* Posts by Ian Emery

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Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project

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Live Long and... awww crap!!!

In it for the lulz.

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Firmware freakout sends Epson Wi-Fi printers into reboot loop

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I think you are confusing them with Apple.

Epson would never say anything so smart/smarmy (take your pick)

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Boffin

I was only running WiFi as a stop gap,

As a firewall update has blocked it via ethernet - but says it hasnt.

I can check printer status, but any attempt to print a page fails.

Finally gave up and stuck it on a direct USB link and it works perfectly, so disabled the Wifi.

White hair and glasses, that me alright.

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Spooky

I decided to disable the Wifi on my Epson a few days ago, and I am still not sure why.

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US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

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Re: When this is all done

Ré $400 million each on lawyers.

I think you missed a few noughts out; if I remember correctly both sides have already spent more than the value of the fine fighting this case.

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RAF Club members emailed fake invoices. Has it been hacked?

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Black Helicopters

A bit late with this one.

Reports about this were circulating about 6-9 months ago; the RAF of course denied a leak.

Same MO, an email with an invoice attached.

Lynx, natch.

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Terminator

I miss the first GTA

Now if only they would do a refresh, where the Krishnas were replaced with Chuggers.......

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Scotland's Skyscanner sold to Chinese rival Ctrip in £1.4bn deal

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Having used both companies

I cannot see how they do not fit together, SkyScanner do a decent enough job on worldwide flights, but like all non Chinese companies, have limited information on internal flights.

(They may show one, or even no internal flights when there are actually dozens).

Ctrip is WONDERFUL for internal Chinese flights, but once you cross the border they lose the plot.

Bolt the two together, and in theory you should be able to book through from any obscure Chinese city with an airport to anywhere in the world, and vice versa.

As long as the prices are good, I for one, will welcome this; until now it has been a PITA researching external flights with one company and trying to match them up with internal flights from the other.

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Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament

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Question

Am I correct in assuming that both the gold and the brass will be tarnished in some way??

I, for one welcome our new orange overlords, even if his hair (on a windy day), DOES remind me of that infamous Cameron Diaz "hair gel" scene.

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Ofcom slaps ban on BT/EE 4G spectrum bid

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However, they also raise questions

Answers, in plain brown envelopes please, to...........

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Firefox hits version 50

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Re: #2 is putting it generously

Have a Rennie, perhaps that will get FF to #1.

FF has always been a "download it if you want it", so its market share against silently or non optionally installed browsers like IE and Chrome are never going to show how good it is, or how many people might like to use it.

That post above, it was REALLY while I was reading the thread, I knew something was wrong because the install took 10 times longer than it should have, yet at no point was Chrome mentioned, and afterwards, there was no "Uninstall" option for it in the start menu, I had to open the control panel (which scares many casual users).

It also set itself as default - again with no interaction from me; so I am really pissed off, but not sure how much I should be aiming at Google, and how much at File Hippo (who I will never use again).

BTW, I know it wasnt the software writers, I downloaded it directly from them and no Chrome.

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WANKERS!!

Just downloaded a program via filehippo instead of direct from the maker, the tossers have added a silent install of Chrome.

FUCK OFF FILEHIPPO!!!

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360 Safe Browser 0.1

This is (I suspect), the latest Chinese knock-off of IE - stuffed with Chinese government spyware; their last version somehow ended up on SWMBOS PC (she being Chinese), and it was the devils own job to get rid of it, and the malware it allowed onto her system.

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UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn

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I think I saw a PFY oiling a gun mount on HMS Belfast yesterday, could he know something we dont??

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Boffin

" ustomers are advised to exercise caution when receiving calls or opening emails or SMS messages"

Or just change bank.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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HAH!!

I havent checked it in a while, but I still have a 200MB MFM drive sitting in an Amiga (in the loft)

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Re: Landfill Disks?

Err, if the bin men havent been yet, can I have it? I am building a PC for my sisters 2 y/o and being unemployed for the last year, money is tight.

(Her husband died 12 days before Christmas last year, so the family are doing everything they can to take her mind off of it).

I have most of the parts, but a 500GB HDD is a lot better than a 160GB drive, which is the only reliable spare I have right now.

(I had multiple Seagate failures just after Christmas last year, so no spares left).

I know it sounds like a sob story, but it is true, he was helping his brother when he fell 15m through a barn roof, I'll PM the details if you want.

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Mushroom

Possibly a GB/MB mix up, or just a bit of exageration, as you can get USB drivesthat size, but there are VERY expensive.

But I would just like to add that the chances of the Seagate still working in 6 years time are remote at best; I have Hitachi and WD drives that have lasted over a decade, but my record for Seagate is 5 years, and more than one has failed inside the warranty period - despite this fact, Seagate have failed to replace them, so FUCK YOU Seagate, you will never get another penny of my hard earned cash.

