* Posts by RegGuy1

223 posts • joined 20 May 2012

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Facepalm

Windows is for grandmothers...

FFS, Windows has been designed to cater for the lowest common denominator.

In order to sell it to the masses it has to be workable. That means that anyone who knows how to really use a computer, and not just 'point and click' is forced to work with a second-rate interface (that keeps bloody changing -- in order to generate training income?).

Why is it that eventually, after years of really ignoring the command line, we now get the Powershell. But they still can't get it right. Unix came out with the standard input/output/error concept. And everything is text -- ie has no meaning other than what the programmer gives it. But Powershell has 'objects' -- each of which has its own structure that you need to know.

Do they never learn?

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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FAIL

The beauty of the GDPR: protection of personal data is a Right for European citizens

That's the UK fucked then.

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Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

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A good thing too

This EU thingy seems pretty cool to me. They have worked out a way to get Google (and the rest) to pay more tax.

What's that? We're leaving? Which pillock thinks that's a good idea?

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The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017

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No Script

There, I've said it.

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HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

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Windows? Does anyone still run that crap?

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IT worker used access privs to steal £1m from Scottish city council

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Sold his home

his home is also being sold to raise a further £49,000.

It must have been in an expensive part of Dundee.

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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

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Remain an advanced economy?

Bill Mitchell, director of education at BCS, the chartered institute of IT, said the UK "really needs to do much better than this if we hope to remain an advanced economy in the digital age".

Bill Mitchell really does need to keep up -- has he not heard? We voted to leave.

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

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Re: Webpages that crash

Indeed -- brilliant add on. I normally ensure these are disabled:

google-analytics.com

doubleclick.net

googletagmanager.com

google.com

twitter.com

facebook.net

ajax.googleapis.com

Sometimes I need the last one for some functionality. Looking at what the Indy or Torygraph request -- and what noscript forbids -- I'm amazed the Internet actually works at all.

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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

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Facepalm

Grasping at straws

Or for us watching it is getting funnier to watch as it continues to grasp at straws

Is it just me or are these straws, like white mice, getting smaller?

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

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Awful, simply awful

The submarine bit really is irrelevant.

If this had been a gangland killing the opprobrium would have been extreme.

Whilst I, like everyone here, can concoct my own story of what may have happened, we must wait for due process to reveal the 'truth.'

Therefore I would argue any humour is misplaced. Sorry for being a killjoy, but we must show some respect.

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

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Coat

Anntenae (not anntenas)

Opps, a little slip in there -- antennas -- but you corrected yourself afterwards with the correct form: antennae. At least you didn't commit that heinous crime of saying indexes when you meant indicies (or use matrixes for matrices).

Nice to see people still really know how to spell.

BTW, excellent article on the unsung heroes (from the Greek) that make everything else work.

(I'll get my coat.)

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Nothing changes

I remember in the 90s it used to be said: 'Intel makes faster processors, Microsoft makes slower ones.'

Seems it's still true.

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Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

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Westminster is normally the expert at drafting impossible legislation

Westminster is normally the expert at drafting impossible legislation (see the 2011 Sun Rising in the West Act)

Or the 'Great Repeal Bill/Act.'

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UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

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Re: Historically you might like to thank Gordon Brown.

Well put yourself in GB's shoes. If it helps think of the last UK election where the Tories tried to do the sensible thing of getting the dead to pay for the social care of the soon-to-be-dead. All those who would now lose their inheritance (mainly over-priced houses) had a fit.

Government is about working out who will pay. Alas democracy makes this very difficult, as every member of the electorate wants it not to be them. So we have stupid schemes such as student loans, where the students borrow from their future to pay for their studies. (And most won't actually pay them back -- how does that work?)

I agree that the IBM decision is not fair, but then again, the miraculous world of the 80s and 90s, when Thatcher freed us all to make loads of money and investment growth rates were extremely high (think endowment policies), couldn't last. But it did last 20 years or so, long enough for people to think it would go on forever.

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Wait. What? The IBM cloud's APIs use insecure TLS1 crypto?

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Is news thin on the ground?

In the Bluemix e-mail, IBM notes: “There should be no impact to customers using a modern web client. This notification is intended to be informative only.

Hmm, sounds like a non-story.

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Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear

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I'm not a gynacolgist...

... but I'll have a look.

Just a sec, let me put my Google glasses on...

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Re: Jesus!

