* Posts by Roopee

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FOSS replacement for Partition Magic, Gparted 1.6 is here to save your data

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Minitool

+1 for Minitool, I’ve found it the most reliable of the various Windows partitioning tools I’ve tried.

You're not imagining things – USB memory sticks are getting worse

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Re: Simple solution?

Precisely.

When I used to do on-site technical support for home users I moved from varying sound a stock of bits and pieces that were useful for my clients and profitable for me (in terms of reasonable retail markup) to persuading/insisting that clients buy things such as PSUs and SSDs themselves, with my help if necessary - so that I didn’t have to carry the retailer risk of dealing with product problems.

Self-taught-techie slept on the datacenter floor, survived communism, ended a marriage

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Re: Daily!?! RFC begs to differ

Note that PoA rules in Scotland are different from England & Wales, and in E&W you don’t need to involve a solicitor (you can DIY online) whereas unfortunately in Scotland you do. I have PoA for my aunt who lives in Scotland.

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Re: Daily!?! RFC begs to differ

I feel your pain, I’ve experienced it myself, and from all the likes we’re clearly not alone. I would point out however that ‘late 70s’ is not ‘early onset’ dementia - it’s normal onset dementia...

Superapp Gojek fine-tunes each new error message for a week. What? Why?

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Re: AI, eat your heart out.

I doubt that very much!

The Hobbes OS/2 Archive logs off permanently in April

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CDs

Put the box on eBay as a job lot - they are still sold at car boots so someone will buy them if the price is right, making several people happy and reducing the chance of them ending up in landfill for a good while.

Amazon overcharges shoppers with Buy Box algorithm, fresh lawsuit claims

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Re: Seriously?

I think your opinion would be radically different if you were one of the (sadly reducing) number of Marketplace customers who choose not to use FBA...

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And then...

Please let El Reg know how that turns out - could make another good article...

Search chatbots? Pah, this startup's trying on Yahoo's old outfit of web directories

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Chopping's is the first intelligent analysis of web search, and the economy that has evolved around it, that I have come across - thank you El Reg for an excellent article!

Ford pulls the plug on EV strategy as losses pile up

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Re: Once upon a time....

You might want to check your maths on that… 20% off 200 is not 180 :)

iFixit tears Apple's Vision Pro to pieces

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Re: Worth mentioning

...but the Apple II, iPod and iPhone are all quite useful devices.

Tesla Cybertruck gets cyberstuck during off-roading expedition

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Re: "Durable and rugged enough to go anywhere"

Actually there are a great many supermarket car parks it wouldn't stand a chance in! It's hard enough parking my large estate in plenty of UK car parks, and that thing is way bigger...

The rise and fall of the standard user interface

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An excellent and very comprehensive summary Liam, thank you!

It brought back a lot of memories and reminded me why I quickly became a Windows convert and evangelist (I'm not any more I hasten to add). When I started training as an accountant in 1989 (CIMA) the progressive first year IT syllabus included WIMP UIs - because nobody in the accounts world (neither clerks nor professionals/managers) had any idea what one was; green screens were the norm.

Now I'm just an 'old reactionary' bemoaning the loss of sensibly-designed UIs (like our friend @bombastic bob)!

Incidentally I think you've nailed the key points of the historical progress from the technical, business, economic and legal perspectives as far as I am aware (and you've clearly done a lot of research too); the extra details other commentards have added are just that - details. Here on El Reg we all like details, but adding more would cloud the message...

Think tank warns North Korea uses AI for battle planning, maybe using cloudy resources

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Hallucinations

Serious stuff, but let's hope the AI hallucinates in just the right way...

WTF? Potty-mouthed intern's obscene error message mostly amused manager

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Re: Errors that *should* never occur

Probably the wrong forum - maybe try FetLife or ABDLmatch.com...

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Re: -ize

> before British English became more standardised

All living languages are continually changing and evolving, both in speech and writing (assisted by internationalisation, impeded by grammar nazis of course). Dictionaries merely reflect and attempt to codify the current state, albeit somewhat slowly and reluctantly. So, in a sense, you're all correct...

Icon... I was taught to use -ise, and 'forbidden' from using -ize, too :)

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Re: ""Karens" may not have been a thing then"

Agreed, and we shouldn't now - Karens still has sexist overtones, quite apart from the fact that some non-entitled, non-racist people are actually called Karen.

Cloudflare defends firing of staffer for reasons HR could not explain

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@cowhorsefrog That obviously does happen, but I don't see how you came to that conclusion in this case? It certainly wasn't in the article, and as has been pointed out, the CEO did step in for a bit of reputational damage-limitation...

