* Posts by Greybearded old scrote

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Touchscreen holdout? This F(x)tec Pro1 X phone with sliding QWERTY keyboard might push your buttons

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They are most likely subject to the (dis)economy of (small) scale, sadly.

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Go

Here's an idea

Something I saw back in the days of teeny-tiny phones, which I'd love to see scaled up for a smartphone.

A split hardware keyboard, half each side of the screen when held landscape way. They folded over to make a safe cover for the screen. Flip them open to answer a call.

Anybody here in the design department? Take it.

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How young are you?

I want a screen no smaller than a book, and did even before my eyes got this old. I'll admit that will look a bit silly on a phone.

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music

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Unhappy

Re: I guess if you stop development of the source code it might eliminate the app, in 20 years

Much less than 20 years, next time Google tinkers with the API. Which they do frequently. Probably to deter the likes of youtube-dl.

I expect it will continue to be developed, out of reach of DMCA takedowns. It will probably get chased out of distributions' package managers though.

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Let's be honest

Technically and legally they are right. The stated main use for youtube-dl really is grabbing media that the creator/owner would legitimately like to be paid for. Not just from youtube either, it works very well for the naughty video sites. (Er, so I'm told!)

Did the EFF's claim of, "a world of lawful usages," include any examples perhaps?

In practice there always has been a moderate amount of this sort of thing going on, and they will never finish playing whack-a-mole on that one. And it is a moderate amount because, surprisingly, most people are pretty decent.

Personally I pay for a proper download, or even one of those funny plastic things, where it's available to do so. I've no doubt at all that the performer gets more from that than any number of streaming views that I'm capable of. Some performances by my favourite artist simply aren't anywhere else, so youtube-dl is my friend until they are.

Then of course, the numpties have thoroughly streisanded it. Good Jaaaab!

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Re: The day the music died

No, but I read once that piano rolls caused the same shrieking.

Hey Reg readers, Happy Spreadsheet day! Because there ain't no party like an Excel party

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Re: Locales and function names

Let's remember how long ago the original versions were, and the hardware they were running on. The PC version had DOS memory limits, and even the wealthier (they had to be, you might think current models are spendy) Mac users could probably only afford 1MB or so. Then there was the speed cost of those lookups on a sub 12mhz processor.

Once that compromise was made then the backwards compatibility that past MS were very keen on kept it in.

Excuse me while I recover from the severe cognitive dissonance caused by defending Billy.

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Re: The bane of auto formatting....

"No specific products were mentioned by name"

Not so sure about that, my nephew was required to have MS Word for his homework. For $reasons involving a new drive and excessive DRM I'd had to give them OpenOffice.org.

Global Privacy Control emerges as latest attempt to let netizens choose whether they want to be tracked online

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Big Brother

Call it what you like

Nothing new here. These items of genitalia are hoping to get as rich as Zuck by peeping wherever they can. Therefore they won't stop just because you ask them not to.

I see two possible solutions:

It's time the appointed regulators of GDPR started fining firms into bankruptcy for their persistent non-compliance. There's been a couple of years for them all to change their behaviour, after all. There doesn't appear to be any appetite for that among the authorities though.

Set our clients to deny them the opportunity. I have Firefox with the privacy settings turned up to 11 and also Privacy Badger and NoScript. If I have to whitelist more than two or so hosts' JS you'd better be offering something I really want to see. (Yes, including those.) Chrome? Don't be silly, it's written by the blasted poachers. That's only for when I actually have to sign in to a Goggle account, or a site that the lazy bastards involved made it work only on Chrome. This option is something of a Red Queen's Race of course.

Evidence is a bit hard to get, but I believe that I'm doing reasonably well.

EDIT: Not being one of the herd, there's not much I can to about passive tracking I'm afraid. Panopticlick amusingly claims that I have strong protection, even though my fingerprint is unique. Huh?

A decades-old lesson on not inserting Excel where it doesn't belong

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FAIL

Re: Thingies cat

My money says that somebody in the chain has been denied software upgrades for at least a decade. Everyone else had to use the lowest common denominator for them.

Diplomats are supposed to be subtle and clever. Australia’s just leaked 1,000 citizens’ email addresses

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Re: classic problem with emailing groups on MS products

Sorry, but we have decades of evidence that training and 'are you sure' simply don't work. People are too busy thinking about what they are trying to achieve to give any thought to the software that they shouldn't have to know much about.

What might work is for the client side to not accept more than one address in the To or CC fields, only BCC. I suppose there are use cases for allowing people to 'Reply All' but that should be extra work. Not the default. (Hey, that solves another stupid email abuse issue. A Toofer!)

Being a rules engine isn't what people are good at. We have these new-fangled computermabobs for that.

