* Posts by SuperGeek

68 posts • joined 14 May 2018


It's not a Windows 10 release without something breaking so here's a troubleshooter for your OneDrive woes


Re: Again?

"Disclaimer.. not a Win10 user. I'm in the Linux world with Win7 for a VM. Happy as a hog in a waller as they say and not looking back."

And what's the marketshare and intended userbase of your perfect Linux heaven again? Oh, right. Small marketshare, and aimed at geeks and webserver owners. So it's not viable as mainstream OS. Been there, tried that. Some customers get used to it, most don't. Most of my customers are music producers and photographers. No native Photoshop support, and Cubase runs like crap on Linux.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a geek and webserver owner, and run Linux. But when things go badly wrong (and with kernels and drivers they often do in Linux) normal end users don't want to be faffing, or even know how to faff, with a terminal, and all the rest of it.

Windows may be beta software, but where's the alternative for your average Joe? Mac OS? Don't make me laugh.

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript


Re: Data not at risk?

"I'll need his account numbers, PIN and a sample of his signature to verify it."

I've got my old pal George Agdgdgwngo on speed dial, I'll get him on the job!

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds


A not-so-close shave

I repair computers, home appliances, consumer electronics, and also help out with small healthcare devices. Mobility scooters, powerchairs, heart monitors, TENS, that kind of thing. Recently got a call from a customer saying her Ladyshave had stopped working. "It's worked fine since I bought it two years ago, now it's not cutting!"

Guided her to where the cutter button was, and told her to open it over a bin, and clean the blades. "Ooh, didn't know it needed to be emptied and cleaned!" Same with Hoovers. The amount people drop off to my shop not sucking that just need deep filter cleaning. They empty the cyclone can but forget the filters, and motor filter. They think the detritus just evaporates. Unbelievable. Humans are so cute!

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future


DAB+? Where's the +?

DAB+ was introduced with higher quality AAC codec yet most stations are stil using old 32kbits quality, and that includes a lot of BBC stations! No wonder they sound crap!

I bought a PCI Modular Technologies DAB card years ago, and it is now as rare as hen's teeth. I don't think it is DAB + as there were never any firmwre updates as Modular went bang a few years after it launched. It has a brilliant aerial, and is great for recording radio, as the only other DAB recorder I know of and own is the KAOS PDR1 portable, which records to MicroSD, but is frankly crap, and cost £60!

DAB is like 3D TV. Great idea, poor and costly execution.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series


And brakes, it would seem from recent experience I've had of Brainless Moronic Wanker drivers speeding through red lights and roundabouts!

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Re: chewed wires

"I figured this several months ago whilst battling HR for a chair that could be raised an extra inch to give me a comfortable working position. Unfortunately the monolithic HR department I was dealing with couldn't understand that someone wanted something that had never been asked for before, and which didn't fit their policies."

You have the legal right to walk out of work if the environment is unsafe. Hurting your back or neck is an unsafe workplace. I walked out of one job because the computer repair workshop was too cold and the boss didn't see why he should get heaters. Once I refused to work and pointed out he was breaching Health & Safety, and mentioned the word "tribunal" the attitude soon changed....


Wheels aren't the only danger!

"ensuring that the life of a precious pet was not prematurely truncated with a damp squeak by a thoughtless roll of a wheeled office chair."

Or a nasty electric shock sending it flying across the room. Oh look, a flying pig! SSSQQQQUUEEEEEAAAKKK!

An unfortunate bit of product placement for Microsoft as Liverpool celebrates winning some silverware


I thought Bork meant "break"

Therefore this article isn't a bork, it simply needs a key, it hasn't crashed, blue screened, caught fire or shown an error, it's simply an informative message.

Slow news week??

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


Re: Poxy Greys

"It is just as well red squirrels live higher up and out of the way, cute as they are, UK red squirrels carry leprosy.

So try not to kiss them frequently."

