* Posts by jason 7

2984 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight

jason 7

Re: Hmmmmm!

Yeah as far as I'm concerned this machine is a toy waiting to break and then go into landfill.

I'll build a custom rig for heavy lifting or some tank from Dell that I can swap a part out with a moments notice.

Serious productivity folk would not really buy this. Any IT guy who looks after hardware would feel their heart sink seeing and having to look after this type of kit.

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" A seventh-gen Intel i7 and Nvidia GTX 1060 or 1070 graphics are all very good, but one can imagine things starting to wheeze a bit as the years pass."

Really? Maybe after 7 or 8 years but by then...if you are the type that buys this kind of kit, will you care? Will you still have it?

Hardware has largely far outpaced most productivity software.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

jason 7

Re: The Usual Response...

Yeah who manages the password managers? Didn't one get hacked a few weeks after i raised this very question a couple of years ago?

I'd rather not. I keep mine on paper hidden in a book. That way the hackers at least have to have the balls to break into my home to get them.

I also use 16+ digit (usually around 25) passwords if the damn site/system will let me.

Badges for Commentards

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Re: Just wondering where my silver badge went?

Ahhh that's okay. As long as it wasn't anything personal! I haven't posted as much probably cos the world is just so damn depressing.

Thanks for letting me know.

jason 7

Just wondering where my silver badge went?

Had it pretty much since the badges came out but I think it vanished about a year ago.

Doesn't appear next to my name. I don't think I've done anything naughty.

QNAP NAS user? You'd better check your hosts file for mystery anti-antivirus entries

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I run a lot of QNAP boxes.

First thing I do is switch off/uninstall every service and feature but the file sharing, encryption and antivirus . I feel that's how they should come out of the box really.

Nearline disk drive demand dip dropkicks Seagate: How deep is the trough, how deep is the trough?

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How much do we need?

Looking around my humble abode I counted up around 24TB of storage (I have a couple of NAS but also quite a few inherited 2TB HDDs just sitting in a pile).

I'm probably using 2TB of it all? Of that only 30GB is maybe critical (kinda).

Even Windows 10 can't save the PC market as chip shortages, Brexit uncertainties bite

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One word...


That's all we buy now. Three machines/laptops for the price of one. Core i5/8GB ram/250GB SSD/Win 10 Pro.


Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

jason 7

Re: It is a lost battle anyway, the 1% have it all

Well the difference is they didn't have to buy him personally. They just had to pay for him to become President.

They realised that the likes of Jeb Bush etc. all had political reputations and wouldn't sign off half the stuff they put under Trumps sniffy nose.

So you get in a total political ignoramus, slap his name on any unpopular policy you like and the moron will sign it. Surprised they never really tried it before.

The next GOP candidate could be a total vegetable.

jason 7

Re: World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%

Yep the 'American Dream' that if you work real hard you'll get rich is a great lie pushed by the 1% to keep making them money.

As you say most of them inherited their wealth and never had to work a day.

jason 7

Re: It won't be 70%

Yep always bump up what you want by 20% at least so you can 'compromise' and still get what you want.

I always used to do it with budgets.

By gum(stick): Samsung speeds up 970 EVO Plus drive

jason 7

Re: Is my maths wrong?

My big bugbare is we have storage capable of 3500MBps data transfers but when we hit folders containing 40000 microfiles it drops to KBps.

More and more software rely on this type of file setup and it's painful.

jason 7

Re: Lets hope

Create a Amazon Wish List to track prices. I have a list purely for SSD stuff.

jason 7

Re: Is my maths wrong?

I run two NVMe cards in my PC. I use a Asus NVMe PCIe x4 expansion card for the second. Works a treat. I am running x99 setup so that helps with the lanes a little.

And yes NVMe has hit the buffers with PCIe3 tech. I think PCIe4 is largely being passed over for 5 later this year.

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I have to say...

...I always stick another heatsink on the controller of any NVMe drive I install in a PC. The ones for the Raspberry Pi or similar work quite well.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

jason 7

Re: Replace EMUI with e.g. Nova Launcher

Mate 10 Pro works fine with other launchers.

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Got the Mate 10 Pro two weeks ago...

...for £350!

Very impressed and love the monochrome sensor.

Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Floods Battle Bus 2007

Back in 2007 we had major floods across the country in places like Hull etc. I worked for a very large insurance company on the IT relationship/project side.

