* Posts by David Lawrence

180 posts • joined 19 Sep 2008

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Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

David Lawrence

Can't anything be done??

I work in IT but am ignorant about the way Bitcoin works, so this may be a ridiculous suggestion. Surely if it is possible to trace a Bitcoin account/wallet thingy that is being used for purposes such as this, it should be possible to freeze it/block it/re-possess it as well? Come on chaps, this is the 21st Century and all we can do is sit watch the crims withdraw their ill-gotten gains?

Surely something can be done, even if it takes a while and requires new laws to be passed. We've got to stop them demonstrating that this is a successful business model.

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

David Lawrence

Liking the Devo song reference

Thanks to El Reg for the 'hold the pickles, hold the lettuce' sub-title. That's a great Devo tune on an even greater album by a great band. More, please ('he wore a hat and he had a job'?).

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

David Lawrence

A fool and his money....

...are soon parted.

His cupboard must be getting pretty full by now. Even from here I can see his Apple Watch, his VR headset, his drone, his connected doorbell, central heating control system, lighting system, kettle, toaster, fridge, scales, cooker, razor, bed, bicycle and nasal hair extractor.

Is there room for this total pile of utter shite as well, I wonder.

I bet he works for Apple or Google as well, in some 'visioneering' team, the twat. I hate him because he gives money to these charlatans.

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

David Lawrence

Ah yes I remember it well

I was working for IBM at the time, at their UK Headquarters, so I got my free copy of OS/2 Warp.

There was a big demo with loads of PCs all running Windows-based games and software. I hit problems installing it on my PC because I wasn't prepared to re-partition my hard drive and lose all my existing data. Rubbish.

I watched OS/2 go down the drain, followed by several other doomed products. Then the bottom dropped out of the mainframe market and things took another slide. The 'partnership' with Lotus was a bit of a disaster too.

IBM? They just do software and services right? And a lot (but not all) of the software was obtained through acquisitions. I remember when they actually made stuff - like a PC keyboard that cost £120.

Shame really.

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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

David Lawrence

Still don't understand....

...why they don't just force the self-employed to pay themselves a salary that is the equivalent of the same permie job. They would then have to do the NI as well. The rest is an honest profit to be disbursed in the same way that any company does it.

It's a win-win because my understanding of the original problem is that the National Insurance coffers are running dry. I used to be a contractor and I would have had no problem with such a fair and reasonable approach.

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Revealed: Malware that skulks in memory, invisibly collecting sysadmins' passwords

David Lawrence

Cynic? Moi?

I can't help noticing that most scary stories (TM) like this one follow the same template....

Web and Network Security Expert (insert name here) warns of very scary exploit (insert exploit name here) that might make you sufficiently scared that you might want to consider.....

a) Purchasing Web and Network Security Expert (insert name here)'s latest exploit defence software (insert product name here)

b) Procuring the services of Web and Network Security Expert (insert name here) to give your setup an overhaul/assessment.

c) Attending Web and Network Security Expert (insert name here)'s next seminar where you can hear more scary stories(TM) and get the low down on how great their software/services/seminars really are.

Or better still, all three!!

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Please come back! TalkTalk woos customers with broadband offers

David Lawrence

Never going back. Ever.

My details got hacked, and I was getting nuisance calls several days before they came clean about the hack. Customer service was poor; their systems don't fully support someone moving from one property to another and wanting to take their old number with them. I had to set up a new email address when I moved because my old one was permanently linked to my old property even though that account was now closed (hints at a very badly-designed IT system underneath). I signed up to a new 18-month contract and then they increased their prices 3 weeks later. When I rang them to tell them I was moving again I was told that the phone and broadband would remain connected at the old property (and therefore would be used by the new occupants) until the end of their mandatory one-month notice period on such things. Then they tried to tell me I wouldn't be able to take my number with me unless I used them at my new property (which turned out to be a lie). Just awful. I will never use them again. Ever.

