* Posts by RonWheeler

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Pray for AMD

RonWheeler

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

RonWheeler

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

RonWheeler

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

RonWheeler

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

RonWheeler

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

RonWheeler

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'

RonWheeler

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

RonWheeler

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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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

RonWheeler

Corporates

Corporates need IE. Every single place i've worked in the past 12 years has standardized on it and largely banned other browsers. To be clear, at home I never use IT - it sucks. At work - we don't let users have anything else - the mess would be hellish. Idealists be damned.

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vSphere 6.0 is BADASS. Not that I've played with it or anything. Ahem

RonWheeler

System Center

"VMware have the hypervisor. What everyone else has is nice, but if we're being honest, nobody else even comes close. VMware has the management tools that don't suck. Hell, even the web client is better than System Center, not that this is hard."

FUD

We run both and, for day to day normal work rather than feature list bragging, System Center is much more pleasant to use than VMWare's solution IMO.

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Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

RonWheeler

Huh?

Tickbox dreadful linux distro review.

Longwinded discussion of relationship with GNU / Linux. Check

Discussion of FOSS philosophy. Check.

Discussion of complicated payment strategies. Check

Barely a mention of what it actually does. Check..

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

RonWheeler

Time restrained? 2 large eggs....

Crack into bowl, stir with fork, microwave for 3 mins at 480 watts. Leave a min to cool. Bit of black pepper and ketchup. Real world busy person post-pub nutrition.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

RonWheeler

Cars on a computer site?

Oh yes, I'm a target demographic.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

RonWheeler

The Chrome embedded Flash is quite good

Certainly better than the horrible (but geek-chic-trendy) HTML5 player when using Youtube. I use an extension to prefer Flash rendering, and this is a fast desktop PC with all the bells and whistles. I 'get' it Flash can be an issue, but HTML5 isn't production-environment ready despite the hype.

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Acer to unveil a 15.6-INCH Chromebook WHOPPER at CES

RonWheeler

Proper computer?

The cheaper smaller more portable Chromebooks appeal to me more - 15.6 inch is desktop replacement land and these are -not- good desktop replacements.OK for casual web browsing though subject to usual google spying/control mistrust.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

RonWheeler

FOI

Nice in theory. Reality is it is just used by scumrat sales reps fishing for business on the back of lies ('we're phoning to renew your contract on the 48 Blackberries you bought last year').

Shame.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

RonWheeler

They're not homo sapiens. And they're selectively bred to be eaten.

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RonWheeler

Re: The New Fashion

Who cares what the consensus is? I don't care about 99.9 percent of the population's view of the Higgs Boson either.

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RonWheeler

Been ketogenic for 8 months now

No bread, pasta, rice, spuds, sugar, and very little fruit other than a few berries. Dropped from 87 kg to 75kg and feel great. General mood is much better too. No carbs other than low levels in veg and lots of lard / olive oil / omega 3 oils. Meat / fish, lots of veggies and eggs are where it is at folks.

The count calories . 'eat a balanced diet; thing sounds like good sense. Everybody down the pub will nod and agree. Except it is wrong. Simply wrong. Half the modern diet is some sort of cheap corn / potato/ rice based unhealthy junk. We are not evolved to eat the stuff. Fatness, t2 diabetes, leptin resistance, inflammation are the result.

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

RonWheeler

Good

Maybe they'll honour my pay upfront for life package bundled with the Nokia 3310 bought off Cellnet- a package which O2 have been trying to weasel out of for the past 10 years.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

RonWheeler

I feel sick

Obama just did something that doesn't fill me with contempt for him and everything Big Government American. My world-view has just gotten much more complicated. Or does democracy sometimes work?

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Hold onto your hats and follow the BYOD generation

RonWheeler

So the argument is..

.. do it because it is hip? Business logic at the very finest.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

RonWheeler

Got an aura HD already

Can't justify the waterproof bit, although since I mostly read outdoors it would save me worrying about dashing out to retrieve the book if it starts to rain. e-ink is simply so much better for reading long passages of text - tablets would kill my eyes and you can't use them in sunlight.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

RonWheeler

Gopping

Technically okay. But gopping ugly in a retro gopping kind of way. Like an ugly person wearing a curvy 50s corset is still ugly. I had one of the minicab huge mated-with-London-cab versions as a hire car in March this year in Jerez. Hated it. Steering all wrong, gutless unless you cane the ass off it.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

RonWheeler

Windows Toilet Paper?

To clean up the mess immediately after a large pile of rectangular poop?

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You know what Cisco needs? A server SAN strategy

RonWheeler

Cisco

trying to make every product an over-complicated networking endpoint..

