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Joined on: Sunday, 23rd December 2001, 02:26, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 05:47

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About this user: 13.5 stones of wit

This user has posted a total of 13014 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 1.97 messages a day, or 13.78 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 50 messages, which is on average 1.67 messages a day.

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RE: Got Firefox & Avast? Probably not for much longer

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Looks like they are still harvesting all your data."

But only if you let them

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Avast collects data from users that opt-in and then provides that to Jumpshot, but multiple Avast users told Motherboard they were not aware Avast sold browsing data, raising questions about how informed that consent is.

So the user allows Avast to collect data, and then are shocked about what Avast does with it. Too many people just click through without reading the Ts&Cs. I never opt-in. Nosey buggers.

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RE: [VIDEO] The All New Doctor Who Thread...

Thoroughly enjoyed that one. Lots of unexpected twists, and a few expectations subverted (although Stuke was an obvious bluff). Wasn't that fussed to see the old face, and seemed to be just there as a vehicle to make this a Doc-solo episode. Still, added enough to the series to make his appearance (potentially) worthwhile.

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RE: [VIDEO] Windows 7 RIP

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sj says...
"Any idea why your upgrade didn't work?"

The error message I managed to retrieve indicated it was linked to the drivers for a TP-Link USB wireless dongle. I removed the USB and deleted the driver. As soon as I resetted the PC it was BSODs all the way down. Everything I'd looked as was that the process would be simple and only take a few hours. Oh, how naive was i?

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sj says...
"You should just be able to speak to M$ to get it activated if it's all legit and the same PC"

I did, I pretty much said exactly what you have, and was met with 'we no longer offer support for Windows 7'. As I only had a single license copy of W7, linked to my current HDD/MB bios setup, it wouldn't let me activate the OS because it knows I've used that product key before - and the only way it knows that is because I'm trying to use it on the same system that's previously been activated.

It doesn't makes sense, and Julia agreed. Mind you, apart from throwing me a bone about a new MB being a way of getting around the problem, 'Julia' (who had an amazingly strong Indian accent) was probably reading from a flowchart, and i could actually hear her shrugging.

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sj says...
" sounds as if you've been rather lucky up to now. "

You have no idea. I knew the files were there, and knew how to get to them. Annie's positively spitting chips that my 'not throwing PC crap away' policy has been completely vindicated!






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RE: [VIDEO] Windows 7 RIP

I'm always concerned that it'll get picked up and my pc will get remotely borked. If it comes to it I'll take you up on the offer. As i've got access to all the original files it's a little less urgent now.

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RE: Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Just heard about this. No opinion about him as a sportsman but I'm more than aware of his personality and his passion for the sport.

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RE: [VIDEO] Windows 7 RIP

I'm sure I use mine for gaming over anything else, so that's probably not for me, but thanks for the suggestion. Might come in handy on other machines.

Spoke with MS support, and essentially hit another wall. Mind you, 'Julia' did suggest that using another motherboard may be a way around it. I have been debating an upgrade but I'd want to be sure it would work before I spend that much.


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RE: [VIDEO] Windows 7 RIP

Well, all files transferred and the clean install of W7 seems to have worked. Just one snag - the product key I have for W7 was a single-license, and although the setup I'm using hasn't changed one iota, it's not accepting the key, which is a bugger. I tried starting the update to W10 but that also requires an activated copy of Windows. 

Grrr

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RE: [VIDEO] Windows 7 RIP

Day one of recovering my stuff went unexpectedly well. While I'm not a hoarder, when it comes to PC components I'm a bugger for not throwing them out when I stop using them. Thanks to this mindset, I've had an old tower in storage under my bed for at least 8 years. I had intended to re-purpose the case for the new build I was putting together at the time, but as I'd moved the bottom shelf up, the old case wouldn't fit. So I just removed the HDD and put everything else away as was. The HDD I attached to my new build so I could transer wanted files & programs across, then wife. Luckily, I must have deciced against a complete wipe as when i put it all back together again it fired up first time. Hello glorious XP!

Biggest shock was that while the non-moduar PSU that came with the tower is probably 10-15 years old, it had the correct connections for the non-operational HDD so it slotted straight in...



After a moments panic when the BIOS wanted a password i hadn't used in a decade, the poorly HDD showed up as G: with all relevant files intact (We've got a tribunal 'thing' coming up in a couple of months and all our relevant docs were on that thing). The Older HDD is only 250gb, so a quarter of the room of my current one, so picking & choosing what to save was a tricky one. Family photos & videos, save files, movies all across to the older drive, with some transferred to this laptop just in case.

