* Posts by tin 2

131 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

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Au contrarie, I am specifically NOT handing over $1000 for my new 6 plus UNTIL they stop making my 4S run like a dead pig. Like I ended up not handing over $1000 (or whatever) for the 5S that I was definitely defintely nail on 100% going to buy. Fool me once and all that.

Seems that my view is not shared much though. And androids are still bloody awful (they ARE, fandroids. Even speaking as someone who desperately wants to get a new phone and won't give Apple the pleasure) must be a factor in a good %age of those record sales.

Muddling on with the dead pig for now.

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be nice if they could also make my 4S stop running like a dead pig

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

tin 2

Is that Vodaphone part of which was Cable and Wireless, and Liberty Global, part of which was... er... Cable and Wireless?

Nah, they wil never go together.

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Customers RAGE after Webfusion goes TITSUP

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IME webfusion are alright really. You do get what you pay. Far too many people pay peanuts and expect rolls royce when stuff very occasionally goes wrong. Their (admin) customer service is crap, but the tech support seem to be well staffed (obv when the whole world isn't burning down) and knowledgeable.

On the other hand 123-reg are a conptemptable bunch of bastards, so maybe the whole of Host Europe is rotten and I've just been very lucky.

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KCOM Group results hit by Phones4U woes

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Phone4You ?? Who they?

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That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

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"Nonsense, there was no piracy involved whatsoever; it was taking over-the-air signals, that to remind you anyone in the area could receive over the air; and making those signals available on the person's device of choice"

I tend to agree with you (and Aereo of course) until you add in the charging of the end user, and the return of $0 to the broadcasters.

Again, was is the value of "renting" this little antenna to anyone *without* the over-the-air content? Nothing. I think that lands it firmly in the piracy definition.

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tin 2

Indeed, much as the idea of Aereo was innovative and no doubt a valuable service to the people that used it, it was piracy of the TV companies' signals that it was selling. The test for this is easy: would anyone buy the service without being able to receive that content?

However that is not to say the system in the US doesn't need fixing, just that it was pretty easy for the big TV providers to say this was not going to be the way.

One thing really does strike me about Aereo's attitude though. That letter from Chet Kanojia bangs on about how the system needed fixing, and they are brilliant, and it was a great service that people loved, and the big TV companies are evil, and they have lots of support, and all that fight the good fight kind of stuff. But nowhere does it apologise to any of the customers for the inconvenience of having the service cut off. Perhaps they did before, but that shouts loud and clear to me.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Thumb Down

Jaw is on the floor

"Of particular interest is the new option to change folder colours and add what Mint calls "emblems" to folders. Emblems are best thought of as "sub icons" that sit atop the folder icon – for example the little filmstrip icon that sits atop the Videos folder by default"

Welcome to 1985 everyone.

The rest might be ace, but I got slow blown away by that, that I stopped.

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Re: It should of course be:

re-get-iality!

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Re: Ok enlighten me.

You must be able to cope with the goalposts being moved around by many different parties almost constantly. That's if they were constructed in the first place.

(Disclaimer: I don't know what I'm talking about either, but this is what I hear most often from people that work in/with public sector. Frankly I'm willing to forgive even the biggest bastard money-grabbing mega-corporation if nobody can actually put a finger on what they were asked to deliver)

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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you can replace "innovative and thoroughly distinctive" with "massive" for 10000% less marketing poppycock density

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NHS slow to react as Windows XP support nears the end

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Re: FOI FFS

Logged in to write the same. Agree entirely. Maybe public bodies need to start using a policy of not doing business with organisations that waste public money in this manner.

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Indeed. Let's pick the one that doesn't exist at all to take the piss out of :)

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

tin 2
FAIL

Same to you, I guess. At least my moaning had some content.

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FAIL

STILL way way wayyyyyyyyyy ***WAYYYYYYYY*** too expensive flash capacity bumps.

Ridiculous profit margin on the base model I can handle. Disproportionately more insane bonkers profit margin on something that has 112GB extra flash but is otherwise absolutely identical I cannot.

£160 extra for approx £20 of flash (teardown.com's figure not mine). Ridiculous. I'm cashing in my fanboi card.

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Beginning to sound like windows phone

So... version 7 is the first version that's actually any good. Hmm, why should I trust you with my hard-earned when you've clearly made a cock of it 6 times already?

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No 12-inch maxiPads for Christmas: Suppliers 'smothered by iPhone 6'

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It's been way too long ...

...since my iphone 4s worked properly. Perhaps it will be a re-release of a fixed iOS6?

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Presuming there are quite a number of people around with iPhone 4 and 4S - iOS 7 became pretty much mandatory because they borked facetime, any kind of SSL security (and something to do with roaming that I never quite worked out). Of course rather than issuing a fix to iOS6, the only fix was to upgrade to iOS7. That must have driven takeup somewhat, forced people to free up the space required etc.

