* Posts by jason 7

2865 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

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Re: Bloat for the cloud

Hmm what is that 128GB of local storage on my Chromebook...

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I bet...

...you'll still be seeing a lot of "Windows Updates are 100% Finished" for 10 minutes or more.

A Chromebook can update in a four second reboot. Try that MS!

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Wow,

Have you actually read his 'Trade Strategy'?

His strategy is at all costs to -

1. Increase US production. Okay that happens if you get sales elsewhere and is worthwhile.

2. (this is the kicker) Reduce the US Trade Deficit. Essentially the US pushes everyone to buy from them but doesnt want to buy anything back.

The UK has a decent trade surplus with the USA currently. Do you think that will continue with any new deal agreed with 'The Great Negotiator'?

Again you Brexit types just go with the rhetoric and don't read the small print.

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Ahhh the 'Special Relationship'

...special, you know...like wife beating.

My stomach churns when I hear that phrase used, especially by US diplomats in public, as you know they burst out laughing behind the scenes at that remark.

Nothing special relationship wise between the UK and USA whatsoever.

And yes whilst Trump is a detestable curmudgeon, in terms of hands the Queen has had to shake over the years his tiny paws are pretty clean blood wise....at the moment.

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Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.10 just 'blew up' as rc6 bloats

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I'm...

..sure this will be interesting to half a dozen or so in the world.

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Re: If MS AV is the best...

"Come on MS, help people out who service your systems, especially with safe mode being available if the machine fails to boot (maybe they fixed that, I'm no longer in that part of the industry)."

This is still a major problem. All the so called 'fix it' features that MS have introduced with Windows 8 to 10 are more of a problem than a help. They either get in the way or just don't work. The restore points often aren't there or magically disappear. The system rebuild often doesn't work either. Then there is the classic of Safe Mode which has hardly any access unless you can get the machine to boot in the first place...which isn't the reason you need Safe Mode.

9 times out of 10 its quicker to try to copy the user data off and rebuild the machines with a fresh USB install.

With Windows 7 you could usually boot it into Safe Mode via F8 and 5 minutes later you would be back up and running.

But no we have to now have the useless Fast Boot setting which is a waste of time and a liability.

I always switch Fast Boot off on all my customers machines. None of them miss it.

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Re: What do I use?

Oh yes also forgot to mention I also use FoolishIT's Cryptoprevent.

However, what was a simple product to license and rollout has suddenly become far more complicated and convoluted.

I hate it when products do that. May be looking for an alternative.

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What do I use?

For Windows -

Defender

EMET 5.5

Unchecky

Local User Account

Common Sense

For Browsing -

NoScript

Ad Blocker

Privacy Badger/Disconnect

I too always take AV as the very last line of defence against the stuff I can't see till its too late. Luckily instances have been next to nil.

In fact recently most people that have called me up with virus issues have been caught out with the support call from India. I mean really? In 2017 people are still dumb enough to be caught out by that one. The beauty of this route is that the user virtually physically bends over and says "take me big boy!" with full consent. No malware required. People just don't want to learn. I have tried so many times to impart some Internet safety tips from my 25 years on the web buy the lazy bastards just roll or glaze their eyes over within 3 seconds.

Ah well...constant income for me I guess.

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Re: If MS AV is the best...

"Microsoft only blocked 97%"

Which is far more effective than 80% of laptops out there that are relying on a 2 year out of date lapsed trial copy of McAfee and Norton.

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Re: From the 90's on....

McAfee Preintstalls are responsible for more shit than anyone mentions.

I have never seen anyone take up the subscription after the free three months is up but the tards still think they have valid AV on their machine.

All they had to do was uninstall it and Defender would take over and stay up to date.

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Re: It has been very interesting reading this thread. There is one point I feel should be made:

Just like Boris didn't expect to win Brexit.

I was never convinced by him leaving the Leadership race because Gove stepped in. He just wanted the slimmest excuse to jump out of the way.

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I was sat in the pub this evening.

