* Posts by Fuzz

927 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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Re: When?

"And all USB C devices are USB3. I have yet to see a blue USB C tab."

Not all USB-C devices are USB 3, they could be 2.0, 3.0 or 3.1

I'm with you on the blue USB-A plugs/sockets though. My surface pro 2 has a solitary USB 3 port coloured black. I have a Lenovo with red and yellow USB 3 ports.

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Re: No need for dongles?

"If I understand correctly, the dongles you can currently buy for USB (various flavours) to HDMI are effectively graphics cards in a cable and need a driver."

Not for USB-C they're not. I think they're using the display port over USB-C with a DP to HDMI adapter.

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Re: No need for dongles?

I don't get this either.

I can already buy a USB-C to HDMI dongle. I didn't realise that I couldn't buy an HDMI to USB-C cable I hadn't considered that it would be a different thing.

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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FAT

Floppy disks on DOS/Windows etc. used FAT12. You're going to need FAT32 to format a 32GB flash card. How do the ancient systems this device is intended for cope with that?

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Chinese CA hands guy base certificates for GitHub, Florida uni

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Re: You can't trust anybody

Any CA can issue a certificate for any CN. I can issue you a certificate for github if you want. Difference is if I issue you a certificate nobody will trust it. The problem is that there are too many trusted CAs in browsers and they clearly aren't audited correctly.

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

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"competitive TDP."

Competitive as in similar to but ultimately worse than Intel.

My current i7 is one of the 65W ones, it stays cool most of the time without needing the fan spinning. Current AMD chips that get anywhere near it on speed are over 100W.

The old competitive AMD forced Intel to develop decent processors and release them quickly. Now my processor is 3 generations old and I don't see anything from benchmarks that would encourage me to upgrade. Hopefully something new from AMD will shake up the CPU market.

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Watt the USB-C logo?

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Re: 45 watts !!!

USB-C can go up to 100W using 20V, if it's done right it should replace everything. Media streamers plugged into TVs getting power from the TV whilst sending video over the DP connection the other way. Phone running out of charge, plug it into a another phone or a tablet to get some power. Your laptop charger can charge your phone with the same cable. Your PC powers your monitor over cable used for video which also carries USB for the USB hub.

At the moment it's just a mess I have some HP tablets at work, they will only charge using the provided USB-C charger, everything else is unsupported.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Payment and iris recognition

Microsoft have payment services with iris recognition in the anniversary update. It's US only at the moment so I have no idea how well it works or what level of acceptance there is but Samsung aren't the only ones with this feature.

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

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Next stop

Next thing will be Microsoft removing the downgrade rights for professional so you can't install 7 under a Pro OEM license.

Then the re-imaging rights will go, then the ability to use a KMS server. Then it will be no AD login apart from to azure and so the process will continue until eventually Pro will be Home edition with RDP.

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You have missed the point by such a long way here.

GP is a way for businesses to centrally manage settings in Windows and other software. Some of the settings handled by GP can be set in the gui. Most require obscure undocumented registry entries.

The particular settings that are being talked about here have no corresponding setting within windows. The app promo is the thing that creates tiles on the start menu for any new user asking them to install candy crush.

The pro version of windows has always fully supported GP. This allowed businesses to use the pro OEM license of the windows that came with the PCs they purchased. Now Microsoft is turning Pro into a weird stripped down OS to try and force companies to purchase enterprise.

What they're going to find is that the centralised management provided by AD is the single most important feature of Windows in a business and there are going to be a lot of business who are already paying for server licenses and CALs to allow them to use AD that aren't going to fancy also paying for licenses for the OS.

Note that Enterprise Windows isn't a license you buy instead of Professional, you already have to have an OEM pro license on the computer so you have to buy Windows twice just so that your users aren't asked to download Candy Crush every time they log into a PC.

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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HP Spectre X2

For me the X2 has one big issue. It has a single USB-C connector which is used for charging, video output and USB 3.1. Thing is the charging part is non-standard this means that you can only charge the device using the HP charger. If you want HDMI output you can't do that and charge at the same time unless you buy the HP dock which is £200. If you try and use a standard USB-C to HDMI/USB-A/USB-C adaptor it stops working as soon as you connect the charger.

