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5296 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

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

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BSD privacy

One company know about all of my online activity using it for games


And I think Nintendo use it as well.

Playing games without someone knowing is not easy, many are on line based, of the others many require a connection for updates and the like.

Even single player for game saves and trophies.

But at least it isn't Microsoft

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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So sad

I know someone who was involved and the cancellation of this attempt is a national disgrace.

So sad.

Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

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Re: Work requires regular password changes

I have had this, try to think of new one each month.

Now I am a railway enthusiast so chose the following

month 1 - dreadnought

month 2 - superb

month 3 - temeraire

month 4 - stvincent

All from the Platform 5 book of regularly changed memorable passwords

4 years worth

left there fortunately before I got too far down the list

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)

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I have friends in Hull

Would would have loved to be able to move to BT.

The Hull monopoly is not loved for internet usage.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: France

They played both sides

But they did help us by giving us info on French sold kit.

But most were stopped by simple British intelligence agency capability.

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Re: "She's a nasty misogynistic, racist, lying xenophobe."

Least worse option is the best description.

I would say a political nerd with poor interpersonal skills. Naive also, but not evil. Possibly easily lead.

To level things Corbyn is a well meaning, well spoken, appear reasonable, at first appearances talks sense but very soon you realise it is a lack of in depth knowleage, and that what he said is not actually possible.

To be honest we have few really capable MPs at the moment, but then isn't it always so?

There will be some new blood in both main parties soon, it is very likely that the next PM will not be a household name.

Now to defend them.

Most people become politicians because they want a better place. Regardless of party and capability, most of them want to improve our lot. It is just that we tend to see the useless ones on TV a lot and not nice ones also get prominence.

The parties are also self destructive, examples, the battle between Labour members and Parliamentry party, the party suiciders of the Euroskeptic Conservatives (like Lord Snooty). However Labour did in the past manage to chose leaders with a lot of appeal at the time (remember how Tony Blair was welcomed). Yet Conservatives will often go for non entities (Ian and Duncan Smith), over people the public would like (eg Ken Clarke).

Cameron was Blair light, Other Milliband was Blair comedy tribute, Mr now working for Facebook was between a rock and a hard place.

I have a long lost of MPs I dislike and a shorter one of ones I like. But like most people I tend to centrist.

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Re: Cancel HS2

One of the reasons for HS2 is to take traffic off the WCML which is now at capacity.

We NEED another line.

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Re: "tell ERG that look all your talking about amazing deals with Europe..

This is ElReg and we use rolled up carpets not plastic bags.

Can someone invite the minister for the 19th century to visit the BOFH offices?

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

The general view does appear to be that Theresa May is doing the best she can and that neither ERG or Labour would do better.

She does appear to be pragmatic and prepared to do what she has to.

OK I think leaving is a mistake but the TM deal is a LOT better than no deal.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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Not surprised

PSVR the big seller, well it is a cheap way in for the PS4 owner.

Vive doing pretty well.

Rift suffering a bit due to Facebook.

Phones losing interest.

Most interest I hear is about the top two. There is definately a pull towards Vive from Rift.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Re: Push volume button to mute

Omega as well

How we forget, I have had a few.

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Re: Push volume button to mute

I remember, may be Cavalier or Carlton, one of those

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Re: Hell is other people

My car the seat is a bit close to the wheel, I have had surgery so belly SLIGHTLY numb, steering was heavy.

Fluid OK, leant in turned wheel, fine.

Took for drive then noticed if I pulled forwards slightly, I was touching the wheel.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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I hate fly tipping

Drove along a nice lane (BOAT) about 1/2 a mile, through the really rough bits and....

About 50m from the other end a 2m high pile of fly tipped rubbish.

Too high to drive over even.

Had to reverse out.

IF I see a fly tipper I will rip the limbs off the tipper using a Land Rover in low range, strop around ankles and pull.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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I thought they could crack most encryption.

So why are back doors required?

Or is it a front to hide the fact they can break encryption?

Amazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU

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Does it shoot black holes?


Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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Matt Hancock

Lets think

I think a bit of a pillock covers it well.

Well meaning but a bit useless.

Most politicians are well meaning, but also a lot are a bit of a pillock.

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Re: "graduated from Oxford University with a 1st in Philosophy, Politics and Economics."

What we call history Rees Mogg calls current affairs

Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up

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Great value headphones.

Yet people would still buy fashion brands of low quality. Simply due to a peer pressure.

Why do people still buy say Beats junk?

