* Posts by K

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Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

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Given the psychosis he's developed, they are probably 2 separate individuals / personalities / voices - Assange the Oppressed and Assange the Criminal.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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Re: To think...

As with anything, it can be abused... same for your laptop, your car (if you've got one of the new 4G-connectivity), even your ADSL/Cable router!

So, Unless your willing to give up everything... never say never!

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: and this appears to be

Ahh I forgot one, I also need to add Charlie Sheen to the Midlife Crisis Party Dream Team!

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Re: and this appears to be

@chivo243

I was just thinking of McAfee...

I was recently in Vegas on Honeymoon, so couldn't partake in any of the wild stuff. But OMFG.. I think I've decided what my mid-life crisis should be - To party with Nichols and McAfee, holysh*t it would be epic. Also probably my last week on earth if the wife found out!

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Four-year switch: Two Cisco veeps pack bags and go for a wander

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"The Cisco cli is dead."

About bloody time, but its too late for me..

Many moons ago, when I was in a position of influence as an IT Manager in an SME on the south coast, I made the decision to steer clear of Cisco, it was a blite on the industry that I refused to bow down too. With hindsight, that may have been a mistake.. I've since moved to London, and it seems every man and his dog (i.e. man = company) uses them, so it turns out, I may have shot myself in the foot..

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Their personal assistant AIs will always be smarter than anyone else's...

Yet they're still as bright as a dull light bulb!

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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IRe: Nobody buys Samsung anymore....

Same here.. these days I'd buy the Xioami Mi Max 3 or Honor Note 10, both as capable, larger screens, larger batteries all for 1/3 the price!

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

After testing the Microsoft HoloLens, I'm not!

All these "augmented reality" products are nothing more than hype, with the final product being 10% of what was promised (and the worst 10% at that). Unless a hooker is going to MagicLeap out of this thing and give the full "service" with MagicSensation (Ⓒ owned by me!), followed by a MagicLeap beer and smoke, that delivers a refreshing MagicSensation as you chug either of them - then these will be about as successful as dehydrated water!

But I will chuck them one bone - this was a tech preview, so if things did crash out, you could cut a little slack for that. Even software deemed "production" ready suffers this. It's the age where beta is the new production it seems, my wife just spent £400 on a Nintendo Switch + Games for our child me, and every game I've tried so far, has had to download updates to fix bugs!

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: No story here

calling it a consumer device, then failing to release the pricing is telling for me. I pretty much follow the saying "If you need to ask the price, then you can't afford it".. And given Samsungs ambition to be a "premium" manufacturer, I reckon this is gonna come in about £750-1000.

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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Its too busy...

Lots of boxes and I can't figure out WTF is going on.. Its almost as if there should be lots more "headered" sections below "Latest News".

On another note, if you want boxes, then use Tables.. They're far more organised.

When I was a back-end developer, the front-end guys detested my efforts at creating a UI, as I always used tables. Magic things they were, but apparently "DIV" was the new "cool thang". But they say fashion repeats, so El-reg has an opportunity to be a trend setter hear, go on, use tables!

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Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

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This might be me showing my age.. but I honestly don't get the lure of Lambda functions... GOTO was demonised because it left code unreadable, hence it was banished to he fire-pits of hell. So why are Lambda's acceptable?

I'm quite lucky, as I used to be a Java/PHP developer, but I was jumping ship into an IT Manager role just as these features were being backed in PHP. Those they days, I'm back to scripting/automating with Python, but I still avoid these unholy features.

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

Neat, I've never seen one of them before... I wonder if they now have a mobile-sim version!

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: whatever’s wrong ...

"I truly wonder if Xi doesn’t realize how ridiculous "

To be fair, this would have been the decision of some egotistic junior bureaucrat.. As for chinese citizens in general, they'll just buy it from one of their famous DVD outlet stores for about 20p!

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Apple takes an axe to its App Affiliate Program

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot..

"Wait, Cnet still exists?"

Only as a SPAM site these days...

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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"Or...do Google also get a cut of all in-game purchases? If so, why does THAT have to go through the Google Payment system?"

Yes and I'm fairly certain its my stipulation of using the store..

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UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

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£100m funding ....

May just cover the consultants "entertainment" and "refreshments" expenses... But the bit that really made me laugh, was

" also cash for a .. hub where people can report low-level incidents"

Given how please respond to these anyway, this can be solved with a simple online form that POST's output to /dev//null .. then returns a random meaningless "CRIME" number (probably a UUID) which can be given to insurance companies.

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Cache of the Titans: Let's take a closer look at Google's own two-factor security keys

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Its always Money, Money, Money....

