* Posts by Wayland

389 posts • joined 19 Feb 2016


Defaulting to legacy Internet Explorer just to keep that one, weird app working? Knock it off

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Re: Count me in.

Tuffnells - The Big Green Parcel Machine

If you want to send a parcel you will need a carefully tuned version of IE.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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The smallest thing can keep you trapped in MS Office. However most people using MS Office are not doing anything that's not exactly the same in LibreOffice.

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"eventually abandon the office suite altogether" - well it happened with Lotus.

I was not a fan of their products myself but Lotus Notes allowed ordinary office workers to get some amazing things done.

Whilst I would spend a week coding something up in MS Access my bosses PA could code the same thing in Lotus Notes in the morning and be graphing the results from the users by the afternoon.

OK so in terms of programming style it was a bit amateur but you can't argue with how effective it was.

Why did this amazing tool go away? Was it so real programmers could keep their jobs and not be replaced by the bosses secretary?

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Re: Office 2003

And those Dead men can keep on functioning as long as we can maintain the operating environment.

However it is really time to recode these bespoke business tools in a language with more longevity. COBOL perhaps?

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Yeah but 1-2-3 only works in Linux Mint 18 and won't work in Linux Mint 19.

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Re: Office 365

You're such a square, not hip and trendy.

My chemical romance drowns tomorrow's money, warns TSMC: Chip maker's yields rocked by bad batch

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Re: Hmmmm

It looks like a strategic move to me. Helps those customers products on 7nm and knobbles the encombant products. This may have the effect of making NVidia products scares and even more expensive whilst boosting AMD.

It's not something they could do on purpose but they can get away with it by accident. Notice they are careful not to pin the blame on the actual supplier of tainted material.

Black Horse slowed down: Lloyds Banking Group confirms problem with 'Faster' payments

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Got Paid then charged

On Friday my customer paid in advance for some parts and the money was instantly cleared. I then bought the parts online. By Saturday I had a letter informing me I had gone overdrawn but they had made all the payments. By the way this cost £15.

So the letter writing and billing parts of Lloyds Bank are working with great efficiency.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Rol, the principle of the democracy is that only the people who vote care about the outcome. Also that the majority of the voters rule everyone.

Perhaps you don't like that system but personally I say fuck the losers.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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Or Helicopters near football pitches or near hospitals.

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Re: Keystone Cops

Teiwaz, I never used to be anti-semetic but I have come to loath the BBC.

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Re: Keystone Cops


Gatwick was shut down for days due to alleged drones sightings and you believe there was an invisible UFO holding the airport hostage. During that time thousands of people would have had nothing to do but look for the drone. If someone spots the drone they will point it out to everyone and someone will have a suitable camera.

It is not credible that there was a drone.

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Re: Keystone Cops

It's {Current Year} and the meda do as they are told. They are told the news is to be of a drone shutting down Gatwick and they run it. What journalist worth his salt is going to throw away his career by independently investigating and contradicting the absolute god's honest truth that he has been told already? Leave that to the Internet.

The police were unfortunately not told what the story was going to be so did try to find out what was going on and ended up looking very stupid. "Oh, we think the only drone sightings were of our police drone", dumb dumb dumb. They could have used the police drone sightings as proof there was a drone.

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Re: The silence is deafening


"searching for "gatwick drone may have been police department" brings up many hits on DDG, but I don't think many are reputable news publications."


If you had kept up on this you will know that drone clubs have said that the event could not have happened the way "reputable" publications are saying mostly due to the battery life of drones. They don't fly for hours, just minutes. "Repultable" publications have claimed that the drones were highly modified to fly for extended periods. This would be like saying the highly modified electric car can go ten times as far with the same performance as the standard one. Easy to say but never been done.

Some speculation links the event to the sale of Gatwick to a French company just after. To me it seems just as likely to do with the legislation they wanted to pass. Drones can be pretty handy tools for truth seekers so it's good if the police have a list of addresses to raid.

The problem with registration is you make yourself a target.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Incompetence is when the gun goes off accidentally whilst you are waving it about. Conspiracy is when your workmates hold the victim down whilst you stick the gun in the back of their head and let off 7 shots into their brain as they squirm.

Thinking you're smart because you quote Hanlon's Razor; gullible.

