* Posts by DJV

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

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Ah, Microsoft pretending to listen to its customers again.

Also, trusting Microsoft (or any large corporation) with your personal data is a can of worms waiting to be opened. It's never IF it will ever get opened, it's always WHEN.

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Doing it carefully!

Until VirtualBox runs properly under W10 I'm definitely not shifting my main PC (currently on W7) onto it - hopefully it won't take Oracle more than 11 months to get it running properly again. I may use a spare hard disk and re-install a clean copy of W7 onto that and see what breaks when it upgrades to W10.

My laptop, which was running 8.1 (yuk!) that came pre-installed, upgraded almost ok - MS shoved the crappy, fail-after-reboot Wifi driver onto it so I had to reload the one that actually works and it now appears to be fine.

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

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@Symon

Hah - haven't seen that for years - cheers!

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3D-printed robot hand grabs Dyson award for UK

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"affordable prosthetics for all”

I play guitar in a live band and, often when I'm playing, my nose starts itching - an extra arm would certainly come in handy there!

Also, having four extra telescopic arms would be neat for those with arachno(man)phobia.

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Well deserved!

As above.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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@jason 7

Wrong! There is at least one setting in W10 that needs a registry hack to turn it completely off.

http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-in-windows-10/

I wonder how many others there are...

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Microsoft kicks off 'Windows as a service' with new Insider build

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"now you can change the colors"

More like "now you can NEARLY change the colors" as there are many apps that ignore the setting!

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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

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Probably...

...this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93CpgRQ9Q7g

Pretty pointless with only 174 views since 2006!

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NSA: Here’s $300,000, people. Go build us a safer Internet of Things

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Hmmm

So, the NSA want to build a "safer" IoT, no doubt with all THEIR backdoors added in and no one else's.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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@1980s_coder

I used to program Burroughs/Unisys B2x series computers (designed by Convergent Technologies) in the 1980s - the B25 used the 80186. More info here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_Technologies_Operating_System

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Try turning it off an...

... oh wait...

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Job ad warns of boss who 'will incite anger and frustration'

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Re: Let's face it - - that simply don't exists.

Not the worst one I've encountered. Long gone are the days when Ms Bee kept a stern eye on wayward punctuation and spelling. Unfortunately, it also seems that sending El Reg a "tips and corrections" email is often totally ignored so I've stopped doing this now as it's a "waist of thyme".

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Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

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Can't wait...

...for the "You're Holding It Wrong" aria!

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Boffinry breakthrough: Bullied bumble bot bolts brutal brat beatdowns

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Upgrade required...

...them frickin' lasers that shark isn't using look promising...

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: You will be assimilated into windows 10!

You mean this one: http://dilbert.com/strip/1995-12-29

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

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Well...

...as Android 5.1 turned my Nexus 7 (2012) into something that could be outraced by an injured slug, I suspect I may need to avoid this! Went back to 4.3 (4.4 was pretty dire as well, speedwise).

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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@Elmer Phud

Do what I do and copy the PROPER ones from Windows XP - they still work ok (the sound on Spider Solitaire is a bit crappy under W10 but I usually turn that off anyway). For Spider you just need to copy across the spider.exe file and for normal Solitaire you need the sol.exe and cards.dll files. Just shove all three in a folder somewhere - I usually chuck them in Program Files (x86)\Games and then add shortcuts (placed on Quick Launch*).

* Yes, that still just about works in Win 10 as well.

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What balls! India blocks 0.00008 per cent of web in anti-pr0n move

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Re: G E

I have no problem with Chvrches - oh wait, you mean the version with the "u" - yeah, they're definitely a MAJOR problem!

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BT Sport website AND app go TITSUP – footie fans weep

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Clueless!

I love the way the BT twitterspewer person had absolutely no clue about the problems. Pretty much sums up most if not all of BT!

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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Gnome

Another interesting story about overheating computers can be found here (part of a larger article originally written by Gnome).

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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

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Cloud vs NAS

NAS for me. The day I trust the cloud 100% to hold my data is when it's there to show a single photo of my ashes and I am past caring!

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No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

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Re: "A billion ain't what it used to be"

Aye ~40-50 years ago - and you try and tell the young people of today that ..... they won't believe you.

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"A billion ain't what it used to be"

Too right - on this side of the pond (UK) it used to be 1,000,000,000,000!

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Re: Just one thing left to make it good

I wish they would put Quick Launch back in fully - it takes up far less room than the "pin to task bar" crap. It's still possible to use it (even on Windows 10) though attempting to get some of the "modern apps" to live in it is a bit fraught - shoving Edge in it will lose the icon on the next reboot.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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"How about a Raspberry Pi running Windows 10?"

