* Posts by Test Man

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

Test Man

What's withdrawing from the US market got to do with being fined for what they did? Withdrawing won't change a thing and doesn't stop them from being fined and having to pay, obviously.

And clearly VW aren't going to withdraw from the market anyway, it's the US, a very very profitable market so not a chance they'll even consider it.

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Google probes AVG Chrome widget after 9m users exposed by bugs

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I thought that Chrome extensions/addons weren't allowed to install via anything other than the Web Store?

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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

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"...I use POP"

There's your first mistake there.

Your second was using an ISP-provided e-mail service..

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EE reports flat Q3 sales, keeps mum on Power Bar recall debacle

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Power Bar - LOL at latest news.

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Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

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Re: Very few sites demand flash

"I've asked this question before but whenever I disable Flash YouTube stops working (this is Firefox on Windows 7/8). Is there some magic to persuade it to work or is this just fallout of a codec war?"

That can't be right, YouTube already switched to HTML5 a while back. It should be serving up HTML5-based videos to you - only serving up Flash if you specifically asked for it, or when using a browser that doesn't support the relevant HTML5 elements.

Go to https://www.youtube.com/html5 and follow the instructions.

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Re: Interesting justification.

"What about a jug of lukewarm/tepid water applied to the windscreen?"

Anyone doing this is the one that is the lazy one. As has already been said, two things will happen:

1. Tepid water may crack the windscreen

2. Lessening the temperature of the water to avoid the above will simply mean it will refreeze the moment you take the car out on the road.

I should know, my dad did the above when I was a kid and it did freeze up a minute up the road. This is in the south of the UK when it was cold/freezing, not in some colder climate country like in the Scandinavian region.

Like a normal person with actual sense, use de-icer.

Problem solved.

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Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

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Re: Never was fully sold on the cloud concept

Who says you're being forced to use "cloud" though? Your example of Office 365 doesn't wash - it's still a local copy that is installed - the only difference is that it checks the subscription over the internet once in a while. You're not forced to save the files in the "cloud" either, you can save it anywhere you like as you have always been allowed to.

Same with Adobe Creative Cloud suite. We have it here in the office but it's exactly the same as the usual, and we save the resulting files anywhere we like.

Anyone who thinks that you have to embrace the "cloud" is misguided. You can continue to save locally as always. Even if you have something like OneDrive or Google Drive installed the files are kept locally and SYNCED online. Cloud is not and has never been the MAIN way to work, it's just an additional backup kind of service.

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Downloads for Windows 10 November big-bang build axed by Microsoft

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The last I heard is that the ISOs had a problem recognising the "Digital Entitlement" i.e. it activated the version of Windows based on the embedded key in firmware of supported devices instead of what is actually on the HDD/SSD.

This would affect anyone who may have bought a machine with "Home" or comparable version of previous versions of Windows, upgraded it to a "Pro" edition and then subsequently used the tool to install version 1511 of Windows 10.

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Android's accessibility service grants god-mode p0wn power

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Re: Back Orifice

Mutliple levels:

Back Orifice was a set of malware that infected users of Back Office systems back in the 90s - so called because it was specifically for Back Office and it fucked them over.

Back Office was a Microsoft product.

"by design" is a typical Microsoft statement, regarding perceived flaws or bugs, usually seen in their KB articles.

This reported malware, which causes issues similar to Back Orifice, requires the user to actually agree for its installation, before it fucked people over.

Therefore... Back Orifice... by design.

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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Re: Warning Label

Have you actually used Windows 10? Because if you had, you wouldn't make such a silly statement.

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Re: W00t!

AMD QuickStream - reinstall it from the abc.exe download from AMD's site.

Fixed it for me.

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Brussels paws Android map apps to see if they displace Euro rivals – report

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First things first - Google Maps isn't a patch on TomTom - it doesn't matter the cost, TomTom is simply better.

Lastly, have you seen StreetMaps lately? No innovation at all. AT ALL. It's the same as it was around 15 years ago, but now even more full of ads.

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Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

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Thank God this won't arrive here in the UK - we already don't get some of their apps that use facial recognition.

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Signups start at 'Windows Store for Business'

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Re: One more nail in the coffin...

