* Posts by twilkins

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

twilkins

Every year I celebrate the day I moved away from Windows to OSX.

Now I spend my time doing my job, not f*cking about with my tools.

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Intel's smartwatches are so hot right now – too hot: Basis Peak recalled for skin burns, blistering

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Re: Lasers!

Something more fundamental - like a lack of motivation.

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Re: You know what doesn't get too hot and combustable on my wrist?

My experience of mechanical chronographs (as opposed to chronometer) is that they are expensive to service, prone to going wrong and not accurate - compared to an average quartz watch.

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Re: I'm still using my Basis B1

Yes the B1 is also being recalled and the servers switched off. Which does make it look like a wind-down of Basis, rather than anything truly safety related.

Intel aren't having such a happy time at the moment and I'll bet this is some change to strategic direction to get out of anything direct to consumer and concentrate on their "core" business.

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As a Basis Peak user for the last 18 months, my skin remains uncharred.

They (Basis / Intel) are also recalling the earlier B1 watch which seems to use different hardware.

To my suspicious mind, this smells like Intel using a minor issue as the excuse to close down the Basis business unit either due to lacklustre sales or because they want to release a competing product / sell the IP.

For the record the Peak is the most accurate wrist-based HR tracker I have used (and I've tried pretty much all of them). It was also able to track my sleep accurately. If anyone knows of an alternative device that fulfils my criteria I would love to hear about it:

- Looks like a watch rather than something from Blake's 7 and has interchangeable straps

- Waterproof enough to swim with

- Automatic activity tracking

- Accurate 24/hr HR tracking

- Accurate calorie calculation

- Tough metal / gorilla glass construction

- Notifications

- Silent alarm

- Music control

- Habit / goal tracking via app

- Display easily readable in direct sunlight

- 4-5+ day battery life

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Thought the Tesla had radar?

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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The LinkedIn "graph" only has value if it's accurate which requires people to regularly use the site. I don't think I'm alone in steering well clear since it got all spammy and full of recruiters (i.e. about 5+ years ago).

Not to mention that people I've only ever had social contact with "connect" to me and then give me recommendations for obscure technical skills. If my experience is anything to go by MS paid a lot of money for a huge out of date mailing list.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Ok, ok, calm down

There must still be an unused combination of "Mobile", "Windows" and "Phone" so Microsoft can try again in a few years and reel in some more suckers.

As an aside, it's quite ironic they made Windows look like it came from Fisher-Price to try and present a uniform interface and then abandon the mobile portion. Double whammy!

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Smartphone growth? Not in Q1, says IDC

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I'm afraid the declining revenues across the tech sector are caused by the same thing as the declining revenues across the British high street. Consumers are tapped out.

The debt party should have ended around 2008, but ultra low interest rates have kept it going much longer than it should have, and now we are heading into unknown territory with negative interest rates and talk of helicopter money drops.

Interesting times...

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Don't blame users for the UI

"from phone to tablet to surface to desktop"

That's nice, for the few hundred users who use Windows 10 on desktop, surface and phone. For the others who use Windows desktop, iOS phones and tablets, or Android phones and tablets and Windows 10, it's not much of a draw. Hence the disappointing sales.

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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And therein lies the danger of Facebook, aka, just another walled garden.

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WordPress hosting biz confesses to breach, urgently contacts 30,000 users

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Re: Ahem..

It's proactive is there is no evidence the passwords have been compromised.

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Mozilla annual report shows risky Google dependency now risky Yahoo! dependency

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Re: How can they possibly spend a quarter billion a year?

Don't worry, I'm sure Microsoft will provide ;-)

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Deutsche Bank to axe 'excessively complex' IT, slash 9,000 jobs

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Mushroom

DB won't see out another 24 months as a solvent, functioning bank, so trying to trim a few costs here and there is really a bit pointless.

As an aside, simplifying IT should be done for the right reasons. In DBs case, that would be to open up new opportunities instead of just cost cutting.

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You want the poor to have more money? Well, doh! Splash the cash

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WTF?

WTF

Has the register turned into "The Spectator"?

Better to focus on quality tech news than political opinion.

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Android 5 lock-screens can be bypassed by typing in a reeeeally long password. In 2015

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Re: Disable copy/paste on the lockscreen

But everyone knows that longerer passwords are betterer!

