* Posts by John Arthur

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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Re: Mint

@ Michael Habel: Have an upvote for using Pale Moon. I use it with Mint Cinnamon 17.3 and find it a great replacement for Opera 12.xx.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Re: Hardly a surprise

'Sadly half the population are below median average intelligence and lap this up in exactly the same way they do for SUVs, 4x4s, red wine, gym membership, curved TVs, audiophile equipment, gold plated HDMI cables etc.'

Sorry, including red wine in this list is taking it too far. I'm off to open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

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Re: Alternative fuels

@ x 7: Rubbish. 'self-regenerating' and 'sustainable' are not the same thing. Sustainable forests are usually well managed by people, not by nature. Trees are mature long before the 'three hundred years' you quote and those that are that age are past their best and, yes, diseased and dying. It's called old age.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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Re: It works...

Well, I for one want mass adoption of Linux precisely to put pressure on developers of third party software to provide Linux versions as well as Windows ones. I have two machines running Linux Mint and would love to use that for everything but I still have to keep a Windows box going for one piece of software that has no Linux variant and which does not seem to run successfully under Wine.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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Re: UK Law

I have given you a thumbs-up but being a pedant I couldn't resist pointing out it is 'infernos', not 'inferos'.

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Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records

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Shirely if one was going to nick a disc load of data you would just make a copy and put the original back? Or is that too simple?

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Mushroom

All very well but....

"imposed more than a million pound's worth of penalties on those responsible for nuisance calls and text messages in 2015"

And how much money exactly was eventually collected?

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Brits leave 138,000 gadgets in the pub

John Arthur
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My inflatable sheep!

Can somebody tell me which pub it was found in?

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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

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Re; Your Mother

I am truly sorry to hear about your mother. Are these delusions permanent or just transitory? It may be possible to treat the condition without recourse to a strait jacket.

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Use Skype if you want to report a crime, say cops

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@readinthereg

"you will have to pay a fee for them just to NOT turn up like a plumber"

TFTFY

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

John Arthur
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"US military's cruise missile detection literally hardware floated away"

Transpose "literally" and "hardware"?

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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Metrication

Could you please enlarge on this comment as my calculator says that 0.38 inches is 9.652 mm? Are you saying that the cartridge has less propellant or that the round is lighter. Otherwise I think a .38 should be at least as good as a 9 mm for the intended puropse.

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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The first great invention

surely must be language. Without language complex and abstract ideas are impossible and passing information down the generations also.

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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

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Re: Urban buses replaced first?

You might find that the tractor idea has already been thought of:

http://21stcenturyequipment.net/are-we-ready-for-autonomous-tractors/

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Herbie goes to a hackathon: Mueller promises cheatware fix

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Re: Volkswagen is going to spend up big getting rid of its troublesome cheatware

"It is one seriously good hack if they can." If a hack, even a seriously good one, would fix the problem then shirley the hack would have been incorporated in all the cars from Day 1. More likely that this will require the addition of hardware for urea injection into the exhaust which costs money to install and further money in ongoing refills.

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Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab

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Re: Rather More Than A "Fault".

One would expect a group like that to be more sceptical/skeptical!

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Re: Machine translation is always good for a giggle!

When I was working just outside Brussels the hotel had an English version of the menu which had obviously been translated using a dictionary and no intelligence. 13 years on I still remember "Roast Bergylt with St Peter's Shells". It turned out to be baked haddock with clams. Their "wild rabbit terrine" was hare paté and so on. Happy days!

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Google to French data cops: Dot-com RTBF? Baiser ma DERRIERE

John Arthur
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Better translation

I think "baiser mon cul" would be more idiomatic. However you need to remember that "baiser" does not just mean "kiss". It also means "f**k". So go back and read that again!

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Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

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"in the world of heavily marketed, mediocre pop acts"

Go on, don't hold back. Say what you really feel!

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Re: Releasing Grey Squirrels

I had to look this one up but, yes, you are right. Under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) (amended by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000) it is illegal to release a grey squirrel into the wild, or allow one to escape.

This means if you trap one, you are obliged to humanely dispatch it. You must not let it go as this act would be illegal.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

John Arthur
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Re: I know that I'm a bit dim...

"4G worked almost everywhere that we travelled."

Well, you can't have travelled far then!

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Re: Machine recognition

"If, as is implied, the images used in the captcha were selected by a computer which matched them as being a butterfly then what is the point in using them?"

That is exactly the point. If machines selected all these pictures as butterflies then the machines would be unable to deal with this Captcha correctly. Only a human would be able to tell which ones are really butterflies.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

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Re: Fashion for rear tiny rear light?

I agree and maybe it is more than coincidence that the same problem existed on a Fiat Strada I owned for a couple of months between real cars back in the '80s. It had small rear light clusters above the grey plastic back bumper but the brake lights were sunk into the bumper itself and looked more like rear fog lights than anything else. In those days it was permissible to have two rear fog lights on a car. During the short period I owned the car I was rear-ended twice, a feat that I have only managed once in total on all the other cars I have owned in 50 years of driving.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

John Arthur
WTF?

"With 40% of crash involving fire"

Do you have a reference for that?

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

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Re: Impressive computing power shown in that picture

Ah! Supercalc and Wordstar. Those were the good old days. Who needs a mouse?

