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Blinking good: LG launches smart light bulb for Android/iOS

Mr ChriZ

Re: 60 W led?

Clearly it's for those people that want blinding sun levels of light in their living room.

Sunglasses, hat and sun cream at the ready :)

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Mr ChriZ

Re: your milage may vary

I agree. I've had Vodafone for work for years and unfortunately have had very few problems where ever I am in the country. Sadly this means I can be contacted pretty much anywhere(hell). The data side of things isn't quite so good... but I'm not a heavy data user so I guess this doesn't affect me so much.

I have EE for my personal phone and again have done for years. Signal seems universally bad. Forever dropping calls and having lousy signal. My personal phone is a dumb phone(heaven) so I can't comment on EE's data signal.

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

Mr ChriZ

Of course all people that are on Virgin Media are techies that have nothing better to do than sit and play with different routers and router settings. Heaven forbid that they might actually be hoping the technology they bought might just be a case of plugging it in and expecting it to work.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

Mr ChriZ

I've a standard 128GB non micro SD card which I use for storing lossless music.

Certainly it's slow to write too. However it's easily fast enough for reading my music gives me the advantage of not eating up any premium SSD space, portability and is not sticking out the side of my machine.

I do like the idea of something similar for my phone... although MicroSD is too easy too lose when you drop it on a carpet, or between cracks in the floorboards.

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

Mr ChriZ

Re: dssf SIGINT-Friendly Hotels

I heard there's this great big ring under Cheyenne Mountain which takes people to other planets.

I suspect most of this technology comes from offworld exploration. It was a on TV show I watched.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

Mr ChriZ

Re: Virgin "Super" hub

Maybe I'm unlucky but I've yet to find a home router that just works and keeps working.

The 'Super' hub was a joke. I did the same turned it into a modem, and added a TP-Link router that everyone seemed to think was the bee's knees. It needs restarting every couple of days, and for some reason Samsung devices regularly refuse to connect to it even though other devices are happily using it.

I've had numerous netgear devices and they've always been extremely painful. No one should be allowed to mention the word B3lk1n (I haven't bought one of these for at least 10 years but have continued to watch many others in pain).

I had a LinkSys WRT which started off fairly well but after a year started suffering disconnections and no amount of factory resets made any difference. I did look into put a different firmware on to that one but a certain amount of witch craft seemed to be involved and I never managed to get it to work following various tutorials.

I am curious ... why is it so difficult to make one of these things just work?!

Now a days I don't even do anything complex - I don't portforward or anything of that ilk, traffic going across the network is fairly minimal no torrenting etc...

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Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

Mr ChriZ

Monster polish is indeed good but did you buy the AK407 OxyUnit dish to hold it in? Since getting mine I have a much more crisp and faithful reproduction in fact it might now sound better than the live recording. The AK407 OxyUnit Dish has made an incredible difference. It vibrates the polish to keep it at optimum gloopyness. They told me the dish has added carbo nano oxy molecules added in at creation as it's being hand woven. It was a real bargain at £3,000 as well. I'm tempted to buy more so I can leave the Monster polish in different parts of the house. I think having more of them might even have a cumulative effect and so it might sound even better!

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

Mr ChriZ

Then it won't work. Many of us don't even have a driveway.

A solar car could with a few more advancements work well for me. I drive less than 60 miles a week on average, often consisting of trips less than 15 miles.

I don't get people that just point out it's flaws. Sure it won't work for everyone... or possibly hardly anyone in this country. In places like India/Spain italy however it might work for considerably more people...

Horses for courses?

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

Mr ChriZ

Re: Too be fair

I think many Cypriots would have done better off last year leaving their money in Bitcoin even if it hadn't gone crazy.

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Microsoft Dynamics advert

Mr ChriZ

I purposefully do not install AdBlocker as I understand businesses need funding. However obtrusive ads like this making the viewing less than pleasurable. I've had enough already. I will no longer perform my regular daily visit to this site until the noisy Ads are removed. The hover option is not enough for a quiet environment - it needs to require an active decision from the user before making any noise.

As far as I'm concerned a boycott is the only way forward.

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'You're BEAUTIFUL when you're angry' 'You SEXIST PIG!' Xbox One's fresh brouhaha

Mr ChriZ

It seems to me that the twits are making the sexist remarks by implying that guys can't knit and must be the games player. They're the ones who have decided it must be a girl that is knitting in Microsoft's statement.

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GCHQ was called in to crack password in Watkins child abuse case

Mr ChriZ

Re: Rainbow tables

"Truecrypt is closed source and cant be independantly audited to ensure it is as secure as they porport it to be."

https://github.com/syglug/truecrypt

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

Mr ChriZ
Boffin

In the name of science

I think perhaps the reg should post a picture of a vagina to compare to the stadium.

