* Posts by Steven Burn

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

Steven Burn

Re: just stop it, right now

See this, it's your choices - mind I take them all away? (you know, just in case I disagree with one of them and figure feck it - easier than resorting to stupidlly childish insults)

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Steven Burn

Re: Freedom

Upvote sir!

I'm a smoker, have been for half my life and hate the smell of it, even the smell from my own smoking, but as you mentioned, we should be able to smoke what we want.

I don't smoke around my kids, I don't smoke around those that don't themselves smoke, and where possible, try keeping out of the way of others on the street when smoking, just in case (though, now drive almost everywhere, so that's not as much of an issue anymore)

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Steven Burn

Re: Why the need

Why the need?

Because we all have a choice perhaps? It (used to be) bugger all about a need.

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Steven Burn

I can stop, I choose not to. Can you sod off?

/edit

hmmm has the reply button gone wonky? Clicki reply to comment and it seems to end up wherever it damn well wants ....

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Steven Burn

Leave OUR cars out of it - we don't tell you want you can and can't do in yours.

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Steven Burn

Re: 2 years

"by not smoking my favourite brand"

Errr yeah, if only, was a 20 a day Marlboro smoker, switched to Carlton - now 40-50 a day. That didn't work, did it .... (dammit, now I want a smoke!)

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Steven Burn

Re: 2 years

It still stinks (tastes horrid too, to me at least), just smells slightly better (tried a few of the vaper thingies, still longing for one that isn't fruity, minty or vanlilla/chocolate crap etc, then I may try it again - until then, I'll stick with real cigs, helps with stress)

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Steven Burn

Nothing is harm free anymore it seems, it's why I say DILLIGAF ;)

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Batten down the hatches! OpenSSL preps fix for high impact vuln

Steven Burn

Re: <Insert name here>

OpenWoopsie?

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

Steven Burn

Can we move in?

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Steven Burn

Should be on their (now) ancient packages, cost for my PN connection is at least twice that ;o) (still wouldn't switch though, short of a major feck up - they "just work" (yep, they have issues occasionally, who doesn't) and their staff for the most part (once you get past the first line) actually know what they're talking about (still miss the old staff though))

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Steven Burn

Nah, they wrote it word for word for him (saves him actually having to work) ;)

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Steven Burn

Frustratingly, still waiting, almost a decade now, for VM to get into my street (and those close to me on the "right side" it seems, street on the front has VM, streets to the back of those don't), gave up waiting (VM connections I've had the pleasure have been extremely fast (obviously leaving out those I've had the displeasure of dealing with over the years (though usually resulted in diags showing hardware/broken connections/VM infra issues etc)

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Steven Burn

Re: One thing missing....

Some of us work from home, so the faster the better ;o)

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Steven Burn

2 FTTC (I know, I want FTTP too) connections here (and a third ADSL line, but leaving that aside), both at an average of 76Mbps (1 x BT Business, 1 x Plusnet Business, costs considerably more (PN especially, was an old ADSL package that stopped existing, but didn't go lower in price - ah well, DILLIGAF), but worth it, both rarely have issues). Apparently I'm in the 10%?, who knew.

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It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

Steven Burn

Oh dear .......

The "Tips and Corrections" link is currently displaying;

"

Email Protection

You are unable to access this email address theregister.co.uk

The website from which you got to this page is protected by CloudFlare. Email addresses on that page have been hidden in order to keep them from being accessed by malicious bots. You must enable Javascript in your browser in order to decode the e-mail address.

If you have a website and are interested in protecting it in a similar way, you can sign up for CloudFlare."

..... hmmm.

Anywho, HP site seems to be having issues;

"The store has encountered a problem processing the last request. Try again later. If the problem persists, contact your site administrator."

Only appears to be the pages involving machines with Windows 10 being affected, others pages on their site are fine.

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

Steven Burn

Re: If I was looking for an SUV...

