* Posts by fruitoftheloon

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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They aren't....

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the other data centre...

I left Capita 10 yrs, ago, we had a v v important internal system in West Malling and a 'warm' Dr standby in the other data centre.

We did a real fail-over test (ironically) on my last day, it worked fine...

I wonder if some of those afflicted by this fsck up haven't been paying for a warm/hot DR, if not, TOUGH SHIT!!!

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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@Tachikoma: Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

Tachikoma,

in case you weren't aware, we do not necessarily need a receipt in the UK for warranty purposes, [iirc] the actual wording in the legislation is 'reasonable proof of purchase'.

Either way if they give me any sh!t like that when I am about to purchase something, my reply is a polite but firm No!

In my experience most low-level bods doing that job don't mind in the least...

Cheers,

Jay

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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@julian.smith: Re: @big_D: Banking

Julian,

First Direct, which is owned by HSBC.

Cheers,

Jay

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@big_D: Re: Banking

big_D,

likewise [in the UK] my bank allows two types of e-banking logon, if I don't generate a string on the little gizmo in my wallet, I cannot setup any new payee destinations, if I logon to e-banking with the gizmo, I can.

And it uses part of the a/c code for the generation of the unique key that I have to type back into the browser.

So pretty good, not a pain in the butt and works!

Obvs I have no clue how robust the underlying schema and approach is, but there is only so much you can do...

Cheers,

Jay,

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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@cb7: Re: Deathly silence

Cb,

I take it that you didn't actually rtfa???

Are you old enough to use a computer without adult supervision???

/sighs

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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@Oh homer: Re: Forced to support forever

Oh homer,

in principle I agree with you, there are many health care capabilities that have VERY specialised kit, wifeys team has a cluster of whizzy Dell kit that does incredible number crunching and real-time modelling for radiotherapy treatment, what chance is there of a team of well-intentioned souls developing something to replace it???

We live in hope...

Cheers,

Jay

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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@Sean12: Re: @AlbertH: XP

Sean,

I don't ever remem hearing of or meeting a Richard Granger...

Cheers,

Jay

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@AlbertH: Re: XP

Albert,

well matey, the London Congestion Charging Scheme achieved its' objectives, plus it started on time, with no significant variance from the contracted budget [when adjusted for additional functionality etc].

I was part of the senior team that delivered it, ironically one of the reasons it did work, was that no Senior TFL folk had much influence on proceedings after the contract was signed, FYI the area where TFL's "Consultants" were housed was nicknamed 'the creche'...

I don't recall many others succeeding tho!

Cheers,

Jay

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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@Murakh: Re: Paper yes...

Murakh,

glad to know it's not just me, also whilst I don't use much paper nowadays, is there still an orientation [up/down] arrow on reams of A4??

Cheers,

Jay

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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@Tom 38 Re: @fruitoftheloon

Tom,

indeed, sometimes they do, so what say you about the latest scandal of an NHS surgeon thaw has been butchering patients for years....

Did the BMA or any others DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?

Re wifeys job, the IPEM doesn't actually DO anything, aside from remove several hundred pounds from our pockets each year...

Thanks for your input.

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@MiguelC

Miguel,

quite, here in the UK wifey has a Masters in Nuclear Medicine & Astrophysics, but has to pay the annual fees to be a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine before she can actually treat cancer patients.

It's just a bullshit tax that puts actual/virtual gold chains around the neck of some 'dignitary'

Cheers,

Jay

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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@ Shogunate:Re: Hyped up nonsense...

Shogunate,

err, because some people DON'T LIKE touchscreens, or have physical coordination problems that make them a complete pain in the derriere to use...

FYI on a bad day, I find it f'ing difficult to type on my MBP, can you imagine what it would be like on a touchscreen that is trying to 'help'

Horses for courses my friend!

Cheers,

Jay

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Wolfetone,

I could be wrong, but I suspect that the study of Economics isn't one of your strong points???

As to 5,000,000 sprogs in poverty - eh what, would this be absolute or relative poverty?

My grandad grew up with eight siblings in a two-room London East End slum in the early 1900s, no heating, no running water, no inside toilet, THAT was poverty.

[In the UK] having to scrimp and save a bit or heaven forbid, not having a 56 inch 3D TV or perhaps needing to learn how to do a domestic budget ISN'T poverty.

Also a year or so ago, we would regularly lean on our local food banks to put grub on the table, I regularly care for my wife (who has a chronic health condition) when she can't work and I am currently awaiting the outcome of a mandatory re-assessment for my ESA benefit whilst trying to startup a little business, so I have a better idea than most of life at the sharp end...

