* Posts by GregC

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

GregC

Pretty soon the only way to get rid of it without downupgrading will be taskkill /f /im gwx.exe

Mind you, wouldn't put it past the bastards to assume that even that means "Yay! Upgrade me!".....

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

GregC

This morning I had the pleasure of hiding KB3035583 for the fourth time.

Only 4 times? I've genuinely lost count of the number of times I've hidden that fucker - and cheers for the reminder, just did a check for updates and sure enough, there it was again. Now hidden. Again.

Roll on August when it disappears for good. I just can't help thinking they will attempt to foist something else on us to "encourage" us to "upgrade".

"Nice computer you've got there. Be a shame if something happened to it....."

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

GregC

Outstanding

Very, very impressive. Congrats to the SpaceX team - what really impressed me was, after all the setbacks, how simple it looked. The thing just... landed.

Of course, they have to make it repeatable now, and it has to actually be reusable. But it's a big step.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

GregC

Re: Small != Small

We don't want small phones, we want normal-sized phones.

Speak for yourself, you certainly don't speak for me. I caved in and bought an enormo-phone recently and now I wouldn't be without it. Yes, one handed use isn't possible, but the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages for me.

Nothing personal, I'm just really bored with people saying "we want x" on the assumption that they are speaking for the entire human race. No. You want it, and quite probably some others do too, but you aren't speaking for everyone. Here endeth the minirant.

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

GregC

Re: Very good, Mr D

.I'd hope that the official unit was Charlie Brookers

For me the perfect unit of rant would be the Kermode, as in film critic Mark. He doesn't do it often, but when he does they are magnificent. See his Sex and the City 2 review which brilliantly even starts with the phrase "you're not going to get a rant about this"...

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

GregC

Re: Same here

All you can eat data is no more I think though.

No - AYCE data is still there, it's just the tethering that's capped, at 12GB as mentioned. I renewed my contract just before Christmas and got the standard unlimited data contract at £18/mo just before it went up to £20. As I get through 10-20GB a month Three still offers the best deal for me.

Don't really get this thing about data speeds being slow either - I get anywhere between 8-75 mbits download depending where I am, unless I'm somewhere with no signal at all.

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Want to kick butts? Go cold turkey

GregC

Re: The secret to giving up the toe rags...

People who use e-cigs have simply swapped one addiction for another (albeit a less harmful to the health one)

While this is undoubtedly true, I have tried various things (including the Just Stop option) and nothing has worked, the problem being with criteria A - I quite enjoy having a smoke, and therefore didn't really want to stop. In this scenario, e-cigs are the first alternative I have come across that actually works.

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GregC

decent starter kit (Innoken Endura T18 is a decent option)

I'll second this, from personal experience - after trying one of the crappy cig-a-likes just to see if the whole e-cig thing would work for me, I ended up with a T18. That was over the xmas break, and it's been perfect for me - I haven't had a cigarette, or even really felt like having one, since - and for me that's been a massive deal. Until then I'd been on 20-30 a day for longer than I care to remember, and I can't see myself ever going back.

For anyone who's struggled in the past to stop, and I've tried various things, I'd hugely recommend the (decent quality!) e-cig option.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

GregC

Re: 'The End of Free'

Interesting listen. Thanks for the heads up.

Yep, I'll second that for sure. Most interesting to hear that even the journos most likely to be disadvantaged by ad blocking feel they have to use blockers to get a usable internet.

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GregC

Re: They don't understand

Pretty much spot on, but with one small adjustment for me. This part:

For most, it is not because they don't want to see ads.

Is not true, at least in my case. In an ideal world I don't want to see any ads, ever. However - I am happy to put up with unobtrusive, sensible ads in exchange for a free service, for those sites I am a regular visitor to and user of. Unless and until this type of ad replaces the aggressive, obtrusive and downright annoying stuff that is currently the norm I reserve the right to block ads, aggressively.

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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

GregC

A thought on the alcohol/tobacco thing - how long before e-cigarettes, and particularly the liquids, become a factor? Where I work I'd estimate that over half the smokers (including me) have made the changeover.

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

GregC

Re: I, for one,

Perhaps they'll be able to improve the M25.

Unpossible. the M25 is evil.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

GregC

Microsoft says....

Microsoft says a lot of things. I personally don't trust a word they say.

And Windows 7 may be 7 years old, but it's due to be supported with security updates until 2020. I'll 'move on' on my terms, when I choose.

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GregC

The part of this that really boggles my mind

is that they've snuck the latest W10 ad in via stealth mode in a security update, so full on sneakyness, but then I read this:

The spokesperson who sent the missive went on to explain that “Users that have turned off the GWX app or disabled notifications in settings will not see this recent change, nor will Windows Professional users.”

