* Posts by Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Yes. That.

MD of a company once told me he didn't want to pay for his staff to learn to use computers, the computers should work the way he wanted them to.

That's the same company MD who was persuaded by two people on staff that their job was to be on facebook managing the company social media presence.

Quite how they did that from their personal accounts while posting pictures of holidays, children and tennis club escaped me but I'm sure he felt he got value for money.

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Umm, no, there were definitely 5.25" drives that had pushbutton eject, one of the plasma display Compaq portables had one for instance.

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Before filing the report and displaying it in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard'?

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Re: Not the best choice

Indeed, the resultant tin whiskers and dry joints could bankrupt the West in a few decades.

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: What do you mean 'looming'?

Happened to a British born Muslim friend of mine back in the Bush days too, his name flagged an alert on some watch list and he was refused boarding at Manchester airport for a family holiday to Disney.

Kinda narrows down the name combinations when you realise an awful lot of Muslim boys are named Muhamed first and then live their lives using a middle name for daily life.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Re: Any other country???

His own website states he wanted a Muslim Immigration ban.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-statement-on-preventing-muslim-immigration

He stated it while on the campaign trail as well.

Want to try and deny it's a ban on Muslims again?

Just because it's been renamed and had the word Muslim removed does not mean it's a different ban.

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Re: Don't let Trump speak officially in the UK.

We're doing our best, now if you could persuade Microsoft to up their game that'd be lovely

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He's not angry...

I don't think he's angry as such, all caps in his tweet just means he's really, Really, REALLY, *REALLY* excited that he's managed to figure out all by himself* where judges work.

*With only a little bit of help from President Bannon**

** And the internetz

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

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Surely just a coincidence but...

Shares in TalkTalk rose 8% on the announcement.

Talktalk, the worst ISP I have ever had the misfortune to deal with (for clients and friends i might add, i wasn't stupid enough to use them) and that was before and during Dido's reign.

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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Re: nice!

It's had all of two and a half days I think as it started on Sunday morning (I signed the anti trump somewhere around the 40K signature mark) to reach almost 1.8 million signatures so it's unlikely to reach the same giddy levels but the main reason I feel uneasy is the moronic premise that the debate is actually a separate one, Teresa Dismay has already invited Trumplethinskin to come and see what he's buying.

Fortunately he probably won't be able to take back our country, it's a bit big for hand luggage.

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

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Re: Damaged his sink?

I'm doubtful too as most batterys have some sort of overpressure vent but those e-cigs often encase the battery inside a well sealed metal sleeve, overpressure one of those and it'll go with a good bang

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: Crapware

Agreed on a lot of what you posted but I can offer a small ray of hope, after making attempts to get on with Win 10, I wiped it and restored Win 7 from the 'recovery' partition and can confirm the Win 7 licence still activates correctly.

Unless MS does something spectacular with Win11 then it'll be Linux next time.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: "Because there is technology that can identify sexually explicit pictures "

That's exactly it, sending pics of his meat and two veg.

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: I wonder.....

AS long as they don't need to kiss Corbyn's, Farage's or May's arse to get a seat at the table they might not sell us all out.

It's hardly a sparkling prsopect is it...

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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Well that's just rude and ignorant of you, the OP's comment clearly marks him out as a tin foil hatter and not a black helicopter crank.

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WDLabs goes Pi-eyed and sees triple

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Warranties

2 years for spinning rust but only 1 for the solid state?

I thought solid state was being sold as more reliable?

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Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger

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Re: A wedding ring...

Big shoes and gloves.

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Join the Q: British intel agencies seek tech-savvy apprentices

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Earning a decent packet?

Surely that should be 'watching all your packets'

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Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route

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Mrs Trellis wants to know...

If it can win at Mornington Crescent?

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

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Re: Disagree with general consensus here...

The problem with external battery packs is that they are limited in current capability, you can only stuff so many amps through a piece of copper wire and those tiny connectors before it becomes possible to light a cig on it.

