* Posts by david bates

384 posts • joined 7 Feb 2008

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

david bates

Re: I just want to point out

Firefox seems a lot faster than Chrome to me.

Manys the time I've opened something in Chrome, given up after a few seconds and reverted to Firefox.

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Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

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Alan Sugar complaining about poor service and things not performing how one had expected them to... Who'd have thought....?

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Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

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Someone has beaten you to it.....

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/david-brown/mini-remastered/first-drives/mini-remastered-2017-review

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Brazilian whacks Intel over 'exploding' Atom smartphone chips

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Re: Ah, so that's why they killed Atom.

I've run Nexus 1, then a Nexus 4, and now a Zenfone2. There is nothing about the Zenfone - size, battery life, performance or anything else that would make you think it wasn't just another ARM phone. The only thing about it that might raise eyebrows was the price, which was very good.

The only downside is that it will never get another update.

So, from a user perspective, ARM or Atom is neither here nor there...

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Re: Ah, so that's why they killed Atom.

To be fair I'm running an Android phone with an Atom chip (an Asus). I was dubious at first but it was a lot of phone for the money, and battery life, heat, performance and pretty much anything else you can think of its comparable in day-to-day use to an ARM phone.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: Amazon and Netflix?

And when exactly was Horizon 'hard science'? I gave up watching it over a decade ago when 20 minutes material was spread out to cover an hour and every programme seemed to revolve around how technology would destroy the world.

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M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

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Re: Fun fact. -The toll road is useful

If the M6 is busy you might save time... If the M6 is fleeting freely the Toll takes longer as it's 7 miles longer than the M6 and still has the 70mph limit.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

david bates

Re: Sounds like an executive snit

Technically inept? Never!

I must have dreamed the Muppet who runs PcWorld taking about his IoT fridge on Radio 4. He's not worried about security because noone would be interested in the photos of the stuff in his fridge that it can supply supply over the internet.

If you needed another reason to avoid PCWorld...

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I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi

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If we're plugging coffee places Panna on Tithebarn Street in Liverpool does the best coffee I've ever had. Awesome artisan baguettes as well.

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Re: @ wolfetone

"We'll need an EMERGENCY BUDGET literally the day after if you vote to leave..."

Hmm...

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

david bates

Re: The company I work for went through this

The 'hit the ground running' problem is just not a thing any more. I moved my 75 year old father and 65 year old uncle from XP to Mint Mate, with no UI tweaks beyond making everything bigger. Neither of them had any problems at all and the only difference they have noticed is that they can't install crap they find on the web - which is a bonus.

Support has dropped from an issue every couple of months to an issue every year or less.

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Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates

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Re: @MyBackDoor

You're telling me - About 10 years ago I bought some magazine archives, via the publisher no less, that are now utterly unreadable. Apparently Im not the only one.

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

david bates

Re: Smart watches were always going to be a short lived fad

I don't think you've ever tried a smart watch.

I absolutely love my Pebble. It'll do over a week, and if the battery gets very low it drops into dump-watch mode, so I still have the time.

If I'm out running or cycling it gives me distance/speed etc, which means I don't have to have my phone in my hand, and I don't have to turn it on to check. I can screen my calls, messages and emails and only get my phone out if I have to. I can control my music through it...

Even when I'm not wearing it if my phone chimes I automatically look at my wrist...

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Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

david bates

Fine in Stoke. Was OK first thing, and then after 4:00pm and has been all evening.

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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

david bates

Re: Fun times ahead

That's a well known phenomena....SLI

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_light_interference_phenomenon

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Put Firefox DE and Chromium in blender. Devs... Is it pure Blisk?

david bates

Re: Do you want Firefox to perform better?

Nor mine...Cinnamon Mint 18

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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IIRC they used poor quality memory chips which gradually fail. Whatever the actual reason S1 Nexus 7s slow down with age regardless of what OS you put on them. Mine has done exactly the same.

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Woo hoo, UK.gov has unveiled yet another tech creche – for infosec

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Re: coalition government?

Somehow Buffy alternating between being an insane girl locked in an asylum and being the Slayer with no way for her (or us) to tell which is reality sounds more appropriate...

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BBC vans are coming for you

david bates

Re: why do I have to tell ... my address?

"It's a Television receiving apparatus licence"

No its not. If you don't watch broadcast TV you don't a license, regardless of how many receivers you have.

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No they won't - just iPlayer. And presumably just iPlayer TV. I've not seen anything that mentions radio, and seeing as radio iPlayer counts as digital listening figures I doubt they will want to drive people off that platform and dilute the case for turning off FM.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

david bates

Its the formatting changes to plain text that you foolishly paste in that gets me. Paste in a phone number, lose the leading zero. Paste in a long number and get something like 87687767E10.

I've seen so many issues with data caused by people being caught out by this.

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

david bates

Re: Can't wait...

COULDN’T FFS....It's REALLY not hard...

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david bates

Re: Ah Amazon!

Oh I can beat that.

a micro-SD card packaged in such a way that it wouldn't fit through a standard letterbox and had to be left with a neighbour.

When they did the same trick with a DVD and offered to deliver it the next day I cancelled the order...

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Well for a start Netflix and Amazon have never sent me threatening letters with the possibility of imprisonment behind them for not wanting to use their service...

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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I've worked in a few financial institutions, always on test systems, never with access to live data or any sort of budget.

I've always had to do regular money laundering training as well as bribery and corruption training.

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

david bates

Re: @Bob Dole ... Could Also Be...

...if you remember to charge it regularly...

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

david bates

Re: you pay 7 bucks for a coffee?

Actually my Linux server has crashed several times in the last couple of weeks trying to copy terabytes of data onto a NTFS volume.

