* Posts by DanceMan

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

DanceMan

I just went through the nightmare (navigating around 8.1 and dealing with Win Update) of moving a year-old unused new laptop to 10 with the intent of then installing an ssd and Mint 18 with 10 in a VM. Just decided to image the 10 install for future possibilities and put 7 in the VM instead. Been using Mint 17.3 on a couple of other laptops and very happy with it for browsing, couple of issues with the linux versions of programs I use. After at least a decade of thinking about linux, I've finally made the switch and I'm not going back. The hassles of using Win now exceed the hassles of using linux.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

DanceMan

Re: PS4 remote play

"Is there any way to stpo it spying?"

Search "DWS"

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Re: Ahem. Actual real user here....

If you gave GF Linux Mint Cinnamon, she could get around the OS as easily as she did with XP, and it wouldn't crash more or less daily. Updating would be easier and quicker, since she could do it when it suits her, without restarts.

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Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays

DanceMan

Re: baited breath

You are Jean Chretien and I claim my $5.

It's "bated breath."

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Trump? Terror? Turkey? Whoa, there's a Tentacool in that Bush...

DanceMan

GTA

GTA = Greater Toronto Area

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

DanceMan

Evidence Tampering

What are the chances we'll see charges laid against an officer for evidence tampering in regard to the attempt to delete the FB video?

About the same as seeing any real consequences for the officer that committed this murder? By real I mean something more than a desk job or a mere firing.

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US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI's latest internet spying push

DanceMan

Find it interesting that the Orlando killings were used to justify this. The FBI already had the perp in their sights. They didn't need more snooping powers. Not selling him a handgun and a semi-auto rifle might have helped.

Do the other senators actually have a functioning brain?

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Win 10 "upgade" complete reinstall

DanceMan

Win 10 "upgade" complete reinstall

I have a new but unused Win 8.1 laptop that I want to "upgrade" to Win 10 before I do a dual boot to Mint, but I'd rather do a complete reinstall of Win 10 than an update. I'm sure I've read of a method of bypassing the update here in the comments, but a quick online search of the net didn't turn one up.

Can anyone here help? The deadline is looming.

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

DanceMan

Re: a few hugely vertically and horizontally integrated companies

This is a very important point. In Canada, Bell, Rogers, Telus and Shaw own the vast majority of our home phone and cell phone services, internet, cable tv, tv and radio networks except CBC (which their client politicos the Tories were actively killing), almost all of the specialty cable channels, and some of the newspaper chains. When I had to go digital for tv I cut the cable and went OTA (and internet) partly (the other was the constantly increasing costs) because these oligopolies would then know through the digital encryption box what I was watching, when I was watching, and how long. It's too much control of our information sources in too few hands.

A few years ago I worked a lavish employee party Rogers threw for I think their 50th anniversary, so I've seen how much excess $ they have to throw around. Shaw, a cable and internet giant in the West, was able to buy up Canwest Global, a bankrupt tv and newspaper conglomerate, showing where the big profits were being made.

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DARPA's 'flying wing' drone inches closer to lift-off

DanceMan

1950's redux

I also thought of the 50's, but it was the Northrup flying wing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_YB-49

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_YB-35

And I was a bit wrong on the dates, it was more late '40's.

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Countdown to Jupiter: Juno just seven days from orbit

DanceMan
Alert

Four tons!

Egad.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

DanceMan

Re: run crying to the teacher

"The voters voted and the winning side won."

Although it's changing with some countries or provinces, as in Canada, setting fixed election dates, the custom in parliamentary democracies has been for elections to follow a loss in confidence in the government. In minority government situations elections generally follow at less than the usual full term.

In this situation with such a close vote, another vote would not seem out of place. Especially considering the consequences.

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Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

DanceMan

Following the end of the Muppet Show, the Swedish Chef embarked on a new career..............

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

DanceMan

My Blackberry Q10 is looking better

It's not dead yet, says it's really feeling a lot better.

Not great for videos and browsing,but a great communications device. Thankfully it's also very rugged, because the alternatives are not very encouraging.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

DanceMan

Guilty until proved innocent

Civil forfeiture has been happening here in Canada, but hasn't progressed to highway robbery yet.

Yet.

If it starts, expect it in Saskatchewan first.

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

DanceMan

187 updates

After failing miserably to clone the hdd on an ancient Thinkpad T41 because of the non-PAE cpu, I resorted last week to doing a fresh install of Win 7 (on a larger hdd so I can dual-boot with Mint Mate). From Win 7 SP1 it took 187 updates (important updates only) and very many hours, maybe 8 or more overall (old slow cpu, no ssd). Then I ran DWS to take care of the spyware.

