* Posts by Zimmer

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

Zimmer

Re: Onward march!

Plus one, for The Marching Morons... I'm old enough to remember reading that....not that many years after it was published... I seem to think about that story a lot this century

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

Zimmer
Holmes

Same old...2% market share..

The MS apologists always trot this amazing statistic.. so why has Linux not gone mainstream desktop?

Because MS subsidise OEMs to have it on their products. Try and sell/advertise a Linux machine as a mainstream OEM and you will not be able to compete on price; and price/spec ratio is what sells.

Yes, there are Linux laptop suppliers about on the Net, but you won't find one in Currys or Tesco; and if you did you would see better value in buying a Windows one that you could wipe and put Linux on than the offerings with Linux pre-installed . More Windows users for the statistics.

The general public do not see Linux in the shops and , even if they did, I'm sure the salesmen would be on more commission to sell MS stuff and warn them that they can't have MS Office or Grand Theft Auto (or whatever, I remember OS/2 machines being sold in Rumbelows years ago).

Then you have the corporate users who must surely outnumber Joe Public in PC sales... the job-holder has no choice what desktop he is given.

What happened when those nice Linux netbooks came to market? MS Saw the danger and insisted on their own, higher spec machine to compete.. those in the know bought those and wiped Windows and installed Linux, those not in the know preferred to buy them because of the higher spec. More Windows Users in the statistics. And how do they count that 2% ??

I heard from a relation this week (he is running Linux at home) and he was privy to a conversation between a so-called 'expert' helping retired folk with computing problems and the elderly owner of a laptop. The upshot, after 30 minutes or so of trying to solve a software problem with Windows , was to tell the guy it was no good, he'd have to buy a new machine !!! When my relation said 'What about putting Linux on it?' the 'expert' said he'd never heard of it!

Lack of Public awareness; no price competitive machine in mainstream retail; that's the barrier to Linux Desktop use.

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Regular Fast Radio Burst detected outside our galaxy

Zimmer
Joke

Microwave radiation..

..so who forgot that you're not to use the microwave for a pot noodle while the radio telescope is running????

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UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

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Big Brother

Re: Rebekah Brooks knows what you wank to

...and, of course, none of these ICRs (whatever they are) could possibly be faked either...

...not only is he watching, he's inventing everything you look at, too...===>

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

Zimmer

agree..totally..

But you missed the darker aspect. As often discussed in, or forming the plots of, sci-fi stories of a dystopian nature, the ability of those in power to cancel your access to your digital credits...

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

Zimmer

And the need for access to the database is...?

Sorry, I cannot see the need for them to have any access to this database, unless they are concerned the badge is a FAKE. The badges supplied to my mother contain an expiry date and photo...

The rest of the moans and complaints here (like every forum on this topic) relate to misuse by those WITHOUT a badge , or using a badge without the presence of the badge-holder; instances where the police could easily ascertain the validity of use... (you do not know if it is invalid use until the owner/occupants return to the vehicle).

Thin end of a 'database access' wedge if ever I saw one....

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Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes

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FAIL

Votes via computer

Votes via computer...what could possibly go wrong.....

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

Zimmer

Re: Not quite there yet...

Funnily enough.. when I bought a new Laptop some many years ago the copy of Vista on it would not talk to my HP printer, not no way...... I solved that only by dual booting the then current version of... Linux Mint.

It's the same story whichever OS you choose. Something will no longer be the same...my particular beef with MS was when XP came out and they wanted me to pay to upgrade my copies of Office 95, which would no longer work on XP.. went OpenOffice then..

For me, the thing about Linux distributions is that I have media to install/re-install from and it usually takes less than an hour to be up and running should a disaster strike, particularly if one uses separate partitions to store one's working data and makes back-ups of those files to external media.

That was not the case with the consumer laptop as far as Win was concerned (only a Win recovery partition, which could have been corrupt and past its sell-by date by the time of failure) . This raises the other issue of 'who can install an OS ?' The man in the street goes to PC World, Tesco etc. buys laptop pre-installed with Windows. If he wants a laptop pre-installed with a flavour of Linux (free) he will have to find a specialist supplier on the internet ... AND pay more for the privilege. ONE big reason Linux will gain little popularity with the masses , it's not 'in your face' in the High Street (lack of AAA games is another...)

