* Posts by Danny 14

2426 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: Vulcan Delivery

XJ823 is at Carlisle airport museum and is open to the public, ive had a guided tour of the cockpit, not sure if they still do it.

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Re: Aiming Error

I too remember a finningley airshow where people were wowed by F15s doing vertical climbs. They came the Vulcan who did pretty much the same thing but told everyone for miles at the same time. The noise and vibration in the floor was epic.

although not 100% sure, I was told that the airshow Vulcan displays were at 70% power as that is when you get the most distinctive howling noise? Imagine the raw vibration at 100% then...

I was at an airshow where a B1 lancer flew, they were pretty loud too but didn't have the same howl as a Vulcan.

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Re: A beautiful aircraft though - Possibly the loudest thing I've ever seen move.

It was on its way to Carlisle Airport on Saturday. Turned up right on time at 14:43, did a couple of circles and a big load of howl and yowl. Great stuff.

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Trump carded: Wannabe prez's hotels 'ground zero' in banking breach

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Seeing as this will probably turn out to be an inside job, it wouldn't matter what your OS is.

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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Re: And the problem is?

to the OP, I sincerely hope you don't run your own business, 'cause if you do then tell us the name so we can steer the hell away from it. Seriously, they are charging people for plastic disposable cutlery. What next? Toilet roll? Water fountain? Air con?

When I used to work at Time computers even THEY weren't this miserly.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: I'd hazard a guess

The mac with bootcamp isnt a crazy idea, windows is very easy to set up (assuming windows has mac drivers without too much of an issue) but im a cheapskate and my dad is poor :)

I installed Ubuntu on a laptop first. I had never played with Linux at this point. Questions were asked that were far from English (sure, pushing next will work). The Epson printer/scanner wouldn't work afterwards and I needed to tinker in console. My dad wouldn't have a hope in hell of doing this.

His Dell worked as follows (I talked him through on the phone). Switch on, add username and password, right click on wireless icon on desktop, put the big long set of letters from his BT hub pullout, get on internet. The printer he plugged in (ignoring the do not plug in till software installed sticker), installed CD by clicking on the "install" button (it worked anyway). Job done. One afternoon I remoted in after getting him to install some remote software and I set up chrome for him and removed all the internet explorer icons just in case. He uses avast and automatic updates - so far everything is hunky dory.

There are so many drive by adverts that exploit IE holes - all of which have been patched by MS updates as things go along (sure he now uses Chrome but bear with me). People on Samsung laptops would not have had the same opportunity. I fail to see how scrubbing windows on Samsung laptops, muddling through installing Ubuntu - how do these people get Ubuntu anyway? Front of Your Spectrum (which was far better than Sinclair user)? - this is not helpful to people.

Linux has its uses but at the moment it is not meant for general mainstream installation by the masses. Don't get me wrong, it isn't hard but you seriously overestimate the ability of a general person. Sure, pre configured and set up it is great (my kids use an old Pentium 4 laptop with puppylinux) but getting it set up is certainly not easy peasy (I would also imagine a brand new laptop with USB3 drivers not working in Windows would not be a cakewalk to set up in Ubuntu!)

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Re: Windows Update is a nightmare

"… and for the Windows 7 users here that are using other peoples' networks? Sorry, only a quarter solution. I say quarter because it ignores those who are not running Windows 8 and it ignores the guest network user case."

Upgrade to Windows 8? It has been out since 2012. If you are running Ubuntu then 12.04 was released the same year (to show a comparative age). I don't think i'm running any machine older than 14.04 personally so just update if you want the new features.

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Re: I'd hazard a guess

build your own pc, Linux, openoffice (libre etc); all really really good advice - for techies. Im not as old as some on here but my first PC was a home made DX2-66 with windows 3.1 - all installed from floppy with the DOS freemem tuning learnt as I went along. Before that I tinkered with Amigas (and soldered various 3.5" to 2.5" converters and CPU WAIT switches etc. I wouldn't dream of building my dads laptop for him or putting Linux on there - he simply wouldn't cope with it. A laptop that works off the shelf will do (I got him an XPS15 from dell marketplace open box refurb) coupled with MS office and he's happy. Auto updates installed.

The people who are buying Samsung laptops and not performing a drive wipe as the first thing after unboxing are not the sort of people to go poking around services.msc They are people who are asked "do you want automatic updates enabled" when they first boot up and expect it to work. This is a 3rd party program that basically nukes automatic updates. I bet the wording (in the Samsung app) is "would you like Samsung to manage updating your drivers automatically?*"

It is a dumb move with no real reason to do so. Driver updates are optional ones and ive never had drivers automatically update. there ARE reasons to automatically update internet explorer though- yes, techies et al will use firefox (not in windows of course) but they aren't the normal demographic for these PCs.

