* Posts by jason 7

2728 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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The thing is...

...I just don't see all this slurped data (if it actually exists) actually coming back to me in any shape or form.

I don't get ads. I don't get emails from Google or anyone that I don't want them from. Even Amazon never emails me about potential purchases. No apps that I have scream at me "Oh while you are in this place check out...!"

I'm either just not seeing it (maybe that's the point) or it just isn't a problem.

Maybe some journalists are in urgent need of a blowj*b to help them calm down?

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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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But...

I don't get ads. I don't get apps pushed to me. I don't get told by creepy apps where I am.

I use an Android phone so what am I doing right?

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Sony may have a point...

...specifically for their Vaio laptops.

As a roving IT guy I have had several Vaios handed to me to repair, install upgrade etc.

They are notorious for having features that will refuse to work unless you use the EXACT OS build it was installed with. For some reason Sony seems to love dicking with standard hardware firmware to lock it to a specific OS.

Take a Vaio and slap a newer OS on it or a standard clean build of the original OS and you'll find media buttons and other bits and bobs will never work again. Drivers will either not work or just not be available.

I don't like them.

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Re: The free market

I have offered PCs and laptops to customers with Linux installed. Told them it reduces the price by £x and will do what they need.

But they don't want it. Simple as that. They want Windows.

The 0.1% that might walk into PC world (for some reason) asking for a laptop without Windows just isn't a concern. Give them the blank looks and let them go elsewhere. After all they won't dare tell their tech buddies they walked into PC World.

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Re: How many consumers want a pc with no OS?

Your boss was just ahead of the times that's all.

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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"I don't understand what all this fuss about Europe is. They said it would be awful, but we left back in June and everything has been ok since then"

Yeah I mentioned hearing this a lot about 10 days ago under another Brexit story. People really are that thick.

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Hmmm...

if parents ask me to do this sort of thing I just set Family DNS on the router and give the kids a standard user account. The Parents have a password admin account.

Dad will have to find his jollies elsewhere...

But then you look around at all the tablets...phones etc.

Token gesture and all that.

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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oh she'll still have the cast iron pension, benefits, book deal, non-exec board positions and consultancy roles.

Never did Blair any harm after he left in disgrace.

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Re: I still have 'friends' saying...

Yeah glad I bought $1000 Canadian for £500 back at xmas time rather than left it till now or later. We don't even plan to go till late next year but the rate seemed very good at the time.

These muppets are the very same ones that will be moaning when my prices all go up.

"Well that's what you get when you bet the house on a colour and number that's not even on the roulette wheel!"

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I still have 'friends' saying...

...."hey you see the economy and markets are fine since Brexit! All back to normal! The remainers were so full of shit!!"

Hang on...we haven't left yet! We are still in the EU!!!

This is the level of delusion/stupidity we are dealing with here.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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I used to buy AMD for all the budget machines...

...customers asked me to build about 4-5 years+ ago mainly due to the motherboards being far better specced than the budget Intel boards.

Back then a cheap AMD mATX board would have at least - DVI or HDMI, USB3.0, eSATA and decent surround options.

On the Intel side a cheap Intel mATX board would be rocking USB2.0, VGA, and a serial and parallel port like it was 2003.

Thankfully things have improved on the Intel front.

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Re: X2 5200

Yes very nice indeed.

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Re: X2 5200

I think the issue here is that OEMs just don't like pushing AMD kit (why would they when 95%+ of their lines are Intel) and most IT corporate buyers just know they will be fine if they buy 5000 i3 machines like everyone else.

They have them listed because I reckon Intel asks them, to give the impression there is some choice and competition.

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Re: That's it?

Well I should think you struggled to find a decent AMD based laptop for a start. Not many around and they are usually hamstrung in a major way and overpriced for the privilege.

5400rpm HDDs, Single Channel Ram (nice with an APU) and 1366x768 TN screens all for £700+

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Re: The Athlon days were good.

Oh the wonderful Opteron 180, DFI LanParty NF4, 2GB of DDR500 ram, 10000rpm Raptor and a 7900GTX.

