* Posts by Sir Awesome

37 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Nov 2014

Google offers $118m to settle gender discrimination lawsuit

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Re: Uh-oh

"But that's just my two cents"

Photonic processor can classify millions of images faster than you can blink

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Re: Yawn!

No we motherfucking do not - they're all kitties! :D

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment

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Re: Getting the most out of it...

I found out by accident that if you enter something like asdf@outlook.com with a bad password enough times on that screen, it relents and lets you create a local account.

Meta strikes blow against 30% 'App Store tax' by charging 47.5% Metaverse toll

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Re: For that price

You can rent a pre-bitten pillow.

Brave takes the spring out of creepy bounce tracking

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Re: "Say a website embeds a third-party script from info.tracker"

You've missed the point here - if you've got Adblock, they decide to redirect you to get your data. If you've blocked the tracker's IP in your firewall, your browsing session will come to a dead stop, due to the redirection target being unreachable.

This workaround instead permits the redirect to the tracker, but expunges the data as son as the redirect is complete, so your browsing session can continue as normal.

The monitor boom may have ended, says IDC

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Re: Monitors are overpriced

At least 6 years ago I bought a set of three AOC 24" monitors at ~£100 each - I'm looking into replacing one of them, and they still cost £100.

I thought the cost of these things were supposed to go down over time?

Facebook far too consumed by greed to make itself less harmful to society, whistleblower tells Congress

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Re: That's why Facebook bought Instagram

That's actually the goal of the Mastodon project - run your own social media that can talk to all other similar platforms: https://joinmastodon.org/

I'm feeling lucky: Google, Facebook say workers must be vaccinated before they return to offices

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Re: I'm not sure

God forbid you be deprived of your right to risk your co-workers' lives.

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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Well now you've gone and reminded me of Holly's premature April Fools gag on Red Dwarf!

Australian geoboffins have zoomed in and enhanced CSI-style soil analysis: Bung it in a machine, find the crime scene

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Re: You don’t need all these techno-shenanigans…

And now I'm having flashbacks to Black Books, watching Manny identify the beach from the sand in a holiday book...

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: Font recommendations

I recently discovered Inconsolata - even contains the dash through the 0!

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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Clearly a reminder to take your allotted toilet breaks..

Computer, deactivate self-destruct system requirement, says Sonos... were it on a starship in space, and not a smart-speaker slinger

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Better Nate than lever?

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

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Re: She and Alta Vista became very good friends.

*coughs in very-overdue SP6*

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta

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If you click "Yes, i'll rate you, you bastard" and then immediately back out, the app is none the wiser - there's no framework for confirming actual ratings. That should stop the nagging :]

Blame of thrones: Those viral vids of PC monitors going blank when people stand up? Static electricity from chairs

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Happening for months

This has been happening for ages for me with my AOC 23" monitors, but only when they're switched over to their VGA inputs (work's Dell docking station). Sometimes my USB speaker will crackle and be re-detected by the system at the same time.

All methods to alleviate this have failed - I've filed into the body of the chair and wired a curly cord from there to the radiator pipe, and done the same with a mesh of wiring under my floor protector, as well as removing the floor protector entirely - still occurs with no change in frequency.

In rare cases, my router will even shit itself during these instances, requiring a manual restart - I've been convinced this was ESD-related but I just can't stop it happening. I'm using the Ikea Markus chair, for reference.

JavaScript survey: Devs love a bit of React, but Angular and Cordova declining. And you're not alone... a chunk of pros also feel JS is 'overly complex'

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Re: JavaScript is "overly complex".

Call it self-celebrating, but I've always written all the JS I use myself, with the exception of the odd tool such as CKEditor. If I find a snippet I need online, I pull it apart and rewrite it to be sure I understand it and it adheres to my own standards.

I'm also careful to also only use JS when something's not possible with native HTML or server-side code. Surely this is just a part of becoming a good coder?

With a warehouse of unsold AR goggles, Magic Leap has a brainwave… let’s rebadge ‘em and sell to business!

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Re: I'm struggling here

I can think of one very good business use case - replacement of monitors.

