* Posts by Danny 14

2272 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

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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same as us. Kids wanted to go to Disneyland, didn't fancy the US so we went to Tokyo instead. Pleasant flight, pleasant hotel and pleasant (if not crowded) overall experience.

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

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Re: first Patch Tuesday in many months that didn't bring with it multiple security fixes for IE

isn't it nice that google reports faults for MS to fix but blatantly say they aren't going to fix WebView exploits (even though it can be put into android 5)?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: Not bad but still no cigar, methinks!

I'd love a car like this but I would definitely need a small engine in there - such as the BMW isomething. My driving pattern is fine for electric 75% of the time. The other 25% is big runs and I live in the lakes. I cannot charge at work so a 100 mile daily drive is still fine with an electric (assuming I can fully charge the rest in 7 hours overnight). We also don't have a garage just a small drive so im not sure what temperature does to these things.

If it had a small range extending engine then I'd be sold, otherwise "not yet" for me.

How much DO battery packs and servicing cost for a tesla? I imagine to keep your battery warranty you need to have it serviced at a tesla dealership? With a normal car most people tend to move to cheaper garages after initial warranty (3? 5?) years which might compare a 5 or 8 year comparison.

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Re: Efficiency!

a high amp circuit in one garage on a residential street is probably ok. 2 might be ok too but 20 not so. If it is in a city street that already has beefed up wiring and predictable loads then from a grid point of view this will be better managed.

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Re: Treat it like a mobile phone?

"memory effect" - you mean forgetting to charge it?

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Re: If only..

RTGs, I mean what can go wrong? They are a little bulky though and a "child sized" one will only generate about 100W but you wont have to worry about refuelling for 80 years.

Or how about the nuclear stirling engine. A few hundred degrees and some Pu pellets in close proximity might make it a little unsafe for some people though :-) ....

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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or start a UK company, sell less than 81k threshold, fold company start new ebay one. Then you pay no VAT. They could also declare as almost new so second hand. Sell out of Luxembourg etc etc Obviously that only works for stock you already have acquired (somehow).

As for Chinese imports they simply lie on the import form so it becomes an import duty dodge.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: The storage is there, as advertised.

Amiga 880k disks were regularly formatted to 1Mb though.

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time got a shoeing over this I seem to remember. They used to sell silly RAM sizes such as 128Mb when 32Mb was taken up by VGA etc.

This day and age you don't notice 128Mb disappearing from 2Gb RAM.

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Re: ST truth in storage

true, apple also place themselves as easy to use so hiding information isn't in the perception of their products. Afterall you should expect anyone to be able to use an apple device easily, not have to figure out why 16gb isn't 16gb afterall.

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that's odd, my galaxy S2 with cyanogen seems to have no issue at all using half of its 8gb internal and 26gb of its uSD card for apps. Only "co-pilot" and a racing game had a hissy fit about not living on the uSD everything else is fine on the uSD - even music and video.

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Re: Tim Cooks car ......

don't forget though that you pretty much have to update the ios otherwise previous programs might not work - certainly updates wont. Whilst reasonable to expect what isn't reasonable is to lose another 5% without a choice.

That being said, watch what happens to windows when it gets hold of updates, good luck to those with 32Gb windows tablets - not much room left on those after full updates (especially if office is installed!)

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Re: Mine said...

you mean it will force manufacturers to claim how much bloat will be taken up? whilst the suit is pretty silly it is a bit of a stiff for some people with ipods to lose almost a quarter of claimed space with no way to expand it. Other MP3 esque devices might have uSD cards so at least it isn't a problem, same with most other phones - sure some wont have uSD slots so they are boned too.

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Grab a SLIM MODEL for Xmas cheer: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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Re: Loving mine.

depends what "best" means. I got one of those linx7 for 59.99 on black friday, that's a great tablet sure its a windows tablet so a bit marmite but having a HDMI and a micro USB (plus sd card slot) means it doubles as an XBMC "box".

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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I saw an empty tube on the circle line once. It was eerie and almost didn't get on, I mean why was it empty? Where would it take me?

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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51st state is probably "rest of the world" as far as Washington is concerned...

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New Zealand Supreme Court says Kim Dotcom search warrants were legal

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Re: I don't get it

"Meanwhile, here in the UK, the well known/well off who fall foul of the law get a polite phone call from Mr Fuzz asking them if they wouldn't mind popping down to the local nick one afternoon for tea and biccies with their team of lawyers in tow so they can be arrested by appointment"

unless you are 12 year old girls with iphones in a cinema, those horrid criminals get the full police treatment at the behest of cineworld it seems.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2883404/Girls-left-tears-dragged-cinema-hauled-police-staff-wrongly-accused-12-year-olds-filming-Hunger-Games-iPads.html

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Facebook slammed for blocking protest event page at Russia's request

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Re: It's all relevant

not if Russia offers cheap gas then you'll be in Siberia before the week is out.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: passenger density

problem isn't just the lines but the rolling stock too. The Carlisle to Newcastle train is woefully underspec. The two carriage shunter or at best a pair of them bolted together is always sardine can daily, not to mention the last train of the day is another sardine can. Since it doesn't even stop at the small stations when crowded why wont they add a bigger train? Because they are nobheads is the only reason I can come up with.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Re: Trickier than docking with a space station without a docking computer?

aye, the wife presses a button on her focus and it parks itself ffs. Just a money spinner I tell you!

