* Posts by mickaroo

102 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Oct 2016


HP TV ads claim its printers are 'made to be less hated'


Re: H What?

We have a Brother MFC-255CW. The last firmware update was issued in 2011.

It's the "Printer That Won't Die". I think it cannot be killed by conventional means.

And... it... just... works...

Videoconferencing fatigue is real, study finds


Re: Duh.

Sitting on the highway in grid-locked traffic for two hours every morning fatigue is real, too...

Another month, another bunch of fixes for Microsoft security bugs exploited in the wild


Ah, Patch Tuesday...

I have a not-so-old Lenovo; it's my daily drive. It runs Mint Mate as the primary OS, with a Windows 10 VM, for those days when I'm feeling masochistic. Mint is a rolling update. The Windows VM is updated every month.

I also have an aging Dell, similarly configured. as a backup if the Lenovo has a terminal brain-fart. It sits in a drawer for months at a time, until I remember to update it. I did that this morning...

Mint updated in about ten minutes with one restart (kernel update). The Windows VM took something approaching three hours. I lost count of the number of restarts.

Masochism at it's best ];-)

X fails to remove hate speech over Israel-Gaza conflict


I Am So Glad...

That I never tripped up and fell into the Xitter.

It's a cesspool. Oh, wait...

Come work at HQ... or find a new job, Roblox CEO tells staff


Re: The struggle is real

>> I know this will be an unpopular opinion with El Reg's population of elderly, misanthropic shut-ins <<

I see what you did there... We're either with you, or we're a "population of elderly, misanthropic shut-ins".

Thinking about it, I am an elderly, misanthropic shut-in. And proud of it ];-)

Take Windows 11... please. Leaks confirm low numbers for Microsoft's latest OS


I Run Linux Mint Mate

Why should I give a Xit...?

A $353M question: Did Meta muzzle a VR venture?


VR Fitness?

>> one of the fastest growing markets in human history <<

Would that include VR Horizontal Aerobics?

The Anti Defamation League is Musk's latest excuse for Twitter's tanking ad revenue


Can we please call it Xitter?

Pronounced Shitter?

Cruise self-driving taxi gets wheels stuck in wet cement


the website formerly known as Twitter

May we abbreviate this to TWeFKAT?

Why securing East-West network traffic is so important – and how it can be done


Re: Interesting article

Me too...

I enjoy articles like this that are written in (relatively) layman's terms, and I walk away feeling that I've learned something.

Airbus to help with International Space Station replacement


Re: BA2100?

I believe Bigelow has a test module, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), attached to the ISS for a two year test period.


Maybe not entirely a Kellogg's Concept?

Linux has nearly half of the desktop OS Linux market


I was going to comment...

...but everyone else got there before me.

P.S. I cut my teeth on Sun Solaris, then segued into Corel Linux and never looked back.

Fed up with slammed servers, IT replaced iTunes backups with a cow of a file


Re: Years ago....

Similar experience at a Contract Research Laboratory that had storage servers, when hard drives were still measured in megabytes.

No free space... Add more storage... Free space evaporates... No free space...

One day the IT manager threw up his hands, went rogue, and started perusing people's home directories. And found...

Games. Thousands upon thousands of games.

A games purge and a tersely worded memo fixed the storage problem.

Cheapest, oldest, slowest part fixed very modern Mac


Re: Its always the simple things

We bought an old house a decade or two ago. The electrical service was a fuse box with assorted fuses from 15A to 40A for various lighting and appliances. About a month into ownership, the whole house went dark!

We called the power company... no outages. But they sent a truck to see if it was the feed to our house. No, that was good. They checked the two bus fuses in the fuse box; they were good too. Then they started checking individual fuses... and found a dead one.

It turned out that 90% of the house was wired through one 15A fuse.

We had the house re-wired...

American, British monopoly watchdogs probe AI to make sure we don't get screwed


All mouth and no trousers

The subject line says it all.

Shocks from a hairy jumper crashed a PC, but the boss wouldn't believe it


Me Too Story

I, too, live in Canada. And yes, winter gets very cold outdoors and very dry indoors.

I worked in a laboratory in the 1980's and we had a fair amount of not-cheap microprocessor controlled lab equipment. I was programming a lab instrument for an overnight run; I reached towards the keyboard, a spark about 5mm long leapt from my finger, and the WHOLE INSTRUMENT SHUT DOWN! DEAD!

The instrument in question cost about twice my annual salary then. So I was trying to not throw up in my mouth when the cooling fans started spinning up. Then the status lights starting flashing yellow and turning solid green.

I walked over to the lab sink, rinsed my hands under running water, finished programming my overnight run, and never told anyone what had happened.

Microsoft and GM deal means your next car might talk, lie, gaslight and manipulate you


You dropped the ball there...

