* Posts by jason 7

2958 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Trekkie wants to build USS Enterprise … in twenty years

jason 7
Mushroom

We need an Orion launch.

Just one Orion launch could get 20000+ tons of raw space building materials into orbit not to mention pre-built factories to utilise them.

It's the only way ahead I reckon.

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jason 7
Facepalm

Re: Size is not the issue

"Why am I bothering to even write this??!"

Similar thoughts went through my mind too.

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jason 7
Meh

Size?

Was the classic type 1701/Refit Enterprise really that large?

I don't think so.

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Why don't the best techies work in the channel?

jason 7

For every good hard working techie...

...there is a useless showboating pink shirt ready to take the credit.

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jason 7
Happy

The trouble with the younger guys...

...is they are all hyped up and ready to go...but for just two weeks.

Then they get bored and want to do something else so are looking for the next 'fun thing' rather than finishing the work or project from a month ago.

I worked in a 'Innovation dept' a few years ago. I was about 35 at the time and about the oldest in the dept. I think over a year the number of projects and products actually delivered numbered around 8. Those were mostly mine, the rest of the team never got anywhere with anything other than a few tech toys delivered to the exec that just widened the reality gap between staff and the top.

So yes you can have the young guns full of confidence and can do nature but when it comes to actually delivering stuff it doesn't hurt to have a few 'safe pairs of hands' around when it really counts.

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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

jason 7
Facepalm

As for all these "groovy" Metro apps....

...that the skinny jean brigade tell me I'll love....well why?

I don't get why I'd need to have seven separate full screen apps sitting away from my main desktop that I do my work in, when I can get all my news, stocks, email, weather, media etc. through my web browser?

Am I the only one not taking crazy pills?

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jason 7

Yes Metro Off Switch by.......

...SP1.

Then we can all get on with stuff as before.

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'Dated and cheesy' Aero ripped from Windows 8

jason 7
Unhappy

This would never have happend if...

..MS had simply given us back the beloved feature - Custom Install.

Oh how I miss you from Windows 98SE. When I could craft out all the crap I never used.

How mature it felt to be trusted with choosing what I wanted on my PC. Now I have the choice of install what MS deems I must have or not install it at all.

Unfortunately Linux or OSX doesn't do it for me either. So I put up with it. Tough shit!

However, the main point is that MS isn't giving us the choice over Metro because it is desperate, oh so desperate to join the successful apps store bandwagon. So It's prepared to alienate a huge chunk of its currently happy user base by shameful plugging of its crappy apps platform.

How very tacky.

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jason 7

Re: To all the people saying Vista was Windows ME 2

As I have found through rebuilding many Vista Machines from scratch over the past three years, once you put on a clean build and SP2 + patches its fine.

No more disk thrashing, sluggish behaviour etc. Works just as well as 7 really. Customers call me back a couple of days after I've rebuilt them to ask what it is I did to make it work so fast.

The reason Vista was bad at launch was it wasn't quite ready (needed another 3 months of tweaking and the other companies to get their arse in gear and make some drivers) and all the crapware that Dell/HP/Acer/Toshiba etc. installed, wasn't really designed with Vista in mind.

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jason 7
Facepalm

7 years ago they said...

...we'd all be using netbooks.

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jason 7
Unhappy

Metro

Just feels like driving a car with two steering wheels.

I'd just like the option to uninstall one of them.

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Review: Raspberry Pi

jason 7
Trollface

I guess we'll see....

...in ten years time if the UK is producing the best software or if Nigeria has swindled all our money through cunning use of small cheap computer tech.

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jason 7
Meh

Re: Too many distractions to really learn.

I know. Not very I guess. Spoilt for choice nowadays really.

Back in the early 80's the mystery of what computers could do was bolstered by our wondering imagination. I used to watch War Games as a kid and thought how exciting hooking up to other computers could be (Dad's telephone bill permitting). That's all gone now.

I bet 90% of these devices will be thrown in a drawer by the end of the summer. A bit of willy waving from the guy in the office that has to have all the new trendy gadgets (you know the one) and then you'll never hear about it again.

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jason 7
Meh

Too many distractions to really learn.

