* Posts by Pookietoo

745 posts • joined 20 Mar 2012

Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Commodore P50 programmable calculator.

I think my TI-57 beats that, but only just.

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Re: can't think of a simpler solution

There may be situations in which that is an optimal solution, as well as those where saying "Phone, call Bob" is better.

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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Re: a Barbie SSID is in the neighborhood

Why would Barbie have an SSID? She's not a wireless access point.

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Updated Android malware steals voice two factor authentication

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Re: Why is voice more secure than SMS for passing one time codes?

Because malware requires greater processing capability to decode a voice message compared to a text message?

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

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Re: smuggling in from space

You realise the first stage doesn't actually leave the atmosphere?

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Ubuntu's Amazon 'adware' feature to be made opt in

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Re: You don't have to run Unity ...

... but I do. I really don't see what all the fuss was (and continues to be) about - it's not as if it was ever compulsory for Ubuntu users to run Unity, or allow external search scopes, but people seem to think Shuttlecock is as evil as Sony.

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Re: information that is neither opinion based or controversial

Where do you go to check that something on Wikipedia is neither opinion based nor controversial?

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: Surely you could run those mission critical apps in a VM

That's just fine if you have a partition image with the pre-"upgrade" environment to feed to a VM ...

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Re: MegaBank's cash dispenser network

That will still be on OS/2 or XP.

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Re: building up the courage to take the decision

As others have said - find a live boot distro that works OK with your hardware, install it on your HDD, then get Windows running in a VM. Now you can migrate at your leisure. For the more cautious among you, use a clean HDD to do this, so you can just put the Windows one back if it doesn't work out or it takes more than one weekend to get everything sorted.

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Re: remove the option to turn off Secure Boot manually in the BIOS

If this becomes a significant problem I expect some clever people will just hack the BIOS.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Re: can I import from Thunderbird

Probably, they share the same data format.

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Re: It focuses on one thing - mail

Our two weapons are email and newsgroups.

Our three weapons are email and newsgroups and a calendar plugin.

Our four weapons are email and newsgroups and a calendar plugin and RSS.

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Re: A Really Good Email Cluent

Claws Mail suits me just fine. I looked at Pegasus back when I was using Windows, but ended up with The Bat! I've not looked at that for years so I don't know if it ticks the "modern email client" boxes, whatever they are.

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

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Re: How have you not found that in almost a decade?

By avoiding MSFT products whenever possible. :-)

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Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

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Re: Phones should not have to be rooted

It rather depends whether you consider a phone to be a PC in your pocket or an appliance, and whether you consider the stuff running it to be software or firmware.

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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Re: Hold the Front Page

"Weetabix"

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I had a nutty crunchy breakfast bar.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: _NO_ network connectivity

This is a tiny board suited to embedded applications where networking is not necessarily a priority, and anyway it's trivial to add if you want it.

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Re: Not today

I bought a few short mini- and micro-USB cables a while back, mini are black and micro are white so easy to find and not tangled in the pile of stuff that accumulates at the side of my desk.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Re: Canonical tried something along those lines

ITYF it was easily disabled, and never a secret. Presumably the opted-in by default was what upset people, but it was minor in comparison with the current MSFT crap.

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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

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Re: Feds are investigating him

At that point he was just a witness.

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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

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Re: when Dixons and Comet went bust

Dixons didn't go bust, they just took that name off the high street in favour of their other brands Currys and PCWorld. Last year they merged with Carphone Warehouse.

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Badware in the firmware all over the place

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Re: this criteria

Correctly "this criterion" or "these criteria".

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Merseyside DDoS daddy given eight months behind bars

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Re: if they did not shut up

Actually you mean "if they did shut up".

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Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen

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Re: people who don't use it

I don't use it - they keep trying to force me to sign up, by stopping me from making YouTube comments, and I refuse to even consider using it based on that sort of tactic.

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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

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Re: the making of a class action

When did that become a feature of English law?

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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Re: Check out this cool new battery hack!

Don't forget the iodine.