People were watching his speech today and just laughing at the man.

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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

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Re: Back to MD5, et. al.

As a European (even though some want to take that brand away from me) I have no issue with the restrictive EU Gun laws especially those in the UK.

At the age of 45 I have never or known anyone personally to have been threatened, injured or killed with a firearm.

I'm more than happy for that to continue.

Like the folks in the US will ever lift their fat arses and AR-15s off the sofa to 'rise up' and take back what's theirs.

Yeah they talk the talk...

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Google hardwires its Android app store into new Chromebooks

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Re: Then of course

"it doesn't anymore without you spending extra"

And you post on a IT forum?

C'mon, anyone who has been using a Windows box will be using VLC or similar. That still does it for free. So why does MS have to bother?

I would prefer it if MS reduced the extra functionality and let me decide the majority of the extra components, paid or free.

Plus optical media in 2017? You'll be after a infra-red port next.

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Re: Actually

Well I really look forward to the day they finally act on all this data and send me some lingerie clad Valkyries with pizza and high strength real ale for a party.

However, in 12 years of using their services they have been deathly silent on my needs and wants.

I think a lot of you are a bit too wrapped up in all this shit to grasp reality at times.

Sorry.

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Re: Actually

I use Google and their services a lot. I don't get any emails or spam from Google or app suppliers. I don't use any spam filtering other than what Gmail provides. Never anything from all these so called spawn of satan Data Miners. Just twats from Asia trying to sell me crappy SEO services.

So?

If you are getting it you must have asked for it in some way.

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Re: Actually

Yeah if I see someone with a email account full of spam they are using the Internet wrong.

Remove their access credentials now!

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Re: It had potential ...

Yeah I still have my little 2GB 11" Samsung that still works perfectly fast enough. I'm not one of those needs to have 80+ tabs open at the same time. Still gives great battery life and a great little travel machine.

I also have a i3 4GB 64GB* SSD Dell 13" Chromebook that's superb. One of the best devices I've ever bought. Just sails through the web. This should get the Android apps but as I said I'm not holding my breath.

* upgraded with a Plextor SSD.

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Don't hold your breath

Still waiting for the 2015 and 2016 models they promised would get it to be rolled out.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Wesley was okay...

...it was all the "Troi has a headache" episodes that used to annoy me.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Seen comments from Brexit Idiots today...

...claiming that the pound has surged to its best position ever ever ever today!

WTF???

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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All I want to know is...

and for Christ's sake I'm having a hard time with it.

Is to know how the EMET tool is replaced in Windows 10 and how do I manually adjust the dozen or so mitigation technologies it contains for every application on the machine?

Currently EMET lets me know in a simple window what is covered and how.

Windows 10 just tells me I can allow the default of DEP for EDGE/IE or manually set it to everything.

Thats not really good enough.If MS design Windows 10 so I can adjust all the settings as per EMET then they can lapse EMET just fine.

If not just leave it or add it to Windows 10 as standard.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: Pull out...

Might take a look as I have the original MK1 BT ADSL socket. The one that they used to send two engineers round to fit in 2001!

However, it may be the case that the newer ones are just cheaper and nastier than what I have already.

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Pull out...

...the bellwire.

Might give an extra 0.5Mbps.

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Could just be...

...another cock up at the cabinet.

Seen a lot of those.

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Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence

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Indeed, no concept of Project Management.

We all know cock ups and delays can happen, especially when you have to rely on other suppliers and third parties that may not be as committed as you.

So just going quiet is inexcusable and raises alarm and suspicion.

It only takes a minute or two to say -

"Sorry guys but one of our suppliers has caused a delay so we wont be progressing as planned. Will let you know as soon as things are back in plan!"

or

"Sorry guys but one of the shipments didn't come up to spec on the QA side so we've had to order in a fresh batch! Hopefully back up to speed in a week or two!"

Now that didn't hurt did it?!

Keep your backers and investors informed. Silence just makes it look like you ran off with the money.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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Yawn....

