* Posts by heyrick

3223 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

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Re: Snowflake?

Pervy ASCII art? That's not upsetting, that's borderline funny.

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Snowflake?

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Re: Memory Issues

One I saw:

CIE - cerebral interface error (more polite than "fuckwit")

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DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

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Why not post a copy of the NDA?

The NDA is some legalese protecting something. It itself isn't protected, certainly you see it before agreeing to it.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Re: Read that yesterday, tried it today

? "in the 80s" is the music of my childhood or the temperature below which tea mustn't be served at...

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Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

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Re: Hmmm...

"Google is a US registered company it is subject to US jurisdiction"

Newsflash - it's also subject to the juridictions of the individual countries in which it operates.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: Feat of engineering

Its not a phone its a mobile, a phone can just make calls. - and a "mobile" is a thing that hangs over a cot...

This you can browse the web on, - nothing extraordinary there, a choice of *different* web browsers is pretty standard on Android.

take photos, - check, and my device gives a choice of photo/video sizes, plus options for things like white balance and ASA rating (more than my iPad Mini ever offered)

listen to music, - not impressed, a twenty euro gadget that would run for hours on a single AAA cell can hold a gigabyte or two of music (and for added lol some of the Chinese ones are basically a turbo charged Z80 core bolted to a DSP!)

do your banking, - I use the browser, don't plan on using an app for that

check your tesco club card balance, - my supermarket offered, I checked the requested permissions and walked away

play games, - whoo. My mother's phone (that can barely do SMS never mind anything more complicated) has a racing car game and a snakes game (it's like you'd expect from an '80s console!)

watch films, - all of my mobiles of the last near decade have been able to do that

airplay powerpoints to screens, - took me a while to work out what you were on about. Don't know if my phone can share PowerPoint slides to anything, I'd rather set fire to my eyes than sit through yet another inane presentation with animated bullet points and fifty different fonts because the twat that created the presentation just discovered all these really great features and so decided to use all of them at the same time...

check your email, - mine checks multiple accounts every fifteen minutes and doesn't cock up IMAP or refuse to expire older messages.

get directions, - Google Maps.

pay for things - I prefer cash, one can keep track of expenditure if payment is more involved than waving a phone...

and make a phone call to name but a few things. - ditto.

So I can already do what this £1000 mobile can do using a less expensive and more compatible (with *other* things) mobile.

Wake me up when it can do something new...

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Re: "they've missed the more human advancements and ergonomics"

"Phones will never been real cameras"

My S7 takes some pretty impressive photos, but the thing that will always let a phone down, no matter how good the image sensor, is that phone builders cannot justify making the phone an inch thick in order to tuck in a basic pop-out lens. The pinch to zoom basically throws away the edges of the image and scales up the middle. You're no better off than if you just took a normal (un-zoomed) photo and scaled it up with your favourite image editor. This is a far cry from optical zoom where zooming in focuses a narrower view of the image on the entire sensor, leading to enhanced clarity and no loss of quality due to the zoom.

So when it comes to shots where you can't be right beside the action (think of anything from bird watching to your child's school play) a phone will always be at a disadvantage.

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Re: Dunce Cap tip

"You can be pretty confident they're not storing them in plain text."

Oh, I can can I? Remember this is the NatWest we're talking about. Their "old" setup is possibly because nobody is brave enough to touch it, and the outsourced staff don't understand it...

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Arm isn't saying IoT firmware sucks but it's writing a free secure BIOS for device makers

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ARM, please explain...

...how a nice "safe" boot loader thingy will fix the problem of hardcoded credentials? How about running an insecure telnet daemon with a cracked root password? How about a programming flaw where a faulty http request can bypass the entire authentication mechanism? Note that said mechanism amounts to GET /something?user=USERNAME&pass=PASSWORD sent as clear text... Oh, and this update mechanism touted here is only going to be worth a damn it the device maker bothers to make an update. Years of empirical evidence and MILLIONS of devices that never saw one single update whatsoever are all you need to know.

Nothing will change.

Maybe we, the consumers, would be better starting a movement to reject devices that are not open source? Okay, open source does not equal safe, however it does mean that somebody somewhere can do something about the issue when it becomes clear that the manufacturer can't be bothered...

We don't need extra layers of encryption, we need the damn source.

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when our web-facing fridges and freezers are turned against us by internet fiends

Well there's your problem right there. Just because something has a mains plug attached doesn't imply that it needs to have an Ethernet cable also. A fridge or freezer has one simple job - keep stuff cold. Adding "features" just bumps up the price and gets in the way of the simple job.

