* Posts by Colin Ritchie

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

Colin Ritchie
Windows

When my Moto G 4G wears out I will by a new one.

I may have to wait some time for my upgrade.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

Colin Ritchie

Happy days.

I lived in Holland for 3 years and loved the uitsmijter from day one. The uitsmijter was traditionally a dish served at the end of an all night party, when the host wanted everyone to go home. Uitsmijter means a chucker outer brekkie.

I ate them as a hangover cure and most hotels, hostels and cafes would happily serve them till 3pm in the afternoon. God bless the uitsmijter!

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: I'm confused

If you are that old, you will also remember:

"Unix for innovation, Mac for productivity, Windows for Solitaire."

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Super!

According to my old History master, the British general public handed in bundles of cash, large enough to choke a horse, when the money was experimentally dropped on them. Some leaving names and addresses at the Police stations in hope of an eventual reward.

Tell that to the youth of today, they won't believe you!

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

No Ferrari Hybrid engines?

With a diesel engine and stop start, I hope Messrs Ferrari and Maserati are considering an electric hybrid version in the future. Green without the mean.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Everything they've done since the Ribbon was terrible.

To get a Degree in Homeopathy, do you have to write a 10,000 word thesis, then submit it with 10,000,000,000 random words for potentisation?

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Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: We can't even think of a word that rhymes.

No, I stopped after only 1 term with no job and a mounting student debt. I calculated I would be about £17000 in the red after 3 years and quit, went and got a job instead. That was 20 years ago, now I study polymer processing in Ireland.

I would have loved to have seen the historical physicists featured in the course, especially as some were right on my doorstep.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

We can't even think of a word that rhymes.

Having studied Physics briefly at Heriot Watt, I was shocked to find out I knew nothing of Maxwell's existence. I used to walk down Heriot Row without even being aware of his birthplace round the corner. The shame!

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Flat six not transverse and missing some wheels.

Unless you have a trailer. :P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Gold_Wing

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Microsoft scrambles to kill Live.fi man-in-the-middle diddle

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Vikings? Sore losers? Nah.

"SSL over HTTP, known as HTTPS, is the most common use of SSL. You may not realize it but you probably use HTTPS daily. Most popular e-mail services and online banking applications rely on HTTPS to ensure that communications between your web browser and their servers in encrypted. If it weren’t for this technology then anybody with a packet sniffer on your network could intercept usernames, passwords, and anything else that would normally be hidden."

The man in the middle attack is designed to steal valuable information by defeating encryption, this allows the recipient of this info to potentially make money out of it.

Microsoft (still the no. 2 brand name in the world according to Forbes) in turn, lose money when their image and operation are damaged by such attacks. Reducing their perceived worth and potentially their market share. This is not a wet dream. I would prefer Windows to be more secure against this form of attack for the sake of its users, not just M$.

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles-tutorials/authentication_and_encryption/Understanding-Man-in-the-Middle-Attacks-ARP-Part4.html

Old news c. 2010 to be precise.

Let's be careful out there. (Hill Street Blues 1981)

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Vikings? Sore losers? Nah.

I hope for M$ sake, that this is coincidence and not just the first cyber longship to pull along side their plump, juicy, cash freighter.

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A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub

Colin Ritchie
Windows

You almost had me packing my bags.

Until you mentioned Genghis the Commie Pinko.

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

Colin Ritchie

Re: Spelling

Metre and litre are SI units from the Metric system, originating in Napoleonic France not Blighty. Sorry m8.

Wanker is spelt like Banker, Tosser and Cricketer, all British origin words.

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: IE5?

"Microsoft released the final version for Mac OS X, version 5.2.3 and a month later on July 11, they released the final version for Mac OS 8 and 9, version 5.1.7." wiki agrees.

I stopped using IE in OS X 10.2, Firefox has always been a better choice with ABP, NoScript and Blur on.

Bulletproof by comparison.

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

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: I don't for a second believe the 'Charlie' murderers were acting as Muslims.

@ Jaygeejay

I think you missed the point. A gun-totting nutter is a gun-totting nutter whatever excuse he gives.

Religion, nationalism, not liking Mondays? The excuse is irrelevant.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

We hit something the size of South London from 10 years away.

