* Posts by The Real Tony Smith

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Genuine BSODs?

The last time I saw a kernel panic was when the kids came to me and said...

'Dad, the computer's gone chav'.

Sure enough, there on the screen was...

Kernel panic, cannot start init.

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

The Real Tony Smith

Re: We should use neither

"Its too low powered for most proper computing tasks "

Define 'proper'? How about a backup server?

I've got one sitting at home blu-tac'd (yes really!) to a USB hub and a USB hard drive. Each night it reaches out to my office and several servers around the country and backs up the daily data via rsnapshot.

Been working over a year now with no problems.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

The Real Tony Smith
WTF?

Art Desk?

You have an Art Desk??????????

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

The Real Tony Smith

Re: What could go wrong?

"Microsoft do have some prior experience in organising a party in San Francisco"

And who can forget the wild experience that was the Windows 7 launch party..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cX4t5-YpHQ

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Lester Haines: RIP

The Real Tony Smith

I can just imagine an honour guard of playmobile figures

RIP

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Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Sub contractors

Reminds me of when we had a Mercury box installed to escape BT's horrendous call charges.

It was screwed to a plasterboard wall with screws and ordinary rawlplugs. It developed quite a lean and we were all carefull to go to the other side of the corridor when walking past so as not to jog it.

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The Real Tony Smith

Possibly he only thought it would be a 7ft fall onto the floor and he didn't realise he'd moved along the loft and was over the stairwell?

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

The Real Tony Smith

Microsoft has since hinted that its mobile phone business may be nearing its end

Ummm, did it ever get started?

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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

The Real Tony Smith

Could have been worse

You could have been locked in with some alien eggs.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU1YaowhYKM

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

The Real Tony Smith

Re: If proof is needed...

"Its 2016, and, I can Google for my Drivers boo hoo hoo!"

Why do you need to Google for your drivers? Don't they just come with your OS? And are updated via your OS's central update system?

Linux user for 8 years now, mildly amused by all this driver business with Windows that seems to involve downloading random executables from the Internet!

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

The Real Tony Smith
Mushroom

Re: Holy cow.

> Peer through the tempest/EMP hardened screen at the monitor

Fond memories of hours spent in front of a Beta Bandit :-)

Icon because it was during the Cold War, and if we got it wrong............

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

The Real Tony Smith

Re: So...

Still using Kubuntu 8.04, released in 2008.

It works......

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Vote with your wallet

> > That is the efficient way guys: don't buy it, and you'll see, things will change!

>

> Didn't have any choice, but to buy it. It's a "free" upgrade to w7 so I paid for w10 when I purchased

> my w7 licences.

Interestingky enough I was just looking at a new laptop from Novatech (where you can get them sans OS) and the prices for MS are as follows..

Windows 10 £79.99

Windows 10 Professional £109.99

Windows 7 Professional £119.99

So the older (and apparently inferior) OS is more expensive!

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The Real Tony Smith

Re: Don't blame users for the UI

> Maybe you just need to learn how to use Windows properly?

>

> Not hard, honest.

Which version?

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

The Real Tony Smith

Re: @Orwell

> Doesn't seem that complex to manually install, similar to the Noobs install http://ms-iot.github.io

> /content/en-US/win10/GetStartedManually.htm

Errr..... no. Downloading Noobs doesn't require you to register for something that includes a 13 (yes, thirteen!) page agreement including such gems as....

'you may experience occasional crashes and data loss'

'The Program Services, if installed on a mobile device, may inadvertently damage your device rendering it inoperable.'

'The Program Services may automatically collect and transmit data to Microsoft and its partners regarding activities on your devices, including personal information'

'The Program Services may stop working, be updated, or removed from your device automatically without notice'

'From time to time, Microsoft may change or amend these terms..... You agree to visit the Program Website at least once every 30 days to check for potential notice of changes.'

