* Posts by Wibble

670 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009

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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

Wibble

Re: Also take a look at the Corpus Christi clock

A lovely way to pass a lunchtime at my desk...

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Samsung flames out as Chinese march on

Wibble

Falling from the tree

Apple also continued to fall, shipping 3m fewer units than the same period a year ago, to 43m, a 13 per cent share.

Wonder what the affect of the 7's going to have on their market share over the next few quarters. Not just the absence of a popular 3.5mm hole, but the 20% price hike.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

Wibble
Gimp

All in the matrix...

Can the army of Zukkerburg's followers tell the difference between true and false news? Do they care?

It's like comparing people at McDonalds with people who know what good food is.

It's a pity though, as Zukkerburg's drivel really screws democracy.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

Wibble

Re: "U" in "Universal Windows Platform" actually stand for?

Unloved?

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

Wibble

Re: Hatch Act, politically motivated violation of.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatch_Act_of_1939

"The Hatch Act of 1939, officially An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch,[1] from engaging in some forms of political activity."

Staggering abuse of power from a civil servant at such a sensitive time.

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

Wibble

Upset the spooks

This publicity must really piss off the spooks as this is the sort of thing they would have dreamt up for their use.

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MacBook headphone hell

Wibble

Re: Graphics card?

Glad to help!

There is a serial number etched on the case but you'll need good eyes to read it. I had to take mine into my local Apple shop - getting the appointment is the hard bit though.

Must say that I was really impressed with Apple's service even though it actually cost me £2,700 for a replacement MBP as it's a work machine. Pondering flogging the old one, but now that Apple have effectively withdrawn from the 'pro' market I'll probably keep it as an asset!

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Wibble

Graphics card?

Was it the graphics card that failed (thick grey vertical bands on the screen)?

If so, that happened to me in August with my 2011 MBP. I replaced it with a retina screened one as I needed to get it replaced immediately.

But, lets say something good about Apple.... They've done a recall on the motherboards UNTIL THE END OF 2016 and replaced the motherboard free of charge. So now I've two lappies.

There's online checkers to validate this.

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Wibble
Mushroom

Re: Why?

first reports suggest that letting the headphones use their own DAC (thus shortening the analogue path) only makes them sound even better.

Really?

So having a generic little D-to-A converter plus power amplifier built into the headphones will sound better than a half-descent D-to-A and PA?

Isn't this the same argument that would have someone spend £10+/metre on speaker cable and bi-wiring / bi-amping? Only the chosen ones can tell the difference -- and it's a fair wager that a proper blind listening session would reveal no differences.

The audiophile "market" is utterly full of crap. I remember an article in one of the HiFi mags "auditioning" mains power cables FFS. What next... auditioning MK mains sockets and consumer units? Or bragging that "I've wired my house with Monster mains cable".

Pretty much every set of ear bud style headphones sound crap - especially the Apple hard ones which are uncomfortable and don't make a proper seal in your ear. Those expensive plastic-fantastic fashion items colour the sound so greatly it ruins most music. And don't start on all the compression applied to popular music....

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

Wibble

Re: opinions are like ............

There is a big difference in the way the two work. The Mac is a much quieter and smoother place to work than in Windows land.

But, Ives Cook and Shiller have screwed Jobs' pooch. It's all form over function and really stupid design decisions which appears to be arrogance on top of hubris. This Macbook NOT Pro is a great example. Thin has never been the problem for professionals; it's connectivity, power and reliability that matters. The ability to connect to different peripherals and screens is vital if you're doing "work" as a 15" screen just isn't big enough. It's also piss-takingly expensive to which you'll need to spend loads more on adapters -- which the tight-arsed greedy bastards don't ship with the machine. FFS they've even removed the power lead!

So Apple appear to have withdrawn from the pro laptop market, the pro screen market, the sensible smartphone market... Oh, and the latest iOS's greatest feature: more emojis and wallpaper. And that useless watch thing.

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Wibble
Pint

Tim and his minions can fuck off and I'll spend my money as I see fit.

'nuff said.

Have a beer.

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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

Wibble
Unhappy

Re: Cupertino is ...

> It will be hard to sink that low.

Alas, Apple have tried very hard and succeeded. Sierra really is the proverbial iceberg with little of real use visible above the water. Siri for example.

