* Posts by theOtherJT

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

theOtherJT

You never left. IE's still there, it's still default, you just get an annoying popup asking if you'd like to install something else as well. It's still not possible to actually get rid of the bloody thing, there's just a more prominent "Would you like to not use it?"

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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If the tracking site is to be believed mine should be delivered on the 22nd, so I guess I'll hold off on digging in until it gets here, but I hold out hope.

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Microsoft, rivals together fight US govt's cloud data snatch

theOtherJT

Re: Scenario A

Of course, then you get Senario B, where Microsoft refuses, the _American_ court holds them in contempt, seizes assets, restricts their ability to do business, etc, etc.. if Microsoft are going to piss off a national legal system, it does seem likely they'll prefer to do it to one other than the country in which they're headquartered.

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Re: Deferred to a higher authority

I really wish I could take this as a joke, but there's been a frightening tendency recently to do exactly this.

Government caught doing something against the law? Caught spying on your own people, Detaining without trial, torturing prisoners? Citizens and even finally - shock horror - businesses protesting? Redefine your activities as something more palatable and change all requisite laws to permit them!

Nothing to see here everyone, this is totally legal. Please go about your business.

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

theOtherJT

Like I said, it's not the technical migration that worries them. It's what follows. There are procedures in place for what to do when someone rocks up with a takedown notice, or a "We have an IP, now hand over this customer's address" notice. Procedures they didn't write but are now well used to following.

No one has any faith that once the technical bit of the migration is done the political bit will be ready, and no one wants to be the one that has to be standing between the lawyers and the servers when it's being worked out, because that person is going to have a pretty bad time.

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I'm not really a networks person, but everyone I know that _is_ a networks person doesn't want to touch the IPv6 migration with a very long stick. I have a suspicion that no small part of this is that the people who are actually going to have to do the job are somewhat concerned what they're going to find themselves responsible for in the longer term once IPv6 rolls out and then things like copyright infringement notices start rolling in.

It's not the technical migration, it's the legal wrangling that will inevitably follow and a giant game of "Not my monkey"

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At last! Something else for smartwatches to do as BMW promises park-by-wristjob demo

theOtherJT

At what point did parking become so hard that we needed our cars to do it for us?

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

theOtherJT

I wonder what the performance impact of going 3D will be? I imagine it to be basically equivalent to just doubling (tripling, quadrupling... keep going until you get N layers) the number of 2D chips, and many chips managed in parallel could potentially _much_ faster, yes?

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: ACME MIRRORS INC

Great, now I have this image of some naval gunner furiously hammering the escape key, overriding the thermal shut down and hoping to keep the pulse lasers firing for long enough to take down that madcat before the LRM batteries reload...

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

theOtherJT

Couldn't agree more. Touch screens in cars are a disease.

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The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

theOtherJT

Didn't we already solve this problem?

Surely the way to handle such things is to have the index database broken into chunks and delivered a few meg at a time to every client on the network so that each client hosts a part of it. Isn't that what eMule / Kad / etc. used to do? You start a client, it fires off a few "hello, anyone else out there?" requests, hits a few other running clients, gets their parts of the index, plus a list of _their_ known clients, hits up _those_ clients, gets a few more chunks of index etc. etc. etc.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

theOtherJT

Surely to god they have more important things to do than legislate over something that basically no one cares about? Porn, seriously? No one cares. We're over it. It's out there we all know it's out there, it's basically ubiquitous at this point. Just ignore it, and move on already! I couldn't possibly care less what other people are watching for their own gratification, and I certainly don't want my government telling me what I'm allowed to watch for mine.

...which is all before we get to the "trying to stop the tide coming in" that is regulating the availability of something on the internet. I mean that _never_ works.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

theOtherJT

Re: Warning: Rant incoming.-"They were the Triumph to Apple's Harley Davidson"

Probably a better analogy.

I started from the point that Apple - much like HD - is as much about the statement you make owning one as the product. Most HD riders wouldn't even consider anything else, and that seems to be the case with Apple too.

