* Posts by b166er

1455 posts • joined 19 Jun 2007

Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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'MS-DOS was lacking other features, too, that many would now consider unforgivable. After typing out an incredibly long command and realising there was an extra letter at the very beginning, all you'd end up with was an unusable chunk of text.' - a bit like when you've composed a txt or email then realise you have a spelling error and are sadly using an iPhone instead of a phone with editing capabilities.

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LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

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Thanks for the heads up here, I just bought an x220 off Ebay last week and according to Lenovo's Battery Utility 2015 tool, I need a replacement. Here for the installer if you need to check.

I'm pleased about this, as batteries are never warrantied by Ebay sellers, so I'm getting a brand new warrantied one from Lenovo!

(Just found out the warranty is only 90 days. Still, better than 0 days I suppose)

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Re: As much as an MS fanboi that i am,

Well perhaps he means that Device Guard isn't mandatory?

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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What strikes me about that successful hover and land footage, is that I'm so used to seeing scenes like that in CGI, that that footage doesn't look real!

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Perhaps not, but Mulder has and he's back soon!

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Microsoft: Office 365 IT admins get free device-wrangling controls

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Maybe they should just go all in an merge Intune with Office 365.

If Windows 10 is 'free' for consumers anyway, just chuck a bit more on the price of Office 365 and give biz customers 10 with it.

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Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

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Wonder how long was left on his sentence and why he turned himself in?

Perhaps he had to do something and needed to be out to do it.

'spose I should go read the Beeb article.

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Tears of a cloud: Don’t be let down by backup and disaster recovery

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What's kinda really annoying about this at the moment, is SOHO/SMB NAS' have such poor cloud storage support. Why is there no app on ReadyNAS for OneDrive for example (or Azure)?

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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Re: What kind of free is this?

You suspect wrong, it's free for the lifetime of the device.

Most consumers get Windows for 'free' anyway, with their purchase of hardware, so basically what they're saying is, for this version of Windows, free upgrades.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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'primarily in order to uncover threats'

Evidence that they have found ANY?

Weapons of mass surveillance

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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I don't think it's so much a privacy issue actually, this is an abuse of power issue.

That's something everyone should be concerned with.

But then, to quote Smith: 'Billions of people just living out their lives...oblivious'

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Evil CSS injection bug warning: Don't let hackers cross paths with your website

b166er

Err, so does <!DOCTYPE html> prevent this?

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Re: Sticking it to the Man is one thing

@Boltar

I would say that the Walton family controlling more wealth than 40% of Americans is bordering on evil.

That's just one example off the top of my head.

Here's another. If you had a wage of say $20,000 per annum, buying an apple for you would be the equivalent of spending 400,000 dollars for Warren Buffett.

(I understand Mr Buffett to be a sensible man and this is not a personal attack on Mr Buffett, rather an observation of a messed up system (an opinion that he may well share))

http://pennystocks.la/warren-buffett/index.html

I do not like the capitalist system.

I also do not like psychopaths.

The perspective is, both groups cause harm.

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Re: They are done

That's debatable :D

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Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

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Re: No FTTC for us

You've hit the nail on the head there me ol' fruit.

If small businesses had enough bandwidth, they'd jump on the VoIP bandwagon sharpish. More lost revenue for Bastard Telecom.

It also amazes me how wasteful of money BT are. I worked in a business centre in a large town just outside Glasgow, which was supplied by a 200pair cable from one exchange and a 50pair cable from a different exchange. The 200pair was so congested (imagine @40 broadband circuits through that) and the frame in the business centre was the old solder type.

There was a BT van in the car park there every week at least, without fail. They would come in and fix the complaint,only to cause another fault for a different tenant. BT engineers no longer carry the equipment to properly terminate with a solder connection, so they just wrap it around and hope for the best.

Last time I was in the frame closet, I noticed an Openreach engineer had scrawled on the wall 'pure quality' (a common colloquialism in those parts)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Mobile

Indeed,it feels like Uncle Reg is actually trolling.

A redesign WITHOUT being responsive??!? Srsly wtf?

I'm no web design guru, but even I could make this site responsive in about 5 minutes.

