* Posts by Kev99

267 posts • joined 23 Sep 2010

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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Let me guess. The idiots down under put everything on the bunch holes connected by vapor instead of dedicated lines as used to be norm. And they had no fall back service or plan.

Smart.

Really smart.

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Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

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Connected cars are deadly cars.

Another thing I don't understand is why companies care so much about their share prices. Once a company sells a share, it generates no revenue for the company and actually costs the company money thru dividends.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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They should buy 35Bs because they can operate anywhere. No need for for A or C.

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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One more instance showing the stupidity of having confidential or private data connected to the web. And the idiot coders and marketers want even more exposed. Sheesh.

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

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You'd thin k after umpteen years they'd know how to code and find bugs. I guess their drones get paid by the line, not salary.

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Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

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If anyone really believes the telcos / ISPs won't throttle, strangle, and dangle, I have a bridge in El Garrara I'll sell you. 'Net speeds have little to nothing to do about equipment and everything to do with money.

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

Kev99

The best government money can buy. Reminds me of the movie "Rollerball" (w/James Caan).

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

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You'd think that by now the idiots in charge of communications for militaries would realize using the internet for ANYTHING remotely critical or secret is tantamount to putting the info on CNN. ROK deserves what it gets for such stupidity. Oh, wait. They were trained by the Pentagon. 'Nuff said.

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Guess who's back at Microsoft? Excel, Word creator Charles Simonyi

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If he developed both Word & Excel, why are they so different in keyboard commands for common to both actions?

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Whatever happened to warranty of merchantability laws? Restraint of trade? As to being able to run on older chip, BOVINE EXCREMENT! If a chip doesn't need a certain microcode or DLL, it doesn't call it. Simple.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

Kev99

And set your browser to clear ALL history whenever it is closed and periodically runn something CCleaner, Glary Utilities, etc to rig deep cookies.

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'US falling behind China' in semiconductors but storage startup promises to kiss it better

Kev99

What do you expect? US labs create the designs and the bean counters send the production to China to save a penny a piece.

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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None of my computers will even allow Win10 to install so I guess I'm "safe". Anyway, I wonder if Win10 is hardwired to use a certain port to call Big Brother. If so, couldn't one just block that port?

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

Kev99

Re: Phew, bullet dodged.

Danny m'boy, it's called Not Invented Here and My Owners Would Be Upset If I Didn't Throw Them a Few Billion Dollars.

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I still see absolutely no reason for three versions of this flying brick. Build one for the Navy and tell the others take it or get nothing. It's a lot easier to remove non-essential items such as tail hooks than it is to design by committee for a committee. And I've yet to see any testing against radar used by possible US adversaries, such as ISIS, NKorea, China, etc.

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

Kev99

And anyone is surprised? The C-levels are more concerned about their bonuses and Wall Street than their workers.

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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I gort lucky. My computer treats the upgrade the way my body treats a foreign substance. It attacks it and refuses to let it get a foothold. I OD'd on stupid pills and yried to install Win10 on my laptop. The attempt failed three times. Each time it was because my computer refused to allow the exe to run.

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We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Why do you need to connect your crapper or fridge to the internet? And are you really surprised there a backdoor already encoded into the device?

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81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

Kev99

I bought a TI99/4A (which was actually their second microcomputer). My wife would get upset because I'd hijack our tv and plug the unit into it. I finally got a splitter and left it connected all the time. I wrote a simple BASIC program for it that drove people nuts. It first asked a bit of a tough question, No matter how you answered, the program responded you were wrong and should try again. I had it programmed so that each time it's response was ruder and nastier. Finally after the fifth try the program responded the user was too dumb to use a computer and would shut down the machine.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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The latest versions of FF have had the same "fatal" flaw - the inability to properly display or download PDF files. Why Mozilla removed what used to be one of the better pdf readers is beyond me. Add to it there's no way to permanently turn off notifications or sharing one's location. To me, even with those faults, it's still superior to chrome and ie and whatever the ms browser this week is aren't even in the same league.

