* Posts by Novex

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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I thought one of the main complaints about the name is that Czechia sounds not unlike Chechnya, the disputed region in Russia...

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Intel XPoint over-selling criticism surges as Chipzilla hits back

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Intel and Micron's Bluff Is Being Called

Intel and Micron's vapour announcements are beginning to dissipate, and it looks like they were stretching the truth a 'little'.

Ultimately we'll know when product hits the streets properly, and in particular when XPoint Dimms debut with systems designed to take them. Of course, by then Nantero's carbon nanotube NRAM might manage to make the light of day and wipe the floor with it (again, if their vapour announcements are anything to go by). I do wonder if the Intel/Micron XPoint announcement last year was an attempt to get ahead of what Nantero were doing.

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Badges for Commentards

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Ah, that's better. Silver Badge came though overnight.

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I've just gone past 2000, and pretty sure I didn't get many upvotes on my only Anonymous Coward entry, so I'm not sure quite why the Silver Badge hasn't appeared...

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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I didn't notice this patch in the September updates for my Windows 7 partition. Is this update out of band?

I did notice that the update to check compatibility with Windows 10 was still there though, so that still got 'hidden'. Thank god we're past all that nagging, at least for now.

On the BBC News website, they're reporting that Which? have condemned Windows 10: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37431343

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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"...every single piece of fruit is checked..."

My arse.

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Re: Stupid questions...

Aaaargh! Is this REALLY still a THING!? Don't they understand some of us just don't have these accounts? How can they prove we do, and we prove we don't? It's bloody ridiculous.

And, if you are someone really into social media, how many accounts are you going to have? Just how much space is going to be made available to list them all?

Grrrrr....

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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Re: Sheep shall safely graze

In my experience, government and public bodies find change very difficult to accept. They prefer to keep banging on doing something they already know how to do even if it's inefficient, rather than understand that their processes are wasting money and causing difficulties for those who have to use the services those public departments supposedly supply. Of course, some of that resistance is a realization that if savings can be made then those budgets will be cut and they'll lose the money that they're effectively using to feather their nests with.

I have to add that I've seen the same in the private sector, it's just that there anyone putting in too much resistance eventually loses their job.

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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Re: And who told you I want to be measured?

Yep. Pretty much how I feel too.

If the industry wants me to adopt IPv6, then give me a translation router that: allows my v4 network to work internally, via static addresses if necessary; allows my website and email servers to be connected either via v4 or v6; allows me to prevent snooping backwards into my individual devices.

Otherwise, bugger off.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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We're pretty much screwed anyway. Even if I try to take care where my personal information is held and that it isn't easy to get at, as long as someone else needs it and chooses to store it on Arsebook or Groogle, I can't stop a hacker getting it second-hand.

When it comes to authentication with banks, we are asked to give them information so 'they know who they are talking to', but they seem resolute not to let us as consumers have the same confidence in them. Where's the password or memorable information I can ask for the first, fifth and eighth character from that they have to remember so that I know they aren't some scammer?

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Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

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Re: Bridging the gap

IPv5 kind of already exists according to this page http://archive.oreilly.com/pub/post/what_ever_happened_to_ipv5.html

But yes, that bridging capability between the two systems is what is necessary. I don't see why an IPv4 internal network behind a NAT router couldn't use the router to give dedicated IPv6 numbers to specific IPv4 addresses behind - a pain from a DHCP point of view, but if each device has a fixed IPv4 address then it can be comfortably translated to a fixed IPv6 address. I expect, though, that there's some other shit going on with IPv6 that would be difficult to translate in the router (though I doubt it would be impossible).

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Erm

effectively kill off hotspots for pretty much everyone unless an e-mail address is accepted as proof of identity and a voucher code system is used on the wifi hotspot

Either a voucher, or a deposit paid by credit/debit card which could then be refunded. Certainly it would mean securing wifi with individual user accounts of some kind. How many consumer routers (which I imagine are what most coffee shops and the like have) are set up with that kind of system?

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Double-dipping malware steals iOS creds and roots Android

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A silly question...

...but how does this malware actually get onto a PC in the first place? I can only take it it's via some kind of internet interaction, probably by visiting a website with the malicious software waiting to download. Surely then blocking ads, javascript, and the like, and not visiting dodgy websites, is likely to mean this isn't going to get onto your Windows PC? And even if it tried, most people are using anti-malware programs so is this really much of a threat?

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: eh?

