* Posts by Roger B

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Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

Roger B

Re: S missing in action

Nice one, thanks for the advice, I have the original Encore but am still restricted by the micro USB, only picked it up as it was on sale from Argos for £150, great little device, runs hot while playing Project Spark though. I was just looking at the recovery partition at the weekend, thinking I could delete it soon and give myself an extra 5GB, but a backup would make sense, thanks again.

Thanks also for the thumb down who ever that was always encouraging to see such things.

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Roger B

What model is your Toshiba tablet? I have an Encore to update and after doing my very very old laptop and desktop without a hitch I was going to do the tablet next, but if it is causing issues, I might wait.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Re: Watch Out for Flat Battery Syndrom

I wonder which is higher, the fine you'd pay for not having enough charge in your phone to bump or the fine you'd pay for charging your phone enough so you could bump your ticket.

Bump to pay? bruised Apples? I wonder if anyone breaks their phone tapping the NFC device?

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Security chip?

If the special chip on the device holds the unique device account number, does that mean users need to enter their credit card details on to each device separately? but if one device is lost or stolen then the actual account details are still safe due to the secure element? That seems pretty good, but, I thought the Apple Watch (Do we capitalise that because Apple invented it I forget?) was not much more than a screen that needed to communicate with an "i" device? It still has the secure chip inside?

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Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

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Re: Latest version is "Fine"

Its Firefox on my laptop, I think I actually switched to Youtube.com/HTML5 before I removed Flash a couple of weeks ago. More than likely though, its just the age of my laptop, Core 2 Duo, I keep trying to watch stuff in HD and it fails miserably most of the time and the fans speed increases.

Probably time to upgrade, roll on Black Friday or maybe even Amazon Prime day!

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Latest version is "Fine"

Just update to 18.0.0.209 and it runs fine again, the previous version 18.0.0.203 brings up the security warning. I have removed Flash from my laptop at home though, I just miss "Comedians in cars getting coffee" but nothing else really.

Is HTML5 more hardware intensive? The fan on my very old laptop does pickup when I go to Youtube now.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

Roger B

Re: Free?

Did they send you your BBC Micro back in 1985 as well?

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Ransomware slinging exploit kit targets Flash remote code execution

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Re: It's gone

BBC i Player I could manage without, the Youview box or Xbox can take care of that, Twitch is not something I watch, but having just bought a couple of CDs from Amazon (Yes I know CDs!) the player said something about wanting Flash player to download then, although it is streaming them easily enough. Also, does anyone know of a broadband speed tester that does not use Flash? Anyone still reading this article?

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It's gone

I've removed Flash Player this weekend from my laptop, I think it'll probably be a week before I need to put it back on, although the only sites that don't work at the moment are the connection speed testing sites. The fan kicks in watching Youtube, but that's just the aging Dual Core struggling with HTML I'm guessing.

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

Roger B

I'm just looking at the Dell UK site at the moment and I cant see anything above 3840 x 2160, as nice as they look, its well below the resolution for this iMac, do Dell do a monitor that matches this for resolution?

Edit: Okay, I found the UP2715K on the Dell US website, seems to be the same spec as the iMac screen except the price is $2,499 which is around £1,600? so, to get the very lovely monitor I have already spent the iMac price and now need to buy the PC box on top, how are Apple managing to offer what seems to be quite a good deal or have I missed something?

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Roger B

Re: Good idea

We really need some kind of subtle sarcasm icon please!

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Roger B

Good idea

Pretty good price and you get the great screen, then after a couple of years a RAM, CPU and graphics upgrade keeps the machine on top form.

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Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0

Roger B

Optical Networking?

Wasn't that the plan originally way back when, Intel were pushing optical fibre cables as a new Ethernet standard but due to the cost dropped the idea, so now they are back trying again?

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

Roger B

Re: No gadgets?

I thought Gadgets had been pulled from Windows 7 as they were a security risk?

