* Posts by Efros

1199 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

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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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: Integrated graphics

Very much depends on how serious the photo editing is and how poor the integrated graphics are. Having said that the only machines I use a non integrated graphics cards on are the ones that I play games or watch movies on.

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Tiny one

Looking at that lenovo PC brought back something I think I saw awhile back, I may be mistaken... I'm old! A laptop with a detachable module containing HDD, CPU, GPU and USB, video and audio connectors which can be mounted on a monitor when not travelling. Given the smallification of systems over the years I wonder if such a thing is a goer now.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

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Reminds me of

A steak Po' Boy, although the Piri Piri is a marked improvement!

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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Meetings are made even more

interminable by that one individual, or if you're unlucky more than one, who loves nothing more than to hear their own voice chuntering on and on in a slow monotone about their current mind numbingly uninteresting project. They are invariably the only questioner when the meeting is about to be wound up thus delaying our departure even further, hopefully there is a circle of hell reserved for these individuals.

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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This sort of thing

Just makes my day!

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DataGravity prez on layoffs: A little pruning doesn't hurt

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Nowt like denying the obvious

"First of all, John said of the downsizing: "I don't think it's a sign of a lack of success.""

Obviously the company is doing a rip-roaring trade, so much so they are laying people off... Something don't scan there.

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Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

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If their US Pantry

is anything to go by then I wouldn't be too bothered. The choice of goods is limited and the delivery times are prohibitive (for groceries anyhow), I have used it for a couple of things I can't source locally but not on a regular basis, my local supermarket is on the whole cheaper (even in the sticks of Maine) and I don't have to wait 3-5 days.

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Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

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Scareware

boots your computer in the middle of the night and plays the shark theme from Jaws at full volume, it'd scare the bejesus out of me!

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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

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We're missing an opportunity here

Miniature strike aircraft, manned by Action Man. I'm sure James May could be recruited, I hear he's not doing much at the moment.

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FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

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If you're not going to jail them

then fine them the value of the company + %5 and bar them from distributing apps on any app store... ever. This isn't a mistake this was an out and out criminal scheme to screw people over, both advertisers and Joe Public through a variant of the old bait and switch scheme.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: “a gnat’s cock”

and we call 'em midges, stupid name for something that bloodthirsty,

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“a gnat’s cock”

Hmm must be related to, but a least an order of magnitude bigger than, the Scottish measurement "a gnat's baw hair" usually applied to how close the local fitba' team came to scoring last week.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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“One of the worst jobs I ever had”

Expecting lobsterisimus bumbakissimus to feature heavily, but no :(

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Mushroom

OS X equivalent

Just add a zero... or two.

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Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

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Re: Sad

Once you clean all their crapware off.

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NASA seeks rocketeers for annual RockOn! shindig

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Re: I want that

General electronics class, but there are constant references to soldering.

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Re: I want that

I teach soldering to US teenagers, and after the 6 months they're in my class they all pronounce the L. Fight from the inside!

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I want that

Flash Gordon toy!

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

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Re: Not just the Danes...

Should have been a no contest, the Daleks would kick any stormtroopers arse... well they would if they had feet.

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Disturbance in the Force

"We aren't the numpties you are looking for"

"Oh yes you are, Book him Svenn..o!"

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Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after chopping 68 people

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Re: Scapegoat?

I must admit on reading the story my first thought was that he had been brought in to be the Axe Man the management didn't have the balls to be.

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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Re: I wonder

I was referring to the hardware not the operators, god knows I'm probably older!

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I wonder

how much of the current tech will get anywhere near the longevity of these fully functioning pensioners.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: As bad as kettles!

Sounds like our Xerox Workcentres, they will randomly absent themselves from the network whilst being fully accessible from their web interface. This results in the only way of printing to them is to upload the document to the printer web server instead of printing directly from your application, bloody frustrating as it is totally unpredictable as to when it will happen.

Other frustration is the number of older printers that use java interfaces, which our browsers will just refuse to load.

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BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery

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Re: The title is too long.

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"

- Joshua

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Major Hollywood studio eyes Paint Drying sequel

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Of course there will be

'Paint Drying - the Director's cut', 3 hours of extra footage with acerbic commentary from the director, cameraman and the paint roller artist.

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

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Time Warner

Haven't heard anything about their plans in this area, but knowing those nickel and diming bastards they're probably trying to figure out some way to get this surreptitiously installed and have the consumer pay extra for it.

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Google patents robotic 'mobile delivery receptacle'

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Anyone else smell junkets?

I really can't believe anyone is taking this seriously as a delivery option. Looks like a good number to get those overseas trips in faraway places taking a lot of tech toys with you.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: Trumps America

It's looking like a bit more than a chance at the moment. When Glenn Beck is questioning your suitability for the job then perhaps you're just a bit too loony.

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