* Posts by mrdalliard

72 posts • joined 28 Aug 2008


Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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Have to agree....

The two reasons why I've not upgraded from my 6S:

- iOS12 Has generally been OK.

- My phone has a headphone socket.

Not sure I have enough "courage" to abandon that one yet....

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model


Re: Well it will look so stylish...

Fails? Have you actually used one? I've had my Air for five and a half years. It's still a damn good machine. Admittedly, it's not get retina-this and touchbar-that and the battery doesn't quite have the capacity that it did, but I'd say that it's the best portable Mac I've had. It's surprisingly solid and dependable.

I do have to say, though, that removing the SD card slot and all those other ports on the new model was a mistake - and let's not forget they've also adopted that new keyboard. I think I'll be keeping hold of my current machine for as long as I can.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source


More Of This Sort Of Thing

I have to say that this is great news. RISC OS Is still a damn good OS, which given the prevelance of nasties on other operating systems seems to reenforce it's place as a safe platform for getting things done.I know, it doesn't have cloud-enabled-this and voice-assistant-that, but to be quite honest I don't want them anyway.

My StrongArm RISC PC (which I think is about 25-ish years old now) is still going strong on RISC OS 4.02. It does internet-type stuff nicely with NetSurf, streams some of my favourite internet audio and still allows me to do the odd thing in !Impression Style (which is still infinitely easier to do things in when compared to Word). I generate PDFs of anything I want to export elsewhere.

The machine still gets regularly fired up for many a reason. It's a great bridge machine to the DOS world (via my PC card) and there's still some great old games that I love. I might take the plunge and upgrade in the future, although my only worry is if the PSU goes pop - they're in short supply these days.

There's a whole pile of applications out there which could take advantage of a safe ad stable OS such as this with such a small footprint.

Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards


"We are extremely disappointed and sorry for any upset this may cause."


What is it about corporate statements?

Instead of "We got compromised and we're sorry we let that happen.", we get that. There's this continual thing in corporate communications where they're "sorry" that an event occurred and they're "sorry" about any inconvenience caused, but why do they word things in such a way that almost distances them from taking any ownership, like "Sorry. We fucked up" ?




Apple hit with another faulty hardware lawsuit – this time it's the Watch


Had experience of this.

Had an original Apple Watch that exhibited this issue. The screen clean popped off and underneath was an extremely swollen battery.

When I went in to the store with the watch, they didn't quibble whatsoever. They immediately saw the issue, said they'd replace it and sent the replacement by courier to my home. The original series 0 watch was replaced with a series 1 - so to their credit, they replaced it with a faster and shiny new device. I can only say they acted reasonably, given that it was well and truly out of its warranty period. I wonder if other manufacturers would have given a replacement in similar circumstances.

My only concern is what happens if it does it again. I only hope they'll do similar with newer generations - so if this action forces them to widen the remit of the replacement scheme, I'm all for it.

Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat


Re: Perhaps we need to

>>Block Faccebook in the national firewall for a day.

>>Watch FB panic then

Really? Is that what you think will happen? I would suggest it wouldn't panic at all.

If the UK blocked FB at a national level (not that this would be remotely possible unless we had a great-wall-of-China-esque setup), then I suspect we'd get more outcry from the UK masses who were unable to post pictures of their dinner, Jimmy's first day at school and watch cat videos.

Facebook keeps the proles mindlessly entertained - and they knows it. Blocking it would only ensure the company and the UK populace could play the victim. Most people genuinely don't care about what Facebook has done. We are a minority.

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


Stupid Question Time

Doesn't the embassy have a six-monthly fire-alarm evacuation test as per most establishments in the UK? And if so, does that mean Mr A stays in the building, potentially being allowed to burn in the event of a fire? Could they not use good old 'elf and safety' grounds to boot him out of the building and stand in the car-park until the all-clear is received, like everyone else?

"Not our fault you've had to come outside, guv, just following the rules."

(Or is the Ecuadorian embassy an extension of Ecuadorian soil, and therefore exempt from such things?)

Obvious icon.


Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good


Re: RE: As a never-signed up non member....

You've managed to point out *exactly* how easy it is to uniquely and accurately track him!

They have his circle of friends *and* they also have his real name. I don't know about you, but I don't have two friends with the same name. Similarly, I don't have two friends with the same name *and* the same face*.

Thank you. Precisely my point.

Add in that Facebook has probably slurped contact data from the mobile app on your phone, combined with some idiot giving your e-mail address away in that "invite your friend on to Facebook" page and you can then see how very easy indeed it is to triangulate all the data and build a profile of someone who isn't actually a user.

...and yes, I might just be in a few photos - but who said I consented to it?


