* Posts by Steve 114

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

Steve 114

Backwoods appreciation

Prior to routine pained calls from many ancient cousins, I tried this on the 5 elderly sample machines here. 3 successes, 2 bluescreens without damage, worked on restart. (Why does it always download the whole lot again?) Classic Shell recovered with one click on each, preferred XP-style desktop was unaffected. Spybot anti-beacon found only one reversion, but OOshutup found plenty to do. Claimed 'improvements' have no impact at all on geriatrics' use-case, but we should compliment Microsoft for not breaking anything. Oh yes - 'Fall' to those of us who were educated on Milton's 'Paradise Lost' suggests the very Devil's work - can't they look at language settings and substitute Autumn?

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

Steve 114

Don't get it - 'Banana' from where? Distant ancestors had the same brains, more lore, oral stories. herbal remedies, tribal grudges but hey less book-larning. Don't insult my ancestors, please.

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

Steve 114
Devil

Re: The whole point of simulating a universe

Not that I believe any such thing, but if I lived in a seminary I might posit that the simulation is in the infinitely capable mind of (a) God, and maybe the 'Easter Egg' that proves it is in fact 'Easter'

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

Steve 114
Mushroom

It's an age thing.

Early multi-transistor radios has two markings on the tuning dial so that you wouldn't miss advice from Civil Defence while sitting under the stairs waiting for the fallout cloud to arrive.

OT, but we were taught to whitewash the windows first. Of course the blast would break them, but not before they'd prevented the flash from setting the furniture alight. Happy days (yes really).

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

Steve 114

When I did tech-stuff in the erstwhile 'EU', Catalonia was technically tops, and Madrid was the best best business partner. Best wishes to both, but they aren't the same.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

Steve 114
IT Angle

Re: Get up-to-date

When they pointlessly turned our well-known acronym into lower-case everywhere, nobody caught on. Then they had it moulded into violet glass discharge tubes, so people woukd notice. That's 'smart'.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

Steve 114

Nein(cubed)

Keep an old phone by the socket, though, unplugged. If all more modern gizmos fail, and no mains power either, telco line power will enable you to call emergency

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

Steve 114
IT Angle

Any reference to the pinouts? I have one modulating boiler, 2 CH zones plus relief towelrails, CH pump with pre-set output, DHW on a proportional tank thermostat, programming via a WiFi controller once designed (then abandoned) by Nokia. Where is this thing supposed to go?

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

Steve 114

Re: That explains it, then...

Might have helped Tryon, in Victoria,1893.

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Steve 114
Black Helicopters

Why-ever would a fast ship choose to cross the bows of some slow giant (with a big shadow), unexpectedly? Not once but more than once? Could any (covert) submariners advise?

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Steve 114

Obiter

Was it not an English Judge of long ago who said: 'He who has eyes clear enough to read [these terms] has not experience enough to understand them' ?

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

Steve 114

Get it right

Must have fried bread - pronounced "froyd sloyce", or it's not even breakfast (US 'hash browns' simply won't do, Mr Chain-Hotelier - nor toast, Mrs Dainty B&B). No beans unless you're a trucker needing bulk, because the sauce conflicts with the essential 'fresh tomato'. And add lava bread if you want to be even more regional than black pudding.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

Steve 114
Happy

Re: using a canon

Finest available. Do please have a listen if ever 'the kids' leave you some bandwidth.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

Steve 114

Re: Battle of the Falklands is not that little known

And did not Sturdee waste much time in transit with 'exercises'? And was he not coaling when the Germans were sighted on the horizon? And was it not the case that the beached guardship, whose No. 1 gun had been loaded with wooden practice-shot the night before by a crew intending to cheat the morning 'quick-load' competition, duly shot first, and their wooden shell skipped, and happenned to hit the German flagship on the Bridge, whereupon the Germans fortunately took flight? Hey 'EU', Don't tangle with the disorganised British!

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Steve 114
IT Angle

Are they any good for picking up rubber boats in the Channel and (by invitation) in the Med, and taking the occupants comfortably back home? Which has been known to be our strategic threat since (to my certain knowledge) the 1960's)? Didn't think so.

