* Posts by paulc

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

paulc

Re: Security by melting?

not hard enough...

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

paulc

Car interiors get hot in the sun...

batteries don't like heat...

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

paulc

I would consider GIT to be

an even bigger contribution to the software world...

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

paulc

Mirosoft's biggest mistake...

was not providing the windows desktop on top on Linux...

had they done so, they'd have cleaned up and Ubuntu/Mint would not have gained any traction...

pointy heads would have been going , 'yes, let's use that Microsoft Linux'...

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NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

paulc

Re: 'All The Mod Cons'

water is more use than Lead... you can drink it and recycle it...

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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

paulc

Re: Patch incoming in... 3,2,1

about device on my Galaxy S5 gives kernel version 3.10.61

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

paulc

Re: So why do I prefer linux mint ?

Mint hasn't succumbed to some of the Gnome stupidity that Ubuntu did...

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

paulc
WTF?

So it's not 'eyesafe' then?

n/t

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

paulc

One of these days...

For critical commands, they'll introduce having to have two different accounts logged in to issue them, one to invoke it, the other to approve it...

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Remix chomps Marshmallow, updates its Android for PCs

paulc

Re: Desktop productivity

you may have to sideload it and use a bluetooth GPS dongle...

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

paulc

Re: New Win7 install

"The only gotcha on Win7 installs at the moment is that you need the MS fix for stalled Windows updates (it just spends hours looking for updates). Once the fix is installed, things are back to normal and things are fine. Other than that it all still easy as anything."

tried that fix... didn't seem to do anything...

anyway, that laptop is getting Linux on it this weekend...

The new desktop box is remaining off until Saturday when the free offer is over... I've decided that Win& Pro is perfectly fine especially when I do most of my browsing ec. using Linux in VirtualBox...

The old Linux desktop is going to become an NAS/Media Server... hiding 'headless' behind the TV stand. Give it a fixed IP and control it remotely.

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paulc

It's not working...

Get Windows 10 claims my laptop is compatible, but after clicking on the icon, it's just not giving me the pop-up when the download is ready...

Never mind... I shall probably wipe the laptop and stick the latest Linux Mint on it and just run a copy of windows 7 in VirtualBox...

Now tonight is the laptop's last chance before wiping it...

Tonight I will see if the desktop box will be upgradable from Win 7 Pro...

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

paulc
IT Angle

unknown aircraft

"trailed by a second aircraft the video below doesn't identify"

looks like the US version of our Canberra...

Martin B-57

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

paulc
Black Helicopters

Obviously the TLA agencies have

something better now for penetrating and owning targets?

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Speaking in Tech: Pokemon – the internet spills over into real life

paulc
Meh

as usual, transcripts would help...

some of us are mutt and jeff...

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

paulc

How the heck is the silly woman going to enforce this mandatory age verification when the vast majority of grumble sites are not in this country?

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

paulc

Re: Extensive delay in return of computers is SOP by PC Plod. Usually the items are also broken...

wouldn't work for reasons already mentioned...

They have special means of keeping computers powered up while transporting them to their lair... they even have boxes called mouse jigglers to prevent screensavers kicking and then requiring a password.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

paulc
WTF?

Re: Wine to the rescue!

I have Corel Paintshop Pro X4 (v14) at work and it's now started nagging me to upgrade...

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

paulc

Re: Harriers

A vertical landing makes for much sense when landing on a ship rolling about at sea.

it's going to have to be a very strong sea state to start rocking those babies about enough to interfere with the landings... and in that sea state, the wind will be too strong for flying anyway...

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Win 10 has Update date

paulc

When will it be safe to

take my laptop out of Flight Mode?

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Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

paulc

Re: There's an old saying

Stop giving Microsoft money

then the problem will solve itself.

problem is that Microsoft has billions still to burn before they finally fold

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

paulc

Re: No backup, no commiseration.

they were 'backing up' to dropbox but the infected laptop was overwriting good files in dropbox with encrypted ones

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

paulc
Mushroom

fscking yank patents...

anything that mentions 'plurality' or attempts to patent an algorithm or flowchart (i.e. mathematics) should be void... same as anything that does xxx but on yyy should be void...

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paulc

Re: @Steve the Cynic

unless the Government loses a supply bill or a fails to survive a vote of confidence... sadly, there's too many Blairites who will scupper that...

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

paulc

Re: Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

*/ This works, but we don't know why /*

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

paulc

still there in Google Play...

doesn't appear to have been taken down at all

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

paulc
Black Helicopters

WiGig dead in water on classified networks...

everything has to be transmitted physically over screened wires (or fibre optics)... not even wireless keyboards/mice permitted...

