* Posts by jason 7

2838 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

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Re: What about now?

Tell me about it. I built a 5820k based rig last year. I bought all new kit apart from the two main 250GB SSDs that I had already.

This time last year it all came to £850.

The same kit today would cost £1000!

I've stopped buying SSDs to upgrade customers machines where possible. I was buying 120GB SSDs for 30-£35 a pop last year but now we are in the £55+ range.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Too expensive...

...to be interesting.

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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The last folks I knew that got hit with Ransomeware...

...got hit via MS Remote Access. They were all accessing one machine remotely as part time staff. They had like 5 digit passwords (groan).

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

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Re: Yes, a constant stream of vulns --

Yeah funny but those companies don't operate in my part of the world or 99.9999% of it.

Plus you are probably thinking about CGI/video RENDERING not normal run of the mill video editing.

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Re: Yes, a constant stream of vulns --

"A Windows 10 Pro OEM license is £12 - surprised you have 'customers'"

I'm not Dell or HP. That and I don't get my license keys off Ebay either.

I sell/build maybe a dozen machines a year, mostly gaming rigs or video editing machines. Most of my work is support or consultancy.

But at the end of the day...folks still wont touch Linux with a bargepole.

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Re: Yes, a constant stream of vulns --

Indeed. As I have said before I CAN'T GIVE LINUX AWAY!

I tell cash strapped customers they can save £100 on a box if they use Linux. I show them it will do Ebay, Facebook, Word docs etc. etc. but they all say no. They pay the extra £100.

Folks want Windows. Never had a customer take the Linux option.

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And then if hundreds of millions of users switched and really started pounding Linux or any other...the same would be found I'm sure. Let's be realistic here.

Most modern software and code is pretty crap and built around the philosophy of "Don't worry about it, if a user finds a bug them fix it, if they don't...fine, don't worry about it!"

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Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

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I wish...

...they would finish off Norwich after they quit at about 60% capacity.

Would love to get rid of my landline.

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

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My local newspaper...

...bemoans weekly about another city pub thats been shut for 2+ years being sold up for apartments.

The local CAMRA rep always tries to get them listed as a local benefit whatever but they constantly all make the same mistake.

The fact is it's not 1972 anymore. People have other things to do with their time and money. I cannot afford to be in a pub 3-4 nights a week at £20 a go just for me or £40 if its with mates. I'm 46 and a member of CAMRA but even I can tell that half the pubs in my city are surplus to requirements. Even the pubs that thrived on lunchtime and after work drinking have gone due to changes in staff and work practices. The folks aged 18 to 25 haven't the cash either like they did 20 years ago. The nightclubs are closing rapidly too.

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Master of Dredd: Judge inker John Higgins speaks to The Reg

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Started at Prog 13...

...aged 6!

I think one of my fave Dredd moments was when confronted by a man who could change into a man sized fly if he smelt rooting food. I can't quite remember all the exact dialogue.

Man turns into fly when confronted by Dredd, Lawgiver drawn.

Dredd - "In the name of the Law I sentence you to dea...

Fly Man's Wife (jumping in to try to stop Dredd) "Wait...why is turning into a fly against the law?"

Dredd - (Pausing, quizzical look on jaw) "Hmmm You know, I think you got me there!"

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Yep

Trump was a brick in the pond moment. What it has done is expose the corruption, filth and lies in a way never seen before. It's so blatant now that its fully exposed.

This has made folks that either couldn't see it or didn't want to see it finally admit that something is wrong and it's time for change. People are waking up and realising the politicians haven't been working for them (in fact working against them) for decades.

Clinton was a prime example of that. As long as the money was flowing her way she didn't give a damn. Still doesn't.

Proof is the DNC is trying to do anything to either ignore or quash the progressive movement that wants to get rid of the corporate money in politics. Republicans with a different name.

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If you want the reasons in a entertaining manner -

Then just visit the Jimmy Dore page on You Tube.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3M7l8ved_rYQ45AVzS0RGA

People don't want corporate paid Democrats that don't work for them and will continue to maintain the staus quo. Clinton was just that.

Platitudes and 'values' won't cut it anymore. Single Payer or GTFO!

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Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

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Re: It was shit back in the day

Its funny I dont remember any real fanboy type arguing in the playground back in the 80's over spectrum or C64. We enjoyed playing on both machines.

I guess we were a little more mature back then for kids.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Easy...

...I gave up caring.

Worry about it if and when it happens.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Installed it on three...

...2008 vintage machines. All went without a hitch. Yesterday was a 2014 laptop. All fine.

The only issue I've had was upgrading a Windows 7 machine with Office 2010 and Outlook 2013 installed. For some reason it wiped out the Outlook 2013.

