* Posts by Greg D

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

Greg D

Re: 3.5mm jack

Dajames, absolutely right, choice is at the core of my argument.

What choice do users have when all the major hardware producers are making the same fucking device? They all opted to design the same thing, no industry standard headphone Jack. No expandable storage. Generic rectangular design and capacitive touch. Power and volume buttons all irritatingly placed where normal human hands would grip the phone, resulting in infuriating unintentional button presses. They are all the fucking same. Where is the choice?

Idiots.

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Re: Pixel was impressive - Pixel 2 is an abortion

Of course they can get lost. The phone itself can get lost. Tip is, don't lose it.

Not sure where you are getting this info from about the bus speed. They are on the same bus, the difference comes in quality of SD card used. There's no reason not to have the slot at all.

It's not just about bumping up the storage. It's the removable nature of it, and ability to do things you can't do with on board only storage. Just cos Joe Blogs doesn't need am extra 128gb of storage doesn't mean the handset should be sold without the capability of expanding it.

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Pixel was impressive - Pixel 2 is an abortion

disclaimer: I've owned neither devices. I was very close to getting a Pixel 1 though.

I was checking the tech specs of this the other day.

Why have they basically produced an iPhone with a Google badge on it? Where are all the things that made Android a good alternative to the walled-garden overpriced company?

I cant work out why they:

- Dropped SD card support

- Dropped headphone support unless you own a pair of crappy bluetooth 'phones (removed 3.5in jack)

- Made the screen bezel look like its from the 90's

It makes no sense. How many people were more worried about a phone being waterproof than they were about being able to use it to listen to music? Fucking no one.

What is it about phone design that forces you to remove the expandable SD card slot? Fucking nothing. Other than an Apple-style price gouge for more capacious models.

These were all decisions I absolutely ridiculed Apple for (and still do). I am horrified to see Google doing the exact same fucking thing. I held 'droid as a cut above the hellhole fashion bazar that is Apple product ownership. I thought Nexus was the way forward with the platform, then they go and drop this steaming pile of equine manure.

Then they made the second iteration WORSE than the first. Not only that, the pandered to the fucking Apple crowd - the exact people they were competing AGAINST.

FML, I hate smartphones these days. I'll probably get a Note 8 though, as I miss the S-Pen from my Note 2.

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Some positive news: LG, Hitachi, NEC charged $65m in li-ion battery price fixing shocker

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In an industry where value is based on research put in...

...there has to be some level of price fixing, to set a bar for friendly competition - it may seem bad, but I cant think of a single industry that wouldnt do this, where there products are based on very costly R&D.

Not to say that some big companies don't go to far, as seems to be the case here - but to say that this isnt the norm might seem a little naive to me.

There are other factors at play also, such as the market value for lithium, cost of getting it out of the ground, availability etc. You dont want to set prices too low that every man and his dog buys it, then suddenly realise global lithium stockpiles are dry. Maybe I missed the point here, IDK.

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Ofcom: Blighty has devolved into a nation of unwashed binge-streaming mole people

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this is no different to any other hobby

For instance I prefer to play video games - often physically in solitude, but engaging in idle conversation with fellow hermits via communications equipment.

IRL is overrated. The graphics are good, but the gameplay sucks.

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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WTF?

why would you want this battery drain on a phone?

see above.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: Bah!

I cannot upvote you enough!

I now have to use 3 browsers on my work machine, and at least 2 at home. I hate it. I just want ONE FUCKING BROWSER TO CONTROL EVERYTHING. IS THAT SO DAMN HARD. Sorry for caps (not really).

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FF is faster than Chrome now?

I better give it another try. The ONLY reason I switched is because FF was the slowest browser in all respects out of all of them, and with the largest memory footprint. Even Edge has the edge over FF in speed (or had).

For me it always is and will be a technical issue. Whichever is the fastest on modern hardware is the one I'll use.

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The great phone squeeze wheeze: Getting squidgy with HTC's U11

Greg D

Buttons on the side still....

One thing I HATE about my One M9 is the power and volume buttons all on one side.

