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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Re: Two faced Which?

"Surely testing their code base is tricky. The sheer amount of drivers they support makes very tricky to test against all possible variations."

They could probably solve half of those problems by not dicking around with the APIs all the time. The rest of the problem is of their own making for "supporting" so many drivers. IIRC, many drivers are self-certified and never see the inside of an MS testing lab.

Then there's the "hidden" APIs that MS make liberal use of to out perform 3rd party competitors. When others discover and use them, MS change them, but being undocumented, don't bother to tell anyone.

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Re: Am I been too technical, in saying the 3P&3Bs: prepare, prepare, prepare + backup,backup,backup.

"Note to El Reg............NEED IRONY ICON!!!"

If you keep posting AC, you won't get to use it anyway.

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Re: @Adam

"But you get asked the same damn question several times a day and, sooner or later, you'll screw up."

They probably swapped the locations of the Yes/No buttons every eighth time :-)

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Re: Am I been too technical, in saying the 3P&3Bs: prepare, prepare, prepare + backup,backup,backup.

"Could of" simply is not valid grammar.

It is perfectly cromulent usage for the average chav on the street. Except they probably would not understand the last two words of the sentence, especially when paired in that way.

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TV industry gets its own 'dieselgate' over 'leccy consumption tests

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"Also, how many people explicitly buy a TV on power consumption alone?"

I'd guess the answer to that would be as close to 0% as to make no difference.

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We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

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Re: * I know, I know...

"Million percent better would be a sausage onna-stick. And thats cutting me own throat good."

Onna-stick? You can copy the original and patent that as "on a mobile device"

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Want a Dell printer? Unlucky – they've just stopped selling them

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The only Dell printers I've ever seen...

...are those ones Morgan give away for "free" if you buy 3 sets of toners/inks. I don't think I've ever seen one out in the wild.

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BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

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Re: Registry cleaner?

"Do companies not lock down their display systems?"

It's an advertising company. All adverts are good. Even the ones for Win10. Really. Honestly. So why would they lock their systems down. Blocking adverts is stealing. I heard that somewhere. And doesn't everyone want to see registry cleaner advertising itself?

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: Bring back Lewis

"informed" being the operative word.

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Re: Hang on a minute...

Electrical? It's cooling fluid passing through pipes which go through another fluid. It's possibly a composite pipe using one material to protect against corrosion from the cooling fluid on the inner layer and a different material on the outside of the pipe which is supposed to be designed to protect against corrosion by the fuel. Whatever it is, I don't think it's insulation of any kind since heat transfer is the primary reason for the pipes existence.

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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That was an awefull lot of money to pay for what is now effectively just a name. Ok, and a userbase.

They've effectively gutted and replaced the main software they purchased, now they dump the devs. You'd think it would be cheaper and easier for a company the such size and with the resources it can command to just simply create their own stuff from scratch. It seems they can't do that though. Instead of competing, they have to buy up and destroy the competition. Maybe that's cheaper in the short term than licensing or working around the IP. It's just legalised bullying, except they fight to the death and stifle competition. MS will now hold all the P2P IP from Skype (which they now don't really need) so making it almost impossible for anyone other than another giant to enter that market.

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Alleged hacker Lauri Love loses extradition case. Judge: Suicide safeguards in place

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Re: This has to stop!

"If convicted here he would most likely get 6 years.

If convicted in the USA he would get 60 years."

That's the differences in the two justice systems. Here in the UK we usually only charge with the higher or worst of the charges while in the USA they tend to throw the whole book at the accused in attempts to make many charges as possible stick. There's also the various interstate "wire fraud" charges that probably don't even exist here. And finally, here in the UK, even if multiple charges are brought, prosecuted and convicted on, the multiple sentences are normally served concurrently rather than consecutively as seems to be the norm in the USA. Sometimes it's a moral decision as to which might be the better route. In this case I'd probably lean a little more towards the UK justice system as being the better option, but only by a hair.

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Swedish appeals court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

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Re: US readers .......

