* Posts by aqk

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Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

aqk
Linux

Re: Bells and broken whistle

But then, aren't you the guy that sneered "I'LL NEVER give up my Windows-XP for this overpriced Win-7!! ...Windows-8 and its Lucky Charms? T's an abomination compared with me Apple!"

"Oh! It doesn't matter anyhow. We shall all be using Linux by 2016!"

Yes... M$ and evil Bill Gates will surely soon die! C'mon, Reggie-folks! Bring on the downvotes! I expect at least 50 by next week! ;)

In the '80s, satellite comms showed promise – soon it'll be a viable means to punt internet services at anyone anywhere

aqk
Childcatcher

Re: Can't wait...

a license to use the Internet, something most often used in the privacy of people's homes? Can you say Big Brother? ...

Gimme a break!

Guess what? IT IS NOT your house anymore. We are in the 21st Century. But then again, it never REALLY was your house. The powers that be can crush you - and your house anytime.

So... You need a license to drive a car, don't you? And must pass a test?

Perhaps the internet should be the same way.

US offers Julian Assange time in Australian prison instead of American supermax if he loses London extradition fight

aqk
FAIL

Re: Not only that

re- ....“track record” of that Wiesel, ....

Migod! You mean Eli Weisel?

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver: We need more 50-somethings in UK tech

aqk
Big Brother

Don't Trust anyone under 50.

I've been working in IT for over 50 years. And even 40+ years ago I saw the writing on the wall, excuse me- on the IBM 1401 line printer: More and more bozos are trying to worm their way into IT.

Nt because they like it, but because "it's the FUTURE, MAN! Big BUCKS!"

And slowly, perhaps (too) quickly they climbed aboard the ladder. They didn't givashit about computer stuff, this was a career path!

So.. I've been retired for 15+ years. But I could still run circles around these idiots and their MBA degrees: "Computers? I just wanna boss people around! And earn a BIG Salary!"

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer

aqk
Pint

Re: Last seen

I'd say he had the inside track on D.B.Cooper, and was planning to meet him.

But maybe he WAS D.B.Cooper.

aqk
Devil

Re: Have you thought that through?

....emanating from a jackbooted Stasi informant...

Ah! You mean the standard American trumpoid.

UK urged to choo-choo-choose hydrogen-powered trains in pursuit of carbon-neutral economic growth

aqk
Thumb Up

Re: Diesel-electric-hydrogen

Let me correct you:

Drill for oil-->refine-->kerosene-->diesel-->electric-->h2o-->H2+O2->-liquify-->hdrogen-->fuelcell-->electric motor on train.

Sounds good. I bet some politicians will buy this!

aqk
Go

Re: Won't happen......

Those companies tend to not last very long. Ask anyone who invested in Hydrogen twenty years ago. Or (lol) thirty?

aqk
Coat

Truly! Hydrogen is THE FUTURE!

Too much common sense being offered in these comments!

Don't you understand? These decisions are made by POLITICIANS and MBAs, not scientists or engineers!

And every politician knows that hydrogen is HOT (No pun intended) when it comes to getting the ladies' votes! Ask your wife or girlfriend what they think of hydrogen! ...Oh wait- this is El-Reg. No ladies permitted!

OK then- advise your politician to visit Vancouver Canada- they've had a successful fleet of hydrogen buses running there ever since the 2010 Olympics! Or perhaps visit Reykjavik- it's closer. .They have a big fleet of hydrogen powered buses also. I read this in the news about seven or eight years ago?

Me? I'm still waiting for my 2008 Hydrogen powered BMW that I ordered twelve years ago.

Japan assembles superteam of aircraft component manufacturers to build supersonic passenger plane

aqk
Big Brother

Re: Do we really need this ?

I'm sorry, but we ultra-rich do not BUY maize; we GROW it! On my 10,000 acre ranch, I can produce all the kerosene I need for my ultrasonic jet. Of course my cars and trucks are all battery-powered. I am very carbon-neutral.

And the government gives me all sorts of monetary credits for being so "green".

Have you paid your taxes yet? I'm counting on plebes like you!

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

aqk
Linux

Re: Wonderful

Hey- why not embed the statement on those tiny Windows chips that Bill Gates has injected into you with those devious vaccine shots.

Or does the vaccine contain a chip running Linux? Then we KNOW why Torvalds is getting so nervously angry.

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant

aqk
Paris Hilton

Re: Go for it Governments?

Most "western" governments will not back it, as they are afraid of losing the woman's vote.

And you know what most women think of when one says "nuclear" - "EEK! NUCLEAR POWER IS EVIL!"

