* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Had the same issue with a Nexus 2012. It was so slow as to be next to useless.

In despair I installed Cyanogenmod. And it was useful once more. No more slowdowns.

Seems the culprit is the Dalvik cache, if you don't clear it out, it will lead to slowdowns over time, especially with OS upgrades.

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SD card storage and Android

"Probably the fact that Google, in their infinite wisdom, have decreed that being able to save to a device's external SD card (and thereby do useful work on it) is somehow a "security risk". The fact that the Android OS even has such a setting is to my mind idiotic; but to have it enabled by default, and locked so that the end user cannot correct it (short of rooting the device), makes less sense than deliberately trying for a Darwin Award. You couldn't make it up."

And I heartily agree with you.

My current device, a Huawei T1-701U mediapad allows me the luxury to use my SD-card as storage, but if I upgrade my OS on that, I will not have that luxury anymore.

That is the reason why I prefer a device with SD-card capability as you can store your data on the card. Device crashed/bricked solid? No fear, pop out the SD-card, pop it into another device and it is business as usual.

SD card getting full? No sweat, procure a bigger one, copy all data over from old to new, and continue as usual.

Any iThing? Sorry, you're out of luck. It is either upgrading (expensively) to any unit with larger internal storage or employing cloud storage (with additional $$$ expenses)

Oh, by the way, I'm not in the mood to, neither do I have the funds available to, pay for extra $$$ expenses for cloud storage just to enable me to store more private documents/pictures/etc in the cloud (aka somebody else's computer). Any beancounter worth his salt will tell you that unnecessary overheads will continue to eat at your bottom line.

So, give me a device with the ability to put all my apps and data on SD card, and I will use that product/device for a long time, thankyouverymuch.

My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Nah, just give me dumb devices, very little that can go wrong.

Granted, I still have to manually switch my lights on/off etc, but what the hey, it is far better than having some electronic device go bonkers in the middle of the night...

One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Trollface

Re: Larry Ellison and Steve Balmer

Will there be a shipment of four-legged office furniture (aka chairs) also be sent with?

Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down

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Plaashuis vol k@k?

User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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So glad sysadmin hell is over for me from this day on forward.

Have fun, guys!

ZX Spectrum Vega+ will ship on time, developer claims amid doubts

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Hehehe.

Lekker soos 'n cracker! :)

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Hope we can also get some of those things here in South Africa...

Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards

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How long before a serious accident occur on a freeway/highway due to somebody having the pokemon app open and got a notification of a new and rare pokemon?

Surely this will rank with vulnerable/pwned IoT spamming/nuking other sites...

Not waiting with bated breath for accidents of this kind to happen.

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Trollface

Place a couple of these over the grand canyon, that'll sort them out quick enough.

WAN, bam, thank you... oh @£$%. We've gone dead. Drop the burger. RUUUUUN!

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Will probably never have the experience of working with dual firewalls and the such, but I still note the lessons learnt here.

Because you never know when you'll need an itty-bitty bit of knowledge that may save the company a lot of $$$.

Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

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Re: Windows 10 Nightmare

I'm using Classic Shell to get rid of the sloppy UI on Win8 and upwards.

However it is not a silver bullet as there are some apps that insists on using the full screen.

I also said the same thing - mobile devices and desktops/laptops are NOT equal, what will work for the one will NOT work for the other.

Most people will still prefer traditional input methods (mouse+keyboard), others will use VR headsets, others will fondle their devices and so on... Lumping them all together and forcing them to use one UI and the such is bound to piss off a lot of users.

Sad reality: Look, no one's going to patch their insecure IoT gear

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Re: Viva the Fruity Revolution

Well said.

I prefer to stick all my things behind a good firewall. Or avoid things that leak security settings and information (like IoT doorknobs or whatever is used for security).

It does not make sense to me to utilize something that can be hacked easily to gain entry to my house. Nah, I'll prefer to be old school and use a physical lock with a physical key. After all, these don't need electrical power to operate, will survive an EMP, and is not so easily hacked/bypassed if you use the right combination of hardware.

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This just sucks.

South Australian mega-storm blacks out whole state

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Joke

eat beans, fart in a jar, and use the resultant farts to power a genny

Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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Happy

Ahh...

Some IT techs/sysadmins may recall that some (if not all) Samsung IDE CD-Rom/DVD-Rom drives tend to have a high failure rate. This was before the death of IDE/PATA.

We own a Samsung top loader, can't remember when we bought it, but it's no more than 3 or 4 years old. I'll have to go online and check the particulars for this washing machine, then donate it to one of our useless politicians should it be one of those exploding jobbies.

Seems Samsung's gotten too big for their britches and need to be taken down a few notches.

Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

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Had it installed to chat with a friend in Norway.

Can't see the use of it, when Whatsapp/Telegram can let you share pictures and spew verbal diarrhea at the same time should you want to do so.

Uninstalled it anyway, was just hogging space on my phablet.

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Trollface

Can we send a couple of oxygen thieves with? Chances are they have surplus oxygen stored in their bodies (after stealing that much oxygen over the years) so they will be able to give a breath of fresh air to their fellow colonists.

Yahoo! Mail! down?! Great! timing! as! more! US! senators! dogpile! hacked! web! giant!

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Wife's got a Yahoo! account... but I'm sticking to Gmail.

Maybe it's time to migrate her off her Yahoo...

That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

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Current company is hitting a rough stretch what with the Sales team making all sorts of futtups.

Decided that this sort of thing is not for me as I've been struggling financially for more than three years now, and ramped up my job hunting.

I got contacted, went for the interview and all that, got the job. When handing in my resignation, manglement offered a counteroffer twice - which I declined.

