* Posts by Len Goddard

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Len Goddard

Reluctantly

I have to say that I have a degree of sympathy for M$ in this case. I think a vendor has an obligation to maintain a no-longer-sold OS (or application) for a reasonable period - to use the analogy in the article I believe motor vendors have to maintain spares availabilty for 10 years. However you cannot expect a vendor to continue to support the product indefinitely since it is in no way a cost-free activity. Vendors should be obliged to state a minimum period for which they will support the OS after withdrawal from market. Past that they can offer extended support as a product if they wish.

In this case the waters are muddied by the fact that M$ apparently had a fix which they did not distribute. You can argue that one both ways. The unsafeness of XP was the best incentive for tardy users to upgrade and to launch a fix would encourage them in their behaviour. On the other hand, had they released the fix in a timely manner they would have garnered some much needed kudos as good guys.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

Len Goddard

it is not just that they sell my data

which they don't to any great extent as I do not have a FB account, but they are now charging me for their advertising services. I had two credit card transactions recently from Facebk (sic) which apparently came from FB in Ireland for advertising costs. Googling reveals this is not unusual. There was no evidence that the credit card (which never leaves the house) was otherwise compromised ... just these two transactions near Xmas. So far I have seen no response from FB to the various complaints but I will be interested to hear what my cc provider has to say.

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Transatlantic link typo by Sweden's Telia broke Cloudflare in the US

Len Goddard

Is there anywhere left?

"In addition to connections in North America, the outage caused problems for Cloudflare services in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Oceania region."

Antarctica, perhaps?

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

Len Goddard

Giving up on smartphones

I've looked at my phone usage. Basically I make phone calls and occasionally listen to music/audiobooks. I think I will be backing off to a feature-phone and an mp3 player.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

Len Goddard

Mint is not harmless

Ask Ubuntu

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

Len Goddard

Reduced crapware

At last, a phone without twaddle and farcebook baked in and unremovable! I'd almost buy it for that alone

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

Len Goddard

Pear computer

In the days of the Apple II there was a company known as Pearcom which marketed the Pear II computer (an Apple II compatible with extra expansion slots and a numeric keyboard). They briefly used a rainbow striped Pear as a logo but gave that up when Apple made threatening noises. That logo obviously a direct ripoff, but this case is farcical.

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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

Len Goddard

IReadItForYou

May I offer my latest service.

IReadItForYou (IRI4Y)

All you have to do is give IRI4Y complete access to your system so I can trawl through and find out exactly what apps you are using. Then IRI4Y will access the T&Cs and, using fractal heuristic AI deep learning altgorithms, identify the pitfalls and tell you what you should not have signed. As a bonus, it will trawl through all your data and tell you where you are in violation of the T&Cs and also what private data has likely already leaked.

Note: Due to the dangers of infinite recursion, IRI4Y does not read its own T&Cs or issue warnings about them. Just trust us.

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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

Len Goddard

Ugh

I think I prefer Sadville

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Zuckerberg: Escape from the real world into my goofy make-believe science-fiction fantasy

Len Goddard

This guy scares me

He has so much money and media presence that people actually take his drivel seriously, which is worrying.

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

Len Goddard

How much has to be made by humans?

like a machine made garment with a hand-sewn made-by-human tag?

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

Len Goddard

Excuses

Anything serves as an excuse in this ridiculous debate. It is quite sickening.

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

Len Goddard

Predictions?

Where does the data for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 come from?

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

Len Goddard

Re: "...when it’s least likely to irritate the user,"

The only time it won't irritate me is when I'm not there.

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

Len Goddard

Never seen this

Maybe because I replaced the start mess with Classic Start Menu, File Manager with MultiCommander and both M$ browsers with Palemoon.

And I don't have an M$ account, I use local login.

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

Len Goddard

Palemoon

You could try Palemoon. It is a firefox fork with the old firefox UI and seems less intent on making life difficult for its users.

Or there is always Vivaldi ...

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

Len Goddard

No guilt

I have no compunction on using adblockers on sites which do not offer me an alternative way of avoiding the ads. I would rather pay real money (in small amounts) for content I wish to view rather than have my enjoyment of that content spoiled by ads.

I don't know how much sites get for just displaying ads - certainly from me they never get click-thru payments - so allowing me to make a small donation for a period of ad-less viewing would probably put them ahead of the game.

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IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

Len Goddard

Consultation?

Is that like the consultation on pensions a few years back where they told the staff what was going to happen at the beginning of the "consultation" period?

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

Len Goddard

What happens

... if you don't have any social media accounts?

Obviously an anti-social sociopath - send him home.

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Hard numbers: The mathematical architectures of Artificial Intelligence

Len Goddard

Not AI?

It seems to me that most of the examples of AI around (such as this one) are far better described by a term which seems to have gone out of fashion:

Expert Systems.

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

Len Goddard

Danger, Will Robinson!

The most dangerous thing about any food is the tension and fear induced by the conflicting reports of the medical fraternity.

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

Len Goddard

Not a terribly useful list

Without any sight of the raw data, you can't tell if there is any real improvement.

123456 might still be the most popular, but how many people actually use it. On the whole, only obvious and/or finger friendly passwords will be used by many people. Hell, you would get the same "winner" if 123456 were used by 20 people and all the other passwords were unique.

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

Len Goddard

Time to dig out my old Apple II?

I still have one in the attic. It worked when I put it up there ... 20 odd years ago.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

Len Goddard

Useful?

Lets see:

Edge - don't use it

Shell changes (realy startpage?) - don't use tiles

OneNote - don't use it

Cortana - disabled from day 1

Accessability - fortunately I have no need for these changes (but they may be useful to the target audience)

Defender - don't use it

Settings - Would have been useful when I first installed Win10 but I've managed to achieve something I can live with despite the M$ straitjacket

So, I'll pass on this one. Oops, can't do that but at least win10pro lets me delay installation by some months so that other people can find all the new bugs they have introduced.