The idea of having a mobile claims centre that could visit sites was often talked about and several groups had been given the task to sort it out but had just given up after 6 months of wanking around.

I walk into the office one morning and the Directors are all on a telelconf. I asked what was going on and they said that they were thinking of getting a 'Battle Bus' ready to handle the flood locations. "Ha they are dreaming! No poor sod will ever get that sorted!" said me. I think you can guess what happened next.

My director pops out of the meeting and tells me I have to sort it out ready to go for next Monday morning (it was Tuesday). All that had been sorted was they "had a bus".

Well I made up a list of all the stuff I though they would need (laptops/printers/scanners/3G cards/Phones/backup kit etc. etc.) then called round all the IT teams, calling in favours and begging for gear that was needed NOW (not 3-4 weeks delivery time).

I then organised additional support from our telephony and data suppliers, managed for a local branch office to be open over the weekend for staff to get acquainted. To have a local IT support guy on hand with the bus too to make sure it all worked.

So from a cold start at 10am Tuesday I had everything ready, checked off and agreed by 3pm Thursday afternoon. I even scrounged promotional toys and sweets for the kids. I think I had a phone stuck to my ear for two whole days.

I then called the local manager that was to supply the staff. I told him the bus was all ready and equipped and good to go for 9am Monday morning.

There was a long pause. "Oh...I didn't expect that IT would actually deliver anything!"

Yeah I couldn't blame him, our usual IT was pretty bad but I wasn't the regular IT having come from the claims/accounts/dogsbody side of the business before moving over to IT. So he had no staff lined up to man it. Well he got that organised, the bus went out on the Monday to Oxford or Hull and it was a huge success. It was out for several weeks helping folks with their problems. It got masses of good publicity and was praised for being the only insurance company to bother.

So yeah I felt pretty good about it. It was 90% pretty much all my own work and gumption.

You can imagine with such a great boost to the company I would have been in line for a promotion or a big performance bonus.

Nope. No bonus. No promotion. A few of the Directors did very well out of it I heard.

I got a £30 Thank You voucher. The rub was under the scheme the max was £250 but I wasn't worth that I guess. To this day I wish I had told them to stuff it up their arse. I left the company later that year. Oh well!

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal man sits on Steve Bannon design tech shindig committee

jason 7

Bannon aint the draw he once was.

Most events he attends as guest of honour struggle to reach double figures now.

Rightfully so.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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"Really? Well tell that to the genius bar who will try to convince you that your 4 year old mac is a vintage computer."

Oh yes I do very nicely out of folks that come to me for a new HDD in their Mac to replace the failed one, cos the 'genius' told them it was an antique at 4-5 years old and they needed to buy a new one.

jason 7

Re: Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

"I've had the same broom for 20 years - I only had to change the head 17 times and the handle 14 times."

But you know...it's nice to have that option, rather than having to throw the whole broom away cos its all one piece or glued together.

jason 7

Re: That £3,859.00 BTO version Andrew is talking about...

And as Apple doesn't have a great reputation when it comes to hot hungry CPUs in small places, it will most likely throttle itself big time making it a waste of money.

jason 7

Re: Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

But then millions of folks like myself have Windows PCs that are still trucking just fine after 10 years. I just upgraded a old M6400 to a quad core CPU which will keep it going running Windows 10 (it sold with Vista back in 2008). It already has a SSD etc. etc. etc.

Plenty of Macs fail pretty quick, check out Louis Rossmann on YouTube.


Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

jason 7

Re: Well it will look so stylish...

Yeah I don't think he's watched many Louis Rossmann videos either.

jason 7

Re: Only 8GB RAM?

Ahem, to kind of quote Blackadder...

Then some sort of Chromebook is in order?

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Well it will look so stylish...

...when it fails, is unrepairable and goes into landfill in a year or two.

Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

jason 7

They don't get it.

The machines will stay whatever.


The machines are a fantastic way to help rig elections by rationing them to areas that don't vote the way you want them to. Oh you good people can have 5 voting machines and all be done by 5pm. You folks in that district can have the one and you can get lucky if you get the chance to vote!

There is no excuse for not providing $50 worth of pencils and slips.

Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking

jason 7

I gave up worrying about updates.

The world keeps turning and stuff.

Overblown IMO.

Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

jason 7

At the end of the day...

...there are more and more of us that just do not wish to pay more than £400 for a device that lasts 2-3 years maybe.

