* Posts by Pigeon

154 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Dec 2009


APNIC: Big Tech's use of carrier-grade NAT is holding back internet innovation


Re: Is that still a thing?

The register keeps cropping up in these discussions. Som 'tards understand more than I do, but these lines from my hosts file could help:

# 2606:4700::6812:eb56 theregister.co.uk via cloudflare nat64

#2606:4700:7::a29f:894f www.theregister.co.uk theregister.co.uk # doesnt work

2606:4700::6812:eb56 theregister.co.uk www.theregister.co.uk

2606:4700::6812:516 theregister.com www.theregister.com

They evolved, and probably depend on where you are located. I am ipv6 only at home, and the address for theregister.co.uk works from the uk. The issues against publicly advertising the AAAA addresses are probably security/log related. We have been warned about forums possibly not working properly.


Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps



All these things are available on ninite.com. Notepad++ and Paint.net. Other handy stuff is also available. I hope you weren't moaning just for the sake of it :)

Microsoft responds to PrintNightmare by making life that little bit harder for admins


Re: Obilgatory....

You mean this https://xkcd.com/149/

Windows 10 to hang on for five more years with 21H2 update


Re: The feeling

+1 - Storm the Capitol!. You are not Mr Hanlon, and I already have five pounds, thank you



A recent youtube by Linus Tech Tips shows that you can change registry settings to disable the hardware compatibility check. Also (I am a windows outsider) you can fudge a W11 install disk that includes your preferences, and make it automatic. The whole game may change on launch day, but MS have enough telemetry to know what they are doing. This is a call to tinkerers and money savers.

Boffins boast of 'slidetronics' breakthrough enabling binary switch just two atoms thick


Re: I have to wonder....

I think each sheet has only one type of atom. So alternating sheets of Boron chickenwire and Nitrogen. Beats me how you make a lattice out of Nitrogen.

Nasdaq's 32-bit code can't handle Berkshire Hathaway's monster share price


You nearly got me there

1 / 7 is not a fair test, since it is an irrational number. I would not be so quick to dismiss python on this basis. 1/10 is a more realistic test.

I think perl6 does some floating point nearly-equally thing with floating point. It calls them Rats. Cobol is probably ok if you put the full stop in after the definition section.

Stealthy Linux backdoor malware spotted after three years of minding your business



I use Devuan, but for a while was alerted when systemd-ish files appeared during package installation. Luckily they are the dried exoskeletons of systemd integration. This article has boosted my wavering resolve to stay away.

India appoints ‘IP Guru’ to push nation towards IPv6


IPV6 link-local fubar

I did try two servers before pointing out the obvious.

The link 'IPv6 index' digs thus:


;; ipv6.nixi.in. IN AAAA


ipv6.nixi.in. 14399 IN AAAA fe80::250:56ff:febb:56d0

;; Received 58 B

;; Time 2021-04-19 13:54:50 BST

;; From 2001:4860:4860::8888@53(UDP) in 365.0 ms

This is, of course a link local address. What would Prince Philip say? Indian netadmins, or something. My NAT64 tunnel gets to a default apache web page. Shucks

Ever wondered what it's like working for Microsoft? Leaked survey shines a light on how those at the code coalface feel


Re: Using products for nefarious purposes

Robot sharks. With roofrack brackets … Very nice

Chairman, CEO of Nominet ousted as member rebellion drives .uk registry back to non-commercial roots


Re: Very well done...

I like this diversion. James Blades said it was indeed papier mâché, and the instrument was a tam-tam (a couple of feet across). The recording took three takes because the muscle man had creaky shoes.

Beagleboard peeps tease dual-core 64-bit RISC-V computer with GPU, AI acceleration, more for $119


I can understand the ISA

I am reading through the risc-v spec on the webiste. It uses the same opcode mnemonics that I saw on the Prime computers, so LH and L for load Half and full register. I also missed the quad floating point on Prime, but this has been thought of. The Prime instruction set was also called 32I, because immediate mode was invented. It is very encouraging.

