* Posts by Kev99

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U.S. tech giant CDW: Our 35% stake in Kelway cost us $86.8m

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May be biggest but definitely not the cheapest

I always price parts & components from multiple sources and CDW is consistently one of the more expensive. No wonder they slurp up companies. I wonder if Kelway actually implements anything secure?

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Internet of Thieves: All that shiny home security gear is crap, warns HP

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And people think having their refrigerators, stoves, and toilets connected to internet of things is a good idea. What a bunch of maroons! Read the news, people. If it's connected to the internet it can and WILL be vulnerable to any one with a computer. Just ask Anthem, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, etc.

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Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway

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Slabs losing sales? Not surprising

I've never found tablets, or the previous in thing, netbooks, to be serious computers. Glorified web surfers? Sure. Fancy picture frames? You betcha. Point and shoot snapshot takers? Passably. Capable of doing serious work in a format someone other than Superman could read? Fugettaboutit.

Where I used to work they decided to get Surface Pros. The first accessory that was bought was a non-standard cable so they could be connected to external monitors. The next accessory was a normal keyboard. Then there were the configuration problems connecting to the network. And as far as running anything more demanding than Word, it was a joke.

I'm old enough to remember when the computer magazines were normally 200+ pages, on paper, and complaining about how small the screens were and how underpowered were the first portables. Funny how the same boffins and wags fell all over themselves for slabs. For real work, I'll stick with my 17" Toshiba running at 3GHz and 6GB RAM.

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Win 8 & Win 10 vsWin 7

I had the misfortune of needing to add a system variable to a Win 8 machine. I had previously made the same addition on a Win 7 box. The Win 7 box was a matter of a right click, a couple left clicks, and bang I was done. On the Win 8 machine it took me 15 minutes to just find the screen I needed to add the variable. If Win 10 is as "intuitive and easy to use" as Win 8, then help us all as our productivity will go thru the floor. Enterprises will need to spend beaucoup monies training just their IT staff let alone their line workers how to use Win 10. As I've said before, I couldn't get Win 10 Tech Preview off my computer fast enough when I tested build 9256 (or whatever the number was).

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Chrome - UGH. IE - Goodbye security.

We use Chrome at work and I wish we didn't. After browsers looking and working one way, Google decided to rewrite the book. Not good. As for IE and it's derivatives, might as well begin kissing your security goodbye.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Forget Win10

I tried Windows 10 Technical preview in December. YUCK! I couldn't get it off my PC fast enough. Which entailed reformatting the hard drive it was on as there was no way to uninstall it. I'll stay with Win7.

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Let the Chinese have the data for our own good

The F-35 is a poor attempt to reinvent the wheel three times. If the copy the designs, then the US and other countries will no trouble defeating the plane. Just like the Bosnians shot down the undetectable B-2. I wonder if the idiots designing these stealth planes are testing them against the radars in use around the world. I doubt it.

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Remember Corel? It's just entered .DLL hell

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Interesting how many vulnerabilities are found in various flavors of DLLs. I wonder who created those marvels?

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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I tried the latest build of Win10. YUCK!!! I'll stick with Win7.

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Would you buy a domain from Google? Industry weighs in on web giant's move

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Maybe Google should work harder at getting its own networks in place as well so the existing ISP might quit charging the stars for providing so-so service.

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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They found the planet Vulcan! Way cool.

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Meru Networks ready to DECIMATE its workforce

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Re: Decimate

I was going to say that.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Bovine excrement!

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Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

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A talking head on the radio said the reason North Korea invited the USA into a joint investigation is embarrass the US. Maybe the US should should surprise the Norks and agree instead of once more making its mind up without all the info at hand. Kind of like Iraq.

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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Another enterprise that's either too damned stupid or too damned cheap to establish a dedicated private line for its confidential information. Remember a web is just a bunch of holes held together by fragile strings.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

Kev99

Still want to know why companies don't give a damn about security and insist on using a web to hold their data. Ever look at a web? It's a bunch of holes held together with a little bit of string.

