* Posts by Mr F&*king Grumpy

53 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Apr 2009


Apple finally adds RCS support after years of mixed messages

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Re: What's wrong with adding a passwords app?

I for one won't be sorry to say "byeeeee" to 1Password, its subscription trap, and its ever expanding bloat. It used to be excellent. Recently its evolving to excrement.

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Writing arithmetic and getting the OS to recognise it as a calculation by writing "=" ? Awesome. It's only taking them 25 years to lift that from NewtonOS. And the owners of NewtonOS should sue!!!

Study finds 268% higher failure rates for Agile software projects

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Re: Incorrect Success Criteria

"As long as it doesn't involve banking or medicine" - or Boeing.

SpaceX accused of paying less to women and minority engineers

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To Be Completed

And there's the side issue that SpaceX is a(nother) company that believes "Technical Writers" are unskilled workers.

When Musk is halfway to Mars and all the red lights start flashing, he's better hope that the EMERGENCY PROCEDURES CHECKLIST was written by a well-paid, valued professional technical writer, not a propulsion engineer....

NASA mistakenly severs communication to Voyager 2

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Re: Auto-correcting antenna aiming! Amazing!

Misaligning the antenna on Voyager 2? Sounds like a entry for the Ultimate "Who, Me?" article....

Military helicopter crash blamed on failure to apply software patch

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"While the ditching of the copter in March was embarrassing, Australia ditched the type"

So was it embarrassing, or was the pilot just obeying orders?

Surely you can't be serious: Airbus close to landing fully automated passenger jets

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At least they didn't try to manufacture a reverse acronym....

Elon Musk to abused Twitter users: Your tormentors are coming back

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Why is Starlink a "brilliant idea"? It's just an iteration on DirecPC and similar 1990s offerings from Eutelsat and Astra. And probably others.

Red Cross seeks digital equivalent of its emblems to mark some tech as off-limits in war

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Re: warning: Pedantry

More to the point, the Red Cross emblem is, er, a Red Cross on a white background. So why show the Swiss flag?

DuckDuckGo's macOS browser hits public beta

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excellent news

DDG browser on iPadOS makes many ad/script-heavy horribly coded sites (e.g. www.independent.co.uk) perfectly usable, when they continually crash or freeze iOS Safari. I look forward to trying it out on the desktop.

India’s latest rocket flies but payloads don't prosper

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Indian developers, releasing stuff that's incomplete or improperly tested PHBs (any nationality) pushing to release stuff too early to meet arbitrary deadlines and trouser their bonuses, I can't believe that could possibly happen.

Fixed that for you....

When product names go bad: Microsoft's Raymond Chen on the cringe behind WinCE

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My two career highs:

- getting an unused bit in ESA satellite telemetry assigned to "loss of sense of humour flag"

- in a Big Bank, getting "Area 51" assigned as the code for calculating a risk parameter with "-X" appended to the name.

bit sad really

I suppose.

Refurb your enthusiasm: Apple is selling an 8-year-old desktop for over £5k

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"The 2013 Mac Pro, we note, lacked USB 3.0, let alone Thunderbolt 3.0"

Which one? Mine certainly has a USB 3.0 bus. Perhaps I got lucky.

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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I imagine the Great British Public will not be asked to come up with name this time....

UK government gives Automated Lane Keeping Systems the green light for use on motorways

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Re: The technology could create around 38,000 new jobs...

Hmm. 42 ?

Has Amazon finally gone cuckoo? Bezos' behemoth turns to crowdfunding for Alexa-powered timepiece

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yeah, and cuckoo clocks are from the Black Forest. Apart from that, all correct.

You know Facebook has an image problem when major nonprofits start turning down donations over political lies

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calibration out of date

"If Trump were to say that, you could be pretty sure he'd be voted out in November." you'd like to think so, wouldn't you? But frankly it doesn't seem unlikely to me.

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: Nowadays Macs don't look different than PCs

No, actually Apple's distinctive designs were (shoddily, usually) copied by everybody else. Practically every laptop on the market now has a design that can be traced back to the PowerBook G4 "Titanium".

Pretty amazing how Apple has got to where it is, given that according to the massed ranks of El Reg Commentardery, everything they've ever done is (a) a shameless copy of some unsung hero company's work, (b) crap, (c) ridiculously overpriced and (d) would never be bought by anybody.

Back in the day I remember desperately trying to hide whenever I encountered my swivel-eyed W95 fan neighbour keen to buttonhole me about why his beige boxes where better than my Mac. Visiting El Reg brings those days back into sharp focus....

