* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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I'm feeling benevolent today so, at risk of being accused again of pushing non-simple solutions, and I fully agree that all this should not be necessary, here's something on git hub gist that some of you might find useful. There should be something here you can use to keep yourself, and those you care about, a bit more tucked away snugly in the shadows. Its all scripts and bats and texts so you can review first.

https://gist.github.com/CHEF-KOCH/ca8fbf6bb7f6fa7bab06

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Re: Much a do

@ Fred Flintstone

I make no claims of any kind, nor am I defending the creepy and increasingly intrusive behaviour of the IT industry. Someone asked, a bit sarcastically, what this service was, and I responded since the OP didn't. Someone may find it useful. And I applaud the Dutch action. I wish for more of the same.

Oddly enough, I went to sleep last night listening to that very episode of the Hitch Hikers guide, inspired by news they are making some more programs in the series.

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Re: Much a do

Oh, and on windows 10, disable service dmwappushsvc too

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Re: Much a do

"Please let us know the "single service"

In the services applet...

Look for "Diagnostics Tracking Service" or "DiagTrack" or "Connected User Experiences and Telemetry"

Stop the service.

Set startup type to disabled

Or, Registry key...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DiagTrack\Start = 4

Or in Powershell...

stop-service diagtrack

set-service diagtrack -startuptype disabled

I haven't tried the power shell commands. I would imagine you could create a script that auto runs.

I haven't got a windows 10 machine to check these but this is certainly how it is on windows 7 if you have the little horror installed, and its supposed to be the same on windows 8.1 and windows 10.

You're welcome. :-P

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Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

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Hmmm. I don't personally use GIT but from comments here, and from a few friends who do, its a particularly well named tool. Awesome.

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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Re: "all Americans sound like Woody from Toy Story"

"so finding actual hard ciders that taste of apple takes a bit of research."

Increasingly pleasant research, one assumes, and decreasingly urgent.

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Re: "all Americans sound like Woody from Toy Story"

As someone fortunate to have lived the first half of his life in the UK before escaping to somewhere even worse I was most disappointed to find that in the USA cider is just apple juice! They don't even make it with a dead rat in the barrel!

Conversely, Americans visiting the UK and seeing the vast range of ciders on offer are in for a surprise.

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Re: Hmm.

"But the "Sequel" thing was I.B.M. "Market Speak", in the worst possible way."

Will you all get your messy acronyms off my lawn. I'm tired of cleaning them up with my Hoover.

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Visual Studio Team Services having some 'performance issues'

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Re: VS2017 Community Edition is a POS

RE: "No problems here"

So with your data and his - that's a 50% failure rate. Appalling!

Actually; He did go on and succeed with a different machine, so that's 33.33333% failure.

When I get round to installing it I should be able to get the failure rate down to 25%. A bit better. At least its free.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Half hour inter city rocket travel...My granny always told me "Don't put all your elite in one basket". I foresee a thinning of the 1%, and the meek shall inherit the earth. (The meek can have it, I want no trouble from the meek)

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Elon Musk - With his boundless ambitions and a name straight from a Philip K Dick novel, he's the Palmer Eldritch of our times and there's no knowing what doom he will bring back to our planet. Flow my tears, Perky Pat, and pass the ChewZ. Ubik help us...

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White House staffers jabbed with probe over private email use

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Re: Hope springs eternal

RE: "I doubt they were actually sending classified stuff thru these emails, a`la Mrs. Clinton"

Why do you doubt it? They were using "Signal" and "Confide", two services designed to avoid leaving an audit trail of messages, which suggests they were deliberately seeking to avoid creating a record of what they were doing. That gives me enough confidence to doubt your doubts, though since there is no record of what they did, suspicion is all I have for the moment. You will excuse me though, I'm sure, if I don't accept, or trust, the word of a politician that they did no wrong; Honest, Guv!

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Re: Am I paranoid?

RE: "amirite?"

Oh, absolutely. alt_rite even...

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Damn them to Hell

@Lysenko RE: "Nokia 925"

If making and taking phone calls is your criteria then you may as well just get a Nokia 515 feature phone and get awesome battery life too.

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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Re: In my day, we just had blue sky

It's the cheese in the click bait mousetrap and probably summarizes what the reg varney expects in the following comments.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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The querent wasn't me. I was getting annoyed on his behalf, and he's since deleted his posts and cleared off. Poor thing. It's been years since I needed serious help with Linux.

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Apologies for trolling earlier. I'm rather chagrined to find that a rather mild incivility from others to what seemed like an innocent question can still trigger even more incivility in myself. It still aggravates me that people don't have enough time to answer a question but do have enough time to say something to the effect "Google is your friend", often at great length, or descend into rudeness, rather than just saying nothing. I think what lit my touch paper was the comment that threatened worse responses should the querent go to a proper Linux forum and ask the wrong things.