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Re: It's worse than that

@Lost all faith Its more like:

We are a property developer and we would LOVE to build fancy houses, we don't have the money to do this but if enough people pledge money then you MIGHT get what you asked for. We are looking for an investment*

*you might not get the house, it might be half built, it might be a mansion.

That's kickstarter for you.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

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Re: Why do people need colour inkjets still?

my canon ip4000 is still going strong. It has ink tanks with no chips so I simply unbung the plug, squirt ink in and im done. If you can get CISS cartridges for the chipped printers then again, these will be cheaper than colour lasers to run.

for colour prints 90% are for the kids homework

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Re: A couple of things missing here, though...

might only be a JPEG picture but often the printers decide to spool the job in RAW. I know our epsons do (granted these are R1900 and aging R2400s). This soon turns a 3Mb JPEG into a 300Mb file.

10 of those will put a dent into most "cheap" BT limits.

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: Tesco

or even those Chinese knockoff rockchip XBMC boxes for £40 on amazon. Cheap enough to add one to each tv and run wireless.

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Re: "it is very hard to accurately identify the incoming frame rate"

they could do something similar to other software such as an option in the settings that said EURO or US. Not that hard.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: A consistent sequence of events

nah, the wizards did it.

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Re: Star Trek

JJ Abrams manages to turn whatever he touches into an abomination. Star wars is next on his hit list.

Then there will be a star trek into star wars crossover with another time travel instalment.

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Re: Army of Darkness

yo, she bitch! Lets go.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Re: Hmmm

ye gads how much? So decide between an iphone, note 3, s5 or this?

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Anytime the KKK are mentioned...

I used to work in R&D for time computers (yup, those were the days). This was our test DVD. Not the most politically correct but very funny.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: Sounds like a job

Its France, just put a sign on it saying "Do not eat, private property of XXX". It'll be gone in the morning.

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or tow it (surely it will float) then torpedo it.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Re: I destroy watches in all situations

I too used to kill watches, wearing them inside just plain annoyed me so these days I just don't bother. I always have some kind of jacket, coat, fleece, bag, child to carry things with me (over and above usual daily "stuff") so I just take a phone with a pocketed case these days. It fits in my pocket, it has a single contactless debit card in it, it has my driving licence and work ID - that is it. I don't have any other jewellery. My keys are a car key with small RFID token (for work) and 2 door keys on a small ring - they sit in my pocket better in 2 sets than all 4 together.

The watch that lasted the longest for me was a lorus with lumibrite face (the wife HATED this thing as it did glow somewhat at night for a surprisingly long time). The strap was swapped for a fabric strap and eventually the side of the watch was smashed on something putting it out of action.

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Re: re. Rampant Rabbi, etc.

playmobil reconstruction?

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IEEE turns crank on new wired Ethernet standards

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Re: AC is not the driver

iscsi point to point will benefit from cheaper faster cabled links. I'm not sure how much server 2012 lies about network speeds but our point to point links between nodes certainly max out links when live migrating. 10gb is nice but still expensive (we are only talking 3 nodes here and when the network cards and switch cost more than a node you know it isn't right...)

Cant say I would like to use wireless for iscsi although I'm sure someone does somewhere.

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Re: Autonegotiate over 8+ different bandwidths?

it works because they end up settling on 10mb half duplex with "I always wondered why that was a yellow light" and all the rest were green approach to networking.

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Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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Re: Was the young lady a smuggler or something?

indeed, she probably turned him down due to his poor development skills. His planning to get hitched was good and his analysis of needing to spend money on her was also good. However his poor design of spending money on wrong shiny coupled with a less than stellar implementation (proposed outside burger king?), she figured that the maintenance was going to be problematic so best nip this project in the bud early.

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ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

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Re: The major problem with W2003

to be honest, even in our 2k12 / W7 environment our hand written printer scripts and drive maps work far more reliably than GPO preferences. Whilst they SHOULDNT (technically) they just do.

there is also the mentality in business to "the system works so lets cut the IT staff". Thus leading to the sysadmin cutting corners in order to make deadlines etc. False economy but not always the best approach. It is easy for the crusaders to say "well simply leave!" when you have mortgages to pay and kids to look after. You keep going and make the best of the job as you can.

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