I can almost hear the conversations with CTO of <INSERT COMPANY NAME>.

It would go a little something like this "No.. No.. Its too much, we'd have too: "

  • Update, reconfigure and test all our software to use it
  • Provide training to IT staff on implementing it
  • Hire somebody to distribute and train normal staff to use it
  • Provide ongoingsupport when a user loses it / leaves it at home

"... finally, Its just not a commercial priority!"

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Cheap NAND nasty: Flooding market with chips threatens prices

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Agree on DRAM... but SSD/NVME should also drop. 5 years ago, I brought a 750GB SSD for £300, 2 months, I brought a 1TB for £220.. Whilst there has been a drop, they are still too expensive given the capacity they offer. They'll never be as cheap as spin-drives, but £100-120 for 1TB, is the price-point I would jump across.

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Oracle puts release of new freebie mini-database on ice to work out kinks

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Re: A free database

"was that it was allowing the user to do more than they should"

Which they will then "fix", and you'll have to purchase the full thing, else you apps becomes unusable!

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Re: A free database

My first thought was, good they've rebranded MySQL!

Saying that, it still makes me laugh every time I look at what Monty has done... Collected his cheque, then thought oh fuck fork it on the way out!

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Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

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Whilst Wikileaks has spilled the beans on some interesting facts...

Yet, I'm still waiting for proof I know exists, including faking on the moon landings, ET was based upon a true story, the US suppressed releasing of proper Hover-boards (which we all know, were due in 2015!)

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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Re: Not a good idea for me.

I've tried all the dark modes on the Python IDE's.. I was hoping some hipster mojo would rub off on me, and I'd become a wizz, alas I found them completely unreadable.

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From toothbrushes to coffee makers to computers: Europe fines Asus, Pioneer, Philips for rigging prices of kit

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"all four accused of pressuring online retailers from discounting"

The EU is a bit bipolar when it come to fixing of prices. It was only a few days they were slapping a distie for importing Cisco grey-kit

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/05/distributor_bosses_had_7figure_settlement_to_cisco_for_dodgy_importing/

Which is practically the same thing, as Cisco would be rigging a higher EU price when compared to other markets.

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Liquidators appointed for Tintri UK as DDN bids to become reseller

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Creditors have a set priority in the UK...

... " starting with liquidators' fees and expenses"

Yep, as long as the cleaners get paid.. who cares!

If you were an employee at Tintri.. chin up folks, tomorrow is a brighter day,. The old saying is true: one door closes another opens. You just have to look for it!

I got made redundant a couple of years back and had to sell everything, I met this amazing person just 2 weeks before, she took pity on me, I moved 200 miles to temporarily live with her. Within a couple of weeks I found a new job that pays 2x what I got before, and now we're married.

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LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears

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Re: Still far too expensive

Don't think you can, but there are some amazing phones in the £150-£250 market!

I just purchased my wife a Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 which cost me £220, an incredible bit of kit (6GB RAM, 64GB storage, amazing dual cameras and massive battery etc).. But even if Xiaomi stop releasing updates, their is a massive community on XDA who release their own (and often better ROMS).

Actually, on paper its very close to the specs of my OnePlus 5T (yeah I'm a hypocrit, I tell her there is no need to spend over £250)!

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Same in Canada

And we all know the EU is no good.. I mean what benefits have they brought (sarcasm)

Now we have Brexit, we can breathe a sign of relief, that all the marketing "white lies" will continue.. and the uneducated masses will keep believing! (But I got a happy-gooey feeling, when I realised they're probably the same folks morons that voted for it in the first place!)

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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But none of this answers the question...

.. everybodys really wants to know, but is afraid to ask!

Is it good for watching interactive VR porn? And what attachments can I buy for it?

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Happy 10th birthday, Evernote: You have survived Google and Microsoft. For your next challenge...

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Re: Good product, questionable quality control

I was recently in the market for something like this, to store code notes etc in..

I didn't even test EverNote as almost every review I could find, reported it as buggy and bloated!

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$100m sueball smacks Huawei over Facebook HQ infiltration claims

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I suspect their are a large number of Hooli's in the Valley that partake in such methods.

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Tintri rescued by DDN just hours after filing for Chapter 11

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Great shame...

Unfortunately, the storage market has been saturated for the past 10 years, with every start-up offering a very small unique selling point, but few had enough to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack.. Pile on top of this, Tier-1 vendors (HP, Dell EMC etc) guard their turf with jealousy, even willing to sell at a loss just to keep market share.