...here we go again for the 7th time or so in 18 months.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Another problem they have...

...as more people like myself and others have done in switching to other TV sources is that when they do produce the one or two gems in the constant flow of turds, they will get missed.

I guess we'll catch them when they come to Netflix...

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Re: Content is king

Only thing we've enjoyed/watched BBC wise for the past 6 months has been Fleabag. That's just under 3 hours of TV for 6 months of License fee.

When we settle down in the evening the Freeview box rarely gets switched on, its straight to the FireTV box to see what's on Netflix.

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How I see the BBC now...

Imagine Stewart Lee on his Comedy Vehicle stand up in one of his high pitch ranty bits -

"Hew Stew, you love the BBC, love it! You love cake don't you Stew so have more cake more lovely cake, cake, cake, cake! You love Dr Who too don't you! Well have more Daleks and Cybermen, you love Cybermen don't you Stew! Well have a load move in with you and on the TV all the time! You love X list celebrities making twats of themselves don't you well have more and more till you are puking sequins and fake tan Stew! You love it! You love cake!...Did we forget cake and Dr Who and dancing twats? YOU WILL LOVE THEM!!!!!"

Repeat five times for at least 15 minutes of the routine until show gets cancelled...

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

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Be plenty of capacity in the City once all the banks and corporations move to the EU.

Unless we become a cheap and nasty corporate tax haven.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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I thought the Tarkin effect was great.

What put me off was the total lack of a third dimension or any back story to 99% of the new characters introduced.

They just appear, do some stuff and...

Its the characters that let the film down big time. Other than that new droid they don't have any character.

A fine film spoilt by the human element or lack of.

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US Supreme Court to hear case that may ruin Lone Star patent trolls

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I saw a video...

...where a guy who created the X-Plane Simulator got sued by a troll and he went to see all the IP companies that create 90% of IP Troll cases. They are all in one town in Texas. Just empty locked office after empty locked office. At the time the main Judge was the father of one of the biggest IP Troll firms CEO.

Lovely.

The Simulator guy was being sued because he sold his product on Google Play. The Licensing worked by a look up list and the trolls said that using a list to check licenses was their IP. Not taking on Google by the way...just the little guys.

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RIP John Glenn: First American in orbit – and later, the oldest, too

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Amazing.

A fine man by all accounts. Will be missed. I still feel a pang of sadness to think Armstrong is also gone.

Those Mercury flight suits were totally badass.

I still doff my cap to the Gemini guys though. That's one project I would have not got involved in. Having to spend two weeks with another guy in a can the size of a Smart Car goes beyond most human limits.

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Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings

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Re: Those in large contry houses...

Cheers! You too, have a packet of scratchings as well!

It's a tough one certainly. I always say I live in the city centre because I'm never more than 60 seconds away from a pint of fresh milk at 10am on a Sunday morning. It means I have to put up with the Prince of Wales road at the weekend but after 20 years I'm used to it and accept it.

I think more rural communities need to realise they can call BT's bluff and investigate another supplier providing the required upgrades. I'm slightly surprised it's not publicised more due to it being such a hot issue.

Hohum.

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Re: Those in large contry houses...

" But I think people who choose to live there as a lifestyle choice see this as way to drop out of the (digital) rat race, though I know people who run rural businesses fine the situation very frustrating."

I think in most cases it's more the future has passed them by for the over 65's Country House owner and bad planning on the part of the rural business. Its what I see out there.

Not many are trying to avoid the digital life. If you want to do that, buy a caravan.

People are just too clueless to ask " So can I test your broadband speed?" when they go looking for houses.

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Those in large contry houses...

...are now the new disadvantaged. I live in Norwich and have access up to 70Mbps. I often have to go visit customers that live in the wilds and own massive country houses, barn conversions or farm houses. Super homes that could cost seven figures perhaps.

I sit down to work and find that the 80MB driver update is going to take 45 minutes+ to download and suddenly I'm saying to them "how do you live like this?".

