* Posts by theBatman

45 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Jan 2011

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager


I take the point that Task Manager is less effective than it used to be

But apart from that this story was really a bit yawnworthy. I'm questioning if it's a story at all. The "slightly odd right-click-on-the-start-button" method doesn't strike me as odd at all, particularly as we've had it since Windows 10.

I did enjoy the meme, however, and sent it to my 12 year old who says I don't understand them.

Sent from my Mac

FYI: If the latest Windows 11 really wants to use Edge, it will use Edge no matter what


Yes, for years I've been astonished at the distracting news headlines in the default pages of their browsers. It seems very inappropriate for a business product, they've done it not because it makes sense but because it will generate clicks.

I thought this quote from the main article hit the nail on the head:

"Microsoft isn’t a good steward of the Windows operating system. They’re prioritizing ads, bundleware, and service subscriptions over their users’ productivity."

Microsoft warns: Active Directory FoggyWeb malware being actively used by Nobelium gang


Pah! Thespians.

They're not to be trusted.

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10


Alternative theory

Just makes things easier if EVERYTHING IS TEAMS!

No need for any other names.

I bet their team discussed this at length with team Teams meetings, cross-team Teams chat with other teams on Teams and Teams posts on their team's Teams teams teams Teams TEAMS TEAMS TEAMS TEAMS!

Fitness freaks flummoxed as massive global Garmin outage leaves them high and dry for hours


I can wait for kudos

GPS watch data is most useful when I’m actually running. Pace, distance, heart rate mainly. The device itself still works just fine. Some people I know only upload their runs to Strava once a week or less...

But it would be nice to know what’s going on at some point!

There's a reason why my cat doesn't need two-factor authentication


Cat cloning

“talking about security in public is likely to make yourself a target and therefore less secure“

And the thought I was having at the very moment I read this was, I wonder if anyone would go to the trouble of tracking down and borrowing the cat to clone it’s microchip and send an animal of their choice into the house.

(Pets may not have programming skills but their humans might...)

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you're holding, and make sure you've updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked)


Not sure I see the distinction.

Device or machine.

Criminals and miscreants.

Or at least, I’m not sure that it matters.

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond



I momentarily got excited that perhaps this article was going to tell me the world had come to its senses and sales of voice activated devices were on the decline.

My own fault for jumping to conclusions (and misreading the headline) but still, disappointed.

Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8



Yes MS broke parental controls. What they didn't do, at least in my case, is leave everything wide open. After the upgrade my son logged in and could do nothing, he couldn't launch any applications. The whole thing was completely locked down. I had to delete his account and create a new one.

Apple was OK to fire man for private Facebook comments


I've always thought that maybe...

Regardless of privacy settings:

1. I should only have my real friends on Facebook

2. I shouldn't share anything that is private

3. I shouldn't say anything if there are people wouldn't want to say it to.

That way, not only will I never land myself in trouble but I'll also manage to keep a nice chunk of my life for myself.

Inside WD's flooded Thai factory


Wetstern Doggypaddle?

Sorry, sorry, sorry...

Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers' privates


Mind how you go...

A colleague thought it would be a good idea to drill holes through broken hard drives, much to our amusement as the hard disk he had "secured" to his desk slipped out of the clutches of his g-clamp as he was drilling into it. As the hole was off centre it span quite uncontrollably towards his crown jewels while he, in a panic, was unable to switch off the drill. At this point, I pulled out the plug, saving his future offspring. There was much pointing and laughing. We went back to using the lump hammer.

Incidentally, laptop drives are very fragile. You only have to bend them slightly and the entire platter will shatter like glass...

Quote of the Week: 'I shave my balls for this?'


Westbro Baptist

Trolls. Standard procedure - don't feed them.

Furious HP staff stage protest over job cuts


Good for a laugh...

"If you're HP and you know it, wash your hands..."

Had me in stitches, thanks!

Gibson revisits Firebird range with robotic refresh


Will fancy new gimmicks help me play better?

I'll stick to my good old fashioned Strat I think... and there are plenty of old fashioned gimmicks on my pedalboard ;)

Lady Gaga loses squatting complaint


I don't like my fans...

... I think I'll sue the crap out of them.

Seriously, if someone admires you enough to put up a website about you it should be taken as a compliment!

BT Tower becomes giant lightsabre tonight



I suppose it's more original than a painting a willy onto it.

PC World throws in free Bravia telly with Sony fondleslabs


Currys favour?

I read that as "curry flavour"...

Powermat crafts wireless Duracell Bunny boiler


At least with wireless charging...