Triumph sprung to mind in comparison because they're European in contrast to the American Apple, and also have A Reputation (deservedly or not) If anyone was going to sell on a name, it was them.

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Warning: Rant incoming.

I still can't get my head around how badly Microsoft have screwed this up.

WinPho is a GOOD mobile operating system. It's easy to use, it's pleasant to look at, it runs well on decidedly middling hardware... But even I've not bought one. I bought a Sony Z3 compact instead. I really _wanted_ to get a winpho device, but I can't find one. I can't find one that isn't either a piece of plasticy crap which doesn't have the level of hardware and finish that I want for my daily device, or isn't sized more closely to the monolith from 2001. (Which is also a criticism of most android phones these days, thank god for Sony)

But honestly, Microsoft, it's the feature set. Where's my integrated RDP client, Microsoft? Seriously, where is it? It's your protocol, is native support in your phones so much to ask? Why are there better exchange clients for Android than there are for WinPho? Come on, that's unforgivable. You have the kind of end to end there that elsewhere only Apple has achieved, and you've failed to capitalize on it.

Oh, and whilst I'm at it, why is the shot to shot time on the 1020 so long? There's enough ram in the thing, you could easily buffer half a dozen shots and then flush them to long term storage. And what's this crap with folders in the live tiles now? It's unnecessary and it's confusing. 3 years on and the interface not only hasn't gotten better, it's gotten WORSE.

I know I'm starting to pick holes and the last couple of things are a bit petty, but they're indicative of a real problem in the way WinPho is being developed. Do you know what that is, Microsoft? Let me tell you:

YOU NEED TO STOP FIDDLING WITH IT AND FILL IN THE FEATURE GAPS!

...and then we have the branding. Do you know who had a brand to rival Apple in the high quality fashion-conscious stakes Microsoft? Do you? It was Nokia. They were the Triumph to Apple's Harley Davidson. They were long established bran leaders. European. High quality. Sophisticated. So you bought them out, then pissed all the value the name had straight up the wall. If you'd buried the Windows brand as hard as possible - because it is not and NEVER WILL BE cool - and pushed the fact that you were selling Nokia devices, people might have run with that one. But you went the other way, didn't you? You went the other way and now we have "Microsoft Lumia with Windows"... What the hell kind of a name is that?

Ok, sorry. Rant over now.

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High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

theOtherJT

Can we all take a look at Steam for a moment?

I have no idea how many games I own on Steam, but it's a lot* I've not felt in the slightest way inclined to pirate a video game in years. Why, you ask? Am I just that nice? No, actually, it's just that it's actually more effort than it's worth and just paying a relatively small amount for a digital licence that I can transfer between as many machines as I happen to be sat in front of is totally worth it. I've ended up with a policy of actively not playing games that aren't on steam because their publishers are making it hard for me. I'm "voting with my wallet" if you like. I don't think there's a single game I've really wanted to play that this has stopped me from getting it's become such a defacto standard.

If a system like that existed for movies/TV I would use it, but it doesn't so I can't. I can live with waiting a few months for things to get over the "release day" pricing, I can wait for sales, but even at full price there really isn't a one-stop-shop out there for movies and TV. Now why is that? Because all the studios are busy fighting with one another over who should be in charge and desperately trying to ensure that they can enforce their already inflated pricing model. Well, guess what happened guys? None of you got to be in charge. Now stop bickering and give me Steam for Video where you all have to compete on a level playing field and I'll pay you for it.

*Yes, I'm sure it would tell me if i had it installed on this machine so I could look.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

theOtherJT

Interesting little board. I really wanted to use a rpi for a tiny streaming NAS, but without a SATA port it's not doable, and since the pi keeps it's network socket on the USB bus, external USB disks aren't a great solution if you want to get decent speed.

I wonder when we'll see a Raspberry Pi 2... I vaguely recall them mentioning that they wanted to do one a while back.

