* Posts by Anomalous Cowturd

994 posts • joined 2 Apr 2010

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Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness

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WTF?

What happened to the Pi Zero W?

None available from any of the official UK stockists, and Amazon are asking for almost thirty quid.

Taking the piss.

Google rolls out pro-privacy DNS-over-HTTPS support in Chrome 83... with a handy kill switch for corporate IT

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Re: Power grab

Re: Are they reliable now?

Just checked mine, and it was last restarted on May 12th, when I updated it to the latest version.

Prior to that, it had been happily and faultlessly running for months. Had to reinstall about a year ago, when a cheap SD card failed. No problems since. Just have to remember to SSH into it occasionally to run "pihole -up"

Twitter sticks a beak in, Clippy-style: Are you sure you want to set your account alight with that flame?

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Big Brother

Re: Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe, anybody?

BT Openreach prepares to declare UK MBORCed* as all new phone line installations halted over coronavirus

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Headmaster

SNAFU!

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper

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Alert

@Phil

> I’ve been trying to decide what I should go out and buy now in order to resell at an inflated price on ebay in a few weeks.

Body bags.

Too soon?

Raspberry Pi goes 2GB for the price of 1GB in honour of mini-computer's eighth birthday

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Many hapPi returns.

Doesn't time fly? Seems like only last week the first ones appeared.

I managed to snaffle a first batch Pi model B. It was a fine little thing, for its time, and served as a proxy server on my network until it was replaced by its newer cousin. That little beauty is currently running as a Pi Hole for the network.

There is still nothing to touch it for versatility, combined with its low price, and current draw.

Pi 4 is massively overpowered for anything I might want to do.

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal

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Unhappy

Re: You had one job.

Xtree Gold was the best file manager, bar none. Still nothing to touch it, that I have found.

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'

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Stop

Re: ...maybe do some proper fucking testing.

Proper testing is no longer a thing.

It started with operating systems, and now it's moved to aircraft software. You are the beta tester, and no, we haven't printed the updated manuals yet.

Good luck.

Emirati 'surveillance app' ToTok promoted by Huawei as Apple punts it from store

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Stop

Why ask Huawei?

Why not ask the UAE government why they need to block any and all encrypted services that they don't control?

Have you asked Google and Apple why they removed it?

Don't forget it's night time in China at the moment. I expect there will be a meeting tomorrow morning.

Oracle and Google will fight in court over Java AGAIN and this time it's going to the Supremes

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Boffin

> If only someone would invent a self-levelling mechanism for the worlds oceans.

I have a cunning plan...

ACLU sues America's border cops: Tell us everything about these secret search teams targeting travelers

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Trollface

"Land of the fee."

FTFY.

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Unhappy

Re: I wonder who has bought the film rights?

Not so much a comedy, as a farce.

Huawei 5G kit in Faroe Islands: Chinese ambassador 'linked Huawei contract to ... trade deal' – report

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Holmes

Do unto others...

...before they do unto you.

Here endeth the first lesson of diplomacy.

Remember the Dutch kid who stuck his finger in a dam to save the village? Here's the IT equivalent

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Holmes

Re: Wrong Buttons...

He knew you were banging his wife, so he sent you on a 150 drive to dampen your ardour.

If you want an example of how user concerns do not drive software development, check out this Google-backed API

Anomalous Cowturd

Re: The web is like vapping

(I assume you meant vaping and not fapping)

He might be German.

Play Huawei... for now: Firm aims Googletastic Honor 9X at young 'uns

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Unfortunately for Honor/Huawei...

...my 2015 vintage Honor 7 is still running fine after four years.

Updates stopped after a couple of years, but I rarely install new software on it, and surfing is done through Opera Mini.

The battery still just about lasts a day, and I have a Huawei original to replace it when it dies. (Cost a tenner.)

Apart from a better camera, why would I upgrade?

BBC said it'll pull radio streams from TuneIn to slurp more of your data but nobody noticed till Amazon put its foot in it

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Linux

Re: It will be their podcasts next...

Rhythmbox managed to grab yesterday's edition of The News Quiz without any prompting from me, as it does every week..

Long may it continue.

