* Posts by Geoffrey W

1209 posts • joined 12 Jan 2009

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Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel

Geoffrey W

Re: The Grand Daddy of Modern design

White space? You mean all that white space provided for you to type your pearls of wisdom into? I'm looking at the program on Win10 and see no significant wasted white space. Ahhhh, I bet you mean WordPad. Next comment...

Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy

Geoffrey W

The same thing that the top bit of a headless chicken does _ lie there blinking watching itself running round like a headless chicken.

Geoffrey W

Re: Former government minister sacked for lying

And don't forget, we still have Brexit to come yet; Oh Happy Day! <-- A random Brexit Biff; always good for out of context griping.

Geoffrey W

Re: Former government minister sacked for lying

As far as I'm concerned random Boris bashes are always welcome, in any context. YMMV. With a bit more effort he could become as accomplished as Mr Trump over the water <-- A random Trump thump. Both of them are easy targets these days as neither of them are any use as a leadet in such testing times, perhaps not even in calmer times. Boris is very much a good time Prime Minister. The only good thing I can think of for him is that it's keeping him away from journalism. I think my random comment generator is faulty.

Geoffrey W

Re: Former government minister sacked for lying

Boris and Dominic. Or should that be, in descending order, Dominic and Boris?

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

Geoffrey W

Re: @Def - Yeah but

RE: "...really open your mind..."

The problem with having an open mind, is that others keep putting things into it.

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

Geoffrey W

Re: Damm.

You filthy beast! Suggesting anyone install Apple software on a "normal" PC. Really...Safari...I ask you...bork, bork, bork. Ack!

Geoffrey W

Re: I wouldn't mind so much..

I also hate having to clean my desktop after installing, but with my support hat on, when this didn't happen, the number of calls I got saying "I installed X and I can't find it! HELP!"...

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

Geoffrey W

Re: Simple Response.

I'm not trying for credibility, just stating a strongly held opinion formed over many years of watching this idiot at work, as are you, even if you are hiding said opinion behind an ad hominem. I formed my own opinion by watching and listening to his own words emitting from his own mouth.

I hate the fascist wannabe so stop diverting with silly nitpicks - that's Trumps job.

Geoffrey W

Re: Simple Response.

RE: "And who would that be then? "

Anybody else. Including Mitt Romney or another fucking Bush. Even bloody Death with his scythe doesn't want this bugger so keeps Covid 19 away from him. I would never dream of wishing harm on anyone, but these are not normal times and my laughter would be heard across Tennessee if he ends up in intensive care, either from coronavirus, hydroxychloroquine, or bleach. I don't care - anything would work for me. I utterly detest the bastard and there aren't many I can say that about.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

Geoffrey W

Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

Oh, if only I was a silly little boy, instead of the silly middle aged man of indeterminate age.

RE:"The name of any given thing is pretty much unimportant"

I disagree; you're saying that any word or name could be used for a FOSS project. Ok, lets have The WTF text editor, The Sexist operating system, The Little Fucker graphics program ... Actually that last one may fit judging by the language used by some Gimp users. Not all, I grant you, but...

Names do matter.

Geoffrey W

Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

RE: "...open source community yet"

Especially in their naming skills. Who would ever think The Gimp was a graphics program rather than a deviant (YMMV) practice involving leather masks and safe words.

Geoffrey W

Re: spare disk space

How do you type in the dark? I suppose spelling is less important then.

Geoffrey W

Re: What's next? (@doublelayer)

............(sic) Hint...no words at all. The silence would be lovely.

Geoffrey W

Re: What's next?

If we had no capitals then how would we "spEak You're bRanes"?

Geoffrey W

Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

You're arguing the case for no writing aids at all. No spell checkers. No grammar checkers. No syntax checkers. Nothing, no matter how useful they are, so just turn them all off or configure them the way you like. It's not a nanny, it's a voices off prompter, which you can tell to go away if you want to, or train it to your own writing style - you could tell it that toidi is a correct spelling in your world if you want to. I know, I know...it's Microsoft so nothing is good and all is evil in hell. I don't know why I bother arguing (Yes I do - it's fun when I'm bored.) Oh, and there's another one- Should the period go inside or outside the closing bracket? Is it (blah blah.) or (blah blah). It matters. It does, it does! I promise you it does!

