* Posts by Slap

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What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits

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Is this really a suprise

Let's face it, smartphones peaked in terms of usability for most people around 3 years ago. For most there is little point in upgrading unless the old phone has failed or suffered a catastrophic incident.

Apple got a boost this year in that it finally offered screen sizes that most iOS users thought they wanted, which I also bought into (well got "free" on a contract renewal), but I've since gone back to my 4S as it's just more convinient to use day to day.

Gone are the days where a new phone release sparks excitement, and a buying frenzy, as the incremental increases in processor speed and display resolution and size simply do not matter for the vast majority of users when their old phone is doing perfectly well.

Personally I think tech needs to, well, not slow down, but stop with producing new phones every year, and then give people something with a real bang 2 or 3 years down the line. The market is dead partly because of what I've previously mentioned, and that is that small incremental updates on a yearly basis are simply not enough to get people going.

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Dead device walking: Apple iPod Touch 6th generation

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Re: Cheapest entry level to iOS

I would have agreed with you at the time Apple first switched to Cirrus DACs. They sounded very tizzy and artificial comapred to the Wolfson DACs in the classic models. However Cirrus have got their act together and the current generation of iToys leave the classic iPod in the dust in terms of sound quality.

I've played off an iPod touch 5 Gen against an older classic 120GB. The touch sounded clear, precise in both treble and bass regions, the midrage was beautifully rendered. By comparison the classic sounded flabby in the bass, treble was really rolled off, and the midrange was just muddy. I guess that's what people refer to when they mention the Wolfson DAC warmth. I used Beyer Dynamic DT1350 and Sennheiser HD25 headphones to compare the two.

In fact there are quite a number of portable sound enthusiasts (I won't refer to them as audiophiles as I find the term insulting, and they're not fools) that rate the iPod 5th gen and iPhone 6 as some of the best sounding media players out there. I'm sure the iPod 6th gen will continue that trend.

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Apple proffers FREE iCLOUD SUBS to tackle Greek debt crisis

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This is actually quite logical

I think Apple has reacted in the best way here.

There are people in Greece who use Apple's cloud and despite having the money to pay for it can't due to the closure of banks as a result of the ineptitude of the government.

So Apple give them a month free. That's right, free. Not a loan, not something that needs to be paid back later, in order to ensure that nobody loses data or functionality. It's simply a tiny bit of relief for the Greeks

I'm no fan of Apple's business practices, but the people criticising this move by Apple are utter wankers. Doesn't the average Greek person deserve a bit of leeway at the moment? (Tip, if you say no then you're an utter wanker as well)

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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

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The solution is bloody obvious.

As the title says. My solution is to keep hold of my "old" mobile, as opposed to selling it to get the latest and greatest, and then repurpose it with a cheap PAYG sim card from a vendor that uses a different network to my main phone.

If one network goes down then I have the other - it's so bloody obvious that I'm gobsmacked whenever I hear of somebody winging that their network is down.

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Ofcom: We need 5G spectrum planning for the future’s ultramobes

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we had 2g, then we had 3g

I'll happily remind you.

It stands for Long Term Evolution. A standard that was designed to be able to evolve as new radio technologies emerged.

My sentiment is pretty much the same as your's. I can already receive data faster with my phone than I can with my wired internet connection at home with LTE (but that's because I haven't yet activated the fibre connection in my flat).

The truth is that if they're going to start talking up yet another mobile data standard already then we'll end up with a half built LTE infrastructure as the telcos will hold back, not wanting to invest, while waiting for the new standard to be finalised. Add to that, that the government will want it's wedge by holding the telcos to ransom - er, I mean auction off the relevant radio spectrum for the new standard.

Currently as it stands here in Zürich sitting in the back of a bar with only 2 bars of LTE signal I got just over 20Mbps pretty consistently using that Ooklaa speedtest benchmark - which is actually 10Mbps faster than the bar's WiFi. Out in the open I get 50Mbps reliably and in some places 100Mbps is achievable.

That's way in excess of what I need for my mobile workloads, so a better LTE infrastucture covering weak areas would be way better for me than yet another standard.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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I'm just waiting...

