* Posts by Pookietoo

764 posts • joined 20 Mar 2012

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

Pookietoo

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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Boffin

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

Pookietoo

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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Facepalm

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

No, that was last week.

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Coffee/keyboard

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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Headmaster

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!

Pookietoo

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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Pookietoo

Re: Commodore P50 programmable calculator.

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

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Pookietoo

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

Pookietoo

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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Pookietoo

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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Pookietoo

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

Pookietoo

Re: can I import from Thunderbird

Probably, they share the same data format.

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Pookietoo

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

Pookietoo
Linux

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

Pookietoo

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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Headmaster

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

Pookietoo

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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Boffin

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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Linux

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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Facepalm

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'

Pookietoo

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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Headmaster

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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Headmaster

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

Pookietoo

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

Pookietoo

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

Pookietoo
Boffin

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

Pookietoo
Headmaster

"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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Boffin

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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Windows

Re: Microsoft must LOVE people like you

They must, they pay people like him.

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