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

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Just ordered a Xiaomi Note3 Special Edition (work on all UK 4G networks), for £120, IT has a finger print scanner, and far better specs than this WF phone - which, after all, is an off the shelf, budget Chinese model with a new back plate on it - it may even be an old Xiaomi phone based on the spec sheet.

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Since Fat32 will support up to 2TB, I am sure that the better file systems used by SDXC will support far, far more.

BTW, I have a Clarion car radio that claims only 32GB support, but it happily takes a 128GB card/usb drive when formatted correctly.

Still a POS though, I will never buy Clarion again.

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: Why didn't the service contract include extra charges for user errors?

Four hours during the London rush "hour" (00:01-23:59), could mean a distance of nearly a MILE!!

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Re: Ah Education

HAH!! "O" Level "C", with no help at all from the school or IT teacher; one of two mid-grades I am proud of, as the Head did his best to stop me even sitting the exams; he wanted everyone to only sit CSEs.

BTW, a degree only means you know a lot about a tiny area of one specialised subject; not that you are particularly bright (although you might be).

As I have just mentioned in another thread, I have had a degree (and private school), educated teacher ask me if apple crumble was vegetarian.

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Re: Nightmare!

One asked me if apple crumble was vegetarian!!

She is allegedly has a degree !!

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Re: Except they can't.

AH, a return to the 1950's; fins and loads of chrome!!!

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Look on the bright side

Trump may well cancel the program, or go ahead with his ban on exporting technology; then we will save billions and build all the hospitals that were promised by BREXIT.

And convert the aircraft carriers in to Drone Carriers.

Which would you fear, half a dozen badly designed aircraft armed with about 20 missiles in total, or 100+ ROTM drones armed with hundreds of missiles, and no fear of death??

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: Now would be a great time

No one can speak Chinese.

There is no such spoken language.

Now if you want to learn to read and write Chinese, that is fine.

I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords, and have already burnt all the green hats in the household. My Red Book marriage licence is ready to be inspected, and a supply of chicken feet and boiled Labrador puppies laid in

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First legal goal for Trump

Will be repealing the constitution.

Second will be forming a new political alliance with Putin and Erdogan.

I for one, look forwards to the next free and fair elections in the USA (due 2100AD - after Trumps worshippers are finally overthrown in the battle of New Jerusalem)

RH joins the Founding Fathers in spinning, possibly enough to flip the planet out of orbit.

NOT a joke.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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Re: Cutting their own throats?

The Chinese economy is in the crapper, just like Europes has been; the difference is that the Chinese government have near total control of what gets published, so they say everything is fine.

My wifes home city has plans to triple in size ove 7 years, yet even the apartment complexes they have already built over the last 2 years lie more than half empty. Walking down the road near my MiLs apartment complex, NONE of the apartments on the l/h side of the road are occupied; 2 whole city block sized developments of 20+ story apartment building, crammed as close as they dare, and all empty.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

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Re: A sophisticated and determined attack.....

At least one guy on a forum I visit claimed he had never used his card other than at an ATM, so chip and pin machine based online fraud seems out.

With the companies reputation for stinginess, any bets compensation will be paid as Tesco ClubCard points??

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Re: Tesco bank headers missing

I have no issues with the Barclays mobile app on several mobiles; perhaps you arent holding yours in the correct way.

As for Tesco, their IT system is such an omnishambles, I wont even have a loyalty card for fear of my details getting leaked.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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a cheap little G-force sensor

I dont know how old your washer is, but my last THREE have all had a "Spin Balance" sensor.

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Actually, reports of Sammy top loaders flying apart were being reported long before the S7 was even launched, exploded is a bit of headline clickbait though.

Bad quality control - but a genuine issue with the shop floor staff? Lots of reports about middle/top management telling staff to just let it go when they have reported problems.

It is a great pity, I have an early sammy washer, and it is a solid and genuinely GOOD machine, quiet, economical and washers better than anything I have owned in the past.

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World's shortest international flight: now just 21km in 7 minutes

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Re: Wanna bet?

Nope, not quite; they have to be purchased from what you said, OR a EU approved airline.

So if you fly in on say KLM, having bought duty free on the plane, you can carry it on to your next flight; if however you were like me, and flew in the day the rules changed, on a KLM affiliate flight (China Southern), and bought your booze on the flight, they refuse not only to allow you on board with your duty free, but refuse to put it in the hold for you either.

I got a little antsy, and refused to board without my rather expensive wine; of course they wouldnt back down either, even though it took longer to get my luggage off than it would to have just put the damned stuff in the hold!!

KLM had to put me up for the night, and put me on the next flight (with my booze in the hold).

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Wanna bet?

You STILL arent allowed to take liquids on board.

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'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

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Re: Read the back story

maybe you have, but 90% of the thread posters havent, hence coming across like commentards.

PT has been secretly funding dozens of multi-million dollar lawsuits, of little or no merit against Gawker because they (quite truthfully), announced to the world that he was a closet gay.