I'm just waiting for the first "Well you must be bloody deaf then" comment

Which is the typical retort of an audiophile who's just had his snake oil system slighted by accepted and proven science.

I'm a hobby producer, and yes there is a lot of advantage to using hires audio throughout the production chain. It gives you headroom and it gives you the ability to apply multiple effects without significant quantisation errors. However for the end product delivery there's no point in doing anything more than 16/44.1.

The primary reason is that the vast majority of people will listen to the music on transducers that can't even follow a 16/44.1 accurately,

Even those with truely accurate transducers, if such things exist, will not benefit from anything higher than the CD format as the extra information is simply not audable.

Hires audio is simply the music industry's way of digging into your wallet again for age old stuff that you've already got.

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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POTS has its place

POTS certainly has it's place, even if it is just as a backup to VoIP

I can't comment about BT as I haven't lived in the UK for nearly 10 years now, but we recently had a major screw up with a european DNS server which basically killed the internet for those of us who didn't have the nous to spot where where the problem was, and to alter our DNS settings (probably about 80% of people didn't have the nous)

That also killed any telecom funtions for those who have telecoms over fibre. A major problem.

POTS however continued to work fine, for the most part. Local calls were OK, but long distance were hit and miss which means that...

...BT might actually be onto something. As far as I understand a whole lot of telephone calls that start with POTS end up getting backhauled over the internet anyway, before being dumped back down to POTS at the other end. So in the event of a major internet outage you're likely to be as buggered with POTS as you would be with VoIP, at least for anything going beyong the local exchange.

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Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

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Re: Not for the first time...

It wasn't so much a problem with the bearings, but it was the bearing lubricant that conjealed over time.

The trick we used to use was to remove the drive, put it into an external SCSI housing, power it on and then give it quick slap. It almost always spun up on the first attempt. Once running they were fine and you could recover the data no problem.

At the time we had an SE/30 using one of these drives running as a fileserver. It was made clear to everybody in the firm that powering this machine off would be a sackable offence.

It seems funny that I feel I could achieve more with 40MB back then than I feel I can do with 1TB these days.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Bratwurst with Rösti

Living in the German speaking part of Switzerland the typical post pub nosh would be a Bratwurst with Rösti in a spicy onion sauce, or simply just the Rösti.

Rösti, for those not familiar, is shredded potatoes which are then fried - par boiling the potatoes first is my preferred way and also adding diced bacon or ham. The Bratwurst you an pick up anywhere in Switzerland (Substituting a Cumberland sausage would probably work as well), and the sauce I make from your standard gravy plus onions and a bit of tabasco.

Once the Rösti is done you can then move it to the oven and melt some cheese over the top of it for a bit of extra something.

That said I don't cook it that often as it's so much easier to go to a restaurant or Bierhalle and get it served for a pretty cheap (by Swiss standards) price.

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Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0

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Thunderbolt never took off, eh

"Thunderbolt has always been fast, and has the nifty trick of connecting peripherals, carrying data and bringing video to monitors over a single cable — but it never took off."

No shit Sherlock. The only mainstream manufacturer using thunderbolt is Apple. They've been putting on their consumer gear since 2011, and only on their, ahem, pro gear since early 2014 (yes, I know the mac pro was released late 2013, but nobody could get hold of one until 2014)

You can pick up a 1TB usb spinning drive for, i dunno, going by the prices here in Swtzerland, for around £50. An equivalent thunderbolt drive would be topping £300, and that would still be spinning rust at it's heart. No consumer is going to go for the thunderbolt alternative. In fact I believe the vast majority of pro users would also baulk at the cost of TB preipherals, with perhaps the exception being RAID storage.

It was, still is, a damned good interface, but ruined by price gouging and licensing costs. I have 3 macs with Thunderbolt interfaces and never once has a thunderbolt device graced the appropriate orifices.