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Google engineer names and shames dodgy USB Type-C cable makers

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"I want to hold them to task" - wrong

"I want to take them to task" - correct

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Alumina in glass could stop smartphones cracking up

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Re: these spheres are almost certainly pre-stressed

A particular type of pre-stressed glass spheres on Wikipedia and YouTube.

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

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Re: Microsoft must LOVE people like you

They must, they pay people like him.

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Use Skype if you want to report a crime, say cops

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Re: Not everyone has Skype

That's not a problem, because they're only offering Skype as an alternative to a face-to-face interview.

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

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Re: Then they asked his name

Douglas is about 20 miles south of Hamilton. :-)

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Virgin Media filters are still eating our email – Ntlworlders

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Re: They recently migrated the browser based version to gmail

Actually they're in the process of migrating from Google, that's what this article is about.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Re: Just a quick question...

Did you consider asking for help, or do you just go straight into whinge mode? And where did "whom" come from?

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Hey, that was going to be my line.

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Ring Chime: Needy wireless doorbell or $30 bling t'ing?

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Re: the assumption that a lot of doorbells don't work

Press the button and listen - if you hear a bell then it's working, if you don't then try the knocker. At no point should you knock against the antique stained glass in the door.

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Re: Simple solution to the "in the plug socket" problem..

Stick it in a light socket.

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Faked NatWest, Halifax bank sites score REAL security certs

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Re: those annoying extra confirmation pages

Whenever I encounter a "Verified by Visa" pop-up it seems to fail to accept my input, but allows payment anyway.

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SYNful Knock is no Stuxnet, says researcher

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Re: Really sad state of affairs...

Assembly language isn't machine code, it's a low level symbolic language that gets converted into machine code.

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Laser razor binned from Kickstarter resurfaces on Indiegogo

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Re: Burn my face fur off?

Clearly they need to build some sort of extractor and filter or catalytic converter into the thing - or maybe offer it as a $300 add-on after all the new users discover the problem.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

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Re: But Live is only "live" for 50% of the time

No, if it's connected it's always live - the live and neutral supply lines don't take turns at pushing the electrons.

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VW offices, employees' homes raided by German prosecutors

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Re: it doesn't even have to be explicit instructions

Indeed - rather than detecting test conditions and acting clean, they could just detect real-world driving conditions and act responsive.

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

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Re: Don't nearly all drivers "deliberately brake" all the time?

I deliberately don't brake a lot of the time, instead controlling my speed with the volume pedal and gearstick. Those drivers who dab the brakes at every bend in the road are nearly as bad as the ones who don't believe in braking distance or blindly follow overtakers into oncoming traffic.

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Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

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Re: Actually, that is not sufficient for flash storage

What doesn't work is trying to wipe individual files, because the obscuring bit pattern won't be written over your data. What you can do is delete your data then fill the device with junk - the only sectors you won't overwrite then are those that have been taken offline due to read/write errors.

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GENUINE STARSHIP as used by PRINCESS LEIA sold for just $450k

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Re: Hang on a mo...

"950 kilometers per hour" - that's the maximum atmospheric speed (I'm assuming Earth-like atmosphere).

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Rise of der Maschinen: Daimler trials ROBOT LORRY in Germany

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Re: "oh shit!" and grab the stick/wheel.

You don't want the driver to grab the wheel - you want to give him the opportunity to take control once he's assessed the situation, and make a best effort attempt to deal with it automatically until then. So an "I may not be able to handle this" warning from the machine, rather than "I just gave up - good luck".

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AF-FIR-MAT-IVE: Second suspension for robot-voice helldesker

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Re: Demoted it would seem and they expect him to be Mr. Cheerful?

Just one more year then he's done his 40 and can leave with a full pension. I'm guessing.

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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

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Re: so what on Earth is the point of releasing a teardown ...

... to help people fix theirs? It's not just about how to pull it apart, but also how well it's put together (how likely it will need servicing/repair, how easy that will be) and the precise hardware specification.

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Re: Supermarkets choose ...

But you have a choice of supermarkets, and you don't need any supermarket in order to sell product, they are just convenient marketing points.

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