* Posts by Steve 114

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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

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Re: I am enough of a naval history buff...

When I was at school, in the early 1960's, an 'Old Boy' who'd got big in the FO came back to lecture us. 'We'll hardly need a big Navy in the 1990s', he said, 'we'll need lots of little ships to stop a popular invasion across the Med, and to police the Channel.' I wonder where he is now? Pensioned-off for PC reasons, no doubt.

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Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

Steve 114

Don't know

Anyone who's tried running an international organisation will know what a can of worms they have to handle. Often a very firm hand is required to do things differently. Maybe that's why the 'Members' don't act.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

Steve 114

Re: Obligatory EU thread

The EU's assault came on 'environmental' grounds - 'cartridges are unGreenie if you can't refill them'. Our own Government could just as well make that decision. (Then we'd be free of 'ever-closer Union' and ECHR nonsenses, and could still torpedo consumer abuses).

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Re: @ Dr. Sytax

The strange cut-out shape in early replaceable razor blades was the first attempt to defeat proprietary fixtures in patent razor heads, with a 'fits-all-without-infringement' profile..

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Re: My printer not HP's

Some printers are sold definitely below cost ('free' from some sources). The 'business model' is to profit from proprietary inks, and that model fails if there are alternatives. It's a legitimate business model (remember Polaroid?), and consumers don't have to like it. They could make other choices (as I do).

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

Steve 114

Tedious

So I decided to update. On their site I needed first to enable Flash, and Java. Then negotiate a download, then untick a preticked 'optional' random payload (just WHY?), then restart the browser. Not too hard, but I'll never get my many cousins each to do it to theirs without Teamviewer one by one. What a pain

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

Steve 114

Re: Yawn...

When I switched from XP to 7, there was a paid-for third-party converter that did the job (almost as badly as Microsoft did from 7 to 10). But for most stuff it worked. Now I dual-boot Win10 and Mint, but most of what I use isn't on Mint and my vast files are on the NTFS partition, where Mint doesn't expect them. So where's the paid-for converter that just lets me avoid booting Win unless something vital really can't be virtualised?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

Steve 114

Focus Focus Focus

Just don't do it. Use my taxes to shoot up something real. Done best in A-10s anyway.

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BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

Steve 114

Re: No spam on my BT email address

Me too. Vanishing seems to be of random sender addresses, consistently. EG - Glyndebourne always vanishes, Radiospares always succeeds. Anyone know why?

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Steve 114

Re: Bah!

'Pair'? Where was your anti-tinkle wire?

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Avast closes AVG buyout

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Used to recommend one or the other to everyone (AVG less, latterly). Now they've dropped of the map. Bright folk can repurpose - good luck with that.

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Robo-boat biz ASV inks UK.gov licence for auto-speedboat tech

Steve 114

Could be good for identifying seafarers who need repatriating by local agencies to their country of departure, rather than 'rescuing' to their unauthorised destination.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Steve 114

Fair enough

I 'upgraded' 5 cousins' 7 or 8 computers remotely via TeamViewer (oh yes you could), and then decrapified each to look like XP on-screen (which they preferred). Only one box declined to 'upgrade' to 10, and the rollback was flawless. They had been incapable of looking after their updates etc before, and I really think they're better looked after by Msft now. Only snag was random elderly programs no longer in evidence, but worked OK once re-installed. I insisted on dual-boot to Mint too of course (can't organize remotely), but they nevver bovver to go there.

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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

Steve 114

Re: "This helps to ensure that ... data is kept safe and secure"

Huge thanks for actually reading the report. This stuff is genuinely difficult, and well-meaning 'committees' have, to my personal knowledge, floundered for 15 years+ in trying to make constructive and responsible use of anonymised health data, in a way that any other industry (aviation?) would have (equally defectively?) cracked years ago.

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US Treasury to launch pre-emptive strike on EU's Ireland tax probe

Steve 114

The way I read it, the EC is piffling with inter-EU incentives. The US is chasing USian companies who seek shelter in foreign lands. For once, my vote is with Uncle Sam.

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

Steve 114

Re: Roundabouts...

My experience (when L'Etoile roads were wider there and thus more ambiguous) was that you could proceed with curses unless your front wings were actually touching something. I once ate a whole Camembert while politely seeking, in a pale blue Ford Anglia, to exit that ultimate roundabout without contact. Engine seized on the way to Dieppe, but 'those were the days', and we knew where to put some oil (when clearly indicated).

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Steve 114

Re: Roundabouts...