The gall of the likes of Google is thinking we are happy to spend £1000 on something to last a year to 18 months. I don't know of any other device where folks would consider that perfectly okay. Hence why I feel those that do this very thing are demented or just have more money than sense.

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

jason 7

Maybe 40-80GB?

Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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I dunno...

...but I know for certain I can hand any electronic gadget that has given me years of solid 100% reliable service to my other half to use and within 5 minutes or fewer "it's broken!" or "it doesn't work!"


I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

jason 7

Re: How I see it.

"Amy more silly analogies?"

Well, enjoy your dog turd pizza.

You might want a breath mint after!

jason 7

Hmm well in my experience pretty much everyone I know that voted Leave is 60 or over. Mostly retired.

They just wanted to throw a brick in the pond. Well we all got splashed on this one.

jason 7

Re: How I see it.

Well Remain was basically offering just business as usual so they would probably have been fine...or at least edible.

jason 7

Re: How I see it.

For those downvoting, what kind of pizza did you imagine getting back in 2016 and what kind do you think you are going to get in 2019?

Just curious.

jason 7

How I see it.

One side offered prime beef burgers. The other side Deluxe meat pizza.

The country voted for Deluxe meat pizza.

Those promising the Deluxe meat pizza then said they could only offer dog turd pizza.

So I think no pizza is a much better option thanks.

UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

jason 7

Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

"I see your 1960s and 70s different world ITV and raise you Channel4 a public Comercially funded network with quality public intrest programming and a thriving film finance division."

But we still don't watch it though...

jason 7

Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

No BT were canny.

You get big Govt money to roll out a compromise solution.

You then get more Govt money to roll out yet another compromise solution.

You then get massive amounts of Govt money to rollout the solution they should have rolled out originally.

But you got three big bites of the cherry rather than one.

If nothing had been thrown at BT over the years they would still be happy to push ISDN to every home.

jason 7

Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

Indeed. The BBC just isn't value for money for what I watch on it a year. I watch maybe 6 hours of BBC live programming a year. Not enough quality.

Hence Why I have cancelled my license. Removed the old Topfield and removed iPlayer from my FireTV box.

Techie sues ex-bosses, claims their AI avatar tech was faked – and he was allegedly beaten up after crying foul

jason 7

No backup laptop for each of those? No safety net...ballsy!

Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services...

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I'm setting up a consultancy firm...

we will be pushing a revolutionary idea that will beat all the cyber attacks.

The totally paper office.

At least the f*ckers have to have the balls to physically break into the office!

Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

jason 7

Pretty much...

...everyone I know who bought a smartwatch, is back with a normal watch.

They all rest in the Junk drawer!

Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

jason 7

Re: Once the Competition Commission have allowed all the networks to be combined...

Daft doesn't come into it when politicians have wads of cash and lucrative exec directorships wafted under their noses.

Your F-35s need spare bits? Computer says we'll have you sorted in... a couple of years

jason 7

Re: Israel F35

Well if a 'stealth plane' takes 20 years to become operational you don't think that radar technology hasn't also advanced in that time to take account of such things? I bet radar tech moves much faster.

The radar system just has to have an inkling of what to look for whether its a plane or a 'large seagull'

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War is great for those elite types. They just make sure it all happens thousands of miles from where they live.

That's what Africa and the Middle East is for.

OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

jason 7

Re: So what about the updates?

I've given up worrying about Android updates. Each version promises so much and then delivers pretty much the exact experience of the previous versions.

Meet the new OS same as the old OS.

As long as the 20 or so apps I use work, that's all matters.

As far as I am aware my phones has never been hit with anything. I only install the main apps (and no I don't use any Facebook stuff) and I restrict their feelers to only the functions I feel they should have.

jason 7

I'll take...

...a phone that's 1.5mm thicker and gives me a 4000mAh battery.

I have more strength than a marmoset so can handle that.

Plus being a little thicker and heavier it will feel more value for money.

Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Aren't BAE basically 99.9999% US run?

Probably also explains the huge delays if BAE are involved.

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Wasnt just running costs...

....unfortunately, 9/11 killed off many of it's regular passengers. Also as a result sales of high-end video conference suites went through the roof.

Basically Concorde wasn't fast enough compared to a digital data stream of sound and video.

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

jason 7

Re: Deleting emails

I got moaned at by a boss because actual Spam emails were going...to the Spam Folder.

"Yes but is the spam in your Inbox? No, it's in the Spam folder which is hidden away so you don't see it okay? Working as intended!"

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