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Wibble

Re: On the flip side..

Thanks @Wenseleydale Cheese

Also, found lurking in the same Finder preferences is the option "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows" which is on by default. Turning that off stops the <cmd>K annoyance of opening a share in a tab, not the new window which will be used to drag/drop files into.

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Wibble
Facepalm

Sierra, stuffed with tat we don't need - looking at you Siri

Something new has happened with the latest version, Sierra. It was released and has *nothing* of use. It's slower, has pointless UI tweaks and just about every "new" feature is simply not applicable or downright not needed.

Siri for example. What the hell is that all about? Siri seldom works on a phone when you need it such as in a car. So why would you use it on a desktop machine in an office, or on a laptop in a public space... There's such a delay with it interpreting your command, that it's utterly pointless. Of course, if this were touted as an accessibility feature, I'd get it. But it's not.

So you turn off Siri because it's not needed and there's security concerns. Then use a *wired* expensive pair of headphones with the control button and click to stop or start music to get a Windows-style popup box "Do you want to enable Siri"? Every. Sodding. Time.

What else is new... Watch -- never. Copy desktop to Apple (and pay loads of money to them) -- no. Handoff to phone/tablet -- no. Apple radio -- no. Send all my photos to Apple -- no. Phone without a headphone socket -- no.

Apple are a bunch of arrogant greedy bastards who've have completely lost their way.

I'm a customer, not a bloody cow for you to milk.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

Wibble
Thumb Down

Re: Another major difference -

[i]Sierra so far has no such downsides, and so far has been pretty nice[/]

There's *nothing* compelling about Sierra. There's never any use for Siri in an office - "Siri can you shut the fuck up"; nobody has an Apple watch toy; and a few minor tweaks here and there that are aimed completely at Millenials, children (messaging, photos) and fanbois. Then there's the constant all your datas are ours slurp...

The only reason to update is to keep on the prime branch of updates and get it over for the next year.

In all the years I've been using all computers, this is the most barren OS 'full update' ever - more along the lines of a service pack update TBH.

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Analyst: iPhone 7 points to price jump

Wibble

Re: Apple phone prices have rocketed!

> £120 more, Brexit, etc.

Why then is the 6s still the old price?

Because they can shove up the price of the new phone whilst people are distracted by the shiney from the price hike?

Was going to buy a new phone for the wife - for a change she'd get the new one, and I'd skip the upgrade as my 6 is fine. So thought it would be nice to get it when it was released. Then saw the price and thought bollocks to the price gouging bastards. Wife's not that interested anyway, so just not bothering.

The reality is the 7 is a lightweight incremental update with a massive issue -- no headphone socket -- and nothing that's "must have" to counteract this. Waterproof's nice, but meh, haven't managed to dunk any previous phones in the last 25 years, so it's not that important. Not having a headphone socket is a massive pain as we've several expensive wired headphones (so definitely not Beats) and proper call-centre headsets -- a £10 tax to Apple on top of the £120 is just taking the piss.

But this nicely sums up Apple. Their market's now millenials and hipsters with fashionable tat passing off as innovative tech. That 'watch' says it all where the strap's worth more than the bit in the middle.

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Wibble
Mushroom

Apple phone prices have rocketed!

Seen the difference between an iPhone 6s 128GB at £699 and the 'new' iPhone 7 at £819...

Not a lot for your extra £120 quids.

Maybe it's more expensive because of the scarcity of innovation. And no headphone socket.

Just like their OS "updates". Nothing to see, move on...

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Apple iPhone 7 launch hysteria? Not in Viking land

Wibble

Re: Once maybe

"They're the kind of sad losers whose self worth and validation is tied in to owning the latest trendy gadgets. A lot of them probably still live with their parents."

Not sure the iPhone is trendy any longer. It is a lot more expensive than the previous version though - maybe because that scarce resource "innovation" is missing, just like the headphone socket. Even shiny black was available on the iPhone 3

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

Wibble

Re: Norway should declare war on Facebook

Wonder if FB pays any tax in Norway -- given it's not part of the EU?

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

Wibble

IE's nowhere near that figure. Safari's much more - just look at your iOS stats.

