* Posts by Daz555

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

Daz555

"On Thursday, there was a meeting at the United Nations about the islands that resolved the UK and Argentina should get together and negotiate a solution to the ongoing sovereignty dispute."

We did this already - in 1982.

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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My business has about 17,000 of them - can someone lend me £500m to migrate them?

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Windows Server 2003 end of support's coming in just over a month

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LA LA LA LA LA LA LA can't hear you LA LA LA LA custom support agreement LA LA LA LA.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Daz555

This is one of the broader problems of online social interaction. Now we are connected to "everybody" it is very easy to find large groups of people who share your views on a particular issue - no matter how bizarre or misinformed they may be.

You can now have your crazy views validated by a social group online, but in pre-internet days you'd just have been laughed out of the pub or branded the village idiot.

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Open source power-up on the way for arcade game emulator MAME

Daz555

Minor copyright concerns aside (particularly the old stuff) lets not forget the huge value the MAME project has had in preserving videogame history. If it were left to the companies who made these games (many now long gone of course) then many of these games would be lost forever.

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It's the end of life as we know it for Windows Server 2003

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"Unlike Windows XP Server 2003 won’t cling around, zombie-like, at high numbers for years."

Based on what? Previous form? I recently took part in a 2003 decom workshop at my company and was presented with a 3yr plan.The look of horror when I asked about the plans for years 4,5,6,7,8,9 & 10 was hilarious. I explained they were deluding themselves if they felt it was a 3yr programme.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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They should have recruited a goat to tackle the situation:

https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=goat+v+cow

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What to do when the users are watching Nazi dwarf smut at work?

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Several years ago I was contracting for about a year at a small-ish company (50 to 60 people). I was surprised to see no internet filtering in place - at all. Nowt. Completely unfettered access to the Net and all its perversions.

I asked the MD why and he just said...."you'll see." Well over the course of the year I was asked to bring logs to the MD about individual internet usage. Each time I was asked for the report the same person was sacked the same day.

He just used it as a way to get rid of staff so had no interest in filtering their access. Of course he only minded what the crap staff were up to. The good ones could watch donkey p0rn for all he cared.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

Daz555

Curved edges.

What have Casio or Timex got to say about those suspicious curved edges? Looks like infringement to me!

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Hybrid IT? Not a long-term thing, says AWS CTO

Daz555

I have a feeling it is more secure because it is all "new". Imagine Amazon hosting hundreds of thousands of legacy Windows 2008 servers attached to old worn out domains, used by companies with no will or finance to do anything about it in 15 years time. Will we say it is secure then?

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Win Server 2003 addict? Tick, tock: Your options are running out

Daz555

As always the challenge for large orgs is cost and time. My own company is in this boat - sitting on 12,000+ Windows 2003 servers. Still, it keeps people in work.

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

Daz555

Got mine yesterday from modmypi. Very nice bit of kit - so snappy in comparison to my old RPi.

OpenElec is butter smooth but the big difference was navigating around rasbian. I doubt the distro is yet optimised for the new chipset but browsing was night and day compared to RPi1.

On RPi1 I did not bother with box art and all that fancy catalogue stuff but with RPi2 I think I'll make an effort for a richer XBMC experience.

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Daz555

Great news. Wanted something a little more beefy from the RPi2 - this will help with emulation for retro gamers. XMBC is nice even running on RPi1 but I would like it to be a bit more snappy. Time to hand the Rpi1 to the inlaws and the new one set up.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

Daz555

Well I bought Windows 8 for about 14 quid due to the discount they offered for the first few months. Offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for customers who upgrade early is a great idea.

Worth getting the upgrade even if you don't plan on using it 'til SP1.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

Daz555

"...with pixel-dense TVs fast becoming the norm for any screen that aspires to be anything other than bargain basement tat."

What a load of utter claptrap.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

Daz555

"Testing" security hard enough invariably results in a genuine unplanned service outage in my experience.

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Microsoft Azure was most FAIL-FILLED cloud of 2014

Daz555

Were ALL VMs down for 42hours or just SOME down for 42hours? I really need to know an equivalent of "weighted business impact" because pure failure stats mean nothing in terms of business impact.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

Daz555

We need to stop sending robots to other planets....has no-one seen Battlestar Galactica.....this will only end very badly.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

Daz555

2020? Pfft that's a million years away......Windows 2003 on the other hand. Oh dear.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

Daz555

I'll be needing an eye upgrade before 4k on a 40" screen from 10ft away makes any difference to me.

If anything my eyesight is likely to get worse as I age so really I can't see me needing anything more than 1080p in my lifetime. Still at least I'll be able to buy cheap TVs. Roll on 8k - it will make 1080p cheaper still!

For PC monitors though - yeah fill yer boots. Like most I have my monitor sat on my desk in front of my keyboard and any bump in resolution is instantly noticeable.......then there is another problem though.....forking out for a GPU able to shove that many pixels.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

Daz555

A mere pup compared to this old lady: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seawise_Giant

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

Daz555

Proxy cures the problem completely. Also using say Google DNS rather than VMs own DNS seems to help a bit as well - not as well as proxies though.

