* Posts by Tannin

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Sue them

Any consumer protection law covers this.

(If you have something called "consumer protection law" in your jurisdiction and it doesn't even cover a basic "goods faulty, refund or replacement required" situation like this one, then it isn't a consumer protection law at all.)

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Back to the future indeed! This is exactly how sleep mode worked on Windows 95 and 98.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage

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Why were Telstra modems and routers resetting themselves at all? Surely this is not something that a real router (as opposed to those strange, firmware-hacked things Telstra uses) should be doing without a human's say-so?

Edit: I've been experiencing very strange intermittent DNS problems this last week or two on my (brand new) Telstra NBN connection. Possibly this is connected. (Not a new connection as such, it's just been switched to Telstra from Internode. When it actually works, by the way, it's a lot faster. iiNet's backhaul arrangements have never recovered from their ill-advised free Netfix blunder. Slow as toffee every evening peak. Telstra is vastly faster. But it has DNS problems. Should I muck about looking for a workaround? Or just assume that they will figure it out eventually and do nothing? Doing nothing is always tempting.)

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Is uBeam the new Theranos?

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Re: Look at the non-functional requirements: efficiency and safety

Oh dear. It "shows power transfer" measured in volts. Nuff said.

I am, by the way, 87 kilograms tall.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Flame

Off-topic (almost)

One nice thing about having Flash content is that you can tell your browser not to run it. This avoids all those shouty, distracting things. Once in a while, when you actually do want to see something animated, you can click to run.

Is there a simple, practical way to turn off HTML5 animation or make it click to run the way you do with Flash?

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Carl Icahn: Will someone rid my portfolio of this rotten Apple?

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Re: Good!

Just so. Wall Street has an amazing habit of running growth tech companies up to insane prices. Look at the history of Cisco for a graphic example. The current stock prices of the darlings of the Internet advertising boom (Facebook, Twitter, Google, and the like) reflect the view that their historical growth rate will be sustained for a decade or more to come, and that's not just unlikely, it's impossible. If you extrapolate their future earnings from their current prices, Wall Street expects each one of them to soak up the entire advertising spend of the entire planet .... which seems unlikely, given that there are several of these giant tech darlings and only one planet. Total world advertising spend (all media, print, web, outdoor, radio, TV, everything) is essentially static: it hasn't changed much in decades other than in (approximate) line with overall economic growth.

Now you might argue that one of them will end up with earnings on that scale. It's not impossible after all. But they can't all have 100% of the same cake!

Apple, like most (all?) of the other tech darlings will do a Cisco. The company will remain successful, will still generate huge profits, might even continue to grow a bit .... but not at a pace anything like fast enough to justifty the ridiculous share price. In the medium to long term, going short on all of the giant tech darlings (Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and etc.) is a can't lose strategy. You might (might!) be wrong with one of them, even two of them, but you'll still be a mile ahead.

(Least likely to decline: probably Amazon, followed by Google. Twitter is walking dead; Facebook has hit the wall, Microsoft .. less said the better; Apple is well past its peak.)

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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First questions first

Since when has ad blocking ever been anything other than ethical? People have blocked ads since long before there was an Internet.

Watching TV, most normal people look away, or turn the sound down, or get up to put the kettle on, or even change the channel when the ads come on.

Reading the paper, who amongst us even sees the ads? We filter them out. We flick past them. We pull out the advertising supplement sections and put them to one side, ready to discard. We turn the pages past the full-page ads and, five minutes later, or even five seconds later, don't even know what the thing we filtered out was.

The only thing that is new here is this pernicious notion - pushed you may be very sure by advertisers - that not looking at ads is suddenly a Wrong.Thing.

It isn't a Wrong Thing. It never was. And no amount of propaganda - no amount even of advertising - can make it so.

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

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Re: My old...

There was nothing wrong with RLL .... unless you were doing it with an ST-238! What a disaster those drives were. Worst hard drive ever ... well ... apart from the .... and of course the old ..... No. Let's not go there. We'd be here all night and it's time for my slippers and milk arrowroot biscuit. Goodnight nurse.

