* Posts by jason 7

1837 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

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Re: Use spotify myself

Well I guess if or when the apocalypse comes, I'll be the one getting my hands on the shotgun and the tins of baked beans while the rest are tweeting about it whilst running around trying to charge up their smartwatches...

Could make it easier for me I suppose.

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Re: Use spotify myself

Wow I guess some folks hold superflous fluff like 'streaming music services' far higher than I do in my list of critical life priorities.

In fact I don't reckon it would appear in my top 50.

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Re: Use spotify myself

If Spotify goes tits up?

Well it's hardly the end of the world. I still have a huge rack of CDs behind me I could dust off...or switch on the radio.

Solution - Unsubscribe and subscribe to a similar service. Or just unsubscribe and keep the money.

Not a problem.

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Re: Use spotify myself

What's the problem with DRM?

I don't mind paying for digital media that someone has taken effort over and spent money to create.

Therefore, as far as I can recall DRM has never caused an issue for me. So what's the issue for you guys?

I am now (and have been for many years) fully conditioned to expect that 'nothing lasts forever' in this digital world. You live for now. If you want something to 'last forever' then look elsewhere than the internet.

Full Premium Spotify user here for 3+ years and loving it.

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Redmond's EMET defense tool disabled by exploit torpedo

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Re: Eh?

As mentioned it can't be enabled by default as then thousands of in house business software packages and loads of software that isn't coded properly or written before say 2005 will fall over instantly.

I've installed it on quite a few customer machines and even today modern software like Firefox and Chrome still cock up updates that trigger it.

Again its the human element that lets it down.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: The thing I love about my watch...

Eh? Why spend £200 on a toy watch of dubious value?

Buy a proper watch that will last longer than six months and also still hold its value.

Plastic straps... Well really.

A toy.

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The thing I love about my watch...

..is that it simply tells the time and the day of the month.

Oh and it only needs a new battery every 2-3 years. In that time it just keeps working. No forgetting to charge it up, not having to worry if I'll be able to tell the time come 11pm.

It doesnt distract me, make noises, require updates.....be obsolete in 8 months time.

Why in this day and age are we replacing simple, efficient well designed devices for devices that at best offer lower reliability, are kludgy and much much higher maintenance?

Am I the only one not taking crazy pills?

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Yeah the staff at the Norwich city centre branch are generally a fairly human and helpful bunch. I don't require their assistance but they always say hello and I've never had to jump in to correct when I over hear them giving advice.

I only use them for emergency "I NEED IT NOW!" stuff and when I do the prices make me wince. Usually its for the odd bits and bobs but now I have Amazon Prime I can order a 5M CAT5.e for half the price and have it turn up 10am the next morning.

I do wonder at their strategy when I see things like graphics cards selling for £80 in their cabinet that I could get from Amazon or Ebuyer for £30.

How many £1 special offer keyring screwdrivers do you need to sell to keep you afloat?

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Once you've used one for a while, plugging in a cable does seem a bit old fashioned and a faff.

One of those little things you have to try to realise the benefit.

Its no fun if that pathetically feeble micro USB port breaks too!

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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

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Hmm wasn't graphics heavy by any chance was it?

I remember back around 1994/95 being grilled by a few project managers in Norwich Union about the Internet as they were planning on putting together a NU website and I was the only one that had internet access at home that they knew of.

First thing I told them over and over was "Don't put large images on the site especially on the Homepage! You will piss off the customers!"

So a while later the website launches and what do we find...yes you guessed it, a huge full page image of little use that took around two minutes to appear on screen.

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

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Office 365...

...the most confusing product/products that MS has ever produced.

I get customers calling me not being able to make head or tail of it. Is it web based? Is it local? Is it one user and five machines? Is it one user one machine? Why is is cheaper a year for one person and five machines than one user one machine? Why do I need a Microsoft account? Why do all the staff need a Microsoft account? Why do they want to mess around with our domains?

Why? Why? Why?

And all just to write a letter or make a spreadsheet.

If somone invested a few million in Libre Office...

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Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell

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Are Dell...

...selling QNAP then?

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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Re: Maybe...

Yes I remember back in the early 90's if you were stuck around Liverpool Street station at 7.30pm on a Saturday night the only place to eat/drink in was the Pizza Express about 200 yards away. Everywhere else was shut like a ghost town.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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Re: Speed and more speed.

Kind of a moot point really.

I've installed SSDs in all sorts of old SATA 1 based laptops and they work a treat. As I said before it doesnt really matter if they are only able to push 150-190MBps, the access times really make up the difference. So much so for general day to day use its not that easy to tell the difference between 190MBps and 350MBps.

Plus watching a 8 year old laptop boot up in 15 seconds is still pretty cool compared to that 120GB 4200rpm piece of junk it had previously. That was maybe pushing 45MBps on the outer rim with 15ms access times.

Plus chances are the dear old laptop will pack up in a year or two anyway so the SSD can find use somewhere else afterwards.

Buy with confidence.

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It's not all about top end speed really.

For general use as long as they are pushing over 150MBps with 0.1ms access times I find its perfectly usable.

