* Posts by Steve Davies 3

5343 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: Pussy Galore ?

He's probably not old enough to have seen her in all her glory on the big screen (As in 35mm projection at the Flea Pit down the road)...

Coat... Grey Raincoat with a turned up collar naturally.

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Conquest of Africa?

The Red Army is a bit late. The Chinese have bought just about everything worth buying on the continent already.

Children in Keyna are learning Mandarin in primary school now. Russian is nowhere to be seen Comrade.

Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license

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R.I.P MongoDB

It was nice knowing you.

I do understand why you had to change your license but what you have ended up with is a dogs breakfast that no one wants to agree to.

As one commentator (corevoid) has said here,

We certainly are not going to be handing out all of the automation code and internal platforms we have created, mostly for other systems, just to be within license for MongoDB.

That echoes the sentiments of a lot of people. This license is IMHO like putting a gun to your head and pulling the trigger.

Coat (black naturally) with a black tie in the pocket so that I can go to MongoDB's funeral.

Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?

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In other news...

Sales of Donald Trump face masks have increased by 100%.

Several states controlled by democrats will make wearing masks like this legal.

US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft

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Re: That's actually quite insane

Spending all of that money just to get a legacy operating system to somehow work seems like a total waste to me.

That is very true...

But you have to accept that your suggestion requires a whole load of people to think outside the beltway(box) for more than half a nanosecond.

MS would never propose it in the first place. That would just be too radical and NIH for the Redmond Hipsters.

Besides once the DevOps and [insert current buzzword here] people got involved the small team of 20-30 would be 20-30,000. /s /s

Talk about beating heads against brick walls... Hard disk drive unit shipments slowly spinning down

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Re: Steep drop in prices for SSD


The 1TB SSD for around £150 seems to be a sweet spot at the moment.

Go above 1TB and you'd better have a deep, deep wallet.

Until a 4TB SSD is around £300 I'll stick with my 2TB sized bits of rotating rust.

My photo archive is over 2TB and I've already added 3GB this month.

Microsoft vows to destroy Office, er, offices: Campus to be demolished and rebuilt

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Re: MS Design and Tiles

IMHO, you can take all those tiles from Windows 10 and use them to tile the "Le Pissior" as that is about all they are fit for...

DXC Technology bids $2bn for Swiss big cheese Luxoft

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re: Luxoft employs 13,000 people

Luxoft employed 13,000 people

Before the deal closed. Now there is just 13 left.

There fixed it for you.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: xfer

I know how you feel.

You take copies of 'stuff' and over the years you have a whole stack of HDD's full of mostly junk but some hidden gems.

I spent 10 days before Crimble sorting my data out while I was housebound with a severely sprained ankle.

I started with almost 40TB of data. That is now 6TB including 2.3TB of Photographs[1]. There were backups of projects that I worked on in the early 1990's... Oh the memories...

Still some way to go but I now have a pile of empty HDD's. Half of them will go to recycling once I've done a security wipe. That will make it a lot less tempting.

[1] The new Camera that 'her indoors' gave me for Crimble/Birthday will really eat up storage as it has a 48M Pixel sensor... Perhaps I should think again about donating those HDD's?

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Re: Recycle Bin

Yep the save for later folder until... Windows decides that it is already too full and starts deleting the oldest files to make room for the new ones.

Yep, this got me a few years ago. Thankfully, my paranoia had made me take a full backup of the system first.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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I was with you until No 13

I recently started to listen to Vinyl again and realised how crap most CD's are.

I'd like to add

14) Windows 10

15) Using any Amazon service or store be it online or physical especially the ones with no staff.


16) Giving Social Media the big finger.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Re: Observation

This reminds me of the US Numberplate sized sticker that I got while on a trip to Boston in the mid 1980's.

"To Err is Human... To really foul things up requires a computer..."

Still as true (if not truer) today as it was then

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Re: Wait, what?

Any system administrator who does this should be fired for gross negligence.

How about

Any system administrator who does this other than in a disposable VM on a firewalled machine in the basement and inside a faraday caged room labelled 'here be dragons' should be fired for gross negligence.

That seems better... :)

Chip-for-tat escalates: Qualcomm's billion-Euro bond to block Apple iPhone sales in Germany

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Don't worry QC

Apple will soon be going belly up and you can return to business as normal and double dipping your dwindling number of customers. /s

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: It'll never happen...

This is the same old RyanAir. Their first answer is always NO. As is the second, NO. Eventually they might say ...'well we can change it but it will cost you...' with a cost that is probably more than what you paid for the flight in the first place.

I agree that the ICO should give them a huge fine just to make an example of them.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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why not take the Blue Peter way out?

and prepare it all beforehand so that come 01:00 tomorrow and you return from the Pub/Club/Embankment all you need to do is whack the curry and rice in the microwave and nuke it for 2-3 minutes?

Then you can settle down with a nice curry with that last pint of Sussex Bitter and welcome in the new year.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: No gumption

Crawley is indeed next to LGW BUT there is at the present time a decent gap between the houses and the airport perimiter. I grew up next to the airport in Povey Cross which is just to the north of the Airport.