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Kaspersky cracks CryptXXX, throws lifeline to ransomware victims

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There is only one John Snow

But surely there is only one John Snow. He took 4/94 in his Ashes debut at Old Trafford, and destroyed a very strong Australian side at the SCG taking 7/40, including master batsmen in Redpath, Stackpole, and both Chappells. Accept no imitations.

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

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Good thinking that tool

Yer, right. Good thinking Mr Tool. Take resources away from your useful, practical product in order to waste them on your slowly dying flagship.Yes, that one, the one you have been doing your best to wreck one brick at a time with one daft, unwanted UI change after another. yes, that's right, the one that more and more users are turning away from every month because you keep making it worse.

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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

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Re: Chromium

Upvote just for still having and loving an R60. :)

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nbn special: See the FTTN and HFC cabinets coming to your street

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Re: Lost the plot

Cheers Simon, thanks for replying.

As we al know, politicians (and their servants in utilities, who have no real choice about it) love to pretend that a FTTN network is vastly cheaper than an all-fibre network, which of course it isn't. It is somewhat cheaper in the short term (estimates vary a lot but if you wanted to say around 20% I'd be happy enough to accept that as a working figure) but of course much dearer over the medium term (because it will have to be replaced with fibre sooner or later anyway).

The point here is that, having decided on a (not very) cheap FTTN network for a given suburb, they then offer individual true fibre connections at a huge added cost to the consumer, and cite this cost (typically several thousand dollars) as the "cost difference" between copper and fibre for the last kilometre - which of course it is not. This in turn is the "justification" for installing an inferior technology.

In reality, of course, the four figure "extra cost" does not reflect the difference between fibre and FTTN, it reflects the cost of installing a single, special-purpose link for just one customer. Nearly all of that "extra cost" has nothing to do with the link being fibre all-through or fibre plus copper, it has to do with the expense of doing a custom install, and it would be every bit as high if the custom service used wire, string, or well-trained hamsters instead of fibre optic cable.

It is highly misleading to talk about the "huge cost" of fibre connections when in fact, they cost about the same as FTTN ones.

Disclaimer: no sour grapes here. I'm perfectly happy with my new(ish) fibre connection, but my old HFC connection was quite sufficient to meet my modest needs. I just don't like seeing politicians' lies parroted unchallenged in what is supposed to be a technical publication.

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Lost the plot

Simon, you have really lost the plot on this topic? Why?

Example: "You'll also learn why some homes will get fibre-to-the-premises at massive expense while others miss out."

Why did you write that? You know that there is no "massive expense" involved in a true fibre connection; you know that the "massive expense" is an entirely artifical pretend "expense" cooked up to make the Fraudband network look cost-effective and sensible, you know that the actual expense of a true fibre network is little or no more than that of the Fraudband network in the short term, and less in the medium term because the real fibre connection is cheaper to maintain and won't have to be torn up and replaced the way the Fraudband links will, and you know that El Reg readers are way too smart and way too tech-savvy to fall for this ridiculous spiel .... so why write it?

I used to admire and enjoy your work. Now I'm forced, however reluctantly, to doubt the veracity of all your other work as well - stuff I used to just take as gospel truith because I thought you told it straight and knew your stuff.

I was wrong. Sorry.

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

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Re: Checks for anti-virus?

In one word, yes. Millions of them. It is not difficult to remain malware-free if you have some basic skills. Anti-virus software is much less effective than simple good hygiene - never use Internet Explorer, uninstall chronic malware vectors like Flash, block ads, you know this stuff if you read El Reg. Or you should.

Edit: "basic" skills for any IT person, I mean. I'm not expecting your Granny to have them. For most ordinary users an anti-virus package is worth the cost. (Not really money, the main cost is the performance hit.) But you centainly don't need one if you have an IT clue.

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Ad-slinger Opera adds ad-blocking tech to its browser

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"Opera is best known amongst consumers for its pioneering web browser."

Yer right .... As you would know if you troubled to consult anything other than the in-house press releases, Opera hasn't pioneered anything for a very long time. Opera development was abandoned three years ago and the once-loved browser has vanished without trace.

