* Posts by Pookietoo

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: instead of fixing the implementation

The thing about free software is that each software "product" is developed by a team of people who want to work on that product with that team - on the whole people aren't going to work on stuff that doesn't interest them, or work with people they don't like. And there's politics, of course. When OSS (which never worked very well with Linux) went proprietary it was obvious that Linux people would develop an alternative, and by the time it went free again people had invested heavily in ALSA development.

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Re: Linux ain't happening here.

Getting audio right can require a bit of tweaking sometimes, particularly if there's e.g. an audio device in your graphics card and another in a PCI or USB slot. Also PulseAudio doesn't always do its thing properly, so sometimes it's useful to temporarily disable it and revert to plain ALSA.

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Re: I cannot for the life of me think why you would want Windows

I've been using Linux for just about everything for more than 5 years (started using it about 20 years ago) but I can see that there are legitimate reasons people may need (or even want) to use Windows. Saying that they're all stupid doesn't really make you look all that smart, you know?

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a bunch of MSFT shillsfans populating the fora at the moment, looking for every excuse to talk-up WindowsX/Office on Android/any of their other attempts to regain market/mind-share, and Linux Loons make an easy target for them.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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Re: Satnavs haven't caused a huge spike in accidents have they?

I suspect it depends where they're mounted - if it's in the middle of the dash, you need to look away from the road, while if it's on top of the dash behind the wheel you hardly look away at all..

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: x86 emulation on ARM

That's not really a problem (anyway there are now Intel Atom phones and tablets that seem to work quite well) but getting the UI to work adequately on a phone would be unreasonably difficult for a lot of Windows apps.

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OOH, it's so HOT in here! All my ATMOSPHERE is coming off

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Re: Amazing Picture...

"Artist's Concept"???

My desktop wallpaper is a real Hubble image, part of one of these.

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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"deprecated"

(no body)

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: why it was obvious he was wrong at the time

The simple fact is that nobody can know enough about complex situations like these, with an unknown number of unknown variables, to be able to make predictions that are guaranteed to be accurate, so anyone who claims that ability is overstepping his authority and subjecting himself to ridicule. It brings to mind the great horse manure crisis of 1894.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: "I would really like you to show me a site ..."

Here you go then. Or here.

How do you think the various Windows 8 Start Menu modifications work, if you can't mess with the UI?

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Re: Having used various ... virtual desktops

I think perhaps part of the perceived problem is that MSFT users on the whole haven't been exposed to the concept of virtual desktops, and they're just going to wonder where their running apps have gone.

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Re: given its current build state

They're supposedly working on a rapid update development cycle, so troublesome features should get fixed a lot quicker than MSFT users are used to - no waiting for service packs, no bugfix-only policy.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: I hate this chisel shit

Chiclet?

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Au-mazing! Cornwall sold GOLD to Ireland back in the Bronze Age

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RE: it's leprechauns

More like Piskies (or perhaps Knockers) if you believe the boffins.

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

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Re: you're prepared in any event.

So the car leaves a safe gap behind the car in front, which is promptly filled by another car, so it has to slow to establish a safe distance again, and another car cuts in ... all the while it's decreasing the gap and increasing the closing speed of vehicles behind it.

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Attack of the IT monuments men: Museum wants your kit

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Re: I bet they don't want any of mine

I don't think anyone will want mine, but it's hard to sort the "total trash" from the "might be useful or interesting" - for example I want to keep some ISA motherboards to use with my collection of ISA sound cards (if they were in keyboards or rack cases they'd be "classic vintage collectable") So I start with sound cards and then I think "how about a DOS games machine?" and so it goes ... yeah, I know I can emulate them, but it's not the same.

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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Re: The process you wanna kill is GWXUX.EXE

The fix is to uninstall update KB3035583.

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Re: the number of patch testers is about to increase

But them being ordinary users, their feedback might not be worth much.

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Re: a tourist is mauled to death

"Management at the park has described today’s incident as unfortunate and has urged visitors not to leave their windows down."

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: it's not IE

Just because they've removed many of the things that made IE bad, doesn't mean they're left with anything good.

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Re: Edge Logo

Yay, A Flock of Seagulls. They're still going, but have very little hair left.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Re: Where are the police?

Police spokesman said "Police have assessed the impact of this event and the likelihood of disorder and crime is considered to be low." There won't be many pick-pockets around, not sure about bag snatchers.

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Re: Same with women's bodies

Any woman with an erect penis was told to cover up.

