* Posts by illiad

1132 publicly visible posts • joined 6 May 2010


Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice


Chrome's dominance

Chrome's dominance is mainly due to many other apps including it - many AV ones certainly do...

Not a GNOME fan, and like the look of Windows? Try KDE Plasma or Cinnamon


Some Bank cashpoints have touch screen...

yes, Santander! better than searching for the right button - I don't have a problem with it???

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well


Re: Computing smarts in the cloud

It turns out that windows office 365 with teams is almost doing that... 3 Ghz laptop with fast nvidia graphics is getting a bit slow...


Re: Computing smarts in the cloud

"streaming and re-streaming their favourite shows and albums" - and then the publisher / author revokes the download permission... :O No more stuf!!!! :) :)

If had bought the dvd / CD, it would not happen! :P

Amazon puts 'creepy' AI cameras in UK delivery vans


Re: Bad Behaviour

4 wheels vs 2 wheels is another argument... :O :O


Re: Bad Behaviour

Uber Eats/Deliveroo/Just Eat/etc on their electric scooters are different, they have to get **hot food** reliably there...

Mozilla browser Firefox hits the big 100


Re: a fool's interjection of politics

well I got sick of the sometimes more than daily 'upgrades' and found a hack to stop them...

MY browser of choice is Pale moon - like moz before it dumped xpi..


I still use FF for those websites dependent on it..

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe on to PCs, is 40


Re: Understated impact???

Z80 machine code was very simple to understand, and you could make a functional program(move a section of memory) using only 10 bytes - and if the registers were pre-loaded, the command took only two bytes!!!


Re: Where it all began...for some

ha ha ha... in computer clubs at the time, you could really embarrass a commodore owner by asking how to 'clear the screen'!! :D:D

I had a TRS80 at the time, there was shock and horror when I simply said CLS !!!

In the graveyard of good ideas, how does yours measure up to these?


Re: The porridge in that photo looks a bit odd, don’t you think?

you know real french??? :D :D

gtranslate thinks...

'flocons d'avion' is 'plane flakes' LOL

flocons d'avione' is 'airflows ' ????

its just dabbs being an ' fouiller' - his 'job description' ...

Samsung reveals new smartphones, tablets... and yes. The S22 Ultra is undeniably good


Re: Asian market first?

Xiaomi seems to have beaten most Huawei stuff... I am waiting for the current 'galaxy fest' to die down..


Re: Have they sorted the fingerprint reader?

the reader on the Xiaomi has been getting great reviews... :)


Re: For 1K in cash I want

look at Xiaomi 11i etc... on gsmarena website - headphone jack, an SD card slot, stereo speakers...

All I want for Christmas is a delivery address that a delivery courier can find



for those that dont do links.....

" hey I need to send you a letter, where should I send it??"


er, by 'posttown' do you mean eg TW ?? this covers a large area from hounslow all the way to richmond surrey!!


Re: 3 words

you haven't tried it.. it can only *provide* the words, cannot get an address from them..


Re: Can they find my phone?

just remember to say NO to any Samsung app!!!


Re: 3 words

the problem with GPS, is that it often is not accurate enough, IF you can get a GPS signal!!!

AND most do not have the latest ££££ phone, if they even have one!!

Now, what is easier to say / remember ??

what three words



??? you can see why it is used.. and even when they have your door number, they get lost... :)


Re: Oh dear

goggle search shows plenty, but EVEN the BBC (who it was made by!!!) cannot show it!!! :O

search for a 'tube video' app on mobile, most of them can find AND play it!!!! :E :E :E


Re: 3 words

I was working in a first floor office with big picture windows of the street below.. I saw the a**n van turn up, then proceed to deliver many packages to all the other addresses! about an hour later, he got to us!!

