* Posts by Shadmeister

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: Society Seems To Be Fragmeting or Declining in Standards

Hi,

@Destroy All Monsters,

I agree - for Brexit here in the UK, the £350million per week not going to the EU, everyone knew it was metaphorical.

People in the UK were either severely affected by the EU policies, or had enough of the control of the UK by the EU through the laws and policies, where the EU did not seem to understand the impact locally.

People wanted change - and they voted accordingly.

For Brexit, the brexit bus could have said everyone gets a free corn fed chicken at Christmas, and people will still have voted to leave. The brexit bus just highlighted the principle.

Regards,

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: NO CARRI~@~~~$

Don't UK solicitors still use Fax machines still ?

What do the NHS use them for ? I am certain they have e-mail, telephones etc.

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Hi,

The rise is probably due to people realising Windows 10 (telemetry data extraction, stability, constantly changing, twice a year rebuild - re-installation that may fail) is a pain, and they need to run a VM for Windows applications (W7, W8/8.1, W10).

Given that perfectly capable 3 year old laptops can run one OS no issues, and they have a restriction on the amount of RAM due to BIOS or motherboard design, people have to purchase new laptop to get a RAM increase to run a VM with no impact, to use Linux to run Windows in a VM.

OK, maybe the above is wishful thinking, but it does annoy me that the manufacturers will limit the BIOS to only allow a maximum RAM when the design of the processor/motherboard allows for more. I really am holding out buying another laptop - they are just too high in price for the specification i want.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

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Re: Conclusions?

Hi,

As before, this is an insignificant amount to Facebook.

They are already campaigning to reduce the impact of the debacle by TV adverts in the UK telling us how important our privacy is to them.

So, the usual process : get caught, defend their actions, as it was a mistake, say sorry, give empty platitudes, present a plan to say how it will different from now on, lessons have been learnt, and campaign that they can be trusted.

All corporations do this - standard response, and no one (person) will be held accountable.

It has happened in the past, present, and will continue to be the same in the future.

I wonder who/when the next shock/horror story will be - so we can see that nothing will ever change.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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Hi Tom 7,

I need to pass the simulation files to other people - and LTSpice XVII is the standard people use - it is free - and seems to be continually updated in regards to numerical methods used for simulation.

I should be able to get the two working at the same time - if i copy move the 64bit .wine and reinstall the PCB software with 32bit wine.

Someone else uses wine no issues, yet it crashes for me all the time - the designers of the program indicated it is a pure 32bit program - they are keeping it like that for compatibility.

Thanks and regards,

Shadmeister.

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Hi All,

Thanks for the reply - will try the suggestions.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Hi Waseem,

Thanks for the reply - i think your solution means i have to run either the 32bit or 64bit prefix, but cannot run both at the same time, to allow two programs, a 32bit and 64bit to run at the same time.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Hi,

I have two programs - one is 32bit (PCB Design) and the other is 64bit (Spice Simulator).

What would be nice is for Wine to handle both at the same time. It seems (if anyone knows any different) that you either have a 32bit prefix or 64bit prefix system installation - where one program does not run on the other without crashing.

I did not want to set the current prefix to the backup of 32bit or 64it just to run one program, as i need to run both.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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Re: The Online Opt-Out Does Not Work Either

Hi Prst. V.Jeltz,

I did that on an older person at work - but it was on his telephone keypad (BT Herald system). I moved the RTPH buttons from the left column to the right column, and moved the usual 9 numbers in square formation to the left.

He was complaining (without expletives) about how the phone system was not working, chomping on his pipe (you could smoke at work in those days), saying how the old systems always worked.

Regards,

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The Online Opt-Out Does Not Work Either

Hi,

I received the letter about opting out - so accessed the website, put in the details that they provided and it failed. I tried all manner of combinations thinking it may be a parse error etc., to no avail.

I used their instructions to make a complaint, received an e-mail stating i could not use the e-mail to make a complaint.

I complained about that e-mail, stating quite clearly, their online instructions state i can use the e-mail as a complaint method.

I received an e-mail stating the first e-mail response was wrong, i could complain using e-mail, but could i ring the relevant telephone number to resolve the issue.

My complaint was, how could they get it so wrong when i type in the details as per the letter provided, and the first validation fails using their information.

