* Posts by The commentard formerly known as Mister_C

34 posts • joined 22 May 2020

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost

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Re: Assigned seats and misc..

"So expect people to play statues to see whether they can disappear..."

How about just changing the amount you smile to see if you can do a Chesire Cat...

You, sir, have just invented the replacement for the old meeting favourite of buzzword bingo.

Cereal Killer Cafe enters hipster heaven, heads online: Coronavirus blamed for shutters being pulled down

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might not just be about pouring milk on cereal

First year cookery from something over 40 years ago (hence not el reg units of measure). And from memory.

4 ozs each of marg, soft toffee, marshmallow, and Rice Krispies.

Melt marg over low heat. Add toffee and marshmallow. Wait until they melt, then mix together. Add Rice Krispies and stir until coated. Pour mixture into swiss roll tin, spead out and chill. When set, turn out and cut into squares.

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Looks like they didn't have their Weetabix

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

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Got to love "targeted" ads. Gave me the chance to be told what presents my wife was looking at before my x0 birthday.

Joke was on me though coz it ended up as a prezzy from the inlaws...

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Mouse mats with logos -avoid, avoid, avoid

I learned the hard way about optical mice and their dislike of contrasting lines (including printed timber "grain" on table tops) , so I used a piece of cardboard as a mat. It was scratty enough to be ready to replace on the day that a supplier's rep walked through our office and recognised an opportunity for product placement. He opened his bag of shiny things and offered me a proper neoprene mouse mat with his company's logo printed where I would see it all day, every day. I told him that it was no good because of the high contrast graphics, then demonstrated why. The unhappy look on his face made me wonder how many mats they'd had printed. The mat worked fine after I turned it over.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Re: chewed wires (sharks with frikkin lasers)

"more likely to attack each other's power supplies than the victim"

Such a shame that you weren't a technical consultant on the Austin Powers films. That would've been a great "how's he going to get out of this" solution...

GitHub redesign goes mobile-friendly – to chagrin of devs who shockingly do a lot of work on proper computers

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It's not just micros~1

There are too many companies screwing their users over with trendy redesigns that make life harder than it needs to be. Grey-on-grey-on-grey palettes, hide-it ribbons, one interface regardless of screen size, and so on.

Two examples of "WHY":

The BBC news website (viewed from PC) gives a reasonable summary of a story on the title pages, but serves the story itself in a format that suits tablet resolutions better than wide screen monitors. Their news app (running on a tablet) give more of a clickbait summary and then has the same page served for the story itself. If there are interactive elements then the user has to RELOAD the story in order for the page to appear like the full fat browser version.

A suite of software that I've been using extensively since the last century got a makeover to the trendy grey ribbon a while ago. The reason? A corporate buyout and the new owners want all their products to have the same interface. The new interface means the software is soo different that it might as well be a different product. Their corporate hubris has made it much harder for me to earn my wages. I only use one product of theirs - I don't care what the other products look like. Imagine BMW following the same "only on user interface" scheme. I can't see them using kickstands instead of handbrakes for the cars, so the'd end up changing the motorcycles. End result - an ashtray on a motorcycle.

Google isn't even trying to not be creepy: 'Continuous Match Mode' in Assistant will listen to everything until it's disabled

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Re: Oh mighty one...

Because that would be misrepresentation.

Satan yes, God no.

Winter is coming, and with it the UK's COVID-19 contact-tracing app – though health minister says it's not a priority

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Re: The German one seems to work

"They won't take you seriously at that price"

Regrettably true. They're happy paying 900k to "rebrand" a plane. And the BoE has just given them 100 billion to spend.

Meanwhile, at Crapita HQ the business development team are typing up the latest "as suggested by el reg badge holders" proposal...

Meet the dog that's all byte and no bark: Boston Dynamics touts robo-pooch Spot with $75k-a-pop price tag

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Please clean up after your pet

I thought you were getting one of those baggies out.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Re: re-education

I'll decline thanks, as it was a direct quote.

But I will raise a negationism ticket for WinstonSmith.

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Re: Baffled - how does that work then?

As a baffle is a device used to "restrain or regulate (afluid, sound, etc)", it follows that baffling something is surely more exclusive than inclusive.

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all."

If we continue down this rabbit hole then we're going to end up proving that black = white.

Do be careful when using zebra crossings.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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I trust, Mr Wolfe, that green won't also be removed from traffic lights as it would be a shame to hear

"They're banning men and women for driving on the green". With apologies.

