* Posts by emullinsabq

56 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Nov 2016


Google's reCAPTCHA favors – you guessed it – Google: Duh, only a bot would refuse to sign into the Chocolate Factory


Re: I'm no bot

The same happened to me last election cycle. I went to the city website to obtain a sample ballot and could not progress without passing google's reCAPTCHA. Actually, I didn't know what the problem was until I disabled my script blocker. So I sent them an email asking why essential services relied on Google. I must really be an outlier because the response was amazing. The election was only a couple days away, and they emailed me a couple hours later. It was an apology with my proper sample ballot attached as pdf. Kudos to them. I doubt that level of service could be achieved for the masses.

Google relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much


Re: Let's not forget who's paying for...

...but without any advertising, web sites would have to find other sources of revenue.

That some expect to put out garbage content and get paid isn't my problem. They deserve to die, and they will without ads. Some do a very good job for a living, and they will find alternative revenue because their content is worthwhile. But those who know nothing and write junk, I'd rather not even get hits to. Enthusiasts who put up a pages to help others might not even expect to get paid. And they actually knows what they're doing.

Panic as panic alarms meant to keep granny and little Timmy safe prove a privacy fiasco


Re: And this is why...

Does USA inherit the blame for all of Intel's security flaws?

It's not just you either. Apparently it's trendy to vilify China these days. Imagine if the article was about an Intel chip, and ElReg substituted China with United States.

That possibly nobody's heard of the actual company is no excuse. The salient _news_ aspect is the company, not the country. But ofc, if it were Intel, I think the actual blame goes on those who actually sold the kit without understanding the chips used. Same here.

The difference between October and May? About 16GB, says Microsoft: Windows 10 1903 will need 32GB of space


Re: Why bite the bullet?

I've heard this before, that MS wants out of the OS business. I'll believe that when they stop giving discounts for offering only windows. ie, when I can go buy various brand computers without an OS for cheaper than with windows.

PuTTY in your hands: SSH client gets patched after RSA key exchange memory vuln spotted


Re: "but the availability of the source code means that anyone can."

None of the assumptions you cite are actually made by the quote you referenced.

ReactOS 0.4.11 makes great strides towards running Windows apps without the Windows


Re: Window of Opportunity?

I recommend upgrading. YMMV, but as of version 4, I have been able to scrub 3 wine versions from my system. I now use wine-stable 4 for all but one program that still requires wine-staging. To top it off, several irritants disappeared with v4.

Brave claims its mobe browser batt use bests whatever you're using. Why? Hint: It begins with A then D then V...


Re: How does it compare

As others have noted, it's in the article. Or is it? All it says is compared with FF running uBlock Origin. That doesn't mean much because it depends on filter lists and configuration.

I run with various additional lists, mostly the annoyance ones. But I also have 3rd party Javascript and 3rd party frames blocked unless needed. So who knows if that's remotely like what was tested? Probably not as it isn't the default, yet very effective at blocking unwanted junk.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo


server market...

The reason I don't care about cloudy things is my ARMv5 (seagate dockstar-- kirkwood) home server. I've had it almost 10 years running exim4 dovecot apache2 inadyn tftpd samba cups. It's been solid as a rock despite only having 128MB ram. It draws 3 watts (8 watts because of powering some USB devices) and just chuggs away. A year ago I tried to add pi-hole, which was just too much for the 128MB, so I moved pi-hole to an actual pi. Best $17 I ever spent, and I have a spare in case it ever actually goes kaput.

Chrome ad, content blockers beg Google: Don't execute our code! Wait, no, do execute our code – just don't kill us!


Re: Why bother?

There is a reason FF has several forks. The FF devs stopped listening to users long ago, instead mostly copying Chrome. I recommend trying some of those forks instead-- it will save you aggravation.

Another reason is that jumping between FF/Chrome when one ticks you off gets you the same basic issue of a two party political system where choice is often just illusion.


Bye, Chromfoo

It is obvious Hill / uBlock are on the right side from my perspective. I will be using uBlock Origin for the foreseeable future, dumping any browser it doesn't work with.

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)


commit suicide if you want...

I'm not screaming bloody murder. I don't mind because there are lots of options on lots of levels to do what I want. Think I need your revised extension system? Wrong. Think your browser marketshare is secure? Wrong. Think I'm going to waste more time submitting bug reports or trying to convince you of anything? Wrong.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Re: Go for it, Google!

