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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

Dave Lawton
Unhappy

No SD card slot !

Following HTC's lead I see :(

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Dave Lawton

Re: WP8 "driving mode"

For everyone else there is DriveSafe.ly

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Dave Lawton
Flame

Re: 3G service

3G coverage, huh, what about delivering enough signal everywhere in the UK, so that the phones don't flatten their batteries just trying to enable voice calls. All of the operators, I'm looking at you, don't ignore your customers when they tell you there's an issue, and don't LIE when responding.

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

Dave Lawton

Re: If you don't like Heathrow T5...

Ah, Aberdeen, yes, unless it snows :)

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

Dave Lawton

Re: "...where we don’t yet have any recommendations to make from your history"

You want an alternative ?

Try NetSurf, currently V3.1, with nightly builds for those who like living on the edge.

No, it doesn't do everything the major browsers do, but if you can code in C, the devs will be happy to talk to you.

http://www.netsurf-browser.org/

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

Dave Lawton

Re: Skills shortage is at the hiring end.

Steve B

Unless you've passed retiring age, you're NEVER too old, & probably not then either :)

Quiz list for you to answer, here, or to yourself.

Where do you live ?

Are you prepared to travel as far as 200 miles, or further for a role ?

Are you prepared to stay away for 1 week, 2 weeks, or 4 weeks as required ?

Will you accept short term, i.e. 1 month, 3 months, or 6 months long contracts ?

If the answer to those is yes, then put your CV on Jobserve, & Jobsite, and create a Linked-In profile.

Start applying for jobs, don't use the bulk apply, don't bother with cover letters.

There is plenty of stuff out there, this week I have had a dozen or so roles offered, with the stand-out one paying 380GBP per day, and on my home doorstep.

Good luck.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

Dave Lawton
Coat

Re: Dual SIM

Apple & Samsung neglect the dual SIM market ?

Samsung don't - GT-B5722, 7722, & later models

Apple couldn't care less - buy two devices is their answer.

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

Dave Lawton

Re: I can buy such an ARM chip right now.

Would you like to enlighten everybody on what you've bought please ?

A hyperlink or two would be nice as well.

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Dave Lawton
Holmes

X86 architecture

If there are good bits to X86 architecture, where are they hiding please ?

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

Dave Lawton

Re: App Permission

Thank you for this pointer, unless I'm mistaken, this is the one by Scott M.

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

Dave Lawton
Linux

Re: Any chance they can...

Some links for you :-

Google chromebook crouton

How to Install Linux on a Chromebook

Chromebooks and Chrome OS

HTH

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

Dave Lawton
Meh

Re: ooooouch

@BillG

But Intel HAD an ARM licence. They inherited it from DEC, along with DEC's StrongARM, but Intel didn't like advertising a competitors' product, so they called their fabbed version X-scale.

Unfortunately for Intel, the first few iterations were much worse performance than DEC's, so there was a drift away of users (not end users) to other ARM licensees, and Intel eventually sold off the division.

I think it's called Marvel now, BICBW.

The story is much more complex than that, but I think I've covered the essential bits.

I doubt that ARM would sell out to Intel, not in their shareholders' best interests.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

Dave Lawton

Re: Not just local disks

Have you found the culprit, who clicked on the attachment, yet ?

Or is there now a new way of auto-running attachments, by simply pre-viewing the email ?

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

Dave Lawton
Boffin

Re: Tachikoma

Never gonna happen.

Check out https://www.riscosopen.org/content/sales/risc-os-usb-sticks

for an emulated version that runs on your OS of choice.

Or buy a Pi.

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

Dave Lawton

Is there any third party evidence that it's real ?

Anybody ?

FireEye don't seem interested in allowing comments on their blog, nor posting information on the apps that were removed.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

Dave Lawton

Re: To avoid the problem altogether...

Search for NetSurf

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Microsoft TechDays Online: block out your calendar

Dave Lawton

No Firefox users

Bloody useless.

Doesn't work with Firefox either.

I signed up for a live.com account long ago (with Firefox), and used it to download an eval of server2012, so I know it works.

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REVEALED: Cyberthug tool that BREAKS HSBC's anti-Trojan tech

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Re: Old Virus - Rapport a joke

It insisted I ought to install it ... on an ARM based Chromebook !