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Barclays punts instant Twitter mobile payments app – best avoid while drunk

John Arthur
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Barclays mobe banking boss Darren Foulds crowed:

"We are always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make people’s lives easier"

So, Darren, you know exactly where you can stick any banking service that is one of the "new and exciting ways".

Idiot

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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"As a right-thinking Reg reader"

"As a right-thinking Reg reader you may well think that this social science stuff is rubbish and simply isn't to be trusted".

Yup!

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Cause of hottest year on record discovered!!

Have an upvote! I do think you should have used the "joke" icon though.

On the other hand perhaps not.....

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Re: Errr WTF?

I think the aim is not to force people to have internet access at home if they don't want it. The aim is to have it available at 10Mbps or greater IF YOU WANT IT no matter where you live. A laudable aim, no?

And it's licence on the east side of the pond

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Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

John Arthur

Re: Ground clearance?

Not sure I'd want to take it off road with 17.9mm (<3/4in) of clearance.

There, fixed that for you.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Cygwin

+1 for Clementine. I use it on my Linux boxes and was so happy with it a Google search for "player like Clementine for Windows" turned up Clementine for Windows much to my surprise and delight. Works better on Linux though. I do get occasional hangs using it on Windows.

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

John Arthur
Black Helicopters

"Alternatively they could revamp the malware to the point where it's undetectable."

Perhaps they already have...

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

John Arthur

Re: Why I use SSD #2

And I have a Lenovo X60 laptop that has survived several tens of thousands of miles in my motorcycle panniers without a spinning rust disk failure so SSD and traditional are equal on that.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: There’s no official word from Tesco on the weight of the Hudl 2

http://www.tesco.com/direct/hudl2-8-wi-fi-tablet/454-7907.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=397-7926

So it's 410 grams. How hard was that?

But you get an upvote anyway.

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

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I would hazard a guess I'm more likely to be shot by a cop

"So it you're about twenty five times more likely to be killed by a criminal or loon than by a policeman."

How many people are killed each year by members of their own family rather than criminals or loons? I suspect a lot.

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Ice probe peers at hidden BOTTOMS of oceans from SPAAACE

John Arthur
Unhappy

No need for that

"said David Sandwell, a hefty geophysicist"

Now that's not very nice, is it?

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

John Arthur

Re: Daytime running lights

"No, a shortsighted invention which reduces road safety.". I fully agree. For some years motorcyclists in almost all countries of the EU have had to ride with their headlights on in daytime to make them stand out from all the other traffic. Putting daylight running lights on all vehicles removes this protective advantage from one of the most vulnerable class of road user. Well done all those politicians who don't bother to think things through.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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Re: wasn't long ago

Exactly. Slightly off topic but back in the '80s I remember reading an article in Gramophone magazine about the then-new CD players and the prospects for small version for in-car players. The article pointed out that the problems of a tiny space and the heat given off by the laser made this impossible. On the back cover of the same magazine was an advert for the first self-contained in-dash car radio/CD player!

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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It's got to be a nomination for an IgNobel Award!

See title

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Re: I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!

@John Bailey: I too use CPC/Farnell and I also use Rapid Electronics. I have found both to be excellent though cannot comment on their paper catalogues as I have never asked for one. It would cost me too much in impulse purchases!

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Re: How the sale went down

TheOtherHobbes: "Not entirely fair. I've always found Maplin staff to be more informed than elsewhere. Some of them are even enthusiastic and genuinely helpful."

You've been shopping in PC World too much!

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: What happened to GAGA

"The mower I really liked had no wheels, it hovered. Main selling point was being able to cut grass on a slope around a pond or other water source."

I can see how a hover mower can cut on a slope with a human to hold it in position. How does it manage to stay on or climb a slope on its own?

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

John Arthur

Re: OpenOffice?

+1 for LibreOffice

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

John Arthur

Re: Free Mein Kampf

Have an upvote for saying what I was about to say!

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

John Arthur

Re: Resolved? I think not.

+1! I also jumped from the useless Natwest to Nationwide nearly two years ago and have never looked back. And I get free European travel cover.

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ROCK FROM MARS FOUND in Africa, reveals Red Planet's SECRETS

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Young?

"the rock is around 4.4 billion years old - so it was formed just 100 million years after Mars itself. In planetary terms, this is very young indeed." Surely, while young in terms of the Universe, it is very old in planetary terms if it is only 100 million years younger than Mars itself?

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Microsoft's so keen on touch some mice FAIL under Windows 8.1

John Arthur

Re:...I'm awaiting Win 8.1.1...!

Have an upvote! Showing our age aren't we!

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

John Arthur

Re: Auto tills had some redeeming features...

Accepting any vouchers provided that they were for items that the store stocked regardless of whether they had been purchased or not was a deliberate attempt by several of the UK larger supermarkets back then to undermine the whole voucher system as it obviously added overheads to check out times. The attempt failed but, yes, you could get a lot off your weekly bill by collecting coupons from magazines.

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John Arthur

Re: Tesco are the worst

It always amazes me that people reverse into supermarket parking slots. It is always easier to drive forwards into a narrow parking space and reverse out into a large open area than vice versa. And that is apart from the disadvantage of returning with your shopping and finding someone, probably me as I have a long car and supermarket parking slots are short, has left insufficient room for the trolley to access the boot or the boot lid/hatch to open.

A quick poll at our local Tesco last week gave the reverse-in parkers a majority over the forward-in ones. Weird!

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