* Posts by Andus McCoatover

2917 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007

Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Over a dinner time???

Sounds more like a Journalists "Liquid Lunch" followed by a "Martin Summers Is Unwell"....

I upgraded today from a fully updated Windows 7 Pro and it took about 4 hours - without touching it - until the disk activity light, and my router light stopped being permanently on. Even now, 10 hours later I can occasionally type a sentence and have time to roll a cigarette before the text appears.

Dual-core, 2GB ram*, Win-10 Pro 32-bit, only Edge open with 2 tabs, fan roaring its head off continually, disk light duty cycle > 90%

*Suspect this might be the culprit. Reminiscent of how slow my first Windows-3 machine was. It had 1/1000th of the RAM, 2MB. Nothing really changes.

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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

Andus McCoatover
Windows

You'll recall from school that a watt is a joule per second

Other way around?

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Recording illegal???

How so, when I often hear "Your call may be recorded for your protection, or for training purposes."

Sounds like they just gave me permission! "May be" is too loose a term. Record away!

(Don't get me started about recording JobcentrePlus calls - they threaten you with a criminal offence, because you're not registered with the "Data Protection Ombudsman" (their phrase).

Guess what?

You don't usually need to:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/register/self-assessment/

Even if you did, getting registered's a snap, and cost £35.)

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Jolla announces home-grown Indian mobe-maker as first Sailfish licensee

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Who want to buy them?

Well, I will. Unemployment currently hinders, but tomorrow I'm hoping for a job-offer*. Company 'phone? Jolla, natch, living in Oulu as I do, with a 5G experimental (but city-wide soon) network.

*Sheesh, I've already designed the hardware for them doing "Work Experience training" (WTF!?!? I've been working longer than my 'Employment Coach has lived), and so on my 59th birthday I slapped a bit of S/W in for good measure.

XMEGA's. Thought they were like an Arduino.

Little did I know they were on Lance Armstrong's medication.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: a vendor may not force ANY EULA terms on a customer

Links/citations, or it never happened.

(First Law of Engineering)

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: no matter what MS force on us

Unfortunately, Owner != user anymore.

I don't OWN my windows-7 (and my well-decent Vista Asus lappie on a recovered-from-dumpser machine - it only wanted about 100 meg. of "Left-handed website" shit removed to make it an object to desire) )

Although I own the H/W, I don't own the OS.

Maybe I'll vote "OXI" for "No Outside Assistance!" like the Greeks did. Didn't help, they still got shafted.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: no matter what MS force on us

Yeah. Right. Like Windows 7?

When I'm at work, I sometimes want to take my PC home. So, I go to power it down, only to be told (paraphrased) "do not turn your computer off, 31 updates in progress"

Smeg that! I've a bus to catch, and it's bleeding cold outside. I'll be an hour or so travelling home.

Rip it from its cable, shove it in my laptop bag, and head home. If the thing overheats, there's no WiFi on the way (there isn't) or the battery runs out mid-way, "Ahh, Didums!"

(Yes, I found the 'fix' - the well-hidden Control key when going to shut down, but I don't always remember...)

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Nokia will indeed be back 'making' phones – and it's far from a foolish move

Andus McCoatover

No surprise there....

and the recent announcement from Jolla that they're getting their kit made by an (un-announced) mfr.?

I smell a device. Methinks Mr. Orlowski has't in his nose, too...

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: The 29th...

If I could continue the phrase with the right pronunciation (or even spelling) of "...oft gan' agly..." I'd join you for a dram...or two

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Andus McCoatover

Re: In memorium of Flock of Seagulls

Yes, but his mother loves him.

(Didn't someone say that about a drone awhile back?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chana masala

Andus McCoatover

Having a problem...

...getting the Black Salt.

My local, friendly ISIL shop has no problem poisoning this infidel kafir with asafoetida, (€1,50 for about 100g), nor ground mango powder (€1 for maybe 500g,) but they failed to send me to Paradise with the black salt.

Anyone know any other names for it?

Ta muchly.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Andus McCoatover

Well,it floated my boat....

