* Posts by jb99

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Leak-shamed Intel finally bares nifty Skylake details to world+dog

jb99

Ugh who cares about the power even a little bit?

"Come look at my new PC, it uses 10% less power than my old one!.

Yeah that's impressive,.

Intel, stop adding poinless stuff like graphics to the cpus which nobody wants. Stop going on about how low power they are and make them faster, or at least add a lot more cores. You seem to have lost the plot entirely.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

jb99

Cancelled my subscription.

It doesn't need to do _any_ of those things to play music to me. This is simply abuse.

Well they have one less subscriber now. I don't suppose they'll care.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

jb99

It appears to have ONE ethernet port. Well that's not going to make a very good router then is it? However it does have a "Trusted Platform Module" so that's ok.

What a crappy pointless device.

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

jb99

Well if this is true...I

Well if this is true I'll not be buying from intel any more if I can avoid it.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

jb99

Just one thing left to make it good

Get rid of the failed new user interface and API and instead concentrate on proper windows and we're good to go again :)

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

jb99

What?

This makes no sense.

It says you phone can be affected by *text* messages then talks about video?

Really? Is it text or is it video? Is this like someone types in a description of what they can see and sends that?

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

jb99

Oh well

"It is literally like the difference between your old Nokia phone and your iPhone.

Like most people I feel physically sick at the idea of even having to touch an iphone so this has put me right off.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

jb99

Still don't understand how this happened

Almost every single person when they saw windows 8 UI said that it was an utter disaster. Not just that they didn't like it, but that it was an unusable utter disaster. And not just the UI but all the missing functionality. I still don't understand how it got past early beta when the feedback was so utterly negative to all of it.

Even now the feedback is overwhelmingly to just abandon the new UI and the new "apps" and go back to how windows 7 worked. But they are still largely ignoring that even though they've managed to hide it all a bit.,

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

jb99

Good as far as it goes.

I'm still to be convinced that CO2 is the problem that it's being made out to be, and not just an excuse to tax us all.

But... assuming for a moment it is, this seems like a good practical step to helping with that.

It makes renewable energy and reducing the expensive peak time capacity needed a little bit easier. And its really good to see someone coming up with an actual step towards the solution rather than just demanding more taxes and laws.

Not sure how much it will help, and I'm not sure it's needed. But I approve of the idea :)

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

jb99

What is this?

I find this interesting. But I can't work out exactly what it is.

It presumably isn;t full windows on arm, but what exactly will it run? Is it like windows rt which may as well have been a different os entirely as it didn;t run win32 apps or is it in some form "proper" windows?

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

jb99

DNS like a lot of the internet has been increasing hijacked by corporations and governments.

Time to reinvent and re-architect it all properly using the current internet as a simple set of point to point connections to run it over.

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

jb99

Re: What?

Ok I see.

Doesn't sound all that useful to me then.

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jb99

What?

I have no understanding at all of this.

My phone already stays unlocked while I'm using it. It locks when I turn it off. It unlocks when I unlock it. It doesn't randomly lock itsself while I'm holding it. What am I missing?

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

jb99

Already switched back to windows.

It's a poor thing when windows appears a better choice than linux now. I never thought I'd see the day but there we are.

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China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

jb99

New "internet"

I don't understand why us technical people haven't created a new network to replace the internet for the original purposes of the internet. Technical discussion, websites for information, not a glorified shopping and advertising and entertainment network. it could use the existing internet as a part of its transport layer... and keep the shopping and spam and advertising and TV on the old regulated internet.

I'm amazed this doesn't seem to have happened.

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Chrome devs hatch plan to mark all HTTP traffic insecure

jb99

Lost the plot

If they do this we'll be needing a new browser that hasn't lost the plot.

Are there any in development?

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.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials

jb99

Re: Really?

Totally true, and I consider that a huge flaw.

However, if the bank domain is strictly controlled it should be much easier for an email agent or client to check that the mail is actually sent from an authorized sender for that domain. No idea if they've actually implemented anything to do this. If not then it's worthless, or worse than worthless because it introduces a false trust in emails from bank addresses

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

jb99

Debian is dead

Like many people, if debian starts to use systemd then it's dead to me.

We might as well use windows if stuff like this gets forced on us.

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IETF takes rifle off wall, grabs RC4 cipher's collar, goes behind shed

jb99

Pity

The great thing about RC4 was that it was so easy to implement.

If it's not secure then ok, it needs to stop being used.

But I wish there was another simple to implement cypher, they all seem to complicated these days :(

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

jb99

The article does say

Is it a useful distribution or does it use systemd?

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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

jb99

I've been using the "beta" for a while and it works pretty well for me.

I do have a little NAS box though with it installed on so I can make shares from that to desktop machines, phones etc.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

jb99

Ugh

I bought this for offline, I'm not really interested in online play at all.

I'm done with kickstarter, too many projects have not really done what I want, even though they "delivered". I'll wait until release in future.

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

jb99

I still fail to understand why an ordinary contactless payment card isn't better and easier than this (and I'm a huge technology fan!)

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

jb99

Excellent!

I was seriously thinking of giving up on Linux due to systemd.

Not because it couldn't mostly be ignored but because it's really really awful and just not what linux should have and because the developers seem to want to impose it on everyone anyway.

Frankly if I want that I might as well use windows.

Hopefully this will go somewhere and kill the nonsense that is systemd before it ends linux.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

jb99

Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

I think user interface designers collectively went insane about 5 years ago and it's just getting worse.

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

jb99

hahahahah

Apple cool?

Is it april 1st already?

No.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

jb99

Doubt this will make much difference to minecraft itsself, it's neither good or bad in itsself.

