* Posts by luminous

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Mozilla opens testing for Manifest v3 extensions in Firefox

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Dunno what it's worth but I use Vivaldi (which I know is based on Chromium), and then the extension ScriptBlock. I don't see any ads. Scripts are blocked unless I allow them on the site I want. I don't need anything else to have that ad free experience. Pages render correctly for me.

I rarely, on occasion, encounter a browser without any blocking and good grief... it's a totally different world that I'm glad I don't live in.

Microsoft, Apple, Google accelerate push to eliminate passwords

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Pint

A PIN is just a numeric password. I read this article thinking I must be really stupid, or just very worn out as it's Friday night. Tell me it's just me that's an idiot? None of it makes any sense whatsoever.

Epic Games' court dates with Apple and Google pushed into 2024

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Re: "they would not be ready by November"

Lawyers have to pad...... that takes time.

Mailchimp: Crook stole cryptocurrency clients' mailing-list subscriber info

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You'd think a company this big would have a bunch of static IPs for employees to use (if WFH), and if a crook got hold of any login to their internal system it would be useless. Maybe this costs too much for capitalism?

RIP: Creators of the GIF and TRS-80

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R.I.P.

Jod rest his soul and Gesus be with him.

Google joins others in Big Tech: Get vaccinated – or you're fired

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And what if your doctor advised you not to get it? Ignore them too?

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Re: Because ...

Yeah, I am aware you can get it more than once. If your body did fine fending it off the first time (let's say if you had no symptoms), most likely it's going to be fine the second time too surely?

And why would a jab be better than your own immune system? It makes zero scientific sense. It makes perfect profit sense.

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If you have already had covid, I see little sense in getting the shot. Like, how does a spike protein give better protection than being exposed to the entire virus? I can't make any sense of this directive. European countries recognise the recovered. How come the UK, USA & Australia don't?

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Re: 'we shouldn't stigmatize the unvaccinate'

I had chicken pox when I was 5. By your logic, I should still get the chicken pox vaccine.

Microsoft 365 admins 'flooded' with bulk and bogus notifications for over an hour

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I don't have the app so didn't even notice. Important things can come to me via email. Why would you want the app in the first place?

Apple files fresh appeal to stop court order demanding external payment systems in iOS apps

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What stops Apple from updating their terms to make sure that every in-app purchase is reported back to Apple. They can they bill the developer 30% commission for hosting and app vetting on a monthly basis. Failure to pay, suspends the app from the store and on all phones.

There is your "non anti competitive" payment solution, who will also charge you a few percent. The developer got what they wanted but now they have even less revenue.

Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere

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Re: Here's that PiHole list

Updates for what? You don't need them.

Yahoo! shuts! down! last! China! operations! as! doing! business! becomes! 'increasingly challenging'!

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Re: And as El Reg helpfully pointed out in TFA ...

And make that a double. El Reg took up my suggestion of slanting the exclamation points too. It's a jab at Yahoo!'s branding.

I still have an account, which I opened in 2003. I don't really use it anymore, it's okay for the occasional test message.

How many years before it's closing everywhere not just in China. From what I know, a lot of people in the US still use it for news, but maybe that's an old stat.

Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game

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Re: Clock is ticking

I tried... it says not available in my country... bit odd.

Clicking "Visit our blog" goes to a database error page.

Reminds me of the GIF... "at least you tried" birthday cake that Bart throws into the bin.

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids

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Re: They'll want something starting with A

AGRGHH

Perfectly sums up the people on it, and what the people not on it, think of it. And will appear before Alphabet.

Where's my cut?

Tick, tick, tick … TikTok China just limited kids to 40 minutes' use each day

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Re: Why would they drink their own poison?

The best drug dealers NEVER use their own stuff.

McDonald's email blunder broadcasts database creds to comedy competition winners

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Why would you expect them to care about your security? They clearly don't care about serving you decent food.

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not

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Re: But ...

When I go out, I don't take a phone at all. No notification bliss...ahhhh

Confuses the hell out of most doorman, guards etc.

Early Skype developer Jaan Tallinn splashes cash in latest funding for Matrix-based instant messenger Element

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Re: "sticking a knife into email"

"it is not something you can present in court"

Tell that to the capitol rioter who got sent to jail because of a message on a chat app....

Google fixes 'Chromebork' one-character code typo that prevented Chrome OS logins

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You're all doing it wrong

All of your data should be in our cloud, so this would not really be a problem.... why are you idiots saving anything locally?