BF2 and Eve Online were a great time.

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Re: Intel i5 & i7 support group

I was a big AMD fan for many years. But I switched over to Intel about three years ago.

No regrets and no plans to change.

As for Zen...let's just wait for the reviews shall we? No point getting all excited. I think we've been here before.

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Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

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Facebook is the biggest troll...

...just stop feeding it.

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

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Re: Even Enterprise spies on users

There is a difference however, between being able to and actually doing it.

If there are no reports of this happening...

I'm sure there are many other bits of legitimate software out there that people install, which in theory, could upload/download additional files from that computer.

Has anyone checked all the EULAs?

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Re: Even Enterprise spies on users

Do you have any documented proof of that actually happening?

Just asking.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Brexit...

...won't happen.

The powers that be will sum up if they stand to lose and tear up the vote and Article 50.

MPs etc. still get paid.

They can take the hit, voters WILL forget about it in time. Labour are in total chaos so the Tories will just take the hit with impunity at the next election. Why else is the date for instigating Article 50 slipping further and further back.

Once the fuss has died down it will get thrown out.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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Re: Amazing the amount of research and design...

Exactly. Aimed headshots are the realm of computer and console gamers.

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Re: Amazing the amount of research and design...

"The British Army has long had a preference for soldiers hitting what they shoot at. Some of it has taken on an element of myth, but even something such as the "Mad Minute" was judged by counting hits on the target rather than shots fired, and the soldier could get extra pay."

When was that? 1914? When it was desired to use a round big enough for the average squaddie to unrealistically hit something 1300yds away?

In the heat of battle with noise, mayhem and adrenalin going at 400%, accuracy tends to go out the window.

Spray and pray.

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Amazing the amount of research and design...

....that goes into something that in 99% of armed battles just means "throw as much noise, chaos and lead down range at the other guys in the hope they give up or run away first!"

Studies after the Korean War found that past 50m you were just as likely to get hit by a stray bullet or shrapnel than you were an actual aimed bullet. It's not about accuracy in most cases, its about ripping up whatever you hit, aimed or otherwise, as much as possible.

Not that I'm saying I wouldn't want better bullets in my weapon to spray downrange.

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Odd? Well the old .303 rounds sometimes had a wooden filler in the bullet. The wood was steamed to sterilise it.

So I've been told.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Running on 6 machines here.

All with multiple dive setups and all with SSD as system drive.

No issues.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: Skeevy bastards

Is it a case of 4096x2160 is a film industry standard for production and mastering and 3840x2160 is the domestic end product for consumers?

Not that bothered really as I missed Blu-Ray and went straight to streaming.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Re: figuring out at their leisure what its weaknesses are

Bet there is a lot of black boxes filled with hard epoxy in those planes.

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Always liked that bit in Patriot Games when Jack Ryan tell the US based head of the IRA support that if he put his injured daughter on the US TV news, that support would dry up so fast, the boys back in Belfast would be throwing rocks by the end of the week. Or words to that effect.

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Linux malware? That'll never happen. Ok, just this once then

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Re: How is this a Linux issue?

Ahh well you see I manage to get the SME companies I work for to move away from old legacy software. In fact very few use any custom software any more. Its 99% Office, browsers and some web/cloud applications.

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Re: How is this a Linux issue?

"Never understood why MS have "pants down, bent over" as the OOBE."

I often remark on this and state that MS needs to change the initial setup to make a separate admin and user account instead. But I usually get shouted down by all the folks that previously commented smugly that all other OS's tend to have this very method as standard.

(Shrugs)

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Re: How is this a Linux issue?

" In addition, try running it as a user and see just how easy that is (pretty close to impossible for the consumer versions)."

Tell that to the tens/hundreds of thousands using it everyday in corporate/enterprise situations who seem to get by just fine.

Hyperbole?

We used to call Admin and Standard user accounts 'Distracted' and 'Undistracted' accounts.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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I'd look at banning...

