* Posts by Timmy B

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This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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2 simple questions that should have been asked in the design meetings:

Is there a way of proving that the request came from the app?

Is there any kind of way of encrypting messages between the app and the home?

Good grief - it's not rocket science! You don't even need to be technical to ask those things.

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: “A trip to Wookey Hole“

"And for some bizarre reason, advertised on the A303, which at its nearest point is some 20 miles away."

Desperate bit to stop people going the far better Fleet Air Arm Museum (which I am actually looking at as I type this).

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Re: “A trip to Wookey Hole“

Wookey Hole....

Just up the road from me. It's as sad a place as you can imagine. Every few years we pop over to see if it's any better... Why? I have no idea, it never is.

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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a bit like an advert....

I see that the way the Reg is trying to get along better with apple is a whole article advert for the iPad.

You don't do things the Reg would normally do like point out that iPad sales have been slowly declining or that laptops still outsell iPads nearly 4 to 1 according to apples own chart (which doesn't include a whole load of minor sellers)

You also follow the apple line by almost forgetting the other things like the mini that may be of some interest as the updates to that actually look kind of useful.

Amazon tried to entice Latin American officials with $5m in Kindles, AWS credits for .amazon

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The 1/4 of the air is rainforests as a whole. Estimations for that are between 20 and 30%. It was hyperbole as with the tat-slinging. I don't suppose anyone actually thinks Amazon slings tat in any way. I never, at any time, made it look like my post was meant to be a serious scientific paper did I?

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Re: It's not a country!

"Has no-one registered that amazon is not a country and it's actually the name of a group of mythological female Greek warriors! "

Actually they were Turkish according to the writings.

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I say that Amazon (the tat and cloud slingers) are far less important than The Amazon (that makes 1/4 of our air) and that the domain should be donated to someone like the rainforest trust or the WWF for the promotion of the rainforest as a vital biome.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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@terry

And I forgot to say that there are two online services that SWMBO uses for her work that will not work properly on anything other than edge / ie. They work on chrome too but will randomly refresh a page losing all edits - not great. I've reported it with video - but no fix is expected.

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I kind of agree terry but there are some real issues around printing with mfds in particular never being any good and not having a really, really good office suite. SWMBO just cannot live with anything other than office.

I try alternatives such as Libre on Windows and various Linux flavours every now and then but whilst they seem fairly snappy they don't feel done. It's odd that people will moan about TIFKAM on windows but can't understand that Linux is actually worse for some users, with OS level windows sometimes having OK / Cancel type buttons in different places or the wrong way round.

I may just punt some cash on a couple of years old mac and see what the score is there.

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Re: Is there

"But would we (being us consumers) put up with this behaviour from any other customer/business goods supplier? Oh I've just got a new car/tv/washing machine/toaster....... after 2 weeks it doesn't work because the manufacturer 'updated' the software …"

If it was supplied configured so that it would apply updates and one of the updates broke it then take it back to the shop. They sold you something unfit for purpose.

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It's the lack of proper QA. People will have gotten from my posts that I do love Windows. I think it should be a fine piece of work but is being ruined by complacency. The head bods at MS seem to think that they are in a position where nothing can take them down. If that is the case they should stop adding features. Add security, performance, optimisation. Make what they have do what it does better, not make it do more worse.

I am very lucky in that none of the PCs I have, including insider testing ones, have yet to go badly wrong (a fast stream one won't resume from suspend if it's put into suspend by closing the lid - pressing the button is fine). But at the point issues stop me bing able to look after the PCs of family members I'll have to make some changes.

Can't do Linux, for your average user it's confusing and too unfinished. So that' leaves me with a short term drop to 7 or 8 (which always worked fine - but quirky) or jumping ship to Apple. I've been toying with the Apple jump for a while. I just need to read up more on reliability of updates, etc. Anyone done this jump that can give any usefull comments?

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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A couple of good ones....

