* Posts by Arctic fox

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Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

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@Alister " I remember it well"

Thank you for replying Alister. I have to say that the moment I saw that ship land butt first I was transported back in time to the early sixties as a very small boy who watched both Fireball XL5 and Space Patrol (before either Stingray or Thunderbirds). The New Shepard landed in the way we in our imaginations way back then thought that space ships would land. Watching that was a most extraordinary moment for me - I was transported back some 50 years or more in time and I was a little boy sitting next to my Mum on the settee utterly entranced by what I was seeing. Astonishing is it not how one "simple" image can conjure up so much.

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@Alister "The successful VTOL, especially the "L" bit, is a major step forwards."

Ah, but you have to understand old chap that for those of us of certain age the sight of the way this rocket landed was nostalgia plus:

I wish I was a spaceman

The fastest guy alive

I'd fly you round the universe

In Fireball XL5

Way out in space together

Conquerors of the sky

My heart would be a fireball, a fireball

Every time I gazed into your starry eyes

We'd take the path to Jupiter

And maybe very soon

We'd cruise along the Milky Way

And land upon the Moon

To a wonderland of stardust

We'd zoom our way to Mars

My heart would be a fireball, a fireball

'Cause you would be my Venus of the stars

But though I'm not a spaceman

Famous and reknowned

I'm just a guy that's down to earth

With both feet on the ground

It's all imagination

I'll never reach the skies

My heart is still a fireball, a fireball

Every time I gaze into your starry eyes

Fireball, fireball

Every time I gaze into your starry eyes

Fireball, fireball .........

If you really wish to indulge:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ifS2nP53Zs

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Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

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Very interesting article.

"Bill Gates hardly helped. His vision of mobile computing was the Tablet PC, remember. His idea of mobility was all the inconvenience of desktop Windows, with none of the convenience."

I would not in any way dispute that Windows then was not remotely ready for any kind of "mobile world" but I think that I would also add that neither was the hardware of the period. (Those horrible resistive screens anyone? Battery life you could count in minutes? and so on and so forth). I feel that the progress that has been made on the hardware front over the last decade has been extraordinary and that is also an important part of the picture. Whether you are talking about a Galaxy Edge, an MBA or a Surface Pro, these devices would have been impossible to produce until relatively recent years never mind what OS you might install and whether or not it was fit for the purpose.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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@Joe Werner "They spotted it, pulled it, and now communicate their d'oh moment"

The whole situation is rather strange. I updated two Pro 3s and our home office heavy-lifter and in all cases all the privacy defaults I had turned off during custom install were still turned off. This update appears to have had random effects which does suggest that on this occasion it was a F**kup rather than deliberate action.

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Downloads for Windows 10 November big-bang build axed by Microsoft

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@Chris G "The general impression is that they are making it up as they go along"

I am constrained to agree. It now appears that they have reinstituted the facility.

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-restores-windows-10-november-update-media-explains-why-it-was-pulled

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Second Dell backdoor root cert found

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I am beginning to wonder whether being brain dead is regarded as a qualification.......

..........for senior managers. Didn't anyone at Lenovo (about a year ago) or Dell now (twice) not think about the damage to their own interests that this kind of shit does?

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Shocker: Smut-viewing Android apps actually steal your data

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Silly wankers.

Figuratively and literally

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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

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@Trevor_Pott "They've reversed the polarity on the tachyon inverter"

If that is not a Star Trek reference than I do not know what is. James Doohan would have very happily delivered that line.

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Tesla recalls every single Model S car in seatbelt safety probe

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@Trevor_Pott Re: "Other major manufacturers proven problems with hackable cars........."

Yes, the Ford Pinto, aka "Towering Inferno On Wheels" comes to mind immediately.

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@ Neil Alexander Re: "Customer service done right."

Indeed. In fact my gut feeling is that Tesla's response (both comprehensive and rapid) will in fact not be a PR problem for the company at all. It may indeed do them active good in the eyes of their customers and the public in general. People are not generally totally unreasonable, they know that "shit happens". However, what they do want to see is a company taking them seriously. Tesla is clearly doing so in this case.

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Microsoft boffins build better crypto for secure medical data crunching

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Re: " read it as homeopathic encryption and went right into WTF? "

I had a similar experience reading "homomorphic" when for a split second I wondered why El-Reg was publishing an article about gay shape-shifters.

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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@Nunyabiznes Re:" Thanks for the heads up. I'll be looking into this."

