* Posts by Ian 55

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Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade

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Re: Cyanogen

The previous Moto E's and G's are easy to root and have plenty of activity on xda-developers, so I'd be amazed if this one isn't and doesn't.

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Re: Great phone, but...

The first gen E at least doesn't have the magnetic sensors - there's a delightful and useful 'educational' app called 'Sense It (sensors)' which shows data from all the ones your phone has. Highly recommended for all sorts of uses.

I am not convinced by this update. For £50 (what I paid Virgin for one for my daughter) or £60 (what I paid Amazon for a second one when the Virgin offer expired, having seen how good it was), the first gen E was an utter bargain. (Yes, it only had one camera and that wasn't a particularly good one, but I have a compact camera better than any phone's.)

I did get seduced into getting a second gen Moto G by listening to people - including here - saying how much better it is. I paid £120 for it, and I'm not convinced it was worth paying twice the price. (Yes, the G's camera is better, and it has two. Yes, the screen is significantly larger in size and in terms of the number of pixels, but I can't really tell the difference in terms of the resolution. But its battery life isn't as good because of that screen.)

Now the price for the second gen E is much closer to the price of a G, it becomes a much easier decision: get the G!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Um, what?

I nearly wet myself laughing when I read that.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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There are no mergers, only takeovers.

As true in graphics companies as in the City.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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Re: funny...

"dating priorities as Guns,NASCAR,Football and Jesus, and all that changes is the order. A touch simplistic..."

Someone's done a map of the most popular terms in dating profiles by US state... and that's not far off most of them.

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Huawei Browne-noses UK after hiring ex-BP peer for its board

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Yeah, he was the one who had to resign because he'd lied to a court about how he first met his boyfriend: when he booked him as an escort from a court, and not out jogging...

.. isn't China wonderful for giving such people a second chance?

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Obama administration ENDORSES Apple Pay during Tim Cook's White House LOVE-IN

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Re: Less Than No Interest

MP3 players are a dying breed, of course.

Neither of us, I suspect, are teenagers. They use SMS and voice far more than we do.

What I find bonkers is the obsession with shaving a millimetre off the thickness of a phone at the expense of its battery life.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Honky Tonk Freeway

It's got a water-skiing elephant!

There are some good bits, too.

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Re: Aaargh

BWP - for all but the last minute, NOTHING HAPPENS. Then, for the last minute, NOTHING HAPPENS AGAIN!

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Re: I nominate

I don't think so.

Raising Arizona is - intentionally! - one of the funniest films ever. There have been other good ones.

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Re: Bad movies? I LOVE BAD MOVIES!

Robot Jox - 'Oooh, it's by the person who did the incredibly wonderful Re-Animator, I want that!' 85 minutes later... 'WTFF?'

What's worse is that it got effectively remade as Pacific Rim by someone else who does magnificent stuff and commercial crap... as the latter.

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Re: Bad movies? I LOVE BAD MOVIES!

Lair... is great!

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Re: Does no one remember Heavens Gate ?

Heavens Gate is actually rather good. Up until the ending, anyway.

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Re: Mine...

With a bit of editing, Robocop 2 isn't bad. Not as good as the original, obviously, but better than the remake.

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Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid

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Well, they did lie

"Every time we've updated those products — and every Apple product over the years — we’ve done it to make the user experience even better.”

Does anyone believe that?

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Re: CAH-rap

"CAH is like Blankety Blank designed by Beavis & Butthead [and even less funny than that makes it sound!]"

Actually, it's exactly someone else's game, Apples to Apples, only with swear words.

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Twitter, Cloudflare kill SSL 3.0 ... and here's how YOU CAN TOO

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IIS needs you to reboot the whole server?

When the linked to says IIS needs you to reboot the server, does it just mean the IIS software (in the way that you just need to tell Apache to look at its config files again) or the whole server?

I'm getting flashbacks to the way NT used to want several reboots every time you looked at the network settings.

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: MS14-060-a time when security was less of a pressing concern

They did fail. Just not financially.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

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"You won't get me in a microlight"

Why not?

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visibility

Most warplanes downed never saw what was knocking them out of the sky, and in the past few decades most of them had on-board radar as well of years of training to look out for the bogeys.

Even something as big as a MiG-21 is surprisingly hard to spot if it's pointing at you - what chance a tiny 'copter?

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Ofcom .. concluding that it would be unfair to make the UK’s then 4.6 million receivers obsolete

It doesn't stop them acquiescing in the plan to make the far larger number of FM receivers obsolete.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: Uninvisible 'bents

Absolutely right. Your head is also on the same level as a car driver's (well, at least on mine - 'bents with lower seating positions exist) so you get to see them going 'Whaaaat's thaaaat?' like a Teletubby.

On an upright bike you're a $%^*ing cyclist, to be ignored at best. On a recumbent, seeing you is the most interesting thing that's happened in most drivers' commute as you whiz past everyone on an upright.

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For less money than that, you could get a recumbent and you won't need any excess weight for a battery and motor whose "assistance won’t take you over 25km/h", because you'll be cruising at more than that.

And you'll get far more 'what's thaaaat' attention too.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: How much is this costing Intel?

Yes, there must be a serious subsidy somewhere. Buy one CPU, get 100,000 free?

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Re: cheap, but...

Yep, it's the Atom CPU that would stop me getting one.

Most stuff works on an Atom, but everything works on an ARM.

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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"a paragraph in my first chapter explaining why tiled windows were better"

Apart from 'Microsoft don't know how to do the overlapping ones they promised two years earlier when Windows was announced", I wonder what those reasons were.

