* Posts by Not That Andrew

940 posts • joined 13 Nov 2007

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

Not That Andrew

Re: No thanks

My electricity meter is right next to the gas, which gets read at least 3 times a year, usually more. I'm lucky if the electricity gets read yearly. Same company, of course.

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Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit on GitHub in all its speech-recognising glory

Not That Andrew

To be fair, people have had 30 years to get used to hating Microsoft. Google has only been hateable for 10 or so years, luckily I got an early start.

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Paid Wikipedia-fiddling on wheels

Not That Andrew
Joke

Re: Their editor numbers have plummetted.

So pretty much as it was, with less vandalism?

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German regulators won't let Tesla use the name 'Autopilot'

Not That Andrew

Re: VW did nothing wrong

Ah, it was a rogue cell or splinter group then?

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Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

Not That Andrew

Re: 100% secure

Unless the update irrevocably corrupted the HDD's I don't think so

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Not That Andrew

Re: Can't use Linux apparently

You must have been in a bare X session or TWM if you couldn't lock the screen, GNOME, KDE, XFCE, all the major desktops (and many of the window managers) have some obvious way of doing that.

Playing MP3's hasn't been a problem on any distro for years, even Debian does it out the box these day's. All Distros come with a word processor (usually LibreOffice these days) capable of reading Office files (except particularly complex Excel files and some of the weirder Word files that Word often has issues with), and it's usually installed out the box.

I can only assume that your experiences were on a rather bare bones installation of Debian about 2003 and you have assumed that all distros were like that and that Linux hasn't changed.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

Not That Andrew

Re: "We apologize for the inconvenience"

Ask Blizzard? Reallly? did they implement offline single player & LAN multiplayer while no-one was looking?

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

Not That Andrew

Re: Obviously...

FYROM is an awesome name. Sounds like it should be a morally ambiguous organisation with a fleet of mechas and not enough government oversight. As Vaclav Haval said, Czechia sounds like a supermarket.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Not That Andrew

Re: Plus ca change

Not just Telewest, NTHELL remember. 2 remarkably crap companies, even more crap after the rebranding

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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

Not That Andrew

I was under the impression that NThelL licenced the Virgin brand and the only connection he had was gurning in the ads

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

Not That Andrew

Re: How many non-users of ABP?

Well, I'm not in IT any more, but despite the death threats still occasionally get called on to fix relatives computers. The first thing I do is install uBlock Origin. I imagine a lot of techie types do this, whether it's uBlock or Adblock Plus

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Not That Andrew

Re: Cash for Ads

Yup, back when they released 2.0 with the option to disable ads unchecked . there was a massive shitstorm so they backtracked and released 2.0.1 (IIRC) with the option enabled by default and a screen explaining the acceptable ads policy on install (which seems to have disappeared).

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It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

Not That Andrew
Joke

Obligatory "Thanks Obama" comment

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Not That Andrew

Re: I'm with the dickheads on this one.

Yeah, he seems like of a more palatable version of Drumpf. I imagine the Republicans will go with him next presidential election, God help us.

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New Skype for Linux Alpha

Not That Andrew

Re: Download link

Many people prefer the UI of Skype for Linux precisely because it lacks all Microsoft's "enhancements", I'm going to avoid the new version until they make it mandatory.

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

Not That Andrew

Re: Good luck to them

Part of the reason why you get cheaper & better rail service in Germany & France is that British commuters are subsidising it with the franchises that SCNF & BundesBahn own via Keolis and Arriva

Funny how it's OK for the French, Dutch & German government owned companies to run UK franchises, but not our own government.

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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

Not That Andrew

Re: BA FLY Software

Here's an article about CUPPS: http://www.futuretravelexperience.com/2014/07/future-airport-common-use-will-one-size-fits-solution-ever-feasible/

Reading between the lines, it appears to be a bit of a fustercluck.

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Not That Andrew

Re: CUPS

No, Apple didn't create CUPS. It was created back in 1997 as a replacement for the creaky and ancient lpd. Apple later adopted it for OSX, funded development and then bought ought the company developing it in 2007

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

Not That Andrew

Re: Fact-checking the Norks

The Norks were Chinese trained and partly equipped by them, partly by the USSR. Nork air force squadrons trained and equipped by the USSR and China operated from Chinese airbases. MacArthur gave them the excuse to openly put Chinese combat troops on the ground in Korea, but they were deeply involved before then and don't try to deny it.

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

Not That Andrew

Don't the ESA Japanese and Russians get a say in this?

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Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

Not That Andrew

Re: I don't get it.

Remarkably badly animated, but it's just a 404 page

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

Not That Andrew
WTF?

Re: "On Linux we’re just another shell"

Perhaps you should learn Power shell so you know what the hell the script is actually doing?

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

Not That Andrew

Re: Transdimensional Personnel Locator

I imagine The Laundry gained a few new employees

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

Not That Andrew

Except the Pratt & Whitney PT6 is a turboprop turbine, so still irrelevant.

