* Posts by keith_w

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Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

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Re: Microsoft Doesn't Matter at This Point

Microsoft's Edge is a Chromium based browser, since Google has committed the change to the browser source code, so Edge will probably be implementing it sooner rather than later.

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line

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Re: Might be helpful but not for regular users

did you try it before disparaging it?

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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Re: Partial blackout story (not UPS, though)

Someone expects drawings to be accurate? Hereabouts, when digging is expected, someone comes around with a detector and spray paints the ground showing where wire and pipes are located.

Brit police's use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us, cops' lawyer tells Court of Appeal

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Re: UK police use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us

An excellent tale in illustration of the point. Thanks and have a nice thumbs up and a beer, because I am sure you are thirsty after all that following.

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

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Re: IT's late and I'm kinda dumb

I once worked for a company that had a stock purchase plan which you contributed over a year. They set the price of the stock at 85% of the lower of either October first of the current year or Sept 30 of the following year. One year, there was a minor glich which resulted in a stock market price of about half the prior price on Oct 1, setting the first price. During the ensuing year the price rose to it's normal region which made the 85% of the Oct 1 price an outstanding bargain, except that all the participants got nailed for Capital gains of approx. 65%. One of my co-workers complained that it had cost him 3 months pay. I looked at him and said 'so sell the shares'.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: Fax will never die!

Doctor's offices in Ontario still communicate via fax, apparently in the (probably accurate) belief that it is more secure than email.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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I dunno what you are doing, but I just checked my print set up and find that the margins are showing in metric, not imperial, even though the paper is set to "letter". Possibly your regional settings are set incorrectly for this.

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Re: As usual, the USofA is even worse

As I recall, a bush cord of wood is 4ft x 4ft x 4ft or 64 cubic feet, or 1.8 cubic meters. A face cord, where the wood is cut to 16 inches to fit in a wood burning stove or fireplace is 1.33ft x 4ft x4ft or 21.28 cu ft. is .60 cubic meters (approximately).

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Re: £sd

My father got caught by that when he was told to start a new job at midnight Sunday. When he showed up at midnight Sunday he was told that he should have started the night before. What made it worse was he was not the first to have had this issue. One would have thought that mangelment would have learned.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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Re: US cheaper?

but they get some of that back through taxes.

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'

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My Surface Pro 6 / I5 had the same message, so I clicked on "check for updates" and lo and behold, I was offered the 2004 update, which went in with out a problem.

Yet another beefy BSOD spotted lurking within the walls of US patty pusher

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Re: Wimpy

I know of a couple here in Canada as well. I don't know if they are the same ones as in the UK

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Re: Never understood this

But don't you want your fridge to email you saying "Kid drank last the milk, pick up milk on the way home"? /s

California emits fine-print of its GDPR-ish digital privacy law, complete with Google and Facebook-sized holes

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Re: Good start, could do better

There are 195 countries in the world. Most of which have different privacy laws. Why should an extra 50 be a problem?

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

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Re: I like it

Because it is Microsoft and therefore, according to all the haters above, it sucks. They've never tried it, and wouldn't be caught dead doing so, but that makes all of them experts on it. Edge is faster than either Chrome or Firefox, and definitely doesn't suck up as much personal data as Chrome, but what the heck, haters gotta hate. Personally I like both W10 and the new version of Edge.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: At least..

It is if someone doesn't notice the incorrect turn and there is a mountain in the way.

Dude, where's my laser?

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Re: "Of course, in the '70s, active correction of the beam was not an option."

and if you have 2 or more, don't cross the beams.

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

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Please demonstrate the availability of collective intelligence to be lowered. Personally, I have always believed that before we search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, we should first demonstrate terrestrial intelligence.

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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my last 2 vehicles haven't had a fuel cap, they seal the fuel pipe internally. That said, the first time I fueled my ex-wife's car, I forgot to put the cap back on. Which may explain why I like the capless vehicles better.

OK, so you've air-gapped that PC. Cut the speakers. Covered the LEDs. Disconnected the monitor. Now, about the data-leaking power supply unit...

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thumbs up

For the Harlan Ellison reference.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: ain't no problem in the world that can't be solved with hot-snot

In the early aughts I was taking a how to repair IBM laptops course at IBM. The instructor said, "If any of you have a Dremmel tool in your kit, leave it there. If you break a part by Dremmelling it, that is not covered by warranty."

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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I half got the joke

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

I thought it was a grand duchy

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Re: Epic level of nominative determinism here

George Marshal didn't want to be Marshal Marshal

You can wipe those smiley faces off: Unicode technical website is going to be out for 'a couple of weeks'

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Re: Hieroglyphics

Forest Gump's fault

Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year

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Re: I'm confused..

I am gob-smacked that you couldn't be bothered to look up User State Migration Tool.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/usmt/usmt-overview

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

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Re: Teams makes me sad

I feel the same way about both Teams and Slack. I liked that when someone had something to say to me, SfB popped up and drew my attention instead of having to have the app front and center so you could monitor it 100% of the time

Australian digital-radio-for-railways Huawei project derailed by US trade sanctions against Chinese tech giant

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Re: "This decision will also ensure the state complies with US trade restrictions.”

