* Posts by jason 7

2907 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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Re: Windows 10 on Arm?

"They were tolerable for their ship date. With Linux of course."

That's my point. I saw these E1 chips and especially the 1GHz version shipped with Windows 8/8.1 on them and they crawled.

They ran at 100% CPU utilization 100% of the time. I hadn't seen such woeful performance since running XP on a single core with 256MB of ram. This was even with totally clean rebuilds.

I had to install SSD drives in the machines in order to get any semblance of performance and then it was painful,

I remember the customer dumped the machines about a year after purchase. They kept the SSDs though.

Worst mainstream CPUs shipped in the past 10 years IMO. AMD should have been ashamed.

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Re: Windows 10 on Arm?

Well I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

I would say 'Brace for disappointment!'

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Re: Windows 10 on Arm?

Hmmm Past experience of many many different types of CPUs and applications. Especially so called low-power CPUs. I think sometimes CPU designers get the wrong interpretation of 'low power'.

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Windows 10 on Arm?

So the CPU will be running at 100% even at idle then?

This will be like those horrible AMD E1 chips from 3-4 years ago.

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Re: Silly Valley

And nerds are always too lazy to test shit!

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

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Re: I read "Google will be patching all affected devices ASAP"...

"That said, I wouldn't worry about the Nexus 7. I'm sure all the router manufacturers will be quickly rolling out updates to protect wireless sessions."

Oh stop it! Laughing so hard some wee might come out!

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Re: I read "Google will be patching all affected devices ASAP"...

Yeah it's hopeless.

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I read "Google will be patching all affected devices ASAP"...

...on an article, at which point I laughed.

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Grant Shapps of coup shame fame stands by 'broadbad' research

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Re: Intersting snippet

Yeah when my parent's village was notified they were getting FTTC I told dad to keep checking the availability site nearly every day as I told him the new cabinet may be FTTC capable but only for the first 100 that sign up and the other 600 will be left out.

I visit a lot of customers with crappy internet and I check they are in a FTTC area but they just left it too late or didn't know and are stuck on 2Mbps till another cabinet is installed.

Pulling out the old bell wire only does so much.

Oh and the parents got the Infinity okay a few months ago and yes they do use the bandwidth, big Netflix/Prime watchers.

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

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Re: Generally great but...

Gosling has only worked as a character in one movie and that was The Nice Guys.

He actually acts like a human being in that one.

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Re: No Magic

People will do crazy shit for Rhino horn so....

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Re: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe

Did it ask anything awkward though? It didn't ask enough in my opinion.

I think this will be another one of those badly written films that masks itself and covers it's obvious flaws and shortcomings by saying "Oh well you aren't clever enough to understand all the subtle contextual questions it poses!"

No it's just shitty writing.

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Saw it tonight.

...I...I...probably won't bother watching it again.

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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Re: OSX updates

This is how I feel about pretty much all mainstream OS nowadays.

I don't want 'more stuff' I have all that or can add it later as I need it. I just want the OS to be faster, leaner and more secure.

I have no need for dozens of apps and features I have no use for, cannot properly uninstall and just add to the attack surface and are the reason for masses of more unnecessary updates.

What feature would I like the most? Thanks for asking, I'd like a modern robust file system that can transfer thousands of small 10Kb files at the same rate as it can a 10GB video file instead of crawling to a near halt over my 3500MBps NVME storage hardware. That will be a start. I'll never get it though, I guess I'll have to make do with some 3D kids party planner app instead.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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I switched off my Freeview box a few weeks ago...

....don't watch iPlayer either. I really should cancel that licence.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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With the new BDRP...

...wont all mobile machines used for that business have to be encrypted?

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Going back 4 years on the comments...

I think opinion on BYOD was 50/50.

Basically anyone with more than 10 years of hard IT support experience on one side saying "fuck that for a game of soldiers...clusterfuck ahoy!"

And on the other side were the 'kids' wanting to be 'set free and do what the fuck they like'.

Turned out well in the end then! Ahem...

I think my comment at the time was how long till companies put electric meters taking 50p pieces on the desks for PYOP!

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

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Re: In this respect it is the perfect poster-boy for Free Market Capitalism

I think you've drunk too much of the Wall Street Kool Aid.

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Re: In this respect it is the perfect poster-boy for Free Market Capitalism

But what I'm saying is that those at the top want to take away our money and jobs. So how do we buy their products when they have taken the very money we need to buy them?

