* Posts by Steve Davies 3

5970 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

That's how we roll: OWC savagely undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with bargain $199 alternative

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Still taking the piss

I'd go for four of these

https://www.diy.com/departments/diall-dolly-150kg-capacity/1530965_BQ.prd Under £4.00 a pop.

and be done with it..

Apple making the things from unobtanium was just the last straw. mind you, the OWC option is still far too expensive.

almost time for a nice pint of Harvey's Best. It if Friday after all.

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

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Re: app free stores

But... while Android allows side-loading then there really isn't much point is there?

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Missing words

We will also work with foreign partners to ensure that undersea cables around the world aren’t similarly subject to compromise.

Should that not be something like

We will also work with foreign partners to ensure that undersea cables around the world aren’t similarly subject to compromise by anyone other than the NSA

I guess that bit was [redacted]

China slams President Trump's TikTok banned-or-be-bought plan in the US

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Re: Boris want's us...

Sorry no he does not. Dominic Cummings wants...

Don't forget who is pulling Boris's puppet strings.

You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

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Re: If a rule or piece of local bureaucracy gets in the way of this ..

If a rule or piece of local bureaucracy gets in the way of this, let NHSX know and Serco will charge you 1000s to write a propsal for a specification for a pie in the sky system that might in a year of sundays fix it for you.

That's more like the reality. No fixes will come at a cost under eight figures.

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

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He tries to hit them every few days at ginormous taxpayer expense.

There fixed it for you.

If he does not get a hole-in-one at every hole, the Secret Service put a spare ball in the pocket just to please their boss.

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Microsoft are on a hiding to nothing here. They'll pay 'loadsamonry' for an asset that will be worthless inside a week.

China is playing patsy with Trump and the so called author of 'The Art of the Deal' really is looking like a doofus.

Virgin Galactic pals up with Rolls-Royce to work on Mach 3 Concorde-style private jet that can carry up to 19 people

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Re: and fuelled with..?

Beard trimmings perhaps?

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As long as the range....

is enough to get old beardy to his private island then it will be enough.

PErsonally, it needs to be able to fly from London to Sydney over the ocean all the way (i.e. down the Atlantic, hang a left at Cape Town and over the Southern Ocean all the way to Oz.

Naturally, that ain't gonna happen so this will be another DODB (Dead on Drawing Board) project.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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Re: On helpdesk calls

Er... can't you just send the missing ethernet cable via snail-mail?

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news and reveal algorithm changes before they whack web traffic

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Re: Beware of the leopard sign

Why would that make any difference to people in Oz? They have plenty of far more deadly wildlife right in their own back yard.

Now if it said 'Keep Out! King Brown inside'

They would take note and stay well away.

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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Where are the class actions?

This sort of behaviour is normally guaranteed to start several class actions.

Otherwise.... Netgear can go suck this [see icon]

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse

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The biggest losers were the people putting the questions

Keeping on interrupting an answer shows that you don't give a toss about what is being said. You have already made up your mind and everything else is for a soundbite to air on the evening news in your hometown.

What a waste of time and money... apart from the money spent on lawyers and consultants. Tax deductible no doubt!

From a trickle to an Application Stream: Red Hat opens barriers for RHEL 8.3 beta

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Re: re: set root password and create a user

There is nothing stopping you from disabling that local user once you have joined the LDAP etc. However, I've found it a lifesaver to have a local account around when the LDAP etc has the heebie-jeebies.

We keep the passwords in the data safe along with the security keys.

but naturally, each to their own.

AMD is now following More's Law: More chips, more money, more pressure on Intel, more competition in the x86 space

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Re: No room for a Chimpzilla crack in those earning reports?

TSMC already has a number of fabs outside Taiwan including at least one in the USA. But, you are right. TSMC needs a 7mm (going to 5mm) fab outside S.E. Asia.

With Apple going to their own CPU design (based on ARM), I can't really shed a tear for Intel. They have engineered their own demise. Being unable to get volumes out of 10nm and using an architecture that is well passed its sell by date, where else is there to go but down ef?

