* Posts by mrfill

205 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Sep 2009


UK flights disrupted by 'technical issue' with air traffic computer system



Have they tried turning it off and on again?

When it comes to Linux distros, one person's molehill is another's mountain


Re: The rise of "It just works"

I too am a retired systems developer and have been the 'computer man' to a couple of 70+ yr old friends for years. Neither is particularly computer literate and up to 10 years ago, they both used Windows and I would get at least a call a month from both as something had gone wrong - nothing serious but just time wasting niggles. I convinced both of them to move over to Linux Mint and even though both were hesitant about change, quickly adapted.

I now get maybe a couple of calls a year about very minor problems and both are quite happy working on some fairly ancient machinery. When I visit now, the conversation rarely mentions computers.

For basic users, Linux is far more suitable for them. It doesn't keep adding unwanted junk or telling you the weather in Burkina Faso and doesn't malfunction with useless error messages. And if it does go wrong is far easier to sort out.

If I was fixing machines as a business I'd despise Linux as it wouldn't even keep the budgie in millet. As you say, it 'just works'....


Re: Easy choice

I find windows very useful to look out and to provide additional ventilation if they open..

BT keeps the faith in 'like fury' fiber broadband buildout as revenues dip


Re: Weasel Words

Three years ago to the day we had the road dug up for FTTP. I have a point just 3m from my front door but it is useless.

We were in a pilot area (Bungay) which was to be fully cabled as a test bed. Just as the cabling was completed on my estate (200 houses), BT suddenly decided that new connections had to be bid for and our lovely new fibre cabling remains unused as it has not been connected up and I'm stuck on a maximum of 50Mbps. Anybody want a load of unused fibre cable?

Government by Gmail catches up with UK minister... who is reappointed anyway


Re: why do we accept it?

Yes, I do indeed remember the 1970s when inflation reached 35% under the Heath administration and also remember the 90s when mortgages shot up to 15% after the ERM fiasco and the subsequent property price crash with all the negative equity going on. That was under the Major administration. Labour were only in power in the 70s from 74 to 79 and only 3 years in the 90s (by which time the economy was doing rather well,)

The last 12 years also haven't been exactly financial nirvana and on November 17th its going to get a lot worse.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop


Why do so many business use windows?

Years ago, the same question was asked about IBM and the answer was always "because nobody got sacked for buying IBM". Windows has taken over that mantle

Afraid of the big bad Linux desktop? Zorin 16.1 is here


Re: Like it fine, but . . .

Ideal for the WIndows XP user then...

Intel reveals GPU roadmap with hybrid integrated discrete graphics


Re: Super exciting vocabulary

That's because marketing are supremalistly good at inventalizing new words.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram deplatform themselves: Services down globally



Have they tried turning it off and turning it back on again?

Lenovo says it’s crammed a workstation into a litre of space – less than three cans of beer


As many as, when piled up, are as high as Nelson's Column

YouTube is going to splash adverts all over your videos, and won't pay creators unless there's a big enough audience


It could be worse - might be an advert for Dignitas...

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide



I was hoping that, to remove the offending 'male' and 'female' descriptions, the words 'penis' and 'vagina' would be used instead.

Raspberry Pi goes 2GB for the price of 1GB in honour of mini-computer's eighth birthday


Re: Better options

And, of course, the Pi is the size of a packet of fags.

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025


hang on there..

Living in a rural backwater in North Suffolk, I thought that 2225 would be more likely round here. However, the entire town will be FTTH ready by the middle of the year. They did outside my place only last week, No ATM, the Post Office is about to close and buses are as rare as unicorn shit (the last train left in 1953) but *FABULOUS* internet....

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient


You get someone else to carry the shopping. ...

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME


Re: Great OS

... and how about a mention for Ctrl-Alt-Esc to get the skull and crossbones cursor to instantly kill an app without having to sod about with task managers or consoles.

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to shut down X is also quite a blessing for those 'stuck' apps...

Firefox 57's been quietly delaying tracking scripts


Re: "From the same place that allows a zillion flavours of Linux for free?"

Well, some big companies may be using commercial Linux packages such as Fedora and SuSE, but what about all the other distros? They all require maintenance and I doubt that big companies use obscure distros, most which offer no telephone support etc, yet there are no charges. Many of the small distros ask for donations but that's not charging and it is entirely voluntary.

Having used various shades of Linux for over 10 years, it is clear there are people prepared to maintain systems properly without charge. The world is mostly filled with greedy, grabbing, money slaves but it isn't 100%


Re: So if it knows what the tracking stuff is

From the same place that allows a zillion flavours of Linux for free?

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out


Helpful screen

I'm surprised Apple haven't taken the opportunity to flash up a message as well...

"We have had to reduce the speed of your ancient iPhoneN and believe you should really buy a new one. Your friends will also stop laughing at you behind your back when you pull out a brand new iPhone. Avoid the shame. Buy now."

How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD



Who'd have though it? A defence contract with our 'special partners' that had a massive overspend.

