* Posts by TonyJ

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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@Andrew... the shoes etc were known about, for sure. What has become apparent, (from listening to the radio yesterday) is just how much core and spinal strength is required and what damage can be caused.

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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@MR W B Jones - try a different launcher. I find either Nova Prime or even Microsoft Launcher to be superior to the Samsung one, but there are plenty of others you could also try.

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Re: Facebook firewalled?

@Kreton...ditto. And even though I have a phone with BTU firmware and no facebook app, it threw up a surprising number of hits for facebook...all of them blocked.

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GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

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Re: I'm wary of geeks bearing gifts

"...When Sony dominated the market they used to be standards-avoiding bastards who forced you to buy their $200 Sony peripherals instead of $20 generic jobs..."

This is one of a few reasons I will never buy Sony again if I can help it.

My wife and I had recently moved into our new house and she'd saved money to buy me a PS2 for Christmas.

Having just moved, and being fairly young, as you can imagine money wasn't exactly something we were awash with so to find out that I couldn't save my game unless I bought an expensive and proprietary storage card was a kick in the nuts.

Then there was the time I'd bought a second hand 8mm camcorder that failed. I took it into the local Sony repair centre where it languished for weeks and weeks and upon calling once a week, I'd be told different things. One day they forgot to put me on hold and I heard the guy I was speaking to say to his boss "i'ts that moaning c**t asking about his f***ing camcorder again...what bulls**t do I give him this time?" Needless to say my complaint was listened to at that point.

And of course, there are the things they've done since that don't directly impact me but are still disgusting behaviour...no we don't have to pay the additional tax on our PS3's m'lud as look - that little tick box means a version of Linux can go on and make it a general purpose computer...fast forward and if you want to be able to play online you need to accept this update that turns that functionality off.

Then there's the whole way they treated Geohot and his family.

The root kit.

The way they mishandled the major breach some years ago on PSNet or whatever it is called.

And so on.

Not a company I'd be particularly sad to see go, to be honest.

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Lost GoPro

End of the last dive of a weekend of what we think would've been some fabulous footage.

We'd just been down to around 45m on a submarine wreck in near perfect condition (it'd been purposefully sunk there to test the UK submarine detection system) and in near idyllic dive conditions.

At the surface, waiting for the dive boat to collect us, I poked my head underwater to see the gopro gently disappearing. Of course I made a grab for it, as you tend to for these sort of things but a) it was by now way too far away and b) a fully inflated wing (buoyancy device) is designed to keep you on the surface so I was going nowhere.

Shame, that one. :(

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: GDPR

"...All working now? Crisis in the future? Nah, it's all working now, we'll deal with it later..."

On the plus side this attitude keeps me in work.

On the down side, the number of times I'm faced with legacy systems that were pushed to be dealt with in the future....and now is the future and the options are slim to none, is increasingly frustrating.

But then again...I like to eat :)

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LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies, aged 73

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One of the first CD Writers I used was a Goldstar.

Worked well at 1 and so-so at 2 speed. 4 speed never wrote reliably.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: We need some ...

Some of the signs I've seen over the years:

Warning whomever is self pleasuring themselves AND leaving behind their magazines that they WILL be caught and severely dealt with;

Warning males that the female toilets are for females only;

A reminder that the urinals aren't meant for shitting in;

A reminder explaining that it's unhygienic to leave your number two on the window shelf...now bearing in mind that said windows were about 8 feet off the ground, it was presumably also a falling risk!

And not in the bathroom, but in the kitchen area, a sign asking people to use the microwave to boil milk, not the kettle.

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Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI

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Re: The UK is not geographically well positioned from a renewable energy perspective.

"...Have you tried to generate power from rain?..."

Manchester would generate more energy than the sun! :)

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Re: re: Dodgy Geezer

"...generating less than 200Mw for nearly 24 hours.."

What is a Mw? Presumably you mean a MW, given the SI unit for Watts is, erm W not w

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"..'Non-fossil' Renewable power sources are very poor. They deliver low amounts of power, which is easily disrupted. No engineer in their senses would use them - unless it was to obtain subsidies from a government bemused by Greens..."

o'rly?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40198567

I also bought into solar power for my home. It made a big difference to our electricity bill due to the wife being at home and doing things like washing and ironing etc with plenty of sunlight to help power things.

