* Posts by Daz555

176 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008

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Forget 'shadow IT' – it's 'self-starting IT' now

Daz555

Sadly with self starting gnome shadow IT or whatever we are going to call it.....when it goes wrong it is still ITs fault and ITs job to fix it. Perfect storm of crapola.

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Virgin Media users report ongoing problems delivering legit emails. Again

Daz555

And they still haven't properly fixed their youtube caching issues which crippled them a couple of years ago.

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

Daz555

They will be busy looking after those 12 planes we can afford to buy.

On the subject of melting roads and fields on fire - can't the F-35 be landed in a very very short fashion rather than vertically thereby reducing likely hood destroying whatever is underneath you?

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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Did Britain ever NEED to be on the bleeding edge here? Would a boatload (or airfield load) of Super Hornets not have been good enough for little old us? Cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, and would have actually worked on day one rather than needing a decade of software and hardware upgrades and fixes.

.....and we got into this mess to start with by not choosing nuclear carriers which of course ruled out any cheap options for the aircraft themselves. Mad mad world.

I'll eat my hat if our carriers ever end up with more than 12 navy F-35s operating from them. All that dosh to deliver the punch of 12 aircraft? It's laughable.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Wait a minute...

Have you got some stats to support that?

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Samsung's free-falling financial flameout

Daz555

I will be happy to buy Samsung devices in future simply because every Samsung device I have owned has been excellent.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

Daz555

I have had a few Samsung phones over the years and still rate my S3 as maybe the best smartphone I've owned..for it's time. However, the prices of the recent high end Galaxy phones has gone stupid.

So a couple of weeks ago I bought a Oneplus 3 for 300-odd beans. I hope these guys are turning a small profit for their efforts because the phone is frankly superb.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

Daz555

Random question to our online military geeks. The latest gen of fighters like F35, Typhoons etc - are these likely to be the last gen of fighters to have a pilot sat in them? My guess is yes. Am I right?

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: At least make sure your contract include TOIL

That will be EU employment law....wait until the Tories get free reign to tear it up all the name of "helping business prosper". It will not be pretty.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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Re: Nothing funny about comic relief.

Comic Relief reviewed it's investment strategy in 2014. It no longers has any shares in BAE or any tobacco companies.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

Daz555

About the QE carriers - why did we not just fit catapults from the start and stock them full of Super Hornets fully loaded with all the toys? Would it not have a been a ton cheaper and also good enough for our needs?

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Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

Daz555

My main gripe is the seeming inability to get continuum to select the relevant resolution for the attached monitor. It just seems to be a blurry over-aliased mess on the main screen - this is using a HDMI to DVI cable via the wired version of Microsoft's dock.

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

Daz555

So when are the 2016 Nexus phones going to be released?

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

Daz555

It's an old space station and probably has damp. I'm out.

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Pollster who called the EU referendum right: No late Leave swing after all

Daz555

A stopped clock is right twice a day.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Daz555

Britain's problems are home grown - nothing to do with the EU.

But hey let's put the blame on Johnny Foreigner. Blaming him - well it's just British isn't it.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

Daz555

One day they will come for our bacon and our beer.

We will be standing at some ergonomic table in some random vegan friendly fat free low alcohol safe space bar. We will finish off our tofu and avocado salad, wash it down with a fruit tea infusion, cry a little inside, and wonder where it all went wrong...

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

Daz555

Obvious since original iphone and ipad that Apple has stagnated. Also - just look at how much cash they have in the bank with no clue how to spend it.

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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

Daz555

You could have had a wee into the floor space - hopefully their floor moisture sensors would have triggered a response.

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

Daz555

I had about a year "off" once. My company at the time was considering merging various IT Departments and the chances were that my support team was to be swallowed up by a larger IT function. Whilst they worked it all out they cancelled all projects and implemented a change freeze (barring regulatory or critical changes). As a result myself and my colleagues in server support had nowt to do for almost a year. Our systems were good and stable and when you are not making changes things tend to stay that way.

That year our days consisted of long breakfasts, long lunches and several long breaks during each day to play various multiplayer PSP games - Worms was the game of choice IIRC. We rota'd someone to make sure the team looked like it was in full flight - handling shared mailboxes and incident queues etc. It was a lovely year.

Once we were swallowed up by the larger organisation I took the opportunity to immediately jump ship to a new team and a new office closer to home. Perfect.

