* Posts by WolfFan

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Apple patches zero-day vulnerability in iOS, iPadOS, macOS under active attack

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Re: 4 months...

That depends. Is the building Mar-a-Lago? If so, it dan wait, there’s nothing important in there.

Somebody is destined for somewhere hot, and definitely not Coventry

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The pic

Ahem. That’s not Sister Mary Peter. She’s too short, doesn’t have a mustache, and doesn’t have a steel 18” ruler.

Yes, I was in Catholic school all the way to undergraduate level. Though the nuns mostly roamed at elementary level. At higher level were Jesuits. They didn’t use steel rulers, they used words, and were much more cutting. They were also, mostly, smaller than Sister Mary Peter. Or Sister Mary Hildegarde, who could probably have played on an NFL offensive line.

For a true display of wealth, dab printer ink behind your ears instead of Chanel No. 5

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Re: A Word for the EcoTank

They’re Epson. They’ll pull shenanigans. It’s what they do. When my current Epson dies, it’ll be replaced by a colour laser.

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Warranty, what’s a warranty?

I have an Epson inkjet MFD. It moans about non-Epson carts and warranties. It is also seven years old. What warranty? The warranty died years ago. Worse for Epson, I can get an eight pack of ink (two each cyan, magenta, yellow and black, all high capacity, from Amazon for under $40, while a three pack of cyan, magenta and yellow Official Epson Ink is $60 and a one pack of black OEI is $30. I can get twice as much ink for half the price from Amazon. The printer cost $160 or so, on sale at Walmart. Buying three sets of Amazon ink would keep enough money in my pocket to get a new printer. Spending a bit more would get a Brother colour laser, which I probably will get when the Epson dies. Their ink shenanigans have ensured that I won’t be buying another Epson.

Mountains on neutron stars are not even a millimetre tall due to extreme gravity

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Can we send Jeff

Bezos (and his pal, the Beardy One) off to investigate those mountains? Please?

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts

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Re: Teams doesn't work in IE 11, Safari or Firefox

Firefox is a “niche browser”? Most intriguing.

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Re: And besides, I wanted to give Windows 11 a fair chance.

A _single_ account? You won’t be able to have multiple accounts on one machine? Bloody hell, that would be insanely stupid. Not even MS is that stupid… are they?

US Surgeon General doubles down on Facebook-bashing amid vaccination information blame game

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Re: Facebooks "unprecedented" response.

What’s wrong with leaving it as is, letting it grow… and then nuking it repeatedly? Get all the idiots into one place, and drop the hammer on the lot of them at once.

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Re: Amazon

The majority of anti vaxxers either can’t read or won’t read. Information hidden in books is completely invisible to them. This includes anti-science info.

What follows Patch Tuesday? Exploit Wednesday. Grab this bumper batch of security updates from Microsoft

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Re: What precedes Patch Tuesday?

Bourbon? Barbarian. Nothing short of Bushmills will do. Or maybe some 12 year old Appleton Estate Extra. No Yankee imitation whiskey allowed.

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Mr. Bestial

Only if you’re on 4Chan.

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Re: Nickname

If you’re breaching a goat, you’re doing it wrong.

Not that there’s a right way, but some ways are less right than others.

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

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Re: What’s wrong with just releasing software that does what the user expects?

Not unless your name is Donald J Trump.

Sing a song of Office, a pocketful of why: ARM64 version running in a Pi

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Re: "popular" office suite?

Hmm. Apple shoves iWork onto every Mac and iOS device, for free. Pages is as good as Word, better in some ways, Keynote is better than PowerPoint, and Numbers is… truly awful. WordPerfect Office is still cheap. WordPerfect itself is better than Word, always was, always will be. Quattro in competent, far better than Numbers, not that that’s difficult. I’ve never used the presentation component or the database component; I feel sure that the database is better than Access, again not difficult, but the presentation stuff simply can’t compete with PowerPoint or Keynote. Those are two that I can think of without trying. Hint: I was using WordPerfect in the dayze of DOS…

Rocky Linux release attracts 80,000 downloads as ex-CentOS users mull choices

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‘Rocky’, eh?

