* Posts by jason 7

2627 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Server makers love Intel Xeons (true) - but not the price tag

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Wait three years...

...then pick them up on Ebay.

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Microsoft warns of worm ransomware, finds fix in Windows 10 upgrade

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And it could all go away...

...is standard user accounts were the default instead of Admin ones.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: Five minutes with a small screwdriver and...

No they don't. In the past ten years only HP have given that error.

I regularly upgrade older Dell/Toshiba/Lenovo etc. laptops with newer wi-fi cards.

My current Dell has had three over the 8 years I've had it. I swapped a atheros wi-fi card for an Intel in a Lenovo for my Gf last week to make it better for the Kali linux distro she wanted to use to learn some hacking techniques.

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Re: Five minutes with a small screwdriver and...

Not that I have noticed. Works fine. No such compatibility notices appear on most occasions and I know the ones you mean.

If you do you kit might just be too old.

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Re: Samsung?

Samsung has abandoned selling laptops in a lot of the world so its safe to say its not a priority for them.

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Five minutes with a small screwdriver and...

...I'd have a Intel wi-fi card slipped in there no problem.

Just be careful as HP locks the wi-fi card to the machine for some Nazi reason. Most others can be fully upgraded.

That or just install the Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 driver for that Broadcomm card.

A lot of the old soundchips in PCs work running 10 with the old Vista driver.

With old kit you just have to get a little creative. It's not impossible.

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Re: What an absolute

"Perfect time to upgrade to one the many wonderful Linux distros available for free download :)"

Yes and then when you go tell people which wonderful distro you installed you get told 18 times in 2 minutes --

"Oh you installed the wrong distro mate!"

I'm not wrong am I, let's be honest here.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Still copying Apple

My 70 year old dad took my spare Chromebook just fine on a five week trip to South Africa. He said he really enjoyed using it.

If they have been using Chrome then they are 75% there already...

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Myself and three mates were forgotten about....

...for a whole year almost. We sat in our office just eating, reading newspapers, long lunches and browsing the web.

We'd been in a re-organisation and given over to a new manager. They never bothered to come in and see us.

Thing is that manager was just in the office next door, 6 feet away. We just waited for the next re-org...

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Re: The Real Ale Defence

US ales all taste very bitter and metallic to me. Unfinished.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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A big thank you to Microsoft.

This underhand practice has made me a huge amount of money over the past few months. The number of roll backs, black screens of death, bad intel GPU drivers etc. etc. that I have had to sort out for customers that either did or didn't want Windows 10 has been incredible.

Well done, thanks for supporting the little guy!

The fact you continue to alienate your grass roots customers is another matter.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: Wow? I don't understand the hate for so many wonderful things.

Sorry chap but going forward, security and locked down experience is going to be the way forward.

It's going to be carnage over the next 5 years.

All that garnish is just going to get tossed aside. But you carry on listening to John Lennon's Imagine all you like.

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Yayyy flabby and lazy is the future!

Shame imagination and drive for something better is dwindling away in IT.

All those versions you say are a problem...and yet you probably recommend Linux?

All I'm asking for really is a custom install that lets me install what I NEED. The rest can sit in a secure locker ready in case I ever do require it. Until then its safely dormant.

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That's not really the point chap. The usage patterns of a lot of people are becoming increasingly narrow. Having masses of unwanted/unused code just adds complexity and increased security risks. Often the chink in many systems has been some unused, little forgotten bit of code that everyone has ignored. I hate knowing that a large percentage of the software and code on my PC just isn't needed or used. Plus if it's not installed, I don't need to waste time and bandwidth on updates for it.

The unused stuff may be beneficial to some but as no one is shouting for it...

If it's not needed then get rid of it. Either that or in future, browsers and operating systems need to only add features if they are actually asked for. If the request never comes up, it never gets installed.

We should be aiming at making hardware and software more lean, tailored, efficient and secure not bloated, mostly dormant and one size fits all.

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Re: Swiss Army Knife

Nah...the Swiss Army Hiker is as much as most of us here would need.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorinox-1461300-Army-Knife-Hiker/dp/B0001P151M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464082227&sr=8-1&keywords=swiss+army+hiker

Even then I don't use the saw or the 'odd thing with the hole in it'.