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You're guilty but broke, judge tells Wash.io – the 'Uber of laundry'

David Lawrence

Gramm'er

"The company is the epitome of everything that is wrong with Silicon Valley: it's entire business model was built on serving others within the startup bubble"

Oh dear, how many more times? NO APOSTROPHE in ITS in the context of that sentence!!!

Primary School error's ;-)

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

David Lawrence

Alter headline and article content please

First 3 words of current title will suffice. No need for rest of article.

Thanks!

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Farewell, Fadell: Nest CEO Tony quits IoT biz

David Lawrence
Trollface

I'm sure he'll find another job.......

.....inventing shiny, expensive and ultimately useless gadgets to suckers with more money than sense. I heard he's going to make a solid gold underwater bicycle next..... or maybe that was just an unfounded rumour.

Why there are rich pickings out there for anyone that can find the key - a web-enabled egg whisk, single shoes for one-legged people, a hat that doubles as a wifi hotspot, trousers with a built-in keyboard, a 'connected' iron that can send tweets telling everyone what you are ironing, and a drone that can fire a deadly laser beam to annihilate your enemies.

There - that's enough to keep him in the manner to which he has become accustomed for the next ten years at least.

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Michigan electricity utility downed by ransomware attack

David Lawrence

How hard can it be....

..... to have a clever bit of software running, that intercepts ALL inbound emails from external sources, and EDIT them such that all links are turned into plain text before they are allowed through to their original destination?

I work in IT but I wouldn't have a clue as to whether this is viable or not. It strikes me that it is a potential solution to this particular conundrum.

Just wondering.

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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

David Lawrence

Same thing just happened to me....

......yesterday. The only difference is that I don't use Virgin. I use Yahoo Mail. Someone/something appears to have obtained my yahoo contact list, and spoofed emails to everyone on that list. The emails claim to be from me, but from a weird email server (vait.se). It's the same old 'click this link' thing. I have checked and according to Yahoo's records, no-one has accessed my email account but me, from my computer and phone. The emails were sent at 2pm yesterday, when my pc was off and my phone was not connected.

So I have to conclude that the clever b'stards somehow managed to pull my contact list somehow. If that is right then I don't think there is anything I can do, apart from abandoning Yahoo and using something else instead.......Gmail? Any suggestions?

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Alert after Intel Skylake chips, mobo sockets 'warp under coolers'

David Lawrence

That might explain it.....

Last week a friend brought me a broken PC to look at. It had a lovely Motherboard (big, shiny AsRock thing with pretty blue cooling fins - very swish), a high-spec Core i7 and a simply massive CPU cooler with huge fins and two very large fans strapped either side of the fins.

Turns out the Motherboard had failed, but the CPU had survived so a new (cheap) mobo and he was good to go.

The case was a tower, so the mobo was vertical and the cpu cooler must have been applying considerable sideways/downwards force. Yes it had an X-plate under the mobo but I still think the enormous/crazy/excessive/heavy CPU fan might have caused the damage.

Now I'm wondering how long that new (cheap) mobo might last.....!

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

David Lawrence

Where is their product??

So Apple has a product, and FitBit has several products. Where is Valencell's product?

What? They never intended to actually MAKE a product? They just had a bunch of ideas and then sat back for others to release their products, so they could sue them (or as someone else has already suggested, they hoped they would be 'acquired' ) for mega bucks.

Why not go after everyone who has produced a 'wearable band'? There are shedloads of them. Motorola? Asus? Withings?

Hang them all as an example to all the other wannabe patent trolls, I say.

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Trouble brewing as iThing coffee machine seems to be hackable

David Lawrence

Do NOT want

I simply can't see the point in ANY household appliance being 'connected'. You have to get off your lazy, fat arse in any case, to either put stuff (eg water, clothes, food) in and to take stuff (eg hot water, clean clothes, food) out again.

