* Posts by Fred Dibnah

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

Fred Dibnah
Pint

Corporates

Sorry but I hate hate hate the word.

Usually it's some business hack referring to 'corporates', meaning (I assume) corporations. But here we have "Corporates can understand and manage these settings", implying that a corporate can be a person as well. Or is it a new name for someone who is self employed?

Rant over, I'm off to the pub.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

Fred Dibnah
Unhappy

Re: alternatives

A record shop.

In a high street somewhere near you.

Or maybe not.

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Security fears arise over body-worn plodcam footage

Fred Dibnah
Big Brother

Re: It's funny...

It's funny how quickly and easily the department gets the Quicky Mart security video or the dash cam out to the news stations when they think it proves their case, but it gets misplaced when there's a chance that Office Meathead is shown pistol-whipping some person who is already on the ground and restrained.

Or how the CCTV just happens to not be working when armed Met men follow an innocent Brazilian into Stockwell tube station and shoot him dead.

Unless plod have their plodcams on all the time, they will protect plods more than the public.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

Fred Dibnah

Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?

CPC, Farnell, RS, Maplin, Ebuyer for computery-tech stuff

Blackwells, Foyles, Alibris, Biblio, Awesome, usedbooksearch.co.uk for books (ignoring results from amazon and abebooks which is owned by them)

Indiebooks (via local indie bookshop so they get paid) for e-books

find-cd.co.uk for CDs (ignoring Amazon)

find-dvd.co.uk for DVDs (ditto)

Anything else: anywhere but Amazon. Has worked for me since I closed my Amazon account.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Fred Dibnah

Re: Nothing new here

Wouldn't a nicer way to tell your neighbour be to knock on their door, say hello, and explain why their network is insecure and offer to show them a way to better secure it? Just wonderin'.

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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

Fred Dibnah
WTF?

Re: BBC radio

Er, what iplayer is that? People on the Sonos forums have been asking for iPlayer for years, to no avail.

Agreed though that Sonos need to sort out live BBC radio, it's been broken for months with no indication of when they will support the HLS streams. Naim have just announced a fix for their system, now Sonos need to catch up. There are a lot of unhappy listeners on their forum:

Support for BBC Radio HLS Streams

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

Fred Dibnah

Eddie Hitler might be able to oblige:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af86I5Er_Mc

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Fred Dibnah

Re: Rewriting history yet again

Agreed, but now that it's moved, how about we rename St.Pancras to St.Helena?

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

Fred Dibnah

29 July?

That only gives MS one month 60 days to sort out the abortion that is the start menu, put all the settings back in one location, make windows all behave the same etc. etc. etc..

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

Fred Dibnah

Re: 802.11 ay?

Farmers can also use 802.11or.

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

Fred Dibnah
Alert

Almost fell for it

Saw this on the Torygraph site this morning (oh the shame) and considered giving it a try with a photo from my PC - but then I took a look at the T&Cs and decided not to:

"Microsoft does not claim ownership of any materials you provide to Microsoft (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input, or submit to any Website Services for review by the general public, or by the members of any public or private community (collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission, you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies, and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat your Submission; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; and to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Website Services."

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

Fred Dibnah
Facepalm

That reminds me

Great article! LOL, literally.

About ten years ago a local school celebrated its many-hundredth anniversary with a series of talks. One evening was mainly Microsoft, with an EMEA-titled MS chappie demonstrating the wonders of PDAs. Unforch he didn't get the resolution right so the projector display was horribly aliased, provoking much negative commenting by the mainly retired audience who couldn't see what the fuss was about when you couldn't read what was on the screen. The follow-up was a MS-sponsored professor talking about e-books, but after he put up his Powerpoint title slide with two spelling mistakes and a mis-used apostrophe, he never really had the audience's attention either.

Later in the week another chap gave a talk on Bletchley Park, and his tech worked perfectly, including the real-life Enigma machine he let us have a go on. Ace.