I'm finally down to two browsers. Chromium is one, but not the main one. It's mostly for convenience as Palemoon does what I want, does it well, and is never in my face with change(knock on wood). Go down this path, Google, and 'apt remove chromium' gets me down to one browser in a hurry.

Google-whisperers beat reCaptcha voice challenge with 90% success rate


why there is so much crap discussion

Only the trolls care enough to continue when faced with selecting all the foo images. The people with something useful to contribute have slowly learned it's not worth the trouble.

Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!


Re: I'm hoping...

Gartner will continue being wrong wrong wrong until there are consequences. Being a laughing stock doesn't seem to hurt them.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream


Re: Installing Windows 7 on Sky/Kaby Lake CPUs

for me, somewhere before 1) belongs:

0) will not accept its EULA. ever.

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit


old school

Meanwhile, everyone in my office is learning calligraphy. Two birds with one stone, no office pkg and no computer either!

Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court


is the law really enshrined in this infringed material?

It might help if we could see the material that was allegedly infringed. My experience using ASHRAE suggests otherwise. Mostly it was material, based on the law, that was useful to engineers.

If the law is indeed separate, then I think this material should be protected by copyright. OTOH, if the law says something like, "See ASHRAE", then yeah, I agree it's a problem.

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying


Re: You brought this on yourselves


"Perhaps a better option for you is to start a patreon ... There are already plenty of creators doing quite well for themselves with this method"

They don't believe that-- they can't. Then they would have to accept that their own content is crap.

Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week


Re: Kiss FF goodbye.

No, some, maybe many WILL care. Just in insufficient numbers to do something

Supply and demand in action.

Is $2.50 a year too much for Firefox and other Mozilla software? It would seem so, given...many (like the Reg) don't even bother trying a subscription model.

Supply and demand again.

Content creators think their stuff is worth more than it is, that is the fundamental problem.

Then you have Mozilla who have been fscking up FF for the last several years because they can't be bothered to listen to users. You want users to cough up for a browser? I don't know if it's even possible, but I assure you it is impossible in a competitive area like browsers when you constantly ignore users.

You have to actually get something for your donation besides feels, you know. What I have gotten is a collection of browsers because FF went to crap. At this point I have no plans to even have it installed again. MS can sorta get away with this behavior because they aren't in a severely competitive situation, though slowly, consumers are bypassing the Wintel stranglehold with phones, and it gets moreso every year. You treat users like crap, and they want to leave. How long it takes depends largely on how competitive the field is.

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design


Re: Still Not Getting It

Windows Vista/7 UI theme is wonderful, it still looks fresh and yes transparency works fine there.

For you it works fine. For me it is exhausting, and that is why I hate transparency in any form. The thing is the stuff underneath is noise that my brain works to filter out constantly. I don't know any way to avoid it. I'm glad for people who don't have this problem, but I sit in front of an UI all day every day, and it is absolutely horrible to have transparent stuff. What works best for me is the windows 2000 ui. or classic in XP or Win7. Ofc, it isn't my problem these days as I don't even use Windows anymore, and I have full control of the UI now.

After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'


The fact is that the MAJORITY is being forcefully silenced, and you can clearly see that with Brexit.

I wouldn't say forcefully silenced. But yeah, ignored by the media. When the media becomes self serving as it is now, it ignores the issues that matter to a wide range of different people. Without an outlet, those issues only get "discovered" after a vote.

All this censorship and banning is antithetical to to a healthy society. Luckily, the internet treats censorship as infection and just routes around it.

Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site


it's the content, stupid

Hard to believe mining via JS is even 1/10 as good as native code. Mining may be a viable way to make money, but you would be better off firing your staff and buying dedicated mining equipment. At least then, the energy you use will be maximized wrt mining.

I know the "news" companies have had it good with advertising revenue until around 2017, but it's becoming clear what they make is worth far less than they have been getting for it. Whatever you try to pay for you garbage content isn't going to succeed until you address the content itself. IF you do succeed at that, THEN the method you use to pay for that content isn't so important-- it will all work.

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway


Re: MS is not the one to worry here

Every one of those Win7 machines is a sale they haven't made.

Whose fault is that? You have to sell what people want if you want to make money. For some reason, they are afraid to demand anything of MS. Why? What difference does it make if MS charges you more for licenses nobody wants? I'm sure Newegg would tell you Win10 is unhealthy for its business. So quit asking "how high" when MS says jump.

