* Posts by Miss Config

166 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Feb 2014


FTX crypto-villain Sam Bankman-Fried convicted on all charges

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Exception That Proves The Rule

At least SBF is the only crooked executive in the crypto community.

Now that they've got the one rotten apple out of the barrel, the cryptocurrency market can go on making big profits for everybody.

Bank of Ireland outage sees customers queue for 'free' cash – or maybe any cash

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Bank of Ireland Incompetent ?

I am shocked, SHOCKED that Bank of Ireland, of all banks, could actually have a bug in its system.

Almost a year ago I tried to open a current account with Bank of Ireland via their website.

I answered a lot of the usual questions about name, address etc. and thought I was at least NEAR the end.

Then I got 'System Error'. End of story.

Nobody called me back to help correct their errors or anything.

I concluded that the bank was completely unaware of the fact that I had failed to open an account.

So which is worse ? That there is a bug in the system OR that the bank is completely unaware of that bug.

Goodness knows how many OTHER people failed to open an account likewise.

The good news for me is that my knowledge of their incompetence tells me that NOT having an account with them is best for me.

Soon the most popular 'real' desktop will be the Linux desktop

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"Move Windows 11 increasingly to the cloud"

As it happens, yesterday I created a Windows 11 VM on this iMac.

My 'main' version of Windows is on a HP PC.

I used the same Microsoft/Windows ID on both versions of Windows ( as proven by the fact that they both use the same mugshot of me ).

What surprised me was that several G worth of folders/files etc. were copied from the PC version to the iMac without my even thinking of asking.

Presumably that was done via OneDrive.

Serious question :

could it possibily be that folders supposedly on my own hardware are actually stored/maintained on OneDrive ?

Voyager 2 found! Deep Space Network hears it chattering in space

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Control Room

One strange thing about the Voyagers, not previously mentioned here, is their control room.

Absolutely nothing like Houston Mission Control but rather an office by a shop in some California strip mall.

Or at least it was about 10 years ago when I saw a report about it.

Global network outage hits Microsoft: Azure, Teams, Outlook all down

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Who uses outlook anyway ?

About a year ago I saw a van on the street that had the email address of the business painted on the side.

It said : @outlook.com.

I am a bit embarassed to note how slowly it took me to realise that that was a Microsoft address.

At least on vans, email addresses are mostly gmail nowadays and the outlook van was almost an historical curiosity.

India sets USB-C charging deadline for smartphones

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Re: So much for "Brexit freedoms" eh ?

iPhones now has two kinds of ports : Lightning and USBC.


Lightning is Apple's own property which is reason enough it could NOT be imposed as a universal standard.

Still, since the UK is NOT imposing USBC, instead Apple will obviously provide UK iPhones with Lightning ports so the UK is ahead of the EU technically. Another Brexit triumph.

Arm founder says the UK has no chance of tech sovereignty

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UK Technical Sovereignity ?

Of course the UK will have Technical Sovereignity.

Because they VOTED to have it via Brexit.

End of.

Is it a bird? Is it Microsoft Office? No, it's Onlyoffice: Version 7.2 released

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Re: Ribbon

I have always assumed that the Ribbon is about Microsoft office ( small 'o' ) politics.

Their programmers are paid and even promoted depending on how many 'great new ideas' they can add to the ribbon.

Whether customers actually use all those brand new facilities is entirely secondary.

'Last man standing in the floppy disk business' reckons his company has 4 years left

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Re: Speaking Of Ancient Storage Methods .....


On a Sony ?

As I recall Sony were famous for using Betamax ( the alternative and superior format to VHS )

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Re: LTO tapes...

Still available for sale via that new fangled internet.

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Speaking Of Ancient Storage Methods .....

Seriously, are there still companies that use reel-to-reel tapes for mass storage ?

NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years

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Correction !

Only Voyager 2 went to Uranus and Neptune after visiting Jupiter and Saturn.

Voyager 1 only visited Jupiter and Saturn


( Sorry. Do not know how to activate a hyperlink on The Reg. )

First-ever James Webb Space Telescope image revealed

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JWST II ( ?! )

The vital question right now is exactly how far advanced we are in designing the successor to JWST ?

Strictly speaking, the technology it is using is now well out of date.

Obviously it will have to be approved formally by the collective intelligence here at The Reg.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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Re: Hobnobs - invented for mans pleasure

Presumably the Reg was trying to help Americans by saying :

Hobnobs (a delightful oaty British biscuit, occasionally covered in chocolate)

Problem is that Americans are unfamiliar with the word 'biscuit' and say 'cookie' instead.

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment

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Re: Don't give a monkey's about rounded corners but....

already become a struggle in Win 10 to keep the Start menu organised.