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Microsoft’s Revolution Analytics buy pays off, Linux-based R Server launched

Zimmer

.....maybe you have

"Not that I have any better solutions though :-("

Possibly your solution is SAS software, but it is expensive....

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Happy new year, VW: Uncle Sam sues over engine cheatware

Zimmer

Re: It all depends on the outcome

--Someone in VW has been very stupid, but punishing everyone associated with VW, be they worker or owner--- or pensioner---- will serve no one.

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New Horizons makes last burn for Kuiper Belt target

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Paris Hilton

'Wrong page, I think?'....

'Wrong page, I think?'....

Go back and 'look' at the article...

Paris?... Well. why not... it's Monday..

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

Zimmer
Coat

All the better to control you with....

..and those who could access this wonderful store could find/plant anything they desire and use it for leverage on anyone; MPs (government and opposition), Ministers controlling budgets, you, me...anyone...

Large Tinfoil hats all round, chaps... and my coat's the one with just cash in the pocket...

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

Zimmer
Happy

Re: Give me that gun!

I've got 'em on the list, I've got 'em on the list...

And there's none of 'em be missed, there's none of them be missed....

Defer to Dabbsy, the 'Lord High Executioner'

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

Zimmer
Happy

Re: The Tim Worstall Blog

Now bookmarked on the speed dial between Dilbert and XKCD (and before the Register. ;) )

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Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

Zimmer
Joke

Re: Screening Minicab drivers

What did the dog discover?... he was probably a moonlighting postman....

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

Zimmer
Happy

Re: Missed deadlines....

We must have been posh.. had to heat the soldering iron on an electric hob!

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Disney's light-bulb moment: build TCP into LEDs for IoT comms

Zimmer
Big Brother

Re: And we need this for.. communication, Teddy!

.I Always Do What Teddy Says.... (1965..H Harrison)

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Should all Europeans be able to watch Estonian football? Consultation launched

Zimmer

Re: I'd Vote

.... no need to worry, I don't think there's much chance of you seeing live football on telly nowadays, unless you specifically go out of your way to pay extra for it.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

Zimmer
Stop

Re: Ha...not for me...

..would be a bit like Alton Towers on steroids.... I think these vehicles would need to be windowless, or at least windscreen-less . I am never a happy passenger.... and often one full of impending vomit.......

When older sister was driving (back in the '60's) I would sit in the rear footwell with a blanket over my head.. and screaming at the iRobot to slow down at 100mph is only likely to induce the response, 'I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that'...

...see icon.

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Zimmer
Happy

..Upvote, sir!! ...despite the fact I currently own two....

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Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

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Big Brother

Stealing the Internet bandwidth..

...and finally creating Big Brother..

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Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads

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Unhappy

Re: The poor advertisers...

A couple of years ago I was on a 2Gig MONTHLY limit on the desktop. Rarely exceeded it, except when downloading a new .iso ..

Even regularly played Wolfenstein ET.... service was upgraded to 'unlimited'.

Last year used the router to monitor data usage and it was running at 2 Gig a day! (and at this point the game playing had stopped.)

It's not just advertising, but it seems that websites are too keen to throw more and more images and video at us per page.. (and a certain social media site has a lot to answer for, too)

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

Zimmer

....steal their screens...

" I suspect the mechanics of docking all these different phones are more expensive than actually providing dedicated compute power (and that's assuming there's any standard for the interfacing and docking anyway)."........

Well, that's the excuse Line 6 trot out when users of their kit, that interfaces with iPads and iPhones, will not work with Linux etc.. but you have to admit it is probably cheaper for them to build an amplifier or effects pedal that will interface with an "i" product so that they do not have to build in a screen and graphics processing power, even if it means only those WITH and "i" device will buy it..

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

Zimmer

Re: Rabies? and Sparrows

Not the sparrows you should be worried about, but definitely the gulls (not Girls) at Landudno.

