* Posts by Captain Obvious

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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.

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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!

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

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Joke

Watch out for your

Puppet Masters :)

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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.

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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?

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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 :(

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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)

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

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Joke

Diamonds are Forever

Send James Bond there!

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Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

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Joke

Wow

What a trashy article!

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

Captain Obvious
Joke

So this is where

wannacry started :)

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Joke

Maybe all of this....

was just a pipe dream!

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

Captain Obvious

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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Captain Obvious

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.

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

Captain Obvious

How about the obvious

Fire Edition

That is what entered my mind when I read FE

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

Captain Obvious

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.

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Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

Captain Obvious
Joke

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!!!!!!!

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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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Captain Obvious

I can think of....

69 uses for this fridge!

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Captain Obvious

Boy everyone.....look at how much

"flash" memory this fridge has!

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

Captain Obvious

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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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

Captain Obvious

Re: Petition for EFF to investigate Microsoft for malicious practices regarding Windows 10

Just signed the petition and I am spreading it to everyone I know. Thanks for posting this!

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Re: Nothing to hide : Nothing to fear

I have no idea why so many downvotes on your post. It is VERY true that even the news deliberately edits out parts to make sensational news headlines. Just look at what they cut out of the Rodney King videos! I actually consider the news more criminal than any other organization.

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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

Captain Obvious

I agree with the other poster

4 TB SSD drive model you suggested is us $2K for the cheapest. I can almost get 20 4 tb Seagate drives for a total of 80 GB with PLENTY of backup. SSD's will NEVER take over spinning rust UNTIL the price is truly MAYBE a 10% differential. I would buy them if they were say $150 - not $2K.

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

Captain Obvious

So I looked at it based on this review, and the core I-7 is only 2 core, and the Nvidia is a paltry 940m equivalent. Not really a desktop replacement, especially for $3000 US Dollars! Certainly not worth it. Still like my Dell XPS 12 that has a real keyboard and screen flips for a tablet.

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Seagate’s triple whammy: Disk numbers, costs, and flash

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Re: Switcharoo

Except look at reviews and SSD drives still have high failure rates. Also, a 4 TB SSD will run 3K, and even a 2 TB is $550. I can pick up 4 TB drives for under $140 all day long. That is 20 hard drives vs 1 SSD so 4 TB vs 80 TB.

Until SSD's can match the storage and price of spinning metal, they are still out of reach.

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Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

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Re: Fickle idiot gamers

Ummm....you SHOULD be worried. Ever see a credit check? It contains YOUR credit card numbers EXCEPT for the last 4. Now the if the hacker gets the credit report (which is super easy to do), it won't take them long to figure out the whole number, Since a lot of places to not verify the CV code, or someone makes a credit card up, then this will affect you!

You should change the card. I deleted mine after the first time mine was stolen - I do not recall checking to save the data but apparently, Valve still had it,

I also recently discovered that Facebook keeps ALL of your old passwords. Try logging in with an old password and they let you know it is an old one and to please enter the current password.

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PC sales will rise again, predicts Intel, but tablets are toast

Captain Obvious

Really....who cares anymore????

I used to be one of those people on the constant upgrade cycle. However, most of my systems are 2-5 years old. All have SATA 3/USB3/other advanced technology. What do I need with incremental speeds, new motherboards, DDR4, and new USB? The only thing worth upgrading is possibly the video card, and I am quite satisfied with their performance. All of the CPU's are already low wattage - in fact, some of their newer chips consume more power with no discernible benefits than my existing CPUs. Unless they come out with cheap 32 core chips at 3 GHz, maybe then we will talk.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Captain Obvious

We have time for at least 10 more pints - bartender, give me a pint every 15 minutes for the next 4 hours of your best while we wait for Windows 10 to install and corrupt our machines...

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

Captain Obvious
Joke

How can a college delete records (unless maybe you are Harvard)

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Unpatched 18-year-old Windows man-in-the-middle diddle revived

Captain Obvious

To be honest

I USED to be pro-Microsoft - not any more. The fact they are going to the cloud and forcing people to use this model and basically abandoning their on-premise customers is stupid. Once they are fully in the cloud, why is there any need to choose them over Amazon, Google, etc?

Furthermore, the number of bugs just keeps increasing as their crappy software gets patched to fix prior bugs. These supposed CU patches do not even fix the items they claim to fix. I have just had it with the hours wasted troubleshooting problems that are bugs.

While they have SOME good products, it is not enough to justify MS anymore. With Amazon desktop

coming out, those office users can used virtual desktops for Office, so there will be very little need soon to use Windows. Even those apps the require IE6 are doomed as the browser is no longer supported.

