* Posts by Joe User

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

Joe User
Black Helicopters

Re: CAN you REALLY turn off those features?

You can turn them off, but whether Windows 10 will actually abide by your wishes is a different issue entirely....

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

Joe User

If this interface is user-friendly, then I'm a monkey's uncle!

Oh, wait....

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Joe User

"Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"

Siri, was that a nice thing to say?

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Joe User

Let's see, how do I change my ringtone to the Tarzan yell....

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

Joe User

Just trust us!

Asking users to just swallow Windows 10 updates is very hard to consider as best practice.

But Microsoft's motto is "We know what's best for you." </sarcasm>

Pity there is no prostate exam icon....

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

Joe User

Re: It's not about AIR, it's about WATER

StudeJeff: "The scare videos out there of tap water catching on fire have nothing to do with fracking, it has to do with the geology of the area where that water comes from... in other words it's natural."

You mean that same geology that previously contained the methane but now lets it seep into the groundwater after fracking has occurred? The same geology that contains the groundwater, which is now mixing with the fracking fluids due to the new cracks in the rocks? That geology? I just want to make sure that we're talking about the same thing here and not some fantasy geology concocted by the fracking companies.

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Joe User

Re: It's not about AIR, it's about WATER

Ivan 4: "You have citations and actual evidence of this? If not it is pure bulls**t."

Apparently you're unable/unwilling to go to Google and search on "fracking groundwater contamination".... Here you go:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/groundwater-contamination-may-end-the-gas-fracking-boom/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140915095851.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/01/05/some-states-confirm-water-pollution-from-drilling/4328859/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/04/epa-fracking-study_n_7511836.html

http://www.factcheck.org/2015/03/inhofe-on-fracking-water-contamination/

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China's Tianhe-1 supercomputer back online after Tianjin blast

Joe User
Mushroom

Re: The truth

More like this was their way of stopping the run-away AI....

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

Joe User
Terminator

Re: Amazon will ultimately automate everything

Someone has to fix the robots when they break. Or will Amazon have robots to do that job, too? (Hello Skynet!)

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Reddit caves to Russian fungus censorship demands

Joe User

Re: Material which "may elicit fear, horror or panic in children"

No "Harry Potter" for you!

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Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon

Joe User

"I finally made the switch from Verizon to TWC and, maybe I'm one of the lucky ones, I couldn't be more pleased with TWC."

You are one of the lucky ones. TWC's service must be better in areas where they have direct competition. If you're like most of us where TWC has a local monopoly, their service is overpriced and slow.

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ICO fines anti nuisance call company for making nuisance calls

Joe User
Mushroom

"This company lacked integrity."

Point One is a marketing firm; nothing more needs to be said....

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

Joe User
Boffin

Re: Footprint

"Easily? If you have a good solution for cutting these down without breaking the various installers and rollback points I would be very interested!"

These steps will eliminate a lot of the garbage that Windows and apps have accumulated:

1. Delete the Windows crud. Go to Computer, right-click on your drive, and select "Properties". Click on the "Disk Cleanup" button and wait a minute while it scans your drive. If you get a "Clean up system files" button on the summary screen, click on it and wait another minute while it does a more thorough scan. Select all of the items on the summary list, then click on "Okay". Confirm the deletion of the files.

2. Delete the application crud. Install a utility like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner, let it scan your drive, and then tell it to delete the accumulated debris.

3. Delete your temp files. Go to C:, Users, your user profile folder, AppData (you may have to enable the display of hidden files), Local, Temp. Delete all of the garbage there.

4. Delete the system temp files. Go to C:, Windows, Temp. Delete all of the garbage there.

5. Remove the hibernation file. If you don't hibernate your computer, launch an elevated Command Prompt (right-click and select "Run as administrator"). Run "powercfg -h off".

6. Reduce the size of system restore points. Go to Control Panel, System, System Protection. Select your drive and then click on "Configure...". Reduce the "Disk Space Usage" to something more reasonable (I usually set it to 1%). You can also delete your existing restore points at this screen to free up more space.

7. Delete the backup copies of Windows patches and updates (optional). Go to C:, Windows, SoftwareDistribution, Download. Delete all files in that folder.

