* Posts by Metrognome

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

Metrognome

I'm no MS apologist but, strictly speaking, if you are present at your PC at upgrade time you get a popup that you can select the delay between 10 minute and 4 hours. There's also nothing to stop you postponing for endless number of 4-hour intervals.

It's when you go AFK that the timer starts and then goes on with the restart.

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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Re: Reliability

A 2009 OCZ Z-Drive v1 is still in active duty :)

[Disclaimer: one of its cousins was RMA'd before the current one got delivered]

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Re: Can PCIe drives be used as boot drives?

Yes. They are seen and detected by the BIOS/UEFI just fine.

That was also the case with the very early OCZ Z-Drives all the way back in late 2008. No reason for any of the more modern varieties to go back on that.

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Finally....

Thank you ElReg for finally considering an article on the subject. I've been asking for something on the topic since late 2008 and the first iteration of the (then) OCZ Z-Drive.

I can't believe that it took 7 years to make such an article a viable topic.

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

Metrognome

Well, it all has to do with the likelihood of being faithful and the amount of rozzering you're likely to encounter. Huge gorillas have testes way smaller than our on account that they stay faithful whereas smaller chimps have massive bollocks on account that they'd pleasure anything that walks past them.

The clincher of the story: Nature intended it for human males to be modestly unfaithful on account of their gonad size. (Not sure it'll stand up in court lads, but don't say I didn't try)

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

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Re: Giving the user what he wants...

You're asking the wrong question. MS knew what you knew. Their misplaced gamble was that they could force it down users' throats on account of their ubiquity. Sadly for them, gladly for us, this is not the 1990's.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

Metrognome

Which is why people like me use the CamSam app to precisely report when a camera is no longer there or falsely reported.

Here in Switzerland the coppers have clued up on this and occasionally spam fake reports. Thanks to the crowds though they never last long.

And when they set up a camera, it takes on average 5 minutes till it's reported and shared. I, for one, have reported a fair few while they were still being set up.

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Smart grid security WORSE than we thought

Metrognome

One honest question: How do you square your recommendations with the need (more like dictat but let's stay with need) for a meter to last in excess of 10-15 years?

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

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Re: Worst of both worlds

Wait a minute.

I'm all for the accusations you make but but but, what FB is doing is actually giving away the connection for free. I don't recall AOL giving away internet access packages for free.

So yes, it's abusive and walled garden and all those evil things. But it does give people who would otherwise can't afford internet access somewhat of a window to that world.

If customers become more discerning (as inevitably they will), they'll ditch Zuckernet for the joys of a proper access plan.

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This is Sparta? No - it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

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Re: Microsoft Marketing

Yep, count me in on the punch up. I hadn't seen the guy before but upon setting eyes on him the first thing that came to my mind was "tosser".

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

Metrognome

Not just Google

That gives the Reg's mobile site the green light.

A huge thumbs up from a grateful reader too.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: This shit is patentable?

Help me out here. I think that just describing something on some sci-fi novel or making a movie prop to resemble something performing some (at the time) imaginary things are not sufficient grounds neither to award a patent nor to invalidate another.

Actually building a model and demonstrating its use according to the patent would.

Right?

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Intel's cheap and Android's free: Not any more, says TAG Heuer

Metrognome

Excuse the pedantry please but just saying, TAG Heuer has nothing to do with the TAG group for the last 15 or so years. Now it's just one more brand/marque in the growing arsenal of luxury giant LVMH.

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German court slaps down Uber's ride-sharing app

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Re: Innovation meet .... regulation or why Free enterprise is now a fairytale

I agree with the sentiment; disagree with the premise.

I fully subscribe to your frustration with regulators, regulatory capture and how modern manifestations of capitalism have little to do with its classical definition.

Most large enterprises seek to establish their turf not by virtue of their product/service but by subverting regulators to erect notional and real barriers to entry.

What we experience from Big Corp these days is protectionist's arms race.

But with Uber; I'm afraid you've mixed up the roles. If you think that Uber is this svelte witty underdog fighting the good fight with the behemoths of the taxi profession; think again.

