* Posts by jason 7

2745 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

When DIY is not enough: Web-snack firm Graze has an offline awakening

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Re: Not for me...

Well I won't eat anything with the word/letters 'anal' in it.

You might have to think about that one.

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Not for me...

...more a pork scratchings kind of guy.

Personally never seen any one buy anything more then the starter pack then give coupons for.

Hipster nibbles.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: How much?

Yeah always amazes me that so many here and in IT just refuse or cannot realise this.

Lalalaaa not listening!

It's too late guys, it's all the same. You cannot escape it if you want to work in or with IT. It's one huge multi-corporation complex now. It's no longer the wild west.

Just stop whining and make the best of it.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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"Most people want a phone that works out of the box and continues to work and to be fully updated and secure until they pass it on, 2-3 years later, to a relative who uses it for the next 2-3 years and who also wants it to remain fully updated and secure in that time."

I bet if you asked the first 100 Android phone users you saw in the street 99 wouldn't have a clue about updates or really care. From talking to most customers they actually find phone updates annoying as it 'breaks stuff'. Yes ignorance is a kind of bliss.

My Gf hates the fact her phone comes with Cyanogen on it. "Fucking nerds keep updating it!" She especially loved the last update a few days ago whereby the receive updates over wi-fi OR data had been reset by the last update to pull the 400MB in over her data allowance instead of wi-fi, while sat in the living room.

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Nice idea chap but some (read most in fact) just want a phone that works out of the box and till the day we chuck it on the shelf 2-3 years later. All it would do is give the XDA crowd more to obsess and waste their lives on than they do already.

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TalkTalk says 8-month app outage lasting 'bit longer than we hoped'

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Re: oh talktalk

From what I have seen out in the wilds as a roving IT Guy, I can imagine the people using this are probably over 55 and have no clue that any other such software or application exists and do not understand what a 'web browser' is, only the term 'Internet Explorer'.

They are the ones that will hand over money for anything without question. I've seen so many paying £60+ a month for TV and phone services when they only watch Freeview.

Yes...I do call up the provider for them and either cancel or downgrade the package.

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I always encourage...

...any of my customers to move to anyone but TalkTalk. Miserable company for broadband. I've known several folks that were stuck on 1.5Mbps Talk Talk connections when every other house in the street was on 6Mbps minimum. You would call TT and they would say it was the best their line could manage. Sorry nothing they could do but please stick with it!

So the customer would move to BT/Sky etc. and bingo...6 or 8Mbps.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Stop Dicking about!!!!!

Yeah cost doesn't really come into it when a modern economy cannot function without electricity. It will cost what it costs.

As for nuclear waste...it's a hell of a lot less than people think it is. Much less.

Doesn't matter though cos as soon as the NIMBYS can't charge up their iPads they will be bending over backwards for Nuclear. It's going to happen so why fight it?

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Re: Stop Dicking about!!!!!

Yeah ask any Green what happens when we've gone 100% renewables on a cold still Xmas night when folks across the country turn on their kettles for the EastEnders Xmas episode.

They go very silent.

Don't get me wrong, the local Green politicians where I live are fantastic people for getting behind local community issues. They really do put in the effort unlike the Labour and Tory folks. But on bigger national and more technical issues they are as thick as two short planks and twice as naive.

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Stop Dicking about!!!!!

Just build the 8 or so new Nuclear stations we need and be done with it.

Christ the time wasting is appalling. I can see what will happen, we'll start getting brown outs and rationing of power and then all the twats that were so 'anti-Nuclear' will be screaming at the Govt to build them yesterday.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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Re: How come....

Sigh...so you say 10 knowing you'll only get the 5 you need.

Have you never done that? Works quite well.

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How come....

...whenever the IT manager says to the tech guys "How many servers will we need to handle this system/game?" And the tech guys say "Oh five should do it!" That they haven't learned by now to quadruple whatever figure they say.

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

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Re: The problem often is...

So you are saying the NHS has limited bargaining power? One of the largest buyers of drugs in the world.

Yeah...(rubs chin).

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Re: The problem often is...

At the end of the day chap, whether Public Sector or 'Public Service' some of you (not necessarily you) need to start being a bit more careful with the 'Public Money'.

It isn't in endless supply.

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Re: The problem often is...

The NHS...is public sector as much as anyone cares.

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The problem often is...

...that Public Sector workers just don't give a shit about costs. As long as the work gets done, orders filled and the boss isn't having a go at them, who cares? Cutting costs and negotiating decent contracts takes time and effort.