Tomorrow, both HDDs get moved into the other case. Boot sequences switched and OS re-installed. The important files we've recovered and Annie's happy. Feeling much more hopeful about it now. Let's just hope the OS takes (I'll be using a wired network connection this time. Wireless can wait.)

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This item was edited on Saturday, 25th January 2020, 21:52

RE: Bad Boys 4 Life

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alfie noakes says...
"it is pretty much unwatchable"

Also kinda make me think a little less of Reynolds. Given his passion for certain recent projects (Deadpool & Detective Pikachu - no, really, it's not bad), falling into the Bay bunch really is a creative step backwards


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Bad Boys 4 Life

Apart from title recognition, I knew very little about this film as publicity round these parts has been a bit thin on the ground. But reports have been favourable, so I popped out last night and gave it a go.

Have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. If this had been a Michael Bay flick I wouldn't have bothered (his next film with Ryan Reynolds looks like hot garbage), and while his name isn't under the Director's headings, the guys in charge have been gently respectful to the source material without going completely balls-to-the-wall insane. Ok, the weaponised sidecar is a bit far fetched, but overall the movie's surprisingly grounded. Bay's touches can be seen here and there, but not enough to ruin the film a la BB2.

The cast does well. Will Smith is, well, Will Smith, and Martin Lawrence isn't as embarrassing as the trailer would have made you think. He's older, overweight, and in no shape to be emulating the Marcus Burnett of the previous two films, and the film knows that and uses it to great effect. The trailer did fill me with a little trepidation as it honestly looked like the movie was partly made to give Lawrence a paycheque, but they both slip back into the familiar parts quickly. 

I would recommend. 8/10.

(If you're wondering where you've seen the big blonde bloke before, he was Cato in The Hunger Games)

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This item was edited on Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 09:53

RE: RIP Terry Jones

The only memories of Terry I have are of when he made me laugh, and there are a lot of memories.

Rest well.

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RE: [VIDEO] Windows 7 RIP

Still looking at options. I'm sure the data's still there (Only really need a couple of folders of private stuff) but it's getting to it. The W7 dvd only had a single installation license, so I'm not sure if I could use that again. But if I wanted to install W10 on a new HDD (Or SSD) that would be a new install rather than an upgrade, so I might have to pay full whack.

I could probably google all this, but all this BSOD crap has really ruined my weekend and my head isn't into it right now. It's that GTA re-install I'm really not looking forward to

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RE: [VIDEO] Windows 7 RIP

Well, it's all gone horribly wrong. Following that links advice, I removed the wireless dongle's driver, then restarted so it would install the latest one. Nothing but bluescreens since. Won't start in safe mode and the repair tool can't touch it. Tried using the windows installation dvd but still no joy. Error reports corrupted registry. Knew i should have bloody stuck with W7

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RE: Guns Akimbo

I kept meaning to post this this weekend but other things kept distracting me. Hints of hardcore Henry without the first-person viewpoint. Radcliffe's picking his parts well, and he's worked hard to get the hell away from Potter. Looking forward to this

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RE: [VIDEO] Windows 7 RIP

Nah, didn't take, but got a lot further then before, and had a bit of informatio to go on. namely, it's exactly this.

I have a wireless dongle in the back of the PC. I used to have a physical connection, but Annie insists on having the rabbits in the house, and they like to get behind my desk and nibble at anything they can find. Including, but not limited to, router cables.

The list of obstacles is getting smaller. Another attempt tomorrow, chaps.

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RE: RIP 20th Century Fox

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Si Wooldridge says...
"That's rather stupid...but, whatever... "

Personally, I've never really associated the movie studio with the more poisonous aspects of the Fox brand, but it's understandable that a company that promotes a more wholesome persona like Disney would want to distance themselves as much as possible from the other arms of the name. Mickey Mouse doesn't really fit under the same umbrella as Sean Hannity...


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RE: Windows 7 RIP

Seems to be going ok. Main install done, now working on updates'. I wasn't in the room when the last one went tits-up but it looks promising

Mark, you need to save it to either your pc or a usb drive first. Then it'll either autorun or you need to select setup.exe from the usb

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RE: Windows 7 RIP

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sj says...
"It may work as a clean install but all I knew of was the in-place upgrade."

The installation program give you the option to do either.


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RE: Windows 7 RIP

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Gareth Williams says...
"You might be better off backing up what you need and doing a clean installation."

I would, but at the moment my 1Tb drive only has about 12gb free. I've already migrated a whole bunch of stuff over the laptop, and there's about 60gb of family pics & vids I could probably shift. But my biggest problem would be GTA. I have it on 7 physical discs, but there's been so many DLC releases the whole thing's about 150gb now, and I don't think my ISP would let me get away with that on my package. Plus countless other apps, games & programs that I've had for years & use regularly, (photoshop in particular), but god knows where the licences 7 activation codes are, so I'd probably lose them completely.

