* Posts by jason 7

2031 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Apple is picking off iOS antivirus apps one by one: Who'll be spared?

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Maybe it's something to do with Chromebooks slowly replacing all those iPads every school was so keen to get.

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Re: Pointless apps?

The only systems tested were desktop systems.

However, as all of the browsers had their 'sandboxes' bypassed I would take from that Sandboxing on any system potentially can be bypassed if required.

I think the rule of "Don't get cocky kid!" potentially applies to sandboxing.

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Re: Pointless apps?

But as the recent PWN2OWN showed, sandboxes appear trivial to work around.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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Re: You don't need to vote anymore.

We could do that and vote for 'None of the Above' IF it was a valid selection on the voting paper.

However, if you leave the slip blank or write something on it it is simply classed as a 'Spoiled paper'.

Giving the inference that an idiot spat on it and should not be given any attention.

They dare not give the 'None of the Above' option as it validates the disaffected and disenchanted.

As for the old 'people fought to give you that right' I bet most of them would agree with not voting and be disgusted themselves with the result they gave their lives for.

"Is that the best I gave my life for?? Shouldn't have bothered!"

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You don't need to vote anymore.

Whichever shower of sh*t gets in, they still follow the establishment's agenda.

Nothing changes.

The only difference we could make with a vote is if we all decide to vote for anyone but the current incumbent. That would mean the end of Cameron/Milliband and all the other chinless career politicians who think they have the job for life.

Would be a huge act of true democracy. Vote the whole lot of them out.

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Dell denies 'insecure autoupdate app' flings open PC backdoor

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Hmmm I don't remember it on my laptop...

...ot any other Dell machine I've had in. Always had to type the tag into the support website to get the accurate data and never bothered with the app as it's quicker to just type it in.

I have to say though, Dell's service tag system is excellent for getting the right drivers/info etc.

Much better than having to rifle through to say an Acer Aspire 5000 then have to navigate through 87 different variants in the hope you got the right one.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Re: Home Hub 3

The simple reason is simplicity. The ISP and the Help Desk know exactly how the supplied router works. They can talk the user through setup and diagnostics. That's why they supply them.

Now try that with an obscure Draytek then user might have inherited from a well meaning tech friend.

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Re: BT could improve things considerably if they...

I just put other DNS servers (Google/OpenDNS etc) in to my router and it goes via them and I'm with BT.

If you need to cut through the India call centres then just ask clearly "I wish to speak to a level 2 engineer!" a few times and eventually you'll get through to someone in the UK that knows what to do. That can cut a three week issue into a 30 minute one.

I also never use their Homehubs as everyone knows that they've always been crap so why would you use one?

Sounds to me like you are punching yourself in the balls for no reason.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: D'uh!

"you can't go wrong cleaning a $600 computer masquerading as a $2800 computer..."

You probably can.

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Hackable media box based on the Raspberry Pi compute module: Five Ninjas Slice

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Re: Fire TV/Plex

Oh no...that's such a...(grits teeth) first world problem!

It still works as far as I'm concerned.

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To be honest...

The Amazon FireTV does most of this for £80.

Have - Netflix/Prime/Plex/DLNA/Spotify/iPlayer/Pluto/YouTube etc. etc. all running perfectly smooth out of the box.

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With Kickstarter projects...

...always add on 4 months for delivery if at all.

Basically Kickstarter tends to show up those with great ideas and publicity skills but very little in the way of actual project management, customer service and delivery.

Take the ROCKI project, at least four updates a day during the funding stage then as soon as the funding finished ($250k) in November....silence. We finally started getting product in April. However, those that wanted the digital version are still waiting 18 months later. Support and customer service have been next to non-existent.

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

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I bought a couple of the originals...

...from the Reg about 8 years ago. Blue and a green.

I have to say both were pretty hopeless, especially the blue.

I wouldn't bother.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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I'd be happy ...

...If I could just download an ISO of all the updates each month. That way I could get 95% of them at any time without having to wait to download. That really gets a pain after 3-4 years of updates.

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'Get your privacy policy down to one page': AVG CEO throws glove down

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Some sensible words there from a CEO

Now if he could just trim his AV suites down to the bare minimum of annoyance and user complexity it will be a win win.

Less is more.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: Ha

Anglia TV (or what's left of it) is just up the road from me. It's been such a shame to see it all fall apart over the past 20 years.

Even their fabulous main office with the silver knight statue has been sold off.

I think it's just a small regional news office now.

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Going on holiday? Mexico wants your personal data

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Mexico...

...is one of those countries I'd only visit if they create Star Trek like transporters so I can just beam into the few ancient sites for an afternoon and then back to Blighty for tea.