After all...it's only tax payers money!*

*A phrase that my other half heard many many times in her 6 weeks working in the Public Sector as a Projects co-ordinator. She quit as she couldn't live with the wasteful and lazy mentality.

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'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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My Dad goes to South Africa every 3-4 years.

and every time he goes back the conditions just get worse. The power cuts, the break down of infrastructure.

Such a shame.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Yeah of the folks I've seen with a Apple Watch it just tells them lots of useless dull info about their dull day to day routine. But boy will they try hard to enthuse over it to you.

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Server makers love Intel Xeons (true) - but not the price tag

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Wait three years...

...then pick them up on Ebay.

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Microsoft warns of worm ransomware, finds fix in Windows 10 upgrade

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And it could all go away...

...is standard user accounts were the default instead of Admin ones.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: Five minutes with a small screwdriver and...

No they don't. In the past ten years only HP have given that error.

I regularly upgrade older Dell/Toshiba/Lenovo etc. laptops with newer wi-fi cards.

My current Dell has had three over the 8 years I've had it. I swapped a atheros wi-fi card for an Intel in a Lenovo for my Gf last week to make it better for the Kali linux distro she wanted to use to learn some hacking techniques.

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Re: Five minutes with a small screwdriver and...

Not that I have noticed. Works fine. No such compatibility notices appear on most occasions and I know the ones you mean.

If you do you kit might just be too old.

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Re: Samsung?

Samsung has abandoned selling laptops in a lot of the world so its safe to say its not a priority for them.

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Five minutes with a small screwdriver and...

...I'd have a Intel wi-fi card slipped in there no problem.

Just be careful as HP locks the wi-fi card to the machine for some Nazi reason. Most others can be fully upgraded.

That or just install the Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 driver for that Broadcomm card.

A lot of the old soundchips in PCs work running 10 with the old Vista driver.

With old kit you just have to get a little creative. It's not impossible.

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Re: What an absolute

"Perfect time to upgrade to one the many wonderful Linux distros available for free download :)"

Yes and then when you go tell people which wonderful distro you installed you get told 18 times in 2 minutes --

"Oh you installed the wrong distro mate!"

I'm not wrong am I, let's be honest here.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Still copying Apple

My 70 year old dad took my spare Chromebook just fine on a five week trip to South Africa. He said he really enjoyed using it.

If they have been using Chrome then they are 75% there already...

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Myself and three mates were forgotten about....

...for a whole year almost. We sat in our office just eating, reading newspapers, long lunches and browsing the web.

We'd been in a re-organisation and given over to a new manager. They never bothered to come in and see us.

Thing is that manager was just in the office next door, 6 feet away. We just waited for the next re-org...

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Re: The Real Ale Defence

US ales all taste very bitter and metallic to me. Unfinished.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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A big thank you to Microsoft.

This underhand practice has made me a huge amount of money over the past few months. The number of roll backs, black screens of death, bad intel GPU drivers etc. etc. that I have had to sort out for customers that either did or didn't want Windows 10 has been incredible.

Well done, thanks for supporting the little guy!

The fact you continue to alienate your grass roots customers is another matter.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: Wow? I don't understand the hate for so many wonderful things.

Sorry chap but going forward, security and locked down experience is going to be the way forward.

It's going to be carnage over the next 5 years.

All that garnish is just going to get tossed aside. But you carry on listening to John Lennon's Imagine all you like.

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Yayyy flabby and lazy is the future!

Shame imagination and drive for something better is dwindling away in IT.

All those versions you say are a problem...and yet you probably recommend Linux?

All I'm asking for really is a custom install that lets me install what I NEED. The rest can sit in a secure locker ready in case I ever do require it. Until then its safely dormant.

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That's not really the point chap. The usage patterns of a lot of people are becoming increasingly narrow. Having masses of unwanted/unused code just adds complexity and increased security risks. Often the chink in many systems has been some unused, little forgotten bit of code that everyone has ignored. I hate knowing that a large percentage of the software and code on my PC just isn't needed or used. Plus if it's not installed, I don't need to waste time and bandwidth on updates for it.

The unused stuff may be beneficial to some but as no one is shouting for it...

If it's not needed then get rid of it. Either that or in future, browsers and operating systems need to only add features if they are actually asked for. If the request never comes up, it never gets installed.

We should be aiming at making hardware and software more lean, tailored, efficient and secure not bloated, mostly dormant and one size fits all.

