* Posts by TonyJ

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: Nice

"...I tried wireless for a year replacing every charger with wireless, after a year I had to admit to myself it was just a gimmick. It takes longer to charge the phone when doing it wireless, you have to get the phone aligned perfectly and it heats up (which won't be good with this snapdragon processor). Lets face it, it takes 2 seconds to plug it in for better results...

I agree with all of those points, but I added a third party charging inductor to my Note 3 and use it at work. Means I can have everything for my laptop plugged permanently into a USB hub and reduce the mash of connections plugged in and out every day, but also that I can just lay my phone down during the day and if I am called and need privacy, can wander easily.

None of which is essential, I agree, but I was / am a bugger for forgetting to plug the charging lead in.

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UK Bands

Can't see anywhere in the article which LTE/4G bands it uses.

The One had limited appeal over here due to not supporting all UK bands. Particularly, if I recall, band 20 was missing. I don't know if they ever got around to making a Europe specific version.

Although a quick look at the specs of the 2 reveals them:

https://oneplus.net/uk/2/specs

Connectivity:

GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz

WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/5/8

FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: [...] science being right and religion being bunkus

"..Religion is not "bunkus", it is a necessary tool in the construction of a society that is not based on you-got-what-I-want-give-it-or-I-kill-you..."

<cough> ISIL, the crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, burning or drowning 'witches' <cough>

Yeah. That religion sure is useful for all the world peace we now have.

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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

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Re: Lets hope they ARE being gutted

"@Turtle,

Yes, I have a mortgage you simpering douchebag. I worked for a very LONG time before I saved enough to afford one. Unlike you Mr. Grasshopper who apparently wasted every dollar you ever made."

I think, perhaps, you may have misconstrued the meaning...I took the comment to be jokey/sarcasm but fair in relation to how hard it is for people to get a mortgage these days. Indeed I fear for my kids and how they're going to manage to get onto the property ladder. Guess it'll be with my and their mum's help.

Here in the UK it seems there are more and more blocks to being able to make that first step and with house prices constantly moving upwards for the most part, and faster than wage rises...well...

Of course I could have misunderstood.

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"...You didn't expect him to stop just because he'd retired from politics did you?..."

Nope.

Mind you, do insidious cretins like that ever truly retire? I always suspect they have their fists firmly up the puppets that come behind them.

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"..Governments pass laws to allow corporations to avoid tax.

Corporations lobby/pay governments..."

This.

It amazes me that people get so blindly hot-headed about legal loopholes that corporations then "exploit".

Here's the problem - if a government (any government) makes tax laws that are so incredibly complex but full of loopholes, then massive corporations who can afford to pay the large accountancy firms (who themselves contract to said governments to advise and assist in the making of these laws and loopholes) will exploit them. More than that, corporations are not individuals and have a legal duty to maximise profits for shareholders meaning that they have to exploit whatever loopholes they can.

And I use the term 'loophole' loosely here as more often than not, it'd probably be more accurate to call them something like 'purposefully constructed mechanisms'.

Governments are then left going after the small businesses and individuals - who more often than not don't have the financial ability to fight their governments in court and will so just pay up - to make up the missing revenue.

I'd like to believe that tax laws could be simplified but honestly I don't know how feasible this is.

Mostly though the accountancy firms, politicians and corporations all have their snouts in the same troughs, feeding greedily from the same gravy train. (Apologies for the mixed metaphors).

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

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Re: Existing cards

"...My cards have zero liability to me, as well. But it won't stop a bank cancelling the card when fraudulent use is detected, requiring you to get a replacement..."

I moved from Smile to Barclays a few years ago (primarily because Smile were incapable of providing anything like real time transactions and on the odd occasion I had to phone rather than use the web portal, they'd made it almost impossible to get through to a person to speak to).

Last year someone managed to charge a load of transactions for what appeared to be office supplies and printing services.

Since I occasionally do buy such things, the fraud went unnoticed by the bank but I spotted it the next day on the banking app.

One phone call later, a trip to the local branch at lunch time and I had the money back in my account, the original card cancelled and a replacement in my hand. All I had to do was sign a document to say the transactions were outside of my knowledge, consent and control.

