* Posts by Hans 1

3370 posts • joined 11 Aug 2009

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.

And this is why windows is a bag o' shite

If it were JUST THAT, then Windows would be almost useful, Windows has more problems than I could concisely enumerate, given the remainder of my lifetime.

The main issue which is the mother of most of its issues, is that it is proprietary software.

Defaulting to legacy Internet Explorer just to keep that one, weird app working? Knock it off

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Holmes

Re: Count me in.

However, all users with a Win10 machine are active discouraged from using Edge. At All. Go figure.

Somebody learned a lesson, there ?

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Re: Count me in.

I think companies running this software are to blame. Accept that you are a bunch of nutters for buying this shite, I have certainly been warning you against since at the very least 2003.

That is where the "if you are using IE your opinion does not count" comes from.

Original WWII German message decrypts to go on display at National Museum of Computing

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Paris Hilton

Obligatory Untergang video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7PmzdINGZk

Paris, cause, well ... Berlin and Paris share the same time zone ... maybe ?

Tedious Service Bulletin: No prizes for guessing which UK bank's services are DOWN for business users

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Boffin

Not TSB

I am leaving my bank, they used to be good. No, no TITSUP, just ... they have become un-contactable, they no longer reply to emails, they do not answer the phone, the only way is to head to the branch ... what is the bloody point.

Worse, when I opened my main account at the branch, I was offered an account at a "partner bank", they work so closely, I was told, they are one ... they did ask for 90 euros payment towards some fund that you get refunded should you leave, because it is some cooperative bank, all customers own at least a tiny share of the bank ... anyway, I have not received answers to my emails for 3 months, nor do they answer calls ... so I decide to close my accounts, obviously had to book an appointment at the branch for that as my email requesting the closures had not been read.

At the meeting, I say I want to close all my accounts, hand over my payment cards etc, request the monies to be put into another account, she asks which account, I say "in the email I sent you in December, maybe ?" She searches for quite a few minutes, finds the email and goes on mumbling why she had not complied.

I ask for the 90 euros back ... to which the clerk said: "Well, you can either give it to [redacted] (as in, do not ask for a refund) or you will have to contact [redacted] for that and I do not have their address, you can look it up on the internet."

For years, absolutely no problems at all, now, this ... well, at least their migration last year went well, even though all the account history vanished, my identifiers changed, and I could access my account without the card reader (bad) ... anyway ... another bank will be another load of crap ... if only I could live without these suckers, all they ever do is cost you for sod all service ...

PS: I transferred most of my funds to another bank last year because they offered better options, which may explain the shit above.

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: the advice was for users to try “clearing cookies and cached data”

cf icon

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

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Re: What are the symptoms

No, I have not calmed down, yet ... on to my beloved Porsche Boxter, a wonderful car, really!

The other day, the battery went, it was starting to show signs of use ... and in this cold weather, it gave up ... Ok, I get a new one ... try to open the bonnet and ... I need power for that, bloody idiots!!! Guess what's the only thing under the bonnet ? You guessed it ... the battery, well, and coolant ... I guess in case your battery runs flat and you need coolant ...

Yes, well, there is a way to plug the new battery to connectors near the door to open the bonnet, but ... you need to hold two wires on 4 different poles and action the open bonnet button at the same bloody time, so you need jump leads to attach the cables to the poles on the battery, but crikey ... crikey ... these piss-poor design decisions do make you boil over ...

There, feel much better now ... thanks for reading ... ;-)

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Windows

Re: What are the symptoms

Been there and all over Windows hell and back

Unfortunately, Startup Settings only appears as an option in Advanced Startup Options if you access it from within Windows. In other words, Windows 10/8 needs to be working properly before you can boot into Safe Mode, which you only really need to use if Windows isn't working properly.

Yes, it is brain dead, no there is no excuse, no I do not think it is malice, and, last but not least, I asked my cleaning lady this morning if this was a good idea, and she replied "No, of course not, who are those numpties". I could have asked a surgeon, banker, police man, or car mechanic, I doubt there is more than one single person on this planet who thinks this is a good idea, however, somehow, MS managed to hire just him/her.

What you can try, is, during boot up, force it to go off ... like, remove battery (if laptop), plugged into mains (as usual) during startup, unplug it, it should go off pretty quick, plug it back in then start it, and you will get the startup options.

