* Posts by jason 7

2942 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Re: That sounds like the story of a madhouse

Ahh yes the Company Boss that happily shows off the new Company Jaguar saloon he gave himself to drive the four miles to work and then got into a fainting fit when you tell him he needs to spend £600 to replace the 10 year old Vista heap that the business runs off mostly.

"Have you got something second hand or cheaper?"

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The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

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Re: "Jagex did not say exactly how Brexit will up its costs"

They had democracy in Germany in the early 30's, didn't pan out so well.

Just cos it's democratic doesn't mean its got a clean bill of health and certified "The Right Decision"

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While Zuck squirmed, Reddit revealed it found and killed 944 Russian troll factory accounts

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I just now...

...assume anyone with a bald eagle/picture of the bill of rights/stars & stripes (or mixture of all three) as their avatar is a bot.

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Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...

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Re: Smartphones are SOOOO over

And the other point I may mention to any proud self professed camera enthusiast is that -

It doesn't matter how good you are taking photos and how good your camera is...we really don't want to look at your 956 holiday photos from your latest trip to Asia or wherever.

We don't give a shit. Thank you.

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Still Waiting...

That's sad.

Probably languishing in legal limbo in the estate of some failed deceased small time movie mogul wannabe.*

Such a shame.

*Edit - A google search says this -

"Director Jan De Bont's Blue Tulip Films, in collaboration with 20th Century Fox, bought the film rights to the adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat back in 2001."

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Re: Still Waiting...

Amazed the Stainless Steel Rat books have never made it any further than the pages of the books and 2000AD comic.

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My fave 2001 FX shot...

...is the floating pen.

The effect was done with the then 'new' double sided sticky tape and a revolving sheet of clear plastic gel.

You can see the stewardess 'peel' it off.

Total cost maybe 6 shillings!

Today it would be done with CGI at a cost of $80,000 and three weeks work.

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

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So basically...

...this discount will vanish in 5-8 years along with those customers?

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Deleted does not mean 'Deleted'.

My other half had her 10 year old Gmail account have a brain fart last week.

It decided to download all her old emails again but this time marked all of them as SPAM.

The real shock was that 80% of it was deleted emails from the start of the account. Stuff that was sent to the Bin and emptied from the Bin.

Was all there fresh as the day it was supposedly deleted.

Google keeps it all.

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Re: well

Yeah if HM.GOV can't get these folks to even pay their tax, they are hardly likely to be worried about users data.

GDPR is the biggest pile of BS since WEB2.0

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The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly

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Re: Well said!

It will last 15 minutes before folks think "well that was a waste of money!"

The Atari was the best we had nearly 40 years ago. Other than a couple of games it doesn't really hold up today.

But some folks are suckers for nostalgia.

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: excellent news

"Let's see what tune you play when the UK wants a suspect from the US, and the US goes to great lengths to circumvent the intent and purpose of the treaty."

I doubt we'd even bother asking, as we would know what the response would be.

The 'Special Relationship' only works one way and and is more akin to spouse abuse than anything special.

All's fair in love and war and all that jazz.

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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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What raises my eyebrow is when...

...you see an item on Amazon that has 4000 5 star reviews and 5 1 star reviews.

When you look at the 5 1 star they usually say just -

"Doesn't work with Mac!"

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Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

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Done...

...the patches and done all the benchmarks.

No change.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Going by size of ship to water ingress...

...it's more of a 'slight seepage' really.

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Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

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Re: Call that slow?

Well that makes them all the more shitty when you think about it.

Shit service for one type of customer...reasonable for another.

But as a TalkTalk reseller you'd know that...

I'd never use them. Awful.

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Re: Call that slow?

TalkTalk?

Hmm dunno about that. If I go to a customer and they tell me "Sorry we have crappy broadband!" I just say "TalkTalk by any chance?"

They go "Oh how did you know?"

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Aviva dumps DXC, shoves data centre support at Atos

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Aviva

Had it's own purpose built Data Centre in Norwich. I went in there a few times over the years and it was interesting to watch the amount of data go up but the size of the hardware go down. Even the tape robot vanished a long time ago. Now it's run by an independent firm that are doing very well with it. Looks very different now of course.

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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

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Re: GDPR

Well if they cant force them to pay millions in tax I doubt any 'legal' obligations will worry them.

HM Gov haven't been 'in charge' for some time now.

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How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

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Re: What an atmosphere! I love a...

Yeah you listen to the albums for years, then you see them play live and you wonder "Just how much studio involvement did 98% of the past band members actually have with any of this?*"

*Well this only applies to band members pre 1991 really.

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Re: I have been to a Sisters of Mercy gig...

Well that's what we thought. The show we saw in 2006 would have gone down far better in 1986.

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I have been to a Sisters of Mercy gig...

Smokes machine at 200%, two sets of Disco traffic lights and a medley just 10 minutes in does not create atmosphere. That was in 2006. Utterly terrible. We left halfway through This Corrosion. Yes it was that bad.

The most overrated live act ever. The albums are fine.

As for 55 Cancri e ...I reserve judgement.

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Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

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give it another year or three and it will be half the world+.

We are all going into lock down. The powers that be need to get us under control before the majority find out what's really going on and want to do something real about it.

All part of the big plan.

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Hacked machines?

So why not just use slips of paper and write a cross on them?

Is it that hard?

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Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

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I said this would be...

... a load of crap a month ago and got laughed at.

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2017/10/19/windows_10_on_arm_near_with_mutli_day_battery_life/#c_3321531

Now the rumours are coming through and suddenly everyone is changing their tune.

Ah well.

Told you so.

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Re: Old lead better

Yeah there was a documentary on a few years ago where salvage folks were hunting for a WW2 cargo wreck that apparently had loads of silver on board.

They saw a load of bars and pulled them up to find out they were lead. They said at the time they were still worth pulling up for the reason you stated. So they did. Then luckily they found the silver too.

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Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

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Well...

...it's better than I could do!

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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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