* Posts by BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

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Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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Re: Home UPS

Yep, been there, done that when work bought some cheap UPSes from a second hand IT kit place. The output wasn't pure enough so kit just refused to work on some UPSes, and only worked when we turned sensitivity right down on others. APC Smart UPS worked with no issues.

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IoT manufacturer caught fixing security holes

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Re: Household insurance

Go on, it's Friday.

Average breast size in the UK as of late 2015 : 36DD

Weight of a 36DD breast as per a wikihow article : 36E (close enough)=1.7lbs per breast=3.4lbs for both, or 5.1lbs if you're Eccentrica Gallumbits or that woman off Total Recall.

Weight of a bag of potatoes=2.5kg

3.4lbs in kg=1.54221 (truncated at 5dp)

40 bags of potatoes=2.5x40=100kg

100kg/1.54221=64.84

So, 65 pairs of jubs, assuming an average jub quantity per person of two.

or 44 gallumbits worth of pressure on the lock.

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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Bullshit, Nexus 5 can't run Android 7..

Not buying it. Nexus 5 has a quad core 2.2GHz processor and 2GB RAM. Even if it downclocks to 1GHz, and the dalvik runtime is a bit bloated, sounds like a lack of optimisation rather than substandard hardware.

My 2012 phone happily runs Marshmallow courtesy of Cyanongenmod, provided I don't try Pokemon GO. I think I can live with that..

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Re: When life imitates art...

You could have told them which switch port - if all switches are intelligent. There are plenty of installations where only core switches are intelligent, or none of them are.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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'AMD doesn't want to talk about exact benchmarks at this moment'

aka it's going to be slow. This is a workstation processor without workstation features (except ECC). To impress me it'd need improved virtualisation features (Intel is undeniably the clear winner here), ideally dual socket support by default (which would of course eat into AMD's lacklustre server offerings), and an integrated APU (OK, maybe that should go in the server processor, but it destroys the lie that AMD is committed to HSA. Basic VDI built in would be useful)

Another site claims AMD underclocked the 6900K to 3GHz to match the clock speed of the Zen sample, which still didn't convincingly win. In AMD's current generation specific heavily threaded benchmarks offer the highest performance, so this test is probably a high point.

Zen will be repeatedly and embarrassingly trounced on any single threaded benchmark on release. The performance desktop market is not Broadwell-E - that's a set of niche enthusiast CPUs for virtualisation and rendering fans that can't stomach buying a Xeon. The target market for Zen should be the 6700K/4790K i.e. four high speed cores, eight threads. Very fast for most desktop apps, and the best choice for gamers.

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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

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Won't last long..

Either this won't affect WSUS, or it'll get shut down by corporate customers so fast it'll make Microsoft's head spin. They've already backed down on new processor support in 7/8.

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Intel overhyping flash-killer XPoint? Shocked, we're totally shocked

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If it doesn't deserve an exclamation point, I don't know what does

Although it's not matching up to the initial claim of being akin to slow, non volatile memory, this is exceptional.

GPUs? The GTX1080 averages 20-30% faster than a 980Ti, and this is seem as exceptional.

CPUs? Using Intel's own (optimistic) numbers, a Skylake 6700K is '30% faster than a three year old PC' (i7 3770K)

20-30% is seem as decent, and the article complains about a technology averaging 5x to 10x improvement, depending on area?

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: That'll be a NOPE

Forever='as long as the equipment still works'

It's not a huge problem that e.g. when going from XP to Vista, various devices were no longer supported. XP still continued to work on the device, although at some point it was ideally sensible to stop using it to connect to the Internet, as unpatched vulnerabilities might be encountered.

That's ok though - the lifecycle was known well in advance, and was a particularly long one.

This is more like it not being guaranteed that your toaster will carry on toasting toast, because it's not on the list of currently sold toasting devices and what's guaranteed is only current toasting devices, not anything that worked with what was a previously fixed ToastOS. It probably will, but who knows? Additionally, the mandatory ToastPro(TM) update has added 16 additional browning levels, but brands 'Crumpets, it's the new toast!' on every slice where it did not before. The next mandatory update might burn in 'Buy crumpets or we'll eat your kittens' and the one after that '<your name> is a wanker. Paid for by <your enemy>. Enjoy your day'.

