* Posts by John 110

491 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009


Publishers sue to shut down books-for-all Internet Archive for 'willful digital piracy on an industrial scale'

John 110

Re: But what about...


The author (if he's lucky enough to be still alive) gets nothing from second-hand book sales so your argument is a bit daft really...

John 110

Re: It's really quite simple

"... if it's out of print then tough..."

I was going to just downvote you, but decided to do this instead.

In this age where storage is cheap and plentiful, there is no excuse for anything to be out of print (read unavailable). Yes, there was for print editions, they are bulky and expensive to store - authors of my acquaintance have pallets of their books in the garage that they rescued from publishers who otherwise would have pulped them - and have a shelf life unless they were printed on acid free paper, but digital versions of books should be eternal. An author going out of fashion is no reason to prevent interested readers from obtaining a copy of the book.

Out of print isn't tough, it's negligence.

John 110

But what about...

...books that are unavailable any other way than as unlicensed electronic downloads? Surely authors should welcome the exposure (yes, I know about the "for the exposure" scam) if their publisher is no longer making the work available, I have often chased a book by a favourite author only to discover that the only way to get a copy is to download it.

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution

John 110


Don't forget that a big problem was Microsoft moving to the proprietary C fonts in Office necessitating other office suites to either license or substitute. (and yes, the default LO Liberation fonts are a bit ugly...)

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally

John 110
IT Angle

Re: It went down before 1700

...Then it was up and down like a thing that goes up and down a lot....

I think the phrase you're groping for is "a hoors drawers"

Fright at the museum: Bored curators play spooky Top Trumps on Twitter over who has the creepiest object

John 110

one upmanship...

A colleague, who looked after IT for the local Histopathology lived in a cubby hole, that to get to, you had to go through the viewing gallery for the autopsy suite, then past the shelves full of stuff pathologists had kept "because they were interesting"...

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

John 110

Re: Savagery?


"Pineapple on a pizza is the sign of true greatness."

or that you're pregnant...

Feeling hot, hot, hot... in British Columbia? In December?

John 110


...there's a Due South box set? Does it come in PAL?

Ever dream of being an astronaut? Now’s your chance. NASA wants new people for the Moon and Mars

John 110
Thumb Up

I'm pretty old...

...but I've had my appendix out, will that do instead of all those pesky discriminations?

Good folk of Forfar: Alan Hattel would like you all to know he's not dead despite what it says on his tombstone

John 110

Re: El Reg slipping

Do I have to be the first pedant to point out that Forfar isnae in Fife?

To catch a thief, go to Google with a geofence warrant – and it will give you all the details

John 110
Big Brother


Does no-one else remember Bob Shaw's "Light of Other Days" where the authorities know who committed the crime due to mass surveillance, but didn't want to admit to that, so they ask a sleuth to solve the crime for them.

They already know who did it, they just don't want to admit how they know, so...blame Google...

Help! I'm trapped on Schrodinger's runaway train! Or am I..?

John 110

You utter basratd!!

That was only half an IT Crowd story, now I'll have to hunt down the rest!!!

A Notepad nightmare leaves sysadmin with something totally unprintable

John 110

Re: That triggered a memory...

"You can retrieve the OS from its own recycle bin?"

As long as the bin hasn't been emptied...

John 110

Re: rewarded for failure

A month after I retired, I went to our group IT Christmas night out. I was persuaded to trundle along to the Trust IT night out after the meal. Most of the Trust guys, I knew by name or had phoned/emailed. A disconcerting number came up to me and said "oh YOU'RE John110"

John 110

Re: That triggered a memory...

I naively told someone who should have known better "you've inherited this computer, so just delete files that aren't yours..."

That was when I worked out how to retrieve the operating system from a windows 95 recycle bin when windows wouldn't boot... (well it was either that or explain to IT support how dumb I'd been)

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

John 110

Re: you mean by hand?

A centrifugal storage device was what we bought when we needed an extra floppy dive for our Apple IIe

Close the windows, it's coming through the walls: Copper Cthulu invades Dabbsy's living room

John 110
IT Angle

I feel your pain...

