* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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I think I get it - it's a statement of intent

The rectangle states quite clearly that this is not a company which deals with rounded corners

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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The day the operators went home

Early start one Saturday morning doing a practice run for an upcoming software upgrade.

As a precaution we'd write locked some disks so that all we needed to do at the end of the day was flip the write lock switches, remount as mirror masters, and the system would be back ready for production.

But when I was done, the 24 hour operations staff were nowhere to be seen and I couldn't get into the computer room to flick the switches.

Not the end of the world, since I had until Sunday evening to get those switches flicked, but nobody had told me that the operators would disappear.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Ransomware

Windows 7 Ultimate did that to me as well so I installed Linux Mint instead.

Who wants to run a system which can suddenly crap out without warning?

I finally got around to reinstalling Ultimate in a virtual machine without problems but by then I'd successfully migrated everything away from Windows, so toodle-pip Microsoft.

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"Better to lock him in a room with a blank computer, Win 7 Install DVD, and AT&T internet connection, then not let him out until he had a fully updated Windows 8.1 installed."

That was my idea many years ago but with Win98, Gates and a dial-up modem.

Seems some things never change.

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Iliad owner coughs €2.3bn for Orange Switzerland

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Re: Illiad is Free's holding company

"I hope that this will help our swiss neighbours as their telecom market has not always been a happy one..."

Here' s hoping. I'll be keeping an eye on them to see how it works out.

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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Installing Linux was my answer to that

"Free upgrade for pirated (anybodies) install, then after 12 free, the monthly/annual sub kicks in. No pay, no windows 10, you'll have to find a nother hooky copy of win7."

I was using my Windows 7 box at the office and the first time I took it home to do some work over the weekend it saw my network and announced I was running a pirated copy.

Yes, it passed reactivation but left me with that nasty black desktop. Easy enough to rectify but why on earth should I have to do that?

"There's no way they are going to hold me hostage like that again" I thought,. and ever since have confined Windows to VMs.

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

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Re: I believe Java is still necessary for the hapless Libre/OpenOffice suites

Nope. I'm happily running LibreOffice without Java.

Yes, a few years ago the installer would bitch if you didn't have Java installed, but you could still go ahead and install it without.

I've just checked v4.4 and the database element wants Java. I can do without that bit thanksverymuch.

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Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

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Re: @paulf - Have they stopped

"browser.search.showOneOffButtons to false

Thanks very much. That works a treat.

I needed to restart FF for it to take effect.

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"El Reg search" now available in FF36

Updated yesterday and so far no problems.

With my browser on the main article here, I clicked in the FF search box and it suggested "El Reg search", which I accepted, and now it's there as an easily clickable vulture icon.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: BASED ON A MORRIS MINOR

"A half-timbered traveller, mayhap?"

But this time around one with a driver's door that doesn't sag when you open it, please :-)

Happy days. I could fix just about everything on those with a socket set, a few open ended spanners, plus screwdriver..

But not the rust which got it in the end.

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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Re: Beat me to it

DougS wrote: " every time I install an updated Fedora and install VMware I have to scan the vmware forums to find a patch some guy has cooked up because Linux's driver ABI changes with every point release."

I had the same problem with VirtualBox when I was using Fedora. It was nice using the bleeding edge stuff that Fedora had but it was simply taking too much of my time so I moved to something more stable.

VirtualBox itself has got much better in dealing with this and even tells you the command to run to do the necessary rebuild (you do need to have installed the kernel development stuff and headers yourself though).

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

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Which poor souls are using both IE and Norton?

That's some combination.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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CDC 9766 disk drives

I remember using those but they weren't quite as large. My possibly faulty memory says just over 200MB usable space once formatted and with a file system in place

CDC 9760 (SMD)

"At the 1975 NCC, CDC announced 150 and 300 MByte Storage Module Drives The increase in capacity was achieved by increasing the number of disks (and heads) without any technology change. The 300 MByte 9766 SMD drive was for many years the largest capacity removable disk drive on the market."

They had a remarkably long run compared with today. I last saw 9766 drives installed as brand new as late as 1985.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: My thoughts entirely...

The OP said "Private Cloud" in case you missed it.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: Blue and Yellow Meccano

"Mine was the green and red version from the 60s."

I started out with the red and green version. One day my parents came and asked me if I sucked the parts. Sensing their apprehension I answered "No", but in fact I did suck them..