I too would be afraid of the rollup including the unwanted updates, and DWS was made to deal with the individual known updates, though the hosts file and firewall changes should still work.

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

DanceMan

I was going to axe a question, but I thought better of it.

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Dragon capsule bids adios to ISS

DanceMan

Re: re: Mice

"The Mice have been running a series of complex experiments on the humans."

What are we going to do tomorrow, Brain?

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

DanceMan

Re: I like to run one browser 'open' and another with noScript

So I'm not alone.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

DanceMan

And in Canada in 1997............................Sgt. Pepper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmJiTX8adIs

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/1997-protest-and-pepper-spray-at-apec-conference

In summary, a protest over Suharto attending an APEC conference, resulting in a similar pepper-spraying incident.

For entertainment, search "Narduwar". Local musician and interviewer, he has spiced up a few press conferences over the years. In this case some time after the event he prompted this response from our then-PM Jear Chretien, "Pepper, I put it on my plate."

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

DanceMan

Re: I claim my £5

@nematoad

Thanks for the explanation for us left-coasters.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

DanceMan

Re: Dull

Bright LED exist, as they are making their way into stage lighting, but there indeed seems a gap between those and the low output lamps available for home use.

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Re: Hope they keep a close eye on the quality and design...

I have used track lights meant for 50w MR16 halogens that I hoped would be perfect for MR16-style led's. But my electrician son-in-law advised me against the led's, saying the starting current would lead to early burnout of the 120v AC to 12v DC units. There are track light systems such as those that suspend on two current-carrying bare wires, that use a large master 12v psu. Perhaps one of those would fare better.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

DanceMan

Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."

We have bears, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, and feral dogs and cats here in my city too.

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Electrified bird bum bomb shuts down US nuclear power plant

DanceMan

Re: Oneupmanship

Have an upvote for the Sam the Eagle mention. My fave pompous blowhard.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

DanceMan

SPCR

Two pages of comments and I'm the first to mention them? Shame.

Consensus of most there is the same as several here have mentioned. Fanless is possible, but careful choice of components and one or two large, slow and quiet fans is more practical and can also achieve silence.

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Philae comet lander officially dead

DanceMan

Re: "smashing success"

I see what you did there.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Re: @ John Hughes

Thanks for the link to the book review. Sounds fascinating.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

DanceMan
FAIL

Apple's behaviour seems similar to that of HP and IBM who some years ago (and still?) installed code in the bios of their laptops that stopped them booting if they detected a non-HP or -IBM supplied wireless card installed. It was merely a way of charging 4x or 5x the price of a standard Intel or other wireless card with an added line of corporate id code in the firmware.

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Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

DanceMan

My experience with Toshiba laptops has been that they're well made but poorly supported for DIY end users. Looking for drivers? Look elsewhere if they're for an OS the laptop was not sold with. I used to hang out at Hardware Central Forums. Their posts with the all-time highest number of views, in the hundreds of thousands, were for XP drivers for Vista laptops for Toshibas. Need a diagnositic for a Toshiba hdd? Use Seagate's Seatools -- Toshiba does not supply one. Need any kind of diagnostic or software help for a Toshiba? Take it to an official depot; no online help will be provided. Beyond that I know of two lower-end Toshiba laptops with a bios ram limit half the max of the chipset.

I'd hate to see a major manufacturer disappear and lessen choice and competition, but I wouldn't cry many tears if it were Toshiba.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

DanceMan

Re: I've got a 6 year-old computer, core i7

I've got an ancient Thinkpad T40 with 1G ram that I take to work for surfing and email. I just wiped Win7 and installed Linux Mint Mate, and it's working fine for those uses, surprisingly just as well as its twin with Win7 and 1.5G ram.

It's reached the point where dealing with the updates, going through a long list of ones to avoid because of spyware or Win10 is more trouble than finding and learning new programs in a new OS.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

DanceMan

Standards

Given that CSA and maybe UL have mandated that every different AC voltage and amperage plug must be different and have set the standards, why can't they set some standards at least for polarity and voltage and AC or DC on the clusterfuck that exists among mini-plugs?

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

DanceMan

Re: 2 Things

I think volcanic events, giant ones like Yellowstone, will do us in many times before we need worry about Sol.

And I wholeheartedly agree that population pressure is an immediate and serious threat, and one that will overwhelm any thoughts of deep space exploration if we don't deal with it.

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

DanceMan

Same situation here in Canada as in the US -- very little real competiton.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

DanceMan
Joke

Re: Whale Oil

Whale Oil Beef Hooked!

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

DanceMan

Re: What I'd quite like is an automatic curtain opening and closing system.

Me too, wanted this for decades.

