* Posts by davidp231

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: To be honest

"OS should *never* hard crash when a USB device is unplugged safely or otherwise."

Maybe they were running the original Win98 USB stack...

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"Won't the laptop have a recovery partition and resetting to factory defaults put Windows 7 back on?"

Windows 10 completely twats any existing OEM recovery partition, rendering it useless - even if you access it by the OEM-defined method. To get it back you have to wipe the whole disk and restore it from its recovery media.

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Re: i want a slice of that $600M

"And with UEFI, completly destroy the system."

Yup. Done that, albeit from an EFI prompt. Completely borked the motherboard to the point it just constantly power cycles when you try to switch it on. So yea, bork enough settings in any way, you have a duff mobo on your hands.

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Re: Microsoft already allows download of Windows 7

"its different to the (vlk im assuming) key actually used to install windows by the manufacturer."

I think they use a generic (and publicly available) install key, which will let you install, but that's it.

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Re: Microsoft already allows download of Windows 7

"The OEM keys work just fine"

They do after you change the key to what's on the OEM sticker after installation.

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Re: how long ago was this?

"Haven't they all been buried in the desert along with those game cartridges?"

No, that's what happened to all the WinME discs..

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

"Windows is not needed."

Ah but it is... one of those said consoles run Windows. Not quite the same in PC land, but it's still Windows under the hood.

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Re: What I did

"I thought 4 was 95, but 4.1 is 98?"

It is. Much like NT5.0 is Win2k, XP is 5.1, Server 2003/XP64 is 5.2.

Vista is 6, 7 is 6.1, 8 is 6.2, 8.1 is 6.3, and 10 is well... 10.

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Re: First prize

With said victim shouting for help in a thick Texan/Southern accent.

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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Re: Why can't I remove Groove from Win10?

"to stop it appearing for new user accounts."

Until the next major build, where it restores all the crap, and all the settings your disable.

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Re: Pics, or it didn't happen!

Brut... you didn't have High Karate?

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You'll be fine...

Just stay out of Camberwick Green.

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Re: Another perfectly crummy alternative to C/Java: chicory

"The coffee in the cafanas as well as the stuff in nearly all small hotels is all spiked with shit and practically undrinkable."

"Errrgghh! This coffee tastes like shit!"

"It is shit, Austin!"

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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Sadly I think some vague clause in the Geneva Convention would consider that a form of torture and therefore illegal :(

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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Even less sadistic than the guy who does it via the "copy con <filename>" method.

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Re: "Yes, no love for UK or Europe. Er, thanks GDPR?"

"Why, do you like being spammed by recruitment agents via every communication medium under the sun?"

Usually what happens when you apply for a job via Reed, Indeed or Monster... that's when the spam really starts. You know - the "jobs in your area" emails which have no bearing whatsoever on any of the recruitment sites you are registered with, and magically start appearing after applying for certain jobs through the mainstream ones.

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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I wonder which would be worse... spoofing Vista to show 10, or spoofing 10 to show Vista...

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Also, how many of those user-agent strings have been fudged? It doesn't take much to tell a website you're running Vista, when you're in say, a Solaris session.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Serve as a main course to a starter fried egg chilli chutney sandwich. With an equally deviant dessert.

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Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine

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Re: Hey, Alanis!

Well.... yes and no - yes, there is an El Reg app, and no because it doesn't work anymore - in that it doesn't load anything. Ever.

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So by their own definition it would have nuked the Windows 10 upgrade stuff on sight, had it been implemented back then.

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Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

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"Win 7 install before the upgrade yet once I had upgraded to the 'Professional' edition of Windows 10 installed I had load of links to games in the start menu, Hmm very professional."

Agreed... but their "target audience" for the Pro SKU these days is power users and enthusiasts - they want to push ENT for businesses. I use EDU (courtesy of Dreamspark), which is (by their definition) ENT with a different name and that still installs a load of crap.

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Re: 'they still won't switch the slurp off either.'

Didn't they backport a lot of the Win10 slurping to Win7+8 as an "essential security update"?

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

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Re: Good News!

"All pretense of a breakable crypto for mass consumption will be ejected through the nearest window (at about mach 7)"

Only mach 7? Wouldn't warp* 9 be quicker?

*I know we've not cracked FTL travel yet but even fictional it would still be quicker than the higher end of hypersonic.

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Re: FFS people get a grip

" @AC: It was ever thus. Why else would people continue to buy the Daily Mail?

Because they agree with the racist, homophobic, sexist and transgenderistic(?), etc nature of it?"

They've run out of S*n branded toilet paper? And there are no nettles nearby as I'm sure that would be preferrable to using either of the other two.

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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Re: slower than molasses

"Vivaldi OTOH seems to run on 400-500 MB most of the time. Esp odd when compared with its sire's Chrome footprint. Does unloading all of Google's snoopiness really save that much?"

Be interesting to compare Vivaldi to Chromium (Chrome's sire). Google added their slurpy good(bad)ness and DRM support so Netflix will run in it, and called it Chrome.

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Re: slower than molasses

Opera? You may as well slap Chrome on, because ultimately that's all it is.

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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

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Re: Easily.

"Well its nice that you can fill 500gb with books, but do you really need to hold the 500gb on a single fingernail sized card? you might lose it!"

It's quite possible (and sadly happens too often), to lose 500GB* of storage when it's plugged into to a laptop, so it's gonna get lost either way.

*gb is not the same as GB </pedant>

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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Re: Face Palm

You forgot one...

e) The general public don't trust the Govt.

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Re: 1234

"That's the stupidest combination I ever heard in my life! It's the sort of thing an idiot would use on his luggage." - Dark Helmet

<later>

"That reminds me, I must change the combination on my luggage." - President Skroob

Hail Skroob! (and still a better alternative to the incumbent).

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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OSK

Does it fix the FSCK'd up, useless touch keyboard they introducted in 1709?

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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Re: Error?

Agreed - it's rude to shout, which in the context of forums, emails et al, is WHAT THIS IS.

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GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

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Re: but has since been put to practical use in cryptography

Never mind the Fubby (FBI)... just don't tell Amber Fudd or she will get ideas way above her station (git central).

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: Not IT related, but on topic ...

Is that like sending out fresh air force recruits out to change the batteries in the wind-sock?

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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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