COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Post by Tizer » 11 Jan 2018, 10:19

Stanley, last time you had to get Pluggy to sort it and he said it was complicated: Pluggy's post

He gave this link to the solution LINK but the solution requires use of the terminal. Try what Kev suggested and if you look back at Pluggy's post you'll see some of my suggestions there. You cab try those too but if none of those easy options work send for Pluggy.

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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Post by Tripps » 11 Jan 2018, 10:44

It's just the same on Windows. I've had two large updates in the last two days - one of them had an impressive total of over 45,000 files. No fuss, and everything seems to work afterwards. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 11 Jan 2018, 11:02

I've been in there repeatedly Kev and it tells me spellcheck is enabled and yet it still doesn't work.....
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Post by Pluggy » 11 Jan 2018, 15:47

Late to the game as usual, Follow the link in Tiz's repost of my old post, Would seem like a place to start.
Plan B I'd force updates and see if theres updates to fix the updates, It happens.

Every now and again updates break something. Just come back from a job where Windows had got it wrong.
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Post by Tizer » 11 Jan 2018, 16:02

I'm on the same 64-bit Ubuntu version as Stanley and have had the two big updates but my Libre Office spellchecker works as normal.

Stanley, have you clicked the Ubuntu System settings icon and then clicked Language Support? It should have `English (United Kingdom)' at the top of the list.

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Post by Stanley » 12 Jan 2018, 04:45

Another big update this morning, 170mb in the last three days. Tiz, I have tried everything and some of the 'options' are dead, they won't accept alterations. I shall soldier on for a while and wait to see if it cures itself, if not I'll get my mate Pluggy in.....
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Post by Tizer » 12 Jan 2018, 10:04

Have you tried un-installing then re-installing Libre Office? It's very easy in Ubuntu. Just click the Ubuntu Software Centre icon, then put LibreOffice into the search field. It will offer the full office suite as well as the individual applications. You could try it with Writer first and if that doesn't work try the full suite.

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Post by Stanley » 13 Jan 2018, 04:16

I leave interventions like that to Pluggy Tiz. I would do it in Windows in the old days, after all we spent a lot of time then re-installing dodgy components! But now I just ring my mate...... Far less stress!
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Post by chinatyke » 28 Jan 2018, 15:18

The inventor of predictive text has died. His funfair will be hello on Sundial.

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Post by Stanley » 29 Jan 2018, 05:17

You'll have to explain that post to me China..... I'm baffled and don't understand it!
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Post by Tizer » 29 Jan 2018, 11:24

Stanley, predictive text is renowned for giving similar, but wrong, words. Think what the last sentence should have been if someone has died. I've added the correct version as a spoiler below...
► Show Spoiler
Mrs Tiz got it immediately. It took me longer. You and I are too logical! :smile:

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Post by Pluggy » 29 Jan 2018, 16:24

Lets not pretend that any form of computer technology actually improved anything........
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Post by Marilyn » 29 Jan 2018, 23:22

I have a friend who often sends me the most hilariously confusing text messages ( combination of predictive text and poor eyesight, and possibly spelling errors).
On the weekend she texted to say her oven had blown up and she only had one working hot plate. Her landlord said he would call an election for her.
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She really cracks me up sometimes...

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Post by Stanley » 30 Jan 2018, 03:23

You're right Tiz, our brains are wired the same way.
I can identify malapropisms though.
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Post by Big Kev » 30 Jan 2018, 13:57

Sky and Talk Talk have a broadband issue at the moment. The service has been down since 09:30 in Barlick and Settle.
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Post by Big Kev » 30 Jan 2018, 17:44

Big Kev wrote:
30 Jan 2018, 13:57
Sky and Talk Talk have a broadband issue at the moment. The service has been down since 09:30 in Barlick and Settle.
Broadband came back on at 5:30 this afternoon, still no landline though.
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Post by PanBiker » 30 Jan 2018, 18:28

My TalkTalk broadband and phone have been fine all day Kev. I'm on fibre Is it ADSL that's been down?
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Post by Big Kev » 30 Jan 2018, 19:06

PanBiker wrote:
30 Jan 2018, 18:28
My TalkTalk broadband and phone have been fine all day Kev. I'm on fibre Is it ADSL that's been down?
Mine is Ian, I can only confirm that Sky was down. Facebook people were saying Talk Talk was down too...
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Post by Stanley » 31 Jan 2018, 04:07

Never noticed anything down but like Ian I am on fibre.
I have noted that Hive do a remote camera as well. Who would be daft enough to allow one of them through the door? Before you ask, the FM3 doesn't have a camera....
Big Ubuntu update on Canonical, they have been flowing thick and fast these last few days......
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Post by plaques » 02 Feb 2018, 10:06

Call me a slow learner but I've just found that on Google maps that you can measure the length of a line. Zoom to where you want to be .. Right click...click on the drop down menu then left click on one point and again for for the second . This line can then be adjusted in shape and length.

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Post by Tizer » 12 Feb 2018, 09:59

Four thousand web sites including the Information Commissioner's Office, Student Loans Company...and Barnsley Hospital have been hacked by people mining cryptocurrencies. I wrote some months ago about how the `mining' uses vast amounts of computer power and could put the lights out soon if we don't stop it. This hacking is done to avoid the cost of buying computer power. The hackers put code on the web sites which then uses visitors' computers to do the mining. Fortunately our computers are not permanently affected (or at least that's what we're being told). `Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash' LINK

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Post by Stanley » 13 Feb 2018, 03:57

Panorama did a programme last night on the subject. With madness like this infecting the financial markets and no regulations to stop it disaster looms. Add in the automatic trading algorithms.....
Isn't it simply a legal Ponzi scheme? (LINK)
See THIS for a report on the Amber Rudd speech today announcing a new tool that can detect 94% of IS hate mail on the web.
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Post by Tizer » 13 Feb 2018, 09:32

Iceland is already suffering from cryptocurrency mining gobbling up energy...
`Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm' LINK
"Iceland is facing an "exponential" rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said. This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of all Iceland's homes, according to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson...."

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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Post by Stanley » 14 Feb 2018, 05:16

There was video on the Panorama programme of one of the centres in Iceland next to a geo-thermal power plant.
The more we learn, the more we can be sure that there is an alternative, secretive sector of the financial markets dedicated to making money out of austerity and the collective madness of investors chasing profit from their capital in a climate where the 'normal' investment routes are less productive. The scale is huge and this money is being sucked out of normal investment and trade. As such it affects all of us. The political parties rely on these capital holders for their funding hence their kid-glove treatment of tax evaders, PFI sharks and the higher echelons of the 1%. It can only be seen as a web of corruption. Remember Cameron forecasting that the next big scandal was lobbying and capital meddling in government in his early days in 2010?
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Post by Tizer » 15 Feb 2018, 10:11

Here's another case of `bitcoin mining' causing problems...
`Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life'' LINK

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