* Posts by jason 7

2250 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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"I would if it wasn't such a memory pig"

Really is that an issue in 2015?

Sometimes you just have to come to terms with the fact that some things just won't change and live with it.

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Re: Sigh

Indeed, I've never bought CillitBang, tampons or a Nissan Juke.

Likewise I've never clicked on anything saying "Get a free iPad here!!"

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Port authority: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

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One of those bits of tech...

...that will pass me by I reckon.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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If I was a metal worker I wouldn't expect the company to ask me to bring my own heavy duty lathe to work.

Same if I worked for Rentokill, I wouldn't expect to bring my own pesticide.

Why shouldn't staff expect the tools for free if they are being employed?

Would be different if the employer gave them each a cheque for £5000 a year for IT kit and support costs.

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I loved my little company 1998 spec AST laptop with Windows 95, 65MB of ram, 166MMX CPU (I overclocked that sucker to 233Mhz though), single USB port, CD Rom and 3GB HDD.

Great little machine. Wasn't so keen on the locked up tight NT4 laptops that followed it but they weren't bad either.

However, I caught on and saw what was on the horizon and made the request to be the only desktop PC user in the office. That way I was never under pressure to work from home/hotels or at the weekend.

"Oh damn, I can't sorry, don't have a laptop!"

Enabled far more time in the hotel bar.

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I was waiting for the next stage...BYOE

Basically they seal up all the plug sockets and put electric meters needing 50p pieces beside each 'hot desk'. Windows would be blocked up to stop anyone using non-approved solar chargers.

Next phase after that was BYOC (chair), then BYOH (hot desk).

By that point if you hadn't realised they weren't actually paying you...

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Re: Just too expensive now

No, no stylus but to be honest...other than you, only folks in the marketing ads for the Note ever used one (or pretended to use).

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Re: Just too expensive now

My wife did the same. Had a Note 1 that was getting slow (though I did tell her and prove that the live aquarium wallpaper wasn't helping but you know...) and wanted the Note 4. One look at unlocked prices on Amazon and I was asking a mate for a OnePlus invite.

She's as pleased as punch with a ultra snappy phone that goes four days on a charge and cost just over a third of the price.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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I've seen these kind of ISPs before.

You suddenly get a buzz around the office "Oh this ISP is fantastic...super speeds...super price..amazing!"

A haze of smug wafts around the office.

And they are great...for the first few months, then standards just nosedive and folks are moving on to the next latest and greatest.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Re: Well its nice that the iPhone 6...

This is why three of my customers who switched over to Macs for work about 18 months ago have all come back to me and Windows. Apple Genius support is fine if you have a problem with iTunes or dropped your iPhone in the loo. However, if you need help integrating it into your existing business setup forget it. Most of the independent Apple support guys I knew of a couple of years ago, have all given up and got other jobs due to an Apple Store opening up in the city taking 50% of their jobs away and the other half gone through Apple making a lot of the hardware not worth fixing economically.

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Well its nice that the iPhone 6...

...has mostly managed to catch up feature wise with my 2012 spec Nexus 4.

I think the issue for Apple in the future is that they launched the iPhone back when the components for such devices were at the peak of mobile tech and could charge a premium for such tech.

However, now that tech is mature and common, the material cost of such devices has plummeted hence why we can now have a full blown Windows x64 tablet for £60!

Apple's marketing folks will have an uphill struggle to keep convincing their kit is worth £600 when in the not too distant future you can probably buy a faster 4K IPS, 128GB, 20MP enabled 5.5" Android for £275.

But I'm sure they'll perfect their mind control techniques further.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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I got moaned at...

...when I asked in the comments for the review on here, when we were going to get the real story on screen that encompasses all the main characters with actual technical details.

I'm sure it could make a great three/four part TV dramatisation, kind of like the BBC used to do well about 20 years ago, before they made everything simple for the US market and the decline in the UK education system.

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HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

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Re: Fraud Vs Incompetence..why it happens?

As my other half was told many times by the grey haired little men in charge of such things when she worked in the public sector as a Projects Monitor (or words to that effect).

"Oh don't worry..it's only tax payers money!"

The folks in charge of these projects really didn't give a toss as the end result, whatever happened, was they would just move onto another new project disaster. No come backs, no questions just another reshuffle.

They really didn't care, the world would carry on and another £10 billion would land in their laps to piss up the wall.

My other half left after a few weeks in disgust.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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After watching Dispatches about unsolicited calls...

I saw a trick that actually seems to work.

If I get a call I ask two things politely and clearly.

1. Please do not ever call me again!

2. Please remove me from your database!

That's it. No rudeness or shouting.

Since I started doing that the number of such calls has dropped dramatically.

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Broadmoor: My Journey Into Hell, The Chimes and Cowboys and Indies

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Re: Fuck Bronson

Indeed, you read stuff about him and he's just one big contradiction.

"I don't wanna be in the nick!"

Well maybe don't be such a dick then?

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Microsoft is still not listening

I have to say I was handed a 24" Windows 8.1 all in one PC to work on a few weeks ago.

Touch screen the works.