Warning: do not attempt to eat your picnic lunch on the promenade nor your ice cream cone... and if you have been close enough to see the size of these birds then you will understand how they could do you a real nasty...

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

Zimmer
FAIL

iOS ...again!

The fact that these type of devices seem to only support iOS (yeah, ok, new expensive Android , too in this case) limits take up.

Their argument is always that they can only support a specific hardware set...

As a portable Amp/Stompbox modeller the Line 6 Pocket pod seems to outdo the iOS devices. More Amps etc(32 Amplifiers) built in. Screen built in (yes, small and crummy but still a screen). Battery or mains power too and free software for the desktop...

It would appear from your review that this iRig is useless without a phone (or as somebody suggested, a Pi, to interface to.) This drawback also applies to the latest Amplifi products from Line 6 . iPhone owners only, please.

Sorry, but there's a Stagg unit for less than £14 that will interface to most phones and any of the free guitar apps that are about...

"For £30, what’s not to like?"........ well, the fact I need a shed load of

other (more expensive )equipment, amplifier patches and dangling leads to jam away quietly in the garden..

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

Zimmer
FAIL

M.O.T. ?

Ah, but would the HUD pass the M.O.T. ?

http://www.motuk.co.uk/manual_830.htm

(Icon? Well, they'd fail it for a distracting chip in the glass, wouldn't they? )

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Thumb Up

Still HERE

Yes, they do still ship it with new Lumias... at least the 640 purchased earlier this week came with HERE

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

Zimmer

Re: Aliens!

THARGOIDS!! We have found the THARGOIDS!!!

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

Zimmer
Flame

Re: No issues here...

Ah, yes, but maybe (unlike me) you do not dual boot using GRUB.

It has tried to update three times since Thursday... failed, but after further restarts has at least recovered to boot pre-update.. (vital, as I am only using Win7 to play Elite:Dangerous ).

I have deselected the offending update in Windows Update so as not to disturb my gaming.... (never a happy chappie as far as Microsoft are concerned...)

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

Zimmer
Linux

Impress -ed

Yes, Video in a presentation... been doing that for Kid's Christmas plays for some years now - with Open/LibreOffice

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

Zimmer

Tabs on the right?

OOOh... from the look of your screenshots the tabs can be moved to the right... that and a proper speeddial is what I have missed with all the latest browser offerings and kept me on a hobbled Opera v.12.16.... simple things..

I must investigate further..

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

Zimmer
Linux

Re: What El Reg Really Needs

Too late for that-

..and in any case Scaryduck would win every time...

http://scaryduck.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Kim%20Jong-un

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

Zimmer
Headmaster

Re: IT angle? Who cares?

Modern (and not so modern- like me) Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motors employees and former employees don't take it too well if you ask that, either...

..and (this one for the author) the correct spelling is 'Rolls-Royce' ...don't forget the hyphen...

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Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

Zimmer
Coat

Dr Seuss

So..

Hortonworks hears a Yahoo !

(sorry...couldn't resist...)

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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Stop

Re: UK needs to learn from other countries

How about asking the bank to provide you with a card WITHOUT the facility... it is what I did.. (NATWEST, should you be interested) .

Makes it clear to the banks your feelings on the matter.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Unhappy

Re: Interactive photo?

Echo that... brought Opera on Linux to a virtual standstill here.... as do all the dodgy ads from Microsoft...

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

Zimmer
FAIL

Re: Sounds like the ID Card sophestry again

All an ID card allows you to do is identify the perpetrators AFTER the event.

NO! All an ID card allows you to do is read the details from an ID card... TFTFY

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

Zimmer

...and the business angle?

So, a reform. What is 'business' going to gain from this? Free use of parodied music for jingles in TV ads ? The use of parodied characters from well known books, Films or TV shows without permission or payment ?

Hmmm... who knows ?

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

Zimmer
FAIL

Re: Windows.

