* Posts by Daz555

101 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

Daz555

Got mine yesterday from modmypi. Very nice bit of kit - so snappy in comparison to my old RPi.

OpenElec is butter smooth but the big difference was navigating around rasbian. I doubt the distro is yet optimised for the new chipset but browsing was night and day compared to RPi1.

On RPi1 I did not bother with box art and all that fancy catalogue stuff but with RPi2 I think I'll make an effort for a richer XBMC experience.

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Great news. Wanted something a little more beefy from the RPi2 - this will help with emulation for retro gamers. XMBC is nice even running on RPi1 but I would like it to be a bit more snappy. Time to hand the Rpi1 to the inlaws and the new one set up.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

Daz555

Well I bought Windows 8 for about 14 quid due to the discount they offered for the first few months. Offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for customers who upgrade early is a great idea.

Worth getting the upgrade even if you don't plan on using it 'til SP1.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

Daz555

"...with pixel-dense TVs fast becoming the norm for any screen that aspires to be anything other than bargain basement tat."

What a load of utter claptrap.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

Daz555

"Testing" security hard enough invariably results in a genuine unplanned service outage in my experience.

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Microsoft Azure was most FAIL-FILLED cloud of 2014

Daz555

Were ALL VMs down for 42hours or just SOME down for 42hours? I really need to know an equivalent of "weighted business impact" because pure failure stats mean nothing in terms of business impact.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

Daz555

We need to stop sending robots to other planets....has no-one seen Battlestar Galactica.....this will only end very badly.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

Daz555

2020? Pfft that's a million years away......Windows 2003 on the other hand. Oh dear.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

Daz555

I'll be needing an eye upgrade before 4k on a 40" screen from 10ft away makes any difference to me.

If anything my eyesight is likely to get worse as I age so really I can't see me needing anything more than 1080p in my lifetime. Still at least I'll be able to buy cheap TVs. Roll on 8k - it will make 1080p cheaper still!

For PC monitors though - yeah fill yer boots. Like most I have my monitor sat on my desk in front of my keyboard and any bump in resolution is instantly noticeable.......then there is another problem though.....forking out for a GPU able to shove that many pixels.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

Daz555

A mere pup compared to this old lady: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seawise_Giant

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

Daz555

Proxy cures the problem completely. Also using say Google DNS rather than VMs own DNS seems to help a bit as well - not as well as proxies though.

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

Daz555

From 20wpm down to 1wpm and now back up to just 2wpm? Wow I had no idea his ability to communicate had fallen so drastically. What a tragedy.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

Daz555

Space travel going back to the 60s. Warms the heart hey!

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

Daz555

Sword rocks according to 7yr old Star Wars nut.

As for the cross-lightsword-whatsit - my 7 yr old son (massive Star Wars fan) jumped off the sofa when he saw it and shouted AWESOME!

Looking at it as an adult fan it seems a bit daft but then again perhaps not. Ignoring some books for a while, in the films a lightsaber can cut through just about anything so surely a cross-guard would have to be made of light-sword-magic in order to be effective, no?

Either way, my son's assessment is the only one which should matter here. This is Star Wars - it belonged to me when I was 7 in '77 and it should belong to my son today - not me. I hope to enjoy it, but if I enjoy it more than my son I'll regard the film as a failure.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Daz555

It will be a great shame if after 10 years and 6 billion kilometres it only gets to party on the comet for 64 hours.

Hopefully it's final act before it dies will be to chance one leap into the unknown!

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

Daz555

Porn is really my only serious concern with regards to my kids being online. Too much of it, too easy to find, far too extreme for a young mind.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

Daz555

Re: Not looking good... :(

I don't think that left hand portion od dark is "space" I suspect it is shadow and when we see a full panorama we'll know for sure.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

Daz555

Sniper rifle?

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Daz555

"2. Eliminate planning permission for building small sites."

No thanks. I prefer that the networks are jumping through a few well organised hoops before chucking up a metal monstrosity outside my front window. Make the process better, sure. Scrap it? Nope.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Daz555

I think this belongs in the Hardware section.

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

Daz555

Sailboat? I occasionally wonder if Register is a UK or US centric site - does the use of this word confirm the latter?

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

Daz555

I looked at a number of these dedicated devices but in the end decided that they were not flexible enough for me personally. In the end I put together my own NAS based on Intel ATOM running Ubuntu server. Ubuntu can be run very well also from simple usb memory sticks (with a few tweaks to cut down on writes) which results in excellent idle power consumption as the main disks are spun down for much of the day.

For many people though, these dedicated storage boxes are the best option.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

Daz555

Anyone wanting retro/emulation gaming on the move should just pick up an old PSP on ebay.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

Daz555

TV is terrible?

Switch on. It remembers the last station I used.

Press "2" it switches to BBC2. Press Vol Up and it gets louder. Press channel up and it moves to the next channel.

Please Apple. Don't fix our TVs.

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Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market

Daz555

Flipping that around - would there be people who'd love to run IOS on their HTC One or GS5?

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Daz555

Apple have never done this but I wonder if any extra people would buy Apple tin if only they could ditch the Apple software? I would happily own an iPAD. IOS though - good grief no.