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Re: Swiss Army Knife

Nah...the Swiss Army Hiker is as much as most of us here would need.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorinox-1461300-Army-Knife-Hiker/dp/B0001P151M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464082227&sr=8-1&keywords=swiss+army+hiker

Even then I don't use the saw or the 'odd thing with the hole in it'.

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We could do with some of this trimming...

...with operating systems too. 80% of the 'added stuff' I never use.

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

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Hands up...

...who will be really upset about this going?

Hmm no one? Yeah didn't think so. Amazing how the elite seem to think all of us are made of money.

99.99% of the population have far bigger things to worry about than a painting that only 4-5 people really care about.

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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

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Always enjoyed my IT training days.

I had two main methods to make it run smoothly.

1. Identify the smart-arse know it all ASAP and set a trap for him in not giving him some important info (that would have been given later in the course) so he screwed something up when charging ahead. That always put them in their place.

2. Always go at the pace of the slowest trainee. Yes it may annoy the smart-arse but it meant that the 20 people that turned up all went away trained and knowing what they were doing. Seen way too many courses where the trainer is a lazy arsehole that just panders to the two smart-arses and leaves the rest behind.

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

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Spot On

A site I use regularly does a cash drive every year to drum up funds for it so they don't have to use ad networks. All the money goes direct to them. No one else (well maybe PayPal) involved. I chuck them $20 a year.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Re: Google catches up to Apple, while Microsoft trails the pack

Jobs did hardly anything to kill Flash. He maybe knocked three months off it at best. It's 2016 now and Flash is still hanging around all over the place. It's hardly dead. Will still be with us at 2020 I reckon.

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Did Spotify hire Alan Partridge to run its Netflix-style video push?

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How about - Rolf's...

...oh hang on...sorry.

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

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Re: Moving to Chromebooks.

Ermmm like a lot of offices...send emails and write some documents. Stupid bloody question.

(Shrugs, bemused)

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Moving to Chromebooks.

Windows is just too big and lumpy. We want a change. We've trailed a few and people like them. Super fast, secure and updates don't cripple it.

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Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub

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I remember several years ago...

we were doing yet another company merger IT rollout and my boss told me and my mate that we were to go up to Cheadle for 4 days to help with the rollout there.

"But Boss, that's not one of our branches! It's a collections branch not a claims branch!"

He wouldn't discuss the matter, we had to go. So we did, after hiring the highest class of hire car and the best hotel in the area that we could. We usually did things on the cheap but this was so farcical we thought "what the hell!" Drove up from Norwich, booked in and went round to the branch to show our faces and get the expected response.

"What are you pair doing here? This isn't one of your branches! Piss off!" said the guy managing this office.

"We know! Thank you we will!"

After that we walked straight out and spent three days from 11am till 11PM in the pub next door, drinking and eating. Was a nice little break really.

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EU set to bin €500 note

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Re: Re:It's time to start hoarding gold while you still can

Yeah hoarding gold for the collapse of the world never made sense to me. Quite how you make change with a Krugerrand I have no idea. Always thought tins of baked beans and getting your shotgun license organised was more useful.

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US telly stations fling malware-tipped web ads at unsuspecting surfers

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So where are our resident Ad Network shills?

Still flogging that "Adblockers are evil" dead horse?

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Re: We need more reliable, not just larger.

Thats why I never strayed much past 1TB single platter HDDs. I see these 5+ platter beasts and I just cringe.

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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Re: Eternal Optomist

Yeah I remember my life as a Nexus 4 owner wasn't all rainbows and lollipops. One update screwed up the 3G radio. Had to use a radio file from the previous Kit-Kat version to make it work.

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I'd say so. My Dad has mine now.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Ethics don't don't come into it.

If you have good content I'll pay to see it. Don't need frustrating irrelevant ads getting in the way.

And yes targeted ads are a fantasy. They don't exist. I'm a huge Amazon shopper and they cant even get "Due to your shopping habits you might be interest in..." lists right so what chance so who are the ad networks trying to kid?

The only web folks that are worried about this are the ones that just steal and link to other superior content. They can die off today for all I care. Either provide it for free or if you want to get paid for it, make people pay for it. You might be surprised.

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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

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Yeah HDD reliability has nosedived since the flood about 5 years ago. I think they dropped manufacturing tolerances a few % to get more product out the door and didnt bother to up them again after things got back to normal.

One other thing I would say as a IT repair guy is that if you have a reasonably new (3 years or fewer) Toshiba HDD in your laptop, you really do have a ticking timebomb there.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Ads are bad, mmkay

Not on any of my systems/PVR etc.

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