* Posts by Danny 14

2699 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: "Why is cleanup so hideously expensive?"

Pointless recycling unless you can find more adhesive. Damn that stuff is hard to find (and grow).

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Re: Dosbox @Danny

memory was hazy on that one. Fair do's

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Re: Dosbox

I think windows needed a coprocessor too. Not sure on that though.

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Re: Nostalgic olde Fart

1Mb? Luxury! I still have a working ISA tseng labs 256k vga card in the scrap box, i use it to scare students occasionally (it runs dos 6 and can still boot lotus 123 from cold faster than W7 with an SSD opening excel). It sits alongside such beauties as a winchester drive and a os2 warp.

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Plus you needed netware for your network logon scripts.

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Re: 3.11

TOS was streaks ahead of windows. And if you couldnt tweak conventional memory you were screwed. Finding those 1k mouse drivers and 2k network drivers to save just that bit more ( i remember having an app that needed 635k an almost impossible task if you wanted your ipx network and a mouse)

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Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

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Same here in the lake district. H+ is mostly absent outside carlisle, penrith and keswick. H on the A roads and 3G elsewhere. 2g (edge) elsewhere but at least i get connection. Three is pretty much A roads only and EE patchy. No idea on O2.

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Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

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Re: You let a TalkTalk engineer approach/enter your property?

You will be surprised who can turn up. I was out of work around 2003 for a few months and took a job as a Sky install/on site tech. I missed quite a lot off my CV such as the electrical engineering degree & MCSD (I was not prepared to move from the nice location in Scotland into the major cities, life is more than work you know!). I fixed many, many problems for people depending on workload for the day (PCs, washing machines, TV power supplies! was worth it to be fed and watered plus you would always get a glowing report on the feedbacks - worth it for the bonus). I also managed to pick up foreigners fixing their family "stuff" at the same time. Apart from the driving (and the London based schedulers not understanding the geography of Scotland or the fact a Scottish B road is the width of a driveway in London and just because it is a 60mph road doesn't mean you will ever get above 30) the job was pretty good.

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

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Re: Not bad at that price but...

try swiftkey? Or a different keyboard app?

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Re: Its fine as an entry level machine

The specs are shite for a modern tablet. My ancient galaxy tab 2 isn't the most sprightly tablet in the world with not too dissimilar specs.

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Re: Amazon Underground

I'd prefer £49.99 worth of beer and pizza to be honest.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: Love to see netbooks again

I have a linx 8 running kodi in W7 - this is so I have access to Netflix and amazon streaming using a breakout windows script otherwise id run Linux. The great thing is, it is silent, can run with the screen off and has HDMI out so it can remain plugged in. Coupled with a small Bluetooth remote it is a great little box.

Obviously being windows 7 you needed to murder GWX and the rest of the updates to stop W10 downloading onto the small 32gb drive (it has about 8gb free)

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Re: Linux this and Linux that

@OP well not really. I can use small flatblade screwdrivers to undo torx screws. That doesn't mean that you SHOULD do this just because you CAN do this. Same here, just because W10 works on an old netbook doesn't mean you should use W10 when Linux does a far better job.

Sure if you want to run visual studio on your netbook then go ahead, that wont work in Linux. But I doubt you are scratching the bottom of your drawer thinking "hey, I wish I could run VS on my 5 year old 8gb 512Mb RAM netbook" whereas MINT will run openoffice & web browsers quite happily.

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Re: NB100

nah, windows 10 wont dob you in, it will use the opportunity of wifi to anonymise/unidentify/zip your data and send it home to MS so that your windows adverts can be tailored to your individual browsing and purchasing habits. All to enhance your windows experience.

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Re: Bollocks

maybe but the original eee pc had socketed ram and an upgradeable "ssd" (I use the term SSD lightly)

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Re: USB - - > Serial

yep. I still remember reading int33,3 to get the serial mouse position and button status. Ahh Borland C, those were the days.

