* Posts by WolfFan

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Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: It was *supposed* to turn the aeroplane

Vigie Airport (name now changed to protect the guilty) in St. Lucia is sufficiently notorious that no-one flies jets into it anymore. The first time BWIA (officially British West Indian Airways, mostly called Britain’s Worst Investment Aboard, But Will It Arrive, or Better Wait In Airport) flew a jet into Vigie the aircraft made a low approach over Castries, St. Lucia’s capital and home to about half of the island’s 120,000 or so population, and blew out multiple windows, including those in the French Embassy. If you land short you land in the sea. If you land long you end in the harbour. If you drift to one side you land on a beach, a very popular beach. If you drift to the other side you land on the terminal building. And there’s just one runway. BWIA put 727s and Lockheed Tristars into Vigie for reasons which must have made sense to them. Air Jamaica put various Airbuses into Vigie back when Butch Stewart owned Air Jamaica; Butch also owned two hotels on St. Lucia and considered Air Jamaica to be a way to deliver victims, that is, guests, to them. BWIA and Air Jamaica have merged and no longer fly jets into Vigie. Now only turboprops fly commercial into Vigie, flown by the crazy men who fly into other small islands in the Windward/Leewards and US and British Virgins. The old airport on Monserrat is actually worse than Vigie, the runway ends at the edge of a cliff, and the runway in St. Croix (I think) runs into the base of a hill, there was at least one accident were a 727 ran long and went into a gas station at the foot of the hill, with interesting results.

You're not getting Huawei that easily: Canadian judge rules CFO's extradition proceedings to US can continue

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China really shouldn’t have

Virtually admitted that she was guilty by grabbing those two Canadians. That basically put the Canadian government into a box: turn Ms. Terrorist Friend loose and (maybe) get their citizens back, or apply the law and kick her ass into Deepest Trumpville. She looked guilty from the start, China’s heavy-handed tit-for-tat grabbing of two Canadians made her look guiltier and made it look as though the whole thing was, at least, known to the Chinese go beforehand, probably had their blessing, and possibly was at their behest. It’s hard to make the Orange One look good, but the Chinese government is certainly trying.

Pablo Escobar's big bro and former accountant sues Apple for $2.6bn over FaceTime bug

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Anyone can file

A lawsuit. Actually avoiding getting laughed out of court is somewhat more difficult.

HP Ink sales are in the red: Total revenue down 11 per cent as CEO says coronavirus knackered supply chain

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Not surprised

Thanks to previous HP shenanigans, I have not purchased any HP kit at home for over a decade, and in the office for nearly a decade. I’m quite sure that I’m not alone in my thoughts on the matter. It’s taken a while, but it seems likely that enough others think my way that it has begun to affect their bottom line.

I do hope that those overpriced cartridges and devices which were ‘obsolete’ when Vista or 7 or 8 arrived, or, my fav, devices which failed repeatedly during the warranty period, were replaced under warranty (after a major fight) only to have the device fail again, and as the warranty was on the original device, were out of warranty even though they were less than three months old made HP a _lot_ of profit, that’s the last money they’ll see from me. That’s ‘devices’: two DVD/CD 5.25 internal drives and an inkjet. (One of the optical drives was my personal property, replaced by a Samsung device which is _still_ working, 11 years later, the other optical drive and the inkjet were company property, replaced by a LG and a Brother respectively.)

I’ll never buy a HP product again, and they have only themselves to blame for my attitude.

Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters

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Re: I slapped a wireless card into an HP laptop...

Many, many moons ago I was called in to assist a Very Senior Person with his company-paid-for Really Powerful Workstation. This was a massive HP tower, with lots of RAM, multiple SATA 3 drives (back when large-capacity SATA 3 drives were hideously expensive) and multiple monitors. It was the monitors which were the problem. The system would handle three 24” monitors, one on the motherboard DVI port, two on the video card, but the Very Senior Person wanted _four_ monitors, all of them 30”. (Exactly what he was doing was a mystery, at least to me, but he wanted four 30” monitors. I suspect an awful lot of Call of Duty, but I have a negative attitude.) He got two high-end gaming video cards and installed them and plugged all four monitors in. And got 800x600 on monitors rated for over 1920x1080. Reinstalling the drivers got 1920x1080, until he rebooted to finish the beta install, whereupon it went back to 800x600.