This is why there is still innovation in phones. People want off the wintel train. Neither MS nor Intel seem interested in giving people what they want, thus other markets are forming. You can spray perfume on a pile of dung. Some people will not notice it for what it is, but two things happen: 1) nothing. the underlying problem remains unaddressed, 2) people quit paying attention to your freshly sprayed wares because they now know your MO.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft


Re: As soon as Windows 7 support finishes

After reading the Windows 10 EULA, there was no way I was going to run it.

Other reasons too, but yeah. This.

I'm a little surprised though. I figured by now a fair number of people would have sued any company/agency/entity that uses a Win10 box to store their sensitive data. Given that EULA, it's essentially a security breach to accept it.

What a Hancock-up: MP's social network app is a privacy disaster


playground thinking

then what is the point?

Being from the US, I don't know who this guy is and don't really care. But if the problem is nobody is listening to you, the solution isn't a new platform.

More likely, he rarely says anything worth listening to.

Anyone who can fix that with an app wins the internet.

Death notice: Moore's Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018


programmers learned to make neat and optimised code to work within the constraints. As memory increased, these skills withered and atrophied.

That isn't quite true. I don't deny that there are plenty of people lacking skills today, but there were good reasons for reducing that optimization. It was routine in those days to pack nybbles together for both inputs/outputs because you could fit two into a byte. This saved space, but it had consequences when it came to writing clear code, and debugging it.

One of the horrible habits that arose out of that era was mixing an error condition with the return value. so you'd check for the error (often -1) otherwise treat the return normally. It's so routine you still see that today, and it's awful compared to something like:

if (!getch(&ch)) { handle_error(); }

in which you separate the error from the return value, and are more likely to realize that there IS an error possibility.

Facebook folds fake news flag: We're not disputing that


Re: Detecting Fake News is hard

No it's easy to detect real news.

If you read a small paragraph and it leaves you feeling informed, but bored, it is real.

If you read a story and aren't clapping or screaming, it is real.

If the story doesn't have phone footage*, it might be real

If the story isn't primarily about what someone wrote on twitter, it might be real.

If the article can be summarized in two sentences, but the article is 3 pages of what people think, it is fake.

* This might require clarification. I don't mean to suggest that poor phone footage is inherently false, but rather that if that is the basis of the story, it probably isn't news at all. eg. someone records a fight in a mall, and someone actually thought that was newsworthy, because omg, shitty video.

uBlock Origin ad-blocker knocked for blocking hack attack squawking

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Re: clueless

"When I visit a new (never visited before) site then essentially everything blocked - allow site HTML, CSS but little else, I then choose to enable stuff (or, if site will not even let me see content without enabling masses of JS I go away and find a different site with the info I was after)."

It is too bad the masses don't adopt this approach.



I wrote a lengthy reply explaining this and then deleted it. It should be clear by now why ad and script blocking tools are growing in popularity. It's not my job to explain it to you. Fuck off.

More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets


Re: As Long As We're On The Topic

That will just result in reams of garbage content that get search priority.

You need a system that rewards good content. Let those who make junk die gracefully. IMO, the way to do that right now is donations / crowdfunding.

If you need me to turn off ublock (or adblock) or enable javascript (1), I don't care about your site, plain and simple.

*(1) I'm not 100% free of JS as I make heavy use of google translate. working on that atm.

More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap


Re: What has UGC got to do with streaming?

"...but the (very small amount of) music I stream from YouTube is to check out something..."

I have huge problems with DRM, however I do think it would be interesting to have perfect DRM. I suspect the effect on sales will be to clobber them, not enhance them. If you must pay to check something out, a fraction are going to bother. Also, if you can easily get pirated content, it doesn't concern you that much the quality. But if DRM ever got potent enough, those making the content would soon realize what they make isn't worth paying for because, ofc, very few will do so.

I think the long term effects of perfect DRM will be disastrous to content creators. If people aren't checking out your stuff, you have already lost.

This all seems rather like a paywall, and we all know how well that works.

Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness


Re: ****ing BBC are the worst ....

"Bring back news on paper. Nothing beats the haptics of dead trees!"

I haven't taken the paper in over a decade, but I had a chance to look at this week's Sunday edition where I live. Suffice it to say that paper news isn't what it used to be. They have decided to follow suit with advertising at the expense of user experience too. It really is horrid-- articles have ads in the text, the text is less about informing and more about what people feel about xxx. Save your money.

