* Posts by Gordon 11

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

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Old-style program start menu

Add a toolbar for Programdata\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and squash it to the left of the taskbar. You end up with a list of your programs which you can browse with the mouse.

Add the Desktop toolbar as well in the same way, and switch off desktop icons (so you never have to look for them under open windows).

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Re: Makes my blood boil

If I own a shop and don't sell more eggs as some people have let them grow into laying Hens can I also expect compensation?
If you'd made it a condition of the purchase that the eggs not be allowed to grow into chickens then yes.

The issue here is that it is a condition of the purchase of CD content that it not be copied (same was/is true of vinyl). It's written on the disc.

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Pity you never learnt the difference between the rules of rugby and those of football.

Hello, Pot.

Rugby, like cricket, has laws, not rules.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Re: Another Example

The fact that this year the Adam Smith Institute calculated Tax Freedom Day to be 31st May speaks volumes meaning that approx 5/12 of people's salaries will go on government spending.
Assuming I live to be 84 (so I can deal in ℕ not ℚ) that means the government will tax me for 35 of them. Given that I was in education until 24, would (hopefully) receive a pension for 19 years and (again hopefully) be covered by the NHS for all 84 I reckon that's not a bad deal.

People point out how much tax is paid, but not many bother to see what you get back for it.

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Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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cue men's rights activists howling “why can't we have a pregnant man?.

More likely women calling for a "Woman in Tuxedo" to go with Mother Christmas.

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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Re: whats the problem?

What about having lots of other processes doing other things on your system which will affect the L3 cache in random (unpredictable) ways even while you are typing?

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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Re: I can't find it...

Thanks, no idea why I couldn't see it earlier.
Did you scroll to the top of the target page - which is where the Linux link is? The scrollbar is your friend.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: Fair Tax?

Any thoughts on wealth tax Tim? Both the inheritance/death taxes, and things like land/asset value tax.

I'm not Tim, but my view on Inheritance Tax is that it should be higher than it currently is.

If you haven't used what you earned during your lifetime then you were taking too much from the economy, so time to give it back (with obvious workarounds for business ownerships while they continue as such - if any part is sold then it should be taxed as IHT).

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Re: Tax assets instead of profits

What is the current interest rate paid to savers? 1-2% (2% if you are lucky)

But investors can expect around 5-7%. So investment would be encouraged...

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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EV mode isn't meant to be selectable driving around town...

...as, provided the engine is (even slightly) warmed up, you have juice in the battery and aren't trying to accelerate hard then you will run on battery anyway.

As far as I can tell (I have an Auris Hybrid) the EV button is only there for a short drive where you know that starting up the engine at all would be a waste of energy (in the engine heat produced).

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Had they set up the laptop properly, windows would not download/install updates unless explicitly told to.
True....but the real problem here is that the laptop crashed in the first place!

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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Re: to scam people for centuries

surely you need to be around for those centuries? I can see no fun or profit in posthumous scamming.
Hence the need for an after-life.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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In contrast with.....???

If they can't write English I can ignore their definitions.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: Join The Rev's RFC campaign.

..although it might have helped to mention that the bytes are in hex, as 2 lines before it mentions decimal.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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The timer vanished on Grub after this patch was installed. Re-installing grub fixed it, but that was weird ...
Hmmm...my grub timer disappeared a few weeks back. It confused the hell out of my wife, as in my case it just sat there displaying the grub options with no time-out at all. I hadn't considered the possibility of MS fiddling with it. But if they did fiddle with booting in some way I'd have expected more of a difference than the grub time-out changing.

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Re: Just experienced it here

I'm not sure how "dual booting" is affecting this.
One suggestion I've seen is that it tries to work out something based on the boot partition - which if you are dual-booting may well not be anything to do with MS Windows.

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Re: Just experienced it here

KB3035131 - hanging an HP workstation...
That must be something else then, as the patch in question here is KB3033929, which fails for me on a dual-boot Win7/Linux system with an 80004005 error.

The system does recover, after a few reboots to remove the failing patch - which then shows up in Windows Update as needing to be installed. Fortunately I have the system set to do updates when I request - so I've hidden it (as I had to hide the previous one).