I'll give the in-place another from a USB at the weekend. If that fails, i'll have to borrow an external HDD from somewhere, as the biggest USB I have is 28Gb, and I know that's going to get very tedious very fast.


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RE: Windows 7 RIP

I used the cnet link, which leads you to the official Microsoft page with this advice

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1. Go to the Download Windows 10 website.

2. Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now and Run.

3. Choose Upgrade this PC now, assuming this is the only PC you're upgrading. (If you're upgrading a different machine, choose Create installation media for another PC, and save the installation files.)

4. Follow the prompts.

5. When the upgrade is complete, go to Settings Update & Security > Activation, and you should see a digital license for Windows 10.

I've just had a terrifying half hour as the installation failed had an unresponsive black screen. Hard resetted and thankfully it rolled back to my existing W7 OS. But before it booted the message "error 0xc1900101-0x4000D second boot phase migrate-data" appeared. Self expanatory, but doing a little research it may seem that due to a spotty internet connection (drops out all the time playing GTA), the program updates while connected to the internet to pick up any errant files. Using the 'install from media' option will hopefully fix this, but I will wait until the weekend this time
so I can babysit the machine
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[VIDEO] RE: Billie Eilish picked to perform next Bond Theme.

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"co-written by David Arnold "

I remember it was around that time that there was a sudden upsurge in interest in Bond Themes. Sparked, no doubt, by this little gem.




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RE: Windows 7 RIP

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sj says...
"googling free windows 10 upgrade would give many options"

It would appear you are correct. Might have to wait till the weekend as I fear it may be a hefty download. Hopefully I won't have to re-install GTAV again. That bugger's getting right bloated


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RE: Windows 7 RIP

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sj says...
"Just update, it's free...."
It WAS free. Now it's £120

According to Microsoft, anyway

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RE: Windows 7 RIP

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sj says...
"That PC on the Internet and your network Pete?"

Yep. GTAV won't run on the laptop (although it manages to run Portal 2 very easily, which I wasn't expecting. Not bad for a £250 cheapie). I installed all the pending updates last night so It's OK for a bit. If I must upgrade it wouldn't be any later than the end of feb.

If only they hadn't tried to force the OS on me without my knowledge or permission, as well as talking up my metered bandwidth without asking, as well as using a quarter of the program specifically for tracking & telemetry software, I'd have installed it years ago.


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Billie Eilish picked to perform next Bond Theme.

Despite being way outside her target audience, I'm a massive fan of Ms Eilish. Not only for her music but also for her general outlook, plus she's great with her fanbase.

Would her style of music & vocals suit a Bond theme? Sam Smith's effort last time was a bit of a dirge, despite picking up an Oscar (not necessarily a sign of quality), and there has been some stinkers, as well as some eventual favourites (Chris Cornell & Gladys Knight)

The BBC just cobbled together a list, but it doesn't look like they've put a lot of thought into it. 
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RE: Windows 7 RIP

Still have W7 on my main PC with W10 on my lappy, Prefer W7 by miles, and have no intention of upgrading the tower in the next couple of months. I'll just make sure everything the other 7 security programs (which aren't giving up on W7) are regularly backed up. Annie does most of our financial stuff on her tablet anyway.

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RE: Harry & Meghan stepping back from being 'Major Royals'

The double standards of the British press. I'd want to leave the country after treatment like this

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-double-standards-royal

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RE: Harry & Meghan stepping back from being 'Major Royals'

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Si Wooldridge says...
"Who in the mainstream media published that"

Oh god no. This was the early days of the internet & Yahoo newsgroups. Long before the MSM had really started to embrace the WWW, but the seeds of 'If it's on the internet, it must be true' were being sewn.  


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RE: Harry & Meghan stepping back from being 'Major Royals'

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Jitendar Canth says...
"All they have to remember is to avoid any topless beaches"

Too late for Meghan. Those pics came out years ago.


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RE: Harry & Meghan stepping back from being 'Major Royals'

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Si Wooldridge says...
"her race/colour/whatever doesn't even enter my head in the slightest..."

Not long after the death of Diana, I recall one of the more fantastical and insulting conspiracy theories about her death. That being, Diana was the last living descendent of Jesus (bear with me), and that she was pregnant with Dodi's child, instilling an 'unwanted Moor trait' into the holy bloodline, and the Illuminati (or insert current mythical enemy of your choice) had her bumped off.

No, I know it doesn't make sense.

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