* Posts by Citizen99

207 posts • joined 20 Jan 2011

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Explained: The thinking behind the 32GB Windows Format limit on FAT32

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Interesting video. And, I nodded in agreement to his remarks on the desirability of tactile knobs and switches for vehicles so that you don't have to stop to safely change radio channel/volume, or climate control.

Euro space boffins hatch comms satellite hijack plan to save Earth from extinction

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As I read the first few words I thought it was going to suggest using comms satellites that are already in orbit. At any given time there must be plenty that are chunky enough, (?) The existing station-keeping systems would no doubt be slower that a custom-build, but would have a head start by comparison.

Focus on the camera, mobile devs: 48MP shooters about to become the sweet spot

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I see lots of over-saturated pictures on-line, and not necessarily people's phone holiday snaps, but obviously carefully framed pictures of, say, a picturesque Cotswold village or cathedral.

For me it's the cheapo but adequate pocket phone for every-day impromptu use. If I want to take a planned picture, I'll use a classic, no electronics, 6x9 film camera.

Microsoft wasn't joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone

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Hmm. Like to run Windows in a virtual machine (W7 hold-out BTW) when forced to use it. Might throw dev channel W11 at a VM and disable network interface. Out of curiosity.

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

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TDE = Trinity Desktop Environment

Happily running the KDE 3.5 fork 'on the metal' on Debian, currently Buster, or Devuan, currently Beowolf.

Lubuntu or Xubuntu usually for virtual machines.

Seven-year-old make-me-root bug in Linux service polkit patched

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Re: Kernel

Sage ? Err, ...

Shadow over Fedora 34 as maintainer of Java packages quits with some choice words for Red Hat and Eclipse

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KDE 3.5 is still available and maintained as TDE Trinity Desktop Environment.

Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library 'of any open source desktop ever'

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Re: Wine?

I'm a happy Wine user for programs that will work on it. These tend to be legacy software, sometimes dating back to the 1990s. In some such cases it can be easier than trying to 'run as' them on more 'modern' Windows.

I have XP and W7 VMs for other cases, and W7 to boot from the metal if necessary.

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver calls on the UK to extend Coronavirus Act provisions for online meetings

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As the wife described Wiltshire villages of her ancestors - ' eave a brick at 'im

Listen, son... Monster trucks just aren't cool anymore. Real winners drive Tesla Roadsters

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Re: Hybrids?

For soul, I vote the reciprocating steam engine.

Average convicted British computer criminal is young, male, not highly skilled, researcher finds

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Then read them some of your poetry?

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into

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Re: Not a translator

It's can be the same mixture when they write in threads on e.g. facebook.

Went to a francophone primary school for a year in Brussels, which helped in later life.

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Re: Not a translator

The dreaded 'pile-up'

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Re: Skodas and Ladas

Mine had the water pump fail promptly after the warranty period. Oh, and the rust came out of the seams. Got shot of it anyway as the family increased.

A floppy filled with software worth thousands of francs: Techie can't take it, customs won't keep it. What to do?

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Re: Thank goodness for the internet

But with a mournful, puppy-eyed look of regret ...

Tired: Linux fans using the Edge browser. Wired: Linux fans using a Microsoft account to sign into the Edge browser

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I've got it on Devuan Beowolf, just for another, separate browser, for ad-hoc use, not for routine browsing. Not invoking any microsoft-orientated functionality on it, it seems simple and straightforward.

Prime suspect: Amazon India apologises for offensive scenes in political thriller

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Re: Good Omens

Good Omens implies, or alludes to, many points which would be interesting material for students of theology. With humour.

SpaceX small print on Starlink insists no Earth government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities

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"recognize Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities."

That's jolly nice. I look forward to seeing a little green man sticking a parking ticket on the mars rover.

You want me to do WHAT in that prepaid envelope?

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Re: Most downvotes ever

The rectal prostate biopsy gets part of the way there in the same direction.

And after the rubber-glove probe from an unexperienced GP I couldn't sit down for nearly a week.

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Re: Club 50+

'Over the bridge' in Bristol I think it ended at 75, anyway I've had none since about then.

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Re: Club 50+

On the continong, many pans obligingly provide a 'holding' deposit shelf where you may self-assess your output before pulling the handle.

Healthy 32-year-old offered COVID-19 vaccine because doctors had him down as 6.2cm tall with BMI of 28,000

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Withdrawn - the joke had already been made..

Devuan adds third init option in sixth birthday release

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Re: ALSA

Decades ago, my boss told this anecdote as we travelled to a meeting - The Chairman ofr the Gas Board made the proclamation "Sack all clever programmers"

Drag Autonomy founder's 'fraudulent guns' and 'grasping claws' to the US for a criminal trial, thunders barrister

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Re: The time to sell idiots rubbish never ends.

Better not go over the pond, mind.

Linus Torvalds labels Super Bowl 'violent version of egg-and-spoon race'

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Re: As an American, I can tell you some Super Bowl secrets

In rugby, in the scrum the tackle can sometimes be imperilled. In the old days, of course.

