* Posts by Kiwi

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

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Re: Not on Facebook and proud

Not on Facebook and proud to stand out from the Herd.

"I" am not on farcebook. However, on occasion I have wanted to look up someone who I might consider being worthy of contacting again. In each case I've used throwaway emails and completely throwaway accounts - I can't even remember what any of the names are. At least a dozen FB accounts have been created for single-use purposes by me.

(I can happily say that so far I have not found anyone on FB worth talking to, although I did find an old friend on linkedin - somehow GNR's "I used to love her" comes to mind ;) )

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Re: Back-back-back-doored!

I was using Facebook on Windows 10 running on a Lenovo laptop. I hope Mossad, GCHQ/NSA and the PLA enjoyed finding out what was on my mind.

Given that combination, I'm not convinced that "mind" would be the operative word here! :)

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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@ Belardi

One of the great things about Linux is that you don't have an activation key.

The favourite for me (and a few other people I know) is when it comes to hardware changes. Spill something on your laptop, or want to upgrade your motherboard and a few other bits as well? In Windows it's a painful process trying to get drivers in, activation done and so on. Sometimes a re-install is required and sometimes, well, your legitimate key may suddenly stop working on a whim from MS.

Linux? Swap the HDD into the new machine, turn it on. Grab a NVidia or AMD binary driver blob if you feel the need to for your specific video hardware. I swapped one of my old laptops out for a slightly less old laptop with a much larger screen in a matter of a few minutes. Swapping the drive from one caddie to another took longer than making sure everything was working. Sound, video, network+wifi - all up and running without the usual hours hunting for drivers crap you get with doze.

Make life easy for yourself and your loved ones. Use this W10 bullpucky to move them to a decent and reliable OS!

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Re: GIMP is, or at least has been enough of a match for most of what PhotoShop did @Stevie

[gimp] Yes, if you can figure out how to get it to do anything.

I found it the other way. I've learned much of my graphic editing from watching a friend work with stuff in PS, and transferred much of what I saw her do to Gimp - layers and masks and so on for a start.

Not long back someone gave me Photoshop Elements (an older version they'd never used). I found it installed nicely on Linux Mint and seemed to function. But getting work done was different. I spent over an hour on one task (unsuccessfully) which I can normally do in a few minutes with Gimp.

The friend who I learned from - a couple of years ago I had a special bit of work I wanted done for a mutual friend. She started with the pic in PS (she has the full Creative Suite), I watched her, she saved her work to an external disk of mine which I took home, spent the rest of the night having fun with the stuff I'd learned watching her. She was impressed that Gimp could open PS files, and she was impressed with my work (for a beginner). The only area Gimp really lacks(ed) is handling CMYK stuff, at least when importing from PS.

Anyway.. Point is I can do all I want to in Gimp, and have found the online support to be great. Even today needed a reminder on a task I haven't done for a while, had the answer within a couple of minutes of searching. Have not had such luck with Elements, but I have only used it for a few hours in one session compared to many weeks worth of experience with Gimp.

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Re: @Mark 85 The seem to be going in an unsavory direction... @bobgameon

People seem only to be upset with windows 10 on tech sites and blog. While according to brandwatch 90% of the people online love it so i dont expect things to change soon.

90%? Really? Considering so few people even have it yet? Where does "brandwatch" or whoever they are get their figures from?

In our small shop we've had more Win10 machines in for reverting to former version (mainly due to an inability to use the machine) since the end of July than we saw Win8 machines in the first year of 8 being out, by a significant number. No, that's not praise of h8 - but in the first year we got 4 or 5 machines in for work (including damage from dropping/kids etc) with 8 on them. I think we're at 15 or 16 W10 machines in now, all for reverting to 7 or 8, at least 6 of them due to not booting.

So far our users rate it as 100% fuckup, mixed with at least 90% shit. Our view? Well, I'm kinda loving it.. I've done a few more Linux conversions this week. Which my customers also love.

Mint.. The ultimate windows update!

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Re: The seem to be going in an unsavory direction... @Patrician

And reduce the functionality of your PC as soon as you go to Linux.....

I just finished up spending the day cleaning up some crap pics a cunstomer insists on using on his site. After completing the work I looked forward to some gamaing. Lots of explosions and shooting to de-stress after dealing with this crap all day. The Linux machine I use for graphics of course worked fine all day, as it has done for the last few years.

My windows desktop is currently "reverting changes" after a bad update. Next reboot hopefully I'll hopefuly be there to catch it before it starts trying to install those same updates yet again, before crashing out and reverting.... Might just yank the power and risk a few hours restoring from backup.

That's OK though, have my trusty fairly decent laptop. Not as good but can still play some fun games on it.

Only...... It's currently in a state of startup repair. Was fine when I shut it down last.

So the only functional computers in the house right now all run mint. All the windows machines are broken. This is why I prefer Linux. When I want to use my machine I want to use it, not waste time repairing the bloody thing!

It's almost enough to make someone head outside for some fresh air and exercise!

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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

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Re: What if @ Stuart Longland

Figuring out which ones need to be unblocked to make the page work is an exercise in frustration too.

Simple process for me. If you're trying to sell me something, your page renders to a usable level without js.

