* Posts by Sporkinum

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: Windows As A Service - What Cost

That's a very good point. I am a cheap bastard and my computers are all old. They may decide, at some point, to no longer run on my old CPUs. I'd be up a creek then, but with an older OS (7-8.1), that should not be a problem.

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Ad viewability worsens

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TVs

I'd be interested to know what ad watching data gets back to the advertisers from smart TV tracking. Like how many people switch channels, or hit the mute button when the ads are showing.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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yes they are.

Smartphones are tiny PCs. They may be used differently, but they are exactly that. Why would you even say the weren't?

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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2 things. The truck driver was the one who caused the accident by pulling out in front of traffic. The other is that many trailers have devices to smooth airflow under the trailer that would block light underneath. Possibly their software was relying on that instead of an open undercarriage. When I checked on the trucking company, it turns out it is just one guy and a truck.

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Re: @Schultz Yes but ... this process will make autopilots safer

My first thought was that LIDAR, or some other active sensor type, would have not been confused like a passive camera. I would guess that Tesla will make a software change that requires more active participation by the driver. More frequent hands on wheel checks, etc.

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Win 10 has Update date

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Don't foget this trick

I plan on doing this, so I can install later if I want to.

How to pre-activate all your Win7/8 systems for Windows 10 without actually installing Windows 10

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Sorry to hear that.

Always enjoyed his work. Hope the family is doing well. He will be missed greatly!

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Re: MS Band

25 year old Casio G-Shock on 4th battery. Have a hard time selling me a watch that I need to charge all the time and can't abuse without worrying.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Thanks for the reminder reminder. Checked updates a couple of days ago and nothing. Checked today, and there it was for the umpteenth time.

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UK eyes frikkin' Laser Directed Energy Weapon

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World of Warships

I've been playing a lot of World of Warships, and that is one thing that is missing. They just added weather that affects one map's visibility, but still need to add rolling seas. Pretty hard to program without killing frame rate I'd bet.

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Re: “It's very bad for business, [..] unfair for our workers. We should end it.”

Bummer.. I did the West-East bike trip when I got out of the USAF back in '95. Would love to do it again, but I would also love to come visit the UK, as I never had the chance when I was station in Italy.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Chrome edges out IE for desktop browser crown

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chrome

The only place I use chrome is at work, where they have it set up for some of the intranet stuff. IE Most of the time at work, and Firefox with IE used occasionally. Nothing comes close to Firefox and how you can customize it. That may be changing soon though.

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Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps

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current usage

We currently use around 400-500GB a month. They aren't enforcing caps right now in our area, but if they did, I was going to switch to cheaper/slower DSL that doesn't have caps. At 1 TB, they would probably keep me as a customer.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

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Was excited

I was excited to the point of deferring an upgrade to my PC to handle it. Through a combo of modern video cards not working with some non-UEFI BIOSes (mine), and the cost of the Rift. I ended up upgrading my i7 3770 PC to a GTX 660 card instead. Been quite happy with it, and it only cost $85 for the card, instead of the R9-390 I bought for $260 that wouldn't work in my system. Guess I'll wait a few more years.

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Gnome shrinks the upgrade footprint with version 3.20 release

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Alt text for the gnome picture

A garden gnome depicted stretched out across picnic table... with a pipe in one hand while the other props him up. Has a confrontational look in his eye...

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

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Re: Meh

I myself prefer the clean burn of a whale oil lamp for reading.

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Google splats more bad Android security bugs with patches your mobe will probably never see

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My S3 says last kernel patch was August 2015. You would think they would want to patch older systems as well, though I guess I could try putting CM on it. I have heard there can be issues with my prepaid provider if I do that though.

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Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

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Re: Well that puts to bed the eternal question....

Wait until they make a Lucas branded phone that runs intermittently and the backlight randomly dims.

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NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust

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The big ones are the height of a Saturn 5 as well. Will be quite a site to see when they launch.

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FBI says it helped mess up that iPhone – the one it wants Apple to crack

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Re: This is despicable.

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Re: This is despicable.

"There might be a case somewhere, but it is not here."

The case is setting a precedent to order a manufacturer to breach the security it has built into its own product.

We have a peculiar situation in that a commercial company is more trusted than its government. This is a very unusual and alarming situation. The government needs to rebuild trust. In the longer term backing off here in order to contribute to that might be a wiser choice than the one it's taking."

The government can win the battle, but lose the war. Trump and Sanders are both doing well as anti-establishment candidates. Sanders not as well, as the Democrat machine is working hard to keep him out. The Republican side is so fractured they can't mount a coordinated defense against Trump.

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PC sales aren't doing so great – but good God, you're buying mountains of Nvidia graphics cards

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Oculus

I was going to be one of those guys buying a high end video card for an Oculus. Once I saw the pricing I changed my mind and dropped my plan. I ended up buying a used GTX660 for $80 instead. This runs anything I have tried so far at 60FPS or better at 1080P.