All very painless.

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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

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I've never even visited Reddit to be honest, but surely there is a huge difference between discussing something along those lines openly (I have desires to xxxxxx but have never acted on them and it's a lonely place to be, kind of things) and actually encouraging others to commit such acts or admitting to them etc?

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: "...mockery..."

"...Australia wins on the poisonous spider competition..."

Australia wins on the "everything and anything trying to kill you" competition.

FTFY

I refer to the old joke about the boffins doing the longest, largest study ever undertaken with regards to dangerous flora and fauna in Australia.

After many years, they finally reported that the only thing harmless to humans there are some of the sheep.

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

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Re: A bit of a false comparison

"You can't really compare OSX as a single entity against multiple versions of Windows - OSX comes in new versions too at reasonably predictable intervals. I know the upgrading of it is a lot nicer, and most Apple users shell out for new versions fairly quickly as (a) they can generally afford to and (b) the upgrades tend to be trouble free and add something worthwhile, even if they are smaller in scope than new major versions of Windows."

You make a good point about the versions, but OSX upgrades have been free for some time now.

And I'm yet to see an upgrade yet that doesn't break some third party app or utility.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Bye bye, old girl

Loved seeing her fly even if it was mostly at air shows. Certainly one of the most recognisable and striking shapes of any aircraft.

In my youth, as a member of the Air Training Corps, I got to marshal a Victor which included a visit into the cockpit. Oh, happy memories. :)

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Does your company really need all that storage?

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Re: The real problem here...

"The real problem here...

...is simply that the users have an expectation of unlimited capacity and seemingly no way of determining what needs to be stored, and what should be discarded.

I dread to think what their homes are like."

Why?

Physical objects != Data

Equating data in a world where the likes of Google, Microsoft, Dropbox et al all give away GB of free storage to how people hold onto and store physical objects is not really comparable.

Combine that with the message people have been fed over the years to backup, backup, backup and I can see easily why the same pieces of information - photos, documents, etc are kept ad infinitum. Especially where there is no direct cost to the individual storing it.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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"..Having owned 7 different Subarus, I agree that they are superb cars, particularly the Legacy/Outback."

"..every few years you get a massive catastrophic failure of the engine or transmission that costs an absolute fortune to fix."

Sorry but we have different definitions of superb...something that has a catastrophic, potentially multi-thousands to repair, failure every few years? If nothing else, I want the new vehicle I've bought to be reliable enough that it won't cost me thousands.

I have an L200 specifically to hold all my diving kit and to be able to haul it all cross country when we're cave diving. It has a [mostly] traditional selectable 2wd/2wd/low ratio/locking diffs selector.

Mitsubishi replaced the first one I'd bought because it was so unreliable but the replacement is much better so far.

One of the many reasons I chose it - it has a 5 year, 100,000 mile warranty.

I'll tell you in a few years how reliable this one's been :)

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Re: Subaru knows the correct lanes as well!

"Btw, we get almost 48+ mpg on the motorway at 80+ :) "

In the interests of legality and for any old bill reading, I presume that is kmh not mph ;-)

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Re: "Outlook would have been perfect."

"But Outlook? Why hasn't someone come up with a suitable alternative ? Or have they? How hard can it be?"

Because until fairly recently, MS wouldn't give any information away on their MAPI protocols.

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Re: "Hate fest"...?

I don't always agree with you, Dogged. But. Spot on. Upvote from me.

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Re: "Hate fest"...?

"...If the device is running Linux then it is a computer which is being used as a device.

There YOU go - Fixed that for you...."

I am sure, the average person using a set top box, or router fully understands that. Anything to get the year of Linux, eh?

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Re: "Hate fest"...?

Re: "Hate fest"...?

You couldn't get on with Linux? It runs on more devices in the world than any other operating system so you are using it just about everywhere and you just don't realise it.....

There you go. Fixed that for you.

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Re: "Hate fest"...?

""Hate fest"...?

A bit strong, no? I've re-read the comments and yes, there are a few negative ones, but more go along the same lines as mine about bloatware, and there are even a couple praising MS."