The site is stated to be beta, but i would have thought that they tried actual true peoples data to test the system, before allowing the public to use it.

Had similar issues with the online government gateway - put in the passport details - exactly as required - and authentication failed.

I still do not see how they (UK authorities etc) can keep on failing at this simple stuff.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Remember my name, FAME! Remember, remember, remember...

Hi AC,

If it really bothers you about my writing style, then you have the option not to read the posts.

The decision is yours.

Sorry for being polite, and maybe stop you should trying to control others.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: Nose, face, bite ...

Hi,

Yes- we know it was the UK. The EU is still being spiteful - does not change that.

The non-EU aspect was about trust in the countries having access to the PRS signal. The EU cannot expect the UK to honour commitments for the future for systems, projects it will not benefit from, yet take away from the UK the system it has already paid for.

Do you not think it is being a bit one sided ?

How much of this is about ensuring other nations do not want not leave the EU ?

It really does not impact the EU if the UK has access to the PRS signal.

Regards,

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Re: Nose, face, bite ...

Hi,

I agree, but i stated this in another thread a few weeks ago, that the EU is being spiteful, and received downvotes galore - where respondents stated that the UK specifically requested that a non-EU country could not have access to the PRS signal, so the EU is justified.

Despite this technicality, the EU behaviour is being spiteful.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

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Hi,

I do not doubt if there was the full fine, then could be an issue for Facebook.

My comment is that the EU will not punish Facebook as harshly as is anticipated. Facebook will receive a notional fine, as they will react to diffuse the issues sufficiently, to appease the EU.

So it is a wait and see - will the EU punish Facebook to cause severe disruption ? I do not think they will.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: @Shadmeister

Hi,

It depends, if the service you want to use, has Facebook only as a login - tinder web based access. For tinder, you have no option - and it does seem to be the most popular site for casual meet ups. I would not call this site garbage if it serves the purpose.

Agreed many sites offer other login possibilities. I subscribed to disqus (i think that is what it is), but this option seems to be less popular.

I do not use Facebook, twitter, instagram reddit, etc., in fact no social sites at all, except a dating site.

I have a google e-mail account - but as per Facebook, MS, Google - i do not want to be tracked.

Look at blendr - facebook is primary - but the other options - MSN and some others never heard of. At least blendr seems to offer a sign in account.

So, factually as per my sentence, you are correct, some sites do offer other logins options. Then again, some web sites whether good or bad, do offer facebook only.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: @Shadmeister

Hi,

4% was my opinion.

Here s the US prosecution :

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-volkswagen-emissions/ex-volkswagen-ceo-winterkorn-charged-in-u-s-over-diesel-scandal-idUKKBN1I42I4

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43995167

The Germany arrest was for Audi.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: @Shadmeister

Hi,

The EU may implement a fine, but not the 4% which has been indicated here.

I used an old Forbes statement that the Facebook stock is worth 0.5trillion dollars. Admittedly if you sold all shares they would drop etc.

Again, my point is that despite the rules, the fine will be insignificant, and Facebook will evade serious impact.

The court proceedings against the VW people etc., is not the EU, but the USA. The US does seem to be more punitive than the EU - so, it will be wait and see.

Most people don't care about the Cambridge Analytica issue - if they did, they would have left Facebook.

Months after the problem - people still using Facebook - if they get a hefty fine, people will still use Facebook. If they change the terms and conditions of the data where you agree to allow Facebook not adhere to GDPR (as per the max working hours directive in the EU where people can opt out) then people will most probably agree and still use Facebook.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: @Shadmeister

Hi,

Whether the fine can be scaled to all EU users of Facebook, will essentially be irrelevant.

Facebook will say sorry, give platitudes as a response, present a plan for changes, assuring this will not happen again, lessons will have been learnt, and security of data has been tightened and will be monitored.

Facebook will get a notional fine, and possibly monitored by the EU - but that will be all.

Could a fine if taken to the limits be devastating to Facebook ? Yes.

Will the EU implement such a fine against the social platform that every loves to use and cause disruption ? No.

Data misuse will continue - the people misusing will just be a bit more careful.

Regards,

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Hi,

I did a quick check and Facebook is worth nearly 1/2 trillion dollars. So, if they do not play ball, any fine really, is going to be insignificant.