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Re: Madness

@serendipity

sure! Read through this (and the links) https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/07/30/windows-10-privacy-settings/

Check out all the ads in the software. Notice how they become more "bespoke" over time? Wonder how they do that. Remember this is your operating system, not a browser (that you can run in sandbox/private/in-private browsing mode permanently if so required). sure you can begin the process of opting out of everything but this is enabled FROM THE START so all your data is being sifted/anonymised/shaped (whatever jargon you care to use) from the very beginning.

You shouldn't NEED to opt out, it should be OPT IN (remember this is your OS not a single program).

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Re: Landfill tablet as an evolution of the netbook - Disagree

It depends what you want to do on it; The spec you describe is MASSIVE (high power GPU in a netbook?). Netbooks were supposed to be low powered PCs with good battery life and low heat, not notebooks with small screens. Dell used to sell small XPS machines with high end components but small high quality screens - great for even small mobile gaming.

But asking a netbook to run windows 7 or 10 is a massive undertaking. Just put Linux on there, it will do everything you need.

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Re: But.... where are the netbooks?

The acer one I have has a battery and additional hard drive in the keyboard so it has enough weight to tilt the screen without falling over. Sure when you "undock" it loses the additional hard drive (and USB) but I bought it because at the time the "small screen" laptops were gutless and had no storage - this one had the option to undock (which I didn't need) but also had 500gb of storage AND two batteries. CPU is just find for general use (and light image work i.e. presentation preparation, word stuff, notepad++ work etc) There was a dell tablet that was a rival to the surface pros that also undocked with additional batteries but was also twice the price.

Having a gyroscope means you can tilt the screen sideways and providing you have a Bluetooth mouse you can plug a keyboard in to use it. sure it looks weird (with the keyboard STILL docked) but it means you can work in a document/page portrait mode on the train. I always found full size laptops with "hotkey rotation" to fall over more on trains like this....

I think acer do "iconias" now but im not sure how they are weight distributed.

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Re: Pah!

eee pc relegated to DNS,DHCP and light filtering and firewall duties (dead screen) running debian with cacheless squid+guard (virgin superhub running in modem mode) the usb network is 10/100 and runs just fine.

I don't actually remember rebooting it.

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LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%

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Re: The uses of LinkedIn ..

I did the same but used bobmctw3tt3r@hotmail.com I dont log into hotmail unless im verifying another site i need temporary access to.

Doesnt stop them from spamming my REAL email (because someone else recommended me at some time)

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Re: The reckoning will come ..

I added them to our domain 'reject with advice' list. As they would not stop spamming our users. They do not have an effecive 'opt out and do not call'

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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I remember needing to knock two resistors off the mac plus when you upgraded the memory.

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Security? So you chsnge a screen and firmware update borks your phone? Riiiiight.

What do you think the person will do? Buy another apple device or bad mouth the company to all who will listen?

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Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

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Re: Maybe not Friday.

US couldnt care less at the moment, Obama does seem to be of the feeling that he doesnt like the underhand renditions. That might change if a madman such as trump wins.

That bloke is a nutter.

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Re: Gun nut

indeed, most magazines are quite sensitive to damage (at least the damn L85 ones were). You wouldn't tape two back to back as a knock or bang will distort an already shitty magazine.

I believe they eventually got H&K to redesign the magazines but that was way after I finished.

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What’s new in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016?

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@phuzz try adding more CPUs and the non legacy NIC for Ubuntu to a hyper-v system (I couldn't get either reliably working as integration services wasn't supported without tweaking). Better off using CENTOS or Debian - they have working integration services and work quite well.

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Re: Shielded VMs

Virtual TPM is ised for the shielded VM. If the virtual TPM isnt happy the the shielded vm wont work so no snooping. The bitlocker encryption is based off the virtual TPM not the host keys so again physical access wont help you.

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Re: Why?

Ive not found it quite so resilient. Ive still had a few locked vms when a node has gone down ( switch failure on a single node) i wasnt happy that the cluster couldnt seize a resource locked by the 'failed' node (it was backing up when it went off the network)

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Re: Rolling Hyper-V cluster upgrade

Ack i didnt see this. Im running a 2k12 cluster so was hoping to evict a node, get that one to 2k16 and upgrade from there. Damn.

