* Posts by Jay 2

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Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

Jay 2

Go and never darken our shores again

As soon as he steps out he should be arrested for jumping bail, then as fast as possible processed for that crime then deported (with a nice stamp in his passport to say don't come back) to wherever... unless the Swedes still want him under a European warrant, then they can have him.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

Jay 2

Re: Office nasty

Put some tape over the phone hook. Phone rings, victim picks up, phone keeps ringing...

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Re: Office nasty

I recall at university sitting in front of a Sun SPARC workstation which suddenly started to play the theme from Mission Impossible, whilst my friends sniggered on the other side of the room.

Slightly later on there were some SPARC IPX (I think), which had floppy drives. Of course that led to a spate of remotely unmounted floppies.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Jay 2

Nah, they're still IT Pimps to me! Who usually have no idea of what they're talking about...

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Motorola cut in half! But still alive, and ready to live again

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FAIL

Hmm, for some reason that rings a bell (ahem). I'm sure somewhere on El Reg I lambasted Moto for naff UI design. Now I'm trying to think which of their products caused such a reaction...

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Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

Jay 2

Re: Can't remember doing 88 mph this morning...

I recall it was the 60 and 66MHz Pentium chips that had the problem. The 75 (which I had) and 90MHz should have been OK.

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There's an epidemic of idiots who can't find power switches

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Re: How not to turn it off and on again

I recall when we got some Sun Ultra 10 workstations from the US (I think). At some point my boss plugged one in, and it was still set at 110v. One loud noise and interesting smell alter it was time to try and make a support call...

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

Jay 2

From reading the headline I had a sneaky feeling it was Strava. I feel sorry for the guy having his bike nicked, but surely as an IT bod he should have been all over the settings for a location/social-based website?

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

Jay 2
Unhappy

Re: Doctor Who: stuck in a chronic domestication loop ..

The problems for (older, like myself) fans from the original era are, I believe, as follows:

1) We don't give a shit about the domestic arrangements of the various companions. If we wanted to watch a soap, we'd choose from the many available.

2) Why must everything now seemingly come down to an almost constant will-they/won't-they between The Doctor and his young female companion?

3) For a vechicle that can go anywhere in space and time, the TARDIS does seem to return to (South) London a lot. A lot of the time to deal with #1 or #2 it seems. I was never a fan of the 3rd Doctor being stuck on Earth, bring back the randomiser!

It's probably us older fans which are the problem to be honest. What we'd really like is something like the original series, with a bit of a lick of paint and slightly less shoddy effects. But that ship has long sailed, and I don't think it's coming back. We're probably better off watching our copies of the old stuff instead.

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

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Pint

Fantastic!

Great episode from the annals of mission control!

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

Jay 2

My old MacPro lasted 6 years before I sold it on, one main reason it went was that even though it was able to run the lastest MacOS, many features wheren't supported by the hardware. Before that I'd usually replace Windows PCs evevery 3 years or so.

Slightly more on-topic my wife's MacBook (white plastic one) is currently still going at just under 8 years. The case is a bit grubby, it's been through 2 batteries (not helped by Apple's great design decision to allow them to effectvely commit suicide) and it's stuck on 10.7, but it's still very functional. Though it's days are now numbered as she's just picked up a new MacBookPro.

A friend of mine is after a new laptop, and he seems insistant on not buying a Mac even though most of his household is (or will be) Apple-centric and he had a MacBook before. His concerns are cost (fair enough, but I'm sure his contract can take the blow) and how such things fare in a corportate environment nowadays (ie Windows-centric). If not a Mac then at least he's considering a Lenovo, though he's trying to do it on the cheap and get something via eBay. I'm sure we'll be getting complaints in 18 months or so...

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

Jay 2
Unhappy

Re: multiplayer-only

Whilst I am pretty rubbish at FPS, I was thinking of picking this up as it looks and sounds fantastic... and at that point someone told me it was multiplayer only. Whilst I'm not totally against multiplayer, getting my arse handed to me on a plate continuously is not my idea of fun, so at least a single player campaign would give me some fun/VFM.