'By using the Program Services, you agree to receive automatic updates without any additional notice, and permit Microsoft to download and install them for you. You agree to obtain these updates only from Microsoft or Microsoft authorized sources.'

'Limited or no support may be provided for the Program Services.'

'Software is licensed under the terms of this Agreement, but it may also include additional license terms.'

'Some or all of the Software may cease working on its expiration date. You have no right to use the Software after its expiration date.'

'Microsoft reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Program Services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.'

Totally gobsmacked

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The Real Tony Smith

Re: No, thank you.

> MS practically gave away XP Home to OEMs building netbooks to get Linux off them. That carried

> on until Windows 7 was updated to work with netbooks and by then everybody (most importantly,

> shops) expected Windows on their netbook.

They didn't 'give it away', they forced manufacturers to install it by threatening to raise prices on their other Windows licences if they didn't.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

The Real Tony Smith

Re: How about

> No legacy x86 .. Rap Pi is great for niche use, not to replace existing x86 Workstation (Laptop or separates).

On the contrary, I'm about to replace a 19" x86 rack server with a RPi and cloud based storage solution.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Pah!

I've got an EeePC sitting here doing stirling work as a low load database server with the addition of a couple of 1TB USB drives configured as RAID 1.

Also running Debian

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Thanks BT

I foresee a BT Baby Boom

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Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Open Source FTW

> How much scrutiny is going to go into a light bulbs firmware?

And how many people is it going to take to check it

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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

The Real Tony Smith
FAIL

Re: Let me get this straight...?

Windows 10 has nothing to do with it, this has been available for years in software (Kubuntu 8.10, no idea about Windows)

This just extends it to hardware, always more secure than software.

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

The Real Tony Smith

Re: What the hack...

And what about some seaweed?

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The Real Tony Smith

Re: Moral police - Is it against the law to have your lunch in a strip joint?

"it's not where he has his lunch that bothers me"

ROTFLMAO!

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Rejoice, Penguinistas, Linux 4.4 is upon us

The Real Tony Smith

"Sooooo, I updated to jessie (Debian stable) over the holiday season"

Holiday season? Do you mean Christmas?

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One Ring to pwn them all: IoT doorbell can reveal your Wi-Fi key

The Real Tony Smith

WTF?

So you have to wait for someone to ring the doorbell before you get a software update?????

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

The Real Tony Smith

Same here, and despite informing me I can't upgrade this PC (actually VirtualBox under Linux) the Windows 10 upgrade icon is still there. Why??????????

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Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

Re: Leave it up to MS...

'I used to have a PS script which would check the event logs on 4 different Windows servers and warn me when something odd was found. That is innovation for you.'

Innovation? Maybe in the Windows world but that's Linux basics!

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Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

The Real Tony Smith

Re: How long?

'Red Hat and SLES require a support license'

No they don't, they OFFER a support license. You are quite free to run it without support if you think fit.

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Replacement

Not only OS upgrades....

The 'non-choice' window came up on my copy of Win7 running under a VM (I do need to test Java apps on Windows sometimes)

After it told me that my CPU wasn't supported it then redirected me to the Microsoft Store web page so I could buy a new PC!!!!!!!!!!!

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Microsoft's Arrow brings pane to Androids

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

Classic Windows Behavior

Hey guys, just install this random application from the Internet. What could possibly go wrong?

I'll stick with signed repositories thanks.

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Freeparking hit by DDoS, vexed customers scream into abyss

The Real Tony Smith

Nothings perfect

It went down for a few hours, delayed some emails, came back up again.

Even 6 sigma is not 100%

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Holy SSH-it! Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell

The Real Tony Smith

Re: troll troll troll

It worked, and was OK as long as you didn't try to do 2 things at once lol

But that's what you get for taking a (then) mini computer OS and trying to put it on a micro (16MHz 8086 IIRC) PC

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

Re: crap to uninstall...

"That's assuming one is allowed to uninstall it..."

But surely it's my computer and I can install/uninstall whatever I want?

