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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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@adam payne

Yeah, in the dim and distant past (before I embarked on a career as a bit-bender), I had one of those. Her shiny new, just delivered, computer wouldn’t turn on. Lifeless. Nothing. And it had worked perfectly in our lab, before delivery, when I set it up for her. I went through the usual questions, including ‘did the packaging seem damaged in any way’ before a tiny nugget of suspicion caused me to query whether she’d plugged it in. I mean, it did seem odd that the monitor wouldn’t power up either.

She hit the bloody roof. How dare I patronise her! Didn’t I realise how much she spent on a support contract? I’d better get over there now and fix it. My boss, the spineless wimp, agreed - despite the significant problem that I was in Birmingham and she was in Bridgwater, and that all the other support guys were either out on a job, sick, or skiving.

So I drove to Bridgwater and discovered that she was quite right. She had plugged the computer in. And the monitor. And the printer. All plugged in to a multiway extension cable. Which was also plugged in. To itself. I left. Cursing. And embarked on a career as a programmer - which is mostly more satisfying, and keeps me away from the lusers. Oh, and I can happily code while drunk (although not when pissed out of my skull). Which is a bonus.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: The 'quality' of its printers was enough to do that

@Fred Flintstone

Oh mine does the clunking thing too - but only when 'parking' the cartridge over the waste sponge. Other than that, it just makes a soft zhush, zhush… zhush, zhush… noise. It's pretty good. And I'm intrigued to see what the print quality is like with a new cartridge, given that the 18 year old cartridge is still perfectly legible (albeit stripy and a bit spattery). No tractor feed though - strictly friction (It's a BJ-100 FWIW)

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Re: The 'quality' of its printers was enough to do that

@nijam - thanks. I knew something was wrong. Serves me right for bashing away on my phone on the train - doesn't make thinkin', let alone typin', any easier.

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The 'quality' of its printers was enough to do that

Never mind the dodgy cartridge shenanigans, the printers themselves were rubbish. I had an HP multifunction job that cost me the best part of £300 (on the foolish assumption that a more costly printer would be better built). I only used genuine ink in it. Its faults were numerous:

1. It defaulted to a screensaver which displayed advertising, rather than just dimming or turning off the display when the printer wasn't in use.

2. When it ran out of ink in any cartridge all functions on the device stopped - including scanning which, last time I checked, didn't use any ink at all.

3. It died terminally, less than two years old, before finishing its second set of cartridges.

I replaced it with an Epson - which, so far (four years after purchase), works perfectly (no advertising, scans even with no ink) other than weirdly being unable to remember the time (which doesn't bother me)

My best printer though is an Apple LaserWriter 8500, the best part of twenty years old, which works perfectly (all functions) even with my home refilled toner cartridges. It sits on my network and happily prints from my Windows, Linux and Mac computers. Next trick is to get it working with iOS.

I was also surprised by my old Canon bubble jet which I pulled out of the loft a few weeks back (it's been there since about 1998). I turned it on and, without changing the cartridge (in the interests of experimentation), printed a test page. Astonishingly it worked. The printed page was streaky as hell - but perfectly legible. I might get a new cartridge for it - because it's clearly better than most of the shitty printers being pedalled these days!

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

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Re: Here is an idea

That would make for an awesome film! Screw who Bond is - the point of view could be the secret sauce to make the new Bond film stand out. And, to up the tension, the audience could be in the dark as to who Bond is - at least initially. Henchmen going down at the hand of an unseen aggressor. Is it the chap who looks suspiciously like Mark Strong? Or is it that dude who might have been seen in TV shows like Luther? Or maybe they got a little too close to Kate Winslet?

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Re: In the absence of a poll…!

@E2 - because I think (s)he'd have to be British by birth rather than by adoption. But maybe that just shows a lack of imagination on my part. It might be quite nice, and certainly very relevant, for him/her to be the child of immigrants though…

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Re: Aidan Turner

Wouldn't his ears get in the way? Tovey's I mean, not Turner's.

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Re: Black Bond, Female Bond? Why not a French/ American/ Chinese Bond...???

