* Posts by MJI

5306 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: '34 years of development - Windows 10 is the result'

As a programmer in a small software house. It comes down often to economics.

We happily went along with MSDOS for years, but customers want Windows.

So get staff skilled in it, rewrite the system, finally got there.

We do not have the staff to rewrite again, but I feel like MS are trying to force us off Windows.

Our software on the Windows OSes which matter (XP and 7) is rock stable, but often crashes on 10.

What have MS changed to cause this?

Up times in months down to uptimes in hours.


Jaguar Land Rover ropes in Gorillaz to help it lure 5,000 'electronic wizards'

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Not so sure

Quite a few engine problems, nothing seems as reliable as the last 3 Land Rover designed lumps.

The Trannie lump is not as reliable as a TDI300, not as smooth or powerful as a TD5

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But you still need

The Land Rover product to extract the LC WHEN it gets stuck.

Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Venus is too nasty, Mercury too hot and the moons of Jupiter or Saturn too distant.

It is called an off site backup.

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: What about the important things?

Of course!

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What about the important things?

Vertical lining up

Code MUST under threats of death to the minion have the following.

Assignments over multiple rows.

The := must be in the same column, they MUST line up, if the language/IDE (ancient version of VB I had to look at once) tries to stop it, create all variables with the same number of characters so they line up.

Variable declarations, again columnar and MUST LINE UP UNDER PAIN OF DEATH.

I hope I am not too extreme but I cannot stand wiggly code.

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2 or 4 nothing else for me

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2 environments I use

One I prefer spaces and remove tabs ruthlessly. Much better to edit with spaces.

Second tabs work so much better and tend to replace space indented if found.

Depends on editor and/or IDE

Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

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Re: Just close them down.

Or like Richard Hammond

Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Re: Everyone missed the classic one

Vieo camera sockets.

There are not many I know of.

AFAIK just two in the domestic market, 10 pin & 14 pin.

Many high end 10 pin cameras got fitted with 14 pin leads or adaptors as the best recorder was 14 pin.

Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Re: History repeats???

It does help when you do run trains at 3 figure speeds.

England and France hold all four absolute records between them.

Steam 4468 Mallard

Diesel 43102 & 43159

Gas Turbine TGV 001

Electric TGV 4402

The US needs a system like the French TGV network. And the British have been running Diesels every day at 125mph for 40 years.

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More likely to

Up gear a 91 to 400mph, double the ECML overhead to 50,000 volts and use one carriage.

Would probably wreck something, but it is more realistic than Hyperloop.

For information a 91 will do 160 while hauling or pushing a train.

Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: None of them would have if it was a two round system

The fallacy of party support.

Why do people always think that LIbDem ect voters would automatically go Labour?

Or Ukip go Conservative?

I know of quite a few Remain supporting voters who normally go Conservative go Lib Dem.

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Re: a hung Parliament

You better not do this with Ken Clarke!

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Re: Well look on the bright side

So they are mentally ill then?

Great fun tellling creatists they are mentally ill!

It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

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Easier to go to Tesco

It is my local shop.

This means if I want something, in 5 minutes I have it.

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: good idea but seriously

They are a bit, but compared to May

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Re: good idea but seriously

All of these people are forgetting another large group, composed of the disposessed.

Conservative voters who do not like May. Conservative Remainers. Conservative Libertarians.

Now where is the best place for a centre right voter who would never touch Corbyn, would get Farage done as a traitor and thinks the government should leave us alone?

They can't all move to Ken Clarkes constituency.

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Re: good idea but seriously

I live in what was a Conservative constituency with strong Labour opposition (now Strong and Stable party).

Racist party did well, then Greens.

My was decent MP has been hijacked by the Strong and Stable party. The opposition now loves Corbyn after being anti Corbyn.

No idea why anyone would vote UKIP.

To be honest I would be throwing away my vote going anything but those two. But I will have to.

At least I will have done something I believed in.

Anyway I reckon SS Party PPC will get in as the Kippers will support him, the Corbyn hating left wingers will go Green, and the Conservative and Centrist Labour Remainers, Lib Dem.

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Re: As if the government had done so much...

Just like the parliament attack thug, known to authorities and ignored.

So who is really to blame?

They do have the information but do not use it.

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Re: Liberty for temporary safety

Don't trust Labour either. Remember ID cards?

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Re: The encryption horse is free

I know of quite a few centre right voters who liked the coalition moving their votes from one of them to the other.

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Re: Clueless govt...

May party - want our data.

Labour - want our data.

I know how I am voting now, and it is not those two.

Theresa May is the reason I will not vote for her party. Both Corbyn and the previous ID cards shite for his.

Better say it again.

I prefered Cameron, Milliband and Clegg to May, Corbyn and Farron.

PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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Re: Flog them!

Lots I can think of

Overpriced Jewellery, Goooogle obsessed with them

An EM2 electric loco, built in 1950s, sold to the Dutch

Adrian Moles Crush

A very hostile planet, full of vaults

A moon around Saturn

A planet inhabited by giant Smurfs

A box

A lovely Inn in Cornwall

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Actually seems a valid moan

FIlled in, similar colour.

Lot more similarities than some which have been moaned at.

I suppose Gearbox sued them for trying a Vault symbol and the other Pandora when they tried pinching theirs.

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Re: "If they had included 16 bit support in 64 bit"

The applications were written in a big selling database compiler and the best database for it used native DOS IPX, there was no IP layer in DOS.