My pleasure. My personal take after having installed Win 10 on two SP3s and our home office heavy lifter is that there is a lot to like if one can get it to shut up!

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Re:"Simply clicking “Immunize" - this somehow it makes me feel uneasy. "

Well whilst I am in no position to guarantee anything I can say that it is the original spybot team who have been in the business for something like a decade and a half. A quick search reveals that it has been tested by a number of known and respectable sites. Whether or not it would meet your needs is of course up to you to evaluate.

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@Zog_but_not_the_first "..... into data mining etc., deeply troubling ........"

You are not the only one. However, if you are using the "Enterprise" edition MS are now committed to permitting you to completely strangle all telemetry with this latest update. If you are running the Pro-version you might care to take a look at "Spybot Anti-Beacon" to see if it might serve your needs. From their site:

"Spybot Anti-Beacon is a standalone tool which was designed to block and stop the various tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10. It has since been modified to block similar tracking functionality in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems."......."Simply clicking “Immunize” on the main screen of Anti-Beacon will immediately disable any known tracking features included by Microsoft in the operating system" ***

https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/

***I should underline the point that I have no connection with that site of any kind whatsoever.

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Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store

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Re: Obvious choice!

Your down vote total confirms that which I have long suspected, that the anti-Redmond hatebois do not have a sense of humour. That you were joking was something that they clearly did not understand. Errr.., you were joking weren't you? I mean, I would under no circumstances shop at Waitrose although I do not have a big problem with Office 365. Oh and yes, the "Cognoscenti" will of course totally fail to understand that my post is a touch (well, rather a lot) satirical as well.

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Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders

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@ oceanhippie Re"I'm going to sit in a corner and cry now."

One suggestion to avoid tears might be the following: "Spybot Anti-Beacon." It, allegedly, takes Win 10 firmly by the throat if using custom install does do not enough for you.

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Google-chaired think tank says Google's No.1 for digital rights

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Well Andrew you may very well not like the way I respond to this and...........

...........your minders may ensure that I get modded for expressing myself in this way. However, never mind. Here you are at last tackling this very important issue (and no, I am not being sarcastic) in a way that does not encourage the "tribalists" amongst us to howl their usual song. It is of crucial importance that we tackle "BigCorp" (regardless of which company it might be) over their lackadaisical attitude to privacy. It is highly ironic that a number of those companies who are absolutely determined to own their customers collective arses are (MS being an example amongst others) protesting against the involvement of the "State". I am very pleased to see that you are now looking beyond just MS and Win 10 (although we must of course continue to watch the buggers closely) - they are only one part of the problem.

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Did you bet the farm on Amazon's cloud? Time to wean yourself off

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@Pallas Athena Re:"Dual-provider for failover? " As our compadres on the western side.........

..................of the pond have a tendency to say when they really, really agree with someone; This!

These days it is not enough to check whether your "independent" provider is or is not financially in bed with someone you wish to limit your exposure to. You also have to check what systems they share/are dependent upon - even if, as far as the law is concerned, they are completely different companies with no shared ownership.

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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

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@OviB "Another reminder of what cloud really means: now you have it, now you don't."

Indeed. Which is why my lady and I use the cloud for data transfer when it is convenient to do so. The very idea of using it in any sense as primary storage gives us both the bends.

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@John F. Jackson Re: Just 4 things

I have to say that I agree with you. It is quite astonishing that given the shit that the US telcos have been hosed with (entirely deservedly of course) regarding "unlimited" data plans I am amazed that Redmond's legal eagles did not call time on this with regard to storage plans . It's not as if there were no examples of how badly this would be perceived of by the customers. Icon? My opinion of the way that MS have handled this.

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@Graham Jordan Hmm, I think that you have a point there.

"I find it really hard to believe that people exceeding the 1TB limit aren't doing so illegally."

It is perfectly possible (although it does not make Redmond look less "pratish" on this occasion) that it suddenly dawned on them that they were inviting headlines like "Microsoft hosts DRM-pirates" etc. etc. etc.

I.e. Their Legal and PR departments suddenly read the memo and did not like it, not one little bit.

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@dan1980 "It's not just that they should have expected this to happen;..................

..............they were essentially encouraging it."

I do not disagree with a word of your post. I was simply rather amused that Bott (a long time Redmond-watcher and generally rather pro-MS) sounded so indignant and annoyed in his article. That being a tone that you very rarely get to see in an article from him about Microsoft.

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Hmm, yes. When even Ed Bott* reacts in the following way.........

