* Posts by jason 7

1836 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz

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They just need to stop...

...making cheap nasty laptops with shiny black plastic, 5400rpm HDDs and crappy screens.

Grow some balls guys!

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Take a look at the Twit feed - @BParkCEO

Apparently, it's all crossed wires and misinterpretation by the BBC.

Looks like back peddling Partridge style to me.

"Get rid of Pat!"

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It's all part of the plan. To sell the area off.

You spend a little money, tinkering with the place. Get rid of its wartime charm, get rid of the people that have a passion for the place. Turn it into a soulless 'info-graphic activity centre' run by teenagers selling expensive crisps and botanical lemonade in the cafe and let the attendance drop and drop.

You then move the big stuff into a single unit re-brand it and then sell/demolish the rest for housing development and make a huge fortune. That's prime London commuter land there!

I'm glad I went 5 years ago before they ruined it. A great day out and I loved talking to the older guys there. Having people that understand what they are talking about rather than just knowing a script is priceless.

I was also shocked they are getting rid of a lot of the huge Churchill memorabilia collection some guy had graciously lent them for years.

Ungrateful *****!

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: @bub

Thing is I can count one one hand the 'good hidings' I got from my parents. The smart kids learn quick. Plus when I think back yes I deserved it, I was playing up.

Sure some kids get beat up, that's never going to change and it's unfortunate. But a few swipes taught me to consider others and that my actions...can have serious reactions. Not everyone might think it a huge joke. Made me a more considerate person that doesn't think the world revolves around me. I know if I piss people off I could get a good kicking back.

I always say you'd never bring up a puppy with no training and discipline and a child is no different.

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Re: a great victory for the feminists

Erm a lot of kids go to university now. The fact that 80% of them probably don't need to though is another matter.

University education isn't the same as what it was 20+ years ago. Now it just means the equivalent of maths and English O level.

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Unfortunately. a lot of this trouble comes from....

...youngsters and younger people not having learned the great life lesson of 'Consequences'.

Or as any born before 1982 knows it...'How far can I push parent/teacher before I get a damn good thrashing?'

Knowing this lesson basically gifts you with the ability to think "Hmmm if I do this what could be the consequences?" I know in most cases if I go to do something that could cause issues a few scenarios flash though my head in milliseconds which generally make me not do it or change the plan of action.

But no nowadays with kids allowed to do pretty much as they please by society its all well and good till they stab another kid or abuse like this and then its "Wahh Wahhh It's not my fault!"

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Re: I'm waiting...

I've always said if you don't have the guts to say what you want to say to someones actual face then you don't have the right to say it whether enshrined in law or otherwise.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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I get quite tired of all the arguing over funding.

Funding for the NHS, schools, armed forces, BBC etc. etc.

The truth is...ALL of them get more than enough money. They are all generously funded, in fact possibly more then they need to be.

The real problem is that those in charge of them are notoriously crap at spending the funds properly and efficiently.

What we need to do is strive to make those in charge of the purse strings treat the money as though it was theirs rather than 'just tax payers money'*.

I'm sure all the local council authorities could have still provided all the local services with a 20%+ reduction of funds had they got smarter and more efficient, but that takes effort and intelligence. Much easier to just shut the playgroups, toilets and libraries and blame someone else.

* Fully aware that the BBC isn't funded by 'HMRC taxes' as such but still falls in the same category.

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Re: Top Gear, QI, Mock the Week, Horizon,......

Horizon hasn't really been Horizon for some time.

A faded photocopy of it's old self.

Mock the Week hasn't been the same since Frankie left.

QI is getting a bit long in the tooth as well.

As for Top Gear, the joke wore thin long ago.

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Re: Content Generator

Watch this space as Netflix becomes a major creator of drama and content over the next 5 years.

They have already got off to a good start. Plus as they state, they don't have to pander to advertisers also.

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The quality would improve greatly....

....if they cut back to three channels instead of watering down the quality to fill the 8 or so they currently try to make us think they can fill.

How many channels for kids now? Why not get rid of them and let mum and dad take responsibility for entertaining the kid for a while? They might even be able to talk properly by the time they are 4 as well!

