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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

Tim Bates

Biggest complainers always talk about charging...

The charger my old Samsung phone came with (a B2710 for anyone wanting to know) has the cable leaving the micro connector off to one side rather than centered. After using it for a week, I never got it the wrong way around.

The biggest issue I have with USB isn't getting the plug the right way - it's simply finding the tiny connectors in the first place.

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

Tim Bates

Wait?!?!

Ummm, is this just that thing where the game name was changed on Steam?

Here's a possibility for everyone... Maybe someone who had an authorised developer account simply did it to make a point, or to raise the profile of the game's name.

As far as I have gathered, only one publisher has been effected, and only 2 or 3 games. Certainly a good way to raise the profile of your game's title - the entire internet is talking about CoD now.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

Tim Bates

Re: Capacity

"but now the old measuring system is starting to look downright stupid"

You know what would look stupider? Marketing drives as 3725GiB instead of just keeping it a nice round 4000GB.

And does anyone really look at their free space on a blank HDD anymore? Most people just start shovelling in the pirated movies, TV shows and porn these days and only worry about free space when their OS starts hinting about it.

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NSW government gets into the smartphone case business

Tim Bates

Ummm. No NFC?

The Galaxy S3 and S4 do NFC, right? As do Note 2 and 3 (did the first one?) and various other non-Samsung devices. Surely a single app for all these Androidian users would suffice?

I'm no expert on how that all works (though reading my friends' credit cards with my phone is a neat party trick), but it can't be as complicated as trying to market phone wallets to S3 users, can it?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

Tim Bates

Re: Ridiculous

If it helps you, I thought that was what the patent was going to be about...

While you're calling prior art, feel free to add in this post - whereby I describe additional data from the GPS, accelerometers and other sensors to assist in determining various parameters relating to the object and it's position in relation to the phone.

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Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

Tim Bates

Fail

Am I the only one wondering if people will be a little pissed off when their $100,000+ car no longer has a functioning stereo because the spastics at Apple decided a 2 year old car is too old and we should all upgrade to the latest Ferrari?

And this isn't just Apple and Ferrari - every bloody new car seems to have a non-DIN stereo that assumes you're going to have an iPhone 4S for the next 20 years.

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

Tim Bates

Re: What worries me more is...

I'm not a pilot, but aren't the captain and copilot purposely shown the reading from their own sensors as an additional check outside the computer? Or are they very trusting of computers now?

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Microsoft claims x86 hypervisor market lead

Tim Bates

Useless

This is another one of those graphs showing licenses sold and the price of said licenses... That declining "others" could well be used twice as often as Hyper-V but costs far less for all the graph tells us.

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

Tim Bates

Re: Pah!

Chuck - verb: throw (something) carelessly or casually.

Chock - noun: a wedge or block placed against a wheel or rounded object, to prevent it from moving.

But yes, I agree. It would make more sense to lay these garbage cans down in a rack so the air moves the right way. Cooling already looks questionable in these new Macs without having a switch or router rack mounted above them.

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Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation

Tim Bates

Re: Insidious menace

Ugh... Tell me about it. We repurposed an old Toshiba laptop recently at work. Not even a business model - just a mid-range home model. Damn thing keeps popping up virus warnings because Absolute keep sneaking their malware back in.

I sent an email to Toshiba and Absolute. Standard waste of time replies - Toshiba would love to help me put the factory image back on, and Absolute more or less told me it was there for my own good, so shut up and go away.

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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

Tim Bates

Re: What's wrong about that?

On thing that's wrong with it is the fact that the announcement came basically at the same time they implemented the new policy. Existing customers may not be included in the new scheme (I don't know), but the information given implied existing customers may not get updates later in the system's life.

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Tim Bates

Cisco products that require support contracts for firmware are more like full operating systems though, not boot firmware. Cisco's charges for IOS updates are more like Apple's charges for OSX updates.

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

Tim Bates

Re: Scary Stuff

"A QR-code of the numberplate would be quite small, and could be done in the form of a window sticker that is suitably reflective, and can be mounted on the rear and front windscreens (avoiding muddy numberplate syndrome)."

You've never seen a car with a dirty window? A few km of proper dirt road will cover the windows in most cars with enough dust (or mud if it's been raining) to prevent stickers on/in the window being clearly visible.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

Tim Bates

This could be interesting...

What are they doing for servers purchased BEFORE this came into effect?

Are they leaving up any firmware updates they had previously posted so customers can still get updates to the time this came into effect?