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We could do with some of this trimming...

...with operating systems too. 80% of the 'added stuff' I never use.

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

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Hands up...

...who will be really upset about this going?

Hmm no one? Yeah didn't think so. Amazing how the elite seem to think all of us are made of money.

99.99% of the population have far bigger things to worry about than a painting that only 4-5 people really care about.

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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

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Always enjoyed my IT training days.

I had two main methods to make it run smoothly.

1. Identify the smart-arse know it all ASAP and set a trap for him in not giving him some important info (that would have been given later in the course) so he screwed something up when charging ahead. That always put them in their place.

2. Always go at the pace of the slowest trainee. Yes it may annoy the smart-arse but it meant that the 20 people that turned up all went away trained and knowing what they were doing. Seen way too many courses where the trainer is a lazy arsehole that just panders to the two smart-arses and leaves the rest behind.

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

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Spot On

A site I use regularly does a cash drive every year to drum up funds for it so they don't have to use ad networks. All the money goes direct to them. No one else (well maybe PayPal) involved. I chuck them $20 a year.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Re: Google catches up to Apple, while Microsoft trails the pack

Jobs did hardly anything to kill Flash. He maybe knocked three months off it at best. It's 2016 now and Flash is still hanging around all over the place. It's hardly dead. Will still be with us at 2020 I reckon.

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Did Spotify hire Alan Partridge to run its Netflix-style video push?

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How about - Rolf's...

...oh hang on...sorry.

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

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Re: Moving to Chromebooks.

Ermmm like a lot of offices...send emails and write some documents. Stupid bloody question.

(Shrugs, bemused)

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Moving to Chromebooks.

Windows is just too big and lumpy. We want a change. We've trailed a few and people like them. Super fast, secure and updates don't cripple it.

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Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub

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I remember several years ago...

we were doing yet another company merger IT rollout and my boss told me and my mate that we were to go up to Cheadle for 4 days to help with the rollout there.

"But Boss, that's not one of our branches! It's a collections branch not a claims branch!"

He wouldn't discuss the matter, we had to go. So we did, after hiring the highest class of hire car and the best hotel in the area that we could. We usually did things on the cheap but this was so farcical we thought "what the hell!" Drove up from Norwich, booked in and went round to the branch to show our faces and get the expected response.

"What are you pair doing here? This isn't one of your branches! Piss off!" said the guy managing this office.

"We know! Thank you we will!"

After that we walked straight out and spent three days from 11am till 11PM in the pub next door, drinking and eating. Was a nice little break really.

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EU set to bin €500 note

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Re: Re:It's time to start hoarding gold while you still can

Yeah hoarding gold for the collapse of the world never made sense to me. Quite how you make change with a Krugerrand I have no idea. Always thought tins of baked beans and getting your shotgun license organised was more useful.

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US telly stations fling malware-tipped web ads at unsuspecting surfers

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So where are our resident Ad Network shills?

Still flogging that "Adblockers are evil" dead horse?

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Re: We need more reliable, not just larger.

Thats why I never strayed much past 1TB single platter HDDs. I see these 5+ platter beasts and I just cringe.

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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Re: Eternal Optomist

Yeah I remember my life as a Nexus 4 owner wasn't all rainbows and lollipops. One update screwed up the 3G radio. Had to use a radio file from the previous Kit-Kat version to make it work.

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I'd say so. My Dad has mine now.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Ethics don't don't come into it.

If you have good content I'll pay to see it. Don't need frustrating irrelevant ads getting in the way.

And yes targeted ads are a fantasy. They don't exist. I'm a huge Amazon shopper and they cant even get "Due to your shopping habits you might be interest in..." lists right so what chance so who are the ad networks trying to kid?

The only web folks that are worried about this are the ones that just steal and link to other superior content. They can die off today for all I care. Either provide it for free or if you want to get paid for it, make people pay for it. You might be surprised.

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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

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Yeah HDD reliability has nosedived since the flood about 5 years ago. I think they dropped manufacturing tolerances a few % to get more product out the door and didnt bother to up them again after things got back to normal.

