* Posts by Timmy B

662 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011


Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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"It was a terrible hack job that doesn't stand up to even basic scrutiny. There is a reason why this blew up, and it's because it was bad."

Well thanks. My Ironometer just broke. How am I to detect irony now?

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Re: Wow...

"I wrote a while article of points. You know, the one you are commenting on."

No. You wrote a whole load of waffle based on your own political bias. Ironically complaining about the political bias of others. What you wrote was a big opinion piece full of subjective comment. Explain to me the observable differences between men and women.

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Re: Hats of to the reg

"Not sure how you confused it with satire."

kierenmccarthy your sarcasm meter is broken....

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Re: Ad hominem

"defending this man and his diatribe against women in the workplace "

It's not that at all. Did you actually have your brain engaged when you read his memo? Did you read his memo? He actually said that men and women are different and they both have their strengths and weaknesses. And generally they do. This isn't a diatribe it's an observation. An observation based on the genders as a whole. If you take an average man he is going to be physically stronger than the average woman. The average woman is going to be better able to communicate and operate within a group. This is how we have evolved. Does it mean either is better? NO! JUST DIFFERENT. Difference is actually a good thing. He argues for these strengths to be used to the betterment of the company. This is the worst part of what we're seeing - the idea that we're all the same. We're all different with all our strengths and weaknesses and some of those are inherent due to our gender.

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Hats of to the reg

This is one of the best bits of satire I've read in a long time.... Well done, Sir. Well done indeed.


You're being serious?..... oh damn!

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: Most people.....

For you Mr Fuzzy....

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Re: spends most of its time updating

"spends most of its time updating". A serious question... "What have you done?" I have half a dozen w10 PCs at home and use one full time at work. I don't see this at all on any of them. Or is that just hyperbole? Is this an upgrade? From what? What software is running?

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Most people.....

This is a telling thing. And a reason that massive comapnies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc exist and operate. They cater for most people. Most people don't care about sharing what websites they view, or what they buy, or where they go. They don't care because having other people know, or governments know, or companies know just isn't as important as doing these things at a price that makes them convenient and easy. They, mostly subconsiously, make the decision that a kind of trade is going on where they give up some privacy for ease, convenience and cost. This is the trade that makes saying "Alexa play my favorite songs" so appealing. I don't think it will ever change and I don't think it's a totally bad thing - I do think it'll increase, though. Ford will track journeys to make sat-navs and autonomous cars better for example.

All I think is needed is simple rules that makes what they gather clear in the T&Cs and then you have a choice to use it or not. This is kind of like the current rules changes in the UK to do with marketing mail.

Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

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Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature /?

You need to do "help Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature" (or get-help). That's how it works in powershell. You're welcome...

Apple chief on Chinese VPN app ban: We always toe the line with other nations' laws

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Re: Funny legal compliance

"Get an iPhone through a mobile company and try and send it back within warranty period."

Must only be phones or that company was lying to you. I took a duff iPad back to PCWorld and they swapped it there and then. And that's PCWorld - they aren't exactly renowned for great customer service. This was a couple of years back, mind.

'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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I could knock up a P2P messaging solution that used end to end encryption in an afternoon. I could then share this with my evil friends and they would know very little. This is nothing more than scare mongering so that the government look like they are doing something to protect us when they don't have the first clue.

We used to have "effective" (couldn't think of another word) terrorists in the UK that didn't use the internet, end to end anything, mobile phones, etc. They managed to indoctrinate and share information and training quite well enough. We couldn't really stop Irish terrorism then and these knee jerk plans by an ineffective bunch of clowns won't stop Islamic terrorism now.

Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

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"99 little bugs in the code...."

Ah... The first law of programming entropy: "For every bug you remove two more will be created".

Boffins throw Amazon Alexa on the rack to extract hidden clues

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Re: Sales of these are going to crash at some point

"... even if I was paid £10,000 a month."

I call BS. I'd happily have a constantly listening dot in my front room for something that meant I could give up my job. Heck - I'd just buy a new house and give it it's own room and just stay out of there if I were that paranoid. What the hell conversations do you have that you care so much? I get the whole privacy for privacy sake but we all have our price. Would you have one for a million pounds a month? ten million? If you say no then you are either rich, stupid, a criminal or a liar.

