* Posts by MJI

4698 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Hmm, bugger off, government. I didn't elect you, and I don't respect you

ID Cards and surveilance were a good reason to kick out Browns lot in 2010.

Just a pity Cameron chose an authortarian nut job for Home Secretary.

Remember there are a lot of people who want economic competence with small government who let us live in peace, but we are neglected.

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Re: Hmm, bugger off, government. I didn't elect you, and I don't respect you

You think that all Conservative voters like May?

Actually many do not and are either abstaining or LibDemming this election. However kippers will be boosting Mays vote. Younger ones who remember Brown and then the Coalition are very happy to go LibDem. Seems quite common among the late teens early 20s. They even understand the tuition fee issue.

See the bit about David Cameron and 45 minute walk and chat vs locked in a room away from Theresa May.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/02/theresa-may-liberal-democrats-defectors-south-west-stick-with-tories

This was just top link, seen it in other places as well.

I know it is unfashionable but I liked all 3 main party leaders last election. I thought Cameron was the best for the job then, but Clegg and Milliband were OK. Actually Clegg did pretty well as Deputy PM despite being the minor party with only partial influence.

I am not sure if it would be wise to compare May to the secret Police ranks, but May is an authortarian nut job and Corbyn a CND loving old fool with no clue. Farron, well he seems to have no image.

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Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

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Re: Unidentified foreign law enforcement agency?

Targeted vs everyone

Control the server to get the users is much more effective than spying on everyone

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: A few thoughts of mine.

When I stuck W7 on my XP & Linux box it kept saying put 10 on, did not want it.

Then had to unplug all the other HDDs to install.

Took 2 days to install updates as well, with the other drives unplugged.

What a faff!

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Re: A few thoughts of mine.

So if it can't run WIN32 can we use sales of goods act over them calling it Windows?

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Re: Forty Quid

Different, regions, ages, countries, different slang.

So hence no idea.

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Re: "free from a MSDN disc from work."

Free from the internet, Completely legal. Linux Mint Cinnamon

MSDN CD, well they told me I had to move from XP, and it was sitting around not being used.

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Forty Quid

That is how much I pay for a video game I hope to get many hours of enjoyment out of. 40p per hour is OK.

Drinks - that is too much, how much are your paying?

Meal for 1 - too much again

cig - not sure on the value of a 4CIG EMU I am afraid but scrap value is a lot.

Knee trembler - no idea what it is even.

Operating systems, I do not know if I have ever paid for one. Free with PC?, free from internet, free from a MSDN disc from work.

I would say the MSDN disc one was a nightmare to update and install, it hated all my exisiting drives, the free from internet one was much easier, and more well behaved.

So I may have paid for XP as it was on the PC, but I don't think it was that much.

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A few thoughts of mine.

Q) Why do people run Windows?

A) To run applications.

Q) Why Windows over anything else?

A) WIN32.

That is it, the ONLY reason to run a Windows OS over anything else is the best WIN32 support there is, and of course also WIN64. But WIN32 is the important one.

Who cares about app stores and the like?

The simple question is.

Can it run all of my WIN32 software?

If yes OK

If no FDISK and install something useful.

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Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

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7 is better

My sons school uses it, triple boot with a Penguin and part eaten apple.

They use the flag waving OS all the time and never use the other two.

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How would you pronounce 'Cyxtera'?

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Inhale pepper

And sneeze, that is near enough

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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I was right

They were training him

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Waiter? There's a mouse in my motherboard and this server is greasy!

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Re: In a complete about face...

We have to know.

What did you do with it?

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Re: Was not that old

BILs and HALs that is old

Near me is was Met Camm 101, Swindon 120, and lots of Peaks on NESW services.

Excitement if we saw an HST

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Re: El reg adds to the problem

I just knew it was 46 009

The carriages survive quite well

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Was not that old

I remember the locos were all around 20 years old, prime of life

Comfy roomy coaches sometimes downgraded first class (Mark 1 FO as a second, nice).

Rather a Type 4* + 8 to 10 than a multiple unit.

Rather a HST than the new stuff

* Peak 47 or best of all a 50

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Re: Taunton ?

No that is Bridgwater

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I have it worked out

Price of a used first class carriage?

Not sure what they are going for these days

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Dumb display + smart devices

In 2008 I bought a Sony Blu Ray playing device.

The online features still work on it.

Got the replacement model in November 2013, that does every online thing but ITV, but that is no issue.

