* Posts by David Nash

1172 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008


Why tell the doctor where it hurts, when you could use emoji instead?

David Nash

I figured out what you meant. But maybe the downvotes are because you defended emojis!

(I didn't downvote you, I might add).

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Re: History repeats itself

Yeah you get the feeling they are designed by teenagers with perfect vision and no idea about what happens when you get to our age.

Icon - is that a grumpy old man? there should be one related to getting old.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'

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Re: Designers


Full Stream ahead: Microsoft will end 'classic' method of recording Teams meetings despite transcription concerns

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Re: Technology

Who made this decision?

How dairy!

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban

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Re: Nope

To be fair I saw it as pointing out that both sides were not equivalent.

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Re: There are two possibilities on how it turns out.

Oh no! you said the words! you lose.

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

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Re: Depressing

I can understand that but can't a crash report be a one-off that you choose to send in the event of a crash.

Not a continuous telemetry just in case that you have to turn off to escape.

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Re: Depressing


No actual reply just wanted to emphasise the point more than just an upvote.

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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I thought it was eleven-ona.

Given a bit of thought, yes, I-Lona is the correct interpretation but at first glance (which is what most people do before deciding) you see the first I and recognise correctly that it's an I, then see the second one, which appears to be the same, so "it must be Eye-Ona" job done.

This always-on culture we're in is awful. How do we stop it? Oh, sorry, hold on – just had another notification

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Re: Not office hours? No contact

I've seen this requirement in the past. I didn't allow it either.

But I understand it, it's in case your phone is lost or stolen and they want to be sure they can wipe any company data off it, not just about removing access to accounts.

When free and open source actually means £6k-£8k per package: Atos's £136m contract with NHS England

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Re: What is FREE?

Agree, the issue here I think is not that Atos are charging - that's what they do and to be expected by any software consultancy. The issue is that the NHS chose to outsource this kind of work, thereby incurring such costs instead of covering them in house by salaried staff.

It sounds like whoever broke this story thinks that free software "just works" and doesn't need any work to install, test, validate, etc, seems like they're looking for a stick to beat Atos.

I have no connection with any parties in this story. Just seems like Atos are not necessarily the bad guys here.

Here's how we got persistent shell access on a Boeing 747 – Pen Test Partners

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"...Using the exploits PTP found to pwn an in-flight 747 would be impossible in practice..."

"...Moreover, though PTP declined to reveal more details when we asked about the system and particular aircraft involved, we were told the IFE system is now no longer in use in any 747 still flying today..."

Apple's Find My network can be abused to leak secrets to the outside world via passing devices

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Re: Nothing new here

I think the point here is that this works "from devices without an internet connection".

Blessed are the cryptographers, labelling them criminal enablers is just foolish

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It might not be the best security but it's better than nothing. I've done similar with laptops.

Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

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Re: spelling mistakes, a really obviously bad url

Tricky one but this teaches them that it could happen. Those who clicked should shrug and accept they've learned they should verify offers of free money before clicking. Rather than complaining they were tricked (that was the point).

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Re: What a dick move

You don't have to be underpaid to appreciate a bonus.

App Tracking: Apps plead for users to press allow, but 85% of Apple iOS consumers are not opting in

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Re: Ark 2

"The B Ark"

Apple faces another suit over its allegedly misleading water resistance claims

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Re: Apple only needs to show...

Sounds like it would have been a good idea to try it before buying!

NASA comes up with COVID-19 infection detector that's out of this world – E-Nose built from space station gear

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For every great idea that results in a great (or just good) product, there are hundreds of ideas that seemed like a good idea but didn't turn out in the end.

Better to keep having ideas and following them through than not bothering because "the last thing didn't work so what's the point?"

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?

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an error message starting with the word "We"

Seems to be the Microsoft way now.

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

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Re: AKA: People

But people didn't "just want to leave" for no reason.

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Re: Lies, damned lies, and statistics...

'Leaving the EU' folk seem more open to, but leaving via 'Brexit'

How is 'Brexit' not 'Leaving the EU'?

'Chinese wall'? Who uses 'Chinese wall'? Well, IBM did, and it actually means 'firewall'

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Seems like it just means "big wall", which is a fair enough analogy, isn't it?

We finally get to spot a burnt-out comet and what is it covered in? Talcum powder

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Re: Gains and losses

Do they really "lose it as they pass high gravity objects"?

I know they lose material but is it really related to high-gravity objects, the implication being that they are "sucking" material off the comet? Gravitational force is proportional to the masses of both objects so such objects would affect the comet itself just as much as the loose material, no?

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

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what are you supposed to do if your birth date is actually 1970-01-01? There must be rather a lot of people around for whom that is the case.

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They don't need it if you buy a ticket in a store over the counter, so why do they need it if you buy the ticket online?

Apple iPad torched this guy's home, lawsuit claims

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I hope you ate the cooked peas afterwards.

Waste not, want not.

Satellites, space debris may have already brightened night skies 10% globally – and it's going to get worse

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Agreed, that is not an example at all, a re-entering object is a transient like a meteor, rather than the permanent orbiting light the main story is about.