I dont know about the rest of you mere mortals, but when I pick up my phone, I usually grip the phone by the sides. This results in accidental and infuriating button presses where I just want to hold the damn thing. Some people have even managed to turn it off while on a call when I've passed the phone to them! Or reduce the volume to mute. It's just a bad design from an ergonomic perspective.

I would like to see some better ideas in that area. I dont know why they moved the power button to the side, as it was in a good place on top - not easily pressed/mashed by accident and an easy enough place for a finger to go to when unlocking the thing.

Volume rockers have always frustrated me being on the side - only LG had any good ideas there with the rocker at the back of the phone! Wish more manufacturers could do that. Shame the phone wasnt that great.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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what?

Is... is this still Earth? And we're in 2017? The sky is still blue etc?

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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I'm not sure where I sit on this one....

On the one hand, we have a dude that works for a fake news company espousing hypocritical views about the situation, but on the other hand, he actually has a fucking point. IMO, Google et al (inc Bing, Twatbook etc), should ALL be taking more responsibility for the information they make available. I know they are only indexing sites, and that worked long ago in the early days of the WWW. Now, they are profiting from the proliferation of fake information and news (as well as the legit stuff) - so they need to be held to some kind of account for it.

If only the guy saying it wasnt this guy. It might hold more credence.

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Can see why, but they should be up front about it

To be fair, the reasons they gave are acceptable from a technical standpoint - it really would make song recognition less good at its job when people want to identify a song - I know what the scramble is like when the song's about to finish :)

However, they should be clear about the behaviour as some people won't want that - the power draw on mobile devices is the first issue that comes to mind, followed closely by privacy concerns by would-be attackers using it as a potential attack vector.

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Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

Greg D

Re: @ Greg D

Veggie vs. Vegan is not moot, as there are large numbers of missing food groups from the latter, which provide many nutrients.

The change in scientific stance on nutrition is just evidence of the field of science always accepting new ideas and evidence - it self-adjusts. You dismissing that means you dismiss the principles that govern science. It's particularly tricky around food and nutrition as there are so many dicks out there doing all they can to spread misinformation, and you have to take in intolerances and allergies, which are becoming more noticable due to the better diagnosis rates and methods (thanks science).

At no point did the article say that the proposals would jail anyone feeding their kids on a veggie/vegan diet (actually it didnt say anything about that in detail, but I would assume only enacted when a child is hospitalised and the cause found to be related to poor diet).

I didnt read anywhere that they would be doing state menu inspections either. Not entirely sure where you picked that up from, unless it was tin-foil hat mode drawing tin-foil hat conclusions.

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Re: @ Greg D

Well its not wrong to state that children raised on a VEGAN diet will suffer injury, as there are documented cases about it, which is why this was mooted in the first place! And if it's that hard to get a vegan diet right, that DOES contain everything they need to grow properly, then whats the fuking point?

Note: some major differences between vegan and veggie. The latter being slightly more nutrient rich.

If they fed their children far better than average, we wouldnt have this problem, nor would we have this discussion. Add to this the fact that people's ideologies are stretching into the "batshit insane" category now, and thanks to the internet, we have the dawn of the age of naturopath fuckwits, this is NOT a far stretch, or a bad move on the governments part. It makes absolute sense - if these twatbadgers cant seperate the facts from the bullshit (thanks to the internet/misinformation age), and they refuse to understand in the scientific facts (which is NOT a belief system), then they are unfit to parent and do not deserve that responsibility. Same as some people can be told they are not allowed to own pets.

Disclaimer - I am not saying children are remotely like pets - it was for analogous purposes only.

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Greg D

Good.

Veganism (aka crazy food haters), should be a choice, like religion, for when the child is an adult. A childs formative years are the most important and if they don't get the right nutrients growing up, it can lead to all sorts of problems.

This is not enforcing my view upon others, it is a simple fact of the universe. Undeniable, and unconcerned with anyone's thoughts, feelings or opinion on what's best for "their kids" (seriously cant understand why they say that - like a kid is somoene's fucking propery or something?).

