* Posts by jason 7

1834 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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Re: It's just a really bad equivalent of AirPlay / DLNA; what's the big deal?

I would just like to point out that Apple took at least three attempts with their TV device to make it slightly interesting. Even then better results were to be had by hacking it.

So give it time. Apple has had plenty but still really hasnt delivered.

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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I remember the time......

...when a inkjet printer driver was about 20Kb.

Now a default install has to jam nearly 900MB of junk if you don't catch the tick box installed in the top left hand corner of the ninth splash screen you just blasted through .

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Anyone want to come up with a tool that.....

...can change your ISP issued IP address every 15 minutes?

Surely that would up the overhead of tracking/producing lists significantly?

However, I see yet another U-turn ahoy!

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Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

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Re: The average enterprise has more than 50 versions of Java installed across its PCs and servers

I love cleaning off about 14 defunct versions from machines. Nice way to free up some space on the HDD.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Re: Technically brilliant, incredibly dull.

Now that you mention it I do seem to remember that it seemed a bit 'one at a time' when it came to opponents.

Ahh well.

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Re: One thing I do remember from Unreal..

@Tsung

Oh yes one of the best early moments in any game. Really freaked me the first time that happened.

This was a great time for gaming. I remember strolling down to my local Game store to pick up a copy. The guy behind the desk asked me if I had a good enough system to run it. I had a Gateway with a Pentium 200MMX CPU, Creative AWE64 sound card, Matrox Mystique graphics card and a Matrox M3D 3D add on card.

Then straight to WHSmiths to buy a PC magazine for the obligatory patches on the cover CD. Thank god for ADSL three years later.

It looked and played great. I think I preferred it to Quake 2 because it was a nice change from green/brown.

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Why I'm sick of the new 'digital divide' between SMEs and the big boys

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Re: Could not agree more

@Nick.

Indeed one of the first things we'd do on a new delivery project would be to get a length of brown paper about 40 feet long and 4 feet wide, a pile of post it notes and felt tip pens. Then we'd get a couple of Johnny Frontline staff and sitt for a week mapping out the entire business process that we were tasked with improving etc. from start to finish and back again.

After that week or so we'd know the process back to front, often finding some big flaws (even to the surprise of the staff) and places for improvement. Then we could build up a process to improve upon and refer back to the chart over and over.

So at the end of it all we would deliver a system that would cope with all the situations that could occur. It worked a treat and saved a lot of time and money later on.

However, over the years, new hotshot pink shirted project managers/contractors would arrive and they all laughed at my brown paper charts. Cue a lot of failed projects that just focused on one part of the over all process and didn't join up with any other part much to the annoyance of the customer.

All too quick to buy the lovely shiny hardware, didn't want to actually speak to the poor buggers who would be using it.

Still they all got paid a lot for failure.

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Re: margins etc,

Well my other half worked as a civvy in the Police Force for a while. She was given the job of keeping an eye on the many projects going on at the time. So the usual thing was knock on the door of some 50 something manager, ask him how the project was doing to be told -

"Why are you bothering me? It's a Govt project, we'll just write up a report the day before its due telling them what they want to hear!"

The other oft used phrase to any project that was just plain mad/incomprehensible/pointless was -

"It doesn't matter...it's only tax payers money!"

Yep, that's going on all over the country folks. They really don't give a sh*t.

At least my other half had the decency to hand her notice in after 6 weeks. She couldn't tolerate the thought that she might end up like them too.

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Re: Could not agree more

Fit for purpose! That's why with any IT project or requirements findings, I always started with the guys in the post room and worked up.

Most just speak to the CIO/CEO and never bother going any further.

Oh and remember it's not about giving the customer what they want. It's about giving them what they NEED.

Folks forget that too.

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Google study finds users ignore Chrome security warnings

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Re: Ask youself this.....

Nah, probably through Adobe installs and hundreds of other crapware downloads.

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US Congress proposal: National Park will be FOUND ON MOON

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Will they want to change one thing about the Apollo 11 site though?

The fact the flag was placed too close to the lander, that when it took off the blast knocked it over.

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Microsoft to switch off MSN TV

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Tax Loss?

