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ROBONAUT to find feet after Monday ISS supply mission

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Hmmm

Is the OS XP?

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Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

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I 'had' to load up an XP Pro SP2 VM yesterday for a specific application.

And I don't see the NHS moving away from this anytime soon.

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'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

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Re: "they don’t disconnect the call [..] you are actually still speaking to the fraudster"

The calling party not hanging up the phone causes me no end of problems!

If it's a call from a mobile, landline/ISDN it simply doesn't time out!

I noticed this in the 80s when a friend called (I was in my teens) and put the phone down saying I would

Call him back in an hour.

When I picked the phone up I thought the line was dead, but he was still holding the phone to his ear

And this still happens to this day

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Upgrade to XP now.

I noticed that a few years ago

Many of the ships systems were running DOS 3.1 for sonar or simply NAV stuff for the scientists onboard, it was pretty much all they understood!!

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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Happy

Baffling

What is this yahoo! thing you mention?

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Re: Would love to buy a Teamviewer License

I'm now a 'one man band operation'

I purchased Teamviewer with a tiny bit of my redundancy pay in 2013 (few hundred quid)

The only annoying thing is the only way to upgrade to the latest version is to pay again

So I'm stuck with the version I purchased, and a teamviewer_QS I host on my website

I like teamviewer, although LMI was good for certain things

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

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Re: Simples

'CITRIX' makes me cry, it's the bane of my life, 'hate' is too soft a word

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

Mr_Pitiful

It's not just Santander....

I opened an account with Natwest a few months ago, using a specific email address only for them

Started getting spam to that address after a few weeks, with zipped attachments!

When I complained, they said my system was probably infected and I should call in an expert!

I think they must 'sell' their email lists to the highest bidder

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I want to play with VMs

Mr_Pitiful

I use Oracle virtualbox on my server

Quad core 8gb with 6tb storage

my vms are Win 98, Win xp, win Vista, win 7 & win 8.1

as long as you don't start them all up at the same time it's fine

just dedicate 1 cpu core per vm and you'll be fine

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

Mr_Pitiful

My opinion

External HDD, placed in the glove box/door of your car, unlikely to loose both!

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Re: FreeFileSync

Tried this today!! This caused very strange issues

Win 7 ultimate crashed with 99% CPU usage & 7.82Gb of memory usage

Really weird as I've used other cloud backup facilities in the past

Event viewer logged errors I've never seen before, will check on them tomorrow!

Nothing special about my home setup, just a Win 7 ULT box, with Google Docs attached

Had to uninstall it after a reboot into safe mode!

Now stable after removal

Will try this in the VM at a later date

Thought it was safe as it was posted on El Reg!!!!!

Please be careful people!

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

Mr_Pitiful

I thought the NHS / Government Orgs had an 'Airlock' between internal systems & the real internet

I look after some NHS monitoring systems and they are pretty locked down, no need for AV

as you can't get to the Internet from them, even though they are visible from the outside for me.

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RIP Bill Lowe: Father of the IBM PC no longer reading drive C

Mr_Pitiful

There are still loads of old IBM pcs out there!

Back in the 80's, I was fixing IBM pc's and learning about MS-Dos....

I guess that's why I'm still fixing them today, in some respect

Recently had a problem with a very old PC, MS-Dos 6.22 I think, could I find any disks to reload it?

and where do you get an antique copy of some spreadsheet s/w (can't remember the name off hand)

But a quick post to freecycle and all the disks magically turned up

Getting it to run on a 'newer' PC was another problem as the IBM P/S2 had completely fried itself.

Godspeed, Mr. Lowe.

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

Mr_Pitiful

I thought it was now global wetting!!

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'Bogus IT guys' slurp £1.3m from Barclays: Cybercops cuff 8 blokes

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Re: This is supposed to be a tech site

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-396632-001-IP-KVM-CAT5-PS-2-Interface-Adaptor-/200710430091?pt=UK_Computing_KVM_Switches_KVM_Cables&hash=item2ebb461d8b

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El Reg seeks new mobile, wireless tech writer - could it be YOU?

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Working out of London Office?

I work 99% from home, I own a mobile, but only use it for making phone calls. (Apparently my phone can do millions of things, I just don't need them)

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Our second attempt to give LOHAN a good banging: Live tomorrow

Mr_Pitiful

Why so late in the day?

Wouldn't it be better to launch between 9 or 10 am?

Then you'd have a chance to track and recover in daylight!

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BRUCE WILLIS (ad) DIES HARD (in Sky broadband telly fib ban)

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Re: I haven't seen the ad

I don't have TV here!!

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Mr_Pitiful

I haven't seen the ad

Can someone post a link please?

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Transdimensional rift appears above Australian bolt supplier

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

I think.....

My wife has one of those!

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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Stop

Re: How to survive in the countryside

I have a friend who lives in rural South Carolina

When she drives she always has a booze drink in her cup holder

Usually a pint & a half off White Russian, with hardly any milk in it!

Scary

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Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

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Go

Are there any IT jobs in Ecuador?

I'm currently looking!

If they want to build infrastructure, security etc then I'm your guy

Please look me up

Paul

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Phones for the elderly: Testers wanted for senior service

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I think this is a great idea

My mother recently had a fall and broke her hip. She wasn't close to her landline and it took her 3 hours to crawl to the phone to call for help!

A Mobile may have helped in this case and I'm all for it.

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Facepalm

I kind off disagree

I pretty much purchase every DVD I've every downloaded or streamed

But I do so at a local car boot sale for £1.00 each and they are not copies (I check)

There is much to be gained from a wonder round at 7am on a Sunday morning!

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Living in the middle of a big city? Your broadband may still be crap

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

30 Meters from Exchange.....

Super fast broadband over copper

never less than 60MBits

Only had 12 - 20 hours outage in 8 years!