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?

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US Politics

is dominated by Lawyers. I've spoken to people studying law. Some had no intention of ever really practising law. Law was just a stepping stone into Politics.

The thinkers and doers are all out making shed loads of money to really care about Politics. Besides, they get the laws that they need by 'campaign contributions' to the right people. The payback is when laws favourable to their business get passed.

In the USA, 'those that can do, those that can't become lawyers and politicians'.

The best government that money can buy!

Google extends homeworking until this time next year – as Microsoft finds WFH is terrific... for Microsoft

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Re: Vincent Black Shadow

Lucky? Not really. Just very fortunate.

I inherited it from my Father. He bought it new with a sidecar. That's in the shed at the bottom of the garden. Restoring that is next years project.

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re: lack of variety

You have identified the problem. now you need to do something about it.

What about a pet. Dogs love being taken for a walk. Cats just think of themselves and crap everywhere.

What about growing some veggies/herbs? Even a windowsill can provide a lot of variety.

Go out for a walk each and every day.

Staring at the screen is mentally exhausting so limit your screen time. Stretch every hour. Question the people calling the meeting. Is it really needed? If you don't contribute to them then they are a waste of time.

Have something else to do in your life and expecially something non IT related. I've rebuilt a 1963 Triumph T120 this lockdown. Just an hour or so each day was more than enough to take my mind off work.

I got it on the road last week. Fantastic. I have a 1954 Vincent Black Shadow waiting for a top end overhaul. Thankfully, I have a well insulated garage/workshop in which to while away the hours.

Gone in 15 minutes: Qualcomm claims new chargers will fill your smartmobe in a flash

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In a 'flash' charging

has its downsides. You gotta be careful about too much really fast charging you subject any Lithium Ion battery to.

ask any old Nissan Leaf owner if you want to know the pitfalls of rapid charging on battery capacity.

Slow and steady is the name of the game for me with batteries unless I really, really need fast charging then I tend towards 50kW chargers in my EV rather than the 350kW ones that are becoming quite common these days.

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Re: so they know everywhere they've been

I'm sure that the likes of Google, Fartbook and Amazon will be kept well informed as to your whereabouts as well.

But some people obviously don't care who gets all that lovely data that their devices phone home every few minutes.

If you can read this, your Windows 10 2004 PC really is connected to the internet no matter what the OS claims

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Re: Cortana can't be activated

I regard that as the one really nice feature of this release and...

Oh wait, MS will be along soon and make Cortana even harder to kill and bury 6000ft under.

"Do it our way or on yer bike! and then they say in a whisper, 'Oh, and we are taking over Linux very soon so don't think that you can escape that way!'"

UK.gov admits it has not performed legally required data protection checks for COVID-19 tracing system

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Re: But of course

When did any of the major political parties suggest abolishing the right to a trail by jury? What you are suggesting is just that.

We aren't the USSR, GDR or China you know.

What possibly 'trumped' (sic) up charges would you give them 'whole life' sentences for?

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Why...? Just Why?

Does a standalone device such as this need to phone home (and all the rest)?

I see this incident as just the start of planned borkage by makers. In this case, Samsung got found out others will be a lot sneakier. It is so simple to send a [redacted] config file and then tell the poor sods that now have useless devices that there is no fix apart from buying a new one that will probably suffer the same fate the day after the legally mandated warranty runs out.

My home is an IoT free zone and none of my electronic kit other than my computers/phone/tablet will ever be even indirectly connected to the internet.

AMD fans forced to sit out latest Windows 10 Insiders build due to 'bug impacting overall usability of these PCs'

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Don't cheer too loudly

or MS will start charging us 'Borkage'

Time for one of these methinks [see icon]

Cornwall councillor suggests authority paid £2m for Oracle licences that no one used on contract originally worth £4m

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re: Are you supposed to pay ... forever?


Yes, you are supposed to pay and pay and pay.