The fact that Microsoft had to dial back the whole promotion of the "Metro" interface and "Windows Store" apps, and go back to the Desktop as the default with Win32 apps front-and-center, pretty much shows that Win32 won't be going anywhere.

So yeah, you're paranoid.

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'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'

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"Facebook could really benefit from an 'Acquaintances' option, since people use it as a contacts directory."

What... like the Acquaintances option it already has?

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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"but if they take my 'loyalty' reward away"

They won't. Read the FAQ - the last sentence states that all promotions that you already have will stay.

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Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

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It's not a loophole, it's a narrow legal definition way before the invention of devices that (can) perform functions that produce similar results came out.

Obviously no one is going to fix their smart phone to a car and have it directly connect to the wheels (part of the legal definition), and even if it worked out the pricing on your mobile it STILL doesn't fit the legal definition, so Uber aren't avoiding the law here, so no loophole.

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

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Re: Tip

I did this last night and it asked me for a certificate file. What am I doing wrong?

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Yes, you can.

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Yeah, Outlook is quite bad.

I installed it when it got rebranded a while back. Wasn't impressed.

Now the Outlook.com app has been updated to knobble the client altogether, so you have to use the new Outlook app. Unfortunately the "new" app hasn't really moved on at all.

The options are so sparse, compared to the old app, that it makes you wonder what have they been doing with their time? You can't set sync strategies. Calendar is strictly within the app only, although like the article says Contacts IS spaffed in amongst your Android contacts but there's no option to not do it. But the worst thing is that you can't set a name that your e-mails will be sent as. Which is the most basic option of all and is totally lacking.

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

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Re: Bloat Removal

"BTW Microsoft are you listening this goes for you too" Signature Edition?

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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Re: Ban the sale of Windows 10 in Switzerland?

To people with legit installations of 8.1 and 7, and only till next July 29th (2016). They are selling regular retail copies of Windows 10 as well and have been since July 29th.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: while enabling ... the Windows Store

Bye

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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Směrť Špionam!

Aaaaaaaahhh, aaaaaahhhaaaaahhhaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh..

The Living Daylights

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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The fact that they can grow a brain to the same age as foetuses that parents go for a scan to see really sits uneasy with me.

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Wikiland turns to Shapps and says ‘those emails you wanted, we deleted them, sorry’

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They are either lying or legally incompetant. Or both. But definitely not neither.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Re: the "China Export" logo exists

There is no such thing. At all. The name was bandied about by people to cover the fact that it was simply a (badly) copied CE mark, and it's now become a self-fufilling prophecy used by dodgy Chinese manufacturers who use it as an excuse whenever anyone of authority comes asking questions.

Fact is it's not a thing whatsoever, and never has been.

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

Test Man

Re: and they still do run Lync..

Outlook Express (a newer version of Internet Mail and News) was bundled with 98 up to XP (and 2000 and Server 2003). Windows Mail (a wholly separate program) was only bundled with Vista.

As an aside Windows Live Mail was a newer version of Outlook Express and was never bundled with Windows, but came out at around the same time as Vista.

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TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

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Re: I hadn't noticed

"Copying CDs to music players is illegal in the UK. You have to buy the same content again or face 10 years in jail in the UK."

Technically yes but in total reality the police and the authorities aren't going to give a shit. If you're someone who does it on a massive scale and makes it available to others, however, obviously it's a different story, but they aren't in the least bit interested in private individuals copying their own collection or even their mate's collection.

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Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

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Re: out of control

Maybe install a more recent OS that contains .NET runtimes built in instead of obsessing over XP for years.

Or just install that version of .NET once.

Idiot.

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IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

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Re: How very civilised of them

Why should employers give their non-managerial employees holidays at all? Or lunch breaks? Or xmas parties? 100% commitment to the position they were hired in!

Well, at least that's your logic anyway.

Some employers aren't total idiots and want to give concessions to certain people. If you don't want children, boo hoo cry me a river.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Not sure what's hard to understand.

The option for photo backing up is a part of Google Settings, it's not a part of Google Photos. It's always has been since they decoupled Google Photos from Google+.

What Google should do is simply remove the option from Google Photos, or design the UX so that it explicitly takes the user to the settings in Google Settings.

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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Re: One wonders as to

As Microsoft have said before, they'll distribute the files before July 29th for most people, so spreading the load.

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Test Man

Power off - press the power button.

