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* Posts by jason 7

1776 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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The headphones will disappear..

...or at least the (ahem) technology will. As someone else said "lot of money to pay for bass boost!"

It's the streaming Apple wanted.

As for Pono...what an ugly device. Surely a small desktop unit would be more popular for that crowd of grey haired baby-boomers with sub par hearing and money to burn...again?

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

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Re: What about?

Oh dear how did some of you survive before the flat screens arrived?

Poor lambs.

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What about?

Just buying a dumb monitor instead for TV?

Do you really need that 50" screen?

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Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'

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Re: Of course...

Yeah he turns up and is given an empty office with not a lot to do.

Or a door that only opens from the outside.

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

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NASA incoming lawsuit in 5...4...3...

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Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

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Have you tried routing the DNS through the FamilyDNS settings too?

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Re: Trend Micro delivered this message in 2008

If only all the suites were not such a kludgey, shouty, paranoia, terror creating mess it wouldn't be so bad.

Why does each part of the suite appear to have been written and designed by different teams in isolation for a start.

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Re: The truth from the greatest liar?

That quote is going to haunt then for a long time...

A definite Ratner moment.

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Re: AV never was any good

And 24-48 hours behind the curve.

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Re: One good thing Microsoft has embraced and extended

I never understood why the big AV companies never took a leaf out of MS's book on AV.

Just release a decent product that does a single job quite well and without all the fuss, complexity and nagging.

MSE isnt perfect but it does the job without any hassle or constant nagging. The only issue is that as its so popular its the main target and its really only a baseline level of defence.

All we want is a lean efficient AV software that just installs, scans and updates in the background. A single notification icon bottom right is all that we need to know its there.

Dont need link scanning, email scanning, network lock downs, child monitoring, arbitrary trusted app levels, convoluted firewall blah blah blah...

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

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It's Channel 4 News for us.

Has been for about 8 years now.

If we catch BBC News at 6 or 10pm for some strange reason (like watching BBC at all?) it feels like watching John Cravens Newsround but not so grown up.

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It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining

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Re: Doesn't add up

Yes if a guy came up to me and said he could sell me a machine that would make gold from nothing...I'd be suspicious.

"Hmmm well why aren't you using it then?"

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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Re: And so it begins...

And enable Deep Hooks in EMET 4.1 too.

Been installing this on all machines I build for some time now.

Works a treat. No impact on performance.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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If this is the case...why do girls bother with handbags?

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

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Re: Dealing with internal memory limitations on the original Galaxy Note

As per Dynamis, I can confirm we have Jelly Bean on the GF's Note 1 and its still a mess.

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My girlfriends Note 1 is doing this too. Got a class 10 16GB SD card in it but the phone seems to dump apps and data all over the place. Total mess.

No thanks. Keep it simple.

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I've been happy with 16GB on my Nexus 4. Still have 8GB left. I don't see the need to carry my entire 'digital life' around on a phone. Plus only so many hours in a day and I do still enjoy human interaction.

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'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson

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I think you'd find most of the illegal guns in the UK come from two main sources.

1. The old eastern bloc.

2. Converted replicas from the far east.

I doubt we are getting that many coming over from the west. Much easier ways to get hold of guns from closer to home.

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Re: Well the good thing about these 3D guns is...

Each one comes with a pair of kevlar work gloves and safety goggles.

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Re: Re more guns, lower crime rate

If he refers to lowering home invasion type scenarios with every home having a gun, might I suggest people just try locking their doors and windows at night?

I'm more of a vaccine is better than a cure kind of guy.

When I've stayed with folks in the US I'm staggered at how many don't lock their doors. Same with their cars.

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Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update

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The dilema for MS.

Windows Phone 8 needs to be more like Android and IOS

Windows Phone 8 needs to be less like Android and IOS

Maybe they should have bought WebOS cos everyone loved that.

But then it would immediately switch to being shit, just because...

Just do your own thing MS, do your own thing.