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Huawei prez: A one-speed internet is bad for everyone

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The point is absolutely, like the fedex analogy, that the receiving customer pays once for the kind of service they want.

The net neutrality arguments are all about if the ISP, who's already getting paid by the customer for access to the Internet at large, can charge again for this service they are already being paid for, and the answer has to be very clearly: no you can't. You break the entire idea of the Internet if you do that.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD – courting speed freaks and gamers

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Re: An important question : SSD failure modes?

So I had 4 identical Samsung drives - not in a RAID at the time but could easily have been - fail one after the other in the space of a day. RAID is out of the window if that happens - and much more often than not RAID has identical drives? Perhaps it teaches me something about Samsung drives, but definitely back up, onto a variety of different manufacturer's stuff!

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

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They should do an iphone phat for people that don't mind trading phone bulk for a massive pile of mAH. Now they've started the trend with 2 different sizes and the 5s/5c living on, why not?

Also the base models need to be far less anorexic with the flash, and the bumps should be FAR cheaper - how much is 16gb of flash these days to apple anyway? $2?

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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

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nah, phones4u has been on the block for years, it was only a matter of time. Caudwell and the 2 private equity gaffs have made their money and flushed the staff down the shitter. It was always going to be this way.

The bit that makes me laugh is the complaining that the networks have been ruthless bastards. Caudwell and phones4u etc are the biggest bunch of ruthless bastards out there. They have just been out-ruthless-barstard-ed for once.

Its a crying shame for the non ruthless bastard staff still there when it sunk, but that's all.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Re: Biting on the Apple

The big problem - for me - is that "it just works" has genuinely gone with iOS7. I can't be the only one, the question will be what percentage of Apple's massive increasing sales are people that bought into the ecosystem long ago, found it "just works" and bought the next one - just because phones get old and knackered relatively quickly - yet have now found that it no longer "just works". The impetus to buy the new one will be gone.

Anyone that has spent a huge amount of contract or outright purchase money on an iPhone4S for example, and understands what's behind features like facetime breaking completely, then had it turned into a pile of unresponsive crap by iOS 7 will be questioning if they're mug enough to do it all again.

I speak as a huge iPhone skeptic turned fanboi turned infuriated-user-that-hopes-it-will-all-work-out, so I think I'm objective. Maybe I'm not ;) and of course it requires the user to be technically informed. There's a high number of iPhone users that are not (no criticism whatsoever).

I still think for at least this iteration I will be in the extreme minority, everything you said rings true, and it will sell in huge numbers. And for me, that will actually be a shame. IMHO Apple need a wakeup call so they get better at their software again.

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AMD slaps 'Radeon' label on Tosh flash: >Beard stroke< Hmm, cunning ...

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WTF?

Re: OCZ!!!!!!

I don't think who actually owns the technology now makes any difference to how reliable they are. Ignore my inane nonsense if you wish, but I will not be stopping it on your say so!

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FAIL

OCZ!!!!!!

RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Re: Logan's Run

None of this peer pressure inducement is required, Apple's technique is to ensure that successive* iOS upgrades make your phone run so badly that you buy a new one.

The risk is the new one isn't made by Apple, but the other manufacturers seem to skipped the UI course at college so at the moment that risk is still tragically low.

* mandatory of course, because features and apps slowly break and "require" the latest version.

I speak as a rabid iPhone fanboi.

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: Might explain...

I did say *might*. Perhaps I will revert to my initial thoughts that Apple have forgotten how to code efficiently.

Still stands: the OS is too busy & memory hungry for the apps to run anywhere near as well as they did on iOS 6.

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Unhappy

Might explain...

...why my 4S on iOS7 runs like dogshit. The OS is too busy recording details about every last packet that goes through it to devote any CPU or memory to the apps.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Re: Sigh,,,

I bet Logitech are very glad they were intelligent enough to get out of this dying market!* (I have 10 squeezeboxes, and they still delight me, most days)

* actually, I don't think they even realise that they were in it, nor that they got out of it. Seems to have management that's on another planet to the rest of the company. Huge shame.

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US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin

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"the fact that the U.S. Marshal is selling an asset with demonstrated potential to facilitate crime"

Unlike any other form of currency of course. Nobody pays for illegal things with *that* stuff.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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FAIL

Nah. I agree with the first part: the bashing is unpleasant, and he is not an expert in IT, but the problem here is by the very existence of the article (and the previous faux pas on QI) that he is holding himself out to be one. No need at all to mention IPs and running out or otherwise of them, unless one is trying to be a clever-clogs.

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Mozilla launches Flame reference handset for Firefox OS

tin 2

Good luck with that.