(There is a rebadged version of Chrome marketed by what's left of the Opera company now, but it's certainly not Opera, and it isn't even remotely "best known amongst consumers" because hardly anyone bothers using it. What would be the point? You might as well just use Chrome - which is exactly what most people do.)

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No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

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Re: Study?

I'd love to see a proper double-blind study instead of this mickey mouse psudo-science.

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Flash flushed as Google orders almost all ads to adopt HTML5

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So, just ban all 3rd party Javascript.

Of course, this would have the side effect of scrambling a few zillion cut and paste, bandwidth-hogging, slow loading code spagetti websites built on barely-underrstood bloated rubbish library imports ...

.... so when you think about it, there is no actual downside.

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Map of Tasmania to be shorn of electrical, data links to outside world

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Re: Tasmania's world heritage wirelessness

This is no time for exploring Tassies magnificent outdoors, Winkeypop, it's all burning up at present - for much the same reasons as lie behind the dams being empty.

PS: though there is another reason for the empty dams: they ran them beyond capacity a couple of years back in order to game the carbon tax system in anticipation of a change of government.Now they are paying the price.

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Re: Aussie slang

Maps of Tasmania are very rare these days. (Unfortunately).

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Oracle to kill off Java browser plugins with JDK 9

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Re: Isn't Ask Toolbar != Java plugin?

The link is quite simple, AC. It is called "money" and it's very unfair because somebody else has got some of it and Oracle wants all of it.

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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Re: What went wrong?

" I'm waiting for an XP-like skin or shell that returns identifiable structure to my desktop computing experience."

Hello? Earth calling lost astonaut? Hello? Classic Shell has been out for years, and well-known since Windows 8 was new. What are you waiting for? The boxed version on DVD?

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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Re: @GrumpenKraut

BTW, Constitution is capitalized

No it isn't.

Capitalisation is for proper nouns and certain well-defined scientific terms. Other than when starting a sentence, "constitution" begins with a lower case "c" - except when the word forms a part of a proper noun. An example is "the Constitution of the United States". This is the formal title of a specific document and as such is capitalised if and only if you are using that exact form. When you write (for example) "the American constitution" or "let's amend the constitution", it is never capitilised.

This is the exact same rule you use to determine the capitilisation of organisational titles. The "chairman of a golf club" vs the "Chairman of the Particular Exact Golf Club", or "Dr Smith over there is a professor of physics at Oxford" vs "this is Dr Smith, Professor of Physics at Oxford University. In each case, the first is a descriprion, the second is a formal title, which is why you write them differently.

Clear? Too subtle a difference for you to get your mind around? Perhaps. You don't seem to be doing too well at subtle so far, but we live in hope.

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Telstra dominates NBN retail, but less than you might think

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Re: There's more to it than that (in my experience)

Very few, I should think. Certainly I have never heard of such a thing before. The normal case is that for the six months before and the six months after NBN rollout in your street, you are emptying the letter box with a wheelbarrow because of all the flyers from ISPs spruiking their NBN deals.

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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Re: People still use Corel products ?

Corel have really buggered up the sulime Quattro Pro, but it's still vastly more pleasant to use than Excel.

You know what I really, really miss in computing these days? Companies who just made standout quality products as a matter of pride and habit - Borland and Word Perfect are the obvious examples.

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

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Escape from Lemming Mode

Given that the Firefox developers have been operating entirely in Lemming Mode for the past few years, this must count as very good news for anyone who uses Thunderbird.

Thunderbird is clunky and full of weird usability gotchas, but it is still the benchmark email client.* Castrating the chaotic current Thunderbird UI by applying Australis-style "fixes" could only make things worse. Under new, non-suicidal management, perhaps we will see a Thunderbird renaisance. At very worst, we will see nothing much happen, which is non-ideal but at least a lot better than letting the Australis morons wreck it.

* Footnote: the fact that clunky old Thunderbird is the unquestioned benchmark email client says a very great deal about all the other email clients, and none of it good.

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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

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Re: Small change?

