* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: N.W.O.

@King Jack and lack of court cases

There IS a court case currently in progress: Microsoft is fighting against the US government over access to users data. I know that isn't the kind of court case you had in mind but it illustrates that Microsoft aren't quite the company that you are suggesting they are and not totally in cahoots with the US government. So we're not quite at New World Order status yet. It really doesn't help to overstate the case.

Still, really hate the tactics they have used with windows 10. Just had two people over the weekend with business on hold until I could stop an unwanted upgrade for them. It could all have been so great for them and they blew it.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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You would be surprised what the average windows user knows. Usually just enough to get into trouble then pick up the phone to me...

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Re: Workaround

RE "because you are not actually root or admin"

There is an actual root or elevated account in windows which allows you to do stupid stuff without UAC but its disabled by default. Kinda like a regular user account in versions before Vista. Lets call it the Win95 account, or even the XP account.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Oh NomNomNom, what are you doing now? Go outside and play with JJ Carter like good little boys. It'll be dinner time soon.

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Oh, Charlotte Green...

With her oddly cute bob and her exquisite voice. I would listen, repeatedly, to the News Quiz, before she retired, just to hear her read all the saucy clippings between bits. Mr Sleat just isn't the same. I should start a fan club.

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I used to think Americans were really, really, friendly. We would all get together at a four way stop and wave at each other.

"They're not waving," said wife. "They're saying its your turn. Move it buster!"

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Re: Why should

To discuss your, ahem, "Foibles" when you're not listening.

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Political guidance systems tend to be a touch limited...

Turn Right

Turn Right

Turn Right

Or

Turn Left

Turn Left

Turn Left

Or

Straight Ahead

Straight Ahead

Straight Ahead

Or

Stay At Home!

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Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

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Re: 20% of mobile searches are voice?

Yes, I've heard them. I gave a ride to one when his car broke down. He tried to bring up a map to where we were going by talking to his huge slab of a phone. We found the place by randomly driving around before he finally turned off his friendly friend who is fun to be with. Perhaps his friendly friend just doesn't like Tennessee accents.

As DougS says, the 20% count of voice searches is absolutely certain to include multiple attempts to poke the assistant into life before resorting to keyboard. Far more than 4 attempts in this case.

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Hmmm, where should I dump those unencrypted password files? I know - OneDrive

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@Ken Hagan

Hah. I like the idea of sulky software very much indeed. I'll have to see if I can't build some sulkiness into my software without annoying my users, too much...

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How did they get their data?

They have three clients, to the systems of which they have access. At "Idiots Are Us" it was discovered they were storing lots of text files called Passwords.txt on OneDrive. At "MEH.COM" only a couple of such files where found. At "Smarty-Pants Inc" no such files were found.

They averaged this sample data and extrapolated it to the whole of the Corporate universe.

Probably.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: Eh?

They aren't reporting Radiohead <spit> doing something, they're reporting the creators of Trumpton bitching about it which probably is worth at least mentioning though one cant help wondering if Radiohead <spit> factored in the complaints when deciding to do it.

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Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

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All the energy is needed for creating hair as lush and dense as the asshole it sits upon

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Re: Lot of lefty luvvies on here it seems

RE: "The first clinton was good for the country, but this one wants to tear us apart."

Go on then. How does she want to tear us apart? What is her specific policy aimed at tearing us apart? Lets have some details. I'm open to persuasion and logical argument with workings used in reaching your conclusion.

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Re: Lot of lefty luvvies on here it seems

Trump is a business man who drove a casino into bankruptcy. It takes a special kind of business man to drive a money printing scheme into the ground.

"Uncle Tom"?

"Women in charge of bombs"?

I think we know all we need to know about you, other than your address so we can check where you are in relation to ourselves.

Have a nice day, now, you hear? I fear its going to get worse for you even if Trump achieves office.

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About Thiels hair

I think his hair is not as depicted in the photo at the head of this article so you two commentards who appear to think otherwise go look again, but I have this horrible dream where we all become assimilated and start to look like The Hair Alpha. And when we all look the same then who shall we hate Upon The Dull Earth. The Hair Alpha believes none of the things he says and has said as much on more than one occasion, that we need not fear what he says because what he does is another thing entirely, but a man who will say anything is no better than a man who will believe anything even when he has been told that what he hears is untrue. Listen, you can hear the bars of the black iron prison ring as they open creakily and we peer inside...

Interesting times to be alive.

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Re: and after disabling UEFI...

RE: "I thought it was quite refreshing to see something recommended other than Mint!"

Its hard to find something more refreshing than a Mint.

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Re: and after disabling UEFI...