What's wrong with my thinking?

Here's the new build, Insiders... wait for it... wait for it... Is it Windows 10X's upcoming ... Oh. You can change refresh rate of the display


Re: Windows Calculator

I have not access to Windows, but I might suggest that 2 + 3 might result in the answer 5 immediately. In this case it would be reasonable to multiply 5 * 4. I can imagine many people who would think that way.

It follows the same logic as Excel data conversion. (Please, not the U+2B07)

UK govt advert encouraging re-skilling for cyber jobs implodes spectacularly


Re: Cyber gets the budget

Ooh yeah

Can I just say this is the first time I've upvoted a …

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021


That was so yesterday. El reg is becoming a member of the ipv6 club. This puts them

ahead of ebay.co.uk and other laggards. There may be some teething problems. So we

remain unsixy, as before.

dig aaaa theregister.com returned AAAA resources yesterday, but not today.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future



Are you talking about PRIMES last-ditch attempt at unix machines? The venerable Primos machines disappeared in the 90's. They didn't have daemons, but phantoms.

Gasp! Google Chrome kills uBlock, Adblock ad filters – grab the pitchfo- no wait, it's OK: They were evil fraud clones


Shiver me timbers

Polish up the yardarm. Keel'aulin aint good enough fur these scurvy dogs.

I need extra rum now Ive sprayed ter olde keyboard.

Fibaro flummoxed, Georgia courts held for ransom, and more


Re: What?

Read the Japanese version if you don't like Engrish

Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin


Re: So ask them

How did you get away with such profanity. I posted something similar, but not as amusing and the durned thing didn't appear. I hope I'm not blacklisted.

Outlook outage outrage


Re: Pigeons

Ere, steady on you lot.

Uni student cuffed for 'hacking professor's PC to change his grades'


Re: 15 yrs in prison! He's a kid for fucks sake!

fuck off Troll

Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners


Re: Harrumpf

Yahoo had a "stitcher" which placed vetted ads in reserved places. This was back in 2000. The ads were vetted, but even though, some bogeys got through. Moving gifs were frowned upon. Those were the days of dialup, and pages would display in less than two seconds. Times have changed... (and I got sacked).

Fifth arrest in TalkTalk hacking probe: Now Plod cuff chap in Wales


Only a trolley?

I caught a whale!

But there wuz nee spawkes in it

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond


Re: Cars

Dear cynic, I use Motif window manager. The close button has been top-left since the 90s. I think MS windows put it on the right. The old slash/backslash annoyance comes to mind here.

It's a minor problem. More annoying are the fancy desktops which don't have hints and keyboard shortcuts.

Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit


Build maybe nonce at all

Moons ago, I built a little utility to get a time signal from a radio clock. After trawling through the Java headers, I realised that some timezones were not included. The copyright notices in the headers were issued by the (big and failed in the 80's) IBM Taligent project. Many hands tried to make this light work.

Google could throw the baby and get another one, but we will probably see the same outcome.

There are 40 years of effort invested in this stuff. Yeah, call it a day, and start another one. Why not?

Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed



I love your image of the shed of doom. It made my day

REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control



What is this deflationary usage. I remember Algol 57?...

As far as I know, Algol60 was the first definition of the Algol language. I did a lot of work in Algol68, the revised edition. Maybe you meant 68, not 58.

What is Algol59? Really, the mists of time are floating round me

One-click, net-modelled UK copyright hub comes a step closer


I remember this Plastic Jesus on El Reg, grr.

I dont care if it rains of freezes,

but that dancing plastic Jesus,

pushes things a little bit too far.

Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again



Mosquitos are one of many pestilential insects. They provide a service, if you like. There was a swampy area in Papua New Guinea which was uninhabitable by humans, and even a local fellow was smart enough to say "It keeps people out".

We are not the only creatures that think they are more important.

Sorry to sound criticising, but we are all dust, and modesty and tolerance are implied.

