* Posts by jeffdyer

177 posts • joined 30 Oct 2011

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

jeffdyer

Re: off line

I loved my "65 in 1" set when I was 13ish, so much so that I had to replace it from eBay when I found my father had chucked mine out. Never touched it since though LOL!

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jeffdyer

Re: It's all about the short term..

That's the way people make real money. Build up a business and sell it. All investors have an "exit strategy", this is the most important thing! The only way to not be a wage slave.

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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Re: and "extensive" customer data.

Are you sure you're right about Philips?

But Blaupunkt, Kenwood and Polaroid can be added to your list too.

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jeffdyer

Re: Cost and competence

Homebase, Currys, B & M, Poundland|

Are we thinking of the same Maplins?

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Biometrics

You might be missing your face and/or fingers if you drive a really nice car....

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jeffdyer

Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

If it's pouring with rain, the last thing you want to do is put your shoppping down on the wet floor etc.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

jeffdyer

Re: EU Standard plug

EUROTEL, please.

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

jeffdyer

Re: Reminds me of a time...

On a similar note, it was my daughter's 10th birthday and the I'd taken the afternoon off, however some guy in sales had noticed that a network cable had come lose behind his computer and kindly plugged it back into the shared router under his desk.

Unfortunately, he didn't tell anyone at the time, also, the cable was supposed to go into the back of his PC, so what he did infinite looped the router which took the whole network down.

We ended up disconnecting everything from the main switch and plugging the cables back in one by one until we discovered the one connection that took everything down.

Needless to say, I was late for the party. :(

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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

jeffdyer

Re: No wiggleroom to be given

Is that how you treat your wife?

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Re: Give me a basic car

And that's a problem how exactly?

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Microsoft have never had a capital S in soft, sorry.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Honda Jazz? Surely pensioners don't read the Register?

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

jeffdyer

Re: Empty...

That was you,was it? cnut.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: It'll be worth it

You drive a diesel to the pub? Oh dear.

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jeffdyer

Bad analogy. More like a shareholding director in the gym business, who wants a fair return on the investment they've put into the gym.

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

jeffdyer

Last week my recently update Win10 (1803) PC refused to start, despite trying all the various safe mode options, repairing etc.

I had to resort to rolling back through the last known good settings, fortunately the 1803 update took one from just a few days before, so I went back to that and the PC came up fine.

Not sure whether the update killed the boot mechanism or not, but if not, having a recent restore point saved my ar$e

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Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

jeffdyer

My first job after leaving the company I did a sandwich course with still used PDP-11, I think an 11/70 and an 11/73 to run stock and order processing systems for a group of steel processing companies. We still had to run backups onto reels of mag tape. After about a year, we started to migrate to MicroVAX, and, having the least experience with the PDPs , I was tasked to convert the processing software over from the PDP version to VAX/VMS. Happy days (1990 ish)

I don't know what happened to the PDPs, but I was almost scared to touch them with their open cabinets and huge pcbs visible. Very noisy as well.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

jeffdyer

Restroom?

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Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

jeffdyer

Re: nVidia sucks all around

Ye those 15 year old 640x480 cards. Really useful.

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

jeffdyer

Re: Wowiee

Her?

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

jeffdyer

Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

Was it? I didn't notice it on any of my PCs.

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

jeffdyer

Re: The most amazing engineering

About 7 minutes later she was over Cardiff. I still remember looking up, and sometimes setting my watch.

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

jeffdyer

Boeing's space arm only exists so that the USA can subsidise their planes.

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Donkey Wrong: Arcade legend Billy Mitchell booted from record books amid MAME row

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Re: Hard

Hemeling was low alcohol lager, wasn't it?

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

jeffdyer

Re: Did I get this right...

What do you think communicating is, if not the sharing and exchanging of data?

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Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

jeffdyer

Re: Optional title

Please explain how you intent to convert random bytes in memory space into bank account numbers.

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

jeffdyer

Re: Delusions of grandeur...

My Xperia Z2 will be 4 years old this summer, and still works fine. I think the waterproofing and "magnetic" charging connector as opposed to a tiny USB have helped.