Otherwise, on a different Windows box, got to System & Security > Security & Maintenance > Recovery and create a recovery usb disk.

Start it with Command Prompt and execute the correct bcdedit command as shown below based on which Safe Mode option you'd like to start:

Safe Mode:

bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal

Safe Mode with Networking:

bcdedit /set {default} safeboot network

Safe Mode with Command Prompt:

bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal bcdedit /set {default} safebootalternateshell yes

once you are in, you can undo these commands in the Startup Settings

Source: https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-force-windows-to-restart-in-safe-mode-2625163

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Windows

Re: At least you can get your machine back maybe -- sometimes with updates you are not so lucky

Bloody hell, we have an Alienware here and the thing went nuts yesterday, you have like 7 seconds after bootup to disable the discreet graphics card or the system will display a message about a graphics card issue then freeze.I uninstalled the driver, download from nvidia, enabled the GPU again, then the bloody thing froze again ... will try from alieware website, however, dirver is much older ...

I hope they have not wasted the graphics firmware or I will have to get Linux on it to fix and I have better things to do ... that and the nvidia firmware is encrypted, which makes the whole thing a pain as you rely on nvidia to do the right thing (have they ever ?) and provide the tools,anyway, we'll see ...

This is for both, NVidia and Microsoft:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_36yNWw_07g&t=10s

LibreOffice patches malicious code-execution bug, Apache OpenOffice – wait for it, wait for it – doesn't

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Happy

Re: Where is calc.exe on my computer?

You can do something py-funny like delete the user's homedir, recursively, platform-independently in python, you know ...

Siri, how do you wipe that smug smile from Qualcomm's face? Apple wins patent skirmish with chip nemesis

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Holmes

Hello, European Patent Office, anybody in today ?

Can somebody please inform the European Patent office that patent EP2724461 is complete utter bullshit, as 1954 TR-1 constitutes prior art. Thanks!

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no

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WTF?

paper records

It is 2019, and somewhere, somebody still relies on "paper records" ?

Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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Happy

AMD put IA64 out of its misery.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

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Windows

Re: don't understand

It's simple, 90% of the time when you have a problem in a Windows network, it's a DNS issue.

No, that is what the Windows Cleaner and Surface brigade think the problem is because IE tells them so ...

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

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Paris Hilton

Shit happens when you leave a club, you lose all your rights related to said club.\_(⠉)_/

Paris, 'cause, well,. not too far from Brussels

Fine, we'll do it the Huawei, says Uncle Sam: CFO charged with fraud, faces extradition to US over Iran trade claims

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Paris Hilton

Coming out

So now it is official, Huawei are not shipping snooping equipment, the only misdeed have done is trade with Iran and US tells the world not to or to face retaliation. T-Mobile USA patents ? WTF, have they got any ? I mean, had they said Motorola patents, maybe ...

You're an admin! You're an admin! You're all admins, thanks to this Microsoft Exchange zero-day and exploit

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Windows

Office 365 should not be used in corporate environment

Not GDPR compliant ... anyway ... "The World Won't Listen"

Open sourcerers drop sick Fedora Remix to get Windows Subsystem for Linux pumping

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Boffin

It is funny how they call it Linux subsystem when, in fact, it is a GNU subsystem - they have re-implemented Linux system calls that allows you to call GNU programs compiled for Linux.

If one wants GNU with non-GDPR-compliant telemetry, I guess this is the best option!

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Windows

Fake ?

Except the US government managed to supply a one-paragraph letter signed by Mr Razeeq several months after he had disappeared authorizing the handover. He then promptly disappeared again and has not been heard from since. You can still view the letter [PDF] because it makes up a part of the formal redelegation documents.

You are not meaning to say that the US produced a faked document to ICANN, do you ... because that would be felony, would it not ?

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe

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Pint

I literally could not work, Jira was down (inhouse) all afternoon and email was dead ...

Icon ? well deserved, Pelforth Blonde, a Heineken lager from nothern France ...

Brexit? Now that it's raining more than ever, know we're OK at Computacenter

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Will it be enough to up the shareprice again ? I dunno, these traders are mysterious, they work in mysterious ways ...

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins

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Coat

1) Well, I care to disagree, sir.

2) that is the theory, uncontrolled cultivation in Poland made the headlines.