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VR rift OPENS UP: Total Recall Technologies hurls lawsuit at Facebook's Oculus

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Not this again

Somebody or organisation sues another somebody and/or an organisation despite not having any product on the market, or in development for that matter. Not to mention that given the news on Oculus over the past couple of years they could have instigated legal recourse at any time. Seems totally suspect that they waited until Facebook bought it prior to lauching legal action

You guys with the big good ideas in the US should come over to Europe pronto. Our patent laws are somewhat less constrictive (we don't do faffy bouncing screens for example - they're inadmissable as they're a software defined function), plus the plaintiff, upon losing, will likely have to pay legal costs for both parties.

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

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iOS devices potentially have the a similar problem

When you delete all content and settings on an iOS device all it does is erase the encryption key - it doesn't actually erase anything. Good enough you might think, but with things as they are in the infosec business I'm sure there are some working on a way of getting around this.

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Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

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Maybe

Maybe they should concentrate on fixing and optimising the current buggy and pretty crap OSes before plowing on to the tenuous "New Features" that practically nobody will ever use.

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Facebook tips India and Pakistan into NUCLEAR WAR of words

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Rock and a hard place

Include Kashmir on the Indian infographic then shit will fly.

Include Kashmir on the Pakistani infographic then shit wil fly.

Make Kashmir it's own region then shit will fly.

You can go left, you can go right, or you can go straight down the middle. Whichever way you go you're still going to piss somebody off.

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Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

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Let's face it

Let's face it, it doesn't matter if you run OS X, Linux, another flavour of UNIX, Windows, iOS, Android, we're all fucked at the end of the day.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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To be honest

To be honest, for the kind of duties I see this device being put to I'd rather have an iPad with one of those Bluetooth keyboard cases.

Sure the iPad doesn't run OS X (well it does but that's an argument for another time) and there's no finder, but by using goodreader as a file manager I could get along fine within the remit of what I would expect to do with the new MacBook.

I'm sure the new MacBook has it's market, but even as a long time Apple user I'm not in it.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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I'm calling bollocks here

I'm calling bollocks here, however I do maintain an open mind and would like to see independent testing regards to signal degradation in combination with the amount of power harvested. 30% is a wild claim and without that testing this remains in the same category as magic balls, cable lifters and $2000 interconnects in the audiofool world - bullshit and snake oil.

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Intellectual property laws in China, India are flawed, claims US govt without irony

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If you're going to outsource there

If you're going to outsource your manufacturing to these places WTF do you expect. You've handed over the Crown Jewels. Given the wage levels in these countries no normal drone is going to be able to afford the real thing, hence copies which satisfy the the local market, and perhaps beyond, are par for the course.

Personally I can't blame them.

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Synths you've been gone: Vintage tech rules at Musikmesse 2015

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VSTs all the way for me - at the moment

Ok, I really love that proper hardware synths are coming back onto the market, but it's a market that I'm not in - partly because of space...

...but tracing cables, plugging things in and out, setting up various communication channels (MIDI in this example) and then troubleshooting the whole lot when it packs up is what I do as a day job. When I get home I don't want any of that shit - I just want to make music. Therefore VSTs (or AUs as they are for me) are my choice.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Is this really good form

Is it really good form shout from the rooftops about a recently patched vulnerability and then reveal exactly how you can exploit it, literally a day after a patch has been announced, but knowing full well there are thousands, if not millions, of systems that are still unpatched, where some are likely to remain unpatched due to essential legacy software?

While I commend the security researchers for their work, I utterly damn them to hell for revealing the exact details of the exploit a mere day after the patch was released.

While I, like you, are always interested in the exact methodology, it's not always a good thing to make it public. In this case especially considering that it was simply one person who discovered the exploit, and yet now the whole world now knows about it, and can now use it.

While security through obscurity is generally an extremely bad idea, sometimes we need this obscurity thing to last a little longer.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Re: Apple OSX, Quick and dirty or...?

I've no idea why your post has been downvoted so much.

I'm in agreement. This yearly release schedule is causing major headaches with the bugs it introduces. Not just the security bugs, of which most appear to have existed for quite some before being discovered, but the stability bugs - the things that kill otherwise functioning stuff. Hence my main machine still runs Mavericks.