I have pretty much every wireless component turned off bar the GSM until I actually need them.

But even then, I still use xprivacy as defence against apps (including Google's) accessing things they shouldn't. Xprivacy is better than Google's own access system as in theirs they seem to be letting their own apps through and not allowing the user to control them.

Oh, and I'm still on KitKat 4.4.4!

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Oh mighty, invisible, non-gender specific, big entity in the sky...

...please save me from Excel absurdity such as this. While it's 'fun' to see how far to push a program with in-built coding capability (I've done it myself in Access) it's such torture to try and keep these things going because some PHB (and sometimes not so pointy) decides they actually like it and want to keep using it!

As Mr. Scott once said (in Star Trek V, I believe): "The right tool for the right job". Excel is really pretty much only for data analysis. For everything else, there's 'proper' development tools.

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Re: Lawsuit Time Again

I think it's probably true to say that in the case of internet access software (predominantly thinking browsers of course) then the controls shouldn't be in the browser but as close as possible to the connection to the internet itself. Then it wouldn't matter what software you used to access the internet. The error is that MS are trying to implement access restrictions in Edge.

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Windows 10 now rules the weekend, taking over from Windows 7

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Re: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Well, bearing in mind the period June-August 2016 (not 2017, as in the caption for the graph at time of reading!) includes the deadline day for free upgrade, I'm not surprised it's gone ahead. Let's see how the next six months pans out, shall we?

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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The BBC article on this mentions that some kind of 24 hour restriction could be put in place to stop repeat orders if the button is pressed additionally within the 24 hours.

I think this is neat in one way, but entirely wrong in execution. The idea of the button, fine, but it should send a note to a shopping list that you can check at the end of the day or week for things you need to buy, which can then be ordered online or sent to your mobile (or printed even) for when you go to the shops next. Ideally the item 'request' wouldn't be sent to a shared server shopping list but to a local one, but of course knowing all these cloudy companies that wouldn't happen.

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OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads

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Dear god, when will people realize that putting any kind of authentication or authorization details in the cloud is a REALLY STUPID IDEA!

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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This head office that is only 'on paper' - don't we mean 'in the cloud'?

Oh, and 13bn Euros, that's pocket change if the reports of Apple's cash reserves are anything to go by.

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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

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IMO HS2 should be put on hold, and there should be a proper plan to put FTTP to all premises in the UK, regardless of where they are.

Why?

In the not so distant future, much of the world of work will be knowledge based, and won't need (or even be cost effective) to do in central offices. So getting the whole country hooked up to good quality fibre is pretty much essential.

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Go forth Spitzer! To infinity and....

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Er...

...I think I spotted a problem: at some point in the future Earth is going to crash into Spitzer! Where's my tin foil hat, I'm going to need it!

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Re: To FB or not FB, that is the question.

You do realise don't you that Facebook puts a lot of effort these days into tracking non-users as well as users?

You don't have to have an account for Facebook to have information on you.

With NoScript, Privacy Badger, Adblock Plus, and clearing cookies regularly (not just on exit), I think it will be harder for Farcebook to reliably track me.

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Re: To FB or not FB, that is the question.

Same here. The best way to avoid such an intrusion is not to open the door to the 'burglar'.

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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Good Grief

This is why I don't use Windows 10. Just how many things can go wrong with this OS? And MS think it's right to force this crap on users? It seems almost every day I get a feeling of deja vu all over again! I said it before, I'll say it till I'm a horse: forced updates are a fucking mistake and we should be allowed to keep them out, and telemetry is something we should be able to stop completely and verifiably.

Windows 7 + Linux Mint FTW.

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MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

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Whether we like it or not, professionals in any industry need to be paid in order to have a home and eat food, so they can continue to produce. Advertising will only ever go 'so far', frequently not far enough when we also have to consider that we like our internet free of intrusive advertising. So some kind of payments back to the professionals have to be made. Or are we willing to just put up with the half-arsed results that all too often come about from the efforts of hobby coders volunteering their valuable free time away from serving people coffee and cakes for minimum wage for ten plus hours a day, seven days a week?

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No, we haven't found liquid water on Mars, says NASA

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Joke

Seems to me that the only way to find out...is to go there ourselves. Enough with these namby-pamby robots, send real men, with really powerful power tools, and go dig up Mars! ;-)

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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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Re: Meh

I agree, in the sense they all look weak. The Firefox and Thunderbird logos still work as far as I'm concerned.

