* Posts by david bates

342 posts • joined 7 Feb 2008

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

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I was slightly dubious about buying my Zenfone2 with an Intel processor, but tbh not having ARM has made no odds at all

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Clive Sinclair Vega+ tin-rattle hits £300,000

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Re: Upon seeing the screenshot...

Its Skool Daze

The text at the bottom of the screen saying 'Skool Daze' is the clue ;)

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Huawei Honor 5X: Swishy fingerprint tech for the mid-range

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Re: You had me until...

Zenfone 2.

2 SIM, SD card an d a pretty huge battery. 32, 64 or 128 (IIRC) internal storage.

It is Intel though, but the only issue that has given me is having to side-load VLC.

There is also a lot of pre-installed crap, but its eminently rootable and there are thrid-party ROMs already.

Marshmallow is coming in Q2 (apparently)

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Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes

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Re: Still building mud and sticks.

How are you going to plug your washing machine in in the bathroom? And what are you going to do with your tumble dryer?

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

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Re: Keeping a watching brief

I've only ended up paying £4 more than my one plan, and thats for double the data and minutes I usually use in a month. Still not as good as the unlimited I had but 3 are the best of the providers I've tried (Orange, O2, GiffGaff (shudder))

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Big Ben belittled by Infosys' plans for enormous erection

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The Chamberlain Tower at Birmingham University at 99, 100 or 110m depending on who you talk to apparently already puts Elizabeth Tower in the shade.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: This is not...

First Direct is fine on rooted phones, but I know some others tend to complain. And I must admit I can see their logic.

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Two-thirds of Android users vulnerable to web history sniff ransomware

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Re: Malware, app.... all very similar

Odd...I was SURE it was possible to run Android without ANY Google apps at all...In fact I thought of you installed a third-party ROM you usually had to install Google services yourself.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Re: Why are they ending it now?

IIRC Evoque is the best selling vehicle they have...

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Re: Why are they ending it now?

Probably becuse the space taken up by the line is needed for something else.

Bear in mind the Defender is basically hand made and so costs a fortune. I've been round the factory. The Range Rover is built by robots that glue and rivet the whole shell together and then some fiddly bits are added manually.

The Defender still has to have the alignment done on its headlamps.

The two lines are chalk and cheese. And yes, I fully expect production to restart somewhere cheaper.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Re: Bad code? What ryhmes with 'Banker'

That makes me think of Nationalrail.co.uk

You can search for a journey specifying the train company you want to sue (if you have a voucher of something). Unfortunately instead of assuming you need to make the journey with that company for some reason it assumes you just fancy going on one of their trains at some point in your journey.

So you specify X to Y on Virgin and find that actually as well as X to Y on Virgin you have X to Z on Arriva and Z to Y on Virgin.

Nationalrail feel that this is entirely appropriate, and any other way would be madness.

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TalkTalk CuffCuffs 'ScamScam CrimCrims'

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Re: @ HmmmYes Is that where the tech support scammers got my number from?

MINT fixes the problem...:)

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

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Re: Move along, nothing to see

Then unlock it and drop whatever third-party ROM you want on it. I'm running a Cyanogen Kit-Kat variant on my 2012 Nexus 7 and a Frank build of Marshmallow on my Nexus 4.

Thats pretty much the point of a Nexus...

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Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

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Re: "This depressing picture"? Aye right...

In this world where Microsoft and the various Linux flavours do not make their own PCs I dont get why Firefox are bothering with phones at this stage. They should have gone down the Cyanogen route and released ISOs for various rooted devices. At least they'd get the OS out there and actively developed by the enthusiast community.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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I got the LAST ONE at my local Sainsburys...

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Thats why the sensible money is on safety razors - blades cost pennies, last longer than cartridges and you can get the blade that suits you best...

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TalkTalk boss: 'Customers think we're doing right thing after attack'

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Re: Customers think TalkTalk is doing the right thing

Plusnet are actually pretty good - it worries me that they can send out your password in cleartext, and that they now charge for CC payments so they have my bank details, but I have several emails assuring me that they are secure - so WHEN they get hacked I'll be rolling them out.

