* Posts by petur

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Fair trial

Dream on....

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Chasing pennies, Sony, Microsoft and smartphone biz rivals retreat to mid-range

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Re: Z3

I was mostly bothered by the tone of the article, which comes over like 'had a short glance at the spec sheet but I don't like Sony so let's scribble a few lines quickly'

As I wrote, I have all power saving off, I have gmail push notifications (obviously), plus 3 separate mailboxes on polling every 15 minutes.

I also run my own location tracker, with an app (backitude) checking location every few minutes and pushing changes to my server. So GPS is on quite a bit of time. Also when I use a radar trap app in the morning and evening commute (30 minutes each, the reason I bother with that is that it is an average speed measuring trap along the way).

As for usage, it includes several hours of screen on time.

At the end of day 1, I'm always at >65% of battery, at the end of day 2 it's >30% so it charges at night because I hate using it to the limit :)

Z3C is (for me) the best smartphone I ever had in my hands. By far.

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Z3

Sorry to inform you that it will also last 2 days with the hyper-aggressive power saving off. In fact, if you would have ever bothered to look it up, it has several levels of power saving, not just aggressive.

Mine has it switched off (except when falling below 20%) and still last 2 days of reasonably heavy use. A coworker of mine has the power savings set pretty high and charges every week. Yep, that is 7 bloody days on a smartphone.

Other facts missing is that the M4 has a plastic case, not glass + metal, and a lower spec CPU. And since the author didn't check, neither can I be bothered but I think the display is also slightly lower spec. But hey...

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: Excellent pricing

The problem is companies are buying this...

Second company/customer I've seen this rolled out now, replacing featurephones 'if sms/mail/calendar works it is ok'. Apps are not missed...

Battery life didn't arrive so well with the former featurephone users, they were advising each other to switch off wifi and use mobile data only, I guess they'll be in for a surprise when that phonebill comes :)

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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fitting image and tagline

Thanks

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: A car key I have to recharge every day?

So, you will still carry you car (and other keys) as a backup in case the watch runs out of battery....

Do tell me what changed? Certainly compared with the contact-less systems of some car manufacturers. Of with using a stupid RFID tag that will never run out of juice?

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Quick RAID

AFAIK most vendors allow access to the RAID set while it is still syncing, they just don't brag about it. But then, if you don't have much to brag about....

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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we need a black hole icon

If possible a non-working copy, we don't want the page to be sucked into it

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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blast from the past

Wow, that old already, I actually remember playing that :)

(before I discovered you can actually do useful things with a computer)

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Anonymous HACKED GAS STATIONS - and could cause FUEL SHORTAGES

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VPN

nuff said

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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Re: same sh*t, different company

That would pretty much lock them to only use Nuance...

And BTW, I'm 99.9% sure Apple can send it off to a 3rd party (also Nuance, in that case)

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WTF?

same sh*t, different company

Amazon, Apple, Google,... they are all sending over your voice recordings to their servers to do the recognition.

I'm surprised Samsung gets singled out here. If you're going to condemn a practice or a system, condemn them all...

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RIP SPDY, we hardly knew ye: Google to retire next-gen web protocol

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Re: Or block web bugs

No, I specifically posted that link, as it explains things in a way even an AC should understand :P

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Re: Or block web bugs

AC, your ignorance suits you, I'd post such a comment as AC too...

Read up on the topic, for example, here: http://daniel.haxx.se/http2/

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Re: spdy://whatever

@Cliff: There are plugins for FF and Chrome that show a little icon detailing SPDY or HTTP/2 and you'd be amazed at the number of sites already using one of them.

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Red-spattered Android figures sinkhole Sony's healthy financials

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Re: Good phones but slightly annoying software...

Compared to other phones the Z3 compact has little skinning and not quite that many crapware installed. I disabled most and moved them to another tab (Nova launcher to the rescue).

As for the DRM keys going byebye when you root the phone, that's something that I see on many phones that have some bundled extra's, and it is my understanding that what goes missing when you root it is the 'special' stuff of their camera app. The camera will stay working perfectly, as far as it goes anyway as the camera is about the weakest part of the phone.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: I'd rather have subtle adverts... than have to pay a subscription fee

Indeed, because what you pay is only a fraction of what's needed to cover the cost (the ads cover the rest), and giving it for free would cause even more ads.

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Microsoft 'showers gold' on anti-Google Cyanogen and its Android alternative

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strategy?

To cause more fragmentation (real or perception)? Look, there's two big Android distributions now...

(yes I know the details, so mostly perception, but what does the average phone buyer know)

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I ain't afraid of no GHOST – securo-bods

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attention whores

I have enough of Qualys. All I did was point out an error in their free scanner (how nice of me), and that resulted in a bunch of emails and even a phone call to try to sell me some of their services.

I consider their 'leak' to be quite intentional....

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INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00

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Nothing new here...

Dropcam was already a security failure in my eyes, my data stays on my systems and CERTAINLY camera data.

(responding to 80% of this article that's about the fact that Google owns it, not the 20% about the free upgrades)

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: COULD BE LETHAL

"Not a subscription, just free. A giveaway."

Doesn't quite fit with the "for the first 12 months", does it? Looks like a commentard in need of a better job....

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

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10% is a hefty chunk?

see title

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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@ AC

I know you are probably trolling, but I'll risk anyway...

