* Posts by ArchieTheAlbatross

23 posts • joined 12 Aug 2016

Gone in 60 electrons: Digital art swaggers down the cul-de-sac of obsolescence


But how.....?

I have little interest in the latest Non-Fungible Tokens, (digital bollocks being foisted upon the gullible with too much money), but as these are Non-Fungible, one question has presented itself....

How does one Funge?

We have bad news for non-US Microsoft fans: The incoming Surface Duo is underspecced, overpriced, and over there



So, this device whilst not exactly crap, is distinctly underwhelming.

It is very expensive for what it is.

It is not available outside of the USA.

How is this a bad thing?

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy


Fear not people...

The Apple/Google hybrid (now there is a terrifying thought), is not being adopted in the UK because of the very high Not Invented Here factor, a major reason for non-adoption by any British government.

Also the proposed NHS app will, like any other government sponsored IT project, have to be passed through the civil service Department of Fucking Things Up, who will hand development responsibility to one of the usual suspects, thus ensuring the app will land sometime in 2022, if at all, and over-run it's budget by at least three times.


Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts


I think this sums it up perfectly

Don't worry, perfectly safe for work, (unless you work for Brighton with Hoveactually Council), but does involve sound.


Easter is approaching – and British pr0n watchers still don't know how long before age-gates come into force


Another Sir Humphrey moment

"Prime Minister, we must be seen to be doing something, this is something, therefore we are doing it".

Whenever a government department announce that they are "taking the time to get this right", you instinctively know they are going to get it catastrophically wrong.


London's Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange


Pointing and laughing.

Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub


I'll drink to that!

Well, its later Friday, someone had to say it.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing


Re: The Universal Food

A. With. Traditions vary and Yorkshire is a big country. Sorry, county.

B. How dare you sir! Dentdale born and bred.


The Universal Food

The Yorkshire Pudding can form the basis of any course, for Sunday dinner* my grandmother would usually bake two, one to be consumed with the roast beef, the second with sugar as a dessert.

Baffled by the several correspondents suggesting dipping in batter. Yorkshire puddings are made of batter , carefully baked!

* Sunday dinner, for the benefit of Southern Jessies and other Off-comed'uns, is a meal served in the middle of the day.

Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing


I was advised

many years ago, when CompuServe was still a thing, that I should not write in an email anything I would not be happy writing on a postcard.

Only problem now is explaining to a millennial what a postcard is.

'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer

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Re: Country Joe...

Best reference of the week so far, old guys rule!

(The only people who drive Subarus round here are farmers, who never lock them anyway).

Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts


At least we know now

What all the PPI firms will be doing next.......

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year



An approaching BCC under a Liberian flag, (if you're very lucky, someone on board may hold a valid watchkeeping certificate).

Be afraid, be very afraid!

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff


A Night at the Opera, anyone?

Still a good, mostly crap-free browser, not quite as flexible as Firefox, but nowadays with a free VPN, which must be a good thing.

That said, it's pretty much Firefox with everything here and likely to continue that way for the foreseeable future.

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


Because many of us have spent years suffering in tech support roles, therefore pointing and laughing at idiots is the only way we stay sane.


W, as the young people say these days, TF?

If I remember rightly, "a gay old time" was something to be had with the Flintstones, in black and white.

I have no recollection of Fred and Barney indulging in anything that would frighten the horses. (Nor Wilma and Betty for that matter).

WannaCrypt: Pwnage is a fact of life but cleanup could and should be way easier


Hear! Hear!

And Hear! Hear! Again.

Most annoyingly, we have only ourselves to blame, but let's look for someone else anyway.

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain


Re: Aaah Win 10

Share and enjoy!

Face down in a Shoreditch gutter: Attack of the kickstarting hipster

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Re: Thank you Alistair

Still have the original flexi-single (the song's only release) which came stuck to the front of the NME in 1973!

How sad.............

Sharing's caring? Not when you spread data across gov willy-nilly



Smith, O'Brien will see you now, room 101

Britain's fight to get its F-35 aircraft carriers operational turns legal


Britannia Rules the......oh

When I left I left the Royal Navy 21 years ago I feared for the future, but I could not have foreseen the catastrophic mess that we are in now, even in my worst nightmares.

My local boating lake has a stronger surface fleet and with the Canada Geese, a much larger air group, although as we are now seemingly paralysed by the fear of so much as hurting someone's feelings, I suppose it is not an issue.

I cannot make my true feelings clear, as the moderators would not allow it.

Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that


Solution in search of a problem

More Internet-Of-Things-That-Can-Be-Hacked nonsense, I can imagine the Darwin Award nominations already!

Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project


Search El Reg for "Airlander"

Currently being built in the very same hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire, that spawned the R101*.

Let's hope this one goes a little better.

*Possibly R100, but it's definitely one of the two very large hangars!


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