You really should try and educate yourself a bit more before you spout such crud.

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Wonder if it could run powered by a small solar panel or if the weight of even that would be too much?

Good work shrinking everything into it though, for sure.

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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No, sometimes little parts of Bob's weird rants make sense..

FTFY

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Are StargatSG7 and BoB one and the same?? Same odd way of capitalising random words etc.

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Ex-CIA man fingered as prime suspect in Vault 7 spy tool manuals leak

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Can just imagine the conversation "So...confess to the leak and you can spend your long time locked away in a comparatively easy jail. Or...we get you on the child abuse images and you go into a high security jail in the general population shared with all of the child-abuser-hating gang members, murderers and the like...how long d'you think a convicted paedophile would last there, eh?"

Like others have pointed out - these cases are so murky we'll never really know the truth of it, I guess.

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Pentagon on military data-nomming JEDI cloud mind trick: There can be only one (vendor)

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Re: I love confused links ...

....Though it could explain where the Norks got their plans ....."

Thought they got them from the Russians? Who got also give them from to the White House?

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Citrix snuffs Xen and NetScaler brands

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At the same time, XenServer pushed VMware pretty hard for a free hypervisor, back in the day. They chucked in live migration between hosts, which everyone else wanted you to pay for, and you could remove snapshots without powering down the VM, which also kept it well clear of the bottom-end of the market.

The problem I had with it is that it nevery actually removed those snapshots. The disk image ended up as some ugly Logical Volume chain, and once you hit 255 snapshots the whole damn thing stopped. The VM would still run (slowly), but it wouldn't snapshot again.

And there are those who'd say "don't use snapshots for backups", but I had a very good system running based around Bacula, which did both file-level and VM-level backups. Wasn't the nicest for restoring, but it was cheap!

You make a fair point - with VMware's price gouging, XenServer was a viable alternative, even if you went down the paid route: I forget the exact pricing but certainly <10k got you most of the way to a VMware platform.

It just so often felt less intuitive than the competition.

Also...no problem with snapshot-based backups. The problem is when people take a snapshot thinking that that itself is a backup solution. Then another and so on, not realising they're now just writing to difference disks, and burning through their storage.

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Re: Blame the software not the user...

"...Ah another Citrix dinosaur. This argument was ok in 2001 (when Citrix and your skills were relevant) , now we have #dontblamethevictim. If Citrix doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work. Stop blaming anyone other than the software vendor...."

Lol...sure ok.

I'm so happy you know enough about me to know my full skillset.

Citrix is amongst them for sure. It's why I'm currently leading the refresh of a legacy system for c21,000 users to bring them bang up to date. Guess there are some companies didn't get your memo.

I'd love some [proper] citations please. "If Citrix doesn't work....". That's like saying if anything doesn't work, it MUST be the fault of whatever it is and that nothing else can be to blame. #Narrowmindedlknowitall

Also if you took the time to read my posts, I've always stood by the main problem being the people doing the implementation and the support that are usually the problem. Sure, the wraparound tech needs to be up to the job, but done properly there are ways to work around those limitations.

And, if you cared to read said earlier posts around Citrix, you'd see that I haven't always said they get it right - I've consistently, for example, said I see no large scale use cases for their VDI product, XenDesktop (as was), or for that matter any vendor's VDI.

Morons like you, that seem to be able to grossly generalise and still show themselves as no-nothing idiots with facts based around something they might have seen/known almost twenty years ago make me smile.

But hey...don't let facts hold you back.

Thanks for the chuckle, anyway.

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@Leigh...quite correct: https://www.cnet.com/news/citrix-to-buy-virtualization-company-xensource-for-500-million/

XenServer always felt like one of their weaker products and I always wondered if it was down to the way they'd bought some of the IP.

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"... Software, not so much. They've been lucky that nobody could be arsed to properly challenge them all these years...."

As I've already posted on here, that's a crock of shit.

When done properly by people that understand the technology, Citrix can be a rock-solid environment. When thrown in half-assed, and managed like a traditional server estate with no care or thought to how it functions then you have issues.

I suspect that the people like you, that complain it's poor fall into the category of "it's just another Windows server". Or, and I feel sorry for you if this is the case, you've been forced to use a system thrown in like the above and have a poor perception of it.

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So what's new?

WinFrame -> MetaFrame -> Presentation Server -> XenApp

And that's just for one product line.

