* Posts by davidp231

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Barclaycard website goes TITSUP*

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Wonder how long it will take to go from TITSUP, to SNAFUBAR.

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Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

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Re: Pearls to Pig(eons)

African or European?

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Google prepares 47 Android bug fixes, ten of them rated Critical

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Re: Mine runs like dogshite.

"My front room pc runs 7 and that still gets updates. "

Of course it does... and it will continue to (for free at least*), until sometime in 2020.

*and if MS decide to treat it like XP, as in you pay increasing amounts for more.

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Re: What about my 5 year old Android?

"A 2-year-old iOS device has no problem with the latest updates (I know from experience)."

They do when said updates introduce bugs which give the autocorrect feature sentience and it* decides how things should appear.

*I.T

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Peasants..

..will receive the update "Soon(tm)".

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Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?

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Re: All voice control systems...

That trigger phrase, fire up Team Umi Zoomi on the TV, and watch the fireworks.

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Will it have a counterpart called Zoomi?

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User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

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"Sir, are you absolutely sure... it doesn mean changing the bulb."

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Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

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Would that not be Schroedinger's Minesweeper?

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Re: Google could help a lot

" you might lose your windows license for oem home/pro grades"

Change enough, and you're made to reactivate. Unless you mess with OEM stuff - they will refuse to activate as activation information is sat in the BIOS. I had an old Compaq laptop lose all its SLIC settings and Windows decided it was no longer a Compaq, so complained about activation because it thought it was an HP (which is technically true). Restoring the stuff in SLIC restored Windows to normal(?) without the need for a reinstall.

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Re: Great

Indeed - the original 64bit version of XP was the Itanium version. They just changed the name slightly for the x86_64 version.

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It also depends if the network provider can be arsed to fling out updates as well. The same model phone may or may not get any updates whatsoever depending on who you're with. Bad if you're a general consumer who doesn't delve into the realms of flashing ROMs, or the OEM just makes it impossible to do so, even on factory unlocked kit.

Bad example: Factory unlocked Sony Xperia M2 - some don't allow unlocking of the boot loader at all, so you're stuck with whatever Android version is present after what little updates come down.

Good example: Network locked HTC One M7 - flash a different model number and you can stick different ROMs on it. You can even flash the special Google dev version onto it for a more pure Android (ie no custom HTC launcher) if you set it right.

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What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

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Re: Up to date updates

Touché. However I've only recently discovered the goodness that is grep, despite having using various distros for a few years now.

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Re: Up to date updates

"...command line and "apt get"

Not forgetting the frontends 'synaptic' and 'aptitude' if you need a finer search than apt-cache search.

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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Re: Shada Pure Face

One could also argue that's the reason Shada never got finished... he got trapped in time during Five Doctors, so therefore unable to participate in the events of Shada.

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Re: @AC

He got resurrected again (partially) after that by a cult. It didn't go well and he came back 'not all there', and ultimately ended up back on Gallifrey, and presumedly got killed in the Time War - then we meet Missy. How she came to be is never explained - she just appears, so one can assume he was a casualty of the war, and as Missy, manages to escape. Somehow.

His first resurrection was to fight in the Time War, until he decided to leg it, fire up the Chameleon Arch and hide at the end of the universe, and keeping a low profile by narrating In The Night Garden until he's shown the watch - kicking off the chain of events that led to his cremation.

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Only of you consider Curse of the Fatal Death as official canon.

Although saying that.... Joanna Lumley would have made an excellent Doctor.

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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Re: SE2?

Well it was more modern (for the time) components in the same chassis as the original, so why not?

Original SE: 4MB RAM max, Motorola 68000 @ 8MHz, 512x342 9" display, DD floppy* + HDD, or twin DD floppy

SE/30: 128MB RAM max, Motorola 68030 @ 16 (I think), maybe 20/25 without looking, HD floppy, HDD

*HD floppy was an optional upgrade for the SE, giving it the name SE FDHD, everything else stayed the same

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SE2?

Nah... SE/30 would be more appropriate - as I doubt they'd get away with the SEx.