Lucky I cloned before it was boned.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Re: But the real issue is

I thought Hershey was made from dirt.

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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Another case of...

...kids being self appointed SJW types.

"Anything I don't believe in or agree with is wrong and should be destroyed!"

or

"If you don't believe in or agree with me you are wrong and should be destroyed!"

As mentioned on the failed US sitcom Joey.... Maybe we should go take a look in a few folders on their laptops?

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Consumers go off PCs as global shipments continue their decline

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Yawn....

...we know why and we don't care.

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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When making....

...billions just isn't enough.

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

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Re: Interesting

90% of my customers find me via my Google+ page. Why? Cos of the 30+ 5 star reviews my business has.

The joy is that I come up higher than the folks that paid £2+ a go for that search phrase and haven't bothered to get any reviews. Costs me nothing.

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

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Uber is just the first...

...in a wave of 'companies' that are out to manipulate younger people who haven't had to fight for better working and pay conditions to say "Hey I think its cool to work like this and I'm cool with being exploited!" so the powers that be can use them to get rid of all the regulations and laws their fathers and grandfathers strove for.

Hail to the new serfdom!

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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

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Saw it on the news today.

Quite frankly it was embarrassing.

You would be quicker to walk than the speed this...Playmobile designed 'pod' travels at. Looked like something Tomorrows World would have covered back in 1983.

Waste of time.

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Apple fans, Android world scramble to patch Broadcom's nasty drive-by Wi-Fi security hole

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Re: At least...

Yeah it's like people saying "I don't know what those poor starving folks in Africa have to moan about, Waitrose had lobster for just £10 last week!"

My 'flagship' LG G4 is about 18 months old and now classed as a dinosaur. It got about 5 updates. Last was 12th August 2016.

The likes of HP/Dell Asus etc. can keep churning out BIOS updates and driver fixes for the dozens of models and products they produce for 3-4 years but Phone manufacturers struggle to go past 6 months.

Laughable.

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British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

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So dump them...let te price tumble and then....

...buy them up for half the cost 6 months later.

Probably worth buying £1000 worth of stock just in case.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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What happens when the 1% has all the money?

Don't they realise the top 1% of the 1% will start to leach off the remaining 99% of the 1%.

Trump isn't in that top 1% of the 1%.

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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Re: An IPV6 address that's really hard to remember.

"How many IPV4 addresses (or phone numbers for that matter) do you remember ? That's what DNS was invented for - so you don't have to remember IP addresses."

You don't do a lot of IT do you?

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Re: I'm Ok with IPV4 for now

An IPV6 address that's really hard to remember.

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

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Re: Of all time?

Yeah a gong and a nice 6 or 7 figure 'moving on' package.

Always wanted a job whereby you can never be too incompetent to lose.

Walk in on day one, take a shit on your desk and be able retire that same day.

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Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

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Watched Mr Robot S1...

After a few episodes I was going "Oh no...don't tell me...please...don't do a (insert movie trope here) on me...noooooo!"

And they did. Lazy.

I watched it to the end but I lost interest.

I too much prefer HaCF even if it does play very fast and loose with computing history. At least some of the characters are likeable.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: ->The V22 has a less than stellar safety record, bring back the Fairey Rotodyne

How well does it have to do against guys in Toyota Pickups and AK-47s?

Dogfighting? Really?

The Harrier is still a relevant design and yes a modern variant using modern materials and construction methods would be a world seller.

It's like the A-10, make a revised version of that. Most of the people we have to fight against for the foreseeable future are mainly ground based.

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Re: A bit drafty

Yeah I saw that. Yo have to have several hundred feet exclusion zone around the landing area otherwise it just gets blown flat. Hilarious to watch.

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: Guns...

Do air rifles have a power limit before they are classed as a firearm in the US as here in the UK? IIRC 12ft/lbs and over is firearms territory in the UK.

What would be handy is the old Crossman .22 pump action air rifle a friend of mine had. It had a sliding breech that you could pop 4-5 pellets in and 20 pumps would cause a nice wide spread of pellets in the side of something with one shot.

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US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

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Re: It's all about money

"For what it's worth, every republican and democratic presidential candidate was bought and paid for and anti-privacy, except for Sanders."

FTFY.

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Re: "you voted in Donald Trump, now you are having to pay the price"

I thought it was the insanely democratic (ahem) Electoral College that voted him in?

Seeing America now is like seeing the world 60+ year ago. Or watching a 45 year old who still hasn't worked out how to tie his shoelaces after all his friends worked it out 40 years before.

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Android O my god! It's finally here (for devs)

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Re: Sony phones...

My point is that they are not primarily designed as Nintendo Gameboys/DS.

And as mentioned the dumb thin phone fad is not helping at all.