While we fire the boss, can you lock him out of the network?

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Re: Likewise ...

> "No, I'm not prepared to deal with you any more."

Other options: "Yes, but I'll only do it if you pay me upfront/large payment on a/c", or "Yes, but with weekly/monthly stage payments payable, say, 1 week from invoice" (and put it in writing of course)...

Data wrangler Zuckerberg becomes world's least likely cattle rancher

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Sickening

Imagine the smell down there - brewery + bull shit + bull sick...

Icon: free methane...

Motorola loses appeal to kill price cap on UK Airwave emergency services contract

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Re: Let me get this straight...

Yes, it does rather sound as though Motorola had a very vested interest in not delivering ESN at all, let alone on time and within budget...

Tech support done bad sure makes it hard to do tech support good

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Re: Many big words in title

Maybe Simon intended it to be typical El Reg irony - not so sure in this case...

What if Microsoft had given us Windows XP 2024?

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Re: Themes must live forever.

Perfect explanation of the idiocy called fashion! Thank you.

Also I totally agree about the return to a pseudo CLI (which I’m not keen on) - what’s the point of a GUI and a design language, however pretty, if you have to type to find things!!

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Mozilla CEO pockets a packet, asks biz to pick up pace the 'Mozilla way'

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Re: Retire

I don't think anyone is worth millions a year, whatever their job!

UK government lays out plan to divert people's broken gizmos from landfill

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Re: Easy or Expensive?

Most things are flammable if you try hard enough, but it's quite hard to set fire to a wooden chair with a cigarette - foam-filled polyester-covered sofas on the other hand... hence the labels to show that it probably won't burst into flames at the least provocation.

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Re: "financed by the hardware producers rather than the taxpayer"

I wish I could give you more upvotes - @Pascal and several other commentards have missed the point that you are making, which is that making manufacturers pay means making consumers pay, as opposed to repairers, recyclers and do-withouters - or any other non-consuming taxpayers...

Lapsus$ teen sentenced to indefinite detention in hospital for Nvidia, GTA cyberattacks

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Re: "broke into Rockstar Games using an Amazon Firestick, his room's TV, and a phone"

That was my first thought too - unrealistic script!

Android iMessage app Beeper releases working update of blue-bubbled tool

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Why Blue?

I’ve never understood why iMessage shows Apple messages in blue - I’ve never seen a blue apple, lots of green ones though, so it’s always been counterintuitive to me. Also, more importantly, why can’t I decide for myself what colour my messages are...?

Mine’s the one with my daily apple in the pocket (usually red incidentally), and a purple iPhone in the other pocket :)

Electric vehicles earn shocking report card for reliability

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Whoosh!

@cyberdemon was using an analogous example, ie illustrating a principle…

What's really going on with Chrome's June crackdown on extensions – and why your ad blocker may or may not work

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Re: Time to unleash AI on adverts?

Chalk and cheese - unless all you watch is professionally made TV programs, films etc. YouTube is full of amateur instructional videos on anything you can think of and much that you'd never think of...

Bright spark techie knew the drill and used it to install a power line, but couldn't outsmart an odd electrician

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Re: I did my house

They don't really need to look at the date on the cable - if "your friend" wants to convince someone that the work was done before 2005 then you, sorry he, needs to have a stash of red and black cable - using blue and brown T&E is a bit of a giveaway since it only became widely available around 2005 when the 2nd Amendment of the 16th Edition of the Regs mandated it for new installations in line with European colour harmonisation. Jus sayin'

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Re: Never trust anything

Something tells me you might have a slight problem with numbers... (see my previous comment re BS 7671). It amused me that you got the right numbers again, but in a different wrong order! :)

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Re: Not Unusual

Err, that would be BS 7671, right numbers, wrong order :)

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Re: Not Unusual

I do too, now, but back in my early days of DIYing (before I qualified as an electrician) I drilled through a twin & earth buried in plaster where it shouldn't have been... not only did the bang throw me off the stepladder but it also unwelded the tungsten carbide tip from the masonry drill bit I was using!

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Re: Ouch! don't trust anything.

One of the first parts of the electrical inspection/testing exam I took (C&G 2391 if memory serves) was to choose an appropriate set of testing tools from a collection that included some very inappropriate items; neon screwdrivers such as you inherited were definitely the latter - completely verboten! Something to do with how dangerously they can fail if I recall.

I too have one, but only because it's a handy little screwdriver with a useful pocket clip - I prefer to trust my approved Megger and Fluke equipment when my life is on the line...