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Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

theOtherJT

Re: And the other way round

That's been making it's way around the Oxfordshire villages for some time now. I took the opportunity to test it a bit last time I was out that way, and for sure, I can netcat at a genuine 100mbit between 2 houses on the same street, but I sure as hell can't do it between there and my office - which does have a 1 gig link to the outside world, so should be able to handle it.

The problem is all the paths between A and B murky up the situation somewhat.

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theOtherJT

Perhaps we should all just stop pretending that it's still ok to push data down single core copper that was originally intended to carry analogue voice? ADSL has always been a halfassed solution to the problem, and it's not going to magically get better if we finally decide to all agree that we should call it the bodge that it is.

Wringing every last bps out of crappy copper doesn't cut it, and it's never going to. I had to download 16 gig of data just to install a video game yesterday, and that's not a number that's going to get smaller as time goes on. Frankly it doesn't matter that an ADSL line might only be providing 8mbit when it could be providing 24 because even 24 simply isn't good enough. Even if it could be considered "good enough" today it's pretty borderline, and it's certainly not going to be good enough in the near future.

That's before we get onto the matter of contention, and packing more and more customers onto the same uplink. Half the speed problems people see are because there's no spare capacity in the system to handle load spikes, or equipment failure or any "unforseen circumstance" (usually of the kind that would be totally easy to forsee if one were to have more imagination than a carton of orange juice.)

The way to not have shitty speeds is to have more capacity than you need so there's always something in reserve - but there's just no incentive for that to happen when something that should be considered a vital part of national infrastructure is run for profit, and investing in fibre and switching/routing hardware is expensive.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

theOtherJT

Re: Has WiRED

This is why 3D printers were referred to as "Rapid Prototyping Machines" about 20 years ago when they were only really found in the R&D departments of various well funded and high tech companies. Sure, you couldn't make a useful part out of resin, but you could make a mold for the part, or a mock up of the part to fit to the rest of the machine just so you can get the spacing and tolerances right whilst waiting for the real thing to be ready.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

theOtherJT

Surely this doesn't address the problem. About 5 minutes down the road from CallMeDave you enter an even darker part of Oxfordshire where there's no signal at all. None. No amount of roaming is going to help, because there's nothing to roam to. Doesn't matter what network you're on, you drive out there and all mobile devices go dead. I don't see how this is going to deal with the actual problem of none of the networks filling in these dead zones because they won't get enough return from the handful of customers who live in them.

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Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

theOtherJT

Very kind, thank you :)

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theOtherJT

Funny world we live in.

We're gathering all this useful data about people that could potentially improve the quality of medical care, but our immediate response is "No, you can't have it it's mine!"

What's disturbing about that is how rational it is. For all that it makes perfect sense that this information could well be used to help people by tracking concentrations of particular conditions, or ensuring medical records flow seamlessly from one hospital to another as people move around, we just don't _trust_ our government not to abuse it.

I love the spirit behind the NHS, I really do. I'm going in to surgery tomorrow and they're going to cut bits out of my heart. This is the culmination of a process that has taken nearly a year and involved many doctors - all of whom have been caring, reassuring and professional. I'm pretty scared, but they've made me feel like I understand what's happening to an extent that I can make a rational choice about what's going to be done to me, and why it's the right thing to do.

In other words, I trust them. I trust them enough to sedate me and cut me open. That's some pretty serious trust right there.

Part of why I trust them - quite a large part - is that this hasn't cost me anything. There's no financial incentive behind it. I believe that they're recommending that I do this because it's good for me - not because they have something to gain from it. Once you take the money out of the equation it's much easier to have faith that people are doing the right thing for the right reasons.

Once there's money involved, the trust gets really hard. I do _not_ trust the people who are going to have the final say about how this data is used - namely politicians and bureaucrats. The assumption is that as soon as the data is there the overwhelming temptation is going to be to monetize it, not to use it for research into improving medical care, or to help people - because money is what politics runs on.

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

theOtherJT

So... a mail client.

