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* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

Geoffrey W

Trevor, this article provides both an example of why your posts are often entertaining to read, and an explanation.

The entertainment comes more from reading the comments than deriving any value from the article, if only to watch you manically responding to each and every criticism with an increasingly profane and angry attitude.

The explanation seems to be that you are hopped on speed, which makes a lot of sense now we know. How 'bout some barbies to slow ya down a bit? Or some dots to make it all go wobbly?

Having said all that the article was rather good.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

Geoffrey W

Re: Lazy?

Well, yes, but the internet is how most people communicate these days so that's why they concentrate on that.

In the old days they did the same but that involved tapping telephones, and boiling kettles of water to steam open paper mail, or disguising themselves as trees in the park so they could listen to people saying naughty things to each other.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

Geoffrey W

Re: Do they not read the news?

RE "anybody who issues more downvotes than upvotes gets redirected to Computer Weekly"

So, basically, you are advocating arbitrary censorship? Based on what? Your opinion?

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

Geoffrey W

Re: Is it just me...

RE: IDS

He's a human lightning conductor and quite expendable. If whatever they ask him to present and promote proves a step too far then, hey ho, shovel him under the bus and let the media eat him.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

Geoffrey W

Re: The funny thing

Well, after looking at the accompanying video I see there appears to be a total of two tents queuing, the occupants of both of which were all paid to be there. There isn't much loyalty on display there, other than loyalty to the payer, and that is a bit tainted since the one at the front paid the other to give up their initial first place.

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Geoffrey W

Re: Good for them say I

And the really sad part...that there were probably umpteen others, who said nothing, but, who wondered if there were pictures of this "jovial young woman." Men! Can't live with em, can't murder em...

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Geoffrey W

Re: Good for them say I

You were right; You HAVE redeemed yourself later.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

Geoffrey W

Re: she might have been hoping to get him hooked on heroin

@NomNomNom - OD'd on cannabis

Are you sure? Injecting cannabis? I suppose you could if you break it down to a THC compound but who the hell does that?

I cant quite tell if you're being sarcastic/ironic/satiric with these comments.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

Geoffrey W

@Version 1.0

RE:"Suddenly my interest level in Game of Thrones is increased ... I might even read one of the books - but watching it ... that's a bridge too far at this point."

Beware. I resisted this pathetic fad until season 3 had ended. I looked with pity and condescension, and a small amount of derision, upon all those gullible fools who sat glued to their TV screens and filmed themselves doing so. I watched the viewer reactions to the "Red Wedding" episode with amazement and incomprehension. WTF is wrong with these people?

Then, out of curiosity, I watched episode 1 of the first season. Hmmm. Just one more perhaps. Before I knew it I was at the last episode of season one and desperately seeking the rest.

This thing is extraordinarily involving and addictive. Now I watch season 4 as it happens then go and read what other afflicted have to say about it on my favourite Guardian blog. Oh, the outrage when spoilers were emitted after... And the joy of those who have read the books watching the reactions of their spouses to certain events and claiming it as the highlight of their week. And... Ahem.

Beware. Its a virus and it will infect your brain regardless of your resistance to such societal phenomena. I am a pathetic husk of what I used to be and will sit discussing it with my wife, who has read the books, trying to goad her into spouting spoilers and sticking my fingers in my ears when she bursts and cannot help herself any more...Very sad.

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

Geoffrey W

Re: Vinyl-fetish hipsters don't have a point

RE: " I've seen no evidence of it." (deafness)

Actually you HAVE seen, or heard, evidence of it; in the steadily increasing volume of the music you hear people listening to. They have to keep increasing the volume to compensate for hearing loss.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Geoffrey W

Re: If it's just like Chrome then why not just use the real thing

...Coz its by Google

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Geoffrey W

Re: @ amethyst_igor

Hmmmmm...<ALT> menus work on all our windows machines. Could you be on Linux?

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Geoffrey W

@ amethyst_igor

If I am reading you correctly, you are bemoaning the lack of a menu, and I agree. Not having a place where ALL options are available and discoverable, without going into some configuration screens and discovering options there, can be annoying. But with Firefox you CAN have standard menus (though they appear right at the top of the screen):

Press <ALT> <V> then under the <Toolbars> option check-mark <Menu> and there you go! All options readily available again!

Personally, in this case, I prefer to keep the menus hidden till I need them, which isn't often. A simple key press pops them up...