RE: As a never-signed up non member....

I'm having this battle at the moment, trying to get Facebook to divulge what information they know about me even though I'm not a member. I know that some of my real "friends" have tagged me in pictures, mentioned me in events and discussed me in comments.

Now because I don't have an account, I can't manage or "untag" this stuff, even though it's information about me that's in the (semi) public domain, even before you start to look at advertising data or whatever.

I've had two responses from Facebook in relation to the case I've opened with them. So far, and I'm not sure whether it's via just plain obscurity or stupidity (I suspect a bit of both), they don't seem to comprehend that:

- I can't manage an "account", so can't do anything about the data they hold.

- That if I had an account and it was deleted, everything was removed. (And I know it wasn't).

My last reply to their support-people mentioned the "right to be forgotten" in every way, shape or form. Funnily enough, it's been nearly a week since I've had another response.

I imagine this will involve a lot of banging my head against a wall at least until GDPR kicks off, but I'm going to keep badgering them out of principle.

Icon = Mr Zuck.

iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...


Stuttering Music

I've had stuttering music issues since the update. Any track I play seems like it's been subject to a Fatboy Slim remix after about ten minutes of playing. The stutter seems to occur at regular intervals. Posted the problem to the discussion forums and it seems I'm not alone. The issue happens whether you're using Spotify, MP3s, Tidal, whatever, which suggests something more fundamental is b0rked.

I wonder if this Fatboy Slim thing is supposed to replace the U2 virus we all had downloaded on to our devices a while back?


Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms


Re: LiDAR doesn't work in the dark? WTF?

AI is not intelligent because it still only understands what it's seen before, and doesn't yet appear able to put together a hypothesis like the one that enabled me not to kill a cycilst. Personally, given that self-driving cars still can't cope in the relatively benign environments they are being trained in, I think we are decades away from genuinely autonomous vehicles.

I live in Cornwall, where roads are distinctly un-uniform in arrangement. There is absolutely no way a system such as this could cope with Cornish lane-driving, ever. If a lone cyclist went undetected, imagine its behaviour when going around a steep corner to be presented with a horse-rider, flock of sheep on the road, etc...

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10


>>If you'd told people then that 40 years later you'd be expected to throw the whole lot away and buy a new one each time you wanted to upgrade, they'd have thought you were off your rocker.

Bought any Apple kit recently?

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Wonderful stuff. At the age of ten, my parents bought me a ZX-81 and I spent countless hours using it. My poor black and white TV got completely ruined in the end by "burn-in". Watching regular TV programmes got quite hard (as the picture got fuzzy) and images/listings that I left on the screen for too long ended up getting burnt in to regular viewing.

I went from the ZX-81 to a Vic-20, which seemed a novel thing as it had sound, colour, a larger memory and a fairly reliable dedicated tape drive.

I never looked back - I've been in IT most of my working life.

'Quantum supremacy will soon be ours!', says Google as it reveals 72-qubit quantum chip



I fully look forward to playing with my Quantum QX-81 within fifty years of playing with my ZX-81.

Or maybe I don't. I'm not certain.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly


Re: Why is Garmin

I had a Garmin Forerunner 205, which was great for just running. That's perhaps where I should've just stayed and never gone to a "smart" device.

Since then, I've had four other Garmin devices, all of which failed. I've ended up using an Apple Watch Series 2 with Strava, which admittedly does fine even if it doesn't have the stellar battery life that the Garmins did.

I didn't really want to go down the Apple route, but I can't contest that the thing has been pretty reliable. I'd still be using a Garmin now if they hadn't kept failing.

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?


Re: .Net

>> If you want to run on Intel or ARM on Windows or Linux, then Java is the obvious answer.

Java you say? There is no question to which Java is the obvious answer. Everything about it is an exercise in frustration (and I speak as a Tomcat admin). And then there's that 5 second...





....pause that's never been eliminated.

Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

Big Brother

Peak Facebook

I hope to see it go the way of MySpace, Bebo, etc... There are indications that user numbers are finally heading south in some countries.

It will hopefully get legislated/litigated out of existence and that people will recognise it for the true evil that it really is.

Crappy Christmas! Dixons Carphone dials back profit expectations


I'd also imagine that new iPhone users would now go to an Apple Store instead, as the separate cost of phone and sim are cheaper than being fleeced by a reseller for a standard two-year overpriced contract. I've did it for my last iPhone purchase and it saved me a significant amount per month.

Beer with the savings.

Least realistic New Year’s resolution ever: Fix Facebook in 365 days

Big Brother

Re: Facebook is a reflection of society...

>>If you really want to fix Facebook... you first need to fix society...