1. Exe that sent messages to random PCs on the network telling them to eject the CD-ROM drive (when all PCs had them.

2. Replace screen saver with one that generated random BSODS but that carefully hid messages in them saying stuff like - "Don't worry just move your mouse".

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Re: GDPR...

Proximity sensors....

We're a small office and have timed locks but the speed of a prankster can't be assumed! As every person in the company has an enhanced DBS it's a pretty safe place.

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GDPR...

Where I am we deal with some sensitive data and locking PCs amongst other stuff is a given. If you forget to lock you can expect to be pranked. Last week someone had the old screenshot your desktop, hide your icons and taskbar done to them. It's a polite, annoying way of saying "be a bit more careful" .

Love Microsoft Teams? Love Linux? Then you won't love this

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Re: "Vanishingly Small"

@whitepines

I've not used AMD anything for quite a while and it was a GPU the last time I did and I had driver pains then. Interesting that it's still the same. I do have to wonder why you have difficulty with activation. I have a PC there that's a veritable triggers broom and I have never had to re-activate. Could it be AMD not playing nice again?

If nVidia can get it right then why do AMD have so much trouble?

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Re: "Vanishingly Small"

"Conversely, since I moved away from DEC/VMS in the early 90s, all the dev I have done, and all the Devs I have worked with, have used Windows"

+1 here - I've never, since starting on Windows, developed using anything else. Except for the odd "mess about and see"

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Re: "Vanishingly Small"

"If ME, Vista and Win8 didn't chase people off, 10's not going to have much of an impact."

And considering we're approaching the point where 10 overtakes 7 in user share it shows that there really hasn't been an impact on the Desktop.

And Linux is still not fit for your average user. I just set up two PCS, one for the other half with Windows 10 and one for me as my regular "how good or not is it now" Linux test. These were both 3 year old Dells of very similar spec. The Windows 10 one installed everything, connected to the home network, spotted the printer and installed that - no driver issues, nothing. On windows 10 I want to set up the backups -browse the network to the NAS to get the software - all fine and dandy. Now this is a mainstream printer and NAS by well known names so I expected no problems. Linux - all drivers installed correctly - all well and good - except the printer. A bit of googling later and some command line work and it's all good. NAS drive - a bit off googling (I don't use Linux often) later and I get shares and configs all set up.

That is what will stop your average user - they will simply stop at "a bit of googling and command line stuff" and go back to Windows. Who could blame them? It takes 1/2 hour to install Windows and it all works. It takes 15 minutes to install Linux - good it's quicker, but then 2 hours to faff and figure.

Just not good enough for Johnny or Jane average.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Stop Press!

Sorry, TVU.

Had to downvote you as you have totally unrealistic ideas or it's too early in the morning for my sacasmometer to reach that high. Either way it's not yet the weekend and I'm grumpy...

Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: Non-optional extras

If a OnePlus 7 Plus (horrible name - Know) comes out I'll certainly get one. Unless it's a silly priice

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Re: Third party launchers blocked

Just had a look on XDA and it does seem like this is what they are doing from EMUI 9 and above. This is certainly not good at all. I have Nova on all my Android devices as I can make them all look and behave the same. I would refuse to use any provider that did this and if anyone added this as a "feature" after I purchased the devices I would ask for my money back.

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Re: nope. not ever again...

OnePlus 5T for me. 1st September security patch on 8.1.

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nope. not ever again...

Three Huawei devices tried. Two had one firmware update in the two years of ownership and one had none. This is simply not good enough when compared to OnePlus who do one nearly every month. Also when one of the phones, that actually got an update, bricked on updating I was told by Huawei UK support that it had water damage and would not be repaired (though I managed it myself in the end) - this device had come out of the box, been charged, connected to wi-fi and then updated. At what point did it get water damage!!!

They may be good on paper but after sales support is terrible. Never again.

Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too much

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Re: Big problem with it.

