* Posts by Marty McFly

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Ummm...wow

The tenacity of sales reps who LIE in order to get through to someone is deserving of this tactic. Those sales reps give the software sales industry a bad rap.

However, to arbitrarily treat all sales reps this way is a real dick move. It is the real world and sometimes the SHTF. When it does and you need help this instant to keep your business running, you will be happy that you took a few of those sales calls. That way you have the relationships in place to expeditiously solve your problem.

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Did that, done that....

Many years ago in a career far far away, I was responsible for upgrading late 80's / early 90's PCs for Y2K. The catch is, these were PCs which ran a (cool for its time) DOS based Point-of-sale system. Okay, so they weren't coated in nicotine, they were coated in restaurant grease and all the nasties that come with it.

Solution... strip everything from the case that had wires attached to it. Take the case down to the office dishwasher (seriously, who ever uses the dishwasher in the break room). Run it through, and it came out like new. Install the new hardware, and there is your upgraded POS system!

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

Consensus...

Consensus indicates a lack of leadership. And that is how we got Windows 10.

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

Marty McFly
Pint

Soooo....

If I run a Skylake processor, after July 2018, Microsoft will no longer force unnecessary non-security updates to me? Does that include GWX updates?? Sounds like a winner to me!

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

Marty McFly
FAIL

Either liars or ignorant

"Users that have turned off the GWX app or disabled notifications in settings will not see this recent change, nor will Windows Professional users."

I absolutely guarantee my Windows 7 Professional has been nagging me about Windows 10. Is Microsoft ignorant or are they lying?

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

Marty McFly

Fascism

Actually, it is economic fascism. Look up the book definition. The business is private, but the government tells them what products to make.

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Marty McFly

Trust

I love my country. I fear my government.

I trust Apple more than I trust the government. I support what Apple is doing here, and I will continue to purchase their products based upon that paradigm.

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

Marty McFly

6Mb DSL on an average day...

But I live out in the sticks. I don't live in a concrete jungle with people stacked on top of each other. I can target practice from my carport, and I can piss in my front yard without anyone noticing or complaining. For that kind of peace & privacy, I'll take a crappy DSL speed any day of the week.

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

Marty McFly
Facepalm

When your market share is already shrinking....

.....don't do stupid things that force away more customers.

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BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

Marty McFly
Thumb Up

Raise your hand if...

....you still have a vintage computer around to play these on! Course, that assumes my generic bargain basement 5 1/4" floppies still retain their 140k of data after all these years.

You didn't think I had the original disks, did you? Back in those teenage years it was copy-copy-copy from your buddies and figure out how the game works later. The interesting thing is, that skill set of figuring out problems when there were no instructions, is the fundamentals of troubleshooting which I use on a daily basis today.

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No, Siri – I said PAWN stars! New Apple TV gets voice, touch control

Marty McFly
Flame

"And, critically, no Amazon Prime Video"

Damn, damn, damn. I have an Apple TV 2 & Apple TV 3 which I no longer use. That is for the simple reason that I subscribed to Amazon Prime a couple years ago. Thus I had to purchase a Roku which works fine, but I like the Apple TV interface a lot better.

I really wanted to go back to Apple TV with their new release. I am very disappointed in Apple. Grow up, Apple, and stop trying to use the Apple TV to compete with Amazon for content. This is all a business decision and is no way a technology decision that Apple has made.

So, Apple, just like Amazon is not going to get me to purchase a Fire, you are not getting me to purchase a new Apple TV. I'll stay with my Roku and its crappy interface. I am not going to have one little box for Amazon and a different little box for Netflix. You can be damned for who you are.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

Marty McFly
Happy

Good article - there's opportunity here

This is one of the more insightful articles I have read in a long time.

Lenovo is under a pile of steaming poo right night, and justly so. However, this presents them with a golden opportunity if they are wise enough to see it. Imagine the marketing in a couple years....

"Lenovo, the only brand to be independently certified for security & privacy"

"At Lenovo, your security & privacy are guaranteed on all as-shipped equipment"

Will Lenovo be smart enough to accept this anger and realize it is really a market demand? As I look over my pile of well used Lenovo laptops from the past 15 years, a market strategy like this will get them back in my good graces.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

Marty McFly
FAIL

My last Thinkpad

Thinkpad 600x. Thinkpad A20P. Thinkpad T30. Thinkpad T61P. Thinkpad W530. These are all my old friends who have traveled, worked, and collaborated with me over the last 15 years.

