* Posts by illiad

1033 posts • joined 6 May 2010


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


Re: Pretty well Inevitable for an Alpha Version

If you want a 'variable size screen', you don't need flexible displays..

latest tech for TVs mean two separate panes can be put together with a virtually 'invisible' join..

so no hinge to wear out...

Overhyped 5G is being 'rushed', Britain's top comms boffin reckons


Re: Well then

there are many who are sick of smartphones and their limited batt life, and go back to simpler ones..

me, I had a gs3 for 6 years, would have been more, if I did not see a 0% interest offer for the s8..

Openreach to heap faster broadband on UK's media-heavy hubs


ooop north....

I dunno about 'up north' but down in Surrey and Middlesex the boundaries tend to vary whether you are talking about council borders, parish borders or 'postal sorting office' districts..

This is further confused by a large borough taking the name of a town within it..

the worst is the 'laziness' of people calling a HUGE borough like

'London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames' *just* 'Richmond' when referring to a small town within it..

(LBRUT is more than 22 sq miles in area, and about 40 miles end to end!)

More confusion when people turn up to Richmond station, and are then told they meant Ham, a small town near Kingston!!

And of course there some companies say they are in 'London' for snob value..


Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Re: I can believe it!

.... and my workplace has got a **dishwasher** with hundreds of notices to say use it, I AM HERE, etc..

and still dirt stuff is left on the counter, right next to the sink..

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: Might I add...

"half-baked solution for the W10 problem" ??

give it another try, and you can win an award for vagueness... :) :)

I do believe ubuntu solved it...

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


Re: "the touchscreen has entertainment value but isn't great for precise picture edits"

yes, the only good use of touch screens is in very basic things like Santander ATMs..

Yet another mega-leak: 100 million Quora accounts compromised by system invaders


Re: Quora?

It looks like qu*ra will search your PC for any cookies set by sites like FB, GM**L, etc...

get a good cookie manager!

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


the problem with banning something is that the black market will provide it...:/


Re: Somewhere, deep in space, three hundred years hence...

Has no one seen 'mars attacks' ???

a scientist makes a machine that translates their 'neek neek' sounds to mean 'peace' - hilarity and death follows!!! :D :D

John Williams music could be translated as a threat of war.... :P :D

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is


Re: Brittle software?

A lot of this 'no access' is demanded by the phone companies and sellers - they have difficulty enough from 'simple people' having problems.. that is why many go apple, due to being 'fashion victims'..


Most universities DO NOT have the cash - and most likely the people in charge have no clue either, with the IT dept having no right to do 'proper' things, due to policy made by managers!!


Re: Brittle software?

there has been 'modifiable code' since BEFORE chrome..

just look for a strange http sequence hidden in quotes or comments!!


Re: support Mozilla

try pale moon - you may find it better than waterfox etc... :)

if you cannot be bothered to look, here are the main features..

Optimized for modern processors

Based on our own optimized layout engine (Goanna)

Safe: forked from mature Mozilla code and regularly updated

Secure: Additional security features and security-aware development

Supported by our user community, and fully non-profit

Familiar, efficient, fully customizable interface

Support for full themes: total freedom over any element's design

Support for easily-created lightweight themes (skins)

Smooth and speedy page drawing and script processing

Increased stability: experience fewer browser crashes

Support for many Firefox extensions

Support for a growing number of Pale Moon exclusive extensions

Extensive and growing support for existing web standards

Many customization and configuration options

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers


Re: Acronyms

what about ETLAs??? :P

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot


what about Galactica?

YES, Galactica, where that main 'hunky man' was replaced by a woman?? thoughts please...

For BTF, the whole cast needs revamp.. sounds about as good as the ghostbuster revamp.. ONLY good as a 'comedy tribute'...

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world


Re: Cost?

The confusion is that 4G is normally on cellphones, so linked to a cell plan - please give details about *how* you get your broadband... name, details etc :)


2g is second generation, and of course the first cell phones were first generation!! (NO, NOT Gigahertz, idiot!!)

Do clarify, by NO 1g, do you just mean 'no service' or what??

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama


Re: Backup

" pay an aerial fitter a few pounds" ???? NO!!! :( :( I asked them about that ( to changer my ancient one fro a new one, (around 50 quid for the aerial), they said 100 or more just to get on my roof on my small 2 up 2 down... :(


Re: I'm still waiting

4 months and you still don't know how to use a spade???



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