* Posts by Ali 4

17 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

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Google, Microsoft & Facebook etc is ok but the Govmt isn't?

Windows 10 has a keylogger etc built in as standard, Google knows where everyone is and who they are with and what their emails contain, Facebook, well goodness only knows what data they slurp from mobile phones, including all phone contacts. Same with a lot of other online companies. Most people don't realise this, or don't care or don't know enough to stop the data gathering. Yet when the Government wants a little bit of info for national security reasons, everyone is up in arms about it?

No, I don't support the government doing this but then unlike most people I'll never have any social media apps etc on MY phone (which has a custom ROM). And I'll never infect MY computer with Windows 10 either !

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Re: Eh?

Ahh, thanks. I'm in the UK and have never heard of GIMP being used as an insult. Mind you I do lead a sheltered life. Also this is the first time I've heard of the phrase "Abelist Insult". One learns something new every day, but I didn't expect to learn so much before my first coffee of the day!

Can't bear to part with that well-worn copy of Windows 7? Microsoft might let you keep it updated an extra year

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Re: At Eric, re: staying with Windows.

Windows 10 is free? Where did you get that idea from? Drinking the MS cool-aid? As others have said, the cost is actually far too high.

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Just because something is old, doesn't mean it needs to be replaced. If they wanted they could have just integrated new developments into the Windows Kernal and left the rest as it was!

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Re: Good. Another year for people to move away from Windows

I'm sorry but this is a load of rubbish. My Win XP PC is connected to the outside world and is still running as fast as ever and the applications are all working fine thank you. (I need to use some very old hardware & software that will not run on anything newer than XP). My Network, of course, is properly firewalled, as everyone's should be.

My Windows 7 connected PC is, and will continue to, work perfectly well next year, next decade. Hashtag Never10

Microsoft: New icons, new drivers, AI! Everything is awesome!

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It's pointless replacing my Dell 24 inch monitor with a touchscreen. My arms wouldn't be long enough to reach it without stretching over my desk.

P.s. Windows 7 for ever!

You can hear a PIN drop... All quiet on the mobile broadband speed front, says network watcher OpenSignal

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3G? 4G? What are they?

I'm lucky if I get 2G here, outside. Inside there's no signal at all unless I stand by the window.

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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"I teach physics, and one common GCSE question is "What is the mains voltage?" The "correct" answer is 230V, if you write 240V you'll lose the mark."

Tell that to Northern Powergen. When they retired our original 1954 single phase 25kVa pole mounted 400v to 250v step-down transformer back in 2014 they replaced it with a 100kVa three phase (only 2 phases in use) step down transformer and used the normal tap (250v). So for me up here in Northumberland, the correct answer is 250v (presently reading 242v as it's 6pm and all the neighbours are making tea.

Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Re: Now you need a TV license, a SKY sub, Amazon Prime, Netflix, BT, etc ad-bleedin-nauseum

It's not often an el Reg article goes totally over the top of my head, but this one has. I had to Google Roku, Fire Tv, Chromecast etc. I've never had a smart Tv, heck I've not had a Tv for many years. As for streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon, forget it, I live in a not spot. I've got a 27 inch Dell monitor hooked up my computer with a 10m DVI cable. When I hear about a Tv series or film that may interest me (not often), I download the torrent and watch at my leisure. But then I live on my own, it makes life a lot easier.

Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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Re: Cash..... and cheque!

I pay the Coal man by cheque (he won't accept anything else), the firewood is also paid by cheque, and the pub only takes cash. The local shop takes credit and debit cards but you have to pay 50p extra for the privilege due to the banks charging them.

I suspect when I get my new debit card at the end of this year it will sadly be NFC enabled, and I'll investigate where to drill a hole in it to disable the aerial.

Not everyone lives in London, not everyone uses Public Transport (there isn't any where I live, and yes, I do live in the UK), and not everyone buys those disgusting overpriced 'Barista' coffees tasting of mud. As for my phone, I'm likely to forget to take it with me when I go out. Unlike most people these days, I don't see the need to be plugged in 24/7. Not that I would be if I took it with me, around here we're lucky if we get a 2G signal let alone mobile data.

That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

Ali 4

Re: Switching to Palemoon?

Sounds like you need the flash fullscreen patcher which gets rid of the annoying "press esc to exit full screen" See http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/304807-How-to-remove-annoying-Press-Esc-to-message-in-Flash-Video for details.

Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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Re: welcome with caution...

>> 'palemoon' does not do adblock, so many will not touch it...

Sorry but you're wrong. https://addons.palemoon.org/extensions/privacy-and-security/adblock-latitude/

Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

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Re: sob

"So I went to palemoon which is more or less firefox without the UI changes for Australis, and everything works fine."

I'd recommend Pale Moon to any Firefox user who is fed up with it. Pale Moon totally disagrees with the UI changes that Firefox have made, and it also doesn't have a manic release cycle which breaks add-ons.

Lamborghini to go (partly) electric

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So rather than the cars bursting into flames, the drivers will get electrocuted instead? Sounds good to me!

Scareware package mimics Windows Blue Screen of Death

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IT Angle

Lack of knowledge is no excuse.

You don't have to know anything about car mechanics to realise that when it starts making a strange noise, something is wrong, so you go get advice, go to a garage etc. And anyway, any car owner who doesn't know how to check the fluid levels, tyre pressures or change a tyre or bulbs SHOULDN'T be driving.

Same with computers. Knowing nothing about how they work isn't an excuse. Anyone with even a fraction of a brain between their ears knows to be suspicious of emails especially from someone you've never heard of who asks you to click on a link! And people who don't keep their software upto date, don't use anti-virus/anti-malware/browser security plug-ins and don't scan downloads before opening them SHOULDN'T be using a computer.

eBay revenue shrivel hits nine month mark

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Considering the present economic climate . .

. . . where people are cutting back on buying new and second hand / thrift shops are recording bumper profits, Ebay should be raking it in. To make a loss in this climate from such a business just shows how spectacularly incompetent the management are, and how many of their customers have left in droves.

Very sad.

Microsoft to bomb Europe with IE-free Windows 7

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Crazy . . .

. . . and stupid. MS only need one version, and three questions in the setup:

1. Are you a business or home user?

2. Do you want to install Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer and all the other crap we bundle for free in our OS?

3. If you answered no to question2, please choose which of the following you wish to install:

[Insert list of browsers, media players and other cool non MS stuff]

Now what's so difficult with that?


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