You then find the ADSL is 0.6Mbps. Great for 2001 when video was QVGA but useless now. A lot of these mega homes will crash in value if the situation doesn't change. Not that I don't find it a little amusing...

The number of bell wires I've pulled to get another 0.25-0.50 Mbps is crazy.

I would never live in a rural area. I can just manage to visit my parents and their rustic 6.5Mbps connection.

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

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Re: Battery, battery, battery.

Yes but unfortunately some devices do have to conform to a reasonable set of performance characteristics.

Like a sniper rifle has to have more than 10 yards of effective range and so on.

If a device cannot perform to those criteria then you just don't bring it to market until it can...or you have a marketing department that can convince a certain sector of the public that that is acceptable.

I do wonder if Apple will try to convince customers if they ever bring out their car that due to it being so 'small and thin' that 10 miles of range and a NCAP safety rating of 0 stars is the future?

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

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Re: the problem is that modern [MANAGEMENT]

"Your problem is clearly that your organisation's management are insufficiently familiar with (let alone competent in) the miracles of Agile, and DevOps, and (2018_hiptrend_goes_here)."

As already mentioned these are just another fad that some CIO read about in a book and pushes down.

Nothing makes up for someone being paid to crack the whip and make sure no one is slacking off and the work is getting done. Dress it up all you like in fancy names, folks need to realise they get paid to work, so man up, take responsibility and concentrate on it.

Don't worry about what the team in the next office are doing...

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Nobody does testing any more. Kids just don't want to do all that 'boring stuff'.

I remember when I started in IT the 'IT Guys' would spend months and months going over the code, testing it and fixing bugs. If it took a year that's what it took.

By the time I left that same corporation 20 years later it was a hard job keeping the 'kids' interested in any project from the beginning of the week to the end of that same week.

As soon as a new bit of work came in they all dropped what they were doing and wanted to work on that...for a week or so.

I think part of the problem is that modern companies don't like to use what we used to call 'man managers'. Those people that used to give out the work, check what everyone was doing and how they were getting on with it. Stuff just happens 'organically'.

Does it bollocks.

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Re: It happens

I remember having to write off to Multi-Tech for a new firmware ROM chip for my 19.2K modem.

Kids today...

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: What planet do these people live on?

Yeah that was my point.

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What planet do these people live on?

How can you take on a position of power/responsibility and not have a clue about how the modern world around you actually works?

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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BT Homehubs and Amazon Echo

When that came out about 8 weeks ago it was a major issue on the Amazon Support forum that the BT Hubs wouldn't work with the Echo.

Don't know if that's been fixed.

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CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

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Re: Mint!

My experience has been the exact opposite. I can't give Linux away.

I've told customers they can shave £100 off a box and it will do everything they need but nope, they won't have it. Has to be Windows.

In 8 years of business I've not managed to shift one box with Linux on it.

I have thought of telling them it costs £75 instead of £100 (whatever) as it seems free has a bad image.

I dunno.

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Re: The Big Question

@yepp - Prove it! Where I do find the settings in case I need to switch them on and off.

What if an important item of software triggers one of them and I need to adjust?

I call BS!

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Re: The report forgot to consider these important facts

Exactly, currently DEP on Windows only covers MS Browsers by default.

I set it to everything...then install EMET.

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

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Re: Mars

The biggest issue with the Mars bar was when they changed the hard nougat filling about 20 years ago to that of the inferior Milky Way (the Milky Way then became even more inferior).

It isn't even the same product I remember as a kid, let alone the size of it.

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Re: Major Bloat

"Problem: To move contacts from old Nokia 3310 to a Nokia 6210"

We just used to use the "Move Contacts to SIM" option in the phone.

Again...no need to use Linux.

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Re: Given the success of Amazon’s Echo speaker?

Yes ditto. I got mine on release and whilst I was quite excited...it now just sits as a voice activated digital radio/jukebox.

The UK launch was a bit of a disappointment really. Still cant add Championship football teams to it.

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