* Posts by jaywin

236 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Nov 2011


Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands


Re: It still doesn't look good for air travel

No no no, they're not 737-MAX's, they're 737-8200's - a completely different beast unrelated to the MAX so nobody needs to get worried about getting on one of Ryanair's examples.

(It's actually the specific model number of the high-density -8 version of the MAX generation of 737's, but strangely was not being used by anyone in their paintwork until after they started falling out of the sky)

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump


Re: Is he even capable of a full sentence?

Because when he doesn't invite them, even the non-"fake-news" media types start boycotting him, and it looks bad when even Fox are pointing out you're trying to silence the press.

Rocket Lab wants to break free, hopes next mission is more 'A Kind Of Magic' than 'Another One Bites The Dust'


Re: Ring any bells?

Sounds to me like Boeing are being given the chance to "decide" they should have another test flight rather than being told to. NASA have been very public about their thoughts on how serious the incidents on the test flight were, it doesn't, to me at least, look like they are trying to either brush their concerns under the carpet or push Boeing towards just giving it a go with crew.

Whether the Boeing management have the guts to go "we need to have another go at the test flight" or not is the bigger question. It's clear with the scale of the problems that they're going to have to do it, it's just whether they're pushed by someone else or jump first.

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight


Re: Something seems wonky in that sentence

It honestly wouldn't surprise me if SCC weren't trying to reduce CO2 levels to try and meet the air quality requirements without realising they're not part of the measurement.

It certainly wouldn't be the most stupid thing they've done in recent years.



"a £2bn scheme to improve and maintain the city's highway infrastructure" and cut all the healthy trees down

Well, until they get stopped by the courts and the council have to backtrack rather than revealing the terms of the contract they have with Amey. Besides, cutting trees down does wonders to CO2 figures.

25 years of Delphi and no Oracle in sight: Not a Visual Basic killer but hard to kill


Careful there, or Bob will be about to tell you there's no pounds in the musical scale.

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this


Re: The long game

> we're getting to the age of gInternet

Sounds like something you need tonic for

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules


Re: What about Britain?

The IEC C13, used by nearly every PC and kettle on the planet, will be banned in favour of the new britoplug, which will be the same, but with imperial dimensions that don't quite fit existing sockets.

And it shall be known as the British Universal Technology Plug, or BUTP for short.

BSOD Burgerwatch latest: Do you want fries with that plaintext password?


Re: OS Looks Like

That said the McD's kiosks are some of the worst in the business, the screens are terrible and dont respond, then again thats why you usually dont see screens bigger than 18", but they have 32" panels

You should try the KFC / Burger King equivalents, at least McD's have tried to make theirs usable, the others have a horrible mess of UI and an excruciatingly slow process to be fought through.

Still, it reduces my likelihood of wanting to go in any of those places, so every cloud and all that.

Microsoft boffin inadvertently highlights .NET image woes by running C# on Windows 3.11


Re: Six months in C# Hell

It hasn't. It's as accurate as the rest of their post.


Re: VisualBasic developers are daft enough to fail to realize this

Try installing the Microsoft Keyboard Layout editor from Microsoft. Doesn't work with ANY version of .net available from MS downloads, unless it's hidden somewhere.

Apparently uses version 2.0.50727.9148 on my machine, and looking at the release date should work with any of the .NET 2.0 releases. Installed and ran without any problems.


Re: BTW if you need a cross-platform GUI development solution

since it uses the native GUI toolkits it'll always look and feel native

Which raises the question of what actually is the native look and feel of Windows these days?

Stiff upper lip time, Brits: After bullying France to drop its digital tax on Silicon Valley, Trump's coming for you next


Re: But, but, but ...

We've completely normalised politicians lying to us, it's all about who's lies fit best with what we want to hear. "But that's a lie" is no use as a rebuttal in these times, you need to come up with a better lie instead.

Big Falcon explosion as SpaceX successfully demos Crew Dragon abort systems


Re: Another Test

They did a pad abort test a couple of years back (2015 apparently, doesn't seem that long) - https://youtu.be/1_FXVjf46T8

Leaks point to Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with mammoth 108MP camera and ... what? 16GB of RAM


Re: More importantly

Another phone off the list of possible upgrades in that case


More importantly

Will there be a 3.5mm headphone socket?

5G signals won't make men infertile, sighs UK ad watchdog as it bans bonkers scary poster


I'm still not sure about their claims that we're having to cut all the trees down to allow us to get a 5G signal because the leaves will block the signal, but simultaneously they'll pass through a human body and cook it from the inside. Surely you can't have a signal so weak that half a mm of leaf will stop it dead, but so powerful that it can pass through bone, skin and fat and still cause damage to cells deep inside the body.

It was funny last summer though watching a climate change activist argue with a 5G-is-bad activist about why nobody should worry about each other's concern.