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Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame

jeffdyer

I made a slightly more serious mistake when my 20Mb Amigs HDD filled and I bought a new one. My RocTec HDD didn't have a second IDE power cable or splitter so to copy from one to the other, I plopped the two drives on top of each other so the connectors were aligned and jury rigged a power cable by putting the loose ends of a spare 4 pin connector into the same positions of the old drive.

Sadly, somehow the pins were in the other order on the new drive, and I toasted my old drive.

Fortunately I'd backup up most of my work onto floppies, but it was an expensive lesson, particularly back in 1992 odd.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

jeffdyer

Re: Train has not left the station

No, the member states fund the ESA, not the EU.

https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Welcome_to_ESA/Funding

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Recording Industry Ass. says vinyl and CD sales beat digital downloads

jeffdyer

Re: Hypocritical industry whining about stuff despite ripping off punters and artists alike

You won't be able to hear any difference between SACD and anything higher. 5.1 SACDs are like the holy grail, if you look on eBay they go for £££s. Just paid £35 for Beck's Sea Change in 2 channel and 5.1 mix. Can't wait.

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jeffdyer

Re: I still have to laugh at the hipsters....

Unlikely.

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Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

jeffdyer

Ripley's is a 'merkin franchise, not a London biz.

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Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

jeffdyer

Yeah. Blame someone else as usual. The answer is "use it or lose it".

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jeffdyer

Yes, but it's a circle. Maplin hasn't always been like this. But once sales start to fall, wages can't be maintained. Experienced start leave. Prices are kept elevated to try to keep up the income. A vicious circle.

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jeffdyer

No. Every retail outlet that is not Amazon will go bust unless people wake up and smell the coffee.

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jeffdyer

You're part of the problem.

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La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

jeffdyer

Re: Wait - am I a weirdo?

"Low level?"

Either you're deaf, or you've never sat at the back of a flight from NY to LA.

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Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

jeffdyer

Re: False advertising!

Can you get optical fibre modems? No. So it has to convert to coax at some stage. 50m of coax on the end of a fibre is no loss.

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jeffdyer

Re: *Shrug*

We've had fibre to the street cabinet 50m away and coax to the door for 15 years at least?

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jeffdyer

Re: *Shrug*

On the last speed test on my home WiFi I got 109.76Mbps downstream and 6.47Mbps upstream. Ping 12ms. Sweet. (VM)

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

jeffdyer

I really can't see the fuss. Unless you know exactly what other process has just written to memory, and exactly what that data is, I don't see what use it could possibly be to anyone.

Anyone tried debugging an application at the CPU level? There is so much going on, it would be practically impossible to know what that string of hex means, assuming you can read it in the first place.

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

jeffdyer

Re: "Live footage of the launch was sold on a pay-per-view channel at $5 a pop"

Plenty of Septics here then, clearly.

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jeffdyer

Re: "Live footage of the launch was sold on a pay-per-view channel at $5 a pop"

Not quite Gemini or Apollo territory, really, is it.

Currently NASA only exists to allow the US government to subsidise their aerospace industry.

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Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years

jeffdyer

Re: Sees a post about VAX on The Reg...

In about 1995 the company I fitted a 7GB !!!!! SCSI disk in our MicroVAX 3100. Our Osicom 486 PCs had 40Mb hard disks. Happy days.

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jeffdyer

PIP /LI. That takes me back.

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Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

jeffdyer

Re: IIRC Sinclair "pre sold" hardware then used the money to get the mfg running.

"I have particularly bad memories of an Amstrad amplifier that got rave reviews in a HiFi magazine."

It wasn't really a HiFi magazine then.

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

jeffdyer

First crypo's whats? You didn't say.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

jeffdyer

Re: Um....

When the Vic-20 came out, there wasn't much of an alternative. I had one until the C64 came down to a reasonable price. Many fond memories of that little machine, especially with the Super Expander cartridge that gave you 5K and high res graphics.

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Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

jeffdyer

Re: I'm Guessing Russian Hackers

I get Sky TV through CableTel no NTL no Virgin. No Sky Broadband here.

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FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

jeffdyer

Re: Not sure FCA rules say what you think

The article states "all FCA regulated firms". This basically includes anyone giving financial advice to a member of the public, so likely yes, it would include most IFAs, unless they are cowboys.

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