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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

Zimmer
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?

Zimmer
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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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

Zimmer

Because...

No one in their right mind would opt in! And apathy would prevent the rest from opting in, too .

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Google puts Dr Who's Tardis onto Street View - and you can get INSIDE

Zimmer

That field looks suspiciously like the one in the link here:

http://www.snugburys.co.uk/content/news/dalick-whos-for-ice-cream

see also here..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/55881215@N03/9535597731/

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

Zimmer
Happy

Re: Testing in a representative environment

Hand up here, sir! Me,sir..!! 2007 Fabia Estate... 64mpg mixed driving ... can get (and have had) 80mpg over a 30 mile trip along A and B roads... Hammer it on the motorway on a trip and you only get 63mpg :( shame, that..

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Brits are world's most wired drivers, says fleet tracker CEO

Zimmer

Re: Not a shock--- so report it...

I believe that once a pot hole ( or other serious road defect) is reported to the appropriate authority then any damage suffered as a result of it could be claimed from the appropriate authority. Once reported it is their responsibility.

A case in point was a hole at the junction of our street that was reported and subsequently collapsed under the weight of a passing car ( a drain beneath had partially collapsed allowing water to wash away the road from beneath). The car did not 'pass' and cost over a £1000 to fix.. It is no wonder councils are quick to pour a few ha'porth of tar in a pothole, once it is reported.

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

Zimmer
Unhappy

Re: Nice idea, but... X marks the spot.

Actually, the graphics problem is probably the fancy new detection stuff in the latest version of X . I have an old Shuttle running Mrs Zimm's XP... It used to run Ubuntu fine..when X was set up manually... as the old screen does not talk to the OS to give it the EDID.

Now, although I have dual booted Mint on it I have managed (somehow) to start in a low res and I have to xrandr to get the right res... cannot find the right documentation for customising the new X with the previous screen settings(changing the old xorg.conf just does not seem to want to work succesfully anymore).

Now my laptop* (which has been working Linux for the last 6 years) has developed a screen problem and is not detected on boot... dead (also on all previously working newer versions, tried booting from other partition installs, external USB HDD etc..).. However, plug in a Puppy USB and it comes to life...

So any new potential user with a less than modern screen (or a dodgy one) will find Ubuntu et al a no-no... shame...

*Using another laptop (Mint, SUSE 12.3) until I can find time to trawl the net for answers.. AGAIN!!

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Loads of mis-sold PPI, but WHO will claim? This man's paid to find out

Zimmer
Happy

SAS and R

Thanks for that. The heads up on R (on Linux) will make me investigate it again. As a ( early) retired SAS programmer I have often missed the tools necessary to muck about with data in the way I used to at work.

:)

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Yahoo! web! traffic! BIGGER! THAN! GOOGLE! in! July!

Zimmer

Re: Hard to believe

I Use DuckDuckGo, but then , it IS the default on Linux Mint so I expect BILLIONS of users do not bother to change it....

I'd add an 'I'll get me coat ' icon, but everyone knows it's the mac with the paperback from a well known publisher in the pocket....

(so many puns, so little time...)

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Google's Street View cars venture inside TARDIS

Zimmer
Coat

Needs more work...

How about.. click on the controls and the 'Tardis' takes you to a random spot in the world and you can leave the Tardis there for another 'lucky' punter to find?

(It's the coat with the woolly scarf and the brown fedora, thanks. Have a Jelly Baby!)

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

Zimmer
Linux

Recovery

Social engineering to encourage users to install malware will always stand a chance of succeeding and the prospect of a Trojan appearing in the Repositories is not too far-fetched (but you still have to manually find it and install it from the 41,440 already there.)

But I expect the 'non-Linux' users/experts/fanbois are salivating over this (somewhere).

However, in the event of a malware moment, the Linux user has a disc/usb stick with the OS on it and can re-install a clean system in about an hour or so, depending on the spec of the computer. The Linux user has probably also separated his/her data from the OS into a separate partition.

In the event of needing a working computer immediately, the Linux user can use that Live Cd or USB to get up and running at once...

Can the Windows users say the same? For the majority of Win users out there I guess that the answer to that is, 'No'...