Been working fine for me all morning. I simply can't be a developer without my loud punks!

The good news: PC sales went up a little worldwide, say Gartner crystal-ball-gazers

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Re: if it weren't for Win-10-nic

"Imagine a Dell or Lenovo ad showing their computer with Linux Mint on it, doing something with Libre Office, web surfing via Firefox, and so forth, as a viable alternative to Microsoft, without the slurp, ads, update problems, etc. - and more CHOICE for configuring the desktop!"

Then see them tearing their hair out as the average user tries to get wifi and printing work on Linux! Your average user would gladly swap ease for "slurp" as they simply don't care.

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Re: if it weren't for Win-10-nic

Your logic doesn't work BOB. If your theory about people not buying PCs because they don't have windows 7 on them is correct we would see sales decreasing as fewer 7 PCs are available. What we are seeing is the sales slowly increasing.

I think this has more to do with tablets. It seemed a few years back that every other bit of IT kit was some kind of tablet, with even supermarkets selling their own branded ones and people building them into printers!. People rushed out and bought loads of these and now phones are taking their place. But people want something bigger to do a bit more on - they are realising that a phone is just too small. They are buying laptops instead. I can see the two devices that people own in the future will be laptop and phone.

It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

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“Several prominent UK organisations ...

Hill and Dale Outdoors (hillanddaleoutdoors.co.uk),"

Thanks for that - I'm after some new Meindl boots and totally forgot about them. Not bad for prices.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Determining South (in the Northern hemisphere) from a clock

"One of my prize possessions is a 24-hour dial wristwatch"

Genius - I didn't know such a thing existed. I've spent so much time showing people how to use a regular analogue watch I don't need one. But I love the idea.

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"I recommend ViewRanger."

I totally agree. I do, despite going on about natural navigation, use this on a regular basis. It's handy for areas where I don't own the OS map and want to know things like open access land.

Bargain, really.

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Re: Hahaha...

You think Millets are expensive? Have a look at Cotswold Outdoors. Or Costworld as we call them ….

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Re: Hahaha...

@Kubla

"It's hard to make walking expensive."

Seen any of the ultra-light walking types? That can get very expensive.

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Re: Too many apps

@ find users who...

RE: "A map app is a map"

Yes. But people think because they have a map they can navigate. It's that reliance that will let people down. What happens when weather / terrain / power failure means that your electronic map dies? The tiny screen is an issue if you want to see distant features to establish your location. Reasons like this are why in London cabbies still have to take the knowledge.

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Re: Too many apps

You can use the effect prevailing wind has on flora, for example. Trees will tend to lean with the prevailing wind and that's not effected by wind changes that will fluctuate. The drying effect on natural and man made things. Cloud direction. Clouds will move in a different way to the wind direction at lower altitudes. These things are effected by air pressure too and can be useful weather change indicators. But I'll stop there before I waffle on too much.

It's one of the ways I navigate. When I start a walk I note wind direction and relate it to compass directions. I can very roughly use this to retrace my route or know direction at any point in time. It's part of a whole package of natural navigation tools. I'd recommend reading some of the excellent books by Tristan Gooley - the Natural Navigator, for example. There are people, like me, that teach this stuff too.

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Too many apps

People over-depend on apps for navigation when walking and then blame them when they get lost. We've lost the ability to tap into things like wind direction, star / sun / moon location and several other dependable clues to navigation and location. It's a shame, really. But then I don't know how many people nowadays spent time as youngsters out late, fields away from home, having to find their way back. That's a bigger shame, I think.

Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Interesting. I hadn't heard of this. But on further reading it's for Chinese customers only so I'm not too worried. I wonder how many other phone companies have to do stuff like this in China too?

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@artem

"I have apprehensions in regard to their firmware."...

What apprehensions?

New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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Trollface

I wonder who

made the "coated slivers of polished silver wafers" way out in space that seem to be needed for this?