Wall Street hails the likes of McDonalds for trying to replace serving staff with machines. But then the consumer economy loses millions of people at the bottom that actually buy those very products.

How many Big Macs, Krispy Cremes and Corvettes does Buffet or the Koch Bros buy a year? Not many I'm guessing.

It's slitting your own economic throat. But I guess we all work on short term goals now.

Fuck tomorrow.

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Re: In this respect it is the perfect poster-boy for Free Market Capitalism

Thing is, the elites created us a 'consumer society' but how does that work when the consumers eventually have no money to consume?

Does the 1% then consume itself? Wiping out the bottom 99% of the 1% till only one is left standing with all the money.

Holy Shit! I've cracked it. The world is just running one huge game of Monopoly!!!

I'd better run before they track me down!

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Its all about bringing back serfdom.

First they brought out an app to make taxi drivers cheaper and I applauded!

Then they brought out an app to make builders cheaper and I applauded!

Then they brought out an app to make plumbers cheaper and I applauded!

Then they brought out an app to make IT support/networking guys cheaper and I was fucked and not happy at all about that, in fact it's bloody outrageous and just pushing the jobs market to the bottom and quite frankly there ought to be a law against it!

Uber is NOT about making getting around a city easier. It's a shoe in for the powers that be to slowly strip us of unions, employment and wage rights around the world.

As a Harry Enfield character would say "If that's what you want then that's what'll happen!"

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If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck

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I get a lot of support calls...

...that start with "Hello I wonder if you could fix my broken Apple..."

I stop them right there and tell them "Sorry!"

Just not worth it.

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Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

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That carry on case...

....looks a bit on the 'Carry on wanker taking the piss' large side.

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

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Re: "will need updating"

"Always buy SIM-free, unlocked, and try to buy as directly from the manufacturer as is practical. The fewer middle men adding their own software and their own indifference to security, the better."

Makes no difference. Most manufacturers just give up after 8-12 months from release.

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Re: Sick of new

And every version is hyped as a major fix over the previous version but when (and if hahaaa) you get it, the reaction?

Meh!

Meet the new Android...same as the old Android.

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Re: "will need updating"

Same here. Bought a LG G4 six months after release and the last update it got was August 2016. Absolute zip since then. I'm now two versions of behind on Android on a phone that's barely two years old. Way to go LG!

Unless you now buy the 'now expensive' Google phones you are up shit creek after 6 months.

The whole Android update scene is total bullshit. But I now treat it as such and just shrug when such articles like this appear.

Let's put this into perspective. Just how many people actually get hit by these 'killer' vulnerabilities?

It's enough to make you buy an iPhone next time...

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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A lesson to youngsters/young 'would be entrepreneurs'...

...if there is a guy over the age of 30 who has an opinion that there might be a few flaws with your precious golden idea...then it's a good idea to listen to him, rather than run away or just fire him. He may have a valid point.

He is probably just trying to save you a lot of money and grief.

Folks just don't want to be told what to do anymore.

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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Another vote...

...for at least a HDD activity light. Back in the day you could at least put the laptop to your ear and hear the whirr and clunk of a HDD (oh yeah it's 'doing something!') but not with those silent SSDs.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Re: As a Canadian

"Hence the reason that many criticize Monty's performances at being slow and steady or even hesitant."

Well in Monty's defence he had Patton going hell for leather in the opposite direction towards him. Patton had been advised to slow things down but was just show-boating as per usual. Last thing you want is blue on blue action. I don't blame him for taking it steady, someone had to.

At the end of the day...they got the job done.

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Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

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Re: Data retention for 6 six years?

I was under the impression if it was kept on paper it was excluded. Hence why Govt. Spooks kept dossiers on UK citizens on paper.

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Now distill all that down to the sharp end of...

Hanna the operations clerk. Yeah...sorted.

I can see GDPR being the new WEB2.0/SEO/QR Code/Web App Bullshit Consultancy trough.

A lot of sharp suits and BMW 5 series will be seen cruising the streets at £2000 a day and I look forward to all the GDPR spam in due course.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Re: I work in this industry

Yeah and to be honest we users don't give a shit about your miserable parasitic part of the industry either. Feeling is mutual.

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Go to Patreon.

I'll toss you a buck a month which will potentially net your site $11.9999999* more from me than the ads would in a year.

