* Posts by MCMLXV

59 posts • joined 22 Oct 2015


Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again


Re: Clearly I've missed something but

You have to get multiple ferries to do your shopping?

Australian PM says nation under serious state-run 'cyber attack' – Microsoft, Citrix, Telerik UI bugs 'exploited'


A pedant writes...

"the hoi polloi"

Can't believe I'm responding to a post from amfM 1. First (and likely last) time ever. <pedant>"Hoi" in this context means much the same as "the" in English so "the hoi polloi" is tautological</pedant>.

Somebody buy me a beer whilst I drown my sorrows with a well-overdue dose of Aristophanes. (If you buggers won't, I'll have to schlepp it to ScotMid and get some myself :-) )

NASA scientists mull sending a spacecraft on a 13-year mission to visit Neptune's 'bizarre' moon, Triton


Re: 73 if it takes off on time

Hopefully by then you'll have mastered apostrophes :)

Hayfever in Haymarket, or has Windows sneezed out a BSOD?


Re: Another win for Microsofts reliable OS


That sounds about right for Windows...

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements


Re: Let's keep crazy and mad and bonkers and looney etc

inexplicably inextricably.

Saturn's largest satellite, Titan, is drifting away from its planet 100 times faster than previously thought



Huge downvote, especially since this is a tech site. It's occurred, ffs. I haven't had any coffee yet.

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps


Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave!

You really didn't need to explain that.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


How about...

An AC above suggested "The Bork Factory". How about shorter and simpler, yet retaining a cheery hint of assimilation: The Bork

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more



UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UKNACE)

I thought counter eavesdropping meant listening in on a customer's conversation with the shop assistant at the till...

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?

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Upvote. That took me a wee minute to work out :)

Cricket's average-busting mathematician Tony Lewis pulls up stumps


Downvote. That's just offensively cynical. Despite your assertion of "no disregard intended" you've done exactly that. Didn't know the man personally, but given his credentials I'd say it's a fair bet that advertising wasn't a factor in his work.

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage


Re: Dictionary?

There are and I have one.


Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper


Re: Corona hits 2020 - for german speakers

Horde isn't a verb; it's a noun, as in "Barbarian hordes". Hoard.

I rather like "hamstern" - ta for telling us :)

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code


Re: Out of the frying pan into the fire ......

Bloody hell - that nearly made sense!

H0LiCOW: Cosmoboffins still have no idea why universe seems to be expanding more rapidly than expected


Re: The Mad Hatter Principal

Don't fancy going to his college...

'Horndog hackers' have a Wales of a time slinging smut from UK gov Twitter account


AmfM 1?

Is it just me or does that sound a bit like AmanfromMars 1?

Astroboffins baffled as Curiosity rover takes larger gasps of oxygen in Martian summers


Sid Fallowfield

<bumpkin>Of course, the aaanswer lies in the soil...</bumpkin>

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs


Re: flack is perfectly acceptable

Not to me in this context. Rooted in spelling ignorance.

Perfectly acceptable when talking about Roberta (other Flacks are available).

And don't get me started on underway or (dis)orientated...

Belgian city slurps mobile data to track visitors


She has a sister

And she appears to have been accompanied by her married sister, Mrs. Fanny Grammar-Logic. "...between July and August" is (to my pedantic mind, at least) a slightly unhappy use of "between" and indicates a time interval of exactly zero seconds. Perhaps "...in July and August" instead?

Forgive me: it's been a shit of a day and I'm on my second dram.

Tesla Autopilot crash driver may have been eating a bagel at the time, was lucky not to get schmeared on road


"starts with c..."

This is a tech website, with reasonably intelligent people. Did you really think you had to explain what would otherwise have been a rather good joke?

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am


I'm surprised we haven't heard anything from T.F.M. Reader yet :)

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity

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Ignore The Nazz and the holier-than-thou "Really?" attitude. Wanker. Have an upvote for the splendid handle :)

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC


Re: BBC Basic Bug

"...try it for yourself on an online beeb emulator"

Can't be arsed. What happens?