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: That reminds me

@andy 103

Yeah - because none of us have to care for elderly relatives. Not narrow minded. Not at all.

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: @Timmy B -- A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

@someone else...

what did "A well regulated militia" mean at the time it was written? Did the word regulated mean the same? No as people now think it means controlled by the government. but then it could mean well trained or well organised. The whole point is that it was a check on tyranny.

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Re: for all the "too many guns already" idiots

@jmch

I looked at the numbers of mass killings. Not gun deaths. They took the guns away and people found other ways. It's not the guns that killed people. It was people, and they still act the same, if not worse.

Some of the mass killings that still happened were done not using guns.

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Re: for all the "too many guns already" idiots

"and there we go another "we cant do anything" so fuck it I want to go pew pew gun nut.."

You don't seem to be using any version of English that I am familiar with. Do you want to try again? Perhaps add some punctuation this time?

Also, just seeing you getting that cross because I rubbished your post using figures from the paper the article referred to, shows that it's perhaps not me that's the nut.

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Re: Democide.

"I would ban outright all weapons with the exception of very limited recreational and safety usage by leaseholder."

ALL weapons? Knives, bows, e.t.c ? Or just all firearms? What about hunting?

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Re: for all the "too many guns already" idiots

"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-guns/australia-data-shows-gun-controls-a-huge-...."

But it's simply not true that there has been a huge change. Look at one of the graphs on that page and gun murders went from 59 to 47 a year. Not what I would call massive either in terms of what it used to be, or the current rate. For the last few years murder rates there have been slowly going up too.

There may have been 11 mass killings so far there in the last decade (51 deaths) and 7 (43 deaths) in the previous decade. So despite removing a lot of guns people are still killing each other at pretty much the same rates.

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

"It actually specifically states "well regulated militia", that "regulated" part is the one that seems to be written in ink invisible to the gun nuts..."

Remember that this was written a fair while ago and the people that penned it may not mean what you think they do.

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Banning semi-automatic firearms is a silly concept and shows you don't really know what you're talking about. Pretty much every pistol is a semi-automatic. If you really want to stop killing then you need to ban pistols. And that's simply not going to fly in the USA.

Disclaimer - I live in the UK but do shoot.

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

"Guns may not kill people, but they sure make it a lot easier."

They also make it a whole lot easier to protect yourself. According to the CDC 500,000 to 3 million people per year are protected in the US by the defensive use of firearms.

Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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Re: Astonishing isn't it

"Is it really the fault of the customer that they are being charged for a product that has already been delivered, or the fault of the provider for choosing not to implement a technical solution that would resolve the issue entirely?"

Yes. It's the customers fault. If you are paying money for something then it is down to you to agree what to pay and how long for and for you to monitor what happens at the end of that agreement. Different if they go outside the agreement but both sides signed an agreement.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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@jmch

I totally agree. The only decider of if you get a job is if you can do that job better than all the other people applying. You should be treated decently as you treat others decently.

Bill and Ted had it sussed: "Be excellent to each-other....

… and Party on Dudes!"

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Re: no restrictions on education

@baud

Read what I said a bit more carefully. The paragraph was about job restriction according to sex and I said there should generally be none. The "likewise" linked the closing sentence of that paragraph to the previous contents. So we should not limit education according to sex.

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Unless there is an overwhelming physical or sociological reason that only a particular sex can do a job then there should be no limitations on who that job is advertised to (not many women would be appreciated as men's restroom assistants, and vice versa, etc). Likewise there should be no restrictions on education, etc.

If it is sexism to only advertise to and accept men then it is as much so to do the same with women. What matters and the only thing that should matter is that the best capable and qualified person gets said job.

This goes not just for sex but for sexuality, race, religion, political views, etc. etc.

Obvious relly.

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: Everything "I" about AI, the "I" stands for Idiocy

"Artificial Idiocy all around."

Surely Actual Idiocy....

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