* Posts by pdebarra

22 posts • joined 16 Sep 2011

Instagram influencer fools followers into thinking Ikea photoshoot was Bali holiday


Re: Good grief!

I watched about 20 seconds with the sound off. I don't think I'm brave enough to try again with the sound on. Books, covers, and all that, I know, I know - but "influencers" are surely the exception to that rule!

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs


Re: The Usual Response...

Gaaah, now I've to change my password for everything!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea


You are obviously not including Ireland in "the British Isles", which is of course correct. We don't know here what pigs in blankets are. I knew because it came up in a table quiz once, but then I forgot. Now, I'll remember again. For a while.

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


Re: Eviscerated!

One, two, three, many.

Many one, many two, many three, many many.

Many many one, many many two, many many three, many many many.

Many many many one, many many many two, many many many three, lots.

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win


"...the reigning British world champion."

Which is he?

Viagra's Irish plant STILL giving local men and dogs stiffies (not really)


Since when is Ringaskiddy an embarrassing name? There is a town in East Donegal whose residents don't always like to tell outsiders where they're from, but I've never heard of anyone finding Ringaskiddy embarrassing.

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

My organisation favours "LGBTQIA+".

I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to


Re: I mostly code to..

Lotta Tallis, but more Byrd, and plenty of their contemporaries from various other parts of Europe. And, on other days, Ministry, or perhaps Bach, or maybe Sabbath.

Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet


Who's footing the bill?

Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking


Re: bobby tables

Always good to see an XKCD reference!

Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos


I find neither the rhino nor the Pogba on your list. Am I alone in this? I have even cleared my cache, just in case...

Marc Benioff apologizes as Salesforce NA14 instance goes TITSUP


"We have determined that data written to the NA14 instance between 9:53 UTC and 14:53 UTC on May 10, 2016 could not be restored."


CODING PEEP SHOW offers chance to hire devs as they program


Daft. I spend only a small portion of my time actually coding - and a good bit of that is deleting what I wrote half an hour ago and starting again. Add all the time I spend filling in spreadsheets, and reading El Reg while code is compiling and publishing, and it's going to be pretty damn dull. And utterly useless.

Imagine: "Oh, look, he's typed 'fro'! Oh, no, he's deleting it! Nailbiting stuff here! That's an 'f'. And an 'o'. And an 'r'. 'FOR'! He's written 'for'!"


Call of Duty, GTA V do not make youth more violent



...but no footnote? You're just winding us up!

JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!

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Re: Wow.

Unfortunately, Mercury doesn't have a dark side as such. It's not tidally locked, which ruins many a good sci-fi story.

Germans purge selves of indigestible 63-letter word


Re: Non-Dutch people speaking Dutch

I sincerely hope you meant "phlegm". That sort of thing is frowned upon, even in Europe.


Re: Agglutinative languages

German wouldn't be an agglutinative language, though, as it's only nouns that get lumped together like that. Prepositions, articles (or other means of expressing definiteness) etc. are not included.

Crack Army pilot to be first PROPER British astronaut IN SPAAAACE


Re: why

I wondered about that as well. Is it because she's a woman?

Certainly, everything I see about her in the Fount Of All Knowledge suggests that she was British: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Sharman

Maybe it's because she's from Sheffield?

Last remaining reason to order an iPhone 5 disappears


Excellent troll

Well done, that man.

Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money


Much ado

Those who volunteer are presumably doing so voluntarily. Volunteers tend to volunteer their services free of charge. She's told people up front that they won't be paid. So anyone who signs up is presumably happy with that arrangement. If nobody is happy to do that, nobody will sign up, and then she'll be forced to pay people to play with/for her instead. Either way, I'm buggered if I can see why anyone has anything to complain about.

Sony: Walkman, meet Android



I believe the preferred plural is "Sony Walkman Personal Stereos".

Newsnight presenter pwned by snarky hack


I think the point was that Japanese does not divide nouns into feminine/masculine/neuter, as European languages tend to do. It was not to say that men and women speak alike.


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