* Posts by Efros

1078 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

Foxconn pays £2.5bn to swallow Sharp in cut-price takeover deal

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How the mighty have fallen

Were the bees knees in affordable turntables and styli for a while.

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Amazon ports Alexa voice assistant to Raspberry Pi

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Something very

Creepy about the whole Alexa/Echo thing. I remain to be convinced of any advantage to the user that is not outweighed by the advantage to the supplier... but they still want to charge you an eye watering price for the Echo, and even more disturbing is that people, a lot of people judging by the reviews on Amazon, are willing to buy them.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Why Touch?

You'll get downvotes for stating irrefutable facts that others don't like.

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Re: Small != Small

I have to agree, I use a Samsung Mega 6.3. Advancing years and diminishing eyesight make it essential to have a generous screen. I really wouldn't be averse to an 8" tablet with bluetooth phone functionality, even at 6.3" I still have the occasional issue so a bit bigger would be nice (oooer missus!).

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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Not before time!

Forty quid for a single pdf, that I wrote!

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: "In reality, Windows 10 today is nothing like as bad as its reputation."

That works providing you don't have to do anything out of the ordinary internet/office stuff.

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Re: The roads always suck where the traffic is busiest

W10 will install from a USB 3 stick to an SSD in about the same time.

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Re: Its not Windows 10

Yep I have a two 2006 vintage quad core Q6600s running W10, faultlessly and with SSD boot drives at more than acceptable speed. Not touched either of them in terms of hardware upgrade (excluding the SSDs and a replacement PSU for one of them) in just shy of 10 years, one of them runs 24/7 and the other probably 3-6 hours daily.

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Re: Where are the facts no one likes Win 10?

Anecdotal evidence is so convincing.

Almost all criticism of 10 I hear is from people who don't use it. Similarly OS X, Ubuntu etc. etc.

They all have their problems, they all have their solutions, they all have their detractors and adherents. Personally I use W10 daily and don't have any major issues once I have it setup the way I want it, I also use OS X on a daily basis and have no major issues apart from the awful UI and the god awful Apple office apps, Ubuntu and Mint I use infrequently and have niggles with those too. Point is you use what is best for you and your environment, if and when you've used any OS for an extended period of time that is when you can tell someone whether you think it will do what they want or need with relative ease. For the average user, W10 is probably the only real solution at the moment, even with its faults, niggles, foibles and inbuilt telemetry. I'd say very few people on here are the average user.

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US Supremes to hear Samsung's gripes about the patent system after Apple billed it $550m

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Bellendous spunktrumpet

Has become my favourite expression of contempt lately.

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Microsoft to add a touch of Chrome to Edge

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I wish they'd develop

tools to stop Edge grabbing default program status for pdfs. It keeps nicking it from PDF-Viewer on one of my machines. Better still an uninstaller. Only time I've deliberately run it is immediately after a Windows 10 install to go and download Chrome.

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Microsoft adds OneDrive to bug bounty program

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Pity it's only bugs

If it was annoyances with Onedrive they'd go bankrupt... mind same could be said of most firms' software.

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Kills 99.9% of all known germs... dead!

leaving the strong, resilient 0.1% to kill off the humans.

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Jump aboard our load balancing Maglev, Google tells devs

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Maglev

Just a contraction of magnetic levitation, which the Japanese train uses as its mean of propulsion. The train in your linked article is the SCMaglev, Super Conducting Maglev train.

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IBM wants to harden your 'data centre on wheels'. Yes, your car

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"harden your 'data centre on wheels'"

Few tattoos, couple of cheek scars and a decked out Escort XR3 no doubt.

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Plucky cable billionaires defeat menace of small-town broadband

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And...

The fix is in.

Wonderful to see that graft still has its place.

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Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

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No Security Breach

Just no fixing "stupid" I suppose.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Non intrusive and relevant

I'll turn off my ad-blocker when an ad doesn't add to the screen load time significantly, doesn't occupy a major fraction of the screen, isn't screaming at me audibly or visually and is actually pertinent to the content I'm viewing. As to blocking ad blockers, go ahead, Forbes already lost my page hits because of this, so fuck 'em!

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Former US anti-terror chief tears into FBI over iPhone unlocking case

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Re: Barack Hussein Obama the Al Qaeda cell...

