* Posts by Handy Plough

162 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Oct 2014


Linux kernel 6.1 will contain fixes, features. Useful Rust modules? Not yet

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Re: Linux remains an unmade bed

And still can't do plug and play Wifi. I reinstalled Fedora yesterday, and the wifi still isn't working. Tried all sorts. Gave up and and to resort to powerline.

USB-C iPhone, anyone? EU finalizes charging standard rule

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Re: All Apple usb chargers have USB C outputs

Thus creating a mountain of e-waste, and not just cables...

Google tells Apple to 'fix text messaging' in bid to promote RCS protocol

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Re: Boat Missed?

No. This is a cultural phenomenon specific to the US. WhatsApp, Line, Telegram and Signal, to name a few, all exist and are used by the rest of the 7.6 billion people in the world. Clearly the remaining 0.33 billion people are incapable. Yes, a unified standard would be nice. But outside of the US, it's not a problem of lock in.

Report slams UK plan to become 'science superpower' by 2030

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Re: Have to actually ditch Boris first

"Johnson has been a complete disaster for [the] UK." is all you need to say.

For those that voted for these idiots, I'd normally offer a smug "I told you so", but the disastrous outcome makes it too depressing to say.

The many derivatives of the CP/M operating system

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Re: Yeah, no

The bloke that wrote QDOS^H^H^H^H MS-DOS has more or less admitted it was a copy - even the bugs were the same to begin with.

Apple's new MacBook Air: Is the jump to M2 silicon worth another $200?

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Re: Inexplicable...

I can explain it - it's editorial. How else would El Reg trot out it's trite witicisms...

GitHub drops Atom bomb: Open-source text editor mothballed by end of year

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Re: Emacs

It's the antithesis of the UNIX philosophy, in that id doesn't do one thing or does what it does well...

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux

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The whole point of the CTRL key is for control characters when using a terminal. The command key on Macs (and the subsequent key pairs) predates CTRL-Z/X/C/V by around 10 years. Using ctrl-c in a *NIX based system seems like a dumb decision to me, since ctrl-c is SIGINT - kind of useful.

Watch out for phishing emails that inject spyware trio

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Re: So, you're not opening an email in Excel

The majority of these attacks rely on ID-107 errors. The issue here is the built-in office viewers. The ID-107 doesn’t even need to open the file directly.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Re: re. Anyone who tells you Linux is hard to use wasn't paying attention

About half as many as Linux fanbois. Linux fanbois are the new Apple fanbois, but with really bad taste...

Linux distros haunted by Polkit-geist for 12+ years: Bug grants root access to any user

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Re: Eyes

Just, wow! This is exactly the arrogance of the 'many eyes' apologists! Just think of the shit storm that there would be were this Windows/macOS!

Think of the many 1000's of unpatched servers out there affected by this. FFS people, drop you religious zeal and see the bigger issue; FOSS, while giving you the ability to review the code, is no better than closed source, because the many clearly do not review the code!

NixOS and the changing face of Linux operating systems

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Re: All to be superseded

It's amusing that systemd is a 'cancer' and then emacs is lauded. Emacs has always struck me as the antithesis of the Unix 'do one thing and do it well' philosophy; it neither does one thing or does anything well.

Apple emergency patches fix zero-click iMessage bug used to inject NSO spyware

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Re: Apple screws the pre-iOD 13 customers

Which accounts for 6.4% of devices running iOS. Devices that are 9 years old or less can run iOS 13. Where are you going to go with better support, Android? Don't make me laugh.

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Re: Autocratic governments, that's a broad brush nowadays.

That was pre-Brexit. And the rules that applied then should be the same that Apply to Scottish independence. When are you Brexiteers going to learn, you cannot have your cake and eat it.

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Re: Autocratic governments, that's a broad brush nowadays.

20% of the Prime Minster of GB have not been English, with the majority of the 20% being Scottish (10). Were London/Westminster being 'manipulated' by Scotland while they were in power?

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested

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They've been selling snakeoil for years. The opensource intelligencia and Snowdonites have been espousing their virtues for as long. Anyone else that works in email, epecially the security side, has been saying that Protons claims are spurious at best. Looks like their marketing is just downright misleading.

Epic Games files competition lawsuit against Google in the UK over Fortnite's ejection from Play Store

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Maybe 30% is too high. Trouble is, folk would complain if it was 15% or 5% etc. Try getting something in a bricks and mortar store, then say that App Store/Play Store fees are too high.

We didn't collude with Twitter to throw Parler off our servers, says AWS in court filing

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Re: Trump's you-tube account has been suspended as well

So. This is a result of a failed insurrection. First rule of an insurrection/coup is succeed or be damned. This is the damning stage of the failed insurrection.

Surface Laptop Go: Premium feel for a mid-range price, but Microsoft's Apple-like range once meant more than this

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Re: Proprietary ports - DIE DIE DIE

Funny that - I use one with a MacBook Pro and it works just fine...

How Apple's M1 uses high-bandwidth memory to run like the clappers

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Re: Apple leading the way once more

I see you actually mean: "I don't like the myriad independent test results that appeared online since this processor has been available, so I waiting for ones that fit my world view"...

Microsoft warns against SMS, voice calls for multi-factor authentication: Try something that can't be SIM swapped

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Re: Usability

In this case I'd argue that portability is convenience, not availability. Don't forget, along with availability is confidentiality and integrity. Arguably being able to export JSON, even if you can encrypt it, breaks both those to some degree. At some point portability is not secure in this case, hence MFA over SMS being a bad thing.

