* Posts by Rabbit80

206 posts • joined 29 Jul 2009

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Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

Rabbit80

It strikes me that if all the mobile operators in the country cooperated and allowed customers to roam each others networks this kind of problem - as well as the sh1te signal issues that plague the country could be pretty much non existent.

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

Rabbit80

Keep Farage :- "What a dick!"

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Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues

Rabbit80

This has been bugging me for months now. My laptop is forever showing bitlocker suspended and I know I haven't done it.. did wonder if I had a virus / malware causing it (aside from Windows itself)

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

Rabbit80

Re: "SSDs fail at an alarming rate in space"

I'm currently restoring backups of an old archive after a HDD failure.. not had an SSD go down on me yet and have been fitting them exclusively for the past 3 years now. We used to burn through around 2 HDD's / month!

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NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip

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Re: If Only It Worked That Way

"Meanwhile, the biggest single title I've seen from Steam has been Final Fantasy XV (~85GB)."

Forza Motorsport 7 on PC manages 99.8GB although not on Steam. I had to download it twice as somehow my installation corrupted!

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Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI

Rabbit80

Back of the fag packet maths says this would have a 5.7 hour flight time with a 150mA battery if 0.094W is the total load of the drone.. that would be the biggest breakthrough - never mind the AI!

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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

Rabbit80

Re: Modded?

According to the article, it was a 200W ecig - so would naturally support sub-ohm.

My bet is they were fake batteries and he didn't turn the thing off.. button pressed in his pocket until the magic smoke and flame escaped. Maybe Amazon might bear some responsibility for selling fake batteries?

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Britain's 4G is slower than Armenia's

Rabbit80

Read it and weep..

Just outside Leeds at the moment and getting 42.6 down and 18 up :)

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Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers

Rabbit80

Re: Several K

I use Prestashop - which insists on setting a username, password and changing the /admin path upon installation!

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

Rabbit80

Bought a laptop from them a few weeks back.. Was fun watching their sales pitch.

Would you like our antivirus sir, its only £50? No - I work for a reseller of ESET

Would you like a backup memory stick sir for just £20? No - I'm wiping W10 home off it as soon as I get it back to the office and reinstalling it

Would you like a years subscription to Office 365? No - Did I mention my company is also a reseller for Office?

We can set it up for you sir for just £x? No - like I said, I'm wiping it as soon as it gets back to the office..

As I asked for a business receipt another guy took over.. same questions again then he offered to set it up for free! 10 mins of questions for something that could have taken 10 seconds!

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BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook

Rabbit80

Re: Go for it BlackBerry

"It is notable how almost every OTT messaging app out there apes (in one way or other) BlackBerry Messager. Which undeniably existed before WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messager, iMessage, Skype, FaceTime, you name it."

I'm pretty sure ICQ was on the scene long before any of the messenger clients you mention! I can't remember what was before ICQ though, but everything since then including BBM was simply an evolution!

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

Rabbit80

@AC

Modern PC's do that pretty often as well.. my favourite being an upgrade from W8.1 to W10.. the error message was simply "An error occurred" with no way of diagnosing what went wrong, why it went wrong, how to fix it and with nothing useful recorded in logs or eventviewer. I gave up in the end and formatted the machine.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

Rabbit80

Driving

One of the reasons I insist on taking time off for a bad cold or other illness is that I don't feel safe driving (which is the only practical way for me to actually travel the 40 miles to work). If my attention isn't 100% then I shouldn't be allowed to control nearly 2 tons of metal hurtling along at 70MPH. I see near misses most days and pass on average 2 crashes/week just doing my daily commute - I don't want to be responsible for adding to the problem.

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Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coinhive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

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Local radio

My local radio station has coinhive in their radio player.. strayfm.com

Was listening to it and noticed my CPU usage spiked to 100% and it was causing random freezing and stuttering (on a Ryzen 1600). Chrome extension to block it solved the issue for me!

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New Optane disks appear on web shops' lists

Rabbit80

Re: Samsung 830s

I've been using a Seagate ST480HM000 for nearly 1000 days power on time.. Still at 72% life left according to SMART and its had 103TB written to it.. not really worried about it giving up just yet!

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UK.gov not quite done with e-cigs, announces launch of new inquiry

Rabbit80

"On 19 May 2017 you could buy 100ml of 7.2% nicotine in the UK for £14.95.

Next day the TPD came into effect and the maximum strength nicotine you could buy was 1.8%.

10ml of it cost £4.25."

I buy my nicotine at 72mg wholesale - 1L costs around £60 and will last me 3 years. The biggest issue is that it goes off which is why I put it into glass airtight jars and keep them in the freezer.

