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Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff

Mr ChriZ

I don't ever remember being asked if my baggage contained batteries before....

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

Mr ChriZ

Re: Do they really need to waste helium on this?

If we have such a shortage of Helium surely we should be banning Helium balloons for parties first which just let it out into the atmosphere?

These must use considerably more than most other applications?

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

Mr ChriZ

Re: siri et al

Happily been using the Google voice search part of my S3 for years now.

I tend to just use it for simple things.

"Do I need an umbrella?"

"Navigate to Bradford on Avon"

and Google searching

"How does knitting work?"

Since even with Swype it's faster than my fat finger swipping.

I'd say I get a 90% success rate with it.

The Samsung version is no where near as good though.

That said I only tend to use it in quiet locations as otherwise I end up wanting to throw the thing out the window.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

Mr ChriZ

Re: Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think

Are you saying you can't complain about something unless you're willing to build it yourself?

What a strange concept. Not everyone has the capability, time, or inclination to fork a browser. (Easy though it might be).

Imagine if that line of thinking was applied to everything you use.

'This TV is great apart from the fact that it's filling up my entire room, ideally I'd like a flat TV, but my TV manufacturer says no one needs a flat TV... I know I'll build my own...oh.. I've got a life to be getting on with. I'll just keep quiet and learn to love my room eating monster..'

Innovation must work around what the users want!

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In space no one can hear you scream, but Voyager 1 can hear A ROAR

Mr ChriZ

Seems to me some of the 60's sci fi shows were pretty realistic in their predictions of what space would sound like!

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

Mr ChriZ

I was always under the impression that bloatware was just software that got too large and fat... like Windows and it's 40GB of installation files...

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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

Mr ChriZ
Pint

Re: Stop!

My solution to this was to read it many hours late.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

Mr ChriZ

Re: So fork it

The interesting aspect is that in order for the authors to do anything about their license terms being ignored would be break their silence....

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

Mr ChriZ

Re: This is ridiculous

To me it's the equivalent of Mozilla shutting up shop and recommending IE as a secure alternative to FF.

I would seriously hope it's not gonna happen.

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John Chambers sold millions of shares on first day of Cisco Live!

Mr ChriZ

Unitron is just stating he wouldn't like to follow someone that keeps all their eggs in one basket.

I think that's fairly simple to follow?

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

Mr ChriZ

Re: Sigh ...

"How does this system of making you enter the 3rd and 7th characters improve security or convenience over having you just enter your password? "

It makes shoulder surfing somewhat more difficult.

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Samsung mobes to get an eyeful of your EYE in biometric security bid

Mr ChriZ

Re: There's probably a lot of companies "looking at" iris scanning

One of the other problems is that it's very much light dependent.

In even slightly dark rooms it would probably have to shine a light at your face to light up the iris. Dark Irises are harder to scan than light irises.

Also current systems although they keep improving require a very much fixed distance to get a good recognition image - which can be a bit of a faff.

Maybe they'll overcome these issues though. Up until a few years ago iris was massively patent encumbered, but this I believe has now expired.

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

Mr ChriZ

Still happily using my dumb phone here.

Lasts a week and a half on a single charge.

Does absolutely everything I want it too.

Very happy not to have my life revolve around it.

If I lose it my life doesn't end.

It just works. I'm still at least 37 years off getting my pension too.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Mr ChriZ

Re: lol

"And besides running disks all the time makes them last longer so yeah I'll pay the power bill if it'll save me £100 on hard drives"

It really doesn't.

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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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