* Posts by RuffianXion

106 posts • joined 26 Apr 2018

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Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps

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Re: No right-click copy? No sweat if keyboard shortcuts still exist

Only if it's the government you're swiping from...

Fake 'BT' caller fleeces elderly victim of £30k in APP app scam

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Re: How does this work?

Probably wouldn't feel as much of a pita if you knew it was gonna be making you 50k a month (or whatever these scumbags make).

UK gives military's frikkin' laser cannon project a second roll of the dice

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Not interested...

...until they can mount them on sharks (or a cloned T-Rex).

A Whopper of a bork for seekers of pre-flight nosh

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Devil

Re: Not a sad face

Looks more like devilish horns to me....

Hubble in another first: Water vapor spotted in atmosphere of Jupiter’s Ganymede

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The Dept. of Redundancy department would like a word...

"Plumes of water vapor on Ganymede have been spotted for the first time in the atmosphere of Ganymede".

I mean, it's not like they'd be spotted anywhere else is it?

Trouts on a plane: Utah drops fish into lakes from aircraft and circa 95% survive

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Re: Only trout ?

Moreso boulders - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmCL1a31tak One of the funniest cartoons I ever watched as a child.

Wanna feel old? It is 10 years since the Space Shuttle left the launchpad for the last time

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Re: Endeavor…

The A10 defies physics because it is supported on a bed of distilled angry and f*ck you!

Facebook granted patent for 'artificial reality' baseball cap. Repeat, an 'artificial reality' baseball cap

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Re: prior art?

The only things this hat will be tracking are your location and browser history.

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

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Re: "the company must be run on a commercial basis"

Not necessarily - "Run consistently with" ≠ "Run in accordance with".

'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary

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Devil

Re: "the vast majority of people are strongly onside"

I am planning to set off a series of stink-bombs on the London Underground next week.

Judging by the lack of protest I have seen so far, I'd say the majority of London's commuters are onside with my plan.

Have I Been Pwned goes open source, bags help from FBI

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Big Brother

Re: forget ths fbi

Isn't that just 'all of them'?

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

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Every major video game publisher

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world

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Actually, since Singer's Electronic Systems Division was eventually incorporated into BAE (via acquisition by Plessey and then Marconi) it is quite possible that they do now (or at least did at some point) make missiles.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Detroit waits for my order, you'd better make amends

RuffianXion

Re: Don't ask "is it plugged in"

Usually it's the one calling support.

China says its first Mars rover Zhurong has landed on the Red Planet

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There's no need to beat about the brush.

Reports link Bill Gates' departure from Microsoft board in 2020 with probe into employee affair

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Re: Amicably

Post-pandemic financial crisis?

A trip to the dole queue: CEO of $2bn Bay Area tech biz says he was fired for taking LSD before company meeting

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Paris Hilton

Re: Acid - don't do it...

Which led to one of the greatest news headlines I've ever seen (in the Telegraph no less) - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/6509297/MPs-demand-answers-over-Nutt-sacking.html

Volunteer-run pirate Manga website attacked, loses hashed passwords, has ‘nobody’ to fix the mess

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Joke

But what if you don't have a squirrel?

Watchdog 'enables Tesla Autopilot' with string, some weight, a seat belt ... and no actual human at the wheel

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Re: Hmm ...

Working in a manufacturing environment with lots of big, dangerous machinery, I see horror stories like this where people have bypassed / ignored safety features at every H&S briefing.

WARNING - Don't continue to read if you have a weak stomach.

One example was the maintenance engineer who decided it would be a good idea to work on a waste cardboard macerator (think lots of big, toothed, steel drums of the kind often used to try to kill James Bond etc.) without engaging the safety lockouts.

Operator appears to start his shift and turns on the machine (without running safety checks first of course).

Luckily he heard the engineer's screams and turned off the machine before it took his arm off completely; they managed to save 2 of his fingers iirc.

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?

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Facepalm

That long hang is the server waiting for the sysadmin to respond to the 'Error has occurred' message it has just generated.

'even more annoying are the modern fad of stupid messages such as "Gah!" or "Eeek!" '

Don't look at the Reg's 404 page then....

How not to apply for a new job: Apply for it on a job site

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Re: "a freelancer feels the urge to seek solace in full-time employment"

"COVID did affect me, but I got through it"

You speak as if COVID is over - it's not, not by a long chalk. We still have to pay for it yet...

Average convicted British computer criminal is young, male, not highly skilled, researcher finds

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Boffin

Re: Sampling Bias anyone???

'...an "academic researcher", whatever the fsck that is.'

An academic researcher is an academic (works in a university or college - typically as a professor/tutor but may be a PhD student) who does research.

It took me less than five minutes to find that using Google and I'm not a Researcher - real or otherwise - at all.

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into

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Headmaster

Moskvi(t)ch

Can anyone explain why both El Reg and the linked blog insist on spelling "Moskvich" as "Moskvitch" when the advertising material in the blog clearly and repeatedly shown it spelled without the 't'?

Satellite collision anticipated by EU space agency fails to materialize... for now at least

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Headmaster

New Reg unit?