Geoffrey W

Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

Isn't it configurable? Surely you just tell the spell checker to ignore this error? Right mouse click/etc

Geoffrey W

Re: What's next?

No, because now you're just being silly.

Geoffrey W

Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

RE: "Microsoft can go fsck itself if it believes ..."

Steady on old bean, we're only talking about an extra single space here; not the zombie apocalypse, or the ribbon interface.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file

Geoffrey W

Ha Ha Ha...

I love articles like this. It brings out the "Get Off My Lawn!" crowd in hordes.Windows 98 buttons were new back then and many people simply hated them. Everything new is hated...until it isn't. Then there's a new "New" to hate. Honi Soit. Go listen to the morning chorus and talk to the trees and whistle a happy tune; It'll work wonders in the long run.

Geoffrey W

Re: Well I'm glad it's not just me

Battle ship grey every where isn't uniform and dull as washed out?

A chief technology officer in a time of COVID-19: Keep calm and make the most of the whole business suddenly realising how important IT is

Geoffrey W

The post you're responding to has been moderated to the junk pile but, based on the quote you include, from the writing style and opinions expressed therein, I would put good money on it being Mr Bombastic himself. I almost regret Bobs posts being deleted as they provide me some entertainment, in the worst possible way, and a target should I feel a bit vituperative.

Geoffrey W

Re: What about the Foot Soldiers?

Just to spite you.

Geoffrey W

Re: What about the Foot Soldiers?

And I'm not accepting your bleating about healthcare professionals complaining about their conditions. They are dealing all day with death and the chronically sick. If that was me I'd be clinically depressed and mad as hell if I wasn't properly equipped.

As for your last sentence...do you follow medical professionals around taking notes about what they wear in shops? How do you recognise them? The ones with the haggard expressions, red noses, and the haunted look in their eyes? I suppose you are seeing people still in scrubs so that must mean they have just put them on for the purpose of shopping, as opposed to them being too tired to remove old scrubs they have been wearing all day. Your compassion is overwhelming.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

Geoffrey W

Re: "Now they are your best friends? sigh..."

Bob, if your posts are in any way indicative of your behavior IRL, then...See Ya! Been nice reading your insightful comments and measured thoughts. Lets meet up in the next life and compare notes about how it all went down.

Freedom! Freedom! Freedom! It's the American way!

We could all do with a bit of empathy in our systems, says Mozilla as it ships Firefox 75 in the thick of global pandemic

Geoffrey W

Re: I wish they'd stop messing with things that don't need "fixing"!

I'm not being snarky here, but I've been using the new Firefox and didn't even realise the address bar was different, in fact I'm still not sure what's different about it since I don't have the old version anymore. Perhaps you could be explicit about whats different, and particularly what's wrong with it, coz I'm durned if I can see it.

Internet Archive justifies its vast 'copyright infringing' National Emergency Library of 1.4 million books by pointing out that libraries are closed

Geoffrey W

Re: It has been explained many times ...

You totally missed my point and I never said copyright should be perpetual - Life plus a bit at most.

You said if something was unsuccessful then it must be because it was crap. I was making the point that because a work is unsuccessful in the creators time doesn't mean it's crap; ref. Van Gogh

Contrary wise; because something is successful doesn't mean it's good - Have a read of Guy N Smith for proof; or you could just take my word for it and save yourself some pain.

Geoffrey W

Re: It has been explained many times ...

RE: "... it probably wasn't really a very good work then was it?"

I know. Look at that Vincent Van Gogh geezer. He barely made a pittance in his lifetime so he must have been a crap dauber.

Geoffrey W
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Re: It has been pointed out ...

RE: "Have you ever heard an actual author complain about public libraries"

Oh, I have, though I can't recall one at the moment and can't be bothered to search for one. I do remember wondering at the time I saw such a complaint "Why is it always the very big bestsellers who complain most about someone else not paying for their book?" It's as if they can't bear anyone nibbling pennies off their millions. Douglas Preston and/or Lincoln Child, perhaps?