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words

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Headmaster

Re: Johannes Brahms said...

Do you mean it's not it's, it's its?

It is, isn't it?

Back to school with El Reg - how about a chunky Lenovo for the student in your life?

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Holmes

Re: Bah

You youngsters. In my day, it was a satchel.

Old fart icon.

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

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Pint

Re: Self Driving

"The self driving ability of horses should not be underestimated."

Indeed it shouldn't. My step-dad used to tell tales of his grandfather being brought home, drunk, by homing horse.

Let's talk about April Fools' Day jokes. Are they ever really harmless?

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Coat

> It turns out that different systems handle things like this in subtly different ways, especially when comparing NaNs with other NaNs, + and - Inf etc

My Nan is better than your Nan. My Grand-dad told me so.

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer

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Joke

Re: You won't like this.....

> Isn't that the site where each day's headline is generated by -

> printf( strcat( Product[PRNG()] , "gives you cancer" ) );

Also:

> printf( strcat( Teen in bikini[PRNG()] , "All grown up" ) );

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Boffin

Re: 5G cannot penetrate trees and that, as a result...?

I can't help but wonder what one of these cars would do if a New Forest pony decides to step out in the road on a dark night?

Do they know about animals? Does it assign scores to bigger ones over smaller ones, before deciding whether to squish or swerve?

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Joke

Re: I cannot quote from it now, but I have read about it

> But I did poke you !

> J Stalin

Yes, but an ice pick was a bit excessive.

What the cell...? Telcos around the world were so severely pwned, they didn't notice the hackers setting up VPN points

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Trollface

Re: What answer you get depends on whom you ask

Ask the Chinese. Answer: 不是我們。 可能是美國人 (translation per Google: "Not us. Probably Americans"

Fixed that for you. ;o)

UK.gov whacks export ban on 'grotesque' crab made by famous Brit potter bros

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Re: If UK.Gov really wants it to stay...

I came here to say the same thing. Whenever I have bought items at an auction house, I have only ever paid VAT on the auctioneer's commission, never the bid price.

Sunday seems really quiet. Hmm, thinks Google, let's have a four-hour Gmail, YouTube, G Suite, Cloud outage

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Meh

Application specific passwords failed for me.

My mail client kept failing with "Application specific password" errors, although I had changed nothing. Deleting the App from the "approved" list, and recreating its password, did the trick. Webmail was working OK.

YouTube was acting weird, but was still working.

Sex and drugs and auto-tune: What motivates a millennial perp?

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WTF?

> "some of us will be having "great sex" without human contact within the next six years" - hmmm, doesn't he know prison is full of purveyors of beastility already?

It's still perfectly legal in six states of the USA. It's a God given right, to fuck anything that can't eat you, or bite your dick off.

Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. As in, fining businesses that stalk you online

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Pi-Hole. Set one up today!

I set up a Pi-Hole about a month ago. What a wonderful use for an old Pi 2B I had kicking around. Apparently, it will run on a Pi Zero, too.

66% of almost 20,000 DNS lookups got no further than my Pi-Hole in the last 24 hours. They really make browsing for the whole network a lot faster, and I never see an ad on any device.

If you have an unused Raspberry Pi sat in a drawer, dig it out, and go for it.

Legal bombs fall on TurboTax maker Intuit for 'hiding' free service from search engines

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WTF?

Re: being introduced in the UK

I don't remember voting for that. Does anyone else?

It was that gosh-darn anomaly again, says SpaceX as smoke billows from Crew Dragon test site

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Mushroom

Re: Better that it was 'Crew Dragon -1'...

> Hopefully they'll soon figure out how to talk, or send video, between two barges.

I've never understood why they don't relay video from the barge direct to the recovery vessel that is standing off nearby, rather than attempt direct satellite communication from the shuddering barge.

The tug is stable enough to maintain satellite comms.

Baffling tale of Apple shops' 'non-facial' 'facial recognition', a stolen ID, and a $1bn lawsuit after a wrongful arrest

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Coat

Obviously...

...he was stealing it wrong.

Not another pro-Brexit demo... though easy to confuse: Each Union Jack marks a pile of poo

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Paris Hilton

Re: Liz Hurley?

