* Posts by Craig100

57 posts • joined 31 Jul 2015


Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns


Re: Is it safe?

"Maybe they should have got Microsoft to develop it. They know all about crashes. Just fit three new keys on the instrument panel (Ctrl-Alt-Del)"

They're the last people you want interfering in critical systems. They'd try and be trendy and hide the controls rather than help you in an emergency. They can't design a UI (MMI) for toffee.

Ports in a storm: The Matebook 14 won't set your world on fire, but it's still a half-decent laptop


Dell TB16 Dock Madness

<rant>I've been struggling with a Dell XPS15 i9 and a TB 16 dock with Linux Mint. The dock has a mind of it's own. Often doesn't wake up the displays and often loses partial USB connectivity (i.e. function keys stop working on MS USB keyboard). And all because everything goes through the damn Thunderbolt connector. Also you can't upgrade the software without doffing your cap to some other XPS user that has Windoze installed. Dell really have messed up their designs, not to mention the nostril cam and vicious fan noise. </rant>

Angular framework support brings Microsoft's Visual Studio into line with its way cooler little brother, VS Code


Re: I just wish they'd.....

Agreed, Angular is probably not an edge case but there's plenty of stuff recently that is. I've seen Rider, probably just need a bit of time to give it a proper go. I know plenty that have made the switch.


I just wish they'd.....

Sick and tired of hearing what edge cases that I bet hardly anyone asked for or use keep getting shoe-horned into VS. I was at it's predecessor's launch in the UK in 1997, Visual Interdev, and have been using it and all it's derivatives ever since. ALL I want is for them to fix the bleedin' text editor. Is that too much to ask? I build web sites so constantly using CSS, JS, Razor templates, etc. and if you ever try to cut and paste a bit of code from here to there, the whole page goes tits up. I've learned to Ctrl-Z pretty quick which reverts the auto-formatting, but it's just a PITA. You expend way more key strokes getting back to how you wanted it than their "intellisense" ever saves. In the options they give you myriad ways to switch formatting aspects on or off but not the whole thing for all languages.

Can't they just get the basics right first and THEN see about adding functionality? I've been ranting on about this for more than a decade but no one from MS is interested. Obviously not conducive to promotion to say your boss made a mess and left it, lol

Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month


Do No Evil ?

Google, being nasty (evil) every chance they can. Hard to think which of the US tech giants is the creepiest. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook? They're all pretty bad.

Contractors welcome Lords inquiry into IR35 before tax reforms hit private sector but fear it's 'too little, too late'


Re: With Typical Reg Thoroughness...

Well we all know "Government can't do IT" so don't hold your breath for the page to be fixed. There'll be no one to do it now all the Contractors have left, and there's no chance of getting an outside agency to do it. I mean, would you? :)

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it


Re: Online advertisers are pretty stupid

"I'd ban all online POLITICAL advertising that uses personalisation and make it a serious criminal offence to practice it." I should have said ;)


Online advertisers are pretty stupid

1) I search for and pay for a hotel room in Copenhagen. For the next 6 months I see loads of ads for hotel rooms in Copenhagen. How is that a clever use of advertising? Utter idiots. I'd much prefer to see random adverts so I can look at stuff I'd never have thought of, you know, widen my horizons. Online advertisers are idiots.

2) Personalisation risks democracy. Democracy works because we're all told the same couple of stories. We each pick one, then the winner wins. If everyone is told a different story, how the hell can you know what you're getting? That's just manipulation of the populace to get you into power at any cost. I'd ban all online advertising that uses personalisation and make it a serious criminal offence to practice it.

Just my two cents/pennies, whatever :)

Microsoft's on Edge and you could be, too: Chromium-based browser exits beta – with teething problems


Re: Finally, goodbye Chrome!

What about Brave? Isn't that Chromium without Google snooping. I hope so, I've been using it for 13 months now and love it.

Dell slathers on factor XPS 13 to reveal new shiny with... ooh... a 0.1 inch bigger screen


Re: I guess I'm not the target market.

