* Posts by davidp231

652 posts • joined 16 Jun 2012


UK Special Forces soldiers' personal data was floating around WhatsApp in a leaked Army spreadsheet



three veeks.

‘Staggering’ cost of vintage Sun workstations sees OpenSolaris-fork Illumos drop SPARC support


Re: Will continue in another form

"Have you considered a character like Tux for the project, based on the likeness of a Tribble?"

Far as I know, Tux (and derivatives) are more for Linux projects, and not those closer to Unix (eg the BSDs).

A borked bit of code sent the Hubble Space Telescope into safe mode, revealing a bunch of other glitches


Re: And the others ?

"If NASA was funded to the same degree, the JWST would not only have launched by now, we'd be on JWST number 5."

And we'd probably have V'ger knocking on our door in a couple of centuries.

ZIP folders were originally a Microsoft engineer's side hustle until bosses figured out he worked for Microsoft


Microsoft Healthcare Bot heads to Azure

"Please state the nature of the medical emergency."

Chrome 89 beta: Google presses on with 'advanced hardware interactions' that Mozilla, Apple see as harmful


Re: RE : Stop it. The web browser is meant to be used to access websites

"No, the Chrome web browser is meant to be used by websites to access you."

WIth Soviet Google, web browser accesses you!


Re: "a single Share button that calls the operating system's sharing feature"

"Ah, so you’re a waffle man?"

You see? You see what he's like?


Re: "a single Share button that calls the operating system's sharing feature"

"Looking forward to the day where I can have a toaster service to command my IoT toaster and set the darkness on the bread. Not."

See also: Linux Coffee HOWTO

echo espresso && sugar > /dev/coffee

echo darkness=2 > /dev/toaster

Death Becomes It: Who put the Blue in the Blue Screen of Death?


Re: Ah, the memories....

From the Mac II onwards the Sad Macs had different chimes depending on the ROM/machine. Also you forgot the System/MacOS bomb boxes: "Sorry, a system error has occured" - and the restart button didn't always work lol

Synology to enforce use of validated disks in enterprise NAS boxes. And guess what? Only its own disks exceed 4TB


Re: Apple Too

Apple were one of the original culprits with this. Without the use of Resedit, Apple supplied formatting tools would only recognise a preset list of devices or devices with an Apple firmware. The exception as the version of HDSC Setup that came with A/UX - that would recognise anything your threw at it, otherwise it was dabbling in the dark arts of Resedit, or the use of 3rd party formatting tools.

Indian government slams Facebook over WhatsApp 'privacy' update, wants its own Europe-style opt-out switch



"Yes, but as El Reg reported it, as far as WhatsApp is concerned, the UK is still part of Europe."

Probably because the UK *is* still part of Europe? We left the European Union, not the continent.



Just remember to proofread it for instances of "Netscape Navigator" before letting it loose.

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it


Re: Orange buffoon needs punishing

In much the same way Judge Judy isn't a judgemental person? And yes, she did make that quip.

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music



youtube.lua is your friend.

Need a new computer for homeschooling? You can do worse than a sub-£30 2007 MacBook off eBay



"It is a hard choice because I like the novelty of a PowerPC laptop but ThinkPads are just better in the long run for everything I do."

The Thinkpad 800 series would be the best of both worlds.

Microsoft lends Windows on Arm a hand with emulation layer to finally run 64-bit x86 apps at last


I also have done this, albeit at school. With an A4000.


Re: How many years have Microsoft had to get this right?

Unless you include the rebadged Lisas (ie the Macintosh XL)


Re: MS is between a rock and a hard place with desktop windows

"Windows is over 30 years old, it started on cpu's like the 80286"

Drop the 2. It was around before the 286.

Microsoft claims to love open source – this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho


A shame really... you can pimp them out pretty well these days. I've got a Master 128 sat in front of me with USB support to run disk images, a 4GB CF IDE flash card, a GOTEK floppy drive emulator (runs images as if they were physical discs), and a RGB->SCART->HDMI box. And a Pi Zero that runs various co-processor images as if they were the real thing.


They would have to type OLD first.

Surprise! Apple launches iOS 14 today, and developers were given just 24 hours' notice


Can confirm - got bored the other day and installed the beta - Pokemon just fell over. General release came, Pokemon still dead. Update to Pokemon released - runs fine. Now AC: Pocket Camp is in the same boat.

Wow, you guys have so much in common: Oracle hotly tipped to power TikTok’s operations as Microsoft deal rejected


Re: What will the dancers do....

"Coming up: TikTok Enterprise Edition. Will be part of Oracle Fusion Apps. The freebie version will only support 5 sec videos @720i."

You want audio? That's an extra subscription.

In the frame with the Great MS Bakeoff: Microsoft sets out plans for Windows windows


Re: The revenge of OS/2?

"MS killed OS/2 because it was owned by IBM"

Not quite.... originally it was a joint effort, and ultimately had a falling out and went their separate ways. IBM's vision was seen in OS/2 version 2, and Microsoft's was NT 3.1. The popularity and spread of Windows 3 and 3.1 were the main things that killed off OS/2 - it was nothing to do with the fact it was written in Assembler.

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.



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