* Posts by Peter R. 1

528 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

Peter R. 1

Re: Buyer's remorse

Thanks to ElReg for posting this 'slightly longer term review' and actual user info, especially the AC in 'buyers remorse'.

My Motorola X Style's battery is already dying after 1.5 years, and the Android 7 upgrade still hasn't arrived.

I fear I shal have to get a new Phone in the next few months, and was considering a Samsung.

They are now no longer on my list. Or maybe an S7 for cheap(er).

I'd really prefer a 'stock' droid, but the pixel 2 is several months away. And I don't know if there are many others left.

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Peter R. 1

Re: Won't install properly

As per usual when something doesn't work in Linux, it's the users fault for having the wrong gear or not being able to get it to work properly.

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Peter R. 1

Won't install properly

Still no support for a bunch of Realtek wifi dongles, the manufacturers drivers won't compile correctly and there are issues with the included nVidia drivers that crash the system. Standard open source seems to be more stable, but sloooooooooooooooooow.

I'll try again in a few weeks.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

Peter R. 1

What about non-IT companies ?

Almost every US based engineering, services and even equipment supplier to the chemical, petrochemical and oil industry I know of farms the low end stuff like 3d drawing, acad drawing, and even some lower level engineering out to large outfits in India, and promtly bill the hours to their customers at local rates. It is a great source of income to them. Even if they have to have the work re-done 4 times it's still not half as expensive as having it done locally.

And I can't imagine it being any different in their US operations.

But those are probably outfits run by The Orange man's (c) friends.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: Of course they won't listen

Yes, facts do get in the way of a rant. Thatcher was secretary (of education ?) during the 1975 national referendum.

I do admit on being a bit low on knowledge of British political history, but if memory serves, Labour was AGAINST joining, while the tories DID advise the public to vote for it.

I didn't really follow politics back then, but from what I remember what I picked up later Thatcher was one of the driving forces within the Tory establishment to join, although at that time already expressing serious reservations about EU meddling in 'local' politics.

I SEEM to remember (but I'm not at al sure of this) Labour getting elected in the subsequent general election on the promice of tryong to reverse the decision to join, and failing miserably.

But if you have factual information to the contarary please let us know. Always eager to learn. Not big on foul language, though.

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Peter R. 1

Of course they won't listen

But here's what us Euro's generally 'feel' about Britain and Europe

Britain never wanted to contribute to the EU. Thatcher only wrangled her way in because she was convinced the easiest way to keep it in check was to get inside and veto anything they didn't like. Britain has been doing this quite succesfully for decades, always extracting some advantage through extortion.

So now they want out. Fine. But remember everyone on this side of the channel wants their pound of flesh.

Incidentally, how may of those billions they'll be saving have found their way into future NHS budgets ?

Oh wait...Buckdich Lafarce (C) never said that, did he ? Or did he ?

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

Peter R. 1

Isn't it inspiring

How internet journos making 5 bucks an hour have advice on how multi billion dollar companies should invest a few billion of their shareholders money build a tv network from scratch and make it profitable.

ElReg, stick to what you know.

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Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022

Peter R. 1

Re: Say barge one more time mofo, I dare you, I double dare you!!!

A tug's a boat, not a ship. And there's barges that are pushed too...bit like a rocket engine stage pushing a...well...rocket barge. Of sorts.

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Peter R. 1

Point of Order !

I would hereby like to propose an international treaty stating that any individual, company, government or other entity that puts a new object in orbit around earth has to remove two obsolete ones.

Let's start cleaning up that scrapheap !

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I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

Peter R. 1

Maybe you should mention...

that in Europe, a fairly standard G350D in its 4 door version is already north of 100.000 USD, and for that you get an slow, narrow extremely heavy 40 year old design (I am sure a 40 year old Schwarzenegger would not be able to fit inside it). You would of course have to add the price of the conversion to that.

It's just a publicity stunt, not a feasible alternative for the environmentally conscious that require an all terrain vehicle.

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Apple, Amazon smash audiobook cabal after European pressure

Peter R. 1

It's all irrellevant now

as The Donald is going to bring all book writing back to the US? and it's going to be yuuuuuuuuuuuge ! There will be so many great words !

