* Posts by Michael Habel

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Are Canonical still waiting for Intel to make x86 Phablets a "Thing"?

So whatever happened to to that Tablet Edition of Ubuntu? That was all the rage Two-odd Years ago now? I know I was, and practically still am, waiting for that to "hit". I'm just kinda left to wonder if Canonical are just in Chill Mode till Intel get their Numbers up. Or if they actually have plans to run on ARM.

In fact I kinda surprised that "Pairing" hasn't already happened.

An x86 Phablet that can run, an otherwise tweaked up Desktop Linux on a Phablet... Or to put it more simply. A Phablet that can run an x86 Linux OS (of sorts), along with all the other x86 Applications available. e.g. Libria / Open Office, WINE etc... etc... Comes with a S-Pen Clone type of Stylus, and I'd be over that in a second!

As it currently sits though... x86 Android Phablets, are just a plain mystery to me? When like 98% of everything else is compiled for ARM. But, such must be the Magic of Java I suppose. Opps I meant Delvik.

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Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation

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Jethro Tull's "Wicked Windows" or even the Tangent's "The Wiki Man" are far superior to this entire shortlist... Oh, also "Yours truly, 2095" by ELO...

MUH Bro! Now that is what I call Music!

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

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Funny...

How in all these Years, and as many Versions of Windows I've gone through. That I should have that Browser Choice given to me Once if ever.

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Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

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Re: great, fine, congratulations

Buying a VPN service is relatively cheap and the software is super easy to install and use, then you can enjoy Netflix from any country your VPN service has servers and Netflix operates. I don't think anyone needs to be tech savvy to do this and I'd argue if a person isn't capable of this, they probably shouldn't be using a computer.

I have a better idea... How about we drop this pretentious Geo-locking / blocking bullsh--!

Then there wouldn't be a need to shell out for these VPNs.

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

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Re: Mythtv

Not sure about MythTV but this little box doesn't come anywhere close to Windows Media Center, 4 tuners, CAD/CAM implementation decoding 4 channels of glorious Sky HD, which of course then also links through to ALL the online players via IE shortcuts within MCE. Let's also not forget the unlimited network sharing of a simple media file.

I'll gladly take the hit on a 450w PSU (and did!) for all that functionality... and in fact, all this functionality is about the ONLY thing I miss about living in the UK.

Anyone know how to get a Middle East OSN subscription in to MCE? :(

Such a shame it was a b*tch to setup the card emulation and decoding or, it might have become much more popular!

No clue abut the CAD/CAM stuff. That kind of stuff is to niche and perhaps to specialised for Linux.

But, if your just into simple crap like DVB-C / S / S2 or T. Then (Linux) VDR would be the way to go!

As you could run OSCam off your Linux Router (e.g. Fritzbox), and decode to every Device on the Network.

Given that your also asking about International TV. It seems to me that you should take some time to look into XBMC / Kodi. As its capable of tapping into hundreds of real-time Streams from the World Over.

Its how I'm keeping up with most of the Programs out ta the US these Days.

Its also great at keeping up with BBCs 1~4, now that the Satellite coverage has shrunk to a point where I'm no longer able to view it.

So I don't morn the loss of that HTPC at all...

BTW Windows Media Center really?!? ' Cause that's an even harder fail the MythTV. For strictly TV.

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Re: Mythtv

While I would have upvoted this not even a Six Months ago.

This fails on Two counts...

1) Its not Linux VDR.Which kicks the Analog / DVB-T ONLY MythTV in the Nutz. TBF though, my Stichk was in DVB-S2 though.

2) And, mor importantly here is the cost to run a hugh beast of a HTPC ca.~450W+. As opposed to something like the Review Unit that can do the same. Or, damn well near enough of the same Jobs as that HTPC with a micro-fraction of the Power consumed.

That's why I finally ditched the HTPC for One those China XBMC Boxes. A Fritzbox Wall Wart with a Built-in DVB-C Tunner to IP. Has both the Box, and my Phablets covers. And, I could care less if the run Day or Night now.

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: Shut off Clippy?

Per Week! fixed gthat for you...

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The Dinosaur in the Room.

If this really is the best that MicroSoft can come up with then goodnight.

There's almost no reason anymore to run a huge power hunters PC anymore. When Phablets can pretty much get the job done. There are some tasks that Pablets can't do. For that we have Intel NUCs and other smaller lower power ARM Devices that can run Linux.

