* Posts by jason 7

2724 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: What planet do these people live on?

Yeah that was my point.

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What planet do these people live on?

How can you take on a position of power/responsibility and not have a clue about how the modern world around you actually works?

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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BT Homehubs and Amazon Echo

When that came out about 8 weeks ago it was a major issue on the Amazon Support forum that the BT Hubs wouldn't work with the Echo.

Don't know if that's been fixed.

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CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

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Re: Mint!

My experience has been the exact opposite. I can't give Linux away.

I've told customers they can shave £100 off a box and it will do everything they need but nope, they won't have it. Has to be Windows.

In 8 years of business I've not managed to shift one box with Linux on it.

I have thought of telling them it costs £75 instead of £100 (whatever) as it seems free has a bad image.

I dunno.

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Re: The Big Question

@yepp - Prove it! Where I do find the settings in case I need to switch them on and off.

What if an important item of software triggers one of them and I need to adjust?

I call BS!

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Re: The report forgot to consider these important facts

Exactly, currently DEP on Windows only covers MS Browsers by default.

I set it to everything...then install EMET.

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The Big Question

I have never found an answer.

If MS says Windows 10 has all the EMET protections built in that's all well and good.

But are they switched on by default?

If you take DEP for example (the only one you have any control over) its still set to the same setting as Windows XP days which is 'hardly worth bothering'.

Can the Reg get a statement from MS on this? How and where are they all enabled?

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

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Re: Mars

The biggest issue with the Mars bar was when they changed the hard nougat filling about 20 years ago to that of the inferior Milky Way (the Milky Way then became even more inferior).

It isn't even the same product I remember as a kid, let alone the size of it.

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Re: Major Bloat

"Problem: To move contacts from old Nokia 3310 to a Nokia 6210"

We just used to use the "Move Contacts to SIM" option in the phone.

Again...no need to use Linux.

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Re: Given the success of Amazon’s Echo speaker?

Yes ditto. I got mine on release and whilst I was quite excited...it now just sits as a voice activated digital radio/jukebox.

The UK launch was a bit of a disappointment really. Still cant add Championship football teams to it.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: Bye Bye Apple

But I bet Ive's suggestions and mandate carries more weight in Apple than the technical guys.

"People buy it for the Apple look...not the middle of the road hardware inside it!"

I still reckon Apple would dump the whole Macbook/iMac line if it could.

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Re: Bye Bye Apple

Ive is the problem. His 'design philosophy' is now tired and bankrupt. Apple needs to dump Ive and get some new blood in.

I don't blame Cook, he's not an ideas guy and to be honest neither was Jobs. Ive had the design ideas to begin with but he's been flogging a dead horse now for 5+ years.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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...and a neck beard!

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Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

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Re: new entry level laptops

Yeah on Amazon refurb you can pick up near mint Dell Latitude laptops with Core i5, decent screens and corporate build quality for £250 ish. Slap in some more ram and a SSD and you are still under £400.

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I see these 'stories'..

...of RAM shortages, Flash shortages, storage shortages, panel shortages etc.

And yet...the world continues too turn and supply is fine.

The only one I can remember ever affecting me and others was the HDD flood issue 5 years ago. I think that was mainly due to racketeering and withholding supply for profit.

I would say that the sub £400 laptop market is a nightmare though and has been for several years spec wise. You are better off spending your limited budget on a Chromebook. At least the Chromebook wont have a mega slow 5400rpm HDD in it and might even have a 1080p screen.

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Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC

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I had a tablet...

... a 64GB Playbook I got new for £120 in 2012. I stopped using it in 2014 due to lack of support.

The hardware makes it a great media player still but it sits in a drawer. I have no desire to buy another tablet.

I don't see anywhere near as many iPads in the wild now either.

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

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Re: Your looking at the market wrong

I pick them up for around £80 from the guy next door to me with a fresh clean build already on them. Put them in my car drive to the office and invoice them £180 for each machine.

If they want me to set them up more for their work then I charge extra.

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Re: Your looking at the market wrong

I make at least £100 a box profit.

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Re: Your looking at the market wrong

Yeah it was crazy time from 1993 to around 2005. You could upgrade every 3-4 months and still not have enough power to do what you wanted. I remember one year I upgraded my CPU 5 times! Then the 64bit dual cores arrived and it just nosedived from there. It's now 3-4 years between CPU upgrades.

In fact had SSD's been mainstream back in 2002 say a lot of those CPU upgrades may not have been required as a slow PC wasn't always the CPU.

