* Posts by Kevin Johnston

882 posts • joined 6 May 2007

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

Kevin Johnston

Re: noooooo

Do you mean liquid crystal LCD displays?

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

Kevin Johnston

Re: Rather Late.... - Blackberry Playbook ?

Quite, in fact you can get a refurbished Playbook so cheap that I now have a 7" Satnav in my car which has all the maps I need and route planning which all works offline....and all for £30

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

Kevin Johnston

Re: Art Desk?

Mr Garfunkel said he needed one to put his coffee on while composing more ditties

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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

Kevin Johnston

Re: Dead man's curve

There are a few instances like that in flying and there was a classic known as 'Coffin Corner' where an aircraft would be sent to an altitude where stall speed and max speed met. Can't descend as that will push you above Vne, can't slow down or you stall....

Pilots are trained to spend 98% of their time doing little more than looking out the window and the remaining 2% one very small step from sheer terror. No surprise that most of them who survive a major event change to non-flying duties.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

Kevin Johnston

Re: 3% energy saving

At a rough guess, a bag and a half of nutty slack.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

Kevin Johnston

Not sure who this was more embarrassing for but I worked with a contractor who was a bit of a god on the systems we supported. Due to a small problem with renewing his contract he moved on and took the opportunity to try a different path by opening a shop. Knowing his IT he installed IP-based security cameras but despite testing fine on the bench they would not work when plumbed in. I went down to help him and made up some fresh cables which we initially tested out by laying them out on the floor and all worked fine. Fed the cables through and now all was perfect.

Tested the original cables and they were 'less than good' so I asked where he got them......came the reply B&Q.....I went home

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77 per cent ignore company social media policies

Kevin Johnston

Re: Unproductive breaks

I used to have a manager just like you. At the time my role meant that I was only earning money for the company when I was on a customer site and these would be visits of several weeks in length. One glorious sunny Friday we were chatting and he 'mentioned' that it was a wonderful day to be strolling round a golf course. Taking the hint I 'mentioned' that I wanted to clear through my systems documentation and toolkits and make sure things were neat and tidy. He merely said 'See you Monday' and off I went.

The payback? One Saturday morning he rang me at home to say he needed me to fly out on Sunday to a customer for two weeks, I just asked which airport/flight.

As you say, treat me like an adult and I will respond in kind and everyone feels good about it.

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Filet-O-Phish: Insecure NFC tag relics hidden under Maccas tables

Kevin Johnston

Re: Fillet-o-fish

Sounds like a fair swap

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

Kevin Johnston

Re: "when your customers only have ONE factor to them?"

ah hahahaha...haha

I did a count of my account with a certain bank and when I use a PC which does not store their funky cookies, I get 6 (yes really, 6) steps for authentication.

-Initial Customer code

-Security password as there is no cookie so PC is not recognised

-pre-agreed image

-pre-agreed phrase

-Customer Number

-Security code

and if I use a Windows PC it whinges that I don't have cRapport which would 'improve my security'

So 6-Factor security isn't good enough and you want an extra package to help???????

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

Kevin Johnston

Watching the payment

Had to laugh at that ending. I have also seen someone trying to pay with their watch which was difficult as they had their phone in the other hand along with their coffee....in the end they gave up trying to twist their arm off to get the watch lined up, put the coffee down and paid with the phone.....serious progress there

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

Kevin Johnston

and in the future?

This could be the death of 'Professional' level sites of this nature. Linkedin already had issues with fake profiles and an overload of recruiters but with the buyout the last fig-leaf is dropped and the value OF the users leapfrogs the value TO the users.

While other sites may exist or appear in the near future, would enough people be willing to give away all their data all over again?

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Shhhh! Facebook is listening

Kevin Johnston

Re: Privacy-Whack-a-mole: New Facebag Privacy Rape Settings:

Sadly I am continually hassled by SWMBO to have an account so I now have one....equally sadly I made some mistakes around my personal details when I created it but I did write them down so that's OK. Additionally it is on a FB-only VM on a laptop which wasn't being used as it has rippled down the capability stack so it got rebuilt with some Linux or other (didn't care which) and then a VM on top for the hell of it.

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ISS pump-up space podule refuses to engorge

Kevin Johnston

So, they could get it up there but couldn't get it up there? Is this a riddle?

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

Kevin Johnston

It Bodes

This has all the hallmarks of another solution looking for a problem. Ignoring the complete inability of government to secure data on this (or indeed any) scale, how could this possibly be seen to advance anything?

So you have a copy of your license on your smartphone, wow, except someone has nicked your phone and their mate who looks a bit like you is now flashing your ID when stopped by Police. That's going to come out well isn't it?

It's not like you can prove that the image/Scancode/page you are showing a shopkeeper when trying to buy alcohol could have been faked up in the school IT room is it.

