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Not too bright, are you? Your laptop, I mean... Not you

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Re: Ah, a first time user

When replacing kit for aesthetic reasons, I have learned from experience, that it is a wise move to delay chucking the old stuff until you have determined whether the new kit is actually better or worse than the original it was meant to replace.

I keep such old stuff in my garage for the frequent evaluations of the new and supposedly better stuff, when it shows that a return to the old is often a marked improvement.

I have no idea what vintage the IBM 88 key-board that I favour is, beyond the fact that it does not know what a Windows key is, and is connected with a 'domino' 5 pin DIN plug.

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to

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Re: Can I make a suggestion?

You have a sadistic mindset. I'm disappointed - that I didn't think of it first.

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I would hesitate to recommend that McD use that entirely reasonable argument.

It would be cheaper to pay her $1 million and keep the illusion intact.

Probably offering two thousand rubles attached to a NDA would be best all round for both of them.

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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Re: So? What's his secret?

It doesn't take long to discover there is a right way up when ingesting these cones and a wrong way up.

London Greenwich station: A reminder of former glories. Like Windows XP

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Are we allowed to submit suggestions for improved system stability at the concept stage of Windows 12?

Stale and past its best. Are you talking about Windows or the pizza you're waiting for?

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Re: Pizza toppings

Sorry, that is anatomically incorrect.

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SNOT is the accidental discharge associated wid der Olfactory protuberance (NOSE).

PHLEGM is der stuff emanating from a Throaty Malfunction.

At least, that's wot 'appened to MY Pizza.

PS. I don't like Pizza no more.

So it appears some of you really don't want us to use the word 'hacker' when we really mean 'criminal'

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Re: ...-boffin

In my neck of the woods, hackers are seen as either criminals or destroyers.

However, when they want you to salvage your computer after it collapsed they want a Techie.

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Re: Hacking is honourable and the Print Media

Please tell me if you discover a reliable, accurate and trustworthy news feed (in English) anywhere

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Re: Hacking is honourable

Stop splitting hair particles.

The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread

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Re: Retro-Wreckers

We had a family BBC B which predated the school issue by a year. Our son took it to heart and so he and my wife became programmers of note which led to our boy being the class lead on computers.

I went for hardware, and came up with some grotesque builds, and some elegant ones now and then.

It was about then that my family and I stopped talking computers because we didn't know what the other side was talking about.

Looking about me, I fear that divide has permeated wider than I ever thought through the industry.

Australian government fights Facebook news ban by threatening 0.01% of Zuck's ad revenue

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Re: Just goes to show how out of touch our politicians are

Yes agreed.

When Facebook declared British users to be Californians on the first day of Brexit, I decided to part ways, and being cautious suspended my account to think through the ramifications before deleting it altogether.

Bad move. FB reactivated it every day - citing doing me a favour as a friendly act.

Upshot? I had to delete it completely.

Then I began getting messages inviting me to re-engage with no loss of data. Which I took to mean the account wasn't really deleted at all. Lesson? What lies in the cloud stays in the cloud FOREVER.

Ring, Ring, why don't you give me a call? Amazon-owned doorbells aren’t answering after large-scale outage

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Cut and come again?

A & E visit satisfaction survey.

Yes. I enjoyed the attention and abundant supply of nurses and painkillers so much that your excellent facility is marked down in my diary for a regular monthly visit.

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

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Re: And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

Looking at the situation like this, I conclude that I am an evolved intelligent unit that is successful (so far) in keeping clear of the CV-19 (and new friends) infections - meaning I think about what I'm doing.

Every time the government advocated a course of action to take, I ran that scenario past my own senses and experiences. If they agreed, I complied. If they didn't (Ex: Eating out) I declined to accept their take on it and continued to do it my common-sense way.

I am helped in my decision-making exercises by the existence of large (but shrinking) numbers of people milling about outside my front-door who are convinced of their own immortality and happy to share any infections they may have.

As long as these people continue to thumb their noses at the pandemic, so it will continue to thrive a situation aided by the diminished numbers of police to do anything about it. so for sensible people only their own common sense (and a few jabs) will see them through this latest scare.

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Re: And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

He is not responsible for those strains existence, but he is responsible for their existence within our borders by not connecting international travel with the amazing ability of the virus to travel internationally.

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Re: And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

Strikes me that the EU must be extremely bloody remiss by trailing the world-class torpidity of Boris in anything at all.

Nevertheless, I always wanted to use this icon.

Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame

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Sub-Prime confusion

Little wonder it was an anonymous coward that posited that.

I'd like to complain: I specifically asked for middle-eastern petrol when I filled up at a previously reputable petrol-station.

Yet they supplied me with Russian stuff - complete with post-ignition backfires. IT'S - A - DISGRACE !!!

I shall sue Saudi Arabia.

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No you're not. I'm Spartacus.

