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Comment losing the plot (Score 1) 564

I recently had the job of restoring a vista pc who's wga key (label on the pc) became invalid three years ago, and was finally infected by a bitcoin ransom ware file locker. Nobody wanted to help.with the wga thing, the ransomware reminded me of sony corporation

It now has a copy of linux on it and the files where backed up - it seems to suit the user.and the hardware still works

I would love to know why the wga key became invalid and being that i am not sure i could convince anybody to part with cash for a microsoft product and discover that they dont really own it.

I hope many people do what i did by looking at alternative solutions

Comment Re:Family member's WIN computer got locked out (Score 1) 581

Somebody took one of our vista pc (old) microsoft keys via a keygen (i guess), its not had updates since and nobody at HP wanted to help as there not american despite selling the license .

The machine still works despite wga not working so genuine widows is an advantage to microsoft not to the user. The only windows program they use is for tom tom gps updater used about once a year..

It will get a linux distro one day too, new hardware wont be bought from hp either.

Comment This is going to be a big female future problem (Score 0) 137

If your in a cinema then no your coughs wont disguise your ringtone.

Couple of years ago we had 'invited' guests over when an easter occurred. a girl spent most of her time with her friends who might have been with us physically the phone had the attention. Not my problem...

Comment Re:Streetlights useful to remark road in bad weath (Score 1) 307

I live by a fast road in the uk , part of it has street lamps. seven people died in an overloaded renault clio late one night crossing four lanes and hitting a tree, another drove into a railway bridge that 'moved' I can give other examples but i attribute most of these fatalities to idiots. Yes the road might be more than the average 'dangerous' but that is due to the risks drivers take. The clio driver later committed suicide without using a car.

As uk lights dont have bad weather sensors I see bad drivers not bad lighting

Comment Video ad duplication and isp quotas (Score 1) 394

I have three browsers two have ad block one does not and that gets little use. I use the non adblock for flash as flash can kill my linux desktop with a restart at a certain resolution.

So i get adverts in this use case, most of the adverts where repeated, and one was an infomercial for a water heater which ran to twenty minutes was relatively local to my location and it played about fifteen times in the hour of the flash thing. The next day i looked at the band width used was incredible and decided that if I was the firm who bought the slots knew that i had seen it fifteen times then would be downright pissed off at the ad serving company.

Sure there ad got seen fifteen times by one set of eyeballs who was a 'local' but i dont have an immersion heater. Actually i found the ins and out of bad installations of these products interesting but i soon returned to my adblock browser. If isps insist on quotas for end users then ad block makes a lot a sense.

Comment Re:They will care, probably sooner than they think (Score 1) 128

I don't like systemd on debian testing which i run on laptop - but upgraded our stable server and systemd picks up init.d scripts and apart from a non on boot running script (easily fixed) i feel quite happy about systemd, i can tell you that systemd in testing is a lot different to stable. So its a bit of a mix.

i have ext3 filesystems.

Apache 2.2 > 2.4 is the worst upgrade job imho

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