Which Rocky? Frank ‘n ‘furter or flying squirrel? Admittedly, the thought of Boris, Natasha, and Fearless Leader trying to steal the secrets behind the Linux kernel has some appeal. As does the idea of Bullwinkle booting up a server.

Yes, I’m a fan of early 1960s cartoons. No, not a fan of idiot Italian boxers. Rocky the squirrel should have bitten the, ahem, Italian Stallion somewhere painful. I pity the fool who dares to steal the name from the squirrel.

Leaked print spooler exploit lets Windows users remotely execute code as system on your domain controller

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Re: What the ever-loving frak ?

Someone (me) who has a small network (my home net) is quite unlikely to go to the trouble of using group policy to allow Self Propelled Agents of Mass Destruction (teenagers) to install anything whatsoever. Past experience suggests to letting them install even seemingly innocuous items results in mass mayhem and someone (me) having to spend hours fixing the results. Nah, I just use admin privs… and don’t give them the admin account name, much less an admin password.

Fortunately the youngest is due to go to uni (in Indiana! Hoo-rah!) in late August to September, assuming that it won’t be remote classes. Unfortunately the eldest, no longer a teenager but still a SPAMD, is working from home and will be for a while.

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Re: What the ever-loving frak ?

Good luck installing a printer driver on Windows without Admin privs.

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Re: What the ever-loving frak ?

You print from a domain controller when it's a home or small company domain. At home I have a domain controller which doubles as several other roles because, well, I only have four server systems, as it's a _home network_. Printing is live on the DC because on several occasions I needed to print something out while configuring either other servers or clients.

My printers are all network printers, not USB. I have them in locations convenient to me, rather than close to a computer, whether server or client. I tend to print to the grayscale laser on average of once every few days; it's a Brother HL-2070, and has been in service since 2005, and currently is just short of 20,000 pages printed. It's on its third drum. I suspect that when that drum dies I'll just get a new printer. I tend to print to the colour inkjet about once a week. It's an Epson WF-3530, currently using non-Epson ink and being Epson-like about it. When I replace the Brother I will probably get a Brother colour laser and dump the Epson, too.

People still use printers. (And even fax machines; the Epson has fax capability, last used last month. I had to send something to the county government, they insist on faxes, email and texts don't cut it. I may keep the Epson around just for faxing.) People need to print from all kinds of machines. Including Linux servers. I have Linux servers at the office, and used to have one at home. And, yes, printing was turned on.

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Gimp

that pic

Normally it's the other end which is pressed to the top of the scanner. And yes, on at least one occasion someone (no, not me) managed to break the glass.

UK enters negotiations on a digital trade agreement with Singapore

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<cough> Fog in Channel. Continent cut off. </cough>

<cough> The wogs begin at Calais. </cough>

Rue, Britannia! Britannia rues the day!

US Navy starts an earthquake to see how its newest carrier withstands combat conditions

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Re: Odd Name

Gerry Ford’s failures have long since been eclipsed by G W Bush and D J Trump. And Gerry was not merely a Navy man, he actually served on a carrier, and was nearly killed during Halsey’s Typhoon; several ships had problems in that storm, a fictional version featured heavily in The Caine Mutiny. And he was a lot smarter than he’s sometimes made out to be, easily one of the dozen smartest Prezzes. (Not that that’s a high bar…)

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile

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Watching out for French frogmen.

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Re: When you're missile can't hit much of anything . . .

The only clams that I know of which can move are bearded clams… I’ll go quietly….

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Re: Some things...

There are still DC-3s which are still flying in commercial service. Two are based in a small airport near me. One was originally a C-47, from about 1943, but the other was an actual commercial DC-3 from sometime earlier.