Huawei mobile mast installed next to secret MI5 data centre in London has 7 years to do whatever it is Huawei does

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Re: You've heard of Tempest?

Its's not that they are thick per se,

It's more that if they are utterly incapable of turning their hand to anything that will earn them a crust - the route ahead is clear. Be a politician.

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Britains top-secret hidey-holes.

I have worked out that 'Extremely top-secret' means in effect that we poor British people, don't know what the rest of the world is intimately acquainted with.

If we want to know what's going on in the UK. we need to ask a foreigner. Preferably, an enemy foreigner - or an American.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: Those people in Britain and America...

Well we wouldn't know, the 'MSM' is not reporting any news these days that does not begin with with "In other Coronavirus News..."

We could have lost a world war for all we know.

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"We're all in it together"

I could swear I have come across that little pass-phrase before somewhere.

If only I could remember where - although to do believe it ended well for some but pretty badly for the rest of us.

I would be much happier if I never heard it uttered ever again.

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale… by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org'

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Re: Corruption

Only if the 'meme' is set upon verifiably accurate facts. Any 'meme' presents a picture, it is up to us to check the facts - as always.

If we are sensible about things like accuracy, we should always check the facts.

Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

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0737 MAXO problemo

They figured it would last out until the people responsible were drawing their pensions.

The Emergency escape plan was drawn up with that in mind, i.e. Someone elses problem.

I wonder if it is fitted with some kind of unexpected climb defeat sensor?

What could possibly go wrong?

Boeing comes clean on parachute borkage as the ISS crew is set to shrink

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That's good business, isn't it? Something learned from the US code of ethics.

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What failed?

Yes, and all that culminating in the end result: The Parachute failed. The cause was immaterial.

One cannot take any part of a system in isolation because it was the end result that mattered.

I can speculate that it was the built-in redundancy that led directly to the lackadaisical application of constructing the project. It's not really that important that I do my job correctly - there's back-up.

Just imagine the fuss has there been three such failures all happening at the same time - possible.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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If it had been worse - eg: Losing his life. He would not be caring about it at all right now.

I beg to disagree. The very worst did happen. It was stolen in broad daylight from a 'safe' environment' under the noses of god knows how many people who wouldn't lift a finger and will spend months worrying about how some lowlife might figure a new way past all security and steal his life.

No. the worst did happen. He has lost trust in his fellow man and will never feel the same about people ever again - both thieves and honest but inactive fellow citizens alike, probably permanently.

I know I did.

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

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Re: The invisible button

Yeah. I have one of those. Presented during my quieter days of employed and paid consultations

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Re: ORLY?

> I've seen people print stuff out so they can scan it in.

So you have been to my office then?

I once caught my wife trying to insert a 'stiffie' into the VCR because there was a video on it.

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Re: That bloody BSoD Screen Saver

That 'fundamental tenet' was broken years ago by M$ tech support honestly insisting that 'There is no error in the programming - it must be you' for the three-month period before a patch was silently released to everyone in the world - except you - which resulted in another three-week period before stumbling across it on some chat forum.

That causes one to instinctively question everything and everyone IT related, until concrete verification is obtained and caused one to wholly reject automatic updates until the sheep have real-world tested it first.

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students

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Re: More chaos

Bastard! I remember that (im)patient wait being perpetrated on me.

Net result was to get my own computer (kings ransom in those days) so I could learn revenge.

My favourite was replacing the Windows 95 shutdown sound with: "Argh, You are trying to murder me - someone call the police" on a government computer - which for embarrassment reasons was never ever shut down until it died.

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts

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Re: Nope I'm lost

I'm fresh out of facets this week. I will have to repurpose some taps in order to pour some scorn on the well-disguised sarcasm - or was it really irony?

I'm losing the ability to discern.

Parliament IT bods' fail sees server's naked OS exposed to world+dog

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Re: it's probably a job for MI5

Maybe the trusty techhie has a slightly foreign look about him/her and put on fat-finger gloves to avoid leaving incriminating DNA.

Just a thought...

It's the curious case of the vanishing iPhone sales as Huawei grabs second place off Apple in smartmobe stakes

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Re: SE sized devices

Hey! It's 0 : 48 Now.

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

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Re: Evidence in a trial?

Did it ever cross a mind to fit an 'OFF' switch to the offending sensor circuit and fall back on the usually reliable Mk I eyeball?

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Accident?

It is high time the aircraft industry took a leaf from the road traffic book and stopped calling this sort of thing 'Accidents'.

It is quite clear that given the usual human failure syndrome that 'Incident' is a far better descriptor - and far more accurate.

Plus - the practice of blaming underlings obviously means that the error-prone senior staff are left alone to go on committing the same old errors forever more.

In this case: If it's Boeing - I'm NOT going will prevail - at least until they stop wriggling around trying to protect their friends-in-high-places.

Oh dear. Secret Huawei enterprise router snoop 'backdoor' was Telnet service, sighs Vodafone

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Empty minds make much hay.

