* Posts by Cavehomme_

111 posts • joined 12 Mar 2018


Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...


Re: Count the domains

For the Guardian I've had a count of well over a hundred when reading a longer article, it's appalling...as increasingly is some of their "journalism" these days.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want


CSV compatibility

Looks fresher and keeping the option to revert to menus is exactly what the zealots at MS should have done.

I've migrated to Office ribbons a few years ago but still need to occasionally delve around searching for stuff whereas it would be traditionally under a logical menu system. I'd like to move to LibreOffice permanently but there are still stoo many quirks unfortunately for business use and compatibility. Been trying to migrate permanently since it was the German owned StarOffice in the 90's !

That said, I've noticed that with the CSV file downloads from various banks Excel 36* doesn't correctly open / parse them, even when customising the field settings, whereas LibreOffice works flawlessly, so LibreOffice is set to be my CSV default programme. Hope to drop Office for LibreOffice one day...

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Re: Google are cunts

Now fully removed Chrome and no longer use Android. Back with Firefox and even a version of it for iOS.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again


Re: Multi-tasking

Why on Earth would you be anonymous for such a benign comment???!!! Paranoid or what?


Re: No, you don't wish you'd have bought it.

You let your “significant other” rule your life? Utterly woeful! Equality is a minimum requirement.


Re: As a dev system? No, startup biz!

This article has reminded me that the same Motorola 68000 chip was used in the massively under-appreciated Sinclair QL! My first business as an entrepreneur was wholly run on the QL, superb machine. Thanks Clive.

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media


Nanu nanu shazbat!

I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords and their alien lunar base friends who they’re paying a visit to. Perhaps they’re pleading with them to have Trump abducted?

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook


You forgot the notch!!! ;)

A “brilliant” bit of design due to St Ives completely fecking up, so he turned it into a “feature” ffs, and they charged more for the cock up ffs. All the iDiots and iWannabees must have it now...


Re: There's disposable income then there's

Cook’s (il)logic is such that if sales drop another 20% then he’ll increase the price by 25%

I’ve never rated the man as CEO at all. Never rated St Ives nor Ms Burberry either. Collectively they’ve lost touch with the consumer market and completely screwed up with the pro market.

They’ve also completely ignored us SE and 5 users too, no product to replace our 4” devices for three years; feck you, you useless trio.

I’m loving see Buffet lose handsomely though; tosser.

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


Re: I remember watching Armstrong walking on the Moon on the TV

Yes indeed. We’ve “evolved” from having multi dimensional brains to 2D Flat Earth brains in just 2 generations.


IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project


It's not Agile...

...it's Fragile.

This methodology has become flavour of the decade and is used way too often for completely inappropriate developments.

Another example, MS use Fragile for Windows 10 and Office 365 development; I rest my case.

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril


Re: Fuck!!!

It's "fuck" when humanity gets to the stage that it trusts a consumer product vendor to provide mission-critical information! It'll be just as "fuck" when we trust Apple or Google when they introduce self-drive cars; you just know it will not end well for too many unfortunate people.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones


Re: Oh look, they re invented the HTC Touch Diamond.

Oh look...at the photos in the article: "Alongside an iPhone SE"

Yes, that's right, instead, for a mere £239 purchasing it outright, you could have bought a whole iPhone and it literally just "slightly larger!

An Phone SE with 4-inch Retina display, A9 chip, Touch ID, 12MP rear camera, 720 front camera, 4G LTE2, fast Wi-Fi, 32GB storage, 2+ day battery, etc, etc..

I fail to understand the purpose of this Palm as much as I fail to understand why people fork out £1000+ for an iPhone which they can by for a mere 20-25% of that.

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action


Data sovereignty

Trump will surely ignore this demand.

It's clearly time for Europe to take back control. All EU subjects data should be held in the EU only...and owned by EU registered companies only. Period.

As Victoria once exclaimed loudly: "Fuck the EU". My retort is: "Fuck the US neo-fascists" (the very many decent US people are exempted from my insult).

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is


Re: Brittle software?

Brittle software?

Nah, it's brittle regulations which allow this mega corp to abuse its power even more.

