* Posts by Hellcat

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LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

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Slight edit?

For a UK based site maybe you should include this bit...

•T430 (China and Europe only)

Posted from my Lenovo ThinkPad T43................ *BOOM*

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

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Re: The ONLY way to watch YouTube is...

Watching via Chromecast seems to free me from watching adverts - I guess they've had some money from me already though?

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Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

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Facts getting in the way of headlines?

The Win 10 phone tech preview, which just as a reminder is full of alpha and beta components, isn't bricking peoples phones - that was the recovery tool which looks to have been resolved.

As for the 100 days meaning the UI won't have time to change much - I've seen lots of changes in the UI over the course of the preview, and many significant ones just from one build to the next. I've no reason to think that any UI changes couldn't be introduced before the consumer preview, or the RTM version.

Com'on El Reg.

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Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

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Re: And the fix is...

A phone you must have had nearly 2 years ago? Kudos for keeping it relevent. I had a Nokia 3210. The screen resolution was awful - not even colour! Would never buy Nokia again etc.

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What's that THUD sound? It's your Lumia's best feature after unflashing Windows 10

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Re: I know reality TV@ Hellcat

Mines been rock solid stable, and even on 10 tech preview, which is full of alpha and beta software it's still not crashing. Given there are reports of the 8.1 roll back tool not working, it would be pretty stupid to run it. A bit like patching to iOS 8.0.1 after the reports of how good it was?

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Re: I know reality TV

I got bored/brave/drunk earlier this week.

My 1020 seems to have survived - will hold off attempting to undo my rash decission until the stability of the 8.1 recovery tool has been looked into. A colleague who's 1020 has been crashing and generally not behaving itself since he got it from Fleebay managed the 8.1 - 10 - 8.1 dance, but wouldn't recognise his SIM on 10, and crashed during recovery, but despite the odds is back to its oringinal crashing on 8.1.

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

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I've only paid Apple price for a PC once, and that was a Vaio A217M bought around 2001. A positive beast of a laptop, only replaced due to needing a new keyboard which by 2008/2009 was nearly as expencive as a new laptop of similar performance. Over its 7 or so year lifetime I replaced the optical drive with a slot-drive DVD, replaced the HDD, upgraded the memory, repaired the power socket, wifi switch and right click , and washed the keyboard after several diet coke and pinot grigio incidents.

Other than there being a lot of screws to undo, nothing was glued in, or held with one-use clips. I wouldn't put that sort of value into a laptop again if it was effectivley scrap should anything go wrong with it outside the warranty.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

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Authenticating via...?

So we have Skype for business authenticating with an Office 365 account, and Skype authenticating with a Microsoft/Live/Outlook.com account?

That's not confusing at all! Comon MS - single sign on!

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IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

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Last year, most material was hosted in North America (56 per cent) and Europe, including Russia (41 per cent)."

So 97% is North America, Europe and Russia.

This means either only 3% is hosted outside these fairly well policed areas, or the task of looking at the relatively lawless South America and Asia hasn't even started yet?

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

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Why is enterprise loving SSDs.

Simple. Money.

An SSD easily knocks 2 minutes (it's probably closer to 5 minutes) off our fat client bootup and login to usable desktop.

2 minutes (1/30th hour) x 5 days x 48 weeks x average hourly rate > Cost of buying an SSD.

And that's only over 1 year. Multiply by 3 or more years, and over 10,000 client devices and the productivity savings are massive*. Even the bean counters have to agree with that one.

*Yes I know it probably doesn't save the company real money as the users go for a smoke/coffee/chat at Dave's desk about that holiday he's just got back from but... when they get back it's ready for them, not sitting at 'applying your settings'.

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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Re: the server was older

I've had just enough of your SAS matey!

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: Low res?

I think just the laptop and PSU in the laptop bag came to just over 3KG

Please...

Former Sony Vaio VGN-A217M lugger. 3.9Kg excluding the PSU and port replicator! Was a hell of a screen though.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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I was just talking about this subject at the weekend with Mrs Hellcat. When we defined GMT we had the chance then to impose this - which we should have! In America? Well you will work 14:00-22:00 and have lunch at 18:00.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Another nail in the coffin...

My whole village has been enclosed in a 20mph ghetto. I don't remember in the 30 years I've lived here there ever being a serious incident. So within a week of the 20mph limit we have a cyclist under a car, and a major T-bone at a junction.

So now those of us who were driving at an appropriate speed are caught in a sticky situation. Do under 20mph and comply with the law, but have less considerate drivers tailgating and overtaking in a residential area, which has happened many many times. Or break the law by a few mph but reduce the chance of a dangerous situation happening.