Good chance by this time next year we'll have dropped the license and just switch to Netflix for our occasional entertainment needs.

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Simply...

...uninstall all the core MS Modern apps from the Start Screen (you weren't using them anyway) and then its pure Desktop mode/Windows 7 stylee till you shut down.

Takes about a minute to do.

Just mentioning as it might make someones life a little easier.

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'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

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Re: Piggybacking on the hospitals supply doesn't sound a very moral position

That's probably a jokey comment rather than a real factor.

It's often how it goes though. I used to live out in a rural village and power cuts were quite regular happenings. I then moved to the city centre and I've had one power cut in 17 years. Infrastructure is everything.

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Was their cooling/UPS decision based.....

.... more on the fact they are not handling some corporations accounts or sales system?

If there are no contractual reasons for 99.999% uptime them why would you build a system to support that.

If It goes down it goes down. No one dies. No lawsuits arrive.

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AMD starts year, checks watch, hurries out Warsaw Opterons

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Nice chips.

Just a shame its not like the old days when you could slap a Opteron 180 in your NF4 DFi Lanparty board.

Great times.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Re: Would love to buy a Teamviewer License

Indeed and they appear to upgrade it quite often. Basically a version up every year.

I would have to do a lot of phone and remote support to pay for that. I'd happily pay a reasonable subscription purely to get access to the remote support bit. I really dont need the meetting/training parts at all.

I've tried the built in Windows remote support but that just falls flat with standard users as it requires more than two steps.

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Would love to buy a Teamviewer License

...buts its way too expensive for a one man band operation.

Hate how some firms just pander to Corporates/Enterprise.

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HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

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HDD isnt a showstopper.

Easy to sort out. Plus seems about the only blemish which at least can be fixed.

Just amazed how much background crap is open on that machine, all those icons on the right.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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@Yugguy

Just try writing all of that on your next CV.

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Re: Metro-whatever is SO difficult to use?

But the fact remains that you don't have to use the Modern/Touch bit if you don't want to.

If thats the case what is the issue? I don't like using Modern/Touch because like most people I have zero use for it. But that doesn't stop me using Windows 8/8.1 in desktop/normal mode just I like I do with Windows 7.

As I mentioned earlier I don't see Modern/Touch when I use Windows 8. Its 100% desktop. Simple.

I'm not saying that some people don't have valid issues, but a lot sound like they are punching themselves constantly in the nuts for no reason.

Which is both bemusing and amusing in equal measure.

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Re: defunct PlayBook

Well essentially you got a premium built tablet for £130 (well thats what I paid for mine) and compared to a lot of tablets you can buy today, it really shows the difference. It's not a penny pinching design.

The audio quality from the Playbook is one of the best I've experienced.

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I must admit I use Windows 8 on two machines and once I'm in the Desktop I don't see the Modern bit for the rest of the day.

In fact I really don't notice I'm using 8 anymore. I guess some take more convincing.

Different strokes and all that.

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It could have all been so different had they....

...either given the install option of "Do you wish to install either Modern/Desktop mode or Desktop Only mode?"

or in Control Panel -

"Disable Modern UI"

But they wanted that App Store Income luxury so bad.

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Re: OEMs lack of innovation

Yes indeed, try to find anything vaguely interesting below £700 in the PC/laptop world is hard work.

I do however, wish a plague upon the folks at Oberon Media for wasting so many man hours removing their crap from laptop after laptop.

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Re: defunct PlayBook

My 64GB Playbook still does sterling work as a media player on the go. Just stripped it down to the bare essentials and thats it.

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Re: I'm not a fan of Sinofsky

Trouble is there is a hands off approach when you bring in some industry wunder-kid hotshot.

"Don't embarrass him Mr Ballmer, we can't afford to lose him!"

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One thing to learn.

Don't employ multi-millionaire playboy Execs on golden win/win contracts.

Adopts Mugatu look, "He's so hot right now!"

MS had two in quick succession with Sinofsky and Mattrick. Both nearly killed important parts of the business but both left laughing all the way to the bank.

They had nothing to lose so where is the pressure to deliver the right product?

Give those important roles to people within the business who have a real passion for the product and have something to lose if they screw up.

