* Posts by davidp231

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Notepad Dark Mode and Android apps arrive on Windows 11


Re: Sarcasm

"A new shade of blue? But that will mean changing the light bulb!"

Or changing the paint from Ocean Blue to Military Blue.

It started at Pixar. Now it's the Apple-backed 3D file format viewed as HTML of metaverse


Re: The metaverse can kiss my balls*

I'd rather run with Better Than Life, personally.

To our total surprise, Apple makes adding alternative payment systems to apps 'painful, expensive, clunky'


Re: I'll get the popcorn...

"Mmmmmm... popcorn! =-)"

Mmmmmmm..... beeer! =-)

Crack team of boffins hash out how e-scooters should sound – but they need your help*


Re: Missing options

"Surely it should be Bojo saying, "I take full responsibility"."

He has to say it first.


Re: Hilly from Red Dwarf

Or Kryten complaining about having to change the bulb.


Re: Missing options

With May saying "he who is last, shall be first" when braking, and Hammond squeaks when there's a crash.


Re: Missing options

Bojo saying over and over "I didn't know I had broken the rules"

OpenShell has been working on a classic replacement for Windows 11's Start menu


"Now why can't Windows 11 let their users go back to a Windows 10 or 7 start menu for those who prefer the way it used to work? If they wanted to change the UI after feedback from Windows users that they would prefer it laid out differently, then that is great. But give the option for those who prefer to use the old way the option to do so."

That'll be in Windows 11.1. Remember when they brought back the Start/Windows button and made it default to the desktop?


I'm not touching 11 either, but not because my hardware can't support it. I prefer knowing what all my open tasks are called and I think they disabled that feature in 11 so it's just buttons and you have to hover to see what's what?

Robot vacuum cleaner employed by Brit budget hotel chain Travelodge flees


Awesome. That's my evening reading sorted. There was another one. I think it was programmed to go after the Boss, as the three of them were trapped in a lift at one point.


That's the one.


I'm reminded of a BOFH story involving the cleaning robots for some reason. And them being reprogrammed with an axe.

Japan's Supreme Court rules cryptojacking scripts are not malware


Re: "crypto mining software is not malware"

"And CPU cycles are energy and energy is money."

So.... Windows Update is malware in that case? I mean that hogs 100% of the CPU and almost all your bandwidth.

Version 7 of WINE is better than ever at running Windows apps where they shouldn't


Exactly my point... to me, W2K was the last version of Windows aimed at professionals. And grown-ups.


"Windows 7 was probably the best OS they made."

Personally I'd take Win2K. Even if it is 32bit only. But that's just me :)

Move over exoplanets, exomoons are the next big thing


That's no moon....

Need 32-bit Linux to run past 2038? When version 5.6 of the kernel pops, you're in for a treat


Re: Can someone...


This is exactly the same reason for recent Windows machines dropping 16-bit support (as the ntvdm relied on VM86 and MS are too poor to pay for the effort to work around it)."

Not too sure about recent.. the x64 editions of XP (both Itanic and x86-64) had zero support for 16 bit stuff and that was getting on for 20 years ago. You weren't even allowed to run the command prompt in full screen.


Re: Can someone...

"Oh, I dunno. There may be one stashed away in a museum somewhere, that knows how to create 120V/240V 50-60Hz AC power (what ever the heck that was...). If such a thing exists, that VAX will run."

Well... V'Ger was still running in the 23rd century, and there are rumours that it met an early Borg Collective before coming back to Earth. So one could postulate that the Borg run on VAX systems?

'IwlIj jachjaj! Incoming LibreOffice 7.3 to support Klingon and Interslavic


Glory to you, and your house.....

We need a Gowron icon.

No defence for outdated defenders as consumer AV nears RIP


Re: AV "protection"

"So, what protection would you recommend for the average home user or small business?"

Keeping the PC in the box it came in.

Variation of an old fortune cookie: "How do you secure Windows NT? Keep it in the shrinkwrap".


Re: Failure of capitalism

There was also a brief sub to McAffee in the Windows 98 Plus! pack.

European Space Agency: Come on, hack our satellite if you think you're hard enough


Bonus points..

..if they do it with an old Macintosh Powerbook, a la Independence Day

To err is human. To really screw things up requires a wayward screwdriver


Re: Ah, yes! Warning lights!

