* Posts by davidp231

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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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Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

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Just beware of falling pianos.

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Qualcomm names its Windows 10 ARM PC partners

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Re: Stop me if this sounds familiar...

Difference is, there's going to be an x86 abstraction layer so it can run normal stuff - which RT didn't have.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/12/microsofts_windows_10_armtwist_comes_closer_with_first_demonstration/

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Windows XP crashed too much to spread WannaCrypt

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Re: Relativity

Considering XP is NT based, then yes it would be a lot more stable than the 9x series.

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NASA Sun probe named for solar wind boffin Eugene Parker

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Schorchy McSchorchface?

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Re: Sun Probe

And then get TB2 to rescue TB3 because they (and TinTin) passed out from the heat before turning off said beam.

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Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: Applications are vulnerable?

A: A virus is small and efficient in what it does.

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm slapped with £52k court costs repayment order

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Are those Sheriffs I see coming on the horizon?

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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Re: Win32 applications, only Win32s

Hence the 'S' - the full name is Win32 Subset, because it only contained a handful of gubbins from full-fat Win32. Oh and Freecell.

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Re: To quote a popular song ... 'Let it go !!!'

OS/2 was designed to run perfectly on IBM machines (esp. the PS/2 ones) - running it on anything else was pretty much Russian Roulette because it looked up specific things only found in IBM BIOSs so was 80% reliable at best on non-IBM kit... if it ever installed (it doesn't like Toshiba laptops that much).

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Re: Nice for abandonware

NT statrted at 3.1 as it was contemporary to Win3.1 at the time. Effectively the business version of it, much like 95/98 had NT4, and Me had Win2K.

OS/2 came about because the original was an improvement over the original DOS (and initially could only run text based applications, albeit in 32bit) and they touted it as the new DOS (hence OS/2). That and the IBM PS/2 line.

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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Umm...

Windows 8 RT (64-bit x86): Feb 13, 2017

Windows 8 RT (32-bit x86): Feb 13, 2017

I thought RT was the ARM version....

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Re: Get Real

4) The first Mondeo was an L reg, which puts it at '92, which is also the last reg of the Sierra..

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Re: Lawyers

"Heck, Google have announced that they will stop issuing updates to their own Android devices after 18 months and security patches after 2-3 years."

And most OEM vendors don't even see said updates.

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Re: Lawyers

Or... the XP patch was sent out to those who are still paying for support (of which, the NHS isn't) and they just flipped the switch that lets everyone else have it.

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Re: Who's to blame?

"Canada"

What did the Spanish priest say to the Iranian gynaechologist?

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Re: Who's to blame?

The (C)Hunt that decided not to renew the paid support agreement for WinXP machines, and then go into hiding when the excrement merged with the cooling system?

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Welsh nhs

Maybe they paid attention to the simple advice of "Don't open suspicious looking emails, especially those with attachments - just delete them"?

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Partially because Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are two separate entities.

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Re: Just fix it.

Probably due to the fact a rather large mass of the source code in XP is still active in future versions - and by extension some of said code is just as it was back in NT 3.1, where it originated.

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Avast blocks the entire internet – again

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Memo to NHS IT Staff

After clearup is complete, install this AV - lack of Internet access will prevent re-infection.

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RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports

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Maybe they still consider India as part of the British Empire?

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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

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Re: Will Andromeda be Ascendant?

Mine was more along the lines of Lexa Doig...

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

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Agreed - it's the weird PPA things that Ubuntu uses, that Debian doesn't support. And things only get broken if you force install a package without its dependancies that breaks things, which a normal install won't let you do - either via double clicking, or dpkg -i

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Basically a downloadable package, either installed via dpkg -i <package name> or can be double clicked. Or via apt-get if the repository is known to the system.

Akin to Redhat's .rpm - or a Windows .msi

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Re: More murders than...

Yet the population count never seems to change... just like the one outside Cabot Cove.

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Mentoring

Now a story involving the BOFH's mentor could make an interesting read.. Bastard versus Bastard.

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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Re: awkward to use?

(s)ftp <web address>

<enter credentials>

cd <path to file>

ls

get <filename> (or put, if uploading)

bye

or:

(s)ftp

open

<web address>

or: open <web address>

etc etc.

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LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled 'Tinder for marketers'

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Best part is, there is no facility to block people who send unsolicited messages and requests. Short of doing a kill -9 on the account.

Apparently blocking people is against their operating paradigm - and this was many moons before MSFT took over.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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You mean to say it's not 'cloud reliant' already?

