* Posts by tin 2

152 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

tin 2

Re: XML is so 1990's

I am genuinely at a loss why you don't have 50 million upvotes for this post. If you have to parse into and out of the latest new format why not stick with the one thats worked forever and just parse that?

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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

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I love how cutting and redunancy is always called "Transformation" these days.

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

tin 2

Re: Great! Even more load on my overstretched

$0, cos they won't and without the USO she also won't have a phone line either. That's the reason they should not be allowed to duck the USO ever.

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NHS Scotland to refresh creaking, 25-year-old apps

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Sounds bad already

The replacement for the community health index already has a name - and by the seems of it will do something different? I'll call it out as a catastrophe right now.

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GoDaddy buys 200,000 domains for $28.1m – that's $140 a piece

tin 2

It's wrong and they are all bastards, but how in the hell do you police it?

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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THIS is why all this connected, internet TV stuff is NOT the future.

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It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu

tin 2

Happens quite a lot more often than this IME. last time I saw it was the last week of March.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

tin 2

Should have used...

...an Amiga. Runs screens beautifully, there haven't been any updates for 20-odd years, reboots in 15 seconds.

Wow. Writing that I just realised we haven't got any better at this kind of shit in over *20 YEARS*. Incredible.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

tin 2

This is - as a possibly ex-fanboi - exactly why I DON'T have anything newer than an iphone 4S. I walked into the store to buy a 5S on a complete impulse, because I was passing, and they refused to sell me one, without aforementioned unicorn, £50s and spitting mad lyrics.

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Vodafone: So what exactly is 'ludicrous' about the Frontier report?

tin 2

Re: Irony...

Agree, I dunno where people get the idea that Openreach is not seperate enough from BT, every bit of BT operates as if entirely seperate to every other bit of BT.

But to the point, the least qualified people to talk about the structure/pricing/competance of BT ARE OTHER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES.Their opinion should be considered entirely null and void before it's even voiced.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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I disagree somewhat. It's certainly the fault of both parties but mainly Microsoft's.

They embraced and extended, then got lazy once they killed Netscape (which was after all, the plan), then decided they didn't want to support their own extendedness any more. That's pretty shitty on all accounts. There's a pretty good argument there that we'd be a whole lot better off if MS hadn't entered the browser market at all,

Companies writing systems targetting the system designed, promoted and most importantly "supported" by none other than Microsoft? I personally would (and did) say that's very stupid and asking for trouble, and agree with the sentiments about the contractors, but there's a lot of very good reason why one would legitimately think it the best move. MS are absolutely the architects of that.

Also I am amused that once more MS are abandoning a product because - suprise - it's one of the shittest implementations of whatever genre of product it tried to be. And we as an industry - generally speaking of course - keep lapping it up.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Interesting that JL is 1st and Plusnet is 4th, when JL is just Plusnet with JL written on it.

But maybe the slightly premium price pays for JL customers to jump up the support queue?

Also interesting when Plusnet were a technical and customer support disaster-zone for many years (a good number of years ago, I'll grant)

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

tin 2

how do you get...

...the CA version of the BBC on all the sets in one house, without opening avenues for abusing the system. You cannot. End of discussion as far as I can see.

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Who's un-dot-pressure? .com overlord Verisign sues .xyz kingpin

tin 2

They could have at least put the .xyz registration plate on straight!

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: Wait, what?

Hmmm. Well of course it's personal opinion and horses for courses, but I got a Pebble steel purely for having a slightly unusual watch (so for changable faces). The notifications sort of came with it without me asking and as it turns out I find them very useful.

Unlike you I *can't* hear (nor feel) my phone, now I never miss anything, and I can take the quickest of glances at the watch to see if I need to interrupt whatever I'm doing right now, which is normally the case. The phone stays in the pocket a lot more.

As I say, I quite like the notification part, and I didn't expect that I would even use it. That said I don't think I'd go full on smartwatch. Also £200 for the tiniest extension of my phone? Maybe you're spot on given that you're not looking for a watch first and foremost.

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tin 2

I logged onto the website at the reveal time, and got a coutdown, then nothing. A refresh then gave me a Guru Meditation!

Didn't find anything out about the big reveal, but was pleased to see that error again for old time sake, albeit not wrapped in a big red flashy box.

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

tin 2

ahhhh

wondering why Amazon.fr didn't seem keen to talk to me

i.e. it's still broken

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Uber: Sorry we're really awesome and all that (oh yeah, and for leaking your personal info)

tin 2

you'd better "reach out" to them to let them know

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

tin 2

Re: Also kill the annoying "Green" messages!

I especially like when "P Before printing, please think about the environment" comes out on the top of a whole separate piece of paper...

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

tin 2

"Google, typically, does things its own way by stretching seconds rather than inserting an extra one, suggesting this approach works because it's hard to log events that take place on an inserted second"

So I presume in a leap year Google stretches days because it's hard to log events that take place on an inserted day.

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Pond, rocks or quicksand in your 1km garden? Get a rugged DECT phone

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Re: New?

I wonder if el reg has quickly googled and got the wrong picture. I was deploying the pictured many moons ago too, but there is indeed a 2015 version that looks a lot different. I don't think the pictured is IP67, nor immersible.

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

tin 2

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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tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

Phone4You ?? Who they?

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

tin 2

"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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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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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'

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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 ...

tin 2
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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tin 2
FAIL

OCZ!!!!!!

RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!

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

tin 2

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

tin 2

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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FAIL

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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