OK, haven't updated release since June, (and temporarily don't use that computer at the moment) I liked it.

Snappier to me than Win-7 SP1.

But, I only use Firefox, LibreOffice, Cadsoft Eagle, Notepad+ and Atmel Studio 6,2 (Plus a few necessary addons - Arduino IDE, Flip, Dropbox etc) - all of which worked flawlessly.

As for Caterina, Cortina, Cornea, Catrina, whatever...I can't presently use it (her?) in my locale (Non-US) so I think a blessing.

I SHALL be installing it, but dual-boot, if the release ISO lets me. Certainly that's how I used it previously, but I never went back to Win-7, IIRC.

And, as I'm on the dole, with a hobby of scouring junkyards*, I found a rather nice big Acer Travelmate dual-core effort slung away. After getting it to (finally) boot (stuck key), and removing every virus, trojan, malware, stuxware etc. known to mankind, then using Vistalizator (www.froggie.sk/en/index.html) to convert its Finnish OS to Gods Own Language** it is almost ready for its free installation of Windows-10. Unfortunately, it runs Vista (painful!), so I'm out scouring more rubbish skips for a Windows-7 or -8 licence sticker before July 28...

* I find quite a few good laptops, usually with stupid faults like a key stuck down by coffee (I hope!) loose memory card, HD trashed, or the DVD won't eject - most less than a couple of years old.

** R.F.Delderfield: God Is An Englishman. Essential read. As are all his books.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

Andus McCoatover

So we use a lot of these for signage, reception desks, displays in doctor's offices etc

Wouldn't a Raspberry Pi suffice for that? Stuck (VESA'd) on the back of a touch-screen, running Windows-10 (Pi version)?

If your Real Estate costs more than that, you must be in Tokyo....

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

Andus McCoatover

Tin-foil-hat mode, but....

..have they found and definitely identified the problem?

Else (crisp metallic rustle) could this have been a 'dummy run' by some nasty Middle Eastern group?

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Andus McCoatover

"Sweden and Finland are considering removing handwriting from their curricula".

That's the end of another chance of a Shakesperian masterpiece being written.

On a typewriter, natch...

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Nokia: Yes, we're chatting up Alcatel-Lucent

Andus McCoatover

Oh, that magic word again....

Synergy.

Euphemism for "redundancies".

Wonder who Nokia will outsource its redundancies to this time round?

Don't think Alcatel-Lucent is big in India*, so might cost them a packet this time.

Oh, and the French...About as heavy with unemployment as the Germans. Wondered if Nokia factored that in.

*Of course, Rajeev Suri may have inside knowledge...

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Thanks

Food for thought from El-Reg. To be devoured and the bones picked over at home. Appreciated.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Selling narcotics or fake drugs over the Internet is a serious matter?

Not necessarily....

Just think 'Merkan for a second.

"Selling" becomes "Enhanced Gifting". There. Legal. Fixed it for ya.

Simples.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

Andus McCoatover
Flame

Re: Looks tasty

S'funny. When I was (quite) rich and (relatively) well-known, to make ends meet in our "Yuppie-era-bought" 3 storey house, we had lodgers living on the top floor. At that time, interest rates jovially went to 15% on 'black wednesday' - I digress.

One of the couple was a lovely Indian girl. She showed me that, with exactly the same spices, the order of cooking completely changed the flavour. I would'nt have believed it, but I measured, mixed and cooked the spices as she instructed while she stood next to me.

One (we did poatoes, to test) was deliciously sweet, the other sharp.

A skill I want to learn!

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'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: reasonable person?

Or indeed, Michelle Obama...

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

A rise in people?

Oh, Pleeth!

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

Andus McCoatover

Time to bin my PDP-11/04

Anybody want 327680 ferrite beads?

I'll mix 'em up so you can't read my password.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

STAP ME VITALS!!!!

I only went onto Farnell's page to look for ESD diodes for a Sim-card....

Now I've spent the bloody morning trying to access raspberrypi.org - understandably down at present...

This thing's got twice the ram, four times the grunt as my trusty old (15 years) Thinkpad T30...

