* Posts by Miss Config

141 posts • joined 28 Feb 2014


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

Miss Config

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

Miss Config

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 .

Miss Config

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.

Miss Config

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'.

Miss Config

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

Miss Config

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.

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

Miss Config

Re: Microsoft Forms SEPARATE Companies

In legal terms perhaps. I am however referring to what is happening IN PRACTISE.

Miss Config

Microsoft Forms SEPARATE Companies

Once upon a time Microsoft was TWO companies : Windows and Office.

Windows made some kind of OS while Office made Office software for Steve Jobs and his gang.

Now Microsoft ALSO includes a cloud company ( Azure ) and a hardware company ( Surface ).

If anything Surface learned Windows quickISH.

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

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Public Service Donation

What surprises me is that no big IT company such as Google has said to vaccine researchers :

You want a ton of computing power ? Here it is. Be our guest.

It is not only a definitive case of Public Service but it would be both great Publicity AND a place in the history books to be able to say :

The company whose computers helped find the covid-19 vaccine

One for the super rich fanbois: Ultra-rare functional Apple-1 computer goes on auction

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Fully Functional ?

a fully functional Apple-1 computer is going under the hammer, with a guide price of $300,000.

In that case it won't be 'fully functional' for long

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'

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Very very Simple

How to save Boeing is so simple as to win the No Shit Sherlock Award 2019 .

But whether it will actually happen is another story entirely.

First, State the problem : this company is, effectively, Boeing Beancounters Inc.

The obvious thing to do is to put actual ENGINEERS in charge again.

The longer the beancounters stay, the more likely the company will be fucked up in a terminal sense.

Das Reboot: Uni forces 38,000 students, staff to queue, show their papers for password reset following 'cyber attack'

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ID IS Routine

people have to show up with identification to get their passwords changed.

People in countries where English is the main spoken language are mostly unaware of how routine ID is in Germany.

I remember particularly a photo taken about 1900 where there was a policeman ( with helmet making him look a soldier from WW1 ) looking into the ID documents of ................................. a tramp.

So ID is so important in Germany EVERYBODY has it.

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people

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Airplane! LIVES

Run this AI software on the dudes talking jive on Airplane!

I'm ordering popcorn from the edge of my seat for the results.

( Airplane! ? What's that ? It's a metal object in which people fly from city to city but that's not important right now. )

Now Uncle Sam would like a word with Brit teen TalkTalk hacker about a huge crypto-coin heist

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Enforcing Cryptocurrency ?

I hope nobody is mixing up two separate issues here.

Hacking into a computer is a crime of course and should be dealt with according to law.

BUT it should NOT matter to the law whether the accounts in question had 2 bitcoin or 2 MILLION bitcoin.

Because if it did that would mean the feds were enforcing the value of cryptocurrencies, which central banks at least are NOT happy to do.

The Central Telegraph Office was serving spam 67 years before vikings sang about it on telly

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Telegrams. In 1987 ?

What the article does not mention is that as recently as 1987 BT tried to reintroduce the telegram.

I remember full page ads in newspapers explaining how cheap it was to send a page worth of text.

Not sure how successful it was at the time but it more or less coincided with the arrival of faxes.

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)

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Stopping The Yahoo Service

Today when I tried to send an email from my Yahoo account, I got a message saying it would NOT send the message because it looked like spam.

There was a hyperlink in the email and I assumed that was the cause of the problem. But converting the hyperlink to 'only' text had no effect.

Was this something to do with the fact that Yahoo now keeps asking me to whitelist it on my adblocker but I refuse ?

Anyway, whitelisting Yahoo had no effect in terms of actually sending that email.

Are Yahoo trying to remove their services entirely without actually saying so ?

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Re: Guilty Secret

That makes two of us.

Don't trust Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, boffins warn: Zuck & Co know that hash is king

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Ignore Facebook Completely

Is it just an unsociable bastard such as myself who has never had a Facebook account ?

Or is it a case of the more IT-savvy you are ( such as being a Registard at all ) the LESS likely you will go to Facebook in the first place ?

At least this cryptocurrency is one more reason NOT to get involved with Zuckenburg et al.

Psst. Hey. Hey you. We have to whisper this in case the cool kidz hear, but... it's OK to pull your data back from the cloud

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Cloud ONLY as Backup

While I would be the first to say that companies should keep all processing and storage in-house, at the same time there is the need to backup your data which means having it three separate geographical locations, including, arguably, the cloud.

Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants

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From the CLOUD ???

Thompson broke into Capital One's cloud-hosted storage, believed to be Amazon Web Services' S3 buckets, and downloaded their contents.

Maybe I'm last to learn, as per, that a huge corporation such as Capital One actually uses the cloud for its storage.

Boeing's 737 Max woes trigger BEEELLIONS in losses – and that's just for the latest quarter

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Re: Manglers

beancounter manglers

actually beancounters full stop. If beancounters in any way shape or form OVERRULE engineers then Boeing is fucked. End of.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

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The 'Three Copies Rule'

IT professionals should know The Law that

unless there are three copies of a given file then it does NOT exist

From reading this On Call thread, the conclusion must be that ALL users, however otherwise 'untechy', should know this from the very start of using a PC.

Apollo at 50? How about 40 years since Skylab smacked into Australia

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Hitting The Target ( or Not )

What I remember is some people said that since governments NEVER hit their targets, any piece of ground in any danger of actually being hit by Skylab should have a sign in as large letters as possible :


Florida man pretending to be police pulls over real police, ends badly, claim cops

Miss Config

Re: Is that a serious offence

................. having a CB Radio ?

Finally in the UK: Apollo 11 lands... in a cinema near you

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Re: I look forward to seeing it, then

in which case you might particularly appreciate seeing Gene Kranz, which, with the benefit of hindsight is haunting in its own way.

What happens in Vegas ... will probably go through the huge bit barn Google is building in Nevada

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Desert Solar Power ?

Since it's being built in the desert, can't they build their own solar power plant to supply the bit barn ?

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

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Profit Before Safety

When an aircraft company for a microsecond puts its own profits before the passengers flying its aircraft then it is truly fucked.

That certainly happened here when Boeing threatened to CHARGE its customers for the software to correct this problem.

WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web

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Re: Interestingly,

Dammit if only I could remember who invented that NexT computer.

Name must be lost to history. ( It's certainly lost to this thread. )

If only someone would invent a way of looking her up.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

Miss Config

What It DID have that was 'lo tech'

Namely newspapers with actual paper.

Several times Harrison Ford is seen at a coffee shop reading a paper.

Nothing even vaguely resembling a smartphone or internet caff.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Miss Config

Re: *** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool,

There comes a point where if you try to make an idiot-proof OS, your OS ends up just doing idiotic things

There is no such thing as 'idiot proof'..



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