I kind of get a fridge/freezer/larder that can tell me what I need to order (or possibly passing the order direct to the supermarket of my choice) but we are nowhere near that level of maturity yet.

I kind of get a central heating system I can control from my mobile phone when I am out but the advantages/savings are outweighed tenfold by the cost of the gear.

I say stop now before it all ends in tears.

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Irish roll out obligatory drone register

David Lawrence

Ban then all

As per my previous posting on this topic. Or perhaps introduce a mandatory minimum IQ, which, when you think about it, will amount to the same thing.

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

David Lawrence

The final straw

Since they pretty much forced me to sign a two-year contract with them earlier this year, they have put their prices up twice, and now this FFS.

It is also clear that they don't even know what actually happened and how much damage has actually been done. On the face of it, my personal details were stolen via a sustained DDoS attack. Hmm. Utter bullshit.

Well I'm off and just let them try levying any termination fees. Its a shame as their TV box is really nice and the (fibre) broadband is pretty good too. Freeview + another ISP + another phone provider = cheaper monthly payments for me anyway so good riddance.

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Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'

David Lawrence

What's that smell?

Ah the awful stench of Marketing Bullshit. This time, the bullshit was written by Marketing, to sell something to.... Marketing. "Give us your big data and we can infer all kinds of crazy sh*t from it that you can neither deny nor confirm". Consumerism and Capitalism all rolled into one. It would make me run a mile. Or ten.

By the way, I think you'll find the term is 'Eke out" rather than "Eek out", however the phrase "Eek! ......Out!!!!" is very apt in this particular case.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

David Lawrence

oh deary me

When will people learn the difference bewteen "it's" and "its"?

I got it when I was ten. The author of this article either doesn't understand, or can't be arsed.

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A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

David Lawrence

Re: Do you want chipzilla with that?

Relax! I saw in the article that Tango was also available..... :-)

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Record-breaking $502m in sales, BIG LOSSES – OF COURSE IT'S TWITTER

David Lawrence

Pointless

That's what Twitter is. No longer content with one or two posts per day on FuckWitBook, the most seriously mentally-deranged nutters with their over-inflated egos think they have something important to say on a minute-by-minute basis, and the thing they need to say is so important it absolutely HAS to be shared with the even sadder pathetic shambling apologies for people who have nothing better to do than 'follow' them.

The sooner that utterly useless 'business' implodes the better although I fear the fallout when all those sad sacks have to find something else to fill the gaping void in their miserable, vacuous existences. I guess most of them will buy droids and start flying them near aeroplanes and helicopters instead.

A little piece of me died when I discovered that I can now contact TV companies, banks and building societies by Twitter. To make matters worse my employers are considering that option too. Oh the horrors.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

David Lawrence

Have they still not.....

...banned them yet? Not long now if this brainless f*ckwitted behaviour keeps up. And then the world will be a nicer place again, but the brainless f*ckwits will have to find some other useless gadget to splurge their cash on instead. Sigh.

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

David Lawrence

Was the driver of the other car......

....distracted by using their mobile phone to update their status on FuckWitBook? "OMG guess what's in front of me?? Only one of them freakin Goog................" <message ends>

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

David Lawrence

Moore's law?

Every update to Flash that I get told to download always addresses two issues:-

It improves performance (apparently)

It makes it more secure (allegedly).

I have just invented Moore's law for Flash...... "evey year Flash gets twice as fast and four times more secure than the previous year". Yes I believe it! Any day now it will be so fast it will start launching animations before I have so much as thought about clicking my mouse, and it will stop hackers from even thinking about developing new ways to steal my money.

Mmmmm. Nice!

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

David Lawrence

Re: Auto Switching@ CaptainHook

Most eloquently put, Mr Ledswinger and an upvote from me.

