* Posts by Dr. Vagmeister

59 posts • joined 30 Oct 2019


Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey

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All Should Be Translated to Rogers Profanisaurus

No need for swear words, just translate them to Rogers Profanisaurus


Bunty or Twinkle ???

(Half way down the page)

UK promises big data law shake-up... while also keeping the EU happy, of course. What could go wrong?

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Re: "a world-leading data policy"

Yes, this is just another "UK for Sale" process, where the UK citizens are being sold.

Google staff who work from home might see pay cut under corporate policy – reports

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Re: Absolute cunt's trick

You are paid for your contracted hours, and that is usually based on attending your place of work.

Unless that contract states that 10% of your pay is for commuting costs, then Google as per the OP, are being c*nts.

They are simply denying those savings the worker benefits from, by working from home.

Google could easily deny home working, which would solve the issue, but people may not like that since people now realise that working from home is just as beneficial to the company as to the person.

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Re: Absolute cunt's trick

If Google are cutting peoples wages since they work from home and do not incur travelling costs, then this is just corporate greed at its best. They deny their workers the savings, despite their Q2 $19bn operating profit.

They can reduce building maintenance costs by downsizing, saving more money, yet seek to extract more from their workers. Disgusting.

I suppose the removal of "Don't be evil" from their code of conduct in 2018 has created a senior manager culture appropriate to the dystopian films of every decade.

UK regulator Ofcom seeks more powers to deal with mega constellations

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OFCOM could specify that the satellites must be able to de-orbit, i.e. crash into the earth once it comes to end of life, to stop the clutter and debris etc.

There are projects that are planning to collect ?, or other, the satellite. So would it not be better to specify that the satellite can de-orbit so saving the future of clutter and interference. OFCOM could state that no operating licence will be given in the UK, unless this is implemented.

(or has this been taken care of already ?)

Windows 10 to hang on for five more years with 21H2 update

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Re: They will have to support Windows 10 for longer than five years

A vast number of people are not aware of what an OS is. Some think it is Internet Explorer. They know about ChromeOS or Android, purely because it is the name assigned to the product they have. Same for Apple, as they know about the product, but not really bothered about the OS.

Microsoft have a monopoly, and their actions will be forcing people to upgrade their perfectly adequate PC's to a newer model, when they don't need to.

Is this in effect, forced landfill ?

If every business specifies MS Office product compatibility, and many businesses and government departments are now Office365, Cloud etc., then Linux does not stand a chance.

The culmination of Microsoft strategy and government inaction on their monopoly status will just cause the OS/Hardware merry go round to continue.

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Re: okay...

I have been using Fedora on the laptop for the past 5 years, and previous to that i was using CentOS, as working from home i could mirror work builds for testing software.

You only hop distros if you want, else you can easily stick with a specific distro as others have stated.

Dell bigwig: Expect another 6 months of supply woes. Oh, hello Windows 11

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Re: It's not just high end parts

Agreed. I was looking at Dell laptops, and their 17" Inspiron's are not available in the UK.

I was also having trouble obtaining the IRFI4020 for my class D amplifier, and Nov 2021 is the delivery date, but luckily i obtained them from RS, as they were out of stock for months, so some have just come in.

Strangely, same for some capacitors too, next year delivery on 1% tolerances in some areas.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

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It's cos of the temerity....

The fucking temerity that they think they own your PC.

Backbench Tory campaigner promises judicial review of data grab of English GP patients unless UK government changes tack

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Re: Is it a real opt-out?

Thanks for the reminder. I recall i sent in the form to the GP 8 years, or so, ago. I have resent the form as they have e-mail now.

This is atrocious that the Government is not telling people about GP records opt out. The NHS Digital online system should cater for both.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

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From the article :

CEO Satya Nadella concluded the presentation with a statement of purpose that positions Microsoft – the monopolist of decades past – as the champion of openness, at least compared to its rival Apple.

So, Microsoft are not as bad as Apple, so they can claim being open ?. Was he laughing when he said that ?

Microsoft will always be the monopoly for PC's. They know it, and that's why they can pull the crap such as forcing you to purchase a new PC when windows 10 is unsupported.

Unless you move to Linux.

2024, the year of the Linux desktop. Hurrah.

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Re: All I want to know is...

"1. Will I have another frantic battle to stop it trying to install itself on my mum's antique laptop?"

Judging by the article text, and comments here, the TPM2.0 requirement probably means you have no chance of installing it even if you wanted to.

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU

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Re: If it's not on the side of a bus...

Can we all agree that Boris Johnson, aka The Johnson, is the patron saint of liars ?

