* Posts by 1Rafayal

676 publicly visible posts • joined 4 May 2011


Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser


Hang on, I am a Windows 10 fan - but isnt this what the court cases in the 90's were all about?

Wasnt there a legal ruling that stated MS couldnt force you into using a specific browser?

Plus, I dont like Edge, I like Chrome.

Are you Falcon sure, Elon? Musk vows Big Rocket will go up 2019


According to good old Wikipedia, the Energia was apparently able to loft 110 tons to LEO.

I didnt think it had flown more than once, but apparently it took both the Buran and Poylus into orbit.

It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means


Re: DevOps is still snake oil

Devops is simply making developers own their own work as opposed to them picking up tickets and checking in code. It also gives them a level of ownership over how their applications are deployed and how their infrastructure is built etc.

Thats pretty much it.

The rest of it, the conferences, the books etc, you dont need it. Anyone who says they dont need any devops software is lying to themselves - you think you can get away with no SCM? Or a build server? Or something like a Jira?

Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project


Re: Advantages

What about the weight of the batteries?

I am not nay saying the idea of an electric plane, I quite like the idea personally. But what is the landing weight of a long range jet liner at the moment? Surely they burn most of the take off weight during the long flights they undertake?

If you start flinging batteries into the equation, wouldnt that make the landing weight of the plane heavier than a traditional fuel burning plane? Especially given that it would also carry a generator and the fuel to power it? Or is all of this balanced out so the total weight of the plane plus fuel is less than that of a fuel burning plane with its tanks full?

Need a ginger ale now...

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months


I was a customer of Zen way back in the dial up days.

After looking at their latest offers, I am very tempted to become a customer once more!


if it wasnt for the fact that most of our Internet comes from BT anyway, I would change ISP.

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again


why is this still a thing?

Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled


I, for one, welcome our new Jovian overlords.

Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling


looking forward to a point in time when humans will potentially be able to visit both the robots on the surface of Mars.

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul


well, its possible that the back of the plane is flying faster than the front of the plane, or vice versa

depends how elastic the air frame I suppose.

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?


Re: Start menu

Bob, what is it with you and 2D UI's?

Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo


I just simply hate git on many occasions

Three words: Synthetic gene circuit. Self-assembling bacteria build pressure sensor


is this vegan friendly?

There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it


Fasthosts, lolol

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served


Re: Next Gen

@bombastic bob

why are you always whinging on about 3D UI's ?

Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update


Re: Does it still have 2D FLATSO, SPYWARE, ADWARE ???

bombastic_bob, why do you keep saying things?

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...


Re: "If you don't have a Surface Pro, I suspect the price is why"

Why would you pay for a Surface Pro, if all you are going to do is carry out UX testing?

New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017


Turns out research was all I needed to do...

It would appear that the V4 is capable of running in a standalone mode, but this board will be a different SKU - there will be three versions in total.

Nice to see it support the CDTV, now can justify splashing out on one.


I actually have a Blizzard 1260 installed in my A1200, which makes it awesome. but it also cost a huge amount for what it does.

However, I have yet to see a price for these cards... Am a little confused as to how they actually work, given they can act as a standalone Amiga..

No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea


@Lee D

I dont think soft SIM cards will be a thing any time soon, even though it is probably the best thing that could happen to smart phones in the last 10 years.

I would imagine it would open up a whole new avenue for SIM piracy.


It doesnt need 4G functionality.

It needs to work with Android.

Microsoft: We beat Google, AWS to cloudy GPU VMs in Blighty


bit coin mining in the cloud then?

How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)


Re: "Windows 10 continues to win converts"

You are assuming that Microsoft will dominate the OS landscape in its totality.

This isnt the case and as long as people are given the choice of OS, will never be the case.


Isnt OS X technically a BSD?


If the Reg was interested in showing the stats for mobile devices then I am sure they would have shown them instead of these operating systems.

Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle


Skype for Business/Lync is just a pain in the arse.

MS basically need to offer a unified client that adapts to either a business or personal context. I know the switch from Lync to Skype for Business has only recently taken place, so it can only get better, given where it is right now.

However, things like Slack just work better

Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that


Re: about 12 per cent of servers run non-Windows OSs!?

Still not servers though, are they?

I would imagine that there are very few Android devices out there acting as web servers, or email servers on a regular basis.

The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware


Kind of ignores the fact that VMWare is actually planning on releasing (if they havent already) on AWS.

So that means you can instantiate compute instances that run across the cloud, the DC and the server room in one go.

Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination


Re: @Dave Austin ... Was it wise to fire him?

This isnt about his constitutional rights.

He was fired because he didnt carry out an instruction he was given.


Re: Was it wise to fire him?

A constructive dismissal is a situation where your employer has made it impossible for you to carry out your duties.

This guy was fired for not doing what he was told to do. So no, I dont think this is grounds for a contructive dismissal.

Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all


Re: Good ideas, but...


ISP's typically dont block VPN connections.

Same goes for RDP, they can block the standard port, but that doesnt stop you from connecting on a different port, one that ISP's have no clue about.

As far as I know right now, the only ports blocked by UK ISP's are for email.


Re: Good ideas, but...

Again, corporate use.

How could an ISP in the UK find a good reason for banning VPN connections when a large part of our office workforce uses them either to connect to services at work, or to connect to work from home?

Or is this "elitism"?


Re: DNSCrypt

+1 for DNSCrypt

Agile consultant behind UK's disastrous Common Platform Programme steps down


Re: Agile == Fragile

@Charlie Clark

Quite true.


Re: Agile doesn't work

Agile isnt the reason this project failed.

It failed because its a government IT project and would have failed regardless of the project methodology used.

Your comments on security make no sense what so ever.


Re: 1Rafayal - "it doesnt have anything to do with the individual talents of any one person"

Looks like we have some AC's who have never worked in a team of others.


Re: Agile doesn't work

How is Agile less secure than a waterfall methodology?

Or any other project management methodology?


Re: Agile doesn't work

Sounds like you dont know what Agile actually is. It goes beyond the work of one single developer.

The whole point of Agile is to deliver small amounts of work on a very regular basis, it doesnt have anything to do with the individual talents of any one person - much in the same way as every project methodology doesnt rely on this.

Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft


Re: Meh, I give it a few months

Many, many laptops and desktops have a TPM installed.

It's not a quirk for ChromeBooks


Re: "The difference with ChromeOS is that they didn't take an existing OS"

ChromeOS is a Linux.

It uses the Linux kernel

Welsh Linux Mint terror nerd jailed for 8 years


Re: Push Pull

To do that would mean creating a nation state.

Creating a new state means that people can go to war with them directly etc.

Plus, why would an organisation want to equip its members with passports that no country would honour and identify the holder as an ISIS supporter?


Re: Clickbait headline

Yes, and if he had stored them on an EC2 instance running veracrypt, things could have been harder.

The point is that this guy learned enough about cyber security to make his plans a reality.


Re: Clickbait headline

He used Linux Mint on a USB drive to store documents relating to terrorism.

Seems pretty straight forward to me.

Pen-tester gets past Microsoft VB macro barriers


Re: Actual impact & securing a network against this...

I dont think this affects Office 365, at least the article didnt mention it anyway...

Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'


Will professional journalists want to rub shoulders with random members of the public?

'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules


If you dont like ISIS, just pretend they dont exist

Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?


Re: Agile only works if all stakeholders agree on an outcome

what, you mean just like every other methodology?

Elastifile delivers stretchy file software


Re: Built into Windows Server and Linux?

sorry, what part of this is already built into these OS's?

Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly


mandate for independence!

Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails


Didnt the Scottish Government base its 2014 iteration of the neverendum on Wikipedia misinformation tactics?