* Posts by jason 7

2935 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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Re: Mini - looks like the BMW definition is catching on...

Had you written that two years ago I would have agreed.

Oh well.

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Re: I might have a look at one of these...

Lollipop screwed my Nexus 4 too. Has killed the mobile data.

Went through all Jelly bean/KitKat updates without a hitch and Lollipop...whoops.

Maybe its part of Google's planned obsolescence plan for older Nexus phones? That or piss poor testing.

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Nice little phone.

Cant say I'm ever too worried by the looks of phones as (probably with most people) I stick it in a thick protective case the day I get it and it stays that way.

I'm always careful with my phones and they all look as good as the day I bought them when they get tossed into the junk drawer but I always feel the day I take it out without a case is the day it gets dropped down a flight of concrete stairs.

Checking out other reviews it seems to have a pretty good camera. Will wait a little while for more western customisations and see what else is there come Xmas when its "Treat yo self!" time.

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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Nice to see...

in the AvP game they chose to use mostly the original Giger design rather than the bastardised anorexic later CGI designs.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: Updated 10 machines so far.

Well in these situations the old phrase 'empty vessels' usually rings true.

You get a few ranting that it didn't work for them whilst the other 99% that it did perfectly fine, sit back and just shrug.

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Updated 10 machines so far.

A random selection of old and new, laptops and desktops.

All have updated and installed without a single hitch.

It's not difficult.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: "Oh, and in really bad times, gold is useless as it cannot be eaten or worn."

I still think it's worth taking the time to get that shotgun certificate and stock up on the baked beans.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Re: this is what is wrong

I'd rather buy a high end 37" monitor and plug my Fire TV into it for the 'smart' side.

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I'm still rocking....

...a 540p LCD TV.

Actually works far better then you think. 1080p stuff looks so solid on it, especially games consoles. I've had a few people say "Lovely smooth HD picture!" To which I just smile.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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One day they 'may' learn...

...that old phrase - Less is more.

The less you have on your computer the more secure it could be.

I'd also love to see the return of the 'custom install' feature too. It's so nice to be able to go through and untick 75% of the added junk I don't need.

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Labour Party website DDoS'd by ruly democratic mob

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Re: it may backfire?

I find the whole immigration thing bemusing and amusing.

The two sections of the public that appear to be the most anti-immigration are -

The retired.

The Underclass.

Now the retired are...retired so no worry about them with regards to "their takin' our jerbs!"

The underclass? Well is that single mother of five going to get up at 4am to pick cabbages for minimum wage or be able to clean offices from 5pm till 11pm?

Nope.

A classic case of political manipulation if ever there was one.

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Re: it may backfire?

But how long has he got before all those hard left labour voters have died out?

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Re: Re:Who has the power?

Worldwide corporations are pretty well designed to sustain a level of unrest in one country. Most can weather the public's outcry till apathy (which comes around quicker year by year) and normality return.

Especially if jobs are at stake.

By the way I'm not supporting the corporations here. It's just that they are the real power now. Politics is largely just a PR exercise. A side cost of doing business.

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Re: Can someone answer this question?

But if Corbyn 'goes after' the big corporations surely they will just slap him down and tell him not to be a naughty puppy.

Who has the power? Those who hold all the money of course...and can move it where they please.

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Can someone answer this question?

When Corbyn came to Norwich last week everyone was heralding him as the second coming. How he would deliver the sick and poor from starvation and cruelty. How he would pump money back into the welfare state and tell the rich/Tories to go away etc. etc.

But no one could answer the one question I had about it all.

Just where is this great economic boom (supposedly with a highly left wing leader) for Great Britain going to come from exactly to pay for it all?

It all goes very quiet at that point.

I don't think most people in the West have realised that lifestyles for 99% are going to be on a downward trend for the future. Things are not going to get better.

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Citrix warns that Windows 10's Edge browser borks Receiver

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Citrix...another word for...

...glacial!

Well that's the speed at which they fix anything.

As mentioned earlier it's not like Edge just popped out of nowhere last week.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: For space retrieval hints.

Could it also be Hibernation/Page File reservation?

I also switch Hibernation off and if 4GB ram I set Pagefile to 2GB and if I have 8GB I set it to 512MB.

That can free up a lot of space.

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Re: Footprint

I did some Windows 10 testing a few months ago with some old laptops that I fitted with some £20 40GB Intel SSDs. The fully updated and clean installs came in at around 12GB.

The Windows 10 installs I've done since release have been in the region of 12-14GB.

I really don't know how people get a 25GB+ clean install.

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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I guess his doctor...

...was behind on his 'sales targets' for the makers of Xanax and other such drugs.

Yes US doctors have 'sales targets' for pushing drugs for big pharma.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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However...

...the best solution would be to not have a huge sign over your lair saying "Getting up to evil stuff with computers here!" in the first place.

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Run the HDDs in a small 'clean room'...

...with just a perspex cover over the opened drives with exposed platters.