Probably something around 50% chrome, 30% Safari (which is mainly iOS) and 10% IE

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

Wibble
Windows

Re: A lonely voice pissing in the wind.

Hubris driven by Narcissism.

There's little doubt that there *is* a use for FB; it's an amazing platform for arranging events and selling things (e.g. like eBay without the fees). However, the cost of using FB is way way too high which overrides the benefits.

Costs include the constant vapid drivel; the endless tracking; hours spent looking at cat videos; and the knowledge that you'll never get this time back. Says he commenting on El Reg...

And they're lying bastards. "We need to know your real details to protect your "friends"". Why don't you pay *me* for reading your shite.

I feel like I went into the opium den and had a lucky escape. Life without FB is good.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

Wibble

I've got a 5 year old 17" Macbook Pro which I will need to replace in the next year or three.

My problem is this: I have fitted a 2TB SSD and 16GB of RAM. The top-of-the-range MBPs have less storage and the same RAM. That's in 5 years.

Also screens are smaller, shinier (don't like reflections); I can't change the SSDs for more space (or remove it if it goes in for repair); they don't have network connections (I know that WiFi is prevalent, but not if security's an issue); they've lost the DVD (useful for watching DVDs whilst on holiday, plus work stuff!)

So what do they have. Thinner machines -- was that a problem? Higher resolution screens are nice.

It's a whole pile of meh. Hence there's no rush to upgrade.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Wibble
Mushroom

Block bootstap bloat

These endless bloated bootstrap websites that run huge JavaScript libraries and monster images which aren't optimised would be a start. Whatever happened to svelte programming?

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Wibble

Re: Unfamiliar name

What is this Windows 10 of which you speak?

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

Wibble
Unhappy

Innovation changes the game; innovation is not incremental technological development

So, lets get this right. There's like this screen thing which is really good (i.e. the retina screens fitted to all iPhones for the last several years), and the "innovation" is fitting a screen which is really good, but three microns thinner.

Shirley innovation is developing a truly 3D experience. Or one which at least emits light outside of our visual range. Or something *innovative*. Just incrementally enhancing a screen to be "a bit better" isn't innovative.

Innovation is somewhat intangible. Innovation in this context is something that's game changing and the whole market follows. The original iPhone was staggeringly innovative. Never before had we seen the gestures or such a simple interface. It was an utter game changer as copied by all subsequent manufacturers. It was so innovative that it immediately lent itself to the tablet market from which an entire industry was born.

The fingerprint reading home button. That's innovation. (and you can easily use proper strong pass phrases as opposed to 9999 numbers which everyone can see you enter)

The current incarnations of iPhones are just plain "meh". Slightly bigger. Yawn. Slightly thinner. Yawn. Slightly better camera. Yawn. Slightly more breaky in your pocket as a result of this "innovation", yeah right. No doubt the next one will be a screen that goes to the edge which you can't grip tightly.

And the watch... What's the point of a watch that can't stay permanently attached to your wrist no matter what you do? Oh, leave it in the swimming pool locker or on the beach to be stolen... You want to use it to log your swimming exercise, water temperature, etc., but you can't. You couldn't take it camping or hiking as the battery's too small. That's the definition of a fashionable trinklet.

Agreed, it's early days for the watch, but it's nowhere near as innovative or game changing as the original iPhone or iPad.

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Wibble

Can we have some innovation please Apple

The iPhone was innovation at its best.

The iPad was moderately innovative - lets face it it's fundimentally just a big iPhone - but it did spawn a whole new market which never existed before (Windows tablets were cack at the time).

The watch is innovative in that it's never been done before, but what's the point of a watch that's not waterproof and needs recharging daily? It seems to be a bit of a poseur's trinket rather than genuinely useful.

The Mac's are now dull. Little innovation going on except for making them more proprietary than ever. Making them thinner isn't necessary nor innovative. Still need to change SSDs periodically, such as when flogging the thing, but Apple has this locked up.

The Apple telly thing is just getting you to pay for downloading more Apple stuff and locks you in to their expensive tunes/store. It's also up against Amazon's stuff which is cheaper.

Lets hope that Apple are about to sort out in-car infotainment systems - 'cos the car manufacturers are making a hash of it. Lots of innovation there and a high-value market.

On the whole Apple's getting a bit "meh".