It should have been 666. The number of The Beast.

How to get the latest Linux kernel on your Ubuntu box


To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade?

That is the question...

I'm never quite sure what to do with articles like this.

Is it: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Or is it: If it ain't broke, I'm not learning anything.

Transmission FOSS BitTorrent client hits version 4.0


Re: Most DVDs

Mostly a "me too" reply. Whenever I'm bored on a slow Thursday, I run a few more of my DVDs through Handbrake and store them in my movie archive.

I use an ancient LG-DVD USB drive that has a double USB-A plug. One plug is data and power, the other is power only. That dates back to the days when one USB port couldn't supply enough oomph to power the drive.

And it's region-free ]:-)

8K? That’s cute. This display has 600 million pixels


Time to replace my aging Sony?

I'll need a bigger living room...

Ireland fines Meta $414m for using personal data without asking


Re: Ireland Got Paid for Its Complicity

Governments don't even need to collect the data. The sheeple GIVE it to them.

Twitter, Musk, and a week of bad decisions


Is "The Twitter Roundup"...

...going to become a weekly feature until Twitter implodes?

Feds find Silk Road thief's $1b+ Bitcoin stash in popcorn tin, hidden safe


I Don't Get It...

If I had embezzlement $1B in (enter Ponzi scheme digital token here), I would have converted it to real money (10c on the Ponzi dollar) and be sitting on a beach, in some country that has no extradition to anywhere, suckling down pena coladas.

Windows 11 runs on fewer than 1 in 6 PCs


Proud To Be...

...one of the contributors to the 2.6%

I run Windows 10 in a VM for "colleague compatibility".

But I'm old, and soon to retire. Windows 11+ will never, ever happen on my PC. Never, ever... Never...

Mars rover Curiosity reaches sulfate-rich Mount Sharp after 10-year journey


Phor Phuck's Sake...

It it's sulfate, then why isn't it fosfate?

If you're still on Windows 7/8.1, it's time to say goodbye to Google Chrome


Re: Wow, Just Wow!

Similar story...

New laptop arrived with Windows 8.

Updated ASAP to 8.1, which I hated MORE AND MORE every day I had to use it.

I finally cracked under pressure and BOUGHT a Windows 7 license.

I still have the disk image as a VBox VM. It runs as a Linux guest OS. Go figure...

Microsoft highlights 'productivity paranoia' in remote work research


What's My Productivity?

Before the recent unpleasantness, I would turn up at work, then chat a bit, then go grab a coffee, then chat a bit more, then work for a while, then go find lunch.

After lunch, I'd chat a bit, then go grab a coffee, then chat a bit more, then work for a while, then go grab a caffeine-free Coke, then work for a while more, then go home.

Since the recent unpleasantness, I arrive at my home office coffee in hand, work four hours or so, then find lunch (which I may take back to my desk), then work until knocking-off time.

I don't make widgets, so 100 per day won't work.

I write testing protocols, or reports, or investigations, or operating procedures. Some take a day, some take a week. How do we measure that? By my typing? I may be on Chatterbate...

Microsoft warns of bugs after nation pushes back DST switchover


Re: Hmmm...

My version of Linux appears to have an entry for Santiago.

I've heard a rumour that may be somewhere in Chile...

USB-C to hit 80Gbps under updated USB4 v. 2.0 spec


Re: EU will love this

My office USED to be like that. "You need what cable? Oh, I think it's in this box over here..."

Then we moved to a condo and my wife made me "rationalize" my stuff [:-(

How to get Linux onto a non-approved laptop


Re: Old linux person here....do not understand......

I can update my firmware from Linux



I Already Lived This Dream...

...on a Lenovo ThinkPad T14.

It took FOREVER to figure out how to disable BitLocker (they don't make it easy), Including a couple of recovery boots courtesy of my Microsoft 365 account.

But we made it in the end. Linux Mint Una just rocks.

Intel demos multi-wavelength laser array integrated on silicon wafer


More Electronics Landfill?

>> if the optics fail, the entire chip becomes useless <<

I guess the chips will be soldered to the motherboard then...

IBM-powered Mayflower robo-ship once again tries to cross Atlantic


Re: What is the actual goal?

Canada is part of America.

I shall assume you meant "The United States of ..."

AI beats top players at Bridge in two-day tournament


Re: So where are we going?

So Machine Learning (I cringe at calling it "Artificial Intelligence") can beat us all at Bridge. But can it play Cribbage? Or cook a cheese omelette?

It seems to me that each ML system that's developed is good at ONE THING ONLY. When someone creates an ML that is good at EVERYTHING, then we'll need to worry.

The time you solved that months-long problem in 3 seconds


Re: Fuck that

I am a consultant (not IT) and I would say that "client management" is part of my job description.