Yeshua (Hebrew) -> Iēsous (Greek) -> Jesus (Latin) --> Oy! Nutter (ASBO English)

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Yawn..... M$, Yawn Linux ooohhhhhhhhh lovely

Yeah, well you might like Windows, but for me it is a pile of shite.

Personally I spend much of my time in vi or at the bash prompt. With sed, awk and all the other clever tools on Linux I get soooo muuuuch done. I get to use a computer just as it was intended, as a tool to make my life easier.

I write a script the first time I do something then I run the script whenever I want to do it again. Or better, put it in cron, and it does it for me. Wiping my arse or what?

And Windows? Oh yes, I have to use that interface that is designed for even granny to use. Let me remember what I did before, hang on, here it is. Yep, click there and there, open that, enter some text (again; damn I've lost the link... ok. again); do some more mouse jiggery-pokery, click ok and...

Fuck, something went wrong. If only I could get the damned thing to remember what I did last time. Oh no I can't, because the interface is designed for granny. So we ALL have to live with the lowest common denominator.

THAT is why Windows is SHITE. Microsoft controls it not you.

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Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

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An unknown person accessed a list of email addresses in a log file

What? They don't audit their systems? Does everyone just use the 'admin' account?

Aren't these supposed to be clever spooks?

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

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Re: Axed Geoblocking

When the UK leaves the EU there's going to be no native English speaking countries

What? You think most of the EU don't speak or understand English? Have you been to Norway -- everyone speaks English; opps, not in the EU. Let me try again. Sweden, everyone I have ever met speaks English, normally in a clearer accent than my Lancashire one. Denmark -- I challenge you to find someone who can't speak English. Finland -- not everyone speaks English, but most do and even in the far north.

Hmm, what about other places I've been to? Germany, well in western Germany you can't practise German because the buggers keep pushing the conversation to English; I can in the more eastern districts. Poland, you will be surprised how many speak it there. I even met a Polish guy with a strong Geordy accent once. The Netherlands, I'm going to shay no more.

Moving further south. In Spain and Italy granted there are some who don't speak it, but amongst the young it is quite common. And if you go out to Turkey (ok not EU) in Istanbul everyone is young and everyone speaks Engilsh to some degree.

What I have I missed? Oh, France. Granted, English outside Paris is far less common, even amonst the young. But to suggest that English is not widely used in the EU is ridiculous. A meeting between a German, Fin and Italian will be in English.

And we are choosing to leave the EU. We are the idiots.

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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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Childcatcher

It starts in the Mosques -- really?

Does she really believe radicalisation starts online?

It does not, it starts in the Mosque/School

Ah ok. And I thought it was 13 year olds listening to wonderful stories of the paradise in Syria, if only they would get their arses over here to see for themselves.

And then when they are there...

but maybe you're right. Maybe it is the Mosques sending them over.

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

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AI actually works, saving lives, saving, saving doctors time...

... saving insurers money.

[Ah Mr Jones. Thanks for all your preima over the years, but we won't be paying your claim as Google gave us your name before you came in; we've had time to think up a few excuses...]

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All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Re: Radio?

True, but the Deutsch is better! (...and I got some of it before I succumbed to translate.google.com. So I'll give myself a personal upvote with my cake... :-)

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

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Re: Rage! Fonts

Nope, user-agent makes no difference. Info is still leaked via the plugins. So I pretend to be anything but Unix, but the plugin descriptions tell another story. :(

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: App option

Or perhaps the options should be:

* Grandma

* Sedate

* Fun

* Insane (a la Tesla)

* Lewis H

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Or an incredible patient.

Nurse. NURSE!

He's out of bed again.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Re: One word:

Nope, ad nauseam.

This is a use of the accusative that means motion towards. The ad and the final -m must go together.

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RegGuy1

No, no, no, no no.

I am one of the 22% and will remain so -- permanently.

You won't let me see your content unless I turn off my adblocker?

Bye...

Next...

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Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

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Re: Horse stable door bolted

You can't say this!

Your average UKIP voting numpty won't know this, won't understand it, and won't care in any case.

If it says 'EU' it's just bad. They have no idea what the EU is or what it does. And they DON'T WANT TO KNOW.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Timely advice

Anyway I was planning to go to US this August to watch the solar eclipse, but I guess I'll go to some other more relaxing place and spend my money there instead.

'Intelligent design,' solar eclipse and Muslims. Surely scope for a fake news story there?