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That'll be a NOPE

The important point is not what anniversary update offers, but that it can't be declined.

Windows 8.1 removed a few features, but not many, and it was an entirely optional upgrade to Windows 8.

Anniversary Update isn't optional, and is definitely changing features. Where does it end? Where is the guarantee not to deprecate application, driver support, or remove features essential for specific people, effectively bricking an old PC? W10 Pro can defer updates for up to a year, but I want my system to continue working forever, thank you.

There is no ideal solution here, a paid single user non subscription based version of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB would help matters, but note that some universal apps will not be available:

'this is because the universal apps included with Windows 10 will be continually upgraded by Microsoft, and new releases of in-box universal apps are unlikely to remain compatible with a feature upgrade of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB for the duration of its servicing lifetime'

In other words, Windows 10 will change significantly for the forseeable future. I'm not on board with that, only security fixes should be necessary, not driver and functionality fixes.

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Longpath support has never been a problem, if the app is correctly written

Longpath support has never been a problem in Windows, please see https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/windows/desktop/aa365247(v=vs.85).aspx

'In the Windows API (with some exceptions discussed in the following paragraphs), the maximum length for a path is MAX_PATH, which is defined as 260 characters. '

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'The Windows API has many functions that also have Unicode versions to permit an extended-length path for a maximum total path length of 32,767 characters. This type of path is composed of components separated by backslashes, each up to the value returned in the lpMaximumComponentLength parameter of the GetVolumeInformation function (this value is commonly 255 characters). To specify an extended-length path, use the "\\?\" prefix. For example, "\\?\D:\very long path".'

Although, as mentioned 'Starting in Windows 10, version 1607, MAX_PATH limitations have been removed from common Win32 file and directory functions. However, you must opt-in to the new behavior.'

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

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This is why reviews need information about third party ROM support

Forget the camera, this is why it is essential to hold manufacturers to account otherwise they will never change. If you reward failure, there is no incentive to succeed.

Never mind 'it's fast, waterproof, etc' the review should read 'It's a fast and functional phone but MegaCorp's support policy means it'll be a £500 doorstop inside 18 months. 2/10'

Time to see where the latest Marshmallow Cyanongen builds for my 2012 phone are up to, because Motorola certainly haven't been patching it for years. It's not even on the list of devices for updates.

About the only thing it doesn't do is 4G outside the US, and it's a bit unhappy running Pokemon Go. Frankly I can live with that, and uninstalled it.

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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Re: Missing option in survey

No, it's not ableism, because the whole article is about 'taking advantage' of a policy intended to benefit others. If assistive technologies are genuinely needed, it's using the policy as defined.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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I'd definitely recommend using the upgrade program rather than Windows update

Failing that, the 'boot image to DVD/USB and install from that' option.

In the two VMs I updated (one with an architecture similar to a pentium 3 with a Core 2 Quad hanging off it (Xen's qemu-traditional), the other similar to a penryn Core 2 system (Q45 - qemu-xen), both using rombios rather than uefi) I upgraded a Windows 7 SP1 install (no patches beyond SP1) and it installed fine.

My Dad wasn't so lucky - his much more modern system (low end Core system) repeatedly blue screened, but at least it rolled back flawlessly.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Re: Wow.

Depends how you define 'remove'. Given that IE came with rendering panes used outside the browser, XML controls, etc the definition is arguable. Not to mention the fact any URL typed into an explorer window is effectively using IE.

To remove the main executable and stop any web related protocol being handled by the IE renderer would probably be sufficient, of course, leaving aside the fact most of the IE components would remain.

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Glad I've not upgraded anything

Bought a couple of cheap refurbished Windows 7 licences, used those in VMs to upgrade to Windows 10, so I can check it out if need be, and migrate it to other VM systems.

Not going to upgrade the computer driving my projector, because Windows 10 removes media centre - the main reason I upgraded to Windows 8.

Not going to update the gaming PC, as it doesn't have a DX12 capable graphics card, and Windows 10 (fairly sensibly to be honest) stopped Securom games working.

