* Posts by Wibble

624 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009

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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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Wibble
Windows

What's changed in the last few years?

Win 10 is an incremental improvement on Win 7, unlike the tosh that was W8. Hardware's incrementally improving, but there's no great leaps in performance as per the multi-core changes of a few years ago. New features such as touch screens (on desktops & laptops) aren't gaining traction.

There's competition now from tablets & phones on the domestic space which wasn't there before.

So it's boring. No compelling reason to update desktops or laptops and it's hardly surprising that the market's flat or falling.

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

Wibble

All software patents should be outlawed. They're completely inappropriate for patent protection. Copyright maybe, but not patents.

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

Wibble

Re: But will they pay for access?

So they can use the "free" WiFi and not bother installing/upgrading their base station.

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Wibble

But will they pay for access?

So EE will just use the WiFi network to make the call. But will they pay for using that bandwidth? Will they discount the call? Of course not.

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

Wibble
Mushroom

If you've nothing to hide...

... as the world has given up on any semblance of privacy by allowing tracking (phones), network analysis (social networking, phone usage), personal interests (Amazon, et al), audio monitoring (siri, et al), video monitoring (xbox, Samsung, etc)....

It will all ends in tears I tell ye...

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

Wibble
Flame

Awful screen

The cover/first photo shows the awful washed-out screen reflecting everything around it. Would hate to have to use that on a daily basis.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

Wibble

Unclear

I can't quite make out what you're saying here. The first 128 bytes (4096 bits) are encrypted, then the rest of the file left in the clear. Bad.

Using XOR is secure, provided the mask is "random". That technique has been used forever. Good (or OK), depending on the mask.

Not sure where the AES128 comes in.

Sounds like a bug in the encryption. Bad, very bad.

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

Wibble
Gimp

Fork of IE?

The only fork I would lift for any IE would be the one to dig the 6 foot hole in the ground to bury the code.

I would have expected that the mess of code in IE is the last thing you want to port. If they did use this code, then we can face years of stupid errors rearing their ugly heads over and over again.

We all need IE. Once. To download a proper browser.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

Wibble

Re: Mac vs Windows laptops?

> If it's Windows software you are developing then the Mac generally sucks.

Yeah, right. You put the Windows in a VM and develop on that. You can have several VMs for different scenarios (like all the poxy IEs). All the development VMs can be copied from a single installation which you remove all the Windows shite. Even Microsoft ships pre-built VMs for testing IEs on websites (I downloaded the set of three the other day: IE9, 10, 11 on Win7. And as the Windows isn't going to be used for anything other than development, you don't need all the AV shite, orofice, or any of the other CPU-hogging cack that comes with Windows.

If, as *I* inferred from the OP, you are developing Java or J2EE, then a Mac makes for a really nice environment. Eclipse works well along with Maven and all the other development tools which are ported to a Mac environment. OK, there's no Tortoise port, so you end up using Versions or suchlike.

It's as simple as this: the majority of all "enterprise" developers I know use Macs. Admittedly I happen to know a lot of freelancers, consultants and contractors, but the fact stands.

So what's the alternative to a Mac... A horrid plastic laptop with letterbox-sized washed out screen running Windos. Haven't you got any pride in yourself man? A plumber's toolkit costs many times more than a Mac...

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Wibble
Mushroom

It's not expensive

As has been said, look at the MBA with other laptops on a like-for-like basis and you're unlikely to find anything cheaper. And you don't have to put up with that Windows mess.

Oh, and don't forget to add your "anti virus" subscriptions and an asbestos mat to protect your lap from the gnad-cooking Windows laptop...