3) make us eat RoundUp, great! Lovely jubbly.

and

4) true, but then again, GM crops come with a license and copyright.

Who pays your bills ?

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Happy

Re: Monsanto are evil.

Yeah, Monsanto are evil, but braindead Germans (quite rare find) in Bayer bought them up and, with Glyphosate liability, they are already bankrupt ... can you imagine, two with one blow ? I could not either, until Bayer showed how moronic they were!

These things take time ... then we will go after BASF and the rest. Step-by-step, ohh baby!

Heads up: Debian's package manager is APT for root-level malware injection... Fix out now to thwart MITM hijacks

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FAIL

?

So, the guy needs to MIM you, redirect your apt-get requests to his site, ok, but ... how does he sign packages ? I mean, those are signed by the distribution ? Has he got a copy of the private key of our distribution ? Wow, then we have other problems, because he no longer needs to MIM us ... he has access to the build servers ...

EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister

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Happy

Re: French politicians have a history of declaring what the Eu will decide - and being wrong

He is not wrong, thick, but not wrong ... on this one, at least ...

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Paris Hilton

Re: That could plug the EU's brexit budget gap.

If you look at the UK budget, it is rather small, not insignificant, by any means, but small. When you then think of this:

just in time manufacturing

passporting (banking)

farming (e.g. Poles etc coming to pick, subsidies)

500 million market at our fingertips

You go: that is cheap. Well, maybe just me ... but all that will be gone pretty soon, good luck!

Ginni, you may have to get out and push: IBM sales, profit stuck in the mud. $13bn is $13bn, tho

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Childcatcher

Growth, growth, growth, layoff, layoff, layoff ... all that matters, crush your competitors and grow over them, when they get bankrupt, buy them up and milk their customers until they switch to your real stuff, then dispose of the remains, growth, growth, growth, layoff, layoff, layoff ... market saturation ? what does that mean ... growth, growth, growth, layoff, layoff, layoff

White-listing Azure cloud connections to grease your Office 365 wheels? About that...

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Windows

Do the official Office 321 and Azure sites not already leak information to Microsoft on your every move, safely stored along with your Microsoft account (user-identifiable for GDPR non-compliance) ?

BTW: I finally managed to install 1809, apparently, it did not like Developer mode. To get an error that made sense, I had to download SetupDiag.exe... just sayin'

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Boffin

I think the single FPU unit might pose a problem. How about Ryzen cores, do they each get an FPU?

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

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Paris Hilton

Re: ' by 1998 there was no actual need to buy a mac for DTP. NT4 was excellent'

They released the first Mac OS X version a year later and beat Adobe in the run for Mac OS X/Intel. Then again, that was a poor decision.

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Windows

Re: ' by 1998 there was no actual need to buy a mac for DTP. NT4 was excellent'

Windows was not a viable replacement till 2000

Windows has never been and never will be a replacement for graphical design, computer music, or type setting... as for Office software, it is NOT GDPR compliant, and as such, unfit for the office and any other use.

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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Are Catholics the direct intellectual descendants of the Judea People's Front and the Anglicans of the People's Front of Judea or is it the other way round ? As for Muslims, I thought they came from Judea Popular People's Front. But then again, what do I know ...

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Pint

Re: Apologies

I have, first thing in the morning have ONE pint, there, done, sorted! Better than alka seltzer, you name it ... just have one with your English breakfast.

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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Coat

Well, Steve called Linux cancer and everybody knows Nutella causes cancer ...

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Windows

I expect it will be hard to rival that

Yes, it will be hard ... somehow, MS software keeps needing patches, and patches, and yet more patches ... every other month Edge has a remote exec bug, as does IE, the only other company that I know of that comes close is Adobe.

All software needs patches, sure, just MS software simply tends to need monthly patches ... come on, even their Windows 10 semester updater gets patched every month ... and still fails on one of my boxes. I followed instructions from every MVP I could find in the forums, no luck ... the mediatool creation thingy failed with "We're not sure what happened" <---- sign of bad coding!

Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split

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Joke

Re: What about Bob?

Cortana, Alexa, and Bob, time for a threesome ?

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

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: @JohnFen Look it's really quite simple.

Please, please, please, I am a FreeBSD and OpenBSD user, so please don't insult me ... ;-)

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Linux

Re: @JohnFen Look it's really quite simple.

