* Posts by Snapper

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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

Snapper

This just in!

Oh how I love DropBox and new recruits from prestigious universities!

This young lady had installed DropBox on her skinny, shiny laptop, and on her Desktop computer to keep a folder synchronised. Very good, top marks.

She moves 5Gb of important work into the DropBox folder. She then immediately shuts the computer down. Next morning, assuming the 5GB ‘must’ have synced with DropBox and her desktop, she starts up the laptop and proceeds to delete the files in the DropBox folder.

She then goes to her Desktop, starts it up, opens the DropBox folder and…….no files.

Quite rightly thinking that DropBox was at fault she started up the shiny laptop (graduation present no less, from Mummy and Daddy) and….dun, dun duuuuuurrrrr OMG! OMG! DROPBOX HAS LOST HER FILES OMG!

Phones me to see if I could ‘fix’ DropBox to get her files to show up. Asking her questions like “how long did you wait to let the files upload from your laptop before you shut the computer down?” with snappy answers such as “why do you need to know that! Is this going to take long?”, and thus forever taking a warm place in my heart, I tried to work out what had happened.

So her 5GB of files were not on the laptop, Desktop or DropBox web folder.

So, had she emptied her trash? Of course she had, to ‘save space’, and she’d also done what Daddy had always told her to do and used Secure Delete.

“Ok”, I said, keeping my fingers crossed “Do you have a backup of those files?”.

“Of course, that’s what I did last night, backed them up to DropBox!”

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Capacity

The main problem with the A380 is the fact that it has to full or nearly full to fly profitably, so the airline has to have the requirement to find that number of people who all want to travel at the same time to the same destination.

Throw in the need for bigger lounges, infrastructure at the boarding gates and maintenance hangers, and the fact that an airline now has a very good choice of smaller but more economically efficient aircraft that can be used on more routes (see above), and it would be a brave purchasing Director who committed his company to the A380.

Flown in it a couple of times, and the height of the body makes the walls of the cabin seem far less 'tube' like and more spacious, very comfortable and quiet. OTOH the 747 felt like an ergonomic slum in comparison.

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

Snapper

Re: I bet

One word: Tunnels

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User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

Snapper

What do they teach.....

I was having a chat to a team head at a clients. Told him the (by then) decades old story of watching a new girl at another clients trying to get the yellow highlighter off the screen of a CRT display with a brillo pad.

Carried on with the time I saw someone put several dozen rows of info into a spreadsheet followed by a price in the next column, followed by opening a drawer, grabbing a calculator and adding all the prices up to type in at the bottom.

At this point everyone close by went silent, and one girl went very, very red.

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

Snapper

'IT'

My kids were brought up on an unrelenting diet of Microsoft Office as 'IT'. Homework was usually prepared using PowerPoint on templates that were sized as US Letter, as it seems the teachers didn't know the difference. Hence all their work was squashed horizontally when printed on A4.

Don't know what it taught them apart from IT being boring and that mediocre results were acceptable.

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

Snapper

Re: Less is more?

I see your point, but it wasn't actually sunk by the Swordfish aircraft and their torpedoes, it had it's rudder badly damaged and this fact enabled quite a few of the warships we had then (probably far more than we have now in total), to surround the Bismark and THEY sank her.

The detail, as always, is far more relevant. Think about it.

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Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

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Gimp

Re: Winaerotweaker and Everything will fix a number of your complaints

Kin' hell!!

Why not just buy a Mac and have it done for you!

Strikes me that a lot of Windows users are secret masochists!

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Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up

Snapper

New stuff

Totally agree

New Mac Pro Tower rather than that useless Spittoon/wastebasket with masses of upgradability and PCI slots. Apple might possibly just save their 'Pro' market, especially if it starts at a fast Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator level and can be scaled right up rather than gold-plating everything for 3D 10K Video and making it too expensive.

New Mac Mini

New MacBook Air with a few ports.

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Rosetta probe's final packets massaged into new snap of Comet 67P

Snapper

Re: What are you looking at? Boulders. Perhaps with some organic molecules present,

Nope, Gabrielle Drake playing Lieutenant Gay Ellis was wearing a mini-skirt, I remember it well.

