* Posts by myithingwontcharge

70 posts • joined 22 Aug 2016


Windows terminates here. Please remember to finish setting it up on arrival


It's a sign I tell you...

Surely the railway companies have had time to develop their own platform for this sort of thing?

Microsoft turns Windows Subsystem for Linux into an app for Windows


Re: Can I now dump Cygwin?

If your distro of choice is supported yes. However actual apps.... not so much at the moment. :-)


Re: Corporate enviroments

Just out of interest what stops you SSHing into a separate Linux machine, VPS or VM as most dev teams would (no matter what their desktop OS)? Given the variable support for WSLg (which would be very useful to roll out Linux apps to Windows users and I've always suspected was the final intention) I'm guessing most people are only using WSL for command line stuff at the moment, which in my experience causes more issues than it solves compared to just SSHing to a real computer (where's the file system gone, why can't I connect to the IP address, how have the permissions got mangled etc)?


Re: WSL-as-app

I'm suspecting this is the reason for all the UEFI/Secure Boot f**kwittery in Windows 11. Make it harder for the plebs to gain their freedom by dual booting.


Re: So WSL can be an app

There are no regulators. :-)

Every Little Helps: Former Tesco boss Dave Lewis to advise UK govt on supply chains


Re: Focus on essentials first

"Focus on essentials first "

You mean all the things brexit broke and the country (including all my local Tesco stores it seems) now has no staff and resources to fix. I wish him good luck. :-)

Hint: That was actually the original issue and blaming the press and public for it is just gaslighting.


Re: Here is an idea.

It's not panic buying if there's a real shortage. It's not panic buying if you can see the shelves are already empty. It's not panic buying if over 1/4 of garages are not getting deliveries and you need to get to hospital. It's the media's job to report that and they would be failing if they didn't.

Buying the next brand is fine until it runs out, or you're allergic to one of the ingredients, or there are no other brands left. Stop blaming the problem on the symptoms, we should all know the actual cause of the problems by now.

Rumors of satellite-comms-capable iPhone abound. The truth could be rather boring


Re: 13 or X3

"even though they will actually take a room on the 13th floor if it's labelled as 14 instead"

Which strikes me as monumentally more dangerous than the irrational fear of a number. "Hello fire department? Yes I'm on the 14th floor. No the 14th. What do you mean you can't find anyone there?".

UK regulator Ofcom seeks more powers to deal with mega constellations


"The nice thing about a global satellite network is that all latitudes get a chance to be a target"

Yes but what if they make not crashing on their country a condition of being granted a licence? :-)


"OFCOM could specify that the satellites must be able to de-orbit, i.e. crash into the earth once it comes to end of life"

If it's just an Ofcom requirement, that "crash into the earth" can only happen in the UK.

Openreach to UK businesses: Switch is about to hit the fan. Prepare for withdrawal of the copper-based phone network now or risk disruption


Re: 1987

In 1975 not only were there no lines available and a waiting list, but we ended up having to share a line with our neighbours* (yes really).

Tell that to kids to day....

* Then known as a "party line" in the days long before 0898 numbers, but without the fun part and still with large bills.

The M in M1 is for moans: How do you turn a new MacBook Pro into a desktop workhorse?


Re: Why only M1? Also applies to Intel Macbook's

"You know they make Bluetooth keyboards and mice, right? What is your objection to solving your problem that way instead of with a USB hub?"

While they have a use case, wireless devices often cause more issues than they solve (usually due to dead batteries at a key moment). Also many people have to hotdesk and use whatever screen and keyboard is provided. If you think carrying a myriad of dongles and cables around is bad, I doubt the suggestion of a keybaord as well is going to go down well. :-)


Re: Why only M1? Also applies to Intel Macbook's

"1 thumb down"

At least two now, because your "solution" is actually the already stated problem.

India's IT minister angry that Twitter broke local law by following US law


Re: Much ado about nothing

"If Twitter is that important in someone's life, they REALLY need to re-examine their life choices."

You could say the same thing about television, newspapers or just about any communications medium.

Politicians have a duty to communicate with their citizens and have to use whatever method that population uses. If Twitter is being used by a large percentage of Indians he has a duty to use it, otherwise there would be no issue here. If Twitter are breaking the law and causing political issues in India by illegally removing posts, the government will be forced to take action.

I'm not saying that's right or wrong, it's simply the definition of a politician's job.


Re: Twitter doesn't generate DCMA requests

"Blaming that on Twitter is a little far fetched, unless he's alleging that Twitter wanted to silence him so they lied when they said there was a DCMA request."

You miss the point. DCMA does not apply in India. If Twitter are applying DCMA in India they are breaking the law.

"If they make laws with obligations that directly conflict with Twitter's obligations under US law, Twitter will be left with no other choice but to stop operating in India entirely. Maybe that's what the authors of the law intended, to allow an Indian company to take over that market?"

If Twitter can't legally stick to the law they can't do business just like anyone else. That appears to be a US law problem for US companies, not an Indian law problem. It does not prevent anyone in any other country providing a service.