"can a presidential pardon be granted with conditions attached?"

No idea, but then I also have no idea if an incoming President in the very near future could reverse it. I don't really much, do I? :-)

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Re: Ah, yes, the famous "afraid of the US" bogeyman.

"and inspecting planes with diplomats in different countries."

That was Snowdon they were looking for. Maybe Assanges white hair makes it easy to confuse the two men?

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Re: Ah, yes, the famous "afraid of the US" bogeyman.

"Elsewhere on El Reg today:

Lauri Love extradition A-OK"

Exactly. And look how long it's taken. Along with similar cases where the accused has not been extradited after even longer judicial processes. Assange really has very little to worry about a US extradition from the UK. After all, he'll have to serve his sentence for absconding while on bail first and that is looked on VERY dimly by UK judges. From what I've seen of Swedish justice, it seems just as unlikely they would extradite hom to the US. Assuming that at some stage the US actually makes a request for extradition, which they seem to be showing little interest in doing. After all, they could have made that request while Assange was still in Sweden before any of the current shenanigans even began.

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Re: Ah, yes, the famous "afraid of the US" bogeyman.

"but that could change pretty quickly once he's held in a country which could well honour such a request."

You mean like the UK? Wait...what?

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

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Re: Submarine tracker

"Gravimeters are used to detect underground hollows or other areas of low density."

Like the hollow, air-filled cavity inside the submarine designed to help the crew breath? An interesting thought.

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Re: Submarine tracker

"I should have thought it would be within the capability of a competent submarine commander to ensure that the roboat suffers some kind of accident."

Just give me one ping. But turn the volume up to eleven!

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Re: Roboats?

I think we need a steering committee to sort out these puns and to confirm they are anchored in reality before publication otherwise we may end up in the doldrums.

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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Re: Window?

http://acme.com/catalog/acme.html can't be the real Acme. They don't sell portable roll-up holes, paint on tunnels entrances or white line paint.

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Re: 1B vs 2B

"Here's where 2B is worse: 2B will do things. Not only that, you have to spend time a: cleaning up, b: "discussing issues" with 2B, c: both. And it's not an uplifting experience."

Abso-piggin-lutely! Trying to talk them through the clickity steps to diagnose/solve their problems and they steps ahead down the wrong path. Or you're remoted in and just about to click something vital as they grab their mouse and swoop of to some other part of the screen just as you click. AAAAAaaaaggGGGGG!!!!

At least the 1As are more likely to say "will this take long, yes, ok I'm off to make a coffee"

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Re: Window?

" Didn't get locomotives but a road-runner and a coyote. What did I do wrong?"

You probably used Acme paint.

The one with the anvil and dynamite in the pocket ------------>

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: At least make sure your contract include TOIL

"I think i am currently owed about 3 months TOIL if i added it all up, but that would be really penny pinching."

3 months worth of unpaid overtime and you call that penny pinching? You must be on a whacking great salary or your boss has some bloody good blackmail material on you!

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Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

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Lets just hope that....

...ILG Technologies don't run similar exam systems to qualify insurers or they may find their liability insurance is no longer valid.

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Trump website server config snafu left interns' CVs exposed

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Re: Big difference

"Hey, by the way, how's that refugee situation working out for you there England? Sweden? Germany?"

Oh my. All the worst stereotypes of a US redneck in one single post.

"Liberal" isn't a swear word in the rest of the world.

The assumption that the whole of Yoorope is either "socialist" or communist just because most EU countries try to keep at least some regulation on the rampant capitalist bourgeoisie who would sell their own granny for a quick buck.

The "refugee" problem that was largely caused by over the top US foreign policy actions taken with no thought or responsibility for the consequences.

Considering that Trump also seems to fit those stereotypes, it's no wonder he's your hero and he wants to slam the door shut and pretend the rest of the world doesn't exist.

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Meh

"That Brexit is looking better every day..."