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Dropbox DROPS BOX as service GOES TITSUP worldwide

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Holmes

Fine here now (17:44 BST), of course the beauty of it for me is that I have a copy of all my files locally...

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

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This is hilarious - as a Vodafone customer for over 10 years I have suffered from numerous handsets weighed down with Vodafone's junk. I now buy SIM free handsets largely for this reason.

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

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Indeed - since my old Symbian mobiles back in the day, it has always been the carriers who hold up firmware updates.

As I type this Sony have had a Lollipop 5.1 ROM out for my current Xperia handset for over two weeks. No sign of it on Vodafone UK anytime soon. Time for the networks to stop their crappy customisations and just do it all via apps.

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Apple goes to crapple in stock plunge kerfaffle: $113bn wiped off in days

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It's taken them a while to twig that Steve Jobs is dead.

Or maybe to realise that the Apple watch is speeding in the wrong direction....

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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Apple could have put a strap on a wooden block with a shiny Apple logo on the back and easily shifted a couple of million units.

The fact that the world's biggest (market cap) company which is also the "world's most powerful brand" could only muster support from die hard fanboys indicates the Apple Watch is struggling to gain traction.

I guess it's harder to make a market rather than capture one that is already in existence.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Googlewhat

He posted a rant on Google+?

Would have got a bigger audience in the spam folder!

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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Hey, that's not Grant Shapps...

It's Michael Green!

Hmmm, wait, it could be Sebastian Fox...

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: Yes. Right Direction

+1000 on the "right direction".

I don't want to spend more than a second interacting with a wrist mounted "wearable", otherwise I might as well just get my phone out. I also want something that lasts a long weekend away from home without a charge and can show me the time at a glance.

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Beyond how small and fiddly using a watch-sized touch sensitive display is, you can use a Pebble WITHOUT needing look at the screen. I often clear notifications or start a stopwatch without looking at the watch.

The more I look at Android Wear and the Apple Watch, the more surprised I am just how right Pebble seem to have got it.

Personally I won't buy any wearable with a display that can't be read in direct sunlight. Since my phone is hard to read outside, complementing it with something that shares the same problems seems a tad silly.

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

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FAIL

"Some readers might struggle with the concept of "pure", though, given that the device runs on Android."

Eh? Is that supposed to be funny? Clever?

Bad news - it's neither!

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Welcome to the two tier internet!

Privacy available for everyone, who can afford to pay for it.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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How is the display in sunlight?

The strong point of the Pebble is the fact that the display is very readable in sunlight. The most useful application of a smartwatch in my life would be when I am away from my home or office and my phone is in my pocket or bag - so I don't miss notifications and check the time without getting my phone out like a pocket watch.

Battery life of a day kind of kills it for me as well, because you know that there will be a "heavy day" when the battery dies at 4:30pm.

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Nokia gobble: Microsoft can't get free of red-tape bondage 'til April

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No, I mean presuming that the same interface that was designed to appeal to tablet and phone users would appeal to desktop users, after desktop users have been using a different interface for 20-odd years.

You see that Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.2? That stuff should have come out in Beta testing.

Oh yeah, and then there's IE6/7/8/9 - ten years of pain for anyone who has to build a website because they can't follow standards.

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twilkins

Less relevant != irrelevant.

I don't see how anyone (still in possession of a few marbles) could argue Microsoft or Nokia are more relevant now than in 2004.

Nokia have already imploded due to arrogance, Microsoft have set the course to follow.

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Two companies that become less relevant by the day.

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: deja vu all over again

“people don't know what they want until you show it to them.”

- Steve Jobs

You argument seems to be that it's all about timing. I'd say the fact that a tiny "piss ant" company that started on Kickstarter 18 months ago has shipped 400,000 watches since then is a sign that there is some demand. Come out with a watch that still looks and feels like a watch, tells the time but also helps them keep their phone in their pocket and that nascent demand will increase.

Google Glass is a niche product.

Smartwatches are a mainstream product.

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Re: Once again

If you have no friends, don't vary your daily routine or ever travel I can almost see your point.

