* Posts by illiad

1052 posts • joined 6 May 2010


Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe


RE hospital IT

have you ever been to a gp before covid, and been in the waiting room?? and you see the gp, and see they have a computer system that has your details?? they have to document *everything*.. when I went for a hosp check, he gave me a printout, to make sure that my details got there properly!!


Re: ASCII art??

well, it looks like you are as clueless as the exec... a good linux can make many people think they are still running widows..


Re: Analogous to “Because I saw you tie your shoe laces, I ran over that kid”.

microsoft is good, they are worth ££££ , says clueless exec... loonix??? unsupported stuff... win 7?? no support!!...

I have experienced M$ 'support'.. I have 30 years experience IT support with a big company, and they thought I was a hacker until I got my manager to shout at them!!

That was years ago, before they went onto office365 support.. BUT some home workers are using it OK on apple, so there may still be hope... :)

The only GOOD support out there is hundreds of users in internet forums, and many companies still support win7 and linux!!

a quick goggle even found an ancient site, saying update win 8 to win8.1 :O - and I bet it will take the poor user straight to win 10, unwanted..

Research into deflecting potentially world-destroying asteroids is apparently not a 'national priority' for the UK


as EUROPE (That includes UK) takes only 6.7% of the world, surely the bigger nations have more to worry about!!

Digital pregnancy testing sticks turn out to have very analogue internals when it comes to getting results


Re: Low tech is too old tech

and stop blaming!!! this could even be a test to see if a termination is needed!!!

Unprotected quantum 'puters may hit 4ms brick wall, thanks to background radiation slashing qubit lifespans


computer or FPU??

It just not worth it until you can play Crysis on it...

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?


Re: Great just what I need in 2020

and don't say "its airborne"... if it was, we would ALL be sick by now... :O :D

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?


Re: It doesn't matter..

it depends what side of the border!!!

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means


Re: What this is really going to be used for

How much do you want covid?? one spot on the mask, you then touch that spot, you then touch elsewhere.. 1 in 50 chance maybe...


Re: What this is really going to be used for

how about just saying "DO YOU WANT my COVID????" :D

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches


Re: It's an unknown

note that MMS is part of your DATA charges, and can be limited, and suspect to extra roaming charges..


Re: It's an unknown

so what service charges for txt?? most I see are 'unlimited' ...

AH!! some phones send GIANT txts 'as MMS' .. you need to get a better texting app, that enables you to disable this..


Re: The true cost of using these "free apps"

except my identity... :P :) I do not use my real name anywhere, so if anyone I know sees it, I have plausible deniability ...

you haven't seen me, RIGHT??? :D


Re: Another App That Can Stop FAILing

"I only keep the thing on my computer" er no, you CAN use it on a PC.. Its called 'bluestacks' and it is a PC based Android emulator :)

Some Brits reckon broadband got worse after lockdown – but that's just what happens when you're online 12 hours straight


Re: Smug mode engaged...

if you want to see real speed, try downloading a massive file from google drive!


Re: SamKnows has been borked.

do you mean the 'SamKnows white box' ??


quote "The Whitebox does not directly improve your internet. It provides you with the data to help you improve your internet performance."

It is version 8 now, and needs the right software etc... maybe you need to call samknows??

or try https://www.thinkbroadband.com/tools and try the 'Broadband Quality Monitoring'


Re: Unfortunately

well go on QUORA and answer it eejit....



Re: SamKnows has been borked.

Please note that speed test website use a special connection, so will only show your 'independent speed' .. if it is less that your rated speed, their are line prblems, so you can get an engineer...

there are some good tools here https://www.thinkbroadband.com/tools

'Broadband Quality Monitoring' is very good, it continuously monitors your boadband..

TBB's speed test is more complex than most!! many websites only use one 'thread' TBBx1) to access, giving lackluster results..

the 6 thread gives more the proper figure..



Re: Unfortunately

LOL you have not seen some on QUORA!!! examples...