Microsoft: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, my PowerShell has gone RC


Re: Santa's Hat caused offence.

When the issue (and removal of the hat) was posted it was attached to a user with a number of projects on his account, and a regular posting history. Looked like a legit user to me*, although with the vs code project having to be locked down for 24 hours to let people calm down, I'm not surprised he's ended up having to delete his account.

* Doesn't discount the possibility his account was hacked

Vivaldi opens up an exciting new front in the browser wars, seeks to get around blocking with cunning code


Re: Filtering by browser is a throwback

Now we have HTML5 universally supported by almost all browsers

If only there was one common agreed definition of what HTML5 consisted of, and how it should all work.

Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space


Re: Rebranding exercise

I imagine the seat reservation screen will give the game away

They're saying they will be running it as one fleet, with specific aircraft models only allocated the day before the flight, so I guess the plan is for them to have an identical seat map as the current fleet.


Re: Rebranding exercise

Ryanair's undelivered aircraft have been photographed carrying the model name 737-8200 rather than 737 MAX 8. They've also admitted they won't be telling passengers whether they're flying a Max or not.

Huawei 5G kit in Faroe Islands: Chinese ambassador 'linked Huawei contract to ... trade deal' – report


Re: It's quite clear there will be an ongoing battle on who will control 5G and other networks

Didn't know you could use makerel to communicate?

Microsoft emits long-term support .NET Core 3.1, Visual Studio 16.4


Re: Proof in the pudding

The controls in question were deprecated 14 years ago. They haven't been available in the toolbox for nearly that long. Furthermore, a new version of .NET Core isn't going to mean you have to refactor your 13 year old software, it will carry on working as it did before.

From the linked blog post:

These controls were replaced with more powerful controls in .NET Framework 2.0, back in 2005. They have not been available by default in the Visual Studio Designer Toolbox for many years. As a result, we decided to remove these controls and focus only on the new ones.

White Screen of Death: Admins up in arms after experimental Google emission borks Chrome


Re: Security?

More likely they're completely separate processes, but when receiving a Windows "desktop has been locked" message, they're not checking whether there's more than one desktop and it's actually their desktop that's affected. It would explain why *any* lock command locks all the sessions, and *any* unlock command unlocks them all.

To be honest, I'm surprised that they haven't simply responded "that since only 5%* of our users use the product in shared situations like this, we're going to leave it like this", like they do with many of their other features that get removed under the auspices of "User Interface Clean Up".

(* number made up since I have no idea what it actually is, but it's going to be under what seems to be the magic number of 15% which seems to be their threshold for not removing / fixing)

Controversies aren't Boeing away for aircraft maker amid claims of faulty oxygen systems and wobbling wings


Re: So what?

Well, when you put it like that!

BT to axe 90% of its UK real estate, retain circa 30 sites


Makes sense

Got to pay for that new logo somehow!

Essex named sexiest British accent followed closely by, um, Glaswegian


Sponsored survey?

By the RNID?

Portal to 'HELL' cracks open in street – oh sorry, it's just another pothole


Beat me to it! I was just about to come and point out it's not a proper pothole until it can swallow a bus.

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches


Re: In the race to idiot proof potential issues

All it needed was a random .NOT and we'd all know for sure who the AC actually was

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?


Re: Big deal

I suppose the first question is was it his playing with the system that caused the crash or was it just part of it's normal operation?

IBM hunkers down for no-deal Brexit, warns of disruption to supply chain, data transfers



I'm starting to think the word was invented purely for this scenario...

It's that ridiculous now, we've even got the government that afraid of scrutiny they'd rather give Eurotunnel £33m than actually discuss whether or not they should have planned a bit further in advance than December for a no-deal situation.

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear


Freedom of speech doesn't really exist any longer, for example.

We've never had full freedom of speech in the UK, there have always been restrictions and repercussions if you decide to engage mouth before brain e.g. libel.

Have you ever, ever felt like this? Have strange things happened? Is high-speed data going round the twist?


Re: Is it someones job at El Reg just to work on punny headlines?

Guess what theme song is going to be stuck in my head all day now...

Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in



So it's apparently too difficult, will be too confusing and will clutter the interface to allow Chrome to use backspace to go back a page, like every other browser did and still does, but absolutely fine to quickly slap one in to stop this auto sign in?

Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice


Re: retroactive lawmaking at it's finest.

Wasn't there some sort of protection against being prosecuted if there was clear evidence that the law you "broke" was invented *after* you committed your crime?

Yeah, it's called "not carrying on committing the crime". Tricky to comply with I know, especially when you're only given a couple of years warning it's going to become illegal.

UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either


Re: Hmm

He already has - we just up sticks and deny we're members any more, ignoring any responsibilities we had as part of that membership and chanting Jerusalem back at anyone who disagrees.