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

Rabbit80

Working from google assistant on my pixel - the first thing you go to do is tell it who your wife is..

Once you have done that, call my wife works just fine!

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Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK

Rabbit80

Re: Voice ?

Nope, WiFi calling not working either.. Been off here since around 10.30am. I wonder if we can claim compensation?

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Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

Rabbit80

@ razorfishsl

The problem with your example is that the air can get into the glass to replace the helium. In the drive, air can't get in to replace the helium so any losses would create negative pressure inside - which would serve to keep the remaining helium in place.

It's the same concept as the trick you can do with a bottle of water - fill it up, put some small holes in (with the cap on) and the water will stay in the bottle.. remove the cap and the water will spurt out.

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Rabbit80

The point still remains though - if it all escaped and air couldn't get in you would end up with a vacuum.

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Rabbit80

Assuming that it is the same pressure as outside and air can't get in - then why exactly would it escape and create a lower pressure inside the drive?

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

Rabbit80

A few years back I worked for a photocopier dealer going out, installing the machines etc. We had one picky customer who kept calling and complaining the output of the copier (which was properly calibrated) never matched the colours on their screens. Every single screen in the place was neither calibrated nor the same as the screen of the person next to them but they refused to accept that it was the screens that were wrong! Somehow they thought the copier should be calibrated to each screen individually!

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

Rabbit80

Re: Warranty

As it happens, Japanese capacitors in the switch (Rubycon)

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Rabbit80

Warranty

It's great that manufacturers stand behind their warranties however many items are designed to fail not long after that warranty expires. Case in point - I just repaired a switch.. was 2 months past its warranty when it failed. The cause - 10v Capacitors failed on a 12v circuit on the PSU board!

Similar thing about 10 years ago with a Toshiba surround system at home.. caps failed within 2 months of the end of warranty, fitted higher voltage ones and its still going strong to this day!

With Phones, tablets and laptops, the batteries are the most obvious point of failure and will lose quite a lot of capacity with a charge a day over 2-3 years - if they don't fail fully that is/

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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

Rabbit80

Personally I run a couple of 512GB SSDs in a RAID 0 stripe.. tops out at around 1100MB/s and gives me plenty of space for OS and most applications.. On top of that I have a RAID 0 with 2x 2TB SSHD for storage, and a 6TB Western Digital Red for backup. I also have a 60GB SLC SSD which is used for page file and temp files in order to prevent unnecessary wear to the larger SSDs.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Rabbit80

Re: Microsoft time

Not sure what the longest I have seen is, but it was several decades..

We run a scanning bureau and in the past we have had to dump several hundred million tiffs from one hard disk to another.. Through Windows this turned out to be so time consuming that in the end I just wrote a batch file and did it through dos / command prompt.. the copy took about a week that way!

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To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms

Rabbit80

Re: Not actually related to telecoms

Most of the chippies around here have chip spice available and have had for a couple of years now.. (North Yorkshire between Leeds and Middlesbrough as a rough idea of location)

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Santa's sleigh gets 21st century makeover

Rabbit80

At least link to the product so we can buy it!

https://www.metals4u.co.uk/christmas/gadget-sleigh-gs-900/p13468

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

Rabbit80

Bedlam DL3

This has happened to Microsoft themselves before.. how come they haven't found a way to detect it and stop it in Exchange?

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2004/04/08/me-too/

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LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

Rabbit80

Lost sale..

This would have been my ideal phone if it was available.. Instead I await delivery of the Pixel XL and just hope for the best.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

Rabbit80

LG??

LG could make a killing if they hurry up and release the V20 here! It ticks many of the boxes the Note 7 did and has removable battery and micro SD expansion.

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What’s that Sooty? You want a girlfriend?

Rabbit80

Re: on the grounds that sex would be creeping into the programme

Not sure, but they enjoyed playing with each others twangers, balls and maraccas..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgbcQIT7BMc

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

Rabbit80

Re: Just a small bump in the road...

"never seen a dead Nvidia card."

I've had several. Including a GTX 280 which was overheating like crazy.. On inspection I discovered the heatspreader on the chip (not the heatsink) was badly fitted. After much careful work to cut through the silicone holding it in place I managed to remove it, apply some decent thermal grease and stick it back together. Temps went from 110C forcing thermal shutdown to about 65C under load.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Rabbit80

WSUS

On bandwidth limited networks using WSUS is essential and is nice and easy to prevent W10 nag ware or any other crap.. plus it has the added advantage that one download can serve dozens of laptops or PC's.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Rabbit80

BIOS

Sure it's not a BIOS problem? I note you mentioned the drivers are up to date, but what about firmware?