"When was the last time all living humans were on Earth simultaneously?" HUH???

"Does a voice recorder record my real voice?"

"where can I get a yoda plush toy?" - cannot just type that into google????

"What standard is used to measure the signals of the human mind?"

"Is there possibility that we're inside of a Matrix? As shown in Matrix movies?"

there was an answer to this, but I think they may be on drugs... :O

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021


We dont need .eu !!! :)

sorry, just had to do that... :P :)

and the point about brexit, is we can then do massive deals with australia, USA etc... :) :)

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too


Re: It's not the Blue light

and having to make another planet due to it being destroyed by stupid developers!!!



well i covered up all those pointless leds ages ago... at least android has an app to change 'screen indicators' to a different colour... :)

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it



I find good big lunch from the local indian clears the area much quicker!!! :D :D


BUT!!! it doesnt come in USB C !!!!

LOLOLOL, sent this to some friends, wonder if they are 'new age' (stoopid) enough?????

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans


Re: Beware of Sysinternals Process Explorer

oldversion to the rescue!!


I have been using version 12.04 for decades, it even works ok on win 10 up to march 15, when work had to go lockdown... I use a *reliable* windows at home, guess which!! :)

I am sure if plummer can release his stuff or better us oldies would love it... :)

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?


Re: "the mouse's cord was under her wrist"

Point is, if you used one of hose big mains powered calculators... would it be 'normal' for the power to be plugged in at the front????

Are you extracting the urine, ESA? Why, yes it is, from Moon dwellers to build homes out of lunar regolith. Possibly


Re: ESA have been working on urine recyc for years on the ISS

The bad smell you get is when bacteria have their way after a while..

the stuff from a *healthy* astronaut does not reek as bad..

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home


Re: Spam spam spam spam

"Protect the NHS" IF you USE your noode, mean DO NOT phone up, waste the GPs precious time, if you only have the snuffles!!

Finally – news that something is guaranteed to be healthy and well looked-after for the next six months. That something is Windows 10 1709



AFAIK Bill was only 'the boss' and I do believe that the last bit of code he touched was of the win95 variety...

And then he was trying to get his team of coders to get his 'vision' shoe horned into the already creaking mess..

WHY he thought an 'representation' of an app should be a large block I dunno..

ok for a 4 or 5 inch screen, but on a decent 15in monitor it would take up a large amount of screen space!

and then it took 6 months to realise that people did not like it!

'I give fusion power a higher chance of succeeding than quantum computing' says the R in the RSA crypto-algorithm


Re: Glib rejoinder

Theory?? I think you need this one..



"If something is possible in theory, it should be possible, but often it does not happen in that way:

In theory, the journey should take three hours, but in practice it usually takes four because of roadworks"

as is often said, theory is totally different from 'practice'


Re: Glib rejoinder

'faster-than-light travel'??

note that 'speed of light' is not about light... it merely means you got there faster than light would have...

all of this is STILL based on a 50 year or older theory!! when we ** properly ** get into space, we may find something totally unusual happens!!

until then, its just stupid presidents and limited budgets keeping us down here... >:(


Re: Glib rejoinder


I found a link that *may* explain the 'quantum computer' problem..


it can do something a normal computer would take 10000 years to do - BUT!! it all has to be cooled to absolute zero, meaning it is very big..

these are usually math problems, etc.. we will have to wait for them to do something 'worthwhile', like Turing's pattern recognition machine that helped the war effort..

and until we can get 'room temperature superconductors' it will not be useful in mainstream computing!!


Re: Glib rejoinder

'man will never fly'

'man cannot survive speed in excess of 20 MPH in this new-fangled automobile'

'we will never travel faster than light' then how did UFOs get here??

the problem with most scientists, is that they will not believe anything except **absolute** truth.. they only have 'theories' ... It may be ststisicall prossble that life is on other planets, it is *only* a theory until an alien walks up and shows them their spaceship...

what is the USE of fusion power ?? we can then stop polluting the planet with carbon and radioactive waste..

