* Posts by RonWheeler

456 posts • joined 3 Mar 2012

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Scott Adams

Scott Adams (the Dilbert bloke) does a blog. It is a great writeup on how Donald Trump works on a persuasion skills level.

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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The opposite

of good enough is perfection.

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: The problem is in fact the opposite

Thanks. One sane logical comment in the storm of mass PC stupidity.

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Re: Genuine question

So if a gay man gets an erection in the male showers he should be punished?

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Re: Genuine question

Define trans-gender individual? Not baiting here - what is to stop a (statistically mode) normal bloke walking into the female showers then claim to be trans-gender?

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Genuine question

So the entire team of highschool male jocks decides to wander into the female showers and get naked in front of the naked females. That is now okay/legal as long as they claim female is their sexual identity?

Not trying to be reactionary and would in-an-ideal-world- like everyone to go to the bathroom they choose. But - just want some sort of safeguards against regular heterosexual pervs.

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

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Re: Still ugly blocky flat interface with broken start menu

Wrong.

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Still ugly blocky flat interface with broken start menu

Yeah, I get it, it sort of half works on my Linx 10 tablet. But for my main desktop PC, Win10 is still an ugly abomination unless i tweak the hell out of it with Windowblinds 10, Start 10 etc etc.

MS - fix the ugly and unusable, not the broken Chrome/Firefox downloader..

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Net neut naught: Netflix throttles its own video

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They need a download option

Even if it is too complex for we, the stupid users. Spotify and iplayer got it right.Streaming = being an ISP's female dog.

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Google tries to run from flailing robotics arm

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Genuinely impressed

Was expected to be feeling very 'meh', but that is genuinely impressive fluid life-like (I know....) adaptation to the environment. Would rather see Google funding this than their ever-expanding stalkernet.

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One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020

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To be fair

I bought a detachable keyboard for my Linx 10 and never use it. The onscreen keyboard is good enough for the usage scenarios where I'm using a tablet and I don't want the extra bulk. And at least Windows 10 is a usable tablet OS (read Chrome launcher), unlike phone-centric Android. For real work or gaming - desktop, big monitor and fullsize keyboard can't be beaten.

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Cisco says CLI becoming interface of last resort

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Overpaid arrogant gits

promoting job security through obscurity.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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No case

My desktop rig ahs had i3 processor (Haswell) with big passive heatsink, 750ti graphics with accelero s3, and a passive psu (single biggest cost). Best tip I've found to make it work well is to get rid of the case entirely. I just use a testbench platform as a case-substitute. . Natural airflow and heat escape.

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Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

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Of course it would be a precedent

Every thin end of the wedge measure (censorship to stop hardcore porn / terrorists etc etc) uses precisely this tactic

And the law works on precedents.

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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

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APUs

AMD moaning that their failed 'APU' strategy doesn't work.

Non gamers - don't need APUs as they don't need that level of graphics.

Gamers - don't need APUs as they're underpowered to run games so will buy discreet.

Laptop owners - won't buy AMD since their energy efficiency is decidedly sub-par.

Leaving half a dozen HTPC types.

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UK Home Sec stumbles while trying to justify blanket cyber-snooping

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Two camps, no meeting of minds

Either you're philosophically pro 'freedom' in which case no snooping is ever going to be good and any invasion of privacy is bad-guy-stuff, or you pro 'safety' in which case the freedom brigade are just childish terrorist-abetting kiddie porn downloaders.

Much insulting, little logic.

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Microsoft offers pay-as-you-go data SIM for Windows 10 devices

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Re: PAYG Data?

3's 321 should suit you.

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Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones

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X86

If they did an X86 Windows 10 phone tat could be plugged into a monitor and become a regular PC, I'd take a look. Windows on ARM simply makes no sense for me due to the app gap.

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Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

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Demos

If publishers produced demos of games it would delegitimize the whole scene. Till then, try before you buy is a valid consumer backlash..

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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Killing wife's laptop - grrrrr

Svchost is going bonkers running wuauclnt at 60% CPU on wife's old laptop since the Win10 upgrade thing. Service restarts and cache flush make it go away for a few days, then it comes back. She didn't have this issue before the Win10 nagware appeared. Coincidence?

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EU mobile roaming rules to save customers billions in bills

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3 in Spain

Worked pretty okay for me, given I was in a rural backwater. As a Spain regular, the 'feel at home' deal is the main reason I stick with them.

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VMware backs out of Virtustream business

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Confused messy overpriced vBlah

Their core product (ESXi / vCenter) is a great on-site tool if at heart a little SMBishly messy.They're upscaled with a bucketload of Prittsticked-on vProducts at too much cash for a load of headaches.

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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Meh

If you're at work, the IT team have stuck a man in the middle cert on your PC and you can do nothing about it unless you're in the hypocrite brigade IT the IT department. Who probably also have a direct firewall rule onto the net to avoid the annoying proxy server too..

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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

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Re: Buy 8 to upgrade

I did - I got normal Win10 Home.

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Buy 8 to upgrade

I bought a cheapy Lenevo with 'Windows 8 with Bing' - specifically to upgrade to 10 (without Bing) for free. Suspect others are doing stuff like this too, which will make the figures look odd.

