* Posts by Jason Hindle

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

Jason Hindle

Re: Nothing wrong with Access

Whatever happened to Microsoft's plans to merge Excel and Access into single product called Excess?

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

Jason Hindle

The trouble with thought crime

Everyone's guilty.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

Jason Hindle

Re: Airbus?

The A380 is also good for those routes where additional aircraft can't be added, due to regulation. You'll always find a few of them parked up at Johannesburg. It's also a good aircraft for very busy long haul routes (London to Los Angeles or Hong Kong) where the airlines can sell as many premium seats as they can provide.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

Jason Hindle

Re: Mistake in the article ?

I consider both Google and Facebook to be free. I barely notice the ads.....

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Jason Hindle

Re: Communication

Yes, mobile phones have already done the job that Free Basics claims to do, and voice services work perfectly well in areas where literacy is low.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

Jason Hindle
Mushroom

I'm fine with it, as long as it doesn't initiate Judgement Day

http://newsthump.com/2015/11/24/windows-10-gains-self-awareness-initiates-judgement-day/

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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

Jason Hindle

Total Inability To Service Usual Phonecalls?

Lead to a total inability for me to provide my ETA, on my commute tonight.

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

Jason Hindle

Re: Dear Leader

Well, if you want to tell that to Dear Leader, you'll need to hold a seance. He now lives with great leader (who himself ascended to the heavens to become Eternal Leader).

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

Jason Hindle

Thoughts from a Fandroid

I tend to judge phones on what they can do, and what services work. So, my priorities, beyond being competent, tend to be:

- Takes a decent snap

- Has a fingerprint reader

- Has NFC

- Supporrts mobile payments now.

Only iPhone does it all, though the camera is questionable*. I like Apple Pay**, and use it fairly regularly, and wish Google would hurry up with their own offering! I carry two phones, BTW: an older Nexus 5 and an iPhone (gen 1) 6. My Nexus 5 replacement? Does all of the above and isn't by Apple (see subject), and has a bigger screen. So, a Nexus 6P or similar, I think.

* That 12 MP snapper just doesn't stack up against the competition.

**Never did trust contactless sans authentication!

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

Jason Hindle

Bandwidth theft?

"It ended up costing me hundreds of dollars, and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it."

Can't you insert a lawyer up Microsoft's bottom, for taking bytes without your permission?

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Australian government urges holidaymakers to kill two-factor auth

Jason Hindle

Re: Two points to bear in mind....

"Well, I guess the fact you paid EE £60 indicates you needed internet access in a shopping mall, but I'm still at a loss to understand what could be so important on the internet when you were shopping that it couldn't wait till later."

I'm at a loss as to why bother to reply based on incomplete information. Obviously, there's a lot I left out due to it being off point and off topic. That I needed internet access, at a give point in time and space, is a fact. Why I needed it is none of your bloody business.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Two points to bear in mind....

It was fun watching my colleague on the phone, pleading with his bank. Then I watched him to the same, with the university. They were having none of it. When it comes to banking, and fraud prevention, Africa might as well be another planet (and you might as well call it Planet Kafka). To put things into perspective, it was easier for my colleague to escalate to Vodacom South Africa's core network. Anyone who works in the telecoms business will tell you that should be hard.

Now, the shopping mall. I needed internet access. It was either free access, or pay EE £60 for another bundle of 50 Megabytes. I ended up paying EE.

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Jason Hindle

Two points to bear in mind....

Firstly, the risk of not getting the SMS is real. I've been there and done that. I couldn't access free WiFi, in a Mall in Oman, because a text message never arrived. It happened to a South African colleague who couldn't access his bank account, while a long way from South Africa. He nearly ended up having to go home, just to pay his daughter's university fees.

Second.... Don't Google usefully allow you to generate a set of numbers, in advance, before you travel? Surely this is the best approach. A simple set of handwritten numbers, stored separately (on a separate person, if travelling with friends/colleagues/family).

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Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

Jason Hindle

Very much agreed

Up Goer 9 is a magnificent achievement (and it's also a Down Goer, in a nice way).

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Skilled workers, not cost, lured Apple to China says Tim Cook

Jason Hindle

Re: Not necessarily on a par with....

Until you factor in the cost of accommodation, that is. Those dorms don't look terribly appealing (especially if, like me, you're used to your space), but mean the average Chinese worker saves most of what they earn. It's not a terrible deal (though the hours might be).

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

Jason Hindle

The one scene I would have liked Lucas to dick about with....

The battle of Hoth is the finest moment of the series (I watched it twice, when I watched The Empire Strikes Back, a couple of weeks back), yet also the point where the special effects most show their age.

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In-flight 3G arrives, promises aerial internet at mobile roaming prices

Jason Hindle

More expensive than in-flight WiFi

I forget the cost (£5 for a smaller bundle, I think), but using WiFi on an Emirates A380 was pretty reasonable. Roaming onto in-flight cellular, OTOH, is going to be pricey. Good if you absolutely must make and receive calls*, but poor for data.

