* Posts by jason 7

1833 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

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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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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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When humans evolve...

...grease free fingers then Touch will be truly ready.

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I just uninstall the Modern Apps on any Windows 8/8.1 machine.

Its the simplest solution. If people are complaining about them then just get rid of them.

You don't need them if non-touch. Then you just stay Desktop forever.

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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I had a BT Business customer hit with this last week.

As Plusnet are a part of BT.

It was a TP-Link router but it didn't have the default password active or for that matter any remote admin access.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: Is it that time already?

24bit has anything to do with human hearing? I thought it was the number of samples a second, not something directly related to human hearing/perception.

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Re: Audiophiles...

No its not jealousy at all. I used to class myself as an audiophile. I had a huge Meridian setup but when you get a bunch of such people together you find all they talk and obsess over is the kit. Music hardly gets a mention.

I then realised that the music had merely become the equivalent of petrol in a sports car.

I wasn't actually enjoying the music just trying to listen to the hardware. I have mentioned this to other kit obsessives and they often admit that's closer to the truth than they would like to openly admit.

Thats all wrong. The Meridian kit has now all been passed on and now I just listen to Spotify. It's made me far happier and far more into the music. I feel so free that I now enjoy music on whatever its played. I don't feel I need to put the plasterer's radio on spikes when he comes round.

A good tune is good whatever you listen to it on.

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Buy NAIM

equipment and then you'll be constantly told -

"Oh it won't sound right until you buy the £700 xyz power supply to go with it!"

I've always felt if you've paid say £3000 for a CD player it should sound right with or without extra boxes plugged in.

Lovely marketing strategy, fill your customers with constant doubt that the £XXXX box they bought maybe doesn't sound as good as it should without extra bits that cost almost as much as the original box.

Listening to the equipment...

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Audiophiles...

...don't actually listen to the music, they listen to the equipment.

They always argue they are the highest of music lovers but they are not. It's not the music they love.

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Dell thuds down low-cost lap workstation for cheap frugal creatives or engineers

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As a lesser mortal...

...may I just ask what anyone does that requires more than 16GB of ram that doesnt involve running 8VMs on a laptop?

Just curious.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

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Thank God!

It's a service pack in all but name rather than a complete OS upgrade.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: I need to re-think my charging!

James,

Don't think for a minute I'd put those on my PC or your PC. No, its what the average Joe expects and wants. Trust me I do this a lot.

In my head I'm screaming "WHY? WHYYYYY?" Trust me.

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I need to re-think my charging!

Genius, charge for a rebuild on a per software install.

Let me see an average home build -

Firefox

Chrome

Adobe Reader

VLC

Google Earth

Libre Office

Spotify

iTunes

MS Security Essentials

Skype

Flash

Picasa

Thats just for starters at £195.00!

Perfect.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Thank You BBC Three

But I have watched every episode of Family Guy 19 times. Your job is done.

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Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

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Re: It's always puzzled me.

Thats always the issue for me. It seems 'younger' folks are content with a picture shown as a 640x480 placement on a webpage.

"Looks great!" they all say!

Then you take those smartphone 8MP files and look at them full size and its noise city. I really dont know why everyone still craves higher MP on these things when my 2004 3.2MP Nikon still produces better pictures than even the 12MP+ smartphone monsters.

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Re: PCs are now workstations?

My 2008 Dell Precision T5400 with twin quad core 3Ghz Xeons will Wprime in 7 seconds. How much faster do I need to go?

I guess I could go on Ebay and buy a couple of slightly faster Xeons for £60 and get it down to 6 but in reality the times those 8 cores go over 50% usage are pretty rare.

I also must have regions of that 16GB of ram that have never been touched, maybe whole banks even.

Get the picture?

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

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Re: Useful

Try ninite.com if you havent already.

One of the best sites on the web.

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Re: We block it because we have to.

I use both and Do Not Track Me. So far since before Xmas I have blocked over 34000 trackers apparently.

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Re: Pah!

Yeah has anyone here ever actually seen a web ad and thought "hey yes I'll have some of that!" and clicked on it?

Other than porn obviously. But then who pays for that anymore...

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Re: We block it because we have to.

Exactly, had everyone stuck to a world standard for web ads and such like then AdBlock wouldn't be the essential tool it is today. However, I now see AdBlock primarily as a security tool, not just a ad blocking tool.

I am shocked when I see the web 'as it truly is' when I use a PC not of my own making. Well that's if I can see it under the 15 tool bars.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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Re: Okay so this will work like the last election.

Yes do you not remember the Conservartives stating that they were against a load of extra anti-privacy/legal/interrogation laws that Labour wanted to bring in.

Even put it in their manifesto.

Then after they were elected...they conveniently forgot all about it.

The Conservatives don't care either. This is Labour trying to win back the corporate overlords to ressure them they are for their agenda.

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Okay so this will work like the last election.

Pre Election

Insert any Party name here - "Oh this is terrible! If you vote for us we will get rid of this draconian legislation!"

Post Election

Insert any Party name here - "Thanks for putting us in Government, hmm actually that draconian legislation looks very sensible now, in fact we think it doesn't go far enough!"

C'mon people at the next election do the decent thing and "Vote for anyone but the incumbent" that way we vote the lot of them out just to show who really holds the power of democracy.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?

Wow I've never owned a Mac and now knowing that the hardware has such short life support is rather off putting.

I'm running a couple of C2D Toshiba laptops from 2005 that were XP machines but now running Windows 8.1 flawlessly. These are the slate type machines and even the touch screen still works under 8.1. Both have 4GB of ram and 64GB SSDs in them. Nice snappy laptops. I can see them still being useful in 3-4 years time for general use. That's over 12 years service!