All in the access times really.

I picked up some prevous but one gen 40GB Intel SSDs for £19 each a few weeks ago. They work a treat for an old laptop upgrade. Still leaves around 18GB free after all the OS and software goes on.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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It's like Spitting Image...

...went downhill after Reagan and Thatcher went out of politics.

All very grey.

More peas dear?

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Folks forget...

...MS is mainly a software company.

I always thought the end goal was to get your software on more hardware than anyone elses.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: Britain (and the US ) need smaller cars

Yeah hard to make it work when everyone thinks that as soon as they have a baby they have to buy a Tiger Tank to protect it.

Bizzare.

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And yet...

...if the laws passed that demanded a 100mpg Urban 1000cc engine delivering 85BHP we'd have it within a few months.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: Just who is getting that money?

You would be surprised. My other half found a website that a local authority was paying the company that made it £1500 a month for 'support' on a static 4 page site.

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Never...

...heard of her!

Is she important to humanity?

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Whats the choice?

Cut back the forests or cut back the number of humans?

Ohhh no one wants to dare talk about the second option......

However, we need to strike a workable balance.

I see these documentaires highlighting the issues with logging and that if they stopped logging then the poor loggers lose their living and the means to support their families.

The brutal truth is we can well afford to lose the peasant logger and his family, no one will miss them. Sorry but it's true. They will either die off or go find something else to do, these are resourceful people.

But we will all miss the jungles and forests once they are gone.

Hey look on the bright side, it kept a few peasants in flip flops, cheap jeans and teeth rotting cola! Totally worth it!

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If you want to save the rainforests and jungles...

...really really want to save them then there is a very effective way to do it and its proven.

Basically scatter the area you wish to save with thousands of anti-personnel mines.

Think I'm crazy? Well the Americans may well have saved huge swathes of jungle etc. in Vietnam and the surrounding areas from logging etc. as there is far too much ordinance sitting just under the surface and it costs a fortune to clear it.

Keeps the humans out and the wildlife just carries on as normal. Ironic really that US forces in trying to destroy something could well have saved it for future generations.

If you wanted to you could design the explosive with a limited effective lifespan of say 25 years and then review the situation.

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HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

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Chrome devices.

Are not 'essentially useless' without a internet connection.

Many of the functions still work in some way. In this modern age many devices other than Chromebooks/boxes are a bit limited without a internet connection.

However, quite why you would pay that much for a Chrome device I don't know.

It's a bit like taking a Bic Biro, maybe putting Quink ink in it and selling it for £75.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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True but what you say to one and what you say to many can differ.

The fact is he said that the figures for renewables don't add up. He didn't have to agree with me, it was just a casual off the cuff type of chat. He wasn't after my vote.

I have heard other Greens say that nuclear is the only real choice.

They know as well as I mentioned earlier, that as soon as people can't heat or light their homes the green argument against nuclear etc. is finished. The public will demand nuclear yesterday.

I guess it's just hard to abandon your public mantra after so many years when hard reality hits you in the face.

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"If it was all exploited then we could power the country 5 times over."

Constantly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?

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Re: Politicians pandering to the Greens are the problem not the EU

Actually I was chatting to a Green Councillor a few days ago regarding the power shortages we may well be getting.

I said that we need to stop messing about and build at least 5 new reactors ASAP ans renewables are not the full answer.

He nodded and agreed. He said that many in the Green party are waking up to the fact that wind and solar won't cut it in the long run and nuclear is the smartest option going forward. Voters will soon drop their eco warrior stance when they can't charge their iPads and Prius.

His and my fear was that it won't happen till it's too late and the whole build process will be a 'rush job'. Not what you want in this case.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Bless him!

He's only a Mac user after all. You don't expect him to know much about tech.

Dives for cover.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Getting everyone to code is just as daft...

... as pushing everyone to go to University to acquire unrealistic job and wage expectations.

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Re: I can't code.

Now if we team up would rule the world...

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I can't code.

There I've said it. I've been around computers for 33 years of my 43 years on the planet. I can pull them apart and put them back together with my eyes closed, teach total novices to use them but coding...nope.

I just don't get it. I've tried but it just doesn't go in. The logic of it all I cannot see.

I remember being sent on a Lotus Script course many years ago (why? I don't know, I did argue it was a waste of time) and sat there as the tutor asked everyone to tell their coding experience. Person after person reeled off C++, cobol, pascal, Java blah blah blah. Every language you could think of.

Then it came to my turn.

"Erm...BBC B basic, computer studies O level 1987!"

I could physically feel the eye rolling and teeth sucking going around the room.

It got even worse when I asked a few minutes later -

"Erm excuse me...what does concatenation mean?"

So I just sat there for two days after I got totally lost 20 minutes into the course. Nice visit to Cirencester though so not all was lost.

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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So much money.....

....to spend on so much disappointment.

I mean really, how do you motivate a bunch of nightclub thugs who earn £200k a week to give a damn?

I bet all of them are told by their 'real' managers who pay the wages to not take any risks and to get back home ASAP.

Expect a lot of nil-nil draws in Qatar for the next one if it goes ahead.

