* Posts by src

67 posts • joined 24 Nov 2010

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Babe, I've changed! Twitter wants to try a relationship again with devs after first major API tweaks in years

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Censorship

Does the new API allow easy censorship of conservative opinions?

Rip and replace is such a long Huawei to go, UK telcos plead, citing 'blackouts' and 'billion pound' costs: Are Vodafone and BT playing 'Project Fear'?

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A few blackouts are a small price to pay to remove the CCP from the UK infrastructure. Just do it.

'Social distancing champ' Linus Torvalds releases Linux 5.6, tells devs to put health before next release

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Oki doki boomer

I have always enjoyed being a boomer. Thought it was kind of cool.

Pandemic impact: Two-thirds of polled Reg readers say it's business as usual in the IT dept, one in ten panicking

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Remote Japan

In the small Japanese export company I work for we have always reject requests for home working. Now we have set up VPN access for IT development to continue *if* the call goes out to halt commuting.

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

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CSB

I spilt a glass of Carlsberg Special Brew on an IBM Model M keyboard. It never recovered.

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

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A new Microsoft mobile phone. What could possibly go wrong?

Microsoft Chrom... Edge hits beta as new browser prepped for biz testing

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Re: Vivaldi

I also use Vivaldi. It allows me to set zoom increments other than 100/110/125/... (I have bad eyesight) and supports the Google Translate extension (I live in Japan). There are other things I like about it but those are the main attractions.

Four more years! Four more years! Svelte Linux desktop Xfce gets first big update since 2015

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If I wasn't using Gnome Shell (for 8 hours a day) I would use XFCE. On CentOS 7 I find Gnome provides a more complete desktop environment that works out-of-the-box.

Cloudflare punts far-right hate-hole 8chan off the internet after 30 slayed in US mass shootings

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Censorship

Yeah, let's celebrate censorship and no platforming. The world will be so much better when woke leftists can bully service providers into shutting down free speech. Face, stamp, boot, forever. Corporate fascism enabled by left wing extremists.

Facebook won't nuke deepfakes? OK, let's tear up those precious legal protections from user-posted content, then

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Section 230 too permissive.

Section 230 should be re-written so it forces platforms to allow speech permissible by the constitution. Social media companies then have a choice: editorialise all their content so they can be advertiser friendly or allow free speech and be safe from law suits. Advertisers will then have to choose between large, economically viable free speech platforms or small, expensive carefully monitored platforms.

Nope, we're stuffed, shrieks Apple channel as iPhone shipments enter a double-digit spiral

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Re: Price sensitive

Neither of you know how to spell "Xperia".

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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Mayhem

If you want the authentic black metal experience check out early Mayhem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfCHwsp9bSc

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: felt pad

I miss it too.

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

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Re: Evolution EWS

I don't use EWS but I do use Evolution on CentOS 7 with IMAP and Google Calendar. I must say that the reliability of Evolution has much improved with the upgrades it has received during the lifetime of CentOS 7. If you haven't tried it for a while I recommend taking another look.

Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

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Video for Linux is one of the improvements in 2.2. NetFlix etc. should just work now.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

My VAIO S15 has great keyboard including a keypad. This is also where a widescreen monitor makes sense. If you have a wide keyboard then a widescreen monitor becomes a more sensible choice.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Re: Very Happy With GNOME Shell

Absolutely not. I have been using X11 for a long time. DECwindows, OPEN LOOK, MWM, CDE, Icewm, FVWM, XFCE, KDE, Openbox have all been my main desktop at one time or another. I prefer GNOME Shell to any of the others.

I really liked CDE on Solaris back in the day but both Solaris and Motif dropped off the map for desktop use long ago. GTK3 and GNOME Shell are the best choice as a platform for getting work done.

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Very Happy With GNOME Shell

I use a CentOS7 machine for web development and conducting system administration tasks. I have tried various desktops but GNOME Shell is my favourite by a long distance. I can tweak its looks and behaviour to my liking with minimal effort.

It makes sense to me that Red Hat chooses what they believe to be the best available desktop and focus their efforts on making it work as well as possible. There is nothing to stop people installing alternatives from source as long as they don't expect support from Red Hat.

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!

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John C Dvorak

When John C Dvorak wrote an article that was critical of 5G for PC Magazine they sacked him and replaced it with an article that their advertisers were happier with. Check out the comments beneath the replacement article: https://www.pcmag.com/article/345387/what-is-5g.

IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Japan

Here in Japan the retirement age is 60. If you are lucky your company might allow you to work after reaching 60 at a much reduced salary. All at a time when the demographics and strict immigration policies mean finding new employees is difficult for companies.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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The helipad will be covered with prone employees to cushion the landing of the helicopter.

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Re: Desks should be clear anyway,...

If you have enough time to keep your desk clean you don't have enough work to do.

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Pathetic

Pathetic. They should grow up.

Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

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Jabber

Our company has its own Jabber server. If it goes down we bring it back up again sharpish. Because that is what the IT department is for.

Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Oblig

"Never tell me the odds."

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Unfortunately necessary

When has Trump stated stated that he would "rather Tesla cease to exist today"? You are making it up. Another hysterical liberal fantasy.

Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

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Re: It's a special thing about most closed platforms

My laptop is affected by this kernel bug reported over a year ago. No sign that anybody is interested in fixing it:

https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=195471

Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

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Re: What's gone wrong ? IT'S BIGGER !

My eyesight is shit these days. The bigger the better.

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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Not half-way good enough.

So "...pages with more than 30% ad density" ,"Flashing animations", "Auto-playing videos with sound" are fine on desktop? Not around here they are not...

Ad-blockers forever and f**k all advertisers.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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The old logo looked out of place on Windows 10. The new, flatter verision is an improvement. I am glad they changed it.

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Fast

The Quantum beta has been my goto browser for a little while now. I haven't run any benchmarks but it feels plenty fast on Linux (work) and Windows 10 (home). Only missing one extension - a nice autofill for annoying web sites that won't allow password saving. A nice effort and the compact UI is nice on my widescreen laptop.

Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Re: Finally I'm the 1%

I use Firefox and Ublock Origin as well. Works fine. Another good thing about Firefox for Android is that via "about:config" you can set minimum font sizes.

Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Re: Suggestions for replacement?

Sumatra cannot display the fonts correctly in the statements I get from my Japanese bank.

I am using the PDF reader in WPS (Kingsoft) Office instead.

Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

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Pint

Re: Bonkers

You don't have to wait. Start the build then go to the pub.

Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

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Re: Multiprocess

The latest FireFox ESR has e10s.

Voila! Bazinga! Amazon turns Alexa into an annoying 'cool' aunt

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My ideal computer voice.

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Seen this problem with some developer's machines here in Japan.

Of course, I use Debian so have not been affected...

Outlook.com is still not functioning properly for some Microsoft punters

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You can't send them a screenshot because of confidentiality - but aren't all the emails stored in plain text on Microsoft's servers?

Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

Yes, in Japan males sit to urinate.

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These toilets are awesome

I can claim some standing in this area as I live in Japan and own of those washlets. They are awesome and easy to operate once you know the Japanese for "arse" and "stop". It is the only way to feel really clean if you are squeezing out a slow shit the day after eating an extra spicy tantanmen.

Every home should have one.

Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

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Re: Overy my cold dead body

Using the net on my phone is a painful experience with ads that are so intrusive that quite often I'll give up trying to find the information I'm looking for.

The answer is Firefox + Ublock Origin. Unless you are unlucky enough to be using an iPhone...

RM: School spending on tech is soft, soggy and downright subdued

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I wrote my first BASIC on my school's 380Z. There wasn't a chance in hell my parents would buy any sort of computer so it was vital in giving me my first experience of software development. Amazed they are still going but grateful for the opportunity I got via them and The Avenue Comprehensive School (RIP).

Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: The IP address is not a great way to decide validity

If I recall correctly I was connected to a VPN server in France when I signed, despite being physically located in the restaurant at my local health club in Bracknell at the time. No doubt my signature would be on this list as a result.

Should that make my signature any less valid?

Your signature should be invalid because you were sitting at a health club restaurant in Bracknell and connected via a VPN server in France.

Pornography, violence and JG Ballard: High Rise, the 1970s' internet

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Great book - I have been looking forward to this film for a while. I am worried by the "limited release" comment above. I hope it makes it out here to Japan...

Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Re: Not me Zuck.

I am also one of the 800 million who downloaded Facebook Messenger. Since deleted it. And the Facebook and Twitter apps. They are simply not necessary. I can use the mobile websites using Firefox+Adblock.

The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

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Re: You're Going To Block My VPN, Netflix?

NetFlix have a lot of people paying for their service. Your £5.99 is not going to make much difference. Just started subscribing here in Japan. Better than watching Japanese telly. Apart from http://www.k-marumie.com/katsusayu/ of course...

Samsung told to build bots who work for less than Foxconn staffers

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Capitalism

The capitalist's wet dream: replace all the workers with robots who can then make your products for peanuts. Then you can make vast profits by selling these products to... Oh fuck.

Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

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Advertisers

Advertising companies are all scum. Lies, deception, psychological manipulation, guilt trips, brainwashing, whatever-it-takes are all acceptable as long as people are conned into buying the shitty products. Of course the people conned into buying the shitty products are the ones really paying for the adverts in the first place.

Don't feel any guilt for blocking this shit. Don't lose any sleep if advertisement funded services go out of business. The world is not a worse place for this.

Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

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Upgraded OK

My VPCEH2P0E upgraded from Windows 7 Home okay. It seemed a bit flaky after the upgrade but perked up nicely after a clean reinstall. I was able to install Sony's Windows 7 ALPS touchpad software. The only downside I can see is that I can no longer control brightness using function keys.

Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Wheezer

I really liked that Wheezer video on the Windows 95 install disk. Does Windows 10 come with a nice song?

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