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ESA's Sentinel satellite to ride converted ICBM

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Re: Rockot fuel

http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/index.html

http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/ignition.pdf

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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I had never heard the "spam javelin" euphemism before. The Reg is truly a master of phrase.

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Come in Internet Explorers, your time is up. Or not. Up to you

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Enterprise mode.

They just rolled out IE11 wither enterprise mode here, and we still have legacy stuff that won't run. The other day I was able to get something to work in Chrome that wouldn't work in IE11, but did wourk in IE 9.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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I am guessing all this drone brouhaha is what is holding up permission to launch LOHAN?

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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Re: I remain skeptic

I wonder how many people are going to be like that? I know I am. I moved away from an area that had a 2nd run Cinema that had great prices and great popcorn. Since then haven't been to one.

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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Re: Meh...

I had a GS as well. Weird car, but definitely fun. 1lt motor, and loved the suspension (when it worked right). Suspension lever forward, you had 3 inches of ground clearance. Lever back, and and it seemed like you had a foot of clearance and could go off roading. The rear hatch was pretty cool, and if I remember correctly, it seemed like the boot was huge in proportion to the car.

The only thing that looks proper Citroen in the DS is the upholstery.

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

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An E type Jag over a DB5 any day. Other good old spy cars, Maxwell Smart's Sunbeam Tiger, The Saint's Volvo P1800.

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Similar with me. Laid off as I was "just an IT guy". They found out what I really did and 2 months later called me back. Didn't even offer a raise. My new job is better in every way, and I also got a 10% raise. Took them 10 months to hire a replacement that I hear is having a rough time.

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Kidnapped IT bod Peter Moore: My journey to Iraq began in Guyana

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Re: Fascinating article.

Looking forward to more as well. Obviously no family to worry about.

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If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

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more ms pushed update BS

Going to the Microsoft site that says what is sent in the updates, gives more information on what they are doing. Basically, they are re-pushing all the update stuff that people took care to get rid of. A bunch is being released today, and the kb3035583 was pushed for 8.1 on the 1st and 7 on the 5th.

It looks like they changed the status of kb3035583 to supersedes to make it show up again.

Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2015

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kb3035583 is back again

After removing and blocking kb3035583. It magically showed up again today as an optional update. Guess I need to hide it yet again. Our friendly KB3035583 is back again...

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

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UAV Madness

Like you mentioned in the article, UAV madness has taken hold at the FAA, and may be a real reason why nothing is getting done. Lots of rubes think that helicopter destroying, privacy raping, baby killing UAVs are everywhere and that it is the first step of the robot uprising.

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Ex-HP boss and US prez wannabe Carly sings about her dog on TV

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How much do you want to guess that at least a few of her passwords are snick or snickers.

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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Laffs were had when the unlimited rice pudding rant went by in the doctor-davros flashback montage.

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

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The HD tablets are HD, for small values of HD. Fire HD 1280x800 vs my 2 year old nook HD+ at 1920x1280.

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

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Re: A fantastic show

I like all of them, even the weird Syd Barrett ones, but I would have to agree with Animals as being my favorite.

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Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

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Cold war computer room I worked in had thermite to torch the disk packs and tapes.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Re: He's just been invited to the White House...!

That is excellent! Crap like what happened to that kid breaks my heart. I used to mess around with electronics when I was a kid back in the 70's. It's a normal part of being a nerd.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

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Re: Made this one last night

Blue cheese with it sounds great! And the pork definitely looks like prosciutto. Looks like one worth making. Thanks!

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Arizona lads recover epic stratovid – two years after launch

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Distortion

The HAB pictures coming from wide angle lenses always bothers me. If you watch the videos you can watch it change with the way the lens happens to be pointing. sometimes the horizon is convex, like these pictures, sometimes it is flat or concave. Rarely does it show the true view. The cool thing is the black sky that really shows how much atmosphere the balloon is above.

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Drunk Japanese warrior cuffed after NINJA STRIKE on shop robot

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Re: It doesn't do much...

Unit couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. That being said, loved the cheesy robot from this episode with the terrible optical effects to "embiggen" it.

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Drones need their own version of Asimov's laws of robotics – MEPs

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Re: A matter of perception

General perception of drones

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

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Reservation

Make a reservation for a hamburger joint? Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?

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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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Re: not cause for celebration

Re. HP Support Assistant.. My laptop must be too old (2011). It doesn't throw that at me.

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Ashley Madison wide open to UK privacy lawsuits, claim lawyers

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Almost half a million

There are around half a million co.uk email addresses in the dump. Not to mention all the other generic addresses.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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ra-men

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Beware, skateboarders! Hackers can switch your 'leccy plank into reverse at warp speed

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Re: electric skateboard?

Yep. I'm getting on as well (53), but I was intrigued by getting one. I live in a small enough town that I commute by pushing. Takes me about 6 minutes to ride a mile to work, without skitching. It's faster than walking, biking, or taking the car as I don't have to park, or carry the bike out of the basement and lock it up when I get to work. As far as crashing, small rocks and twigs do a fine job of causing that anyway, so you just need to take appropriate caution.

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