* Posts by Steve 114

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

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Re: I can believe it

I did 'Dateline' in the late '60s. Probably on punched cards. Got 5 names, contacted 3 in London. Lovely girls each (where are you now?) and cost me 3 dinners plus petrol for my Bentley. Central misunderstanding was that my encoded 'love of music' (hearing Bach, playing ocarina) did not match with their similarly-coded 'love' of Jazz. Nothing went further, the 60's were more decent than you've heard. Men have standards too.

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Log in

Wrong end of the age scale, but I often find solutions to things that Googled chat threads on the internet haven't solved. Then they say 'sign up to comment' - no way, on a zillion sites running scripts. Solution needed.

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Insiders BAFFLED: HP split-up inexplicably NOT a disaster

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Rational

Didn't HP buy EDS? (no comment on that logic, or price). Did that ever seem rational? Does the split effectively reverse that? Might it seem natural? I'm too out of touch in retirement to know. 'Esc' because it might be a Great Escape.

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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We got our fathers to smoke cigars so that we could have the hinged cedar boxes to host a battery, key, and light, plus a morse buzzer if you were rich. When 'transistors' came along we stuck one of those in our Crystal Set and grew up.

This seems to be the same sort of thing, but may be too complicated for the target age group. PS - did you know that an e-bayed cigar box makes a nice traditional home for a Raspberry Pi?

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Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'

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Re: The Impact On The Public Was Terrible

Her Captain knew very well her vulnerabiliy to plunging shells, which is why he was trying to close the range. To be hit in a turn was plain unlucky, but... 'good shot' to the other side. So it's a War Grave? Leave sleeping bells lie.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Hmmm

So I downloaded latest, and 'upgraded' a pathetic HP netbook running 'Win7 Starter' as an experiment, Four+ hours later, I had a working Win10 system. To my disappointment (as a Microsoft hater) it 'just worked', and 'windows.old' (20gb) was still there if I wanted to revert. Worse, once I'd undone via 'custom' (in too-small print) all the snooping, with a local account, it respected all my preexisting XP-lookalike settings and desktop and even seems to have preserved Classic Shell. 'Full OED' permissions did prompt an auto-download and CD-resetting. Is it remotely possible that Microsoft might be getting the majority of things right now, if one actually knows how to be cautious?

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Google makes new hires ONE pay offer. 'Negotiation'? What's that?

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When I was hiring (somewhere else) I always made my very best offer for anyone I really wanted. No dice? Sorry, it was already 'best' (I had a budget). When my father was hiring (distant days) it was the prestige of his company that sold, whatever the starting money, and 'partnership' beckoned too. Nor any messing with relocation preference across oceans: company loyalty trumped schools, houses, spouses (and 'company men' got total security, to match). Different again - anyone remember the 'Cable and Wireless' estates for uprooted families across the Empire? Times change.

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Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders

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Downloading now, but my Build upgrades have very often failed n-1 times. The reassuring feature has been that the previous version always reliably comes back, even if it takes all night with no apparent HDD activity to happen. Let's see if this one can also be tweaked to replicate Win7 appearance, to unlink 'Bing', and to work without a 'Microsoft Account'.

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We read Hewlett Packard Enterprise's 316-page post-split blueprint so you don't have to

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Re: Back to the future

And the other bit could revert to 'EDS'. Great idea that was, eh?

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

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Re: Windows 10 fbl_impressive Professional 10158

me too. Upgrade took all night before freezing at 82% (fortunately the moon was full, so the screen glow did not disturb). Better still, the last version was then perfectly restored after re-boot. Now trying again, and a few unattended hours in already. Am I really supposed to recommend this to my XP/7 cousins?

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

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Re: A "Pocket" Bomber

But it survived because it didn't shake itself to bits at the low-level that was subsequently preferred, and hadn't been part of the design brief.

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Re: Britains weapons designs

I thought they had to pull out the cork so that the ball bearings between the sub-critical masses drained out. After which it was deemed pretty unsafe to land with bomb still aboard. Brit. response to an International Incident was an Erk with a Cork.

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Steve 114
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It's rather interesting - do try a bit harder to 'remember'.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: safe update strategy...

Caution - imaging Win7 may not work if the W10 install invalidates the Win7 key. It certainly invalidated the 8.1 OEM key on another computer whose credentials I used for Preview install. Had to phone the fun line for that one.

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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WTF?

If the transistor kit fits 'in pitta bread', should we fear a valve version in any nearby farmhouse loaf?