(sorry not much experience of Windows for the past 14 years)

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

Re: So, give them the boot - use open source.

"Which companies can afford to take a chance to migrate backend services to unknown, probably incompatible systems?"

Ummmm, let me think, The White House, Ernie Ball, The US Navy, The French Parliment, The Czech Post Office, The Dutch Police, Peugeot, The London Stock Exchange...

It's a big list!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_adopters

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Desktops????

Matt, KDE 3 was mentioned as it was the first desktop environment I used with Linux. I was gobsmacked that I could split my activities between several screens. 1 for software development, 2 for emails, 3 for documentation, 4 for el Reg etc etc

I'm aware that there are 3rd party utilties/hacks but if you are in a mega-corp environment then it's doubtfull you would be able to install them and most domestic non-power users probably wouldn't even be aware of the concept.

Ken, I'm shocked that you turn it off! But each to his own way of working

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The Real Tony Smith

Desktops????

Windows now has multiple desktops????

So it's only taken 8 years to catch up with KDE 3 (it may be more but I only started with lInux in 2007)

I have to use Windows occasionaly and it's sooooo frustrating having everything imprisoned on the same screen.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

The Real Tony Smith

'Windows 10 for the Raspberry Pi 2 will be available for free for the maker community via Microsoft’s Windows Developer Program for IoT.'

What is this 'Maker Community' you speak of? Is it something to do with this MSDN/Technet thing?

Can anyone download Windows 10 for the Pi? Or do I have to sign a restrictive licence agreement before MS will give me anything?

I've not touched Windows for years apart from compatiblity testing but i'm always open to ideas, will there be a 'Home Crippled' version that is as small as Minibian?

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

The Real Tony Smith

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?!"

Do you not get a bunch of people offering advice, support and bug fixes?

I do...

But then I use Linux

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Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Have they sorted out their billing yet?

'the cat rebooted the router'

Why did you let the cat have root access?????

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

The Real Tony Smith

Re: I can't be the only one

' We can leverage the synergies into a new paradign of strategisation'

WTF??????

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

Re: Welcome to the 21st century...

Your server OS has a graphical interface?

Why?

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Anyone familiar with the Peter Principle

A great book.

I could also recommed 'The Art of Coarse Office Life' by Michael Green.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

The Real Tony Smith
Happy

Re: What about rain?

Ahhhhh you need the Internet Of Things

The mower could use your wi-fi to access a weather forecast and decide when to operate.

As this is not perfect you could then give it a link to your home weather station to determine local conditions.

The burglar alarm could be integrated to give it patio door status and/or room movement detector outputs, thus giving an indication of people in the house/garden.

Simples!

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

The Real Tony Smith

Re: Protocol breakdown by traffic

ssh

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

The Real Tony Smith

The stone moved....

OK, who blinked?

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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

The Real Tony Smith

Encrypted Wi-Fi?

I for one would be surprised if my iron suddenly started asking me for a wi-fi password.

My wife would be equally surprised if she found me ironing :-S

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How to spot a coders comment

The Real Tony Smith
Alert

Assembler.........

INCX ; increment x

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Oz racehorse shod with 3D-printed titanium hoofwear

The Real Tony Smith
Headmaster

Re: If only someone had told them..

> "This is one side of a horse. the other side is much the same."

>

> N. Molesworth.

>

> As any fule kno...

Actually one side is the nearside and one is the offside

There are many differences

As any horse owner knows...

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

The Real Tony Smith
Happy

"romanes eunt domus"

You sir, have just made me deposit a major part of a Coronation Chicken sandwich in my keyboard!

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

"...Really?? ... you think running android on what aver phone trains you up for using Linux on a computer?..."

In some ways yes, it introduces you to the concept of downloading and installing software as a data package from a single signed and trusted source rather than the Windows way of downloading and running executables from random locations on the Internet.

One of the reasons why Windows is full of malware.

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