Isn't it handy within a large global corp to have a few loss making divisions to put against tax?

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I have a Slingbox.....

....collecting dust if anyone is interested....

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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Re: He was never snarky, pompous or clever-clever.

I still wish we could have got a glimpse of where he worked.

I'm sure we'd have all had our minds blown at the computing nirvana he would have created.

Shame.......

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Re: This is whats wrong today.

Well really all I'm saying is you tend to get different results from someone who HAS to deliver to reap the benefits than someone who gets the benefits win or lose.

Human nature.

SteviSi and Dan Mattrick are two prime MS based examples.

Both may be 'amazing talented guys' but both managed to deliver the wrong product and were shown the door accordingly.

However, they were laughing hard with a spring in their step as they went through it.

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This is whats wrong today.

We have people given great responsibility to deliver important products who really have nothing to lose if they screw it all up.

When I managed a project, if it got screwed up I would be fired and leave with just my desk stuff No golden boots, no mega share options, no multi-millions to fall back on.I therefore, always delivered what was required, when it was required.

Instead we have uber-rich Dept. heads that have nothing to lose other than a bit of embarrassment (maybe).

So all they do is play the exec playboy lifestyle, creating their 'vision' or 'legacy'. No need to worry about what the CEO thinks as well "he's got to pay me $20 mill if he wants rid of me!"

License to w*nk about really.

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Zynga zinger: Xbox chief bagged as new CEO

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So my comment.....

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/06/19/microsoft_uturn_drm_used_gaming_controls/

Was spot on then.

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30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

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Re: I wish(ed)

I was speaking to a chap today that shifts several thousand PCs a month. He cant shift stuff quick enough, doing crazy business.

Whats he selling?

Reconditioned dual core 2GB Dell business desktops circa 2008/9 with Vista or 7 on them. The hottest computing tech around at the moment. Like gold dust apparently.

According to him no one wants new i5/i7 stuff. It just sits there. Folks have wised up that the new stuff is largely pointless.

I bet Intel isnt happy about this.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Re: Is this low framerate why...

Also another factor is that if you check a lot of DVD movies from the past 5 years is that many of them rarely come in at over 5GB.

A lot will fit on a single density DVD. Very few use the full 8-9GB of space available.

Many of my earlier DVDs in my collection would come it at around 7GB+.

I dont know why. Maybe to reduce the quality so Blu-ray would appeal more?

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Re: It's not what you see that counts

I love my Meridian gear.

Why?

Beacuse its pretty much impervious to tweaking. It just works as it should out of the box. You can just get on with listening to the music.

I used to hate it when a person would post so proudly that they had bought a new £2000 Naim CD player only then to be shot down by being told he had to buy the optional £500 power supply upgrade "to make it sound right!" Charming! Why not make it sound right to begin with?

Talk about treating customers with contempt. But enough of the loyalists swallowed it.

And as mentioned earlier, VanDamme cable is all thats needed really. If it's good enough for a lot of recording studios then its good enough at £2 a meter from my hi-fi too.

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: The big three slug it out at E3

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I have been wondering....

....if MS especially is going for a 4 year cycle with this console rather than a 8 year one.

Test the waters with a new approach and then deliver a new machine in a few years time aimed towards what succeeds.

Would both of them had gone so long had the downturn not happened in 2008?

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Re: But what about Windows?

So you don't think it was MS's plan knowing that chances are the cross platforms will be developed to the lowest spec machine all along, so make Sony push out a more powerful and therefore more expensive box and have them sell it at a lower cost to make them haemorrhage more cash?

I don't reckon there are many corks popping at Sony just yet.

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Neither are in consideration......

...until the first major price drop.

Just too rich for my pocket right now.

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Windows 8 hype has hurt PC makers and distributors - Gartner

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I love nothing more.....

...than to open up Task Manager to see a time intensive app using 25% across all four cores in 2013.

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Re: Didnt we have pretty much this same article.....

Ah yes you are right! Good to see the 'Consultancy Agencies' earning their money by copying all the others and stating the bleeding obvious.

Churnalism at it's best.

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Childcatcher

Didnt we have pretty much this same article.....