As per the review. How much of the review actually concentrated on what the Pi is really about?

When is someone going to issue out a pure BASIC or other language app that literally just boots into the command prompt. Nothing but a ring-bound paper manual and a blinking cursor.

That's why so many took to programming on the old 8bit machines because you switched it on and there was nothing there to do other than start coding on it.

How many of the 8bit guys would have got into coding if they could have just plugged in their Spectrum/BBC B and watched porn or played Quake on it all day?

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Diablo III

jason 7
FAIL

Geez..easily pleased or what?

"But it's the cut scenes that take my breath away. Ah, so now I see where the money went."

That is NOT a good thing.

Cut scenes get watched once if they are lucky and never seen again. It's not what I pay for.

Amazed Game firms always piss so much cash and effort up the wall on them.

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BBC shrinks Red Button: Loses 8 channels after the Olympics

jason 7
Unhappy

I can't remember the last time...

...I pressed the Red Button. I really can't.

I take it as "If you want to watch even more crap, press the red button!"

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Ten... Ultrabooks

jason 7

Re: Worthless/useless netbooks?

Must admit I have an older Acer netbook with Ubuntu 10.4 netbook edition on it. It works a treat for when we go on holiday to do email and look up hotels/restuartants.

That is the only time I use Linux though.

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jason 7
Facepalm

Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?

Indeed, I thought Voland was referring to atomic clock type displays for a minute..

We are talking 21st century computing here, not 1970's!

The only reason they put 13x7 screens in computers today is that they are cheap, very cheap and nasty. Has nothing to do with improving battery life and GPU power.

If I spend more than £700+ on such a device I expect more in terms of quality throughout.

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jason 7
FAIL

Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?

Boring? Well so will ultra/laptops be when they come with just 800x480 screens cos the manufacturers say that folks get by just fine with them on phones.

Then we'll all know who to thank.

But we will get 12 hours use so that's okay...hoorayyyyy

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jason 7
Meh

Re: El Reg, another Amazon Window

They all lose it in the end.

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jason 7
WTF?

Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?

Oh I know but if you like using inferior kit at higher prices then don't let me stop you.

It's called trying to raise the bar above mediocrity.

Seems some folks love less than average. Probably why the world is such a shitty mess.

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jason 7
FAIL

So I guess these are all 1366x768?

So no one here will be buying them.

That was a waste of time reviewing them then.

Getting the message?

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NHS 'pays up to THREE times over the odds' for IT gear

jason 7

Re: My assumption.

Again another example where the Fraud Squad should be investigating the public sector.

I remember though working for a Private Sector firm (actually one of the largest financials in the UK) and questioned the IT dept why is was that we were paying £200 for a 32MB stick of ram from our 'preferred supplier' when you could order it from Crucial for £30 plus delivery especially with our supposed 'bulk buying power'?

I was abrupty told to "shut up!" which told me all I wanted to know. It's a fiddle.

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AMD: New Trinity laptop chips out-juice Intel graphics

jason 7
Happy

Re: Anti-shake video...

I have tried the Steady Video feature using my 6450 in the work PC.

It does work fairly well for making some videos a little more watchable.

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Adobe backs down, patches critical Photoshop CS5 hole

jason 7

Sounds to me like...

...the GIMP is 85% of the way there and just needs a concerted push on a few aspects to make it a real contender.

It doesn't sound like the issues folks have with it are too different or particularly new.

Are Adobe paying the GIMP folks to keep it ...gimped?

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jason 7
Facepalm

Adobe.......

....not nice people to do business with.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook

jason 7
Unhappy

Another nice looking machine.......

...that underneath the skin is a total dogs dinner.

Like buying a nice car but finding it has two steering wheels and no front left wheel.

Like always wait for Anandtech to do a proper review.

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Stuck in a dull conference? You need Verity's survival guide

jason 7
Facepalm

The clever attendee.....

.....never goes to the conference in the first place.

You just head to the bar or go somewhere else instead once you've picked up your goody bag to prove to the boss you went.

Amateurs.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

jason 7
Meh

The problem with the concept that BAE keep jobs in the UK...

...so we can tax them.