Hit the nail on the head there. There is nothing here to indicarte how much 1.6b was to her. We are all assuming it was most of what she owned, a very large slice of what she owned, or even her entire fortune, but we have no evidence to back that. It is entirely possible that she could drop 1.6b the same way that I could drop $50 on a steak and a bottle of red, and feel it just as much.

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Re: Please tell me...

Daddy.

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Re: "Victims of this fraud must understand that they are not foolish "

Just so. Foolish is as foolish does. It was very dumb.

(I, of course, have never, ever done anything foolish in the name of love.)

Well, hardly ever.

OK, not very often.

I mean not regularly.

Not more than a few times.

Well, OK, quite a lot.

Can I go now?

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

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Re: imap

Re Mark 85: "As long as they don't tell me to kill my HOSTS file, no sweat. I'll generously turn off adblocker... and just keep updating the HOSTS file."

^ Good thinking that man. You might like to start with, oh, just to put something completely at random:

0.0.0.0 yahoo.com

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Horrid checkbox download bundlers drop patch-frozen Chrome

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Re: Google being "the internet" is part of the problem

"it seems that the users wanted to install RealPlayer and downloaded it from the first hit from Google."

Hmmm ...

Real Player. They wanted to install it.

Oh dear.

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NBN mulls capacity charge revamp

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Re: The only thing that needs to happen

Spot on Paul. Would you buy a bottle of milk that promised to contain "up to two litres"?

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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White paint is good. But there are indeed more effective materials - and they don't use silver so far as I know. See, for example, http://colorbond.com/learn/articles/thermatech-solar-reflectance-technology

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Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead

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UI still needs important work

Love the idea, all strength to it. Sadly, there seems to have been too little progress on the UI front.

There is still no single tab close button - all versions of real Opera up to and including 12.16 have this; so does Sea Monkey, so does Pale Moon, so does Firefox (albeit only via extension since the Firefox UI wreckers went mad on Australis). For many power users this is a use/avoid level feature. (Count me amongst them.)

There is still no obvious way to get a clean page without that annoying and useless panel bar down the left-hand side of the screen - you can move it but I can't find a way to get rid of it.CORRECTION: there is a way now, but it's not obvious - you have to find a little icon in the bottom left corner. Once you do though, it apparently works fine. All that's needed to complete this improvement now is put that setting where it belongs: in settings -> panel.

I won't list more minor things as the improvements are coming along nicely and I'm confident they will be sorted soon enough.

Without a single tab close button (i.e., an option to have the control to close the current tab always in the same place where it can be used automatically and without conscious thought - nothing worse in a UI than having to search for basic controls that move around) I can't view Vivaldi as a possibility for prime time use yet, but this latest version seems good enough now to replace Chrome as the 5th-choice browser on my machine. (And yes, I do use all five.)

Very keen to see Vivaldi progress: it's got nearly all the parts in place now.

PS: get it right - that means a modern browser with a UI as good as or better than Opera 12.x - and I'd be happy to pay cash money for it. I know they are looking at other ways of funding it, nevertheless, for many of us our browser is the single most-often-used program on our computers. If it cost $100 to have a better browser, I'd pay without an instant's hesitation.

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Wikipedia cracks the five-million article barrier, in English

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Re: @Chuq But it isn't in English

"If there were two English versions of each article, 99% of each pair of articles would be identical - can you imagine trying to keep them in sync with each other?"

This is already the case for every other different language version. How many are there now, more than 100?

In any case, most of the Wikipedia articles are short and cover subjects of mind-blowing triviality. Of those 5 million pages, maybe 10% are worth keeping.

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But it isn't in English

But it isn't in English. Most of Wikipedia (en) is written in American dialect. An actual English version is desperately needed.

(American speakers would benefit from this too by having their own Wikipedia written in their own language.)

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It's almost time for Australia's fibre fetishists to give up

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Counterpoint

I posted earlier to say that the article is nonsense - made much worse by the daft headline, but nonsense nevertheless. I have always regarded Simon as a very smart cookie and long since got into the habit of simply taking articles under his byline as holy writ. Sadly, I'll have to read more critically now - trust once broken is hard to repair.

