* Posts by Balcom

5 posts • joined 3 Jan 2017

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech


The Americans have got form for imposing this sort of misery on people.

See here -


LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice's 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to 'do the right thing' and die


From a non-pro user.

Sounds a bit petty, having a go at Open Office. I've gone back to using both. Started maybe 8 years ago with Open Office, worked fine. Later I was prompted by a friend to try Libre. Again, worked fine for my modest needs, but then with every update they - Libre- screwed up/ reduced the colour palette so that original coloured boxes on "Open Office" didn't match, necessitating more unwanted editing and correcting.

Later, the line-drawing became more difficult, because the original and convenient click-select-drag-&-move didn't respond to the mouse. Then, revised lines in documents wouldn't save.

Went back to Open Office at the turn of the year and the revised lines now save and the "click-select-drag-&-move" was restored. I'm much happier and so is my wrist.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


Must agree with Tom38 and Philippe,

Ran a Stream 13. It was always slow updating, even pre 1803. Simply not enough eMMC space or RAM. Out of the box ,the OS alone took up 17+gB out of 32.

Files moved out to a microSD card and cCleaned regularly, especially after any OS & anti-virus updates.

I thought about trimming winSxS, but it looked a bit daunting so I bootled out. Whether that made any difference I don't know, but in mid-update last

September with 4.5gb to spare, & after 2.50 hrs, it re-booted and failed. "Can't find C:" Out of 12 month guarantee and only repairable by HP.

The only motherboard failure I've had in over 30 years. Burn't out by an update!

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


Ah ha! I smell a rat.

It's amazing how many tales we hear about traffic-light violations in America. I suspect the lights are set up deliberately to catch out lots of people. That way they can generate vast amounts of money in fines to run the local police services and possibly even run a profit. That's just was happening in that state (Mississippi?) where they had riots last year.


Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing


Be still my beating heart!

All we need now is the return of proper text size adjustment & colour for the 15 or so Active Title Bars, Scroll bars & Menu's etc., that we had in Win XP & 7 instead of the pathetic 5 text only adjustments in Win 10.


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