Nfuse -> NFuse Entperise -> Web Interface -> StoreFront

For another.

Just two examples.

I wish they'd concentrate on what they're good at rather than this constant re-branding exercise they never seem to finish.

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Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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Re: Sense of humor

"..At least now we know what the Canadian equivalent to "Here, hold my beer!" is..."

Presumably, in this case at least, it's "Here, hold my bear..."

Come on...it is a Friday afternoon...

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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I known nothing about train architecture but are the brakes really likely to be network-accessible?

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....

Ahhh toast...

Way back in the mid 90's I changed jobs. My first day on the new job and I was a bit surprised to learn that the company had a proper kitchen area where people could prepare their own food for breakfast and lunch.

One of the elder ladies there (she was past the official age of retirement even then) had made some toast and done the same thing, forgetting about it.

As the fire alarms went off and we were walking out, my new boss was saying to her "the fire brigade will come out you know" but she was having none of it, thinking he was just winding her up.

Then they duly did arrive. No fines or anything ensued as they had the burnt evidence of why it'd happened.

Quite a memorable way to start a new job :)

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Citrix joins the ‘reinvent the future of work’ chorus with a workspace app and security stuff

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Re: Exactly how much "reinvention"?

@AC - Well, it's been a few years since they had a rebrand so one was due, I guess ;-)

I've worked with Citrix since WinFrame days. I was CCEA #54 :)

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Re: Mainframes are such old hat you know...

"...Just think how much energy we could save if we stopped using Shi... .."

You've never heard of thin clients then?

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Re: Exactly how much "reinvention"?

"...is Citrix still a crap choice chosen to make IT's life easier without regard to the experience of the rest of the business?..."

And herein lies one of Citrix's biggest issues - perception.

So many times, I've seen Citrix implementations over the years that were literally just thrown in without any care or thought.

No tuning done, no performance benchmarking or proper testing.

VDI put in on an already over-congested SAN.

Networks that aren't up to the requirements needed to deliver a seamless experience.

Applications where users were just made admins because "hey it won't work otherwise"

Generic policies applying to Citrix servers.

Patches and updates applied ad-hoc without any care taken to ensure versions match across all the servers.

And on and on.

And the problem of course, is that once Citrix is perceived to be the issue it can't shake that perception - regardless of where the problem actually occurs.

A properly designed, properly maintained, properly understood Citrix* implementation can and will run well for many years. Indeed some of my own have only needed replacing 7-10 years after initial build simply due to the age of everything falling so far out of support to be laughable.

That's not to say Citrix is or ever has been a panacea. Not to mention I've lost count of how many times they've tried to rebrand themselves over the years, sometimes seemingly forgetting their core strengths.

*XenApp - I've never been sold on VDI as a solution. All the complexity of a desktop estate to manage plus the complexity of a thin client server backend + the costs of high performing storage etc. I've seen so few genuine use cases for it to ever understand why you'd bother for the most part.

Alas the only things that seem to change with Citrix at any great rate are their own ideas of what they do/where they are going :)

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: First, they came for the CD-R's

@Lord Elpuss - one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/iStorage-256-4-datAshur-256-bit-encrypted/dp/B0061DBZ2C

Not the cheapest or physically smallest USB stick by any margin but works well. Can even decrypt first, plug in and boot to one if needed.

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Re: First, they came for the CD-R's

"...If you put data on a USB stick and lose it it's going to be found by your office cleaner, your partner or someone in the company car park. Most of whom will have no malicious intent..."

I mitigate this myself by only using a hardware encrypted USB stick. One of the ones with the little numerical pad to allow you to enter a PIN. Unplug it and it re-encrypts automagically.

Of course at home, I have a few normal ones dotted around depending on what I need them for.

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Mike Lynch's British court showdown v HPE pushed back to 2019

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Re: Caveat Emptor

"...A URL or two would be welcome there...."

Jeez...see that magnifying glass icon at the top right of the page? It's a search. Autonomy CFO - third story down. Not that hard, but here you go let me do the work for you:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/19/hpe_lesjak_leo_apotheker_autonomy/

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Re: Caveat Emptor

"...no one outside of HP thought the value was anything like what was paid .."

As per recent Reg articles, many within HP, including the then CFO, thought the same but they were railroaded and/or simply ignored.

