* Posts by Mr ChriZ

465 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Mr ChriZ

Re: We need to start again

Is not living in a leaning tower with dodgy foundations and continuing to build on top of it hoping everything will be ok also a short sighted strategy?

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

Mr ChriZ

Re: Brexit

"No, it's not the fact that people are too stupid that bothers me, it's the fact that one of the most important decisions this country has faced in recent times won't be made by experts but will be an x-factor style vote by the masses."

Should we ditch all elections and let people who are informed make the decisions?

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Brexit

the thing I find more worrying than all those millions of people making that decision is some specific individuals deciding on our behalf that we are not smart enough to make such decisions.

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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

Mr ChriZ
Pint

Re: IBM vs. Microsoft way of thinking...

I'd like to see some of this unicorn code that's so simple it has no obvious deficiencies in real life.

Everyone I've worked with seems to be a fellow code monkey :D

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

Mr ChriZ

Re: Ah... human error..

Git or another source control system could have helped you here.

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

Mr ChriZ

They still do. I have an email from 2013 from EBuyer for a Kingston 120GB SSD for £95.

A quick check on Amazon today shows I can buy a Kingston 120GB SSD for £30.92.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

Mr ChriZ

Re: Explainer?

Why should all people with an interest in IT (many of whom won't be even IT engineers/technicians) be knowledgeable in Aircraft engineering?

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

Mr ChriZ

If you're not aware of it already try Alt and left key for back and Alt and right key for forwards.

I used to use backspace but now use them predominantly.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

Mr ChriZ

Re: Watts per Dollar is the only efficiency that actually matters

Watts per square meter also matters in our UK shoe box size houses that most of us live in..

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

Mr ChriZ
Gimp

Re: whose boot

and Android development was designed by someone who has some kinky pain fetish.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

Mr ChriZ

Very worthwhile tour that one. Some very impressive engineering!

Photos never give the scale justice!

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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

Mr ChriZ

It's got to be easier to get 5G out to every rural location than to get a fibre cable there - but like fibre it would require some mandate to do it.

The caps issue needs to be tackled in any case - if 4g/5g is ever going to be any use to anyone for more than reading the news. I don't believe that in 10 years time we'll still be limited to 20GB.... on an 'unlimited subscription'. There was an ArsTechnica article the other day stating Netflix now allows highest quality streaming to mobile - the consumers going to want that.

Also sooner or later the mobile networks are going to want to take a slice of the home broadband pie surely? (Of course they're still currently slave to whoevers fibre networks beneath them at present) Does it need significant more investment - sure but so does laying fibre everywhere.

I'm not sure I buy the radiowave limit either. Various reports are unsurprisingly showing mobile data is sky rocketing - many people use mobile data as their primary internet connection already. Various articles have indicated that 5G will allow everything from your toaster to your socks to be hooked up. It's not hard to imagine more data being mobile in the near future than non mobile based.

So either 5g is up to the task or it isn't. If it isn't we need something that is...

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Mr ChriZ

One thing I'm curious to know... with 5G supposedly a few years around the corner potentially offering gbps and Fibre somewhere over the hill...from a national strategy would it not be more cost effective to focus on getting quality reasonably priced 5G home broadband available to everyone rather than trying to get fibre cables into everyone's homes? Especially since 5G is almost guaranteed to happen in any case.

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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

Mr ChriZ

10k...

We could have all clubbed together from change behind the back of the sofa and easily have come up with more than that to eliminate Bieber.

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

Mr ChriZ

Data

Curious to know where the data comes from.... and how it differentiates assuming eggs from a single egg supplier can come from multiple farms?

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Redflow's home batteries to start shipping in June

Mr ChriZ

Re: Cost benefit of batteries?

I guess this is one of those areas of tech that is away off making sense for most people at present but given time will become more price competitive to eventually meet grid parity in some places. I guess at the moment it makes more sense for areas where the grid is unreliable or access is not guaranteed such as on a boat.

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One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020

Mr ChriZ

Re: Yeah, Right.

These 'fragile things' are considerably more robust than any laptop I've ever had.

Solid state, and incredibly light. If I had to take chances as to which one would survive a drop down the stairs my latitude or my Linx 10 I know which I would pick and it wouldn't be the latitude! Of course when it's gone it's gone but lets face it most businesses that don't have an IT department probably already bin their laptops when they break now a days.... and in theory everything is now backed up to the cloud right...(?!)

