* Posts by BongoJoe

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

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Someone please...

...offer this service to the BBC

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: However

"All they have to do is push out heirs and look good on a stamp"

Until the last part I was looking forward to Peter Beardsley being king.

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Re: However

@Sarah

In principle I would agree. But what is the alternative? Would a self-serving politician being president be any better?

I think that I would happily pay my 75p a year for the Royal Family as the alternative (think of President Blair) is too horrendous to consider.

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COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins

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IT Angle

Naming Convention

Who's to blame for this one?

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Re: What I like....

No, Martin. You can't.

You went to the wrong school, you see.

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Re: And when they leave the service of the public...

I find it nothing short of corrupt and, perhaps, treasonous when cabinet members have interests in private medical care corporations whilst the NHS is crumbling.

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LinkedIn values your privacy at ONE WHOLE LOUSY DOLLAR

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Right, time to cancel that account.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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What? Is it Hotfix Tuesday aleady?

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: A Welsh affair.

Then there's David Hughes from Corwen who in 1879 was detecting spark signals.

Go forwards three years to 1892 and William Preece, another Gogledd Cymreag was sending signals across from Cardiff to Holm Island before doing the same across the Conwy Valley.

Then came Marconi.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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To Bach

I have the same problems with the 'to bach' in Welsh on the Windows machines. The To Bach (the little hat that's Esc 6) seems to work fine with the ancient henges carved from slate and bluestone but try anything on Windows and it's a nightmare waiting to happen.

I suppose if they made a Cymraeg keyboard then I could use that but it would be useful to have, say, the 'x' key even if it's used for the cutting part of the cut and paste operation. And with said keyboard having no 'j' would useless for the eternal control-j usage in browsers.

So it would have been useful if Microsoft, who have been making Windows operating systems for over thirty years, to have considered an easy way to add accented text without all sorts of alt-key codes (I can still remember the Norwegian codes from decades ago so this problem is hardly new).

Anyway, if anyone is still looking for a way to handle Welsh characters then may I point one to this very excellent tool: http://www.interceptorsolutions.com/products/tobach

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Re: Let's not foget the Quantel Photobox

The Dire Straits video, Money For Nothing was noted for being manipulated in Paintbox.

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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Re: The Internet turning Communist?

It's the Caldari Empire !

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

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Re: My IT classes...

I remember doing that with the five and a half inch floppies which, in those days, cost a fortune.

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Re: Any skills learnt

John, most modern programmers couldn't tell you what a pointer is anyway.

Alas learning to program has got away from learning to program.

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Re: today we are going to learn about IT

Will the use of the <marquee> tag earn extra credits towards that David Beckham studies degree?

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Re: phnaar..

Why on $DIETY's Earth would they want a random link button?

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UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

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This would literally send me cross-eyed.

I have no idea what the average user's focal length is but anything shorter than the distance to the end of my nose isn't going to work for me.

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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Re: I am getting my coat...

My Golden Rule.

End of each paragraph smack Control-S just after the Enter Key. It's better that way than to rely on AutoSave.

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Re: What do you mean "some?"

Some of the security patches still bork Active-X controls within Office documents and they're still out there...

The problems of the patches now outweigh the benefits here and each time some Windows $HIGH_NUM fanboi goes on about the disadvantages of earlier versions of this and that not getting patches it leaves me more and more bemused.

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Hackers break the bank to the tune of $300 MEEELLION

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Re: Two years? Up to a Billion+?

Audits? You mean like the vapour-ware EU audits?

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Sony hurls Online Entertainment from the mothership

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Re: "They have a proven track record in similar and related industries..."

...when I played EverQuest used to be known as EverCrack.

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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Re: Hmmm....

Well, it saves having staff coming in on a Bank Holiday to make an announcement and thus saves the company double time and a day off in lieu.

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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Indeed, good luck writing code on a phone.

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Re: Huh?

Can we knock this 'lack of support' fable on its head for once and for all.

Let's say you find a bug or a problem with Windows $THIS_WEEK'S_VERSION and you contact Microsoft. Do you seriously expect them to support you with a fix?

I've been contacting them with bugs in Windows 7 and, guess what, not even an acknowledgement let alone a fix.

So, back to XP. What support would you expect to have that's missing? I've a number of XP machines running here and my life isn't any less for it. In fact in a lot of cases XP is a lot better than later versions of Windows.

As I say, let's knock this on the head for once and for all, can we?

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IBM says dating apps can give you a nasty infection DOWN THERE!

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Re: running sex scheduling software

Decline

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Stuart, you got me thinking there. Here in North Wales on the South Western armpit of Snowdonia I can't think of one person I know hereabouts or down the LLyn Peninsula who is 'on' Vodaphone.

In fact, I had quite forgotten that they had once existed. Do they still?

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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Big Brother

Imagine a legal and peaceful demonstration.

The Met Police decide otherwise and release a hundred or so of these. With tasers...

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Being AC in such a post is surely pointless.

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Re: Kick

I wouldn't want one to hump my leg.

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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Re: @Dan 55

The American Legal Industry got together about 18 years ago and told MS to sort out the borked Styles and Numbering within Word else they would be off, en-masse, to another word processor.