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AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

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Re: Dull and slow

And for general usage could you tell the difference?

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Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

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What I love is when ....

Hi-Fi enthusiasts/Audiophiles start trying to apply Hi-fi voodoo BS to standard computer kit.

Open up that £3000 blu-ray player from Audio Shed Backgarden Innovations Ltd, Bedford and at its core you'll find £20 worth of PC blu-ray drive surrounded buy god knows what in non-standard/non-compliant electronics.

Also Hi-Fi cable. I would bet that 99% of Hi-Fi cable manufacturers don't make that cable and most of it was probably specced originally by Boeing or for CAT scanners at 2p a meter. Buy it by the spool and slap your name on it. Cable making is huge industrial scale stuff not the kind of place you can just make 100m of special £1500 a meter cable in. It doesn't exist.

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Nahhh I'm going with Rocki!

The alternative Wi-Fi audio adapter.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rocki/rocki-wifi-music-system-from-every-phone-to-all-sp

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

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Ahem..What if all the NSA/Snowden stuff was a carefully planned ruse.....

....just to gauge by the powers that be, how the unwashed masses would react to knowing about mass surveillance?

Depending on the reaction would then give the go ahead one way or another, to new systems.

From what I've seen so far the powers that be won't have to be too low key about it all.

I guess they got the reaction they wanted. No one has been lynched and most of the public just shrugged.

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

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Re: Its a nice looking piece of kit.

Nice idea but it would totally destroy the ace up Apple's sleeve....it just works right out of the box.

Instead of OSX being stringently designed to run with a tightly controlled group of core hardware it would be expected to work flawlessly with billions of combinations like Windows is.

It would be a massacre. The true greatest technical achivement would be exposed not as "it works out of the box" but as "how the hell does MS get Windows to work so well with so many pieces of kit??"

That would never do and if I was Apple that's not something I would want to rip up. However, they could I suppose release a neatly developed VM version for folks on other machines to install.

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Its a nice looking piece of kit.

But I do wonder if secretly Apple would just prefer to ditch its entire laptop/PC line and just become a mobile/media corporation.

Must be a distraction by now.

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THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

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Re: All seems a bit Y2K like to me....

Don't knock it, got rid of a whole load of 3.1 and Win95 crap in my organisation.

The transition from all of us on dumb terminals in the early 90's to some of us on PCs by the late 90's hadn't been managed all that well.

Not to mention the upteen different versions of Visio/Office/Smartsuite/anti-virus/no anti-virus that had been bought randomly till then.

Folks didnt know they were born with their new 64MB Windows NT4 desktops. Though the wars that raged over lock down accounts and no floppy drive access were stuff of legend...

A lot of good came out of Y2K (for end users) however, it did tend to set/synchronise the upgrade cycle for the corporate/enterprise for ever more.

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Whats the betting.....

....that the public sector will be paying £4000 per Windows 7 Pro PC by March this year when last year they were £1000.

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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Re: Ultrabooks

Yes, whilst amazingly any £400 bargain bin laptop will do all the things the 'Intel approved' £1000 toy can't.

Priorities..twisted...much?

'High-end' IT kit is all about pose value rather than real value. For the 'Exec who doesn't have to try ...too hard..'

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When I can buy a half decent 22" 1080p ersatz IPS panel...

....for around £100 and that includes all the plastics, stand, power lead etc. I cant see how much extra a decent 13" panel would add to a £1300 laptop.

There are even decent quality TN panels around that cant cost much more than the standard crap they fit.

Could the Reg maybe do an investigation with the manufacturers as to why they always skimp on laptop screens? Some interviews with their product heads?

Let them put their case forward for their lack of effort.

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Does the Reg.....

give comments feedback to the manufacturers? Do they ever ask for it?

Cos it seems to me certain people are not getting the message.

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Fun?

But you'd still know you bought a laptop with a crap screen.

You know the bit you look at all the time...to remind you....

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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Sounds like ...

....Getting Cool With Kids or whatever.

Getting hit by a virus etc. is like broken windscreens. You can go years and years without one and then get two in as many weeks.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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I remember....