Arrgghhh, you've got me going now... Why is it that all windows laptops try to look like Apple laptops, but fail in virtually ever way: nasty plastic cases that flex and creak, massive power bricks, washed-out screens that are utter shite, pathetic letter-box format aspect ratios which prevent you from working, keyboards that have useless keypads so your hands are permanently offset to the left, pathetic piddly little trackpads that don't work, loaded with crapware that's nigh-on impossible to remove, stickers all over the keyboard proclaiming it's a lemon or intel or something, a CPU running at max chat so the fan is permanently on, and that filthy horrible Windows mess that is ridiculously difficult to use...

Now I'm going to have a cold shower...

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

Wibble

Re: Hang on...

Isn't Flash / SWF interpreted? In which case it's the interpreter that needs patching?

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

Wibble

Met office

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Wibble

Re: Interesting counterpoint to all the koolaid

Like the new met office website. Stupid kids pulling the wool over the eyes of the crusty managers.

Result is millions spent and an utterly unusable website.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Wibble

Updates is all that matters...

The biggest issue with IE is it's glacial update cycle. Updates only ever seem to fix the legion security issues and rarely update it's functionality. Compare that with Chrome & Firefox which are updated in pretty much monthly cycles.

Whenever I have to test a site using an IE, it just looks, errm, crap. There's something about the way that IE looks and interacts that makes it look and feel like an unfinished amateur product. Just take the naff way it handles <select> dropdowns with it's script-kiddie JQuery-esque animation. But I suppose this is the same for all of Windows when you compare it to other operating systems.

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

Wibble
Thumb Up

Available as t-shirts?

Where can we get them as a T-Shirt... I'll have the set.

Preferably proceeds to the families...

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

Wibble

Re: Welsh Krautrock, anyone?

What a pity there's no previews available on that site. I like different music, but I'm wary of buying on spec just in case it's crap (IMHO)!

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

Wibble

What about the Top Gear and Dr Who repeats*. BBC3 is useful for that. Similarly for some specials.

And Bluestone 42

And In The Flesh

*Some of us live in a bandwidth blackspot so can only dream of iPlayer working.

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

Wibble

Re: OK so let me get this straight..

How can caveat emptor apply to people stealing software?

I don't want to claim the moral high ground but it does seem like just desserts...

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

Wibble

Re: No need

You've obviously not applied for a loan recently then. Things have changed 'cos of all the PPI pigeons that came home to roost coupled with the new FSA^H^H^H FCA rules that means the bank now need to take -- and fully document -- your whole history regardless of your relationship with the bank. They effectively treat someone walking in off the street in the same way as someone with a 25 year flawless history with that bank.

Madness, utter madness. The pendulum has swung way too far the other way.

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

Wibble
Holmes

Upgraded from iPad v1

The iPad 1 has been left behind on iOS 5, so the move to iOS 8 is interesting; seems like lots of bling and things flying all over the place, thankfully this can be turned down in the Accessibility options (reduce motion). I'm not sure it really is any better than iOS 5; the application switcher is a lot slower and more intrusive.

I don't have a SIM yet; need to get to a shop (yeah, I could order one over the intarwebs, but if you don't use the shops, you'll loose the shops...). The damn thing keeps prompting me to set up a "Cellular data plan", which is just annoying and it seems you can't turn it off.

Without the case it's too slippery to hold. Wasn't impressed with Apple who shipped the case & iPad separately a couple of days later. The iPad leather case doesn't fold particularly well as there's only 2 folds and it slips flat if you nudge it (the iPad 1 case is much more effective).

All in all, it's a much faster and less crashy than the iPad 1, but pretty much does the same thing -- and still crashes when browsing. It's a little lighter (600gms over 880gms), but so what. The screen's a bit better being retina, but the screen on the iPad 1 was very good. To be honest, the iPad 5 (aka Air 2) is an incremental upgrade.

Disappointed that it still crashes, also I'm not overly enamoured with iOS 8 - seems like they've replaced skuomorphism with irritating popups.

The 'killer feature' and main reason for the upgrade is the Touch ID which means I can use a much stronger password.