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

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Re: Excellent article

The Falkirk wheel is a boat lift, it moves boats between two canals on different levels. The Barton aqueduct is a different thing, it swings open to let boats that past that are too tall to pass under.

Boat lifts are much more common, there is the Anderton boat lift (mentioned in this article) which is an older example of the same thing.

Interesting article, I knew the Barton aqueduct was the only working example in the UK. I didn't realise that it was the only one ever in the world.

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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: Stop making me feel old

I don't think DAT was ever 8 track certainly the only DAT tapes/drives I ever saw were stereo.

There was ADAT which used a full size S-VHS tape to record 8 channels of digital audio. You could chain loads together to get more tracks. The optical interface they used for the digital audio signal lived on long after the tapes were forgotten about.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

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Re: Smart Meters - no thanks

"Come to think of it smart metering only applies to electrical supplies"

No smart metering is for gas and electrical supplies (but only gas of the piped variety).

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

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Re: urrrr.

You can't use these in an S6 either. You can't use them in anything yet. The S6 uses the same format internally for the embedded flash but doesn't have a slot for one of these cards.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

Fuzz

Re: 10Mbps is easy

This is a switch to ADSL2+ which supports speeds up to 24Mbps. I'd imagine that openreach are no longer offering products based on ADSL. As you live quite close to your exchange you get a decent boost on speed. For people further from the exchange the benefit of ADSL2+ is very small and won't take people over the magical 10Mbps boundary.

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Buggy vote-counting software borks Australian election

Fuzz

Re: Counting votes under STV can be laborious.

I presume that the voting boxes and the names of the candidates are still lined up though? This would be a simple task for OCR. The text to read is from a known list so the hard part is recognising all possible ways that a person can write numbers. I reckon that even allowing for mistakes it would still be more accurate than extrapolating the results from a sample.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

Fuzz

Re: It's the MS Signature Editions that are truely scary.

I think the vulnerabilities are in the OEM driver update software rather than the drivers themselves. It's a shame that the MS signature editions still contain these crummy bits of software. Driver packs for computers should be a zip containing the raw driver files with the inf and no stupid installer. Then just let Windows find the drivers.

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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dump

that's what the dump is for

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WordPress pushes free default SSL for hosted sites

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Re: It means millions of websites will be safer from spying and interception techniques.

Having encryption enabled stops the page from being modified during transit. It prevents ISPs from injecting adverts or downgrading the quality of images to save their bandwidth.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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Re: DAB, DAB+ and Digital Radio Mondial

The lobster not only had DAB radio but some form of TV transmitted over DAB. The phone wasn't too bad, it was a standard HTC windows smartphone. Theoretically capable of almost anything but lacked the power or the software to actually do anything beyond email.

The DAB radio was far too power hungry for a little phone. I remember I took mine to the cricket so that I could listen to the commentary on sports extra. I took 3 batteries and didn't make it through the days play.

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We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising

Fuzz

There are still quite a few problems with Mobile 10 and I think Microsoft would be wise to take the time required to resolve the issues before they start upgrading 8.1 clients. I have a 950 and I knew when I bought it that I was buying in to a partially finished OS but for people already running 8.1 there's going to be some annoyance with loss of functionality if the upgrade happens automatically overnight.

I upgraded a 625 to the latest preview build and it's actually usable which has never been the case with the older builds. The bugs that Andrew mentions are all there, live tiles that don't update are pretty annoying. There's also stuff in the background that has gone missing like AVRCP 1.4 if you currently control music on your phone using your car stereo you're going to get a shock when you upgrade.

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Windows 10 Mobile bug fixes come thick and fast as official upgrade nears

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AVRCP

I hope nobody is using AVRCP 1.4 to browse music on their phones over bluetooth because Microsoft have decided that 1.3 is advanced enough for windows 10.

I like Windows phone 10 but Microsoft should not have released it until it had all of the functionality of 8.1. They certainly shouldn't be releasing it as an upgrade for 8.1 when Windows phone is used by a lot of not particularly techy people who have Windows phones because they can be bought much cheaper than Apple devices aren't a total brain fuck to use like Android. These people are going to wake up one day (if the alarm goes off) and find they can't use their phone because it looks similar but everything has been moved.