Time overdue to seperate Google Chrome from the rest of the business and ban them from even launching their own browser. Same deal for MS and Apple - no browser ownership allowed, leave it to independent third parties.

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)


Re: Firefox

As they relentlessly try and copy Chrome, more and people see the lack of differentiation and will simply use Chrome instead.

I am just hanging on to FF for old times sake, but I'm not going to hang on much longer if they keep up this aping of Chrome.


Re: Yes, I'm laughing...

The tide is turning already.

MS would already be in deep poo if Apple hadn't stopped making decent pro machines, servers, and didn't gouge our eyes out with 50% profit margins.


Re: Firefox

Mozilla has something in common with Hard Brexiteers, they are determined to self-destruct what was once a great achievement.

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks


Quit messing users around

The Pro and Enterprise versions need all the crud stripping out by default and kept entirely stable.

They can then piss around with the Consumer version as much as they want...until the consumers in desperation move to Linux or OSX

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale


Why all the hate?

I've been using Outlook for nearly 19 years and prior to that Notes. When I moved job and transferred from Notes to Outlook, I could not believe how poor Outlook was, not much better than Outlook Express yet with those awful .pst files and profiles that always became quickly corrupted. Not much better these days in terms of functionality nor stability..

Hope HCL can bring Notes up to date and finally give us a real alternative to the Outlook monopoly. While they are at it, would be great if they could brack Lotus Office too!

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Defer 365

I've got all my Win 10 machines to defer all version updates by 365 days, should be enough to fox most bugs by then. Security updates are delayed by 1 week. Fingers crossed.

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


Re: Have to agree....

- No fingerprint ID

- No headphone socket

- ridiculous notch

- glass back, making it very fragile

- no longer the SE or 4" option who prefer to carry a phone in our pockets, and have something bigger in our trousers taking up more space.

- No longer a phone on the range retailing at £300 or less (SE)

That's just the phones! Another long list of where Macbooks have gone wrong.

Tim Nice But Dim is not the right man to lead the company. He's also let the arrogant tosser St Ives and Dame Burberry turn the company into producing impractical devices for shiny fashion victims in the consumer sector.


Re: Ethical or accidental?

I think you are on the right track with this argument. Apple make devices and the OS is simply what enabled it to work and host Apps upon. If it breaks, then you take it back to manufacturer, same as any other household product. If you start to disasemble your TV or use another repairer, your warranty is invalid, why should Apple be any different in this respect?


I have exactly the same comment about Apple being the regretable choice after Windows Phone demise. Still, iPhones are more secure and good quality and well supported compared to Android which I've also used for a decade.

Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits


Re: Is anyone using UPnP anyway?

Utter nonsense, configuration of a router requires significant technical knowledge that most people do not possess nor will they possess. To do it properly needs a lot of wider IT related knowledge too. It’s for manufacturers to be more responsible AND accountable.

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, finance VP Stephen Chamberlain charged with fraud in US


What’s the bloody point of internal and external audit???!!!

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


Just wait until after Brexit and a trade deal with China, you ain’t seen nothing yet.


Re: Too slim

Missing an SD card slot too.

All in all, still not good enough. Sigh.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit


Who is in charge?

St Ives and Ms Burberry have surely lost the plot.

The big question is, will Dim Tim But Nice realise that the Chief Designer and CVO (Chief Vanity Officer) have royally fecked up on many fronts and the company is going TITSUP as a consequence?

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours


The beginning of the end...

...goodbye MS, you’ve shot yourselves in your feet. Muppets.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt


Re: UK contributions

The idea was that it’s better to reach out help bring the destitute former Communist countries up to a much higher standard, rather than left them fester in misery.

Meanwhile doing that was a pretty good insurance policy to avoid another destructive war in Europe since we’re all in the EU club.

The cost of mutual help is far less than fighting wars and rebuilding from them, that’s just in economic terms, but what about the human benefits.

Unfortunately sociopathic Brexteers can’t fathom this apparently.


Re: What scenario?

When Corbyn becomes PM?!


10 year moratorium?