Even if they do play ball - then again, any fine is insignificant.

If they have to implement any changes - then will it really impact their business ?.

I looked at tinder today - and when you opt to use a mobile - it still links to the Facebook Account Kit.

Facebook has links with Microsoft - LinkedIn.

Many other login options for other websites use Facebook login.

Any litigation against Facebook has minimal impact - and it seems that the internet social systems are closely linked - and you cannot avoid Facebook easily.

The thing is, i was not surprised by the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook abuse, and it will not stop. The systems and misuse are here to stay.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: Still at the FPGA stage after all these years?!?!?!?!???

Hi,

I think Zippy is right.

Microsoft would not be investing in CPU design and technology for this amount of time if it did not think it could maximise its profit from the work.

This can be achieved by initially providing the relevant Microsoft CPU based hardware, for all aspects of PC's, build up that business, and then restricting the worlds most popular OS to those Microsoft platforms.

With Windows 10 - Microsoft have been treating their customers abysmally - and maybe they are happy to lose some people, but they are preparing their OS through significant changes in design, for deployment onto the new MS CPU. The Windows 10 design, products and features will most probably be designed to take advantage of the MS CPU architecture, making it more efficient and increasing performance.

Will Microsoft deprecate all other architectures for the latest Windows 10 OS ?. It is hard to tell if this is possible - unless they abandon many of their existing customer base who cannot move to another architecture.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive (@ Shadmeister)

Hi Lars,

I did not down vote you - and never have down voted anyone.

Everyone has an opinion, and has the right to state it.

For brexit - you may have to see it from the perspective of those people that have been treated detrimentally by EU policies, and the issue that we in the UK (as other European countries) have to request concessions from the EU to assist business severely affected by non EU countries behaviour.

I can see people with prejudices and arrogance (this statement not aimed at you) quoting in this thread - because they think detrimentally of the UK.

There is growing anti_EU sentiment in other countries - and are a problem for the established political parties - but this is because the political parties and EU people are neglecting the effect of their policies.

The EU is slow to react, and some of the leaders in the other countries have exacerbated the situation with their behaviour.

An excellent example of this, look how bad the Greek people have been treated by the EU.

The EU has lost it ways, and is a failed organisation.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive (@ Shadmeister)

Hi Lars,

I am trying to find the quotation. An EU spokesperson stated that the EU finances will ot lose one cent due to brexit, where he was indicating that their income will not change as if the UK has not left the EU.

If the UK leaves the EU, then there is lets us say £10bn deficit for the EU as the UK is a net contributor. What the EU spokesperson is stating, is that the UK will be taxed via tariffs etc., to ensure that the net £10bn is recouped.

What i am saying is that the UK are leaving, and the EU will have to proceed as if the £10bn is now not available - and that they should rebalance the books rather than tax the UK with tariffs to ensure that the UK pays a £10bn surplus to keep the EU funds as if the UK never left.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive (@ Shadmeister)

Hi,

You seem to think that we would jeopardise the EU countries when they are also part of NATO - not all, but NATO and the EU - which includes the UK will always be friendly in relation to defence.

The EU know this - and will be relying upon the UK for intelligence for terrorism threats - so, i disagree with your logic.

The EU are being vindictive - they want the UK to pay the existing share permanently even when we have left.

The EU need to accept that we are leaving and rebalance their accounts to accept the reduction in funding, due to funding from the UK being withdrawn.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: Suck it up, princess.

Hi,

I never voted.

I never claimed brexit people are right, or remain people are wrong. I am ambivalent.

What the threads shows is the vitriol of one side against the other.

The UK people (including me) never voted for political union, and we were never allowed to vote on it either, like the Irish (Lisbon treaty).

It was never discussed between the UK people - the politicians took us into it without any consultation.

If anything, we should be indignant about that - that is the travesty here, not brexit.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: I think the UK should build its own system

Hi,

I am aware that a GPS system is not cheap - hence my comment to allow other countries access to the PRS code to recoup costs.

Or, the UK could start its own consortium with non EU countries who are part of NATO or the commonwealth. There are lots of options to explore.

Regards,

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi,

I did not down vote you - in fact, i think i have never down voted anyone.

The EU stated that when the UK leaves the EU, it will not be in deficit by one penny with respect to its funding.