I had a look, and checked the hardware. It was working elsewhere. I checked if Windows was set up properly; it was. I RTFM. And lo! Hidden away in the docs was a list of ‘supported video cards’, a list which did NOT include the supercards he had got, with a notation that non-supported cards ‘might not deliver proper performance’. We ordered cards off the list. No more problems, but the HP video cards lacked the performance of the gaming cards but cost considerably more. The Very Senior Person made a notation of his own, and the company stopped buying HP equipment. HP’s sales guy noticed after a while and came around to find out why. I told him. We had been good for tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales over a year. HP lost all that because they played silly buggers with video cards.

We still have HP printers from the days before The Great Video Card Incident. For several reasons they’re being replaced by Brothers as they die. All HP desktop and laptop equipment is long gone, we bought a lot of Macs and generic hand built systems instead, the Macs in particular costing more than the HPs, but but Apple didn’t attempt the kind of nonsense HP did.

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

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Re: CTA Band/Banned

So... you’re saying that the CTA are humorless twats, like a certain Butt Head Astronomer?

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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You mean that black Irishmen aren’t black? Shock. Horror.

UK.gov splashes out on 40,000 new devices amid COVID-19-fuelled homeworking boom

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‘68 iPhone 6s”

Really? IPhone 6 or 6s, it’s not clear which? The iPhone 6 is ancient, and no longer gets the latest OSes, and is due to go completely out of support in the next two-three years. It’s still getting security updates, including yesterday’s update to 12.4.7. It is effectively unsalable, I got a SE 2020 to replace my 6 and the best offer I got to buy the 6 was $60, so the 6 is now my spare phone. I’ll plug it in to power to get the battery back to 100% and to download the update later today. The 6s is one year less ancient, is barely salable, is still able to get the latest OS, until September/October this year when it will join the 6 on the no-longer-supported pile. Is HM Gov so penny-wise and pound-foolish that they didn’t go for a 8, or at least a 7, instead? Or is it that someone’s second cousin had a pile of unsalable 6s or 6ss and HM Gov is, um, helping them out? Or are they really that cheap and have not the slightest idea about future-proofing?

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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They have a credibility problem.

As soon as I saw that they were blathering about the ‘researcher’ not notifying them before going public, well I was totally convinced, by their own words, that they were guilty, guilty, guilty of everything the ‘researcher’ said. I don’t have any Trend Micro products on any machines at home or at work, but if I did, I’d be removing them and replacing them with other products, and I’d be screaming at their customer service line for a refund and saying why. And I’d probably be transferred over to their legal people and the words “lawyer”, “law suit”, “fraud by misrepresentation”, and “Federal Court” would be mentioned. But that’s me. I’ve been told that I have a bad attitude.

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Fitting. The 1930/40s vintage cruiser sunk by 1930/40s vintage torpedoes.

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They are, or used to be, matelots.

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Re: Oops!

The RN has form on this. HMS Trinidad managed to torpedo herself while escorting a convoy to Russia in 1942.

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

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Re: Can someone explain?

Anyone who has the budget to use gold for cable is some I want to know better.

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Re: Can someone explain?

There are active duty RN personnel in the area. Don’t know if the SAS is around, but there’ll be Marines on some of the ships. And at least one US Navy SEAL team is in the general vicinity.

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Re: Can someone explain?

The Kenyans, the Indians, and the Chinese are paying very close attention to the Somali pirates. The Kenyan navy is hunting them at sea with Indian, Chinese, and some American, British, and French naval assistance. The Kenyan army is going up the coast and thumping pirate ports (a.k.a. ‘fishing villages’). The pirates and their friends dislike this so much that they’re carrying out a terrorist campaign in Kenya, which has merely made the Kenyans even more pissed off. Some units in the Kenyan army still carry battle honors from when they were units in the King’s African Rifles; at least one such unit has fought pirates/terrorists in more or less the same place where they fought Italians in 1941, and so has a second battle honor with the same name.

There is also a pirate problem in the Bight of Benin and adjacent areas; the Nigerian armed forces are doing a lot of pirate hunting, with American, British, and other assistance. The Nigerians are even more pissed off than the Kenyans, the pirates in West African waters are annoying oil people (there is, or was, a write-up on that in the BBC’s “long reads” section) and that is costing them _money_.