Yes, there WAS one agreed for Poland’s and Baltic States entry which Germany and other countries kept to but for which a certain country negotiated yet another get out clause; guess who?!

Yep, Britain!

We invited them in straight away! Ireland too. It was good for business, remember?! Sod the other impacts.

We’ve had so many get out clauses, we’ve done excellently out of the EU, now we’re throwing it all away.

Collective insanity.


Ah, yet another Cakeist!


Re: It'll be like decimalisation all over again, but spelt decimation due to a shortage of letters.

“We're a tiny little island with the 5th largest economy on the planet.”

Mainly thanks to the EU free trade zone.

Before we joined, the UK had become an economic basket case, on the verge of seeking an IMF bailout. Then we joined the EC and it’s transformed our country for the better.

New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches


It’s a great pity that Thunderbird is not being improved and that LibreOffice still isn’t good enough as an MS Office replacement for most professionals/ business users.

The open source community needs to centre around a concerted push to push MS Office out of the way for good.

Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting


No Script = No Internet

“su - differentuser

export DISPLAY=localhost:0”

Yep, you’ll get far with Jo Public with that workaround. Easier still, break their internet experience for them by using NoScript with no exclusions.

Everyone who doesn’t frig around with IT, ie the 99%, have no option but to rely upon their security software to do the job.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update


Agile? You surely mean Fragile?


Re: Schadenfreude

Linux is missing so many opportunities to eat into Windows because the distro communities are so utterly divided. Ubuntu tried but failed to become the distro of choice.

Mint is the best contender but until hoardes of developers from other distros jump ship and support Mint to become good enough to become a powerful enough contender then it will continue to struggle.

I won’t even get into the issue of different desktops with Gnome, K, Mate, Cinamon, etc

Then we need to address applications. Even Libreoffice is regrettably not good enough yet to replace the ubiquitous MS Office for most people. Until Mint becomes the main distro, the likes of Adobe, SAP, and thousands of others will not invest their dollars into producing and maintaining a Linux version. They need a winner to risk their efforts on.

Then there’s the basics of printing and scanning which are still woeful.

Graphic drivers, sleeping, hiberbating, touchscreens, WiFi are all serious issues or shortcomings I’ve faced with Mint and others.

We need the community to finally stop masturbating on their own fantasies and instead join together in a creative orgy of cooperation on one distro to finally push Windows aside forever.

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar


Re: If only...

Agree with all you say, except fingerprint recognition, that, for me, is a great feature...not so Face ID.


Users are locked in and they can't go anywhere

"Shareholders will force them to choose 2, the users are locked in and they can't go anywhere"

I don't believe so. The consumer market can walk away to re-use their PC for many more years with Linux Mint, or walk away to Apple or get a Chromebook. Most consumers are happy not to use a PC anyway, prefering their phones and tablets / pads.

That leaves it to the corporate market to decde which way it will go. With more and more software being delivered as a service, there's less need to worry about the OS. When the OS borks and is more and more unreliable, businesses will also walk sooner or later.

I've put up with MS for 30 years, they revolutionised home and business computing whether we like them or not, it's a fact. But the pain now is getting worse, with Fragile used for developing the OS and beggar all testing in-house, plus all the worries about trying to keep safe from malware too, it's a big headache. I expect to cut free finally from Windows in 2019 and use Linux Mint and OSX.

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype


Get real

Mobile networks are by their very nature constrained. Regardless, data volumes pumped through them double every year as content providers entice us with more and more attractive content and mobile phone makers move from producing phones to very powerful computing devices with great video processing and gorgeous screens.

As our collective data use doubles every year, are we prepared to effectively pay much more for our data each year? Of course not, but there’s only a certain rate that infrastructure can grow in capacity and there will inevitably be rationing when we overload it.

I have no connections to any network provider whatsoever. Sure, some of them will screw their customers but generally they do have a huge problem to try and manage.

iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag



Yep, we need an SE2 but i cannot see Ms Burberry and St Ives allowing such a cheap phone again in their pseuds portfolio. I’m going to buy another SE brand new for merely a couple of hundred quid while stocks last.


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