Essentially - it will impose tariffs and remove access etc., to ensure that the UK net contribution remains to support the EU once the UK has left.

When there is a parting between partners, one partner does not get to enjoy the exactly same benefits, income etc., when the other partner leaves. The EU has failed the UK, and it still wants the UK to pay the EU's way.

The assets etc., are divided - but the EU is stating it wants no impact of the UK leaving. This is not reasonable, and the EU should accept that once the UK has left, that it will be deficient by the amount that the UK contributes. The EU should rebalance its books to deal with the deficit of the UK not contributing.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi,

@Roland6 - everyone has a right to an opinion - i did not vote in the referendum. Maybe no deal and WTO tariffs are a clean slate to build a new and more congenial agreement.

The constant wrangling about changes to the agreement is just wasting time. A clean slate approach worked from WTO is probably more efficient.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive @shadmeister

Hi,

I am not suggesting we bend the rules as far as possible. My posts have always been that security is different to politics and trade - so in this instance, we have paid for the system, so should still get to use it to ensure the security of the UK.

The technicality you refer to - was written based on the existing countries in the EU being trustworthy, and that they had paid for it, including us.

It is petty and vindictive in this instance for the EU to deny the UK access to the system they and us paid for.

Again, the other member states break the rules and law - and the EU does absolutely nothing about it. Sheer hypocrisy by the EU for sticking to the rules when it suits them. It is a failed organisation.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi,

From the following URL : https://fullfact.org/europe/eu-divorce-bill/

States : "A House of Lords report has argued that legally the UK isn’t required to pay a penny. This has been disputed by some legal experts, and the report itself acknowledges that there are “competing interpretations”."

So, technically, there may be a position where the UK does not have to fund future projects.

Regardless if you are remain or leave, since we are leaving, should we not therefore action the non-payment approach where legally possibly - on a technical basis ?

Regards,

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi mooseman,

OK - so we insisted that no Non-EU can use the PRS signal. A technicality.

So, why do we have to pay for goods we do not receive or use (future projects) ?? as technically we are not part of the EU.

Is there a statement that if an EU country leaves the EU, that it will have to honour future commitments ?.

If not, then technically we can refuse to pay. Is the UK paying for future projects as part of a goodwill response ??

In the end, this is not about trade or political processes etc., it is about security.

So what other technical aspects with regards to security exist that will stop the EU assisting the UK, and vice versa ?. Should we all just stop helping each other and let threats to society progress because of a technicality ? If you see something going wrong in a neighbours property - surely you will notify them ?.

Security is different to trade and politics.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi heyrick,

Who cares about whether it is all in it together or not.

We are bound to pay the EU for those projects we have committed to, but the EU are refusing us access to something we have already paid for.

Pure and simple vindictiveness.

We the UK are not complaining about the trade and political union aspects - we understand we have to negotiate for those.

So, the UK should therefore NOT pay the EU for future commitments - because hey, we are now not in it together.

Will you be supporting that ?

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi,

OK - was about the block on benefits - but again, the block to this by one specific person who is seen to be dictating to the UK that this is not allowed, shows that the EU is ignorant of the real issues that each countries endure, or see as secific issues.

Each country has different situations, and one size fits all approach by the EU does not always work.

Regards,

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

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@Nick Kew.

Did Cameron not ask to implement s temporary halt to immigration into the UK ? and Angela Merkel refused ?

Here is an example of double standards of the EU.

You are an owner of a large shop - offering a sale which causes large groups of people queuing to get into the store. There is a stampede and someone dies. You will be held accountable for corporate manslaughter as you did not take sufficient precautions to protect people, as you were negligent in crowd management.

The other scenario :

You are a leader in the EU, and you say openly to the media - everyone come to Europe - you are all welcome. And people do - they traverse land and sea - they use mechanisms to get to Europe which costs many lives, as they are desperate. Despite the many hundreds of deaths due to that one comment "everyone is welcome - please come" the person is NOT held accountable.

That same person stated we the UK can not have a temporary halt to immigration, which effectively caused brexit.

That is the problem - EU people are corrupt, unaccountable, and do as they want, and abuse their own rules, yet dictate to the UK when we behave correctly when we try to discuss/request serious issues.