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@ AJ MacLeod

Because my internet-based commenter-friend, some people do not have the mental capacity to raise said child without said child suffering severe injury, or dying - either due to a crazy ideology that is actually proven bollocks, or just plain dumbness. The article did point this out, when referencing previous cases in Italy, and the reasons for those cases.

That becomes the responsibility of the people/state - otherwise we'd be in the dark ages, blindly looking the other way when this shit happens, because of people that say things like, and I quote, "How about if people just got on with their own life and let other people get on with theirs - including bringing up their own children the way they see best".

:)

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Greg D

So we're good if we use a wired network?

I'll be fine then. Wi-Fi is shit anyway, too slow and unreliable.

Not that I really ever watch iPlayer. Or any TV in general. When I do, these days its from Amazon or Netflix, which I'm payed up for.

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

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Equality culture droning on its useless horn again

Not every fucking industry is going to have a 50/50 split of men and women. It's a well known fact men and women like different things - whether a result of culture or upbringing is irrelevant.

It would be lovely to get more girls in the IT dept, but lets not get ahead of ourselves and make a big thing about it. It has nought to do with sexism in the industry or anything like that. Women in general tend to be less interested in tech. It's THAT simple.

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Symantec swoops on Blue Coat in $4.65bn deal

Greg D

Re: Does anyone know....

Proxy or WAN accelerator?

For the latter, Riverbed I hear do good things.

We replaced our Bluecoat proxy with Cisco CWS. Don't bother, its fucking awful. Stick with Bluecoat until the last possible moment.

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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

Greg D

Re: if it is x86

Dude, your data is a decade or so out of date. AMD won the x64 war (not to mention first dual cores), so they license their tech to Intel. :)

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Helium... No. Do you think this is some kind of game? Toshiba intros 8TB desktop drive

Greg D

Re: Longevity

one would imagine the seals are air tight.... a technology we've got a pretty good handle on. If we don't then I fear for anyone up in the ISS right now... or in a Submarine.

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

Greg D

Re: Not surprised

Aye, it was a flex. Didnt think there was an even cheaper version available - then again, I really dont care. They are pointless.

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Not surprised

I got given a free fitbit through work (they gave one to all employees - the shittest model, naturally).

What a heinous fucking waste of time that was. Used it for about a week before I decided it was pointless tat. I'm not surprised to learn it was inaccurate - I mean the pedometer alone could be easily fooled by a quick fap in the work toilets during lunch breaks.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

Greg D

Good to see the British tax payers money at work...

Wait, what?

In all seriousness, this is some good shit. I just don't know why we're still sending them money.

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EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

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Signs of corruption in the telecoms industry/EU

So, they allow Orange and T-Mobile to merge to make EE, and allow BT to buy EE. In order to compete, Three and O2 begin process for merging, get vetoed by EU/Ofcom. Is it a coincidence that the person heading up Ofcom used to work for BT?

I think not.

Regardless of whom you contract with (personally, I'm with Three and love their network), this can only be a good thing (the merger) and will allow them to compete with BT/EE/Orange/T-Mobile.

This STINKS of bias/corruption.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

Greg D

Re: Nonsense

Well I'm glad you cleared all that up. Elon can pack away his toys now and go back to, you know, being better at everything than you.

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Greg D

Re: Los Angeles to San Francisco route comes in at $6bn

Short sighted views-R-us.

What the hell do you think the purpose of this test is? To go straight to commercial service? Hah. Private money is funding a physical proof of concept. No one's tax money is going near it at this stage. The idea of the concept testing phase is to do exactly what you're saying - iron out the issues, and work out emergency procedures such as the one you mention.

Please dont tell me you work on any project management business. That would just be a disaster.

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Greg D

Re: Snake Oil

They are all valid points, but dont you think a little negative in light of potential benefits? Not an attitude I quite agree with, basically saying don't build it, you'll fuck everything up that we already have and some already rich people will be less rich.

