* Posts by petur

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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Re: I think I may have chosen.. poorly

Yes. It's a great little phone. As a moderately heavy user, with all options on and no stamina-modes, it still manages 2 days (still 30% after >6 hours of screen time), a coworker who only uses it for chat and mail manages to recharge every 4 days.

I read somewhere that the glass isn't maybe as good as Gorilla glass, so I went for a thin case + screen protector. I would have taken the latter anyway since I hate reflective screens.

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Re: Questions...

There's some bloatware, most of which I disabled. Phone still has plenty of memory but maybe you installed other bloatware in return ;)

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Dark matter-hunting boffins spot EXCITING signal in X-ray spectrum

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Re: Old, debunked.

@ashdav

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/ask-ethan-66-did-we-just-find-dark-matter-1b2f992ac353

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Meh

The top 'article' (current one looks like Canon ad to me) takes waaaay too much space, I have to scroll down half a page to get to the list of articles (and that's on a big display). Same for the articles themselves.

Are you trying to copy the ugly and inefficient layouts of other sites? Please don't.

Why are new website designs going for bigger layouts - surely that's not the best way to handle big displays (which I got because I want to have multiple windows open - not easy when the websites start to scale too)

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: A difficult problem to solve

Another problem (that was mentioned way too briefly in the article) is ambient light.

If I'm watching in a dark room, blacks will need to be black and white should not be full power 1000 nit. When there is more light (daytime,...) the blacks don't matter much but you do need the high output on white. So it's maybe better to shift around a bit within the light output.

And I don't buy it that ambilight alone will solve this. If TV is going to output 1000 nits, ambient light sensors are going to be a must.

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Dirtbags dressed up malware as legit app using Sony crypto-certs

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Android

Not sure if they are also able to generate signed malware for Android? Not that I kept any of the Sony bloat on my Z3 compact - all disabled and updates blocked

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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"Hit a harsh speed bump and get an ambulance chasing you!"

but maybe you injured yourself hitting that speed bump!

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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way to go!

I'm very fond of these rules and laws, because we seem to have become a very self-centred society where nobody cares about the rest if they can get their things done.

So if my neighbour starts drilling and hammering in the middle of the night, or mowing the lawn on that sunny and quiet Sunday afternoon, I can tell him to stop or face uniforms.

I also believe that shops can close on Sunday. The old 'no time during the week' makes no sense because the 'I need to work until 6' was how they managed to get shops to stay open late. Either open late or on Sunday, both is just for spoiled morons...

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Diesel

Still waiting for it to get banned....

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Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

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n900

they also had a pretty neat (and impressive) game on the n900

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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If you're going to destroy that boat or kill the skipper, you might as well just go ahead with the launch....

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Re: Brute force solution

Pro tip: my board has most of the IP range of China blocked. Fixed the problem for quite a good part :)

(as the board is targeting a Dutch speaking audience, not much is lost, only once did an expat complain)

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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Re: Age weight

I'm talking about ranking...

And I'm aware of the options to set time and verbatim and what not, but they're nicely hidden behind 'Search Tools' AND they are mutually exclusive (limit on time OR search verbatim OR ...)

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Age weight

Maybe Google can attach age weights to stuff their crawlers come up with. So older info becomes less relevant and drops to page 84765478

And not only the personal information stuff... also tech searches could do with age relevance, getting sick of Google turning up 10 year old links when searching tech related stuff

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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LibreOffice

Still waiting for it to open docx files without completely messing the layout...

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: Safety features?

According to the article there was some kind of explosion heard, so this is NOT a case of somebody stupidly parking a moped and a phone zombie getting hit and deserving it....

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Dropbox sees rival file-piles merely as dots in rearview mirror

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Re: Personal Cloud...

Just do it...

I haven't touched my dropbox and box accounts in more than a year, the Gdrive as little as possible.

The only limit is uplink bandwidth, which here in Belgium is pretty limited either by technology (Belgacom, copper) or corporate idiots (Telenet, cable), the latter trying if they can charge you an arm and a leg for 10mbps....

So if I have to pass a huge file to several people, I upload it to a webserver I have an account on (yes, cheating, I know, but my ISP also limits me to 100GB)

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Re: The one advantage...