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You say that as if it were a bad thing.

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Re: Some things...

Many years ago I saw a news story about a new pilot reporting to a B-52 base. What was newsworthy about this was that he was assigned to a specific B-52, one which his father and grandfather had once flown when they were pilots in the USAF. It was the, ahem, ‘family bomber’. The B-52 is already old enough to be on its third generation of pilots…

Price of Microsoft's Surface Duo plummets to better represent middling hardware ... but only if you're in the US

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Re: Fool me once

Higher-higher at the company really liked WinPhones. We were standardized on them… and then new versions of the OS were incompatible with the old, and we had to rewrite all our custom software. And then MS did it again. And again. And higher-higher had us rewrite everything, this time to work with Android and iOS, as MS was clearly not serious. We are now a majority iOS company, most of the Android users have moved to iOS and very few of the iOS users have gone the other way. The last of the WinPhones was retired years ago. And it’s all MS’s fault, they had us locked in, and threw it away.

Wanted: Brexit grand fromage. £120k a year. Perks? Hmmmm…

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Re: Is one of the

You boys are so negative. This is a wonderful opportunity. I should be able to do this from here, which means that I can still do my current job, so that I can do the Happy Dance due to getting paid twice. I can send in a few papers on how the United Kingdom can remain a united kingdom when the Scots and possibly Ulster depart, and how to keep Wales and Cornwall on side. Failing that, just think of the wonderful business opportunities involved in replacing every single official form with forms which say ‘Kingdom of England’ rather than ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. And the splendid opportunity of getting BoJo the Nobel Peace Prize, for having done the impossible: getting both Eire and Ulster to hate his guts at the same time for the same actions. A glorious future awaits!

UK spends £36m on 18 little 'bullet-proof' boats to protect Royal Navy assets

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Feh.

Bring back a few of these: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairmile_D_motor_torpedo_boat

I had assorted relatives in the Navy during 1939-45. None were in the coastal forces, not even on Dog Boats, but all thought that Dog Boat sailors were... insane.

Officially a Dog Boat could make 30 knots. Unofficially, more like 36. And a lot of Dog Boats took the twin Oerlikon 20mm off and replaced it with a Bofors 40mm, or 'borrowed' a 37mm from an American boat, or liberated one off a German boat. At least one Dog Boat had a quad 0.50 caliber mount, again 'borrowed' from the USN, who had 'borrowed' it from the US Army. Some of the 37mm guns that Dog Boats acquired were originally US Army Air Force property, the USN liberated them off of P-39s. HM Forces got them when the original owners came looking for their property and things got too hot for the USN's PT boat boys, who were also crazy but not nearly as crazy as Dog Boat men. The six pounders (57mm) were semi-automatic, the same basic weapons as fitted to Tsetse Mosquitos. Dog Boats would go toe-to-toe with Japanese or German destroyers and win. Not that there were that many German destroyers left by the time the Dog Boats arrived. Wiki, as usual, screwed up, and left off mention of the two to four 21" torpedoes some Dog Boats carried... If you look at the pix in the Wiki article, you can see a21" torp on MTB 459, there'll be another on the other side.

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10

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And they won’t be seeing any money from me. Existing systems will either stay as is or get moved to Linux or just be retired and replaced with Linux or Mac systems. New systems will be built with Linux or will be Macs. Apple will just love this.

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?

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Re: Old encryption is returning?

You’ll just clog up the works. BoJo is far too large a load to flush. Someone will need to deploy a plunger.

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good

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Re: AN0N, lots of fuzz about ?....

Mexico is in North America, not South America. Depending on your take on Central America, North America either ends at the southern Mexican border or the isthmus of Panama. North America also may/may not include assorted islands out to Greenland in the north and Trinidad in the south.

The Mexican cartels are just the latest in a long list of others, not least being the Jamaican yardies, assorted Columbians, Peruvians, Brazilians, and others. Previous versions also included various mobsters from the US and Russia.

