* Posts by Piro

1632 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

Piro

Re: No Headphone Jack, No Sale

Yeah, to hell with options and choice, am I right? Because you have no use for it, why should anyone else?

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Piro

Re: No Headphone Jack, No Sale

Waterproofing has nothing to do with the 3.5mm jack, there are plenty of waterproof devices with them.

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HPE makes Nimble nimbler and fatter, its mutants get dedupe

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Re: Nostalgia

I remember when nimble was an adjective.

Oh, it still is.

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Apple to devs: Give us notch support or … you don't wanna know

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It doesn't maximise anything.

It's just ugly. It would be fine, as said, handled at OS-level with a black background to disguise the absolute hideousness of it, and use the small areas at either side for time/other icons.

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

Piro

Re: Way Back...

I'm always surprised to see how relatively poor installations are in the rest of Europe compared to the UK. Odd.

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Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD?

Piro

SATA 6Gbps? They're having a laugh, aren't they?

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

Piro

Hah! Just try it. I'm on LTSB, it doesn't even have Edge.

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‘Dead weight’ Dell would destroy VMware’s value, says big investor

Piro

Re: Meh

I think the idea was to turn the company public again by letting VMware buy it. I'm not really sure why they'd pursue this strategy, though, because Dell said being private allowed them much more flexibility and so on.

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The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

Piro

How exactly is giving out a copy of the Dell restore disc for a Dell machine piracy? No piracy has taken place, the machine has a licence that is entitled to use. The restore disc simply reinstalls the OEM version of Windows, that is fully entitled.

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

Piro

Re: PC world

It's clearly one of those thin flimsy plastic ones with the fabric backing. It would have required a good shove to force it in.

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

Piro

24 down is adequate enough for most home users

But it is certainly not "superfast" in this day and age.

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Long Island Iced Tea Corp renamed itself to Long Blockchain – and its shares went bananas

Piro

Re: Non alchoholic?

I don't usually expect my drinks to lick me, but OK

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

Piro

Re: Want one ... but will it sell?

I would imagine the exact opposite will happen with regards to price if it fails: I reckon it will rise sharply as it becomes a collector's piece, a unique device with a following.

Just look at the Motorola Photon Q, a phone from 2012 that is STILL today in 2017 the best landscape slider that exists. People still mod these to include a SIM slot (it was only available on one network, with an embedded SIM).

It's just getting slow with the newer OSes and bloated websites of today with its dual core 1.5GHz Krait and 1GB of RAM.

If there continued to be more phones like it, it would have basically no value today. The Gemini fills a slightly different need, since it is much larger, but I feel like for most people who wanted a phone with a decent keyboard, it's going to be close enough/be the only modern alternative anyway.

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Piro

Re: Gemini will ship in 30 flavours - are they mental?

They're really just referring to the localised keyboards, as far as I understand it. There are not that many options, otherwise.

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Piro

Re: Almost there

Fighting cameras? Not sure that's a feature I needed.

If you meant 'dual' cameras for stereoscopic imaging, I think that's a waste of money.

Waterproof, nah, it'd probably wreck the keyboard feel. Stylus? Maybe, no Bezel? Not critical, but a nice to have, although some space alongside the screen for decent stereo speakers would be more useful than eliminating all the bezel.

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No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but

Piro

Re: I prefer the Gemini

I've been keeping an eye on the Moto Mod project too, and the bulk of the Gemini is a concern. I'll see how it goes when the thing actually arrives.

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Piro

Re: I prefer the Gemini

I've already pre-orderded two of the buggers, one for me, one for the wife...

I'm no fan of large phones, but at least the Gemini makes damn fine use of the given space.

Looking forward to it!

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HTC U11 Life: Google tries to tame the midmarket

Piro

Still not competing with the likes of Huawei. Not seeing the attraction here.

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Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager

Piro

Windows 10 is basically malware.

The only passable version is LTSB, which basically gives you an ugly, slightly less responsive version of Windows 7.

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Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

Piro

Re: Friends don't let friends buy HP Laptops

Yeah, pretty much.

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£160m ploughed into 5G is a fair sum. Shame the tech doesn't really exist

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I don't get the 4G hype, let alone the "5G" hype.

3G was slow to start with, but the final form of HSPA+ can be very fast.

100% coverage would more interesting..

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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Not hugely surprised

Any mid to high end phone from the last 3 or 4 years, as long as it doesn't have an actual problem, is pretty much indistinguisable from the newest devices, bar say, camera quality.

Designs have stagnated hard, too. No landscape keyboard sliders, very few high end smaller devices, phones are dropping basic features people actually want (SD card slots, headphone jacks, removable batteries).. and so on. You can't even buy phones in the same line and expect features you used to have (Qi charging being dropped in the Nexus line).. etc, etc.

At least the obsession with absolute reduction in thickness has waned - that was just stupid, made devices harder to hold, and killed off battery life.