If someone tried to hit a cable layer, they’d better pray that they get caught by American or British forces, the Kenyans and the Nigerians are taking very few prisoners.

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Re: Can someone explain?

No, copper is better than aluminum. It also costs more and is heavier. Voltage depends, in part, on the diameter of the cable (that’s a gross oversimplification, the class I took on electrical transmission systems spent some time on the details) so that for a given weight of cable aluminum is thicker than copper and can support more voltage. For a given cost, you can make the aluminum cable thicker still. Only silver is better than copper. It also is vastly more expensive, and silver cable is used only for very specialized systems where cost is not a primary limiting factor.

Aluminum is sufficiently cheaper than copper that there was a fad for putting aluminum wires in houses and ships and other places. Someone forgot that aluminum also burns easier than copper. After several spectacular fires, they stopped doing that. Aluminum cable usually goes where professionals can keep an eye on it, in things like large motors and generators and very high voltage electric transmission cable. Underwater fires are unlikely, but difficult to extinguish, particularly as metal fires in general and aluminum fires in particular tend to burn very hot and to do things like disassociate the oxygen from water (or other substances; thermite is usually aluminum powder and iron oxide, a.k.a. rust, and burns by the aluminum liberating the oxygen from the rust) and use it to burn. And no, halon will NOT put it out, it stops burning when it runs out of fuel (aluminum) or oxidizer (water, in this case). Thermite will burn quite merrily in a vacuum, if you get it going... There would probably be a reason why no-one has run aluminum cable under water at this length before.

Huawei gets misty-eyed for the good old days (of a year ago) with maudlin P30 Pro remaster

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Someone who wants a powerful handheld computer. It used to be that I mostly used cellphones to make calls, but over the last few years my use has been largely computer-related: maps, music, videos, books, Internet access. I’m typing this on an iPad, but I sometimes use my phone...

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Re: One more reason...

I replaced my old iPhone 6 with a new iPhone SE 2, which also won’t do 5G. Right now I have 2 bars of 4G LTE, and there are, according to T-Mobile’s own coverage maps, several spots locally where 4G isn’t available, much less 5G. I’ll worry about whether or not my new phone does 5G when there’s better coverage, which won’t be for years. For years one local T-Mob store had to have a booster in the store as they were in an area which got 3G coverage only, despite the coverage map saying that there was 4G...

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Re: The Great War of China

Pass the word to both Pony Boy Vlad and Great Waller Jin that I’m putting out a tender for my vote. Biggest offer gets it... maybe. I mean, how can they verify which way I voted? Perhaps I’ll take both offers and then vote for Mickey Mouse, who has more sense than both the Orangeutaun and Joe-Boy combined... and not just because the Orangeutaun has negative sense.

Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog

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Whatever Sky wants it to mean.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Re: we obviously also cannot trust what it might spit out when asked for "tea."

There is no tea in France. There are various substances which are alleged to be a tealike substance, but are really the French equivalent of Fosters ‘beer’: a semi liquid that no local will drink, present only for sale to rosbefs/poms/other foreigners.

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution

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Re: Compare with WPS Office?

Word Perfect Office doesn’t do Macs or Linux. WPS Office has... problems... with heavily formatted files. I once fed it a 87 page Word document, with multiple tables, graphics, and other items. The resulting mess took quite a bit of fixing. LibreOffice struggled with that file, too, but Pages ate it, no problem except some of the paragraph borders didn’t come out correctly. Word Perfect did a better job than Word 2016 on Mac, though not as good as Word 2016 on Windows. If you have to deal with MS Office formats, it really is best to use MS Office.

