* Posts by Jason Hindle

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Jason Hindle

I normally try to be nice to the vegans

But even by vegan standards, I think the issue is more than a little overblown. The Unicorn vegan collective, in my neck of the woods, has even had to clarify that they absolutely will take the new five pound note. The really odd thing? They also have vegans in Australia, where they make all their notes the same way! Not so much of a fuss kicked up down under!

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Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

Jason Hindle

A lot depends on how much of a game changer 5G might be

But in the long term perhaps some sort of paying for how you watch OTT services might come into play. This could be driven either by the OTT services themselves, or by the network. From the network end, I've seen this on visits to Africa already. Consider Zimbabwe:

- I can buy a prepaid SIM card on arrival at Harare Airport, load this with some money, and buy a data package (typically USD 30 for 1Gb for one month - data is generally expensive in Africa).

- This is all well and good, but what cash strapped locals do is buy a smaller allowance, and then buy packages of unlimited services they want (typically unlimited WhatsApp, which is big in Africal, but also Facebook, Twitter).

In the longer term, I can see this trend happening with OTT services. Of course, if 5G radio brings us sufficiently close to wired, we might also see networks deciding they don't have to invest in a lot of expensive equipment for data metering, content billing and so on. I think the latter possibility is rather unlikely.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

Jason Hindle

I'm starting to think that...

A lot of physicists, who never got invited to those sorts of parties, read El Reg.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Jason Hindle

Happy I upgraded a generation early

The latest MacBook pro didn't leave me at all disappointed with the decision. That said, my 2011 MacBook Air still runs fine, so the inability to upgrade the hardware has only been a minor problem for me. Come to think of it, the only reason I upgraded at all is really the retina display, for editing photos on the move, and extra memory (and oomph) when running more than one VM.

I honestly don't see any good choices when buying a new laptop at the moment. Windows 10 is still not, IMHO, a finished product. Apple has definitely lost its shine. Linux*, meanwhile, is not good for photo editing**.

* Did consider a workstation class laptop, running some flavour of Linux, for portable geekery.

** No, I'm not learning the atrocious bloody GIMP!

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LinkedIn officially KickedOut of Russia

Jason Hindle

It's a sad day...

Presumably some of Russia's best engineering talent is on Linkedin?

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Google's neural network learns to translate languages it hasn't been trained on

Jason Hindle

So when it becomes self aware

It seems unlikely it will lead to Judgement Day, but it may well develop the personality of a snooty Parisian waiter who responds to all your attempts, at speaking French, in English.

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New UK National silicone database will help avoid boobs

Jason Hindle

So will this database be managed by BAAPS?

(British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

Jason Hindle

Upgraded my MacBook Pro a generation early

To hedge against price rises. To be fair to the price rises, they've not happened as quickly as I thought they would, which, worryingly, is probably a good indication I have the economic literacy of an average Brexitard....

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

Jason Hindle

It's showing little sign of recovery

Had the issue been purely algorithmic, I think the pound would be back up a little by now. Perhaps the algorithms were pretty well aligned with market sentiment?

Love the headlines on the strength of the FTSE, which the Brexiteers prefer to focus on (valued, of course, in a currency that is worth less than yesterday)...

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Fujitsu in talks to bail from PC market, Lenovo one of the suitors

Jason Hindle

Fu Who?

Now there's a name I've not heard in years. In fact, I can't remember the last time I saw a Fujitsu PC. That they're still in the market at all comes as a surprise....

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Jason Hindle

Sentiment vs reality?

On the whole, more code = more bugs, so perhaps the overall feeling is justified. I think OSX peaked, in terms of reliability, at Snow Leopard. Upgrading from that, to Lion, on my first (white) MacBook proved to be a big mistake. I find El Capitan mostly fine, but don't like the overall look of the thing (the UI tweaks do IMHO suck).

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

Jason Hindle

I thought where the crime was felt mattered

With any law? Not just computer misuse? Send a threatening snail mail to someone in the US, threatening to break their legs, and I expect a request for extradition would probably offend.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

Jason Hindle

Why does something we've done before have to be so challenging?

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

Jason Hindle

Well at least we're back in control, and have freedom from opaque laws

Apparently, we had neither of those, and Europe was to blame. And we have the Conservatives. They're the sensible party of stability. Looking at the NHS, for example, we know we can trust the Conservatives and their solid, sensible approach to management. We can trust the Conservatives. They're the sensible party that doesn't piss money on vanity projects. Everything's good. Finally, the good people of Britian found someone to blame. The future is bright.

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Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation

Jason Hindle

Sounds local..

<square_eyes>I had a mad catch-up night, on Amazon Prime Video, last night,</square_eyes> so BT certainly seemed ok in little bit of Little Britain.

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Jason Hindle

If you work from home....

Always have a backup handy!

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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo XI expenses claim revealed

Jason Hindle

Re: The importance of paperwork

"Looking through the comments in response you find a Flat Earther."

I prefer to call them the fifty two percenters....

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

Jason Hindle

Apple's biggest plus is also its problem

The basic longevity of the kit it sells is becoming a problem for Apple. My five year old, 13" MacBook Air works absolutely fine. In fact, since Mavericks, it wakes up from sleep faster than it did the day I bought it. I've never had to format and start from scratch. I can't say that about any PC I've owned. My first iPad was the iPad 2. My second? The iPad Air 2. There was simply no need to upgrade in-between.

