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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

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Re: If you have a PV Array then the last thing you want is a smart meter

you are getting confused between the standard electrical meter and the pv meter.

i have an old style spinning wheel leccy meter.

my energy company demands reads of this every quarter or whatever as per every other house in the country. i give it to them. they bill me.

when my panels overproduce (i.e they feed back into the grid because we use less leccy then we are currently generating) the wheel on the leccy meter runs backwards, undoing previous leccy we have used.

for the genration and fit - it is a separate digital meter, but it only calculates what we have produced from the array. this meter does not go backwards. i simply supply the number on the pv meter to the energy company,. they pay me 42p or whatever per kw generated (generation payment) plus about 4p per kw generated on 50% of each kw generation read (fit payment)

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Re: If you have a PV Array then the last thing you want is a smart meter

"Yes, quite possibly "

no,it definitely goes backwards.

"You will still have a new electronic meter installed to satisfy the FiT scheme as the serial number would have had to be registered to make the payments against."

nope, i get FIT and they havent installed a new meter. it may be different now though, this was 5 years ago

"Count yourself lucky as you should be getting the money and reducing the registered import consumption, you will be making a double win "

yes, i know, its great

"with the old meter until your DNO decides to change it."

i dont believe they can force me to change it, not yet anyway.

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Re: If you have a PV Array then the last thing you want is a smart meter

My old meter goes backwards when the panels produce more than we use.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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Re: Time for a career change

ok, manually installing kb3138612 makes wsus offline work for me. (in addition to the 2 i mentioned before)

all updates done in 30 mins.

happy days! thanks for your input

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Re: Time for a career change

"youd best have one beast of a liver"

hahaha! yes, the people you have to deal with....ahh crickeys. i cant even drink normal beer anymore, has to be leffe brun. lovely monk brewed shit at 6.6%.

NEXT WEEK: tennants super no doubt

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Re: Time for a career change

ok, wsus update is running again and installing stuff after doing the reboot with the win update windows..

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Re: Time for a career change

ive just noticed something. if you cancel the wsus offline install (by closing the cmd window) when it hangs on kb3138612 , windows immediately pops up a "need to restart and install update" window.

im going to do just that and let you know what happens

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Re: Time for a career change

hmm...maybe thats why its hanging. its done it many times on kb3138612 in fact i have one im doing now with the problem.

ive just googled it and there are a number of people with the same issue.....manually install is the answer apparently. i'll try it...

as for MS doing it deliberately....yeah, i reckon you might be onto something there.

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Re: Time for a career change

re: win 7 install from dvd.

might be easier to make an image (including your faviourite programs) then sysprep it. then you can install it on any hardware and it will be up to date (well, the date of the image anyway). its pretty easy to do. there are any number of guides out there. then you can get your drivers from wherever and off you go. my win 7 image takes 7 mins to restore via usb 3 cradle.

for win updates on 7 taking days, ive found something recently that has made a massive difference.

check task manager - run it as an admin / select "show processes for all users"

if svchost has massive memory usage, and when you click "goto services” on svchost it shows wuausrv as being one of the culprits, do the following.

goto services, and stop wuausrv (windows update service)

install these two updates

KB3050265

KB3102810

this will stop the high memory usage of wuausrv from killing the machine (ive seen it eat 4gb ram and upwards recently)

then restart wuauasrv then reboot

then you should get the updates a lot quicker.

you can also then use wsus offline (google it) which is also very fast, although ive had a few issues with it hanging.

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Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Liu Cixin.

"the three body problem" and its sequel "the dark forest"...and the trequel coming out soon....

greg bear's hull 03 also .

honestly, these are books that i wish i could re read for the first time.

read them now....

yeah, niven is a biot light on plot ./ characters, i read ringworld for the first time, and from what i was told to expect i was a bit disapointed.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: Not just Excel

yes.

"I'd like to lick your aunt" for instance

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Re: but...