If I can't use your page without js I can't buy anything from you.

Anything else may depend on how much I really want to see what may be hidden behind the js.

I tend to get a good idea of what is what and ignore the advertising and tracking ones.

Perhaps someone can help with one though.. In the last few days have seen a "panel html" coming up and noticed when I allowed that to see what it does, even the google search page refreshed. Doesn't google have enough crap on their visually minimal page? if I click on the "temporarily allow" I see the field change to "temporarily allow blur://panel.html". Can someone tell me wtf this is? (off to Google to search)

(damn, that's everywhere! Just seen it in El Reg as well. Has my browser somehow been hijacked?)

Edit: Ok, it seems to be part of the "blur" extension which was I recall "Do Not Track Me" some time back.. What comes of browsing on my windows machine which I seldom use for this. Now, to remove some extensions...

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It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

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Bitlocker is enabled by default in Windows 10. Not with the most secure possible settings mind you, but it's still on which makes accessing a disk via booting from USB somewhat more challenging...

That's a bit of a stupid move from a data recovery POV. Is it clearly explained to users before being done that unless they have regular backups (which experience tells me less than 1% of computer users do) then they're all-but guaranteed to lose their data?

I understand the reasoning behind full disk encryption[1], but forcing it on people could be a problem because users simply do not grasp the need for backups. They see machines run for year after year with few if any problems, they have no concept how quickly disks can fail when something does go wrong.

I hope MS makes a decent effort to educate people about backups, and get a nice simple system back like that which was in XP, not sure on 7 but the one on 8 was nasty from a computer illiterate home user POV.

[1]The servers that handle customer databases and other customer data/files are completely encrypted and as secure as we can make them. Outside of these and a few other things that handle people's data, I do not myself use any encryption. For most people it's simply another level of unnecessary complexity.

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Not if the PC runs Windows with Secure Boot and Bitlocker with Microsoft recommended settings for a domain member, and is powered down when not in use. No known way round that so far.

Hmm.. Secure boot.. You mean that thing that Lenovo has recently shown is broken beyond belief, because windows will bend over and take any code loaded in the right place in the BIOS without so much as a cursory AV check before execution?

Haven't tried Bitlocker yet (and never will), but given MS's past approaches to security I am quite certain that someone soon will find that a) there is a hard-coded backdoor and b) the key to that backdoor is "passw0rd". Probably a secondary backdoor in case the first one fails - "12345".

As to the "domain" bullshit.. How many home users are set for that?

Want security? Don't run Windows.

I know I know.. Don't feed the trolls.. That reminds me, I'm fresh out of rat poison..

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@AC

I really misread that. I thought you were complaining that your OpenBSD boxes didn't flush.

Maybe he meant that their performance was crap?

Note the icon - I know I started out to run BSD for my first server but somehow ended up with Debian, can't remember why. I've never actually run BSD but I do expect that it would be an experience that would have me (again) scratching my head and saying "why do people still run that MS shiteware?]

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Re: All versions on windows.... again @ MS shill AC

...more insecure than even Windows XP.

Seriously.

You want to use that argument.

In a comments thread on an article that talks about USB STICKS INFECTING WINDOWS IN 2015!!!

How fucked in the head do you have to be to still defend them after all this crap? Doesn't the shame and self-disgust make you want to end your life in some fittingly painful manner? Surely even MS could not pay someone enough to lower themselves to such a point as to actually defend them after something as bad as this?

I guess the reason you haven't ended your own life is evident though - you obviously are seriously mentally deficient, which begs the question how did you escape from hospital?

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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Re: Show me the money @msshiller

You forgot "From turning the MS account into a monthly subscription account", which no doubt they will do with little warning for those unfortunate to trust MS to "safely" store their data.

(And no, I have yet to test W10 - actually currently building a test VM from scratch to have a play. I sadly forgot how long it takes to install a MS OS!)

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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@ Tom -1

Windows 10 has brought me a different problem. My laptop attempted to upgrade, but the upgrade failed. That ought not tp be a problem - but in the process of tryinhg and failing it has somehow completely diabled windows update. I doesn't appear to have damaged anything else, but windows update doesn't work at all.

#1 Count your blessings - with updates "broken" you may not have the issues others are :)

#2 tweaking.com's all-in-one repair has often helped people with these sorts of problems. And a hell of a lot of other problems.

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Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

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Looks like they may disappear in time. Hopefully this direct link will help future generations.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/matt/?cartoon=11742806&cc=11644969

Thanks for the original post

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Ha @Deryk Barker

> Why is it still so hard for windows to pick up a basic kb or mouse?

Or worse; you move the machine to another location and fail to plug the KB and mouse into the exact same USB ports. Then MSWin has to re-search and re-install the drivers, because you *obviously* changed hardware...

Yup, see that one often.. And worse - it asks for the bloody drivers disk! But plug it back into the original USB port and hey, works without needing the disk.. (Actually, can't recall if I've seen that asking for drivers problem on 7 or if that was only a Vista thing... But asking for a disk because you changed USB ports, when the thing works OK in a different port?????)

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Re: Ha @Deryk Barker

Vista would not even see a USB mouse. USB in 2008?