Having said all that, there are certainly some criticisms to be made of the original NBN rollout. In the details of its hurried implementation it was wasteful, chaotic and badly managed. No question of that. Try talking to anyone in the building trade: they regard NBNco with universal contempt: the organisation is chaotic, disorganised, arrogant, and you can't ever get hold of anyone who actually knows what's going on.

Going beyond on-ground implementation to mid-level planning, it was just as bad. Take my case: my street has had an excellent HFC cable system in place for more than a decade. Sure it is technically inferior to genuine FTTP, but it works very well in practice, the infrastructure is still quite new and in good order, it has years of useful service life left in it, and it is plenty fast enough for almost all purposes. (My new-last-month NBN fibre connection is significantly slower, about half the speed on average, though that is more a matter of throttling to the lowish speed I'm prepared to pay for off-peak, and the backhaul network's inability to cope with the huge daily surge in Netfix movie traffic between 5 and 11. The HFC connection (through the same company) slowed too, but not as much as the NBN one.)

What person with half a brain would prioritise NBN fibre service to a locality with a good quality existing HFC service over delivery of the new service to other parts of the same city with no HFC and a lousy, unreliable ADSL system running on ancient hardware? Completely daft! (No skin off my nose, of course, I'll never need to replace the new fibre and I can have it lots faster anytime I feel like paying the (much higher!) price for a better contract.Well, I will be able to, as soon as they fix the Netfix backhaul overload problem, which we assume they will sooner or later.)

Nevertheless, the all-fibre NBN plan was, despite its many faults of on-ground implementation (e.g., doing least-needy suburbs first instead of last), unquestionably the right plan overall, and a vastly better plan than the even more wasteful, chaotic, and badly managed joke that Turnbull replaced it with. No fact in this article contradicts that. Lift your game, Simon.

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Tannin

What a load of rubbish,

To get that performance, you'd need to lay a brand new copper line and get all the details exactly right - i.e, spend more than it takes simply to lay a fibre line. FAIL.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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A very useful clean-up and block script

I've been using this very useful tool: https://voat.co/v/technology/comments/459263 to remove all the scumware from Windows 7 & 8 - including not just the Windows 10 stealth download stuff but also the tracking a telemetry. Seems to work perfectly. Recommended.

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Junk your IT. Now. Before it drags you under

Tannin

You've got it backwards

Computers aren't any faster because we are afraid to throw away working systems? Rubbish!

Computers aren't much faster than they were in 1995 because we keep replacing working systems! (By "we" I mean us software guys and users and admins as opposed to the hardware people.) Because we keep throwing away perfectly usable systems in order to replace them with new, supposedly improved, systems, nothing ever gets finished; nothing ever gets fine-tuned; nothing ever gets the bugs worked out before it is replaced by something bigger and "better". By "better" we mean that it may or may not bring functional improvements and useful new features, but these almost always come at a horrendous cost in code bloat, responsiveness, and system overhead. Oh, and a whole new set of bugs and expensive UI changes that cost way more in lost time and training than they ever save in productivity. By the time two-thirds of the bugs are sorted, of course, we throw the whole expensive and now fairly workable system away and start again.

Because software people have become so obsessed with replacement rather than improvement, we now see huge, very complicated support code libraries devoted purely to the task of making this replacement faster and easier. The result, all too often, is sluggish, buggy, insecure bloat. Look, for example, at something as simple as an ordinary web page: in nearly every case, this simple task is achieved at the cost of thousands of lines of load-on-demand scripting library and code framework bloat. No wonder it's slow and buggy and insecure! No wonder we feel the need to replace the damn thing so rapidly!

The only, repeat only reason we have been able to get away with this gross strategic incompetence is that the hardware wizards keep on delivering massive raw power boosts which serve as enomous subsidies to the dysfunctional and uneconomic software industry.

Well, OK, I'm exaggerating a bit. But only a bit. I'm far closer to the truth of the matter than the software salesman who wrote this PR department press release article.

(PS: Sometimes new versions of software actually are better. Mostly not, all things considered, especially not when allow for the huge free boost that your new hardware provided, but it does happen. Crikey mo, the latest versions of Photoshop are actually much nicer to use than the likes of CS2 was not so long ago .... but then that was inevitable. Adobe do like to change things and it wasn't as if anything they could do would have actually made it worse. The only way left to go was up. But it still only functions at all because of doubled and redoubled hardware.)

