* Posts by wolfetone

3203 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

WannaCrypt victims paid out over $140k in Bitcoin to get files unscrambled

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Re: Eh?

"It's been covered extensively."

So was the "fact" that Liverpool fans pissed on policemen during Hillsborough. They weren't right then either.

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

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I think the boffins would've been better off trying to work out why onions don't make you cry if you stick a spoon in your mouth while you cut them.

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Post Office puts stamp on ISP minnow Fuel

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Re: What now?

"How's about the government learn a lesson from this?"

Government, Councils, the BBC, all still dealing with Crapita.

I'm starting to think these MP's and other officials have shares in the company.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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"Polite ????????? - weren't you the one who called me a prick first !!!"

I never said I was polite.

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I did help.

"I've recently installed XP (on an air-gapped machine!) as a machine controller, but some of my more contemporary software refuses to install without SP2..."

There's the first problem.

"...the trouble is, I have other [more critical] software that refuses to work under SP3, which is comparatively easy to come by."

There's the second.

Suggesting they get Linux and builds two VM's, one with SP2 and SP3 was to help them balance the issues they have with software refusing to work on SP3 or SP2. Never at any point did I say fuck XP and get Linux period. Plus, I did suggest they might take advantage of someone with volume licensing so they could obtain the service packs.

It turns out, however, the OP's use case meant this wouldn't work due to the users involed (which they didn't mention in the original post).

But because there are a group of dinosaurs who still see Linux as a cancer they get all offended when Linux is mentioned. Some are more polite than others about it however.

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"Because (and here's the thing) HE DIDNT ASK FOR LINUX HE ASKED FOR XP SP's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Don't be a prick all your life.

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Why don't you just install Linux on the machine, and have two VM instances of XP? One with SP2 and the other with SP3?

As for trustworthy sources, it might be worth trying to find a "friend" who has access to Volume Licensing. I notice that they have XP versions with and without the service packs.

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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"We've all read them a million times yet people still make the same comment as if they are telling us something new."

Sorry, it isn't Apple making that same comment.

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I bet that because they're struggling to get the finger print reader to work under the glass like they said they would, they'll ditch fingerprint technology in favour of the "more secure" facial recognition thing.

Just good luck using it in the dark, and don't be shocked if someone opens it by using your Facebook profile photo.

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"Apple just aren't inovating anymore"

Apple have never innovated. They were just really good at marketing old ideas.

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NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

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Re: Way to bring their wages down

Stop paying Sky, and stop going to matches won't bring wages down.

Sky's football viewership had already fallen nearly 20% at the beginning of last season, straight after the huge money they paid to secure the rights (you can actually "thank" BT for that one). The income that the Premier League generates is through TV deals but through deals with other broadcasters across the world. China, Spain etc.

The TV money that comes in to the Premier League is so vast that every team in the Premiership could've set prices for tickets to every seat in the stadium for £20. No matter what seat, no matter what game, £20. Except that didn't happen, and the money is now syphoned off not really to the footballers themselves but to their agents. They're the parasite in the whole business. I think in the deal that's taken Neymar from Barcelona to PSG, Neymar's Dad who's his agent (I'm led to believe) has earned more money out of Barcelona than Messi has! That's insane!

But ultimately every single person who goes to the football on a Saturday could decide not to go, and not bother turning up. You could have whole stadiums empty. The clubs would still make a huge fortune via the TV Deals from companies that aren't Sky. Then there's the money from shirt sales (which I don't think was taken in to account), the money from companies wanting to associate their brand with the likes of Ronaldo or Manchester United.

For a bit of a laugh, Google the Manchest United wine advert that featured Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs. I'm telling you now, the desk you're sat at reading this is less wooden than Rooney's acting.

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Ofcom lifts sword, eyes up BT's duct and pole rental costs

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"I have a point-to-point microwave engineer standing on-site, who can beat your price and speed, don't force me to make a snap decision""

Why not just go with him then if you've been enduring 6 months of total failure?

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Look out Silicon Valley, here comes Brit bruiser Amber Rudd to lay down the (cyber) law

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"FIne we will take borris johnson."

Boris Johnson is American already, having been born in New York. So that doesn't count.