Escobar lines up COO... for lawsuit: Controversial bendy phone slinger sues exec over 'missing cash, YouTube hijack'

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what dogs hear

bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla films groups of scantily clad models bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

2020 MacBook Air teardown shows in graphic detail how butterfly keyboards were snipped for scissor switch

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Re: Exactly

all this nerdy stuff about "speccing uo an equivalent machine" ...

what would somebody like me, who has been using Apple products since the early 90s, and has a very considerable tangible investment in software licenses, not to mention a less tangible but equally valuable investment in acquiring knowledge of how the hardware, OS, supplied and third party software work have to gain by switching to a slightly cheaper, slightly more powerful, and most likely less reliable alternative when this would mean pretty much throwing away all that acquired knowledge?

I get the impression that a considerable amount of people here are far more into the gear than actually using it. And sure, even today, if that's what floats your boat, in the Windows/Linux world there's far more scope for fiddling with gear than in the Apple world.

Side note - my "corporate" machine is a Windows PC. At present a quite pleasant HP EliteBook. I've gone through 4 laptops in 8 years, generally replaced because fixing various software-based slowdowns was considered too challenging. My 2013 MacBook Air is still humming along quite happily. Just one data point.

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump

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Merkin vs. Merkin

Damn. I've run out of popcorn.

Listen up you bunch of bankers. Here are some pointers for less crap IT

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Re: practical advice from the sidelines

-set impact tolerances for each important business service, which quantify the maximum tolerable

level of disruption they would tolerate;

-take actions to be able to remain within their impact tolerances.

"hope that helps"

Oh Heavens no! Your suggested phrase is almost complete devoid of bullshit Bankspeak. That won't do at all.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

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hang on a moment...

to be fair, a lot of "Cloud" stuff especially (but not only) on mobile devices _does_ get saved automatically, even when you don't want it too, and I can see why people might make the association "cloud" - "don't need to save anymore". It's a new paradigm thingy! And of course Office 365 is just a collection of variously shaped objects hammered into different shaped holes, with plenty of Marketing lavishly spread over to cover the chasms and glue it together.

But let's blame the user, eh. After all that's the first thing we reach for in IT.

Box shifting on the Moon? Lunar payloads on Amazon Prime

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Oh, I forgot to put a title in

I worked on Gen 1 satellite internet in the 90s with Eutelsat, Hughes-Olivetti, Astra, etc and back then technical issues deriving from geostationary orbit latency and backhaul (with Eutelsat it was actually via satellite) made it a (poor & expensive) solution in search of a problem that was rapidly going away. In a few very specialised cases it almost made sense. Even with lower orbit constellations it seems like the markets that could most benefit will be the least likely to afford it. I'm sure Bezos, Musk et al make a very convincing Powerpoint pitch.... but so did Hughes-Olivetti.

Brouhaha over IBM using Flickr faces for AI training, big trouble in not-so-little China for Microsoft, and more

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Re: Ts & Cs

Next time you read the T&Cs, Mr Lusty, (since you appear to enjoy it so much), try using your reading glasses. Creative Commons is optional and Flickr pastes huge warning notices all over it. Personally I cannot see any reason to specify a CC license unless you want to ingratiate yourself to the freetards. It used to be very cool to do so back in the Web 2.0 days. Oh, and note that the CEO of Creative Commons himself has stated that IBM did absolutely nothing wrong. I'm sure the Regtards also are fully aware that the term "scraping" in this context is just plain wrong, but since when did the Register let truth get in the way of a good troll ? Pah!

Liz Warren: I'll smash up Amazon, Google, and Facebook – if you elect me to the White House

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"socialist" is an insult

"socialist" is an insult" --- c'mon, most Merkins think "Liberal" is an insult. While banging on about how JESUS is their LAWWWDDD.

The whole country is a irrecoverable basket case.

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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and... and.... the GOLD ones AREN'T REALLY GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe

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Cost argument doesn't make sense

The 30% that developers pay to Apple and _allegedly_ recoup includes distribution and (partial) marketing costs. If the App Store did not exist, or if there were alternative App Stores, the requirement and cost of designing, installing and maintaining a distribution system would not go away. I don't see much grounds for claiming that in a non App Store world consumer pricing would necessarily be lower... And small publishers would have severe problems getting any traction at all.

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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Build a wall!

"An obvious way to enforce GDPR for foreign websites that refuse to comply is blocking them at country level, or even blocking them in the whole EU."

Yes, I'm sure China would be happy to provide consultancy on how to achieve that...

Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

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Grammar Gremlins

Evidence suggests, that El Reg has a bakground script running to ensure that any pedantic grammer Nazi alert has too include at least one grammer mistake wrong punctuation and several speling errors.

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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I was almost convinced

@RobertLongshaft -- It's a pity - and rather revealing - you needed to devalue your otherwise rational discourse with that childish "Barry" slur. Otherwise you might have provided food for thought. Still, just as well that uppity chap is around to blame for everything, isn't it ?

Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

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deja vu

Well that's interesting. I was part of a 3-person team that did exactly the same thing for ESA's ERS-1 in 1991.

