* Posts by Steve Jackson

51 posts • joined 1 Oct 2008


Microsoft spreads the Cortana love to more Insiders with new Windows 10 preview

Steve Jackson

The worrying aspect is why we are thrown back into previous versions of Windows to deal with "recalcitrant network adapters" so often....

'Transformation' at Capita: Profits? Down. Revenue? Down. Order book? You guessed it

Steve Jackson

I wanted the Picard gag. Shoulda got up a couple of hours before I went to bed.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update thwarted by obscure tech known as 'external storage'

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Graceless :)

Hopping the user into the Insider ring worked and the update to 18362.53 takes them back out if you check the 'opt me out of Insider builds when this version of Windows is public' (I'm paraphrasing).

The ISO I have was built using UUP (18362.30) and increasingly I am hitting this 'can't be upgraded' message. As someone pointed out earlier, since 1809 the image is too big for DVD5 I am using a Rufus USB (64GB).

The workaround has been to do a 'Keep personal files' only upgrade. It would be helpful if the setup would provide some detail of the issue but it's fairly graceless. At the coalface there's not enough time to analyse what the sticking point is, but this news is fairly useful.

Machines often come without opticals now so your upgrade stick would be D: by default in the absence of all other (pointless) data partitions, especially on smaller SSDs.

So, musing around this point what about the Explorer|View|Advanced 'Hide empty drives' option? Tends to be unchecked and if an SD slot is present (without SD card or on a connected / mapped photo printer) would this also fail the install?

All's fair in love and war when tech treats you like an infant

Steve Jackson

Re: And stupid change too !

I just empty all the change from my pocket (smallest denominations first) until I hit (or exceed hugely) the payment threshold. Then I wait for the 'Vegas' moment.

Thought you were done patching this week? Not if you're using an Intel-powered PC or server

Steve Jackson

Yep they've posted advisories but there are no fixes for all

4th & 5th Gen CPUs here both on (

build 5063 or higher is required.

Updates for SGX/CSME well, good luck with the OEMs is all I can say.

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee

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I was rung by EDF yesterday and they still can't guarantee a SMETS2 meter so I declined until they could. This seems a simple way of putting it off as this was supposed to have stopped (installation of SMETS1) by October 5 last year. Take up must be terrific?

'This collaboration is absolutely critical going forward'... One positive thing about Meltdown CPU hole? At least it put aside tech rivalries...

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All patchable machines can now be patched thanks to


version 2 which landed (without fanfare) on 5/2/19 as a standalone. KB4346084 (depending on 1803), KB4100347 (last updated 8/1/19, finally giving Spectre v2 patching to older CPUs). 19H1 will (does if you are an Insider) contain an updated mcupdateGenuineIntel.dll and the Retpoline kernel to deal with performance penalties on pre-Skylake CPUs

OEM responses have been varied between good, lamentable and non-existant.

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

Steve Jackson

Re: It's not a soap

Holby City does run 52 weeks a year, it's a soap.

Are you a Windows 1 in 10 (1809)? Or a mighty 80 percenter (1803)?

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Re: I feel like I deserve bragging rights, or perhaps sympathy, not sure which.

You're really not trying very hard.

Grab a bucket and spade: Sandbox open for Insiders again with fresh Windows 10 build

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Glad I gave in and upgraded to Pro. But then I haven't had to clean install since then either.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

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17763.167 is out in RP (or standalone) and my WMP slider is fine. Also can set Notepad as default app.


If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Can somebody explain to me what Win-10-nic is supposed to convey?

It doesn't scan or ring any bells with me. I'd love to be in on the joke, insult or whatever it is supposed to imply, assert or mock.

Please and thank you.

Stanley Kubrick made Eyes Wide Shut. Data-protecting Andes Rubrik makes bytes slide shut

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PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

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Most laptops can't turn SMT/HT off due to restricted / limited BIOS.

Needs a software switch, seem to think it can be done, but is it effective?

Like Spectre, I prefer the hardware mitigations rather than relying 100% on software.

5.1 update sends Apple's Watch 4 bling spinning into an Infinite Loop of reboot cycles

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Every device should have a hardware reset option. AFAIU the 'reset' option is similar to other iOS based devices but it would appear the only 'reload' connection is via BT? Clearing / resetting is only possible from a working device - oh dear.