If I arrive on-site and fix an on-going problem in two seconds, chances are I'm going to cause someone to be fired. Maybe they deserve it, but maybe not if they're not the Subject Matter Expert.

Chromium-adjacent Otter browser targets OS/2


Re: I always feel a certain nostalgia...

I, too, used OS/2 from the mid-nineties well into the 2000's. I LOVED the desktop GUI.

At the time, I worked at a company that was all Windows 3.1 except for our group, which ran an OS/2 application. So we were all on OS/2 workstations with an OS/2 Warp Server back-end. I remember a young lady calling from IT to tell me they were coming to upgrade my workstation to Windows 95. I politely suggested that she go forth and multiply. Or words to that effect...

Hmmm... OS/2 desktop theme for Linux Mint?

Canadian Netwalker ransomware crook pleads guilty to million-dollar crimes


Geography Lesson

Gatineau isn't Ottawa.

Gatineau is next to Ottawa.

Lots of new toys, caps lock still stuck on: ONLYOFFICE hits version 7


I hate to bow to The Great God M$...

But under Linux, it seems more Office 365 friendly than LibreOffice.

Linux Mint 20.3 appears – now with more Mozilla flavor: Why this distro switched Firefox defaults back to Google


I, too, have been installing a variety of Linux distributions on a variety of hardware systems for more than 15 years.

I have compiled a kernel... Because I wanted to try it, not because I NEEDED to.

NDISwrapper... Whole different story.

Snap continues to make a spectacle of itself as it tries to trademark the word spectacles


I Can See The Hiring Slogan Now...

"Join SNAP, and make a SPECTACLE of yourself".

Sun sets on superjumbo: Last Airbus A380 rolls off the production line


Re: A380 for long haul every time

Only flown an A380 once... Singapore Airlines from Frankfurt to Changi.

Amazed at how quiet the aircraft was, and SIA plain-vanilla Economy rivals some other airlines' Premium.

UK and USA seek new world order for cross-border data sharing and privacy


Re: Did conversations go like this?

If I remember correctly...

We weren't kicked out of the EU. We dragged ourselves out, kicking and screaming...

US trade watchdog opposes Nvidia's Arm buy, mostly over fears about datacentre innovation


...from stifling the innovation pipeline...


Facebork... Stifles as much as they can that impacts their business model.

Micro$oft... used to stifle a lot of stuff, but kinda lost their edge.

Google... stifles everything.

Oh wait, they're all based in the Good Old U.S. of A.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s: Impressively average, which is how corporate buyers like it


Can't Speak for the T14s...

But the T14 I recently bought is now Minty fresh.

A small kerfuffle with the Intel AX210 WiFi, but that was sorted by a little web-surfing and 5.11 kernel upgrade.

And I like that it has an RJ45, for those odd times when hard-wired makes sense.

Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads


Re: Burn it to the ground

Easy fix...

Blast Windoze, install Mint.

Bonkers rocket launch sees craft slip sideways, barely climb and tear up terrain


Rocket Science Is Hard!

I watch stuff like this and I am still in awe of Apollo 11.

I was a teenager then, and it really was Rocket Science!

International Space Station actually spun one-and-a-half times by errant Russian module's thrusters


Typographic Error



Someone mis-typed. I can see that how that discrepancy happened.

NASA warns Mars: We're about to laser your rocks and start stealing them


New Reg Standard Required

"a core sample roughly the size of a piece of chalk"

What kind of chalk? Blackboard chalk? Sidewalk chalk? A goodly sized chunk of the South Downs?

The James Webb Space Telescope, a project dating back to the late 1900s, may launch this very century


Worth Waiting For?

I subscribe to "Inbox Astronomy", which touches on things interestingly astronomical. Many times, the articles will be about the James Webb telescope, and what it will be used for.

Don't tell me what it WILL do, show me what it CAN do.

Especially in these times that it may be "Adieu pour toujours" for the HST.

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder


Need a bigger UPS

Back in the day, I was leading a team qualifying the server room for a government service responsible for medical supplies across the entire country. The project scope included building security, server room air handling, server room fire suppression, and emergency power.

The power test was to take down the main power to test the generator auto-start, then take down the generator to test the switch over to UPS, then bring the generator back on line, then switch back to main power. I had been told by the IT manager that the UPS was good for forty, maybe forty five minutes.

Take down main power feed: Reassuring rumble from the roof as the generator kicked in.

Take down generator: Everything still running as the UPS kicked in.

IT Support Guy: "You better get the generator back up. The UPS is overloaded; it's only good for about ten minutes" WHAT!!! I was told forty! IT Support Guy: "Who told you that?"

Frantic walkie-talkie call to guys on roof to fire up generator... NOW! Reply from guys on roof, "It needs a five minute cool down before we can restart".

The generator came back online with about two minutes to spare.