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Don't you mean "Chardonnay" ? That seems to be a popular name.

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Yay, Brexshit.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: What's the point?

I thought that they would have moved to a subscription model by now.

If they do for Windows 11, i am wondering what those non-technical people will do.

I would be quite miffed if suddenly i had to upgrade, and then was asked for money for the upgrade, and the previous is not supported.

Maybe the strategy is full telemetry for those who do not wish to pay for Windows 11.

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like

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Re: A data leak in China? You couldn't make it up...

Didn't the Chinese get their own version of Windows from Microsoft, as the telemetry was an issue for the Chinese, reporting to the wrong servers outside China ?

So, i expect this to be a legitimate version, but the Chinese one.

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Re: Just

I'm using F33 and KDE, and no issues of using a USB stick - automatically mounts and is usable in Dolphin. You do have to eject the USB stick, rather than just pull it out, if it has NTFS.

Microsoft loves Linux – as in, it loves Linux users running Linux desktop apps on Windows PCs

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Re: Yes, of course

"Yes it has, but if KDE suited people's needs then they wouldn't be running Windows."

Of the limited people i talk to about computing (non work), many people don't know about Linux, so they would never even experience KDE.

They know about Android, but that is just because of the proliferatrion of the mobile devices, and probably don't know what an OS is about.

I use KDE, and it is great, similar to Windows 7 or XP interface in operation.

A conversation i had a while back, i explained that i ran Linux, and was asked, does it have Word or Excel, and i replied no (obviously), so the other person pretty much said what's the point. Perhaps until an ODF is the de facto standard, then Linux with LibreOffice won't make an in road that is required to accelerate Linux popularity ?

Microsoft OneDrive for Windows 7 drives off a cliff for business users

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Re: Is Win10 stable yet?

It has been 5+ years since Windows 10, and i am surprised that they have not started to request a subscription. Then again, with so many issues appearing, they perhaps realised that they couldn't really charge for it.

They have a captive audience, so they don't really need to try too hard.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson reluctant to reveal his involvement in the OneWeb deal

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Re: Call the RAC?

That was really, really, funny. You should have got more upvotes.

You can imagine the companion TomTom to go with it, speaking the location to the Brexiteer, maybe with a "Hurrah" every now and then, or "Definitely no foreigners" randomly.

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£500million on a PR Exercise

This was just "The Johnson" spending money on something technical, and GPS'y as we had shot ourselves in the foot over Brexit, so he could claim, we are doing it ourselves.

Utter waste of money.

Microsoft is designing its own Arm-based data-center server, PC chips – report

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Re: AMD <3 ARM too

I had an XBOX360 and good on Moistness-soft, they repaired the unit free of charge.

It was due to the in-house design of the ASIC (https://www.designnews.com/engineering-disaster-xbox-360-red-ring-death)

They have probably learnt by this serious error in judgement, and it will be out-sourced for their ARM design implementation.

Then again, sometimes despite having vast sums of money, they may try and cut corners.

IT workers join elite sports stars, fat cat biz execs, celebs and posties for special treatment under England's COVID-19 travel isolation rules

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Re: No Isolation for Special People or Elites ???

No other person has the right to infect another person, where that infection can cause the persons death.

No one is ever more important than another.

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Re: No Isolation for Special People or Elites ???

There is no chip on my shoulder.

No one in this country is expendable.

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Re: No Isolation for Special People or Elites ???

I believe the UK Government has a duty of care for everyone, equally, and should not sacrifice other peoples lives for the illusion that travelling is important for making a deal.

If they travel abroad for a deal, the work is done abroad, so coming back into the UK they can self isolate as required by every other person.

It is a sick elitist law that shows the current UK Governments thinking - we are expendable at the elites personal freedom, which we cannot have.

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No Isolation for Special People or Elites ???

I read the Government website and i am still unsure of the details, so here is the moan :

The website indicates that some professions are wholly exempt from isolation when they arrive in the UK.

So it is possible when you arrive in the UK, do not need to self isolate, that you are a super spreader, infect many people who subsequently die, all sanctioned by the UK Government ?.

Does the virus know who to, and not to, infect ?

Is this UK Government sanctioned manslaughter ?

H2? Oh! New water-splitting technique pushes progress of green hydrogen

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Re: 3x the energy density of petrol?

I wonder what the energy density is, or my humongous extra loud farts.

It reminds me, when i was married, i did one of my loudest farts ever when in bed. My wife woke up and sat up asking "What was that, what was that ??? ".

After i had finally finished crying with laughter, i announced what i had just done. Needless to say, she was not happy.

