* Posts by Chika

1651 posts • joined 2 Oct 2007

Huawei's pricey new Honor goes upmarket. Bold move when prices are sliding

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Make up your mind. Make it affordable and it's "Cheap Chinese tat", approaching western company price tags and it's too pricey.

I made up my mind when I bought the Honor 6. It gave me much of what was on offer upmarket for a fraction of the price; the only sacrifice was the "prestige" name and having to put up with Huawei's bloody EMUI interface. The dodgy battery cost me £18 to fix.

Considering who makes much of what we use, which Western companies were you thinking of?

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Re: I quite like Huawei...

I wish the buggers could spell "Honour" though.

Depends on the context. Remember Honor Blackman?

Mind you, during my quest for knowledge on how to cure a swollen Honor 6 battery I came across an article - Indian maybe - that insisted on using the spelling "Honour". Not sure if that is a difference in branding in the Asian subcontinent or the author's spell checker at work.

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Meh

I refurbed my Honor 6 last week. I suspect that it will be a while before I even think about replacing, to be honest, especially considering that it's about a year and a half old, doesn't look that different to the later models and does everything I want it to.

But then Huawei aren't the only ones that are running out of new ideas for must-have gimmicks.

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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

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Re: No surprise

Age discrimination is so common in the U.S....

Unfortunately, as I'm finding to my cost and despite legislation, it's still alive and well in the UK too.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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But then the bigger question is can you really trust ANYONE...

Probably not. You have to ask what is in it for them. That's if you ignore the incompetence issues.

even YOURSELF?

Probably not, but at least I'd know who to blame!

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I suppose they will, but that's the problem. A secure boot structure isn't a bad idea but leaving its implementation to a company will always mean that it will be open to corporate abuse. We have already seen this in action where one corporate locks a system against systems that it is in direct competition with, now we see it where a corporation has deliberately left back doors into the product because it does not practice what it preaches.

Security often boils down to trust. Can you really trust a corporate like Microsoft?

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Re: "Secure (?!) Boot"

Useless Extra Faffing Interface

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Re: In other news-

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahaha...

Hang on. Almost done.

...hahahahahahahaha hahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahaha!

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Linux malware? That'll never happen. Ok, just this once then

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Re: How is this a Linux issue?

But I usually get shouted down by all the folks that previously commented smugly that all other OS's tend to have this very method as standard.

Why? It's not the perfect solution but, as you say, other OSs do it. Personally I wouldn't shout down a reasonable idea just because Microsoft don't currently do it. If they were to put this into a system, even the execrable Windows 10, it would be at least one reason to cheer.

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Re: 'ignoring all the dam warnings'

Water shocking idea!

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Re: the system packages for most distros are totally open by default.

The way I see it is that no operating system is totally safe and while Linux does make an attempt, in most distros that I've used over the years, to keep itself secure on installation, there are all sorts of reasons why you can never count on complete safety.

Most of those reasons relate to the people running the systems in question. Just as it is possible to construct a Windows system that doesn't rely on a user being logged in as admin all the time, it is just as possible for a Linux (or MacOS) system to be compromised by a user that insists on being logged in as root or has their own account added to the root group.

It's the reason why some distros are so keen on using sudo rather than encouraging a root login. You take control for as long as you actually need it and no longer.

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

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Re: MS made me download software...

Unfortunately, many people end up crawling back because the software they use everyday doesn't work anywhere BUT Windows (as in it's WINE-incompatible and the like). OS is nothing, it's the apps that influence users' choices.

There will always be an element of software lock-in. Microsoft indeed has relied on this for many years to keep users away from possible competitors and still do.

Is the software that you are using the only possible thing that you can use? Maybe the software has a native Linux version or another product can do just as well, sometimes better. WINE isn't necessarily the only solution, and some users are too attached to brand names to see that alternatives exist. While some corporate users have no choice in the matter, other users often lock themselves in, mostly through ignorance and FUD.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Re: And here I thought...

Dunno, but the term "Making bacon" sprung to mind...

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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You would not let it lie!

But I would have let it lie...

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Re: We need a double facepalm icon.

In a lot of cases, never.

Very true. Consider that if people did actually learn then there would be no point to continue doing this.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: @a_yank_lurker

Oooo! One thumb down already! The M$UK folk are being vigilant today!

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Similar to how it was with Vista. That was a pretty dire system overall when considered as the direct upgrade from Windows XP and many people had problems with it but not everyone did. Same thing with W8. I suspect that the same may be said of W10 in the future.

Personally, however, I'm happy to leave all my W7 boxen as they are. By 2020 all of them will have probably reached EOL and even if they haven't I'm more likely to drop Windows altogether by then as I do more on Linux than anything else, and the more that Microsoft attempts to bully their way into making me upgrade, the more likely I'll be to shift the remaining bits to Linux.

