* Posts by Danny 14

2310 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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For the rest if us who don't want to spend close to 2500 on telephones we would prefer an upgrade storage path and possibility a replacement battery.

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Re: no s6 for me

Note 3 will. Wife has one and it is a great bit of kit.

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Re: Meh

Yup, a Chinese no name 2500 battery cost 6 quid on ebay. Holds charge and lasts 25pct longer 1 year on for my s2. The third battery in coming up to 4 years. S6 is useless to my long term needs.

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Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

The only thing that has kept my s2 useful and in service is the 2 removable sd cards and replacement batteries. I thought about an s4 but can't see rhe point until the s2 dies.

As for space, sat nav takes a few gig, music about 10, photos another 5. Or so. Video maybe 5,games and stuff another 3 plus a backyp for when im playing wirh roms.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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ironically the 14 inch saisho(?) came with me to uni 12 years after first powering my spectrum (and subsequently my amiga), that thing was bulletproof (the buttons replaced by lacquered blu-tack).

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Re: 2015 class joke....

old PC monitors were just as bad. Moving the old 22 inch iiyama visionmaster was an art in back pain too. Fantastic resolution for the time though.

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Re: @returnmyjedi

I remember the 12 inch? 14inch? pye black and white with rotary analogue tuning dial. Complete with nail varnish dots for BBC 1 or 2 - ITV was frowned upon we waited till 9AM when BBC2 started transmitting for our kids programmes. I remember when we got a colour TV, it was a Granada in a wooden cabinet complete with top loading manual "huge cassette buttons" VCR just in time to watch the bootleg empire strikes back in 1980

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Re: are you sure ?

I must be the odd one out here. We have a 32" sharp which is about 5 years old. Its the only "TV" in the house (2+2) we don't have sky but do have Netflix and a bluray player, sound is courtesy of a 14 year old kenwood nv-701 5.1 dts decoder.

We do have a number of PC screens though, 3x 22ish ones, I forget the exact size) and a pair of dell 27's on my pc.

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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Re: Video Machine

and the raspberry pi 2 works just fine with DTS 1080p (ripped from blurays). very impressed with mine.

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Re: It's a cute device...

exactly, you can always hang a hub from the remaining port (which is usb 3 at least!). This can be placed somewhere out of site and an extension cable used to put the Bluetooth receiver in a better place.

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Re: Why?

different tools for different jobs. You will probably be able to get second hand ones of these for less in months to come. A couple of games for the xbox will set you back more than the console alone whereas decent android games wont break the bank.

Since this will install xbmc then you will have a media center, gaming machine and general PC (after adding a Bluetooth keyboard).

for £120 sounds like a plan.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Too late!

Nuclear power plants? Satellite systems? Weapons systems? Not just in western countries either.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: that's one way of looking at it, here's another

Well it didn't work out for them in our school. Our previous annual licence cost circa £3000 per annum. They wanted that renegotiating to roundabout £5000 (even with discounts etc) so we cancelled completely. It was quite a bit of pain at first getting the art and photography departments off photoshop but it is possible and the whining has dropped to a whisper (we still have 10 copies of CS5 on our 10 macs but they aren't used as much anyway).

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: Kill the root certificate

surely just deleting the root cert will drive you mad with all the cert errors? It is the proxy that is the issue rather than the cert.

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Re: Microsoft hardware

licence key is embedded in the bios. shouldn't need to type one in.

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Lightbulb moment for visible light networking: 200 Gbps without a fibre

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Re: What's the use case for 100 Gbps wireless?

100gb is a fast link but im not sure I'd trust it as a SAN iSCSI (I suppose you could still have a 10gb backup link) even in a light guide (toilet roll tube?)

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Re: WIFI WTF?

unless the wall had a window :D

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Microsoft and updates - they just don't get it!

whilst im not keen on apple kit in general (personal preferences) the ipad 2's here at work are humming along nicely. They haven't borked at all and are hardly cutting edge.

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Re: At least I know it's not just me!

same can be said for android too, the carrier free version of any phone gives you flexibility.