... unlike *other* times, when they did not even bother to use the LIFT, just left it in the building entrance!!

and then there was a complete computer failure, where it thought it could deliver to my nearby post office on a SUNDAY, and somehow I had got in (when they were closed up!!) and signed for my package! :O

the GOOD thing is, they actually let you 'chat by text' to them, explaining the faux pas.. :) :) But be nice to the poor chatters, they CANNOT receive anything vaguely looking like a web address! , even if it has a DOT in the middle!! :) much confusion until I realized!!!! :P

so be careful about 'Monday delivery' they may 'upgrade' it to Sunday, then hilarity ensues!!

Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning


how do you talk to google???

you can try, but.....

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


Re: Not office hours? No contact

TL;DR the replies, but if you use whats app or similar that grabs 'net access any way it can, there are a few good 'no root' firewalls that will make it think you phone is 'off' :D

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?


Re: Stats

the pint is, MOST people don't have much of a clue, they just want to get away from the MesS..... :/

Safari??? it is always there, its part of apple .. Its NOT the browser that 'makes it good' but the apple OS that does..

Firefox is not 'that' visible, Mozilla needs to 'step up' its profile!!

Another problem is that it takes a ****lot*** of work to make the latest FF easily workable, as the OLD version was...

HAVE A LOOK for pale moon, if you prefer the old style FF without webext.. :) and they have all the OLD plugins on their website!!

Intel finds a couple more 11th-gen Core chips, one hits 5.0GHz in laptops


Re: Intel are idiots expecting rich people!!

Hey its great to get such speed, B U T... it is also great to buy a sports car that can go 200 MPH.

You see the problem?? not that much money about, not enough places that will allow high speeds, not enough roads that are smooth, and long enough,

need new expensive, PC (home build) with 'everything' to get that speed... would you pay £5000 for that, and 4Gb/s net on top??

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly


Re: This is all rather confusing

'web Assembly' ??? this is used by Edge (MS) _ they may have some new staff giving them Ideas...

If BBC is short of money it **could** sell the 'bank space' on channel 7 (was BBC 3 terrestrial)

PCs continue to sell like hot cakes and industry can barely keep up with demand – analyst


kaby lake, ivy lake, its a bit like arguing that 'stick shift' is better than 'automatic' !!!



Only idiots think a tablet will do everything!! try using gmail ** the same way** you use it in windows.. filters, forwarding, etc..google's fault or not??

And most pc users cannot even find or know about anything other than FB etc... :O

The apple ipad is bad enough, just to clear ALL the tabs opened, it takes about 6 or 7 steps (this was on a friends **ancient** one! tvguide co uk tries to load app, but it fails- too old OS!!)

What's that, Lassie? Dogs show signs of self-awareness according to peer-reviewed academic study?


all this bigotry is due to the ability to communicate in complex ways... I am sure some dogs can be argumentative if another is abusive!


Re: my Dog

:D :D like some humans then!!! LOL


The term 'self-aware' is very misused by psychologists who think it means something far more complex.. A bit like a many astrophysicists who say 'space' and mean 'spacetime'..

NORMAL people know it just means 'you know who you are' Just remember that most animals DO NOT think like humans - have a look at the tv prog 'dog whisperer'

The only similarity is with a 6 to 10 month old baby, that most people understand.

You must have seen dogs and cat that are able to open a door, realize how a 'handle' works and read your 'body language like a book!

It would be great if humans had their great sense of smell, you could tell of your GF was coming down the road yards way!! :)

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


Re: What is the Fuss ?

BUT do they **know** how to do that???

UK watchdog fines two firms £270k for cold-calling 531,000 people who had opted out


Re: Lots getting away with it

I have had calls from 00000000 and 123456789 !! :O

The only solution for the customer is to buy a 'call barring' -phone.. Panasonic does a very nice DECT phone with lots of fancy features.. If the caller is not in your number list, it does not ring (you can set the hours this operates), so goes to voicemail.. you can then 'bar' the number, so they will always get an 'engaged' tone..

Windows' cloudy future: That Chrome OS advantage is Google's to lose


Re: Contributing? EU bad?? LOLOL

and here we are, out of EU, and they are still behaving badly, proving it was all their fault!! LOL


Re: and...

