* Posts by Grunchy

276 posts • joined 20 Mar 2015


Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou admits lying about Iran deal, gets to go home


Re: They won't get any traction

"Any admission of guilt through the US 'justice' system's plea bargaining is worth exactly as much as the paper it's written on."

No good point, now that she's free & clear she'll be going back for holidays in California next month.



Re: They won't get any traction

"Would that be the criminal behavior of a Chinese based company based out of Hong Kong using a subsidiary to trade with Iran in contravention of US law? I find it a bit of a stretch to argue that it's criminal."

Well yeah you're 100% absolutely correct, so long as Huawei doesn't have an arm in USA reselling forbidden American technology to Iran. Except that's exactly what they have, so I guess you are therefore wrong.


"...I expect there to be lawsuits against the US government for their grandstanding..."

What "grandstanding"? I think you just completely glossed over the crimes Huawei has been committing.

You know what, all of a sudden I've become fully in support of AUKUS and nuclear-powered subs for Australia.

Furthermore I think I'm going to buy more Taiwan and less China from now on...

For the nth time, China bans cryptocurrencies


If only I hadn’t seen through the 2009 con

If I hadn’t seen through the obvious bitcoin con back in 2009, I could have gotten in on it!

Oh, woe is me :)

With just over two weeks to go, Microsoft punts Windows 11 to Release Preview


Windows 10 will be the last version


"Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10." That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week.

Navigating without GPS is one thing – so let's jam it and see what happens to our warship


War with China becoming more likely

It’s funny you should do this article right now, according to the experts they consulted at 60 Minutes Australia, probably the first thing China will do when they invade Taiwan is to burn down the global GPS system using fricken space lasers.


(When GPS quits worldwide — that was our warning.)

How a glitch in the Matrix led to apps potentially exposing encrypted chats


Glitch in the matrix!

You can build your own matrix for $20.


Rumors of satellite-comms-capable iPhone abound. The truth could be rather boring


Starlink Debunked

Debunked pretty hard, too. 43 minute documentary.


Microsoft slaps on some new Paint and previews Windows 11 on Azure


Rediscovered my PS3

Windows 11 reminds me how when the PS5 came out, and Sony threatened to shut down the PS3 PlayStation store, so I splurged 50c on a MotorStorm avatar image (before they’re pulled). But then I also discovered how thoroughly the PS3 had been hacked and cracked, and there’s some really damn good games to be had for nothing! It’s still a hot-damn system for which they seem to have stopped meddling with, and you know what?

I’ve discovered how much I hate endless software meddling.

To the extent that, goddammit, I’m going back to Windows 7.

I probably don’t need any more software innovation anymore, of any kind.

It all works just fine the way it is!

US watchdog opens probe into Tesla's Autopilot driver assist system after spate of crashes


Re: A solution looking for a problem

“Windows could drive better.”

Factually, no.

You know why they don’t let Mars explorers go bombing full-tilt around the Martian surface without human oversight at key points?

It’s because computers will always figure out a way to fuck up, that’s how come.


My quadcopter crashed into the neighbour’s tree and was an embarrassing nuisance. I found out it had inexplicably activated a “flight assist” mode. Anybody remember when 737-Max were overpowering the pilot controls in order to crash into the ground?

Methinks robots are intrinsically unsafe... moreover, this has been a known fact for decades, and still these unregulated robots are thrown into our midst.

Microsoft fiddles with Fluent while the long dark Nightmare of the Print Spooler continues for Windows


Re: That's it then...

Windows 7 was the best version and even better, they stopped screwing around with it.

I like that!

GitHub picks Friday 13th to kill off password-based Git authentication


I dislike GitHub anyway

If they’re going to make it even more difficult I’ll just go away.

It’s like trying to access 3D cad models from Tompkins but you have to phone in to set up an account, and the first thing they want is to mail me a credit application. Uh yeah, sure thing, hell no.

You can access all kinds of 3D cad for nothing at McMaster, they don’t even ask who the H you are, or Anything!

In conclusion, I’ve had it with git. I never friigen figgered out their stupid scheme, anyway.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)


Re: Windows 11 benefits the to retail channel

I’ve got news for everybody: I haven’t bought a new computer since 2017. I haven’t bought any new software, either.

At last, it’s good enough, I don’t need anything better.


The best part

The best part of Windows 8,9,10, and 11 is they stopped farting around with the one actually good version, Windows 7.

For that, I am most thankful.

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer



I bet the backup PSU doesn’t last for very long. I predict it’s gonna need a cap job...

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?


Just because I love it, doesn’t mean I’m gonna marry it.

Get real, guys.

BOFH: Here in my car I feel safest of all. I can listen to you ... It keeps me stable for days


Re: Unlike the £1 coin...