"EU SST says there are more than a million space debris objects larger than a centimiter in width"

When did misspelled Bishop's headdresses get added to the Reg's list of official units of measurement? Also, what is "cluttreing"?

Ex-Geeks staff lose legal bid to claw back withheld training costs from final paycheques

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Re: What about the quality of the training?

Well one of them was able to walk into a 35k Junior Dev role elsewhere after about 2 years training. So either the training was pretty good or the other company's recruitment process is piss-poor.

No, no, let's hear this out, says judge waving away Apple's attempt to kill MacBook Pro Flexgate lawsuit

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Re: "neither side was short of a few shekels"

"Apple has had display cable problems for years" , I think you mean Apple's CUSTOMERS have had display cable problems for years - it's not a problem for Apple if they are making money from it.

Apple having been pulling sh*t like this for years. Check out the 'Genius Bar'-related videos on Louis Rossman's Youtube channel for some real eye-openers.

What's that, Lassie? Dogs show signs of self-awareness according to peer-reviewed academic study?

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It's not so much the stupidity as the ignorance, bigotry and general nastiness of people that makes me prefer domestic canines; the stupidity is most often a source of entertainment.

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Anyone who's watched their dog chasing its own tail might beg to differ.

We know it's hard to get your kicks at work – just do it away from a wall switch powering anything important

RuffianXion

Re: Four legged switch operation

Or duct tape them in place.

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Re: Uses of Radar

The story I heard, from a school Physics teacher, was that a young couple had chosen a secluded spot on restricted MOD land (that turned out to be a radar testing site) for a bit of canoodling. They were discovered shortly afterwards, lightly cooked on the inside.

UK.gov awards seats on £2bn 'digital outcomes' framework to suppliers – one of which doesn't even have a website

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Re: "neither side was short of a few shekels"

Shouldn't that be (Undies Secretary)?

Reg reader's XXXbox oddity: The BBC4 topless thumbnail trauma whodunnit

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Re: "Sweaty masses"

Sadly, it's been many years since mere words alone could trigger my extension.

Just let this sink in: Capita wins 12-year £1bn contract to provide training services to the Royal Navy and Marines

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Re: What Navy?

What fishing?

Backers of Planet Computers' Astro Slide 5G phone furious after shock specs downgrade

RuffianXion

Re: Furious?

Perhaps they should have left the 's' off 'Backers'.

Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem

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"4 deaths, of which at least 3 were not caused by any violent act by the protestors"

ALL of those deaths (of which there are 5 confirmed) were caused by that mob. If they hadn't stormed the Capitol building all those people would still be alive.

Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

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Re: Usually

For that they would need the ability to reflect on their actions and apply critical thinking, so I don't think they need to worry.

Why, yes, you can register an XSS attack as a UK company name. How do we know that? Someone actually did it

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Re: Still winning

Clicking the 'View availability' tab on that page is good for a giggle.

India orders 180-day sprint to wire 46,000 villages

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Go

That's one hell of a sprint

'before March 31st, 2020' - I guess they're hoping to hit 88mph.

QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system

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Re: Hm.

No smartphone? Heretic! (I'll have two points, two flats and a packet of gravel.)

RuffianXion

Re: Absolutely NO lies necessary!!!!

My local takes ONLY cash, no card payments whatsoever. Anyone new to the establishment who brandishes a card for payment of their round is directed to the nearby convenience store's cash machine.

You're stuck inside, gaming's getting you through, and you've $1,500 to burn. Check out Nvidia's latest GPUs

RuffianXion

Re: "neither side was short of a few shekels"

When you're as rich as Huang is, fashion norms cease to be applicable.

All in all it's just another bork on the wall: For pity's sake, begs signage, climb onto the pub's roof and boot me up

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Reboot indeed

Take the streetview back to 2008 and you will see that the property was once occupied by True-Form Boot Co. - https://buildingourpast.com/2016/07/05/true-form/

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: £92m

Eton

Not the Wright stuff: Bitcoin 'inventor' loses bid to sue YouTuber who called him a liar

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Re: "neither side was short of a few shekels"

Seems it wasn't, it's been changed to 'short of cash' now.

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter

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Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) - I'm always amused by the lengths that scientists, engineers etc. will go to in the quest for a good acronym.

UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm

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Facepalm

Quelle Surprise!

"The staff member who sent it put their email addresses in the CC section of the email, rather than the blind CC section" and we're expected to entrust our personal data to these numpties?

Brit competition regulator will soon be able to seize rogue traders' domains – and even Amazon accounts

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Joke

Re: So by saying...

Stewart Lee fan? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cgeXd5kRDg - NSFW (language)

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

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Go

Re: Still ticking along - 415th as of today

Given that the overal no.1-ranked folder has joined our team (and seems to be folding for us exclusively) - https://stats.foldingathome.org/donor/1437 - I'd say that was pretty likely. I wouldn't want their electricity bill landing on my doormat!

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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I'm not terribly well-versed in American political history so could you remind me, was Roland Reagan the President before or after Ronald?

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