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NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

Rabbit80

Re: 100 kW?

Since when was the average horespower around 40? Would barely get you up to motorway speed!

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

Rabbit80

"I thought that most drones capable of flying that range would have a programmable altitude ceiling, or require you to specify one as part of the set up process. "

My 250 racing quad has a range of over a mile (supposedly according to the instructions, never flown it out of line of sight). No fancy GPS, altimeter etc either on it either - just the essentials to give it raw power and transmit the signal from the FPV camera.

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Rabbit80

Re: Registration will not help

"However, as I said before, that idea has its own risk, depending on how the targeted drone is set up it either freezes in position until power runs out, or I may trigger a "return to base" routine that may very well lead it exactly in or across the very flight path I'm trying to clear. I much prefer to use that directional antenna to find the controller and deal with the issue in a more permanent way."

Or, the drone may continue on it's predetermined flight path, may act erratically as its control bands are confused or in the case of my 250 quad (as factory configured, not how I have it set now) would keep doing whatever the controls were set at before it lost contact! Radio jamming is a stupid idea with more potential for disaster than just leaving it alone!

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

Rabbit80

Stop buying crap..

I have been building PCs for years and never had a single failure other than hard disk.

One of the ones I built has survived a trip via courier to Ibiza and back - the journey was rough enough to crack the front panelling, the return journey bent the chassis yet it still works fine!

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France mulls tighter noose around crypto

Rabbit80

Open source?

Surely, these proposals will just change the apps used by criminals to a multitude of open source alternatives that are easily checked for backdoors? VPN connections, TOR and open source end-to-end encryption will become commonplace and tracking the crims will become even harder.

The terrorists in the Paris attacks were already known and used SMS, but still were not stopped. Greater surveillance just means more data to sift through, that it will be harder to decrypt and the criminals will get smarter.

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

Rabbit80

Re: Try this

Better still, I would recommend a soundtrack by Portsmouth Sinfonia.. 10 hours of which would make anyones ears bleed and possibly lead to insanity!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmqBzFcHQis&list=RDnDZZEfrRbdw&index=3

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Handing over emails in an Irish server to the FBI will spark a global free-for-all, warns Microsoft

Rabbit80

Re: What I don't understand is .....

"I'd start finding some cutlery then. From a legal perspective, MS cannot be allowed to win as it creates a dangerous precedent, also for law enforcement - it would, for instance, than have allowed Enron to hide its information in a data centre abroad."

Not necessarily. The data in question doesn't actually belong to Microsoft, it belongs to an EU citizen that's resident in an EU country and protected by EU privacy laws. In your Enron example, the data would still have belonged to Enron no matter where it was located.

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Vodafone: Dammit Britain, your emergency services need 4G!

Rabbit80

Use a VPN?

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Rabbit80

Re: Is there any 4G in the UK?

I actually get a pretty good 4G signal at home (Where I don't actually need it) - I average 85Mbps download speed and around 15Mbps upload. This is all the more surprising since I never had a stable 3G connection there.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

Rabbit80

True story..

The village hall near my workplace was "PANNAL VILLLAGE HALL" for at least a year before anyone noticed it..

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/10997138.One____L____of_a_mistake_on_village_hall_sign/?ref=rss

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

Rabbit80

Re: whereas ...

"Another Angry Voice claims to be a "pay as you feel" site. How do I get him to pay me as I feel now I've read it?"

I'll ask him when I speak to him next :) (I know him personally)

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Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

Rabbit80

"I do have sympathy for Sony, therefore. In the ordinary run of things those machines would have been OK on 8 for years. It wasn't their fault that Microsoft rushed out a radically revised OS which seems to have loads of added on spyware and DRM."

Alternatively, they could have stuck to standard hardware or firmware on said hardware to ensure the laptops took the standard hardware drivers. It would have saved them a lot of work and these issues wouldn't exist! Many a time I have seen VIAOs that require some obscure driver for graphics or camera etc...

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Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

Rabbit80

Re: Jesus

The gun or the senator?

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EE recalls Power Bar phone chargers after explosion burns woman

Rabbit80
Flame

Compensation

According to the terms, a maximum £3000 for a single incident or £6000 for a series of incidents within a 12 month period! Considering the damage suffered to property and the burns/surgery required I'm not too sure its worth the risk!

See document below - Sections 3.5 - 3.7

http://ee.co.uk/content/dam/ee-help/Help-PDFs/EE-PAYM-PAYG-EE-Power-Terms-Updates-30062015-v4F.PDF

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Rabbit80

Personally, I quite like the Win10 start menu and have removed classic shell!

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