* Posts by Z80

248 posts • joined 27 Jul 2009

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

Z80

Look into the light

I thought this was quite a striking image from Anandtech's coverage:

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/11833/ssp_618_575px.jpg

My caption would be:

iPhone X: "You've made a very good decision."

Girl: "I've made a very good decision."

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

Z80
Headmaster

Lightening your wallet perhaps?

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Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

Z80

Re: They should do the opposite

You can pay good money to kind of do that yourself - search online for AkibaKart.

Real-world traffic laws apply.

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

Z80

Re: Caveat Emptor! (In UK and EU at least)

Caveat Venditor then?

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

Z80

For some problems you have to be there

I once got asked to go and take a look at why a certain PC was absolutely hammering one of the MySQL servers. I wandered over to the building where it was located, pondering the possibility of some kind of malware situation on the way, and find there's nobody around when I get there. What I do find is an unlocked PC with a browser open on a web application used for booking time on shared lab equipment that I'd configured coincidentally so I knew it used a MySQL database. I also noticed a pile of journals and folders behind the keyboard have slumped onto some of the keys, including F5...

I shoved the papers clear of the keyboard and reported back to the 3rd line guys. "Cause was...environmental" I said and left them wondering for a bit...

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Oil and lube firm offers to ease pains of frustrated office workers

Z80
Boffin

Re: Survey...

There's a physiological reason for the differing attitude between the sexes with regard to what constitutes a comfortable room temperature. It's something along the lines of women's higher proportion of body fat insulating their skin from the warmth in their core, whereas men tend to have larger muscles which kick out sufficient heat to keep the sensation of temperature at the skin surface at an agreeable level in cooler environments.

However I'm still not sure that fully explains the time when I was in an open plan office and had to ask for something to be done about the 2kW fan heater being used at the row of desks behind me as the flow of warm air was making me feel uncomfortable. The owner of the fan had it positioned pointing directly at her shins at a distance of approximately 12 inches.

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Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

Z80

Re: True Image?

@Pen-y-gors

See True Image 2017 New Generation

@circusmole

You took the words out of my mouth. When I jumped from 2013 to 2017 I thought to myself have I just turned into an idiot or is it this new interface that's idiotic. I've settled on it being the latter.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

Z80

Re: Regardless of anything else ...

https://xkcd.com/1443/

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T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

Z80

Re: How does it work?

There's a web site that'll work with a Chromium-based browser and a Mac and Windows app. The Windows one installs to AppData\Local so shouldn't need admin rights.

Amazing what you can find out within about 1 minute of doing a Google search for T-Mobile Digits.

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Toshiba conglomerate: Can we keep going? We don't know

Z80

I suspect they're practising their 90 degree bows already.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

Z80

Re: Melted Printers

I think the reason LaserJet IIIs stuck around for so long was that whenever anyone tried to move one to make room for something newer, they thought better of it for the sake of their health.

Not the biggest printer ever made, but possibly the densest?

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iCloud extortion racket nowhere near as epic as we thought it might be

Z80

Re: How many jaz drives would that take???

Too many. That's why they use REV drives.

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eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

Z80

Re: administrivial..??

Mailing list manager Majordomo has used the term "administrivia" for one of its list configuration options since the 1990s.

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

Z80
Headmaster

In whose home.

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Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown

Z80
Headmaster

all too common

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IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

Z80

If I'd been on the receiving end of “you must think you are some f**king clever pr*ck for sorting that, eh?”, I'd like to think I could have come up with something along the lines of: "No, not really - this problem you called us to help you with was one of the simplest I've ever had to deal with."

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

Z80

Re: KB3201845 needs more than 1GB of free space to install. Glitchy, best to defer.

I'm still OK after KB3201845 has gone on. I don't use fast-start up either as I found my portable USB hard drive and I think also mouse were still receiving power after 'shutting down' my self-built PC with that option turned on.

I figured that the time spent working out why would never be repaid by the imperceptibly faster start-up times so I just switched it off.

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Z80

OK here...for now?

I'm on Windows 10 using Plusnet though a BT Homehub 4R and things are working fine. There is a restart pending following some updates though...

The only one not for Office is KB3201845

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

Z80

Re: Bah!

RAID array - what's wrong with that? Everyone where I work (Department of Redundancy Department) calls them that.

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Panasonic wants you to wear Li-Ion batteries. The ones that explode

Z80

Re: PCMCIA

I had an A1200 but never used the PCMCIA slot.

I know there were external hard drives available with cases that matched the profile of the computer. My mate at school had one and it sounded like he had no end of Guru Meditation crashes with it. I stuck to internal IDE drives.

There was also a PCMCIA SCSI adapter branded Squirrel I think.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Z80

Re: @Bruce

KLM and Air France do 3-4-3 on 777s.

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

Z80

Upstairs, downstairs

Japan Airlines used to have 747s with economy seats in the upper deck also. Figuring it was likely to be my only opportunity to travel up there I naturally selected an upper deck seat for a hop I did from Seoul to Tokyo in 2010.

I did actually fly in the business class nose section with KLM to Tokyo a couple of years ago but that was still only on an economy ticket (and with economy meals) - they must have only needed the upper deck for business class so decided to sell a few more economy tickets and opened up that section in the seat selection map on the web site. Got in there for the return leg as well!

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Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

Z80
Headmaster

Re: I'm with Sanditz, there.