In the poll, on the first question we need a 'None of the Above' option, and on the second a 'because they'll all naff' option.

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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

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I've just come back and reloaded the page, and now the image for the airport signage is in place, so that appears to have been fixed.

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As the images below show, some digital signage at the airport was running Windows XP

I'm not seeing any images from an airport...?

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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But that’s OK, because repeatedly failing is now supposed to be such a positive thing in tech startup culture that investors rate it more highly than success, profit or ROI.

I wish. If that were really true, I'd be a billionaire several times over! I've failed more times than I've had hot dinners.

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Password strength meters promote piss-poor paswords

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"my password database stays out of other people's hands"

Dream on.

Er, well, short of the NSA or GCHQ breaking in to where I live and cracking the password on my laptop, then cracking the password for my encrypted partition; and bearing in mind I am absolutely not putting my password database file anywhere near a cloud service; and noting that I don't let most javascript run in my browser so there's little hope that a script could get a virus onto my laptop via web browsing; and no-one else has a login to my laptop so they can't get anything on to it; and it runs Linux Mint for general work; I don't quite see how anyone else is going to get hold of the database file. So what is my dream exactly?

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Passweird Generator

I never relied on those strength meters anyway. I use KeePass, and it has a built-in password generator which seems to be pretty good at coming up with complex passwords, and has configurable options as well. And, because KeePass is a password manager I don't have to remember those passwords, just the hellishly long one I use for the master password. I also use a keyfile, so it's not just a case of getting hold of my master password to try and get my online passwords. And, because it's KeePass, it's a local solution with no cloud interaction that means my password database stays out of other people's hands.

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: "On Linux we’re just another shell"

But even though Windows admins might be used to PowerShell on Windows, they'll be used to using Windows commands. Linux doesn't use the same commands so those Windows admins are still going to have to learn the Linux CLI commands and all their options, etc, and the sequence they need to be run in, in order to get anything done on Linux.

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

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Re: Not listening ...

Pretty much where I am now running Windows 7 and Linux Mint in a dual boot arrangement, albeit with a ten year old laptop. I'm glad I'm not anywhere near this Windows 10 debacle!

The EFF conclusion sums up pretty much why I have stayed with Win 7 and investigated LM.

I still have to say though that if MS can provide a version of Win 10 with proper telemetry control (i.e., I can turn it ALL off, completely) and proper update control (i.e., I can reject in advance any updates I don't want) then I might consider testing it.

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Intel teases geeks with 2017 AI hyper-chip: Xeon Phi Knights Mill

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Paris Hilton

Er, I have a genuine question...

If the RAM is stacked on top of the die, just how well are the CPU cores going to get cooled? Or is this package going to be running at very low frequencies?

(Paris, because she's the only icon with a question mark in it. Oh, and I feel stupid that I don't know the answer to this)

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Intel's Optane XPoint DIMMs pushed back – source

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Why...

...am I not surprised? That announcement last year felt a little too good to be true, a little too early, with too little to actually see working.

Until the XPoint NVDIMMs are released, I am feeling this is still a bit vapour-like.

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VeraCrypt security audit: Four PGP-encoded emails VANISH

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Gmail...

...really? And you wonder why messages are no longer in your Sent folder? I would have hoped any such communications weren't going via such a service. They should really have their own email servers, or be using a recognized secure provider. I wouldn't call Google secure when they like to sniff into any email that goes via their systems.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Re: Wow.

Yep. Glad I'm on Win7 / Linux Mint.

So, in answer to the problems coming down the pipe with forced updates: "I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer I gave some moments ago."

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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

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Xbox...

...attitudes again, trying to work in the PC world.

It might be true with Xboxes that they can all get all updates all the time, but they are a closed system where they are all the 'same' and arguably need to have the updates in order for them all to play nice on the Live service.

PCs just aren't Xboxes. They are used in many different ways, and due to that the application of updates needs to be more finely controlled. That's especially true of business machines which need to be kept up and running reliably and only get updates when those updates are proven to be safe and not likely to take a needed computer out of service. And that applies to small and one-person businesses as well as bigger enterprise-sized conglomerates.

How does this affect WSUS by the way? Is that going to get individual update packages, or just a single file? If the latter I can see businesses simply not installing it in order to keep their machines available. How does that keep those PCs secure?

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

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Re: This is what I call intrusive

How could you send a photo or video if it can't access them?