Whilst I'm a big "no touching my screen bitch!" type I decided to try the whole thing as it was intended for an afternoon.

To be honest it worked really well. Side swiping news articles and other such stuff was a pleasant experience and switch back and forth between worlds was pretty slick. With an open mind it did work, possibly more as a domestic interface rather than a hardcore user interface.

I also must admit the screen didnt suffer too badly from smears and fingerprints either. Light swipes and prods were all that was needed.

Back to sitting at my Win7 Pro workstation thinking Windows 10 might be nice for a change. I've got 10 on it as a VM by the way.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: how is this possible?

I've installed Windows 8.1 on a few laptops with 40GB Intel SSDs in them. Windows 8.1 takes up about 12GB so plenty space for a light on the go machine.

Works fine. Windows now dynamically spreads itself according to how much space is available on installation.

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Re: Hmmm so what could we get....

Well keep the similar principle but if £80 gets you this far...for £160 maybe you could get a 8-10" 1080p (1600x900 if not) screen, same CPU (or a 1.8Ghz bump), bit bigger battery, 3-4GB of ram and 64GB of storage with Windows 8.1.

A tablet of that spec for £150-£160 would make quite a dent.

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Hmmm so what could we get....

.....for double the budget?

Exciting times.

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The Windows 8/8.1 on this tablet is a free version for small devices. No reason that the manufacturer couldn't supply a Windows 10 update.

Some folks are a bit behind the curve these days. Do keep up!

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Re: I bought one of these for Christmas

If MS is pushing out the Windows 8/8.1 OS to these for free I would assume if they are in the manufacturers update cycle they would also get Windows 10 as long as MS still offers a free version for small/low power devices.

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Re: Commercial use forbidden?

It's early days. Plus I'm sure MS would rather the enterprise buy Surface than these.

If my company was buying for me, I'd rather have the Surface.

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I thought "No Way!"...then I was handed one to try.

I have to say I was shocked at how well it worked. I've used a lot of far more expensive Android tablets that didn't work as smoothly as this.

Okay I only played around with it for a few minutes but it was all there and it all worked. The owner just sat there laughing as he watched me, saying "I know I know, crazy isn't it?!"

Not something I have a need for and I would probably hunt out one of the 2GB ones but....

Quite amazing really.

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Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

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What we need are some video tests

Showing two machines.

Both identical except for the SSD in them.

One has say a Crucial M100 (a decent standard SSD) in it and the other whatever high flying top of the range SSD is out at the moment.

Then trigger the same tests/scenarios on both machines to see what the real world user experience is.

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Correction!

You state 16MB for the ramcache bit on page 2. Should be 16GB I assume.

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

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Re: Checking my Amazon order list...

I also point out I remarked on the past 6 months too.

They are getting cheaper, but it may be that we are hitting or getting close to the lowest point they can go for. Like you don't see many decent sized HDDs below £35.00.

You have to hit a lower limit sometime.

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Checking my Amazon order list...

...would refute your claim for the UK at least.

240GB V300 Kingston SSD October 2013 - £104.00

240GB V300 Kingston SSD January 2015 - £73.00

A price drop of £31.00 or a drop of nearly 30% in just over a year. In the past six months alone I've been picking up 240GB SSDs for under £70 and even got one for £65! Even got 64GB SSDs for under £30.

The only tech pricing anomaly I've ever noticed is the price of DAB radios. How this clunky ancient tech isn't being sold for next to nothing mystifies me.

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

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Re: Hmmm the Alcatel 'Snotblob'.

The kicker for me getting ADSL installed was BT cancelled my install date twice and then turned up after I paid £200 to have it installed on the Thursday.

The next day I got an email from BT proudly saying "Apply now for ADSL and don't pay the £200!"

C**ts!

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Re: IMHO it's all a con.

Hmmm pulled out the bellwire? No.3 the orange wire with a white stripe?

You probably have but you never know.

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Re: IMHO it's all a con.

In those cases it's usually been the external wiring out from your house. It gets corroded.

Had many customers call me about their ADSL suddenly failing and nothing internal seems to fix it and BT India are hopeless (always ask to speak to a lLvel 2 Engineer, that does the trick). So I tell them to call out an engineer to check the 2-3 feet of external wiring and that usually does the trick.

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Re: Good article

I remember back around the turn of the century when ADSL was on the horizon as the next big thing BT was stating in every tech site at the time that ISDN was pretty much all people would need and that they had little interest in pushing ADSL. Well what a surprise.

We had a 'forgotten' 128Kb ISDN link in our office for several years. We used to use it for streaming US radio into the office and a ghetto video conference setup we made (hey...perks were few and far between by then). No one ever asked about it. Probably still there long after we moved on 12+ years ago.

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Re: About time councils put their foot down

To be honest I wouldn't move to a property with less than 6Mbps.

Would cramp my style too much.

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Hmmm the Alcatel 'Snotblob'.

I remember thee. A great device for sorting out the men from the boys USB socket wise.

Basically if you had a VIA USB chipset you were screwed as it didn't push enough power to the snotblob. Spent many a lunch hour down Maplins hunting out NEC USB chipset PCI cards for friends.

