* Posts by MJI

5331 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: Easy to remember

OK if they are long names.

How about Black Sabbath fans

Password is P

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

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Re: E.U's Qwant search engine needs to Embrace, & Extend before trying to Extinguish

I was trying to find some details on a car model and it listed pages for lots of other cars with the model crossed out.

This is how to kill a search engine

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Re: Google news aggregation

Actually it is pretty good, skip past the sillier tabloids, then load some pages, hit a paywall occasionally.

I find often though that you do need to read a lot to get the full amount of information.

You even find some sites which appear to be poor actually have some good writers. Also the other way round.

Without it I would probably be relying on BBC only.

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Google news aggregation

Is one of the best things they do.

Great for finding multiple view points about recent events.

Also shows enough to see if it is worthwhile visiting.

I suppose it is because I can avoid the rabid view points* and look for links to well written ones.

* Notably Boris worshippers, and OTT Corbyn's bottom is a lighting fixture.

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself

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AWS pull the plug?

As Bezos owns the rags web hosting, why not?

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Best OS with good WIN32 support?

Always been a tossup between XP and 7.

With MS End of Lining Windows and WINE is not quite good enough, where can we go?

Me staying on 7 as it is the last Windows OS

Europe taps Facebook, Google, Twitter on the shoulder. So about those promises to stamp out lies, bots, dodgy ads?

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As elsewhere, make them pay damages for dodgy ads, ripped off by a fake Martin Lewis advert, they reimburse the victim 100%

The ads would soon get stopped!

Facebook cuts off independent political ad reviewers, claims security concerns

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block them



Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Facebook is scary

An example. A workmate uses it on his phone, phone is in his pocket.

With some friends, a few chat about fostering, he is not directly involved but they are next to him.

Next time he uses facebook adverts appear for fostering.

And they wonder why I am not using my new work phone yet (it NEEDS rooting).

And current phone force installed facebook when the factory install was actually deleted, it force installed, placed an icon and started it.


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I use whatsAp with work

And I don't use facebook

My phone force installed a facebook app which is undeletable.

3/4 of the memory in it is taken up with compulsary vendor crap.

As to instagram, what use is it?

Why would anyone on it want to contact me?

Will push to move work to another mesaging app.

We got it pre zuckerturd

Facebook didn't care if your kids ran up gigantic credit card bills – lawsuit

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Re: This is similar...

I think that FB should be made to refund EVERY person ripped off by these scams.

Their platform, their fault.

'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

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Re: Proves that Cheltenham


Burger Star

Great burgers

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Re: Proves that Cheltenham

They have a football team?

Only sporting place I knew was at Kingsholm.

Cheltenham did have some nice CNC machines in the old Dowty factory pre Cheltenham P&R

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Re: Proves that Cheltenham

One of the best in the area.

That said I also knew the staff of Cotswold Models.

Their tiny little staff room was decorated in pictures young women sent in to them.

Good old days, two decent model shops in Gloucester and one in Cheltenham.

Used to be 2 in Cheltenham and CMC shop manager was ex Gloucester Fletchers.

Nowadays it is mail order from the producers or a couple of big sellers (including CMC).

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Re: Proves that Cheltenham

Upvote for 7 Tuns

I snapped both engine mounts there once, refitted engine by dropping clutch in reverse, bouncing it back.

Do not run knackered engine mounts with tuned engines. I think I resorted to new ones after that.

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Re: Proves that Cheltenham

I nearly squashed a person on a bike there, wrong side of road, night, no lights, IDIOT!

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Re: Proves that Cheltenham

Yes Trevor does a good model railway section.

I once met the Cambrian brothers there.

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Proves that Cheltenham

is not the posh place some people think it is.

Behind the impressive older buildings it can be rather dumpy.

And a Wetherspoons proves it.

I only go for the model shop

Under Armour and Virgin Galactic team up so tourists can stay on-trend throughout white-knuckle ride into space

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But their logo

reminds me of the ATV logo

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What I do like

is that the founders much prefered the UK spelling of Armour.

UK-EU infosec data sharing may not be KO'd by Brexit, reckons ENISA bod

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4 letters covers it


Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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Re: Clickbait

More like

Ranty McRantface

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Re: I am British so OK


This is horrific.

Save the Tea Bush!

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I am British so OK

Tea bushes are safe aren't they?

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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Stopping google search is is stupid

I would probably still be using BBC News only if it wasnlt for Goolge News advertising all these other news sites to me.

Google News drives traffic

Cray's pre-exascale Shasta supercomputer gets energy research boffins hot under collar

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Re: RGB lighting ?

It's a Cray, Cray are stylish.

Looks good on promotional material as well.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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Re: Well at least that soles the mystery

Did he call 0118 999 881 999 119 7253?