Same goes for Egypt and a few others listed under "Interesting sites of nature or architecture but not worth the bother/risk otherwise"

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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@Dan 55

Oh god you have to be careful if not you end up like The Inquirer relying on resident Apple lover Carly's click bait articles to generate any interest whatsoever.

Man it's sad to watch an old fave website go into decline. Time for someone to put The Inq down.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

I have often changed or upgraded the following on laptops -

Ram

HDD

CPU

Wi-Fi

DVD

Bluetooth

Screen

Keyboard

Battery

Not that difficult. If a customer brings in an older laptop for a clean up and I have a better part laying around that I can swap in two minutes I'll do it free of charge. It delights them and they pass my name on and come back as a return customer. A bit of old junk to me means a decent upgrade for them.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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I'm intrigued by the single downvoter on this topic?

Please show yourself and give your side of the story?

We'd love to know.

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Re: Re "How can this possibly cost so much?"

@hplasm

Not to mention the cost of re-leading the roof of the old ancestral pile.

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Well it's like the contract to refund people who bought a UK ID card their £30 back.

Worked out at (IIRC) £30000 per £30 refunded. Value for money I'm sure you agree.

I really admire how these private companies can totally ream the govt authorities. I really need to work out how to grow the balls to charge my customers £300000 to wipe off some adware from their £300 laptop...and get them to willingly pay it.

You'd think it was all a scam...

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Another classic example of...

...little grey haired men chanting "It's only taxpayers money!"

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Re: Warning - C-Max is shit.

I can fit two rear child seats in my i10 so...?

I think for blokes the coming of a child nowadays is just a big excuse to buy the biggest car they can.

Let's be honest here...

I've seen it at work. Literally an hour after the sperm hit the egg they are trading in their Civic's and ordering a Mercedes 4x4 or similar.

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Re: Warning - C-Max is shit.

Why the need for such size of family cars?

I remember four of us going up to Scotland for two weeks holiday in a Triumph Herald. Mum, Dad, a 6 year old and a 3 year old. We managed fine. The only things extra than us in the main part of the car were a cassette player and a tin of travel sweets.

Ten years later we managed just fine in a two door 1.4L Volvo 340 for three weeks down to the Algarve.

I see my friends taking their single 1 year old out for the day and it's like the Rolling Stones going on tour.

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Group 16?

I remember a time when Group 16 were rather special cars.

How things change.

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

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Don't need it for Minecraft anymore. It now uses a more secure built in version.

MS bought Minecraft so they could eliminate one of the two biggest attack vectors in Windows? Hmmm.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Cue...

...masses of rage quit statements.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: If the BBC put everything they have made on iPlayer

But if the license fee payer has paid for it already...

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Re: The big mistake we're all making here

I like your thinking there.

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If the BBC put everything they have made on iPlayer

Then I would consider £150 a year fairly reasonable to access all that content.

All the Dr Who, Blackadder, classic drama etc. etc.

However, as they like to keep back all the good quality stuff from the past for DVD revenue it's not likely to happen.

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Re: Everyone in the UK consumes BBC output.

The BBC doesn't take risks anymore. Scared of it's own shadow.

Most of Mr Attenborough's output the past 10 years has been for Sky.

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I don't have Sky, never will but I can get Amazon Prime and Netflix with far more quality content on there for the same monthly cost of the License Fee.

It's just entertainment at the end of the day and I don't want to pay for what I don't use or need.

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Things change.

99% of my viewing is now Prime or Netflix. The £150 for the License fee is just not value for money any more, especially as mentioned if you don't like cookery/Z list celebrities dancing or Gregg Wallace.

Sorry BBC but you aren't the only game in town now. It's not the 1990's and many of us have moved on.

We really don't need you anywhere near as much as you think.

As for the Poll Tax... I actually didn't mind it. When you look at it now and with modern family demographics of two to three generations living at home now... it makes more sense than Council tax.

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Re: Advice?

Only issue I've had with Drayteks is wi-fi cards in them burning out.

Other than that, pretty good but only if you get a good deal on one.

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Re: Advice?

I took a free one day intro course to CCNA that basically covered how to configure a Cisco router with Command Line.

Worth doing. Still have my notes somewhere.

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Re: OpenWRT?

I was waiting for the obligatory OpenWRT/DD-WRT post. Came in later than expected.

As predictable as the "Oh wow I'm so clever, I bought a Chromebook and slapped linux on it!" post in a Chromebook topic.

Yes...we know!

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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A few of my thoughts...

Damn glad I no longer have top lug 21" CRT monitors around. Amazing how office folks could not notice you holding one as they stood chatting in a narrow corridor or doorway.

I remember the 2006 Stuff show where they proudly showed off a 50" TV for £50000.