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Microsoft says its latest, dodgy Windows 10 build is good for (almost) everyone

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Re: To quote General Akbar, "It's a Trap!"

Caution with a 'different drive'. When I installed 10 on a wiped spare laptop, using the wife's Microsoft credentials (as one does), it remotely disabled the product key on her own 8.1 laptop. Restored by the phone process and both ran, but the Devil sups with a long spoon too.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Rewriting history yet again

When I visited the 'Panorama' near the battlefield, it left me with the impression the French had won. The true battlefield is no longer there in memoriam, as the French carefully scooped up all the topsoil to make the monument. Did we only get to keep our 'Waterloo' station because we added a fraction for Eurostar?

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What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

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Re: Freeze 10

Edit:

After *five* cycles of auto-restore and auto-update, 10130 did install - no tweaks, no ISO, took 2 days ! Prior freezes were at different stages, some earlier than the last. Result looks fine, Classic Shell re-set properly, tile-vanish settings were neatly inherited and 'XP-look' preserved, icons at smallest size are quite smart. This here Jury is still 'out'.

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Freeze 10

Laptop here runs Build 10074 fine, but stalls on offered OS updates. 10130 image linked in TFA starts installing over it, then freezes without HDD activity at 6% ('error during sysprep operation'). A reboot (fortunately) auto-restores 10074. How can I recommend this freebie to friends and cousins with very diverse kit? Instead I've just told them how to remove/hide KB3035583, and will thus get a quieter life.

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

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The Red Dress

(in answer to the insightful caption).

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Re: Arse'oles

Likewise: then about 20 tweaks (only one in the registry) made it look comfortably like 7, with a less handy listing of installed programs. Works quite well on an old laptop with only 2Gb of memory. But even after the three 'Do not search...' enables, any local wording in the searchbar still gets web suggestions from dreaded Bing. Anyone know how to disable Bing access absolutely?

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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I'm old, but still have just one working Spectrum. Plus a splendid new Raspberry Pi to challenge what grey cells are left. Just glad to have seen this evolution before I go. Pity about 'Mahler' though - so CD-dismal on anything other than a full concert hall live performance. J C Bach inspires on almost anything.

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Constrained rear

The disappointment is the lowered roof at the back, and the widthwise restriction aloft there. Abandon hope, if you want to take a wardrobe to the hills.

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EU’s Timmermans: You can have our ear, lobbyists – just don't lie

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Devil

I always found Commission officials very approachable and well capable of isolating partisan lobbying. They like to hear the (well-argued?) opinions of multi-country industry or consumer groups and will even use your wording, if you understand their narrow mandate. (EP and CoE are quite different zoos). Beware, it's seductive over there if you believe (as I do) that we should never have signed up to a 'Union' Treaty.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: If only they had an OS that people wanted

We're happy with Win7 and 8.1, with all the free extras that make it look mostly like XP. Win10 Preview seemed progressively to improve (on a spare HDD) but now declines to install new builds. Presumably once it issues there will be freebies that make it look like XP too, so we'll have time to decide whether our kit can handle it. Meanwhile, boot priorities are XP (because all the old stuff works), 7 (because it's there), and Linux Mint (because).

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Re: Resource nasties....

Couldn't object to any of this provided 1/ They have an option to preserve (exactly) the UI I have chosen 2/ that they have background-checked that my hardware is compatible with the new proposition and 3/ that they can guarantee my installed software, and peripheral drivers, including compatibility, will continue to work. Fat chance.

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Re: Strange

With a dozen cousins the other end of splendid Teamviewer, with their mystic mix of XPs-various, Vista and 7, and tragic malware scans once a month, I'd like to know what 'basics' I could export to the over-60s who are online and hyperactive daily, preferably without 'learning' anything they didn't have to know before. Sure, tidy Linux, so that nothing they've ever bought (software/USB plugins) ever works again?

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Re: Strange

Lots of old-faithful XP machines in this house, all properly registered. They can sneak Win10 on for free whenever they like. provided they can emulate the drivers that work. Oh, didn't think so.

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

Steve 114

Fun theory, but it's hardly 'nearby'. Other end of High Holborn, and beyond.

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Council of Europe: Don't spy on your staff, you naughty employers

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Pointless prattle

So-called 'Council of Europe', and the word 'barking'. Having seen some of its other irrational opinions, I'd agree.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: I'm still puzzling...

Can you remind us how? (especially if it closes up the wasted space). I'd like to do the same on the new-fangled 'BBC News' home page.