'Condolences on the death of your conscience' says card from Indonesian delivery drivers to local Uber clone after payments slashed

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Re: Good on them

The few times I take taxis, pricing is not a consideration. Reliability is.

Note that I rarely take taxis because the rates to get to where I need to go tend to be close to the cost of renting a cheap car. And the company will pay for the rental a lot faster than they will pay for the taxi. Yes, I often need to make long-distance road trips. The cost of going from Lake Worth to Hialeah by taxi is… interesting. Getting a clunker from Enterprise car rental, literally down the block from the office, is much more reasonable.

NTT slashes top execs’ pay as punishment for paying more than their share of $500-a-head meals with government officials

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Re: Sushi + Saki + ...

Ahem. That’s the young girls wearing abbreviated sailor suits and not much else kept having to bend over’. And ‘chopstick’ is a funny name for what they were bending over. And it hadn’t fallen. Nope, nope, nope, not fallen at all.

There are those who say that I have a bad attitude. I can’t imagine where they got such an absurd idea.

BOFH: I'm so pleased to be on the call, Boss. No, of course this isn't a recording

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Re: Underwear?

Kim Kardasian’s. It’s not like she ever used them.

UK Special Forces soldiers' personal data was floating around WhatsApp in a leaked Army spreadsheet

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Re: Several thoughts

Oh, my. All Sgt Mjrs are polite, reserved, quiet, laid-back, surfer dudes. All of them. They would never let a word which could be considered impolite pass their lips. To suggest otherwise is just wrong. You’ll receive the Ultimate Punishment: you’ll be sent to bed without your supper.

Conservative Party fined one-third of a luxury food hamper by ICO for nuisance email campaign

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So… why haven’t you got rid of Trump Mini yet?

First Forth, C and Python, now comp.lang.tcl latest Usenet programming forum nuked by Google Groups

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Re: Denial of service attacks?

Ah… no, most newsgroups were not, and still are not, moderated. I waste time on multiple news groups, just one of which is moderated, and that’s moderated by a bot to kill cross-posts and a few other things. (No cross-posts to more than four groups, total; no cross-posts to more than two groups, total, if one includes certain specific groups; no cross-posts, period, to certain groups. This was aimed at a certain specific troll who got very upset when he couldn’t try to ignite flame wars with denizens of certain groups. He tried for years to get around the bot, but failed.)

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Re: Ban Google

After a while I just nuked anything coming from Google Groups. No doubt this killed some good posts, but it killed _all_ of the GG-based spam.

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Re: Newsreaders

In days past there were a number of Mac news clients. The best were NewWatcher and its descendants, Yet Another NewsWatcher, Multi-Thread NewsWatcher (YANW also was multi-threaded, but wasn’t quite as good at it) and (ahem) Thoth. (Brian Clarke swore that Thoth had been built from the ground up using original code, nothing borrowed from NewsWatcher, but it sure looked like YANW, which he had also done…) The NewsWatchers had excellent filters, especially MTNW; I used MTNW for a long time. They were free (except for Thoth) and after a while went out of support. (Thoth went out of support because Clarke had another of his patented hissy fits and rage-quit after yet another person asked just how much free, open source, NewsWatcher code was in Thoth. Who, me? Surely not.) The NewsWatchers were built using Apple’s Open Transport network stack, and all (including Thoth, imagine that) died when Open Transport with, I think OS X 10.7 or 8. MacSoup held on for a while longer, and Unison and Hogwasher and a few more came and mostly went; Unison is unsupported, the Hog didn’t work with some versions of OS X for a few years but does now, and most of the rest are dead. Thunderbird still lives, but TBird is a truly terrible news agent. The Hog is probably the best Mac news agent still supported, and its filtering simply isn’t nearly as good as MTNW from 20 years ago.

