* Posts by BenDwire

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

BenDwire
Headmaster

Re: AKA iPhone?

Ah, so Steve Jobs took his inspiration from a 1970's school dinner - spam fritter anyone?

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

BenDwire
Meh

Drawbridge?

Call me cynical, but that choice of name concerns me. Right now we may be in the Linux "embrace" phase, but if "extinguish" does indeed follow then that would be the act of "raising the drawbridge". Suck people into running MSSQL in the cloud then leave them no option but to upgrade to Win10...

But for now it does scratch the itch at my SMB - only Linux servers here, and someone is requesting an application that only supports MSSQL. That might work for us...

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Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86

BenDwire
Pint

Certainly my Uni ran it (Brunel, west London, c1980) and I used to spend hours in the computer centre trying to learn how to program. Now, finding out that I could recreate the experience with a Raspberry Pi seems to illustrate just how far we've advanced in such a relatively small length of time.

I'm just kicking myself for throwing out my original "Multics Pocket Guide" at the last house move ...

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

BenDwire
Go

Re: A&A

It's not that bad - £50 a month gets you 1000GB bandwidth on ADSL - and that includes line rental (or £60 for VDSL) OK, so it's a little more than most other providers, but I'd rather sacrifice an Indian takeaway than be subjected to an Indian call centre!

They really are very good.

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Cloud sales shift as enormo Microsoft reorg continues – sources

BenDwire
Facepalm

Microsoft's fiscal year ended June 31 - eh?

That might explain a lot. So are they yet to have a financial year end, or are they still using Excel on a 486 to do their accounts? Or do I detect incompetence in the force ...

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

BenDwire
Coat

Tagline: "I dunno, do you have any wheatgrass juice?"

I really wouldn't touch that stuff - you never know who's been running amok in it...

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

BenDwire

On the bog reading a newspaper

Comfortably Numb

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

BenDwire
Holmes

Doublespace? Stacker? MSDOS V6.x? All very common back in the day. Not to mention that higher density 1.6MB per floppy format MS used on Win95 distribution floppies ... all 20 of them IIRC.

Also drives were often poorly made meaning that floppies wouldn't read reliably between machines anyway - or at least that's how it seemed back then.

Nurse! Pass my commode ...

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BenDwire
Holmes

Re: It's been awhile (thankfully!) ...

Perhaps the volume label was "FAT", so typing DIR in a DOS box would render the message "Volume in Drive C is FAT"

And yes, you did just make me run up a VM to check ...

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

BenDwire
Boffin

Re: On air compression

@CrazyOldCatMan - You need to research "ReplyGain" for your music system. It adds a parameter which has the effect of turning the volume control up or down. In your (our) case it turns newer 'Remastered' discs down, and leaves older original discs alone. No more volume jumps.

It's been a while, but I updated my entire library with one line of command-line voodoo (Linux) and since then used Foobar2000 for everything I've since purchased.

Totally worth the effort.

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

BenDwire
Unhappy

Re: No nails required

Many commentators believe that the nails went through the wrists and feet, otherwise they would be unable to hold up the weight of the body without ripping the hands. All pretty brutal.

But I'm surprised that people want to experience the barbariasm of that era - aren't people watching the news anymore? It seems to me that the poor folk in Mosul get to see this most days.

Maybe Ryanair could sink a little lower and offer interested parties an all-inclusive trip for less than £750 ...

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

BenDwire

Re: Cookies...

Did you not know the menus come back if you press Alt? Works in TB too.

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Sky fattens up broadband subs as it hovers above Fox's open mouth

BenDwire
Pint

Re: Only game in town

I ditched F1 and Sky when it was 'sold off' to them by the Beeb. Given that it was becoming a fiasco anyway it was no great loss and I regained my weekends!

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

BenDwire
Boffin

@Arthur

Those Sun workstations used mice with metal mousepads, requiring a 2-colour printed grid to function correctly. It was really easy to annoy my CAD guys (and any other random PHB) by simply rotating the pad 90 degrees.

It was almost as good fun as the cron job that turned the whole thing into a cuckoo clock.

Oh the fun we used to have...

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British Gas wins pre-paid smart meter patent lawsuit

BenDwire
Facepalm

You can guess how old am I by remembering this one ;)

And you can guess how old I am because I've still got one in use ....

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Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

BenDwire
Coat

BSOD?

That's about to become BMOD - Blue Mould Of Death

(Mould = Mold for our US cousins)

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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

BenDwire

Re: Anyone else get this mental image?

I think it's more like The Black Knight - 'Tis only a flesh wound etc. etc.

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

BenDwire
Black Helicopters

Re: FUCK OFF

Yes there is AC. How about your name and telephone number?