The knock at the door means you walk in with a hammer and chisel and go to town on the platters within seconds.

However, being found standing next to a load of destroyed sparking smouldering HDDs would make you look like a guilty puppy sitting next to a pile of poo.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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"...already a problem"

And quite how is that definition going to change over the next few years.

Terrorist -> Political Activist -> Rights Campaigner -> Political Blogger -> Satire Writer -> Journalist -> Comedian -> Non-compliant Citizen -> Anyone else that doesn't like the way it is.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: Obvious really.

Well the only reason for the Plea system is to get as many people into prison. Because the corporation running the prison gives kickbacks to the courts or the Warden is best pals/cousin of the Judge. The more prisoners, the more money they get.

Prisoners make money!

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Re: So if they came across it, mounted and readable

Yeah the simplest answer is he simply gave them the password once he made the guilty plea.

A deal was done. I would assume it's much cheaper and simpler to put the fear of whatever into some IT bod than it is to break a encrypted data vault.

Path of least resistance.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: There are others available

I install ClassicShell on PCs that customers have said they didn't want Windows 8/8.1 PCs.

"Ahhh this is lovely, so glad you didn't get me a Windows 8 PC!"

Yes that's right! They can't tell the difference.

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Yahoo! website! ads! spaff! CryptoWall! ransomware! AGAIN!

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Re: False alarms ?

This is it, no point white-listing fave sites as safe ads today may well be infected ads tomorrow.

Just isn't worth the risk. Blanket ban on all sites is the only way forward.

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I joined a discussion on LinkedIn...

...a couple of months ago about "How Ad marketing on the Web is so fabulous!"

Myself and a few other IT/Non marketing bods on there then went on to destroy the marketing folks with tales of dread and disaster and why we all used AdBlock and never saw their ads in the first place. Why web ads are poison and a security risk, never clicked on them etc. etc.

The Ad folks were totally bemused and just kept saying "but why wouldn't you all want to see our massive, intrusive flash laden adverts on the web?"

There is a disconnect...

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Cryptoprevent

Worth installing for those that just wander anywhere and insist on using leaky email setups.

www.foolishit.com

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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It's getting like food to be honest.

The more food scares of "Sugar/Beer/Bread/Butter/Veg Spread/Ready Meals/Wine/Cake/Fast Food are bad...then good...then bad!"

Means I just turn off all the more.

I'm getting to the point of IT security whereby I'll worry about something if I know it's happening. Otherwise...just sod off!

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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

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I've rolled out a lot of dual disk NAS

To small local businesses. Using RAID1 and a further USB3.0 external daily backup. We then have data copied onto 3-4 different HDDs. Encryption is handy for some of the companies dealing in financials.

The beauty of a pre-made NAS is that I can install it and set it up in 10-15 minutes which means less messing about for me and they are usually set and forget for the most part. FreeNAS etc. just seems a bit too targeted at the tinkerer/enthusiast crowd. Don't have time for that.

I've manged to rescue several small firms that just needed simple file sharing and backup storage from ridiculously over complex and expensive Xeon/SAS/Server 2008 solutions from other local IT firms, not to mention got them out of over the top monthly support contracts.

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: Pilot error

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Re: SS2 no better than a vomit comet trip?

Hire a U2 plane for the day. Surprised no one has tried getting hold of and hiring the back seat of one of those out.

Seemed pretty amazing view from the James May documentary. Plus you'd get more for your money.

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BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

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Add Norwich to the list.

Hohum.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Greetings...

...Star Commander!

Said by RADA/RSC trained actors without batting an eyelid. Marvellous.

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: So...

Never used them or had them in the first place so never miss them!

No one is forcing you to buy the phone, so with all due respect...quit your whining and look somewhere else.

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Re: So...

Well seems the world is divided.

I've never needed NFC, never used SD cards, QHD screens just eat battery and haven't used wireless charging since I retired my Palm Pre 2 three years ago.

Nice to have/non essentials for a good deal of us. For those that need them well there are plenty other (more expensive) options available.

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Re: But what about people who don't want huge great phones?

I too have a Nexus 4 and the size is perfect. However, when I saw a OnePlus One I was surprised at the dimensions. Whilst its a taller phone its not that much wider.

I think this will be the phone for me due to the price and at the end of the year it will be time to retire my Nexus 4. Especially since the Lollipop 5.1/5.1.1 updates bricked the mobile data on it.

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: Pester Power

I've sent a note out to all my customers telling them to wait till at least October before pressing the button. Also best they call me to do it for them.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: Needs USB Type-C

And what would you have to plug it into for the next 18 months?

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Suit'n'Tie Guy

No visible toes is a good idea.

Men in flip-flops or sandals is just the worst. Guys...you really don't have the feet for it. Just don't.

Disgusting.

Keep your bare feet for home and in private. No need to share your yellowy, fungus encrusted and cracked feet with the rest of the world.

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Re: All relative

Lotus Notes and the over pixel sensitive copy/paste.

