* Posts by Daz555

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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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Daz555

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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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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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Daz555

Applications. The OS is irrelevant. It's about applications.

You cannot run the company I work for and its current set of business apps on anything other than Windows.

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Daz555

Re: The privacy issues will be key for large corporations and/or governments

Corporations will only allow the data they approve to be shipped off to the cloud or anywhere else for that matter - there is management and security software which can be installed and other devices which sit between a client and Microsoft's back end to keep everything in check. In my company our Windows 10 builds (apart from insider programme testers) will have no direct connection to Microsoft at all - they are all fully managed - that is how we operate in the enterprise. We control everything.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

Daz555

All my stuff runs on Windows 10 so I was happy to upgrade - in I fact did an upgrade, lived with it for a while, and then a clean install just for comparison - to be honest the upgrade was so good I did not need to bother with the clean install.

I have one small bug which likely sits in the hands of either Microsoft, AMD, or Mozilla in that about 25% of the time Firefox does not display correctly if was already open when my PC resumes from sleep. Not a biggie and I'll live with it for now but it will be interesting to see which fixes it first - a new display driver, a new version of FF, or something from MS. As for issues though - that's the total sum of my Windows 10 complaints to date....oh and the bland logo during boot. Can we have the classic Windows icon back please?

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

Daz555

New Outlook client will force me to sync contacts? Jesus. Goodbye from me then. Hotmail - it's been a ride but it's time for me to get off.

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

Daz555

I had no idea it was even possible that my car might be filled with a bottle of p*ss.

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

Daz555

I found them scary as a 6yr old (Cybermen and Daleks had me behind the sofa) but as an adult, how can anyone look at them without laughing?

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

Daz555

Traffic management fine.

Net neutrality - traffic management without corporate $ bias. Also fine.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

Daz555

No app drawer....

Did I read that right?

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

Daz555

I don't know about others but I use my desktop operating system to load and run applications.

Windows 10 seems to do this just fine. It has therefore passed my core requirement for an operating system.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

Daz555

EE are onto something here. The CE logo looks better when compressed together slightly.

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Windows Server 2003 support has gone. Here's how to survive

Daz555

An IT dept. can have a strategy around its operating system offerings but do not forget that applications drive the need.

You cannot install a business app which is only supported on Windows on anything other than Windows.

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Daz555

Re: Replace Windows Server2003

Replace Windows 2003 servers with Linux. Great. Now, what about the £20m business app running on those Windows 2003 servers? Oh, wait a minute......

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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?

Daz555

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

Daz555

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

Daz555

"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'

Daz555

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?

Daz555

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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