With Linux and Unix, things just work. Especially with Linux, if I find a bug, I can typically fix it. Now with Steam OS, and Office on the iPad, I expect one day we will see Office on Linux. This security item is just one more nail in the coffin.

Sorry for the rant…

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

Captain Obvious

Yes they were black and...

What difference does it make?

Will be curious to see how many get the movie reference :)

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Captain Obvious

Re: How Widespread?

Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8.1, Fedora, Ubuntu - ALL crash since about version 35 and it is getting much worse. All my machines have at least 16 to 64 GB ram and NVIDIA 760 or higher cards.

It crashes when I try to grade on eCollege

It crashes on plenty of other websites

I suspect major coding changes under the hood are causing this. I am using the default 32 bit versions. I also see Chrome sucking up plenty of CPU and RAM as well. In the process of going back to Firefox. I do see them update all the time - now on version 39 and it takes forever to apply updates.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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Pint

Re: @Ivan 4

One upvote from me as I feel the SAME way!

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

Captain Obvious

OK

"it" :)

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Joke

Well maybe.....

it multiplied like rabbits :)

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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Joke

Wouldn't you know....

The warranty expired only one day before it died?

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

Captain Obvious

Sigh

No one sees the obvious here? Android tablets will outsell everything as you can pick them up for around $50 USD. These are throwaway devices as they perform poorly but are given to kids to use instead of an expensive iPad, laptop, etc. All I see is more stupid junk devices going to the landfill.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

No one has mentioned what I am using right now - the Dell XPS 12 with 4th core I7 CPU. This thing is a full blown netbook AND tablet. Much better than the surface pro I used at work. I can be very productive, and then fold the screen and do my consumption with the netbook in tablet mode all for around 3 pounds. No need for an extra keyboard, just a mouse or touch. Mouse for productivity and touch for consuming. iPad no longer gets used here except by the kids for some games. This blows the kindle away as I can have more reading area or view two pages like a real book. Backlit keyboard, instant on, etc all works fantastic. Can even boot up faster than the iPad from complete shutdown.

For US people, Costco has the FULLY decked out version for $1199 with all options and max memory. Only thing it lacks is good video as it uses the Intel 4400 for video. PC's will also never die as they make great game machines with more flexibility than the XBOX/PS4/whatever. Will be interesting to see how well the steam machines fair this Christmas. Let us be honest: with the exception of the Dell XPS 12, laptops/PC's for productivity and tablets for consuming.

Tim

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MacBook Airs in Black Screen of DEATH terror: Apple responds

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Joke

The Real Story is......

Windows was identified as a virus and squashed!

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Captain Obvious
Unhappy

Re: Another great micro$oft design decision

Missed one. Sony no longer permitting Linux to run on the PS/3 :(

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eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

Captain Obvious
Coat

Re: Maybe if they bought relevant ads?

Sure you didn't mean "Whales?"

Maybe you were on the Japanese section of eBay :)

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Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month

Captain Obvious
Joke

Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month....

Just like Acer's Wang!

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Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

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Coat

Someone had to say it....

So Kaspersky eliminated a well known virus :)

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Microsoft notices Xbox gamers actually slack-jawed TV fans, adds 43 new apps

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Re: Well I Like It :D

Don't forget PCI 3 express standards so upgrade the video card AND the motherboard - and then it continues from there! New CPU, new RAM, etc.

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

Captain Obvious

Re: good enough

Funny - the BIOS I have on the new ASUS z77 Premium allows you to disable secure boot. Ironically, the original BIOS did not even support secure boot, but when I upgraded with the latest 0 low and behold it was now on the menu. However, it was quickly disable! I suspect other manufacturers will do similar things...

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1 MILLION accounts leaked in megahack on banks, websites

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Thumb Up

Re: SQL Injection

You are the only one seems to get it! Stored procedures STILL can be vulnerable to SQL Injection. It is ALL about checking the input!!!!

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Nvidia: What would you do with a petaflops super?

Captain Obvious
Joke

Of course the obligatory....

"Will it have enough power to play Crysis?"

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Micro Focus accuses NSW Police of software piracy

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Joke

Did anyone at a first glance read

NSFW? But then again, maybe their software IS NSFW!!!!!

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Supercomputer and superboffins spot rare baby supernova

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Happy

Did Anybody notice...

What appears to be a Unix stereotypical geek in the top left of the picture?

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MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

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Happy

@me n u - Handbrake

Get handbrake to create your MP4's - best yet, it is FREE!

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