This in itself is cause for jubilation.

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/a-size-comparison-of-the-comet-with-popular-sci-fi-spac-1658215585

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

Colin Ritchie
Windows

35 years on and still singing.

This is the best announcement Tim Cook has made as Apple CEO so far.

Brave and fearless boss.

Sing it Tom: http://youtu.be/eLc-bh_DrKw

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

Colin Ritchie
Coat

Facebook's take on it.

"Houston, we have a problem."

"What?"

"Never Mind."

"What's the problem?"

"Nothing."

"Please tell us."

"I'm fine."

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Cans are a very personal choice.

I use Grado SR60i for domestic sounds and Sennheiser PX100 - II foldaways for traveling. Bleats or Bozos are way overpriced for the quality and Apple buds are a pain in the canals imho. Each to their own.

Picking up a pair of Rogers LS6a speakers very soon, they will destroy even some of the most expensive earwarmers.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: This sounds like Windows 8 territory

"Called Launchpad and turned up in OS7."

Called Launcher and first appeared in System 7 about 23 years ago. To be precise.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Docter Who?

Capaldi combines echoes of Hartnell and Pertwee while creating his own irascible persona for the Doctor.

In a post Saville BEEB an older timelord is duty bound to not approve of the hugging.

Liking the chemistry but the scripts need more work I feel.

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: >> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

We discovered that you could shatter shatterproof rulers at about -24ºc with enough sudden force applied with a blunt metal object or a concrete floor and a 50 ft drop. Safety goggles were an after thought but we all survived. :)

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

Thanks for the link Cray, very interesting stuff and a good point from an engineering perspective. I am merely paraphrasing the test shown in the article, the plastic phones bend and break at the same time/force, ergo they don't bend until they break from the point of view of this test.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

Metal bends before it breaks, plastic doesn't. Thin metal is weaker than thick plastic. News at 11!

Materials technology is at its limit when designers insist on thinner, smaller and lighter.

In the bike industry they say "You can have Light, Strong or Cheap. Pick two.".

I chose plastic too, a Moto 4G with rubber back plate. Robust is how you make it.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

In OS X you can have the dock left or right mounted too, it is just at the bottom by default. Like the new Linux flavour, I might even build one one day.

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Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Computer Engineers.

Designing a system's performance within the power limits, how revolutionary. ;)

Grats to the Burgh, well played indeed.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Meeeh

Great backbone, ideas of a jellyfish. FTFY

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Be afraid.

Señor Dabbs, I would get worried if the missus uses the same excuse to research the word cockcage....

"Yes dear, apparently it measures the number of Sales Guys on a single office floor."

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

Colin Ritchie
Windows

BSoAD

Ballmer's instructions are very concise, unfortunately the fame of its familiarity to practically every Windows user in creation is more than a little Pyrrhic.

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

Colin Ritchie
Windows

4G Moto G is the sweet spot.

I have the 4G 4.5" screen Moto G it is the best of both worlds and expandable with up to 32 Gb SD cards.

Love it and it fits in my pocket, only £110 on O2 payg and switching to Giff Gaff to save on the bill. The bigger one has 3G only and doesn't fit my jeans.

No improvement.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: @MacroRodent

Judging by Sinofsky's payout when he left M$, you may find that the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Wordsmith alert!

Spat, the perfect word for a disagreement between punks.

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

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: I bought the last of the non retina range.

Fast is relative, the "crappy" 6 Gbps (not 3 on the 2011+ models, please do your homework properly) interface still gives a much faster boot time and app launch with an SSD over the original HDD.

Note: I am comparing these 2 items in terms of speed relative to each other.

Furthermore I expect to be able to replace/upgrade faulty RAM and HDDs myself, hence my desire for the older design. The lifespans of these machines are greatly increased by replaceable items at low cost.

Our last repair that Applecare picked up the bill for was £750 worth of logic board failure on a 2007 MBP 15, half the original cost of the Macbook.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

I bought the last of the non retina range.

Seeing the way Apple want to lock down all the components now; I bought the non soldered and glued non retina models instead. My mum's one got 8 Gb RAM for £38 and will have a nice fast SSD when the HDD dies. My cousin's MBP 13 will get the same treatment when needed.