Personally, having a smartphone makes trips abroad (business & pleasure) far, far easier and helps me keep in touch with my loved ones when I've there. A quick Skype call with my kids from a conference hotel last week made me glad of consumer tech "innovation". My kids were glad too.

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Re: development company, rather than an engineering company

Hey, at least they give me something for free before they try and sell me something. Beats, Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, etc.

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Watch apps written in C# and a website that doesn't even render properly in Chrome tells me this company may not stick around until next Xmas.

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twilkins

It's pretty obvious what problem they are offering a solution to

The problem is the constant, almost nervous distraction that people who use a smartphone frequently can develop.

"Did the phone ring, was that a text coming through or just a spasm in my leg?" Pebble got it right in the first instance because they focussed on doing one thing well - notifications. It's still pretty rude to pull your phone out of your pocket and check your email on a first date, in a client meeting, when having a chat a the dining table, but it's much easier to feel a vibration on your wrist and then have a quick glance at your watch.

90 odd years of "convention" means that a quick glance at a watch is acceptable in situations that fishing around in your pocket / handbag for your phone is not.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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What little brand equity Nokia have is rapidly disappearing down the plug hole...

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

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Stop

Don't think those Lumias will be flying off the shelves without the Nokia name on them, as per today's announcement.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Microsoft are trying to copy Apple and become a software / hardware company by bolting-on a hardware company.

Apple were born as both a software and hardware maker, and Microsoft are destined to fail.

But this deal does make Google's $12.5Bn for Motorola look ludicrously overpriced.

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Meh

Typical Google circa 2013

All of your streams are belong to us.

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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FAIL

So they made a phone with a back and a front that were glass and it was too easy to break.

Now they suggest a phone made of glass... <sniggers>

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Nokia's imaging chief makes surprise exit

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Coat

Poor fella probably just realised what they did to his lovely hardware by wrapping it in something hardly anyone will use.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

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Stop

HOW much?

Think, I'll be pocketing my Nexus 4 later this month and kissing expensive network lock-in goodbye!

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O2 touts OTT tariffs for Nexus 4 exclusive

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FAIL

Other handsets are available.

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WTF?

Boggles the mind what they were thinking with this. A huge amount of negative publicity from such a silly mistake. My Nexus 4 will be a way to switch to a nice cheap £10 a month SIM-free deal.

Networks as a commodity - the way it should be!

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WinPho 8 fans now able to order HTC handsets

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Re: 400 quid?

Good idea - actually, screw it I won't bother with a new phone, I'll blow all my money on Chaz and Dave LPs

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Gates: Microsoft will merge Phone and Windows platforms

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FAIL

Re: @ twilkins

Errrr, no. You need an operating system to run the hardware, nobody is suggesting your basic hardware interface (drivers, desktop, etc) will be web based, but as people increasingly use applications that are web based, the OS becomes a commodity. There are free OSes available - Linux, etc that will will comfortably allow you to connect to a network, use a local printer, run things off an SSD/HDD, etc.

By forcing silly interface changes on users, the already high cost of implementing a windows upgrade goes stratospheric. Re-training, app upgrades, the windows license itself, all easily avoided.

As a long time Windows user (since 3.0), I find myself being drawn to Linux. Primarily because many of the business apps I use (my accountant is now entirely web based, I use Google Docs for general office type stuff) are not tied to Windows. I certainly won't be upgrading to Windows 8 - as an Android user there is little for me to gain from using a new interface that has nothing in common with either my 20 years of experience or my other devices.

My prediction - Windows 8 is going to flop, big time. It's been conceived to help Microsoft's market strategy (merge platforms) rather than it's users and it comes at a time when people are focussed on the bottom line.

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Stop

I'm more inclined to believe the Saleforce.com CEO quoted on the reg a few days ago - this is the last version of Windows - certainly the last version any one will care about.

More and more business is done in a web browser, and the OS is becoming irrelevant for 90% of users.

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Spy Hunter

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Re: But no mention of the...

A moment enjoyed is not a moment wasted.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

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Re: The problem has been tethering

Yep, as soon as few dicks decided to tether their Kindle AND download Gigs of movies, etc. the writing was on the wall for the rest of us.

50Mb seems a bit stingy, but it's about as much as you could bear with the slow nagivation, problems scrolling and tiny keyboard. It's useful as an emergency webmail lifeline.

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