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Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

Daz555

"Digital"....my most hated term in IT these days. I work for a large bank and everything is going "Digital".....it's a word from the 1970s. Reminds me of watches and calculators, not new tech in 2016.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

Daz555

I invariably forget my network logon after 2 weeks on holiday. After 2.5 years I would probably forget the names of my own children.

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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

Daz555

Great - universal app for Windows 10 I don't want or use whilst at the same time killing Skype on my smart TV that I DO use several times a week. Well done Microsoft.......

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

Daz555

Ahh the Winchester! My school had a 40MB one in the late 80s attached to a network of 20...yes 20! BBC computers. We used to like causing it to crash with a simple script:

10 MD <name>

20 CD <name>

30 GOTO 10

Thinking back can't remember if it as MD/CD or MKDIR/CHDIR...or maybe even something else. Still, it annoyed the hell out of our maths teacher.

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Staff 'fury' as penny pinching IBM offers legal minimum redundo payoffs

Daz555

Re: Owners matter too

"Owners matter too

As a shareholder, I'd be pissed off if IBM offered anything more than the statutory minimum."

Happy staff give better customer services & make companies more profitable. Seeing what has happened to the current lot being chucked out the door will crush the morale of the surviving "lucky ones".

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MAME goes fully FOSS

Daz555

I do play modern games - with GTA V and Battlefield 3/4 being favourites in recent years but I do love playing the old games and MAME really does the job.

Outside the simple fun of gaming, it is important activity they are enabling - the preservation of a rich heritage that the games industry itself clearly did not care about one bit.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Daz555

About time. As a licence payer (and have no problem with that) people who do not contribute £ to BBC services should not be able to use them.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

Daz555

I don't mind fan noise as long as it is of the "right" kind. Small whiney fans are irritating but the larger & slower fans are much nicer.

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

Daz555

Robots will need to let the boss win at golf.

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Official: Seagate notebook drive has shingles

Daz555

Does this incorporate Seagate's WOTYL technology? (write once that's your lot) because I've always been a huge fan.

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175,000 whinge to Microsoft about phone tech support scams

Daz555

Not that I personally need any GUI clutter but could Microsoft not include a prompt for people when attempted to access eventvwr for the first time - asking them some obvious questions like "are you here because someone called you today?"

Just an idea - might save a % of poor sods from getting scammed.

And those who sniff at those who get scammed because it could never happen to them - just be patient, one day if you are unlucky it will happen to you in another field - via a car mechanic, builder, electrician, plumber, roofer, lawyer - anywhere where you are less than confident you can get scammed.

Actually I'd put money on us all having been scammed by one of the above already but we simply never noticed it.

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Daz555

I've had one of these calls. I kept the guy on hold whilst I switched my computer on....he waited for 15 minutes. Eventually I picked up the phone after telling him it would not switch on. He said this might be because of serious virus infection.....He asked me to "pull the power cord out of the back as this will reset the parameters of the system motherboard".....I told him I couldn't find the cable....he asked why......I said "it's dark in my house at the moment, we've had a power cut for the last 2 hours, do you think the power cut is caused by my computer virus?"......he hung up.

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Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software

Daz555

We do it to ourselves mostly

I think IT running changes which only impact IT are when you get the biggest car crashes of user engagement and poor implementation.

Replacing the incident/problem/change management system? Yeah sure, probably best to do that 8am on a Tuesday morning after a bank holiday whilst having failed to let anyone know their new logons, or offered any training whatsoever......we all know IT techs don't RTFM anyway so why bother with training?

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

Daz555

Chose to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7. Completed a number of post-install changes to tighten up on the data snooping aspect a little and to be honest I'm loving Windows 10. Also a big fan of OneDrive (great value for money with Office 365) - but I really don't trust anyone with my data in the cloud so I use GoodSync to encrypt all my data before it goes up to OneDrive.

And once AMD got their act together with drivers I have not had a single stability issue since the upgrade.

However MS should calm down a bit with 'forcing' Windows 10 onto people - and they should not be trying to trick people into downloading it by accident - "recommended" - hmm.

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Fretful Amazon wishes it could get more Android action

Daz555

Amazon integration into the GUI is horrific and reason alone to not buy the otherwise excellent Fire hardware.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

Daz555

I just don't see advice on alcohol ever gaining the traction it needs to make any difference to people's behaviour. Alcohol is so engrained in our culture. Smoking never was ingrained into culture in the same way so a message about it being bad for you is much easier to sell (helps that the evidence is overwhelming of course)

Telling people they can only have 14 units a week when they are likely planning to down twice that in one Friday night is not going to get them anywhere. The advice is simply ignored - in fact it is openly mocked.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Daz555

Always nice to visit a server room and see a few beige Proliants still whirring away.