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

Wibble

"reformed EU"

Which choice -- in or out -- will hasten that reform?

Business, especially large multi-nationals, hate uncertainty.

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Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

Wibble
Facepalm

Re: 30%...

They're the 30% of customers who had a DR solution in place?

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

Wibble
Mushroom

I call that 123 bollocks.

There's no way on earth that they have 115 THOUSAND SERVERS. At 42 servers per rack, that's 2740 full height racks - if you can get 50 racks in a double-decker bus, then you'd need 55 London buses, consuming the floor space of three micro-Wales. They are talking about VPS'

The 67 SERVERS would be the things they ran this untested script on. With each one hosting, [finger in the air] 20 VPS', this would be 1200 VPS's deleted.

Which is why I personally know of three different VPS' -- including my WIP dev VPS -- which has been deleted.

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

Wibble
Childcatcher

Re: Saddo!

> Is your mac over 5 years old?

Yes... It's used daily for development running multiple VMs, has loads of music, etc. So why no upgrade...?

Partly because the current Macs are not upgradable and full of proprietary SSDs and the memory's not upgradable.

Partly because the performance of a 5 year old MacBook Pro with discs replaced with a 2TB SSD, is not far off of a current MBP.

Partly because there's no need to update as it works fine.

Partly because you can't get 17" MBPs.

Partly because there's no need to splaff £2500 on a new MBP with only marginal benefits. To be fair, the old machine would still fetch well over £1000 on eBay.

etc, etc, etc.

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Oracle's website, social media to wear sandwich board of shame over Java SE insecurity

Wibble
Holmes

> Until the infatuation with java stops in the offices of consumer industry, we will lug that millstone around with naught to do but complain.

And the alternative to Java for embedded systems is....?

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Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

Wibble

The servers may be up...

But the databases (our database anyway) was taken roughly from behind.

Still, it's sooo useful to discover that the backups weren't any good. Will it ever come back to life...?

Arse. Feck. Nuns.

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So, GDS saved Brits £1.7bn through 'digital transformation'. Sure about that?

Wibble

Save here, loose there...

Given the amount of work that's gone abroad to the lowest bidders who just say yes, there must be quite a drop in tax paid by UK contractors who've been replaced with Jonny foreigner.

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Wibble
Gimp

Re: MSFT is cooking with gas

Hmm, Werd version 1 was released in 1990 or thereabouts. MS released office 4.2 around 1994, which was one of the better versions.

So that makes the office suite around 25 years old and it predates the internet FFS.

What's the next version going to be called - Office Davros? Lets have some regeneration added, yeah, have some glowing gold buttons, that should do it.

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Wibble
Facepalm

Why so few new features?

Could it be that the codebase is a horrid mess of antiquated code with hack upon hack and that the only things they can mess with are the front-end and bolt on more bloat?

It's staggering how each office version seems to do things slower than previous versions and that they've got away with this for so long.

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Wibble

Re: A few things are needed to make Office great again

Office 2011 for the Mac runs... no.. walks... no.. crawls. It's ludicrously slow. Werd is quick to load the first page of a doc, but then you can't do anything until it's parsed the document, which frequently takes 15 seconds.

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iOS 9 update set to bork 'hundreds of thousands of EU businesses'

Wibble

Re: Hardly a surprise though

My iPhone and car seem to hate each other. It takes three or four goes and frequently a reboot to get the iPone to connect to the car. Then it frequently screws up and goes into gaga mode.

And it's a shite phone. Sometimes wish I had a good old-fashioned Nokia as a phone.

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Microsoft Edges bets on browser-only Skype

Wibble

Hmm, browser extensions that give access to your mic & camera. What could possibly go wrong?

Who's sponsoring this; the NSA?

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

Wibble

Re: Meh

Masters of the Progressive Rock genre: such as Echoes, the 23 minute masterpiece (the track I'd like played at my funeral!). Or the whole of Dark Side of the Moon which should be played in its entirety (maybe Money could be left out). Same with Wish You Were Here.

Later 'Floyd was more rock than prog as the tracks were less groundbreaking which started with the wall, but is really obvious in the Final Cut (a good album, but very different to DSotM).

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Wibble
Mushroom

Re: Theft is indeed theft

Oh, you mean it has everything to do with them stealing my CPU cycles, heating up my computer and therefore costing me more in electricity to display their distracting animated nonsense?