RE: "distro evangelists do more damage"

Evangelists of any flavour do damage to all around them including their cause. Even if Linux never ever ever becomes as huge as Windows <spit> it doesn't matter - Its still awesome for you in your little ideos cosmos!

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Re: Be very afraid!

Aha. So this is a deliberate shove by Slurp? They can't even wait till they turn off GWX and Windows 1 0 becomes un-free. Windows will have to be paid for then...That makes it blackmail! Those evil bastards!

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Re: and after disabling UEFI...

I like Linux but I'm careful who I say that to - I don't want them to think I'm like you or all the other Penguins you find in MS related threads

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IBM's Internet of Things brainbox foresees 'clean clothes as a service'

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Re: They are still missing the point.

RE: "Too many old appliances go to play at farms in the countryside these days"

In my experience (as a rambler) farmers themselves are much better at cluttering their farms with old rusty crap than towny dumpers are.

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Re: The Last of Us

@Captain Daft

RE: "Most people will put up with any cost or tribulation to avoid having to think, even if a second's thought would make life much easier."

To be honest, installing Linux doesn't really make your life any easier for a non expert user; perhaps not even for an expert user - just a bit different. There are still the same concepts of programs and disks and memory to force into your head, and things still operate in pretty much the same ways with task bars and menus and buttons to click. And then you have to be told why all those programs you bought from a shop, or downloaded from a website, will not work on your machine. Its just different sides of the same coin, which is trite but true. Things still go wrong and stop working and bugs still pop up gibberish messages and you will still on occasion feel like dropping the thing out the window onto the concrete before that amazing tech friend comes along and amazes you some more by fixing it in 5 minutes. Windows, Linux, or OSX - You will still feel the pain of mysterious things going on. Its just that your amazing tech friend will be happier or sadder depending upon which operating system you are using so you go along with him (or her) and smile at appropriate times just to make him (or her) happy and feel appreciated. They will not really understand why you are angry/sad/happy/tearing out hair because of an operating system. They wont even understand what an operating system is, even if they nod encouragingly at you.

If your non expert users appear happier under Linux they are probably just humoring the strangely obsessive nerd who keeps the machine working for them. They might even feel a bit sorry for you but they wont say it.

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Microsoft sets Feb 2017 date to kill last SHA-1 zombies

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Hey! I'm Lizard People and all this is news to me. Is there some Meta Lizard conspiracy going on here that I'm being left out of? Bastard Lizards!!! Cant trust no-one...

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Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

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Re: so what who cares

So who did you buy it from?

And who did they buy it from?

And just a few generations further back you can ask, who did they steal it from? Someone who thought the land belonged to everyone, until someone armed with ultra violence came out of the blue

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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Re: not to be a dick but

Yes. That quote, in this context, is not only confusing but offensively confusing. Johnson was trying to say that a woman preacher is like a dog walking on its hind legs; that is, wrong. But Johnson himself is wrong (unless you're an ugly reactionary with ugly views).

So, is Mr Orlowski saying that continuum is like a dog walking on its hind legs, or is he saying that it is like a female preacher being like a dog walking on its hind legs? Is continuum wrong or is Orlowski, like Johnson, wrong?

Ah, decisions, decisions...

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Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families

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Re: Local or remote processing?

RE: "What do you think?"

Internet commentards don't think; they react.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Re: Reality check

If nothing really matters then piddling on someones fireworks doesn't matter either so why piddle on his fun if that's what makes him happy? Be happy that he's happy, and I'll be happy that we're all happy because this is all on line nonsense and there is no actual piddling going on and no extinguished fireworks and we can all be happy knowing that everyone else is happy and unicorns can nibble stardust and we can all love one another and no one need ever feel sad ever again.

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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Re: re. "Rampant Robot"

"Rampant Robot" sounds more like a Linux distro to me

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Re: Oh goodness how awful

At times like this *I* think that maybe comments should be disabled on certain stories.

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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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Bernie cant do any worse than the past several presidents have done in this respect, and I suspect he would do much better than any of the current crop of GOPpers would do should they rise to the top of the toilet bowl.

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Re: Given how people are taught...

I read the letter as saying that everyone should have the "Chance" to do CompSci, not that everyone would do it. I think it also says something about having the chance to follow the subject at University without requiring millionaire parents or an ability to run about with a football. There is a lot that could be done if enough of the political class had the will to do it.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

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Re: @Geoffrey W - Epoc defining

How much do you think I care for any of you?

OS hate is just stupid. I like playing with all of them.

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Re: @djstardust Word to the wise old chap.......

