* Posts by RegGuy1

431 posts • joined 20 May 2012


Beijing's tightening grip on Hong Kong could put region's future as an up-and-coming tech hub in jeopardy

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Re: Welcome....

"I think Boris will open the door to it as a debt of honor ..."

Are you kidding.The Brexiters are still cheering that they can now tell any foreigner they like to fuck off. I can't see them welcoming another 3 million.

Of course, many a Brexiter in left-behind middle-Engerland wouldn't know what a foreigner looked like as there aren't that many where they live, but their ignorance in so many ways won't stop them wanting to turn the clock back to 1955.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Can we not use the EU's?

FFS, surely it's more sensible to tell the EU we'll rejoin so we can use theirs? After all these fucking Brexiter lot are clueless about where we want to go next, and in any case they have got caught out with COVID and have managed to bump off a good number of their voters[1].

Presumably our new BS system is a Cummings idea. He must have read up about British Leyland while he was off his head on coke or something.

[1] If you are over 65 you are more likely to vote Tory; must be some sort of brain defect that you get with age. :-(

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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"It is every day. You read email, you react to email, you have to just be there..."

Email? Have you not heard of Slack?

Oh, you have! That's why you use email...

Two out of three parachutes... is just as planned for Boeing's Starliner this time around

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Pedant alert

"This demanding test program ensures Starliner can bring our astronauts home safe."

Safely, not safe -- it's an adverb modifying the verb bring, not an adjective.

As to their new craft, let's hope it doesn't have any undocumented features ala the 737 max -- 'no Dave, I don't think it's time to deploy any parachute at the momen...' [splat]

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Re: Isn't it obvious......

Microsoft could sell through Ann Summers

Hello sir. How would you like to be shafted today...?

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Paper consumption is up

But isn't that for tissues for the home workers?

I'll get my coat -- that's where the tissues are.

Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why

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Well it's hard when you're locked down.

Used Cisco Webex recently? Memory vuln could have let remote attackers snoop on your meetings and files

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Well if they managed to get onto mine they would be doing well. Webex just doesn't work very well, the sou... ke..ps ... cut....ng out.

And if I turn on the camera it is totally fucked.

Or is it something to do with being on Linux, and the twats won't invest in that platform? Either way, how difficult can it be to send sound and pictures down the Internet? After all, Youtube's been doing it for ten years. What's so hard?

Out on a tangent: Almost two decades into its 5-year mission, INTEGRAL still delivers the gamma ray goods

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Re: Cars

Yep mine too. I had a Mondeo for 17 years until, 50 metres from home, it got hit by a slow-moving bin waggon that clearly thought 'I'm going slow, I won't hit anythi...' BANG!



In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Re: World-Beating? Oh no, it isn't...

And many were their own supporters!! Who'd have thunk it? Opps!

Then again, who would have ever thought a Tory Foreign Secretary would ever say 'fuck business'?

Funny old world.

Oh crap: UK's digital overlords moot new rules to help telcos lay fibre in sewer pipes

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Re: Fiber in sewer pipes

You could call this the turd way.

IBM quits facial recognition because Black Lives Matter

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Re: Or...

...our facial recognition software is crap

Who cares? Microsoft was shite for years. It didn't stop everyone using it. The fact that they shafted the competition is neither here nor there. Remember DRDOS? No, I don't either; by the time we found out via a court case they had been stitched up it was too late. That cunt Gates has much to answer for, but that's another story...

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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Twenty years from now will the Internet be three big regions?

If the EU has control of 450 million eyeballs and has build itself an image of reliable, consumer-protected, honest, quality, resiliency[1] etc by making sure anyone that uses the .eu domain is related to the EU in some way (and thereby subject to the ECJ :-) then you will be at a severe disadvantage if you are not in the tent pissing out.

Of course the English are happy to piss out of their tent, too. They just don't see that it's being put back in the water we are buying from the EU to quench our thirst!

[1] I think you need to look at the EU from the perspective of a 200-year project, and we are only sixty years in.

Building society caught in middle of high street sharing a little too much on TeamViewer

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I see their URL is cambridgebs.co.uk.

Fancy watching 'Bake Off' together with mates and alone at the same time? The BBC's built a tool to do that

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Re: He made one mistake

Yeah, but this is a long term plan. If they don't weave themselves into our Internet lives they will increasingly become irrelevant with younger viewers. It's driven strongly by the need to find excuses in the future to change the law to keep capturing as many as possible in the 'you need a licence' trap.

The Beeb will lose millions if they lose the licence fee -- I saw somewhere they said it would cost them £200m if the removed criminality from licence fee evasion.