Actually no, it isn't a bit strong. When I read down the comments right up to that one there really wasn't anything you could read as "positive" or "praising".

There is a definite lack of balance on here towards Linux. I'm not sure why so many Linux users, admins and devotees land here at El Reg. Sure, MS have a lot to answer for. They have, in the past, created some really awful software. Indeed, with the release of Windows 8 and the attempt to bring a phone/tablet look and feel to a traditional desktop, I think anyone would struggle to deny that they made one massive abortion but at least they tried something. And I'd even say that take away the GUI and you actually have a decent OS underneath.

I won't deny that a lot of MS's software is huge and bloated. I wouldn't begin to try and claim I know or understand the technical details of why, but to the people who switched to Linux xx years ago and haven't touched a piece of MS software since...what makes you think you're qualified to discuss the merits or problems of said software? I won't even suggest you try it, since you are obviously so biased in your thinking. Chronological error..."Why do/think that?" "Because I/we always have".

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Re: I miss System 7

"Norton-something or Adobe-something-else, or any of a number of dubious third-party control panels or extensions or 'screen-savers'. I recall there were many such niceties that did not play nice and though they could be shown to be the equivalent of digital foot-binding, it was nigh-impossible to convince people to do without them- though they were a drag on system performance."

Not much has changed there then.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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"How about 7400 ICs and wire-wrap ?"

Oh god I loathed wire wrapping.

But...the end results looked enchanting. Almost beautiful if done properly.

It's worth noting, not much (if any) of mine did! :)

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Re: Reminds me at Uni ...

"Reminds me at Uni ...

I programmed a bit-slice CPU ...

And hand soldered my final year project."

Mine were much less fun.

Had to design and build a bar code reader. It did the utterly pointless thing of reading the bar code, and recreating it on a plotter - also built by me.

Had to build a memory expansion for the "D5E evaluation kit" to hold the necessary lookup tables and "driver" for the plotter.

I learned far more about bar codes than anyone would ever really wish to know. :)

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Re: Tip of the hat

"OK TonyJ and anyone, what is the THIS that you want teaching?"

The underlying architecture of what drives a computer.

How the core components from a transistor upwards come together to make a gate. How gates come together to build logic. How... and so on.

In other words, it's all well and good showing kids how to use PowerPoint, but let's start by showing them how the actual computer works.

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Tip of the hat

I am always amazed at the dedication some people put into their hobby projects.

And I agree with the other posting - THIS is the kind of thing that should be taught about in school.

I don't envy him when it comes to troubleshooting it though. Ouch.

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Surely I can't be the only one worrying..

"I think many people on this forum are complacent in their relative financial comfort. We've frequently commented to each other that the readership here are pretty unrepresentative of the population in general. This really is another aspect of this"

I couldn't agree more. I have been in a similar situation in the past where, thankfully many years ago now, I had to wait to replace the burst tyre on my car and drove with the space saver spare on it until pay day.

As I'm trying to get my son to understand "It may only be a tenner...but if you don't have it, it's suddenly a lot of money"

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Re: @TonyJ re the Escape Key.

"...The first mention of computers from the page you linked to is in 1984. Wiki claims that the Escape Key was present on TeleType Machines as early as 1849. So to answer your question, Yes. =-)..."

Do you have any evidence of this? Because according to these sources, it was invented in 1960 by Bob Bemer:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc_key

http://www.bobbemer.com/ESCAPE.HTM

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/magazine/who-made-that-escape-key.html?_r=0

I am genuinely curious if there are documented uses of it prior to this.

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Re: I'll remap that key.

"You screw with a bog standard key to install a gimick in it's place, I'll remap it back to what it's been since before your company came into existence..."

Really? https://www.toshiba.co.jp/worldwide/about/history.html

We had escape keys on keyboards prior to 1873? Wow

On a less pedantic note, I remember Toshiba laptops fondly from the mid-late '90s when I worked as a repair bod and although the hardware, build quality and customer support back then were first rate, they did have a penchance for dicking around with non standard keyboard layouts.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Re: Plex on a NOW TV box third the price

Plex on a NOW TV box third the price

Sideload Plex onto a NOW TV Roku box (£10) and Bobs a male relative

I have a few NowTV boxes and they have a mix of Plex (moved away from) and Emby (what was MediaBrowser 3 which I can seriously recommend trying out). But as I understand it, it is now much more difficult to sideload other applications onto them?

