* Posts by bryces666

30 posts • joined 7 Jul 2015

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'


simple shit so much easier with cmd

I still stick with cmd scripts for most tasks, it is just so much easier and quicker to write. I have used PowerShell for more complicated stuff where cmd can't give up the necessary info, but in general the syntax sucks (not saying cmd doesn't suck also) but I prefer the beast I am familiar with. Hope they don't kill it off.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother



Solve it all, use 'aladeen' instead :)

Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Yeah, about that...


Re: Am I a deviant

Yes, but you're my kind of deviant :)

Once there is enough of us it will be they that are deviant. Stay strong.

He’s a pain in the ASCII to everybody. Now please acquit my sysadmin client over these CIA Vault 7 leaking charges


Kiddy Porn - that old chestnut...

They must be desperate if they need to go planting that stuff to make their arrest and case. As if anyone as well versed in security as the defendant has been described would leave bad stuff lying around in the open for CIA to find, I smell a rat

No horrific butterfly keys on this keyboard, just you and your big, dumb fingers


that keyboard would be useful

If they can make one that works, and that doesn't need to send everything off to a back end AI server to work if out.

On my phone I previously used the Dragon swype keyboard until they stopped supporting it. While looking for a replacement I found they all sent data back to servers to assist processing and this can include usernames and passwords! Got a little more paranoid from that and stopped using any except the built in Samsung keyboard which does swype but with poor accuracy compared dragon's.

So I really hope they can nail this down, I'd love to type at normal touch-type speeds on a phone.

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader


you mean by hand?

"...and that since they were made using only 'traditional fully decimal digital technology',"

Loved that piece describing hand made.

Android PDF app with just 100m downloads caught sneaking malware into mobes


shit- does that mean I'm screwed?

I've been using camscanner for years, first on a Samsung note 3, excellent for scanning documents and saving them on the go.

I've never noticed anything untoward, but maybe I should factory reset my current phone and start over...

Any insight anyone?

Also, any recommendations of safe alternative that can do the same job?

Regards, Bryce.

Apple techies analyzing Siri recordings may have heard you unzipping and bonking – plus more


facial recognition

Current built in bias sounds just perfect for American security under their current president. Mmm, didn't Britain just get there own Trumpian in charge also....

Nah, yeah: New Zealand's Rocket Lab notches up another launch success


Yeah, nah...

The drawn out yeah gives your brain time to catch up, mull it over and seem to agree before saying no.

But sometimes it can be 'Yeah... OK, but it's your shout bro' .

btw, good job rocket lab, just wish you'd chosen Canterbury so I could watch the launches from Christchurch :)

Awoogah! Awoogah! Firefox fans urged to update and patch zero-day hole exploited in the wild by miscreants



I've never seen caring balanced views when I search my porn for BBC.. ...

Oh wait, your British, of course it has another meaning, just not the first to come to mind everytime I see that acronym, lol.

Pivotal adds OpenJDK support to Spring in response to 'concerns' around Oracle's Java


really unsure

When that auto update said we had to pay, because we are a business, that license change was confusing. I don't even know what might actually be making use of java on half of our machines, I didn't install it so other applications may have included it? Anyway, immediate reaction is cancel the auto updates and leave it be, not the best security wise but I guess when we work out where it is really needed we will install openjdk instead, not being extorted for something that was previously free and now Oracle has decided screw you all. Middle finger right back at you Oracle, we will move away!

New Zealand cops cuff alleged jackasses who shared mosque murder video, messages online


could be educational?

If I were to see this video, I would be paying attention to how to survive a mass shooting event. Who were the survivors, and what were their actions that improved there chances of making it out alive. Ideally I'd want a sanitised version of the video, maybe done by obfuscating the identity of people (maybe even render it as cartoon effect), and mark it up with survivor, injured or died so one can be a little more prepared if caught up in such an event personally. Could even be rendered as a floor plan of movement, but having the view a of the gun holder also shows what they are paying attention to in their rampage, what catches their attention, and more importantly what they are not noticing. But at the moment this is too soon, the horror of it is too close and real, one day something like this may be a useful resource.