"Of course, any mention of "changing the bulb" immediately brings this to mind!"

I think 'brown alert' bulbs should be standard fittings everywhere.


Re: Harrisberger's Fourth Law

Especially so you can buff your AC skills.

Worst of CES Awards: The least private, least secure, least repairable, and least sustainable


Re: Screenwash?

Cooler... 3 veeks.

NASA confirms International Space Station is to keep orbiting through 2030


Re: where's the new one?

"Looks like the ISS must follow in the footsteps of Mir and the Space Shuttle, living WAY past its (original) project expiration date."

Not forgetting the Voyager probes. They're still (sort of) doing their original job despite the distance.

You wood not believe what a Japanese logging company and university want to use to build a small satellite



Cubesat.... so THIS is where the Borg came from.

BOFH: The vengeance bus is coming, and everybody's jumping. An Xmas bonus hits me…


Re: George Smiley's age

"John le Carre's George Smiley ages very slowly."

What do you expect... he was played by a Jedi Master...

Electric fastback fun: Now you can surf the web from the driving seat of your Polestar 2


Re: It makes sense...

"also these old cars are Internet and hacker proof, but not being hacked with an axe proof."

A 1987 Toyota Hi-Lux would disagree.

Europe completes first phase of silicon independence project


Re: what about 74xx chips?

left over 'waffer thin mints'?

Robo-Shinkansen rolls slowly – for now – across 5km of Japan


Re: A train, any train, not just the Shinkansen

Don't forget the "wrong kind of snow".

Apple is beginning to undo decades of Intel, x86 dominance in PC market


Re: I guess the 6502/68000 aren't part of iApples's history?

"And PowerPC, an IBM chip."

See also: Apple, IBM, Motorola alliance. It was a combined effort.

HP's solution to running GPU-accelerated Linux apps on high-end Z workstations: Rely on Microsoft's WSL2


Re: Hardly only their high-end kit

"HP consumer kit is also notorious for crap."

So.... Hewlet Crappard? (see also: Crappard Bell)

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids


The Zuckerborg Collective.

Computer scientists at University of Edinburgh contemplate courses without 'Alice' and 'Bob'


Re: It's not just the names ...

African or European swallows?


Re: So, Alice and Bob are "colonial structures" now

Baldrick, but i could change it to Ploppy if that makes things easier.


Re: Totally American

Please say you used Eccles in a time related script.


Re: What about Mallory?

That's also how you get ants.


Don't call us Surely.


"What's your name?"

"Kate! It's short for ummmm... Bob."

"Well..... Bob. Welcome on board!"

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram deplatform themselves: Services down globally


Oh dear, how sad, nevermind.

Cheeky chappy rides horse around London filling station, singing: 'I don't need petrol 'cos he runs on carrots'


Re: "He runs on carrots"

"Hello horse, I shall call you Tesco."

Google extends right-to-be-forgotten to app permissions on older Android devices


Re: still unable to uninstall bloatware

Because 95% of the bloatware is sat in the firmware image. Rooting may let you remove it but for the general user - tough.

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81


Re: Literally a legend

"I had a BBC micro but it was a friends ZX80 which introduced me to the world of computing.... which was to be my career."

End of the day, if it weren't for Sir Clive, there may never have been a Beeb to begin with, as Sinclair Radionics is where some key Acorn staff started.

Firefox 91 introduces cookie clearing, clutter-free printing, Microsoft single sign-on... so where are all the users?


"Any of the regular native mail clients will handle it including Thunderbird and its Seamonkey relative."

Oh they will quite happily. But you have to turn on "insecure access mode" in Gmail preferences to use them. And then suffer with being badgered by Google to turn it off again.

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns


Re: Semantics

"Did you post that from a small village on Mars, just outside the capital city?"

Wibble wibble.


Re: Semantics

"Did you have the pencils up your nose when you typed that?


The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item


The action of dropping a template file (e.g. a bitmap) creates an empty bitmap image you can open and edit.


OS/2 did it the best... open up the Templates folder, copy item to location - and instant new document.

Belgian boffins dump Starlink dish terminal's firmware, gain root access and a few ideas


Re: Here's my guess

login: elon

password: bezossucks