+1 For this one. I can only give an anecdotal story in relation to this one.

Back in December, I'd decided that I'd had enough of the general narcissism, attention-seeking garbage that is FB's news feed and decided (without warning anyone else), that it was time to delete my account, so I filled in the deletion request so that the account was removed in time for the New Year.

(Here's a thing - why do you have to wait two weeks for the damn thing to be removed?)

As has previously been mentioned, Facebook is like digital crack. It's hard enough to remove the account in the first place, but various tricks are employed to stop the deletion - namely if you've ever had anything else linked to the account. Ping! It springs back into action - and you didn't even have to log in to the site to reactivate it.

So, finally, by the 2nd of January my account has gone, thank {$Deity}, but I'm now viewed by a lot of my friends/family as "the weird one" because I choose not to regularly spunk up my details of what I had for dinner last night for all to see.

When did society get so broken that we willingly invited surveillance into our lives and that not wanting it was "weird"?

Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids


Re: As a childless curmudgeon.

>>Children appear to be seen as a meal ticket these days, the more you have, the more £££ the govt will give you.

Your post comes across more as a Daily Mail style rant against "bloody scroungers" than anything that has a degree of relevance to the original topic.

Go on, tell us about the immigrunts.

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


Re: They are busy setting Root passwords...

>>This is the final step to bankrupcy.

I should very much doubt this is the final step to bankruptcy. You've seen how much money they have in the bank, right?

Internet addict sent to an anti-addiction boot camp is no longer an addict. Because he's dead


Re: Parenting 101

>>But that's hard to do even here. The only creativity-encouraging toy I can find in the shop is LEGOs.

The plural of LEGO is LEGO.

That is all.

No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea


RE: No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

Sleep tracking is possible on the Apple Watch. I use "AutoSleep" and it seems to do the trick.

As I get 2 - 3 days out of my 38mm watch anyway, there's no immediate need to have it charging up each night. Mine usually gets charged during my morning "getting ready for work" routine.

Zuck sucks up upstart Ozlo so it can stop sucking at chatbots


Re: Chatbot AI

I've just tried this question with a system called "Replika" and got the answer...

"It's hard getting out of bed, isn't it?".

Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales


Re: Quick question

>>interesting that yours failed. Which models, if you don't mind me asking, failed?

2 Garmin Vivosmarts (1 strap disintegrated, 1 screen failed)

1 Garmin Vivosmart HR (Band started coming away from main housing)

1 Garmin Vivoactive HR (Not as water resistant as you'd be led to believe)

Shame, really, as their portal is pretty good.


Re: Quick question

>> I am sure I said "normal people"

Have an upvote. Running a half-marathon on Sunday and questioning my sanity already....


Re: Quick question

I wear this crap.

I run about 20 - 25 miles a week and have had various Garmin devices. All of which failed within their warranty period - and I'm not careless. After four failures, I decided to jump ship. I had charging problems, failing screens and one water-resistant device which obviously wasn't. With four years of data on Garmin's Connect portal, I didn't really want to jump....

However, I now use Strava on my second-generation Apple Watch - and it does "just work". Sorry if that doesn't fit in with your sweeping generalisation.... but I will admit to being a convert. It's done pretty well.

Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Can we have a revival of the Nokia 8210, please?

If the Psion 5 wins by a landslide (and it should), then the Nokia 8210 needs to come back at the same time.

I've still got my Psion and used to use it as an e-mail device back in the day. It connected via infrared to my Nokia, which was the modem. Good times. Saved taking a laptop anywhere - and far smaller.

Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%


Re: Batteries

I have a Garmin VivoActive HR and the battery life is pretty awesome - I get over a week per charge (sometimes up to 10 days), and that's with a reasonable amount of GPS usage during running, which I do 3 times a week.

Not all smartwatches have dismal battery life like Apple's offering. I don't need a battery-wristband...

World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go


Who'd have thought it?

"@pontifex authorises Pokédex"

Facebook offers end-to-end encrypted chat – if you find the right setting


Re: How much you want to bet

...or you have to shoot 10 hoops in their messenger app to enable it. </bloat>

The 100GB PHONE! Well, it has shades of Chrome, so not quite


Battery Life?

I know the article mentions that battery life will be good, but I can't see how. The constant shoveling of data through a mobile connection (and a poor one if you live in Cornwall like I do) just spells for appalling battery life. No thanks.

And when the mobile network goes down? (Like O2 have regularly done)

Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops


Re: Windows for students: just say no

It's worth knowing:

1) Apple does educational discount (that's worth it).

2) Apple's Applecare is a tiny fraction of the usual price for educational customers.(i.e. ~48ukp, instead of several hundred)

All of a sudden, it's a lot more worth it.

iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz


What? No "Peak Apple" mention?