I believe in the EU, but their corruption is excessive, and led by a few with their own countries interests taking precedence, and going unchallenged.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi,

The text states : "What the UK government will be most upset about is that the fact it will be no longer be allowed access to the highly secure military-grade signal Public Regulated Service (PRS), a huge blow that will put the UK, and its military, far behind other Western nations when it comes to using the latest global technologies."

Essentially, we paid for it - yet wil not be able to use it.

We the UK have to pay for those existing commitments.

The EU are being vindictive here, yet ignore other member states illegal behaviour.

We the British do abide by the rules, and we are punished for it.

I do believe there are some very good aspects to the EU - data protection (GDPR), technical standards, food standards etc.

In this instance - it is spiteful behaviour. We HAVE paid for it, so we should be able to USE it.

Again, this is not about trade/politics, but security - which affects us all.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi,

The EU are stipulating we continue to fund our commitments, so we should stipulate that we receive the intended PRS signal since we have funded it, also.

That was the entire point of the system and the UK funding it - else we could use the other systems in orbit.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi,

I think the EU is a good idea, but as shown by Angela Merkel's response to David Cameron (no to temp stop on immigration), and other EU states not abiding by EU rules when the UK does (competition for own nation bidding for projects etc), then the EU is corrupt.

Recall that the eastern EU states blocked refugees illegally - yet that seems to be ignored.

So, the EU is being selective and vindictive. It has become corrupt.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi Vimes,

Not control, but access to the PRS signal - to ensure our security. We paid our share for the development etc., - if we don't get that back then we should be allowed to decode the PRS signal.

We may need to support the system - funding - but cutting the UK off from the PRS signal is vindictive.

Again, this is about security, not trade/politics.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi Vimes,

OK - we are leaving the political and trade union. We are not moving away from the EU physically, and we all are subject to the same threats as the EU countries.

What about NATO ? Why can we therefore not offer those countries in NATO the PRS signal ?

There are countries in NATO not in the EU. Dependent on the constellation that we provide, then maybe the antipodes can be offered PRS ? Commonwealth countries too ?

Security is different from political and trade union. It affects us all, and we are on the same side.

Regards,

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EU Are Being Vindictive

Hi,

I think the Europeans are being unfair in this regard.

Security is of the utmost importance, and this specific aspect - PRS - is a key component for defending the UK when needed.

Essentially, the EU are denying the UK a secure future. This shows the true nature of the EU bureaucrats - vindictive.

I think the UK should build its own system and offer the PRS signal to other countries willing to pay. Could be a profit making enterprise.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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Re: Every one

Hi,

When i look at transistors i use to build amplifiers, many of them are made in China, but are an American brand. It is cheap to produce in China - so they have the IP and fabrication plants.

As stated by other posters, many products in the west are manufactured by China, since the labour is cheap (based on bad practices).

To sell into China you have to hand over your IP - not the case with the west.

As with offshoring here in the UK by many companies, the costs to offshore have increased as the offshore country citizens wealth increases and hence charges increase. So some companies in the UK began to bring back functions to the UK.

I have seen documentaries of workforces in China where the wages are increasing, and the glut of experienced workers has decreased, and the workers are paid better in various industries.

Despite Trump being called specific names - what he has stated in respect to the security of the US requiring tariffs - has some validity.

Putting all your eggs in one basket is a bad idea - so, moving functions such as fabrication plants, steel production, etc., back to your own country will mitigate the risk.

We will not always be friends - and there will be friction between countries, and as the Chinese have shown, they are happy to dump steel onto the open market causing severe problems. They will do what they want in their own interest.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: least complaint-generating Windows ever

Hi,

I think it is the least complained about because more peoples machines have been messed up and they cannot get online to complain.

This approach has been going on for nearly three years, so people are now used to the failure when it happens to them.

It is probably more the case that they the recipient see it as business as usual, rather than that, they need to complain.

As for the telemetry - most people just don't care. A lot of blank looks when you tell them, and they think you need a tin foil hat when you explain that it is an issue for them.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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Re: RE: Shadmeister

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@Tigra 07,

No, the macro lens i have is insufficient, and my stereo microscope does not have a lens/camera attachment.