7 / 10

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

Wibble
Unhappy

Clara the teenager

To move from the quite strong plot of "The Impossible Girl" to this mush is quite frustrating. Clara's supposed to be strong and clever (c.f. The Impossible Girl), but it's seems she's regressing to become an irrational teenager, vis the boyfriend nonsense.

We're now mid-way through this series and it still feels like it hasn't started yet.

It would be good to see Clara spun off to a C-Beebies sub-series and leave The Doctor to get on with it.

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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

Wibble

What is a One Dimension concert?

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

Wibble

Re: ...

> The Impossible Girl

Odd how the Impossible Girl story line went OK, probably as it was a strong enough story to paper over the cracks underlying the Clara character. Sassy becomes downright annoying.

Now it's painful. Almost like there's a petulant teenager as a companion. Which is just plain odd as it doesn't suit the new doctor at all. Would work better with a more Donna-like character. Or Frank Skinner!

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

Wibble
Holmes

Re: Yes

Curious: what's your alternative for work* based electronic communication?

* If you don't work then you deserve all your downvotes

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

Wibble
Holmes

Now recover their expenses from the Patent Office?

One would think that logically the Patent Office is at fault for issuing such a trivial patent in the first place. Shirley Rackspace could make a case for recovering their legal expenses from the US Patent Office as it's their "incompetence" which lead to this case being brought in the first case?

Maybe then the Patent Office might actually reject more "patents" at source.

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

Wibble

Is that the IE box model commonly known as the "broken box model"?

Whatever; the fact was that MS decided to ignore the standards.

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Wibble

Re: IDEs

So IE users use edlin?

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

Wibble

Re: Purgatory

Looks like the MS fanbois -- or PR twonks -- are out in force with their downvoting...

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Wibble
Mushroom

Purgatory

Microsoft should be forced to maintain these browsers in perpetuity as a penance for foisting such utterly appalling code on the world. And they should all wear hair shirts for two days a week.

As an alternative, their company is condemned to insignificance. Seems to be their current strategy.

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One in 12 Tweeps are bots

Wibble

Re: A plague of bots

> I run a large club, and we use a mostly automated feed to remind people of the events we organise

Why not simply email them?

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Wibble

Tried it once, didn't like it

I thought it would be great to give twitter a go during the opening ceremony of the Olympics; an excellent opportunity to get the back-chatter to a massive event.

What a load of utter crap. Spammers a spamming; so much off-topic nonsense. Worse of all was all the PR twonks pushing their client du jour (in this case something called one dimension - I believe it's some form of exploitation of children).

Since then I've never found an urge to waste more time.

And I'm posting here. Hmm.

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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

Wibble

Re: Outbid!

Is that related to Bulgarian Airbags perchance?

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

Wibble

Re: Broadcast TV is a dinosaur

Please, do explain what you're talking about...

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Wibble

Use iPlayer...

I'd love to use iPlayer, but I live in central Sussex where Bastard Telecom can't be arsed to install fast broadband - I get 1M bit/sec (or 130KB).

So I'm stuck with using the catchup channels.

BTW I'd forgotten that there were shopping channels, etc. I retuned at switchover then set up my favourite 30 or so channels and have never missed the dross.

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Wibble

Re: Gigabit fibre optic broadband

If we valued the future we should do both: fibre everywhere and transport infrastructure. That's what the Victorians would have done.

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AWS hell no: Can Microsoft Azure sales beat Amazon's cloud?

Wibble

Loadsa AC's in here...

Strange to see so many people posting AC, especially when extolling one particular viewpoint.

Nice to see Trevor feet-first in the mêlée!

It's good to see some people with experience of using Azure counterbalancing the AC's.

Are there a lot of people posting from Reading?

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Experts gathered round corpse of PC market: It's ALIVE! Alive, we tell you

Wibble

Must give him/her some credit for using capital letters and avoiding s2pid abbreviations.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

Wibble

Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?

Totally agree.