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Downloads for Windows 10 November big-bang build axed by Microsoft

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Annoying

Did my desktop PC last week direct to 1511. Apart from being fugly it works okay so went to do an old netbook on Sunday by same method - which had of course disappeared. Grrrrr....

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Microsoft boss Satya Nadella is paid $18m – and would trouser $20m if sacked

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It is 2015

His haters seem to think it is still 1998. They have to out-google Alphabet or whatever the hell they're called.

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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

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Competing with Apple for poseur idiots

High margin niche fashionista toys are of course tempting to sales bods. Yet Lenevo et al will continue to grow on sub £200 lappies like my S20. The big boys will wither and die in consumer land I reckon with their complacent unoriginal me-too products . .

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: but what are they going to do?

I suspect most owners won't want the 'fix' as it will almost certainly put the vehicles into permanent geriatric slug mode.

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Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

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Re: Marshmallow

Doubtful. Cyanogenmod will though.

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

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Yes, you can, and I have, but the swipe paradigm sticks.

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Outlook.com > Outlook

Loved the Outlook.com app, hate the Outlook one - it could have push disabled, which as a PAYG data customer is important. Also don't like the Swipe paradigm of the Outlook app they forced on me. Also hate the blocky garish Win8 style interface.

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PEAK FONDLESLAB: Fewer people will use tablets next year – claim

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Bought one, lasted a month, unlikely to buy another

Had a Nexus 7 for about a month. Flogged on Gumtree due to lack of usefulness. Phone is easier to use due to one handed thing. If I want to do something the phone couldn't do, my full desktop is first choice or £150 Lenevo S20 11.5 inch laptop second.

Also app ecosystem is too phonecentric for tablets - even doing basic stuff like copy and paste is a faff on tablets.

I can see them being useful for watching movies on the train.Anything else, meh.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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No

No flies on me....

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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Re: Guilt all round

No lie like a half-truth.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

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Guilt all round

Sweden for having idiotic sex crime laws that shouldn't be a crime in the first place.

USA for being arrogant international bullies with a shady record in treatment of foreign prisoners ( G. Bay)

Assange for being an arrogant annoying twit, and jumping bail.

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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Completely daft article

IoT does not equal software defined anything.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Yeah but

To most poeple it is slightly less blocky and ugly, and it has a Start button. Job jobbed.Never underestimate the stupidity or lack of privacy concerns among the common man.

To me the whole thing backfired - I can't install from the App store without it wanting my hotmail account details and automagically switching my primary account over to that. Naughty and sneaky, and means I now ignore the MS app store. Own goal? Who knows.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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Re: Scum

So every employee who has ever slagged off their employer is scum?.

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NE's phraseology is bad

but there is some, slightly vague, slightly theoretical work being done on non-native EMF showing it can have an effect on the human body. See books like 'The Body Electric'. Some of the quantum biology stuff is a bit 'out there'.... I used to be a EMF cynic until I hooked myself up to a regular multimeter and stood beside from the microwave oven.

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Why?

Why is the headline

'OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace'

and not

'OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Women are overheating men out of the workplace'

?

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Pray for AMD

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Idiots

They've spent the last 3 or 4 years trying to build some godawful CPU/GPU hybrid thing. That isn't very good and nobody apart fro a few hardware forum teenage fanboy types understand or want.

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Blurred lines, as consumer tech swallows delivery of BIG IT

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Wrong premise

The problem is 'qualified professionals' who are adamant that CLI is the only way to configure a switch, powershell is the only way to send instructions to Windows, SQL Plus is the only way to control Oracle etc etc. Snobbishness, justification of certification, paranoia, lockout of other people in other teams etc

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Legal?

Being legal is for idiots. And that is one of the biggest tragedies in itself.

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Bring on the Music, Apple: Spotify ups the ante - and money pot

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You should try it (Spotify that is)

There is a lot of good new music out there if you look. Not having to pay for a CD or suffering the (usually dire) playlists of radio stations makes trying out new stuff risk free and rewarding.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

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Overpriced

Went from S3 to Nexus 5. Cyanogenmod on both so Android version not a factor. Samsungs too pricey to stick with the habit even though the hardware was better (till they dumped removable battery and microSD).

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Personally

I bought a cheap Win 8.1 laptop because I know the 10 upgrade will be free. Would have held off til release of 10 otherwise. Certainly wouldn't have bought at 8.0.

I think businesses will start using Win10 next year after a splurge of testing.. Realistically i don't think we'll ever see a Win95 or XP era sales surge on the back of a Windows OS again. The trend now is to remove bloat, not add.

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Every workplace already snoops HTTPS

...with a man in the middle trusted certificate. While it does prove 'something', the mindset of HTTPS being secure is a borderline joke.

Havn't used Firefox in over a year now anyway. It is simply a confused mess IMO. Swapped to Chromium and no looking back.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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I get it, but

I get it - better 'legitimate' security bodies use approved known methods to access devices than continue the arms race of encryption and backdoors. And yes, I'd prefer it if they worked within a rigidly defined legal framework with proper scrutiny and, subject to a time delay,public review.

BUT. Until these bodies are subject to true scrutiny and working in a legal framework, I don't trust NSA, GCHQ or any similar agencies not to misuse the data collected.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Almost

Price / performance and size are right (I'm mainly interested in the £180 11.6 incher). Non-replaceable battery and shiny screen means I'm still looking..

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