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

Fred Dibnah

Re: @ Graham Marsden

Well said, sir. I almost considered creating several account just to give you several upvotes.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

Fred Dibnah

OK, but

I have no beef with the idea of the BBC helping to teach kids about computers, but they are such an influential organisation that whoever they support is going to benefit at the expense of others. If they were going to throw their brand behind one device, IMO it should have been the Pi. After all, Pi's suppliers have done the donkey work of getting them into schools already, and the BBC giving free devices away is going to kill the Pi's educational market dead almost overnight.

Back in the day, Sinclair suffered and Acorn prospered, largely because of the BBC choosing Acorn.

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D-Link removes fingers from ears, preps mass router patch

Fred Dibnah

Avoid

Whenever I see the D-Link name, I am reminded of how they screwed their NTP settings then tried to strong-arm the Danish chap who told them about it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTP_server_misuse_and_abuse#D-Link_and_Poul-Henning_Kamp

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

Fred Dibnah

Re: laminated

Tried that once, and in the downpour the water got under the plastic and all the ink ran. It's OS's plastic coated maps for me now, every time.

And is it only me who thinks that faint lines and pastel shades make a rubbish colour scheme for viewing maps on shiny screens in daylight? I want contrast, and lots of it, in a map, so's I can read it easily. Bah.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

Fred Dibnah

Re: Many years ago... @Haro

Not frequently enough, nor significant enough, IMHO.

Poughkeepsie..... great name!

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

Fred Dibnah

Re: First rule

Have an upvote for the Spike Milligna reference :-)

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

Fred Dibnah

Re: Not the first

Similarly, every time I changed gear in my ancient Mini, my hand would rub against my g/f's thigh. That *was* rewarding.

I notice from the last picture that Ford have now put the engine start/stop button right next to the air vent adjuster, and it's still adjacent to the PRNDL buttons. Have their people actually driven the thing, on real roads rather than test tracks?

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Screwball ruble closes Apple's Russia store, whole kit and caboodle

Fred Dibnah
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Apple = Magrathea?

"The Magratheans went into hibernation, awaiting an economic recovery that could afford their services once more. Magrathea itself disappeared and its memory soon passed into the obscurity of legend."

(from the Hitchhiker Wiki)

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

Fred Dibnah

Re: Although a fairly accurate and amusing portrayal of LHR security...

"It's only Western airports which take all the latest security paranoia from the US seriously, in Asia and Africa the airports either just go through the motions, or implement a tiny subset of security*."

I took an internal flight in West Africa a while back, and when my bag went through the scanner I'd forgotten that I had water in my drinking bottle. The nice lady at security simply asked me to take a swig then, noticing that I hadn't exploded, she let me take the rest with me and wished me bon voyage. I haven't seen that kind of common sense in Western airports for a long time.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

Fred Dibnah

Well...

.. I think I'll let him off with a bit of artistic licence, because someone from an engineering company wrote this:

" Q. How many addresses will IPv6 accommodate? How does that compare to IPv4?

" A. IPv6 supports addresses that have four times the number of bits as those of IPv4 addresses (128 instead of 32). IPv6 is expected to accommodate, theoretically, an almost infinite number of IP addresses..."

Isn't a number that is almost infinite, er, infinite?

BTW the company is Cisco:

http://tinyurl.com/nll67w4

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

Fred Dibnah

Re: Thats got to be a wind up

I bought 'Who's Next' back in the 70s and put it on the family's hi-fi, but I hadn't noticed the speed was set to 16rpm. The piano on 'Baba O'Reilly' went on for ages and sounded very odd.

My first 'proper turntable was a Lenco L75, which had a conical pulley and a lever to continuously vary the speed from less than 16 to well over 78, plus a strobe disc to get the speed spot-on. Built like a tank, it was.

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

Fred Dibnah

Re: Years ago

".... someone or other doing this - with actual album sleeves - in the 70's."

Yep, been there, done that in the late 70s, with the cover of In The Court Of The Crimson King". What goes around, comes around.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

Fred Dibnah
Happy

Horses for courses

The Playbar has an Ethernet port, so the author could connect the TV to that and use the Sonos Wifi to reach the Internet. Just a thought. Anyways....

I've got Sonos in three rooms and love the flexibility of the system.

My den has a Sonos amp into an 40-year-old pair of AR-2ax speakers, and it sounds bloody marvellous.