2008? Hell, I still see Win 7 and sometimes even h8 asking to reboot after plugging in a USB mouse or USB stick in 2015!. And sometimes you have to wait for ages for it to pick up a new keyboard. Which it may not try to do until the user has logged in. Which is pretty damned difficult without a working keyboard attached. Why is it still so hard for windows to pick up a basic kb or mouse?

When Windows can use mouse or keyboard within a second of it being plugged in, any basic mouse and keyboard, then you can start to think about boasting about its great driver support. While it still struggles with something so basic as a HP 3 button+scroll mouse, or claims to need a reboot to use a USB stick....

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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50-ish% here

Just checked. Only 31 messages in my spam folder, but 18 of those should not have been spam.

In fact they belong to a mailing list that I've created a filter for in gmail that should be putting them into an appropriate folder before any other filtering takes place!

What's the point of being able to create email filters when gmail decides to ignore them and do its own thing?

(And yes, I do own and run my own email server, but I've had the gmail address for some time and use it for all my personal email)

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: Seems reasonable

Given the problems caused for everyone by people who don't update (the users, the DDOS victims, anyone who has to share USB thumb drives with them),

Considering the number of security flaws that've remained in the wild for a number of years (despite XP/Vista/7/8 etc al being "complete rewrite from scratch"), a good AV package (ie NOT NORTON), good firewall (even the built in Windows one is passable for most users) and some fairly basic safety practices will do a hell of a lot more to protect you from malware than someone updating.

Hell, I know of a number ("1" is a number!) of XP machines that've never had updates past SP3 that are regularily on the net without getting infected by anything nasty. Decent AV and basic user safety practices have kept them out of harms way (and some luck not to get hit by a drive by). I've also seen many 8.1 machines that have updates turned on but crap or inactive AV (like the pre-installed Norton which is sadly still so common).

My dislike of Norton is simply due to the fact that in the last 10 years I have not seen a machine with it on that is not infected. In our shop we take NAV on a machine as a sign that the machine is infected with some other malware. We're yet to be disappointed. NAV still holds my personal malware experience record, a paid up and up to date installation saying everything was fine on a machine that had 400 different viruses infecting some 1213 files.

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING! @ ShaggyDog

Just because we (as pro's) want to control *our* experience, doesn't mean your Auntie Flo has any interest at all - she won't care that her browser takes another 2s to start every now and then because an update is running.

No, she won't notice or care about speed unless it becomes excessive.

But I think browser is perhaps a bad choice for your argument - look at all the flack Mozilla have faced for changes to FireFox in recent times.

People don't notice minor changes to speed and so on. That sort of thing is subjective (some days you may be a bit hyper so everything drags, some days you're more relaxed so things seem ready a bit quicker..) and can be affected by system loads. Most people get that.

But changes to the UI are potentially a problem. Especially for the likes of older people who can struggle to grasp things with computers, and can find it harder to pick things up where the rest of us don't do so badly (hell, I'm only in my 40s and I can notice significant differences in how well I grasp new stuff!).

People don't like having their programs change on them. Look at the fuss MS faced over the "ribbon", look at Mozilla and FF, look at Adobe and some of their programs (the main complaint I hear about their stuff is that they change layout fairly often). In fact, look over all sorts of software and OS forums and you'll find the most complained about changes are look and feel. People want things to remain as they're comfortable with, not changing all the time.

Locking things down so they stay where we put them is what most users want, not having things move around all the time.

Finally... Some of my customers care for people who are seriously mentally handicapped, who can learn to use computers. We've often been asked to be careful about even moving an icon, and cleaning up malware/pups can be a nightmare on these systems - because even a minor change can be very distressing for the poor people who have these problems, and the amazing and heroic people who care for them (if you want to argue "hero", try dealing with a severely handicapped person for a week and see what you then think of those who do it for years). Change can be nice, but change for change's sake is seldom really a good thing, and for some people it really is quite a hellish experience. I'm somewhere on the "autism spectrum" and things like moving furniture is difficult but I can cope, usually without even showing the thoughts I'm really having towards the bastard who dared move my couch .000001mm to the left. I hate to think what those worse off experience with just the move of an icon. These are worst-case scenarios (aside from those who lose their machines to borked updates), but there will be many who, like Aunt Flo, get upset when they find a shortcut they're used to using is not there, or a program behaves differently to what it used to, or the whole machine becomes, well, weird.

I can see a lot of people being upset by this, and giving people a choice would really help.

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!

And if you happen to be a home user, well a) you should have automatic updates turned on anyway

Fuck off. The regularity with which I have to fix machines because the updates broke something is far to high. Oh sure, it's probably less than 1% of our total workload, but we very often see computers get stuck with either a startup or shutdown "configuring updates" issue. Sometimes it's impatient user problems (they just power off the machine), sometimes they left the machine powered on all night and it never finished.

Often we see less severe but still annoying issues from updates - broken programs, changes in functionality (we deal with a lot of old fogies who hate having to re-learn how to use their computer every time MS farts)

Do updates regularly, but leave them on auto? Hell no, it causes too many problems with automatic updates. (FTR, I do sometimes recommend certain customers have automatic updates on but most we recommend they wait at least a week)

b) updates can be rolled back seamlessly

Bullshit. When your system is so stuffed you cannot even reach "safe mode" or "repair your computer", you cannot "seamlessly" roll back an update. Then you need things like the MS DART tools or something even more special, like :

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/19/bad_patch_bootable_repair_disk/

I've occasionally (but quite rare) had no option but a full re-install of a customer's machine because of a problem with updates.