Oh, BSOD colour - in the days of PC or MS DOS you could get a TSR (terminate and stay resident) utility which allowed you to set the BSOD colour to anything you liked.

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Don't believe the 5G hype! £700m could make UK's 4G better than Albania's

Len Goddard

Required for what?

AFAICS the only major benefits that 5G brings in the immediate future are streaming 8K TV and extra connections for the Internet of Sh*t. So we only need 5G to support other tech that we don't need.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

Len Goddard

Re: Does anyone even use the Win 10 start mess?

"Why don't you just get youself a nice Linux distribution and save yourself from more grief?"

Well, I use linux Mint XFCE on a NUC for all my serious computing needs. The Win 10 box is a gaming rig and runs some AV stuff it is still difficult to do on linux.

As for the start menu, most of my commonly used programs are started as icons from the desktop. The cascading menu system classic start menu gives me is basically there for little used programmes which I can't remember the name of. When I was using Win 7 the whole system looked like Win 2K which is how I like it but Win 10 amongst its other faults is far less customisable. Generally I find that the less dependent I am on MS programs and utilities the more stable the system remains.

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Len Goddard

Does anyone even use the Win 10 start mess?

Dumped that pile of shite for Classic Start Menu - first thing I put on the system after the Win10 install finished.

Then a decent browser and a proper command shell.

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

Len Goddard

A few grand could be used to run FTTP up to my door. Even replacing the crappy aluminium wiring on the FTTC link would help.

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

Len Goddard

Reloading

So, how do the drones get back to the mothership? They're not likely to be able to do a 45k vertical assent. Does the mothership have to land to get another droneload or do they stuff all the used drones into a big bucket and send it up under a balloon?

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

Len Goddard

The only device I run java on is my bluray player.

The fact that my bluray player runs java is the reason I rip all my blurays to .MKV files and play them back with kodi.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

Len Goddard

Emergency boot partition

Just goes to show the initial windoze installation process is borked. It misses the step at the end :

"Now install a linux dual-boot partition so that you still have access to the internet to find out why your windoze system won't do what it should"

This is supposing you have some really good reason to be using Windoze to start with, like gaming or perhaps gaming?

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

Len Goddard

Confused

So confused that this post was nonsense. I realised that in time but I can't figure out how to not post so I offer this abject self-abasement.

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

Len Goddard

Games

If it runs PC games better than current intel-based windoze I'm for it. Otherwise I don't care as all my serious computing runs on linux.

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Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook

Len Goddard

Another useful gadget

Smart watches - almost as useful as smart meters!

There you go Apple, you can have that slogan for free.

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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

Len Goddard

Honest

There are no benefits and the government has said nothing about them. Can't get more honest than that.

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Ofcom fleshes out plans to open up BT's ducts and poles

Len Goddard

Re: Alternatives

Nah. Satellite broadband is crap for gaming - the latency is too high.

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

Len Goddard

Nope

All suggestions, special offer of free fitting, talk-ups about advatages etc go straight in the bin (virtual or real, depending on delivery medium).

I figure if I wait long enough and the project goes ahead they will mop up for free to catch the stragglers - hey, I got a free digital phone that way when they turned off the analog net - and if it doesn't go ahead then everyone will have saved time effort and money. More likely I will be a blip on the smart meter at the crematorium before they get around to me.

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

Len Goddard

Re: Facebook Flat Web Design.

I don't really care who was responsible for Flat Design. I just hate it.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

Len Goddard

scrap inflation?

AFAIK inflation is an explanation for the way in which the early universe evolved into what we see. It does not emerge naturally from the standard model or general relativity. The possibility of a variable-over-time speed of light can offer alternative solutions to the horizon problem. However, there are several predictions which emerge from inflation theory and have been confirmed so as well as the proposed test variable speed would have to generate some explanation for those results. If not we could have two incompatible hypotheses and a lot of astrophysicists pulling their hair out.

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Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

Len Goddard

Seems OK here

Midway between Winchester and Southampton

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

Len Goddard

Nope

I'll stick to wire

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

Len Goddard

Missing function

Although not commonly used Windows does have symlinks which, to anyone used it 'ix OSs, are an almost essential feature. The windows mklink command is over-complex but does, for the most part, work ... from cmd.exe. Unfortunately it is not accessible from power shell. There are workarounds of various degrees of complexity and nastiness but nothing as easy as the simple command line mklink.

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Google's new VR Daydream View will cripple your phone

Len Goddard

You have to be kidding

AFAIC this headset is usable with just one phone - the Pixel - from the manufacturer of the headset. So how could this not come out in testing?

If they did any.

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

Len Goddard

Useful?

About as much use as an intelligent lightbulb, which is to say not at all

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

Len Goddard

Precautionary principle

I searched my house and the only samsung device I could find was a small laser printer.

So I buried it at the end of the garden.

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

Len Goddard

GPS

My el-cheapo no-name drone delivered to my direct from China doesn't even have GPS. It would have just about the lifting power to take a small phone or bag of marching powder over the wall, though, if only I were a good enough pilot to stop it from zooming under the sofa and refusing to come out.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

Len Goddard

Raptor Drones

No more worries about accidents at air shows and we can use schoolkids to fly them instead of expensively trained pilots.

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

Len Goddard

I love arch

I don't actually use it because I am lazy, but whenever I encounter obscure problems I seem much more likely to be able to find helpful info on the Arch wiki than anywhere else.

Long may they prosper.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

Len Goddard

Free?

My supplier offered me one for free. I told them it was too expensive.

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