I have one of those too (XPS 15 4K) with the i9. Bought it as a desktop replacement), given it's power, and run only Linux MInt on it (wiped W10 on delivery). Awful temperature/fan problems. Because the screen hinge blocks the fan exhausts when shut, have to run it with the screen half up while driving two 27" displays via the very unreliable TB16 dock. I also hate the fact you have to either have a dock or dongle extension. Def won't be buying another one when this one's time is up. Bigger with ports, good ventilation and a camera in the TOP of the bezel not by the keyboard next!

Otherwise it's a nicely built machine I suppose.

If there were almost a million computer misuse crimes last year, Action Fraud is only passing 2% of cases to cops


Chocolate teapot

It's a joke. My builder's email account was compromised so in reply to my email asking for bank details to send him a 2K deposit, I got a sensible reply with someone else's bank details (so it turns out!). Money went missing. My bank and his bank were pretty useless. Action Fraud just said basically they get a report like this every 11 seconds so what did I expect them to be able to do about it!!! Well, for a start, requisition logs from the email providers, work through the IP addresses, match up the receiving bank account with an individual. If you can't do that then the receiving bank is at fault as far as I'm concerned and should have refunded the amount as they'd obviously opened an account without checking ID, etc. The same thing happened a few weeks later with email, no money went this time as I was wise to it, but could I get them to get on a very hot trail? Absolutely not interested and VERY difficult to get to talk to them. Waste of space if you're expecting action. I think they just collect data and that's it.

Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly


Unified Comms

Once upon a time there was just the phone. We could all talk to our clients and suppliers. Then there was Skype, we could all talk to our clients and suppliers on both. Then M$ bought Skype. Those that aren't Windows users are now cut out of the loop. I've been a Linux Mint user for about a decade now. Never had any problem till my last contract where they used Teams. There's a browser based version that's suddenly stopped working on Chrome-based browsers and will only work on Firefox or the Android Teams app. I just despair with M$. All the M$ employees I know never fail to tell me "we're not the same company we used to be", but they are to Windows users. I reckon it's marketing led. Releasing software the devs haven't finished, etc. I just despair with large corporations in general.

Microsoft buffs its rings, emits Code and goes global with Kaizala


Skype behind

I noticed Skype was mentioned, albeit quietly. It's a disgrace what MS have done to it and it's army of users. Communication is now so fragmented. When there was just Skype it was fine. You could pretty much talk to anyone. Now, it's a total dogs breakfast trying to communicate between Windows, Mac and Linux users and again between what's laughingly called Skype for Business and Consumer Skype. I believe they scraped the code base when they bought it and re-badged Lync. Wonder if anyone here knows if this is true or not?

It's alive! Hands on with Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser


Re: Privacy? We've heard of it,

I've been using Brave as my default for 5 months now, including for web development. Hasn't put a foot wrong so far. Anyone else?

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7


Re: Best virtualisation options?

I've been running Win7/10 in a VirtualBox VM for nearly 10 years. Now on a Linux Mint host and across two screens. It's fab. 2D and 3D accel. YMMV though of course ;)

2 weeks till Brexit and Defra, at the very least, looks set to be caught with its IT pants down


Scrap the parties

How about scrap the parties and have multiple choice ballot papers with policies on them instead? Then parliament enact the policies. No more tribal time wasting. Just a thought ;)

Skype for Web arrives to bring the world together. As long as the world is on Chrome and... Edge?


Re: So that's Microsoft's attempt at WebRTC then?

Just installed Wire on Linux Mint. Nice. Now I just have to convince all my Skype and SfB contacts to do the same :(

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads


Re: XPS 13

I wouldn't say Dell are cleaning up. I've been waiting 3 weeks for them to get their shit together enough to actually get parts and engineer together at the same time to replace a loose trackpad on a brand new XPS15 i9 custom build I ordered. 1st engineer tells me it's meant to be rattley when you touch it! Since then, total incompetence from their logistics dept. Last chance this Friday or it's going back for a refund. If it's fixed I'll be running Linux Mint on it. Takes a bit of wrangling but can be done :)

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick


Re: Never guessed...

