* Posts by Amentheist

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Your next PC should be a desktop – maybe even this Chinese mini machine

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Re: Get a Used Desktop

Did that to my mam's 11 y/o laptop and it's performance is perfectly acceptable, especially when one looks at the price for new hardware.

Ukraine fears 'massive' Russian cyberattacks on power, infrastructure

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WTF?

Re: WTF .... SNAFUFUDBAR

"to try and justify titanic defence spending"

How about an actual military invasion of a sovereign country with open intent to overthrow the government for a motivation?

Ad blockers struggle under Chrome's new rules

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Re: Brave

2 years ago I'd have suggested the same but brave has somehow managed to go down hill since, sometimes hardware acceleration doesn't work and web sockets using websites work inconsistently. Firefox has improved and performs consistently on multiple OSes, not to mention brave sync is still remarkably shit.

Braking news: Cops slammed for spamming Waze to slow drivers down

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Trollface

God forbid we have to obey traffic laws

what have they done to are contry

Python tops programming love list – but if you want a job, learn SQL

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Stop

"SQL coders"

Please don't "code" stored procedures.

Elon Musk 'buying Manchester United' football club

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Joke

I'm sure they'll find a way to lose if they're the only team on Mars as well.

Ubuntu Focal user? Expect a Jammy upgrade popup soon

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I use Mint in a "secure" uefi dual boot (..thanks windows..) arrangement and its a right hassle having to sign the point releases myself, but yes they work perfectly fine.

My Big Coin founder is – you guessed it – a $6m crypto-fraudster

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Joke

Re: It never ceases to amaze me!

Ah, but do we know how many fraud businesses fail, what if it's worse, what if there are fraudsters suffering, failing to provide for their families and no one is talking about it!

Anyway glad they caught the cn*ut.

China's blockchain boosters slam crypto as Ponzi scheme

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Facepalm

Oh look

It's the annual Chinise anti crypto news article talking down crypto while they buy the subsequent dip and cash in in the rest of the year.

Majority of Axon's AI ethics board resigns over CEO's taser drones

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Terminator

You have 15 seconds to comply.

China again signals desire to shape IPv6 standards

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Flame

"adds security and management features"

We know how that works out in the real world don't we, Intel.

Logitech Lift: Vertical mouse for those with small hands

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Similar experience to you, just I've no issues with a vertical one. Vertical for work, regular for home/non-work PC. Introduces a bit of variety too. The Anker verticals are <£20 and perfectly adequate, wireless too I've put rechargeable AAAs in making it nice and heavy at the bottom and it's lasted weeks so far with these batteries (feels like months previously on the regular ones but I'd rather reuse some rechargeables lying around)

That logitech is a touch too pricey I'd say.

Elon Musk won't join Twitter's board after all

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Mushroom

Hopefully not while driving one of his cars in "autopilot" mode.

Linux Mint Debian Edition 5 is here

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Re: Hmm

I switched to the 5.16 kernel (not that I had to), still had the latest fully working nvidia drivers work fine for my 3070 and got equivalent performance in Black Mesa for instance. It wasn't more hassle than Windoze (which I do run on the same hardware too)

How do you call support when the telephones go TITSUP*?

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Untraceable? Surely the different stages of the calls would be in the CDRs? Pretty neat though.

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Pint

(he did not elaborate)

"Flaw in the system"

Great touch

Google denies Gmail users an early start to the weekend after problems accessing service

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Mushroom

Alright fess up

Who's gone and dun a deployment on a Friday

Windows 11 Paint: Oh look – rounded corners. And it is prettier... but slightly worse

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Joke

"Paintbrush in Windows 3.11"..

.. (click to enlarge)

Good one, Reg!

Google Cloud will let you know how your workloads are damaging the environment

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Unhappy

I can imagine the following Google cloud console alert:

"Remember that infinite loop you didn't stop for 30 seconds? 10 koalas dead."

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram deplatform themselves: Services down globally

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Re: Oh dear.

Nature is healing

Council culture: Software test leads to absurd local planning SNAFU

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I'm Just sitting here..

..waiting for the Who? Me? article.

I'm feeling lucky: Google, Facebook say workers must be vaccinated before they return to offices

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Happy

Re: Acid test

And the perfect environment for the virus to chance some mutations that circumvent the vaccines yay!

Workday shares slide following claims Amazon ditched company-wide HR system

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Human Cattle Management

D'oh! Misplaced chair shuts down nuclear plant in Taiwan

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Alert

Ok...

Definitely beats the story about the electrician accidentally leaning on the diesel generator emergency shutdown button during datacentre power maintenance.

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court

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Re: Since it is lossless

Yes it's called bandcamp and it's been around before this arms race started.

Waymo self-driving robotaxi goes rogue with passenger inside, escapes support staff

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"unusual situation"

Why can't they take control remotely or not even full control but be presented by a set of options by the AI and the support operator picks "proceed to next junction" (at which point the maps will just recalculate a new route)? How is there no option to "stop what you're doing and let the passenger out and shut the car down"? Am I being unreasonable able here?

if at an interview for a software engineer job I get asked "How would you handle unexpected inputs, in your experience" I answer with "I dunno" will I get the job?

Meme crypto-coin literally going to the Moon, if Elon Musk is to believed, on DOGE-1 mission courtesy of SpaceX Falcon 9

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Coat

Cheeky Musk

Mine's the one with the freshly bought doge.

On a dusty red planet almost 290 million km away... NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flies

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Joke

In other news

"A drone sighted on Mars puts all Heathrow flights on halt"

Sadly, the catastrophic impact with Apophis asteroid isn't going to happen in 2068

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Black Helicopters

See NY from LA?