I do agree with the main story though, being a sometimes amateur astronomer, sky glow and satellite tracks are a pain for photography.

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Re: Streetlights lighting the ground

It's also affected by people putting floodlights on their houses that spread light in all directions. Apparently for "security" (so the burglars can see where they are going, I assume).

US state AGs: How can Facebook, Google, Twitter say they tackle misinformation when *gestures wildly at COVID-19 BS everywhere*

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Re: First amendment?

AntiVax is analogous to the shouting Fire thing though, because the more people there are in a society that are not vaccinated, the more danger other members of that society are put in.

It doesn't only endanger those who are not vaccinated but also allows mutations and variants to more easily develop and endanger those who have been vaccinated.

Something fishy is going on in Taiwan as folk change name to include 'salmon' for free sushi

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Re: Offishal legal opinions, please, chum.

If I understood correctly they had to show an official id card with the salmony name.

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Re: Greedy people everywhere

Sushi company gives away food, and it's theft?

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?

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dd with an externally booted Linux. Traditionally this would be CD-ROM but many modern laptops don't have such a thing any more. Although since we're talking about old hardware, they probably do, so it's all good!

The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread

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Thanks for the nostalgia hit!

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative

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Troll too

'nuff said.

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Re: English is definded by it's users

and as well as the two examples in previous replies, I add

"you should not be surprising"

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Re: Bad picture

Wire ends can flirt?

Linux Mint emits fix for memory-gobbling Cinnamon – and future version may insist on some updates

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Re: ...but it's OK when Mint does it, I guess.

Although it's not a reboot, is it? it's a restart of a background process. And the screenshot in the article showed that you can turn it off, or change the frequency.

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands

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Re: In hindsight

I heard something about that recently, it seems that some companies set up to supply power at wholesale variable prices, because under normal conditions this is cheap. At least one of these suppliers, when they realised what was going to happen (ie. their customers would be hit with bills for thousands of dollars worth of now-expensive wholesale power) tried to warn customers, ie. said "drop us now".

Sadly many of these customers were not in a position to read email or switch power suppliers at that moment due to the weather conditions.

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

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Indeed, "dummy" means a non-functioning replica, which is where both the baby's dummy (pacifier) and the dummy data meanings come from. Nothing wrong here.

Using it to mean a stupid person is an insult but are we really suggesting banning the use of any word that can or has ever been used as an insult in another context?

Half a million stolen French medical records, drowned in feeble excuses

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Re: The 8 glasses of water a day myth

Indeed, I seem to recall reading that the source of this was "8 glasses a day, most of which come from your food" but the second bit is always omitted.

Qualcomm under fire for 'anticompetitive' patent shenanigans causing pricey UK smartphones

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Overpriced phone?

While it's nice to try to compensate the consumer for overcharging, does anyone think that an iphone would have been £30 cheaper without this issue? They are priced at a specific point decided by marketing, eg. if they want to sell it at £500 they won't be selling it at £470 just because the chips were a bit cheaper.

Spotify to introduce lossless audio streaming: Better sound or inefficient gimmick?

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Re: "it reduces the quality for discerning listeners"

Forgot the joke icon there...I wonder if the downvotes are from people thinking "he's talking BS" or from people who think it's true and object to your last point!

NASA sends nuclear tank 293 million miles to Mars, misses landing spot by just five metres. Now watch its video

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There are pictures from the Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter.


Facebook bans sharing of news in Australia – starting now – rather than submit to pay-for-news-plan

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I thought it was the AU Gov that was saying FB had to pay, not the news orgs themselves.

I don't really understand why they are all shouting at FB to be honest. They are doing what they are told - pay or don't show the news. They chose the latter.

Healthy 32-year-old offered COVID-19 vaccine because doctors had him down as 6.2cm tall with BMI of 28,000

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I read that twitter thread yesterday morning and what is notable is the number of people reporting similar types of errors on their medical records or during interactions with healthcare workers. One person was told by someone literally standing next to her that she was a foot shorter than she actually was.

Citibank accidentally wired $500m back to lenders in user-interface super-gaffe – and judge says it can't be undone

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Re: Ha ha ha

When I did that (1 pound tester first) my bank then refused to let me make the real payment until the next day after their anti-fraud team had checked it, because apparently it's a common pattern of fraudsters, to test out an account.

Atheists warn followers of unholy data leak, hint dark deeds may have tried to make it go away

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Re: Americans and Religion

Although to be fair, there seems to be so much god stuff pushed out, in a country that supposedly separates Church and State, that it's not necessarily a bad thing to band together with like-minded individuals.

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Re: Just like the Peoples Fronts and Judea

The burden of proof isn't on those who say they don't believe in your extraordinary claim. It's on you to prove that something exists.

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Re: Same could be said about religious people

Actually Atheism isn't a hypothesis. It's the default state until the hypothesis ("one or more gods exist") is shown to be likely to be true. As in not believing in various other things, until one gets a good reason to do so. I don't need a hypothesis that there are no fairies at the bottom of my garden either, unless the default state is that they exist.



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