Bunch of failed apprentice muppets

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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

Kevin Johnston

Not sure on the level of the fine but...

I can see the reason why it is happening. There were reasonable concerns about abuse of monopoly but rather than grumble and moan like Microsoft (and keep 'losing' the browser choice screen), Google managed to come up with an option that was even more abusive as it would cost even more for competitors to simply stand still in the advertising race. Not sure how they thought this would satisfy the worriers and clearly it has failed.

They would have done better to pick a simple option such as a clear split-screen with their stuff one side and everyone else the other so they could appear to give equal weight while still taking half the screen real-estate.

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

Kevin Johnston
Joke

Re: It's Good...

There was a house near London where they had a kid living in the cupboard under the stairs and the authorities never took any notice so there are big regional variations here.

He was a nice kid too that Harry Potter

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Facebook throws BlackBerry an HTML bone

Kevin Johnston

An alternative view

Get a Blackberry and you are less likely to be data-mined by Facebook?

Dark clouds around every silver lining :)

Disclaimer: Yes I do have a Blackberry and I find it very good for making/receiving calls and emails. Oddly enough that and the two/three day battery life is all I want although I have used the GPS/Satnav once in a while

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Tracy Emin dons funeral shroud, marries stone

Kevin Johnston

How to phrase it politely?

Could one suggest that next time she is back with her beloved stone she let's the stone be on top?

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What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

Kevin Johnston

It would actually be simpler for the very paranoid to have a case with a dummy connector to plug into the speaker/microphone jack socket. That would take the internal microphone out of the loop and make even silent calls irrelevant

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Boffins give amputee the finger – a bionic touch-sensitive fingertip

Kevin Johnston

So...

Can we combine this with the story about defeating biometrics with injet fingerprints and give the hand any fingerprints you fancy? How many police officers would think to take fingerprints of a prosthetic?

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Third of US banks OK with passwords even social networks reject

Kevin Johnston

A certain bank in Ireland

wanted a password between 6 and 8 characters but they had to be lower case letters. If you mistakenly used other characters it would accept it so long as both copies matched but it would fail when you tried to use it to log in.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 set for fourth launch attempt

Kevin Johnston

Re: Easy

Last time I was at a Duxford Airshow they had 15 Spitfires (and one Seafire) in the air together....that would be too many Merlins but them again, some people say you can't have too many

:)

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Safe Harbour v2.0 greenlights six bulk data collection excuses

Kevin Johnston

Only 6 excuses?

So have had a quick look I am struggling to think of any scenario they haven't covered with those 6 excuses. Amazed actually that they didn't just say 'because we want to' and be done with it.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

Kevin Johnston

Re: Not just sensible cables please - sensible hardware too!

Ah yes...

altogether now...'the nice thing about standards is there are so many to choose from'

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Google patents robotic 'mobile delivery receptacle'

Kevin Johnston

Is it just me?

Or does this look like a spoiler patent since so many people are looking at the 'Droid Delivery' system. The way this is written suggests they have every form of autonomous ground-based delivery system covered.

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India just about accuses Facebook of faking Free Basics fandom

Kevin Johnston

Re: Free Basics?

Kind of miss the free CD days. They made great drink mats and helped many a struggling veg plot get ever closer to harvestable produce by keeping the pesky birds away.

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Forget infrasound, now it's ultrasound that's making you ill (allegedly)

Kevin Johnston

Prior Art

Omni magazine were here back in the 70's/80's with a prediction masked as a cartoon. Large conference room full of people in white lab coats and the person at the head of the table standing up saying..

'It had to happen, we have now proved everything gives you cancer'

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Kevin Johnston

Re: How old?

Ah, those were the days...creating some code on one machine and moving the memory core card to a different machine to run the program....so much more tactile than USB sticks

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

Kevin Johnston

Re: I'm wondering

Perhaps the problem is that they are being swamped by so much data that they cannot find the actual information in a timely manner...

Oh wait, that would only be made worse by monitoring everything....cancel that, we never said it.

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Video game retailer GAME in email marketing FAIL

Kevin Johnston

Harrummppphhh

Feeling very grumpy here as although I got an email from GAME it only had my email address in. I NEVER get rolled into these cock-ups and I feel very left out. How am I supposed to have a good whinge if they never get it wrong for me

mumble mumble mutter millennium hand and shrimp

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

Kevin Johnston

Re: Linux & Games

When I upgraded my 'odds and sods' laptop to Mint 17.2 I was looking at the gaming side and found the 'Play on Linux' app which acts as a front end to WINE. Used this for a couple of Windows games I own and they now play seamlessly on Mint.