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Whatever happened to... virtual SIMs?

Fuzz

Re: My phone, my choice.

It doesn't need to work like that.

You just need a menu on the device that shows you the available networks, pick a network and tariff, enter some details and you're online. This would work for basic payg deals. For more complicated tariffs or contracts it can all be done online.

Only real drawback is the loss of temporary sim swaps, battery in your phone is dead you can't borrow one for the day until yours is charged up. This is becoming harder and harder these days anyway my spare phones take mini or micro sims, my current phone has a nano sim so I can't just swap my sims around.

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Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

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Actually 8 comes with IE10 and can't be upgraded to IE11, 8.1 comes with IE11. Fact remains though you can't do Windows 8 and IE8.

I'm guessing the article should say Windows 7 + IE8 since that was the shipped version of IE for windows 7.

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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

Fuzz

Re: Or the HP printers?

It's called webjet admin, centralised patching, reporting etc. etc. for your HP printers.

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

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not just since 1998

Loads of stuff made in the 80s is at its limit at 1080p. A lot of those films were made to look grainy by pushing the film. When you scan them at higher resolution you don't get more detail, just more grain. I think 4K is probably the limit for 1:1.85 content. You can get a bit more for 4:3 or scope.

I think people will very quickly realise that they don't care. We've been watching 2k projection at cinemas for years and nobody is complaining.

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Shoe stores top US credit card EMV-ready leaderboard of fail

Fuzz

Re: pinsecure

And after the would be fraudster has "shoulder surfed" your PIN how do they make use of this information? In order for the PIN to be any use they have to steal your card. This means they have to follow you from the shop where they have surfed the PIN until they can somehow obtain the card from you.

With a mag stripe card and signature all the fraudster needs to do is get a skim of your card, the signature is worthless and cards are easily copied.

Good luck getting a bank to perform a forensic inspection of the receipt.

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I want my EPG, say Windows Media Center users left in dire straits

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The end?

Is this a premature end of media centre? It's probably going to be the final nail in the coffin for me the only thing really keeping me using media centre was the TV guide.

I've started investigating alternatives, for Freeview, it's not too bad since you can get the EPG over the air. For Freeview HD channels you have to use the EPG data from the equivalent SD channel.

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UK.gov claims 'success' over SME broadband scheme

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rental cost

As an SME your barrier to a fast Internet line is rarely the install costs. If you can't afford the £3000 for installation then you're unlikely to be able to afford the £500 per month to run the line. Most businesses can get FTTC, if they need more than that then chances are they can afford to fund it themselves.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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buisness use on AD

Whilst it's perfectly possible to make this device work with Windows Pro and join it to a domain you will run foul of licensing terms unless you buy retail (not VLK) licenses for windows pro. Windows Pro VLK licenses are always upgrade licenses so require you to already have a copy of Windows Pro on the device you are using. I also think that as a business device they are hampered by being wifi only.

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Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10 and Cortana to Mac

Fuzz

Clever but why?

If you want to run a mac but there are a few windows programs you need then virutalbox is fine. If you want Cortana and the Windows 10 Action Centre then you probably want Windows 10.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Time to install windows updates

The reason why the updates take so long to install is not so much the processor (although that won't help) it's the 2GB of RAM. If you watch task manager whilst Windows updates are being installed you'll see the trusted installer process consume more and more RAM. Once your computer runs out of RAM Windows starts swapping to disk and updates grind to a halt. If I've got loads of updates to do on a computer and I want to get them done quickly I do them in batches of 30 with a restart after each batch.

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Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

Fuzz

Re: libav

I hadn't either until a couple of months ago when I installed ffmpeg on a raspberry pi, ended up with libav instead and nothing worked.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

Fuzz

CTRL+J

opens the download manager in most browsers (including edge)

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

Fuzz

Nvidia at fault?

Surely Nvidia are at fault here, they are the ones who wrote the driver sent it to Microsoft for release via Windows update but didn't also add it to their own, pointless, update routine. Also it's their pointless update routine that was automatically downgrading the driver. If it had been the other way around with the Nvidia software ahead of Windows update there would have been no issue. Windows update would have ignored the driver release because the installed version was a later release.