Re: What a wonderful law

"If you had a forum, did PATRIOT Act required you to setup a company in the US to process censorship requests?"

No, because the US has a policy of kidnapping or deporting under false pretenses anyone they wish to detain for years with or without trial, even if those people have committed no crime in their own country. The EU doesn't work like that, we have a justice system that requires things like evidence.


Re: What a wonderful law

"More US companies should be doing that."

The only reason for a US company to block EU access is because they can't stick to the laws on data and consumer protection. If I was a US citizen in the US, I would be rather weary of dealing with any US company that couldn't stick to those minimum standards.


Re: What a wonderful law

"The problem is that the law applies to services that EU citizens, not EU residents"

This is not unusual and was a precedent originally set by the USA. I think the USA even tries to tax it's citizens when they're in another country! The result is the EU is applying it's rules to protect it's citizens globally in the same way, in order to create a level playing field.

The difference of course is that EU citizens are under no obligation to report a non-EU company breaking EU rules when they're not in the EU (though they can if they wish), where as a US citizen can go to prison if they break US rules while outside the US.


Re: What a wonderful law

Just to be clear (as it's too late to edit my ambiguous wording on re-reading), I don't necessarily agree or disagree with TERREG (or any other US or EU rules - the rules themselves are not the point of issue here). However the original poster was complaining about a lack of voting on (and the enforcement of) TERREG. The EU's requirement for an office to allow enforcement seems perfectly reasonable and actually very sensible to assist compliance with all laws. TERREG itself was voted on (though there was no final vote as that's not how that process works), it was enforcement that would not expected to be subject to a vote (since by definition lawmakers expect their laws to be enforced).


Re: What a wonderful law

I commented below that if your country's laws force you to break the laws of another country, you can't legally do business in that other country. TERREG is just the EU's way of making sure they can (quite rightly) enforce that. People don't vote on if a law should be enforced, they vote on if the law should exist in the first place, which is why the enforcement aspect was not subject to the same voting mechanism. The only people with any reason to complain about it are criminals and terrorists.

You want to do business in the EU while hiding in a country that has lower legal standards? Well then you need to have an office in the EU so there's someone to arrest if you break the law.


I hate to say it but he's right.

Want to do business in a country? Then you have to adhere to that country's laws no matter what they are (see also Apple and China).

What's that you say? Your country forces you to break those laws in order to stick to theirs? Well then you can't legally do business in that other country.

Stop. Look... Install Linux? The Reg solves Microsoft's latest Windows teaser


Re: Will WSL become LSW?

"Will WSL become LSW? "

A subsystem is something that runs under something else... i.e "Windows Subsystem for Linux" already implies Windows running under Linux. The name has already been chosen to reflect the final goal.

India tells Twitter to obey its laws — or make wielding them easier


Elephant in the room....

Is that TV channel really called Cable News Network News 18?

I'll get my coat. :-)

Gov.UK taskforce publishes post-Brexit wish-list: 'TIGRR' pounces on GDPR, metric measures


Re: The UK political sphere has been so overtaken by Brexit

...or just use kilos to start with. :-)

Big Tech has a big problem with Florida passing a law that protects politicians from web moderation


How much does a theme park cost?

Surely Twitter and Facebook can afford to setup a small theme park somewhere? I for one would love to see people ride on the Twittersphere.

Apple cracks down on iOS terminal apps because they can download code


Re: You Have a Choice

"looks like fun... hang-about... 30 day device warranty?? WTF??"

So as well as selling your data to Google, they can break distance selling laws.... :-)

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


Re: Disappointing

"It a little frustrating that el reg think excel is the story here rather than “if you starve public services of cash for 10 years don’t be surprised if their systems are held together with sellotape and string”

They claim to have spend something like £12 billion on this broken bollocks. Money is not and never was the issue, it was a total lack of skills and clue. I mean they appointed Dido Harding to run the thing FFS. If that doesn't tell you that it was never expected to work and someone's just pocketed the money, nothing will.

NHS COVID-19 launch: Risk-scoring algorithm criticised, the downloads, plus public told to 'upgrade their phones'


Re: Bad timing?

I'm not sure many people with a perfectly functioning iPhone 6 would be very happy about downgrading to a £50 landfill Android phone, in the process giving up their entire library of existing apps, just to run a single new app that's of questionable value in itself.


Re: Covid-19 side-effect

The 6 is still getting security updates. Just not the virus tracking API for some reason.

Modem life is rubbish: RootMetrics 5G stats show EE has widest UK coverage, but Three is the speed demon


Someone forgot the one thing that actually needed fixing

I'm getting 800 Mbps download on Three in Birmingham which sounds amazing until you realise the upload is only 25 Mbps. That's actually less than I was getting on 4G. Since upload is pretty much all that matters to a mobile user, it almost seems like a downgrade. Seriously, we all upload videos and photos to Facebook, Twatter, the cloud etc and that's about the only thing that really needed immediate improvement and is also the one thing that many home broadband connections fail spectacularly at.

I'm not sure who designed the 5G standard but you had one job.....

