* Posts by Jason Hindle

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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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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

Jason Hindle

Samoa changed to driving on the left

As noted above. Ostensibly to bring them into line with the other South Pacific nations. It also makes the cost of buying a car cheaper there, since they can just import used cars, unmodified, from Aus, NZ and Japan.

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EE recalls Power Bar phone chargers after explosion burns woman

Jason Hindle

Probably a one-off faulty unit

Any EE store has a bunch of these all charging up at the same time, in close proximity to each other, in a drawer. We haven't had any major EE store fires in the news.

Mine's the one with E1-04 on it, and yes it does get pretty warm - I'd be wary of using it in extreme warm weather (not that we're getting much of that).

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

Jason Hindle
Pint

Mostly agreed

Edge is a fast, pleasant experience at the moment. Will it be the same once they've implemented the rest of the standards, and start allowing plugins? Since my Widows box is really just a plaything, so I get exposure to the latest Windows (my main box is a Mac), I'll probably use Edge exclusively for the time being.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

Jason Hindle

Re: I changed my mind.

If you've been using the old Cisco VPN client (IPSec over UDP, in my case), on Windows 7, then that is broke since Windows 8.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Broken Wifi

Uninstall and scan for hardware changes, in device manager? Sound similar to what happened to me, after a scheduled rebuild of the corporate Dell (Windows 7).

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

Jason Hindle

Re: Actually, a success for consumers, I think

Caused Intel to get off their arses and seriously up their game in the mobile space.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

Jason Hindle

Re: I mostly agree

The idea of buying a dumb panel, and plugging in the brain, appeals! I reckon the dumb panel will go obsolete less often than the brain.

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Surviving Hurricane Katrina: A sysadmin's epic DR (as in Didn't Realise) odyssey

Jason Hindle

Guns and Katrina

Two years after Katrina, I found myself on an extended (ended up being a total of 6 months) business trip to Dallas. It was actually a very nice assignment - I really don't mind the summer extremes there, and you can get some pleasant weather in the winter. Anyway, guns are a serious business in Texas. The only rule at the office seemed to be that concealed firearms must be declared on arrival. But none of the pick up trucks in the car park had gun racks. All the guides clearly stated I should see pick up trucks with gun racks in Texas! I was actually a bit disappointed, and asked about this. I was told a lot of bad elements had come in amongst the Katrina refugees and, after a few nasty incidents, the locals voluntarily stopped putting their guns on show.

Per the Henry mentioned in the article, I was told various stories of law abiding citizens having firearms confiscated, around New Orleans. In an armed society, this meant the only people carrying were the bloody criminals.

My assignment in Dallas? Testing a massive,largely automated, DR solution for one of my customers back in the UK.

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

Jason Hindle

Re: NZ1 and NZ2 are fine

The economy seats, and overall service, are far nicer than BA or AA. After Air New Zealand kindly dropped its direct flights from LAX to the Pacific Islands, this was the only way I could carry on earning miles in my preferred programme (BMI - remember them?) and avoid Fiji's Air Pacific. On those occasions where I could afford the time, I had a recovery night in LA, on the way out, and a holiday in Santa Monica, on my way home.

Now, on the legacy carriers the A380 has been a huge disappointment to me. It's just an exercise in cynicism; they gave nothing back to the paying customer in terms of comfort. Fly economy on the Emirates A389, OTOH, and you get a larger, wider, more comfortable seat, with plenty of good entertainment options, reasonably priced WiFi, and not so reasonably priced mobile roaming.

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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

Jason Hindle

Still haven't received the popup on my Surface 3

Not that I'm in any desperate rush, but I'm feeling ever so left out.

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

Jason Hindle

Why colour?

Certainly if all you're doing is reading a bit of Stephen King, it hardly matters. Surely colour only matters to text books, where colour can help clarify illustrations and diagrams; for that application the technology used will have to be very good.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

Jason Hindle

Rail is the one area where privatisation seems to have fallen on its bottom. The government pays more for rail than ever before, and the quality of service is at best patchy. I think this is partly due to the relative absence of competition on any given route. For example, to get from Manchester to London, only a Virgin* option comes up, regardless of which app or website I use**. The trains seem to be more crowded than ever***. I wouldn't even consider economy class, when I visit London.