Or as the World Health Organisation recently advised, "Don't have unprotected sex with wild animals"

Chime after chime: Apple restores iconic Mac boot sound removed in 2016


Sentimental even

A bit like me. I like the startup sound of Windows ME (the only part of it I DID like mind!) so have baked it into my imgres.dll.mun file in Win 10!

The sounds never leave you..... You can take the sound out of the OS, but you can't take the nostalgia out of the sound!

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time


Re: I called the cops

"so wasn't even there to explin when the cobs showed up"

You must have been on a bread roll after that!

845GB of racy dating app records exposed to entire internet via leaky AWS buckets


Re: Can we say blackmail these days?


An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher


Re: Of course if they weren't so greedy ....

So, then, can you explain why when I take the HDD out of my YouView box, I can view the SD programmes TS files with VLC just fine, but HD ones won't play?

Encryption is my first guess, so the guy above you WAS right.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens


Technically you don't "own" a device

As more and more devices have more and more semiconductors, which in turn contain their own embedded software/firmware, which you DO NOT own, only a license to use, so technically Apple have a point. If the screens are indeed counterfeit they're likely to have counterfeit firmware in the control circuitry.

Look at what John Deere tried with their tractors. Stopping mechanics or farmers tuning/repairing the vehicles because of copyrighted ECU code. The more software controlled semiconductors we get, the bigger this grey area becomes, unless everyone in the semiconductor industry switches to open source firmware, which in the case of vehicles will NEVER happen for safety reasons. And profit, of course!


So why didn't you buy parts off eBay or similar, from a Mac with damaged motherboard for example? Going to Apple or third party isn't the only option, especially if you really do" know about computers".

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays


Re: Forcing us to the Cloud 'Solution' and Subscription Hell?

"Best I can figure is all manufacturers have lost interest and are persuing the sweet subscription stream that is the 'cloud' and making home kit more and more cost prohibitive and offering kit that is no longer reliable."

Exactly. BUT, and this is a big BUT, home/business broadband needs a kick up the arse SERIOUSLY as todays speeds are nowhere near enough when you need to back up terabytes and petabytes of data nightly/weekly.

The "cloud" sounds oh so good until you factor in the total cost in a year, plus the poor speed of internet vs. the cost of hard drives. Hard drives are NOT dead yet.


Re: up to 2TB, it makes no sense to go mechanical

HD Sentinel is great for that, it monitors my drives in realtime and I can watch ANY stat dropping as they happen, not just the "old-age" variables.


Wrong credit.

"The use of SMR in WD Red NAS drives was uncovered by The Register's sister site Blocks and Files, whose investigatory work is highlighted in the lawsuit's paperwork."

Uncovered? Don't you mean, "reported on"? The DataHoarder community on Reddit likely discovered it first, and now typical journalistic parasites are trying to take the credit for it.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


They say you can tell a man....

By the PC he runs. And Linus's is just like him, and his attitude. Overpowered. Linus, you ain't THAT great. I hold Berners-Lee in a higher regard than you. At least he ain't an arrogant son of a bullying bitch. Hey Linus, where's your husband, Steve Jobs? Oh, right. Dead. Where bullying attitude deserves to be. 6 foot under.

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork


Re: So, when exactly ...

"... does the next bus to SQL STATE arrive?"

[10.40] ?

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims


Re: Credit Monitoring

"...payable to the new Easyjet western union 419 account.". Owned by the ever so lovable George Agdgdgwngo! Just a sort code needed!

Broken your new Surface Go 2 already? Looks like it's a bit more repairable this time


"there is not much here to delight an upgrade enthusiast – the memory and storage are firmly soldered in place."

Welcome to the modern world, where companies think they're carbon neutral but are ADDING to landfill. I was looking to find a GTX 1050 laptop the other day, and ALL OF THEM have SOLDERED discreet cards and CPU as well as being PLASTIC CRAP.. Fuck that. The amount of GPU's I had to vacuum rework in the old nVidia days (Go 7900 here's looking at you!) I ain't risking a hefty repair job again, or forking £600 for an ENTIRE mainboard just cause a VRAM chip is corrupted causing freeze screen on driver load.