Amazon spies on staff, fires them by text for not hitting secretive targets, workers 'feel forced to work through pain, injuries' – report

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Re: Dystopian Nightmares Inc.

I think this is more Dystopian - 1984 and The Fifth Element, where Bezos is Zorg (Gary Oldman character).

All Bezos needs is a limp and quarter tips on his shoes, and he has made it. It looks like he has already got the fashion style required, just a bit further to go.

I am sure that this example can be used to show others what pure greed does to companies - i expect that this is management created since they must have their bonuses, as well as Bezos driving it.

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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Creepy Feature == Creepture

I still do not see how Google could describe them remotely recording everything that happens in your house, as a feature.

I recall that in the UK, it was reported that a friendly neighbour installed a video camera in a single mum's flat after he volunteered to complete some decorating work, was using wired based cameras, and he subsequently went to prison.

For some reason, a conglomerate listening to many peoples home voices and sounds 24/7, is a feature.

That's how we roll: OWC savagely undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with bargain $199 alternative

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Re: Still taking the piss

Those b4st4rds at Greene King have reduced the 10x500ml pack to 8x500ml pack, for the same price.

China re-shapes its silicon industry to boost production

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Re: weeell

I don't think it is an issue. If you examine the following link, there are many foundries not in China :


The only issue i could foresee is if China annexes Taiwan, or their production capability is extensively subsidised to cause other foundries to close (which assumes that they obtain the licence to produce the IC's in the first place).

If China does play games, then there is sufficient other foundries to absorb the new manufacturing. The other aspect i can foresee is fake parts - not sure how this will progress if it occurs.

In the halcyon days before Brexit, takeover attempts, and COVID-19, HP made 1.3% pre-tax profit on sales at UK limb

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Re: Their Website Still Does Not Work

Spoke too soon. I wanted to compare the i5 and Ryzen options, and now it does not work in Chrome, even when i deleted the cookies etc.

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Re: Their Website Still Does Not Work

I did try Chrome a while back, and same issue. Just tried again, and with ublock off (again), seems to work. Thanks.

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Their Website Still Does Not Work

I am using Firefox 78.0.2 on Fedora 31, and for the past 8 months at least, their website filter function, and sort function, in the laptop section refuses to work on the UK version.

You cannot buy every version of their laptop from Curry's, and you cannot contact HP to let them know their website does not work.

Also, their calculators were the best to purchase - high quality and offering RPN. The reviews of their calculators has shown that they are now chinese manufactured tat. The calculator reviews are not available on the UK website, but are on the US version.

Fitness freaks flummoxed as massive global Garmin outage leaves them high and dry for hours

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Re: Who Cares?

I use my Garmin watch as it came with a heart rate monitor. Using Golden Cheetah, i can see the logs, and although the GPS is less accurate than a device with WAAS, the heart rate monitor does provide a useful metric.

Hopefully this event will get Garmin et al to think about the ability to download the logs without the need for an internet connection.

UK surveillance laws tightened up as most spying demands to be subject to warrants

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Still a Very Bad Law

States : "any surveillance power granted to the public sector under any law other than the Snoopers' Charter itself or the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) now can't be exercised unless your telco or Royal Mail (or parcel courier, for that matter) can be persuaded to hand over access to your communications."

So, essentially, they have reduced the powers of RIPA, but if the telco or postal can be "persuaded", then they will hand over the data anyway ???

What if the telco or postal think, maybe we ought to charge for this - and so it then becomes a profit decision for the postal/telco.

I think the law should be changed to notify that the person has been investigated by non-criminal bodies, maybe 1 year after the investigation - so we the people can then decide for ourselves about any abuse of power.

UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

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It Could Be Made to Work ???

Just for clarification, the article states :

"While at first glance, trying to force a mega-constellation of communication satellites in Low Earth Orbit to perform the positioning duties of a few purpose-built spacecraft in higher orbits may seem risky, it could be made to work."

Who is stating it could be made to work - is it the UK Government, or someone with the technical aptitude who has made a comment somewhere ???

To me, $500m is a lot of money to speculate upon for something that "could be made to work".

Consumer orgs ask world's competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit's data?

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Alternative Issue....

I have a Garmin product with separate heart rate monitor, purchased years ago, and i thought i would try it out.

Garmin, and it seems many other manufacturers, force you to use their software which is internet based only, for storage of the data on their servers.

I NEVER want to store MY data on some other entities servers.

The letter misses the point in this regard.

The issue should be that any product/device MUST allow the owner/user to use it without the requirement for ANY internet connection or service.

Luckily, after a lot of searching i located the Garmin Ant Agent software (on a 3rd party website - which is risky) to download the workout, and used the Golden Cheetah application to view my results.