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Office, IE and Windows in line for critical fixes from Redmond

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I wouldn't class having to reboot...

..it twice a major cause for concern. Its just rebooting.

I booted it up, said it had X number of updates. I updated. It asked to reboot.

I then rebooted and then it said there were some more available if I wanted them. So I did.

No biggie. It hadn't been used for a month.

I think the point is that its bizarre one OS gets crticised for updates...when they ALL get updates.

Shrugs.

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I fired up my copy of Fedora yesterday.

That required 30 updates and a reboot.

After that it said there were 20 more...and another reboot.

How does anyone get any work done? Sheesh.

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German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

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Re: Not fit for purpose

"Why aren't we allowed to know who is accused and of what?"

I guess because it involves some new or undisclosed form of surveillance that is highly contentious and probably illegal in most courts.

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AMD tops processor evolution with new mobile Kaveri chippery

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Re: It seems to me...

There is disparity in the industry.

Look on Ebuyer and the most expensive AMD A8 laptop is a £620 HP with 4GB of ram and a 500GB 5400rpm HDD.

Thats it! Some with 8GB but nothing special to tempt you. All with mundane HDD tech.

As for Intel? £2200 and every price and option downwards.

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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Re: Sadly

To be honest I've been going smaller and smaller with storage on my mobile devices.

My Widows laptop had a 500GB HDD whch was swapped for a 120GB SSD. I've now moved my most used data into Google Drive so that I don't need masses of storage and have now swapped the 120GB for a 60GB. However, as I now have a 11" Chromebook the Windows laptop doesn't get the usage it used to.

My days of storing masses of data on portable/mobile devices are over. The bulk data sits on my workstation, Google Drive or NAS at home.

Works for me. YMMV obviously.

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Re: Sadly

Well I never understand the comments that say...

"It just grinds to a halt with 200 browser tabs open..."

Ermmm maybe its not the Chromebook that has the problem.

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Re: Sadly

Instead of walking away...why not actually try one for a couple of days?

A lot of us were quite sniffy until we tried them.

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

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Re: king of foo

Another factor is that if MS switched on all the security and restrictions (user accounts as default and not admin/EMET/DEP etc.) included in Windows by default there would be carnage.

Average users would moan at the restrictions or extra passwords they would have to use. Not to mention all the poorly or out of date coded software that would be rendered useless by DEP/SEHOP etc.

Damned if they do...

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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And at the end of the day ...

...in 99.99999% of cases its probably still perfectly good enough to stop the guy that nicked your laptop or picked it up on the train after you forgot it, from looking at whats on it before he sells it down the pub for £40 and a dodgy copy of Windows 7 gets slapped over it by the new owner.

A little bit of perspective here...

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Since I've had a smartphone...

....with a keyboard I've used SMS more and more. It's the default messaging service that everyone will have.

In fact myself and my general community use SMS pretty much most of the time. Fast and simple.

Not to 14 year old girl from 2008 levels of use but when you have 2000+ texts a month to use...

Oh and we use full English spelling too.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: ARGH!

So chances are you'll be using such a machine on a desk rather than your lap or on the train.

To quote Blackadder kinda...

"So some sort of larger external screen is required?"

I guess on this machine the screen included is really a mere courtesy or a real (ahem) power user would use it in a dual screen setup anyway. Just use the laptop screen for email/browsing while doing the real work on the 24" or higher.

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Might be big....

...but I'd wager it will still be working fine long after those slimmer boutique style mega gaming laptops have died from heat exhaustion (or lack of).

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Senate decides patent reform is just too much work, waves white flag

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I love to see democracy in action.

"...and I said with all the dignity I could muster...is this any way to run a f***ing ballroom?"

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Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

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Turns out in the Fett movie...

...instead of Fett being a money grabbing amoral anti-hero type like Snake Plissken...he has a heart of gold.

Well who would have guessed.

To be honest they could remake Fistfull of Dollars and A Few Dollars More as Fett movies. Would be a interesting twist.

Facial closeups could be a issue though.

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Launching a hardware startup? The stars are aligned in your favor

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Hmmm really?

I thought the current situation was -

1. Design an original device concept.

2. Announce original device concept.

3. 24 hours later get blown out of the water by Apple/Google/Cisco/MS/HTC/Broadcom/Intel/Monster/EasyJet legal dept with patent infringement on the basic gist of 5% of the overall concept (say the device requires some form of electricity to work or you need to touch it).

4. Sign everything over to one or more of the above for next to nothing.

5. File for bankruptcy.

Rinse and repeat.

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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Very much first world flaws though...

I think one could survive.

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Microsoft to release epic Xbox One update in June

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Re: I have been a fan of the Xbox360 for years...

Indeed, bot the PS4 and the Xbox One are very lackluster.

How bad is it really? Well nearly 7 months on and I still don't know anyone that owns either one.

"Not bothered this time!" is the comment I hear most.

Last gen, by this time I knew more than half a dozen with 360s.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: This hybrid laptop/tablet approach still doesn't work

How many other mainstream tablets are if you are asking?

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