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What if they had hired the BOFH?

How long would his boss have lasted?

If you've been dying to run some math on a dinky toy quantum computer, IBM may have something for you

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Re: It's not a 900lb gorilla ...

Better than GCHQ?

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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But he got less votes.

So how is that democratic?

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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The Gary gang



Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Why use Paul O'Grady picture?

Yes why?

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

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Re: Take two off and

11 years is retirement!

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Take two off and

Only 7 is suitable, oh and out of support of course XP

10 is a support nightmare

Removal of network discovery.

Changing of printer drivers breaking reports written years ago.

The happiness to kill of a working network installed executable simply because of a fraction of a second drop out despite being idle.

Only 11 years to go!

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Part of the crime is

Not eating the meat.

If you kill it you eat it

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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BSD privacy

One company know about all of my online activity using it for games


And I think Nintendo use it as well.

Playing games without someone knowing is not easy, many are on line based, of the others many require a connection for updates and the like.

Even single player for game saves and trophies.

But at least it isn't Microsoft

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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So sad

I know someone who was involved and the cancellation of this attempt is a national disgrace.

So sad.

Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

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Re: Work requires regular password changes

I have had this, try to think of new one each month.

Now I am a railway enthusiast so chose the following

month 1 - dreadnought

month 2 - superb

month 3 - temeraire

month 4 - stvincent

All from the Platform 5 book of regularly changed memorable passwords

4 years worth

left there fortunately before I got too far down the list

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)

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I have friends in Hull

Would would have loved to be able to move to BT.

The Hull monopoly is not loved for internet usage.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: France

They played both sides


But they did help us by giving us info on French sold kit.

But most were stopped by simple British intelligence agency capability.

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Re: "She's a nasty misogynistic, racist, lying xenophobe."

Least worse option is the best description.

I would say a political nerd with poor interpersonal skills. Naive also, but not evil. Possibly easily lead.

To level things Corbyn is a well meaning, well spoken, appear reasonable, at first appearances talks sense but very soon you realise it is a lack of in depth knowleage, and that what he said is not actually possible.

To be honest we have few really capable MPs at the moment, but then isn't it always so?

There will be some new blood in both main parties soon, it is very likely that the next PM will not be a household name.

Now to defend them.

Most people become politicians because they want a better place. Regardless of party and capability, most of them want to improve our lot. It is just that we tend to see the useless ones on TV a lot and not nice ones also get prominence.

The parties are also self destructive, examples, the battle between Labour members and Parliamentry party, the party suiciders of the Euroskeptic Conservatives (like Lord Snooty). However Labour did in the past manage to chose leaders with a lot of appeal at the time (remember how Tony Blair was welcomed). Yet Conservatives will often go for non entities (Ian and Duncan Smith), over people the public would like (eg Ken Clarke).

Cameron was Blair light, Other Milliband was Blair comedy tribute, Mr now working for Facebook was between a rock and a hard place.

I have a long lost of MPs I dislike and a shorter one of ones I like. But like most people I tend to centrist.

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Re: Cancel HS2

One of the reasons for HS2 is to take traffic off the WCML which is now at capacity.

We NEED another line.

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Re: "tell ERG that look all your talking about amazing deals with Europe..

This is ElReg and we use rolled up carpets not plastic bags.

Can someone invite the minister for the 19th century to visit the BOFH offices?

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

The general view does appear to be that Theresa May is doing the best she can and that neither ERG or Labour would do better.

She does appear to be pragmatic and prepared to do what she has to.

OK I think leaving is a mistake but the TM deal is a LOT better than no deal.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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Not surprised

PSVR the big seller, well it is a cheap way in for the PS4 owner.

Vive doing pretty well.

Rift suffering a bit due to Facebook.

Phones losing interest.

Most interest I hear is about the top two. There is definately a pull towards Vive from Rift.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Re: Push volume button to mute

Omega as well

How we forget, I have had a few.

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Re: Push volume button to mute

I remember, may be Cavalier or Carlton, one of those

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Re: Hell is other people

My car the seat is a bit close to the wheel, I have had surgery so belly SLIGHTLY numb, steering was heavy.

Fluid OK, leant in turned wheel, fine.

Took for drive then noticed if I pulled forwards slightly, I was touching the wheel.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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I hate fly tipping

Drove along a nice lane (BOAT) about 1/2 a mile, through the really rough bits and....

About 50m from the other end a 2m high pile of fly tipped rubbish.

Too high to drive over even.

Had to reverse out.

IF I see a fly tipper I will rip the limbs off the tipper using a Land Rover in low range, strop around ankles and pull.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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I thought they could crack most encryption.

So why are back doors required?

Or is it a front to hide the fact they can break encryption?

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