Ever since dual core came along the life expectancy of kit has increased exponentially its a shame that it sounds like Apple doesn't like that idea.

Oh and the Windows 8.1 cost me about £20 on both machines.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Apple.....

...needs to look at the slate statue of Alan Turing over at Bletchley.

Now that's how to make a classy and fitting memorial.

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Microsoft hardens EMET security tool: OK, it's not invulnerable, but it's free

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Re: More security is a good thing

Correct, most of the stuff in EMET isn't new.

However, as I have mentioned before, if MS enabled all the features by default in a normal Windows security update then all the improperly written software (current or legacy) in the world would stop working overnight.

Then MS would get a tidal wave of criticism for having too much security and stopping people using their badly written software.

Damned if they do...

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Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

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Reminds me of the great Linn Sondek press conference.

When Ivor was questioned by the press as to why the Sondek only had 33rpm he stated dismissively and confidently that 33rpm sounded better than 45rpm.

"In that case why aren't records spinning at 1rpm then?" was the reply.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: Shout that from the rooftops!

Oh I hate the fact that any smartphone review has to point out that a phone is no use if it weighs more than a gnats testicles and is thicker than a credit card.

It's as though society has been enfeebled in some way.

Some of us happen to have some body strength and like a phone that can go longer than 8 hours on a charge,

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: @ jake

@Turtle

Maybe, but religion has a hell of a head start so far. Makes anyone or anything else seem like an amateur. Maybe mosquitoes are slightly ahead in the death and misery stakes.

Religion really should have been the fifth horseman of the Apocalypse.

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Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens

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Re: It's to my eternal dismay

Yes I had a 128k +2 (still got it actually) and I have to say it was pretty much abandoned after a year.

The only novelty value it had were the extra ports (mostly useless by that point) and the sound chip. It was kind of a disappointment and was a learning lesson that what looks cool can just be warmed over leftovers.

IIRC we only had two games that ever took any advantage, one was with better music effects and the other was the 128k version of Starglider which had some extra stuff and audio effects.

Starglider got some play but at a cost. It took nearly 15 minutes to load and then not always successfully, restting after 14 minutes loading time.

By then I just found other interests plus O levels were looming.

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Re: Amiga competitor for £200?

I'd be surprised if it was more than half a dozen working on the core designs.

How much 'computer design' experience was out there back then?

Not like today when everyone is a web designer, IT consultant...

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Blimey!

Seems to have got very confusing towards the end at Sinclair.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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My usual mobile activity when abroad on holiday.

One text sent to parents saying "Have arrived safely! All is well. See you when we get back!"

Then the phone's 2G/3G is switched off and only back on in case of an emergency. Better safe than sorry.

I'll be picking up stuff on email/messengers from the hotels free wi-fi...

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

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Bless him!

I appreciated his work!

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

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The game was kind of daft...

...but the chair, the sound and the fact compared to a lot of games from that period it wasn't that hard to play it to get your 20p's worth.

I used to enjoy playing the Spectrum version at home while listening to The Police Greatest Hits for some reason. Spirits in the Material World worked well I recall.

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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Re: before my 50th b'day

Same here (though not quite as much photo data).

I hate digital photos. Last holiday it got so bad with all the digital paraphernalia, I just wanted to dig out my 12 year old Olympus Mju II 35mm compact and take three rolls of film like we used to back then. One camera and approx 100 shots to capture the three week holiday in.

Perfect.

Unfortunately, my other half wouldn't have it, so she won.

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I'll wait......

....for the single platter version.

Nice!

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Always felt...

...the Wii was a stop-gap panic product that Nintendo didn't really expect to be a hit. Maybe hold out for a couple of years as a novelty product till they could bring out a proper console to rival the 360/PS3.

But it got a craze behind it and it sold by the truck load. Then I think the relief at Nintendo was so great they sat back, got lazy and never regained focus.

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Oh no!!!!!!

"Yet another domain we have to buy to protect our branding!!"

The thick as sh*t marketing team will cry!"

I now feel that these new domains are like these new days the greeting card manufacturers feel we need to celebrated dotted neatly throughout the year.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: The money is in the games?

But not in terms of constant monthly subscription revenue.

MS can make far more from that than games sales.

I'd rather pin my hopes on the likes of Netflix going forward than any game developer.

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Meh

The money is in the games?

I'd say probably not going forward.

The money is in all the media/film and TV subscriptions that 30+ somethings tend to purchase.

In that case the Xbox is better placed which I reckon was MS's plan all along.

Games are just an added bonus. And as mentioned people seem far happier to pay for films and TV than they are for games and add ons.

Plus would you stake your future on companies like EA?

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Re: When in doubt: Ban It!

RoHS - Never has a directive contributed so much to early landfill.

He giveth with one hand...

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Hmmm guess what I got for a Valentines gift today?

Some Chanel Aftershave which contains....oak moss extract.

Lucky I'm not the sensitive type.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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Re: Comparison with "real" servers

I've tried them and whilst very wonderful and flexible they still don't fit as a solution for reasons I've mentioned in other posts.

Sometimes less is more.

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Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices

I've looked at the HP Microserver/FREENAS route for customers on a few occasion, even for myself but once I've run the numbers and support scenarios...it's easier to just get another NAS.

Open the box, plug it in, 10 minutes setting up some shares/network settings, add the network drives to the PCs and setup the backups to the NAS. Oh and slap a password on it so no one can go fiddling. There is always one in a company that likes to 'have a go'.

Maybe 45 minutes on site including chatting and coffee time?

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Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

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Re: Wow...so intriguing...

I wasn't saying it would be good to use a vacuum in a HDD. Just that sometimes its easier to maintain vacuum than keeping helium trapped.

Helium is a tricky thing.

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