* Though to be fair to Beardy's company, they're not that bad.

** We did have a longer, cheaper route, from Manchester Victoria; I don't know what happened to that (maybe competition, maybe regulation).

*** Notingham to Manchester, standing room only, is no laughing matter.

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UN corruption cops commence probe into domain-name and patent body WIPO

Jason Hindle

So...

- Headquartered in Switzerland

- Thinks it's above the law

- Does what the hell it wants.

Nope, I'm not finding anything to draw parallels with.

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Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

Jason Hindle

Re: Yes, but...

I don't think cat pictures fit within any of the various theories and laws of economics. Except perhaps Grumpy Cat.

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Who stands to gain from such an Exchange being created?

Who stands to lose? Of the two, who is in the stronger position? If you follow the money, where does it lead?

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

Jason Hindle

This is getting silly

Do Microsoft really not get that the Start Screen (tablet) and the Start Menu (desktop) do not have to be mutually exclusive? It might work well enough, at least on my Surface 3, but I'm guessing those who've bought 8" tablets will find Windows 10 a pain in the arse.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Jason Hindle

Not for me, but anything that makes a dumb old telly smarter.....

The Smart TV, and Playstation 4, already have the Amazon Prime Streaming app. If you're getting enough free deliveries to justify Prime, then the streaming service is a nice bonus*. I do have Chromecast, but that's because I have quite a bit of purchased content from Goolge Play (that I paid very little for). Both the Chromecast and Firestick are a more convenient way to access Netflix and iPlayer (just control through the corresponding phone or tablet app), so no complaints there.

* Hey, I though Extant was alright!

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

Jason Hindle

Modern Skype is good, in terms of efficiency

Especially on the very low end devices. Unfortunately, the positives stop there.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

Jason Hindle

Re: Paul 87

"Even neo-cons in the US want to reduce the criminal population, although often for financial reasons or religious ones even."

American conservatism is a bit more complicated than that. For every hard assed, bible thumping, hand em high judge or prosecutor, you'll find another who is more reform minded. They might even go to the same church, and use the same chapter and verse to justify their opposing positions. The awful truth though, if you're one of the former, is that it's the more reform minded states that are bringing crime levels down.

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

Jason Hindle

They actually allow phones to be switched on during class?

Paint me surprised.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

Jason Hindle

I got one. Thoughts

It's well built, starts quickly and is very responsive. However, compared to the iPad, it really is a bit too big and heavy, IMHO, for armchair browsing. The screen is very nice; the device seems to run Photoshop and Lightroom ok. It just about squeeses into the tablet compartment of my camera bag.

The keyboard feels pretty cheap and nasty, but I don't care as I only paid twenty quid for it (thank you PC World). That said, I'm finding it superb for touch typing, and the backlighting is useful.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

Jason Hindle

I don't mind the Adobe subscription model

The startup cost is reasonable enough, so I'm giving it a try. Don't they also offer a plan where you can, for example, rent it for thirty days when needed? I'm still gutted that Apple have murdered Aperture, but with the Adobe tools I'm finding:

- Often, 99% of the work can be done in Camera Raw (which even has brushes, which seem a bit more useful - need to paint the sky 0.3 of a stop darker, recovering detail?)

- Not to mention straightening, before I even hit Photoshop

- Support for new raw files is not dependent on an OS update

- Oh, and once in Photoshop, I found content aware fill worked a treat, once I'd worked out how to mask out adjacent bits of the image I didn't want affecting).

My setup and approach is by no means perfect (haven't even got around to trying Lightroom, and I'm dreading importing my Aperture libraries), but I've enjoyed learning new stuff.

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

Jason Hindle

Re: Given they're between leaders and policies

"Erm, they're the Labour party? They're meant to have a tendency towards unions and socialism. If I want Tory policies I'll vote for the Tories."