There's many other updates which do not come off completely if you feel a need or desire to remove them. Some, maybe even most do undo nicely (not that I've done it very often), but some leave messy remnants behind, and some screw the system up.

and c) if you don't keep backups, the problem exists between keyboard and chair.

Now this one... At least until Win 7 the backup system built into Windows was pretty decent, although I am not sure if by 7 it'd lost incremental backups (I think they were still there). really very easy to set up and use IIRC. They made a real mess of it on 8, but there's many 3rd party tools available that still do a decent backup job.

Sadly users suffer from a mix of assuming it's difficult so not bothering to read up on it, stupidity, and occaisionally just not having the resources to do a decent system (external 1TB drives may seem cheap to some, but for others the $NZ90 we can often get them for is still to expensive). I try to teach at least to save a couple of copies of important stuff (using the remains of a machine that went through a house fire to show why you have copies in another location) to USB stick/drive. We can show what happens to a HDD as well, show how quickly data can become completely beyond retrieval.

But people just don't get it. If you value your data, back it up. It's the most valuable thing on a machine, everything else can be easily replaced but those photos of your boy when he was 3 or your mother who passed away last year? Sorry, they're gone forever. Fuck I hate saying that.

Er, yeah.. Where were we?

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Re: I'll go for two months.

"Customers who are embracing Current Branch for Business do need to consume that feature update within the allotted time period of approximately eight months or they will not be able to see and consume the next security update,"

So, we are now "consuming" security updates.

I'd meant to comment on this earlier but forgot until I came across your post...

Isn't part of the public reasoning (lets not even consider what their real reasons could be!) for mandating automatic updates to lower the security risk? Am I the only one who reads the quoted text as "If you don't install our updates within 8 months then you will not ever be able to install later update"? I can't see any other way to interpret it - "Install this update within our time frame or never get another one

Please tell me I'm only dreaming this idiotic behaviour.. Oh, sorry.. MS.. Par for the course.. Nothing abnormal to see here...

Om Nom Nom Nom.

Too right.. Mac Cheese for dinner and freshly made (homecooked even!) sponge for dessert...

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Re: I used to be like you

It would have been fun watching you spend hours tackling that one.

Had a problem like that once with some obscure AMD-based GPU. Never again though. Took me a couple of hours of research and some trial and error, but once I solved it no probs.

I've seen many machines where you need to load drivers in via external disk to install Windows, and even seen 7 have issues with AHCI drives. Have 2 machines (one Tosh one HP) on which you can install windows only with manufacturers disk or backup image. Most Linux sees most hardware much better than Windows.

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Re: no matter what MS force on us

I usually get a warning once they are ready to install and one three days from that when it asks me save all my work and let the computer restart.

I've had single game "missions" tie up a machine for longer than that! (Of course, the machine is put to sleep from time to time these days, and that horrible "work" means I can't game fro 3 days straight very often!).

I do sometimes hide the notifications away and forget about them, and I do sometimes have things happening where I really don't want to reboot until I am done. Usually shorter than a couple of days but sometimes, I really do not want what I am doing to be interrupted.

Let me reboot and install updates when I am good and damned well ready to do so, and not a moment before. There are reasons why people use the "Notify but let me choose" options.

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Cupid Stunts...

Something that might've turned out to be better than 7, and legally for free to boot.

And they go and put a deal-breaker like this on it.

I set updates to "notify only" because data costs me lots (cept when I can borrow from someone) and because when I want to use my machine I don't want to have to wait for ages - I can defer updates to a time when I have time, not a time when something is urgent (to me) or I am simply pissed off at the world and need to get a game going to do some serious imaginary killing... Too much of this waiting for updates bullshit and the killing may not be so imaginary!

I guess I won't be installing it on my work or play machines, it will be limited to a test machine that gets fired up from time to time.

(Please take note of the joke icon!)

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Re: no matter what MS force on us

Why would anyone want a 'fix' to stop important security updates & fixes?

#1 At home (and when out on a job) I only have expensive mobile internet available. Over here in NZ we really only have a couple of telcos, and both of them are pure evil (one being vodafone, the other one being even nastier!). I want to use my data when I want to, and I want to download updates when I want to, not at a time when it is inconvenient or expensive. I certainly don't want to be delayed on a job or even worse, run out of available data simply because MS decided they would chose that specific time to do updates (Ok, in reality on a job I would be using Linux anyway because I'm there to fix problems, not to experience sympathetic pains of also having a broken computer)

#2 Is much the same as #1. I have a computer repair shop. While a lot cheaper than a few years ago, small business broadband is still relatively expensive, especially if you go over your cap. Having a number of machines wanting to do updates over the course of a month could be very expensive. They could also slow down other transfers that we're wanting at that specific time. I don't want to be stuck at work waiting for some transfer to finish when I could be home (winter over here).