Definitely not going to update my working Windows VM on my main Xen system, with the shifting nature of what Windows 10 can and can't do. If they sold single user non subscription licenses of Windows 10 LTSP Enterprise I might have done so.

Laptop is going to go from Vista (working fine for years, never really needed upgrading), probably to FreeBSD. Will see if I can convince Virtualbox to run Windows 7 with Direct3D in a VM, and receive acceptable performance. Pity Xen/KVM don't support that yet.

I still like Windows, but I think I may start switching my main Windows VM from allowing it to accessing a reasonably fast passed through Quadro, to the slow Quadro normally passed through to FreeBSD, and make that my primary VM. This may be the year of de-emphasing Windows.

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Explo-Xen! Bunker buster bug breaks out guests from hypervisor

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Re: Please be more critical of the Qubes project

It's a persistent misconception because it's true. KVM cannot be run without Linux. Xen can, and is, run without Linux. There's the well known kernels (Linux, Solaris and derivatives, NetBSD), the in progress (FreeBSD) and the custom (MiniOS, shipped as an example with Xen, and third party options).

I've just checked the documentation for RHEV, and it's clearly a stripped down Linux. At one point KVM.ko did load under FreeBSD, but that's only because of FreeBSD's Linux compatibility, and even then it didn't work well.

Personally I think of KVM as an optional Qemu accelerator, coupled with some excellent pci passthrough tools. Xen's paravirtualised architecture means it can be quite different, and it's (in my opinion), considerably better integrated than KVM, plus has a (now free) turnkey system using a custom Linux distribution, looking not dissimilar to ESXi.

Obviously there's also the cost, and supportability issues. VMWare is excellent, but will cost a lot in some configurations, has a limited set of supported hardware, and most irritating keeps dropping support for perfectly functional hardware in new releases. At least with Xen/KVM, it's using standard OS drivers.

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You'd be right there. There's plenty of workarounds for duff hardware, and at least on the KVM side (probably Xen too) some features are based on whitelists and blacklists. i.e. Intel and AMD have told the virtualisation project that a particular chipset supports this feature, but it's not discoverable, so it has to be enabled/disabled based on PCI IDs, etc.

The number of BIOSes with fully or partially broken ACPI or DMAR tables is huge, and outside server boards, vendors don't tend to care as VT-d has been a rarely used feature on consumer kit until recently, and ACPI anomalies can often be worked around. Solutions include 'buy a new motherboard' or workarounds such that the ACPI/DMAR tables work, but only when certain devices are enabled/disabled (i.e. the BIOS does not correctly modify the tables based on installed devices, as it should).

BIOSes have done a lot more than load a boot sector, for a very long time.

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Please be more critical of the Qubes project

From what I can see the Qubes project contribute nearly sqrt(F-all) to the upstream project they depend on (Xen).

So they don't like Xen, either

1) Shut up and contribute code

2) Switch in KVM if it's so easy

3) Write their own hypervisor - both FreeBSD and OpenBSD have done this (although OpenBSD haven't shouted about it much, and it's a tad less functional than other implementations). These, and KVM, are type 2 hypervisors though, whilst Xen is type 1 (it will run on bare metal without a kernel, and there are a choice of dom0 kernels. Note that FreeBSD current is now dom0 capable, although there's no passthrough yet)

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Tape?

So there are, thanks for the heads up. I see that HGST is now going helium only for future drives, and some of the larger devices are 'mostly read' but yes, there are large capacity non helium drives.

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Re: For extra horror, look up DVHS/DTheater

Oh, I'm sure they do, their bitrate is far higher than DVD and should be comparable to most Blurays.

Given bluray is here, however, and supports random access and 1080p, I think I'd rather not use tape unless absolutely necessary.

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For extra horror, look up DVHS/DTheater

Yes, you can play back and record high definition sources to/from tape.

Whilst tape is great for data storage, and perhaps it has some advantages in certain broadcast applications, for home usage? Shudder.

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Re: Tape?