And in our part of Sussex, if your wheels are cautiously ON the roundabout and a 'speed king' proposes to enter still from 50 yards AWAY to your right, much hooting ensues. I've given up playing chicken, because 'Might is not Right' when it comes to hammering out dents.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Australia's moving North as fast as your fingernails grow. Faster than ever, last year. So Microsoft are just a bit ahead of themselves, for once.

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

Steve 114
Meh

Just works

I 'downgraded' all my elderly cousins' computers to Win10, becuse they needed looking after and Microsoft seems to have taken the point. They have no secrets worth uploading, and with Anti-Beacon and Classic Shell, plus an XP-looking screen, they seem happy. Of course I insist Mint is on dual-boot, but they never use it, because their familiar programs aren't there. And I think I've had to turn off Win10 'fast boot', else Mint can't see NTFS after a Win-crash. Is that so?

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

Steve 114
Mushroom

Thanks, guys for keeping current with all this stuff, E&OE or whatever. My father flew his flight of ('Wapiti') biplanes through the mountain passes and any of their errors would vainly have hoped for respect of the 'Goolie chit' aboard (QV). Fortunately, for me; never needed.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Steve 114

Only failure I've had 'upgrading' cousins via TeamViewer (yes, it works for that, with patience) was when they left their USB stick plugged in at reboot, so it blackscreened. Phoned to say 'USB out and try again'; normal service resumed.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

Steve 114

Suppose his guns were for hire, and his phones identified satisfied customers. He might have a hard time inside if it turned out he'd disclosed business details.

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All roads lead to Rome as Irish seminary gripped by Grindr scandal

Steve 114

The Catholic church for some reason demands chastity. To judge from schooldays, there are some chaps who are repelled by their own nascent inclinations, for whom it is no penalty to forswear 'girls', but who feel compelled to go out and do good in the world. How do you filter them for priesthood? Better to be honest with yourself, I'd say, but still it's a problem for Vatican HR. One I know was ejected 30 years ago (yes they did 'discernment' even then), and nowadays has great fun in life, and remains a kindly soul.

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What's ordered in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas? $6.7m of printer ink 'stolen by office worker'

Steve 114

Copy

In my day, it was carbon paper - and all the girls ever got was chocolates from the Rep.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

Steve 114

Old Dell, Sony, HP, Samsung laptops here all worked thus: spare drive, clean Win7 SP1 install & activate (no updates), Win10 loaded from stick, DVD or online, success first time. Ancient Sony with 1 gig memory is faster (er, less slow) than it's ever been with XP. Now they're all logged free for Win10, back to the old drive until such time as I think I want it.

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Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area

Steve 114

Re: JACC does NOT "rule out that scenario"

If there's a theory that he might have done it, does the theory include the idea that he knew as well as we do where the deepest oceanic trench is? The arc intersects that, so maybe someone's taking a quiet look.

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Steve 114
Headmaster

Re: The only thing any diploma can prove ...

Why do 'young people nowadays' not know the difference between "would" and "wouldn't"? Well, I wouldn't employ one who didn't.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

Steve 114

Re: Perhaps ....

Haven't had one cousin's 'upgrade' fail. Each had Teamviewer on already, and it came back on-line to me before the Win10 user-choices screen, which let me do that, and then Anti-beacon, and ClassicShell. 14 other things to fix swiftly for each of them and they hardly know it isn't 7. Real snag is that some older working programs disappear for some reason, but they work again if you reinstall them.

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Germans politicos woo London startups

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Thumb Up

Seriously, you'll enjoy Berlin. Just be prepared to behave. Properly. Naturally, you ought to have reasonable German - quite easy 'by ear', very hard with 'grammar'. Take your pipe, and if 'Professor' (only with proper certificates), wear jeans - everyday. No, I don't know why.

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Chilcot's IT spend: Tighter wallet than most public sector bods

Steve 114
Pirate

When turret guns came, the RN was changed. When barbed wire came, the Army changed, when 'terror-bombing' came, the RAF changed. Now we have religionist suicide-bombers, the Army must change again. Also the RN, which needs Channel motor boats, not giant submarines.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

Steve 114

Re: Offline only -Is there a definitive answer?

Never one to miss a freebie, I cloned my HDD and ran the 'update' from 7 on that. (Not bad, but it silently ate some fully-working programs, so I can't keep it). I think that will have on-line 'registered' my device for 10 for life. Now the Win7 HDD is safely back in, does anyone know whether the 7 registration will self-destruct in due time?

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

Steve 114

Funny?

If at an EU conference you are invited to join the Dutch table, you will enjoy the very best jokes (in English). If you have fluent French, you may be able to join their table, where you will be handed a (virtual) hand of playing cards illustrating philosophical concepts to be used in debate, and be invited to take polite turns to play. Even juniors can win a hand, but should not expect to be taken seriously unless they have also been to a 'Poly'. And that's only technical conferences.

