* Posts by RuffianXion

121 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Apr 2018


AI girlfriend encouraged man to attempt crossbow assassination of Queen


How many?

" It is estimated that up to over 1,500 protesters in Punjab, British India, were killed."

So any number from 0 to the entire population of Punjab?

Psst! Infosec bigwigs: Wanna be head of security at HM Treasury for £50k?


Re: "successful candidate will have access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme"

There's nothing wrong with tax avoidance, it's perfectly legal, everyone with a company pension does it. Tax evasion on the other hand... (Google 'Tory MP hedge fund' for more information).

Scammers steal $4 million in crypto during face-to-face meeting


How to spot a scam

How do you spot a crypto scam?

Simply ask, 'Does it involve crypto?'

If the answer is 'Yes', then it's probably a scam.

Chrome bug bedevils file storage in the cloud


Re: It looks programmers (ops, "coders") are now so busy...

If only the word 'native' had existed before it was applied to indigenous people...

Twitter preps poison pill to preclude Elon Musk's purchase plan


Musk's concept of 'Free Speech', like many of his ilk, seems to boil down to, 'I'm rich so I should be able to say what I like wherever I like' and he's right - apart from the 'wherever' part.

Microsoft dogs Strontium domains to stop attacks on Ukraine


Have one of these for the Strontium Dog reference.

This is going well: Meta adds anti-grope buffer zone around metaverse VR avatars


Re: Bah!

As long as you do it from four feet away it's not a problem.

'95% original' film star Spitfire could be yours for a mere £4.5m (or 0.05 Pogbas)


Flyer's remorse?

Games Workshop has chucked another £500k at entrenched ERP project with no end to epic battle in sight

Paris Hilton

It took me way too long to realise this article wasn't about Erotic Role Playing.

Microsoft Paint + car park touchscreen = You already know where this is going


Re: Back Rock became black rubble

Is that a good remedy for bad backs then?

Future of the three NHS bodies managing health tech in doubt after £2.1bn cash injection

IT Angle

"Health secretary signals shack-up could be on the cards"

Isn't that more Boris's area of expertise?

There's something to be said for delayed gratification when Windows 11 is this full of bugs


Windows Update makes me happy

Whenever I've had a bad day I like to open Windows Update just so I can read, "This PC doesn't currently meet the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11".

It never fails to improve my mood.

Google loses appeal against $2.7bn EU antitrust fine for distorting competition in price comparison websites


Re: More balls

Yes, individuals who can't afford the legal costs are free to go ahead with legal action. Very helpful.

New World: Grindy? Check. Repetitive? Check. Fun? We hate to say it... but check


Re: Avoid this game like the plague

You don't need to be a programmer to be able to read. I think I made the context in which I used 'sanitised' quite clear in my comment, I just think 'idiot' didn't read past 'sanitised' and then launched into their rant.



Just to add the one-line-crash problem has been patched (don't know about the sanitising though, but presumably that also). Other bugs persist - including duping items and gold via the auction house (which has been 'fixed' by ....... disabling the auction house).


Avoid this game like the plague

Visiting Josh Strife Hayes' Youtube channel will show you why you shouldn't touch this game with a bargepole.

Here's one little nugget though: the chatbox isn't sanitised, meaning you can perform code injection to perform such comically broken actions as crashing other players' clients with a single line of code in the chat. God only knows what other nastiness a knowledgeable programmer can do with it.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Every major video game publisher

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


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


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


There's no need to beat about the brush.

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


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

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


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


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?


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


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


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



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


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


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


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?


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.


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


Re: Four legged switch operation

Or duct tape them in place.


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


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


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


Re: What Navy?

What fishing?

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


Re: Furious?

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