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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

Peter R. 1

Been there

late '70's early '80's Europe was flooded with 'self employed' techs in the chemical and oil industries (and most likely in a lot of other places), a lot of them UK and Irish citizens, who didn't pay taxes in their country because they were 'abroad for longer than 6 months' and didn't pay it elsewhere because they were self employed and registered in another country than the one they were working in. Companies like MF Kent, Badger, John Brown (IIRC) employed them by the hundreds. Somewhere late 80's the taxman and social security woke up and hit them with very large back-tax bills.

They all went under. Many filed for bankruptcy. Some disappeared to less prohibitive climes. The contractors fled, or the ones that had built a life in their guest countries were left carrying the can.

I very much suspect we'll see something along those lines for Uber, AirBNB and all those 'service' companies in the not so far future.

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Routine jobs vanishing and it's all technology's fault? Hold it there, sport

Peter R. 1

It's organized

I think it was a Mr. Greenspan who, in front of a comittee in the US, was questioned about a report where i literally stated the solution for getting out of the bad economy was pushing the 'masses' toward more insecure, lower paying jobs, and destabilizing their ability to organize themselves, as a means of moving money away from the great unwashed masses to the 1%.

I think Noam Chomsky recently did a documentary (or someone did a documentary on Chomsky) on de-democratiziation the people, because democracy is really bad for rich people. I'm sure you can watch it online.

Grains of salt may be in order.

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MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

Peter R. 1

Interesting title

But luring Apple users away from OSX to Windoze on the basis of perceived 'better hardware' ? That won't happen.

That aside, we've got a few dozen recent Lenovo Thinkpads where I'm currently stationed, and they're loaded with so much Lenovo Installed Crapware they're slow as molasses and crash at least twice a day. Factual. Not hearsay.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

Peter R. 1

Re: "shout fire"

This is not the reasoning behind the lockdown. The reasoning is, however, that the folks that cry loudest for the ability to modify their property themselves are the first to call on the courts for damages because the manufacturer failed to protect them from their own stupidity when things go awry.

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Trio charged with $4m insider trading by hacking merger lawyers

Peter R. 1

Re: Naughty, naughty!

I would very much like to know how one can play any casino card game WITHOUT 'counting cards'. Yo see what's in your hand, you see what's on the table, and you estimate the likelyhood of the things you can NOT see by using your brain. How, exactly, is this 'illegal' ?

Equally, lending your money to someone who may not be able to repay you is your business and yours alone. If you want to bundle your outstanding loans and raise more money by selling bits of future earnings on the basis of a share in the debt there is also nothing wrong with it.

It only becomes a problem when you KNOW somethings is wrong and you try to hide it. And even then, it's not really an issue. It DOES become a problem when people that need their fingers to count their toes are blinded by greed and give their money to people they don't know to 'invest' in stuff they don't understand.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

Peter R. 1

Same issue across the range ?

I have this old iPad2 . The first two years it was fine, then, after consecutive updates, it started to slow down to a crawl, and a few months back it started working OK again. But since the last 'update' it gets very variable battery life, sometimes a few days, sometimes I charge it, put it away and it's dead the next morning.

I'm probably charging it wrong.

Pete

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

Peter R. 1

Re: Business Decision

Ah... the Donald Trump School of Management...Management By Fear.. Whatever you do or decide, there's never a win, the most you can hope for is not to lose. That day. Next day the musical chairs start all over again.

Hope it works out for ypu.

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

Peter R. 1

Funny...

I'm at a customer's right now looking at a machine that was decommissioned back in 2015 because of 'issues'; It runs Win 7, but apparently the GWX rubbish got installed somehow. But the box never survived beyond the actual rollout of 10.

I got it up and running, but it keeps looking for the 'free update' now I'm guessing it's no longer available...

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

Peter R. 1

Re: Like the alleged 'shooter' at the Trump rally

Yeah. And if Trump wins, and not every immigrant has been removed from the US, the wall has not been built, and Hillary is not in jail by the next congressional elections people will vote the democrats in the driving seat out of spite, and the democrats will block every last republican proposition until the end of his term. That is assuming the republicans don't start sabotaging their own president from day one.

Or not. Please put on another record, Gumby. This one is broken.

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Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

Peter R. 1

The complete quote

'We don't believe in shipping a product before it is ready. We do it regularly, in fact we do it with almost everything, but we usually get away with saying it's user error. But we don't believe in it.'

Pete

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Spain's iPhone killer actually a rebranded Xiaomi – new claim

Peter R. 1

Cute !