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Re: Sales of these are going to crash at some point

"What is to prevent Amazon (or Google) from updating the terms-of-service and bury in it legalese language that lets them listen all the time?"

Because of the huge load on them for doing something that's pointless... that's what. If there was a commercial use in it then it would do it already. After all - as others have said - most people wouldn't care.

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Re: Sales of these are going to crash at some point

"But not the hacked version ....."

If they are going to that much trouble then they would just bug your house properly. Our dot can only just make us out in the next room if we talk very loudly. It'd be pointless on the next floor or more than a room away.

Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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Re: about 12 per cent of servers run non-Windows OSs!?

"Did anyone bother to count the Linux Kernal in Android phones? Something like 432 million smartphones in 2016"

Not servers are they?

Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

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Re: Uninstall OneDrive

I disagree:

1. I am currently at over 3TB across the accounts and it all works fine. I sync across multiple PCs and tablets and even my phone has easy access. Works perfectly.

2. You don't fill it all at once, silly.

3. I have a backup of course. And Google / Dropbox / Amazon, whoever are all as likely to mess up.

I don't need to - MS are doing sterling work. They are for the company I work for and the company my partner works for. No complaints at all - and I suspect that outside the small bubble that is the Reg - they do fine for pretty much every customer.

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Why not choice..?

I do wish that they gave us choice. I don't care - really don't care if syncing a file takes a tiny bit longer. Pop up a box when I select an SD card telling me it'll be a tiny bit slower and let me say "Nah - don't care". But then again this is a feature in BETA software that may never reach end users. I imagine that they will try stuff and see if it flies. We do exactly the same with our stuff - preview releases designed just for feedback.

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Re: Uninstall OneDrive

"Much better to backup to memory sticks, DropBox or Google"...

Ok what one of those gives you 5 installations of Office and 5TB of storage for less than a tenner a month?

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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We have a tab rule here mainly because we are a team. We settled on tabs because if I want my indents at 4 spaces and pally over the room wants 3 then it's easy to change our IDE to show either IF tabs are used. If he went coding with spaces and put in 3 and I put in 4 then it'd all be a royal inconsistent mess. I wonder if more of the developers earning more and using spaces were not in teams and thus contractors or similar, who tend to earn more.

Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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Re: All I want

"Ask the authoritarian government of your choice. In many countries even innocent internet use may result in arrest and/or persecution."

Complaining about a feature in Firefox / other browser, etc. is better than actually going to the embassies of these states and actually making a protest? This has nothing to do with authoritarian government really.

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Re: All I want


Never said it was my business but I clearly touched a nerve. Calm down there fella.

If you are so naïve as to think that private corporations don't know your private business then, well, I suggest you have a bit of a longer look at how the world really works.

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Re: All I want

"The URL and search boxes should be separate, and not leak partial searches to Google."

What do you search for / do online that actually matters in that scenario? I mean really, really matters. ot some kind of nit picky "Well I just don't what them to know......" A good real world scenario where some harm can befall you.

It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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I suggest I new species....

We perhaps give it the latin name Terrisium Mayicus. Decidedly two faced with a distinct lack of direction...

Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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Re: Windows-as-a-service...

"Wait till SatNad monetizes Windows-as-a-service, ...."

Automatically should be downvoted by everyone as you justify it with a Daily Fail article....

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Re: Fall Creators Update

"As far as the controls go, yes. Don't you? My car has a steering wheel. What does yours have? Handle bars? Tiller? Pedal bar?"

And thus it is with Windows as a UI. You still have WIMP.

Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years

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"early hominids seem to have made and discarded tools in surprising quantities"

That pretty much was the case when all they did was make a sharp edge by bashing two rocks together once. But when lithic technology improved they would carry part made and finished tools and tweak them when needed. And they did have pockets and pouches. It's far later in the period - into the chalcolithic - but look at Otzi and the belt he wore - this is a pocket.