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Re: I'd hazard a guess

but this disables updates and overrides the inbuilt windows options. I don't automatically install updates but I *DO* enable the nag screen as I forget (this is home not WSUS at work, that is a different case). This software simply disables the update service - not good. Whilst blindly automatically installing updates might not be the best course for us techies, it IS a good idea for my dad.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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agreed, a very silly idea. Especially since 9/11 is a valid major event to search for.

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Re: Ooops!

ironically enough, when office 2013 came out we got rid of adobe reader and used word to open PDFs (mainly so the teachers can edit PDFs as appropriate). Only the drama and music teachers have adobe reader on a couple of machines due to various locked down PDFs for manuscripts and scores.

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Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout

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Up here in Cumbria virgin bought out the local cable provider. Since then ive had 2 issues. One was a lack of telephone connection, it simply wouldn't accept calls (although I could dial out). This was resolved with one telephone call (15 mins on hold on a sunday afternoon). The second was a regular drop out - happened clockwork every 45 mins for just short of 180 seconds. This time I telephoned on an evening (cant remember the day but it was midweek) about 18:00 ish. about 30 mins on hold and the issue was sorted in an hour (initial call was answered and I was transferred to Manchester, 10 mins of fault finding on the phone). Callback was promised when it was fixed (which didn't happen) but it simply stopped dropping.

apart from these two incidents the connection has been flawless. Hub is setup in modem mode with a homebrew openWRT router on a PI. I don't actually remember ever consciously rebooting the PI.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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I would suspect you will be fine as im guessing w10 is an upgrade therefore you should have a licensed 7 or 8.1 to be able to upgrade to 10.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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in the corporate world you have to balance though. Generally new kit has onsite warranty. Have an issue, phone up and get someone else to fix it. If kit goes out of warranty then who will support it? The same goes for service contracts, when people have outsourced their IT then the contract company will also have warranty on the kit too, that means they don't need to send their own IT staff in to repair (depending on the issue). So even though (technically) the kit doesn't need replacing, they might replace it just for warranty purposes.

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Re: @AC

Not sure what the battery will be like on a 3yr+ MacBook. I cant say how hard it is to replace one either.

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Re: @AC

there are loads of refurbished resellers about, some have reasonable RTB warranty too. Ive picked up a few nice dells with dedicated GFX cards. Sometimes you can get some real open box weird spec bits of kit too.

Back to topic, probably loads of stock because most companies don't feel the need to upgrade. Quite a few schools run VDI so desktops are moot, last gen 3ghz dual core intels are still decent enough to run windows 7 and office especially if they are 4gb RAM desktops. Probably cheaper to bung an SSD in there as a quick boost anyway, £40 will get you a sandisk x110 and that will make a core2duo "appear" to be quicker than an i5 to the average person.

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At last, switching between rubbish broadband providers now easier

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Re: Just switched from EE to BT

some companies can be a pain in the arse when ringing them though and since a sales department will always be manned well after techsupport/ cancellation have gone home the process should be easier. Virgin are a nightmare to get MAC codes from (ADSL not cable) as you are passed about before being put on hold - no matter how many times you say I DO NOT WISH TO STAY WITH YOUR COMPANY.

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Re: Oh brilliant move

Indeed, I recently switched gas and electricity and was bothered by how easy it was. I didn't even provide meter codes. I simply went to the website, gave my details (including payment details) and away it went. a week later I get a letter from my current provider wishing me well then two weeks later im on my new provider. I signed NOTHING in the process.

I suppose to do this in a nasty way you would need to pass the credit check on the payment direct debit part - im not sure if it would have been so easy on a pay as you go meter etc.

I guess the same is for broadband, if the credit check sails through with the details provided then the companies wont bother you and transfer neatly....

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US is the world's botnet mothership, says Level 3

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I wonder how much the hosting/providers get paid for the traffic.

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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Re: Lack of 32-bit Server platform

64 bit drivers for Epson printers can be a bit hit and miss (A3 inkjets with bulk in tanks, not just little ones). We had an 2008 32 bit server running for a while until we upgraded the printers. That being said, most should be dead by now and not really an issue.

Perhaps there are other drivers needed for some obscure application. Our Paxton door card software was twitchy under wow64 until that got upgraded (at quite some cost).

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Re: ASP.Net 1.1

indeed. that was one of the headaches for us. We got our old .net 1.1 recoded for .net 4.0 and went from 2003 to 2008R2 (at the time) now up to 2012R2. I can imagine a lot of other people are thinking about sandboxing their 2003 if they can.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: Say what?

"You amaze me. Maybe they like to think that their user base has more sense than to respond to: "Dear Lastpass user. It is now important to update your account details. Please login at the following link: https://wecantbelieveyoufellforthisyoutwat.moodyhost.com."."

No, what you tend to expect is something along the lines of:

"we have had a breach, go to the site as normal and change your password - we wont provide a link so you know this email is genuine".

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Re: GTR

GTR is 4 wheel drive too. I had a drive in one when the wife got me one of those track day things. They are utter monsters and just keep revving.

