* Posts by jason 7

2903 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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Re: Amazing the amount of research and design...

"The British Army has long had a preference for soldiers hitting what they shoot at. Some of it has taken on an element of myth, but even something such as the "Mad Minute" was judged by counting hits on the target rather than shots fired, and the soldier could get extra pay."

When was that? 1914? When it was desired to use a round big enough for the average squaddie to unrealistically hit something 1300yds away?

In the heat of battle with noise, mayhem and adrenalin going at 400%, accuracy tends to go out the window.

Spray and pray.

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Amazing the amount of research and design...

....that goes into something that in 99% of armed battles just means "throw as much noise, chaos and lead down range at the other guys in the hope they give up or run away first!"

Studies after the Korean War found that past 50m you were just as likely to get hit by a stray bullet or shrapnel than you were an actual aimed bullet. It's not about accuracy in most cases, its about ripping up whatever you hit, aimed or otherwise, as much as possible.

Not that I'm saying I wouldn't want better bullets in my weapon to spray downrange.

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Odd? Well the old .303 rounds sometimes had a wooden filler in the bullet. The wood was steamed to sterilise it.

So I've been told.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Running on 6 machines here.

All with multiple dive setups and all with SSD as system drive.

No issues.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: Skeevy bastards

Is it a case of 4096x2160 is a film industry standard for production and mastering and 3840x2160 is the domestic end product for consumers?

Not that bothered really as I missed Blu-Ray and went straight to streaming.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Re: figuring out at their leisure what its weaknesses are

Bet there is a lot of black boxes filled with hard epoxy in those planes.

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Always liked that bit in Patriot Games when Jack Ryan tell the US based head of the IRA support that if he put his injured daughter on the US TV news, that support would dry up so fast, the boys back in Belfast would be throwing rocks by the end of the week. Or words to that effect.

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Linux malware? That'll never happen. Ok, just this once then

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Re: How is this a Linux issue?

Ahh well you see I manage to get the SME companies I work for to move away from old legacy software. In fact very few use any custom software any more. Its 99% Office, browsers and some web/cloud applications.

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Re: How is this a Linux issue?

"Never understood why MS have "pants down, bent over" as the OOBE."

I often remark on this and state that MS needs to change the initial setup to make a separate admin and user account instead. But I usually get shouted down by all the folks that previously commented smugly that all other OS's tend to have this very method as standard.

(Shrugs)

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Re: How is this a Linux issue?

" In addition, try running it as a user and see just how easy that is (pretty close to impossible for the consumer versions)."

Tell that to the tens/hundreds of thousands using it everyday in corporate/enterprise situations who seem to get by just fine.

Hyperbole?

We used to call Admin and Standard user accounts 'Distracted' and 'Undistracted' accounts.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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I'd look at banning...

V8 cars/trucks and anything over 3000cc for domestic use.

Don't get me wrong I love me American Muscle and strides have been made in fuel economy but this 'PC' PC idea seems a bit pointless when there are other areas that could be addressed first.

What about swimming pools and aircon units?

Bigger elephants and all that.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Ninite.com...

...for the win.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Using a Note 1

...as my hi-fi. Stripped down build, running Spotify Premium via the Samsung Note Docker into a little Fiio digital amp.

Works a treat.

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman endorses Hillary Clinton, dumps on Trump

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Re: Why are we having this discussion?

Still its not really a clear democracy of purely one person, one vote (rampant gerrymandering aside). How many elections from 2000 have been won without the 'People's vote'?

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Why are we having this discussion?

Doesn't matter what Joe the Plumber wants. The Electoral College will elect the President. The Peoples vote doesn't count for anything 9 times out of 10.

Democracy? Nope.

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

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Re: A pleasant surprise

LG G4 - No patches since February. I've given up worrying about it really.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: 500lb?

I remember around 17lbs of metal slug was all it took to take out a Tiger tank in WW2.

I wouldn't have thought Chobham armor required quite that, almost exponential, increase.

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Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

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HITLER!!!!!!

Sorry...it had just got that far and no one had mentioned him yet AFAIK.

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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Re: Thunderbird with Lightening

VMs are great but to be honest I can't help feeling those that think running a machine within a machine within a machine to do one task, when you could actually just swallow a little pride and just use bloody Windows in the first instance, are making a bit of a rod for their back.

