* Posts by Jason Hindle

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

Jason Hindle

Would aircraft system designers really do this?

Have an IFE or public WiFi system actually connected to navigational systems? That would be the earthly equivalent of designing a gigantic space battle station, the size of a small moon, with an unprotected exhaust vent in a straight line to the core....

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Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

Jason Hindle

So, is this vastly superior

To the Nokia 720 I've shoved my corporate SIM into? Does it correct the glaring problems (e.g. I'm on Skype, go to the mail app, then back to Skype and get "Resuming" for a few seconds)?

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Nokia may tell struggling HERE Maps division to get lost – report

Jason Hindle

Samsung, perhaps?

For Samsung's non-Android phone efforts (Tizen? Anyone?), the Here tools are pretty complete. Just look at the monumental effort it was for Apple to launch its own mapping.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

Jason Hindle

Nice phone, but....

The 4G reception is pretty unforgivable.

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Prez Obama cares about STEM so much he just threw $240m of other people's money at it

Jason Hindle

Re: Stupid title "Government money"

""Government's money"? Wow! That is why the US is going the route of Greece and Venezuela. Even the sheep think that once they give the money to the government they should have no further say in how it is spent. "

You do get a say in how it is spent. It's called an election. We elect them, and have some reasonable expectation they'll do a good enough job.

"Look in history to see what blind faith in your god the government gets you."

I merely describe the world as it is. You appear to be confusing fact with opinion.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Stupid title

Indeed. It isn't even other people's money. It's the government's money. Once the tax has been deducted from my wage, the money is no longer mine. Same happens when I buy nice things (though obviously, buying nice things feels nicer than paying tax :-D).

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

Jason Hindle

Re: DEATH DOES NOT TWEET

HE CHANGES REALITY SO THE TWEET HAPPENED.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Jason Hindle

But what happens a few years down the line

When the innards of this expensive mating call fail? At least you can still get Granddad's retirement Rolex repaired. This, on the other hand, is going to be about as repairable as a Sistim 51 (and worth about the same, plus the cost of the gold, once it develops mortal coil impairment)?

Disclaimer: No, I don't understand the luxury business.

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What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

Jason Hindle

I'm super happy with Office 2011

I hear of compatibility issues, which Micrsoft should address, but they haven't really effectrd me so far*. I have no issues with the interface (quite like the combination of ribbon and menu).

Edit: I should add that I don't use Outlook for Mac. Corporate webmail has been (just about) enough for my needs.

* Well there is one annoyance. One of our corporate template spreadsheets links some buttons, on the spreadsheet, with VB macros. The button loses its link to the macro, when I load the spreadsheet into Excel 2011. It's easy enough to reassign.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Jason Hindle

Skylon?

"There are good reasons to doubt that the real operational spaceports of the future will involve runways or spaceplanes. No orbit-capable, commercially significant runway spacecraft seem likely to appear on anything like the government's timeline. El Reg explores the subject in more depth here."

I must admit, I'd assumed any space-port would be predicated on Skylon or similar.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Jason Hindle

Re: Not just the manufacturers

I waited a long time for an OS upgrade to my Samsung S3, because Orange/EE wanted their say in when it rolled out!

Fast forward to now, and my Nexus 5 is good for at least one more major upgrade (which will come soon after the next major release). Google (and Apple too) support their products reasonably well (and without the consent of the networks).

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

Jason Hindle

I mostly agree, but, but BUT.....

The food industry is in point of fact trying to murder us for profit. If I make my own soup, chances are it will not have enough salt in it to give me a stroke. And my soup will be in a 'serving' suitable for me, not a Heinz serving*, determined by a nutritionist**. If more people made their own soup, due to health concerns, the food industry might do something about it, because that's how markets work. The market might work around any laws the government might enact, but people not buying stuff gives the market a problem.

* A serving is normally half a can. If I relied on Heinz servings, I'd currently be wasting away.

** Nutritionist: someone who might have some skills in cooking and recipe design, who also has an MBA.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

Jason Hindle

Re: hmm - not sure that's a good analysis....

