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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

Joe 48

Not sure about this....

Canalys predicted that "wearable band" shipments will grow 129 per cent between now and 2015, reaching a total of 43.2 million a year.

Of course, Apple is likely to still be sitting pretty on its iPerch by then, dominating this new market.

Considering Apple isn't entering the Market until 'sometime' at the start of 2015 I fail to see how they will get any of the market share between now and 2015....

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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Re: Shut up already

Or the Scottish, if they don't live in Scotland.

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Joe 48

Shut up already

Come on Elreg. Almost every other article is about the bloody iPhone/iWatch. Enough already!

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Joe 48

What a load of boll....

I'm guessing Stephen Fry is doing more IT based consultancy work for the BBC....

I'll continue to run a VPN not because I'm up to no good, but because its good security practice!

Oh and iPlayers been so unreliable lately I'm surprised anyone even bothers trying to stream from it!

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: siri et al

I agree. I personally never use it but my daughter asks siri to do everything. Odd how a child who's new to tech (She's 6) uses this method rather than typing. Now in part thats due to the fact she isn't the best at spelling (Just like her Dad) but she choses it as Kids tend to find the simplest way to do things. To me this means Siri (Or Google Voice) are simple, its just us oldun's who feel like idiots using it, thus we choose not to.

As for the watch. I'll give this one a look. Unsure yet if I'll jump in but certainly the best looking and I still don't care about charging every day as I have to charge my phone that often. still don't get why people get so hung up on the daily charge!

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

Joe 48

Am I the only one

Who spotted the blatant Star Trek quote.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

Joe 48

How is this fresh news. I remember seeing pictures of both devices on the net 4+ months ago. If an I watch exists I'll be impressed as Apple did a good job keeping it hush as everything else they do these days is leaked. Unless that was always the plan, leak iphone/iPad news to distract from the highly anticipated Iwatch.

To me it looks like apple stole the design for the new iphone from HTC if you ask me.

I'm looking forward to ios8, the hardware is all well and good, but the tie in between Yosemite and iOS 8 looks very good.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

Joe 48

Re: One password to rule them all

A trick I used a while back was to never know my passwords. Everytime I needed access I simply did a reset forgotten password. Added to 2FA on my google mail account and it suited my needs. I've since changed this as I figured my passwords bouncing around the net in plain text wasn't the best either. But for low risk websites I used at the time it did the trick.

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Hyper-converged flash appliances are COMING. Here's one I dreamed up earlier...

Joe 48

Cisco?

Maybe something like Invicta crossed with Simplivity.

Or better yet put Invicta inside a UCS mini. Ok so the package would be a touch larger than 2U but imagine the power of it. Connected up to some Nexus switches and you've got an amazingly quick hyper-converged setup. Must only be a matter of time before Cisco try something with their in house systems.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

Joe 48

I had a gear 2 for a week and although I'd never talk to it walking down the street it worked really well in the car. Easily on par with the built in car system.

Tizen was limited, and its questionable how long Samsung will keep pushing it, but at the moment its still more feature rich than Google wear imo.

I don't get everyone harping on about batteries. If it doesn't work for you charging every day they buy a regular watch. Its like certain phone haters complaining about the lack of SD card slots. If thats an issue find another device that has those features!

Wearable tech is here to stay imo. I'm looking forward to some better designs.

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

Joe 48

Really, good looking???

Personally I think this will be the final nail in the coffin for BlackBerry. There is a reason people haven't done it since the 90's.

Unsure what other devices are CESG accredited these days but they can't be the only ones, can they? As that was the only reason we still used them a few years back but I don't deal with that area any more so I'm out of touch.

I used to be a big fan of the device for email but its just not kept up and has made too many bad devices in recent years trying to please both touch screen and physical keyboards. It doesn't work imo.

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VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down

Joe 48

Re: VMware and Partners

Answers my own question!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/26/vmware_emc_frenemy_cisco_does_deal_with_simplivity/

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Joe 48

VMware and Partners

Its not just internally that they might have issues, I wonder how partners will respond to this. Seems like VMware are now competing with them in quite a few markets. Cisco being a prime example of where VMware now have Networking and Compute tech sitting right in the same market. I wonder if Cisco will be shoehorning some storage into either the full UCS chassis or its new Mini using invicta

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

Joe 48

Re: Other phones are available

Dear Kate,

As much as I disagree, I did chuckle.

Yours truly,

Sundar Pichai

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Joe 48

Its not just Kate Bush

My local strip club has the same rules.... Apparently... So my mate tells me....

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

Joe 48

Impressive

Sounds really nice. Very odd with no gear changes though.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

Joe 48

Did they discover this

By using a FOI request?? I wonder how the Russians plan to deal with the issue should it happen?

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

Joe 48

I'm disappointed

No Zombie attack plan requests!!

I'm off to fill in an FOI request. Need to know I'm safe... and when the bins might be collected....

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

Joe 48

Yawn...

And in other news crowd funding buys rabbit a wheelchair....

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

Joe 48

The guilty plea

Why oh why did they plead guilty if they were sent the images without request.

Very odd indeed and quite possible why they got such harsh treatment as they didn't do themselves any favours.