Trevor (my name)

I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm


I've balanced out your thumbsupdown

* Hey dude, that shirt real sucks

* Why, thankyou, My wife bought it for me

* I'm going to stalk you on the Reg and downvote all your posts

FFS, nobody died (but my downvotes really hurt, sortof).


I Could rant all day

We know he's been told to give the apology. Give the ignorati a point, so what. If he had said "I've been told to apologise", there would just be another shitstorm. I'm sure he is smart enough to ignore their rancid opinions.

No good comes of saying "Yeah, piss off", as I have found.

Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry


Re: Toe the line...

I don't understand how people come up with these bloopers, but my favourite was a sign on the 'card punchers' door (long time ago), which read 'DATA IMPUT'.

SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'



Priceloose. Me upvote u

Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama


Re: Be careful what you wish for...

It would have been better to let the King Cobras lose, I was so pleased with your unconventional correct spelling that I made the mistake of reading the rest of the post.

Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: BBC Worldwide

Jake is back. Good stuff. I Think you work too hard.

Trevor Pigeon

Back-to-school Patch Tuesday: Critical updates for Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader


Re: Internet Exploder

Well, I always used Nutscrape

Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery


Thank you very much

Mr. G. D, I thought I was going mad.

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day


Re: FWIW...

I, too, was confused. This method may be to reduce the multiplication of errors. If k is < 1, then the error in k is not magnified. There are other schemes for matrix operations and polynomial evaluation. None of them make *much* difference, except to boffins.

Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads


Mine of information

I always wondered how Google search works. Well done.

Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix


I worked on an Algol68C compiler long ago, and have a disturbing memory of a single awkward situation where a space was needed. I hope I am wrong. It was so long ago...

By the way, FORTRAN was supposed to be simple too, but I wrote a helloworld type program with one character per card (using continuation flag thingy), and it didn't compile with a particular compiler. How dumb is that?

Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be


Re: Pulse dialling?

When I were a lad, I think a light went on in the exchange when you lifted the receiver. The operator would then plug her (usually her) headset into your socket, and say, "Which number do you require?". So, I suppose, tappy tapping it would cause a flashing light alarm. My phone number was Honiton 709, when I was six years old.

Ask Google this impossible question, get web filth as a reward



Is Big Dumb Guy 555 tampering with your keyboard? Screen lock is advis(z)ed when getting more beer from the fridge.


Re: -1.4142 or 1+1i,

Remember your BODMAS from early schooling. Brackets, Powers(Of), Division, Multiplication, Add, Subtract. The Bing result is correct, and interprets it as - (4^(1/4)), which is a +/- real result. The other interpretation gives +/- Root2 +/- Root2 i (there are four roots, with evenly spaced arguments. By the way, I'm a little rusty too. The unary minus is interpreted as (-1) * 4 by Mathematica, so I can see the confusion here.

BIS, bash, bosh: El Reg solves BlackBerry 10 email bafflement


U Bend

Before you go, I would like to mention that toilets have S bends. There was a lovely lass at my university with that nickname. (No malice intended, of course.)

Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February



Oh, go on then. Electro-Convulsive Therapy. I'm just waiting to see if we can score eadon, bazza shitpeas, and obviously! like earlier.

Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth


Re: "...damped by gravity..." ???

I wondered about that too. Strings vibrate initially in a plane, but then the plane rotates. Maybe the speed of the rotation is affected by gravity. This would affect the sound produced, say by reducing the rotation.

Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong


Re: All this presumes...

Someone I knew (?) told me that his band sang "Ten days of felch" instead of "Ten days of hell", just because they were bored. (btw felch is a silly rude word).

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Re: Dad was Right After All

My dad would listen to football on an earphone, watch the news on the telly, and snooze at the same time. If you changed the channel on the telly, he would wake up and say "Hey, I was watching that". Is that multitasking?

What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks


Re: I try to write clear code

You won't get 100'th downvote from me. You could have written some rubbish. Good luck in your quest.