* Posts by To Mars in Man Bras!

193 posts • joined 24 Feb 2016


Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope

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Macros & Scripts

Oh yes!

The first job I was given on my first day as the new graphics guy, at a company I worked for back in the 90s, was to resize a folder of several hundred images to 640x480 pixels each [back when that was considered 'screen resolution'], for use on their CDROM software.

Boss says. "I need these all done by Thursday. Do you think you can manage that?"

"I should be able to" I assure him.

Ten minutes later, after he's left the room, I'm idly reading the intarwebs while, in the background, Photoshop's "Automate" feature is swiftly batch processing the entire folder of images in a few minutes.

The fact that you could automate Photoshop was a secret I guarded jealously from my non-graphically minded colleagues, during my entire employment there. If someone hove into view while a batch was processing, a quick click on the 'Pause' button and some ostentatious manual editing until they went away again made sure My reputation for being able to work through huge amounts of files with impressive speed remained untarnished.

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All Employee Emails

>The "all employee" type emails were part of the problem...

Many aeons ago I worked for a UK software company that had its head office in Australia. At least a few times a week, we'd get emails [which had obviously just been sent to all employees] from HQ in Melbourne, telling us such vital information as "There are doughnuts available in the kitchen..." or "Someone has left their wallet in the meeting room...".

So, in order to return the favour, one day I replied to one of these emails writing "Simon has just gone to the toilet. No news yet as to whether it will be a number one or a number two!"

I later got called into the boss's office where [trying hard to look stern and not snigger] he told me he'd received an angry email from Aussie HQ demanding to know why the UK office was informing the higher echelons of company management about our toilet habits.

It worked though. We stopped getting the irrelevant round robin emails from HQ, after that.

With a million unwanted .uk domains expiring this week, Nominet again sends punters pushy emails to pay up

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Speaking of UK Domains...

When did El Reg drop the .co.uk and redirect to .com?

TCL's latest e-ink tech looks good on paper, but Chinese giant will have to back up extraordinary claims

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Wake Me When It's Rugged

E-Ink. Lovely to read on. Great outdoors in bright sunlight. But... fragile as feck. The damned screens practically break if you look at them the wrong way. E-Ink boffins need to address that shortcoming before attaching more bells and whistles to the things.

Fairphone thinks its fair to offer a not-very-major and slightly-more-recycled new model

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Re: Waiting for USA availability...

>unfortunately, only available in the EU.

With American English software! So nobody gets what they want.

Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile

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I'm sure they'll appreciate your drawering their attention to it.

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I'll See Your 33xx and Lower You

3310? Surely the 3210 [which was released a year earlier] was the iconic Nokia [0] that everyone had?

I know I had the 3210 and as everyone here will tell you; I'm a barometer of cool.

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_3210

AI world has gone bananas, it's official. This algorithm will help you optimize your peanut butter and banana sarnies

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Re: Peanut Butter and Banana?

>Toast bread under grill, one side only a little bit....

What, in Ireland we call 'English Toast'

Proper toast should be grilled brown on both sides. Then buttered and put back under the grill til the butter bubbles and melts in a bit. None of this namby-pamby half-cold, half-grilled nonsense with greasy dollops of only partially melted butter on top --yeucch!

[and, of course the bread in question should be Veda [0] ]

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veda_bread

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Peanut Butter and Banana?

I know El Reg has been going to the dogs and getting more and more American for a while now but, 'Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches'! What the actual feck is that about?

Peanut butter is just about bearable on toast . Bananas have no business between slices of bread, at all.

Whoa, no Huawei wares, Hua-wei, livin' on a prayer: US government says we've got to hold on to what we've got

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>the Orange Man is cutting off his nose despite his face

The phrase is; "...TO SPITE your face"

Whoa-o BlackBerry, bam-ba-lam: QWERTY phone had a child. 5G thing's newly styled

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Rootin' Tootin'

The only reason I root my Android phones is so I can add a firewall, customise the hosts file and install a system level excrement filter.... sorry, I mean "adblocker".

Until such time as Google allow me that basic level of user-control, there's no way I could stomach using an un-rooted Android phone.

