* Posts by Joe User

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Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

Joe User

Re: loop the loop

Not so much "unworkable" as it is "unpopular" (with the cable companies).

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Joe User

Re: loop the loop

DougS: The FCC has called their bluff by throwing out an unworkable proposal of their own, which would require the cable companies to support ANY platform that has sold more than 5 million units in the last three (I think?) years,

And why is that an "unworkable proposal"? With a well-designed API on the cable companies' end, it shouldn't matter what device connects to them, as long as that device makes the proper API calls. It would be up to the device to handle the video stream that it receives and to format it properly for output.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

Joe User
Trollface

Re: Real Users

What is needed in these discussions is less juvenile Windows bashing, and more useful advice on how to make average users' Windows machine safe and functional with little or no user intervention.

Remove the user from the equation.

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West country cops ponder appearance of 40 dead pigeons on A35

Joe User

Re: OCD Puma?

Caracal, a cat well-known for its ability to swat birds out of mid-air.

Also fits in well with the other African wildlife showing up in the U.K.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: The folly of lesser evilism

http://www.revoltwear.net/shop/cthulhu-for-president/

Thank you for the URL. I just ordered one.

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Joe User
FAIL

Neither Trump nor Hillary are qualified to be President of the U.S. People say to "vote for the lesser of two evils", but in this election, it's nothing more than an exercise in splitting hairs.

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Joe User
Holmes

Redundant

"implausibly appalling" pretty much covers everything that comes out of Donald Trump's mouth....

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

Joe User

Hillary is renowned for being somewhat of a policy wonk

Maybe when it comes to making policies, but when it comes to abiding by them, that's a different story....

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

Joe User

Re: So the U.S. is learning from the old Soviet Union.

Actually, I have the cure (a .357 hollow point).

You must be an American.

That "cure" was also used in the Soviet Union.

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

Joe User

Re: Speaking of Windoze 10.

Run this registry file on the machine:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]

"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX]

"DisableGWX"=dword:00000001

[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]

"ReservationsAllowed"=dword:00000000

Even with those updates installed, you won't get prompted for a Windows 10 upgrade (that is, until Microsoft decides to ignore these keys...).

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

Joe User

Re: It's GWX Control Panel or Linux

Or make a few registry edits:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]

"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX]

"DisableGWX"=dword:00000001

[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]

"ReservationsAllowed"=dword:00000000

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

Joe User

Re: Forgive me for not understanding how this happened

1Rafayal: Dont question, this is an MS hate article.

Why yes, this is an MS hate article. We, Microsoft's customers, hate being treated like doormats and having MS walk all over us.

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

Joe User

One question

How are the authorities going to enforce the no-fly restrictions? Do they have a fleet of remote-control Spitfires with BB-guns mounted in their wings?

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

Joe User

Bill Gates can’t give it away...

Sure he can! Just give me a call, and I will gladly help him to lighten his wallet.

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

Joe User

Re: WANTED - URGENT : Vampire hunter with gatling holy-water crossbow to end useless sucking

A bullet to the head is usually sufficient for a zombie.

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Lenovo's file-sharing app uses hardwired password '12345678' ... or no password at all

Joe User

Re: ShareIT?

More like "FuckwIT"....

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

Joe User

Re: Yes, a kill switch...

A thumb's down for gaining the right to say "No thank you, I don't want it"? Must be a Microsoft fanboi....

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Joe User

Re: Yes, a kill switch...

It's called "GWX Control Panel". Check it out:

http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

Joe User
Trollface

Next installment delayed by 6 months

The Force is slow with this one....

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

Joe User
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Automated way to stop GWX

GWX Control Panel

http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

I've used it on several Windows 7 machines, and it works great. Has options to block downloading the Windows 10 files and to block automatic upgrades. Also has a monitor mode to warn you if any of the settings are changed without your knowledge.

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

Joe User
Holmes

Re: Fan lasting 5 years +

David Pollard: A decade or so ago desktop fans used to be 5", now the trend has been to 3.5" or smaller, less efficient, faster running and generally more noisy.

You have that backwards. Years ago, desktop machines were equipped with 80mm chassis fans. Nowadays, they usually have 120mm, 140mm, or even 200mm fans.

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

Joe User

Re: Welcome to the Third World

jimbo60: "You call it CrapCast. I call it a decent deal. Comcast recently doubled my speed (again) for the same price, so now I get 150Mb advertised downlink speeds."

That's so you can slam into their data cap sooner, and then open your wallet wider....

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No, drone owners – all our base are belong to US, thunders military

Joe User

Re: "our best advice is: just don't be an idiot. "

c) We, in the States, have an over abundance of self-important idiots.

FTFY.

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There's an epidemic of idiots who can't find power switches

Joe User

Re: @Cpt Blue Bear

"Let me guess: you buy the cheapest?"

Talk to Dell and Lenovo. It's their respective OptiPlex and ThinkCentre machines that I have to clean up before use.

At least they don't employ some ass-hat like Phuzz who rips capacitors off circuit boards....

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Joe User

Re: Batteries?

@phuzz: You are the kind of asshole that I swear at when I have to fix a brand-new computer because it was assembled by a brain-dead monkey.

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

Joe User

In other words, I'd rather eat the cow than eat like a cow....

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GOP senators push FCC to kill support for local broadband

Joe User
Megaphone

What a joke

The only "strides" that my private-sector broadband provider has made are to come up with any excuse to increase my rates while providing as little service as possible (I'm looking at YOU, Time Warner Cable).

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Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

Joe User

Re: Are they still pushing Adobe Air though?

Adobe Air also uses a proprietary document format. Anyone know how to port these to pdf format, because I'd like to have access to those magazines again.

