* Posts by ivan5

170 posts • joined 21 Aug 2018


Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again


But you can't polish a turd!

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app


Now where have I seen something like that? I know, a text only e-mail client that allows filtering of incoming mail into various sub-folders that you can define and even allow moving a mail to one of those folders. Strange I have been using that since the mid 1990s. The fact it is text only prevents the 'click on a link' problem and I can see the full url although the spam filter tends to sort them out now after years of learning.

Oh, I forgot, it is PMMail/2 running on OS/2.

UK spending watchdog blasts £792m STEM school scheme over low student numbers, deficits, education quality


Maybe they should go back to the Technical High Schools of the 50s - they were the technical equivalent of the Grammar Schools of the time. Unfortunately, they were killed off by 'all must have prizes' comprehensive schools and the Technical Colleges got degraded to mini universities that have never caught up to the real universities. Such is life at the moment, we appear to be going backwards not forwards with education on the down path.

We're number... six. Analysis puts UK behind Switzerland and Kuwait in 5G adoption


Re: I'll just wait over here, shall I?

Couldn't agree more. If 5G doesn't improve phone call quality what use is it especially in areas where we are lucky to get 3G.

EU General Court tears up ban on Three slurping O2. Good thing the latter's not set to merge with Virgin Media, eh?


Re: Vodathree UK

Are they so bad over there in the UK that you have to keep on contacting customer service?

In all my time with Free (in France) I have only contacted them 4 times - three times to get an extra sim card and phone number and once to change sim card to nano sim. All only a few minutes over the internet - took longer to log in than to do business.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets


Re: Is it me or ...

A much bigger operation to tamper with.

Not so when there are thousands of dead people and illegal 'migrants' listed on the voter rolls and they all seem to vote for some strange reason.

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra


Re: What does 5G on a phone let you do?

Agreed, if it doesn't improve the quality of the phone call what is the point if it. Maybe they should remove the phone part and just produce data devices since few people use them for making phone calls.

50,000 5G base stations built. 4.4 million to upgrade. 935 million customers to upsell


First question

The first question should be 'does 5G improve telephone calls? If it doesn't then why bother with it?

UK Defence Committee probe into national security threat of Huawei sure to uncover lots of new and original insights


Re: Surely

Don't forget all the 5i's backdoors that are includes in western equipment at no additional cost.

If you're wondering how Brit cops' live suspect-hunting facial-recog is going, it's cruising at 88% false positives


Re: "inaccuracy rate of 87.5 per cent"

I wonder, is the Met holding it wrong ?

Yes, they are using it rather than plod being out on the beat using their eyes.

The European Commission digital strategy wants to, er, take back control of citizens' data


5 year plan

digital strategy for the member states over the next five years

This makes the EU into that most people thought of as the EUSSR. Not a good thing considering the unelected rulers that must not be questioned.

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X


Re: So this will be...

Might help if one of the screens was an e-ink like the old enTourage eDGe.

Uncle Sam tells F-35B allies they'll have to fly the things a lot more if they want to help out around South China Sea


Re: F35

No !

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest


Re: Thanks for the clarification, Smooth Newt

To get round the tracking I use a text only email client. That may seem rather old fashioned but it does save all the clutter that I see others have.

If someone sends me an email that isn't in text form it doesn't get any response from me - cuts down on the spam junk as well.

It's update time – yes, again – for Insiders as the Windows 10 Slow Ring meanders towards release


You and I would think so but it wouldn't fit with the MS system of adding more tracking and data sniffing.

US Air Force inks deal with Raytheon on Windows 10 (and other) support for ARSE


Win 10 and aircraft

Can we assume that the pilots are going to learn a new method when firing the win 10 missiles - a fast loop to get the aircraft behind the missiles before they get up the ARSE of the jet exhaust. It is either that or they need to count the number of fighters shot down by their own missiles.

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want


It would help i9f when you signed up to prime your membership carried over to other Amazon areas. Example, I signed up for faster delivery with amazon.fr but also use amazon.co.uk but I don't get the faster delivery from the UK - why not?

Median speeds for UK 5G four times faster than 4G, but still way behind US and South Korea


Sounds all very nice but it might help if most people had a reliable 4G connection or even a 3G connection.

Windows 10 update slips past Aussie border force and borks access to its Integrated Cargo System


Re: W10 borks...

Yes, a typical Micro SNAFU. Anyone can see it is normal for win 10 updates.

Sod 3G, that can go, but don't rush to turn off 2G, UK still needs it – report


Especially when there are areas that are not covered by anything other than 2G. Now if the telcos would up their game and improve service to ALL areas some of us might get a 4G service if we are lucky,


Ah, you want more bandwidth for the shepple to watch cat movies on their smartphones while crossing the road without watching.

Tinfoil-hat search engine DuckDuckGo gifts more options, dark theme and other toys for the 0.43%


must be a good thing.

Especially when what you are searching foe is being censored by Google.

Remember, remember, it's now called November: Windows 10 19H2 update has a name


Re: "enablement package"

Or more likely 'crash your computer' package.

Windows 10 update panic: Older VMware Workstation Pro app broken


Re: @AC - @Boris - And they say Win10 is stable?

Don't forget the French Gendarmes changed to Linux and are still using it unlike Munich that took the brown envelopes from Microsoft.


