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* Posts by Danny 14

2177 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: Battery life

or hotspotting for your tablet.

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Re: Battery life

I didn't see wireless charging built in though. Would have made sense for a watch to have wireless charging. Not sure on the range of wireless charging either but if you could get a few inches then a wireless mat at a desk might be good too.

Seems like you could use a watch for your phone and a tablet for other duties if you so wished.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?

The work ones are stored in an encrypted 7z file. Not the most technical solution in the world but it is portable and backed up. The password is a strung together sequence of things only I would know. For example, you could use a group of 5 telephone numbers (with a place name or something) and that is a hell of a password to try and brute force. "mywife36leftmeforablackman27ondecember25thintheyearofourlord2006" even with dictionary is quite a monster to brute force.

You can even email the 7z if you like - to multiple accounts. Saves relying on a service hosted "somewhere" that could die at any time.

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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

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Re: Awesome drives..

I bought a pair of non-pro 840's and haven't looked back since. Very quick drives. That being said I also had an OCZ vertex 3 which was RMA'd twice (panic lock both times). It has been relegated to the laptop.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Re: I wonder...

Andrews and Arnold are 6 months, not too eye gouging on prices either. I recommend them to people wanting shorter terms but a decent connection.

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Re: Married or Sharing? Just tell them you are moving overseas.

the only thing we do this for is car insurance. That is just to keep both our no claims up though (in reality). As long as we declare the "main" driver then it isn't fronting. If we didn't need gas for hot water production then I could see this being a good idea too.

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Re: BT Retail used to be masters at this

or say to them "give me discount or I go to sky", sky then give cheaper line rental than BT on the same BT line.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Re: If only they supported Windows 8 phone/RT I'd not care.

If you have the money to blow on a sonos system then you should have the money to blow on an ipad mini.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: Re. 49gm/km

well if you want to cherry pick then ariel atom would be a weapon of choice. You could buy that and 5 series to tow it for 95k.

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Re: supercar?

4WD Nissan GTR can be had for not much more than 50k. Had a go in one on a track day pressie once (along with an R8 and lambo) the GTR was easily the scariest of them all, seriously pins you in your seat when you floor it. The R8 has similar specs to this and was pretty underwhelming.

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Re: "(the prius) would have struggled to keep the MPG in the 30s "

It was a review car. I suspect the pedal was fully to the floor for most of the rides (regardless of gear). I very much doubt your SL350 would perform as well given to the same reviewer.

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Re: Please compare to Tesla?

compare it to a tesla? Sure. The tesla looks shitter, wont take you round a holiday without spending the day charging, cant realistically hoon it about as you'll drain the battery in no time but at least it costs less so you can buy a focus to drive between cities.

I'd love one of these.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Re: But why?

indeed, the current thinking is probably along the lines of a small hybrid plant to get it through emissions testing knowing full well it wont be used as much. Add another 10k on the top and the market being aimed at will still pay.

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Re: Since the Tesla S P85

Bu therein lies the rub. How do you get from Cumbria to Birmingham and back in the same day? There aren't that many luxury cars that combine city electric and fossil range. As soon as more domestic grade cars combines a small engine for range and charging with a small battery hybrid then it will take off more. Prius works well but I found to be pretty shit to drive (wallowy and far too cheap inside), the newer focus and mondeos are pretty reasonable to drive IMHO and would be great to hybridise.

That being said, if you charge 5k more for the same model then until resale you'll not make up that 5k on a hybrid. With start/stop engines you can make a fair saving too.

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25% for my current 2.5 Ford SMax. Unless you are private with a good practice dentists don't earn that much. There have been a few adverts up here in Cumbria for about 40k.

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Re: Hmmm

But the overlander wont go like stink if you floor it. This is a decent grand tourer with a "trundle in city traffic" electric motor. Cruise on the motorway on dead dinosaurs then switch to electric for the last bit of city commute. Switch back to dead dinosaurs on the way home to charge up.

This is the car concept that would work for my particular driving pattern and i'd be happy to use this sort of hybrid. Just not in a prius or wallet busting Porsche.

I seem to remember Renault having a petrol/diesel FWD with electric RWD prototype, that would be a good idea too.

