* Posts by MJI

4356 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Is there a petition to insist that we DON'T change the new £5 note?

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parts per million

So why are they moaning?

Do they eat the money?

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

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I wonder where XP is currently

Especially as it refuses to die

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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Re: Goldsmith lost in Richmond because of it. Apparently.

Yes it was a full 4% for her to be the MP until the end of time.

get it tight a referendum <> vote for an MP

One is a permanent change the other a 5 year term

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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I just do not trust tobacco companies at all

Completely not trusted, they are only in it for themselves and no one else.

As to enclosed spaces, smoking is bad, but when it comes to obnoxious smells not enough exposure to vapers to know yet, but no one mentions the strong perfume/aftershave, the egg sandwich addict, these are pretty horrible in an enclosed room.

So you have a few groups.

The anti tobacco people

The anti smoking AND vaping people

The anti air pollution people

If someone is anti vaping AND trapped with egg sandwiches OK, but if they hate vaping and accept those sandwiches, they are being anti the people.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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They wanted to go even further

With their databases, ID cards, and 28 day detention

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Re: Stazi

Various politicians listed.

So who can we trust our country to?

I do like the Nut(al) reference, covers a few.

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Re: Stazi

I have commented about the centre disappearing before.

Cons are lurching toward Authortarian, Lab never really left it (ID cards and such). Lab also heading left with Comrade Corbyn, and Cons are still more or less where they were.

Lib Dems are more Liberal but not sure about their other policies.

Just who can we vote for?

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Stazi

They would have loved this.

Why are we becoming a Police state?

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: Fighting your way to the top of the food chain?

Humans cannot digest grass, sheep and cows can.

Grass can grow on hill farms when very little else will.

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

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Re: Nope

The One Ronnie was an actual programme

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Re: Nectar

Erm I do not buy it, I buy decent British Ciders

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Nectar

I once got £90 back on ONE Ebuyer transaction!

Also Homebase, Ebay, BP and Sainsburies.

Not too bad.

So what if they know I buy certain things, just do not use a card for anything embarrasing like US Lager.

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: Oh dear

Oooooops

That is me on the list!

However email tracking is also mentioned, how will this be done?

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

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Spam them?

They give an email address, fill their inbox with spam

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Very bad for the libertarian centre right

You know, the sort of people who believe in small government and personal freedom.

There is now no one to vote for, possibly Lib Dems but their new leader is not great on personal freedoms, and they are still a little left.

The Conservatives are travelling down an authortarian route they should never take, are they trying to out UKIP, UKIP?

To the left supporting people, do not assume all right wing people are the same, the idea of voting UKIP to many is as abhorrent as voting for any extremist party.

The natural politics of this country is the centre ground, with the parties now competing on how much they can control us.

Why can they not let us just get on and live our lives?

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Deliver-oops! Takeaway pusher's customers burger-ed by hijackers

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Re: Only just saw proof they are bunch of cowboys

If I wanted something similar we have a local company who does similar, but then most companies deliver anyway

I expect bike food users got a cold meal.

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Only just saw proof they are bunch of cowboys

When I nearly flattened a delivery cyclist in the middle of the night with no lights on.

He was lucky I saw him at last moment.

They can't even afford to run mopeds

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Toilet dreams

Not less cheese but less water

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Re: Toilet dreams

I know what you mean, like the strange leisure centre and I have never been to Egypt nor any Inca replacements.

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Toilet dreams

This reminds me of my occasional dreams about toilets, no doubt one of these will now appear in one.

Searching on toilet dreams usually mentions all sort of bullshit, but of course it means you need the loo.

Like in a big building and EVERY toilet is flooded.

Saw a pyramid with a public convenience at the top, got there after a long climb and it was - closed.

Luckily I have never found a usable one in a dream.

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Two toilets with a yellow shared flush

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I wet the toilet paper!

And funny really my evening one is straight before my shower.

Clean bum here!

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: Actually, now they are trying the shit that stuck

DOS. Well Vista forced the hand there with removal of full screen DOS support.

XP was their high point, full DOS support and excellent WIN32 support

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Re: Legacy %

Or it is me doing 90% of the development, going DOS to Windows was a huge move, took us FIVE years.

