* Posts by Captain Obvious

89 posts • joined 5 Jan 2011


Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Did it ever occur to you that faster broadband speeds AND even JUST broadband access will lift MANY people out of poverty? Plus, how would they access things like government services?

Obviously, you must be near the lower band of income (LAST THING_ I would _EVAR).

Worse yet, browsers underline words that are misspelled.

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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Now that this is news

I wonder if the laptop thief really new all content on the stolen laptop. But they do now!!!!!!

Nope, the NSA isn't sitting in front of a supercomputer hooked up to a terrorist’s hard drive

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Re: How are they going to make sure the "enemy" buys back door kit?

You beat me to the punch - was getting ready to post a similar content but you were faster :)

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Timing is everything

Well turn them both over and when both hit 50% you are at four minutes. Was that the easy answer they wanted?

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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El Reg: "Apple could not be reached for immediate comment."

Maybe you need to get in touch with Miss Cleo and have her channel her psychic abilities to take with Steve Jobs :)

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

Funny - my English Shepherd does the same thing - if you are NOT a member of the family, you are literally dog food. Was bred for dual purpose - as a herding dog and as a protect dog.

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: The Standard Date Format?

Looks like you will have a Y10K problem!

I will get me coat....

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: spectacular coverage

I wish I could upvote you a million times as I have been saying this forever!

GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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Re: MiniTrue says

Boy are you ever clueless, which is why you are anonymous:

Let us just start here:


and here


and here


and here


and I could keep going and going and going and going and going.

How about BLM denying whites access to the "safe space" room even though white people were supporting them? Have to find that link as well. Is this not racism by BLM?

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

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I don't know.....

I think the comments are just going down the toilet....

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: Speaking of carbon paper...

Sadly, one of my clients who sells supplies to school still have AND use these printers for orders. They still use hand signatures to go across all three copies vs using a tablet for a signature. Even though the paper is getting really expensive, I cannot get them to switch :(

Yes - they were impacted by the stupid MS updates on Windows 10. No - they do not want WSUS installed either :(

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Re: What could possibly...?

Happening to me right now. They have SIX months to reverse charges with paypal :(

NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

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Re: the British government does not allow their driving licences to be exchanged for British ones.

Funny - I have been driving roundabouts for over 30 years here in the US. Please do not comment on what you do not know - sick of clueless people. I can tell you so many stories of stupid brits I have interacted with just over the phone much less worked with using my Work Visa. Get it through your head ALL countries have plenty of STUPID people.

Here is just one of many links I can come up with


Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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Re: I hate iOS - but......

Odd - I have VLC Media Player on my iPhone and it works perfect. You can also get VLC Streamer for free, and then stream to iPad/iPhone or you can also download those to your device for watching later.

Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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There would be a huge market for these (shirts that could tell when being spied on) in the Middle East, ISIL, etc.

China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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I wonder why

Thy don't just shoot it down with a missile like they did with the satellite? I obviously have not thought through all ramifications but I am not a rocket scientist :)

US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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Wow - don't know how many people missed the obvious

Hot, attractive, woman? QUICK! Copy the data. May get lucky and see some provocative pictures.

Probably the REAL reason they are doing this!

Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Jake ...

Few interesting things to add to the topic:

1) Switzerland is also a gun nut country

2) About 22% of deaths by gun there are also suicides

3) Almost every household has guns in Switzerland

4) Homicides are far lower there than in most other countries

Cons of this is that it appears to increase suicides as they have the means right there. However, I wonder if suicide rates are the same in countries that ban guns as people may use other methods.

Pros seem to be low crime and low number of homicides in Switzerland.

Take it for what it is, but America is not the only gun obsessed country.

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: Phew!

What has stopped me from the Ryzen which I almost bought the 16 core for $699 on sale was the fact it had issues with Hyper-V running 32 bit VM's and other Hyper-V issues such as features not supported on AMD. If they had the full support, Ryzen 1950x would certainly have been my next choice.

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Re: Is it time?

Read the article - Linux is affected too as well as Mac O/S

Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

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So for those of us who have this working on a VM with no issues

Will there be updates to this or will I have to reinstall all from scratch?

What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

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Re: Up to date updates

As much as I hate Windows (and I used to be an evangelist a long time ago), why not just use FIND?

Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

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This isd day

I don't care who you are, where you are from, etc. I wish everyone success in getting us into space. Hopefully Russia will quickly figure out what went wrong so this is not repeated. EVERYONE has had at least one catastrophe when launching rockets as this is "rocket science"!!!