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Re: Your looking at the market wrong

You know you can tell Tech Journalists that till you are blue in the face but they never learn.

They seem to think that all the PCs bought in 2015 will be thrown out a year later and so on.

I don't know where they get such odd ideas.

I do a roaring trade selling refurb 2012 kit to small businesses. Not many people need powerful or 2016 spec kit to work on Excel and send emails.

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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You know there are plenty silver slim £300 Chromebooks that will do all the Facebook stuff in Starbucks as well as the £1300 Macbook.

I was in the Hoxton at Holborn Hotel as a guest a few months ago and it was full of hipsters all using Macbooks/Pros to mainly look at Facebook and Twitter.

Had they bought a Chromebook they might have been able to buy more than one coffee in the 8 hours they were sat there or even decent broadband at home.

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Amazon certifies third-party refurbishers: How good and new is good as new?

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The thing is a lot of the machines sold through this are corporate/enterprise models that just keep on trucking. Plus spare parts are plentiful due to these models being made in their tens if not hundreds of of thousands.

Not like that daft Sony Vaio laptop with all custom firmware for every component.

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Re: I have bought several Amazon Refurb items.

Through approved Amazon refurb companies. But if this is a more formal version I'm all for it.

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I have bought several Amazon Refurb items.

I have to say I am very impressed with them all so far.

I bought a Mk2 BT Vision PVR that was to all intents and purposes brand new. Still had the clingy film all over it.

Bought 4 Dell i5 Optiplex desktops that were at least 4 years old but looked brand new. Also had SSDs and 8GB of ram for under £300 each!

Bought a Dell Latitude i5 laptop that was a 2012 model and was perfect but for the two thin rubber feet were missing at the front. Again cheap price.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Windows 10

I built a new Intel 5820k box a few months ago with all the bells and whistles and slapped Windows 10 Pro 64 straight on it. All been perfect, not a hitch or a glitch.

I do tweak it up and switch all the App stuff off. I also run Classic Start.

Other than that, really happy with it. Yes I have seen it struggle with some hardware (I'm an IT Support guy) and it's usually stuff that's 8+ years old in the main. Usually with a sympathetic touch it can be made to work smoothly on old kit.

I do however, mandate two things.

1. Switch off Fast Start.

2. Always use a Local account.

Save a lot of hassle. I found out this week that Curry's are charging folks £50 to set them up with a MS account that isn't needed. Terrible!

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Re: Load of bollocks

Strangely most of the people I know that run a Mac or Macbook Pro for anything serious use Windows on it. I often get calls from folks who have just spent £1300+ on a Macbook asking me if I have any 'free Windows licenses'.

The rest would have been better off financially buying a Chromebook to sit looking at Facebook in Starbucks.

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LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

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Been a LG G4 owner since September last year.

Not skipped a beat in all that time. Been smoother experience than my Nexus 4 that it replaced.

Mine is the non US version though.

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No shoes for little Timmy, Mama needs a new 10TB hard drive

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Re: I'm gonna go ahead and...

It is luck of the draw to a degree. In my experience of roving IT Support guy Seagates and Toshiba are the highest fails I've seen. Hence why I don't buy them.

Whenever you post this type of thing you'll get three others stating different experiences.

I still suspect quality tolerances dropped during the floods a few years back to get more product out the door and they never went back up once stocks returned to normal.

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Just a shame...

...they are Seagates.

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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Seen this so many times before.

You get folks that float on a air of positivity (mainly young people...hipsters...those just out of Uni) that think their idea will be totally original, have zero issues, cons, problems, set backs, cock ups etc.

Then there would be me at the back, the guy in his late 30's (now mid 40's) that is classed as 'old school', been there, done that for years and just gets constant eye rolls and teeth sucking noises thrown at him in meetings.

I would be the one that said " Well what if Google does this, that and the other..?" basically outlining all the obstacles as per the article.

Next meeting I wouldn't be on the list and that iceberg ahead would be getting larger and larger.

Oh well, kids eh?!

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GlobalSign screw-up cancels top websites' HTTPS certificates

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Had a customer...

with this issue yesterday afternoon on several sites.

Working fine now as of Friday morning.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Well come to Norwich then...

"f Venice can manage without cars...."

Have you ever been to Venice*? Doing anything other than wandering around as a tourist is a logistical nightmare. Whilst you do have the canals to get heavy stuff around, not everything is canal facing, However, I don't think we have the funds in Norwich to put canals in, plus the cyclists would complain. Venice doesn't also claim to be a standard city of offices and commerce. It's purely a tourist trap selling trinkets to US day trippers.