Imagine having an AR headset synced up to a Windows box, and being able to tell it "create a new monitor of this size and place it >here<", and instantly having a new display, without the fuss of cables and additional power.

THIS is the advancement I'm waiting for, and would welcome most heartily.

VCs find exciting new way to blow $1m: Wire it directly to hackers after getting spoofed

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Not if you're sending to a different domain - which is what happened here. Those technologies can only help for those attempting to impersonate existing domains.

NPM today stands for Now Pay Me: JavaScript packaging biz debuts conduit for funding open-source coders

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You do realise somebody receiving donations doesn't magically make code disappear from the public domain?

Privacy pop-up exhibit shows people in The Glass Room shouldn't throw phones – though they may well want to

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You'll have to make do with the excuse calendar :]

You've got (Ginni's) mail! Judge orders IBM to cough up CEO, execs' internal memos in age-discrim legal battle

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Re: ... not about the hiring decisions, but the firing decisions

If your working processes are changing that often, you're doomed to failure no matter the age of your workforce.

Microsoft has Windows 1.0 retrogasm: Remember when Windows ran in kilobytes, not gigabytes?

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Re: Atari ST had GEM

I've kept my old 5.25" GEM install floppies from my Amstrad 1512 - it runs on DOS3.2 or CP/M, both of which were pretty good for their time =]

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'As the old joke goes, commodore is so bad a marketing, if they bought KFC they would rename it "warm dead bird"'

UK Home Sec kick-starts US request to extradite ex-WikiLeaker Assange

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Re: While he is a twat

Yeah, isn't extradition meant to return you to the country you were physically in when committing said crimes?

I'll just clear down the database before break. What's the worst that could happen? It's a trial

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Re: I'll be borrowing this!

An unsecured input device fastener?

NPM is Not Particularly Magnanimous? Staff fired after trying to unionize – complaints

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Does it have to? It's a company who hires the people who can best do the jobs they were employed for.

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Re: "..as a friendly reminder, please reuse your mugs.."

I take great pleasure in introducing people to "Terrible" Terry Tate - those were the good old days!

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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I wonder...

"In fact, since 2010 there is no difference in the age of our US workforce, but the skills profile of our employees has changed dramatically due to our heavy investments in skills and retraining."

A cynic might say that if the age of the workforce hasn't changed in 8 years, that they're removing the oldest and hiring the youngest every year to maintain this status quo?

Which would also result in the skills profile of the employees changing dramatically...

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: its like the leads at the back of my desk at work.

A dancing demon? Eh, something isn't right there.

Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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If they're calling it FN+F5 internally, does that mean everyone there uses those stupid laptops with the "useful functions" overriding the F buttons? If so, a purchaser somewhere needs a slap.

Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

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F U & F Off

Search engine results increasingly poisoned with malicious links

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Re: "81 million websites turned up 29,632 infected web pages"

I agree - I'm in IT support, and part of my work is having to assume remote control of computers. Direct them to logmein123.com, they fail half the time (all users are not created equally) and end up on malicious sites, most of the time found in Google's own search results, and I've even had a user get two separate dodgy infections in the course of me trying to direct them to the correct website.

There is so much more that could be done but I suspect Google enjoys the ad revenue.

LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

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Am I the only one who has never seen a touchscreen cash machine? All the buttons are on a keypad below the screen, and you push the buttons off to the side of a screen, so what difference would this make?

Oh SNAP, Microsoft! Asigra steals a march with Office 365 cloudy backup

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Re: umm.

Diverse acess is a big one, especially for those that can't afford to pour cash into local servers. That's pretty much the biggest benefit in any cloud solution.

Gaming's driving ambitions: The Crew and Grand Theft Auto V

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Re: Always online requirement? No sale.

And thusly get soft enough to reach caking point?

Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Downvotes ahoy here, but does nobody else think Microsoft Security Essentials does a damn good job compared to pretty much every other similar piece of software out there? I know it's built into Windows 8 and perhaps slightly unnecessary for newer PCs, but it's one of the best I've ever come across.