* Posts by James 51

3146 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: Fake news.

@AC you do realise that you give some credence to the vlogger by saying Apple is known to restrict the fan in favour of low noise over high performance and then rubbish his claim of low performance.

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That's like keeping a formula one car in first or second gear.

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It is not enough to have a powerful engine, you've got to have a chasis that can handle that kind of power. A laptop cooler might help but it isn't a very portable system if you need to stick it in the fridge to use it.

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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The Z2 Force is tempting with the semi-replaceable battery/pack mod and shatterproof screen. If only it wasn't so expensive. Still haven't settled on what to get when my S6 dies. the battery life is very poor but a bulky battery case helps.

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Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

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Apparently there is will be a pay for option on Sailfish 3. Will be looking forward to that for my Gemini. If it can run Android apk that will be a bonus.

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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@JohnFen, I was saying 'we' collectively. Certainly I don't want them but it's what were getting and getting more of it by the day so enough people want or are willing to put up with it to make it a feature on a lot of phones.

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The notch exists for one or two reasons depending on how you view the issue. Percentage of surface covered by screen is one of the metrics that is being used to drive the sale of new phones. So are features such as face unlock. Problem is that the level of reliablity required for high end phones, under the glass sensors aren't ready yet. At least not a price that even Apple is unwilling to charge. the notch is a comprimise, we want to have both things, even if it creates an ugly comprimise that should handle OS level info battery level, signal strength etc etc and tell app developers hands off.

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Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Re: Here is an Idea

Indeed, you could sit it on top of your lap while you're using it. Now, what could we call it?

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It would be interesting to try dex and a Gemini side by side. I suspect that the Gemini is far more capbile on its own but hooked up to everything else, I wonder if you'd notice the difference.

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Kremlin hacking crew went on a 'Roman Holiday' – researchers

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Re: weaponising the population

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/16/refugees-are-becoming-russias-weapon-of-choice-in-syria

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Re: RUSSIA covertly acquiring information about Italian Marine Border security?

Okay, for a moment I am going to suppose you're not a troll or a moron and bite. Russia is weaponising the population it is helping to displace in the Syria conflict. A lot of these people end up crossing the Med and end up in southern EU states such as Italy. Knowing how Italy is planning to cope could help them plan their stragety and know how effective what they have been doing has been. There's also the principal that you hack everyone you can all the time for the chance you'll find something you can use or simply to embarrass the target.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Re: Only yesterday...

While I would happily blame the apprentice for the black death, in that instance they're using the phone in hand free mode so they can have a group conversation.

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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It's at least £80 too expensive for what it is and £100 for the keyboard and £90 for the pen is an expensive joke.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Just took a peek at the preorder prices. £380 for the basic model or £510 for the 8gb ram/256gb ssd model. £100 for the keyboard, £90 for the pen and £30 for the mouse. Don't know that they're smoking but it must be some reality warping stuff if they think those are competitive prices for what they are offering.

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Re: A good windows ink device?

As they run android you could use onenote or evernote although google have been cutting off ereader access to the play store so you might want to wait a bit till they get that sorted.

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It would just be interesting to hear why some people disagree with the consensus that quickly appeared but didn’t care enough to vent their spleen. Is it just pique or do they have something to say? Or is it marketing bots trying to put some infective spin out there?

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Gimp

Juding from the consistent number of downvotes on the negative posts seems like there's a few fans of the surface out today. Any change of some feed back on why you like it instead of just a silent thumbs down?

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Re: A good windows ink device?

One of the onyx note series or something from remarkable sounds like it would do what you want.

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Yea, if you're prepared to put up with a little bulk from a year or two ago you can get more for your money but this is firmly in the too thin to fix category.

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That will be over £300 for the tablet and another close to £100 for the keyboard and the same for the stylus. £450 these days can get you a lot of laptop. saveonlaptops have a Lenovo Miix 510 with the keyboard and stylus and an iCore3 for £450 or if you need a 10" screen a Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 for £240. This is simply too expensive once you include the cost of the keyboard/cover and the stylus. It would need to be at most £400 all in to have a hope.

*Edit - Still getting to grips with my new Gemini but think I'll have even less reason to buy something like this when my old 13" Toshiba dies (long war makes it hit its thermal limit so think that day is sooner than it would be).

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I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

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Big Brother

I thought that the standard practice was to mark everything secret unless it was important then it was top secret. Some of the stats around the contents of some secret documents and the sheer number of people who had access when Manning leaked the material they had access too was <REDACTED>.

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US taxman wants AI to do the security checks it seemingly can't do itself

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Terminator

Any chance they could set the AI on corpate tax dodgers and get them to pay up?

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Basho investor to pay up $20m in damages for campaign that put biz on 'greased slide to failure'

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FAIL

Depends on what they friendly directors thought they were worth.

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Mushroom

Hope that the fine goes to the individuals if the investment vehicle doesn't have the money to pay. This kind of 'management' style needs to be treated in the same way as Japanese knotweed.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Big Brother

Of course what you do is have a little deamon running in the background looking for login attempts against the usernames in your book. Then you know someone is after you.