Rubbish. Finding a WiFi hotspot in the UK that isn't password protected is hard enough as it is and it's NOTHING to do with the EU or any ECJ court rulings. It's greedy bastards who can't see that offering a free service that costs them next to nothing to offer might actually attract paying customers in to spend money. No siree, they see it as a "cost" and so have to "monetise" it so get BT or someone to provide the service and require details before letting you use it then MITM everything you do on it.

This whole fantasy of "free" WiFi, your device hopping from one provider to the next as you walk down the street is pure marketing myth. I rarely use WiFi out and about because it pisses me off have to keep signing in everywhere I go.

No, I never enter real details, no I never remember what details I used where and no, it's getting harder and harder to register as micky.mouse@disney.com because thats usually already a registered user.

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Re: What the actual fuck

"the Science Museum should not have displays which purport to communicate scientifically-established ideas but which actually have no such basis."

To be fair, it IS a museum, so having exhibits of outdated historical artefacts is pretty much why they are there. Except they didn't label it as such, which is a shame. Maybe they should try and stay away from "bleeding edge" science since that is pretty much a moving target much of the time.

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: So in summary....

"Do you actually vote in the 2011 referendum to change the voting system?"

Yes. I voted for the lesser of the two evils and "won".

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Re: @Fonant

"Sadly the UK voted against the transferable vote"

Of all the possible PR voting systems, we got that single version offered to us in the full knowledge that it would not be chosen because everyone knew it was not the one that was wanted.

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Re: @Fonant

"I quite liked the Conservative/LD coalition, but I appreciate that I might be in a minority."

I'm also with you on that one. The LibDem supporters thought they'd been hoodwinked, but as the minor partner had a lot less sway so coudn't push stuff through, but they were quite effective at reining in the more stringent Tory policies. Labour were pretty much useless at that point (were? I hear you say :-))

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Re: Nicotine addiction?

"But no, can't have people enjoying themselves doing something that looks like smoking. That's morally wrong!"

Nail. Head. You know the drill.

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Re: Addiction: yup

"want to vape tasty flavours,"

I wonder if they make bacon buttie flavour vapes?

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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One day, when this is all history, this period will be looked upon as the 'WTF were they thinking?' Era.

This must the third or fourth comment optimistically assuming that eventually people will "rebel" and it'll be sorted out. More likely the megacorps will eventually be openly running things and only armed rebellion will change things, if that's even possible.

Mokie Coke ----------------------->

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Re: Do people care?

"Hopefully, over time, the means to take back control will become easier, but only a relative few are ever likely to be interested. It'll take something disastrous to shift the level of complacency that most of us show towards our phones, and our data generally."

Ah you mean like in that film where all the proles dress in drab grey are watching Glorious leader on the big screen then the "rebel" comes in dressed in colour and she swings and throws a hammer through the screen? Oh wait. That was a advert for IBM.

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Re: Do people care?

"confirmation from the traffic womble's notes"

Even out here in the provinces, the traffic wombles have been using digital cameras for evidence for years now.

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Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?

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"I think youtube does take certain steps to stop the ripping, there aren't as many of the ripper sites as there used to be."

What's a "ripper site"? Don't you just install a browser plug-in or use youtube-dl like everyone else?

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"Too bad the quality of file they're ripping is utter shit."

Most of them don't care. Even it it was a full fat lossles FLAC at minimum compression, maximum quality, they are listening in cars or on mobile phone headphones while out and about so the playback is shite anyway, not to mention all the other distractions and background noise. The music its;ef is little more than background noise so the quality isn't really relevant to them. It's the equivalent of a MW transistor radio.

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Post-Brexit UK.gov must keep EU scientists coming, say boffins

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Re: why not promote science/engineer in UK Education instead?

"They" did. "They" gave a free MicroBit to every 12 year old school child. What more could possibly be done?

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Microsoft leads group pelting 'heavy duty' robot maker with $10.5m

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Oh FFS!

Really? MS think the way forward with industrial robots it to treat them as remote mainframe terminals and move all the "smarts" into the "cloud"? Robots as a service? What could possibly go wrong?

