* Posts by Howard Hanek

119 posts • joined 25 Apr 2009

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Howard Hanek
Facepalm

Making Things EASY

Will it translate it into Arabic or Farsi too?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

Howard Hanek
Mushroom

Not to Worry

Mr. Musk will just change the name to something else and the media will forget all about how the ninth effort in a series failed.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

Howard Hanek

Hotel California

Former Microsoft Executives check in but they never seem to check out......

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

Howard Hanek
Pirate

Solution

The solution is obvious. Round up all the type face foundry people and torture them until they confess.......

Why would anyone name their company after a neolithic architectural style anyway? Must be something wrong there.....

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Australia gets its Internet filter after Senate vote

Howard Hanek
Pint

Dissent

I believe (filtered by censors). Further the Australian government (filtered by censors).

We need Edward Snowden to help Australians locate exactly where the secret slush fund that financed this is located and how just much changed hands.....

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

Howard Hanek

Re: Correlation?

My question related more to Finder and how the default blocks you from root stuff and points you toward their defaults for document types and places.

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Howard Hanek
Headmaster

Correlation?

Anyone notice a correlation between improvements in Linux to Apple's OSX? I noticed the improvements in customizing the interface of Mint (which has long annoyed me) then wondered if Apple has a history of duplicating these on their OS?

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

Howard Hanek

Question

When the calling costs begin to equal the cost of transportation and actually being there people should begin to realize that they're paying too much.

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Microsoft says its latest, dodgy Windows 10 build is good for (almost) everyone

Howard Hanek
Childcatcher

Too Many 0s & 1s

...or two many 0s and 1s....I can't make up my mind.

Actually, the only problem I've encountered is installing it on Intel based laptops and the lack of a proper video driver.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

Howard Hanek
Mushroom

Facing the Inquisition

Having supported them at a major phrama house for years my observation has been all the negative reactions from others if someone has the temerity to use a Windows machine. The grunts, moans and demeaning comments really should be compiled into a video for CS majors.

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

Howard Hanek
Childcatcher

Quite simple really.

A defective tanning bed causing a hormonal imbalance aggravated by defective makeup leading to toxic shock syndrome.......is my best guess. She should be given a six month sabbatical in order to detox and regain her equilibrium.

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Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

Howard Hanek
Mushroom

Unintended Consequences

The wealthy Chinese Party Officials and other oligarchs don't like to have their user data made available to US (un)Intelligence.

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

Howard Hanek
Go

Missing the Most Important

According to US President Obama the most critical problem facing the world is not security but climate change. When will Apple, Microsoft and Adobe issue climate change patches for their products? Or should we just demand that they do......or something......

Even if they just SAY they are that would go a long way to establishing the political correctness credentials they value so highly.

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

Howard Hanek
Black Helicopters

Apple Sauced

Rebranding ...... because the iTunes brand has become associated with......something that doesn't sell like it used to and is beyond remediation? Wheel granny off the cliff eh?

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Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

Howard Hanek
Coat

Architecture

All I know is the gazillions of updates screams spaghetti code and the architecture can never build a really stable product until applications are prohibited from altering system files.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

Howard Hanek
Mushroom

Pity

I just bet their first reaction was to mail out a free smoke alarm......at least their lawyer's first reaction.

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Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

Howard Hanek

Full circle

Well it was bound to happen. The media has lived in a state of virtual reality for some time now and the technology necessary to make available to the masses was just a question of time.

We excel at unproductive endeavors. It's 'who we are' says Google.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

Howard Hanek
Headmaster

Ah, So That's Why Dogs Chase Their Tails

The consensus is that dogs are convinced that their tails present a clear threat......

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

Howard Hanek
Holmes

History

It's not like we lack a history of successful special effects/animation/VFX operations. Disney nurtered a , culture of animators, set designers, artists, production people that lasted thirty years pumping out one or two full lenghth films a year. I don't recall them ever losing money.

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Android ransomware poses as FBI smut warning

Howard Hanek
Gimp

Clarification Necessary

Probably only registered Republicans were targeted. The Democrats totally ignore the FBI during this Administration.........

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

Howard Hanek
Terminator

The Dark Ages

The enlightened police force didn't have a bovine psychologist available? Or was this just a coverup for some dark, nefarious satanic ritual in which our bovine victim was to be a sacrifice?

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Steve Jobs movie gets October release date

Howard Hanek
Windows

Steve Jobs Shrines Business

......how about a shrine in the form of the garage where the two Steves created Apple? With Jobs looking over Wozniak's shoulders telling him to work faster?

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

Howard Hanek
Gimp

Buzz Words

Breeders

Green Place

Radical Feminism

Sadomasochism

Hot Cars

Satanical Rites

Just non stop fun. Makes me almost want to lie down in the middle of a road and take a long nap......

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

Howard Hanek
Black Helicopters

Insidious Mind Control?

Straight out of the plot of the 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' movie.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

Howard Hanek
Headmaster

Holographic

Because the polls could be likened to a holographic projection? Or like cotton candy covered in gravy and sold as roast beef? Because there never was any there, there? Because the polls were designed to create the image of a majority?

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Google cloud: rubbish at updates, world-class at rapid rollbacks

Howard Hanek
Coat

Query

Why aren't we hearing outrage from Greenpeace about the rubbish in the clouds. When can we expect to see their dirigible seizing control of the blighted areas? Or something. Or has Google already paid them off?