This keep getting people to continue to pay for the licence is a real headache. :-(

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works

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Re: Meh

Bob on there, Bob!

So true, and should be motivation enough!

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Re: Meh

LISP will never die!

Users of Will.i.am's Wink IoT hub ask 'Where is the love?' as they're asked to pay for a new subscription service

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Re: Why would anyone use it?

Then put Google Analytics, doubleclick, etc into /etc/hosts.

The traffic will never leave your host.

Virgin Galactic takes another step towards blasting Richard Branson into space

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Re: Space (depending on which definition you're using)

Thank dog that was a April 1st threat.


Bye, Russia: NASA wheels out astronauts, describes plan for first all-American manned launch into orbit since 2011

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Soyuz is definitely the Lada of space vehicles -- really?

We have always had an ability to service the ISS from the moment it was put up there. There has never been a time when the ISS has been unmanned, after its launch.

And for the last decade or so only Russia has had that ability. And their kit is just so reliable. Why change what works?

Beer to the Russians!

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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I haven't checked in the old basement lavatories yet

Well if you do, beware of the leopard.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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I was in the area just a few weeks ago and am livid.

So what data are 'they' collecting from you, where ever you are, now?

This is just the tip of the iceberg. And they wonder why we hate the snoopers' charter.

Stay at home. Get your mistress on Skype -- no, wait, Zoom. That's apparently got better porn. :-)

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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What about the minus?

At least you can use the minus in file names, something that some second-rate programming languages won't let you do. (I'm looking at you, python.)

[BTW, before someone complains, I know CSS is not a programming language.]

That critical VMware vuln allowed anyone on your network to create new admin users, no creds needed

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Re: re: very unique

Hilbert's Hotel is shit. I stayed there once and had to keep moving rooms.

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you

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Re: Just wait

... it's not too difficult to jump off if you want an easier life!

Indeed. But if you go to Redhat be aware they use Gnome 3. If you think Windows is a pile of shite (as I do) then be ready for more shite as Gnome totally fucks up X-Windows as it tries to emulate the big boys.

BRING BACK Gnome 2 !!!

SE's baaaack: Apple flings out iPhone SE 2020, priced at £419

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iPhone SE is junk

I have an iPhone SE, and it is crap.

I can't get anything on it or off it without having to go through Apple's tooling, meaning they get a copy of *everything* I want. Bastards.

They have broken the bluetooth so I can't use that. Cunts.

And they charge an arm and a leg for tat like this. Twats.

I don't like Apple. I want my Samsung Galaxy S3 back which was perfect, because I had lineageos on there.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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Re: Good for data-less phone plans

I've got an iPhone. But it's not smart!

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

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Re: Now avoiding Chrome everywhere

AdBlock Plus and No Script.

That is all.

Zoom vows to spend next 90 days thinking hard about its security and privacy after rough week, meeting ID war-dialing tool emerges

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Give it to me!

UK judge gives Google a choice: Either let SEO expert read your ranking algos or withdraw High Court evidence

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Ah, the joys of having free trials.

We also have HP/Autonomy to look forward to. Something (for once) that Britain does well.

Tech tracker Tile testifies in Congress: Apple's geolocation nagging is so not fair

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Well if you keep buying Apple you just encourage them.

When you buy a phone put something like LineageOS on it. Then YOU get control.


Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Re: "mortality rate is estimated between 3-5%"

Let everyone roam free and spread the virus. Might help slow / reverse human population growth temporarily.

Well that may well happen despite our best efforts. The current world population is around 8 billion, and the projection is around 11 billion, I think, by 2021. (I remember the late Hans Rosling from gapminder.org saying this.)

Africa is forecast to have by far the greatest growth rate. They also appear to be the least prepared for this pandemic, so it may be that the number of deaths in Africa is significantly higher than in the rest of the world. How that will change things is anyone's guess, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is really bad there.

Of course we (ie the rest of the world) won't care. At the moment it appears it is each country for itself -- or in the US each state for itself. Twelve months from now we will have a clearer picture as to how devastating it was/is.

So in short your comment may well prove true.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Why the fuck would you buy an ebook? You own nothing, especially if it has DRM on it.

There have been instances where people have lost 'their' books because Amazon has decided they shouldn't have them any more.

For me, if someone wants to sell me a book it has to be made of paper. I will touch nothing with DRM.

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Yes, but how many of those can speak another language as well?

Of course the attitude of the knob-heads here is, why would you want to.

Hey ho.

Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown

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Re: Don't give them ideas...

Give them more good reasons, and they'll augment the same with autonomy ...

Don't tell HP.

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Re: (e)to donate blood;

Yeah, but it's not a stiff drink. And that's what we all need now.