I just bought a Dell XPS15. Said they wouldn't sell it without Windoze so had to pay the tax. Of course I've wiped it and put Linux Mint 19 on it. Their QA is awful. The trackpad rattles when touched, the display stands are about 4" too short with missing HDMI cables as well. It's like they're a start up. Don't think I'll buy from them again. Nice machines, but have cost me a lot in time due to poor service and waiting in for engineers. Still not using the lappy 2 weeks after delivery. AND my 3 year old M3800's battery has swollen for which they want nearly £300 to fix!. So not a good track record Dell!

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


Incompetence rools

All the Big Corps that can't be bothered to think seriously about their products other than the share holders' dividends seem to be going the same way on UX/UI. All Google and Microsoft UI's are utter garbage. And I'm guessing they've employed UI/Ux experts. From their results, it would appear they're actually just graphic designers trying to be clever, have no experience of life, no empathy wrt the end user and should never have been engaged in the first place. The whole shit show is going to hell in a hand cart. We're just drowning in a sea of incompetence.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'


Written by a politician

Reading the article it would appear a responsible engineer has been nowhere near that document. It appears to have been written by a politician or HR specialist. They should be kept as far as possible away from this stuff until it's ready. Engineering trials are serious business and media specialists have no experience of life and death decisions. Quite shocking, but then if you have a politico in charge, with no life experience, what can you expect?!

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Re: Waterfox, my Brave friend

I agree Brave WAS bad 6 months or more ago but I've been using it as my default browser on Linux Mint and Windows 10 for the last two months and am loving it. As a full time, freelance web dev, I'd notice if it misbehaved, and it hasn't (so far).

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music


Anyone remember EuroTrash?

I do! ;)

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)


Chrome the Brave

The Brave browser has finally come of age for me. I'd been using it very occasionally over the last year but have just switched it to be my default browser. Must say, I'm quite impressed. Chromium based browser, X platform, good privacy and cookie controls. Using it on Linux Mint and Win 10.

Question: How fast is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update rolling out? Answer: Not very


Re: Whats with all the masochism

My "line in the sand" was Vista. That's when I realised M$ were a bunch of fratboys playing with poorly thought out, but "new" ideas. Instead of standing on the shoulders of giants and improving things. Said goodbye to Windows as the OS on the metal in 2009 and haven't really looked back. Even though I earn my living from .net web sites, can't wait for my CMS of choice to run on .net core so I can ditch the Windows VM and Visual Studio.

As for the alternatives being worse. They're slightly different certainly, and in some ways much better, but I take your point on current office integration. Just needs a bit of investment ;)

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own


Re: Windows Insider: Hustle as a Service

"Hassle as a Service" surely. Or just plainly "a disservice" ;)

UK.gov agencies told to drop fancy tech or risk 'reinventing the wheel'



I was paid £20 compensation by HMRC when I blew a gasket at their ridiculous voice activated phone reception. So they spent millions implementing something no one asked for, and did it so badly they're paying compensation to it's users. Utter crap. People SHOULD be fired for that sort of nonsense.

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push


Predictable my arse

I really don't get this predicting game. Windoze tries it all the time. I expend more mouse clicks undoing what it thinks I want to do next than if it just pissed off and let me do my own thing. The arrogance of these system designers astounds me. We're free thinking, creative humans, not machines. Give us stuff that helps, not hinders. Just get out of our way.

I thank you ;)

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs


Re: Use Linux...

Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more. Linux Mint (for instance) is quick extremely easy to install. If you agree, it will even import all your Windows documents for you. As for support, there is loads of friendly community help out there. Nothing like the arrogant Microsoft technosphere. As it's open source, you CAN actually fix stuff if you have to. It's not all in proprietary, locked DLLs.

I was a dyed-in-the-wool Windows fanboy from Win3.x to Vista when I totally lost faith with MS and moved to Ubuntu (and then to Mint). It was a move I had to think about seriously, ran both together for a month and Windows just died naturally. That was in 2009. 9 years later, I'm still happy with my decision. I'm a web dev and build Umbraco sites on .NET. I have to use a Windows VM in Virtual Box. Works absolutely fine. Try it, there's nothing to be afraid of (as long as you're not stuck in an Office365/Teams/Project/Skype for Business/Planner/SharePoint/etc/etc nightmare of a company ;)).