The main drawback to the newer kit is, you have to hand it back to Apple for any hardware replacement and Applecare is almost mandatory.

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Break it anyway with ABP, NoScript and DoNotTrackMe.

What M$ ads?

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

Colin Ritchie
Windows

I have a question.

How do MMUs relate to the Windows Registry?

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Can't think why they want to make it more useful.

8.1 million PS 4 buyers versus 4.5 million Xboners, Sony making M$ look unattractive never goes down well.

http://www.statista.com/statistics/268966/total-number-of-game-consoles-sold-worldwide-by-console-type/

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

Colin Ritchie
Windows

These things still sell?

My Motorola Razer V3i from 2004 did all that and more for £36 (secondhand) and folded up so you didn't make calls from yer pocket. 130 million sold, the world's most popular clam shell phone. Hope the 3rd world is ready for such a Nokia game changer.....

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Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada

Colin Ritchie
Windows

I'm wondering if you meant wandering robot?

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Shooting X makes sense to the Win Borg.

Today M$ celebrates ridding the world of one more Android competitor while retaining all the R&D and patents they wanted. Now they just need to buy up and kill Motorola, HTC, Sony and all the other little league Androids to make it a 3 horse race properly. Apple, Samsung, Microsoft choose your masques.

Meanwhile the Moto G 4G continues to frustrate their budget ambitions.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Chaosium over TSR any day.

I played a lot of RPGs, the system I liked best was Chaosium's Runequest, used in many other iterations: Call of Cthuhlu, Stormbringer etc.

Gumshoe, the original game was an awesome concept but not enough people play. Shame.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Go NADs indeed.

I attached my Mac Pro 3,1 to my ancient NAD 3020e via an optical cable and an ARCAM rDAC.

The Rogers LS2a speakers (also venerable) sound fantastic fed this way and I will happily pass the speakers and amp to the next generation when I'm too deaf to enjoy them.

Tell me about this sound bar malarky again, none of them I've heard are a patch on the £250 worth of ebay audio amp & speaker combo above.

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Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Mavericks doesn't need love.

Running Snowy, Mounty and Mavy on 3 different machines, they all do what is needed and run very nicely but Mavericks is the least inspiring of the 3 to use. No noticeable improvements over ML and both had Rosetta removed so Snowy is the winner for backwards compatibility. Why bovver I thought.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Folders in a UI who'da thunk it?

I think the first folder I created on a workbench was in AmigaOS on a 500 about 1988, or maybe an Atari ST, can't remember...

Since then I kinda took it for granted that any Folder based UI would have creatable folders in it.... like all of them.

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: So how does this connect ...

GE's Minigun is for pussies, Goalkeeper is the real deal for swatting undesirables from your personal airspace:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goalkeeper_CIWS

The GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm Gatling gun, as used by the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, was selected for the system. The 30 mm round has a greater mass than the M61 Vulcan used in the Phalanx CIWS, so it provides much greater destructive power with similar muzzle velocity and range.

The system's reaction time to a Mach 2 sea-skimming missile such as the Russian SS-N-22 Sunburn from automatic detection to kill is reported to be 5.5 seconds with the firing synchronized to start the engagement at a range of 1,500 m and ending with a kill at 300 m.

Them Cloggies know the score when it comes to lead curtains.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Hmm Solar Bag.

Sod festivals, that bag is going on my back as my Ninja's new bikelock holder. The No Fear one I have worn to death over 12 years has had it and can't charge my tat either.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: compete with Apple's Siri and Google Now

"why do MS insist on having location turned on for even the most trivial tasks?"

Maybe they think Winphone and Surface owners are so special they have to know where you are at all times. I think we may have to spell special another way here.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

Colin Ritchie
Windows

2 USB ports?

If you wander over to sites with a rear view of the Alpha you will find another 4 USB on the back.

Not as useful as front mounted ones granted.

Having looked at an X51 and its paltry 330w PSU trying to drive an i5 and a GTX660 (it runs dry eventually) I wouldn't recommend a Dellienware to anyone. How the mighty fall.

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Dell bulks up its low end with tablet and convertible updates

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Too many TLAs

Europe, the Middle East and Africa, usually abbreviated as EMEA.

APJ? No idea... Australia, Pacific and Japan possibly?

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