Too little, too late. And I'm glad to be out of there, don't want to get a "pink slip" due to the hard work and diligence of the Sales team...

TBH it was either remain with the company, and be unsure about my job future, or bailing out when offered a new job... I took the latter.

EFF dinks HP Inc finks in rinky-dink ink stink

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We own a multifunction HP Laserjet Color printer.

Which makes me wonder how long this printer will remain exempt from HP's policies. Luckily I haven't updated its firmware in ages, and will block firmware updates to this printer as I don't trust HP any more.

R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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Rope in the BOFH to make them more hardened and secured.

Then send them off to go and bother spamlords.

And! it! begins! Yahoo! sued! over! ultra-hack! of! 500m! accounts!

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Do you Yahoo! or not?

Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

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Bonus points for OS/2's screen of death...

High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Trollface

Anybody got some marshmallows?

Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

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Rise of the IoT

Here's how to see Tim Cook or SatNad strut their starkers stuff

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yecch

what has been seen, cannot be unseen...

Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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I did two Win10 upgrades.

One was on a Lenovo T550 laptop. Win10 worked, but there were irritations like USB working selectively and the dreadful UI.

The UI was sorted by Classic Shell, but eventually I formatted the hard drive and reinstalled Windows 8.1

The other was on an HP Elite Small form factor desktop - it is working 100% still. Installed Classic Shell as well. No issues so far.

WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

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Sooner or later they will announce something that will replace LiOn flatteries with, and which will be touted as safer and have better fault-tolerance ...

lather, rinse, repeat.

My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

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Cloud computing. Somebody else's computer, in reality. And subject to the whims of a group of people who may or may not be paid properly. .

Naaaah, I'll rather take my chances with a pencil and paper.

She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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looks more like a submarine than a boat to me...

Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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So how long will those spiders be able to live outside their natural habitat?

Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Code a bot to post random nonsense to tw*tter and other social media sites, then produce the names of said handles used on said social media sites.

Oh wait... chances are it will post something offensive. So scratch that then.

Indefatigable WikiBots keep Wikipedia battles going long after humans give up and go home

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Trollface

write a bot to do the usual rm -rf * ?

Microsoft sues Wisconsin man (again) for copyright infringement (again)

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Boldin into the dragon's lair... :)

Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

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Manbang?

Really??

World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

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Next up - rivalry wars between Speccy and Amiga owners heat up...

Naked, drunken Swede assaults chicken shed after 60th birthday

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what a clucking mistake, wrong hen house

resident rooster probably was not impressed either...

2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

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Narf

It opened a portal to the Dungeon Dimensions and a heavy bugger was the first on board the ship, which promptly sank

Said bugger managed to get back to the Dungeon Dimensions before the portal collapsed.

BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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Time to code a Ticket/Job Queue System for myself...

You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Meh to all of this tomfoolery with security tokens, 2FA, and all that shizzly stuff.

What'll they ask for next? Biometric ID of your anus?

Azure is on fire, your DNS is terrified

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Re: The cloud strikes again

"If a customer has problems sending email to us, I can see exactly what is going on. Also I can often work around the issue even if it's a problem on their end like wrong SPF records or faulty TLS configuration. I can even proof a message was delivered to someone in case there is a dispute (like someone (falsely) claiming an email was not delivered, which could have otherwise had financial/contractual consequences)."

So much this.

Cloud-based email server means it is YOUR problem even though the problem may be with gmail itself.

Naaah, I'll rather procure a good server, install a proper MTA on it, and stick it in a data centre where it'll have good bandwidth, security and best of all, company employees can access it anytime, anywhere.

Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

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Ding dong the witch is dead...

About time too.

T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

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A long while ago I was one of the "early adopters" when iOS5 and iOS6 came belching out - and stopped from doing that.

Decided it is more fun (and better) to have others do the upgrade first... after all if they encounter any problems, they will report back with borked devices, but not me as my device (running older software) will still work just fine. Once all issues has been ironed out, then the upgrade will be done.

Remote hacker nabs Win10 logins in 'won't-fix' Safe Mode* attack

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Yay for Billywindows...

NOT.

So all PC's need to be physically secured as well? Wot a bugger.

derp durr.

Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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Clarkson will be able to get a shedload of food processors, and use each one, detailing the issues he experienced with each unit, and which unit's got better traction on a slippery tabletop, which's got good gear... err, utensil changes, which's got good view on the action and so on...

Gmail suffers worldwide wobbly Wednesday

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Re: Cloudiness

"The cloud is fine for some uses but for mission critical uses I would be very wary. Outages will occur to all providers with varying degrees of frequency and severity."

A-hyup. For myself I'll use a gmail account, but when it comes to a company, I'll rather have them pay the extra $$$ and host the mailserver themselves, or get somebody else to host it for them.

In some cases it may be worth having google host your emails, but it all depends on circumstances.

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Cannot afford to have my own mail server at home - yet. So the googly cloud saves me from that headache and hassles.

I realize that sooner or later somebody will fat finger something and I'll lose all my emails. That is the risk I'm taking, and I accept it.

Also that sooner or later it will be possible to read somebody else's googly email sitting in their mailbox, that is another risk I'm taking.

So, for now the cloud (aka somebody else's computer array) works for me...

Microsoft Desktop Bridge opens, Win32 apps can now cross into Windows Store

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The twilight of Mircosoft?

35,000 ARRIS cable modems at risk from firmware dumper bot

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'ere, 'arris it lovely?

More vulnerable devices.

Smoothwall/IPCop/pfSense should be able to negate that 'orrible 'ole then?

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