All this furore over an industry standard (ahem) back door, leaves me wondering about the science of leaving secrets in plain view because nobody ever looks there.

Then there is is the deeper suspicion that some 'people' are upset that it is now the Chinese who are collecting all our secrets instead of the Americans.

There are going to be words over this... Definitely! Things will be said - and probably regretted.

A quick cup of coffee leaves production manager in fits and a cleaner in tears

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Re: So... What?

The story went 'Arrived 1.5 hrs early' So the normal situation would have been Sys staff and Cleaners normally never saw each other and the 'Room' would 'normally' be locked.

The cleaner got in - ergo: He left it unlocked - proven. He had the key the cleaner did not.

The cleaner was blameless because no one had briefed her on S-room protocols because it was (normally) always locked.

So, it would have been unlikely that anyone would have thought to tell the cleaner to 'Keep out' if you happen to come across the door unlocked.

The story revolves around a significant break in the normal routine and a lack of situational awareness shown by responsible staff members.

Here concludes the Holmes report. £1032,00 by the end of the month, please.

London's Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange

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You can't handle the truth!

There is absolutely no way that any person's innocence can be tested when national politics are involved.

It always reverts to smoke and mirror justice - and individuals can never come out on top.

The truth in such circumstances will be diluted to an infinite point of improbability and be unrecognisable.

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

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Re: The only conspiracy

I finally received a notification that my vote had been accepted - just after I'd forgotten about it.

Anyway, it says > 3.25 million now @ 15:00 Friday.

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Re: The only conspiracy @JoshOvki

I never switch my W10 platter driven PC off and it doesn't seem to mind.

On each rare occasion when M$ deems it necessary to reboot, I am shocked to the core and mortally wounded by the sheer audacity of it proudly displaying my forgotten lock-screen picture (WTF?) and forcing me to grovel around searching in the cobwebs for that weird hack-proof password that someone convinced me to have.

I'd rather watch cat videos on Youtube to be honest.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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>> And it wouldn't appear certain that it would take out another drone 100% of the time.

What about tiny, tiny anti-drone missiles? Always assuming the rogue drones are not carrying Anti-drone missiles-missiles as a state-of-the-art defence?

Miniaturising warfare could save us lots of pounds and keep people out of it altogether.

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An exciting new opportunity

I'm sure it must have occurred to nefarious minds by now that a squad of twenty people could isolate Britain better than Brexit. New laws or no, this is going to be the new development in 2019 prompting the question: Is this the new age of drones carrying anti-drone missiles?

Am I making too much of the fact that larger drones seem to be of Chinese origin?

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Re: Keystone Cops

You're not alone, while pleading poverty, they seem to think putting a reporter up in a helicopter to deliver a one-minute report about something which nobody can see is diligent use of resources.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: Re "Idiot tax"

Can you really say all that with a straight face when ending with a link to Facebook?

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> Users eventually resent paying super-premium prices for discount internals.

Do they? Do they really?

I get the impression that the average iSommat buyer thinks along the lines of:

If I buy the most expensive bit of kit on the market then a) I must be getting the very best available, and b) I can then show off - without crass bragging - that I can afford stuff that you can't!

It stands to reason therefore, that any manufacturer producing such iStuff will eventually become contemptuous of their rather slow customers.

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Re: Overpriced kit

Re: China consumed more cement in the three years 2011-2013 than the US did in the entire twentieth century.

It this the reason we have a CO2 crisis? Or is it just the figure manipulation heat surplus?

Cathay Pacific hack: Personal data of up to 9.4 million airline passengers laid bare

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Very droll.

This somewhat realistic comment is yet another wake-up reminder to NEVER EVER entrust any of my biometric data to ANYBODY.

If refusal ends up being threatened with legal action or imprisonment (Like last time) from HM Gov.uk then I shall regard that as a hint to emigrate to some backward country that still machine swipes credit cards and accepts ID confirmation from an expired licence stuffed with a €10 note.

Either that or join the 'Gentlemen of the Road Brigade' who are sworn off taxes and other unpleasantries arising from normal life in good ole Blighty.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Calls and Email

>>Yeah, your kids won't thank you for that. Having to hide it from all the other kids... <<

Well, that means they won't be doing stupid stuff on it to impress their mates. They won't be using them at all in fact. Unless it is important. Plus there would be a low risk of it being stolen.

Which is why you gave it to them in the first place - Right?

Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Re: a huge single resource for police

...and 'friends' of government ministers.

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Whaddya mean - All over again?

It never went away.

They had simply pushed it to the back of the 'To do' pile and amused themselves in the meanwhile by thinking up snazzy new names for it and creating a 'We listened to concerned parties' attendance list for their tea and biccies event where unavoidably the only people who knew anything about it were on paid holiday to the USA, researching NSA techniques for empowering the authorities.

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