Look on the bright side. Boris now has it. Wasn't he supposed to be making the rules up? Is he so stupid he doesn't know what he's advised?

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

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Re: 'Pointless' is OK,...

Who on earth downvoted this? It is by far the best program on TV, even if so-called 'music' questions never ask questions about music, but only to name a song by some recent bod.

Nothing on Beethoven, Britten or Bach for example. But then again, is that a reflection of the wider ignorance of the general population, I wonder. Consider Haydn's op76 no 3, second movement. I wonder how many people would recognise that. :-)

Thought you'd go online to buy better laptop for home working? Too bad, UK. So did everyone. Laptops, monitors and WLANs fly off shelves

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Re: and desks and chairs at IKEA

I downvoted you. Who cares? I thought it was very clever!

And you clearly got the point, too.

Very good!

Hello, sub £-100 Moto: Lenovo punts 6.1-inch display e6S at low-cost crowd

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Can you root it?

If you can root it and put something like LineageOS on it, so I can stop the annoying fucking ads you get on all phones, I'd be up for buying one.

Microsoft's Bill Gates defrag is finally virtually complete: Billionaire quits board to double down on philanthropy

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Re: As in all else, Orwell is correct.

I too think the same. For me it's simple. When I buy a laptop for which I want to put Linux on (and that's every single laptop I'll ever buy) I still have to get one with his virus on, and then I can format the disk and remove it, but I won't get a refund. So I agree he's a cunt, and not a prick.

HMRC claims victory in another IR35 dispute to sting Nationwide contractor for nearly £75k in back taxes

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Re: Rigged definition of an employee

Spot on! UK law is something to be cherished.

Are you listening, Daily Fail?

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025

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Re: "Get SOGEA Done!"

I'm guessing one of those Brexit numpties downvoted you. Ho hum.

If you're writing code in Python, JavaScript, Java and PHP, relax. The hot trendy languages are still miles behind, this survey says

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Re: Python and the minus in a filename

Thanks. I have far too many files over far too many years using the minus. I could create hard links but I still take the view why? Why not have the string 'a-b' as the filename? I can do that in Javascript.

var file = 'a-b.txt';

And then use the variable file for the filename.

CamelCase is no better. You have to press the SHIFT key there too. Using a minus means no shift key -- just press keys. :-)

I learnt years ago, when working with Lisp, that there was a language that would let you do what you want. Hey, Lisp even lets you have a variable called 3-men-in-a-boat, so (setf 3-men-in-a-boat 'a-b.txt) works! How cool is that?

Sorry, but if the language is going to be prescriptive to stop me doing what I want, I'm going to ignore it. I already ignore Microsoft for that reason. Python, alas, is in the same boat.

But thanks for clarifying. At least now I know I can't. Appreciated.

CL-USER(1): (setf 3-men-in-a-boat 'a-b.txt)


CL-USER(2): 3-men-in-a-boat



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Python and the minus in a filename

I've had a look at Python but could never work out how to include the minus in a filename. I hate the underscore, and am so used to the fluidity of typing a minus. For example, I find this-is-a-file-name.txt easier to type than this_is_a_file_name.txt. Yet I've never been able to get Python to allow me to do this. Is it really forbidden? I know some numpty said we don't like it but if you are going to go out of your way to stop me coding the way I want, I'm going to ignore you, thanks very much.

But the core question to me is, can you use a minus?

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector

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We need more tax...

Everyone thinks not paying tax is great. And it is, until you realise that there are consequences...

IR35 is there to try to grab more tax because the rest of us (I'm not a contractor so will inevitably be downvoted) also refuse to pay more tax. Imagine you are a political party suggesting it may be a good idea to pay more tax. If there was a general election, in December, say, how do you think the public would vote?

No one wants to pay more tax, but if you want our society to function someone should. The easy answer is, someone else should pay, the rich should pay, etc, etc.

Well guess what, the contractor market is not big enough to make the government shit itself, so instead it shits on the contractors; easy pickings.

Hey, I'm not saying it's right. What's right is that we all should pay more tax. There I've said it, but don't worry, there isn't another election for another five years so it doesn't matter.

As you were.

Aww, a cute mini-moon is orbiting Earth right now. But like all good things, it too will abandon us at some point

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So something else that will Brexit soon.

(Brexit -- big rock exit; as in big rock = mini moon; Mmexit didn't work!)

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband

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Led Zep

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now

Kudos for the Led Zep quote.

This is your last chance, HP. There's no turning back. You take blue poison pill, the story ends. You take the red Xerox pill, you stay in Wonderland

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Re: Bit too late?

Yep. That was my first thought. Eagerly awaiting the verdict on that. From what I've seen that looks bad for HP. Tick tock...



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