* Posts by DanceMan

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it

DanceMan

Re: Source code @ Intractable Potsherd

Precisely what you wrote.

Following labour contract negotiations for a component of Expo 86, some of us were so impressed by the negotiator we were dealing with that we subsequently took a negotiation course from his partner. One thing they told us was not to write new contract language, but to use existing clauses that had been arbitrated. They said you cannot predict how it will be interpreted until a court has ruled on it.

It's something to keep in mind in light of this debate over source code, particularly for those assuring us the TPP is benign.

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Here's the little-known legal loophole that permitted mass surveillance in the UK

DanceMan

Re: The biggest threat to democracy

"The biggest threat to democracy, in fact, is the leadership of the political parties who try to neuter their own MPs"

Steven Harper, ex elected dictator of Canada

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Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

DanceMan

RE: the Dutch and Scandiwegians refreshing - though you learn to develop a thick skin.

Something for those carping about Linus to take heed of.

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

DanceMan

Re: Google cars

According to a previous report mentioned on el reg, they've been in 5 or 6, none their fault.

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

DanceMan

Re: Most of those exhaust modders are idiots

Yes. How do you make more power? Rev higher. Only at a track day would a modified exhaust have any real use. On my current (25 year old) car I had the noisier muffler replaced with a quiet one as soon as the exhaust needed work. I can't use anything near the max power my car can make on public roads, and scores of current cars have much more power than mine.

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Ouch! Subaru telescope catches astroid prang

DanceMan

A comet's tale?

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Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets

DanceMan

Re: Try finding a "GENUINE xxxx" mobile phone charger for instance.

I just did. BB Q10 external charger adapter with battery. Through Amazon.

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

DanceMan
Boffin

Re: Opportunistic pathogens

I attended a fascinating lecture by the lovely boffin who lead the team that worked out how bacteria communicate. And it showed how bacteria that are always on us, like strep, when they determine that our defenses are low and the bacteria have sufficient numbers to overwhelm them, know then to attack.

So in that way a suppressed immune system is indeed a problem.

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China tells local cloud storage vaults to name suspected pirates

DanceMan

Re: parents want boys to ensure that the family name is perpetuated

At least in the southern rural areas, the practice in the past was that upon marriage a girl became part of her husband's family. So if no sons, no one to take over the farming, no one to look after the aging parents. I believe excess girls would sometimes be "sold" to other families that needed girls.

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Enforcement

If the enforcement on piracy in China matches its enforcement of pollution standards, don't expect much change.

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Android Security: How's BlackBerry going to fix it?

DanceMan

Re: Blackberry ?

If you're referring to the desktop backup software, I concur. Just had my Q10 drop 35 feet to a hard floor. Last several times I tried to do backup to a desktop, yes, six months or more ago alas, it errored out.

Love the phone though. Not great for surfing but a superb communications device. Love the Hub.

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

DanceMan

Re: Ummmm...

I think that Apple is saying, "This is not *our* information to hand over, it's his or hers," and pointing the feds at that individual.

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