One other thing I would say as a IT repair guy is that if you have a reasonably new (3 years or fewer) Toshiba HDD in your laptop, you really do have a ticking timebomb there.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Ads are bad, mmkay

Not on any of my systems/PVR etc.

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Re: Ads are bad, mmkay

"Live TV" there is another example of the Ad people's reality disconnect. Anyone with any sense and money watches TV on demand and just clicks straight passed the ads.

Watching ads on TV is a thing of the past. Is the Shake & Vac lady still on?

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Online advertising....

...is as useful and wanted as the old paper Yellow Pages and phone book. They still deliver those tombstones to our apartments. All of them go straight in the recycling.

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I'm rolling out 200 machines next week...

...every one will have ad-blockers installed as standard. Been standard practice for some years now. Keeps maintenance down if nothing else.

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Re: Publishers could simply

I'm happy to pay. I just don't want ANY ads. If you don't want my money, then you too can fuck off.

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Re: Almost enough to make me want to vote to stay in

No joke really. The internet is in need of a major cull of crap and parasite sites. We could lose over half of it and hardly notice.

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Re: @FF22

"Tell us, which soon to be defunct/obsolete advert pusher do you work for?" - FTFY

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Re: Click here to view this title.

C'mon, he might live in London! £5 a pint!!!!

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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Re: Don't believe the (CD) hype (HiRes)

@Kristian

Spot on. That's how I read it all years ago too. Back when hi-fi magazines were worth a read.

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Re: Meh

Not really. Speakers should be listed about 20th on any smartphone manufacturers list of importance.

Speakers in phones will be hamstrung whether you invest millions in micro speaker tech or not. You are just hitting a brick wall with acoustics and physics. The difference will just result in either poor or hmm...not bad, not great...but not bad.

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Re: Meh

Yeah I never get the fuss over smartphone speakers. They are all universally limited. It's like saying "I'll take that one!" if being forced to pick from a selection of steaming turds.

If it works well enough to give directions while driving and make you go "Awww!" over a baby sloth video that's good enough.

Some folks give far too much importance to trivial parts. It's like the Mk5 Ford Escort was designed round a sunroof as that was the thing most customers wanted back then. Look how that turned out!

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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Also not convinced at the moment.

The few folks I know with an Apple Watch just try desperately to justify their purchase by demonstrating how much useless and unnecessary info the watch tells them about their day. You can tell by the look in their eyes that even they are not 100% convinced by their purchase.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: Don't know about UK law

Well if we leave the EU lord knows what the powers that be will be able to do to us!

Scrap the courts system completely? Take away our vote? Who knows.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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Re: Just wrong

I see your point...but unfortunately, lots of young people there have access to guns...and some of those young people are a bit odd and highly strung.

It's a bit of a wider problem.

Look up University/College Shootings.

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Re: Just like in Bolivia

Do the campus Police's badges have "How's My Smile?" written on them?

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Re: He should of used...

If you want to clear an area of young people just switch off the wi-fi and data.

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Apple just isnt serious...

....about any computing other than iPhone and Tablet.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Re: Don't crack open the champagne too soon...

Yeah I'm getting Person of Interest Samaritan type vibes here.

Somewhere an attaché case with a couple of HDDs in it are being handed over.

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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

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Re: Amazon?

No the search on Amazon is the worst ever. Go for lowest price means having to scroll though 20 pages of £1 upwards unrelated crap before getting to what you need. Better to go high to low and then you only have 5 pages to scroll through.

Selecting other search categories like size, price or brand can totally throw search results too.

It's the one area Amazon have totally neglected.

However, as said paying for stuff once you find it is so simple. Two clicks for me and done.

I had one of my old IT Trade suppliers call me up recently to ask why I had not bought anything from them for a while. I just told them that Amazon is usually within a £1 or so of them and offers cheaper delivery with two click purchase. Whereby they always require I login every time, have to confirm my address, type my credit card details in over and over and don't offer a free delivery option. I told them that even if Amazon is a few quid more expensive I'll still buy from them as it saves me 10 minutes. I'm a lazy sod!

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