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Siri, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

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So Apple thought Siri wasn't getting used enough

and introduced this novel promotional tool to get iTards talking to their shiny stuff.

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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Re: He doesn't

You seem to be assuming that motorcyclists don't drive cars, I'm fairly sure that many of them do.

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Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

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Re: able to read not only the name

Dare I suggest a subtle application of Tipp-Ex to the badge?

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Re: Chart?

Drag, copy, then "Paste Special","HTML" into LibreOffice Calc (other spreadsheet software is available) ...

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Re: On this whole detecting VM issue

You'll probably be able to switch it off with a registry edit.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Re: Khaki green

Khaki is brown, not green.

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There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp

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Re: Perhaps you should adjust the mixture

If the engine is knocking at idle it probably has a cooling problem (maybe just an air-lock in the plumbing) that adjusting the mixture won't do much to change - if it does it under load then it might be running lean, but it might also be over-advanced (something that twiddling the brass levers could fix).

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

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Re: It's a shame you two don't get along... @ske1fr

I got a Brother HL-1340 from Freegle, a drum and a couple of cartridges from eBay for £30, and it works perfectly with Ubuntu. There's nothing wrong with Linux printer support, just people who bought the wrong printer. :-)

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Re forking an open source project

The various *buntus aren't forks, they are official variants of vanilla Ubuntu tweaked to different tastes. If one were to fork it wouldn't be allowed to call itself *buntu any more, because that's trademarked by Canonical.

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Xiaomi greets MediaTek with a handshake, Qualcomm feels awkward

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Re: I assume it only uses one cluster at a time

Would it not have one of the low power cores running all the time to manage everything else?

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Re: We know who it was...

"mother lode"

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: http://happy254.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/bean.jpg

You beat me to it.

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Re: a drop or two of oil into the lock every six months

I thought you were only supposed to use dry lube in locks.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Such a talented guy

But he can't figure out how to use a micrometer.

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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Re: have you looked into step-up transformers

A straight transformer won't shift frequency - you'd need a belt drive motor-generator unit or a rectifier/inverter to do that.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Re: people with big snakes buy mice and rats for them

AIUI the live feeding of vertebrate species to reptiles is mostly illegal in the UK.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Re: There is a way to get more energy...

But if there was a way to only emit photons from the screen in the direction that the user is viewing it from ...

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Actually I think it might work ... sort of

Assuming the phone antenna is pretty much omnidirectional most of the signal is going nowhere useful, so you can "harvest" around half of that with an inductor on one side, and subsequently you'll have to point the other side towards the mast. The only problem is that you'd want to put the inductor on the side that's against the user's head (because the signal in that direction is attenuated anyway) which won't work too well with the screen. But if you're willing to put up with the hassle of a directional phone you might as well engineer one with a directional antenna, that wastes a lot less power transmitting in the first place.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: use the moon as a spaceship

Perhaps use it as a staging post - maybe mine and process the shielding material on Luna, so it's a lot cheaper/easier to chuck it at Mars than if it was lifted from Terra.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: You can't reboot while you're over the Atlantic.

Rather that than on approach.

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re: This assumes the problem is understood

I don't think it takes much understanding to fix the problem: power goes down, auxiliary kicks in, pilots/engineer restart failed generator controllers, everything's fine again. Assuming it doesn't happen at a critical stage in the flight, of course.

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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Re: RE: And who said science was dull?

"passersby"

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BATWINGED DINO-PIGEON causes FLAP in bone-boffinry circles

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Re: I never get any reply or acknowledgement

Sometimes I get a reply, sometimes not - I imagine that some corrections are flagged by many readers, and the author can't really be expected to acknowledge all of them.

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

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Re: My DVB-T stopped working

Have you tried a log periodic aerial? The one I tried (just a temporary set-up - we mostly use cable) worked wonders for our DVB-T reception. It was mounted too low, pointed at the wrong transmitter (according to everyone else's aerials) blocked by large trees and it worked brilliantly.

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US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

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"Tips and corrections" is to the left of the "Comments" button.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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Re: I highly doubt you'll prefer TV only

I prefer the TV not to dominate our living space - it sits fairly quietly in the corner showing mostly comedy, chat and factual programs, types which don't really benefit from an "immersive experience".

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

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all package versions shipping with Jessie are the latest release.

I find that highly unlikely - surely they will be the recent version that has been tested, not necessarily the latest?

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: The middle ground would be C3PO

But the Android logo is pretty much R2D2.

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