* Posts by CrazyOldCatMan

1481 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Brilliant idea

a 3-key combo requiring both hands

Not on a modern full keyboard.. <Alt-Gr><R-Ctrl><<Delete> is pretty easy with one hand..

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because the clones made them cheap, despite the many acknowledged design flaws.

And despite all the blockages that IBM tried to put in the way.

"PC-compatible(mostly)" became the order of the day, especially with a little background help from Microsoft..

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it was all that terrible that we ended up with Windows, Outlook, and Excel instead of OS/2, Lotus Notes, and Quattro Pro

Software would have been written to do an equivalent job regardless of the OS involved. So don't judge OS/2 by the fact that it didn't get Excel - if Windows hadn't come along then something very much like Excel would have arrived for OS/2. In fact, I seem to recall running StarOffice (grandaddy of LibreOffice) on my OS/2 box back in the 90's..

Excel and Outlook arrived on Windows (and *only* Windows until relatively recently) because they were written/bought/stolen by the company that owned Windows. Who then had a good monopoly reason for ensuring that other OS's didn't get a foothold.

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his company popularised the use of PCs by providing an easy to use interface

I think that the Amiga, Atari ST and Acorn Archimedes prove you wrong.

The one difference between those and Windows is that none of them were picked by IBM to develop/steal an OS for them.

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Re: BREAK

Pre-1999 macs had an on\off button

Current Macbook Pro laptops have this too. Also doubles as a fingerprint reader..

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You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

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Re: Its all gone to the dogs

Downsides of the dogs...well, someone has to pick up the huge amounts of crap & they fart occasionally.

s/occasionally/whenever he manages to persuade someone to give him something that upsets his delicate[1] stomach/* g

where those invading cat bastards hang out

No - that's the job of the home cat army. Which (according to the noises Senior Female was making at an intruder yesterday) acts as a Summon Monster spell for the dog to come and see what the Boss wants him to chase off..

[1] He's a rescue. If he isn't fed a specific diet, unfortunate things happen..

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And I bet your frosted door doesn't come with a hardcoded default password that lets anyone in!

Never underestimate the power of a well-placed half-brick..

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Re: The Nest Secure has to sit on a surface

And any burglar would have to fight past teeth and claws to disable it.

Not in my house. The timid ones would run away and the permanently-hungry ones will just beg for food..

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Re: The Nest Secure has to sit on a surface

Cats

Especially if it's warmer than ambient..(and once 7kg of cat is enveloping it, it will get warmer than ambient.. a lot warmer.)

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Re: Does This Count as CCTV?

And if the CCTV doesn't cover public spaces

Highly unlikely if it's mounted next to your front door, facing outwards. Yes, on larger properties, there may well be walls or greenery blocking the view of the public right of way, but in most British homes, putting a camera on the front door *will* have public spaces in view.

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Why are not more devices getting their power from PoE?

Because very few homes have POE switches. And POE injecters (in general) are bulky and suck power out of all proportion to their actual use..

And power induction is not only very short range but also disrupted by most of the materials that go into modern walls.. Brick? Forget it. Likewise modern-spec plasterboard (especially the variant that has a silver-foil liner to help minimise heat loss).

Yes - you can get longer-range variants but they still suffer from needing to be used in free air rather than through a wall.

Batteries just seems like such an odd choice here when there are existing solutions in the market.

Batteries are a tried and tested technology that works in (pretty much every) situation. Inductive power or POE - not so much.

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FedEx: TNT NotPetya infection blew a $300m hole in our numbers

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Re: $300M!!

The emergency meeting is about who they can blame if "when" the excreta hits the fan.

I'm sure that there are plenty of rogue engineers that they can blame.

In fact, I'm suspecting that these companies will soon be recruiting for the post of "official rogue engineer" - someone who doesn't actually have to do anything, but is prepared to be the sacrificial lamb whenever someone vaguely technical needs to be blamed.

After all, why spend good money on a large team of people who know what they are doing when you can outsource stuff to a lowest-bid offshore team and keep a sacrificial goat at low cost?

More bonuses and a pre-prepared fall guy.

In fact, I think I'm going to patent it and sit back to wait for the sweet, sweet $CURRENCY_UNITS to flow in.

