* Posts by gerdesj

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Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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Windows

Edgy

"Other notable improvements in this version included browser tabs ... Edge ... appearing during Alt+Tab navigation"

There are a few problems with this: Some of my colleagues open so many tabs that you can barely see them. No one I know uses Edge.

Someone must be bricking it: UK govt website for first-time home buyers snapped up for £40,000 after left to expire

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Gimp

Re: Cultural issue

We had a thruppenny bit so let's see what a four penny bit would become: foppnny or perhaps fappnny!

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Megaphone

You spread the CC like butter with a knife and dollop jam on top with a spoon like a Devonian.

I'm half Devonian but I lived in Plymouth for several years (PP, PSW, UP and townie) which meant that I sometime got ambivalent thoughts about the subject. After enough self flagellation with a huge pasty (top crimp of course), I soon recovered.

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Windows

Re: There is a third option:

*Sigh* Post pub neck filler test engaged.

Oh bollocks, no pubs.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Childcatcher

Re: Poxy Greys

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37949557

"What we're trying to tease out now is did the squirrels get leprosy from people and have just been carrying it ever since, or in fact does it work the other way round - were humans originally infected from squirrels?"

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

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Re: Better alternative, skip MS

"ZZ"

ESC :wq!

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Gimp

"you need really, really good screens to replace reading the dead trees."

We do have access to really decent screens these days for not much money.

(I have only just sent a 19" Sony LED monitor off to an unrepentant retro re-user after 15+ years of use. It was one of the early "flat" panels at about 3" thick. Cracking piece of kit and a snip at ~£1,700)

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Windows

"or or one furlong by one chain."

One furlong by one rod (pole or perch.) Oxen are easier to prod with a rod than a chain. A chain is what a surveyor used to use for measuring length.

Tens of millions of Internet-of-Things, network-connected gizmos at risk of remote hijacking? Computer, engage shocked mode

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Childcatcher

lol

VLAN and a properly configured firewall.

I have several VLANs at home. There's THINGS (802.1Q tag: 15) for the usual IoT stuff and there's SEWER (Tag: 16) for stuff that scares me even more. SERVERS, LAN, MANAGEMENT, PHONES and a few others are obvious, along with DMZ, DMZ2 and more. There's also a ROFLCOPTER VLAN (tag: 22). That's for the wife and her laptop. Her laptop sports Arch Linux and has done for about eight years now.

Anyone who wants to improve their sysadmin fu should try to please their SO first (lol, fnar). If you want to play with IoT and Home Automation etc then get it approved by the Boss. Think you can do Internets? Ask the Boss. Want to mess around with web proxies and MitM? Get the Boss to test the end experience.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Megaphone

Re: @AC - Amen

Gosh is it that time already?

Look out chaps, the Yanks have woken up. They are all dressed up as Guy Fawkes and have not taken their dried frog pills.

The UK's favourite lockdown cheese is Big and Red but doesn't require a stinking great audit after consumption

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"But the worst cheese in the world is mild cheddar"

You haven't faced the choice of "Would you like American, Cheddar or Swiss?" All three taste the same and differ only in colour. The taste starts off bland and rapidly runs behind a sofa and hides.

I live near Cheddar Gorge and it's not right what some of them do to cheese over there ...

BBC voice assistant promises to summon streams even if you're just a little bit Brahms and Liszt

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Alien

"OK Beeb" not "Whats up Buck?" Besides, Twiki will be an American robot in roughly 500 years time.

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Gimp

Mockney

If you are going to mess around with Mockney, for God's sake get the experts onto it: Dick Van Dyke.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Childcatcher

Terminals could wrap at 80 chars but centre justify, just like modern web pages.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Mushroom

Re: Crossing the International Date Line/Equator

When I was a lad it was German Starfighters that did that, sadly.

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

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Windows

"the problem is email, not people."

No, surely it's their keyboards or perhaps their hands. That's it: cut off their hands.

Windows invokes Sgrîn Las Marwolaeth upon Newport

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Gimp

Llundain

How on earth did London manage to sprout a voiceless alveolar lateral fricative? It has had names like Londinium and Lundonwic in the past but never Ll...

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Re: 8.3

"flashbacks to a bygone era "

lol, rofl etc. Now try to get to grips with punchcards as programming. A lace doily is not just something your grandmother puts on the table to avoid your tea cup spoiling the varnish on her mahogany in a decorative way. You still spill and fuck up anyway.

... anyway a lacie is also a punch card, fully punched. It can bring a punch card operated system to its knees. lol, rofl etc

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Gimp

Micros~1

It is simply the name of the company. Only the display format has changed and that according to their own rules.

Genius.

Australians can demand visitors to their homes run contact-tracing app

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Gimp

Can we borrow Tim Watts up here?

He sounds a bit clued up. Our Parliament could do with some witty insightful comments bouncing around it.

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows

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Re: Cheap shot at open source, it's the same with closed source.

If you go full stack open source then when you update the system, absolutely everything gets updated. *BSD, Linux et al will update the whole lot. I wrangle a lot of Windows servers and workstations for many different customers across a lot of industry sectors. Keeping that lot upto date is not much fun. For starters, each application is independent of the OS and may have its own update checker eg Java, or not. Do you even know what all those crufty old runtimes listed in add/remove programs does or if they are still needed? App management on Windows needs SCM or Zenworks or similar to even start to be manageable.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Holmes

Re: Chavs in Hoodies

You don't know what a hoodie or a CHAV are, do you?

Twitter sticks a beak in, Clippy-style: Are you sure you want to set your account alight with that flame?

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Childcatcher

Scunthorpe

Some place names are famous for tripping ill considered "AI".

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Childcatcher

Re: Dreaming up barriers to adoption...