OK either you forgot the joke icon or you are seriously deluded!

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Flash – aaah-aarrgh! Patch now as hackers exploit fresh holes

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hackers exploit fresh holes

Brought to mind the spoof version of the film rather than the Queen soundtracked one. With one of the all time great quotes

Monster: [after being shot in the bum by Flesh Gordon] Ooh, the pain! The humiliation! The haemorrhoids!

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Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

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Re: Speed not the problem

Depends on where you live.

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You don't have to be that far from populated areas to get questionable signal and be reduced to a single carrier. I live about 20 miles from the state capital and only have a single carrier to choose from and frequently lose signal, I'm lucky to get 2 bars in my house and frequently get missed missed calls, i.e. calls that have been made, that are not picked up by the receiving handset and are not transferred to voicemail.

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Speed not the problem

Local monopolies or duopolies for vast swathes of the country and cartels for what's remaining are the fundamental issue. 2 phones, unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB data shared $118 per month, no alternative coverage in this area.

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Don't fear PC-pocalypse, Chromebooks, two-in-ones 'will save us'

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Education march

Will be picking up pace, school districts are under the cosh financially in the US, especially in rural areas, even more so with Republicans in power locally. The Apple deals are less and less affordable and the hardware more and more irritating to work with. Our district will not be replacing our current 1 to 1 MacBook Airs (circa 1000 machines) when they exhaust the contract in 2 years, it is looking highly likely we will be moving to Chromebooks. Google's year on year costs and the benefits offered compared to Apple are very favourable.

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IBM pimps Watson out to Hilton robot for concierge duty

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Phew

Looks nothing like an ED 209!

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Don't snoop on staff via wearables, says Dutch privacy agency

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I would

attach the fitbit to my dog's collar and let my pooch baffle their analysis.

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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Re: Politicians and Maths don't mix

"Would it be improper to suggest that 10000000/2 is a fraction?"

No but it would be vulgar.

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Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

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Interesting use

of the "think of the children card"

Seems the politicos and the enforcement agencies can be played at their own game.

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MAME goes fully FOSS

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You have described Fallout 4 to a tee!

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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WiFi

One of the Black Arts. Routers and dongles and for that matter those mini pci WiFI nics are all PITA to get going in a reliable configuration if you happen to use more than a single WiFi network. In the course of a single day my laptop probably changes network about 5 or 6 times, from home to work and back again. None of these changes happens smoothly always something pops up, usually a yellow exclamation mark triangle informing me there is no internet connection, which magically disappears about 30 seconds later. Must be the card/configuration I hear you say, maybe but I get similar little annoyances on my tablet and my phone. The tablet will occasionally go into an obtaining IP address loop which it never does until I reboot it, sometimes tempted to do this with my size 12s I might add. My students all have Apple MBA and if they don't reboot their laptops when they come into the building then they get no internet connection, so the little foibles don't seem to be isolated to Android/MS kit. Whatever the reason I can safely agree with others on this forum that WiFi is just a barrel of spiders to an arachnophobe in terms of friendliness to its users, and 15 years or so experience of using and configuring routers just shows how messed up and consumer unfriendly a consumer device can be.

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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Like it's worked before

"My natural political instinct is that self-regulation and co-operation is the key to resolving these challenges,"

Self-regulation works so well whenever there's shitloads of cash to be made by not regulating. Makes me think his political instinct is really not that good.

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

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Dammit

I was offered one of these for review but had to decline as my part of the US hinterland doesn't support GSM phones, CDMA only up here! Looks like a good un!

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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Media really operating on 1 cylinder

No mention of this on any of the major news sites, seems the bury it 'neath the EU debate ploy is working.

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So no change

Employ experts, experts report, they don't say what you want, ignore said experts and do what you were going to do anyway. Same old (s)tory.