* I'd rather not. For me, long haul is about escaping all that for a few hours.

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Competition watchdog dismisses plans by TfL to uber-regulate Uber

Jason Hindle

Predatory pricing?

"He also questioned whether the low prices offered by some apps are kept artificially low to drive out competition — a form of predatory pricing."

As in the special fixed prices available from the taxi ranks at Heathrow?

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Australian cops rush to stop 2AM murder of … a spider

Jason Hindle

Australia does strange things to me

Normally, I like spiders but whenever I visit Australia I come over all arachnophobic.

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Hilton confirms hotel credit-card-snaffling sales till malware hit

Jason Hindle

Re: chivo243 - You could use a pre-paid charge card

That would put a limit on what the fraudsters could fleece you for, but also means you lose out on cashback/points/miles or whatever perks your credit card gives you.

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Don't Panic: Even if asteroid showers cause mass extinctions ...

Jason Hindle

Re: says:

Well, if our descendants haven't developed anti gravity, by that point, then we deserve extinction.

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Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

Jason Hindle

Re: What am I missing

"Oh, I've done that. Only time I've ever had an argument with a cabbie. He tried to charge us forty quid to go from Deathrow to Hounslow. I offered him the choice between a poke in the eye or a smack in the chops. Well, no, I didn't, I just said 'do I sound like a farking tourist, mate?' and he took what the meter was saying after a bit more to-and-fro."

Naive me was told the fixed £40 price, from Heathrow to Windsor" is a special price. It was indeed special, at (as I found out the following day) double the cost of a private hire cab from the hotel back to Heathrow! The Heathrow taxi ranks are a massive scam!

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Jason Hindle

Re: What am I missing

"Do they? Can you name one way? One that's not just bullshit made up by the taxi gangsters, obviously."

As always, Google is your friend (wanted or not):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_status_of_Uber%27s_service

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Jason Hindle

Re: What am I missing

It's a very narrow distinction (both legally, and in terms of the end result), but I think the idea is that your journey literally isn't metered, in real-time, with Uber, whereas it is with a taxi meter. I'm at best ambivalent towards Uber, because they play fast and loose with the law, but Tim Worstall's article, on rent seeking, made me think again.

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Post-pub schnellnosh neckfiller: Currywurst

Jason Hindle

Mmmmm.......

That certainly is a Berlin curry wurst, and there's nothing wrong with it. I've had curry wurst in.... Hanover, I think, where curry powder and spices are actually part of the sausage. Now that was nice.

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Apple ordered to write a $234m check to uni in A7 chip patent spat

Jason Hindle

Re: Obvious?

"Using a table to track stuff? Obvious? Prior art?"

This is the real problem. How far do you go? There must be so many patents that amount to "Look something up and doing something with it". I think the designer should at least be able demonstrate a novel take on the fundamental idea they're using.

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Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

Jason Hindle

Oh, it's a patent

And it looks valid, and I can't think of any prior art*. It might just be a valid claim, and proper use of the patent system...

* Although speculative execution has been around since the 80s*, there's still scope for innovation.

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Scotland Yard pulls eyeballs off WikiLeaker-in-Chief Assange

Jason Hindle

Any excuse for a Star Wars quote

IT'S A TRAP!!!!!!!!!!

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

Jason Hindle

This is why Nexus is the only Android phone I'll consider.

As long as the others insist on delivering updates in sweet time.

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

Jason Hindle

Meh - forget the commentardery...

I'm just happy it's been a lot better than the last series, so far...

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Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce

Jason Hindle

I think Microsoft's immediate goals are more modest

Starting with "You don't need to buy Apple, if you want Windows on a piece of kit that stands out". Surface (sans RT) is already proving a reasonably good business, for Microsoft, and the Pro 3 positioned them nicely for a move into the premium/luxury market.

That said, I still have my doubts about Windows on a tablet. The hybrid interface is actually quite good, but I'm typing this on my iPad Air 2, while lounging on the sofa (with a cheeky mid-week glass of red), for a reason. The iPad is light, functional and still has an immediacy that Windows 10 can't quite match.

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Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead

Jason Hindle

It may well be the future, but it's not the here and now. Perhaps when you dock it and get full (PC/laptop) Windows 10?

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Microsoft's big Tuesday reveal: New mobiles and slabs? Win 10 shock?

Jason Hindle

Looking forward to seeing Windows 10 for phones

So far, Windkws Phone has been a case of All Surface/No Feeling (excuse the pun). The smoothness, in my experience, has been superficial. I'm hoping we'll now see Android level multi tasking, where Skype isn't half an hour behind my Android phone, in terms of notifications and responsiveness.

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Facebook, French sat operator in SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA

Jason Hindle

The big problm

A lot of these countries have paranoid governments who do not like personal satellite equipment of any kind.

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What is money? A rabid free marketeer puts his foot in lots of notes

Jason Hindle

Re: Moral dimension

"What would have happened if NR were allowed to fold like any other business?"

