* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

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They aren't poor sods at all. I would love to spend Xmas in the Antarctic and have a reason to be there, not just a damn tourist. Lucky sods!

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

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Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

Oh, oh...while I'm here and still awake, I must tell you all about another singer from the 60's I only just discovered and have to proselytize to everyone who will stand still long enough to listen. Judy Henske! Listen to her song "Snowblind" and tell me she hasn't one of the best voices ever. Janis Joplin eat your foot stomping heart out.

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Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

And speaking of sly subversion...last month, or recently anyhow, I got a nice new copy of "Songs to Remember" by Scritti Politti - one of the better things about the 80's. "The Sweetest Girl" cannot be beaten for sly subversion.

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Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

With the exception of Jack Johnson (who he?), whom I know absolutely nothing about at all, there is nothing to snigger at. Melanie and Cat Stevens are fabulous. Especially Melanie who is a goddess who I am unworthy to kiss the feet of. Do not, thou who knowest not, do NOT judge her by the huge hit "Brand New Key"; she is so much more, and even brand new key has its little bit of sly subversion too. I adore her and spent half my life looking for my own Melanie.

Last music new to me? Sally can't dance (Lou Reed - he should have stuck with Cale and the Velvets), and the first three Fairport Convention records.

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Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

RE: "...there was a lot of utter dross in the 70s.. just like every decade before and since"

I know I may be seeing through rosy spectacles (or X-Ray Spex - making teeth braces cool) but...While it may be true there is a lot of dross in every decade, there are few decades that can compare with the highs of the 70's except maybe the 60's. The highs are much lower through the 80's onwards. IMHO obviously.

These are the issues that matter in our turbulent times.

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Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

RE: "the most tasteless decade in the 20th century, from hideous polyester patterns to disco "music"."

One begs to differ: Prime Bowie (Ziggy) and Punk, plus lots of other stuff you are cringing and squinting too hard to see. Plus Peter Hammill at his psychedelic best, and pop music, if that's what floats your boat, that simply lays waste to everything the kids are popping to today. Shitty politics though, plenty for proto anarchists to rail against. I think the internet is responsible for flattening and removing all flavour and savour from our culture.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: I have my do not proceed things as well

So just select "View/ToolBars/Menu Bar" and there you go - There all the time. Your O level English doesn't seem to have helped you much.

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Happy

Good luck with your Googley BFF

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Re: Supporting legacy addons is not the real problem here

RE: "Considering its addons were pretty much the only edge Firefox had left compared to Chrome, that's the real tragedy right there"

For me, at least, Firefox still has one edge over Chrome - It doesn't have Google lurking in its belly.

I'm a little trepidant about this change but it will have to be a cold day in heck before I migrate to Google. Hopefully NoScript will be ported, and it does appear its in the works, and hopefully there will be alternatives to the handful of other addons I use. Luckily I'm happy with Firefox' appearance so have never used any appearance altering addons. Video downloaders is the other thing I need to find if my current ones stop working. I'm quietly confident.

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Re: Gun Control you say?

I think there's just a quirk in the USA mentality that fetishises guns and am resigned to living with the mild insanity of my neighbours(I'm a Brit resident in the USA). This country will never get rid of its guns. There's a kink in the USA psyche that makes them prone to shooting each other. Canada has a lot of guns too, but a fraction of the shooting deaths. And whats the European country with a high gun ownership - Sweden? Switzerland? Lots of guns. Not much shooting each other. I think Americans just hate each other and every so often one of them indulges their angst by going on a rampage. C'est la vie. I love you all anyway; Weird as you are. I think a bit of socialism is what you need. Love for your fellow critter.

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Re: Gun Control you say?

RE: "Devin Patrick Kelley got his gun illegally"

It's irrelevant whether it was legally or illegally obtained. The problem in this country is how easy it is to obtain a gun. I've seen a fucking sniper rifle offered at my local flea market, a barrel as big as a bloody cannon! Hand guns are as easy to find as an ice cream cone. Shot guns? How many do you need sir? Doesn't matter if I'm legally allowed one or not; Lots of people are perfectly happy to sell me as many as I crave.

It's a good job I'm level headed and calm...MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

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Re: When you order in Japan...

I know its a horrible stereotype and I'll burn in chip shop hell but I used to frequent a Chinese fish and chip shop know locally (and rather affectionately as she was a lovely lady) as "Effin' Elsies.", because the eponymous lady would hand you your chips and say "You want effin' else?"

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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Well, I need "Something" to plug into my TV coz I will go as far out of my way as the next universe in the most distant alternate reality just to get a Not Smart TV. I want the stupidest TV on the block. I really do. I will add anything necessary myself, and Roku makes me happy. Not everyone has the same use case you know, and assumptions about peoples technical ability based on what hardware they use are...well...I don't want to make assumptions about others based just on what they say in a throwaway tech forum. Me happy with choices, you happy with choices, knob end happy with choices too. Isn't that nice! I should find something better to do with my weekends than post in forums. Perhaps I'll watch TV.

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I have a Roku And Plex. I didn't want to put another computer next to my TV in the lounge, or mess around setting up everything that the Roku does out of the box. I just want to couch potato.

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TLDR

@Stuart Halliday

Sorry. I wish I knew what you wrote but it took longer than a second to read it so...sorry...my loss, I know...I'm sure there were pearls in there but...you know...one second...oh look...shiny shining...

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

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Re: "no means no" - or DOES it?

Fucks sake, bob...Are you trolling? Or is this stuff really going on in your head?

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Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

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If it will rebound on the police or if it will be treated as leniently for them as everything else is an open debate, but that approach is being used. This case is not the only one. I suspect the cams will mostly work perfectly where they show naughty perps in action. That may be cynical but we've all been led down this path over many years by the police. Our best hope is for mobile phones in the hands of citizens.

Bad people doing bad things

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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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