Applicable to many things. You'd think a TV would have one simple job (accept video input, show it on the screen) but no, the Smart TV can do loads of stuff for about as long as the manufacturer is interested (which is roughly up until you have made the purchase). Thanks, but if I want YouTube on my TV I'll buy a plug in gizmo so I can choose what and how and "update" it with a more recent one of I want.

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Brit cities overrun with middle-aged dronies, reckons survey

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Re: Well not many surprises there...

Another minority (whee!). I'm under 45 (just) and spent around €50 on mine[1]. Maybe one day I'll be a decent enough pilot, but it's kind of hard to get much practice time when the battery poops out after 7-8 minutes. Still, I live in the middle of nowhere so I'm only a nuisance to the sparrows...

1 - can't justify much more than that for something I know I'll end up crashing.

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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

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if Google's appeal is upheld, the invoice will be torn up.

Invoice turn up? How about a refund?

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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

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Re: Sometimes it's impossible

"By default Chrome and Play apps are set to auto update"

Auto update is the first thing that I turn off, having been bitten several times by useful apps where an update takes away half of the useful features and makes them paid extras. If there's an app I like, I'll back it up so if I don't like the update, I can roll back.

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Does Microsoft's approach not imply...

... That two repositories are necessary. The hidden one used to hold the code to actually build the product, and the public one that contains the product source code which may or may not be in step with the product itself at any given moment?

If so, I think they're still doing it wrong. There's no easy answer, and as noted above the issue that an update available doesn't mean it is applied (especially when Google etc is fond of just saying "Bug fixes" as the reason for the update); however to suggest that something open source is released it of step with the actual source code seems a bit disingenuous...

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NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

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Dealing with backlog could cost 'in the zone of a million'

In the zone of a million? That's pocket change[1] for the Boris who still seems to think it'll be possible to throw nonexistent amounts of money at the NHS...

1 - £350M a week, divided by 24x7 hours, is a mite over £2M/hr, so dealing with the backlog will "cost" a mere half hour of imaginary finding.

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Re: Support your NHS

"or are not interested in doing so?"

Not to mention the basic security implications of trusting important things to easy electronic communications. From phishing emails pretending to be your doctor to the ease of which a patient could be bumped, whoops I mean rescheduled, by simply firing off an update email (as could fraudsters).

My basic policy is to disregard anything official looking that arrives by email. If it's important enough to matter, I expect to be duly notified on proper headed paper.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Re: reminds me of an old graffti note

"just to keep the manager biting less he figure out sooner

I'm not sure I'd credit the manager with possessing that many cluons...

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Coffee/keyboard

along with the phone booth it was chained to and the phone pole that serviced it

Where's the icon for tea -> keyboard interface error?

Ah, there it is !

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Night out in London tonight: Beer, Reg and platform wars

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Boo.

What's not to like about the BBC? Inline assembler, loads of I/O, didn't crash the moment your fingers touched the keyboard, local area networking in the early eighties.......

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Interesting opinion to have...

...in a country that routinely expects foreigners to cough up their passwords and such on entry.

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Uh, guys...

If you want mathematically/logically impossible, you want the slippery road sign.

https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/55b76bec40f0b6790f000019/warning-sign-slippery-road.jpg

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Brit bank fined £75k over 1.5 MEEELLION text and email spamhammer

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a hefty £75,000 fine

You're kidding, right? My definition of the word "hefty" wouldn't even be met if the fine amounted to £1 per mail/text sent. The quoted £75K is laughable. It's pretty much saying "set aside some spare change for the inevitable fine, THEN SPAM EVERYBODY IN SIGHT".

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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a flurry of branching narratives created to feed the attention span of modern Hollywood

What attention span?

I mean, did you see the Ghost In The Shell movie? Oh my God. It was like somebody watched the animated films, enjoyed the good visual sequences, and recreated them all in a new movie with little understanding of their context so they had to come up with a new story that was a far cry from the narrative that the originals were known for. I swear if they explained what the ghost/shell meant one more time I was going to beat my head off the wall. So the live action film is visually amazing but utterly lacking in substance. Welcome to modern Hollywood.

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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WTF?

Sorry...

This coming right on top of what happened in Vegas, my "holy WTF?" quotient is already maxed out.

Try again next week.

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Power meltdown 'fries' SourceForge, knocks site's servers titsup

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Re: Just my luck

Ditto. Something I wanted to download, was on SourceForge, okay... wait... what?

"We're sorry -- the Sourceforge site is currently in Disaster Recovery mode".

Oops.

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¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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as support for independence looks to be growing

When the government behaves like this, is it any surprise?

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UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

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Re: VOIP over VPN?

