* Posts by Pigeon

143 posts • joined 8 Dec 2009


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.

Experts troll 'biggest security mag in the world' with DICKish submission


I didn't read it fully, but...

Does this have to use the Completely Underground Network Tunnel?

--Basil Brush

Mmmm, delicious new sugar batteries keep gadgets up all night


Re: "... a battery anode, which is the negative (-) terminal of the device."

The OP is right. My old chemistry teacher taught that "oxidation occurs at the anode", which is equivalent to removal of electrons. Batteries are the other way round to electrolysis cells.

Exhibitionist Shamoon virus blows PCs' minds


Windows 200

I grant you copyright. It's cool

Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN


At least I understand it a bit.

My ancient Sun Workstation runs CDE, and most of the software is Motif (I run Motif MWM on my laptop too). It's clunky, but no-one has pointed out that it has a good facility for sysadmins. You can install menu items at user-level, server-level, and network-level. It's still pretty primitive, though. I've got used to the consistent button-press behavior, hints, and shortcuts of Motif (missing in many other desktops for Linux).

And my favourite application is xteddy :-)

It's the ALL NEW FUTURISTIC WEAPONS Black Friday Roundup!


Don't despair

There might be a selection box at Guns R Us

Climategate: A symptom of driving science off a cliff


That picture is worth a thousand. Anyway, what about pickled onions? I just ate a whole jar.

Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner


The strength of carbon fibre comes from the absence of fractures. Often rockets etc. are wound with fibre, and then embedded in epoxy. Once you chop it up, it's useless.

Asian countries dominate global spam deluge


Some folks don't care

I told a chap that his ip address appeared on the cbl blocklist, even though the router got a different ip address each time it rebooted. He just didn't care. It's good business for the spammers. I don't know whether port 25 is used, and could just be blocked, but many PC owners aren't going to do anything about it.

Ten... mono laser printers

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Hey, you stole my rant

Agreed. I thought I was the only one who thought that. The industry gangs up against ignorant customers, inventing new things that don't need to be invented.

World Solar Challenge: Why the winners were so good



If you hung corks on the front, then you wouldn't have to keep stopping to wipe the flies off.

US radio evangelist: Apocalypse now


I'll take the title option

I haven't been paying enough attention to this thrilling story, but I thought he died recently. Duh.

Facebook's complexity will be its doom


Coo, FOTW material

/040, damn this body thing.



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