How to convert a AIR file to a PDF file

https://en.pdf24.org/air-2-pdf.html

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Windows' Nemesis: Pre-boot malware pwns payment processors

Joe User

Re: I've seen its like before

phuzz: "Given that the procedure that Joe User followed probably took about five hours"

Actually, it was under an hour-and-a-half. The full-disk malware scans took the most time.

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Joe User

I've seen its like before

One of my co-workers was afflicted with similar malware a few years ago. It checked the hard drive, found a few megs of unallocated space, and created a partition of an unknown type to hold the code. The malware set its partition to "bootable" and loaded before Windows. To remove it, I had to:

- Boot from a GParted Live disc

- Delete the rogue partition

- Expand the Windows partition to occupy that space (you won't pull that trick twice)

- Boot from a Windows installation disc

- Run Windows repair and fix the boot configuration

- Boot into Windows

- Run several anti-malware programs to "delouse" the PC

Never a dull moment around here....

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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

Joe User

Re: My God, it's full of stars

"Safe space travel" is a relative expression.

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

Joe User
Mushroom

Yahoo! blocks Adblock users

Yet another reason to avoid Yahoo! entirely....

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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

Joe User

Re: Should have talked to Uncle Owen

C-3PO put it best: "I can't abide these Jawas. Disgusting creatures."

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

Joe User

Re: pre loading win10

There appears to be a way to block a Windows 10 forced upgrade:

1. Open gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor)

2. Go to "Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update".

3. In the list of settings, find "Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update".

4. Double-click this one and set it to "Enabled".

This setting was originally meant for use by administrators in business environments, where random upgrades to Windows 10 could wreak havoc. Microsoft is unlikely to remove this option, and this setting will probably remain the most effective way to block uninvited upgrades.

Note -- The Group Policy Editor normally isn't available in Windows 7 Home editions, but there's a way around that, too:

How to Enable "Group Policy Editor" (gpedit.msc) in Windows 7 Home Premium, Home Basic, and Starter Editions

http://www.askvg.com/how-to-enable-group-policy-editor-gpedit-msc-in-windows-7-home-premium-home-basic-and-starter-editions/

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Joe User

Re: pre loading win10

And if you aren't careful, Microsoft will sneak GWX back on your PC by classifying it as "Important". Watch out for KB3035583 and be sure to unselect it.

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

Joe User
Trollface

Re: Tracked by F16s?

There's never a Sopwith Camel around when you need one....

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Snakes in the aircon, killer crocs in the river, virtualisation for apps

Joe User

Re: I can relate to Scott's experience

"Even if you were to put up an antenna mast tall enough to clear the trees around the house, you should still expect it not to work for much of the rainy season and work poorly when it's just humid."

Not to mention that you just created a great lightning rod....

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Bacon can kill: Official

Joe User

I'll give you my bacon when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

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Webcam spyware voyeur sentenced to community service

Joe User

Re: Use physical security

Or just point the bleedin' thing at the wall or floor when not in use....

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World's oldest person scoffs daily ration of bacon

Joe User
FAIL

Re: Needs recalculation, TimR.

jake: "It totally pisses me off when a bridal reception orders skirt-steak, or worse chain meat, for 300 folks. The first kills 75 1800 pound steers for 300 people ... the second kills 150 steers."

What, do you think the butchers took just those few cuts from the steers and threw the rest of the meat away?

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

Joe User
Trollface

Re: Tantrum coming in 3, 2, 1...

"Then what do you have a navy for ?"

In the past, it came in handy to rescue the Brits from the Germans....

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Joe User
Mushroom

Tantrum coming in 3, 2, 1...

The US government is "deeply disappointed" by the European Court of Justice's decision to effectively kill the long-standing "safe harbor" agreement covering the flow of people's personal data across the Atlantic.

Here's a novel idea: How about abiding by the laws of the countries that you do business in?

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

Joe User
Unhappy

Re: Extra lists

Until the advertisers pay Eyeo GmbH enough money to remove the "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" checkbox and make it mandatory....

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

Joe User

From virtual reality to actual reality, after stepping in dog poo....

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Hey techies! Ever wanted to adopt a Congresscritter? Now's your chance

Joe User
Trollface

Adopt a Congresscritter?

No thanks! Way too much manure to scoop up....

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

Joe User

Re: Knowledge of phone number ≠ proof of meeting

"If you had that person register from their phone, then you've got some proof that the account and phone number are linked, even if the details they enter whilst registering are completely bogus."

Ever heard of caller ID spoofing? Scammers and disreputable telemarketers do it all the time.

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How to build a server room: Back to basics

Joe User
Megaphone

Re: The joy of small computer rooms...

"You want a phone in the room assuming tbe PBX is there too and you might want a way to power if assuming the POE switch isn't in the UPS."

Speaking from experience, a phone in the server room may not be useful with all the background noise created by the cooling fans.

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

Joe User

This sort of thing is old news

Missing Novell server discovered after four years

12 Apr 2001

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/04/12/missing_novell_server_discovered_after/

A uni near me walled up a NetWare server and then tracked it down via a cable that disappeared into the wall.

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Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

Joe User
Flame

Thermite in the computer room

When my father was posted to Vietnam during the late 1960's, his computer room contained a cabinet full of thermite grenades. If the base was likely to be overrun by the enemy, the computing staff was instructed put grenades on top of the computers and disk drive packs, pull the pins, and run like hell.

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LTO issues mighty seventh-generation 15TB tape format

Joe User

Alternative to tape

Given a choice, I'd rather have RDX for backup. It uses disk-based cartridges, which make backing up and restoring much faster. The RDX cartridges are more expensive than LTO-5 tapes, but the drives are much cheaper.

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