IEEE 1394

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

Z80

I haven't been to Tiree but I've been to Mull. One of the reasons I'd like to go back someday is to drive the B8035 alongside Loca na Keal again. In places the single track road is the only thing between the sea and the foot of the cliffs. Magic.

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Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver

Z80
Thumb Up

£15.4387

Thanks for the precision there.

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Malaysians using South African cards pinch US$12.7m in Japan

Z80

Re: Disaster Waiting to happen

Unless things have changed since I last used one, the 7/11 machines only give you ¥10,000 notes (~£63). Having them accepted isn't a problem like I imagine using a £50 would be in UK (not even sure if I've ever possessed one of those) but I've been using Japan Post machines on my recent trips since they do increments of ¥1000 - remembering of course to go there during opening hours since all ATMs in Japan appear to be indoors.

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Z80
Headmaster

Cue

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

Z80

Healthineers anthem

I made it 26 seconds into the video then I had to stop it. Anyone made of sterner stuff than me?

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

Z80

I'd have liked to have had an idea of how long each operation took in real time. Maybe he could have placed a real watch in the frame.

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Toshiba notebook disk drive slims down. You like that, gamers?

Z80

Re: I fail to see the point

> ... thus necessitating a rather expensive trip to said experts

Or a much cheaper trip to where you keep your backups

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Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

Z80

If airlines are going to upgrades their IFE kit with this contactless gubbins I hope they take the opportunity to fit screens where the colours don't invert if viewed >5 degrees from the optimum and send the picture to them using something which looks like a digital signal rather than an analogue terrestrial broadcast picked up by a coat-hanger aerial.

I shouldn't complain really...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFsOUbZ0Lr0&feature=youtu.be&t=73

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Boffins bust biometrics with inkjet printer

Z80

Re: It very much depends on the reader

Japan have been scanning fingerprints of arriving foreigners since 2007.

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Laser razor binned from Kickstarter resurfaces on Indiegogo

Z80

Obligatory xkcd

https://xkcd.com/1443/

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It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE

Z80

Sainsbury's appear to stock Suntory's Yamazaki and Hakushu for £45/700ml.

I used up my loose change buying a small (180ml) bottle of The Yamazaki when I flew out of Narita a few months back. It didn't seem anything spectacular to me but I'm no connoisseur.

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

Z80

Re: strange phone holding

I thought about that but sometimes the angle the phone is held, where any front camera would be looking at the sky, precludes that possibility.

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Z80

Re: strange phone holding

I'm also curious about the phone infront of the face thing.

Recently I did a bit of searching around online for answers and found one suggestion that it's to prevent transfer of make-up from face to phone. This seems reasonably plausible given that I only recall observing females doing this. They could all have been Chinese from what I remember - is it something that originated there?

Given that when you see them they're in the middle of a conversation it's not the kind of thing you can stop and ask someone about. Maybe I could follow people and wait until they get off the phone then ask them. Too weird? OK, I'll stick to speculating about it on the Internet.

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

Z80

I've just updated. Upon completion, the installer tells me "You may need to rest..."

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

Z80

What ho Squiffy!

Bunch of monkeys on the ceiling, sir! Grab your egg and fours and let's get the bacon delivered!

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BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

Z80

I even resorted to the Text only link on the error 500 page only to be given a message along the lines of "we don't do that any more".

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

Z80
Headmaster

Re: IE10???

harebrained

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Z80

I haven't paid my line rental to BT for many years. I almost never use my landline so most months I 'foolishly' allow New Call Telecom to 'raid' my bank account for £10.09. A year ago, I see from my online banking it was only £8.89. Funny they didn't mention wholesale prices are going down when they put the price up...

With a couple of referral discounts my unlimited ADSL2+ from Plusnet is £7.24/month

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

Z80

Re: Buying For The Sake Of It.

"nappy bin sacs"

They're called diapers now.

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

Z80
WTF?

10,000 passengers a month?

If every one of the 40 seats was filled in both directions twice a day every day for a 31 day month that would be 4960 passengers.

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

Z80

They've done studies you know...

80% of the time it survives every time.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

Z80

Spinning gear knob

I see that's one feature carried over from the original model. To be fair they did fix it when mine went in for a service and it's been fine since. Next time it goes in I'll have to ask them if the loose bit on the inside door handle can be secured...

Still, I've been very happy with my original Aygo. The economy is good and the performance is fine for what I need. I prefer the looks over this new one too.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

Z80
Headmaster

Re: Great US coverage of this story

horderves?

mon Dieu!

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

Z80

Re: Most people realise

Back pocket is typically how I carry my phone around at work. Since chairs are more often than not situated next to desks and other such level surfaces, I always remove it before sitting down. Seems the obvious thing to to with something not designed to bend and uncomfortable to sit on.

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Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

Z80

Re: What's an "OEM version" in this picture?

You're right - you'd have to be extremely handy with a soldering iron to make use of one of these on its own.

I read elsewhere that the actual difference between the 5Y10 and 5Y10a is that one can be configured for an even lower TDP if required.

If configured for the same TDP they'll perform identically.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

Z80
Coat

Since I didn't study Latin at school, I once paid for an online Latin course but it was rubbish.

Caveat emptor is all I can say.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

Z80

Re: @Evil Auditor

*Parental consent for marriage not required in Scotland.

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