* Posts by Fuzz

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

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Re: crap

Sure, I have no problem with the "black box" part in my example running Android but if I don't like that bit or it's no longer the best system for the job I should be able to pull it and replace it with something I do like without having to take a hacksaw to the dashboard of my car, and without losing the integration into the handsfree microphone, heads up display, steering wheel controls etc.

This is going to become more important over time. For years stereos in cars had radio and tape or if you were lucky a CD player and that was fine. Then music changed and everyone had mp3 so there was ipod integration which generally stopped working as iOS changed. There's 3.5mm inputs but the control interface on your phone or mp3 player is crap for use in a car. There's bluetooth but support is patchy, newer stereos have better support but without a standard you're stuck with the one that came with your car.

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crap

rather than this sort of crap we need manufactures to develop standardised systems for cars.

Cars built today will likely run for 10-15 years, probably more. Is an Android going to be the best choice for in car entertainment in that amount of time?

The entertainment systems fitted to cars need to be upgradeable in a standard way, like they used to be.

Make the amplifier separate. Then the system itself can be a black box hidden away somewhere with standard connectors for power, control and display.

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Toshiba joins the exclusive, three-member 6TB disk drive club

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exclusivity

Are there any other companies that make hard drives?

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Plusnet could face DATA BREACH probe over SPAM HELL gripes

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No spam for me at my designated plusnet address so I don't think this is an across the board problem but it's a poor effort.

The only big company I've ever found leaking my email is snapfish who, being backed by HP, you'd think would do better. Plenty of small companies though

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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hackers on bluray?

I didn't think Hackers was available on bluray so was he actually bypassing the DVD region lock on a bluray player?

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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Re: Welly boots

DNA from different species is different. That's how it's possible to tell that your beef lasagne contains horse.

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Re: 3hrs in IMAX? UK IMAX cinemas

Just a small correction here, as far as I know the UK has 4 IMAX cinemas capable of showing 15 perf 70mm. BFI, Science Museum, Manchester and Bradford.

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UK computing museum starts reboot of 65-year-old EDSAC

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LEO vs s360

I think the author refers to the LEO line of computers vs the s360 line of computers. You'd be comparing the first s360 to the LEO III

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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VLC

Why does everyone love VLC so much, I've always found it to be resource hungry and buggy. I've always preferred MPC-HC

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Re: A Request for Windows 8.1

you have to sign on to windows using your 365 account

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IEEE turns crank on new wired Ethernet standards

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USB 3

"Stating 802.11ac is capable of "multi-gigabit" speeds is as pointless as stating USB3 is 10x faster than USB2. Which has been debunked as bullshit many times over with real life tests finding closer to 3x faster."

In my experience USB 3.0 is around 10x faster than 2.0. If I connect an SSD to a USB-SATA adapter I get around 22MB/s using USB 2.0 and around 250MB/s using 3.0. Now this is nowhere near the theoretical limits of either interface but it is a 10 fold increase in speed between the two specs.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Re: Forgetting something Mr Chemist?

ftp is built in to all versions of windows, has been since 95 but it's probably quicker to use IE to download your browser of choice.

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Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better UNLOCK it for FREE

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we need free unlocking in the UK too

A lot of the teclos will already unlock your phone for free at the end of your contract but some (EE) will charge you around £25 to cover the cost of their "admin".

This admin fee is charged to make you think twice about leaving, you can get a better deal that saves you a couple of quid a month but it will cost you a years savings so that you can use your own phone that you paid for how you want.

Ideally we need to ban locking of phones completely, it's fine that your contract subsidises your phone but that doesn't need your phone to be locked you signed the contract so you have to pay it regardless of whether or not you unlock the phone.

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Microsoft now licensing Windows by the user, across multiple devices

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does this fix anything?

At first glance this doesn't appear to solve the problem. You still can't buy a perpetual license for windows for use on VDI. This is a new per user software assurance i.e. subscription license or a new per user VDA i.e. subscription license.

What we need is a perpetual per user license, i.e. I buy 300 Windows licenses for my 300 staff and they can use any copy of windows, that version or below, on any device (VDI, tablet, desktop) for ever.

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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Re: Stupid patching!

Flash updates are hopeless.

If the update is a point release on the same version then it will update automatically. If it's a major release (which seems to be at least every other month) then the auto update window appears. Clicking update opens your web browser and takes you to the adobe website to download a new copy of flash with whatever toolbars Adobe is peddling that month. You then have to manually install the update from the download.

Adobe reader doesn't get updated too much, I think there has only been 8 updates since 11 was released.

