* Posts by mickaroo

58 posts • joined 16 Oct 2016


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.

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?


Re: Old encryption is returning?

Yes, the criminals will go back to using one time pads. The only winners are the government snoops, and the only losers are Mr.and Mrs. Joe Average.

Remember Anonymous? It/they might be back, and it/they are angry with Elon Musk


Re: 400 miles from ... ?

One could say the same about Pennsylvania.

Although they do have Steamtown National Historic Site, which makes up for it a little bit.

And the Liberty Bell...

Facebook faces competition enquiry on two fronts as EU and UK officials scrutinise its ad data


Is the Facebook Handle "Anonymous Coward" Already Taken?

I shall have to open a Facebook account.

I read these articles and realize that I have NO FECKIN' IDEA what you're talking about. On the other hand, ignorance may be bliss...

Fancy trying to explain Microsoft Teams to your parents? They may ask about the new Personal version


Re: I guess it may work here...

1) Zoom: Disables the microphone on my laptop; I have no idea why. Using Zoom is an exercise in frustration.

2) Webex: I can run it through a browser, but the Webex client crashes Windows with 100% regularity.

3) Teams: Mostly works...

Bill to protect UK against harmful foreign investment becomes law


Downvoted because Bovril is for making gravy and Marmite is a spread for toast. It's like comparing apples and oranges.

Move on folks, no "poor man's Bovril" here...

We need to talk about criminal adversaries who want you to eat undercooked onion rings


I'm a LONG WAY past my 20's, and homebrew kits are again my friend now that I'm on a fixed income... and can no longer afford to just buy all the booze I want.

OMG! New free speech social network won’t allow members to take the Lord’s name in vain


Sorry, you're not allowed to "arse".

Ass, yes; arse, no...

5-year-old Fairphone 2 is about to receive a major update to Android 9


Re: "an upgrade to Android 9 feels marginal at best and outdated at worst"

My phone battery is a Chinese knock-off, my wife's phone battery is a Chinese knock-off, her Sony CyberShot and my Pentax WG-1 are both powered by Chinese knock-offs, as is my Black&Decker cordless drill and one of two UPS's that keep us up and running during blackouts.

Nothing's caught fire yet...

The torture garden of Microsoft Exchange: Grant us the serenity to accept what they cannot EOL


Re: Situation normal for Microsoft

I was using Evolution EWS with great success.

Until our company went to 2FA and everything went pear-shaped...

Chrome zero-day bug that is actively being abused by bad folks affects Edge, Vivaldi, and other Chromium-tinged browsers


Mozilla Firefox

I'm enjoying my moment of smugness...

We regret to inform you the professor teaching your online course is already dead


Gone But Not Forgotten

If memory serves...

Whilst doing a bachelor's degree by distance education many years ago, one of the course packages (course notes and cassette tapes) had been prepared a couple of years earlier by a professor who had subsequently died. (Not of old age. Possibly cancer?)

The course-work was still current, so if it ain't broke don't fix it. And the course was administered by another lecturer.

Android without Google – and yes it has apps: The Reg talks to founder about the /e/ smartphone



Is it available in Canada?

Need a new computer for homeschooling? You can do worse than a sub-£30 2007 MacBook off eBay


Been There, Done That...

Did all of the stuff that the article says to my wife's 2007 vintage white Unibody MacBook.

2Gig of RAM, 120GB Samsung SSD, cleaned the heat exchanger (dead cat, I think), new thermal paste, installed Linux Mint with a MacOS skin on it. ET VOILA! Runs like a charm.

The only thing it won't do is connect to my router with WPA/AES encryption. But falling back to TKIP works.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors


No, I actually read the news...

>> "Increasingly we rely on platforms like Twitter to receive news and other information... "

No, I actually read the news. As depressing as that may be.

Zealous Zoom's zesty zymotic zone zinger: Zestful zealots zip zillions


Video Won't Be My New Voice

"I truly believe video is the new voice, video is the new form of communication,"

I travel for business (maybe not so much right now), and I keep in touch with my family via Skype. AND I HATE IT...!!!

