* Posts by davidp231

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Themes and Teams

Imagine the fun you could have with asking Cortana about four candles.

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

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Shirley it would be much simpler to make it so settings can't be changed via APIs and extensions.

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More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

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Re: eBay?

That must also explain why Youtube is now only really functional if I set my browser to IE6. Loads the Youtube logo, hangs for 5 minutes, takes about the same for the browser to acknowledge I've told it to close the offending tab. Set to IE6, it works as it should. Sure it has the old layout but it works. Outlook.com isn't much different - their new "beta site", more so.

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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"desktop (x86/ia64) " Don't they mean "x64"? ia64 is Itanium, which was ditched long before Windows 10 came into being.

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German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

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Re: Missing poll answer

"Waterfox ok on W7 64bit. According to the blurb it seems it doesn't support W7 32bit."

Most likely because Waterfox is a 64bit application.

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Re: Missing poll answer

Second missing poll answer: Like normal people, I navigate to a search engine to look stuff up - the address bar is for typing in URLs, nothing more.

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Mozilla extends, and ends, Firefox support for Windows XP and Vista

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Re: Will 52 ESR continue working?

"Anyway if an executable is WIN32 it should run on any 64 bit or 32 bit version of Windows."

Well, yes, but if it accesses kernel hooks not present in older versions then it won't work. Some things would also just refuse to install (because of a specific key in the setup MSI file), which can be worked around using the Orca tool - but that's no guarantee said application would run afterwards.

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Re: Dead as a doorhinge

And a good portion of that XP marketshare is probably the XP mode found in Win 7 Pro, Ultimate and Enterprise.

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Safe version

The one still in its shrinkwrap, natch.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: Oxymorons

You forgot "Microsoft Works".

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Red line, with green ink.

I think this video sums her up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg

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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

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Fasthosts.. meh.

Still pester you to update your card details despite you migrating everything away from them a few years ago and closing your account with them.

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Brit prosecutors fling almost a million quid at anti-drone'n'phone ideas

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Vultures, with laser beams attached to their heads?

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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"and chart options for Excel spreadsheets"

So putting back the ones they binned when 2010 came out?

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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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Re: This is why

Don't forget the trauma to people who walk around barefoot...

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GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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Re: i.MX6/8 !!??

"That would be the outfit who recently posted: "Matrix needs you! We are facing a funding crisis."

Wikipedia do it all the time.

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UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

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Rinse and repeat

"Hello, we are calling on behalf of Easyleads UK Ltd (in no way related to the dissolved Easyleads)......."

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

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Took my HP Stream 7 tablet at least 5 attempts to install the 32bit version of that particular update. 15GB free space, clean install of Home (upgraded to Pro via Win8.1 key), so no HP gubbins getting in the way - yet it was a pain in the arse to get installed.

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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Re: Autoplay

I fear that even a nuclear warhead from orbit won't be sufficient... I recommend a trilithium torpedo, fired into the sun. That should take care of it.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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So...

Will the SE version be labelled the SE/30?

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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

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Re: re. Drag them through the courts.

And no doubt reappear as True Telecoms Ltd (with absolutely no connection to True Telecom). Rinse and repeat, ad infinitum.

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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So these would be ITA updates? That will be fun at 20,000ft...

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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MATE...

"Ubuntu MATE takes the popular MATE desktop – probably best known as a Linux Mint desktop"

Even better known as GNOME 2.0 before it got it got borked completely.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Worked for the Economy 7 tariff... was cheaper to use the washer/drier in the evenings.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Remote controlled formation driving....

So we can expect vehicle number 2 to fail for no apparent reason and go for a crash into the side of the road, resulting in Fireflash having to make its second approach with a replacement vehicle.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Three did an experiment last year - they trialled blocking ads at the network level. Worked a treat when I took part in the trial.

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Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins

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Re: Does he sound like a baddie?

Either that, or he's trapped at Milliways waiting for the next million years or so for his companions to arrive.