I was working for a large charity, that decided to use Chromebook, but it was *totally* locked down.. not even a screen saver!!! :O

do tell the standard Chromebook is better than that... :P

How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use


Re: Trust nothing, check your data, use various sources.

As I said above.. https://www.google.com/advanced_search will show you how to add 'parameters' to your search, to get a good result..

Think,(NO, seriously!!!!) when you get your first car, do you just jump in, and start pressing stuff, hoping thing happen?? crash a lot, break a lot, your arm, feet, someones fence....

I am sure you know what you have to do FIRST!!! :) :)

and then many do not seem to have heard of ECDL....



Re: That's the sort of thing

Wikipedia is NOT that trusted, due to many people having 'too much access' to its content... many people online just refuse results from it..

So I google a lot, and find a **proper website** that has the facts I am looking for.. :)

brush up on your searching skills, and DO NOT just put random stuff in!!

NHS and BBC links should be better!! :)

start here, and you will see the 'advanced' way to use google!


Smartphones are becoming like white goods, says analyst, with users only upgrading when their handsets break


Re: I with

soooo damn right!! why spend MORE money on a phone that has *minimal* extra features, and then the confusing changing of all the ways to use it!!


Re: Not a lot of new features?

My samsung smart TV has an app for android that will make you phone into a 'TV remote' :) NO IR needed...


Re: They all look the same these days....

how to enable 'zoom in' in Android Firefox beta..

select 'desktop site'.. :) :)

Fedora's Chromium maintainer suggests switching to Firefox as Google yanks features in favour of Chrome


LOL, and then they complain that it will not do some web pages they want to load... EG THIS website!! :) :P

but then if they use Dillo or Lynx, they most likely don't bother...


well only 5% of the population has no clue anyway...


you may have missed that 'chromium' is only on Fedora repository, or you have to compile it yourself...


If you are using Ytube on android browser it has problems, yes... that is why you use 'vanced' or similar app for it.. :)

unless you use Fedora... :O :O


Re: Good riddance

er, 'Chromium' is the tech *behind* chrome, AFAICS..

Search 'Chromium' gives you a page asking 'Chrome browser' or 'chrome OS'..

or is Fedora trying **another* * way to call a 'chrome-like' browser??

yet more confusion..


Re: Chromium is doomed.

or just use Basilisk... see my last post..:P


Re: "blocks

Ok tested on my galaxy s8 (OS 7), firefox beta (85.0.0.-beta6) - better reviews on gplay..

set to 'desktop mode'

logged into my gmail account.

went to youtube

checked notifications... all there... :)

I forget, but I think I did switch OFF 'open links', ext DL manager' ,etc... no adblock, but I dont visit many sites..

I use 'opera beta' for most of my browsing, it has its own adblock.

I look in 'wonder' at people happy to use a 2 inch by 5 inch display, for their internet use, when I normally have 10 to 15 pages open on a 32 inch screen, with a proper keyboard and mouse...


using Android?? maybe THAT is the problem?? Or a bad def in Ublock?? ON MY PC, I use FF ESR 84.0.2 with 'adblockultimate.net' and have NO problems with ytube notifications et al..


Re: "blocks

Some confusion?? AFAIK.. (PLEASE correct me!! :) ) 'chrome' is the 'layout engine' in all FF-based browsers ?? Look inside, you will see a 'chrome' folder..

Also, is 'chromium' a new browser, or is just another name for the 'chrome' browser??


Re: "blocks

the recent FF (ESR 84.0.2) does not seem to have problems with Captcha..


Re: "blocks

have a try with these... all regularly updated, BTW.. :) I dunno, but you can ask on their brilliant forums! :)

https://www.palemoon.org/info.shtml - its very like the 'old' FF, with its own addons page

if you want something with the GOOD parts of the old FF, plus a nicer type of the new, try


An Open Source XUL-based web browser, featuring the well-known Firefox-style interface and operation. It is based on the Goanna layout and rendering engine (a fork of Gecko) and builds on the Unified XUL Platform (UXP), which in turn is a fork of the Mozilla code base without Servo or Rust.