Russia lifts restrictions on Telegram messenger app after it expresses ‘readiness’ to stop some nasties

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One Man's Terrorist....

I automatically dismiss as idiotic any statement made by a government or similar organisation which uses the word "Terrorist". It's completely meaningless. They might as well refer to "Goodies" and "Baddies"

FYI Russia is totally hacking the West's labs in search of COVID-19 vaccine files, say UK, US, Canada cyber-spies

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Re: The Mandy Rice-Davies Proactive Defence

>>One flaw in your argument is the assumption that a leftwing socialist such as Corbyn would automatically have been friendly to Russia

Not so much "friendly" to Russia as "less hostile" and less beholden to the US.

>>The alternative hypothesis is that Putin would like to destabilise the EU, and by having one of the EU's more powerful members being significantly out of step with the others

That depends on your definition of "weaken". It could be argued that, minus the eternal division and wrangling of the UK, the EU will actually be stronger and more united.

>>[EU countries] ...who mostly are classified as leftwing socialist-leaning)...

That may be true for the 'old school' western European EU countries. Quite a few of the former eastern bloc ones [Poland, Czech & Hungary spring to mind] are decidedly not left leaning these days and seem to be trying to outdo the UK in their froth-lipped condemnation of everything Russian and willingness to bend over for the US.

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Re: The Mandy Rice-Davies Proactive Defence

>>The ISC is working on a report about Russian involvement in the last few General Elections (all won by the Conservatives).

I don't understand. If the implication is that Russia interfered in order to secure successive Tory victories; why would it be in Russia's interests to have a rightwing anti-Russian government in UK when, in the shape of Jeremy Corbyn, they could have had a relatively Russia-friendly leftwing socialist one instead?

[Same applies to the supposed Russian involvement in getting Trump elected. Sure, it could be argued that Russia wants US & UK to elect lunatic right-wing incompetents to office, to destroy their countries from within. But, while in office, those rightwing governments can still inflict a lot of economic damage on Russia. It doesn't really seem like much of a winning strategy].

UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year's end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all next-gen kit by 2027

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US: Jump!

UK: How high?

[Rinse and repeat ad nauseam]

It never begins to amaze me how the UK is so much America's lickspittle that successive British governments are literally willing to sabotage their own economy & security, just to please their American masters. These are the same people who, seemingly without a trace of irony, spout phrases like "Taking back control", in relation to leaving the EU.

China’s preferred Linux distro trumpets Arm benchmark results

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Re: @Warm Braw - I would add an argument to that.

>>..In my opinion what keeps the Western democracies awake at night is the uncomfortable truth that China is a successful communist country...

That's because China is too big and makes too much 'stuff' we need, for the normal US strategy to work. Namely:

* $BadCountry adopts form of government US doesn't approve of

* US imposes sanctions on $BadCountry and/or blockades

* US bullies all its lickspittle allies into doing likewise

* $BadCountry's economy disintegrates and people starve

* US points at state of $BadCountry' economy and says [Nelson Muntz voice] "Ha! Ha! $BadCountry-ism doesn't work. Look at the state of their economy. They can't even feed their own people!"

Which leaves at least this reporter asking; "If the US is so confident that $BadCountry-ism doesn't work. why don't they just leave it to fall apart by itself, instead of forcing the issue, forcing their lickspittle allies to tag along and generally ramping up the antagonism against someone, somewhere in the world ALL the fucking time?"

What is it about the psyche of the USA, that you have always got to have an enemy?

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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Re: Once Flash finally dies

That's why the Preview button was invented. And the concept of proof-reading.

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Re: Once Flash finally dies

(less, more, bigger, smaller, faster, slower... etc) "that"

the latest American fuckwittism to go endemic.

"THAN" - fer feck's sake - "THAN"!

One map to rule them all: UK's Ordnance Survey rolls out its Data Hub and the juicy API goodness that lies therein

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Re: Could this become the official UK postcode and address database?

Oh god. After all this time, are people still suggesting that lunacy as a good idea?


Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups

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Floating Videos? Arrrrgggh!