I think it's more about Intel repeatedly raising its game, rather than Microsoft failing with non Intel processors. It is easy for those of us, who've been here too long, to think in terms of Wintel while forgetting about Intel.

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Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis

Jason Hindle

Welfare was used by New Labour

Specifically in-work credits for an economy addicted to low pay. I believe it did work, but since it's subject to political interference, it's not sustainable (and was an early victim of the ConDemolition). I'm fine with that kind of Welfare, but I'd prefer to see it go hand in hand with our politicians creating conditions for an economy where less Welfare is needed.

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You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

Jason Hindle

What if you plug a smaller tablet into a monitor, keyboard and mouse?

Do you then get the desktop?

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Jason Hindle

Re: Not had any fake insurance claim calls for a while.

At home, I string them along with the story about me being left a paraplegic, having been run off the road by a police car. After I get to the punchline*, they usually hang up and don't call back.

* And then the corrupt bastards arrested me; two counts of driving s stolen vehicle and driving without a licence.

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

Jason Hindle

Uber's success in its own market is understandable

Its success elsewhere is not guaranteed. In the UK, Uber is pretty well regulated. In other markets (India? Australia?), I'm not so sure. We've already had an article, on El Reg, about Uber trying to avoid Australian regulators. Many UK cities now have their own electronic thumb, with apps like

Kabx*.

* Not as slick as Uber, but does the same thing. My experience has of Kabx has been positive.

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

Jason Hindle

Well, you could argue...

We're already building computers into graphic tablet. Microsoft in particular has (badly, so far) managed to blur the lines between input device and full blown computer.

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Ski MOUNT DOOM or take top coffee to the beach? Your choice

Jason Hindle

Best place I've visited

And they're looking people to emigrate*. The only thing that put me off? I don't drive. NZ is going to end up being about a much fun as Texas, if you don't have a set of wheels (preferably a 4x4). Auckland is photogenic and usable, but a European city slicker is quickly going to run out of things to do (you have to like the outdoors). My favourite is Christchurch, on the South Island (good grief, I wept for that place - my visit was not long before the first major quake). Oh, and it's true; you can't beat a local flat white.

* First immigration officer I met seemed a pit peeved I didn't want to move there.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

Jason Hindle

Re: The US system - my experience

While on business in Texas, I had the worst flu I've ever had, and needed to get hold of a blue inhaler. Since our travel medical insurance is for nasty stuff, I was told to pay for it and expense it. I visited a place called an Emergency Room. As far as I can tell, by the way, Emergency Room is a brand name for what is the rough equivalent of a GP Practice/Polyclinic. Emergency Room has a Hummer converted to ambulance (coolest looking ambulance I've seen). Financially, it broke down as:

- $200, just to see a Doctor

- But this includes mandatory blood pressure and diabetes tests

- For paying cash (well, Amex), he wrote the prescription for free

- I then went to the pharmacy counter, at the local supermarket, handed over the prescription and paid the full cost of the drugs.

Back at the office, an American colleague told me about her experience of giving birth in Australia. They'd just paid for all the medical services associated with having a baby, and couldn't believe how cheap it was compared to back home.

In the US, I think the Medical Industrial Complex takes everyone for a ride.

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Jason Hindle

I've been saying this for years

And I'm now saying it as a fully de-anonymised card carrying member of the Labour Party (not sure why - I can't stand a single one of the parties, at the moment). We need NHS 2.0. We need to be looking at France, Germany and Singapore, and seeing what works for them, and determining what will work for Blighty. The problem? I reckon plenty of the politicians have been thinking what I've been thinking. And I'll bet the same for a good few clinicians. The problem is going to be the cost of burning NHS 1.0 (or migrating from NHS 1.0 to NHS 2.0). In IT terms alone, it will be the cluster ---- from hell, with all the usual snouts in the trough. In other words we have structural issues, within the fabric of government, that must be solved first.

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Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

Jason Hindle

We all paid for Brown's auction

"The truth being that we want, as a matter of public policy, to shake every last penny out of those companies we can in those auctions, and there being fewer bidders would of course frustrate that aim."

