* Posts by Daz555

192 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008

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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

Daz555

He deserves to lose the money after carrying on AFTER he left the organisation - that was a step waaay too far in terms of chances of getting caught. What a fool.

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

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Resell - the idea sounds nice.

My kids get the old handsets, and when they are done with them they're worthless.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

Daz555

How fast does a phone need to be?

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IBM: Those 2 redundancy schemes? We need to 'improve margins' and right quick

Daz555

Redundancies in 2018/19 are going to be huge at IBM as they will have all those 'expensive' Lloyds Bank IT staff to get rid of.

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

Daz555

A PSP costs about £30 on ebay and will meet all your portable retro gaming needs. What is the point of this Speccy themed lump of plastic?

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

Daz555

Am I the only one who hears the voice from Unreal Tournament when I read the word PHOBOS!

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Home taping is killing music - well that's what I was told as a kid. Still seems to be here though. No doubt the movie and TV boys are making the same complaint today.

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MEEELLIONs of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

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I have been tempted to leave Virgin because their call centre is a shambles but I really can't fault their service. Since the Blueyonder days and now with VM the service I've had has been absolutely first class.

Threatening to leave now and again is of course helpful in terms of keeping your costs down so I make use of that tactic from time to time. Virgin is far from cheap though so I won't be feeling to guilty about that.

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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

Daz555

I use Onedrive for backup but I encypt the data before it goes to the cloud. Surely MS can get themselves free of all this hassle by offering encryption as standard on Onedrive?

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

Daz555

IOT tat will be the next decade's answer to USB tat - when we saw everything from mug warmers to mini fridges.

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

Daz555

Unenforcable nonsense - government as always making a fist of it.

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Sony levels up PlayStation 4

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Re: Blu Ray 4K

4K Blu-ray is not supported and this has annoyed some. However I thnk that Sony know that dedicated 4k players will be £100 before the end of 2017 and will be found in Asda for 50 quid during 2018.

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If a particular game runs at 30fps on a standard PS4 @1080P it will also run at 30fps on a PS4 Pro but at the higher 4K resolution. Early signs are that developers will also offer the option to NOT play at 4K but instead choose to play 1080P @ 60fps.

PSVR seems to be getting a nice bump as well with crisper visuals and better framerates reported.

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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

Daz555

Re: Bad products is AMD fault only

Fake consoles? Fake specifications? What does that even mean?

PS4 is now at 50 million sales with an uptake rate which is close to PS2 levels. Game sales on PS4 are kocking on 400 million. It's a nice piece of kit.

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

Daz555

Windows update is permanently borked on my Windows 10 build (only a rebuild can fix it I'm told by MS support) so I guess I am lucky here?

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

Daz555

I am happy to state winter is coming. Because it bloody is coming.

Winter is coming.

It starts on 21st December this year.

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Forget 'shadow IT' – it's 'self-starting IT' now

Daz555

Sadly with self starting gnome shadow IT or whatever we are going to call it.....when it goes wrong it is still ITs fault and ITs job to fix it. Perfect storm of crapola.

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Virgin Media users report ongoing problems delivering legit emails. Again

Daz555

And they still haven't properly fixed their youtube caching issues which crippled them a couple of years ago.

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

Daz555

They will be busy looking after those 12 planes we can afford to buy.

On the subject of melting roads and fields on fire - can't the F-35 be landed in a very very short fashion rather than vertically thereby reducing likely hood destroying whatever is underneath you?

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

Daz555

Did Britain ever NEED to be on the bleeding edge here? Would a boatload (or airfield load) of Super Hornets not have been good enough for little old us? Cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, and would have actually worked on day one rather than needing a decade of software and hardware upgrades and fixes.

.....and we got into this mess to start with by not choosing nuclear carriers which of course ruled out any cheap options for the aircraft themselves. Mad mad world.

I'll eat my hat if our carriers ever end up with more than 12 navy F-35s operating from them. All that dosh to deliver the punch of 12 aircraft? It's laughable.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Wait a minute...

Have you got some stats to support that?

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Samsung's free-falling financial flameout

Daz555

I will be happy to buy Samsung devices in future simply because every Samsung device I have owned has been excellent.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

Daz555

I have had a few Samsung phones over the years and still rate my S3 as maybe the best smartphone I've owned..for it's time. However, the prices of the recent high end Galaxy phones has gone stupid.

So a couple of weeks ago I bought a Oneplus 3 for 300-odd beans. I hope these guys are turning a small profit for their efforts because the phone is frankly superb.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

Daz555

Random question to our online military geeks. The latest gen of fighters like F35, Typhoons etc - are these likely to be the last gen of fighters to have a pilot sat in them? My guess is yes. Am I right?

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

Daz555

Re: At least make sure your contract include TOIL

That will be EU employment law....wait until the Tories get free reign to tear it up all the name of "helping business prosper". It will not be pretty.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

Daz555

Re: Nothing funny about comic relief.

Comic Relief reviewed it's investment strategy in 2014. It no longers has any shares in BAE or any tobacco companies.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

Daz555

About the QE carriers - why did we not just fit catapults from the start and stock them full of Super Hornets fully loaded with all the toys? Would it not have a been a ton cheaper and also good enough for our needs?

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Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

Daz555

My main gripe is the seeming inability to get continuum to select the relevant resolution for the attached monitor. It just seems to be a blurry over-aliased mess on the main screen - this is using a HDMI to DVI cable via the wired version of Microsoft's dock.