There UK legal industry did nod in agreement and said that they would follow but the threat had been made and, guess what, the next version of Word was less borked than before and it made my life that little less like hell.

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Re: Lifetime of the device.

...as in Lifetime Guarantees on pacemakers?

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Re: One teensy question

Far do's. Now what about Windows as a Service? Will you be surrendering your position here?

Anyway, well done for getting that right. I need to check where I have gone wrong. Thanks for the nudge.

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Re: Apart from the naming, how does this differ to what's already happening now?

At the moment some machines here have IIS installed, others don't. All, for example, have Microsoft Search removed.

Will this level of configuration for the actual Windows components be disallowed? And when it comes to the networking; I am tired of some of my machines telling me that, all of a sudden, its now in an internet cafe or that it's at 'Home' and it will bork the networking completely.

Or will these joys vanish along with the ability to nail things down properly?

I don't want Windows as a service but as an operating system even though it's gone a long way from that.. I think that NT4 was perhaps the last time I considered it to be a full operating system that I could recognise as one. Perhaps there's a micro o/s undernearh all of this lot to make this service run.

Perhaps it's MS-DOS 4.0...

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One teensy question

Let us imagine the very rare possibility of a Windows update borking something say a security patch that stops Active-X (ie controls) working in Office applications or a Search Patch which slows the machine to a halt...

What happens then? Are we lumbered with this update or can we remove the offending patch? If the latter then not every environment will be the same and if the former will Microsoft test the patch indoors at Redmond first?

After waking up to find a Do Not Update Windows 7 machine updated this morning (I think they get tired of asking and do it anyway because my long data run is not as important as their patch) I think that I would be very wary of such a practise.

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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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Re: Catch-22

No, that's not encryption but my bloody awful spelling.

Mind you, with all the TextSpeak in use these days this could surely be classed as a form of mild encryption...

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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Re: Norkage

It appears that a few of us have...

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Re: Norkage

3 am...

<knock, knock>

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Re: It's got Seth Rogen in it

And don't forget for the female lead we're going to need that woman, Jessica Ruud van Nistelroy

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Re: Sigh...

The last two 'comedies' that I enjoyed were GalaxyQuest and Love Actually.

And as these are ages old it, sadly, just goes to show...

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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MP3

Now, there's something wrong here for a start.

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Re: As we've been saying since at least the 1960s ...

In the 90s a few of us found a HiFi magazine which reviewed a pair of speakers. The did cost a few hundred quid, I'll grant. The review was glowing, the various sonic tests in the lab and that gubbins showed them to be almost perfect.

I said "So that's the end of the HiFi business then, is it?"

My mate replied, "Just wait."

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

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“AdVoice gives digital advertisers the opportunity to re-target their mobile users via multi-Mobile Network Operator channels and generate revenues from sources other than subscribers.”

This, without doubt, is going to go along the lines of "Your call is important to us, so we'd like to foce you to listen to our advert whilst we're talking to someone else whose call is clearly more important to us than yours."

The dweeb in the quote above uses the word 'target'. I can only agree...

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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To be fair it would be right to assume that If these guys wanted faster internet access then they should look for premises in a TechHub.

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

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Two bottles in sixteen hours wouldn't make you an alcoholic, surely?

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China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments

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Twatter

I am tired of these so-called parody accounts on Twitter which are not parody in the slightest and only carry adverts.

It's at such times that I am with the Chinese.

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

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Re: MS Garbage Collector

Ugh, don't. Having large applications, pre .Net days, when one would try to force in-built garbage collector to run by all sort of jiggery-pokery was nothing short of a nightmare.

When one has a linked list or binary tree in VBA of over a quarter of a million nodes and trying to get the MS in-built garbage collector to work at will was nigh on impossible.

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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov

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Re: All ages suffer in rural digital dark ages

Well, saying that being rural is our lifestyle choice and we shouldn't ask you to subsidise it doesn't really work after a moment's worth of thought.

Admittedly I don't need to be in a city or a large town somewhere where you'd have me live because I don't farm. If this were the case then two immediate problems would occur.

First is that the demand for properties in the towns and cities would rise and so would the cost of living there. Secondly, now there's fewer people out in the country then services would be more expensive per head.

So rather than foist these extra costs onto those living in the towns and cities it would perhaps be better if more services could be introduced into the country so that more people could live there and work there. this would mean less strain on the infrastructure as fewer people would need to work in the few large commercial centres of the country. And who knows, the city dweller's life may even be improved as he can get a seat on the train into London Waterloo every morning.

The ideal would be have more people out in the country with proper services and not enforce them to move to the towns and cities which are overcrowded already.

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Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

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Re: Happens too often

but do you know anyone who's paid for WinZip?

Well, does paying for PKZip count? Decades ago for sure, but I did pay.

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BY JUPITER: The science behind Friday's Solar System light show

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Headmaster

With the brightness as it is the moons of Jupiter are readily seen with binoculars. And those lads don't half shift from night to night, not like our slothful lump of green cheese.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Re: "If it works it'll go nationwide, says telco's top dog"

Yes, as the man says, nationwide.

That is, to five or six cities which are, er, nationwide

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