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

Steve 114
Holmes

If it were a quarter bad, a quarter excellent, and the rest middling, I'd say 'bell curve'.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Steve 114
IT Angle

The real puzzle is that my Trade Association in Brussels is constitutionally opposed, and heavily lobbying against, 'vaping', whilst every office doorway in Belgium and Holland features high-stressed low-paid young female unfortunates having a quick ciggie just to stay alive.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Steve 114
Big Brother

So, wimmin are in the house when the Gestapo calls? Colour me surprisedQ

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

Steve 114
Happy

Re: What can be learned of the crash at this late stage?

If I'd been running simulations on my elaborate basement kit for weeks before, and thought I'd got a technique for placing it where they'd never look anyway, it would be somewhere really deep.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

Steve 114
Thumb Up

More detail please

If it was the first aimed shot, that's 'a record'. If it was part of a considered fusillade, and got lucky, well... congratulations anyway.

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

Steve 114

Thicko religionists aren't mostly communicating encrypted (and if they were, nobody would necessarily notice - steganography, anyone?) More likely they're sitting on stained sofas upping their courage with videos of ME extreme nastiness. And then they go out to die and be 'brave' (in their terms). Noted, but at least help block the images of nastiness on which they (arguably) thrive.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

Steve 114
Holmes

Re: Electrical Interlocks

Is it a coincidence that there was (genuinely) serious flooding in Bangalore on the same day?

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Steve 114
Pirate

Bootlegs?

My elderly contacts in Russia and China are intensive XP users, never having bought or registered it. Microsoft has no responsibility to them at all, but we all have to note the huge ecosystem for virus propagation of all kinds.

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Steve 114

Lucky you. On my good kit Win10 updstes take half an hour. On cousins' XP POS embedded they can take all night, or not at all.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Steve 114
Windows

Re: Head in hands or head in sands?

XP is around here on some old kit, because it's all that keeps ancient installed software running on the few days it's needed. Everything else is on Win10, which I reluctantly quite like (once defanged), and which insists on updates for a REASON. Microsoft's error was not to provide a user-friendly upgrade path from popular XP, with some kind of sandboxed way of running DOS-like legacies. Upgrades from 7 worked (mostly) well, upgrade from XP to 7 (despite the best efforts of paid-for 3rd parties) was very hit and miss.

All my cousins with XP would happily pay £100 for transition to Win10 (provided they don't need new hardware) but I'd have to reassure them that all their old programs and drivers would still work. Meanwhile it's no more difficult to dual-boot them to Mint xfce for emergencies, not that they can be bovvered to use it.

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

Steve 114
Thumb Up

Re: Dear Lloyds Bank --- Yes Santander is fairly good.

I don't bank with Santander, but I did have the shares - 'fairly good' too (with slight complications for Spanish tax, well handled). A sight better than RBS shares!

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

Steve 114

Disappointing

Reg. commenters disappoint by grumbling like schoolboys rather than speculating on what new attack vector has been detected, and why from those airlines only, and why phones which can be triggers are still permitted.

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Thank heavens the wrangling over BT's Openreach separation has ended

Steve 114

Always-on

I like my copper, because the phones still work when there's a power cut.

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

Steve 114

Something real?

Aw, F. Off. If it's a real 'chain ferry', which I can hardly deduce from your article, and if true might be an unexpectedly long one and somewhat anachronistic in a newsworthy way, it might just be 'appropriate technology'. Try telling us without the quips.

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Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

Steve 114
FAIL

Re: 2018? Are you having a larf?

That was the plan, at least 20 years ago - I was there trying to help, without any axe to grind. Whatever one faction tried, another faction nixed. And so it continues.

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Déjà vu: Euro Patent Office prez ignores yet another formal rebuke

Steve 114
Facepalm

Wozzit for?

Does this entity do anything useful at all, apart from making headlines with complaints about their boss?

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Three drops £250m on UK Broadband

Steve 114
Happy

Le Cashin

The Times reports that 3's mega-parent is joint-managed by #1 son Li, while UKBB's parent company is chaired by #2 son Richard. Are they by any chance related?

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

Steve 114

Re: Get off my lawn!

So go to 'Choose what the power button does', then 'Change settings that are currently unavailable' and turn OFF 'Fast start-up'. Then it doesn't part-hibernate, and takes only a few seconds longer to boot. Power pack still lights the motherboard, though.

