* Posts by Piro

1664 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

You think you're hot bit: Seagate tests 16TB HAMR disk drive

Piro

Re: Amazing advances

Genuinely surprised to see this kind of tired old nonsense peddled here - backups.

You always have backups, ideally multiple backups.

Also, why is 1TB ideal? Don't you remember when disks were under a 100MB, and a several gigabyte hard drive seemed like fantasy?

I've heard the same thing over and over.. "I'll lose more data per disk"...

I just see the opportunity to back up even more data in less physical space.

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Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

Piro

Having the incorrect aspect ratio in the very title of the article is sure to trigger people like me. Happy now?

Seriously though, this looks nice.

A reasonable port selection combined with a very nice screen, and even discrete graphics.

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Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

Piro

Warm and fuzzy

Always a good day when there's a problem with Azure or Office 365.

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One UI to end gropes: Samsung facelift crowns your thumb the king

Piro

Re: How about we acknowledge that big phones aren't as usable

I couldn't agree more.

I thought I could get used to 5.2", but I've since discarded the two 5.2" phones I was using, and have purchased a 5" one (Xiaomi Redmi 4X), and put a custom ROM on my old Z3 Compact. (Yes, I carry two phones, yes, I'm aware the Redmi 4X has dual-sim, I use that too, so I carry 3 sims in total). It's so much nicer using the Z3 Compact than pretty much any other phone I own, because of the size.

Anyone who downvoted you just flat out hates choice - the market is absolutely saturated with enormous devices, but almost no reasonably sized ones with good specifications. No-one is saying larger phones can't also be sold, but it would be refreshing to have some reasonably sized ones from time to time.

I remember the reviews of the HTC Desire HD back in the day: Gizmodo praised it as "A 720p-Shooting Android Behemoth" though they felt that it was a little too big for comfort.

It seems so quaint now, (I have a Desire HD too), as that size of device today would qualify as very much miniature, but my hand hasn't changed size.

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NAND so it begins: Micron mounts head-on attack against 10K disks

Piro

Re: Enterprise? SATA??

Well, yeah. If it wants to be an Enterprise drive when it grows up, it needs to be 12Gbit SAS dual-port... A bit more speed, and that all important redundancy...

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The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

Piro

Re: If this was five years ago...

Pah, to hell with "support". Basically all vendors are terrible, and once your device isn't the latest and greatest, forget about updates.

What's important is finding one that meets your needs, and has an unlockable bootloader. Check if it has a healthy community on Xda-dev with custom roms and so on, and you'll probably get a good lifetime out of the device.

I have a Xiaomi Redmi 4X myself, off the ol' ebay. £122 for a 5" phone (little bigger than I'd like, but the best I could find) with dual SIM, 64GB of flash, 4GB of RAM and a (admittedly low-end) 8-core Snapdragon? Yes please. Hell, it even has an IR blaster (yes, it works on custom ROMs with standard apps), a fingerprint sensor, and a passable camera with Camera2 API support.

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Shingled-minded Western Digital insists its latest hard drive sets disk capacity record

Piro

As Bill Watkins of Seagate fame would say: "Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap -- and watch porn."

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

Piro

Re: Peter Bright

I'd say they stand against broken software, regardless of who's peddling it.

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Re: Please Please

Also; yes, this, a thousand times. A service pack 2 platform update for Windows 7 that included DirectX 12 and a few other tweaks, but rolled BACK the telemetry updates would be welcome.

Then re-hire all their old QA guys and get some real testing done between each update.

I have no love for Windows 8 or 10. They just don't feel finished, and 10 has somehow become less polished over time.

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Piro

Re: Please Please

What do you mean by "working update system"? It works perfectly in 7, in fact, much, MUCH faster than in 10.

The comparison is especially stark between Server 2012 R2 and 2016. Try updating both and see how slow the 2016 server updates.

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Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

Piro

Yes, that old logical fallacy. Because *I've* not experienced a particular issue, it doesn't exist.

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

Piro

Neutered

Huh.

A nice small phone, but without a removable SIM, locked to Verizon.

Way to castrate it.

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

Piro

The only reason it is popular...

Is because of misinformed people who never learnt of the existence of LibreOffice, or when you mention LibreOffice, think the OpenOffice is somehow the original, most well known, and therefore must be the right one, and thus ignore the existence of LibreOffice.

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Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

Piro

Re: Jumpers

Instead of a jumper, that could be left in the wrong position, why not a button on the rear of the server that does nothing except wake up a circuit that sets a timer in motion while the virtual, solid state "jumper" is closed.

After an hour, it resets, and the firmware is no longer open for writes.

That way nobody has to actually take anything out of the racks.

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

Piro

Re: File sizes

You have a very low bar for quality, I guess you don't rip your own discs, because comparing such a tiny rip and the original would reveal a pretty horrendous difference.

Rips that size also will almost certainly not include good quality multi-channel audio, which I use on both my HTPC setup (5.1) and my regular desktop setup (4.0).

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Piro

People also wonder why I buy DVDs and blurays and rip them instead of just streaming everything....

At least I have a good quality copy without protection at the end of the ripping process, that I can use as I see fit.

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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

Piro

Re: Every cloud...

You mean you don't have backups?

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Huawei first to preview its 7nm phone SoC – the HiSilicon Kirin 980

Piro

A lot of drain is screen anyway, under normal usage. Playing games or something, OK, then it's more likely the SoC.

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

Piro

I have a soft spot for HTC

But this is absolutely enormous. Sorry HTC, I'm just tired of unwieldy devices.

I remember when publications thought the Desire HD was huge!! Hah! Now it seems quaint, but my hands haven't grown, so I wonder why perspectives have changed so much.

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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

Piro

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?

Piro

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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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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