My iPad 1 with 64GB runs pretty much all I need. I'd like to upgrade, but the later iPad versions don't offer anything substantially different from what I've got. Sure, they're lighter, faster, better screen, but nothing *trully* compelling.

If the next iPad has the fingerprint sensor, that might make it worth the upgrade, but it's still an awful lot of dosh for fundamentally incremental improvements.

Quite frankly, it's the same for the MacBook Pro. I've a three year old 17" one and the latest versions have no compelling update: the CPUs are a few percent faster and the screens are great, but counteract that with the smaller screen (17" vs 15"), they're massively more expensive, they've no built-in DVD reader, you can't upgrade the disc or memory...

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Price cuts, new features coming for Office 365 small biz customers

Wibble

Why update at all?

Office 2003 was the zenith of Office development. All releases since then add little and completely screw usability.

FFS table formatting is still broken; formatting images is painful; it still crashes.

Don't fall for Microsoft's money making scam. You know it's not worth it.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

Wibble

Must . . control . . the . . plebs . . .

Welcome to the free world where you're free to do anything "they" say you can do as long as you ask them first... (or let them spy on you).

Have you got something to hide????

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Wibble

Re: No matter how they approach ....

Just like fixing their bloody websites... Can you do a website for me (I develop them for a living). Yes, but it'll cost you. How much they say. Well, I don't know what you want, but lets say between 10 and 20 days, so somewhere between, lets say £2 to £5k but could be more. Eeek, that's not like the adverts for One and One on the telly.

Yep, please do.

I do get pissed off as they don't do that for their accountants, lawyers, surveyors and other professions, yet they do do this for us "IT" people. FFS we have to defend our reputation for being overpaid geeks...

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Wibble

Re: An Excuse!

I've been plagued by people asking me to sort out their computers for years. But thanks to the nice people in Redmond, that's all stopped now: I have no qualms in declining anything whatsoever to do with Windows 8. "Sorry, I know nothing about it and cannot use it"

I never thought that I'd see a reason for the world using Windows 8 until the nice Mr Dabbs pointed that out. Funny how unintended consequences have positive outcomes.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

Wibble

Re: "Wouldn't use them myself" <> scam

Also... They're a scam because they employ considerable passing off techniques; similar typography and design (much like grocery manufacturers to to market leaders).

If they're morally dubious and adding no value, then they're they're probably scammers.

This is now getting more mainstream coverage in the UK -- for instance Money Box on Radio 4. From what I see of this change to the market-leading web browser -- Chrome -- this is simply going to aid the scammers, so expect a lot more of the "I've been conned" stories in the future.

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It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

Wibble

Re: Power savings

> Anyway, after reading that I'm not sure my PC will have a hard disk for much longer.

I updated my Mac last year with the M500. It was so fast it was like I had a new machine. I love the silence; the reliability, but most of all I love the speed.

Worth every penny. Can't recommend highly enough.

Now if they could hurry up and increase the SSD to 2TB as I want to add another couple of Prog Rock tracks to the file system;-)

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Microsoft beats cloud drum as revenues remain solid but flat

Wibble

@AC - windows stats

> 75% market share of servers, about 90% on desktops - growing rapidly on mobile phones - doesnt seem so in the near future.

That's utter utter bollocks. More servers run Linux than Windows - check out the stats. The desktop is a declining market and few companies would even think of rolling out that W8 turd.

WTF has TIFKAM got to do with anything? Apart from proving Microsoft's pig-headed bombastic approach to customer research.

Are you Scott Forstall? If you are, then well done for killing Microsoft in conjunction with your pal Monkey Boy. I always thought Microsoft's competition would bring it down, not internal politics...

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Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit

Wibble

Re: "maliciously crafted applications can execute arbitrary code outside the sandbox"

Thankfully the 30 spam messages today containing zip files which contain a file ending in .exe don't seem to have any affect. That's the nice thing about Windows attracting all the ner-do-wells; targeting Mac just ain't worth it for them.

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