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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Re: Vague Memories

And even then it didn't always work - you had to physicall press the reset button (if present), do ctrl-cmd-power, or power cycle it to get back to normal operation.

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Re: Blimey, am I really THAT OLD?

Well the expansion slot in said SE did let you drop in appropriately designed graphics cards to add another monitor - and System 7 would happily let you extend across... many moons before Windows could.

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Re: Vague Memories

And System 6 did support colour if your Mac could run it still. I think the LC II was the most recent colour model that could, with the earliest being the Mac II.

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Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

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May as well just brand it a skin for Chrome.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: Year of the Linux desktop, finally, from Microsoft

It was free from announcement up until July last year. Unless you have access to Dreamspark Premium.

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Re: Improvements?

8 requires an '040 processor, but can be fiddled with to run on an '030. Also,the SE does have an expansion slot, and you could upgrade the floppy drive (an upgrade which later became standard, on the form of the SE FDHD, which is what mine is. The best upgrade for it though, is the mobo from an SE/30, along with the ROM from a Mac IIx/IIci so 32bit software behaves properly. Which would in turn let you put 8 on it for giggles. You also get to play with much more memory, if you can find sufficient 30pin SIMMs - SE capped out at 4MB, and the SE/30 at 128MB.

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Re: Question

You get the same crap on Enterprise too.

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Re: And yet another MS stuff up

The stuff on mobo driver discs is usually years out of date anyway, so that's no surprise. One would at least think that newer iterations of the same board would have more recent drivers dumped on the disc.

Then again, there isn't that much point to them anymore I feel - networking generally works straight out of the box these days so there's nothing really stopping one from just downloading the current drivers for everything anyway. Or even doing it before swapping in the new mobo if possible.

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Re: Optional

And depending on how far you get... Win7 refuses to boot at all if secure boot is on.

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Or those that think farcebook is the Internet, and don't even know what an email address is.

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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Re: It's dead, Jim

Whatsapp has been broken since the WP8.1 update came out. I vaguely remember it working properly on 8.0 when I got my Lumia 620, but it was definitely borked in the way you describe when 8.1 was used.

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How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Re: rm -rf

Dunno - it was a direct copy/paste from the article. Dare you question the almighty BOfH? ;)

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rm -rf

I see your rm -rf and raise you with:

nohup cd /; rm -rf * > /dev/null 2>&1 &'

Output to null, and continue even if logged out. What fun...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/24/bofh_2006_episode_8/

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Re: Auto Wastebasket purging based on date?

"Wastebasket"

Have you been loitering on UK installs of MacOS up to 8.6? Everyone else (and 9.0.4 and beyond) got 'Trash', and Win95 gave us Recycle Bin. Oh and OS/2 had 'Shredder'.

As for auto-purging... System 6 and below did that every time an application was opened or was restarted. I think things stayed if Multifinder was running, can't easily check.

I think 'Wastebacket' was the bst out of all of them though, but then System 6 was the first GUI that I used.

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Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

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Re: Try the next Debian

Well Mint is just Ubuntu with the cack taken out, and Ubuntu is a more user friendly derivative of Debian. And LMDE is Mint on Debian, with no Ubuntu at all.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: OneDrive isn't the only thing MS does tricks with for linux

Secureboot-aware ones *should* play well with UEFI with the aforementioned option turned on (eg Ubuntu, OpenSUSE). Personally I don't bother with it so I can use an alternate EFI bootloader*, which needs faffing around to get signed so it plays nice with secure boot. Also, Windows EFI mode I believe requires a GPT partitioning scheme over the traditional MBR method or it refuses to play ball.

*rEFInd is the one in question - gives you a loader more akin to what Macs have and it autodetects removable media as well. I use it to boot Linux direct without having grub as an intermediary. I've got it set to boot Win10 (edu edition), LMDE2, and the recent Fedora and OpenSUSE releases.

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And outlook.com still "runs" like a bag of shite on any browser and OS.

Quadrapalegic sloths get stuff done quicker.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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You could always pin it on the DVLA for not vetting people before dishing out their driving license.

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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Re: And just to add to the confusion...

Later becoming Star Wars: Falcon to get viewer numbers back up, then fail miserably.

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

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ISP side filters mean bugger all if they get turned off between 2100 and 0600, as Sky appear to do. They class the files section of The Wayback Machine as file sharing/hacking/anonymisers and therefore block it. Similar applies to GSM Arena's forums. Until 9pm, then bam - the DNS resolves properly.

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