* Posts by davidp231

630 posts • joined 16 Jun 2012


Soft press keys for locked-down devs: Three new models of old school 60-key Happy Hacking 'board out next month


Model M

A USB IBM Model M keyboard would rock.

Psst: Want to know who else has their snout in the Copernicus trough? (spoiler: it's not the UK)


Re: Zero-X

Now which one are we talking... the one that found the rock creatures or the one that found the Mysterons....



Copper knickers!


If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal


Re: Not the successor to Windows Me

From a consumer point of view, XP is the successor to Me. Power users and businesses generally used NT, every day consumers had 9x.

What's the Arm? First Apple laptop to ditch Intel will be 13.3" MacBook Pro, proclaims reliable soothsayer


Re: Emulation

"Maybe they'll take a leaf from Acorn's book, at least for a machine such as the Pro. The RiscPC had two processor slots, and while the "main" processor was always ARM, the other one could be x86. In Acorn's case installing Windows was a bit like installing in a VM ("drive c" was a file on RiscOS's HDD) but it ran on a physically separate processor. The "graphics card" was a driver that passed graphics ops to RiscOS, for example."

Which is exactly how the BBC Master 512 worked. Internal 80186 co-pro and Dos Plus 2.1. Throw a hard disk into the mix and it creates a 10-30MB file labelled - funnily enough - DRIVE_C. As far as the co-pro was concerned, it was a 10-30MB hard disk and would boot from it.


Re: Strategy

"Well as a developer I spend a lot more of my time on *nix machines and windows than MacOs"

You do know that macOS is a flavour of *nix, don't you? (specifcally a BSD-esque flavour).

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram


Re: Spelling


Least they haven't been stupid enough to change it to kibi....

You, Apple Mac fan. Put down the homemade oat-milk latte, you need to patch a load of security bugs, too


I tried iCloud in windows once... it bluescreened so it was promptly removed.

Guess who's back, back again. SE's back, tell a friend: 2020 reboot looks like an iPhone 8 and even shares components


Have a beer!


Also, bonus beer points if anyone remembers how the SE/30 got its name.


So will Apple shorten the name to "iPhone SE/20", as an homage to the original Mac SE replacement, the SE/30?

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word


Re: What's next?

Would You Rather People Type Their Documents Like This?

Fsck's me right off.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


Re: Heres a novel idea ...

Just as an experiment, populate the subs with the Twitterati and Farcebook briandead. Send them out to sea for months and when they get back ignore them.

Just as an experiment, populate the subs with the Twitterati and Farcebook briandead. Send them out to sea for months and ignore them.

Fixed it for you.

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


Re: Bluetooth by itself = FAIL

It would also require bluetooth to be turned on.. not everybody walks around with bluetooth enabled, just for all and sundry to try and 'drop' something onto their device. Plus it makes the battery last a little longer.

Windows 7: Still looking after business (except when it isn't)


Re: Get enough irony in your diet?

"And your father smelt of elderberries!"

Who needs the A-Team or MacGyver when there's a techie with an SCSI cable?



"If I remember correctly, you had to sacrifice a chicken"

I believe Space Corps Directive 68250 would apply also.



See also: Laserwriter IISC

It's calculated Apple leak time: Cheaper iPhone, laptops with proper keyboards, and, oh, a Tile competitor



Should have called it the SE/30.

Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans


"Windows 7 may leave you vulnerable to a virus. Windows 10 IS a virus. It steals your data, corrupts files on updates and installs apps without your permission !"

A virus is small and efficient in what it was designed to do. Windows 10 is neither.

'Friendly' hackers are seemingly fixing the Citrix server hole – and leaving a nasty present behind



Anything related to Windows Update (TrustedInstaller, I'm looking at you), could fall under this?

"Cryptocurrency miners are generally easy to identify—just look for the process utilizing nearly 100 per cent of the CPU,"

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd


Re: "R" class virus

"In my opinion, systemd is a virus."

Isn't a virus meant to be small, and efficient in what it does?

What is this, 1989? Laplink is still a thing and wants to help with Windows 7 migrations


Re: Cables, CDs?

Laplink didn't even need a floppy.

Set serial port rate accordingly with mode.com

ctty com1

Laplink would happily remote install and launch.

Raspberry Pi head honcho Eben Upton talks thermals, stores and who's buying the kit


Re: The best use of Raspberries is..

With a funky adapter and the right software on the SD card, one can use a Pi as a multi-target co-processor for a Beeb as well. And said co-pro targets are switchable via software as well.


Re: How sucessful have they been ?

Not even that... the schools went with the BBC Micro-bit.

Elon Musk's new idea is to hook your noggin up to an AI – but is he just insane about the brain?