Apple is well overdue for a "No new features" release.

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Apple preps to DUMP crappy, sluggish iPhoto FOR GOOD

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I've had a look at this

I've had a look at this new photos app and I've come to the conclusion that, as an Aperture user since 2008, I've been well and truly butt fucked. I have over 120,000 photos in that thing with around 15,000 fully edited. Moving to Adobe would be, well I'd rather jump off a cliff to be honest.

Ok, I know that software doesn't last forever and I'm reluctantly ok with that, software houses go out of business, that happens. But when a company drops one of it's pro packages, which a lot of professional users rely on, when it's making money hand over fist just entrenches the idea that Apple's is saying "we don't give a fuck about you, piss off".

I now do a lot of work with media production houses, specifically on the music side, and since Apple announced the end of aperture I've been cautioning users on doing long term projects with Logic, now I'm actively advising them on moving to Cubase or Ableton depending on their requirements. I'm no longer recommending Pro Tools as by all accounts Avid is going down the shitter. I do, however, understand why people need Pro Tools.

A tad miffed at the moment

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

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Re: Tired of the whole analogue thing

I agree. I do everything ITB these days, and while it's not so immediate when designing patches, it more than pays for itself with the other aspects of music production. Space is also at a premium so to have virtual copies of analog synths right on my machine to pull up anytime I choose without having to go through a rats nest of cabling is a god send.

I've many times been tempted by a MiniBrute or an MS20 mini, but everytime I'm about to pull the trigger I ask myself "am I really going to use it" and the answer is always "no, probably not".

That said I do think it's good that Korg and others are actually making these classics again as I can understand that for some the tactile feel of the controls is very much part of the production process for them, and I'm not going to disagree.

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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Re: By a strange coincidence...

Very Cool. Space means I'm limited to the iPad emulation, which doesn't sound bad at all, in fact I've used it in a couple of really crap DnB pieces I've penned. Must get round to buying the Korg legacy collection VSTs which I believe includes the MS20. That MS20 is a killer for the bass lines.

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German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

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Teutonic humour

F: Warum gibt es keine Apotheken im Dschungel?

A: Weil es gibt keine Leute da, nur Affen, und Affen haben kein Geld um Medikamente zu kaufen. Deshalb macht es keinen geschäftliches Sinn ein Apotheke dort zu öffnen.

Grammatical errors aside, my compatriots are aside themselves laughing themselves silly with this one.

Who says us Brits can't get German humour.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Re: S/390

Oh, get over it. You should see some of the downvotes I've had.

It's a comments section, not a career appraisal.

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Step by flashy step: Toshiba clambers up to next gen SSD

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Re: Interesting experiment

I think a lot of SSD manufacturers are sandbagging, and using their endurance ratings as a warranty blocker. As I said in the OCZ thread the SSD Endurance Test (just google it) has shown that consumer drives, TLC included, have surpassed their rated endurance by a hell of a long way.

My feeling is that basically the manufacturers don't want you putting consumer SSDs into your data centre - they want you to pay a premium for the "pro" variants, and your punishment for using consumer SSDs in a data centre is that the drives don't have a warranty should you exceed the rated endurance.

That said I'm all for this interesting tech which increases the capacity and longevity of SSDs, even though I think that we need move away from flash into other tech still in the labs which would appear to promise even more.

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Sink your teeth into OCZ's ARC 100 SSD sizzler with tasty home-grown chips

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Re: Only 22TB?

Seems low doesn't it, but when you consider typical consumer useage, which where this drive is positioned, then it's unlikely that the drive will be completely overwritten once, assuming you discount any swap activity and any stuff the system is doing in the background - consumers tend to take a fill and then upgrade approach to storage. Even when you take the system activity, garbage collection, resaving documents etc, into consideration then the drive is still only likely to have encountered a mere fraction of it's rated endurance over it's lifetime.

I baulked at my 1TB M550's 72TB write endurance, but then I considered how I would actually use it and realised that I'll never get close to writing 72TB to that SSD.