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UFIEbscrNOU/VTvH3nQu9LI/AAAAAAABkms/pTsB6Zf6FbA/s1600/Gabrielle%2BDrake%2Bin%2BUFO%2Bphoto%2Bshoot.jpg

IIRC She was demonstrating that a surface without reference to scale was a problem when trying identify stuff on the aliens planet taken by a spy satellite when the distance/scale recording had gone dodgy. The engineers chose to demonstrate the problem by showing a close up of her >gulp< thigh.

I was a young lad at the time............

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

Snapper

Re: How did they get to 3 billion accounts?

Also BT in the UK.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

Snapper

No, a ratchet spanner actually has a use.

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Apple blocks comms-snooping malware

Snapper

Re: Why can apps do this?

The macOS and the vast, vast majority of apps running on it are usually fine without Admin privs. It's the users/techs choice to allow them to install apps, set up printers etc.

Remember, Mac users don't have the same memories regarding security history as Windows users do >sarcasm<

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

Snapper

Re: 0.1 percent

You don't travel on the tube every day, do you?

Nah, didn't think so!

Provincial Numpty!

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Snapper

Re: Where are all the pickpockets?

In the same illegal campsite as you!

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Snapper

Parochial sheepshagger then?

If you can get the straw from between your teeth long enough to realise that using the tube in rush hour is a highly stressful exercise that the majority of Londoners are forced to endure twice a day during their working lives, then you might just get the other brain-cell away from the thought of a recent ovine hook-up and try it yourself sometime and see how you get along. I'd rate you at two weeks.

Outside London = Loser

Inside London = dead from cardiac arrest at 55 due to supporting the rest of the knuckle-dragger's from outside the M25 who spend their time thinking we are all rich and live like Jeremy Corbyn.

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

Snapper

Re: Fuck a duck!

Some of us started on Amstrad 8256 computers, with no hard drive. You had to load the OS and then the apps by shuffling the non-standard floppy disks around, a process that took several minutes, then used a 'data' disk to work off of.

Kids today.

Then I got a Mac Plus with no HD and '2' floppy disk drives......

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

Snapper

They all noticed!

I replaced some 27" displays that were glossy and highly reflective (bright office with windows all round) with anti-glare/semi-matte displays with much better specs. Got a few comments from the mainly young and female clients that they were a lot easier to read and gave them less headaches etc.

Went in a week later to a deluge of whingeing because they couldn't do their make-up in the morning leaning over their (inevitably) orange keyboards any more.

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The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

Snapper

Call me stupid but.....

If we poor cattle can't take anything larger than a phone onto a plane, it's only the airline technical staff who will benefit, Shirley?

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Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

Snapper

Let me get this straight...

Kaspersky is complaining about the ethics of another company who's reputation has been in the gutter for decades?

What the fuck did they expect? Free Unicorn shit with each computer!

I'm glad I deal with Macs and have lived a life almost totally free of this crap. I like to sleep at night not wonder what other 3rd rate bozo's are going to try and do me over. Apple's tried enough times but they just don't have the same bottomless pit of evil to draw on.

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

Snapper

Excel can be used to calculate things?

A few days ago I was at a client's site early and got chatting to one of the guys there, and I told a couple of 'in the early days' tales. He liked the one where I told a young lady to highlight the text on the screen.

*THOK*

Yellow highlighter applied to screen!

Then I told him I once saw another young lady type a column of numbers into Excel, then reach across her desk to grab a calculator, tap the numbers in and then type the total into the spreadsheet.

At this point he stared past me at yet another young lady who was standing behind me and who usually sat next to him. Her face was bright red.........

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Kremlin-linked hackers believed to be behind Mac spyware Xagent

Snapper

Re: Xagent exfiltrate data from compromised Mac

@Walter Bishop "How does this Xagent get onto the Mac in the first place?"

You'd think the article would have mentioned it, would you not?

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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

Snapper

Re: There were only two of them?

Too right.

Walking all that way to Australia for a bit of peace and quiet!

That'll teach them a lesson they won't forget in a hurry......

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Think virtual reality is just about games? Think again, friend

Snapper

Re: Omaha beach

'Funny' you should mention Saving Private Ryan, as the scene where a German soldier slowly pushes a bayonet into the heart of an Allied soldier is an image I found highly upsetting in just 2D.