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

Daz555

From 20wpm down to 1wpm and now back up to just 2wpm? Wow I had no idea his ability to communicate had fallen so drastically. What a tragedy.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

Daz555

Space travel going back to the 60s. Warms the heart hey!

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

Daz555

Sword rocks according to 7yr old Star Wars nut.

As for the cross-lightsword-whatsit - my 7 yr old son (massive Star Wars fan) jumped off the sofa when he saw it and shouted AWESOME!

Looking at it as an adult fan it seems a bit daft but then again perhaps not. Ignoring some books for a while, in the films a lightsaber can cut through just about anything so surely a cross-guard would have to be made of light-sword-magic in order to be effective, no?

Either way, my son's assessment is the only one which should matter here. This is Star Wars - it belonged to me when I was 7 in '77 and it should belong to my son today - not me. I hope to enjoy it, but if I enjoy it more than my son I'll regard the film as a failure.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Daz555

It will be a great shame if after 10 years and 6 billion kilometres it only gets to party on the comet for 64 hours.

Hopefully it's final act before it dies will be to chance one leap into the unknown!

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

Daz555

Porn is really my only serious concern with regards to my kids being online. Too much of it, too easy to find, far too extreme for a young mind.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

Daz555

Re: Not looking good... :(

I don't think that left hand portion od dark is "space" I suspect it is shadow and when we see a full panorama we'll know for sure.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

Daz555

Sniper rifle?

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Daz555

"2. Eliminate planning permission for building small sites."

No thanks. I prefer that the networks are jumping through a few well organised hoops before chucking up a metal monstrosity outside my front window. Make the process better, sure. Scrap it? Nope.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Daz555

I think this belongs in the Hardware section.

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

Daz555

Sailboat? I occasionally wonder if Register is a UK or US centric site - does the use of this word confirm the latter?

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

Daz555

I looked at a number of these dedicated devices but in the end decided that they were not flexible enough for me personally. In the end I put together my own NAS based on Intel ATOM running Ubuntu server. Ubuntu can be run very well also from simple usb memory sticks (with a few tweaks to cut down on writes) which results in excellent idle power consumption as the main disks are spun down for much of the day.

For many people though, these dedicated storage boxes are the best option.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

Daz555

Anyone wanting retro/emulation gaming on the move should just pick up an old PSP on ebay.

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

Daz555

TV is terrible?

Switch on. It remembers the last station I used.

Press "2" it switches to BBC2. Press Vol Up and it gets louder. Press channel up and it moves to the next channel.

Please Apple. Don't fix our TVs.

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Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market

Daz555

Flipping that around - would there be people who'd love to run IOS on their HTC One or GS5?

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Daz555

Apple have never done this but I wonder if any extra people would buy Apple tin if only they could ditch the Apple software? I would happily own an iPAD. IOS though - good grief no.

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Better be Nimble, tech giants, or mutant upstarts will make off with your sales

Daz555

I get the feeling these days that "nimble upstarts" exist only to temporarily shock the big boys before then selling up to those same big boys and retiring as billionaires.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

Daz555

"Virgin Media is the only major provider able to supply broadband without a phone line because of our unique cable network and so we remain unbeatable value for money."

....and yet they won't let you have TV without a phone line....because errr, errr. Who the hell knows?

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

Daz555

Can we have a backwards compatible Pi v2 please - with upgraded everything?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

Daz555

I have the full set of original Danger Mouse. My kids think it is superb.

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The cute things they say

Daz555

How about some techie foul-ups?

Me - Sat in my Bristol office remote controlling a server in Reading. Suddenly I rise to my feet and put my coat on. "Where are you going" ask the team. "To Reading". "Why" they ask. "You'll see."

I walk out of the office to the sounds of everyone's mobiles going mad with text alerts. Classic shutdown, when I meant log-off moment - and no iLO.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

Daz555

"All this blathering gets old, guys. It gets really, really old."

Steady on. You don't want to upset the creationists.....

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Daz555

I suspect we'd get more traffic as a result of driverless cars - the soul destroying nature of driving itself being the biggest deterrent to err, driving.

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Senate decides patent reform is just too much work, waves white flag

Daz555

Re: I can solve most of this in eight words:

"Design patents should probably also be included there, and patents on technological hardware advances should be valid for about a decade.."

I assume you mean round corners and the like?

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

Daz555

Mo-in-law has parkinsons which rules out all the touchscreen mobiles. She'd be happy for some smartphone features but they seem to be long gone from phones with a nice clear keypad. She went for a Doro clamshell in the end. Basic but very good it is too. Battery lasts for a century.

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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

Daz555

I find it hard to criticise Sony because everything I have ever personally bought from them has been superb - Walkmans, "ghetto" blasters, Playstation, Playstation 2, PSP, TVs, amplifier, DVD players, car stereos and on....

I can't right now think of a single Sony product that I've bought which has packed up too soon either.

Hey ho, we all have our own manufacture mares to tell - just happens that none of mine are Sony.

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

Daz555

I'm not concerned about having a TV connected to the Net - I'm not "logged in" to anything on it like Facebook or Netflix so no risk there and web browsing on a smart TV is a shambolic experience - again no risk there because I don't bother.

I would be concerned if my TV had a mic or camera though. Handily it does not. Probably because I'm too tight to spend the money on such a TV.

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