On a related note, have you written to the ex-President who actually signed off the legislation that fundamentally caused the sub-prime crisis in the first place to ask him to chip in???

So what is your plan to settle the deficit?

Btw 'soaking the rich' might make you feel better, but it would be like peeing in the wind re the deficit...

Chin up matey, the world is still spinning!

Jay

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@AC:Re: This goes to show one thing

AC,

a question for you, how have you come to the conclusion that there won't be any seasonable labour available for crop picking?

Did the PM drop you a note confirming this???

Cheers,

Jay

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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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Blimey, am I really THAT OLD?

Err yes, I have v fond memories from 1988 of a Mac SE with a 17" screen (for doing this new-fangled DTP thing), which was quite a bit of kit then, if memory serves correctly [it probably doesn't], it cost about £7k.

Cheers,

Jay

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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@AC

AC,

indeed the various bodies MAY have such capabilities, I wonder how often they have been used???

Apols as I don't have time atm to do some research...

Cheers,

Jay

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@Nick Kew

Nick,

indeed!

And we have the possibility to kick the 'offending' MP out of office at the next election if enough of the local & grumpy population choose to do so...

Cheers,

Jay

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@Adam 52

Adam,

there is no such thing as EU law in the UK (or any country in the EU as such), what our Parliament does (as do others) is ENACT laws here that meet the requirements of a specific EU law - paraphrased a bit, hopefully you get the gist....

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Mind the gap...

Fellow commentards,

when faced with a creature-related hole in a wall/partition, I was advised to put lots of wire wool in situ first (the type that plumbers uses for cleaning joints/ends of pipe with first), THEN fill it with expanding foam.

Apparently rats have the determination to chew through the foam, but can't if it is also mixed in with the steel wire wool etc...

Cheers,

Jay

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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@AC:Re: so Desperation

AC,

out of interest, how many friends do you have that are black and live in a major metropolis...?

Please post the publicly visible IP address of the webcam in your bedroom, because of course:

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE, do you now?

On a related note, why isn't your handle visible too???

Be careful what you wish for my friend...

Regards,

Jay

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Thousands of NHS staff details nicked amid IT contractor server hack

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@AC: Re: Welcome...

AC,

yup, wifey is a medical physicist, she and her colleagues have these whizzy doo-dah badges that keep track of radioation [wot with all those linear accelerators, and isotopes to hand that are used for cancer treatment]

As to the NHS having a f'ing clue about running it themselves, every trust would do it a different way, with a different supplier, AT MUCH HIGHER COST.

They still insist that all PCs in the trust are kept on 24/7 as there could be a an update that needs dropping on them urgently, I wonder what the marginal cost of 'leccy is for that?

/rant over

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@Kain preacher

Kain,

commentard doesn't read the article.

We've heard this before...

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Dear AC,

'stupidity/ignorance/name-calling [delete as inappropriate], the most destructive weapon ever invented'

FTFY

Jay

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BlackBerry's comeback: El Reg gets its claws on the QWERTY KEYone

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@m0rt:Re: @Rnixon Sadly, I predict failure

m0rt,

I love my Passport, the only android app I wanted on it is todoist, which isn't available from app stores etc, so I copied the file (I think it was an .apk, can't remem at the mo) directly across from my Samsung NotePro tablet to the Passport, lo and behold, on opening todoist, it insists that it must have google [something] services present to run - which clearly isn't present, then it runs just fine anyway...

I look forward to hopefully getting my mitts on one of the new androidy-blackberries when my currrent contract conks out in Q3 this year.

Cheers,

Jay

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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@AC[s]: Re: We are living through the end of private motoring ...

ACs,

err no, it's a great idea (for a given set of n assumptions) if you live in a metropolis that has enough folk living on top of each other for the economics to hit critical mass.

But completely f'ing useless here (little village in the middle of Devon), where many 'roads' are literally no bigger than footpaths...

Horses for courses [pardon a terrible pun].

And I'll be keeping my road-legal track day toy no matter what, but the option to have a family taxi that can drive me to wifeys folks, then mine, then home is a VERY ATTRACTIVE concept (1,100 mile round trip).

Cheers,

Jay.

Jay

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

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@ Ardvark Master

AM,

err no, it should be "restart your d*mn computer NOW"

FTFY!

Cheers,

Jay.

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'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'

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WTF?

I would loved to have watched this spiel live!

How the feck could he spout that with a straight face, it may be admirable, but has less than ZERO chance of ever actually happening..

I mean if a given government were to agree a £Bn-worth-it amount every year for access to all clients info (and of course make it perfectly legal), would [insert USA corp. name] really say: 'no thanks, we're earning quite enough now thank you very much...'