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Storage cost

network speed has increased just not at the cat6 consumer end.

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Re: Reg unit?

nah, he has poor internet so only gets DVD5s

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why do you need 10gb? I run a small business with a two host cluster. I use HBA SAS as an interlink for my CSV. Much cheaper than 10GB and since I only have 2 hosts then I can still have failover. In time I can add other cards so that I can add other hosts, still it is far cheaper than a 10gb solution.

Old servers with buckets of bays are great for openfiler too (or readynas etc).

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Stop making sense?

Empire strikes back was the best of the lot IMHO.

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I didn't see the original star wars in the cinema but I did see empire strikes back first time around and that was simply epic.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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or out of copyright media. Or game updates. Or multitude of other legal torrent stuff.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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forgot to add. If you need a lot more power then look at an itx board. With an external PSU they are still quite small. My PI replaced an already small AMD e350 that I had shoehorned into an old hollowed out DVD player case (wife friendly looking) but it still needed a 120mm fan (quiet) to keep some sort of airflow so did make "some" noise. The PI is silent (and naked, it is just shoved behind the tv cabinet! only an IR "eye" pokes out of the side of the cabinet)

Next job is to fashion an IR power on function on the PI GPIO as the old e350 had a CIR socket that let me do that from "suspend". Cant say I have ever had an issue with the USB, granted im only using it as a media centre so I probably wouldn't notice the odd frame oddity.

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Re: Cost

Or to put it another way. £26 for a pi, get an 4gb uSD card (2gb might be enough, cant remember) from back of the sofa or ebay for £2, a cheap psu that can supply 5v for £2 on ebay, download openelec and you have a fully functional media centre that can have internet radio, youtube, iplayer, streaming.... all for £30

Seriously I spend more than that at our local takeaway per month.

It is small enough that you can glue it to the inside of your TV if you so require. Have your TV power it from a usb/relay/voodoo séance and it is wife friendly. Openelec works with cheapy windows remotes+usb IR so what more do you want?

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usb Ethernet adapter? Now the PI has 4 USB ports then you can have a few usb devices.

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Re: hmm

don't get me wrong, i'm not complaining, just saying. 4x USB is a great improvement in itself.

something else has changed on the board though as I thought the hub only had 4 USB. I thought the SD card took a USB slot up along with the 2x USB already there and the Ethernet had the last one.

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Re: Cost

Just an alternative for people. Need more USB and don't care about a standard composite out? get the B+ Don't use >2 USB and have only full size SD cards? Get the model B. Both are the same price.

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to be fair, £26 is nowhere near £50 though. The hummingboard might suit your needs, there is a 1gb/2 core or 2gb/4 core version allegedly shipping soon. Banana Pi is a dual core/1gb board that can be bought for under £50 too so there are options for you if you need a small Linux computer with some more oompf.

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Re: Composite Output

old Samsung omnias did too. I used an old camcorder lead that had a 4 pole socket - that worked well enough.

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Re: hmm

yeah, its a shame. I also run an openelec and would have loved just a tiny bit more oompf.

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Re: It's all very wonderful

Portsmouth to Bilbao overnight ferry is pleasant enough. Price was on par if you factor in all the extras such as airport parking, luggage, hire car etc. Plus it meant no weight limits on your luggage.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: I have your missing bits...

better to use a cheap cordless drill with a hex bit, saves your index finger bruises (on bigger builds). Cheap drills wont strip the heads either (or I suppose an expensive one with proper torque controls, my £6 BandQ one does the job nicely, it hasn't the power to overtorque)

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Re: Better than FYRKANTIG Close

where aisle 12 is not next to aisle 11 or 13 but for some obscure reason is in a different building.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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nothing to see here, move along

I'm sure the beak would call that contempt if you or me tried it.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Turn off the computer, then turn it on again...

standard interview scenario for our last technician post. "teacher has no sound, sound was working for them last lesson".

You get all sorts of remedies ranging from reinstalling drivers, checking cable continuity, swapping donor sound card. The person who got the job started that scenario question with "check the speakers are plugged in to the socket, powered on and plugged into the PC". The rest of his answers were along the same lines as someone who has dealt with people who consider PCs a nuisance to their way of working.

