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* Posts by Someone Else

1932 posts • joined 9 Dec 2009

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Re: I gotta hand it to them

Or...simply don't have such invasive interlopers in your home to start with!

There...that wasn't so hard, now was it?

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Re: Google failed me...

Of course you get an upvote for even knowing about the Fabulous Freak Brothers. The problem you may be having, however, is that the name is not correct. They are the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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@Phil O'Sophical -- Re: Good for Charlemont!

Times change, and people have to be prepared to adapt, they cannot simply wait for "someone else" to hand out a solution.

Sorry, Phil. I'm not in that business, and those who would wait for me would have a long wait, indeed!

And if I were in that business, they probably wouldn't like my solution, anyway....

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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@AC --

If you're worried by CCTV, don't shoplift.


Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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@NoneSuch -- Re: Easy Instructions

Downvoted only because I recently (successfully) upgraded my Win10 box to Linux mint. No reformatting of any existing NTFS disk or partition was required, and I can still see them in all their "glory" (or is that "gory"? In any case, they're still there....)

One could consider Step 3 fear-mongering.

Boffins build bugged bees bearing backpacks

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Sounds like yet another instance of, "Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should do it." MyffyW is right; what-the-fecking-fracking-feck is the point? Is the US military planning on launching a swarm of surveillance bees to oversee corn pollination in the Midwest? Or maybe a phalanx of suitably outfitted spy-bees will fly in (on command, of course) and work the spireas in front of a known drug lord's mansion. Or...

This is just another way of proving that these "researchers" have too much time...and too much money.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: To brew American beer.....

One of my favorite jokes from back in the day where Coors Banquet wasn't available nationwide.:

A gentleman in rural Colorado wanted to find out what it was about Coors beer that made it so popular in the American West. So he bought a can, and poured a small amount of it into a specimen container, and sent it off to a lab for analysis. One week later, he received a message from the lab that read: "Dear Sir, I am sorry to inform you that your horse has diabetes."

Privacy, security fears about ID cards?'s digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: people were perfectly happy handing over their data to tech giants

No, we're not!

At least those of us who are not ADHD-addled Millennials or brain-dead fuckwits aren't. (Note: Those are not necessarily disjoint sets....)

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@Cynic_999 -- Re: @ toilet duk

So, you're angling to make Benedict Donald right when he (erroneously) states that you have to have an ID card to buy a loaf of bread. Seems to me, that that would be the prime mover to not have that happen; do you really think that even the likes of TMay would want to do anything to validate Herr Lügenführer Drumpf?

US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist

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Re: Surely ....

Well, maybe. What if Komrade Kompromat is recognized as a known Russian agent?

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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@Mike Richards -- Re: Half a World away

Teresa May?!? Pffft. TMay is a right piker compared to Agent Orange!

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@FooCrypt -- Re: !@#$Fsg34=#5^GSHJ+ASdgAE$_wfaewgefH

Hey! You just posted the code of Microsoft's latest C++ compiler!

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@Jeffery Norken -- Re: In other news...

"the Earth is clearly flat."

It cannot be. If it were, by this time cats would have pushed everything over the edge.

Post. Of. The. Week. For you, sir ----->

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Re: In other news...

"...but in Latin, "Indiana" starts with 'I'..."

Ob. Indiana Jones paraphrase...Ooooh...see what I did there?

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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@Pascal Monett -- Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

[...] and the result is Microsoft is starting to get a shade of a bad reputation.

Starting?? Starting to get a bad reputation?!? Dude, these fuckers already had a well-earned bad reputation in the late Eighties!

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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OK, then...

Joe Belfiore, corporate veep of Windows, announced the plan, which was reported earlier this week. "Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences," he said.

The essence of manure is strong with this one. But OK, really want to make the web "experience" (takes a quick breath, as a fresh waft of manure floats by in the presence of that phrase) better for may different audiences? Make Edge uninstallable!

And while you're at it, make Insecure Exposer uninstallable too!

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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Well then...

[...] “will ensure there is better oversight and limitation of the powers in this bill, and better safeguards against potential unintended consequences”.

Well then, that should rightly scupper the whole thing, as the primary unintended consequence of this bill would be that everybody can (and will) have access to the backdoor.

Unless, of course, that is really an intended consequence of the bill....

