* Posts by Youngdog

318 posts • joined 9 Nov 2007

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King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

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there but for the grace of God...

Come on, we've all dropped that one massive bollock at some point

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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I once spent half a morning...

..trying to help a v. senior manager reset his domain password. After literally 1/2 a dozen rounds of him calling up, me unlocking the account, resetting the password to his desired choice (you're not allowed to do that any more!) it finally dawned on me what the problem was and I was able to close the ticket with the following comment;

" User cannot spell 'February' "

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: Cart before the horse

Like DrXym I've got a couple of Atom Z3735 devices and the Linx 7 isn't much bigger than a Phablet. After the failure of RT and with the new Atom x3/5/7 out I can't help but think Microsoft missed a trick not going with x64/x86 phones. It would have then been a relative doddle to put ARM emulation on top of that.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Witless idiots

Not just instructions - pop ups too. It still mystifies me how some people can override the brain's unfaulting habit of automatically turning jumbled shapes into words without any conscious effort - but only when those jumbled shapes are presented in a little rectangle on a screen

"Error message? Yeah something popped up but dunno what it said - I just hit 'Cancel'. So why doesn't it work?"

AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGHHH!!!!

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FYI Apple fans – iCloud slurps your call histories

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Not all bad

I only use iCloud for contacts and an .icloud.com mail address but found it quite useful that my recent call history was restored to a replacement after the last one was stolen

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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Disable Reply to All

Why is it that those most prone to complaining about unwanted emails cluttering up their mailbox inevitably hit 'Reply to All' thus cluttering up everyone else's mailbox! An over developed sense of irony? Tragic lack of self-awareness? Or (as I suspect) is it just an unquenchable need to let other people know how busy and/or important they think they are.

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Microsoft: Watch out millennials for evil Security Essentials

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Re: I know this is all based on user ignorance, but..

Corporates still running XP will undoubtedly not be using Security Essentials but the number of two-bob Home used by everyone else is a disaster waiting to happen.

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BSOD screensaver...

...oh the fun we used to have with that in my NT4 days! I really should have updated my username to old-fart dog by now.

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Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

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Re: So to summarise..

As someone who did sit on a mountain recently (Kilimanjaro, last week) I have no problem with 'the sky' not being limited to something above me...

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So to summarise..

..'the sky' is the bit of the atmosphere that appears blue due to Rayleigh Scattering

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: Grunchy

wait, wait, wait - you get paid to eat cheezies? Teach me Senpai!

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iPhone 7 first fondle

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I copped a feel of the cheap looking Jet Black handset today in O2 and was just glad I had a 6s.

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Phoney bling ring pinged by Tolkien's kin

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Re: That depends where and what part

The first proper book I read was The Wizard of Oz so it's a shame I'll never get to read those. Or learn Russian.

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Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

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Wow

Screen and USB aside they are great specs. It's probably cutting corners like those though that's providing the margin. And that processor,in house, looks like a masterstroke.

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Apple kills its Stores

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It's probably to remove confusion with App Store

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it

"The average person who is not a developer who tries to install Linux on an average box usually fails, because there is no working graphics driver, or mouse driver, etc. for some part of their machine."

This was last true 5-10 years ago

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BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secure Android?

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This one does have front facing speakers for anyone that's interested

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Mad-tech labcoat-sporters DARPA pit infosec AI against itself

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Re: This is were it begins... Judgement Day

Arnie should drop in wearing the outfit just for a laugh

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Re: Probably the best (...) in the world

I remember seeing the hoardings last year saying that, in a taste test, 7/10 people preferred Carlsberg to Stella.That struck me as a bit like saying you think horse p**s tastes better than cat p**s - you're still drinking p**s!

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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If you don't know how enable/disable any setting applied by GPO then you really shouldn't be using the Pro edition

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Ed Vaizey booted to backbench, Hancock booted to DCMS

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@ Rich 11

I'm glad we have a monarch as our Head of State - I much prefer someone who had no more choice than who's womb they sprang from than some grubby schemer who genuinely thinks they're above everyone else and deserves to rule. Leadership is a burden - not a prize.

"Those who seek power are not worthy of that power"

Plato

"The desire to be a politician should be enough to ban you from ever becoming one"

Billy Connolly

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Can a billion people be wrong?

As someone who has tried eating fish porridge for lunch I would say - yes, most definitely.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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@AC

So a friend of over 20 years standing has suddenly become a See You Next Tuesday because they had the nerve to hold a different opinion to you on something? I think I know who is the bigger cunt.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Yeah Bill, the thing is...

...any normal, healthy, functioning society would establish a supply chain to provide poultry sale for rearing. These are badly run countries in the modern world and for all your brains, money, power and influence chucking a few chickens around isn't going to fix anything.

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Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

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(sigh) Microsoft have made a good product

Got hold of my firms Win10 RC and tried it on a gen 1 Surface Pro some high-band early, early 8.1 adopter had tossed aside. Worked a treat. Does 90% of what I need and runs on an enterprise platform without breaking a sweat. They could sell millions.