We all ended up paying for Brown's auction. We paid when minimum monthly fees rose sharply (oh, look at all the extra minutes text, you don't need, that we're giving you anyway) and then in eighteen month contracts, followed by twenty-four month contracts. 3G (and now 4G) mobile data still costs a fortune compared to fixed line.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

Jason Hindle

2mbps was too low in 2009

And now we're entering an era of 4k streaming, 10mbps may be too low here and now (or at least in the near future). Also, what does OFCOM mean, by 10mbps? Actual 10mbps is good enough for 1080p streaming, from services like Netflix, Youtube and iPlayer. That 10mbps sold to you by your ISP, with caveats (e.g. realistically you'll get 6-8mbps, based on your distance from the cabinet) might struggle.

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

Jason Hindle

Re: Shirly the value for money, per cent spent, matters?

The foot paths (side-walks!): depends on the local regulations in a given place. Some towns/cities dictate a footpath must be included in any application for planning permission. I've been stuck in a hotel (Independence, Ohio - grimmest place on Earth, IMHO) you literally couldn't walk out of!

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Jason Hindle

Shirly the value for money, per cent spent, matters?

I don't think the statistics tell us a great deal. In many parts of the U.S. for example, mass transportation is almost none existent. In these places it must suck to be poor. There are healthcare systems that are more effective, while providing better value for money, than the NHS. Meanwhile, in the U.S. the privatised healthcare system takes everyone for a ride.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

Jason Hindle

One last attempt to fix the fill and valve drain issue....

Then it's curtains for this launch window.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Jason Hindle

Re: calendar check....

Of course, it will have problems that can only be fixed with the addition of a dongle.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

Jason Hindle

I did wonder if it would be an upgrade too far

For my first generation Nexus 7. I let my 5 upgrade, last night, and it seemed very laggy before I tried a reset. With the 7, I'll wait for them to work through the issues.

I have mixed feelings about the email/gmail app.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Jason Hindle

I think Microsoft's critical strategic misstep

Is actually with the development tools and APIs. Clearly, they've not made it easy to target both traditional desktop and Metro/Modern. Because of this, a lot of apps are missing; Spotify, for example, and those exiting desktop apps that have made the transition to Metro/Modern are often poor (Evernote springs to mind).

Windows 10 addresses the problem of those users who can't or won't adapt, but I don't think it will help Microsoft in getting more tablet style apps developed.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

Jason Hindle

Re: But when will Apple Pay be coming to Blighty?

So how does that work without an app of some sort? Unique ID of phone associated with Oyster account?

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Jason Hindle

But when will Apple Pay be coming to Blighty?

Will it ever reach these shores? My Nexus 5 has NFC, and I have a single app that uses it; an app that reads the chip on my passport. It's a mystery to me why, for example, there hasn't been a

pay by bonk Oyster Card app (for London).

But what about the phones? Had Apple released a 4.7" phone a couple of years back, they might have tempted me back. Now I'm not so sure. Android has come a long way since then. Apple Pay could be the killer app that tempts me back.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Jason Hindle

In other words, Auntie doesn't like Aussies

Using VPN to access iPlayer. It's not about piracy per se, since iPlayer downloads can only be played in the place they were downloaded to, and are time limited.

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Power of iPhone 6 hype-gasm: Apple a sniff away from record stock high

Jason Hindle

Ooh, a patent

For a round thing, with a curved display, and a strap. I guess they'll be suing Rolex.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

Jason Hindle

Just to be clear here

And I say this is an all round Mac head and general purpose fanboi.... Apple has patented a method of producing a store that is functionally unusable at the weekends and on holidays, when it is too busy to be able to attract the attention of the staff. Even for things you can pick up off the shelf, there's no checkout as such. Instead, you have to find someone. I know check out queues are terribly old fashioned, but at least you know where you stand with them (and get service in accordance of when you arrived).

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

Jason Hindle

Re: HMS White Elephant Vs Torpedo?