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: I give you...

Well...Maybe...but SatNad is a contender...

Windows 10 or Cisco Advanced Malware Protection: Pick one

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Hmmm...Tough choice

Users can either uninstall AMP to get the new version of Windows, or they can wait until a fix for the bug is released.

Tough call...NOT! Yet another reason not to install that doorstop of an October release.

They said it was the "October release". Did they say what year?

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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@Spazturtle -- Re: Isn't it bad?

Article 13 will require Google to watch and vet every video before it can be put on Youtube, that is impossible for Google to do [...]

Yeah...comma...suuuuure it is....

Microsoft's .NET Core 3 is almost here, which means time to move on from .NET Framework

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It's time...

Microsoft's .NET Core 3 is almost here, which means time to move on from .NET Framework

And on to Qt!

/me ducks and runs for cover....

Question: How fast is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update rolling out? Answer: Not very

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Re: If you start with the premise...

@Paul Shirley-

IIRC, Group policies only apply to Windows Tens (unit) Pro...the crippled home version doesn't allw such things. Is that what you remember, too?

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Re: If you start with the premise...

Hello Steve-

The comment about "let[ting] the updater loose" is interesting, in that I personally (and I suspect I am not alone) don't know how to contain the updater in the first place. How would one do it?

You know, this forum has a large number of really savvy posters (and a handful of ringers, too...but I digress). I would think that this group should be able to come up with a repeatable process to just shut the damn thing down. If it requires fiddling with a router or personal firewall, fine...just post the instructions (or a link to where such instructions exist). I have two new machines -- on with Win10 Pro and one w/ Win10 Home. The former will be converted to Linux as soon as I find that elusive round tuit. But the latter I need to be up and running, so I need it to be free of the malware that Windows Updates provide.

How can I do that? Please!!

OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe

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Micros~1 -- take 2

Abrahams admitted that "it sounds very negative" but the new Microsoft likes to shovel softbloatware into the hands of users as quickly as possible before adding too many bells and whistles useful features that may turn out to be unnecessary actually work.

There, FTFY

And yes, Mr. Abrahams, it actually does sound VERY negative...'cuz it is.

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Can't these fuckers do anything right??!?

Hint: No....

Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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Tonton Macoute

Claims about the secret filings first emerged in August, when the government wanted the backdoor to help their investigation into the MS-13 gang, one of President Donald Trump's favourite examples of crime gangs boogeymen.

There, FTFY

Every fascist regime needs its boogeyman to distract the public, dontcha no?

Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up

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Certificate Security played with a private key of F major

Bah! iI they were really that good, their private key would be F# minor.

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A man in the MIDI, sorry, middle attack could [...]

Shaun? Stop that now, young man!

Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access

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It's worth noting that when it comes to technology the argument that "no one needs that much speed/power/memory" has literally never come true.

Bill Gates: "640K is all anyone would ever need."

Bill Gates: "The internet is just a fad."

(Rests case)

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And nobody gives a ...

America is going to fall drastically behind the rest of the world, particularly China, when it comes to high-speed broadband internet access, according to a new report.

And nobody gives a flying fuck.

The "providers"? Hell no, they'd have to spend money on infrastructure updates, and support equipment for users, and's that gonna allow the head weenies to make their multi-million dollar bonuses each year? "We've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs, gentlemen!"

The gub'mint? Hell no, they will just trust in the magic power of "the market" to cause this wondrous thing called "broadband' to happen. (All the while conveniently ignoring that, in a monopoly environment like the one we have, there is no "market". And besides, upsetting the status quo might jeopardize the flow of corporate dollars into their campaign coffers, or perhaps endanger a post-gub'mint cushy do-nothing, phony-baloney job with the providers -- I'm looking at you Pai-boy!)

The consumer? Hell no, they don't even know that real broadband exists, most of them. And the ones that do (that 11%) either have too much money and are willing to pay the exploitive, monopolistic tariffs the "providers" demand.

So, situation normal...just a little cigar smoke...nothing to see here...move along, move along....

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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@disk iops

One upvote for 'fakakta'. Gave me a giggle, once I transliterated it.

A better spelling for it (using the latin character set) might be 'verkochte'

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Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

If you are going to give software the ability to countermand the flight crew, then you need to have fault-tolerant redundant sensing systems in place to make sure that the systems on the plane have accurate information.

