* Posts by Kev99

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

Kev99

Let's see. They are laying cable that can carry 60 Tbps yet we're lucky to get 10Mbps on land. What am I missing here? AND, it's over COPPER!

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

Kev99

Once more Microsoft listens to its....CASH REGISTERS, NOT its customers.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Re: Why bother upgrading from Windows 7?

Don't forget, you'll probably also need to double or triple your RAM and HD capacity just to load the bugger. Each version of Windows is always fatter than the previous.

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Kev99

I still think someone should build some applet that will check and see how many of the umpteen gigabytes that will make up Win10 are actually needed, not on install but also on startup. Then give the user to whack or disable them. Yes I can look at task manager, but how many of those puppies are really hunting and how many are just lying on the porch?

Also, I tried Build whatever in February. I couldn't get it off my PC fast enough. I'd sooner go back to XP.

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Today, the US govt must explain why its rules on shutting down whole cell networks are a secret

Kev99

Da, Comrade. Together with our friends in Berlin, we will convince the proletariat these rules are necessary for their own safety. Then we will crush their means to communicate and travel freely.

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Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

Kev99

One problem with ditching XP. W7 won't run on most of the machines using XP. W8 is even worse and who knows what a memory hog W10 will be.A large number of businesses and individuals can either not afford to upgrade to new computers every time Microsoft comes out with a new OS, or they their computers can't be upgraded. I remember people complaining when Windows came on 7 3.5" floppies and what memory hog it was.

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Soil and sand harden as SPEEDING MISSILES and METEORS SLAM into GROUND – boffins

Kev99

Well, DUH! IT's just a variation on fluid dynamics. Slowly push your hand into water and there's no problem. Slam your hand into the water and you end up hurting. Obviously those boffins never did belly flops as kids.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

Kev99

I've been saying the IoT was just a joke, scam, threat, etc since we all know how safe and secure the internet is. Only fools would ever buy into this idiocy.

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

Kev99

Who was president then? Wasn't it the same guy guy who also abrogate4d the 4th amendment?

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Cloudy McCloud Cloud HP just said public cloud 'makes no sense for us'

Kev99

Before everyone thought the internet was the be all to end all and thought it was safe and secure, companies used private networks over dedicated phone lines. It appears HP may have come to its senses about slapping everything into that giant sieve known as the internet or "cloud". Or not. I'm sure a dedicated private network would be just as fast as the 'net since both run over AT&T and children's copper.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

Kev99

Money talks and it looks like the W3C got bought off even easier than Congress.

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PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

Kev99

We can only hope this bill becomes law and and the 4th and 5th amendments get (partially) restored after being gutted by King George.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

Kev99

If the sue-ballers bothered to read the Communications Act of 1934 in its entirety, they would have seen that all radio transmissions in the US are the property of the United States of America and its citizens. They would realize that probably close to 90% - 95% of all internet traffic runs either thru the telco's own copper wire or satellite transmissions. Therefore, they are subject to FCC oversight whether they like it or not.

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Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

Kev99

Boo-hoo-hoo

First, poor widdle Intel. It only made 10 times as much money as the next largest chipmaker instead of 11 times. Now, they want to help give hackers, crooks, spies, and other ne'er do well even m,ore opportunities to steal your life by pushing the internet of things. Sheesh. What a bunch of maroons.

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FTC to DirecTV: No more lies! Tell viewers what you really charge

Kev99

FCC is dead on

DirecTV service was fairly good but I jumped at the chance to switch to fiber-optic when it became available. One reason was the amount we were charged did increase by somewhere between $10 and $20 a month in the second year.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

Kev99

No money to be had in cheap drugs...

Nor do the drug companies believe you can't put a value on someone's life. They do it all the time with meds costing upwards of $1,000 a dose and more for something that cost a few bucks to make. Who needs illegal drugs when the legals are even more lucrative.

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US air traffic control 'vulnerable to hackers' says watchdog

Kev99

Yawn, so what else is new

How much you want to bet ATC uses the open to everyone, especially crooks, hackers, and idiots, internet.I doubt very seriously American business and government are ever going to go back to dedicated lines that only the licensees could access. Just as all the US hotel chains that fired their accounting staffs so they could outsource to India will soon be burned.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

Kev99

"Whether a laser weapon like ATHENA would be able to train its beam on the same spot on a moving target for the several seconds needed to do serious damage is unclear." Probably will work as well as all those missiles that are fired at stationary targets in the promo tapes.

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

They found the planet Vulcan! Way cool.

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Meru Networks ready to DECIMATE its workforce

Kev99

Re: Decimate

I was going to say that.

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

Kev99

Bovine excrement!

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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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Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

All Writs Act

Sig Heil, Comrade.

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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

Kev99

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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