Bet that's never happened before.....

UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps


Re: Ummm...

And water is different again. If I want to change my electricity supplier, privatisation means I can get my supply from a variety of companies. I live in Suffolk but if I want Scottish Power, it is no problem.

If I want to change my water supplier, I can't. Where I am I have the choice of Essex & Suffolk water or no water at all. Drainage is done via Anglian Water and if I want to change, again, I can't. If I lived a couple of miles down the road in Norfolk, my water and drainage would be via Anglian.

No competition, just a monopoly, And the advantages of privatising were....?


By the 70s the railway had already been decimated by Beeching, who was appointed by Marples (Minister of Transport and owner of Tarmac, a road building company) to shut down as much as possible to strengthen the case for road building. Phones were a bit of a mess but then, they are still. Water, gas and electric all seemed to work just fine. Fine enough to make them very saleable in the 80s.

The railways now cost us at least double than it would because of the need to provide huge dividends. Without those, spending on the actual network could provide a vastly better service.

Remember also that Lloyds bank group and BoS had been mostly state owned since the crash of 08. They seem to have thrived enough through to be very saleable which shows that a government can own a company and make it look attractive. Of course, if said government were interested in providing a good service instead of lining the pockets of their buddies, it would be a simple fix.

Many other countries seem to be able to run things like trains quite successfully but then they probably don't have as many billionaires. I bet that really distresses them.

UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum


Re: Hmmm

I doubt that our then Prime Minister, Kim Jon-un, would allow that.

Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league


Re: If Microsoft did F1....

Ironically, the Mercedes A160 actually uses a Renault engine.

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones


I can think of a billion reasons.

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee


Expenses for lunch with HMRC

I wonder if the lunches with HMRC to discuss what rate of corporation tax Vodafone fancies paying, is allowable on expenses?

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


I suppose the sky must be gay then, what with it prominently displaying a rainbow at odd times.

'Emoji translator' sought by translations firm


Clearly, these people have been watching the latest series of South Park and think of it as a documentary.

Facebook paid £4k in tax. HMRC then paid Facebook £27k – for ads


Re: Meanwhile, in other news ...

Sounds like that part of the software was designed by a Mercedes driver.

PM wheels out snoop overseer minutes before latest snoops' charter bid lands


I think we're still waiting for the response from the Iraqis, who had no WMD to hide.

Met makes fourth TalkTalk arrest, this time a London teen


Re: When I was 16

Small boys in the park...

... jumper for goalposts

Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed


Miss Marple thinks....

In this episode, Miss Marple investigates stolen data from a big company in Sometown. It is only when the super sleuth asks exactly when the attack took place, that she discovers the ddos started an hour after the data loss was discovered and a huge shitstorm ensues.

Stars Grayson Perry

Should be on BBC3 next week....

TalkTalk shares drop 10.7% despite research that breaches don't cause drops


"Despite these attempts at remediating the breach" ?????

Do they mean 'remedying' or is this another symptom of the hack?

Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov


I think you'll find they're actually Audi now.

All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall


Re: "The Wall" was never the best Floyd IMHO

In Tour 72, it wasn't called Dark Side. The entire piece was called Eclipse, which ended up being one track name. And I still have the cassette recording I made at the Rainbow Theatre....

Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)


Re: Sky Go

BT Sport also uses Silvershite. If they have to change it'll be another excuse to bump up the price.

Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app


Re: F1 lost me when

But they still show some live races.

And you pay a licence so I can listen to the excellent 6Music and Radio 4 with no fucking adverts


Re: Hmmm?

BBC live races also seem to be able to manage proper live timing. Free.

National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

Thumb Up

Re: They're not bottom of the [boring] food chain by a long way

or there's always the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society


Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome


Santa's gift to Redmond...

... was yet another turd polisher

Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January


Re: Ironic

This is being fixed and we expect the revised message "service currently unawesome" to appear shortly.

Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

Big Brother

Missed takeover?

Did I miss the article about Microsoft purchasing CCS Insight?

Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?


The problem comes when the other person thinks it is standard to swerve to starboard.....



What happens to driverless cars in tunnels?

Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?



Perhaps they should be integrating things a bit more and knock out a 27in retina screen iPad, or one with an attached keyboard so you can use it while resting on your lap. Now what could they call that? An iLaptop?

Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!


Re: Next: Immortality

If they offered the men penis extensions, would that balance things?

Bono apologises for iTunes album dump


Re: Just a drop?

"Unless it's been changed I'm pretty sure earlier articles mentioned that it couldn't be deleted from the iPhone 6.."

Another good reason not to buy one....

Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast


I don't want it

I have to use win8.1 very occasionally. Last night I actually managed to get the screen split between desktop and mail app so I could see both at once. Very helpful but how the fuck I got there I have no idea....

Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'



...to Microsoft on the birth of your new word.

Must have taken a trained bollocksmith ages to come up with that.

Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)


Hover boots

We need hover boots. Been waiting far too long for them