FYI - Unless you've told it otherwise, the Windows page file will reserve a chunk of disk space equivalent in size to the amount of memory in your PC.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

Joe User
Thumb Up

The firepower method

I like to take unwanted hard drives to the target range and put a few 7.62mm gaps in their data (or 12.7mm gaps, if someone brought their pygmy cannon to the range that day).

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

Joe User
Devil

Re: I sort of agree

"and, more importantly in El Reg forums, how would one go about this? Heatseeker? Punt gun? Drone with large pin?"

Potato gun, using flaming tennis balls for ammunition (for that medieval touch).

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

Joe User
Thumb Down

Re: No Control of Updating

Physeter: "Home windows version has ALWAYS shipped with automatic updating turned on by default, as I recall. In order to make it stop, you have to know what you're doing in the first place."

In Windows 7 Home, it is a simple matter to change the update setting to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them."

In Windows 10 Home, the only setting is "Open wide, here come your updates."

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

Joe User

Re: Darryl

"So you keep the heating cranked up all night? That's not very green of you."

Cranked up? No. Turned off? Again, no. There is a difference between LOW heat and NO heat.

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Joe User
FAIL

@Ivan 4

Citations or actual confirmed evidence please, or can we assume those times were in the very early hours of the morning when no one was using power.

That's right, I don't need my house heated during the coldest portion of the night....

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

Joe User

It was an inspiration

Skip forward a few years, and the "sport" of anvil shooting was born:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhQ4dE_RGnQ

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Lizard Squad kid bandit who did 50 THOUSAND HACKS dodges cooler stint

Joe User
Devil

A fitting punishment

Spending every weekend for the next two years scrubbing public toilets in metro stations and bus depots.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Joe User
Thumb Down

Well, it looked like a good idea on paper....

And that's where it should have stayed.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

Joe User

Re: Islands

DrXym: "I should think all those uninhabited islands would be perfect places to develop solar and wind farms."

Yes, but how would you get the electricity off those island farms to someplace that can use it (and pay for it)?

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

Joe User
Pint

Interspecies breeding

Proof that beer was invented a l-o-n-g time ago....

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

Joe User

Re: Seems legit

Justin S., I'm looking at it from this angle: the effect of taxes on lower-income people has a much bigger impact on their finances than it does on higher-income people. If someone made $10 million dollars last year and paid $2 million in taxes, that leaves $8 million dollars in his pocket. However, if someone made $50,000 last year and paid $10,000 in taxes, he has $40,000 left for things like mortgage/rent, food, utilities, etc. In my opinion, the person with $8 million in the bank does not need a handout from the government (who took that money from other taxpayers).

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Joe User
Meh

Re: Seems legit

Yes, but the question is this: should the Government be taking money from us relatively poor people (i.e., common taxpayers) and giving it to rich people to prop up their ventures, especially when the recipients have plenty of money to pay for their own playthings?

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

Joe User
Trollface

Odd, I'd normally say it's the real estate agents themselves that are the snakes.

Now, is that a nice thing to compare snakes to?

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

Joe User
Holmes

What an idiot....

Rule #1 when driving: Pay attention to the road and the vehicles around you. All other considerations are a far-distant second.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

Joe User
Alien

Bright spots on Ceres

You can't go camping anywhere without some damned space paparazzi coming 'round with his camera....

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How do you sell fewer hard drives but make more profit? Let's ask ... Western Digital

Joe User
Flame

Why are Seagate's profits down?

Probably from having to replace all their SHITTY hard drives that have been dropping like flies at my office over the past 4 months....

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

Joe User

Dealing with the waste heat

It would be nice if the waste heat from the servers could be piped into the office space during the winter. You've already paid for the electricity to run the computers, and all that free heat would put a significant dent in the office's heating bill.

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

Joe User
Mushroom

The simple solution

Tell the lazy bums to get off their fat butts and mow their yards the old-fashioned way.

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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

Joe User
Holmes

"most drives fail hard when they finally do fail, leaving your data inaccessible"

In other words, don't forget to make regular backups.

