* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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I've just been using LibreOffice. If OpenOffice is moving too slowly to distinguish from death, I'm not sure I'm interested anyway.

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Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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Re: Charmer

I dunno... She seems to feel entitled to phone service that she's paying for.

Kids these days, eh?

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: rushed

I saw him being completely wrong in response to an article yesterday, so I suspect it's the latter.

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What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

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"...the government needs to sit down with stakeholders..."

He means people, right? Australian citizens? I hope so.

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Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: And then billed 3 extra hours?

"Biggest con I reckon with PCs was the so called "turbo" button which was nothing of the sort. It was actually a slow-down button for app compatibility."

...Yes, but everybody knew what it was and what it was for. Calling it "Turbo" was marketing, not deception. They had to add it for backwards compatibility with programs written for the original PC designed with delay loops that depended on the CPU's clock speed.

The computers would have been cheaper to build without the 2-speed design. Not much, but it was a temporary fix for a real problem that the motherboard guys had no control over.

Calling it a confidence trick seems a bit odd.

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Damn it, now I have Simon and Garfunkel running through my brain on repeat.

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Sick of bandwidth gouging? Cloudflare, Google, Microsoft, IBM have some good news

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Re: "While there's a bit of cost to set that up, it doesn't cost much."

My bosses tend to complain about up-front costs, skimp on quality and testing, then are surprised that maintenance and customer service suck down so much money.

If you assume that you can establish an infrastructure and then get a free ride afterwards forevermore, you definitely should try another business.

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True, but TFA says "suggests" not "says". Therefore it's not a direct quote.

FWIW it bothers me too.

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Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Re: Negative towards who?

"If they swapped the guy for another girl, would there still be outrage?

There certainly would be from the girlfriend! Guys ogling other women is bad enough but goes with the territory, ogling other men is a whole heap more of trouble."

Uh, that really, really depends on the people involved. There's an enormously complex spectrum of sexuality out there, and not everybody fits into the nice neat pigeon holes you see in popular culture. Maybe most people don't, in some way.

My wife, for example, would have loved to see me get it on with another guy.

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iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS

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Re: THey are probably trying to be clever

"THey are probably trying to be clever

and take the call over a local café wifi connection to save cash instead of actually using it as a phone... Do people with iPhones do that any more?"

Of course they do. Once they've slavishly bought the latest Jesus Phone they can't afford phone service!

Rimshot! That's right folks, we're here all week!

(I kid! I'm just affectionately poking fun. I... OMG you've broken the downvote counter! Gah!)

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Re: Actually getting slightly worse, they used to be 7/10

"If I dropped my X and broke the back glass, I'd just get a case to hide the damage and call it good..."

That's where we differ. I buy a case for my phone on day 1. I prefer a simple slip-on TPU case (today I own this one https://goo.gl/images/ijQPSp). If it falls on flat concrete, I just pick it up with a "tut tut" and keep on reading.

And I also buy a Naztech Gladiator holster to carry it in. Those work well for me. YMMV. There's a matte screen protector as well.

It's a shame I don't get to show off the aesthetic beauty of the original case, but it's not why I bought the phone.

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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What if I have an iPhone 3GS? IOS 6 is as far as I can go.

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What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers

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Re: Barbarians!

Alas, English speakers tend to treat it as a mass noun.

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Re: "you were seriously stuck up a gum tree"

I used Wordstar in non-document mode for nearly a decade. I still miss the ability to do column copy and paste.

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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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I agree that a single notification is pathetically insufficient. The companies should be required to convey the account automatically, with the possible exception of allowing the option to bank the extra payments instead. (For use either to shorten the next phone contract period, reduce the payment amount, or upgrade the next phone to a better model. Basically, act as a down payment.) I personally would consider it a foolish waste of money, but I certainly can't speak towards everybody's situation. It would at least stop the money from being outright stolen by the phone companies.

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What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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Re: What an irony !

61.

El Reg wouldn't let me post just the number, in spite of that being the only information I needed to convey. I love it when people encourage a pedant to give more detailed information!

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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"...find other ways to check if they've saved up enough to buy an iPhone XS."

I certainly hope they aren't doing that because the banks are switching to a system that requires an iPhone XS. That would be astonishingly exclusive.

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Re: Your Companion?

Share and enjoy!

