* Posts by MJI

4205 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Re: Linux? Meh.

How about Orbis OS for games?

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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Re: "Fifty-five per cent of ad block users are prepared to turn them off"

I wish I could block classic FM on my car radio!

Listening to local travel info, congestion on a nearby motorway junction and then theirs cuts in with smug music barfing on about the M25. I don't give a fxxk as the motorway I am crossing over is the M5 not the Msodding25.

I even deleted the bl00dy channel.

I think I will buy a notch filter for them if I can find one.

such a smug channel.

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Only disabled on

Forums I use who provide relevant and usable adverts and do not use a blocked provider.

Relevant means that a user of above forum would buy from the advertiser.

Howver one forum I used went to a blocked provider lots of unable to load messages now.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Re: Not a hope in hell

Being worked on.

Off roading driverless cars

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/land-rover/96310/jaguar-land-rover-working-on-all-terrain-autonomous-cars

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Seatbelts

Someone once told me that since my car was so old I should take out the rear seat belts so they didn't need to be used.

I told them I fitted them, they did not understand why I would fit them.

Perhaps I didn't want to be hit by a low flying passenger?

Really confused the late night Police in the quiet lanes, pull over old hatch pretending they were in the RAC rally and find a couple of well strapped in drunks.

Pretty sure that they stopped me having a full checkover more than once, not that it would have been an issue except for the exhaust and running a larger engine than on the documentation.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Re: Huh,

Data

I store it on a few places

Server with a nice server engine.

Directories on the root of C where I can find them.

I don't like stuff being buried in hidden directories where I cannot find it

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Re: Why doesn't Win10 support multiple drives better

I had to do this when I built my sons W7 boxes

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Re: Leaving Microsoft MS Orifice

I (sort of use) MS Office at work, no idea what version as there is no help about (but dated 2015), it has a square ribbon style menu and I hardly use it (rarely write documents), the email client (Outlook) is pretty shonky and the diary loses appointments including the most important ones of the lot.

MY HOLIDAY

To be honest it is a pretty horrible to use of software, new email doesn't, it just sets focus, it will not let me type stuff in and use basic formatting.

But worst of all to me are the icons on the task bar, they are all too similar and outlook looks very much like Teamviewer to me (blue with white circle). So I clck omn looking for an email and find a PC I was connected to.

I have the last File Edit office at home (only use Word) and that is good enough for me, but I have used Libre office and would recommend it.

Anyway on my start menu it says Office 2013 and is full of things I never use, Access* (my cards are all Mastercard or Visa). Excel (the CSV Viewer), Infopath*, OneDrive*, OneNote*, Powerpoint (I prefer PL10s), Publisher*, Skype, Word.

* No idea what they are.

But do we need these tools?

I wonder>

I can knock up basic HTML which I use for any internal documentation, I still do not know what a spreadsheet can that a small self written program cannot do.

And we all hate Outlook in the office.

However I am in the sad situation that the languages I know best are running on MS environments, I have managed to get my IDE up and running in WINE but a few DLLS still preclude the executable.

The question is can I make Win 7 last until retirement?

Oh and we are investigating moving to another email and calendar system. we may even just give up and write our own calendar, it cannot be that difficult.

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

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Re: Just goes to show....

They bougth Hotmail and messed it up

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Re: Just goes to show....

Hotmail has gone pretty bad as well, recently turned off POP access by default and renamed it all outlook.

Turned a good free system into a POS.

I own a domain based on my name, rent web space and use that.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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I wanted Laserdisc

But could never afford it, I needed a new film format, but luckily for me DVD came along. I still remember those darks days sadly between the fall of Beta and the start of DVD

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I'd be happy with doubled up full HD

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Re: quality..

"The chain is only as strong as it's weakest link - a fancy power lead won't change your house wiring or the distribution grid. In some cases the meat bag's own sensors are the limiting aspect."

"Actually, many "fancy power leads" are shielded...which does two things:"

Shielded interconnects, and keep your speaker cables away from the the mains leads.

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Re: quality.. - some real answers.

Some real answers are.

Decent interconnects for analogue, well shielded. Mechanically reliable, do not allow signals to leak in. Avoid crosstalk.