Bad boys bad boys, what you gonna do? Los Angeles Police Department found fibbing about facial recognition use

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Re: Its coming

Except that it doesn't do anything of the sort, nor can it. Read up on the birthday paradox. It's why even an improbably good biometric ID system must never be used to ask "are any of these bad people in any of those videos?" It's just for "does this suspect match evidence from that crime scene?"

My computer is trying to tell my that I've spelled biometric wrong. I know better, but try telling a criminal court that their computer is incorrect.

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Re: Facial recognition is useless in those circumstances

This would be the mini-mart's chip shop then?

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Wrong argument

I've said it before, but focusing so hard on the racial bias problem is walking into a trap. They only have to claim that "this one doesn't have that problem," and your argument is severely weakened. At least until it's shown that it does discriminate.

The more general issue is that the (mostly, kinda sorta, we're all fallible) law abiding population must not be kept under constant surveillance. Insert obligatory Stasi reference here.

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond

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Re: Sadly... this is the beginning of the end

How about the fact that Apple lost the copyright case?

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Trollface

Re: Okaaayyy

Thin layer? It's been a long time since anything from MS was thin.

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Joke

Re: Lots of "OMG teh M$..."

And not in a good way.

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Re: Sadly... this is the beginning of the end

NeXT and OS X (same thing really) put a human-usable layer on top of all the nasty details I was trying to deal with.

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Re: Am I the only one?

Not so much, the leopard doesn't change his shorts.

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Re: Sadly... this is the beginning of the end

The times I've tried a BSD felt like death by 1000 paper cuts. Not because it was different to the GPL equivalents, of course I expected that. Lots of details didn't quite work as advertised.

Don't ask for details though, it's been a few years.

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Yep, he's all arse-about-face. Two Es down, one to go.

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Devil

Re: Am I the only one?

An old example for you.

(BTW, this was easier to find with DDG than El Reg search, you might want to think about that guys.)

It's powered by a mega-corp AI, it has a Liquid Mode, but it's not a T-1000. It's Adobe's PDF auto-reflow for mobile

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Another thing

Phone screens just aren't up to any significant amount of reading. I want a screen the size of a book, and did even before my eyes got this old.

I've long since used a 10 inch tablet for reading and the cheapest dumbest kirkphone in the shop. The only reason I have an android phone now is that Nokia's flip costs more than an entry level smart phone.

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Re: Just unfit for the purpose

BTW, sensible use of a block level element will group the picture and caption together. Semantic markup and all that.

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Re: Just unfit for the purpose

What is this 'page' of which you speak? That's a squashed tree concept isn't it?

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I've seen a couple of occasions where a pdf full of scans made some sense.

One was preserving a manual for abandonware that we were still using. Naturally, I fed that to OCR software, but correcting it afterwards was time consuming.

The other was for archiving against FOI requests. When I laughed at that it was explained to me that any hand written notes needed to be captured too.

Hmm, maybe I need two more exceptions to my LARTing comment below.

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Just unfit for the purpose

Basically, anyone who writes pdf for any use case other than print or proofing needs to be re-educated with the biggest LART available. There are multiple formats designed to reflow as needed, although many alleged designers insist on nobbling that functionality in the name of 'pixel perfection.'

It's been nearly 30 years of the web. It's long past time we dropped what Ted Nelson mocks as, 'paper under glass.'

Ethernet failure on Swiss business jet prompted emergency descent, say aviation safety bods

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One reason (but not the only one) for fly by wire is that the aerodynamic forces just get beyond human muscles. See the comments about the 787 Max trim wheel.

Get ready for Clippy 9000: Microsoft exclusively licenses OpenAI's mega-brain GPT-3 for anything and everything

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Headmaster

New name?

OpenAI not so open then. Or is this usage related to "The Democratic Republic of Dictatorstan?"

Adidas now stands for All Day I'm Disconnecting All Servers as owners of 'smart' Libra scales furious over bricked kit

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Re: I just constantly piss myself laughing....

Mostly because they don't know until they get bit. Why some of my workmates in the tech industry are so keen is another matter.

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Joke

"Lifetime subscription" from Revolv

At least they didn't take that too literally. When the subscription ends...

MP promises to grill UK.gov over revelations that Uber handed '2,000 pieces' of user data to London cops a year

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Joke

Aw, Man!

You've forced me to agree with David Davies!

You bastards.

Amazon gets its tax excuses in early amid rising UK profits – but leaves El Reg off the press list. Can't think why

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Re: The rising tide lifts all boats

I prefer the version that goes, "Rising super-yachts don't lift the tide."

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There's a more general problem here

The online giants are getting all the attention, but it has never been just them. The longer established firms have been playing similar games all along, it's just business as usual.