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Re: Patient use

efax.com

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Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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"My other gripe with those commercials was, [your] team mate is moaning at you because you've lost connection again... over the voice chat"

I've actually seen that happen. Gaming buddy of mine's connection would go titsup but for some reason he had a few extra seconds of voice comms before being sucked into the black hole. "Uh oh, just lost my connection... " We knew he'd be back a few minutes later. And no, I don't think he was messing with us. Just some peculiarity of his crappy service.

I also knew somebody who did voice comms over the phone in her lap while she played the game on their PC. (Obviously a third-party voice chat, not the in-game chat.) She theoretically could have lost one connection while maintaining the other.

I'm not disagreeing with your complaint, mind you. Neither of the above is the usual case. I mean, that's all of two people.

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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

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"the technology holds the promise to change the way we live, work and play."

Well... yes and no. It's an evolutionary change, not a revolutionary change. I mean, not likely. Who knows? Revolutionary changes are usually obvious in hindsight but difficult to predict. But this just seems like Yet Another Incremental Speed Upgrade.

Besides, as soon as you reach your cap, they'll just throttle to 3G speeds anyway. So who cares?

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

""Because they're not sitting in their bedroom with one PC, but instead have a fleet of..."

You almost certainly have at least 10 unix systems in your house, doing their jobs so unobtrusively that you don't even notice them."

Red herring. There could be 100, or 1000, but that doesn't mean that Parent isn't correct that many businesses run specialized software that only runs under Windows.

As for your numbers: can you give some examples? Where would I find these 10+ *nix systems that the average IT worker wouldn't be aware of?

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

I don't know why so many downvotes. People who don't have to work with specialized software that only run under Windows, I guess. It's easy to say "just make the vendor write cross-platform" but real life doesn't work that way. Or "write your own." Easy peasy!

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Re: Er ... weren't the 90s-noughties browser wars fought over this shit ?

"No one *needs* Windows that much. (Moribund workplaces don't count)."

True. This development environment for the microprocessor I use? Pfft. Who needs it? I should just learn to hand-code in binary.

Or just find a less suitable processor that has a Linux IDE. Because there are so many to choose from.

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Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

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Meh

Well... I've got a 1GHz Pentium III machine I wouldn't mind finding a use for. Granted that it's probably not worth it, but it's such a cute little compact mini-desktop that I can't stand to toss it.

I have to grant that because I just (last weekend) installed Mint Linux 19 Cinnamon x64 on a 5ish-year-old Lenovo laptop (i3 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, SSD-240) and I'm running a personal Subversion server and remotely accessing it via VNC as I type this. It's sitting on an otherwise empty shelf in my closet and connected via 2.4GHz WiFi.

So the Cool Gadget Nerd in me wants to run this low-resource-requirement Linux on the PIII, but the Practical Geek keeps reminding me that I have another i3 laptop looking for something to do other than collect dust, and why do I need an ancient PIII desktop computer again?

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Re: If it's snappy on old kit...

Yes. Both are very different from the original and from each other. The Netflix series is barely recognizable. Don't watch it for nostalgia; watch it for its own sake.

The new Dr. Smith is WAY nastier. Prettier, though.

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Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

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I'm trying to work out what a science fiction webcomic has to do with e-mail?*

Unless you're secretly Howard Tayler, in which case I claim my five quid. Or something. ... Though as far as I know, Howard lives in the States, not SA.

Seriously, though, I don't think anybody uses their smartphone to its full potential. A wrench, yeah, it pretty much has one job, pretty easy to meet that potential. But a smartphone? "Swiss Army Knife" doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what it's capable of, even if you only include the apps currently available, not the potential of apps yet to be written, or that could be but never will be.

Does it do what you need? Good enough. Is it excessive? Next time consider a dumber phone. But don't try to make yourself stretch to fit what the phone can do. A tool is supposed to be there to help YOU, not the other way 'round.

*I'm not actually trying to twit you on this, but naming one of my favorite webcomics caught my attention. :) Like SF webcomics? Have you seen Quantum Vibe? For a more Steampunky feel, try Girl Genius.

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A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Re: Interfering with ceiling tiles can be dangerous

Sure, but ask me a hard one. Clear it with security first, invite them to have a guard stand by if they want. At worst they'll say no.

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Re: I do all my own stunts?

