* Posts by 080

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Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads

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My Lenovo laptop doesn't seem to suffer from any of this, mind a HD reformat and Linux Mint backed by a PiHole does help.

Having trouble getting your mitts on that Raspberry Pi? You aren't alone

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it's easy to make bolts shorter, a hacksaw and/or a file, making them longer is a bit more challenging

OVH founder says UPS fixed up day before blaze is early suspect as source of data centre destruction

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Re: 300 Cameras

Or at least getting rid of all combustible material from the UPS room and sealing all the wiring ducts, sounds like a cheap and cheerful thrown together bodge.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Re: Who knew data centres were tinder boxes?

I would like to see the risk assessment of anywhere that allowed personnel to enter a confined space with an active fire suppression system. All HV switchrooms that I have entered, and there have been more than a few daily over many years, had an interlock system to ensure you could not enter unless the fire suppression was locked off. A bit of a pain but a lot better than trying to breath CO2.

This would explain why the system might have been switched off during maintenance.

Mobile World Congress to run this year's Barcelona event in June with 50,000 attendees. We're speechless

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Re: Already bought a ticket

I think Dido Harding is better qualified to run the EU

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.

"If there's one thing we've learned, you are on a hiding to nothing trying to educate these lot."

Surely you mean " this lot"

Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community

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Happy

"Otherwise it's like the whiners who never stop whining that GIMP isn't Photoshop! Gee, who knew? That really is the point, isn't it: GIMP is NOT Photoshop. If you want P'shop use P'shop, don't fill up lines of message boards whining on and on about how GIMP isn't P'shop, ... ad nauseum"

And I thought Gimp was just a free version of Photoshop.

UK network Three hikes pay-as-you-go rates by 400% to push punters to buy 'bundles'

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Re: Maybe not

"In this case EE. Which to be fair does seem to have a better coverage than the others, but if we are dissatisfied with them what alternative is there?"

Plusnet, owned by BT but cheaper.

About $15m in advertising booked to appear on millions of smart TVs was never seen by anyone, says Oracle

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Re: Naughty step

Where can I sign up for this service?

Apple aptly calls its wireless over-the-ear headphones the AirPods Max – as in, maximum damage to your wallet

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Hermes

Did't realise that Hermes made watches, I thought they just delivered parcels

Travel agent leaked customer data by – this is embarrassing – giving it away in a hackathon

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Re: Postcodes [in the UK] can be personal too

In Australia it's as you say, one post code per town, the same as in France where it may also be one code per 6 or more villages.

For every disastrous rebrand, there is an IT person trying to steer away from the precipice

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Re: Lest we forget

Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert Dibble and Grub

Super-antique-fragile-and-it's-XP-alidocious, even though the sight of it is something quite atrocious

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Corona days

Now, that takes me back, I worked for Corona during the school holidays in the mid 60's

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly

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You need balls

Can't understand why you guy's don't just chew their ears off after the first stupid call out. Worked for me for 20 years, but then it was in an industrial setting and I was the team leader.

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?

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Re: Poor On-Call this week

In Wales it's cleaner

What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases

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Re: CSV?

Or according to Google a vspdv (variable séparée par des virgules)

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Re: Hmm. 65 000 000 people. 1 000 000 col limit*

"and get any result you want!"

So it is good for statistics then?

'Mindset reset' contributes to £1bn extra costs and another delay – 2 years this time – for Emergency Services Network

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Re: Who was the priority?

Not only marine radios, get them off the shelf from your local Motorola and others dealers. But this is a government project so they must invent a different shaped wheel.

Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer

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Re: Sounds familiar

How much a metre is this blockchain stuff, I'll get some for securing my ladder.

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Re: Sounds familiar

He also bypassed a combination lock quicker than he could open it with the combination!

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

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I'M confused

So the story seems to be that Twitter, a large web based company, who employ probably, hundreds of security staff and software engineers have been hacked by three or four teenagers, presumably with no formal education in computer security.

This company seems to make money by offering a service to allow some of it's users to annoy the rest of it's users, who must like being annoyed or otherwise they would not use the service.

The security services of the US and UK are now busy basking in the glory of managing to trace these kids.

WTF

Why haven't we offered these kids jobs in counter espionage?

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

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Re: Details

Should have pressed 3. Then 2."

It probably did get to level 2 but then the brakes slipped as they were coming on or the wires stretched, you get the same effect when someone drives a 4 tonne forklift into a 2.5 tonne lift, it bobbs up and down a bit!

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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Welcome to Cloud Cuckoo Land

All this talk about "free" broadband if fine but as we all know there is no such thing as a free lunch.

So who is going to pay for it since the only money a government has is what it steals off the people?

