* Posts by DanceMan

603 posts • joined 17 Aug 2009


Firefox to adopt Chrome's new approach to extensions – sans the part that threatens ad blockers


Re: Forking Firefox ?

I've been using a fork, Pale Moon, but recent changes in its code have eliminated most of my key extensions, which were already limited to ones developed up to about FF24. I've been looking at Vivaldi as a replacement (well aware it's based on Chromium code.)

Chinese rocket plunges into Indian Ocean, still lands sharp rebuke from NASA


Chinese controlled teritory

Currently being expanded to include all the seas and Taiwan.


Re: Perhaps,

"bits of spent rockets" landing in China

Surprised the debris wasn't arrested and charged with spying.

You can listen right here to the whir of a robot helicopter flying on an alien world


Re: Duty Free on Mars ?

or fags

Tough to keep one lit with little or no oxygen.

Börk returns to its spiritual home of Sweden as duff disks take down Stockholm signage


Swedish Chef comment

If you enabled closed captioning on the Swedish Chef, how would it read?

Yes my mind is weird.

Five years after US promised crackdown on ticket-snaffling bots, the first prosecutions are in... and are a slap on the wrist


Ticketmaster and Live Nation

Merged. Live Nation is not only a concert promoter, it owns venues, owns festivals, owns an artist management company. You can have a show in which the artist, promoter, venue and ticket seller are all owned by one entity.

Parler games: Social network for internet rejects sues Amazon Web Services for pulling plug on hosting


Re: Why are so many Americans so clueless about their own constitution?

Trump: "I love the poorly educated."

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Having recently watched a detailed doc on Hitler/s rise to power I was waiting for the Reichstag fire, but Trump couldn't even get that right. You burn or blow up Congress at night and blame it on the opposition, not incite a bunch of losers to invade it. Thankfully Trumpolini can preen like Il Duce, but he's neither as smart or as capable as his predecessors.

Chuck Yeager, sound barrier pioneer pilot, dies at 97


from the PBS documentary “Chasing The Moon”:

”Chasing the Moon’s discussions of astronaut selection and early PR campaigns for Apollo highlight the overlooked story of Ed Dwight, a fighter pilot who nearly became the first African American astronaut. Dwight had an outstanding military record, and the Kennedy administration was keen for NASA to have an African American astronaut. After passing his medical exam, Dwight was sent to Chuck Yeager’s flight school, the testing ground for potential astronauts. According to Dwight and a later investigation from the White House, Yeager pulled all the instructors into a room and ordered them not to speak to Dwight, not to interact or provide advice to him, and not to socialize with him outside of the base. Yeager’s reason was that he didn’t want ‘a colored guy’ to be an astronaut.”

UEFI malware rears ugly head again: Kaspersky uncovers campaign with whiff of China


Does this mean that flashing the bios with a clean updated bios would remove the hack? If so it's a good argument for updating bios.

Shine on you crazy diamond: We don't know who needs to hear it but NASA's explained the weird shape of the Bennu asteroid


Will the next mission include a robotic dustpan and broom?

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit


Re: The House of Lords

@ Simon Hobson

Agree completely. In Canada there was a movement among Conservatives to elect our presently appointed Senate. As with many ideas of the right imported from down south and unable to learn from history, this does not work. The US Senate was originally appointed and only later elected. It is now the area of gov't where lobbyists have their greatest impact. And in a rapidly changing world it's an impediment to gov't being able to move quickly and react to that change.

China slams President Trump's TikTok banned-or-be-bought plan in the US

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Re: So you've missed out the big detail.

Upvoted for the Foghorn Leghorn reference.

Google allowed to remember search results to news articles it was asked to forget. Good


Ghicx Fix Links Nix

G(erman) H(igh) C(ourt)

Well, I tried.

It's the one with an ancient copy of Variety in the pocket.

After banning Chinese comms bogeyman, UK asks: Huawei in this mess? It was a failure of capitalism, MPs told



I don't think the real issue is backdoors, or cost. If you look at the imprisonment of the two Canadians and the Chinese violation of the "two systems" agreement in Hong Kong, the real issue should be handing vital 5T infrastructure to a company with such close ties to a gov't that will not respect agreements or international norms. For that matter the same might be said of Cisco as long as Trump remains in power.

