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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: designed entirely BY computer

Falklands seems like yesterday, 36 hour shifts converting Vulcans into flight refueling platforms

Still got my tie somewhere - I guess if my ex boss is alive he will still have his OBE

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Re: 777?

Never flew on a comet but I did a few times on the Nimrod variant which I worked on at BAe Woodford, such a shame to see them take chainsaws to them the other year - I fitted the flight refueling probe to many of them.

Dan Dare used to fly the first HS 748 for many years (G-ARAY).Gary was housed in the back sheds at Manchester airport.

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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Re: Eroding end user choice and control

Again I see people bemoaning user choice being eroded - the simple fact is lots are still choosing Microsoft products - you cant argue for choice then whinge when people don't choose what you want them to.

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Re: Testing

"Using telemetry to see which users goof off all day on buzzfeed and flag them as the first to get the updates"

Tinfoil hats in aisle 2

Boring

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HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

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"TV Licensing is run by Capita; 'nuff said."

And we are forced by our government to use them or face a fine !!!!

The joys of privatisation

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: Java

"I have found a link on the current status of Java dependency in LO and it seems very little"

"Very little" - so it does

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Re: There is no market for free software

"My apologies, it wasn't me last week but point taken. I will not even start on Linux v Windows, ever!"

wish the penguinistas would take that view

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Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

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Re: Lost it

"Bashing Microsoft is never tedious, a lot of us can not get enough of it."

I'll change that to "Sad" then instead of tedious

some people should go out and get themselves a life

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Re: Lost it

"He would probably earned more money from Microsoft's criminal activities if he'd only waited."

Tedious

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: @Steve K

"+ Oric-1/Atmos"

still got my Oric 1 (it still works but I don't have a working tape player to load anything with), alas my Atmos disappeared long ago

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

"This isn't about what's best, it's about who has the biggest brown envelope fund."

accusing the public officials who made the decision of taking bribes there ????????

Citation (relevant to this) needed - or a retraction

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Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

I remember from years gone by

Linux aficionados saying it should be about choice

They chose - get over it

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All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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"So... a Dyson?"

No more mains powered ones being made, imagine the number of recharges needed - impractical IMHO

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: Memories

I have 3 out there I have to look after, still going strong, hardest part if finding spares for the PC's

managed to virtualise some of the instruments that use Ethernet or USB connections, the ones with bespoke cards are the issue

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Re: Memories

"At least some of the Greybeards here, must remember the battles that arose from IRQ confilicts..."

remember them !!

I was having one with a Win98 install last year - a 15 year old GC (that's gas chromatograph) that only runs with software written for Win 98. The card causing me all the problems had memory settings set by dip switches on the board.

Hardest part wasn't getting it working, it was getting my brain remembering to remember what id not done in so many years.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: micro$oft despises me as much as I despise them, they despise all of us.

as soon as I see micro$oft I expect the ire rather than reasoned argument - and it comes

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"Try Linux. Once I did, I never looked back "

ARRGGGHHHHHHH

Was this article about Linux or MS?????

Once again it has been hijacked by the penguins

they are like some nasty disease, out they come again

WE KNOW - STFU!!!!

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NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

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Re: Valuable comments

"The root problem is the ubiquitous use of Microsoft Windows in medical devices connected to the Internet."

Wrong !!!!

wouldn't matter what the product is (but get your Microsoft bash in anyway)- ALL medical products are exempted from updates regardless of the OS - a change to a simple DLL file (or similar) could change the way an algorithm works and could at worst case kill somebody.

ALL such devices should be off a network which has connections to the internet, USB ports should be locked down, and if sharing the same switches etc. locked down VLans should be used. 90% of the 1000 + PCs I look after are patched to the installation date and never updated afterwards - we keep them away from the wild for this very reason. Simple to say update the kit but when a replacement instrument can cost £600k +, and the one you have works perfectly well......

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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

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Re: re: and securely connects to an Azure-hosted backend.

"Does MS think we are blathering idiots...?"

many do

tinfoil hats 2 for one in aisle 2

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'Disappearing' data under ZFS on Linux sparks small swift tweak

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Re: Some multi-billion dollar corporations.....

