* Posts by PTW

197 posts • joined 31 Jul 2012


As another vendor promises 3 years of Android updates, we ask: How long should mobile devices receive support?


Elephant in the room

"x years from the date we announce we're discontinuing the model" or you end up with the Chromebook nonsense, where you have to check the release date or you can pay full price for something with only 12 months support left.

*I'd never buy one but a friend did

Big right-to-repair win: FTC blasts tech giants for making it so difficult to mend devices


Re: Merceded

And Citroen, fuel injectors are coded to the ECU, the exact same engine in a Peugeot they are not.

On the C5 X7 you can't even check the oil level for the suspension without connecting to the ECU and depressurising the system.

Thankfully knock off Chinese OBD-II interfaces and software are available.

Highways England seeks vendor to replace Windows 2003-based pavement management systems


Looking at you Bolt!

I'm about two blocked zebra crossings away from buying a Stihl saw to chop their PoS up on sight. Perhaps then they'll realise it's their responsibility to educate/fine their wanker customers


Re: Ah that explains it!

But apparently it "extends" the life, despite making it nothing but slippery tar as soon as the sun comes out. I'm guessing some quarrying conglomerate lobbies to keep this horrific practise in vogue

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it


Tynwald adopted office 356?



UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter



Did this with one or more releases of MIUI on their droid phones! "...for your protection, as many apps have access to the clipboard" Yeah, like Keepass, Lastpass and 1Password, morons!

And of course, having used all of the above, meant typing in something like MV64BPb*bBFPpQgT0G7%$Gi7Lvw9wMW$JcP% anytime I wanted to login anywhere

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99


Fair winds, and following seas, Old Boy!

Wi-Fi slinger Ubiquiti hints at source code leak after claim of ‘catastrophic’ cloud intrusion emerges


Just, why!?

If you're dumb enough to buy kit that needs "the cloud" to configure it, you've got what you deserve IMHO.

No payrise for Oracle CEO Safra Catz, but at least there's $76.4m from trading company shares to fall back on


^^^ did the self censored post above

mention Carly, Meg or Dido? Yours, not a sexist, I hate all humans equally. FYI Leo was worse than Carly.

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'


In a land long ago

A year head came around the classrooms at lunchtime hunting for "the boy that looks like Jesus", "no idea Sir" was the response, despite the said yoof being a member of our form. My buddy never did adopt short hair until his forties. Much along the lines of the post above, sixth formers were allowed to wear any tie they liked, rather than the house tie. 1970s paisley kipper ties that I and my cohorts wore didn't go down so well. Neither did calling out some teachers as marxist, which they blatantly were. Fuck conformity! Just because I don't agree, doesn't mean I hate you. (Unless you're a marxist, obviously)

Everything you need to know about the HPE v Mike Lynch High Court case


Re: Why so pro-Autonomy?

Is that you Leo?

Pro-Autonomy, maybe because the HP board were dicks? If you remember this is the same time Leo also snatched up Palm and then promptly destroyed it. A company who's WebOS was streets ahead of Android or iOS, and a different galaxy to WinCE. <-- Did MS not possess an English dictionary?

In addition, if Lynch and co had done anything wrong there would have been a criminal prosecution over here. BTW this is a civil case.

Global tat supply line clogged as Suez Canal authorities come to aid of wedged 18-brontosaurus container ship


Re: The real cause

Repeated regularly on Radio 4 Extra complete with a prefix warning for those hard of humour.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s


Re: Dishwashers

No self respecting firm threw out IBM keyboards. When I started in the 90s it was, case off and throw them in the ultrasonic cleaner, leave to dry, reassemble and back in stock. Some required foam cleaner and a toothbrush on the key caps.

We can't avoid it any longer. Here's a story about the NFT mania... aka someone bought a JPEG for $69m in Ether


^^^^ this! Have a pint with your lunch

AdGuard names 6,000+ web trackers that use CNAME chicanery: Feel free to feed them into your browser's filter


Other lists are available

I've been using this 1st party list [on|in] my PiHole https://hostfiles.frogeye.fr/

Brave buys a search engine, promises no tracking, no profiling – and may even offer a paid-for, no-ad version


I disagree with the article

Google, and Google proxy searches have been appalling for at least 4 years regarding "long tail searches", whatever the fuck they are? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Maybe I need to get some sort of SEO training? [I can't use the joke icon 'cos the rest is serious]

All too often I find I need to use Bing to find those hidden nuggets i.e anything that's not *crap* du jour YMMV

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs


I presume Splunk are also

Making a very generous contribution to https://www.antislavery.org/ or https://www.gfems.org/ ?