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WinPhone? PAH! If you want Microsoft's mobe apps, grab an Android

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When I had an adroid...

I would have quite liked the option to have these apps or not providing they can be uninstalled. As it probably made the device a little cheaper since the manufacturer is getting paid to include them, then that's not a bad thing. Lots of companies pay to have their apps installed in the base build wether its phones, tablets, PCs or even some servers. That's just part of life and not a big issue unless there is no way to remove them.

As for the apps being available at all - good on MS I say. Ecosystem tie-in has been getting more rampant recently. Seeing at least one of the big players being more cross-platform is a refreshing change - even more so given who it is and their history! Maybe I'll buy a HUDL2 now?

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Silk Road seller 'blew through all that money using drugs and going to strip clubs'

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... the rest they just squandered.

If we're going to mis-quote Gerorge Best we could at least almost have the quote correct!

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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biased

Surely for us to comment we must be given the chance to view the supposed situation?

Without all the "facts" one must deem that the incident does not warrant being removed!

I'm Roger Mew, and so is my wife.

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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Re: Progress - what progress..?

Until they make devices that play nicely with other systems, then no thanks Apple. I'm not going to replace my phones, PCs, tablets, TV etc with iDevices just to be able to use a single device.

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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

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Re: Hmm anyone wanna start a kickstarter for .wtf and .getmeofftheplanetnow?

Something for the Weeble fan?

look@my.horse (My horse is amazing)

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Don't stop there

My Win 10 PC boots from cold to login in something near 30 seconds - and thats without SSD. I can't say I'm bothered about using sleep mode at this point in my life.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Won't someone think of the chi.... firewalls?

I'm not likely to add a nat rule to let this port out from my PCs, so internal distribution only for me.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Re: Nice whitewash, Hazel...

It's not mass surveillance.

Just like this is not my primary residence.... no wait now it's not this one.... no wait it's back to the first one again.

I've seen less slippery hagfish.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Re: Thank the gods they didn't do it like they do their dates!

Sorry old bean, but did you mean the eleventh of March, two thousand and fifteen?

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: 1 USB port? Seriously?

Would it be too mcuh to ask to be able to watch my legally bought DVDs and to look on a big screen at the photos I took with my DSLR?

Both of these must be activities restricted to only the most geeky of power users?

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: What's that sound?

Would anyone like any toast?

How about a muffin?

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Re: Need a bigger laptop bag

To be fair, it is innovative since nobody else has designed such a thin light laptop yet

Since when dd 'innovation' mean do the same thing again?

People have for years created thinner laptops as the technology becomes available. Using the latest version of someone else's technology is not innovation. The innovation is at Intel, creating a processor efficient enough to avoid the need for active cooling - therefore thinner. No doubt the Surface 4 will use the Broadwell chipset and might be thinner and lighter still - that doesn't mean Microsoft are innovative!

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: Oh well

My roaming in France on 3mobile didn't work. Called their support number from my wife's Voda but no matter how many times I selected the required network it failed to connect. So no calls or data plus nearly an hour of holiday wasted.

The second I drove into Switzerland *BING* text message "Welcome to Switzerland, feel at home with no data charges". Same for Italy and then later Austria. I switched roaming off while driving through Germany and Belgium, and the gremlins must have been evicted by the time I got back to France as it worked perfectly.

For anyone who regularly visits any of the covered countries it's a real plus. I'd go SIM only next time though - they're not the fastest to get updates out to their locked handsets.

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

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Re: I bought one in AU for $39

You bought a handset that has only just been announced for less than the announced cost? That's impressive.

Unless you meant in general, but then I've owned my 1020 for over 18 months and don't see any of the issues you suggest. The browser seems to run at a decent speed, and renders most websites fine in desktop and mobile versions. The couple of radio stations I've tried to stream worked fine, however I prefer to use Tunein to get a standardised experience free from bloat and adverts.

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The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

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About time

Well, with IPv6 and everything being internet accessible, it's about time the security companies started talking about how we're going to stop a botnet of microwave ovens burning down whole towns. I've seen them sort of questions asked here enough about the internet of things, but very little in the way of answers from the developers and promoters.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Re: ...Fall back?

That will be the air/pro/retina/mini version available from September.

Delete as applicable.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: I think you'll find this is actually...

I thought this was the Princess in a Castle for accountants. Under no situations should you ever make any money. Break even, maybe even make a loss, but never profit!