I guess it's just not to be!

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Happy

And now the leg, eh?

A very quotable film!

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You're right to fear a second dot-com crash, says Intel VC boss

Jay 2

Indeed. Why is it that most IT types (like most of the El Reg readership) can spot that many a dotcom enterprise is doomed to failure (as it's either stupid or has no business plan), but all these bankers and investors can't?

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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Devil

Re: Do you like Phil Collins?

Patrick, is that you? Please put down the axe...

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

Jay 2

Probably not, as I believe the proper way to do forensic analysis on computery things is to clone the drive as is and use that. So the initial evidence is not tampered with.

Also I could be wrong, but I thought it was writes that SSDs, and the like, are at some point limited on. I'm under the impression that reads are fine.

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Activision to buy Candy Crush developer King

Jay 2

Your post pretty much sums up what I was thinking. We've all seen some of the bigger (indy?) mobile games companies find it very hard to follow on from a successful game (or series).

My initial thoughts on seeing the BBC headline of "Candy Crush firm bought for $5.9bn" were; I bet the current owners are happy with that and who on earth would buy them?

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Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again

Jay 2

Re: The cars can't run without the computer systems??

Indeed. Back in 2002 I was at Donington Park at a historic meeting where some enterprising types had got themselves Damon Hill's Arrows (F)A-18 from 1997. Unfortunately they were having a few problems getting the thing started. The engine cover was off, a laptop was connected to the car, and I recall people looking through a several inch thick manual...

Unfortunately it didn't run at all that weekend, but I do know that it has been up and running in the past year or so.

All this is completely at odds with a large selection of 1960-80s F1 cars where many a time it's not too far off a Cosworth DFV and Hewland 'box attached to a tub, which is a lot easier to get started and maintain.

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Netgear prodded into patching SOHOpeless broadband router

Jay 2

Re: No surprise with Netgear

2 years ago I attempted to replace my clunky old DG834Gv4 with first an DGND4000 then a D6200. Both went back as the firmware was bugged; WiFi would cut out if no wired device was on. Netgear support confirmed it was a bug, and suggested I roll back to a US-only firmware. When I pointed out I was in the UK, he suggested I send it back for a replacement... even though it would have the same buggy firmware.

So after over 10 years of Netgear products, I jumped ship to Linksys and an X3500. That too had buggy firmware, but at least they eventually fixed it. Though the front end is just horrible. So when that goes I'll have to look elsewhere, maybe something that can run DD-WRT/OpenWRT.

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BLABBERGEDDON BEGINS! Twitter lays off 8% of its workforce

Jay 2

Much as I find Twitter useful from time to time, but obligatory ads/sponsoring aside I have no idea how it's meant to make any money. So this sort of thing isn't a surprise. And it's only going to get worse as all those suckers, sorry, investors, demand some return...

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Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

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Re: Sparc?

Loads of Dell kit in our server rooms, not had too many problems with them. Though since acquiring a product from our parent company there's loads of HP abou now too.

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Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

Jay 2

Bugger, I thought LastPass sounded a bit familiar. Hmm, annoying as I really like Xmarks as it manages to tie up multiple browsers on multiple platforms (with only the odd problem).

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

Jay 2
FAIL

To me most of that was just pure hipster wankery. Pre-rusted lights, WTF!? I had to laugh at the crappy lamp thing due to "They couldn't turn it on at 100% Design because the cable was too short to reach the socket".

Would you like to buy our lamp? Can I see what is does? No, we're fucking idiots...

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Sino the times, as Microsoft makes Baidu default search engine in China

Jay 2
Facepalm

Makes me think the following, even if it's not true

Bing, the search engine so shit even the company that created it thinks you should use something else.

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Things you should know about the hard work of home working

Jay 2

I'm a sys admin. At the moment I can ask nicely to WFH if needs be, like I have to wait in for a delivery or some such. I can use VMWare Horizons, Citrix or VPN to connect to VM/PC at work, and I have a VoIP phone with headset that I can log in to. I've got a fairly comfortable chair and something that may pass for a desk. On some days people from other departments don't even realise I'm not in the office. The biggest down side to me is that the expectation that I can cover 0630-1700 as I'm not commuting when my normal work hours are 0800-1600.