@Graham Marsden - Why not 'force the Bond character'? He's been a comic slimy perv (Moore), a potential family (Australian) man (Lazenby), a thug (Craig), by turns suave and bored (Connery), pointless (Dalton) and outclassed by his gadgets (Brosnan). All very different characters - and different from the character in the books too (educated, upper class). Changing the colour of his skin is a minor change by comparison, and if you're going to change the colour of his skin - why not change Bond's sex too?

As to changing nationality, why? The thing is that there are many secret agent films with American stars (Bourne and Hunt being the most obvious). France has Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath. I'm not familiar enough with spy films from other countries - but I feel sure that each must have its own spy adventurers. But there aren't many British black, asian or female spies - and, last time I checked, the British nationalities do seem to include quite a few women and non-whites. So why shouldn't our greatest fictional hero represent them too?

And yes, if you want him to be gay, I'm fine with that too.

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Re: Siri as Bond

Sophie Okenedo? Good call! Have an up-vote.

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Re: In the absence of a poll…

@AC - because he’s proven, a known quantity, he has star quality. But yes - I agree. Cast someone else. Cast someone unknown. I don’t really care - as long as the actor has screen presence and believablility. Oh, and I’d prefer it if it wasn’t just another white bloke.

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Re: a female Bond

@AC, I’m up for that as well - but by leveraging the bond franchise, the film is likely to get more traction and more viewers. Let’s face it, you could well have said the same about the new Ghostbusters film - but if that film had been made under a different name I don’t think that it would have generated the interest and buzz (both positive and negative) that it did. And yes, the 2016 Ghostbusters is regarded as a commercial flop (despite being an excellent film), but it still made $224m vs. costs of $144m - which I’d call hugely successful, and probably more successful than it would have been if it had been called something other than Ghostbusters.

The Bond films can get boring very quickly unless they’re regularly reinvented. And their reinvention is what keeps them interesting, relevant and exciting. I think it’d be great if they underwent a big reinvention this time!

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In the absence of a poll…

I nominate Idris Elba. I think that if 007 is to be kept fresh and interesting then it needs to be periodically reinvented - and Idris could make for a seriously gritty, hard as nails, bad-ass Bond. Slimy and sleazy have been done to death - I want to see a Bond who I can imagine standing up to torture or beating the crap out of his opponent. Idris is that man.

Or, and to amp the controversial (quite a lot), I’d pay to see Jamie Bond - played by Rachel Weisz, Naomie Harris or Kate Winslet. That would take quite a lot of reinvention since a female Bond would need to be significantly more intelligent than her male counterparts, since she’s unlikely to be able to overpower stronger opponents through brute force alone. Which isn’t to say that she couldn’t muster serious violence, if required…

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

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Re: CE = Chinese Export

@PyroBrit The devil is in the detail - or, in this case, the kerning. CE, or Conformité Européenne, has been a mandatory marking since the mid eighties. Some Chinese manufacturers have sneakily appropriated it, modifying the logo ever so very slightly, and claiming that it stands for China Export. Who'da’thunk it? Dodgy Chinese company ripping something off and claiming that it's original and nothing to do with whatever they were copying in the first place?

I digress. The ‘real’ CE logo, that is Conformité Européenne, has wider spacing - put two circles side by side (more or less) and the left curves form the C and the E. In the dodgy rip off, the circles would overlap because the letters C and E have been jammed up against one another.

In the one you get some assurance that checks have been made, and rules have been abided by. In the other you get a warning that the item is complete crap and made with no care whatsoever, or concern for rules that might prevent it from spontaneously combusting.

I’ll bet that some of you already knew this, others will be paying more attention to the kerning in future, and most couldn’t give a crap. Okay. The nerdgasm is now over.

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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@Grade%

Easily done. Just stop using Google and Facebook, the latter being easier than the former. I've quit Facebook and my life has improved immeasurably (no longer fiddling around checking for updates, I spend the time in the real world instead). Google is more useful than Facebook, so I'm not ready to go cold-turkey on them yet - but I could if I wanted (there are other options - Duck Duck Go, email from other providers and so forth). I trust Google marginally more than Facebook though. For the time being.