Java is the worst of the lot. UAC prompt to load the update notification, followed by a manual process to initiate the install which installs the ask jeeves toolbar even though you told it not to when you first installed. Then the new Java 8 installer doesn't automatically remove Java 7 as part of the default install. I know some people need to retain multiple versions but that should be an option on the custom install not the default.

These people need to look at Google or Mozilla to see how auto updates should be done

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Vendor lock in

I guess Apple ran out of room to make the sim any smaller so that it would only work in Apple devices, now they seem to have solved the problem by making a sim that literaly cannot be used in any other device.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Re: Learn something please, Microsoft

" I don't really see what it's missing from the basic level Surface Pro"

2" of screen

active digitiser pen

USB port

i5 processor

display port

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: touch

I think the key is called context select.

Friend of mine had the same issue with a Dell, I remapped the keyboard layout for him so that Alt Gr functioned as the "right click" key

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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deals

It's worth shopping around for example the 840 evo is less that £100 at many online retailers

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VMware squeezes out vSphere 6.0 release candidate – or is it vSphere 2015?

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NFS v4

Any news on an update to NFS?

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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Nope,

Unfortunately it's almost impossible to run Windows 8 without a 64bit processor. You need SSE2 and the NX bit and I think there were only 2 or 3 processors released that had those features but didn't have 64bit support.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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This is the other way round

This is the other way round, the exe is made to look like a doc by reversing the last 7 characters of name. However any mail scanner worth anything is going to actually scan the file to find out what the content is rather than relying on the extension.

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Microsoft and HTC are M8s again: New One mobe sports WinPhone

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Re: bloat

not sure where this 8GB figure comes from, my Ativ S running 8.1 shows 3.57GB used by the system. Loads of Windows phones only have 8GB of flash on the phone and they run 8.1 fine. The HTC 8S only has 4GB and will run 8.1

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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

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windows phone

how about a version of onenote for windows phone that doesn't suck? Maybe I'd like to be able to create new notebooks/sections on my phone like you can with the ios version.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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can't wait

So many benefits to a driverless car. Driverless cars waiting at traffic lights can communicate with each other and the lights so that they all set off as soon as the light turns green rather than having to wait for the car in front to get away. Cars on motorways can drive closer together all communicating with one another. Cars can drive with maximum fuel efficiency all the time. Cars can drive places overnight when the roads are less busy whilst their passengers sleep. Cars can drop you off then go and find a parking space which they looked up online. The car park can pack cars in because entry and exit times can be booked so cars can be placed into spaces according to when they need to leave or move themselves around in the car park as required, nobody needs to open doors so cars can be parked very close together. All this and the car can take you home from the pub. The potential of driverless cars is huge.

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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doesn't go far enough

Law's like this should require the automatic unlocking of phones when the contract term is reached provided the account is up to date. The provider shouldn't be allowed to charge a fee for the unlock. If the provider incurs a cost for unlocking the phone they should build this into the contract cost.

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Re: The NSA must be happy

I doubt there was any need, I'm sure GCHQ happily hand over all government communications to the NSA without question

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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of course people aren't upgrading

when you upgrade a point release of 13 it happens in the background without you doing anything, when 14 came out you are presented with an update wizard that takes you to the adobe website to download version 14. This all happens when you are logging in to your computer, how many people have time to download an install an update when they have just logged on to their computer. It's the second most stupid auto updater after the idiotic java which asks for elevated privileges before it asks if you'd like to install the update and only then does it go and download the actual update to install it along with the ask Jeeves toolbar.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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I'm not an Apple apologist and dislike most of their products but the iPhone 4 battery is pretty easy to replace. 2 Screws and the back slides off, the battery just unplugs and you plug in a new one. No clips, no glue no soldering, if it's a 4 rather than a 4S then they are standard screws. Not as easy as some but by no means a reason to replace the whole phone.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Try the Trendnet TEW-818DRU

Or if you want something cheaper then some of the TP-Link stuff is fairly decent once you install dd-wrt

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

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PSK?

This is why PSK is not suitable for anything other than guest, public or home wifi. Anything more serious should be using certificates with a proper crl in place.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: On Street Parking

Don't forget they're talking US mpg, 50mpg in the US is around 60mpg over here due to the larger gallon.

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

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change file extension

Why would you change the file extension when your preferred zip client is 7zip? just right click, 7zip, open archive.

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Re: The names...

It's to make price comparison impossible, you provide individual stores with their own models so Curry's will sell you a SV55WEKs where as Amazon only have the SV55WEKt, what's the difference? probably nothing but it makes a price comparison very tricky.

