* Posts by BongoJoe

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NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage

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Re: Given the chaos caused

I am thinking of little old lady taking her repeat prescription down to the chemist. A bit of paper she can handle but ask her to bring her phone will only cause confusion as she snips the cord of her rotary telephone receiver* from the hall passage and brings that in.

And, yes, they still use them.

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Re: A bright future for IOT?

I can't wait for the bath tub soap holding pop-up toaster to start culling the herd...

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: I don't think he handled this job at all correctly

Wouldn't a new server added to the network be the place to start and then to move stuff over to it, or them, if the manglement allowed the spending?

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: The end of any driving pleasure

I've always thought that the large black thing one drives on would make for a great solar power collector. Okay, not massively efficient but it would be a dream to harness the sun on the roads.

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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Re: I hope...

I don't know about America but there was a case in my own town about a woman who left some prime real estate to the town almost fifty years ago, on the condition it was used as a place for mothers to rest and look after their kids. About ten years ago the council tried to sell it, since the land and building were worth millions at that point, being right in the middle of town, and they almost got away with it until a local lawyer stepped in and had a court look at the original will.

I wish that they did that with the London Olympics. The allotments were given to the people as a thank you for their efforts in the war and were promised to be left so for eternity.

Then some mega-corp waved a wedge of notes under the noses of the authorities. Of course, considering the government of the day all legal objections were overruled.

My point? Even if it's all set in stone and watertight the government can come in and change the rules at the last minute.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Re: When was the last time you paid road tax?

Alas, most folk don't. How many people do you hear complaining of cyclists on the road and that they don't pay the road tax? Or how many times do you hear of overseas drivers coming to the UK and using 'our roads which we paid road tax for'?

I would say that most people don't have a clue that there's no such thing as road tax these days.

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Re: Mine!

You don't 'own' the road because you paid road tax.

When was the last time you paid road tax? It was back in the sixties around fifty years ago when it was abolished.

The tax you pay now is just a fee enabling you drive that one particular vehicle that's in your particular name on the roads and nothing to do with the old Road Fund Tax.

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Get thee behind me, Satanic mills! Robert Owen's Scottish legacy

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Satanic Mills

I do believe that the satanic mills long loved of verse and song actually referred to universities and not the mills of the cotton and woollen industries.

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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Re: Would you believe Windows XP market share went UP last week?

Actually no. There are many things which aren't compatible.

For a start any version of Internet Explorer later than a certain version simply won't work with Visual Studio 6. So, if you use any of the controls that came with VS6 then it won't work. That issue is none of my doing.

Secondly, the code uses a lot of ADO because it works and that was the bees knees at the time. With XP I can blat out about twenty thousand queries and no end of operations on the resultant recordsets (each day's run may have over a couple of million iterations through all of the recordsets). All of the designs were the right design of the day and to MS' own approved methods.

Having said that; the quality of my code actually surpassed MS' own samples in the MSDN. This wasn't hard because, for example, MS were not very good at using data types in their examples.

On W7 machines and later this just chokes after lots of thousands of databases queries. The problem is, again, the lack of backward compatibility. Yes, I have tried to change the Connections and about everything else I can think of without going from the ADO.

But the point is. That the code that I wrote was to standard at the time. Not only that; I used Microsoft's own compilers, on their own operations systems against their own databases and to their requirements, specifications and standards and then along comes .Net and Windows 7 and what they've done is to ignore what was done in the past and made no real attempt at backward compatibility.

I know of other developers who have similar issues. On my main machine here I can at least load the application into Visual Studio because I have an old version of Internet Explorer. On my newer machines I can't even load the source code into the IDE because of the browser.

This last point. I fail to see how this is my fault. Anyway, myself and others all say the same thing: if we can load the code into the compiler then we can't compile it because that doesn't work for large Visual Studio applications. I don't know how large it has to be before it all breaks but I have an application with about 100 classes, dozens of modules, around fifty forms and the compiler breaks on Windows 7 machines.

Again, that isn't my doing.

That's why I need XP machines because MS have really buggered things up. And there's more than just the two of us with this problem: there must be billions of lines of code out there that works and was written well and to spec which still has to be supported.

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Re: Would you believe Windows XP market share went UP last week?

Me. For lots of reasons.

1. A lot of applications run here that were written in Visual Studio 6 and being a one-man band I can't afford the time to take six months or a year out of my life to recode everything.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. My code ain't broke.