Might change your mind, price wise, if you drive mine (only bought last year (8K, 14K financed), already had to spend 5K for repairs to it (my fault for knowing shag all about cars I suppose), and has now developed a lovely "shuddering" sensation sporadically (caused the check engine light to come on last weekend, no idea why - stopped, checked the oil, it went away) - which reminds me, still need to call the garage).

Still love my Jeep' though (old CG, Commander (my favourite of the entire Jeep range) or if I had to, the Patriot)

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Steven Burn

Re: Marlow Bridge

I'm screwed then .... my Jeep Commander is 4783 according to its spec sheet :o( (unlikely to get go over that bridge though, hadn't even heard of it before your post)

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

Steven Burn

Re: Other signalling

Humans aren't experts on anything - they just like to think they are ;o)

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App makers, you're STILL doing security wrong

Steven Burn

Good to see you here :o)

As an aside, Microsoft et al aren't exactly helping with these issues either (especially given default settings during Windows 8/10 installs as far as app access to location, profile etc etc, requiring they be manually turned off - they know as well as we do most are just going to do the default options instead of the custom route)

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Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster

Steven Burn

...

Got fed up waiting for them to sort the damn thing out. Already run my own internal server for outgoing mail (prefer keeping incoming and outgoing separate, only reason I had incoming through them) for the last 8+ years, so just switched the MX and disabled the auto-renew.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

Steven Burn

Re: Minimum specifications for Windows...

Have an upvote Dan! (would get you a beer too, but well - it's the internet and everything ....)

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Steven Burn

Re: Minimum specifications for Windows...

Either you know and are able to update, his companies systems/software to run on "nix, or are offering to re-write it all. How nice.

Not a cloud fan myself, never have been, and run a mix of Windows/*nix systems/servers myself, but you regardless of Microsoft' *announcements* (no "pro" required), not every company can switch (nor does every company want to)

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Steven Burn

Re: Plenty about

You forgot;

== absolute rubbish

Had to replace virtually every piece of hardware in my stepdads Zoostorm, and all before it was even a year old (PSU only lasted around 8 months before going "boom").

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UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling

Steven Burn

24Mb == Superfast?

Whilst I'd call 24Mb fast, I certainly wouldn't call it anywhere close to "superfast" (christ, I've got 2 x 70Mb (20Mb up) lines here (1 x PlusNet business, 1 x BT business) and wouldn't even call those superfast ffs!!)

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Full Disclosure redux: under new management

Steven Burn

Excellent news!

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

Steven Burn

Re: Vote Farage

You lost as soon as you said "Vote Farage" .....

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

Steven Burn

Re: I think not ...

Cheers for the correction. My fault for basing it on my last reading the Highway Code book :o(

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Steven Burn

I think not ...

I've got 2 different TomTom devices (Start 60, and the Go Live Black Edition I bought a few years ago (brother borrowed it, which required I buy another one (had to drive to the other end of the country and didn't have a clue where I was going (was fine from the A1 > M1 > M25, but buggered from there)))), and do still use them, but;

1. Their latest ones (last 24 months) ALL require use of a crappy ActiveX based GUI, which frankly, sucks (the older TT devices had desktop based software that was far superior - but it seems TT don't give a damn)

2. Despite numerous manual corrections and emails to TT, their sat navs still seem to be under the silly illusion that roads marked as 40mph (they've got speed signs and everything!) are 60mph, single carriage ways are 60mph (nope, always been 50mph unless marked otherwise), and seem to think 20mph roads are 30mph (again, nope, there's damn speed signs saying 20mph!)

3. Despite both devices coming with "lifetime map updates", neither actually did - they want £70 for map updates! (wouldn't be so bad (though still way overpriced) if they were actually accurate - but they're not).

4. To make matters worse, done the map correction thing a few times to correct it as far as my own postcode is concerned (not exactly the middle of nowhere), and it still doesn't have a clue (seems to have taken no notice (advised TT and got a nonsense reply ignoring what I told them)).

5. As of 2012, NONE of their devices have a backup facility (was present in the older devices, courtesy of the desktop software). Advised TT when I first bought it last year, and was blown off with;

"I do understand how important it is for you to use the the features you were accessing on TomTom Home on MyTomTom software.