Many businesses I know already kit their staff out with tablets of various sorts and something like a cheapo HP laptop. I can't see why they'd want to keep doing that and not distribute one device - especially when cheap laptops really are shockingly bad and many of these hybrid tablets are so good.

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NASA celebrates 50-year anniversary of first spaceship docking in orbit

Mr ChriZ

Re: Lunar Orbit Rendezvous docking

https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/14172/how-did-the-apollo-11s-eagle-ascent-stage-find-the-csm-after-leaving-the-moon

I asked this a few weeks back... I found the answers interesting.

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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

Mr ChriZ

Re: Sclerotic motorways

"And I hope they've all been trained/programmed for the gazillion miles of roadworks on the M1 too."

It will be interesting to see if an AI will eventually snap out of frustration.

Enough of the purple pipe already!

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Boeing's X-Wing 737 makes first flight

Mr ChriZ

Will they start back fitting these winglets to current aircraft?

I think they did that with the current tips didn't they?

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

Mr ChriZ

Re: nowt wrong with cash

"so that puts competitive pressure on the banks to keep a positive savings rate."

Not sure that is logically correct... it puts pressure on banks to provide a better savings rate than other banks...that rate could still however be negative.

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Not good enough, VW: California nixes toxic mix fix in strict interdict

Mr ChriZ

Re: CARB

If it makes anyone feel any better the largest shareholder of BP by quite some margin is U.S. investment firm JPMorgan Chase.

http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/who-owns-bp-biggest-shareholder-is-jpmorgan-chase?news=840968

BP is about as British as a McDonalds.

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JD Wetherspoon: A 'hacker' nicks 650,000 pub-goers' data

Mr ChriZ

Re: so they're only storing the last four digits of a CC number

It's kind of standard.

http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/19860/minimum-requrements-for-storing-last-4-digits-of-credit-card-number

The last four digits are what most payment gateways return to you. As such there shouldn't be sources that contain the other digits to build the whole string.

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

Mr ChriZ

Re: Myst - Well Done

haha reminded me of a mixture of spire from Myst IV and the mechanical age from the original :)

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

Mr ChriZ

Re: Perhaps I am the only one

yeah but we also have the triangle circle and square on Android.... who ever thought that was a good idea should be placed in a shark infested tank with three buttons of which one will hoist them to safety.

■ ○ or ◢

They will get one press.

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Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

Mr ChriZ

Re: Poor restoration

I had no idea they had blimps in 1643.

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Volvo to 'accept full liability' for crashes with its driverless cars

Mr ChriZ

Re: Not theat simple

I foresee a need of many 'log file analysts'!

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

Mr ChriZ

Re: Let the data flow

Been using the Amazon Fire stick (impulse buy) for about 3 weeks now completely wirelessly.

It's been flawless. Even the remote is great. It doesn't use infra red so works no matter where I am in the room. We've been using it for Amazon music, BBC Iplayer, and Netflix.

So far so good!

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

Mr ChriZ

Re: "...he says can turn a phone on or off"

I wonder if what he means is that a flag is set in advance when the phone is turned on that the NSA is interested in it.

At that point when the user turns it off - it either doesn't fully turn off or turns back on again after a fixed period of time.

I'd like to see more evidence of this though.

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

Mr ChriZ

Don't worry. It's all fine just ask Lewis Page.

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Share-crazy millennials spaff passwords ALL OVER the workplace

Mr ChriZ

This is probably something to do with the older IT managers setting up password schemes that need changing once a day, with no reuse policy over a 6 month period, and the password needs to be at least 20 letters long and contain a mixture of uppper and lower case characters, symbols, numbers, and 3 key combinations. When questioned these IT managers state it's company policy to improve security, and that some Microsoft dude mentioned it was a good idea 20 years ago.

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OnePlus 2: Disappointing Second Album syndrome strikes again

Mr ChriZ

Re: Bizarre

I don't get the USB-C hate. If you hate every device that comes with USB-C then we won't get USB-C for a very long time. The ability to plug it in all ways round is worth a short term niggle of not having so many cables hanging around for it for me.

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Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

Mr ChriZ

Did the cleaner unplug the wrong plug again?

