* Posts by Bibbit

181 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jan 2016


Getting to the bottom of BMW's pay-as-you-toast subscription failure



Is that the system that often ends up with someone sat atop a pile of skulls surrounded by charred wasteland saying, “Dammit. I thought we had nailed it that time. Let’s give it one more go”?

Asahi Linux project shows progress in graphics drivers on Apple's M1


If you go chasing rabbits...

Jefferson Airplane surely?

OpenBSD 7.1 is out, including Apple M1 support


Sorry if I am being dim...

But I thought there might be more fanfare/comment about the Apple M1 support. I only say this because of all the fuss and plaudits being rightly sent the way of the boffins at Asahi Linux. Does M1 support mean it is good to go on the new silicon? Impressive if true and I bet it goes like stink.

In the '80s, spaceflight sim Elite was nothing short of magic. The annotated source code shows how it was done


You could gun-run as well by selling weapons I think.

I went into witch-space on my very first jump and got my arse-kicked.

Story of my life.

Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey


Swear discrimination

Why was c**t given asterisks while poor motherfucker was spelled in the clear?

We're all at sea: Navigation Royal Navy style – with plenty of IT but no GPS

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Corfield on another jolly.

Should a cushy week. I recall he did a story a while back on a research ship that went to Norway. They could measure distance to shore in the fjords by sounding the foghorn and seeing how long it was for the echo to come back. How come he gets all the best gigs? Or is it recompense for having to sit in on all those dreary court-cases he has to cover?

Survey of astronomers and geophysicists shines a light on 'bleak' systemic bullying


I am so out of touch

“ lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer “

I must have missed a meeting but I though “queer” meant “gay”. And “lesbian” is basically a subset of “gay” yes? I’m very confused by the sentence.

Can someone set me straight (no pun intended)?

That time a startup tried to hire me just to push clients' products in job interviews


Re: Current par for the present course of future event horizons

He’s got a silver medal too. Next stop Skynet.

Smuggler caught with 256 Intel Core processors wrapped around him in cling film


Apologies in advance

He was obviously trying to pull some silly con.

Boffins show sleight-of-hand tricks to Corvids, find they are smarter than people


So this was that bird study everyone’s been raven about.

VC's paper claims cost of cloud is twice as much as running on-premises. Let's have a look at that


Re: On-prem obviously cheaper than cloud hosting

That has melted my brain.

Salesforce fell over so hard today, it took out its own server status page


Business-speak I’ve missed?

I’ve not heard “out of impact” before? Is this a new one or have I just been living in a cave?

I’m still not comfortable with the phrase “going forward” so it’s probably just me.

Like a challenge in a high profile 'face-of-IT' role? Welcome to the Home Office


One good reason not to

Priti Patel.

Linux Mint users in hot water for being slow with security updates, running old versions


Easy solution

Just use snaps. Sorted!

Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news


Re: Screw Australia's clumsy attempt....

Yup. That’s exactly what they are doing.

EncroChat hack case: RAM, bam... what? Data in transit is data at rest, rules UK Court of Appeal


Re: In storage...or in transit....

How dare you? My mother was a saint!

Crowdfunded Asahi project aims for 'polished' Linux experience on Apple Silicon



It is the right thing to do AND I really want Linux running on one of those. Wouldn’t it be easier to get a BSD running though? Saying that if Linux is his specialty...

Confirmed: Barnes & Noble hacked, systems taken offline for days, miscreants may have swiped personal info


Re: Salt in the wound



Re: This is hilarious

Good timing. I don’t reckon their current IT / SCO staff are very amused just now, though (unless they wanted the overtime). :/


Salt in the wound

I wonder if the bad guys utilised Amazon Web Services just to take the piss?

Apparently the scumbags could have got in via corporate VPNs that had been unpatched for months.

Nvidia promises once again to let Arm keep its Switzerland-of-chips biz model – and even license some Nv GPU tech


Promise into one hand, sh*t into the other and see which fills up first.

NHS COVID-19 app's first weekend: With fundamental testing flaw ironed out, bugs remaining are relatively trivial


Picky but...

This is not the NHS’ app. It is from the private sector; Serco last time I looked. Can you not abet the government’s insurance policy of blaming the NHS when any of these shady schemes (primarily designed to fill Cummings & pals coffers) goes TITSUP.