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Re: @DropBear - Oh well...

After all, going by the age old joke, that's Germany so anything that's not expressly allowed is forbidden.

(France: Even what is forbidden it's still allowed; Switzerland: anything that's not expressly forbidden is obligatory and Greece: everything is allowed provided you know the right people; and the latest newcomer, Russia: everything is forbidden, even that which is expressly allowed).

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Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

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Re: @Phil-O-Sophical

What you described there, was quite a powerhouse for the time.

Quadro Nvidias, SAS interfaces, 8 GB RAMs and the first Core2Quads and all that circa 2006!

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Re: @thames

Agreed on the ECC point.

I have yet to see ECC RAM fitted to any desktop from the humble Dell Minis all the way to powerful CAD workstations, enthusiast LAN party gaming rigs and everything in between.

In fact, outside of Xeon CPU's there's almost nothing for the desktop. (There's a few for lappies and embedded but not for desktop).

Haswell and Broadwell have only just started offering ECC support.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

Metrognome

Re: Worth it's weight in Gold.... @Metrognome

I stand corrected.

Assuming then 18k SOLID gold throughout; 18k is 75% gold, 15% silver, and 10% copper then we're looking at maybe around an ounce; all-told.

Don't take my (mistaken) word for it: http://leancrew.com/all-this/2015/03/apple-gold/

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Re: Worth it's weight in Gold....

You'd be surprised!

From the main sources we have: 1.65" X 1.5" for the thicker of the two. So let's assume a surface of 2 square inches to plate (being generous as we have non-flat components to plate).

Also, let's be extremely generous and assume a tough wearing 10 micron thickness of plating (anything beyond 7 micron is suitable for hard wearing, oft-used jewellery that should last decades).

Finally, looking up the latest price let's generously assume $1200 per troy ounce.

Considering each micron costs around a dollar, the 10 micron thickness costs around a tenner.

Now, the proper jewellery type steels used (316L, 904L) can be had at up to $5k per tonne.

From the above you can assume that the thing is priced highly but costs nowhere near that.

And to close the pedantry full circle; at $10k that would be just over 8oz (250gr) in gold so unless the Apple thingy weighs more than that; then it's worth/sold at more than it's weight in gold.

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Re: What's that sound?

I hatez as much as the next person but where exactly did you spot the desperation when the company is breaking one record after the other in earnings, turnover and profits?

Maybe it's the moment they run out of ideas, but desperation?

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Yes our NAS boxen have a 0day, says Seagate: we'll fix it in May

Metrognome

"Some customers are concerned about the risk of having their NAS remotely hacked through the internet, ... this is an unlikely scenario."

Did this gem really come out of the mouths of an entity even remotely involved in IT?

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

Metrognome

Re: Long term storage

With all due respect, razor thin margins and excess demand are kind of incompatible in most economic scenarios.

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Revealed: Facebook Boss Zuckerberg's One Weird Trick When Hiring

Metrognome

Zucker-jerkery aside, asking where you'd be happy working for the person you're interviewing makes good sense unless you're hiring drone for uteerly no-brain jobs.

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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

Metrognome

Re: Tried it, it's stupid

You had me sold till the: "Usenet remains king for sensible discussion" bit.

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Metrognome

The sooner it gets decoupled from other services and stays optional, G+ may be fine.

There are people who would still like to use it and appreciate the flexibility of circles etc.

So long as membership to it, isn't tied to nearly everything in the G universe, G+ may do just fine for those that want it. Ramming it down peoples' throats just isn't going to cut it (just ask Sinofski).

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Twitter triples abuse team, knocks dox

Metrognome

Fundamental Inconsistencies

The way I see it, ever since Twitter went public it has been under pressure to clamp down on "undesirables" and become more "mainstream" and "marketable".

This, fundamentally is at odds with Twitter's earlier self-proclamations of being the free speech wing of the free speech brigade. And yes, however regrettable, free speech can be upsetting, offensive to some, occasionally OTT.