Sticking with my Precision M6600, which is thinner than most high end laptops these days (with lower die count!), is METAL CHASSIS and STILL manages removable GPU and CPU! Not the latest, but repairable. Looks like desktop is still the way to go for gaming then!

'iOS security is f**ked' says exploit broker Zerodium: Prices crash for taking a bite out of Apple's core tech


Re: Here's an idea

"< looks for airborne pork >"

I dunno about flying pigs (not including the Corona Police and their drones, mind!) but LOOK! There's Lord Lucan on Shergar! I knew he'd show up!

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help


Sigh, another Linus dicksucker.....

<sarcasm>Yeah, because Linux is PERFECTLY stable for all uses, normal stupid end users, and has MASSIVE marketshare. Oh, and is perfectly GREAT for gaming </sarcasm>. No, it's crap for everyday use, as is Mac OS. That's why they're both low marketshare. Linus is also an arrogant bullying son of a bitch, just like, guess who? Oh yeah, Steve Jobs!

Apple owes us big time for bungled display-killing cable design in MacBook Pro kit, lawsuit claims


Re: Seems to me ..

"Apple could regain a lot of credibility".

"Apple" and "credibility" have never gone together, never will. "Apple" and "fleece", however have. Put your fleece on, sheeple, it's getting cold out!

Now we know what the P really stands for in PwC: X-rated ads plastered over derelict corner of accountants' website



Porn with Compromise?

Oracle faces claims of unequal pay from 4,000+ women after judge upgrades gender gap lawsuit to class action


"Uber in 2018 "payed" $10m to settle pay discrimination claims brought by 400 female and minority engineers."

Have we got 10 year olds writing here now? It's "paid", dammit. Unprofessional journalism at its finest. Look up the words "proofread", and "spellcheck", you'll learn something. Is mummy too busy doing ironing to help? :)

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally


Re: It went down before 1700

A yo-yo? :)

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS


Re: Stupid millennials

"I tried explaining that, sometimes, in order to get greater performance or efficiency systems naturally become more complex."

I agree. It's like CANbus. Ignorant people that don't appreciate or understand it think it's too complex, because "it's computerized and full of sensors". Those computers, along with the diagnostic ability of fault codes for each fault, make things SIMPLER and EASIER. No more spending HOURS diagnosing shitty carburettor based DUMB systems!

OK, things go wrong (rarely the computer itself), but the basics are you have input, process and output. If an input is faulty (sensor, wiring) the process cannot happen, thereby no output, or output affected. They just love blaming computers. I'm assuming coding is the same?

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


I miss the days of buttons that looked like you could just reach and touch them! Oooh, buttons! Now they just look like labels with a grey background, similar to labels in VB6 before you changed their background colour!

Flat is bleurgh!

Netflix says subscriptions just boomed but tells investors it's no money heist and they should expect stranger things


Unusual not the right word

"unusual coronavirus impacts" Really? Unusual? Everyone's stuck at home, so it should be "expected", surely?

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'


Re: I suck at FPS...

"Then you boot the game in "invite only" mode, or the ever popular "public solo mode" where you freeze your gta5.exe process on memory for 15 seconds and it drops all the other players from your game."

NETSPLIT!! The same effect can be had on Xbox One by testing the network connection while the game is running :)

You're not fooling anyone on that vid-conference call: Walmart says shirt sales soaring, pants not pulled up


I'm "pant"-ing here!

"people are buying more dress shirts yet fewer pants (trousers for you Brits, lest anyone get the wrong idea about what's happening here)"

I'm a Brit, and we have always referred to trousers as pants. Underwear is "undies". But then I was born in '85, so I'm classed as "millennial".

Icon because let's hope you're not conferencing in your undies, and had a bad vindaloo the night before. Things could get a bit.....brown!

This machine-learning upstart trained software to snare online drug dealers. Now it's going after fake coronavirus test equipment peddlers


"It can't be solved by technology alone: people need to be educated and told the reality of the tests and treatments, so that they don't buy bogus stuff online."