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"Flint knapping is one of the few weird skillz I talked myself out of learning. It's hard, and takes lots of practice."

You are 100% right - as a knapper I know that only too well. I am an amateur and don't want to think of how much pointless chippings and dust I've made to get where I am. It is still simple and easy when compared to the effort involved in producing bone and antler tools just using the flint tools. I was sawing through a buffalo rib with a knapped flint saw to make a hide scraper only last night......

Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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Re: Yet another version?

RE: "I thought MS claimed that Win10 would be the last version? "

Ok - if Ford bought out a car - say the Mondeo and said it was the last model of car they would ever make. But you could buy say Mondeo with a range of trims, engines and colours. Would they all be Mondeos? Yes. If they never made any other models are they right? Yes. Would a Mondeo GT be as much a Mondeo as a GTR or GTS ? (I have no idea if those letters are right) Yes. They are all Mondeos all suited to different uses and budgets.

Makes perfect sense to me. Or should all Linux users use one distribution or all use Red Hat Enterprise? Choice is good isn't it?

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Re: Desperation

"A windows7 built on window 10 core is what every dinosaur really wants."

I remember when 7 came out and everybody moaned that it wasn't XP and when XP came out and everyone moaned it wasn't 2000. People for some reason simply don't like change. If you ask them to quantify why they actually don't like 10 most have never used it and those that have will usually come up with something like "WELL Micro$$haft shouldn't CHANGE anything without ASKING ME"

We have an office with dozens of people using 10 day to day and I have a home with three of us using it and it is the most stable, best performing and easiest to use version of windows yet according to the vast majority of them.

UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: "Compulsory bugging of people / homes / cars / public spaces just in case a terrorist might be"

Ms May the camera pointing at my hose seems to be failing or you'd have seen the mahoosive vote Lib Dem signpost I have in my front garden. ;-)

(Have a virtual one for making me smile John)

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I wonder how much they used the net

Generally these people know each other. Often we see that they attended the same mosques. I wonder how much planning is done on the internet compared to how much is at a home and in person. Terrorists managed to plan and organise well before the internet and well before telephones. I dare say they'll just switch methods. What's next? Compulsory bugging of people / homes / cars / public spaces just in case a terrorist might be there planning something.

Why not go on the offensive? Why not have government funded anti terror websites all over the place? Why not try to counter what they do? Is it for fear of looking racist - despite Islam not being a race? If we are going to trap and stop access to extremist material we must know where it is. Why not put up a paywall style "rational wall" where we block access until they watch a 2 hour video by a liberal mosque?

I am sure that collectively we can come up with better ideas than sticking out heads in the sand.

Ok - disjointed rant over....

Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

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I'd wait until the OP 5 is out.

I'm very happy with my OP3 and this doesn't seem to offer anything that the 5 doesn't and I think the 5 will be cheaper. And please phone makers - stop with this removing the headphone jack stuff - or give us a way to use the ones we're using that allows us to charge at the same time and doesn't look stupid.

The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Re: Beg your pardon?

"The best star wars movies are the ones without him".

Nah. I'll watch ep 3 over ep 7 any day off the week. The Force awakens is just a new hope retold badly with an added emo and some gender re-assignment. I am worried that ep 8 is going to be just a remake of ep 5. I've even heard they are giving Luke a stick to make him that little bit more like Yoda.

Though as an aside I think I may have had more enjoyment out of the Rebels TV series than any of the films.

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

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Re: Reasons to be Wear-y

"I have a handlebar mounted bluetooth speaker"

That's worse.You're like one of them kids that has their music playing on their mobile as they walk about. Just don't. I don't want or need to listen to it.

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: Clueless govt...

You sound surprised that they haven't thought this through or allowed for the fact that criminals and terrorists by their very nature will continue to break the law. It' just the nature of the "we can't be seen to be doing nothing" government we have. I hope that the general populace see through it and cause a stink like they did with the money grab for elderly care and they U turn.

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: Renewables are not as green as its promotors claim

"Or fewer people - that speak English correctly."