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Better be Nimble, tech giants, or mutant upstarts will make off with your sales

Daz555

I get the feeling these days that "nimble upstarts" exist only to temporarily shock the big boys before then selling up to those same big boys and retiring as billionaires.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

Daz555

"Virgin Media is the only major provider able to supply broadband without a phone line because of our unique cable network and so we remain unbeatable value for money."

....and yet they won't let you have TV without a phone line....because errr, errr. Who the hell knows?

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

Daz555

Can we have a backwards compatible Pi v2 please - with upgraded everything?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

Daz555

I have the full set of original Danger Mouse. My kids think it is superb.

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The cute things they say

Daz555

How about some techie foul-ups?

Me - Sat in my Bristol office remote controlling a server in Reading. Suddenly I rise to my feet and put my coat on. "Where are you going" ask the team. "To Reading". "Why" they ask. "You'll see."

I walk out of the office to the sounds of everyone's mobiles going mad with text alerts. Classic shutdown, when I meant log-off moment - and no iLO.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

Daz555

"All this blathering gets old, guys. It gets really, really old."

Steady on. You don't want to upset the creationists.....

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Daz555

I suspect we'd get more traffic as a result of driverless cars - the soul destroying nature of driving itself being the biggest deterrent to err, driving.

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Senate decides patent reform is just too much work, waves white flag

Daz555

Re: I can solve most of this in eight words:

"Design patents should probably also be included there, and patents on technological hardware advances should be valid for about a decade.."

I assume you mean round corners and the like?

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

Daz555

Mo-in-law has parkinsons which rules out all the touchscreen mobiles. She'd be happy for some smartphone features but they seem to be long gone from phones with a nice clear keypad. She went for a Doro clamshell in the end. Basic but very good it is too. Battery lasts for a century.

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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

Daz555

I find it hard to criticise Sony because everything I have ever personally bought from them has been superb - Walkmans, "ghetto" blasters, Playstation, Playstation 2, PSP, TVs, amplifier, DVD players, car stereos and on....

I can't right now think of a single Sony product that I've bought which has packed up too soon either.

Hey ho, we all have our own manufacture mares to tell - just happens that none of mine are Sony.

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

Daz555

I'm not concerned about having a TV connected to the Net - I'm not "logged in" to anything on it like Facebook or Netflix so no risk there and web browsing on a smart TV is a shambolic experience - again no risk there because I don't bother.

I would be concerned if my TV had a mic or camera though. Handily it does not. Probably because I'm too tight to spend the money on such a TV.

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

Daz555

""The legitimate market for digital content was being “prevented from reaching its full potential” by mass piracy. "

Shall we rephrase that to something reflecting reality.

"Failure of the digital content market to meet the needs of consumers is driving many consumers to piracy."

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

Daz555

I think Office 97 came on about 40 floppies for those not blessed with a CDROM. Fun fun fun.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Daz555

Curved - looks utterly stupid unless you are sat right in centre front of it. Great for the minority with home cinema rooms I suppose but for most of us with a TV in the corner of a room and a wide range of viewing angles they make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

As for 4k. I'll buy one shortly after I get the robo eye upgrade which allows me to distinguish such small pixels from the other side of my living room.

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

Daz555

So this OpenSSL thing could bring down COD online?

Every cloud.....

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

Daz555

I was fairly shocked to read about this. I run OpenVPN on my home server....surely OpenVPN hasn't let me down I thought?,.........it had. Bugger.

Still at least it was an easy fix. Updated OpenVPN Access Server to latest and now I appear to be clear. Changed my openvpn and server passwords to be safe also.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

Daz555

And these powers do what exactly? Increasing the traffic for sites advertising proxies seems to be the only impact.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Daz555

Surely TV sales just tick along nicely and every generation of tech go mad for a few years - colour, flatter squarer tube, widescreen, LCD, etc.

So we have been through the last "let's all upgrade phase" and are now all just sitting back and watching TV. This can have come as no surprise to the industry.

I have bought 3 TVs in 20 years and still have all 3 - a 22" CRT, a 32"LCD and a 40"LED. Unless one breaks I can't see me buying another one for many many years.

The CRT is kept for lightgun games for those interested!

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

Daz555

Re: Better than Android then?

Those who do not like carrier flavours added to their phones should buy from resellers rather than the carriers. Usually cheaper anyway in my experience.

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

Daz555

On twitter they used the analogy of dragging a suitcase along rather than pushing it. Could it be down to unequal weight disribution? - If it is heavier at the front there is perhaps a chance it rolls smoother in reverse?

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

Daz555

Isn't duck racing just littering - ie chucking plastic into a river?

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

Daz555

Anyone would think these companies start up with the ver INTENTION of one day being bought out by a big player.

Oh yes, they do don't they.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Daz555

Mod it.

As with the Sony PSP the Wii only really comes to life when you mod it. A hacked Wii with homebrew channel etc and a load of emulators installed is really a nice bit of kit to have under the TV.

I have to say my kids do love the Wii. The console is poweful enough for most kids games - Lego et al. So it will be more than enough for my living room until the PS4 price drops significantly.

As for the WiiU. No thanks - that PDA screen controller thing is a monstrosity. Is there a modding scene yet for the WiiU?

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

Daz555

I get so annoyed when the cost of the BBC is brought into question. It is simply the finest broadcaster on the planet. No question.

Bloody hell, www.bbc.co.uk/everysubjectimagineableincludinghowtopassyourgcse is in itself probably worth the licence fee alone.

Please, leave the BBC alone.

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