Last year I was WFH for about 3 months after I broke a few bones and was housebound. For half of that I ended up doing quite a few hours as moving was a bit of a chore (arm in sling and crutches!). The flip side was at least it gave me something to do, otherwise I really would have gone stir crazy!

Overall I'm happy I can WFH when required and I have a suitable environment to do so. Though overall I still prefer being in the office more often than not.

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

Jay 2

Not the only app having Bluetooth problems

Bluetooth problems eh? After upgrading to iOS 9, the app that calibrates my Wahoo KICKR (bike trainer thingy) bombs out whilst trying to talk to said trainer via Bluetooth.

Obviously Apple have made some sort of change regarding Bluetooth and some peeps either haven't been reading the release notes (or whatever), or their suitable apps are still awaiting release. Either way, makes you wonder what they've been up to during the beta.

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 2

Jay 2

Re: Those wishing to learn VI…

Yep. It was drummed into me a l-o-n-g time ago that the only editor you can rely on being available in a UNIX distro (as it was back then) is vi.

Things may have moved on quite a bit since then regarding UNIX/Linux, but vi, or more likely vim nowadays, continues. Like a post apocalyptic cockroach.

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Man given positive pregnancy test in an Apple Watch box

Jay 2
Paris Hilton

iThings and bodily fluids?

After reading the headline, I thought it would be about the same thing as a bit of news from the BBC yesterday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-34269517

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Lessig to NZ court: Dotcom charges would fail in the US

Jay 2

Whilst I'm not particularly impressed with the dodgy methods used by US and NZ governments in this case, Herr Dotcom has not exactly helped himself with his actions either recently, or in the past for that matter. I'm wondering if he's as much as a publicity whore as the World's most famous Ecuadorian houseguest.

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Attempted bank robber demands cash transfer ... to his own account

Jay 2

Re: "his intention all along was to go to prison?"

Whilst it is true that tellers are behind toughened glass etc, many banks nowadays have various bods lurking in the foyer/lobby to try and help/flog you stuff. In some cases they'll have access to a terminal/PC/whatev which could do an electronic transfer.

Though as pointed out (above) in this case, there was a screen involved.

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

Jay 2

My fave was Tom Baker (funnily enough watched The Android Invasion and The Brain of Morbius over the weekend) as he was the incumbant Who during my youth. So he is the benchmark for me. I didn't mind Peter Davidson but admittedly I didn't see much of Colin Baker (who I voted for) and Sylvester McCoy.

Going backwards I wasn't a great fan of Jon Pertwee because he was stuck on Earth (booring) and because I was constantly reminded of Worzel Gummage! I haven't seen too much of William Hartnell or Patrick Troughton.

Of the reboots, I don't have too many complains about the Doctors themselves (not sure about Matt Smith though), but it's the companions and how they're written in that generally have spoiled it for me. I refused to watch the series when Catherine Tate was in it. For me there's too much touchy-feely/will-they-won't-they stuff going on, and as other commentards have pointed out, this is meant to be about Dr Who, not about the domestic lives of his companions. Also if you have a craft that can pretty much go anywhere in time and space, why does the TARDIS seem to keep going back to South London?

I probably will watch the new series, but I can't say I'm overly excited about it. I just wish we could go back to companions being just that, and not some sort of love interest.

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As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

Jay 2

I suspect a combo of these things:

1) New, well evolutionary, iThingies now appear almost as regular as clockwork every year

2) Apple stock may be overpriced to begin with (like many tech stocks)

3) Idiots on Wall Street etc who think that Apple will not only be bringing out super duper unthinkable gadgets every year, but will also continue to make more profit every year. These are the same people who invest in shit like FB and Twitter etc when there are loads of users/customers/suckers, but not so much in the way of making money.