"easy does it...just want to copy those two lines...F**K its selected the whole 3 pages again!"

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The best way to use Outlook...

...is not to use it in the first place.

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I blame hipsters.

Seems software has to be constantly changing so a certain sector of the community doesn't get bored and move onto the next 'groovy' thing.

So often we've seen perfectly easy to use and functional software which appears to have reached its evolutionary zenith (no real harm in that) ...and then it changes for no apparent reason into something grotesque and counter intuitive.

It's times like those I would dearly love to see the initial design discussion meetings.

A: "It's fine as it is, we have 90% user satisfaction!"

B: "Yes but a lot of bearded guys in those ridiculous jeans 3" too short in the leg that we all laugh at behind their backs, are starting to moan about how boring it is on Twitter!"

A: "But it's just an email app FFS! It just has to do a simple job and do it quick and easy!"

B: "Well the vocal plimmy and pop up kitchen brigade are revolting so we have to change it!"

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Roll up, roll up, for the Meta35: The hybrid snapper's data dumpster

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I really miss....

...using film.

I really enjoy my old holiday snaps taken with my little Olympus Mju (mk1) and Kodak Ektar film (early 90's). Man that little camera took a beating but I loved it. Had a Mju II later on but it wasn't the same.

The blue skies I captured with that little combo on my USA west coast road trip in 93 were amazing.

All the digital stuff I take just gets dumped onto a NAS box. Big whoop.

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Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

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Re: $500,000

Yeah lots or perishable plastic and rubber I bet that air pollution/UV (prolonged exposure) would have a great time degrading.

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Its a game of poker.

I've used some tactics in the past to get through obstructions.

1. The social services worker who wouldn't organise help for a sick elderly gentleman in our apartment block because "he hasn't asked us personally!" I then asked for her name. She asked why and I replied - "It's because when the guys in the hazmat suits turn up in 6 weeks to scrape him up off the floor I want to know who to mention in the complaint!" Amazingly he had a daily nurse visit from the next day onwards.

2. The Dixons store manager who would avoid our calls re. a faulty washing machine. I called up the store and asked for the manager. "Oh he's not here!" said Tracey (whatever). "Oh that's a shame as I have some positive feedback for him!" Tracey perked up and said (I kid you not) "Oh we don't get a lot of that here! I'll go fetch him!" Manager was on the phone 10 seconds later...busted!

3. British Gas fitted a new heating system and did a piss poor job. Corgi condemned it! Took them four goes to get it right. At the end of it I asked for compensation. The area manager said no. I told him "Okay then I'll go to every plumbing and home improvement website in the country and post up all the horrendous pictures of faulty/out of spec installations and the Corgi report for all to see. If I do, you'll be lucky if your company can fit a tap after a month!" He gave in at that point.

4. Had to get a cost centre for a IT project to upgrade a system that was critical to a major part of our business. It was a dull system that hardly anyone had heard of but would bring the business to a halt if not working. Anyway had a bunch of senior managers that didn't want to commit the funds and I was going round in the circles. So I sent out the following email to all of them -

"Guys, thanks for your support so far. Unfortunately, it appears that funds are not forth coming which is a shame. However, I would ask one last favour. I would like one of you to volunteer as a point of contact for the CEO when he gets all the complaints from customers that can't get their cars fixed?"

I had a cost centre code within 5 minutes of posting that email.

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Pray for AMD

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I would bet the console contracts are the only thing stopping the banks from calling it a day.

A lot of folks thought AMD were mad to go for those gigs but hooking yourself to three big players is a handy safety net giving you time to turn things around.

Shame they squandered that. Oh and gave us the most technologically dull generation of consoles so far.

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Re: I am sure I am not alone, but...

To be fair Intel really didn't have to do anything against AMD. Their products generally have just been better (other than that glorious 18 month period just over 10 years ago) and AMD have just never bothered marketing or selling themselves.

One company makes the effort with their products and the other one doesn't/never has.

Its like if there were just two car manufacturers in the world and they were Mercedes and Morris.

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Re: I am sure I am not alone, but...

That's because the OEMs just aren't interested in putting AMD chips in competitive (spec and pricewise) machines.

Not to mention you go into a store and find 50 Intel machines and maybe 2 AMD based ones. One will be cheap and nasty and the other overpriced for the spec.

I still say AMD didn't help themselves by never bothering to try to market themselves to the general public....or for that matter, the IT public.

A silly jingle can help.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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I have a few of his albums.

In terms of sound quality none of them are anything to write home about.

If you want a stunning album to listen to then hunt out "A Meeting by the River" by Ry Cooder and V.M.Bhatt. Now that is an album that would benefit from a 24/96 presentation.

Young's stuff? Not so much.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Installed it on several 2007-2009 spec machines.

Never caused a problem installing 8/7/Vista on DirectX 11/10/9/8 capable kit so I don't see any reason for that to change.

Currently it works just fine.

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