* Posts by Powernumpty

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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Re: Wrong turns

Having been asked some questions about iPhones I did my usual web search expecting to grab some techinical response from online forum, what I discovered is that a lot of Apple users are non technical but can post on the net, trawling through the wrong answers and completely illogical thinking had me feeling it is more than a brand it is a mindset and until that mindset can be cajoled into new purchases it is not going to move forward until beards or tatoos are seen as "yesterday".

It's not the technical details that people are looking for, many of them don't even get that side it's the tech envy buttons they need to polish.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: Faint hope... very faint....

"In the meantime it had adhered to the old Safe Harbor rules despite the agreement being found invalid." doesn't have the same ring to it, does it.

MS have gone full on slurp mode with 10, they probably knew some states would bitch but needed to get the basic database populated so any later tracking by other means can be tied up to a person.

I bit like non facebook users still having a facebook identity, just not a public one.

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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

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Same today?

I'm seeing similar issues this morning and downdetector is peaking again.

I guess the London crew have installed some extra slurp servers but not figured the routing properly.

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

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It's all a play.

It's about the money, cloud and related commerce are more valuable than government "face" and the data will still be accessed en route.

In fact once people relax there will be more data, you see now?

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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Hands off, foot off.

Why doesn't the car start to decelerate if the hands are off the wheel, would be safer than many other drivers.

I watched a vlog, timelapse in car and the driver was overtaking other vehicles (multi-lane highway) with a phone in one hand (+ charging lead) and a lollipop in the other, steering with her knee.

I respect the vlogger and I bet his girlfriend is nice too but FFS, that is the sort of thing that would have me walk.

Also been back seat in a Jeep and the driver drops his fag (UK=Cigarette), both him and his GF (front seat) bend down to look for it so it does not burn the carpet, left just me watching the road and wondering how to word something.

Automation is far behind the human mind, it would never think to do those things ;-)

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

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After input from Google the data will be reformatted, referenced to biometrics, location and Facebook.

To keep some of the naming convention it will be renamed "their.data" to avoid confusion about ownership.

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One container to rule them all? No. Um, a plastic box* refresher

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Re: Countdown Tech

"What is this Locker thing? is it just like Docker?........."

Overheard the other day "Blog, that is like a Vlog, but just writing"

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Countdown Tech

Docker, Bocker, next it will be Aocker, mind you they left out C... for some reason.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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In the detail

"yes we want a nice handle to go in your hand", "easy to hold and apply enough force".

What? the blade thing? oh that is just there to balance the handle, no the handle is what we talking about here.

Age is the distraction, full identity end to end is the goal, oh and they will know your age too I suppose.

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Wannabe West Midlands gun smuggler jailed for ten months

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Re: I'd like to know more about that radio...

But one of the tubes is not original I hear.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Such a shame they are making the final push

When so many have already pulled the chain and washed their hands.

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

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Can it cope with farmers?

I've had a close shave on a motorbike when I met two muck spreaders on an A-road at night, the lights, number plate, reflectors and back of the trailor were covered in black matter so the only warning I had was the oncoming car light lights (seen under the trailer as it crested a slight rise) blinked out as they went behind the trailer wheels.

My brain could not assimilate the information so I braked while trying to process, then I saw the back the trailer far too close to do anything other than break heavily, almost losing control.

Nothing is fool proof, we should not assume the other road users are predictable, sensible or observe the law, accidents will happen but as Schultz pointed out there is a chance for the other users to learn from this driver/car accident and like in aircraft incidents it should lead to safer systems.

If the bloke just drove into the side of truck without the Tesla we'd not even hear about him, nothing would be learned I expect. Commiserations to his family and may his tragic passing save many others.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Facepalm

Oh come on

They were asking for it going round dressed in Windows!

Sure I know they said "no" (smirking) but ask any other large morally corrupt corporation if they would do the same thing and you know what they'd say, amirite!

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Trollface

This was a scam by Intel

They now have the Raspberry Pi flagged as munitions and cannot be exported or sold across the world without the US getting a cut.

There is hope for the Atom yet.....

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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False choice

The options were never leave the EU or "stay as is".

The post referendum outcome would have been

leave, Europe gets all pissy but maybe has to reflect on it's practices and PR (PR mainly).

Or

Stay and have to whole political moves towards the United States of Europe controlled by a small elite accelerated because "we the people decided", that's what we said we wanted right?

Cameron would never have been allowed to have the vote if the elite didn't think we were sufficiently inured to the situation that we would never stand against it.

From this point on be positive, contribute you positivity to the situation, build the future from integrity and honesty.

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BlackBerry's turnaround stalls

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Blackberry and gender

Unfashionable to notice either.