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Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

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Hello Tosh

Got $5 Billion?

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GPS III satellites and ground station projects get even later as costs gently spiral

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The irony that they can't pin point an end date for a system they will use to pin point locations.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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Re: Big egos make bad code.

"What's that in imperial arse-loads?"

42.

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Re: Big egos make bad code.

I could've meant 1,000Kg.

I could've meant 2,204.6lbs.

I could've meant 1.10 short tons

I could've meant 0.984 long tons.

I could have also meant 1,016Kg if speaking about ton.

I could've also meant 907Kg if speaking about ton to our North American friends.

But, hopefully, you'll still be able to get the idea that I meant he got a metric shit ton of instances.

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Re: Big egos make bad code.

Exactly. There have been a tonne of instances where the developers have written shit code and pushed it through to the build, only for Linus to find them and kick off about it. They're simple issues, and they're issues that a developer really should be on top of. Blaming the checker at being at fault is like me going to the shop and saying the lottery machine is wrong when it says my "winning" lottery ticket doesn't have a single number on it.

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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"Goal is 'Level 5', where vehicle reacts like human-driven one"

Level 6 is to get it to drive a BMW and actually use it's indicators.

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Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October

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Alien

It doesn't matter.

Nibiru is supposed to be popping by to say hello a month before this asteroid, they'll sort it out for us.

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"Bruce died"

I thought that, but then I was watching Die Hard and he seemed to be alright? Had more hair on him too, somehow.

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Apple removes VPN apps in China as Russia's Putin puts in the boot with VPN banlaw

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Re: And businesses?

What you'll find is that when this shit comes to the UK (and it will) that you'll need to have a license to use a VPN. That way firms can still use them unaffected while us normal Joe Soaps will be denied access to the technology.

This will only come about via law firms and other companies (stock traders etc) that have the financial clout and embarrassing photographs of MPs to push through such a thing.

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Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC

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Re: Once upon a time... and possibly sticky

Bomchickawahwah!

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UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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Re: Not just drones

"So the foxes were goading the badgers into volunteering to get two car batteries strapped to them and then fired at an airliner?"

Yes. That's exactly what's happened.

A Tory voting Countryside Alliance chap told me that. Why would he lie?

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Re: Not just drones

"The result calls for badgers to be culled to protect the aviating public"

Silly boy.

The test called for the reintroduction of fox hunting, as they felt that the foxes were goading the badgers in to doing something stupid.

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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I wonder how much of the problems with Flash would be solved if it was open sourced?

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Uneasy rest the buttocks on the iron throne. Profits plunge 14% at Sky UK and Ireland

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Re: Sports

".... which is why from 2019-24 Sky have total exclusive rights on F1 when the original Sky/BBC deal (where C4 picked up the BBC bit when the BBC decided that was too expensive) ends.

At least the new "owners" of F1 see this as a problem for the future of the sport but all these deals were set up in the "how much money can I get, who cares about the fans" Bernie era"

Ah, I know. I haven't thought about what to do about that, because I'm not paying to watch it.

I would say though that the new owners will try and negotiate it. You'd hope they would. But I don't think Sky will do it.

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Re: Sports

Indeed. They overpaid for the Premiership Football rights, and God knows what the GAA are charging them to show most of the games live (absolutely disgusting that they have that deal, but that's another discussion). I would say Ecclestone's contract with Sky is also a big drain on resources too.

Thing is, Sky is expensive for what it is. During these summer months no one bothers with the football on Sky, and there are people like me and you who would pay to watch the F1 live. But £18 a month is far too much, and Channel 4 do a splendid job of their coverage to the point I can't really tell whether the race is live or not.

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GitHub wants more new contributors, because that's what GitHub is for

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Re: Best feature of them all...

"Working backups, unlike GitLab."

You only know backups are working until you need them.

We'll just sit here, quietly, and wait for the moment GitHub goes TITSUP and see if their backups work so swimmingly well.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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Re: I have always supposed the idea of the BBC, but...

"The 'state' doesn't own the BBC."

But it choses the controllers and body that oversee the BBC. So if the state don't own it what right do they have to pick and choose who runs and controls the corporation?