Given all that I guess all they have left is to squeeze what's left ofit of their users. 'Cause everyone else will have jumped Ship by the time Windows 7 hits its EoL, in ca 2019.

I fail to see how MicroSoft can ever get back on their 90s/00s track ever again.

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Hackable intercom lets you SPY on fellow apartment-dwellers

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Does this Dude live in an Office Block of Flats or something?!

700 Appartments seems like rather alot to me...

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Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO 'trial'. Soft launch, anyone?

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Re: MVNO; Mischievious Vultures Need Opiates?

Heroes on the Half-Wing...

Owl Power!

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

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The Final Nail?!

Just anoter in what appears to be a never ending line of Nails in MicroSoft's Casket.

I can't wait to come back here in a few Years Time, to read about how Oracle, Novell or even *gasp* Google, are seeing the "potential" of an emerging Bussness Market that's opening up FAST!!

As MicroSoft slips ever further into its own obsurity. But, hey the X720 might actually get to become a thing!

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Intel: Grab these platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

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Sign me up for...

Team ARM... Or in the unlikely event that x86 should gain the traction, ( don't think it will though.), Intel. It will come down to which side the Developers, and OEMs take. And, Intel much like MicroSoft were again late to that party....

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: Have an upvote for your trousers

And for your trouser-snake? You'll have to get help elsewhere.

Thankfully... That's what the Internet was made for...

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I think adblock should concentrate less on how it can fail to do what they seem to suggest they do, and more on working out why, on my mobile at least, its use prevents some apps from working. Surely it is possible to fool an app into "thinking" it's had its ad ?

Unfortunatly you faild to mention what for a Mobe you had used....

So let me offer you a small piece of advice if your on Android...

PROTIP: Forget about ABP, and rather install AdAway. I've been useing it for yonks now, thoght the rate of Updates has declined from neghr nightlys to ~ca. every other day. It does its job very well! Works just fine in both the AOSP Borwser, as well as in Chrome. And in App Advertising WILL be a thing of the past!

As to where to find ('cause you'll have to sideload) it (Durr)... Go ask Uncle Google... Oddly enough (On my Machine at least!), it really was the first "Hit" it returned.

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Crack open more champagne, Satya, XP's snowballing to HELL

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Unless Microsoft can pull a rabit out of its hat with Win10, I expect it'll take them another 13 years to kill win7 too.

Perhaps... Perhaps, not... If Windows 10 likely is a Dog, then I'll just jump that sinking Ship like the Rat I'am, and move on to something Minty Fresh. Which is where I should be.. Just to lazy to backup my W764 HDD to nuke it, for Mint Linux right now.

But, my best take on it is that Windows 10 (or is that WinX?!), will be an OS looking for a home. As I'll probably be ditching this crappy PC for something more IoT inspired. Something with enough ommph to run a Web Browser, and perhaps LibreOffice. on an Octi-Core ARM Processer that only eats a micro-fraction of what this Beige Box is currently doing now.

Games?? I've heard of 'em... Thats what we have the PS4, and XBOne(ers) for....

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DeathRing: Cheapo Androids pre-pwned with mobile malware

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Re: Root then delete apk

Not something the average Jo is going to know about but easy to fix for the slightly more knowledgeable user or with any number of anti-malware apps.

On the face of it... I'd might agree with you... But, I find in my case, most of these "Dolts" of which you speak of... (In my little Family Circle), usually eventually come ruining to me to do a Setup, or eventually even a Custom ROM Update. When the finally figure out that Manufacturer "X" is no longer interested in supporting said "Device" any longer.

It was more or less how I was formally introduced to cheapo ChinaPhones with MediaTek SoC Devices. Which TBH, are great on the face of it... As long as you don't try to install CM on them that is.

I'm fairly sure that most Families have at least One of me in their Family too... Thankfully they only turn up every few Years (or so), with something mildly interesting. But, those MediaTek Devices have given, me a somewhat deeper respect for the larger Players, and why their Phablets are not only better, in every possible way. But why they end up costing more too...

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All the more reason to root out these chepo Chinaphones and remove the utter cruft inside them.

