* Posts by Captain Scarlet

2618 posts • joined 30 Dec 2010

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

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Yeah takes me 3 attempts!

Anyways would probably end up stuck in the floppy drive if they still had them!

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties

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Re: No numpad

Its not aimed at the desk though, would be tempted to get one for my mini pc connected to the tv but not at that price.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: May I recommend rsyslog?

1990's though, still a time when storage was a massive premium.

Seems to be cheaper to log everything to a dot matrix printer and paper.

I've got me a stalker! Obsessive downvoter alert!

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Re: I've got me a stalker! Obsessive downvoter alert!

Maybe its your office nemesis?

Great success! Finance app was able to inform user that their action was unsuccessful

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Childcatcher

Maybe

Its an apology that they have successfully charged you for something random as most banks like to do.

Highways England plumps up contract for National Traffic Information Service by £12m after brief chat with vendors

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Re: Utterley Useless

hmm I always see 40, 60, 40, national speed limit, 40

Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses

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Re: Numbers

A large amount of people would probably stay as its easier than looking for a new job.

Dude, where's my laser?

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Alien

Are you sure someone wasn't nicking them to trade for something else?

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: New PC

My own PC is the same (Except the case and ethernet cable have been replaced several times), I brought an Evesham Vale Pentium Celeron (PII Variant) and it has been upgraded in bits ever since.

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30

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Re: Perhaps...?

Can't you set the display to not scale?

Usually very useful on wide screen 720p screen for 800x600 if you don't mind the huge bars around the screen.

Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook

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I imagine some users are forced to us English by default (Because its easier to package).

+1 for crowd sourcing, if you are going to drop at least let your own users contribute (Like Facebook does for UK English).

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Yes, Daily, or even hourly!

At least you get an error message!

Annoying when I ask someone for what error they get on their ticket only for them to come over and yell about helldesk asking to many questions (GAH!)

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Re: Seriously though...

Snipping tool for me (Snip & Sketch tries to be to helpful)

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter

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Re: More feasibly...

Nah we are just doing some space drifting, its gets a bit boring in space.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

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"no-one uses Cortana on purpose"

I can confirm I only use it to swear at said machine for failing to boot on the network for an image, thankfully recent Windows 10 installs from HP no longer go straight to the PLEASE USE CORTANA from the first time startup.

Berlin's renowned nightclub scene is showing signs of life. Just one problem: No dancing

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Hmm why do I feel you watch Photonicinduction!

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Never store CC details

I hate max characters in passwords, it bloody annoying pasting in from my password manager of choice to be told the password can't be used!

Magecart malware merrily sipped card details, evaded security scans on UK e-tailer Páramo for almost 8 months

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Re: Wait

The issue here appears to be when Paypal is called, so unless the company is doing test orders and clicking Paypal the js is never loaded (Services like Qualys WAS).

If the sourcecode files are scanned, as its offsite the scanner has to scans this external URL (I don't know if there is such an app or service to support this?).

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: Excel excels

And those that don't understand that Excel likes to strip out zeros at the front if the column is unformatted.

Broken your new Surface Go 2 already? Looks like it's a bit more repairable this time

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Re: Wifi died on my 2015 HP laptop last week. Broadcom Dual 5GHz/2.4GHz BCM94322MC...

I assume its a Probook, consumer HP's are bloody awful to replace anything.

Newer ProBooks now require removal of screws that are no longer held by a spring (ARGH where did the screw fly off to!) and I fear it will only get worse

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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We won't be doing the renaming every year

Yeah sorry its every 2 to 3 years.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: obvious

"Compose, E, = gets you a €"

But € is above E on a standard Qwerty keyboard!

Just press Alt Gr + 4!

Please don't change it, its bad enough when they reduce the size of shift or the enter keys!

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Re: obvious

You sure they hadn't seen a trackball before?

Google says it'll pick up the tab – and stick it in a lovely colour-coded Chrome group

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Tab collectors

I remember them, Lotus Notes (Version 6 and below I think) had a nice function which would keep your tabs in the interface when closed, however would disappear if over 254 entries appeared (Correct me if I am wrong as its not coming up in Google to confirm!).

Had to delete the workspace nsf to get it back

Multi-part Android spyware lurked on Google Play Store for 4 years, posing as a bunch of legit-looking apps

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Re: whats safe

Its the same for any software (Including Firmware, Operating Systems, etc...), not just phone apps!

Even with source, I wouldn't have a clue where to look to see if anything dodgey is going on as it all looks like its held together with copied and pasted code these days!

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Re: So...