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

Geoffrey W

Re: 1000 Users!

Careful there Don, you don't want to turn into Jake,

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Geoffrey W

Re: Lies: they can't run 8.1

Sorry. I admit I didn't read all your post first. I haven't tried installing 8.1 on older computers yet but if what you say is correct then I agree with you; that really is not good enough. Actually, without knowing what they were thinking, it seems pretty dumb.

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Geoffrey W

Re: Lies: they can't run 8.1

<QUOTE>This is simply not good enough, Microsoft.</QUOTE>

So what would be good enough? Do what no other major software company has ever done, or will ever do, and continue to support an ancient operating system, for free, until all the users or their computers have died, or they finally decide to get a new fangled computer? They can either ignore the problem or inform XP users that the operating system support is expiring. They are informing the users.

I suppose one option would be to offer an affordable upgrade path for XP users, say 50$/40UKP, and I will accept this is something they aren't doing but could do. But even that wont really help those on slow older computers. Its the users choice and if they refuse to budge then Microsoft can surely do no more than they are doing. Surely you don't expect them to produce a new OS that can run on ancient kit?

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

Geoffrey W

Re: Nut jobbery versus nut jobbery

RE: "Please don't export religion to a second planet"

That's exactly what they are trying to achieve - to NOT export religion to another planet. Your wish is granted.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Geoffrey W

Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

There's a different scenario I've come across.

Work often comes down to the programmer through a chain of command. Programmer estimates finish in one day. Next up in line adds a couple of days for safety - 3 Days. Next up says - A week. Occasionally when the work order comes down, the programmer ends up with the best part of a month to do a one day change. And god help him if he sets a dangerous precedent by finishing sooner.

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Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

Geoffrey W

Photo?

Not even one photo of the thing so we can judge just how enormous it is?

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

Geoffrey W

Re: Yes to FM switch off, but only if it switches off BBC radio.

If you really can't tell the difference between BBC radio 3 and radio 4 (and not just trolling, or stupid, or spouting off without ever having heard either) then I suggest the voices in your head are getting out of hand and interfering with external sounds and treatment is required. Try silence once in a while.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

Geoffrey W

Re: A De-strossing Article!

@ Hans 1

"How often have you come across poor Windows losers who have to copy-paste text into notepad, then back into word to get the formatting right ?"

They only do that because they don't know how to do it properly. You can find Open/Libre Office users doing the same thing, if you care to look.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

Geoffrey W

Re: Yep.

@"I am proud to say I am Americophobe"

Are you sure you know what it means? It sounds as if you rather like them which would surely make you an Americo-Phile, not -Phobe.

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Geoffrey W
Headmaster

Re: Politics of newspapers

To Americans (or, more precisely, to those of the USA, since Mexicans and Canadians are also Americans) Liberals, Lefties, Socialists, Communists, Nazis, Fascists, Anarchists, Pinko Faggot Global Warming Atheists, are all equivalent and essentially the same. There are Republicans, and everyone else.

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

Geoffrey W

Re: no surprise here

That 1950's world is a fantasy. That was the time when policemen could easily kill people and there was much of that strange fruit hanging from the trees. And reds around every corner and under all the beds.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Geoffrey W

Re: God save me from the cloud

If someone is only 20 feet away they could just stand up and shout "STOP THAT TRAIN!" Or run down the corridor on their personal transportation system (legs) and stop it themselves.

I swear, is personal interaction really such a thing of the past?

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

Geoffrey W

Re: More to come?

@ribosome <The launch codes for all the Minutemen>

The Minutemen unofficial Border Patrol have launch codes?

They can be launched?

Will they reach the moon? God, I hope so.

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 delivers modest improvements

Geoffrey W

Hmmmmm

Two very different opinions here. (From Eadon and ShelLuser).

One has never used the software and one has.

Which of them to trust?

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Lenovo: Windows 8 is so good, everyone wants Windows 7

Geoffrey W

Re: I have a Windows 8 laptop

Or more likely a knackered mouse

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

Geoffrey W

Re: What a wanker/whinger

Lack of emotion is not something I have noticed in the tech field; Lack of appropriate emotion, well, that's another story. Look at Torvalds.

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Geoffrey W

Re: I have XP here so no use

@functionality they stripped in Win 7.

Serious question...Just what was stripped in Win7 from XP?

From the point of view of the shell, I cant think of anything...