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Seagate flashes 60TB (yes, sixty) SSD monster

BenDwire
Coat

Hard Card?

My very first hard disk plugged into the motherboard ... all of 10M if I recall correctly (Plus Hard Card, anybody?) The world has come full circle, albeit bigger and (arguably) better.

I felt old enough finding out last week that my kids are older than both Sonic the hedgehog and the web as we know it. I feel positively ancient now.

Pass me those carrier bags; I'm off to shout at the passing traffic ...

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Apple kills eavesdrop bug in FaceTime

BenDwire
Coat

Re: The tin-can phone in the article picture...

Of course. They're holding it wrong ...

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

BenDwire
Boffin

Re: Best password advice I ever had?

Have you looked at NoteCase Pro? I've been using it since I ran Linux on my Zaurus (!) and now use it with Debian, Windows & Android. Encrypted, portable & cross platform. OK, so it costs a few beers, but it's under constant development. Worth it, in my view.

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Dell drops next network OS on the waiting world

BenDwire
Facepalm

Re: Not another-

Not another- 'OS' X, 10 , 1010 release.

Marketing for the ID 10 T Generation perhaps?

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

BenDwire
Facepalm

According to the Beeb: ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35255384 )

"The 14-unit limit has been chosen because at that point, your drinking leads to a 1% risk of dying from alcohol-related causes.

This has been deemed to be an acceptable level of risk as it is approximately the same risk that someone has when they do an every day task such as driving a car."

and,

"Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, an expert in understanding risk from the University of Cambridge, said it was important to put the 1% risk in context. He said an hour of TV watching or a bacon sandwich a couple of time a week was more dangerous."

So, not only can't we get bladdered any more, we can't sober up with a bacon sarnie whilst watching telly.

Please. Won't someone think of the children?

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

BenDwire
Black Helicopters

Re: This was leaked in 1995

Actually he was referred to as a Cyber-dog ... even more proof?

Either that, or it was hatched by the incumbant overlords at the time John PREScot & TONy Bliar ...

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Apple finally publishes El Capitan Darwin source

BenDwire
Headmaster

Re: Job's the marconi of his day!!

Don't you mean Thomas Edison?

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Hyundai i30 Turbo: Softly, softly, catchee Audi

BenDwire
Headmaster

Re: hmm...

Oh dear; I feel for you. I hope this calms your jangled nerves:

The headline is simply a pun on "Softly, softly, catchee monkey" which has nothing to do with mocking asians, and everything to do with Baden-Powell (of Boy Scouts fame) and possibly even earlier Scottish folk. It simply means "patience and steadiness will accomplish your goal".

And on that bombshell ...

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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

BenDwire
Headmaster

Re: Information wants to be free!

Or was the logo inspired by Alan Turing? Or neither? Discuss ...

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/06/opinion/apple-logo/

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

BenDwire
Pint

Re: F1 lost me when

Tony H says: Oh do stop moaning and just watch Eastenders, Holby and The Voice...we spend vast amounts of cash on these gems to bring to our loving audience. Just be thankful that Auntie knows what's best for you. The fact that you like motorsport is meaningless when we take your money anyway and spend it how we like. Hic! More Champers, dahling??

FWIW I'm with you and dropped Sky 4 years back and stopped watching F1. After all, it's not like we didn't know the results the 'impartial' marshalls were going to come up with.

Now, if only Mr Farage had got voted in the Licence fee would be a dim distant memory ... (Obligatory beer/Nige icon) Hic! Burrp! Hurrah!

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Using Office 365 at work? It's dangerous to go alone! Take this...

BenDwire
Pint

Strewth Mate ...

... I thought it was us Poms who were the whingers? Never mind, at least it's sunnier in Oz than it is here in the Northern Hemisphere ... Oh, wait ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643743

Fair suck of the sav! Have a beer to go with that prawn ....

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

BenDwire
Black Helicopters

Re: Linux safe?

It's a .dll, so yes. For your OS they have renamed it "systemd" ...

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

BenDwire

Dyslexia rules KO ...

Am I the only one who read it as "so I can go back in time and *excrete* Simon Cowell" ...?

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Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s

BenDwire

Re: Makes a change....

No, as Henry Davenport rightly said, it's the Moron Tax.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

BenDwire
Childcatcher

Re: Killed by lighting?

"Yes I can tell the difference, depending on what it's connected to."

Me too, but I really can't tell the difference when travelling at speed on Her Majesty's carriageways, despite a posh Bose system...although I expect the V6 engine doesn't help.

