* Posts by Grade%

133 posts • joined 16 Sep 2013

What's holding up Canada's internet?


It could have been worse.

Some years ago in Canada there was a ruling about to come down from the CRTC that would have meant the extinguishing of uncapped internet service. The so-called UBB decision, would have forced third party providers to essentially sell primarily what the incumbents wanted: Low caps with high overage fees.

These low caps were made even lower at what turned out to be the cusp of Netflix's entrance to the Canadian market. Since our telecom companies are vertically integrated with virtually all media in this country they decided that they would create market conditions that would guarantee failure for Netflix.

It was probably the single time that I can remember in my life that people rose up in a mutual rage and protested that this would not stand. We wrote letters to our politicians at an unprecedented rate and forced the CRTC to revisit that decision.

Because of that we still have unlimited internet in this country.

Now, if only we could raise our voices again to reign in the unconscionable mobile phone rates that they charge. Yet, for some reason, we can't muster the outrage. We've been trained to expect high cell phone bills and there doesn't seem to be any way around it.

Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote


Um, doesn't this blow a hole

ah, into the future of American software companies potential product offerings? I mean, if this gets passed then silicon valley goes up in a poof of facepalming and automagically appears in a country where they are allowed to create products immune to third party poking. So, um, Germany? Wow. The Ruhr valley gets my vote.

Firefox features will land out of cycle and Mozilla's cool with that


Disable my stuff?


Fuck you.

Stop! Before you accept that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, read this


"Nadella scraps it and buys Blackberry"

Lol. Hey...that's not a half bad idea. BB may be inclined to sell BB10 for the right price. It already has the number 10 in it.

Oh wait. BB10 doesn't sniff out and sell everything out from under you. BB10 is secure. Lol, my bad.

German lodges todger in 13 steel rings


Re: Pedant Alert

"I've always wanted to ask a "Grammar Nazi" something. What do you get out of this?"

There be no getting. 'Tis but a reaction las Pavlov, to correct an effable error, unlike the multitude of distortions in the web of reality we're forced to abide which we cannot do anything about. In other words, it's all death and taxes out there but at least I can impart yet again what the difference is betwixt loose and lose. Sigh. Yes, I am a sad little man in a sad little world. Happy now?

Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates


Re: Total Desperation...

"...[..]wants a new laptop to help productivity, as the old one is showing problems."

The word 'new'? How new exactly? New new or would a high powered business class laptop from the refurb market cut the mustard? There are good Latitude E6420 i7 machines still out there as are thinkpads and all sundry of others coming off lease. Good base machines for installing SSDs and RAM coupled with an Office2010 business version and you're cooking with gasoline. Guard against Microsoft upgrade attacks and you're road warring with a decent Win7 beast. Okay, it's a pound or two heavier than the current offerings but I'd say you aren't losing too much in the trade off.

AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade


Re: Used Hosts blocking for years but...

"But I've little sense of the pros and cons. The circle I support use Firefox and Chrome primarily.... Cheers!"

I've been using a combination of Ublock Origin, Privacy Badger (promoted by EFF), and HTTPS Everywhere.

Pretty simple and if a site breaks I can turn then off one by one. Works reasonably well.

New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich


Re: A browser with

My thought is that it would be a re-fillable container, separated from anything connected to myself. The handshake would be between the site and whomever I designate to handle that for me. A token goes out to the site that they then get reconciled at some other time. If my browser is compromised and the container stolen then, since we're dealing in micro payments, how much would I lose? Eight bits?

Regardless, I hadn't thought of what you'd brought up since I don't particularly worry about it since I deal with PayPal, Amazon, etc, do online banking so to worry about my payment credentials being stolen seems, well, quaint. Not to be patronizing and not admit that that fear may have some validity, though with modern browsers and all that it seems pretty small.

If we're talking about the users inclined to run with n+1 toolbars, well, we could ease their mind by selling them a fingerprint scanner to use when they fill the wallet and when they decide on a browsing session with it active.

Lol, this is sounding pretty good. Whomever develops this, please cut me in for some shares. Please and thanks. :)


A browser with

An inline micro pay wallet that automatically pays sites a sliver of a penny equal to what they'd accrue from my ocular scans of their advertising would be interesting.

I click in, the adverts shut off, and the tinkling of teeny tiny coins lets me know they've been paid and amuses me at the same time. :)

Build that. That would be cool.

You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

Black Helicopters


Are we really sure it's a game? What if it's a cunning plan to outsource admins by turning the job into a game? That you PAY for? Lol, in Russia game plays YOU!

Philips backs down over firmware that adds DRM to light


Aww, who'd a thunk it.

With IoT threats, now, to my toaster demanding a certain brand of bread? Okay, that example is hyperbole but how much? Not very it seems if every thing with an IC included gives manufactures dreams of perpetual lockouts. The future is going to be interesting in that we may have to subscribe to a clipping service that will update us as to how the products we own are altered. We will have to continually harangue them to not do so in a manner that is a detriment to our application of use.

