* Posts by Sandtitz

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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"It also says a lot about the alternative and how desperate some people were."

"Also gullible."

No, it's just a case of the Marching Morons.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: No seperate headphone jack?

Headphones I can live without. Sure you can get nearly free basic headphones, but is that an issue when you're spending $1k on a phone?

I've been purely Bluetooth user for the last 10 years or so. My noise cancelling Bose headphones were rather expensive but the battery life is measured in days and they also work very well with my laptop and other stuff.

My beef with these new phones is the big form factor. They're just unwieldy. And just fucking pricey.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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@AMBxx

"I miss Paintshop Pro."

I miss Deluxe Paint.

Also, I don't miss Dr Halo or Zsoft Paintbrush...

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: Every game bundled ... appears to have been written by one Jonathan Cauldwell...

TBH, the games got much better (technically) later in the 8-bit computers' lives when the coders really started to master every aspect of the hardware.

Some latter day C64 demos have been so stupendously good that had they been there from the get-go, no-one would have bought even Amigas.

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Re: HP Network Laser Printers....

"....at one time included an FTP server....you could print stuff by sending files to the printer IP address....i.e. anything at all! I wonder if this was secure. I wonder if this "feature" is still available."

FTP is still available, or at least until very recently.

FTP is not in any way less secure than printing to port 515 or 9100 which most default to.

FTP has the benefit of making printout scripting easy and it works without needing OS support on the client. FW updates via FTP can be done from any OS, so you don't have to rely on some update software that runs only on Windows.

If you want secure (encrypted) printing then IPP over HTTPS is the solution. The printers should also be in a separate network and only the print server should be able to talk to the printers, the clients should have no direct access to the printers.

On a different note, I'm not clear about the vulnerability described in this article. Surely one would need malware in someone's printer driver to cause buffer or stack overflows. If so, are HP printer drivers also suspects here?

No. First of all, you can these days print without any drivers via USB, email, FTP, Cloud Print (Android) or Airprint (IOS). I may have missed many other methods here...

The print processor (inside the printer) handling all the PCL/PS/HPGL/etc. code probably just produces overflows when a specially crafted print job is fed to it. The drivers probably could never produce such print jobs.

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Swan dive: Intel shares dip under interim CEO Bob as 10nm processor woes worry Wall Street

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@HmmmYes

"Intel will be wiped out by a company that cracks large scale cores, large caches, running at 3Ghzish."

So something like IBM POWER9 (except slower) will wipe Intel off the map? Got it, thanks!

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: Advertising from mobile 'phones

Sent from my iPad

I have no idea if it is possible for them to tickle a setting to not put this in.

It's easily edited or removed.

My .sig used to be "Sent from my Vertu". I've never even seen one.

Now it's "Sent from my iPhone 9". My phone wifi SSID is "iPhone 9+".

I have to update the settings every year just to keep annoying people, hence the troll icon. :-D

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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I love that whenever somebody switches back to Windows people shout "corruption! bungs! referee!"

Have you also noticed how many of them come from Anon Cowards?

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In Microsoft land, cloud comes to you! Office 365 stuff to be bled into on-prem Office 2019 Server

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Re: So...????

"No LTSB support though. It won't run on that at all. But seeing as LTSB is specifically not for standard desktops that run MS Office that shouldn't be a problem for anyone that listened!"

Technically you're right. Won't work on LTSB. However...LTSB is to be renamed LTSC and the next version (due this year) will support Office 2019.

Also, LTSB works just fine as a desktop. MS is just trying to usher companies to use the regular Windows 10 editions (and therefore get more users for Store/Edge/Cortana etc.)

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: Windows roaming profiles

"Yes, just exactly what sort of bloated crap does Windows store in its roaming profile?"

Anything ranging from app/user settings to email, files, temp files etc. I'm pretty sure you can calculate your user profile size via explorer and track what exactly is taking the space.

"On my Windows box, login, anything from 1 - 5 minutes passes while who knows what junk gets downloaded"

Ask your admin why it's taking so long. Perhaps your infrastructure has a bottleneck or the admin is incompetent?

Are your roaming profiles set to save everything or are the documents and such redirected to a server location?

Could even be some stupid misconfiguration of antivirus checking all the stuff that gets loaded and slowing everything down.

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: Reasons why Windows 7 is far superior @Wade Burchette

Several good points there. However...

"Windows 7 has a full backup program."

WinXP had a FULL backup program. If you're satisfied with the Windows 7 backup, it is still included with Windows 10.