...last week...and the week before that.....

Can we have some new stories please?

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Not all data encryption is created equal

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There are two needs for encryption.

1. To protect financial and state secrets etc. from espionage/criminal experts.

2. To stop the chap who nicked your laptop from looking at what's on it before he sells it in the pub carpark for £30.

I think most of us fall into the second category.

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Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy

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The next step?

Adobe launch the .psdx format for those using the subscription version.

"Oh you cant open the files....you are on CS5?!"

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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Yep knew it would happen.

I said we'd see some major U-turns.

Though it might also have been the fact the new EULA for the Xbox One used up 800MB of ram to store.

All good news I guess.

Also Mattrick looked a major dick throughout this whole affair. I predict he'll be announcing his 'moving on' soon?

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Julian Assange: I'm quite happy to sleep on Ecuador's sofa FOREVER

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Re: This would be an Assange view of the law.....

Chances are if he did a brief spell in Swedish clink he may find his cell roomier and better than his room at the embassy.

Probably better internet access too.

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PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

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Re: It's not that hard to see the problem

I would agree with you if my customers who are largely domestic and small business were telling me they didn't want Windows 8. Customers really don't mind. That's my fact.

So far the only ones that have said they don't want 8 at this time are the ones running Sage. That's because Sage doesn't currently officially support it. That's fine because Sage can be a pig to get working on a supported platform at times.

So far my experience of real world customers are not anti 8. They really don't care. The big question is "will it be faster then my old machine?" Hmmm its a 1.7Ghz single core with a 40GB HDD. Yes I think so.

Downvotes because I dared cross the "You are not allowed to say you had a positive experience with Windows 8" picket line.

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Re: since 2007

Well I struggle to agree at 2002. I see many single core laptops from around 2005 with 80GB 4200rpm HDDs and 512MB of ram in them and they are unusable compared to a simple C2D machine from just a few years later. Not worth upgrading either. Folks think those machines 'work just fine' but then sit them next to a modern dual core machine and you just see how much time is wasting.

I always mandate that a dual core machine should be given a second chance but a single core goes to the skip/recylce ASAP.

I agree to an extent of Office 2003 My copy of 2003? From my cold dead hands....

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Re: It's not that hard to see the problem

Well there is always the one in a million that actually likes/bothers to edit his home movies or the odd gamer. :-)

But yes for 90%+ of the worlds population the need to up the CPU ended some time ago.

Now replacing that HDD with a SSD that's another matter...

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Re: Win8 retail experience

Yep, it's not hard for folks to get to grips with.

I just feel MS has brought in a few high up execs that are making the most heinous and basic of tech crimes -

The crime of making big assumptions.

For a while MS was pretty good at delivering what folks wanted and adapting to their needs (say around 2007 to 2011) but recently it's switched round to "this is what we think you need, if you don't like it then f**k off!"

Just look at the dick in charge of the Xbox One for example. Talk about customer empathy failure.

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Re: PC makers don't need a new OS

I can imagine that a lot of great stuff has been designed to prototype level but then stuffed in the archive due to potential pathetic/trivial patent/licensing conflicts.

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Another 'Churnalism' article?

Thinking back how many of these exact same articles have we seen on the Reg over the past 6 months?

Seems like we get one every two weeks with us all posting the same stuff running to 2-3 pages of comments and flames.

I just hope we are all using AdBlock if that's the case.

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Re: it took me 10 minutes to get to grips with win 8

Yeah that's the reality I've found with introducing my customer to their new Windows 8 machines. It's really not a problem moving folks from XP to it. A few minutes of hand-holding (I still did that with folks moving to 7, Libraries anyone?) and they are good to go.

No one has asked to go back.

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Re: My solution

I think you got your thickness wrong too.

But your point is correct, the hardware for the lower end of the laptop market has to be kicked up the arse sooner rather than later.

If you look at the machines in the £350-£450 range from the usual suspects its no wonder no one is buying. I'm sure they can still make a compelling product in that price range especially if they expect to sell a shed load.

