* Posts by paulll

280 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Feb 2010


Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem


Re: An elephant in the room

"Focus your energy on your own lovely country."

The United States has materially interfered with every country on this planet for over a century, now we're rightly mocking you and we're getting, "Waa waa you don't understand, mind your own business."

Go. Fuck. Yourself.

Google wants to listen in to whatever you get up to in hotel rooms


Re: Stasi

"the risk isn't whether Google decides to use the information it collects for nefarious purposes."

If the information is about me and I didn't ask them to collect it, the collection itself is nefarious - along with any and all purposes to which it is put.

NY Attorney General warns Apple, Google to police COVID-19 tracing apps in their souks – or she will herself


Re: from Germany

"That app has a "guarding angel" mode, which checks your location to warn you of catastrophes around you"

"Nuke? What nu...oh, wow!"

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea


Re: I submitted my comment

"But before you do so, take a moment to think what these expenditures are for."

It's certainly not anything to do with winning wars lol

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise


Re: Load?

Fag-packet calculation, 100km.sq. water for a sizeable lake (Lake Athabasca, scientifically chosen on the basis that it's near me and I really like the word, is 110), assuming close enough to pure water's approximately 4200J/deg C, at Chernobyl's peak recorded output of 530MW, and no heat loss ... it'd take about 250 years.

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps


Re: Simple Response.

,,,or WeChat, maybe?


"Even after Mark Zuckerberg kissed up to the president, Facebook was still hit by the order. Sad, as one would say."

Yeah, it's heartbreaking :)

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it


Do they offer any explanation as to why the device doesn't affect the operation of current phones, wi-fi and microwave ovens? Or are these types not considering that radiation to be harmful any more?

Linksys forces password reset for Smart Wi-Fi accounts after router DNS hack pointed users at COVID-19 malware


Re: "telling users to download and install an application that offers instructions"

"We're in the 3rd millennium. Instructions are a URL away, via HTTP. There is no need to download anything."

Obviously, but here in the 3rd millennium, thanks to data capitalists, we have a Facebook app, a youtube app, an instagram app, an app for your tv channel, gawd knows what else these people have on their phones. So it probably doesn't seem remarkable to them, let alone as confusingly stupid as it does to you or me.

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay


Re: Pity

"so that the United States can have something better, with which to effect regime change in Russia and China."

Yeah and the UK needs to sort out Suez.

No, I suspect those days are over ...

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


Re: "Now they are your best friends? sigh..."

"the American way is standing up to government and power"

Well, no, though. Country keeps electing morons. When Dubya got in all the sensible Americans bitched about it. It's well-established that high voter turn-out means Republicans don't get in. And yet, here we are, post-2016. Not even being arsed to vote against something as patently, deeply odious as a Trump Presidency is not, "standing up to government."

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network


Re: How to get Colossal Cave installed

No hyphen for me on kubuntu...

Fitbit unfurls last new wearable before it's gobbled by Google, right on time for global pandemic lockdown


Re: Still not a patch on a Garmin.

They've always had a range, from basic pedometers all the way up; I bought one in 2015 that has GPS built in, no need for a phone other than to sync.

Of course, it's completely useless now. Android's bad enough but who the *fuck* would give google access to their heart-rate and all the myriad other stuff that can be gleaned from a smart watch. I asked them what they were going to do about having junked my $350 watch but all I got was,"google are really quite lovely and there's no way they'd ever abuse your data." Lying bastards ...

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


Re: Whilst We’re On the Topic...

"elements of the scientific community that more or less refuse to consider the social value of what they do"

I'm not sure how you think the world works (like, is,"Iron Man," real in your universe?) but scientists don't generally get to pick and choose their research projects and automatically get funding (let alone pay).

The people who control the money set the direction, and that is largely not scientists.


Re: The most important statement in the whole article.

Right after those comments by President Trump, Dr. Fauci mentioned that the reports were "anecdotal". To a medical practitioner , everything is 'anecdotal' if it is not a perfectly designed test structure and report with a control group.



Re: The most important statement in the whole article.

Maybe it's the waving of the (very small) finger that makes it factual? (Swear to gawd I'd tear that thing right off and shove it etc, etc.)

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X


"As for VS being called a desktop app, so what? It's an application, so therefore an app. Apple may have wanted to limit "Apps" to iPhone OS apps, but many of us didn't."

