* Posts by Totally not a Cylon

284 posts • joined 17 Nov 2018


Microsoft debuts Windows 11 2022 Update – now with features added monthly

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Microsoft:"'since we removed the ability of users to turn off automatic updates more people are using it. Therefore they must prefer it, so we will use it to push our latest 'whale song, illicit smoking sessions inspired feature' that way....."

Admins run into Group Policy problems after Win10 update

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Re: There are other options that could make you happy, you just have to take the first step

My dual-boot PC (primarily Ubuntu but duals into Windows 10 for World of Warships) had updates to both systems last night.

Windows 2 restarts for 2 big 'updates'

Ubuntu updated the snap-store quietly and then a whole host of core updates also quietly with no restart demanded just recommended......

I know which I would recommend for a 'work environment'

Document Foundation starts charging €8.99 for 'free' LibreOffice

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Re: Does that mean there's will be a version with proper accent entry?

Remember 8 different option-key combos?

why yes.

you can remember cmd-c for copy, cmd-v for paste and cmd-s for save etc so why not?

shift-cmd-5 opens screenshot menu, etc

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Re: Does that mean there's will be a version with proper accent entry?

Hmmm, a quick look in macos help reveals a way to enter accents using the 'option key'.

For example option-i followed by a gives â

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Re: re : Lack of cloudy tie-ins...

One click installation.

And on a company Mac you can keep the security setting of 'Allow apps downloaded from the App store' turned on.

Microsoft Outlook sends users back to 1930 with (very) mini-Millennium-Bug glitch

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Re: Collapsing global economy and rising fascism.

There's an acronym for it too:


BOFH: It's Friday, it's time to RTFM

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Re: ACRONYM is NOT an acronym

Ahhh, the fabled bacronym; pick a word and then force the title of something to fit....

Normally found lurking in DC waiting to ambush an unsuspecting 'carbon based lifeform'

NASA picks a tailor for Artemis moonwalking suits

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Re: " ... land a woman and person of color ... "

strangely enough NASA was testing female astronaut candidates back in the 50s for the Mercury program and they did rather well.

Until it was decided for 'Reasons' that astronauts had to be 'Combat Pilots'; as the Airforce did not allow women to fly in combat missions that ruled out female astronauts.

Turns out the 'average woman' can withstand high g forces than the 'average man' before greying out....

Joke: We're also better at reading the instructions.........

Ad blockers struggle under Chrome's new rules

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Re: Advertising weary?

Disclaimer: I am old enough to remember the internet Pre-Advertising.

Sites used to advertise by having footers & headers which contained static images hosted on the server, these contained one or more adverts for companies which paid the company showing the adverts directly. These also tend to be unblockable by adblock because they look like any other image.

The biggest grumble about adverts is that they are not hosted by the same site and often contain video & sound AND MALWARE!!!

On a news site I want to read the news not watch a badly produced video of it. The Register is white-listed in adblock but I still don't see adverts due to Pi-Hole which is blocking google, etc....

tl;dr run your own adverts and get revenue, use an ad agency and get blocked.

Apple debuts iPhone 14, Watch 8, other sparkly things

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Re: Dynamic Island*

Goal achieved!

People are talking about it.....

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave

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Re: What about crypto mining and gaming computers?

PC for winter gaming, doubles as a heater.

Mac for summer use....

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Hydrogen storage has a problem.....

Hydrogen likes to leak, just look at all the problems NASA has had recently with leaks.

You do not want a hydrogen....

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Re: Does this apply to everyone?

Sidewinder is air-to-air; good for eliminating drones.....

Need an air-to-ground like a Hellfire (can be IR tracking or GPS tracking....)

Japan to change laws that require use of floppy disks

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Do CDROMs survive being faxed? and what comes out the other end?

Record label drops AI rapper after backlash over stereotypes

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Re: Call center "non English speaking Enggrish"

Washing soda and ordinary bleach works quite well....

Smartphone gyroscopes threaten air-gapped systems, researcher finds

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That is why when a client requests 'blinking lights' you use flashing LEDs, see BigClive supercomputer projects.....

The real status LEDs are hidden and only enabled by a keyswitch.

Mouse hiding in cable tray cheesed off its bemused user

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Re: Wireless Mice

Original early Vaios are great but later ones not so; had the hinges break on the last one. Cheap sintered pot metal.....