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Re: Amazing wow Boy oh Boy Incredible Orgasmic...

...yeah like the past several releases.....

You could really do a Android Sucks talk like the Linux ones and it would be broadly the same.

Same shit still not working properly or only slightly better year after year.

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Re: Sony phones...

As I mentioned earlier if you use your phone like an adult or normal socially functioning human being most phones will do it too.

I can get over two days to almost three out of my LG G4 if I just use it as a phone, texting and occasional email/IM/browsing device.

Not difficult at all.

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Re: Amazing wow Boy oh Boy Incredible Orgasmic...

Yeah it's really sad that some folks seem to live just for this stuff.

The thing that I get attacked for most is when I say if you want better battery life then just use your phone like a phone, quit obsessing over it. Don't load it up with tons of apps you don't use. Don't bother rooting and putting on custom roms every day. Less is more.

A lot of folks just can't handle the truth that it's not 2010 and most of the constant fiddling they do isn't required any more and in actual fact has a negative effect.

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Amazing wow Boy oh Boy Incredible Orgasmic...

Every time they bring out a new Android OS the Android press go apeshit crazy on all fours stating that this version will fix all the issues that the previous versions had and increase performance and battery power like never before. You'd think Elvis was making a comeback.

The reality is you finally get it installed and...meh.

Meet the new OS...same as the old OS.

I am a Android user that thinks new Android releases should be treated with far more cynicism than fappage.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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Re: Count me in

Yeah it must have been a joke. No one could be that retarded.

As for another tablet...wow so 2010.

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Intel reveals Optane SSDs: 375GB to start, at surprising speed

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Funny reading comments on this SSD

On some tech sites it's clear that some folks think that Intel spend millions of dollars designing tech just for guys living in their parents basements to benchmark all day.

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National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

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Re: I'll pay a little more in NICS...

Yeah at the end of the day if they have to pay say 15% on their earnings I want them to be made to pay 15%. I don't have that power to pay just 0.0004%. If HMRC and Hammond can chase me and thousands like me for every penny they think we owe, then they can do the same for the corporations....if as you say, they are competent and grow some balls.

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I'll pay a little more in NICS...

...when Hammond holds up a cheque for billions in back tax from Apple/Microsoft/Google/Starbucks etc. etc. etc.

Most of the self-employed people I know earn probably in the £14-£20k range. We are not all over-paid and over-valued contractors taking the piss at three/four times the cost of normal perfectly able staff the company made redundant two years before.

By all means up the NICS for those declaring earnings of over 50k.

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

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Running version 52 64bit and all my add-ons etc. are working fine. I must admit I dumped Ghostery a while ago though.

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Re: BBC flash

Yeah seems video content on the BBC is 50/50 Flash/HTML5.

I opted to HTML5 version ages ago but a lot of stuff I still cant watch.

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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My energy company...

...insists I do my own readings and send them in.

I refuse. It keeps 'a man in his van' in a job when he turns up to do the reading for them instead.

Just doing my bit for the economy.

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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Re: I'm slightly confused by all this...

I know, I don't see most of the niggles that folks complain all the while about. I have no idea what the hell they are doing with their kit. I work in IT support and it does stagger me how skewed some peoples perception of how IT works is.

It's like when they call you with a problem, they tell you and its almost fantastical or magic what is happening. You get them to be less 'fantastical' and state what's really going on. Okay you then get an idea. You then go and see the problem...it's totally different to what they stated an hour before. But to them it's the same problem.

And in most cases...it isn't a problem.

"Err that's how it's meant to work...and has done for the past 20 years!"

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Re: Fedora restarts to update...

Updates to the Kernel must happen a lot as when I used Fedora for about 6 months it had updates and needed rebooting pretty much every week.

Just my experience.

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Since using Windows 10....

...I haven't had the 'unexpected restarts'. Mine only installs when I go to shut down or manually restart.

The only issue I have with Windows updates is the time it takes to install them (almost as long as re-installing the OS) and the fact they don't fully install on the shutdown phase. Most annoying when you take your laptop somewhere, open up, power on and then find you have to wait for 10 minutes looking at "Updates are 100% complete".

MS needs to find a faster and slicker solution. It looks lumpy when my Chromebook can do a version update in a 6 second reboot.

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Security slip-ups in 1Password and other password managers 'extremely worrying'

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Re: Little blue book

Mine is in a little blue book too!

I always feel if anyone has the guts to break into my home for them, then job well done.

Been waiting for the great password manager break in to happen for a while now. All these tech journos telling everyone to pop their passwords into these applications with zero comment on who actually is behind these pieces of software or how actually secure they are.

It will all end in tears I suspect. Lambs to the slaughter...

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