One reason why China and India will be the future adopters of this technology.

The Audacity: Audio tool finds new and exciting ways to annoy contributors with a Contributor License Agreement

aqk
WTF?

TL;DR ... and I'm not a lwyer or somebean-counter nerd.

However I use Audacity sometimes for minor....um, things.

So can anyone explain WTF this to do with me? In 100 words or less?

Crane horror Reg reader uses his severed finger to unlock Samsung Galaxy phone

aqk
Thumb Up

I use either left or right index fingers.

Both fingerprints are registered on my phone - Is it just my phone? (A Redmi /Xiaomi Note-8 Pro)

I could possibly register more prints... ? I've never tried.

Why would anyone just register one fingerprint?

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage

aqk
Coat

Re: Clippy! And a Mac?

Yeah....

A BIG MAC!

No filet'o'fish for her anymore....

Ticker tape and a binary message: Bank of England's new Alan Turing £50 must be the nerdiest banknote ever

aqk
Happy

Re: Pound Sterling ... and Scotland?

Don't worry- the Scots will soon be using Euros again.

aqk
Gimp

But what about TUR?

Hasn't this already been offered in the new TUR cryptocurrency? I have bought several pounds worth!

Alan would have approved!

Already it appears to be rivalling Etherium!

Huge if true: If you show people articles saying that Firefox is faster than Chrome, they'll believe it

aqk
Meh

I will be. Soon. I promise.

GitLab latest to ditch 'master' as default initial branch name: It's now simply called 'main'

aqk
Joke

Ah...! A Laplander! Are you one of those guys that gets Eskimo Ingrid to hold the reindeer, while you pile up a big mound of snow behind it, and...

Oh wait- I'm confused! I was thinking of the crashed aviator and the camel in the Sahara...

My bad.

aqk
Facepalm

Re: Too late to change now

Well then- it's OBVIOUS! Torvalds is a RACIST! He and his Linux creation must be banned! At least in America -

For those folks of the black persuasion. And hope that they will convince their white "brethen" to also eschew Torvald's Linux! If not? Well then, LAWS must be passed!

We trust that they will continue to use only Windows (And of course a Macintosh, provided its software is not Linux-derived)

The rest of the world? Let us merrily continue along with Linus's great creation.

aqk
Devil

"Master of Arts"? You're a racist thug!

And don't you forget it, you writhing weenie American!

Go ahead- try to "clean up" your RACIST PAST!

It will never work, even if you DO manage to erase "MASTER" from Webster's dictionary! Sorry, but the OED will ALWAYS carry this forbidden word - dare I say the "M-word" in America? NO!

Just like the N-word. (I spell it as "enword")

You enwords may think you have won this round, but this due to its banning, this epithet is now growing stronger than ever! Ask your white neighbour's kids!

- An Emword aficianado... (now where's my whip?...)

NASA sends nuclear tank 293 million miles to Mars, misses landing spot by just five metres. Now watch its video

aqk
Stop

Re: Missed Opportunity?

You'll need more than "software revisions".

Will one of your drones fly at 180,000 feet up in Earth's ionosphere? That's about the density of the air on Mars.

And I bet that those parachutes are not "ordinary" parachutes that skydivers use.

aqk
Boffin

Re: Linux.. and Virtual Machines?

re- "VxWorks often runs in hypervisor mode and can run itself, Linux or other OS as virtual machines. "

Migod- this takes me back to my old 1970s VM/370 days, when we sometimes ran a beta VM/370 under VM.

Oh- And one guy (an IBMer) actually ran VM seven stages deep. Was it just as a test, or to impress his IBM "manager"? We'll never know.

But he then either ran out of memory (Hey, 640KB should be enough for anyone!) or he ran out of disk room.

aqk
Boffin

Re: Linux.. and Virtual machines?

re- VxWorks often runs in hypervisor mode and can run itself, Linux or other OS as virtual machines.

Migod- this takes me back to my old 1970s VM/370 days, when we sometimes ran a beta VM/370 under VM.

Oh- And one guy (an IBMer) actually ran VM seven stages deep. Was it just as a test, or to impress his IBM "manager"? We'll never know.

But he then either ran out of memory (Hey, 640KB should be enough for anyone!) or he ran out of disk room.

Microsoft unveils swappable SSDs for Surface Pro 7+ but 'strongly discourages' users from upping their capacity

aqk
Windows

The usual FUD.

Microsoft learned well from IBM.