Early ones also had the ability to swap the floppy drive for a 2nd battery.

NASA selects 'full force' for probe into UFOs

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Re: Wait...


No bright pink flying restaurants around here....

NASA wants a hundredfold upgrade for space computers

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Re: Did someone..

Skynet is a rank amateur.... only took over 1 planet.

Now 12, that's an achievement...

Microsoft's fix for 'data damage' risk hits PC performance

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Do it!

Linux is much better. So far the only missing item I've found is dragging to extend a data range; instead I just manually edit the data range..... 2 minutes instead of less than 1.....

BT demos 4-carrier 5G aggregation – on a live network

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Finish the rollout first....

BT should just finish the 5G rollout first and concentrate on getting everyone 500Mb/s both ways before doing 'dumb stuff to jam the network and provide a flimsy reason to steal more frequencies from others'......

Claims of AI sentience branded 'pure clickbait'

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Re: "When I look at my toaster, I don't feel it has those things."

Stop calling me a Toaster!

I am not now nor have ever been a Toaster......

Pull jet fuel from thin air? We can do that, say scientists

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Re: you focus on EVs were you can

You got a downvote because the maintenance costs of my 31yr old Range Rover are tiny compared to the service costs of a new vehicle....

Nancy Pelosi ties Chinese cyber-attacks to need for Taiwan visit

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Based on Pelosi's previous political posture I would have expected her to visit the mainland seeing as her viewpoint is more aligned with China than Taiwan...

Linus Torvalds releases Linux 5.19 – using Asahi on an Arm-powered Mac

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Re: Finally!

I'm going to assume humor as MY MacBook already runs GIMP, LibreOffice, Scribus, Handbrake......

Why do I need linux on it yet? Though it has dualbootted into Linux previously......

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did

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IT Angle

Re: You know you're old when...

I have 2 in the attic, don't know if they still work but should do.

Very simple actually; alarm closes circuit to element in kettle, when water boils it starts to siphon out of kettle into teapot, when kettle is below a certain weight it tilts opening circuit to element, then wait for tea to brew (ideal time to nip downstairs to kitchen for milk to put in tea.....)

Not usable in US due to not enough voltage from normal wall socker to boil water, (would need an appliance circuit run)

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy

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Depends on the hardware....

Need to distinguish between a VR display which plugs into a computer and is merely a display device with an input device for motion


an actual self contained VR headset which houses real computing power and is made by a company notorious for advertising...

Security flaws in GPS trackers can be abused to cut off fuel to vehicles, CISA warns

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Totally not an issue!

I've got one of these, the device itself communicates with the server over GSM.

It's the software running on the server end which may have an issue, BUT there is a very good Open Source Software server which runs on everything inlcuding a Raspberry Pi.

This is only an issue if using some closed source server software from China.

On the other hand these and their clones are great units, which can do a lot more than just vehicle location....

Is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope worth the price tag?

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Re: "And so, after a quarter of a century, ... what does the entire effort have to show?"

And you both forgot your 'electronic thumb', not to mention the guidebook.....

or do you have the card which categorically states that you are not allowed to get freebies for writing a good review?

Copper shortage keeps green energy, tech ventures grounded

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Re: Bloody batteries and solar panels

Your heat pump current draw is way high; which also throws doubt on your other figures.

To match the BTUs of my current gas boiler a heat pump in my average sized house in Southern England would draw 2kW at worst efficency and just over 1kW at best.

Don't confuse breaker rating with actual current draw which will be much lower.

SpaceX Starship booster in flames after unexpected ignition

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Re: Part of the game

Prior to any hazardous activity, even just filling the tanks, everyone is evacuated to the production site 2.1 miles away and the public road outside is closed by the police.

Only cameras are put at risk, plus the 2 Boston Dynamics robo-dogs...

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Re: Amazed the commenters on the video segment could only muster a few "whoas".

Also for a "SpaceX explodey moment" it was pretty mild....

A slightly toasted OLM and one thoroughly shredded air conditioning hose...

First reports indicate just 'a lot of carbon scoring'.......

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Third party app store?

I hope BMW allow third party app stores and payment processing......

As in "No, I don't want your over priced Carplay, I'll use Audi's instead".......

After all Epic (and others) think that phones should have third party stores & payment systems and the only difference between a car and a phone nowadays is that the car has wheels and a motor.......