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77 per cent ignore company social media policies

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gettin' more stupider

I worry that when faced with a new problem rather than delve into any past history I will reach for a search engine and armed with the unique words associated with the problem set forth to gather the latest information.

I rarely end up on a true social media sites but Youtube has delivered some gems, when there are 20 options as part of an unfamilair software set up it is so much easier seeing what someone else (with a working install) has chosen than RTFM and try to consider all obscure options.

If the guy who wrote the software says in his Youtube video don't worry about switches 8-15 in normal use then already I'm ahead.

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Late night smartphone use makes women go blind

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Re: Deliberate differential dark adaption...

That is why I often blink one eye at the young ladies, they can be so dazzling, your honour.

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Zuck covers up mic and cam pickup because sharing isn't always good

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Re: dadada

That was the cloning fee, you see these are not the real Zucks, it's Russian roulette hacking.

Actually 16M got quite a few copies as he turned out to be a remarkably simple organism, consisting mainly of smarm and avarace.

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Keep on trucking: Dropbox's Magic Pocket and the curse of the loading bay

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Re: "Who's surprised?"

A bit unfair, the story is sort of "large IT task assessed, system designed and tested, move completed successfully, very little to scream about but good to see some serious people, do proper engineering.

The fact that some of the biggest bottlenecks occurred in the physical universe is a nice reminder that the cloud is "out there" just not very far out.

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Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

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Barking

On Radio4 they were talking about laser detection of gravity but I think it needs 1kg hopping rabbits to be spread about the universe for calibration or something.

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Cybercrooks are pimping out pwned RDP servers

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Re: Likely full of keyloggers....

Windows 10 machines?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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TOP man

Hits F10.

R.I.P. Lester, my condolences to his family.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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My Guess

Illuminati or Skype for business.

(But on a more serious note, condolences to the real people affected by this event)

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Want a job in security? Lock down US military's supermarkets

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Reportedly relates to dangerous goods being shipped in to camp.

There is a rouge terrorist group booby trapping gourds.

The group is called al-cucumber and cats have been trying to alert us to the danger for some time.

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Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

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Re: Inserted Adverts

That would not be intrusive enough, they'd have your opponent stop what he, or she is doing, freeze you, disarmed to spot you for 30 seconds while they tell you the advantages of taking out carpal tunnel insurance with the gamers insurance company.

That cow in the lovely scenery, follows you, starts talking, she is doing pre-election stuff today.

You know those adds on youtube that you can't skip because the PC owner has not installed any add block, think of that but really in your face, with your eyes wired open.

You can continue fragging in 29, 28, 27.....

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Sir

I have to ask you to stop breathing like that, that rhythmic breathing has already been registered to the Facebook organisation and any copying or seeking to take advantage of any Facebook owned movements will be pursued in the virtual courts.

Please note to defend your self in the virtual court you will need to have a current Facebook account, approved VR headset, if you do not have these a charge of $3000 will be made for provision of same.

All actions, speech, movements and communications become the sole property of Facebook during the use of the VR and court and subsequently. No details of the court proceedings or outcomes may be shared on social or other forms of media.

Failure to comply with the above terms renders your dispute invalid and will result in legal action for defamation of the brave new VR world.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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I think the guy was let off for perceived honesty, responding positively to honesty is better than the next guy who looses his kit dreaming up some scam that is hard to disprove but leaves us all ethically poorer and in a world of pedantic distrust.

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

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Re: Lost

@ Alien8n

Much as I hate to get drawn on this subject, mainly because “thinking” is unpatriotic.

I have found there are two basic types of people when it comes to this subject

1. those who look at hundreds of facts, observations, motivations and connections.

2. those who would rather not have to think.

The second group are normally identified by the urge to other stop people thinking too.

Ending and comments with “Period”, or “No further thought required”

For those with brains feel free to use them, with my blessing.

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Lost

Having spent too much time on youtube seeing videos about Niburu, Planet X Anu, Enki and Enlil etc. I was feeling smug in my scientific belief "listen kids if there really was a big planet out there don't you think we would detected it by now?"

Then this comes along, I feel like the guy who has stepped in bigfoot crap, I want to brush it off but there is a lot of it.

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Hope for Hitomi after tumbling space 'scope phones home

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Re: Japan may be good at rescuing malfunctioning spcaecraft

One thing I am happy to display as a Brit is the ability to smile if someone makes a joke at my expense (as long as it is a half decent joke, and I have clothes on).

Cultures that are all about "face" probably need to chill a bit.

I've worked with some genuinely good people from the far east who have been replaced with less competent people because they had threatened the superiors technical standing, do that a few times and it gets very tiring.

