* Posts by Paul 135

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IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

Paul 135

Re: stupid politics

Agreed though there is no such thing as "Islamophobia". There is no "phobia" or "ism" if you say anything negative about the white man so should not be about anyone else.

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Talk of tech innovation is bullsh*t. Shut up and get the work done – says Linus Torvalds

Paul 135

Re: Git command line

What the hell are you talking about? ClearCase was one of the better version control systems.

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

Paul 135

Re: You await some decision?

No one was removing anyone's "rights". "Gays" do not have the "right" to destroy an institution that has existed for millennia as the backbone of civilisation -- an institution with primary purpose that to ensure the well-being of children (the genuinely most vulnerable and future generations) in an optimum, stable environment where they can thrive.

The fact that Eich was booted for not conforming to unthinking narrow-minded liberal group-think indicates the state of management within Mozilla. This is reflected in the misdirection, lack of good prioritisation, and deterioration of their product as exemplified by wasting resources on an OS, the pointless fiddling to create the ugly abomination Australis, a badly redesigned menu where you ahve to "customise" to get all features, useless features such as "Pocket" on their toolbar while not having this such as a standardised share interface. They also ditched genuinely useful software such as Thunderbird.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

Paul 135

"Fake news" = a desperate fad created by the out-of-touch liberal media and establishment out of panic when they are losing. The equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears and screaming as they don't want to listen to why few people believe the lies, distortions of truth and omission by selective non-reporting of inconvenient un-PC facts in the overwhelmingly liberal-biased mainstream media.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

Paul 135

Has it? The Daily Mail is often notoriously PC, especially with regards to ce sorting comments.

All this is showing is the political bias of this particular clique within Wikipedia. I note they are not interested in listing the notoriously biased BBC as unreliable. That said, both are far more reliable than Wikipedia itself.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

Paul 135

What has this got to do with IT or technology? All such articles are doing are devaluing The Register and placing it as just another axis of the untrustworthy, out-of-touch, looney libtard media.

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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

Paul 135

You do realize that India has FAR stricter immigration laws than the USA, right?

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

Paul 135

Waha my 2 year old Sony Xperia Z3 has better features in many ways than this! Water resistant and stereo speakers WITH a headphone socket and higher IP68 rating, higher resolution and dpi screen, more RAM, expandable storage, FM radio, bigger battery. How the hell does Apple get away with so many sales at such a ridiculous price?

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Toshiba flashes 100TB QLC flash drive, may go on sale within months. Really

Paul 135

Re: "Quad Level Cell (QLC)"

Just rename the whole lot 1LC, 2LC, 3LC, 4LC, 5LC etc. and be done with it!

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Samsung points high-speed Z-SSD smack-bang at XPoint

Paul 135

Process?

What process is Samsung using here? I read that the only reason it could get it's TLC VNAND to be reliable in the EVO 850 was to use a larger 40 nm process, so am wondering if it's the same here.

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Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

Paul 135

This article is rampant heterophobia at its worst.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

Paul 135

Re: Xperia Pro

A few reasons why I thought this was the best:

Nice ergonomic shape and easy to grip. Good ergonomics on keys and could touch type with accuracy.

Was brilliant to be able to browse the Web on landscape and easy to hold phone while doing so. I had a key assigned to the address bar to easily input a Web address and could use keyboard shortcuts for many functions. Only problem was too slow in general, mainly due to a 512MB RAM.

Was beautiful to use on landscape in general as you could type and see what you were typing at the same time - just like touch-typing on a PC. So good not to have the virtual keyboard obscure the screen and make landscape use impossible as on these modern keyboardless phones.

PS: typed this on an Xperia Z3, SwiftKey, and it was painful by comparison to do so, with many mistakes. I blame the media for all the ihype and for not hyping landscape keyboard phones enough, resulting in the latter no longer existing.

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Paul 135

Re: Best smartphone/keyboard design

No, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. All they need to do was upgrade the processor and maybe a slightly bigger screen. Still running one on Android Lollipop (LegacyXperia Cyanogenmod 12.1) on a fast U3 SD card and works well. If they ever updated it would be superior to my Xperia Z3 in so many ways.

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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

Paul 135

Re: none issue

Newshock for you: male and female ARE different, and have different interests. Accept it and move on. In my A-level physics class there were zero girls.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

Paul 135

Re: SD Storage question

There are big changes on this front coming in the next version of Android, Marshmallow, which will make SD storage transparent and this not an issue any more. No doubt this will receive the update, so I wouldn't worry.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Paul 135

Same problem with ethernet

Laptop manufacturers pointlessly removing it even though you can implement a slim slide out version.

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Paul 135

Re: Elephant in the room

... that, along with colour accuracy, where most mobile phones put laptops to shame at actually being able to cover sRGB.

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Paul 135

Re: real work?