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Sony Pictures hires Mandiant, asks FBI for help after MASSIVE cyber attack

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Another network fail, you'd have thought they would have learned their lesson with the PSN breach. Maybe $400,000 wasn't enough.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Excellent, cheers!

"I was just wondering if you could tell me when things would be back as there's people wanting to work."

Fuck that one really grinds my gears!!! No fucking shit, Sherlock!

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Couldn't you do iSCSI?

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

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Well Schmidt did say he welcomed promises by international leaders to crack down on tax loopholes.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/may/19/google-eric-schmidt-tax-loopholes

This is one way to do that.

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South Londoner wins Reddit MILLIONAIRE not-a-lottery lottery

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Re: errrm....

Guess you don't read Reddit :D

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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A home fitted with solar PV and a ground source heat pump, would surely require very little in the way of fossil fuels, if any at all. And that's achievable right now.

Regarding the cost, it's a simple supply and demand argument. When plasma TVs first launched, they were around £4000 each. Driven by market demand, this fell to £400 pretty quickly.

If ground source heat pumps and PV roofs were mandated on all new build, the price of installing it would plummet and therefore be more accessible to retro-fitting for owners of older properties.

So if each domestic property was self sufficient (including charging cars, at least for the daily commute), then attention needs to turn to industrial processes. Again, if the large sheds that businesses live in were covered in PV, a large amount of energy requirement would be removed. Converting industrial waste into energy is already being done by various companies, I believe Sainsbury's have a store powered entirely by food waste. There are a good few countries that have close to 100% renewable electricity generation through geothermal or hydroelectric.

I'm far from being an expert, but these things I can see with my own eyes, so I refuse to believe it's not going to be possible.

I'm sure saying this will probably prove unpopular.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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I remember this story when it first came up.

I hope Apple get whipped for this. It's blackmail and deceitful.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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See my remark below.

I'm not a marketroid, promise! :D

As long as it's 20p per day on a daily basis, we're fine. That or buy £10 worth of credit and use it at a rate of 20p per hour (40p for premium).

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b166er

Let's be generous and say the average Netflix (for example) viewer watches 1 hour per day.

At £6 per month, that's 0.20p per day, or 0.20p per hour.

So if all content providers were to,charge, say 0.20p per hour for their mainstream catalogue, or say, 0.40p per hour for blockbusters or what they class as premium content (the BBC colour TV license is almost exactly 0.40p per day), then it wouldn't matter if we needed multiple subscriptions to multiple providers.

If however, they all charge £6 per month, someone's going to lose out somewhere.

The consumer will lose out through being unable or unwilling to pay for access to all they content they want to watch. Some content providers will lose out to others because they're not in the viewers discretionary budget.

If providers harmonise the price per minute watched, they could also sell that to other service providers in bulk, similar to existing agreements such as MVNO etc.

Fragmenting is a bad move and will ultimately lead to a loss in revenue unless the price is harmonised at an affordable rate.

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Dropbox-but-with-an-actual-box firm touts new biz appliances

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The thing with all these similar products, is the upstream bandwidth available behind them which is where cloudy solutions prevail.

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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So is the polo-neck the normcore of the hipster?

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

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How about Google pushes the industry to standardise the HTML and CSS allowed (or not) in an email?

Then EVERYONE sending an email can make sure it's formatted to convey the message on whatever device displays it.

If email really still is relevant (and I think it is), then why the fuck this hasn't been done long ago, I just can't fathom.

Browsers are now, by and large, accurate and consistent, why not the same for email renderers?

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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What if you reskinned the doors, wings, bonnet and boot with carbon-fibre? That bonnet alone must weigh a tonne.

Also those bumpers look damn heavy and I bet the headlight glass is 2 inches thick :)

Keep the seats though. One can go TOO far!

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Sky's tech bets pay off: Pay TV firm unveils blazing growth for Q1

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Is there a completely ad free option yet?

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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I guess modded ROMs will become a lot more popular then?

Besides, there is already regulation for unlocking a phone tied to a particular network, so presumably that legislation would be extended to this method.

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

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Re: So it'll be fixed soon?

I wish the stable release auto-updater had a checkbox to allow milestones too.

(can't be bothered to flash ROMs manually on all my devices)

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Please Allow Secret Session Without Obtuse Recall Difficulty

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: testing procedure.