It will also be interesting to see how they react to Australian customers who invoke the Australian Consumer Law too (businesses buying for their own use are consumers under this law). If HP knows of a fix in firmware, they could be forced to supply it for free even if the warranty is over.

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Super Bowl's SUPER BALLSUP: CBS broadcasts Wi-Fi password

Tim Bates

Re: Rubbish?

"but rubbish? I wouldn't go that far."

It's rubbish if you want anyone to remember it without having to write it down in big letters so users can connect.

Also, using WPA-PSK (or WPA2-PSK) when your budget is very large is spastic. If you can afford to have massive monitors on the wall, you can afford to add a RADIUS server and do it properly.

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Another one bites the dust: AVG kills its remote access service

Tim Bates

Re: They had an extra service? (@ecofeco)

"Nor had I heard of it, and I'm an AVG reseller."

Same. But I also ignore their talk of cloudy stuff (much like I ignore almost every company talking cloudy).

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Tim Bates

Re: users should never use the same password on multiple sites or services," said Yahoo!

"Users should never use Yahoo for anything serious, says common internet knowledge."

Try telling that to your partner!

Try having to tell it to your BOSS!

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

Tim Bates

Re: Try game streaming now

"The one downside to SteamOS that I have come across so far is that it requires a UEFI BIOS, thus limiting the amount of old hardware that can be re-purposed to Steamboxes."

That might be something they planned. Think about it... How good would it look if every 2nd person trying it out used a Celeron laptop they had spare, then wondered why every game they tried ran like crap?

I personally wanted to try it on my spare Core2Duo laptop. No go obviously. So I pulled out the drive, hooked it up to my desktop, and tried it out on there. It's hardly worth worrying about.

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Re: GabeN can afford to give away....

"quick! upgrade your hardware to run the latest M$ OS so your kids can play X"

Most people buying gaming hardware are buying it so they can play the games themselves. Very few people buy gaming hardware for their kids. In my experience trying to sell it, they even refuse when the game they just bought has zero chance of running on their system.

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SimpleAir wins patent suit against Google

Tim Bates

SMS in classic GSM digital mobiles?

When did GSM and SMS start? Isn't an SMS basically what they described?

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Judge shoots down Oracle's Solaris support 'trafficking' claim

Tim Bates

Re: Oh the irony

"This is about a company producing "washing machines", claiming nobody else has the right to service them."

Yeah, that's how I was reading it too... Although I was thinking it would be more like MS suing a small computer repair chain that isn't an MS partner simply because they assist users in getting Windows Updates installed.

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

Tim Bates

Expesive door stop in 3, 2, 1?

Careful people... Will your Apple certified Air Conditioner be of any use in 2 years time when you've bought a new phone or Apple's decided to change the APIs in a way that makes the control app useless?

Sort of like how some expensive web enabled devices are only accessible from IE6 - good when you bought it, but no so great now they're up to IE11.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

Tim Bates

Re: I have looked

"One of the first things I do when I start working for a new company is <blah blah>"

So you focus on scoring a perfect score in the compile? I'm curious... Does that devotion to zero compiler warnings effect how much time is left for writing code that actually does what it was meant to?

Surely it has some effect if people are more worried about it being allowed through the compiler than getting the logic correct.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

Tim Bates

"with the service performing on-line lookups via the integrated 3G connection."

1 - Coverage will cause them hassles in many non-city areas worldwide - good to see they thought of that and cache everything though, but it will still look pretty dodgy when you can't use it parked in your garage.

2 - What happens once 3G has been replaced and telcos start switching off 3G support? The car and stereo are likely to last far longer than that, and BMW's don't normally have a simple DIN hole to whack your own new unit in.

3 - What happens if prices for the data rise? Is there a contract? Are there clauses for price rises?

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COW a-BUNG HER, dude! 'Secret Santa' Bill Gates buys lass a HEIFER

Tim Bates

Re: That rich dropout only has too much money because he was grossly over paid.

"not as rich whim charity crumbs which are spend abroad, either wasted,"

Only those within your own nation are worthy of assistance? My goodness that is short sighted. Will you sit back and refuse assistance from foreign aid if your government or natural environment ever screws you over?

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

Tim Bates

"While not generally an Apple fan, their magsafe connectors are quite good"

It does have a big benefit to people who suffer from tripwire screen breakages. But Magsafe suffers from a fairly big problem - magnets. They attract steel shavings, paperclips, etc right into the power connector zone.

While it might be a limited risk, is it safer to have a fire risk or a smashed laptop risk?

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

Tim Bates

Re: Cute li'l guinea pigs.

