* Posts by Nick Sticks

23 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015

Rivals aren't convinced by Microsoft's one-click default browser change

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Re: The Most Down Voted Post Ever

If Edge is so good (in the last 6 months or otherwise) why does MS think it has to badger, force or trick people into using it?

It should be the other way round, make a good browser and people will actually want to use it.

Whether it's any good or not I won't use it because of the above and even if they change it would take a long time for me to trust them.

Super-rare wooden Apple 1 hand built by Jobs and Wozniak goes to auction

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Joke

I made a PC out of mahogany once, it wooden boot.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'

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Re: Telemetry

Exactly. I posted this on The Register back in 2015:

I'm sorry, Windows 8 and 10 is my fault, and probably yours too.

After all I opted out of that "Do you want to participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program?" thing on Window 7 (and previous OSes too).

I didn't want them collecting information about my PC and how I used Windows, their words.

That means that if all the tech savvy people opted out of this what was left was the people who just read their emails and looked at Facebook.

So why wouldn't MS think that Windows 8 and 10 was what "the people" wanted or needed?

Arm at 30: From Cambridge to the world, one plucky British startup changed everything

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It's about this time in the comments that someone needs to reminisce about their old Acorn computers.....

I'll be that person.

I still have my boxed BBC B, BBC Master and my Acorn Archimedes in the attic.

Great computers and many a happy hour spent learning BBC BASIC and assembler and of course playing games.

Elite name on Brit scene sponsors retro video games preservation project at the Centre for Computing History

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Re: Screenshot

Revs was created by the genius Geoff Crammond. Another favourite of his on the BBC B was The Sentinel, a fiendishly hard to start game.

Plusnet holds off spirited charge from Vodafone in broadband complaint charts

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Re: My British friends have dumped them.

It's them that had the problem.

To change the billing date you log into the Member Centre, click on Billing, and then click on Change Bill Date.

California court sentences ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain to five years in clink for fraud

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Just think, if there hadn't been any creative accounting going on HP would probably still have bought Autonomy for just a billion less.

What's that, Skippy? You want a taste of Windows 10 19H2? Oops, too late

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Re: XP Search

grepWin does it for me.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

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Re: Holy crap, Microsoft....

"You expect M$ to test?"

This was the test.......

Like the Architect in the Matrix... but not: Nvidia trains neural network to generate cityscapes

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Bwaa Ha Hah Haaa

The Nvidia Titan RTX is "the fastest PC graphics card ever built," Nvidia insists.

I could take over the world with that.

No, really!

(Homage to Time Computers ad many years ago)

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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You should see what he did....

.... to the company who delivered his pizza late.

EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas

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Helicopter emergency landing....

Hmm, I don't actually remember ever reading/hearing about a helicopter using autorotation to land safely.

Does it ever happen or is it a case of just reducing the impact speed to get a better chance of survival?

UPnP joins the 'just turn it off on consumer devices, already' club

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Elite Dangerous is best played with Port Forwarding

It will work for some people without UPnP and Port Forwarding but there are less problems when you do.

"Port forwarding is commonly used to resolve problems encountered when connecting to the Frontier Servers, or to other players. It is especially important to enable port forwarding if UPnP is disabled or unsupported by your router."

https://support.frontier.co.uk/kb/faq.php?id=344

B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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Re: Not quite correct.

@David 132

Would like to up vote you but it's on 42.........

CoreOS chief decries cloud lock-in

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Re: Greeeed is goood

"If you're looking for a comparable business model, drug pushing is a fair example."

I wish I could up vote twice for that.

More UPNP woes: Crashable library bites routers and software

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Re: @Lee D

Hmmm. There is something going on that I didn't think could happen.

I have just spent the last few hours since I posted here testing on my 2 PC's and my 2 ED accounts.

With UPNP turned off and no port forwarding ED worked as it should. I could see other CMDRs in Open. I could also Wing up or MultiCrew with my other account.

In fact after turning off UPNP (guilty) and ED still working I thought that my DrayTek router needed rebooting for it to kick in, but it was the same afterwards.

Much has been made of Frontier's decision to use p2p for the networking between clients and they do use a central server for some transactions, but clients do talk directly to clients. This is why combat logging is a thing. This post does explain quite well how ED's networking happens:

https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/238233-VERY-basic-guide-for-ED-networking

A Google search will come up with a lot of pages about Elite Dangerous Networking Issues, so it doesn't work for some people as well as we all would like it to.

The latest update also includes new settings for networking in Options that include port forwarding.

So, I would say it can work well for some people depending on their router, but there's no doubt that others have problems that can be fixed by port forwarding or having UPNP enabled.

Fly safe CMDRs

(ED Kickstarter backer, Founder level)

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Re: Are you sure?..

Well it might have worked for you but you just did not see anybody else in Open or Group mode and/or you were playing in Solo mode.

Frontier Support on UPNP and setting up port forwarding:

https://support.frontier.co.uk/kb/faq.php?id=33

Some players get better connections when they have port forwarding set up.

Another Old Git.

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@ Lee D

At least one game available on Steam does require UPNP or port forwarding and that's Elite Dangerous from Frontier.

It requires a P2P connection for the multiplayer aspect.

I guess you just haven't played that type of game that uses P2P.

IT bosses: Get budgets for better security by rating threats on a scale of zero to Yahoo!

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Yakety Yak

What I learned from this article is that Yak's hair must grow very fast.

BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

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Re: From the founder of Dabs

And don't forget Bruce Smith...

DABS = Dave Atherton Bruce Smith.

I bought my first BBC micro programming book from DABS in the 1980's by the above from an advert in Acorn User.

Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

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Mobile app marketing campaign...

I suppose this is one way to push their mobile app but what's the angle?

4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

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Well, the BBC haven't even upgraded their equipment at Norwich to HD yet as you have to change channel on a Freeview box from 101 to 1 to be able to see the Look East news program.

That said I'm really not looking forward to seeing Stewart White in HD anyway so take as long as you like BBC.

If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

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I'm sorry, Windows 8 and 10 is my fault, and probably yours too.

After all I opted out of that "Do you want to participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program?" thing on Window 7 (and previous OSes too).

I didn't want them collecting information about my PC and how I used Windows, their words.

That means that if all the tech savvy people opted out of this what was left was the people who just read their emails and looked at Facebook.

So why wouldn't MS think that Windows 8 and 10 was what "the people" wanted or needed?

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