I would like to assure that you will definitely be able to use such features very soon in near future.

Our Development team is currently working to introduce more features on MyTomTom software for the latest generation of TomTom devices.

And once more features are added to 'MyTomTom' Software, you will be able to access those features efficiently.

You will get a notification via E-mail when more features in 'MyTomTom' Software is available."

.... that was July 2012 - and there's been bugger all since (and NONE of the facilities of the Home software are available in their crappy ActiveX web UI (which FYI, has gotten worse since last month))

/end rant

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

Steven Burn

Personally ....

I'd suggest using pc.co.uk (aka pcspecialist.co.uk) instead, you can customize your chosen PC, laptop etc to your hearts content, and the specs for the price points, are way better than any of the "named" machines are offering.

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When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

Steven Burn

Bah

I'd be happy if it were only once per year (well, less annoyed anyway), but we've had 6 so far this year (town outside Newcastle Upon Tyne), and a friend down in Dover has had several in the last few months alone.

Wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact it also caused spikes that fried several servers, a couple of hubs and a couple of test machines (got kit for protection against surges, but not spikes (yep, completely my fault)), requiring a lot of kit be replaced.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

Steven Burn

Thanks but no thanks

I don't want an OS to try to be everything. It's the very reason I'm not going to Windows 8, and the reason I dropped Ubuntu when Unity came in.

I'll stick with Windows XP, 7, Debian, Backtrack, DSL, Helix, Austrumi for now (couldn't get along with Mint, but still have hundreds of other distro's on CD/DVD to play with too).

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Campus Party: Did it start Silicon Britain or let 5,000 geeks sleep together?

Steven Burn

Errr ya!

If they can't even do basic over-clocking or basic coding for a PI, then they're not geeks (hell even leaving out the PI, even newbie geeks can over-clock a machine - machines of the last few years or several, have removed the need to do it the "old fashioned way" ffs!).

As for social skills - they're over-rated.

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

Steven Burn

:o(

Useless for me until they add the US and Mexico :o( (o2 charged me around £30 for a 15 minute call - twice (and that then prevented me from topping up the PAYG phone I had with me for the rest of my trip (still not worked out why you can only top up using the same card twice in a month (there's never been the same restriction for using the card to purchase coupons), which was a major pain! it wouldn't even let me use the website to top it up using the same card))

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

Steven Burn

Bah

I'll stick with my non-smartphone, lovely little clam shell (LG GB220), and Tom Tom sat nav for cases where I need directions (only ever need it when driving anyway, and even then, only if going somewhere I've never been before, or rarely go to).

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

Steven Burn

Ah an easy one ...

Worst thing about the Daily Mail? Easy - it's still being produced!

Second worst thing about it? Even easier - it's readers! (only crowd I know that are worse than the mumsnet lot)

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

Steven Burn

Re: Laser

Strangely, got 3 HP laser printers (4000TN) I got a toner for a couple years ago, and cost £80 each or there abouts (HP is selling them for £143 each now), but would still rather pay for the toners for it than buy any of the newer printers, specifically because the toner it's been using since I got given it (~4-5 years ago, on the "if you can fix it, you can have it" deal - ended up with 3 of them), only finally needed replaced with the one I got a couple years ago, around 3-4 weeks ago (original toner it came with, was with it for several years, no idea of the pages it managed to do until needing replacing though), and in all of the time I've had it, only rarely has paper jams, and only needed a new network card due to an electricity spike nuking the one that was in it at the time.

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A "-" wtf?

Steven Burn

A "-" wtf?

Ref: [dead URL via Twitter or email newsletter removed - mod]

Shows with both title and sub-title as "-";

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Cloud News

* -

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Then loading it also shows the entire thing missing - am I missing something here?

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

The problem? IT'S THE BLEEDIN PARENTS JOB TO FILTER CONTENT!

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

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Ooooh

Performance may not be stellar, but damn does that thing look good!