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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

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Re: Microsoft Office is in Big Doo Doo

Um, did you notice you get the web components of office 365 for free also? You only have to pay if you're a) a business or b) you want the full install versions of the office programs so you can use them without an Internet connection.

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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

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Re: Stop!

Also isn't the fastest SATA speed 6Gb/s? To get to 12Gb/s you need SAS.

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Flaws open gates to WordPress en-masse SEO beat-down

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you're missing something, the words "all-in-one" from your plugin name

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What's that you say? HP's going to do WHAT to 3PAR StoreServs?

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Reasons for revealing a new feature

1. said feature currently sucks ass and you've no idea when it's going to be ready for use so you don't want to be done for misselling

2. You intend to release said feature soon but when you do it will be part of a new product so you don't want people to not buy your current product whilst they wait for your new product to be released.

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Asus Z97-A puts Intel's 9 Series chipset through its paces

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Re: Since When?

Maybe it's an Asus thing, I have an Asus board in my PC and had to install low profile RAM to fit under the heat-sink. It was surprisingly hard to find 4GB low profile DDR3 sticks.

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Toshiba pushes out 5TB spinner for cloudy types

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Not that simple

You see WD bought the hard drive business from Hitachi but weren't allowed to keep all of it so half of it went to Toshiba and the other half went to WD where it is now called HGST so HGST drives are either WD drives branded as HGST or Hitachi drives manufactured by WD branded as HGST. Toshiba drives might be Hitachi drives manufactured by Toshiba branded Toshiba or they might be Toshiba drives.

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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ummm, it's easy enough to get the old passwords, the users give them to you when they log in.

user logs in check password using old hashing method if correct hash password using new method and store as people log in their hashes are updated nobody needs a new password, sure it's not as secure as changing everyone's passwords but it's going to be a lot cheaper.

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Re: Sigh ...

you can't just keep the last N hashes, if someone decides that your passwords have to be dissimilar then there is no way to test for this. The has for password1 is completely different to the hash for password2 so there is no way to tell from the hashes that the user has just changed the number on the end of the password.

Also some systems, banks for example, ask you to enter the 3rd and 7th characters of your password. Again this isn't possible with a one way hash unless you hash each character individually and then rainbow tables are going to be pretty quick to construct.

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

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Re: Slightly schizophrenic review

It also makes no sense having your keyboard layout in the qwerty style, the dvorak is a much better layout for a keyboard. Thing is once you're used to typing on a qwerty keyboard everything else is a nightmare, same goes for all the modified keys.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Here transit

Pretty sure the Nokia Here transit on my windows phone does this as well and has done for at least a year. Still it's nice to see other platforms can catch up.

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Licensing changes mean Redmond's IoT plan brings cheap VDI

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waste of time

I thought this article was going to say that clients running 7 or 8 embeded didn't need a license, but bringing them into SA is stupid. It might be cheaper than the VDA but,

1. the saving in the cost of the license will be negated by the extra money required for a thin client running windows embeded over something running a linux or wyse OS.

2. SA is still a subscription that you have to keep paying rather than being a perpetual license.

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Dropbox squashes boring bug, restores file sharing

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Re: All your files are belong to us

Of course you are right, if you're going to put files online you either accept that they could be accessed by anyone or you encrypt them yourself, but Dropbox shouldn't be claiming that their service is a secure way to store files.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: still no top left double click to close

it's not hard to click the big red X once, in fact it's easier than double clicking the top left corner. However, if your mouse pointer is already near the top left corner of a windows then it's quicker (particularly on a laptop) to double click the top left corner. When you have one program out of all the programs on your computer that responds differently then this is a pain.

Chrome and IE both have similar tab layouts and have both removed the application icon from the top left but they have both maintained the double click to close functionality.

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still no top left double click to close

since the dawn of time it has been possible to close windows programs by double clicking the top left corner of the window, a hang over from when that was the way you closed windows. In firefox when the orange button arrived we lost this option. I had hoped that when the orange button went and some blank space appeared next to the tabs that this would return but no such luck. Firefox will remain the only browser that needs to be closed from the top right.

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The Internet of Things gets its own NAS

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POE?

Is it just me or does anyone else think PoE is kind of pointless for a NAS.PoE is useful for devices that have to be in a particular location, phones, CCTV cameras, wireless access points. A NAS is just as useful right next to the switch from which it is drawing power. Any device that needs to store data remotely is going to include that capability on the device, most likely through the use of an SD card.

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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Re: 90 degrees

Konica Minolta made one, for it's time a pretty decent camera. Sony also made some, I'm guessing from the Minolta designs after the acquisition.

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