Forwarding GMail to Outlook just makes two Borgs spy on you, not one.

And I wouldn't be so brave to call Windows more secure than Android...

I won't respond to your remark on the apps, because that is 100% trolling.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Two lessons from this

Running backups while you're busy installing stuff is pretty pointless... My backups always run with apps closed and backup destination only present during the backup.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: misleading title?

It looks like Neil McAllister thought he could do even better, and changed the title into something that is even more incorrect.

I filed him permanently under Google Glass Hater....

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Re: "they have won some converts in certain industries, such as healthcare"

Read the comment again... not streaming stuff from the police officer, but to.

Think about getting info quickly i.s.o. calling the office and have somebody look it up and read it to you. Or use the cam to quickly lookup a car registration number.

And dashcams/bodycams are mostly recording devices, good for evidence *if* there is a problem, a glass camera could be used to make a picture of a crime and add it to a file...

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misleading title?

I understand it more as moving from testlab to actual mass-product.... not exactly axing it.

(yes I know it says 'axing the explorer program', but it makes you feel like the whole thing is over)

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Next step

Drive a rover over there and get some images to see/learn what went wrong (and maybe try to switch it off and on again?)

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For pervasive 5G and IoT, prepare for wind turbines on cells

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wind+solar

The combination isn't working for the normal grid (too many days with not enough sun and wind, not even mentioning the nights), why would it work for this? Now if they had mentioned a big battery that can span several days...

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Got a GE industrial Ethernet switch? Get patching

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because the developer(s) don't know and the PM/management (still) don't care....

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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FAIL

Maybe, but I skipped that version because I don't want it to auto-type anything in my docs, no matter how good the cause is. Several people even uninstalled because they thought it contains malware (understandable, if you see it act weird and at the same time read about an attack on its site)

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Amazon's new EC2 compute instances run on SECRET INTEL CHIPS

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Re: Pedant Alert

You mean like SSE & co... it didn't take long to have support for those, Intel offers a compiler that always offers support for the latest greatest, and others follow not too far off.

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I don't think you're ready for this Jelly: Google pulls support for Android WebView

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Re: non-event

It is a non-event, for a complete different reason.... we're talking about a browsing component no longer getting updates. Just install another browser and done. And frankly, the old browser sucked hard anyway, so nothing is lost.

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Re: Chrome it is then

You make it sound as if Chrome is the only browser on offer (hint: it is not)

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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90 days are 90 days

Get off your lazy ass, MS.... your code has been sucking for years, time is up.

Want to get back at Google? Do them the same favor, find their bugs and give them 90 days.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: Blaming the tools...

boy, that sounds really bad, hope you find a better job soon....

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Re: I don't get it.

I switched to using M.2 for my OS drive, and I can testify that it is the fastest 'disk' interface I have used so far. Previously using an intel SSD on SATA2, so I was impressed to notice the difference.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

sorry, but we Europeans do not call it gear change, when all you do is tell the mechanics it is allowed to do its gear changing.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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indeed, even my personal laptop requires an additional decryption of a separate volume to access my data, so I can easily login with decryption and then do simple stuff like browsing, and not have access to my data.

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Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

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Re: Why?

I run my home NAS in RAID1, for the convenience of uptime and not having to restore the backup when a drive fails.

On another one I had RAID5, and then 2 drives failed....

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personal cloud

They created a NAS?

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Snooker WPA secrets with this Wi-Fi tool

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And this is new?

Please google 'wifi pineapple' before writing another such article...

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Re: 2% of activations?

No wonder... the z3 compact is a bloody good phone, still amazes me every day. Value for money Apple buyers can only dream of.

Sony showed the rest that making your smaller model also slower/cheaper is a biiiig mistake

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

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Re: And with a normal book?

Bah... forgot to write the most important part, I've also set the foreground colour to something softer, which these boffins could have done too.

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And with a normal book?

I used to read in bed with a small reading light shining on the white pages...

Now I read on my Nexus 7 set as white text on black. Light levels are now much lower.

Not sure I'm worse off now

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

I'm talking about one filemanager having no clue how to open a file because the tool is part of another DE - best they can do is let you hunt for the correct binary in /usr/bin

I'm talking about each DE picking a different place to mount network locations

A nice examples: AcetoneISO - a GUI for easy ISO mounting. It even offers a selection to pick your filemanager (fixed selection, too bad if you use another one), this causes the ISO to mount in a different location to try to fix this confusion of end users.

If we're going to talk 'year of the desktop', stuff should work together.

All systems I have setup for linux newbies, I have made sure NOT to mix DE apps

Go ahead, ignore the issues and downvote some more. You downvoters clearly are not using linux everyday :/

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

"But I still can run Gnome application in KDE and vice versa... so You choose your environment but it does not limit your choice of applications."

I'm amazed by the downvotes...

And mixing the environments isn't as nice as you think, some stuff works, but the mix of client side decorations and server side decorations results in a horrible experience.

Opening a reference to a file from an application build for one environment to another one? No go.You might as well run two VMs next to each other....

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Bose soundlink mini

Still have to encounter a person who, upon hearing them the first time, doesn't go looking in the room where the real speakers are.

Bloody expensive and a shame you can't get two do play stereo, and use micro-usb to charge. But otherwise it's a investment you won't regret.

Listen to this youtube clip of the Bose side by side with a JBL charge. The recording was done with proper audio recording gear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=369O58SIyFo

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