Do you mean "Or fewer people that speak English correctly" ? I may not have been correct but at least my meaning was clear :-P

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Re: Renewables are not as green as its promotors claim

"Does that mean you're volunteering to leave?"

Less people obviously means we should curb growth and let us naturally decrease. Killing loads of people suddenly would be an environmental disaster too.

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Re: Renewables are not as green as its promotors claim

"At least an old wind turbine is not a radioactive hazard for centuries to come, like a nuclear installation"

No but the environmental damage of having to landfill all those defunct solar panels and wind turbines is almost as bad. What about the chemicals in old solar panels? We need to get away from the idea that we really have any environmentally friendly electricity production methods. Some methods are not as bad - some worse. All are bad to some degree, though. What we really need - if we care bout the planet - is less people.

IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Years Ago

I had to ring Borland technical support - in either the states or Canada, I forget, it was years ago. They had a local radio station playing as their hold music. I was on hold for ages and gradually losing my temper when a mention of me waiting on the phone comes over the airwaves. One of the chaps in my office had found out the station and rung them. By all accounts is was quite common.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Re: And still shovelling Android

I suggest you buy Apple because you have more money than sense. I anyone offered me 5K a month just to use a specific phone I'd do so in a second. I could quit my job and what I would end up doing wouldn't involve much phone usage.

Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Re: Business users


Well I'm happy - not sure I' want to be in a club that would have Bob as a member.... I'm still wondering what on earth it means. These things get under my skin.

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Re: Business users

In the style of BBob:

WHAT the HELL does Win-10-nic MEAN? YOU KEEP SAYING IT!!!! AND! WE! DONT! KNOW!!!!

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Re: Business users

"What on earth are you smoking? LibreOffice is nowhere near functional parity with Microsoft Office. Not even close."

Exactly. My other half is a freelance office administrator / organiser / etc. I let her have a try at LibreOffice to see what she thought as she's a bit miffed that Office costs. An afternoon with it and her whole opinion is now "Office costs money but compared to that it's great value". She actually likes the ribbon as the things she needs are there all the time and clear and easy. I think if all of the IT "experts" on here actually spent more time talking to the people whose day to day jobs involve using office type productivity software, beyond typing a few paragraphs in a word processor, would realise that Office sells well because there simply isn't anything better and the users know that.

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@AC: Re: Putty ....

RE: "Google for "How to turn off the Windows 10 keylogger enabled by default". That should get you started."

I've yet to see proof that this is actually referring to being a key logger. This is the improve typing information. Do you know what information is being sent? Do you know how this is being gathered? Until you can point to something more than "I don't have any actual evidence but go Google" then I call BS on your assertion that this is a key logger. Prove your point or it remains rubbish.

Cray dips toe in supercomputing-as-a-service

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Anyone else...

... see the picture and suddenly have "Shooting Stars" thoughts?

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Perhaps a clear use by...

On the back of boxes or on installation dialogs.

"This software will be patched for general use until x date and security patches will be issued until y date". Just to make it plain and clear to the users. After all it's not just PCs that could do with this - Smart TVs, Phones, etc.....

Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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Re: shame for Ledswinger

You hit the problem right on the head. Building new houses isn't the problem. The amount of people is. Either we are going to have to have new models of housing where people live in smaller flats or similar multiple occupancy dwellings or less people. Even if we build more houses they are beyond the reach of many people financially and will continue to be. Out of all of the new development where I live the average price is well above what anyone without a well paid job could afford. The solution? Simple - where two houses were built 20 flats could have been built. instead of housing 2 families - say 10 people - you are then housing 20 to 30 people. We have to get used to the idea that we - as a species - are crowding ourselves out. We can either keep populating and use up all the space we need to actually live or we can stop breeding like rabbits. If we do the at some point a fox will appear.

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Re: shame

RE: 787K homes short a year...

Where are these people living then? You've also not included how many people die each year in the UK. IIRC that's about 400K. So that leaves 300K+ people every year added to those living on the streets? No. they are living somewhere. Try again.

PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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I used to play with these people but it just got boring

I installed phones with BT Call Guardian and haven't had a single call since I did. This should be something BT offer for free / discounted to pensioners.


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