* Posts by jason 7

1895 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

jason 7
Silver badge

Yeah I got the 64GB real cheap too a couple of years ago. I don't use it for web etc. now but its still an awesome music and video player and while the screen res isn't much the colour quality etc. is superb. As others mentioned the HDMI out boosts its media use.

A tablet from the time before they started cutting corners. Good for keeping in the car with some Disney/Pixer movies on for the kids.

0
0

Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: I thought this guy went bust?

Slow news day!

0
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Good

Too right re. the interface. I haven't used Skype in years but had to set it up for a customer yesterday.

It's a bloomin mess! I don't remember it being that awful say 5 years ago.

Not very intuitive, stuff all over the place.

4
0

Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

jason 7
Silver badge

Bit two dimensional on the colour issue.

Do as I have done before with laptops for ladies.

Buy the right plain laptop for the job.

Go to Decal Girl and get the snazzy vinyl covers for it.

Score major brownie points.

Job done.

1
0

Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Obligatory Rant...

I was talking about Lego at dinner today. I pointed out that Lego has far too many custom parts nowadays so kids don't have to try.

When I was a kid in the 70's Lego would get you 75% of the way, then another 10 with bodging and the other 15% you had to fill in with imagination.

5
0

GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Suggestion for law enforcement

I live in a city centre so get a lot of anti-social thuggery going on.

I once said the to the Police Inspector in charge of the city centre night time crime division at a public forum that I thought it would be a good idea to have a couple of officers on a Friday/Saturday night do a tour of the roads and residential back streets from the main nightclubs areas like security guards do.

Basically just making sure folks knew there was a Police presence keeping an eye on the darker streets and lanes in the residential areas in an effort to reduce the anti-social goings on. Drunks get up to all sorts when they see a dark alley or lane off the main street.

She looked puzzled and stated "I do not want officers patrolling in areas where there is nothing going on!"

I replied "With all due respect but as a resident living in this difficult area, 'nothing going on' is exactly what I want!"

She had no clue about preventative policing. All she understood was clocking up figures to slap on monthly performance reports. Creating a safe, crime free area just did not compute with her.

What are they teaching at Hendon these days?

34
0

Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

jason 7
Silver badge

We used to play their Dark Future Mad Max type game a lot about 20+ years ago. Was fun to mod up your own old Matchbox cars to include the weapons you added to the stock included cars.

http://oldschoolworkshop.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/playing-dark-future-introduction.html

0
0

Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Taking away?

The sensible thing to have done would be to come clean and say "As only 357 websites have been created through this service than the planned 3,570,000 we created the infrastructure for, we felt it wasn't worth continuing!"

5
0

Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: I did watch Panorama

Quite right. All this 'monitoring' of communications for terrorism is all cobblers. It's the 1% being able to find/remove the future 'trouble makers' and dissenters that will stir up the masses to take back what's really theirs.

The 1% are terrified of a similar situation that happened in the old Soviet Union in the early 90's happening elsewhere. Mainly in the west.

You'll see in a few years we'll have laws that outlaw making fun of politicians and other such figures. Then soon after having differing political views will be classed as illegal or extremist.

If folks are willing to get upset and vote over smoke screen stuff like immigration that actually have zero effect on their lives, they'll vote for whatever they are told.

1
3
jason 7
Silver badge

If Apple really really cared about workers conditions...

...then wouldn't they have their own western inspectors visiting or monitoring working and factory conditions as part of their 'caring' attitude? Making sure the contractors and workers are not being abused or exposed to risk.

Well it's what I would do if I really cared. After all I sure Apple could afford a team of people to do that.

However, it appears they do not, so really it all boils down to bulls*it PR stunts.

As mentioned by the previous poster, sure other companies use these same factories but they are not the ones going on record over and over again every time this comes up saying "oh we really really care!"

12
12

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

jason 7
Silver badge

Cover over the badge...

...I'd think it a Mazda to be honest.

Does look fun however.

0
0

Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

jason 7
Silver badge

Short strokin'!

Love my first 100GB on a single platter 1TB drive.

1
0

London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

jason 7
Silver badge

Kid's these days...

...don't learn the lesson of consequences.

When the sh*t finally hits the fan it's then "wahh wahh wahh it's not my fault!"

Tough!

5
2

easyGroup railroads easytrain.com owner

jason 7
Silver badge

Sounds like someone got a brown envelope stuffed with cash to me.

1
0

Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Funny sizes?

