And how many bowling balls will it suck up? We all know how much trouble spilling a load of bowling balls on your carpet is, otherwise why would vacuum cleaner adverts keep demonstrating their ability to pick up bowling balls?
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Re: What about the UK
"Then why the hell do I get 'security warnings' when I sign in from the same machine with the same IP and the same hardware etc etc as I did 2 minutes ago???????"
Perhaps for the same reason I do? Coz I'm using insecure protocols, with non trusted programs. Like fetchmail using SSL and POP3 to fetch my email. Waaay less secure than HTTPS, and much less trusted than Google Chrome. Though apparently it's only insecure once every few months, rather than the once a minute it actually polls at.
"Unlikely but you can contact them about this. I've done it before"
You are assuming that I want to actually be able to understand the Russian adverts that Google shows to me, when I'm not using ad blockers, and VPNing through my Dutch server. If I'm forced to send more information about me to Google than I normally do, then I'm more than happy for them to get incorrect information.
Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know
'He also rejected the comparison between efforts by a public relations firm to influence the media with efforts by trolls and foreign powers to influence the media.
"I don't think that analogy makes sense," he said.'
After all, the former is a corporate thing, and the later is governments and arseholes. As we all know, corporations can do no wrong, and the sooner they complete their take over of the worlds governments, the better off Zuck, er I mean we all will be. Arseholes are just arseholes.
Re: At least he admitted it
"If it had been Trump he'd have said his knowledge of the internet was "powerful, very powerful and he was probably "the best person for the job" since he invented the internet". Something which would clearly upset Al Gore.'
That's basically what Prime Minister Tony Abbott said about Malcolm Turnbull when handing over control of the Australian NBN / nbn to him.
It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page
Re: if an open source project had MAJOR flaw rates like this
"I know that it's fashionable to consider C-like languages as too dangerous to use, but that's always been and continues to be utter bullshit."
This graybeard agrees with you, and I've used more languages than most. It must have been one of those fashionable ones that downvoted you.
Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing
Re: Retrieving documents
"It would be much easier and quicker to open up that laptop, get out the hard disk and attach it to a USB port as external hard disk on any working computer."
But not cheaper for a charity that runs on donations and grants. I did think of that, but didn't have any suitable hardware laying around for reading that ancient hard disk, other than the ancient laptop it was in.
Re: Is it ground hog day again?
I said it was a charity. There's stuff that has been hidden in cupboards for many years, just waiting for me to start working there and find it. I've had to fix up an ancient laptop that had Windows XP on it, so they could retrieve some important documents from it's hard disk. There was also a laptop that had Vista on it, but now has Linux Mint on it, though the display has lost a bunch of pixels in the lower right corner, almost ready to just toss that one.
Is it ground hog day again?
So tomorrow I get to install Octobers update and Novembers update on the one Windows 10 laptop under my control. Or rather, I get to watch as they get installed by themselves, coz I don't have full control. I can't wait for the higher ups to declare the nominal user of that laptop isn't actually coming back, so I can rip out 10 and install something saner. Then at least I can stick the admin password into my password manager, instead of not knowing it coz no one bothered to remember it. I only know the users password coz someone labeled it onto the case. Considering that particular laptop once took most of a week to install an update, I don't expect it'll get much actual work done on it tomorrow.
Meh, it's a charity, I'm a volunteer for only two days per week, the guy they pay to look after things should be doing a better job. There's a desktop running Vista that he should have installed 7 onto sometime in the last month, I was planning on doing that tomorrow.
Re: Too hard
"Personally, I've never thought You-Tube videos of commercial performances were remotely legal."
Depends on who put it on Youtube. After Taylor Swift put on a concert in a sports stadium near me that was close enough to hear, but not close enough to hear clearly, I realised that as far as I know, I had not ever before heard any of her music. I figured I'd give her the benefit of the doubt. So I went to Youtube, and watched a playlist of Taylor Swift videos that had been uploaded on her own channel. It sounds plausible that her own promotional channel can legally upload her own videos, but you never know. It even included a video of a concert, professionally produced, not just the result of one of the many phones I saw recording it. So a legal upload of her commercial performances.
Re: So what?
"YouTube actually have a very poor control of their platform,"
They don't even have good control of their adverts. Youtube always shows me adverts in Russian, for goods and services available in Russia as far as I can tell. I'm not in Russia, I'm not Russian, I don't speak Russian. All those adverts are entirely wasted on me.