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Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

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Buy what you need

Don't buy preconfigured off the shelf, take the time to spec your laptop yourself, TBH any of the major manufacturers will be fine. Do you need a 17" screen, do you need a HiRes screen, do you need a quad core, do you need an SSD boot drive? All questions that are easily answered and will steer you towards the machine that will do what you need. I got the machine I needed for about $700 18 months ago, 15", 1366 x 768 (all I need), quad core, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB secondary, 802.11ac. No problems since purchase, because it wasn't off the shelf it took about 3 weeks to build and get here but it was worth the wait. Oh and when it arrives, wipe the sucker and put a clean install on there, Toshiba's bloatware was among the worst and their driver organization in terms of locating them on their website used to be a frigging nightmare.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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Re: How about

Pretty much what I have apart from the KVM extender, I use an rf mini KB and touchpad and an rf remote for media stuff. The HTPC is a venerable, 10 years old, Q6600 with 4GB RAM and a 16TB media tank attached via USB 3.0, housed in the basement and hooked up to my living room 52" plasma with a long VGA/audio cable. One of the HDMI channels on the TV is hooked to my gaming PC, (hex core, 16GB RAM, GTX 750 Ti, and rf full KB and mouse), which sits next to the HTPC in the basement.

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Pentagon to Dept of Defense: Give us $580bn for cyberwar and spacewar

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Just a comment

this is about 5 times the estimated cost of free college for all US students.

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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Re: Quibblage

Or Hund's Laptop Rule of maximum multiplicity, no two laptops on the same floor can occupy the same desktop if another unoccupied desktop is available.

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

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It's playing the long game

"For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger.

When cometh the day we lowly ones,

Through quiet reflection, and great dedication

Master the art of karate,

Lo, we shall rise up,

And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water.

Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream.

Wave upon wave of demented avengers

March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream."

OK it's Sheep but do robots dream of them?

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

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Nitrogen containing compounds

are generally interesting chemically, too much of an urge to get back to N2 to play nice, however.

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Carolina cop cuffed for 'carjacking'

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Daft bugger

Must had the dashcam turned on and pointed the wrong way, new angle on police shooting.

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What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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Got to protect

Those moving parts from sudden shock. Erm I think.

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Intelligent Energy secures $7.5m to develop smartphone fuel cell

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We have a similar one to that at school, small solar panel linked to an H fuel cell. The whole thing mounted on a lightweight buggy chassis, power output is, to say the least, uninspiring. It will be interesting to see how it is implemented and what the source of hydrogen will be i.e. will it be from renewable energy or like a lot of the other 'green' fuels actually dependent on fossil fuel electricity generation.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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I'll see your dot matrix

and raise you a daisywheel. When one of those 50lb suckers got into full flight not only were you deafened but everything in a five foot range suddenly started doing impressions of the the Enterprise bridge when under attack, violently jerking from side to side.

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

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Issue that hasn't been raised

This phone was a work issued one. Seems that Apple and their ilk should, if I was a customer I would insist on it, allow such phones to be accessed by a sys admin at said place of employ. I know that in our place the issued laptops are used for work, none of us use them for anything else, because we all know that anything done on them is open to examination by the laptop owners i.e. our employers.

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FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off

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Cable TV

is possibly the only business where you can increase the rental on a 10 year old piece of equipment which runs as if it's broken and for the most part get away with it. The digital box mentioned above was supposed to be for old style analogue TVs but by the time it was released it had suddenly transformed into a required item for all TVs not directly connected to a Cable Box or DVR Box. When I recently replaced my cable TV service with satellite TV my monthly power bill dropped by $10, the space heaters that were the old motorola DVRs issued by TWC were replaced by a wireless DVR system with 5 times as much storage, admittedly they don't have the ability to toast your crumpets when recording a couple of channels but I'll live with that. Incidentally I took the plunge when our cable/internet/phone package reached $240 per month, that is with no premium channels, 2MB/20MB internet and a landline. With our new provider we pay $70 for TV we still have to pay $65 a month to TWC, and that breaks my heart, but there is no alternative hereabouts except dialup.

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Tandy 102 proto-laptop still alive and beeping after 30 years, complete with AA batteries

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Amstrad PPC-640

I had one of those for a while, 10 D cells it took. IIRC you got a whopping 2 hours on them as long as you didn't use the disk drives too much. On of the least luggable portables I've used.

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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But... but

Think of the children, maybe not that'll get you in deeper trouble.

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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Filters or just control

Could incorporate a series of filters for the common wavelengths, but with the powerful lasers commonly available now, some sort of legislative control is probably overdue.

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