That should be listed as a bug not a feature. With the exception of reFuckingCAPTCHA, I can think of few things more irritating on the websites of today than videos that start playing automatically and then follow you down the page as you scroll

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions

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Re: Why?

To be equally fair to the users; I think it's pretty safe to assume that SmugMug looked over the figures very carefully before buying. They'd have known what the outgoings were and obviously banked on being able to blackmail enough users into upgrading after the lifetime 1TB accounts were got rid of—which, in spite of SmugMug's dishonest statements beforehand, was obviously the plan all along—to make the purchase profitable.

The fact their scheme has so obviously failed is poetic justice at its finest.

Oh, and free accounts weren't a complete one way street anyway. Flickr puts adverts on free accounts. So, presumably they do generate some income

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Re: Why?

Before SmugMug bought Flickr, Flickr used to have free 'Lifetime' accounts with 1TB storage.[as well as paid unlimited storage Pro accounts].

When news got out that SmugMug were going to buy Flickr, many Flickr users raised concerns about what would happen to these free accounts. In response, SmugMug put out one of those weasely duplicitous statements, beloved of politicians the world over; "We have no immediate plans to make any changes..."

I'm sure you can guess the rest. Within about 5 minutes of getting their feet under the Flickr boardroom table, SmugMug announced that the free accounts were henceforth being limited to 1000 photos and if you wanted to keep the rest of your 'stuff' in Flickr, you were going to have to start coughing up $50 a year.

As SmugMug's grovelling email shows, enough people were pissed off about this to vote with their feet and bid SmugFlickrMug a cherry two-fingered farewell, rather than be blackmailed into staying. So FlickMuggerSmug have now been forced to get out the being bowl.

Ain't Karma a bitch?!

[Icon = ex-Flickr users, dizzy with hysterical laughter]

What's that? Encryption's OK now? UK politicos Brexit from Whatsapp to Signal

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Signal vs. Others

I can't find the source now but I thought I read somewhere a while back that 'those in the know about these things' didn't rate Signal too highly from a security standpoint, as it uses a "roll your own" encryption algo —which is generally considered to be a silly idea.

Same half-remembered source led me to using Wire [wire.com] when looking for an encrypted messenger as being: 1: Swiss based, 2: Uses tried & tested encryption algos, 3: Also open source

I'm not saying Wire is perfect [the mobile apps, especially, have bugs which have persisted for years] but it's pretty usable. I'm just wondering if Signal would have been a better choice?

Disgrace of Base: Scammy hordes force Keybase to end cryptocoin giveaway

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F**k Keybase, Basically!

I was part of the Spacedrop from the start, having been a Keybase user for a couple of years. I agree this Spacedrop has been a fiasco, but putting all the blame on people who just signed up to Keybase because of the Spacedrop is a bit unfair. Keybase have behaved despicably throughout the whole process.

1: Keybase promised to distribute 2 billion Lumens, beginning in Sept and repeating every month until they were all gone. In reality there were only 3 Spacedrops; one in Sept, one in Nov and this last one in Dec. The October Spacedrop was cancelled due to large numbers of dodgy signups. And now the entire Spacedrop has been cancelled, after the Dec giveaway, with barely 300 million of the promised 2 billion Lumens given away.

Where have the remaining 1,7 billion Lumens ended up, I wonder? No doubt in a few bulging wallets belonging to people high up in Keybase.

2: Keybase actively encouraged Keybase users to "tell their friends and family" about the Spacedrop and also relaxed their initial restriction that the Spacedrop was only open to existing Keybase users with a Github account dating from before the Spacedrop was announced. So it's a bit rich of Keybase to basically say "Hey! Want some free money? All you need is a mobile phone number. Oh, and tell all your friends and family too!" and then act all surprised when lots of people take them up on their offer.

3: Keybase have completely ignored their users throughout this whole process. After the Spacedrop was up and running, the Keybase app was requiring people follow various verification procedures to qualify for the Spacedrop. It would then congratulate them for being qualified for the Spacedrop, before subsequently telling them they were ineligible, when they actually tried to sign up for it.