Case in point a Google TV Box I recently purchased, had Quick Office in the /system/app Folder. Normally uninstallable.... Why the heck Beelink, the Guy who _reportedly_ made the MXIII thought I needed this. When the Box, never even came with so much as a Bluetooth Controller... Well I'll guess I'll never know...

Thankfully the Box came "pre-rooted"... Which consequently sucks! As no One has since thought to port a working ClockWork Mod Recovery for it!... It was easy to remove this, and the few bits of Chinese Spyware "Quick Search.apk" amongst some other cruft outta the Box. Thus giving me a ~ca. 50MB boost.

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GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD

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Re: .football

Cue thousands of confused American fans unable to find their favorite teams' websites.

Simples *.americanfootball ... Or .handegg - (So tempted to end it with a ".com") lol

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Re: .com is still the high value gtld

It's hard to imagine why there will be any winners. The more gTlds that exist, the further the markets are divided into niches and hence lowers inherent value.

Your missing the point here. It's not about ".footballleague1" etc... Its about classifying Content so the ISPs can twerk the Wibbles like a huge Cable Box... e.g. "sky.footballleague1" will cost you x£'s a Month. While sky.footballleague2, and 3 will cost you an additional y£'s more a Month.

Really though I never knew there was so much confusion in the World to warrent this action... 'Cause .com (or .co.*), was just sooo hard to work out... along with *.org, *.net and *.edu...

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Ahh to be living in bliss

For I know not of these "Bright Yellow Pop Ups" of which they speak of.... I wonder if I should give some Money to those fine People at ABP, and AdAway?

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

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Re: @Eddy

The dollar value is large, sure, but what price can you put on happiness?

Lol I dono, what does a TRULY UNLIMITED high speed 4G LTE Connection with Nationwide coverage go for these days?

As the song goes: Just give me Money!

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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1) Why did Mr. Dormon elect not to mention XBMC... (Ok then Kodi), then?

2) Tomahawk really? >2014 and still not streaming your stuff from the Browser though GMusic?

Besides I'd probably prefer Nightingale for that task. Though the HDD in my NAS just died, and the fact that I'm mostly on Windows7 at the moment. Kinda makes an informed opinion (from my side), a bit harder. Fortunately XBMC / Kodi, can also be used as an Audio Player too...

So why would Mr. Dormon fail to mention such an important piece Software like XBMC for?

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Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

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Re: Deja vu

Well you could just say that you now officially "broke", and have no way to continue paying for their Service. At which point, I gather if your Name is Dotcom. Said Barristers would then promptly bugger off...

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

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Gee I must be missing a tick here...

It must mean that Ad Block Plus (Firebadger), and AdAway (Android), are doing their respective Jobs... Consequently living in 2014, and still clicking the very first "Hit" on Google when everone, and their Dog knows that these are mostly just so much fodder...

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

Yea, but if they using the same operator or you could make calls to anyone in the EU like it was a national call... Will probably happen sooner or later with the single market. One of the nice benefits.

So why exactly hasn't that already happened yet? With say BSkyB, or with you lot being stingy with the BBC... Nasty shrinking of the Spotbeam on Astra2. If we are a "United States of Europe" it sure as bloody hell doesn't feel like One..

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: "necessary or appropriate"

Apropos Apple, Blackberry and perhaps Lollipop Android... How are they appeasing their Chinese Leaders there? I thought they weren't so keen on letting their Citizens have that much access to this Freedom of Speech thing... Least the Leaders wake up One day with there Backs against the Wall when the Revolution comes...

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That he was unhappy about proper cell phone encryption is his problem, and that of other law enforcement officials, is largely immaterial. Android has had it for years, and Apple for months, and that is unlikely to change.

And, here I thought.... (And I'm the last One to come to crApples Defence here)... That Apple had encryption in the iPhone5S, and Google were just starting to roll it out with Android 5 (Lolipop)

So... [CITATION NEEDED]

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Re: "George, did you chop down that cherry tree?"

Which then begs question... If Apple, and Co... were / are so hot to trot on pimping up such encryption. Presumably for Our own Good!™ Why not continue this good gesture by at lest giving said "Owners" the ability to set the number of failed logins or, the self-destruction of said "Data" when a Perp... I mean 'Ol Bill decides to take give your Data a good shagging?

"Sorry officer I've forgot my login details, here let me reset my password...