If only the NowTV boxes would do Amazon Prime streaming, it'd be perfect for my uses.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Re: Simple answer why usage is growing

"Exactly, because Apple are the only company who specifically refuse to allow you to run OSX within a VM legally."

You can run OSX in a VM. That VM must, however, reside on Apple hardware

I guess this is a follow on from when Jobs scrapped the licensing of Apple clones. It makes no sense now though in the modern, virtualised world and is just another example of their locking in users.

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Well we need to agree to disagree. I've just recently completed a multi-thousand user refresh for a council in England.

As part of the requirements gathering, I spoke to a large cross section of users across multiple departments and I am struggling to recall any issues with Windows and/or Explorer. RSA/Web access/Application Issues etc etc but nothing I can remember as being the OS.

But I guess if you see the glass as half empty, then you will just reinforce your own negative perceptions.

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Re: My Tuppence Worth

Yup...Apple treat their staff really well! http://reg.cx/2fM8

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Re: My Tuppence Worth

I generally like and for the most part agree with your comments Trevor, but "The problem with Surface Pros is that they are sold by Microsoft, and Microsoft can't be trusted with anything, ever. They not only don't have our best interests in mind, they aren't even trying very hard to hide it any more.

Cloud first, mobile first. Staff, partners, developers and customers last"

First off - no company is ultimately there for the good of the people that work for them or their customers. They're there to generate profit for the shareholders.

Secondly - name me any other company of similar size to MS in technology that doesn't have all the same motivations and problems? Apple? Google? Lenovo? HP?

Thirdly - MS will eventually learn. It may come too late, but the steady kicking they're giving people like us by pulling Technet subscriptions, not listening to feedback etc etc will eventually come home to roost, so don't think I'm entirely on their side.

Ultimately though your comments show that you've sadly become blinded by rage with MS and it clouds some otherwise perfectly valid arguments.

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"Don't confuse reluctantly using Windows with "not hating Windows". In my experience, most people who use Windows loathe it, but feel they have no other choice.

Really? Because my experience is that most normal users - i.e. non technical personnel are absolutely and utterly ambivalent towards it - it's just something that is there and that they've got used to using on a day-to-day basis and really don't care one way or the other. The general moans have always been towards the particular application(s) they're forced to use, rather than the OS.

And therein might be the problem. Because they're not technical they moan about Windows as opposed to "Application X, Y or Z".

I've spent most of the last 20 years specialising in Citrix technologies and I still see and hear complaints about Citrix that are utterly unrelated to it - but it's a word they know, and is the most visible thing to fail.

I would also suggest that this is another case of the echo chamber as reported recently on here - if you mostly mix with non-Windows users, you will only get a positive reinforcement of their opinions. And when that comes to Linux/*nix/OSX they tend to be a very vocal group too.

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So you have such a low level of knowledge about an OS that you require the assistance of Google to use it? And that, somehow is a failing of the OS?

And yet, despite some admittedly dubious decisions about the GUI choice of Windows 8.1, my 7 year old son can happily pick up a Windows laptop and find his way around it?

I reboot my laptop roughly monthly after applying patches, whether said patches require it or not. Otherwise it gets hibernated every day.

"many/most people hate Windows.". Whilst I agree that many on here may hate it, given there seems to be a larger than average Linux contingency than elsewhere for general forums, give me some sources that back up your spurious claim that MOST people hate it.

Nice rant, otherwise.

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"Because Macs generally (for most values of generally) just work; a feat that Windows hasn't been capable of since Windows 2000.

What an absolute crock! I don't know anyone who would complain that Windows doesn't 'just work'.

It may not look or behave quite the way they are used to or like, but to say that it's not functional really goes too far.