And there's the downside of Visual Studio's shallow learning curve; We all have to suffer encountering software written by the kind of people who call all programs,"apps."

WannaCry ransomware attack on NHS could have triggered NATO reaction, says German cybergeneral


"And if the attack just so happens to come from some abitious scrote in Atlanta is POTUS happy for us to pop a few cruise missiles into an apartment block in the commercial district?"

Soooo... are we putting you down as, "for," or, "against?"

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance


Re: Seen in the wild

There's nothing peculiar to Ford, starter motors or engine configuration here, most parts of all American cars are notorious for failing fullstop.

Your grandpa called it his,"Ford tool," somebody else's called it his,"Chevy tool," and yet another called it the,"Dodge tool." Hilariously.

ICANN't approve the sale of .org to private equity – because California's Attorney General has... concerns


Re: Good

It's awful when people conflate two completely distinct ideas hoping that people will tacitly agree with the questionable one rather than be seen to argue with the obvious one.

Brit brainiacs say they've cracked non-volatile RAM that uses 100 times less power


" (for some value) better"

"It's the er, green, um, efficiency... scalable, uhhh paradigm! ... thing. Yup :):)"


Re: Does this mean ....

Until Apple has the spuds to do away with it and the other vendors follow suit, finally making off-the-shelf computers disposable items.


" "Using the new memory in phones and PCs could allow them to be low-cost dumb terminals with minimal local energy consumption,"

How does that in any way follow?"

It seems to me that,"It'll all be fat-server-thin-client any day now," was the archetype for,"This will be the year of Linux on the desktop."

The distinction being that when you ask,"Why is that a good thing?" the latter crowd will throw more reasons at you than you would ever want to hear, whereas the former will, at best, respaff a bunch of meaningless marketing-speak.

10/100 Ethernet was going to get us there. 32-bit processors were going to get us there. Java was going to get us there. 64-bit processors were going to get us there. Optical mice were going to do it (I'm sure somebody said it).

Not saying it hasn't got some traction with the whole,"cloud," thing, just saying it's mostly bollocks.

Maryland: Make malware possession a crime! Yes, yes, researchers get a free pass


"It's important to establish so criminals know it's a crime."

Usually takes quite a lot of beer to make my head spin this much.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard


Re: This can be summed up in one word: Profit

"Care to explain how the MacBook is locked down?"

What phuzz said, and a long, evolving list of things of that nature.

"Try writing low level software on a PC and test it!"

Er. Not sure what you're driving at but I have and a few other people have done it too. And by a few other people, I mean near-enough everybody who's written any,"low-level software," in the past few decades.


Re: This can be summed up in one word: Profit

"Mr Cook - If standardisation is bad, why are you shipping your Macbooks with USB and Thunderbolt ports?"

Let alone why are the macbooks locked-down, priced-up PC's instead of the current entry in a series of proprietary architectures?

Everyone loves our new desktop web search design so much – the one with ads that look like links – that we're tweaking it, says Google


Re: Try looking for

The manual thing's a ballache but I gave up on google pretty early on for the abject uselessness of pagerank for anything technical. A search involving, "polyester capacitor," would throw up 400 links to,"xboxtards are loserheads becus the playstation 7 has 3 polystar capacitors in it's hard drive and xbox 867's only have 2,"-type screeds and maybe the odd potentially relevant thrown in there somewhere.

Maybe it's got better but between that and apparently .75 of the plebs finding they're *regularly* getting duff results, and the, well, evil... why the fuck are people using this utter pile of shite?

Beer necessities: US chap registers bevvy as emotional support animal so he can booze on public transport


Re: The service animal scam is about to come to a very abrupt end

I hope that's not a *plastic* emergency pressure release valve?!

Boeing aircraft sales slump to historic lows after 737 Max annus horribilis


Re: When is a Max not a Max

"So what, changing the name won't change anything else."

Apparently if you change the name of row 13 to,"Row 14," people will sit in it without bitching, so ...

Pomp and ceremony: When the US Secretary of State meets Oracle overlord Larry


Re: Why would Larry discuss the dreaded JEDI project with Pompeo?

I very much doubt they'll have told Trump that there's a bunch of smart, rich people coming 'round for dinner; They'll never garner any support if he barges in and starts... talking.

They'll be planning to sit him down in front of Fox News with an iphone and a big bag of cheeseburgers.

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?