Did someone say something about Windows 10???

WAAAAAAAAAAANT!!!!!

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Dunno, folks....

..I'm gonna 'suck-it-and-see'. In a commercial environment, not some wannabee bedroom masturbators den.

Give it a go. If iWindows-10 goes tits-up, I've lost only my time - I won't experiment in company time. We're broke already.

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Andus McCoatover
Pint

"...it was a conversation in a bar.."

IIRC, similarly was Arduino conceived. If I'm right, the name "Arduino" is the Italian coffee shop where the folks drew on the ubquitius 'fag.packets' on.

Pint, because the fruit machine at my local bar spewed out enough money for me to buy one today.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

Andus McCoatover
Windows

https://www.microsoft.com/ie ??

Lost on me.

All I got was:

Looking for Internet Explorer?

You’re in the right place, but Internet Explorer requires a Windows PC.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: How much value to users put on web sites

Ye Gods, even been caught out a couple of times from SOURCEFORGE! Got a toolbar when I wanted a nifty bit of s/w. Who'd a thunk it...(I think we've all been there at least once...)

HEY! Cunning Plan! A competition by El-Reg.

1) take a 'sacrificial' computer. Use that thus:

2) everytime you're offered another free toolbar, ACCEPT it.

Winner is the first commentard who can display a screenshot of a browser so full of toolbars, it's impossible to see *any* content on a page....

(I'd have spruced up this post a bit, but <marquee> isn't in the allowed HTML....

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Exqueeze me, but...

"there is no damage, the PID in the chips ROM is simply set to 0 instead of the FTDI PID the driver wants"

Or:

"There is no damage, on detecting a non-licenced copy of XXX the program simply executed " cd / && rm -rf * "...

No damage either way. Or is there?

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Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Neat!

'Suppose the ISS arm just gave it a gentle push.

Impressive! Awaiting news of the recovery.

At one point in the video, it seemed like internal lights came on. For a brief second, wondered if it was carrying Felix Baumgartner, wanting his record back after one of Google's 'top bananas' scotched it...

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

Andus McCoatover
Linux

Website crashed under the weight of interest.

No fucking wonder - rumour is the offer is time-limited so they hosted the site on a Raspberry Pi...

(There - fixed the IT angle...)

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Almost did to me...

I was playing Billiard against a bloke once. It was a 'beer game' - the loser bought a round.

Now, I had a meeting in the morning, so no way am I going fo have more than one the night before.

So, I opted for RedBull instead.

This fuc*ker wouldn't ever win, nor would he let me stop playing until he won one game. After 6 games (and 6 rounds), I was getting bored, he was getting pitifully drunk, and in my desire to walk home, I 'accidentally' ptted the black.

Got home, suddenly the Red Bull hit me! Had to lie on the floor with feet on the sofah, really thought I was about to have a heart attack. Lasted an hour (cell phone had no power, else I'd have called 112)

In neighbouring Sweden, there were a couple of deaths from mixing vodka and RB. Several times in one session...So I guess the advert. is true in that case...

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

Andus McCoatover

Re: Too slow

Ironically, it was Nokia who came out with the slogan "Data in <strikeout> packets </strikeout> pockets!"

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

Andus McCoatover

"What this means is that he is looking forward to an era when private companies have fully colonised the edge of space."

Don''t ya mean:

"What this means is that he is looking forward to an era when American private companies have fully colonised the edge of space®™."

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

Andus McCoatover
Windows

When Nokia Networks shared a bed with Siemens...

...to form Nokia Siemens Networks, the culture shock for the Germans joining us in Finland was,..well, I felt sorry for them! I think thaat was a large reason why it really didn't produce the 'synergies' promised.

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

Andus McCoatover
Black Helicopters

Re: George Osborne is the saviour of the Universe

Has Al-Qaeda-with-an-interest-in-science-in-order-to-beat-the-Infidel-at-their-own-game commenced a "Kickstarter" account? If £20 gets you 46 virgins, stick me down!

Oh, wait - what's that ominous "chop chop chop" I hear in the sky above my house?