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

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Also....

There is a MASSIVE difference between ICT and IT.... the first basically preps you for how to work in an office, using Office; and the other is actually something useful.

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Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

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Re: memory failure

Indeed - System 7 is bascially System 6 with Multifinder permanently on, and a new Control Panel and Fonts implementation, and VM support (if your ROM was 32bit clean of course) - along with some other refinements.

The Wastebasket lived on until OS 9 came out, where it became Trash across the board.

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'Adversarial DNA' breeds buffer overflow bugs in PCs

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We could build this giant wooden badger...

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

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Re: What? WFW was only 16bit

"There were versions of Windows 3.1 and Windows 3.11 that had networking included, optionally TCP/IP as well as Novell, not just NetBEUI that were marked as "Windows For Workstations".

See also: Windows for Workgroups.

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Brit folk STILL not getting advertised broadband speeds – survey

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Problem with regularly testing speed, is that your laptop may at the time only have say, a wireless 4Mbit connection (due to congestion, other devices or whatever), and that speed would be reflected in something like speedof.me - while a direct wired connection would give something much more accurate.

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If we're in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes

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"Turns out there weren't any black holes."

"What was it then?"

"Grit. Five specs of grit on the scanner scope."

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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We are Borg?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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And you spelt 'Fail' wrong.

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Can the last person watching desktop video please turn out the light?

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Did they ever stop to think it's because it's a million times easier to block adverts on a desktop/laptop than it is on some rebadged Android box?

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Re: ☺

All hail His noodly appendages.

*FSM = Flying Spaghetti Monster

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Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

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Are we talking homebrew gambling apps, or the increasing number of the ones we see on TV that all offer Android and iOS versions?

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Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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Smeg!

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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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How gaming is to work...

By building an appropriate rig of course, using the necessary kit to run the games you intend to play. For example:

Top end Pentium II (or III) or AMD equivalent

64MB RAM (since Win9x doesn't play very well with more than that)

Decent AGP Graphics card (easy enough to source drivers, and you may even have an old driver CD (remember those?) with appropriate drivers on

PCI Soundcard

80GB IDE HDD (should be more than enough, and FAT32 will be happy with it without faffing about.

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Win2k - for a decent version of Windows that doesn't need activiation

Win98 - for going really retro for games and maybe some applications.

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Depends what they count an XP installation as - are we talking native XP (be it bare metal or within something like Virtualbox) or the XP mode offered to Win 7 Pro and up, since that comes with a full copy of XP.

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

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Re: FFS

Kill it with fire!

Still too weak....

Nuke it from orbit to be sure.

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

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Re: Paint and Notepad the OS survivors and saviours

*The best thing about Paint and Notepad is that Paint has been around since 1995, and Notepad has been around since Windows 1.

Fixed.

Paint != Paintbrush. And no, the executable/alias doesn't make them one and the same - it just launches Paint.

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Re: Good

And the machine MacPaint (and MacWrite) were originally written for only had 128K of memory. Later versions of MacPaint run fine under 7-9 (runs quite happily on my Beige G3).

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Re: Windows 3.11

Yeah, beacuse they stripped the pbrush.exe executable and turned it into a loader for Paint after they got rid of Paintbrush. Still doesn't make them the same thing - and neither does using an alias link.

Only difference is Paintbrush was allowed to retire without being afflicted with a ribbon.

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Re: Windows 3.11

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

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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Re: UK.GOV and Big Media - Kodi is evil because ... we do not control it!

"YouTube and other video/music sharing sites and the browser plug-ins to download the music/video "

Much more fun to do it with VLC... free, no nasties and you get the highest quality by default. At least you can craft your own playlists without having to set up a channel.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Of course it's an engineering problem... and it's been getting worse and worse over the years... ie getting more bloated and less user friendly, dumbed down to the point where in the future they want to use Chrome as a base, like Opera did.

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NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

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Gentlemen! Gentlemen! You can't fight in here - this is the War Room!

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