* Posts by Someone Else

2689 posts • joined 9 Dec 2009

Scam-baiting YouTube channel Tech Support Scams taken offline by tech support scam

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@Peter2 -- Re: Always trust Microsoft reports - not

It can be helpful to google "test credit card numbers" if you think that you're losing them and offer them one of them so they can take "payment" for their "services". A test card number is intended for verifying integrations work correctly and when used will appear to work properly and produce a confirmation report as if it works, but won't process a payment. ;)

Ooooh! That's gooood! That's very good!!

Er, no, we would like to continue suing Facebook, US state AGs tell courts

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@cliffwilliams44 -- Revise history much?

Your assertions regarding AT&T are off by more than a bit.

The breakup into the 7 RBOCs allowed such innovations as allowing one to connect his/her own phone sets to the network. Which included the ability to connect cute little things known as modems -- remember them? -- to the network as well. This provided the incentive for manufacturers to create devices of higher capabilities than the 1200 bps boxes (and even slower 300bps acoustic couplers) that the original Bell system would limit one to; in short order 19200 bps modems became commonplace, and at very reasonable prices as well.

Independent service providers were allowed to connect to the network to provide long distance service at cheaper rates. Remember MCI? These service providers were also allowed to provide additional services not available from Bell. MCI, for example, provided the first commercially available e-mail service that interfaced the fledgling internet with the phone system. T1, then T3, and higher, data services were made available to the hoi polloi laying the groundwork for broadband communications as we know it today.

All this happenned long before "wireless", and certainly would have had to have happened before "wireless" could become a thing.

Were all these things "improvements in service"? YMMV, but for those of us who were there (and who lived through the growing pains), would have to refute your assertion that "The quality of service did not improve much", and say ," Hell, yes it did!"

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service

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Re: emphasis on the last syllable

OK, Jimmy...I figured someone would go there.

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@Sandtitz -- Re: WTH

The problem is that you fail to see the problem....

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Re: Vendors who lie

You were obviously not running Microsoft Linux...

Oxymoron Alert!!!

...with the emphasis on the last syllable

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Re: Forgive me for saying this...

Once you get to task manager and kill it off things progress bit better.

Yes. That.

Why in the living name of Fuck is there an [X] button in the upper right hand corner if it doesn't actually exit the application? It just sort of mangles into a state of spyware stasis...from which you can neither resurrect it nor nuke it from orbit.

Well OK, you can nuke it from orbit with the help of the task manager, which I'm sure Micros~1 will disable in in Win11. SysInternals FTW!

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Re: Responsibility

I doubt the Country Music Awards would care, really.

Windows 11 gets chatty as Teams integration turns up

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Re: When is an OS....

Will Microsoft land on Park Lane, or will they land on Chance and get "Do not pass Go...."? Because it's defo monopoly territory.

I'm (still) hoping for, "GO TO JAIL! Go directly to Jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200."

Oh, and BTW, In my versions of Monopoly, its Park Place. What have you Brits done to Monopoly?!?

Make-me-admin holes found in Windows, Linux kernel

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Re: Verbification*


Sheesh, awready! It's a good thing you Brits have a excess of the letter 'u' lying around so you can pepper (salt?) words with these excess vowels at your pleasure.

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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Re: Thoughts

You sound like me., with the proviso that I gave up smoking and getting pissed.

Yes, Anger Management can prolong life....

Wait...what? You're a Brit?

Oh. Never mind....

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Sub-$600 midranger makes premium phones feel frivolous

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Re: Earbuds

And yet...there would still be folks who would ignore the warning. "Personal freedom" and all...

Lenovo says it’s crammed a workstation into a litre of space – less than three cans of beer

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Depends on where you get it.

Here on the left side of the pond, if you get it at the grocery store, it's 12oz. (335ml). On the golf course, however, you can get a full pint (16oz, 473ml).

Moral: take your Lenovo Mini to the golf course!

If you've mastered Python 101, you're probably better at programming than OpenAI's prototype Codex

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Pretty low bar there...