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I didnt rush out and upgrade our 2k12 nodes to 2k12r2 as i didnt have a use for gen2. I do like the idea of containers though and have looked at docker etc. So it looks like im going to evict a node and get a 2k16 upgrade rolling soon.

As for linux, centos 7 runs nicely and plays well in hyper-v i have 18 vms over 3 nodes with our web servers, filtering and mysql running on centos servers. No issues there for us so im not sure why people are mocking linux on hyperv

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For sale: One 236-bed nuclear bunker

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Re: I have to say.....

there is a live role play type thing called "watch the skies" that does exactly that. Teams are allocated to countries where you do a sort of xcom thing over a weekend. Good fun, not your average pen and paper nerdy thing.

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Re: "Security could be racked up if needed"

War. War never changes.

The Romans waged war to gather slaves and wealth. Spain built an empire from its lust for gold and territory. Hitler shaped a battered Germany into an economic superpower.

But war never changes.

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

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Re: Hitting the "k"

Water Actuated Notational Kinetic Emission Reactor (MK2 as MK1 misfired in the PARIS incident)

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

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but football is real not fictional and spurs ARE shite.

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OnePlus ends rationing. You can now buy its phones just like that!

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Re: What?

then you "sell" your invitations if necessary. The last thing you do is turn down customers, the customers go elsewhere and remember that your company is a arse and don't shop there.

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Capita hiring temps to cover for call centre redundancies – staff sources

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Re: I thought this was illegal?

But if they backfill the redundant position with other people (especially more expensive temps) the there is a great case for constructive dismissal.

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West Virginia mulls mother of all muni networks – effectively a state-wide, state-run ISP

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Re: Run the layer 2 network as a gov utility, run the layer 3 as a private biz

no different from BT and their "last mile"

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Re: Kinda like sex

the difference between 25Mbs and 19Mbs isn't as profound as the difference between 1Mbs and 25Mbs though.

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Re: $100 million dollars!

Im sure the tax man would like it in lieu of all the tax fudges....

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Re: "will be in direct competition"

It can turn out bad though, look at KCOM in Hull city in the UK. Whilst WV might start off with a reasonable fibre network, in 10 years it might suffer the same fate - i.e. good to begin with but very poor in the future with a monopoly (to claw back the money invested)

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Re: Commie or common sense?

British coal looked after our little village. Soon as it was privatised reports of lack of safety "surfaced", standards declined and lo and behold there was a large pit disaster.

Cant say for BT as it was a vastly different era to todays network and expectations.

Nationalised water was a much better idea with the money being spread around rather than a postcode lottery that you get now.

British rail might have been a laughing stock but it isn't nearly as bad as the clusterfuck that is network rail & franchises. That and since network rail is about to be spun off and the national improvedment plans will be given to regional franchises to sort.... what can go wrong? A 10 year franchise holder isn't going to add any appreciable track improvements are they?

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Google and HMRC face Parliamentary grilling over £130m tax deal

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Re: HMRC and Tax

ref PAYE, not really. You can go self assessment if you like. There are quite a few things the average person can claim back if they liked. Uniform laundry, some union subs, travel expenses out of pocket that aren't refunded (ever been to the bank in your own car in works time?)

It does add up and is worth the 25 mins each year that it takes to fill one it. I usually get £150 or so back so I think it is worth it.

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nah, a few private letters will be sent to the PAC members - audits go both ways....

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Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

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Re: acrylic glass - WTF?

so you could make glass out of beer? Or bacon?

mmm bacon.

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Re: "...small piece of paper that someone printed out on an A4... ...I cringe"

The bananas given in our staffroom are green and crunchy. They have a really fine balance as you need to keep on in your pigeon hole for precisely 2.25 days. If you wait longer they instantly turn black and mushy.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: The article author is part of the problem.

companies with charity status may also pay VAT (and not claim back) -depends on the charity and what they do.

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Europe's satellite laser comms system set to shine

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you might have something there with mobile laser sharks.

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

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Re: "Half the key"

Did she try 123456?

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