(For those of you who havent read up on the back story)

Gawker had no choice but to settle, as they needed to finalise these suits before they could finish the HH case that was making them bankrupt.

In the UK they might have a chance of getting it all overturned due to "abuse of process", I dont know the US legal system well enough to comment on their chances in a US court.

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Read the back story

Most of you look like stupid commentards, because you dont know what is going on.

Perhaps a better title would be "Billions overturn truth in US Court system".

Our only hope is that PT will get the courts to declare that black is white - and then get run over on a pedestrian crossing.

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Microsoft puts Windows Updates on a diet with 'differential downloads'

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Joke

Havent M$ being doing this for a while??

OS = Win 10... get Win10 files.

OS = Win8.... get Win10 files.

OS = Win7... get Win10 files.

etc, etc.

See?? Only one set of files to download.

JOKE ALERT!!

(Or is it??)

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

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Just a short hop.

I once took a call from a woman wanting some work done in Worcester; it took me about 5 minutes to realise she was talking about Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, and not Worcester, Worcestershire, UK

Poor dear had got the area code SERIOUSLY wrong.

Another poor dear phoned up and accused me of stealing her phone number (two digits swapped), at least that explained all the home help and social services calls I had been getting..

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: What is this vanilla android

I tried vanilla Android once.

It tasted like cheap plastic.

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4 hours, and the two comments I have made in this thread still havent been published

Is there a problem??

Yes, I am sure, I even got the "You have 10 minutes" message.

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Re: 64GB Micro SD only?

Often they only mention support for the largest size they have tried/available at the time; I have had devices that claim 2GB support that I have successfully used 64GB cards in, and a 32GB limit where 128GB works.

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Re: Redmi 3S

Have an upvote from a fellow Xiaomi user; my Hongmi Note gets many admiring looks; then looks of disbelief when I tell them the specs and the price.

Had a multi-millionaire fawning over it last weekend, he kept asking me to confirm what it was and how much it cost; I thought he was going to try and buy it off of me, especially when I showed him the spare Li-ON battery & charger (cost £2.50 inc p&p)

I seem to remember a Spanish firm getting panned in here a few weeks ago, for doing almost exactly what WileyFox do.

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Boffin

I studied caffeine and its effects at uni; I wouldnt touch even instant coffee or bog standard tea for 5 years.

As for "energy drinks", they contain ~ 20% of a lethal does for the average adult.

Caffeine is psychotropic drug similar to heroin, in that it is addictive, acts directly on the nervous system and you develop a tolerance to it.

Hence the regular overdose deaths, you need to take more and more to get the same "hit" you got when you started.

Caffeine also causes paranoia and mood swings; I read a scientific paper that said 40% of patients admitted to one New York psych hospital were cured by regulating their coffee intake.

yeah, thats me - white hair, glasses, and feeling a bit blue right now.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

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Re: XP forever!!

OK, It was Tewksbury, a few years ago, damned site wouldnt run anything else, not even IETab, and the oldest version of IE that would run on my Win7 PC was IE8.

Once again, I had to dig out my old EEPC901 and use XP to get it done.

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XP forever!!

They'll get my XP box out of my warm, sweaty hands when the worlds governments stop insisting on ancient copies of IE to make their websites and on-line booking systems to work properly.

(I am looking at you especially China - four frigging days in London, and £400 in expenses for a 10 minute appointment and a £2 consular fee - all to change a name in a passport).

Having pointing at China, I should also mention a Midlands town council who require IE6 to pay a parking fine.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Bad News

I've just seen an Air Marshall buying up stock on the beach at Weymouth.

BTW Christmas is officially here, I saw my first person wandering down the street in a santa hat today.

Yep, he bought a load of those little paper flags as well.

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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

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Every step you take, every move you make

Would have been a better choice of song to play.

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Whoosh! China shows off J-20 'stealth' fighters and jet drones

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Re: Chinese have been selling drones for some time

Having lived in China I can predict.

The real plane wont match the specs given out in any way.

Top speed will be limited to about 400Knt - or the wings will fall off.

Range will be about 500 miles - and then the wings will fall off anyway.

Only 2 missile mounts will work, but using both during the same flight will make the wings fall off.

Anything over 2G in a turn and the wings AND tail will fall off.

Now the drones I would be scared of, the Chinese can turn them out by the billion - each armed with an Li-ON warhead

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Re: Outer Manchuria?

Manchuria conquered China, not the other way around, so it would be a little like saying the French want Germany back.

The 2nd bit though.... if it werent for nukes, I think the Chinese would already have done it; they could absorb a 100:1 kill ratio against them, and still wipe out every Russian in Asiatic Russia with plenty of PLA troops to spare.

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Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC

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Re: Meh!

I bet your kids are only allowed a ball made of screwed up paper to play with; and then only on days with a "z" in them.

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