Another thing to consider is that in the "The SSD Endurance Experiment" - http://techreport.com/review/25889/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-500tb-update - every single drive went way beyond their rated endurance, inluding TLC drives.

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The trouble with OCZ

The trouble with OCZ in the past was that they had to source their NAND on the open market, which IMO made the quality of the drives variable. Even within a particular model you would never know if you were getting good quality NAND from a known manufacturer, or dodgy stuff that was made in an unknown plant in China.

Now that they're owned by Tosh, now using NAND of a known quality, and given that the whole SSD tech has matured since the OCZ reliability debacle I'd be prepared to give them a go again.

One thing that I will not do these days is touch an SSD brand that does not have the backing of a major NAND fabrication plant. No more SSDs for me where the manufacturer is scrabbling around on the open market for NAND chips.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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What if you're mad like me

"It uses multiple technologies in conjunction with your iPhone to keep time within 50 milliseconds of the definitive global time standard."

What if you're a bit mad, like me, and keep your watch running a couple of minutes fast so you don't miss the bus, tram, train, boat or whatever?

Anyway it still remains to be seen if the Apple marketing bulldozer can convince Joe Bloggs on the street to part with his hard earned on a device where several "competent" alternative products have failed to do so.

Still a solution looking for a problem in my extremely worthy, and slightly mad, opinion.

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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

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Data retention

Ok fair enough - you write once therefore the cells don't wear out. Wear levelling and garbage collection are not needed, but what about the data retention on TLC cells. I've seen figures banded about that 34nm MLC is good for 5 years unpowered (that is without garbage collection moving the data around) - hardly archive suitable really. Makes me wonder how long the data will last on TLC at even smaller processes.

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Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!

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Re: Hmmm...

Is the loss of TRIM really a big deal these days? With modern SSDs and their advanced garbage collection routines I'd have thought that the importance of TRIM is not what it was 2 or 3 years ago.

To put this into context we're running a number of RAID 5 systems with modern SSDs built purely for performance. As you probably know TRIM commands can't be issued on RAIDed SSDs, or at least to my knowledge not, and everything is running along tickety boo - no noticeable slow down at all, even though by my calculations would suggest that the SSDs in one of our RAIDs must have been overwritten 5 times now.

Admittedly I'm running a 1TB crucial 550 on my home iMac with TRIM artificially enabled, but I am wondering if TRIM is really necessary - especially as I borked the data transfer first time round, meaning that I've already overwritten the SSD once without TRIM being enabled, and everything still seems to run like a rocket.

To that end I'm curious as to what you guys think regarding TRIM and its applicability these days

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Re: What about Nokia 6310?

Are you me?

Everything you said there mirrors what I did with the 6310i and what I do with it these days.

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Re: 7110?

Actually the matrix phone was the 8110, which incidentally didn't have the spring action. It was retro fitted with the spring mechanism just for the film.

I guess they liked it, so they put a spring on the 7110.

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'Older' WireLurker previously tried, failed to leap from Windows to iThings

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Perspective

What I find funny is that malware affecting Apple products is reported everywhere when it merely exists. In the Windows world it's only reported when it starts doing significant damage.

I'm a long term Apple user, and the truth is that there has always been malware and viruses for the Mac (the autostart worm springs to mind) and there always will be. Unfortunately most Mac users blindly carry on having made the erroneous leap of faith that Apple systems are immune to malware.

Sure, Apple systems are, by design, a harder target than windows, but most Mac heads fail to take even the most basic steps to mitigate themselves from infection.

Hell, the vast majority of Macs I come across have only one account, and that by default has to be an admin account.

Eventually there will be a hard and damaging piece of malware hit the Apple world. Unfortunately it will take that to alter the "I'm immune" culture that Mac users have.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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Re: This is not just an Apple thing

You're wrong about it's not as bad as crack. I've seen people completely and utterly lose it when told their phone will need to be sent away for repair.

Sad.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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I was waiting

I was waiting for the new Mac mini, but this is so disappointing. The idea is, that when you release a new version of a product, it's supposed to be better, not worse, than the preceding model.