Apple warns kit may interfere with implanted medical devices at close proximity

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Re: "Warning: contains nuts"

Sounds like the instructions on an MRE....

Microsoft approved a Windows driver booby-trapped with rootkit malware

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Re: Ah, Microsoft

Either not giving a fuck, or not being capable of doing anything right if it did give a fuck?

Note that could be an inclusive 'or', so it's possible both are true...

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

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Another option:

From the article:

According to Microsoft's documentation, Windows 11 also requires the presence of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) – version 2.0 – and UEFI Secure Boot enabled.

Owners of more recent PCs might have to delve into their BIOS settings to flip the required switch. Others wanting the Windows 11 experience could be looking at new hardware.

The rest of us will likely be looking at a new operating system.

US Supreme Court rules teens cussing out schools on social media is protected speech

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Re: Good

Apparently Brandi did exactly what she said! Good on her.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

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Re: So, SatNad...

That nasty “telemetry” is the thing that is going to save your ass from getting owned one day.

Manure! (Your nure, and everyone else's nure!!)

That check with SatNad's sig on it is in the mail.

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Re: TPM 2.0 spec is less than two years old

What in the world is Microsoft thinking here?

You assume they're thinking? You know what happens when you assume...

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So, SatNad...

Does the New, Improved, Win11 allow me, its lowly and oft-ignored user, to disable "telemetry"?

If so, great...I'm interested.

If not, fuck off, then.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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@idiot taxpayer here again -- Re: What is an OS for?

Last time I read about this it was 1.3 billion activecaptive users

There, FTFY.

Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down

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Re: "With no one onboard to fix it"

Even major issues are much more likely to leave a boat without power rather than destroy it entirely, so even if you need to take a week or so to send out a rescue boat, you're still not looking at a complete loss. Delays happen for a variety of reasons anyway, so nothing critically time senstive gets sent by ship.

'Course, if it breaks down in the Suez Canal...

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

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One of These Days, they'll get El Reg

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Re: he is _worth_ precisely nothing to humanity

(nothing personal, Zuck, you're not some uber-cunt, you just found the way to tap into the cunty side of humanity)

You sure about the uber-cunt part?

TITAN crypto-token does the opposite of zero to $60: Value plummets in hours

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Re: Ah, the joys of funny money

Two things come to mind:

1) Tee, and a Hee!

2) Neener, neener!

Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now

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You can decry my (or @werdsmith's) pointing this out as irrelevant all you like, but the fact remains that when you have hundreds or thousands of employees who are used to one thing, being made to switch to another thing that while being 'easier' on the budget is less usable in their daily work than the thing they were made to switch from, then you have a problem when those employees start complaining en masse that their work environment is being made more difficult. [emphasis added]

Yet that didn't seem to hamper Windows 10 uptake any, now did it? Bosses just told the minions to "get over it", and miraculously, they did.

Funny how that works...

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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I dunno

Sometimes a restrained, technical verbal dismemberment can be more effective than turning on the blue spigot. In Enrico's case, however, it is entirely possible that a scholarly admonition might have gone completely over his (pin)head.

It took 'over 80 different developers' to review and fix 'mess' made by students who sneaked bad code into Linux

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Re: Those saying that this is a reason to distrust Linux...

Those saying that this is a reason to distrust Linux...need to bear in mind that disruptive influences could infiltrate any organisation. [...] It could happen to Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc. etc...

Is it you're assertion that "disruptive" influences haven't already happened to Micros~1? I submit Windows 10 as Exhibit A...err, wait...make that Exhibit V...that Micros~1 is in and of itself a disruptive influence.

But I digress...Back to slamming systemd.

Lessons have not been learned: Microsoft's Modern Comments leave users reaching for the rollback button

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Another critic wailed: "I am truly at a loss for words as to why this seemed like a good idea to your development team."

One should not necessarily blame the devs. Micros~1 is, has been, and will forever be first and foremost a marketing company, with technical expertise being a distant second (third?) on the list. More likely, this was the result of some freshly-minted mid-level Millennial marketing exec who (desparately) wishes to make their mark on the C-suite with a new "branding initiative".