BUT YOU CREATED IT JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO! Grrrr...

i love the way you shouted that at the pc. i bet you did too, reperatedly.

just work you fucking bastard!!

whats that? you cant find the printer? its just fucking over there you stupid fucker! aaaaargh

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american dates

oh jesus christ i hate it. you get to the stage where you actually dont know if it has formatted some of them, all of them, none of them.

what we need to do is get the US to use a sensible date format. small/bigger/evenbigger

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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bastardised shit

"I recently [installed] the summer Anniversary Update for Windows 10 on both my laptop and my desktop which went without any errors."

should read:

"i recently upgraded a previously upgraded operating system. i have shit sat on top of bastardised shit. it installed without any errors, well, any errors like stopping me from opening a browser and checking my email. the deeper, underlying total fuck up nightmare that my installation has now become is invisible to me except when i try and do something other than browse the internet"

this may be only for some value of the total number of "upgraded", but i'll bet its happening on fresh installs too.

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Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

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stuck between a rock and a hard plaice?

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Re: Pigs with frikkin' lasers...

mmmm longpigs....nom nom nom

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

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Re: "Vodafone should accept ongoing responsibility for the Demon domain names"

yes exactly. you get what you pay for. you are paying how much? whats that? , fuck all? well, thats what you get then.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Re: Huh,

"There is also the issue of the C:\ProgramData, a folder you never get to choose the location of that Visual Studio (and others?) insist on copying what appear to be vast portions of their setup files to ...."

ive never tried this with that folder, but you could probably do it with a junction

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: @Tom 64 - Isn't the first time

I see the macs that have problems...not many but some. El capitan was fun. ..I run a repair shop. ..most of them dont have problems but some of them do...nowhere near as many as windows of course but then they have a much smaller hardware Base to deal with and maybe apple take more care. Still stand by my comment...and I was referring to ms stuff obviously

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Re: @Tom 64 - Isn't the first time

if you are going to upgrade an OS, do it properly, wipe and fresh install, you are just piling up potential problems for the future otherwise.

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'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

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Re: What about a nebula drifting through ?

is it maybe an energy saving star? like a compact flourescant bulb. maybe it just takes a while to actually put out any light.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Re: 'two additional feature updates'

wsusoffline

ive recently started using this, it is miles quicker than win update on win 7.

win 7 updates have been taking ages recently....(days) ....the cynic in me reckons its deliberate

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Re: Just can't fathom what Microsoft is trying to do

if they charge an annual fee, imagine the debacle at pc world or whatever other bucket shop most people buy their crap from

£300 purchase. oh, and you'll have to pay MS £50 a year too.

its just not going to fly.

although, it seems to work with office for a lot of people, so maybe im wrong. im still on 2010.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: dear god what are we teaching the kids?

dont panic....i have way more than 1 pint glass....

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dear god what are we teaching the kids?

the only proper way to make tea is in a pint glass.

2 tea bags.

two sugars.

leave to steep until you remember that you started making a cup of tea. could be 5 minutes or sometimes 4 hours. shit ! i was making tea!

take out tea bags. scrape off tannins and other crap. put in microwave to heat to desired temperature.

THEN, and only then, do you add the milk.

the advantage of the pint glass is that

a) you can see exactly how much milk to put in as you can see the lovely colour change allt he way through the liquid column

b) it freaks people out because they assume the glass will explode when you put boling hot water in it.

c) it means you dont have to make tea as often as in a cup

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

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Re: given its owned by log me in now

yeah, i read that earlier. ive no idea if it means that LMI will start behaving unlike a bunch of see you next tuesdays. my moneys on not though.

you?

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given its owned by log me in now

expect this never to be fixed. or perhaps they will ramp up the price by 1500% before fixing it.

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Citrix's GoTo goes to LogMeIn in $2bn merger

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Re: for crying out loud

i see you are allowed to say fuck though.

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for crying out loud

we arent even allowed to say see you next tuesday anymore.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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havent read the above, but

its pretty simple for me.

have 7? then dont do it, if you really must have it, image your machine, back up your stuff, wipe the disk, do a fresh install. reimage machine with 7 when you are pissed off.

have 8? then back up your stuff, wipe the disk, install windows 7. if you must have 10,image your machine, back up your stuff, wipe the disk, do a fresh install.

the only good thing about 10 is it slighly less shit than 8

the idea of doing an inplace upgrade is fucking stupid, it always been stupid, it always will be stupid. even if it looks like it works, it can cause problems down the line. bite the bullet, and do it properly.

ive seen the 10 upgrades do all sorts of crazy shit. remove security, remove other programs, ruin file shares and permissions, ruin network adaptors.

stay with 7 until the middle of 2020, maybe then 10 or whatever it has morphed into wont be quite as shit.