You can STILL get the Classic Start Menu ( and it even calls itselfr that ).

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Copy Of Microsoft Office 2016 on This Laptop Was Stolen

When I did upgrade to Windows 11 which then insisted I use Office 365.

Fuck that for Software As A Subscription .

Couldn't get back to W10 fast enough.

Afraid of the big bad Linux desktop? Zorin 16.1 is here

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Android Apps

As someone who does NOT have a smartphone, the first thing I ask about any Linux distro nowadays is :

How is it for handling software that allows access to Android apps ?

Almost there: James Webb Space Telescope frees its mirrors and prepares for insertion

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Pounds ( No Stones)

FYI : Americans are unaware of the weight known in Britain as a stone.

eg. they would give the weight of somebody such as a boxer ENTIRELY in pounds.

( I tried, twice, to post this as a reply to the relevant post.

Each time Reg put it it in the WRONG place. )

Why should I pay for that security option? Hijacking only happens to planes

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Dollar Foolish

Wow. A beancounter who is penny wise and dollar stoopid.

Whatever next ?

It's primed and full of fuel, the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to be packed up prior to launch

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OS ?

A recent Mars rover was/is run by a highly technical version of Linux.

I was about to ask whether JWST was similar till I realised that JWST was probably designed BEFORE Linux was invented.

Anyway does it have an OS of its own ?

Microsoft 365 admins 'flooded' with bulk and bogus notifications for over an hour

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Put More And More On Our Cloud

I'm last to learn, as per, but I was told recently that as of Excel 2016, Microsoft encourages users to put shared Excel files on OneDrive

( rather than share them in-house ).

How backward of users to think they should only use OneDrive when absolutely necessary.

Just look at all the problems you get when you keep your stuff geographically local.

Kremlin names the internet giants it will kidnap the Russian staff of if they don't play ball in future

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So No Hacking From Russia

the regulator can take "coercive measures," such as removing the foreign businesses from Russian web search results, banning them from advertising or collecting data in the nation, and imposing other restrictions

So from Russia nobody would be able to hack into, say, Microsoft's cloud, 'cos they could not find it in the first place ?

Hypothetically of course. Russians would NEVER do that kind of thing.

Workday subscription revenue forecasts leave investors cold, wiping 9% off company value

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SAAS Definition

You take it for granted that readers know what 'SAAS' means. For the record :

Software As A Subscription

Check your bits: What to do when Unix decides to make a hash of your bill printouts

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Re: £ vs #

Just to be clear :

When an American says 'pound sign', the reference to is what Brits call a 'hash' ( ie. '#' )

Google fixes 'Chromebork' one-character code typo that prevented Chrome OS logins

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WHAT form of Linux ?

Google advised users: to "powerwash" their Chrome OS devices back to factory settings; to rollback the Chrome OS device to a previous version via USB; or to remove the affected account and add the account back to the device. All three mitigations, however, clear local data on the device.

Or simply install a different distro of Linux entirely.

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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Windows 11 Installs CLOUD Office

( Make no apology for repeating what I said on the thread about

Office Not Frightening The Horses. )

Windows 11 installs a Cloud version of Office

overriding any version of Office already on the machine.

At least it is easy to recover Windows 10 and re-install Office 2016

Refreshing: An Office update that won't frighten the horses

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Office Not Frightening The Horses ?

What Windows 11 does with Office frightens this particular horse.

Specifically, Windows 11 installs a cloud version of Office, completely overriding any version of Office that happens to be in the system already.

At least it is easy to restore Windows 10 and re-install Office 2016.

OK, you're paying data charges in the EU, but you can still roam free in, er, Iceland

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Re: Roaming Charges ?

What amazes me is your sheer cowardice in not accusing anybody ( or anything ) in this context of being a red under the bed .

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Re: Roaming Charges ?

slaps own face

Of course. That other Brexiteer seering insight that both the Financial Times AND The Economist are 'left wing media' .

Precisely the level of intelligence that actually DEFINEs Brexiteers.

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Re: Roaming Charges ?

How honoured The Reg is to have Brexiteers flaunting the intelligence for which they are so famous.

And to think anybody regards them as 'Sore Winners'.

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Roaming Charges ?

are exactly what everybody who enthusiastically voted for Brexit was specifically looking for.

The James Webb Space Telescope, a project dating back to the late 1900s, may launch this very century

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The Point, Lagrange

JWST is going to be sent to a Lagrange Point which means it should stop dead in space if it gets there.

What I will want to know is EXACTLY how near to the Lagrange Point does JWST actually arrive ?

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements

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W11 as 'Phone' ?!