Keybase's Github account was full of dozens of 'Issues' about this [and not all from bandwagon-jumping scammers] with people asking what the hell was going on and posting various error logs from the app. Keybase did not issue one single response to any of these Issues. Instead contenting themselves with the [very] occasional smarmy blog post about how great the Spacedrop was and [again] encouraging everyone to tell their family and friends about it –even whilst presumably being snowed under at the time with scamming sign-ups, which they've since proved they were unable to prevent.

4: Keybase themselves were completely to blame for cocking this whole thing up. They've shown incredible stupidity in behaving like a man standing in the middle of the road waving fistfuls of money about shouting "Who wants some?!" and then wondering why he gets mugged.

5: After the cock-up, the way Keybase 'resolved' things was even worse. First cancelling the Oct Spacedrop and then cancelling the whole thing in December. So because they hadn't the wit or gumption to filter out the scamming signups, the honest folks get shafted [as usual!].

If Keybase really had no way of stopping scammers signing up, they should have done the honourable thing and rolled back the Spacedrop beneficiary list until it was as originally intended; existing users with existing Github accounts prior to the announcement date and just continued to distribute the remaining Lumens to those people. Instead they've spat the dummy, pocketed the remaining 1,7 billion Lumens themselves and are now left looking like a bunch of untrustworthy incompetent idiots, presiding over a tawdry bait and switch exercise.

NASA told to get act together on commercial crew vendors as chance of US-free ISS rises

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Twice today in articles on El Reg I've read of sums of money being "spanked" on projects. FFS learn to write sniggering schoolboy English properly! The correct terminology is SPUNKED, as in "wanked", "jizzed", etc.

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

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Re: Disgusting

Will the ban actually prevent anyone using a Huawei device from accessing a Google service (eg. Gmail) or just prevent them from downloading the official Google apps to do so? I suspect the latter as the first would seem impossible to police. In which case there are better alternatives out there.

The ban might actually provide a bit of a boost to other software developers, if it prompts users to look beyond the Google offerings that came with their phone and seek out some alternatives. In most cases, the alternatives are far better.

For email, try AquaMail. Easily handles my many email addresses split across Gmail, own domains using Google's mailservers, Yandex and own domains using Yandex's mailservers.

OSMAnd+ provides as good mapping as Google Maps (better in remote and off-road areas), is much more customiseable and you can download entire country maps to your phone, without pissing about with Google Maps's silly area selection download. And its navigation is pretty decent, lthough it lacks the Googley stuff like weather and nearest junk food shop listings.

Wire is an encrypted messaging/video-calling/VOIP app, offering everything Hangouts (or whatever Google's offering is called this week) does.

Yandex browser or Kiwi browser are Chrome but with added support for extensions

PulseSMS is text messaging with built in backup and the ability to send and receive SMS through your phone from your laptop.

etc. etc.

AI can now animate the Mona Lisa's face or any other portrait you give it. We're not sure we're happy with this reality

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Wait Til Hollywood Gets Involved!

I've been predicting for years now that, as 3D rendering gets more lifelike and AI gets better at this kind of interpolation, the obvious culmination of mixing the two is going to be in the movie industry. Why bother paying hundreds of millions to the zzz-elebs of today when, for a fraction of the amount, you can have a walking talking, virtually indistinguishable from life, legend from the past appearing in your lattest blockbuster?

Humphrey Bogart, Marleine Dietrich, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, etc. etc....

Their careers have only just begun!

Whisky business: Microsoft's spirited attempt to develop hooch with AI

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Swedish?!.... Whiskey?!....

Mind you. Could it be any worse than that nauseating aftershave in a bottle the Americans have the cheek to call Whiskey.

Pushed around and kicked around, always a lonely boy: Run Huawei, Google Play, turns away, from Huawei... turns away

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Now! Now!

Calm down everyone. You're arguing about nothing

Obviously Charlie Clark meant to say: "...Seeing as Huawei sells most of its phones in China WITHOUT Google Play Store..."

Take that, America! Huawei flips Trump & Co the bird after reporting double-digit % rise in sales and profit

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Re: Savaged?

>>so much more convenient.