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good


Olympus were special

For me it was not in the way pretty much everyone here has written about. I went from Miranda to budget Nikon in SLR in the years I developed and printed my own B&W but I bought an Olympus 35RC to have a compact camera I could keep with me, and later the wonderful Olympus Stylus. Full frame 35mm in a small package that had no competition now has understandably been wiped out by camera phones. Technology has destroyed their niche.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Re: The difference is, unlike Widows

Widows, that may be prophetic.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

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It may not be be TYOLOTD, but it''s been my year since I discovered MX linux, and interestingly the main two are on a Thinkpad T410 and a Lenovo M58 SFF. I'd tried linux occasionally for 10 or 15 years on old hardware but Win 8 and 10 pushed me harder. Linux handles wireless and ethernet drivers better than Windows these days. I don't game and thus don't have experience with video gpu's other than the chipset versions. I'm very happy and learning to deal with the occasional command line tasks.

My reading tells me that for linux to make the big jump, it has to have a Domain and Exchange alternative and a way to run actual MS Office. For one example, my union used to use a spreadsheet with complex macros for estimating payrolls that would never have run in Open Office. The vast majority of people will run whatever came on their machine. I note tv ads recently promoting Chromebooks. As long as linux support remains at the current level, I'm quite happy running a somewhat obscure OS.

You're not getting Huawei that easily: Canadian judge rules CFO's extradition proceedings to US can continue



"Ms Meng's lawyers will continue to work tirelessly to see justice is served."

Justice has a different meaning in China.

Turns out Elon can't control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch


I hope they're not using Autopilot.

Somewhere, way out there, two black holes, one large and one small, merged. And here on Earth, we detected the gravitational wave blast


1.9bn to 2.9bn light years away from us

My tiny human brain has a problem comprehending this.

As nice as Pai: FCC chairman comes out in favour of Ligado Networks' 5G proposal, despite criticism from airlines and military


The US industry watchdog

The US industry lapdog

Fixed it for you.

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet


Re: An alternative measure for social distancing

In Canada, a bit longer than one hockey stick. And since hockey, if anyone gets too close, hit them with it, So Canadian!

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner


Re: probably smelling the scents

Makes scents to me.

Tencent is now bigger than Cisco and Lenovo – and predicts this virus thingy will help it get bigger still


Re: looking forward to them being put forward for hearing loss tests.


What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING


Re: unpacking order...

Gaff tape is not duct tape, as anyone who's tried to remove the ungodly mess duct tape leaves knows only too well.

FYI: When Virgin Media said it leaked 'limited contact info', it meant p0rno filter requests, IP addresses, IMEIs as well as names, addresses and more


No longer a Virgin mediz?

Now that it's been penetrated.

RIP Freeman Dyson: The super-boffin who applied his mathematical brain to nuclear magic, quantum physics, space travel, and more

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Watch the video

Fascinating comments about WWII at the beginning and about nuclear energy near the end. Kudos for including that.

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick


Re: Tlmlng Belt

Engines are either interference designs (valves hit pistons if belt fails) or non-interference designs (tow the car in for belt replacement.) Porsche 944's being parted out are often due to belt failure (interference design.)

Tech can endure the most inhospitable environments: Space, underwater, down t'pit... even hairdressers


Re: Hair today, Goon tomorrow

Ack, ack, ack, ack!

Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC


Alice in Wonderland

We've gone down the rabbit hole and down is up. And the powers that currently be keep telling us that down IS up. And half the populace agrees with them.

The BlackBerry in your junk drawer is now a collectors' item: TCL says no more new keyboard-clad phones


A somewhat obscure alternative

My son got a Unihertz Titan and gave me one as well to replace my old Q10. It's like a large Q10, on Android. I will miss the Hub.

Protesters backing Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou during her US extradition hearings were 'duped paid actors'


Meanwhile in Richmond

Earlier during the HK protests a grandfather in Richmond (Vancouver suburb heavily Chinese) passed around a loyalty to the regime paper for the younger family members to sign. The community has always been divided. Years ago the Chinese Benevolent Association was known to be allied with the Chiang Kai-shek Nationalist faction.

The older Vancouver Chinese community was primarily Cantonese from Quandong province.

Microsoft engineer caught up in sudden spate of entirely coincidental grilling of Iranian-Americans at US borders


Not just Iranian-Americans

There's an Iranian-Canadian community locally, many in North Vancouver, They were also detained at the border (made the local news) for about 7 hours for daring to want to take a family outing to Seattle. Ever occur to the brainless CBP that these people may have wanted to get the hell out of Iran given it's current gpv't? Some of these people were among the dead in the 737 crash.