"Some multi-billion dollar corporations can't even fixed severe security issues that puts millions of users at risk within 90 days...."

and that's relevant to this post how ???????????????

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Agreed TonyJ

naff all to do with MS but the self defensive remark to start with.

Mind you, posts about Microsoft have nothing to do with Linux but it doesn't shut them up

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Re: All code is written by offshore idiots to the lowest price

talk about copy and paste

pasted entire comment from another thread

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/04/05/netus_eeg_vulnerabilities/

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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whilst companies are run by .......

accountants \ idiots \ both (delete as applicable), they will still continue to farm out data storage into the "Cloud".

Its bout time companies realise that saving a few quid today could cost them heavily in the future.

Bring it all back in house, then you only have yourself to blame - data is often the life blood of a company, its too valuable to let someone else have control over it.

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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Re: Violation of national sovereignty

"Can we pass a law in Westminster saying that our citizens can help themselves in US shops? Or that a speed limit of 70 mph applies on US motorways to English people?"

I think we should

the US embassy in London refused to pay the congestion charge on the grounds of diplomatic immunity, but UK embassy staff in the US don't have that luxury as they have to pass through toll booths.

Data held in servers in the EU should be subject to EU law only - but in reality we know that the US will never respect that nor any other laws that they don't pass.

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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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The do the training out of normal hours (don't want to scare the other shoppers when some person from the casualties union appears in full makeup http://www.casualtiesunion.org.uk/ )

you can bet your life though all parties know in advance and they have people on standby in case things go awry

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Re: What? More Windows 10 bumf?

Linux has something worse

whining penguins (they will make more noise than even the noisiest of case fans)

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Re: Fucking idiots

Have a pint OffBeatMammal

exactly my point on here, Microsoft does it - out come the penguins on a rant

anyone else does it - silence

and yes, no year of Linux on the desktop - thank goodness - Id hate to have to consult the whining masses when I have a tricky issue, esp. one that involves integration in a Microsoft environment

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Windows 10 S to become a 'mode', not a discrete product

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Re: @John Brown - @wallaby - Passed through the BS -> English translator

"As for what you call rounded IT experience with these devices, you must be joking."

this is my point, regardless of how bad something is \ you may think it is, kids should be exposed to the whole range of computing experiences (my only caveat there is the price of Apple products and the limited budgets of many schools) .

My main issue with these forums is that the (currently) most ubiquitous platform (namely any Microsoft platform) is frequently derided here and according to a lot of the whiners should be eradicated.

There is a frequent cry that business etc. should be allowed to choose something other than Microsoft, and you know what - they have chosen. You may not like their choice but they have the right to make it, you may say its putting money into the pockets of the behemoth that Microsoft became, but they chose it - the simple thing is the vast majority of people don't want a kit of parts they have to sling together themselves, they want a pc they can switch on, do what they need to do and in that process never once resort to having to type unless its a message to someone or a line in a search engine.

There is a place for all O\S's out there, when you call for people to choose and they choose the one you don't like, respect their decision - and stop whining.

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Re: ... Microsoft Store ...

"It'll be the "year of Linux on the desktop" any day now."

You missed the icon

added it for you

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Re: Passed through the BS -> English translator

"You should use Linux as an option ......."

And turn our children into a generation of whiners...... god forbid

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Re: ... Microsoft Store ...

"I got myself a Ticket to Ride at the Linux Store, they call it FOSS."

Oh FFS, they cant help themselves can they

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Oh honey! Oxfordshire abuzz with reports of a MEEELLION bees stolen

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they should bee-hive themselves

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Re: Nice idea, but...

"just keep the glass tilter"

for hand pulled cask !!!!!!!

glass should be vertical at all times, sparkler (or not - for the heathen southern jessies) should be firmly against the bottom of the glass in the centre. Every cask is different requiring a different pull technique.

If I were drinking lager and someone poured me a glass with a head that big in the clip I'd be sending it back for a top up

(former winner of numerous CAMRA awards).