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WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps

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So was Julian Asshole’s big idea just to establish Wikileaks as the worlds largest malware market? Ecuador have got a real prize on their hands.

Snowden, for all his faults, seems to have his heart in the right place and seems to be working from the best of intentions. Assange, by contrast, is Donald Trump’s nerdy firestarting alter ego.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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@William 3

You need to be careful there. Including your age in your user ID could leave you open to identity theft…

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Re: Ironic...@45RPM

@Kane - in part, yes. Also Taiwan, Japan, the US and so forth. A world machine. Who knows? Perhaps some of the components were made in the British Isles too, as well as final assembly. I'll hold it up as an example of what humans can do when they work together as opposed to digging insular little burrows, and trying to lock out people and products from other countries.

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Re: Ironic...

Yup. And, as a good Brummie, it was my sauce of choice for a bacon buttie. In a fit of pique, I stopped buying it when production left my home town - and switched allegiance to the very English Tiptree Brown Sauce. Why didn’t I switch earlier? HP Sauce is a vile and vinegary mess compared with Tiptree’s most excellent condiment.

That said, and despite my unexplained fit of patriotism (including English suits and shoes, a GT car which has ‘Made in England’ proudly stamped on it, a computer made in the British Isles and so forth) I’m very much a Remainer. I regard myself as a European, my oddly patriotic purchasing notwithstanding. I now feel faintly embarrassed to be British.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Windows 10 did especially well

<pedant mode>

I believe the real reason for skipping 9 was because of badly written software which checked to see if was running on an appropriately advanced Windows by refusing to run on anything that reported as Windows 9* (matching Windows 95 and Windows 98 - and which, unfortunately, would also have matched Windows 9).

Apple didn't think of this when it released Mac OS X 10.10 - and one or two programs broke because 10.1 (the mathematically correct interpretation of 10.10) < 10.6 or whatever they were developed to run on.

</pedant mode>

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Given that many potential customers are on XP, Vista or 7 - versions of Windows with a very different user experience to 10, and given that many are only interested in simple office task or Internet browsing (the tools for which are available for free), I wonder how many will upgrade to Windows 10.

Perhaps many, faced with learning a 'new' OS will choose ChromeOS, Linux (probably Mint or Ubuntu), MacOS - or even a tablet with Android or iOS instead. After all, if you have to pay and learn something new anyway, why not switch too?

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Perlan 2: The glider that will slip the surly bonds of Earth – and touch the edge of space

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Re: 90,000 feet

There are sound engineering reasons for gliders being (mostly) white. Most modern gliders are made of glass fibre or composites, and white is the most reflective colour that they can be - any other colour absorbs wavelengths which might well damage the aircraft. Metal gliders, like the Blanik or Pilatus B4, or wood and fabric gliders, like the Ka6, can be any colour you like.

Wood and composite gliders aren’t very reflective to RADAR - and even the metal ones tend to have a small cross section from most angles.

And as for radio - what good is that? We do have it, and we use it when necessary (check us out - broadcasting to you on 130.1) - but it doesn’t give you anything other than a voice. You won’t get range, altitude, direction or anything else from a radio.

On the other hand, the best pilots (whether commercial, military or private) I know have all been glider pilots at some point. The biggest blowhards pontificating on GA haven’t even sat in a sailplane.

Oh, and FTR, in the UK glider pilots use feet and knots - same as every other pilot.

My personal record, in wave, was 9.5k ft, in a blue L13 Blanik (which, sadly, was wrapped around a tree in a storm in 1990. Luckily, no one was in it at the time, or hurt - but a sad end to absolutely my favourite glider ever, and the one that I solo’d in)

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RM to resell Apple, Lenovo, HP, Dell to YOUR children

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RM committed suicide

RM killed itself. It had a ready market, and it could have done something truly innovative by selling a range of PCs and Tablets built around ARM technology (perhaps even the Raspberry Pi), at a much lower cost than its competitors. Instead, it did what British businesses of the last forty years have always done. It listened to the accountants and threw in the towel for the sake of looking proactive and successful in one year’s financial report.