What would be convenient would be if El Reg allowed people to compose posts using Markdown or even [god help us!] BBcode, instead of this continued insistence on having to use prehistoric HTML. Who the feck can be arsed adding 'proper' links, formatting, etc. when it involves that much typing?!

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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Re: All thin foil hat chatter about US aside....

"...At least the Amis don't steal copyrighted information from European companies or engage in state supported piracy, spying and hacking on the scale China does for years now...."

How soon we forget:


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

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Re: Useful Drinking advice

That's always worked for me. In my experience, there are two types of boozer:

TYPE A –will throw up there and then, once the stage of having drunk too much is reached. As this often involves puking in pubs, clubs or over other people's carpets, parents or pets, the TYPE A boozer, as s/he ages and matures, learns to avoid such public embarrassments by usually managing to stop drinking just before the room begins to spin and vomiting becomes inevitable.

The TYPE B boozer on the other hand, never throws up on the actual night. So s/he can drink and drink until barely able to stand and still want more. However, the TYPE B boozer will then spend most of the next day throwing their ring up and generally feeling like death.

In our house, I am a TYPE A and the missus is a TYPE B. So it makes for some interesting boozing sessions. At the first hint of a room spin, I'll think "Uh-oh! I'll puke if I have any more" and will switch to fizzy water. Whereas the missus has no inner cut-off switch at all and will drink for as long as someone puts a fresh glass in front of her.

Next day usually involves me bustling round the house feeling completely fine, while she lies on the sofa cocooned under a duvet, only emerging briefly every half hour or so to throw up in a basin.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Stupid Yank Phrases

"...Micro-shaft has DOUBLED DOWN on..."

One of many many stupid American phrases which make me want to head-butt holes in walls. How the fuck do you Double DOWN on something. Doubling by it's very nature means there's twice as much of whatever it was, as there was before. So it's Doubling UP.

And don't get me started on "I could care less", "awesome" or "reach out"!

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

I've lost count of the number of times I've seen companies whose website has a company domain name but whose company email addresses are @gmail, @yahoo, @aol, @btconnect.... etc. etc. I always wonder who they hired to setup their website that either didn't tell them or didn't know that, having the domain name, they could now use it for their email accounts too.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Or Sophie

You almost beat me to the punch. I came here to pour cold sick on the idiotically twee stories that keep popping up telling us how AI bots "think" things or "want" stuff.

Here's a classic example from Re-Tweet Central [formerly known as BBC News]:


Ad blocking. All fun and games – until it gets political: Union websites banned by uBlock Origin

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I'd Like a Filter...

...That blocked any website which used the words:

AWESOME --as a universal adjective to describe anything remotely pleasant

SUPER --as a universal adverb for adding emphasis to any adjective


REACH(ED) OUT --as a universal replacement verb for 'contact', 'email', 'speak to', 'phone', etc.

I realise that as a result of this, I might have to browse the internet without being able to access 99% of American and wannabe American websites, but I'm sure I could cope!

Xiaomi waggles Mi MIX 3, the first smartphone packing 10GB RAM

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Large Objects of No Desire

Maybe I've just reached that awkward age, but the more advanced phone technology gets, the less I want to upgrade:

Stupidly big screens, notches, fingerprint scanners, idiotic multiple-cameras, eavesdropping AI, press-sensitive screens, pointless 'premium' materials. Every one of the latest fads is something I'd actively NOT want on any phone I was considering buying.

Namecheap users rage at domain transfer pain, but their supplier Enom blames... er, GDPR?

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Namecheap. Arrogant? or Incompetent?

Namecheap annoy the feck out of me by insisting on sending out their domain renewal reminder emails using US style short dates (or "arse over tit dates", as I call them)

Say you have a domain which expires on 6th March 2019. You'll get an email from Namecheap a few weeks before saying "Your domain expires on 3/6/2019" —which you naturally read as "3rd June". I've actually missed the deadline for renewing a domain in the past, because of this.

I've contacted Namecheap about this on numerous occasions, both by email and through Twatter, over the past few years and they point-blank refuse to do anything about it. One reply on Twatter said "We are a US company so we use US date format".