When I had my ADSL installed in 2001 it was still a two engineer job. You had to have a ADSL box installed in the house. Was rather nice to have a proper purpose built box installed just where you wanted it in the living room. Much better than all the poor sods that had to put up with the splitter plugs in the hallway much later.

Still use the ADSL box today. However, the speed has improved. Back in 2001 it was a staggering 512Kb. Now it's a better 18Mbps and while I can get FTTC, I really can't be bothered. I'll wait till they move me over for nothing due to legacy needs.

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

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Re: Damn it, just the one USB port

Still better than those 1024x600 netbooks though!

1366x768 works okay on a 11" screen just not on anything 13" and above.

Just a shame 1600x900 (or even 1680x1050 for the depth fans) has all but disappeared. Always though that would have made a better intermediate/standard screen res for standard 13"+ laptops.

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Micro USB power/charging socket.

Shame more of these don't come with such a socket for slow charging on a phone charger. Means you only have to take one charging plug.

Didn't HP do this with one of theirs?

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Are you running a Telnet server on Windows? Oh thank God. THANK GOD

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Adobe Air....

...anyone?

Haven't installed this for years and the world still keep turning. Am I missing anything?

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: Bye Bye MS

Indeed, try keeping a Mac up to date for 10 years.

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Alternate releases

I've been thinking that if MS wants to push out an OS every 2 years or so then they should go to a alternate Domestic and Business release. That way you would get around 5 years between business releases (and domestic).

Also it would mean you wouldn't have to have too many unwanted features in either release.

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Re: This is ridiculous

6-7 years is fairly normal. In a big corporation, you usually wait a year for a new OS to 'mature'. Then you spend a year configuring your builds. Then three years rolling the 20000+ items of kit etc. out.

Then another year doing mop ups. Then two years trying to get it all working.

Then you wait a year for the new OS to 'mature'...

Quite why MS has decided to go to a new OS every 2+ years cycle when their biggest customers move on a much longer time frame, I don't know.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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Erm...

...I'll stick with my Kindle Paperwhite thanks.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Allah, Most gracious, most merciful!

But where is the mercy?

You'll never get a straight answer to that one.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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And remember, the considerate lover always spits up the c....

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One of the most memorable things I remember from TV in the 80's was watching the night Joan Rivers had Bernard Manning on that chat show with Cook as her weekly 'stooge' sitting on the end of the sofa.

Manning walks on, sits down, turns grinning to a grimacing Cook and says "What's the matter Peter? You're not being very funny tonight!"

Cook....crushed. I think it's in YouTube.

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My girlfriend and I have taken one as one of our most used phrases.

"And I said...with all the dignity I could muster...is this any way to run a f****ing (insert whatever here)?!

However, Cook was quite the visionary. How long before we actually have a reality TV show called 'Celebrity Suicides'?

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Oh god yes....

...the Derek & Clive video is a once only watch. Like a car crash in painful slow motion.

Like watching a marriage break up. If you see it though, you can imagine that Cook could be a bully. He goads Moore throughout the session in a less than friendly manner. Sadness? Frustration at Moore soon to be departing across the pond leaving him behind? We'll never know.

Also it blows a few myths too. Moore turns up to the session with nothing more than a bag of fruit. Whereas Cook has a pile of notes/material ready to go. So not surprising Moore can only react and ad-lib to what Cook says on that occasion. Not as spontaneous/off the cuff as many have alluded to.

Don't know if that was the case for all the D&C sessions, possibly not.

Cook was still a genius and I was mortified this day 20 years ago. I can't remember who said it (possibly Fry actually) to crush criticism that Cook had wasted the last 20 years of his life but they said (iirc) "He didn't waste the last years of his life, he had just done everything he set out to do, far earlier than planned!"

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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

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Re: Not enough power!

When the big HDD flood happened a couple of years+ ago I was buying Seagate NAS boxes with 2 x 1TB HDDs in them far cheaper than the bare drives would have cost me.

Bit crafty but hey...

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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Re: Aarrr!

Oh the adrenalin rush of Eve. I remember my 4 man corp being war-decced over our POS. We managed to get the POS down and take out two of their battleships with no losses on our side. None of us got any sleep that night, just shaking too much. We'd never fought a war before either.

Great times.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: I don't get the mentality of the US healthcare consumers.

may I just point out that $7000 figure was for the year 2002.

I would assume its now considerably more.

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I don't get the mentality of the US healthcare consumers.

I was staying in Oregon a few years ago and some of the locals were asking me about life in the UK.

"You have the NHS over there? What's that all about?"

I just explained that through a manageable level of taxation I was eligible for free healthcare, so if I had to have open heart surgery it would all be done free of charge etc. etc.

"Wow!" they said. "We have to pay over $7000 a year for the pair of us!"

You think if it's that expensive then why are so many Americans against paying for something like the NHS through taxation? Surely it would have been far less than $7000 a year out of their pocket?

Just sounds a bit of a mess.

Plus I've never considered such things as the NHS as socialist or communist (daft). I just think it's a basic requirement for a country to consider itself civilised in this day and age.

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Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

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Please...

...don't let them have custom SATA connectors inside the case!

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