"The YouTube content scanning system, from where I'm sitting, is a blunderbus that isn't even pointed at the barn door."
In my case, for the advert system, the barn door isn't even on the same continent.
'Admittedly, the level of Windows 10 integration is far deeper for Cortana. However, for PCs with "compatible hands-free" access, Alexa can be woken with a keyword and will then behave just as if your PC had turned into, er, an Echo.'
Easily fixed. Teach Cortana to recognise the voice of Alexa, then order Alexa to boss Cortana around.
Re: It's not a compass.
"I read that when they dug the chunnel they were only inches off course by the time they met up in the middle, which is pretty bloody impressive if you ask me ( I blame the french for those few inches, naturally )."
Where the diggers from the English side using inches, and the French side using centimeters?
Re: It's not a compass.
"onefang: your question, "No idea how it works when rotating it in place, does it even notice?", is answered in the video"
Ah, I skipped watching the video. Back when I only had 30 GBs of Internet a month I would generally skip random videos, to conserve bandwidth. Now that I no longer have that problem, I still have that habit. Slowly breaking the habit.
Re: GPS accuracy
"The reason for this was - the US military didn't want to be giving foreign powers the ability to target their cruise missiles more effectively."
I always wondered about that. Missing with a nuclear weapon by 15 feet likely isn't a problem for the people delivering it. Still gonna be a big problem for the people it was aimed at. Then there is the modern "mount a camera on it and steer it for the last stretch of flight". Oh look, there's the front door to the White House on the right, guess they moved it.
It's not a compass.
It only measures how far it moved, and currently only on one plane. Even once they get it up to three planes, as planned, it still only tells you how far it moved. You need another bit of information, where you started from. No idea how it works when rotating it in place, does it even notice? Though I guess having more of them and doing some calculations tells you if it's rotating. You still need to know which direction you where facing to start with. Not to mention that errors add up over time on these sorts of devices, though perhaps the error is really tiny, it wasn't mentioned.
You can get that missing info from, oh I dunno, a GPS and a real compass I guess. Or a surveying point and it's records.
Still, it's cool technology.
Re: At Bombastic Bob, re: MS software.
"For a guy that hates MS so vociferously you sure do have a lot of their software..."
That's likely why he hates them so much, coz he has to put up with them. Dunno about Bob, but the only reason I have any Microsoft software on any of my computers is coz people paid me to.
Re: If the West is in trouble
"Are you Au Fait and in Any Position to Change the Future to an Easier Managed, Live Operational Virtual Environment where Earthed Assets are Carefully Provided with All Future Necessary Information for Dealing with Beings of Advanced IntelAIgents."
I'm working on it with my SledjHamr project. Though the Earthed bit is optional.
Re: "Bill Gates joined on stage by jar of poop"
"/me can't find 'poo' icon..."
I'm sure it's in Unicode somewhere, though YMMV when it comes to rendering that properly. U+1F4A9 or 💩 if that helps.
Edit: El Reg says "The post contains some characters we can’t support", so I deleted the actual poop character.
Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out
'it looks like the space was used instead for cooling. That "hulking great fan".'
I hope that they have increased the maximum ambient temperature the thing can handle. My current Mac Mini is rated at 32 C. Summer started here not so long ago, earlier this week it hit 34 C on several days. I've seen higher temps. I have to turn off the Mac Mini (and my Asus ROG) on those days. I put a bloody great big fan in my main desktop just for that reason, so at least I still have something I can use on hot days.
Re: "It avoids having to pay for a bundled copy of Windows."
"True. Or even better, pick up an old case from a second-hand store, buy the components you want, and assemble it yourself."
Not sure why you need your case to be an old second hand one, new cases are available.
"It's really easy to do these days."
I've been doing that since last century. The last computer I bought whole, including operating system (not including phones) was a Mac Mini in 2012. The one before that was an Amiga 1200, back when they where new.
Re: updates and upgrades
"My Tough solar G-Shock get's it's atomic time from the radio tower, and it's juice from the sun, will go forever,"
I used to think my solar powered watch would last forever. The first one got stolen. Rechargable batteries don't live forever though. By the time the second battery died, they didn't make that particular battery anymore. That's when I switched to using mobile phones for time instead of watches. I use a solar panel (hasn't died yet, but looking the worse for wear), to charge a solar battery (on the second one), and then charge whatever phones I'm carrying at the time (currently on the second and third phones).