If you need to change the function of the power off button, simply do this in Power Options.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

"Dublin sort of does, but even then it's just dividing the city up into regions, nothing very precise."

Postal districts? Sounds like what was used in and around the County of London before postcodes were created.

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Re: addressing in Ireland

So true! Also try finding Father Ted's house with a sat nav with no house number, no street name and not even an area name. Thank God for Wikipedia and map coordinates!

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

"If you've only been to Dublin, you haven't been to Ireland. Get a car, read the road signs or get a map, and explore Real Ireland."

Totally true. Whenever someone I know says they've been to Dublin, I say that they need to get out of Dublin to see real Ireland.

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

I remember being at Uni when during one piss-up session myself and a London friend were discussing addresses with an Irish guy. We asked him his and he gave it to us... all two lines of it. We were flabbergasted! We asked him how the mail gets to his house... his reply was that the postman knows him and his family. Thought this must just be him but another Irish person said the exact same thing!

Even now the Irish person thinks postcodes are pointless, as the postman will always know which house belongs to who.

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Re: County is not part of a UK postal address

"Yeh right. We ran a business that was located in Leicestershire - we were six miles from the border with Warwickshire. However, we had a Warwickshire postal address. This played havoc with companies that used county borders for their sales teams. I lost count of the number of reps that phoned us and asked where we were only to be told that we needed ot see another rep for that area. And don;t get me started on insurance quotes. A postcode just 300 yards away was 15% cheaper than ours just because a Leicestershire address was deemed a lower risk than Warwickshire."

That's not the fault of the Royal Mail, that's the fault of the businesses that misunderstand and misuse postcode data.

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"East Midlands airport has a Derby post-code but is in Leicestershire (and don't even mention the stupid name-change debacle)."

As someone's already pretty much said, postcodes aren't an authoritative guide to the location of a place, it's for postal routing, so the "boundaries" won't and is never meant to match up with actual administrative boundaries.

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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Re: One time number?

"...any random number to use someone elses account."

Wrong. Even if somehow you managed to get a VALID random number, it won't work if you try it at 9:30am from Liverpool when the number is only going to work for a specific account at a specific time in a specific place.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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Re: FFS - Apple Strikes Again

"What is it with the general lack of originality from the Strudel Factory?"

Who cares who did it first? Why do you give a toss?

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

Test Man

There was also a Powertoy for XP that would apparently make apps behave.... except in my experience it didn't and every version of Windows before and since has suffered this problem.

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Re: Search for Paint...

"Press Windows key, type "p", and Paint is the first entry in the list. The way it's been since Windows 7."

No, it's been that way since Vista.

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Re: A possible solution?

Possibly because to match BT they'd have to throw more money than several multinationals would collectively have in order to duplicate the UK-wide network. Remember, BT only has the network it had because it was built up over decades by several companies. For one company to do that now would be prohibitive and also a collosal waste of money when there is already a UK-wide network in place - the government just needs to make it totally open to everyone.

And no Virgin Media isn't another example - they were a result of a merger that was a result of a ton of mergers between a ton of smaller companies that built up local cable networks. In other words Virgin Media didn't build a national network from scratch.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Free for a year

The free year is just a purchase promotion, not an installation time limit.

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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

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Re: Users now expect answers in real-time

It's e-mail. Doesn't matter how quick the network connection, any e-mail that can be measured in MBs is too big, as e-mail is generally too inefficient for sending binary. This will always be the case.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Rewrite!

LOL another moronic Linux comment. Give it up, no matter how you spin it, Microsoft aren't going to give up Windows for Linux (whether that is ultimately good or not is not the point). Stop being a total utter wishful fanboy with stupid uninformed comments.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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It can be used anywhere. However, due to the fact that it isn't legal tender, it can be refused when presented to settle a debt.

Same with Scottish and Northern Ireland pound sterling notes - can be accepted as payment for a debt anywhere in the UK, but as it's not legal tender it can be refused.

Credit cards, debit cards, cheques and other non-cash methods of payment aren't strictly speaking legal tender (i.e. it's totally legal for the person who is owed the money to refuse it)

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Apple extends idiot-tax operation, makes devs pay to fix Safari snafus

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Re: Probably not

"And what else shall we use?"

Opera? There you go, a giant hole in your own argument.

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