"Trouble is that with a Tory government like this one"

Well at least they managed to get elected which surely shows some form of organisation. What would a shower who can't even manage that do?

RetroPie 4.6 brings forth an answer to 'What do I do with this Pi 4 I bought last year?'

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Windows

Over by my sitting room telly is a C64 and a Quickshot II. the C64 has a SD card connected to it ...

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

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Paris Hilton

Are those n or m spaces?

We could have pwned Microsoft Teams with a GIF, claims Israeli infosec outfit

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Childcatcher

Re: Seems like a lot of hoops

"After doing all of this, the attacker can steal the victim's Teams account data"

Quite often that is their AD user account and password thanks to the convenient hookup between AD and Azure. There are rather a lot of hastily cobbled together remote desktops and so on around the world right now.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Gimp

Re: Epic level of nominative determinism here

... who went on to have a successful Army career. Currently Lt Col RAdm Smith.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Paris Hilton

Re: POTUS Supporters

Now that they are starting to swig and inject bleach we should see the effects of evolution in action. lol

House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly

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Gimp

Jitsi

Jitsi is easy to set up. The firm managed set up the JRS website for furloughing staff in a few weeks. Surely a decent self hosted video conf app is possible when it is already available and been around for over a decade.

Python 2 bows out after epic transition. And there was much applause because you've all moved to version 3, right? Uh, right?

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lol

Python is demonstrating how to do a breaking change. There is no perfect way to do this and you will never get away from someone claiming that they paid for something with promises.

The timescale was adjusted once the scale of the problem was known and in response to reasonable complaints. The timescale was/is a very long time.

Google: We've blocked 126 million COVID-19 phishing scams in the past week

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Jitsi does the same job and so does Big Blue Button. You have options.

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Childcatcher

Re: I'm getting Amazon spam

Have you got any form of anti spam thingie looking at your mail feed? I can recommend Exim for the basics (lol) and a damn fine MTA, backed with rspamd for the heavy spammy check lifting.

VMware finally delivers its K8s and vSphere combo

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Windows

DevOps

vBingo!

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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Gimp

"Scientific evidence is that they're so utterly bonkers that it can only be believed by celebrities and the seriously stupid."

Goop anyone?

Started from the bottom, now we're near: 16 years on, open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape draws close to v1.0

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Childcatcher

RLY?

So I fire up pacman and install it ...

... 5 seconds ...

By default the Y axis starts at 0 at the bottom of the page and heads north in a positive way. Looking in Preferences you can move it and change to an axonometric grid if you like.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Boffin

Re: I suck at FPS...

It's not a controller he's holding - those are his hands, and the little bugger feeds over bluetooth.

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet

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Mushroom

Re: Retrievers?

"but if you were holding cheese he could still look starved"

Ahh yes, Schrodinger's Lab. Not so well known as his cat but just as mysterious. A lab is capable of being hungry and full at the same time. If allowed unchecked, explosion and implosion are possible simultaneously.

Asleep at the wheel: Why did it take 5 HOURS for Microsoft to acknowledge an Azure DevOps TITSUP*?

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Windows

Re: During the meanwhile ...

You are both right, for a given value of right but I'll side with Jake here!

My own bijou cloud at the office has failed to rain for quite some time (years). Actually, even my home phone exchange has downtime measured in minutes (updates) per year and yes I could do better but I can't be arsed with a home PBX cluster: that's ridiculous.

It's not quite as simple as all that. With big cloud you should be able to flex fast in response to huge requests which my little cloud could never manage. My little cloud on the other hand has people who give a shit about named people and their workloads looking out for them. It also has better uptimes for now. Even now I'm running Windows updates on customer systems, some of whom should be doing their own but don't. I do it because I can and my thumbs (and Icinga) twitch. I live next door to a large park and can get out whenever I like 8)

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

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Childcatcher

Re: Used both

"They don't want to use Teams, they want something simple that works with their family and friends too."

Fuck me, have you never heard of a telephone?

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: The whole story smells of being a False Flag effort

It's either our favourite martian or Bob's caps lock key has given up at last and he has to use shift like the rest of us.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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Childcatcher

I find owning everything else, the bank and G4S does the trick - "Go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass Hades or a number 2, give gerdesj a shed load of cash" We have some unusual house rules.

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Re: Let's have a little fun today

I have several 100 demobbed USB dongles on the shelves at work. Now all I need is 100 USB ports.

How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out

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Re: Australian needs

That's only per visit, so no need to cut down on your boozing.

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Don't you have a shower?

Rinse it off in the toilet bowl

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Childcatcher

Re: think out of the box?

Some bugger even nicked the top and the tail of the t in astounding.

What's the difference between Windows 7 and a bin lorry? One is full of garbage, and the other… oh dear

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Gimp

The real borkage ...

... is a Reg hack that can't manage a riff on "My old man's a dustman". Perhaps some rhyming slang that would make even the greatest ever Cockney cringe: Dick Van Dyke.

Come on el Reg or I'll cancel my subscription.

Microsoft corrects '775 per cent cloud usage surge' claim: Big number only applied to Teams and only in Italy

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Linux

Re: Teams

"and the presumptive way it installs itself to launch at startup by default"

I had to go to the AUR to get the bloody thing up and running. Was it worth it? Time will tell.

Internet samurai says he'll sell 14,700,000 IPv4 addresses worth $300m-plus, plow it all into Asia-Pacific connectivity

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Windows

Civilian note

It turns out that IPv6 works OK and dual stack works fine. That /n has absolutely no value whatsoever.

Too late.

Finally – news that something is guaranteed to be healthy and well looked-after for the next six months. That something is Windows 10 1709

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Childcatcher

1709

Why on earth would you want to go back to 2017? This is 2020, three years have passed.

Keep up kids.

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