* Posts by Brian Milnes

7 posts • joined 5 Jul 2007

Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

Brian Milnes

re: "Fuck you Microsoft"

I'll second that.

Windows 10 "upware" disguised as Security Updates.

And they keep coming back, with variants. As soon as we got rid of the previous lot. There's more.

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Brian Milnes

It get's worse (a LOT worse)

For the last 10 days or so, my wife and I (who both work from home) have noticed really poor performance on our laptop/notebooks.

The symptoms on her notebook have been as severe as unworkable. (Delaying reaction to everything by time scale measured in minutes, not seconds.)

On my Laptop (with it's beefier i7 CPU) the primary symptom was a hard blowing system fan. Especially when supposedly idle.

I isolated the issue on her notebook to the activity of GWX, and used

1."uninstall update KB3035583",

2.Change Update Settings to NOT accept recommended updates and then

3. Scan for Updates and Hide update KB3035583

Despite the fact the my Laptop is a member of my Domain, it too got GWX, and I had to do the same process to get rid of it.

Or have I? I'm not convinced and am still suspiciously monitoring it.

I have to work through the other PCs I have within the domain and those belonging to the rest of family.

Microsoft, I am a (minor) MAPs partner of yours, You didn't advise me of this. You have cost me and mine (and presumably millions of others) hours in lost productivity.

It's an absolutely criminal act, as it was deliberate, understood and unannounced.

You should be deeply ashamed of yourselves.

Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 years away

Brian Milnes

We have an electrickery "smart" meter. There's a gubbins that goes with it, that the installation engineer got working by swapping it with a different one.

I looked at it for a day or two, couldn't work out where any value the information it displayed would offer and it is now still sitting in its box on top of the meter.

Currently (!) then, an utter waste of time and money.

Later models that automatically work out devices and their running costs are on their way, Could be worth waiting for, but probably not.

Personally, I already understand that my washer (which insists on being filled with cold water), the kettle, and an electric convection heater are very expensive to run.

After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

Brian Milnes

Oh, what a load of bollox

This nonsense piece flies in the face of the evidence, and particularly of the last century.

If we see how the connivance and collusion of the press owners with all the political elite, and whichever was in power at the time, you'll understand that this has never an issue of politicos vs press.

How many times have the press been a willing advocate on behalf of the political propogandists?

Would the hegemony of the United States, particularly egregious in its interference in South America, have been acceptable with the compliance of its press? And today, the Murdoch empire carries on this grand tradition, especially in what passes for TV News on its FOX network.

And this is not just a US problem. The "way too cosy" relationship between the UK press and the Westminster village continues unabated. Why bother composing your own copy when you can cut and paste from the Press Release? Who populates the drinking holes in and around Whitehall and Westminster?

So, who is that needs protection from spurious, salacious and spiteful stories that pass themselves off as news?

Voltaire said "I despise what you say, but defend to the death your right to say it" is the guiding principle, definitely.

But not if it is wrong and/or causes harm.

For example, what redress did Chris Jeffries have, for the nonsense spouted about him?

Self-evidently, the Press cannot regulate themselves. So who else could manage this on our behalf?

I still want the Telegraph to be able to publish the MPs bogus expenses claims, but don't want them paying the police for tittle tattle about celebrities or their phone numbers, or accepting fabricated stories about Government Chief Whips because the police want to shelve reforms to their service...

Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems

Brian Milnes

Virgin Media connection problems

I'm getting very curious delays when connecting to some web sites. It can take me 20-30 seconds to access some web sites, but others connect straightaway. (And then revisiting, connections are quick.)

This all smacks of Virgin doing some sort of DNS/"Safe surfing" techniques (and badly).

Please, El Reg, get someone to talk to them and 'fess up!

Will Microsoft parachute Windows 7 in early?

Brian Milnes

Hasta, Vista

I have to be a fairly early adopter, testing out technology in order to advise clients.

After 9 months of trying (both 32 and 64 bit versions of) Vista, with my (then) brand new shiny laptop, I'm now back to XP, and, "phew, what a relief"

It just wasn't stable enough. Outlook and IE7 in particular, kept crashing - what a pain. As were the hardware incompatabilties (e.g. wouldn't read the SD card, even when I'd found an arcane, third time lucky, driver having gone to HP support on-line. But even they couldn't help me make it work.)

So, how can this possibly be a workable option for Microsoft's corporate customers? The support and lost productivity costs, irrespective of the purchase and training costs just make it unviable.

So, "Hasta, Vista" and "What have you got mañana, Microsoft?"



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Catherine Tate to accompany Doctor Who

Brian Milnes

Most definitively, not bovvered

Dr Who's companions should not be "celebrities", it's a big, big mistake.

Blink was brilliant, BTW, more of the same.

Russell T D, is a camp wild card. Despite his stunningly successful regeneration of the Dr Who franchise, Torchwood amply illustrates his strengths AND weaknesses. Although Dr Who is still better than 80% of anything on telly, and strikes a fine balance between afficionados, family viewing and an increasingly sophisticated viewing public, it is still VERY variable.


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