So sad. So utterly pathetic. What a waste. I don’t blame Lenovo, Dell, Apple - or any other successful business. They only did what RM (and Acorn, Sinclair, Apricot and so forth) should have done. But our backsliding businesses are run by moronic accountants in the John Harvey ‘sell it all’ Jones mold.

And now we’re losing ARM too. Seriously, balls to this country. Whatever we do, as long as we let ourselves be run by accountants, we’re screwed.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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I had a TI99/4A and, for all its much vaunted 16bits, what I really wanted was a Spectrum. When I grumbled too much, I was given an Electron - which didn't really improve matters. And when I asked for computer games I was told to write them myself. Which is how I ended up where I am today. Thanks Dad!

I still have the TI, and a library of games for it. Its version of Moon Patrol is definitive, outside the arcade at least. But I don't play with it because I can play the actual definitive arcade version using MAME.

All of which is something of a sidetrack from The Hobbit, which is a great game (I played it on my first Mac), but which hasn't yet been ported to the TI.

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Paper wasps that lie to their mates get a right kicking, research finds

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It hardly seems fair. I mean, in this experiment, the poor wasp wasn't cheating - it was some bastard human with a toothpick full of falsehoods. It'd be like me writing "I'm a really nice, trustworthy, guy. Honest guv" in indelible ink on Nigel Farage's forehead and then sending him in to do battle with Paxman and Humphries.

The only difference being that I'd feel a bit sorry for the wasp in the former case, and I'd be mainlining popcorn in the latter.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: Anti-democratic?

@fibbles I think the point is that leaving the UK is not like a general election. (**Crap Analogy Alert**) A general election is like choosing pudding at a restaurant. If you don't like it well, never mind, just choose another one next time. This referendum is more like choosing whether or not to chop your leg off. If you choose not to (the remain camp) then you can still change your mind next year - but if you decide that you can get by with only one leg (saving money on shoes) and change your mind later then you can't just sew it back on again.

Personally, I don't think that the margin of victory is sufficient for us to decide that we can get by with only one leg. Particularly when so many people who voted to leave are already regretting it, and the people who told us that we'd save money on shoes are admitting that they lied.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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In most elections and referendums, the politicians tell outrageous lies, wait a year or two to make it look as if they were trying to fulfill their promises and then say "Sorry ladies and gentlemen, we can't do what you wanted after all". And everyone tuts, and sighs, and life goes on.

In this case, the politicians (particularly those on the 'Leave' side) told outrageous lies and then didn't even have the decency to make it look like they were going to try to come through on them. Instead, as soon as they'd won, they had the gall to call their previous assurances 'a mistake'. Which is, quite frankly, taking the piss.

So what have we voted for? Well, we certainly haven't voted for decreased immigration and more money for the NHS. But, lucky us, we have got the runners up prize of a plummeting pound, a massive brain drain (freeing up more houses for imbeciles, coffin dodgers and racists), loss of our AAA rating, increased inconvenience in travelling to civilisation (the EU), the support of Donald Trump (nuff sed) and the undying gratitude of an unelected and unaccountable frog faced alcoholic.

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Dell tempts hordes with MASSIVE DISCOUNTS on PCs

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Presumably you have to pay full price for your shiny new Dell and then fill in a load of paperwork, in triplicate, and send off for your rebate (although not to a free post address). After several months, Dell will then send you a cheque.

Nice. Must get my order in now.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Re: :'(

One of the finest contributors to El Reg, and the man who kept me coming back here even on those rare occasions when El Reg wasn’t performing at its best. He never missed the mark, and I will miss reading what he has to say and his views on food, science, drink and the world.

My condolences to his family and friends at this awful time.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Winning Steak?

With all that rocket fuel powering the barbecue, I think that the steak would have been rather overdone for me.

(RSS feed title was fat fingered)

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NASA 'Kilo-Kitty' Super Pressure Balloon goes aloft at last

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Quite right. Whales is the accepted unit of volume - Whales, KilaWhales and so forth.

