* Posts by Simon Harris

2238 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Re: Windows Schrödinger edition

"Is it alive or is it dead - you only know when you come to use it next time."

If Microsoft is going to enforce updates at a time of its choosing (at least for home users), maybe every copy of Windows should come with complimentary external storage large enough to back up the system drive and prompt to plug it in to make a backup before making the updates, on the off-chance that it's going to cock things up.

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Talking to my dad the other day (by phone, he's 50 miles away, so I'm only guessing), it sounds like he has the same problem.

Does the Windows re-installer wipe the desktop and user areas as part of the re-install or is all the old data recoverable afterwards?

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You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block

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Re: One in the bush is worth two in the hand

"dumping what we no longer need under a local bush for other lucky recipients to find."

Will images on dumped media have to be passed through a 'soggy paper' filter to give them the authentic 'found in a bush' character.

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Re: Probably mentioned already but

Rest assured I was around that age.

However, I am slightly worried for my safety given that some members of the forum have given a thumbs up for my public spanking!

Of course I never did anything to merit a spanking -------------->

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Re: Probably mentioned already but

"When I was a kid my mother would have smacked me and locked me in the car for the behaviour I see in supermarkets and shopping malls."

My mother always threatened that if I misbehaved she'd 'pull my pants down and smack my bottom... even if we were in the middle of the shop'. (that was the early 1970s when that sort of thing was still allowed!)

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Can we have porn by SMS next...

With your favorite adult entertainment stars rendered as 160 characters of ASCII art?

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It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

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Re: Blue Streak mean anything to you?

Blue Streak?

I was thinking more along the lines of Nimrod.

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Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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Re: "6502 CPU and two 6522 processors"

looks like the article text has been corrected now.

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"Taking over two minutes to load a 64 kilobyte into memory was maddening."

Luxury - for those of us who only had cassettes back then, it could take that long to load 2K into memory!

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"6502 CPU and two 6522 processors"

Only one of these is actually a processor.

The 6522 is a 'versatile interface adaptor' - it could be configured in various ways with 16 bits of I/O configured as input or output on a bit-by-bit basis, it could input and outpt serial bit-streams and had programmable repeating or single-shot timers - and probably a load of other stuff I've forgotten now as I haven't used one in about 30 years! But it was never a processor.

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Joke

Regional variations.

If there are going to be such jokes in the man pages, maybe man could check your locale to make sure the joke is relevant to your region, and substitute alternative jokes as appropriate. Maybe man could also include an AI system that scans news sites for information about legislation and governmental changes that might render the joke's satire out of date.

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The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

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Re: 40,000 Kelvin

Bet it still rains though!

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You mean the textbooks that previously said it would take a star with at least twice the mass of the sun to turn into a planetary nebula?

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Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

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Re: I wonder what happens when they come up against that old chestnut...

"Fine, here's the data you wanted.

Oh, sorry about the encryption, but we really don't have the keys to decrypt it...

But I'm sure you have some nice big computers to do that... good luck!"

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: Brave

With Windows updates, I get nervous hitting the reboot button on kit infront of me!

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Donkey Wrong: Arcade legend Billy Mitchell booted from record books amid MAME row

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Any scores should be invalid unless you have the detention chit for bunking off school to play the arcades.

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Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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Re: We need a court action

Re-use should be expected.

My password manager shows ~802 passwords currently stored, with various sites having various rules about length, formation etc so horse-battery-staple won't work nor do I (nor most people) have photographic memories.

I think one of the problems is the number of places that force you to make an account when you shouldn't really need to before you can do anything. I've got usernames and passwords on theatre sites that I've visited only once because I couldn't buy tickets without registering (what's wrong with just saying here's my credit card, give me my tickets?*), and yesterday I missed a package from a well known delivery company - could I find anywhere on their website to reschedule the delivery? Not until I'd made an account with them!

There must be millions of user accounts floating around with names and passwords that have been used exactly once and subsequently been forgotten about - it's not surprising people can't be arsed to think up a new password every time.

* Of course, what's 'wrong' is that if you did that then they couldn't then spam you forever with marketing!

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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"automatically dodging any obstacles along the way"

So, some form of agile development process is called for.

Hat, coat, etc.

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Re: Alternatively

Last year I ate at a restaurant in Prague (Vytopna - it has a few other branches around the Czech Republic too) where drinks are delivered to the table by G-scale model trains.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%BDtopna

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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Nominative Determinism?

These chillies were created by Ed Currie, according to the BBC report.

Capsaicin may have anti-cancer properties, and half the crop is donated for cancer research.

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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Re: "Google, however, has promoted it as a useful feature"

In the days before it became easy to validate post-codes, my dad used to use the last letter of the post-code as a postal spam filter, and could easily identify which companies were selling their contact lists to spammers.

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Secure account.

To make sure my Netflix account didn't fall prey to this gmail issue, I signed up with my Yahoo! email. Now I'm secure...

Oh... wait.... Yahoo! ?

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Tip of the iceberg?

I can think of many sites that require you to sign in with your email address (err.. including this one) rather than a separate user-name that could easily be tested for uniqueness.