The real question is not why do you use an outdated OS, it is more why do you use XP merely to do spotify ? runs perfectly well on Linux and bonus, you get an updatable OS ... one day spotify will update its API and then spotify for Windows XP will cease to work ... will happen sooner or later, you never know ...

Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

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Windows

Re: Such a thing doesn’t appear to have happened before

I personally think the worst was the 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812, and 1901 Windows updates failing to install ... to try and hide their incompetence and confuse the feeble-minded, Microsoft stuck to keeping the 1809 name for the patches ... 4 successive patches to the patch and still fails ... I dunno ... Ubuntu, that gets nowhere as "privileged" vendor support, has not missed a single semestrial patch iteration over the course of a decade, and MS has only just started with this release cycle.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Joke

I am stuck with 1803, and 1901 failed to install ... I have high hopes for 1903 or 1904, sure they will have it fixed by then!

Factual: Yes, when Windows Update failed, I did try MediaCreationTool1809.exe and that had to roll back as well ... I also downloaded all the latest drivers from HP's website earlier this month, to be on the safe side ...

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Windows

Select Windows 10 devices are now automatically downloading Microsoft’s troubled 1809 update

One of my devices has been selected, but the update STILL fails, ROFL. How bloody hard can it be ... Microsoft, why don't you open source Windows and let us fix it ...

A billion-dollar question: What was really behind Qualcomm's surprise ten-digit gift to Apple?

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Re: simply too expensive...

You, sir, do not know how companies work.

Whatever a company produces, it must keep the costs low, regardless of the price they get for their products. A company always has to maintain its margin and their profits or the investors will leave, worse, a lot even leave when your profit does not grow year on year according to their unrealistic "predictions". So, Apple must continue to grow or it will fall, it is falling right now, simply because the market is saturated, despite the price hikes, people keep their phones longer, Apple tried to get old iPhones to calculate pi or whatever to drain the battery and force them to buy newer models, but that did not work too well, so ... when a company starts falling, they tend to fall much faster than they grew ...

PS: I am just explaining how this shit works, not giving my opinion ..

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Angel

Could we not have them both lose, for once, pretty please ?

While Windows 7 wobbled, AI continued its relentless march at Microsoft

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You need a microsoft store account, which is normal if it were merely used for EXACTLY that.

However, when you search or ask Cortana something or you use Word, Excel, or Bohr knows what, this info is gathered and sent to Microsoft servers, now, they would love to attach that to an account. Now, as long as the password is incorrect, Microsoft cannot be sure the username you have is exactly yours, so they cannot map that data to you. I tested this, I used an account months ago to download WSL from the store, the changed the password ... then months later, I downloaded something else from the store and worked along, forgetting for a day or two to reset my password ...I then went to mocrosoft site to change my password and then into my account ... there I could see the slurping had started again ...I delete data all is good ...

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Boffin

The news comes hot on the heels of Python 3.7 making an appearance in the Microsoft Store, courtesy of the Python Software Foundation. Free, of course, the interpreter is rated for ages 3 and up and allows Windows 10 users to run applications and scripts written in the language.

To use that, you need a microsoft account which, when Windows knows the password, is used to identify the system you are on for slurping purposes ... so no, never ... or, enter your credentials, use the store to download what you need, when done, on the microsoft website, change your password again ... Windows will moan every now and then that the password is incorrect ("Account problem") but you can safely ignore that ...

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

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Paris Hilton

He even, apparently, conspired to replace nominet directors:

retired_member6: https://www.acorndomains.co.uk/threads/the-new-real-time-dac.48909/page-5

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Re: Sweet greens

There is a link on that site to netscape 1.2 for ... Windows 95, 98, and NT ... it works, hm ... does not look legit, though ... but what do I know ....

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Facepalm

lesson ?

Renew your domains in time or they're gone ...

Serverless is awesome (if you overlook inflated costs, dislike distributed computing, love vendor lock-in), say boffins

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Boffin

Cloud, serverless ... just "somebody else's computer!"

What happens if they fail to update a component and your app gets 0wned ?

How do you know what that black box is doing ?

This is crazy and has to stop!

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Joke

Not the Russians as they were already there.

Not the Russians as they ARE* already there.

TFTFY

* Ask Mr Müller

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