This is Elon Musk we're talking about here, he built Tesla and SpaceX out of nothing. They may not be entirely profitable at the moment, but that is primarily because they are a paradigm shift in each respective industry. How does one expect humanity to progress? Very stagnant attitude.

Had a look on the oil companies job sites? They could use someone like you to stop the hydrogen revolution.

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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

Greg D

so....

Do I need to upgrade 7-zip on all my machines now? Would be useful information to have in the article.

I assume yes.

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

Greg D

Re: symlink support for Linux subsystem

I've been using symlinks for a while on Windows/NTFS now - although it is using a 3rd-party tool - http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/linkshellextension.html

Very fucking handy and no idea why they never made a feature out of it.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Greg D

The problem with ads...

Is not necessarily the ads themselves, its:

- Embedded scripts running from 3rd-party untrusted sources

- Unsrupulous non-mainsteam advertisers pushing penis pills and the ilk

- The sheer volume and "in your face-ness" of most of the adverts

- Increasing complexity of ads, adding to page load, CPU load (and battery drain), and bandwidth use

- Swamped webpages where you cant see any fucking content

- Clicking through pages of ads just to read a fucking paragraph

Bollocks to them all, dont care if they lose revenue. I'm blocking all of that shit. Find another source of income. I pay for stuff I want, and dont care to read your articles if you stuff them full of ads.

I'd probably change my tune slightly if the ads were less of everything I just listed. A simple JPEG and a link, with some locally hosted code to work out page views/clicks. And ONE per page maximum.

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Hue, not Three, could be Hutchison’s crown jewel as MNO model morphs

Greg D

Re: -

I count like 10 or something. But it does look like some of those are typos, or speech-to-text fails.

Doesn't really spoil the reading.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

Greg D

Underplaying the responsibility of the hardware vendors

These guys need to pull their socks up. Can't just blame Microsoft squarely for any of it. Yeah their recent OS's suck - 10 is ok when you turn all the spying shit off. 8/8.1 was another Vista.

However, the manufacturers packaging this stuff are 80% responsible for their own downfall. They have relied FAR too long on repackaging the same old shit over and over again, and ensuring Apple take the crown for form, design and aesthetics each time, which is bizarre when you understand the stuff underneath the hood is the same.

Case in point: ALL laptop screens up until very recently were 1366x768. It looks shit, make the CPU/RAM etc as beefy as you want. If you package it in a plastic cover and stick one of those shitty LCD panels in it, no one is going to fucking buy it.

Try to provide something unique to your brand, hell even a simple skin on the OS would do something to differentiate. The way I see it, there are so many hardware people touting the same thing in a slightly different shaped box.

Give the punters some better screen options, some choice in CPU (i.e. AMD as well as Intel), give us some dedicated graphics options for gaming performance, slick looking cases with a bit of design forethought. ANYTHING to make you stand out.

Although that said I will always custom build my rigs. Have done for over 15 years.

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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

Greg D

Re: Understandable..

And the point of running the website would then be what? Since no one can access it :P

Unless you're running some kind of invite only service, with whitelists, that seems a little overkill.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

Greg D

Re: HDD noise (a bit offtopic)

For me it was a sign the PC was actually doing something when there was no activity on screen to show anything happening. Or if it looked like it had crashed, hearing that noise would tell me it was just bottlenecking something on the disk.

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Greg D

fanless is easy...

If you don't want a particularly powerful PC. And making a GPU fanless will void any warranty, and is a right pain in the arse to do, since removing the stock sinks and fans can damage the whole thing. All in all, not worth it IMO.

You'd need a huge, full tower case to fit most of these fanless coolers anyway. That Nofan one looks insane - wouldnt want to run a hot GPU with that in the rig thats for sure!

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Linux Mint forums hacked: All users urged to reset passwords

Greg D

Re: tnovelli

With that logic extracted then, this becomes:

"Mint is fine, but their devs are noobs (despite writing an OS) because they use Wordpress?

Don't let your dislike of a platform cloud your views.

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Greg D

Where it came from is irrelevant. It is a good, solid OS, and great for entering into the Linux world.