I remind people that the current 'quantum computer' is covered with SOOOO much chatter, when AFAIK it is not really more advanced than the original 'turing computer' ... It can just do millions/billions more computations in a very short time...

GO ON, geeks, do explain it ...

Yo, Imma let you finish, but for the 6,000 people still using that app on a daily basis ... we have a question: why?


do you mean this??


or a red dwarf reference??

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it


yes, you know they are using 'the internet' when you mistype some thing, and a web page comes up, not the program you wanted!

If you want a 'proper' search, click the 'gear' icon first, then it will search the PC, not elsewhere!!

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin


Re: Ingenious


Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans


Re: UEFI boot... DO NOT!!

to make sure of easy maintenance etc, ALWAYS look for 'legacy boot'...

Looks like the party's over, folks: Global PC sales set to shrink as Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off, says Gartner


these stats seem to only reflect *new* PCs... there is a much larger market for refurbished systems, including those made to order, then not sold...

also a lot of big orders for upgrading the 'internals' - new mother board, etc, etc..

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?


*some* level of power consistently...

I think you will find many, many homes already do that.. with the disadvantage of blocking a mains socket!!!

Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius


Re: Can they not just use a micrometer?

well if the vice is not at absolute zero, it will be bouncing all over the place...

1Gbps, 4K streaming, buffering a thing of the past – but do Brits really even want full fibre?


Re: OFCOM...

I was surprised when I got a 4G signal at work !!! verified by two different apps!! :D :D

yes, there are two O2 towers much neareR! ... BUT 10 mins later they broke down / reduced output...

come ON, O2, get moving!!!! :)


Re: OFCOM...

the speed and quality of mobiles depends on where your Cell tower is and what large buildings are in the way...

on O2 at work in Hampton hill, my cell tower is about a KM away past Fullwell station - I get good reception in the high st, but when I go in the building, it drops to zero (even Hscd and Edge is very low!) due to all the buildings and station in the way!!

On THREE, there is good reception due to its tower being on the high street...

so they need to build more towers... and people need to decide whether they complain about towers or lack of signal!!

Virgin Media promises speeds of 1Gpbs to 15 million homes – all without full fibre


so be a **good** friend to your non-technical friend, I am sure they will get you a pint or two (or similar units of gratitude! :) ), as what they understand by the main sentence is

' ..easily fixed by fling flin minn only nnnng and attaching douubie roood.. simples (is he selling insurance??) '

You have to remember that FREE things come with the service, and are made to a PRICE, NOT performance...

Anonymous Coward

"...easily fixed by flipping to Modem only mode and attaching a decent router. Simples :-)"

Awoogah! Awoogah! Firefox fans urged to update and patch zero-day hole exploited in the wild by miscreants


hey does anyone know of a way to install it in a domain active directory??

Sex and drugs and auto-tune: What motivates a millennial perp?


Re: 30 Years Ago (Electric Blue )

if you knew the mag that produced it, you would expect the soft core stuff from those vids...

I found plenty of hardcore vids for rental at a store in kings X station in the '80s...


Re: Well there might be a bright side

you are forgetting artificial insemination , cloning, etc...


Re: 30 Years Ago

In the '80s the UK porn industry was mainly ignored by the Govmt, so there was plenty of backstreet stuff going on... The money came from Europe and US, where there was no problem...

There was even a few good items on broadcast TV...

then prudish grannies stepped in..

Google puts Chrome on a cookie diet (which just so happens to starve its rivals, cough, cough...)


Re: Crocodile tears

too right - I love ads - B U T they MUST have the **same** restrictions it has on printed media!! :)

Surprising absolutely no one at all, Samsung's folding-screen phones knackered within days


Re: Extremely poor

I think he was talking about people who just show off their phone, and rarely use them fully..

I have seen plenty of badly cracked Androids, they still work ok - the user cares more about the software than vanity stuff!


Re: "Spazzed" ?

or did he mean 'spaffed' ?? :D :D



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