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

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Re: Strains, Strains, Strains, Strains.

I sympathise with your feelings, but would point out that, unlike Australia, the UK is both highly connected and within visual distance of the Eurasian landmass.

BTW I have family in Brisbane.

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Re: the South African, the Spanish, the Denmark, the Brazilian, the Nigerian, etc. strains

I'm surprised that this detail hasn't been mentioned in the 'mainstream media'. It blows the EU's position 'right out of the water' even before considering the contractual parts of the agreement.

Europe promises all-out assault on batteries to counter China’s lithium-ion domination

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Quote ... the idea behind the European Battery Innovation project is to offer pan-European economies of scale for battery companies by pooling resources. .../Unquote

That worked well for vaccines. Oh, wait ...

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button

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Re: Fail safe?

AND 'Beware of the Leopard'

Wine pops cork on version 6.0 of the Windows compatibility layer for *nix systems

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Re: Much as I like and use Linux

I have a few old Windows programs that work well on Wine, also Kindle-for-PC. Individual installations (like Crossover does 'user-friendly' using GUI with Bottles) ,tar-balled for transportability between OS migrations, backup, whatever.

Otherwise, using VM goes for some of the rest. Direct running on Windows 7 as a last resort.

Boeing confirms last 747 to roll off production line in 2022

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Re: So long!

Ah, the red-eye flight from LA to LHR :-)

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?

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Re: Summon the lawyers!

Eco-virtue trumps the Law and Sanity

KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME

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KDE’s Plasma desktop has had a fundamental change since the mindset of KDE 3 days, when it was considered bloated and heavy

I stuck with KDE 3 in the form of the Trinity (TDE) fork. Gives me a well-featured 'classic' GUI that's not at all too heavy for my >10yrs old workstation and normal laptops. XFCE for Virtual Machines or more feeble hardware.

Somebody's Russian to meddle with UK coronavirus vaccine efforts, but GCHQ won't take it lying down

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Re: it could "turn people into monkeys".

Oook !

CERT/CC: 'Sensational' bug names spark fear, hype – so we'll give flaws our own labels... like Suggestive Bunny

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Re: Morris Worm

Cloggies Fracas.

Morris dancing with extreme violence.

The vid-confs drinking game: Down a shot of brandy every time someone titters 'Sorry, I was on mute'

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Re: Alternate reality

If you could get hold of the encoding of the remote, what fun could be had ...

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Re: Alternate reality

Ah, nostalgia for the childhood days of steam, in bed at night soothed to sleep by the melodious clankings (it was Eastern Region) of the locomotives on the nearby railway.

Good news: Boffins have finally built room-temperature superconductors. Bad news: You'll need a laser, a diamond anvil, and a lot of pressure

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Re: Superconducting gunpowder

When I was a schoolboy in the '50s I bought all the ingredients from the High Street chemist, prior to November 5th. Times change.

From the Department of WCGW: An app-controlled polycarbonate lock with no manual override/physical key

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Re: USB devices

Our wonderful nurses can cope with all sizes.

NATO's at risk if you go your own Huawei on 5G, US government warns Germany

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Re: I wonder why Merkel doesn't listen?

Then she can decide both for and against.

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns

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Re: the Sopwith Camel

@heyrick @Stoneshop Thanks for the link and info. Evidently a conscious design decision in the day. At least it didn't take civilians with it.

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Re: Making bricks fly

Why the Sopwith Camel, was it designed to be unstable for combat agility reasons ?

Just asking.

Relics of the past to be found in Oxford: A medieval friary, a Saxon wall, and... Windows 7

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Re: Westgate, Obligatory Monty Python reference

Snort

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Re: Westgate, Obligatory Monty Python reference

I have fwiend in Wome. His name is ... Biggus D*ckus.

He has a wife, you know. Her name is .... Incontinentia ...Incontinentia Buttocks.

Research into deflecting potentially world-destroying asteroids is apparently not a 'national priority' for the UK

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@rg287 This response was too well-informed to swerve getting a downvote, in true Register tradition. But what do I know, having worked inter alia on ESRO/ESA projects since the early 1960s.

We want weaponised urban drones flying through your house, says UK defence ministry as it waves a fistful of banknotes

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Re: ... but with Empire waistlines?

Eye thenk yew

Be very afraid! British Army might scrap battle tanks for keyboard warriors – report

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Re: Think of the complexity

Pakistan - M48 Patton tank, sophisticated ranging equipment.

India - Centurion tanks, ranging by Bren tracer. Took out the Patton whilst the latter was setting up.

Physical locks are less hackable than digital locks, right? Maybe not: Boffins break in with a microphone

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Re: LockPickingLawyer

I've seen The Saint do it on telly - how hard can it be ?

Co-inventor of the computer mouse, William English, dies

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I think of French as a Creole of Latin. "Pace", of course, the Academie Française.

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