* Posts by Just A Quick Comment

21 posts • joined 12 May 2017

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol

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Oh, the days when things lasted more than a year...

If only washing machines, phones, TVs etc were as well made today...! Well done to NASA and all concerned.

You call Verizon. A Google bot answers. You demand a human. The human is told what to say by the bot

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Oh dear...

We are SO screwed...!

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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This has been handled badly, but it's not beyond hope.

We need software like LibreOffice, partly to try and help keep M$ honest (note I used 'try' and 'help' - I don't have a lot of faith). If I didn't need MS Publisher to handle my homemade booklets (I just don't get on with PagePlus) then I wouldn't pay good money for my Office subscription, plus I need to know the basics of Word, Outlook etc to have a chance of teaching/helping others - it's what I sometimes do...

I still advise them to get free (and Free) software, when it's of good quality and suitable, so stuff like Firefox, Thunderbird and LibreOffice (plus Avast) are always high on my Recommended list.

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree

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Old languages

Yes, not only do we need to remember the old languages just to prove they existed but, also, to learn from them that sometimes the old ways can have merit.

Voyager suffers a power wobble as boffins start the final countdown for Spitzer

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Or it may bounce back from the rigid shell which contains our 'universe' (whatever that is) and may come heading back to Earth, beautifully synchronised so it enters a parking orbit, and can be collected and put on display.

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

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Smell? What smell?

All these comments make me glad I don't have a sense of smell. Never have had. Farts at school were, to me, just funny noises.

MAMR Mia! Western Digital's 18TB and 20TB microwave-energy hard drives out soon

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Well, how big is YOUR head?

With 20TB drives a reality, and larger in the pipeline, how long until you can backup an adult human brain - and how big would the backup need to be?

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

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So, basically, no change there

So Google on Android will still allow all the annoying adverts we know and hate, just because advertisers are more important then web page viewers. Follow the money trail...

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

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Re: Silly

ET torrent home...

NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

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Same with washing machines and TVs. They could build to last but that doesn't create turnover in the profit and loss account, so we have to cough up for 'newer and better' every five to ten ytears...

'007' code helps stop Spectre exploits before they exist

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Android update are slow?

Sorry, but stating that Android updates dribble out slowly is being generous! The fragmented update scene is more like an army of snails, all with a severe limp, advancing towards the besieged and vulnerable phones and tablets. Most won't make it, and those that do will be too late; the war will be over and the device will either have been hacked, rooted or bunged in the bin.

Say what you will about Microsoft's attitudes concerning updates, but at least you can get them (whether you want them or not). Google's method of giving updates to manufacturers instead of directly may result in better update testing but can result in vast delays and in a lot of cases no updates being issued at all for even slightly older devices.

I don't know the solution to this, but then again what do my views matter? I'm just a user. I'm not making £millions.

Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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A simple solution

A simple mantra to be recited when dealing with this stuff:- "Avoid, avoid, avoid."

Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive

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Assemblers added to the fun

Having an assembler built-in to the basic machine was a bonus, such as the BBC and Commodore 16/Plus 4. OK, so a purchased one, especially with a good manual, was also grand, but having one in ROM meant fewer re-loading hassles - so long as you saved before running of course!

It's April 2018 – and Patch Tuesday shows Windows security is still foiled by fiendish fonts

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Time to really say goodbye to flash?

If you haven't surely it's time to remove Flash from your system, if you can. OK so some old programs may still use it, but it's just a security liability these days, and these programs should be retired as well, or at least updated/re-written not to include Flash.

...and as for Microsoft saying Edge is secure - well, patch after patch after patch suggests otherwise...

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Could this form of censorship be applied retrospectively?

I've written stories, using Word and Publisher, that contained naughty/adult words in the past. Have Microsoft been spying on me and my stories all this time?

So, is it tin hats at twenty paces, or (and more simply) switch to LibreOffice?

Recording Industry Ass. says vinyl and CD sales beat digital downloads

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Hypocritical industry whining about stuff despite ripping off punters and artists alike

My main moan is the continual re-release (often with 'extras' that you may listen to once and then never again) of old stuff. I have Rumours by Fleetwood Man on CD, vinyl and SACD. Now why should I have to pay for a high resolution download? I've contributed enough to FM's Peruvian Marching Powder Fund over the years I think!

It's similar with Kraftwerk's 3D Blu-ray box set - no high resolution digital download voucher; I'm expected to pay again to hear the same music on my high res music player (a Fiio X3 2nd Gen which plays just about everything). Well, how many Blu-ray players have either phono outs or headphone sockets? Talk about milking the customer who feeds you and making them/squeezing them pay until there is nothing left. OK, so having Rumours more than once suggests I need therapy, I can't argue too much with that...!

However, I still have physical media because it doesn't need the internet (with its ways, means and general other quirks) to authorise my playing of the music that I paid for.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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For the sexist voyeurs amongst us - including me...

I'd lovingly bake the Yorkypizza in the over until lightly golden brown, then I'd get one of those lovely ex-F1 grid girls to lie naked for me on the kitchen table while I place it on her belly (on a heat-retardant mat - I'm not a monster!), and then we (she and I) would slowly and lovingly devourer it - with some Mayo and a bit of tomato ketchup on the side, just for that extra spicy and stylish touch.

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: Why we need faster MEMORY!

A nice idea, but what happens if we get a bug like this in the DRAM processor? Hopefully this DRAM/CPU hybrid would be as cheap as chips and being socketed it would be easy to update/replace.

Also, what CPU architecture would you use in the DRAM CPU? Something based on a current chip or some wonderful new architecture? Oh the design teams would have fun - a completely new design blank sheet! Then there's the design time, followed by the debugging time, and the bugs discovered after releasing the new wonder CPU. Me cynical? Nah...

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Re: Google security...is a joke

Good grief! This sort of thing is exactly why only a few have advanced security! It's too complicated or too involving or too long winded or simply 'what?' for the average non-technical user. No, there has to be a better way then faffing about with a bloody mobile (no, I'm not in a cell) and getting a resend because the first one hasn't arrived. The tech just isn't good enough yet.

And as for reporting stuff to the tech giants - again why bother? It almost certainly doesn't get read, let alone acted upon, especially if you're outside the US. No, unless you're reporting from some whizzbang tech company in California you're just used as fodder to help pad out numbers for the advertisers to read; they don't really care about you.

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Well done NASA!

Once again incredible engineering from NASA. Imagine anything made today lasting that long, thanks to the throwaway society and planned obsolescence. Make you proud to be a human being...

PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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What is a computer?

I told one scammer I was using my Xbox One, and was promptly told that was not a computer! Hello? It has Win 10 on it, and a browser. Is my Samsung TV a computer? It has a browser as well.

Too advanced for these script-reading idiots!


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