\Sarcasm

Vissles V84: Mechanical keyboard hits all the right buttons for Mac power users

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I'm using the Magic keyboard with numeric keypad from Apple and it's the best keyboard I've owned. I used to have the Logitech K750 solar keyboard which was gorgeous... unfortunately when the battery died... the keyboard did also (non replaceable).

The Magic keyboard charges through USB-C and probably have to do this about once a month while using it several hours every day. It's a bit pricey but it's been worth every penny for me.

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

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So you just get to see torsos and the head and lower half of the body are behind furniture.... sorry what?

Brexit trade deal advises governments to use Netscape Communicator and SHA-1. Why? It's all in the DNA

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Re: So no-one's....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Mail_&_Newsgroups

Google Mail outage: Did you see that error message last night? Why the 'account does not exist' response is a worry

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But many of those people DO pay Google for G Suite. So it's not like they are whining about not getting service for a free product.

Personally I only use my Gmail for Google services (analytics, console etc). The Gmail interface feels like I'm back at nursery school. It's just horrible, good that they still allow IMAP access.

I've just today moved one of my primary email accounts to my server provider who has just rolled out their own cloud email service using Axigen https://www.axigen.com

The pricing is very competitive, it includes mobile sync, calendar, todo lists etc, and the web interface is very grown up (Apple mail/ thunderbird like).

Microsoft: We're getting rid of Flash by the end of the year - except you can still use it

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- The decision, she said, follows from "the diminished usage of the technology and the availability of better, more secure options such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly."

None of those things can do what Flash can, or at least as lean as it can...

We give up, Progressive Web Apps can track you, says W3C: After 5 years, it decides privacy is too much bother

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Why do you need to allow question marks in the start URL? Maybe a lot of the top sites use them, but I don't bookmark URLs with identifiers in them. I just bookmark the main URL and then any redirection or identifiers are added after I visit domain.com

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

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Re: It's an unknown

Now try sending that text abroad. Won't be so "free" anymore.

Look, WhatsApp has become a necessary evil. Even more so now that Facebook own it, but I'm not going to force a client to use a communication service of MY choice, it's always their choice. Otherwise, you know, they will find another service provider.

This story is more about how lazy people are to add a number to their phone. Is it really that hard to type in someone's phone number.

I miss Pidgin..... but can't use it anymore because all these modern communication apps are proprietary.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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KB-VOMITERS365

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: Nowadays Macs don't look different than PCs

Maybe when it comes to laptops although the Air is still the best looking lightweight laptop out there.

But when it comes to desktop computing... I really don't understand what you are talking about. The new Mac Pro looks NOTHING like any of the competition. Only the HP Elite Slice seems to be close to the new Mac Mini.

Yahoo! Groups' closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users 'informally' included telcos

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Optional

"Email is the lowest common denominator - everyone has an email address"

Sorry but you are misguided. I know some very old folk who don't have email, never had and never will.

And I know plenty of young people who don't have one either. Their email address is their phone number. Ever since Facebook changed the sign up from requiring an email to just requiring a phone number, more and more young people just don't do email. Or quite a few who have forgotten the password years ago and never bothered to reset, or forgot the security questions they answered. They just live without email, I know it seems crazy but that is how it is.

Adobe results show it is still creaming those subscriptions but its share price fell – why?

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Re: Optional

I didn't know it was that "personal" a service...

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Re: Optional

Seems like they should offer the plans at a slightly higher rate on a monthly option. It's £49.94/mo in the UK for the full suite since you need InDesign. How much would you be willing to pay for a month's access when that big job comes in?

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Optional

I don't get why people moan about the subscription model price (they are probably people who would never buy/need it). It's $50 a month where I am for the full creative suite. I use Photoshop on a near daily basis, I use Illustrator occasionally and I also use Adobe Fonts for some of my online work. I use Acrobat too but that could be replaced with a free alternative. Adobe Media Encoder is pretty handy although Handbrake can do some of what it delivers. $600 a year, even if you were only going to upgrade every 4 years on the purchase software (which is a pretty long cycle), is still only $2200 which is half the price of the old boxed set. It's a great deal for creative professionals.

Adobe is kind of at a saturation point. All the people who want CC have it. Investors hate this as they want exponential growth, hence the purchase of other businesses to try to appease investors. Frankly, I couldn't give a rats arse about the investors; they can pull their money but the business will survive. The software allows me to do my work, with many great features, some of which now do several hours of work in one click that takes seconds. Content Aware was recently brought to video in After Effects which has changed the industry in a major way. This sort of thing has been requested for years.

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

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Optional

Credit to them for getting it fixed. What other company would go to such lengths and costs to make a customer happy?