It's need verses want. I don't need to have such capability to make a video or audio call. I might find it useful, a 'nice to have', but it certainly isn't a need.

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Re: This is what I call intrusive

And which ones do you think it doesn't need to use?

Well, it's an internet video calling device/service, so it doesn't need to use quite a few things. I've had a quick guess at the following:

Use your microphone - yes

Use devices that support Near Field Communication (NFC) services - no

Use your location - no

Use your webcam - yes

Use your device’s voice over IP (VoIP) services - yes

Use your maps - no

Use an anonymous Microsoft account - ?

Use information about your device - maybe

Use your device network services - yes

Use your phone - no

Use any of your Windows Phone sensors - no

Access your browser - no

Use your rear- or front-facing camera - yes

Use your contacts - yes

Use the appointments in your calendar - no

Use your music - no

Use the photos in your media library - no

Use the media items that are currently playing - no

Access your Internet connection... - yes

...and act as a server - ?

Use data stored on an external storage device - no

Use your video library - no

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Any mastering can be good or bad. For the consumer, what then ultimately matters is the quality in the product they get. I hated vinyl (and cassette tape) due to the inherently poor quality in the materials used in the pressings once mass production was done too cheaply. I frequently found vinyl had rough patches for which I'd have to return the disc and try and get a better replacement. In general I've never had that problem with CDs, DVDs or BluRays as the quality control around them is much better and hence I've never had once in my life to return a faulty pressed digital disc. Blanks for writing and re-writing are another matter though.

Digital files, be they downloads or streaming, don't suffer from physical production artefacts, however I find the compression levels for streaming far too high and prefer to have a disc with much lower compression and therefore a better watching and/or listening experience.

If lossless compression with high definition sound were to become a standard for audio, I'd certainly move on from CDs, but that would very much depend on artists and music producers actually making their music available in such a format. If I want a particular track or album that isn't available like that, then disc it still has to be.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

Only reason for me having a Facebook account is so I can sign in to forum posts on other sites instead of creating accounts on every damn one of them with more passwords to try remember.

I prefer to use a password manager, in my case KeyPass. It can generate the random-like passwords so that each is different, and it keeps all of those passwords away from the cloud (the database may be encrypted, but even I'm aware that one day that encryption might be hacked in some way, however unlikely that might appear, so off the cloud they stay).

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I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

...is to not use Farcebook.

* for the occasional time when I view a page when someone sends me a link to one, I block Javascript with NoScript so that I don't see the adverts most if not all of the time.

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Blighty's 24-hr Universal Credit outage caused by upgrade glitch

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Re: so ....

Both? According to the text of last paragraph of the article...

We are aware that our customer experienced an inability to access business applications.

...there's only one (and it's not me).

* and yes, I know that 'customer' really refers to the singular 'DWP', not the users of the facility.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: Two words

If I don't have potatoes on a regular basis, I start feeling ill. I can still lose weight though by having a balanced diet with bits of everything but not too much of anything, and getting a bit of walking in each day.

'Eat less, eat balanced, exercise more, not too much' - that is the mantra. If anyone bothers to look up all the articles and programmes and what-not in the world written by reasonably knowledgeable doctors and the like on how to live a reasonably healthy life, it all keeps coming down to that mantra.

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Re: Fat chance

I believe that the measurements on clothing are no longer accurate, instead being larger than indicated. So a 30" is now actually a 32". Apparently it's to do with customers wanting to believe they're slimmer than they actually are...

I have used an Omron pedometer for five years now. I've found I've become habitualized to using it every day to get around 10k steps on it. But it has one drawback: it has only got a USB connector and doesn't have Linux drivers for it, so can only be used with Windows meaning it's one of the reasons I have to keep a Windows 7 partition on my PC to be able to download the data... (I knew I'd get a dig in at Windows 10 and it's telemetry and forced updates somehow :-D )

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Deja Vu

That 350 million figure is still being bandied about. I seem to remember the lead up to a recent event where that figure was somewhat discredited...

...and it might just be that MS's figure isn't entirely above board either. AIUI, 350 million is for downloads/installs to all device types. So it's not just for PCs (although the vast majority of that figure will be, as the Surfaces and Phones probably don't amount to much).

Also, we don't know if that 350 million includes downloads/installs that have been rolled back, or for which PCs people who upgraded decided to wipe it out and start again with something else.

So basically, we don't know what the true active user base of Windows 10 is. I don't think MS do either. But I'm pretty sure it's a fair bit less than 350 million.

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