Some guy cemented a 2012 nickle on top of a barricade post at the automobile auction, and left it there for years.

I finally noticed it one day and 30 seconds later had it in my pocket!

It's because I've got a POCKET KNIFE and I am an EXTREME CHISELER.

Watch the moment China's Zhurong rover lands on Mars, hear it truckin' for the first time


Now do Tiananmen Square

"Footage irretrievably lost".

UK artists seek 'luvvie levy' on new gadgets to make up for all the media that consumers access online


Guilty as charged - I blame FM radio

I never buy any albums and why would I when I can nail the dial to ckua.com?

(and if I wanted I could capture the stream with "total recorder" for time-shift purposes, I guess I could, I never have.)

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills


Choose not to be poisoned?

“Hungover” is a word that means “alcohol poisoning.”

To CAPTCHA or not to CAPTCHA? Gartner analyst says OK — but don’t be robotic about it


Make them solve an "OPDE"

If you can't solve an ordinary partial differential equation you can't comment on ElReg anymore.

Sorry - I don't invent the rules.

Do you want to become a vulture? Now's your chance to join The Register's news desk


I abhor “the cloud”

You guys should see if Van Smith would ever talk to you again. He might be able to not abhor “the cloud”.

Big Tech has a big problem with Florida passing a law that protects politicians from web moderation


Re: How much does a theme park cost?

Define "theme park".

As far as I'm aware the Google break room is pretty much a theme park already?


Well, just as long as it's still legal to say that Trump is an asshole.


Re: It's all fun and games...

Eh, I ran my own BBS for years and years. There was tons of sasquatch theories and calls for anarchy and whatever. I ruled it with an iron fist!

Well actually, I didn't, but I knew another guy who ran his own competing BBS, if you told your modem to "ATH" without using his logout routine he had his BBS programmed to auto-ban you for a week. I was like, "but my mom picked up the phone!" ABSOLUTELY no sympathy. Pretty much Gingrich Khan in the flesh...

Fancy trying to explain Microsoft Teams to your parents? They may ask about the new Personal version


Story is actually from Nov 2020

According to these guys here:


I do have awesome news for cheapskates like me who have a thrift-store PS3 Eye webcam who can't get it to work on Windows 64-bit because there's only 32-bit drivers, and 64-bit Teams won't use 32-bit webcams (it's like, obstinate about it).

The trick is to use the 32-bit edition of OBS studio freeware and install the virtual webcam extension, which presents to Windows as a 64-bit service.

What you do is restrict the video capture from the full-res 640x480 to a diminished window of 640x360, and by cutting off those 120 vertical pixels the remaining picture is of 16:9 proportion, and can then be served via Teams as a mock 720P picture.

The best part is you can avoid "ManyCam" scamware, defy Microsoft's forced obsolescence of 32-bit web cameras, and compel your workplace to suffer with the low-res output of your thrift store prowess. Universal win on all fronts & I can confirm it actually works in the end. I am not a crank!

Gone in 60 electrons: Digital art swaggers down the cul-de-sac of obsolescence


Re: I keep my comic collection in shoe boxes...

I’ve got just about every single Whizzer & Chips Christmas annual, plus I’ve got two complete copies of all the Doc Savage pulps also. Luckily it looks like The Rock isn’t ever going to follow through on his threats to remake the original 1975 movie (which featured Ron Ely, famous for portraying Tarzan in the 1960s, but sadly could not replicate Weismuller’s iconic whooping call).


Re: That's a feature, not a bug

The industry may cheat songwriters, but I have a problem finding anything entertaining enough I would feel compelled to pay for!

Most “entertainment” seems to me self-indulgent garbage that is, incidentally, also not entertaining.

You know what I like about Project Gutenberg, they have some genuinely interesting material, it’s in open PDF format, and the price is right.


Totally Mad

Yup, I too have Br0derbund’s (C) 2006 set of 7 CD-roms including every single issue of Mad... er, up to 2006, that is.


I actually still have my Sony Vaio UGN-VX50 Ultra Mobile PC (that runs Windows XP), sadly it never could play a CD-rom (being physically smaller than a CD-rom).

I did make CD images, which are on the HDD somewhere, but then why do I keep the CDs anymore?

What, me worry?

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day


They may have reversed the flow. Luckily you can disconnect power while resetting the system.


Shut down all pipelines!

Shut down ALL pipelines, beginning with all city sewers.

NASA’s getting really good at this flying a helicopter on Mars thing


Totally not in Arizona

If they keep jacking around they’re going to break that stupid thing.

As for the guys insisting that footage was “totally” in Arizona, maybe not?

I’m thinking it could actually be in Mexico.