A Liz Hurley.

Spyware sneaks into 'million-ish' Asus PCs via poisoned software updates, says Kaspersky

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Black Helicopters

Asus have coughed, at last.

https://www.asus.com/News/hqfgVUyZ6uyAyJe1

No mention of Kaspersky's involvement, or thanks.

Tossers!

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Stop

Re: @Jack

> MAC addresses are potentially traceable, in case you didn't know.

They are also incredibly easy to spoof. See Macchanger software, for one.

Mobes 'n' mattresses flinger Xiaomi growing like the clappers – outside China, at least

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Happy customer.

I have one of their "robot" vacuum cleaners, and it is excellent, from both a technology and a vacuum cleaner point of view. It was also half the price of the "market leading" brand.

It cleans my floor with no intervention from me, and has had at least half a dozen firmware updates in the 14 months I have owned it. I liked it so much, I bought one for my cleaner. She loves it, too.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Flame

Re: We have surely reached peak beard.

@AC re: Feck that, I can drink from the bottle, thanks.

HIPSTER!!! Burn him!

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Big Brother

Re: Eh?

I think you'll find that a lot of thoroughly thought through work went into making this as broad and wide ranging as possible.

Why put down to incompetence what can more easily be assigned to malice...

Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

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Stop

Re: Iceland

"Coming from a tiny, ocean-surrounded country..."

Iceland is 78% the size of England, so not exactly tiny. It also has a habit of sprouting new bits, so don't be surprised if it overtakes us in a few years. (Eons.)

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Re: Not a dig at MS, but a question.

I have one on the way. £32 for Kingston 240GB. I was amazed how cheap they're getting...

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Coat

I love Blackberry and Apple...

...Crumble with custard.

Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

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Pint

Re: Lily Savage is Apples new CEO?...

I thought exactly the same thing. You'd think they were identical twins.

He (O'Grady) lives not far from my sister. Often to be found walking his dogs locally, or at the local Waitrose. His house has amazing views.

Bloody nice chap, by all accounts.

Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Big Brother

Re: What the hell

I'm still using Opera 12.16, purely for the mail client.

The browser chokes on many modern web sites, but mail still works just like it always did.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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FAIL

Re: Don't get me started on Architects who know best...

Or the Lidl store near me, that had to be demolished and rebuilt after numerous flooding incidents.

Must have cost millions.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Headmaster

Spelt?

Spelled!

Spelt is a type of grain.

;o?

Hi-de-Hack! Redcoats red-faced as Butlin's holiday camp admits data breach hit 34,000

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FAIL

Well, that's a coincidence...

My step-daughter and her family departed for Butlitz in Bognor Regis this very morning. I wonder what surprise she'll be coming home to?

I'm not going to spoil her holiday by telling her this news. :o(

How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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Stop

Re: @Gareth Corfield

> Although on the topic of brexit I am sure he is now 'dont-call-me dave'.

On the topic of brexit I am sure he is now 'Dave's not here, man.'

Fixed.

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Pint

So long...

...and thanks for all the fish.

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

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Happy

Re: IoT foolishness

> Your use case is valid, it's the implementation that fails.

It works fine as a vacuum cleaner without any network connection, but you lose the facility to program scheduled clean ups, or adjust the power settings, along with many other features.

I agree with you that the external network access is not necessary for most use cases, but it does give you the option to trigger a cleanup from afar, or watch it fill in the map as it goes around. It uses LIDAR, not a camera.

It cost far less than any Dyson cleaner, and you don't have to do the hoovering yourself.

Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum version 1. Under £250 on GearBest. One of the best performing robo vacs on the market. It's my new best friend. ;o)

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Stop

Re: IoT foolishness

> I can't think of a good reason why your vacuum cleaner needs access to the internet at all. This is just more IoT madness.

So you / I can control it from the comfort of $wherever you like$ without having to physically go and fetch it.

If I drop crumbs on the floor, I can summon mine to the exact location for a spot clean, without leaving my chair. For us disabled folks, it's a marvel. I've ordered another one as a treat for my cleaner.

Just because you personally don't see a reason for something, doesn't mean there isn't a very good one for someone else.

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