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My hole is a private thing – see for yourself

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How many os in oo*.com ?

Trawling through the options I've put in ooooooooooo.com and got a response. So there is a domain for

oo.com

ooo.com

oooo.com

etc.

Honestly, this is just silly.

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Aqua vitae

Spelling distinction between Scotch whisky and Irish and American whiskey is a 19c. innovation.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=whiskey

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We're not quitting the UK: Microsoft quashes Brexit fake news

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I want all socially irresponsible tax dodging companies like Microsoft to shove off...

and if they could take their pile of poo OS with them, life would be far better too.

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Outage-hit Lloyds Bank in talks to outsource data centres to IBM

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Licence not license

Sorry to be a pedant, but it's licence not license. Licence is a noun, as in driving licence.

License is a verb, as in you are licensed to drive.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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the internet clearly isn’t working for people

Err, how do you think offshoring works?

People here (in the G7) may not be gaining many jobs, but you ask people in China, Thailand, India, etc whether the Internet (capital I please) is working for them. You may get a different answer.

The Internet is benefiting the world. Look at this from a global perspective and you will see MASSIVE changes are afoot.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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install Start10 which is available at small cost.

FFS, no!

Don't you see? By sucking up to M$ you are moving into the pay for everything world?

Just format the hard disk and remove the virus. Then put on Linux. it's free. Works everywhere, and gives you everything you need WITHOUT having to pay a penny.

Of course if you have more money than sense...

Oh, and Happy New Year, even to Windows users.

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

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This sums it up

But cloud providers are unlikely to take on business impact liability based on the value of a customer’s data, because it’s a difficult thing to measure and could potentially cost them dearly.

So the best thing to do (if you MUST use the cloud) is to HA your business between two cloud providers, and replicate your data.

Your data your responsibility. Simples!

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Admins aggro about Azure AM absence

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Re: Only significant for those involved.

Microsoft run their business using Excel?

Wow.

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So long Vine, your six seconds of internet fame are over

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Re: Vine who?

What a cool picture. Thanks for that.

Put yourself back into the 1560s. That ship was state of the art technology. And the plough showed how hard day-to-day life was. You can see so much of his time in that image.

Stunning! Again, thanks for that.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Anoying Horn

Built in tasers? Automate everything.

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But we will know who they are

Each car will have images of those who are causing disruption. Simply introduce a law to fine offenders. The police can be alerted to attend problem locations, and these alerts can be generated in real time.

A few high profile cases in the media with punitive fines will stamp the problem out.

Remember, we will have the technology to know this is going on. Hey, the automatic (unmarked) police cars can be programmed to get to the scene automatically.

No, I see this problem as solvable.

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Puppet shows its hand: All your software is belong to us

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.exe file

What's an exe file?

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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A History of Britain in Numbers

These are definitely worth a listen.

Podcast

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, brings to life the numbers that highlight the patterns and trends that have transformed Britain

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03k5dvd/episodes/downloads

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Amazon AWS: 'Hi there!' VMware: 'We submit. Please, save us'

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Joke

will both AWS and IBM disappear when a Dell/EMC cloud appears?

It's getting really cloudy. Or is that because Sun has disappeared?

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Pound falling, Marmite off the shelves – what the UK needs right now is ... an AI ethics board

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Re: If Bees make honey...

Trouble is, Unilever is Euro-based.

Our issue is more related what Greece refused to do: they didn't want to leave the Euro because it would make them poorer when they got the Drachma back. We have decided to leave and so are now becoming poorer. Marmite is more expensive -- that's what Brexit means.

There must be a lot of Marmite-haters out there.

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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Re: How disappointing...

ok how about this?

FART FOR PRESIDENT !

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Probe cops' Stingray phone masts, senators tell US comms watchdog

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and until all of these clowns stop pointing fingers and start shaking hands

Yes these Brexiters refuse to compromise, insisting we must kerb immigration above all else, and that...

Oh sorry, you are talking about the US.

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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Winner!

The lecy company cuts off your supply because of some numptie or other. Instead of getting back to them to connect you again, you just do it yourself (with big rubber gloves) or get a friendly electrician.

Your meter won't register any usage -- hey, you've been cut off. No one comes round to check -- they are all on the dole.

Winner! Free electricity. Bring it on!

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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it excludes the parts of the country...

Or Holland.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holland

If you don't live in North or South Holland (most do), you may be pissed off.

The Netherlands (better Nederlands) please.

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