Decent interconnects for digital, basically is it tough enough not to break, cause drop outs, fall out of sockets.

Decent stand for players with moving parts, make sure the turntable has a secure base. This can make a huge difference with SOME equipment.

Thick speaker cable of reasonable quality. again a case of making sure it doesn't colour the signal with high resistance.

Wall rugs is a good one, carpets is another.

Avoid signal cable adaptors, use a BNC plug rather than a phono BNC adaptor.

Uncompressed, lossless, or high bitrates.

All of these are a case of decent quality rather than expensive. Most important things are to not fall apart and to get the information from one place to another as well as possible. The most obvious places for different quality of cables are SCART leads, you can tell between a cheap and a well made. Any really poor interconnects can act as aerials.

Real jokes are gold plated optical cables, Monster, £40 HDMI cables (unless long). Bose.

Decent components do not have to be expensive, amps, about £100 a channel, speakers around £100 a box is a good starting point for a really good system.

Also do not be afraid of trying alternative sources, been cases of DVD players beating CD players at playing CDs.

For information my HDMI cables were given to me with TV but were £10 each. Analogue interconnects a couple of quid, (under £5 a set - but bought YEARS ago), speaker cable, can't remember how much I paid but nice and chunky. My most expensive cable is still a SCART lead.

Diminishing returns cuts in a lot lower than a lot of people think.

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Re: Won't fit in your pockets.

Except when I needed to carry them around I found one Pro-X L500 was usually sufficient for a days use, battery life however...........

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Mine come on discs, as it is cheaper than the console store.

And I can delete and reinstall from the BD if I run out of disc space.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: Blunt Instrument

Or the replacement of forums and feedback pages with Facebook, I HATE this

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Re: The 'We thought you might like' conundrum

Amazon and Ebay do lose business due to this, if you keep getting it rammed in your face you go to places which do not.

Many times we have gone elsewhere for presents to avoid the recipient seeing things like this about it.

I had to set up another Ebay account for this and only use with one browser to stop it polluting other browsers.

And yes I do block as much as I can

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Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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Lots of confusion I see

Vegetarians are usually fine, they eat some animal products such as milk. They just do not eat meat as opposed to extreme avoidance.

Aliens from a planet orbiting Vega though, usually are nutters, that story about no breast milk, beyond belief. This is a dietary fad.

My personal beliefs are as follows.

We are omnivorous, we have evolved that way, our digestive system is not designed for full vegetable nor carnivorus diet, but we have the acids of a carnivore, and a longer digestive tract, but not as long as a herbivore. Also look at what we can eat compared to a carnivore (look what can kill a dog).

We also must respect our food, not just buy whatever is cheapest, but what is good. This means meat which is of high welfare, no Auschwitz chicken or eggs, outdoor reared pork, decent welfare beef.

Our meat bill is higher than some people because we do not buy the value stuff where only normal welfare is used.

Funny really but British farm animal welfare is among the best in the world.

I never have ready meals, nor mass produced cooking sauces. My wife knows what goes into our food.

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Italian veggy

Do they actually exist?

And now I really want a pizza!

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Re: I'm wondering

Lumped with it

My wife set up an account for me!!!

So I fill it up with as much rubbish as possible.

Great place to shove gameplay videos on, pictures from within games, anything to fill it up, use from a OC, er no.

I wonder what happened to the PSN trophy auto posting? That would nicely fill up fartbook as well.

Photomode in Uncharted 4, how about those for interesting posts?

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Re: Just one

My parents refuse to have one.

Other relatives post everything on there so I know when to burgle.

Only not in HOSTS due to wife wanting it.

Yes until recently FB was a blocked domain

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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For big organisations it is just a big upgrade cycle, continually replacing computers.

Sounds like a waste of money to me and I work in IT

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Re: Ample is as good as a feast

Well I would not want a desktop GUI on my Console, nor my phone, my console can also keep away from being a phone as well.

Anyway

PC is XP Pro dual boot with Mint

Consoles are CellOS and OrbisOS both with XMB GUI

Phones are Android or Symbian

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Well I have a dual boot PC, a few yours old now as it was built pre win 7, so of course original boot is XP, new boot is a latest version of Linux.