>You realise that 30cm fence is merely psychological.

I suspect that psychological effect works on both sides though.

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NBN day of action fizzles as just 20 show at Turnbull's office

Tim Bates

Re: NBN a fizzle

>FTTN NBN over the crappy copper I already have is not going to be much better than I get now.

You say you get 8 now. Malcolm's 6 year plan is to get a minimum of 50mbps... How is that "not much better"? Why would 100mbps be any better than 50? Where do you want to stop?

I personally would rather get something faster now than wait 10-20 years for ANY kind of upgrade. If you want to wait that long to get a speed increase, be my guest. But I'm a fan of Malcolm for simply wanting to get the damned party started.

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

Tim Bates

Re: Name Change?

>or perhaps just: Shattered Windows

Most phones I see have a smashed screen these days - so probably not a terribly incorrect name.

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Tim Bates

Re: @Bootman

>that mobile OSes need to be locked down if you want good battery life

So when the clever people at XDA-Developers (and others) manage to break the locks and free the OS, you're saying there's absolutely no way they could also create a customised ROM that has better battery life? The OS vendor gets things 100% perfect every time, right? And the OEMs never fill the OS with crapware, right?

So lets all let companies like MS tell us what's best for us. After all, they're a multi-billion dollar company, so they must know what they're doing.

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Re: Which one ? Windows 8 with luck

>I really don't see this [disaster], I've been using 8 since not too long after release.

As I've been dealing with 8 since about then too, I feel qualified to say it's not only the least usable version of Windows I've played with in ages, but also the least stable.

It's also the least sensible when it comes to user data - easy user creatable full system backups are gone (I know the old backup system is there, but most users don't), BSODs now suggest effectively reformatting, and if you dare to boot from anything other than the single install of WIn8 on your single HDD/SSD in the computer, you're likely to end up corrupting the filesystem in some way (that damn hybrid boot thing still scares the bejesus out of me when I'm trying to handle customer data).

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New South Wales government promises open data by default

Tim Bates

So are government department policies now to be open and transparent? Or is this just providing access to statistics, maps, etc?

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Microsoft Australia calls fibre-to-the-premises 'best outcome' for NBN

Tim Bates

What year was that again?

Microsoft is right - FTTP is the best end solution. Problem is that MS has yet again missed the point of the exercise - speeding up the damned rollout.

We're talking about a 10-20 year improvement (and that's being optimistic about Labor's turn and pessimistic about the coalition) in rollout time by going with the FTTN. Is it worth waiting 20 years to get fibre? I don't think it is.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

Tim Bates

Re: Apple and Linux......

"I'd love to pay Apple for a license to run a VM with OSX 10.9 Server, but that simply isn't available."

I agree. I'm extremely unlikely to ever buy Apple hardware, but if they offered a reasonably priced "unsupported" version for non-Apple hardware, I would probably buy a license just to have it available for the rare times I may need OSX for whatever reason.

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Tim Bates

Re: Why are we using memory compression?

I immediately thought of the 486 era "RAM booster" programs when I read that too. Of course Wyrdness does have a point - it would allow more stuff in RAM without swapping, which would save battery life in theory. Would also be quicker than swapping to HDD.

In practice however, I expect it's still in the same realm of gimmicks as the old ones. Most users wouldn't notice it one way or the other.

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Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

Tim Bates

Re: Copyist Samsung

Not... sure... if... trolling... or... just... stupid...

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Re: @ PaulR79 - Bemused

Sadly, click on Full Pages, scroll (careful - don't accidentally use 2 fingers) to the bottom and take note of the last few lines.... All 20 claims are cancelled by review.

Of course one does question why it took a review to get to that stage, rather than having it directed to the recycling on receipt.

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

Tim Bates

Re: No VM upgrade option

Hmmm. Here was me wondering if I should try reinstalling 8 on my home server (as a KVM VM under Proxmox) to see how the update goes, and get a feel for the new options and such.

But reading that comment, and having never been able to get any of the leaked 8.1's to even boot the installer, let alone install, I really don't know if I can be bothered. Sounds like it's going to be a BSOD fest again.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

Tim Bates

aFreeRDP?

I've been using aFreeRDP since it came out - does this do anything the open source client doesn't?

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

Tim Bates

Re: caching

"As far as I know, MS updates are usually downloaded through fairly stable http URLs, perhaps because someone at MS intended them to be easily cached."

The URLs are consistent, but the download is done with ranged chunks which throws various tools into the works. And at 3.5GB, it's likely to include some pretty big files that may exceed the maximum sizes for caching in many common setups.

