* Posts by Dajve_Bloke

8 posts • joined 3 Apr 2017

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'


Re: Mr Trump getting re-elected come November

Speaking as a britbong, I'd suggest it's because the democratic party of America have very little power. I believe they control Congress, which is more-or-less equivalent to Westminster over here. The Senate, which is the equivalent of our House of Lords (IIRC). Trump has also been stuffing the judiciary with lickspittles. Therefore, out of the three branches he has control of two - unless there are a plethora of spine donors across the pond. Now - did you have a specific point about how it's the Dem's fault that you'd care to elucidate?


Re: Fools

That might be so, but the ones Obama killed were mostly of the brown persuasion, rather than Amerifolks. This apparently counts a fair bit to the supporters of the current incumbent.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file


> Win95/98 was good. I vaguely recall liking the "classic" theme in Windows XP a little better (the "new" XP UI/theme was pretty bad)

Agreed, although I did quite like the 'Embedded' theme (combined with the win9x style start menu), that managed to look pretty classy.

Currently on Win8.1 with whatever they are calling classic shell these days, you'll pry my categorised program groups out of my cold dead hands. With a bit of tweaking 8.1 doesn'r deserve quite all the hate it gets - but yes, all the tweaking shouldn't be necessary. Libraries and Homegroup can get to fsck.

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



Personally I quite like 8.1, properly tweaked. I use it on my main workstation. That said, AMD no longer provide Win8/Win8.1 graphics driver s for their cards - you have to muddle by with the Win7 drivers. This is only going to get worse as 7 goes the journey.

That AMD still provide dedicated 7 drivers (which will go) but don't bother with an 8.1 - an OS that's supported until 2023 - version is disheartening. I've gone with their cards since the 4870 came out, but suspect I'll be back to NVidia and have to deal with suboptimal OpenGL performance.

Er, we have 670 staff to feed now: UK's ICO fines 100 firms that failed to pay data protection fee


Re: Not paying the ICO is NOT the problem

> The Experian data breach affected 15M UK individuals. Did you expect the ICO to respond to each of them personally?

Don't be absurd.

> Did you really think your 'extensive' missive was telling them anything they didn't already know?

I pointed out a few cases where neither their guidance nor the letters from Experian missed important points. I'm nowhere near exceptional enough that this would only have affected me, but presumably a decent proportion of the 15M who had been hit. Points that at least could have been addressed via a website update, hardly an onerous exercise.

The possibility remains that the ICO were too busy investigating Experian to respond, which would be fair enough. Except that there's been very little follow-up on this particular data breach, whereas much more recent ones have already resulted in fines. It's still possible there's an ongoing saga that can't be alluded to lest it prejudice any legal action, but I'm not holding my breath.

So in conclusion, from my experience of this particular incident, small sample size and all, I fail to see a single iotum of value that the ICO have added.


Re: Not paying the ICO is NOT the problem

> Have you actually tried making a complaint to the ICO?

Yes. I was affected by the Experian data breach and sent a fairly extensive (and polite) missive requesting what enforcement action would be taken against them. Buggers couldn't be bothered to respond.

So I will concur with the previous poster who claimed they were of little use.

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside


Fault description

One I quite like, and haven't seen in a brief skim through here is "Layer 8 failure".

If anyone doesn't quite grok this, it helps to remember the OSI reference model.

Beer, because it's almose beer'o'clock.

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick


Re: seriously??

If you're looking at putting terabyte drives in laptops or desktops I would respectfully say you're doing it wrong. The amount of storage in a local machine should be big enough for the OS, and a few spare gig for when the user can't be connected to the mothership and needs to bugger about on some word docs and administrivia.

Give the users multi tera locally and they'll fill it with stuff, that isn't properly backed up and you're only storing up problems for yourself.

Have yourself a netBeer anyway, it's a long fucking way until POETS day.


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