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So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

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I flashed my phone out of the door, the flash got rid of network bloat and sped it up enormously. If you need a warranty repair then make sure it REALLY needs a warranty repair (just play "operation" under the battery bay/usb socket with a pair of probes plugged into +5v)

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yup and that's the point. 10 years ago you looked at functionality and got the phone that did what you wanted it to do. Nowadays they pretty much all do what you want. for the first time (since winmo6.5 so it doesn't count) I'm actually looking at a windows phone purely based on cost; the functionality is the same (from my point of view).

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Re: Just another Distro

but google needs to be careful as it wont take much for a cydia alternative to make AOSPs drop PS like a hot brick. They'll be in trouble then. Unlike apple there are so many android versions that google will find it hard to enforce version control on their apps based on OS.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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Re: Sadly

and nuclear cars.

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fucking mental is a better description. Barbaric is for things such as eating with fingers when a knife and fork would be more appropriate.

Punishment vs crime has gone all out the window on this one but governments don't want to upset the opec cartel chiefs do they.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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Re: Ah yes, aerobatics

chipmunk. I remember flying those in the 80s as part of the air cadets. Couldn't see a damn thing out the front and landing was fun, still they could pull some G; I still remember pushing down 20d get to 130 and pull back 3/4 for the loop or down 20 120 for the barrel roll - good times (jump jumping sir!) , those and getting advanced glider in a mk3 (winch launch and watch the tubes!). It wasn't the same when we got the "ultra modern grobs"

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Re: What happens to users of the current apps?

I bought memory map software and maps back on XP. There is a freeware map reader and the maps work just fine now. Some I have updated some I haven't. No issues at all running in W7 or android.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: ^ my post just above this one

I downvoted you because Cliff reminded me of Cliff Richard. I hate that guys music.

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Are virtualisation and the cloud SNUFFING OUT traditional backup software?

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Re: Not Likely

same here, 1tb of weekly full with 10s gb daily increment. I cannot put that sort of data over our internet link. Even if we virtualised our entire server and storage then that daily incremental will need to come over an internet link (which again wouldn't be fast enough).

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Re: How do you recover?

so how come it is killing the backup business, surely it should INCREASE the backup business? I mean, you still need software to backup to the cloud, you still need virtualised backup software to backup virtually. Plus what are the cloud services doing? Not backing up? They should be backing up your backups essentially - doubling the process by numbers (if not accessible by you).

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Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway

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Re: 2.3%?

Actually it is significant. People buying MS are not buying apple. If they can convince apple owners to buy MS tablets rather than ipads then this is one area that will hit apple hard. They will get less hardware sales and less app store sales. It is only a small step to the apple owner possibly jumping ship into a different phone - that will make a massive difference to apples line when people look elsewhere.

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Re: I'm not surprised

look at the dell venue pro with docking station; the extra USB and VGA cuts down on cable/dongle clutter. The newer ones have much better CPUs then the older ones (which were still usable). The docking station also means you can image them without much of an issue too.

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Re: Slabs losing sales? Not surprising

we got dell venue pros with docking stations. The majority never leave the docking station (large external monitor, USB KB/Mouse and Ethernet. Quite a few do pick their up and take them home though (we have magnetic keyboards for them too).

They were a reasonable replacement for the laptops and base units they replaced, the newer ones have decent CPUs (we didn't get the i3 version).

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

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Re: Sigh

But people pay sky TV/virgin/BT et al and STILL get adverts shoved down their throat. I don't see sky living on the poverty line so it is just greed.

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Re: Begun the Ad Wars have

a squid proxy cache can blacklist the adservers quite effectively if you want a solution for home (great if you already use a Linux firewall or LAMP). Or install diladele if you want a more industrial filtering option. We don't see any adverts at work since I put the pair on on system - it also stops a big chunk of click though poisoned adverts.

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Pirate Bay data now tugged by IP-address-tracking current

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Re: The Pirate Bay uses open public trackers doesn't it?

The trackers don't keep history though, sure whilst someone is seeding the tracker will known who you are but drop out and it wont. Cloudflare keeps history.

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Re: a pool for police to fish

It is only a civil offence if you haven't lobbied with lots of cash. Then it becomes possible national security issues so the plod will come a feel your collar.

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Re: Illegal content missing

"Downloaders should exercise additional caution when obtaining content from the site. "

Indeed, what can you actually download from TPB? Links? Magnets? tracker info?