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Bring the Banhammer! Microsoft declares WAR on leaky Gears Xbox users

Roger B

This is nothing new, both Microsoft and Sony and probably Nintendo have been able to block the online features of console users who break the ToS or in this case two guys who got a bit to excited about the remastered Gears of War game they were testing and broke the NDA. I am pretty sure Steam would also block you from their service if you broke their ToS and yes your games would still be playable offline as they are on the two consoles, MP has gone for you. Although Steam just needs a new account to get yourself back online, bans from Sony and Microsoft would require new consoles.

Preordering I can agree with, the temptation to get the game on launch day can be high, but wait a few days, let the now mandatory day 1 patch be issued and then updated and grab a copy a little cheaper in a few weeks.

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

Roger B

More than 4 catup services...

Quest and Dave also have their own CatchUp TV now and I think they both have the apps on my BT/Youview Box.

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New Windows 10 Mobile build brings Universal Office Apps to phones

Roger B

Any news on the slow updates?

I have a Lumia 625 and I'm signed up for the program but only the slow release schedule.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

Roger B

Re: No no no no no no

Oh I saw that one the other week Will and Ashley Judd (Thank you IMDB) I guess that's the end game, get us all hooked up to Hololens and start playing that game next!

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Roger B

Re: No no no no no no

But it's there, its installed, I'll just have a quick go, what's the harm right? A quick 5 minutes to see what all the fuss is about, it won't harm me, I can handle it, I can quit at any time, honest!

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Roger B
Unhappy

No no no no no no

Nope, no, no thanks, nope.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

Roger B

Okay I'll admit I have only skimmed through this at the moment, but my view as someone who doesn't mind paying the license fee is;

I do not expect the BBC to produce a show every day for me watch and enjoy, off the top of my head, my favourite BBC shows are F1 Grand Prix, The Musketeers, New Tricks, Peter Kay Car Share, Jools Holland, any of the Simon Reeve(?) travel documentaries, Coast and in the past they have brought us Seinfeld and The Wire and the Simpsons, then there is Radio 2 and 6Music.

Not a huge number of shows, but pretty good value for money I think.

Moving to a subscription service would in theory force the BBC to produce high quality out put, but would I think lead to less people subscribing as and when they needed to tighten their belts for whatever reason.

Introducing the payment through a tax would just lead to the government being able to have more control over the BBC budget, they are hardly independant as it is, this would only make it worse.

Having a license tied to income just seems unfair on those who earn more and is only going to piss off high income workers.

If anything I'd prefer to see even more distance between the government and the BBC.

For the record I am white, 37, male, earning 20k.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

Roger B

And you think Google is going to allow ad blocking in Chrome for ever and ever?

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Microsoft HoloLens or Hollow Lens? El Reg stares down cyber-specs' code

Roger B

Re: "early development hardware"

The 3DS has fantastic 3DS especially on the newer model with the face tracking, you do need to be looking at the screen dead on though, if you turn your head away, you can see it flicker as you look back. The AR on the 3DS is also a lot of fun, but in a way is limited a little like the Hololens, you need to keep the character in the middle of the screen to get the best effect, its pretty cool being able to move "around2 the object on the screen as well, the fishing game is great!

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Re: "early development hardware"

I think I read somewhere else its not expected out this year, but possibly 2016, (although maybe that was Project Morpheus)

We are obviously still in early prototype mode at the moment though, they really need to sort out the FoV, the on stage demo gave a lot of people the impression this was what the user was seeing, where as you are currently looking through a letter box, moving the angle of your head shows you a wider angle to one side of that world.

As the article states its a standalone product, the full unit is basically an odd shaped PC strapped to your head, it sounds, you need nothing else to use it apart from an understanding of .Net to create the apps, or a guide for the app you want to use.

The idea of it being able to "map out" your room or maybe house sounds fantastic for a horror game, maybe some kind of Friday the 13th horror, with the killer wandering around your house, walking into your field of view as you try and escape, unfortunately I would imagine the first generation commercial release will be hugely expensive that it will only find a market in industry with designers and engineers. Version 2.0 will hopefully be cheaper and available for the home user, maybe.