V8 cars/trucks and anything over 3000cc for domestic use.

Don't get me wrong I love me American Muscle and strides have been made in fuel economy but this 'PC' PC idea seems a bit pointless when there are other areas that could be addressed first.

What about swimming pools and aircon units?

Bigger elephants and all that.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Ninite.com...

...for the win.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Using a Note 1

...as my hi-fi. Stripped down build, running Spotify Premium via the Samsung Note Docker into a little Fiio digital amp.

Works a treat.

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman endorses Hillary Clinton, dumps on Trump

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Re: Why are we having this discussion?

Still its not really a clear democracy of purely one person, one vote (rampant gerrymandering aside). How many elections from 2000 have been won without the 'People's vote'?

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Why are we having this discussion?

Doesn't matter what Joe the Plumber wants. The Electoral College will elect the President. The Peoples vote doesn't count for anything 9 times out of 10.

Democracy? Nope.

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

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Re: A pleasant surprise

LG G4 - No patches since February. I've given up worrying about it really.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: 500lb?

I remember around 17lbs of metal slug was all it took to take out a Tiger tank in WW2.

I wouldn't have thought Chobham armor required quite that, almost exponential, increase.

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Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

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HITLER!!!!!!

Sorry...it had just got that far and no one had mentioned him yet AFAIK.

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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Re: Thunderbird with Lightening

VMs are great but to be honest I can't help feeling those that think running a machine within a machine within a machine to do one task, when you could actually just swallow a little pride and just use bloody Windows in the first instance, are making a bit of a rod for their back.

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Re: "if the shit does hit the fan"

"Office 2016 where reinstallation following some hiccup takes hours, followed by the hoops required to convince MS that you are entitled to perform the reinstallation and activate the software"

Actually had to do that twice this week. Both times took around 10 minutes from start to finish. This was the complete reinstall/repair option. All sorted.

Something might be wrong at your end.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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Re: One person's experience

In my experience the folks that have the most smartphone issues are the ones that fiddle the most with them.

Ask 1000 XDA members and 999 will say they have many many issues with their phones.

Ask 1000 normal people in the street and 999 of them will go "Hmmm no...seems to work okay for me! It's alright I suppose!"

The less you dick around with smartphones the fewer issues and longer battery life you will have.

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Re: Style over content

I had a customer who's son wanted to buy a Macbook (maybe the Air?) about three years ago. It had a 4GB or 8GB option (obviously the 8GB option was exponentially more) but I suggested for longevity and potential resell value going forward to get the 8GB one as it couldn't be upgraded later.

He got the 4GB version. He now regrets it big time.

Had he been after a Windows machine I would have told him to get one with 4GB and then slapped in another 4GB and a SSD for half the cost of the 8GB upgrade on the Macbook.

Ah well.

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Re: Apple's biggest plus is also its problem

Yeah works both ways. My 2009 13" Dell laptop with a CULV 1.3GHz CPU which does have 10 Pro installed on it, still works fine too. Its been upgraded some time ago with a 120GB SSD and 6GB of ram. It has a nVidia GPU so it can push pixels which helps. To be honest it should still run fine for another 7 years.

It still gets 2-3 hours+ from the battery.

If you look after kit it will look after you. Doesn't matter if its Apple or Dell or Lenovo.

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Re: meager?

It's what happens when you see something believed to be a 'god' suddenly bleed a little.

The Man Who Would Be King.

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A few folks I know that run Apple gear...

...all seem to be losing patience. The feel that Apple just doesn't listen to its customers anymore and just wants to pander to the tech luddites that cant handle a choice of more than two ports.

Power users or anyone that knows the difference between USB and HDMI? Apple doesn't want you.

The fact that support from a Apple Store is limited to either "is it a problem with iTunes?" or "have you dropped it?" speaks volumes.

I think Mr Ive needs to go ASAP. He has painted Apple into a corner with his reduce and refine stance. There does come a point where you cannot reduce the interface available between user and computer any further. Ive doesn't understand that. They need some new ideas and new designs.

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