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

Steve 114
Headmaster

Re: London Falling

'Decimation' means reducing by 1 in 10. That's what they did to Roman legions who hadn't tried hard enough. See me.

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Steve 114
Boffin

Didn't

We didn't vote to 'leave the single market'. We voted to leave the 'European Union'. In theory (if not in prospect) there could still be 'free trade' in goods - and there never has been in services anyway. And I haven't heard we're leaving the (very different) 'Council of Europe' and its silly offshoot the ECHR. Pity.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

Steve 114

Tandy Timewarp

They're now what Tandy was then - place to browse while the wife's queuing in the Post Office. Except that staff (in ours) are quite knowledgeable. When they interrupt your reverie, they sometimes can force a decision on whether you could actually incorporate the not-quite-spec widget you can see or not. No excuse for making suppliers pay protection money though.

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Google swallows your Docs bill from Microsoft, pitches for user familiarity

Steve 114

Re: @John 104

My Office 2003 does docx, and handles edit notes footnotes and pagination better than LibreOffice. A pity, really.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

Steve 114
Happy

Sunshine

I had an APL printer/keyboard portable in the garden, with an acoustic coupler link to a mainframe somewhere quite else. Could juggle millions, between weeding in the sun. And... you could read the printout in daylight, no silly screens. Still got it, but nothing to connect to.

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EU bureaucrats claim credit for making 'illegal online hate speech' even more illegal

Steve 114
Unhappy

Do What?

My father fought Hitler and his Far-eastern allies, and later tore Stalin's picture out of my scrapbook. Now I wonder who the genuine Brit nationalists are, and whether my southern-counties 'Brexit' prejudices (after many years of genuine techno-fun and good food in BXL) count for anything. Please, vote in the current Referendum - we need to know what you too think.

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

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Thumb Down

Upgrade losses

I've moved several friends to Win10 on purpose (because they won't look after themselves) and not had problems, even on older kit. EXCEPT that the upgrade silently omits a random selection of older programs, that work perfectly well if reinstalled, or at worst - in compatibility mode. Go on, give us a tailored list of what's missing! As a result I can't recommend auto-upgrade to anyone.

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Galileo satnav fleet grows an extra pair

Steve 114
Big Brother

Warning - Galileo is designed to facilitate 'EU'-wide road pricing via compulsory satnav on ALL roads, with charges varying by time-of-day and congestion. Yes, even the lane outside your house. Not fiction, I've seen the working paper. Best vote 'Leave'.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Steve 114

Re: Ugly, beautyful or purposeful.

Got the TSR2 tie. But colleagues who'd worked closer on it got given the tie with the red diagonal through it. Must be a collectible now. Today chaps won't even wear ties - truly the end of an era.

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Steve 114

Re: The A380 is not ugly!

Floaty McFloatface?

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

Steve 114
Happy

Re: Vacuum tube (aka valve)

Our mechanical 'Comptometers' (and a few 'Marchants' for the really expert girls who were qualified to multiply) were noisy on steel desks, so they sat on thick hairy felt pads. When the first big 'electronic' calculators came in, same size, the felt pads were retained by habit, and blocked the ventilation. If you put pies on top at coffee time, they'd be piping hot by lunch. Met a few nice girls that way, who warmed my pies. Down in the PCB shop they had Paxolin ovens which were much better, but only run by blokes.

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Debian farewells Pentium

Steve 114

Re: Time moves on...

My cousins, condemned by 'time' to be over-60, mostly have Pentiums. No way will they go to PCUniverse, pay good money and get terminally confused. XPpos seems to work perfectly well for them, so should we now abandon hope for upgrade to Linix-on-elderly Desktop?

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

Steve 114

Lifeboat

What I want is a rescue disk that just runs, without installation. So I'll use an old one with codecs (can an expert tell us how to 'slipstream' codecs to a new one?) It's probably a software patent issue, really.

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New Firefox versions will make you activate all new add-ons – except one hacker favourite

Steve 114
FAIL

No hope for the 'BBC', you only pay for them. Just so long as they keep the 'Third Programme' (whatever it's called nowadays), preferably without the self-promoting Ad. slots where they talk over the music.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

Steve 114

Lost the Plot

Wherever I go on holiday, there is atmospheric, ethnic, music which is locally popular but not 'pop', sung in local language, and no US-Engrish fakery, with local musical conventions and rythms, typically by girls who are well worth viewing (maybe men too, if that's your thing). That's what EuroVision used to be, when it was interesting, and was about 'songs' not commercial potential. Now it's a waste of space. Wogan's gone too. Cancel.

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