"The Windows 10 email app is pure garbage. Unfortunately, Microsoft no longer lets you download the old pretty good Windows live mail program."

I'm sure you're the first one around here who would call the Live Mail program "pretty good". I thought it was just a rehashed, dumbed-down Outlook Express.

"I do not want to use the illogical and confusing Edge browser so stop bugging me about it"

Neither do I use it, but it doesn't seem any more illogical or confusing as e.g. Chrome. You're still free to use IE if you want the full Win7 experience. ;-)

I'm a Firefox user and Windows doesn't bug me about Edge.

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Re: Not for me

"HP Probook 450 G1 from 2015, chipset is incompatible since Spring 17."

Not true. Check that your BIOS is at least 1.31 (the first one with Win10 support) - preferably the latest 1.46 (with the latest Intel security fixes)

A few weeks ago I installed the very latest Windows 10 Pro edition on that particular model and it worked just fine out of the box. Any missing driver upon installation was installed automatically from Windows Update. No need to download anything from HP. (except the BIOS and FW updates)

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Microsoft has another crack at fixing Chrome problems in Windows 10

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Re: I was surprised

"After booting into Win 10: the static IP connection to a hidden AP didn't work."

What are you trying to accomplish with hiding the SSID?

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: "the original NT 4.0 was not really suitable for use as a home O/S"

"the original NT 4.0 was not really suitable for use as a home O/S"

"Depends."

NT4 had poor selection of terminal software for calling BBS's. Even OS/2 beat it at that. My ISDN card didn't have NT4 drivers. It had practically zero games since the DirectX support was noexisting and (working) OpenGL games could be counted with one hand. Quake. And that piss poor DirectX pinball game NT4 included. DOS software beyond scripts and some basic stuff was impossible to run and most home users either played games or used graphical DOS software - which never ran under NT4.

Docking and hotplugging PCMCIA cards didn't really work and NT had poor power saving features for mobile users. Most business laptops around here ended up using with Win98 (and later on W2K).

My worst gripe with NT4 was when you installed some built-in functions like IIS or extra network protocols. NT4 duly copied the files from CD but then you needed to apply the latest ServicePack once again. Which was a slooow process.

"Cheap hardware with cheap drivers could have been an issue, the driver model was more complex."

My rather expensive S3 968 PCI graphics card had those cheap drivers for NT4. Crashes aplenty. OS/2 didn't have drivers. Win9x support was great, however!

Also, no matter what people testify here, NT4 needed more RAM than Win9x.

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Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp

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Re: Minimal Install attracted only 15% of people?

"Seriously?"

Ubuntu is the beginners' choice for Linux distro, or at least it's usually the one recommended in forums and publications. People usually want the whole shebang installed just because the 'normal' install includes things like word processor and the beginners can't be bothered or don't know how to install software. I haven't used Ubuntu for some time but if the minimal install really is as minimal as distro installations used to be (no GUI installed) then I'm not surprised people opt for non-minimal setup.

Advanced users may be interested in what packages are installed, but the regular Jos Sixpacks out there certainly don't know about that and just rely on the OS to sort it all out. As they should.

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Who dares wins, they say, so Toshiba's SAS drive plans another hit on SATA

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Re: SATA 3.2 and 3.3 support 16Gbps @Joerg

"SATA obsolete and a near zero marketshare ? WHAT ?"

Read it again Joerg. I'm talking about the 16Gbps revisions - the subject line in your message...

SATA Express is dead.

M.2 is popular with laptops and some desktops too, but either the drives are you regular SATA-3 drives or the NVMe drives. SATA @16Gbps is way below PCIe (NVMe) speeds so manufacturers haven't bothered to support this middle speed tier and extra design work - it's easier to just route M.2 SATA drives to the existing motherboard SATA circuitry.

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Re: SATA 3.2 and 3.3 support 16Gbps

"why manufacturers are still stuck at using 6Gbps only that is the big question."

While an upgrade from a hard drive to an SSD will give a major boost, an upgrade from SATA SSD to NVME (or any faster bus) would be near imperceptible for most users. The power users would still select the NVME drives since the fastest drives are twice as fast as what SATA can offer.

"SATA 3.2 was published in 2013. After 5 years no SATA device"

There have been plenty of standards offering superior speed on paper. Why didn't e.g. Firewire 1600, ExpressCard 2.0, SCSI-640 etc materialize? Because they were based on obsolete technology, had near zero marketshare on a saturated market, had unacceptable license costs, or they just didn't serve a purpose anymore. There's always a chicken and egg situation with new products.