Went out and bought (virtually ofc) the zte open the moment they were in stock on eBay. Dreadful, dreadful phone, completely unusable unless you find double checking every single prod of the screen actually did what you intended. Now just use it and its associated contract as a mifi access point and it can't even get that right.

Burned. It's a great idea but extraordinarily poor in its execution.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Surface ***3***. i.e. this is our 3rd attempt after 2 dismal failures.

I think my confidence is dented enough to say no thanks, even if it made tea, washed the car and predicted the lottery results

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

tin 2

...but no one is bothered about being embraced and extended? Again? C'mon haven't you learned?

But Mozilla, please stop tarting around with the UI for no good reason eh? I've had a menu bar at the top of the window (or better, screen) since forever. I know where it is, as do all the people who really couldn't care less how a PC works, or have spent many hours begrudgingly learning how to use the browser because they have to. Leave the stuff in the place people expect to find it will ya?

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Sueball-slingers seek stake in bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox

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Also making the massive assumption that..

... an organisation that could not keep track of hundreds of thousands of bitcoins has correctly kept track of which account holders they were actually supposed to belong to.

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Why in the hell are any of us stupid enough...

... to keep buying stuff from these idots?

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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sounds good, lets do that!

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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

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re BT saving youview

Given that youview got quickly bastardised into "new TV platform for BT that doesn't suck" I am not surprised they saved it, and that broadcasters are not interested.

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Hardwired crypto certificate FAIL bricks Juniper router kit

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Licencing: causing more outages than actual faults since 1990

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

tin 2

The NHS is one of the few organisations potentially (cos it's all split up into stupid bits and pieces) big and ugly enough to write it's own software in house, and be able to afford to keep the staff and have resource to make decent software, keep it up to date and fresh, with the added bonuses that it will actually do what they want, and the process of buying it doesn't need to line any shareholder pockets.

By now the whole lot could be HTML5 in a browser, so who gives a stuff what's actually running on the desktop? Hell it could probably even do it's own Linux distro. Standard NHS desktop anyone?

That places that are so massive that they have the scale to do that but rather still line corporates and their shareholders pockets while putting up with horrendous shitty software (XP included) astounds the hell out of me.

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Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

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Re: 8GB is pretty useless

Absolutely! and what's 8gb flash at trade price in the qty that apple buys? $2? They should bump the storage sizes massively now that it'll do next to nothing to their margin. Perhaps that'll be a differentiator for a while, perhaps everyone else will just copy. It doesn't matter cos flash costs are so incredibly low.

Speaking as a completely won over fanboi they managed to nix my otherwise dead cert purchase of a 5S by sticking only 16GB in it and trying to charge £80 for an extra 16GB flash that I know I can buy for £10 retail.

I might be the only one, but I doubt it.

Also for the 5c, make them in black too? Or can the product completely if you don't actually want to sell them anymore.

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

tin 2

Worse, the life of an apple gadget is limited by when they bring out the new OS and force it upon you, which inexplicably does pretty much the same but uses twice the CPU and RAM, making your old otherwise perfectly serviceable iDevice fookin useless. I speak as a massive iPhone fan.

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

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Cool, they can make the whole OS work as good as IOS 6 did while they are at it. The pillocks.

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Cisco HAUNTED by $655m memory components snag

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That's a pretty big list of kit right there!

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Capita and Updata ink £325m Scottish PSN deal

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wow

Well I'd sure as hell instruct my finest legal people to find a way to ensure that BT are excluded from bidding processes ever again! If you're that litigious that you delay the process then fire off a damages claim for a tender that you don't win, I don't want to be doing business with you ever!!

Also: Capita and Updata (Crapita and more-down-than-updata)? From admittedly limited experience of both this will be an utter failure, or at best hugely missing it's promises. Just a question of how much of a cover up/brave face is put on it and at which levels in the chain of politics.

Depressing because in my little part of the world I know for fact the local councils and NHS could link and abstract their networks with very little pain and money, remove redundancy, sell it as a service and STILL run it a sight better and cheaper than a company that's got a highly leveraged deal* they now need to make dollar out of. It just needs some strong willed and driven people at the top.

*guessing from BT's whinging.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

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If it's anything like the iOS version of Lync (that forgets to list your favourite contacts, mucks around with your phone book, and doesnt even kn

ow what wor

d wrap is) then it will sink without trace

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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

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agree entirely

I couldn't even figure out what they did with play.com seemed like ebay but even more dodgy, and haven't bought since. Was my first choice too.

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Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach

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They could do with investigating passing of customer details to rogue PCI compliance assistance outfit as well.

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ZyXEL router attack: HUNDREDS of Brit biz bods knocked offline

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The "louise boat" surely?

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

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"They need to find who has got the lowest airfare on these routes ... and that's us."

Fine, I'll choose the next lowest then.

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