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Re: Fonts

I rarely use Calibri or the other MS fonts. Many years ago I set my own font settings up, using fonts I like, and standardized it across the board. My Normal template bares little resemblance to the Normal template installed by a default Office install; the Normal style in it does not have Calibri, nor is it 11 point (an abomination) and does not have a trailing 8 point space after each paragraph. I use MS Office in large part because MS has made it easy to setup and update the styles and other items in the Normal template; LibreOffice has a ‘Load Styles’ feature, but it’s nowhere as easy to use as MS’s system, and really hates anything other than the Open Document formats. (Go on. Try to import styles into a DOCX file using LO; I’ll wait... not fun, eh?) Their ‘my way or the highway’ attitude means that I simply cannot use LO for documents which go to non-LO users. I have LO, but don’t use it as often as I would like, or as I’d planned, because it just doesn’t play nice with others. Mellel, for example, does a much better job of round-tripping Word files than LO. Mellel does a better job than Word sometimes does; Word 2013, 2016, and 2019 can have problems with Word 2007/2008 and 2010/2011 files, particularly when being moved from Windows to Mac or, worse, Mac to Windows. Unfortunately Mellel is only a word processor, and a Mac-only product, so it can’t be deployed universally. Even Pages does a better job than LO, and Apple went insane with the ‘updates’ after Pages 4. Pages is currently at version 10, and is still broken and probably will never be fixed because Apple likes it this way. You’ll notice than Pages, like LO, is free, but I pay actual money for MS Office and Mellel... (Note: whenever Apple releases a new version of Pages, I post a Apple Store review, listing its deficiencies. It’s amazing how fast my reviews are removed. It’s still better than LO...)

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Re: HP printers

In Ye Olden Daze(™), the company I was working for had a big, beautiful, tabloid size (11 x 17) Tektronix crayonjet. The sales bumf said that it would print on anything from tissue paper to cardboard. We once had to use a sheet from a kitchen paper towel roll; it printed. We used thin cardboard stock on several occasions; it printed. It never jammed, not even once. And, yes, it would print on transparencies. Then Xerox bought Tektronix, and new printers were possibly the most useless paperweights I have ever seen.

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Re: HP printers

What’s the problem? It’s mostly Macs around here, no probs with Brother drivers here.

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HP printers

I used to buy HP laser printers for all office work, going back over 30 years. Please note the past tense. I haven’t bought a new HP printer in years. Because the old ones were so good and lasted so long, I still have a lot of them around the office. As they die, they are being replaced by Brothers. I have found that Brother lasers are almost as good as HP used to be, cost less, and Brother doesn’t pull DRM bullshit. I used to use mainly Epson inkjets. They are being replaced by Brothers as well. Brother inkjets aren’t as good as Epson inkjets, but again are cheaper and don’t do DRM crap the way Epson does. I personally have a Brother laser and a (getting elderly now) Epson inkjet at home; both will be replaced by a Brother colour inkjet when the Epson finally breaks. There is a firmware update for the Epson which I have not applied; unlike HP, Epson didn’t sneak it onto the machine (possibly because it’s not connected to the Internet...) and did warn in the Read Me (in small print, near the end) that the update might cause 3rd party cartridges to not work, including cartridges already in the printer. Allegedly the update fixes a ‘security issue’. I fixed the ‘security issue’ by not letting the printer onto the Internet.

Where the hell Huawei? It should be a bit easier to tell now the AppGallery has its first proper navigation app

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They’re pirates. The only banks I know of which are nearly as bad are CIBC and Scotiabank and Barclays. Not even Hells Cargo is as bad. Evil, that’s them.

ICE cold: Microsoft's GitHub wrings hands over US prez's Trump immigration ban plan

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Re: Aren't his wife and/or ex-wife born and raised abroad?

The Turks you may be thinking of are from Turkey, but there are assorted other Turks, as in the race, all the way across Asia to China. Azeris, Uzbeks, and so on are all Turks, mostly, there are a few Armenians and Kurds and whatnot in there too. Remember always, the Turks in what is now Turkey moved there from Central Asia and conquered the locals, getting as far as Vienna and Malta before being turned back. There were Kurds and Armenians there long before there were Turks.

Iranians are (mostly) ethnic Farsi. That’s a race. Again, there are Kurds and others mixed in; this time, the Farsi were there well before the others. In particular Farsi are NOT Arabs, and will get quite upset with any who confuses a civilized people with those barbarous savages. When I was in university, several of the grad student teaching assistants were Iranian, two groups: pro and anti-Shah. The only thing the two groups could agree on was how much they despised Arabs.