I'm not looking forward to this at work - computer repair shop. We may have a 200GB monthly limit we only use about 20GB of, but 3.5GB over ~18mbps means a 30 minute download IF things go fast as they can... And during that 30 minutes, no one else can use the internet because the download is chewing it all up. Rinse and repeat for the 10 or so regular customers with Windows 8, and we've basically got ourselves a whole lost work day as far as internet access goes.

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Google refunds two dollars for cop jobs ad on biker website

Tim Bates

"The Australian Police Minister"

Victorian Police Minister... Not The Australian Police Minister. He is Australian (if you count Victoria as Australia), and he is a minister for policing. But this guy doesn't represent all of Australia's police.

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Microsoft covers Brit who penetrated Windows 8.1 with GOLD

Tim Bates

"Linux: new kernel -> reboot

Windows: new notepad.exe patch -> reboot

Oh, and don't get me started on PowerShell, I think it would just make you sad."

Yep. Don't forget that if notepad.exe was patched twice, you need to install patch 1, reboot, then install patch 2 aswell...

And bloody Powershell. What the effing duck if is with Windows not being able to do an upgrade repair install (you know the one - same version "upgrade") if Power effing Shell is installed, but it won't let you uninstall it either?!?!? What cockhead at Microsoft came up with that bullcrap!?! Thank gooseness it only checks for the Powershell directory, so one can simply rename it to "PowerHell" instead (can't delete it because that would be too blanking easy, wouldn't it?).

Bugger - you got ME started on Powershell.

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

Tim Bates

Re: It's a PC

Uh, JeffyPooh, did you forget this is about a *Steam* *Console*? Steam updates itself generally very silently. Most of the stuff it pops up messages about are either fatal (ie a console would do the same) or are not popups if you run in "Big Picture" mode, which SteamOS revolves around.

And given it's intended to be used like other consoles, I suspect Valve have covered the idiot proofing side of things.

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Re: meaty linux box?

They've been talking like SteamOS will allow you to add other software, so I suspect 300 lucky Steam users will essentially be getting a free PC. I doubt it would be difficult to install whatever you want on it, especially if you're not against pulling out a screwdriver and connecting the HDD to another PC.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

Tim Bates

Windows 7 Upgrade?

We've got a few customers still running XP on older PCs bought during the early Vista era - they'd run Windows 7 fine in most cases, and the hardware is fine... But MS has made it terribly hard to get Windows 7 without paying a premium... You can only do a Windows 8 downgrade from OEM licenses, which you can't install on the existing PCs. You can't buy Windows 7 Upgrade anymore, which leaves 2 options:

* Windows 8 (ugh - no).

* Windows volume licensing (5 license minimum)

Neither are very good options, particularly if you only have 3 or 4 PCs.

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DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Tim Bates

Re: depends on the industry.

Couldn't agree more. A 20 year patent on clicking a button is retarded and puts people and companies off even trying to create new ideas - the patent system doesn't protect inventions anymore, it prevents them.

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

Tim Bates

Re: 5C...

LOL - I pointed out at work one day (with the help of about 60 seconds in MS Paint) that the iPhone4's promotional material was very easy to modify to say "ShitPhone4"... Big white Sans Serif font on a plain black background was far too inviting.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

Tim Bates

Re: Charles 9 Byz At this rate...

"Google gets to use your docs as they like, in perpetuity, even after you delete them, which implies they keep copies of all that stuff"

I suspect that's just butt-covering in the event that a Google employee cocks up and lets people's files out into the wild somehow. Remember, Google has a lot of lawyers, and T&C documents get written by those lawyers. They'd be thinking of the worst cases and covering their arses. Particularly after that WiFi thing people got all upset about (over what was essentially nothing).

I'm not saying Google's all rainbows and candy, but I seriously doubt they want to keep the worlds files on, er, file just so they can sneak a look next Tuesday when the programmers are bored.

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Telstra scrambles to fix voice

Tim Bates

Probably forgot about security

I haven't had much to do with these setups, aside from fixing up what Telstra's fucked up. But the few times I've been fiddling, I've been left wondering if they actually secured anything.

Sadly I've never had time to investigate further, but a story like this makes me wonder if someone else DID have time...

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Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

Tim Bates

Skyballs

OK, it's not technically IT Crowd... But there's still time to donate to the Skyballs project that Chris O'Dowd is the face of (hmm - does one really want to be face of a "balls" project?)

Get over and donate!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chris-o-dowd-mcac-present-skyballs

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