I'd like to have "Tory" banned too.

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Re: A long time ago...

Beat me to it with the Dury reference. The single was released in (IIRC) early 1981. Got played on radio 1 on the evening shows for a week or so, then got banned. I bought a copy as a protest against banning a polio survivor raising awareness of disabilities.

Madness nearly suffered the same fate at around the same time as "cardiac arrest" was thought to be in poor taste.

Re Symon's comment:

We were calling other kids "spaz" long before BP's intervention. I'd stopped watching BP by the time they introduced Mr Deacon (working man - paper round don't ya know) so my sister had to explain what a "Joey" was. That name was later rehabilitated by Vanessa Paradis when "Joe le Taxi" let us get a Joey home from a night out.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Re: Best to err on the safe side.

You could consider "dom" and "sub". Until you need to install gimp.

I've never been happy about trusting projects that are controlled by a git.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re MukkyDees

Don't know about burger chains' business plans, but lager brewers adopted the "you only rent it" business model donkey's years ago.

The only way is bork for the UK's embattled rail travellers

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Re: Remember the 6P rule

That's just being pedantric

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Remember the 6P rule

Prior Planning & Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance

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Not a titsup situation

"Most likely the onboard Passenger Information System (PIS) has had a wobble during startup or a step in the boot sequence has been skipped for the display."

PIS poor performance.

Singapore to distribute wearable contact-tracing device and won't rule out making it compulsory

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Run that by me again please

"all of the Singapore government officers who can access data are bound by the nation's Official Secrets Act"

In other words, the only people who get to see how the data is being (ab)used are prohibited from saying anything.

My cup of confidence runneth over.

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report

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Really good "helping hand" Bozo

It sounds like sales of leccy cars are doing quite well enough. So you propose to add an extra incentive to a market that needs no help? But you've leaked that it'll happen in a month or so. Anybody with half a brain that can wait, will. Why buy now when I can get a rebate if I wait?

The only way this would help is to reduce the queue.

Mortal wombat: 4 generations of women fight for their lives against murderous marsupial

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Re: Dubbo is afraid


The department of PIE?

or did I misread something?

icon coz pie rated.

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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Re: Conspiracy time?

Now imagine you are Cummings updating your blog.


Amateur astroboffins spot young brown dwarf playing with planet-forming hula hoop just 102 parsecs from Earth

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Re: Confusing units in article


You wait ages for one bus, then along come 10^31. Should have enough seats for passengers' social distancing.

Mine's the one with an out-of-date bus timetable in the pocket.

Tech set responds in wake of American protests, police violence and civil unrest

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Re: The next step...

Almost as if Covid is giving the world it's conscience back...

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Scam callers coming out of lockdown

We had two scam calls to the landline yesterday. First since lockdown started. Not Covid, just good old recorded scare message with "press 1 to talk to us".

The parasites are taking govt advice and returning to work.


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

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Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions'

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Re: Mixing up units?

Both countries use metric, but there's still room for error.

SI is metres & millimetres. CGS uses centimetres. IIRC, the French preferred CGS. The OP mentioned cm, anybody expecting mm will be out by a factor of 10.

Now add in conversion between cad vendors. Transferring data between AutoCad & non AutoDesk products can often involve a metric to imperial conversion (1:25.4 or 1:0.03937). Add in a scale of 1:250 and you're looking at the difference between 1:25.4 and 1:25. Which is enough over the length of a wiring loom for it to be two firkins big or two firkins small.

And don't even get me started on bending tolerances...

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: average office

What's an office?

Been WFH in the GeekCave for so long that I can't remember how big mine is. I think it was quite small, so me plus a couple of atoms would be a tight fit.

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Or does the universe consist of "Does matter" and "Doesn't matter".

"Doesn't matter" coming from a spouse being a truly fearsome emission...

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Boom Boom (Re: Ant-elephant paint)

Didn't work. I just heard two landing.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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A question about the deck chairs, Mr President

Are you arranging them by the colo(u)r of the stripes or the width of the stripes?

Can't wait for him to close twitter down, then wonder why nobody is listening to him anymore. A bit like a 5G mast burner wondering why t'interwebs is broken.

<singing> Hey Mr Tangerine man, play a song for me...

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: HS2

Shame the company that makes rail wasn't deemed strategically important. The former British Steel, Scunthorpe - sold to Jingye group (a Chinese company) on 20 Mar 2020.

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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Of course it was in a tree

Lester will be looking down and smiling.


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