* Posts by jason 7

2171 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Nokia may tell struggling HERE Maps division to get lost – report

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Re: Installed Here locally on my Nexus 4...

MiniDisc Data...instead we got stuck with floppies and Zip Disks.

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Installed Here locally on my Nexus 4...

...several weeks ago. Haven't touched the TomTom since. So much better for me.

Shame that it will eventually get ruined.

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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Re: OS revisions start coming every 18 months

Hey I agree with you. I don't really care for new OS revisions this quick as corporates tend to move to a new OS about every 6-7 years. I don't get why MS is suddenly doing a lot of work that their biggest customers won't give two hoots about. Technically about 4 out of every 5 OS will get missed.

The only thing I can think of is that they can test out a lot of new functionality domestically and get it tweaked just right before the corporates make their choice of the next big corporate OS. Just keep a rolling production line of OS refinement rather than huge specific OS build projects.

If one tanks...doesn't matter, a new one will be out in 8 months...

For me the OS is done, has been for the past 10 years and most things since have just been different styles of garnish.

But if it's going to be the way that a new OS appears every year then I'd rather pay little and often.

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Re: Subscription model?

Subscription software doesn't necessarily need a internet connection to work. Usually the license/registration system just checks when it can to see if the subscription is coming up.

I think folks get confused between 'cloud' services and 'subscription software'.

I have Office 365 on subscription and I use that disconnected for long periods if I'm out and about.

Not as bad as you might think. I've yet to have any issues with the few bits of software I use that use this model.

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Re: Subscription model?

Well I'm all for owning outright if its something I'm going to keep...for a long time.

If it's a constantly shifting service over several devices then to be honest I'll subscribe.

Different strokes....

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Re: Subscription model?

I have to say if the Windows OS revisions start coming every 18 months than I would prefer to switch to a subscription. Say four machines for a decent sum and I'll be happy.

Buying individual is fine if you are only upgrading every 5-6 years but when it gets quicker than that I just want that all taken care of so I don't have to deliberate.

I could work with say £120 a year for five licenses. Same as Office365. Works for small business too as everyone then sits on the same software.

Other than that like you, you look out for the pre-release offers and buy it in cheap . I got the Pro upgrades for £20 a go (bought 4) and was until recently buying Windows 8 Pro retail upgrades for £40 each instead of the usual £140.00.

If they dont go subs the only worry I have is that they bring out a 10.1 version which is a royal pain when most machines recovery partitions have 10 on them....just adds more time and effort.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: At the end of the day...

And even someone clueless about tech can think, "hey, there's an encryption app, must be something juicy on here. Maybe I can ask a friendly geek to crack it".

Oh yes in some daring Mission Impossible style switcheroo so the target doesn't notice. Or a race against time to crack the code and get the data before they come back asking where their phone is!

Really? Really?? Come off it.

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At the end of the day...

...does it stop your mum or girlfriend from easily looking at stuff on your phone?

If so then job done. Just need to be a little clearer for those that might think it NSA/determined geek proof.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Honest Question ...

I also use the built in Disk Cleaner to root out some more, turn down the System restore If you need it) to around 1% and switch off hibernation. That can free up another 3-4GB usually.

Had a laptop brought in to me that had 64GB of System restore points! It was set to 50% for some reason.

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Re: Honest Question ... @jason 7

Yeah...but it's a 2008 Netbook!

Some of us in 2015 have modern computers with adequate storage space.

Don't blame us with our 11GB installs.

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Re: Honest Question ...

I did a fresh install of 10 a few weeks ago that clocked in at 11GB.

I don't see an issue honestly.

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Re: Abandoned their work?

Dunno why folks are so against my "Can't be arsed anymore!" theory.

If you look at the timeline there were frequent updates to TC pretty much up till the point UEFI equipped systems started to emerge which TC couldn't support. Then after that it just trailed off for the next 18 month to two years and then the Snowden stuff broke out.

A few months after Snowden we get the whole "TC isn't secure anymore!" alert.

To me it looks like making TC work with the newer hardware was maybe just too big a job and the folks had maybe decided to move onto other (paid) work. Hence the long time slacking off of apparent development.

The only slight conspiracy bit might have been a sponsored effort by someone to put some doubt in the product. If folks are looking to encrypt their laptops all of a sudden and you have a commercial product you'd want to eliminate the best free alternative. Especially one that hadn't been updated for some time. Easy enough to do.

No real need for the NSA to be involved really. I'm sure Symantic etc. have had an upturn in their enterprise encryption products.

Sometimes the simplest theory is the one.

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Abandoned their work?

Well it was largely obsolete with regards to full disk encryption on modern hardware.

Only so much effort any person is prepared to do for nothing.

Probably nothing more sinister than "F**k this! Can't be arsed anymore!"

Sorry bit drunk as been out to the pub and it's my birthday tomorrow...what the hell am I doing here???

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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

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I always say...

...by all means take nude pics of yourself...just keep your face out of it.

Some plausible deniability.

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Man...

...it all sounds so confusing.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Re: Finally replacing it at work

My findings exactly. It's mostly fear mongering.

I rolled out a lot of Windows 8/8.1 machines last year and didn't have issues with any of them. I just installed Classic Start and spent 15 mins or so with the customer just showing them what was new (as you would expect from leaping from XP to 8+).

Thumbs up all round. Some folks just make things sound far more difficult than they really are. But their voices do tend to carry a long way.

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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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Meh

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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