I just wish the world would unite, stop all wars, and all that money in defense saved could be spent on colonizing other planets. As more machines do the work here, putting people on other planets removes idle hands on this planet and gives everyone full employment. THAT is the only next industry that will save us as there really is no new field to get into. Plus, if one is kept busy and has a purpose, it reduces the influence from religious nutjobs.

How did someone hijack your Gmail? Phishing, keylogger or password reuse, we're guessing

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No one does their research, do they? Read the link. All of you MUST be google fanbois. In China, they Google HAD a presence - ie people working for them. They were INTERNAL employees - got that? With INTERNAL access to databases.

Just like the skeptics site has gotten worse, so has this site. Very disappointed lately in the human race.

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How about the internal theft of accounts while in China - JUST for starters. It is not just the users doing stupid things, it is also Google doing the same by not having proper internal security.

Hell, here is a link to their own admission of guilt for at least ONE time (I am sure there are many others - especially judging by how well Android is secured).


Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Tax Law - I doubt MANY who qualify for the credit can use it.

"you're not going to rake in billions by cutting tax credits on those sales because those sales won't be there if you cut the tax credit."

Maybe all of you should ACTUALLY look at how the credit works. If you get a credit, but have NO tax liability or are getting a refund before the credit, you get nothing. I am getting REAL sick and tired of all the news not researching before posting articles. I never read the current news anymore because three days later, the truth tends to finally get out and of course the retractions are ALWAYS buried in small print (true regardless of political affiliation) See below:


What does it mean that a $7,500 credit is allowable for vehicle? Why wouldn’t I get the full amount?

A manufacturer has to certify to the IRS that a particular make, model and model year meets the requirements for the New Plug-in Tax Credit and certify the maximum amount of credit allowable based on that vehicle’s battery capacity. However, although a vehicle qualifies for a certain amount of credit, there is no guarantee the taxpayer will be able to claim the full amount. The New Plug-in Tax Credit is non-refundable so the purchaser can only claim it to the extent he or she has a tax liability that year. For example, if a taxpayer purchases a vehicle for which $7,500 of credit is allowable, but the taxpayer only has a tax liability of $3,000 then he or she won’t be able to use $4,500 of the allowable credit.

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"Just as well it's gone. They still use the roads but pay no road tax that is incorporated into gasoline and diesel"

How I look at my electric bill heaped with taxes to state and county. It will be made up one way or another. Wouldn't surprise me to see a Fed Tax on the electric bill soon.

What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

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Re: Pay for? Or severe bugs?

HAHAHA - great post - I also discovered the access corruption bug - WHENEVER I build a database, and process data, I ALWAYS have self-balancing reconciliation tables. Those mysteriously went out of whack one day and I discovered both data loss and corrupted data. Also got hit by the Word bug. Missed Code Red as every setup I do I avoid using default directories. Thumbs up from here :)

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Re: You're expecting sense?

Your story is the same as mine as well - was a real supporter of Microsoft, even went to work for them as a contractor when Vista was around the corner, and I have seen the downfall of MS ever since. I also had a good Mainframe and Unix background, but was very impressed with SQL Server.

Now, Windows 10 is a real mess causing me grief, removing features not just from Windows Server 2016, but from other products. Deprecating functions in SQL Server 2016 I found useful such as MD5 and SHA1 (I used these for different purposes and not for security). Office 2016 crashes on me and my teammates daily. MS never sticks with a strategy so any new technology may or may not be used on the future.

Since I do contract out as help desk support at a good rate, I still use MS at home and at other premises daily, but have switched to multiple versions of Linux and BSD (although they have a much different set of issues that need to be addressed).

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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So when you turn on Deny permissions and users still can get access to it, this is more secure? Have seen this happen SO many times. REGARDLESS of inheritance, if you use deny permission on that group, they should not have access, yet randomly, sometimes they do.

The superiority of Unix is the simplicity of the file permissions that do exactly what you tell them to do.

It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

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This is not the first rodeo where WSUS updates have messed up. Also, you had to do a lot of work to get Windows 10 updates to work on WSUS. MS is REALLY getting worse.

Microsoft is Putin a stop to Russian-sanctions-busting IT resellers

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Well if they want to bring down the Russian Empire

Shouldn't they be giving all this software to them for free? Just the bugs alone will drive them insane!

Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

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Watch out for your

Puppet Masters :)

Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...