"7 mil rounds have been around for ages"

Indeed, but you'll never find it in a general mass produced infantry weapon on today's battlefield.

Even the quite sexy Enfeld EM-2 was in 7mm but that was experimental.

0
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Funny sizes?

Apparently 7mm would be the ultimate calibre. Whenever a group of specialists sit down to work out the best round for a general infantry weapon they come back to 7mm.

But as Ian V Hogg states "nobody ever gets a 7mm round as a result of it!"

Too many vested interests and politics basically.

However, it doesn't really matter. After WW2 they poured over masses of infantry reports and injury details and found that in a combat situation you are more likely to get hit by random flak/shrapnel than a aimed bullet over 50m+ range.

So all that's important is to be able to spray as much random lead down range as possible in the hope that something gets hit or keeps their head down. Hence the move to smaller rounds that are easier to carry but don't have the 2000m+ ranges. If it will still hurt at up to 300m it will do.

0
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Further interesting reading here -

http://www.theboxotruth.com/educational-zone-28-refinishing-a-us-savage-enfield-mk1-4-smle/

http://www.theboxotruth.com/educational-zone-32-refinishing-an-old-rifle/

0
0

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

jason 7
Silver badge

Are the effects better than the first Hobbit movie? I watched that and was shocked that the film looked worse than the LOTR movies ten years earlier. Some scenes looked like they were done by the team that did Wing Commander game cut scenes from the early 90's.

Shame Jackson got greedy with the rest of them.

1
1

The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Dunno What They're Spending £55m On...

@snorlax

The funding for BBC3 goes like this -

£5 million to 'original' content.

£50 million to Seth McFarlane and Fox.

0
0

Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

jason 7
Silver badge

Wi-fi and printers....

I now tell customers I do not support wi-fi printers.Yes I'd tell them what to do and show them but folks still like having their backsides wiped for them.

I got fed up getting called out to drive across the city to spend two minutes typing the WEP key back into the printer to connect it and then charging them £40 for the pleasure.

Especially when the printer cost £30.

I do have scruples. Like I said, get a mono laser with a Ethernet port and be done with it. Inkjets are toys.

3
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Why do people need colour inkjets still?

I visit a lot of customers. Most if not all have a colour inkjet sitting gathering dust in the corner. They often ask me "What do you recommend for printing?" I always say well if just printing get a £80 mono laserjet. Lasts longer and usually more robust!

"But what about colour printing?" they ask.

I then ask then when they last printed a colour photo or something that actually needed colour. I think only one of them ever had.

Pizza Express vouchers are just as acceptable in black and white folks.

I use a Dell 1260DN mono laser at home and it works fine with Chromebook and Android tablets/phones.

10
2

Misty-eyed Ray Ozzie celebrates 25th birthday of Lotus Notes by tweeting about it ...

jason 7
Silver badge

It was okay at first...

..then went downhill from there.

My main hatred was for the cut and paste side that if you moved the mouse more than 8mm it would zoom to select everything all the way to the bottom. Used to make us all swear a lot. Never seemed to get fixed with every version I used from 3 to 6 iirc.

Oh that and the stupid 20MB mailbox limit the admins set for most users.

Unfortunately I worked for a team that evangelised the Notes Database side. I hated it but we ended up in a huge company with hundreds and hundreds of Notes databases that were there because really no other product could do the job as quickly and cheaply. If a team was told 'NO' by everyone else they came to our team and got something they could use. I managed to avoid the Notes database building on the whole but my claim to fame was building a database that if the user used as it should have been would have been a nice little database. However, they decided to use it as a repository for all their Word/Excel docs instead of the built in reports and it ballooned to a whopping (ahem) 1TB by the time I left. Drove the Notes admins crazy having that lump on their servers.

Pleased me greatly.

I think the company dumped Notes a few years ago. They went to some other crappy email system...Outlook I think it's called.

They should go back to carbon paper memo pads IMO.

0
0

VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

jason 7
Silver badge

Looks like...

a Golf that's been put in the microwave for 30 seconds.

1
1

The Grandmaster: Epic, heart-melting, oh and there's lots of kung fu

jason 7
Silver badge

Not a huge fan of such movies.

But I actually caught the first Donnie Yuen Ip Man movie on Film 4 and really enjoyed it. Also liked the second one.

Nice when movies you wouldn't normally watch surprise you like that.

3
0

Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Updated my Nexus 4

Nah...mostly hissy fits.