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It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

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Re: @Pascal @Coward

"Chrome and Firefox support TLS 1.3."

True.

"Remind me, which versions of IE support it?"

None yet, and I didn't even allude to TLS 1.3 support. The article was about dropping support for TLS <1.2.

TLS 1.2 is not going to be deprecated soon. No-one is going to drop TLS 1.2 soon. Not because of IE but because of most mobile devices don't have don't have TLS 1.3 implemented. Plenty of web servers and cryptographic libraries still don't have TLS 1.3 support.

Here's a small tidbit about TLS 1.2:

TLS 1.2 was ratified back in 8/2008. IE had it implemented in 7/2009 when Win7 was released. Firefox/Chrome implemented TLS 1.2 in summer of 2013.

Care to comment on that?

"Nice trolling."

You didn't even have the balls to post with your screen name, silly person.

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IE has supported TLS 1.2 since 2008 or so. Nice trolling, nevertheless.

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June 2018, and Windows Server can be pwned with a DNS request

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"these days Chrome blocks flash by default and only allows it with permission. At least Google is trying to keep things secure."

Edge has been doing it like that since v1703.

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Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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Re: Nice embedded device there...

"The definition of blackmail: Paying someone not to do something. Can M$ sink any lower?"

The IoT is a freemium product. Similarly almost every free app for mobile phones etc show ads and are restricted in some way unless you pay up.

Stop whining.

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"Which is not meant for standard desktops, and on which Office is not supported, and the latest Office version wont even run on."

LTSC is fine for desktops. You'll be just missing the fancy metro apps, Edge and store. Perhaps it's actually even better than the vanilla versions then?

Office 365 won't run, but Office 2019 (PKC, volume) will run just fine. Lack of 365 could be problematic for many orgs, I'd agree.

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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Re: MVFS

Boring!

MiLFS - Microsoft Licensed File System

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Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

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Re: Click bait @chivo

"Here I thought there was something new in Sonic Firewalls from Dell... You do know there is a product called a Sonic Firewall?"

When using the Pedantic grammar nazi alert icon you really should double-check your facts.

a) the firewall brand is Sonicwall

b) Dell sold the Sonicwall business couple years ago

HAND.

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On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Sec calls for Google monopoly probe

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Re: "I wonder why Bing isn't the dominant search engin" @AC

"I think the point is that the majority of people not only make an active decision to use Google, but it also requires effort to do so."

Majority of people are on Android and IOS.

On PC (Windows) many people use non-IE browser which usually default to Google. Google pays these 3rd party browser makes for these defaults.

Many Windows users also prefer Acrobat Reader, which by default side-installs Google Toolbar for IE and/or Chrome. Google pays Adobe for this behaviour.

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

FB can always blame the usual suspects - rogue coders did it!

(that's rouge coders for the illiterate)

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Tesla forums awash with spam as mods take an unscheduled holiday

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Re: That sandwich is an abomination...

Meh... I'd still eat it.

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How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

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Re: Use-After-Free and Heap Overflow in 2018?

Seriously, with all of the tools available to check for and mitigate these defects how do these make it through QA and testing?

Perhaps Adobe should change to FOSS model to avoid such bugs...

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Fucking Brexit

"Indeed, Europe already hates us (as proved by Eurovision every year)"

It's not you. The fact that UK has lost of great bands and artists but instead sends geriatrics like Engelbert Humperdinck to contest is just not the winning recipe.

It was a song contest 20+ years ago, not it's all about who can pull the biggest shows with rather non-catchy unmemorable music.

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Publishers tell Google: We're not your consent lackeys

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Re: I am Shocked I Tell You.......

"I've heard the view is fantastic in Silicone Valley."

Yes, a lovely dell indeed to spend quality time in, although I prefer the natural, untouched landscapes.

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Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft

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Re: M$ should be paying us!

"MSI CR630 is the one on the desk here currently ... ONLY W10 clean install from the W1608 disk ... nothing else installed again as yet. First thing it does is try to apply W1709 build ... and we are stuck in a loop of try - fail - restore old version."

What can I say - while AMD laptops are a minority I haven't heard or seen any other problems with Athlon II family except of the Meltdown/Spectre updates that caused failures last winter.

Have you asked at e.g. MSI forums? Have you installed from 1709 media? (or the 1804 just released). Basic diagnostics like Memtest86+ and such would be the very first thing to run, but this wouldn't explain why you have hordes of computers failing to update - unless they're all MSI CR630 laptops...

