* Posts by Turtle_Fan

238 posts • joined 13 Dec 2010

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Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman

Turtle_Fan

Well effin said

See title

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Microsoft and Samsung uncloak slimmer Surface

Turtle_Fan

Not sure what the real improvement is here but as an idea it's wonderful.

I've done pretty much the same using an old dell, linux and a carpenter friend. The sole tricky point is getting the glass on the screen so as to keep it waterproof and maintain the touch functionality.

Young kids are going crazy for some of edubuntu's/gcompris games. All for less than a £1000.

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Open source team creates apocalypse survival kit

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I know it's a bit off topic but it always impressed me how most ordinary_human_beings (tm) subscribe to the rule of law and yet despise its practitioners.

And no, I'm not ordinary, I'm highly masochistic. I married one.

And I hate judges just as much as lawyers.

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Kindle Fire gets root access

Turtle_Fan

It's doable

The fire is listed officially as supporting HID profiles in their BT stack.

I can also confirm HID working flawlessly on Honeycomb 3.2. I also know that up until HC, HID support was patchy to say the least, as it was a feature built on top of core Android by manufacturers.

While I personally think this thing is a dreadful piece of tat that is severely underpowered and will ultimately taint the Android brand, I wish you good luck. And I will eagerly await actual real-life usage cases to prove me wrong as I would genuinely enjoy learning that what looks underpowered doesn't feel underpowered. (And then I can buy a few for Xmas prezzies to the in-laws).

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Ultimate flight-sim crashes into living rooms for 36 grand

Turtle_Fan

Nice...

A few corrections first:

@0laf: 36k for a plane? At best it will be a 1970's Cessna 172 with about a week's worth of remaining airframe life.

@Bronek: Yes, MS abandoned the Flight Simulator. However, all FS's are just game engines to drive third party applications like custom airframe models, sceneries, AI traffic etc. As an underlying engine it's great and its support for up to 64 CPU's and 64-bit memory will see it being useful for a good few years yet. FS9 launched in 2004 and wasn't really playable until 2007 due to hardware demands.

@JDX: The requirements are trivial nowadays and most probably met even by run of the mill dells. The thing with FSX is RAM, CPU speed and storage throughput. GPU's don't really contribute to much of anything.

Very cool set up indeed. And for those that think the 36K is preposterous (well, it IS) note that enthusiasts can spend more than half as much just putting together silly wooden models and stack tower boxes side-by-side. A fully implemented, turnkey solution could well be worth it to them, especially if you account for the endless manhours most of them devote to their models.

And no match for the cost of a real sim. (Current costs @~£500 per hour).

My only gripe (and probably any serious enthusiast's too) is that the cockpit is set up very meagrely

for a Cessna variant instead of having a full blown 4-throttle stack and integrated Flight Management Computer. So this would restrict users to flying on the "small-fry" instead of the big beasts.

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Happy 40th birthday, Intel 4004!

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Paris Hilton

Some of the old(er) hands please enlighten....

If I read this right the 4004 was purpose-built to be embedded in a calculator.

Reading the calculator's capabilities, I get the feeling that the 4004 is a bit of overkill for something that does the 4 basic calculations plus percentages with storage for one number. I understand that back in the day even this would have been avant-garde but was such a processor really the minimum necessary to deliver the performance?

Paris, cause I'm just as clueless

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Turtle_Fan

While I don't claim to be an expert I think the uniform vastness you refer to, is cache and has not much to do with "driving the DDR3" memory. It's true though that recently, cache is the most transistor intensive area of the CPU's and tends to be a major determinant of final price.

(If I'm wrong can someone point out the correct interpretation?)

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Headmaster

Pedantry at its best....

You really don't know when to press space, do you?

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Asus prices up five-core Eee Pad Android tablet

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Longer cable....

This is quite simple. Get any usb 3.0 extension cable and you're good to go. It's one of the extra pins of the 3.0 connector that signal the charger of the existence of the tab and it subsequently boosts to the 15V. Otherwise, the charger works as a bog standard 5V/2.1A usb thingy.

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I wouldn't worry

Considering we got the latest update just five days ago and that ASUS has publicly confirmed the ics update (but declined to commit on time due to release uncertainties) there aren't many other makers that can boast such responsiveness.

I jst feel sorry for the guy above as it seems their eeepc support wasn't as good as for the tablets.

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ICS Update

"Alas, Asus didn't say when such an update might be made available."

Alas, NO one but google knows when ICS code will hit the wild.

Unless you're MOTO or the launch partner of ICS (ie Samsung) there's no knowing when you'll get the code in your hands and that's before you even start gauging just how easy or not it will be to port it.