I am sad to see Lenovo so willingly violate the trust of their customer base. Today it was only adding stuff to pre-built machine images. What will they do tomorrow? Add it to the drivers so that even if I nuke & pave the machine they are still violating me?

It is a shame that trust, so difficult to earn, is to easily thrown away. I don't see how Lenovo can regain my trust, but I do hope they will try. And it will take more than words of denial to do so.

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Don't count on antivirus software alone to keep your data safe

Marty McFly
Terminator

Really, Reg??

The calendar is 2015. Antivirus-only security has been dead for about a decade now. This is not news.

However, there are certainly ignoramuses in the IT space who believe in 'check box' level security. So there is some value to this article.

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

Marty McFly

Rural Oregon

I feel lucky just to get even DSL. I am 11k wire feet from the CO box. They currently have me rated at 8Mbps, and it is a good day if speedtest.net can clear 6Mbps. 768Kbps upload.

I would love an upgrade to better performance. I don't know if the technology exists though. That is a long distance to push bandwidth through a plain old copper pair.

Now to think outside the box... There are two pair of wire running to my house (standard just in case I wanted to add a 2nd POTS line). I wonder if that 2nd pair could be used to increase the overall bandwidth??

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

Marty McFly

This sucks....

As an Oregonian who is represented by Wyden, I would have expected to see a bit of this on my local news sites. Not a word. I need to go to an overseas news source. It shows just how in-the-dark our media keeps the masses.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

Marty McFly

<Shrug>

Over here in the states we simply buy surplus WWII rifles direct from the government. Look up the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Pick up M1 Garands all day long.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Marty McFly

The Reg nails it

I have three older MMs. I was all ready to upgrade, but a lack of expandable RAM will kill that for me. The Reg is right - this is a BIG limitation that Apple has imposed. In my opinion, it is a move that may very well kill the platform with this generation.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

Marty McFly

Like, but....

Apple has a real gem with the Apple TV. Much better than other players out there. However, their insistence on not allowing other content (specifically Amazon Prime) had unfortunately taken me to a Roku instead.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

Marty McFly

Free Windows OS

Take a look at history. Prior to WinXP, anyone could pirate a copy of any Windows OS quite easily. Just look at Microsoft's market share through the 1990's to see how well that worked.

Did Microsoft lose money on this strategy? Perhaps there could be a case of an immediate loss - someone didn't buy an OS they were using. However, in the long term strategy they absolutely dominated the marketplace. Individuals self-trained on pirated copies of Windows. It then made sense for companies to buy & deploy Windows as they did not need to provide training for users.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

So obvious...

I can move my mouse 1" by 1" on my desk and command anything on my screen. Why would I want to lift my entire hand and arm to touch something on a Metro touch screen?

Is it cool & sexy? Sure. Would I want to spend all day at work doing that? No way. Besides, I absolutely HATE fingerprints on my monitors....

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

Marty McFly
FAIL

I'll pass...

Welcome to Microsoft where we have a failure to innovate! Adobe = the new Microsoft.

Solution: Change everything up. Charge more money. Lock customers in. Get them to forget that 99+% of what they want to do, they can do with the existing product.

Smoke & mirrors.... "Look at our new go to market strategy and ignore how uncreative we have become".

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AMAZEBALLS: Buy a doomed Apple TV, get a replacement free

Marty McFly

Avoid the Apple TV 3...

...only because it isn't jailbroken yet. My jailbroken Apple TV 2, despite having a lower resolution, has much more functionality than my blessed Apple TV 3.

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BOFH: My HELPDESK HELL - lies, phones lines and statistics

Marty McFly
Happy

It's always a better Friday with BOFH!

Another happy reader!

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BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield

Marty McFly
Happy

I was worried....

...BOFH died again or something. Glad to see you back in the new year!