El Don del Mar-a-Largo, Bozo por de Vida, doesn’t like Turks in general, including Azeris and Uzbeks. And he ain’t fond of Farsi, though I suspect that he doesn’t care for Kurds either, Iraqi, Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, or whatever; Kurds once were as far south as Egypt, Salah ad-Din, Sultan Yusuf of Syria and Egypt, was a Kurd.

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Re: Aren't his wife and/or ex-wife born and raised abroad?

The Mango Mussolini’s own comments about black and Hispanic (especially, but not limited to, Mexicans; Puerto Ricans, who are _American citizens_, are apparently ‘island Mexicans’, as are Cubans) people say a lot about He Of The Long Red Tie. Strangely, he seems to like Jews _and_ Arabs, though he doesn’t care for Turks and rates Iranians as lower than Mexicans.

Yes, I think that he’s a racist. Indeed, he’s the most racist Prez since Woodrow Wilson, and may beat WW for the title of Most Racist Prez Ever, hard to do when the competition includes actual slave-holders.

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Re: Aren't his wife and/or ex-wife born and raised abroad?

Two of three TrumpWives(™) were foreigners, showing that there are so e jobs that very few native-born Americans will do. Der Orangeuraun’s paternal grandfather was an (illegal) immigrant from East Central Europe. The two foreign TrumpWives(™) are also from East Central Europe. His mother was Scots (insert amti-Scots joke here). At least one of the foreign TrumpWives(™) was an ‘escort’ prior to landing him. (Insert joke about East Central European porno here)

You can’t make this stuff up.

Zero-click, zero-day flaws in iOS Mail 'exploited to hijack' VIP smartphones. Apple rushes out beta patch

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Re: "use another client"

Bullshit. A check in the App Store shows multiple, two dozen when I stopped counting, other email clients, not least MS Outlook and Google Gmail client. I’ve never installed the Gmail client, Google got all huffy about that because Apple Mail and Outlook were ‘not as secure’ as Gmail. Yeah. Right. I have installed Outlook. And others.

Microsoft 365 invites users to 'Ask Me Anything' – as long as it doesn't require a clued-up exec to deliver clear answers

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Re: The problem

El Reg ‘boatload of money’ = An Ark.

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you

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Re: Surp is run by idiots

Why are they doubling down? They’re _Microsoft_. That’s all the reason they need.

Apple: We respect your privacy so much we've revealed a little about what we can track when you use Maps

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Re: But the data also shows a little of what Apple is capable of.

Just the normal El Reg hate on Apple, that’s all. Exactly what I have come to expect from El Reg.

April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font

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-100. Possibly less.

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

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Re: Why the decline of Firefox?

I tend to vary browser use by platform. Safari on Macs and iOS, not that you have a choice on iOS. Firefox on Windows and Linux. Occasional use of Firefox on Mac, mostly for sites Apple doesn’t like for some reason. (No, not including El Reg, that works in Safari, usually it’s something technical.) Brave and Vivaldi and Opera for extremely occasional use, I haven’t touched them, except for Brave, in so long that I’m probably a version or two behind. Brave I use for specific sites. Chrome I use for sites which really need it; a lot of sites say stupid stuff about their requirements but work in Safari or Firefox just fine, though I may have to change the user agent. Brave usually works, too, though then there’s moaning about adblockers. Which happens anyway as I stick uBlock Origin everywhere I can. Edge happens on Windows because MS opens certain things in Edge whether I want it or not. I don’t. That MS annoyance means that I do a lot in other OSes.

Similarly, Google trying to pop stuff up despite my pop-up blocker gets dealt with by not going near Google. Because I declined to use Google’s mail app and webmail, Google pouted and decided that I wasn’t me and killed access to two of my Gmail accounts. I have killed off all the other Gmail accounts. I have killed off and/or deleted all Google stuff from all my personal systems, down to Waze and Google Earth. I no longer go to Google anything. No pop-ups, no problems. This is probably not what Google wanted. Tough.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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‘Kinky’ is Col. Mustard with the candlestick in the bedroom while Mrs. Peacock watches.

Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support

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Re: Marmite

BoJo used Marmite as a lube when he was at Eton? This explains so much...

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Re: Lets hope

It seems that at least two Tory MPs read El Reg. Who knew?

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Re: Perfect Timing

BoJo? Is that you?