I've looked at both Tintri and Nimble several times over the years, all gooey eyed at their marvellous products (and they are good!). But as a former IT manager for SME's (Now turncoat, and work in Security), this type of kit is a huge investment, yet I was asking the company to trust my judgement, and each time, I asked myself two questions -

Will the vendor be around over the next 3-5 years? (Which is operational the shelf life)

Can the vendor realistically deliver a robust 24/7 4hr support?

And every-time, I came same conclusion - "Maybe they could". But that it self was not good enough, the answer had to be an emphatic "Yes" to both.

In hindsight, I reckon the board at Tintri were probably kicking themselves for not flashing (pun intended) the Tier-1 vendors their assets and cashing out.

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Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

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SpeedTrack's system provides..

".. related and relevant search responses to specific keywords if those keywords turn up no results."

Surely that would put every website that "recommends" alternative search in the cross-fire?

Anyway if P0rnhub is a licensee, I'm not impressed they should be refunded! .. Alway wanted was a some belching... instead they replaced the B with an F!

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No, it's not Intel's 5G chip Apple is ditching – it's the Sunny Peak Bluetooth, Wi-Fi part

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Re: Drop intel at their peril..

@s2bu - "Are you stoned right now, or did you just not read the article AT ALL?"

It would appear @AC did indeed read the article, or at least the bit you skipped:

"it is mulling potentially dropping Intel chips in its ... and desktop computers"

But either way, if they are stoned, drunk or just delirious with sunstroke, lets not forget It is Friday night, its time to post stupid comments! You should see the horror I'm saving for next Friday (13th)!

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Distie bosses tuck 7-figure settlement into Cisco's top pocket

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We are Cisco, and you will capitulate.... b*tch

Fact is, I think should we able to import anything as long as the device does not break any criminal laws. Any company that is setting a price, rather than allowing "markets" to do their job, is nothing more than price fixing - Which AFAIK is illegal and really should be investigated by the CMA!

Just my take on it... but then again, I've always avoided Cisco and their ilk, purely for this type of reason... they remind me of the Borg - "We are Cisco, and you will assimilate capitulate!

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The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

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Re: Ads are rubbish

Beer for you!

To be honest, whilst the whole battle with ad-blockers seems to have gone quiet, I think we're just going through the eye of the storm.

I've used ad-blockers for years, but my partner was never bothered by them - until a few months ago, we were planning our wedding and my now wife got freaked out that everywhere she went she got bombarded with ad's, some so targeted, that she'd view a dress, then the following day the same dress would pop up on ads in Facebook and Instagram etc.

Now all my family want one (ad-blocker that is, not dress!).. but I didn't want the hassle of having to root all their phones, thankfully the guys at XDA (and other places) have come up with another solution called Blokada, which I now install on all their phones, it seems to work just as well as AdAway, more configurable and battery usage is negligible!

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UK Home Office sheds 70 staff on delayed 4G upgrade to Emergency Services Network

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Cashing in... With feet up, waiting for the Central Bureaucracy to determine they were not necessary. Now they'll be offered roles on another project!

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Why aren't startups working? They're not great at creating jobs... or disrupting big biz

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From 2000-2015 I worked for startups..

Then I got fed up, because whilst they sped towards goals of consumer pantopia.. rather than building we architectured software, all we ever delivered crap being stacked on top of crap. This was across the board, from bloated libraries to databases, I still have dreams of the marketing teams asking for a new stat in their report, where frequently SQL statement exceeded 1000 lines, it gives me the cold sweats!

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ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

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Re: How is this helpful?

If they store credit card data, they need to be PCI compliant... They should thank their lucky stars their Bank and the main Card brands (Visa etc) have not blacklisted them!

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US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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Would be interesting to get some details on "classified" systems.

When I was a teen (90's), I was convinced by "Grapevine" and other hacker mags that the NSA was listening to every call in the US for certain keywords.. after entering the industry, I realised this was boll*cks, these days, I suspect the classified millitary systems are kept under wraps just cause they are probably running Pentium CPU's, which would make the related departments global laughing stocks... But still I love a good conspiracy theory :D

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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Re: More FUD

"any idea how little a civil servant"

I do, as my wife is one of them!

To be fair to the original AC, these level of civil servants earn a f*CK load off private consultancy with the likes of BAE, Raytheon and other military/intelligence contractors for several years after "retirement", which I'm fairly certain he would be making the most of - and rightly so, and so would any of us.

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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Re: A common problem

Rules of natural selection, as my Spanish-wife calls it (shes Dr). Her favourite mentions:

- you'll rarely find a yellow line or "mind the gap" signs in train stations in Spain, if people are too stupid or drunk to see the gap, well that's their fault

- They don't close a whole motorway after an accident, just the lane, people should see the results of stupidity

Have an upvote and a beer :)

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Have you heard about ransomware? Now's the time to ask: Are you covered?