"That shouldn't be surprising. If you advertise "unlimited" cloud storage, perhaps you should expect that some people will take you at your word and move large collections to the storage space you so generously offered? Did no one consider the possibility that some customers with large digital media collections would find this offer insanely attractive? (The owners of "all you can eat" buffets could easily have told them what was in store.)"

.......... and uses such words as "renage" in his commentary one has to conclude that Redmond have not exactly covered themselves with glory on this one!

*ZDNet

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-reneges-on-unlimited-onedrive-storage-promise-for-office-365-subscribers/

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Windows 10 growth stalls during October

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" Folks using that venerable OS to cruise the web"

People still have XP facing the net? See icon.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller special: The WHO bacon sarnie of death

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@ SuccessCase Re:"Are you old enough to remember the late and great Kenny Everette ?"

He clearly is not old chap!

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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@ h4rm0ny "We'd actually like to be able to understand the enemy of the day"

Indeed. What they willfully and deliberately "misunderstand" is of course that "understand" is not co-identical with "sympathise". The bottom line is that "The Man" has utter contempt for the rest of us - hence the arrogant and authoritarian behavior of the authorities.

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"Ad hominem - the usual response of the those of the left leaning persuation."

Utterly amazing. You respond to that which you claim is an ad hominem attack by using the same kind of patronising and insulting language that defined your opening post. Language that in fact provoked my original post which would have been worded very differently had your tone not been so contemptuous. Furthermore although I belong to the left politically I am neither so ignorant or arrogant that I fail to recognise that there are many amongst the libertarian right who are also concerned about this kind of behaviour from "The Man". (See Ledswinger's post on this thread.) Something you are very clearly ignorant of. The issue of freedom of speech and freedom from excessive intrusion whether it is the State that does it or an example of BigCorp is of very great concern to many of us on both the left and the right of politics. There is fact a long tradition of social authoritarianism on both the left and the right and its opposite - an opposition that is reflected in Ledswinger's posting, mine and indeed many others on this thread. Suggest that you consider a paraphrase of an old saying. "Post in haste, repent at leisure".

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"Yes, go on kiddies, mod me down"

No need, given the degree to which you have managed to shoot yourself in both feet simultaneously with a truly spectacular display of ignorance and arrogance.

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Ransomware victims: Just pay up, grin, and bear it – says the FBI

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Re: This is precisely why

I think that with Lord Vetinari scorpion pits rather than hanging would have been involved.

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

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@elaar You know that is really strange.

"If I tell MS that I don't want it to search Bing when searching local files/folders on Windows 10 (by checking the appropriate option), and lo and behold when I type something into the search box it still starts a TLS session to bing.com, then this is something myself and others should be concerned about."

I have so far set up two Surface Pro 3s and a home office heavy lifter with this os and you know what, when I've finished with the buggers all that the "spyglass" icon on the task bar does when I use it is search the pc itself. I fear that you do not know as much about that os as you think you do. Top tip, use that search icon with "Cortana & Search", click on that and it ought to be obvious to you what to do. If it is not then there is little anyone can do to help you. You do of course turn off Cortana don't you? You don't try and keep that crap on and still not use Bing - hmm?

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@Dave 126 Re:"Perhaps a Reg article comparing the personal data polices of......

.......Google, Apple, Microsoft et al would be handy?"

Yes indeed it would. Something a little more informative than the current line which appears to be that Win10 is the source of all evil. (I speak as one who never uses express setting and terminates those intrusions with extreme prejudice before setup is complete - I don't like them either). The fact of the matter is that there are more villains out there than just MS regardless of what the anti-Redmond hatebois might opine. Companies who were already doing this shit on the same scale well before Win 10 even began the "technical preview" exercise. About time that we cut out the tribalist crap and addressed the issue with regard to all "sinners". As in, how the hell do we stop these fuckers doing this?

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TalkTalk plays 'no legal obligation' card on encryption – fails to think of the children (read: its customers)

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Denis Healey was very fond of quoting the "Law of Holes" .............

"On Sunday morning, embattled TalkTalk boss Dido Harding crassly stated that her company was under no legal obligation to encrypt customers' sensitive data."

.........as in when you've ended up in one it is wise to stop digging. Icon? My reaction when I read what she had said.

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El Reg revisits Battle of Agincourt on 600th anniversary

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@ Arnaut the less Re: @Frumious Bandersnatch but I never knew he was such a good spinner of yarns."

