* Posts by ICam

13 posts • joined 23 Oct 2020

Malware and Trojans, but there's only one horse the boss man wants to hear about


Clearly it should have been...

"neigh bother" for Ruud.

The black screen of BIOS borkage haunts Space Shuttle Discovery's new home


Re: Strike the F1

Why does the F1 key require striking when F5 only requires a press?

It's unclear what F2 deserves. Perhaps it's left an exercise for the viewer. Batter? Smack? Smash? Pound? Mash? Hit? Destroy? Attack?

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills


Re: Hairy Dog...

I'm glad I'm not the only one wondering why hair of the dog hasn't made it to the list.

A visit to a pub the following day is usually the best answer, because you can enjoy:

1) hair of the dog to settle things down

2) a full English breakfast

3) the company of friends to discuss the carnage of the night before or continue talking crap

Previously, I would have said a Wetherspoon outlet would have been a good choice for the next day (they still are mostly), but I'm kind of put off saying that now because Tim Martin is such an utter bellend.

Google to revive RSS support in Chrome for Android


Re: The problem with really useful free stuff

Another TinyTinyRSS user here. I've been self-hosting it on my VPS for quite a while now. I don't log in to it that much, as I prefer to get everything sent via the daily email digest instead.

If the site doesn't have an RSS feed, I just use some Perl with XML::RSS::SimpleGen launched via cron to generate a local RSS feed and subscribe TinyTinyRSS to that. I follow the usual feeds from blogs and sites like The Register; the Perl scripts create feeds for certain tags on The Register and create feeds for my MythTV system such as new programmes, recorded programmes and upcoming recordings.

RSS never disappeared for some of us...

Ticker tape and a binary message: Bank of England's new Alan Turing £50 must be the nerdiest banknote ever


Coming out in public...

Given that most cash machines don't dispense £50 notes, it seems likely many folks will never see one. :-/

Google, Facebook, Amazon et al look on nervously as Biden bumps anti-Big Tech warriors into key posts


To break 'em up, or not?

Previously, I think I would have agreed that breaking up the big-tech companies sounds like a good idea.

Steve Yegge has just recently released one of his epic but infrequent blog posts mostly about the rise of China, and in that he argues that breaking up the big-tech companies is not a good idea. It's an interesting read. https://steve-yegge.medium.com/hurricane-china-how-to-prepare-8f15ed3d5cde

Malware attack that crippled Mumbai's power system came from China, claims infosec intel outfit Recorded Future


Re: Critical infrastructure

It would certainly make it harder to attack, although applying strict controls would still be necessary to stop physical deployments of attacks on that offline infrastructure as well.

Indian Railways suffers unspecified security 'breaches in various IT applications'


Re: Indian Railways

If you can find any remnants of British Rail food today, I'd definitely recommend you don't eat it.

You want me to do WHAT in that prepaid envelope?


Meccano mouse traps

Not only unergonomic, but also ineffective. For whatever reason, as a child, I built one in the early '80s using my dad's classic Mecanno. The only thing it caught was rust.

Linux Mint sticks by Snap decision – meaning store is still disabled by default in 20.1


Re: Painless!

Another "me too" post. I was running Ubuntu 16.04 for a very long time on my trusty old Lenovo X201, which has been travelling round the world with me for more than 4 years now. Sadly it only has 4GB of RAM in it - it should have had 8GB, but a screw-up with the refurb company I got it from meant it was delivered with 4GB :-( The ThinkPads are well known for being solid workhorses and this one has been good to me. The only issue I have with it is occasional overheating. It probably just needs a good clean and a new application of heat transfer compound, but for now I've solved it with the thinkfan app. I can't complain too much about the X201, I've had it for over 5 years now and as a refurb device, paid only £140 for it.

I was looking around for a lightweight distro to replace Ubuntu and settled on Mint. I only installed 20 a little over a month ago and updated to 20.1 yesterday. It all seems pretty good to me and obviously hardware support issues on a device this old aren't a problem. Most of the time I'm only running terminal windows, a file manager window and Firefox, along with VLC when catching up with UK TV.

Linux Mint seems like a pretty good balance to me between LTS and up-to-date software for desktop usage. I imagine I'll be using it for quite a while now.

Also great that turning off unnecessary animations/effects was mentioned above. That's something I had not remembered to do until today. I like the snappier feel you get when you turn these things off...


Ho hum: If you're so artificially intelligent, name this song while my videos go viral


Re: Welcome back!

Thank you both for the suggestions. Looking at the options, I might be better off getting the atom feed for the author in this case.

My current solution relies on tags, making a daily web query for each tag I'm interested in and then parsing the results to create local RSS files for each tag with XML::RSS::SimpleGen, which is then consumed by a Tiny Tiny RSS installation on my VPS.

I think I'll drop the SftWS tag and go with the author feed in this case.



Re: Welcome back!

I've just realised you came back a few weeks ago and this is the third column since you returned. Please make sure you tag your columns appropriately! :-)


Welcome back!

I've missed this column. It's great to see its return on El Reg.



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