* Posts by Mr ChriZ

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A year with Canada's Volvo-esque smartphone – The BlackBerry Z30

Mr ChriZ

Re: Oi!

I was slightly confused by the Volvo wanker comment....

At best Volvo drivers are wannabe's in this department no?

Surely that's a special position with specific procedures that must be adhered to that's reserved for those who lease either a BMW or an Audi....I believe these cars come specifically configured among other things with deactivated indicators, and a buzzer that goes off unless you're less than 1 foot behind the car in front.

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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

Mr ChriZ

I was there in 2006..

One thing that got me was the shanty town's underneath the electric pilons on the outskirts of the city. Tin shacks with satellite dishes on top, and then a run of wire going up to the pylon. Presumably they had a transformer in there somewhere....

I did wonder how many people died trying to get TV....

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LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

Mr ChriZ

So... you use the anti-microbed cash machine to receive cash that has been around thousands of people...

Someone needs to come out with some kind of completely contactless payment option.

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Intel offers big bucks for black women

Mr ChriZ

Re: Forget true equality

"Maybe we need more Men in HR to resolve the less Women elsewhere?"

I don't actually believe this... I'm sure women are perfectly capable of employing other women.

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Forget true equality

"...because all the evidence available to them suggests that there's no job at the end of it for them if they do. That's the problem."

The tech industry is massively short of good engineers - let alone female engineers. That's why it pays 'relatively' well. So if that mentality exists, we need to prove it, and then it needs squashing.

I work for a pretty small company, and am occasionally looking for devs or support engineers. Seriously the last two times I've put ad's out, or talked to recruitment agencies not one female has responded....out of hundreds of applicants and I'm fairly sure I know why. When I graduated in 2006 only 3 girls graduated with me, of whom only two decided they wanted to take their computing degree's further and move into industry (which they did with no problem), compared to about 80 guys. Comparatively the drama class that often followed our lectures was full of girls...

I doubt that's changed in the last 10 years or so.

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The argument about accountants, top managers etc is probably a good one.

One thing I would say is that most larger companies use a Human Resources team for finding people...in the first instance and these often seem to be dominated by females...

Maybe we need more Men in HR to resolve the less Women elsewhere?

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Forget true equality

"Have you not seen the figures on diversity in these industries?"

Those figures reflect the fact that less females, and less non whites have put themselves through the education required to get these jobs. We need to educate first and also make girls/non whites believe that it is OK for them to go for them - if they want to. That's what needs to be targeted, not jumping straight to sexist /racist quotas.

In the event that someone can prove that two candidates are put forward and sex or race did come into the selection then we should then ensure the person responsible is removed from that position so it doesn't happen again...

That would be equality.

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

Mr ChriZ

Re: Support is impossible

You could ... you know learn to use it....

It's really not 'ruined' by Windows 8. It's actually quite usable if you get used to it.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

Mr ChriZ

Tce Engine

I drive hire cars at least twice a month and have been doing so for the past several years.

I regularly drive between Cardiff and Southampton and back again.

I was given a Captur with the .9 litre turbo petrol engine just before Christmas.

Seriously it did not have many redeeming features.

As per the reviewer of this one the car is mahoosively underpowered for it's size - but then doesn't make up for it with economy. The car is plastered in Eco badges. They are a joke. The economy was the worst of any modern car I've ever driven. Driving back I maintained a steady 70mph. Even so it achieved a staggering 29mpg!

My own personal car is a 2003 (Back before the environment mattered) Volvo S40 2.0 litre petrol. Even that would easily achieve 34mpg on the same journey.

Combined with a hideously small fuel tank it had to be refuelled before I got back to Cardiff.

I've also driven the clio with the same engine. In that car the performance isn't too bad.. However it's a weird thing to drive. It's ridiculously easy to hit the rev limiter. You go to pull out past something on a duel carriage way - just feel like you're hitting the power band and then you hit the limiter - next thing you know you're avidly searching for gears. I'm usually a fan of manuals - but this one feels like it needs one of those flappy paddle boxes.

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EU flings €1m at open source security audit wheeze

Mr ChriZ

€1m? This comes to mind..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTmXHvGZiSY

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

Mr ChriZ

Re: "Mercenary"

How about lawyers or doctors?

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

Mr ChriZ

"As a professional C# developer by day, with a growing interest in Java as a sideline, I have to say NetBeans is well worth what I paid for it! It's not as slick as Visual Studio, but then, nothing is."

Spend a few weeks with IntelliJ/Android studio. I used to love Visual Studio but IntellJ leaves it wanting...

I just wish I could do C# dev in IntelliJ and somehow ditch java....

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Apple deliberately wiped rivals' music from iPods – iTunes court claim

Mr ChriZ

I like Nickelback... never understood the backlash against them....all anyone ever says is they're commercial... but then so is 99% of music out there....

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

Mr ChriZ
Joke

Re: ...and the cause was?

Woah Glen - you're so right! I bet a company like Virgin never thought to investigate the cause of such an issue. Now you've pointed it out though I bet they'll get someone right on it.

Have you thought about applying for a job with them?

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

Mr ChriZ

On a couple of occassions I've tried to get Amazon to honour the EU warranty/UK Sale of Goods act. In essence they won't, and they're not the only ones. You'll have to take them to the small claims court in order to get your money back and they are well aware that most people won't bother. If I could get something of this value for the same price in JL then I sure would!

