* Posts by Roger Greenwood

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Roger Greenwood

Re: Isn't this the way software is done these days?

" disjointed, confusing mess " is what we now call quirky.

If you make things look different sometimes it's easier to remember where you are, especially for those of us who like visual clues rather than remember command names. Having said that you can take quirky too far . . .

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Soyuz source replenishes international space station

Roger Greenwood

Re: 926 pounds of water

I thought they were supposed to be recycling it? Not exactly up to "Dune" standards yet then.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

Roger Greenwood

Re: So, good performer in heavy snow then?

" unlike say the Leo 1 "

You know a lot about these old tanks, have you got one stashed as well? :-)

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

Roger Greenwood

Re: All 3 V-bombers

Correction:- Duxford has two, Cosford has all three. Both also have a TSR2 and are great to visit. Cosford is free to enter - you choose.

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Roger Greenwood

That wing shape . . .

when extended becomes uncannily similar to the concorde. If nothing else we should appreciate the engineering that went into these beasts during the 40s and 50s.

Now, who wants to see it do a roll before retiring? We know it can.

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

Roger Greenwood

Re: Now students, please use "free" and "Microsoft" in the same sentence.

" slowest horse in the cavalry, as the old joke goes "

. . and in that vein, it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.

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

Roger Greenwood

"I got my daughter a Windows Phone so she could see how the other half of a half of a half of a half of a half of a half of a half lives." From @davepell on twitter.

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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

Roger Greenwood

I wonder how the conversation went?

'Either support your OS and our brave troops or we won't buy anything else from you ever again'

'errr . . '

'I have Red Hat on the other line'

'OK'

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

Roger Greenwood

Did the PFY own a bus?

Just wondering . . .

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

Roger Greenwood

I think it will also work for small groups - villages, streets etc. who all could co-operate with each other to collect each others parcels as appropriate and drop off/keep safe. It already happens in many streets between neighbours, just add Amazon/Facebook or similar for the co-ordination and notification.

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

Roger Greenwood

Try this:-

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/lafite/

I got one £350 delivered, sans OS.

Full HD IPS 1920 x 1080, 8GB RAM

Won't suit everyone, but the key word was "affordable".

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

Roger Greenwood

Re: Signal to noise ratio

It's almost as if drivers of the chosen vehicles are not smart enough, or are too arrogant, to drive around potholes.

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

Roger Greenwood

Re: Data, not information

" provide something that is useful " They could start by predicting how long it is going to take that file to copy. Nobody seems very good at that.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Roger Greenwood

Re: Good planning

They have been migrating data over the last few weeks at least - we tried it last month and some records were there, some not.

Has anyone mentioned cost yet?

As an individual it is free to check your own data, but if you want to check someone else's record (e.g. a company checks their van drivers etc) they will be making a charge. I call that a tax on small businesses.

Needless to say most will be asking their drivers for the proof/code every year instead of a copy of the paper licence.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

Roger Greenwood
Happy

But . . .but . . .

. . what about all the junk I have in the boot that goes everywhere with me?

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Roger Greenwood

Re: agree...

" insurance rates would plummet "

No - the prices will go up if you don't comply - that's how it usually works with insurance.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

Roger Greenwood

This made me laugh earlier (twitter)

Marc Andreessen @pmarca · 7h 7 hours ago

I can't believe Apple just renamed the iPhone "Apple Mobile 10 Consumer Edition Platinum Advantage Pack OEM Distribution Only".

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Roger Greenwood

Re: "and they're losing faith.'

try Bricscad. Maybe not 1:1 but good enough for many. Now available on three platforms - win/linux/mac.

Disclaimer - I have been a user for almost 10 years.

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

Roger Greenwood

I so want Tim Worstall . .

. . . to sound like Tim Harford.

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

Roger Greenwood

On a serious note

It is only a small step for a large operator (e.g. Stobart in UK) to automate the long distance route between large depots - the boring bit - and just have drivers at the endpoints or "loaders" as they will become.

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

Roger Greenwood

"you can't identify just the hot bits"

An IR camera can help you with that. Maybe too late of course as it's already installed.

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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

Roger Greenwood

Don't mention Linux

I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.

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It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu

Roger Greenwood

Re: Not that bad

"where data is unlimited"

Not any more it's not - try getting a new (or updated) contract with that and computer says no.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

Roger Greenwood

"view more code" or for CAD work.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

Roger Greenwood

Surely you could have sneaked the phrase "high velocity organisation" in there somewhere.