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Re: "if the shit does hit the fan"

"Office 2016 where reinstallation following some hiccup takes hours, followed by the hoops required to convince MS that you are entitled to perform the reinstallation and activate the software"

Actually had to do that twice this week. Both times took around 10 minutes from start to finish. This was the complete reinstall/repair option. All sorted.

Something might be wrong at your end.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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Re: One person's experience

In my experience the folks that have the most smartphone issues are the ones that fiddle the most with them.

Ask 1000 XDA members and 999 will say they have many many issues with their phones.

Ask 1000 normal people in the street and 999 of them will go "Hmmm no...seems to work okay for me! It's alright I suppose!"

The less you dick around with smartphones the fewer issues and longer battery life you will have.

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Re: Style over content

I had a customer who's son wanted to buy a Macbook (maybe the Air?) about three years ago. It had a 4GB or 8GB option (obviously the 8GB option was exponentially more) but I suggested for longevity and potential resell value going forward to get the 8GB one as it couldn't be upgraded later.

He got the 4GB version. He now regrets it big time.

Had he been after a Windows machine I would have told him to get one with 4GB and then slapped in another 4GB and a SSD for half the cost of the 8GB upgrade on the Macbook.

Ah well.

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Re: Apple's biggest plus is also its problem

Yeah works both ways. My 2009 13" Dell laptop with a CULV 1.3GHz CPU which does have 10 Pro installed on it, still works fine too. Its been upgraded some time ago with a 120GB SSD and 6GB of ram. It has a nVidia GPU so it can push pixels which helps. To be honest it should still run fine for another 7 years.

It still gets 2-3 hours+ from the battery.

If you look after kit it will look after you. Doesn't matter if its Apple or Dell or Lenovo.

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Re: meager?

It's what happens when you see something believed to be a 'god' suddenly bleed a little.

The Man Who Would Be King.

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A few folks I know that run Apple gear...

...all seem to be losing patience. The feel that Apple just doesn't listen to its customers anymore and just wants to pander to the tech luddites that cant handle a choice of more than two ports.

Power users or anyone that knows the difference between USB and HDMI? Apple doesn't want you.

The fact that support from a Apple Store is limited to either "is it a problem with iTunes?" or "have you dropped it?" speaks volumes.

I think Mr Ive needs to go ASAP. He has painted Apple into a corner with his reduce and refine stance. There does come a point where you cannot reduce the interface available between user and computer any further. Ive doesn't understand that. They need some new ideas and new designs.

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Not bothered.

Don't watch the BBC anymore. So much of their programming is made for the lowest common denominator or overseas markets now.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Can I just ask...

...where are all these ads I'm supposed to be seeing for allowing all those corps to 'slurp my data'?

I'm just not seeing them in my day to day web use.

It's bollocks.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Re: ARM is 10% cheaper than it was a month ago.

I bought at £1 for a bit of a laugh. Now at £17.

Do I sell or do I hold?

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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Boris won't let it get that far.

He'll stage manage some huge diplomatic 'gaffe' that requires yet another 'heavy hearted resignation' before it gets too tough for him and we all see him way out of his depth.

He can then go back to dicking around the edge and maintaining his tiresome 'lovable buffoon' shtick for the media and public.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Ransomware

As far as I know the Ramsomware can also encrypt your cloud files too especially if the local files are all set to sync.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: £60 million?

That or just the annual cafeteria bill.

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

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How about...

...dropping your prices say 15-20%

Oh and putting the QA tolerances back up to pre-flood levels from a few years back?

It's pretty rare for me to use more than 30% of a HDD/SSD. I've never wanted to become a digital packrat.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: Thing is...

Most machines use secure boot and I haven't had an issue with it yet. I think you might be another that doesn't actually understand Secure boot.

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Re: Thing is...

Whats so funny? If they have a USB3 and SSD I can do it in less than 20 minutes.

This stuff aint difficult.

Or are you seeing it all from the Enterprise IT dept rather than the grass roots support side?

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Thing is...

...had she called me or any other local IT guy we'd have fixed it in a couple of hours and for around £80.

At worst I could have copied off her user data and rebuilt it from scratch in less than two hours.

Why would anyone call Microsoft? That's like calling Ford's HQ in the USA if your Fiesta has a knocking noise.

I know because I've made a lot of money the past 8 months or so sorting out Windows 10 issues.