Colour me odd, but a CD rip to FLAC to the music server and then a script / batch job / Foobar to convert to MP3 on a handful of USB sticks for the car. That's worked for me for nearly a decade ... and not an Apple in sight, apart from braeburns.

Oh, and I can legally leave the original CDs to the kids in my will ...

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

BenDwire
Go

Re: What outage?

OpenDNS fixed that as of last month....

http://blog.opendns.com/2014/05/29/no-more-ads/

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

BenDwire
Boffin

Re: Lightwave

Just block the controller from the internet. If you really want to turn your stuff on from another continent you'll have to use a secure connection to your server* as a gateway to the controller. It's quite simple*.

* you're a Reg reader, right?

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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

BenDwire
Thumb Up

Tricorder ...

I can't do without my rooted Android phone running Fing - it's the first thing I power up when something doesn't work. Add in Wi-Fi Analyer, an OpenVPN client and Terminal Emulator, it's the quickest way for me to check the basics. Oh, and I fully agree about saving the instructions - I convert to PDF and stick them on Dropbox, also running on my phone. I think of it as my Tricorder...

As for email, I have been running a 50 user version of VPOP3 on a (sucession of) windows box(es) for the past 15 years, and it hasn't missed a beat. Local. Cost effective. Straightforward.

Fully agree with the choice of Netgear, but I use a PfSense appliance as my firewall of choice.

BTW - Nice article, thanks.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

BenDwire
Coat

Eh?

Are you sure you're not just holding it wrong ...?

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'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

BenDwire
Headmaster

Re: Best common sense tip?

Old hand here: I started writing a long reply with all the techie details about how the POTS system works, and why this couldn't be done easily. But then I realised I am far to old and know far too many intricate details about 20th century communications to keep anyone interested long enough for them to understand. So I won't bother.

However, it can be summed up as too expensive to do, and not their problem anyway.

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

BenDwire
Stop

Forget 64 bits, and fix the 1 bit that's broken - the battery

As a smartphone user, I couldn't give a stuff about all of this "my bus is bigger than yours" marketing guff. Just give us more battery life. Please. I don't care if you do it with 64 bits of a bus or fragrant tufts of camel hair, just make the damn phone function for a week between charges like the good old days of Nokia. (Kids: You won't remember)

As I'm also an agnostic, I'm bitching at Apple, Samsung, Google and everyone else. Please just get your act together. Copy each other for all I care. Just do it.

Where's Ballmer when you really need him? "Battery Life, Battery Life, Battery Life ....."

(And if you're wondering, I currently get 2+ days out of my smartphone. It's simply not good enough)

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UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe

BenDwire
Big Brother

Re: Does every piece of kit get the same treatment?

Don't you mean "Massive Phorm"?

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Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

BenDwire
Childcatcher

Re: Quiet news day? El Reg?

I don't normally defend the reporting standards at El Reg, but in this case the previous story / vomit was about the young lass tracking the perp; This regurgitation / story now informs us that he's been charged i.e. there is a bit more new news to report.

If El Reg had published the aforementioned upskirt photos then your criticism would be justified, but in this case there was nothing to cause further distress to the poor lass.

Agreed, it's not much of a story for a tech website, but it's worth it for some of the comments!

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Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

BenDwire
Coat

Surprise Surpirise ...

Am I the only one who heard Cilla Black's voice in my head saying "Tara Bunch"....?

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

BenDwire
Boffin

Depreciation

I hate to sound like an accountant, but even capitalised software should be depreciated over 4 years. Companies can set their own rules in this regard, but the last 3 places I've worked at use this figure. The argument runs along the lines of if you buy a new machine with (say) CAD software, you should capitalise everything: Hardware, software, delivery & installation & training. After 4 years it's probably worthless, so should have been written down to zero by then.

"Upgrading" an existing machine by just putting new software on it doesn't really change the argument - it's still worthless in a few years.

Also, just to be picky, there is a lower threshold before anything is capitalised - usually a few hundred quid. Start8 for a single licence wouldn't be capitalised, but a site licence probably would.

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

BenDwire
Facepalm

Re: damp squi[d|b]

I bow to your superior recollection! Apologies all ...

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BenDwire
Headmaster

I think you'll find most squid are damp...(apart from the proxy servers of that name)

You meant "squib"

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Larry Ellison forks out over $200m to slurp up sexy Malibu strip

BenDwire
Angel

Re: But does he ever use them?

Eadon? Is that you?

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

BenDwire
Headmaster

Re: its GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGREAT

No, Tony says "GRRRRREAT" .... Grr, as in growling. Geddit?

I think he's actually friended Gareth Gates...

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

BenDwire
Boffin

Re: EEPROM + UV?

Try reading earlier posts ...?

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