Seeing and hearing that as an immersive experience could be as realistic as standing next to it in real life, and I'm pretty sure that would not be good for me or a whole lot of other people.

Once it becomes cheaper and the technology becomes simpler to operate, I'm sure there will be many VR's created with effects for effects sake, just like Avatar. Horror and 'Action' movies could literally become like drugs, with people under pressure from peers to endure the most emotive and shocking experiences. Cue the provision of nurses and psychiatrists at VR 'events', although why you would take a trip to a theater just to get away from other people and pay, probably handsomely, for it, I don't know.

OTOH I can see the use of VR as a great relaxation aid, with the ability to chill out much like properly taught meditation can do. I can also see the appeal of 'flying' down the Grand Canyon with Pink Floyd playing.

Niche product at the end of the day, but it will be hyped as usual.

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Steve Jobs' thermonuclear showdown with Samsung reaches US Supreme Court

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Joke

Lordy!

Who are you and what have you done with El Reg!

I was expecting lots of snide remarks about Steve Jobs and how Apple should have ignored Samsung's 100% blatant copying of the iPhone, the icons and the packaging to the point where even the lawyers had to look really carefully to check which one they were holding up, because of 'rounded corners'.

Hopefully all those trolls have left and are working in supermarkets now.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Snapper

"All I see is naval gazing.

JEZZA "I see no ships"!

I think you mean 'NavEl gazing', but then again, I totally agree with you, but it's what most hard lefties do innit? All "take the fight to the tories' stuff, ignoring democratic elections for their own tired little arguments.

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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

Snapper
WTF?

Power Outage

Power Outage you say?

So, let me get this straight, Harbour Exchange in London's Docklands, one of THE most important links in the whole UK network, does not have adequate provision for when there is a power outage, either internally or externally.

Effectively no resilience then?

GOD'S TEETH!!!!!!

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

Snapper

Re: five nines...

Nine fives?

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UK.gov's Major Projects Authority ain't saving us any money, say MPs

Snapper

We get the government we deserve!

There are always two or three sides to an argument.

If we hound MP's (and their families) for the sin of having outside real world business interests and, presumably, previous experience that could result in a baying mob accusing them of everything under the Sun (deliberate pun) including drowning kittens, then we will only get PPE/OxBridge educated views and skills.

Of course politicians and civil servants are second-rate at running anything. If they were any good they'd be doing it in the private sector away from prying eyes.

You can't get rid of incompetent civil servants. All you can do is promote them to move them out of YOUR department. Seen it happen dozens of times.

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Prison butt dialler finally off-hold after 12-day anal retention marathon

Snapper

Re: I can see a marketting opportunity here

Or 'Stir'?

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How to build a plane that never needs to land

Snapper
Unhappy

Re: About as useful as a chocolate teapot

>cough< PEDANT ALERT!

The Tiger Moth was not a WW1 plane.

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How many Surface power cords are a fire risk? 2.25 million in the US alone

Snapper
Facepalm

Is it just me...

Or have I noticed a distinct tendency of the fairer sex to REALLY wind cables very tightly. This happens a lot at my clients and SWMBO gets through a hairdryer a year!

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RBS and Natwest online banking goes titsup

Snapper
Joke

Re: So that's why...

It sounds like it wasn't the only cold pussy you had experience of that day!

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iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

Snapper
Happy

iPad Mini Mk 1/iPad 2 and iPhone 4S work fine

Ok, the iPad Mini Mk 1 is not very fast and battery life is not great (about 6 hours), but it works fine with iOS9, as do my iPad 2 and the wife's iPhone 4s.

We deliberately don't run Chrome, nuff said.

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Cheque, mate? Barclays Bank borked as website, apps take cheeky siesta

Snapper
Coffee/keyboard

@ChronixPsyc

You caught one!

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Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

Snapper

Re: Biggest problem with Windows phone continues to be mismanagement shocker?

Wait a few minutes for the inevitable 'Apple is too expensive' call.

Point One: Apple don't make cheap plastic shit with minimum RAM and low-res screens that last a couple of years.

Point Two: If a Windows PC is made to the same manufacturing quality as say, a MacBook Pro 15", then they are usually the same price or more expensive.

Point Three: Windows PC's are for those who don't know any better or can't/won't afford quality.