Living room: ZP90 line out into AV amplifier & KEF speakers - really good sound (not as good as the old ARs tho').

Kitchen: Play 5 - great, it goes loud, sounds pretty good, and can be wiped clean too.

I went to a Sonos-only dealer before buying, to audition the Play 5. The chap produced a tablet and opened Spotify, and was very surprised that I wanted him to play particular tracks that I know the sound of. He said that customers usually say "Oh, play anything you like, I don't mind". He was also reluctant to turn up the volume in case it disturbed the office staff below, until I insisted. All of which is, I feel, quite revealing of some people's priorities.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Fred Dibnah

Obvious

The reference unit of length is the double-decker bus.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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@ Vic

"I flew over Greenham Common the other day - it's still a monumental gash in the landscape. I don't imagine you'd need to remove any vegetation."

You'd have to watch out for cows and dog walkers though.

Feel sorry for Michael McKay, the Kiwi working on an oil rig off Vietnam, who saw what looked like a burning plane in the sky. He reported it to his bosses and the Vietnamese did a search but found nothing, but the consensus seems to be that they needed to use more sophisticated search tools. Mike is probably sitting on his rig, shouting "Hello!? Is anyone lisnin'??" into the ocean.

There's a good thread (with intelligent and thoughtful discussion for a change) here:

https://plus.google.com/106271056358366282907/posts/GoeVjHJaGBz

Why do the media keep saying the transponder/radar/GPS/Landing lights/whatever were "switched off", when for all we know they stopped working, perhaps because of a fire? Easier to blame the humanoids I guess.

Was the plane really carrying a cargo of lithium ion batteries?

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

Fred Dibnah

RIP

He was a decent bloke who stuck to what he believed in instead of compromising his principles just to stay in power (are you listening, Nick?). He was always interesting to listen to, and unlike most politicians he learnt lessons from history.

In the late 70s, when he was energy minister, he wrote something along the lines of: because North Sea oil was coming on stream, whoever won the next election would remain in power for at least ten years.

How right he was. And where did all that oil money go?

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

Fred Dibnah

The clip is still here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d5n9eVVtKeA

My partner and I visited BP a couple of years ago, and the 'non-museum' feel of the place was entirely appropriate given its secret origins. The volunteer guide we had was brilliant, and the tour wouldn't have made sense if it hadn't finished off with Colossus. Tony Sale (I think) was tending the computer, and his enthusiasm was totally infectious.

I hate to think what the place will become after Mr Standen and his minions have done their worst.

Is there a petition we can sign to protest?

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BlackBerry pie sliced up: Nuke-plant OS, BBM chat app, etc sale mulled

Fred Dibnah
FAIL

Re: One size doesnt fit all

I can, and it's not.

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

Fred Dibnah
Thumb Up

Re: Throwing actions

The boys' wristy whipping action has other uses than just for throwing things, you know...

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

Fred Dibnah
Happy

The Great Firewall of London!

My name is Fred and I claim my £10. And copyright.

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James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

Fred Dibnah

Re: Not just an action movie

He adjusts his tie whilst he is underwater, not on the surface. That's the whole point, it's during a lull in the action and he does something uber-cool rather than have a swig of water or go to the toilet like us lesser mortals would do.

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Miniature Baumgartner jumps from 128,000ft

Fred Dibnah
Coat

Good use for an old condom

Fantastic.

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iPad mini to go on sale in one month?

Fred Dibnah
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Good on you

Pleased to see that in the picture on the headline ticker you used a real Mini, instead of the hateful BMW version.

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iPhone to account for half of US economy by 2030 - projection

Fred Dibnah
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@ AC 20:18

I will find out what happened to Marillion tomorrow night, when I go to their sold-out gig in Wolverhampton. Hopefully they will turn up and play. So it's not just economists who get things wrong, the Sunday papers got that wrong too :-)

Signed

A. Gingrocker

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TripAdvisor didn't defame hotel by putting it on 'top 10 dirtiest' list

Fred Dibnah

I mostly use Laterooms for hotel bookings, and their big advantage over TA when checking out a hotel is that reviews can only be posted by people who have made a booking. IMHO that makes for more reliable reviews.