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Re: relief arrived a long time ago

"...Downvoted for pedantry - ..."

Welcome to The Register forums. You must be new here :)

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More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report

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Re: Price...

"...I had 10/1 before and thought of it as OK-ish (though upstream sucked a bit). Now I have 50/10 and it's a different world. I'd HATE to go back..."

Same here - I went from 512kbps to 1Mbps and eventually all the way up to 3.8Mbps ADSL.

Then FTTC arrived and I jumped to around 69Mbps. In a house that streams a lot of TV (Netflix etc) as well as gaming consoles and streamed music, all concurrently, it works a treat and I'd shudder at the idea of going back, not to mention it'd kill the entertainment for the family.

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

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Re: 402 customers?

"...Me, I keep my personal account in a completely different bank for multiple reasons including that they can't rob 'Peter' to pay 'Paul'..."

This is called "setting-off". I must admit, I'd thought they'd been stopped from doing this, but apparently not: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/banking/setting-off

It allows banks to take money from savings or current accounts to pay debts such as credit card or loan arrears

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Re: " Still funny, even after all these years"

"...Utter bollocks! I have a Dell XPS 13 (i7, 16gb RAM, with Windows 10 etc etc)... Had several BSODs..."

Sample size of one. What, exactly, have you done to diagnose the issue on your Dell? Ever stopped to consider it could be hardware related? Or even Dell-created? Tried blowing it away and putting a vanilla copy on?

Or was it a corporate image? I've never seen them be problematic...

"...Luckily I have another machine running Linux Mint... which never fails..."

I had a Mint Cinammon VM that would freeze almost without exception. It was being run on VirtualBox and was a know, but to the best of my knowledge never fixed, issue.

Sample size of <some> as it was on the various forums.

Wait one moment whilst I rant about how crap it was...oh hang on.... one use case was problematic and using an alternative OS fixed it.

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Re: " Still funny, even after all these years"

@cornz 1 you beat me to it.

The last time I saw a machine bsod due to hardware was a win7 machine I forced to use a winxp driver and I knew the chances were high it'd cause problems.

In fact I can count on one hand the number of times i saw an XP machine bsod

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Cloud-surfing orgs under attack, Microsoft antivirus for Chrome, Windows 10 S bypass, non-RSA gigs, and more

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I tipped el reg off about the chrome extension

Just that. :)

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Dime Bar...Harry Enfield..."Aaarrmmmadillo...crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside...." :)

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Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

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So...the CFO was against it as it was massively overvalued. The Chairman was not sold it was a good idea. The CEO brushed both of their concerns aside and paid over the odds anyway, without, seemingly having due diligence performed.

OK then.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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"...That's an unfair stereotype. The other half of drivers use the more elegant and tasteful SUV..."

We had an SUV when we went to Florida - needed 7 seas as there were 6 of us.

Big 6.2 litre engine that seemed to be giving decent returns in terms of MPG.

Until we realised that it had a monstrous 120l tank and was actually doing something like 12mpg.

Big, yes. Tasteful - for an SUV, maybe. Elegant? Not in the slightest.

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Re: It is just me that's noticed.....

I scuba dive and the amount of trash you see is unforgivable. I try to pick the stuff up and even take a net bag for that purpose on most dives but even though I am far from alone in doing this, it just seems to be a never ending, unwinnable battle and we need a proper solution rather than just shipping it around to make it someone else's problem.

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Build a serverless framework at home: Go on, bit of open sourcey hijinx won't hurt

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Serverless platform

What do I install it on?

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More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

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"...... so another set of (re)moans from someone who's bid lost out...."

However...

Whichever side of the political divide you happen to fall on, if - and only if - it was a free and fair election would your comment stand up to muster.

If, on the other hand, it turns out that people were being manipulated wholesale in illegal manners then that's something else entirely and by all standards of common sense the vote should be nullified.

But...before we get there, we would need to understand just how much meddling went on, to what level, and by exactly whom and to which target groups. I mean, if you're running adverts in the Daily Mail for your right wing border guarding nazi hound, you'd expect the market to already be fairly amenable to the message/product.

Lots and lots of popcorn required.

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Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

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Another "no shit Sherlock" moment.

I have an S7 Edge. It was bought by my family as a Christmas present a couple of Christmases back.

Prior to that, the last handset I personally paid for was a One Plus 2.