The parties effectively straddle the centre, at the moment, so the best you can hope for is differences in nuance, with the odd big policy (Europe, for example). Of course, it would be a mistake to assume that nuance can't equate to a great deal of difference.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Given they're between leaders and policies

It appears elements of New Labour will be making a comeback, but we'll have to wait and see what emerges from this mess. I have a hard time believing Labour are any more or less business friendly than any other party. Most of it boils down to rhetoric since, as far as I can tell, unless you're one of a certain elite group of companies*, who are subject to Westminster's patronage, I doubt you've ever really felt the love.

As to everything else you wrote, I agree. Being gerrymandered to death is going to make the next election an uphill struggle for the opposition parties.

* Thinking Capita, Balfour Beaty, ATOS, G4S, BAe and so on.

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Jason Hindle

Given they're between leaders and policies

You might think he'd give them a chance....

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

Jason Hindle

Potential use for criminals? My little experience...

While trying to find myself back to the hotel, in Namibia a couple of years back, Google Maps tried to send me to a fairly risky township. Fortunately, though I was a a bit lost (that's a talent of mine), a lot didn't add up (for one thing, I was walking, and the directions weren't at all walking distance). Don't get me wrong; the township of Katatura is safe enough for a wander, during the day, but the thought of people being directed there, turn by turn, in the evening, certainly got me thinking*.

* Armed carjacking is a one of the national sports.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

Jason Hindle

Well, I could recommend a compact photo kit

That goes from pretty wide, out to telephoto, but that's going to be considerably more expensive than the Surface. Starting from scratch, on the photo side of things, is anything but trivial.

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Jason Hindle

The art of travel....

1. Make sure you're on an airline that allows an additional, smaller piece of hand luggage.

2. DSLR? One camera/one lens, unless it's a proper photo trip! Take a look at something like the Panasonic LX100, one of the smaller compact system cameras, or even a Sony RX100. They're all good enough for product shots and do 1080p (or even 4k). Even a mobile phone might do, if you're pushed (look at the Sony and Nokia phones that have the 1" sensor, though you lose zoom).

3. Microsoft Surface might just be your friend.

4. Longer trip, but you still don't want to check a bag? Google the clown car packing method.

5. Don't forget your mobile boarding pass (or even print it at home, if you're old fashioned) and avoid getting your bags weighed (though the low cost carriers tend to have quite a generous limit anyway).

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

Jason Hindle

Well my Phone's a Nexus 5 and my Tablet's an iPad Air 2

Apple's clean/dated interface isn't stopping me from doing anything. Nor does it make me any less productive. Overall, Google's more open ecosystem edges it for me, but there's little in it. The tablet decision, late last year, boiled down to hardware (iPad vs Nexus 9) and the iPad won. My next phone will probably be a Nexus 6 (or what comes after).

The widgets, that Andriod supports, were very nice at first, but I hardly use them these days.

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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

Jason Hindle

Does it matter?

I think it does. The small differences in output make a difference, to me, and I'd prefer to have a Sony sensor.

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Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

Jason Hindle

Plenty of outsiders predicted the crash

I used to read a newsletter from some contrarian cranks. I say cranks since they also have dangerous (to my mind) libertarian tendencies. They actually made the upcoming crash, and the reasoning for it, pretty intuitive. I made a tidy profit from buying into gold and resources (thanks Dad*), then selling **. The fact we had a credit bubble was simple enough to see***. Bubbles either burst or deflate. Both Brown and Osborne are examples of bubble inflators, IMHO (or at least they bury their heads in the sand, when bubbles happen).

* Dad the copper smith, who knew a thing or two about i) the ups and downs of a bag of scrap copper, and ii) the fact that China was happening, a good few years before China happened to me.

** I wish I'd held longer, but that's life.

*** To this day, the very idea of sub-prime lending baffles me. That no one took a bullet for it baffles me more.

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

Jason Hindle

The phone? As one computing device to rule them all?

I like it. I've been wanting Microsoft to take this step for some time. They've already blurred the distinction between computing device and pointing device, so allowing users to plug their phone into a dock, and use it as a desktop PC, is the next logical step (IMHO).

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

Jason Hindle

Re: An old Saying

It's the Illinois way.

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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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