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NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

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"As far as the spooks are concerned, evidence is overrated. They lied through their teeth over WMDs in Iraq and forged some “evidence”. In this case they just smile and say “Trust us”."

Actually most of the "evidence" provided by the spooks was admitted by them to be speculation, it was the politicians who over stated the documents in hand to back up self serving agendas.

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Drones replace models on Dolce & Gabbana catwalk

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don't remember seeing them at primark

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This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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Re: Microsoft’s business models require stealing and reselling personal data.

"....."When we talk about why we're upgrading the Windows 10 install base, why is that upgrade free? MS CFO asked during a meeting with Wall Street analysts. These are all new monetization opportunities once a PC is sold. Microsoft's strategy is to go low on consumer Windows licenses, hoping that that will boost device sales, which will in turn add to the pool of potential customers for 'Advertising'"....."

and that whole post is relevant to the article because ........

answers on a postcard

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: What I did

Your solution

drag Linux into a story about an idiot and his gripes about Microsoft, yet again

tedium tedium snore

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Re: Don't forget to sue them for time lost...

"Better still send him a Linux installer with Wine."

and out of their holes they come

tedious

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Re: Aware of conditions on top of SCOTUS

ooh,,,,, redneck king apologist in the house

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Re: the emotional distress of dealing with Windows 10.

Sad indictment of the state of the world today that these idiots are allowed to bring spurious claims like this.

Really wish people would get a life

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: MRI for frozen shoulder

"garlic parsnips, potatoes and serve with steamed veg."

you forgot swedes

I know he's trying to and hoping they forget him

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Re: @veti

Oh come on.... really !!!!

The sound of a trump comes from an arse

Trump is the biggest arse around, stop being an apologist and leave the redneck king to his own defences

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Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

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I worked for a large Aerospace company in Britain for many years, they decided to do a data centre consolidation to reduce costs.

On the Friday night they took the systems offline, backed them up and on Saturday shipped all of the tapes by road to the new site some 150 miles away. By 7pm on the Saturday they had failed on a critical milestone so the person in charge of overseeing the migration called for it to be reversed.

The driver of the truck after dumping his load of tapes at the new site had driven the 150 miles home and was busying himself in the pub. The area where the new site was was pretty sparse in trucking companies and as it was pre internet no online resource to find any. They ended up hiring a fleet of taxis to bring the thousands of tapes back in their boots, back seats, passenger footwells and probably ashtrays as well.

By Sunday evening the systems had been restored. As the doors to the server room had been wide open since Friday things were getting a little warm in there. They called maintenance to have a look at the chillers to make sure everything was OK. The maintenance guy walked over to the main chiller \ power distribution wall and pulled the server room master power switch and not just the chiller power.

All of the old IBM DASD disk packs powered down, she swore and pushed the power back on spinning the disks back up part way through their spin down cycle.

12 hours later, 5 minutes before the Monday morning shift were due to come in, we managed to get the factory systems online. I had been on overtime since 5pm Friday all the way through.

Next week we tried again, all sorted by 7pm Sat so not so good an earner

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Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: I think this is good news

"Makes you wonder."

2 for one on tinfoil hats aisle 2

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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Re: I knew there was a reason

"I've been meaning to delete my account there for a long while. This is a good reminder to actually do it."

and why ???

If this had been put in openoffice or another open source application most of the nay-sayers on here would be applauding it - but Microsoft noooooooooooooooo

Its not on by default, you have to go find it, don't like it, don't look for it - simples

Tedious

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Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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Re: Yep

"Windows 10 has slurped all the misdeeds of crooked Hillary."

I don't believe you went there

sad..... so sad

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Re: Another Brit out of his depth..

Have a pint on me Rob

nailed it

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Re: Fake controversy

"There is no scientific proof that global climate change is due to human activity. And even if there was what can anyone do about it? If you want to be useful then come up with a practical solution. Otherwise stuff a sock in it already. Because we're already doing the absolute best that we can right now. But if you think you can do better then show me."

and the earth is flat and dinosaurs ruled the world only ............ well today in the US anyway

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: Excellent news

Took time, but worth it

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