Enough said.

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

Jason Hindle

Re: It'll not work in the real world

It's worth doing. In Southern Africa this is very commonly used. Personally, I prefer not to have anything worth liberating. This affects my choice of airline. BA, Air France and KLM are all good - they let you carry on a small case, plus a laptop bag. I avoid the big, Middle Eastern carriers (usually one piece, with a 7kg weight limit).

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Jason Hindle

Re: It'll not work in the real world

Yes, I've heard of that one. I'm guessing the £300 Samsung case, they broke, must have been biro proof. That, of course, is the other lesson; if it's going to get broken, you might as well buy it cheap, from M&S or Primark.

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Jason Hindle

It'll not work in the real world

I've had my baggage felt up, by the Johannesburg baggage handlers, often enough. No one takes a look inside your case; rather they open it slightly and have a feel around. They're quite skilled, working entirely by feel; for example, they can locate a DVD box, and liberate the DVD, such that you may not notice immediately when you unpack. Locking the case doesn't work; they'll break the case or the lock, whichever is easier.

I learned the hard way that the best solution is the leave the case unlocked, with nothing worth pinching, though they will liberate still sometimes surprise me. Last time I transited through JNB, they liberated a bar of soap.

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

Jason Hindle

Re: Google voice recognition needs improving

"1440 seconds, as per Google voice recognition.

Admittedly, I did say "36 minutes", not just "36". Math requires units."

Ok smart arse, that did actually work :-). Thanks.

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Jason Hindle

Google voice recognition needs improving

Ok, perhaps I'm being hyper critical, as it is actually very good (I use it often). One thing I'm noticing over time, though, is it doesn't recognise words and string them together; rather, it recognises phrases. Come it at from the left field, with something it doesn't often hear, and it will likely screw up (try "Twenty hours minus nineteen hours thirty six, in seconds"). Still, I find Google Now more accurate than Siri (though, thanks to big data, both represent a step change in voice recognition tech).

Oh, and I think these watches are priced keenly enough for punters to take a punt. When I get back to the UK, I'll likely order one out of curiosity (or wait for the Motorola 360, if I have the patience to do so).

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

Jason Hindle

Well might think they'd want to promote their own platform

And produce a knock-out presentation, in Google Slides. Oh, hang on a minute....

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

Jason Hindle

I suspect Hudl Phone will beat it to the market, in the UK

I think the Hudl Phone will beat this device to the market, here in the UK. The Tesco product will not be as well specified, but it will be on the shelves of your local supermarket, be keenly priced and come with Google Play's superior app store. Last time I checked the Amazon App store, they still didn't stock 4OD, for example.

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

Jason Hindle

So is this similar to what Starbucks do?

When they sell their magic* coffee* from their Swiss subsidiary to their British subsidiary, at an inflated price, causing the British subsidiary to show an operating loss on their books?

* It's not magic.

** I'm not entirely convinced it's coffee.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

Jason Hindle

Great

So three of those American billions, some mediocre cans, a streaming service that isn't as good as Spotify , and two sweary former owners. What's not to like?

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Authorities swoop on illicit Wolverhampton SPAM FARM

Jason Hindle

I have this strange urge to go into Daily Mail mode....

String 'em up!!!!!

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

Jason Hindle

Pre Installed Office is nothing new

Plenty of the cheaper tablets already come with the older Home/Student license.

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Jason Hindle

Can it be changed? Just download Google from tbe Windows App Store. Alternatively, just type DuckDuckGo in the address bar, if you find the commercial suppliers a bit intrusive.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

Jason Hindle

Re: Would someone PLEASE explain to me...

Mostly because they can't tell the difference between a bog standard consumer and someone who does real work with their equipment. The day Apple forgets this distinction, it's next stop Linux for me*.

* Ok, better to say 100% Linux for me - I already use a couple of Mint VMs for many tasks.

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Jason Hindle

No biggie

But thanks for the explanation. I've only one user so probably wouldn't have noticed, as long as I can get to my work. Annoying now I know about it 8-).

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