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

Daz555

It can get complicated so to simplify this at home my wife and I decided to make sure all our devices have the same PIN to unlock (phones, tablets etc) and that we would put our primary email address password into our respective password vaults so that in the event of something going tits up we'd have a good chance of being able to reset credentials - you can reset most forms of authentication as long as you have access to the primary mailbox associated with the account. We also make sure we only use answers to those personal questions (like maiden names etc) that both of us know the answer to.

Not perfect but it will do for now.

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

Daz555

Is this still a thing?

Why do we still use W to rate a PSU? All that matters is whether the PSU can deliver the required amps at a stable voltage on the required rails.

Dirt cheap 1000W PSU or high end 500W? No contest.

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Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

Daz555

....this is annoying. I was using my 365 storage to backup my NAS to OneDrive via the excellent Goodsync software. Back to the drawing board.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

Daz555

Oh and DICE/EA - Stormtroopers without helmets on. Seriously, what are you playing at?

Oh and players who select Stormtroopers without helmets on. Seriously, what are you playing at?

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Re: A fine specimen of graphics over gameplay

@Gred D. It is nothing, nothing like Battlefield at all. For all its flaws Battlefield does have depth and I'm still playing BF4 2 years after I bought it. I'd probably be still be playing BF3 4 years after its release date had BF4 not come along.

2 years or more playing SWBF - as it stands today, not a chance.

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Daz555

I picked this up from CDKeys for 30 beans (50 on Origin!) and after about 25 hours of play I say I'd rate it as "fatally flawed masterpiece".

It is sooo good.....nearly. The graphics are a sight to behold, the sound design is the best I've ever heard in an FPS game and it really does blow you away...at first.

But then the shallowness of it all kicks in. No player classes, no squads, poorly balance weapons, grenade spam , and it really is just a shoot-strafing frag-fest. Not even a simple mechanic like being more accurate when crouched or scoped has been incorporated into the game design. The game is more like COD than it is like Battlefront 2 or even any of the Battlefield series.

The other big moan as a PC user is lack of server browser - and the matchmaking system as it stands is shocking - players in low population areas are unable to find any games at all for hours at a time. Given the pathetically small numbers online for the PC version I have no idea why EA have specified such high player counts for games to start either. There are even fewer viable games available at the moment also due to EAs bizarre decision to split the player base for a week with the Jakku release.

Unless something changes substantially I can't see the PC version surviving the release of paid for DLC - the online numbers might be too low for it to survive the fragmentation. Last 24hr peak for Battlefront on PC is a feeble 22k players. PS4 looks in much ruder health at almost 100k which is double the Xbox player count.

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

Daz555

72 virgins? According to Billy Connolly it was 53 virgins.....

"53 f**king virgins! The very thought of 53 f**king virgins, it's a nightmare! It's not a f**king present, it's not a prize- it's a punishment! Give me 2 fire-breathing whores any day of the week."

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

Daz555

They can take my bacon from my cold, dead, but deliciously greasy hands.

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Volkswagen enlarges emissions scandal probe: 'Millions' more cars may have cheated

Daz555

Re: Remap FTW

Children with respiratory illness thank you for your kindness.

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Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

Daz555

I'd like a case which has the right internal connectivity to move all the external ports to one side of the case. I have 3x Rpi in my house and the mess of wires from all angles bugs me.

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

Daz555

It was no Out Run but After Burner II is still an all-time classic.

So much effort was put into the audio for these classic 80s sprite-scalers - from Space Harrier's "welcome to the fantasy zone, get ready!" to Out Run's "Magical Sound Shower". After Burner was in the same mould - a visual and aural treat.

Get yourself MAME and a decent flightstick and away you go.

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How far will Microsoft go with Android?

Daz555

How far? Too far. They have already lost me as an Outlook.com user on Android because they FORCE you to sync your contacts into their cloud - it cannot be turned off in the last version. Shambles.

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Hurd clings to Oracle’s cloud growth as overall revenue declines

Daz555

Re: Why is Steve Carrell from 40 Year Old Virgin running Oracle?

At least it's not David Brent.

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