* Posts by ColonelDare

48 posts • joined 5 Jun 2013

Fresh Microsoft Office franken-exploit flops – and you should have patched by now anyway

ColonelDare

Or...

Maybe LibreOffice?

I know it's not perfect (I've used LO/OO for 7 or 8 years now and had a few hiccups) but at least there are shed loads of good people to fix stuff when it becomes problematical. I'm quite calm about that.

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Florida man is world's fastest flasher: Just 53 quintillionths of a sec

ColonelDare

Re: I wonder if that's fast enough to capture ...

What's fast enough?

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

ColonelDare

Re: Whilst I'm no fan of Microsoft..

I am no fan of M$ either so I keep all my documents in Open Data Format and avoid proprietary file formats and 'closed' scripting languages such as VBA thus avoiding:

> If you don’t have the complexity of legacy systems to integrate with or a need for complicated macros in Excel, why would you look to the ageing software giant?

Colonel Dare - Pilot of Future Proof [insert Dan Dare icon here]

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

ColonelDare
Black Helicopters

Just fix it.

Why doesn't M$ open-source the XP code and let good people sort out the mess?

(Assuming there are more good people than villains in the world that is.)

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

ColonelDare

Or just a bog standard Pi...

I just VNC into my Pi3B (running 24/7) from my Chromebook when I want to use LibreOffice, Thunderbird, GIMP etc. It works so well that, more-often-than-not, I don't bother to power up my desktop machine. The Pi also prints/scans via my Wifi printer ('tho a bit slowly).

When mobile the Pi runs off the Chromebook USB power output quite nicely - a sort of PiDongle if you like.

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

ColonelDare

Me Too! (?)

Sounds like M$ shouting 'ME TOO' yet again. [cf Netbooks, Tablets,Search, Maps, VoIP etc etc].

When was the last time they were leading the way, rather than just touting refurbished stuff as catch-up? <yawn>

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Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%

ColonelDare

> " ...It will be instructive to see whether April onwards consolidates the trend found by StatCounter, with Android opening a wider lead over Microsoft's operating system"

And what if we add ChromeOS into the mix as it seems to be converging with Android?

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

ColonelDare

Re: Am I Getting Old?

> Muscleguy & AC above that...

Good points, yes the elderly need support, including my 96 yo mother living alone until recently. Struggling with failing eyesight and memory loss she couldn't read the time on her very large analogue clock. Enter the Raspberry Pi, a large TV screen, a bit of Python/Pygame code (with hi contrast colours) and we solved the problem. :-)

With touch sensitive table lights and socket mounted timers (etc) we weren't hankering for internet light bulbs - and certainly no AWS in the loop.

- See; I still don't get it. ;-)

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ColonelDare

Am I Getting Old?

[ I retired a few years ago now I just can't keep up...]

Why do we need internet connected light bulbs??

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Second time's a charm? WD tries again with 3D NAND, doubles capacity

ColonelDare

Re: Misnomer Alert

>2460 Something:

"....SanDisk X4 flash memory cards are based on NAND-memory that stores four bits per cell, using 16 discrete charge levels (states) in each individual transistor." [from my wiki link above]

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ColonelDare
Headmaster

Re: Misnomer Alert

Three levels? Initially I thought they would be for 'True', 'False' and 'Mu' , but Wikipedia tells me it is a four-bit-per-cell (16 levels) device to allow for all that error correcting cleverness that's needed here.

Yes. I too need a beer after trying to get my head round all that.

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Cassini sends back best ring-shots yet en route to self-destruct dive

ColonelDare
Boffin

Nice pics.

> "...scientifically stunning, but somewhat dark and noisy:

The first image (especiall) looks rather dusty. Is this due to high energy particle tracks and the nasty levels of radiation, or does someone need to get up there and clean the lens?

Brilliant anyway. Thanks JPL.

ps Shown them to tRump yet ;-)

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

ColonelDare
Headmaster

GCSE Notes on hair care....