Are you sure? I remember it the exact opposite, an SMS or call interrupting the data. Off the memory, because with 3G+ this is no longer an issue....

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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BS article

When I was studying electronics engineering (no sign of IT focus back then, but electronics did have programming courses), there were maybe 3 or 4 girls in a group of a few hundred, so < 5%.

Things have gotten better since then, but not so much, so I'm not surprised of the imbalance.

If the facts were to show that there is an imbalance of unemployed IT workers (lots of unemployed female and less or none male), THAT would be an interesting fact.

Want more female in IT? Get them interested and in the schools. But maybe you need to face the fact that males and females are DIFFERENT and have different interests.

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IBM and Ericsson plot to deploy 5G. Never mind that it doesn't exist

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LTEE

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Nuclear Power

Thorium reactors have more disadvantages than not being usable for weapons.

Please put an end to this myth.Read up on the subject before posting.

Thorium reactors are being investigated for a long time already, if they were the ideal solution, there would be many of them in use, because governments are looking for cheap/safe energy, regardless of what the paranoid people claim.

Thorium is still in experimental stage and I hope they can work around most issues one day as it does look promising.

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Re: I seem to remember

The fact that Iceland has usable geothermal energy has some adverse effects:

Since energy is quite cheap, a lot of energy-hungry industries (aluminium,...) went there, causing the power requirements to rise quite high.

So now they are not only using geothermal, but wasting a big part of nature, building a dam + hydroelectric plant to make more electricity.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: i look forward to more real world barbie books

ROTFL! Have a beer!

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Re: Testing

Why do you assume they didn't. Think you're smarter than them?

There will probably be a perfectly good explanation for this, just like with many other bugs. Just wait for the fix. The more people complain, the faster they'll work on it (sadly).

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

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Open source

Sadly way to much of their platform is closed, with only promises to open in the future. Just look where it brought the n900, the community is still not done replacing all the closed source blobs.

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

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"It usually costs money"

Yup, a single domain is usually quite affordable or even free, but if you want a wildcard for subdomains, oh dear, of dear.... sometimes it feals like you're dealing with the maffia...

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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strategy

here, Microsoft, have our burning platform...

hey look, here's a new one

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

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FAIL

My employer offered it...

...but I said no!

I bring my own device but have to give some dodge exchange server full wipe control over my stuff? No Way.

I'm still using it for work, using less convenient sideroads to get to the calendar and email, but unless they can come up with a clean separated use they will not get the rights they want on my phone.

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BOFH: SOOO... You want to sell us some antivirus software?

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Yes, by all means just drop all ZIP files, also drop DOC(X), PDF,... because you never know it might be an unknown attack vector.

You sound like the IT guys at a customer site I work right now.

We're running around with USB sticks to move files around because that's the only thing that seems to work (*). Personal USB sticks, of course.

Yes, what could possibly go wrong?

(*) given that contractors are not allowed on the customer network, I have to do with a separate ADSL for my connectivity (which is a blessing because there's no firewall).

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Home Depot: Someone's WEAK-ASS password SECURITY led to breach

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Re: copy paste error?

Use the 'Tips & Corrections' link at the bottom of the article for that, not comments....

Now I got your pint

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: Why...

@ AC: You've entirely missed the part that says that he DIDN'T touch the handle - only the lock/unlock (which might have been needed for some other action?)

Nice touch of you downvoting somebody pointing you at your error.

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Rosetta reaches perfect position to get touchy Philae

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Orbit

I was surprised that the craft went into orbit around a bit of rock with an estimated gravity of 10−3 m/s2. This is so far out of my usual calculation area that I cannot even estimate what forces are playing :/

Gut feeling would have been you aim to fly next to it and fight the weak gravity with occasional thruster. Obviously I need to do some more math :)

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BOFH: Stop your tiers – when it comes to storage, LESS is MORE

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ANY Trackball/"advanced" mousing device

Maybe... but I still cling to my two Logitech Trackman Marble FX - best thing they ever made

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Remember Internet2? It's now a software-defined metacloud

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Re: The Internet was (nearly) always "software defined"

Yes... My router has hardware-NAT, which turns out to be an FPGA actually so one could argue even that is software ;)

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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

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Re: Concerns

You probably will have a choice:

a) let CurrentC (shop) handle the transaction with your bank

b) let Apple/Google know all about your purchases while they handle the payment and oh by the way there's a nice percentage going in their pockets.