The red and green paints had lead in them apparently. Obviously not in lethal quantities or I wouldn't be writing this. My younger brother's Meccano came in yellow and silver, which made it easy to tell which bits belonged to whose set.

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What that stationary Mamod steam engine needed was...

... a pulley or driveshaft and some fixing plates to attach it to Meccano bits and it could have provided many more hours of fun.

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'Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us'

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Plenty of alternatives are available....

It gets tricky when so many sites use ajax.googleapis.com...

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Conspiracy theory for the weekend

"it still looks rather glaring - but hey, I'll wear shades."

Is it a coincidence that this week my spam folder has been full of adverts for dodgy Raybans or has some tracking site decided that I now need them to read El Reg?

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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"With the email addresses of staff with access to root zone records having been compromised and the hack only noticed a week later,"

That's a bit worrying.

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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Re: How was the Wombat Foetus ...

Possibly more than you want to know about Wombats:

Australian Wombat - Facts, Habits and Personality

and of course, The Famous Datatrieve Wombat

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Good luck on that joint nationality mission

Enter your password to allow this.

Computer: "Invalid password"

Spaceman: "Who was using the computer last?"

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"Oh the Russians. Anyone know how to change the keyboard layout?

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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"EVERYTHING is shut on a Sunday,"

That was true until a three or four years ago where I am but a limited number of shops are now open from 11 to 5 on Sundays.

The major difference came over a decade ago with later opening during the week. Extending opening hours to 7pm on weekdays made a huge difference, and Saturday shopping no longer involved huge queues. That's now 8pm for the major supermarkets so it's really quite relaxed. There are also places open until 11pm but they don't stock stuff at budget prices.

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Re: Speaking of language

"Business language is usually English or American"

In the multinationals yes, but learning the local language makes your life outside work much easier and opens up opportunities for work in smaller places.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Re: All You Need to Know aboutSurvey Results

"A well-designed survey will attempt to control for this phenomenon. Or exploit it ruthlessly, depending on the objectives of the organisers ....."

These are known in the trade as "lie detectors".

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Re: Ten words...

"..that should never appear in this order. Ever."

My personal autopilot kicked in and skipped that video.

I'd rather not risk it straight after my tea,

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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FAIL

The last CAPTCHA I couldn't get past probably did me a favour

Out of frustration I went looking for some means of contacting the admins but found no means of doing so.

All I found were some extremely heavy Terms and Conditions, which I preferred not to accept.

Ultimately their loss, not mine, I suppose.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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'I get a lot of calls and have to keep saying "Does a Google search work? Yes? Then it's the website.".'

Advise them to try the following website. It might save you some calls:

www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

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Cable Cowboy?

I've seen the moniker "Cable Cowboy" in various places related to this deal so it's apparently not just an El Reg nickname.

I'm curious. Where does "Cable Cowboy Malone" come from?

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Re: Lots of other good products....

For owners of more than one Mac, VMware Fusion currently beats Parallels on pricing because one licence covers multiple systems (for personal use anyway).

Parallels not only spams you to death while you are doing an evaluation but pops up a "Buy now" window every time you fire up a VM, which quickly gets tiresome.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Printers were much simplier when...

"..they only printed formed characters that were on the type band/chain/drum spaced by the fixed print hammers."

Allow me to introduce you to the guy who sold us an uppercase-only printer.

P.S. I still occasionally wonder if he ended up in Nigeria.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Skipper

"Why is Barbie's sister called Skipper? Does she wear a beard and a greasy sou'wester? Does she look like a tinned pilchard? A penguin?"

It was a misprint for Skippy.

Presumably a mix up at the printing presses.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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How about a help system that doesn't work most of the time?

""If you expect me to buy something where all I can sense is carelessness, actually I think that is personally offensive," he continued. "It's offensive culturally, because it shows a disregard for our fellow human."

Dear Jony.

Please give me a help system that doesn't flake out 90% of the time with the advice to "try later".

Once is unfortunate. Nine times out of ten is carelessness.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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"They're quite right, it's a laptop without a screen or peripherals."

I can't remember where I read this but "think MacBook Air without the laptop bits".

For the base model, the mini processor specs look awfully like the MacBook Air processor specs.

P.S. for lurking pedants: If you look carefully, Apple refer to it as the "Mac mini" rather than "Mac Mini".

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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With Microsoft you don't get situations like the BASH mess...