It used NETBIOS to talk to a Windows IP interlayer to talk to the server with IP, this worked perfectly with 2000 and XP, 98 we used IPX as 99% of the servers then were NETWARE.

MSes aggresive attack on Novell caused all customers to go Windows server, and MSes depreciation of IPX forced the tool we used.

Search for ADSDOSIP and Windows 7.

And the server engine can work with all Windows languages I have come across, so at least data is safe.

The graphics mode though this was games mainly, I remember Wolf3D.

As to AMD removing 16 bit support, why not leave in for Intel and let them use it as an advertising feature. It would be nice to allow my home PC to run my favourite text editor in 7 (64) as well as XP (32).

Mind you I raised a laugh today when a customer asked us to check the specification for a server and I said my 10 year old XP PC is more than twice as powerful.

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Out of interest.

Do any of these OSes replacements REMOVE features these have?

Are their replacements fit for the purpose?

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Re: All products have a support life

But MS have forced the adoption of XP past its natural life.

THEIR fault not the customers.

I don't know about anyone else, but you buy an operating system to run programs.

If they kill off things we keep using OSes that run them.

As mentioned many many times before.

Vista killed full screen command prompt (VGA DOS programs) and 7 32bit NETBIOS.

If they had included 16 bit support in 64 bit, and kept NETBIOS, and still allowed full screen VGA mode applications we would have seen XP go sooner.

We have had customers FDISKing Vista and 7 PCs to use XP to run older programs.

Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: I'm in the mood for being a downvote magnet

"""The F35 is intended to be everything to everybody."""

"Yes it is. But when did that ever actually work? (Other than finding out by need or accident that 'hey, look, it was only designed to do this, but it can also do that'?)"

DH Mosquito

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Re: ...set in stone...

Like the first Harrier RADAR?

Since Blue Fox was not ready they use Blue Circle to get the weight distribution correct.

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Re: Odd choices upon odd choices

A modernised one of these would have been a good choice for our carriers.

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Re: civilian Intercept

>>Good luck sending an Airbus A-3xx up to intercept an SU-22

No it would take a different model within the Airbus family, if they allow them to fly again.

I think only a Lightning could escape, the English Electric version.

Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Why is XP still being used?

Because MS have been stripping features from newer versions.

Two which have personally annoyed me


Full screen Command prompt

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Just SAS them then.

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Why would we want to?

Without leaving the contintent we can have plenty of brilliant cars.

Why buy a US generic big saloon when you can drive a BMW, Mercedes or Jaguar?

Why buy a US 4x4 when the best are made in Solihull?

Sports cars, hello Italy

Then there are the grand tourers, hatches, estate cars, so many decent ones available.

No need to go to Yankland

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GCHQ Cricket Bats

Use to know people who worked there.

A very competent group.

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Sod cricket bats

Send the SAS.

With cricket bats!

Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Re: Why Do They Persist....

Actually Tesco toilet paper is not bad value.

usually stock up when cheap

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Quality ads

From the likes of Ridley Scott as well no less

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Re: Adverts on Star Trek?

That is what I said!

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Re: conflicted on the VR one

Product Placement. Two sides to this. Can be fine, can be annoying. Depends on usage.

Some video games get flack for this. Seen some people moan about Uncharted 4.

Why can't Nathan Drake own a Sony phone?

Why can't Elena FIsher own a PS1?

Perhaps because ND is owned by Sony. But needs a phone, why not use own make.

But then in The Last of Us EVERY games console in a house or shop was a PS3. But that was not an advert nor product placement as to play the game you needed one. I wonder if it was because there would be no copywrite issues.

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Adverts on Star Trek?

Never seen any.

But then saw them on BBC

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Re: Why Do They Persist....

>>You really think that Meercats have done nothing to alter where people buy car insurance and Labrador >>puppies what they wipe with?

But they do not advertise A-Plan Insurance nor Tesco Luxury Soft Toilet Tissue.

Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

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What a hassle

Anyway I thought this vote was to leave the EU, not leave customs union, nor single market, nor ECHR.

But this lot of jokers have decided we are.

But the British are like the internet, makes things more expensive or more difficult and we will work around it.

Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

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That took the British to achieve

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Engines & Turkey do we need to?

Just thinking about this, do we need the engines?

I am sure we could fund a British jet engine manufacturer to produce one, or even a European consortium.

It is not like we do not know what to do.

Just remember the most hours supersonic belong to a British France collaberation.

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Re: Finmeccanica


Wasn't the boiler Polish?

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Re: a train that could actually go faster than 40 km/h in winter[

Really cold and snowy

Well back in the early 80s we had quite a bit of snow and trouble with some trains.

Snow compacted into traction motors dropping a loco to three of them, but it still managed OK on its trailing bogie. Got over 25mph anyway (40km/h).

Next train was OK. I got to my destination.

Not sure if same year or previous or next same trip a loco took full advantage. Must have been at least 10% up on power due to the cold, went like shit off a shovel!

Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: So, just another day in the office...?

Privacy is not a left right trait but a authortarian/libertarian trait.

We have had both left and right try to take it off us.

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Re: They did invade Crimea


A very difficult history here, I think it is best for the rest of world to keep out of it and let the former Communist block countries sort it out.

It was Russian, then Ukrainian, now Russian.

Are the people there happy?

What do they want?

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