* Posts by N2

1311 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


Here come the riled MPs (it's private, huh), Facebook's a digital 'gangster' ('disingen-u-ous'). Zuckerberg he is a failure (on sharing data)

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Re: BBC taking it as seriously as ever

But no transgender aspect?

Down productivity tools: Microsoft Teams takes a Monday tumble

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Re: Blast their naming convention


That's generous!

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions

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Re: Crapita?

Delayed and overbudget before its even started...

But hey, the tills will be ringing at a certain Covent Garden restaurant, so it's business as usual.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: Maximum Password length

"the sites that bug me (and there are a few banking sites that do this) - are those that have a MAXIMUM password length."

Yeah they are complete cunts that think they know better, Lloyds take note - your security sucks.

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So how long for 16?

Would you kindly tell that sack of shit organisation called 'Lloyds Bank PLC' that its insistence to use 16 char passwords without the use of !@£$%^&*() is just plain fucking wrong.

Morons, with an even bigger one at the top - that is all.

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its Microsoft and you just know that its shit.

Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight

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Err how much? you are 'aving a larf,

Sorry but you could get an iMac Pro for that, with a chance that in 24 months it will still work (no matter how much you hate Apple)

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Whats that then?

Nope, not one, thanks to fecking ginormous hosts file, NoScript, Adblock, etc

And any site asking me to disable it with 'weve noticed you have an adblocker' can politely fuck off.

Oh dear, Lads: Spam marketing bosses banned from forming UK firms for clobbering folk with 500k calls and texts

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Re: Death to telemarketers! =-D

And spammers

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Sumptuous pro PC that gets a tad warm

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Geekbench Tryout?

Thats a bit tight for the 10 dollars it costs.

Pretty good results though for a laptop

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Suddenly...

Aaagh! you must have looked at it,

run for the hills...

Oh no, I read it as well...

It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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Re: Disk in continuous use.

"It's a brave person which installs patches less than 24 hours after MS releases them..."

I think Microsoft calls them 'Alpha testers'

The gimlet gaze of Azure to be turned upon UK footpads thanks to cop-friendly analytics

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Why does the word

Crapita come to mind?

What cold possibly go worng?

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Agreed, sad to see some ones livelyhood destroyed in such a malicious manner

Crowdfunded reward to catch the hackers?

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

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Re: hacked account indicator

Yes thats a good policy, I do likewise.

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Let me guess

A few ex directors gone AWOL shortly after claiming their 'expenses' ?

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Re: I've used LibreOffice for years.

Oh yes, I remember star office, it was surprisingly good too.

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Had I been your boss

I'd have agreed with you, the caller was an idiot.

The only error was in failing to put the phone on hold correctly

Mumsnet data leak: Moaning parents could see other users' privates after cloud migration

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Let me see

The same coder(s) asthat borked security at Three?

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Re Re: Nothing like having your work day extended a few more hours

"It's a free download for students and teachers at schools and colleges,"

Not. It may be free for the students and teachers but I can assure you theres a giant bill sucking at the financial teat of the academic establishment.

What would be a better idea, is if some of those in academia, that make such decisions told MS to fuck off and relied on any of the free offerings, such as open office instead.

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Re: Office 2003

"If it looked and worked exactly like Office 2003, I'd be on it like a shot"

I think they peaked there, after that it was cosmetic or unwanted naff 'features' and to say the least, I was using it less and less of it the more they 'improved' it. I mean the ribbon? what utter crap.

Office 2003 lives on for me, under a VM on Windows XP - because it works.

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We have two products, which work differently but do more or less the same thing:

Product 1 we get 120$

Product 2 we get 60$ per year

Which ever gets the least money is utter shyte and we must portray it as so, even if the opposite is true.

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Office 365

Whats that then?

Shouldn't it be Office 360?

Who are the last people you'd expect to spill thousands of student records? A computer science dept? What a fantastic guess

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Take Environmental Science

For the best chance of getting a girlfriend - according to one Reddit reader

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

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"Am I the only reg' reader to be annoyed by the ongoing butchery of Skype?"