Good luck with that! When we're still struggling to stop people being scammed by Nigerian princes, and fake bank alerts, for what, the last 10+ years? Coronavirus will probably be history by the time the education even starts!

My Aunty has been scammed by Nigerians, twice, the second time still after a heavy tutoring from me following the first. Human nature is strange....

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


Typical British "justice" system

The one where you get less jail time for killing someone in your car vs. pirating CD's down the pub. Now there's the big bad Corona flu virus, there's more cops around than ever out for swill, and the STREETS ARE EMPTY!!

Where were the pigs when the streets were crowded and shops being robbed, or Jane Doe having her bag snatched in broad daylight? Eh? You never saw them then, but oh, now there's a new flu strain flying around, they're EVERYWHERE looking for arrests. Even drone shaped pigs in the air! The term "pigs might fly" is more true than ever!

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now


Re: I'd love to see a law...

I agree. I'm still using my S6, the thing that I hate about it is it EATS battery, even with a new genuine one fitted. I can't use Lineage as my banking et al apps don't support rooted, and they no longer officially support it either.

Gonna try a different phone, maybe a Mate 8. I kept the S6 out of landfill as long as I could tolerate keep charging the life out of it!

Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much


Re: heefee, heefy, weefy, wiffy....

"the idea of dropping buttocks/asses/arses on Japan - which if divorced from the body they belonged to is potentially more horrifying"

Images of the old Flash game Arse Race come to mind! Welcome to Royal Arsecot!

Cloud'n'server hosting giant OVH more like OMG: Data center hardware failure knocks out services in France


Re: Normalise redundancy?

Should have gone to Amazon, quicker delivery :)

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP


Another one for The Secret Barrister....

To add to their next book of MoJ and CPS failings! The first book was shocking enough, but now this?!?

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc


Attack on power up? Been known for years!

Attacking a system as soon as power is applied has been known for years as the weakest link. I don't think that will ever change. Too many subsystems on a computer for it to start protected instantly.

BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer


Dell Precision M6600 here, beautiful 17.3" screen, and a pre-chiclet backlit keyboard. Use it for video editing, Photoshop and photoshoot editing, DAW with FL Studio, the odd bit of GTA 4, and general Windozy stuff. 16GB RAM, two hard drive bays, external eSATA, and 1.8" MSATA 250GB boot drive, all for just under £250. Custom added my own slim Blu-ray burner for backing up music compositions and photoshoots.

Not the newest i7 but she boots in 4 seconds from MSATA SSD, so good enough if boot time is anything to go by, still got 5+ years in her yet, maybe 10 :). The day Hell freezes will be the day I use a laptop with Chiclet Scrabble keys crap, which is most of the modern ones!

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


"Our highest priority is ensuring the 737 Max is safe and meets all regulatory requirements if it ever returns to service."

There, fixed that :)

Time to burst out graphing: Get the Windows Insider experience... by taping a calculator to your monitor


Re: Broken search

I use Everything. It's lightning fast, light on resources :)

Stolen creds site WeLeakInfo busted by multinational cop op for data reselling


An Irishman and a Dutchman walked into a datacenter....

Sounds like the start of a bad joke. An Irishman and a Dutchman wanted to start a website. The Irishman said to the Dutchman..... you get the idea :)

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?


Re: Lock-in

Micro USB is the WORST USB connector out there. They're too thin, break too easily, and they can short circuit if the end is bent slightly, I remember trying to straighten a bent one and it started to get really hot, needless to say it went in the bin. Even UnBREAKcable cables which are supposed to be much more resistant are awful, the wire going into the connector was the first bit to go.

I hate modern connectors. SATA, HDMI, Micro USB, they're certainly not designed for real world use. Parallel, IDE and SCART were much tougher and seemed to last longer. It's the industry following the Apple trend of making everything smaller that's the culprit. It all comes back to the forbidden fruit!

Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed


Re: Yet another reason Oracle sucks.

HAHAHA! How much did they pay you to say all that???

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears


MCAS - May Cause Arsehole Shrinkage? Parrrp, scuse me!



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