Cities or towns need to state clearly their mission statement for the next 100 years.

Either -

1. We are going to become a heritage tourist location so commerce and industry best go away.

or

2. We are to be a centre for commerce and business development.

So anyway...back in the real world.

*been there twice for two weeks in total.

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Re: Well come to Norwich then...

Oh it's stupidity. Plain and simple. Labour/Green council you see.

Ancient city with narrow lanes cannot handle two way traffic and cycles. Which do you keep? The traffic that allows commerce and makes money or the occasional foreign student on their bike?

The Council thinks the student.

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Well come to Norwich then...

our deranged Council is putting cycle paths in all over the city...that no one uses. Just narrowing roads and causing massive confusion. People cannot be bothered to come into the city now but I don't think that's the level of 'urban preservation' they had in mind. It seems the Council just wants to get all the offices to close so they can turn them into student flats and rename Norwich the "UEA Super Campus".

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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" Holding out for Zen though"

Why wait for disappointment?

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

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My other half hated it...

...so much she changed OS. An update would happen every few months and it would totally change all the settings she had set on her phone.

Cyanogen was so boastful about all its customizations that it was deciding to override any user customizations with its updates.

That's not really how it works guys.

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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It's just too far away to visit...

...a DEAD planet. It's dead okay!

I see people saying about terraforming the bloody thing. Quite how you do that with a DEAD planet with no molten core and no magnetosphere.

I guess in this pussyfooting era 'cons' like that are just seen as negative to the wonder of the project.

If you want to play around on dead things go to the moon. At least that might be more useful in the future.

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Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

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Re: I'll trust MS fully....

Well if they finally work that one out...

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I'll trust MS fully....

....when they finally realise that "100% Complete" means its finished there and then.

Not two hours later.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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Tsk tsk...

...Les Hipsteurs!

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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Yes plus a degree was worth more than a Maths O Level.

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Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

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Re: Nothing wrong with the chips.

"No, it's not that simple. Code is a product. It is paid for with money."

So after all that...it's still the code that's the problem!

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Nothing wrong with the chips.

It's shitty lazy code that's the problem.

Instead of throwing more hardware at the problem, maybe clean up and optimise the code a little?

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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The thing that bugs me is...

...when I worked in the private sector managing projects, I had to account for every quid spent. Wastage was not an option. If I needed an extra £100 to cover some overtime I had to jump through hoops so you planned accordingly so you didn't have to ask.

The thing is did it make managing the project harder? Not really. You just worked a little smarter, planned ahead. Worked out the potential pitfalls and made contingencies.

You know...basic project management.

All my projects arrived on time and on or under budget. So why is it that similar rules cannot be applied to public sector projects? The only reason I can think of is lack of a spine to force the twats to do the job properly.

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It's a common theme.

My other half worked for the Police a few years ago. Her job was to monitor projects (mainly several to get all the dozens of 'Police systems' across the country to join up) and have progress meetings with the Project Managers.

When she started all the Project Managers were puzzled and looking up from their crossword puzzles all said words to the effect of "Why are you doing this? It's a Govt project, we just tell Whitehall what they want to hear when the project finishes! It's only taxpayers money after all!"

She only stayed a few weeks.

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Remote hacker nabs Win10 logins in 'won't-fix' Safe Mode* attack

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The problem with this hack...

...is getting to Safe Mode in Windows 10 in the first place.

Just dump the crappy Fast Boot and give us the simple F8 option back please.

I love a lot of the MS instructions gleefully telling you to easily use Safe Mode via the settings menu. Yeah well if I could get to the Settings menu I wouldn't need Safe Mode...

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

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People need to wake up to the fact...

...that 'borders' as we know them no longer exist. It's one big world of data.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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Possibly because TomTom gets their mapping data from the late 19th Century.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: The thing is...

But whatever ads I do see on the web...are NEVER useful to me. Never products or services I would buy or use. So once again all that 'slurped detailed info' is either not being used or useless.

Once again EVEN Amazon's choices list for me contains stuff I have no idea why it's in there.I'm a Prime user and so that means they have a mass of data on me and they still can't get it right.

Laughable.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: But...

I do run a policy of deleting any apps I haven't used for a few weeks. If I need it again its just a few seconds to install it...then uninstall it when finished.

Mainly because I feel loads of unwanted apps are just a battery drain.

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