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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Stephen 2

Re: OH NOES THINK OF THE CHILDREN

They're paying because Dell can't just send out a ready-to-roll box. They have to customise it specifically for the customer. Whether that means loading on a different image or booting it and doing the job manually. It's extra work for Dell and they're charging for that. This article is nonsense.

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Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog

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Mavericks = Regret

I hugely regret upgrading to Mavericks. It's laggy in so many areas. Even with a fresh install the same problems are encountered with random lag launching certain apps, dismissing alerts etc. It's lagville central.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Are they blond?

Don't forget that the cost isn't directly limited to the time it takes to install. They likely held meetings, staff had to create new install images, various testing and compatibility checks etc. A lot more work goes into this than you think.

This isn't a forced sale and you're not paying for Firefox itself, it's an optional extra.

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US card scammers pull $2m petrol heist

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I'd imagine it would be stored for later retrieval. They could gas up like a regular customer, downloading the data while they're parked right next to the device. Or if the signal permits, download from inside the store while 'buying a drink'

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ATM Limit

I had to beg and plead to have Natwest increase my daily ATM limit to 500 pounds. How did these guys withdraw so much? Is there no limit on ATM transactions in the US?

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

Stephen 2

Re: Humbug!

The story is quite misleading, especially since they were given what seems to be a legitimate explanation. But I guess it's not such an interesting story when you know the truth.

I used to buy from Ebuyer a lot, I especially liked that you can order so late in the evening and still get it next day. But I don't find their prices that competitive anymore.

I've returned items before without any issue.

But tbh I prefer Amazon with Prime now days instead of Ebuyer.

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Fancy knocking off early? Just run our fake computer crash 'virus', say admen

Stephen 2

My computer crashed

What's the more likely reply from a manager:

Okay you should just go home

OR

Turn it off and on

Use another computer

Call the tech support guy

Go do some manual job out the back of the office that doesn't need a computer

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Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

Stephen 2

Meh, the app isn't needed

The app doesn't nothing more than what a user can do in a few taps in the settings menu. Any user who can't work out how to do this without the app probably shouldn't be flashing a custom firmware anyway. So I say good job on pulling the app.

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New wonder slab slurps Wi-Fi, converts it into juice for gadgets, boast boffins

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Saying it generates 7 volts means nothing without telling us the amp/ma.

volts x amp = watts

7 volts with 1 amp = 7 watts. Nice!

7 volts with 0.1amp = 0.7 watts :/

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McDonalds ponders in-store 3D printing for Happy Meal toys

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Nothing but a story

This is nothing but a PR ploy. Have you seen how long it takes for a 3D printer to create anything sizeable? Are we meant to sit there for 6 hours while our toy is printed?

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

Stephen 2

Re: Hang on

Exactly. They force you to have an account even if you're just downloading a demo/trial. Most people couldn't give two hoots if someone logged into their Adobe account.

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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

Stephen 2

Re: Twitter adification

Adblock Plus - Free plugin for all major browsers.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

Stephen 2

Too long to charge?

My macbook air pulls in about 30 watts while charging.

Most microusb chargers are 1amp at around 5 volts. At best, 5volts 2amps. Thats 10 watts best case scenario. So at least 3 times slower to charge :/

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Chap unrolls 'USB condom' to protect against viruses

Stephen 2

It's called a fast charge cable

You can buy a 'fast charge' cable for pretty much any popular smart phone now days. They tie the data lines to the power to enable a faster charge. It can only be used to charge the device, not carry data. It's a standard and well known thing.

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Ofcom: Making a switch between ISPs will soon be much easier

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"In the past, subscribers were required to do loads of legwork to make the switch"

"Can I have my MAC?"

"Yes sir its XXXXXXXX"

"Hello new isp my mac is XXXXXXXX"

Not a lot of work.

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Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

Stephen 2

I can run Ubuntu on my S3

I've already run a full install of Ubuntu on my S3 using the 'Complete Linux Installer' app. It was interesting for about 30 minutes and then I removed it.

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Apple threatens ANOTHER Samsung patent lawsuit

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I bought the S3 because of this legal nonsense

I'm a big apple fanboi, used to be bigger. I got so fed up with Apples nonsense lawsuits that I went out of my way to buy the galaxy s3 instead of upgrading to the newest iphone.

They may win some money in court but they're losing many of us who used to dump every penny we had into 'anything apple' and used to tell our friends and family to do the same thing.

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ASA bans Samsung's 'misleading' free Galaxy Tab 2 ad

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16GB Storage

You do realise that they offer a microsd slot on their products right? I bought the 16GB model and added a 64GB microsd card.

The main phone storage is used for my apps and then my media goes on the microsd card. I can also use the microsd card for apps if needs be.