When XP is unusable (still fine in the real world courtesy of firewall, Windows embedded registry change, and a good AV) I will just go Linux. No point going newer Windows as they keep killing older software.

I really overspecced the PC (quad core, TB HDDs) and Linux runs as well as XP.

Everything about 10 puts me off, as long as I can surf web, connect to work, store photos and edit video I will be fine.

Games, abandoned PC games, not worth keep updating, it runs HL2 very well that is good enough for me.

Consoles play games well, on the telly, in their own environment. No messing with drivers, no having to use Microsoft and their constant redesigns.

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PC pioneer Gary Kildall's unpublished memoir revealed

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Re: Digital Research DOS

REAL/32

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Re: #FeelTheJohnson

US and UK left and right

The US blue party is slightly to the right of the UK blue party.

The UK red party and the US red party are both in the hands of buffoons.

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Re: Known risks with quantifiable outcomes

" A vote for Stein, Johnson, or Harambe"

Oh you want Boris do you?

Yes he would be a better choice than what you have.

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Re: Now That Bernie is Out....

Clifton?

Ecclestone?

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Actually Labour need someone electable

Corbyn

Smith (I think)

Cthulhu

Who would you choose as leader of opposition?

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Words starting in Vax

I am afraid I only know of two things of importance.

A mini computer DEC VAX

And a brand of carpet washing vacuum cleaners. Vax

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Re: No wonder the US medical system is in trouble

Is the second one the creationist?

If so nutcase.

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Beer merger dwarfs EMC/Dell

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Lagers

Czech lagers

Been some changes recently, noticed that Staropraman now is a generic lager.

But here is my lager advice

Premium, try Budvar, still their own company and good lager

Cheap, French lagers in small bottles from supermarkets, slake your thirst, cheap, and not bad at all. Tesco usually have lots. Not premium at all but VFM is pretty good.

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Re: Awww...

Budvar

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Pint

Hmmmmmmmmm

I am sure that years ago Stella was different to today, now it is a generic Lager

But the ones they are merging, not sure if it would matter, most are just generics or poor quality US pop.

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Skyscape rebrands to UKCloud following legal challenge by Sky

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Why don't MS just shut down Sky?

As they actually have so much money*, surely they could find a way to bankrupt Sky, or even better News International.

* I am including Bill Gates worth as well.

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Re: How much would it stand in a court?

But we do know.

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Re: How much would it stand in a court?

When in a legal case you would support MS you know they are dealing with evil.

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A legal cancer

I hate the company, for many many reason and this is just another reason to add.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: I don't care ...

Did you see who was released from jail recently?

Have you thought why?

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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Re: Ethics..

Don't you mean Thuthex and Wethex?

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Remember readers

Always take a mallet into strange toilets with strange holes in the partitions.

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Transfer those tapes

I transfered about 20 or so camera tapes to PC, quality was not that bad, well it was good enough for some to be used on a retail DVD of a preserved railway a couple of years ago.

All played back on a 1982 portable

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Another Beta advantage, it stripped out Macrovision, I used to use it to copy rental DVDs pre burners

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Re: Actually VCRs still exist

Video home system came after Vhs like the BASIC thing.and beginners

Definately something Helican Scan

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Re: Actually VCRs still exist

Betacam not Betamax, similar mechanisms but different tapes

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Re: Actually VCRs still exist

Thought it was vertical helical though

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Sanyo

Hmm just like Sony then, bought in their Vhs rubbish rather than make their own.

As I have a few Sony and Sanyo made decks, the build quality of the 1980s decks was so much higher.

I managed to avoid the Vhs era, I did have one, but only for duplication. My work horse was a Sanyo M40 (still working) a Beta Hifi deck, my special machine a Sony SL-HF950 Superbeta deck.

Timeline was, watched Beta rentals, lost job, new job, mortgage, got some money, oh look brand new format called DVD. All along recording TV using those 2 Beta decks.

I have no pleasant memories of using Vhs, it was always that crappy format other people bought.

I still remember seeing someones edit master Vhs-Vhsand wondering why it looked worse than my final copy Beta->Superbeta->Beta

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Crashed and alone in a remote location: When paid help is no help

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Interesting read

Real life stories like this always worth a nose

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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I meant to say that as well

We all assume they are the good guys but the bugs were only defending themselves

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