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

Daz555

So when are the 2016 Nexus phones going to be released?

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

Daz555

It's an old space station and probably has damp. I'm out.

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Pollster who called the EU referendum right: No late Leave swing after all

Daz555

A stopped clock is right twice a day.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Daz555

Britain's problems are home grown - nothing to do with the EU.

But hey let's put the blame on Johnny Foreigner. Blaming him - well it's just British isn't it.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

Daz555

One day they will come for our bacon and our beer.

We will be standing at some ergonomic table in some random vegan friendly fat free low alcohol safe space bar. We will finish off our tofu and avocado salad, wash it down with a fruit tea infusion, cry a little inside, and wonder where it all went wrong...

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

Daz555

Obvious since original iphone and ipad that Apple has stagnated. Also - just look at how much cash they have in the bank with no clue how to spend it.

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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

Daz555

You could have had a wee into the floor space - hopefully their floor moisture sensors would have triggered a response.

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

Daz555

I had about a year "off" once. My company at the time was considering merging various IT Departments and the chances were that my support team was to be swallowed up by a larger IT function. Whilst they worked it all out they cancelled all projects and implemented a change freeze (barring regulatory or critical changes). As a result myself and my colleagues in server support had nowt to do for almost a year. Our systems were good and stable and when you are not making changes things tend to stay that way.

That year our days consisted of long breakfasts, long lunches and several long breaks during each day to play various multiplayer PSP games - Worms was the game of choice IIRC. We rota'd someone to make sure the team looked like it was in full flight - handling shared mailboxes and incident queues etc. It was a lovely year.

Once we were swallowed up by the larger organisation I took the opportunity to immediately jump ship to a new team and a new office closer to home. Perfect.

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Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

Daz555

"Digital"....my most hated term in IT these days. I work for a large bank and everything is going "Digital".....it's a word from the 1970s. Reminds me of watches and calculators, not new tech in 2016.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

Daz555

I invariably forget my network logon after 2 weeks on holiday. After 2.5 years I would probably forget the names of my own children.

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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

Daz555

Great - universal app for Windows 10 I don't want or use whilst at the same time killing Skype on my smart TV that I DO use several times a week. Well done Microsoft.......

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

Daz555

Ahh the Winchester! My school had a 40MB one in the late 80s attached to a network of 20...yes 20! BBC computers. We used to like causing it to crash with a simple script:

10 MD <name>

20 CD <name>

30 GOTO 10

Thinking back can't remember if it as MD/CD or MKDIR/CHDIR...or maybe even something else. Still, it annoyed the hell out of our maths teacher.

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Staff 'fury' as penny pinching IBM offers legal minimum redundo payoffs

Daz555

Re: Owners matter too

"Owners matter too

As a shareholder, I'd be pissed off if IBM offered anything more than the statutory minimum."

Happy staff give better customer services & make companies more profitable. Seeing what has happened to the current lot being chucked out the door will crush the morale of the surviving "lucky ones".

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MAME goes fully FOSS

Daz555

I do play modern games - with GTA V and Battlefield 3/4 being favourites in recent years but I do love playing the old games and MAME really does the job.

Outside the simple fun of gaming, it is important activity they are enabling - the preservation of a rich heritage that the games industry itself clearly did not care about one bit.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Daz555

About time. As a licence payer (and have no problem with that) people who do not contribute £ to BBC services should not be able to use them.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

Daz555

I don't mind fan noise as long as it is of the "right" kind. Small whiney fans are irritating but the larger & slower fans are much nicer.

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

Daz555

Robots will need to let the boss win at golf.

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Official: Seagate notebook drive has shingles

Daz555

Does this incorporate Seagate's WOTYL technology? (write once that's your lot) because I've always been a huge fan.

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175,000 whinge to Microsoft about phone tech support scams

Daz555

Not that I personally need any GUI clutter but could Microsoft not include a prompt for people when attempted to access eventvwr for the first time - asking them some obvious questions like "are you here because someone called you today?"

Just an idea - might save a % of poor sods from getting scammed.

And those who sniff at those who get scammed because it could never happen to them - just be patient, one day if you are unlucky it will happen to you in another field - via a car mechanic, builder, electrician, plumber, roofer, lawyer - anywhere where you are less than confident you can get scammed.

Actually I'd put money on us all having been scammed by one of the above already but we simply never noticed it.

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Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software

Daz555

We do it to ourselves mostly

I think IT running changes which only impact IT are when you get the biggest car crashes of user engagement and poor implementation.

Replacing the incident/problem/change management system? Yeah sure, probably best to do that 8am on a Tuesday morning after a bank holiday whilst having failed to let anyone know their new logons, or offered any training whatsoever......we all know IT techs don't RTFM anyway so why bother with training?

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

Daz555

Chose to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7. Completed a number of post-install changes to tighten up on the data snooping aspect a little and to be honest I'm loving Windows 10. Also a big fan of OneDrive (great value for money with Office 365) - but I really don't trust anyone with my data in the cloud so I use GoodSync to encrypt all my data before it goes up to OneDrive.

And once AMD got their act together with drivers I have not had a single stability issue since the upgrade.

However MS should calm down a bit with 'forcing' Windows 10 onto people - and they should not be trying to trick people into downloading it by accident - "recommended" - hmm.

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Fretful Amazon wishes it could get more Android action

Daz555

Amazon integration into the GUI is horrific and reason alone to not buy the otherwise excellent Fire hardware.

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