* Posts by mrfill

192 posts • joined 2 Sep 2009

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

mrfill

Re: Great OS

... and how about a mention for Ctrl-Alt-Esc to get the skull and crossbones cursor to instantly kill an app without having to sod about with task managers or consoles.

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to shut down X is also quite a blessing for those 'stuck' apps...

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Firefox 57's been quietly delaying tracking scripts

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Linux

Re: "From the same place that allows a zillion flavours of Linux for free?"

Well, some big companies may be using commercial Linux packages such as Fedora and SuSE, but what about all the other distros? They all require maintenance and I doubt that big companies use obscure distros, most which offer no telephone support etc, yet there are no charges. Many of the small distros ask for donations but that's not charging and it is entirely voluntary.

Having used various shades of Linux for over 10 years, it is clear there are people prepared to maintain systems properly without charge. The world is mostly filled with greedy, grabbing, money slaves but it isn't 100%

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mrfill

Re: So if it knows what the tracking stuff is

From the same place that allows a zillion flavours of Linux for free?

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Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

mrfill

Helpful screen

I'm surprised Apple haven't taken the opportunity to flash up a message as well...

"We have had to reduce the speed of your ancient iPhoneN and believe you should really buy a new one. Your friends will also stop laughing at you behind your back when you pull out a brand new iPhone. Avoid the shame. Buy now."

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How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD

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Holmes

Staggering..

Who'd have though it? A defence contract with our 'special partners' that had a massive overspend.

Bet that's never happened before.....

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

mrfill

Re: Ummm...

And water is different again. If I want to change my electricity supplier, privatisation means I can get my supply from a variety of companies. I live in Suffolk but if I want Scottish Power, it is no problem.

If I want to change my water supplier, I can't. Where I am I have the choice of Essex & Suffolk water or no water at all. Drainage is done via Anglian Water and if I want to change, again, I can't. If I lived a couple of miles down the road in Norfolk, my water and drainage would be via Anglian.

No competition, just a monopoly, And the advantages of privatising were....?

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mrfill

By the 70s the railway had already been decimated by Beeching, who was appointed by Marples (Minister of Transport and owner of Tarmac, a road building company) to shut down as much as possible to strengthen the case for road building. Phones were a bit of a mess but then, they are still. Water, gas and electric all seemed to work just fine. Fine enough to make them very saleable in the 80s.

The railways now cost us at least double than it would because of the need to provide huge dividends. Without those, spending on the actual network could provide a vastly better service.

Remember also that Lloyds bank group and BoS had been mostly state owned since the crash of 08. They seem to have thrived enough through to be very saleable which shows that a government can own a company and make it look attractive. Of course, if said government were interested in providing a good service instead of lining the pockets of their buddies, it would be a simple fix.

Many other countries seem to be able to run things like trains quite successfully but then they probably don't have as many billionaires. I bet that really distresses them.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

mrfill

Re: Hmmm

I doubt that our then Prime Minister, Kim Jon-un, would allow that.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

mrfill

Re: If Microsoft did F1....

Ironically, the Mercedes A160 actually uses a Renault engine.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

mrfill

I can think of a billion reasons.

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Expenses for lunch with HMRC

I wonder if the lunches with HMRC to discuss what rate of corporation tax Vodafone fancies paying, is allowable on expenses?

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

mrfill

I suppose the sky must be gay then, what with it prominently displaying a rainbow at odd times.

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'Emoji translator' sought by translations firm

mrfill

Clearly, these people have been watching the latest series of South Park and think of it as a documentary.

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Facebook paid £4k in tax. HMRC then paid Facebook £27k – for ads

mrfill

Re: Meanwhile, in other news ...

Sounds like that part of the software was designed by a Mercedes driver.

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PM wheels out snoop overseer minutes before latest snoops' charter bid lands

mrfill

I think we're still waiting for the response from the Iraqis, who had no WMD to hide.

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Met makes fourth TalkTalk arrest, this time a London teen

mrfill

Re: When I was 16

Small boys in the park...

... jumper for goalposts

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

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Happy

Miss Marple thinks....

In this episode, Miss Marple investigates stolen data from a big company in Sometown. It is only when the super sleuth asks exactly when the attack took place, that she discovers the ddos started an hour after the data loss was discovered and a huge shitstorm ensues.

Stars Grayson Perry

Should be on BBC3 next week....

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TalkTalk shares drop 10.7% despite research that breaches don't cause drops

mrfill

"Despite these attempts at remediating the breach" ?????

Do they mean 'remedying' or is this another symptom of the hack?

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

mrfill

I think you'll find they're actually Audi now.

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

mrfill

Re: "The Wall" was never the best Floyd IMHO

In Tour 72, it wasn't called Dark Side. The entire piece was called Eclipse, which ended up being one track name. And I still have the cassette recording I made at the Rainbow Theatre....

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

mrfill

Re: Sky Go

BT Sport also uses Silvershite. If they have to change it'll be another excuse to bump up the price.