Ubuntu's UI became too "mobileified" (aka shit), and Debian too far behind the dev curve to be of serious use in the modern home (if you want stability its hard to find anything better, however).

Cinnamon is awesome as a window system IMO.

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AMD emits fresh open-source GPU tools for HPC, game devs

Greg D

Re: New cover on an old book?

A bit like AMD's last 3 "generations" of GPU then....

HD7900 series

R9200 series

R9300 series

All the same damn GPU.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

Greg D

Fucked for us too....I would love to have avoided this

But I'm surrounded by a management team of penny pinchers and "architects" that think they know what they are doing (they don't, they are lazy fucks - "designed" a system that basically meant not designing anything).

I have been STAUNCHLY against using Office 365 since the first day someone on my team mentioned it. This is just one of a few outages recently and other shitty problems that would never have occurred had we stayed on-prem.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

Greg D

A fine specimen of graphics over gameplay

So EA think it's cool to charge £40 for a £20 multiplayer-only, dumbed down COD/Battlefield clone with pretty Star Wars visuals?

Not cool EA/DICE, not cool at all. You might as well be pissing in Star Wars fan's mouths.

Quite surprised you rated it above a 3. Better games have scored less.

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Mozilla annual report shows risky Google dependency now risky Yahoo! dependency

Greg D

Re: The problem

This is indeed the problem and the reason I switched to Chrome. But then Chrome pulled NPAPI support, which broke all my web interface management pages for stuff like VMware, Solarwinds, iDRAC, Cisco stuff etc. Not to mention all the sites that still enforce NPAPI.

So I went back to Firefox, but am getting pissed off again at its slowness. Its really fucking slow these days!!

Then something that I didnt think would impress me, impressed me; Microsoft Edge.

Running a side-by-side comparison, Firefox is a bloated beast, even on my SSD Windows 10 gaming rig (which is v. highly specced) it took about 5-10 seconds to show my homepage. Edge took 0.5 seconds consistently.

And then there's how Firefox handles Flash. What a joke. Every 5 minutes whenever I flick through Facebook, hangs for at least 30 seconds while it does god only knows what with the Flash plugin.

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US Presidential race becomes Wi-Fi password snark battle

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Megaphone

Come on El Reg, that's clearly an SSID, not a password.

*slaps wrists for tech faux pas*

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Riding on the memory bus: Micron brings out 8GB flash DIMM

Greg D

Re: So this uses an already scarce RAM slot on the MoBo?

This is why I am interested. The performance boost sounds great, but given the complexities of server RAM, and the propensity to require matched DIMM pairs/triplets in order to even boot, I dont understand how it would work.

One assumes a memory controller firmware upgrade would be required at a minimum? (that'll be a new CPU then).

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Greg D

Re: So this uses an already scarce RAM slot on the MoBo?

I'm with you here. The only application I can think of is a dual socket server board - these normally have a shed load of DIMM slots (particularly if it's triple channel).

HOW DOES THIS WORK DAMMIT?

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Greg D
Paris Hilton

so...

Will this be used instead of normal RAM? On a board with extra DIMM slots?

Will it work alongside RAM?

The site doesnt work. I have no idea how this would work. Someone help.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

Greg D

I actually opted in for the auto update...

"Windows 10 will download when available" it said. It still says that.

It basically won't download on my machine, despite my valid license etc.

If they are pushing it like this, why am I the only one not seeing it?

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

Greg D

Yes, yes, thats nice...

...but what the hell is it? What is it's purpose?

I'm so confused.

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El Reg keeps pushing Apple's buttons – its new Magic Keyboard

Greg D

This is quite easily the worst review I've ever read...

But also quite indicative of Apple culture and the weird reality their users place themselves in.

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Re: "So, overall, an improvement."

No, this is how Apple product users think.

So what if he gets RSI, or it's worse than the old one, or it doesn't have a numeric keypad, and is actually not very good for typing, as long as the thing looks good on his desk it's all good! (IMO it looks shit, but my opinion probably counts for little when it comes to Apple products).

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