* Posts by Piro

1645 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

Piro

Re: Plug cable entry angle

I have one of those, I use it all the time when travelling.

I think he was implying the basic standard should be changed, though, in which case there's already a new standard; although it does not have a fuse, and I dislike many other things about it (straight cables, moulded plugs - I like to rewire them, thank you!): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEC_60906-1

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Toshiba gets NASty: Soups up hi-cap enterprise drive

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Re: Hey Mamr

I'd just like to say thanks for this quality post.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

Piro

There is a manufacturer that still makes a high end, reasonably sized smartphone other than Apple, and that's Sony. Literally ONLY Sony, the market is incredibly bleak. (I'm referring to Sony's Compact lineup).

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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Batch Tuesday

Brewed on the second Tuesday of each month, very sour in flavour, leaves a feeling of regret after consumption.

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

Piro

I actually think using decimals and fixing one of the ratios is best overall, since it gives you a clear indication of how many times wide to how many times tall, whilst only changing one number.

For example, you can have 4:3, or in other words, 1.33:1. 16:9, or 1.77:1.

You can easily omit the :1 for the sake of brevity.

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Re: Wouldn't it be nice ..

"I think that the average consumer has used enough phones in the past to choose the size they want."

I disagree, I think that people buy what the market sells them, I really don't think preferences really come in to it - there's not a single person (other than say, an Apple shill), that wanted the 3.5mm jack removed.

Removable batteries died out even though they made fixing the phone a lot easier.

Phones gained little camera humps to make the phones thinner overall and easier to drop, with slippery, awful surfaces.

Even though you'd then scratch up the camera, and wonder why they didn't just make it flush and fill out the space with battery.

Until the Gemini, there hasn't been a recent device with a reasonably sized keyboard - my wife has been showing several people her Gemini, and many of them wish they had such a device, some have even offered money for it on the spot.

My point is, there is demand for devices beyond the ever increasing slab of slippery glass, but people's preferences aren't so narrow that they'd avoid buying the latest crap regardless of questionable design choices.

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

Piro

Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

LTSB, as far as I can tell - and I've been using it for quite a while - is just a stable build of Windows 10 that doesn't receive feature updates, only security ones - without any childish adornments whatsoever.

There is no "modern" (read:metro) interface. Calculator is the old one from Windows 7. There is no windows store. None of that, at all. There are no forced reboots for updates.

The newest currently is 2016 LTSB, which is based on 1607. The next one is coming in autumn, as far as I understand it, and it'll be called 2019 LTSC.

Just in case you *do* want the windows store, I believe it can be installed with a line of powershell, but I haven't actually bothered to install it, because I've had no need to.

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Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

Agreed. I use Windows 10 at work, and it is acceptable... but only because I'm using the unavailable-to-normal-people LTSB version. I still prefer Windows 7 even over this. It looks better, it's more responsive and less tacky.

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Seagate's Barracuda SSD bares its teeth at PC, laptop upgraders

Piro

Re: NVMe is the new SATA

I'm a bit miffed that 12Gbit/s SAS hasn't trickled down after all this time to deliver a 12Gbit/s SATA.

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BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

Piro

If they would only make a horizontal Android/Sailfish slider with an unlockable bootloader.. maybe using another "brand", then they would be on to a winner.

I'm not all that interested in the traditional BlackBerry style vertical keyboard/screen arrangement.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

Piro

Re: "Flew halfway around the world" = "Auckland to Sydney"?

Auckland to LA...

It's highly embarrassing you didn't know how to read the article before posting.

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

Piro

Re: Intel was fudging

I believe it was a 1600W PSU.

The whole Intel demo was an utter joke. Cooler + PC consuming north of 2kW in a very desperate move.

This doesn't lead to a consumer product.

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

Piro

Re: Qi

Was it really Nokia?

If we're talking standard Qi maybe, but Palm's touchstone charger made wireless charging beautiful and functional quite some time ago. No idea why it didn't catch on.

I still use my HP TouchPad to this day because there aren't any modern tablets with wireless charging and stands designed for them!! I would never use a tablet that required charging from a cable, it's just way too much hassle, not to mention you'd quickly wear the connector out.

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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

Piro

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

Piro

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

Piro

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

Piro

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

Piro
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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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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