Pick the least evil one?

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Odd

I bought a Casio with solar and DCF77 just because I wanted to have a watch that would always work and always be correct. It's on my list of best stuff I ever bought.

When this tech will also be able to show me incoming mails and IM/SMS, I'll upgrade...

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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Politics and intelligence

What gave you the idea that intelligence is required for politics?

Just look around.

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Lollipop unwrapped: Chromium WebView will update via Google Play

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Now do this to the rest of the OS

Would be great if they would manage to only have the HW-specific bits fixed for the device (HAL, BSP, whatever you want to call it), and have the rest of the OS upgradable so that a security issue is the OS can get fixed.

By now it is clear that handset vendors are not the party to look at for updates.

Another reason why this gets urgent: just like happened with PC and laptop, the phone and tablet category is reaching a maturity where a current device will have enough horsepower for several iterations in the coming years. So more and more people will find out that their phone or tablet is just as usable in 5 years (if they have a user-upgradeable battery), and having them buy a new one just for the OS is bad for this planet.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Titsup

"Put it this way. If it were "Lying on its back with its legs in the air", a well-known way of saying "Dead", "Knackered", "Utterly cattle-trucked", etc, which way would its tits be facing?"

sideways?

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: That's going to cause some problems

Not only designers...

I bet this will somehow fly back into their face in another way.

Knowing the issue, and in need of a USB to Serial, will you take the risk of getting an FTDI based one (with the risk that it is a fake one), or go for another one that doesn't have this risk?

I'm sorry but although I try hard not to buy fake versions, I'm going to play safe and avoid FTDI completely.

Watch sales drop through the floor. This is image damage that will last a long time.

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

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Re: Fuse wire

And I think it's best to use some properly shielded cable for the control signal, not ribbon cable.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: Photos don't work

As if that 'blink' can't be faked with a picture.....

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Re: Works a treat!

You would probably be kicked out(*) of my SSH server with those retries ;)

(*) come back in an hour for your next 3 tries, unless I read the mail about it first

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Re: 2 things

"1. This "Tsar" uses an iPhone, otherwise he will be aware of the Android feature."

And he certainly isn't using a Nexus 7, because Face Unlock has been broken on it for many months now, with not even an acknowledgement from Google....

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Nokia killed itself

They were working in the right direction for a long time already with their nits, but they didn't invest in them and were horribly inefficient at it due to internal battles. They could have had something like the n900 years earlier...

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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Re: Why on earth is this news?

If you're going to downvote you might as well say why.... I don't think I've written anything that is factually wrong. EXT* has a problem where UID is a number that only makes sense on one system, and given the way distros assign UIDs often collides. So you're forced to make sure you write everthing with >0666 because AFAIK it's not easy/possible on ChromeOS to do the usual root bypass trick.

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Re: Why on earth is this news?

The reason why is probably because EXT isn't really suited for removable drives anyway, since the whole UID mess is tend to break when hopping between computers...

I do use EXT on removable drives that are backup drives on one and the same system... but for moving stuff between systems? Nah...

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

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Re: How wonderful !

Are you talking about Bose being inferior hype?

I've never been a Bose fan, but when looking for a small speaker for travel, and having spent too much cash on really inferior crap from JBL, I settled on a Bose soundlink mini.

It surprises everybody I demonstrate it to. There's a nice user review on youtube [1] comparing the sound from it with a JBL (the sound of the youtube vid was done with a zoom H1 recorder).

It may not be HiFi, but that's not what I got that tiny speaker for. Kudos for Bose to get that much sound out of such a tiny thing.

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

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Samsung: Thought your PIPE was FAT? Check our 4.6 GIGABIT WiFi

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Re: Not for Fanbois.

Get proper gear then... My (QNAP) NAS with SSD is very happy to fully saturate my gigabit network... You can argue about the cost, though prices of 1TB SSD have come down considerably, and you don't need to put everything on SSD either, only the stuff you want fast.

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Another factual error in the conclusion of the El Reg author is that he claims they didn't account for the fact that it gets cold in space, where the cooling actually came from the thermal bridge between the two feed lines.

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