At the SW end of the runway there are fields and scattered houses plus a small factory (Roband Electronics)

There is plenty of space IMHO to shoot not only the drone but to do it without endangering human life or property unless it is one or two cars at the off airport car park that is near the far end of the runway.

IMHO, this is just a dry run for bigger drone events close to specific targets. I'm sure that it won't be long before waves of drones carrying explosives are sent over prime targets. HMG needs to get tough with these people. Throw the book at them.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: Don't they do risk management any more?

There probably is a risk assesment in place but for just one isolated incident. This seems to be a whole lot worse.

It will also be putting ideas into people who will be getting Drones for Crimble.

We've had drones hovering outside of people's bedroom windows where I live. One was downed with a BB gun. The owner never bothered to claim the wreckage. It was burnt on a local bonfire last November (the battery was removed first).

Surprisingly, there have been no more incidents.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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it all seemed a bit (Fr)agile to me

I'll get me coat.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Google is Evil

Just like Microsoft

Just like Amazon

Just like Apple

Just like Twitter

Just like Facebook

Just like...

Is any company in this day and age not evil data slurping standards bending barstewards?

{probably not}

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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Re: Enterprise...

There is no such thing as a free lunch in the MS dictionary. Beware the Ides of Redmond.

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks

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re: You could have finder

There are alternatives to Finder such as 'Commander One' but Windows Explorer is so embedded into the whole OS replacing it is next to impossible.

Besides if this was easy I'm sure that MS would go out of its way to make it impossible or at least very difficult to do. (just my opinion though)

Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs

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Still, they got one over on Apple

In China and in relation to resizing a photo on an iDevice. Apparently Tim Cook and Co violated a QC Patent in IOS 11. I guess that the order making QC tell patent licencees exactly what patents they are actually licensing has something to do with this.

Also AFAIK, it only applies in China to phones running IOS 11 and is an injunction banning the import of infringing phones. Still, how this can be inforced when all those iDevices are made in China...? {Mind boggles on that point}

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

Now Microsoft probably has scores of youngsters who are certainly very Agile,

Agile at putting everything but the simlest problem on the Technical Debt list marked as 'THTF' (To Hard To Fix) and then forgetting about them.

As a Software Developer, I'd be ashamed to admit that I had ever worked for MS on Windows 10.

There we were thinking the Visa was as bad as it could get as far a MS Operating Systems went. My how wrong we were.

Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

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It all comes down to which one has the best 'backlot'

stage to show the landings in full 8K TV to the drug addled public in the USA.

No need to actually go to the moon. The Apollo missions didn't land there so why change it now?

Whichever company builds the most realistic Moonscape will win the contract. NASA simply does not have the money to do anything these days.

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Deck the halls with ... oh, no. DXC tells staff they may not have a job in the New Year

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Outsourcing Giant?

They are well on their way to become a Minnow if they keep shedding staff like this.

I full expect that many existing customers are jumping ship when their contracts come up for renewal simply because there are not enough DXC staff left to offer even a partial service.

I really do pity anyone left.

Don't forget to pay the leccy bill when the last one of you leaves...

On second thoughts don't, just leave.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Another Day

Another MS Outage

How long will it last?

As we fondly remember the past

When rebooting the fileserver

took only a minute or two

but now oh, what are we to do?

while we wait and wait

to learn our fate

while MS just laughs

all the way to the bank.

Question: How fast is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update rolling out? Answer: Not very

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If you start with the premise...

That ALL windows updates will bork your computer and proceed from there... then you are on the right track IMHO.

The story of the Tortoise and the Hare should be on people's minds when they decide to let the updater loose. It is not only the 'early bird that catches the worm' that wins the race especially if the worm is full of poison.

you have been warned!

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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when will heads roll at MS?

when will MS admit that their systems are shite?

when will MS start paying compensation to customers who are crippled by this sort of thing which seems to be getting more and more frequent?


When will customers start realising that MS is playing fast and loose with their companies data and possibly the future of the company and give them the really big finger...?

Sadly, the answer to all of the above is never.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Ah Yes, the WTO

The very organisation that El Trumpo wants to destroy.

Frying pan meet fire?

Grandmaster flash Samsung dominated SSD market in 3Q2018

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There is a solution... well several actually

You could nuke windows update and only let it loose at certain times of the week.

Or you could nuke windows itself.

Microsoft do seem to have lost what little OS design and development skills they once had since SatNad took control and 'let go' a whole raft of people.

downloading a file should not screw up an i5 based system if the OS can do basic pre-emptive multi-tasking. That is pretty basic OS design. It is almost as if they have reverted back to the sort of Multi-Tasking that was in use circa 1985 when things like the VAX 11/780 (11/782) got a second CPU but the OS could not take full advantage of it until major upgrade of the OS came out.

Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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MS : From bad to worse to pathetic

This has gone way beyond a joke now. Their cockups are causing people all over the place to spend hours (often uselessly) fixing their problems and MS does not care one little bit.

If this was Apple their stock price would have dropped by 5% at least but as this is MS people who decide these sort of things just shrug their shoulders and give them the benefit if the doubt yet again.