Is that each of those BAE jobs is subsidised by the tax payer to the tune of tens of millions each.

It seems the Govt never remembers that.

The UK would be better off financially if we didn't have those jobs in the UK and probably didn't have as much to do with BAE.

Spread the love to other defence contractors and create some jobs that actually generate tax income rather than just throwing it down the drain.

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jason 7

BAE is a funnel of tax payers money out of the UK.

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jason 7
FAIL

Re: Frightening isn't it

Imagine if the UK had to go into a WW2/conventional war type scenario now and ramp up its armaments to cope.

20 years to bring a carrier online?? Back in the 40's they could draw an aircraft or warship up on paper and have it in the air or water within 2 years.

Whats gone seriously wrong since? I dont think you can say technology cos the Spitfire was cutting edge for them and many of the modern avionic systems can be off the shelf.

Oh hang on BAE would say you had to reconfigure all the off the shelf systems from scratch.

So off the shelf avionics - £5 million - BAE reconfig - £195 million - BAE refitting excercise - £234 million - BAE modification/refresh due to 10 year delay - £500 milion........and so on

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jason 7
Mushroom

So annoyed I've written to my MP

I've asked why is it that the MOD and it's partner in crime BAE is allowed to waste so much money in blatantly obvious scams and bluff calling without any criminal or civil proceedings against them.

Maybe a few more folks should ask a similar question to their MP?

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jason 7
Unhappy

Exactly! What other dimension does this work in???

You have your decorator round to make a written quote and he says £500 to paint the house.

Then three weeks later he says its now going to cost £5000 so you politely say no but then ask him to build a patio for you for £5000 instead.

It's a bloody scam and should be investigated. The Whole of the MOD/BAE needs to be full investigated by the Fraud Squad ASAP.

Crooks getting away with it time and time again.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

jason 7
FAIL

Malwarebytes

Is next to useless now.

Use to work great a year or so ago but now it rarely detects anything while the other products I use still find stuff.

As for SpybotS&D thats great if you like using software that looks like it was designed for Win95. Pus it's got way bloated now.

All those extra Spyware detectors are a waste of time. All you need is a free AV and thats it.

The reason being is that once you are infected you cannot clean off those drivebys etc. using those apps on the PC. They don't work. They might delete a few files but they wont get rid of it all.

The only way is to remove the HDD and scan it in another machine with about 4 different products so installing Spybot/Malwarebytes etc. are largely a waste of space.

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Microsoft makes good with a 23-fix Patch Tuesday

jason 7
Happy

Re: @jason 7

My experience with doing that on dozens of machines must lead me to think you are doing something wrong.

You can always let someone like me who knows what they are doing sort it out.

Doesn't hurt to admit when you are out of your depth.

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jason 7

Re: Another Big Patch Day, and a Week of Start Up Repair Routines

I make a living cleaning all that crap off PCs. When the customers get them back they ask how they got a CPU and ram upgrade for free, its so much smoother and faster.

As I've mentioned before if you install Vista on a old PC as a clean bloatware free install and its really smooth, works great.

It's amazing that MS knows what it's doing but HP/Dell/Acer/Asus/Toshiba/Fujitsu haven't got a bloody clue and just wreck it all. So many people have never experienced the joy of a clean Windows install.

It's like a car manufacturer making a car and then welding the handbrake up on purpose.

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jason 7
Facepalm

Re: Another Big Patch Day, and a Week of Start Up Repair Routines

If you have a crappy Windows 7 install then you or your IT dept are not very good.

Might want to revisit that support contract come renewal time. You know the time they are really eager to help at all costs but then once the ink is dry on the new contract they basically say "FU!" till its renewal time again.

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Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

jason 7
Thumb Up

Re: Time for an El Reg Top 10?

I do find it amazing that the makers are producing really good spec kit with good CPU/GPU/HDD/SSD and case technology and then throwing it all away with grossly sub standard screens.

The difference in cost between a crappy screen and an average one cant be more than $5 surely?

In fact I'll gladly lose the HDMI port the Thunderbolt port, a couple of USB ports and the shitty Beats Audio if it will mean I get a half decent screen with usable resolution and at least 75% gamut.