Just when are these idiotic laptop companies going to realise this? HiDPI means nothing when the screen real-estate is exactly as useless as on 16:9. We have been shouting and shouting about this for YEARS but they just DON'T LISTEN. How can they not understand that Apple has dominated the high-end of the laptop market by making 16:10 screens with near-perfect colour accuracy -- replicate these two elements and you will own the most profitable market segment, as I know few people who actually want to use Apple's proprietary OS/keyboard/drivers etc. Can the laptop manufacturers really be that stupid, or has Apple used its vast financial resources to bully the panel manufacturers and manipulate the market?

Additionally, it is a lie that there is more screen available on a wider screen as an identically-sized diagonal on 16:9 will have a smaller area than on 16:10.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Paul 135

Z3 Compact is also cheaper at £350.

(not so sure that Samsung's Fingerprint scanners work well enough to be considered a plus point either).

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

Paul 135

Re: Great battery

The Z3 Compact really deserves its own separate review. For many, if not most people, it will be the better phone with more hand-friendly size, and much cheaper at £350.

According to other reviews, the Z3 Compact's battery performance is also not merely "similar" but even better, essentially beating every other phone out there: http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3

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Paul 135

Re: It's all very well churning out new stuff...

http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Install_CM_for_huashan

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

Paul 135

Re: Xperia Z3 Compact

£350, though it has essentially top-end specs in a compact frame, and for that it is quite good value compared to certain other fruity competition.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

Paul 135

Re: never forget though

"Same with phones and batteries - they're not glued in to make it hard to replace, but rather because we demand the biggest possible battery with the most features in the smallest possible space, the thing that has to be sacrified if the screws and clips and mechanisms which allow everything to be quickly taken apart. We asked for that, and we got it!"

No, "we" did not ask for that. A few fruit-cult members prominent in the media, caring about form and "thinness" over function made excuses for that and sent out propaganda which the laymen masses simply accepted at face value. Many of us objected, for there is no reason why a design cannot be robust, elegant, refined and compact yet also allow removable batteries. The fact that some companies have been unable to do it says more about their lack of engineering talents.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

Paul 135

Re: Can't wait

"ctrl-t transpose the two characters around the cursor, system wide"

What is your use-case for that?

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Paul 135

this has existed for some time elsewhere...

KDE Plasma widgets. It's a superior implementation to anything MS has here. Widgets on the desktop or "panel" (takbar) as well as a "Widget Dashboard" view if you want to have quick access to them. I also think the complete widget-based desktop works well and like the flexibility and organisation that the "folder view" widgets add for file access.

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

Paul 135

Re: Gutted

but was it a Blendtec blender?

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

Paul 135

Re: Controlled testing, please, not just anecdotal observations

So, around the same as the Moto G, which calibrated to GSMArena's tests = 54h:

http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3

On the same test the (smaller!) Sony Z3 Compact = 101h.

SHABBY!

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Paul 135

Sony Z3 Compact

Indeed, poor after spending double what they could, in particular on the Z3 Compact, and getting a worse phone as a result.

I see the Z3 Compact, in particular, is showing some amazing battery life stats that seems to out-class all other phones on the market:

http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3

The Z3 Compact has also quite a bit smaller dimensions than the iPhone 6, yet with similarly-sized screen:

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/Apple-iPhone-6,Sony-Xperia-Z3-Compact,Apple-iPhone-5s,Apple-iPhone-4s/phones/8346,8744,7710,5257

As well as waterproofing, 20MP camera with 1/2.3" sensor, SD expandable storage, double the RAM, stereo speakers, active noise cancellation headset, FM radio, MHL, more interoperable OS.

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Ericsson follows Broadcom to modem Mordor

Paul 135

Re: Nvidia and Intel

OK, nVidia was Icera. Intel was Infineon -- where was the British start-up there?

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Paul 135

Re: Premium Android

" i wonder how much of that reported loss is down to historic events that they're paying down or writing off?"

You have it in one here -- most of that loss was related to some obscure accounting voodoo around "goodwill" relating to the purchase of Sony Ericsson, rather than being a pure operating loss. Something that has been completely ignored in this doom-mongering article.

Sony are here to stay, and are producing excellent products with the new Z3 Compact occupying a niche that puts the iPhone 6 to shame with a huge battery life, much smaller dimensions for similar scree and waterproofing and half the price. Yet I hear little in the press, where the reality distortion field maintained with all those brown envelopes in the back pocket and free wining and dining (though given El reg keeps moaning about not being invited to such affairs, I wonder why they are even complicit on giving coverage to the reality distortion field at all?)

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

Paul 135

Re: If i had a vote

I think you are misunderstanding that 50 million vs 5 million argument. That was in response to the idea of moving towards a fully federalised UK. A federal system will work better if each component is of similar size.

The irony of the SNP being in favour of the EU is more that it illustrates they clearly don't want "independence" at all.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

Paul 135

Re: Err...