0
0
jason 7
Silver badge

I had to clear the Google Services framework cache then did a reboot and the update appeared within a few minutes.

1
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Updated my Nexus 4

Yeah I did a OTA install on my Nexus 4 and it went on fine but was a little laggy swiping apps off the screen. Then I remembered to clear the cache and it was fine after that.

Lollipop is fine so far. Only disappointment for me as a N4 user is the Camera API wasn't updated to the latest with RAW capability. Might have helped eke out a little more performance from the camera.

Seems to me Tech Journos really aren't the experts they claim to be and now expect everything to work perfect first time. If you are an expert in IT you know that's not likely. It may take a couple more steps to reach perfection.

From what I remember usually when we get a new OS update we usually get another update in a couple of months or so to clear up the bigger bugs and then that's most of us sorted till next time.

"Wahh wahhh I can't get it to work therefore, it must be useless!"

6
2

Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

jason 7
Silver badge

I don't think my Dad...

will be popping into Boots to put his name down for one on the order list before Xmas and then having to sneak out of work at lunchtime to collect it when his name came up four days before Xmas.

Ahhhh Xmas 1983!

0
0

Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Burgers are good!

Tom,

Mmmm Sunday afternoons round my Nan having to eat a round of Slimsia bread with Stork SB on it before eating anything else (thanks rationing creating bad habits that continued into the 1970's).

Not a fond memory. Eughhh

However, originally margarine wasn't veg spread...something very veggie unfriendly. I doubt modern veg spreads have little in common with the margarines from the 1970's.

0
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Burgers are good!

I didn't think margarine actually exists anymore? It's either butter or vegetable spread.

1
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Yeah every now and then when I want to shift a bit of weight I just cut out the following -

Biscuits

Crisps

Cheese

Beer (maybe a pint a week)

Cut the junk and have a little will power basically.

I just do it for 4 weeks and I can lose 8-10lbs easy. If I want to snack I fill a ramekin with some Shreddies/bran flakes and eat those instead of crisps etc.

I have to say cereal like dry Shreddies are a decent swap for the usual after dinner snacks.

0
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Re: colour me cynical

Kind of reminds me of removing lead in petrol as it had a link to retardation in children. So they got rid of it and replaced it with more Benzene etc....which doesn't discriminate between old and young.

Much more fair.

0
1

Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Nice try

Indeed, I saw a original Mini on the motorway a few days ago. It looked like they were on a suicide mission. I was driving a i10 and felt like I was in a Range Rover by comparison.

Up until 6 months ago I was driving a 2002 Siecento Sporting. Whilst it was a fabulous fun car to drive I never stopped having the niggling fact it had a HALF STAR NCAP rating in the back of my mind. We never dared take that on motorways. Living in Norfolk it was never too much of an issue.

2
0

World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

jason 7
Silver badge

I tried playing it a few months ago.

I'm a die hard Diablo 2/Torchlight/Morrowind fan and played Eve Online for about 6 years (even tried Anarchy Online years and years ago) so thought I'd give WoW a go.

Hmmm.

Well it looked okay and played okay. But I found there was no real way to tweak up my character and alter the stats. Gear was much of a muchness. Combat was just clicking three spell icons over and over till the attacker died. There was little interactive stuff in the surroundings. If you found a building there was nothing you could do with it or objects dotted around. Quests were just rather repetitive.

If you went exploring again you couldn't interact with the surroundings and if you strayed into another area I found that was for higher level players and you just died so that was a no no. So a feeling of being boxed in was all too apparent.

Overall it was just really disappointing from a single player perspective. I got to around level 40 and just walked away. I guess it just wasn't the game for my playing style.

2
0

Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Audio Streamers

Ahhh the Rocki...nice cheap hardware...shame about the awful management team.

Gave up using mine a while ago. Oh what could have been...

0
0

Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Antivirus

The reason why MSE scores low on Virus tests nowadays is because as MS rightly states...it's the baseline for protection. As it's the widest used AV out there it's therefore, the one to beat by the bad guys.

I still use it with no ill effects along with EMET5.1 switched to maximum.

2
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Re: MalwareBytes & VLC

It's good now (it wasn't about 18 months ago..useless in fact) but don't rely on it to clean up a machine using just one scan from it.

Run a second and many time it will find more stuff. Use two other products and I'll bet they find more that Malwarebytes missed.

Addd Combofix into the final mix and see what that drags up.