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Tablets BEAT DOWN laptops in 4-to-1 Xmas bloodbath - analyst

Geoffrey W

Re: Luggage up!

Why Thin?

Well, if it wasn't thin then when wrapped up in its case the package would be even thicker, wouldn't it.

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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

Geoffrey W
Linux

Wow!

I don't mean to be mean or anything but what else could a guy who looks like him do but be a Linux kernel developer? He even wears a red hat! I wonder which comes first, Linux or appearance.

Hope the family problems aren't too serious.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

Geoffrey W

Re: Games 'n guns link?

Try your local flea market. Tha'ts where I got my BFG

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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

Geoffrey W
Alien

It's because a SHADO moonbase has become overrun with aliens and must be destroyed without it being obvious what they are up to. Lt. Gay Ellis (RIP) was holed up in a cupboard and had to be sacrificed. I read it somewhere on the internet. (right here)

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

Geoffrey W

I thought we were talking about wild coffee, which doesn't take account of price and export controls, nor does it need farmers or lack of socialisation.

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Obama win may mean NASA 'nauts to Deep Space as soon as 2021

Geoffrey W

Re: Anonymous Coward

I see you know how to "spEak You're bRanes"

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President Obama declares VICTORY over JUSTIN BIEBER

Geoffrey W

Re: It's a hollow victory

I think you must have missed a couple of elections. It sounds as if you are talking about the start of the second bush term.

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Microsoft-Netflix bid rumours feast on froth – and logic

Geoffrey W
Happy

Re: Only if...

I think it already IS silverlight. At least on Windows it is.

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iPad Mini's quite a handful

Geoffrey W

A tablet, of any size, in my experience, fares pretty badly with game consoles since it doesn't have all the buttons and controllers. Some games work well with touch screen mode only but many are hopelessly compromised by the lack of controllers and are uncomfortable to play. Or maybe its just me.

And I don't even want to know what "media consummation" is.

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

Geoffrey W

Re: What happened to X-files references

Fringe? It made it to a second season? Its drivel and stuffed full of cliches and I couldn't get past two episodes. I watched because someone, who was clearly out of his mind, said it was a cross of the X files and Lost.

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Key evidence in Assange case dissolves

Geoffrey W

Re: Adult Discussion

A very interesting commentary. Thanks

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Sony opens cover on latest e-Reader

Geoffrey W

Re: Unfortunately...

Seems to be the consensus that problems like these are specific book related and running them through Calibre to convert them to new epubs, even if they are already epubs, will often cure the problems. Or find a better source for your books.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

Geoffrey W

The problem has been tethering

People figured how to tether a PC to their Kindle and use the free connection to do all their regular browsing and torrenting. I've seen users boasting about how many gigabytes of data they downloaded for free. No way Amazon were ever going to tolerate that. 50MB seems a bit low though. Why not 500MB, so as not to spoil it too much for the majority?

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Rupert Murdoch legs it from British newspaper boards

Geoffrey W

Re: Have to register to read.

This doesn't always work but it did here. Follow the link. I used Firefox with no script turned on for the site. Allowing scripts for ft.com displays too many pop ups and other artifacts. Do a search for the title of the article. I searched via Bing though no doubt Google will work too. Somewhere in the results you will often find a link to the actual article. This article appears to be accessible using this technique. No payment required! Shhhh!

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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

Geoffrey W

Re: Where on earth are you getting your numbers from?

"Your survey of one doesn't prove anything"

Well, with your data added to his I conclude that RAM has a failure rate of 50% which is bloody atrocious.

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Microsoft: We tried to use Azure ourselves last year, and couldn't

Geoffrey W

Re: Architect is a professional person not a verb.

RE "you pompous, toothless, tea-swilling Benny Hill aficionados "

Well excuse me. We dumped the grinning buffoon a long time ago and stopped watching him. It was the USA that kept him in royalties and adulation after that.

The other insults are fine and I can live with them.

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Neo-Nazis scoop YouTube ad revenue from UK telcos

Geoffrey W
Headmaster

Re: Jesus said he will come back and slaughter us all....

<QUOTE>Actually the evidence appears to show that Jesus was an invention created using examples of previous imagined 'prophets' with very similar actions and supernatural powers.</QUOTE>

Actually, no. You wont find any recent academics who have done real actual research, looking up actual source documents, and not just quoting someone else who says X or Y or Z, who doubt that Jesus was a real individual.

You will, however, find many who doubt his divine origins.

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