Of course whether Microsoft should be automatically updating driver software or not is another matter entirely.

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

Fuzz

Re: Attack of the clones

@theOtherJT what sugarbear is saying is that it isn't possible to make a working replica contactless card using the information that can be obtained from the card. If you have in the past had your card cloned, either

1. The information from the card was used to shop online

2. The card was used in a store with the details read from the mag stripe or entered directly into the till

This article is about lax security verification in online stores. The contactless card part is moot, I could obtain this information using CCTV cameras, if you have an American express card I can even get the CV2 since this is on the front of those cards.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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RE: small producers

I don't believe this can be the case. In the last month I've bought 3 CDs I don't think that any of the artists responsible for the music on those CDs isn't expecting me to rip those CDs so that I have a copy for my phone and my PC. The only CD player I own is in the car.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

Fuzz

Re: Retailers don't have access to card info?

The TFL help page is quite interesting, it suggests that at the point of transaction TFL don't have access to your card details, but they do have access to something that uniquely identifies your device. You have to use the same device to tag in and out on stations, can't tag in with your watch and then out with your phone.

It seems they then get your card details later since they are able to match your journeys up with your card details and display them on their web portal.

It's also interesting for the guidance on how to use Apple pay, I don't live in London but have experienced the tube during rush hour and I wouldn't want to be the person whose phone times out because I unlocked it more than 1 minute before hitting the gate, or the person who gets a phone call has they're trying to enter/exit the gate.

The whole point of contactless is that you trade security for convenience, it's less secure than chip and pin but it's quicker. Apple seem to have added some more security and for that they've had to trade convenience.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

Fuzz

NX bit

Your CPU will need to have NX support, so anything pre P4 prescot or pre AMD64 will not work, this is also a requirement for Windows 8 so anything that runs 8 will be OK but not all computers running 7 will be.

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

Fuzz

Re: Sony Vaio

Mine doesn't, it's an early UK model and has a SATA card. This is something that I only found out when the laptop had arrived as all the reviews had said it would come with a PCI-e card. Later models had a choice between SATA or PCI-e.

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Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

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Just a warranty figure

The 150 or 300 TB figure is just for the warranty. Anandtech have a good write up on this here http://www.anandtech.com/show/8239/update-on-samsung-850-pro-endurance-vnand-die-size

They reckon that for a worst possible case the 1TB version would withstand 430GB per day for 5 years.

The old 256GB 840 Pro managed to clock up 2.1PB in the tech report test http://techreport.com/review/27909/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-theyre-all-dead/2

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Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB

Fuzz

SATA?

Why are we still getting "new" SATA drives. I thought SATA was done.

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What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

Fuzz

Re: Arch Linux ARM

You're going to struggle running ARM anything on an x86 CPU such as an Atom.

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

Fuzz

only a problem for small sites

As far as I can tell, if you're using WSUS then you won't get this update and in addition if the update is installed on to a domain joined computer it won't run. So this is only a possible issue for sites that have off domain computers updating directly from MS.

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

Fuzz

Re: Every time...

A: exactly the same as windows 7 and windows 8 which are both much faster than doing the same thing in XP

Press start, type network connections

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EUROPEAN PURGE on hated mobile roaming charges

Fuzz

€0.05 per MB

That's 5 euro cents per MB so €50 per GB of data in addition to whatever bat shit crazy figure your operator has pulled out of their arse to charge you for out of bundle data.

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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Offline installer

Always use the offline installer, it doesn't contain ask and won't contain Yahoo! It's a pain when you update because you can't use the auto updater, you have to go and download the full offline installer again.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

Fuzz

Re: Noise?

I've got one of these http://www.streacom.com/products/fc8-alpha-fanless-chassis/ but it's quite bulky and has a huge external PSU.

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Samsung spins up its latest rusty rotators for release

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what's wrong with 3.5" drives

So we can get 4TB in a 2.5" drive but the biggest 3.5" non shingled drive is 8TB. What are they doing wrong with the 3.5" drives which are physically about 3-4x bigger than the 2.5"?

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