Don't get me wrong, this bit qualifies as a good thing, or at least a not terrible one. And it appears to be true - having let this update through during the weekend on one machine and fired up IE to check, there is no W10 update prompt anywhere to be found.

It's as if Gollum is running the show for the most part, but occasionally Smeagol manages to take control....

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Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

GregC

Re: So another one to add to the black list

According to another piece I just read about this, KB3139929 is the one that shows up in Windows Update, but it then also installs KB3146449 (among others). As well as the text quoted above the MS page for 3139929 also says:

Additionally, this security update includes several nonsecurity-related fixes for Internet Explorer.

So not only are they pushing out Win10 adware into IE, they're hiding the update responsible for it inside a security update.

As I said earlier. C***s.

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GregC

We've no idea what that means, so have asked Microsoft

I'll save you the bother. It means they are a bunch of c***s.

As has already been said, I'm not sure what they think this will achieve - those of us who have blocked W10 by switching to manual updates or other means are unlikely to be using IE, so will never see this.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

GregC
Happy

Re: XKCD

Thankyouverymuch, that's where I'd seen it before.

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

GregC
Coffee/keyboard

I gave him back his computer elaborately tied up with a ball of string with a cheap joke shop blonde wig attached to it, it took him a week to look me in the eye again.

Love it :)

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GregC

I used to work at a mail order photo processing lab, back in the pre-digital days. Back then, mail order was the preferred option for a lot of folks making their own 'entertainment'. Of all the things I saw there, the one that is seared into my memory for some reason is the lady who decided that a traffic cone would be a good thing to sit on. As in, insert.

Makes my eyes water every time I remember it.

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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Boffin

Re: Forward view

Camera(s) in the nose?

Just off the top of my head.

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We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising

GregC
WTF?

Wow. I hadn't realised WP10 had shipped in such a bad state - haven't been following it really. Even by MS standards that's a bit of a shocker...

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ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes

GregC

I'm in two minds on this. On the one hand, my default view of ads is that they need to die. I'd be very happy if I never saw another one in my life. However, I'm not happy about any content being intercepted/blocked/modified at the network level. Three's job is to send me the content, not pass (seemingly arbitrary) judgement over 'good' and 'bad' content - if I want to block ads, which I do, I block them on my device.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

GregC

Airlines can stick paperless tickets up their respective <insert expletive> until I can display it on my phone to check in.

Maybe I've been lucky, but the last few flights I've taken have allowed me to do exactly that - run the relevant airlines app, check in with the app up to a week or so before the flight, download boarding pass - job done. The same process on both BA and sleazyJet.

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

GregC

@TeacherMARK

I've already got that machine - well, more or less, add in a 980m for graphics, and it makes a cracking gaming laptop. It's also fairly big and heavy.

What I would quite like to buy right now is what we used to call a netbook - small, cheap, light basic laptop. 10.1 or 11.6 screen, enough processor/memory for the basics but no more, non-touch screen to keep the price down. Loooong battery life (10hrs+). Somewhere around the £200 mark or below. The rise of the tablet has almost killed this particular segment of the market, I only seem to have a couple of options, neither of which is ideal, unless I consider Lenovo - and they remain on my shitlist after last year's Superfish fiasco....

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Why does the VR industry think 2016 is its year? It's the hardware, stupid

GregC

Re: "we've come a hell of a long way"

VR will be best suited to driving/flying type games, where you are in the cockpit/drivers seat

Yep. I know* a few people who are using DK2's now in Project CARS and the general consensus is that you'd have to pry VR from their cold dead hands, and I've read similar things about Elite: Dangerous. The interesting thing there is that both these games/sims have been created with the VR option in mind from early on, and it seems to show**

*have communicated with over the internet...

**In spite of the numerous bugs that pCARS has had, the VR side seems to have been pretty solid, at least from what I've read.

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

GregC

Re: why bother with the reverse engineering!?

Because he can? For certain types of mind, this kind of exercise is interesting for it's own sake.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

GregC

Seems to be back up in the Bedford area now too.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

GregC

Farcebook can Zuck off.

Don't have an account any more, and never will again. Their constant attempts to become the de facto internet platform are extremely tiresome.

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

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built-in plasma torch

thermite packet dropper

/me nods with approval.

From a distance.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

GregC

Re: Enough of this.

I would rather go down swinging than just passively take it from Microsoft for all eternity

If I could upvote this a thousand times, I would. Everyone sitting back and saying "well, what can you do..." is another person effectively saying to MS that they can just carry on doing what they like.

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GregC

Re: when they try to prise Windows Vista from my determined grasp.

