* Posts by jonathan keith

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One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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Re: Apple don't like it?

But the point is that *all* effects pedals use the same 9V barrel connector. It's not the case that BOSS pedals require a different connector to MXR pedals, and neither fit Electro-Harmonix pedals. All therefore can work perfectly to (in my case) turn a beautifully-clean guitar signal into muddy sludge.

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Apple don't like it?

... fuck 'em.

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status

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Re: Nice...

... also the subject of the finest letter ever printed in Viz, IMHO.

"'Are Nice biscuits pronounced Nice or Nice? I always pronounce it Nice, but my wife insists that it is Nice.' Barry Macbeth, Barnes."

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When I were a lad a McVitie's Digestive was the size of a dinner plate etc. etc.

Fix network printing or keep Windows secure? Admins would rather disable PrintNightmare patch

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Have all of today's upvotes.

If it were possible to evade facial-recognition systems using just subtle makeup, it might look something like this

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Re: Has anyone considered...

As I understand it, they're fine with cosmetic infrared radiation, iffy with cosmetic microwave radiation, and cosmetic x- and gamma ray radiation are definite no-nos.

Just as well they don't use radium in makeup any more. Or butter.

It's time to delete that hunter2 password from your Microsoft account, says IT giant

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Re: Exactly...

If you're using YubiKey, the advice is that you have two keys, and to keep the second in a safe place as a fallback if you lose your principal key.

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

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Re: Oh do keep up at the back

This video does a fairly good job of explaining things in the U.K.

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Re: It's left to individual cops to decide...

Don't Talk To The Police.

Ever.

(If you're in the U.S.)

Australia rules Facebook page operators are legally liable for user comments under posts

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

You're wrong.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

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Re: One time pads

Surely you could just encrypt the OTP using a prearranged key such as Fuck-U-R0zzer5! and email it to your correspondant, who decrypts first the OTP and then your SMS informing them that you're on your way but you'll be ten minutes late to the pub?

This drag sail could prevent spacecraft from turning into long-term orbiting junk. We spoke to its inventors ahead of launch

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Re: designed to operate even if the host spacecraft is inactive

You order your Kerbonaut outside for a spot of EVA.

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way

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Alert

It's all fun and games...

... until the first thunder storm.

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware

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If I wanted a Fisher-Price OS I'd buy a Mac.

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Re: Opting out -- meaning keeping Windows 10

Cockos Reaper (https://www.reaper.fm/) isn't quite there yet with regard to natively hosting VST/i/s and other plugin formats, but progress seems to be good.

Microsoft does and doesn't want you to know it won't stop you manually installing Windows 11 on older PCs

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Re: As long one neat trick still works…

1080p? 1080p? It's 4K or nothing next door at the Jones's, and they're already talking about 8K.

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Re: 99.8%

I can't remember how to do the calculation (it's been decades) but I wonder if that difference is even statistically Significant.

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Re: Crashes?

Yeah, really. I was just about to post the same point.

"Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics" as the phrase goes.

After quietly switching to slower NAND in an NVMe SSD, Western Digital promises to be a bit louder next time

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Re: Don't get me started about Ron.

No, that was Roy.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'

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I think the best way of dealing with Windows is to treat every 'A' release (in the sequence ABABAB...) as a work-in-progress being assessed for a couple of years by a giant public focus-group, and every 'B' release as the effective conclusion of that process.

US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons

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Re: I guessing ...

But nevertheless, that's still a significant improvement over the '50 years away' estimate that I last heard!

8 years ago another billionaire ploughed millions into space to harvest solar power and beam it back down to Earth

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Re: Yes, yeah.

Space sharks with frickin' maser beams attached to their heads?

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Re: Yes, yeah.

It's a great pity the moon doesn't have any dormant volcanoes...

Please, no Moore: 'Law' that defined how chips have been made for decades has run itself into a cul-de-sac

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Joke

Re: Yes but...

Surely a quantum computer both can and can't run Crysis at the same time?

Amazon sets the date for televised return to Middle Earth: September 2022

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What is it about respect and equality that you find so troubling?

Vivo X60 Pro: Branding was plastered all over the Euros, but does the phone perform better than the English team?