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Virty giant VMware drags upstart Hortonworks to court over 'unfair practices'

Marty McFly
Pint

Competition

Companies compete for customers. They also compete for employees. If the grass was greener on the other side of the fence, then they have no one to blame but themselves. I think this taking of legal action by VMWare illustrates the employee's sense of 'where not to be' is accurate.

Future talent considering VMWare for a career stop would be wise to consider this situation.

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Data gobbling app lands Delta Air Lines in the dock on privacy charge

Marty McFly
FAIL

App deleted! Delta deleted!

Delete. App gone from iPhone. Delete. App gone from iPad. Delete. App gone from iTunes.

From the Delta airlines on-board marketing drivel... "Thank you for flying Delta. We recognize you have a choice of airlines...." Yup, I do. And I'll fly with someone else next time.

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

Marty McFly
Flame

Apple ][

I am still upset I did not have an upgrade path from my Apple ][ to the Macintosh platform. Yeah, ancient history and I should get over it. Just proves Apple can survive even if they cut off their loyal users.

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Big cell towers now outnumbered by briefcase-sized jobs

Marty McFly
FAIL

This stinks!

I have no cell service at my home (coverage stops 8 miles away). AT&T made me pay $200 for a micro cell to plug into my Internet connection. Why should I be paying to help them with their coverage??!!?? And on top of that, the thing is a piece of crap.

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Symantec CEO takes over global sales chief's job, shows him door

Marty McFly

@AC....

Yeah... That's a fiscal year, not a calendar year. Symc just reported on Q2 FY13.

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RIP Neil Armstrong: The reluctant American hero

Marty McFly

Godspeed.

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Microsoft corrects itself: 'We expect fewer people to use Windows 8'

Marty McFly
Pint

Here's to hoping...

....Microsoft will still provide 'downgrade rights' with Windows 8.

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

Marty McFly
Facepalm

I like the ones where I get to make up the question. I actually had my bank's call center ask me:

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?"

The poor girl barely got through it without busting out laughing. And no, I won't tell you the correct answer as it is memorable only to me.

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Shuttle Enterprise comes home to New York

Marty McFly
FAIL

Not sure why a shuttle ended up in New York city. Not a lot of space related activity there.

Shuttles built in NYC? Nope.

Shuttles flown from NYC? Nope.

Shuttles landed in NYC? Nope.

Mission Control in NYC? Nope.

Big voting block in NYC for Obama this year? Yup!

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Shuttle Discovery to buzz Washington DC at 1,500 feet

Marty McFly
Black Helicopters

Re: errr "Discovery aboard the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft when it still had a job"...

@AC: No, I am disputing the lighting in a Reg photograph. If you want a discourse in edited NASA photographs, just Google 'fake moon landings'.

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Marty McFly
Boffin

Re: errr "Discovery aboard the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft when it still had a job"...

Pretty sure that is not an early SCA flight with Enterprise. The first SCA was a recycled American Airlines 747. It had the red & blue American Airlines stripes still on it. It wasn't repainted NASA colors until later.

However it is VERY interesting the shuttle's name has been removed from the picture. Here is a real picture of Discovery on the SCA with its name next to the window:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/05/NASA_Shuttle_Transport.jpg/1280px-NASA_Shuttle_Transport.jpg

My guess is El-Reg has El-Photoshop fired up. The more I look at the Reg picture, the more it looks fake. The light on the SCA & shuttle is coming from the left, almost as a sunset angle. However, the clouds in the distance below the tail of the SCA appear to be lit from the right. Cool picture though.

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Apple flooded with iPad 3 wireless connection complaints

Marty McFly
Meh

Situation Normal, All Fouled Up!

I have the same problems with my iPad (original) and iPhone 4 (no bloody S), both on the current iOS and neither is jailbroken. Just last night the phone wasn't picking up a 3G signal. Power cycle and bam - Five bars!

Methinks the problem is either software related (fixable), or there is a fundamental design flaw which affects all the 'i' products. Given that this problem seems to be hanging around for a few different generations of hardware, I suspect the problem may be more of the latter.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

Marty McFly
FAIL

Count me out on Metro

I don't like Metro.

I really don't like MSFT's 'We know what is best for you' attitude.

Good thing my company has an option to run Mac as my standard PC. I will be switching the next time I am due for a hardware refresh.