Apologies for being fick if I've missed it here but the question for me is :

will Windows 11 work in such a way that, in terms of using apps, it can replace a smartphone ?

Says someone who does not have a smartphone.

Norton dodges UK courts after telling Brit watchdog it will be nicer to consumers

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Hot Deals With Your New Laptop.

Are there STILL ads for laptops that get tagged :

"For £50 You Also Get Norton Anti-virus" or somesuch ?

And is it the sods who say "Yes" who end up with automatically renewed subscriptions ?

When I see those ads my mental response is :

"So how much do you charge NOT to have Norton added ?"

Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app, told crims it was secure – then snooped on 9,000 users' plots

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Plea In Mitigation

The app, called AN0M, was seeded into the organised crime community .

What kind of sentence reduction will these guys get on account of being so friendly as to be able to form a community among themselves ?

America to get world's 'most powerful' AI supercomputer to create the most detailed 3D map of the universe yet

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Proving ( or Disproving ) Einstein

constructing the largest known three-dimensional simulation of the universe to date

So that will be better than

Today's Guardian story about Einstein being 'wrong'

Enough computer power to (dis)prove Einstein.

Can't get much more 'high powered' than that.

Hospitals cancel outpatient appointments as Irish health service struck by ransomware

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Reg Webcast ?

Serious question :

The Reg has a webcast about ransomware on May 26 :


will everybody who attends this webcast learn how to avoid at least this particular kind of ransomware attack ?

Ex Netflix IT ops boss pocketed $500k+ in bribes before awarding millions in tech contracts

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Where's The Movie ?

Thanks to the Reg for explaining clearly what happened here.

Seems there is more than enough interesting stuff to make a movie.

There must be SOME streaming service, at least, that would like to stream it to YOU ASAP.

Microsoft drops 64-bit OneDrive into the pool: Windows on ARM fans need not apply. As usual

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Cloud Growth

Thing to remember is that the MicroCloud ( Azure ) is the fastest growing division in the company.

The question is :

when will it be the largest part of Microsoft , making Windows and Office look small ?

Beloved pixel pusher Paint prepares to join Notepad for updates from Microsoft Store

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Paint Sudoku

I use Paint sometimes just to do Sudoku puzzles :

* Take picture of Sudoku puzzle

* Open with Paint

* Use Paint 'Text' options to put numbers where needed.

Ditto with Linux Pinta.

Leave.EU takes back control – and shifts its domain name to be inside the European Union

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Re: ....and the beat goes on.............

Careful Now. We don't want anybody thinking you're a Brexiteer yourself.

A pub denied: One man's tale of festive frolics postponed by the curse of the On Call phone

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Stating The Obvious

Obviously not expecting payment for stating the obvious but this turned out to be yet another case of

'Have you actually tried turning it ON/OFF ?'

Microsoft unveils a Universal version of Office for Apple silicon

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Microsoft Office is NOT Microsoft Windows

"Microsoft appeared to be favouring platforms other than its own."

No apology for being a stuck record so I'll post it again :

Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows are, effectively at least, two entirely different companies.

ducks incoming downvotes.

Tech support scammer dialed random number and Australian Police’s cybercrime squad answered

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By Recorded Message

My latest scammers have got SLIGHTLY more sophisticated in that when I pick up the phone a recorded message is played. This tells me there is something wrong with my IP address AND ....

if I want to correct it push button 1.

In other words they realise the possibility that the listener can see through them and so NOT proceed with the call.

Must admit temptation to ask whether it is my IPv4 or IPV6 address that is causing the problem and see whether the bloke even knows what I am talking about.

McAfee seeks $2bn return to stock market after Intel unpleasantness

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Re: For Macs As Well

as I type this I am trying to figure exactly which 'problem' you mean.

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For Macs As Well

Question :

Which is more surprising :

1) that McAfee sells its software for Macs as well ?


2) that this fact is not mentioned in this Reg article ?

Microsoft? AWS? Nein und nein. Deutsche Bank signs up with Google Cloud for its latest crack at digital transformation

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Own Backup

Please tell me that even for a company as big as this bank that dumps its data onto a cloud, they ALSO make at least one copy of said data that is kept on the company's own premises and so unavailable to anybody outside the company .

The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

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5G In Cork

Vodafone is my ISP and according to the icon in the tray the internet connection through which I am now interacting with the Reg is : 'vodafone-B799-5G'.

Early in the 2010s they laid a new internet cable across the Atlantic Ocean. Said cable was only 20 miles south of Cork Harbour and to tap into it cost all of €20m, which was obviously a bargain.

( Apple could have paid for it out of small change. )

I presume that is why 5G is so common hereabouts.