They do also have 32/64 base models of the S3/S4 too. It's not just the 16GB model available.

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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Downloads cheaper than Disc

What's the chances that they make downloadable versions of the games much cheaper than the disc versions in an attempt to still push people towards a non-sharing world.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Where's the innovation

Some software updates, an upgrade to the macbook air and the mac pro desktop :/

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Stephen 2

Aside from the original playstation

I've always preferred the xbox over the PS. But with me being in a country where the internet really isn't that stable, there's no way I'm going to buy the xbox one. Plus the whole buying/trading/selling games thing just hits me badly. I don't want to support the route they're trying to take gaming so I think I'll be looking towards the PS instead.

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Cameras leak credentials, live video

Stephen 2

Same problem

I've had a number of IP cameras over the years and it rarely takes more than 15 mins to find a way to access the feed without logging in. Seems to be an issue across the board and not just these brands.

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LivingSocial admits major hacking attack on customer database

Stephen 2

They bought a lot of smaller companies

They've bought a lot of smaller companies and customer details from other companies. So it's more likely that they got your details from a partner they paid rather than just spamming you.

I understand how these hacks happen, usually sql injections and whatever. What I don't get is how someone manages to download such a huge database which would hugely put a major stress on the servers plus use some serious bandwidth and no one in their tech team notice it for such a long time.

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Avoid nasty plugins with this extension, says Google

Stephen 2

software downloads

'Until then user are still required to endure the productivity-destroying and frankly degrading process that is software downloads' - you mean going to the chrome web store and clicking 'install' on the extension?

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Could be innocent

Most of these stories seem to go the same way. Computer is stolen, "geek" activates software and grabs webcam pics, screenshots etc. Publishes them. Later finds out the person bought it innocently enough on a site like ebay or craigslist. Ends up in the shit for posting pictures and information of innocent people.

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New York cops testing Big Brother crime-data Android app

Stephen 2

How long before a cop loses the gadget

and someone has a field day with everyones information?

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Publishing ANYTHING on .uk? From now, Big Library gets copies

Stephen 2

IP Ranges

Anyone have their range details so I can block them from my sites?

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

Stephen 2

Re: ODROID-U2

I was using a MK802 as a home server. Similar specs to what you quoted (a little lower though). They cost about 20-30 quid brand new on ebay and you just have to download and flash linux to a microsd card. They're pretty capable but I found myself putting up to its limits quite often so ended up upgrading. Still far more powerful than my raspberrypi though and it has 1GB RAM. Graphics capabilities are lower though.

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Atom Server

I recently replaced my home server with a intel atom variation (dual core 1.8ghz). The finished box is just as small as the NUC and consumes 15 watts with a spinning disk inside (less if you use an SSD or similar). I like the look of the NUC but it's gonna take awhile before they become available in the Philippines.

It's more than capable as a home server downloading my torrents over night, streaming to multiple devices as a samba share, work development stuff (regular LAMP style). Cost about 150 quid :)

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

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What day is it?

I groaned but then realised the date.

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300 UK domains pilfered, MASSIVE security lapse blamed

Stephen 2

123-Reg admin panel sucks hard

It's always been so terrible. Constantly kicks you out because the various parts don't play nicely with each other. Easy to access other peoples details/domains as mentioned in this post and it's generally just a huge pile of wank.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Stephen 2

Re: Online for single player is BS

Thanks Danny 14 but it really doesn't work for me. My password IS saved and it does offer my the option of Offline mode but then it still tries to connect anyway. If I follow the instructions in the steam forums then it works. Those instructions are to login with a connection and then set steam to offline mode. I can then open steam in the future with or without an internet connection and it will work. But obviously I wont get any updates, the steam browser wont work etc.

Are you using using OS X?

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Stephen 2

Re: Online for single player is BS

As I said, it will ask you if you want to start in offline mode but it will NOT work unless you previously set your Steam to 'Offline mode' while you were ONLINE.

If you search the steam forums you'll find numerous mac users complaining that it's a roundabout way of doing it because it means you need to KNOW that you wont have a connection beforehand in order to set it to Offline mode.

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Virgin Mobile doffs its cap: Web speed limit axed after outrage

Stephen 2

'axed after outrage'. I was expecting to come read a story about how they've given up on the idea because it pissed off so many people.

Instead it's just temporarily disabled while they work out why it was causing other issues.

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Pirate Bay to world: We're not really off to NORKS

Stephen 2

TPB April fools

They nearly always do them in March instead of April. They did the exact same hoax before.