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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@Boldman

Behold - the Archimedes Death Ray!

http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html

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Our old enemy - the Sun!

(shakes fist at the sky) Grrr. Damn you!

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

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@ Xamol Re: If it were Microsoft

There's also some unreasonable criticism up there as well - and if MS did brick a similar number of devices the vitriol would be fully justified as it would hit a far higher proportion of users given there are about 10 times as many ipads out there.

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Yet another SE Asia bank hit by a SWIFT credentials hack

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They know in advance you smoke

You probably fell for the cunning ruse of putting a 'do you smoke' question on the application form or during the on-boarding process.

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China says yes to SanDisk

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Will SanDisk's SSDs get any better?

If so then happy I will be. Unlike some here I like WD and had a fleet of workstations all running Raptor 10K. Tough as old boots. Unfortunately my firm upped sticks and moved to Lenovo - now my days are noticeably more difficult.

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Sic transit Mercury Monday

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Re: By the way...

Holding it over your head would be sliding it under the sun

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

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That's now

They will come up with another long term forcast next year based on what they know then. It's a consumption forcast and reflects expected demand so it just means the number of people who won't care gets larger.

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Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50

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Another one of Chrome's big advantages was its ability to run from a Windows user's profile without install with admin rights - much to the chagrin of sys admins everywhere. I think we found over a dozen different releases scattered about on one scan

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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Re: So all this time Steve Jobs was right

I don't remember anything of the sort. Even with all his faults and the mess Apple is heading towards I, and a great many others, knew he was bang on the money and grateful for it!

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Councils and potholes

Is it just a hoary old myth that councils wait until the end of a budget cycle before splurging any remaining on these works?

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Apps that 'listen in' to your mobile get slapped by US watchdog

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I'm shocked

"in order to make use of the SilverPush code, they must first obtain direct permission from users to both access their microphone hardware"

So there is currently isn't a technology control to prevent that if they don't? God help us all we really are just dollar signs to these type of people.

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One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020

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And also in the interests of fairness

I brought my Lynx 10 with a detachable keyboard and never remove it. Spec wise it's almost identical to the Asus Transformer T100 and half the price - it's the cheapest full x86 notebook I've ever owned.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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So just spoof a successful KB295266 install

I've done that before to avoid unwelcome but unstoppable giftings from WSUS when the usual channels have failed me.

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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Re: Great but...

@AC I got it installed on an old eeepc last week. I created the RemixOS USB then booted into a live Xubuntu drive on another port and DDd the image onto the HDD. Worked a treat. Only problem is I can't think of anything I need to use it for - it doesn't load or run as quickly as a lightweight Linux distro.

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: Mr. President, aren't you a constitutional scholar??

That paper was written by Peter Sands? The same Peter Sands that advised the UK government and was instrumental in formulating the bank bail-out in 2009? The one running Standard Chartered when it copped squillions in fines for assisting money laundering with sanctioned countries? The one who steered said bank's share price off a cliff in chasing profits through bad loans and an obviously unsustainable commodity boom? Yeah, you should totally listen to that guy.

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JavaScript daddy's Brave ad-blocker hits Android, Apple stores

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Re: What I want is an iOS blocker extension, not a browser

I've just downloaded Brave and it seems quite good so far - I might have to put this on my home page if I don't have any problems soon

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Re: What I want is an iOS blocker extension, not a browser

Have you tried Purity? Not perfect but does at least allow you to browse in Safari

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

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Re: What am I going to do now?

Pretty much my experience too David 132.

I was dual-booting it with Win10 until a few weeks ago. Then I found out that after July I won't be able to transfer Windows to a new device - so I backed up /home, spent about an hour rebuilding Mint, downloaded virtualbox, created a Win8.1 VM and finally upgraded that to Win10 instead. Ever since then I've been not looking back.

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Re: RAID 10 ? Why not RAID 5 then?

According to the configurator page they can do RAID 5 for the same price - and they offering RAID 1 mirroring on the PCIe storage too!

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

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Some great ones in the recent le Carré biog

My favourite so far is Lance Pope - walked out of Colditz wearing a German officer's uniform he'd made himself. Even had the cheek to b*ll*ck one of the guards in flawless German on the way out!

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Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape

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Headmaster

"I spent nearly two hours typing an analysis article on Intel's latest financial figures into our intranet"

Oh dear. As any fule kno you must always always type it out, in full, into something far more stable than a browser window if you want to avoid pulling your hair out in clumps before keeling over with an aneurysm. I use notepad just to be sure.

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Invite-only bug bounty criticised for turning up the heat on Tor

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Wait - what?

The shelf life of any bug they may have found or will find might become a lot shorter

Isn't that the whole point of a bug hunt? When did that become a bad thing?

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Intel lobs out new Core m3/m5 Compute Sticks, shouts 'Fetch!'

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Re: How much?

Upvote for this - after some consideration I went for the Gigabyte Brix over the Zotac. Some high-end versions can top £500 but I got a last-gen quad core for <£100. Small, quiet (fanless) and does everything I need!

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