2. The XP Compatability feature: Quite simply doesn't work for heavy data usage.

3. Old crufty machines that run XP run just as fast as my modern W7 machines.

So why should I take a year out of business just to update something that already works? No thank you, it's XP all the way here.

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Re: Darn - they saw me rolling back those laptops to XP last week

I've got XP running on some old HP machines and, yes, they are running through my stuff faster than the Windows 7 machines on newer hardware.

I need more XP machines, I do.

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Susan Sheridan, voice of Hitchhiker's Trillian, dies aged 68

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Re: radio first?

I have still got my towel. It, too, is all stained from all sorts of stuff from over the decades.

I only keep it to mildly annoy the wife.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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Re: re Pahh

I think you went wrong when you failed to use the wool to make the semaphore flags.

Yours with bags of black wool to card and spin...

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Re: Happens often enough here in France

Wouldn't it best, under these circumstances, to take on the identity of the person who "wasn't dead"?

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: Big Sister

As long as the citizens/voters get their bread and circuses, they don't care what government does to them.

So, nothing has changed much since the days of the Roman Empire then?

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Re: Just like her namesake

Pedantically speaking it ought to be "Sorry to be a pedant". Sorry.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Security Issues Ahead

I hope that the cult of Ikabai-Sital never wish to download an anti-virus package because to the Merkins it may sound a little like...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/07/sophos_anti_muslim_name_filter/

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: also autoticking the upgrade button in Win Update

And people downvoted me when I said that I have turned off my Update Service in W7...

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Muslim name?

What exactly is a Muslim name? Is it a name that some Muslims have?

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HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

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Re: If it had been me...

Surely a more important question would be to ask if he wanted double glazing?

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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Re: FOSS

Do you believe governments are good at software development projects?

When I worked for the Gov many decades ago one massive and important project was written in APL for no plausible reason.

So, I think: No.

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Re: Simple solution

Hire more employees, then the software per employee cost will fall.

But, shirley, you'll need to get more licences for those more employees...

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: Errm, you cannot prove a negative.

I do not have fifteen legs.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: Hrm, no

Disliking change for change's sake? Well, explain to be how selecting an MS app to make it the active window and showing the title bar to be just 1% slightly darker grey than an unactive window?

I liked things more when the active window was more obvious rather than impossible to detect.

What sort of improvement was that?

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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

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Re: Earworm

That was... bloody awful.

Have an upvote.

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

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Re: He should be ashamed

I remember him in AGAINST ALL ODDS and ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA.

I never have rated him though even though I enjoyed the latter.

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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A shame because otherwise have newspapers, for example The Sun and The Telegraph, could show lots of pictures of scantily clad stunnahs under the strapline "Phew! Wotta Scorcher!"

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: Cars

I think that Microsoft have designed my latest vehicle.

The windscreen wiper control wossit arm thing is on the right hand side of my steering wheel but unlike everything else it's now top for off and not bottom and the gear lever has moved to a different position and the handbrake has moved to the other side of the driver's seat.

Further proof in that MS designed the vehicle: the buttons, knobs and such on the heater all move but nothing happens.

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Re: No Control of Updating

Exactly. Anyone remember Microsoft's Search? Anyone with half a wit would have refused to have that installed.

What would the point be of delaying the installation for ninety days? Any issues of it nobbling your machine's speed wouldn't have been fixed in that time. I have lost count of the number of updates and improvements which haven't been fixed at all and are still not fixed.

In my view it's clear: the user/admin needs to have control as to what goes onto each machine,.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Ignorance of the Law...

...is not a defence.

So, cough up over three hundred dollars.

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

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Asking for abuse

Sheep Marketplace. Really...?

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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Re: What should Microsoft's enterprise clients do now?

What is the VBA equivalent like in LibreOffice?

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: Get ready to duck

I wonder how many people run into their own spouses on that site?

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

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Re: Especially as the amp's main benefit to humans is distortion

@King Jack.

Not even electric guitar. Listen to the sound that Jon Lord used to get pushing his Hammond through a Marshall stack.

Mr Lord said that it took his techie many attempts to get the two to work together and blew himself up a few times in the process but the sound that Lord got out of that Marshall just tore the fabric of time and space apart.

Oh, sorry. Got all Hawkwind there for a moment...

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Re: Knobs

Will it have valves?

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: I used to be like you

Can you tell me if Eve Online works on Linux? If so, I am getting a new machine forthwith...