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

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WTF?

Re: completely useless beyond a few niche users

Bus and train services in Cornwall are available but less than practical...

To get to Truro from where I live on a bus will take over 2 hours and require 2 changes

And there is only one bus service that can get me there for 9am (start of work)

To take a train takes 30 mins minimum, and I still have to get to a station - 20 mins average

The cost is also so high, that driving makes it cheeper and I can choose when I leave home or work

I tested an Electric Car a while back, for a week, it costed a lot to recharge at home - approx £3.80 per night

And to recharge at work approx £5.60 (Tarriff thing I guess)

So altogether approx £9.40 a day total and the round trip was 48 miles

My petrol car does 40mpg approx, so a tank (£60) will last all week, with shopping trips etc

An EV would cost me £47 just to get to work, never mind anything else.

If I had to go to a site visit, it just wouldn't be practical. 150 mile range is rubbish

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South Korean TV and banks paralysed in disk-wipe cyber-blitz

Mr_Pitiful
Mushroom

It's amazing......

What can be achieved with a few spectrums and C64s

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Yahoo! webmail! hijacks! are! back!...

Mr_Pitiful
Coat

Oh....

Dear!

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Mr_Pitiful
Mushroom

I've been seeing the spam all week

All coming from compromised accounts overseas

I've even advised some off them by phone to change their passwords

Well at least we never click on stupid links!

Icon - Yahoo!

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

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Unhappy

Re: AAAHH MOTHERLAND!

Do you realise how much that costs?

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Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover

Mr_Pitiful
Unhappy

URL?

Where is the cars URL?

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NASA melts mysterious 'metal Martian flower' myth

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

The chances of anything coming from mars.....

Are a million to one he said!

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

Mr_Pitiful
Coffee/keyboard

I had the misfortune

To visit a tea plantation in Sri Lanka

I nearly prchased a kilo of the stuff to bring home

Luckily, I tried a cup before purchasing, and it was terrible

Even the processing plant stank, but I thought, well that must be the process!

How wrong can one be!

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Astronomers unravel solar system's strange energy 'ribbon'

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Pint

Typical

There is no menu on it!

Where do you click for File & Save As?

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Pub o' clock comes early for C&W biz customers silenced by titsup phones

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

Why can't C&W customers...

Simply re-route their outgoing call to BT

All they need to do is dial 1280 before the number...

Problem solved

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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Pint

RIP

I had a letter from him when I was 10, Inviting me to join his news letter

Which I did, and received until recently

He was such an inspiration to me over the years, as was Carl Sagan

A toast to you my friend, I hope you're up there enjoying the 'SPACE'

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Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

Mr_Pitiful
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Re: Double Fail

/me quickly takes down postit notes from my wall and writes the passwords in our little black book!!!!

The shame I will now suffer

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Mr_Pitiful
Pint

dev passwords

Those are dev passwords i.e. Zaq12wsx or Xsw23edc

easy as pie if you use one starting with the website first letter theregister.co.uk could be Tgbnhy65

up or down and around, meets the usual 8 letter/numeric restrictions

Beer, as it's a good way to forget the passwords you've used

BTW my former IT manager locked the whole company to use Password10 with no option to change ever! WTF

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Warming up the thruster that will ram LOHAN to glorious heights

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Pint

I've got a spare -80 freezer....

If you need to test it at low temps like the upper atmosphere

Beer because, well done so far guys

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Licensing snafu leaves Windows 8 open to PIRATES

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Stop

Re: At first I was excited by this news...

Ditto & I got a bloody key that I don't need or want!

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World's LEGGIEST BLONDE is super-rare millipede living in SF

Mr_Pitiful

Re: I think we have a millipede living in our house!

Naaaa, can buy anything I want!

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Mr_Pitiful
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Quick ring a scientist

You have a centipede that can count out loud!

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Mr_Pitiful
WTF?

I think we have a millipede living in our house!

There must be, I can see at least 200 pairs off shoes by the front door

Only 4 off them belong to me

That leaves 196 pairs belonging to 1 other adult and 2 children

Someone in our house has an obsession with shoes?

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SUN to GO OUT COMPLETELY: Here's how to watch online

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Happy

but it not on the 13th

international dateline anyone?

looks like the 14th @ 18.45

humph

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Metro's mother to replace defenestrated Windows boss Sinofsky

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Re: I predict anguish

Why would there be any anguish

Office 2003 is fantastic and can read DOCX documents perfectly with the addon

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

Mr_Pitiful
Mushroom

I've just decided I've got too much junk

Oh my, what have I got?

We are lucky that the place we live in has a few dry out buildings, one of which has a walk in freezer - unused.

All the buildings are full floor to ceiling with boxes of old IT kit, towers, routers, drives of all sorts.

Loads of old CRT monitors and working LCD screens.

About 20 plastic boxes of cable, no idea whats in them.

My office is pretty clear, though, on 25 assorted hard drives and a few DVD drives.

All needs to be got rid off, but I will shed a tear, if I have to dump it!

Nuke, in case it all ens up landfill!

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Hackers leak 120,000 student records in raid on world's top unis

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Happy

Re: Dinosaurs?

Nice schema!

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Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review

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Happy

Re: IT departments

I would worry if they did

Can you imagine the damage it could cause!

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Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

Mr_Pitiful

RIP

If he did go to the moon then wow what a achievement!

If he didn't go then wow what a photo shoot

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Two weeks 'til the internet disappears, for 58 Fortune 500 companies

Mr_Pitiful
WTF?

Infected Routers!

I rather doubt that there are any infected routers

or am I missing something?

If there were routers affected, then wouldn't there be other isseus?

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