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Say Hello to my little friend: Nest blasts IoT world with doorbell, home security gear

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Re: Can't wait...

... until the first firmware update bricks the device

Now be fair - it won't be the next one. It'll be the one in a years time when Nest have decided that, for the purposes of revenue generation, they need to make all their current kit obsolete and make you buy new stuff.

And, this being Nest, you'll probably find that the TOS of the back end changes in a short while to enable them to sell all the lovely, lovely data that they have got from your 'smart' systems.

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Re: To expensive..

If China have the time and resources to sit around watching to see who's knocking on my door

You think their interaction would be limited to that?

Two words: malware injection.

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Re: ...nobody seems to care about the privacy aspect?...

I care.

Which is why my home security is distinctly old-fashioned. Good locks, secure windows et. al.

And a dog with a slight attitude problem :-)

(Never trust a cat to do security. If they think the burglar has food, they would happily open the door.)

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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USB stick, SD card, USB cable...

iOS used to have a USB host mode that you can use to mount external storage - does it still? Also (again, this was some time ago) I seem to recall that you could move stuff to and fro using iTunes (and not just media - I used to move PDFs across).

And as someone previously mentioned - there are lots of OTA methods of moving files.

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Re: I do, but

Having got one I never use it. Blinding bright light when you’re reading the dark

Now - I don't have a kindle with a light (I much prefer kobo - far more functional[1] and not tied into the Amazon advert machine) but I'm pretty certain that the light levels are controllable.

Doubtless, someone will be along shortly to tell us otherwise..

[1] And easily cabable of reading Amazon ebooks once downloaded and converted.

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I've had an iPad 2 since 2012 and it still gets used every day.

Likewise. Except it's mostly my wife looking at local traffic (she hates sitting in queues) and listening to The Archers podcasts..

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Ethereum just checked that part of a Zcash transaction was legit

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Byzantuim eh?

Lets just hope that it doesn't annoy the Catholic Church too much..

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: "or many people in Northern Ireland pubs."

It's a donkey jacket with a Kevlar lining, in case things get boisterous.

As my dad used to say (he visited NI on many occasions): "if you can hear the gunshot, then the bullet has already missed you".

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Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

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Re: @John Smith 19

How do you solve the halting problem?

Keep clicking the start button?

:-)

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Can someone recommend an Android phone that has less crapware, a long battery life, and decent specs?

OnePlus 3 or 3T. I wouldn't recommend the 5 - it's £200 more for very little extra.

And they update reasonably regularly. And have an active ROM crowd so plenty of choice if you don't like the supplier ROM.

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I write down things I need as I think of them, then cross them out as I shop.

There's an app for that you know..

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Re: Rendered irrelevant by the iPhone X...

There is nothing particularly to separate the two. Just the branding and OS.

The OS is a pretty damn big difference..

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Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

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And it only takes three years to catch those bad actors.

So - only another 2.25 years of the Trump presidency then eh?

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Can't you just, err, tell?

After all, the drivers would never say "shut up and just let me drive" would they?

Oh..

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Reagan was publicly calling the USSR the "evil empire"

I used to have a sticker up in my cube - the Soviet flag at one end and the US flag at the other. And between the two the words "Two evil empires, one down, one to go".

I got asked to take it down because it offended a visiting US senior manager..

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Did It: This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Which leads to a site that blocks me from reading the article because I have the temerity to be using an ad-blocker.

I'll pass on reading it.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Re: Elephant in the room

How can copyright be enforced uniformly across the web when copyright rules vary from region to region?

Simple. The media companies will buy their way through the various national assemblies/parliaments until the copyright period matches their desired duration[1]..

[1] Life plus however long the media company desires. Want to read a book from 1500? Well - it's been grandfathered back into copyright so that version you downloaded from Project Gutenburg is now illegal..

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Re: There are bigger fish to fry

Software doesn't suddenly start malfunctioning when it's past some arbitrary use-by date.

No - but it does stop getting updated. Are you happy that something as massive and buggy as an office suite that you are using is no longer maintained? Especially MS Office with it's long and inglorious history of hosting exploits that can own your machine?