Who cares what Apple's about to announce? It owes us a macOS x86 virtual appliance for non-Mac computers

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They don't owe you a damned thing! You chose not to buy A Mac and go down the Hackintosh route!No-one held a gun to your head. Own you your choices.

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Re: Even if it was a good idea, now that's been asked by The Register...

Wow! It took me scrolling to the bottom of the page before I found an "Apple is doomed!" trope. Well done commentards!

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: So Linus is just a SJW then?

OK boomer...

iPadOS 14: Apple's attempt to pry fondleslab from toddlers' mitts and make it more businesslike

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Jasc - does the lot. Very good it is too.

What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

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Re: Pot, kettle?

Lets have the evidence the Bryant! Or are you mouthing off as per usual?

Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

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Re: Cognitive Dissonance

>> "You caught a bad case of confirmation bias. Review other articles."

Yes and no. It's hard to argue the merits of this article. Sharwood's polemic is so beyond inept, it's laughable. There is 'biting the hand that feeds IT' and there is this article. Sharwood is tying himself in knots to make Apple look unreasonable. I gave up taking seriously anything this site had to say many moons ago. This though, this article is utter shite, and I'd wager goes against the views of the majority of the readership (not the good ol'fashioned Apple hating, the erosion of privacy).

It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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This is why we cant have nice things.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was paid more than $28,000 a day in 2015

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Re: Life is a bitch...

YAWN! Heard this before, been shown to be largely bollocks to.

You do know that the same is true for Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Samsung etc., etc., etc.?


Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

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Re: Let me know when it works on computers.

"... and they're free software."

They're also shit.

iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

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Re: Wish this had been publicized before

Yes. Planned obsolescence. After what will be 5 years (yes 5, it was released in 2011). Name 1 Android OEM matching that with just security updates.


PSST! You wanna iPhone 6S Plus? YOINK! You can't have one - Apple

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Re: @Doug S


Read the first comment about Apple and false scarcity you dick.



Apple: We're going to sell $77bn worth of iStuff this holiday season

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Re: Not one cent

That's nice.

Apple fanbois cry (bless) as site motionless during iPhone 6S pre-order wrest

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Re: @x 7 "iPhone 6$hit"

ORLY? so this wasn't you?


Apple's big secret: It's an insurance firm (now with added finance)

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Re: It seems to me that Apple do almost everything just a bit better than their rivals...

There are (at time of posting) 4 people that would rather have market share than revenue!? No that is fanboyism...

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

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Re: @Handy Plough: * improved LTE speeds*

Experience with a Blackberry? None recently. I've owned several pre iPhone and the nicest thing I can say about them is they were bland then; best of a bad bunch. Glad to be rid of them if I'm honest. Had a laugh look at the Passport. didn't fit my needs. No, the iPhone does what I need. Hey if Blackberry works for you, then that's just dandy. Just don't fucking tell me what phone I should use based on your prejudices you jumped up little...

Of course YMMV, but then I'm not going around calling people names for using a different product. My slight was at the sudden volume of pro-Blackberry post on an Apple thread. It was a dig/troll. That you clearly took it personally tells us much.

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Re: * improved LTE speeds*

How much are RIMM Blackberry paying for these post these days?

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Re: Pricing

"...slight price premium we generally pay for tech in the UK" AKA VAT.

Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight

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Re: But will the iBlind ever see this?

Oh Alan, you wag! It's a good thing that all BB, Android and Windows devices are perfect, being they are made from pure unicorn tears.

(By the way, your fanboy is showing...)

Brussels taxi union to disrupt the disruptors over Uber service

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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

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Re: Really?

No. They are patenting their method for doing so.

Blighty a 'smartphone society' amid rise of 4G middle class

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I'm in that group. I'm an O2 "customer" and they make my phone say it's on a 4G networks, but with broken mast everywhere on top of the older lacklustre infrastructure, it's functionally no faster than Edge.

Google to French data cops: Dot-com RTBF? Baiser ma DERRIERE

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There is no literal translation of kiss my arse, va te faire foutre is possibly the closest in terms of offensiveness...

Silicon Valley sides with Samsung in anti-Apple patent war

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Re: Apple vs Samsung

Android was bought by Google, as were maps. Your point?

Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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I never said it wasn't legal. That's your own moral compass clamouring for justification. Here's the thing; if it's morally wrong, as were constantly told, that Google and Apple 'avoid' paying corporate taxes, why is it OK when a consultant does the same. I'd guess it would be distasteful to you if it were a 'celebrity' or a banker or a lawyer were to do similar too. You lot are the biggest bunch of hypocrites out there. Which is considerably more distasteful that tax avoidance.

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"Many contractors save avoid tax..."


iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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Re: RIP Windows XP

"Sad to say my main iTunes DB is on a swimmingly fast, reliable & secure XP system." Which, if you expect support from manufacturers, you should have upgraded at least a year ago. A "secure XP system" is an oxymoron, unless it's air-gapped.

Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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Re: 1st Pebble mention

Shite display, even more limited functionality than the Apple Watch, nuff said.

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To use the OP's logic, old Joke, no value. Any idiot can make it and laugh at it...

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Re: Useful things for a wristjob.

1. The Apple watch has this facility

2. Can't see the real utility myself and the digital crown works very well. The screen being obsured isn't much of an issue in daily use.

3. See http://furbo.org/2015/07/14/a-watch-water-and-workouts/. Basically, it's waterproof.

4. A self-charging mechanism would be advantageous. That said, I get about 2 days charge wich ain't too bad for a first gen product.