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* Posts by The Real Tony Smith

42 posts • joined 30 Nov 2010

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

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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

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'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

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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

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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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NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

The Real Tony Smith
Happy

Re: Once you get to top speed

"I am still wondering how they get to 200,000km/h with a jet only doing 90,000km/h. Superman might be involved."

Because the 200,000 km/h is relative to the speed of the start point. The 90,000 km/h is relative to the spacecraft.

Basics

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

I'm Sick Of This

I've never seen so many articles and comments about a user interface!!!!!!

If you don't like the standard UI for Windows 8 then just change it! Install KDE, Cinnamon, LXDE, Xfce or one of a dozen others.

If it's the window manager that's a problem then just change it. Kwin, Metacity, Fluxbox. They all have their pros and cons but there must be one you like and get comfortable with.

It's not very bloody difficult!

............... Ummm, you can do this with Windows can't you??????

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

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Thumb Up

"Tablets are also in used on the ISS, but they are not as useful as here on Earth since, according to NASA, the accelerometers don't work in zero G."

Surely the accelerometers do work in "zero G". They do exactly what they were designed to do.

You Sir....

Are an engineer!

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The Real Tony Smith

Re: Come in Major Eadon!- Wait

.>>And whether it's "ls" or "dir" to you!

>

>Both work in Linux duh!

>

>infact any command name will because we have bash aliases ;)

Or csh or sh or whatever command interpreter we want!

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

Re: Will they release a new version?

"Now just imagine Windows XP was free software, or you would at least get the source code with it. You could then hire a programmer to maintain it for you. You wouldn't need to care whether Microsoft still supports it or not. If there's a bug you could just pay someone to backport the bugfix to your version. Or you could even "mix" your own Windows version gradually swapping components so you are still compatible with your old software."

That's a brilliant idea, now what could you call it, something rhyming with 'ix perhaps?

:-)

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Bottomless, unsatisfied Xbox widow cuffed after boyf flees nookie

The Real Tony Smith

I didn't even read the story.......

... the headline was enough!

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Redmond to skip Patch Tuesday for Windows Store apps

The Real Tony Smith
Linux

Hang on.......

"The Windows Store introduces a model in which regular updates are a normal part of using software"

I'll just correct that for you......

"The Windows Store copies the Linux model in which regular updates are a normal part of using software"

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Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

The Real Tony Smith
WTF?

Re: same old story ...

' Sorry, but sulphur, phosphorus, carbon, "it was probably wet, maybe with water" and "could have" are scientific proof of nothing.

Still no direct, or indirect, evidence of complex hydrocarbons, which could prove the existence of a more complex chemical process, which, in turn, could be circumstantially associated with metabolic processes normally associated here on planet Earth with life.

In other words, nothing new that we didn't already know last week.'

You are quite right, but....

Statements like these make more funding available

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

The Real Tony Smith
Happy

Re: multiple cursor feature

> One word: BRIEF

Ohhhh, the first REAL editor I used, I loved it.

To this day the only way I can remember how to spell the word 'brief' is to mutter Basic Reconfigurable Interactive Editing Facility under my breath.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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2 MBits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

'One user of the ADSL service went public to report that his or her download speeds dropped to 2Mbps:'

2Mbps? Where do I sign up?

DITTO!

People where I live would form pitchfork waving mobs for 2 MBits

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

The Real Tony Smith

Re: let me just check the fonts are still working on linux

Yes, and don't you just love ncurses :-)

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

The Real Tony Smith
WTF?

Re: Do you find...

There was a frog left in the living room this morning. Yes my cat is rather strange.

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Outlook.com launch a gold rush for jokers, spammers

The Real Tony Smith
Unhappy

Real Names

Mine's been taken.

Probably by a certain El Reg journalist!

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That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it

The Real Tony Smith
Coat

CECIL?

Point of order...

I'm sure it was CESIL (Computer Education In Schools Instructional Language)

It involved filling out coding forms and sending them off to the local authority to be typed in then run overnight on a mainframe.

Most of the time the printout came back with 'Syntax Error at line 10'. Ahhhhhhhhh, those were the days....

I'll get me (very old) coat

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Microsoft flags Firefox and Chrome for security failings

The Real Tony Smith
WTF?

Complete Bullshit!

Using Konqueror with the default Browser ID gives......

'We do not have any data for your browser, so we can’t give your browser a score.'

Changing the browser ID to IE4 on Windows 2K gives a blank screen!

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Unique imagery of Shuttle docked to ISS released

The Real Tony Smith
Thumb Up

WOW!

That is sooooo cool

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Welcome your robot overlairds, robots

The Real Tony Smith
Thumb Up

As a result both cats had to be upgraded......

PMSL!

The mind boggles

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Revealed: Secret security plan should Kate leave Wills at the altar

The Real Tony Smith
Thumb Up

ROTFLMAO!

Thanks for livening up a very dull afternoon!

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Russian jailed for 6 years for smutty billboard stunt

The Real Tony Smith
Joke

Blimey!

What would have happened to the guy who sculpted the Wote Street Willy in Basingstoke then?

http://www.basingstoke.me.uk/lgwillie.html

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Portsmouth redefines the Olympic-sized swimming pool

The Real Tony Smith
Coat

I'm trying to write about swimming pools and you want a title?

Given that there are only 2 measurements defined and the 3rd is ambiguous really destroys this as a unit of volume.

Unless of course you make it at least as deep as 2 elephants, half fill it, then submerge aforesaid elephant in it and measure the water displacement to find the volume of an elephant!

Thus we can use the same descriptor as a measure of either volume or weight depending on the context :-)

OK, I'll get my coat.......

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UK inks space research deal with Russia

The Real Tony Smith

Kids?

'Excitingly for some British and Russian kids, Kingston University and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will look at how fluids behave in microgravity......'

It floats, now go outside in the fresh air and play

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Supremes to hear Microsoft's Word appeal

The Real Tony Smith
Happy

PMSL!

I'm sending you the bill for getting my cocoa and hobnobs out of my keyboard!

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