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Console yourself: How the PS4 Spring Fever indies stack up

Roger B

Shovel Knight

Is also on the Xbox One.

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

Roger B

Re: Why do I get a bad feeling about this...

Huh, it's almost like you are looking at my laptop, Intel Dual-Core T2390 with an Authentec Fingerprint reader! Anyhows, hopefully you are wrong, this is going to be one of two PCs I am hoping will be taking Windows 10, the other being a just as ancient Dual core desktop machine.

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Met Police puts iPads, Windows and Android mobes on trial

Roger B

Re: Get 'em a decent case!

Same, we sell and use the Griffin cases, great pieces of kit, but trying to tell customers that a big(ish) bulky case on their oh so slim iPhone is a good idea is hard work, not that we mind, we just charge for another repair. Do you have any case suggestions for the Surface? something like a Griffin Survivor would be fantastic, but current models are all leather or leather style folio cases, look smart, but offer little protection.

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Roger B

Get 'em a decent case!

Purely from a protective case point, I'd say go with Apple and get them all Griffin Survivor cases. If they wanted waterproof kit I'd say go with Android and give everyone Sony Xperia tablets and phones. If everything is currently Windows based and you want to keep that then go Windows.

Phones with replaceable batteries, microSD cards, a good camera and a screen that can be used with gloves or a styles/dabber should be a requirement as well.

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

Roger B

Sounds like he needed

A Surface, all that unplugging from iPad to laptop and back again would be done with, right?

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

Roger B

Re: Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook (stolen from reddit)

I do like this video, it makes me smile no matter the topic its covering. On topic, I'm kind of disappointed the MagSafe has gone, it was the only part of Macbook I liked.

As for the constant upgrading, my Dell Studio 17, which I think was bought in 2009 is still going strong, an upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista resulted in a much smoother ride, either from a fresh install or Windows 7, runs Openoffice very well, just about plays 720p video and Firefox runs okay.

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Wanna run Windows 10 Preview on your Lumia? Of course you do. Now 33 mobes supported

Roger B

My 625 is ready

The preview app is installed, the option is there, I am just a little hesitant to jump in on day 1, I'll try and give it a week and see if anyone has issues.

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Tests show HTC, Sammy phablets BEND just like iPhone 6 Plus

Roger B

Re: In other news…

Or, you know they could design the thing so the owner can use it how they always has, stuff it in his pocket, chuck it on the table, leave it switched on for 5 days, the new designs force users to change how they look after it, so the design is taking precedent over function.

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Roger B

Its all a bit like the calculators...

Has anyone watched the Japanology about calculators?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_GVkR0SITo

Casio and Sharp had a race to get to the thinnest possible calculator and upon reaching this orgasmic inducing zenith of design realised it was all a bit pointless and the thin calculators were not as good to use, might be something Mr Ive and other mobile phone designs might want to think about.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

Roger B

Re: So close..

Exactly what he said that I said, thanks Steve, I did have a look at some of the PC World machines, maybe that's a better choice, not in a huge rush to be honest, the Toshiba just gets a bit warm sometimes.

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Roger B

So close..

£399 with the pen and keyboard and I think I might of given one of these a go, my Toshiba Encore will last me a while longer I think. Their pricing plan is also a bit to close for comfort to the iPad Air as well, an extra £80 to double the HDD on either model, although the Surface doubles the RAM as well, but how can I scoff at Apple prices as easily now? Maybe they'll have some Surface Pro 3s going cheap at the end of the year.

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Tax fraud fugitive nabbed after posting selfies

Roger B

The self surveillance society

Its almost like we don't need old, low res CCTV any more, almost weekly some super brain criminal takes a photo of themselves taunting the police, bragging of their exploits or laying out their future endeavours, even using a low tech iPhone camera produces better results than CCTV.

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Apple's portable power podule patent promises paroxysms of fanboi joy

Roger B

The other option is...

They could actually design a phone around functionality instead of form and make the battery maybe 5mm thicker? That would give them room to fit a better camera as well!