"all this banning and stopping people from having privacy, will not have an effect on the bad people,

Haven't you realised? This isn't about terrorists. The government is afraid of YOU. "Terror" is just the excuse they give for granting themselves more intrusion into your life, because...

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Don't panic, but.. ALIEN galaxies are slamming Earth with ultra-high-energy cosmic rays

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Life... Or"intelligent" life? Not the same thing.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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"It isn't really the task juggling, although that's nice when it works. It's drag and drop."

You know, we were saying stuff like that about RISC OS nearly thirty years ago.

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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"Autoplay is one of those features that is *really* useful for a narrow class of popular websites and applications"

Name one.

One that truly honestly seriously needs to autoplay videos and would be badly damaged by the user having to tap or click one extra time to start the video playing.

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China orders immediate shuttering of Bitcoin exchanges

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Headmaster

Sub title: "cyrptocurrency"

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Oops! 185,000-plus Wi-Fi cameras on the web with insecure admin panels

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This is not news

I had a cheap webcam. Did a bunch of things to try to secure it.

Then I made a programming error in a thingy I wrote to fetch images. I requested a URL without the initial / character. And to my horror (exaggeration, I wasn't surprised), the server returned the content completely bypassing the password "security".

So now I know, I just need to know (or scan) for the camera's DDNS ID, then request "system.ini" (not "/system.ini") and the camera with obligingly return the entire configuration in binary form. Drop it into a text editor and read it the passwords, SSIDs, FTP/email login credentials...

... It is a WANSCAM/FOSCAM VGA resolution tilt and turn camera.

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Tick, tock motherf... erm, we mean, don't panic over GDPR

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What's the betting...

... some companies will hold out and stick their fingers in their ears in the expectation that in a short while Brexit will happen and all this "European" stuff will cease to apply...?

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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"Being able to select what to "pin" locally and what to access on demand is useful."

I wouldn't touch a device that either didn't have an uSD card (preferred) or couldn't talk to one via a reader and the USB OTG.

Why? I live in the country. 3G coverage in the middle of a muddy field can often outpace my wired broadband, but the data allocation is not unlimited. Plus, there have been enough stories of miscreants buggering around with DNS in recent times, not to mention cloudy services themselves falling over from time to time.

The cloud, for me, is useful as an easy way to scoot information between machines, especially if they are geographically separated by more than the range of a WiFi signal or Cat5 cable... but as a place to keep my documents and photos? What, are you insane? My private documents/photos are private by virtue of being on my uSD card in my possession, where they can be inserted into the device of choice and ALL immediately available instantly as I need them. Backups are quick and simple device-to-device and don't rely on a ~80K/sec up channel (with a tailwind and the moon waning gibbous). Plus, did I mention it was instant? Better than this, it even works in places where there is NO connectivity whatsoever. Maybe these bloody devs in Silly Valley have no idea what it's like, but trust me. Autumn rain of the European style, and Right Proper Forests of oaks and firs, they are like portable Bermuda Triangles when it comes to connectivity...

[you know, there is a cynical part of me that wonders if Google's push to keep trying to destroy SD card support in Android [thankfully ignored by Samsung] is in part due to their desire to promote "The Cloud"? Their Cloud, of course...]

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Re: What will people make of this?

"Google are forever creating things, letting people rely on them and then fucking them over."

If only I could upvote this a million times.

The galling thing is that Google doesn't even appear to have the decency to dump its abandoned apps that people actually used onto GitHub or the like.

For example "My Tracks" was something I used to use while walking around large boot sales held in towns ("vide grenier" if you know anything of France). It used to be useful for overlaying a chart of where I've been on top of the road layout with my current position so I could tell easily where I have and haven't been (in the spaghetti road systems in the middle of towns, this sort of thing is useful). But no, Google went and killed it off in favour of "Google Fit", as if the only reason somebody might want to track their progress is in order to count calories. Thanks a lot. I'm now using Ilya Bogdanovich's Geo Tracker which does exactly what I wanted.

I expect Google Goggles to be killed off next. It was a good idea, and there's such interactivity that could be built into a program such as that (beyond it being "a quick way to read QR codes"), but it doesn't work any more on modern devices (Samsung S7, Android 7) and looking at the app info, it was last updated on the 28th of May 2014. I'm guessing this should now be thought of as pre-slaughtered abandonware...?

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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Oracle? That's still a thing?

(see title)

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Logic operator hiccup?

"No-one pronounces "Oracle" as "OR acle" or "whore" as "horr" so it doesn't work."

Shouldn't that be an AND clause, not an OR?

As in, a person who might say "OR acle" may be unlikely to say "whore" as "horr". I do the latter, but not the former, but then I'm OldPondian not NewPondian.

Yeah, yeah, coat...