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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

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Re: Bait and switch

Are you sure? I know 3 USED to block tethering, but Im on sim-only one, have unlimited data and tehering. I actually verified this this year as I couldn't find a tethering add-on for my account...turns out tethering comes as standard.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Re: Linux

Um....I moved my dad (who is 76) and my uncle (who is late 60's) from XP to Mint Mate 12 months ago. NO support calls. They both took to it no problems at all.

I've had to work on the machines ONCE when my dads video card died. I moved his HD from a Pentium 4 ATI powered box to a Phenom nVidia box. Mint took an extra minute or so to boot...and just worked. The when I swapped it back into his fixed box it sorted itself out again.

Lets see Windows of any flavour do that .

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TalkTalk hush-hush on compo for up to 4 million customers after mega cyber attack

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Re: Sack her

Misguided more like. She obviously likes her face on telly, but she'd have been better advised to shut up and look concerned while standing alongside someone who knew what they were talking about.

She's doing Women in STEM no favours

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Re: And they're pushing customers towards "Noddle"

Which reminds me... Seeing as I and many other people have pointed out the potential problems with Plusnet security, and have been informed that is safe I need to write to them and point out when they get hacked 12 months free with a credit check agency is NOT going to cut it.

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TalkTalk: Hackers may have nicked personal, banking info on 4 million Brits

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Re: Who's next

Plusnet, despite storing passwords in cleartext have ASSURED me on numerous occasions that their systems are secure. The last livechat bod could see no reason why they would be hacked, and that my details were completely safe. I sleep soundly knowing that.

I've kept that livechat, and all the emails...just in case.

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Spirit of the Ghost: Taking a Rolls-Royce Wraith around France

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BMW have never had a clue about other brands.

Rover - forced own the pastiche route with the 75, which was then killed at the launch presentation.

Mini - bloated parody of the original, no innovation, just bigger and uglier each generation.

The only think they managed to improve on was the previous gen Range Rover...

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No boxy Volvo: Chilling in the S60 D3 Manual R-Design Lux Nav

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Re: Chinese?

MG is also a Chinese company and they're not selling cars for £5k a pop.

Mind you, they're hardly selling cars at any price so....

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Re: A pair of cans which cancels out those noises entirely would be worth a lot of money.

Apply directly to child and it will sleep through the flight.....

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Me too....I don't remember any adverts stating that they weren’t bothering with that any more so one must assume 'one in front' is still ongoing...

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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Re: I might have a look at one of these...

I've had very few problems with Lollipop on my Nexus 4. About the only annoying things are

Occasionally it will use an unfeasible amount of battery for no reason. A reboot fixes this but shows that the battery level is actually a lot lower than the reported prior to reboot.

Sometimes Now launcher does not launch and Im stuck with a blank screen - again, a reboot (or sometimes launching camera or phone from the lock screen) sorts this out

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: Linux?

I bought a previous gen Revo with Linux. Sadly Asus couldn't be bothered to sort out a wireless driver, so despite being advertised as having wireless it actually didn't, unless you sorted it out yourself or installed a proper distro. Also the eeepc shipped with a Linux abomination.

No wonder Linux gets a bad press when manufacturers make such an unforgivable hash of it. They should just ship without an OS as you're going to have to replace whatever crud they drop on in place of windows.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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Re: Close, but not quite.

Simply driving to pretty much any diner in the Mississippi Delta would be a challenge from pretty much any part of the UK...

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: "We apologize"

Aye - they had one on PM...Eddie Mair pointed out that if a customer missed a payment the bank would charge them £6, and asked why customers shouldn't invoice that bank for a similar amount...

Answers ranged from "we will make sure customers are not out of pocket" all the way up to "that would not be appropriate"....which tells you all you need to know.

There needs to be a run on RBS.

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Re: Nationwide

I'm avoiding Lloyds/HBOS. I closed my IF account and credit card over a year ago. Since then they've sent me a NEW credit card...noone can tell me what account that was linked to and how it was sent, and have now started sending me statements for an account that no longer exists and understandably has no transactions....

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: Being picky...

I remember when the last gen RangeRover was being tested the magazine hack in question found that the gear selector was power-assisted, and if you selected reverse at 70mph the system would helpfully comply, with hilarious results.

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Re: Is this really going to affect many people?

Actually you have that wrong. My Pebble STEEL is made of metal and has a battery life of over a week. "quite charming in an unfinished retro kind of way, but an anachronism whose time has already passed." would apply to those items that need a brightly coloured screen to attract owners, but have a battery life measured in hours....