As a proud TF owner, I can testify that Asus is the fastest most reliable updater of their kit bar none!

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Why your tech CV sucks

Turtle_Fan

This guy is entertaining

And let's face it, basic errors in typing, lies and irrelevant data are part of cv writing 101.

At the end of the day it's the candidate who needs to sell themselves into a job.

But I agree that recruiters for anything below C-suite jobs are worthless rent seekers leeching on candidates' desperation and companies' icompetence/laziness.

From my little experience with hiring, the higher up you recruit for the more often one sees blatant mistakes in cv's.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire burns iPad momentum

Turtle_Fan

I'm covered with the last sentence....

Yes, the fire will be a monument to suckage with phail written all over it.

Its claim to fame (or infamy) will only be that it will suck so hard and yet still be sold at a loss.

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Billions on mobe broadband in Ericsson's dystopian future

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Holmes

Let me guess....

A mobile device and infrastructure maker, commissions a report pointing to more demand for their wares!? No s**t.

Saying that, 5 billion mobile data is dead easy considering the amount of non-phone/tab/laptop things (cars, monitoring devices for the elderly, sensors etc etc) will have their own data plan.

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Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

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T gondii test

There is a test for this and all it's extended family and they're done via a standard blood test albeit with special reactive agents to identify it.

It's not too cheap but it is certainly trivial.

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SSL authority stops issuing certificates following breach

Turtle_Fan

Why would the Chinese buy abroad for something as important to them as this?

As for brand names Huawei and ZTE are the most visible ones.

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/products/core_network/mobile_core_network/mobile_circuit_switching/201107/t20110704_241710.html

Having said that, SS8 and a few others seem pretty busy in China.

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Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus for tablets

Turtle_Fan

Something missing...

A stylus is all well and good but I didn't see a scraper included to scrape the inch-thick layer of grease that will cover the screen within a couple of fry-ups.

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HP has another crack at fondleslab market

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Facepalm

Another fool on the consumerization bandwagon

"products that are highly desirable by individuals and highly desirable by CIOs"

Ain't gonna happen mate. Because that's precisely what brought consumerization up as a topic in the first place.

An end user's heaven of simplicity, usability and customization is very close to the definition of a CIO's hell. If a product can be as controlled, standardised and administered as modern security best practice dictates, then it will stink of meh to high heaven and most consumers/end users will steer clear of it.

Tl;dr good luck with that

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Crypto boffins uncover rogue task risk on Amazon cloud

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@Goat Jam

A bit of a phail on your behalf here mate. It's meant to be so. And if you don't know why, then go look up the original phrase.

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Intel, MS destined to remain tablet underdogs

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Meego/Maemo

Why no mention of those anywhere?

There's me thinking Intel wanted to push this hard....

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Nokia launches Windows Phone range

Turtle_Fan

Howzzat?

€420 taking a ferry across the channel and hey presto they become £450!?

There's me thinking the pound was stronger than the euro....

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Google report reveals YouTube takedown requests... by country

Turtle_Fan
Facepalm

@Nonesuch

Oh, grow up will you?

Out of everything that gets posted, UK asked for 333 and the US 757 removals. That's just over 1'000 things across all of Google's services. And they didn't succeed in all of them either. And a lot of them could be the result of a court order.

Not exactly a damning indictment of our ever-diminishing freedom of speech. There's so many other much more meaningful things to be spooked and complain about. (Surveillance anyone?).

Finally Google's services != WWW. I can find and download all of Baghdad sniper's videos quite easily without relying on big G.

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K-9

Turtle_Fan

Transformer tab...

You got it to work with activesync or just plain imap/pop?

If you got activesync to work on it please please share details because it looks like the stock asus mail app and android app, don't pay well with some of the latest security policies on exchange 2010 sp2.

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Turtle_Fan

Uninstalled in 3 minutes

Yada yada yada, this thing won't even connect with our exchange 2010 SP2 server, or enforce attachment size limits.

I was hoping for a more cumbersome version touchdown but alas, that's worse than stock when it comes to activesync (btw, even my asus transformer won't play nice with Activesync).

So far, only HTC have cracked it, but that's purely because they re-worked the mail client themselves.

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Web czar: 'Drag your nan online'

Turtle_Fan

Just 1 hour...?

I've ended up with the unenviable title of IT administrator of an extended family which means I've helped put about 12 elder people online and happily doing whatever they need to.

However, if it wasn't for things like teamviewer and logmein they'd still be waiting for someone to fix things up.