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AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

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Indeed, if you look back most of the big 'pushes' over the past 10 years or more have been developed by AMD and not Intel. Sure Intel make nice powerful chips but...boringggg.

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Re: As a Sanmsung S3 and then Note 2 user

I call iPhones, iTrinkets now.

It's so teeny tiny!

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IBM was wrong to force UK workers off final salary pensions – judge

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Re: Now how many more years...

Dunno about the court awards but as an aside...

I started over paying into AVCs aged 24 so I could retire at 55. I was in an excellent final salary scheme too.

Now at age 43 my pension has been pushed back to age 70.

From at least four IFAs I've questioned hard, the real truth is most of us under 50 wont be retiring any time soon if at all.

The sh*t will hit the fan pretty soon as the figures just don't add up. Tough job finding around £35000 for every £1000 you want in annual pension.

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I must be one of those funny shareholders...

... that thinks happy and well paid employees work harder and will make more money for me. You know, they go that extra mile.

Quite how you expect to run a successful profitable company with say 80% of the workforce not giving a sh*t I don't know. I guess at that point you get rid of the 80% and replace them with £800+ a day contractors who whilst they still don't give a toss about your company, some still feel they have to give value for money.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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Re: Capacity

@Tim Bates

Well 3725GB and 4000GB would look silly. Most would put 3.7TB or 4TB on the box...

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Re: Capacity

I know all about it. I understand exactly. Been toying with hard drives for over 20 years.

But how long will enough of dumb ol' Joe Public take it before they take out another class action asking where their missing 1000GB went and the Judge thinks that actually that is a fair point. Before it may have been a forgivable 5GB...

Like buying a 800 gram jar of coffee and finding 100grams is jammed solid at the bottom.

I dont see the problem with stating the actual average formatted size instead of the unobtainable. If only 5.5TB is ever usable its classed as a 5.5TB drive. Simple. Either that or as mentioned come up with a more efficient formatting solution.

I didnt mind when the amounts were within reason but give it a few years and you'll be looking at 20% or more of stated capacity.

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Re: Capacity

Yes but how long until they release say a 8TB drive...but it actually only has purely 7TB available?

They could get away with it in the olden days when you got 77GB of a 80GB HDD or 113GB of a 120GB but now the old measuring system is starting to look downright stupid when in fact you arent getting the storage of what would have been a large HDD a few years ago.

When 8TB+ drives arrive are they going to give you a free 1TB drive to make up or have to wait till they can make a 9TB drive and label it as a 8?

I really don't think they can get away with it for much longer. We need a new size system. Just tell it what it is. Usable size only please.

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Oh...he did want the Heat!

I don't know why but I just love the way O'Dowd delivers that line.

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

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Re: Whining

From what I saw on CH4 news a few weeks ago the issue is a lot of people have lived in rented accommodation in those areas for years. Some of them for generations. So what you have now is many poor elderly people who were getting by, now having to move out of the place they called home for 65 years. That hurts.

One long established community is being pushed out to make way for another that could just change or disappear at the whim of some Tech CEO or public taste and trends.

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Re: "simply market forces in action"

But which community?

The original poor impoverished one or the new fluid well-paid one?

You know things have changed when you see a jar of mustard for £6.00 and increased use of French words outside of shop fronts.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: So does OSX and Linux...

So the long and the short of it is...that neither of them have basic/simple long term support in mind for the average joe/business past around 4-5 years.

Thanks.

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So does OSX and Linux...

...provide eternal support?

Do they still provide updates and support for software they churned out well over 10 years ago?

Just asking.

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Re: XP will only be insecure if connected

My brothers firm has to use a Windows 98 laptop connected to their lathe. They have a stockpile of abut three old laptops I bought off Ebay for like £30 each and slapped Win98 on them. They don't connect to the web so its not really an issue.

They are set for another 10+ years. Business as usual.

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Don't tase me Pro: WD brings out Thunderbolt external drive

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And when the controller etc. fails...