I like that acorn with the bit out ofit as their logo. Reminds me of something, but can't quite put my finger on it. The middle one.

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EU turns screws on Android – report

Peter R. 1

EU Coffer filling

As per usual, not a single Eurocent of this fine will go to the alleged 'duped' customer. And also per usual, the real problem with android devices, namely that producers stop supporting and upgrading them the minute they're put in the box (yes, Sony and Samsung, I'm looking at you) is deftly ignored.

If I had a rocket launcher...

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Criticize Donald Trump, get your site smashed offline from Russia

Peter R. 1

Re: Despair

I think that so far the American people have proven to not really care about the alleged brainpower of their candidates. Case in point, The Orange Man (c) does not really strike me as an intelligent person. In the past, elected presidents have often been proven to be the intellectual runt of the litter.

Unfortunately we can safely state that even if you import the top 10 of intelligent, educated, empathic and suitable candidates for the post of president of the US they wouldn't stand a snowballs chance in hell of being elected.

Equally unfortunately, the situation is much the same in the rest of the world.

The problem lies not with inferior candidates. It is inferior voters.

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Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

Peter R. 1

Confirms what everyone knows

All they do is shoot the breeze and bullshit the bullshitters all day.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Peter R. 1

God luck to the VIrgin crew

You're on a steep downhill from here on out. LG bought our regional cable provider a few years back, and since then everything has become a mot more expensive, and a lot lower grade. And that includes the TV offering.

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ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole

Peter R. 1

My experience

Never ever buy computer gear from companies that specialize in consumer grade 'also ran' stuff for the home.

They are low on features, low on quality, and low on support. They generally make a range of flavor of the week toys they stop supporting as soon as they leave the factory. Outfits like Sitecom are to be avoided at all cost (Note to The Register : please provide the Sitecom legal representatives with my identity information if they wish to sue me. I very much look forward to seeing them in court.)

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

Peter R. 1

Dear Commission

I would like to draw your attention to the Ferengi FIRST rule of acquisition.

Good luck !

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US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

Peter R. 1

'Hawk' Carlisle ?

Seriously ? They should've bought BAe ! Or Hawker. Well maybe the Navy can still get some Sea Hawks out of mothballs just to piss off the Air Force.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

Peter R. 1

Re: Luster

Apologise I must....foreign I am...hmmmm

P.S. In my native language, a luster is a chandelier...talk about shiny !

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Peter R. 1

Something's gone awry

I move in 'tech savvy' circles (at least that's what the circles think of themselves as). Essentially, people that follow trends on all matter of electronic gadgetry, and have enough disposable income to indulge themselves.

What I am noticing is that there's a shift in perception. Where 2 years ago, no matter what gadget (phone, pad, watch, laptop, router, etc) their goto place was Apple, because of 'their design, user friendliness, reliability and value( (just paraphrasing here) they've now gone decidedly to a 'meh'. In essence, when they need electronics, they are looking at other 'premium brands' first. In the case of watches, phones, pads etc I would go as far as to say Apple isn't even on their radar anymore unless they need some specific functionality that no one else offers (for instance, if they already own a mac or macbook), and even then they first try to find out if they can't make it work for them anyway.

I can't comment on the quality of their recent products, but the Apple brand's luster appears to be dulling for some reason or other I do not know.

If I would have to venture a guess, I would probably say that Jobs was half of the Apple brand. And since he's no longer here...(or there)

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

Peter R. 1

Oh come on...

This entire project is no more than an environmental w*nk by some people with more money than sense.

What have they proven here ? That ONE guy can fly around the world if he has a spare year and a half and 200 million USD ? Really ?

These idiots make me so angry...

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Brexit, weak pound. A price hike is coming

Peter R. 1

No problem

Maybe Buckdich Lafarce (c) (or Nigel Farage, as he calls himself) can redirect some of those countless millions the UK send to the EU every day.

Oh, wait....

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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

Peter R. 1

Parliamentary Sovereignty

Has anyone looked it up lately ? The referendum was consultative (is that even a word ?) only. UK parliament will decide. Quite possibly after general elections which may well be decided on this issue.

So nothing has happened yet, and probably nothing will ever happen. Or have we now come to a point where we are sure something will happen because a politician says so ?

Didn't think so.