Have they hired MS staff at Apple? Maybe the QA department can't have a series 4 Watch as it's outside operational budget....

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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I had to laugh at the "updated" Edge menu's striking familiarity to the Internet Explorer menu.

Has it really been hidden away so long that the design team hit on that purely by chance?

UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom

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This kind of smacks of "haven't thought this through" doesn't it?

The whole cat and mouse game revolves around the stupid tax / inertia.

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Can't believe that some posters are ridiculous enough to think that foisting one of these devices on an elderly relative is, in some way, "caring"?


Steve Jackson

Re: I'm affected

@DropBear Call 112 as it's Alexa Europe that was affected.

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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Don't be evil, just our kind of evil

Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

Steve Jackson

Is this really any different from the key set you get when you buy a non-Smart motor?

For years, owners have legitimately been able to get a key cut, chipped and or retain / lose / forget to pass on master keys.

So when you buy used you potentially have those sets floating around or unavailable. Yes, it can cost you money.

If we're talking about the data exclusively, you're not going to convince people that don't give a hoot to ever give one.

It's the manufacturers grasp for the big data that is the problem and they really need to be custodian for their errant subjects, end of.

Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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You do the math

Come on, M22.75Seven unless you have invented the 25 hour day.

Rowhammer returns, Spectre fix unfixed, Wireguard makes a new friend, and much more

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So timer fuzzing isn't a good mitigation against Spectre but site isolation is better?

I *did* read, but IANAP.

You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

Steve Jackson

Inject Me

I'm on top of the world, can you see that far?

Ha! Ha! Look at me Ma! I can fly as high as the sky, I am sci-fi!

You care to say, "Hi!"...I say bye-bye My positronic ray will blast the day away

So be warned!

Grolsch, obviously.

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

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I spent all day yesterday trying to enter my password and it wouldn't have it, yet today it's gone straight in.

"Probably a keying error" *tired sigh*

No, the damn thing was just being temperamental.

"OK" *smiles and takes proferred biscuit*

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

Steve Jackson


What can induce the BSOD? No content!

Steve Jackson

Re: RE: AC

Upvoted for the Lenovo Yoga comment. I used to find the pause for the 'Intel Inside (-er information)' bad enough back in the day, but if I'd have known it was only the beginning....

Technology for casuals. Hmm,

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

Steve Jackson

To which Steve do you refer?

....I'd be interested to know....

Intel admits a load of its CPUs have Spectre v2 flaw that can't be fixed

Steve Jackson

Re: But how do we patch?

1. Use the Gibson Research Inspectre utility.

2. Pray that MS expand KB4090007

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

Steve Jackson


Selling to law enforcement....

0-day closed by Apple.

Rinse, lather, repeat. (Public money being the inference?)


0-day closed by Apple.

Someone might want their $30,000 investment back....

....mine's the bed with the horse's head in it.

Can't have it both ways. This is a zero-sum argument.

Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

Steve Jackson


Yeah, that's why I have an SE too.

Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

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Re: JS

You've not seen the controls (or lack of) in Modern Apps.

I don't believe that there's a specific setting in Edge, most of the methods outlined on the web involve Group Policy Editor, so I'm not sure where that leaves W10 Home users.

The 'global' setting works for IE11 (Internet Options|Security|Custom Level|Scripting|Active Scripting) Enable/Disable.

Global security crackdown, a host of code nasties, Brit cops mocked, and more

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Re: 'Building in not only security but also ---- [INSERT WORD HERE] ---- to all IOT devices'

You make a good point, but I wept at the last sentence.

Roses are red, Windows error screens are blue. It's 2018, and an email can still pwn you

Steve Jackson

I take it the Skype bug isn't a thing if you use the app rather than the desktop software?

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Unlimited salad bar and Ice Cream factory, of course. 'Appen.

Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine

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So many tired posters here. Don't you bore yourself to sleep or do you delight in the opportunity to spout the same old rhetoric?

This is potentially A GOOD THING. As ever, one chance to get it right and one false move....

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

Steve Jackson

Re: Not in my Microsoft Store

Pretty clear it's in the Insider Preview builds ATM

More stuff broken amid Microsoft's efforts to fix Meltdown/Spectre vulns

Steve Jackson

Re: Is GPU also too?