That is the whole point about making software licensing an inpenetrable maze of conditions and contradictions.

Oracle and Microsoft (and others too numerous to mention) are past masters at this are many organisations around the world have found out to their cost time after time.

You would have thought that people would have learned this by now but apparently not.

Google employs people to invent colours – and they think their work improves your wellbeing

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Re: You can tell how much money Google has

Inventing Colours?

I wonder if Google knows how much a set of Pantone Swatches cost? PErhaps they should 'google' it.

It's handbags at dawn: America to hit France with 25% tariffs on luxuries over digital tax on US tech titans

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Re: more US dairies to try to make real cheese

WOT? you mean to say that there are some that don't make USDA approved Rubber Substitute? (Aka what is sold as cheese)

This must be as rare as finding 'oak smoked back bacon' in the shops over there in Trump land.

One of these [see icon][virtual] to those who tell us where proper cheese is made and sold in the USA.

Rust code in Linux kernel looks more likely as language team lead promises support

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Compiler Version

The simple way would be to ship the version used by the Kernel Devs with the kernel source. Then there would be no version mismatch when building the kernel.

Thinking about it, I can't remember the last time I actually built a kernel. It must be around 10 years ago.

Sueball locked, loaded and pointed at LinkedIn over iOS privacy naughtiness

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Little chance of this going anywhere

but down the toilet. Against Microsoft's army of lawyers his team will get tied up in a legal minefield that will last years and years.

That's if it gets that far and a court throws it out at the first hurdle.

Privacy watchdogs from the UK, Australia team up, snap on gloves to probe AI-for-cops upstart Clearview

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Re: selling photos you don't have the rights to

This has been going on for a couple of decades, if not longer. I had a photo 'scraped' from a website that was used in an online competition by the [redacted][redacted] barstweard and the thing won. I only found out about it a year or so later and because the scumbag lived 5000 miles away taking legal action was next to impossible. After a long exchange of legal letters the photo was removed from the competition website. I had to prove that the photo was mine. Thankfully, I had the negative strip (remember the days of film...?) which was good enough.

Since then I have not posted any image on the internet that does not have my copyright embedded. Also, I don't post images where individual people can be identified. That saves me a load of grief.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Re: But this is for the rich

Who will be flying in their own private jets from small airports and therefore avoiding the queues.

Even CV-19 has not stopped the private jets using places like Farnborough.

Hungry? Please enjoy this delicious NaN, courtesy of British Gas and Sainsbury's

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Re: Sainsburys Have It

Stop putting Temptation.... sigh. Why bother. The Grandkids love it and they are coming over tomorrow.

My weakness food wekness is Hazelnut Yoghurt.

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Re: Out of cheese error

"That can't be happening Grommit!"

Fret not, Linux fans, Microsoft's Project Freta is here to peer deep into your memory... to spot malware

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coming soon

Microsoft Linux - only $99.99/month. With a lovely GUI straight from Windows 10.

Perhaps the icon might not be correct in a year or so.

Oracle sued by a shareholder who alleges its lack of progress in diversity amounts to 'dishonesty'

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Re: Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2

Those great words should be modified to say.

"Lets Kill all the Lawyers and start with those in Politics"

July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK's networks by this month

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UK Government to decide....????

I really doubt that they will. It will be the USofA that decides. Our Puppet Government will just pass on the decision.

If someone inside Whitehall had the balls they'd delay and delay and delay the decision in the hope that El Trumpo gets the boot in November. But they won't. After all, they that their Peerage and Directorships to think of now don't they!

ITAM Forum asks software giants to stop browbeating customers onto their clouds with threats of licence audits

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Stop 'forced' migration to the Cloud?

Are you having a larf?

You can't be serious!

etc etc etc

The 'software giants' will soon (if not already) be making on premises really, really, really more expensive that their cloud offering. Naturally, they'll hide the costs of getting your (as in yours not theirs) data out of it again.