Plus lets bear in mind that a fairly high percentage of people on this site probably got their first taste of computing on the Spectrum

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Also its very, very expensive to build. You watch a Range Rover being glued and riveted together by huge robots, and watch Defenders being built by hand - they even have to align the headlamps still. They're mainly toys now, sold to rich city boys.

I suspect the line will find its way to India, when manual labour is cheaper, and then some will find themselves imported. Dunno where the legislation thats killing the Defender leaves Santana though (assuming they still make Defender-esque vehicles)

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Re: Users expect maps to be free?

You get traffic for free on Waze, as well as speed cameras, incident reports and I think fuel prices (it asks for them anyway if it suspects you're at a petrol station)...dunno about multi-county but I assume so.

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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

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Seeing as

Nissan and Renault are pretty much the same group these days I surprised that the NCAP rating came as a surprise...

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

But you still have to pay the £170.00 before you even get the CHANCE to see what Sky or Virgin have to offer.

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Uber and car makers jockey for Nokia's 'HERE' maps – report

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Re: Article Error: Missing Context

I was more objecting to you dismissing Tata as a maker of tin cans to be honest

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Re: Article Error: Missing Context

You do KNOW that Tata owns Jaguar and Landrover, dont you? And that tech and methods are already filtering through from JLR to Tata Motors own brand?

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

Im using openELEC. Kodi seems to have been replaced with a new project specifically for Pi. Didn't like the UI, plus half the things I tried to do were 'not currently supported', right down to the generic IR remote which worked in openELEC without issue.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Re: Why?

Streetwise was DESIGNED to be able to deal with the knocks of city life hence the black bumpers - it never tried to pretend to be a softroader - hence the name.

Seeing as it cost buttons to develop, probably cost less that a 25 to build and sold at a premium (the older drivers especially liked the raised access) Streetwise was actually no bad thing.

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Golem: Prominent plasticine phallus caught in tech consumerist nightmare

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Im assuming Golem, like Alice, is playing in London.

You'd be AMAZED at how little use this is to the bulk of us who don't live in London. Any chance of slumming it at provincial theatres where most of your readers have to go for culture?

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Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

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Re: And therein lies the problem ...

Nexus 4 - no problem with Google play or camera. The current biggest power drain is Firefox. HOWEVER My 2012 Nexus 7 had a real perform with Play Services draining the battery so that did get rooted.

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

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Re: Given the ease with which you can hack the current system and cause mass-deaths

I once got told off on Crewe station for forgetting to switch the tail light of my bike off. I did point out if this was an issue they should have a sign up because how the hell am I supposed to know its a problem?

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

Yes. As long as your phone manufacturer (not Google) allows you to unlock the boot loader.

I've had three Nexus devices, two of which I've rooted (and Google did nothing to stop me rooting them, and even helped me find the instructions and software to help), and installed a non-google android build on, and then OPTIONALLY installed all the googly goodness I wanted.

Or you could use the Amazon app store or side-load...Google wont stop you

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NatWest and RBS' mobile banking apps go TITSUP

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You're on your way to pick the kids up from school, you stop to fill up with petrol only to find that the bank is having a hiccup and you can't pay...and the garage doesn't really want you to leave without paying.

Once up a time you could have whipped out your chequebook, but the garage probably does not even take cheques. Theres no branch round the corner that you could pop to because its now a trendy wine bar, and the cash machine wont let you have money either. This is the way the banks wanted it, so yes, when they screw up and you have no viable fallback then people have a RIGHT to kick off and expect the problem to be solved NOW.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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I thought it was just me. I'd make the effort of I thought she has anything useful to say but it always seems to be IT (very) lite

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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I've told them the information about whether or not I need a licence is not available for free, that there is a cost (and a requirement to book an appointment) for their goons getting entry to my house and DARED them multiple times to take me to court and get reamed out for my costs when they lose.

I dont feel the need to support Capitas business model for free - they can pay for the privilege.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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Yes but the 3 will probably have dropped 6k or more in those 3 years. If MG have decided they can't be bothered any more (and they have yet to show any signs that they CAN be bothered, or indeed that they can run a car company at all in the recognised sense of the word) and pull out it'll be worth scrap value.

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Re: just works

I've moved two XP-ers to Mint Mate - no support calls or problems of any sort.

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