"With Microsoft you don't get situations like the BASH mess that took no less than 4 goes to release a secure fix! "

How many goes have they had at securing IE?

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DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

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WTF?

Wait a minute

Am I the only one who does daily backups?

And keeps them hanging around for more than a week or two?

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Stop

You also need a time machine

to go back a couple of weeks to 15th October.

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VMware: Yep, ESXi bug plays 'finders keepers' with data backups

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128GB is nowt really

"128GB won't affect everybody running ESXi, but it will hit those running very large clouds and virtual instances."

As I discovered recently, installing Docker allocates 100GB in one fell swoop for its container file.

This "buggette" could be affecting quite modest installations.

In fact once I realised I needed to expand my VM by so much I installed Docker on a real machine instead of a virtual one, so it's a case of "I could have been bitten by this".

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Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers

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Re: Not a problem...

"much like state lotteries are a tax for people who don't understand math very well..."

What that statement fails to take into account is that many people don't have the option of a better job just over the horizon. State lotteries provide a dream for such folks.

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Cashing it in: Personal finance apps – the best and the rest

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WifeSwap - Social Currency

I first glanced at that without my specs and interpreted it as WifeSwap.

In that context the "Social Currency" bit on the card image seems highly appropriate.

Damage done. I will forever see that name as WifeSwap.

Yours

WifE SWAPPER

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: Video tutorials

This week's winner for video tutorials can be seen at the Raspberry Pi Quick Start page

The cartoon character points out where the obvious things like USB, video and ethernet ports are but completely forgets to tell us one vital bit.

WHERE THE FUCK DOES THE SD CARD GO?

It's the same in the written instructions by the way. They tell you how to build the thing using Windows, Mac or Linux and then jump straight onto the thing booting up.

Spoiler: On the model B+ it goes underneath the board, at the opposite end to the USB ports.

And oh yes, the video requires Flash, so I had to fire up the only system permitted to run that bug ridden fest (company policy and one I agree with).

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Re: Opens the email and displays the first line...

Or URL.

Spammer's delight.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Back to vendor lock in

"Microsoft wants to safeguard the data they are using, and so is adding containerisation technology for each file, ensuring it is sandboxed and encrypted."

Add cloud and your data isn't altogether yours any more.

Back in the days when our data was locked up on a mainframe at least we could get our management to do a bit of screaming on our behalf.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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"British values"

"My staff are the embodiment of British values, not a threat to them," the spy chief was due to conclude.

Whether one can interpret that as positive or not depends on his meaning of "British values".

Pass the port please Carruthers.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: They are competing with Google via..

And I'm losing count of the newly upgraded apps, not just the Apple ones, which want access to Contacts.

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Re: Relevant results?

"IE11 for Windows 8.1 is the most relevant result for 'weather' on a Mac? Apple must really hate Google."

No, that's Parallels in action. My brief test trial of Parallels showed that it sets things up to prefer Windows apps over native OS X ones.

Think about that one carefully and you might conclude that they really want you to remain dependent on Windows rather then transitioning to OS X so that you carry on using Parallels (not to mention seemingly without end future upgrades).

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Show me your search history and within five minutes I'll find something embarrassing or incriminating. Guaranteed."

Embarrassing or incriminating for who?

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: Why would you PARSE FONTS in the kernel?

> Anyway the reason is the video drivers are on the kernel too.

But it'll give excellent response times for your favourite games.

I'm sure all those corporate buyers will be pleased about that.

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FACEPALM! HP cert used to sign malware

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Re: Scale of negligence

"Sorry, someone else's day job interferred with my post."

That's quite some day job isn't it?

I wonder how much that monologue costs HP.

Two and a half minutes long in its latest rendition.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Re: If in doubt, right-click.

"In a certain operating system that grew up with the knowledge of three mouse buttons, you will find the context menus hanging off the middle mouse button"

Chuckle.

Shall we tell them that not all systems have a BIOS?

Oops just did.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: 6GB download?

" Either that or he just can't be bothered to sit through an interminable 6GB download for the sake of a teeny-tiny change to his phone."

It's a little over a gig if and only if you can free up the required amount of space on the iPhone or iPad for an in situ upgrade.

If freeing up that space is too much of a pain you are faced with the whopping download to go the iTunes route.

When will Apple, Microsoft et al realise that not all of us have super fast uncapped broadband?

It's the pain of the downloads, and for those with low bandwidth caps cost too.

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