In this case it detects if its being virtualised and doesn't download the payload if it doesn't meet certain criteria, so unless if it appears as a geniune phone or tablet it won't make those outgoing connections!

NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it

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Re: Wear the mask

In regards loose fruit and veg (I tend to prefer it as I then buy what I need otherwise I waste half a pack for instants), I was always taught they must be washed as soon as you get home with them.

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Re: Wear the mask

I hate going to the supermarket, people who ware masks seem to think it makes them immune to the social distancing rules, BACK OFF and stop scratching your face where the face mask is making your face itchy!!!

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs

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I believe you forgot the troll icon?

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Re: 16 bit installers?

For business software yeah this is an issue, as for gamers with their big box copies its much better. People want to replay old games and can easily find someone has done the hard work for them and have either rewritten installers or have developed solutions such as ScummVM/DosBox.

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Re: Amazed it took them this long

Nah just to lazy to recreate their master image for building is my experience.

Coronavirus didn't hurt UK broadband speeds in March. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand...

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Don't forget Youtube also does the same at the moment, including Youtube premium subscribers like me (I'm to lazy to install an add blocker, everything tends to go to 720p unless they are potato quality already)

Briny liquid may be more common on Mars than once thought, unlikely to support life as we know it

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No life but plenty of puppets!

We use really long poles to control the puppets from earth

Users of Will.i.am's Wink IoT hub ask 'Where is the love?' as they're asked to pay for a new subscription service

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Re: They just lost a customer.

Don't you mean they have lost continued revenue, as I assume you have already forked out for an iot thing (Which I must admit I have no idea what it is)

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Re: Why would anyone use it?

Instead of sending it to the evil 3, it just sends to Will.I.Am!

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Re: "engineers should never, ever get involved in User Interface design"

Oh lord Wordpress with 20 css files and 14 different js files with modified plugins that when updated overwrite their customisations!

O2 be a fly on the wall during BT and Vodafone's video calls: Telefónica's UK biz, Virgin Media officially merge

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Nah they will just put the price up and claim its going up with inflation.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: Bob

But Bob doesn't like Pie and doesn't have a sidekick named Weebl!

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Microsoft naming

As Microsoft like renaming every single product every year, are you going to do this on a yearly basis?

Forever mothballed: In memoriam Apple Butterfly Keyboard (2015-2020)

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Re: "attention to detail"

Only recent?

What about those god awful CRT's covered in the cheapest colourful plastic.

Hated those stupid things.

NUC NUC. Who's there? It's Intel, with a pint-sized 8-core Xeon workstation

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Personally I have found some fanless cases work really well, so that doesn't surprise me.

I am using the standard nuc cases fan mounted behind the screen.

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Have one (nuc6i5syk) in my TV cabinet, apart from crashes caused by overheating (I admit I was hitting CPU and GPU load heavily in one go and the fans were not ramping up to full speed in time) they are great little machines.

I recommend adjusting cooling to have faster fan speed at lower temperatures to give it a chance if hit with both cpu and gpu load.

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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Re: Hal?

Damn your humans acronymns!

It stands for "Speech Intelligence Decoder" and was active on Lunarville 7 until it was shot multiple times.

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Re: Hal?

HAL wants to murder people, I recommend SID (Just don't drop your identify disc!).

Xiaomi emits phone browser updates after almighty row over web activity harvested even in incognito mode

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switch on/off the aggregated data collection

I assume this is switched on by default and is there just so they can go "Look we are listening to your feedback"

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Re: Experienced tester.

I always find a bit of both works best, as you will get some users query why do I need to do such and such process this way.

Often best to get the underlings to do the testing in said departments and ensure different people repeat the tests.

Browse mode: We're not goofing off on the Sidebar of Shame and online shopping sites, says UK's Ministry of Defence

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Re: world's biggest English-language news website

Let me correct that for you

"World's biggest Click-Bait website"

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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Re: Cheap Mechanical Keyboards

All very well but as its for my home machine I wanted multimedia keys (I admit I mostly use for volume and mute), a keypad and a wrist rest. Just checked and been using this for 4 years and 4 months, build quality is fine for me and have been using the included USB mouse when I went back to a wired mouse.

Havent seen Varmilo, very few places in the UK sell them, looking at the Leopold FC980M is has that annoying layout where they squash the arrow keys and move the right shift and ctrl in which is an instant no.

Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash

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I would say both at fault, if you driving and become tired you need to get off the road asap.

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally

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Re: we received a letter a few days before but it looked like spam so was binned.

It didn't have wooden poles on the front, just a BT logo (Was in the paper recycling box)

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