...regarding people's housekeeping habits. I worked in a teaching hospital (before the retirement fairy visited), the practical part of a medical school -- Training the next generation of doctors, nurses etc. They have had to replace the carpets in the foyer three times because of chewing gum embedded in it (finally, they just tiled the stairs and they get somebody in in the summer to steam it all off). Who spits chewing gum onto a carpet!! Especially who with the levels of intelligence and qualifications required to be a Doctor spits chewing gum onto a carpet!!!

And as for tea-rooms. My particular place of employment was a Microbiology lab. Every six months, a nice lady would go through the fridge and empty out the hairy sandwiches and vastly out of date yoghurt and juice cartons and send a group email reminding people to wash the stuff in the sink, don't just dump it there. (She's retired, so goodness knows who does it now)

Email! HUH! Yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing...

John 110

Re: What a string of cockups

"....This is why you have automated scripts that run on a daily basis...."

That's what you would do now, back then when everything was run out of our garage, we fudged it together and hoped for the best, like "Jon" did...

Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++'s GitHub: 'Free Uyghur' release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese

John 110

Re: Why do businesses try to avoid politics?

And of course the Right are just perfect (Johnston Farage Rees-Mogg etc)...

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people

John 110

Re: Ha

You're an idiot. Language can be colourful and expressive without having to be offensive, although it does require a bit more thought and imagination...

The safest place to save your files is somewhere nobody will ever look

John 110

"...f you dropped one in, you knew instantly what you had done..."

AFTER you've done it - how useful!

Watch out! Andromeda, the giant spiral galaxy colliding with our own Milky Way, has devoured several galaxies before

John 110

Re: There's a simple fix

We could stick a cork in it.

It's possible to reverse-engineer AI chatbots to spout nonsense, smut or sensitive information

John 110

"then you realise it's sunny and that cheers you up."

I thought it was seeing your nice shoes that cheered you up...(that and getting to press the button again...)

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away

John 110

Re: Sticky backed plastic

People think they're hilarious, don't they? One of our "wits" thought that hiding the mouse balls was a brilliant wheeze

Time for another cuppa then? Tea-drinkers have better brains, say boffins with even better brains

John 110

Re: Smarts drink tea or Drink tea makes smarts

Translation difficulties there I think.

A tablespoon isn't for measuring with, it's for putting sugar in your tea and eating cornflakes (other cereals are available) with...

Magnetic cockroaches, dirty money, wombat poo and posties' balls: It's the Ig Nobels 2019

John 110

Re: Two future poop Ig Nobels

The cats that visit our garden aren't fussy where they poop, but I think they get extra points for going where I walk when I take stuff to the bin or washing line.

Are you who you say you are, sir? You are? That's all fine then

John 110

Re: Voice response phone

@Antron Argaiv

I can cope with the fade out for adverts/assurance that your call IS important, but what gets me is when the hold music stops halfway through a musical phrase and starts again from the beginning. The bloody tune never resolves, over and over!

I have no mouth and I must scream: You can add audio to wobbles in latest Windows 10 patch

John 110

"usual bumpf about "updates being of the highest quality ever""

To paraphrase an ex-colleague "It doesn't have to be high quality, it just has to be adequate"

I'll let you lot decide if it's adequate or not...

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?

John 110

Re: At the risk of making myself unpopular

"devices are placed on a conveyor belt running through an oven."

What? Like the pizza oven at my local chipshop?

You know what the NHS really needs? Influencers, right guys? #blessed

John 110

Re: Influencers?

"But I thought the NHS was trying to cure cancer?"

Off Topic:

Biomedical research cures cancer. But it's not in the interests of companies who manufacture anti-cancer drugs that cancer be cured, but just in case a cure is found, they charge as obscenely much as they possibly can for the drugs while there is still a market for them. They also cancel research projects that might help the human race, but eat into their profits if they succeed.

The NHS is trying to cope with toxic capitalism.

I just love your accent – please, have a new password

John 110

Re: A small MSP?