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Re: Bull

I read that as "Marisa Rogers, Privacy Officer at the malware giant,"

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Re: cock-up or conspiracy

I think there are social and legal pressures against telling the truth. It obviously is a conspiracy because Microsoft have made so many cockups that cause data slurping. I think their user file deletions the other month were an actual cockup but it's hard to see how you could damage user data when you're just putting files in c:\windows which does not contain user data.

I would prefer people just to call a spade a spade but these days no one gets into trouble for lying but plenty get into trouble for telling the truth.

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re: modern tech 1984


It is interesting how Winston had to edit physical newspapers and burn the unwanted paper. That was the part that did not really make sense. The reader could see what they were driving at but in practice it was unworkable.

It's still unworkable but not actually necessary. People have short memories and websites can be altered or removed very easily. Any evidence that still does turn up is simply ignored as the work of conspiracy theorists.

We also do have Brave New World. Plenty of Happy Pills and pills to stop you ageing. It's obvious they have reduced teenage pregnancies with Gardesil. It's obvious that Chemo is a cure for ageing.

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Use the SpyBot tools for Windows 10.

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Re: Google Apple, Facebook and Amazon????????? what about them?

Mint comes with Firefox but that's supports LGBT, Feminist and SJW protocols which I don't need so I installed Brave.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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"The article explains why this is a bad idea"

James Burke's Connections explained a failover system of the electrical grid in America. One relay tripped because a street was overloaded and it passed the current over to other circuits in a domino effect until the whole state was offline.

If the load is too much for one then it will be too much when added to the next one that's still working.

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Hanlon's razor

How about DBN. Don't Be Naive. People can be bad so stop giving them the benefit of the doubt. If they did something wrong don't let them off just because you think they did not mean it.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: Child porn

Yes if the problem is child porn then ban child porn. However easier just to ban photos of children since a paedo enjoys all pictures of children.

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Re: Let the Prisoners go Free!

Feminine nipples are no threat when being cut off or sucked.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: So close

Linux support? Surely Linux users support ourselves.

RAM and storage should be removable. I dunno if it is.

USB 3 would be good.

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Re: Papa can you hear me? The CPU is made in Israel

The Israeli's maybe murdering racist lying tyrannical bastards who think they are God's gift to the world but they do know how to make a good CPU so i'll give them a pass.

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Re: the wifi hardware in older vs newer laptops.

If Haewei build Android phones then they've probably considered Android and Linux on this. They would not want to be boxed in by Microsoft.

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It's a PC of course it runs Linux.

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It should not matter to a Linux user what OS it comes with since you will be putting your own flavor on it. It's a PC so will run anything. I'd want to know if it's storage is plugged in or soldered.

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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Re: Giving the vendors a choice will give the users a choice

Most routers do state they are GPL so it should be possible to change the firmware on them. What the makers don't do is keep the hardware of a model consistent meaning you could buy two routers of the same model in the same week with radically different hardware. Not much help if you're trying to build something.

If you really want control of your router then buy a Mikrotik and learn how to configure it.

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Re: "Support for open firmware is, arguably, a niche consideration at the moment"

I was a big user and supporter of DD-WRT which is a user friendly take on OpenWRT. However TP-Link routers now contain most of the bits I was using in DD-WRT.

DD-WRT was a replacement for Linksys WRT54GS firmware but an arms race ensued where each hardware release from Linksys would seek to stop people installing DD-WRT.

There are loads of cheap routers that will accept DD-WRT but the last two versions on the TP-Link I use does not accept it. I don't think TP-Link have anything against DD-WRT just that they changed to a cheaper chipset. DD-WRT does support this chipset but someone has to create the version for this router.

Not such a big demand from me for this as the TP-Link does all I want like;

AP Router Mode

AP Mode


Range Extender Mode

which was my initial reason for using DD-WRT in the first place.

As for VPN you really need a more powerful router since these little ones can't do VPN at current high bandwidths.

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA

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Office 360 strikes again

They will have to call it Office 359 next year.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Re: Incomplete

Exactly, it should be the consequences that the punishment are based on. I suspect that if they had time to chase the drone then the more important job of finding the missing person had been successful. However if they abandoned the search in order to make £460 they have their priorities wrong.

