* Posts by John Arthur

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The UK's favourite lockdown cheese is Big and Red but doesn't require a stinking great audit after consumption

John Arthur
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Re: Cheddar why?

"Oddly, the number of dairy farms has fallen by ~75% since then."

The number of dairy farms has fallen as the smaller, less efficient ones have gone. The amount of milk produced has increased since the monolithic MMB closed. The amount of milk now going to cheese producers has risen over 36% in the last twenty years and exports of cheese has more than doubled. There has been a huge increase in the number of small artisan cheesemakers. (Blessed are the chessemakers etc.) There have though been large losses in dried milk and condensed milk.

I had missed the fact that tomorrow is National Cheese Day so, as I should right now be sitting in a restaurant in France eating cheese, I have just got out a selection from the cellar and a nice, large glass of red wine...

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

John Arthur
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Re: At least the O-ring wasn't frozen this time...

The Austin 7 engine used thermo-syphon cooling so no water pump needed. How well that would work with a dustbin I am not sure.

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: It didn't affect us

Back in the 1960s I was at a service stop on the RAC Rally in North Wales. A BMC Mini came in and needed work on the exhaust so the crew got a mattress off the roof of the BMC 1800 service barge and put it alongside the Mini then tipped it (the Mini) on its side onto it. Quick and simple!

Another week, another bunch of Windows 10 machines punched by a patch

John Arthur

Re: Re. Interesting that you say that

Local Disk C: (or whatever your OS is on), right click>Properties>untick "Allow files on this drive etc..."

Works for me

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access

John Arthur
Joke

Security?

"which meant the whole "give me the second, fifth and eighth character" challenge wasn't going to fly."

A: What are the second, fifth and eighth characters of your password?

B. That will be B, 6 and T

A. staring at blank screen: Thank you for completing security successfully!

Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans

John Arthur
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Re: MS conspiracy

Of which Hanlon's Razor is just a special case

John Arthur

Re: I went to the bank on Saturday...

No, I have done a free upgrade to W10 using a clean install. Two actually. All you need is the CoA from the original W7

Help! I'm trapped on Schrodinger's runaway train! Or am I..?

John Arthur
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Re: Your big mistake was to not download OUIGO app as well

@Phil,

You forgot the joke icon!

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally

John Arthur
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As unpaid support for various friends and family I have 'upgraded' several W7 computers to W10 over the last six months. I have been using the W10 ESB USB image which I have not needed to reimage at all. A couple of PCs, with no known product code, I have upgraded in situ. For the others I have done a clean install. All have updated fine and I have never been asked to pay.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?

John Arthur
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Re: Dynamo Dan, the Electric Man

Shirley not!

Delayed, over-budget smart meters will be helpful – when Blighty enters 'Star Trek phase'

John Arthur
Happy

Re: You learn something new everyday

You learn something new every day. I had no idea it also meant cupboard!

Mandatory electronic prescriptions was the easy bit in NHS paperless plans

John Arthur
Happy

Like Da Weezil I am in Wales and suffer from the myhealthonline system for repeat prescriptions. I have found that if you grit your teeth and get past the first page for registration so that you have the page with only two boxes for username and password you can then bookmark that page and come straight back to it next time. If you have a password manager you can get it to fill in the boxes too!

Hope that the team who designed it does not read El Reg or they will doubtless bugger it up.

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper

John Arthur

Re: When I last needed a paper receipt

No, it's for the Fiscal Police to check whether you have paid the full price or done some shady deal with the proprietor to avoid tax. It's not just restaurants either.

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

John Arthur

Re: Stupid UI

Lotus Organizer, past of Lotus Smart Suite. I am still using it on Windows 10!

It's Friday lunchtime on International Beer Day. Bitter hop to it, boss'll be none the weiser

John Arthur
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Re: Cause/relation

>the Czechs have cleared the top spot for 25 years

The only reason that they were not top dogs earlier was that they were shackled to Slovakia, as part of Czechoslovakia, until 1993. The Slovaks drink quite a bit of wine and dragged the Czech figures down. Off to the Czech Republic in just over a week. I must see what I can do to up the figures!