Or, is it just a case of virtue signalling woke bullshit?

UK government may force online retailers to pick up e-waste from consumers


RE: extra year's warranty

Not sure that'd be much use anyway, the UK Goods and Services Act gives you 6 years, not two, hardly anyone resorts to it. And a quick read of the reviews on Amazon will show you folks are too dumb or have too much disposable income... "This was rubbish, worked for a week then wouldn't even turn on, well that's £200 in the bin" or "worked for the first year then failed, but I liked it so much I bought another"

And looking at you Philips, where the only way to remove the battery from a £150 toothbrush is to destroy it ready for recycling. <-- not my toothbrush

A word to the Wyse: Smoking cigars in the office is very bad for you... and your monitor


Re: Don't think there's anything worse than the motherboard of a smoker's laptop...yuk

We used to use the CRT monitors to keep colleagues breakfast butties warm if they were out on a call when we did the canteen run.

It's Friday, have one for reminding me of happy times ----->

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?


Re: Not in my settings!

You have to login to lastpass.com

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'


Re: They’re now inserting ads in the middle of the comment stream

Really!? I'm behind a pi hole so just see the dead space. Up until last year I'd have considered a subscription to fund el reg, but it's been downhill since the move to .com

BTW did I miss the coverage of the Sonicwall hack on here?

World’s largest dark-web marketplace shuttered after Euro cybercops cuff Aussie


Re: Third World.

Neither Allies, nor Axis. So quite literally, impossible for the UK to be Third World.

Linux Mint sticks by Snap decision – meaning store is still disabled by default in 20.1


Re: Linux Mint Debian Edition it is then

It'd be even better if it was the Linux Mint Devuan Edition

Failed insurrection aside, Biden is going to be president in two weeks. What does it mean for tech policy?


Re: Harry Truman

“Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.”

Obama: https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/management/the-obamas-are-worth-30-times-more-than-when-they-entered-the-white-house-20180912-h159bg



I'm a conservative, since I was able to think for myself. But having to work 2 or 3 jobs and having to pay obummer care. Added to your "most money wins" justice system, no thanks! But better than 14th Century Islamabad I suppose.

In the [almost]civilised world, we like 20+ days paid holiday a year, healthcare [of some sort], and not "admit to this" or we'll charge you with crimes that mean you are sentenced to 4000 years in prison.

Been to the US twice, the country is amazing, the US citizens without passports seem to be about the same. I can understand the preppers and those that want to run for the hills. Weird that I was raised in during the cold war but see Russia as the more free of the two nations.


Re: Rent a mob

Good {deity} it's you AGAIN!




Re: orphans

Oh, dear me, you're a bit ranty ac, are you the same ac that always posted those dreary, and oh so long, pro-Democrat posts on every thread here pre-election? Asking for a friend.

*I have no donkey, or elephant, in the race, [they] [edit: your posts] just bored me to tears


The only mobs are Bacon Lettuce Mayo and antifa [fascist] mobs. Or are you telling me it's been Republican supporters burning the cities for the past 6 months!?

Just fucking STOP! FFS!

I've just had a thought, is that you Kieren? "The Russians are coming!" :'D

SolarWinds: Hey, only as many as 18,000 customers installed backdoored software linked to US govt hacks


Re: orphans

Oh, dear me, you're a bit ranty ac, are you the same ac that always posted those dreary, and oh so long, pro-Democrat posts on every thread here pre-election? Asking for a friend.

re: Russian bounty program the latest from NBC https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/u-s-commander-intel-still-hasn-t-established-russia-paid-n1240020 that sort of evidence?

*I have no donkey, or elephant, in the race, they just bored me to tears


once again

do we have any proof it was the Russians what done it? Good to see McCarthyism alive and well

LibreOffice 7.1 beta boasts impressive range of features let down by a lack of polish and poor mobile efforts


I also forgot to say

Why is the bloody "Range contains column labels" not on the first tab in the sort function in Calc!? Half the dialogue box is empty on the first tab and it must surely be the most used option?


^^^ a thousand times this! Why have we had to wait so long? Have a pint

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?


Foxes Biscuits

had one hell of a time 20 years ago, they were trying to arrange some sort of joint venture/tie up with https://www.otisspunkmeyer.com/ in the US.

Icon, because I'm a child and the name still makes me laugh, although probably more to do with the apocryphal public schoolboy game involving biscuits & m^3 -->

Boeing 737 Max will return to flight after software updates, says EU's aviation regulator


Re: Toyota carpet issue

Was "...accept[ed] car accidents as inevitable?" Was it really ac? Or are you spouting nonsense, anonymous keyboard warrior, you cheeky little imp?