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader


Re: As I read that

>he signed up for regular updates with TomTom and forgot about it, and he's trying to blame Mazda for it.

As I read the article he signed up using the dashboard on his car. That implies that Tomtom was an option presented by Mazda and managed by their interface. Therefore he is correct to blame Mazda if wiping the car does not remove any associated subscriptions, especially if the manual implies it does.

China’s preferred Linux distro trumpets Arm benchmark results


>It doesn't help when trump refuses to share his toys.

This is exactly what's caused the global rush for independent tech. It couldn't have helped more.

When Facebook says you're not a good 'culture fit', it means you're not White or Asian enough – complaint


Bit confused by the downvotes on @iron's post. I'm guessing it's because the voters know Facebook never offers people with integrity jobs.


Re: Looking for ‘cultural fit' in recruitment process = discrimination-by-design


I'm not sure if that post was meant to be ironic, but either way thank you for documenting almost every attitude that's the cause of racial discrimination, by extrapolating your judgement on an entire race from a personal and statistically irrelevant sample for one role in one city where you admit you already had a cognitive bias for people that matched you and your peers.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'


Re: "Personal Edition"

"Community Edition" seems common in similar projects and would appear ideal?

Capita hops on UK's years-late, billions-over-budget Emergency Services Network to keep legacy system alive


Re: EE only?

Actually you'd find that a) You would be tied to one network with no chance of any backup or alternative.

That'll take the spring out of your step: Apple warns of iPhone shortages, revenue miss due to coronavirus


Are you telling us everything?

Also, they're out of coffee.

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


Re: "Labor is pro-remain, right?"

"The remain campaign not only lied but used the power of government to directly threaten the population."

We're talking about the EU referendum not the Scottish independence one.

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting


Re: Never Heard of...

You could say the same about almost every part of modern life. For example if you need a car to get to work and it breaks, you have a single point of failure. If you need money for food and your bank's systems stop working so you can't get paid, you have a single point of failure.

The point is we pay these companies to remove that risk, in the same way we have breakdown cover for our car. When they fail to implement redundancy themselves they have failed in their core duty.

When a moble phone network goes down people can die due to not being able to call for help. This is serious and Three should be facing the stiffest penalties any company serving the pubic could face as well as explaining exactly how they could allow an entire network to fail, presumably due to their own single point of failure or cascade failure.

Dixons hits back at McAfee's £30m antivirus sueball: Your AV didn't work on Windows 10S


Re: McAfee Vs Symantec

"New keyboard please."

Keyboard? I need a whole new terminal!

Loose Women woman's IR35 win deals another high-profile blow to UK taxman's grip on rules


Re: Everything

Someone actually downvoted that reply? Can only be the nutter that made the original bonkers claim. :-)

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead


Delivery receipts are already part of SMS and guess what, every network charges for them. Per message. Even if you have unlimited SMS. So you go from "free" to an extra £10 on the bill and like MMS everyone turns them off or gets hit with confusing random bills. Any new standard including read receipts has to ensure it can not be integrated into a networks billing system in any way, or it will die an instant death.

Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa


Re: Waste of a good pi.

Silicon heaven is too good for it. :-)

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


Re: Goodbye Youtube?

You are confusing "terrorist" with "freedom fighter". I think that was the entire point.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019


Re: Can't use smartphone GPS in Australia

What do you do if your car has Onstar or any of the similar mobile network based services (as all new EU cars are supposed to have). Surely they must be common in AU? Basically most cars would be un-drivable for new drivers?

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi



A roll out to Oxford eh?

Not only do we not have an Apple store, we don't even have a 24 hour McDonalds! Even the larger Tesco is in Abingdon. If those guys can't make it work I'm not sure a smaller outlet's going to have much of a chance, unless they brand them as tourist trinkets. :-(

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price


Re: Bad news...

It's perfectly cromulent.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'


Re: Missing the obvious

The trouble is bad drivers are rarely visible until they have an accident. You just have to travel down any street to see cyclists with big dazzling frequency flashing strobe lights signalling "I'm an idiot" to anyone who's not had an epileptic fit.

If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush?


At launch 3G had NO internet capability!

"But when Three launched the first 3G network in the UK in 2003, it performed the most rapid "pivot" of all time. Instead of multimedia, it went for value. 3G had been so over-hyped, it easily disappointed."

Actually when Three launched, despite all the hype of high speed internet, they had none. No internet connectivity at all at a time when the 2G networks were all pushing GPRS, WAP and "internet on the move" (even at a snails pace).

Three having to go for "Value" was more because the network was so technically poor at launch (as a launch customer I would even say unfit for purpose). It was long after the other networks had caught up that Three managed to sort out internet access and even then they only managed to get their credibility back by launching "value" unlimited packages.

4G launched without the capability to make voice calls!

If 5G is mis-handled as badly as 3G and 4G, they'll probably forget to specify SMS capability.

Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage


Goodwin agrees!

https://twitter.com/sfmnemonic/status/896884949634232320?lang=en (well did back then)



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