I am nervous, how long will WIN32 be available, or will we make our users put 7 on their new machines in 10 years time.

I have started investigating WINE but some C modules do no work, my dev IDE does however.

I look at the new GUIs coming out, absolutely shit for data entry.

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Lots of small companies stuck on X86

Around the world are many small software houses, supplying specialist and sometimes bespoke software to a moderate number of customers.

Probably late into the world of Windows, small number of programmers, often self taught, but do software no one else does.

Now they have their X86 software running on Windows using WIN32. Sometimes using unusual software to create theirs, (lots of these people used XBase in the 80s and 90s and moved to something unusual to keep their code base).

Anyway people have to buy what they sell, but on Windows no problem. But they are worried now about MS abandoning the Windows market as a total rewrite would take say 5 years.

To them Windows means X86 or similar.

It does not mean some new language which may not be really suitable for specialised data entry screens with large client server setups.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Re: It got me

Walking Dead

Don't worry I still have all the others to go through and it is likely to end up there sooner or later

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PVR

Humax are your friends, a Freesat HD PVR will plug into a Sky dish

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Re: Gave up on Amazon - poor device support

This is why I recommend a cheap games console.

Even a Wiiiiiiiiiiii will do Amazon

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Re: Yarrgh

A son found it, I was not looking

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Re: Yarrgh

There is a free/pay filter, and lots of stuff is free, most pay stuff is films

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Pay TV

Well I have never got Sky due to hating Turdoch and his empire. I was a very early DTTV adopter, but I did have Ondigital for a while, 15 channels for £3 a month (IDTV via CAM), guess what? We only watched 2 of them, and then they dropped one, so I cancelled, then they went bump.

And my TV behaved better with the CAM removed as well.

Move on a couple of years, as I am on BT I had an offer for BT Vision. Too expensive for what it was but it gave me BBC I Player on the TV for a one off payment of £30 for an OK Freeview PVR with BT EPG. Rental of TV and films was too expensive so only ever used it for the free stuff.

Anyway BT shut down the EPG, box is now scrapped, along with my first Freeview PVR.

Been using games consoles now for a while for streaming TV, notably BBC I Player and the Channel 4 version, shITV do not do console clients, C5 do not do watchable TV.

Out of all of this I have worked out that pay TV is only worth it if you actually watch it. And me being awkwards want to watch it when I want to, not when the broadcasters want me to.

On Digital was a waste once the IDTV offer was over, especially as recording it was a total PITA (using a pre SCART VCR), I was happy to give it up. Well I managed for a couple of years previous on free channels only, I mainly went digital for anamorphic widescreen broadcasts on the free channels.

I am also completely intolerant of on screen channel logos. That stopped me watching a lot of stuff.

There is no way I was going to pay 30-40 a month for a bunch of channels I have little choice over, with adverts and logos, using hardware I have no choice on. And no easy binge watching.

For viewers like me streaming is good, I can binge a series over a week, Amazon passed their test with no on screen shit. The price is affordable as I watch little TV, but want a good experience. And swapping from games to streamed TV is as simple as quitting Destiny and loading Amazon.

On broadcast (Freeview and Freesat) I personally watch mainly the BBC channels, C4, and Film 4.

I do like to find a good SF series to watch occasionally. I am prepared to pay for logo free HD and Dolby Digital sound over a overlogoed torrent from US TV. But I am not prepared to pay a lot.

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Re: Wheels within wheels.

You see what is available and pick the one you want, if you can afford it pick others as well.

But with about 60 or so TV episodes already lined up I have enough to look at already just with Amazon.

Alos it is easy, I had the client installed and signed in within a couple of minutes, then watch a trial episode of a series which convinced me to spend £59.

Picture was good and no logos.

Piracy is a lot more work, than simply pressing HDMI-3, PS button, right, right, down, X, right, X, X

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It got me

We use Amazon anyway so Prime was worth it for us, this was the final pusd.

So what have I got for my £5 a month?

Grand Tour - VERY good.

Films - A good selection of films, a little newer than Film 4, easy to find at least one a week to watch.

Other TV - finally I can watch a series workmates are raving about, The Walking Dead. Also I do like The Man in the High Castle.