There problem somewhat solved... Hopefully iCloud will respect my privacy enough not to plaster everything onto itself... (I may never find out, as I'm a dedicated Fandroid...), But, I will say that Google+ tryed to pull that kinda shit on me once. By posting my Pictures onto its Service without my explicit Permission(s). Perhaps I really should start reading those T&C / EULAs from now on! lol. In any case I only had to catch it in the Act only Once! And, now I don't let the Google+ App near any of my Devices. And it APK gets removed as soon as I've got done rooting the little bugger!

At which point I begin installing more useful things like AdAway....

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Re: We must comply

No I don't think so, not unless the Years just roll by in those "Higher Dimensions"... I think the time it took to calculate "42". Was Seven, and a half Million Years... Not 1247...

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Re: still have a backdoor though right?

I have never lost or had a phone stolen...

So its OK for someone to get your Phone, and by proxy your gmail / iTunes accounts? Not sure about the latter, but the former can be used to purchase BIG TICKET Items like Phablets or that Google Glass that I've been hearing so much about lately. The prospect of which seems greatly terrifying to me. given the near simplicity of just knowing someone's email address and possibly their Password should it NOT be stored in the Device.

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Did North Korean hackers nobble Sony Pictures?

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Re: Serves 'em right

Maybe pupils for her eyes? (One has to remember the comic strip to understand.)

Why specifically just her?!

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Far out in the uncharted Backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded Yellow Sun.

Orbiting this at a distance of roughly Ninety-eight million Miles is an utterly insignificant little Blue-green Planet whose Ape-descended Life-forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think Digital (Smart), Watches are a pretty neat idea!

This Planet has a problem, which is this: most of the people on it are unhappy for pretty much of the Time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of Small Green pieces of Paper, (Needed to buy the aforementioned Smart Watches.), which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the Small Green pieces of Paper that were unhappy.

And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with Digital (Smart), Watches. That probably didn't even last a full Day on its last charge!

*The Thumb is a small Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic... 'Cause its now high time to leave this place!

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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Re: It's not just bloatware. Samsung forgot that we have a choice...

The other big FAIL was that Samsung's version of Android didn't allow storing apps, etc. on the removable mSD card. Since Android takes up so much room on the internal 16GB memory this is ridiculous. I found a hack, a script, that somehow swaps the memory location of the external card with the internal memory 'card' thus fooling the system. After installing the script my Note 2 reported 64GB internal memory and 16GB external memory. That script is still working today.

What a shame that that little "Hack" no longer works under KitKat, and is probably Seven Sheets to the Wind by now on Lolipop. Google must really want SanDisk and, co. to go fourth and multiply... As they say...

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Re: I was looking ...

Re: FM Radio... Why can't we get a Phablet that'll let us listen to the Radio with out having to bung in a pair of Cans first?

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The S5 is butt ugly. They should get a European or US designer to do the externals.

And I'm guessing that you think the Jebus Phone 6S is more elegant or something?

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Re: Expensive and riddled with bloatware

How exactly does the LG 3G "line up"? I mean wheres the S-Pen?

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Re: Good hardware... but

This may be my bias showing... As like 90% of my rooting experience has been on Samsung... But, yeah the above statement is 100% correct. It also helps to have a rather Large & Dedicated Community of Hackers / Coders at one time working together to crank out those Nightly Updates...

Not really the kind of thing you'll likely find with Xioami Phones at the moment. Though I'm sure this may well change soon enough...

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How about producing lower cost Phones? Sadly I don't really know anyone, bar a few Luddites that, still think that a Two Year Contract is actually Cheaper then the Phone itself. Of course the "snag" in that reasoning is that you have to have the +£500(GBP) to purchase the retched thing. Only to find that by the time you get it Home... Three more Generations of newer Phablets has already passed you by! Gee its almost like the 90's again!

This is why Xiaomi can take down the likes of both Samsung, and Apple. Because they're not nearly so exuberant in there pricing as the other Two... For now. It also doesn't help there "Image" by proxy of being a maker of fine China Phones. That use the most secretive of Open Source materials (MediaTek). Thus insuring that these "Landfill Androids" land there sooner then latter.

If the Chepo China Phones have taught me anything. Its that you get what you willing to pay for. But, when the S5, is at best only marginally better then the S4? Then wheres the "sense" to actually pay for an otherwise unnoticeable upgrade?