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Google builds web games using Chrome on mobes as controller

Stephen 2

There are games online that have been doing this for awhile

There are a number of games online that can use an iPhone or Android phone as a controller for a web based game. They use the browser of the phone in the same way as discussed in this article. One example - http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/03/24/control-this-desktop-space-invaders-game-with-your-iphone/

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Apple to cough up $100m after kids rinse parents' credit cards on apps

Stephen 2

Re: They didn't give their kids the password...that's the whole point of the law suit

Indeed, seems like a lot of people here don't understand the process.

One important thing to note is that many.parents let the iPad be used by very young kids that have little concept of money and way well not even realise that what they're doing in the game is resulting in real world costs.

So its not just kids being naughty.

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The cheap 3D craft pen that scribbles over 3D printing hype

Stephen 2

Re: compared to 3d printers?

You're the exception. Take a look around at the stats and you'll see that the number of failed kickstarter projects that make off with the money are large. The number of projects that take the money but then refund after a LONG time are large. The number of projects that deliver ON TIME are small.

I think you're talking shit tbh.

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compared to 3d printers?

There's no way you can compare this to a 3D printer which can create somewhat accurate and certainly useful objects. This pen would be a pain in the butt to use and its a kickstarter which means 80% chance it won't ever actually make it into the buyers hand, if it does then it will be a year later than planned - by which time there will be something better available on store shelves.

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Wind-up bloke Baylis winds up broke, turns to UK gov for help

Stephen 2

Recent titles

Whats with the annoying fucking tongue twister titles on here the last couple days. They're not clever, they're just a fucking pain.

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Apple: iOS 6.1 network overload caused by our Exchange SYNC OF DOOM

Stephen 2

Identified by Vodafone

This problem was identified by vodaphone at the beginning of the week - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/11/vodafone_ios6_1_software_problem/

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Irony alert: Pirate Bay accuses anti-piracy group of illegal copying

Stephen 2

They're not hotlinking it

They copied the file locally. It's hosted on their own server.

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3 million Freesat receivers now out there, and boxes to get YouTube

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Samsung Freesat

I bought the Samsung SMT-S7800 about a year ago. Cost me around 250 quid at the time. It's a freesat box with built in HD for recording/pausing and all that jazz. The interface is absolutely wank and very slow. It has an ethernet port and a way to watch Youtube videos but again its dog slow and hard to navigate.

I paid a premium for the Samsung unit because I expected a decent interface, I was very wrong!

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Google begs for secrecy as it files Glass design with FCC

Stephen 2

Maybe Google will let you put your grade in online and then send you a prescription based pair of glasses?

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Very excited

I hate to get pulled further into the Google ecosystem but I'm really looking forward to getting a pair of these when they come out. I know they'll be kinda pricey and probably not that great in their first release but I just want them SO badly!

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

Stephen 2

Re: It's not entirely unreasonable

Publishers of those videos already have a way to monetize the vids, as long as they're a youtube partner then they earn a commission from the ads.

But I guess some would like to be able to charge $x per month or similar. I'd imagine they're the same people who's views will go from hundreds of thousands to just a handful.

Apart from a few special cases, like online workouts and that kinda thing, the whole model would be impractical. You're not likely to signup to a bunch of different youtubers and pay them all $x a month. So more likely you'd pay one fee to Google who would then give the youtubers 0.5% of that. So just more money into Googles pocket.

There are alternatives to Youtube with better features, nicer layouts etc. People use Youtube because it's free and fast. Take away the free bit and people move on.

Some things earn money for Google, some things cost them. Overall it all adds to locking people into the Google ecosystem and earns big money in the long run.

If they really want to help video creators then they could increase the amount of commission they pay them for ad clicks because right now its insanely low.

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Dotcom says German authors' society canned Mega launch vid

Stephen 2

Re: Views vs Thumbs Up

Correct. Views often stall at around 300 and then update sometime later. So this really is normal. Thumbs are near realtime.

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Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones

Stephen 2

Bleh

I used to love Firefox and scream its praises. Then it stated throwing up alerts and warnings and upgrade notices every time I launched it. I groan every time I have to use FF now because I know it's going to bug me with questions as soon as I open it. I'd read that they'd stop doing this but they haven't.

So if their phone is anything like their browser, I'd be throwing it against the wall after a week.

They should just save the money, we don't need another phone OS. I wont even charge a consultation fee for my advice here.

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Mega launches with mega FAIL

Stephen 2

Login

The key is generated during your first login.

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

Stephen 2

Re: Android?

You can install Raspbian on the APC. ( http://www.raspbian.org/ApricotImages )

You can actually install any OS, it's just a matter of dependencies and drivers and so on. The same issues with the Pi. The difference with the Pi is that they're more prepared for this kinda stuff and the user base is big enough to get all of the issues ironed out with the major versions of *nix.

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