Wind ups may be his game but its a very fine line between being funny and being irritating, and I fear he isn't funny enough, nor original enough, to avoid irritating me at least. Giggling at those who take him seriously wears thin after the first few hundred posts basically all using the same pointy stick which has long since lost its point. I don't know why I bother to look in the comments of any register story about Windows or "Slurp". I already know what I'm going to find.

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RE: "They too will learn to hate Windows"

But they still wont switch to Linux

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Re: WTF!

They probably have an old copy of Myst and are determined to finish that damn game before they die

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Re: Starting to see sense

@Adair

The OP is trolling, you fool. He does a lot of it.

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: America

RE: "The South is (crazy)

Nope, all of it, except for the western edges and the north eastern edges are "Fucking Crazy', and even those bits are a bit flaky too. Its all those guns: They make us so goddamn free we all get light headed and giddy and do stupid shit just because we can. And even though I'm actually British I now consider myself a honorary 'Murkin having lived here 15 years and am gettin' a bit kooky too. I talk to the bears behind the house and they say to me - "You fucking crazy american, leave me alone..." The whole country is mental but you would have to drag me kicking and screaming back to the mother land what brung me up. I fit right in. Sort of...

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Re: Fucking moron

I don't think there were actual mountain rescue teams involved. According to more detailed reports she was found by chance by a group of climbers who then helped her down the mountain. Pretty lucky really.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Why Touch?

Well I upvoted yours. Love me, Love me do...

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Re: Why Touch?

re: "You also get downvotes for complaining about downvotes"

I simply hate all those sycophantic, fawning, toady upvotes seeking self justification by agreeing with those able to express themselves better than they. Give me good, honest, belligerent, red faced downvotes any day.

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New York senator proposes tax credit for open-source developers

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Re: Stupid idea

RE: just rip it up. (the tax code)

Yeah. We can all just build our own roads and form our own police and military and do all our own medical work and throw out all that other useless shit provided by governments. Back to the Jungle, here we go!

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Too Naked for the Nazis streaks to literary glory

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Re: Soviet Bus Stops

You inspired me to go look and you're right; some of those artifacts are just awesome, and future archaeologist confounding for sure. Beats all those signs on a stick that we have. Or would have if we had buses. I suspect most of these originate in the grand old days of the USSR. As for your USA reference; Plastic/Concrete; sums up the two cultures somehow.

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: Mr Barack "Hope & Change" Obama

RE: "Most disappointing president EVER!"

Sure, I'm somewhat disappointed by what Obama has done, but its a poor measure of his overall worth.

The only reason George W Bush didn't disappoint me was because I expected him to do all the crazy shit he did. He did not disappoint me one bit. I know which of the two of them I prefer though, and it isn't Bush.

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Go No! Google cyber-brain bests top-ranked human in ancient game

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Re: In other news

They will have to pry my GO stones from my cold, dead, fingers before I bow down to their superior game play.

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Re: Congratulations to the team of DeepMind

I can play Noughts and Crosses (OXO) and snakes and ladders. I cannot play GO because I dont know the rules or strategy. I wouldnt be able to do so without some extensive re-programming and learning. Does that make me a non-intelligence? I also went fishing once, and ended up hooking myself in the arm. There are lots of things I cannot do without some programming work. Why should it be different for this AI?

What they have done is not write a program that knows about GO, but write a program that knows how to play the basic game and has the ability to learn how to do it better. It *Learned* strategy. That learning technique is something that could be applied to many things and I think its a fabulous achievement and am massively impressed. Most grumps I have come across so far seem to be people who refuse to be impressed by anything or anyone on principle. Not very impressive for supposed tech people.

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You're fired! No – you're acquired! Reality TV hits Silicon Valley startups

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I have a theory. The great zombie apocalypse has already started and it is not as depicted in popular fiction. The virus is shows of this ilk and there are already so many of the undead, who feel their lives cannot be real because they do not correlate to "Reality" shows, that I fear we may be too late to stop it. I have my place in the woods marked out so keep your zombie butts away from me.

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If Trump gets elected then there is no future. The Black Iron Prison will enclose us all and not even Valis can save us.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: The Issue

RE: Reagan

Reagan was almost strangled by his ape costar in bedtime for Bonzo. Imagine how different everything would be now if that had happened!

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Re: The Issue

RE: "I have no idea how Pravda on the Potomac is doing under Bezos"

On the other hand I know that "Der Stürmer" on the airwaves is doing OK under Murdoch and Ailes.

Yes, I know...Godwin! Godwin! But he started it.

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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Q "Lurching from one clanger to the next"

I think that's standard once an organization becomes so large that it divides into independent and competing kingdoms that only talk to each other via stilted formal channels.

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