This way we can all do a serious comparison.

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Show us your Cook: Size is everything for Apple iWatch fans, apparently

Mr ChriZ

Sounds good

I'm no apple fan (I feel like you need to say this around here else face the wrath of the angry droid mob ;)

However this sounds like a good thing. A female friend works for Samsung and promotes their products. She recently received the Galaxy gear and it looks ridiculous on her somewhat petite arms. The things humongous.

Personally I'm still baffled as to why anyone wants such a device in any case but I'm sure everyone will be wearing them in a few years time...

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Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

Mr ChriZ

news?

Slow news day? Someone involved selling anti virus software heard from someone down the pub that someone got a virus.

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Google teaches Chrome Canary to sing when it sniffs dodgy downloads

Mr ChriZ

I guess I'm fortunate to have none of these problems with Chrome

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

Mr ChriZ

Re: Is this a joke?

What I don't get is why within Visual Studio renaming the shortcut key is Ctrl-R Ctrl R by default... rather than F2.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

Mr ChriZ

Re: Dashed hopes

What bugs me is how each and every phone/laptop model seems to have a different shape and size of battery.

If you have a laptop with a dead battery, and another dead laptop by the same manufacturer but of a different model you make two good ones out of a bad one. To top it off the manufacturers then want a million pounds to buy a replacement battery.

Why can't we have some standard Lithium size batteries like we have AA's, AAA's and so forth that I can pick up from the pound store?

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Hands on: We play with the slippery Lumia 1520, Nokia's first phondleslab

Mr ChriZ

Snake

Does it have snake?

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Bling, bling, it's HTC here: Clear us a place on the gold phone bandwagon

Mr ChriZ

Hideous people

There was a Beeb article the other day with a Video demonstrating a sales show with these kind of items on show in the United Emirates.

They were asking various people if they'd buy a $15,000 IPhone studded with diamonds and a gold bird on the back.

One guy was interviewed who said he probably wouldn't buy it as they're becoming common now.

One girl was interviewed who stated entirely seriously something along the lines of "I quite like it... it's there to make a statement and I like making a statement."

I have to admit... I needed to find a sick bucket at that point so didn't watch any further.

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Samsung: Sod off Apple, we've made gold mobes for way longer than you

Mr ChriZ

Re: Not unlike real gold

By this reckoning my Gold Rover 45 made in 2000 will be worth a lot fairly soon.

Any bidders?

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WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

Mr ChriZ

Advert

Thanks for this wonderful advert...

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

Mr ChriZ

Re: @Duncan Macdonald I'd be happy with ...

@Phil O'Sophical

Newer colour scanners use RGB LED's

Take a look at Canon L.I.D.E scanners.

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Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon

Mr ChriZ

Re: "A 1TB USB stick fits in the palm of your hand"

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Predator-DataTraveler-512GB-DTHXP30/dp/B00AV3XGPW/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1378811442&sr=8-15&keywords=1tb+usb+memory+stick

Try $1,271.53

Still not mainstream but probably half figure again that by Xmas :)

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

Mr ChriZ

Re: Full marks for the speedometer arrangement.

Intriguing... I've driven cars from pretty much every manufacturer and never had this problem. (We use rentals for work).

Could be because I'm a short arse though :)

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

Mr ChriZ

Re: It also isn't ugly!

If everyone thought like you then everything would be ugly grey and boring.

I'm glad that's not the case....

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Giant human-powered quadricopter wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

Mr ChriZ

Curious to know...

How is the peddling energy being translated into to the props?

It's hard to see...

Is there a diagram somewhere?

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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

Mr ChriZ
Unhappy

Re: pity..

or Cardiff...

Or London...

In fact I do wonder sometimes if there's any major city that does have good signal with them.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

Mr ChriZ
Boffin

Re: I Blame the EU

In other news scientists have discovered a nascent subduction can give you CANCER.

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

Mr ChriZ

Re: it rapidly fills to a point of becoming unnavigable

Well call it what you want but its cluttered on most peoples machines, as they have better things to do than move icons around. This is perhaps why Android tablets or IPads don't have home button replacements that mimic the start menu - with uninstall icons and help shortcuts inside folders for each manufacturer.

On the language thing to be fair there is an option of a language icon next to the clock if I recall. In fact if that icon still exists then it require less clicks to change language than open Microsoft Word?!

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Mr ChriZ

Re: it rapidly fills to a point of becoming unnavigable

Spend 5 minutes working around the design flaw that's been there for the past 18 years you mean?

I wonder what software would look like if every decision was like that....