I was looking recently for a decent high end 32" LCD TV on Amazon and the pickings were pretty slim all the way up to 47". Seems if you want 50"+ you are well catered for. As I only sit 12' from my TV I don't really need anything quite that imposing.

I'm still rocking a 32" 540p TV (PerfectPAL). I have to say downscaling really works a treat. I shall miss this TV when it goes.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Thank You Mr Nimoy

I greatly enjoyed your work.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Re: Just take off...

I love it when you need to install the wi-fi in a laptop and the drivers page list 12 different drivers for four different wi-fi cards.

"Where's me screwdriver?"

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Re: A tragedy of errors continues

Yep thats how it is. But it works when you are dealing with small numbers. People tend to feel a little more under scrutiny if there are just 4 laptop users in a company. You can't hide your recklessness with kit in the huge herd like in a corporation. Especially when you may just sit 5 feet from the boss.

I have to say though those cheap £450 laptops tend to keep on trucking. I've been a self employed IT guy for just over 6 years now and pretty much all the sub £500 kit I've bought for customers is still going strong. Some of it looks pretty tired and may have had a rebuild or two but still doing the job.

Always go for the one that has the no frills ABS plastic look.

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Re: MS Might Share Some Blame

It's not hidden that deep. Just search on the MS site for "Installation Media" and it takes you there.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

Plus it's been covered several times by other tech sites.

http://www.neowin.net/news/how-to-create-windows-81-install-media-if-you-lost-your-install-disk

http://www.howtogeek.com/187525/how-to-perform-a-clean-install-of-windows-8.1-with-a-windows-8-key/

Very handy if you have upgrade editions of 8 as it negates the need to install an OS three times to get up to date. The 8.1 install just accepts your upgrade license as a full one.

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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

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Re: And what now?

You joke...but it proves who is really in charge of things.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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I think the long and the short of it is...

...whichever OS you choose, you cannot afford to be complacent.

We all need to accept that our fave OS could bite us at any time.

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MS could probably close a few of those holes...

...if it just switched some of the security options in Windows on by default.

Will they at least get rid of Admin accounts as the default and integrate EMET into Windows as standard?

Other than that I feel Windows gets its rap purely to the size of it's user base.

If there is a flaw in Windows and 90% of the worlds users use it then they need to know and the worlds media responds in the usual fashion.

If there is a flaw in OSX then it gets onto a few news articles and is usually downplayed for some reason and then slips off the radar a day later.

If there is a flaw in Linux then its posted up on a few forums for those that need to know.

But at the end of the day if anyone here can write perfect secure code with 100% reliability then please step forward with your resume...

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AMD's new Carrizo: The x86 notebook processor that thinks it's a GPU

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Re: Just one small problem....

Appreciate that but the core of the machine is still...not great (its a bargain basement £260 laptop with a CPU slightly above an Atom CPU) and why couldn't it have come with a SSD and at least 8GB of ram to start with?

Cmon, it's not a great situation for AMD if that's the best they can manage.

As for the £700 AMD laptops, then look up HP/AMD on Ebuyer.

At least you can put the ram and SSHD in the laptop you buy next year.

My question is where are the 'desirable' AMD laptops with the good screens and tech already included that some of us here might actually buy?

Just ain't gonna happen.

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Re: Just one small problem....

Indeed they would but Intel will see that it never happens.

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The biggest issue is that a lot of low power/tablet type CPUs have crept into the mainstream inventories for laptops and desktops.

If a customer wants a cheap laptop or desktop I now have to check if that Celeron/Pentium/Athlon is a proper desktop part or just a re-badged ultra low power Atom type.

It's actually better value/simpler to buy second hand ex. corporate clearance in a lot of cases. You know what you are getting with a 3GHz C2D.

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Just one small problem....

...you'll never buy a decent laptop with one of these in it.

AMD are all but frozen out of the laptop market. Take a look on any IT retail website and its slim greasy pickings for AMD based laptops.

Nothing classy or decent. Just bargain basement crud or buying an over priced, hamstrung 'protect Intel from monopoly' model from HP.

£700 for a AMD A8 laptop with 4GB of ram, a 1366x768 screen and a 500GB rust spinner? Oh yes please!

Shame really.

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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Just had a Advent desktop handed to me from a customer.

He said it wasn't working as nicely as his Macbook and so hadn't used it much since he bought it.

Well no sh*t! Machine was struggling to do anything in less than 3-4 minutes.

Just uninstalled twenty four pieces of bloatware off of it and ran a full adware scan etc. etc.

Now it's running nice and smoothly...as it should have done in the first place.

Thanks Advent! Well done!

It's just so idiotic. Imagine Ford selling you a new Mondeo and then just as you leave the forecourt they weld a 500KG anchor to the rear axle.

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