Personally I'd ditch corporation tax altogether because it's just too easy to game. For very large turnover values, reduce the VAT that can be refunded. VAT is charged at 20%, refund 19% after £1 billion. Or some such, I'm sure we could set the values so that most companies that have been playing fair would pay a similar amount as before. (If you can find such a beast. Unicorns, virgins, and honest tax returns... )

Not singling out any particular industry has political benefits too. The Donald has already threatened us with a trade war if we attack US based tech companies, so we could demonstrate that we weren't. (Not that facts are very persuasive, of course.)

Nvidia says regulators will be 'very supportive' of $40bn Arm buy despite concerns about chip designer's independence

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Re: Have an upvote

Fair enough, but let's not forget that those MPs were pretty much all Noo Labour. That is, Not Really Labour.

We really needed more of a choice than dark blue, pale blue or a "centre" that was the remainer wing of the dark blue.

It's a constant source of sorrow to me that just as I was allowed a vote the rest of the country took a huge step to the right. (No time warp included.)

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Few here seem to understand

There've been quite a few comments here about what the British people are losing, and how Bozo is guilty in this.

Fact is, Arm was never owned by the nation and the sale is bugger all to do with the government unless it breaches some form of monopoly rules. (Not the game.) We've lost nothing here but pride. Pride and £1 will get you a McDonalds coffee.

As for the company's former leaders, they should stop whinging. If they wanted to retain any say in its future they shouldn't have bloody well sold it.

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Facepalm

Re: Have an upvote

I amazed me how quickly we went from "Oh, Jeremy Corbin" at Glastonbury to the guy being unelectable.

While I've never been a Labour supporter I did approve of them choosing him as leader. You just can't fly on two right wings.

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Re: Have an upvote

Oh, where's the fun in being fair?

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Big Brother

Re: Facebook Tracking

That's interesting. Privacy Badger only tells me about doubleclick.net and google anal-ytics. Blocked, natch.

Adobe yanks freebie Creative Cloud offer – now universities and colleges have to put up or shut up

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I was once told a story about somebody applying for a pretty high up position with Electrolux. Asked what he knew about the company he replied, "You make hoovers don't you?"

I understand he didn't get the job.

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Re: Just perhaps

I have so many unfashionable opinions it's ridiculous. I bang my own drum, some think it's noise...

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Going deep colour in GIMP 2.10 proved costly. Should have been more careful what I wished for I guess. The team don't have any time to optimise it though, they are trying to catch up with GTK 3 sometime before it gets replaced by GTK 4. (No criticism there, small team working part time.)

Although whenever one of my photo club mates starts up Photoshop it always seems jaw-droppingly sluggish to me.

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Re: Just perhaps

That comes back to my second sentence, the unfashionable distinction between education and training. I'm reminded of one of Asimov's stories, where vocational knowledge was downloaded directly into people's brains. (Decades before The Matrix.) Trouble was, it left them completely inflexible.

BTW, Microsoft are actually a minority player in IT these days. Even Satnad admitted to about 17% a few years ago.

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Re: Nose, say goodbye to face!

Yeah, lock-in is a right lady dog.

Has anyone tried reverse engineering the Lightroom database schema?

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FAIL

Just perhaps

Universities should be teaching the principles rather than specific packages. Yes, I know that industry wants the Uni do their job and train on exactly what they are using this year. But by the time the students graduate the dominant package will have been significantly altered, possibly several times.

Other graphic software is available. (Yes, again, there is significant work in rewriting the courses, but when you've got it wrong you have to do that work.)

Chinese State media uses new release of local Linux to troll Trump

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Joke

Re: "... the genesis of Kylin dates back to the turn of the century"

Well compared to the alternative...

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

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Initially there were few alternatives, so the half-baked brick rose to prominence with little opposition. (One of those early programs saved up a list of edits and applied them again for every change, rather like Lightroom et al. Great in concept but on the limited hardware of the day, not so much.)

Now many (not all) of those who call themselves pros won't consider learning anything else . Mention one of the alternatives and they shout 'workflow!' with no further explanation.

As others have said, if you only have one copy it almost doesn't exist.

SQLite maximum database size increased to 281TB – but will anyone need one that big?

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Coat

Give it time

Who will push the limit first do you think, iThings or Android?

Mine's the one with the multicore gigahertz-clocked super computer in the pocket. (It's slow.)

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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Coat

Re: Tossing their toys about

"I really think there's something in the US tap water besides just fluorine."

Lead. Or is that just Michigan?

eBay won't pass UK Digital Service Tax costs on to third-party sellers – unlike Amazon, which simply can't afford it

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Re: Wrong approach

I suspect it will be a temporary measure, in the same way as income tax. ;-)

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