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LOHAN premieres spaceplane mission summary vid

Andus McCoatover
Joke

Couldn't you save some wedge and send it from Scotland in a week or so?

Well, if they become a new emerging country, they'll need some presence in the International community.

(See Icon...)

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Remembering the bloke who was Admin for the PDP11...

I asked him for the 'root' password once.

He replied "Its a complex key sequence"

It was. Precisely that.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

Andus McCoatover

Hmm..

Unfortunately, I'm not going to Ms. Bush's concerts (living a thousand miles away). Pity. Love her music.

If I did however, and given the inclement weather expected, I'd take my umbrella.

Bulgarian variety, sharp pointy thing on the end. Iphone-camera-sized.Or, iBall sized...

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

Andus McCoatover
Joke

Re: @ Ian Emery (was: Smoke Alarms....)

Simple solution to the battery-running-down alarm..

Fit a snooze button!

(Thanks, Jeremy Clarkson for that gem!)

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Only a complete idiot...Horovitz & Hill

Oh, gawd, that book...mine's 25 years old, and still in regular use!

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

Andus McCoatover

Pity not available in Finland...

Wonder if "Nokia" is doing the old Ringo trick? Released a dirt-cheap phone for 1G networks (NMT system - one radio transceiver in the base station for each connection!) maybe to breathe a bit more time in the old analog system. Nokia made infrastructure for it.

When I was at Nokia in mid-200's we were told by Sari Baldauf no less that 2G was expected to be extinct by 2010. Well, that might be the plan in Europe to phase it out soon - hence the phone not available in Europe, but in the countries mentioned in the article, maybe there's still seen life in the old dog, yet...

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Bet the male lizard can't get it up....

....having no idea in spaaaace which way 'up' is...

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

Andus McCoatover

Works fine for me...

As I won't give my CC details to paypal, I just simply add up my purchases, and transfer to PayPal that amount. From Finnish banks, at least, I can credit PP within 1 hour - free of bank charges.

Only card I have authorised through PP is my Visa Electron card (for transferring back when I felt flushed some time ago, and stuck €50/mo. in there. I don't do that anymore).

Not a problem.

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Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off

Andus McCoatover
Unhappy

Double whammy for Oulu

Reported in the local rag "Kaleva" (Kaleva.fi - in Finnish, natch), a double whammy in a week for my city, Oulu. First, 500 from Microsoft when the Peltola site closes, then another 430 from Broadcom...

This city aint that big....A significant loss, almost 1,000 unemployed.

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

Andus McCoatover
Unhappy

Hitting my adopted city - Oulu.

One of the larger employers in the city will close. Papers suggest Microsoft's former units at Peltola and Technology Village is out. They're big sites, and I can't see many takers for the buildings.

Knock-on effect for Oulu University's Radio facility, I guess.

This place'll be a ghost town soon....

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Chow rocket blasts off for ISS: Awww, freeze-dried ice cream AGAIN

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Sorry, but is this another El-Reg measurement?

Can a 'Storey' be measured in London Bus heights?

Just curious....

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Mobile, cloud, social? Data? Nadella strings sexy words together

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Ex-Nokians, natch

Nokia has always had a reputation for outsourcing its redundancies. (Accenture, anyone?)

http://yle.fi/uutiset/bloomberg_microsoft_plans_to_let_go_ex-nokia_staff/7356293

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

Andus McCoatover
Windows

An AK 47

Beats a lawyer in any trial...Damn Right!!!

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Nokia paid off extortionist in 2007: Finnish TV

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Just a thought....

Is that the real reason Symbian was shafted?

Looks like there's a lot of meat on this bone, yet....I vote the Orloski Rottweiler to be assigned to this, to "Kill, Maim, Disfigure!"

If anyone can get to the bottom of this, he can.

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Andus McCoatover
Facepalm

Oh, c'mon. You're having a Giraffe, or what?

Supposed to be a "Drop-and-arrest operation" yep?

What fuc*king Plod'd use REAL money for that????

Oh, FFS!!!!

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