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned

John Arthur

Re: Try a Lathe

And in Sainsbury's

BT boss warns 16-min walk from current HQ to new London base 'just the tip of the iceberg'

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Re: In reality

Indeed it must be to weed out the grey-beards. Google maps say it takes 25 minutes to walk between those two places!

'Cockwomble' is off the menu: Uncle Bulgaria issues edict against using name in vain

John Arthur
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Re: It's a shame...

Maybe she should be put on the 'B' Ark?

Bad news: Earth is not going to be walloped by asteroid 2006 QV89. Good news: Boffins have lost sight of it, so all hope is not yet lost

John Arthur
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Re: September 9 this year should be ignored

yes, yes, but... if it is running late it might arrive on Friday the 13th

Pregnancy and parenting club Bounty fined £400,000 for shady data sharing practices

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WTF?

How many?

So there have been 34 million pregnancies between June 2017 and April 2018. That is a pretty phenomenal percentage of the UK's population. Have they been harvesting everybody on Faecesbook or something?

What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?

John Arthur
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Re: Can log in, but can't post at 07:45 CDT, 14-MAR-19

As an old friend of mine remarked years ago: "If you are looking for sympathy you will find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis".

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us

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Re: unintended consequence

Yeah, I worked once at a place with toasters. It is not funny standing outside in the freezing cold while the powers that be decide that the fire alarm was not triggered by a raging inferno but by someone who had forgotten their toast.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

John Arthur

Bravo, sir or Brava madam!

BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while

John Arthur
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As Reg readers will know, HTTP 500 is the code for an internal server error.

Well, even less well informed readers might have been able to read the banner at the top of the Beeb's panel which said "Error 500 - Internal Server Error"

A £1.3m prize for a plunging share price at BT? Not so fast...

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Re: I'm wondering....

Have an upvote for (Charles doesn't count)!

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

John Arthur
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Re: Engage pedant mode.....

Sorry, water vapour is the invisible one. Steam is condensed water vapour and can be seen.

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

John Arthur
Trollface

Am I the only one

who immediately thought Piece Of Shit when reading the first sentence?

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

John Arthur
WTF?

And El Reg?

The only tab I have open in my browser is thsi El Reg article and Ghostery has blocked a tracker from Facebook Connect. WTF?

Take the dashboard too literally and your brains might end up all over it

John Arthur

Re: Oil Pressure Gauge ?

The so-called oil pressure gauge is the one in the middle at the top, between the speedo and the tachometer. It would help if it was labelled pressure; it could easily be read as oil temperature. The coolant temperature gauge, another vanishing item, is lower right. My current car, from 2005, has a proper coolant temperature gauge. A couple of years ago I spotted odd behaviour, such as getting lower when cruising downhill, and self-diagnosed a thermostat stuck in the open position. Changed within a week and soon running at usual fuel economy. My wife's slightly newer car has no coolant temperature gauge nor a warning light for when the engine is cold. How one would detect a thermostat stuck open, a very common failure, I don't know. Progress!

John Arthur
Mushroom

Re: Why do Mazda fake the data?

@Neil Barnes. This is nothing new. In the good old days I had a couple of Jaguars. The first had a proper oil pressure gauge that went up and down a bit depending on revs. and the temperature of the engine. The next one, from 1994, had an oil pressure gauge that went exactly half way as soon as the engine started and stayed there no matter what. When I asked why I was told it was designed like this, effectively no different to a warning light but a lot less conspicuous, as owners in the past had got worried about the varying readings on the 'real' gauges. If the owners are thick then come down to their level!

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

John Arthur
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Re: Shouldn't lidar work *better* in the dark?

Re Jemma: "Or to put it bluntly "They're as bent as a 9 bob note"

Bloody inflation. It were a 7 bob note when I were a lad.

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

John Arthur

Pictures or it didn't happen!

See title

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

John Arthur
IT Angle

@jmch

Please, please, not the Jamie Oliver wing!