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

mrfill

Re: F1 lost me when

But they still show some live races.

And you pay a licence so I can listen to the excellent 6Music and Radio 4 with no fucking adverts

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mrfill

Re: Hmmm?

BBC live races also seem to be able to manage proper live timing. Free.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Thumb Up

Re: They're not bottom of the [boring] food chain by a long way

or there's always the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society

http://www.roundaboutsofbritain.com/

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Happy

Santa's gift to Redmond...

... was yet another turd polisher

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

mrfill

Re: Ironic

This is being fixed and we expect the revised message "service currently unawesome" to appear shortly.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

mrfill
Big Brother

Missed takeover?

Did I miss the article about Microsoft purchasing CCS Insight?

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

mrfill

The problem comes when the other person thinks it is standard to swerve to starboard.....

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mrfill

Tunnels?

What happens to driverless cars in tunnels?

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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

mrfill

Innovate

Perhaps they should be integrating things a bit more and knock out a 27in retina screen iPad, or one with an attached keyboard so you can use it while resting on your lap. Now what could they call that? An iLaptop?

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

mrfill

Re: Next: Immortality

If they offered the men penis extensions, would that balance things?

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Happy

Re: Just a drop?

"Unless it's been changed I'm pretty sure earlier articles mentioned that it couldn't be deleted from the iPhone 6.."

Another good reason not to buy one....

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Facepalm

I don't want it

I have to use win8.1 very occasionally. Last night I actually managed to get the screen split between desktop and mail app so I could see both at once. Very helpful but how the fuck I got there I have no idea....

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

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Meh

Congratulations...

...to Microsoft on the birth of your new word.

Must have taken a trained bollocksmith ages to come up with that.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

mrfill

Hover boots

We need hover boots. Been waiting far too long for them

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

mrfill

Re: NO WIFI, LTE OR 4G: Not enough Battery!!!!! RTFLOL

.... until you discover they don't allow tethering and you get charged god knows how much per megabyte...

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mrfill

Innovation

12 inch screen, 800g, keyboard...

Congratulations to MS for inventing...... the laptop!!!

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

mrfill

Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud

I've always been puzzled about the word route and the American pronunciation. I recall a Mr Chuck Berry (a gentleman of the American persuasion) singing a popular tune about Route (pron. ROOT) 66 and yet, in conversation it becomes Route (ROUT) 66.

As for Huawei, I would suggest a brand name of Happle or Hamsung

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

mrfill

Re: Standards of Service

oh, that's a troll is it? I just thought it was a dick head. Thanks for the clarification

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

mrfill

More innovation

Idiot analyst invents the netbook.

Gosh - no-one thought of that before

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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Funny old world

What are all these governments complaining about? They keep telling us that it is necessary to keep tabs on our every move and that 'if you have done nothing wrong, you have no need to worry'. None of these governments should worry then if they have done no wrong, but they are worrying quite a lot.

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

mrfill
Happy

I bet these xp users are still pondering whether to update to the Nokia 3410 or stick with the 3310 as they cruise around in their Rover 75.

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

mrfill

Hover boots

Will this be able to control the iHover boots?

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

mrfill
FAIL

Re: Radio Silence in Cars ?

Can you let me know the FM frequency of 6Music and 4extra then please?

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Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas

mrfill

200gm!!!!

That's way too heavy for the frivolously stupid. Their poor little wrists would probably snap.

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Vietnam tightens noose on web freedoms with new decrees

mrfill

Re: Obvious Conclusion

When you do, could you please not lay waste to Laos and Cambodia with your illegal chemical weapons again.

It's a brave country that uses napalm against civilian children.

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

mrfill

Lennon's Roller...

... the psychedelic paint job one, had FUC100C

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Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

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Unhappy

Re: Wait.... there's still work for Elop to do

You seem to have forgotten where he came from. Wiki tells us "During the 3 years Elop was Nokia CEO, Nokia revenues fell 40%, Nokia profits fell 95%, Nokia market share collapsed in smartphones from 34% to 3.4%, Nokia's credit rating went from A to junk, Nokia's share price dropped 60% in value and Nokia's market capitalization lost 13 Billion dollars in value."

Having completed Part A, the phone business (target of the masterplan) becomes nice and cheap - especially as only one buyer is interested - so M$ save themselves several billion on the purchase.

And now, the Trojan Horse returns to the mothership with a top position, huge salary and quite probably a generous 'welcome package'.

It reads like a Jeffrey Archer story - if it wasn't true you'd never believe it.

Nokia shareholders must be delighted to have seen their investment wiped out by this chicanery.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

mrfill

Obviously never heard of 6music

have you?

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mrfill

Re: Yes to FM switch off, but only if it switches off BBC radio.

Don't change the head, just get a Pure Highway. It's very simple.

There again, I am easily able to tell the difference between a classical music based station and a speech based station.

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