* Posts by hoopsa

41 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Apr 2020

Windows keyboards to get a Copilot key – but how quickly will users jump?


Combine it with the what key?

I use the Menu key so rarely I'd actually forgotten that it existed, and had to check my keyboard when the article mentioned it. Might now look into remapping it to something useful so thanks for the reminder!

UK officials caught napping ahead of 2G and 3G doomsday


Re: Lychford Road

Misread that as '70 years later' and wasn't unduly surprised.

CLIs are simply wizard at character building. Let’s not keep them to ourselves


Re: Intuitive GUI? My arse.

For many years I exclusively used emacs; then for one reason or another I shifted to using vi and have used that for probably the last 15 years. I always recommend vi to new techs because it's (nearly) always there on the server if you need it. Come to think of it, that's probably the reason I stopped using emacs in the first place.

This article (and this post in particular) got me to try emacs again just now though. Can't work it at all. Trying to remember how to is quite fun though and actually it's weird how that muscle-memory is still lurking back there with just a little bit of prompting...

Nobody would ever work on the live server, right? Not intentionally, anyway


It's a great plan unless your wedding is in Scotland

In which case you will inevitably end up paying to develop dozens of up-kilt photos. Which, I suppose, one might be happy to do.

IT phone home: How to run up a $20K bill in two days and get away with it by blaming Cisco


Re: Actual EU benefit

It didn't do my Tesco shares any good, I can tell you.

Google reveals Pixel 7 phones with 1.7 Stadias of security fixes promised


Re: re: promo picture

That's a major selling point in the current economic climate.

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain


Re: A number of sound decisions?

You were neither forced nor banned, but had to be aware that anything with abnormal curvature would be considered Class 2, certainly something to consider before you put it in your mouth.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast


But beware the dread White Pudding

"haggis, preferably with black pudding as well."

Also the miraculous Lorne Sausage.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem


Round the twist

Years ago at work we had water coolers which had a knob which could be turned to set the temperature of the water. In the height of summer, I often found that of the water was actually rather tepid which defeated the object of the cooler. Investigation revealed that one of my colleagues was actually turning the temperature down because he didn’t like the water to be “too cold“.Arguing that he could just let it sit in his glass for a few minutes to warm up fell on deaf ears, so I fixed his little red wagon by the simple expedient of turning the knob to “practically ice”, then pulling it off it’s spindle and replacing it so that it was indicating about midway to ‘room temperature’.

And there it stayed. Apparently the water was the right temperature so long as the little indicator on the knob said so.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft


I'm not sure shooting them down is even possible. As far as I know they're not geostationary so they'd have to shoot down a lot of them. Do they have the capability? (Quite apart from it being an obviously bad idea from a political point of view)

House Republicans introduce legislation for outright ban on municipal broadband in the US


Re: Why municipal?

Yes, probably. We used to live in a remote part of Scotland with no adsl, and got a community group together to install a satellite link and local antennas to provide an adequate broadband service.

It wasn’t cheap, and without a grant we couldn’t have done it.

Then BT promised to bring ADSL to the area and under the terms of the grant we had to knock it on the head. Took them two years to follow through too, the bastards.

Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news


Re: Look...

It’s not true to say that they didn’t talk to the Australian government about it; talks have been going on for over a year but the government’s hell-bent on its plan and well, here we are.

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage


Re: The Real Story from Texas

"One thing Texas is great at doing is not repeating mistakes."

Well, maybe, but didn't exactly this situation arise in 2011?

LastPass to limit fans of free password manager to one device type only – computer or mobile – from next month


So, I installed Bitwarden and it was easy to import my lastpass data and 2FA and it seems to work very nicely.

However the Import did screw up some of my bank account and social security numbers (by omitting some fields - it imported notes, but not bsb and account number, for example) so if you have that sort of thing stored, go and check that it’s all there before you kill lastpass off.


Well I suppose they have to make money somehow, although I must admit I was a bit startled to read about the way they're doing it this morning.

I've been using Lastpass for a good number of years now. I'm sure that I used to pay for the ability to use it on more than one computer back in the old days.

Having said that, it feels like a matter of principle to move when they break existing functionality and force you to pay to get it back, even though it's not a huge amount of money.

Maybe I'll check out Bitwarden, unless anyone has other suggestions.

Japan’s COVID-19 contact-tracing app hasn't warned users of encounters with carriers since September


Re: can't believe you missed...

While maintaining fitness is a great thing to do, I’m not sure there’s really much you can do to prepare, since COVID seems to affect people to such wildly different extents regardless of their apparent condition when they acquire it.

Continue to work on avoidance, would be my suggestion - masks, distancing, hand sanitizer and all that. They’ve kept you away from it so far, long may it continue!

What’s that in CES heaven, is it a star? Or is it that damned elusive flying car?


Re: only advantage...

I'd have thought that these would be ripe for automation though. The problems to solve for flying an aircraft are a lot simpler than driving in traffic.

Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment



A very good writeup can be found here:


The whole thunder-and-lightnings site is a tremendous time sink if you're interested in aircraft of the period.

US aviation regulator issues safety bulletins over flaws in software updates for Boeing 747, 777, 787 airliners


Re: A Boeing Spokesperson said:

" In light of the MAX tragedies, it is unfathomable that there remain such poor quality controls,"

I think that was the bit that surprised me most. You'd think that after all that has gone before they'd be a little bit tighter on their software design and testing but it seems they've not learned enough yet.