For exactly the same reason tape has always been useful, just go read the whitepapers :

low price : a 15TB LTO tape (6TB native) is a lot cheaper than either 15TB or 6TB of hard disk, although granted, the upfront cost of an LTO 7 drive is high

resilience : whilst tape isn't designed to be abused, it is a removable media. Hard disks are not.

encryption and compression by default

WORM capability

Long term storage : Any drive above about 3TB is helium filled. I'd have to check the lifetime on this, but wouldn't want to bet much on a drive that's been sat on a shelf for years.

Archival and storage. At the really high end, thousands of tapes available for retrieval by robot, with truly staggering amounts of storage.

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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

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Hardly a surprise, Tinder is full of bots

Most of them refer you to a website to talk to rather than Tinder.

Several of them try to get you off Tinder and on to Skype

The most worrying one asked to meet up, right then, to a particular location nearby. It may have been a real person at the end of the line, but their picture was of a Russian model, so definitely fake. Not sure if that was either a prospective real life mugging/scam, or more probably asking you to send a 'deposit' of twenty quid so that you will 'definitely turn up'.

It's pretty much essential, if it's not obvious that the user is a scammer, to use something such as Flamite so their pictures can be checked against known scammers or model pics..

It's such an awful dating website, the algorithm has been broken recently for matching, and the app is poorly written. Unfortunately it's where the critical mass is, so it may still be worth using sometimes.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: I'm a gamer, so I am hosed.

Technically not true - there was no activation up to and including Windows 2000. Of course it wasn't legal to copy the software, but it would do so without online activation.

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Re: Windows As A Service - What Cost

'The supported lifetime of the device'

Well, no point in bothering then. The server motherboard on my main system went End of Life in 2012, and that's running a 2008 processor (EOL again), and a 2010 GPU (which does have at least have Windows 10 drivers).

At least I know with Windows 8 it'll carry on working, but if W10 is a moving target there's no such guarantee.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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SCO, oh the joy

One customer had (has?) SCO at their sites, years ago.

We were asked if we could interface the head office mail system with the store SCO systems (connected by dial up modems using a proprietary file transfer system, no IP, apparently no e-mail MTA).

Possibly the correct way to do this was UUCP, but I'd decided (not being terribly experienced in Unix itself at the time) to use Sendmail with a hand written set of routing/re-writing rules, the proprietary file transfer, and a custom written central routing program. Somewhat fiddly with just a loaned SCO box and the O'Reilly Sendmail manual, but it was an interesting exercise and was completed. Remote installation was required for Sendmail, too..

Just as the project was almost complete, the customer came back and said 'we've discovered that there is already a proprietary SCO e-mail server on the systems, so we don't need to transfer and install Sendmail. Could you use that instead?'

That'll be a 'no', then.. Buggered if I was going to rewrite all the custom routing rules, and the SCO mail system probably wasn't up to it anyway.

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VirtualBox 5.1 debuts

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Re: Zombie

>>Virtualbox, last time I looked, was an app you installed which 'just worked'

>And whose performance at least for version 5.0 was terrible on Linux hosts.

Last time I tried it on Windows it wasn't great either, but that's not really the point.

>>On Windows there's also VMWare (works particularly well),

>Not free software at all (yes neither are some parts of VBox either) but yes VMware the superior >solution in general.

VMware player is free for non commercial use, as is ESXi.

>>and HyperV (built into Windows 8 onwards

>Which means if you will not see it at work for many years. Virtualbox is great if you want to create a >quick informal *nix VM on a desktop windows host and haven't bothered to hit up work for Workstation >(never like running supposedly "free" for personal use closed source stuff at work).

Windows 8 has been out for some time, and there are companies using Hyper V on it, such as ourselves.

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'absolutely needed' - for what, exactly?

I suppose it might be useful for some game development, but even then I wouldn't bank on it.

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Re: Zombie

Qemu is a bit of a pain to use, and KVM and Xen are a rather more involved solution than Virtualbox. Virtualbox, last time I looked, was an app you installed which 'just worked'

(although personally I found it less than reliable, so didn't bother).

I know there are various front ends that make Qemu/Xen/KVM significantly more turnkey, but they'll generally be less integrated than VMWare or Virtualbox.