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Hi,

Yes - this seems to be the case - i messaged a woman asking why after only sending two or three messages in total, why i did not get a reply, even to say thanks, but no thanks. Was there something wrong with my profile - i wrote uncontentious stuff, and had a picture, and i would say i am average looking.

The reply was that the women get 30 messages per day.

Women do have their pick, and i soon realised you are competing with other men, who are better looking, better physique, and better chat up approach.

I am on a site currently, and you can send people a quiz - sent a few to women, and not one has completed it. OK - the questions are 50% serious, and 50% p!ss take, but at least i thought that there would have been some responses.

As per an AC further down the thread - people do need to be honest, or we need to redefine slim or athletic. Or, the use of a filter to remove wrinkles, which in fact just blurs/smears the face - needs to stop. I have seen one and it was like a couple of eyes staring out from a fleshy blob. Hilarious.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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How About Recommending Linux On The Microsoft Forums....

Hi,

For the Microsoft comment ""The forums will still be moderated by Microsoft agents to ensure participants can engage in a safe and positive environment.""

Does this mean, that if people recommend Linux, ooh, say Linux Mint as a replacement/alternative, where everyone (99%) has a positive experience of, that Microsoft will not remove the reply....

If people are on Windows 7 (i use it and Win 8.1 as my Windows versions), then they are holding out and do not want to upgrade to Windows 10. So if they pop off to Linux, no loss for Microsoft.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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Re: Money

Hi,

Yes, it is a bit like, pay us, or we will f*ck it up for you.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Just a third of Brit cops are equipped to fight crime that is 'cyber'

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Re: Cheap, cheap, cheap.

Hi,

Agree - the local police station is to close to save money, which means the nearest one in London is 6 miles away. This may not sound like much - but in London, the population density is quite high.

Why the Police do not receive cheaper costs for their buildings seems odd, as they are a public service, not a corporation or business. Applying market forces to all aspects of society (pure conservative ideology) just does not work in the long term.

Just like rail, some things are worth more than the assets etc., which is for the good of society.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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What Is The Point For Continued OS Redesign/Updates

Hi,

I do not have/use Windows 10, nor do i intend to get it.

I have read the constant issues of the update process, failing, messing up things that worked, etc..

What i really cannot fathom is why is Microsoft continuing to build new versions, with new features, later to be removed, at least twice per year, when they already have the revenue from this version by selling your data ???.

Since they are one of the richest companies in the world, why do they continue with this process - they do not seem to be gaining anything extra from it, other than what they already have been receiving (money for your data).

Who are they competing with - in the sense that they are making changes to make a better OS to compete with another OS which has a killer application ???

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: Dear Microsoft

Hi,

I thought that HR departments were being encouraged to use LinkedIn ?.

Do current job sites have api links into LinkedIN ?.

Could a company who you are employed with perform a search and see if you are applying for a job with a competitor ?

Can HR use LinkedIn to search not only your professional past, but with the collaboration with Facebook, search your social online world too ?

Maybe you don't post your behaviour on Facebook, but someone else does who is in your social group. Maybe Microsoft and Facebook run facial recognition algorithms to see who those others are in the picture, and your name is correctly assigned, but the behaviour of the group is deemed unhealthy.

You have not posted your social event, but you are still tagged, participating in a social behaviour that is not illegal, but the prospective company would decline to employ you.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: Dear Microsoft

Hi,

I understand that other devices such as Android etc., are just as bad - every time i added an application, it requested access to all and sundry. So, i am aware that i use those products knowing full well that their free status has a downside.

With Microsoft, it is different. They are taking your serious work computer which has always been data collection free, and turning in into a data gathering machine. This was retrospective with regards to Windows 7 and 8/8.1. Were people told or aware ??? Many people were not.

So, through Microsoft monopolistic techniques, they have ensured that you need Windows for your work, and then effectively turned on you. There is no halfway house - it seems to be either a corporate build where you need to be an IT person to ensure no data gathering, or the data gathering build. A small business or individual has no option to purchase a Windows machine safe in the knowledge it has no data gathering (do Dell, Asus, HP etc sell these machines ????).

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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Re: Dear Microsoft

Hi,

Yes - i know, my point was that what is the information within LinkedIn being used for. Microsoft and Facebook have access to some peoples entire online and computing life. Very creepy.

Regards,

Shadmeister.

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