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: So

Other defence and education services are not.
So you've never heard of Eton, Harrow, Stowe, .....

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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I'm always intrigued by these "bank details" that are so sensitive.

All TalkTalk has of mine is the sort code and account number. Information that was always on any cheque I wrote anyway, So in what way is it sensitive?

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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Really?

Odd.

I received a letter last year saying that as my circumstances had changed I'd had a Self Assessment record set up for me.

And that was on gov.uk (http://hmrc.gov.uk/yourtaxreturn).

Which all worked - although this does probably explain why it has an orange BETA icon on it.

And, J.G.Harston will be pleased to know that you still cannot put carriage returns into the comment field.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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but how many cars have Linux running somewhere in them?
And how much of this is dependent on absolute (rather than relative) times?

If they are running to absolute time, how accurate do you expect it to be in 20 years time, given that I doubt that it has a network connexion to run (S)NTP.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: Would be nice if they told you where to find the alternatives

but nowhere can I see anything as helpful as a link to where the new AAC streams are.

Have a look at:

http://www.listenlive.eu/uk.html

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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I believe...

...you can get different regional Inside Out's via iPlayer.

Indeed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04ynp6r/inside-out-london-19012015

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

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49.26m was 208 on SW.

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

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Re: I would not watch sport if they paid me.

And is it really necessary for footie commentators to go into screaming mode every time the ball approaches the goal ? It's obviously fake...
Not if you are interested in sport. It's all about anticipation....

And if you don't like it, why are you listening to it?

PS: Cricket on the radio (TMS) is exteremely visual, at least in the imagination (if you have one). It's also legal to listening to it whilst driving (unlike watching TV).

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Re: Oh, you mean

"can see his point - it feels a bit like Apple telling me that the book I bought from them in the UK can't be read while I am in Australia.
Possibly,

But when he is in Brussels does he refrain from watching FTA Belgian TV on the grounds that he's only paying in Estonia?

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Gordon 11

Re: Good luck on that one.

Why not? I don't want to pay for sport that I don't watch...
So you reckon that the entire FTA TV schedule should bow to your personal whim?

I don't watch Eastenders, but I'm more than happy to help fund it for those that do as I will watch other programmes which they don't watch. I don't expect a personal service

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Re: Good luck on that one.

I wasn't aware that Scotland played football, certainly never seen them in the world cup play offs
I'm probably older than you, then, as I remember them in Argentina '78.

"C'mon Archie, c'mon" being the memorable touchline coaching from Ally McLeod.

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Under the Iron Sea: YES, tech and science could SAVE the planet

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Re: Iron is not enough

Phosphate is notoriously insoluble.
Phosphate is an anion, and hence not something that exists on its own.

Monoammonium phosphate (or ammonium dihydrogen phosphate) is easily soluble in water (34.3g in 100g).

It's a common fertilizer...

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TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON'T fix it

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Re: Oh gawd...

Even explaining I'd tried two routers, both of which has negotiated a good speed with the exchange, but had failed the log on (which occurs afterwards), the problem couldn't possibly be their end...
I had a similar problem, but it was only an issue as the line would go through periods of dropping. So TT changed my line profile from 6dB to 12dB. I now have a slightly slower connexion, but it stays up and hence logged on.

All done via the forum pages in ~1 day, so some people there can handle problems.

Nobody should ever use a TT email account, you're not going to want to stay with them for a second longer than necessary.
I've been using it since the days of Pipex and not had any real problems. So again, different people end up seeing different service from the same supplier.

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Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again

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Re: Most treatments have no need for either genomic or proteomic diagnostics

And there is a parallel development going on - enabling patients to do their own diagnostics and monitoring with small and cheap handheld instruments.
Why is my leg all black and smelly? Gangrene!!!

[Amputates leg....]

Oh damn, now I remember. I was walking around a pig farm with no boots on....

Self-diagnosis is about as reliable as building your own house from scratch. It might work, but when it doesn't you're in big trouble.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Re: 10/12

PDF question also dubious - I'm pretty sure there's at least one e-mail client on some device somewhere which can't send an attachment!
It didn't say it had to be readable at the other end, so you could send it as the body, rather than the attachment.