Re: connector not the only issue

"problem with lightning cables is not so much that they're different it's that they're so flimsy"

That's not a problem with the cables, the problem is - all together now - "YOU'RE HOLDING IT WRONG!"


Re: What's wrong with a round power connector?

"5.5mm diameter, those ones....

Have the nice side effect of making the damn phone thick enough to hold properly!"

...leaving room for a big, replaceable battery and giving the possibility of driving 8+ amps into it. I see no downside.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption


Re: Fail to see what the fuss is

"if your not driving on the phone, downloading images you shouldn't, stalking, abusive messages/calls, selling drugs, sending unsolicited dick picks, or grooming etc underage kids the police have no interest in your phone. Our department used to refuse loads of requests as not relevant,"

If the police have no interest then whose loads of requests were you refusing?

Apple calls BS on FBI, AG: We're totally not dragging our feet in murder probe iPhone decryption. PS: No backdoors


Re: Surely all this posturing is pointless

"Working to put such a law in place," is *precisely* what they're doing here.

Google scolded for depriving the poor of privacy as Chinese malware bundled on phones for hard-up Americans


Re: I feel fortunate

How is making it easy(/possible) to uninstall software,"leaning on phone makers," ?

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears


Re: "the FAA remains focused on [..] returning the Boeing 737 MAX to passenger service"

Surely it should read,"The FAA remains focused on [..] keeping the Boeing 737 MAX out of passenger service until it is proven to be safe by design." I mean, there's your problem right there.


Re: Inconsistent with Boeing values

The plane's safety is the *future* bottom line. "Ee'll cross that bridge if-and-when, odds are I'll have moved on by that point."

I came here to say what you said, though, about whether emails of those nature are actually peculiar to the 737 MAX project,,,

I am broot: The Reg chats to French dev about Rust tool that aims to improve directory navigation


Re: Stopped reading at "command line tool" ...

"Problems of the past." How d'you figure?

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling


Re: 2 years?

"Sorry - got Oreo and Pie the wrong way around"

Hmm. If only there were some way to differentiate between versions, that wasn't susceptible to confusion like that. Hopefully somebody has some top minds working on this.

NASA's monster rocket inches towards testing while India plots return to the Moon


Re: We're still catching up to the NASA of the 1960s in many ways

"As impressive as the CGI in Star Wars." Not sure I'd take that as a compliment.

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail


Outlook should intersperse e-mails with random instances of the word,"fuck," on their way to the deleted items folder. Analogous to being able to grab something out of the bin but you'll have to give it a bit of a wipe down 'cos it's been sitting on a banana peel for six hours.

Is your computer doctor secretly a racist? Two US senators want to find out the truth


Re: Some illnesses and treatments are race specific

" For example, some heart medications that work on Caucasians will kill Africans."

Which ones are those, then? I've never encountered a cardiac med that has,"African patient," as a contraindication. Nevermind that I don't think we're even talking about an,"AI Doctor," with prescribing rights.

Bose customers beg for firmware ceasefire after headphones fall victim to another crap update


Re: Criminal Damage

I dunno. If a firmware update made it so that people can't wear those things around their neck you might have a point, but I think Bose would have a pretty strong defence in that nobody's buying them for the sound anyway.

That code that could never run? Well, guess what. Now Windows thinks it's Batman


Re: Assume the worst

Ooh a multi-core Z80. That got the juices going.

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light


Re: If DAB is faster than FM



Re: If DAB is faster than FM

Mostly due to just one designer. Not an artistic decision either, physical buttons add hugely to the cost of electronics. Of course it's better to pass it off as artistry; "It's not,'cheap,' it's, 'elegant.'"

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune


Re: I don't believe this is honest

"(P.S. Dear Reg, please enable an embed Youtube feature.)"

Oh! Yes! And GIFs! Reg conversations are so dull on account of being mostly boring old words instead of endless copies of michael jackson eating popcorn and the,"that's bait," thing with the odd youtube clip thrown in. Now *that's* conversation right there.

Linux kernel is getting more reliable, says Linus Torvalds. Plus: What do you need to do to be him?


Pretty much, yes he was.

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool



Google sounds the alarm over Android flaw being exploited in the wild, possibly by NSO


Re: Who cares?

3) A passable camera that they spend waaaay more time eulogising than actually using, not that they can show that their 11 50-gigapixel lenses do anything because they've added blur and puppy ears to every single picture they've taken anyway.