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Cray profits literally go up in smoke after electrical incident

Not That Andrew

Re: Electrical Smoke Event?

Dont forget battery fire on the Boeing 787 = thermal runaway event

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Not That Andrew

Re: PCs to a useful state

Aah yes, I've seen a couple of those, and each of them my reaction has been "But you can do that on a Mac", or "It actually works better on a Mac you daft idiot". I'm tempted to report them to the ASA

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Not That Andrew

Re: It aint just this upgrade

In my case I updated 2 machines running 7 to 10. Both were set to eng-GB for system locale and all related settings. Not only did Win 10 set both to eng-US for keyboard and locale, it didn't even bother to install the eng-GB locale, although it installed Japanese on one machine.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

Not That Andrew

Re:common denominator

They are all high street banks? Perhaps the slightly non crap one was still a building society until recently?

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Ford voice "recognition" (supplied by Microsoft)

Probably the same as in their computers & phones, works adequately with a good microphone close to your face. But even then you find yourself training yourself to the software. I'll bet you anything (5p to be precise) Ford didn't bother to install the various regional voice recognition files.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Not That Andrew

Re: Earl Grey

> If you'd consider drinking Earl Grey I'm afraid it will be absolutely necessary to have you killed.

Fixed it for you

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

Not That Andrew

RE: go out and buy a different OS

Pro WAS a commercial version for Windows. Before MS to remove features, apparently to force SMB's to use EE.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

Not That Andrew

Re: They were Canon right?

And if you are really "lucky" there drivers tucked away in the cavernous depths of their asian website that will only compile on and might even work occasionally on DeadRat 4.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

Not That Andrew
FAIL

change.org

The only government that pays attention to Change.org is the People's Republic of San Serriffe (and possible Portland city council). It's just a way for lazy people on the Internet to pretend they made a difference.

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Not That Andrew
Joke

Re: To think that...

I'm actually vaguely surprised systemd doesn't come with a keylogger, considering how many other things it's borged.

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Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

Not That Andrew

Re: Re:BBC

That should work, as mentioned above, the only way to reliably play HTML5 video on the Beeb is to spoof your user agent.

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

Not That Andrew

Re: Not sure it's an anniversary I would celebrate

I think when you count all the deaths in the US and USSR's various proxy wars the death toll comes close

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Not That Andrew

Re: @collinsl -- @Phil O'Sophical

Not to forget the SADM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Atomic_Demolition_Munition

or the Davy Crockett recoilless rifle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_(nuclear_device)

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

Not That Andrew

Re: They are on Weston-super-Mare beach

Is Weston-Super-Mare infested by idiots or something? The tidal range around here is about a mile and a half but can't I recall the last drowning

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

Not That Andrew

Re: Surely, this should have happened?

You have to have signed the ECHR to be in the EU, but that's a totally separate treaty from the EU.

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Oz PM's department red-faced after database leaks in the cc: field

Not That Andrew

Re: "Beard Level"

Men already get employed at board level regardless of ability. Ever heard of getting kicked upstairs and the Peter Principle?

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Lester Haines: RIP

Not That Andrew

R.I.P. Lester

He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

Not That Andrew

It's not helped by the fact that about the only way to get Twitter to take notice of threatening behaviour is to make a police report

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

Not That Andrew

Re: I need info

NEVER use anything from that shyster Gibson. GWX Control Panel is a better option

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Micro Focus spends $540m to add Serena its software brand museum

Not That Andrew

Re: Give it another 20 years

Ahh yes, I remember having a slight beakdown upon hearing of the existence of COBOL.net 6 or so years ago.

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

Not That Andrew

Re: No. Never. The solution is now simple...

See the posts on the first page why using anything from that shyster Gibson is a bad Idea

here's a couple of El Reg articles on him when the public still thought he was relevant

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/02/25/steve_gibson_invents_broken_syncookies/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/12/31/winxp_hole_misrepresented_by_fbi/

Use ANY Win 10 control tool except his. I use GWX Control Panel but any should do.

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Not That Andrew

Re: Alternative is'nt pain free

If you are going to move people to Linux, move them to something relatively sane and which will still be around in a couple of years, like Debian. Or Fedora or Ubuntu or Arch if you insist on being bleeding edge. Even Slackware is a better choice, it's stable and it's been around forever.

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Not That Andrew

Re: My opinion on this?

You are right, he's basically a wannabe McAffee and like McAffee occasionally amusing, but not to be taken seriously or trusted with anything potentially dangerous.

Rather use something like GWX Control Panel, IMO any of the others are much more effective than Gibson's attempt to jump on the anti Windows 10 bandwagon.

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Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

Not That Andrew

Re: Does "detained in absentia" count towards any future jail time?

If the US really wanted to extradite him they could have extradited him from the UK when he was still lounging around leeching of the rich fools who paid his bail. Who he appears to have no intention of repaying.

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LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

Not That Andrew

Re: OMG! Somebody hacked my LinkedIn account !!

I must add ferret combing to my LinkdIn profile (if i can remember it).

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