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Re: M$ should be paying us!

"One could very well argue that if something as widely used on Windows 10 as Classic Shell

Well, how widely used is it? Last I heard it was discontinued.

is running then Windows 10 should be aware that instability could ensue and not do the upgrade.

I agree. Windows 10 (at least) has an internal black list that denies upgrades if there is some offending software installed. (e.g. some disk encryption s/w)

Since I'm not seeing the symptoms that Isces wrote about, I am inclined to believe that the update problems he faces are down to laptop models (drivers) or some esoteric configuration. I'm working with a sample set of perhaps a few thousand laptops from the usual providers so perhaps it's just me since my first reply has already garnered a lot of downvotes in short time? (="how dares he suggest the error is not Microsoft's")

One show stopper I found out the hard way was if the EFI partition (nearly) full. For example the HP Diagnostics are installed there and since the default partition size is a paltry 100MB, the diags eat up more than half of the space. The upgrade to newer Windows builds will just fail and the error message wasn't informative at all using Windows Update. Manual update gave a better error code which actually helped to figure things out and let the upgrade to continue.

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Re: M$ should be paying us!

"I've lost days trying to get laptops stable again because anything after V1608 simply bricks them."

Very intriguing. Which laptop models are those?

Perhaps your failures could be attributed to either to your usage of Classic Shell or some other customization?

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NetHack to drop support for floppy disks, Amiga, 16-bit DOS and OS/2

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"My best achievement is getting up to the Astral plane and killing two of the 3 riders - the third one (Death) got me."

I started with Nethack in late 80s and it took me about 15 years to ascend my first character. After that it became easier when I knew what to do in the endgame and learned to play it more safe. Perhaps if I'll ever get the Monk to ascend I'll quit. Or at least wait for a next major version with new challenges.

BTW, you don't have to kill the riders to win the game, although you usually need to kill at least one.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: Almost all PCs sold these days run the 64-bit Win 10 @Mage

"Which is why MS supplies a free 32 bit VM with XP for certain versions, or did, which supports NTVDM and WOW32-16."

The XP Mode was as you said a virtual machine, and MS just provided it for backward compatibility with software that refused to work with Win7. It didn't integrate with the Windows 7 host, you could achieve identical system with e.g. VMWare Workstation under Linux.

I'm running 8-bit software on my C64 emulator perfectly fine but that's not a Windows feature, is it?

"There ARE 64 bit OSes that run 32bit and 16 bit x86."

Natively - which ones?

MS had to drop 16-bit support from 64-bit Windows because the x86 CPU's couldn't execute in 16/64-bit modes at the same time. Blame AMD.

"MS 64Bit Win7 & Win 10 is less compatible with even 32bit Win applications than an x86 atom tablet with USB keyboard and 32bit Win 10."

What on earth are you referring to?

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Re: Windows insider Program @Barry Rueger

"I know I'm repeating myself, but why don't common Linux distros have these problems? You can take a stable release of RedHat, Debian, or pretty much any popular Linux OS, install it on any non-exotic hardware (aka anything Dell) and it just works."

You seem to be repeating FUD or fake news then.

How about when the Linux distro permanently bricks your Samsung or Lenovo laptops?

So Linux is fine except when using Samsung, Lenovo or Dell (according to you) hardware. Got it, thanks!

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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it's possible

Considering that (at least) HPE Proliants have optional PLC enabled power supplies which provide identification including IP address and host name, they could be hacked to deliver more than just that since the article assumes that the exfiltration would require a compromized host anyway.

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Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

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Re: Red tape is socialist @AC @Big John

"I'm fully behind this, as red tape is communist. The markets will regulate themselves just fine. We need to be pro-business, and flexible."

Riddle me this:

The fishing industry is fishing more than is sustainable in many areas around the world - do you honestly think that removing all regulation would somehow end up all fishing companies coming together and regulating their fishing quotas, and everyone would adhere to that?

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Lenovo sends EMEA exec into metaphorical burning building

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Re: Make A Better Product PERIOD!

"Another example is with the HP 6xx series laptops you could push ONE button on the underside and instantly have access to the insides of the laptop."

Many other HP Elitebook/Zbook business laptops had the same super easy cover.

Alas, HP has abandoned it lately and most computers have a dozen or so torx/philips screws under the rubber feet you first need the pry out. Since the rubber feet are apparently stuck with some sort of adhesive they won't stay quite there... wha a pity.