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Re: Project ara related

Sounds like you just pre-invented the Steam machine.

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Re: So I take it ...

Minecraft. Mechano. Colouring books and even plain paper.

Wrong! All wrong!

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This needs 2 thumbs up.

1 for the overall point.

1 for a kettle of miscellaneous swimming things

The Fiat 500 has won numerous design awards, but with over half a million possible configurations they must hand them all back for abdicating their responsibilities as the designer.

What a cock!

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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Re: Elephant dead?

I'm struggling to find an app with adverts in it. I have a couple which do, but the majority do not. I don't notice the adverts and typically they're not as in your face as my Android, which were often pop-up full screen links just when you're about to click something...

I don't begrudge the developers the ad revenue, and if it's a good app I'll pay the £1 or so for the without advers version.

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Re: Elephant dead?

People are leaving Windows phone because of adverts? Which ones are them?

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Microsoft leaves the Rooms. How will Windows Phone OS users make to do lists?

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Didn't even know it was there, but have a group for my family contatcs should I want to sent a text or other message to them all.

I guess I won't miss what I didn't know.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: On the outside?

Is that from 50 shades?

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

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A lot of speculation and rumour in this Apple advert. Since its not in house, why was it included? Seems fairly weak journalism compared to El Reg's usual sharp attitude.

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Samsung snub sends Qualcomm into a spin over Snapdragon 810

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Re: Think of it another way...

Bit of a bad example. There is huge amounts of cross-engine sharing in the car industry.

Vauxhall (GM) use Fiat derived diesel engines. Suzuki have used Fiat diesels and in return used their small 4x4 platform (Rav4). My old Volvo V40 had a Renault engine, and a colleague's Kia had a Merc.

The main difference is car manufacturers can still stick their own logo on the engine cover, so to the casual observer it's the same brand engine. I can't imagine many people checking under the bonnet of their smartphone to see who's logo is showing.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Fwoar! Oh, my.

No, they said RT surfaces would get Windows 10, but not all the features. Not that it makes much difference to me and I even own one. The OS will still work long after Windows 10 is retired - same for Windows phone 7 handsets. They still make calls, text, facebook etc yadda yadda.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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I'm far from an Apple lover. Don't like their products, really dislike their attitude to paying tax.

But.

Selling 34,000 phones, per hour, every hour, for a quarter of a year? Even just creating the 10 things a second to satisfy them sales, when they're a fairly complex device is mighty impressive. Mind blown as they say.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: Wow....

Reading around the i7 version is almost too powerful for the form factor. It's a real shame the disk space is directly tied to the processor spec. I'd be happy with the i3 if it had more GB of solid state.

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: lone user

You're not alone, there are a few of us out there.

When they say it will run with some of the features, I wonder if that is in the same way that a phone will run with some of the features? I wouldn't expect to be able to install Exchange server on my RT device, but being able to run IE, skype, etc should all be possible. If so, then perhaps it's not the end lf the line?

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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I agree with quite a lot of your comment, but video out? You mean with w..w..w.wires?

PlayTo streams to any DLNA device including soundbars, projectors, TVs. Wires are so awkward. Micro HDMI? MHL (what version)?

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Re: Better than the Doro phone - just

That's the issue of the Office 365 accounts not being Microsoft accounts (what were Live accounts). This isn't an issue limited to the phone, and one MS still haven't decided on a direction for.

I asked them back in July last year, and wasn't that impressed with their solution then.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook_com/forum/oadmincenter-ocustomdom/will-microsoft-continue-working-on-a-single-sign/61b45518-23e8-4d74-b32c-4d6afbd372e8

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Not too sure

There is an awful lot you cannot do with the GUI that you can do easily, and most importantly repeatedly with powershell. A lot of advanced Exchange administration is PS only, and even for the basic stuff, who wants to run through 20 mouse clicks for 1000 users when you can just pipe it in with csv?

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

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Comes with Nokia maps? Great value sat nav system.

What? It does calls as well?

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

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Re: can we ban printers instead?

LC24-10 hooked upto an Acorn Archimedies A3000.

Fantastic little printer. Had my dad printing his school reports on carbon-copy paper years before anyone else started. It's all the norm now, but on multiple pages since lasers can't do CC.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: So really

By the time you've cleaned up the bathroom and blamed it on the dog. Got a taxi or a lift to the pub. Remembered it was the other pub you drove to, and had to walk there because your lift drove off... Then you should be fine.

That's when you realise you left your car keys in your other coat.

Happy new year.

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