* Posts by Gnomalarta

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It had to happen: Microsoft's cloudy Windows 365 desktops are due to land next month

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Re: Umm...

Naive? The so-called free market capitalism is greed. Plain and simple.

Blue passports, French service provider: Atos bags £21m UK Passport Office deal

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Re: Yeah, but how many just have a mobile?

Where to start? Intolerance, ageism, lack of knowledge of the use of the insulting term 'crusty".

Oh and the age of an ageist is neither here nor there.

Feeling brave? GNOME 40 is here and you can have a poke around in the Fedora 34 beta

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Re: Gnome 3+ has set back the Linux desktop by ~10 years.

I was seriously wondering about my parallel universe experience wherein Fedora 34 Beta with Gnome 40 and KDE work a charm. Where W95 was crap but better than 3.1 and where moaning was banned on Fridays.

What's in Fedora 34? GNOME 40, accelerated Wayland, PipeWire Audio, improved Flatpak support, and more

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Installed on my spare Dell Latitude E5410 (with SSD), normally a KDE user but now playing with Gnome 40 as well.Very impressed so far. No issues encountered, boot and shutdown times are impressive. As are the level of daily updates!

LibreOffice 7.1 Community released with user-interface picker, other bits and bytes

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Re: Lacks the Polish?

I only exist to call out ageism wherever it is to be found.

No, you're not imagining the tech drought: Lenovo PC stocks one third of normal amid pandemic demand

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Re: Pluck you!

Agreed, my backup Latitude E5410 is speedily running Fedora 33 KDE, 4GB RAM, swapping out the HDD for an SSD was like buying a new laptop for less than £100. I am glad though that I bought my Thinkpad in November as it looks like folks are going to be waiting ages as delivery times extend. Charlie.

UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent

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Re: Catch 22

"I'll now have to sit tight and wait for the call from my GP."

Best way, my GP surgery in South Devon have been efficient keeping patients informed as to vaccination groups and sessions. The actual vaccination was well organised and friendly and included a vaccination 'passport' as well as an appointment for second jab. From here nothing but praise for a well organised process and a model of good communication.

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'

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Pint

Good Choice

Seen from the crapfest formerly known as the United Kingdom Cuba looks like an excellent choice!

Cisco challenges the tyranny of Outlook with short, self-terminating Webex meetings

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Happy

Re: Linux support

Well, everyone where I worked for Cisco!

England's COVID-tracking app finally goes live after 6 months of work – including backpedal on how to handle data

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Unhappy

Re: UK

"a significant number of older people "who don't like being told what to do".

That could become a self-limiting problem."

Or rampant ageism.

Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven

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Re: This is NOT that suitable for older people @Franco

A little bit of easily controlled blood pressure and the natural change in vision that I experience has no effect on any part of my existence and at 74 I walk miles, cycle, garden and move through my life with a lot more joy and energy than I did at 50. Most the people of age that I know are the same. Being a glass half full person counts for a lot!

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Re: This is NOT that suitable for older people

Oh jeez, where to start with the tangle of blatant ageism? I'm 74 and every minute is precious and I'm just wasting five but it's important that ageism is called ou wherever it comes from and from whatever the motivation. I'm sure the OP did not intend to be ageist, most of us are before we start school, even the complements paid to people of age are often implicitly ageist.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Judging by the UK turnout at EU elections I wonder if a majority of UK citizens realize that the EU is as democratic as the UK government.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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Re: No radio at all

I bet he doesn't have a brown paper bag to put over his head either.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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IT Angle

Re: Just one more thing...

Contact your local amateur radio club, very useful for making low power RF measurements.

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

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FAIL

Rat Software?

"Through your e-mail, I uploaded malicious code to your Operation System. I saved all of your contacts with friends, colleagues, relatives and a complete history of visits to the Internet resources. Also I installed a rat software on your device and long tome spying for you."

I guess this a non-existent Windows issue. It's certainly not a Linux problem. Still can't work out how grabbing an old site password would allow access to my computer!

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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WTF?

Re: An "AI powered cooking assistant"?

The thing about AI is that you can retire to the attic and let machines live your life for you.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: About 10 minutes later I was "cracking" some of the locks and interchanging them around.

Bevois Valley, Southampton?

UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy

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Re: Remember the Great Vowel Shift

I think I remember the Great Vole Shift.

Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

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Re: Suggestions?

You could try Zoom.

World celebrates, cyber-snoops cry as TLS 1.3 internet crypto approved

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Re: Geography lesson

Five states in the US are home to cities named London: Kentucky, Ohio, Arkansas, Texas or West Virginia.

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: Speaking of carbon paper...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineer%27s_blue

2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

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Re: Not sure Amazon will keep it up

Google app store on Fire is a cinch http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2017/06/09/how-to-install-google-play-on-2017-fire-tablets-in-5-minutes/

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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There's a hole in our warship

Dear Lizzie, dear Lizzie.

There's a hole in our warship

Dear Lizzie, a hole.

How much did it cost you?

Dear Tresa, dear Tresa.

How much did cost you

Dear Tresa, how much?

Three billion dear Lizzie

Dear Lizzie, dear Lizzie.

They say it's quite normal

Dear Tresa, dear Tresa.

They say it's quite normal

To have holes in your plans.

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Re: If the engineer has a quiet moment...

