* Posts by werdsmith

2029 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

We don't need to be wasting storage and bandwidth with unnecessary content.

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Re: The end

Alternatives will only replace it if they are always there when you need them.

For instance if my mother calls me with a problem on her laptop and I want to talk her through sending a screenshot. MSPaint will be there.

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Re: The end

Alt-Printscreen

Start-Run MSPAINT

CTRL-V

Crop Marquee Select Crop

CTRL-A CTRL-C

Swtich to email

CTRL - V

Done.

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Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

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Re: If only it was something different..

I saw the headline and thought "ooh a new phone!" dived into the article, read a few lines and then.... oh, Android. Nothing new then.

Next.

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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Re: The Young Ones fan?

"A truckload of dead rats in a tampon factory"

Please could somebody explain this simile for me ?

Thanks.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Yep, there will be some kind of workaround in the firmware that will cost some of the spec'd performance of the modem.

I have one, though this is the first I've heard of this problem (didn't notice anything that affected my use). Virgin should stop rolling out the SH3 and offer a replacement to existing users.

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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Re: I suspect there are quite a few Java devs out there

As my career started in resource constrained times, I was formed as a C/Assembler then C++ guy.

When Java appear in the 90s I made the effort to learn it but soon became disillusioned with it as a fat, lumbering sloth of a thing that would use many times the memory and cycles to do the same thing as I could with my old comfortable friend languages.

I still don't see any reason to use so much resource just because it's available.

Python, great and I got into it helping my son through school with it, it does some exceptional things.

But I still like to be as close to the metal as possible. If something doesn't need real programming then Javascript will do it.

Python will take over the world though, it's the new BASIC and the enthusiasts/makers love it.

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Reborn Nokia phones biz loses its head

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It's a problem if 2G networks are being phased out.

Or if you are a customer of Three in the UK.

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3310 is hamstrung by being a 2G phone. I think when a 3G/4G 3310i comes out that will not be soon obsolete, they will sell a lot more.

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The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

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Re: Perhaps as with some high end trading systems

My concern would be for high net worth individuals (alas/fortunately I am not one such) bundled from the street into a van and waking to find themselves in an abandoned warehouse tied to a chair with their phone being dangled in front of them.

Or they could just point a gun at them and tell them to put their code in.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: "are the seamen equipped with oars?"

I passed a morse test for Amateur Radio in the 80s, it was easy enough - only 12wpm.

I still hear morse occasionally because there are enthusiasts keeping it going, it has a longer QRP reach than voice. Repeater ID themselves with morse and so do aviation NDBs.

Receiving morse and getting the letters down is not a problem, the difficulty is understanding the message as it will likely be all abbreviations and codes.

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Re: "The occupants wear seatbelts and airbags fly out from all around, "

The result can be worse than a no-airbag scenario. If you have airbags, you must wear the belt as well

I believe there are two type of airbag systems, the SRS (Seatbelt Restraint System) one, and the other type that is more popular in the USA.

I can't remember seeing them on my most recent trip to the US, but in the 90s there were weird seatbelts that tracked out along a rail when the door opened to wrap round the driver when they go in.

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Re: Shock news. US drivers actually use safety belts?

Modern cars are designed with those really thick pillars to keep the roof in place. The occupants wear seatbelts and airbags fly out from all around, including in the back.

I've witnessed rollover accidents where people just stepped out shocked by mostly uninjured.

There was one I saw one night that was so frightening I was afraid to look inside the car, but I did and encountered a smiling driver!

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Re: Hmm

If it's missing (for example, there was no cellular coverage in the area), then things could become more interesting... No coverage gives Tesla plausible deniability,

I would guess that if there is no cellular coverage the car would store the relevant data.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: Well I'm...

Advert ranks right up there as one of the best ever.

As a bass player I also love the song.

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Re: Quite Right!

I know the ads you mean, for example that series of Tesco ones, with the eye-rolling sighing wife and checkout cashier.

Never bothered me. Anyone wants to take the piss out of me, go right ahead. Don't give a .....

