* Posts by keith_w

481 posts • joined 25 Jul 2012


Bratty Uber throws tantrum, threatens to cut off California unless judge does what it says in driver labor rights row

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Re: I’ll scweam and scweam and scweam until I’m sick!!

At least one of my local taxi companies has done exactly that. The problem is that it is limited to my local taxi company. If I go to the towns next door, I need their taxi company app. Uber and Lyft's advantage there is of course that one app is usable no matter where you are.

China now blocking ESNI-enabled TLS 1.3 connections, say Great-Firewall-watchers

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Re: Own goal?

yes it has.

TLS/1.3 is supported in all versions of Chromium-based Edge (and will be supported on all platforms. The Chromium based Edge just went GA so this should be good to go. Chrome and Firefox and other chromium-based browsers support TLS 1.3.


Super Cali COVID count is somewhat out of focus, server crash and expired cert makes numbers quite atrocious

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it probably have been more accurate to use "tribe" instead of "race"

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Re: Cleaning

Of course it is. You touched the keyboard during the fix the email resolution so of course she had to disinfect the keyboard from your germs with the anti-bacterial spray. Therefore it is absolutely your fault.

Trump administration labels WeChat, TikTok ‘threats’ to national security, bans transactions with both

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You are ignoring the possibility that Trump, having lost the election by a humongous amount of <mail-in> votes, actually concedes the election, and in desperation, resigns as President of the United States having obtained a promise of a pardon for federal crimes from President-not-elect Pence.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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At the end of last year I worked with a team to update approx. 4000 W7 machines to W10 in a hospital environment. The 2 biggest problems? Finding the mobile worksttions and an old brother QL label printer.

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Re: Vote Windows 10 for a fifth glorious year of TOTAL Telemetry.

Are you talking about Chrome?

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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I remember starting a new PC support job and get called to the receptionist's desk because her computer was too slow. Got there and found that she had a 22 line word perfect 4.2 code display which mostly consisted of bold on/bold off and italic on / italic off and other codes, but little or no text in between till the end and which updated every one of those lines every time she pressed a key. On a 386SX with 1 meg of memory. And that was not the last time I had to deal with that problem.

Only EU can help us, pleads Slack as it slings competition complaint against Microsoft Teams

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Re: Slackbot is the worst

"Have we forgotten IE already?"

And how has that worked out for MS. PS, yes, most have forgotten IE, since we switched to Edge. :)

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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Re: False and misleading

May I suggest that you read "Glory Road" for a discussion on whether or not carrying a sword is permissible and whether or not carrying it in a sheath makes it a concealed weapon. Also it's a good story.

Bad: US govt says Chinese duo hacked, stole blueprints from just about everyone. Also bad: They extorted cash

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They also didn't recognize other countries copyrights, which lead Gilbert and Sullivan to start performing their operettas in the US first, to establish US copyright so other US producers couldn't steal them.

Teardown nerds delve into Dell's new XPS 15 laptop to find – fancy that – screws and user-serviceable parts

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A couple of years ago I was doing a deployment and Dell sent us 275 Latitude 9450s and 20 XPSs with French keyboards rather than English ones. I had the joy of doing the replacement. The 9450s weren't too bad. 8 screws in the back and 4 or 5 for the keyboard itself. Perhaps 15 minutes start to finish. The XPSs were a bit different. 8 screws in the back, 4 for the speakers, 5 for the battery, 10 for the motherboard, and 26 for the keyboard itself. I think there are some I forgot, as there were 56 to be removed in total. Following the manual would have included removing some other parts that did not actually need removing to perform the work. Total time to replace the keyboard, approximately 1 hour.

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Apparently you missed this comment: ". Indeed, it surpasses the latest 15-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop in many areas – including a battery that's easy to remove."

From 'Queen of the Skies' to Queen of the Scrapheap: British Airways chops 747 fleet as folk stay at home

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Re: Bloody awful

This the major reason I am willing to pay for my seat selection - aisle seats only please, I hate being trapped in the center or window seat on any aircraft.

Fancy some fishy-chips? Just order one of these sensors: Research shines light on suspect component sources

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Re: Not counterfeit, not stolen

They are probably defined by the IEEE. However, i was unable to confirm this because they want you to buy a copy of the standard.

Rip and replace is such a long Huawei to go, UK telcos plead, citing 'blackouts' and 'billion pound' costs: Are Vodafone and BT playing 'Project Fear'?

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Re: Trumpery

The "Western Vendors" involved are Nokia and Ericsson. Not exactly US manufacturers. Why would Trump, a notorious Amerika Firster, be pushing Huawei out to support Scandinavian companies rather than American ones? And please remember that Huawei has been accused in the past of industrial espionage against Northern Telecom which is believed to have contributed to it's downfall.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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Re: Simpler than I expected

Or the person in the story could have checked his credit card or bank statement and asked "why is tom-tom billing me?"

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

I am pretty sure that "effing pissed!" refers to your state of mind (or possibly your body) and is not a derogatory term for someone else.

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

I wouldn't worry about it too much. I don't know the demographics involved here but I wouldn't be surprised to find that your downvoters are a bunch of old white guys who also have absolutely no problem referring to a female as a c**t or b**tch, any male they dislike as a poufter, and persons of colour as any one of numerous disparaging terms related to their ancestry because they have absolutely no idea about the impact of the terms they use for others. My demographic: old white guy.

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

The difference is that none of those slaves especially stood out in the general population. They could walk to the next village and unless they were wearing an identifying mark, no one would know the difference from the rest of the population. Yes, every civilization I have ever read about has had slaves. Doesn't make it right, doesn't mean we shouldn't continue to attempt correct the situation.

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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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.


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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