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

paulc
Mushroom

General Election also required...

both major parties are split... and we need to make sure the Tories get kicked out before they can sell any more of our national assets to their chums...

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

paulc

Clark's used to X-ray your kids feet...

stick your feet in and see your toes wriggling inside the shoes...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/9366921/My-close-encounter-with-the-fabulous-shoe-fitting-machine.html

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

paulc

the US government could exercise it's right of 'Eminent Domain' and take them into public ownership and stop this shenanigans...

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

paulc
Mushroom

Re: My opinion on this?

I think I'll stick with Windows 10 When I Want It thanks.

I really, really hate websites that want your email address in order to download something...

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Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

paulc

I was very impressed with this recognition software as it flagged up some self shot concert videos I had done of an AC/DC tribute band...

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ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

paulc

Re: "Cheap-as-chips ZX81 computer"

"It may have been cheap for its time, but still around £70 in 1981, equivalent to £270 today."

it was £49.95 in kit form... I ordered mine when seeing the very first advert in the Sunday paper supplement that week... It arrived within 3 days!!! and I had it assembled and working that very same day...

What impressed me was the use of chip sockets rather than expecting the person to solder the chips in directly... cost more, but would have a massive effect in reduced returns...

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paulc
WTF?

Not a 'thermal' printer...

it used sparks to blast the silver conductive film off... there was a distinct smell of ozone when using one...

Just had pointy bits that were pulled across the paper on a continuous loop of wire and the printer discharged where each 'pixel' was...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark_printing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_ZX_Printer

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

paulc

Re: Be safe, use a chicken-scented burner phone

any bit but the 'Parson's Nose'...

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

paulc

Re: So where's EU

"Turn off Cortana.

Fixed.

Not hard was it."

still present on disk... still provides potential unfixed vulnerabilities as attack vectors to be exploited...

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

paulc
Facepalm

COLD?

it's Chronic Obstructive PULMONARY Disease...

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

paulc
Happy

10 Gig Free?

once upon a time I would have killed for 10 gigs... the server's I used to admin only had 500megs on tap... My first ever hard disk was only 32 megabytes... and I could get loads of files and programs on it...

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Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

paulc
Meh

Microsoft? Apple?

Why pick on Google, they're all at it...

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

paulc

" I disabled the upgrade option and decided I'd use another sacrificial machine instead -- next year, maybe."

after July it won't be free...

I keeping my win 8.1 laptop disconnected from the net until then...

If it still nags me or tries to put that telemetry rubbish on, it gets wiped, Linux mint putting on and an old copy of XP will be used in a virtual machine for playing FS98 on...

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Game of P0wns: Malvertising menace strikes Pirate Bay season six downloads

paulc

the trick...

is to view the pirate bay via a proxy and a browser that enables you to strip this rubbish out... and also not use Windows...

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Four hundred MILLION vulnerable Androids are out there

paulc

Re: Unsupported devices still under warranty

"It seems to me that the manufacturers can't even be bothered to support their devices for 1 year."

I was pleasantly surprised that Tesco did an update for my Hudl 2 even after they stopped selling them.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

paulc
FAIL

completely clueless..

n/t...

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Speaking in Tech: Batman vs Superman... absolutely sucked

paulc

Transcript?

some of us are deaf...

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

paulc

Re: Still 100MBit Ethernet

1gb of ram isn't enough.
<p>your problem is that you are using Firefuscked and probably KDE... stick to using the default browser on RPi and LXDE or XFCE or enlightenment or blackbox as the desktop and you're well in...<p>Personally, I'd love to see KDE 2 or Gnome 2 running on this... I had a 900 MHz laptop with only 256MB of ram back in 2002 and it was fine running those..

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

paulc

Having 'bought' the hardware on the cheap in the liquidation sale

That rarely happens, usually the assets are sold to a friend's shell company for a small sum and then 'rented' back from that firm... then there are no actual assets to seize

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

paulc

Well I was going to recommend Linux Mint...

But...

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Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

paulc

Re: "Low-end == 2 Gb"

don't forget just how much RAM Firefox sucks up just being open...

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Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

paulc

confused...

It is possible for a malicious DNS server to return too much information to a lookup request, and exploit the glibc flaw to flood the program's memory with code.

If you're using your ISP's or Google's or some other authoritative DNS service... then how can you be infected just clicking on a link?

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

paulc

one of our 'comments'

//This works, but nobody can explain why it does...

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