I have to say, on the list of "things I thought I'd never read" that comes pretty high....

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GregC

@MacroRodent

getting a usable laptop with no OS is hard

It's not really - most of the laptops from PC Specialist, for one, can be ordered without an OS. Granted they aren't a high street retailer, but they're a good sized online seller.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

GregC

One of the most entertaining videos I've seen on Youtube recently is very simply a compilation of the "Bottom; <snigger>" gag in many different languages. It never seems to get old.

Linky....

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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@Wayland

Not sure if you're being serious or not. I'd like to think there is irony there, but just in case I'll quote BlartVersenwaldIII's post a few above yours:

The only relevant advertising I want to see is no advertising

The only way to 'improve my experience of advertising' is to get rid of it.

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Randall Munroe spoke to The Reg again. We're habit-forming that way

GregC

What If? was (and remains) a brilliant read, and I'm thoroughly looking forward to getting this one too. Love Munroe's work.

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Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

GregC

That word again...

Telemetry.

If I never hear it again I'll die happy. Sadly that won't happen.

Hint for the unaware: 'telemetry' = spying on you.

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Love your IoT gadget but could you keep the noise down?

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Dabbsy, your finest hour.

Brilliant article, several bits had me laughing out loud. This, however:

only achieving access to your home another 45 minutes later after reinstalling the operating system, downloading an app update and installing a JavaScript routine you found on GitHub.

is pure genius.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

GregC

Nah - he'll be out before LOHAN gets it's clearance...

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MS Future Decoded conference, or The Empire Strikes Back

GregC

Re: Like a NIN video

And, the whole event sounded horrible.

Well, you may have found it hard to read AC, but I think you got the primary point!

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Facebook! You've got 48 hours to stop tracking people

GregC

Re: You get the cookie if you click

Logging in is unnecessary

Apparently informed consent is also unnecessary. Facebook really can fuck right off.

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Microsoft Windows Mobile 10: Uphill battle with 'work in progress'

GregC

Microsoft has pushed Windows 10 very aggressively at PC users, even apologising for being heavy handed.

Emphasis mine - genuine question, when did this apology happen? I must have blinked and missed it.

As for W10M itself - it sounds like a half-arsed, half-finished mess and it's going to hit the market in this state? I'll just grab myself some popcorn....

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Samsung S6 Edge has 11 nasties, says Google Project Zero team

GregC

@ xj650t

There is, of course, always more Google could be doing on Android security - however in this case, 9 of the 11 vulnerabilities reported are/were in Samsung drivers or applications, not generic Android ones. How are Google supposed to control those?

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Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams

GregC

@Tony S

Sisko.

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GregC

Not entirely sure how I feel about this. On the one hand I love Trek from the original through TNG to DS9, on the other Voyager and Enterprise I'd rather forget. Time will tell I guess, but I can't say the recent movies have done much to give me hope.

Here's hoping my pessimism is misplaced.

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

GregC

Re: What people wanted, and didn't want

What most users are complaining about isn't the UI, it's the intrusive data collection and monitoring and reporting everything you do back to Microsoft, and ramming upgrades down your throat

Speaking for myself, I most certainly am complaining about the UI - alongside the intrusive data collection, forced updates etc. Thankfully 10 is only on one machine of mine, which never sees the internet, and it's only on there because it made 8.1 go away.

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Apple killed our app say Chaos Computer Club

GregC

Apple has been contacted for comment.

10/10 for persistence and optimism!

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Windows 10 growth stalls during October

GregC

Re: XP

Linux s*cks. Big time.

Correction. Your Linux experience sucks big time. That's a shame.

My Linux experience has been pretty seamless - I dual boot the latest Mint and it hasn't missed a beat. I haven't needed to drop to a command line once*. All my hardware works. Your mileage, clearly, varies...

*I have chosen to use a command line a couple of times, because it's quicker. Just as I would in Windows for some tasks.

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GregC

Interested to see how this turns out...

This should be interesting over the next few months. MS seem to be getting increasingly desperate to shovel W10 out by any means necessary. I'm really curious to see how many of us there actually are saying a firm 'no' to it - sitting in my little bubble of like minded techie types, my view of what's happening out there is probably a bit skewed.

And yeah, wouldn't hurt to know the Linux share too.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

GregC
Stop

Dear Microsoft,

Fuck off. Then Die.

Why can't you understand that No means No? I've gone to considerable lengths to stop your upgrade spyware installing on my system, and I will continue to do so. I used to think that having Windows Update set to notify only was a bit paranoid. Now it's the only sensible option.

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TalkTalk attack: UK digi minister recommends security badges for websites

GregC
Coat

Badges?

We don't need no stinkin' badges!

Someone had to say it....

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