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Damn, One One One

Now got the theme to the One Show stuck in my head.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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BTTF is just right

No remakes allowed

Great series

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Re: Do it in style

About 20 seconds with a Diesel

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: I hate the expression "click this"

Tap only applies to an old PC at bootup with a sticky HDD

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

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Can a tab in Palemoon spy on a tab in Firefox?

(My two browsers I use, but IE is somewhere as well)

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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We may mock but we don't hate.

Supposedly a very nice person who would probably find these funny

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No thanks

Don't want one

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David Beckham brought his new toy along for a training session.

"What is it?"

"A Thermos flask, keeps hot things hot and cold things cold."

"What have you got in it?"

"A choc ice and a mug of tea."

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit

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Re: Perhaps national firewall would make them obey.

Pirate sites

What is funny is that I do not miss them.

Too much decent FTA TV to watch without downloading rips from US TV of average series. Oh look Penguins.

OSes are either free (Linux) or not worth pirating (W10).

Plenty of free or shareware software (Libre Office, Firefox).

I have paid for video editing packages in the past

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Perhaps national firewall would make them obey.

Block their domain on the national firewall.

See how long that would last.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Re: I'd rather visit

They moved it. Was on left for years

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I'd rather visit

<===== no idea how it got its head

Westons or Healeys.

Oh I have, both, and bought stuff in their shops.

Still got the Westons sharpie pens, (I drunk everything else).

Pity laws stop some marketing on some stuff as a boy wanted a Healeys main brand cider pump. I wanted a sticker of the logo.

BTW same family as the car Healey.

Sorry but if you bring up the subject of apples I will bring up the subject of fermented apples.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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When I leave this job

I expect I will still have log in details and remote access, hopefully still the phone number. might even keep the key.

There is a way to leave a job but still have access.

Especially as I may need to help.

11 years to go then I will finally have time to do the important things.

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: @ John Brown (no body)

I suppose we will just have a referendum every 5 years and probably rejoin in future.

Whole point is elections are regular so people can change their mind, this referendum is a one off.


Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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They stink

Only found this out when a local garden centre had some on display.

And they didn't even wear clothes, nor talk

Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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Re: Spelling mistake?

Needs more 'a's

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What an idiot!

I suppose they had to use Raaab as most people with any sense think it is a stupid idea to leave in the first place.

Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Re: In other news, Amazon played a dirty game with its new HQ...

Funny but whenever I have seen Apprentice it is Mr AMSTRAD.

Was a Trump a contestant who got kicked out early?

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: Biz math

Also back up tapes, but not the computer type, but say DV for SD material.

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Re: Man...


I have a lot of video material and I have multi staged backups.

The originals on Beta, Mini DV, or HDV, and recently borrowed Video 8 and Hi8.*

Raw captures on an internal drive.

MPEG2 encoded on DVD.

Raw copies on BluRay (Mini DV is AFAIR 14GB).

Raw copies on another drive.

About 10 minutes on Amazon Prime.

* Got a Sony portable VCR on the computer desk and a couple of DV based cameras, just borrowed a Hi8 deck to sort some other tapes out.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Could we be advanced at some things?

Could we be more advanced than other advanced civilisations at certain things?

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So you have

a constantly evolving species with warlike tendancies, technology advancing quite fast, able to shine a laser at other planets.

Better jump on them quick!

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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What sort?

Those horrible new ones with horrible keys and too small.

Or proper older easier to use ones.

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: If not I will deport the videotape to all your contacts.

I once bought a N1502 but a head snapped off the drum.

Never got it to work.

I would insist on a PAL Beta copy.

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Re: Racist?

Sorry not playing darts with Shadow Systems.

Not safe!

Tech world mulls threat as new round of US China trade tariffs looms

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Very bad for US business

Look at airliners.

The Chinese will look at Airbus over Boeing, with RR engines.

Lots of money there, lots of potential to hurt the US (but help Europe)

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

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Bloody hell Paul is busy

Are we going to get any more Battersea Dogs Home programmes?

He seems too busy

Bad news: Juniper to pass Trump's China tariffs onto customers. Er, good news? It'll be about 4%, says CEO

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Another site to enable detrumpify on

No more offensive pictures please

Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

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Are you using a picture of Paul O'Grady?

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Re: One things for certain...

Place on small fluffy dog - Paul O'Grady

No small fluffy dog - the Apple Paul O'Grady lookalike

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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Morrisons need to counter sue

The rogue worker.

He should pay any fine Morrisons incurr, simply because he had to have access to the data to do his job.

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