(PPS: Sometimes we also see really significant progress in software. That simple web page example I mentioned above - now you can recode it using nothing more than HTML5 and CSS3 and not have to change it again except to improve it here and there. Simple, practical, easy to code, concise, and lightning fast. It's a massive improvement over the awful HTML 4.x or XHTML that came before. But everybody still writes new pages every year or two using 16 Javascript includes and a complex, bloated framework, and the web gets worse. Similar arguments apply in many other areas.)

(PPPS: try running some nice old software on modern hardware. Fast? Responsive? We are talking instant!)

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Companies grow faster when they buy more IT. Yes they do

Tannin

Re: MRDA

Who?

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Laptop imports declared SECRET in Australia

Tannin

One assumes insanely expensive cost-no-object kit for the secret police security force so that they can better protect watch us. Don't talk about it, you'll be dissapeared and no-one will know.

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Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop

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In your dreams

"Apple's hegemony as the luxury laptop ... vendor of choice."

In your dreams. Two or three well-known and long-established specialist computer hardware makers compete constantly to be the most-wanted high-end laptop brand. Hint: none of them are called "Apple" or "Microsoft".

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Australian justice minister calls the Feds to finger Twitter-spoofer

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This is news?

This is news? At last count, there were twenty five prominent members of the Parliamentary Liberal Party plus five members of the assorted NLP, CLP and Nationl Parties impersonating ministers of the crown. (Oh and a dozen parliamentary secretaries also pretending to be quasi-ministers, if they count.)

For some obscure reason, none of them have been prosecuted yet. Possibly this is because very few seem to have actually tricked anyone much into thinking they are really ministers of the crown, so it could be argued that there is no deception involved.

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Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

Tannin

Let me know when it works on computers.

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Almost all dot-science malicious, dot-cricket rigged, researchers find

Tannin

I'd like a magic tool to auto-block all domains outside of the traditional .com, .net,. .co.uk, .org.au, .gov.nz, and so on. Frankly, I remember seeing sites that were actually worth visiting even once on weird TLDs (and I count .biz, for example, as another "weird" one) possibly as often as twice. Ever. Wouldn't miss any of them in the slightest.

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Seagate births 8TB triplets and a 2TB mobile nipper

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Movement at last

Great to see some genuine movement at last. It seems like years since we have seen a capacity increase. Hell, it is years, and way too many of them.

None of these drives is of general interest - i.e., all three are specialised items for particular, narrowly defined uses - but we now have reasonable grounds to anticipate a long overdue lift in capacities of standard drives. Seagate's brilliant 750MB and 1TB laptop drives have given great service, but they are way too small. Put me first in the queue for a 2TB 2.5 inch hybrid as soon as they make it. (It's even tempting to look at the 2TB drive announced today, but it would seem like a terrible slug after the luxury of a hybrid.) Bigger desktop drives will be more than welcome too.

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Tannin

Not stupid, just ignorant of the way hard drive heads work: the height of the head (which is critical - if that is wrong the drive fails!) is determined by aerodynamics. The head flies just barely above the surface of the disc, never touching, held aloft by the rush of air (or helium) as the drive spins.

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Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them

Tannin

Not before time. But the real question is why haven't the other browsers done this long since instead of slavishly apeing the dumbed down Chrome UI and ignoring the aspects of Chrome which are actually good? (Yes, I'm looking at you Firefox. Stop staring out the window and pay attention like the other children.)

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Microsoft drops rush Internet Explorer fix for remote code exec hole

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Re: "A simple fix for this is,,,

An even simpler fix is to use a decent bloody browser in the first place. Using Internet Explorer is - no two ways about it - just plain stupid.It gets pawned time after time after time. Just don't. It's not that hard.

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Use QuickTime … and become part of the collective

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What is the point of complaining about Flash when you are still shipping Quicktime? Two shocking duds which were dreadful early on and haven't improved. When they are both gone - may that day be soon - neither one will be missed in the slightest.

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