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Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

DanceMan

Ex-AMD fanboy here. Didn't dislike Intel's cpus, just the business practices and potential monopoly. Well, except for P4. My sympathies lie with AMD, but using mostly laptops I would not buy a new or used AMD laptop now for heat, power usage and performance reasons. I keep hoping they can catch up, and they keep falling behind. As the others have said, we need them. Here's hoping.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

DanceMan

Re: ...ABS...

I had an 82 Colt (Mitsu Mirage) hatchback and it seemed to be all front brakes and no rear (front discs, rear drums). I even replaced the rear brake shoes thinking I might have glazed them. Made no difference. I later learned that discs and drums have different rates of application applied to braking force achieved. I've suspected that ABS might be able to correct for this but don't know -- hadn't thought of the drums not being able to react quickly enough for ABS. The ultimate problem with that Colt was no weight on the rears, but I haven't had a car with rear drums since and would avoid them.

I'm on my third version of the same car model, two with ABS and one without. I'll take the ABS.

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Re: drivers?

Two weeks ago, on the Barnet Highway, a four lane divided road near Vancouver, I saw a Nissan 360 that was probably attempting to cross the road at a traffic light ahead of oncoming traffic do two slow spins before sliding off the road into a ditch about five or six feet below the road. Likely could not catch a slide in a rwd car. Excess of money over skill.

Don't know if that car has an electronic stability control system.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

DanceMan

Re: @ Richard 12

You have three phase and 220/240V confused. Three-phase has 3 hots. Connect between two of the hots in North America and you get 208V. Connect between one hot and a neutral (the fourth wire) and you get 120V. And you're correct about motor phase. Even a three-phase motor needs correct phase for desired rotation.

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

DanceMan

"the people behind this will be a small, noisy political elite with a pre-judged conclusion"

As a Canadian who was around at the time we got the red maple leaf, I think this more accurately describes those who wanted to keep the original.

My father always complained about being given a passport that described him as a "British Subject."

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

DanceMan
Coat

Now who can argue with that? I think we're all indebted to Trumpy for clearly stating what needed to be said. I'm particulary glad that these lovely children were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.

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Lenov-lol, a load of Tosh, and what the Dell? More bad holes found in PC makers' bloatware

DanceMan

Re: @ DainB New machine?

More like spend half a day doing Win Updates with multiple downloads, intalls, and restarts. Then more time spent going through updates to locate and remove the spyware.

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Bitcoin cloud miners a '$20m Ponzi scheme – there was no cloud at all'

DanceMan

Re: @ Tubs -- There's a difference

The USA spends 17.9% of its GDP on healthcare and does not cover everyone.

Canada, Germany, France, Japan, and the UK spend between 9.4% to 11.7% of GDP on healthcare and AFAIK cover everyone. I suspect the difference is your spending on accountants, bill collectors, advertising, and office staff and profit, vs. nurses and doctors.

I hear the US won't consider going to a single payer system, because "it would cost too much." As opposed to the efficient system you have now? Want to see figures? How about the CIA website:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2225rank.html

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France's 3-month state of emergency lets govt censor the web

DanceMan

"Just Watch Me"

UK and USA commentards may wish to read up on the October Crisis in Canada in 1970. I don't think the invoking of the War Measures Act or the arrest of hundreds of political activists had anything to do with the resolution of this killing and kidnapping.

Did all the surveillance and invasion of privacy prevent this killing in France? It seems that it helped to the degree that the authorities were quickly able to identify these people and knew where to look and find most of them. But prevent it?

I think the real answer is twofold:

Bite the bullet in the Mid-East. Why is it only now that the oil wells/refineries financing ISIS are being attacked (bombed -- by the Russians)? I know all the good reasons against boots on the ground. How has that worked so far?

Deal with the disaffected locally. In Canada the guy who attacked the parliament buildings was a troubled soul who asked for help while in court in Vancouver. He got none.

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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

DanceMan

Coders Needed

On a site such as El Reg, there must be someone who could code a translator from Martian to English.

Though I would miss reading the original text.

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

DanceMan

Re: physically isn't any more room in that cockpit to put more keyboards and monitors..

Changes of that sort might well require re-certification, not a quick or easy process.

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

DanceMan

SSD's reducing, HDD's static or climbing

Support what Greg said, but note that the same cannot be said for hdd's.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

DanceMan

Re: I had to replace a container's worth of keyboards

Just acquired four more keyboards. Let 'em rip!

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Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

DanceMan

Re: Drop in the ocean

" by destroying the existing stock, they could be stoking demand for new material"

Just as the big drug bust has been shown to create a gang war with the attendant shootings as the wannabees battle it out to become the successors to the trade. Unintended consequences.

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