Invariably "email isn't working" could be anything from "forgotton password so I cant log in" to their monitor is on fire. Internet is down can generally be an obscure blog page that they happened to have as their home page (he was a bee keeper) that is now taken offline.

Users eh?

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: My frustration with 8.1 and opinion on such matters of why upgrade

Ironically we had some keyboards (Yamaha) that worked in windows 2000, wouldn't work in XP or vista but *DID* work in windows 7 out of the box! That really shocked us (and made our Sibelius teacher very happy).

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Re: Shrinking Pool

depends on the metrics too. We buy windows 8 machines then put our windows 7 image on them.

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Re: History repeating @Joseph Haig

XP->Vista was a UAC nightmare for us plus they screwed up the NTLM security initially before first patch which rendered our (at the time) filtering ineffective. Back to XP we went and stayed there till 7 came along. 7 was a joy to work with (over vista) and since we already deployed GPP packs to XP all our GPO were 7 friendly.

8+ 8.1 started playing silly tricks again. This time it was the pre-network logon, for some stupid reason, if the system has a wireless card then it reaches out to networks pre-logon (good), handshakes if it can (good) logs onto the network (good) then proceeds to ignore the proxy settings for the first "check to Microsoft to see how our licencing is doing" (bad). I believe this has been patched but still, getting "log onto proxy" before a CTRL-ALT-DEL screen is bad, especially on tablets (where typing usernames and passwords once is bad enough).

coupled to that the metro/lack of proper start menu that can be easily organised into alphabetical order is bloody shocking - try using server 2012 RDP (R2 at least dumps you on the desktop and does have a "start" button but it still has silly metro. Core is a much better option and teaches you to do things properly anyway.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: Cheltenham again?

Nah, BT's intern simply went to virgin instead.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

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Re: Vimes This is news?

half the people posting here would last 5 fucking seconds in Russia with those laws. Visit British First to piss them off with a bit of logic on their facebook page? Doesn't matter! you posted there you must be part of them; off to Siberia you go.

Laugh at greenpeace doing daft things again? Nope, you must be a supporter comrade. Time for some social re-education.

Britain isn't that bad yet.

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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Re: Oh how the x ray scanner operator laughed...

or a carrier bag with the remains of the controlled explosion (followed by the bill in the post for wasting their time)

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Re: Hard to find volume buttons on either side of the power button?

I don't think ive ever had the volume on anything other than maximum on any of my phones ever. From nokia 6230, palms, SE's, omnias, SG2 etc. This might change with headphones in but ive never found the volume loud enough.

Too many rock concerts probably.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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nice idea and at least it looks like a car rather than something a hippie imagined a car should look like. But useless for me, it really needs a small engine for emergency use or casual charging. For the market it is aimed at then it would be too large for the majority of London use, if you are "big" enough to have your own parking space in London then you'd surely want a more prestigious car too. How many charging spots are there at heathrow? Youd be annoyed if you turned up and saw that piddly little nissans had taken them all (or a 4x4 without electric which is what usually happens).

Im surprised the euro hasn't cottoned onto charging, afterall there is plenty of electricity flowing through electric trains.

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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But on the plus side the intern knows that deleting zones can be bad.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: What puzzles me ...

I remember looking around York university in the 80s. It was a concrete dive, something like this would have taken the edge off it.

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Re: Good to see students haven't changed...

it was only a half hearted attempt as it seems his legs got stuck, not his head or an arm (or cock, that would have been impressive).

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Re: WOW!

not sure why the downvote, I was going to post pretty much the same thing. How can this patent be revolutionary?

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Tell me about it

adding things like nuke the president does the same. It pings you on all sorts of radars.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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radio controlled helicopters with gas engines are cheap enough too, these will pack FAR more a punch if they hit you.

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

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Re: @Lee D and Don Jefe

our mondeo has voice control and it works quite well. You press a button on the stalk and it activates the "listener". Top level controls such as "climate", "radio", "cd", "bluetooth", "phone", "playlist" etc then sub commands. It doesnt have false positives very often, even the "phone" bit.

I think ive used it half a dozen times in the years ive had the car. It is easier to twiddle the air con temp control or press the down arrow on the wheel.

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