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

Peter R. 1

Re: gummint shouldn't pay for anything

So by your reasoning people on welfare should not be able to use roads, community services, emergency medical help, or indeed get welfare, because all of this (and much more) is paid for by taking money from people who do pay taxes ?

Let me offer you this FREE piece of advice, my friend. To quote Mr. Jello Biafra : 'In the real fourth reich you'd be the first to go'. Enjoy.

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

Peter R. 1

Futile Effort

Most of the 'official' sources like Live Nation own sister companies created specifically for this purpose. The EU and some local governments are currently investigating them for these practices.

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You don't need no STEEENKING GPU, says Intel

Peter R. 1

Bloody 'Ell

Not again. Please ? It doesn't work for serious graphics, and why would one want a Xeon for 4K streaming, pray tell ?

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BBC post-Savile culture change means staff can 'speak truth to power'

Peter R. 1

When you're Jimmy Saville...

Got the Toy dolls bouncing round in my head now. If only they'd known...or maybe they did. Olga's always been a f-f-f-f-funny one.

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UK distributor Steljes goes titsup

Peter R. 1

If they'd done that they would still be turning a handsome profit, no doubt.

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

Peter R. 1

Capital plan, Baldrick !

It would instantly do away with all those pesky password issues on locked phones because, well, of course Scroogle itself would be a 'Trusted Source'. Trusted by themselves, obviously !

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

Peter R. 1

Would you like a game of Global Thermonuclear War ?

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

Peter R. 1

Doesn't really matter

My iPad 2 has, after consecutive updates, become quite unusable. I just use it for the odd browsing or reviewing a document these days, but even that is like pouring molasses through a straw. The delays have become unsufferable.

The hardware is still fine, and the screen quality more than acceptable, but it only makes a fine paperweight these days.

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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

Peter R. 1

Our economies are in the toilet.

What with the refugee crisis, the wars in the middle east, and a gazillion politicians to feed.

We need all the money we can steal.

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Germans set to make schnitzel out of controversial Wi-Fi law

Peter R. 1

A correct use of the Schnitzel reference would be that something undetermined is covered with something else to hide what is inside.

Which is probably what will happen to this law.

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Cities are investigating, workers are on strike, but it's not all good news for Verizon

Peter R. 1

I can tell you exactly how things can get worse

Belgian prison guards are on strike. Inmate priviledges have been restricted to a minimum. A judge has now ordered that as long as these 'inhuman conditions' persist (read : as long as the strike lasts) prisoners are entitled to 1000 Euro per day (yes, you read that right) damages for as long as these reduced priviledges persist.

I'm seriously contemplating having myself incarcerated.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

Peter R. 1

Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

"Surely as we elect the government they should follow the will of the people and they should present both sides of the argument to ensure a fair referendum"

Common misconception, but no. We don't live in direct democracies, but in parliamentary ones. Essentially, this means we elect representatives on the basis of -perceived- competence and give them a charter for making decisions for the benefit of the electorate, thereby acknowledging we ourselves do not possess the competence of dealing with these complex matters.. Even if that electorate does not agree with individual decisions.

What Cameron is doing is playing chicken, because he is afraid of committing electoral suicide when the government's decisions proves to be indigestible by the electorate, and he can't find a way to explain it acceptably the next general elections.

As fair and just as direct democracy sounds, in practice it is untenable.

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

Peter R. 1

Re: Whose was it...

Sounds like you have an axe to grind.

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Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

Peter R. 1

Re: I spot a trend here ..

Where does one apply toe become a registered sponge ? I wouldn't mind sponging some of his money.

I'm pretty sure I can come up with some 'foundational' (is this in any way related to fundamental ?) research in the field of physics and/or philosophy (ahem) to further positive impactednes of sentient AI development.

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Lenovo's European prez quits over 'serious strategic disagreements'

Peter R. 1

Err...

Quitting over 'strategic disagreements' implies there is a strategy to disagree about.

The customer I currently work for employs Lenovo for their laptop needs. Apart from riddling new machines with bloatware and general excrement that has no place on a business system I fail to detect any strategy concerning product development, support, warranty or customer service.

Might one inquire what strategy they were actually disagreeing about ?

'Cost Saving' is in itself not a strategy. Nor is moving manufacturing around a strategy for said cost saving.

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Wasps force two passenger jets into emergency landings

Peter R. 1
Joke

Re: I'm torn...

Tell it to the White Anglo Saxon Protestants.

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