He was indeed a very complex and interesting chap. Whilst I have my reservations I also have great deal of respect for the guy.

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@Frumious Bandersnatch Re:"but I never knew he was such a good spinner of yarns."

Whilst Kipling was a man of his time he was a very gifted writer, poet and a keen observer. Given "our current involvement" the following may also be regarded as highly relevant:

"When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East

'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast,

An' 'e wonders because 'e is frequent deceased

Ere 'e's fit for to serve as a soldier.

Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,

Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,

Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,

So-oldier OF the Queen!

Now all you recruities what's drafted to-day,

You shut up your rag-box an' 'ark to my lay,

An' I'll sing you a soldier as far as I may:

A soldier what's fit for a soldier.

Fit, fit, fit for a soldier . . .

First mind you steer clear o' the grog-sellers' huts,

For they sell you Fixed Bay'nets that rots out your guts --

Ay, drink that 'ud eat the live steel from your butts --

An' it's bad for the young British soldier.

Bad, bad, bad for the soldier . . .

When the cholera comes -- as it will past a doubt --

Keep out of the wet and don't go on the shout,

For the sickness gets in as the liquor dies out,

An' it crumples the young British soldier.

Crum-, crum-, crumples the soldier . . .

But the worst o' your foes is the sun over'ead:

You must wear your 'elmet for all that is said:

If 'e finds you uncovered 'e'll knock you down dead,

An' you'll die like a fool of a soldier.

Fool, fool, fool of a soldier . . .

If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,

Don't grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind;

Be handy and civil, and then you will find

That it's beer for the young British soldier.

Beer, beer, beer for the soldier . . .

Now, if you must marry, take care she is old --

A troop-sergeant's widow's the nicest I'm told,

For beauty won't help if your rations is cold,

Nor love ain't enough for a soldier.

'Nough, 'nough, 'nough for a soldier . . .

If the wife should go wrong with a comrade, be loath

To shoot when you catch 'em -- you'll swing, on my oath! --

Make 'im take 'er and keep 'er: that's Hell for them both,

An' you're shut o' the curse of a soldier.

Curse, curse, curse of a soldier . . .

When first under fire an' you're wishful to duck,

Don't look nor take 'eed at the man that is struck,

Be thankful you're livin', and trust to your luck

And march to your front like a soldier.

Front, front, front like a soldier . . .

When 'arf of your bullets fly wide in the ditch,

Don't call your Martini* a cross-eyed old bitch;

She's human as you are -- you treat her as sich,

An' she'll fight for the young British soldier.

Fight, fight, fight for the soldier . . .

When shakin' their bustles like ladies so fine,

The guns o' the enemy wheel into line,

Shoot low at the limbers an' don't mind the shine,

For noise never startles the soldier.

Start-, start-, startles the soldier . . .

If your officer's dead and the sergeants look white,

Remember it's ruin to run from a fight:

So take open order, lie down, and sit tight,

And wait for supports like a soldier.

Wait, wait, wait like a soldier . . .

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,

And the women come out to cut up what remains,

Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains

An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

Go, go, go like a soldier,

Go, go, go like a soldier,

Go, go, go like a soldier,

So-oldier of the Queen!"

As I said in an earlier posting on this thread, little has changed.

*A reference to the Martini-Henry breach loading rifle that was standard issue at the time.

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@Elmer Phud Re:"....now we see ex-squaddies with PTSD trying to get shelter in doorways....."

Indeed. In fact of course nothing much has changed since Kipling wrote this a century or more ago.

"I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,

The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."

The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,

I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:

O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";

But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,

The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,

O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,

They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;

They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,

But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!

For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";

But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,

The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,

O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep

Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;

An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit

Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.

Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"

But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,

The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,

O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,

But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;

An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,

Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;

While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",

But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,

There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,

O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:

We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.

Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face

The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.

For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"

But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;

An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;

An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!"

We do not treat them very much better than our forbears did.

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@Elmer Phud Re: "Henry's mob came out of the boozer on a Friday night."

Given the widespread prevalence of dysentery amongst Henry's forces at the time I doubt that they would have been in any mood to "tie one on" before the battle.

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@x 7 Re:"..........Henry actually abandoned his camp followers, and massacred those......"

I think that it is possible that your memory may be mistaken here, although the reality of what happened does not exactly polish the chivalric image that Heny V liked to cultivate either. Shortly before the French attack Henry ordered the execution (murder?) of the French prisoners that they had already taken because he feared that he could not afford the guards being unavailable for the battle and/or the prisoners being a security threat whilst the battle was in progress. This is a side of his reputation that is often ignored.