Q - Why were buffalo so important? [to the native American way of life]

A - (10) The rough tongue of a buffalo could be used as a hairbrush.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

ColonelDare
Headmaster

Re: Leaving Microsoft

I just up-voted BobChip, a fellow after my own heart. I used to teach IT and Computing at a college that was solely M$ Office/VBA based, meaning students couldn't do their project assignments as homework unless they they (or Mum/Dad) bought proprietary M$ software.

In 2008 I walked out disgusted and disillusioned with the ethos, the syllabus and derived schemes of work.

I vowed never to use M$ software again, and happily I haven't! :-)

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

ColonelDare

Re: "surely the whole world can't be wrong?"

> [Maybe] ...the whole world-28 can't be wrong?

Judging by the 28 'up' votes when I last looked.

[ exclusively an OO/LO user for the last 7 years and love it - even on my Chromebook + Crouton ]

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

ColonelDare

RE: "The AI – which ran on a $35 RaspberryPi computer ...

Details? Can I download it the RasPi store?

Just what I need since my daughter gave me some Darth Vader socks for Father's Day.

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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

ColonelDare
Linux

Sounds a bit like Crouton?

I'm sure there are technical differences which escape me, but I have been running David Schneider's Crouton here on my three year old HP Arm Chromebook for a while now and love it. Ubuntu 16.04, LibreOffice, Gimp, Thunderbird and all that good stuff - excellent.

Anyway, I welcome this Android option as my choices will be richer even as I leave the lost world of M$ a distant memory in my rear view mirror :-)

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

ColonelDare
Paris Hilton

Did the Earth move for you too?

Maybe, but I slept through most of it :-/

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Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar

ColonelDare

Who's Who?

Is it me, just coincidental timing or my tinnitus, but didn't Davros sound just like Pope Fransis addressing Congress a couple of days ago?

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

ColonelDare

Re: Is it possible that in going from 8 to 10 they've skipped the decent release?

td97402 > Where is my Windows Classic?

Ubuntu Mate.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

ColonelDare
Happy

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAHprLW48no

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

ColonelDare

Re: Chromebook Killer ???

> The whole point of a chromebook is to avoid Windows...

And then put Crouton + LibreOffice, GIMP, Thunderbird (etc) on it. :-)

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New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

ColonelDare

Re: Yet, still worthless! > ...but can either car run Linux?

They may well:

Linux turns the crank on code for cars

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

ColonelDare

Re: What's that in RPs?

Or my first OS - based on ´MinMon´ published in issue #1 of Personal Computer World (Oct 1978). It was 1kB long (in bytes) and 7 metres long (on papertape - I recently got it out of the attic and measured it!)

If my sums are right - a big if I know - this new card backed up on papertape would reach to the moon and back 1.9 times, would weigh about 2,800 tonnes and would take some 67,000 trees to make it.

But then at least the dog wont eat it ;-)

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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

ColonelDare
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I think I liked it, I think.

I enjoyed it more than expected. It wasn't the AI that made me think, AI is all around us already - it is AC that is so much more challenging and unsettling. I think Alex Garland, as screen writer, did a good job rhetorically conveying the conundrums around Artificial Consciousness - we can't even define it, nor would we know how to prove it if it came along in a box (or a feminine robot). Garland did a pretty good job with the cinematography too.

Ignore the chitchat above about why choose a fembot (?) and go and see it for yourself. It was 95 minutes well spent, and it renewed my interest in that cognitive psychology module I did some years ago....

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

ColonelDare

Re: I'm switching from win8 to ubuntu gnome this weekend

Jim 59> @AC use, Mint, not Ubuntu !

I think you mean ´Unity´ (being the default UI for Ubuntu). As pointed out above, Mint is based on the Ubuntu chassis - it´s good but each can choose their prefered UI.