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Dave Lawton
Happy

Re: Lee D

Bank that doesn't require owt special, and that includes Javascript - The Coop

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PORNAGEDDON: Sexy bloggrs stung by Tumblr smut smackdown

Dave Lawton
Holmes

Re: WTF is NSFW ?

Just in case you were serious, though I doubt it.

Not Suitable For Work

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LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

Dave Lawton
WTF?

Re: Curvy screen... why?

More importantly, it can't be hung on a wall.

Why ever not ?

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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

Dave Lawton
Facepalm

Re: Prescient much?

Argh ... my head's spinning, the bolt's come out, you beat me to it :(

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Fedora back on track with Schrödinger's cat

Dave Lawton
Coat

Re: There is nothing wrong with KDE

Haven't tried a recent KDE release, does it still have the stupidity with default 'all-white' icons ?

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

Dave Lawton
Headmaster

Re: Some examples of what is and is not prosecutable might help

Nottingham Airport - where's that please ?

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What happened to the 'Most Read/Commented' list of articles on the front page?

Dave Lawton

@Drewc

Any chance of this moving towards the top of the list please ?

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Dave Lawton

Coloured Hyperlinks

Nice to see that this is now back in it's proper place on the front page - thanks.

However, it does seem to have a problem with the hyperlink colours not changing when clicked on.

Could you fix this please ?

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Re: The waste of talent

Maybe because they were incapable of doing it.

Go on, google the performance issues of Intel's StrongArm replacement - the first X-Scales, and the other issues they couldn't fix with the later revisions.

As far as that table is concerned, it's meaningless without the test schedules, so that someone else can independently verify the results.

Besides Intel themselves have said that they can't beat ARM with current fabrications, just get close.

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Apple dangles Spangles while Dabbsy's cables rankle

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Re: USB as better? No!

There are at least two more USB 'standards', don't know if they are supposed to be mini or micro.

Charger for 3DS, and charger for Sennheiser BT headphones.

My pet peeve is the utterly stupid use of a single microUSB B socket ,where there is enough room to fit 3 full size B sockets, and the box is larger than the device it replaced. (Creative, I'm looking at you here, amongst others)

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

Dave Lawton
Boffin

Votes

Exactly how many votes did Benedict Cumberbatch poll please ?

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

Dave Lawton
Coat

Re: Not just the yanks

I don't know the answer to your question

> I suppose the big question that comes out of all this, is how do you

> change the system without getting locked up for 600 years or

> becoming a professional politician?

But I have a couple of suggestions :-

1. Make being an MP, Congresman, Representative, or whatever, be something everyone has to do, like jury service, for say 4 years, and make it that twice is all that you could ever serve.

Sure, long term planning would suffer initially, but would you really say that what we have now is fit for purpose ?

2. If anyone shows any tendency to want to be a politician, then they are permanently, and irrevocably barred from that sort of role.

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Shame it isn't ARM powered

Battery life would have been even better, AND they could sell it even cheaper.

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

Dave Lawton

Re: Kiwi, as you seem to reside on the other side of the planet,

Well, I ain't Kiwi, nor am I using the Cinnamon desktop of Linux Mint 15.

But I suspect that it won't be too dissimilar from the following :-

Right-click on your digital clock on the desktop

Pick the option 'Digital Clock Settings'

Hopefully you will have a 'Date Format' selection box, with an advanced selection (spanner perhaps) button.

I would expect that to take you to a 'Country/Region & Language' multiple selection window.

In that 'Date & Time' should provide all the customisation you need.

HTH

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Dave Lawton

Graphical User Interface

I've seen an awful lot of comments along the lines of 'Windows KEY + letter KEY is so much easier'.

Even 'The best user interfaces for me are when the CLI is the prime focus.', and 'Powershell has a great ui' (Apologies, I'm not picking on you, but they were items that stood out).

Most of us on here tend to be IT professionals, who use the best tool for the job in hand, but GUIs were designed to make life easier for everyone, especially the great bulk of computer users, whose use of a keyboard is to input 'data', not remember esoteric commands to start programs.

Isn't the goal to make things easier to do, without making it easier to screw things up, and make computers more intuitive, and consistent, and closer to being appliances that 'Just Work tm' ?

I f anyone can demonstrate how W8 takes everyone closer to that goal, without using unprovable personal anecdotes, and with properly documented examples, then I, and I'm sure lots of others, are prepared to listen, at least.