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

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Re: It's all good

A very good sentiment, I hope the wanker who stole my classic gpz900 last year goes to prison; i'm all for criminals getting sent down.

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

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Re: Tell us more !!!!

lets not be bitter about things.

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: my £50 chinatab is pretty useless

generic rockchip cortex affair that just about every chinatab was using, bought about the time venue pro came out (work subsidised it as I was doing a comparison of what absolute minimum would look like for remote work). Not a truly fair comparison as it has 512mb RAM - the failing stat but the GFX is also awful and wont run a lot of things. I'd prefer the linx 10 for the bigger screen (7 is ok but fiddly in menus- screen quality is good).

Brings me onto the dell venue pro, a little more money but specs are better and those run filemaker pro 12 on them just fine (they are domain devices here at work and have docking stations).

What is does prove is you can buy multiple (usable) windows and androids for the price on an idevice :-) (just saying!)

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WinMo was a good OS too (for the era we are talking). At the time I had a Samsung Omnia when android released their 1.5 Motorola keyboarded affair, WinMo 6.5 blew it away with just about everything from connectivity, apps, reliability and especially battery life. Problem is MS didn't adapt fast enough to the android trend especially from a licensing cost point of view, WinMo were nearly always premium devices due to costs.

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Lack of Silverlight on RT showed the commitment MS was going to put into RT. It was stillborn.

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Re: @Arctic fox RT seems pointless now

My linx 7 cost £59.99 and is fantastic. Runs like a dog? Not mine, it plays Civ 4 (at lunch time of course - and a huge earth map too), runs word, internet, outlook and has a few steam games on there. The only bad thing about it is the relatively poor battery life - more "phone" level than tablet level of battery.

It has a usb, uSD and separate HDMI port though and runs XBMC quite happily.

In comparison my £50 chinatab is pretty useless for just about anything. Its only saving grace is that it runs XBMC reasonably well (720p only though). The kids wont touch it as a lot of games wont run on it - the galaxy tab 2 from a few years ago still going strong.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: "if she can't adapt..."

windows 8 was done badly though. It should have given people the choice either touch screen friendly or mouse friendly. touch screen is all well and good until the first menu appears from the traditional GUI underneath metro; most of the time you need to select the actual bars to scroll not just finger drag anywhere. Check boxes are tiny on 7" windows tablets, drop downs are a nightmare to click and drag bars become an exercise in frustration when the page spills into horizontal scroll - and this is just changing a resolution.

Metro was a tack on job and was (overall) badly done.

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Re: Have you actually used PowerShell to automate GUI operations?

Server is odd. Everything in a GUI I have found in a powershell - its just easier to do in a GUI than a silly command documented badly. However there are quite a few things missing in GUI that you can only do in a powershell script (clustering is a big culprit here).

Problem with MS is the way things are FORCED onto you (using the GUI remotely on server 2012 was awful at least they fixed a huge chunk of that in R2)

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: This is probably very bad..

the Argentinians hardly have the same numbers as the Chinese or Russians though.

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Re: This is probably very bad..

Sherman vs panzer. Actually they did have them race head to head in platoons. Only when the british started upgunning the shermans did they stand a real chance vs the panzers.

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Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

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Re: Have they sorted out their billing yet?

Ours moved from Thus to vodaphone billing some time ago. We have a backup business ADSL with them as it was the cheapest ADSL that wasn't on our fibre network (pointless having a backup internet connection that shares the same backhaul...)

It is load balanced out anyway (guest traffic prioritised on the backup line until failover) and hasn't given us any grief whatsoever in the years we have had them. Apart from the rubbish Thomson router that came with it for "free" I haven't had any real outages.

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

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Re: Sums it up really

if backup was a USB or NAS drive then it is conceivable that these were trashed when the hacker got access to the server. Then again you would imagine that it is a VM rather than physical server so the VM should be backed up (and surely the HOST isn't accessible from the guest?)

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Re: There's a Flipside to this Story that Requires a Comprimise Solution...

compromise is free wifi surely? It isn't as if the hotels in question are a budget chain - in fact ive had better services in budget chains/aparthotels. Treat the cause not the symptom.

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