Since website after website is hacked, it is immediately obvious that every device MUST allow local only storage, and as per purchasing goods, a GUEST login where your card details are not stored, must be provided by every website too.

Then at least people have the option of storing their data locally only.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: These satellites have high precision atomic clocks on board?

I am not sure about the receiver design, in that most are a single chip receiver in generic GPS based products.

I recall (perhaps in error) that the receiver chip is hard coded to know where the satellites are (constellation in the sky) and from that with the timing signals, determine the location of the receiver.

Does the GPS receiver have to know where the GPS satellites (MEO) are, and if so, how will the UK version using LEO's overcome this aspect ?

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The following link provided by someone lower down in the comments :


States that the system will be compatible with the US GPS system - hence will be L-Band.

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Unless the satellites are using a non-waveguide approach to powerful signal transmission, then the satellite will have to be re-engineered as Ku-band waveguides are smaller than L-band waveguides. See :


Compare WR-650 L-Band (6.5inches x 3.25inches) to WR-62 Ku-band (0.622inches x 0.311inches) - approx 10x smaller in one dimension. So the L-band satellite waveguides are 10x bigger = more weight, and require significant satellite redesign.

If the satellites don't use waveguides, and the idea is to use those already being built with modifications, they still need to be launched etc.

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I read the Guardian link, which refers to the Times. The 20% is part of a consortium deal, with the Chinese interested. The Guardian states :

"The government is seeking a system that will support mobile phones and provide vital location information for the military and businesses."

There is no secrecy here, no competitors, only other stakeholders that are not commensurate with the UK's ways of life - i.e., freedom.

I would not have any other potentially hostile nation knowing the details, and having direct access and involvement in a GPS system which is critical to our military.

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It could be that the satellites operate in Ku-band (11GHz+ downlink), and GPS receivers operate at L-band (1GHz to 2GHz). So, unless they can convert the satellite from Ku-band to L-band, then they cannot be configured to operate with existing GPS receivers.

We already have numerous GPS signals, and the associated WAAS (L-band, wide area augmentation system signal) to compensate for the accuracy, which many GPS receivers already can make use of - mine from 2003 uses the WAAS signal.

Without the report, then we cannot assess the validity of the claims.

Will the proposed system offer cm level accuracy, or be no better than GPS+WAAS ???

Also, why would anyone pay 20% (£500million) to a company that has filed for bankruptcy ??

If the money is paid, where does it go ??, does the company suddenly become operational ??

I recall that the government were being told that they can introduce backdoors into encryption and they believed it was ok with no downsides. Is this the same scenario, the government is being told what it wants to hear by people with some technical ability, to get them to believe that what is stated in the £92million report is 100% accurate ?

The report cannot be seen - so, will this be a case of money spent (£92m + £500m) and then it fails and we just brush it under the carpet ?

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Isn't it obvious......

I know why Microsoft fail.

With shops such as Apple, Ann Summers, and Jewellers, they all sell something people lust after, that you want to get your hands on.....

Microsoft sell something crepe, or something you have to use, like toilet roll, (although Xbox, Xbox360 were ok, then they messed up with Xbox One).

Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R&D facility in UK's leafy Cambridgeshire

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It is a response to the usual lack of long term thinking of the UK government, and current UK industry.

Why don't Huawei continue researching on their own as per their massive campus in China ?

We used to have world leading research in the UK in the optical area, but this has declined severely.

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Yes, they don't want to give money away to the marxists (London Borough of Newham), but happy to take it from the Communists.

Any IP, patents, i assume will be owned by Huawei.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Descriptive and Slightly Shortened

Bunch of Funts

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: Re Cycle Wheels

"Sometimes I think cycling is the new Hi-Fi in the sense of "How Much?""

I am not sure you have been on the Hifi forums recently.

We now have special fuses for the power supply, which are directional.

Special mains cables, special S/PDIF cables, special Cat6 cables, special absorption materials for equipment to stand on as the equipment feet are not good enough. Special RF absorption devices to place inside your equipment. We now also have special audio grade ethernet switches. There are also USB reclockers which are essentially a USB hub, costing many thousands. There used to be a CD disc demagnetiser - though i think the vendor realised he really was taking the p!ss.

We also have equipment that takes two weeks to warm up, and if you switch it off, and back on again, you have to wait another 2 weeks before it sounds any good.

Oooh, forgot to mention speaker cables, and interconnect cables - they all matter.

If you can't hear any difference to the above, then your system is not resolving enough, or you have a hearing issue.

People should try and visit the hifi forums - you think Apple customers are lemming brains, hifi people are seriously nuts.



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