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VMware wants amicable end to 'meritless' Linux-lifting lawsuit

Joe User
Trollface

Re: The amicable end has already been tried, VMware

Later at the pub, VMware's talking head was heard to mutter "Licences? We don't need no stinkin' licences!"

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

Joe User

@Someone Else - Re: Hindsight is 20/20

Links, or it didn't happen.

Google search: state department fired use of private email

Former ambassador under fire for private email use "Very surprised" to learn that Clinton was doing same thing

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/06/politics/hillary-clinton-emails-state-department-ambassador/

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Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

Joe User

Re: Scary to say...

Agreed. I'd rather wait and have it done right (well, as "right" as Microsoft ever gets it...) than rush it out the door and deal with bugs, flaws, and shortcomings.

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White House taxes Silicon Valley to skill-up American workers

Joe User

Reality check for the President

"A lot of these jobs don't require a four-year degree in computer science," the President said. "They don't require you be an engineer. Folks can get the skills they need for these jobs in newer, streamlined, faster training programs. What's more, these tech jobs pay 50 percent more than the average private sector wage - which means they're a ticket into the middle class."

Many companies post job requirements that include everything but the kitchen sink. And if the applicant doesn't have the required education level, Human Resources won't bother with their resume, no matter how experienced the applicant is. Even if the company did hire this applicant, they wouldn't pay a good enough salary to live in/near Silicon Valley. Sad, but true....

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

Joe User
Facepalm

Access by "external entities"

According to OIG, Anthem declined to allow auditors to connect to its network, citing a corporate policy against allowing external entities to access its computer systems.

Oh, the irony....

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Microsoft's message for Win Server 2003 users: FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES

Joe User

You obviously haven't seen Linux Mint. If you can use Windows XP, you won't have any problems using Mint. And a lot of the features in LibreOffice are much easier to find and use than those in Office 2010/2013.

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Comcast sued for – you guessed it – allegedly SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS

Joe User
Mushroom

Re: "The company has the second-lowest customer satisfaction rating...

Comcast X Time_Warner_Cable = Their_Service_Sucks2

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Joe User
Trollface

Maps app time estimate

The Maps app looks nice but assured me that a bus from Nottingham to London would take 30 minutes (reality is nearer 4 hours).

That code was written by the same guy who does the time estimate for file copies.

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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

Joe User
Mushroom

Re: Make that was the chair...

And here I thought the "D" stood for "Dipshit"....

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

Joe User

Re: Can we have .com & .gov then please

And while you're at it, the citizens of Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Argentina, Ireland, Indonesia, Egypt, India, and many others would like to have a word with U.K. officials....

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

Joe User

A "gun nut"?

In my country, he would be referred to as a "patriot".

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

Joe User

Re: The answer is still no.

Vociferous: "Run a checkdisk and/or replace the HD. A bad sector in the swapfile will make your windows machine crawl for seemingly no reason."

Exponential algorithm making Windows XP miserable could be fixed

A decade of patches makes svchost.exe a very sad boy indeed

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/exponential-algorithm-making-windows-xp-miserable-could-be-fixed/

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

Joe User

Re: TV show "Mighty Ships", look for Tyco Resolute

Here's the video:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvlowj_tyco-resolute-mighty-ships-discovery_tech

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

Joe User

Re: Fire ring

"Interesting that the nation that discovered Mexico and the Americas where chilies originated are not big fans of hot'n' spicy food"

Perhaps the Spaniards just like to be able to taste what they're eating....

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

Joe User

Re: Ok, I'll be the one to ask.

Yes, and it isn't good:

HPV-Linked Throat Cancer May Have Telltale Signs

http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-genital-warts/news/20140320/hpv-linked-throat-cancer-may-have-telltale-first-symptoms

HPV = human papillomavirus, the cause of genital warts.

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

Joe User

Pot, this is kettle

I'd like to know how often the Seattle Times' reporters have impersonated someone else to get more information for a story....

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Pesky POS poison won't Backoff

Joe User
Holmes

Pay cash

Problem solved.

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

Joe User

Re: "restrictions should be slapped on the numbers of births in the park."

By posting "No Shagging Zone" signs.

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