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"I fly RC models - which cannot maintain stable flight beyond LOS"

Your RC models short comings don't apply to Drones which can be flown far beyond LOS using their built in cameras.

Whether they should be flown that way is a different question.

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Re: “Oh look, there's a drone”

The police do have a terrible record for air safety. They are supposed to have the pilot concentrate on flying and the policeman concentrate on spotting. Once the pilot joins the search they're in great danger.

If the pilot really did give chase to the drone he would need fighter pilot skills. "Tank I need a fighter pilot program for an EC145 helicopter"

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Re: Priorities

Lack of comprehension. Unless you're joking.

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Re: Rather it wasn't destroyed.

So the charity using drones has the effect of stopping the police from doing their job, outstanding.

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No they called off the search to find the drone.

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: This is good.

Passive Power over Ethernet would make the PI easier to use. You don't need that 48v nightmare. Most home routers run off a 12v PSU and have a little buck circuit to bring it down to 5v. These are very sturdy little circuits allowing 7v to 27v power. The advantage against 5v power is you can run some very long wires such as PoE. Many times I have powered 12v routers over Ethernet with no problems. You simply can't do that with 5v because there is no tolerance for volt drop.

I appreciate why the PI runs off 5v and does not have one of these 12v buck circuits. If there were a way to include a sturdy buck circuit as a hat with options for passive PoE, plug connector and screw terminals then it would mean putting PI in industrial locations much easier. Frankly 5v power is too flaky. With the right capacitors the buck circuit could handle 30v.

CTS who? AMD brushes off chipset security bugs with firmware patches

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Re: Downgrade attack?

Whitepines, that is a good point. People always assume the attack will happen once the machine goes live but tinkering with it before it's delivered would be a powerful attack. We recently had questions about the security of Supermicro machines because they are Chinese. This then changed into someone adding tiny chips to the motherboard. That whole business seemed odd but it did expose the idea that the machines could have been altered on route to the customer.

I think proper physical security of the packaging would help but then the route in would be a customs inspection. Just boot the machines to a a USB stick and insert the firmware changes.

I'm not sure how reliable that would be as a compromise since most people grab the latest firmware before installing the OS. I'm not sure if microcode stays in the CPU or is loaded at boot time. It's obviously the sort of thing very security conscious people would know to check and ordinary computer builders would never think of.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Re: At least is isnt oracle or M$

Yes Oracle would be bad. M$ not so bad.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Re: Hoots Mon

It's not for me, it's for my friend, honest.

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Re: theft and criminal deception

You consented when you made your first payment. Too bad if you are easily parted from your money. If it really bothered you then you'd go to their office and shoot them. I don't see anyone doing that, so you agreed to the charge.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: Higher Power?

High power, a good idea if you've never experienced Windows 10. However it's common knowledge, even folklaw by now that Windows 10 will simply rebuild itself they way it wants to be.

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Re: Deinstall Win 10?

Windows 10 still runs Lotus 123. What better reason could one need to stay with it?

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Re: Deinstall parts of W10? Gaming on Mint 19 Steam


Linux gaming took a massive leap forward when Steam included a version of WINE called Proton. I've built a RYZEN system with a decent AMD GPU and installed the latest AMDGPU-PRO which uses Vulkan, the driver which will solve all the Linux gaming problems one day.

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Re: Deinstall parts of W10? + Mint and W7

I'm doing the same thing. I'm on Mint 19 on RYZEN with Windows XP VirtualBox.

By the way Windows 7 64 works fine on RYZEN but you need to slipstream the drivers into your Windows 7 install USB stick.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: I don't...

"I'm surprised Zuckerberg is still even there. With all that money I'd just get out while you still can before it all comes crashing down like MySpace. And I just couldn't be arsed with the aggro. But then that's probably also why I'd never succeed in business.


Exactly. You've gotta be a bit power hungry to want to keep doing that work.

I think the current big boys are arranging legislation to prevent upstarts and so they can carry on with impunity no matter how crap they become.

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Deleting FB account is not as easy as you think. Just as deleting a file is really just de-listing it from the directory it's the same with FB. Then when you finally want to scrub it off their system they are suddenly unsure it's really you and need you to register your phone and other methods of ID.


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