But 2 billion! How can a single game company be worth that?

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Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

jb99

Webmail is just flawed

There is no possible way to build a secure webmail client. If the government tells the webmail providet to replace their application with one that captures the user's keys and send them out then there is little you can do about it.

We need secure email applications that we can run on our own hardware. Even better we need a decent secure messaging (both email and IM) protocol that anyone can implement like SMTP but not overcomplicated like a lot of newer standards seem to be

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

jb99

He is wrong

PGP has it's flaws but they are not security flaws they are usability flaws. But they can mostly be overcome. And it hs the HUGE advantage that it's actually possible to use it. The alternative he is suggesting is to redesign all the protocols completely and then get everyone to use them. Yeah, that's going to happen...

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Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC ... Facebook remembers

jb99

Yeah this is why I block ads.

I used to feel slightly guilty about blocking advertising and anything else like that. But between tracking like this, and video adverts that download and play without me wanting them to they have so abused it that I feel I am forced to. They have spoiled it for those sites doing ethical advertising, because I can no longer trust anyone.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

jb99

Nice

... but not for me.

It does all the things I never ever use a phone for. mp3, and making voice calls? Who does that.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

jb99

I don;t get the anger about this.

What does it matter if it's one app or two?

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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

jb99

How will this work?

I have a paper tube ticket for a year.

If I have a contactless card is there a chance that will be charged instead if I get it too close to the gate?

Luckily I refuse to have a contactless card. I will not let anyone access my bank account without my express permission and frankly you are daft if you do

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

jb99

"productivity and platform company for the mobile first, cloud first world"

This just encourages me to abandon windows entirely as they clearly don't care about it any more and just move onto linux for everything, as clearly they are not interested in PCs any more at microsoft just in "the cloud" whatever that is.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

jb99

I got told off my the police once.

I got something in my eye while driving on the motorway, under my contact lens and could barely see at all due to my eyes closing. So I pulled over the hard shoulder to deal with it. Took my lens out, cleaned it, waited 2 minutes for my eye to open properly again and put the lens back in.

At which point a police car pulled up and gave me a right telling off for stopping on the hard shoulder saying that it was for emergencies only and they'd let me off with a warning this time but not to do it again. The fact that I couldn't see to drive at all didn't seem to impress them.

I still think not being able to see if a valid reason for stopping despite their warning.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

jb99

Re: Every other edition...

The tiled interface? It works well on a phone. It's beyond awful on a large screen monitor.

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Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

jb99

"unregistered prepaid cards"

I didn't know such things existed. Might be useful for general privacy?

Where can I get such a thing?

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

jb99

Sounds ideal to me.

If I could pick up my packages from the station when almost home that would be excellent.

They'll probably do something silly like have opening hours of 8:00-18:00 making it useless :

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

jb99

Well I have my current Three contract, an old vodafone phone switched to PAYG which I hardly use. Also I have an old kindle that has a sim in, and an old satnav that seems to have one in too although I pay for neither directly.

So thats 4 for me.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

jb99

Re: Personally I think

They did fix it, you can just upgrade to a newer version.

People seem to want the fixes without installing the version with the fixes in...

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

jb99

It's like japan in the 1960-70s

They start my making stuff really cheaply, then they move into making better stuff than the rest of the world almost as cheaply.

Then the wages they have to pay people, and their exchange rate catch up with them, and they end up with most of their advantages gone.

Good luck to them, this is not a zero sum game. Any country doing well benefits everyone.

However it won't keep growing for much longer. Wages and exchange rate will see to that like it has in every other country ever.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

jb99

Probably good

I got a surface pro 1 recently at a bargain price because it's obsolete and to be honest was way more impressed than I expected to be. I'm taking this a lot more seriously than I would have done and might be tempted to upgrade to one.

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Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

jb99

The thing with drones...

They have no chance at all of being used for general deliveries to most people.

But that doesn't mean it's useless.

Imagine a rural area in the middle of the USA. I can imagine it working eventually for deliveries to isolated houses for example.

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Rival BT sics ad watchdog on EE: ASA growls at 'most reliable broadband' claim

jb99

"Most consumers," the ASA added, "would believe 'broadband' referred to the internet connection from the telephone network to an internet enabled device, including the wireless connection transmitting the broadband connection from the router to the device."

No they wouldn't unless they were complete idiots.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

jb99

I don't see this as a problem.

I use the back camera all the time but in the entire time I've owned a phone I've never one used the front camera. I have zero interest in taking "selfies" or video chats. I'd rather they didn't bother and made the phone £2 cheaper.

I can't be the only one!

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Apple, Google: WE SURRENDER ... to each other in patent war truce

jb99

About time

The whole thing is mad, if they agreed to share this stuff not only would they save huge legal bills but could *all* made better phones increasing the size of the market. Everyone wins.

It seems that in the USA particularly it's not enough to win, you have to crush everyone else too

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Get cracking on STARTTLS says Facebook

jb99

Hmm

I always thingkthat this is solving the wrong problem.

Emails need to be encrypted end to end, encrypt them in the users client and decrypt them in the recipients client. Encrypting the links isn't a good solution.

The theat of someone grabbing my emails off the wire is less than that of someone reading them at facebook or google or (random email provider).

They should be encrypted until they are in my email agent.

So there is little point in this.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

jb99

No

I'm a google shareholder. How do I vote against this? I'd rather keep as much of my money as I can thanks.

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

jb99

Re: Bravo chaps

Yeah its kind of a spoof/joke currency. Except that somehow it seemed to gain some traction and actually be marginally useful for tips and small micropayments so is probably a little more of a real loss than it might appear.

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