* Posts by Zoopy

97 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Nov 2011


Has Windows 11 really lost marketshare to Windows 10?


Re: The flagship OS and its hardware requirements

> The problem with "Windows Mary Rose" is not so much the hardware requirements as the obeissance requirements.

TIL two new words!

"obeisance" ("s"): https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obeisance

"obéissance" ("ss"): the French equivalent


Techie's enthusiasm for decluttering fails to spark joy


Re: Now that's what I call saved by the very last inch

I don't get it. Is that a Futurama reference?


I've never been in a DC. Is it common nowadays to also print the serial number on the front of each chassis, e.g. with a label maker?


Serial numbers

At least on Linux, you can typically retrieve a serial number using the "dmidecode" command.

Tesla misses the mark on all fronts in quarter of chaos


A shame

Couldn't have happened to a nicer paedophile.

See what I did there?

Post Office slapped down for late disclosure of documents in Horizon scandal inquiry


Re: her credibility for preaching & giving sermons on Christian values

Perhaps further evidence that church and state are best kept separate.


Re: De-Frocked

Obscure pun. Respect.

Woz calls out US lawmakers for TikTok ban: 'I don’t like the hypocrisy'


"Just a bunch of hand waving "but, but, muh freedumb," type nonsense."

This is an ugly form of mockery. I bet you can find a better way to advance the conversation.

Job interview descended into sweary shouting match, candidate got the gig anyway


Re: "He was also unable to do a decent wolf whistle!"

Only the decent ones.

BOFH: I get locked out, but I get in again


Re: Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

You bastard! F**** you from every side of the pond!!!!

... should you choose to accept it.

EU users can't update 3rd party iOS apps if abroad too long


Re: Who are their lawyers?

I was born in the U.S., as was my father. My grandfather came over from Ireland.

Not many years ago, I obtained (confirmed?) my Irish citizenship via a Registration of Foreign Birth. This was possible despite my father never having done the same.

Air National Guardsman Teixeira to admit he was Pentagon files leaker


Re: "National Security"

This is why the Empire stopped outsourcing to Spirit Airways.

Musk 'texts' Nadella about Windows 11's demands for a Microsoft account


First time for everything

This might be the first thing in the last 5+ years that Musk has said and I agree with.

OTOH, Musk has such a backlog of schadenfreude and karma to work though, that I'm delighted he ran into this problem.

Work for you? Again? After you lied about the job and stole my stuff? No thanks


Re: "And to this day, the more he dislikes someone, the more polite he is towards them."

You are a most interesting man.

Beige Against the Machine: The IBM PC turns 40


Re: PC

Please be bothered to write it!

Leaked memo: Microsoft employees should be using Copilot too


Sounds like you need a chatbot on your end as well.

One both chatbots have given up and punted to real humans, the actual tech support can begin.

You're not imagining things – USB memory sticks are getting worse


Simple solution?

Make Amazon liable for defective products, and don't allow them to disclaim that liability via customer license agreements.

I know, I know, there's no political will to enact that. But a girl can dream.

Techie climbed a mountain only be told not to touch the kit on top


Re: A successful failure?

"Sometimes just showing good intentions and a broad set of skills is enough, even if you're kind of useless."

Well that, and you DID work with the hotel's servers.


Re: Try turning the cable end to end

"Ive done the same with an electrical cable - it often started working when turned end to end."

Must have been DC power. With AC wiring, the changing current direction works the lining loose at both ends over time.

Top Linux distros drop fresh beats


Re: Style is optional

I think some of the benefits I reap from Linux exist only because there's a certain critical mass of users. E.g., Valve Steam; well-maintained Wine/Proton; good driver support for most peripherals; and laptop/PC vendors that explicitly support Linux.

BOFH: Looks like you're writing an email. Fancy telling your colleague to #$%^ off?


Re: Life imitating art

Okay, now I'm curious what ChatGPT would produce when asked to write a BOFH story.

Microsoft touts migration to Windows 11 as painless, though wallets may disagree


Re: Only two years to go

Well, he never said he *likes* his family.

Seriously, have you ever raised a teenager???


Re: Why?

> poor MS shareholders who need a new yatch?

I'm trying to guess what kind of professional can provide that kind of product / service.

WTF? Potty-mouthed intern's obscene error message mostly amused manager


Re: stroke rates

I... don't think HR provides the services you think they do.

While we fire the boss, can you lock him out of the network?


Re: Dead mans shoes career progression

"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist"


Re: Dead mans shoes career progression

Plot twist: Alvin was a BOFH all along. He framed jis boss, and was pocketing the difference on the bandwidth bill.

And wanted to take over jis boss' apartment.

Retired Akamai CEO sues daughter's ex-husband over unpaid millions



The story says Conrades retired in 2018.

But hasn't Leighton been their CEO since 2013?