Now the obsession seems to be getting bezel size down to the point where any minor drop is guaranteed to break the phone. I guess that's a way to get people to buy new devices with features they were indfferent about.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Pint

Possible ghetto fix

Have the phone run an intensive background task on a low priority when:

The screen is unlocked AND

The temperature is below a specific value

That would warm the device up to within operating temperature, and would count as a software "fix". Battery life be damned.

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HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

Piro

Sick and tired of all these huge phones, no real choice

My wife is stuck with a modded Motorola Photon Q (with Android 6 CM installed) because it's STILL (5 years later, no exaggeration) the best landscaper slider available.

I have a pair of phones with 5.2" screens, but only because I really couldn't find anything smaller that caught my eye (after owning a Sony Z3 Compact that had problems, I didn't much feel like buying a Sony again just yet, which is a shame, because they're the only ones taking that segment seriously!).

If you want choice in the market today, you're screwed. If you want an enormous slab with the same features as other enormous slabs, you're well catered for. I can't believe leaving out a sodding 3.5mm headphone jack is something the market has decided is OK. Pathetic.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

Piro

Re: Techies will continue to sneer.

You have one downvote. I didn't know Amber Rudd read El Reg. It seems way out of her field.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

Piro

BYOD is mostly a load of old bollocks

.. and has always been.

That said, nothing wrong with connecting to your work email on a device of your choice. But in terms of managing actual machines to get work done on... BYOD is just going to be a headache.

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

Piro

It'll most likely be used for CompactFlash, not old school drives.

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Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

Piro

Re: Stop at the door

It's Symantec Endpoint Protection in business guise.

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Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

Piro

Re: >What happens if terrorists simply flood the internet with tons of false leads, using botnets?

No-ones saying they necessarily co-ordinate online other than Theresa May; I'm simply pointing out how pointless this effort could be.

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Piro

What happens if terrorists simply flood the internet with tons of false leads, using botnets? "Intelligence" services would be absolutely overwhelmed, and the whole idea of finding terrorists online would be finished.

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

Piro

Re: And...

What do you think the >4 socket support and 6TB RAM is for?

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VMware, Citrix to have a crack at desktops on docked smartphones

Piro

Been around for some time

Peaking with the 2011-2012 Motorolas, which booted into a dedicated Linux environment. You could buy various docks, including a laptop style one, just as Apple has recently patented.

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OpenStreetView? You are no longer hostage to Google's car-driven vision

Piro

Re: Privacy?

I can tell you for a fact that a house becomes a lot more interesting on Street View when it's covered by a blurry block.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Piro

Re: Not much of a chemist then?

Not really, found an article that says the Scottish ones don't contain tallow: http://theukbulletin.com/2016/12/01/scottish-polymer-bank-notes-are-vegan-friendly/

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Made my day ...

Made me smile 'n all.

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

Piro

Been using uBlock Origin instead for some time now. I suggest everyone leaves AdBlock Plus well alone.

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

Piro

Re: For extra horror, look up DVHS/DTheater

No horror, the D-Theater titles I've seen look.. great. Really great.

In fact, there are still a handful of films that, if you want a copy in HD, are still only available on D-Theater.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Piro

A real shame

A sweet idea.

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Piro

A real shame

That's a real shame to hear. Only 55.

A great loss for his family and everyone who reads El Reg.

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Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

Piro

Re: English?

Which we took from the French, as opposed to the Dutch-sourced cookie.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Piro

Please

Now that's a fix of beauty.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

Piro

Please

I'm hoping on Vulkan, for one. DX12 is just another lock-in.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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There's really no reason to...

... Because someone on the internet has worked their arse off to give HD quality versions of the films as they originally were shown.

Look for "Harmy's Despecialized" editions.

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FastMail falls over as web service extortionists widen attacks and up their prices

Piro

Please

I use another provider that was attacked: Runbox, and similarly had no issues. Chuffed.

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Smut-slingers' malvertising allowed into Android apps, moan devs

Piro

Please

You just need a simple, free and zero performance impact modded hosts file.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

Piro

Re: And your point is?

What? A car key fob most certainly has a battery in it.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

Piro

Please

I achieved 3 mpg over the combined figure for my car on a very long drive across Europe. Some cars really do hit their targets.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

Piro

Please

I suppose your day job isn't Windows admin, which is of course fine (or indeed merciful!), but to change permissions like that, you'd have to take ownership first, then allow full control.

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

Piro

Re: My car is still faster...

I actually disagree on this one, I think the range with the top end model is good enough, because they have superchargers all over that are free to use. It's a nice price to 'refuel'.

Most people probably don't drive that far in one stretch without a break very often. For those that do, they can drive a diesel as they do now.

Just extra options on the market. Shame the price is high, but it is a nice bit of kit if you have the cash.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

Piro

Please

Yeah, I use keepass, and don't use any browser plugins. I only load it when I need a password from it.

Lastpass always seemed like a dodgy idea, to me. Any centralisation.

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