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Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain

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I still want to know why these idiots put sensitive, confidential, or proprietary information on the web. Other than they're too damned cheap to invest in security. In 80s and before credit card data was transmitted over dedicated telephone lines that were encoded at both ends. Yes, the business had to pay for the terminal and data line, but you'd think that would be a small price compared to the loss of their data and reputation. Apparently, making Wall Street et al. happy is more important.

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Vodafone poised to ink chumship pact with T-Mobile and get back into US enterprise

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Vodaphone experience

When we lived in Mwanza Tanzania, Vodaphone was one of multiple providers of cell phones. (We used Zain because of friends recommendations.) One thing Voda did well was internet access via a USB dongle. The dongle would automatically switch to whatever service had the best signal. I think there were three it used. You didn't notice the swapping and the speeds were DSL or better. IF their business service is anything like their internet dongle service, then they should have no problems getting 500 customers.

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Drive-making kingpin WD gobbles Skyera... to give to HGST

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Flash arrays recoverable?

One question. When a standard alumino-plastic disk goes tits up, the data can often be recovered. When a flash array goes tits up, can anything be recovered? If not, why are they being used? Or are they only being used for active transaction, temporary storage?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Kev99

Redesign

Phhhbbbttt!!!

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It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

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These applications have been around for how many years and Microsoft is still findling bugs, wholes, flaws, etc???? So much for quality control.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Disable Update Install?

Crap. I let FF download 34 and after reading the comments as well thinking about the "features" in 34, I now don't want to install it. Can you prevent it from installing?

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whack hello?

I wonder if there's any way to NOT install Hello. Or delete it after install. Doubt it. Just more useless crapware.

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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OS size

Anyone remember MS Windows came on 3 1.4MB floppies? And was just an operating system? Now you need 1 GB for server OS. Get real. How much crapware are they foisting upon users?

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Norks: We might be aggressive but we didn't hack Sony!

Kev99

Once more a business thinks the internet is safe and there puts its confidential, proprietary data out for all the world to see instead of using a dedicated private network as business used to do. To The Cloud! More like, "To the moon, Alice." Sony deserves what it got.

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US retail giant Target fails to get banks' MEGABREACH lawsuit slung out of court

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Why are they on the internet?

I never cease to wonder why so many companies continue to think the internet is safe and secure and therefore a good place to for sensitive, confidential, and / or proprietary information. Before the ARPA opened the internet to the public, companies used dedicated telephone lines for their data. Now, in bowing to the greedy twerps of Wall Street and The City, these companies have decided the internet is the place to be. They deserve what the get for their greed and stupidity.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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All Writs Act

Sig Heil, Comrade.

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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ATS + handling as good in the same sentence? Oh please

I had the misfortune of being in a ATS once. Mind it was a 2013 but I had more space in my wife's Corolla. For what they charge for that rolling monstrosity you'd thinkk they'd make it big enough for someone over 5' 4".

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Kev99

ZSn - In the states I believe this is the Fiesta ST.

http://www.ford.com/cars/fiesta/?hptid=bb-dflt-bay-fiesta

I too would like to know if someone of normal height (6'3") would be comfortable driving it and if the rig is decent for a long spin on the interstate (M1 to you blokes) or if it would sound like my wife's Toyota Corolla Matrix - a bleedin' kettledrum running over washboards.

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

Kev99

Kiss your files goodbye

First, why would any one in their right mind want to use a public, insecure, Microsoft hosted "cloud" for anything other than milquetoast? Second, why would any one in their right mind want an OS that automatically connects to the internet without asking? Third, why would any one in their right mind trust any Microsoft product that gives any one and everyone access to the internet with no restrictions or conditions automatically?

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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I'd love to have someone come up with a Windows add-on or install helper that would watch which of the hundreds of thousands of files are actually needed for an install and keep the rest out.

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Kudos

I'm something of a history buff and really enjoyed this article. I had no idea the Harrier was the Camels "grandson". I can understand somewhat why BAe bugged out of Kingston. It probably had as much to do with saving a few pence as keeping the crybabies silent.

Good article.

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Chinese hackers slurp iCloud passwords, Apple's CEO jumps into his jet for China

Kev99

To the Cloud

and watch your data, money and proprietary information disappear. Idiots.

