* Posts by Aseries

29 posts • joined 3 Dec 2015

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


Too Late.

As with the USA 2016 election day, Where were you all when it counted?

Burn an offering and backup your system cuz Windows 10 19H1 might actually arrive for spring


And here it is.

I am on 18353 right now, still checking out new stuff, but working OK.

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...


Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

To quote Adam Savage of MythBusters, "Failure is always an option."

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter


The reason for The Moon

Let's face it. The Human Race has to get off this planet before we are extinct.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes


Who cares?

Not Android users.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Apple Ethics? Really?

Along with John Deere, Apple Service Center scamming consumers over ultra expensive repairs to push upgrades, lack of transprarency about self-repair and increasing use of monolithic device design has brought on themselves the cry for Right To Repair Legislation in the USA.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it


Hybrid Sleep

I use HYBRID SLEEP with Windows 10. Let the machine sleep and after a preset time it puts itself in hibernation.

HP Inc strips off, rolls around as Windows 10 money pours down


Re: HP printers becoming a rate sight

I have two so I guess the world is still in balance.

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'


Been there, done that.

I would spend many hours running logs and updates on dozens of servers from remote access windows. I actually executed a SHUTDOWN just like that. Fortunately, just had to jump in my car and make a 20 mile trip across town to our business continuation site and push the button. There was an operator on site but I had a previous bad experience trying that method. Typically, I fell to the "3 AM syndrome" just like the famous "Three Mile Island Reactor" cock-up.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old


Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

You are still watching TV with WMC? Does the program schedule service still work? I had engineered all the PCs and network to use WMC seamlessly until WMC failed to make the jump to Windows 10. I tried all the various hacks with little success. I even had problems with WMC under Windows 7. A key part of WMC was the use of HDHOMERUN. No other cable interface was even close to usable after Comcast turned on encryption. Every Windows 7 update I would have to refresh the HDHOMERUN drivers. Once HDHOMERUN acquired the capability to record cable content I made the jump to Windows 10. I did the free upgrade using a redundant drive on each of 2 laptops and 1 desktop. Then I put the Windows 7 drives back. I repeated the process for every Windows 10 update for about a year. Now I am running Windows 10 on 4 laptops and 2 desktops. I do a lot of experimenting with Windows 10 on one of the desktops with numerous self-inflicted problems. One laptop is an ASUS T100 tablet that came with Windows 8 so I have seen it all. TV with HDHOMERUN on Windows 10 is very nice. The content recording is far better because the files are generic format instead of the WMC proprietary. format.

Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb


Home Automation

My house is saturated with WiFi connectivity and high speed internet routing. The extent of my automation is a bunch of dumb motion sensing lighting so I can walk up to my doors and in and out of my windowless garage with little fear of mishaps in the darkness. I have no plans for the near future to automate with anything internet connected and subject to arbitrary code updates. I took me a year to clean up my 4 laptops and 2 desktops to get Windows 10 under control. I don't care to be under surveillance by my own home devices just for some marginal convenience. Someday, perhaps.

We rented a home in Arizona for two months this winter. The environment was controlled by a NEST system that had never been configured properly. I had to attach via WiFi, create a user and do a complete configuration. Operation with the manual control interface is possible but annoying in the extreme. I never removed my user from the NEST, unsure of what would happen if I did. I look at it once in a while so I am sure no one there has a clue.


Re: Repeat

Trump Derangement Syndrome?

How soon we forget the treatment of Pres. Obama for 8 years and who engineered the primary assaults.

What? Trump again? How could that be?

UK.gov told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates


Personal HighwayPrivacy

How can it be assumed that there is any such condition as personal privacy on public streets or highways. All the vehicles and drivers are licensed with known IDs respective of passengers who should realize they are also in the public eye. Nearly everything that occurs in a licensed vehicle on a public road is tightly regulated. If you choose to pick your nose, everyone can see it. If you tailgate or weave in and out of traffic you are essentially showing your ass on stage. People seem to believe they drive in a little bubble of invisibility and sharing space on the road is someone else's problem. If the authorities find it necessary to scan millions of license plates to construct some kind of database for who knows what...well welcome to the 21st Century where someone is always watching just as in Arthur C. Clarke's Childhoods End or Facebook. The police are watching us and we are watching them.

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it


Sometimes OLD is just really OLD.

Back in 1970 I worked on mainframe comm hardware that was used on the Apollo missions. The encryption was done in hardware that was basically 40 playing card size PC cards full of pre-IC discrete components.