When humans return to the Moon in '2024', HPE would like us to remember: We built the computer that simmed this


Re: Don't go to space til we sort out Earth

Maybe; the time between Kennedy's "Let's all go to the moon" speech and them actually landing on the moon was only 6 and a half years and they were starting from a lower technological base than we are today.

I agree it'll likely take longer but I think technically it's feasible to do it in the suggested time. Whether it's politically feasible is another question but I wouldn't be surprised to see SpaceX (and maybe even Blue Origin) pushing on semi-independently.

I'd love to see it happen.

Plane-tracking site Flight Radar 24 DDoSed... just as drones spotted buzzing over Azerbaijan and Armenia


Re: Drones on Flight Radar 24?

Seems to me that the people doing these things may not necessarily know how FlightRadar works and are simply taking no chances.

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!


Re: HP

I've been dithering over a Unicomp keyboard for years, probably. I keep getting put off by the postage costing more than the keyboard.

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns


Re: followed by..

<studies scroll for 3 minutes>

"Yes, my lord."

We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*


Re: Hmmmm

Bring back Decca, I say! It was absolutely the greatest positioning system in the history of everything! (Or is that hyperbolic?)

COVID-19 tracing without an app? There's an iOS and Android update for that


Re: UK IS testing app based upon the Google & Apple system...

The thing is, they could still have used the Google/Apple solution and got one of their mates to make millions writing the app that is needed to employ it. But they decided to go it alone, even though they were warned that it wouldn't work as they hoped, because they wanted to gather a whole bunch of extra data. Instead of which they got - nothing.

Funny, that: Handy script for wiping directories is capable of wreaking havoc beyond a miscreant's wildest dreams


Re: I’ve done it.

The SQL Tool we used at work has an auto-commit function. I was often mocked for turning that off because 'I should have faith in my SQL'. But it always struck me as an accident waiting to happen and I preferred to commit as a separate step; that way I had the option of doing rollback as a separate step if something unfortunate had occurred.

Microsoft sides with Epic over Apple developer ban, supports motion for temporary restraining order


CrackedNoggin and Jezza99 gave a pretty good summary of the problem upthread, I think.

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos


Re: Thinking outside the box

For those who doubt that this would be possible, I seem to recall that Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty successfully lowered the level of Loch Lomond by the simple expedient of getting Ned Seagoon to drink from it. While I concede that a Loch is not a river, their solution to the level rising was simply to make him drink faster and I see no reason why it wouldn't also work on the Parramatta River.

Boeing confirms it will finish building 747s in 2022, when last freighter flies off the production line


Re: Flying wings/bodies

Discussions I've seen around this issue have suggested that screens showing the outside might be a solution. I think they'd need better cameras than the ones that usually provide outside views of the world on aircraft, though.

Butterfingers who don't bother with phone cases, rejoice: New Gorilla Glass 'Victus' tipped to survive 6ft drops


Re: Is dropping your phone common?

The only time I've broken a phone screen is when it got swept off a table and landed fully flat and face-down on a hard floor. My old iPhone 7 has some actual dents in the metal case where it's hit the ground, but no other damage. Amazing, really. I don't make a habit of dropping them, all the same.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old


Re: Why wouldn't Tim Berners-Lee have 17 years experience designing websites?

According to CERN's own website:

"By the end of 1994, the Web had 10 000 servers - 2000 of which were commercial - and 10 million users. Traffic was equivalent to shipping the entire collected works of Shakespeare every second."

So I suppose people must have been doing *something* prior to 1995.

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler


Yes, but

the label on the bottle says 'Worcestershire Sauce'. I tend to pronounce it 'Woo-sester-sher-shire-sauce' just to be horrible.

Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel


Re: Better alternative, skip MS

I have been mocked for many years for habitually using vi even though many better editors exist. Ah, but when you're out on site working on a customer's server and none of the fancy editors are available, suddenly an ability to use vi makes you a hero. Not for long of course, but it's nice while it lasts.

Apple says if developers are unhappy with its App Store decisions, it will entertain appeals against its rulings – and even its own rules


"The proof is in the pudding"

No it isn't. The proof is in the eating. The pudding can be any old rubbish, as many users of Chrome extensions will already have found out.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it


Re: Does it have regenerative braking?

Is that the windmill thing on the front of it?

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears


Re: Gullibility is no excuse.

But he's also old enough to remember very similar nonsense coming out about 3G and 4G in their time. So you'd think he'd know better this time round.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds


I've got an old Audi in the garage that uses red lights on the dashboard at night; I presume it's meant to be less tiring or at least allows you to play U-Boat commander. I've got a new Audi that eschews all of that in favour of full-colour LCD dials that become slightly dimmed versions of themselves at night, so I guess whatever the reason was for the red lights, the thinking has gone out of fashion.

COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away


Re: if that's the only product they have.

That's why they've included 'Blockchain' in their product. That word is catnip to stupid conglomerates (or it has been, I feel they may have missed the boat)

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses


Re: Name?

Shurely 'iSight'

Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit


Re: Musings from the group W bench...

@Chris 239 Well of course it depends on the amount of play doh you can lift into LEO, not sure how much research has been done into the feasibility of this. I, for one, would very much like to see a giant play-doh "Tootie Unicorn" in orbit.

Also, shooting your family would certainly stop them from catching Covid-19 so I assume this comment indicates your tacit approval of the plan.

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer


Re: "This will only take a second..."

Back when I lived in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands, I did some work for a local shellfish business who paid me in lobsters. Happy days.