BUSTED!!1! He let slip that Earth IS flat after all!

Cherry on top: Dell shoves MX keyboard into its Alienware m15 R4 ultrabook

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Hm yes they don't sound great but there are other important factors contributing to the sound, the plastic used for the caps and the rest of the keyboard components. That's why for example PBT keycaps in a solid aluminium chassis (and other high grade internals) in, say, a vortex keyboard will always sound much better.

This one's not plastic though to be fair, it seems.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Re: English clause ordering

I think the important message still got through, that fire was the reason for the destruction of a data centre.

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

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Facepalm

Re: Special characters

So whenever I'm asked to create a "secure" password I should make sure it crashes the website when I enter it. Gotcha.

Nvidia cripples Ethereum mining on GeForce RTX 3060 to deter crypto bods from nabbing all the kit at launch

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Re: Sorry, Nvidia, tweaking your driver is not the solution

You already can order only one Founders Edition per household from Scan who are the UKs distributor for FE. They still go out of stock in minutes.

Nearly 70 years after America made einsteinium in its first full-scale thermo-nuke experiment, mystery element yields secrets of its chemistry

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Mushroom

“It was discovered by accident in the debris in the first hydrogen bomb”

It doesn't sound /that/ difficult to make. Just keep a safe distance amirite?

Tab minimalists look away: Vivaldi introduces two-level tab stacks

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Erm

Didn't Firefox's legendary tab mix plus have this 15 years ago?

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban means the service has failed

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Facepalm

Re: "because of the model it demonstrates:"

Or just after " foundational internet technology that is not controlled or influenced by any single individual or entity"

As if the big BTC whales can't sway the value of BTC whenever they wish like any other financial system.

It's been a day or so and nope, we still can't wrap our head around why GitHub would fire someone for saying Nazis were storming the US Capitol

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The word

If anything, nazi should be widely used, it is after all a derogatory term.

Amazon turns Victorian industrialist with $2bn building project to house workers near new headquarters

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What level of indoctrination does it take for someone to work (amazon's hours and burnouts) and live at the same locale. Maybe I'm jaded but are there people who really love their job so much?

OpenAI touts a new flavour of GPT-3 that can automatically create made-up images to go along with any text description

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Terminator

Re: a Unicorn Argent armed, crined and unguled Proper

Don't provoke it!

AMD claims high-end Big Navi Radeon GPUs leave Nvidia's ray-tracing cards in the dust

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Yeah actually I've a Zen 2 one myself, I only said that because it uses in practice a bit more electricity (as measured at the wall socket) but it's insanely faster than my old 5+ year old i7..

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For maximum load yes that much but when on idle or not under load, like most modern hardware (except some AMD CPUs) they're incredibly economical in power usage when used in media playback or browser hardware acceleration.

Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it

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Re: Hello The Register

What does the "murcan freedom of speech" law says about using the Extended ASCII code characters?

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

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Hm

Mossley Hill is relatively posh. Also quiet roads at night with poor lighting and lots of vegetation (cover/no patrols), you have to consider the possibility this is, like a lot of crime like this, opportunistic and done by chancer scallies (albeit driving the odd stolen focus/moped) who couldn't care less for conspiracies but certainly have spent a lot of time on facetube and twatter reading about it.

Berlin's renowned nightclub scene is showing signs of life. Just one problem: No dancing

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Happy

Re: But....

The rave will find a way!

obligatory smiley face

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Trollface

The Germans took the soul out of Detroit techno, now they'll take the soul out of clubbing.

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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Re: Cheap Mechanical Keyboards

and went for a Corsair K70

For that kind of money you could've bought a real keyboard, a leopold, varmilo or something that offers choice (of caps and switches) and actual build quality with none of the faf.

Mine's the one with the mx clear vortex race 3 in the pocket.

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Stop

ABS keycaps, blue switch, numpad. No. Just no.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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Re: Big rant, lots of capital letters...

"And let evolution do the rest"

I agree with the idea of them having a go and having their protests don't get me wrong but this isn't evolution, it's just people dying (which will initially be mostly medical staff further exacerbating the issue) because of no hospital capacity. If it's evolution then get ready for it to apply to all of us meaning we have to keep dying from Covid-19 for generations until only those naturally immune (if there is such a thing) begin to have an offspring - assuming there's any social structure to support such an hypothetical future society.

Obvs overstating but you get the idea.

Oh ... Fudge This Pandemic! Google walks back on decision to switch off FTP in Chrome 81

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It's a fair point about PDF but a balance should be struck somewhere, nowadays vast majority of users are not power users and if they have to have a separate piece of software installed as a PDF viewer that means it has to be kept up to date as well as the browser, and if they don't they'll be more succeptible to being offered malicious or dangerous viewers (*cough* like the adobe one *cough*), while a browser one could be sandboxed and would "just work" (hopefully (who am I kidding)) and would have more frequent updates.

Apple: We respect your privacy so much we've revealed a little about what we can track when you use Maps

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Re: Not New?

What's the point, how many people/nutters/drug dealers who plan on unnecesary travel will use their phones if they intend to willinglly break the current rules? These reports from Apple and Google are just a few hundred pages of the bleeding obvious. I can look outsde my window and see for myself, the police patrols whos job is literally that and are also on the streets can also see, what value would it add to use "anonymised" data from ISPs or Gapple.

The only thing this will do is whet the government's appetite to develop a solution that will track forever and always named individuals so they can one day ASAP make it law for "our own good".

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