I see a lot of folks go "I just used Malwarebytes and it fixed it!"

I bet it didn't.

1
1

BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Further shopping tips

"If you can use Amex..."

And that's the big question. As mentioned does anyone still take that in the UK? We too had to dump it a long time ago as our Corporate expenses card as so many places refused to take it.

4
0

Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: What about Nokia 6310?

I keep a 6310i charged and ready on my shelf at all times. It's my "Apocalypse" phone.

I'll still keep on trucking for a couple of weeks or more while the hordes of wandering masses with iPhone chargers in hand, roam the streets (or is that Heathrow Airport?)

2
0

Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: The videocast is terrible.

Actually a Brit.

Just looked very amateur and they missed a great opportunity to try to make it look interesting and informative to a wider audience. Just needed one of the team to comment on what was going on from time to time, what they expected, what was going on around them and 500 million miles away.

At a time when science and space research needs all the help it can get, they managed to make it look really really dull.

0
0
jason 7
Silver badge

Re: The videocast is terrible.

Erm no, but you can have someone who can inform the viewers of the different stages and what the Control folks are looking/waiting for. The Mars lander coverage was fantastic for this, really added to the occasion to know what was going on rather than 6 people standing around looking nervous for 40 minutes then punching the air all of a sudden.

Just looked rather amateurish....and they had 10 years to prepare for it.

Come back James Burke or the likes of Raymond Baxter.

3
0
jason 7
Silver badge

The videocast is terrible.

No indication of what is going on. No commentary.

They didn't see how they did the Mars Rover I guess.

2
2

The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

jason 7
Silver badge

I love these...

..."I can do my 'not very demanding' job on a phone sitting in Starbucks, so everyone else in the world will be too in a years time!" articles.

8
0

Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Just checking

Not many I guess. I often mention it to tech folks as a extra level of security and most go "never heard of it!"

I surprised that MS isn't actually putting this into Windows 10 as standard. However, if they did as per usual it would be switched off by default.

After all it would be bad press if old man Withers 2002 shareware email application stopped working because of it.

Okay okay and all the hokey coded in house software that didn't conform to modern coding standards from 2003 onwards.

1
0
jason 7
Silver badge

EMET 5.1 is now out.

Thank you.

1
0

'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Fuck terrorism

Indeed, it's all about weeding out political dissent in the future. Being able to 'remove' those from society that would incite the 99% to wake up and take back what should be theirs.

The Western Govts. will do all they can to avoid the revolution that happened in Eastern Europe in the early 90's happening here.

Their think tanks have run the numbers. They know they are on borrowed time unless they keep tight control over us.

3
1

Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

jason 7
Silver badge

After his last two movies...

...I'll wait to see it on Prime Streaming in a couple of years.

In no hurry. C'mon, whilst the guy comes up with nice visuals his scripts and plots have more holes than a cheese grater...or a Damon Lindelof screenplay.

4
1

Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

jason 7
Silver badge

Love it!

I'm a huge Prime delivery user (about 6 deliveries a week so it saves me a fortune) and I also used Lovefilm so the whole package is a no brainer for me.

I pre-ordered My Fire TV and I've been really impressed. I wanted something to replace the antique and noisy Xbox 360 that had done all the streaming duties for us. I have cancelled my Gold Subs too so wasnt sure if I could carry on using it for that either. I think they lifted streaming from Gold only but...I didn't care by then.

So now the Fire does all the streaming. All I use it for is Prime, Netflix and You Tube. The Gf has added on the pilates app.

Mine is setup with Ethernet and a Amazon Essentials Fast HDMI cable. I would like to see 1080i added to the options as my TV doesn't support 1080p (it's elderly you see) but it's running fine at 720p.

I would also like to see a better divide between Prime Free video and Prime Paid content as its a bit messy on that front. Oh and being able to delete stuff from the main menu I don't need to slim it down.

Other than that it's a great little box.

1
0

Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Hmmm choices choices....

Okay let me explain once more for the slightly slow.

I said worth scrap - in which case it will be worth its gold scrap value if solid whatever that may be.

Or sold for spares on Ebay - in which case its just gold plated and worth the (off the top of my head figure) £20.

Have we got that now?

0
1
jason 7
Silver badge

Re: Hmmm choices choices....

You did see the bit about 'scrap' as in scrap value of solid gold or 'spares' if gold plated?

I guess I need to be really really specific for some. Apologies.

0
0

Forums