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Part of the issue here is that the French underestimated the tactical effect of combining.....

.......highly skilled archers behind stakes who were at the same time being protected by men at arms combined with knights who at Henry's insistence fought on foot to support this effort (the French were not ignorant of it, they simply believed that they could overcome it). In order to come at the English the French had to charge across very boggy ground (Henry chose where to make his stand very carefully, he was after all a professional warrior unlike later Kings) and were in practice sitting ducks for some of the very best field archers in Europe at that time.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

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Re: Dido Harding...

Well done gentlemen - there is perhaps something to be said for some form of classical education!

"When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create

No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;

Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.

Remember me, but ah! forget my fate."

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Hackers hit NATO, White House – then aimed at MH17 air disaster probe

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@Big John Whilst I think that it is likely that Russian seperatists shot down that plane........

........it is a sign of the times that I initially thought that "NATO, White House hackers tried to pwn MH17 air disaster probe" meant that Nato and the White House had tried to pwn the investigation until I read the main text of the article. The fact that that thought did not in any way surprise me says a great deal about the behavior of US security authorities in recent years and does not mean that I, at any rate, am on earners from Mr. Putin.

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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@Peter R. 1Re: " by removing one of the reasons"

Indeed. There I feel Redmond have shot themselves in the foot by following Google's model. My point really is not in conflict with yours since I can well understand people feeling "well, who the hell should I choose then"?! It is not a good situation to be in where one in practice has little choice available in the market regarding something as important as privacy. One is in practice in the position of having to ignore it as a criterium when evaluating a purchase and that is not a healthy situation for the customer.

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@Peter R. 1 To be honest old chap whilst I hold no brief at all for the default settings.....

........in Win 10 (mobile or otherwise, Redmond should be ashamed of themselves).....

"The lumia 950 looks like a really good effort, but MS' new privacy politics (or lack thereof) don't inspire confidence. AND would require me to purchase around 100 Euro's worth of new apps."

........anyone claiming that Mountain View's os respects privacy to a greater degree than the latest iteration of Windows has clearly not been reading their memos. Just look at Android's system apps and what they do if anyone is in any doubt. They define the "ring home" concept.

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Samsung told to build bots who work for less than Foxconn staffers

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" when do they get sentient consciousness "

Indeed. What they might mean by a strike could be something delivered from orbit.

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Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

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Re: Apple thieves - what a surprise

Apple are a classic example of BigCorp. Are we actually surprised that they are without shame? Any company in the Western World would do what they are doing. The fact they they are fucking hypocrites after have sued Samsung largely for "look and feel" type patent breaches is neither here nor there. The BigBoys operate on what they can get away with. The only question they ask their legal departments is "can anyone what successfully sue/prosecute us". They are, none of them, interested in ethical conduct. The system stinks.

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Brazilian prisoner nabbed with mobile up rear end

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How?

See title.

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EU Digital Commish: Ja, we should have done more about NSA spying

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“This ruling provides an opportunity for self-criticism.”

The understatement of the millenia.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Itty-bitty pyttipanna

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Re:"Chicken tikka, tell me what's wrong?" I have ordered a new keyboard and.......

.......charged it to your account.

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Re:" I have a whole shelf in my fridge dedicated to surströmming tins"

You do of course open them in a glove box under argon?

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PC shipments slump in Q3, thanks to free Windows 10

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@Kristian Walsh RE:"you'd see mobile sales relaxing too "

Indeed, I agree. The analogue IMO is what happened when MS launched Win 7. For the first time they issued an OS that did not automatically mandate a hardware upgrade (as long as your existing box was decent - not cutting edge). This has been the case since. As far tablets are concerned the limit on upgrade pressure is what these devices are typically used for - light browsing, e-mails etc. The result is of course that tablet that are not absolute crap remain usable for a several years. We are now beginning to reach the same point with mobile phones, especially those from the mid-range and upwards. The situation within the mobile market in the US (as you point out) is somewhat "special". IE. (In my opinion) the near cartel conditions in that area in the US, although there are some indications that this may begin to change. I have the feeling that the tech market is going to have to accommodate some considerable shocks in the not too distant future when the mass market element of it slows down right across the board.

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@dogged RE:"I heard Windows 10 refuses to return the Register's lawnmower."

Thumbs up for the reference to our beloved Sir Terry Pratchet.

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