* Posts by TechHeadToo

10 posts • joined 9 Apr 2020

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

TechHeadToo

Re: Worst American president ever

He's made America numberOne the way he said he would.

Number One in the world for killing citizens by deliberate stupidity

Incredible how you can steal data via Thunderbolt once you've taken the PC apart, attached a flash programmer, rewritten the firmware...

TechHeadToo

Re: A reason for all the glue?

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I thought they just pass them through a mincer and recover the bits they want. Ferrous to the magnet, gold from the bath of mercury...

Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence

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Re: Bullshit article based on bullshit press releases.

if only I had the skill to extract the details of the research, I could sell it for a fortune to 'someone' who may be able to be first to market with a vaccine. Make no mistake - Donald Chump wants to be first in the US so he can sell it to the rest of the world and make billions. He'll already have his family buying up all the right stocks and shares for the companies he can promote.

Not sure if Boris Buffoon maybe doing the same - I'd like to think we're better organised, but maybe our corruption in high places is better hidden.

Doesn't alter the main idea that vaccine knowledge is the next 'big thing' though

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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Lets keep the Track Record 100%

Boris Buffoon and his cronies can't afford to allow a better solution now - they have their consistent record of failure to ..

well - to do anything right - make clear decisions, plan, implement effectively, take care of the voters, the peasants, the people who make and do all the stuff we need to allow us to live.

Wait - I forgot the Bankers and Bosses. The decision to give out 'loans' and not 'money'. You need some money to pay the workforce - it's a loan - you have to pay back from all the money you haven't been getting while closed - plus pay an 'arrangement fee' to the bankers. So someone will be OK after all

I'm going to see if Sweden still accept immigrants.

Serial killer spotted on the night train from Newcastle

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and that's not all - when they DO work...

Ah, how I don't miss platform 2 at Newcastle. The journey time from NCL to DUR (Durham) is 11 minutes, so if a Northbound train was, say, billed as being 6 minutes late you merely cursed a bit and waited, and waited. In the 11 minutes though, some form of dark matter took over, and just as 5 minutes had elapsed - so the train must be within a mile of Newcastle - almost in sight, it would mysteriously become 12 minutes late. More cursing. and again, and again.

The real pity is that if they just said 'It's going to be a half hour late' then there's time for a pints worth of delay at the handy bar behind platform 1 (through the barrier) - but 6 minutes - never enough to risk abandoning your spot next to the eventual carriage door.

...so many lost pints you could almost plot on the brewery sales figures...

Co-Op Insurance and IBM play blame game over collapse of £175m megaproject

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Ah yes - you live in the US, so maybe suffer from Donald Chump syndrome. The article ends with

The trial will continue for the rest of this month. The Register will be covering key moments. The court will hear evidence from key people within the Co-Op, IBM and IG. ®

(apologies to you personally - if you're reading this, you're probably intelligent -but, you know, Donald says he's super intelligent - and he can't read to the end of a briefing)

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

TechHeadToo

And the reason IBM made great keyboards

Ask anyone who used typewriters. IBM keyboards date from the days when millions of professional typists (and no one else) used the mechanical typewriter keyboard. IBM spent millions on developing the 'touch' for keys, and this store of knowledge and ability came through when they made keyboards for these new boxes. Ah, the electric typewriter ! Then the breakthrough idea of those tiny golfball print mechanisms - no type keys. How can they make that work?

Ah, those were the days.

And now we have to suffer the 'cheap' keyboard. We're spoilt. this MacBook has a great keyboard, almost the right feel on the key travel. A suitable click, backlight when needed. Engraved symbols.

Unlike the cheapy Acer laptop, or not quite so cheap HP laptop in the household. No backlighting (You don't know how good it is until it isn't there. The key symbols wearing off already after less than a year.

But then. 'most' people don't care, don't even conceptualise that there can be 'better' than the stuff they complain about.

We're going on a vuln hunt. We're going catch a big one: Researchers find Windows bugs dominate – but fixes are fast

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Bug counters - Sheesh

It's an easy way to get a Press release noticed I suppose.

When the history of computing comes to be written... It will say that Mt Gates held back computing by - what - 20 years. Bugs in applications are up to the builder and customer. Bugs in the Operating System should be actionable at law. Accepting that PC-Dos and Ms-Dos were rushed out on simplistic hardware as early prototypes, we all know enough now to know that a watertight Operating System is possible. There are standards set out for security, which lay down how system objects may be accessed by authorised functions, which are available to authorised persons. Hardware is now capable of coping with the overhead.

Time for another generation of 'secure' operating system.

That would leave us with the users as major risk. The only solution there is to cull the users when we cull the old Windows and appliance boxes.

ICANN suffers split-personality disorder as deadline for .org sale decision draws close

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Re: You bet?

History - it repeats. America has a proud tradition of sleaze in high places.

Microsoft's Cortana turns its back on consumers as skills are stripped from Windows 10

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I just spent 34 hours - yes - a full working week (for normal people) trying to get W10 to update on a tiny laptop who's only purpose is to be there, with W10, as a support box for a disabled user.

I have a catalog of the inconsistencies, illogicalities, and downright lies that Windows tells whilst not installing. Cortana leapt to life at the point where I threw up my hands and reinstalled the original OS from recovery media. She shut up, thankfully, when I came to finally, update to 'latest' .

My pal Siri, however, keeps on improving. It must have something to do with different ways to consider your customers.

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