You quite rightly highlight exactly how complex the underlying energy market actually is, and a very small number of people appreciate that. It's really easy to make cheap jibes at energy companies (even politicians do it, so that just shows you how easy it is) but it is far harder to understand and appreciate what truth lies beneath the surface. As you say, energy suppliers actually make a very small profit and take a daily kicking from press, public and politicians. I predict that it won't be long before a few of the 'big six' make a strategic exit from the supply business because it has become such a toxic mess thanks to constant, bungling government interference in a failed structure that was actually created by a Labour government, to give the gullible public the impression there was a free market with genuine competition.

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

David Lawrence
Go

Appliance/Car analogies

I do like the "people treat a PC like a car" analogy - it's excellent, so let's stick with it.... most (but not all, apparently) of the people who get infected with this particular malware are doing the equivalent of driving a car at 120mph, without having passed a test, with no seat belt, and whilst tweeting/texting/posting a witty remark (with emoticons) on FuckwitBook. And then they act all dismayed when they crash and hurt themselves.

Don't get me wrong - I will always do my level best to help them (if I can) but like I said earlier I struggle to ermpathise. Must be my particular combination of Tourettes and Autism I guess!

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David Lawrence

How

Upvote for Boris - well said. This is the 21st century so we should be able to track them down.

It's not totally clear how Cryptolocker gets onto one's computer in the first place..... is it....a) User gets clever 'social engineering' email and foolishly clicks on a link it contains or b) User is browsing really dodgy, NSFW sites which they know darned well they shouldn't be looking at, and picks up a nasty infection dropped onto an unprotected PC which doesn't have all the latest updates installed or c) User is illegally downloading free warez because they don't want to pay for their software, and download somethign with a nasty payload in it.

I know I will get downvotes for this but either way they must be mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers who need to try harder so it is quite difficult to empathise.

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Open source power-up on the way for arcade game emulator MAME

David Lawrence

Re: Would love

I couldn't agree more!! made my own 'arcade coffer table' using an old LCD, PC motherboard etc etc plus some nice joysticks and buttons but I'm no programmer and it all boots up to Windows, then starts MAME which has to be operated with a keyboard/mouse until you choose the game you want to play. I wish I was clever enough to put a nice GUI on it but wouldn't know where to start :-(

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

David Lawrence
FAIL

Too little, too late

I have given up with Chrome. I get asked to clean a lot of PCs and laptops which have accumulated all manner of malware and adware. By far the hardest things to get rid of are these Chrome 'extensions'. They avoid all detection by popular scanners such as Malwarebytes and Super Anti Spyware. They don't show when I run 'Hijack This'. They don't use the Windows Task Scheduler. No anti-virus product detects them. They even survive manual registry editing. They seem unaffected by all the guidance to "re-set eveything" in Chrome, and if you remove them via the GUI in Chrome itself they just re-appear next time Chrome is launched. Simple solution? Un-install Chrome and use a better browser. Plenty of choice out there now. Never go back to Chrome under any circumstances. Easy!

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

David Lawrence

Ban them.

Just another over-priced toy for over-paid twerps. They go into the same bin as mini motos, jet skis, GoPro cameras on bicycles, sports cars, iPhones, iPads etc etc.

Some children really do never grow up, and manufacturers never went broke over-estimating the stupidity of the buying public.

Ban them all I say and a blight of smallpox on all who make them and all who buy them.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

David Lawrence

I won't be buying Lenovo or ASUS.....

My wife's lovely touch-screen ASUS laptop has just failed yet again. It's the third time since she bought it WAAAAAY back in October 2013. Since then it's had a new hard drive and then a complete replacement motherboard....... which appears to have packed up just 4 months later. Appalling, and now out of warranty too. Never again. Four hundred smackers down the drain after just 16 months. I wouldn't mind but it's had very light use and has never been dropped or abused in any way. Piss poor.

Because I like to fix PCs and Laptops, someone brought me yet another ASUS laptop last year and that too had total motherboard failure just a couple of months after the warranty expired. I'm still scanning Ebay in the vain hope that I can buy a cheap donor machine but no luck yet.