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I feel sorry for your wife. If you don't like her talking, why did you marry her?

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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

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Now how about posting some step by step instructions so that we can all go out and jackpot a cashpoint before knocking off early? Selfish, I call it, to keep this information to yourself!

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Re: Except that…

HPE gets handed great wodges of cash every year to support these systems - whether they require support or not. So don't cry for them - they're getting paid. But still they tell us that the systems can no longer be supported once they reach a certain age. Still doesn't stop them pocketing the money for the service contract though.

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Except that…

The problem is that IT vendors cycle their hardware far too quickly these days - so, if you want to continue benefitting from support (kinda handy for mission critical kit), you need to run to keep up. I have systems running on DL380 G4 - and you know what? It's good enough. It does what I want - and there's no point in replacing it. Except that I can't get support for the bloody things anymore - so it's upgrade time to G9 (which, in turn, will be end of life this year I think). And so the wheel turns, and HPE continue to fill the coffers at our expense.

Contrast with the happy days of VAX and Alpha - those things remained in production for years and, in most cases, remained supported for a decade or more. Halcyon days.

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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@phuzz

I didn't say that it was an excellent piece of software on Windows. On the contrary, I pointed out that it's an abomination. A piece of crap.

As to whether the player is any good on Mac OS X, well I use VLC too. But on Mac OS X, the player is merely the visible tip of the iceberg - it isn't QuickTime. It's merely QuickTime Player. On Mac OS X, QuickTime is an entire API that can handle media based tasks, such as compression and decompression, very quickly and efficiently. It would appear that most people here are conflating the Player with QuickTime 'proper'. I believe that the QuickTime API on Windows, such as it is, is a shadow of its Mac OS equivalent.

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Re: I have a hard time believing Apple hadn't notified Adobe of this long ago

@DougS Per my earlier comment, even if Apple didn't say anything Adobe should have noticed that the writing was on the wall when iTunes stopped using QTfW. Bad Apple, yes, but bad Adobe too!

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QuickTime is an excellent piece of software - and always has been. But QuickTime on Windows isn't really QuickTime. It's merely a player for QuickTime formats.

Real QuickTime, the sort you get on a Mac, is a complete API for handling media - whether graphic (still and video) or audio. It's flexible, and as far removed from QTfW as a jet fighter is from a hot air balloon.

Apple has behaved badly by not warning software developers of the imminent demise of QuickTime for Windows - but, really, The writing was on the wall when iTunes stopped using QTfW - it's just that Adobe chose not to read it. More fool them.

So kill the developmentally challenged embarrassment now. QTfW is not worth the candle.

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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

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I wouldn't dream of trying to play a game on the Zacate. I know its limitations. I just can't remember what CPU I put into the SteamBox! Suffice to say that it's much faster than the Zacate, and cheaper than Intel i5 (which is what I was considering instead, as the closest Intel equivalent).

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I like AMD. AMD chips may not provide top tier performance at a money no object price - but they do provide enough performance at a price that's hard to beat. Bang for buck, I'd argue that AMD beats Intel - but it all depends on the task you want your box to do.

My main workstation (coding / video editing / 3D modelling) is a dual Xeon monster. But my set top box is a power sipping AMD Zacate (and HD (but probably not 4K) is well within the frugal abilities of the Zacate), and the mobo / CPU bundle cost less than 70 quid. Couldn't have done that with Intel. I built a steam box on AMD (although not on Zacate! I just can't remember which CPU I selected!) too - with a reasonably honking graphics card - and it performs well enough. I haven't found any Steam OS compatible games which taxed it to less than 30fps yet. Good enough.

I don't think I'd want to argue for AMD being better or worse than Intel or ARM, any more than I'd want an argument about Linux / OS X / Android / Windows / iOS being the best. It just about choosing the best tool for the job. A hammer isn't better than a screwdriver or vice versa.

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Sysadmin given Licence To Perve shows why you always get it in writing

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Was he allowed to nip off for a quick tug too? Otherwise it sounds more like a deeply frustrating ordeal than a plum of a job.