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Re: Perfect Timing

He isn’t smart enough to be a dummy.

Former Googler Anthony Levandowski ‘fesses up to pinching trade secrets about self-driving cars

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Re: Is that...

I’m not seeing it either. I expect that those of us who aren’t seeing it just aren’t woke enough or at all.

Thought you'd go online to buy better laptop for home working? Too bad, UK. So did everyone. Laptops, monitors and WLANs fly off shelves

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Re: For furniture...

Home Depot. Lowes. Ace Hardware. Other locations may be available. I was just in my local Home Depot, they have bleach and cleaning agents stacked up on pallets all over.

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The self-loading cargo ain’t what pays the bills. This is true at sea, on rails, and in the air. If the self-loading cargo has a problem with some of the cargo which actually pays the bills, the self-loading cargo can bloody well get out and walk. Doing that while the aircraft is on the ground is a good idea, though some of the self-loading cargo is too stupid to think of that.

Two years late, but upgrade wave finally washes a billion folk onto Windows 10 as its Android phone waits in the wings

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What’s Brazilian Portuguese for

“Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries” ?

Apple reopens stores in China as Middle Kingdom regains control of COVID-19 – after closing all its outlets in Italy

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Re: So what did China do...

They behaved exactly as a communist dictatorship is expected to behave: they ordered a mass lockdown and enforced it. Italy has ordered a mass lockdown; whether they can enforce it remains to be seen. El Don de Mar-a-Largo is being even more of a racist xenophobic idiot than usual; trying to ban the ‘foreign virus’ by semi-blocking travel to Europe ain’t gonna help. Son of Pierre in The Great White North is being almost as big an idiot as the Orangeutuan, just in different ways. I’m not sure what BJ is doing. I am sure that he has no idea, either.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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I see that at least three Ozians are feeling left out...

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No, that's Scots and Kiwis.

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING

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Feh. In the Final Emergency Container (a large plastic container, purchased at Office Depot) there are:

1 100 ft roll Cat5e

1 100 ft roll Cat6

1 100 ft roll Cat6a

what's left of one roll of 1000 ft Cat5e cable, stacked out of the way

some Cat3

1 container with 6 7 ft Cat5e cables

1 6 ft Cat5e crossover cable (never used, even once...)

1 box containing RJ-45 ends, nearly 100 left

1 box RJ-11 ends, for the Cat3, only a few left, haven't used any in years now

1 box low-voltage staples for tacking up Ethernet cable

1 roll tv-standard coax and ends for it

1 cable tester

1 cable cutter/crimper

1 12 ft parallel cable (standard Centronics)

1 12 ft parallel cable (HD Centronics) (only used it once, but it was a life-saver...)

1 SCSI external cable

1 HD SCSI external cable

1 SCSI cable (internal)

1 HD SCSI cable (internal)

1 IDE cable

1 box SATA cables, only three left

1 6 ft HDMI cable

1 3 ft VGA cable

1 6 ft Display Port cable

1 3 ft RS422 serial cable

1 3 ft RS232 serial cable

1 standard power cable

1 standard laptop power brick, with adapters for various size and type laptops

1 Apple MagSafe laptop power brick

1 2.1 amp power brick for cell phones and tablets

1 3.5 amp power brick for cell phones and tablets

1 Apple Lightening cable

1 miniUSB cable

1 Apple 40-pin cable

1 can WD-40

1 roll duct table

1 tube Gorilla Glue

1 hammer (large)

1 hammer (small)

1 container with 24 assorted screwdrivers, flat head, phillips, and hex

1 container with 24 assorted nut and bolt drivers

1 power drill with 12 different screwdriver ends and 12 different drills

1 spare battery for the power drill

1 set Apple case crack tools, including MacCracker, suction cups, pentahead screwdrivers, hair dryer, double-sided tape, more; note that this will work on Samsung and other heavily glued devices, too

1 forceps

1 bird-beak

1 pliers

1 boxcutter

1 hacksaw and six spare blades

Assorted batteries, ranging from AAA to lantern size

1 box assorted USB 2 and USB 3 cables

The Final Emergency Container has wheels so that it can be moved.

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Nah, you want one of these: https://www.cadetdirect.com/plce-main-bergen-mtp though not necessarily one from those pirates.



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