#3 During repair work we don't want updates at all as a badly timed set of updates can seriously screw up a machine. Sure, sometimes they can help but often they are a pain and, in the case of machines with over heating issues, can be fatal (if we're there we'll pull the power hopefully beforehand, but if we get sick of waiting and risk leaving a machine (even with added cooling).... There's several other times when updates will be a serious issue during repairs, like when there's some file system corruption going on. Admittedly at work we can (and will now have to) set parts of the network so that they simply cannot see MS's servers - but why should I have to piss around with my network simply because MS want to screw around with our ability to do updates when it is convenient or appropriate for us? (NOTE: Where possible/applicable we do try to deal with heating issues early and do image clients disks, but the problems are not always apparent when we first start diagnosing a machine)

#4 When I do use a Windows machine, it is because I want to use it. I don't want to wait endless hours for it to be able to start up or shut down. And yes, in some cases I do mean HOURS.. I also dual (actually often quad) boot Windows, Linux and others. Most of my work is done in Linux so that's the default boot option. Often I actually start Windows for some reason, see it doing its "please wait while we stuff you around for ages using a very poor and outdated update system" (this is on 7 and 8 (which has since been banished from my home) and I go off to do something else. When I come back I find I have to shut Linux down (which thankfully takes no more than 30 seconds, even with a lot of stuff open and after a pile of updates - MS should learn from this!) and restart Windows. Sometimes more than once. The problem is Windows is still incapable of doing updates without at least 2 reboots on a very regular basis, and of course since Linux boots by default, it can't complete it without me having to manually restart. Pro Tip : Linux does all the updating in the background. Sometimes a reboot is needed when some of the core system files are replaced, but it does not demand a reboot for updating a web browser and more importantly, it is only one reboot at most. Even more importantly, the updates are completely done before that one reboot - you only need to reboot to actually start using the new files. There is no impact on start up times, you're not waiting 5-55 minutes for the system to start; by the time the hardware starts booting the update process is already completed. MS should try to learn from this - it's only been standard in other OS's for how many years now?

#5 There have been many times updates have done nasty things, like making Win7 machines stop booting, breaking programs, and all sorts of other issues (this affects ALL os's at times). Some people actually like to be sure that an update is going to work before they let it in.

#6 I can see more and more people will actively use methods to block updates, making the security matters worse.

TL;DR : Some people pay a premium for data, sometimes we just want to use our computer within a minute or two or turning it on without waiting for the already over-long update process to complete, sometimes updates can happen at a time that causes significant problems, and sometimes they break things badly. So we want to do them when it's convenient (and affordable) for us - and when we've had a chance to see if there's any significant problems caused with these updates. Forcing them on people will only drive them elsewhere. (So please MS, keep up the good work! Windows 8 was great advertising for Linux, but maybe with 10 you can finish the job? :) )

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Re: @Alistair Dabbs, Re Cooking. @ Old69

There are several dishes that require crunchy bacon - for texture contrasts as well as taste. A crumbled topping to an avocado salad; a halved avocado topping

The problem is not the crunchyness of the bacon (may such an abhorrent phrase never pass my lips again!) but the existence of avocado (may such an abhorrent food never pass my lips again!).

Get rid of the avo and have your bacon cooked properly - nice and tender.

(Personally I prefer to cook the eggs on top of the bacon, that way the whites absorb some of the flavour and don't need extra salt)

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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@ Frank N. Stein

If you don't want to use an MSA, then you may as well remain on Vista because that's been required since 8.1 and apparently, that will be required for 10.

You can set up an 8.1 system (not that I'd advise it - 7 is much better!) without using the account. Some hunting around on the screen where it tells you to create the account there is something that lets you get past that bit without making an account. IIRC it's near the bottom of the screen (bottom 1/3rd anyway) but not necessarily obvious - not a clear "click here to not have your private data stolen".

BTW, you did do a custom set up where you can turn off all those "take photos of me and share them with advertisers" and so on stuff that is turned on in the default settings?

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: Multi-boot?

Is there any info about whether a multiboot using Grub 2 would be borked or left intact if the Win 7 partition were upgraded to Win 10? I admit, I haven't looked too hard at it yet.

Late to the party as usual...

With both laptop (I am fortunate to own a multi-HD one) and desktop that have dual-boot, I have the windows on a seperate HDD to the other systems. It's then a simple process to disconnect the disk (or turn it off in BIOS in some machines) and safely do updates etc to windows, knowing it's impossible for it to harm decent systems.

After the install etc is done, reconnect the main drive, if necessarily update Grub or other bootloaders, and we're done.

Wth my poor main desktop, it has a half a dozen or so HDD's, one common storage and the rest with different OS's on - prefer not to have more than one OS on the same physical disk where I can avoid it - no real technical reason (aside from physical failure), just personal preferance.

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Re: Windows 10 Upgrade

> Because you'll be trading your Windows 7 license for Windows 10. Windows 7 will no longer have a valid license and probably not activate.

Aha! Here comes the FUD.

Actually Win10 has a built-in tool to roll back to your old OS version if you decide you don't like it. But nice try, AC! You might frighten a few newbs with that one!