Of course, even if they did, us plebs are pretty unlikely to ever know about it.

/sighs

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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@DavCrav:Re: @silverfern: Don't accept it, act on it

DavCrav,

indeed, I didn't have time to put that in the post prior to scooting out.

Thanks!

Jay

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@AC: Re: "Special Relationship"- Cringe-inducing delusions of grandeur

Dear AC,

firstly:

- we haven't left the EU [yet]

secondly:

The PM didn't exactly campaign for Brexit

Not everyone (I know this is a shocking concept, but bear with me) who voted to leave the EU (which isn't by any means, shape, or form the same as Europe), is a 'Little Englander' or whatever the fck that means.

And in case you wondered, I have no problem AT ALL with folk from the EU living and working here, but unlike many people, I can understand why some folk may have a contrasting viewpoint; and NO that doesn't automatically make it OK for others to label such as 'Little Englanders' or racist/stupid/whatevers...

Re the likely 'deal' we'll get from the new President, I reckon you nailed it just perfectly!

Cheers,

Jay

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@silverfern: Re: Don't accept it, act on it

Siverfern,

err no it isn't, our fellow commentard declared it when applying for the job...

If they were to subsequently try and use the disclosed info on the fashion you mentioned, can you detect a 'constructive dismissal' case heading inbound..?

Cheers,

Jay

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

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@malfeasance: Re: Ummmm...

malfeasance,

thanks for that, 'stripe' has already popped up onto my radar.

Cheers,

Jay

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Ummmm...

Fellow commentards,

I am in the very early throes of setting up my own web site, which will need payment processing abilities.

All of the goods will be bespoke, hence I will avoid PissPal lest some customer 'decide' that five months later, they don't like it and would like a refund.

I am still figuring out what would take precedence from a UK based website selling perspective - I understand that current law for 'bespoke goods' means UK consumers can't change their minds after the order has been placed, whereas PissPal may give the customer the ability to do so...

Hence I will be avoiding PissPal like a dose of the clap, but am not sure which doors to knock on next.

I am inclined to use shopify.com for doing the fiddly ecommerce bits, but haven't decided on a payment processor yet.

Would any commentards be able to make helpful suggestions?

Thanks,

Jay

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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Well cluck a duck...

I think Putin would be impressed!

Time to contact your MP and politely but directly express your opinions...

Cheers,

Jay

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Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks

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@jermey 3: Re: Too little too late

Jeremy,

really, you believe the drivel you just spouted???

Ironically here [in the middle of Devon] our little village has 50/100 BT fibre, which isn't too shabby...

I bet your parties are a riot!

Cheers,

Jay.

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

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@FuzzyWuzzys: Re: BREXIT...

FW,

speak for yourself matey....

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@ Cereberus: Re: ...

Cereberus,

I am not trolling, would you be so kind as to remind me who the terrorists were you were fighting against in Iraq?

I thought there was a particularly unpleasant dictator in situ...

Kind regards,

Jay

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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

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@Rainer: Re: Is it so difficult?

Rainer,

YES!

Would you be so kind as to explain:

- what is a HP DL380 Gen8+

- VMWare

- An LB that does transparent proxying

- Zimbra

- Multiple LDAP

- Activy Sync

To someone who runs a small business and has zero members in their IT team.

I agree 123 are shite, I use Zen, always pleased with them so far.

Cheers,

Jay

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In real life, Q is a woman! Head of MI6 calls for more female techies at SIS

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@Tim Seventh: Re: Women in Tech? They're doing it wrong.

Tim,

at first I thought you were winding us up, then I realised, feck, he actually believes it...

My wife is a respected medical physicist, I am the primary carer, whilst slowly developing what will hopefully be a successful business.

I have worked with many capable women, in a number of roles, with the occasional exception I have invariably noted that when I compared the abilities of a woman and a man doing the same or a similar job, the woman was invariably brighter, sharper and cleverer.

You are painting with an extremely wide brush when applying your stereotypes, also your grammar and sentence structure is more than a little 'floppy' shall we say.

I wonder if reading between the lines you yearn for a simpler past where the little woman put on her apron and made breakfast for hubby, got junior ready for school, then tidied the house and then got dinner ready.

Times change, you need to change with them...

Regards,

Jay

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@AC: Re: Pointless

AC,

you are more on the money than you believe....

The local 'wimmin' think that it is just downright weird, that I [as in a bloke] drop our lad off at school AND collect him in the afternoon, rather than the missus doing so.

I am not making this up, four years after first dropping him off, some of them still give me really weird looks.