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You do realize....

There is a huge difference between product and project - based on article, leans towards product manager as they have to evangelize the product. Would be hard for auto-correct to change project to product even with typos.

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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And what is the make and model of this phone?

Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple

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Re: Beijing Intellectual Property Court

My cousin experienced the same thing. They made unique collector dolls, and found out copies were being sold from China as China did the same thing to him.

He closed his company as the end result :(

If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

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Been having troubles with Excel

Sucking up memory like a Bill Clinton intern and constant crashing. Worse, it is a crap shoot copying from SQL Server output to Excel and maybe or maybe not the columns will line up. (Same data and NO commas tabs etc in output to cause this). Reboot and it works again until the next screw up. All I see is worse products pretty much across the entire 2016 suite. Constant locking up and crashing of Excel on wired connection.. Office 365 should be renamed office 312 (or less). Maybe the outages are because Office 366 is not out there to handle leap years.

I do wish corporations would just throw in the towel and go for alternatives as they certainly do exist. Not to mention the POS called Windows 10, that if I want to install a printer, and I remote into the machine as an admin, and the printer I wand it not listed (print server), it gives me a security error. Have to log on as user, can do this, but to install - you guessed it - needs admin login and password. WTF that an ADMIN cannot install a printer??????

Rant over - what was once a relatively decent company is declining (same with IBM too)

Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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Diamonds are Forever

Send James Bond there!

Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

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What a trashy article!

Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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So this is where

wannacry started :)

Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Maybe all of this....

was just a pipe dream!

PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

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Let us look at what the latest is in PC's

In the budget price range, have I7 with 4 cored/8 HT? Check

Have USB 3 ports? Check - new standard can be added with expansion card

Have multiple PCI-E 3.0 slots where video card gets at least X16? Check

Sata 3 ports? Check - although I do agree the newest PCIE NVME are great, even a Samsung 850 will be fast enough

Sound? Most motherboards are fine, but furthermore, many wear USB headsets so not an issue.

Gigabit ethernet? Check

I used to upgrade all the time as there WAS a compelling reason to go 8088 - 286 - 386 - 486DX - Pentium - Pentium II - Pentium III, etc. Also, AGP - PCIe, etc also were major improvements. The truth is we have stagnated. I no longer upgrade my machines (I build my own), and for server, I buy 2-3 year old servers (used to build my own, but better value used) at rock bottom prices with 32 cores and 192 GB RAM as new performance again is not that exponentially great (unless you spend $20-$30K.

You will NOT see a major bump until something that really increases the need comes out (NOT VR) such as PCIE 4 (even 5 may come out shortly after 4), or new storage methods, etc. Whatever happened to Hologram storage, fiber CPU's, or quantum computing that was just around the "corner" as those would also be compelling reasons. Heck even a I7-2600 still performs well. This article comes out quite a bit, but the answer remains the same: a saturated market will need a compelling reason to upgrade.

Now since laptops are not easy to upgrade (with a few exceptions), I can see those being purchased more frequently than a desktop - ie you need to go to faster GPU, 4K touch screen, etc., you need to buy a new laptop,

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Re: "Even gamers are getting off the endless upgrade cycle."

They keep trying with VR - tried it in the past and it flopped - JUST like 3D TV's flopped. Until they take care of motion sickness and bring the price down AND have excellent game support, this will flop as well. Besides, most people have PCIE3 slots and a quick upgrade on the video card will do just fine for VR - so you are talking MAYBE a $200-300 investment and it does NOT sell a PC.

Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

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How about the obvious

Fire Edition

That is what entered my mind when I read FE

Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

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Stupid is as stupid does

So now one place to get all of the government data. I am sure China, NK, Russia, Israel, Germany, etc are salivating at this prospect.

Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

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Someone had to say it....

"Eset advises that "to prevent your devices from being infected by Shishiga and similar worms, you should not use default Telnet and SSH credentials." ®

Well no SSHit!!!!!!!

When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Hey honey

Can you please pass me the VR goggles?

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I can think of....

69 uses for this fridge!

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Boy everyone.....look at how much

"flash" memory this fridge has!

Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

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Re: hey I'm a "0.0015%"-er

What is even MORE obvious is that roughly 40 percent comes from phones/tablets. Different uses so this is not really a good comparison. For instance, you are waiting at the bus stop/train station and start surfing on the phone. It is not like someone is going to whip out a surface tablet (or probably even an iPad/Droid tablet) so stats are not reliable.


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