On a positive note, after two months of being cloistered with my wife because of coronavirus AND Canadian winter, neither of us has attempted to smother the other with a pillow while they slept.

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans


Pinball Wizard

I had forgotten Pinball.

I used to lose interest being unproductive playing Solitaire, but I could be unproductive playing Pinball for hours.

China successfully launches its biggest-ever space truck to fire up its space station ambitions


I thought the USA stole the scientists, not the technology...

As Zoom bans spread over privacy concerns, vid-conf biz taps up Stamos as firefighter in totally-not-a-PR-stunt move


Facebook Security...

Isn't that an oxymoron?

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds: They're good – though for close to £300, they really should be


Re: Waxy build-up

I must have weird ears because I've been through a multitude of ear buds, including Bose StayHears... and they don't stay here. Or possibly "ear"...

I presently have Sennheiser earbuds with over-the-ear clips, which kinda work, but I've mostly thrown my hands up in dismay.

Bose QC-35 headphones are my go-to now. They make me look like a dork, but still not likely to drop three hundred quid on earbuds any time soon.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


Re: WTF?

You're obviously not a professional lefty...

You turn the page upside down and write right-to-left with the letters inverted.

When you turn the page right-way-up, everything is just dandy.

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit


HDMI and Audio

My "venerable Lenovo T440s" has a Mini DisplayPort and I use a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI dongle. Video is auto-detected but I do have to manually select "Digital Stereo (HDMI)" in Sound Preferences. Not a huge challenge as I've added Sound Preferences to my shortcuts; and once selected, the HDMI audio works too.


My Minty Lenovo

I have Mint Mate 18.3 running on a venerable Lenovo T440s. Boot time is measured in seconds, not minutes, and it "just works". I have a VirtualBox installation of Windows 10 for compatibility with my co-workers, and even that boots up faster than some of my co-workers' laptops.

I did look at upgrading to Mint 19 a while back but it seemed pretty daunting at the time, kind-of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", Maybe time to take another look?

Rowhammer rides again as FPGA attack, RSA again reportedly up for sale, anti-theft kit to nuke laptops, etc


Please Don't Laugh...

But I have actually done this while stranded in an airport... chained my laptop to my leg while I caught some much needed ZZZs.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott


Now I feel like a Luddite...

I still use a desktop computer (coincidentally running a variant of Linux).

And I also have an Android phone, which I mostly use as a... phone.

Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States


Re: It Is With Such Baubles That Men Are Led.

A wall around New York would serve no useful purpose. Just ask Snake Plissken...

Robocop needs reboot, $200m for AI research, UK govt knowingly deployed racist passport system – plus more


Sexist Facial Recognition?

"Several experiments have shown that they’re less accurate when looking at women and people of color"

My wife and I recently used HM Govt On-Line Passport Service (beta) to renew our passports. We acquired digital photographs as directed.

The system accepted my photograph first time. It required three attempts to acquire an acceptable photograph of my wife.


The safest place to save your files is somewhere nobody will ever look


Re: Been there. Done that.

Same as when people apply filters to large, shared spreadsheets and forget to reset them when they exit.

So the next person along opens the spreadsheet and goes into cardiac arrest because a thousand rows of data have disappeared.

Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline


Re: Obligatory XKCD

Similar story...

My sister-in-law was having trouble with her PC. Mouse working fine but keyboard not so much. Passed by one evening and noticed the mouse was wired but the keyboard was wireless.

Flip keyboard over, insert new batteries, enjoy cup of tea, head back home

Firefox Preview for Android: Mozilla has another go at a mobile browser


Firefox Forever?

Firefox has always been my go-to browser, even back in the day when my desktop was OS/2.