Other important information

No logos

Full HD

No logos

Client is easy to use and install

No logos

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Windows cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell

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Re: UnderpoweredShell

Gamers

Actually a lot of us due to working on PCs all day are now not PC gamers.

My boys like PC gaming, I complain it is too much like work, except I am not being paid.

If I have to hammer away on a keyboard I may as well get paid, Creating code!

So what are we using?

Consoles, quick count up at work 3 PS3, 1 PS4, 1 Xbone, and one getting a PS4 quite soon, and I am working on the Xbone owner as he plays the same game as me.

So my 3 gaming machines all run variants of BSD.

So I would say on gaming.

All 3 main families Windows, Linux and BSD have many gaming machines.

I would guess around 40% Windows (1), about 40% Linux (2) and 20% BSD (3)

1 - Windows PCs, Xbones, X360s

2 - Android phones and tablets, Linux PCs

3 - Sony consoles, Apple PCs and phones

I have no idea what Nintedo use!

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Re: Yet another Windows 10 annoyance

RS232 4

Actually it doesn't

type in del *,bak in CMD nothing PS everything goes.

VERY easy mistake

I was saved by the backup

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Re: Yet another Windows 10 annoyance

Some simple commnads go odd in poweshell such as delete, but work fine in CMD.

I LIKE CMD.EXE

Removing it would be dangerous.

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Here's how the missile-free Royal Navy can sink enemy ships after 2018

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Hmmm

Buccaneer, just ram them and carry on.

Mosquito, nice.

How about one resident of Cosford and another of Duxford?

THE TSR2s

However do they need the missiles if they have an Astute following them.

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Searching for 'Fatty Kim the Third' banned on Chinese social media

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How about

Mr Blobby?

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

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Working from home

My wife does some homeworking, including categorising web pages as safe and so on.

That will really mess up the logging.

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Firefox hits version 50

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I like GUIs to be obvious

The idea of a browser with nothing but an address bar to me is horrible, so I hate Google Chrome.

I run FF with classic theme restorer so I can have it looking like any Windows program.

Search box, square tabs, a menu, stuff you expect.

But it takes a while to start now because of the GUI restoration

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Can't we just DIY service?

We have some good aircraft mechanics in the UK, we have Airbus and BAE so they can repair them.

As to engines, how long for RR to make a suitable one? Well at least RR engineers could service the F35 ones.

But bring back Harrier!

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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I despair

Everything is going to sh1t now.

I think we need to keep away from the US for 4 years, then see what happens after their first chimp has finished his term, that is if he does.

I think we need a strong Europe as well now

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: @ AC wrong democratic result: Saying it with Sir Terry...

Look like they needed a Vetinary

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UK spying law delayed while Lords demand Leveson amendments

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Re: Am I alone in....

last 50 years

I see what you mean, lots of disappointment

But do you know who was one of the least damaging, and now a pretty well respected person?

The forgotton man John Major

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Re: Am I alone in....

I saw their short list of 5 and thought oh is that the best they have.

BoJo

Irritating loathsom woman

Mrs Bossy

Mr funny looking Bichon owner with viscious wife

Mr I can't even remember who

Labour has Citizen Clown, UKIP have a funny looking bloke with a foreign name.

I can see a huge Lib Dem upsurge in the near future

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Am I alone in....

missing Cameron?

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go? @ Codejunky

Our cleaner killed 2 sockets by unplugging the vacuum cleaner without turning the cleaner off.

I really cringe when she does it.

I make sure there are plugs in everyone of my sockets.

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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Non compiling contractor code

He decided to use very long variable names, and kept getting errors.

So long they were not unique withing the languages variable name maximum length.

I reduced them to 9 or 10 and it compiled and worked fine.

Am I rare in liking shortish descriptive variable names?

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Worst for style

Anyone ever had to use that POC VB6?

Horrific

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Re: Ok, so...

My personal rules.

The older system using text files was 2 spaces

Current system with IDE a tab of 4 spaces

Both are start at the left rather than indented, use mixed case for legibility

And most importantly EVERYTHING IS COLUMNISED.

If the := are not lined up there will be hell to pay.

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