I've seen way too many Dell and HP machines with motherboard failure (mostly to do with Nvidia GPUs I hasten to add).

Looks like I won't be considering a Lenovo replacement as they appear to have just decided they don't much care for the home consumer marketplace with their rather unfortunate strategy.

From experience Toshiba make the most reliable machines, but even those have suffered from failed power supply sockets..... a cheap part but a pain in the ass to replace. A severe case of penny-pinching when you consider how much punishment they take. Someone else used the term "race to the bottom" in their posting..... it would appear to be true, sadly.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

David Lawrence
Joke

Fanny infection?

Hello? Helpdesk? Yes I think I have a Fanny infection on my computer..... Napoleon Solo tells me it was probably the work of Thrush..........!!!

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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

David Lawrence
Headmaster

Re: We at least the UK laws are thinking of the Children...

My congratulations, sir, for the highest defect density I have seen in a posting for some while. Considering the relatively small number of words used, you have surpassed the usual levels attained by the regular clientele of this website.

Awesome job. I assume you work in journalism, like a previous responder who doesn't understand the difference between "its" and "it's".

Double fail.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

David Lawrence

God?????

He things his 'gift' comes from 'God'? He believes in the great sky fairy? Now that bit does worry me. If he's at all religious he would hopefully see the conflict between that and being in charge of one of the most ethically unsound companies on the planet. Not even the slightest hint of conflict there?

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

David Lawrence

OMG

...I just felt a little bit of vomit in my mouth from reading Microsoft's description of this new cack. I think it was also caused by the nauseating aroma of bullshit that also emanated from my computer screen.

I love the way that they say 'Sway is an exciting way of creating Sways which are really exciting'. Awesome. Their Marketing department needs a pat on the back for that.

Must go now..... where's my bucket!!!???

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

David Lawrence

What if the screen gets broken?

A major issue (IMHO) with the current HUDL is that you can't get the parts to replace a broken screen. My nephew dropped his, and the screen cracked. He was gutted as it left a sharp edge, meaning it was dangerous to use. Uncle Dave has further disappointed him because he can't find replacement parts anywhere. My latest idea is to buy another HUDL on ebay with a decent screen but with other issues (eg the "usb port bust so won't charge any more" one that also blights these units) and to create one working unit out of the two broken ones. I'm not looking forward to it though as the screen appears to be very strongly bonded into the case and it would probably be very easy to break the good screen while trying to remove it.

I won't be recommending that new model to anyone until I hear that you can replace a cracked screen with ease. Saving the planet requires that. A cracked screen should not result in having to throw the tablet away!

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

David Lawrence

Re: Yaaaaawn

Grammar Pedant Alert

Why sir I do think you mean "At its height.....". IT'S = contraction of "IT IS". That is all.

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David Lawrence

Re: Yaaaaawn

Grammar/Spelling Pedant Alert.....

Loose = slack, spare eg "He's playing fast and loose"

Lose = opposite of 'gain' - get beaten in a game, mislay something etc etc.

Looser = something that is relatively slacker (such as your ability to speeka de lingo)

Loser = someone who didn't pay attention during english/spelling lessons at age 9 and still posts stuff with basic errors in it.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

David Lawrence

I just want a stable version!!!!

Forget the 64-bit thing - I just want a version that's stable! Mine crashes on a regular basis (always something to do with Shockwave Flash according to the error message) after which it hangs, sulks, doesn't respond to me clicking the 'kill page' button and generally causes much wailing and gnashing of gums.

Sometimes it takes 40-50 seconds to launch, again for no apparent reason. Other times it launches then goes into a sulk when I try and do something useful.

I think I may go back to Firefox..... or maybe IE....!

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Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

David Lawrence

I ain't buying

...another Samsung device. For one they look nice but are over-priced. Perhaps it's an attempt to copy Apple's model - who knows?

I had the original Galaxy S phone. Worked great at first but got slower and slower as the software got more and more bloated. I got rid of it when it was virtually unusable for even the basics such as sending an SMS, taking a photo of browsing the web.