...or at all

John 110

That's the same as the password on my luggage!

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

John 110

Re: Relax

Did you forget the "Joke" icon? Asking for a friend...

John 110

Re: About Time

You might believe it the will of YOUR people, but it's certainly not the will of mine...

PS: Calling Mr Johnson "Boris" like he's a mate just shows how brainwashed you actually are. He doesn't care about you, all he cares about (like his mate, Jacob) is that he stands to make a personal profit out of whatever chaos the country drops into post-Brexit.

Fed-up graphic design outfit dangles cash to anyone who can free infosec of hoodie pics

John 110

Optional title (was: I can't think of anything)

I have a hoodie, but my daughter-in-law says that if I ever wear it with the hood up again, she'll leave, and take my grandchildren with her...

(she said the same when I put my baseball cap on back-to-front...)

NASA trumpets Orion completion as India heads to the Moon

John 110

Re: India is going to the moon with my tax.


You forgot to moan about all that money being spaffed on Scotland and Wales...

Microsoft adds Internet Explorer mode to Chromium Edge, announces roadmap

John 110


"Ha ha ha!

(repeat ad nausium in Nelson Muntz accent)"

For full compatibility with Simpsons mode, that should be:

"Ha Ha!"

I believe

I don't know but it's been said, Amphenol plugs are made with lead

John 110

Re: keeping swappable spares in stock might make sense

"...That said, we've not has a PS die in many a year. Luck?..."

You really shouldn't have said that....

Will that old Vulcan's engines run? Bluebird jet boat team turn to Cold War bomber

John 110

Re: Also Not British

RAF Leuchars in 1970 (or 71) having the shit scared out of us by the Dutch Starfighters (who hadn't gone home at all) as they came over from the back of the crowd on full afterburner. (Health and Safety - they'd heard of it...)

UK's North Midlands hospitals IT outage, day 2: All surgery and appointments cancelled

John 110

Re: First rule of IT systems...

"...Surely health services have a higher priority than slaughtering animals?..."

You would think so, wouldn't you...

DeepNude's makers tried to deep-six their pervy AI app. Web creeps have other ideas: Cracked copies shared online as code decompiled

John 110

Re: Hmm

"...Is there a model that turns humans into sexy lizards and furries? :O..."

Have you seen the Skyrim modding community?

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames

John 110

Good old days

Waaayy back when Excite was the homepage of choice (and 286s ruled the Earth), we had one user who was typing intranet addresses into the Excite search box and getting really shirty when they couldn't be found. She also got really irate (turned red and everything) when I suggested that perhaps she would like a little bit of training on how to use a browser...

I did try to explain the difference between the Intranet and the Internet, but...

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings

John 110

Re: what would you have done with a student who managed to take down the mainframe?

...Wait... did you do that to the people in my lab??

John 110

Re: Run for it!

I thought the preferred method of killing a computer was the old "The next statement I make is a lie..." schtick

Praise the lard! Police hook up with Microsoft to school us on National Phish and Chip Day

John 110

There's something fishy about this whole story...

LibreOffice 6.3 hits beta, with built-in redaction tool for sharing those █████ documents

John 110

Re: List styles

It's open source and welcomes contributions. Go on, fix those bugs!

Register Lecture: The Death of the Gods – through a tweet darkly

John 110

Re: Never mind the quality...

I think you'll find Register Lectures have been a thing for years, and are always promoted on this site

Planes, fails and automobiles: Overseas callout saved by gentle thrust of server CD tray

John 110

Never carried a knife

But I had my toothpaste probed once... (just the toothpaste -- oh, missus)

Buy, buy this American PCIe, drove my PC on the Wi-Fi so the Wi-Fi would fly

John 110

There is a levy, but it's dry...

Personality quiz for all you IT bods: Are you a chameleon or an outlaw? A diplomat or a high flier? Vote right here

John 110

I used to be...

....a Curious collaborator/Diplomat, but as I approach retirement I find myself more as an Outlaw (You gotta know when to fold 'em)



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