These companies have you over a barrel and will be shafting you from day 1. The Beancounters will love it because they can show reduced CAPEX and to hell with OPEX. They'll have moved on to other companies by the time the chickens come home to roost. It would not surprise me if we see a company go TITSUP because they can't get THEIR data out of the Cloud with their cash in hand. Who's data is it when the original owner goes TITSUP and can't pay their cloud fees? Are their the equivalent of Cloud Baliffs?

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Dreaming in Hex???

Octal please.






and the answer is?

anyway, it is time for a sunday Pint (Sussex Bitter) in the back garden.

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

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Re: makes sense

After all, just how many Anvils does a blacksmith need? It is not as if they wear out every year, five years or even twenty years. It is not as it there is a sleek cool new model of Anvil that every smith must have today!

I hate ALL adverts and stuff that gets repeatedly advertised to me goes on my 'do not buy' list. It is surprising how long that has become over the years.

Hey Mr Camera Dealer,

"Yes, I know that I have just puchased a Nikon DSLR. I'm hardly going to go out and buy a Canon DSLR the next week am I! STFU with all those Canon adverts."

Targetted adverts are the worst sort of adverts ever invented.

ALL ad-men and agencies need to [see Icon]

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: It was ever thus

You obviously played by the rules...

And didn't provide - All expenses paid holidays - Cases of fine wines - [redacted] of the night

to the people on the end of the bidding.

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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more fiddling while Redmond burns

As if this was their top priority... What about fixing that real bone of contention... Windows Update.

Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze

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Re: Victorian computing

and it would run on 'Swindon Time' if Brunel had anything to do with it.

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The TV Series 'The Architecture that the Railways gave us'

or something like that is well worth watching. Seeing the inside of the clock tower at Kings Cross Station was well worth it.

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro

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Re: A Question for the Chief Idiot


Beancounters RULEZ!

But yes, I agree that it is them that need to be outsourced to Naglblistan and paid in unobtanium.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Upgrading?

Once upon a time, long, long ago... upgrading Linux used to be a real dogs breakfast.

But 2020 is not that time. I've not had an issue with updating or upgrading for well over a decade. My only gripe is gnome 3. That is a load of smelly dog poo on a good day. I use MATE as my desktop.

Mint is a decent distro. The more it distances itself from Ubuntu/Canonical (who seem to be intent on re-inventing the wheel yet again) the better IMHO. I think it should align itself with Debian.

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

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Re: That kinda sucks...

Not really. 398 days is over a year. 13months or there abouts. So your once a year on a certain date just becomes once a year on a rolling 12 months.


You could invest in some automation that renews them, replaces the old cert and emails you to say 'Job done and here are the results'.

It isn't all doom and gloom. If shorter cert lives stops a load of bots then isn't that a good thing?

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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re: I'd say Audi drivers are now worse

And have been for about 10 years although drivers of those small Mercs are catching up fast.

Blg black cars are the worst of all. I guess being black, the drivers think that they can't be seen so there is no need to signal... ever.

As for Apple removing stuff that no one ever uses... Just don't try to sue them when your phone explodes due to it being overcharged and you using a cheapo/knockoff charger.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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re: their system had gone down

Ain't the laws of unintended consequences wonderful!

Bet they didn't do that again. The question that remains is...

Did this other team get their own UPS or did they freeload off another one. I've seen that happen before.

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I always wondered why...

UPS vans were brown...

Now I know it. Brown hides all the [redacted] in your pants when things go TITSUP.

Mines the one with a roll of soft tissue in the pocket just in case things get a bit short.

Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon'

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re: keen app

The Keen app actually looks to be potentially useful, though it is undoubtedly just another profiling and slurpage mechanism.

You clearly forgot to add...

"that will be withdrawn in 3-6 months"

Isn't that becoming standard for Google these days. Launch some new fancy doo-dad and when it does not become the hottest app on the internet, it gets canned much to the annoyance of those who find it useful.

What Google giveth, Google usually taketh away.


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