We are who we are and while it's a sad indictment of the human race, I don't see Twitter's (or any other's) job to police people's expressions insofar as they are not in breach of laws (and even then; it's debatable as all the Arab Spring tweets shirly contravened some local laws but were allowed/encouraged nonetheless).

Twitter the ragtag restless agitator of old may have had some street cred; Twitter, the betied, upstanding corporate citizen, not so much.

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Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids

Metrognome

If they have found the robot to change bedsheets, puff up the pillows and lay down a fresh set, I want one.

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Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

Metrognome

Re: Just disable Hibernation...

I guess he/she does it for fear of losing power abruptly but unless the battery has come loose, I can't see a scenario where that happens.

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Will tech titans SWALLOW upstart where Apple guru Steve Wozniak works?

Metrognome

Who are this Juku team of which you speak in your disclaimer!?

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

Metrognome

Re: QNX

Have an upvote on the icon simile.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

Metrognome

Nexus 7 (2012)

So I guess I'm the only one here to have my tab slow down to a crawl.

From tapping settings -> WiFi to actually seeing anything takes anything from 1 to 3 minutes!

Settings in general seems to crawl for some reason or another.

Pity, as the little fella was pretty fast before.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Re: android @Peter

Actually, count me in on that too.

Nexus 7 2013 here and the update very nearly killed mine.

Loads of apps misbehave now, going into the Wi-Fi settings takes a good minute or two (to the point that I thought it would never open the Wi-Fi settings ever again).

There's definitely something wrong there. Under 4.4 everything went buttery smooth with no bugs at all so whatever is doing this to the tab is the software.

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

Metrognome

Re: Not my experience

http://www.edri.org/files/Czech_BBA09_EN.pdf Bottom of page 3:

"Persons are identified by their IP addresses, from which an unauthorized copyrighted material

sharing is taking place. This gives responsibility to the connection owner and not necessarily the real wrongdoer. Under the law innocent victims, with insufficiently secured networks can

be punished, such as public WiFi hotspot owners."

HADOPI 2

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Re: Not my experience

Yep. And the absolute worst place for this is Italy where no foreigner can ever be allowed on those spots.

On the other end of the spectrum, Poland allows the sale of SIM cards with no ID whatsoever, they only cost a couple of pounds and offer a gig of 4G data.

Gofigure.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

Metrognome

Hold on a minute

Guys,

Suspend your otherwise healthy cynicism and just look at the benefits without the names of the companies.

Why is it risible that a company shares in the (often considerable) expenses of adoption?

Similarly egg storage is not just used when females are "otherwise engaged" but very frequently in all sorts of fertility treatments that don't just spring from the female but also from the male.

At the end of the day, every government and medical council has established a code of ethics when it comes to these things and no employer's sponsorship can change these. If you must have a go at someone at least point do it at the right direction.

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How's that big mobile push going, Intel? Oh a million dollars. In 3 months? Wow (sarcasm)

Metrognome

Not that bad

At least they don't suffer from a delusional strategy that steadfastly refuses to face facts like several other big tech players. If nothing else, they understand where they need to go and while their execution is lacklustre they have deep enough pockets to buy them time.

Besides, now that AMD hit the rocks they are practically on their own so they can focus on breaking into where they need.

As an aside, as power and brawn requirements evolve the headway that ARM designs have on Intel is diminishing.

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Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author

Metrognome

On the point of Nokia going Android in 2009/10.

Their flagship N8 phone had a CPU a full generation behind the competition with pitiful RAM, Graphics and Storage capabilities.

What made Nokia special back in the day was being able to squeeze every last bit of performance from what were essentially weak and underpowered platforms (same as BB to an extent).

Compare the N8 with the Desire HD and if that Nokia was to run Android it would suck donkey's balls and only serve to infuriate customers further!

What do you think killed off BBerries too? Not the Android compatibility or lack thereof but the abysmal specs and the fact that when Androids were multitasking and acting as ad-hoc WiFi AP's BBerries would crash trying to load a page with more than 3 pictures on it.

The Android option on the then-current hardware was just not there.