I know Anandtech have been trying to campaign for better screens but I think they too would do better if they just stopped reviewing them.

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jason 7
FAIL

Can you please refuse to review kit....

....... that 99% of the folks here wouldn't buy?

Things like crappy sub-par screens will only improve for us if the tech sites get together and refuse to review kit that's not up to scratch.

Maybe the tech corps will get the message if they start getting told "No we wont review it as it's not up the standard our readership would want!"

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HP intros not-quite-Ultrabook Sleekbook laptops

jason 7
FAIL

Yes as mentioned...poor display.

1440x900 should be the minimum.

Why? Why??????!!!!!!!

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Sony Vaio L VPCL22V1E 3D PC

jason 7
FAIL

Re: i love

I agree. You have a mouse and keyboard for all that.

I cant bare to touch peoples greasy filthy tablets let alone put my dabs all over my lovely new PC screen or have other people do it. Christ have to sit there with a bottle of Glass cleaner to hand all the while...oh hang on I know some shares I might want to invest in now..

Backwards step and not progress as the skinny jeans brigade would have you believe.

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Ten... mono laser all-in-one printers

jason 7
Meh

Massive invasion of bloatware

Do the HP printers manage to install 23 different bloated apps that all scream at you constantly, add 3 minutes to your boot time and use up half your bandwidth phoning home?

If you manage to catch the sneakily hidden custom install option, you find that you only ever need two of the apps (driver and scan driver). The rest I have never worked out what they do. Especially the 300Mb Customer Experience package that screams if you uninstall it.

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Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770K quad-core CPU

jason 7

Re: Price?

I have to say since the advent of dual cores I've struggled to justify subsequent CPU upgrades.

If I was brutally honest I could still be getting by fine with my old Opteron 180.

My main laptop uses just a CULV Intel 1.3Ghz dual core in it.

I find I go longer and longer between upgrades. I haven't paid more than £100 for a new CPU in years. The last one cost £60.

Unless you are looking for a cure for cancer, transcoding video all day or just love wasting your life with pointless synthetic benchmarks for bragging rights, most folks don't need to either.

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Cheap MacBook Airs for all!

jason 7

Re: Best job in the world

Yep add in -

Xbox/PS3 will have 16 core CPU/run off bananas

20xx will be the year of Linux

iPhone x to be slightly better than last one

etc. etc.

If only real life fishing was so easy. Still it gets the clicks in, if only we wern't all using AdBlock..

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jason 7
Trollface

Cue the moans from current Air owners going....

..."Wahhhhhhh all these plebs are joining my expensive club...wahhhhhh! I won't look so special sitting in Starbucksa with my precious...wahhhh!"

Etc. Etc.

Oh you look special alright.

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Story withdrawn

jason 7
FAIL

Re: Cloud???

I tried the 'Cloud'.

If you like your data and systems working like your back using a 300baud modem then go ahead.

I'll pass.

Emperor's new clothes anyone?

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jason 7
Unhappy

Can I just mention......

Malwarebtyes is next to useless.

I get infected PCs to clean two or three times a week.

I take the HDD out of the PC and scan it on another machine using about 4 different products. Only way to be sure short of rebuilding it from scratch.

For quite a while Malwarebytes was one of those and it did a fair job.

However, for the past 6 months it hasn't found a thing where the other products have.

So I've dropped it from my AV scan regime.

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jason 7
FAIL

I fix PCs for a living.

What brand of AV software arrives at my doorstep to be cleaned of virus attacks the most often.

McAfee and thats the truth.

Next to useless.

I make a living uninstalling this crap.

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

jason 7
Meh

Re: Could it have something to do with...

No bizzarely the Zune Movie selection is far far superior to Netflix or Lovefilm.

It has all the latest releases in it which both the others lack. I've had Lovefilm on the Xbox for three months now and I've seen no new major movies added to it in that time.

I just don't like having to buy MS points to rent the movies. Bit expensive.

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Hunt tosses 27 cities into broadband cash bunfight

jason 7
Unhappy

It's enough to have roaming bands of private Tech consultants to come in and take it all away with nothing to show for it at the end.

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