* Posts by david bates

399 posts • joined 7 Feb 2008

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

david bates

Umm...but the BBC buy in a lot from independent production companies...thats why BakeOff is on Ch4 now.

The BBC also have a record for producing utter dross - see about 50% or 'comedy' and drama on R4.

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david bates

I used to listen to Radio 4 at lot. Now seems to be obsessed with music and 'the stories of ordinary people'. I barely bother these days. Sometimes the Archers, sometimes Today for background noise. Everything else has become so dumbed down over the last few years I can't tolerate it.

The BBC has nothing I want and TBH if it vanished tomorrow I really wouldn't miss it.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

david bates

Or same battery life but a couple of mills thinner...shall we place bets?

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Pawnbroker pwnd: Cash Converters says hacker slurped customer data

david bates

Re: Stating the obvious

Actually I found it rather amusing.

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

david bates

Re: Techie dummy?

Ah - do it once and you're on the hook forever. For them, and their relatives, and their friends....

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

david bates

Re: No problem ...

Actually the issue is more to do with the deluded remainers who told the Civil Service not to bother preparing for a Leave vote because it would never happen...

Possibly the same deluded remainers who told us Europe would never have a joint armed force...http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/emmanuel-emmanuel-macron-eu-army-joint-defence-budget-french-president-nato-britain-brexit-russia-a7968346.html

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

david bates

Re: Running up stairways of falling rocks

While Bombadil is deeply annoying what actually IS he?

Theres a massive backstory there (unless its covered in the books I couldn't get through). A being who resists the power of the ring utterly, commands nature and dark spirits, but is not all-powerful?

I'd like to know more.

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Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round

david bates

Re: What is really needed...

But you KNOW the vendors would make a hash of it.

My netbook came with an abomination of Linux that had to be nuked before it became anything like usable.

My Acer nettop came with Linux, but sadly they had not been able to stretch to a wireless driver for the wireless hardware it actually contained, and was advertised on the box.

Sometimes I think they set themselves up to fail so they can say "Well, we tried and noone liked it" so they can go back to the easy Wintel formula.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

david bates

For what purpose?

Its not going to pick up any industrial secrets, and the first time it raises a suspicion of acting on things its heard rather than been told its fairly easy to have it 'break' and return it for a refund.

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david bates

Re: Sigh

I got a Dot free with my Wileyfox phone.

I was going to sell it - but I got curious. I absolutely love it now. I dont have any home automation so I'm not using it to the full, but using it to play radio, answer questions etc is great.

I live on my own so all its going to pick up is swearing at things that are not behaving themselves. I know about the privacy concerns, but tbh thats pretty much a non-issue for me.

After Christmas I'll be scouring eBay for another 3 to put around the house.

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American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner

david bates

Aye.

Tu-144 does look rather like it was nailed together in a shed by someone who had heard Concorde being described but had never actually seen it

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

david bates

Re: Dunce Cap tip

HSBC played a blinder this week. Sending me a text message with a link telling me they were going to close my business account.

Obviously I ignored it and then noticed it was legitimate next time I logged into my account - they MAY keep my account open of I update everything by next year, but tbh if they're going to pull idiot shit like that they won't get the chance to be so manganous.

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Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world

david bates

Thats a plan...

Is there any way I can sign up for being banned from having to fix other peoples PCs?

Perhaps someone could start a blacklist that IT pros have their names put on to save them from friends, neighbours, relatives, friends of friends etc...

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Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps

david bates

Re: Repeat payments

Backcountry Navigator pulls the OS data from (I think) Bing maps and is excellent. Pay once for the full version and all the maps are free. I think the Free version is time limited.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

david bates

Re: Inivitably!

If only it were that simple.

My laptop would update itself and then crawl until I relented and rebooted manually.

Very useful.

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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

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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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david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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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david bates

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’

david bates

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'

david bates

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!

david bates

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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