Mind you, none of my Linux machines has ever ground to a complete halt, and required a reboot only for me to find that this was just a cunning trick to install an updated which, despite apparently being 100% complete, took the best part of an hour. Windows 10 has done that twice in 4 weeks on my work machine.

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Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

david bates

Re: I don't get it.

Woman in STEM

Woman Entrepreneur

Woman in Politics

Woman in the Public Eye

For a lazy journo with a quota to fill she ticks a lot of boxes.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

david bates

Re: A final throw of the Minty dice before

I moved my uncle and my dad from Win XP to Mint Mate. I don't get support calls any more. It's an LTS version, and i use team viewer every now and again to run updates.

In the time Mint has been installed if have had to do at least one rebuild.

The one time there was a hardware failure i took the HD out of a Pentium 4 with an ATi card and put it into an Athlon machine with an nVidea card and it. Just. Worked.

So don't tell me about support calls coming off XP onto Linux.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

david bates

Re: Repeating the same mistakes

And Wilkos stepped into their shoes. Cheap tat, and bits and bobs of household stuff but not enough in any particular area to make it worth while.

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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Yup.

As I've said before Pebble gets it right and just works. I always thought I'd upgrade to an Android if the smart watch use case worked for me, but Im sticking with the Pebble.

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Your new Android Smartwatch? Dead!

david bates

Sorry. I should definitely have picked up on that.

Too much time reading Americans on reddit.

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Still getting occasional updates for my Pebble Steel, and with one of the updates earlier this year it'll now go nearly a fortnight between charges.

It may not be as pretty as Android or Apple, but for me it covers all the major bases - messaging, music control, run app etc. I dont understand why the big makers have gone down the root they have with smartwatches when Pebble has shown them basically how it should be done (IMHO of course).

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

david bates

Re: Clark's used to X-ray your kids feet...

And then remove your socks and pick your toes up off the floor...

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david bates

Redback supply hugely comfortable elastic sided boots. They're made big, so you might have to drop half a size and based on the pair I've been wearing daily for 18 months they last and last.

www.heinnie.com sell them

Made in Australia, by a Greek family who employ a German expert to run the machine.

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david bates

Ah yes...BHS

once you get above 40" waist you pretty much only have short leg. So unless you happen to be spherical, you're out of luck.

Debenhams - 18" neck shirt? Yes. Tailored. Pretty much all of them. I'm not an international rugby player, so with an 18" neck tailored is going to be, well, snug.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

david bates

Re: Fit for purpose

Ive transitioned my 77 year old father and a 65 year old uncle from P to Mint Mate. No problems, no support calls (except problems displaying photos on Google Earth for some reason).

The only concession is there are shortcuts to 'word', 'excel', Firefox etc on the desktop.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

david bates

Re: The A380 isn't ugly

Or Broughton...

You see them coming over Chester humping wings about the place. Its quite awe inspiring.

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

david bates

Re: It's not surprising.

Natwest kept doing this, sending stuff through for the previous owners of the house chasing debts.

I informed them several times and eventually got them to stop for six months. Then it started again, so I wrote to the data controller, enclosing an invoice for my time.

They paid, but admonished me for opening other peoples mail (which I did rather than have the bailiffs turn up chasing someone who had moved 5 years previously)

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IBM's Internet of Things brainbox foresees 'clean clothes as a service'

david bates

Re: “just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should"

Ah yes. The screen.

Its not going to be a great screen, is it? So it'll fail - long before the rest of the device does.

I avoid things like mixers that have no business wanting screens for that very reason.

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Re: "they could actually carry out real world testing in the field"

Mine has about 10 - I use two.

It has programs for light or intensive sportsware washing. Sadly it saves energy by not spinning these very fast, so unless you're washing lycra or something you need to put the stuff on a spin cycle anyway.

So whites go on a 60 degree wash, everything else on a 40 degree. And its still slower than the machine it replaced.

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

david bates

I was slightly dubious about buying my Zenfone2 with an Intel processor, but tbh not having ARM has made no odds at all

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Clive Sinclair Vega+ tin-rattle hits £300,000

david bates

Re: Upon seeing the screenshot...

Its Skool Daze

The text at the bottom of the screen saying 'Skool Daze' is the clue ;)

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Huawei Honor 5X: Swishy fingerprint tech for the mid-range

david bates

Re: You had me until...

Zenfone 2.

2 SIM, SD card an d a pretty huge battery. 32, 64 or 128 (IIRC) internal storage.

It is Intel though, but the only issue that has given me is having to side-load VLC.

There is also a lot of pre-installed crap, but its eminently rootable and there are thrid-party ROMs already.

Marshmallow is coming in Q2 (apparently)

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Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes

david bates

Re: Still building mud and sticks.

How are you going to plug your washing machine in in the bathroom? And what are you going to do with your tumble dryer?

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

david bates

Re: Keeping a watching brief

I've only ended up paying £4 more than my one plan, and thats for double the data and minutes I usually use in a month. Still not as good as the unlimited I had but 3 are the best of the providers I've tried (Orange, O2, GiffGaff (shudder))

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Big Ben belittled by Infosys' plans for enormous erection

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The Chamberlain Tower at Birmingham University at 99, 100 or 110m depending on who you talk to apparently already puts Elizabeth Tower in the shade.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

david bates

Re: This is not...

First Direct is fine on rooted phones, but I know some others tend to complain. And I must admit I can see their logic.

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Two-thirds of Android users vulnerable to web history sniff ransomware

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Re: Malware, app.... all very similar

Odd...I was SURE it was possible to run Android without ANY Google apps at all...In fact I thought of you installed a third-party ROM you usually had to install Google services yourself.

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