* Posts by jason 7

2105 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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How does DAB survive?

I've been following its progress for nearly 25 years and it's just constantly disappointed.

Any other tech or service that came out the same time would have been dumped at least 15+ years ago.

Who keeps this crap going?

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Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

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Could it be...

We've just got too much perfectly usable kit already?

Looking around my living room now I can see at least 9 desktops/laptops/tablets/phones. That's not counting the others hidden in cupboards and under the bed. The oldest items are maybe from 2008 but still do the job perfectly.

Saturation point was reached a long time ago.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Re: MS is trapped

I don't see that.

MS has woken up that it's not about which architecture you are on, it's purely about getting your software on as many different machines and devices as possible.

So where is MS today? I think they are now a good few years ahead really. All these folks talking about out dated, clunky code etc. etc. but then here we are with £60 tablets running full Windows in a perfectly usable fashion. A Windows that's the same broad experience and connectivity across desktop, laptop, tablet and phone.

That doesn't happen by accident.

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@Gannett

I think you'll see most sub £500 laptops coming fitted with these same CPUs as standard.

Already the case in the £300 and below sector.

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Re: Errrr

RT did it's job. It got Intel to make the chips MS wanted all along.

Sometimes you have to make a move on a different girl to get what you want.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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As I've said before...

...terrorists have never taken away any of my rights or freedoms. Only my government.

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Guys...you know what to do...

...at the election...vote for anyone but the incumbent.

Doesn't matter what govt we end up with, just as long as we vote ALL the current lot out and show them who really is in charge.

That will remind them who they actually work for.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Manual Update settings.

Hmm I get laptops in that the user has set it to manual updates only.

I then have to sit and enjoy installing 95 updates...after deleting off all the adware/malware of course.

They giveth with one hand...

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Just change the word...

...'Religion' to 'Death Cult'. Looks far more dramatic, sinister and yet truthful.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: Low res?

For most that's all we are asking for...1080p IPS screens.

However, I doubt by this time next year it will be any different.

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Re: Low res?

I had a 'travel bag' for the original Mac back in the late 80's.

Yes...a travel bag. As per post #278

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=842754&page=12

As for the rest of your gear I think you had to travel light.

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Re: Low res?

I remember carrying around my old Compaq R4000 laptop (ran a full AMD64 desktop CPU in it) which had a power supply the size of a brick (yes not far off). I think just the laptop and PSU in the laptop bag came to just over 3KG.

Kids today...

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Re: Hang on a sec

Oh I agree but that won't stop others will it...

Time to buy stock in Dongle Futures.

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Re: Hang on a sec

Yeah I think the main criticisim you could level at it is maybe its looking a little dated in the bezel side of things and maybe a bump to 1080p as a minimum would help with its price difference over most similar specced laptops. Also maybe offer 8GB ram as the minimum entry.

Compared to the dongle fest that the new Macbook will bring, I think it's the one I'd get...if I'd had a rich uncle leave me some money etc. etc.

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Low res?

Well yes and no.

I'd still like 1440x900 as a res option in the Windows world when 98% of the choice is 1366x768.

Plus really at 11/12" are those mega res screens really that worthwhile/useful? I would have thought 1080p would be more than useful at that size.

Let's have some serious debate about useful resolution to screen size maybe?

Hmm never thought I'd find myself defending an Apple product.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Topics like theses...

Hmmm seems like we have a few indignant and affluent 9 year olds on this site.

Apologies.

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Re: Topics like these...

Yes indeed. Let the product sell itself. Shows confidence in the product at least.

At the end of the day how many are there at Tech shows to seriously buy or just to gawp?

You can afford to lose the gawpers.

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Re: Topics like theses...

Also on a similar note, I'd like to point out to motherboard and graphics card manufacturers that putting pictures of -

Dragons/Spaceships/Barbarians/Sci-fi hookers/Rambo types on the boxes doesn't really encourage me to buy. In fact I don't think many 9 year olds who may actually like such images buy such items either.

Thanks

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Topics like these...

...really give a clear indication of the types of folk that peruse this site.

I feel quite uncomfortable.

By all means have attractive women AND men at such events (it's sales after all) but I too agree that woman shouldn't have to dress like strippers/sci-fi hookers/Anime peado fantasy schoolgirls, just to sell tech products.

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SanDisk slashes sales outlook as growth shudders to a stop

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I would say in the non enterprise...

...side most of us that want SSDs have now got them where we need them. Not to mention the old SATA side ain't cutting it anymore and that's not going to help a lot of us till next upgrade time.

Now it's down to encouraging all the folks who are unaware their 5400rpm HDD in the laptop is holding them back.That's the mums and dads.

Would also help if the OEMs started pushing SSD tech into laptops costing less than £750.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Yeah, I just prefer to see a real 'change and improvement' when I finally take the plunge.

However, as installing a SSD in a laptop is the great performance leveller, that difference is largely cosmetic for me.

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Do people really upgrade their laptops every year or so?

I usually go 5+ years between mine.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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tl;dr

So which corporations paid for this lawsuit in cash stuffed envelopes/cocaine/hookers?

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: HH3

Yeah I haven't seen any business that's signed up with BT getting one of the old classic BT business routers (which were actually not bad).

All I've seen issued to business is the old HomeHub3 which also commits the crime of not having any external wi-fi antenna mounts.

Apparently one business customer was told by a BT engineer they were under strict orders to only issue older HH3's to business folks.

I guess the HH3 was all the Indian support folks could handle over the phone via a script.

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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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