* Posts by Bibbit

158 posts • joined 22 Jan 2016


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

Thumb Up

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.

Fine, we'll do it the Huawei, says Uncle Sam: CFO charged with fraud, faces extradition to US over Iran trade claims


Re: Not unfair at all, and certainly not the result of lobbying by US companies

Surely Iran started it when their democratically elected goverment tried to nationalise their sovereign oil reserves at the expense of the UK and US petroleum companies?

Schoolboy error.

Rule Brittania etc.

Google-whisperers beat reCaptcha voice challenge with 90% success rate


Re: idiots like this

But responses to interesting images could not be used to train AI for self-driving cars on the cheap...

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


Great article

More like this. The morse coding (flashbacks to Das Boot "My God, Philip") and fog-horn ranging was particularly interesting. Great to see analogue skills are not being left to rust. I remember when Addenbrookes Hospitals e-Hospital system had another spasm and everyone had to revert to the paper system to keep the show on the road.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music


Has more chance of sorting it than parliament. Go for it lads!

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is


"This should send a clear message to anyone considering committing crimes of this nature that we have the tools and methods to identify you and bring you to justice."

...for 20 months.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off


Yoof speak

Surely "getting down to sick beats" is just what middle-aged people think yooths say, right? It is not actually a thing?

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked


Re: Lenovo takes the security of employee information very seriously

Impressive pedantry. Well done sir or madam.

Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail


Having a diagnosed medical condition is not a guarantee of not being a twat. Luton prisons are lovely this time of year.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'


Let him rot.

Accused of rape, skipped bail, scarpered to an embassy. Just follow the law. And besides, neglecting his cat tells you all you need to know. I suspect Trump has a pardon for him in any case if he were to get a free trip overseas.

Maybe he should apply for the Sports Ambassador to the CAR? I believe Boris Becker is no longer interested and the diplomatic immunity could be handy.

Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'


A rather lame prank but...

Back in the older days of gmail my friend had a colleague with a spoon aversion. Whenever they emailed him they would write the word "spoon" multiple times in white text so he could not see it at the end of the mail. Google then started offering spoon based products to him. Low tech but it got results.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin


Re: Jet Set Wally

Upvoted. I appreciate the effort.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet


What nice police

It is cheering to see their concern that his device's OS is up to date. You would never get that caring attitude in the UK. Did they offer to repair the cracked screen too?

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat


Sounds like the self-important sod is suffering.


Even being played by Cumberbatch does not stop one being a twat.

As angels, rich dudebros suck: 1 in 5 Y Combinator women tech founders say they were sexually harassed



Only 22%? They should take their case to the Supreme Court...oh wait!

Cloud data warehouser Snowflake has just trousered another $450m


I am stupid so...

What do they actually do?

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


Bang on!

Nice article.

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


Good article

Thanks for breaking it down. I had no idea Bloomberg hacks are renumerated due to market moves either.

Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'


Goose and gander

If that is physics. Could they put some male wobbly pecs/gut/buttock/sack animations in then for the first time in history EVERYONE on the internet will be happy?

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'


But Github will be ok, right?


Thatcher? I use that for everything else.

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief


Poor diddums

He is there because he chose to jump bail and then scarper to the embassy and he can leave whenever he likes. He makes me sick, never mind how this must effect his alleged victims.

I wonder if we can claw back the cash spent on police hours waiting for the little toad?

DWP CIO and chief digi officer Mayank Prakash quits


Re: Impressive

I would love to give you 5 pounds but I have no money left after sending my kids to public school. Also my bad maths are due to diabetes. We can chat about this again when I get back from Liverpool.

(fight the power)


Re: Impressive

Three Tory voters are on here? Your downvotes warm me at night. And I am too poor to afford heating. I win!



Amazing anyone could work under IDS for even 4 years. Might be worth a knighthood. £1.9 beeeeliiion on IT? Look upon government IT projects and shudder! But it fucks up poor people so the Tories will be happy. Job done.

Cisco sneaks hardcoded secret root backdoor into vid surveillance kit


Re: 3 Letters

Or they fucked up and the government is spying on you.



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