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

Steven Burn
Mushroom

Oh the joys

As already mentioned, youngsters for the most part, don't care about privacy, so the answer to this was already known before it started. Because of this, as ecofeco mentioned, we're screwed.

31 here, 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Ltd, previously only a named driver on my brothers car, so 0 no claims when I finally got this, and costs me £1200 p/y for the insurance and around £180-200 per year for the tax (and she drinks petrol like it's going out of fashion (managed to keep it around 17mpg, Jeep docs quote 14mpg, so quite happy, as I love her to bits, despite her costing a bleedin' fortune*).

* Paid £900 for her, and she's cost easily 4 times that, in repairs since I got her last July (only problem she seems to have now, is a warning sporadically popping up saying the coolant sensor is bad, but I'm told I can ignore that as long as I regularly check the coolant level (already do anyway, as she goes through around a litre of the stuff a week anyway)).

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Tablet? Laptop? HP does the splits with Tegra-based SlateBook x2

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Bah

I'll stick with the laptop thank you. 2GB Ram, seriously?, given the price that is extremely disappointing (almost as disappointing as the price of the Surface pro).

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El Reg drills in Office 365: See the evidence

Steven Burn

Re: >Ming the merciless

Nope, you're not alone - have ActiveX, Java and Flash all disabled here too ;o)

For things like this, videos, especially on sites such as this, are pointless when text + screenshots will do the job.

As for videos being expensive - since when? CamStudio and the likes, and I'm sure there's likely open source alternatives (especially since all you really need is screen recorders, rather than full blown video recorders) available.

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

Steven Burn

Re: Brill!

Indeed. I run my company from home, and pay an average £400 in electricity per month alone (went up 200% since they put their new meters in - something they still deny is the cause (except paperwork makes it damn clear!!)).

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Network Goliaths and upstart Davids join in on OpenDaylight SDN project

Steven Burn

They had me until ...

"the controller will be written in Java so it can run on any server or switch that supports a Java Virtual Machine"

Think I'll give this one a very wide berth

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Electric cars stall in USA, Australia

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Err no thanks

I'll stick with my Jeep Grand Cherokee (1996 4.0 Limited) - she may drink fuel like it's going out of fashion (managed to get her to 17.4mpg), but overall in the long term, she's still alot less expensive and easier to fill, than electrics will ever be (given there's not a single electric filling station up here, nor are the batteries cheap enough to ever consider being a viable alternative to petrol))

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Hacktivists, blackhats snatch sixguns from whitehats' holsters

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Bah

Neither the tools, nor the blackhats use of them, is anywhere near "new" - it's been going on for years, since the tools were first published online.

As for mitigating them, unless you can spread your servers and such over a ton of different upstreams, you've got no hope of ever stopping such an attack, either saturating them to the point of uselessness, or taking them down completely.

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Analysts: Shamoon oil biz malware flingers were 'amateurs'

Steven Burn

Re: WTF?

If you'd read the write-up correctly, you'd have noticed, it's not that they didn't create means to download additional malware, but that they actually messed up the routines to do such - this makes them worse than amateurs (aside from anything else, testing code written, is programming 101, especially if you're coding it to be used maliciously).

Indeed, if they're to be called anything, it should be amateur coders, rather than programmers.

The fact there was virtually no protection against researchers/analysts identifying it, also makes it highly unlikely to be the work of professionals.

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Windows Server 2012: Smarter, stronger, frustrating

Steven Burn

Re: @Prof Denzil Dexter

Cheers for the clarification.

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Google to rent Chromebooks for $30 per month

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Thanks but no thanks

I'll stick to paying once for a machine that I can do anything with, rather than a limited machine that I've got to end up paying alot more than paying once would cost me.

$30 x 12 x 3 years = $1080 (likely with a ton in tax added on top of that)

Whereas I can get a brand new and "do anything with" machine for a single cost of around $478 (depending on spec), and that machine isn't restricted as far as the OS/browser I want on it either (as the "do anything with" implies).

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