WIN+R

shutdown -s -t 00

ENTER

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Seven possible pillars of FLAC failure

"I have come to collect my bersicle, (Reně asks "What bersicle?") "The bersicle that produces the electrocity for the roodio when you piddle in your wife's mothers' bedroom"

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: Oh $!#t.

I picked a bad day to quit amphetemines

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: What about considering your EO customers!

+1

BT Openreach engineer said they will be putting a fibre cabinet in the grounds of the exchange for EO customers 'at some point'.

Not holding my breath though. Our exchange serves 110 Residential premises and 8 non-residential.

It can't go in the exchange for some reason. (perhaps because our exchange, WSARY, is the size of a single garage only narrower, no joke)

I wish they would first fix the congestion issue here, though. I get 8Mbps (the maximum possible for this exchange), but it slows to a crawl at busy times.

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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I hope he invests a large amount of his wealth into this venture.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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That's how I've been obfuscating email addresses when people insist on having theirs on a website.

unicode-bidi:bidi-override

direction:rtl

That with a bit of javascript to reverse it onclick

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Seems to me there are a lot of celebrities out there who get the wrong advice from their security services. Perhaps celebrity security services are all about muscle and have no understanding of protecting them from media and technology.

I fail to understand why this still happens. Pammy's tape, whilst not pilferred off the internet (but widely distributed there) leaked in 1998. 16 years ago!

Do celebrities have short memories? If you're going to create nude images of yourself, you need to make sure you look after those EXTREMELY well. Unless you want them to leak of course.

Given that there have been many leaks of celebrity nudes, and yet they still take nude images of themselves and put them in insecure places, I can only assume they want them to be seen.

Or it's negligence. Either way, no tears.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Can it be?

A modern broswer that uses less than 100MB per tab? Here's hoping.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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90% of everything is crap?

What if we applied that logic to operating systems?

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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And it will be that type of people dismayed that the Highways Agency are now starting, at long last, to erect screens around road traffic accidents.

That your life is so dull only the horrendous sight of someone having their head removed can remind you what it was once like to feel.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Re: Apple's Yawn and Windows Apology

As I understand it, Windows 9 will configure itself according to the hardware it's installed on and give you the option to change the default if you like.

It was remiss and arrogant of them not to offer that option in 8. It also didn't help that ODMs didn't make much of an effort with touch-screen laptops (a shame really, hope it still catches on, after all, it's good to have the option of touch).

It just reinforces the understanding that you skip a release and then wait for service pack 1 :D

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

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As is the same with too many companies to mention who, rather than investing in research and development, would rather line the pockets of their shareholders.

The whole shareholder thing makes me weep, I understand the need for shareholders, but that does not justify the absolute greed evident in some large corporations.

I wish it were, that the employees could be the majority shareholders, rather than the top 10% leeching the fuck out of the system for their own ends.

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Seven Apple Store staff cuffed in alleged $500k stolen iPhone scam bust

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Hmmm, posted this 4 days ago, about half an hour after the article appeared and it took three days to get this comment on.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: Might be better, but still not good

I took 2 screengrabs of Chrome recently, using well over 500MB of RAM for 1 tab (the 1st screenshot it was using 900MB for Experts Exchange) THAT is absolutely crap.

I'm now using Firefox for a while to see if it's any better. At the moment it's using 254MB for 2 tab.

My first PC had 4MB of RAM and could just run Windows 95 and IE4. I know website were alot simpler then, but really, 900MB for 1 site?????

So, to summarise, modern browsers are fucking terrible.

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Oculus sucked by Zuck? 'I'm over it' – Minecraft supremo Notch

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Off topic

In related news, Persson bought Caustic Window from Aphex Twin for $46,300 Aphex Twin new album

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Tor-rorists get sneaky Aphex Twin album peek in dance guru hypegasm

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I believe the Orb (who also collaborated with Gilmour on Metallic Spheres) also honoured that on Evil 39'

Much looking forward to new RDJ (who has stated that whilst he doesn't generally enjoy rock'n'roll, he does have an ear for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd)

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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'Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)'

Ironic then, that it's The Reg giving him voice.

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