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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

Kev99

Good night nurse. How many years has that Tom been under development? If planes had been designed at that rate during the War we'd all be speaking German or Japanese.

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

Kev99

I've been running Norton since NU5. There are two reasons I've never had a problem. One, I use this old fashioned software called "my brain". I don't click on every link I see. I don't open emails from people I don't know. And I ignore special offers from web sites I do frequent.

Second, the few times Norton has gone apoplectic I pay attention and let it whack the "offender". It's easier than reformatting my drive. and spending a few days reinstalling Windows.

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CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

Kev99

January 20, 2016 echoes January 30, 1933.

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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Let's spend millions to reinvent the wheel. Again. Whatever happened to BOFORS and Pom-poms? They seemed to do a pretty good job against aircraft during the War. And the 5 inchers on tin cans gave paid to the Japanese in the Philippine Sea.

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Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps

Kev99

Hmmm...Didn't we see rules like somewhere? Let's see...Reichstag? Politburo? Supreme Soviet? National People's Congress?

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Firefox hits version 50

Kev99

That chart is misleading in my opinion. They obviously include every android phone in the market share numbers. Lose the toys and reflect the shares on real computers only and I wonder who would where.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

Kev99

I could complain that the incoming administration and his cronies will turn the US into a third world country when it comes to the internet but that would actually be a good thing. Wider access, higher speeds, lower costs and broader bandwidth. Works for me.

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

Kev99

Who was the lobotomised idiot who thought it would be cute to use the internet to turn on a tea kettle. There is absolutely NO need to have any appliance connected to the internet.Communities have controlled light for decades using photo sensors and mechanical timers. And I had remote control for lights via the telephone since the 80s.

Remember, a net is just a bunch of holes connected by string and a cloud is just a bunch of holes connected by vapor.

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Swisscom claims world's first G.fast broadband service

Kev99

Nothing is new

Back in the mid-60s Bell Labs successfully tested a POTS modem that could handle a sustained 600Mbps and easily hit 800Mbps. The down side was it needed repeaters every fifty miles.

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Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

Kev99

Where I used to work ALL updates were first test on freestanding units, either a desktop or a server. After that testing, which could take a couple weeks, the update was pushed out. Far too many times the users got messages from our IT dept. that basically said if you install this or that update you're dead meat. With all the problems I'm reading that W10 has, I doubt seriously any IT dept. that knows its arse from a hole in the ground is going to trust Redmond. We didn't even the microsoft time server but rather the national clock to sync our machines.

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Trust the cloud, we’re getting the hang of securing it, says Unisys security chief

Kev99

As I've said time and again. A cloud is nothing but a bunch of holes held together by water vapor. And a net is just a bunch of holes held together by string.

If the fools who handle the entities data weren't so lazy and cheap, they'd go back to dedicated lines. I'm sure the Bells would love it. And since 80%-90% of the US internet is fed via copper, there shouldn't be any speed loss.

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No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

Kev99

Just ask the Cat in the Hat about things, especially Thing 1 and Thing 2

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Kev99

Conspiracy theory?

One thing not mentioned is the large number of software apps that will now NOT work with Windows 10 but worked flawlessly with W7 and W8/8.1. It's almost as tho' Redmond cut a shady deal with those companies to help force people to upgrade.

And let's not forget Intel's intentional decision to bork older software by claiming its newest chips will not run Win 7 / Win 8/8.1.

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Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux hits public preview

Kev99

How do you say "BSOD" in Penguinista?

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Kev99

Go into Apps and disable Google Play and clear the cache.

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United States names its first Chief Information Security Officer

Kev99

The simple solution is to get ALL government communications off the internet and go back to the dedicated lines that were used for decades.Remember, a net is just a bunch of holes held together by a little string and a cloud is a holes held together by vapor.

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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

Kev99

There's something to be said about a government that kicks the telcos/ISPs in the jewels instead of kissing them when it comes to high-speed broadband. And Eire's service will still probably a fraction of what any ISP in the US would charge.

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The Internet of Cows is moo-ving fast … no bull!