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This is why I have turned off my Windows 7 Update Service and then, if I wish, I can then go and find any real essential updates that I need.

Yes, I know that I got downvoted for this the last time I said this but in this game there are no assurances other than that something is going to bork your machine and applications. It may be a hacker or someone breaking into the machine or it may be an update which breaks everything.

At the moment I have taken the path which, for me, offers the least risk. That, alas, is the one with the update services turned off. And the stuff which I do my real work is only fastened to the internet for one hour a day and it does one thing on there: ftp to a known good site (my own) and then turns off. Yes, it's not foolproof but it's better than updates borking the machine and updates being not backward compatible with my applications.

For example, the later versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer isn't compatible with some of Microsoft's own software components even though they aren't even in the same ballpark of functionality.

Some of these updates and improvements are complete show-stoppers.

Some aren't but just a downgrade. I am still, for example, resisting the updates to Skype because the version that I am on is a lot better than the new hipster frappe-latte-chino bollocks that they're trying to foist onto me.

If I were to allow Microsoft to update everything at will then I may as well close up my business tomorrow and start serving petrol at the nearest garage instead. Except that I can't. My mate is already doing that.

The comparison is, of course, with tablets. These update all the time and I accept that. On the other hand, I don't use my tablets for essential stuff and never will.

This auto-update is nothing short of an ill-thought out presumption which should be dropped entirely.

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Re: no matter what MS force on us

...and if one is in the middle of a massive data run which takes hours and the last thing that one needs is a reboot when the CPU is thumping away.

After all these years MS still haven't thought to consider that not all users will be at their desks especially if the CPU and Page Fault count is going full tilt and has done with no user intervention for the past five or ten hours.

The latest from the Redmond HiveMind is that everyone is writing OneNote documents and can handle a five minute interruption whilst they go for a frappe-latte-chino and take their stupid beards for a walk.

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Re: no matter what MS force on us

How many of these updates recently have killed Office applications?

I had one humdinger of an issue recently which borked my Excel applications the security updates stopped any of MS' own Active-X controls working on their own products. The only way to fix the issue was to remove the update and, on my other machines, stop that update buggering up the system there.

And this wasn't just one single security update which did that.

So, back to your question: Why would anyone want a 'fix' to stop important security updates & fixes? the answer would surely now be obvious.

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Metadata slurp warrant typo sends cops barging into the wrong house

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Ctizens

When exactly did we become citizens?

Being a citizen means being a chattel of the State and I do distinctly remember being not a citizen but a Subject of Her Majesty and not lorded over by her Civil Servants.

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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You know that site which shows where every flight is at any one time. Wouldn't it be good if there were one which tracked the whereabouts of the current Home Secretary, no matter who it is?

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: £££s

My chum and I were once thrown out of a Paris taxi for asking "...and why did they build the Arc de Triumphe?"

icon because...

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

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Re: Northern refinement

Stork?

(see icon)

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Re: Northern refinement

It's for fending off the whippet whilst tucking into the lard doorstop sarnie.

Any proper Northerner would tell you that.

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Re: Uitsmijter is lekker!

This is definitely a home cooking job as most of the shops that sell the uitsmijter are closed when the pubs close

Which is why living in Belgium was preferable. There's always something open somewhere.

One cafe I used to go to in the early hours was last closed during the Occupation. Even now if they have to decorate the place they move the detritus (that's a posh word for the likes of you and I at four in the morning) to the other side of the bar.

Belgium is much derided by its detractors but it's got its priorities sorted out.

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Memories

The number of times that on work days in Antwerpen that I had a near fatal hangover and the only thing that I could face at lunch was one of these are just too many to mention.

Weekend hangovers, of course, were treated to a pot of mussels on the banks of the Schelde with copious amounts of either Hoogarden (in pre-Interbrew days) and/or De Koningk.

Thanks for the glorious memories.

(excuse spelling. It's the gin. Honest)

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Miscomprehension

Surely this is was all nothing more than an unscreened episode of Brittas Empire.

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Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council

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Re: For Christ's sake NOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...................

I, for one, will not be happy to be paying my council tax to our Intergalactic council overlords

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: You fucking WHAT…?!

Wasn't that the one which went from the little known town of Gobowen, just outside of Oswestry, known for its excellent orthopaedic hospital?

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Re: You fucking WHAT…?!

I've always said: Virgin Trains -- Bring Your Own Wellingtons

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