An internal, removeable or otherwise, battery and holder can be designed to provide many amps of current and, if it's removeable, it can be replaced when it goes flat offering effectively instant recharge.

I used to carry about a spare battery for my phones, it's amazing how often it got used in the early hours of the morning in data centres or remote sites where it was inconvenient to recharge the phone.

Then I got a HTC One, I love the phone but miss the removeable battery and SD card as it goes flat at the most inconvenient times and I'd really make good use of a large capacity SD card in it.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: Hopefully...

What you should really be worried about is the 16 million allocated to the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK.

One for everyone soon to be unemployed?

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: I think, on balance,

Better to burn out than to fade away!

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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Re: Jobbing sparkies and their subbies

I've had similar, an apartment block with Ethernet and CCTV cabling done with eight core alarm wire back to a central control room.

Some of it joined with screw terminal choc block connectors because it was longer than the 100M rolls the 'installer' had bought.

Amazingly it sort of worked, the main reason I was called in was because the pictures on the CCTV were terrible and he'd not installed the required number of cameras, instead he'd taken the money and run, the job had been 'quality inspected' and signed off by his mate who had taken a brown envelope filled with pound notes.

Took me a week and a half to sort it all out but it did pay for a couple of nice holidays.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

It is entirely possible to detect TV usage from the local oscillator, it's possible to determine which channel is being watched and even watch along on some of the poorer tuners.

It's also entirely possible to pinpoint said signal down to a very small area, if you don't believe me all you have to do is go look for EMC compliance testing equipment and see how it can be used to pinpoint a single misbehaving component on a densely packed circuit board.

Do I believe it was done to detect licence evasion?

On balance, probably not, at least not on a regular basis, as others have said, it's far cheaper and easier to knock on the doors of houses that don't have a registered TV license.

I suspect there was an element of truth in it at some point in history, someone came up with the idea of course and knowing the BBC research departments it's highly likely there was a project to prove feasibility, it probably even got trialled and used a few times but after that, it was just a PR exercise to scare people, driving around with vans that are fitted with antennae that were just for show.

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Ripper! Boffins find malware thought behind $347k Thai ATM raids

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Beat the end of level boss to get cash out?

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

I can't, you're absolutely right but would I want the drone doing video processing while it was using the same board to fly?

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The Drone board?

It's kind of 'wow' expensive, when you consider it can be done with a £1.50 Arduino and a few plug in extras.

Nice feature set but not necessarily something I'd want to lose up a tree or, in the case of the DJI I saw recently, wedged in the central reservation crash barriers of a motorway.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

Facebook as a tool for finding people is pretty good but there's no reason to keep feeding the machine by not swapping phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, Skype details etc.

There truly is very little reason to use Facebook as a sole means of communication, expecially if the communication is 'private' and not on the timeline other than laziness.

And the other advantage of Facebook is that you can cure cancer, defeat terrorism, stop child abuse etc. just by giving it a thumbs up.

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You will not believe this one weird trick Mark Zuckerberg wants banned

Click here to discover the secret billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg want banned

https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

I'm trying to give you credit but am failing miserably because I can think of no way for someone to have facebook without an internet conenction that would support a multitude of other ways to be contactable.

So, your argument is null and void.

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Re: If it was truly firmware?

Indeed, like the Seagate drives which just upped and died a few years ago but were recoverable with a firmware flash.

Bugs happen and it's a damn good idea to occasionally check for firmware updates.

My preference would be for a firmware write protect jumper next to the SATA connector or a small toggle switch somewhere, said write protect should also stop the drive being used until it's 'locked' in read only for firmware.

Of copurse that'd not stop a TLA from corrupting the original firmware but at least it'd need to be someone with that sort of clout and not some extortion oriented criminal hacker gang

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Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

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It's not just Honda, I've had a Ford Focus infotainment system crash a few weeks ago, complete with filesystem check messages on restart and that appeared to be Win CE based.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Give me an office filled with HP42x0 or 43x0 mono printers.