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I've been asked to investigate the potential of Cyber Insurance at least half a dozen times over the past 7-8 year, at the various companies I've worked at - None of them ended up purchasing. There are several reasons for this

- There is no clear info about what your getting.. Just marketing spiel hyping up the dangers (At least with car insurance its clearly mapped out)

- The costs are not clearly laid out. When discussing with the broker, you almost see the plumber caricature, rubbing his chin and saying "hmmm.. that's gonna cost ya.."

In all, it was just vague and didn't inspire confidence that the policies would be useful when the sh*t hits the fan...

In addition, getting indicative costs an details is too consuming, most companies have a very short attention span. By making this so opaque, they are driving potential customers away.

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BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

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rather than "BCC is hard"...

I read that as "BBC is hard.." and assumed it must a fetish and related to pornh*b...

Then I started to wonder, if I spend too long on that site?!

But it goes to show, our mind often completely mis-interprets what is in front of it!

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Apple will start coughing up government app takedown demand stats

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to disallow Value's Steam Link app

Admittedly I have a Macbook Pro for work, purely because its the closest thing to a Linux OS the IT team will allow.. But I have no iCloud account and on principle will never ever purchase anything from the Appstore or iTunes.

I use Android phones, but won't buy anything that I can root.. quite simply because if I purchase a device, then what I install and how I use it, is up to me. This includes what Apps I want installed, whether ads should be shown etc.

Manufacturers who artificially limit or restrict a users experience for the intend of lining their own pockets, are nothing more than 21st century version of cartels and pimps.

I refuse to line their pockets as much as possible by

  • Ensuring I run ad blocks (on everything!)
  • Will not use apps or games that promote micro-transactions
  • I install apps via FDroid where possible
  • Obtain apps direct from the developers (often they include additional features Google/Apple will not allow)
  • Use alternative sources, such as PirateBay (joke.. never do this)

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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

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Nailed it... Think you've summed in up in the most perfect fashion.

Even if your innocent, you'll never get a phone call or email saying they were mistaken, or apologising. The most you will ever get, if your lucky, after X months of them dithering, is a letter stating "They will not be pressing charges at the present time, but circumstances may change if new evidence comes to light"

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Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain

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Re: Can't wait for their cheap folding bikes!

Oooo When a shark bites.. you could bite back

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It's doubly hard in the UK; the market is going backwards

Its only Fanbois (not just Apple) that would think this, once Joe Blogs and Co figures they can have high-quality products for a lot less, then brand loyalty goes out of the window.

Given the price point that Xiaomi sell at and the breadth of products they have, they could own the whole European market. For example

1) Their "Flagship" phones cost 50% less than Samsung (Comparing Mi Mix 2S to Galaxy 9S),

2) They have a massive eco-system of home-automation products, which are inter-operable will nearly every system out there (as they use Zigbee), these devices sell at 60-80% less than Samsung, Fibaro, Belkin and Philips (Ironically .. The Xiaomi Lights are actually made by Phlips, but rebranded for the Chinese market and cost upto 50% less)

I won't deny I'm a huge fan of Xiaomi.. I'm personally waiting for the Mi Max 3..

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Re: Ignorance of the law is not a defence...

"A dishonest businessman"

Weigh up the facts before you start labelling somebody that..

A lot of businesses rely upon some form of tax-minimisation to reduce their prices and to boost their profit (Actually, virtually every gambling company has some presence in Gibraltar for this very purpose).

I won't defend these practises, but I think the government is picking on the little man here who they see as an easy target - We're yet to see them apply these tactics (i.e. going after them) to the mega-corporations, where surely it would have more impact. On the same note, how are these smaller companies meant to compete with the likes of Amazon etc when they are allowed to get away with it?

As for dishonest - i will say this, I've only purchased once from Aria, but from my dealings, they are about the most honest supplier I could find recently. In March, I wanted a GTX 1080, every other reseller was taking the p*ss by using the excuse of "shortages" to push up prices, retailing what should cost £500 for about £700.. Aria was the only place that was selling them for close to the MRRP.

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Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

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"So long as it wasn't a recurring subscription"

There is instantly a problem - If its cloud-based, then the seller has got to maintain the infrastructure and pay electricity. Customers would Bjork at the price the company would have to charge in order to cover costs of maintaining it, plus add on some margin.

I'll happily pay a subscription, as long its reasonable and total inclusive.. What I will not accept, is micro-transactions!

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