* Posts by Efros

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Efros

Much better, visited links can be seen easily and less white acreage. I'm all set.

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Efros

Not angry just not reading

I'm not going to go into hyperbole, the redesign has seriously impeded the usability and readability of the site. When visiting it is a struggle to see which stories I've read and finding stories of potential interest is not as easy as it was. Consequently my visits and number of articles read have been severely curtailed, to the point where I doubt if I've read in the last week what would have been my daily average consumption. I'm not suggesting a retrograde step but please do something about the major complaints, huge images, image relevance, acres of white space, visited links greyness, and huge pop down menus.

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Efros

Visited links need to be red (or some other contrasty colour) rather than grey. Not keen on the layout, I really don't like that drop down menu at the top and I wish it would disappear when I scroll down the page. The fixed width thing is fine on my main desktop but acres of wasted space on my WS laptop.

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Android app screen is blank

Efros

I'd root it and install my own launcher. Procedure is relatively straight forward and can be found over on xda. If it's out of warranty I'd go a step further and install kitkat, For $12 you can download an sdcard image that will wipe the nook and install kitkat for you, androidfornook, you can do this yourself if you are up to decoding the instructions again on xda. I've done both of these to my nook HD+ and it behaves a lot better now than it ever did,

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Windows el cheapo tablets

Efros

Windows el cheapo tablets

As an impulse buy, I ordered a Kingsing 8" windows 8.1 tablet from one of the many drop shippers in China. After an inexorable wait, close to a month, it finally arrived. I wasn't expecting much as it was only $116 but the specs were as follows, quad core Baytrail running at 1.4-1.8GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB drive, sdcard slot, USB OTG port, HDMI port, twin cameras, 1280 x 800 capacitive screen. After using it for a few hours I have to say I'm impressed. the biggest worry was the effect of only 1 gig of RAM. While it's not greased lightning, it is certainly no slouch and easily kicks the ever loving crap out of my nook hd+ running kitkat. The full windows desktop on such a small screen takes a little getting used to, but overall a pleasant experience. $116 well spent, even if I just use it as an ereader!

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

Efros

Re: I have a rule.

I have a similar one for documentaries, it the phrase "a personal journey" pops up in the intro or the write up for the doc then it gets the boot.

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Efros

Re: "Starring Adam Sandler"

Yep, apart from a couple of anomalies early in his career, his name on a film can almost guarantee shitness.

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

Efros
Joke

FBI

probably pissed that someone else's software is better

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

Efros

And this is a new thing??

Only news because a news outlet has "discovered" this. These camera "hacks" have been around for a long time, fault can, as others have said, be laid squarely at the door of manufacturers and users.

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

Efros

MICA.. someone needs to shoot the acronym wallah.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

Efros

Re: Re. CPU

The memory limitation is one imposed by the Bay Trail Atom

http://ark.intel.com/products/80275/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3735G-2M-Cache-up-to-1_83-GHz

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Efros

This is an identical specced tablet from Kingsing, selling for a tad over $110, it has been getting favourable reviews. Looking at the video it looks to cope pretty well with what was done with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3BMy2DrLEY#t=34

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CAMERON DIAZ covers top BOFFINS in GOLD at Breakthrough Prizes

Efros

Re: Publication too?

Lately, i.e for the last 5 years, watching Horizon has been about as enjoyable and educational as watching belly button fluff accumulate.

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Does Father Christmas expect a happy ending with Clara in Doctor Who?

Efros

in the words of the philosopher "s'all bollocks innit?". The finale was probably two of the better episodes this time around, but it wasn't classic stuff. I don't think the Doctor/Clara combo works and I'm hoping it's done, maybe it's time for River Song to get hitched.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

Efros

Re: Phones as remotes.

I have an AIOS device which I can use my phone to control, also DirecTV genies and mini genies can be controlled from an android app., this can be quite entertaining if the other viewers are not aware of this.

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Efros

My 8 and 7 year old grandsons have took to the chromecast like ducks to water, they think it's extra cool to be able to select their chosen video (always bloody minecraft) and it appear on the 52" plasma. Keeps them relatively quiet and amused, therefore worth the $30!