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Re: It's not that hard to see the problem

Yea people have all the PCs and laptops they need generally. They also tend to buy them as and when they need them. Not just wait till Xmas. If you laptop packs up you need a new one pretty quick, not wait for 4 months.

At Christmas last year most folks I knew were looking to buy tablets and smartphones to supplement the laptops and PCs they already had.

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Re: It's not that hard to see the problem

Yes the OS is irrelevant.

It's the fact that since 2007 or thereabouts folks just don't need to upgrade like they did.

If a customer comes to me with a old laptop that's got a dual core, 2GB of ram and a 160GB HDD and its in good condition I don't bother to tell them to buy a new one I just service it and tweak it and away they go. Probably good to go for another 2-3 years of Facebook use.

I wouldn't have said that to a customer in 2007 who came to me with a 2000 spec laptop.

I remember a time when I was upgrading my CPU every 4-6 months! Now its every 4-6 years. I can't be the only one doing this. This will have a knock on effect.

In fact a lot of the newer gear I'm buying these days is 'less powerful' than the stuff I bought a few years ago. Why? It uses less power but still get the job done.

It's the hardware that's the problem not the software. However, laptop manufacturers could pull their finger out to make the sub £500 laptop market a bit more interesting.

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Google Chromebooks now in over 6,600 stores

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Re: "Major, worldwide retail push begins this summer..."

Or is it the fact that if most people switch to such low to zero support required machines all pushing to the cloud you and many others will be out of a job?

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Re: i've got one

Yeah I love mine too. I've ditched my tablet and now use the Samsung Chromebook. If you are a big forum user then its just so much faster.

Managed to convert quite a few people that were going to buy a £500 tablet to get the £229 Samsung and so far no complaints.

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Seagate reveals a NASty side, tears wraps off WD Red copycat disk

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Got a grand to spend then?

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-030-CR&groupid=701&catid=2104&subcat=2394

At this stage I'd rather pay £60.

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

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So much needs changing but the ones that can change it...won't.

I feel that becoming a politician is too much a leg up to a further career, social/corporate climbing type scenario.

Certainly in the UK I think a lot of newer MPs are only doing it as they see it as a stepping stone to greater glories and wealth. The fact that they have to hear from old Mrs Tompkins and her cats for 5-10 years is a small price to pay, especially if they can wrangle a senior cabinet position.

I think this is basically encouraging sociopaths to power rather than those that actually want to serve their country and it's people.

It's time that the role of politician was totally revised and all the responsibilities and perks that go with it. Essentially cutting off any potential social climbing (not being able to take up any directorship/consultancy roles with any company you may have had dealings with as an MP for at least 5 years after leaving office. Not being able to write about your time in office, stricter salary and expenses limits etc. etc.) and betterment.

Basically you do the job for the love of your country and to make it better.

Not to land some fabulous consultancy role or Directorship at BAe the day after you quit/get voted out.

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'Office Facebook' firm Tibbr wants you to PAY for mobe-meetings app

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Re: Eh?

Ah still haven't managed to find the Desktop yet then? ;-)

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Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

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Re: Colour me surprised

I thought that was the market group for 99% of games?? Always has been.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Wait for proof

Indeed, apparently, Sony has let slip that all the DRM measures to enable the same or similar system as the Xbox One are there in the PS4.

It's just that they will let the developers choose to enable it or not. Hmmmmmm.

So we could well see it happen in the future.

I expect to see a few U-turns from both Sony and MS before Xmas.

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Help! I’m trapped inside the Chamber of Hollers

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Re: Your forgetting one thing in all of this ...

Marjorie may have won the war...but she hasn't wont the battle!

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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What % of business is the Mac Pro for Apple?

Just wondering.

Maybe they feel it's time to let it go.

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

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Re: Personally

@goldcd

I'm kind of in the same boat. I don't swap games or buy second hand stuff much so the DRM doesn't affect me at all. In fact in reality it probably wont affect as many folks as everyone is saying. But I am amazed at how complicated a company can make stuff.

MS seems to want to Apply Adobe's old upgrade/licensing methodology to all its products in basically confusing the hell out of them all.

MS really needs to look at all this feedback and essentially dump anything that a consumer would have to read at least twice to understand.

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