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true


got to love the thought processes...

How can we get free drinks? I know, let's run a study on the effects of alcohol, now what hasn't been looked at yet.... and voila, some big free parties lined up in the name of science. (I miss those student days).

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


felt pad

The mouse on one of my own first computers became unreliable, it wouldn't track properly (this was before I knew much about computers).

I opened up the mouse, looked perfectly fine to my untrained eye, the felt pads on the rollers for the mouse ball looked fine, nice and evenly coated. It was only later I learned they should have been bare metal and the felt pads was actually the fluff and dust they had picked up in use!

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently



Run up the Firefox 'Lightbeam' extension and see graphically just how much tracking data from your favourite websites is sent about you and your browsing to unrelated third parties! Now tell me Google has our interests at heart by breaking uMatrix (of course they don't).

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago


I'm confused, is it millions or billions of years. Title mentions billions but 4th paragraph talks in millions?

New Zealand health boards write down losses on Oracle implementation


Yeah, right...

"confident that the NOS programme will be supported and completed"

Or more current

Yeah.... Nah.

Huawei gets the Kiwi 'yeah nah'* as NZ joins the Chinese kit-ban club


5 eyes can't see into Huawei?

I would hazard a guess the real reason for blocking Huawei is that the five eyes spy network can't see into Huawei gear in the same fashion it has been accustomed to with US sourced gear. It has been shown that the NSA had backdoors into Cisco and other US router gear in the past, no reason to assume they haven't retained that ability.

I read somewhere that Huawei were bending over backwards to try to show their gear was safe from spies, maybe it really is...

As a kiwi I'm not sure if I should worry more about being spied on by the US and its allies or by the Chinese (I'd prefer to have all the spy networks blocked). The US seems the more belligerent nation set on world domination via military prowess. They are the ones with endless military bases surrounding China, there would be an outcry and awakening if China surrounded the US in the same fashion..

Oz intel committee: Crypto-busting is only bad if you're a commie, and we're not by the way


But Australia runs detention centres much like you would expect of a communist regime!

How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all


Re: "patent exhaustion doesn't apply when patented goods are sold outside the US"

And thankfully American law won't be getting its claws too deeply into my country anytime soon now that trump has ended the trans Pacific partnership trade agreement.

Is it time to unplug frail OpenOffice's life support? Apache Project asked to mull it over


People still use this!?

I thought just about everyone abandoned openoffice when it got purchased by Oracle, I know I did. Long live libre office :)

Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge


Reminds me that we should simplify languages, like this piece from a while ago:

The New European Language!!!

Writer Unknown

Read Aloud For Best Effect!!!

The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c." Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard "c" will be replaced with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik emthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced by "f". This will make words like fotograf" 20 persent shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by " v".

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou", and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.

Ze drem vil finali kum tru

Speaking in Tech: Nope, sorry waiter. I won't pay with that card reader


where's the article?

Previous commenter sounds like he found it, but on my phone all I get is a heading, a photo and lots of talk of a podcast...

Apple needs silver bullet to slay App Store's escaped undead – study


Beat me to it. Definitely notify users of the problem with their installed app, but never auto remove, leave it up to the user.

Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash


Air Bags?

Why not give every seat front and side and top air bags like a car instead - those crashes that are then survivable become a lot more survivable. Shit, I should go write that up and patent it.

Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)



Don't kid yourself, the money is concentrated finer than that. More like the 0.0001%.

No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad


Windows phone

That boat has sailed, I don't think they are ever going to catch that up, they missed the boat.

They really need to concentrate now on making our other os devices work seamlessly with their desktop environment so they don't lose even more seats.

TPP partners plot milder copyright takedown rules


judge dread anyone?

Just like the 2000AD comics I use to read back in the 80's, mega corporations having all the power, a counties sovereignty and ability to control its own fate subjugated to to the corporations.

And the oligarchy ruling America are the worst at pushing for this new world order, money rules that country, now they want to swallow the rest of the world!

Wish our politicians in the Pacific rim would wake up and see what a con job it is, and get there own snouts out of the trough.


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