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Re: Analogue TV

NICAM was bolted onto PAL quite well.

With NICAM we suddenly got stereo sound TV

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Re: Smart

I currently use a smart device with 8 core CPGPU running a variant of FreeBSD.

Millions sold and support will be there for at least another 5 years.

Games consoles are great smart devices.

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My TV is a bit thick

And I prefer that, pre Android TVs, uses Linux, no apps. But can view piccies via USB.

Smart is provided by a device which will be constantly updated and supported.

Plays Blu Rays.

Provides streaming (I Player Amazon ect).

Even does games (The robot animal one was fun).

And a web browser.

But it cost me quite a bit

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Re: Don't worry. dumb flatscreen.

Good LCD panels are now better, took a while but Sony managed it about 5 years or so ago.

I tested loads of TVs, eventually a W series managed it.

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Re: Don't worry. dumb flatscreen.

Flat screens caught up with Trinitron about 5 years ago.

At the time it was W series, not sure which ones are better now

My last 32" Trinitron had plenty of firmware updates, it was a first generation IDTV.

One was to handle BBC playing musical services, changing the service numbers so BBC Knowleage ended up on BBC2 and News24 on BBC 1 or similar.

Another to swap over the audio channels.

Final one to enable CAM usage.

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SAP Anywhere goes nowhere, reaches commercial cul-de-sac

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I don't trust SAP

Yet they own one of our mission critical database engines, most original staff gone as well.

Was better under Sybase

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: Betamax - Betamax quality wasn't actually that much better.

Blu Ray won due to various reasons.

1) Most support from the major manufacturers

2) PS3

3) Sony owning film studios.

Sony bought film studios to prevent another format failure

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Re: Kodak failures: Disc, PhotoCD, and APS.

APS was a bad decision, I am so glad the film format APS died.

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Re: VHS

V2000 was slightly better than VHS and slightly worse than Beta. Trick play was its advantage.

Comes down to recording speed, which comes down to head diameter.

Beta - 74.5

V2000 - 65

VHS - 62

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Re: Philips Digital Cassette Tape etc

DCC was a dead end DAT was better

Elcassette was an attempt at a high end cassette format, failed due to compact cassette.

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Re: Betamax

Since I have used it from 84 to date I have had some experience.

Sanyo VCRs were slightly better than VHS, except top end

Sony cheap VCRs were slightly better than VHS

Sony top end decks were better enough to be obvious over the opposition

I had 3rd generation Beta copies better than someone else 2nd Vhs copies.

That is my copied off edit master better than their edit master.

Slightly larger VCR with 3hours 15minute recording vs slightly smaller with 30 minute.

That is THE Beta portable vs a JVC I think compact portable.

Actually there were not that many portable VCRs in the UK, only 3 were sales successes.

Mechanical Sony no

Most VHS, few bought as expensive heavy and not very good.

The other Beta one, why would you?

The big sellers were

a JVC Vhs-C deck, Panasonic NV180, Sony SL-F1UB

The same 3 companies also made the best cameras, JVC made the best tube camera, Panasonic just about the only CCD camera, Sony was basic but good colour handling.

The main reason that it came down to so few decks was simple.

Why buy an inferior recorder to the market leaders?

The F1 was so ahead of the other portables it was the most common recorder to be found at the end of a camera cable, the two other Beta portables were in comparison bad. JVC was small and compact, the NV180 was best non Beta, possibly the best non SL-F1.

Then came all in ones and the market disappeared for portables overnight. Pity really as you could mix and match. Many JVC cameras were plugged into Sony portables.

But for me 3 video cameras in 30 years is not bad, Beta seperates, DV, HDV, not sure what to do after HDV, but it still works!

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Re: Betamax - Betamax quality was actually that much better.

I ran Beta until I got a PVR.

Used an old Ondigital box with a HiFI Sanyo deck.

My old Sony super deck was superb

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: Trust

Actually people do not like being advertised to. Not the advert itself but the act of being advertised to.

Only adverts I do not mind internet wise are related to website adverts, which are served locally.

OK hobby forum website ads at the top of the screen, advertising new products I would like, or a service I would like. As an example why would I NOT like an advert for a new model railway loco on a model railway forum? New producer brings loco X out with no fanfare, no prior warning, lets see it!

Conversly why would my wife want an advert for something I bought last week from Ebay when she is on farcebook? She moans about it. Not my fault!