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

Roger B

Re: Looks f-ing awful

I think the idea is quite sneaky, with these simpler, plainer icons, current PCs with basic on board graphics will seem to "Run faster" when using Windows 10, so you'll tell everyone how fast your computer is now and more people will take the upgrade.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

Roger B

Re: @Roger B Re ".....I did not even think about installing the technical preview....."

I was all ready to go and give it a go, made my way over to the preview site, clicked on the list of supported phones and....no 625, so fingers crossed it gets added soon, but for now I'll be sticking with 8.1. The list of compatible models seems quite small at the moment, Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730, 830.

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Roger B

Re: @Roger B Windows Phone?

I did not even think about installing the technical preview on the phone, great news though, I only use it as a mini tablet, camera and mp3 player, but it will be fantastic to get Windows 10 running on it.

@Paul Shirley, if you could let me know which inefficient apps you create, I'll avoid everything with your name on it to save you any grief, many thanks.

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Roger B

Windows Phone?

I was wondering how this was going to working last night, the idea of Windows 10 running on my Lumia 625 could be interesting, but surely the 512Mb of RAM is a limiter, it works great right now and if I can get my phone/tablet/pc and laptop all on the same OS instead of the current 3 I like it.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

Roger B

NOT waterproof, from the Apple site, hidden down the bottom

"*Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water-resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather straps are not water resistant."

Maybe waterproofing will come out in an OS update? They added that to the iPhone didn't they?

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Roger B

Red Dwarf?

I think one of the Red Dwarf books had a space port built in the UK, basically the runway ran from Scotland down to London, but that's probably not a popular choice.

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

Roger B

Nice pricing

I use a 625 as a mini tablet, if Windows (Phone) 10 works as expected, I may take the upgrade of the 640, potentially cheaper than getting myself a new Win 10 tablet.

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Sinclair Spectrum

Roger B

Sinclair Spectrum

Bit random this one, but at work we have just acquired 3 Sinclair Spectrums, 2 have the normal stamped serial number, 001-416196 and 001-055839 but the third has the serial number printed on a paper label D01-002945 anyone know why? or know of a website that might help?

Thanks

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Microsoft: Oh, go on, Xbox Live user. Show us your spammer

Roger B

FIFA?

From what I have read, it seems to affect a lot of people playing Fifa and making use of the UT or Ultimate Team, with the temptation of free or reduced price coins. I'm still using my 360 at the moment and never get spam, so, something has changed in the Xbox One messaging system? on the 360, you can only message friends or people you have recently played either from your console or via the website, I don't think you can just type in random names onto the Xbox to pull up addresses, so the spam sender and receiver must of "met" online somewhere, I think.

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NXP flings sueball at Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

Roger B

But...

The NFC doesn't even work in the Xbox One, maybe this is why? Either way I'm hoping it gets switched on soon.

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

Roger B

So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..

..and soon it wont, hopefully the CMA (formally Competitions Commission) will not allow this, but as the CC never rejected anything before I have little hope the new name will of changed their working practises.

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

Roger B

Re: Am I the only one...

No, not the only one, glad to see a few people are capable of reading, the idea as I see it is, get as many people onto Windows 10 on their PC, tablet or phone as quickly as possible so as to encourage app makers to make apps, with crossbuying, you can run the app on whatever device you like.

This is if you upgrade your current Windows 7/8/8.1 PC or tablet or Windows 8 phone to Windows 10 in the first year. If you don't upgrade for whatever reason within 12 months of Windows 10 launching, then you will have to purchase a copy of Windows 10. The "life of your device" comment probably has a catch somewhere, I would guess 10 years, not to bad a life for something that runs Windows 7 right now, to add on another 10 years, that would make my works PC and home pc (Pentium 4, Dual Cores) about 18 years old, which is not to bad. If you were to buy a new PC today with Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10 at launch, (October 2015?) then you'll get 10 years of support, which is not bad I guess, how long was Windows XP support up for?

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

Roger B

Re: In the future

It would be nice to think so, but when I started using Firefox I think it was about a 12MB download, this latest version is 38MB, so it looks like the lines of code is actually infinite!

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