As for the preceding poster...writing novels is not easy (see all the poorly written books self published on Amazon) and most authors, good or bad, don't make enough to live on and need second jobs. It's a microcosm of our current capitalist economy. I know it's a question of scale - they sell a lot of books so make a lot of money - but maybe a new economic model is required for us all. Universal income perhaps? The current economy is like the final moments of a game of monopoly where a single player is about to finally wipe out every one else in the game. It's the basic flaw at the heart of capitalism.

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, we'll keep the red flag flying here. Right on comrades! :-)

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

Geoffrey W

Re: Once again, Social Networks and Work don't mix!

Another internet rule is that no matter the location or subject, people being what they are, crap will be posted and often. My wife is a member of a crotchet group - something to do with "Hookers" which sums up the general tone of the place - and I look on aghast at some of the fights that go on there. Who would ever imagine crocheters could be so unruly?

Geoffrey W

Re: Ah, that old chestnut.

And here's another old logical fallacy chestnut...two wrongs don't make a right. Pointing out the wrongs of another country does not exculpate the wrongs of the original country. Can't we point out the wrongs of all countries? Some of them continuing unabated to the present day. It's a matter of context which country we're criticizing at any given moment. We can criticize Britain on a more relevant occasion, and I know for certain I will. Nothing I like better; just not now.

Beyond JAMstack: Next.js creator on hybrid rendering, TypeScript and Visual Studio Code

Geoffrey W

Re: 'Just drop in this script' to run their ads.

RE: "Does targeted ads even work well"

This question has been asked ever since advertising was invented, in magazines, newspapers, radio, TV. It works.; it's been studied (do your own googling) If it did not work you can bet it would have been dropped long ago. And if random advertising works then you can bet targeted advertising works even better. It's sad but advertising is something I fear we will have to learn to live with. The only escape is if civilization collapses and I think I prefer advertising.

Microsoft throws a bone to those unable to leave the past behind: .NET 5 support on the way for Visual Basic

Geoffrey W

Re: VB.net, not Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

Not sure if I'm misunderstanding your comment but Option Base statements got left behind when VB.NET took over from VB6. It's base 0 or bust.

US telcos tossed yet another extension to keep going with Huawei kit despite America's 'security threat' concerns

Geoffrey W

Re: Swapping out fo...

Quite. There is as yet no hard evidence of Huawei malfeasance, only suspicion, whereas the US CIA, or one of the TLAs, were caught intercepting shipments of networking kit and fitting their own hardware inside it, which is more than a suspicion. Hypocrasy of the highest order, but of course the US are the good guys so whetever good guys do is obviously a good thing. Bah! A pox on them all.

If you're wondering how Brit cops' live suspect-hunting facial-recog is going, it's cruising at 88% false positives

Geoffrey W

I hate being a skeptic but... I think 8 matches with 1 True is far too small a sample size for a success rate of 12.5% to be meaningful. Also, to get a True positive means you need another photo to match against so the fact that out of thousands of faces it only recognized 8, or thought it did, probably means that the Scuffers do not have a vast database of photos of all us potential miscreants and thought criminals. If you don't have a photo in the database then it isn't going to recognize you. The chances of a known naughty just happening to walk past a particular camera in a particular street must be...not very good. Of course this is another baby step in the UK along the road to big brother. Our betters must go to sleep at night praying to the big Scuffer in the sky to wake up in China.

Disclaimer-This comment is a first draft and poorly thought out and may contain errors, factual, logical., or grammatical.

Japan would like to offer 5G firms cheap loans – because subsidies are only bad when Huawei gets them

Geoffrey W

Re: This outrageous!

Airbus' Best Friend Forever is currently Boeing. 10,000 thumbs up from the Europeans!

German taxpayers faced with €800k Windows 7 support bill due to Deutschland dithering

Geoffrey W

Re: So much for German efficiency

IIRC That company wasn't even in the ferry business, leased boats or not, and had no prior experience of ferrying. They could have gotten me for half that price.

