* Posts by David1

37 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Oct 2011

Scientists speak their brains: Please don’t call us boffins


I am proud to have been called a boffin by people I respect - RAF personnel operating the 'plane.

MX Linux 21.2: Middleweight Debian-based distro is well worth a look


Excellent Review

I recommend you to explore the MX tools more thoroughly: they are amazingly useful.

My personal favourite allows you to easily create a portable, persistent clone of your

own tweaked MX operating system on a USB stick: this works when plugged into almost

any computer capable of booting from USB. And it does not touch the machine's native

system unless you want it to.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


Distrowatch will help you choose.


Internet Archive's 2046 Wayforward Machine says Google will cease to exist


Re: 2046?

I am 85 and I care about this issue because many of my descendants will probably be alive.

Brexit freezes 81,000 UK-registered .eu domains – and you've all got three months to get them back



My .eu email is still working today!?..... WTF is really happening?

Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 Gen 8: No boundaries were pushed in the making of this laptop – and that's OK

Thumb Up

Yes, I use it happily!


Yes, I still use it happily

HP: That print-free-for-life deal we promised you? Well, now it's pay-per-month to continue using your printer ink


I use a Samsung mono laser and a Canon inkjet all-in-one - am I safe or not?

Giffgaff goody-baddy-bag billing faff: Ofcom fines operator £1.4m for overcharging folks by almost £3m


Forgive them.

So they had a bug in their software: bad but not deliberate fraud.

I will continue to use them because they work well for me.

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral


Am I the only reg' reader to be annoyed by the ongoing butchery of Skype?

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit


Re: It could be worse, we could be running Slackware.

Just realized it is not Wikipedia - sorry.


Re: It could be worse, we could be running Slackware.

There are many others which are not worse. Wikipedia lists lots of them.


For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers


Is internet as reliable as legacy 'phone system?

My experience is that POTS outages are rare, but internet outages are common.

Does anybody have any (non-anecdotal) data about outages?

In memoriam: See you in Valhalla, Skype Classic. Version 8 can never replace you


Fake news?

Skype 7 is still working here today on W7, albeit with popups asking me to update.

Of course I just click the "not now" button.

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active


Re: Unemployment scheme

Does not seem gradual to me.

HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame


Re: HP's disgusting con

Yes, you can now get good third-party chipped cartridges at a reasonable price.

Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over


Re: Pointless interface changes ?

LO's predecessor Star Office/OpenOffice did include an email client until about the turn of the century.

Seamonkey also has an email client (as well as a WYSIWYG web page writer) and IMO is preferable to FF+TB. Shame about the silly name Seamonkey.

Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service


What problem?

Can anybody tell me WTF the complaint is about?

I have checked today, and I find that Skype works fine between Linux and MSWindows, for video calls and text both ways.

Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery


Thanks for the info' - Yandex looks pretty good.

Bing Maps has also got much better lately.

Google Maps on the other hand is much worse than it used to be.

Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup


My site is back up now.

Using one of their resellers, my site has just returned to life!

Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs


Re: Unrelated

How about giving us a full list of your preferences and addons?

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.


Effing awful!

It's terrible. Please revert to the old design while you do a rethink.

Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield


Re: Get a life...

Feet and fathoms are much better than metres for nautical (and aviation) purposes.

Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage


Re: "Give me 6 lines from an honest man and I'll find something to hang him." (@ John Smith 19)

No, we will need all the welding torches we can muster to destroy the hardware which is being used by NSA - hopefully we will have sufficient acetylene to complete the job.

Steelie Neelie: Crack down on wicked ISPs so we can Skype


Re: THREE are the only provider that do not block SKYPE in my area ...

No, just a user of their dongle, mobile phone service and wired broadband. As a matter of fact I am very cross with them for selling out their wired broadband to Murdoch. However I have successfully used Skype with the dongle, and have found their support services are pretty good.

Sounds as if you were misled by one of their in-store people.


Re: THREE are the only provider that do not block SKYPE in my area ...

You should really try an O2 dongle before publicly condemning it.


Re: THREE are the only provider that do not block SKYPE in my area ...

Just spoke to an "o2 guru": he says I CAN use Skype with my o2 dongle on a laptop.

Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday


Just the UK version?

Since the judgement is supposed to have force throughout the EU, why does the "apology" appear on the UK homepage only (not on German/French/Irish/Dutch etc)?

I wonder whether the judges are happy with Apple's persistent truculent behaviour.

O2 network staggers across UK


Re: Don't mean to be a bore..

Will your valve CB work without mains electricity?

Hard disk drive prices quick to rise, slow to fall


Re: Just like everything else

Larry, you should understand that when we non-americans use the word "gas" we are using it in its true sense. I cannot understand why intelligent people persist in using it as an abbreviation for gasoline without any indication that it is an abbreviation. ("gas." might be acceptable.)

Hard-up Iceland plumps for cheaper open source


Re: Iceland? What's happening in Munich?


Google flings Bing into search engine bin


Devil's Advocate

Much as I detest Mr Gates and all his works, I have found that Bing maps are much better than Google maps. (Of course this was accomplished by buying Multimaps.)

UN set to dump GMT for tech-friendly Atomic Time


Daylight saving time was always an abominably stupid idea and it should be abolished.

Ubuntu One client now available for Windows


Two word question

Other distributions?

Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming


WAFIs etc


As one of the WAFIs, I sympathize with your rant.

But I would point out that I have often encountered commercial vessels on autopilot with no lookouts.