Or... you simply do not give the software the ability to irrevocably countermand the flight crew. Period.

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Big Brother

Oh, and...

...yes, we are very sure that driverless cars will never suffer this same fate...same fate...same fate...same fa...............

Big Brother, because he wants full control, too

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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@Shadow Systems -- Re: Off to the tower with Zuck

Just please make sure that it is broadcast at a time when those of us in the Colonies can watch...I'll gladly pay for that spectacle.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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@Iain 14 -- Re: Ignorance can be very powerful

You have to remember that, as POTUS, a lot of Trump's tweets are purely "administrative", e.g. today's "HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!" tweet.

You're assuming that Agent Orange actually meant to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all, including the residents of Orange County who just turned the county entirely blue, or anyone living in or near Chicago or New York City or Washington D.C., or anyone whose skin has a higher concentration of melanin than he has, or a woman who won't let a man arbitrarily "grab her pussy", or anyone of Hispanic descent, or anyone who worships something other than the Lutheran God of the Holy Trinity, or.... No, I would maintain that this, too, was a lie (or perhaps was sent by one of his staffers, who may actually believe the sentiment included therein).

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Re: Nice word

Downvoted for the "occasionally he does get something right", remark. Citations needed.

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Re: Why not just...

For Herr Drumpf, its more like:

if breathing() return LYING

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"And no, it's not simply return true;..."

No, indeed. If it's a Drumpf twat er...tweet, it's return false.

Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament

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Australia - where the laws of mathematics are apparently not stronger than national laws (stupidity always trumps common sense).

Now just you waiddaminnit there young man! Last I heard, Indiana is not in Australia!

Linux kernel Spectre V2 defense fingered for massively slowing down unlucky apps on Intel Hyper-Thread CPUs

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Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

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@StargateSg7 -- Re: StargateSg7?

I would NOT be surprised if Bombastic Bob and I were in fact related....OR....

I'd suggest more likely related to amanfromMars1, given your issues with English syntax.

Over the years, and with much practice and patience, I've managed to successfully parse most of amanfromMars1's posts. But I'm getting older, now, and life is too short to take the time to try and formulate a new parser for your posts. So sod off, and stop using old versions of Babelfish to translate whatever native language you purport to speak into English. I'd rather learn Python.

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Re: Commercial?

It's gotten SO BAD with Linux and C/C++ our company said screw this and went ahead and developed it's own Windows 10-like OS shell and remade the command line interface of Linux to PROPER ENGLISH! We remade LAMP into custom Windows 2016 server-like environment with a decent Active Directory WAN/ALN management system analogue!

We also REPROGRAMMED ALL OF LINUX using a customized version of EASY-TO-READ PASCAL SOURCE CODE that is FULLY COMMENTED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'll have some of what that guy is smokin'!

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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All I want for Christmas is...

...a way to disable (and I mean really disable) Windows updates.

And a way to disable (and I mean really and permanently disable) Windows Slurp. But that might be considered greedy, and this being Christmas.... Maybe for Valentine's day?

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@Ken Hagan -- Re: Technical debt

The difference is, that first round of development is now being done "live, on customer systems", because some moron decided that this was the modern way of working.

some moron == SatNad

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Re: Technical debt

Maybe...just maybe, Micros~1 will OSS it, and it will finally get fixed.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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At least... won't tie up the motorway with rubbernecking fools ruining everyone else's commute

Google: Our DeepMind health slurp is completely kosher

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Re: Google & pesonal medical data

He's a lawyer. They're required to undergo a radical ethicsectomy before being admitted to the bar. The ability to say such things with a straight face is an indication of the success of the procedure.

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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Re: Say what you like about Teslas

e) A winter in Chicago.

For those of you from the Right side of the pond, consider a dry 20-25 mph wind which always seems to be blowing in your face, with an air temperature of roughly 20 degF, and full sun, not a cloud in the sky. Pretty, to be sure, but after a week of that, even the most strident CycleNazi will be clamoring for a trip to the store in a car.

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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Re: Strange price?

With VAT, it'll still be over £10

DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

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Isn't that the outfit that makes real expensive golf clubs?

Oh...that's DXG?!?

Never mind....

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