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: why?

you can encrypt over VHF tis what our vehicles did with the old clansmen 353 radios.

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Re: Airwave creaking?

its not so much bandwidth space, there are masts being shutdown. Once they are shutdown some require more parish council messing about to get back up again. Obviously the answer is keep masts open but obviously this costs money.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: Your phone works on electricity

but you don't NEED to get the extras, it is essentially a kit car. Simply source and put them in yourself afterwards - if you need to. Or you can get caterham to build and make sure it is safe for you if you like.

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Re: Brrmm Brrmm

I had a tame drive in an ATOM which was bad enough, then a passenger whilst the owner gave it some boot, that was mental enough for me. Speaking as an ex GPZ900 rider back in the 90s ive done my share of silly things but these small racers are pretty hairy when pushed.

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Re: 30k for a bare bones car?

30k with all the extras. just over half that for one that will still scare you enough if you want. If you really want to be scared shitless then buy a secondhand CBR900 for 5k that will kill you even quicker.

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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Re: Solution? RBMPG (Rodentia Based Micro Power Generation)

"Mind you, you'd need to come up with some kind of distraction to keep them occupied...."

you'll be amazed at what threatening to add youtube, facebook, twitter etc to the blocklist can do.

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or just have staff who can think quick :) roof blew off our refectory building when we had really high winds a couple of Novembers ago. Quick thinking IT staff phoned the local bakery and arranged a few hundred pies to be delivered.

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Re: If this happens outside london we'll get plenty of help

transformer blew in Carlisle and a generator was put on site, due to the geography they needed to put it on the road and had a lane closed. I saw the fire brigade in the morning and generator in the evening so they were fairly quick.

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Festival tech: Charge your mobe while you queue for a pee

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Re: This is all wrong

The trick is to sign on as setup staff. 2 days of graft but your tixket is free and you get hot showers, better portaloos only for staff and a better field to camp in. Dont do litter pick as is harder.

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Gortex bivi bag then sleep where you like.

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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Re: Time

Not really. If a politician who may want to run for the white house sits in congress and swears under oath that he DIDNT have anything to do with xxx then it becomes mighty uncomfortable when Snowdon releases a document proving he actually did. Same goes for various treaties, relationships between countries etc.

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Freeparking web hosting services go TITSUP after migration

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seems an odd choice of hosting for a company with 100 zones.

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Re: "El Reg has contacted Freeparking for further comment"

eventually

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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Seems correct to me. Black rat snakes are not poisonous (whereas a keelback snake would be) they are also not venomous (as in an inland taipan) although the article didn't state this.

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Android Bitcoin wallet Blockchain was briefly borked

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Re: So this

I know! this would never happen with cash! Cash has never been sent to the wrong place by error has it! Same with BACS, there have never been BACS errors at all!

Oh wait...

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Evidence.

Matrix re used much of the dark city set. Especially ib the rooftop chase scene.

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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In the UK it would be driving without due care and attention. Lighting a cig, changing something on the car stereo, looking at your watch etc all could fall foul if the plod thought it was relevant.

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Beware Red Hat interviews: You'll pay for coffee, lunch and fuel

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Go to a cash machine?

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Re: Strange rationalisation

Indeed, sounds a bit unprepared for a CEO....

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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We wont send it to many people. I'll test it with (on) colleagues tomorrow.

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SourceForge accused of shackling GIMP in kinky adware

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Re: Sourceforge should die already

paint.net will probably do for the majority of people.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty

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Both recipes are distinctly lacking in bacon though. Also reminds me of potato cakes.

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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

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Re: Nice

Well at our school we get office out of the way in 1st and 2nd form with everyone doing ECDL, we also do process control, animation, film making, modelling, Lego C as a programming language introduction (and MS basic too for a bit of VB). If the kids stay on into igcse then we hit databases (filemaker pro) with html, advanced ecdl if the student is strong enough alomg with robotics. A level ict is heavily structured around the student project so almost anything can go.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: Oversimplification

What would have happened if he was correct though? And he couldn't cancel the climb request? Or the avionics crashed? Hence the need to do this on the ground.

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Well, at speed; ducted fans can move an aircraft sideways when hoveringnplus helicopters can utilise ground effect.

As for Roberts, he'll get shafted. Air paranoia is high, see what happens when you mention 'bomb' regardless of context. If people get wind of daily mail headlines of 'ipad hacks plabe to remote control engines' then we will be back to reading paperbacks again.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: Ireland / Éire

Fisheries would blossom without the EU quots.

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Do the same as any other country. Enact immigration rules for roles. Whilst Switzerland relies of foreign labour, foreign labourers rely on Switzerland. Do you think a sudden exodus of labourers and a dearth of jobs will be fixed overnight? Of course not, a policy will be put in place and business will resume as normal.

But immigration will be hosted controlled rather than mandated.

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