightyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !

I would think for the money they would get a bunch of same weight and size dummy packs and a big target printed on some cardboard.

You could have a fun afternoon practicing bombing runs to music from Dambusters or 633 Squadron.

Maybe a new sport here ? Then again perhaps not.

Interesting about the pack though. It did not drift in the wind much as it fell.

Maybe they got lucky with the wind speed.

You need the pack to be pretty heavy to avoid drifting as it dropped

but not so much as to hit and render unconcious the bod you are trying to rescue.

Maybe that's why they keep the big chopper ready ?

Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly


From the makers of...

There a freaking gazillion good sci-fi stories out there.

Why do "The Shining" in Space?

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs


Pokes head above parapet at Schloss Silicon

Chip folk like Perl as it gets the job done at the physical design end of things.

(Can we have it twice as speedy in half the area by last Saturday please?)

On the other hand we are not averse to Python&Ruby.

On the third hand anything is going to be better than a combination of Tcl, Sed and Awk.

My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user


Re: Thriller

From what I saw you are correct Dan.

Nokia had a lot of quite brilliant engineers and many keen, competent engineering managers. (Yes really!)

But they did seem a little mired down in competing schemes and staggering under Symbian.

Someone there said that they "suffered from management by consensus".

I am not saying that the alternative is good (stalin, hitler etc) but compare and contrast

with Gates and Jobs.

I would love to read a good kiss and tell from the inside of Nokia. Anyone know of a suitable tomb ^h e ?

Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart




And pray what does the Inquirer say?

You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation


Re: Your role in a movie is coming soon

Mansfield Bar: Not a nice end to a nice lady.

UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines


Maybe KCL should have looked up what the acronym means ?

Inexpensive ?

2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO


Re: Apparently, profit is so twentieth century - I disagree !

Older and sadly wiser folk might remember dot-bomb in the nineties.

Different millennium, same old nonsense.

Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'


Re: " I live in an old building with seven outside doors"

It's Brian Rix's old house.

(RIP old boy)

Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar


Re: Thank Bibulous it's Friday

I like the both realities where that spelling mistake was a freudian slip or was intentional

Calgary uni pays ransomware criminals $20k for its files back


Cannot resist facehand

"A great deal of work is still required by IT to ensure all affected systems are operational again, and this process will take time"

At the risk of queuing up to kick someone when they are down.

Shouldn't IT have been putting a great deal of work into having a backup?

I mean really !

Maybe their Information Security dept could help ? (http://icis.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/)

Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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Hey baby

My company's IM solution.

Nice to have a day of not being contacted by Nigerians pretending to be open-minded, insolvent girls.

Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit


We need more valves, generators and extra ravening beams of energy !!!!

Books were great fun but you have to bear in mind when then were written.

Lensmen were not allowed to drink but all smoked like chimneys :-)

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse


I thought that "Raising Steam" was a rather odd book when it came out as it contained just about every character in the Discworld. Now it seems to make sense as it's like having a curtain call for everybody.

I also never met the man and in some ways I mourn more for Sam Vimes, Moist Lipwick and the Librarian.

Which perhaps is how Mr Pratchett might like it. Thank-you sir for some great times. Especially Night Watch.

As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free


Misleading headline. Surely not...

Practicing for 1st April and don't call me Shirley

Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller


Re: Bad. Very bad.

What might be would be cute for PC FPS are support for two mice.

One for moving&selecting and one for looking&shooting.

No extra hardware needed and doable as a patch to existing games.

South Korea on top of the IT world


Re: Graph does not make sense

Me think it is the previous position like the text and the arrow state. :-)

Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER


Re: I take it the polls closed

Au contraire ! Hollywood shows unusual cunning...

Release of Battleship was delayed until after the El Reg poll closed.


Count me in with the tasteless crowd (somewhat)

Once you get over the fact that Hollywood cannot reliably make good SF it ain't bad.

Avatar... Great fun

WotW... Once you get past over the smaltz it's not a bad adaption

And most shocking I like all the Matrix movies (sorry)

But Battlefield Earth (overly long like most opera) and The Postman (a bit sentimental, sorry Brin) are best done in your own head

What is really sad is the humungous skipload of great SF which would make storming movies.

I ain't going to list it here. You know who I mean or you wouldn't be reading this topic.

The Beeb adaption of HHGTTG stands unassailed BTW

Boffins tout solar efficiency boost


Re: UK could work out a way to harness all that kinetic energy from falling rain

Indeed, hydro-electrics, but most of the electricity is needed in the flat, dry bits of the country

So, what IS the worst film ever made?


I was reading this thread last night...

...and had to get myself a beer because it was just like being down my local !

Can I say that liked to bit in Highlander 2 when SC flogs his earring to the huffy tailors.

Doesn't save the film of course.

Have not yet seen it but I suspect that Disney just ruined John Carter.

Stolen iPad leads to 780lb crystal meth seizure


At last...a valid use for iPad

"Did they find the iPad?"

I suspect that the drugs bust distracted the police a little.

Lego readies kit for Minecraft lovers


What Minecraft needs is a 3D printer driver



We played at lunchtime in ye olde british electronics co.

Some folk would actually get quit cross when the little buggers fell to their death.

Apple expels serial hacker for publishing iPhone exploit


No rough play !

Love the "Now play nicely kids" comment in the last sentence of the article

Can general relativity explain the OPERA neutrino result?


Don't confuse science with scientists

See if I can get this right :-)

The old duffers say.

1) It's bollocks

2) It's not bollocks but it's irreproducible

3) It's brilliant and I have always stated that it was

The very nature of peer review means that it's open to abuse by

folk who are emotional, envious and/or unimaginative but that does not invalidate the process.

There is a great story about the bloke who proposed Tectonic plate theory.

He was repeatedly vilified by his peers who then led a candle-lit procession

of contrition to his widow's house when the theory was proved correct.