The old mainframe days:

We usually got this response when we decided to upgrade our huge (think washing-machine or refrigerator) IBM disk drives with a 3rd party clone,

Which was always of course LESS-expensive, MORE reliable, and had EXCELLENT service.

We just had to make sure that the Suits in senior management did not get wind of it. Mostly, they usually trusted our judgment. UNLESS- Unless a senior IBM guy asked one of OUR executives "out to lunch".

Then we got 2nd guessed, and had to run with the inferior IBM product.

Bill Gates on climate change: Planting trees is not the answer, emissions need to be zeroed out to avoid disaster

aqk
Trollface

reecist?

Naw... He's a hershey bar, goin' down the ol' Hershey highway.

Nearly 70 years after America made einsteinium in its first full-scale thermo-nuke experiment, mystery element yields secrets of its chemistry

aqk
Pint

You mean stoned philosophers.

Ever wanted to own a piece of the internet? Now you can: $1 for a whole gTLD... or $2.8m if you want a decent one

aqk
Mushroom

Re: .com, .org, .gov, .edu, .mil

Hey- don't forget .mil

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

aqk
Pint

Poor UK. And poor Europe.

Once again, Canada has it in the bag!

The Canadian government craftily now has dibs on 25 million doses of vaccine. We expect to be way ahead of Europe, UK and the USA in vaccinating our citizens!

Some of this vaccine has already been delivered to us. I saw forklifts unloading tons of it from giant cargo planes in the far north! The rest of this vaccine should be delivered to Canada by mid February. And every Canadian still living should be vaccinated by March!

Don't believe me? Just ask any Canadian politician!

As Canada's Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier once said- "The Twentieth Century belongs to Canada!"

Over long US weekend, GitHub HR boss quit after firing Jewish staffer who warned Nazis were at the Capitol

aqk
Mushroom

It seems that Balloune's Law is more appropriate here!

aqk
Paris Hilton

...still trying to keep the details about the worker mum.... "

HEY! MY Mum was a worker! Long before this pandumbic BLM / metoo nonsense came around!

Now, go wash your mouth out. No, not with beer... with SOAP!

aqk
Trollface

Re: I'm confused

I calls dem da way I sees 'em. Hey! He's a "she"! And look at dat! "SHE is definetly some guy!

Hey, punk- Wanna fight?

aqk
Facepalm

I'm confused. Is Nat Friedman "Jewish"?

Who was fired? Nat?

Donald Trump's son-in-law wished to know!

So does Donald's daughter! Umm.. so does Donald! (I think)

Should I cancel my Githhob membership? Should I warn the Proudboys to stop using Python, or Ruby? Or "R"? Is "Q" like "R"?

Please! Someone help me!

Titanium carbide nanotech approach hints at hydrogen storage breakthrough

aqk
WTF?

re- If you produce H2 where it will be used, that problem is solved....

Why would I want to produce it? Don't I have better things to do with my energy?

aqk
Mushroom

Re: It's not just the storage

Not sure how far the H2 is compressed, but there is more hydrogen in a gallon of gasoline than in a gallon of hydrogen.

aqk
Coat

Been waiting 15 years ....

I'm still waiting for my 2007 Hydrogen-powered BMW (or was it a Toyota?) that I saw advertised on the back cover of an old issue of Scientific American.

Thank goodness I didn't put down a deposit on the car.

Boeing puts Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet through its paces... on the ground

aqk
Terminator

Re: On fully automated planes

....prefer to be on a plane with someone who can intervene????

I even prefer to be in an elevator with someone who can intervene. As long as it isn't Hannibal Lector.

LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice's 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to 'do the right thing' and die

aqk
Pirate

WordPerfect, anyone?

What is this "open" stuff anyhow?

I, for one, will stay with my venerable WordPerfect 3 and its dandy companion Quattro-Pro!

And keep all my backups on sturdy 3.5" floppies.

Elizabeth Holmes' plan to avoid her Theranos fraud trial worked out about as well as her useless blood-testing machines

aqk
Paris Hilton

TRUMP AWAITS!

Why was this woman not ever lassoed to work for the Trump team? Well, I suppose it's loo late now. "YOU'RE FIRED!"

She surely missed her calling 10-15 years ago.

Hydrogen-powered train tested on Britain's railway tracks as diesel alternative

aqk
Childcatcher

Re: 8.5 Bar?

Oh, gimme a break!

All that hydrogen? Install a small Tokamak. It could probably fit under the engin., uh.. the TRAIN-DRIVER'S seat! And would easily power the train, as well as even heat the whole train!

Any excess electricity could easily FED BACK via the overhead wires to power the train-station, nay, even the whole primitive village that the train just left from.