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Russia launches non-TERRIFYING satellite that focuses Sun's solar rays onto Earth

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Re: Tracking info freely available

Two Line Element data:

1 42830U 17042F 17198.95941365 +.00001137 +00000-0 +12141-3 0 9993

2 42830 097.6142 108.5338 0013224 224.7854 135.2298 14.90651832000537

Do some fun Kepler mathematics.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: Only a British would use a ZX spectrum for music...

A Commodore 64? Show me one of them in the early 80s for £125. I would have taken a BBC Micro for the price anyway, if I could afford it.

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Even the ZX80 and ZX81 are still going with an enthusiast community behind them. You can buy expanders that allow sound and use and SD card for storage, and there is even a kit built multi ZX emulator available that covers the variants of the ZX81, 80 and their clones.

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

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Re: How about caps?

No matter what you say about it, for a small investment a few years ago, our family had 2 weeks in Florida using about half the profit.

You can sit and scowl all you like, I'm thinking of taking the rest out and buying a new car.

Even if it went to zero now, most bitcoiners have made their whack and none will be out of pocket.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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It's that really strange thing that American written Wikipedia articles have on famous people:

"<insert name> has Scottish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Norwegian and native American ancestry on his mother's side,...."

FFS, that just means American.

I am Irish and English, but I have both passports to prove it plus a home and extended family in both countries and a parent from each.

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Half the Story

Stupid of the host to act like that and inexcusable, got what she deserved etc, but....

This is one sided reporting. First of all Barker accepted the booking knowing who the guest would be, from her name, profile etc.

Then there were frequent polite comms where the booking was changed, renegotiated. Two extra guests were added. Then the guest asked to bring a small dog, and the host said no because they have a pitbull in the house. Guest persisted and eventually the hosts agreed to remove their own dog from the house to accommodate the dog.

Messages on the day of arrival have been withheld by the guest (?? hmmm) but relationship broke down and became hostile, with the guest delaying arrival until 2AM-3AM. The host lost patience.

Some people haven't realised that an airBnB booking is not for a Howard Johnson, you are actually going to be a guest in someone's home.

So I think the reason they cancelled is because the guest really did mess them about, but still really stupid to use those words in doing so.

They had the opportunity to refuse the booking long before, and didn't, then went out of their way to accommodate the guests. Of course, nobody is interested in that.

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

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Re: So, worst code ever?

I've never managed to get a look at the WIn10 source, so I can't comment.

However, when I see the claim "worst code ever" I am always sceptical because I know that there is still plenty of my own code out there working away in various places. It was definitely the worst ever.

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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Re: How many hospitals is that ?

I believe that the NHS gets through far more than £500m a week. That amount would probably keep it going from now until Saturday night.

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Re: Still no.

@Dave Stevens

"Well, sure. When given a choice between 2 things, most people go for the most expensive."

Interesting, Except in the example I gave there are more than 2 choices and the people have actually taken the cheaper option.

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Re: Still no.

Where our staff are given a choice between a Surface tablet with keyboard and pen and other laptop choices including a Dell XPS, about 90% take the Surface.

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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Re: regardless of Corbyn

Yes, everybody know it does occur but setting up a stunt to highlight it is quite weaselish.

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Re: Did they...

Booked seats clearly show that they are booked between certain stations and are free elsewhere on the journey.

The aids will have been capable of booking a seat (and so saving money) but the plan was to create a stunt and attempt to make a big deal out of it. Unfortunately for them it backfired.

A lot of this stuff goes on. In the towns near me several street beds with duvets and pillows appeared in the town centre when the election campaigning started. Mysteriously they were never occupied and disappeared when the polls closed on election day.

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No need, he's a politician. Everybody knows they are full of shit, no investigation required.

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Brit SAP user group seeking more line-of-business members

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Re: I never fail to be amazed

More money to implement and maintain than actual value brought to the business. A bit like some board members.

Board people don't seem to mind though, it's a familiar comfortable name that they've lived with for years. Sounds a bit like another major provider of business software.....

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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Re: Conspiracy or cockup?