Ironically when any of them have asked what wifey's job is, I mention that she works in the NHS, 99% of the time the response is 'so she's a nurse then?'.

I mean, there aren't any female GPs, Consultants in the NHS are there now???

They are usually quite stunned when I mention she has a Masters in Nuclear Medicine and also did Astrophysics 'because it was interesting'.

Stereotypes work in a multitude of directions...

Cheers [off to the pub when wifey gets home shortly]

Jay

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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For once I'm not entirely pissed off

Thankfully for the stuff I do (UI, Web, local print-not pre-press) I can now give Adobe the two finger salute, as Affinity Designer/Photo are shaping up just fine.

Of course they won't meet the reqs for all folk, but £100, as a one-off cost for both, not too terrible methinks.

Plus I understand they are now available on Windows as well.

Happy times, £45/month was a lot to my little business.

Cheers,

Jay

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It's holistic, dude: How to dodge the EU's £17m data regulation sting

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A well known outsourcer

Apols for AC, normally I don't do that...

About 13yrs ago a well known UK outsourcer, that isn't currently terribly well regarded in the public eye (a little unfair I think) was exposed to a fraud in one of its' financial services bits, dodgy folk ran off with £300k [or thereabouts]. This was in the public domain btw.

I was asked to accompany head of risk/audit to see the Group FD, who's response was [I quote] "I don't f'ing care what it costs, f'ing sort it and then get a proper risk mgmt system in across the whole group, NOW"

Unfortunately he did mean NOW, well, we had the crux of it working in a few months, global rollout with 18 months.

With 4 x n-tier environments, PROPER controls, it was in situ for [I think] 8yrs or so.

It's amazing how snappy IT depts and young/keen ISVs can be, it probably helped that the budget was (we added it up afterwards) about £3.5m

All of which & this article all contribute to me hopefully improving on the IT architecture and system design for my startup (IT budget about £100 a month)

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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@ Blitheringeejit: Re: It's all about "So how does that make you feel?"

Blitheringeejit,

quite, I have oft thought that any keyboard connected to anything that runs Windows needs a:

"Do it now you bar steward' button... above Return

I have rarely felt the need for this on my Macintoshen.

Cheers,

Jay

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@Naselus: Re: The more annoying bit...

Nasulus,

quite, when a user would ask me why it worked if I [or a compatriot] were standing next to them, I picked one of two stock answers:

- cloud formations

- '42'

Which they were usually absolutely fine with.

Have one on me, it's Friday!

Cheers,

Jay

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I am not making this up...

Fellow commentards,

aeons ago my brother-in-law's PC was behaving in a most odd manner, crashing at odd times, in a most unpredictable fashion.

His friend who 'new a lot about computers' convinced him that he had downloaded something dodgy (intentional or otherwise), hence he would need to re-install Windows and put everything back in....

Well I ran a free AV/spyware thingy, 'nowt showed up.

Nothing was obvious from log files, different programs would crash at different times, with no obvious cause/trigger.

So I opened the lid, after removing a humungous pile of dust balls that were perched over the DIMMs (can't recall exactly what was in the PC) and those by the CPU, then funnily enough it worked absolutely fine.

I do love 'amazing coincidences'!

I was quite pleased about it all...

Cheers,

Jay

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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@Cranky Yank: Re: Blame the EU?

CY,

no, for reference I suspect that it's due to having parents from different countries, who speak DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, an activity which many [who hold a Passport] enjoy whilst travelling...

/sighs

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Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

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@AC: Re: Are VW / Samsung / Theresa May employing the same advisors?

AC,

would you be so kind as to remind me of the items the PM has uttered that you are tad miffed about?

Thanks,

Jay

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

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@Voland: Re: Odd belief

Voland,

indeed. of course if the vehicles were designed and engineered PROPERLY I wouldn't have thought it a problem eh???

Cheers,

Jay

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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@AC: Re: Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme

Dear AC,

may I point out that:

- you may have tried a bit harder

- you haven't met me

Also WTF are you trying to glean information and [presumably] draw valid conclusions from reading the comments section of the Daily Express FFS?

I don't have to spend my time rebutting the [I presume as I haven't read it] nonsense espoused by such folk to justify to you or ANYONE ELSE why I voted to Leave - which btw has zilch to do with immigration.

It's called democracy matey, those folk are as entitled to their views as you and I are to ours.

Chill dude, the world will continue to rotate!

So how many downvotes will I get from folk that can't be arsed to courteously reply to my post?

Cheers [I am actually in the pub at the mo!]

Jay

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@Toltec:Re: Sensible? That's new.

Toltec,

have one on me (I voted leave btw).

Cheers,

Jay

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