* Posts by Rabbit80

190 posts • joined 29 Jul 2009

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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

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@ 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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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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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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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

Rabbit80

I'd certainly be interested in an electric car. I do a usual journey of 80 miles/day. However, I have regular runs of around 500 miles (to London and back around every 8-12 weeks), and can't charge the car at home (parked on the street) or at work (we are limited by wiring - during the winter switching the kettle on will trip the power unless we turn off heating!)

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Rabbit80

There are already cars on the market that do that..

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/peugeot-308-gt-has-fake-exhaust-sound-produced-by-the-speakers-lol-91278.html

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

Rabbit80

Re: 240Gb version price

I get similar speeds from my SSD RAID setup..

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

Rabbit80

Re: Muppets

Spacegoats? I haven't fired up goat simulator in a while, is that something new?

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

Rabbit80

Re: on target

Not only 3 billion miles, but against moving targets so far away that any observations we can make will be of the planet where it was roughly 5 hours ago (made even more difficult by its wonky orbit).. In which time, it will have moved over 50,000 miles.. By the time we get a signal back to the probe, the planet would be well over 100,000 miles from where we saw it!

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PCI council gives up, dumbs down PCI DSS for small business

Rabbit80

In our case...

The forms we have to fill in are full of questions that simply don't apply. We don't actually store card details anywhere on any of our networks although our servers do act as a gateway through to payment processors. We have to have the PCIDSS, but all measures to do with storing them are simply not applicable.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

Rabbit80

"You sure this was down to the keyfob? IIRC VW Group cars (SEAT, Golfs, etc.) can do that by putting the key into the driver's side, and then turning and holding the key one way."

Dead sure, I eliminated the problem by removing the battery from the fob and eventually got a replacement - it was a 52 plate Ford Focus.

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Rabbit80

I'm guessing this would have prevented me from starting my car as well since it is a keyless starter button!

My old car developed a fault with its keyfob which caused the doors to lock followed by all the windows to open fully - this could happen when I was 20 meters away walking away from the car! If the doors were already locked, it would unlock them first, then lock them again and open the windows.

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

Rabbit80

Re: 417Mbytes?

For that matter, what happened to being able to run a basic desktop with just 512Kb RAM? (Yes, I know you could run one on the Commodore 64 with just 64Kb, but was it actually usable?)

Anything before then was before my time

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

Rabbit80

Re: keyless start

Except that the Focus (mine anyway) doesn't have keyless entry.. I still have to push a button on the fob. I then get in the car, wonder what to do with the fob before I hit the button to start the engine!

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

Rabbit80

Re: Overseas viewers

"In my experience, overseas viewers can't "freeload it". As a licence-payer I was a bit miffed when I settled down to catch up on some iPlayer viewing while stuck in a French hotel on a business trip last year...iPlayer refused to play as it could tell I was accessing from a non-UK IP address."

Easy - just sign up for a weeks trial of a "Smart VPN" such as www.unblock-us.com

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Kyocera: Torque among yourselves on our unbreakable ruggedmobe

Rabbit80

Not going to be stock Android with all the extra icons for gloves etc.. did you read the article?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Rabbit80

Re: I've seen these

You could probably swap one of these for your local RadioShack store...

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/02/its-official-radioshack-finally-files-for-bankruptcy-protection/

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

Rabbit80

Re: "failed to land"

And at the wrong angle...

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EU copyright law: Is the Pirate Party's MEP in FAVOUR of it?

Rabbit80

Re: No surprise - Pirates want free stuff.

Not that its worth arguing over, but the point I am making is that I am happy to pay a fair / reasonable price for stuff and I'm pretty sure most 'Pirates' would agree. I don't just want stuff for "free"

Piracy can be dramatically reduced by getting rid of artificial scarcity and by charging sane amounts - this has been proven time and time again by Netflix, Spotify and Amazon to name but a few.

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Rabbit80

Re: No surprise - Pirates want free stuff.

Not the case at all..

I want stuff to be available at a reasonable price in a format that is useful to me. That means movies available on Netflix within a couple of months of cinema release, not restricted to certain regions etc.

I am now being called a pirate for paying for a Netflix region unblocker despite the fact I pay Netflix for the content I watch! Calling paying customers pirates is not helping their (the **AAs) cause.

Take the recent Sony hack as another example.. They released The Interview as a download in the US - but I could not legally download and watch it here (neither could most of the world) - results, massive piracy of the movie when Sony would have had massive sales!

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