What we need is a large business to issue a profit warning or worse due to thee issues caused by the frankly shoddy stuff that MS calls software they shove over the wall with them saying 'there you go' while they run for the hills.

Merry Christmas, you filthy directors: ICO granted powers to fine bosses for spam calls

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Then there are the scammers

who call you up with an American accent 'This is a call from the Internet Service Provider....'

Then there are the slimeballs who pretend that they are

'The Official Call Blocking Service'

Then there are the scumbags who call pretending to be from BT and say 'your line has been compromised...' even though your service is not provided by BT.

Then there are the [redacted] who call with a strong Indian accent claiming to be called John (other lies are also available) and ...

Etc ...


etc ...

When will OfCom and ICO prove that they are not just a bunch of nerdwanglers and grow some balls and stop these calls?

You could make all phone providers include a call blocker for free. That would be a start

Oh, and make the NHS stop blocking numbers on outbound calls. Use a central switchboard number and don't let them get away with 'for reasons of data security' as an excuse.

Yes, I did get out of bed on the wrong side today and would like to Nuke both OfCom and ICO and start again with people and terms of reference that have some teeth

TalkTalk's £1.5bn 3-million home fibre broadband hopes on ice for now

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How much is being spent?

to move their HQ to the 'centre of the media universe' from London?

It seems that Salford Keys is where you have to be based these days.

Will this move make them suck less as a provider?

Answers on a pinhead in 40pt Garamond Bold please.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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GitHub private repo's?

Therein lies a big problem.

Lots of us who had private repos have moved them from GitHub the moment that the MS takeover was announced.

Mine has gone. It had more than 400 files in it and not a bit of YAML in sight. No JSON either and just a few lines of XML.

A load of hot air if you ask me. I wonder how many of those YAML files were simply slightly modified copies of those publised on any of the more reputable code help sites such as StackOverflow?

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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re: EU presence (or not)

It is likely that the WP has a UK or at least an Eu bureau which if true, means it does have a presence in the area covered by the GDPR

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: What about Windows 10 that Office is sitting on?

Didn't you know that Apple is persona non grata in these parts?

They are the company that everyone loves to hate simply because they are so successful.

From what Tim Cook has stated may times, they are small fry in the data slurp league when compared to MS, Google, Facebook and others but... he could be telling porkies. We simply don't know so we carry on with the guilty until proven beyond all doubt hate of Apple that is the norm and has been the case for years on this site.

Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

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Does it spy on me?

Of course it does. That's what IoT is all about.

Sill an answer waiting for a decent question

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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He America...

see that stable door you are trying to shut?

The horse that was in there has just disappeared over the horizon and there ain't nothing you can do to get it back

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Will it bork my system?

Are they really, really sure that all my data and applications (including config files) will be there after applying the update?

If the answers are not 10,000,000% yes then ... stay well clear for at least a month (or more)

Is it me or does MS seem to be more like a bunch of numpties rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic as if sinks between the waves? Nothing they do will stop the good ship Windows from sinking.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: A paranoid mount option ?

The rubbish bin is far too good.

The best place is as a present to the PHB who made your life hell when you leave the job. If they... well, you know the rest.

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: headcode

Some trains especially those that ran on the old BR Southern Region used a two digit headcode to describe the train route. On the Brighton Line headcode 4 was London-Brighton while 5 was also London-Brighton but reserved for the Brighton Belle.

Since the late 1950's every train has had an identifier (or TIN, Train Identification Number). Old BR Diesel (and Electric) Locos used to display this on the front of the Loco. The first digit was for the train class. '1' was Express and so on.

The working timetable shows this Number. Passenger timetables generally don't show it.

For more infor, Wikipedia is your friend


{Any decent Gricer from the late 1960's would know many of the TIN's off by heart}

Now it is time for a Pint at the Railwaymens!

Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

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How much data will be phoned home to Bejing from these devices?

How long will they get updates for?

Price is not the only consideration these days.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: No value

I agree about new phones being too expensive.

What about a used one? All those FanBoi's who get a new phone every year have to see them. There are bargins to be had there. I got an 128Gb iPhone 7 for £300 six months ago.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Same here.

I fully expect that KDE will just move out of the main Repo's and into one of the secondary ones.

That's where many deprecated packages end up. They don't just disappear from the face of the planet.

anyway, the IBM takeover of RH hasn't completed yet so I don't think the conspiracy theories (either way) hold much water.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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The name 'Tesla' has been hijacked

When you ask someone what a Tesla is unless they are an old skool Electrical Engineer they might say 'oh, that's a funny car that runs on batteries'.

A child might ask 'are the batteries included'? (joke)

I wonder what Nikolai would have said about the design cues of a vehicle that bears his name?

Would he be into minimalism? (like the Model 3 interior)

nice piece though Dabbsy.

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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Taking a page from Apple's playbook, Nadella was keen to highlight the efforts made by the Microsoft in privacy.

Words are cheap SATNAD. Now get rid of ALL that data slurp in Windows and let independent auditors examine it so that we can believe your words.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Ports a plenty?

Wot! No UWD SCSI or Parallel printer port?

What are Apple thinking of eh?

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US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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For mentioning "FARTUS"

Well done!

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