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Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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I bought jotterpad thinking it could access rtf files but it can only export to them. The dev team promises that functionality is coming soon. If not I'll give TextMaker a go. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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The Gemini was an unexpected angle. Going to take a crack at putting Debian on soon, might give me an idea of how well it would run windows. I suspect though that it would take a serious upgrade to the CPU and battery to make it a pratical Windows 10 device.

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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Look at universal credit, incompetence and a waste of money aren't restrictions on doing stuff.

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If the police can't manage to delete illegally held mugshots of innocent people from their database(s) then they cannot be competent enough to run a facial recogniation system.

As for the two people the system is identified, with an error rate of 98% I wonder if it didn't just get lucky and two errors appeared to make a right.

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Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be

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Pint

I had no plans to read it but thanks for taking one for the team and confirming my preconceptions. You deserve one of these ->

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Call your MEP! Wikipedia blacks out for European YouTube vote

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There's a lot of noise on twitter from Cory Doctorow and the like about how this will break the internet. Nice to have a little more light and a little less heat.

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Not API: Third parties scrape your Gmail for marketing insights

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@Dabbb Sites like crackberry won't even load if you use an adblocker. There are a few sites where adblocking if you want to access the content isn't an option.

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With far flung friends and family it's the only realistic way to find out what is going on in people's lives short of spending several hours on a phone every week.

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Can I be the only person who has negative reactions to on line ads? Every time a video auto plays I become very angry. Popups are disabled, if an ad is obstrusive enough for me to notice it then I get angry again at the poor design choices that are introducting friction into my task. Every time I go onto facebook I make a point of liking stuff I don't like, I go into ads and point out better bargins elsewhere or criticise the product. I know I am probably in the minority but the more people push back by attacking the ads and poluting the process by which the data is gathered the sooner (hopefully) companies will realise that a lot of online exposure is doing them more harm than good.

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'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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It's not that it isn't logging ids, it is that there one id for an entire organisation. Or the department might have a login. The team might have a login, the app they use might have its own login. They aren't tied to individuals so you can't say who used it.

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Re: And this is why...

The UK doesn't have alimony payments.

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BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

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Re: Fuck Blackberry, frankly

As I understand it, it was the lack of support from component manufacturers that caused blackberry/tcl to end support foe the priv.

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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Re: 6s plus was my last iphone

Fairphone has lineageOS, FPOpen, Sailfish and probably a few more flying under the radar.

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Re: 6s plus was my last iphone

Should have been fairphone, not free phone.

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Re: 6s plus was my last iphone

Freephone is looking like a good choice or there is librem5 if you're use to paying apple prices for nice things.

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The connector is probably a few pence. Going inductive probably means lots of patent royalities to other companies.

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FAIL

There goes a completely sealed unit that is designed to be thrown in the bin whenever it fails. Even if Apple create a machine to strip it down for recycling it will still reduce the ability to repair devices.

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Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine

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FAIL

Read this on the bbc and their version of the article has him quiting and moving onto a new job. I don't understand the non payment of wages. Every manager said he was still working there. The automation was acting in error, he should have been paid. Even if a HR and finance manager had to sign off on a check.

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Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

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Those people are suppose to be the ones making decisions and setting policy. The EU could bite down on Facebook hard by insisting that servers are on EU territory and start chipping away at their business model by restricting how Facebook can use the data. It might take that for Facebook to take the EU seriously.

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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Big Brother

The problem with the hostile enviroment is that it effectively says to the home office, crapita and anyone else is who will rid me of these troubling immigrants? People want to please their masters and by hook or by crook they will. You may not be filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered but you can be tasered, handcuffed to a chair and wake up in a country you haven't seen for fifty years or even have no memory off.

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Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

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If EE introduce eSIMs are one acount split across multiple sim then I'll be getting a contract with them next. Otherwise, it's going to be a matter of who has the most data for the least cost. If a network really pushed for no not-spots that would be the one to jump for but with diminishing returns long since set in it's hard to see any network making a big push on that.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: As I was reading...

That's not entirely fair. I have a Gemini. If you have a functioning 5MX and can live with the limited connection options it is far more robust and a better typing experience but the Gemini lives up to its billing with the reservation that due to the positioning of the speakers it is difficult to have a private conversation with it.

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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Trumps tantrum in response to the Canadian Prime Minister saying he would look after Canadians and there interest show him for the bully he is (I do not think the explanation for Kim's benefit are true). The warning of an extra $16 billions in tarifs of as Trump sees it, they (the Chinese) stand up for themselves smacks of a bully saying stop hitting yourself as they grab your fists and start hitting you. What is galling is that Trump is right on IP theft, protectionist barriers and such, I just wish that he was equal to the task.

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Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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I did a quick search on nursing studies and the NHS wasn't a single option I saw, it was all various universities. The goverment controls funding for those courses and students and they have reduce support over the years so there are fewer students taking up those courses. That simplistic dialogue should end with:

NHS: Cause you have preferred to hire in from abroad rather than support developing local talent.

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Paris Hilton

You're going to have to unpack your argument. It's a little to dense for me.

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