I struggle to think of another instance where a company that isn't owned by someone or another company allows the other company to dictate who they have on their board.

Don't forget as well that the state have mandated through the law that it's illegal to watch live TV without payment of the license fee which is set by the Secretary of State for Culture.

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"... and he was from Atos or something?"

It's been known that the gobshites that the BBC employ to check on addresses that don't pay TV licenses do stuff like what's been described. If there's no TV in the property, you don't need a TV license. They ask to come in and check, but without a warrant (which they won't get) they don't have to go in to your property. You can refuse them entry.

But when you do that, they decide to intimidate you by doing what the OP described. Imagine now you're a woman on your own or elderly and you see some jackass outside your house doing that?

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Well BBC, if you're big enough and corporate enough to sack workers in the UK and outsource their jobs abroad, then you're big enough and corporate enough to survive without forcing the paying public (as well as those you've sacked) to pay the TV license fee.

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Time-rich netizens marshall ballot-stuffing bots against... Radio Times contest

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I bet Nigel Farage has something to do with this, what with losing yet another election but this time as a radio "presenter".

More like radio c**t.

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Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

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Re: They also blamed the customer

That was quite incredible really, to blame the customer.

It's times like that when you can see what being the only real retailer on the high street can do to a company's mindset. They've no competition on the high street, ergo, fuck you pay me.

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

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Re: If you want good trains

Public transport isn't anywhere near as good as a car.

I can drive door to door to London from Birmingham for about £30, in the comfort of my own car, my own company, my own tunes. I can take whatever route I wish, I can stop off where I wish.

On a train it cancost less, but quite often can't. Not for four people anyway. Even then I have to get some sort of transport from my home to the train station, and then get some other method of transport when I get the train to London. Plus you can't choose who you share a carriage with, you might get lucky and get quiet people or you could end up with a bunch of clowns who are shouting and laughing and generally being dicks.

The time saved even isn't that much. It can take about 2 hours from Birmingham to London, on a fast train it'd be 90 minutes but then you pay more for that. For the cheaper trains it's 2 hours.

So yeah, Clarkson's right. The trains just aren't better than the motorcar.

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If you want good trains

Then drive a car.

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"Of course they are, but blame the unions."

Yep. Blame the unions as always. Blame them for the holiday pay, sick pay, the rights you have as a worker.

Don't be a complete idiot all your life.

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Windows 3.11

"That's Paintbrush.. NOT Paint. If you really want Paint, go dig out a Win95 install."

Such a hipster.

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Re: Who needs MS Paint when you can have...

"The temptation to install Tux Paint via a USB stick was very strong but so was the risk of my wife divorcing me on the spot."

Does she have shares in Microsoft?

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

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"And there lies the problem. Beware of anyone who seeks to make themselves the source of all truth or fact. Some may be genuine, but many (most) are not.

After all, deciding what is 'fact' or 'fake' is effectively controlling the media message."

And don't forget that history is written by the victors.

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Holmes

Who watches the watchmen?

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FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

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Coming Soon

Free X-Ray's at Fukushima!

Just dip your body part in to the water and you're done.

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Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

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Or a bit sorer....

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"Is the SECOND time this month I have been left with no access to my own money due to YOUR mistakes! It's disgraceful! 2/2"

Jesus some people are ungrateful. Two downtimes in a month after years of up time? Oh yeah, you don't remember the good times do you? No, just the bad.

Sod off and put your money under the matress next time if you're so worried about having access to your cash.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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"I think Michael Green is doing that one."

Ah, splendid. I can't wait to see what he comes up with after his best selling "Everything I know about teaching". I couldn't put it down, so riviting.

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I can't wait for Grant's report on the use of Wikipedia in Government.

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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I'm going to write a strongly worded letter to that bollocks Lennart Poettering about this clown show, using systemd's built in word processor.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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WWJPID?

What Will Jim'll Paint It Do?

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Debian patches plenty in new version 9.1

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"The new release rolls up 26 security fixes that have landed since June."

Hmmm, systemd seems to still be there though. I thought this was a patch to fix bugs and errors?

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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"To be fair...I suspect it will be your football team that break the promise first. Well, every time."

I've more sense than to follow Wolves! They're her team, not mine.

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