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Microsoft's bigoted teen bot flirts with illegali-Tay in brief comeback

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AS is born

Artificial Sycophancy.

Amazing that the code got so far up the release chain, or is it.

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

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Feedback

Once I had installed my feedback OS everything started working fine.

Telemetry much reduced too, ironically I call that a win-win even though it isn't anymore.

Thanks

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Japan loses contact with new space 'scope just weeks after launch

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Swing by some time

Just a couple of lumps off 252P/LINEAR, P/2016 BA14 doing a flyby, should have ducked.

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

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Re: why trust a third party?

"What's wrong with using a Libre Office spreadsheet protected (AES encrypted) using a sentence (upper case lower case and symbols) that one memorises? Locally stored and backed up on changes (multiple back ups), and also uploaded to a private FTP server again protected by a strong password?

Perhaps I am missing something? Please enlighten me."

1. All your passwords are visible on screen (depending on the screen size), easy work for a trojan.

2. Copy paste does not clear itself

3. no validation of password complexity

4. no way to securely share info via a central server

5. no version control

6. does windows still index the text of open files I can't remember - could have sworn I found the contents of an encrypted word doc from search some time back.

7. I'm sure there is more but I don't want to spend more than a minute thinking about it and you got upvotes so I'm probably trying to convince the wrong people.

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Internet's root servers take hit in DDoS attack

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When

World war 3 kicks off, the internet will need to be taken down or at least "handled",

They can't have the people on the ground exchanging information and certainly not anything factual or real-time.

There will probably be some level of residual "Internet" service as that will help the planning, if you know what people are concerned about you can tailor events to suit.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

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I realiise

I have been spending too much time watching Vines, D-Wave made me laugh.

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Russian "Pawn Storm" expands, rains hell on NATO, air-gapped PCs

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Air is not a vacuum

Where there is IO there is hope.

That LiFi stuff sounds interesting, I always thought the flashing leds were a good way out, hell with a couple to modulate you could probably map the room and inhabitants.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

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Often

Being outside the vehicle allows you to see where it is headed, if it is on an incline, slope, or even an approachig cliff.

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

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Some say

In the UK you'd have to reroute a footpath to make space for your Amazone deliveries.

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Edgy online shoppers face Dyre Christmas as malware mutates

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Re: Buy Locally, Your Are having a Laugh

"please do not feed the trolls"

Being on the spectrum can be good for IT work but it sure makes for easy trolling.

"No No I think shopping on the internet is a good thing!"

"yes so do we, he was just .. oh never mind"

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Re: I've been around here for ages

"2/. Respond with "Here, have an upvote/downvote.""

4/. Correctly label sarcasm as sarcasm, it helps the Americans

5/. Correctly label trolling as trolling, if helps the Americans

6/. Poke fun at the Americans but then explain you are making fun, or explain anything actually, you know why.

I was joking, it's British humour.

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Microsoft quietly slips out patched patch for Outlook – in camouflage

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Dear microsoft

Thank you for f*cking my weekend, if I can ever do the same for you don't hesitate to ask, I'd be only too happy.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Re: But...

"Just resetting the breaker is clearly not enough in today's world."

Racist!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcWu0tsiZM

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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Believe it's Linux fanboys moaning, if that makes you happy.

Believe it right to the last moment, right to the second MS announce they are dropping legacy "desktop" software support or something similar.

It will happen.

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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Very strange

One Outlook showed the problem, removing the offending updated fixed it for now.

Another machine experienced the no log on issue but I can RDP to it, that update not showing but it did do the 15 updates in the middle of nothing much. I did have to hard reset at one point.

Either that machine was hosed by the update but the update is gone now or not showing or it is another one of the updates done that day.

Either way it seems so bloody random and no Windows install is like the next, at least with Linux you can have two installs at the same level and patch with some confidence.

Gut sick of this vague muddle of a spying OS.

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Flying drug mule crashes in Manchester prison

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Monofilamanent mesh

Doesn't even need to be particularly fine, half meter squares would be a bugger to see and navigate through, especially if they move in the down draught. Couple of layers of that with central motion/displacement detector (AKA the spider) and it would be time consuming to make something to cut and then get through the layers.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Cat - I get the reference

Toxoplasma Gondii.

Crazy cat-lady syndrome, nice explanation of the 10 roll out.

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Microsoft's Big Data-driven improvement efforts flounder

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Progress

arse:elbow

1:2

That seems to be usual ratio, what to make of it though....

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

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Henry!

It's only 14.9% difference, take down that Schramm and put the mini nuke back in store, nobody is going to give you a hard time if it doesn't happen.

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