Medical biz LifeLabs fesses up: Hackers slurped 15 million customer records – and we paid them to hand it all back


Fire the CEO

This idiot could not say, two or three weeks after the incident, whether the data had been encrypted. I'm sure the IT guys had some idea about how to safeguard data, but the responsibility for this lies with management, the head of IT and those above him. If the CEO is so clueless he doesn't know this that long after the hack, he needs to go. First for incompetence and second to begin sending a message to others to take this seriously. The frequency of these losses is a stark reminder that CEO's have learned nothing to date.

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room


Re: unprotected master shut down buttons

A small arena used for rock shows I work in had a new led house light system installed. As a backup for the mini-controller hidden in a room under the seating there were two ordinary wall switches located in a vomitory* just above head height. They could instantly kill or bring up the house lights. Said vom also led to the only men's washroom in the building, They were enclosed in a box maybe a year later, thankfully without incident.

*Definition of vomitory

: an entrance piercing the banks of seats of a theater, amphitheater, or stadium

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired


Re: Stock images

I've read that the Swedes were a little upset about the Swedish Chef. I loved Dudley Do-right and was not the least upset. Why? I've dealt with the RCMP and Dudley only needed a bad attitude to fit right in.

US and China wave white flags, hit pause button on trade war


Reality is optional

A significant proportion of the population support a politician who tells them what they already believe, whether it's true or not. And with Faux News reinforcing those beliefs, you can re-elect a Trump, no matter what's really true.

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


The Impermanence of wiring

The ex and I had a house built around 1984 and I did a bunch of low-voltage wiring before the walls were drywalled (covered.) By now all of it has been super-ceded by newer standards. The 75 ohm coax for cable tv is now a heavier gauge, cat5 has replaced the old untwisted telephone wire, and surround sound arrived after I'd run zip cord for speaker wiring, so no rear speaker wires. The zip cord for alarm and intercom has become cat5 standard.


Re: DIY gone mad!

My first house in Vancouver was a 1939 one-bedroom that had one outlet per room. 60 amp mains, knob and tube wiring, built by a fire captain whose widow lived in the house next door.

A short note to say I'm off: Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time


Re: Tea Kettle

I have an even better story. At one of our local arenas, they discovered that one of the cleaners had been cleaning the pots in the crew room coffee maker with the same brush he used to clean the toilets!

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


Re: another government IT project

Sounds like Phoenix.

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record


"drifting to the right"

It's a gov't project?

WhatsApp slaps app hacker chaps on the rack for booby-trapped chat: NSO Group accused of illegal hacking by Facebook


"Because pedophiles"

Of course.

Sussex Police gives up on £790k Gatwick drone shutdown probe


Previous occurences

During WW2 in California after Pearl Harbour there were many bogus sightings of Japanese aircraft along the coast.

Multitasking is a myth: It means doing lots of things equally badly


Re: working for the highway department

That's not pavement, it's temporary sewer cover!

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?

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Re: last-mile-people are getting bad

Here in Vancouver and the neighbouring Burnaby the north-south streets begin numbering at the north end. but there are a couple of bubbles further north of the zero start cross street, so those addresses are 123 XXX Avenue North (Canada Post mandated order). When I began getting Newegg deliveries by Purolater, the tracking would show "querying address" several times then back to the depot, where I would have to pick it up. The inexperienced driver was seaching for 123 XXX Avenue a block away, unaware of the north-south divide. I had to change my address with Newegg to 123 North XXX Avenue to solve the issue.

That issue solved, even with a notice taped to the door saying "I'm home, okay to drop, but please ring the bell," the bell is never rung.

Divert the power to the shields. 'I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!'


Re: Wires held together with toothpaste tube caps

Called "Marrettes" locally. They have a copper spiral inside and when properly installed the wires being joined are wound around each other tightly as well as all being in contact with the copper spiral of the marrette.


Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs


422 comments? Don't have enough popcorn

Despite the title, it's a serious topic. No industrialized country is doing enough.

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date


Re: overflowing with techno-garbage

2005 Toyota Matrix twice has stranded me because the electronic control system decided the battery did not have enough voltage. Despite a manual transmission it could not be bump started because the management system would not switch it into "run" mode.



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