I disabled Chrome and I was running Firefox for Android on my not-so-smart phone. However, my phone is a little memory constrained so I switched to Firefox Focus, which has a slightly smaller footprint. (Oh, how I wish that ALL apps allowed you to move them to the SD card)

I guess my next big adventure will be to become a beta-tester for Firefox Preview...

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug


Not Just MacOS

I've encountered this very problem on a Linux installation. Screen blank, appears dead. WTF?

It didn't take me $10,000 and two motherboards to figure out the problem, and I became very adept at doing "blind" logons.

Essex named sexiest British accent followed closely by, um, Glaswegian


Anything North of the Watford Gap

Home Counties born and bred, for some years I worked at a company in Windsor, Ontario (AKA Detroit South). One of my colleagues was also from England. One day, one of the locals commented how me and my English colleague had similar accents. To which I replied "Good God no, he's from Manchester".

After last year's sexism shambles, 2019's RSA infosec bash has upped its inclusivity game


"That's prejudice. If people don't kinda act like you and look like you should they be removed if you attend? Maybe that's another problem to add to the pile"

All you Reg Vultures out there please feel free to correct me, but I'm not sure that was the intended meaning...

I read it as "someone with whom I can identify" rather than "someone who is my doppelgänger".

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit


Facebook to appeal against ICO fine

They're appealing on the grounds that it's not a data leak, it's an undocumented feature.

Swedes grumbling about Apple Store in their park are lucky – in Toronto, Google eats all your data


Shouldn't that be iSore...?

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app


I am so confused...

Will someone remind me again why connecting your whole home to some nameless, faceless smartphone app is a good idea?

Boffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks


Pedant Alert


A team (of geologists) has analyzed samples...

Wears my coat...?

They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today


Hotmail Holdout

I've had a Hotmail account since 2003 when I switched over from @Netscape.com.

Spam was never an issue (maybe I didn't visit the right websites?) and Hotmail is still my preferred email address.

And I am no fan of Micro$oft. Go figure...

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements


No, No... It's The Liquid Sensors

My wife's Macbook keyboard quit some months ago. When we took it to the Apple Disingenous Bar, we were told the Liquid Sensors had been tripped. If you saw how my wife cares for her MacBook, you would realize that this is a very low probability scenario...

We were subsequently informed that as well as the $400+ keyboard replacement (not under warranty - liquid sensors), there were also two other boards that required replacement that would be covered by warranty. I was out of town so my wife asked our adult son why the keyboard was not covered, but the two other boards were. His reply:

"They broke it taking it apart"

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Re: Speaking of which,

I used to clean my mousewheel with a Q-Tip dipped in Windex.

The challenge was like peeling a tangerine... see if I could remove the crud from the mouse-wheel in one long strip.

You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!


Re: Unisys screwed up

"If my bank left a pile of money on a table for me to take my own, I might be tempted to take a bit extra"

I believe that this analogy only holds if it's "public money". You can take as little or as much as you want and it's totally free. The issue here is that the "public money" also contained some krugerrands the bank had stupidly forgotten to separate out, and the kid arrived with a dump truck.

I'm Canadian, and I think the charges need tossing...

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing



OMG... that looks to-die-for!!

That would be supper I weren't in stuck Belgium gagging down moules-frites and Grimbergen beer.

Is the recipe on-line...???

Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal


Re: We'll stick to real food, thanks

I thought poutine was in the Good Nutrition Guide as one of the Four Major Food Groups...

(If I recall correctly: Alexander Keith's, Moosehead, and Forty Creek are the other three)

Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue


Re: Does Microsoft offer an exchange program too?

Return older kit to Apple?

How about put an SSD into my wife's plastic unibody Core Duo MacBook, install Linux Mint Mate, and never look back...

Is that recycled enough for you?

Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding


Re: Let's mention Microsoft's Policy of hoarding patches unless you pay up.


I had this very problem. I tried every suggestion on fixing broken Windows Update with zero success.

The solution I found that worked was WSUS Offline Update. YMMV, but it worked for me.



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