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Looking at those Prices...

It make me wonder how much more expensive these things are! Can you at least decapitate some Alien's Arm, or Head with it? Will it also defect Blaster Rays? If not then that's really just too much for some pretty lights...

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Re: What a shitty Article

Actually now that I think about it... Some more....

It brings a whole new meaning to the Phrase: "Taking a Dump". As in I'm gonna go take a Dump. Which I never really understood... Surely it should be leaving a Dump... I mean why would you want to take it for?

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What a shitty Article

This article stinks... There it had to be said...

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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Re: Hidden partitions

Isn't the hidden partition where the device drivers are stored (that Windows insist on installing every time you plug your USB device into a different slot, until all slots have been utilised)?

I have found that if you delete the hidden partition on a USB drive, Windows insist on scanning and fixing the "problem" ("Do you want to scan and fix Removable Disk (Whatever letter it decided to assign:)? There might be a problem with some files on this device or disc." Yadda yadda...) before you can use it. Skipping it, however, allows you to use the device.

Most annoying.

----------------> Windows, mostly - not your comment. For once I suffered from a surfeit of icons to choose from. Weird.

Is this really true? It could go a ways to explaining why everything USB, (MicroSD, USB Thumbdrives), that has ever touched (or has been formatted under), Android / Linux, are coming back to Windows 7 x86-64. With this really annoying question. I wonder if this um... Feature was the One responsible for trashing my what was then... a very expensive 32GB MicroSD Card...

Luckily, I was able to get it replaced under warranty. I never knew those things were guaranteed for up to Ten Years though. Since I already had it well over a Year, by then. But, that was pretty much how it all started. So I don't even bother trying to um... "Fix it" anymore. And on those few brief times when I mis-click on it... The actual "Fix" seems to do NOTHING! As the same Error will pop-up again afterwards.

About the only "Fix" I've found was to reformat said Device under Windows, and only use it on Windows. The Second the Android/ Folder is created on such a Device its like a license to Screen-print that Error Message...

Now I have something to do on my break!

thx!

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Re: MS already have this patch...

Half the time when you plug in an FTDI serial port adaptor, it tells you it's a ballpoint mouse...

Wait, was that before, or after FTDI wiped the USBID from its Firmware?

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Re: DVD reborn

Oh wait, there aren't enough islands to go round.

Well you could always take a Page from the Arabs, and build your own Island(s)...

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Well look on the bright side...

If your FTDI, you can use this Bug, (Umm... Feature!), to permanently wipe every Chinese Clone off the face, of the World! Bawhahahahah..... Yeah then again... Perhaps not...

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: Is a mech a robot?

Or indeed the way the Daleks are Mech's and NOT Robots...

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Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

I see an early surge in votes for Marvin, but I'm sure most of those are people thinking of the alternate, non-film, versions of Marvin. IMHO while Marvin was the best bit of the film, that's really not saying much ...

Too true, that....

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No more votes for Marvin..

Hes already won with exactly 42 Votes!!... Though not an, Android... I'm sorry to see that HAL was not mentioned..

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: The information is not exactly precise

Yes and, why did it happen... Because the Russians were to broke to properly maintain the upkeep, and maintenance on Chernobyl. Chernobyl needn't have ever happened. It may well be the same story with Three Mile Island. In those cases it was poor oversights that lead to those Deserters.

Fukushima on the other Hand, though was doing fine... Right up to the moment of that Earth Quake & Tsunami. Which was, and IS an even BIGGER Deserter then Fukushima ever was. Had that incident never happened, then the chances of us discussing it right now would be null....

No Nuclear IS NEITHER SAFE or simple. It requires constant control from People far more skilled then you'd find in some Cartoon to be able to run it.

But, its so much nicer to push a "Green Agenda" when you can grip said masses in fear of something called Global Warming.... (Down in Australia perhaps?), Here in Germany I'm freezing my arse off right now!!

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Aimed at tablet and phone users?

Strangely, on *cough* Google *cough* Chrome there doesn't seem to be the same option.

PROTIP: Google yourself up an, App called AdAway... It will not only make the Ads in your "Free" Angry Avions" Game go away... It will also rid you of such intrusive nastiness inside the AOSP, or Chrome Browsers too!! One wee little problem though... You have to be rooted to run it though...

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