Kev99

Can you ask for any better proof that the "internet of things" is a bunch of bull sh**.

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US Dept of Energy lobs out $34m for bright ideas on securing grids

Kev99

Wouldn't it be a lot simpler and cheaper to just quit using the internet for controlling the grid. The whole industry used to use dedicated lines or their own power lines for data and telephone communications. Remember, a net is just a bunch of holes held together by some string and a cloud is just a bunch of holes held together with water vapor.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Kev99

"do a clean install" - Oh, PUH-LEEZ! How many people want to wipe out who know how many gigabytes or even terabytes of data & programs because Redmond can't design and code a decent installer? And, PUH-LEEZ, don't suggest you should back up your data first. What good is that is you've lost all of your programs?

In my opinion, the install should simply overwrite the previous versions and not start with fresh rust.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

Kev99

It appears that it's not technology or business needs pushing planned obsolescence in computers but rather Microsoft not knowing how to write tight, clean code. Add to that all the supposed "W10, Call Home" psuedo-malware and it's no wonder Win10 need 2GB to run. In my opinion, that's just more reason to not install Win10. And the sooner the hardware companies quit feeding the ravenous monster of Redmond by designing their equipment to Redmond's march instead of the their users needs, the better off the industry will be.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

Kev99

I'm not at all surprised. If you go to several PC maker sites, they list which boxes are supported for Win10. If yours isn't, such as my Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7340 or my home built Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 based machine or my basic HP Pavilion A6400f, you're screwed. The only machine I have I wouldn't consider upgrading is a netbook my wife wanted 6 years ago.(Remember those? The future of computing?)

In my own opinion, the computer computers have been browbeaten and bought off by Microsoft so Redmond can reach its fictitious goals of installed units.

I did try try several versions of Win10 thru the insider ring. The 30 day rollback didn't work and I had to reformat the HDD to reinstall Win7. What I did see in the insider builds was a poorly designed OS written for cell phones and other phablets.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Kev99

We were working in Tanzania for several months and every day precisely at 10:00 AM we broke for "chai" (that's "tea" in Swahili, mates). And the chai was always prepared with the cream already mixed in. Whether it was brewed that way I don't know. You didn't go into the cook's kitchen if you planned on seeing another sunrise.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

Kev99

At least Ballmer had enough sense to know when to not allow BS changes. The new leadership at Redmond must be only concerned with their back pockets and not their customers. They're not only forcing adware and crapware down the throats of all users, but they're also strongarming other companies to not support any apps not written for Win10.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

Kev99

Whatever happened to that proposed class action suit? They now have a fighting chance since many states will uses court decisions in others states as precedence.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

Kev99

Personally I think this violates so many consumer protection laws. What happened to that proposed class action suit? Hopefully GWX Control Panel will stop it.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

Kev99

Toshiba pretty much says the same thing for its older (3+ yrs) laptops.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Kev99

Wasting money

"...but in hopes of prolonging my system’s lifespan and delaying the always painful process of migrating to a new system."

I bought a Toshiba Satellite L755D-S7340 Win7 Pro when I got back from Tanzania in 2010. It is strictly a work computer. It handles everything I've thrown at it and has yet to falter. Well, when I Win10 Preview on it, Win 10 hosed it but that's a different story. I'm still running some software written for XP 64 and those apps work just fine. The need to continually buy the latest & greatest computer is marketing, pure & simple. My desktop is even older and too works with everything I've thrown at it. I won't put Win10 on that box because I have neither the time nor patience to reformat and reload EVERY piece of software.

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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

Kev99

Not at all surprising. Why bother to think and learn when you can just look up the answer on Google. Get in the real world, and they haven't a clue how to think. It's been proven that hand writing class notes is more effective than tapping computer keys as more parts of the brain are involved.

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IE and Graphics head Microsoft's Patch Tuesday critical list

Kev99

Loverly. You'd think that with a "clean" build the fools in Redmond would know what NOT to do when writing a program. From the list of patches, it looks like Edge is just as crappy as IE. And after 20 years of Windows, you'd think the idiots would have found all the bugs.

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