USB-C levels up and powers up to deliver 240W in upgraded power delivery spec

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Re: USB confusion

Thanks anyway.

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Re: USB confusion

Hmm. Do you have a URL for that? A quick look at the site doesn’t show it.

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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Re: Great British Engineering

Built in India, thank you. Probably designed there, too. Remember, India ‘s is now the #3 English-speaking navy in the world, and will catch up with and pass Britain for #2 shortly if HM Gov doesn’t get their fingers out.

Why did automakers stall while the PC supply chain coped with a surge? Because Big Tech got priority access

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Re: Gartner

Hmm. I just replaced my phone. After six years. My main desktop at home is a 2012 Mac mini, the secondary desktop is a 2010 hand built, my laptop dates from 2014. At the office, most desktop and laptop systems are at least three years old. We usually don’t replace laptops until they are at least five years old, and desktop units may live for over a decade.

Of course, my car is a 2016 model.

I see no reason to buy new shiny just because it’s new shiny.

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess

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Re: At KarMann, re: mosquito sizes.

Ahem. <Phil Sheridan> “If Satan owned Hell and Texas, he’d live in Hell and rent out Texas.” </Phil Sheridan>

Just in case it need be said, Little Phil was not a fan of Texas or Texans.

Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed

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Re: Microsoft: it was way too good for us…

MacOS, capital M, refers to the classic Mac OS of the 1980s and 90s. macOS, lower case m, is what Apple is calling OS X and OS 11 now. The OP stated ‘MacOS’. He was incorrect.

Even if he actually meant macOS, he’s still wrong; the multiple monitor Mac Pro across the way from me right now has no problems displaying windows which reach over two monitors.

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Consider yourself lucky to have not encountered the massive WinHype around the cloud of fast-evaporating vapor that was WinFS. IIRC it lived around the time of Vista, and trying to put it into Vista and then yanking it helped make Vista late and awful. It was supposed to be an all singing, all dancing, super file system. And then it suddenly wasn’t.

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Errm… around here, people who use multiple monitors include:

* The Art Dept. They do things like sticking toolbars and such on one smaller monitor while doing actual work on the other.

* Accounting. They have monster spreadsheets which won’t fit onto one monitor unless it’s huge, and sometimes not even then.

* IT. Multiple monitors for remote ops, for server ops, the servers themselves may be headless, but server admin will have multiple monitors the better to keep straight which server they’re working with.

* Admin. Copying and pasting in multiple documents becomes much easier with two or more monitors.

Yes, they could use just one monitor, but that would hurt productivity. Monitors, even good monitors, are not as expensive as they used to be. Having space for them is now the critical problem.

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Re: Microsoft: it was way too good for us…

A Mac IIfx didn’t run Mac OS? Really? What OS did it run, then?

iFixit slams Samsung's phone 'upcycling' scheme for falling short of what was promised

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Re: "You buy a phone. Two years later, you buy another

Errm… I currently have two older phones sitting as spares which can be and are used as devices on my local network but not out of the house because their SIMs have moved to new phones: a iPhone SE, retired because it’s battery lasted for five years but now struggles to hold a change for a day, and a iPhone 6, even older than the SE and with a cracked screen. They still work as phones over the network thanks to Apple’s tech (maybe Android has something similar, I don’t know, I haven’t own anything Android in over a decade) and can do useful work, but they’re about six years old now. Without a SIM they’re useless outside of wireless range of the house, but still can receive and make calls as long as they’re in range. The new phones which replaced them, a iPhone SE2 and a iPhone 12, are noticeably superior in most respects, especially battery life. And are quite useful as emergency web devices, though I prefer a tablet or a real computer for that.

I use my phones and tablets until the batteries start giving trouble, then get a new one and park the old as a backup. This is being typed on an iPad Pro, the iPad 6 it replaced is a backup. It was down to 42% power this morning, I set it to charge, I must remember to unplug it.

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