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Re: Next

Maplin's the only place I can go within driving/parking distance to get stuff now. Nice people there, but too much in the basement so mail-order is almost as fast (and is efficient). C'mon. what's the answer? RS seems to do OK, but is there a retail option?

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Bing thing?

If the IE replacement is even more deeply integrated, will I ever be able to search my hard drive from Windows 10 without triggering 'Bing'?

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Why bother?

That's the reason to vote UKIP. No danger they'll form a government, fat chance they'll even influence the horsetrading, but it might just make the careerist Politicos sit up and realise the public has non-PC opinions. Probably already has.

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Re: Apathy

"Whoever you vote for, the Government always gets in." (Maybe not this time, baby).

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: I think I may have family involved

A grandfather-in-law (do-what?) was a young technician there, and once stole Marconi's sandwiches. Apparently Marconi was a difficult man to work for, but whether that was before or after he'd had his sandwiches stolen we are not told. PS: If the Italians weren't interested, why did Marconi spend so long on RM Carlo Alberto running experiments as a personal guest of the Italian King?

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Copyrights?

Have the BBC, in gleefuly giving away my reluctantly paid licence money, considered Googling 'Micro Bit' to see if anyone else might have an interest in the name? Is this another METRO/TIFCAM in the making?

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

Steve 114

Of the 12 working, fast, computers in my house, two run 8.1 and one 7. The rest are XP, are not ideal for upgrade and won't be scrapped. For doing content creation, XP is actually preferred because the (many) bugs are well understood, it's fastest, and it doesn't tend to lock you out of your own stuff. All of them dual-boot Linux 'just in case' but that's a bridge too far if you want to do something quick and familiar. 10 looks good (if they can stop 'Bing' auto-searches) but evidently only three of ours will get it. So those will be the 3:9 proportions we contribute.

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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Re: Tandy UK etc went the same way. Maplin beware, you are next!

In fairness to Maplin, unlike Tandy UK their young nerds do know their stuff. I don't need their cheerfully-proffered advice, but I hear them talking to know-nothings and it's kindly and informed. Plus they have a lot of non-displayed stuff in the basement if you ask, and can post next-day if not and if it's in their giant catalogue. Tandy started as a leather works (yes, really) and had a good run. Not their fault that components are now too tiny to solder.

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

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Re: Well I think it's good

Wife and I did reciprocal LPAs, just in case. It's quite difficult (and expensive) however you do it. Problem is that the people who most need to do it are the least likely to be able to do it

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Headmaster

Basics

At prep school, we persuaded our fathers to smoke cigars, because the flat cedar boxes could be converted to handhelds - containing key, switch, buzzer, bulb (and a few rare stamps). By public school, transistors had been invented (OC72?) and a 2-transistor radio could rebroadcast 'Lux' (by coilwire aligned down the floorboard cracks of the dormitory) to any of the 40 beds who could afford my bootleg headphone-hire. No pay? We streamed the Third Programme instead. That's education.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: http://www.theregister.co.uk/Week/

Thank you - I've changed the link from my icon. Could you post a notice there if ever the frontpage nonsense is sorted out, so that we can move back?

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Steve 114
Meh

Scrolling

Still too much scrolling on these modern laptops where you are looking through a letterbox. White space may be stylish, but it conveys nothing.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

Steve 114

A 'Venus' pencil, muzzle-loaded over a .303 blank, worked well, the white plastic end acting as compressible wadding. Penetrated 4 inches into a Somerset tree at 20 yards.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: Actually a good idea

I've let mine run for a bit, because the quid pro quo is you get to use a wide range of BT-enabled hotspots free, including some associates abroad.

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

Steve 114
Pint

Sandwiches

Or even some other layering process followed by pressure consolidation. Beer for Mr Occam while he shaves.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Steve 114
Happy

Hopefully hopping

Are they saying it will do The Hobbit? Never cracked Torremolinos either. But what would have me and the wife pay up (in old age) is another crack at Hareraiser. The Speccy still works, but the tape players won't load.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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Comparisons

In many years of EU joint technical work, I have never had an argument with a German colleague, and never won an argument with a French colleague. One of the reasons I don't think 'ever-closer union' will ever be right for Britain.

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Normal

They probably know exactly who they want, but have to put him/her on hold while they go through advertising nonsense.

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Re: When you assist aunty to buy a computer I suggest you also

She'll listen, but not understand beyond the next 'send this kitten joke to all your friends'. Install TeamViewer with a permanent password and do her the favour of cleaning things up occasionally

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