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IP telephony biz VoIPtalk quietly admits to possible data breach

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"I was prompted to create a new password of " Up to 10 characters, no less then 9". That seems curiously specific."

Most likely it's an "old" password system with a maximum of 10 characters as specified, but the minimum probably defaulted to 6 in the past and now they are trying to mitigate against quickly brute forced short passwords and setting the minimum to 9 is a simple and instant fix that even a PHB could implement. Enforcing or even allowing longer than 10 char passwords probably needs a lot more than a simple boundary limit change on the data entry form so you end up with an apparently highly specific range. They probably can't even set the minimum to 10 because there's probably a MIN<MAX test in the logic.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Yeahbut!! no one elses has any where NEAR the MASSIVE DILDO simulation of Bezos errection.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: eh?

This is why I have a proper standalone SatNav that doesn't require any sort of external two-way data connection to do it's job :-)

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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Re: A total solution ...

"search/replace of the term 'auto pilot' for 'assisted cruise control'."

IIRC correctly, the car manual never uses the term "auto pilot" and always refers to it as "assisted cruise control". It's mainly the marketing people who call it auto pilot in press releases and interviews. Even Musk uses auto pilot when talking about it.

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"The man had his head chopped off because his stupid self-driving car couldn't see a 40' pup trailer in its way."

Not to mention that the car was speeding in excess of the posted limit and the driver was treating the assistive technology "auto pilot" as a full AI system. So despite the drivers own contribution to his death, it does lead one to wonder why the "auto pilot" is allowed to break the law and not have limiters built in, The GPS mapping unit on even cheap SatNavs generally "knows" the speed limit on any particular stretch of road, poor data notwithstanding, and many will warn the driver of overspeed. Why does the Tesla allow the autopilot to go faster than the known speed limit? I'm sure the technology can take into account surrounding traffic so as not to suddenly brake from 70mph to 30 mph because you passed under a bridge carrying a 30mph road or the SatNav accuracy temporarily "jumped" you onto a parallel road with a different limit.

It seems all of the recent accidents involving Teslas also involved faster that posted speed limits. Under manual control, that's the drivers issue. On auto pilot, the car should not be breaking the law even if the driver sets the cruise speed. The car should treat overspeed as a "hazard" and slow down.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: Why is Microsoft researching stuff like this?

Well, it's the only way to fix the problem. Originally it was pencilled in on the MS Calendar app for Feb 30th, 2016 and so caused a time vortex instability in the wormhole generator. Now the coils need rewinding. Again.

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Re: My. Brain. Hurts.

"How long until science enters the realm of 'indistinguishable from magic' for most people?"

For "most" people? We've been there for years and years. Few people have much idea at all of how any modern tech works. Doesn't matter if we're taking 19th century steam trains, 20th/21st century computers or magic time crystals that can move without using energy, the vast majority of the population still think it's "magic" and can use the tech by following the incantations, but rarely have a clue about why it works.

That's not to say they are stupid, or even incapable of understanding. They don't know, don't care and don't need to know. They have enough to worry about without bothering to learn about electrons and holes and why semiconductors do what they do.

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Re: Based on Windows evolution .....

"I'm looking forward to living the rest of my life in the 1620s"

Having just had a wisdom tooth extracted the other day with all the modern techniques of tools and anaesthetics, I wish you good fortune in your future 17th century life.

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They used all the correct words. Just not necessarily in the right order for us to understand.

(With thanks to Eric Morcombe)

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

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"make criminal charges that, for him, are tenuous at best"

Yeah. I mean, "wire fraud"? WTF? That seems to be the primary "catch-all" in the US justice system these days. Throw every possible charge you can think of to scare the shit out of the suspect (not "perp", since he's not got to trial yet, innocent unless proven guilty and so on, it still exists, just) in hope they will confess and plea bargain.

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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Re: Not that impressive

The timing sounds little more natural, but the sounds are poor and stilted. Maybe they need to get together with the wavenet people and work together, taking the best from both systems?

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