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Win Server 2003 addict? Tick, tock: Your options are running out

Roger Greenwood

Re: Linux NAS ?

There are a few other alternatives for the SMB (who probably would also benefit from an upheaval) e.g. Zentyal. I see it as same function as SBS - nice friendly icons for most of what a part time admin needs to do. In our case users did not notice the difference.

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

Roger Greenwood

Re: So, give them the boot - use open source.

+1 for ODF

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/open-document-formats-selected-to-meet-user-needs

Even the Gov agrees. I suppose it must be like giving up smoking - longer you have been hooked harder it is to give up.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Roger Greenwood

Re: Bad training

"you get a single test once and you're good for the rest of your life"

Retraining is already compulsory for coach drivers and now wagon drivers (HGV) in UK. How long before this reaches down to the rest of us?

Sooner the better I say. Nut behind the wheel is the least regulated and most unreliable component and we all know it (doesn't apply to me of course).

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Roger Greenwood

Re: Another nail in the coffin...

Yes much fun will be had with fake signs.

Such a poor idea anyway - if you want to build a technology solution, what about using GPS and a government supplied speed map? Many cars now already have GPS mapping.

Another idea - drivers licensed according to training and experience - e.g. your licence is on a USB stick/mobile phone etc. Young/stupid/convicted - speed limited, passenger limited etc.

I agree with Graham.

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Not in the Budget: Spooks beg UK.gov for £111m brown envelope

Roger Greenwood

That's very nearly an aircraft carrier!

(We can get the planes next year)

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

Roger Greenwood

General Approach

This question is to test your general approach to work and see if you fit our culture.

Your boss is always going to find a fault, so when given a new task do you:-

a) Complete the job as best you can, knowing that a fault will be found, you will be castigated, but at least you did your best.

b) Do the job as quickly (and as slack) as possible, knowing that a fault will be found but at least you will have the time to fix it.

c) Do the job well, but leave some faults that are easy to find to keep QA happy.

d) Start the job but get your updated CV out there immediately.

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Rosetta probe to try contact with Philae lander on Thursday

Roger Greenwood
Happy

It's a teenager . .

You need to shout.

(Seriously hope this works though)

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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

Roger Greenwood

Re: HTTP What?

£TTP ?

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

Roger Greenwood

@Neil deGrasse Tyson

'How's that space program coming along?'

Not good - we now only export robots.

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

Roger Greenwood

Re: Not really much of a problem

Au contraire - social hostorians etc will love the treasure trove - e.g. what drove the fascination with some kid called Bieber for a year or two at the beginning of the 21st century? (Thankfully now forgotten). Besides their research grants will depend on it.

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Mad Frankie Maude hangs up his axe

Roger Greenwood

JFDI

When doing it properly is going to take too long.

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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

Roger Greenwood

"tightwads"

or as it known around here :- "Yorkshire Thrift"

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

Roger Greenwood

Re: Will there be 300 users?

I was wondering how long before they get knocked back because the name has been used elsewhere?

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

Roger Greenwood

Re: Real-life testing?

On a more positive note:- "Who dares wins"

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

Roger Greenwood

Re: Its getting sad now

Q. How does a project get to be 1 year late?

A. 1 day at a time.

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'Success'? Verify FAILED for 40% in self-assess tax trial

Roger Greenwood

Re: Can some one explain

"..more ?accurate? data.."

That's because they make money out of it - their business depends on it so they care about it.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Roger Greenwood

"..stopped retailers and PC makers from selling .."

There's your headline right there. If only we could all do that - only sell what we want, not what the customer wants.

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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

Roger Greenwood

Treating your customers as criminals . . .

. . by default. Not nice. Not friendly. But it must work or folk would be choosing something else.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

Roger Greenwood

They probably aren't afraid of 1 hotspot

They may be afraid of 1000 though.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

Roger Greenwood

"HUD? Or a fighter jet?"

Both of course, preferably a flying car.

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Roger Greenwood

The future is HUD.

Like on a fighter jet.

I already want one.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

Roger Greenwood

"Information doesn't want to be free"

by Cory Doctorow.

Of course most of you will already know about this, perhaps someone could give a spare copy to Andrus?

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

Roger Greenwood

“Microsoft is not open source so nobody can write the patches. . ."

What is this open source of which you speak? Must look into that.

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LOHAN sponsor Lucidica explains the benefits of being French

Roger Greenwood

French Foreign Legion

Not to be messed with.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

Roger Greenwood

Wot no Bomb 20?

Dark Star?

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