"When the earlier iPhones were being sold, they were generally distinguishably better than competing products"

Only if you lived in the US, paid their extortionate prices, and used the ibferior selection of US phones available. If you lived in Europe you were going along with the media hope in the Anglo sphere driven from the US (in other European countries where they don't speak English the brainwashing never took off to the same extent).

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Paul 135

Re: OnePlus One

All Sony and most Motorola phones have FM Radios.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Paul 135

zzzzzz

Sony Z3 Compact for the win!

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

Paul 135

What about MEGA?

Client-side encryption and 50GB free.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Paul 135

Back in 2014?

Surely the date is wrong there?

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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

Paul 135

As an Android user, I hope Google get a good kicking here. The insidious proprietarisation of Android needs to be stemmed. I'm also a bit annoyed after the Kitkat update will no longer search meta data contained in 3rd party non-Google applications.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Paul 135

Re: So that's where they went.

Now, now, the Mozilla board says you can't say sticking your head up one another's arse is a bad thing. That wouldn't be "equality" now would it?

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Paul 135

More like a fault of those drones, particularly omnipresent in the Bay Area bubble, who worship the cult of the shiny rotten fruit, no matter the meritocratic value of anything it does.

It's rather obvious that his whole design has an aesthetic (as well as function, such as removing the menu from the easily accessible top-left corner on Windows) tailored by someone using a Mac for religious purposes.

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Paul 135

Re: re: make sense and look aesthetically OK on a Mac but it is horrendous on Windows.

It used to match the appearance classic Windows Taskbar very well (with small icons and text labels). Now it just looks out of place with those hideous tabs and a Mac-like grey and black everywhere.

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Paul 135
FAIL

It is clear that the UI designers are stuck in their little Mac bubble. This new UI might make sense and look aesthetically OK on a Mac but it is horrendous on Windows.

Before you could just throw your mouse to the top-left to access the menu -- much more efficient than a small squashed button on the right. Now everything, including add-ons are now cluttered into the top-right corner (with no other toolbars without dicking around with addons) -- the very reason I DIDN'T use Chrome.

I guess thought that's what to expect when these people seem to value fashion over meritocracy. If Brendan Eich were in charge of UI would this mess have gone ahead?

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Paul 135

where does it say different things must always be "equal"? This is logical irrationality. How is a family with biological mother and father and multiple children of their own (where the purpose of marriage isn't simply "love", but to create a stable family environment) the same as a same-sex couple?

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

Paul 135

Re: On a slightly more serious note

An official Cyanogenmod build is in the works so you can always flash that instead.

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Paul 135

For your Pro, I would forget the Jellybean and instead wait for a mature version of Cyanogenmod 11 (KitKat) appears at http://legacyxperia.github.io/

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Paul 135

Agree. Unfortunately mine got water-damaged so replaced it with one of these Z1 Compacts (thankfully not the pink!). I love the Z1 Compact though, the improved performance, internal storage, screen, camera, modem, and more reliable Wi-fi still make it an upgrade overall.

Still, there are some occasions when using the landscape keyboard where you can't see what you're typing (which wouldn't occur on the Xperia Pro). Perhaps Sony could just make an official keyboard case for the Z1C that is powered by the dock connector?

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

Paul 135

This whole boycott thing could be a massive boon for Firefox development. With numerous irrational and hysterical people leaving the community then you are left with a more rational core that can improve Firefox in logical meritocratic ways. Hopefully this means that they will now scrap the "Australis" redesign and stopping the obsession with designing first and foremost for effeminate Mac users!

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

Paul 135

A hideously inefficient hardware design

I worked in the mobile comms industry at the time, and we analysed the original iPhone design. The hardware was extremely poorly designed compared that from any other phone maker of the time, and indicated they had absolutely no experience in the area. On one side of the PCB they had identical hardware to an iPod and on the other side of the PCB they bolted on a whole new set of ICs that a mobile phone would use. In total they used double the number of ICs they actually needed, had poor power consumption, had 2G only, had a poor camera, no video recording, no secondary camera, no expandable memory, no removable battery, no GPS, no 3rd party application support, silly SIM tray thing, etc etc.

We laughed our heads off at how poor the hardware was, yet the hype from the US media (and infecting the UK media even though the price was absolutely insane for a phone in the UK). It only reached industry standard quality by the iPhone 4 (except for the antenna issues that is!). Just goes to show that the best tech isn't always what sells.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

Paul 135

Re: Unfit for CEO

What is wrong with being discriminant in favour of those who can reproduce with regards to reproductive rights? As an atheist, I believe in deriving morals from natural law and that our model of Civilization should not deny biological reality.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

Paul 135

Re: Don't care.

I agree about Google being evil. However:

1. It allows competition in hardware.

2. AOSP can be forked.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Paul 135

Re: How do they count?

I'm not sure where you get the "most" statistic from.

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