On the bright side, they do come up with some genuinely funny things when the machines don't quite work as they used to or any messages pop up that are out of the ordinary. My favourite was an urgent distress call from the in-laws who experience a temp outage on their ADSL and wanted help because "they broke the internet".

Have to say though, out of the 12, only one person actually ended up using it increasingly and now can do much more than what I initially explained to them.

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Euro fraud cops crush garlic tax evaders

Turtle_Fan

Care to substantiating this with a quote/link/report?

I don't doubt you but i'm indoctrinated since childhood to question unsubstantiated/unreferenced claims.

And before you say it, no, google is not my friend, it would be if i were making a statement.

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Breathe life into your cyber security campaign

Turtle_Fan
Facepalm

You what...!?

I'd love to see the gamification idea however well-intentioned, square-up to the wall of British cynicism and dry humour.

I can just imagine the latest virtual reward being being hotly debated over a round in the pub afterwards.... (To the utter embarrassment of the winner, that is)

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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810

Turtle_Fan

BB was good... once!

There was a time when BB's were the dogs bits.

This though stopped sometime in the last 3 or so years. The devices are woefully underpowered whether you look at cpu's, memory, storage, you name it. I have never had the error message "We will close your browser page because it is too big to load" on any other device.

Granted, the email thing works even at sliver of signal and the keyboard's fine. But, even in this day and age, BB cannot be configured as a mifi. Why? Why should I splash out on sim cards and data plans when my current plan could cover all my devices?

Needless to say, I threw my BB Bold out the window and preferred to pay myself for an HTC Desire.

Why RIM? Why are you so blind?

Just being an IT control freak's wet dream just won't cut it anymore....

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High Court: Computer simulations can get patent protection

Turtle_Fan

Consider for the moment

This is most likely the same judge that delivered quite a powerful smack on Andrew Crossley and his pay-or-else anti-piracy scam, I'm not ready to dismiss him as an idiot on a mere cursory examination of his verdict.

If only i had the time to exmine this deeper.

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UK gov needs better data skills to cut spending

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Joke

Or you can try....

... importing a few greek number crunchers and the savings will be reported at twice the rate and half the time.

There's bound be a few them going spare at the moment...

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Gov IT slasher gets top civil service role

Turtle_Fan

No more GOD then...

Anyone who can squeeze suppliers and bring even an inkling of sense to the gordian knot that is government procurement is a good man.

Not sure how that skillset would fit to all the other varied roles the CS is meant to be performing though. (Namely: firefighter, cheerleader and ministerial babysitter)

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RIM stands, staggers, falls again

Turtle_Fan

While i don't disagree entirely, i don't see active sync as the hole riddled mess you agonise about.

Their policy tools allow enough granularity of control to be safe but most deployments i have seen go for the bare minimums for the sake of an elusive user-friendliness. (Eg why allow any as-capable phone to carry the data and not limit it to 2-3 types vetted by it?)

In the end, both devices are equally susceptible to the greatest vulnurability of them all; user complacency.

And even though it will make IT's life much harder, bb's are falling behind in ever increasing speeds. They're safe allright, but also underspecced to painful extremes and badly priced to boot.

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Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

Turtle_Fan

So, I'm the only one who thinks it should be someone completely unknown...

Casting too big a star would detract from the essence of the biopic UNLESS most commentards' view is that the film should be a right farce (which i completely understand)

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Qwerty Android smartphone

Turtle_Fan

As the commentard in question let me explain if I may:

- On a cellular network: I'm using swisscom in Switzerland and having toyed with HTC's Chacha and Huawei's Boulder (aka orange barca), neither device offers the option to initiate a video call, despite both being on a 3G network at the same time. I don't know why this option is not available but I'll leave it at that.

- Given that I live in an area challenged for signal, I tend to revert to WiFi for most things, hence I was looking for a way to utilise my (much faster and reliable) WiFi connection to perform those calls. This is not natively available on either device so an app would be in order which brings me full circle to my initial post.

I may sound completely ignorant to you, but that's the situation I've experienced in the area and country I live in.

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Turtle_Fan

So, while the official spec says 340 hours on stand-by this quickly becomes "less than a day" under normal use?

And regarding the camera, while many handsets sport a front camera, many do not have an app utilising them. Skype vid only works on some special design CPU's while gtalk also does not support many front camera-equipped phones and vtok is a royal pain in the backside.

So having a front facing camera!=video call capability as far as I can tell. Some clarification on this would be great.

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iPlayer founder launches next big TV thing-Zeebox

Turtle_Fan

I like his thinking...