In fairness the S7 offered some useful features over the OP2 - wireless charging, being able to actually share a wifi connection and water proofing to name a few but I don't know if it'd justify the price differential if I were paying for it myself, outright.

To pay closer to a grand for the latest generation that effectively offers NOTHING over this except the ability to burn through data plans much sooner...yeah sure. Can't wait to do that. Not.

Nor, surprisingly do most other people want to.

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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

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FFS

I shudder with this world sometimes.

When I send my kids to school I don't expect a fairy land where all is fluffy clouds and happiness but I do expect the basic levels of care to be taken to ensure their safety.

And whilst it's sad we have a world where gun crime and knife crime exist and can be real problems, at the very least I'd expect a teacher to act like a human being and not do shit like this.

I wish I could say I'm surprised but I've had more than one run in with my eldest lad's school over the behaviour of their reachers over the years: one maths teacher in year seven calling him "gay" amongst other things (the school were woeful on that one and it escalated right up to my having to explain that if the bullying wasn't stamped on, I'd assume they accepted that I could, therefore, await said teacher outside the gates and that they'd be happy for me to return the favour);

An English teacher who would telephone me at around 9:00pm in the evening, clearly drunk and slurring her words to complain about his behaviour. That came to a head when she phsyically manhandled my son and pushed him into another teachers' classroom with no explanation to either my son or the other teacher - just left him there and stormed out)

And more recently a science teacher who decided that my son should not take the higher science papers he's been working towards since year 7 and, with zero notice, dropped the lower level mock exam in front of him causing a lowball grade used to justify said teachers' decision to now put him on the lower paper. That one was resolved when I went to meet the headmaster and demanded my son be given a higher mock, out of normal hours to be marked by a completely different and independent teacher. Despite no notice to my son, he passed with flying colours and is now back on the higher papers. Same teacher has, with independent witnesses, been overly aggressive to various students and again feels it's ok to phone me whilst I am at work and address me as "mate" repeatedly.

All of which may paint the school unfairly but 99% of the time it's actually a great school that takes the well-being of their students incredibly seriously - and it always seems to be the young teachers straight out of uni that are problematic.

Sorry...went off an a bit of a rant there.

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Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

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Ahh Dabbsy

Highlight of my working week. Kudos.

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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My Dad...

Now I should point out that my Dad isn't daft. Among other jobs, he used to train electrical apprentices for British Coal so a fully trained and qualified engineer to boot.

But I've lost count over the years of how many times he's handed me his computer and only half a browser window is visible below all of the various add-in bars and other shite he's managed to install.

Or random software.

All to the response "It wasn't me".

Thankfully he now uses a tablet for most of his regular computing (browsing) tasks.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

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Re: At the risk of becoming tiresome...

And do you really check your tyres weekly? Rather than just going Oooh that looks flat or relying on a TPS which of course may be faulty

Yep...ever since losing a tyre at 60mph going through Derbyshire (although it turned out to be debris causing it, but lesson learned)

How often do you check the seal on the filler cap?

Ok...you have me here. Never checked that per se, but the nice sucking noise I get as I open it to refill reminds me it's got to be sealed ok

Check your lights?

Regularly - whenever there's something with enough reflection, I'll check they're all on

Check screen washer levels?

For this one, I have a light to warn me but I never check that ;-)

Check all the warning lights come on when you turn the ignition key?

Every time. Not even consciously - it's just what I was taught to do when I was learning to drive and it stuck

It's very patronising of IT people to go they should do this or that, when lets face it, they should these days be as easy to use as white goods....which reminds me, did you also check the lint filter in the tumble drier (major fire risk), the drain filter in the washing machine and the drip tray on the fridge recently?

Lint filter yes...ever since, of all things, an early episode of The Big Bang Theory when they talked about it.

As for the drain filter - monthly, since having an engineer out who removed what appeared to be half a sodding tree...nope, no idea either.

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Rudd-y hell, dark web! Amber alert! UK Home Sec is on the war path for stealthy cyber-crims

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Re: Silk Road

"...Yeah thats fine for the drugs (and 'affectionate waresa' )on the dark web , They're the fun part...."

Which was exactly my point. Police the stuff that, utlimately, a) matters and b) has actual victims< of crime.

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"... it's primarily critical reasoning...."

Once upon a time in the UK, all further and higher level education was basically this.

Well except art ;-)

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