That you prefer to replace a machine and hope for the best speaks more about your lack of knowledge and ability and points to abject laziness and apathy than it does about the operating system and the chances are, it's down to some third party weirdness anyway, not the OS.

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Re: Not my experience

"There are plenty of Mac users who aren't scientists or zealots..."

I'd count myself in that group. I have a late 2011 MBP but it spends 99% of its time booted into Windows.

From a hardware-perspective it was equal cost for similar spec compared to say the equivalent Alienware laptops available at the time and has been far and away the most physically reliable laptop I've recently owned.

But since they (Apple) have decided that the newer variants can't be upgraded, my next choice won't be another one, but back to a traditional Windows based laptop.

At the end of the day I will choose whatever makes more sense at the time I need to replace it.

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Trustwave: Here's how to earn $84,000 A MONTH as a blackhat

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Who says crime doesn't pay?

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Wonderful pieces of engineering

See title.

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We stand on the brink of global cyber war, warns encryption guru

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Re: us military why?

I know it's Friday and all, but are you high? Do you even understand the concept of irony, or are you just trolling?

"If I can't win, I'm taking all of you with me" is literal.

From the country that brought us the original nuclear arms race, that has been pretty much the dogma for decades. Hell the only reason I don't want us, the UK, to scrap and not replace Trident is so we're not completely toothless in the face of the world we currently live in, regardless of all the rest of the arguments that get bandied around.

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Re: Anybody who uses the term "cyber" in this context ...

"...... can probably be safely ignored."

I bet you said the same thing about Snowden

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

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"...That's nothing but the confirmation of existing law..."

I thought I was missing something, or that perhaps we just have better protection in the UK but it did read very much the same as what I'd already consider normal behaviour.

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SourceForge sorry for adware, promises only opt-in in future

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Re: . too late.

"Their site's UI makes determining which "Download Me" link is the one for the program you're there to get rather than the adware they're trying to ram down your throat. "

Have an upvote for this alone! I gave up on them ages ago just because it's so hard to guess which link you need to click.

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: RIP Steve...

I also have a late-2011 15.6" MBP.

It has 16GB (Non-Apple) RAM, a (Non-Apple) 1TB SSD and a (non-Apple) 1TB HDD in a (non-Apple) optibay in place of the superdrive.

95% of the time I bootcamp boot into Windows. A few months ago the need came to do some testing with Win 8.1 so I blew the then 7 away and replaced it.

It does everything I need it to, including the odd game as I wish to play which isn't that often.

I've said it many times on here that it's been the best Windows laptop I've ever owned to date in terms of performance, reliability and aesthetics. It has some oddities when it comes to things like not being able to install an OS from USB (even USB attached superdrive).

No way in hell I'll be buying a newer MBP to replace it when the time comes - and I've generally upgraded every couple of years or so as I'm quite tough on laptops due mostly to travel. All of my non-Apple upgrades couldn't have been done. So no. No thanks, Apple.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Oh, how cute. (was:@1980s_coder)

"One of my fanbois has decided to downvote every post I've made in the last couple weeks (or so)."

Possibly because a lot of what you reply with has often seemed to be posted just to be contentious?

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"How difficult is it to post 100 comments in a year? I've posted over 800 in the last two months, and had more than 3000 upvotes in the same time span."

I'd prefer to have a life.

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Re: Hmmm...

"In my head, that's translating as "he was a obnoxious prick", but I'm sure that's just me."

Well my own translation was "bully" but yours is just as good.

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Re: GOOD

I couldn't agree more. Whilst on principal, I generally have no objection to killing to eat, these morons that do it for sport are just that...morons. Especially the ones who do it from hundreds of metres away with high powered, sniper-scope equipped weapons.

I often wonder how brave they'd be if the odds we evened somewhat - I reckon we'd see more stories like this.

Just a shame the fish had to die.

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So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

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FAIL

They're lucky

My wife and son can't seemingly send any text or imessages from either of their EE handsets at the moment!

I don't have the detailed information to hand at the moment but they would appear to have started to exhibit it at the same time over the weekend.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Still doing 32bit

Noticed on MSDN the insider preview comes in a 32 bit flavour. I am surprised they still do x86 client OS's these days.

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