10 years ago...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10/06/linux_vs_windows_viruses/

and it's an old one, I know..

http://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/evilmalware.html

and the long read..

http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=virus

... all we can do is remain paranoid and vigilant...

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

Zimmer
Stop

Settings... Advanced

Untick the box that says ' Offer to Save Passwords I Enter on the Web'.

Next.....

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Been hacked? Don't dial 999: The plods are too dense, sniffs sec bigwig

Zimmer
Holmes

Re: Not their job

...although recent figures suggest that crime rates are at their lowest for 30 year, for what that's worth) so it looks like something's happened.......

What's happened??

see..

https://shijuronotgeorgedixon.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/those-crime-figures-again/

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NASA Van Allen probes discover PARTICLE HURRICANES

Zimmer
Happy

Re: NOT CO2, THEN WHAT?

amanfrommars had to leave hurriedly for home when news reached him of a ruddy great rover vehicle drilling in his back garden ... :)

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Zimmer
Coat

Re: Not just Apple----correction

... surely a Typo ? It's a WUNCH of BANKERS...

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The great $45m bank cyber-heist: Seven New Yorkers cuffed

Zimmer

Re: "shot dead at his house while playing dominoes"

The chip holds the PIN and using the terminal it verifies/authenticates the PIN used. Most terminals are now wireless in Restaurants etc. and are brought to the table so the card does not leave your sight.

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Boffins KALQ-u-late the ultimate 'board for two-thumb tablet tappers

Zimmer
Headmaster

Oh, the irony

...... or should that be iorny.. ;)

“An error-correction algrithm was added to help address linguistic and motor errors.

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

Zimmer

Zotac rival?

Can only see this as a rival to the Zotac Zbox Nano ....

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Boffin road trip! The Reg presents Geek's Guide to Britain

Zimmer
Happy

Secret Bunker

Don't forget the Secret Bunker... it's signposted from Nantwich and environs....

Secret Bunker, oh the irony...

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Bundestag holds 'unusual' hearing on German Copyright Act

Zimmer

..just lying around..

Putting 'stuff' on the web is akin to leaving it lying in the street (much as this post is like me being in a Town Square, standing on a box and shouting this to anyone within earshot).

Putting a book out in front of a store, on the street, (or even displaying the book inside on a shelf) affords the passer-by to read a little of it (or even - shock! horror! - make away with it..).

Attempting to use the medium of the web to sell items that can be copied was always going to end in tears and tantrums. Especially when the business model was going to be based on charging the same for digital content as the hard copy and taking all the profit that would have been made by the retailer, distributor etc and keeping the savings from NOT producing hard copy. .... (which appears as 'greed' to the consumers).

Not sure if there is a solution..Search engines effectively advertise your stuff.. no advertising=less sales...

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

Zimmer
Linux

Deja vu all over again

Similar situation in 2002.. 3 legit copies of Office Pro which would not install on new XP machine.... not used MS Office since.. not missed it.. Not missed MS Win much since 2004, either...

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

Zimmer

Re: Star Wars is Science FICTION for a reason...

Everything you say is true; but that's not the point. The point is to encourage and to practice methods of analysis in general terms. That way, when something does happen that is outside the knowledge or experience of a scientist, they will have the intellectual methods and ability to deal with it...........

Agreed! Whenever reading Sci-Fi the curious mind will always try to reason whether or not something is possible (and often some of the best of the genre can be discerned in this way) and curious scientific minds are necessary if new things are to be discovered..

But when reading for enjoyment never let impossibilities get in the way of a good yarn :)

After all, it's impossible to say we could drive a car remotely on Mars, isn't it? Oh, wait....

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Suspected fake internet cop trio collared by real cops

Zimmer
Big Brother

...coming soon, courtesy of the new Snooper's charter....

...I remind all computer users that police do not use (will soon be using!) such a method to impose or enforce fines, so if you are confronted by such a page . . .

...then you can pay the fine either by PayPal, VISA credit or debit card direct to your local constabulary.

Please remember Big Brother has to recoup the £Billions it spent setting up the monitoring in the first place...

