* Posts by Pookietoo

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Re: Bad drivers can be found in any vehicle type.

But a beige Rover 600 should be given a wide berth.

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Re: 30-second loop, continuing for five seconds

I think that may not be long enough in a multiple pile up, and I'm not sure that airbag deployment is the best indicator of an event either.

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Re: Isn't using headphones .... an offence?

How about turning up the ICE in a double-glazed car?

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Re: they don't seem to have the faintest clue

That's fine, because as soon as there's a whiff of prosecution they'll be calling in legal and technical experts on both sides to sort out what happened and what matters.

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Re: reluctant to use their mobile phones right after a crash

Why would they be reluctant? Their call will be recorded and logged by the emergency call centre, so unless people are in the habit of calling to say they’ve been in an accident before it happens ...

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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Re: hand it in at the nearest police station

And when they find something illegal on it, who are they going to invite to assist with their enquiries?

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Re: attempts at breeching systems

So what happens once they're wearing trousers?

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Re: run the USB drivers in a separate protection ring

But how do you tell a rogue USB stick that mimics an HID from a genuine HID?

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

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Re: Patch Tuesday? Now if only I could prevent Nvidia from updating.

Did you try just setting permissions on the installed driver files to read-only? (I have no idea how WU would treat that - I don't use Windows any more.)

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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Re: why my trouser pockets fail

I tend to live in (proper, not "fashion") combat trousers, their pockets are many, capacious and robust.

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Seems unlikely ... sat in someone's inbox

Were the slurped files on the mail server, or did they use the compromised mail server to access a separate document management system?

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: what the difference is between this article, and this one

I didn't read this one.

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Legion of demons found in ancient auto medical supply dispensing cabinets

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Re: Option 2, stick with WindowsXP

Upgrade the PC hardware, run XP virtualised and have the host SW keep a very close eye on network behaviour?

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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Re: painting a give-way line

Experience tends to suggest that people drive more carefully and considerately in this sort of setting with as few traffic signs and road markings as possible. It's only the extreme idiots like the one in the story who need lines to keep inside (although they tend not to manage even that - what is it with all these drivers who can't stop before the stop line at junctions, or keep inside the lane markings on bends?)

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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

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Re: What happens next?

Architectural features, starting with Aspirational Architrave.

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Re: And yet it still sucked

I used it a couple of times, then installed Synaptic. Apparently that's still available in 16.04, so no problem.

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Re: the mouse can't be moved ... fixing the cable to the desk

You don't carry a mouse with you? If I'm going to be using someone else's machine I put a trackball in my bag.

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Infosec miscreants are peddling malware that will KO your router

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Re: What Security?

It sound as if it relies on people not disabling remote login. :-o

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Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel

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Re: anyone still around from 1741

I think it's more likely the Falklands connection that was considered offensive.

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Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China

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Re: The other hate I have is gotten

I think "gotten" is archaic English, like some other Americanisms. The ugliness of "get"/"got"/"gotten" is best avoided by using an appropriate alternative in many cases, although it is acceptable in a few.

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Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you

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Re: When she shuts it down

I wouldn't use that machine before it's been thoroughly sanitized with a stack of anti-malware apps, or freshly installed on a wiped hard drive.

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Re: HSBC

I'm not talking about how a device looks to someone on the internet - most home users are behind NAT routers that make them appear to have a single public IP address. But we know that, they're on a LAN based on that router so they're technically "not supported" for internet banking purposes.

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Re: didnt even ask for the telephone number they called from

What would be the point of asking for a spoofed caller ID?

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Re: HSBC

It doesn't have to be Wi-Fi - for a start anyone connecting through a device that has an address in one of the IPV4 private ranges (10.n.n.n 172.16-31.n.n 192.168.n.n) is clearly using a LAN. It would be interesting to know what First Direct thinks a LAN is. A journalist should ask them why they're excluding the majority of their users from support.

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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Re: Not surprising

Properly fix the link:

the Urban Dictionary needing to be deleted from IBM Watson's input set

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Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs

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Re: Statutory Warranty on most Apple hardware is 6 years

That's not true - you have six years from the date of purchase to make a claim against a seller, but items that might reasonably be expected to have a shorter lifetime don't have six years of cover. If the court decides that an iGadget has an expected lifetime of four years and yours fails after five years the six years is irrelevant. Even if it fails after three years you can only expect to be reimbursed a quarter of the purchase price.

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Stop! Before you accept that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, read this

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Re: Microsoft has done a far better job

They have if you look at it in terms of motivation to hack their product - with so little market share it's hardly worth anyone's time to try picking holes in it.

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Re: Head of marketing is unaware of who on his team booked them?

He "seemed to be unaware of who his team had booked" i.e he was unaware of which entertainment act his team had booked, not who it was from his team who made the choice of act.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Re: stop the nagging

Stop the nagging and start the stealthy snooping - no thanks.

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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

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Re: WORM media has many benefits

Write Once Read Maybe

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Re: I'm old skool

Heh - I made the guitar electro-acoustic by drilling holes for a piezo pickup and preamp.

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

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Re: best keyboard made is the IBM 3279

I thought the DEC LK201 (that was supplied with the VT220) was a brilliant keyboard.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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Re: Maybe if Microsoft didn't drastically change the user interface

But they had to do that, to set MSFT up as a big player in the mobile market. That sure worked out well.

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Re: big application will need a lot of work to port it to Linux

Run Win7 in a VM on Linux, that will give your CPU more to do and provide easy rollback if MSFT slips in any sly updates.

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Re: doing the same thing as Novell Netware

You mean running faultlessly for years, without so much as a reboot?

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Re: What planet is this on?

I took that to mean "far more popular with their users".

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: the Masses think OS are either Windows, Apple or Android.

Introducing new "Android for PC" - you loved it on your phone, now you can use it on your laptop and desktop too.

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

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Re: no sense ... perpendicularly to the gravity field

No problem - you just clamp a pulley to the edge of the bench, and run your string over it.

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

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Re: there is a way to furtle Home's privacy settings

Was that the install Group Policy Editor tweak?

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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Re: it's very hard for a politician to survive that.

That depends where he's a politician - I get the impression that French and Italians would shrug this sort of thing off, and have a laugh about it.

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Re: So fucking what?

It's the lying to save face (and how feeble the lies were) that is the problem. Plus the stupidity that created the situation in the first place.

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Re: I rode it at Alexandra Palace bicycle show

I rode a Zike at the Ally Pally show, but it was before 1992 - the people I was there with, I was no longer working with by mid 1990.

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US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order

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Re: what do you buy instead?

Chinese hardware running Ubuntu?

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Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

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Black Helicopters

I wonder if "someone" decided that W10 devices couldn't be properly high end as long as they were marketed by Microsoft, but the Vaio brand still had sufficient cachet.

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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

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Re: Now would be a good time for them to fix things

No, that was last week.

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Re: Model M

I have one somewhere, if someone needs a beating - that would be the best use for the nasty clunky thing.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: They'd not have a clue where to find drivers

You must be thinking of Windows - any Linux I've installed over the past few years hasn't required finding drivers - they were all included and ready to run.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Re: Of mice and men

And it was "I hate those meeces to pieces".

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: tools...

If it's an offline password manager then it doesn't much matter what the master password is, because it's unlikely to be slurped by a hacker of websites.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Windows NT uptime was 15 years, three months, 13 days

That bug might only have been introduced after NT4, or network use might have been such that a timer never overflowed. Or he might have misremembered and it was Netware, not NT. :-)

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