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Re: a necessary evil?

"Take UK tax legislation as an example, where people are being pursued now for things that weren't illegal when they were done."

Doesn't Article 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights come into play here?

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EU court must rule on legality of UK's mass surveillance – tribunal

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and of the need for the haystack in order to find the needle

And this, ladies and gentlemen (and either/both/neither/undecided), is why we are a lot LESS safe and why the usual response after terrorist atrocities is that the medieval nutjob "was known to authorities".

Concentrate more on the needle, and less on the haystack.

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Another day, another drone upstart skips the consumer market

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Re: Payload of 9kg...

Or for carrying two cats. Economy!

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Give staff privacy at work, Euro human rights court tells bosses

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Re: Any chance

Any chance you could drop Brexit?

(downvotes ahoy! ;) )

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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I hate flat

The current mania for lots of white and where-the-hell-do-I-tap is depressing. I thought we left monochrome and excess white back in the early nineties...

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Google's Hollywood 'interventions' made on-screen coders cooler

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“Five years after the premiere of the original CSI television series, forensic science majors in the U.S. increased by 50%, with an over index of women.”

And then they get hired, realise that the guys in the office aren't hunks and the IT person is neither a perky goth nor able to read a licence plate by zooming up a single pixel a billion times...

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Re: Site for sore eyes.

Amazon shouldn't be liable for every single product sold on the site, however their liability should kick in once somebody (and just one person) makes them aware that something is not legit.

For what it is worth: https://www.amazon.fr/gp/aw/d/B0196H3BSA/

It calls itself a JYE DSO138 oscilloscope kit. It's not great, being basically the ADC of an STM32 microcontroller, but for poking around video signals and low frequency stuff, it will suffice. Besides, I wanted to have fun putting it together. Notice all the JYE photos, the serial number, etc. Well what arrived was very obviously a fake. I contacted Amazon, "we take this seriously" and "we checked our stock" and so on. The usual bollocks. I was invited to return my kit and they would send me a proper one. I'll give them credit, they sent the replacement straight away so I could open up both and check that I had all the right components (the kits had incorrect values but of different things so between them I got all the right bits). Why bother? Well you've probably guessed that the replacement kit was equally fake. At this point I forwarded my emails to JYE and told them to add Amazon to the list of companies selling fakes, and then I gave up. I wanted to build the kit, not run around in Kafkaesque circles. As it happens it worked first time for me (perhaps having all the right bits helps? ;-) ) and is what I wanted. Maybe this coming winter I'll try the DSO Shell, now I know I can get an original from Banggood.

Notice that this fake kit is still being sold, and is still paying itself off as a proper JYE kit. Notice also that my review pointing out it's a fake isn't there. I'll need to write it again and this time take a screenshot.

tl;dr: There are fakes on Amazon and when it is brought to their attention, bugger all happens...

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Well, debugger me. Microsoft's BSOD fixer is getting a makeover

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Re: Know your market

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Larson-Green

Her wiki page describes her as the "Chief Experience Officer". Wait... WHAT? That's an actual job title? Not something Disney made up?

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Upvote because I have an iPad (won it) and you're completely right - it is PERFECT for people who don't like computers or tech stuff but want to look at websites and such.

My problems with it? When I want to do stuff I keep running into brick walls because geek expectations are not the same as, say, my mother's expectations. So my phone runs Android... Parts of that are locked down, but I can at least go delete unwanted logfiles, temp files, and all the usual sorts of rubbish that clutter things up...

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Re: I just want to point out

"and the project be led in a more Linux-like fashion"

Now, is that the Linux with or without systemd?

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Re: I just want to point out

Firefox seems fine to me. With Ublock Origin, it keeps the adverts away.

And here's the thing, I have had adverts attempt to STEAL from me - I would visit a page and get those messages that my phone has a billion viruses, forced downloads of apks of tainted software, all followed by a text message from Orange saying something like my Internet+ transaction could not be completed because I have disabled the service. WTF? So even if Firefox was "fucking unusable" on my device, which it very much isn't, I would stick with it because...fuck advertisers. And fuck sites that beg, grovel, and try to guilt me into allowing advertising for them when they're happy to use the same sleazy advertisers that I'm trying to avoid.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: Damn right.

"and NO poker player plays their best hand first"

...?

You weren't there to play poker, you were there to recover a buggered up file. If Dianne trusted you, a simple explanation should have sufficed as to what your tool was and why you needed it. I myself have recovered dead PCs with Hirren's Boot CD and its collection of software of dubious providence. But when they need that machine NOW and said machine is telling them there's no C drive... they tend to be quite accommodating if you tell them it's a ten minute fix with your magical CD...

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