From my North-American Acorn-TV subscription, I have noticed that there are many such derelict villages in England!

Why, in Canada, we have installed many, many Tokamaks that now power our Eski... uh,, I mean- our "First Nations" Cities!

aqk
Alert

Re: Not as green as 25kv overhead

Why not try using an overhead wire (as in a trolley) to provide electricity to the train?

This electricity could be used to "crack" water (Hey! The oceans ARE FULL OF IT!) provided to the engine, in much the same manner as was provided to Steam Engines 100 years ago. Don't knock this. - it is tried and proven!

The H2 could be used to power the fuel cells with their exotic platinum catalysts! These would then drive ELECTRIC MOTORS at each wheel! Any oxygen produced (I'm told there may a bit of it) could be captured, bottled, and used to treat elderly people with asthma, and those unfortunates with Covid-19.

It's a Win-Win-Win-Win! And a 5th Win for good luck!

Suggest this method to your local politician or MP. I bet he.. uh, she will most certainly go for it! After all, It's HYDROGEN!

aqk
Mushroom

Re: Not as green as 25kv overhead

Remember the video (about 20 years ago - it might still be on YouTube) by the engineer who wanted to see just how quickly he could get his charcoal BBQ roaring hot after lighting it? As usual, the wife must have been impatient...

So he tried pouring liquid Oxygen on the BBQ after lighting it.

Gee - those BBQ coals were hot and ready in 3 seconds! Unfortunately not much of the steel BBQ (or was it a hibachi?) was left to put your steaks on.

I assume this is the kind of video you (and I) desire.

aqk
Coat

Re: Not as green as 25kv overhead

Re- "hydrogen molecules are smaller" lol.

Did you know that a litre of methane in it (at STP) has more hydrogen in it than a litre of hydrogen?

aqk
Big Brother

Re: Not as green as 25kv overhead

They are IDIOTS! Some prof at a Canadian University 15 years ago was really big on Hydrogen.

He suggested that "they" produce Hydrogen from electricity at those big Mega/Tera Hydro dams in northern Québec. And then?

Why they then pump the hydrogen though pipes 500 KM to Montréal and then use it to- wait for it...

We make clean electricity! No pollution!

Hello, PhD idiot! We already have these pipes! They are called WIRES!

I kid you not: The guy was a senior PHYSICS professor at a major Canadian university. He MUST have had tenure...

If I had been in charge of that university, I would have used the Saddam Hussien method: had him taken out behind the student union and shot.

Future airliners will run on hydrogen, vows Airbus as it teases world-plus-dog with concept designs

aqk
Coat

Re: hydrogen engines?

Hydrogen re-filling stations?

Vancouver, Canada has them! Since 2011! To re-fuel all those Hydrogen-powered buses that were built during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics!

Come to Vancouver and ride on a Hydrogen-powered bus! And ask about Ballard Fuel-cells- THE FUTURE!

Oh! Prefer to go to Iceland? Yes, Reykjavik has also been running loads of these Hydrogen-powered buses since 2010! Very fashionable!

aqk
Pint

Re: Bring it back

Gosh!

Kinda sounds like a Covid19 society of our future.

aqk
Boffin

Re: Cryo is a non-starter

You don't seem to understand.

Hydrogen is HOT! (figuratively speaking) Politicians and journalists, who mostly slept through their Physics classes, are ripe for this sales job.

People (still) think Hydrogen is sexy. Hydrogen SELLS. We have to work it into our society one way or another, and some folks will always see a stock-market benefit, or an IPO in their future.

Me? I'm still waiting for my 2008 hydrogen-powered BMW (or was it a Toyota?) that those big ads on the back covers of Scientific American (or was it the National Geographic?) promised me 16 years ago.

aqk
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Looks good to me- Carbon & hydrogen?

Surprise! -

There is more hydrogen stored in a gallon of gasoline / kerosene / methane than in a gallon of pure Hydrogen.

Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log

aqk
Headmaster

OK- it's not Kill-omitter

As a Canadian, I would like the Americans, and their British lackeys, to stop mispronouncing the word for KM. as Kill-Ommiter, as though it's some sort of speedometer or tachometer.

The word is pronounced KILOMETRE as we were taught in Canadian schools so many decades ago. And most Canadians pronounce it correctly.

Recently I even heard news announcers on FRANCE24 pronounce it incorrectly! Migod, the French INVENTED the Kilometre!

aqk
Stop

Re: International Standards Organization

OK, Jack. But please don't call me "Shirley".

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