I concluded therefore that either Namecheap are quite happy to see their customers from outside the US go (as I will be doing with each of my domains that comes up for renewal) —or their web engineers are so incompetent that they are actually not able to change their email template so that it uses an unambiguous date format

Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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Re: Adventures in a NEW Android 6 Phone

Another thumbs up for AFwall+

If you ever doubted Google was spying on everything you do; root your phone, install AFwall+ and block Gboard [the built in keyboard] from phoning home. Then sit back and watch in disbelief as AFwall+ blocks it from making dozens of attempts to connect to dozens of different IP addresses, almost every time you type something in an app.

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Re: Most people think Chrome is the ONLY browser...

>What are people's suggestions for a decent mobile browser?

I use Yandex Browser Alpha. It's very stable. Has Text Reflow a la Opera and plugin support too. And, unlike Firefox, it's not so slow continental drift gives it a nosebleed.

Gotta use the Alpha version though. The release and beta versions don't support plugins, for some odd reason.

Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age

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Re: Data protection.

>>Great if you're a historian, economist or into family history...

Except when, for some reason, a huge American commercial enterprise [ie. Ancestry. com] seems to have somehow managed to be appointed gatekeepers of this info and are allowed to charge us for access to it —profiting from selling us back the data which our ancestors were legally obliged to provide.

[One of the reasons I refuse to fill in any of these census or census-like forms]

Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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>60 uk pounds fine for hovering in a UK car park for 11 mins with abundant spaces

Pfft! Just don't pay it.

You only need to pay up if you get a ticket from the police, traffic warden or local council parking official for parking on public land [ie streets, bus lanes, etc] when you shouldn't have. You've committed a [civil] offence.

Parking on private land [as is the case with all these supermarket, retail park carparks, etc] the worst you *may* have done [and even then it depends on specifics like signage, etc] is commit a breach of contract, which is a private affair between you and the owner of the land the carpark is on. If they want you to pay up, they'll have to bring a private court case against you and no-one is going to be daft enough do that for the sake of £50 or £60.

So, damn their eyes to Putney Bridge and laugh in their stupid faces. There's bugger all they can do,

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Re: Firefox really is the worst

Plus one for Yandex Browser.

It seems to be a re-skinned version of Opera so, if you like Opera, give it a whirl —especially if, like me, you want to run the same browser across all your devices.

It's the only Android browser (outside of Firefox) that supports extensions* (both Opera and Chrome ones). But, unlike Firefox it doesn't run like a slug on mogadon

*[the extensions code is currently being rewritten. So, only the alpha version supports them at the moment]

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Re: @ Florida1920 Confirmation checkbox needed

Don't worry. reCRAPTCHA is much more straightforward:


Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

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Carr Crash

>We wouldn't be making war jokes if their grandads had fought harder*.

>* With apologies to Jimmy Carr

I'd recheck your attribution. i find it hard to believe Jimmy Carr's ever said anything that funny.

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The Best Policy for Everyone...

...is *never* to say *anything*, *anywhere*, *ever*. Just to be completely sure you don't give anyone any reason to take offence. Which, apparently, automatically makes you a criminal these days.

And, just to pre-empt anyone objecting to this comment, I'll be on Twitter in five minutes, posting a grovelling apology.

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Damning With Faint Praise

>Ubuntu 17.10 was quite simply one of the best releases of the year and certainly the best release Ubuntu has put out in a good long time.

and, a few paragraphs later:

>Canonical pulled Ubuntu 17.10 downloads from its website last month due to a "bug" that could corrupt BIOS settings on some laptops. Lenovo laptops appear to be the most common source of problems, though users also reported problems with Acer and Dell...

See title!

Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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NATO Anthem?

I thought they already had one; "The Star Spangled Banner"?

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: How to Take The Fun Out of Life in Three Easy Steps

1: Fail to appreciate that there's a difference between "affectionate ribbing" and hate speech

2: Completely lose sense of humour

3: Take offence [usually on other people's behalf] at the slightest opportunity --even when none was intended

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Re: National scandal

>>Next up : Low alcohol Buckfast...

Pah! --Buckfast was for sophisticated lightweights who couldn't handle Mundy's



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