I have a 2011 iMac at home and I thought that maybe the next Mac mini, with a bit of alteration, would suffice as a replacement. Alas no, so I opended up my iMac and put a 1TB SSD into it to get a couple of years more useful life out of it.

I'm known as a bit of a Mac man amongst my peers, and am often asked the question "which would be the best Mac to buy". Previously I would always be able to pick a new model that suited their requirements, but I'm now saying buy a recent second hand one.

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Re: When I started in the phone business

Oh my god, I remember putting together a service and billing system in Foxbase (who remembers that) for a Nokia Mobira service centre in Cambridge way back. It must have been 88 or 89. I always wondered what happened to the Mobira part.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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I guess it's for the best

At least the punters visiting Apple stores will have one less crap over priced headphone to choose from.

On a side note, I'm informed that the latest Beats models are actually pretty good. However the stigma of wearing a headphone with a "b" on each side will prevent me from swaying from my favoured Teutonic brands plus Audio Technica.

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

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Loving the commentary

Loving the commentary - spitting beer with every update.

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Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack

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Biometrics are broken

Outside of sci-fi films showing retina scans etc, biometrics are well and truly broken. If a physical attribute is used for access then it must be in some manner or form observable, and if it's observable then anybody with the right equipment can observe it and potentially use it

Take, for example, the bunny boiler girlfriend, who, whilst you sleep, gets your phone and presses your thumb, or whatever digit she's observed that you use, against the sensor. She now has access to everything on that device, and possibly more besides. The equipment here is your digit.

A password on the other hand is held in your head which is, at least at the moment, non observable until you enter it. Entering it carries the risk of observation but it's transitory and you can mitigate the possibility of the entry being observed.

Passwords are still the best method of computer security, at least within the private sphere.

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Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD

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It goes up and down.

Some seagate models have an extremely high failure rate, but not others.

Some western digital models have an extremely high failure rate, but not others.

Some hitachi models have an extremely high failure rate, but not others.

Etc etc.

They're all as bad as one another. And if you've ever opened up a hard disk and seen inside, as I'm sure most of you have, then you already know that it's a bloody wonder that they actually work at all.

Spinning rust's days are very close to being over, apart from a few niche applications such as high volume cold data.

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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Even though we can't hear an excited atom, I'll bet the sound it makes is "wheeeeeeeeeee"

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Bang on

Bang on article which totally tells the truth (I'm in Switzerland by the way).

I don't think I'm the only one to see this smart watch thing as a solution looking for a problem. A smart watch is today's equivalent of those 80's Casio calculator watches - really not cool.

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iOS phone phlaw can UNMASK anonymous users on social media

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Nah, if you click something bad on iOS it still just works, and precisely as it was intended.

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

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Apple didn't make a 7 inch tablet, they made a 7.9 inch tablet - do the rounding and you've got 8 inches.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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They don't scrap them straight away - they just go into the service channel for the next 5 years. It's only after that they're scrapped.

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Re: performance hike?

Actually the performance hike for most people doesn't bring much. The vast majority of people that I know who are using tablets are basically using them as email and web appliances. Gamers don't get much as it would appear that the games developers would prefer to up the pretty pretty rather than increase frame rate (storm raiders on iPad 2 and iPad Air show about the same framerate with the same glitching, but the graphics on the iPad Air are prettier)

There are cases where the raw compute performance does give a significant advantage, such as in my case the ability to have a few virtual synth/drum machine apps running all controlled by a sequencer app and then piping all that into the Cubasis app - my poor old ipad 2 almost choked to death when trying that. But for most people these cases are few and far between.

If, for most people, a 2 generation old iPad is still doing the things that's required at the speed that's required, then why buy a new one? And that is the reason why tablet sales are flat.

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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

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Bored already

Bored already with the reports about the next iPhone.

It'll appear when it appears. End of.

PS - I don't blame El Reg, Ars T etc - it's their job to report, but I'm just bored with the hype.

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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

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Re: SHould have been done years ago

Baboom tsk.

Or should that be: unce unce unce unce ;)

Bless Mr Roland.

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