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Re: Size of HAL

"but deliberately took artistic licence because having Bowman floating around a room-sized HAL is a more striking and dramatic image."

Did anyone else think that the HAL memory bank room would be practically impossible to service under any sort of gravity and prone for several 'Who, me' stories?

And while we're discussing Asimov - HAL is rather more reasonable than Isaac's vision of MultiVac which in different stories was some city-sized datacenter with cogs and levers and such, and the output was a paper card or such. TV's were by then (50s) not rare anymore. In some stories there were only few MultiVac's around the globe doing all mankind's computation - similar to what Watson predicted at IBM 60 years ago... Isaac had a great mind and many stories are intriguing but he really was no computer visionary.

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Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

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Crash (almost) re-created by another driver

https://electrek.co/2018/04/02/tesla-fatal-autopilot-crash-recreation/

"Now another Tesla owners tried to film his Model S following the same lane change scenario on Autopilot in an almost identical section of road in Chicago and it might show exactly what happened during the accident:"

"We can see the driver ignoring an alert to ‘hold the steering wheel’ sent out a few seconds before the barrier just like Tesla said in its report based on the logs – though that was likely a time-based alert.

Then it seems like Autopilot’s Autosteer stayed locked on the left line even though it became the right line of the ramp. The system most likely got confused because the line was more clearly marked than the actual left line of the lane.

That led the car directly into the barrier and it’s easy to see how a driver who is not paying attention couldn’t have been able to react in time since the driver who recreated it was barely able to apply the brake in time himself."

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: Hmmmm

The price difference between any cellular and non-cellular device (not just Apple) is usually around £100.

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Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

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Re: Foot meet hand grenades

What are the odds that the official fix advice will be "upgrade to Windows 10"?

The March 13 update fixed this already. Didn't you read the article? Icon.

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Mac fans' eyes mist over: Someone's re-created HyperCard

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Re: That reminds me...

"There was another one called Game Constructor Kit, or something, that I found equally unappealing"

Well, there was the Shoot'Em-Up Construction Kit for C64 and others. I think I made a game or two (for my own enjoyment) until I was quickly bored because you could only define the sprites and a few bits and bobs here and there, so every game turned out to be rather similar. Performance wasn't a problem, but you could never match games like Xenon, Uridium, Parallax etc.

I had much more fun with the Boulder Dash Construction Kit!

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More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

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Re: Reminds me of Microsoft Defender

"There are already competent solutions out there to fix your problem, but you just had to come up with your own solution and bake it into your software."

I've seen plenty of technically inept people go to e.g. Youtube by writing youtube on Google search box and clicking the first link. These people would never install an adblocker so I am pretty happy that there is at least *some* protection out of the box.

Same with Defender - it is disabled when you install a 3rd party AV. Or you can just disable it yourself if you really want to.

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

"DOS 6 then came along and made the process a lot easier by including "memmaker" that could automatically load as much as possible into high memory for you."

Those of us in the know had used QEMM for many years before Memmaker came to be, and even afterwards QEMM was much more efficient in maximizing the available memory.

What I really hated was Origin and their stupid own memory managers starting with Ultima 7 which refused to work with QEMM, HIMEM.SYS and others.

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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"It is a question of the highest honor a nation can endow to a person posthumously. In Great Britain it is the Westminster Abbey."

Highest honor? Annual national public holiday for "Stephen Hawking day" would eclipse that any time. Years to come those apart from Darwin, Newton and perhaps Hawking - all those other scientists buried at Westminster are only footnotes whereas a Hawking Holiday would make him rather immortal.

Or perhaps erecting a statue at Trafalgar Square. Founding (ok, unlikely) or renaming cities. Or naming the killer Asteroid coming straight at us.

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Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge

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Re: Just a little misunderstanding

Who wouldn't like watch Oriental Tit videos while doing surgery?

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Boeing ships its 10,000th 737

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Re: Brand new

"Your brat and countless others like him are just one of the many sources of frustration that make modern air travel so tiresome."

I see you have no children. Getting a 5-year-old to focus on long 5+ hour journey is pretty much impossible no matter what entertainment is available.

The food was on the tray that cannot be locked down - raise your legs and the tray starts to fold towards the seat in front of you - and that's what happened. Kids have restless feet. Deal with it.

Air travel for me is tiresome because of the constant noise from engines and the waiting times at the airport.

"Inadvertent" my arse!

Unlike you Mr Coward, everyone else makes mistakes.

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