* Posts by jason 7

2865 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Gross negligence...

...if nothing else.

As the prosecution I would put that to do all of that he must have been either negligent or the most incompetent IT engineer in the universe.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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If they ask me to switch off my Adblocker...

...I simply go elsewhere. It's not like any site has totally original or must see content.

Plenty more out there...

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Cheap Chromebook...

My gf whilst British is also a ex US Greencard holder. We last went to the US in 2002. This was a year after she came back to the UK (cos she missed me awww). So she had to go to the Greencard queue.

Lo and behold I went straight through immigration but my Gf got taken aside for interview. I was left wondering if I was to spend a week in Vegas on my own (hmmm). Anyway I see a guy go in and speak to my Gf for a few minutes. A bit of pointing and giggles and she if stamped in and we both go on through.

I ask what the Immigration guy asked her.

"Oh he asked me which immigration guy told me I had to come for an interview so I pointed him out!"

The Immigration guy then apparently said "Oh that one? The one that looks like he hasn't been laid in months?"

To which my GF giggled and said yes. The guy said "Okay you are free to carry on with your vacation!"

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Re: passports

I remember the Top Gear Xmas special from a few years back when they drove across the Middle East. When they got to one country they said "Oooh time to get the clean passport out that hasn't got the XXXXXX stamp in it!"

I had never heard of having two passports before.

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Cheap Chromebook...

...with a fresh account of ghg56445fgdfg@gmail.com on it.

Login with your real one later and powerwash before coming home.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Mozilla announce switching to Chromium in 5....4...

It's the lazy way out.

I love Firefox. It's been the browser I have stuck with the longest in 24 years of being online.

It just needs some buffing and tweaking. No major changes just keep tweaking it up.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Re: I guess the support team got fed up hearing...

Erm in the world I live in and support, most people on their domestic PCs use Windows 7/8.1 and 10 and Office. A lot use Office 365.

Most offices I work in also use...Windows 7/10 and Office. A lot use Office365/13/16.

I have tried pushing Linux and Open Office to customers. Told them its cheaper or free. They still don't want it or like it. Users are stubborn creatures. They like what they know.

I bet this is more the reason that any politics or corporate skulduggery. But read into it what you will.

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I guess the support team got fed up hearing...

..."Why doesn't it work like my Windows PC at home and the work PC I had before?"

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: We stopped going several years ago.

Yeah we do Vancouver Island every time we go. We do the west coast from Uclulet and Tofino onwards (even up to the notorious suddenly Nootka Sound).

Sooo beautiful! And also when you speak to the folks there they never put on a smug smile and say "Hey didn't we save your ass back in WW2?"

I swear the next American that says that to me will get a swift kick to the bollocks and the return phrase of -

"Yes thank you very much, we appreciate your sacrifice but we did pay you back and if you had joined when we asked you to, it would have all been over much sooner!"

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Re: More ignorance

It is a shame when you have to keep stating basic facts over and over.

The right-wing brainwashing in the USA really is something else. Powerful stuff.

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I can just imagine...

...all those logins and password to banks etc. written on Post-It notes tucked in piles of paper files on low paid admin folks desks.

Maybe they will outsource the work to India or similar?

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You'd think the 1% just...

...want to get rid of the other 99% somehow so they could keep it as a holiday resort or gated walled community for themselves.

Oh hang on...

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We stopped going several years ago.

We go to Canada instead. Far more civilised and the beer is better. Several others I know just wont go to the USA anymore.

The more I see the more depressing and disgusting a country it appears.

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Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'

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Re: Optional

...rubs chin.

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On the subject of the hardware specs.

Can I just point out to those of you that have lived under a rock for the past 5 or so years or have never actually used a Chromebook.

The hardware requirements and processes for Chromebooks are quite different from running Windows or Linux. Hence why the specs look low. When you are not running a huge monolithic OS that isn't designed to locally carry your entire anime collection around with you, you don't need that much.

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A quick question for those of you mentioning Google's data slurping.

Just what is it that Google is doing with all this 'data'?

You seem to think it has some amazing scary purpose. But in over ten years of using a LOT of Googles services, I've never had one email or ad from them. Not a single letter in the post, not a phonecall offering me something. I don't get that sort of thing from pretty much anyone else either.

So you know...let us in on the big secret.

Or are you just talking shit?

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Trump's visa plan leaks: American techies first

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Re: "SV companies ... weren't willing to offer adequate compensation"

You have to remember if your IT job even remotely involves using the internet beyond social media then you should work for free or next to nothing.

On a side not I had some guy ask me to reinstall Windows on his laptop last week. He asked what the price would be and I told him. He felt that was too much as it was just a 'case of slapping Windows back on!"

I might have wavered had he not just spent the past three minutes telling me how difficult it had been for him and a mate to do it and that every way they tried had failed.

I simply handed him the laptop back and said "By all means find someone else!"

Most satisfying. Little twerp.

I don't just 'slap Windows back on'. It gets fully updated, tweaked, checked over and fully setup ready to go. If you want it 'just slapped on' go to PC World or similar and pay twice as much for the privilege.

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IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

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Re: Not work but...

Yeah rebuild from scratch is the best option but as you say, so many customers have that "special" edition of Adobe Creative suite or some work software that the license key is nowhere to be found and that isnt an option.

Not to mention the idiots that don't connect to an Exchange server but for some reason have a over complex and huge Outlook setup with 90GB of mail across 9 accounts of which half haven't got the password to hand anymore.

I have almost screamed in some users faces when they pull the old "well why should I know all this stuff?" -

"YOU HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOME OF THIS FFS!"

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Not a lot of thought goes into this stuff.

I remember two occasions -

1. About 25 years ago all of the clerical staff (average age 19 and living with parents) were called in and told we were to either relocate to Sheffield (from Norwich) or be made redundant. When we asked if there was a relocation package to help with our meagre average salaries of £5000pa we were told "No!"

We took redundancy.

2. The exec had to make 80 people redundant from a UK wide pool of around 500 staff. These staff all did different schemes and types of work. Did they agonise over who stayed and who went? Made sure the right skills were kept? etc. etc. Nope. They simply looked down the list of branches and found the first one closest to 80. Bingo, all gone.Took them 45 seconds.

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Went out boozing in SF during Dreamforce or Oracle OpenWorld? Malware may have slurped your bank card

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I remember being in a store in the US...

...just as we finished paying for our goods some young douchebag walks up to the other douchie teller and hands him a card reader out of his bag, bold as brass and walks straight out. Teller quickly sticks it under the counter.

I paid cash and walked away fast.

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

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Re: Was thinking about this the other day...

Good call! I forgot about that one.

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Was thinking about this the other day...

... my other half was talking about a replacement for her Nexus 7 (Mk2 version) and I was at a loss as to what to replace it with. I remember a time a few years ago there were premium tablets being launched left right and centre and now...its all £50 cheapies or silly expensive tech demo machines.

Probably just get one of Amazon's own.

From what I see the tablets are being dumped and people are going back to buying laptops. Certainly the trend I'm seeing from my customers. That or the little kids who grew up playing games on the iPad now want a proper gaming machine.

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Re: What do I use?

No the usage of it is fine. Its the Licensing and bulk deployment that's got rather difficult.

For the single user its fine.

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