See title. Maybe they've given up flogging that horse to death.

8GB iPhone 5c is real, but no market-maker


An 8GB iPhone is close to useless. The OS takes up some of that storage - so how are you ever supposed to install updates? (For example, iOS 7.1 needed 2.1GB).

The only way would be to remove any content you put on it first. Pointless.

Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear


Re: Apple QuickTake 150

I had a QuickTake 150 and loved it. I took it holiday with me, took if out and about with me - and hey presto, instant digital pictures. There was no memory card - it used one of those little round cables that looked like an old keyboard cable to remove data from it. It felt like a godsend because I didn't have to scan traditional photos into my computer any more. It took either 16 higher res VGA pics, or 32 lower-res ones - enough to get by on.

I also remember that it ran on standard alkaline batteries that seemed to last forever.

I still have the photos it took in the latest version of iPhoto (for juxtaposition purposes).

I eventually sold it on eBay to raise funds for a Fuji Finepix once digital photos started to become the Next Big Thing. To be honest, I wish I'd kept it.

HGST pops out 1TB ultraportable travelstar drive


New S.I. Unit?

Is a digestive biscuit one of The Register's new S.I. units of measurement?

(See double-decker buses, swimming pools, credit-cards, football stadia, etc...)

Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster


Re: Whoever devised quick time events

Sounds familiar - remember Dragon's Lair? Is this really much different?

Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs


I also heard the C in 5C stands for "cancer".

Twitter announces it's going public, via Twitter


Re: Yay more ads....

Twitteriffic for iOS has no ads and has push notifications.

Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline



Brilliant "scheduled maintenance!" AAA+++++++++++

Wait, don't ditch that IT career just yet: UK vacancies hit 5-year high


Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.

As a person who works in the South West, I cannot remotely believe that there's that many thousand "vacancies" around because:

- I'm in Cornwall. We've only got one computer in the entire county. There is no such thing as an I.T. industry down here.

- Vacancies != jobs.

I commute a reasonable distance for my job and have pretty much exhausted the major employers in the area. I'd love to be proved wrong, but it seems that most agency advertised jobs are purely ethereal.

Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air


Apple seems to have had a history on this.

I've never really understood why so many Apple devices have WiFi troubles. There seems to have been a history of it on a multitude of devices (mostly iOS).

That said, I got my 13-inch Air last week and have had no problems at all. The battery life is indeed awesome, as is the 8-second bootup time and general performance. I'm not saying there's not a problem, just that it must affect a percentage of machines. Expect a Mac OS X update very shortly......

Now Spanish sperm takes a kick to the cojones


Re: Interesting....

You're holding it wrong.

Ten external battery packs


Another, cheaper alternative.

I bought an external pack from Maplin. Cost £15 for 2000 mAh and made by Oyama. Cheaper than all the packs mentioned, has adaptors for most phones (including iPhone) and gets you out of a hole.

Mines the one with more money left in it's pocket.

Motorola Razr i hands-on review

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20 Hrs of use.

Is that twenty of full-on usage? What does that convert to in terms of lower/moderate usage and standby time?

If that's moderate usage, then the battery life is pretty shockingly bad to not even last a day.

Ten... active camcorders



What also got completely missed was the Sanyo Xacti series. I've still got a (non HD) one, which has worked brilliantly for years. I've got one of the waterproof ones. They pretty much started off the "pistol" grip format, eight years ago.

In fact, I've just had a look on Google and the HD versions are selling for under a hundred quid. I'd still recommend them...

iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

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I'm really not sure about this integration with Facebook. Facebook usage is going to gradually shrink as they hack off more and more users to the point that having such integration in your phone is going to be as silly as sharing to BeBo or MySpace or Friends Reunited.

It would have been better if they'd had a "Social Networking" button (or equivalent) and then used plug-ins for the site of your choice. That would have future-proofed against sites tanking after their IPO, although I guess they don't want too much interoperability with G+.....

Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25



I still have my working A5000 20 years later. I keep changing the hard-disc in it every so often (they seem to last about five years or so), but it runs as well as it ever did.

I ended up with nearly 1GB of storage in it (a couple of near 500MB hard discs). The thing is built like a tank, with very sold metal casing and just seems to keep going. I still have my black and white "hand scanner" (you know the sort, works on rollers) and a pile of software. Probably the best thing was that I ran Windows 3.1 via !PCEm and it capably got me through my college days whilst everyone else seemed to be buying PCs.

ARM Machine were way ahead of anything else at the time, I just think that Acorn sucked at marketing it in the right way.

Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013


Half a billion users....

....raises little pinkie to mouth.



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