* Posts by Fuzz

885 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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€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

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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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Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136

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Re: 7 and 7.5 apps work on 8

well obviously some apps are going to break, just the same as some apps break when you go from ios 5-6-7 or android 2.3-4.0-4.1 but most windows phone apps that ran on 7 were also fine on 7.5, 7.8, 8.0 and 8.1 and will probably still run OK on 10.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: Never happy!

Thing is for USB 1, 1.1 and 2 you can generally use the same cable.

For USB 3 you can use an old USB cable and you'll get USB 2 speeds. If you use a USB 3 cable you can't connect it to a USB 2 device, it won't physically fit and it works fine in a USB 2 host just at the slower speed.

I don't think USB-C is going to be an issue either. If you have a 40Gbps disk array you're going to know that a £1 Amazon basics cable isn't the best thing to use and you're not going to be trying to plug it in to your computer monitor.

I guess there could be some minor confusion if your laptop has two ports with display port on one and not on the other but we have this at the moment. My laptop has two USB ports, one can charge devices whilst the laptop is turned off, the other can't. If I plug it in the wrong one, no problem I just plug it in the other one. At the moment that takes 4 attempts (3 on the first USB, 1 on the second) with USB-C this will be down to 2.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Missing the point

I think people are missing the point here. You still use a GUI to manage your server, you just don't run the GUI on the server. If I want to make a change in Exchange I use Exchange console, on my local PC, if I want to perform some dba tasks in SQL server I do that in SQL management console, on my local PC. Reading the event viewer, ADUC, group policy, WSUS etc. I use the GUI for all of these tasks because for a one off task it is generally easier than the CLI but I don't run the GUI on the server desktop.

This is all well and good, the problem comes in installing software. Software generally has two install options, either a GUI install which needs to be installed on the local machine or a silent install which requires you to construct all of the parameters into a commandline or answer file. What we need is remote installers, run the installer GUI on your desktop PC and it connects to the server and pushes the install.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface

I have a surface pro 2 at work and it does sit on your lap. It's a bit weird because the kick stand means you need space behind the screen on your legs to make it stand.

Personally I'd still rather have a nice light laptop.The new surface 3 is just too expensive and has too may compromises to make it really useful. The whole surface range has always suffered the same issues. They're too bulky, lacking in apps to beat a decent tablet and they're not as good as a decent laptop at being a laptop.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Max Power

There is a way to make kettles more efficient but it's not reducing the power. The trick is to make the kettle only heat the water that you need rather than the amount you pour in.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Microsoft should've pushed this more.

Windows Media Centre is an excellent PVR. Take up was poor due to the cost. A decent media center PC with IR remote a couple of HD tuners and a fluid interface will set you back at least £300. That's a hard sell when you can get a box that does 80% of the same stuff for £100 or companies like BT or TalkTalk will throw a box at you for "free".

The other big problem with media centre is that in the UK you can't use it with Sky or Virgin, Microsoft needed to do deals with these companies if media centre was to succeed.

The final issue is that whilst the PVR stuff was very good, the rest of media centre is very poor.

I'm still running the windows 7 version I guess I'll carry on with that until Microsoft no longer support it and the EPG dies. By which time nobody will be watching broadcast TV and there will be something better to use.

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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Re: You mean like this one?

you forgot your joke icon

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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"So - will dead ones still get into Silicon Heaven?"

There's no such thing as silicon heaven

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Can't patch this: Mozilla pulls Firefox encryption feature after just a week

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Re: Bugs happen

I didn't realise 37 had gone stable

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BT thinks EE customers will FLEE from enlarged four-play mobe biz

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O2

I don't think this is going to be the same as O2 broadband. The customers of O2 were used to getting a decent level of service particularly those on bethere. Those customers already had the choice of sky broadband but had chosen not to go with it.

Lots of EE customers are already going to also be BT customers for broadband and phone lines but at the moment they can't get mobile from BT, if they're already BT broadband customers I would imagine they will appreciate a cheap package deal on their mobiles.

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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Re: Nice article

It's a transliteration, you can spell it either way, it's an interpretation of how you pronounce the word and different people will pronounce the word differently. I think the only correct way to spell it would be חוצפה

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LaCie snuggles up to Apple’s slim 12-inch MacBook with fat HDD

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USB-C

Surely you don't need a whole new drive to connect to a USB-C port, just a new cable right?

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Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

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Re: Really ?

I love the idea that you wrap a powershell script in perl, do you call that from a batch file wrapped in python?

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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"Lenovo support tools to help Lenovo keep your drivers up to date, and allow them to remote your PC if you give them the code

Lenovo tool to make special keypresses (such as turn on/off keyboard backlight, tweak monitor brightness, etc) not only work, but show an icon on the screen when you push the button."

But this is bloatware. Drivers can be pushed through Windows Update no need for a different Lenovo tool to be running to do this.

There shouldn't be any special key presses, volume, brightness etc. all of these are standard keys and since Windows 8 there have been on screen displays for them too.

Instead of wasting everyone's time developing these tools they should spend the time developing their laptops so that they work properly with a vanilla Windows install.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Re: Easy!

Your knowledge of world bridges is lacking, that's clearly Hull

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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Re: Video Machine

It will almost certainly be fine, but so is a raspberry pi 2 for less than half the price.

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

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Re: Samsung's firmware update was applied by Samsung's Magician software...automatically for some!

You have Samsung Magician installed? And running? And you don't think you're an idiot?