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Or bundling Linux with ZFS is impossible

@jms222 Jeeesuz! Really? You’re getting religious on Linux? Linux is just as ‘proper’* as BSD / Solaris / Mac OS X &c. They’re all great OSs. Pick the one you like, and be happy. No need to advise anyone to dump Linux.

*note I didn’t say ‘proper UNIX’ - because I don’t think that it matters.

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Re: Stallman is a loon

…Or the equally insane Church of Anything But Apple, which seems to have very many adherents here.

Personally, if I’m a member of any church, I belong of the congregation of the digital church. If it can do calculations and be programmed then count me in. Android, CP/M, Linux, ProDOS, ARThur, VMS, MacOS, Windows, iOS, Haiku, Xenix, TOS, WebOS, AmigaOS, UCSD-P, MS-DOS, OS/2… I love 'em all.

In my experience, the whole Empty Pot Making The Most Noise thing holds true. It seems that the people who get most religious and uppity about Apple / Microsoft / Google etc being crap, and who claim that they’ll never use a product from that company are the people who know the least about computers. Low level BOFH wannabes rather than programmers or sandbenders.

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Re: Stallman can change the GPS as welll...

@Doctor Syntax

Of course. Didn’t you know? Stallman is almost exactly like God*. Capricious and a bit of an arsehole, but did something good once and now he won’t let anyone forget it.

*all except for the fictional bit.

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Is iOS 9.3 Apple's worst ever update? First it bricks iThings, now Safari is busted

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Re: Lies, lies, lies.........

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‘over the years’? Dude, you sound like you’re seventeen years old, and picking your zits in a PC World call centre. What do you know about ‘over the years’ in IT? Get some experience, and then make the jokes*

The sad truth is that software updates sometimes go wrong - even updates from Microsoft. Linux isn’t perfect either, and Android has its fair share of bugs. And damn, if all software companies (like every other type of company) don’t claim to have invented everything from the wheel onward. It’s called marketing - you don’t have to believe it.

The thing is though that Apple does have a certain amount of right to make claims of innovation in the field of personal computing. I do remember the PET, TRaSh 80 and the Apple II, and believe me - the Apple II is the only one really recognisable as a personal computer today. I remember the Lisa - and whatever the Xerox boys say, the Lisa was the first GUI which worked in the modern way you’d recognise now. Newton was innovative (if massively flawed), and you couldn’t buy a candy coloured device for love nor money before iMac - and then they were everywhere. Come to that, USB was scarce before iMac and then common as muck afterward. You might not like Apple, or want one (and you’d be a bit of dipstick to buy any device without considering whether its right for you), but you’re a colossal fucktard if you dismiss Apple completely out of hand. Where Apple goes, others tend to follow.

*for bonus points, see if you can make them funny too.

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Ditto. It's working fine for me too. Although it doesn't speak well of the sandbox and other security features of iOS if a badly written app can bork the whole OS. Of course, if the affected phones are jail broken then all bets are off.

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This chap's maintained an Apple game for 32 years – from Mac to iOS

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Re: Zork

…not by the original developer though.

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This was one of the first games that I got on the Mac. It was diverting enough - until I got my first colour Mac and I was able to play Seahaven Towers instead. Seahaven never made it past PowerPC (68k & PPC Classic, and PPC OS X only) - but the original developers are working on an updated version right now.

More interestingly (for Mac Geeks) is that one later version of Klondike was delivered as a SuperFat Binary that worked on everything from 1985’s 512k ‘Fat’ Mac all the way up to 2003’s G5 with OS X. Clever stuff.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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I wonder if the sex-toy industry will follow Apple’s lead and release a Donald Trump edition flesh light?

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

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Well if it's PCs you're after, my first was a 4.77 MHz 8086 equipped Compaq Deskpro with 256K RAM and 5 MB hard disk.

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40MB? Luxury! My first Mac was an SE, which rocked a whole MB of RAM, System 5 (I think - it may have been 4), and a 20MB hard disk. I later bought an 80MB external drive

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