Resistance is futile

You will be assimilated.

Or terminated... one of the two.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Re: Is this a joke?

"That's a bit unfair. They did switch to oauth 2 which obviously didn't work with non-oauth2 imap clients, but they still let you "downgrade" your account to allow the usual user/password authentication."

With the caveat of sending you emails saying your account isn't secure, every now and then.

The difference between October and May? About 16GB, says Microsoft: Windows 10 1903 will need 32GB of space


That's pretty much all those "thin" laptops with 32GB eMMC/SSD storage out the window then - ~20GB usable (from empty), most eaten by the OS before the user gets their grubby paws on it - they can't even handle an incremental patch, let alone a new build.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is


Looks like something BofH or PFY would build.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


Kill it!

First time I played it, was with two of my brothers watching. Armed with IDKFA, I get to E1M8 for the first time. Ride the lift up to the Bruiser Brothers areana and the doors open.

"Quick pull out something that will kill it!"


I brought up the chainsaw.

Happy times.. made even happier since discovering Zandronum and the Brutal Doom mod.

UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses


Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown


"That, is catering officer Olaf Petersson."

"I've been eating half the crew!"

Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report


Cooler: three veeks.

Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer


Re: Another deja vu?

"The zip file, however, can be constructed so that it also decompresses to c:\windows\system32\explorer.exe."

So long as the file isn't in use, of course...which it will be, unless you're using something else as SHELL. Unless it somehow manages to terminate the process when it reaches that point in the archive, overwrite it and when the shell reloads - that's when your'e in for a world of pain.


Re: Another deja vu?

Or tar bombs in *nix-land from before that.

Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs


Re: "the absence of an MMU was a PITA..."

"I was just thinking this. It was pre-emptive as well. MMU is by no means a prerequisite to multi-tasking."

It's a pre-req for virtual memory isn't it?

Mac System 6+Multifinder to System 7.5.5 run on the m68k and that definitely lacks a MMU.

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you


Re: Ahhh technology...

"C'mon, read my bloody finger print, c'mon...grrr hold on, try it at another angle, oh crap, now it's crashed, one minute."

Shit.. it's crashed the terminal. sorry guys!


"Barclays have their own Android payment app. Bloody minded bastards."

And if it detects something like 'su' then it will deem your phone is rooted (even if it isn't - for example the Android layer on Jolla devices). Renaming it persuades it to run fine.

Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week


Re: I hadn't realised what Pocket was

"I wish there was an easier way to do a new-install configuration. Install these extensions, disable this that and the other, and change the UI in the following ways."

Install, configure then take a backup of the relevant identities directory and profiles.ini file. You'll find adding that to a subsequent new install (even on a different machine, or OS), everything will be as you set it without having to chance any config options. Bookmarks, history, passwords, installed extensions - it's all there. So adding that to a fresh install before launching FF will save a lot of config time.


Re: Which reminds me...

"browser.pocket.enable" doesn't seem to exist in Firefox 52.x (ESR), on CentOS 7.x."

Indeed. my about:config was based on FF43.0.4* (win32) so later ones will most likely be in a subtly different option.

*I won't go beyond that as there is so much bloat in later versions to disable I can't be arsed trawling through about:config or finding out that I can no longer disable said bloat because the option has been removed in the newer version.


Re: Which reminds me...

"how to get rid of pocket."


browser.pocket.enable false

that should get rid of it.


Re: Still one version back

Why bother? Opera is just a dressed up version of Chrome.

Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle


Re: Answer me this


Shipped products may contain ill-tempered, mutated seabass due to shark shortages

Doom and Super Mario could be a lot tougher now AI is building levels


"Typically in strategy games the AI cheats massively as a crutch"

Prime example is a skirmish on the original C&C Red Alert - you've barely built your barracks and trained some fodder before you have an army of tanks and troops on your MCV's doorstep. No matter how quick you try and build.

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede


"To Ganymede and Titan, yes sir I've been around."

UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues


Re: needs to become an official el-reg measure

Where would SNAFUBAR fit?

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design


"Whilst the Win3.1 UI today seems a little dated, it does seem that MS achieved a much more usable UI/UX with a 16 colour palette and 640x480 display..."

Or 640x350 if you were using EGA.

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs


"my xbox is a glorified media box"

That runs a modified version of Windows 10...

Unless it's a 360 of course.


Re: That's Yorkshire fucked then

And what of the people who live in Twatt?

Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket


"In the UK a ticket bought with a discount, using an annual Gold Card for example, is only valid with the associated photo ID; even if you've paid the fare if you forget the Gold Card & ID, the ticket's not valid."

And you have to pony up the difference in price if you want to continue your journey.



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