You don't get what you don't pay for, but nobody is paid enough to be abused


Re: "Actually, this is precisely the service you paid for"

She's an auditor! Burn her!

Broadcom re-orgs VMware into four divisions – none of which mention end-user compute products



The article mentions "posting" a Xeet.

I'd think "popping a Xeet" makes more sense.

‘How not to hire a North Korean plant posing as a techie’ guide updated by US and South Korean authorities


Only a concern if you're hiring cooks.

BOFH: A security issue, you say? Activate code tangerine


Okay, I'll bite.

How much DOES elevator maintenance cost?

Sure, give the new kid and his MCSE power over the AS/400. What could possibly go wrong?


Re: Umm. Mainframe?

Tongues? We had to you our genitals! And we were happy for it, let me tell you.

Cops charge prankster who 'corona-coughed' on aged officer and had it filmed


Re: Idiot

Let's treat this like a "reverse mortgage". He dies whenever she dies.

(Not serious. But they should take whatever steps are necessary for him and his accomplice to never seriously contemplate doing this kind of thing again.)

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance


Re: Crazy Hammer Guy

I'd have mixed feelings if that happened to me, given that I'm a dude and whatnot.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina


Re: This makes me happy

An IoT vibrator?

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media


> Fuck the USA. I really hope they do succeed in kicking out every single last "illegal" immigrant or any visitor who doesn't meet their bigoted, white nationalist viewpoint.

Any chance you're painting all Americans with a broad brush?

Also, I'm curious if you consider every action of your country's government to represent your personal values?

Disgruntled bug-hunter drops Steam zero-day to get back at Valve for refusing him a bounty


Re: From my understanding...

> Unrelated note, what is it that Valve actually DO these days, other than sitting on a vast pile of money made off of other people’s hard work?

They develop Proton, which is tremendously valuable to me.

Black Hat USA axes anti-abortion congressman as keynote speaker after outcry – and more news from infosec land


Re: There are now answers to this that will make everyone happy.

> It's a really fscking simple issue.

I wasn't convinced of your argument until you restated it with the additional F-bomb. But now I'm totally on board with your logic! Thanks.


Re: There are now answers to this that will make everyone happy.

The debate about abortion is far more complicated than that. I don't understand why you posted such a simplistic, one-sided summary.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ support to arrive in Linux 5.1


"And presumably a stocking full of dongles to actually connect with anything you use"

That sounds like something for the dear wife, that the kids DEFINITELY need to not unwrap by accident.

If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build


Re: Brown Ring of Quality

Perhaps from one of the Austin Powers movies, where a man in an adjacent bathroom stall tells Powers to be careful or else he'll blow out his O-ring.

Slow Ring Windows 10 fragged by anti-cheat software in the games you're playing at work, says Insiders supremo


GPDR vs. telemetry

I think that's a great question. Assuming it hasn't been covered elsewhere, it would be an opportunity for The Register to do some serious journalism.

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


Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

Luxury! We had a Timex Sinclair 1000 and we were glad for it!

We'd wake up the night before we went to bed, start the tape drive playing into the computer's input port, while da' beat us with BASIC manuals.

Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks


The REAL key life skill they should teach is how to bribe legislators into passing onerous IP laws that benefit one's own corporation.

BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back


Sheesh, what a Bastard.

Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment


Re: Buytaert opened pandora's box, and doesn't know how to close it...

"What this is, IMHO, is an effect of the old Christian doctrine of sex being a sin"

I can't think of any Christian doctrine which considers sex to be a sin. Can you explain that claim in a little more detail?

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain


Blocking unwanted phone-home?

AFAIK, everything that's keeping me from using Windows 10 would be stopped if I can prevent Windows from phoning home.

I've read that Windows 10 will ignore any firewall software that would prevent it from phoning home.

But does anyone know if using an external firewall is known to work? I.e., is there a reasonable set of rules that an external firewall can use to suppress:

- Unwanted update pushes.

- Unwanted snooping by Microsoft.

- Unplanned system updates.

We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact


Re: Modest proposal

You may be onto something.

Perhaps every time you get a robocall, run an Asterisk script that:

(1) calls a phone number that the telco *has* to monitor (their legal, HR, or investor-relations department),

(2) using a spoofed phone number, and

(3) uses a robo-script to explain to them, at great length, the problems that robocalls cause to you, and that you'd like them to please implement a solution.

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers


My wife owns a small photography business. We've had a lot of misgivings about Windows 10, enough so that we've been thinking about switching to Macs for photo-editing. But the new Macs and MBP's are so overpriced (and memory-limited, in the case of MBP) that the the migration is less likely.

When Microsoft pushed the catastrophe it calls Windows 10, they handed Apple a golden opportunity. I would have never guess that Apple would throw it away like this.