Personnaly I use Ubuntu/Unity on my desktop - excellent for big screen, multi-document editing & graphics, but i am writing this using Ubuntu/XFCE (light weight desktop) on my HP 11 Chromebook (c/o Crouton). Also excellent, very XP-like but without the blue-screen!

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Nvidia flops out teraflop X1 for self-aware cars

ColonelDare

Raspberry Pi v2?

Eben, can you imagine Tuxracer running on this? :-)

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

ColonelDare

Re: The fridge-sized, plucky probot

I was expecting it to be a rather aggressive looking gas cooker. Here.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

ColonelDare

Re: To 32,767 and beyond!

Yeah - but with 1080p full HD video it would be worth it ;)

Errrr... but I need a longer HDMI lead!

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ColonelDare
Headmaster

To 32,767 and beyond!

All done with a 1980's Harris RTX2010 processor, 16 bits, running at 8Mz, programmed in Forth.

Well two of them actually - one on Rosetta, one on Philae.

So now I have loaded gForth onto my 32 bit 900 Mhz Raspberry Pi, and with access to a mountain of my kid's lego all I need is an Ariane 5 and a depth space tracking network..... :)

ref: http://space.stackexchange.com/questions/593/on-board-computer-data-handling-system-of-rosetta-details

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

ColonelDare

Re: Clara as The Doctor...

If you don't like it, don't watch it then.

I did and I did :-)

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

ColonelDare

Re: Environmentalism

I´ve never had the pleasure of doing anything with Windows 8, but I do think that three hours sounds a bit of a pain. Re-installing (or upgrading) my OS of choice takes maybe 20-30 minutes max.

Thank you Linus et al, :-)

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

ColonelDare

Re: Interesting times

> In science, you can't prove a theory to be true. You can only prove it false.

Yes, pointed to by the last sentence:

A positive result will open a whole new avenue of questioning about how space works.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

ColonelDare

Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...

I agree that my chromebook _does_ do most of what I want, but when I want more I just 'Shift'+'Ctrl'+'Alt'+-> to Crouton (Ubuntu 14.04) and now I have LibreOffice,Gimp,Thunderbird....

Sorted.

And when I want Youtube (etc) I just 'Shift'+'Ctrl'+'Alt'+<- and back to Chrome.

Simps. :-)

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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

ColonelDare

Re: Am I missing the point here?

[To A/C] > Your choice: stay safer, with privacy, or join the brave new world and....

Yes, consider these things and rightly so, but as I am using VNC with my Raspberry Pi (pw default 'raspberry') to photograph Swallows nesting in my garage I won't be too paranoid about Google/GCHQ et al seeing what I'm up to. They are hardly weird selfies after all ;-)

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ColonelDare
Linux

Am I missing the point here?

I have been driving my remote Debian based machines (RasberryPi-headless, Xubuntu, etc) using TiightVNC server and VNC viewer (from Chrome app store) for a while now.

Using an old single-core Athlon based PC (c.10yrs old) the desktop runs beautifully on my HP Chrome book, LibreOffice/ Gimp etc - and the GUI often runs faster over VNC than it does on the host machine due to better graphics on the Chromebook, I guess.

Anyway, I'm pleased to see even more options and flexibility for the Linux desktop - and to paraphrase Mark Twain - "The reports of [the Linux desktop's] death are greatly exaggerated."

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

ColonelDare
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And it still starts up first time

...and I was feeling smug when my Royal Enfield 'Classic' 350 started third kick after wintering in the shed for several months!

So: Well Done!!! to all the guys/girls who built it in the first place - and to the amazingly motivated resuscitation team! Brilliant. And good luck with the rest of it. :-)

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

ColonelDare

Re: If you sit too close to the screen...

Maybe oblong?

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

ColonelDare

Re: Let's hope it's less buggy than 13.10...