Now to real world, lets say magazines. I really find the amount of silly overpriced watch adverts in car magazines very annoying, I want to read about cars, not about overpriced portable clocks. The mix of advert and editorial is enough to stop me buying a magazine.

Now look at model magazines, pages upon pages of adverts, but guess what all readers read at least some of them. Because they are 100% relevant to the magazine, things we want to buy, things we play with.

Now what this says to me is I hate being advertised to, trying to sell me some sh1t I do not want. Yet adverts for relevant stuff if static (like in print) will get read.

As above I blame admongers not the manufacturers.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Stop hiding things

FF with CTR here.

Rounded tabs annoy me.

No file edit menu annoys me.

No window bar annoys me.

A blank screen with address bar and no search field annoys me.

Chrome annoys me

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Big Brother

Nobody has to

not whack the idiot in the face with a cricket bat

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Totally ridiculous.

Heavy handedness and cruelity towards 70+ old lady.

Having to raise money by any means for medical treatment.

Really nasty entrapment against the elderly lady. (Pretending to be broker).

As to Neil Armstrong, I would guess he had a few slithers and gave them to people as presents but denied it to avoid upsetting the goons who go around upsetting old ladies.

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

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Looks like of all things

A patched XP up machine may be safe.

Patches back to 2008/2010

No SMB2

However not sure if SMB1 was patched.

My XP boot did update last week.

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DTMF replay phreaked out the Dallas tornado alarm, say researchers

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When I saw the word Tornado

I was hoping it was about this

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-39581712

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/news/tornado-steam-train-hits-100mph-secret-test-run-east-coast-main/

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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Re: TV Subscriptions

Easy to rationalise

1. BBC - Top Gear

6. Amazon Prime - The Grand Tour

All motoring shows worth watching counted for.

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: Project Scorpio?

Worse spelling than I thought!

Missing key strokes mainly and a shift 4 rather than 5

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Re: Project Scorpio?

PS4 runs on a variant of BSD not Linux

Standard PC graphics ;ibraries are also not best for graphics quality.

DX12 best, doubt it.

Getting closer to the "Metal" is always best for performance.

I reckon SCORIO will be about 10$ to 20% more powerful hardware wise, but never bet against Sony ICE team and Guerilla*

* yes they did have a PS3 multiplayer which looked better than the first this generation COD

Sorry for any bad spelling as I can't quite see my monitor clearly due to presbyopia and y moniror glasses are at work

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Re: Steam

But many great games missing.

This week I have played 3 games

Horizon Zero Dawn, console only

Destiny, console only

Uncharted 4. consoel only

Yes I took down a robot dinosaur* with a compound bow and arrows

Yes I ran around slaughtering aliens.

Yes I robbed an auction (hard play through)

And yes I own Borderlands 1, 2, Presequel

* Most are mammal equivalents, only the Thunderjaw is a robot dinosaur.

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Re: This "or" That ?

But it would not cover PS and XBOX

Then you do need 2 subscriptions

Quite possible that console 2 would be off line.

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"If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use?... Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?"

A tractor

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Re: Microsoft cheque in the post?

Raw power helps.

Better draw distances, better animations, more NPCs, more detailed characters.

It can allow more engrossing stories, more games which provide that wow feeling.

After spending the last month hunting robotic animals, being able to stop and sightsee really adds to the experience.

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Re: I'll buy it

But better than emulating a PS1 is that I can download and play a lot of them on the 3.

Oh and you can play Crash Bandicoot on a PS4 as well, complete with commentry from Nathan Drake himself.

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Re: Multiprocessing

One good thing about the PS3 was the fast connection between CPU and GPU, it enabled the fast but low throughput GPU to use a few CPU SPUs to do calculations.

Hard to code for, but when done properly by the likes of Naughty Dog or Guerilla the results were astounding.

The 360 was a lot easier to code for but ultimately a bit less powerful.

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Re: I'll buy it

Well stuff that

I am only missing the PS1.

Got 2, 3 and 4

And prefer Vita games to telephone games

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Murdoch will get EU green light for full Sky takeover – reports

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Re: I do try

Well due to forced adverts Fox DVDs are unpurchasable so Fox = torrent

In fact it was Sky poaching stuff off Free to Air that lead me first to the world of torrents

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I do try

To not give a single penny to the crook and his companies.

But it is difficult.

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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I think we see

An apprentice PFY here.

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