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks


Shared hosting licking their lips

I'm with the guys who say not all sites need HTTPS. It's all very well if you're running your own servers or VM's but shared hosting ISPs charge a fortune for certs and hardly any use Let's Encrypt. Why would they when they'd lose so much money. A few of my client's are micro-businesses or charities and wouldn't stand the extra costs. They're on share hosting cos it's cheap.

Google should pull it's neck in. All for security where it's needed, otherwise, piss off!

Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt


It was either Renown or Revenge, the Polaris boats built by Cammel Lairds, that had an unplanned for step in it's foredeck and was therefore named "The Birkenhead Banana Boat" in Barrow ;)


Reminds me of the story of Churchill planning his funeral. After the trip up the river, where the crane drivers were bribed to work overtime to lower their jibs, he was then due to travel North to his final resting place. So rather than landing on the North bank of the Thames and leaving by some station like Kings Cross, he insisted on being landed on the South bank. This was apparently because he knew General De Gaulle would then have to attend Waterloo station for the farewell from the Capital :) Love that story.

Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR


Why bother

Why does a company based outside an EU entity even have to bother? If the EU wants to fine them, surely they can just give them the middle finger?

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam


Re: Sharp Practice

Dell do lappys with Ubuntu. I got a great one. Wiped it immediately and put Mint on it :) Didn't have to pay the M$ tax.

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'


Re: You take the high road, I'll take the low road.

" it's still mostly techies complaining."

Most non-techy people I know whinge like hell about their computers. It's dreadful because they feel so powerless. You see them thrashing about causing all sorts of damage trying to work out what these popup warnings are telling them in tech-speak. Most won't understand what S mode is and certainly won't know how to switch it off. MS devs/marketeers live in the "Redmond bubble", what we now call an echo chamber. Until they stop promoting people to their level of incompetence and keep experienced people at the coal face this will continue I'm sure. Blame HR and Marketing ;)

Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;


Re: Code formatters often remove them

<rant>Would dearly love to remove the code formatting in Visual Studio 2017. If you're writing web sites (C#, Razor, JS, CSS/SASS) you can't switch it all off. Well, you think you have, but then you try copying and pasting a bit of code, in the same page even, and bang, it's reformatted the damn thing for you. If you're not quick enough with Ctrl+z you end up expending more keystrokes fixing the formatting than writing the code. Needless to say, Microsoft couldn't give a flying f**k about it. I know, I've been on at them for years about it. Couldn't care less. All they want to do is the next whizzy thing no one asked for, not the basics everyone uses.</rant>

For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X


Re: I was using FaceId (or whatever)

Don't those "hi end" Nikons have wifi?

Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps


Re: Patronising POS

I lost it with the new HMRC's voice activated phone system so wrote them a strongly worded complaint. They phoned me up and offered me £20 compensation. If you wondered where the waste was, now you know! Not only developing a totally unnecessary system but doing it badly and then paying the nation compensation for doing it in the first place!


Re: Dear Microsoft

Re: Visual Studio.... Could you pause all the esoteric stuff that only 2% of users are even bothered about just long enough to fix the code editor formatting that EVERYONE uses? With all the vastly over complex formatting controls switched off, editing a Razor file (.cshtml) is like watching a ballet dance. Nothing stays where you put it, particularly if you have the audacity to copy and paste a bit of code from one section to the next. Basic stuff, you'd think. Easy enough for the world's biggest set of software experts, eh? So prove it. Fix it. THEN you can get on an sort the fluff out for the big boys.

--Thank you

(A Visual InterDev/Visual Studio user for the past 20 years)

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?


+1 for Mint too!

I ditched Windows at Vista. Switched to Ubuntu, all great. Then switched to Mint with the Cinnamon desktop when Ubuntu introduced the Unity interface. That was the precursor to MS's Metro interface. (You'd think MS would have smelt the coffee!). I can honestly say it's the best move for my sanity in my 20 year IT career. Ok, the Libre Office apps might not be as sexy as the Office 365 stuff, they they work, they're consistent and they use open standards. When stuff does go wrong, which is rare, it's usually easily fixed as it's not all hidden away in proprietary Dlls, you CAN get in there and tweak it.