Just before Xmas 84? I remember Your Sinclair had a pullout section devoted to the QL. I think it's on the internet somewhere on a QL fan site. Anyway I can remember thinking it looked cool and being 13 wanting new computers with 'moar ports' was compelling.

My ambition was to have a computer setup that would allow me to 'hack into and rule the world'. Isn't it great when your imagination outstrips your actual talent! Not to mention your piggy bank.

I think I mentioned to my Dad at the time that the credit card companies were letting customers pre-order the QL without adding it to their monthly credit limits (I guess back then £500 was a high limit). Suffice to say he just shrugged like Dads do, said "Oh really!" and the matter was never taken further.

Looking back I think I dodged a bullet. I wasn't even tempted when two or three years later Dixons were selling them off for next to nothing.

The next computer was a 128K Spectrum+2 (Amstrad Style) and then about a year or two later a 512K Apple Mac (with external floppy too for dual drive). Now I had a computer suitable for taking on the world but aged 17, the finances still didn't allow it. Macs were still damn expensive to run back then.

Suffice to say it was my last Apple PC.

If my 13 year old self could see the gear I have around my flat now, he'd explode.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: I have a chromebook

I think I touched a nerve there! Sit down and drink your Horlicks!

Are your kids sticking labels on your stuff already then?

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Re: It was Intel wot did it

But they first came out with Linux on...not Windows. So how was MS dictating the spec from day one?

XP didnt come till several months later and Windows 7 Starter arrived well after the netbook party was over (2009+).

Netbooks kind of arrived out of the blue. I think the first one I saw was at a Stuff Show in London, maybe Xmas 2005?

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Re: I have a chromebook

Why do you have to be 'offline'? Your Dad isnt one of those old codgers that still switch their router off when they are not using it?

Like those that only have their mobile on when they need to call you. You know who they are.

Offline happens maybe a twice a year to me.

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Re: Don't think so.

Yes but you expect it to be slow because you know how the spec will respond.

But I got fed up with Joe Public bringing their netbooks to me asking..."Its really slow...can you make it faster!"

To which the reply was usually "Well your netbook is slow...because its slow!"

Like a Morris Minor owner asking why his car gets pulled over on the Autobahn.

They didn't want me to slap in another 2GB of ram and a SSD, because they paid next to nothing for it so what was the point. Plus it often meant near complete disassembly to get anywhere.

Had they brought me a laptop from 2006/7 I could do something with that. Slap in another GB or two and swap out the old single core Celeron for a £10 Ebay C2D. Bingo, good for a few more years.

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Re: Don't think so.

Nah, wimpy single core CPUs, slow SSD/HDDs and highly inadequate 600 pixel depth screens was more of a hindrance.

Parts bin specials for clearing out old tech.

People say MS limited the spec but remember the first ones launched by surprise from Intel/Acer/Asus with Linux installed and the hardware spec didn't radically change much from then on when Windows appeared on them several months later.

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

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Re: What's the point of upgrading

@Flatpackhampster

Well I have a HD 7870 plugged in right now. Remember PCI-e is all backwards/forwards compatible. Also 16GB of ECC ram, two 1TB SSHDs, eSATA card, Soundcard and soon a USB3.0 card.

It's designed to run two GPUs as standard.

As for Mr Jones comment about Windows 7 not transferring files properly but XP will, I think you have it the wrong way chap.

Windows 7 will transfer files all day long with no issue. If there is it will give you options and then carry on.

Whereas XP will get halfway though a 8GB transfer of 10000 files and go "Oh this is a system file! Can't do it!" and just stop dead in its tracks.

So so helpful. XP should die a horrible death for that alone.

Could be your Windows 7 build is messed up so you might need a IT tech to look at it for you.

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Re: What's the point of upgrading

Buying a new PC?

A month ago I picked up a mint Dell Precision Workstation from 2008.

Dual 2.8Ghz Quad core Xeon CPUs, 8GB of ram, 875W PSU etc. etc.

£80!

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Yes we know.....

Haven't we discussed this about nine times already in the past 12 months?

Article looks pretty identical to those as well.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

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Re: Stackable?

Looks like a space invader to me.

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