Re: And they say Win10 is stable?

Just a typical Microsoft win 10 SNAFU.

Tetraplegic patient can now move his four limbs with the help of a badass neuroprosthetic suit


Re: Interesting idea but...

Not only that but they need to miniaturise the back pack and reduce power requirements for it to be really useful. Bulk is fine if you are healthy with total control of all your muscles but not if you are a quadriplegic - balance is everything in that case.

Here we go again: US govt tells Facebook to kill end-to-end encryption for the sake of the children


Re: Data fetishists


Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020


Re: Apps?

It would be useful if one of the screens was e-ink as it could be used in bright sunlight as well as using a lot less battery power.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update declared safe at last, which bodes well for upcoming 19H2 build


If it is declared safe by Microsoft - run for the hills before everything crashes and burns.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!


Re: Not just business

You do realise that home solar voltages have to be higher than the mains voltage if you are selling your output back to the grid so the salesman may have been correct if you had a stand alone inverter.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update inches toward the 50 per cent uptake as a new build drops


Agreed, but if they made it possible to permanently switch off ALL calling home for anything so making your computer yours and not theirs ...

As Windows 10 lands on 900m devices, Microsoft shows us the shape of clunk to come (again)


Re: It's Now One Less

You are not the only one, I finally converted the last windows machine in the place to Zorin linux with some relief - no more messing about trying to find out what windows has done to mess things up again.

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search


Re: Hmmmm...

Maybe your "customers" have just given up?? Or even moved on to an operating system that just works. I pity those that think windows is the 'be all and end all' of computing.

Massachusetts city tells ransomware scumbags to RYUK off, our IT staff will handle this easily


The joy and fun of windows computing - insecure by design.

Business PC sales up as suits flee looming end of support for Windows 7


Re: Keeping Win7, can pry it out of my cold dead hands...

What they did was force the removal of USB2 driver support,

I think you mean USB 3 support. They also made it almost impossible to add it to the install DVD which is why I have been pointing friends to Zorin Linux on their new machines.

Call Windows 10 anything you like – Microsoft seems to


Re: I'll call it a piece of s*1t

Might be time you listed exactly what you want from your computer, what programs you expect to use and so on, then look for an alternative OS that will support what you want to do.


Most probably because MS is trying to stop the use of OpenOffice/LibreOffice and lock in users to the 'latest and greatest' MS version. I know it is the latest but I don't get the impression it is the greatest, just a typical MS SNAFU.

Brits are sitting on a time bomb of 40m old electronic devices that ought to be recycled


Re: Takes less than a minute to look this stuff up...

More likely he is an academic that should get out into the real world rather than sit in some university and moan.

Sueball claims Tesla solar panels are so effective, they started fires at Walmart stores


Not the first time fires like this has happened and I doubt it will be the last.

Y'know how everyone hated it when tuition fees went up? Cutting them now could harm science, say UK Lords


It might also help if the universities drastically cut down on the number of fast food degrees but they can't because this id the age of 'all shall have prises' mentality rather than 'you must pass the entrance exam' as it was in my time.

Microsoft spreads the Cortana love to more Insiders with new Windows 10 preview


Re: Lovely I'm sure but

Simple, just use a live Linux DVD and install the Linux of your choice. You will never have to worry about MS watching and listening to everything you do.

It's so hot, UK needs to start naming heatwaves like we do when it's a bit windy – climate boffins


Re: Not the LSE

It would also help if they learned a little history. They would then see that it has been hotter in the past - whoops, I forgot they are editing pat high temps out of the record.

France seeks science-fiction writers to help futureproof its military against science-fact


Macron clutching at straws again I see. I write SF in my spare time and there is no way I would associated with such a project.

Now to upset people, I think they are looking in the wrong place, they should be looking at climatologists with their unvalidated computer models of the future being the best SF so far.

Don't give it away, give it away, give it away now, bot busting biz tells reCAPTCHA data serfs


Re: reCaptcha is Anti-Human, not Anti-Bot

How true. They keep on insisting I get a newer browser to be able to use the stupidity, therefore I leave that site and look for what I want elsewhere.

Years late to the SMB1-killing party, Samba finally dumps the unsafe file-sharing protocol version by default


Now we wait...

for all the complaints on the various NAS forums when people lose connection to their backups and files that are on nas boxes that are SMB v1.0 only with no hope of an update.

Firefox Preview for Android: Mozilla has another go at a mobile browser


That may work for phones and younger people but not for us older people without 20:20 vision. I use a 10.1" tablet for that very reason, it is much easier to see without squinting.

Good old British 'fair play' is the answer to vexed Huawei question, claims security minister


The problem with that is finding an experienced judge that is actually experienced and independent as well as being unmoved by brown envelopes

Bloody vultures! Cheeky Spanish paraglider firm pinched El Reg's mascot


Or even launch a paper rocket plane - cuts out the balloon stage.

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike


Re: Remember Munich?

Remember that was political funded by microsoft who handed out fat brown envelopes to the malcontents.

Also don't forget the French Gendarmerie are still using Linux as are several other French government departments.

Judge slaps down Meg Whitman for accusing Autonomy boss of being a 'fraudster who committed fraud'


How to open your mouth and step in with both feet. My way or the highway and don't try to confuse me with facts my mind is made up said Meg - what a way to run a business.



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