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

Marty McFly
Pint

Who cares?

If this is a TEOTWAWKI scenario, then I am going to gather my loved ones, grab a beverage of choice, and sit back to watch the show.

Some things are worth worrying about. Other things....well that is God talking to you.

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Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

Marty McFly
FAIL

Make it without Cruise and use real jets

Top Gun is one of my favorite movies. It was from the era when Tom Cruise was cool and before he turned into a complete arse-clown. Hopefully the producers will see the light that TC is spoiled goods from yesterday and will dump him for a better actor.

Oh, and give us real action footage like the original movie. Not Hollywood CGI pretend stuff.

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Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

Marty McFly
Coat

Homecoming?

Once upon a time Apple created the Mac and gave Apple ][ users (like me) no upgrade path. I have been PO'd at Apple since then. It looks like MSFT is about to do the same thing to their user base.

At my company we have a optional Mac hardware spec. All the people who have switched swear they will never go back to Windows. If Win8 is the self-imposing monster it is purported to be, I may extend the olive branch to Apple and return home.

Mine's the one with the old rainbow Apple logo.

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Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

I don't get it

Next-gen books = movies. A book is a book. A movie is a movie. A book with moving pictures is a movie with subtitles.

All I want to do is read the darn book. I don't want sound or video to entertain me.

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Students busted for hacking computers, changing grades

Marty McFly
FAIL

School system

The school system failed to keep smart kids occupied & challenged. Classes are taught to the speed of the slowest student. These kids needed a challenge and they found one. Their teachers should be punished for not keeping the smart students intellectually engaged.

Now about the endpoint security technology which failed to detect a keylogger..... Probably should punish the IT department too.

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Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

Marty McFly
Boffin

Still only one factor

Password = Something you know

Token = Something you have

Biometrics = Something you are

Switching from passwords to biometrics does not enhance security. It only changes it from one factor to another. Now ADDING biometrics to passwords - that will improve security.

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NASA busts booster booster

Marty McFly
FAIL

Russians...

No doubt this mis-placed 1960's kit has already been analyzed by the Russians - either this unit or one just like it. There are no secrets here, although NASA would like us all to believe there are.

What does NASA do for heavy lift rockets right now?? Oh, that's right. NASA pays the Russians to launch it.

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San Diego Baywatch rules out exploding dead whale

Marty McFly
Holmes

Bury it

Us Oregonians have learned from our experiences. Now we simply dig a trench on the beach and push in the whale. All the little microbes go to work and a year later the whale is gone. We then dig up the bones and donate them to a local museum. Oh, and there is a boom in the crab population too.

Towing out to sea doesn't work that well. Sometimes the whale breaks during the tow. Or it washes back up on shore. But it does make for entertaining news.

And hauling to a landfill?? Right. Because it won't smell there, it will only smell when decomposing on a beach. Plus someone gets the wonderful task of carving up the beast to fit into the dump trucks.

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

Marty McFly
FAIL

But it's all new!!!

We changed the icons and moved everything around. You get to learn a whole new GUI! And beyond that it does the exact same things as the previous version.

Look at us, we are the Redmond Innovators!!!

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Catholic Bishops: 'Would you mind not bringing guns to church?'

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Overheard at a Wisconson church....

From an intruder during the sermon, "Allah Akbar!"

-Bang, bang

-Bang-bang-bang

-Bang

Minister, "Nice grouping!"

Choir boy, "Were those hollow points?"

Parishioner, "Sorry about the mess, I'll mop up after Mass."

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The Register Guide on how to stay anonymous (part 1)

Marty McFly
Alert

Avoid Cookie Culler

It blocked a bunch of stuff and subsequently would not unblock it once disabled. Very tough to undo the semi-permanent changes it makes. Other than that, the rest of the tools in the article are great!

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Windows 8 to ship with built-in malware protection

Marty McFly
Terminator

Symantec?

Ha! If MSFT had produced a secure OS in the first place, SYMC would have never grown into the company it is today.

"Microsoft is not a security company. Security is important, but it's just a little part of Microsoft," Arno Edelmann, Microsoft Business Security Product Manager, as reported on ZDNet.

'nuf said.

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