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

RonWheeler

Luddites 1

Citizens 0

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Microsoft changes cert test providers, hints at fun new exams

RonWheeler

Suspect it means dumbed down, pay-to-pass

I work in educational publishing. Pearson have a cosy little stitchup with schools where they offer both schoolbooks (as a huge publisher) and race-to-the-bottom easy exams which make teachers and pupils look better. Even better if Pearson can also sell the 'officiial' study guide - like they do with the driving theory test - which will pretty much give you all the answers up-front.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

RonWheeler

Sainsbury's, £25, job job

Title says it all.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

RonWheeler

Might go back to BT

Been a Vrigin cutomer for 3 years now. Back in the day they were wayy better than ADSL. Now with FTTC and streaming services, their shoddy old sucky Tivo boxes and now midrange broadband aren't all that special. Might even go to BT as I only pay the Tivo tax for BT Sport to watch UFC.

Price rises not at a good time.

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

RonWheeler

'Absolutely nothing like'

must mean something different to me. Just another boring rectangular slab with a bit of bling round the edge. Deja vu..

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

RonWheeler

Re: Carbs are the killers

Interesting. However a single pair of borthers tested and NO vegetables allowed in the low carb test make me less than convincted of the validity of the results.

Also the point you make about the diabetes is questioned by another doctor here: http://www.dietdoctor.com/sugar-vs-fat-on-bbc-which-is-worse

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RonWheeler

Re: Carbs are the killers

Fruit carbs can be very bad indeed - high glycemic index.

Rice is very starchy - you simply don't need carbs. Better to fuel your body off fat and use veg for other vital minerals, fibre etc

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RonWheeler

'Balanced' diet

I hate the term 'balanced' diet. Balanced compared to what? The modern term 'balanced' really is just out acceptance of the rice/pasta/potatoes/insert-starchy-junk plus meat and two veg standard. did it for forty eyars and was permanently fat weak and unhealthy - trying to lose weight meant being ill and scrawny but still with a flabby beergut.

Dumped the carbs 6 months back and heavily cut back on beans and food with addititves too, fry with lard instead of rapeseed oil. Meat/veg/nuts/egg and a little fruit diet. Feel great, lost a load of weight - healthy.

Instead of traditional great British brekkie, I recommend stirfry bacon and cabbage with black pepper and ketchup.

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VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis

RonWheeler

Makes sense

...only if you don't have to pay for VMWare licenses. Which these guys don't. For everyone else, fewer faster boxes is the way to go.

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The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware

RonWheeler

#Dell / Equallogic

Customer here. Want.

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

RonWheeler

Only an IT department

would buy this overpriced guff. Anybody sane would but 3 regular laptops and bin the broken ones as and when they got wrecked. But IT Dept logic says you punish the company upfront with high priced unsexy bricks that you don't want them having due to remote worker support hell.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

RonWheeler

Meh

Spotify from line out PC to back of 20 year old amp and 35 year old speakers. Sorted. All this other stuff - poorer quality sound for big money? No thanks.

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Universal Discredit: Gov admits Treasury HASN'T signed off biz case

RonWheeler

Only asking

Do the Treasury actually have any power to sign off the business case? Or is this just a storm in a teacup being fanned by those against the scheme? In most businesses the finance team like to think they have final say on what gets spent, but as long as you don't go over budget in your own department they can simply don't. Is GB PLC any different?

Suspect the usual case of fluffing by those who don't want the cost of benefits to be transparent.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

RonWheeler

Re: The kids will never believe it

I'm paid to turn up pretty much.

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RonWheeler

Not just parents

Glad to see it is not just for parents. Round here i psend half my life covering for 'working from home parents' while I get shafted with manning the phones and dealing with all the random stuff that happens in the office. Curious why my time is less important because I'm not helping to further overpopulate the planet.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

RonWheeler

Misogynist bilge from the Reg

'Rich bitch'

Really? So female students who live in university accommodation and who have sex are bitches?

Well done taking us to the 1950s Reg.

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OpenStreetMap declared ready for paid use after satnav app debut

RonWheeler

OK but

I'm just back from hols in Spain and the number of times I got directed to turn down a one-way street using OSM data with Nav4Free was a bit scary. Good at the price though.

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

RonWheeler

Cisco win

The competition to win the worst product of the noughties. Expect no less from people who design a phone interface that needs 4 presses to get out of the current (directory) menu just to answer an incoming call.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

RonWheeler

I used Chromium rather than Chrome

but then the lack of media support drive me back to Chrome despite the worrysome Google/big-media hookup. Same logic applies to Mozilla right here. They have to do it whether they like it or not.

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Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs

RonWheeler

Latency

They cured that yet?

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Cisco kicks off security kit/software/cloud combo

RonWheeler

All with

a bypass-all rule at the top for the networking guys. Cos this stuff gets real irritating/limiting real quick.

When I see a networking setup where the Cisco guy eats their own dogfood, I'll be sold. Not happened yet.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

RonWheeler

Still beats the alternaives

Yeah, Win 8 sucks. Alternatives? Overpriced walled garden Orchard or endlessly installing iterations of C++ / C# / PERL libraries in polar fish-eating land.

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