"The Michie Phone (pronounced "mickey" - named for the Australian who invented it) is another type of custom-built cave telephone system using only a single wire with a high-impedance earth return. These sealed, compact units are currently used for cave rescue communication in Australia and New Zealand, and a similar Single Wire Telephone system was developed in the United Kingdom. These relatively compact and lightweight systems have been used for caving expeditions around the world. Michie Phones are no longer commercially produced, and these single wire systems will not work with two-wire field telephones."

https://fieldphone.blogspot.co.uk/

UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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Alien

Re: TrumpSlurp the Troll

I would say rose tinted glasses but they moggo belong in different sentences.

Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

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Re: If BT can lower their prices........

This argument, often trotted out, against re-nationisation always strikes me to be, at least, disingenuous, more likely it's FUD. Things have moved on: " Britain's only publicly owned railway was delivering all-time record levels of punctuality before it was flogged off by the Tory Government last year.

The last end-of-year report on the East Coast mainline found passenger satisfaction was also at an “all-time record” for any long-distance line by mid-2015.

Publicly-owned Directly Operated Railways also made more than £1billion for the Treasury before the line was privatised in May 2015, the report shows.

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood said: “This report proves once and for all that public ownership of the railways would deliver better services for passengers.

“It delivered record punctuality and satisfaction scores for passengers alongside better working conditions for staff.” DM, January 15th, 2016.

Then this on Wednesday: "The East Coast rail franchise will be terminated three years early, avoiding the embarrassment of another private firm handing back the keys to the government but potentially forfeiting hundreds of millions in premiums due to the Treasury.

Under a rail strategy announced by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, a new partnership model will replace the franchise contract of Virgin Trains East Coast (Vtec). " The Guardian, November 29th, 2017. No need to make it up!

Yahoo! Groups! Go! TITSUP! for! Days!

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Re: "Alternatively, are there other sites that provide this service?"

Many Yahoo groups have moved to groups.io see my reply above.

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Re: Yahoo are irrelevant & shit

https://groups.io They have tools to migrate existing Yahoo groups and members, see https://groups.io/static/yahootransfer . I'm sure it's what the owners of Yahoo! want long term.

Cisco puts UCS director on death row, to be replaced by cloudy 'Intersight'

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Re: Yep, sounds like another damp squid

Bring on the squibs! Clue:It's a firework.

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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FAIL

"This video is unavailable."

HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Re: This looks useful

Or this: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/qhm/portsmouth/port-information/tide-tables, shows % of spring tide - so most likely times a white elephant could float into Pompey.

Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

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Just checked with John Lewis BB, BT phone number can move to them. I should hope so as their service is provided by Plusnet! Also, Plusnet works out cheaper than John lewis over the life of the contract but they do have a £35 up-front charge whereas John Lewis have no up-front charges.

Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Lightswitches...

At least our deaths through lack of exercise will be wondrously illuminated!

This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

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FAIL

Re: "...a local transformer which takes it up from the standard 50Hz to the carriers’ 60Hz..."

I suspect that this is a colloquial use of 'transformer' not a technical one. I expect that there will be compatibility issues with that 3 plug and 2 pin socket!

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

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Linux

Just installed 52.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 Ghostery working fine

Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Headmaster

Re: Trump has become more deranged

A large brown paper bag.

Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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Pirate

Anchors Away!

Reminds me of Sans Serriffe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Serriffe

Charlie.

TalkTalk boss: 'Customers think we're doing right thing after attack'

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FAIL

You Don't Need To Make It Up

Wanting to know when my contract was up (30 days rolling!) I had to phone customer service. A nice Indian lady asked me a number of security questions and then asked me for me password!!!! I refused and explained why. At the end of conversation she asked me why was leaving TT, FFS.

TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details

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Customer Service

I still can't get to my account to find out how long it is until I can leave the careless data shippers!

Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

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Re: Why do I bother cleaning my items before selling them?

Goodness, what the devil do you buy?!

Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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Mixed Up Units

Wavelengths below 1m are normally referred to in cms or mm, so in this case 434.500 MHz is in the 70cms amateur band. The 2m frequency was mostly likely 144.8MHz for the APRS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Packet_Reporting_System).

Revealed: GCHQ's beyond top secret Middle Eastern internet spy base

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Big Brother

Re: TRAITORS

"You make me want to be sick."

Pass him the gripe water, someone.

Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Pint

Re: If there was any doubt

Do you really think the PM is the man in charge of anything? Fixed :-)

Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Bad faith all around

Looks like the marketing droids and accounting wonks have taken over. Like many, I am sure, it was a wonderful experience being shown the re-built Colossus and Tunny by one of the men that did it. As we were a radio club we got the technical tour and the story of how they managed to rebuild Colossus. Tony Carroll is very knowledgeable and if he goes all that knowledge and experience will be lost.

BYW, the local Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Club were also ask to leave as they did not fit into the new vision of BP.

I'm very glad to I got to see his version of Bletchley Park and feel sorry for all those who will merely get to visit a theme park.

If he does not have one then let's give Tony Carroll an OBE!

HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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Re: @AC 101 06:51

People are paying for Windows and have a right to expect it to be easy and convenient out of the box. They should not have to download a piece of software to correct an inept GUI.

Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

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Pint

Re: 'announced plans to put Brits' driving records online.'

Goodness, yet another good reason for not driving!

Munich signs off on Open Source project

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Linux

They'll be back (sans data)

:-)

Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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Re: Sensible approach

It could be a service offered by GCHQ.

Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

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Happy

Re: So Passe Darling

"hipster toss-pots" is that where they brew designer cider?

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