I upgraded to a Galaxy S3. Nice and fast at first.... now guess what? It's gone all slow, just like the old one. That seemed to co-incide with the S5 coming out. Coincidence? Possibly but I suspect not.

It seems to keep downloading updates (at my expense) when I thought I had switched all that off. They seem to be mostly to do with SamsungApps (not interested, thanks) and a Samsung Account (what I want that for I have no idea).

On top of that the PC Software (Kies) is a nasty, buggy resource-hogger. It was forever downloading massive updates which seemed mostly to be bug-fixes. It was touch and go as to whether it could successfully communicate with my phone when I connected it, and it kept nagging me that a new firmware update was available - when I had already applied it! Awful thing - it had to go and good riddance.

My next phone will have a nice,fast CPU and a skinny OS and I will use apps to get the extra functionality I want, thanks very much.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

David Lawrence

Re: Here's an idea. (Human power)

I would just like to point out a few home truths to Mr Paul and other haters, who probably hate 'greedy suppliers' in the same way that they are programmed to hate other large establishments that the Daily Mail tells them to hate.

And here are the facts....

1. The Suppliers operate to smaller profit margins than most other 'service providers' including your mobile phone network provider. It's around 4 or 5 per cent. Not a great deal really for the huge risks and responsibilities they face.

2. SMART metering is a government mandate, not some get-rich-scheme concocted by the suppliers.

3. Yes it does mean the end for traditional meter readers however the new meters are more sophisticated, and therefore they will break more frequently. Suppliers still have an obligation to visit and inspect on a regular basis so the workforce reduction will not be as great as you may think, and other costs (eg network, equipment, infrastructure) will actually be far higher.

I personally think that SMART meters are a bad idea as they only really deliver.....]

1. Real time information to tell you where your money is being burned (when you actually cannot do very much about a large proportion of that, unless you want to fit solar panels).

2. An end to estimated bills.

The former can be addressed with a much cheaper, simpler device which simply clamps around the main power cable going into the meter.

The latter is a total non-problem unless you are so lazy you can't be arsed to even provide a meter reading when you move house, in which case you get what you deserve. Most (not all, admittedly) people pay by monthly instalments which are worked out based on annual consumption, so who gives a monkey's about estimated bills anyway? Eveyone has the absolute right to alter their DD payments if they can provide evidence that they are not consuming as much energy as their Supplier thinks. Of course, if they are wrong they will have to face the consequences of that mistake - which may be a lump-sum payment demand if they switch supplier.

Other people on here like the idea of real-time supplier switching..... sure, great idea but it ruins the concept of payment by monthly DD. If you want that then you will also probably have to accept a future where all Suppliers run like mobile phone providers on a 'pay as you go' type arrangement... you know - pay first then get the energy to consume. As someone else already pointed out "be careful what you wish for".

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Dating app Tinder faces sexual harassment suit from ex-exec co-founder

David Lawrence

How can anyone sue an 'app'?

I know I am being finicky here and splitting hairs to some extent but I find it both intersting and confusing to note that both El Reg and the BBC both reported this story in the same way - namely that someone was suing an app. In fact the Beeb's headline was open to further interpretation as one might have assumed that the plaintiff had actually been harassed BY the app. That made my brain flip when I also read that she was an ex-employee of the firm, and had had some kind of relationship with one of the founders.

Why on earth would you refer to the COMPANY or ONE OF THE INDIVUALS IN THE COMPANY as an 'app'? That's terribly inaccurate and, at best, a very confusing thing to do.

Phew. I feel better now - I'm just off to sue Sim City - not the publishers, but the ACTUAL FRIGGIN GAME ITSELF. Yep. After that it's Angry Birds.