Shock horror – and there goes the network neighborhood

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Re: The last time I heard a loud noise and things were restarting...

Probably doesn't work so well on a Debian release...

Edit: Oops, @TSM beat me to it!

Batterygate bound for Blighty as UK court approves billion-dollar Apple compensation case

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Re: make it hurt

I think you are confusing fines with damages - they are two completely different things. Fines are punishments for breaking the law, and are payable to the state; damages are compensation to parties affected by your actions and are payable to those parties.

The UK government? On the right track with its semiconductor strategy?

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Re: > these things are ultimately OUR fault.

@m4r35n357 and @cyberdemon - I upvoted you both because I think you're both right...

That script I wrote three years ago is now doing what? How many times?

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Ah, but Jake, you are a grumpy old man, and they get treated differently!

You snooze, you lose? It's not quite as simple as that

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That's me too :)

What did the VisiCalc fairy bring you for Spreadsheet Day?

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This sounds somewhat like a new "blue sky" spreadsheet product I saw demoed at some trade show or other in the early 90s. I can't remember its name but it was by one of the big names and was very expensive; DEC or HP I think.

The sales video included stuff about visualising numbers as organic metaphors such as ripples in fields of wheat and suchlike...

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I cut my teeth on black-and-white, DOS-based, 2-Dimensional SuperCalc 4 and was immediately hooked on the whole idea of spreadsheets. When 3-Dimensional SuperCalc 5 came out, it was the best thing ever! Excel has NEVER been properly 3D!

I then had to use Lotus 1-2-3 v2, and it seemed like a major backwards step (it was). Astounding to me since it was the overwhelmingly dominant market leader. However 1-2-3 v3 WAS properly 3D and redressed the feature balance, but when its Windows version came out (just as Windows 3 was starting to be used) it was so clunky and buggy and slow is was virtually unusable whereas Excel had a really slick, mouse-friendly UI. Therein lay the reason for 1-2-3's demise and Excel's rise to dominance, IMHO. The obvious choice for people who loved the concept of Windows was a GUI-centric spreadsheet, and Excel (having started on the Mac) was just that. It wasn't that Excel was the best at spreadsheeting - it certainly wasn't, and it might not even be now.

I was a trainee accountant at the time and spreadsheet expertise plus general IT savvy) was my competitive advantage...

Lotus Improv went one stage further - but it was too little, too late. I actually bought myself a copy of Improv just to try it out, and I was impressed. I still have the install floppies...

Mine's the one with a huge stash of 1990's business application floppies in the pockets!

Windows 10's latest update issue isn't a bug but a feature – to test your patience

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Twas ever thus...

I supported Windows as part of my job from Windows 98 through to the early days of Windows 10. From XP onwards, updates that hung were a (very annoying) fact of life. Apparently they still are...

Workload written by student made millions, ran on unsupported hardware, with zero maintenance

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Re: Random noise

Big thumbs-up for the Asimov reference - his prescience was utterly brilliant!

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Re: I'm curious...

“some embarrassing memories” - don’t be so mean - perfect Who Me? material surely...

Earn yourself a few of these ->

EPA flushes water supply cybersecurity rule after losing legal fight with industry, states

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Re: This will end well

How about a /t tag for “what a bunch of industry twats”?

Icon: We need a “drowning in their own shit” icon...

Judge tosses Sonos's $32.5M patent win over Google with savage slam down

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Re: A pox on both their houses

I steer people clear of Sonos and regularly use what they did as the perfect example of why not to buy any kind of household appliance that relies on, or is beholden to, an Internet service or a mobile app.

Online tracking is alive and well in link decoration

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Keep up the good work!

I for one am very glad that there are at least some serious, clever people on the consumer privacy side of this arms race... I just wish it included few politicians - but I suppose that would be an oxymoron.

Icon - one of the results of the original arms race...

Lenovo PC boss: 4 in 5 of our devices will be repairable by 2025

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You've clearly not looked at a recent laptop for a few years! I think Apple started the trend with the MacBook Air, though it actually started much earlier with e.g. soldered RAM on the Asus Eee.

55-inch Jamboard and app ecosystem tossed into the Google graveyard

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Re: Business customers?

You are way out of date!

I stopped working in primary schools over 10 years ago but at that point every school that I went in, and most others in the UK I believe, already had a large interactive whiteboard in every classroom front and centre!

There may have been a blackboard around in some rooms but they had already been sidelined as a teaching aid.

Icon - similarly anachronistic :)

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