Spotlight on Apple, Google app stores: What happened to Tile, Spotify, Match – and that proposed law in Arizona


Same as McShakes

The lid was blown off a similar scheme between McDonalds Corp and Taylor refrigeration to exercise monopoly power over franchisees to lock them into faulty buggy ice cream machines and frequent and expensive servicing fees.


Not to mention John Deere holding farmer’s tractors hostage with software locks and warrantee threats, etc.


“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

How not to apply for a new job: Apply for it on a job site


Smacks of Cringely

You should watch out you'll go blind, like Cringely.

Do you know he still has people griping about his kickstarter campaign for raspberry pi minecraft servers??

Oh hello. Haven't heard much from you lately: Linux veteran Slackware rides again with a beta of version 15


Bob Dobbs

This is that Linux from Lou's older brother.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter


Re: Set up for dictionary based attacks?

43 Walruses Vomit...?

I had the same password idea!

(Mine vomit "human toes" shh)


Locked Out of Twitter

Because of an ill-advised comment uttered approximately at the same time as a certain "Dunnild Tramp" got his own ass banned, the Twitter organization has invited me to delete said comment and thus regain access to their fine web property. But in order to do that they want to make sure I provide to them my cell phone number. But I aint got none.

So I'm like, "bother!"

Anyway who cares.

(Hack away at my Twit account - I dares ya)

Tesla broke US labor law with anti-union efforts – watchdog


Re: Charging infrastructure

People are afraid of change precisely to the extent that they cannot foresee what kind of BS problems they are going to have to deal with.

I personally don't like those gimmicky retracting door handles, you know what happens when that nonsense wears out and becomes glitchy and you have to crawl in through the trunk?

I'll tell you right now that your #1 problem is going to be me laughing in your fool face for buying into that crap!

No joy for Julian Assange as Uncle Sam confirms it will keep pushing for WikiLeaker's extradition to America


I have a theory about why Julian Assange is so fearful of extradition, it’s because he did all the crimes that he was accused of and he knows he has no defence.

You guys he’s really sad and fearful about facing consequences for his crimes, maybe we should give him a break this one time?

Choc horror: The UK's Information Commisioner probes its own mammoth £6,248 Hotel Chocolat spend


Count Chocula

One.. one box of treats per staff! Ma ha ha.

Oracle exhumes ‘Older, Still Useful Content’ penned by Solaris and SPARC veterans


Oh? Bring back Vans Hardware

He still remembers Ole Reg! But nobody mentions him no more.

VansHardware.com, come on now.

Unexpected risks of using Apple ID: 'Sign in with Apple' will be blocked for Epic Games


You still need to push your info into “the cloud”

Ever notice how they call it “cloud computing” rather than “forfeiting control to our organization with unknown security, resources, finances, and reliability”, and which organization could get hacked or vanish completely at any second, if not steal your data themselves or suddenly require you to pay ransom. Oh and you have no idea who any of them are or where they are located on the planet, or if they are on the planet at all (could possibly reside on stolen space on any of thousands of whirling satellites, for all you know).

Oh yes, I stashed ALL my data in the cloud, wouldn’t you?!

One minute you're a peripheral maker chugging along nicely, the next the world can't seem to get enough of Logitech's kit


K400 is like pretty much the best home theatre keyboard but it’s limited to linking to just one dongle, dang it. It’s like this one keyboard could have worked on everything, but no, you’ve got to move the dongle too. And there’s zero chance Logitech is gonna fix their firmware, too. Curses!

Leaked memo suggests LG is thinking about quitting the smartphone biz in 2021


Oh I buy everything from Lucky Goldstar, I have no idea why everyone else doesn’t do likewise?


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


Blues Brothers

The best scene was when the f’ing Nazis won their court case and were out marching and blocking traffic, and it took Elwood’s Bluesmobile to chase em off the bridge.

The world needs more Dodges.

Failed insurrection aside, Biden is going to be president in two weeks. What does it mean for tech policy?


Re: US (Affordable Care Act)

Health care insurance is just as communist as automobile insurance or life insurance or homeowners insurance. As if, what! A tornado is coming to knock down my house or damage my car, I don’t ruddy well think so! Or “covid is threatening my life,” nice try, commie. Got vodka to go with those peanuts?


Oh, the USA backs coups all the time. Get real.


Prison guards? If you need to protect somebody, just put em in solitary. Easy.



I heard Pence intends to supersede Trump via 5th amendment, then when nobodies looking he steals congress by executive order, pardons himself, and has govornment run out of town on the rail. Then he retires to tahiti where they still have, “tahiti treat.”

(Epilogue: trump gets demoted to bellhop after putin calls his loans and installs new leadership at the very nice hotel, be a shame if something were to happen to it.)



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