Apparently neither one of you bothered to read the complete article. There are US manufactured parts which are not allowed to be shipped to Huawei to be integrated into the end product.

Fitbit unfurls last new wearable before it's gobbled by Google, right on time for global pandemic lockdown

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Re: "a built-in GPS receiver"

According to the ads, the battery will last up to 7 days if you have the GPS turned off or 5 hours of continous GPS use.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Re: OCR Fail

Google translate returned "zloty", "appeared", "half-penny" and "Current account balance"

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Actually only in the south-west side of the pond. In the north-west side of the pond it is properly spelt "cheque". A check is a thing you do to make sure every thing is OK or Not OK.

Germany says nein to Euro Unified Patent Court, pulls plug and leaves it nearby if anyone wants to put it back in

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I didn't understand why this is true:

"Thanks to the UK’s barrister structure, where it is impossible for smaller legal firms to interact directly with the ultimate advocates for their case, patent cases in the UK are much more expensive."

Why is it impossible for smaller legal firms to interact directly with the ultimate advocates?

Microsoft nukes 9 million-strong Necurs botnet after unpicking domain name-generating algorithm

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Re: MS at least try to be the good guys every now and then

Funny enough, none of my Windows machines have been broken into either. That I know of.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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Re: Windows appears in the most unlikely places

Indeed they do keep the images - until you go in and wipe the HDD, including the OS. And it doesn't have to be windows either.

HMRC claims victory in another IR35 dispute to sting Nationwide contractor for nearly £75k in back taxes

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Re: Offset his holiday pay

Would not Redundancy, holiday and sick pay be a matter between the employer and the deemed employee, rather than involving HMRC, beyond collecting additional taxes on those items?

Honeywell, I blew up the qubits: Thermostat maker to offer cloud access to 'world's most powerful quantum computer' within months

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Learned on a Honeywell Series 200, model 128, with 16K of memory. Competed against the IBM 1401,

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Re: Turducken

I have a friend who holds a garden party every year and deep fries one or two turkeys, in the back yard, well away from any well-lubricated guests, without risking either his home nor his neighbours. And the turkey is the moistest, most delicious bird I have ever tasted.

I heard somebody say: Burn baby, burn – server inferno!

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Re: Oh so special's

Bell Canada used (and may still) to charge you for tone rather than pulse even though none of their equipment supported pulse.

Death and taxis: Windows has had enough of clinging to a cab rooftop in the London rain

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Digital signage fail

I was in an elevator the other day with digital signage that proudly requested that it be reconnected to its boot disk. No idea what the failing OS was, it had been working a couple of hours earlier.

The self-disconnecting switch: Ghost in the machine or just a desire to save some cash?

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Re: Armoured cables no problem mate

Subway sandwich shops still do that.

'Don't tell anyone but I have a secret.' There, that's my security sorted

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Re: Not a freebie in sight

"The trick is finding occasions to use the red and green to even out the life span."

Can't you just find refills for the black and blue?

Good news: Neural network says 11 asteroids thought to be harmless may hit Earth. Bad news: They are not due to arrive for hundreds of years

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Alien

Celestial objectiveness.

One would presume that the neural network took into account the effects of 9 planets (yeah, like many astronomers, I still count Pluto as a planet), millions of other asteroids, and comets on these 11 celestial objects as well as extra-solar visitors such as Oumuamua. The 3 body problem ain't got nothin' on figuring an asteroid'sl transit of near-earth space.

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations

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Re: Size 40's

no, size 40 is quite large. North American shoe sizes are Last Length x 3 -24, so size 40 would be (40+24)/3 = a 21.33 inch last, a last being the foot-shaped template over which the shoe is manufactured. So size 40 would be clown shoes.

Ever had a script you just can't scratch? Excel on the web now has just the thing

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Re: As always...

HP did due dalliance?

Like other tech giants, Netflix gets govt takedown demands – and impressively, none of them involve Adam Sandler

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Re: The Bridge documentary is an awesome piece of film

"Naturally, most stations ignored the "ban". "

No they didn't, they switched to the non "little faggot" version.

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Re: Adam Sandler...

I usually hate Adam Sandler movies. I could not watch past the first 5 minutes of Ridiculous 6, but I also have to admit that i loved Murder Mystery. Possibly because of Jennifer Anniston.

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump

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Re: To be honest ...

IMH <liberal> O, it''s the Democrat contenders for the nomination that are constructing the silver platter.

HPE's orders to expert accountant in Autonomy trial revealed

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Re: Fake news

I thought this was a civil case, not a criminal case. Therefore there would not be a prosecution but rather a plaintiff and a defendant. What surprises me is that the case has gotten this far. HP is a big company, and I am sure that it has bought lots of other companies. Did it not do it's due diligence on this one?

The BlackBerry in your junk drawer is now a collectors' item: TCL says no more new keyboard-clad phones

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Started using a KeyOne several months ago and love almost everything about it except perhaps the spellchucker.

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access

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Re: A System/38 aint no mainframe, boy!

aught that not to be a 4341? (or it's baby brother, with the ICA a 4331?

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