Are you Microsoft shills reading this?

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Re: In completely unrelated news...

And there is the reason why I always do some form of backup before an update gets anywhere near my systems, Windows or Linux.

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Re: Plan ahead

Sorry! Clicked the wrong button! ;)

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Re: PCs to a useful state

"Thanks to Microsoft, the year of Linux on the desktop is approaching ever closer.

Or am I missing something?"

- A decent AD campaign. This would have been a ggod time for IBM to run a Linux advert campaign not last decade like they did.

Actually I had the opportunity of seeing some of the latest W10 adverts last week when I visited my mother. They struck me as deeply corporate written - you know the type:

"You must push the product, emphasise the compatibility and above all you must trash-talk the opposition".

So they pushed the product and how it looks, emphasised the compatibility with a few of the better known applications (of which a few were cloud based anyway) and included the line "I couldn't do this on a Mac" at some prominent point.

I think that Microsoft will be sorry for that...

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Re: @a_yank_lurker

W10 isn't SaaS

Depends on how you translate it. If you mean "Software as a Service", then probably not.

If you mean "Shits all available Systems" then...

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Re: @Tom 64 - Isn't the first time

I wouldn't say that DX12 is a reason to upgrade...

Perhaps not. The problem is that there are a lot of gamers out there that see a shiny new version and will do whatever it takes to get it, no matter what.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Re: Download Only From Sources You Can Trust

Shill alert!

Or at the very least an attempt at humour. Weak!

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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Re: Good OS

Corporate environments pretty much demand they have to stick with MS due to the time and money invested over the years. Contrary to what others think, it is NOT easy getting a business system switched over to something else. Pushback from users and manglement and then the shear amount of time to convert everything are the biggest problems facing any conversion.

No, it's never easy to get directors to approve a move from Windows. It's because so many of them know little else and are often afraid of the alternatives. Generally it all comes down to being familiar and comfortable with something, an affliction that affects corporates at so many levels.

The exec that sees computing in terms of brand names rather than tools to do a job.

The analyst that has spent years learning how to rig a domain to do what they want and would feel nervous outside the realm of Redmond.

Microsoft has had years to build this sort of bias up and knocking it down again will probably take a long time too, but seeing what they have done this time and, of course, what they did last time with Windows 8 - a mistake that Microsoft seem to be admitting given their move away from TIFKAM - only goes to accelerate that downfall. Sooner or later even the corporates will see that.

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Re: tried to upgrade

Problem 2: MS doesn't accept the licence key (from a Samsung laptop running OEM Windows 7) so I delete some files and try an upgrade installation.

Sounds a bit like when I tried it out. If you are using a machine that was installed from OEM, chances are that it will only work if you run the upgrade from a currently running session rather than from the installation disc boot.

Problem 3: Upgrade fails because Windows 10 does not support my graphics adapter. FFS, it's Intel integrated graphics on a 4-year old machine! On this basis, Windows 10 won't install on 80% of home computers.

I'm not so sure that the figure will be as high as that but drivers have always been an issue with any given release of Windows. I've had problems in the past with Intel integrated graphics with versions of Windows as far back as Windows 2000, and I've even had to fiddle various versions of Linux for some Intel based graphic installations. Much as I hate Microsoft for their latest Shitware, I suspect that the problem here may have more to do with Intel or, at the very least, Intel and Microsoft aren't talking to each other.

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Re: You have a power switch?

By the power of Greyskull...

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Re: Missing option in survey

Could we not drop the 'superior' part, so that Mint users can use that option too?

Oh for f***s' sake...

LINUX IS NOT MINT!

(On behalf of CentOS, Ubuntu, SUSE, Debian, Arch, even RedHat users or if I missed you out, insert your distro name [here]).

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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Re: Not entirely true

He Says Total Shite

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Re: Nothing on there worth stealing.

Oooooook!

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But...

...he has promised to build a wall (and make the Mexicans pay for it!)

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Microsoft grabs employment guns, aims at British sales units

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Re: Is that a leak-

Let's face it; the technologies being touted by Microsoft, as well as the technologies failing in Microsoft, are all likely to see some redundancy as far as staffing goes. The biggest problem, as ever, will be whether the redundancies are made to boost revenue, something that seems apparent in the banking industry at present, or it is done to save the company from haemorrhaging money on projects that are no longer relevant.

Much as I might dislike Microsoft and some of its past deeds, it's never pleasant to see people booted out because a company took a risk and failed, or if they took an incorrect decision, especially because I know that the people are the top of the company will still be there and will still have all the dosh.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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Re: Posh Gits

Agreed. I was looking for my very first computer and the only thing I was aware of at the time, since Tandy had a shop in Collier Row, was the TRS.