China sets out world domination plan for its digital currency


They might as well go the whole hog and call it E-Coin. Am I now living in Season bloody 4?

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village


Analogue killed the digital star.

Could be a song in that.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst


Sod him

Maybe JA should have fronted up to those sexual assault charges he says he didn’t do and not skipped bail in the first place?

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan


Just reading that made feel sick.

Mortal wombat: 4 generations of women fight for their lives against murderous marsupial


I love the headline. It would indeed make a good film. Perhaps starring Holly Wallaby.

Ooo, a mystery bit of script! Seems legit. Let's see what happens when we run it


Re: Last time my car stalled...

Did your dead partner have a laptop you could use?

US piles yet more charges on Theranos CEO, COO. We could do with good blood testing now... and this wasn't it


There was a great documentary on HBO (I think) about this. Worth a watch. “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.”

Nervous, Adobe? It took 16 years, but open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape now works properly on macOS



As I’m tight-fisted I’ve been running AI in a Windows VM with my legit copy of CS5 installed for years. May give Inkscape a go.

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


Given its approach to Linux...

The Smiling Assassin seems appropriate.

Microsoft puts dual-screen devices and Windows 10X in the too-hard basket



Don’t knock fully functioning Bluetooth. My 2012 MBP hopes to get one for Christmas, finally.

Cosmo Communicator: Phone-laptop hybrid is neat, if niche, tilt at portable productivity


The article mentions wanting a good 11” laptop. but I got myself an Asus EEEPC 901 for £25 at an online auction. 10” screen, great keyboard. I bunged minimal Xubuntu core on it and it is a nice little machine for travel stuff.

Very little helps: Tesco flashes ancient Windows desktop on Scan-As-You-Shop device



“Mouth-breather”? Your profiling of people doing low-paid but nonetheless perfectly acceptable jobs disturbs me. Perhaps you think self-scanning makes you an aristocrat?

Despite your anonymity I’m going for Baron Von Twat?

'Supporting Internet Explorer is hell': Web developers identify top needs – new survey


Local preference

Perhaps the article forgot to mention the survey was conducted in St Petersburg?

Email blackmail brouhaha tears UKIP apart as High Court refuses computer seizure attempt


I love this

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of fellows.

Your duckface better be flawless: Huawei's Nova 6 mobe has a needlessly powerful selfie camera


Over powered selfie camera

Handy for compulsory facial recognition, no?

COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for many a greybeard coder


Re: Worth learning today?

Thanks for the advice!


Worth learning today?

If I wanted to get into programming/IT would this be a useful language to have, say in conjunction with something more modern? It looks quite cool.

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?


Iain M Banks was a genius

If I remember correctly in his 2010 Culture novel “Surface Detail” the galaxy’s virtual “hells” were housed and processed on a fungal substrate beneath the grounds of a country estate. I miss him.

Overstock dot-gone: Surplus biz CEO now surplus to requirements, ejects after Russian spy fling, deep state rant


He’ll be back...

And there goes the next president of the United States of America.

Incognito mode won't stop smut sites sharing your pervy preferences with Facebook, Google and, er, Oracle


That explains a lot

No wonder I have been getting 20% off voucher codes from "World of Gimp".

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean Google isn't listening to everything you say


Re: I thought everyone knew!

I had intestinal parasites once. They were free too.

Bill G on Microsoft's biggest blunder... Was it Bing, Internet Explorer, Vista, the antitrust row?


Biggest mistake...

Surely Steve "Developers, developers, developers" Ballmer?

Who left a database of emails, credit cards, plain-text passwords, and more open to the web this week? Tech Data, come on down!


Re: wheres the quote?

Do not worry. They take their customers' security very seriously.

Naming your company 101: Probably best not to have the word 'Oracle' anywhere near branding


I take it "Larry Ellison Sucks Haulage" was also in breach of the rules?

Thunder, thunder, thunder... Thunderclap: Feel the magic, hear the roar, macOS, Windows pwnage tools are loose

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Thanks for that

I skimmed the article but the headline made me smile.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Re: 1984

It was not a terror cell; it was an anarcho-syndicalist commune.

And no-one lives in the castle, either.


What defines "Terrorist Propaganda"

And does this include The Daily Mail?

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder


Only 3? Does not sound serious.