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Mr ChriZ

I find it funny that people love the start menu so much.

It's pretty awful. Finding an app on most tablets or phones is a far nicer experience, not because they are touch-screen but because they are less cluttered (assuming you don't go app crazy).

One of the main flaws in the windows start system is that it is full with all the uninstall icons, and help icons and random links to websites in there that install packages like to add, hence it rapidly fills to a point of becoming unnavigable - except by search. Unfortunately they never resolved this with the 8 start screen - which causes the situation to be even worse...

Comparatively take any tablet and you just get the icons to launch the app, uninstall is done else where, and who ever launched a help file or web link from the start menu anyhow?

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Fake fingers fool Brazilian biometrics

Mr ChriZ

Use finger or palm vein recognition instead. similar price, better recognition and you'd have to be pretty smart to produce a copy of your veins....

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

Mr ChriZ

Re: Out of Date

I use VS day in day out and agree it's pretty good to use. In fact I'd go as far to say it was my favorite IDE until I came recently across IntelliJ for Java/Android development. IntelliJ showed me how things could be and I have to admit VS hasn't seemed quite the same since. IntelliJ is significantly more intelligent. I believe adding ReSharper by the same company would help matters but that will have to wait for the next IT budget (since I've spent this one on new hardware to run VS).

For reference IntelliJ circa 300mb installed.

Do I really care how much space it takes up? No not really. What I do care about is having to upgrade my computer every few years just for Microsoft products and very little else.

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Out of Date

You're missing the point. You shouldn't need to buy a quad core 3ghz machine SSD, with several gb's of memory just to open a text editor though.

Microsoft products never cease to amaze me with their bloat.

Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 the ISO file is 1.5GB.

Seriously... what is in there!

Textpad 6 is still happily using < 10mb.

I'm fairly sure in all MS products there's lines of code like:

//We need to slow down our product to make Intels latest processors look better

if (processorDoesNotHaveLatestSuperHybridCacheExtensionsInstalled)

{

startHardDiskCrunchingDelay( versionOfProduct * delayrate * monthsSinceProcessorProductionDate^3 );

}

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SimCity 3000

Mr ChriZ
Meh

Lack of street level dissapointment

The lack of street level was a killer as far as I was concerned.

I saw the advert for the 3D walk around the city bit and as a young lad thought that looks fun!

I'm not entirely convinced it would have required a powerhouse computer either, and besides those were the days when everyone was replacing their machine every couple of years because that's about all they were good for. SimCopter was also released a couple of years prior to 3000 and that was 3D.

When I saw 3000 was then just a rehashed 2000 it just felt disappointing, hence I never played it, and I lost a good amount of my childhood to 2000, and TT.

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

Mr ChriZ
Go

You're saying you should be able to speed if you have a sufficiently light vehicle?

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Mr ChriZ

Re: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras

A number of cameras near me were placed there when they built the road so that's no true.

50mph on a nice stretch of straight dual carriage way, far from houses with no junctions. Go figure.

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Any storm in a port

Mr ChriZ
Thumb Up

Re: Also, Ethernet sockets & USB ports...

Agree with all of the above and to add:

On a slow morning I've spent a good two or three minutes trying to jam a USB pen into an HDMI socket and vice versa.

Still it's not as bad as wireless. I think for every minute wasted on connecting a cable into a socket I've probably spent a good 10 trying to get various wireless devices to talk to each over.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

Mr ChriZ

Re: Worth the money? Depends

I absolutely hate Office on the whole for years it's been in my humble opinion the worst pile of junk I've ever come across. Unfortunately for me it seemed to be the only product I could find that actually fit with what I need to use it for. I've tried Open Office a number of times and each time it just didn't work for me (It would really help if they added a full fledged email client). It might just be me... The learning curve to use it properly whilst doing my job may be too high... it may just be trying to use it whilst everyone else is using office around me. I can't remember precisely. It's about a year since I last tried it.

Despite having about 10 different software software development suites on my machine and two major graphics packages I've always been of the opinion that word processors are actually the most complicated pieces of software to use 'properly'. Most people seem unaware of half the things they can actually do for you. I'm probably still one of them.

For the time being I've never found an alternative I like to office. *However* I've been using Office 2013 for about 4-5 months or so. It is undeniably the best one they've released in a long time. I think what makes it better for me is the number of long term bugs that have been fixed in 2013. The irritation factor has definitely stepped down from 'I'm close to hanging myself here' putting a simple design document together too 'hey this is almost usable'. Even Outlook doesn't have that wrist slitting feel to it anymore.

It's definitely worth it for that. It does need a more beefy machine to work nicely though. I think it makes use of hardware acceleration in places.