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Outlook.com looking more like an outage outbreak for Europe

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Re: Important Emails?

Is that the same as Freeserve, remember getting a lot of coasters from them at one point

Likewise. And I did actually use them (in addition to my Demon account). And ended up getting ejected for "overuse" - I was on-line 24x7 on a line with only call-initiation charges (so cheaper to dial in once and stay logged in).

The old days are the oldest.

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Re: Brexit

Individual countries may impose taxes like VAT

And, given that VAT is a eeevviillll EU-imposed tax, I assume that post-Brexit, stuff will be 20% cheaper?

Well, one can dream.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Re: Please to be using our free WiFimabob.

The AP has to be able to see your dirty MAC

Fortunately, advanced devices[1] using MAC address randomisation when connecting to public wifi..

[1] iOS devices and some Androids..

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Re: Just another attempt

I connect to an unsecured router, then anyone around me can see my http traffic, and they can also see the domain for my https requests. Is that really a problem?

1. Who are they using for DNS? How do you know it's a legit DNS and not one that sends you to dodgy.macdodgyface.com instead of farcebook.com?

2. Are they doing MITM attacks and presenting fake https certs?

3. There are a lot of attacks that can be done against local, wifi-attached devices. Are you willing to trust that someone isn't doing that to you on a cheap public wifi? Very few of them offer device segregation.

Admittedly, the last one can be done against your device even if it's using VPN but the first two get excluded by using a VPN (especially if you use a IP address as the end-point and not a DNS name)

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Re: This is the reality of life

or are they living a lifestyle that doesn't really depend on the internet in the way ours does?

I suspect that they were morte worried about Persians/Spartans/Other misc. Greek City-states than Internet device security.

Yes, I know. Simply shocking.

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Re: Lightbulb moment?

heat-haze

One of the better songs on "Duke"..

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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Re: An unbreakable backdoor would be nice

Getting shot by shit your own side sold

Or, as the old joke goes: "When the British shoot, the Germans duck. When the Germans shoot, the British duck. When the Americans shoot, everybody ducks.."

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Re: An unbreakable backdoor would be nice

law enforcement

Which, as we all well know, includes dog warden, parish councillors, TV licence enforcers and local schools[1]..

[1] Can't have people applying to schools they don't qualify for!

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Re: Impossible

you download the key by attaching two electrodes to the testicles

Will only work on ~51% of the population..

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Re: Impossible

holding you upside down in a tank of water with electrodes on your bits until you remember

Or the (much more cheap) rubber cosh and big burly types option.

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Net neutrality comments close: Let the BS begin!

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Re: Framing the argument and loading the question

Hrmmmm, maybe Trump will take an interest?

If he does, you can be sure that it'll be confused, incoherent and will change depending on who shouted at him last.

Oh - and the final judgement will depend on who has the most money to offer.

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Belarus declares war on imaginary country within borders of Belarus that is better than Belarus

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Re: offered a reward of "stew, honey, bread and lard"

You had me at "lard"

Hmm.. chips deep-fried in lard.

<Looks at egg sandwich, heart sinks>

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

Ahem, "Pictsies" I think you'll find.

And (mostly) the reasons why our senior two cats are called Feegle and Kelda.

And yes - they both live up to their names..

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Re: USB boot

I expect it can be booted from a USB stick or an HDMI stick

There's a name for people who boot off random USB sticks. I believe it's usually called "infected"..

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Re: Get an nVidia shield (or your box of choice)

Here Here!

Where? Where?

(ObPedant: The word you want is "hear")

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Re: Bricked TVs

What a time to be alive.

And reconfirms my policy of never buying anything from Samsung.

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

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Re: No thanks!

These patches may well have had a few orders of magnitude more testing before release than MS ones.

Any positive integer is > 0..

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An aeroplane is a massive collection of spare parts all..

..supplied by the lowest-cost bidder.

Or is that only NASA spacecraft?

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Re: Do you drive a car?

I don't drive except in emergencies

Just as well you don't have a job that requires you to drive then..

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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

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Re: Grasping at straws

like white mice, getting smaller?

Maybe it's raining. And I now feel the urge to play some old Marillion..

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