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Re: WiFi Calling? No, didn't think so

Sony's excellent Xperia 5 II has WiFi calling - I'm on O2 out in the sticks and it's invaluable. No idea about other networks. Plus it's cheap less expensive, the camera seems pretty decent if that's your bag, it will take a microSD card (or a second SIM) and it has a headphone socket. It's too bad it doesn't have a replaceable battery, but then again, who does?

Undebug my heart: Using Cisco's IOS to take down capitalism – accidentally

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Joke

Are you hiring at the moment?

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right

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IMO, those practices and all the others ought to be punishable under anti-competition / monopoly abuse legislation.

Better yet, as part of some sort of over-arching climate change legislation, which explicitly states the importance of extending the life of electronic devices through repairs and upgrades, and makes the manufacturers' whole 'upgrade cycle through built-in obsolescence' (or 'designed to fail') illegal.

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One major factor in the argument is "ease of repair". You tell me that a laptop or a smartphone is easy to repair, when it uses proprietary screws, the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard, and everything is encased in solidified adhesive.

This recent Linus Tech Tips video on the Framework laptop shows how to build a laptop well, with the capacity for repairs and upgrades designed in from the start, and gives the lie to all the manufacturers who say otherwise:

https://youtu.be/0rkTgPt3M4k

Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after 'significant lapse in communication'

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Has anyone told Muse that their horse is dead and they can stop flogging it now?

With Alphabet's legendary commitment to products, we can't wait to see what its robotics biz Intrinsic achieves

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Terminator

ROTM

Combined with Google's ongoing AI training program, this is going to end well...

BOFH: You say goodbye and I say halon

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Re: Hmmm...

The Red Adair approach to putting out fires - extinguish them with explosives.

Dutch Queen, robot involved in opening of 3D-printed bridge in red-light district

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Terminator

ROTM

My suspicion is that, with a name like "Queen Maxima", it's the 'royal' that's the actual robot, hiding in plain sight, and the janky comedy sidekick is there simply to distract the sheeple.

11-year-old graduate announces plans to achieve immortality by 'replacing body parts with mechanical parts'

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This is why highly educational documentaries such as The Terminator, Demon Seed and Westworld need 'U' ratings from the BBFC, instead of the ridiculous '15' certificates they currently have.

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

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Re: Given the number of projects that are upsetting users...

"Get Forked".

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: Font recommendations

I'm rather partial to Anonymous Pro.

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Tom Hanks could probably help you out with that.

Water conditions in Jupiter's clouds could support 'life', say astroboffins

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Re: I for one

They're called Dwellers, apparently.

Nominet is back to 'the same old sh*t' says Public Benefit campaign chief as EGM actions grind to halt

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That second EGM...

... can't come soon enough. Voting on a single motion: Kick the entire board out and replace them with named individuals, mandated to do X,Y and Z.

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile

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Re: What about "President" Biden?

*opens book on final number of downvotes*

To CAPTCHA or not to CAPTCHA? Gartner analyst says OK — but don’t be robotic about it

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Re: Causes problems when travelling

I have Vivaldi installed as a secondary browser for exactly those situations.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: Going back in time

Win10 SE

Systemd 249 release candidate includes better support for immutable OSes and provisioning images

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Joke

Re: Thinks I like about systemd

Have you considered switching to Windows?

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like

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11

All I can say is that I hope they've signed Nigel Tufnel up for the marketing campaign.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: Man makes idiotic statement on a mailing list...

Not that it will add anything to this 'discussion', but Christ on a fucking bike.

Global Fastly outage takes down many on the wibbly web – but El Reg remains standing

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Re: Guru Meditation

Might "Guru Meditation" be protected by copyright?

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Re: Stop fiddling with my browser!

Thanks for that useful info!

Unfortunately Firefox 89 appears to have broken UltraMon: the extremely useful "Move window to other monitor" button now doesn't even appear on the Firefox window furniture any more. The keyboard shortcut still works though. And I've just found out that - bizarrely - the button reappears if you drag an open tab out of Firefox and drop it on the desktop... but only in the new window.

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

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Re: Not quite.

Suppose Twitter cancelled all Republican politician's accounts, or Google didn't return any results for Republican candidates, or Visa/Mastercard declined to process donations for Republican causes ?

Then the world would have been made an ever so slightly better place to live.

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

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Re: Justice

I don't think it's unreasonable to say that no matter how large the amount of compensation is determined to be, Apple could afford to pay the entire sum without even blinking.

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