* minus whatever Patreon takes?

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Intel Pumageddon: Broadband chip bug haunts Chipzilla's past, present and future

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No one...

...bothers to do proper testing any more.

Always bites you in the end.

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Uber drivers game Uber's system like Uber games the entire planet

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Just wait till your employer tells you he doesn't need you any more because he found someone on an app that will do your job for £10 an hour.

But on the bright side he said he's take you back tomorrow for the day if you dropped to £9 an hour but that's not to say the other guy won't work for £8.

And the race to serfdom continues.

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Whatever way you look at it...

it's a mugs game.

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Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

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Re: All I wanna know is...

I just want to pay for line rental and the VDSL. I don't want all the other call packages that you have to have currently.

Not interested in the tech, just lowering the cost by not paying for what I don't need.

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Re: All I wanna know is...

"We don't even pick it up any more if it rings and we run a business. I hope you will forgive me if I speculate that that is not the way to run a business..."

Because if we pick it up it's a telemarketer. That's all we get. My experience is that customers call me on my mobile and therefore a landline is worthless to me. I have stopped putting the landline on my business details for this very reason over the past few months. I've even asked customers and they all said they rarely bother calling landlines if a mobile is available. I'm out and about a lot anyway so that makes a landline even more pointless.

I've spoken to a lot of the folks at my small business network and most of them agree too that landlines are next to useless for their business as their experience tallies with mine.

I just want the data connectivity.

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Re: All I wanna know is...

For my needs and evidence is that 99.999% of landline calls I get are from India, telemarketers or Green energy messages. Useless.

We don't even pick it up any more if it rings and we run a business. Customers are wise enough they don't even call landlines any more as if a mobile is available chances are it will get through.

I never call a company on a landline if a mobile option is given.

Even my parents call me on my mobile.

Worthless.

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All I wanna know is...

...when can I drop voice from my landline and just have purely data?

Landline Voice calls are worthless to most people now.

Oh and before anyone chimes in I mean to be able to do this with BT etc. not one of those sub let sub let little firms that promise the earth for the first 6 months then go very downhill once they are maxed out.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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I'll stick...

...with my 5820K for now. Plus in a couple of years I'll have some affordable Xeons to play around with from Ebay.

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Universal Service Oh... forget the Obligation. BT offers to stump up £600m for 10Mbps

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At the other extreme...

I have a customer that has Virgin 300Mbps cable and keeps moaning to me that it drops on occasion to just 100Mbps. He sits all day running speedtests on it. He plagued BT when he had ADSL2 and Infinity. When I went to do some work there I pulled out 6 redundant BT Homehubs as he would demand another one if it ever dropped in speed or 'got a little slow'.

The rub is he is running a web dev agency off it and then wonders why he isn't getting industry grade internet while paying just domestic customer rates.

Nightmare.

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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Hang on...one thing they glossed over in the Pros/Cons meeting.

How long does a normal leather wallet last the average guy? I get through a wallet every year or so. By 6 months it looks pretty gnarly and bent up (front pocket guy). Just how...

The whole idea should have stopped at that point but...hipsters.

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What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

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I like to apply the rule of...

avoid ending up with masses of data in the first place. A lot of it can be avoided in the domestic arena. Most of it is there because of habit or fear of getting rid of it.

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Have they sorted 07777 numbers yet?

Or will I be stuck on the Vodafone network forever?

Apparently the 07777 numbers are just listed in a folder in someone's office.

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

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You can add all the computing power to VR...

...that you want. You'll still look a total twat using it.

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Re: 2007?

I remember 10-13 years ago I used to update my CPU every 6 months or so. Since around 2007 its now about every 6 years.

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Re: In my neck of the woods

In my experience customers don't want new machines. They want cheap machines. That means I pick up reconditioned Dell Core i5 machines with Win10 and 8GB for £200.00 a go.

I still sell older C2D machines by the dozen to a lot of businesses.

What do you need to run Office and Chrome? Not a lot.

I get maybe one custom PC request a year and that's from a gamer.

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2007?

Core 2 Duo chips!

Still perfectly fine for office work even today.

As mentioned, the software hasn't moved on far enough to warrant better hardware in many many cases.

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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Re: An Exercise in Futility?

Sometimes folks on the forums ask me why I don't do such things.

I just reply that my electricity is funded by me and not Mum & Dad.

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