... insofar as it solves the problem of having way too much garbage being broadcast and being difficult to sieve through to find the gems in the pile. (obscure documentaries on bbc4 spring to mind....)

Not too sure whether the time is ripe/right yet or how money could be made out of this but colour me intrigued by it.

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Netflix cans Qwikster

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Joke

And there's me thinking that they canned it because the @Qwikster handle was taken on twitter....

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Google Books app splurts 3 million titles in UK launch

Turtle_Fan

Calibre....

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Report: Web firms must do better for foreign punters

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Thumb Up

Spot on mate.

P&P is ridiculous within the EU. Most of the times, it's cheaper to get a similar thing shipped from the Far East or the US.

This malarkey regarding credit cards and addresses is a huge obstacle.

Not to mention applicable VAT....

And for the final nail in the coffin, look at products available in territory A within the EU but not (or not yet) available in territory B.

Which is why Ebay and Amazon are succeeding. They have removed most of the pain and allow you to get on with just looking for whatever it is you want to buy.

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Patent troll lawsuits may be on thin ice

Turtle_Fan

your example is conceptually wrong, methinks.

The OP's point is that to sue you must have a proven interest (ie skin in the game).

In your example, the original company robbed of its tech would STILL have a verifiable interest and be allowed to go after company A or B.

This pretty much exists in insurance contracts, whereby I can't purchase fire insurance for your house in the hope that you'll be clumsy with a lighter. I have to prove a financial interest in your property to do that.

(And that's what some peeps want to introduce on certain financial instruments to limit speculation but that's another story).

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When Ellison goes, will he go gracefully?

Turtle_Fan

As far as Ellison is concerned...

Any exit is a good exit.

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Security by obscurity not so bad after all, argues prof

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@Nomnomnom

As respectfully as possible: please get out and go look up the term on your fav search engine.

Or better still, stick to playing games....

(So much for not feeding the troll....)

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The $35 android tablet, a snip at $50

Turtle_Fan

That's still part of the gamut of manufacturers

Considering that updating is the job of a device maker, the variation in behaviour is akeen to the OP's point about working on all levels from cheap and cheerful (aka fire-and-forget manufacturers that never bother to update anything) to the extremely sleek and powerful.

For the record, my ASUS Transformer has had 4 OTA updates in the last 4 months or so. And in each case it was:

1) Reminder that there is an update available

2) Prompt about going ahead with the update (if you want to be pedantic, it also checks that battery levels are 50%+)

3) Pressing OK

How hard is that?

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

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Headmaster

Unclear or too much beer...?

You write: " Apple's decisions are good news for the faster-moving competitors, but success will be dependent on operators not pushing LTE too hard and the proximity-payment crowd staying quiet for a while, neither of which seems terribly likely."

So, whose success are you referring to? Apple's, the competitors'? To me it seems like you are referring to Apple's success although that sort of contradicts the start of the sentence saying Apple's decisions being good news for its competitors....

If it's clear to someone else, please enlighten me....

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Oracle OpenWorld snub fails to put off Salesforce CEO

Turtle_Fan

And for once, people speaking their minds without clearing every single word with the PR Dept.

Right on indeed

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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Flame

Let the flame wars begin....

This would be better published on a Friday for added effect.

I was tempted to say "don't feed the troll" but it will undoubtedly go unheeded so flame away.

I for one, am squarely on the off-apple camp for very hardware-centric reasons. Those gadgets are just not spec'd right.... They're always behind the cutting edge regardless of all the "shiny" they claim to embody.

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Larry Page sees 'tragic' future for Google

Turtle_Fan

There's not much i can divulge on the subject but if you look at composite airplane bodies and in GE's case next gen turbine blades, there were quite a few unsung and failed variants before we arrived at today's ultra complex and ultra light blades.

Then look at medicine. How many drugs don't get past clinicals for each one that does?

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@AC

Trying out loads of ideas and killing them off early before they become a drag is actually very very good business sense.

When you innovate and don't copy then inevitably you'll make stuff that won't fly. Just look at GE (which, coincidentally is what I think Google should become), they experiment and develop many concepts that never make it to production.

The difference is that with GE you're not likely to be presented or involved in it whereas with Google you're served it even when it's half baked because you are the end-user.

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Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet

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Thumb Up

Marvelously put.

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On its first birthday, LibreOffice has reason to celebrate

Turtle_Fan

@Bruno

To be honest, I thought that providing them with such bugs (which I'd gladly do) would serve to overload what precious little time they have, and end up being a hindrance rather than help.

I've beta testing for u and kubuntu and have sent countless bug reports but i was under the impression that LO guys has their hands full as it is.

Thanks for the tip.

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