It's only the remainers who are so blinkered by experts and laws and international bodies such that they can't see the unicorns, who think there might be any negative consequences of such a departure. If they'd only believe a little more strongly then the fairy's might liv, erm, actually, isn't that a children's book?

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world


Re: Can anyone

You've obviously missed all the usual suspects recently changing their lines from "we'll be better off out of the EU" to "nobody said we'd be better off financially". Not even the arch-brexiteers think average Joe is going to have a better bank balance as a result of this debacle (them, on the other hand, are going to see a nice big payday - and not fall foul of the new EU financial regulations that come in 2019 - strange that...).

Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming


Re: 'IntelliSense autocomplete system'

'#' has numerous "names" in different contexts. It's use as "sharp" in C# is purely whimsical, not due to any domain accuracy. As such, C-Octothorpe or C-Gate or C-Hash or C-Pound are equally valid whimsy (just not MS compatible whimsy).

That's all very nice, but '♯' only has one name in any context, and that's the symbol that is used in the official name. It's only for typing convenience that it's referred to as C#. From Wikipedia (go there for the citations)...

Due to technical limitations of display (standard fonts, browsers, etc.) and the fact that the sharp symbol is not present on most keyboard layouts, the number sign was chosen to approximate the sharp symbol in the written name of the programming language. This convention is reflected in the ECMA-334 C# Language Specification. However, when it is practical to do so (for example, in advertising or in box art), Microsoft uses the intended musical symbol.


Re: 'IntelliSense autocomplete system'

> C-Pound

Do you see pounds and flats in musical notation too?

UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul


Re: Why are people getting their news from from Social Media?

Because it tells them the "news" they want to hear.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage


Re: Phew

> How can knowing which platform a train leaves from be a security problem?

You're thinking security problem = terrorist problem. They're probably thinking security problem = person with cheap ticket getting on a peak time train.

Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour


So there's three of you who think that DJs use audio out from an iPhone instead of balanced output from a FireWire/Thunderbolt soundcard? Okaaaay

And here's another, except in my case I've worked with world class DJs and plugged up the 3.5mm jack to phono cable into the mixer for them. Besides, using a balanced out when going into an unbalanced input on a DJ mixer is a bit pointless dontyathink?

Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer


Re: 4K?

On it's way - the recent Winter Olympics had one event per day shot in 8K. And with 8K most of the standards were agreed years ago, so the roll out will be nothing as bad as for 4K (which was a 'standard' created by display manufacturers needing a new feature to sell more sets, and they all had a different idea about what 4K meant and how it would be delivered).

Facebook misses Brit MPs' deadline, promises answers on Monday


Doesn't FB constantly suggest following him in your newsfeed? Normally in the middle of a list of things you might actually be interested in following.

It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer


Re: ???

Q1 > We will have access to the civilian level service, as we do GPS / GLONASS. We won't have control of that system, or the military grade high-resolution service.

Q2 > The overall project is being run by the ESA, but is being funded and managed by the EU. The security aspect of the whole project is controlled by the EU.

Q3 > Other third party states are involved in the project, but they don't have access to the secure aspects of the system and are not eligible to bid for work on those aspects. Once we are a third state, we will be able to bid for work on the same terms.

All of these issues are the exact same as we face with GPS - we can use the public system and we can bid for work that the US don't consider to be a security risk. The secure stuff, nope, that's for them to keep to themselves. If it wasn't for the whole Brexit malarkey, nobody would even bat an eyelid at these restrictions as the same thing happens all the time, all over the world. Chuck Brexit in to the mix and suddenly we have to blame someone for being unfair.

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


Reminds me of the last actual fire when I've been working. Member of staff ended up with a disciplinary for ignoring the fire policy (evacuate the building (>500 drunk students), call the fire brigade, go and run through the signing in book in the car park while the building burns) when they decided to pick the rubbish bin up and take it less than 5m to a fire exit leading directly outside.

More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report


Re: 10Mbps

You can get fibre speeds in some parts of Sheffield - I got mine switched on around 3 years ago! And from where I'm sitting, I can see the train station...

I know. There are houses about 50m away from my home (where there's insufficient demand) that have had it for several years. The difference? I'm inside the ring road, they're not.


Oh how I dream of a 10Mbps connection. Living, as I do, in the rural backwaters of Sheffield city centre. According to BT there's currently insufficient demand to upgrade ADSL speeds.

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...


Re: Craptinuum - The Windows Phone Killer (App)

Use your phone to replace a desktop PC ... limited to crappy little "apps" the Windows store, and no serious software anywhere in sight.

But call it "DeX" and everybody's wetting themselves over how amazing it's going to be. Soon. Well, at some point.

Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables


Re: Not really

Or a "power factor correction" box - basically a load of big capacitors - normally used to improve the power consumption of inductive loads, I expect it would also play havock with something trying to manipulate it's current draw.