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Mercedes mulls driverless limo future

Mr ChriZ
Pint

Is it me or is 'driverless' a bit of a misnomer?

Does the computer not become the driver?

Wouldn't something like auto driven be more correct?

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

Mr ChriZ
Happy

Re: Concerns? It's little wonder methinks.

"Children? What children?"

Sounds wonderful.

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Microsoft throws crypto foes an untouchable elliptic curveball

Mr ChriZ
Black Helicopters

Re: Snakes

I'm kind of with the AC here. Not because of Microsoft... but those above Microsoft.

Putting my tinfoil hat on...

If I were the NSA and wanted to get around the current problem of current encryption stopping me from gaining access to other peoples communications it would be tempting to build a new system better than the current systems. As such here would be my requirements:

1.New Encryption system which to the user is better and faster than any other as far as the user is concerned.

2.I must have a master key to said encryption system which the user does not know exists..

3.User must have access to source code of encryption system to really believe their encrypted volumes are completely secure.

4.Encryption system is clever enough that even with the source code discovering the master key is exceptionally difficult - something like a complex mathematical problem which requires a super computer to decipher.

5.The new encryption system was to be distributed by another other than myself who was in some ways trusted but of course under our control.

To finish of my dastardly plan I would need to prove that the previous encryption systems were in some way fallible...

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Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

Mr ChriZ
Pint

Re: What's with the CAPTCHA?

no captcha here...

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Boffins build magnetic field cloak 'wormhole', could help MRI scanners

Mr ChriZ

Didn't understand any of that. However if they've got a real one of whatever one of those is then it sounds awesome I think?

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All pixels go: World's biggest sky-gazing camera gets final sign-off

Mr ChriZ

Re: Cokin Filter

Reminded me of those old Pro 4 Filter systems. I remember my friend had one for her Bronica.

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Microsoft pushes us closer to the Edge: Test new web browser now in free Windows 10 VMs

Mr ChriZ

I tried IE12... i mean edge

and I didn't like it because it was just IE with a new coat of paint.

So I went back to Chrome. Which was disappointing since Chrome is losing it's edge.

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

Mr ChriZ

Re: Start a new park?

That was my line of thinking. Take the 55 million. Buy some land 15 miles down the road for 5 Million...do something to make it more desirable to keep everyone happy.. and aim for the have your cake and eat solution! If you get lucky the money might even follow you 15 years down the line and then you can do the whole thing again!

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

Mr ChriZ
Meh

Re: Footprint

"Most of that will be the update and rollback files which are easily cleaned up."

Easily? If you have a good solution for cutting these down without breaking the various installers and rollback points I would be very interested!

The internet's full of various so called resolutions most of which are not backed by Microsoft and often don't work. Of course there is Microsoft's update clean up tool which managed to free up at least a megabyte on my machine. I currently have 61GB in the Windows directory alone, of which 25GB is installer and 12Gb is Winsxs.

There's also a number of Microsoft posts indicating that due to the hard/soft links involved in these folders they're not really taking up as much space as they say they are.... Which leaves me with the big question... What is?! I'm on a 256 GB SSD and after 2 years only 50GB is actually being used up by data... and yet I'm down to 10GB of free space!

That said I'm running a 32GB Windows tablet and that's fine after 6 months... but mainly because I only use it for interweb browsing.

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Boffins have made optical transistors that can reach 4 TERAHERTZ

Mr ChriZ
Joke

Will it run crysis?

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EE recalls Power Bar phone chargers after explosion burns woman

Mr ChriZ

really? What do you do sit and watch them for several hours?

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

Mr ChriZ

Re: It's fairly common practice.

The same applied at Homebase and that was 16 years ago.

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

Mr ChriZ

Re: My God:

There's nothing wrong with the statement that they are not poisonous....

They just happen to be not venomous either.

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

Mr ChriZ

Real left/right click buttons

I can't stand these tappy buttons. Give me two real left right click buttons. Springs aren't that expensive!

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

Mr ChriZ

I'd have thought with the move towards 3D sound systems / atmos etc the idea of an easy to install central high speaker would be quite useful for home cinema. Sure it's not going to be bass heavy but it should be possible to make a reasonable mid-high range speaker in the space up there for those rain sounds? It's not like most of us have the space for an IMAX setup.

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