Pretty sure I already have one of those.

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Drupal SQL injection nasty leaves sites 'wide open' to attack

theOtherJT

As someone who just finished a major site migration onto Drupal 7 I'm not even slightly surprised. This was my favorite:

https://www.drupal.org/node/2001308

Files attached to nodes arbitrarily deleted if you have the "display" box unchecked and make the mistake of previewing edits before saving them.

It's not just core you need to worry about either, you need to think about all those modules you require to even do something as simple as manage attached media files. It's totally possible for some idiot module developer to completely bypass all the "security" that's built into core, and it seems like half of them did.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

theOtherJT

Re: Stop. Just Stop.

Blame whoever it is keeps writing "web apps" that only work with ancient versions of active X. I'd have IE banned from my network if I could manage it - at the very least the damn thing should be force updated to the latest version - but we're stuck at IE8 because we have software which uses it as a front end and the vendor refuses to update their shitty code so it will work with anything else.

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

theOtherJT

So, interesting but flawed then.

Such a shame. I still yearn for a good side-slide keyboard like my sadly deceased Moto Milestone had. For all the marketing BS about it making the phone "Too thick" I can't imagine who it is that's picking up a phone and thinking "God, I wish this were thinner". Now, _narrower_ I can understand, because you can't wrap your hand around it. _Shorter_ makes sense, because otherwise you end up with nasty hacks like the iOS tap to shunt downwards... but thinner? Once you're down around the 12 - 15mm mark it really doesn't matter any more. It's already thin enough!

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

theOtherJT

Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme

Woosh award for the day.

"Ain't broke, don't fix" Past tense "Aint" presumably "Wern't"

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theOtherJT

Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme

Thing is, I'm fine with that. The Windows 7 desktop environment is a nice one. It's easy to get on with and I've never found it terribly lacking. Sure, give me multiple desktops, it's a nice upgrade. Quarter docking... I have a 30" monitor on which that would be pretty handy.... but what I _really_ want is better kernel stability and memory management. Windows 8 did that, and hopefully 10 will improve on it again.

Seems to me that they might have finally realized that UI weren't broke, so they shouldn't have tried to "Fix" it.

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

theOtherJT

Re: Just wondering...

Possibly not, they're not exactly popular.

That said, I like mine, but it's an elderly winpho7 device that I only use for work. Microsoft have got themselves a serious public perception problem, both with the "Microsoft" brand, and the "Windows" brand, neither of which are exactly a shining light drawing in the customers from elsewhere. The problems that winpho has, and to my mind none of them are totally unforgivable, are massively exaggerated in the public perception precisely because people think "Microsoft = Windows = Badly designed and unreliable"

"Look at how flaky Windows Phone is. Well, I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, it's a Microsoft product after all."

That's what I keep hearing from people. Ask them to name specifics and they start to struggle. I really don't think that winpho is much worse than android or iThings but the _perception_ of it is that it's going to be worse, and so the flaws it does have - and we can't deny that it certainly does have it's problems - seem far more damning than they really are.

When no one trusts you and you're trying to enter a space already populated by well known titans, it's not good enough to be "as good" as the competition, you really need to be blowing-them-out-of-the-water better in order to get over the image problem, and Microsoft just hasn't managed that.

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US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

theOtherJT

Surely the best way to combat this is just to immediately announce it and refuse to co-operate.

"We've been required to hand over your data without telling you. We refuse. We've been fined 250K a day for our refusal and ordered not to tell you about that either. We refuse both the gagging order and to pay the fine. We've been taken to a secret court over our refusals, and ordered not to tell you that we've been taken to a secret court. We refuse to remain silent."

Mass refusal to play ball from all the major companies would surely force the government to back down. We've already pretty clearly established that they can't actually send anyone to Jail, so other than fining the company, what can they do?

If the original order is found to be unconstitutional - which I think we're all largely agreed that it will be - then all the consequences of refusing to keep silent eventually go away. Just keep refusing to co-operate as publicly as possible.