Ha, I know that the defense of liberty is eternal vigilance, but come on, my frigging toaster?

Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy


So entirely amusing yet completely unexpected!

I laughed with true Schadenfreude upon hearing this debacle in the making yesterday. Poor old Microsoft, weaving from a shot in the foot that was Windows 8, another bullet clipping a thigh with Windows 10, and not yet down or out but staggering about the room in blinding pain, for some unfathomable reason decides to punch itself clean in the face with this cloud 'strategy'.

Anti-adblocker firm PageFair's users hit by fake Flash update


Re: Hint...

I pointed my mouse to the Cash'n'Carrion and spread large (um, does that sound right?) for a nice El Reg tshirt that I strut around in in our burg. I figure that absolves me from feelings of guilt over my adblocker. Amen.

Drunk driver live-streams her slow journey home


A laugh shrug headshake.

How does that quote go, you can't make something idiot proof because they make a better idiot? I think we found the mom.

Microsoft updates Band semi-smartwatch for fitness fanatics



A teensy tiny anemometer would be pretty cool though probably a bit delicate and prone to snag on the sleeve. Now, as to predictions, the consumption of certain legumes predicates production by four to five hours most reliably.

I'm on mobile but mine is the one with with the wind sock in the pocket.

Roku 4 specs leak: Yes, it's got 4K streaming and a games controller


Re: Seems underpowered

It plays "games". :)

BlackBerry's tactical capitulation to Google buys time – and possibly a future


Look no further

Than at the bottom of this page for the epitaph of BB10.

An apple, an android, even a Windows logo indicate the apps available.

"I was pulled this way and that for longer than I can remember. And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own. I have also been called one thing and then another while no one really wished to hear what I called myself. So after years of trying to adopt the opinions of others I finally rebelled. I am an invisible man."

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

I don't know what the above quote has to do with this -- it looked cool and "edgy" so wtf.

R.I.P BB10

Microsoft starts to fix Start Menu in new Windows 10 preview


Why so many tabs?

I sometimes manually have to cancel certain items from a list of pages - the pages are all opened at once so that I can crtl-tab through them and hit the cancel button on each one and then once it cycles around I crtl-f4 them. That's 50-60 pages at once. Normally I have a macro running down that list but sometimes forget to invoke it because of activities and it's slower then I am at it. See, I don't actually look at the tabs and suspect a user that opens a similar number on a regular basis just shortcuts through them on their reading track.

Memory and processing is pretty cheap these days so why are we being artificially limited if we want to do things a certain way? Once of the cool things about OSes, and indeed good applications in general, is that there are so many different ways to do the same thing. I recall some of the times watching in amazement as users would do something in a way that I had no idea could work! And I like the discovery aspect of UIs; it would be a shame if we constrain ourselves to only doing things in a prescribed, predictable, and if I may, little more boring way. I think we lose something in the process, some ineffable quality, some ability to create methods that cater to our proclivities of habit.

US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node


I bow to thee, librarian!

Librarians are the guardians of the sacred stacks. They battle against the corrupting ignorant darkness with the shield of library cards. By granting access to anyone with a proof of residency in a given lending area, the citizen now has access to all the books through the magic of inter-library loans.

I, as a benefactor, swear to guard thee too, and genuflect with humble gratitude for the ceaseless struggle you endure.

Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT


Re: What about the memory?

"Hate to be the smug one here"

Not me. BB10 is THOR'S bloody bollocks!

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


I wanted an iPhone.

But NO, I get this dumb old jungle phone. The words are all one note and hard to understand. Thanks mom, dad; I'm the biggest joke on the veldt now.

Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone


Rumour mill has it

That they'll release two versions. One android and one BB10. There's a frenzy in one of the forums discussing this. Either way, it's kind of exciting. When was the last time a new phone generated this kind of buzz? Apple? Ho hum, thinner again. Samsung? Ooh look, we're just like Apple only not!

Now, here's Blackberry going to produce some alternate universe Frankenphone, and frankly (heh), this is going to be pretty cool. Even if they fail, mostly, maybe they'll pick up enough disenfranchised consumers looking for the next it thing. Enough that it becomes the new it. And right there I'm smiling and looking for my popcorn tub. :)

Holes found in Pocket Firefox add-on


Re: Semantical Objections.

Yes, every word of that missive needs scare quotes: "Popular" "add-on" "bundled" "with". Suggested listening as one reads those words would naturally be the "cha-ching" so favoured by capitalists for "every" occasion.

And yet, I still use it. Firefox that is. If only it were as it was. Sigh.

Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why


Re: @Trevor: Me too


Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs


Re: also autoticking the upgrade button in Win Update

After reading your post I checked my update status and lo what do you know! I had to check and hide one "important" update and one optional update that were only there to thwart my previous commands to not install.

Also, for the first time EVER, update offered an optional graphics driver from AMD! Now, I know AMD has abandoned my GPU since 2013 and every new driver iteration created the same problem that AMD has refused to fix: Namely, that if the laptop is attached to an external monitor the backlight on the laptop will forever after be disabled until that driver is reverted back to the last known good one.

So, that means that if you unknowingly install the driver and then, you know, go mobile, you get a black screen when you lift the laptop lid! So, in the interest of Science I installed it and found, no, the laptop screen backlight issue had NOT been fixed. Hung head and restored back to previous version and promptly fired off an emphatic pleading letter to AMD support -- the gist of which was to request that if they were going to let MS handle driver installation then the least they could would be to address the problem they introduced two years ago.

I predict that shortly there will be a slew of faulty drivers installed in various machines that the users (because they know the manufacturers' progress is often retrograde) will have no option to refuse because the providers have now bedded with MicroSoft to deliver updates that can't be refused!


Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free


Too many $9.99 services out there.

You know, as a consumer I'd appreciate it if there was some consideration given to the sheer number of services there are to be considered adequately "connected". One does not have a change purse of holding infinite Steloj. So, get a grip and make the ARPU something a bit more rational. Please and thanks.

So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?


Re: The 1930s

"I don't, not for the Register. It just annoys me that there isn't a better way of paying for content."

You DID buy some Reg merch, right? I gots me a classic Reg tshirt in black. Looks fab.

Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue


More interest here than in Toronto.

And that's about par for the course. 2.5beeeeelion dollars to put them on, 250meeelion for security and no one gives a flying fuck. Canada. (oh except the anti-mining protesters -- but they were infiltrated and neutralized before the games began.) Timbits anyone?

Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours


I don't understand.

If I'm on the go I won't/refuse pay for data so a streaming service is moot. At home I have a list of radio stations that simulcast on the internet -- they are world wide and cover every genre -- and streaming them to my home stereo is as simple as tapping an icon (actually it's a Station ID name from a list of links). What exactly do I gain by paying for a Spotty face or a bitten Apple service? I'm being a bit disingenuous because I think I know, and have tried TuneIn, which isn't terrible but seems equally pointless in a way when as I said, there are (is it quadrillions) of radio stations streaming out there. Oh, is the fee the charge for the copy and pasting of the URLs? Doing that myself and saving ~$120US per year, seems, um, prudent.

Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers


Re: 'registered MSA connected to their PC'

"An interesting point not touched on anywhere is that (at least so far), Win10 will only allow one MSA to be linked to a PC. That means that a Win10 machine cannot be fully used as a multi-user machine (eg two people using it with separate accounts having separate MSAs)."

F-that. Our household can only afford ONE main machine and it REQUIRES multiple user accounts because ADOBE I-stinking-D has to have ONE device that is considered a "computer" for our ereaders to legally interact with content. The hoop jumping to get working still makes me nauseous.

The more I hear and read about W10 the more I'm coming to despise it. I hated 8/8.1 but it's awkward to loathe, actually loathe software like this big brotheresque win-bloody-10

Galaxy Note 3 falling to bits after a year


Re: Galaxy Note 3 falling to bits after a year

"Question of my own. As an Android veteran, at least relative to me, if one downloads an android program for a charge, is it automatically transferrable to another device that one owns?"

The unsatisfying answer is that it depends. The developer of the Neutron music player allows concurrent use across all devices, for example, no matter if the OS is either Android or a BlackBerry iteration (I'm not saying BB10 because the orphaned Playbook tablet is still supported by this developer too). I am uncertain if that largess would extend to other developers. My intuition tells me that once purchased I would have the ability to download it with an other device using the same credentials.

BlackBerry on Android? It makes perfect sense


Interesting conjecture.

A case can be made, but in the end that case isn't particularly compelling. If that were to be the endgame then why bother at all with hardware? It would be simpler to get out of the device business altogether and allow whomever licenses the suites to provide the hardware and the engineers to bolt it together. It boils down to what additional value the OS has that can be extracted in other ways.

BB10 is derived from the QNX and its embedded brethren is very much alive and well - as the Ford motor company can attest to having ditched a MicroSoft product for a commensurate product from BlackBerry (https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=blackberry+deal+with+ford). So, in my limited estimation I would hazard that QNX, née BB10, will continue to evolve and be refined -- with a high end device coming out every three or four years.

But, and this is an interesting but, why not release an Android version as well? The horrors of fragmentation? What if it could be construed as a path toward, have people develop and interest in, the real BlackBerry experience? So, maybe the case is compelling after all. I, don't know, I can't see BlackBerry abandoning BB10 completely. What it needs to do, rather, is slowly gather enough steam to at some point reach a critical mass where developers (developers developers (sorry)), are enticed by the potential returns from a rabid audience starving for decent apps to fling money at.

BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes


That is a negatory BlackBerry.

Z30 with BB10.3.2 has excellent file support that allows me to manipulate my data and get important information to the needed people with elegant simplicity. Copy/paste, the predictive keyboard, the Hub, eight applications running at once, HDMI output, Miracast; it's my dogdamn OFFICE! In my POCKET!

Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab


Re: I'm going to start selling ...


RealSense possibilities: Dell Venue 8 7000 8.4in Android tablet


It's not pretty.

The industrial aesthetic doesn't work for this device so taking it home for entertainment, reading and such is more of a end of line liquidation proposition. The Sony Z4 is much more in tune with looks good on the coffee table ideal but then the form factor is different too; so apples, oranges, and zebras I guess. Which is to say, ultimately, meh.

It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video


Holy [mmph] storm, Batman!

Thanks, El Reg. I count on your monthly tales of horror to alert me. Keep up the good work!

'Ave one on me!

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED


Re: Some Dutch shops..

"She got caught, the radio news didn't say how. Probably the RFID tag under the original label, but it certainly showed initiative."

If you look up there's a camera for every automated till. Somewhere close by is a little room with a mirrored window and it is someone's sad little job to watch a slew of monitors for miscreant behaviour.

I know because the sad horror of local grocerteria installed these tills a year or two back and yesterday I saw the door open to that darkened little room lit only by the wall of monitors -- someone was asking the unseen person therein a question. I suspect it was along the lines of, "Had enough yet?".

Surprised at the site and wanting to see what the monitors were tuned to, I noted the one I could see well and turned my head, saw the auto-tills, glanced up and saw a camera above each one.

Oh! So, no trust? How sad. :(

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1


Re: You Know Windows 10 Is Going To Be Good...

"Microsoft used windows update to install an advertising spam application on users machines without asking."

Exactly. Now I will give you the finger while you give me my phone call. Ooops, wrong reality. Sorry.

It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft


Uninstall Windows Update KB3035583

I LIKE Aero! It's MY taskbar and I say what displays there. Hmmph. The nerve.

Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'


Re: Fugly feses of sh*t

fYeah! fWhat fthe ffuck fman. fCan't fyou fsee fhow ffucking fannoying fit fis?

Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service


...his sails unfurled

Darmak and Jalad at Tanagra.

I read this as a NA-ite and have to say, I like this gibberish! Fi!

Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue


Re: The hacker spirit...

"soulless appliance"

Let's strike the word soulless and look at "appliance". The corporate goal of has always been to make the systems closed and immune to mucking with. IBM was forced to make the personal computer amenable to OEMs' contributions with mother boards and the slew of peripheral cards for this or that function.

Apple's system and vision has always been about control of not only the hardware but the software as well. The fact that it closes in on the word appliance and nothing more is the very definition of success in Apple's world view. Dependable, to the point where once power is "applied" it "functions" as defined...by Apple.

Soon enough the Fix-it review will fade away as the new reality of computing appliance takes hold.

I already feel a nascent pang of nostalgia for it every time I see one of these now.

Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation


Re: On the brighter side...

"They tend to be pretty easy going up there"

Oh yes. We're all polite fuckers we are. We will let you fuck with us until that one day that it's enough. You don't want to meet an ANGRY CANADIAN.

And Bell? Well, they're very much on the threshold -- musing about outlawing VPNs is one foot in that's for sure.

After all, how do you think we watch out of market hockey? ;)

Street Culture: Reg man's snazzy snaps of punky London go on display

Thumb Up


Oh woe, there shan't be any threats of violence made toward fellow citizens, but whom pray tell must I coitus completest in order to be there to see this show? I only require tickets, passport, and a sidewalk to flop on. On the other hand, publish a book and I for certain will be one to buy. Thanks much, for a nostalgic frisson to a misspent young adulthood.

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross


Re: Content and Style

I use focuswriter. It has manual keystrike sounds and there are various thematic backgrounds that can be set. Personally, there's one with raindrops on a dark stormy window that mirrors my fevered thoughts; makes the process of writing oddly calming.

Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10


Re: Any updates on this?

" (I opted for USB connection rather than Wifi because I always forget to switch Wifi off again when leaving the house and inevitably pay a price in battery life)"

I have a similar issue. In order to circumvent this I programmed an NFC tag with a profile to switch off the Wifi and turn on the cell radio. When putting on my coat I place the phone against the tag I've helpfully stuck in the coat closet and the profile is changed. Upon returning I place the phone there again and the profile reverts back to home use. Pretty neat except that my device is a Z30 and has a separate control for cell data that I then have to toggle. Since the device is in my hand and the memory problem is solved and I switch on the data. Fun for the novelty of it.


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