Acer haven't updated the Intel GPU drivers on my laptop since the release of W10.

Steve Jackson

Re: Is GPU also too?

Pretty much everything can be rewritten to at least mitigate Spectre


EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

Steve Jackson


Used to be a T-Mobile customer when it merged with Orange to make EE.

EXACTLY the same situation occurred. When I said I needed invoices for bookwork they offered to send me paper bils and credit my account for the paper billing. Only problem was the credit didn't match the billing charge from the second month then didn't stop when I changed back to paperless. Took over 6 months to rectify the portal and they refused to make the charges good.

After a couple of years away on Vodafone, I am back with EE but thankfully this won't affect me this time.

Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

Steve Jackson

Re: The video conferencing is pixilated

Sorry, that jarred like a constantly buffering stream; pixelated.

Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

Steve Jackson

Expired Milk Analogy

Expired milk shouldn't be on the shelf, so it's a bad analogy.

Direct links to files should be discouraged, people should have access to a landing page with the latest version front and centre, retain the older patch levels by all means in an expandable list.

Links should be clearly marked with the version/build and date, filenames should be the same and file details should be too.

If people don't want to read the patch notes or test then that's on them, but the above should be the developers responsibility.

I would sign in for support of a mission critical software update or upgrade, download via credentials even. If the developers can't maintain such a system then their whole process is brought into question.

Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: How do you abort the update?

Sorry Bob, but that's just untrue.

None of Microsoft's update/upgrade tools have EVER done anything more than a cursory check of the CPU and RAM before ploughing an upgrade.

They stop with a nasty error code and sometimes neither want to go back or forward.

Oh and OEM support is just terrible; I'm sat here with a 2015 Acer that's had zero meaningful driver updates since build 10240. WiFi and Gfx particularly have been a major bugbear.

Half-secure not good enough for Chrome users says Google

Steve Jackson

Just take a look in the Highway Code

Traffic lights all mean STOP and green doesn't even mean full steam ahead.

Why is it always motoring analogies that work well when applied to computing...

Chromecast gains wired Ethernet dongle

Steve Jackson

But that's when you are Tab casting. There should be an app for that....

EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

Steve Jackson

Yeah can't wait to leave EE, worst phone contract I have ever been imprisoned in. Mainly billing grief and petty additional charges. Website outages and arrogant CS staff. Mobile data is often not forthcoming. And I stupidly gave up voicemail, but dug my heels in and refuse to give them any extra money. Just counting the days.

Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Steve Jackson

Alien, whist being entertaining, isn't attempting to even try to be the same film Bladerunner turned out to be.

That's why, as excreable as Prometheus was, it didn't really harm the franchise. Being a prequel of sorts also helped to allow it to stand alone. Despite the promising cast and 'golden' director it sucked pretty hard.

I'd rather anyone attached to the original project gave it a wide berth. Hampton Fancher's screenplays for BR were manifold and finished by David Peoples. Harrison Ford hated making the film and it gives Deckard exactly what a 'straight' jobbing actor would have missed. Every aspect of casting, performance, production, cinematography, score, effects, finance and direction were a perfect storm.

They'd be messing with something absolutely golden if it were to be officially a sequel to the original movie. Just no. The sequel books were fan fiction. There is no after story.

It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

Steve Jackson

Mine still works.

Five critical fixes on deck for Patch Tuesday

Steve Jackson

Re: Why so many versions of Office?

Because the paramount objective of new software is functionality, not security. How many new waypoints do you think are created with new code, and do you not think the tools test for as many possible variables as are known?

Abbey IT upgrade 'chaos' hits small biz banking

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It's highly frustrating

Yes, I'm adding my weight to the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Compared to other banking websites, the Abbey 'interface' was at times cumbersome, but it worked. A little like my Nationwide account, which was also 'upgraded' and they introduced that pointless 'Credit Card Calculator' to generate some authorisation code to transfer money out of Nationwide. Pointless, and not fun. Considered moving accounts, but figured the devil I knew was better. Seems this is coming home to roost with Abbey. Was also quite happy, but in recent weeks the whole of the world's banking systems seems to have hit meltdown, when everyone realised all the numbers on the balance sheets were vapour.

FAIL - you ain't seen nuthin' yet............



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