Privacy campaigner flags concerns about Microsoft's creepy Productivity Score


Re: Design vs Use

Two words, scope creep, "well it wasn't originally intended to be used like that, but people asked for the additions"*

* a lie, it really was


Re: evaluating "productivity" data can shift power from employees to organisations

Trying to manage knowledge workers like their factory farmed call centre employees*, this is what happens when you let bean counters run businesses. Just like "my friend's wife", she knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

* I do pity anyone that finds themselves in the hell that is a modern call centre, probably on some 13 week contract so not really an employee

KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME


Had me thinking I'd give it a try

Right up to the "...making systemd the default in the future" ta-ra!

What's that about Apple hardware? Pfft, says Intel as it intros magical self-healing PC

Big Brother


Anyone remember Novell Zenworks cira 1998? It had no telemetry outside of the organisation, and was absolutely awesome! I stumbled upon the beta and managed to convince management to go with it, resulted in a >75% reduction in support calls for our 500+ PC estate. Undoubtedly the move to NT4 WS on the desktop helped. Happy days!

Black Lives Matter protester ID'd from Twitter photo via facial-recog system secretly used by US law enforcement


to the ac above

From the original ac, fuck no! Why would I spend any valuable drinking time on Twatter <-- and I'd have thought that was a give away in the original post. Dullard

But you are one of said offend-o-trons that wastes police time with such nonsense, and I claim my £5

Vivo pushes out X51 5G: Chipper whippersnapper, quite a battery-sapper, but at least the wrapper's dapper


But el reg has previously included many, many sample pictures when reviewing a phone, and as stated, if they're going to specifically make a point of the cameras some samples would be nice

Remember when the keyboard was the computer? You can now relive those heady days with the Raspberry Pi 400


Re: Downvoted for missing the joke

Touche! Still had to read your post 3 times before I spotted the missing 's', your/my mind reads what it expects to see



down voted for all the missing keys on Apple products

Big Tech's Section 230 Senate hearing was like Jack Dorsey’s beard: An inexplicable mess that needed a serious trim



You're obviously new here, and to socialism and Kieren

Experian vows to drag UK's Information Commissioner's Office to court after being told off for data-slurping practices


This is just the start

Grab some popcorn as NOYB are going after the Credit Reference Agencies' core business under GDPR, in that none of us are able to remove consent to them processing our data. I should be able to buy electricity without some 3rd party being fed the date and time of my payments.

See also CRIF in Poland making up credit scores for people they had no record of! https://noyb.eu/en/credit-scoring-negative-credit-rating-generated-without-data

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


Pricey thinkpads

You're not kidding! Laptops Driect are selling "refurbed" T440's at £410! And I thought they were getting expensive on fleabay when they appeared at over £200

Corsair's K70 MK.2 does nothing a cheaper keyboard can't, but the steep price gets you top-notch components


Re: USB passthrough

I recently obtained one of these for around £50 after a fellow commentard recommended them https://www.redragonzone.com/collections/keyboard/products/redragon-k552-r-kumara-rainbow-rgbbacklit-mechanical-gaming-keyboard

I'm really happy with it and no number pad makes things so much more comfortable using a mouse/trackball, but.... tried them both though an unpowered USB hub and said trackball stopped working YMMV


The *many* seizure inducing RGB patterns can be turned off

Airbus drone broke up in-flight because it couldn’t handle Australian weather


Came here to say exactly that! Where's Gaz?

Spain's highway agency is monitoring speeding hotspots using bulk phone location data


Re: M.L.O.C.

On night about 1a.m. I pulled off the A1 and on to the M18, there in the distance I see some clown in the middle lane of an otherwise empty motorway.

As I arrived at a "little" over the prescribed speed, I gave a quick flash of the lights from lane 1, then again from lane 2 before overtaking and moving back to lane 1.

During this "at speed" manoeuvre I'd noticed another set of lights some distance behind, as they approached said moron, they also follwed the first two steps. Step 3 however was some pretty flashing blue lights. Genuine LOL moment

Das Keyboard 4C TKL: Plucky mechanical contender strikes happy medium between typing feel and clackety-clack joy


@ Mr Cumberdale

100 times this! I now have the exact same setup.

When forced to use a silly big keyboard for any amount of time (and a mouse) I'll switch to using the mouse left handed, it's so much more comfortable than stretching past a number pad.

Google says Australian pay-for-news code means it can’t quit the country


Re: no longer financially viable

I'm starting to think a world where Google is no longer financially viable, would be no bad thing



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