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Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

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No, that's a plain dependency. There's nothing recommended about them. If something requires a dependency to install, it will be automatically selected. And that method isn't restricted to the Debian-esques... it's a method use by all distros. and those of the BSD persuasion. Deselect the dependency, and it will go ahead and deselect what selected it in the first place. And if it can't find said dependency, it won't install at all, unless you force it to, and break the resulting package.

Dependencies are things that are mandatory for packages to work. The main package itself, can be "recommended", while its dependencies, are not. They just get selected automatically when a package that depends on them is selected for install. Nothing recommended about that - the whole point of recommending something is that it's an option, otherwise why call it a recommendation?

This is why cowsay-off, and it's fortunes counterpart are optional. They are not necessary for their respective packages to run. Which is why they a) give the user an appropriate disclaimer, so they can make a conscious decision of whether to install something guaranteed to offend someone; and b) are optional.

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Also, just because it's "recommended", doesn't mean to say you *have* to install it - it's still optional. By installing something which clearly states it may offend, you waive any and all rights to bitch and moan you've been offended by the content of such a package.

Some people recommend Chrome as the default browser. I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole for that. The only version of Chrome I would ever install is in Linux, and even then it's used purely for Netflix.

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True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

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It doesn't... they just liquidate and set up shop under a slight variation of the original name, and carry one. Rinse and repeat.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: Good luck with your Googley BFF

Also, users of vIM and Emacs would also tend to disagree...

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Re: Good luck with your Googley BFF

The Book of Mozilla would disagree with you.

See also: about:mozilla

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Re: NoScript ?

You mean Youtube runs faster? My hanging browser would beg to differ... that is unless of course I tell it I'm using IE6 - in which case the site loads the way it should (ie it actually loads, instead of hanging the browser for 20 minutes with just the Youtube logo).

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Re: A few comments...

"The easy answer would be not to install any special keyboard apps or browsers."

Until said keyboards/apps/browsers become part of the firmware ROM in the future. Yes you would still have the option to install others, but a) how do you know they won't do the same; and b) would the baked-in ones still slurp despite not being used.

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IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

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Re: Nokia disaster

"Interesting coincidence that both released fonts."

And both use blue as the corporate colour.

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Vodafone signs deal with CityFibre to connect 5 million homes with full fibre

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Re: Good news?

Or indeed, any internet connectivity. To slightly paraphrase Lord Blackadder (Beer episode in series 2... the one with the goblin and the turnip).

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Not even ordering pizza is safe from the browser crypto-mining scourge

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Oh dear...

Comic Sans used in a serious document? Even if it's just on the graphics, I would find it very hard to take them seriously. I know they have to make them accessible and easy enough to read... but THAT font is just a piss-take.

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

Mines a bbnbnb daquiri, please.

Shouldn't that be a 'bbnbnb dbquiri?

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Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug

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Re: Just-about-managing?

What happened to MS Works? It became Office 2010 Starter Edition, which later got binned upon the birth of Office 2013+Windows 8. Nowadays you get a 6/12 month trial of Office 365 on new OEM machines.

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Crumbs! Crunchyroll distributed malware for a couple of hours

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Re: Hmmmm

I dunno... my experience with the PS3 version is the app bombs out when it attempts to play an advert when it's due.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Divadroid Inc.

"...today was Robert Llewellyn, the actor who played endearingly awkward android Kryten..."

Don't you mean "plays"? It only becomes past tense when they turn around and say "no more Red Dwarf".

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

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Keyboards

Turns out it also borks the touch keyboard. If you have it set to something that's actually usable (ie, the full size one with useful keys on), kiss goodbye to it after you've logged in. You get lumbered with the useless version designed more for phones (and this is with my tablet set to Desktop mode).

Happily, there is a fix. Rename the 'ink' folder in Commin Files, and copy over the same folder from your previous install. Restart, and you have a useful keyboard again. Apparently, and according to an MVP post, the full keyboard has "issues" with the new update. Yet it works fine to log you on, and works fine after you've put it back.

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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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