Go wash your mouth out with soap and hydrochloric acid!

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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

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Mr Horowitz

"When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life," said Horowitz.

"When we launched Google+, we set out to rip off Facebook and failed," said Horowitz.

FTFY, Mr Horowitz.

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: All around the world and I, I, I, cant find my . . .

Thanks Haku

Hadn't come across Everything before!

Cheers

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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@Sarah Balfour

Not exactly the real thing but these may help a little:

https://archive.org/details/amigaaction

Amiga Action at Bombjack

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Re: Ah, the good old days!

Yes, DME was my programming editor of choice as well. I wrote a whole bunch of useful macros for it.

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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Or another take...

...here

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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Re: Room for improvement

"the cars need to sense idiots on the road"

Add that in and they would all be nervous wrecks within a few hours!*

Also, how about adding front and rear mounted indelible paint/ink guns to mark the crashing perp should they decide to try to make a quick getaway after the "attempt to mate" event?

*especially if the software was written by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

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iHome

iThink someone's beaten you to it!

http://ihomeaudiointl.com/

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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If manhole covers look a bit like dustbin lids...

...then I suspect it may have landed here.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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That is (hopefully) good news

Firefox is still my browser of choice due to the multitude of developer add-ons that I've become familiar with and now rely upon over the years. However, if things like Classic Theme Restorer hadn't also been available to reverse many of the completely idiotic things Mozilla have tried to impose then I would have ditched it some time ago.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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@ Boothy

Please don't feed the troll.

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

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Re: PET 2001

And then there was the SuperPET.

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Re: Can I play Bounty Bob Strikes Back?!?

You were lucky - we had to use semaphore...

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Russia campaigns to stop SUICIDALLY STUPID selfies

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Re: Totally disagree

Yes, and what's wrong with setting off fireworks when wearing them as a hat, anyway?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/33405639/man-in-america-dies-after-trying-to-launch-firework-off-head

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Firefox 39 bites four critical bugs

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Re: FFS FF

I sympathise!

I'm not currently having problems with Google Maps on Firefox so it's probably one of those "random things that break" when you upgrade and, unfortunately, will be peculiar to your own set up.

A few months ago I had something similar. When zooming in on a Google Map, it would completely flip the entire map on it's head so that the map, all text and even any map markers were upside down (not rotated but mirrored, so even standing on my head to view it wouldn't have been worthwhile). Starting Firefox with add-ons disabled stopped it from happening but disabling the add-ons manually didn't! I couldn't find any reference to other people having the same problem so, in the end, I completely wiped and re-installed Firefox (after saving the passwords and bookmarks files, hoping they weren't the problem - they weren't).

Now, I'm finding that when the latest version Chrome starts up it is refusing to show my home page (even though it is plainly set up properly in the settings). Oh well, another wipe and reinstall will probably cure it, sigh...

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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Yeah but...

...why isn't Brainfuck in the top 20?

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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Arse!

"I've had LAN switches delivered to US data centres with European-style plug on the cables, which was a pain in the butt"

Conversely, LAN switches delivered to UK data centres with US-style plugs on the cables are a pain in the arse!

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

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We're doomed!!!*

* but for only small, local values of "doom".

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

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@ Michael Habel

No, that would have been C£ or Clb

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BOFH: Step into my office. Now take a deep breath

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Re: Scary?

You sure it wasn't one bloke, one terminal and a large mirror?

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What sort of tit builds non-bird bird boxes? Vodafone

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...and a tasty snack afterwards!

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Re: "I'm a cyclists"

Just how many are you? Does even your shrink know?

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Unisys weans itself off homebrew chippery, finally slurps Intel gear

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That picture reminds me...

...must buy a new shed.

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

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Re: Apps? There are apps?

Lucky sod!

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Multiple fondling on the MIGHTY 12-INCH iOS 9 SLAB — so, so close now

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"The future is truly here"

Sarcasm tags not required - ha ha!

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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7 year cycle

I always thought that music from the mid-1950s onwards roughly seemed to have a 6-8-year cycle in the UK:

1956 - Elvis Presley and rock (ok, Haley and Rock Around The Clock was 2 years earlier)

1963 - Beatles (which morphed into the later hippy stuff)

1971 - Glam - Bowie, Bolan etc.

1977 - Punk

1983 - Synth-based stuff and new romantics

1991 - Hip-hop etc. by which time I had pretty much lost interest in the charts due to old age, senility or getting married (I forget which)

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