The devs probably just threw up their hands in disgust and said, "Yeah, whatever" (after mumbling something decidedly NSFW under their breath).

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court

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Re: Buy the music/film

3) Infinite "remastering", where some microdosing Phil Specter-wanabee is convinced that s/he can better understand and produce the "vision" of <insert name of favorite artist> better than <insert name of favorite artist> ever could.

Déjà bork: BSOD fairy pays key-cutting kiosk another visit

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Re: I saw one of these trucks yesterday...

Thanks AC... I needed a chuckle.

Audacity's new management hits rewind on telemetry plans following community outrage

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So I took a little trip...

So, I took a little trip to the Audacity web site to take a look. (I use Steinberg's Wave Lab myself, but wanted to see what else is out there). First thing I noticed is that their web site uses ssl.google-analytics.com and mc.yandex.ru (both of which are blocked by default on my script blockers).

Seems the virus has already invaded the body...

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died

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Re: Question for El Reg:

Thank you. TLA list updated.

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Re: Best just make a full size scalextric

Diesel hybrid would be better, but good luck getting anyone to bankroll that idea.

Oh, you mean like a diesel-electric locomotive?

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Question for El Reg:

The heading for this story is:

{ AI + ML}

I know what "AI" stands for, but not "ML" Based upon this story, I'm inclined to believe it means "Moron Luser", but that may be too harsh (well, this did happen in Texas, so maybe not).

Any guidance?

NHS App gets go-ahead for vaccine passport use despite protest from privacy groups

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Ante-up, Britain!

So now Great Britland has effectively mandated that the entire populace must have a multi-hundred pound (Sterling) device in order to prove you're "safe". One that you, citizen, are on the hook to purchase and maintain.

Nice work, Boris! Aldous would have never envisioned the day where the Proles would have to pay for their own telescreens.

Google to ban emoji, deceptive marketing, and ALL CAPS from Play Store metadata later this year

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@amanfromMars 1 -- Re: Out of the Spitting Frying Pan and into the Raging Fire ... May Day

Just to check, did that press release come out on April 1?

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Stands to reason Google would want to punish you; you're doing nothing to help them with their ad revenue.

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

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@Graybyrd -- Re: French Roundabouts are useless

Turn signals serve a different purpose here in the U.S.

Yes, and those with a maniacal Libertarian streak will simply not use them for any reason, because it's none of your damn business where they're going!

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Re: Er ...

Texas has friends?!? Who knew?

OMG! New free speech social network won’t allow members to take the Lord’s name in vain

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Re: CEO added the service is “the most secure” in the field

Speak softly and carry a big stick - much more effective methinks.

The right wing (especially the tRump-inspired right wing) speaking softly?!? Shirley, you jest!

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@anothercynic -- Re: A free speech social media network that doesn't allow free speech!

They'll all be banned on the basis they're not English American.

There FTFY. (Just consider the source....)

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Re: I wonder how well I could mention my holiday plans?

Besides, many Brits1 know the Cockney rhymin' slang term "Berk", which shouldn't run afoul of their filters.

1And some 'Murkins, too...

Texan's alleged Amazon bombing effort fizzles: Militia man wanted to take out 'about 70 per cent of the internet'

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Re: Christian Militia Terrorist

At the end of the day, AC, aren't all "religious" disputes political? It's all about control, innit?

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@unimaginative -- Re: Christian Militia Terrorist

You've never heard of the Klan, then?

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It’s funny how people don’t understand how the internet works.

"It's like a bunch of tubes...."

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

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Re: Has this man no shame?

(Assuming a hidden <sarcasm> tag in the above post...)

Imagine your data center backup generator kicks in during power outage ... and catches fire. Well, it happened

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Re: electric cars

Modern large data centres can consume 40MW or more. A 40MW 'generator' is actually a small power station and simply isn't practicable to have sitting around just in case.

...or roughly 12 EMD SD70ACe locomotives...

Hello, El Reg...do we have another measurement metric here?

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Re: Are we sure ....

Perhaps a bug in the microcode...


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