Comparison Link: http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=3252&idPhone2=3468

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

Metrognome

I don't get it

You open the article with how modern ssd's are close to saturating the SATA-III/6 pipe, how top end drives go over PCI-E and then proceed to absolutely ignore the option.

It certainly can't be due the product being immature. I've had one of the first Z-drives from the old OCZ since 2010.

Why the anti-PCIe bias?

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

Metrognome

Looks like your irony sensor is not yet functional. Have a coffee and retry.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

Metrognome

Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

@ Tom 35: I beg to differ. There are tiles that are useful.

Weather, stock tickers, RSS headlines, music players, all sorts of other widgets.

Depending on how free you are to customise them and get them to do what the user wants they can be valuable.

And more generally, any fundamentalist opinion which pre-supposes that all users like or dislike a feature make me sceptical.

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

Metrognome

Nothing too extensive

I guess my mum isn't as advanced in her years being in her late 70's so I keep the monitoring simple just checking on her location on G+ (used to be called latitude).

Uncharacteristically for people of her age she has discovered computers and smartphones and tablets in the last 5 years and now chooses which friends to accept invites from on the basis of their WiFi speed and resilience.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

Metrognome

Re: welcome to the 21st century

First of all, connexion by boeing was on lufthansa's long-haul since 2001.

The cost was a flat fee for the flight. I remember having a 3-way Skype while over the Atlantic approaching New Foundland. (Before you have a fit, it was on the top deck of a 747 and nowhere near anyone).

Pity the whole thing died by 2007-ish

The kid you are referring to is probably more tech savvy than you and if cash strapped, will almost certainly be doing VOIP instead of vanilla gsm.

And a question: I once packed my phone in an operating state and upon arrival I found those "welcome to country X" SMS's from Greece, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. This was back in the blackberry days but seems to contradict the "can't get connected" argument.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

Metrognome

Re: SanFrancisco

Speak for yourselves.

Both of mine work just fine, their screen is beautiful (coming as they were from the first batches that had the better screens) and thanks to some neat ROM's I'm using the 4GB card as native memory space which means it can run everything (sloooooowly) and have 100+ apps installed.

Still, 4 years and 2 batteries later they're going strong. They're not my daily-use phone, but they've got pride of place on my bedside table, always ready to step in, in an emergency.

Best value for money ever.

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Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

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You live by the litigator - You die by the litigator

Couldn't happen to a more appropriate company

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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

Metrognome

Welcome to the world of weasel words

Andrew, while the article may have merit the blatant use of weasel words like "the wealthy admins" detracts from the essence.

And on a point of pedantry, admins are also largely volunteers and not paid a salary by the WMF. The people you have in mind are the WMF devs.

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How to grill an American VC... on the storage upstart world

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Is it only me?

that every time I read Willem's part of the interview WTH always had a different phrase spring to mind!?

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Qualcomm to get it from both sides? EU probe may be coming – report

Metrognome

Considering that Qualcom even went so far as to clone itself to get insulated from even the hint of a potential "contagion" from its open source contributions, I wouldn't mind seeing them face some justice.

Purely from the standpoint of principles.

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

Metrognome

Re: Why oh why etc.

Thanks for that. I have been living there for 10 years and never realised;given the ridiculously low taxes the state charges.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Metrognome

Re: Marketing fail... err, translation fail

I learned something today. Have an upvote :-)

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Next moneybags kingpins of tech: Fondleslab game devs

Metrognome

Re: Pet hate = in-game payments

Sadly that's because it is infinitely easier to make money with this model versus the ad-supported or the prepaid.

Thankfully, the EU (see what happens if you get on with the adults Mr. Farage?) is now demanding that apps featuring in app purchases cannot be listed under the "free" category as they are not free.

Thing is that the signal to noise ratio or, if you prefer, the ratio of good games to hurriedly botched knockoffs is unsustainable. There's too much garbage and while in the physical world availability would cease for unloved titles; in the age of the app store those zombies will live forever.

Minecraft has proven the viability of the paid for model but seriously; how many minecrafts can be sustained out there?

My ideal, use paid for only and utilise the trial period to return whatever falls clearly below par. If only we could have trial versions of paid apps to try them out before buying.

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