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Hold onto your hats and follow the BYOD generation

Efros

Personally the cutoff from social media in the workplace should be encouraged rather than whittled away. I like to separate my professional life from my home and social life, dragging one into the other makes both suffer.

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

Efros

Not surprising

as little as I like the current ruling coalition I doubt the opposition would have behaved any differently.

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

Efros

Seems to be on fire as it were

I ordered one yesterday, $19 is not a bad price even if this thing sucks. Anyway after perusing a few forums the likelihood of a hack was being bounced around and so I thought I would go and order myself a second one to play with. Can't do it, amazon has cut the maximum order to one device per account.

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

Efros

Top Gear Albion

With no doubt Jezza managing to piss off the locals by allusions to the way the Celts had usurped the Picts, presumably with appropriately accidentally selected number plates on show.

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Apple bats away yet another WiLAN patent sueball

Efros

I'm wondering if there's really any point whatsoever to a jury in this sort of contest. I wonder how much Apple's perceived halo has on the decisions made by juries in cases like this, especially when there have been licensing agreements made with other corps before.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Efros

Plex or Playon or the server of your choice

is your friend.

Set it up on your home server and stream your choice from your own collection to any device anywhere. I really dislike the subscription model, after a year and $120 (estimate) you have precisely nothing. Perhaps a function of being an old fart and having accumulated some 600 CDs over the years I don't need new stuff, and if I did there's that quaint thing called radio.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

Efros

Rantic

Seems that Rantic have been rogered, so to speak. Their site, complete with dancing and naked bananas, is sporting this legend "Hacked by Le 9GAG Army, in association with reddit.com/r/Anonymous and Ebaumsworld.com"..

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

Efros

Their lower end phones are bloody awful, particularly the Ascend ones.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

Efros

Re: They call $1920.99 a "fire sale"??

If you call 2GB infinite, which I'm sure some operators will try and convince you it is, then your hope is fulfilled.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

Efros

Michael Fish

Moved on from hurricanes in his new job?

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Think of the children... or not.

I think possibly for the only time ever in recorded history the religious right may be correct, abstinence is the only answer. You don't want your pink bits displayed to all and sundry, well don't immortalize them in digital form. It's the only way to be sure...

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

Efros

BB comeback?

There certainly seems to be a buzz and air of optimism around the Passport and it's apps.

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Android is rubbish says BBC.

Efros

Man's on something!

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Efros

1000 quid!

For about 3/4 the price you can get a laptop that will outperform this MacBook pro in every area, it isn't a sealed unit and can be upgraded. Source: I just bought one!

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Badges for Commentards

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Unhappy

Re: Where's my vulture?

Yours seems to have returned Blitterbug, I've only just noticed my bronze vulture has gone AWOL.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

Efros

lenovo replacement

A few months ago it became clear that my 5 year old lenovo Y550 was ready for retasking and that a replacement was in order. I could not get a lenovo even close to the spec and price I got from HP (quad core, SSD boot, secondary HDD). I was very disappointed as I like lenovo but $200 difference for the same spec means I went with the HP.

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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

Efros

This is what happens when you have nice little local monopolies all acting in collusion with each other in terms of not competing or crossing territorial boundaries. Would be interesting to see a similar map with cost per Mbps, only on a worldwide scale.

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

Efros

Screw the other 62 million.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

Efros

Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!

A bawbee shurely!

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What FTC lawsuit? T-Mobile US touts 10GB, $100 family-of-4 plan

Efros

With you on that one, I have 1 real choice locally, USCellular, if I want pain and strife I could go with tracfone.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

Efros

Most of the channels on my Time Warner Cable service were not up to the 1080 TV I used to view them. When they were HD the transmission format was so effed up that you end up fiddling with the screen format to get rid of various black bars, which of course are different on every bloody channel. Just switched to Directv and this problem is no more. However, I see no use for 4K TVs until the broadcasters can get their act together and kick the cable companies in the nuts about how they relay their material, and even then I don't think it will be a market booster, just a niche for videophiles.

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

Efros

I've seen something similar with Time Warner Cable and believe it or not Youtube.