Someone asked for a link to an example of my own experiences at the hands of fierce forum residents. I'm a veteran of the usenet flame wars and most of my best battles were there; I have no intention of shining any light on my usenet personas (one main one and a couple sock puppets to form my gang), so nope.

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Re: The people have spoken

Optimism in those without hope is so adorable.

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Re: rude geeks

You're still answering far too seriously to posts where there is perhaps a hint of tongue in the side of someones face.

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Re: Wow - a proper Monday rant-a-thon

And I'm strangely proud to have participated, in however minor a way. It's going to be a good week. I can sense it.

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Re: Pointing people at the right forum reduces cobwebs

@ Mr Kroes

Look, if no one asks idiotic questions on forums for those less idiotic to answer, then there won't be anything for search engines to find, unless AI improves to the point of reading minds and can answer before we type the question, and since my own personal AI has trouble reading my own mind I wont hold my breath waiting for Google to get there any time soon.

As for the rest of your post TLDR

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Re: @Geoffrey W

I'm glad to hear it. From what I suffered in the past it couldn't get much worse, and I'm quite open about being somewhat prickly in my own responses on occasion, and rather enjoying it too, though witty abuse is preferable to bottom feeder abuse. I came of age in usenet and survived so I don't really mind rude geeks at all. I'm still going to call them rude, though.

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Re: Waiting for a reboot reboot reboot?

Ah, but that's just my pre-phone box identity. A quick whirl and a flash of my underpants and I turn into >

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And...I see the original commenter who posed an innocent question about Linux has packed his bags and gone elsewhere. Cant say I blame him. Hope he doesn't follow advice here and go to a Real Linux forum. They'll have him packing his mortal coil into a sack and leaving this level of hell in hopes for a better one.

Don't give up on Linux, dude. It's better than it's users. Honest.

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Yes, but, there was a touch of pomposity and a threat of the violence the poor innocent faces should they venture into a real Linux forum and not utter the correct incantations. Its worse than black magik. Get the spell wrong and the demons you can summon are beyond any belief system this planet can support. Linux is Brutal.

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Re: 'Hope somebody answers you that way'

Ah, sweet memories of my first tentative steps into Linux all those years ago, and the piquant flavours on my tongue of my response to the results of my first innocent queries for assistance; "Well fuck you all, then, you arrogant pompous rude bastards! I'll stick with DOS and windows. Who needs your fucking useless operating system that doesn't fucking work anyway!!!! Fuck Off!!!"

Ahhh...Happy days.

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HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

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No. Not one single person. Windows is dead.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: Javascript ?

RE: "And who uses Bing as their first choice search engine?"

I do. Why not? Because its Microsoft?

I feel more angst towards Google than I do towards Microsoft. I have never failed with Bing to find what I need. I never get to see Bing's fussy and fidgety front screen as I always do first search via Firefox's search box which goes straight to results. I haven't found a better alternative so far.

So...Why not? I'm not prepared to chop off my nose because...Micro$haft!

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Stephen King's scary movie reboot provokes tears from 'legit clowns'

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Re: The WCA?

I remember an episode of The Avengers (Steed, not Marvel) where there were killer clowns running round. In it there was this guy who had all the clowns faces painted on eggs and I thought that's just too silly. Now I find it was true. Gosh!

Tomorrow I'll discover there really are man eaters from Surrey Green, and Cybernauts. Eeek!

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Kraut coppers seize 5,000 Donald Trump-shaped dance biscuits

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Re: So, it's true!

Donald Trump IS on drugs!

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Re: micro.

Actually, he did stare at the sun. It was during the eclipse. He took off his safety glasses and looked up while those around him told him to put them back on again. He smiled. His son, Baron the Bad, did the same. Awesome.

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Re: Suggestions for replacement?

RE: "So way better than Adobe's PDF Reader then"

I must have tried millions of PDF viewers on Android, some multiple times after they were updated, and Adobes Android PDF viewer is the only one I can live with and that does Exactly what I want. Wouldn't touch it on Windows.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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Re: That virtue signaling!

@Big John

You're letting your anger overtake you again. I was talking about the author of the blog mentioned by Destroy All Monsters - One Anatoly Karlin, and not the author of the Register post. I hadn't gotten round to Trump yet. I suppose its understandable to assume I meant the reg author given the context, if you arent paying close attention. Sorry if I misled. ;-)

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Re: That virtue signaling!

Anonymous Coward: Buzzword Debater.

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Re: That virtue signaling!

I was intrigued by this statement:-

"one antifa counter-protester was killed by a Neo-Nazi going postal with his car (the MSM version of events; reality might be rather different)"

and wonder what the real reality might be. Any clues? I looked through the original article but beyond that statement there is no more.

Perhaps Heather Heyer was a crazed liberal about to murder a Nazi baby in its pram and thanks to quick thinking by a brave driver passing by, was stopped in her tracks.

Perhaps it was just a tragic accident when his self driving AI took the driver on a short cut and before he could hit the override button his joyous world had fallen apart.