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F*cking DLL! Avast false positive trashes Windows code libraries

Howard Hanek
Childcatcher

How do they test?

The spagetti code that is windows IS difficult to test against BUT these guys are responsible for updates that cause systems to go tits up....but not legally by their user agreements. They face no liability other than a hit to their reputation which they usually overcome. Somehow that doesn't seem fair does it?

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Red alert! Google's terrifying Borg machines to assimilate cluster-wrangling Omega code

Howard Hanek
Alien

Nanobots

Are the sinister nanobots coming? Do they schedule the Borg Queen's makeup touch ups too?

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

Howard Hanek
Linux

Status symbol

I can imagine the spread of wrist rashes so someone who doesn't own a smartwatch can point to it and explain why he isn't wearing one today. Will the rashes come in designer colours too?

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NSA-restraining US law edges closer to reality, leaves just 6.81 billion under mass surveillance

Howard Hanek

Time to Resurrect Dead Languages

Either that or expand cryptology education for personal use.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

Howard Hanek

Another New 'Feature'

I anticipate that the Edge 'Sharpener' will be available only in the premium versions.........

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

Howard Hanek

OH Dear!

We all know how important our vibrating toys are and how disappointed we are when they don't vibrate when we really, really need it.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

Howard Hanek

Denial

But don't worry about this. The really important issue is excess man made carbon and CO2 emissions and we must make every effort to reduce them by 100%......or something......because the science is settled......or something....something...bad is going to happen to......something.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

Howard Hanek
Go

Context

To put the $1.3B expenditure in perspective LA County spent $650M to build one (1) High School so waste is not at all unusual. In fact they probably waste more in a year than the entire budget of a midsized American city. They're very progressive.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Howard Hanek
Windows

Optical Illusion

After staring at it for five or six hours yea, it's agile and transformative as a green rectangle with a name under can be. But I wouldn't suggest this technique be used by HP marketing or their advertising professionals less they be accused of witchcraft or something.

Good thing they didn't use a pentangle instead of a rectangle.

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

Howard Hanek
Childcatcher

SSDs as a system partition

I've been using 128GB SSDs as a system partition, backing up daily to a second mechanical data drive for our desktops. I've used this configuration numerous times without problems or data loss by simply not storing data on the SSD.

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Howard Hanek

Not Fit For Production?

I imagine that there are some data centers where spinning wheels sit in the corner just waiting for that mending job......

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Got iOS 8.3 installed? Pssh, you are SO last week… version 8.4 is out

Howard Hanek
Childcatcher

Stable

A place to keep farm animals......

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

Howard Hanek
Childcatcher

Question

Are these the same people who used to call themselves "The National Clothesline Appreciation Society"??

I would be interested in reading a copy of the charter and what the leadership's credentials were. How DOES one become and expert on pylons and their applications and WHY in the world would anyone outside of a mental institution desire to create such a 'Society'.

P.S.

I rather like the captioned design

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

Howard Hanek

Turn Off Windows Automatic Updates

Lately when setting up a new machine with Windows 8.1 I've experienced unrecoverable system failures when permitting automatic updates. Only reimaging the machine and turning off automatic updates and selectively permitting only a few updates at a time gets me to a current, working version.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

Howard Hanek
Big Brother

Just in Time

The U.N. will shortly announce an 'Alien' tax to be levied on every landing no matter where in order to cover the excess carbon costs. A special consumption tax will also be levied on all alien purchases to cover the infrastructure cost they had no part in creating.

Following the revelation that the visitors are fleeing the Intergalactic United Planets will immediately make them the enemies of all liberals and the subject of a criminal investigation by the U.N.

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

Howard Hanek
Black Helicopters

Matchbox Toys?

Looking at the design it should certainly boost the sewing machine industry for the engines to power those oversize matchbox toys.

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EU Commission looking for ways to DECLARE WAR on Google

Howard Hanek
Paris Hilton

War?

More like the farmer's pigs looking for truffles. I think the never ending quest for revenue and the deepest pockets around motivates the chest pounding, self righteous EU

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So you've been told to build a cloud. No one was fired for buying HP hardware, er, right?

Howard Hanek
Big Brother

Giant Heads Descending

So we can expect her giant head replicas to descend so we can deposit our data into them for transportation to the 'safe' zone where nothing ever dies (violations are punished by aging into dementia).

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

Howard Hanek

Yea

Yea those Spartan helmets do remind me of the Internet Exploder logo. You don't think.....?

When you've been marketing desktop OSes for twenty something years and you've witnessed your users dump your browser first thing off (many because the bad guys have learned how to turn security into a much used joke in a standup's monologue) you begin to look for alternatives yourself.

Like everything MS does it took a loooooonnnnnggggggg time.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Howard Hanek

Another Opportunity

All you hackers out there....imagine the fun of reporting five or six million 'accidents' simultaneously.

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

Howard Hanek

Howard

How do we reconcile this with declining rocking chair sales? No wonder Supernatural is such a long running show.

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

Howard Hanek
Joke

Astro Tellar

Her parents, the world famous Astrologist team of Penn and Teller never succeeded in their life long quest for compensation from that other, much more successful team of a similar name. Hence her move into technology.

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

Howard Hanek

Opportunity

I see an excellent opportunity for the Exchequer to identify all those ex-pat Brits living in Belgium under an assumed name.

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