Reminds me of back in my school days and being a bit nerdy hanging out in the computer classroom with a couple of mates, just trying to change stuff and see what happens. Was a common hack going around that would set all the colours of the desktop in win 3.1 to black. When the next person logged in, the entire screen was black and the head of computing had to come and reset it.

No Widevine DRM for you! Developer left with two years of work stymied by Google snub

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Seems to me that using Chromium as his base was the mistake from the start. Google will always act like this. Why didn't he consider another engine and much more open source friendly outfit?

Meet YouTube-linked games-streaming Stadia, yet another thing Google will axe in two years (unless it kills Twitch)

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Re: Did they change the laws of Physics?

That's all the Googlers actually try these things out with... the 1TB+ connection in their office with 50 inch monitors or the very latest smartphone... that IS the real world to them. They even get taken home in a Google bus with wifi. They are aliens in their own city. Most of them probably have no idea what latency is as they never experience it.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

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Re: Optional

What would be the point of blocking an svg file on the reg servers? I understand blocking facebook servers but the img seemed needless.

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And how would I block an svg file on the register server with that?

LibreOffice patches malicious code-execution bug, Apache OpenOffice – wait for it, wait for it – doesn't

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Re: Tried Libre about 3 weeks ago....

There were few graphic elements (a tweet screenshot, an Office 365 calendar invite, a MacOS settings window) but it was certainly easier to read broken up into my own text annotations followed by screenshots. Of course I know that it would be easy to change the content of an email screenshot, but it does look more legitimate to the average client as a screenshot rather than just endless lines of text that can easily be edited my anyone. It's also a lot easier to read.

There's still no excuse for compressing imported images so much; it's not like we are loading 20 floppy disk drives in to do one task anymore; we all have plenty of storage.

LibreOffice handles the importing of text fine, but it's when you come to colours (they are completely different), page layouts, overlapping elements that it fails in being able to import. For example a client recently sent me a multi-coloured word document that would be the homepage of their website where the colours have to be exactly right.

The situation is far from ideal but you just end up using the software that best equips you personally to get your own job done.

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Re: Tried Libre about 3 weeks ago....

Because I was making a report which was referencing emails and it's much easier if everything is in chronological order instead of constantly referring back to other pages.

I did use the Windows snipping tool (and only selected the emails). When importing them into LibreOffice they get so heavily compressed that they become illegible. I mean this is basic stuff that should work out of the box.

I'd also become frustrated with incompatibility with LibreOffice and documents that I was sent. It would be great if they all talked to each other and used roughly the same specs but they don't and I get that that is mostly Microsoft's fault. That being said, I just need to get work done, and in this particular case it was very urgent. I didn't have the time to file a bug report and wait to see if someone might fix it in a future release, and all my clients use Office or Pages. I don't have a single one on LibreOffice.

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FAIL

Re: Tried Libre about 3 weeks ago....

Have they fixed the bug where embedding a screenshot blurs the image enough to render it unreadable?

That was pretty much the sole reason I bought Office 365. I was urgently sending a client records of emails using screenshots and in LibreOffice I couldn't read the text. Gave up and installed Office.

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Re: Remind me again why ...

Because it's cheaper for a small business of 30 people or less to pay Microsoft or Google a couple of hundred bucks a month to run all their email and shared calendars than it is to hire an IT admin full time and pay for dedicated servers and email software akin to the cloud offerings (standard IMAP just isn't the same).

Maybe it goes down a few hours a month but it's not the end of the world for the majority of businesses. Inconvenient and frustrating but not fatal. And the cost difference is substantial.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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"Instagram is not a messaging app"

Would be interesting for someone to write an article on the original concept of an app, and whether its use case changes if enough users decide to use it in a different way? If you have any contact with the younger generation, most of them are messaging on IG now. It's their main messaging app. Another example is Tinder - made to arrange quick bonk, but is used by many many woman as a dating app.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Re: Easy Instructions

Surely 4 becomes before 3? Otherwise you are left with an empty PC. At least get your joke right.

Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Facepalm

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Well er... which is it?

"Verisign needs the additional pricing flexibility to compete in the market"

"Verisign runs a monopoly with little real competition"

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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So when a client wants to be able to update the text on their website or add a blog post, I should tell them to go learn my job instead of me providing them with a drag and drop facility?

Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

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Re: The internet's screen door?

"More like the herpes of the internet."

50% of people have flash?

Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

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https://fuckoffgoogle.de/

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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This is why I don't buy stuff from Amazon. By doing so you are green lighting their horrible treatment of employees, demanding that taxpayers make up the shortfall in wages, and hammering the nail into the coffins of high street retailers.

We'll all be living entirely in our own Matrix pods soon.. I hope people will be happy with that.

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