Since I do most of my gaming on a Console this covered my needs perfectly.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

Kevin Johnston

I used to work in 3D Micrography and the preferred package to render the 3D images was very large and very capable but a Windows package. Except amazingly when I contacted them directly they happily sent me links to the Linux version which had exactly the same menu system and 'just worked'

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

Kevin Johnston

Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

If the developer of this package has retired then surely you need to be looking for a replacement package as matter of urgency since the next time there is an OS or driver change it could bork your software at which point you are dead in the water. Once that happens you may be stuck with running an older Windows OS in a VM anyway in order for the package to continue limping along so the question then would be why run the VM on a Windows box.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

Kevin Johnston

Re: "250 grams (1 pound)"

Been saying this for soooo long now....

We are engineers, a major ethos of engineering is 'Appropriate units/tolerances' and just as you would not measure the distance from Cardiff to Glasgow in millimetres/inches/angstroms, nor would you insist on a unit for fashion reasons.

What are you measuring, what is you tolerance - that will indicate the most appropriate unit.

Don't forget, a very large part of UK measurements are still done in Imperial because there is no real benefit to change it. Anyone want to guess how much it would cost to change all the road signs and car speedometer/odometers?

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

Kevin Johnston

Re: Hmmm

It sounds, from the article, as though they were so inept that they would have blindly followed any advice so by using Twitter that way the whitehats would know exactly where to start the next time around

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

Kevin Johnston

Re: The gimp sucks

Ah, that classic presumption.

If you will not make the effort to use the product properly then how can you say something else is better? No better than saying that Italians are not as helpful as Americans because you only speak English

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

Kevin Johnston

Re: Research

I think you will find that jacks fly from jackstays which are the ropes running up a mast, normally for the inner end of a yard or for the edge of a sail. Also used for raising flags for signalling or for 'jacks' to indicate status (OK that's a sub-set of signalling by how pedantic do I need to be here?).

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Microsoft offers Linux certification. Do not adjust your set. This is not an error

Kevin Johnston

Errrrrr

May be just my memory playing tricks but isn't Embrace the start of a well know Microsoft-linked phrase?

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Microsoft pitches lobotomized Cortana for iOS, Android handsets

Kevin Johnston

Re: Does her boobs really look like that?

Never mind her looks, just remember that she has this annoying problem where her Rampancy starts causing her to spin off new threads until all the resources are in use at which point she will crash and burn.

Hardly a good background for a 'PA' app

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EU governments reach agreement on passenger name data

Kevin Johnston

Restrictions

"may only be processed for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime"

Well that's all right then because we know the PTB always respect limitations on data usage........

Muppets one and all

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France mulls tighter noose around crypto

Kevin Johnston

Re: Colossal ignorance

I thought everyone knew this...1 chance in a thousand means 999 failures but a million to one happens nine times out of ten*

*Many thanks for everything Sir Pterry

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Facebook to Belgian data cops: Block all the cookies across the web, then!

Kevin Johnston

Re: Powerful cookies

Umm...for the chocolate?

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MPs and peers have just weeks to eyeball UK gov's super-snoop bid

Kevin Johnston

Re: How many users constitutes large?

Or more to the point, how hard/expensive is it to create your own personal ISP?

Would have gone anonymous but that would drawn even more attention

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Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

Kevin Johnston

Re: Welcome back the WORM drive

Or even go back to the early 80's with the excellent (although now very very dates) series Bird of Prey (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168510/.....must learn how to paste links)...actually I must see if I can get a copy of it to re-watch.

Probably mis-quoting but I am remembering some very sensible and far-seeing lines like 'so he could be changing things even as we are looking for them'

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Trouble brewing as iThing coffee machine seems to be hackable

Kevin Johnston

So how long...

before we have an iHammerDrill getting pwned and used to mine Bitcoins?

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Kevin Johnston

Re: Is it a habit or an addiction?

I use a mouse and keyboard to game on my console.....even my son admits I am a damn sight better that way than failing to work the controller properly.....the mouse enables really fine control on a selected X-Y which I could never achieve with a controller

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

Kevin Johnston

I think that is not so much a Wall as a Stile....looks like a fence but there is a simple two step process to get over it.

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US Senate approves CISA cyber-spy-law, axes privacy safeguards

Kevin Johnston

Re: Land of the free...

To an extent...My understanding of the US voting system (which may be totally wrong, please feel free to correct) is that while there is the possibility to have a 'write in' candidate, essentially you can only vote for the people that the parties decide to put forward. This means the deck is stacked to meet various agendas and without a massive co-ordinated effort by the population at large, they have no true choice in who gets into power.

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

Kevin Johnston

Oh I am so with you there. My son allows me to join him and his mates because they can follow me around and shoot the people that come out to shoot me. Just a shame that I reach the high ranks through time rather than skill which led to me be higher status than him on a few games, oh how we laughed.

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

Kevin Johnston

Re: And in the UK...

Not only that but if at the end of that 2 years they still will not unlock it they go back round for another lap.

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