That said, Apple has made some crazy decisions. They murdered Aperture (and that hurt). Worse still, they replaced with with photos (hello Adobe :-( and your lovely subscription model). They butchered the OSX UI in El Capitan (no, it doesn't need to be all flat). Come to think of it, OSX has never been quite the same since Snow Leopard. There's the pro level laptop that can't be upgraded. They tried really quite hard to make an enemy of every professional user of Final Cut Pro (some of whom have loud voices). How long did it take them to admit a bigger iPhone might be a good idea? And Apple Music did't exactly "just work" from launch (especially if you were trying to get it to work like multiple accounts, on the family plan - I gave up).

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

Jason Hindle

For contractors, it's a big world

Plenty of opportunities outside of the U.K., and a long way from HMRC.

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Google tests its own quantum computer – both qubits of it

Jason Hindle

Re: Quantum Software?

Neither.

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Jason Hindle

I guess Quantum Programming for Dummies is some years away?

I'm guessing it's the new formal methods (anyone remember the joys of Z)? Everyone will do a bit, as part of their comp-sci or physics degree, but few will ever play with it as part of the job. It will be interesting to see who ends up doing this kind of work. I assume a physics background is more likely (at least until tools are created to dumb it all down).

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

Jason Hindle

Uber seems an odd test case

My understanding: Uber drivers really can clock on and off as the please. On the other hand, outfits like Hermes want to provide Uber's T&Cs while still treating their "partners" like employees. Since common law tends to call a spade a spade, I think there are better test cases.

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Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover

Jason Hindle

Re: ...why Turkey should join the EU?

"Well there's a space going free now."

But only 1GB. 1GB is chickenshit these days.

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

Jason Hindle

Re: !Wings of 12

"With that few aircraft I'd have called it a flight, myself – two or more flights to a sqn, two or more sqns to a wg, etc etc - but in these straightened times the entire RAF would only just comprise a WW2 group, in terms of aircraft numbers."

That's an implication I'd missed... So they spent Brazilians on these massive ships but the air group isn't going to be a great deal bigger than the carriers they replace?

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Gartner: Brexit to wipe $4.6bn off tech spending in Blighty

Jason Hindle

Re: Whew!

"What would that be? We've reclaimed our sovereignty today. What did you do before breakfast?"

Hmmm.... So the other side thought "sovereignty" is more important than the economy? Never mind; the experts will be along soon enough.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

Jason Hindle

Re: wait....... what?

"except Florida where we have 100% stupid."

Spelling really should be aligned with pronunciation - Flo-rih-DUH.

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

Jason Hindle

Re: He's lucky

And other states where such an act would get you a bullet....

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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

Jason Hindle

I think a paid service would only work

If the BBC works with Channel 4 and ITV. I believe this has been discussed before, and effectively stopped because of complaints from Sky. Perhaps the current government is more receptive.

Now, as a license fee payer, I'd like to watch iPlayer while abroad, without having to resort to VPN. Having to provide a username and password (to prove you've paid the licence fee) overcomes one barrier. I'm not so sure how much a of a barrier interests external to the BBC (e.g. rights holders) might present.

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

Jason Hindle

Oh, is QuickTime still a thing?

I use OSX and Windows, but haven't (knowingly) used QuickTime in donkeys' years!

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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

Jason Hindle

Oh FFS Microsoft!

Make your minds up. Is the universal app every bit as good as the desktop app? Will I receive notifications in the same time frame as I would with the desktop app, as opposed to hours later (over the same bloody connection, as I found when messing about with old Skype Universal in 8.1?

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Pornography, violence and JG Ballard: High Rise, the 1970s' internet

Jason Hindle

Re: Truly?

"Exactly how stone-age was mid-70's Britain?"

Pretty stone aged. We didn't actually get our first phone until the early 80s. When I bought my first modem (this was early 90s), there was a degree of nervousness in the house. And the attitude of people who did have phones was pretty funny; there was always a telephone shaped coin box, next to the actual telephone. Children weren't allowed near phones. In fact, just looking at the could lead to a (sometimes physical) reprimand.

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

Jason Hindle

Well I bought the Surface 3 (none pro version)

Just to get the full Windows 10/hybrid experience. At the moment, I think the OS is the Achilles heel of this device; Windows 10* still feels unfinished. That said, when I replace my old MacBook, in the next year, I will take a serious look at Windows and Surface.

* Though I do quite like the overall experience.

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

Jason Hindle

Without a decent mapping solution...

I'm really sorry to have to say this, because I do like Windows Phone.... Time for Microsoft to throw in the mobile towel? Mapping is just too important a component, of the mobile experience, for too many users. MSFT were utter idiots for not buying Here.

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Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

Jason Hindle

It's as fast as it needs to be, for me

I can stream episodes of X Files, in HD, on my daily commute. BT did offer me double speed 4G (almost as fast as Infinity 2, apparently), but that's pretty pointless since they don't permit tethering.

As for the US, depending on the exchange rate the costs can appear pretty absurd over there!

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

Jason Hindle

That photo made me wince

Well, that photo under that headline made me wince!

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EE-gad! Orange webmail cut off in Blighty outage

Jason Hindle

Surprised service providers still bother to provide email

It's not like there aren't plenty of free-to-use (and often more functional, especially if you're a mobile user) options.

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

Jason Hindle

So remind me

How goes the development of this mass produced, simpler, lower cost alternative to the Raptor, for export? Oh, hang on a minute.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

Jason Hindle

Shirley, you mean the runway leader?

Sounds more like a runny leader....

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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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