Thanks for reading.

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

Dave Lawton

Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before

Ah, the Windows 95 interface that's such a great example of how MS manage to make a poor copy of something innovated by others. In this case the British RISC OS desktop.

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Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging

Dave Lawton

EES

And there was me hoping for a quote from Mentor :(

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Curse you, old person, for inventing computers!

Dave Lawton
Coat

Re: Only one of many misconceptions

Point of order Mr Chairperson.

You mean it was 60.

Now if you want a bus pass it's 63, or possibly later.

If you have a private pension with Aviva, it's still 65.

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Fairphone goes on sale to all

Dave Lawton

Re: Dual SIM

I have one, Samsung B5722, works quite well.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

Dave Lawton
Holmes

08xx Numbers

Slightly O/T

Since nearly all mobile operators still charge these at their full rate (34/40p per minute), and are excluded, unless you pay extra when that's possible, from included minutes, these are really only suitable for POTS.

There are, however, a series of non-geographic numbers, 03xx, which are covered by inclusive minutes.

These do not appear to be well publicised for some reason, but I try to make the point to any company using 08xx numbers that these were great when everyone used POTS, but they are not mobile friendly, and give them the info about 03xx.

Thanks for reading.

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How did something so small and pink cause so much trouble?

Dave Lawton

Re: Decisive action and commitment

I need to amend your statement:

To add to that....no UK government ever has really been able to make decisive actions and commit to them fully.

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Russian geologist claims finding chunks of Tunguska Event invader

Dave Lawton
Coat

Re: Nonsense, it was a UFO crashing

D & C, intervention required an up-vote.

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HTC profits PLUNGE 98%: Pins hopes on HTC One, 'Facebook mobe'

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Re: HTC One - lovely phone

No, not one mistake, at least 3, no memory slot, non-replaceable battery, nano SIM instead of micro.

Removing things that your earlier models had is a sure way to loose customers.

Unfortunately Samsung have started following their lead

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Hands on with Hyper-V 3.0 and virtual machine movement

Dave Lawton

Free Download ?

http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=56647299&iu=/6978

This is the link for the free trial download of Windows Server 2012 ?

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Review: Asus PadFone 2 phone-tablet combo

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Add on storage

No add-on storage - useless :(

Bet it uses a stupid nano SIM as well.

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

Dave Lawton

Re: It does not work!

Works for me, Firefox 3.6.24 64bit on SUSE 11.3

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Rotten spam causing more infections than ever – study

Dave Lawton
Holmes

SPAM = HTML email

Virtually all these spammer tricks rely on the email client not being set to read in Plain Text only mode.

I.e. read in HTML mode, and by implication send them as well.

Kill that stupidity, and most of the problem will go away, at least until the spammers put some serious effort into a new attack vector.

More drastic, prevent HTML emails from being transported in the first place.

I expect lots of down-votes for being a Luddite, but it would cure most of the problem.

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Review: Kobo Arc Android tablet

Dave Lawton
Meh

Re: 10 hours?

Then I think there might be something wrong with it.

Under light use mine usually goes 3 weeks between charges.

Can't be sure about continuous use, most I've ever done was 4 hours sat in A&E.

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Re: hmm

So are Toshiba.

Not just postings, but complete forums as well.

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

Dave Lawton

Re: I reckon the other source had it spot on

@ andy mcandy

Just for clarification (I wrote clarifiction first, is that a word ? speeling chucker didn't barf at it), it is Mike Smith's post you are referring to, if not which one please ?

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Virgin Mobile doffs its cap: Web speed limit axed after outrage

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Don't all the operators lie ?

These sort of issues have been around from 2008.

It would help if the operators would be honest, but there's fat chance of that when they won't even tell their tech guys that changes have been made in some areas of the country, and not others.

An example from 2008 is how 3G capable cells in the Birmingham area passed Javascript through a rewriting/compression proxy (supposedly to speed things up), screwing up certain sites, but in Barnstaple this didn't happen, so the sites worked correctly.

The poor techies were baffled by this until a lot of digging by them showed that they were being misled (deliberately ?) by T-Mobile manglement about a 'phased roll-out' of the proxies.

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

Dave Lawton

Re: FAIL felt as far as Oregon

Wouldn't touch any part of HSBC with a bargepole (or something even longer if someone can point me at it).

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