How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized phones, forever

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SE is more than large enough

The iPhone 4 was the peak for me. If the SE size gets dropped, then I'll be an ex-iPhone customer.

Astronomers find bizarre 'zombie supernova' that just won't die

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" ...repeated explosions that may even repeat over decades before one final colossal outburst" - sounds just like my career path.

Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Brexit means Brexit

I'm sure El Reg scribes know full well that ESA has nothing per se to do with the EU, but they can't help themselves from descending to Sun-levels of trolling.

Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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when I were a lad

Pre-1998 is covered by a hefty tome called "Apple Design - The Work of the Apple Industrial Design Group". Can't remember how much it cost but it was a normal price for its size. It is full of information on the design of everything from the original Mac to the 20th Anniversary Mac, including many projects that never got into production. Lots of photos, but a lot of dense text too. It actually has real educational value for product design and product and software usability students.

Full of ideas, inventiveness and originality, including some awesomely daft ideas.

The total reverse of today's Jonny Ive's self-inflating fluff.

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Game, Set & Match to the Vultures

Well, I'm a long time Apple customer, and I can't say that I regret that, although as things stand I can't see anything they offer that appeals to me, or would, when my 2008 MacPro finally gives up (yes, 2008 - that's why I like(d) Apple products)

But Apple, the Company, well, really a bigger bunch of self-important narcissists would be pretty hard to find. Probably impossible. Certainly not outside of California.

And this thread is just hilarious. Alan Hely, if you're reading this - no, of COURSE you're reading it, it's about YOU after all - I do hope you've got enough self-awareness to realise how totally ridiculed you have been.

Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals

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Since when is The Loop an official Apple PR channel ? How credible is this, anyway ?

Climate change made sea levels fall in 2010 and 2011

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huh ? Have I woken up in a parallel universe ? Did Lewis Page post an article touching on climate change without twisting the facts to suit the denialist agenda ? A thoughtful, intelligent commentary ? Am I dead ? Is this heaven ?

Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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Re: No need to predict...

never mind "borders on", it would break Swiss law, full stop. In fact it would be a criminal offence. But only in the card holder is domiciled in Switzerland and the credit card is issued in Switzerland.

ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...

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'There is no scientific consensus' on sea-level rise, say scientists - no, actually they didn't. They said there is no consensus on the drivers behind ice sheet melting.

Of all the Denier tossers venting garbage on the internet, this Page guy really takes the biscuit. The Register really is way, way beyond its sell by date.

Europe: OK, we'll 'backload' carbon emissions - but we'd better not lose big biz

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"However, the fact that almost everyone who IS an expert in climate science accepts anthropogenic climate change to be the best working hypothesis is pretty important here no?"

They may accept it but they don't necessarily jump to alarmist conclusions - they leave that to the agenda-led tosspots on either side. Unfortunately climate science has done a deal with the devil - enhanced funding and high attention from politicians - at the price of having every result, publication and statement shamelessy miquoted and exagerated by politicians and careerist "experts" on both sides of the fence, not to mention nutjob ecofreaks and deniers. There isn't a snowball's chance in Hell of the actual facts, and indeed unknowns, getting heard now.

NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

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Well, just don't look then

"Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice"

So, if we don't spot it, we're ok ? Fab.

Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

Mr F&*king Grumpy

Google Reader killed off all the competing RSS aggregators through anti-competitive behaviour, and now they're pulling it ?

Oh, and with Snapseed Desktop they're quietly beginning to axe the NIK products they acquired, too.

I'm with Adolf on this one.

Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

Mr F&*king Grumpy

and a few outliers...


The Man Who Fell To Earth


The Prestige (since people insist that Christopher Priest writes sci-fi...)

K-Pax, even ?

Mr F&*king Grumpy

+1 for Twelve Monkeys

C'mon, you cannot NOT have12 Monkeys!!! With Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis forced into totally atypical roles by Gilliam. And... sigh.... deep, deep sigh... Madeleine Stowe.

Or go for La Jetee for beard-stroking points.

Austrian village considers a F**king name change

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Surely it was "Sir Vivian Fuchs off to Antarctic" ?

There's a Buggeru in Sardinia.

Steve Jobs unveils 30% subs model for ... everything

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Credibility. Have you heard of it ?

"It's almost certainly going to be too much for Amazon, who may discontinue their iOS Kindle app"

huh ? Amazon already provides their own payment platform. Do you have a source for this, is it pure provocative invention (as usual) ?

Guardian super-blogger flames Reg boffinry desk

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omg, we're all gonna die

Actually, "Beaker" (as in Muppet) is much more likely to wind up scientists than "Boffin".... (I speak from experience)

Inevitable Mac OS X 10.6.4 update problems surface

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This is getting REALLY tedious

"A MacBook Pro lost Internet access"

"A". One. Singular.

FFS, grow up.