Linux user since 2004.......my son convinced me to install Win 7 on the SSD of the computer we just built (that took 20 minutes, the build that is.) 3 and a half hours later (ladies in the family tapping feet, consulting watches giving us dirty looks as they worked out that they would not be home in time for Emmerdale...) Win 7 seemed installed.

Back at home I booted up and Win7 wanted a further 3 quarters of an hour of more patches before it allowed me to work on installing some Line6 software to it.

I then installed Linux Mint 17 MATE to the traditional spinning iron disk in the machine ... 6 minutes..

and a further 25 to download and install updates (and remember that also includes an Office suite and sundry software)..

My Son assures me Win 8.1 is quicker....... I guess MS have not bothered to do anything about this as they expect Windows to be installed on Brand New machines at the Manufacturers..

Oh yes, ready to leave house for appointment, shutdown Windows...Windows is now applying updates...do not turn off machine...paranoid Missus will not leave until finished so as to turn off the electricals...ARGHHHHH !!

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Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

Zimmer
Joke

Re: Political mistake

...Don't let Wolowitz drive.....

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

Zimmer
Coat

..Elite? Oolite, more like..

Only dangerous at the moment.. (638, Galaxy 2..)

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Joke

Your name, too, will go on the list..

'What iz your name, boy?'

'Don't tell him, Pike !!'

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UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

Zimmer
Big Brother

What scares people..

...."What scares people about the Internet of Things - that human beings are going to be left behind, somewhere out there someone’s going to be controlling your data, someone’s going to be managing your life - that’s the wrong image"..............

Wrong image to sell it to the masses, maybe, but fundamentally correct; which is what indeed DOES frighten us. It is also a question of WHO is managing our life.. Government of the day.. corporations... hackers and script-kiddies... crazed, power-mad delusional dictatorships(see also - Government of the day. ;) ) and, worst of all, PR companies and advertisers..? I'm sure there are more for this list that I have not mentioned..there's probably a queue forming as I write..

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Frikkin' LASER BEAMS on its head: Formlabs announces Form 1+

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Joke

Re: Will it be available in £s?

...simply exchange the Dollar sign for a Pound sign. It's known as foreign exchange when it comes to pricing for the UK. Perhaps the Scots will get them cheaper after independence and we can all go smuggle cheaper IT goods in white vans via Gretna Green....

(Joke icon. However, I guess it's only the suppliers who are laughing... :( )

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World first: ANIMATED GIF of Mercurian SUN ZOOM from MARS

Zimmer
Devil

NO! NO GIFs for Commentards!

I have enough trouble with the b****y MS Cloud animated adverts slowing mouse wheel scrolling to a crazed, jerky nightmare without anymore senseless animation.... I currently have to hunt down the offending tabs and close them before I can read the articles..grrrrr...

(The name's Meldrew, VIctor Meldrew.. )

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Watch your brain LIVE in 3D, then train your mind from inside it

Zimmer
Facepalm

Re: Oh dear, I'm 61, too..

..I signed up for Steam..and I've forgotten the username AND password...DOH!

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Stop

Re: "Just don’t let them spot you buying a Vodafone SIM card."

Not just EE..you cannot port a number within the network on Vodafone either (and possibly all the networks?) computer says 'No!' (to stop people who are current customers becoming NEW customers for NEW Customer Deals without upgrading....so I am informed) .

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

Zimmer

Re: Surfers paradise

Monetised? Well how about licensing all those nice computers out there in households without a telly.. whether they watch it or not ? Thin end of a very expensive wedge.

Perhaps someday the internet will disappear to become only a medium for broadcast/stored TV...

The download speeds for some are bad enough already without all the contention from telly watchers on the net!

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

Zimmer
Coat

..also..

..minces raw or cooked meat, as long as you haven't lost the Dooflab for fitting it to the table..

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Zimmer
FAIL

Re: fund it from general taxation

Great idea! Lots of Upvotes.. However, the powers that be will have the whip hand when the The Beeb come begging for the cash from the Treasury. Less cash, poorer output - and goodness knows what sort of pressure to paint the 'powers that be' in a good light, no matter what, in order to receive the cash to continue..

Great idea, but unintended consequences...

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