I haven't - it's rock solid on my PCs (two or three). The 14.04 daily I'm running on an MSI Windbox is also rock solid already - but then maybe I just use them for mainstream WP / web / streaming media etc - nothing too extreme. Anyway, I'm happy :-)

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

ColonelDare

So Sad

I have visited Bletchly twice in the past and found the visits very interesting and evocative of a time that I heard my parents talking about. I was recently asked by a neighbour whether I recommended Bletchley. as a day out? (it is a 400 mile round trip for us.) I was minded to yes, and "can I come too" - but given the bad blood and the seemingly poor value judgements regarding removing valid existing displays (Churchill out, McAfee in), my answer to my neighbour will be, No - and I'm not bothered to come too if you do go.

Sadly.

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HP Chromebook 11 quietly slips back on Google Play shelves... but where's the FIRE?

ColonelDare

I agree wholeheartedly about putting Ubuntu on it! I used the 'How to' below on my HP11 and it worked straight out of the box - brilliant!

http://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/

One thing, I did initially install Ubuntu 13.10 (as per my day-to-day desktop, which I like), but I found the screen sluggish - much slower that the native ChromeOS, so I re-installed with Lubuntu 13.10 and its light weight desktop and it flys. I love it, 6-7hrs battery life, 100% stable and with LibreOffice, Gimp, Thunderbird, UbuntuOne etc it's all good.

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

ColonelDare
Linux

Re: I got mine last Christmas @Colonel

I don't disagree with what you are saying, printing is important, and your view "Unless the.... is only a couple of clicks away and doesn't require any technical skills, printing is a big problem because the majority of people do have a problem setting up such complex systems." is certainly valid for many people. My only worry is that you may deter those with some limited technical skills to try the solution I went for. I am not clever enough to write the code and do geeky stuff myself, but I did give the "How to..." a go and followed the very clear step-by-step guide here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/

and it worked straight out of the box :-) [the small script just downloads and installs everything automatically - takes ages but I cooked the supper while it was doing it].

There is a choice of 'flavours' of Linux (Ubuntu) and most of the software I mentioned is installed automatically. Installing additional packages from the on-line 'App store' is easier than most Windows installs I have done in the past, so give it a go! And a big 'thank you' to How-to Geek and those that made it possible!

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ColonelDare
Linux

Re: I got mine last Christmas

I too might be in or around the 'senior' end of the spectrum, and I'm sure we all have different printing needs, but for me printing is no problem. Running Crouton/Ubuntu 13.10 and installing UbuntuOne cloud storage (along with Libre Office, Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird etc) I just drop a copy of what I need to print into my UbuntuOne folder and then use my aging Desktop to print.....

I don't need to print much and I don't usually carry around design documents for nuclear submarines, so it all just works fine for me.

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RIP Comet ISON: ???-2013. We hardly knew ye

ColonelDare

It had to happen. Can you imagine a Christmas star pointing North? Where would that have got us wise people to? Lapland? And a whole new meaning to Christmas?

No. It just had to be stopped. :-(

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

ColonelDare

Can't you put something more useful ...

Yes - Ubuntu Linux.

[Writing this on my Chromebook now fully equipped with Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice Gimp etc etc thanks to the clever developer(s) of the 'Crouton' script]

Brilliant!!!

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Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

ColonelDare
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Something I can afford please....

Why cant we have an _affordable_ laptop without the Wndows tax? I am writing this on my recently acquired HP11 Chromebook running Ubuntu 13.10 (+ LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Gimp etc etc) and I LOVE IT!!! (c. 200 UKpds)

A big "Thankyou" to the developer(s) of the Crouton script that I used to install my usual full-fat office apps, but most people I see wandering about dazed and confused in our local 'PC' supermart don't want to (or can't) get to grips with scarey 'developer mode' trickery so their only options are Win8 horribleness, or Mac priceness if they want to run 'real' applications. Surely there is an marketing opportunity here?

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Mutterings: Lenovo's mystery mobe-market overturn chum is NEC

ColonelDare

.... and Canonical?

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