I wasn't much taken with the rest of his article. While the MSM might sometimes suffer from a lack of nuance, the author of this article tries a bit too hard to make allowances for some naughty children and comes across as an apologist for the far right, like CS Lewis was for Christianity.

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: Oh, dear

I'm a little divided over statues of controversial figures, and Britain has its share of them too - Francis Drake and Cecil Rhodes for instance. Personally I would rather see them left in place, for historical reasons, but only if it were made very clear what it was they did and who they hurt and who they lynched. A big prominent plaque giving full details, though that would be an easy target for sympathetic vandals to deface. Perhaps such statues could be supplied with indelible markers and an invitation to improve them in whatever way the viewer saw fit. The addition of silly hats and big red noses would be useful opportunities for expression of ones disgust. They could be a Rorschach expression of our cultural ID. Perhaps the central points of outdoor urinals. Just a few ideas. Anything, but don't aggrandize them anymore, or accord them any respect they do not really deserve.

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Re: Fascists marching in the streets

Freedom of reply - Even bigger bitch.

PS...No raised eyebrows, tutting, or head shaking. I'm British too.

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Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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Re: @Ole Juul - now fled to the dark web

The .ru version of the site is also now down and only available on the wayback machine, where it crows about real friends under a photo of Putin and Trump who apparently called Putin to give them a home. Andrew Anglin is a deluded fool if he truly thinks either of those despots care about him. The day before they were preening about their new domain DailyStormer.wang and how wonderful .wang was. Geuss wanging wasn't as great as they thought. Anglin did say one thing that may be close to true; that this is the best thing that ever happened to them, they are global now and that's true; I suspect a lot more people know of them now than before.

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PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

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But after its handed back to the native americans they then have to hand it back to the Paleoamericans who may have been here before them. I think there's still a tribe of them on the mountain in the woods behind our house.

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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Re: I might watch it sometime

A man knows nothing. A man drinks and knows things. Hodor! is coming. Burn them all!

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Re: Forcing the Underground

Stormers speech isn't really being banned. Its only the DNS thats been switched off. The web site can still be reached via its IP address. I do tend to agree though that people should only ever be banned under extreme circumstances. I would love to see a lot more light shone on this site and its operator, Andrew Anglin. Especially him. Bet his neighbours would love to know more about him. Outing other people is a common tactic among those like him.

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Re: " The Daily Stormer may struggle to find another host."

Yup. Seems that Google has ended up with them. They must be diversifying.

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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I'm not sure that risking ruination of a whole country just to benefit from a bit of financial trading is much better a reason than racism.

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@Old Englishman

Did you bother reading the site and the story they did about the woman killed, Heather Heyer, which finally got them kicked off their host? The site is still there so either go daddy hasn't chucked them yet or they found another daddy. The story is nothing to do with politics so no political censorship is involved. Its pure nastiness and lack of empathy or human feeling. I hate quoting anything from it but, to give an illustrative taste, they say the incident was a temporary road rage incident and she was too fat to jump out of the way, and it had nothing to do with white supremacy. Even if she was fat, and she isn't, it's still a revolting thing to say, and that wasn't all they said about her, and they deserve whatever happens to them. If even the great Godwin himself says, Please, call them Nazis, then fuck em.

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Re: Looks like the Russian investment is paying off

RE "thick skinned orange"

I would describe him as more of a Valencia (ie Thin Skinned Orange). I really hope he's enjoying his victory so far. Can he spell Pyrrhic?

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Ah, my commentard brethren. What a joy you are. Happily slinging muck at Facebook, Twitter, the Internet populace in general, the left, the right, the alt_right. Attacking the smart arses, the idiots, the smug, the amused, all while blithely ignoring the bloody great mote in your own eye. I close my eyes and am transported back to those dreamy days of usenet...Oh humanity, you glorious, monstrous, beast, you never change. Till death do us part...

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Internet's backroom boffins' big brainwave: Put people first in future

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RE "First registered here in 2009 & have to ask?"

Hey! My heads getting full. Sometimes when a thing is shoved in the front another thing pops out the back. Unfortunately my brain isn't the size of a planet (though some say my temperament matches someone who does have a brain that big.)

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VCs to Trump: Don't lock out our meal tickets! Save startup visas!

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Re: Big John

There's a proposed rule. Trump doesn't like the proposed rule and wants to stop it coming into effect. Some other people want Trump to let the rule come into effect. I'm not quite sure what it is you're up to here Big John. You aren't making a comical point about something inadvertently present in the article. You aren't pointing out an inaccuracy in the article. You aren't being sarcastic or satirical or ironic. What the heck is it you're up to? It's like you have a trigger in your brain that sees the word Trump in an article and your knee jerks and hits you in your jaw and your typing fingers unclench from the trigger of your law giver and out into the interwebs more words are issued. To what end? The emergence of President Trump has done some very odd things to a lot of people in the USA. I hope there's a cure.

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