On Windows there's also VMWare (works particularly well), and HyperV (built into Windows 8 onwards, as long as your CPU supports SLAT/EPT/RVI). It has to be better than both of those to succeed..

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Rubbish

I've recently used QR codes/barcodes for both airport boarding passes, and the Whatsapp web authentication system. Both work without an issue.

It's only URLs that are potentially an issue.

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FTC wants a date with Ashley Madison's fembots

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Re: Every dating site is like that.

It's not as necessary for women, because many of them are deluged with messages unless they're particularly ugly.. Men who are average or worse will receive minimal to no messages.

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ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

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Re: "a battery that can be removed and replaced in less than ten seconds"

Yes - you're looking at downtime of a minute or so, in addition to ten seconds to swap the battery. Once done it's fine for several hours.

The alternative is connecting a power bank (roughly the same amount of time as changing a battery), no loss of service, but having to hang the powerbank off the phone for a number of hours whilst the damn thing recharges.

To me, having a small amount of downtime is a trade off worth making.

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Re: Little to dislike.. except for the non removable battery

I'm quite surprised you don't find having to carry around a phone with a power bank attached to it anything less than a colossal pain in the arse. I've gone from a battery that can be removed and replaced in less than ten seconds, to a power bank, and I hate it. A clip to remove a battery is an acceptable alternative.

Powerbanks weigh more than batteries, they tend to fail faster than batteries, and they're unwieldy. I don't want to carry a rucksack all the time. Replacement batteries, and an external charger, are extremely convenient. A standard pair of trousers or a small coat pocket can hold enough batteries for several days charge.

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Little to dislike.. except for the non removable battery

No removable battery, no sale.

Presumably this is running Marshmallow with few additional apps.

Doesn't mention if the phone is waterproof - presumably not.

What's the support position on this phone - how long will it include Android releases for?

What are the company's record in supplying open source details of their hardware?

What is the availability of third party ROMs for prior generations of phone when the manufacturer becomes bored and decides you should waste a few hundred quid on their new shiny, when the last generation is still perfectly fine.

The lack of a removable battery really is a huge pain in the neck. External battery packs are unwieldy and need to be connected for hours to recharge the phone. I'm going to be taking a dremel to my Android physical keyboard phone, as the last one (had a removable battery) was just too slow, and the slightly newer one (2012 is the last pkb phone, other than BB Priv) doesn't have a removable battery. I love practically everything about the phone, other than that..

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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CM *absolutely* is a way to get a newer version of Android on your phone

Last phone : 2011 Xperia Pro, shipped with Gingerbread, updated to a mostly complete ICS. CM support - up to Marshmallow.

Current phone - 2012 Motorola Photon Q with SIM card mod. Shipped with ICS. Now on Marshmallow.

Without CM both phones would be bricks without up to date security patches. Not all phones have as much support, but many do.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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PDAs used to sell rather well in the days of the Palmpilot and Psion. Windows CE devices, a bit less so.

Of course what we were all using them for were functions supplied by any half decent smart phone these days. Basic calendaring functions, note taking, documents, e-mail, games, and the ability to create vertical applications. The alternative was a bulky filofax or a huge laptop.

Once phones functionality started increasing, it was obvious the days of PDAs were numbered.

Another ten years and you'll probably be laughed at for having a desktop. You'll either slot your 'phone' into a dock, or more likely it'll all be wireless. All that will be on a desk will be a monitor, keyboard, and mouse because a decent form factor does matter. Everything will travel with you, in addition to being stored online.

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I'd have to agree

I was going to say a shock and waterproof Android fitness watch would be worth a punt, but I've just had a quick search on Amazon and found that decent running watches are much cheaper than last time I looked. fifty to seventy quid upwards, 8-10 hour battery life (GPS) or weeks (non GPS).

Can't see the point going for an Android or Apple option unless it's the same price, and integrates well with other devices.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I need a replacement for my Timex Indiglo runner's watch.

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Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Re: It is NOT paranoia if they really are tracking you and listening to your conversations...

Buy yourself a daylight CFL, they're generally instant on and incredibly bright. The ones I used to buy were Androv Medical, but it looks like there's a whole host of reasonably priced alternatives now.