Is that anything like the nice system they had with Fista a while back (and I believe maybe with 7) - where legitimate users with a legitimate OEM license sticker on the side of their machine found a bug hosed the activation, and M$'s* answer was "You license has ... Your only fix is to purchase a new license" (in many cases where the license had never been used elsewhere, never been tried on another machine or anything else - only a bug in Fista that caused the problem)

*For those who bitch about people using "M$", "windoze", "fista" etc - it's often well-deserved, especially in cases where they were trying to steal more money from the poor deluded fools who used their crapware.

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Re: I'm confused

Before I start, interests of disclosure etc etc etc.. Fairly "fundamentalist" Christian here - but in a different sense to most - I prefer to get right back to the basic Biblical roots of my faith, rather than the "Westboro" et al brands of fundamentalism.

I'm also probably more correctly ID's as "bisexual" but I am pretty much gay, certainly find guys much more attractive than gals. And yes, I did spend some of my life with a rather nasty view of "gay" people - there were many mistakes made in the church back then. Still many today, but things are getting better - and largely because people are coming to understand the concepts of grace and forgiveness over the "law" - things like that you talk about below.

Creation story? Let's have two in Genesis within a few lines.

I've heard people talk about this often but.. I've never been able to read it. I read the Bible cover-cover in a repeating sequence, ie I start at page 1 and read a small amount each day until I get to the end then start again, and also read other bits as desired whether for study, fact-checking, or pleasure (yes, some of it is quite pleasureable to read - other bits I dislike but still read). I have read Genesis 1 & 2 many times over the years, in different translations (english translations covering some 400-odd years), and do not see 1&2 as different stories. It's like reading many manuals and other texts, including newspaper articles. The first part gives a basic run-down (whether first paragraph in a newspaper article or introduction/first chapter in a computer manual) and the next chapter gives more detail on a specific subject. I am yet to see the conflict.

Commandments? Yes, ten please. Although there's more than one list and they're not exactly the same. And there's more than ten, too.

You should look into that a little more. There's only one key set of 10, which relate to how to treat God and how to treat other people (the ones like not murdering, not stealing, not cheating on your spouse and so on).

There are other laws, that's true. But there's ceremonial laws, and health laws, things like that. Not all apply outside of the people they're directed to. Those commonly called "The 10 commandments" are global. The rest aren't.

Don't like gay people? Justify that nonsense on the old testament. And ignore lots of other stuff that's just as explicitly prohibited but less convenient. (Gay: no; shellfish: don't care; mixed fabrics: don't care; blatant hypocrisy: don't care, obviously.).

Yeah, that sort of stuff has been a problem for a while. Still is for some people as well. Sadly only in the last couple of months I had someone giving me a bit of hassle for being gay, quoting a certain passage from the Bible. I asked him about the clothes he was wearing, and pointed out that the same section of laws cover clothes and other things as well. I also love to point out the other stuff in those passages at times.

Change is coming, and people are getting to see that grace, forgiveness, and most of all love, kindness and mercy are the important things. In many places in the Bible God says that He prefers kindness and mercy over sacrifice and judgement.

What many in the church has spouted for a long time does not line up with the Bible. It is a slow process, but things are improving. And if you want to know what the Bible says for itself, read it carefully yourself. Forget about what other people have to say, read it and let it interpret itself.

Hope this helps someone...

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Re: Have i missed something?

Very late to the party.. Again.. But..

b) Work, but it keep on displayin an error message because it is not connected. You can ignore it, but then you will miss any other errore message because of it - while your wife/girlfriend/etc, will tell keep on asking you why you don't connect that damned device and get rid of the message

Fridge error checking 101 : Is stuff cold? If yes, fridge OK.

And the "Homer Simpson Engine Light Fix" is a perfect solution for "stopping" the display of any error or other messages. The screen would make a great place for your kid's pictures.. Backlit even... :)

(I need a "very damned late post" icon!)

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: Now, there's tech blog I'd actually read

Yeah like those photo blogs where you see a guy testing out a new £2000 lens and he drops it by accident

How do they manage that? I've had my favourite camera for 8 years now, ridden thousands of miles with it reachable while riding, climbed rock faces and mountains (before I got lazy), never got it wet and never dropped it. Any time these guys want to drop a lens, I'll swap em one! They can have my rarely used 300mm to smash and I'll treat their $2k one with the love and respect it deserves!

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Re: Apple Crap again....

I'd had iPods for years (I'm autistic, music is honestly the single most important thing in my life - how fucking pathetic is THAT…?!) and, as there's never been a 'Droid-based 'iPod', I'm a tad stuck.

Also autistic. Love music, can't live without it.

When iduds were over $1,000 for 8g and black&white screen, I spent $500 on an Iriver. 20g, 200+k color screen, Linux-based os. Lasted me from 2007 till a few months back with daily use. Unfortunately a short in the battery killed its charging circuit one night.

I used it for music but could also copy photos to it from my camera using its external USB port. It also had a text viewer and several other features. Much like an early raspberry inside really. Hmmm... Wonder if I could adapt the screen and controls......

Oh, and phones are evil.

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Re: The last thing I want to see

Add me to the (just) 40 plus group who can read, and prefers it by far over video. Much quicker and easiervto find what you want. And as someone else said, copy and paste works!.

Mmmmmm ... Coffee & pasta.. Know what I'm having for tea now!