I do web development, some on the Windows stack so I run a Windows 10 instance on VirtualBox. No issues. Don't be scared to move to Linux, and relax ;)


Re: Have they fixed the decades old bug in File Explorer ?

That seems to be standard policy though. To wit, one Visual Studio 2017. Full of all the latest and greatest stuff I bet only 0.5% of their users bother about, but still you can't switch off auto-f*****g-code-formatting which touches everyone that uses it! They've been told and told, but they don't care. Onwards and upwards, while the ships sinks.

Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos


A Part Time Drone Pilot's Perspective

I fly one of these things. I certainly wouldn't want one dropping on my head from any height at all. The issue with getting close to HV lines (rail or otherwise) is interference. There's a significant risk of a "fly away". I've been flying one, on and off, for about 3 years and to be honest, it's getting embarrassing. Never want anyone seeing me fly it in case some busybody calls the cops. I'm insured, always carry a copy of the ANO with me and always fly legally and safe. There'd be no issue in the end, but just an awkward conversation between someone who's fully cognisant of the situation and another who isn't but bent on dispensing ritual humiliation. One day I'll take the course and maybe get permission to do paid work (which, to be clear, I don't do!), but it's not cheap.

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware


Linux Bomb

As a Linux Mint user of 8 years, I'm just waiting for the shout that now you won't be able to "convert" your latest Windoze appliance to a proper OS. Big corp really makes me sick. Either actively nasty or just plain incompetent.

'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'


Engineer = Ingenuity

My understanding has always been that the term "Engineer" has nothing to do with engines. It's merely a corruption of the French for "Ingenuity" or a genius (un génie). So an engineer is just someone that uses their ingenuity to solve problems and is a clever dick. I'm an Ieng with the MIET myself in the UK :)

UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike


"Who do you think would otherwise be financing the additional £15m? Do you think it would come out of Osborne's ample wallet? It's our taxes that would be paying for it."

When we buy new kit we pay the M$ tax after all! Unless you buy one of the few brands that supply "other" <Linux> OS's as standard ;)

Munich may dump Linux for Windows


Re: Replacing Linux with Windows, based on *cost*?

" I cannot honestly think of a decent mail client for Linux these days; there's almost no momentum behind Thunderbird and Evolution."

er... if they work, what's the problem? The problem with Outlook, Office, et al is that to SELL you something every couple of years they reinvent or change stuff. No profit in not breaking stuff that works ;)

Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'


Re: M$ Long History

" which doesn't require its users to bugger about compiling their own drivers and the like at the time"

I've been using Linux (Ubuntu then Mint) to run my business as my only OS since I lost it with Vista (2009). Never had to compile anything. Might have had to edit the odd config file for the odd esoteric issue (like running CrashPlan Pro headless on a Synology DiskStation) but other than that, all plain sailing. When Win 10 was announced I was nearly tempted to return. I saw it as a fixed Win8, but they shot themselves in the foot with all the privacy and update nonsense. Happy with Mint, as are a few friends that lost it with Win10 when updates screwed them up :)

CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security


Re: The report forgot to consider these important facts

Edge?... Phffff! I just had to downgrade the security on a clients web site code because Edge throws it's toys out of the pram if it see the "crossorigin" attribute on a CDN source! Perfectly fine on other browsers. M$ still "at it" :(

Google 'screwed over' its non-millennials – now they can all fight back


Explains why the likes of MS et al. take backward steps all the time. It's just like all the people that learned from previous mistakes have left without passing it on. Funny that. What's that about those who don't learn from history being bound to repeat it?

UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man


Re: Bloody hell.

The democracy you speak of is too far removed from the populace to be relevant. Government needs to be local to mean anything. No point at all in something the local populace wants done being out voted at EU level by people that don't see your issue as important because they live in a different system and culture thousands of miles away. My vote for out was based on sovereignty, democracy and wanting to move forward. The EU seems to hold much stuff back. If we'd had a referendum in 1992, or whenever it switched from a Common Market to a nascent Federal Europe, I think we'd have voted out then. As for keeping the peace. NATO does that, and besides, it's not the same world as it was 70 years ago. Communications, 24hr news, travel, better informed world view........



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