In Rust We Trust: Stob gets behind the latest language craze

Geoffrey W

Re: Do...While

VB (I know, I know...)

x = IIF([condition], [True_result], [False_result])

El Reg sits down to code with .NET for Linux and MySQL, hitting some bumps along the way

Geoffrey W

Re: Any MS devs looked at this?

Sabroni asked a very reasonable question, seeking reasonable replies. Do you and Bob have no self control or ability to say nothing? It's tiresome and boring and makes you look faintly ridiculous. It's clear you, at least, do have things to offer to the forums from your apparent long experience, but this is not one of them. We all know the views of both of you by now so can we not take it as read that you are going to say this (again...and again) and you just walk on by with a zipped lip.

Geoffrey W

Re: Any MS devs looked at this?

Translation: I agree with the bad man, even though we've only ever seen the toys in a shop window while running past and trying not to see the nasty things. Our wooden, hand carved, boring, toys are far superior and so are we...

Don't press the red b-... Windows Insiders' rings hit by surprise Microsoft emission

Geoffrey W
Happy

The good news, or bad news - depending on your outlook (no pun intended) - is that the start menu may have been re-designed! Engadget has a story that calls it Hideous! I can't get beyond a short summary and a single photo of it, which I do not much like. For some reason Firefox will not let engadget pages load and I'm not bothered enough to work out why or use another browser. Perhaps someone else can have better luck.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/24/microsoft-leak-redesigned-windows-start-menu/

Anyway...good news for Microsoft nemesises...possibly something new to whinge about!

Rust in peace: Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives once again

Geoffrey W

Re: And when we get shit code in Rust ?

They might find a few buffer overruns that C++ doesn't give a flying one about, and still run as fast as the C++ version. Are you saying that's a bad thing?

Geoffrey W

Re: Hummmmm

If they base their index on number of Google hits, then it seems to me to be more of an index of languages that users most need help with. I suppose it's as good a method as any other completely arbitrary method, short of asking actual developers what they use and how often.

Shrugs. In danger here of getting drawn into vituperative discussions about coding languages, which usually devolve into calling others stupid or screaming faggots, which is something I've been called after saying something mean about C++. I still don't understand why. This was Usenet so I don't know what else I expected. Perhaps coding in C++ is something only real men do, and anyone else must not be real men. God knows how women fare in these circles. But I digress...again...

Geoffrey W

Re: Hummmmm

With all due respect, is an index of the popularity of programming languages (based on a dubious and arguable methodology) really the best way to decide which language to choose for a given project, which is what tiobe propose you do when starting a new project? If I'd done that at any of my previous jobs they'd have slapped me very quickly, and if I did it now I'd slap myself.

Geoffrey W

Re: Hummmmm

Thanks. You and everyone else espousing RUST, not to mention the MS guy, have convinced me to give it a few tire kicks and a test drive. I've been looking at new, to me, languages lately to give my brain a work out, in a constructive way. This might be it! I feel that itch at the back of my head...

Microsoft has Windows 1.0 retrogasm: Remember when Windows ran in kilobytes, not gigabytes?

Geoffrey W

Commentard beware. ElReg is trolling you with that final little survey. Oh, they know you so well, and which buttons to push...

IVE HAD ENOUGH! iQuit. Jobs done. Jony cashes out at Apple to run his own design biz

Geoffrey W

Re: Might be beneficial

RE: "All black UI..."

Already done; ref. rock band and loudest thing in the Universe, Disaster Area, for it is they...

Visual Studio Code 1.35: Remote Development, TypeScript and (sigh) another new icon

Geoffrey W

Re: Some, of course, prefer to stick with the likes of Vim,

A single asterisk? What happens if you want to type an asterisk eg 5 * 2

Geoffrey W

Re: Some, of course, prefer to stick with the likes of Vim,

I'm curious...what is "bracket/brace/paren bouncing"?

I never heard the term or phrase and web search hasn't helped much...so I guess I'll say "huh?" too.

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