How a botched kernel patch broke Ubuntu – and why it may happen again

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A good idea.

So, write one. That after all is the whole point of Open Source; you think something could be done better then you write it......

Microsoft cloud exec accused of verbal attack on staff exits

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Sounds like a good boss.

One former Microsoft exec claimed they'd seen Keane "reduce people to tears."

One place I worked I had an HR muppet say with a perfectly straight face "You cannot yell at anyone as that means the relationship is broken and that is bad" in response to being told that I only yelled at underlings who screwed up and then tried to cover up their actions.....

Yes, happy workplaces are nice but incompetents should expect to be yelled at if they don't admit to mistakes - they might not have been properly trained.......

UK, South Korea strike data-sharing pact

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Re: Easy but naughty solution.

I think for a 'trade language' Ferengi might work better.......

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Easy but naughty solution.

I speak English & Japanese.

Can you guess which language Koreans prefer to use?

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A Pi-Hole on your network stops all this.....

Even with ipv6....

I'm convinced it's also made web page load times 10x quicker....

People who regularly talk to AI chatbots often start to believe they're sentient, says CEO

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Re: Wife,/ AI

Has she mentioned 'the colonies' yet?

Arrogant, subtle, entitled: 'Toxic' open source GitHub discussions examined

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Mos Eisley

Any technical forum will converge to looking like Mos Eisley Spaceport or Illium.....

Without the face to face element of conversation where sarcasm or humour can be detected in the 'side channel' of voice tone/body langauge heated debates degenerate into slanging matches and insult fests; but in most cases this is merely hyper smart people working out their frustration that someone else is not seeing 'the problem'. Often simply using a different way to describe 'the problem' would work.....

Besides if you think tech forums are toxic you should see a few military/veteran forums...... (except they aren'r; just the language seems to be but isn't)

BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft

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Paris Hilton

Re: Stonkingly good episode

Hmmm, sounds like they were involved when a 'Major Pharmaceutical company' rolled out XP.....

Porta cabins in the car park in summer!

Paris because bikinis would have been appropriate office wear!

Microsoft issues fix for Windows 11 Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: "Search Highlights"

So my cunning plan to poison Bing searches by using it to look for:

Anime Cat Girls, (nekomimi)

Azur Lane,

2A stuff.


is working very well.....

Yodel becomes the latest victim of a cyber 'incident'

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One of the better ones

Now I've got your attention....

In the area where I live Yodel is one of the better courier companies.

But then we also get good service from RoyalMail and BT.....

Whereas Amazon think they can turn up at 23:00hrs and UPS think it's clever to deliver to a farm 5 miles away as a 'green alternative'.........

Musk can't tweet about Tesla without lawyer approval – and he's still fighting to end that

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Re: Advice from Twitter?

Less work for the 'Evil AI Overlord' to do......

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Re: Potentially an interesting legal case

The 2nd Amendment is not a problem.

People not getting prompt treatment for mental health issues is


nearly all 'mass shootings' take place in gun free zones; shocking that criminals don't obey laws....

There was a recent incident which would have turned into a 'mass shooting' but didn't because a citizen exercising her constitutional right to legally carry shot the gunman.

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Advice from Twitter?

Frankly anyone who gets financial advice from twitter deserves what happens....

It's like getting medical advice from facebook

or suing becuase your coffee is hot.....

Can we finally take the warning labels off and let nature eliminate the stupid?

Japan makes online insults a crime that can earn a year in jail

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Re: Online??

Japan is not a Western Country.

Example: a large company is doing 'something bad'; in the west you can call them out in public and not go to jail because what is said is true, whereas in Japan (and other similiar countries) damaging a company's (or individual's) reputation even with true statements is an offence and people have been jailed over it.

Cultural differences are a 'good thing' otherwise the World would be very boring....

If you want to launch Starship from Texas, here's some homework, FAA tells SpaceX

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Not too bad/onerous

NasaSpaceFlight had a 5hour livestream on youtube about this last night.

Nearly all of the 75 mitigations are already being done by SpaceX or are extremely trivial as in 'pay an organisation to put up 5 signs'...

It's more a case of "let's get the rules established for SpacePorts early and in writing to head off the lawsuits".

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Mars is looking very attractive....

as per title.

Elon's Mars colony is looking even more attractive right now.....



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