If some higher (public) court ultimately decides that they do need to pay a fine, you want to make sure that that fine is so utterly huge that it will most definitely bankrupt the company. That's a wonderful piece of PR that will play out beautifully in the media.

"We're closing our business because the government bankrupted us in order to act against your interests. Terribly sorry about all the jobs and that. Please consider this come election time."

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

theOtherJT

Biggest problem I see with this (other than the annoying battery life) is that for most women, and scrawny short blokes like myself, is that it's just too damn big. It would totally dominate my wrist, be really uncomfortable to wear and look remarkably stupid.

Once you shrink it down to the size of an ordinary watch that actually fits on my wrist there's no _point_ having a colour, touch sensitive display on it, because it's too small to put anything on except the time, and I have a watch that tells me the time already.

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Nokia: Read these Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear

theOtherJT

Possibly the very best bit about the current crop of Nokia phones this, and a major reason to consider WinPho. I wonder how much of HERE not being available on Android is down to Google wanting people to use Google Maps, and how much is down to Microsoft not wanting to let a strong WinPho USP slip out of their grasp.

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

theOtherJT

Re: What a handful

There are some experimental battery technologies in the lab that can take a full charge - even a pretty hefty charge - in about 30 seconds. The problem is they tend to do it a couple of times then pack up, thus rather failing the "long lasting" bit.

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theOtherJT

Re: What a handful

Well, no, they've got instant torque and gearshiftless acceleration going for them too. Also that whole "one moving part" thing in the drive train is nice, that ditches a ton of associated efficiency losses.

Like most things the problem is a matter of how to move energy around from where we make it to where we need it. What this proves is that we can turn electricity into car-like motion really quite effectively as long as the power source holds up.

Now what we need is to sic a whole load of researchers on the bits where the technology isn't there yet. Fast charging, long life, high capacity batteries would be excellent for everyone, not just cars, but it's pretty much "pick any two" at the moment.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: Maybe

You might not be totally wrong. As was said upstream, the volume market (businesses) only just moved from XP to 7, so they probably wouldn't have bought 8 anyway. We certainly never intended to. I sometimes get the feeling that perhaps they are just experimenting with 8 to see what the market will bear since they knew it wasn't going to be a big seller anyway.

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

theOtherJT

Re: PEBCAK

I'm really not sure that's true. Yes, the Windows 8 core is better than the 7 one, but in so many respects the UI is fundamentally broken.

I know this is my go-to example, so it's been said many times before, but in Windows 8 there is no way to remove a cached wireless network that you can no longer see except via the command line! That's insane.

They fixed it in 8.1, but how the hell did that get through testing in the first place? I mean _why_ would you take the right click away from the wireless management? Why did they take away the "manage wireless networks" tab (which incidentally, even in 8.1 is still missing) from the network and sharing center? It just demonstrates a fundamental lack of thought about how the machine is likely to be used outside of some idealized testing environment.

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Goddamnit Microsoft!

Stop messing this up! When I bought a windows 7 phone the better part of 4 years ago now it was without a doubt one of the best phones I've ever had. There was so much potential there. Yes, it was missing a lot of things, but as a ground up rewrite after the horror that was windows mobile 6.5 it really did feel like they'd nailed it, and just needed a few point updates to fill in the features that they didn't quite have ready for release days.

4 years later and not only have they NOT fixed half the things that were wrong with it, they seem to be obsessed with fiddling around with the bits that did work and breaking them all the time.

I really wanted to like this, because I've never had an android phone I could get on with, but frankly this just Isn't Good Enough.

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

theOtherJT

There really is no phrase I can imagine wanting to see less in a law than "Is likely to". It's the ultimate in weasel words. You don't have to justify _anything_ once that phrase is in there.

Did someone break a law? No, but it doesn't matter tho, we thought they WERE LIKELY TO so we can act as if they did.

Horrible, horrible, dangerous wording.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

theOtherJT

Re: supercar?