Requirement for deprecated hardware and software

About 10 years ago I found an old video game I wanted to replay. The game was an updated sequel to a game by a different publisher with patented code. The sequel performed tricks with object code to avoid patent conflicts. The game would not install on a modern PC because it was compiled with Pascal optimized for the Pentium 45. I had to find an old PC, run the installer and create images of the games I wanted to play. I might have been able to decompile the code and fix the incompatibility but that is a EULA violation. As it turned out someone actually got permission to use the source code to update the game and unify the code. NASA is most likely frantically hunting down the IMAGE simulator package so they can relearn how to have a digital discussion.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg


Re: The perception of a fighter is proportional to the number of video games named after it.

It's not the $$$. There are only so many weapons stocked on an aircraft carrier and resupply is not always convenient when things get hot.

Destroying the city to save the robocar


What we need is an UBER rickshaw.

Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!


I have used YAHOO email since at least 1998. I have changed my address at least twice. Since Gmail came on the scene I only use my YAHOO as a dummy for transitory contacts that don't actually matter. I would NEVER actually use it to communicate. My HOTMAIL is similar. I only use it for a Microsoft ID. I have a COMCAST email only because I have to. I don't get why people bother with YAHOO. If I sound like a snob, I apologize.

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires


Printer that shoots javelins

I once worked on a computer impact printer that printed on green bar paper 132 columns wide. The printing mechanism was a bank of 132 electrically actuated hammers. The hammers impacted a the paper against an inked ribbon onto the printer font. The font characters were cast on a bar about 40 inches long. This bar rode in bearings linked to a powerful electric motor that made the bar reciprocate back and forth very rapidly so the printer could print hundreds of lines a minute. There was an access door on the side of the printer so the bar could be removed for maintenance. Occasionally the link would break and if the timing was right it would strike the access door so hard it would fly open. The story was going around that someone left the access door open, the link broke and the print bar embedded itself in the side of the mainframe computer nearby.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?



I use a FIREFOX a lot for doing things that might cause problems with Google or as a check if something fails. It's always good to have a backup.

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year


Happy Harmony User

Remember Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy: DON'T PANIC.

I daily use a number of Logitech products, wireless Mice, Keyboards and several Harmony products. I am quite satisfied with the operations of the devices and the support. I have seen other suppliers stuff come and go and Logitech is still here. I am on my third Harmony, a cheap one, but it does way more than any other such product, It even operates a really obscure HDMI switch that actually shocked me when I gave it a try and it worked.


Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done


Smartphones over $200 not worth it

I have been a Virgin Mobile user for about 10 years. I have progressed through a succession of cheap smartphones. The one I have for the last two years does everything I need for not much over $100. When something better comes along at that price point I'll give it a try. No smartphone can possibly have a real value much more than that.

Oh no, Silicon Valley! Failed startup CEO on fraud rap after allegedly bullsh*ting staff and refusing to pay them


This sort of business behavior should have it's own category under TRUMPISTRY similar to Ponsi Scheme.

LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?


Life's Good with my LG

From my view LG is on the right track. I recently bought a STYLO2 for $99 mainly because of the 13 MP camera. Sure, it has limitations and as an Android OEM it may never get an update but there's nothing new about that. I refuse to shell out more than a 2 digit price for any smartphone when the technology has the lifespan of a fruit fly. Bleeding edge Smartphone users are pathetic, led by the nose with their tongues hanging out grasping for the latest brand vaporware.

Facebook replaces human editors with McChicken romping, Fox News faking AI bots


Poles apart

In the world of self-styled "conservatives" anything is too liberal if it is not liberal bashing.

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest


GWX Control Panel

So far GWX CONTROL PANEL has kept Windows 10 nags off my three systems still running Windows 7.

3 of my systems are running happily with Windows 10 but the other three are for support of Windows Media Center. There would be a lot less push against Windows 10 if Microsoft had just carried WMC forward.

Lights out! Newbie IT manager's dark basement trip


As Mrs. Malaprop might say, "a great victory over diversity."

Good story...looks like ComputerWorld SHARKTANK has competition.

Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time


In several articles I have seen the largest most active BOTNETS reside on Linux servers and the main problem is poor administration and weak passwords. As usual, it's the nut behind the wheel.

Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

Thumb Up

This dispute reminds me of a fracas in the US Congress about 20 years ago when the banking lobby was angrily testifying against the spread of credit unions encroaching on commercial banks business. They complained loudly that credit unions paid no taxes until someone reminded them quietly that credit unions were fraternal non-profit corporations.

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