Then again, it's easy to write a mail client which will only take keyboard input (just as some Unix passwd commands only take keyboard input - not command-line redirects) , so couldn't send any file (even a text one).

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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

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TV's tend to be large, heavy and fixed in one place. So it would make sense for their content to be provided by cable, satellite or internet, and use the broadcast spectrum for mobile devices.
Whereas each individual set may be fixed in one place, there are many of them, and they are spread over a large area. That's why broadcasting to them is efficient - certainly more efficient than trying to use the Internet to provide the same coverage.

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

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Re: A major obstacle to encrypting everything

In order to provide SSL to a server, it needs its own IP address

No, it doesn't. It needs it's own DNS name.

(I have self-signed certificates with not an address in sight anywhere.)

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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What about, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare"?

Just like The Bible it contains many sub-books, and a lot of it retells the history of people's based on handed down myths twisted with the prejudices of the author and contemporary politics.

And both have had a large influence on the English language.

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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

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Re: compatible Android tablets

it's not compatible with my tablet, the latest Nexus 7 running Android 4.4.
It is compatible with my ~3 year old Galaxy S-Advance! Perhaps MS hasn't heard the KitKat is out yet (judging by other comments about non-compatibility).

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Gordon 11

Re: I remember

I remember when my parents told me about Microsoft Office and how they all used to have to use it, as it was the only thing available.
Oddly, my children take that view and I'm the one who uses something else instead.

Blame the teaching of product-specific IT at schools for that.

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Not even 60,000 of you want an ethically-sourced smartphone

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Re: Name change Please

Please, do not call a phone a "FairPhone".
They could try the FlairPhone then. But does the name really matter. What about the Moto G2. If they got to G7 would it be boycotted by all anti-capitalists?

My wife has one. It's pretty good - if what you want is a mobile 'phone.

Of course, if you have to have the latest iPhone of Samsung S5 then you won't like it, but only because it doesn't have the right logo on it.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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Happy? More like Grumpy...

...every time we get an update through text, email or social media, we experience an elevation of dopamine, which is a neurochemical in the brain that makes us feel happy," Greenfield said.
Really. Any time I get one from my wife I'm equally likely to wonder what she's going to be complaining about me having forgetton to do. "happy" is not the feeling...

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Re: Dopamine.

They can't fight their jones. Any more than alcoholics or heroin addicts can.

Driving laws should reflect this simple fact.

So we just should let serial killers get on with what they feel compelled to do as well and make it legal for them?

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Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: 'High speed broadband' rollout is TOO SLOW

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Perhaps if the telcos didn't insist that you had to take their telephone offering in order to get their superfast broadband there would be more interest?

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Re: "view the psychology departments of the world primarily as a source of entertainment"

But statistics is not subjective...
It needn't be. Choosing what to measure, how to measure it and then what to actually publish can be very subjective. Ask any political party...

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China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

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Neither do they demand human rights, democracy, etc etc.

Yet...

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: much better light quality?

LED source is simply too long a wavelength to have the decent mix of phosphors.
I have one of these:
https://www.any-lamp.com/philips-ledbulb-d-12-60w-b22-2700k-a60-master
in an Anglepoise lamp, and the colour is much better than that from the CFL which I had there previously (and had to remove as my wife complained about it).

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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

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Re: It's not "where" it is

The relevant thing is the company that holds it.
How long will it be before some enterprising seller comes up with the novel idea of selling disk storage that companies can run themselves, on their own premises?

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Re: Legacy system ?

It almost sounds like the IT bod Chap who actually knew what he was doing left years ago.
left was off-shored a few years ago.

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

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This patch was for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2
It was KB2949927, which seemed to need BitLocker activated to install. So it failed to install for me. Sounds like this failure was a bonus.

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Coat

Time for coffee?

You're still left with MS WIndows Containers and Linux Containers, and apps can only run in one or the other.

What you really need is a type of app that can run in either container.

When will someone come up with Java containers‽

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