Comically Missing the Point, one uptick. :)

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Re: Noisy phone lines in building

One of our worker bees came to me with 60Hz interference on his CRT monitor. Different monitor didn't help. Could not find the source. He didn't have anything that would generate interference like that.

I guess I finally beat my head against the desk enough to shake something loose in my brain, because I suddenly remembered that the main distribution box for that entire floor of the factory (...ok, half of it) was on the other side of the wall that end of the desk was pushed up against. Well... Technically it was inside the wall, of course. What was in the corridor was just access. But you get what I mean.

A quick test confirmed it. Next morning I reported the diagnosis and the victim happily rearranged his desk in mirror image. Problem solved.

It only took two monitor swaps and three nights of frustrating diagnosis.

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Cock-ups, rather than conspiracies, top self-reported data breaches

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So... Hanlon's Razor alive and well, I see.

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If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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Actually, I've been paying off debts and I can afford one now.

Reminds me of that old joke...

Me: I wish I had enough money to buy an elephant.

You: Why do you want an elephant?

Me: I don't! I just want the money.

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VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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Re: So thats the upside.... What's the downside again?

I don't see any of those as upsides.

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Huawei pleads with FCC to overturn US ban, says it's 'anticompetitive'

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Huawei isn't China, it's a Chinese cellphone manufacturer.

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Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?

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Well, his lips were moving.

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

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Reasonably happy with my Pixel XL, but I miss my Sidekick II all these years later. (Sidekick is just a T-MOBILE branded Hiptop.) I doubt that in 10 years I'll look back on this phone with such nostalgia.

*Sigh* Nostalgia just isn't what it used to be.

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Python wriggles onward without its head

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I'm impressed! This time the photo actually matches the content -- that is, it's a photo of an actual python, not just some random snake. :)

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Denial of denial-of-service served: There was NO DDoS on FCC net neutrality comments

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Re: It beats me why some gun-happy Yanks haven't terminated him!

I realize that people in the rest of the world don't understand this concept, but murder is actually illegal in the U.S. Being allowed to own things that can be used to kill people doesn't change that.

It's much like in your country. It's possible that the list of deadly things you may legally own might be different in some details, but that doesn't change the fact that using them to kill people is just as illegal as killing people by other means.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: Buzz also says they didn't go to the moon.

Also Snopes. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/buzz-aldrin-moon-admission/

Go peddle yer papers.

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Re: Buzz also says they didn't go to the moon.

I see your moon landing hoax conspiracy video and raise you a counter-video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_loUDS4c3Cs

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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"why are you running VNC on port 80?"

Bwah hah hah hah! Go ahead, try to connect to that. I double-dare you.

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Those are nowhere near my VNC ports.

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Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Nobody is claiming otherwise.

Meantime, THIS technique won't work against it, and for the moment, it's secure.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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I think it'll be when the operating costs drop below spinning rust.

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Re: Luxury

Thumbs up for the Burroughs reference, my father used to work for them.

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Re: Luxury

Ignoring for the moment the IBM 360 and the IBM 1620 at college, the first drive I ever worked with professionally was a CDC Hawk drive with 5MB fixed and 5MB removable.

When I described that to a colleague the following year he exclaimed, "five megabytes? You'd NEVER fill that up!"

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Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

"The endurance of some high-capacity enterprise HDDs is actually less now than SSDs."

Yes, but it's a technology people are comfortable with, therefore it's superior in every important way.

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Re: Had to give up on HP inkjet years ago

My (used, bought from a friend who needed some cash) HP laptop won't boot if I try to upgrade the WiFi module. Bios gives an error that the configuration of incorrect. Same module works fine in my Lenovo of the same era; they don't need to force me to spend money on little stuff.

All sorts of annoying things on the HP that are done right on the Lenovo.

Last month I bought two Acers.

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Re: this is only news because fortnite

I'm 61. Haven't seen a milkman since I was a child. Know enough to turn untrusted sources back off and to laugh at your presumption.

Young punks. Get off my lawn!

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Re: A free to play game

If Epic were interested in their users, they could check the OS and settings and pop up a reminder to turn off side-loading once installed. Even pull up the setting for you.

Now me, I do that as a matter of course. Only one or two things I side-load anyway, and I always turn off untrusted sources immediately. Also I own a Pixel. :) But I think Epic should include the reminder.

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