It's nonsense as I refuse to look at it and specifically adblock any new instances and reload the page (if I can be bothered with staying on that site).

Now, why is it that Google's popular? Could it be the benign (i.e. non-distracting) nature of their adverts? Let me look at Yahoo!!! for a moment just to check.... Aarrgghhh, my retinas are bleeding, that's hideous!

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

Wibble

Re: Dr Who vs. the writers?

Ugh, Jenna-Louise Coleman. IMHO easily the worst companion ever. Poorly cast and just poorly acted. I'd even prefer Ace to that wooden "impossible gurl". Struth, K9 has more feeling.

For me the best companion was Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane). Something about her.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

Wibble
Alert

Obfuscation is the name of the game

Sure, you can (allegedly) turn off the data harvesting, but first you've got to find out how. Microsoft aren't going to help you in any way or highlight how much they're taking.

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

Wibble

> Adobe paid a lot of money to acquire Macromedia.

And they've slowly binned most of Macromedia's good bits to eliminate the competition. Like Fireworks. Dreamweaver's hardly had any updates, ColdFusion, etc... Flash had it's good points, but needed some real effort put into security and performance. Now it's too late as other technologies have replaced it.

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

Wibble
WTF?

Re: Unlike Android

http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT1222

Granted that this really does show a *lot* of security updates, it's sad to see that they only bang on about the Apple music application. Most of those "issues" I "fixed" by installing Ecoute. The Apple music application formerly known as iTunes truly sucks donkey balls.

iOS 8.4.1

This release includes improvements and fixes to Apple Music.

• Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library

• Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only

• Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren't any playlists to choose from

• Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices

• Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect

• Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn't work as expected while listening to Beats 1

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT1222

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Wibble

Like that pointless ribbon

That screen real-estate hogging ribbon is another example. Bloody clutter for no good reason.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

Wibble
Paris Hilton

Another white van, how appropriate

it appears to be missing the signage from the side. After all it's the size of a transit van.

Maybe it's me, but every time I see one of those on the road I can't help thinking what tasteless tosser would buy one of those. Obviously they'll sell well in those bastions of sophistication Essex and Cheshire.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

Wibble
Happy

Re: noooooo!!!!

Some more lunchtime reading...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-about-Reading-Railroad-Books/dp/0448421658/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Veet-Men-Hair-Removal-Cream/dp/B000KKNQBK/ref=cm_rdp_product

http://www.amazon.com/Parents-Open-Carry-Brian-Jeffs/dp/1618081012/ref=sr_1_1

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Wibble
Big Brother

Difficult to justify the upgrade expense

I've the last of the 17" MBPs which is now over three years old. I'd normally "upgrade" the machine every three years as it leads a hard life, used for 8 - 10 hours a day. I replaced the disc with a Crucial 1Tb SSD and the thing is very good.

Looking at the benchmarks (http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks), my 3 1/2 year old machine scores 11,000 compared with the latest MBP at 14,800. Sure, that's a nice improvement, but only 25% (and that's not comparing the performance increase an SSD gives the old machine).

So, what would I get from Apple if I paid them their £2600?

Well, no optical drive obviously. Nor would I get a network port. Nor the remote control (I do use this occasionally). I can't change the disc, nor memory (not that this is an issue). The ability to change hard disc is really important to me as I need to periodically update the 'disk' as new hardware is available, but most importantly, I can remove the hard disc if the machine needs to go in for a service -- I could then mount the disc on another machine in the meantime.

I do get a machine that's thinner. Well, thinner than my existing machine which is quite thin enough. I do get a screen that's smaller. Sure, the retina would be nice, but I spend a lot of my working life connected to a thunderbolt display.

In other words, sod all really. Certainly not £2600 for a bunch of grief, plus the issues with disc.

Not impressed. It's obvious that I should wait another year until the new Intel chipset is available before updating.

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NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

Wibble
Gimp

Will it matter?

Won't the NSA just use GCHQ to do their spying for them -- legally?

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

Wibble

Re: too late, I'm already gone...

I was with you there until you mentioned PS4. That's made by Sony who live in the 7th layer of hell along with Adobe. Up against them MS almost appear to be saints.

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