There's no opportunity for ham-fisted menaces to snap, mash and mangle connectors and cables... some of which are a complete PITA to replace, especially considering the frequency with which they seem to get broken!

Guardian pratfall swaps homepage for US insurance firm



Has anyone else noticed grauniad.co.uk redirects the The Guardian website but .com doesn't? They own both...

Hacker defaces Irish Catholic paper: 'Gotta love false hope'


False Religion?!

I don't believe it! ;)

Laptop batteries made of jelly invented

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Sounds good...

We can start making novelty batteries using jelly moulds :)

9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power


The Global War On Terror...

... is something that makes me feel thoroughly ashamed of my country. It's more evil than terrorism itself... our cowardly politicians need to admit that it's bullshit and put a stop to it.

That was a great article, thankyou.

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I just went to a separate page to upvote your comment....

Because I agree, it's a bit annoying :D

Oh. I did a title, that was unnecessary!



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Three in ten Americans urge feds to read their email


Use the FUD to get the power...

34% of Americans believe that every time you say "I don't believe in terrorism" an American soldier dies... Unless you clap your hands of course.

Yahoo! fires! CEO! Carol! Bartz!


Did you mean "due"?

"the shortfall was do in part to poor returns"

Painters wrap Forth Bridge job after 121 years


Like driving to the end of the M25?

Seriously, I think the register should host a competition!

US Marines not allowed to fart in Afghanistan


.stigid ro/dna srettel niatnoc tsum dna ,deriuqer si eltit ehT

What a load of guff!

Seven Dwarfs password gag declared Fringe's best

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.stigid ro/dna srettel niatnoc tsum dna ,deriuqer si eltit ehT

Thankyou for the amusing proverb, it provided much laughter.

Britain's iconic red phonebox turns 75



"With 11,000 K6 models still scatted throughout the country..."

Was that a mistake? Please say it was!

Four months' porridge for 20-minute Facebook riot page


Bad Joke?

It's a person's real intent that I'm interested in, not what they've said on Facebook. It might be fair to argue that he had no intention of actually starting a riot and having made his joke thought better of it and took it down. Which was sensible. So now they're handing out prison sentences for bad jokes?

If his words had consequences (like, an actual riot) I'd understand the sentence. It's way too easy to lose your freedom around here.

Google lands patent for, um, estimating shipment time


I, I, Me, Me, Mine!

That's just not what patents are for. Grrrr.

These big corporations are like snotty little kids fighting over their toys. The progress of humanity is at stake here!

So the next time I want to know how long a parcel's going to take to get to me someone has to pay a Google tax?

Why don't they just patent eating or something?!

Kabam! Facebook gamers fume after script deletes fake stuff


"separate but related"

"a 'separate but related' problem involving a backup system affected additional players"

I wonder if that means they weren't *using* their backup system? :D

Björk Biophilia

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My thoughts...

Exactly. Loved it. In fact, I thought the pun was better than the article!

Copyright Kitemark plan flutters aloft


Onan magnet...


Go Daddy no-no means No Daddy is no-go


My favourite registrar...

Has a simple motto: "No Bullshit". You can't argue with that.

I've never used GoDaddy because I find their website too irritating. I know what I want, I don't need them to suggest that I want other stuff too. Or to find when I go to register a domain that the advertised price is not actually the price I have to pay...

Press body looks at its naughty bits as hacking scandal grinds on


No, I don't think that's going to help.

"It said changes were required to improve the public's confidence in how the press is governed."

It doesn't matter how the press is governed, we now know (or rather, have proof, we always knew) the lengths that some journalists will go to for a story. A "code of practice" won't make any difference if they're already prepared to break the law.

ANONYMOUS: Behind the mask, inside the Hivemind

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Good read...

That was a very interesting read, thanks!

Amazon swallows UK online bookseller


Finding it hard to swallow...

They're certainly Ruth-less. So at least one of them must be a "Nancy".

Oh there's a lot of puns to be had here.

US woman sues again over XP 'downgrade', seeks class action


Forward Planning

This irks me no end, because it's just a lack of forward planning on her part. If she wanted XP on her computer she should have looked to see which versions she was allowed to downgrade from before buying a computer, like the rest of us do. I've had this from relatives who've bought home basic to try out and decided it wasn't good enough despite my advising them not to!

To me her case sounds ludicrous.

"I bought this jar of marmalade only to discover it was orange flavoured, and I wanted it to taste like chocolate. Now I'm being told that if I want it to be chocolate flavoured I have to buy this stuff called chocolate spread in a completely new jar when I've already paid for this one that I don't want. Why can't they put it in the one I've got? It's an outrage!"