* Posts by bon_the_one

22 posts • joined 6 Nov 2015

KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME



I read this article with interest, as I did use KDE years ago, but it was a bloated mess. However after getting home tonight I decided to give it another shot and see what improvements there were.

I'm running Debian10, and installed it.

Oh my. What an appalling mess. I'm totally staggered they think this is a reliable and useable desktop.

It's unstable to the extent that often after logging it it would lock up my machine, it's horribly slow, the menu layout and branching (that this is totally personal) needs more clicks than necessary. It only offers me a USA keyboard on the login screen, not the GB layout I need, it argues with passwords sometimes needing my user pass, sometimes needing a root password but never specifies. It's actually worse than it was years ago.

I'm back to XFCE for speed and less resources. Keep telling yourself you are doing well hun, like Trump does.

In case you wanna launch your boss into the Sun, good news: Earth's largest solar telescope just checked and, yeah, it's still pretty fiery


Reg units

Not sure about 'Texas' being a Reg unit. No idea how big/small it is. Please clarify in Wales'

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others



"We asked Apple for comment and will update this article..."

The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze



If we mix together deep fake generated stuff with AI, we are finally 20 minutes into the future. It's just taken us 33 years to where this 1985 TV movie predicted...


Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)


Samsung departure

I was considering Sammy IoT phones, washing machine (Lovely design and need a new one), a new TV also needed too, and fridge. (Behind a PF)

I'd been thinking Samsung, but after their comments about London, its just cost them all those sales.

Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests


Felines at altitude...

Oh yes they are...


Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution


Re: Underground

On the ring of fire, you take your chances. In Norfolk, I think you might be a bit safer...

WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated



"unlatched versions of Windows"

Have I missed this term before?

Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'


Why we love El Reg

I think this is superb. Sim using his contacts to help people who are in the poo through no fault of their own. Sims trying to dig through the said brown stuff to get answers.


Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off


Re: Impressive but...

Give them time, they've not hacked SpaceX yet to nick the designs...

Rosetta spacecraft set for smash landing


Mission End

After years of work and some amazing science, the team can rightly be amazingly proud. I thank them for some amazing work, utterly amazing.

Now I wish I could be a fly on the wall at their local job centre come Monday...

Lester Haines: RIP



I didn't always agree with him, but his writing was always entertaining and well informed.

My thoughts are with his family and the team at el Reg.

Maybe it's time for LOHAN to fly in His memory...

The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know


Re: Attracting children in needs to be stopped

Flavours, I'm gonna call BS on Alan here too. I've been using eCigs for a fortnight and started on tobacco to make my transition a bit easier (I'm 'reducing' after about 30 years of smoking tobacco). I've done it, and am just vaping now. However I started to dislike the taste of tobacco, so I (on impulse) got a cherry flavour last week and I love it! I'm on a juice of 11mg/ml and really like it. I have 2 eCigs now, one with tobacco flavour in at 5v for my morning coffee, and the other with the Cherry flavour in set at 4v for during the day.

If I can move to flavours other than tobacco I'll be very happy, I'll smell a bit nicer for others. I appreciate that smell now, because after just a fortnight I am becoming very aware of the smell.

My experience with these things was a leap in the dark, but the local eCigs shop really helped me figure it all out (after I read a lot first). I've today washed out my ash trays and packed them in a drawer. Here is my write up after my first 7 days of kicking the weed...


I think these things are brilliant, helping me stop years of murdering myself. The alternative flavours are helping reduce my liking for tobacco flavour, and I still get the nicotine hit I very much need.


"Who would ever want to use an item that could blow up in their face"

Like, say, an iPhone...?

Did Spotify hire Alan Partridge to run its Netflix-style video push?


Star Trukkin

Cashing in on Peter Kay's Car Share, James Gordon's Carpool Karaoke and Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, I submit "Star Trukkin" (with many thanks to 'The Firm' for the theme.

Celebrity truck driving across random parts of the planet. The Christmas Special is Clarkson, Hammond and May 'Star Trukkin' one of Musks vans up to the ISS..

Thank you, I'll have all the BAFTAS now. :-)

Large Hadron Collider gets 4,500 more data-crunching GPUs



At least their Oculus Rift will run nice and smoothly...

Hue, not Three, could be Hutchison’s crown jewel as MNO model morphs



I have never seen such liberal use of '-' in an article. I gave up reading as it be-came so an-noying...

The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016


The Furture... I've taken my shades off...

I'm with most of the comments here, I have been reading El Reg for YEARS (some of us can still do shouty!), and came here for brillliant, intelligent articles that were basically Clarkson-esque at times. Superbly informative, but in a sublime way that gave you information but in an amusing, entertaining way. I'm wondering if a certain previous editor got in to a fraquas...?

I stopped reading the main site after the God Awful redesign with header pics (of a Cat5 cable for Network articles as another commentard pointed out! WE KNOW WHAT A CAT5 is!!!). Fortunately someone else on comments pointed me to m. and I have been able to read El Reg again.

This article just made me think El Reg has brought in Perfect Curve (Please refer to the BBC Sattire series 'W1A' if you have not seen it). I also found it quite ironic I read this article on the day 'BBC Three' re-branded as 'BBC Two!'.

Now, where are those Joss Sticks and that Whale Song CD...

Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016



How can they fine the fraudulent operators in other Countries using SIP to access the UK PSTN though? Someone with a foreign accent kept calling my Old Dad in the UK claiming to be from Microsoft, and wanting access to his computer because there were issues they needed to fix... (Dad's on a Linux distro BTW... ;) )

I also know a few switchboards that run out of Spain, using UK Ex-Pats to staff them so they sound more credible. Again, using SIP to gate in to the UK.

They might get a few UK based places, but my impression is most of this comes from outside the UK and I don't see how they are going to stop that by imposing fines they cannot enforce...?

UK digital minister asks for input on strategy, lauds 'sharing economy' biz success


I'm sure I saw Peter Manion announce this on "The Thick of it" about 3 years ago....

Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds


I think around 90%....

I think around 90% of my clients desktop computers for the staff could be happily shifted across to ARM now. The PI is an excellent example, it'll run day to day stuff, cheaply both in investment and ongoing running costs. I'm actually doing the maths at the moment on if we replace a 25 seat environment, are we saving more money buying PoE Hats for them rather than powering individually, or each powered off a monitor's USB.

Any heavy lifting tasks my clients do on bespoke can be re-coded into web apps running on a local server now. Most of the legacy stuff is going to require a rewrite anyway, so might as well just bite the bullet and make them local intranet apps.

I see little need now for x86 outside specialist applications or the server room... Certainly no need for Windows.

Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers



The irony is they have outsourced all those lost jobs to cheaper workers in the UK...


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