...you think "no problem, I'll take it out of the case and pop the drive in another caddy! Worth a try!"

Then you find WD fixes non standard SATA connectors to their external drives so you can't!

Don't buy WD external HDDs. Especially the 2.5" ones.

Of course this one may be different...

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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There is probably still a wharehouse full of BB Playbooks...

...going cheap.

I still use mine, thanks for asking.

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From corporate bod to startup star: The 10-month gig that changed everything

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Great fun and all...

...but did you actually deliver on time, on budget and most importantly...did it work?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Back to school

Hmmm what wallpaper did you cover it in?

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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At the end of the day...

...people have just got bigger things to worry about.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: Too little, too late.

@Tom

Then you recently haven't been unlucky enough to have to use a 2001 spec PC running XP for your day to day work.

I've seen people waiting nearly 30+ seconds for a Excel spreadsheet to open, thinking that's totally normal in 2014. Now repeat many that many over the course of a day.

Mmm I love the sound of a 40GB Maxtor IDE drive in the morning...

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Re: Too little, too late.

Try using a 13 year old install of XP on a 13 year old PC and you'll find that it doesn't work...very well at all.

Trust me I see them when folks ask me to upgrade them.

If you think wasting 20 minutes a day waiting 'for something to happen' then by all means but I'm sure most of us here have better things to do.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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I think I'll wait for the...

...£50 one that works a bit better.

Other that that an interesting little toy.

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

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Re: Gamers on the whole will move anywhere and pay anything if...

Unless you have a current gen Nvidia GPU, you'll probably find those driver boosts wont affect your card.

The drivers may support 20 cards going back to say the 8800 series but those old cards are only tested to make sure the drivers still work.

The latest Crysis optimisations are strictly for the new/current cards.

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Gamers on the whole will move anywhere and pay anything if...

...if it gives them an extra 10fps.

That's the real enthusiasts and if you get them to move then so will a large portion of the gaming community.

Remember these are the people that will spend a week tweaking their RAM settings to get their FPS from 134fps to 134.6fps. If they will pay £600 every 8 months for new graphics cards then £80 for a new copy of Windows every three years is no hardship.

8/8.1 is still evolving and being tweaked for performance improvements. Windows 7 in comparison, while a fine OS is a dead stick. That's not getting gaming performance love any time soon.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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You know...

...I really really just don't give a shit anymore.

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

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Re: So what happened to the...

Ahhh...

"The largest single prize not awarded was the $150,000 for successful demonstration of the grand-prize Exploit Unicorn, a triple-play puzzle specifically designed to provide the greatest challenge for researchers. Though no entrants made that attempt, the record-setting number of entrants and the diverse and creative approaches taken to crafting attacks made this a Pwn2Own for the ages."

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/HP-Security-Research-Blog/Pwn2Own-s-New-Exploit-Unicorn-Prize-Additional-Background-for/ba-p/6357753

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So what happened to the...

windows 8.1 running EMET challenge?

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Re: But do all Macs run OSX?

In my experience of folks that have moved over to Macs they pretty much all run Windows 7 on them most of the time.

As the known IT guy I do get annoyed when friends who have just spent £XXXX on a MacBook Pro call me up all cagey trying to scrounge a 'free' copy of Windows 7 off me. Yeah right, I'm just drowning in free give away licenses.

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

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This has been going on for ages.

I have a customer who has had their BT email account hacked at least 5 times in the past two years.

He won't give it up, though I have moved him to a new email service to use as well. I think the last two times we reset the account with complex 20+ digit passwords but still they got round it. So I guess the previous post mentioning that all the security data questions have been slurped rings true.

Edit: In fact just logged into my BT email account (I dont use it, ISP provided) and in the settings I clicked on Edit Security details. It then came up with a window saying the content and location isn't trusted.

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

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Re: rollocks

What I read was the original Vista code was going badly. Then the Head of the Vista Project found a small team using a very clean version of Server 2003 and they decided to switch to that.

Hence the delays.

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