I'm afraid its going to be you me and all the other taxpayers, including those taxpayers that don't want or use broadband, either in direct taxes or in increased prices from the likes of Amazon who sure as hell are not going to absorb the extra tax.

Xiaomi the way to go phone: That would be with a 108MP camera by the looks of things

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Re: 108mp?

Maybe that's what 5G is for

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero

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Look on the bright side.

If the ear thingies stop working the only person to know that will be the wearer.

Since most people wear them to impress others it does not matter whether they work or not.

When I was kid people put the dog end of their fag behind their ear, these things look just like dog ends hanging out of the ear.

Samsung on fridge cert error: Someone tried to view 'unsavoury content' in middle of John Lewis

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"The bigger question is why the feck would you want a screen on your fridge?"

Well you could fit a camera inside the fridge to save you opening the door to see what you can have for grub

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app

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Seriously!

When I read this kind of thing I thank God I'm an atheist

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Re: I must Confess

"Can you do "remote" Confession with the app"

Only if you connect it to St Alexa

We're going deeper Underground: Vulture clicks claws over London's hidden tracks

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Re: 20 MPH zones

Tomorrow never comes

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

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Re: Or

"There is no crime of trespassing in the UK, it would be a civil matter."

There is on the railway

A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse

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Linux

Better Now

"Ever been tempted to administer a jolly good thrashing to Windows?"

Not since I've been drinking the Mint tea

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

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I like the one star customer review

"They don’t tell you it’s radioactive, just watch the YouTube videos."

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter

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Re: The specialist kit is capable of installing 700 metres of cabling a day

"But always presuming that a) BT engineers know how to use it and b) BT Engineers are not sitting down drinking tea instead of operating the digger."

I doubt even BT would use "Engineers" to plant fibre

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me

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"Compromised to what end? So TheBadGuys[tm] can taunt the occupant about their inefficient 1970s appliances. Does it really matter? ... and besides, why would TheBadGuys[tm] bother? There's no money in the taunting game. "

If you could switch consumers off and on in sufficiently large blocks you could very quickly trip out the whole grid, think black start on steroids. No electric, gas, water, sewage, internet, alarms, phones all without a single shot fired.

And even if it is all running correctly you still have to rely on French logic.

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But look on the bright side, it would also disable your fibre connected phone so that you don't get a call every 55 min trying to give you bloody insulation for €1

You won't guess where European mobile data was rerouted for two hours. Oh. You can. Yes, it was China Telecom

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Re: That's what happens when you use a Huawei router....

At least you won't get idiot scammers pretending to be from China Telecom

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: Meanwhile ...

"A" Ark or "B" Ark? I'm guessing it will be the one with the 'phone sanitisers."

Hope the B Ark does not turn out to be a bit of a dog

While this CEO may be stiff, his customers are rather stuffed: Quadriga wallets finally cracked open – nothing inside

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"Why is there no mention of what date in December the sixth wallet was emptied? "

Yes there is, the 3rd December

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Re: 100% 999 coverage?

"We've often thought that it makes that golf course a bit more dangerous than most"

But it makes the golf much more enjoyable without some prat yelling into his mobile.

Jeez, what a Huawei to go: Now US senators want Chinese kit ripped out of national leccy grid

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Why?

Is the US dislike of Huawei because it told the NRA et al to sod off when they demanded a backdoor?

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Why would you want a bacon vending machine when there's a Greggs in every town in the UK? Ah, I suppose it's for use after 11 'o'clock

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Re: She sounds so vain

With all the coverage this story has been having I suspect it is more about publicity than privacy, and we are contributing to it.

OM5G... Qualcomm teases next Snapdragon chip for phones: The 855 with a fingerprint Sonic Screwdriver, er, Sensor

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Re: 5G? what about the back hauL?

You don't have to bury fibre, it works just as well in the air, but it's as ugly as hell

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: I would rather

A Zero W that I can easily put to sleep without add ons.

Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too

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So how is an eSIM better

I don't really see the advantage of an eSIM, when you fly into Australia there will be a Vodaphone shop at the airport to give you a SIM and sell you a package of 40GB, local and international calls for the huge sum of £11.09 at the end of the month throw it away.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

"Other than TfL, is there any other public sector run transport system?"

Cardiff Bus

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

"The fact that you have to pay a higher price and that it continually fails at their (presumably) busiest time leads me to believe that behaviour is by design."

Do you really believe that they have the wit to design something like this?

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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What is it?

So what does .eu stand for, European Union or EUrope?

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: EU Standard plug

Why would a foreign plug be dangerous in the UK?

Except that the UK ring main is fused at 32A and the continental spur is fused at 16A

'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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