* Posts by Portent

43 posts • joined 5 Jan 2009

How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese


It's not just phones either. Take a look around next time you're in Starbucks and you'll notice that the sea of Macbooks has diminished to a small puddle. The number of Windows laptops is increasing.

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral


Re: "GPL is cancer"

No way to make money selling software on Linux? Well I pay around £200 a year for a personal Jetbrains All Products license to run on Linux. That's more than I spent on Windows wmsoftware when I did run Windows.

Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone


Re: "All I really need now is a lot better battery life."

Phones are "good enough" now. The problem is that batteries degrade. So last year I bought one of the last premium phones with a battery (and headphone jack!) - an LG V20. I even bought that used so it was very cheap, and bought a couple of new batteries for it. I now don't plan to change my phone for two or three years unless I break it, it fails or 5G becomes available, cheap and desirable. I'm now out of the new phone market for a while and I suspect many people are.

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider


This story has legs...

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames


I have a bad feeling about this Chewey

These are not the droids you are cooking for...

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech


Business opportunity

I'm gonna make a fortune selling balaclavas :)

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!


No trust

2018 was the year I finally lost trust in Windows and moved to Linux full time for everything except a few small Windows only games (and frankly I haven't used those in months). I'd dabbled in Linux for years but earlier this year I'd just had enough of not feeling like my PC was actually mine. I'm now happily running Kubuntu with Firefox and am looking to reduce my footprint on anything Google too. The only area I don't think I can replace Google from is youtube.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago


Douglas Adams knew all about it

So long and thanks for all the fish.

Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90



Sad times :(

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Think Different. ThinkPad.

'nuff said.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own


Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...

That's exactly what I did. Also running Kubuntu and also not looking back. I genuinely now prefer it to Windows for everything except games (and many of those now run under Steam's Proton).

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'


I'm out

Top end smartphones are just too expensive nowadays. I just buy a sim only deal and either a mid range phone (Lenovo P2 was my previous one for £199 with 5000mah battery) or a used previous generation top end phone (LG V20 for £160). The V20 is an interesting prospect. I can swap batteries for use days away from a charger, the DAC is amazing on headphones, a huge screen and it still has infra red for controlling my TV. Yet is was cheap enough that if it fails tomorrow, or if I drop it, lose it on a night out, or whatever, that I can just go and buy something else without worrying too much about it.

When I compare that to a £1000 iphone X or £1250 S9 it's just obvious to me that buying a new top end phone is for poor people. It even sends the message that you care what people think of your phone rather than how you can use money to improve your life. It's nuts.

Also no notch :)

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator


Better build quality than the original ZX81.

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...


I'm the same... I strongly prefer a phone without a removable battery. My last phone as a Lenovo P2 which has a fantastic battery. But I just grabbed a used LG V20 and a few new batteries instead. That should last me a few years until battery technology improves enough.

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today


At least it was better than...

Windows ME

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout


Hahahahaha. The Win 10 April update was what finally pushed me over the edge to move to Linux full time. There are loads of issues with it.

Microsoft wants serious, non-gaming developers to make more money


If you're a a non-gaming application developer you seem to have choices:

1) Self host it. Charge what you like. Keep 100% but spend a little on advertising it.

3) Put it on the Windows Store. Pay MS a percentage. you'll still need to advertise it.

What's the advantage of having it in the Windows Store? What do you get for handing over a percentage, however small or large, to MS?

Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops


Zero Wrong

All your face are belong to us...

There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees


No people skills whatsovever

' Speaking of the latest job-shedding, chief exec Gavin Patterson, said: “I am really excited to be delivering the next stage of BT’s transformation and have put in place the team that will support me in achieving these objectives.” '

--- This shows a complete lack of people skills and empathy at the affect his decision will have on thousands of lives. It's a completely inappropriate comment. What a ******.

HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges


My HP printer rejected a third party cartridge. When it dies I won't be buying from them again. I'll probably get Epsom.

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners


I used to be an early adopter of technology. Nowadays most budget phones are good enough. I last upgrades when my phone finally died. I bought a £200 Lenovo P2 SIM free. It's never going to beat an S8/S9 or iPhone 8/X for most features. But it has a two to three day battery and is 80% as good for everything compared to them. I just don't see the point spending £800 to £1000 on a phone.

Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?


Re: £120 for 4MB

Similar here; The work IT building was broken into and the RAM taken but the machines left on the desk.

Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity


Down, down, deeper and down...

IBM now firmly in a death spiral...

Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers


Re: There you have it: security or performance or switch to AMD

Not on Linux. A second patch was applied to the Linux kernel to exclude the Meltdown workaround if the processor was not Intel. So AMD chips will not be impacted by Meltdown or the slow workaround.

IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers


Re: Import duties

And the UK government wonder why we can't entice enough people to get into IT. What's in it for those people if they will just get laid off a few years down the line.

Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test


Plugins and Exits?

Does it support plugins and user exits?

Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview


I think I've finally given up

I loved XP. I liked W7 a lot. I was prepared to live with W8 once I added the start button back to make it like W7. Unfortunately my son accidentally allowed the PC to upgrade to W10 when he was using the PC. I just can't get on with it anymore. I hate the start menu and it's covered in spyware by many accounts. Everything seems so dumbed down that I prefer using my tablet. Even if I re-install W8 it will nag me to death to upgrade.

The risky thing for MS is that many of us no longer play games on the PC. I've been an on-and-off Linux user for many years but couldn't move away from Windows because of the need for games. But I don't play them anymore; it's been years. With such a choice of Linux distro's I've found several that give me just what I'm looking for. I'll live with W10 so my son can play the occasional game himself. But I think I'm just going to dual boot into Linux as my main desktop now. Windows feels too cumbersome and feels like it gets in the way. All I want is a simple desktop.

You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Re: My Lovely .Horse

Down with this sort of thing.

The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves


I wish they would remake...

I have great memories of watching the Tomorrow People. I wish someone would remake Sapphire and Steel too.

Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Where's Silver?

I'm loving the Sapphire and Steel reference :)

The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux


Mint with a dash of Cinnamon for me

I was a long standing Ubuntu user who had previously come from RH and later Suse (which I voluntarily paid for). But Unity killed Ubuntu for me. I tried to like it. I really did. But eventually I gave up and moved to Mint Cinnamon which I am very happy with. As it matures I'll probably go with the Debian version of it.

Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83


5-4-3-2-1 Thunderbirds are gone!

I have so many happy memories of Joe 90, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Thunderbirds and Space 1999 from my childhood on Saturday mornings.

5-4-3-2-1 Thunderbirds are gone! :(


RIP Psion PLC: You're with Motorola now



Back in the late 90s I sent my first mobile email from a train using a Revo, hooked up to my Nokia 8210 phone over infrared. Good times.

Lloyds TSB online banking, ATMs titsup in server crash


Maybe the network server was off with stress like their boss?

'Puzzling structures on surface' of YU55 spaceball


No-one would have believed...

No-one would have believed, in the early years of the twenty first century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinised as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even concidered the possability of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immesurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly but surely, they drew their plans against us.

O2 grovels for London network failure


Tell me, Mr Anderson... what good is a phone call if you cannot speak?

I've had absolutely awful covereage recently. I work in London and a data connection here is abysmal. More often than not it simply won't work. Call quality around Canary Wharf is dire and in many cases, despite several bars, I can't get the call to connect. Others calling me usually drop to voicemail.

I'm only still on O2 because several family members are and therefore it is cheaper for them to call me. But in all honesty they usually end up calling my work mobile (on Vodafone) to get hold of me and so end up paying a higher rate for the call anyway.

It's fairly obvious that all those iPhone users are going to use a lot of data. I'm very much on the verge of giving up on O2 and moving to another provider.

Ellison: Sunacle is an IBM killer


Notable by its absence?

No mention of MySQL?

The cloud virtualization black hole

Big Brother

Legal snooping?

I wonder how long it will be before various government agencies force cloud providers into handing over various data held on behalf of their customers, a little like they do with emails, etc, now.

Samsung Android phone finally hits O2

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Too expensive, contracts too long, and O2 data network is poor

I was holding out for this. But I'm not paying those prices, especially on an 18 or 24 month contract. Also the data coverage on O2 seems to suck where I live and work. So I'll probably be going elsewhere when I renew.

Tech can make Britain Great again


Investing in India can make the UK great again

Hold on, almost all new IT jobs are going offshore or onshore to Indian nationals. So all we will do is boost the economy of India. Aint this gummnt great, sigh...

Google uncloaks Chrome OS hardware pals


I'm interested in the drivers

If this is a success then the general public won't really associate it with Linux. For example, most users of Android phones don't care or realise that the underlying code is Linux. But what I think this will do is encourage hardware manufacturers to release drivers for Chrome OS / Linux. For example, we could start to see more printer drivers released, and so on.

Microsoft axes 5,000 staff as Q2 profit dives 11%



If they replace their Windows machines with Linux they could save on all that license cost and keep the staff.

Oh, wait...

Windows for Warships™ reaches Royal Navy frigates

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let's hope the warships work on years with a Julian date of 366?

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