Then they told me how much it cost.

Seemed to me that anything brought in from Merka was overpriced in those days.

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Re: pfft!

Wasn't keen on the ZX81. I sold mine after about six months to partly fund my BBC Micro purchase.

Mind you, most of the problem was that damn wobbly RAM pack. Lost many a type-in because of that!

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Gold

Gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold gold....

OK, I'm not Thorin, but I know the words!

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: Interesting

I mean, where would you rather spend a wet Tuesday in February - The Fens or Sophia-Antipolis?

Personally, the Fens. Any day.

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Re: Open for business...

The vultures (no offence meant) are circling.

Seen it all before. This is the whole business with Acorn all over again - those with only the bottom line in their best interest go after the money and will swallow any bullcrap in order (or ordure) to get their big payoff. Then the new parent decides that they don't want to keep the product in its original place and shift it overseas, always assuming that they keep it going at all (OK, it's unlikely that ARMs will cease to exist any time soon, but there are precedents).

Great. Super. (Yes, CJ)

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BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

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Re: Mini Metro

Note that Classic Shell does work on Windows Server 2012. It also works on 2016... NO NO NO I DIDN'T SAY THAT!

No, seriously, it does work on 2012 and it does allow you to make the TIFKAM screen go away if you want it, though r2 does allow the same options as 8.1 if you decide to stick to the OS only.

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Re: Mini Metro

Hopefully Server 2016 does away with that jarring Windows 8 metro screen!

It does. Now you get a nice, shiny Windows 10 desktop (assuming that you install the GUI at all).

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Re: Lunch

Beer o'clock? Damn, you're slow. It's beer o'clock and then some!

And it's your round! ;)

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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Heh

That's what they want you to believe...

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Webpages, Word files, print servers menacing Windows PCs – yup, it's Patch Tuesday

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Re: It's time for Microsoft to Fix the Windows 7 Update Slowdown

An hour? I actually went to bed in the end! I eventually went back to the system in question many hours later to finally shut it down having installed 8 patches (and hidden the usual nag patches).

I have another machine to do but I suspect that it'll be quicker to download the standalone patches and install them than wait around for Windows Update!

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It's time for Microsoft to Fix the Windows 7 Update Slowdown

Actually, here's an interesting Infoworld article about this problem from April. Seems that some sloppy housekeeping at Microsoft may be to blame here.

It's time for Microsoft to Fix the Windows 7 Update Slowdown

Three months ago, eh? Microsoft must really love its users!

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I can believe that.

Still checking...

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Re: Windows 7 Updates

"...yet another strand of their effort to piss users off enough to get them to shift to W10..."

Not going to happen in my case. Whenever Windows 7 ceases to be viable, I am going over to Linux permanently.

Fair enough. As Windows XP users have been finding, a system that has gone out of support doesn't just stop working there and then. Of course they do need to be a bit more careful since software support gets increasingly hard to find as devs stop deliberately developing for it. No doubt Vista will end up the same way soon and W7 bites the biggie in 2020 but again this doesn't mean that they will stop working that same day.

To down side, of course, is where the system may have a security bug which will of a matter of course go unpatched. One thing that so many fail to consider, however, is how likely a security flaw is to be exploited - if a Word document could be exploited but the user uses LibreOffice, for example, does the exploit actually happen? It's all down to the likelihood of a bug being exploited, not just that the bug is there and if the likelihood of the exploit is too much, then it's time to shift.

As for me, I have my own set of W7 machines and all of them are likely to stay with W7, probably until they go EOL. What happens after that depends on what happens next with Microsoft.

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Still checking...

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"Checking for updates"

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Windows Server-as-a-service: Microsoft lays out Server 2016's future

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Re: @Chika

It means even if you have a single Windows guest VM that is only assigned one processor with one core, you still have to fully license the physical server it's running on. That's how the current Windows 2012 license works (but since it's processor based, it's more straightforward).

That sounds like even more of a disincentive to use Windows unless you are using it on the base system alone, or at least an attempt to force a lock in on Windows only. I suppose we shall have to wait and see how that works out.

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To be honest, what is likely to happen here is that Linux will take over as the host system of choice where Windows will be reduced to a guest system with the number of cores pared down to the minimum for the use of whatever the VM is being used for. Probably the reason why M$ is so interested in Linux distros - they realise that their days running on real iron are numbered.

Of course they could have shot themselves in at least one foot. Linux isn't the beast it once was and devs are increasingly interested in it as a back end so it could be that Windows could become the next legacy system that companies will be looking to push out of the door, at least on servers.

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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Re: Fraud alert Comments welcomed at the watching IBM facebook page

Oh, come on! Have some appreciation for the Judean People's Front Crack Suicide Squad!

They showed them!

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That's Crapita for you. Not really a shock.

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