We must be missing something?!?

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

Joe 48

Re: Some jokes... Well... Almost jokes

@Blane Bramble. Ha ha, fair enough :) I'll head $HOME now......

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Joe 48

Some jokes... Well... Almost jokes

So one day the sysadmin drove to lunch with a few Users that hadn't broken anything lately, a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer, and a chemical engineer. On their way back to the office, the car stalled and wouldn't start. The mechanical engineer suggests an engine problem and that he might be able to fix it. The electrical engineer says its probably a wiring problem he can fix. The petroleum engineer thinks there might be water in the fuel, and that he should check the filter. The sysadmin speaks up authoritatively, sure of the solution, and says "everyone get out of the car and get back in".

Q: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: None. It's a hardware problem

Q. Where does a sysadmin go after work?

A. 127.0.0.1

#thesejokesmayhavebeenstolenfromgoogle

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

Joe 48

Re: Just to put an end to this iPhone v Android

@ First AC, Ha ha, so he's not the best at teaching the english language. Spent all his time in the gym ;)

@ Second AC. My Dad is fine with that. After 20 years in Prison for beating dads he's used to it.

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Joe 48

Just to put an end to this iPhone v Android

My Dad will beat up all your Dad's.

End of debate.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

Joe 48

If target Ads 'apparently' enhance my internet experience

Why aren't they all simply adverts for more porn?!?!

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

Joe 48

Irony not lost on elreg

As they kept giving me 404 errors whilst trying to read this......

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

Joe 48

Re: iODB2 Engine Data Reader - Cheaper option

@david Roberts

Its nothing to do with the interface. What PIDS (Car sensor information) can be read by Torque are depending on if the car has a sensor to monitor those items. The bluetooth dongle (EM327 iirc) is just and interface between the phone and car.

I've always had cheap ones and no issues. I currently have this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Super-Mini-ELM327-v1-5-OBD2-OBDII-Bluetooth-Adapter-Auto-Scanner-Blue-UK-Seller-/141245988611?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment&hash=item20e2eabf03

I'm quite sure they are all cheap imported items but if it ain't broke....

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Joe 48

iODB2 Engine Data Reader - Cheaper option

Rather than this you should check out a cheap £10 bluetooth ODB2 interface and an app called Torque.

Combine the both and imo they perform better than iODB2 by a long way and for a third of the price.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

Joe 48

Its simple

For Phones, more 12 month contracts so people can upgrade each year like before, or make those that do exist cheaper, no one wants a £50 per month contract. I know they have to make money but I'm sure they can squeeze a little more.

As for tablets they might be harder as you tend to hold onto them for longer, as the initial outlay is much higher. Drop the 3G/4G one as every phone can tether these days.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

Joe 48

One device fits all?

With more and more diverse applications for watches, one device does have a place in the market imo.

Take for example I've got friends who play golf with a GPS tracking watch, they then switch to a regular watch when the leave the course. On the weekend they go out cycling and guess what, they have a watch that tracks there routes and times them that they wear and take their 'normal' watch off. They then hit the Gym one or two days a week and put on a heat rate thing and take off the 'normal' watch. I'm sure to them this is the norm but I wonder how they'd like a one device fits all?

These all sync with phones or update off the internet by plugging them into a laptop. Now I'm sure one device doing all these things could have a place. Plus all the extras that could be possible. The tech isn't perfect at the moment but just remember how limiting the first iPhone was before apps came along.

This leads onto the big issue for me at the moment, which is the lack of apps. Those that exist are poor and most tend to cost, with very few free ones. Get a good app base and increase the usefulness of these devices and I think they have a place.

For info I've got a Gear Neo 2. Its handy, not perfect, it runs Tizen OS, which will limit its life span (Hoping for an android wear port soon as the hardware is similar). Now wear is here I suspect Tizen won't be long for this world. I'm getting 4 days between fill ups though! Handy to see my notifications at a glance. Using it for bluetooth phone calls is very good. Don't have to hold the watch to my mouth for people to be able to hear me (Not brave enough to do this anywhere except in the house or car though). So far I think they have a place but its too early it the development to decide how/where they will really fit.

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

Joe 48

#keepfightingmichael

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Networked mutant flash-disk beast Nimble to smack flashy rivals with 'high-end' boxen

Joe 48

Jspiers, can you answer me one question then please. Why does active active help? You always have to allow for a controller failure so will only ever run a single controller at 50% else you'll hit issues running on a single node.

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Joe 48

Shock horror, someone spills the beans, the same day they spill the beans....

Not sure this is giving the game away considering its being announced today. In around 1 hour.

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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

Joe 48

I forgot

Caffeine and nicotine.

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Joe 48

The internet

The only tool I need. Can't say there are many places you can't get it. Bar inside certain government facilities.

Then its a copy of Backtrack, the oldest copy of Ultimate boot CD ever and a USB stick with liberKey and its full suite of portable apps.

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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

Joe 48

Re: Pointless DNS removal

I still chuckle at the fact my ISP blocked http access but never blocked https. Such a pointless exercise trying to block torrent sites. It'd be a full time job.