"I wonder how many sales are the result of this hack being there?"

I do remember when DVD players were new, the ones with the region lock override hacks "leaked" in the public domain were the ones that everyone wanted.

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

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Re: Why on Gahd's Green Earth....

I do wonder what Trump thinks about Tesla, Paypal, Spacex etc. Elon Musk did immigrate from South Africa after all.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Re: To be fair...

I'm not inclined to want to go through the upheaval of a relocate, especially with family, when there is little or no job security.

I have a relative who has hauled himself and his life from one end of the country to the other twice and then came back because the jobs lasted 2 or 3 years.

One of my previous employers was taken over and relocated to the sunny south coast, loads went with them but within 2 years, another takeover and the jobs relocated to somewhere less pleasant.

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Being mortgage free was my target and I just piled on overpayments until it was gone.

The mortgage is the main shackle on life, once you are rid of it you suddenly find you are free of the need to prostitute to corporates and life choices open up.

We will get my son through uni now without debt.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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I already own legal copies of 99% of the music I will ever want to listen to, so I already paid for it.

I'm not paying again for a subscription so it can be delivered to me again on my own bandwidth cost.

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LHC finds a new and very charming particle: the Xicc++ baryon

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Re: Awe

Top physicists and scientists > Rock Stars > footballers.

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Imagination: Apple relations still rotten but, hey, losses have shrunk

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Re: I'd pay $1000 for an iPhone.

£46/m over a 24 month contract is way more than a grand.

People are already paying such amounts without blinking.

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

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Re: Rainbow

Judging by just how stupid this makes the petitioner look, I would suspect that this is a false flag exercise.

Hmmm, thinking about it, the stupid in this actually does match up.

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Students smash competitive clustering LINPACK world record

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Re: Sacasm...

"Why the sarcasm? This is quite an achievement for some students; >99% of the readership of this Esteemed Organ wouldn't be interested in doing this.

FTFY

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Re: 5 star apple screw driver

In the battery kits on Ebay the special screwdrivers come supplied with the part.

This article is a lot of BS, at least up until the fingerprint sensor the Apple screen replacements were childs play. With a fingerprint snesor it's a bit tricker but easy enough after a bit of practice up to 6S.

Battery replacements also a 5 minute doddle up to 6S.

When the 7 arrived with its waterproofing things then got more complicated.

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

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He went for a jolly in an Alpha Jet?

Good ol' boy!

Exactly what I would do if I could.

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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

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Re: Pointless

Depends on who your friends are really...

If your friends have at least half a brain then they won't be on Faecebook.

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Re: Pointless

and there's plenty of good points to weigh agains the bad

I'd say that the scales have fallen over onto the bad side.

It's full of BS political propaganda, stupid hoaxes, guilt trip postings, banal, pointless,nonsense memes, idiot click bait personality quizzes and hoards of morons that believe all this stuff and propagate it.

For any of the <1% good points there is always a better way to do it for people who can be bothered.

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Re: CaaS

I had an account a long time ago, before I grew tired of the 99.99% brainless drivel on there.

Then they asked for copies personal documents like passports to prove my name!

This is for facebook, who the f*** do they think they are? And how stupid must people be if they do actually surrender these kind of ID docs to them?

Life is greatly enhanced for all those who dump it and never go back.

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Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe

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Re: It's possible to reduce the hassle

I just don't answer the phone if I don't recognise the number.

Calls down to 1 or 2 a year now.

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O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales

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As long as they keep the nature/animal sketch cover artwork, I'll be happy with O'Reilly books.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Re: All this has happened before

far too big to put that into a small fighter

I would agree that there might not be much space available, but have you ever been up close to a Tornado? Small is not a word that would spring to mind, though they are slightly smaller than an F15 but bigger than an F16 most of these war machines are more of 50 feet long and 20 feet to the top of the fin. About half the size of an A320

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

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Re: Have you noticed?

No fucks given here.

Nor any down votes, or up votes. Or any notice taken of them.

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Re: How am I supposed to IGNORE the update...

wow, take it seriously why don't you

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