* Posts by jason 7

2886 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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If you don't...

get on the wagon in the first three months...may as well not bother.

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Silly prices for 8GB RX480's on Ebay

Been seeing used RX480's going for well over £300 there. I think I paid £250 for mine about 10 months ago.

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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Ha...the B2 Stopwatch holder was mentioned in a Dale Brown book many years ago. The two lead pilots were going up for their first flight in a B2 and one bet the other dinner if "it still had a stop watch holder!"

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I've mentioned before I used to work for a huge insurance company in the UK. We were paying £300 a time for £30 of ram and had to wait 4 weeks for delivery when Crucial could do the same for next day. With our buying power we should have been paying £3!

I challenged this daft situation with the then head of IT. I got told to "shut the fuck up!" So I guess it was all about back handers.

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Erm...did somone bother to look in Colin's desk?

He always keeps all those cables and computer bits.

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PCs will get pricier and you're gonna like it, say Gartner market shamans

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Don't want new ones.

I can get clean and tidy Core i5 boxes with 8GB of ram and 120GB SSD for £250.

Save the new expensive box for the guy that thinks he knows about Video editing.

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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Re: There's a difference between paying your fair share and extortion

Well for me life is too short and I can't be arsed to do that.

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Yep

I would be happy to pay $60 a year to just push some pics around but I guess I'll just go elsewhere.

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

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Most folks over the age of 28 want the money, not the silly perks.

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Re: re: it basically means free overtime for the company

Excellent! That's just the type of thing I would have said.

I once in an interview used the phrase "Well a cock-up on your part doesn't constitute a crisis for me!"

The face in front of me went through a kaleidoscope. I'd already decided to back out of that job application so was just enjoying the ride at that point.

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Re: Jerks need not apply

brilliant jerks or the other name - "playboy millionaire project managers with nothing to lose"

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: Heading for Mac Land

I've looked it up a few times.

It's not quite as simple as you say. You need to do your homework still and kludge a few things.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Mandatory voting.

Well why not?

And on a weekend too.

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I was in London with my Dad when the Labour manifesto* was released. My Dad just said "Huh he just wants to take us back to the 1970's etc. etc."

To which I replied sarcastically, "But Dad, the current system is just working so well for so many of us!"

The fact is that the world now runs on debt. The more debt you have the better. Has Greece been abandoned? No, it's still there. The deeper you look into the world economy and how it's run, basic common sense economics no longer apply.

Until we abandon this evil mutated form of Capitalism that just allows the top 1% to make all the profit instead of everyone involved getting a bite of the cherry, the craziness will just continue.

First step - Get all the money out of politics.

* - Manifestos just go straight in the bin by 7pm Election Day.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Govt go Digital?

I think I would push to keep it all on paper. At least the buggers have to have the balls to break into a building in in the UK to get at the info.

The paper will probably last longer too.

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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One day...

...some poor fool will have to stand up and state that pensions are no longer viable.

Pensions are another factor of life and finance that are slowly making less and less sense. When you look at what's going on in the world and how it works 90% of the worlds finance is a stupid joke. Going forward money, wages, profits etc. just don't make much sense. They were a 'fun' means to an end. It will all have to reverse when the 1% have finally sucked up all the money and then wonder why no one is buying their Big macs and Ford F-150s anymore.

The world seriously needs an economic rethink and reboot.

When 90+% of the worlds 'wealth' is debt...you know its one big joke. Unfortunately, not enough of us are in on it to make any changes.

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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Trump will be around...

...till the powers that be have pushed a few more nasty Exec orders for him to sign then they can throw him under the bus as they planned all along.

Trump was a real gift. A guy who has zero political experience or ambition other than to tick it off a list. He has no real authenticity or bedrock support in Congress or the Senate. He's not really a Republican or a Democrat. I think the hidden elite realised he was the perfect choice for implementing the biggest range of nasty legislation and theft from the US population that no one established politician would ever dare put their name to.

He can be disposed of with little comeback to the Washington clique. The biggest political patsy ever. He and his parasitic family will in the end probably walk away with a billion dollars though and that's the hard part to swallow.

"Well it was all Trump's doing!"

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Can I just point out also...

...most ordinary fleapit cinemas in the UK were still mono up until the mid 90's at least.

So whatever improvements had been made up till that point would have gone unnoticed by most.

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Can I just say...

...the name of the film is Star Wars...just Star Wars.

None of this New Hope bollocks.

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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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