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

Snapper

Re: And why not?

I think the icon (Windows User) and having to abuse alcohol and grow a beard because of depression is indicative of the level of sarcasm in use.

Either that or he's a complete tool!

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UK Broadband suffers £37.5m loss after big Relish investment

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Unhappy

Poorly designed crap

Had a look at this for a few clients trapped in parts of Central London that can't get Inifinity or Virgin, but the 4G requires almost line-of-sight to a transmitter.

The original router they had was abysmal, and I had to resort to using double-sided suckers to attach it as high as possible in windows. Given that the power was a 1m cable hard wired into the power brick it was rather unsightly with a plug-bar hanging off it, so I had to solder up some extension cables for it.

Technical support was limited to 'send it back if you don't like it'. That may have changed by now but I suspect in a downward direction.

I also had a look at their higher end Dish-On-The-Roof for businesses. Basically a load of cheap parts bundled together that hardly anyone in the company knew about let alone could answer any questions.

Marketing company selling broadband stuff really.

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Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview

Snapper
Facepalm

Outlook 2016

...for Mac.

Wonder how much of the new Exchange 2016 goodies will work with it......

Oh! Right!

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

Snapper
FAIL

Really?

"Look how it has been aped by every OS ever since"

You mean Microsoft finally managed hide DOS under a knock-off of the Mac OS GUI after over a decade trying.

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Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

Snapper

This cow is clever!

If the picture is to be believed, then this cow has managed to find her way to the mythical Polish Carpathian mountains in the south of the country (who knew), and all the Keystones were looking in the west.

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China looks to gobble Micron, acquire its own RAM and flash chipper

Snapper

Spilling Choker?

You need one installed and you need to practice with it before you post another article.

SPELLING errors in 2015 FFS!

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MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

Snapper

Re: TRIM support as well?

FFS - get a grip! The latest 10.10.4 update gives you the Apple sanctioned ability to enable TRIM.

http://tinyurl.com/pvhf5w4

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Got iOS 8.3 installed? Pssh, you are SO last week… version 8.4 is out

Snapper

That's why we have icons!

You needed to use the joke alert!

What's that? You weren't joking!

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What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

Snapper
FAIL

Same old, same old.

I've been using MS stuff on Macs since Word 3, and I think Microsoft are still the same rip-off company they've always been.

MS people are patting themselves on the back for making the big jump from Office 2011 (released in 2010) to Office 2016 (TBR in 2015).

What they have actually done is played around with the graphics and done a very minor upgrade to a couple of the apps. The sort of upgrade that MIGHT get a .5 indication on anything by another company.

Excel is still 32-bit! Jaw-dropping, just...... jaw-dropping. HELLLOOOOO Microsoft! It's 2015!

Needs to run on Yosemite because your stupid coders can't work out how to make it work properly with older Mac OS's! Would any other company expect to get away with this (apart from Apple of course)?

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

Snapper

Re: So there won't be a Lord Straw then?

Conscientious objectors were rarely cowards. Many served on the front-line as medics.

Agree with the rest of the post though. Just wish we could really do that bastard Blair for war-crimes!

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

Snapper
Alert

Re: Samsung makes Great hardware, but ...

Android is a turgid mess. I had to get another (2013) Nexus 7 for my wife as her earlier model 7 had buggered its battery. Looked up how to move apps and, most importantly, Cany Crush scores from one 7 to another.

WTF!

Root it!

No official way of doing it!

No official backup!

Ok for geeks.

'Simples' for Geeks.

Most people have a relative or son/daughter who can do this.

An awful lot of people don't, and that's what Google an Sammy don't grok.

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Snapper

Re: Why should Apple be worried?

Market share.............

Oh Jesus H Christ, are you actually relying on that argument?

Irrespective of what is or isn't the best phone, the known FACTS are that Apple makes much more money than Samsung on phones that are actually brought rather than >cough< 'shipped'.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

Snapper
Facepalm

Now.....

Is anyone actually, genuinely surprised at this?

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

Snapper

Okay, who else thought.....

it looked like a rather elongated sex-doll?

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

Snapper

Obvious Use

You could use it to camouflage the garden shed, then the missus can't find you when she wants you to put paper in her ink-jet printer.

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