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

Mr ChriZ
Terminator

Re: Hypothetical situation:

You probably can... but what if it decides to defend itself (using all means possible!)

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Mr ChriZ
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Re: @ Chrisz Advanced Motoring

No worries. Apology accepted! One upvote in return. Context is often hard to find in such short spans of text. Especially when written by bleary eyed developers...

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Advanced Motoring

" When you're ready you do the test (two hours with a trained Police driver - seriously stressful!) "

Not to the same level but I did this for a council minibus test so I could assist with Duke Of Edinburgh training. Completely agree on the stressful part! Very informative though. I'm a strong believer that everyone should have a retest every 5 years.

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Advanced Motoring

I completely agree Nigel.

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Mr ChriZ

Re: @ ChrisZ Advanced Motoring

their^ for the grammar pedants. There's plenty more mistakes where those came from.

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Mr ChriZ

Re: @ ChrisZ Advanced Motoring

Wow 17 down votes and a lot of assumption about my driving.

No I'm not one of those idiots. I stay well back!

I'm just warning others there are others out there that are just potential accidents waiting to happen. Do an advanced course like AIM and they'll give you the same warning! I believe they call it defensive driving to always assume everyone else outside of your own vehicle might an idiot.

It doesn't matter if it's there insurance that's going to cover it. You'll still have a mark on your insurance for five years, and you'll still be without your own vehicle, and have a whole s**t load of paperwork to work through. After many telephone calls and sitting on hold with a bit of luck you'll get your excess back.

Well caught on the spelling. I blame tiredness - one of those dev deadline weeks. (As a result my car hasn't moved for over a week!)

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Advanced Motoring

Just be aware that when you don't touch your breaks your break lights don't come on!

If you're not careful you'll have someone to close behind you running into you!

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MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

Mr ChriZ

What's to stop someone chopping of your fingers to get you to reveal your pin?

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

Mr ChriZ
Trollface

Given the state of the US economy

Is Barack Obama asking the prof for a loan that unlikely?

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

Mr ChriZ

Re: William Donelson

There's nothing wrong with pole dancing. However the way the article is written with the image of the pole dancer, and the title it's clear you are objectifying/sensationalising her as the article has nothing to do with pole dancing.

Lets face it if we changed Pole Dancer for 'Salsa Dancer' you wouldn't have bothered to put it in the article.

You're getting the flak you deserve.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Mr ChriZ

Re: shuttle relies on an atmosphere in order to glide

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/glidshuttle.html

I rest my case.

Everyone knows it's not a great glider, but without that atmosphere it's going to be hitting the ground with an acceleration approaching g. Obviously you can argue on technicalities here to exactly what extent different parts of it's deceleration system plays - but without an atmosphere I think it's safe to say it's not going to be pretty.

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Mr ChriZ

use of the space shuttle

What bugged me was the use of the space shuttle.

I remember somewhere in my youth getting confused and thinking the shuttle was a more general purpose space vehicle which could land on the moon, go to Jupiter etc. Having an interest in space things I did learn the truth... but I'd bet there's already a whole load of adults out there which couldn't tell you what space vehicles did/do what.

Now the shuttle's been decommissioned so there's somewhat less chance of kids actually seeing it in action. What does this teach young kids watching it now?

I know it's sci fi but surely we can expect at least a modicum of basic physics. The shuttle relies on an atmosphere in order to glide! So we have a glider, no atmosphere and the same gravity as earth. Let's think about how that should end?!

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

Mr ChriZ

Re: Help!

Agreed. Without APT-x it's like going back to 96kbps MP3's again.

Mind you at the prices mentioned above I'd be tempted to use it and skip the bluetooth bit and use a cable...

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

Mr ChriZ

Re: Battery Life

"make calls and send texts lasts twenty times longer on a charge."

You're missing the bit about the brick only having 1/2 the size battery capacity compared to the paddle phone. :-/

My Jacket? It's the one with the small pockets please.

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Battery Life @Mr ChriZ

Thanks AC... like you if I had any friends then I wouldn't be sat here on the reg commenting about phones..

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Mr ChriZ

Battery Life

I recently downgraded my Samsung GTE1170 to a Nokia 515 after being found unworthy of keeping the GTE1170 on my person any longer.

I could talk endlessly about how amazing the GTE1170 really is and how most mortals will just have to accept something like an IPhone S6 however I will instead just limit myself to talking about the battery life.

Both the GTE1170 and the Nokia 515 (The closest replacement I could find) have a similar battery life of about 14 days in the real world. However in reality the 515 leaves me massively disappointed in this department. The difference is in how the 515 leaves me feeling. After about 10 days the GTE1170 was telling me it was down to 1 bar. From experience I knew I had at least 3 days left. I could talk on one bar for hours and hours on end and not worry about the battery running out. Day 12 would come and it might drop to zero bars and yet I'd still have TWO WHOLE DAYS LEFT! If I reached day 13 or beyond and the phone did finally give up I truly felt it had given me everything it had. (Kind of like that dude that dies with all the arrows in him in LOTR). When it finally gave in I felt like I had betrayed the phone for not giving it more juice desspite of all it's warnings. This is the way it should be.

Now compare this to the 515. It gets to day 13 and the battery drops to 1 bar and then it di-

All Phone manufacturers should take note here. Increasing battery life is only going to get you so far. It's about how it uses those bars that counts.

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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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