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Mystery bidder plunders the whole haul in Silk Road Bitcoin auction

Efros

Kim dot com?

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Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

Efros

Re: Ridiculous

The perceived loss is from the fees the channels might have got from the cable companies Aereo's customers might have been subscribed to. Personally I think FTA broadcasters charging fees to cable companies or anyone else for that matter is a bit like having your cake and eating it, considering the ad revenue they already get from their broadcasts. This whole scenario is indicative of the mess that is broadcasting/cable/Satellite/ISP, (in fact anything to do with consumer tech, the judiciary are about 20 years behind in their understanding of it), in the US, a cold hard look at charges and practices is required, perhaps an independent body like the FCC but with clear teeth and legal jurisdiction without those lawyer beloved grey areas that seem so widespread in the US.

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

Efros

Re: TWCable

Yep Mbps, got carried away with the shift key.

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Efros

Re: TWCable

Plus you don't get to pay their $6 a month rental for a 10 year old modem!

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Efros

TWCable

As a broadband customer of Time Warner I can say that they're biggest issue in my experience is that the modems they give out are DOCSIS 2.0, get a few Netflix addicts on your branch and your 20MB/s dives to below 1MB/s which mine did every day between 5 and 9 pm. I sent their modem back and bought a DOCSIS 3.0 one and never had another issue.

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

Efros

Wont be a hit until

version 3.11, Surface Pro for Fondlegroups.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

Efros

$723

Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 25GB SSD, dual band 802.11ac/g/n, 4x USB 3.0, 15.6" screen, HDMI output, no contest.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

Efros

"questioning our estimate of her net wealth – we'd heard £7m, Cole says it's a "fraction" of that"

Presumably that's not a vulgar fraction... probably a posh one.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Efros

Re: Overly Harsh

The alleged killing of Edward II with a red hot poker could be reimagined only with a light sabre.

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Efros

Not a NAS but...

I have 3 dumb LCD TVs in the house hooked up to 2 media players, 2 chromecasts and an HTPC. The media players are AIOS boxes and are hardwired into the network.

The HTPC is homebrewed and sits in the basement about 12 feet below the living room TV to which it is connected by HDMI. The media software on the HTPC is MediaPortal, it's free, highly configurable and can do a lot more than most other offerings can. The PC is now relatively old, 7 years, and is a quad core (Q6600) based machine and it now has an SSD boot, I used to use a dual tuner in it but the upgrade to digital TV by my cable provider (spit) means I don't use it as a DVR anymore. I do however have an external USB 3.0 Disk enclosure with 4x4TB drives in it and this is where all my TVs get their content from. 8TB in storage and 8TB of mirrored backup. The content drives are shared over the network and are mapped in the AIOS's, Playon and the HTPC. In the background I run playon server through which I can stream Amazon VOD (I live in the US), Hulu, Netflix etc to my dumb TVs via the AIOS boxes.

Pretty much the HTPC is on 24/7 and this is why I went with an external disk enclosure rather than a NAS. The external disk enclosure (iView HFR2-SU3) replaced a couple of 4 drive backplanes I had in the HTPC case, these were very compact and ran very hot. The disk enclosure is much roomier and the drives run a lot cooler. The iView has some bad reviews around the web but that is for the RAID setup, I use mine simply as a disk enclosure and have not encountered any issues.

The AIOS boxes are now almost obsolete but they are a good indicator of the sort of thing available out there, quite simply I haven't had a legit video file that these things couldn't play, the quality of their output in 1080 actually puts my HTPC to shame.

One thing I have seen with NAS is that the disk read/write speeds on the affordable end of the scale suck! My USB 3.0 connected box will write at about 100 MB/s, makes backing up and copying new BRD images across less painful. My disk setup cost about $650, $150 for each of the drives bought on sale and $50 for the enclosure bought on sale also.

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6TB - big? Pah! Seagate plans to put out 8TB and 10TB MONSTERS

Efros

One wonders at what point does the storage density start to approach that of a black hole, but given the MTBF of some drives (actual, rather than calculated or indeed claimed) the idea of all your data disappearing forever into an effed up HDD is already extant.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

Efros

Re: Genius Bar

Read that as 'roids

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