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The truth about Silent Circle's super-secure, hyper-privacy phones: No one's buying them

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How about just...

...a Nokia 6310 with a 1024bit encryption and voice scrambler?

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

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Re: Nagging works

Damn right!

Like I don't want some megacorp slurping and spying on all my data so I decided to use a different megacorp that just doesn't tell me straight out that it slurps and spies on all my data!

Yeah that showed them!

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CyanogenOS...

...aint all that.

Overrated IMO.

They need to cut back on the customisation options and concentrate on stability and performance.

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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

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Re: jason 7 jason 7 You know a better way to stop home invasions...

If you have to pull a gun on someone then a whole chain of sad sad nasty FAIL has happened.

Not going to convince me otherwise. Sorry.

But you keep living your strange masturbatory dream chap.

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Re: jason 7 You know a better way to stop home invasions...

@Matt Bryant.

That fact a society requires or enables that situation in the first place is in effect...a big FAIL.

Nothing to be proud of really is it?

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You know a better way to stop home invasions...

...is to just lock your doors and windows.

If you have to resort to gun play in your home for 'protection', you have kind of failed your family anyway.

In moments of stress/fear most people cant shoot for shit, even if they spend hours a month down the range and plasterboard doesn't do a lot to stop those stray bullets.

Big fail.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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I've mentioned this before about corporate suppliers.

I challenged our purchasing department many years ago as to whether our preferred IT supplier was offering the best deal.

Preferred IT Supplier - 1x32MB RAM stick - £200 and 6 week delivery.

Crucial Website - 1x32MB RAM Stick - £20 and 2 day free delivery.

I just got told to "shut up!"

I guess the Preferred supplier provided better 'jollies' than Crucial.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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You know what...

...I bet Boris actually voted to remain.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Re: If I hear a single pensioner...

Yeah at age 24 I started putting in extra to retire at 55 (oh how young and silly I was) now at 45 I may be able to retire at 75 or 80 as I'll still have to pay for my babyboomer parents that will still be alive and well past 100.

At least my parents voted to remain.

For every £1000 a year in pension I want, I have to save up £35000. It's probably at least £45000 now.

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Re: Say it with song

The one Sex Pistols quote that comes to mind a lot these past few days is -

"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

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To me it now looks like it was the cleverest FU to Boris in the history of FU's. Cameron did the right thing.

As we can tell Boris never expected Leave to win. He now lives in a city that despises him and wants him hung drawn and quartered. He is now expected to stand as the new leader by a bunch of ignorant racist knuckle-draggers and soon to die pensioners that never gave any thought to their decision.

Not only that, he will have to do all those tricky trade negotiations that he never actually thought he would have to do, again surrounded by people that despise him. His nose will get so sore from all those doors slammed in his face.

He's screwed totally. And I can think of no-one more deserving of handling the UK's course to being a G30 status country at best. If he had any sense or decency he would own up and call for the vote to be made null and void.

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Re: Ghastly Mess

Well I think my cynicism has served me quite well so far in light of the past 48 hours revelations.

Now we know that Leave never expected to win in the first place and our 'scaremongering experts' were correct.

I don't see what's wrong with being able to know bullshit when I see it.

Better to be cynical than irresponsibly naive.

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Re: @Jason

@Alan Brown, I totally agree. I was telling all the Leave folks I met what about all the things you mentioned and their faces just went blank and all I heard was "...yeah but immigration..."

Now everyone knows the whole Leave Campaign was total bullshit from start to finish.

Well I say everyone, 16 million of us knew that from the start but we were just scaremongering apparently.

The other 17.4 million should be banned from voting ever again if they are that stupid and gullible.

The best thing that can happen is Cameron before he leaves just null and voids the vote in the interests of the future financial security of the UK and drops the mike and walks off stage.

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Re: Ghastly Mess

Let's be honest..more of the same then. Just with less money and fewer jobs.

The agenda will carry on. It will now be easier.

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Re: Ghastly Mess

Yeah I'm amazed at how many people (well 17.4 million) think that Britain is now going to become some wonderful egalitarian economic powerhouse that has freedoms and representations for all and will embrace and support the 'common man'. That all of the existing Govt infrastructure will be swept aside and a new fairer Britain that every country will want to be best mates with, will emerge.

The truth is the only people liberated are the 1%/establishment who can now rip us off with 100% impunity and with ALL laws now fully supporting them.

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