Educated old git. ------------>

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Re: Oh come on

It might not be your industry, but that doesn't mean it isn't 'real work'.

I do web design work and generally computer repair work. Since being gifted a tablet I often find it is a valuable tool. Not only can I comfortably take it on the bike or even on foot to a customer's site, but it sure beats holding a laptop long-term while trying to look up specs or other information. And it lets me get a real-world look at how sites perform on these things.

I can also quickly and easily give customers a look at site design options, and explain I'm using the tablet for real-life examples.

They're crap for creating any real content (even typing this message), but can be a great tool for certain jobs. Find mine great, so long as I try to use it within realistic limits. Otherwise it would very quickly become an expensive frisbee. Especially with the keyboard trying to re-interpret and correct what I type (must download a better one!)

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Re: All these folks worried about processing their photos while on holiday...

...in reality no one else cares or wants to see them.

Some people are born to take crap photos, some have crap photos thrust apon them!

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Supply and demand

The fact that neither party is prepared to stump up the cash tells everyone all they need to know....

Yes,that a good advisor or responsible corporation knows that msdn is not worth wasting any more time or ¢ on.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Just another reason to use Bing I suppose.

There's as reason to use Bing?

Is it as bad as the MS maps thing? (their most recent satellite photo of my area is missing a whole street that's only been there for some 5 years!)

Sad really. I want better alternatives to google.

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Re: No ads - oh dear

I use adblock plus and not edge partly for that. I don't like being tracked, and I passionately hate flashing/moving ads, especially when reading technical content. I avoid brands whose adverts piss me off. For life. But I'll happily support text or static ads.

Text based ads are fine. If they fit reasonably with the content then I'll probably note them. If not I'll find a way to block them, and find an alternative brand to purchase from. Static images are fine. I could even accept the odd video add if it plays once and stops.

Annoying ads drive customers elsewhere. Or just drive us to adblock. If your site needs ad revenue then make your ads good or expect to lose visitors. Make a site not work with adblock then you're making a site that won't show in my browser.

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Re: incorrect analysis here

I don't think a simple html site will necessarily do the trick either; in my experience it takes java script and css to figure out what device type and screen orientation combo is needed to display a site well on every device.

Not quite true. I'm one of those weird js-hating freaks. I do responsive sites without it, CSS and HTML only. I may be able to be enticed to give you an example but I think it falls foul of El Ref's rules, even if it was a customer's site.

The sites I do work fairly well on any device and if modern browser without special coding (mainly coz I'm lazy and barely know an HTML tag from my own backside)

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: "Off-label" prescribing

Hey there.

I have a friend who is currently facing this nastyness - macular degeneration. Is there any way you can give more of a clue to the name of the actual drug?

(If you and El Reg staffers are OK with it, I'm happy for them to give you my email address OR they can work as an intermediary if necessary - but I would love for her to be able to get some help with this!)

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Re: read around...

journalctl gives you pretty much what catting the log file gives. It also has various options for filtering the output, or printing in reverse.

Well, that stuff could be useful occaisionally. Something to bring the relevant sections of various logs into order could also be nice (trying to track down a problem with the mail server, but is it the imap server, firewall, authentication or something else that is wrong? Would be cool to read the logs in one sequence! :)

However, what I know of it so far (and what I've read from it's main promoters own hands), Systemd (does the "D" stand for "disrupt" or "destroy" or somesuch?) still makes me quite nervous. Over the years many things (and people) have done that. Sometimes I've been proven right, others wrong. if it turns out to be good then my thanks to the writers. If not, then may the whole thing blow up in your faces ending your careers in computing, but not doing any real harm to anyone else.

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Re: Can't there be a simple and effective Linux distribution?

LP? Vision? Same sentence?

Sure. People who use hallucogenic drugs have all sorts of visions.

(If Pulse Audio is anything to go by, I think LP is far from the only one using mind-screwing substances!)

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Re: read around...

"My complaint is the opaque logs" I think this is most peoples problem but they invent lies about loads of other things around systemd to try and make the issue bigger. i've not got a problem with binary logs, if a file is corrupted, its unreadable no matter what format its in. The journal viewing program is brilliant.

Unless the corruption is significant, text files are easily readable up to and after the corruption. You can corrupt 20% of a text file and easily read the remaining 80% (perhaps unless the corruption involves numbers you actually need - but the remaining 80% is still readable). You could corrupt 90% and still read it.

But a single bit being flipped in many binary files is enough to throw the whole thing out.

Another issue with the binary logs - where I live I don't currently have a landline. I have an ancient cell phone that is my main source of internet at home (tethered), so connection speeds are down. Much better at work of course. I maintain a small number of headless web, email and file servers - no graphical displays or anything like that - such probably would be a hinderance (scuse spelling, for some reason spell checking isn't working in FF for me on here!) as I do find it a lot easier to work without clutter. I also fix Windows systems for a living so I am well familliar with gui-based systems.

Being on a poor connection and not being able to easily read and search logs or configs would be a problem, and re-drawing the screen with large amounts of graphics is a waste even with todays bandwidth - what if the system that has a graphical interface has a runaway process that either is chewing up the CPU or the desktop is locked? At least with CLI on most Linux systems even if the keyboard is locked you can get in over the network with SSH in my experience.