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50+ crowd are wolfing down tablets: Silver foxes are even migrating to the Twitters

David Lawrence

No surprise really

At 55 I'm no spring chicken and have worked in IT for 32 years. I have helped a significant number of older friends/relatives/friends-of-friends to get online over a good number of years. The one thing they have all struggled with is the complexity of your average PC or laptop. The 56k dialup days were the worst, but things have improved a lot since then. They have all felt uncomfortable moving from Windows XP to newer versions, and I think none of them would find it easy to grasp Windows 8's split personality.

Suddenly, with the advent of cheap and fast tablets, they are all realising it is what they wanted all along - simple browsing, email and the like. So one by one they are abandoning their old PCs and laptops. Unfortunately for me they assume I will take them as some kind of reward/payment for my training sessions when more often than not they are so old they have to go straight to the local tip!

Pentium four with a CD re-writer, XP Home, 120GB HDD and 512mb RAM anyone? One careful owner from new!

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

David Lawrence

Yes it will be a success!!

....as much of a success as OS/2 Warp, which I think, deperately tried to support both Windows and OS/2 applications on the same desktop. Mmmmm yes that went so swimingly well.

As an ex-IBMer who remembers those days very well, it is indeed pleasing to see Microshaft suffering from the same astounding lack of understanding of what the consumer really wants.

Keep guessing, Microshaft - I wonder how many tries it will take you to get it right. Don't think about talking to real users. Keep spewing out those dreadful ads which tell us we are really stupid and stubborn and that "honestly it has a familiar desktop". It doesn't. Fact.

If it did, why are so many major vendors bundling their own 'start button' apps on their laptops these days?

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Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

David Lawrence

the only problem......

.... is that they won't have a CLUE how to do ANYTHING with it, once it boots up and the full horror of Windows 8.1 unveils itself ..... like a geriatric stripper with bedsores!

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

David Lawrence

Doesn't work properly on my Motorola Xoom

The app updated itself without even asking me if I wanted it to. Then I got asked to select a theme, which I did. Now it takes quite a while to start, then I get to see my inbox. Progress of sorts I guess, however it doesn't seem to matter which email I select from my inbox, all I see on the right side is a little spinny icon going round and round. It still seems to be running (ie it responds to the touch and exits cleanly) but my emails simply won't open.

I have gone back to the web-based version in disgust. I won't be using the app until I know it is out of mass-beta-testing and shows signs of functioning.

Bit crap really but it's free so my expectations are low.

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

David Lawrence
Headmaster

Grammar pedant alert

Oh joy it's my favourite howler again - one of the easiest to avoid in my opinion.

The egregious tract is as follows:-

<<Meanwhile, Scotland has been making it’s name as a technology start-up capital>>

IT'S is a contraction of "IT IS". When you substitute "IT IS" in the above sentence it makes no sense whatsoever. Therefore the correct word must be ITS, which is the posessive - ie something that belongs to an 'IT'.

I wonder who committed it - the "spokeswoman from CWJobs" or the author of this article. The latter I assume. See me afterwards.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

David Lawrence

Clever or stupid?

Clever?......

Someone is pulling the wool over someone's eyes here. I just can't tell who is the wool-puller and who now has obscured vision. Unfortunately I fear we will never actually find out and thus we may well end up being the only ones with an unclear view of things!

Stupid?......

IT 'experts' grinding chips off mobos and graphics cards in front of security 'experts'? Futile, pointless, wasteful and totally unnecessary as anyone with a tiny amount of IT knowledge can tell you such things cannot possibly hold any data once the power is cut.

One can only ponder over which this was.

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IBM committed 'ethical transgressions' to win botched project

David Lawrence
Headmaster

Apostrophe crime sighted....

And it's my favourite, which was explained to me when I was about 12 and somehow still remember 42 years later........

" Here's how Commissioner Richard N Chesterman describes it's work: "

The word "it's" is a contraction of "it is". In the context of the sentence above that makes no sense. Therefore it must be the word "its" which is the posessive - something belongin to "it" which I believe to be most apposite in this case.

Simple rule really.

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