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LOHAN's mighty orb launch live NOW

Zimmer
Unhappy

NO VIDEO :(

Vid feed died just as they opened the rusty gate !

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

Zimmer

Re: They need to be careful out there

I always seemed to manage to not be able to scoop up the ore once the mining laser had cut it... spent a lot of time maneuvering the Cobra , by which time....along came the bad guys...

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US paper spaceplane disintegrates at 107,000ft

Zimmer
Facepalm

Lack of memory or File Size?

They may have planned that the camera had sufficient battery and memory card storage for the trip for HD video footage. However , they may have overlooked the small detail regarding the 4.3gig maximum single file size of FAT32.

(I overlooked this last week when recording an event. 40-odd minutes at 640 res was enough to do the trick.. so if they went HD .......)

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NASA's spy sat snaps Curiosity rover burning tracks on Mars

Zimmer
FAIL

Re: NASA - missing a trick here !

2000AD suggested lasered ads on the moon, um, about 30 years ago, probably.

God I'm old.

Not OLD enough, evidently.

You are several decades out for those adverts.

Robert Heinlein, The Man Who sold The Moon (1950) , if I recall the short story correctly; (might not have been'lasers', though :) )

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Watch Smarter: video guide to... optical disc drives

Zimmer
Coat

Management...

...are now reading El Reg....

Be Afraid, be very afraid....

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

Zimmer
Thumb Up

Not only that..

Just think of the cost (not just in Tippex) of changing every roadsign. Even at a pound a go it must add up to a tidy sum (and you can bet it will cost 100 a go using a friendly Govt. appointed contractor) and therein lies the reason we have not rushed into changing miles for km.

Looking on the bright side, thoae who want a reduction in speed limits could argue for adopting km and leaving all of those signs as they are... (cue J Clarkson brigade downvotes as they fail to see the joke....).

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Eight... Rugged Cameras

Zimmer
Happy

Re: Quality?

Canon s95... or its replacement , the new s100, is what you are looking for.

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Scientists refine smart self-assembling building blocks

Zimmer
Stop

Re: self replicating tinkers toys were frist demonstrated in the late 1950s

......and Babbage designed a difference engine in the 19th century....

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Samsung backside-bitten by emoticon patent trollery

Zimmer
Mushroom

Re: Is there a smiley for...

Try this one.... BIG petard...

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

Zimmer
Coat

Nobody mentioned APL yet ?

Ok, I will........

(mine's the one with the special keyboard with the Greek characters on it in the pocket.. ).

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Apple blocks booze, cigs sales with parental control patent

Zimmer
Coat

Shouldn't that be...

Patent No. 666 ?

.....it's the one with cash in the pockets .

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McDonald's punters offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets

Zimmer
Coat

Would that coat be..

....a big mac ?

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Reg Hardware Awards 2011 Winners

Zimmer
Happy

Thank You!

Downloading Oolite now ! How did I miss that ?? It's the Acorn Electron all over again......

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Ford unwraps '2013 Mondeo'

Zimmer
Boffin

...

Apparently a Miller is essentially an Atkinson with a supercharger , to add boost to replace the loss of power experienced in the true Atkinson cycle. In both their cycles( Atkinson and Miller) the compression stroke is effiectively 'shortened' by leaving the inlet valve open longer so that compression occurs later in that phase of upward piston movement....

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Strictly Come Dancing in 3D: the facts

Zimmer
FAIL

..nor me..

nor anyone with partial/no sight in one eye...

3D cinema has been tried several times... and failed.. will this current iteration (and its TV counterpart ) fare any better ?? *

*(two ?'s , for those reading in 3D ) :)

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UN set to dump GMT for tech-friendly Atomic Time

Zimmer
Joke

Been there, done that, still got the fluorescent armbands

We experimented with this in the late sixties and a lot of people made money selling reflective gear for schoolkids who had to go to school in the dark. Have they found the abandonned warehouse with the the leftover stock?? Has Del Boy bought it on the cheap?

The public must be told :)

(On a serious note: there was an increase in road casualties in the mornings....)

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Apple victorious: Courts deny hackintosher's final plea

Zimmer
Devil

MS next move ?

Trusted and signed OS on new hardware, anyone?

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