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UK taxmen turn heat on tax-swerving big biz, hope to smoke out £1bn

Mr ChriZ

Re: It makes sense to tax the rich

Only so long as they stay around to tax

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Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

Mr ChriZ

How do they compare the difference between the two weights to that accuracy?

Presumably even changes in g across the planet must come into the calculations at that level?

Impressive stuff.

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WD mixes flash-disk cocktail in Vegas, lets clients feel up models

Mr ChriZ

Too little to late I reckon. I'm seeing the odd deal on 256GB SSD's for around £100.

512GB SSD's are available for less than £300.

I doubt these new hybrids will be out before September...

And no doubt by this time next year the 512GB SSD's will be had for less than £200....

They'll have to price them low from the get go otherwise no one will buy them.

They should be at a point of selling 1 and 2TB 2.5" hybrids, not 500GB and 1TB.

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PGP, TrueCrypt-encrypted files CRACKED by £300 tool

Mr ChriZ

Re: Not True.

I have a Corei5 Win7 Laptop with 6GB of Memory and a Samsung 256GB SSD - encrypted with whole disk encryption which does slow it down - at a guess maybe 20% performance degradation.

I ran a quick test. It takes 21 seconds to hibernate. (Yes definitely hibernate not sleep)

It resumes from hibernate in 30 seconds to the desktop with all my programs running.

That's roughly the same time the same machine takes to boot with none of my programs running.

Definitely worth it in my opinion. I always use it. Have used it with various machines for about 10 years. Never had a problem with it. It's just nice to start off where you left off, and also means the machine isn't sucking juice when you don't need it.

Maybe once every couple of months I give it a reboot simply because the up time starts to become quite ramp up significantly quickly .... probably isn't necessary but kind of a habit.

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Mr ChriZ

If using Truecrypts whole disk encryption then the hibernate file will be on the encrypted partition - so inaccessible until a password is entered.

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Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030

Mr ChriZ

Subsidies

Should we stop subsidizing all the research in to Nuclear Fusion too?

Will something better come along if we don't put money into it? Would we even have fission if it weren't for massive government research budgets?

Where would Rolls Royce Trent engine have been without subsidies to get them off the ground?

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Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

Mr ChriZ

Re: @ Mr Chriz 12:17

I took antibiotics once in my life. Had a severe reaction to them and have never taken them again.

That said modern medicine is I believe a fantastic thing - and I wouldn't want to put anyone down who is involved in the research of such medicines . You can (with a bit of luck) live or at least have a life without it though and billions have done so before.

Industrial Sewage Systems are also undoubtedly one of the best inventions known to man. That said there's a again a hell of a lot of people managing just fine without. In places that are not over populated this is not such a big problem. Where the mud hut was shown I doubt they'd have a problem. Fresh water is more of a problem .. something i am always happy to help see resolved. Some of the large cities like in India where sewage is more problematic... I wouldn't like to live like that. Maybe much of the reason for that population density is possibly where they are pushing for western ideals.. (I'm no historian though so feel free to point me wrong).

I don't have all the answers for sure. It's sure good to know everyone else is so happy in their box offices and houses and the constant rush. That the endless supply of goods from slaves in China or where ever is enough to keep everyone going.

To start pushing our consumerism on other cultures though does scare me.

When these light devices break who will recycle them? I've visited one village who were making significant money from travelers. They started buying mobile phones and other electronic items. When they stopped working they'd throw the phones on the floor - expecting it to decompose like everything else in their lives.

Before long these places could become a dirty plastic dumping ground...kind of like around here actually...

The gravity light on it's own does sound like a great invention - simple and effective. Maybe on reflection such devices do have a place - where interference has already been too great. On the edge of Cape town there's people connecting their own power cables up to live electricity pylons to pinch electric for their televisions (probably donated innocently by someone thinking it can't do any harm (KZZZRT?!)

Maybe with a few years of dev they can produce a gravity powered TV?!

I stand by my original comment though... you don't need it in a mud hut.

Get down voting :-P

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Mr ChriZ

Re: @ Mr ChriZ: bye!

Actually a family and friends.

To start a new life you must give up an old one.

Everything else I couldn't give too hoots about!

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Mr ChriZ

Having been out to some of these cultures I would love to live a different life in a mud hut without all the western technologies. Many of the people in these cultures look at the way we live with pity.

If you live in a mud hut or similar as the people in the video did you don't need a gravity light to attract mosquito's harboring malaria or such like. You simply go to bed and get up when the sun comes up.

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

Mr ChriZ
Pint

Re: @ Mr ChriZ

My joke was of course in relation to the famous John Lennon quote.

I'm for reference an atheist. However for purpose of scientific debate. Prove that God has no mass. :-P

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