Dumped it about 3 months after MS acquired them, it's for the best you know.

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360 is closer, but whatever so long as the shareholders aren't affected...

I won't bother hunting and reporting more Sony zero-days, because all I'd get is a lousy t-shirt

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This is really tight

Couldn't they offer something by the backdoor to avoid publicity?


Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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Nice to see

Trixons living up to their name.

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

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The gift that keeps on giving...

Apple yoinks enterprise certs from Facebook, Google, killing internal apps, to show its power

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Whilst I no longer like the Apple company

Nice to see Facebook and Google get a well deserved kick in the root.

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder

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A small number of customers...

They always say that, even if its half of Europe affected.

Prove it you fucking liars.

Are you a Windows 1 in 10 (1809)? Or a mighty 80 percenter (1803)?

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Extended support till 2029?

I really do feel sorry for support peeps.

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

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Re: Good Riddance

"IE10 was OK, too. The days of mocking Microsoft as the non-compliant jerks of the web world are long past."

Providing you have an air gap to the Internet.

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

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Re: Apple boredom

Stopping every man+dog tracking what you do with the 'effing thing might be a good start!

Just been up to my tits in the filth that slups the interwebs, some of these sites make 'The Daily Mail' a well known snakes wedding of trackers and other slurp shyte, look like saints.


Although FF Focus isnt bad

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Re: Apple boredom

"What's different between a mid-range Renault of 2001 and a mid-range Renault of 2019? A little more MPG?"

Less MPG and they don't last as long.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Watch the share price

Im sure the market will warm to the 'fuck you' attitude.


Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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Seems like

The EU registry wassocks just want to behave like a bunch of cnuts, no one else seems to bother so long as you pay your fee and register via a valid address

No change there then.

Intel boss: Expect chip shortages into mid-2019, stumbling server processor sales this year

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Oh dear

Sales are down, what do we do?

Write an exploit to our older products and create a shortage for the new ones?

By the end of the week they'll be fighting for 'em like the last Black Friday 55" telly.

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Scammers details released to police

The end.

No fekking wonder scamming is so rife.

By gum(stick): Samsung speeds up 970 EVO Plus drive

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Re: Lets hope

"current supply of evo 970s are dumped on the market at attractive prices"

Agreed, absolutely dreadful things... refreshes amazoon page

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Google are cunts

You took your time.

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news

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With another doomed technology...

Seems to be a daily occurence now.

Sould be all done by the end of Feb.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Re: Cat-5?

"Viglen had cut costs by using the cheapest no-name disk controller they could get their hands on"

Sounds about par for the course, was it them or Tricky Dickies who took half the memory out, then encouraged customers to buy an 'upgrade' to improve performance?

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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Paris Hilton

Who pays these fines?

Not Google, for sure this will just be passed on to its user base

Paris, as no icon for 'air heads'

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Or deltree


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Re: A reminder of how crap Apple products are

Your comment reminds me of a time when attempting to run a 486 somewhat overclocked

To cut a long story short we got around 264Mhz using super cooled alcohol

Stability? None at all, but was god fun at the time.

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Re: A reminder of how crap Apple products are

Perhaps you weren't looking at it corectly?

Microsoft's Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform

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Does not bode well

"creating new backups of the handsets would stop working on 10 March 2020"

So, if they can do that with their handsets, what about everything else?

Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine

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Re: in some ways I can't blame Google for doing business

Theyre just in it for the money.

Google couldn't care less if blood is spilled as a result of their activities, but if they built an app to track white rhino for poachers, there would be outrage.

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Battery

"If I had my way, I would require every device with a battery -- whether it is a phone or laptop or tablet or whatever -- to include instructions on how the user can change the battery. This would, of course, require a battery that is easy to change. (I'm looking at you, Samsung.) I would also make it illegal to block third party batteries that otherwise fit for purpose."

Echos my thoughts entirely & anyone thinking otherwise deserves to be put to the sword...

Pint, its nearly Friday.


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