(The logs and config may not be an issue with systemd if it has a decent text-mode viewing program - I honestly don't know!)

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Re: I recently found a company nearby

I recently found a company nearby that will build a laptop to my specs for a very reasonable price AND you buy the OS separately. No bloatware, nothing you did not ask for.

Mind telling? I get lots of requests for laptops "without the windows tax".

Thanks

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Re: simples...

The first thing I do when I get a new computer/laptop is reformat it and install a vanilla copy of the OS.

As do I ;)

BTW Lenovo actually makes some decent kit - my last two laptops have been Lenovo and I've been very happy with them. No reason not to buy them, just wipe the disk.

It probably won't be long (if not already the case) that removing such item voids the warranty. Even if the pre-installed trial barely-AV crapware (or decent AV as a few companies do) finds and removes the rubbish.

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Re: Lenovo software now matches their build quality

Open any MSI G-Series laptop, and smile watching the build quality smiling back at you.

Actually, I was laughing when I opened a MSI gaming laptop. I can't remember the series but while the ease of working with it was great, the quality of the plastic wasn't. The hinge design was one that needed repair after a few months, and anyone who knows anything about leverage (the mechanical moving stuff kind, not financial/blackmail etc) would instantly see that it would break very quickly - huge amounts of stress on very small areas of plastic. I reinforced it with fibreglass as one side was gone and the other was on it's way.

For the price my customer paid, I would've expected a hell of a lot better product. MSI may have some much sturdier machines, and as far as other repair work/disassembly goes, and as far as the laptop itself goes - it was a great machine. But the build quality of the case was quite shite. I still would probably buy one if I had the $$$ to splash.

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Some questions..

Firstly, is this the same "Superfish" that I've seen come pre-installed on some Compaq/HP machines (although IIRC back in the Vista days, maybe not so recent)? It certainly seems a lot worse than the "Wild Tangent" stuff that many firms still push.

(Could anyone involved in advertising please see my last paragraph)

Forum administrator and Lenovo employee Mark Hopkins said following dozens of angry posts that new laptops will no longer be sold with Superfish. The company has also asked the company behind the program to issue an update squashing pop-up ads.

Er, Lenovo.. It should be YOU who provides the removal tools, and takes out a few million $ worth of ads in TV/Radio/Newspaper/YouTube etc ads to alert your customers (who brought your machines in good faith trusting in your name for quality and the security that implies) that they have this malware that must be removed.

We at DLIT will now recommend that people never trust your company again, and even take any Lenovo products back to the shop they got them from and demand a refund on the grounds that the machine has malware on it by design that compromises their banking sessions. I'm fairly confident that NZ consumer laws would make this easy, and maybe machines going back to the start of Lenovo could be covered since they never were "fit for purpose". (If a computer comes with software that messes with security certificates, when users buy them expecting to be able to safely do online banking and purchases...)

"Due to some issues (browser pop up behavior for example), with the Superfish Visual Discovery browser add-on, we have temporarily removed Superfish from our consumer systems until such time as Superfish is able to provide a software build that addresses these issues," Hopkins said.

The recommendation I am making to my customers as of this morning is that "Once is too much, never trust Lenovo again". You knowingly installed this software, you set it up and promoted it as trustworthy.

But had it not been for this quote - that you would only temporarily remove it - we might not be quite recommending "never trust Lenovo again" (screwing up massively is normal - what you do to fix it is what counts). However, since you are willing to trust such a company (who, later, through an update, could try to mess with things again - you're not so naive to expect otherwise I hope?). Since you haven't cut all ties with them, I must advise my customers to cut all ties with you.

Burn me once... Part of my job is to help my customers avoid being burnt ever.

As to those in advertising, perhaps you should be looking at any breaches of contracts caused by this? You know, where site owners have exclusive advertising deals with certain sponsors - perhaps people have been looking for "refreshing beverage" and this malware has been injecting Pepsi ads into a Coke fansite or something like that? Perhaps Lenovo should be facing some lawsuits over this?

(Oh, and FTR, until today I was the proud owner of a Lenovo Thinkpad tablet).

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Casting the first stone n'all

But is there anyone here who hasn't used a gold plated connector "just in case"?

Or not engaged in cargo culture "just in case" Or not bought a more expensive product (paint? after-shave? a car?) "just in case"?

Yes,. I can say that. I have not purchased products based on being more expensive, I buy based on doing what I need at an acceptable price/quality level - I'd rather buy D-Link than Cisco for example, because the D-link does wha I need. I don't shave, my only car was given to me and I spend as little on it as possible (I do look for things that will last but I know that cheap doesn't always mean nasty and expensive doesn't always mean good). Paint, I put my money and effort into the prep work. Purchasing is done with "NZ Made" being a very significant part of the equation (ie if it ain't made here, I ain't using it).

And I haven't done any of the "cargo culture" in programming that I can recall (althought I have only known of the term for maybe 5 minutes :) )

Oh, and if I do have any gold audio connectors, it's because they're on cables I found or was given, not one on a cable I purchased. Unless my phone's headset has them, in which case I did not deliberately purchase them. The phone had features I wanted at a price that suited me, the headset is still in the box.

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