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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

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Re: The internet routes around damage!

"Yes, it does.

There was damage in London, affecting the UK, so the rest of the Internet carried on without us."

our own little trial internet brexit?

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Re: That explains it

yeah, it wasnt just dns. i had the same idea to use open dns instead of bt's. things seemed to load quicker, but still couldnt get on to most of the web. also didnt change the fact that we still couldnt ping the hosted mail server. then used 4g through a phone (vodafone) - that worked for about 5 minutes to the email server and then it went off too.

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Carbonite online backup accounts under password reuse attack

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Re: Puzzling

agree. id also suspect that they know on average how many users log into the portal on any given timeframe. if there is a large spike, then they can be suspicious.

they are handling it really well. (ive got 200 odd customers on carbonite)

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Fucking Gigantic Mushrooms?

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

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Re: Easy to fix...

easy fix - dont give people that you dont know information like your teamviewer id and password, particularly if they have just phoned you up out the blue and have an indian accent

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Re: Translation

additonal peices of information like the teamviewer id and password?

yes. exactly, so its just people being gullible.

someone random phones you up and you give them all your bank account details, passwords, date of birth and mothers maiden name. same thing.

this hasnt got anything to do with teamviewer. you may as well blame the telephone system for enabling the "hackers" to be able to phone them up or the internet for letting them be able to access their machines.

the claim in the article that the "hackers" remote controlled their pc without them telling them anything is bullshit

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Re: Translation

i still dont get why then the miscreants bothered to phone the customers, seeing as they could simply remote control their pc's anytime they liked

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Re: Teamviewer

talk talk definately DO NOT install tv on EVERY customers machine by default. this is bullshit.

they might use it for remote support if customer has a problem, so some of them might have it installed, im pretty sure they would use one time remote support though, rather than the hosted module or the full version.

this article makes no sense at all.

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Re: Fighting back

<install> -win10 /y

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Re: Translation

absolutely spot on

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i call bullshit

this doesnt make any sense.

1) if the miscreants ALREADY had your teamviewer id and passcode why would they bother to phone you up?

2) if TV has been breached (which i dont believe, more like crap passwords, reuse of passwords, 4 digit passcode enabled on TV instead of 10 digit) and they had access to your machine, why would they bother to phone you up?

if, on the other hand, they phoned you up and you are a gullible twat and gave them your temaviewer id and passcode, it all makes sense.

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

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Re: project spec

the project spec usually included all the data we needed regarding fields, format etc....thats her job (well, supposedly, to be honest every time you got her as a PM there would be some kind of disaster)

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project spec

i got a spec from one of our more useless project managers at the software house i worked at. the project was to write a link between sage payroll and our HR system.

the project spec consisted of

"Write a payroll link between our system and Sage Payroll".

that was it. nothing about what fields, formats, types, who what where when wither whence.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: hand Cheddaring

<finbar saunders>

You'd like to see me hand cheddaring and expanding??

</finbar saunders>

i think i like you already

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hand Cheddaring

<smirk>

its a EUphemism

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Welcome to the jumbo: Axl Rose tries to take a bite out of 'Fat Axl' internet meme

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Re: this is exactly what i thought

nomity...one genuine compaq AT keyboard on its way. plenty of chow inside it too...

ac1 -

ac2 - yes, but to be fair i was so pissed by then that it didnt really matter. whats a little urine in your coke. its almost recycling at that stage

ac3 - nailed it. although he wasnt late at the freedy mercury tribute. or maybe he was, and they just slotted him in somewhere else. "slotting him in" anywhere now would be require quite a hard shove i think

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

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Re: Why is having it restricted to local Wifi a huge disadvantage?

yeah, but you can do that with a timer and a thermostat. i could do that 20 years ago, i can do it now. heck, the controller in my old house is a 30 year old honeywell. it works just the same. it still works...no firmware upgrades or hacking attempts. it doesn't need to be interwebbed.

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Re: I run an Outlander PHEV

2 wifi ap's inside a car? how shit is each one???

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