I wonder how many of those are susceptible to this particular attack?

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Re: Will it really make any differece?

Is it possible to trick this?

Sign up to Netflix with a throwaway email.

Netflix sends the signup confirmation there.

Do the confirmation on that address.

Log in to the Netflix website using the throwaway address.

Go to account settings and change the email address to a dotted-variant of that of your mark.

That way your mark never sees the signup confirmation.

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Oh dear...

"Since the e-mail arrived to the correct inbox, and since it genuinely came from Netflix, Fisher came close to accepting its request that he update his details"

i.e. lazily ignoring the first rule of 'account update' emails, and not going directly to the site and typing in your own login credentials to check your account rather than relying on what's in the email.

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

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Re: sub-orbital flight?

Not forgetting to invite Mahmoud Abbas onboard, to make it SEO in LEO with the ELO and PLO.

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1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak

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Re: Yep!

More a case of DevOops!

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Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

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"and didn't use any in the US election"

As Mandy Rice-Davies almost said, "Well they would say that, wouldn't they?"

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Who needs a full keyboard?

Just use ALT and the numeric keypad, and try to remember all the ASCII codes.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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So, no swear words allowed in Word...

It's fortunate I don't use a speech recognition system then, or my Word documents would be full of them.

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Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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"implant them in every human so you can be tracked everywhere."

Unless you're wearing a wet towel on your head.

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Re: Not that much power

"An EPIRBS the size of my hand made from '90s tech could summon a rescue helicopter to the factory in Croydon"

Presumably to rescue you from the horror of being in Croydon.

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India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

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Re: Problem?

Couldn't we cross-breed some Clangers and Wombles? That would solve the problem.

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Re: What to use as a binder?

Reversing the polarity seems to fix most things in space.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ReversePolarity

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Wull

Ah, the BIOS settings key combination.

Why does every PC seem to have its own key combination to get into the BIOS?

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Re: Book on the keyboard

Done that a few times, gone away, come back and then wondered why my program won't compile when it turns out a keyword is bisected by 3,000 spaces.

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I suspect her workstation may have contravened the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 - either that or she needed a better bra!

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Re: Feeling Old...

"Feeling even older - I wrote [a TSR] at one point."

I wrote a few - some were just to annoy people by meddling with the palette settings on timer interrupts. One was actual real work to control a data-logger in a weather station, download its readings hourly and save them to disc.

Back in the day (mid 80s) when PCs were expensive so it ran as background task on a computer that might well be used for other things.

I seem to remember file operations in TSRs were a pain as MS-DOS INT 21 calls weren't re-entrant.

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Re: Feeling Old...

"I played all of WC2 on a 286 - you're not wrong, it was slow, particularly in the capital ship battles. Still fun though.."

I remember that, on a 12MHz 286 - it took all night to install! And you're right it was slow - in the battles it could take quite a few seconds to update the scene from one frame to the next - and in between frames you'd probably have been shot or crashed or something!

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YouTube banned many gun vids, so some moved to smut site

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Guns on PornHub

I can imagine the videos now...

"Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you pleased to see me?"

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"Oh... it really is a gun... that's a pity, I was hoping it was something else"

Mine's the one with the tissues in the pocket -------->

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AI software that can reproduce like a living thing? Yup, boffins have only gone and done it

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“self-replication occupies a significant portion of the neural network’s capacity.”

... as is the case with much of the human race.

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Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

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http://ripleyslondon.com/

The London one is closed, apparently while they "actively search for a new location". You'll have to go to another country now, or Blackpool (which some may consider to be another country) if you want to find a Ripley's.

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Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge

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Just a little misunderstanding

No nurse, not buttocks! I said "can you put on that video about Botox"

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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Re: Dead Zombies pre Watershed Ads

"Difference between a zombie and Peppa Pig."

Peppa Pig would taste better in a sandwich.

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Re: It's Like a BW 12" TV

Littlewoods? You were lucky! I had to make do with Damart!

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Re: There has to be a better way to ensure children can't access porn.

"Distraction and addition cover"

Good point! I never thought of porn like that before.

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Re: There has to be a better way to ensure children can't access porn.

"Use Tor, with or without 1."

Shouldn't we keep Tor for serious uses that require anonymity?

Won't streaming high bandwidth porn through it just annoy the administrators of Tor relays and slow the network down?

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Re: Paying for porn?

And people pay for bottled water when it's freely available from the tap.

I'm sure there are lots of things available for free that some people choose to pay for.

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Re: "Theresa May's in the room tutting"

Here, have a mental picture of Jenny Agutter in Logan's Run from the Cyborg ticket article comments to cheer yourself up again.

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Re: Over 18?

Apparently if you want to marry at 16 or 17 you need your parents' consent.

Similarly if you want one off the wrist while watching internet porn under the age of 18, that's ok, but you can only do it while your mum's in the room, tutting.

Sadly, I think that with government controlled age verification schemes in place, when having an on-line hand shandy it will feel like Theresa May's in the room tutting, whatever age you are.

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