Maybe this isn't true everywhere, but in my city (ABQ as I'm sure you guessed), we are down to one paper. It is thinner, more ads, worse content, and more expensive than every previous year.

US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data


Kobayashi Maru

"Here's the key.


This is garbage."

If you securely erase hard drives with the last pass being random, apparently you get to sit in the clink for decades if someone claims that drive is encrypted.

Or alternatively, you purposely filled a drive with random garbage as a form of pollution. [at least this method you can probably send them the algorithm used] But ofc, the point is to let them deal with pollution, not you sitting in a cell somewhere. Oh well.

The ideal scenario being when some expert claims to have decrypted your garbage and found tons of incriminating stuff, and you submit to the judge a 4 line program that produces the file. This is what I pictured when devising the garbage production, but sadly it seems if you are apparently guilty without evidence, that this awesome scenario that exposes deep corruption, isn't likely to occur.

PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years


Re: meh..

prices continue to rise because it's one niche where the industry sees $$. and ofc, as the prices rise, the segment shrinks.

Gamers begin to realize you can get a decent experience without 4K, without a $500 chair, without a top of the line system. There are articles about budget gaming everywhere gamers read.

On the other hand, there are people like me who don't even like the new games very much. I'm sitting on a 9yo quad that plays everything I play. [to be fair, starcraft remastered isn't working on it because my bargain bin video card. i'll just replace it with a newer fanless one for $30 this year and be set]

Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report


Re: When MS Was Good

Windows 95 was good. It offered a 32-bit memory model to the masses at a reasonable price. It also provided an updated GUI that is still usable today.

The first point can't be over-emphasized. The shift to 32-bit code was long overdue, and unfortunately, the win32s system was not good enough for many cases. The real win32 API was available in the NT line prior to 95, but the price was eye-watering.

Also, believe it or not, Microsoft in that era actually wrote pretty decent code. "Writing Solid Code" by Steve Maguire should have been required reading for anyone studying CS at that time.

Sadly, MS has adopted a different philosophy lately. Namely that all code is crap, and we can fix it later-- only they never do. That, coupled with their recent turds have convinced me they will never again make a desktop OS I want. As such, I'm on Devuan now-- 100%. Too bad, I think they didn't know how to grow a market that was saturated and decided to stop caring about putting out stuff people wanted, and shifted to putting out stuff that meshed nicely with their own long term goals while treating their users like sheep.

Toyota, Intel, Ericsson team to get cars talking to the cloud


Some of that sounds nice. However, that the entire infrastructure is woefully unreliable once you consider people's lives actually depend on these systems. You simply can't accept most types of communication glitches that happen regularly. The cost to make it fit for purpose, I suspect, is far too high for it to enter the mainstream.

Big Brother

do not want

So do I have to threaten car salesmen to walk if they don't provably remove all this garbage, or do I just be content with buying used cars and accepting untimely trips to the shop?

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


Re: Finally!

(regarding Vivaldi)

Hm. I checked it out just now. Went to their website, clicked Terms first, and the first thing that I didn't filter was something to the effect: we can change these conditions any time.

At which point, I stopped reading and closed the tab.


left FF in 2017

mostly.. I use two browsers (the post that complained FF forced him into becoming a browser collector, I find completely accurate)

Pale Moon now handles most of my browsing needs. It has undergone exactly one update in the months I've been running it, and didn't screw with the browsing experience.

I actually use FF ESR still. I like to separate browsing between logged into [YT, google+, etc] accounts versus anonymous. So FF contains at most 5 tabs, all of which are logged in activities. I don't even open that one every day, and it's slowly becoming rarer to do so.

The rest of the time, it's PM-- for the foreseeable future too.

The article's assertion that Google marketing is responsible is ridiculous. Good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I read that, because I laughed pretty hard.

Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store


Re: Paint has its uses

"Wait until they try to replace Notepad!"

If MS is intent on converting decades old core OS functionality into "free" stuff you now download from the windows store, I have to ask why Edge and IE aren't among them.

I bet most people would be pleased at that move.

Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you


Re: five-year-old silicon obsolete?

"The only reason i might upgrade a motherboard/processor now is to reduce the power consumption for the same tasks, if that is possible."

Exactly my situation. I long for a fanless quad ARM device that is comparable to my 10yo core2quad. I have no need for more oomph, what I want is something with no moving parts, has near-zero energy costs, and fits on the back of my monitor. It would be nice, but not required, if it also had some chip level opcodes to give me a zippy dosbox. At that point I have zero use for MS, AMD, Nvidia, and especially Intel.

Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies


maybe indirect dependence on other life forms

Life tends to need the ability to utilize energy to survive. The scenarios didn't seem to look very closely at what the environment might be like 10, 100, 1000, 10000 years later. Any life would have to be able to draw energy from that environment, or evolve that ability.

Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal



I'm against DRM content and refuse to buy it anymore. But I don't see it as quite the end of the world thanks to the internet.

The market works fine when there is competition, and DRM will fix itself so long as people can continue to make use of the new plethora of content funding alternatives. The industry is getting clobbered by the likes of patreon, kickstarter, and other direct-to-creator alternatives, and the writing is on the wall. The entire news industry is tanking, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Let them DRM whatever they want, I say. I don't have to buy it, and I won't.


Re: Slowly and surely they drew their plans against us

"but for me it means that I have all my DVDs ripped to my NAS and backed up properly without those horrid effing ads or "previews" for films I never was interested in in the first place."

I agree and I rip my own for exactly the same reasons.

However, those things are part of DVD budgets, and so one can make a reasonable argument that you shouldn't be able to skip them. [Since I rip my own legal content to avoid exactly this, I think you can see how absurd I think this is.]

However, if you want to put an end to this garbage, the way is to hurt their wallets. Instead of ripping it yourself, you could take back the DVD and tell the store you didn't want that non-movie drivel. Then go d/l it or just watch it via stream.

Until the industry gets that open content has value, it will not shed this notion that content must be protected. They just have to accept that in order to sell open content, someone might copy it and provide it gratis elsewhere. There are plenty of people willing to pay for unrestricted content-- books, movies, games, music, etc. It is true that some people will get the benefit without paying, but they were not going to buy it anyway.

The industry thinks it makes more money with DRM than without. I am not convinced, and more to the point, there isn't any evidence that this is the case.

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it


midas != microsoft

Lately, everything Microsoft touches, instead of turning to gold, turns into some other four-letter word.

Tick-tick... boom: Germany gives social media giants 24 hours to tear down hate speech


all you need to do is change the name

I don't read German, thus I believed the article's characterization.

Now, I find the law to be an abomination. But it it would be relatively easy for me to support it. Just rename it to something like: Social Media Reduction Act

where the point is to reduce overall use of social media sites. That I could get behind, and more to the point, it would have the same effect. We are rapidly degenerating to a point where the only legal thing you can do is remain silent.

US Copyright Office suggests 'right to repair' laws a good idea


Re: and recovering kit that's obsolete, that is, unsupported by the manufacturer anyhow

"I don't trust a random bunch of hippies scattered all over the planet to "fix" my OS."

YOU don't have to. I won't step on your freedom/choice, you don't step on mine. Deal?

Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time


VR audiences...

I never thought of VR as 360 degree video, I guess it has changed? Whatever.

The hint is in the title. We achieved an optimal interface for movies a long time ago. AUDIENCES don't want to engage with the media in order to grasp the story.

There is an ongoing attempt to add tech to what is already optimal. Good luck with that, as everything has bombed for good reason. It's the same with GUI on desktops-- we hit optimum a long time ago, and users are realizing that new change is mostly gimmicky, and actually interferes with their efficiency.

If you want to make a MOVIE, quit resorting to tech where some classical know-how will serve you much better. "But, but... This is COOL." Yeah, for 5 minutes until people realize it's a crappy way to see a movie.

When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!


Re: This will be tough...

"If information is blatantly factually wrong then it's wrong and needs to be removed, that's not censorship it's called being responsible."

Why is it necessary to redefine words? It absolutely IS censorship.

censorship is often viewed negatively. you view this action as acceptable, thus you want to say it isn't censorship. Add "acceptable" if you want, but realize you are redefining censorship if you say it isn't.

Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009


I may try FF again someday

There is nothing earth-shattering about conserving resources. I mean, how hard is it to write a cover function, GetTabThread() which returns an existing thread instead of creating a new one? Seriously. This is a big deal? Long awaited, yes, but they make it sound like this is magic.

Mozilla is trying hard to drive FF into the ground. There are so many people abandoning it because the devs won't listen. Ofc, people realize this and stop filing bugs because why waste time? So then the devs get to say: nobody is filing bugs, they are happy!

I think you can see the problem.