A couple of years ago I stayed in a great B&B with really nice owners. They had had a noisy crowd in a few days before who decided to party until 2am in their room, breaking the beds by jumping on them. When the owners asked them to keep it down they were told that they would receive negative reviews on TA. Nice.

Apart from the photos I avoid TA.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

Fred Dibnah

Re: Where else in the world

It has to be Daddies sauce for me, rather than HP which is too fruity. Now back to watching the Olympics......

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How do you measure up at the Olympics?

Fred Dibnah
Happy

Re: Just Seen Proper Use of El Reg Units by BBC

Those would be double decker buses, shurely?

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Tesco grabs Peter Gabriel's musical streamer

Fred Dibnah
FAIL

Re: Self-service checkouts

When self service was introduced at petrol stations (showing my age here) they were an improvement because it was quicker to serve yourself than wait for the chap to amble out from the garage to do it for you. With self service checkouts in shops, what is the advantage? It's more hassle, it's often slower, and it's the same price, so the advantage is all to the retailer in employing less staff. If they offered a 5-10% discount for using self service, I'd be more inclined to use it, but for the moment I'll stick with the manned tills.

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Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

Fred Dibnah
Facepalm

Re: Had to break suddenly just the other day

Some people think they do: the Tory government is stuck firmly in the Victorian era.

I used to moan about having to avoid people who were texting as they ambled along, until I too received a must-read text which caused me to slip off the kerb and sprain my ankle. Never again.

Also reminds me of how my mum used to complain about the Saturday night drunks clogging up A&E, until she had one lunchtime glass of wine too many and ending up in A&E with all the other drunks. Never again again.

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Yahoo! finally! adds! Do! Not! Track! tool!

Fred Dibnah
Thumb Up

Re: El! Reg! Stop! Tiresome! Yahoo! Headline! Joke!

I! do! I have been using Yahoo! mail for years and it works just fine for me. What do GMail etc have to offer over and above?

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NASA shuts off Voyager 1's central heating

Fred Dibnah
Happy

@ Happy trails

One day millions of years in the future, when the sun has become a red giant and swallowed up the earth, these spacecraft (plus a lot of electromagnetic waves) will be the only signs left that we existed.

Of course we might have developed interstellar travel by then, but it's still a nice thought.

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Apple Thunderbolt Display 27in monitor

Fred Dibnah
Unhappy

"..the only way you’d be unable to make out what’s on-screen would be to..."

...use it in a room with lights on, where they are reflected off the oh-so-glossy screen. OK for watching TV and films, but hopeless for use as a, er, monitor.

Rant over

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Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 AV receiver

Fred Dibnah
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Why? Because

you may have a Sonos or Squeezebox player connected to it. Both have digital outputs, so if you want to be digital until the AV receiver, it should be able to decode the format. If it can't you have to use the analogue outputs instead. FLAC is becoming common now so any new receiver worth its salt should support it (IMHO).

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Pumped-up radio telescope seeks new moniker

Fred Dibnah
Happy

From Down the Line...

Spantana!

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Why modern music sounds rubbish

Fred Dibnah

@ Alan Brown

"every station cranks out decent bandwidth if you listen with a good tuner."

In the UK and Europe, AM transmissions have an audio bandwidth of 5kHz, which is going to sound horribly muffled even on a decent tuner.

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Fred Dibnah

@ There is a Technological Solution Damn it!!

It has been done on radio - DAB can transmit Dynamic Range Control information. Turn it on in the car, off on the hi-fi.

The first analogue radio station that bought a compressor to 'be the loudest on the dial' was only the loudest until everyone else bought their own compressors. So now they are all equally loud, and all CTF (a well-known technical term).

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Aunty squirts serendipity into TV apps

Fred Dibnah

@ ironic move

The licence fee is paid by UK TV-watchers, not overseas ones, so it's perfectly reasonable for the Beeb to restrict access from outside the UK.

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UK.gov would pay to have benefit claimants' tattoos erased

Fred Dibnah
Alert

NSFW

For a drama about a similar situation, look up 'Loving Taylor':

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412943/

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