Bombproof and dirt cheap to run and good for *checks page count on the one I'm resting my feet on* just shy of 480,000 pages so far. .

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

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Magentic solution will destroy the drive as it'll wipe the all important servo data (which may or may not be desired), physical which destroys the platters is preferred and, weirdly, thermite isn't actually that effective (there are videos showng the residue being wiped off the platters) unless you're lucky/careful to place it right.

By far the best way is shredding.

But the IT dept trainee can't supplement his income if you make the disks unsaleable

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Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

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Re: Fixed

I'm guessing you voted leave?

Bloody Poles....

Why would I want a Pi to run Android?

Never had one overheat either, even without cooling, they just run and run.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: I Am Not Alone

In any retail park environment they are often outclassed and undercut by the pound shops, Home Bargains etc. for the same products at lower prices.

Maplin, to hobbyists, appear to be a spent force now, their component offering is not even a shadow of its former self (I know, a 2p resistor is not a profit item) and their website, just, yeah, let's not talk about the website.

I came to the conclusion a couple of years ago that nothing is that desperate I can't wait an extra day if it means I don't have to visit Maplin.

The staff, they've no clue, I was told in no uncertain terms that ICs don't need to be stored or jandled with any special antistatic precautions, this was after I'd refused to buy a 4000 series CMOS chip that had been taken from a plain plastic drawer, carried in the assistant's hand and then pushed across the counter top for me to 'check' it was the right one.

Good luck bullying your suppliers into supporting whatever crackpot scheme your management consultants have told you is necessary.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Well damn....

I shall break a habit and raise a glass to the man for the many laughs and smiles he raised.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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Re: Vacuum tube (aka valve)

Given that the original 'thing' only ran at 1MHz I'd consider a couple of hundred KHz an impressive achievement but I have a sneaky suspicion it could be possible to persuade it to run full pelt, if they've given the layout some thought it may well work.

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Landmark computer hacking archive deposited at TNMOC

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Re: "In 1985, the internet did not exist"

You sure about that?

I remember accessing a shell using dialup with a company calling itself 'The Direct Connection' before Pipex.

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Fancy a piece of the Riversimple Rasa?

No thanks.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Re: The rest of that interview

Well you can't beat a nice cup of tea and a good scone.

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Woz: World-changers to Apple Watches, why pay for an overpriced band?

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

I like Woz.

Definitely my favourite Steve of the two.

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: The price baloons. To what exactly?

Picture shows a USB3.0 connector ion the drive but the WD cable for it looks like it's got a power passthrough, so you'd plug your wall wart PSU into that first and then into the Pi.

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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Have they told the FCC?

Unless of course all the toasters are conected to a wired network won't this lead them into illegality following the recent FCC ruling that firmware in wireless capable devices cannot be modifiable?

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Essex cop abused police IT systems to snoop on his in-laws

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Re: A geek!

'bi-metallic strip'

Well duh, of course, it's your flexible friend

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Then start showing ads

no, you can't fast forward on a PC ether, it almost makes Sky+ look like value for money.

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Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Only the past few weeks?

I've been bumping into sites that complain and block access unless you disable ad blockers for a few months now.

Given the number of sites that serve up objectionable ad content and offer little to no value I cannot find elsewhere I just close the tab that they're in.

Same follows for news sites behind paywalls, I don't bother.

While it may leave me uninformed about the latest inmates of I'm a Celebrity, Look at Me, I think that in the grand scheme of things my life is actually a little better for their being hidden to me.

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Medical superbugs: Two German hospitals hit with ransomware

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Re: This is precisely why...

Pretty much that, it's the fear of being caught and punished that stops more crime happening.

I think most people weigh the chances of being caught against the benefit and make value judgements.

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NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust

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Exactly what I have planned for next Monday.

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