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

Steve 114

Re: Palestine

Humanity never endorses 'peace' when two tribes reside on the same territory. That's an anthropological fact, and failure to acknowledge it is prime cause of the miseries of the world. (Complication to note - even a stable society will tend to split into two tribes. Evolution is unkind).

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MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2

Steve 114

Conjecture

If I were a pilot, with my own simulator, and planning a disappearance, I would definitely aim for some seabed with confusing profiles. We may wonder what evidence they have that has so firmly excluded the better hiding-places just north on the arc.

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

Steve 114

Re: You know what isn't affected by this update?

Are we sure about this? 2 of my cousins with XP + POS-ready have been randomly offline over the past week. And there was I blaming TeamViewer 12 update (sorry...)

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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

Steve 114

Re: I am enough of a naval history buff...

When I was at school, in the early 1960's, an 'Old Boy' who'd got big in the FO came back to lecture us. 'We'll hardly need a big Navy in the 1990s', he said, 'we'll need lots of little ships to stop a popular invasion across the Med, and to police the Channel.' I wonder where he is now? Pensioned-off for PC reasons, no doubt.

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Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

Steve 114

Don't know

Anyone who's tried running an international organisation will know what a can of worms they have to handle. Often a very firm hand is required to do things differently. Maybe that's why the 'Members' don't act.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

Steve 114

Re: Obligatory EU thread

The EU's assault came on 'environmental' grounds - 'cartridges are unGreenie if you can't refill them'. Our own Government could just as well make that decision. (Then we'd be free of 'ever-closer Union' and ECHR nonsenses, and could still torpedo consumer abuses).

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Steve 114

Re: @ Dr. Sytax

The strange cut-out shape in early replaceable razor blades was the first attempt to defeat proprietary fixtures in patent razor heads, with a 'fits-all-without-infringement' profile..

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Steve 114

Re: My printer not HP's

Some printers are sold definitely below cost ('free' from some sources). The 'business model' is to profit from proprietary inks, and that model fails if there are alternatives. It's a legitimate business model (remember Polaroid?), and consumers don't have to like it. They could make other choices (as I do).

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

Steve 114

Tedious

So I decided to update. On their site I needed first to enable Flash, and Java. Then negotiate a download, then untick a preticked 'optional' random payload (just WHY?), then restart the browser. Not too hard, but I'll never get my many cousins each to do it to theirs without Teamviewer one by one. What a pain

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

Steve 114

Re: Yawn...

When I switched from XP to 7, there was a paid-for third-party converter that did the job (almost as badly as Microsoft did from 7 to 10). But for most stuff it worked. Now I dual-boot Win10 and Mint, but most of what I use isn't on Mint and my vast files are on the NTFS partition, where Mint doesn't expect them. So where's the paid-for converter that just lets me avoid booting Win unless something vital really can't be virtualised?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

Steve 114

Focus Focus Focus

Just don't do it. Use my taxes to shoot up something real. Done best in A-10s anyway.

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BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

Steve 114

Re: No spam on my BT email address

Me too. Vanishing seems to be of random sender addresses, consistently. EG - Glyndebourne always vanishes, Radiospares always succeeds. Anyone know why?

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Steve 114

Re: Bah!

'Pair'? Where was your anti-tinkle wire?

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Avast closes AVG buyout

Steve 114

Used to recommend one or the other to everyone (AVG less, latterly). Now they've dropped of the map. Bright folk can repurpose - good luck with that.

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Robo-boat biz ASV inks UK.gov licence for auto-speedboat tech

Steve 114

Could be good for identifying seafarers who need repatriating by local agencies to their country of departure, rather than 'rescuing' to their unauthorised destination.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Steve 114

Fair enough

I 'upgraded' 5 cousins' 7 or 8 computers remotely via TeamViewer (oh yes you could), and then decrapified each to look like XP on-screen (which they preferred). Only one box declined to 'upgrade' to 10, and the rollback was flawless. They had been incapable of looking after their updates etc before, and I really think they're better looked after by Msft now. Only snag was random elderly programs no longer in evidence, but worked OK once re-installed. I insisted on dual-boot to Mint too of course (can't organize remotely), but they nevver bovver to go there.

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