Well, either an E92 or a F80 M3 for a start... and neither of those are "supercars" just really fast sports saloons.

4.4 seconds just isn't that impressive any more. The game has moved on.

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

theOtherJT

This is why voter turnout is down the toilet. It doesn't matter who you vote for when legislation can be passed in a week with no public consultation and all 3 parties in agreement.

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BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014

theOtherJT

I like it

Am I the only one thinking that for work purposes that could be really rather good? I _hate_ not having a physical keyboard, and a square screen actually makes quite a lot of sense for reading emails.

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

theOtherJT

...and this is why I write basically everything in either notepad or nano depending on the machine, save it as raw text and only open it in something more complicated at the very end when it becomes time to pretty up the formatting.

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

theOtherJT

This is why I like my old BMW.

It comes with this thing called a "Key" which I keep on my person at all times. The car is remarkably hard to open or start without it.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

theOtherJT

Re: I bit the bullet yesterday

I do. In an attempt to become a "one OS shop" (sadly still saddled with a few M$ boxes, but what can you do?) We're running 12.04 on 95% of our servers as well as about 400 of our desktops. It's been good, for the most part, and this looks like a move in the right direction.

The desktops have been fine, but the server end is where we've had problems, and it's actually nice to see them putting more effort into it. Up until now everyone has just said "You should use Debian"... they're not totally wrong, but again - one OS shop.

Puppet is a very welcome upgrade, since we're using that already so better support will be nice, and I've been playing with Ceph on 12.04 and not having a great deal of success with it, so that'll be interesting to try. Could potentially make a serious difference to our storage architecture if that works out.

I'll be throwing this at some test boxes as soon as it's released, then we'll have to do some long term testing and consult the users to decide if we're going to go with unity for the desktop. Seems likely we'll repackage with xfce again, and leave unity as a non default option like we did last time.

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Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

theOtherJT

Re: Rolling back

I stand corrected.

Believe me I want to like Windows Phone. In most respects I _do_ like windows phone, I just get the impression that Microsoft is messing about a bit and doesn't really know where it's going or how to get there with this one.

So yeah, I like it. I just don't _trust_ it.

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theOtherJT

You have to wonder if Microsoft is really taking this whole "Windows Phone" thing seriously.

Can you imagine google saying that to app developers?

"Yeah, we've got a new version of android ready to go lads, but by the way, if you install it, you can never go back. Oh, and the development tools are still in RC status."

...Then you remember that it's Microsoft, and contempt for their user base is pretty much par for the course. Such a shame, because I really like the devices, and I love the UI, but I'm just not prepared to buy one for my own personal use until I'm convinced that they're not suddenly going to pull the rug from under me.

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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

theOtherJT

Or perhaps someone snaffled her key out of some "bloody" ram...

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

theOtherJT

Have they fixed the bit where the only way to modify wireless settings is through the command line yet? Because that alone is enough to make me want to smash every windows 8 laptop that comes in here with "wifi problems" into tiny pieces.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

theOtherJT

Re: Can I play the analogy game?

Nokia - Mercedes. Beautiful European make with a reliability record second to none, experienced a major customer revolt after allying itself with a giant American company that nobody trusts?

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theOtherJT

Re: knackered battery

You get badly punished for living/working somewhere with spotty signal. If i'm off work for a week and my phone stays with me at home (it's not a work phone, so the usage pattern doesn't change much) I can usually go 3 or 4 days without charging it.

As soon as I bring it into work the battery starts to run down at an alarming rate as it starts hunting for signal inside the giant faraday cage that is our building. I left it on my desk over night one time, and it was dead by morning. I get the same thing every time I go out to my parent's place in the wilds of rural Oxfordshire where there's no signal at all. Battery all just drains away looking for a tower to latch onto.

Run that pattern for a couple of years and you'll kill an ordinary phone battery stone dead. It's one of the reasons I really _do_ care about a removable battery. (Before we get into carrying a spare around for extended trips where you might not be able to get to a charger but can't possibly be without a phone.)

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