* Posts by Nameless Dread

28 posts • joined 12 Dec 2014

Detroit Police make second wrongful facial-recog arrest when another man is misidentified by software

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Fish ? Scale ?

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

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Life on the edge

OK, the blocking tool works, it tells me.

But I had to use an ELEVATED Powershell (admin permissions) so as to dodge the "access denied" refusal.

Strange that the "help" page from MicroSoft doesn't seem to mention this. (At first sight, anyway.)

(Just spotted a commenter above mentions use by admin.)

Any ideas how to Uninstall Edge if it's already in place ?

It's absent from the "Uninstall or change a program" screen; likewise from the "Windows features" box.

Reminds me of trying to remove Internet Explorer in the good old days. Only more so.

Old-school cruel: Dodgy PDF email attachments enjoying a renaissance

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PDFs nogo in FF - Vivaldi OK

Just in case anyone's interested - PDFs don't open any more for me in Firefox ( with with add blocker, on Windows 7) so I have switched default PDF application to Vivaldi - works fine. Useful for tax and other docs from secure sites.

Tim Apple. Larry Oracle. Ginni Layoffs: It works so why the heck not?

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Thumb Up

Thumbs up for the classical reference. elReg authors are not all unliterate, as it were.

Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

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@ David 132: I’m sure there’s a limerick in there somewhere....

The fuss Dickinsonia provokes,

those plentiful sexual jokes,

augment their transmission

by prompting coition

as Charles Darwin's notion evokes.



Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

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Some other perp!

"Suffolk Police said had the weapons fallen into the wrong hands, there would have been enough to arm nine coach-loads of terrorists."

Let's hear it for Suffolk Police!

'Traditional' forms of thuggery decline in UK, cybercrime on the rise

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Re: Ye Olde street Thugs

"Like Hallowe'en on steroids?"

No, thanks, I don't.

Europe's Asteroid prang probe plan calls for cubesats

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... 10cm^3 modules ...

10cc ? Rubber Bullets ?

Perhaps you mean 10 x 10 x 10 cm = 100 cm^3

Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

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Re: "A Village Fair with a Church Behind"

The original, painted from a different viewpoint, was titled: "A Village Church with a Fair Behind".

Windows 10 growth stalls during October

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Re: XP

... old legacy software ...

For instance: Lotus Approach (a Win 7 fail-to-run) goes just fine in Win2k SP4 in a VM.

Not to mention my QBasic executables, vintage DOS 3.

Next up will be VirtualBox for Mint so I don't have to keep dodging the WinX bullet.

The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

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Big Brother

Nice one, Dabbsy

... GCHQ prying through my children’s web history? Bloody paedos, the lot of them.

Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

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Re: Can we ditch the silly political correctness in reg articles

" ...an imaginary individual in a context where their sex is irrelevant." (Dave 126)

Three cheers for avoiding the mealy-mouthed term "gender" when what's under discussion is the difference between male and female (namely sex). In my book, "gender" is a grammatical concept, not an anatomical one. As in German: das Madchen (gender = neuter) refers to a little girl (sex = female).

<rant ends>

Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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A lift-shaft of flaws ?


Techies told to GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY by Microsoft, Netflix

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Words and their meanings

Seem to remember Woody Allen commenting that, when accosted by some undesirables, "I told them to go forth and multiply, but not in those exact words ... "

Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Big Brother

... a visit to the men in white coats. ...

@ John Styles

Nah - THEY come to YOU.

Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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" ... the hypersonic expanding column of vaporized concrete ..."

Icon: For the phraseology

But why does a certain luvvie come to mind ?

F*y me to the moon.

and let me play among the stars ...

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

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"...one lane each way with a 60 mph (100 km/h) speed limit and few places to overtake."

Welcome (or something) to the A9.

El Reg knocks a fiver off 16GB USB stick

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Black Helicopters

But ...

Can we be sure there's no malware in the chipset ?

Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

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Re: It's the little things

Virtual Box ...

Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

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This would be the same Maxwell who invented a daemon to watch, wait and open a door to let only hot (speedy) particles go from one chamber into another and only cool particles go in the opposite direction, thus contravening the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. (He knew it wouldn't work of course, because measuring the speed changed the entropy of the system.)

Nowadays, daemons which watch, wait and do things, are alive and well in Unix systems. Their names end in "d". (systemd, etc, anyone ?)

Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Time is an illusion

- British Summer Time doubly so {shivers}

And when Scotland comes independent, we'll have CET, The Euro, border controls and driving on the right. Right ?

Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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"... the FAA may find time to get off its ass..."

A bit like Donkey Hotee standing down to tilt at windmills ?

FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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ZTE Skate (Android 2.3.5) browser is vulnerable !!

Good job i don't use it for calls, texts, email, banking, purchasing ... anything much, really,

.... apart from el Reg via Opera (which seems secure on this mobe, BTW)

So that's OK then ?

IBM punts cryptotastic cloudy ID verification services

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... private data been stories in the cloud is unlikely ...

Sieze title.

In the Year of Our Bong, 2015

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" ... uploaded himself to the Cloud."

10 out of 10 !

Bong Ventures will NEVER bow down to terrorism: Our Tough Stance in FULL

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Sorry - misread that ..

" ... When he's not helping _repair_ the next generation of business models, ... "

BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Big Brother

Alway good to have a second option ...

Tuesday afternoon (9th) - couldn't get back onto a foreign site to complete a visa application I'd started earlier in the day. Web site gone unobtainable / down.

(House is on BT Internet in Central Scotland; router is not a BT jobby )

Could see foreign site OK through 3G via my mobe. Ergo - routing fail by BT ?

Changed my (non-BT) router to use other DNS services:

Prim'y DNS: ... ... ... ... ... ... Google

Secondary: ... ... OpenDNS

Success! Didn't even have to tinker with PC's Network settings.

Icon: Didn't fancy BT parentally controlling my connection, therefore non-BT router

Also, when I swapped to non-BT router, my download speed increased by 30% = Win + Win!

Probably won't bother to revert ...

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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El Reg re-HASH

Minus(s)es -

Lead image - TOO BIG! - waste of space / bandwidth - shrink it, please

Text size - TOO BIG! - waste of screen area - re-do as it was, please

Drop-down menus near top - annoying - kill them, please

Loss of half-dozen recent stories + images near top - bring back, please

Neutrals -

Grey text for links used recently - fine

Wish list -

Author by-line - always good to locate O'ski ;-| (He wasn't guilty of the latest layout, I hope ?)

Plus(s)es -

Social media buttons and tags moved - Hallelujah!

... er ...


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