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep

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Re: Well maybe these so-called 'scientists' can explain this...

Utterly brilliant - my favourite post in this entire thread (and the humour seems to have been lost on one sad downvoting soul). Wish I could upvote you more.

Hello, tech support? Yes, I've run out of desk... Yes, DESK... space





Mayors having a right 'mare in Florida: Acting mayor arrested weeks after boss also arrested


"In politics stupidity is not a handicap."


Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one


Re: Spam coming soon

There's an apostrophe missing, too: others'

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI


In my own country

Anonymous and you don't mention your country. What was the point of that post?

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


Minor correction

ECDL: European Computer Driving Licence

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame


Re: @AC "wouldn't be common freakin' sense to not surf dodgy websites at work?"

Fuck me, but you're such a self-centred twat, jake. Almost every sentence, every pronouncement begins with I: I have, I owned, I used, I'm the boss of, etc. et ad nauseam. I remember you recommending "wild-caught yeast" for a recipe. Wild-caught feckin yeast? To an audience of techies who mostly llive in massive conurbations? If I remember right, you live in Sonoma. I don't know how the "no" sneaked in.

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Cool licence plate!

Marc Rayman: My other vehicle is in the main asteroid belt

Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter


A bit late to the fray, but...

Could somebody please tell me what the fuck "proactively update impacted advices" means?

Oh, and while I'm here... @steamnut: learn the difference between "affects" and "effects".

AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs


@Ashley_Pomeroy: Orient is racist - WTF?

I was going to wade into the orient/orientate debate (@dbtx - like your line about the horror being upon you, but orientate is, alas, all too real), but @Ashley_Pomeroy broke my spirit with the priceless "Besides, you shouldn't use the word 'orient'. It's racist."

Ach, sod it - I'll wade in anyway. "Orientate" is a back-formed verb from the noun "orientation", from the verb "to orient", meaning to align relative to a compass point or similar. Orient is racist? FFS.

Next thing we'll know, he'll be telling us to use "burglarize". Get a dictionary, and get a grip.

RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89


Oops -> Ta!

@Doctor Syntax: Ta - didn't know I could change a vote. Sin against @John 104 now expiated.



Really sorry, @John104: your only vote (at the time of my writing this) is a mistaken downvote from me. I meant to upvote you but my brain doesn't work on Monday afternoons :(

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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@Dave Bell

"He got a nasty suck."

+1 for the (Ex-) King Gruntfuttock reference :-)

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

Paris Hilton

Re: Farthings (slightly off-topic)

When I was growing up in the Western Isles in the 60s/70s, a bloke from the Council used to come round once a fortnight to collect the rent. After I went to Sheffield Uni and had my eyes opened to the wicked world, I was home on holiday and he turned up. My mother said "Oh, here's the rent boy." I gently tried to explain what a rent boy actually was, but she shrugged it off and said "He'll always be the rent boy to me."

Paris because, well, vaguely in the same area...

Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat


I name this vessel...

... Boaty McFireface

BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....


Draw a line

"So we can 'draw a line under it'?" the Boss asks.

"You mean 'draw a chalk outline around him'", I replied.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing


Nothing good will come of this...

In a Morrison's store caff:

1. Buy one

2. Take it to your table

3. Look at it in wonderment

4. Realise what you're looking at

5. Take it back

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird


'regular person'

Bob, I don't think anyone here would accuse you of being 'a regular person'.

Zombie … in SPAAACE: Amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite



metal mettle

Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire


kicked to the curb

It's a UK article on a UK website, and Paul writes lots of UK-based articles. On this side of the pond it's kerb.

IBM kills Bluemix, a year after killing SoftLayer


"As Gartner opined in June 107"

Blimey, IBM have been around for longer than I realised...

The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017



Surprised I'm first: xkcd

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