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Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

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The cloud is for fools and thieves

"Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight" What an appropriate title for this article. Apparently all the data breaches in the news haven't had any effect on the intelligence of those in charge of data security. Put you data on the "cloud" and watch it take flight to China, Russia, wherever. Remember, clouds aren't stagnant. They move with the winds and soon disappear.

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

Kev99

Wish I had the $72,000US AND it was available in the US.

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Splitters! First HP's cut in two, now it's Symantec’s turn – report

Kev99

"However, security revenues have been impacted by the rise of tablets, which don’t use it,..."

Wait a few days and tablets will be attacked just as badly as PCs and "smart" phones. The moment someone connects to the internet, they're vulnerable.

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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

Kev99

Actually, I think if the studios were to charge more realistic prices for the material and not load all the garbage onto the discs piracy would quite possibly decline.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

Kev99

One more reason to not keep your internet connection / wifi on all the time. Und, ve vill find you no matter vhat you try.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Oh so true...

What Petur said. And my NAS has been up & running for a couple years and has never been bothered, something the streaming services can't claim.

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Federal law from late 1800's applies

I wish I could remember the exact details but there was an article in the Miami Herald about the Florida shoreline & public access. In the article the author found out there was a federal law from the late 1800's that declared all navigable waterways were the property of the citizens of the US and therefore access could not be denied by anyone to these waterways. The law, if what's left of my memory works, specifically included the ocean coasts.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

Kev99

Apple may not allow their OS on non-Apple computers, it is possible to install on a PC, albeit not easily. I believe there is precedence in the US as to Apple's OS. IBM got burned by the courts when it refused to allow businesses to use any hardware except their for their Big Iron. After the loss, numerous compatible systems came online, notably Hitachi and Fujitsu. I agree with the assertion the Microsoft is a monopoly for another reason resides market share. Microsoft forces end-users to buy a new OS by creating new "versions" of the OS. More often than not, the new versions have features and micro-apps that nothing to do with an operating system, as well as more vulnerabilities and bloat. Remember, Windows 3.1 came on 5 3.5" floppies.

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SHARE 'N' SINK: OneDrive corrupting Office 2013 files

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Re: Excel file structure.

You just realizing that? Apparently you've never had to use Word & Excel at the same time. I'm not even sure the two bloated cows are from the same planet.

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The Cloud is where it's at. NOT!

As I've said before, anyone fool enuff to fall for the hype that storing their data on "The Cloud" is safe & secure deserves to be hosed.

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HP: NORKS' cyber spying efforts actually a credible cyberthreat

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Hacking into defense nets? That makes me feel safe

I have one little question. If all the electronic traffic generated by the various militaries is so secret and sensitive, why is it going across what appears to be the "public" networks?

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Too lazy to look?

Oh, bloody hell. I've only seen one USB connector of any format that didn't have the top clearly marked in some manner, usually with the USB symbol. First the carmakers are designing for incompetent morons and now computer gear makers. Idiocracy is coming true.

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Bell Labs GaAs modem from 1960s

While working on my MBA in the late 90s I found an article from Bell Labs about their development of a Gallium Arsenide modem. They ran a copper line over several hundred miles and maintained well in excess of 600Mps. I wonder what happened to that?

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

Kev99

Why do the fools leave the Xbox turned on? Or doesn't it have that marvelous invention made famous by the Assyrians - an On-Off switch?

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

Kev99

Does the US have a corresponding law? I sure hope so. But then, we do have the best legislators money can buy.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

Kev99

What purpose does a tablet serve?

The 20 something geeks weren't around when the first Compaq came out. The pundits complained then about the small screen and slow performance compared to desktops. A friend of mine got a Dell tablet to replace her laptop. The screen is so small she can't see half of the information on the screen. Plus, it won't run the ERP app we need. And using a touch screen is ridiculous unless you have hands steadier than a robots.

I'm quite comfortable with my Toshiba laptop with its 17" screen, 8GB RAM and 650GB HD. And extra storage I need I drop onto my NAS.

Until tablet reach the speed and capabilities the original Star Trek implied, they'll be nothing but a toy for those who don't want to use a real computer.

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