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ARRAY WITH YOU! Storage is growing... but you'll have to make way for new tech

Joe 48

What about.....

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/31/a_canter_around_cleversafe/

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Greenwald alleges NSA tampers with routers to plant backdoors

Joe 48

@heyrick

I think you've got enough key words in that to peak their interest for a few days. I'd suggest going into hiding for a while. I know a nice place in Russia......

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VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

Joe 48

Re: Too feature rich?

At no point did I claim Hyper-V was better, in fact i didn't say anything about which is the best platform. I stated that it does what a large amount of my customers need at a price point they like and I think the interface is quite clean and simple.

As you raised the point, for information all my recommendations are still generally VMware, unless their budget is tiny.

I've worked with Xen, VMware, RedHat, Hyper-V and even done one Oracle VM implementation. So I know the market and have a broad range of experience.

I'm still doing lots more VMware implmentations that Hyper-V but saying I'm talking bull**** as you so eloquently put it is just pointless. The market is shifting, it might not be huge but I'm seeing it and getting paid to do it!

No astroturfing going on, just facts based on market knowledge.

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Joe 48

Too feature rich?

I think VMware have gotten too big. The landscape is huge now and they're missing the simple things that keep the customers happy, like a robust license model. I see very few customers using the full suites VMware offer these days. Also they are starting to tread on the toes of the companies who have been integral to them over the years. vSan and NSX to name a few. I'm also seeing vendors going the other way. Cisco seem to be working more closely with MS these days.

I'm seeing a massive switch in customers not just going with Hyper-V at day one but also existing VMware customers moving to Hyper-V (2012 R2) which provides them with all the features they'll ever need at a great price point with imo a much simpler management interface. One than the admins can pick up much quicker. They can see a windows interface and don't have to deal with the confusion of which client to use in order to move a VM!

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

Joe 48

Re: Nice.

None of this made any sense.... So I stuck my head in a record sleeve instead. Felt more relevant to the article.

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Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

Joe 48

Re: Finally, but we need cards with more RAM, i.e. 16GIG????

It'd be great if Apple would license OSX on other hardware so you can legally run it in ESXi. However for now its just a pipe dream.

Its also a royal pain in the butt to get it working and the performance isn't the best.

On topic, this is a good idea but you'd need serious bandwidth. I can see its place in the market as the technology grows and improves. For now I'd still stay in house for graphic intensive VDI work as you can provide the bandwidth to the end points much easier.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

Joe 48

Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

It might not be common place but GCHQ do provide assistance to the police in some cases when investigating child porn or other general computer crimes. I can think of two examples in the last few months where they have been involved in information gathering as the police simply don't have the skills to do it. I'm unsure about the NSA to be fair but GCHQ do this at times, although I agree its certainly not the primary focus.

My example of identity thief wasn't related to the main issue per say, it was more to highlight what the general public perceive as 'internet risks'.

A good debate all, always enjoy hearing other peoples views and you know you've done a good job commenting when you get voted down on the reg :)

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Joe 48

Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

Fair example. Quite possible they'd have suffered the same fate regardless though.

If I had a belief in that way then I'd not hide away. Even if it wasn't written down on a piece of paper I'd stand up and fight for it anyway.

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Joe 48

Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't. @Joe

Considering my views are pro snooping who's to say I don't already work in the trade. I still fail to see how any of my data can be used against me by my own government.

As long as you are honest for SC clearance you'll have no issues. Honesty is the key, it's why I don't care what information I send over the internet is snooped. If you smoked a joint as a kid and are honest about it you'll sail through SC clearance. Heck one day you may even run the country.

If I want something to be said in private I'll go talk to them. After all life outside the web is quite a pleasant place at times.

I'd be more annoyed by identity theft than I would GCHQ/NSA or similar holding a few emails, phone calls and SMS conversations.

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Joe 48

Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

I still don't really have an issue with any of it. Its not like anything I do is top secret. So someone reads my email to my Nan. So what, I was only asking her how she was and what the weather is like.

My issue isn't them accessing all our information it's more a case of them missing the ones they should be catching because they aren't focused enough. Its a hard task to be fair and I don't think there is a right answer.

I do have a worry but its more around criminals working on the internet, taking peoples bank details, distributing child porn etc. We make the internet difficult to monitor and those people become much harder to catch and them and terrorist types are the ones we need to catch. A more locked internet makes it harder. Just open it all up.

As per the title I'm quite sure they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. They miss a terrorist and we'll nail them to the wall, they read our emails and we'll nail them to the wall.

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

Joe 48

Shock Horror!

Nope, standard.

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Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

Joe 48

Gravity??

I'm no expert but wouldn't a planet twice the size have a much higher force of gravity, therefor making everything on it rather heavy.

Anyone here about to work out the physics side of something twice the size of earth?

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Capita IT Services staff plan strike over pay this Friday

Joe 48

Damn working for CSIS sucks.

I've had to take Friday as annual leave to go play golf.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

Joe 48

Sodka Sounds Ace.

Certainly better than the last concoction I made aptly named Vgine, consisting of, Vodka, Gin and Wine. You won't need food after a few glasses although an ambulance might be required.

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