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

John Arthur

Re: Reminds me of a story

Re: Doctor Synatx. "And, if you were unlucky, you had a party line." Or even, as I remember as a child, you were on a rural party line with 5 other customers! When the manual exchange (central) rang all the 6 phones rang. Everybody picked up their phone and were supposed to replace theirs when they found the call was not for them. The conversations were often very faint!

Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

John Arthur

Re: anti-collision

Re: TonyJ, I could not agree more having seen the results of my wife's car hitting a telegraph pole at such a low speed the airbags were not deployed. Total write-off and made me feel glad she had slowed from ~50 mph to around 5 or so.

Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

John Arthur
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Re: Possible error?

No, you get four old pennies!

Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

John Arthur

Re: Faraday

and it should have three 'a's

Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

John Arthur
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Re: "temperatures on the day averaged about 9°C."

Have an upvote for soldering irons!

Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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Llangorse Lake, the largest in Wales

No it's not. Bala Lake is a natural lake and 3 times the area of Llangorse. I am sure there are other reservoirs larger too.

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

John Arthur

Evening treat!

Just read the comments above at 9.00 pm and remembered that I had two cold but cooked Cumberland sausages in the fridge. That's them sorted just when they though they were safe!

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

John Arthur
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Re: Finally!

Me too! After using Pale Moon for quite a while when Opera went bad I am now a very happy Vivaldi user!

Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

John Arthur
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Re: Rangemaster - just don't

Indeed, the Rangemaster group must have paid over the odds for Aga/Rayburn when they were fashionable only to see their investment collapse as the greens took over and pilloried Aga and Rayburn users. Mainly Aga users as they were perceived as being well off and thus a target for envy. All the modern stuff from Rangemaster seems to be afflicted. I recently bought a Leisure sink for our new kitchen. The one I bought nearly 30 years ago for our old house was well made and still going strong when I sold it. The new sink is poorly made and very badly finished. No more Rangemaster stuff for me!

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Re: Fools and their money

Agreed! I can't imagine why anyone would downvote you. My parents had an oil-fired Aga back in the seventies. It kept their 550 year old Welsh stone farmhouse warm as well as heating the water and being fabulous at cooking. I got an old solid fuel Aga as soon as I had a big enough house. It was converted to gas and kept me spoilt for 20 years. When we moved to another old house in Wales which has no gas I was tempted to get an old oil-fired one and recondition it. Then I found the Everhot website and, after visiting then and talking to their techie, I was convinced and we have had ours working for nearly 5 years now with no problems. Works off a 13A socket and costs perhaps £8 a week. Much better built than an Aga too. No problems with remote control either! Now, remind me, where's the IT angle again?

US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Impressive!

If that is the same as the drone in the picture a range of 623 miles is pretty impressive!

Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

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Re: Prosecution Costs?!

'Don't discount the hundred million £ development cost of an insecure, barely functional (and only on IE, at that)'

That would be IE6 presumably!

Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

John Arthur
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Re: Classic Trump supporters?

"Lets see...

Spelling mistakes... check.

Couldn't be bothered to read/comprehend the thing their railing about.... check"

It's 'they're' not 'their' if we are talking about spelling

Millions of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

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Wait a minute!

According to the Ofcom website there were 24.7 million broadband connexions at the end of 2015, 1 million up on 2014. So if we assume that there are now about 26 million broadband connexions the estimated savings of £27 million a year work out to about £12.50 a line a year. Who is going to move supplier for that when you know that the rates change frequently and you may well end up paying the same or more during the first year?

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

John Arthur

Re: Yes, I am an ex-BBCer

Could not agree more. And if the 70 years bit was not enough we have been treated to non-stop Schoenberg for a week now on R3.

Have an upvote for letting me know about Klara Kontinuo which I am listening to now as I pen this...

Three to appear in court over TalkTalk hack

John Arthur
Mushroom

Three to appear in court over TalkTalk hack

Am I the only one to think that the operator Three (3) is to appear in court?

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