The last time I installed that piece of software it needed elevated privileges to run in the system tray, it got un-installed pretty quickly.

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So it turns out that IT stuff sometimes breaks. If you can't afford to be without your computer for the amount of time it takes Samsung to RMA your drive then I suggest that you need.

1. A spare drive

2. A warranty with next day or 4 hour support that will come out and replace parts when they go wrong

3. A spare computer

If you don't have these things then you need to be asking yourself the question, "Did I need to install a firmware update on my SSD?"

Did the firmware update fix a bug you were personally experiencing? Did the firmware update provide some new functionality that you couldn't live without?

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Think people

These people upgraded the firmware on their drives with no RAID and no backup?

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: The solution is easy

This looks like a good solution you can create dead keys for the accents or map the accented characters to modifiers.

No need to install .NET 2.0

On Window 7 .NET 3.5 is pre-installed which covers 2.0

On Windows 8 or 8.1 you need to enable the .NET 3.5 feature from the control panel

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Re: bébé

you can simulate Alt Gr using CTRL+ALT

Also if you use the UK extended layout the ` key becomes a dead key for typing grave accents

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bébé

Whilst I agree that typing accented characters can be a pain in windows bébé is not a good example of a word that's hard to type the é character is just Alt Gr+E

Of course I doubt a mac has an Alt Gr key

The best keyboard for someone who wants to type in multiple languages that I've found is a Spanish one. Loads of accents but it retains the qwerty layout.

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Google Talk is dead, long live, er, Google Talk: Chat will survive app zap, flaps G+ chap

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support

Google talk was supported? Who knew?

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Re: Drive trays?

problem is drives aren't a standard size they come in loads of different thicknesses. It could be done but everything would need to be held in place by springs and the drives would just vibrate themselves to death.

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Kyocera: Torque among yourselves on our unbreakable ruggedmobe

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Kyocera

Didn't realise they also made phones, I though they were just photocopiers, solar panels and kitchen knives

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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it's not the amount of storage that is the problem it's how the storage is partitioned. The cheaper Lumias have SD card support so they are given more generous OS partitions. The more expensive Lumias have larger internal storage but no SD card support so the OS partitions are smaller to maximise the available flash space.

I think it's also possible these phones have been chosen because there are plenty out there so more targets for testing and they share a common CPU.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: Squezebox

I'm guessing this is more down to the logitech media server not using the correct stream. Mine now plays an information message telling me about audio factory.

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Who uses enterprise?

Pretty sure most companies buy computers that come with the latest OEM Windows Pro license then use downgrade rights and imaging rights to stick whatever version on they are currently supporting. Windows 7 needed enterprise to do bitlocker but that is built in to Pro now. Most people aren't going to care about the extra features in enterprise.

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: what about enclosure failure?

HPs EVA did this as well, spares were just space reserved at the end of each drive. That way none of your spindles was unused and if your array was at 50% capacity you could lose 50% of your disks (not at the same time) without ever having to replace a drive.

I don't understand why all arrays don't work this way.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: It's not so bad

Dropbox app is out. It's not all that great though you can't open office docs edit them and then save them back to dropbox.

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Google splashes $80k on Chrome 40 bug splatting

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Re: Google doesn't respect its own 90 days deadline!

Maybe Microsoft should start paying bounties for bugs in Google software

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Re: Where is the Shiny Bling phone

There are two of them.

HTC have the Windows M8 (same as the android version but running windows) and Samsung have the Ativ SE (an S4 running windows)

Problem is both are only available on the US market, you know the market where nobody buys Windows phones.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: Cortana?

For Cortana in the UK you need the Denim update. It's rolling out at the moment, check here https://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/ to see if it has been released for your device/region

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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The trick to not being forced into using an email address to log in is to make sure you aren't connected to the Internet when you're setting the computer up. So don't join your wireless network until you've created your account.

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Toshiba tosses out uber-slim THREE TERABYTE HDD

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These are probably aimed at external drives. SATA drives in racks are usually 3.5" and designed for 24x7 running.

It's worth pointing out that the 2TB Seagate/Samsung drive mentioned is a 9.5mm drive so will fit in laptops.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Re: I don't get it.

This is an M.2 card and most likely NVMe so the article you posted isn't relevant

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Key to Windows mobe app sales? Er, LOW MEMORY, of course

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Re: "And, if you are reading this on your Lumia, you can get the Register app here."

The register app used to be reasonable, just lacking a live tile with the latest headlines. Then the comments broke and it has never been fixed.

Sticking a link to it at the bottom of an article without even checking to see if it actually still works is a pretty poor effort

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Toffee, Apple? U.S. fanbois get their sticky fingers on Nork-teasing flick The Interview

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Fixed it for you

Fanbois who are willing to shell out $14.99 can purchase _a licence to watch_ a high-definition version.

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BT takes broadband to NEW PLACES. That's right: CITIES

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When BT install the VDSL street cabinets they have to dig the road between the voice cabinet and the new VDSL cabinet, this might be a metre or sometimes it's the other side of a street.

In any largish building there will be a BT duct entering underground bringing in 100s of voice pairs from the street cabinet terminated at a demarcation point. BT will add a rack near this demarcation point and bring in the fibre connections using the existing duct. No need to dig anything and no need to find the space outdoors for the cabinet.

As for FTTP, I'd guess this is actually harder in a building such as this since BT would need to run fibre from the demarcation point through existing risers and ducts which may travel through other tenants offices depending on the design of the building. The copper will already be there ready to use.

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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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