NR was, relatively speaking, small potatoes. The bigger question is why, around the world, a great many more banks were bailed out. To answer that question, you need to start by consider what happens when the finance system collapses.

The problem with banks is, I think, that we can't afford to treat them like any other business.

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

Jason Hindle

Re: As a former HTC TyTn owner

I'd argue Microsoft succeeded first time, didn't realise it, and then panicked (along with everyone else) when the iPhone appeared?

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

Jason Hindle

Re: You need deep pockets for any class on 787 with BA

If they introduce the 787-9 to the Austin route, I'll certainly look into burning some miles in first, for a long weekend break. Economy class should come with a health warning; BA have deployed a very high density 3-3-3 configuration. I recently tried Qatar's very similar configuration (fortunately a one hour hop, from Doha to Muscat) - ultra modern, but you're in constant physical contact with the person next to you.

Edit: Compared to BA's flying dormitory, Qatar's business product, on the 787, looks rather nice.

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

Jason Hindle

Life without too much fear....

Have the economists put a numeric value on that? I think that's what economies like Sweden achieve above all else. I suspect pretty much any woman who remembers Iraq, pre regime change, will have similar feelings. Then again, I found Sweden a bit sinister. The fate of all nations that strive for a utopian ideal?

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

Jason Hindle

I think a niche with the creatives, rather than the corporates

Those who've actually picked it up talk about it's lightness. Owning both a (none pro) Surface 3 and an iPad Air 2, I can appreciate that. The Microsoft device is quite a bit thicker/heavier. I don't see sales people wanting an iPad Pro, rather than the MacBook they carry already (complete with a VM running a corporate Windows build*).

* And the Surface Pro can do that too (i.e. for running up IE6 to access legacy apps, or a Linux VM for doing real work).

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

Jason Hindle

Re: $199?

You beat me to it. That's certainly out of touch with a way a lot of the more advanced British consumers are starting to think. Mine's the one with Nexus written on it, with the cheap-as-chips SIM only contract.

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

Jason Hindle

What the duck!

Sent from my Google Docs account, with "New and improved" dictation.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

Jason Hindle

I'll be keeping an eye on that

I pay Spotify the almost a tenner a month so I can discover new music; not so they can invade my privacy and steal my data.

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PEAK TECHNOLOGY? Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Apple stocks hit the deck

Jason Hindle

Meh - stocks are probably just overvalued

Happens from time to time. Happened badly, at the turn of the century, when the tech crash/correction caused many stocks to be significantly under-valued. Some of us did pretty well out of that.

It's the fundamentals that matter; not the hype of Wall Street and The City.

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Wikiland turns to Shapps and says ‘those emails you wanted, we deleted them, sorry’

Jason Hindle

So deleted....

Presumably in line with Wikimedia's approved retention policy, which is fully in line with industry best practice? How can Michael Green possibly object to that?

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

Jason Hindle

Ex pats should not pay tax!

They should pay tax wherever they happen to be living. They are already doing Britian a massive favour by not being a drain on the British economy, whether that be through not being unemployed, not needing NHS services or by simply having children (in work allowances, education, child benefit and so on). If you're not using the services of a country, you should not be paying tax there.

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

Jason Hindle

Me? $39,000, but it really is his decision

I know little else of his circumstances, or his family. It's a personal decision. That said... When an area becomes to expensive to live, I think one should always have an plan (or at least an idea, stored away at the back of the mind) to move on. No point in fighting economics.

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

Jason Hindle

So looking at the up-votes and down-votes

We can conclude:

- Small majority of reg readers want to stay inside of EU.

- Everyone wants cool black space planes.

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

Jason Hindle

Upgraded on day one - it's not bad

Main issue, so far, is the odd update, while my Surface 3 is sleeping, breaks something random. Best one so far has been the re-appearance of the Asus T100 Theme, on my Surface 3! Sometimes, I get lots of blank icons in my start menu (a reboot sorts that out).

If you put your device to sleep, with applications running, do not leave anything unsaved! This is not OSX. If it does an update and re-set, from sleep, you may lose data since running applications have no persistence though a shutdown or reset.

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Labour Party website DDoS'd by ruly democratic mob

Jason Hindle

Re: Trickle Down Economics

"I've read that not only is 'trickle down' a myth, but it's also a myth that any Tory ever believed it...

Technological breakthroughs 'trickle down' (rich people get the new toys first), but not wealth."

Trickle down economics is hard to quantify. I'm sure Mr. Worstall would argue that being able to afford a better gizmo than last year, is a measure of wealth. Of course, by that argument, so is a house, especially if you don't own one already. I think it would be more accurate to say the wealth that really matters trickles upwards, while a better standard of living often trickles downwards. A good standard of living, without wealth, is a little precarious*.

* Case in point: working tax credits provide a better standard of living, but are very easy to take away. I suppose Greece is also a case in point, on a grander scale. For an individual, being leveraged up to the eyeballs, via a mortgage, is pretty precarious.

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