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"I will need more than the $15,000 advance that you normally get for a book"

I need to speak to my agent.

US royalty rates are appallingly low, and he gets this as an advance?

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Lights off, nappies on! It's Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within

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Best Alien game I've ever played

The Alien TC 'total conversion' mod for the original Doom. You wander around finding nothing but the exit for the first couple of levels, then it's oooooh shiiiiiiit time.

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Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster

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It's the money

Providing gullible domain registrants with premium (i.e. expensive) email addresses generates a pile of money.

We know how to run our own servers, but lots of people don't and allow themselves to be persuaded that 'sucker@gullible.ltd.uk' is a better email address than gulliblesucker@gmail.com too.

See also: hosting single domains for more than it costs to have a complete VPS.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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"most good PRs"

What do the other ones do? The other good ones and the far greater number of crap ones?

Still I suppose if you have plenty of companies stupid enough to pay the crap ones, or who can't specify a contract in terms of actually useful results, it shouldn't be a surprise that the crap ones are in a majority.

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880 Pizza

That's probably enough to identify it to no more than a couple of numbers...

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Re: In Hell...

They *are* the toilets.

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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Cloning 2

For backing up / restoring the Linux root partition, partclone.

For trying to do the Windows loader and main partitions, Clonezilla (a UI for partclone on a live CD, from what I can see), something that was bundled with the SSD and, erm, can't remember.

My copies of Norton Ghost and True Image are too old to be able to do Win 7. The idea of paying more money to people who keep changing image file formats to enforce upgrades doesn't appeal.

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Cloning

The issue with cloning direct is that the Windows partitions were on spinning rust along with the Linux /home partition and none of the free / bundled Windows and live Linux CD-based utilities I tried could cope with 'clone the disk.. but only these two partitions' to something smaller.

If I can be arsed, I may do a new Windows install to the new SSD, but now Windows is just there for one game and installing BIOS/firmware updates. And I can play the game on my daughter's PC which may not have a SSD but has a sound card that has Windows 7 drivers, unlike mine. (Obviously, it works in Linux.)

The old SSD has gone back to Amazon (who, to my surprise came straight out with a full refund, even though I'd bought it about eleven months ago).

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Windows is too hard for Windows users

I recently installed a new SSD on this Linux Mint / Win7 dual boot PC as the old SSD had some hardware issue. Prices being what they are, it is twice the size of its predecessor. "Hmm, I could fit Windows on this one as well as Linux Mint's root partition. It's not as if I used most of the old one, so I can give Windows about 200Gb."

Copying Mint onto it was no problem: use partclone to copy the old data onto the spinning rust disk, swap SSDs, copy the data onto the new one, works.

Getting Windows onto it was... a problem. I've followed about three different 'here's how to do it' recipes, involving the rescue disk / command line / assorted third party utilities. None of them worked, possibly because I dared to do the Linux partition first and Windows thinks it is the first and the last OS on anything. Windows' retention of the braindead drive letter system doesn't help.

I've ended up thinking "How often do I boot into Windows anyway?" ("Hardly ever".) So I will be using the extra space as cache for various things.

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Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

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"The idea that pictures can ever 'cease to exist' is .. massive misrepresentation of the truth."

Says someone who's never had a disc drive die when it's not been properly backed up!

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"requiring a copy of a contract signed physically by the customer"

Yes, because that really worked with the endowment mortgage scam, and the PPI scam, and the card protection scam, and...

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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VP-Planner+ here

Lovely 1-2-3 clone, cheaper, faster - written in Forth from memory - but sued by Lotus.

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Proprietary OS source code LEAKED to web – from 40 years ago

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My copy of the source code is so old I can't find it on the current hard drives, so probably.

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Interpreters for Infocom games run on all sorts of kit...

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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'Only ever the odd-numbered releases that are any good'

Anyone saying that never used Windows 1.x

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Lost that self awareness vs simply doesn't care any more.

She knows there's likely to be a Tory leadership election soon, and she's acting like anyone else who wants a chance at beating the vile Boris.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD – courting speed freaks and gamers

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On disk encryption

This may be me being dim, but doesn't this just mean is that if the controller dies, so does your data?

Someone with access to the working drive can still get at the contents, but if it goes wrong then - as with the external drives with this 'feature' - you're stuffed.

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Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's NOT DEAD YET!

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Re: Oh, why Steam?

"Steam rules"

Well, it wants to.

If it let you transfer games - and WTF not, given that it can be sure you've not retained a copy - it would be a lot better.

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Re: Sir

Yep, much like T&T and real life, combats could be very one-sided and if you aren't on the right side, running away is always a good idea.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Good source material and very good speakers or good headphones needed

The people we bought this house from had reasonable quality CD player / amp / speakers.

But they had one speaker behind a sofa in one room, and the other one in another room, next to a radiator.

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Re: Listening too hard

One friend can definitely tell the difference between lossless and the various lossy codecs. At decent bitrates, apart from some artefacts with OGG, I can't. Even when listening via his kit.

I am tempted to get him to teach me what to listen out for, but afraid that if I do, I will always hear the differences.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Is there any more news on this?

It doesn't seem to have come to trial. Is he still on bail?

Does anyone know who his lawyer is?

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WordPress 4.0 is here, complete with one-click upgrade process

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1. Yes, it's a disgrace. At least they've stopped insisting you have an account called 'admin', and then stopped strongly suggesting you do.

2. See every other popular bit of software.

3. Use fail2ban to block the bots and password-protect access to wp-login.php at the webserver level.

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

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Re: "verified to be in working condition"

I'll give you a dollar for the Altair...

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