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No, Siri – I said PAWN stars! New Apple TV gets voice, touch control

Jay 2

I've got a few fruity products in my house, but the previous Apple TVs were always a bit too locked down for my tates. I'm under the impression (I may be wrong) that when to comes to streaming from a NAS they're very finicky about which file formats they accept. Is that (still) true? For that sort of reason I got a WDTV which has pretty much played everthing I've thrown at it. So far the only streaming service apps I've used on it are iPlayer and YouTube.

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'Major' outage at Plusnet borks Brits' browsing, irate folk finger DNS

Jay 2

Didn't notice an outage myself, but I'm pretty sure I've configured my router to use a DNS server each from OpenDNS, PlusNet and Google.

PN are generally OK, though every so often they do mess up big time (storage migration, getting hacked) every few years. Also they're one of the more open ISPs when saying what they're up to and admitting to mistakes they've made.

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

Jay 2
Happy

Looks pretty impressive

I'm not in the market for a 'droid phone, but this does look very nice indeed. In fact my only quibble would be that the microSD slot only supports cards upto 32GB (my musical needs would probably insist on a 128GB).

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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

Jay 2

Maybe all these cost savings will enable HP to sort their shitty website out so I can actually find stuff. I'm getting fed up with having to use Google to search their site. Also very annoying is the amount of dead links or empty pages when trying to navigate their support site for firmware etc.

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That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

Jay 2
Mushroom

Ironic as BT and AT&T did like each other once...

Once upon a time, well probably about 1999, BT and AT&T (that's the old proper one, not the new at&t) did actually form an alliance. The plan was that they wouldn't step on each other's toes in the other's home market, and they would share stuff:

The fount of all knowledge has some info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concert_Communications_Services

At the time I worked for AT&T Communications (UK) Ltd, which was a proper UK-based telco. Of course no-one had even warned us of this tie-up, so in one foul swoop of a press conference/release we all realised our days were numbered. I left soon after and what was left was flogged off to Viatel and/or Global Crossing I recall.

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Pure Storage's 'disingenuous' financial figures still out there

Jay 2

"Pure couldn't say anything about the disparity because it was technically in a quiet period following its S1 filing and would break the law if it said anything".

Hmm, convinient. Having just had some Pure storage rock up recently, I'm taking a bit more of an interest in their activities.

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A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

Jay 2
Mushroom

Robot spiders?

I would say burn them with fire, but they'll probably survive that. So nuke them for orbit, just to be sure...

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

Jay 2

I have (not so fond) memories of carting round the HUGE 21" HP CRTs (boxed or not) that came with the (relatively svelte) HP 712 workstatons.

When unboxed the trick was to have the screen against your chest, wrap your arms round the back of the tube and then stagger where you had to go using momentum. I could just about get one off a desk, into the lift, up a floor or two and then onto another desk all in one go.

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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

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Happy

Synology 214 may be old but...

...you used to be able to get a 214+ which was the trusty 2 bay chassis, but with the zippier insides of the bigger 414, Obvioulsy that would cost a bit more. It would appear that the 214+ has been replaced by the 215+.

Originally I had a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo (v1 - the SPARC one), which was pretty good. My brother then got a Duo v2 (the AMD one), on which Netgear had dumbed down the interface something chronic. He then moved from that to a Synology 414, and when I saw what that could do (with all the phone apps etc) I was impressed. So much so that I went out and got a 214+, as I always like a bit of oompoh so the 214 was out and I didn't need the 214play as I'd no need for transcoding for Apple devices and the like.

My 214+ does everything I want it to and is very easy to use. My only useful pointer would be to make sure you specify proper RAID1 and not their Synology Hybrid RAID bastardisation, which seems to be too cleaver for its own good on a 2 disk NAS.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

Jay 2

Re: Maths != IT

Agreed. Fortunately for me my CompSci degree at Aston Uni was one of the few which didn't require A-Level maths. There was some maths, sorry Modelling And Simulation, in the course but I managed to scrape through.