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You don't need no STEEENKING GPU, says Intel

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Excellent

This has been an obvious development for ages, VDI makes a lot of sense.

Know what makes more sense? AMD doing the same with their technology, they're perfectly placed to do so and can offer more performance per watt than Intel. Despite every opportunity they don't, what a waste.

Intel eat them for lunch, again, and are the only virtualisation game in town.

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Beleaguered 123-reg customers spot price hike

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Vidahost here - they'll also offer a 'dns only' free deal (no hosting package) if you want to do that, but you have to e-mail and ask so they can twiddle the appropriate things.

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Wayne Rooney razzles in X-Men: Apocalypse plug

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The film isn't that brilliant

..so I can't say I'm fussed by any Rooney attempts to make it worse. It's not dire by any stretch, but it hardly sparkles.

Also, some of the cgi in the opening sequence and a few other occasions is shockingly unconvincing.

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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Re: It isn't even slightly difficult to differentiate

Upgrade the screen in the E7, and obviously completely different internals, but in terms of form factor - doesn't look bad.

Surprised no-one is commenting on your desktop being your phone, it is very obviously the way things will go.

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It isn't even slightly difficult to differentiate

1) removable battery

2) landscape hardware keyboard

3) open source hardware as far as possible from day one

4) commitment to provide fixes for a period of <n> years, that don't depend on the carrier

5) HDMI port, *multiple* OTA micro USB ports

6) Android desktop computing support (plug in monitor, keyboard, mouse - there's your environment). Ship phone with a mini HDMI to DVI cable, and two micro USB to USB cables.

6a) optional expansion of desktop computing support - better mail client, file synchronisation, yadda, yadda.

7) Car standard GPS support (i.e. Google maps with a bit of area pre-loading, display of speed, and speed cameras)

No-one offers all of that at the moment, and my personal obsession with hardware keyboards aside, it would probably sell.

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They take to it later, but when women FLOSS, they mean it

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Conclusion : children are bad for open source

Can't say I'm surprised - time heavy activities are the first thing to disappear once offspring arrive, and the age isn't shocking either, as responsibilities, friends, relationships, and exercise impinge on your free time even if children aren't around.

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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Re: symlink support for Linux subsystem

I should clarify : NTFS has supported junctions for a long time.

They are used in Vista and later as part of the base install, can't remember them being used before then. i.e.

C:\Users>dir /ah

Volume in drive C has no label.

Volume Serial Number is EE29-AD12

Directory of C:\Users

22/08/2013 15:45 <SYMLINKD> All Users [C:\ProgramData]

06/08/2015 20:52 <DIR> Default

22/08/2013 15:45 <JUNCTION> Default User [C:\Users\Default]

See https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/windows/desktop/aa365006(v=vs.85).aspx

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Re: symlink support for Linux subsystem

Not entirely true. Symlinks (junctions) have been in use from Vista onwards to make certain directories appear in multiple locations, and try and rationalise a less than ideal historic directory arrangement.

I use it occasionally, and it's quite useful for installations where the system drive is far too small, yet that's the one all the patches keep mounting up on..

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Definite brown trousers when they find the person responsible, butt plug the holes and this sort of leakage won't happen again.

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'Dirty Page Logs' coming to future vSphere release

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Looks like it's worth having

Xen -current turned it on by default in November (so, should be in 4.7 in July)

http://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2015-11/msg03138.html

Up to 10% performance improvement in some operations

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Oh, yeah...

There was in the days when a GUI only displayed images, now a GPU is a useful calculation device it's frankly a little shortsighted not to include it in many of the Xeons.

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip
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No real detail about longevity, then

Does it have a removable battery? (Presumably not)

What is the manufacturer's patching policy?

How many releases of Android do the phones usually get?

What is the state of their year old phone? Have they dropped it now New Shiny is out?

Are their phones unlockable, rootable, and is enough information supplied to use a third party ROM?

Without that, potential landfill in two years, judging from the article about four hundred million unpatched Android phones, live on thereg at the same time as this article.

If you don't make changes, nothing will change, and 'hey, new shiny' does not match with yet another obvious article about how Android phones aren't being patched.

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