Meanwhile in the 20-odd years since as a sys admin, I don't think the lack of (A-Level) maths has hindered me any.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Happy

I was very late to the party, finally moving from my Spectrum+ to an A600 in late 1992. A few of my friends had A500s, so I knew enough to be dangerous. Unfortunately I had just started university and the Amiga didn't come with me, so I didn't get too much use out of it (my brother probably got a lot more!). I don't think I missed it too much and due to the march of time by 1995 I'd got myself a PC with a P75.

I did love playing flightsims on the Amiga though. F/A-18, F29 Retaliator, F-19 Stealth Fighter. Oh and how could I forget Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix! Ah, happy days!

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Jay 2

The dress code here (Financial type place in the City) for blokes is trousers, shirt, shoes. Some people wear suit and tie, but there's no need for that. On Friday we're allowed to wear jeans, if we give £2 to the charity of the week.

So far so good. But after a while we started getting lots of emails from HR regarding the dress policy on Fridays outlining what is not acceptable. It would appear that what they really want is for us to still wear shirts (no polo shirts) and shoes (no trainers) and just replace the trousers with jeans. As a result a lot of people don't bother and so the take is lower. At one point it even propmted our invisible CEO who we never hear from to write an email about how we should be giving money to charity. Most of us were thinking if he was going to commit some ASCII then maybe telling us what the business was up to would have been a better topic...

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

Jay 2

Re: OS X

Not a great fan of the keyboards, but I can live with them. The Mighty Mouse was OK, but the (top) trackball would eventually clog up and as it's a sealed unit sorting out a proper long-lasting fix wasn't on the cards. I also used a Magic Mouse for a while. It was sort-of OK once I'd installed Magic Prefs, but I found that you really have to have your fingertips right at the edge of the mouse for clicks to be picked up properly. And then there's the fact you need to keep replacing the batteries. So now I just use an old 5-button Microsoft mouse...

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How to keep track of your flexible workers

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Happy

I have the ability to work from home (and did for 3 months last year after breaking a few bones) but generally prefer being in the office. Mainly as I can talk to other colleagues and I have a lot more screen real estate. I've become so used to having multiple monitors, then being stuck with one at home can lead to a rather cluttered desktop.

My main weapon of choice is whatever VMWare call their remote client nowadays (Horizon?) which will allow me to connect from my Mac (or iPad) to either a dedicated VM or my own PC back in the office. I also have a VoIP handset which connects back to the office securely.

Once logged into everything then in some cases people won't even notice that I'm not in the office. Not sure if that's good or bad. But this setup has also proven useful for out-of-hours work (both of the scheduled and near disaster type).

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

Jay 2

So first we had Windows 8 which was meant to be all things to all devices, but what we actually got was three different OS in Windows 8 (x86/x64), Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT (8). Now it would appear that they're really serious in having Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile being more-or-less the same thing.

All well and good, but why? People may complain about MacOS X being dumbed down, but it's still separate from iOS. And whilst Android and Chromium both have some Linux lurking deep within, they're both separate. You see Microsoft, best tool for the job, not some one-size-will-fit-all sledgehammer. You would have thought the TIFKAM mess on Windows 8 might have given them a buit of a clue...

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Jay 2

Re: A Unified Experience

"The ideal solution might be for Microsoft to shut down, come back anew, without the baggage of the past"

Haven't they already tried that?

1) Windows CE - Windows Mobile 6.5

2) Windows Phone 7.x - Windows Phone 8.x

3) Windows 10 Mobile

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

Jay 2

They'll probably need robot cyclists and pedestrians to test it all properly...

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

Jay 2
Meh

"The idea that compensation should accompany any format-shifting exception is based on the idea that the producer sells fewer copies. Not that many fewer copies, but fewer all the same."

In a perfect world where you either buy a CD and rip or just buy digital (and there is no piracy), this is bollocks. Yes, so OK we don't live in a perfect world. This reminds me of some countries that impose a levy on blank media, because it may be used to illegally copy stuff. But you could say, well if I'm having to pay extra to cover piracy then I've paid my debt to the big publishers and can download/share what I want. Obviously the fly in the ointment there is that we don't know if whoever collects the levy even gives it to the publishers, and even if they did how do you work out who gets what?

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