* Posts by ScissorHands

246 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

ScissorHands
Facepalm

Andy Orlowski strikes again

Andy, I love your contrarian views, but again and again you dismiss the Nokia N9, maybe because you're so invested in Nokia having broken Symbian that you also fail to recognize that Nokia stumbled upon something far better in the end.

Number 2 (a timeline of your events, social updates on a dedicated screen) appeared first on the Nokia N9's Swipe UI, not on BB10.

Also: swipe to multitask? Tap-to-Wake? OLED screen? Where have I heard that before?

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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Megaphone

I'm served, thank you verrymuch

As usual, I found the perfect gadget for me and I'm just waiting for everyone else to fail to recognise its brilliance and leave me with an unsupported lump. As usual. Just like with the Nokia N9, you're all dumb.

It's called the Withings Steel HR. Looks like a proper watch, several weeks of battery life, health tracking (pulse, steps, workout logging, sleep tracking) and the main notifications from the phone.

Could it do more, like contactless payments, guided workouts, GPS tracking and bespoke apps? Not for thrice the price and ten times less battery life.

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

ScissorHands
Holmes

O, RLY?

"It's hard to compete in a mature market if your main competitor has access to billions of dollars worth of free marketing."

Crow-eating time for anyone that associated Opera's small market share with code quality.

Opera 12 still reads The Register.

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Google ships WannaCrypt for Android, disguised as Samba app

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Mushroom

Android suffers from SMB1-infection and it's because of Samba

The Kodi community has been suffering from SMB1-only support in Android and now that most sane people have forcibly disabled SMB1 on their fileservers or NAS, Kodi can't connect (current fix: use an NFS export, hence nuclear icon).

According to Kodi developer's it's Samba's newer code supporting SMB2 that has some kind of cross-platform compilation issue that just keeps it from working on Android. According to someone from Team Kodi on the Kodi forums, "courtesy of samba by changing build system to something incredibly broken for cross compiling. We're debating and working on upgrading samba on and off for a while now."

Google could've a) added some compatibility shim to enable this cross-compiling to happen; 2) work with Samba to create a standard SMB2 library that worked in Android; 3) create their own SMB2 client implementation for Android.

Silly me, just repack Samba's code and job's a good'un!

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Ouch! Latest Qualcomm sueball comes from ... its own shareholders

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Mushroom

Can I haz sueball too?

I think I have grounds to sue because of the unceremonious dropping of support for the Snapdragon 801

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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Mushroom

Sometimes it's not really the OEMs fault

Qualcomm simply refused to update the Snapdragon 80x drivers to Android 7. And the 80x was a flagship chip. It killed a lot of of phones, even a Sony phone that had an OFFICIAL Nougat beta ROM that had to pulled in the 11th hour.

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Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

ScissorHands
Devil

"Some were IT consultants for small business"

So, has Pottsy been affected? When is he going to give us the low-down on this?

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Samsung was just Tizen – homegrown Linux again pitched at n00bs

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Mushroom

Re: Eh?

The Linux kernel in Android is several steps removed from the master code, and most android versions are running ancient and outdated kernel versions.

Google just took from Linux the same way they just took from Java, and gave nothing back.

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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Gimp

Withings SteelHR for me

If you don't look too closely, it's just a watch. Still tracks my activity and gives me notifications.

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What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

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Devil

I got what I wanted in the end

What I wanted was an Outlook.com Tasks client for Android that would sync up with Windows 10. The only option on Android was the paid version of Blackberry Hub+, and NOTHING in Windows 10 (apart from desktop Outlook - oh you mean that for those without Outlook a note-taking app called OneNote was supposed to do tasks instead of the PIM suite? Really?)

Now get some integration going. When I write "call Geoff", show me a dropdown of all the Geoffs in my contacts and let me link one of them.

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FreeNAS sheds storage skin, tries on sexier hyperconverged garb

ScissorHands
Devil

Re: What's in a name?

Since they're supporting VMs and containers, Corral must be a nod to the "cattle, not pets" server deployment buzzword very much in fashion nowadays. I'm kinda reluctantly grumbling in approval.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

ScissorHands
Facepalm

Missed it by some years

Look around the usual places for Nokia N810, N900 and N950.

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ScissorHands
Holmes

Form-factor is wrong to be a mobile phone

To be a usable mobile phone, the clam-shell would have to open the other way around and show the screen on the TOP face when closed. Think N900 or N950.

This is a PDA. It needs a RemixOS port on the Android side and a well-supported Linux distribution on the other side.

(As much as I do pine for Harmattan or Sailfish on the Gemini, it would be a square peg on a round hole)

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

ScissorHands
Holmes

That Forward button nobody uses

Unless, of course, it also works to move to the next page in an article, a forum thread, or a list of pictures.

Called FastForward and one of the better innovations of (old) Opera.

(I also don't use the buttons - why would I, when I can left-click and right-click)

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

ScissorHands
Megaphone

I'm only interested in seeing Jodorowsky's version

Too bad he's set for 3 more autobiographical movies. At one each two years, we'll never make it alive.

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How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

ScissorHands

Re: I don't think this is a fair criticism of GSM at all

No, just a lack of managerial inability for recognizing that all the hard work on the advanced Linux-based devices (the Nokia Internet Tablet line) had finally fused them with very good telephony and they had a winner with the N9.

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IBM: Why our Power9 CPU is going to make data centers great again

ScissorHands

Are you sure those x86 percentages are right?

I'm seeing more like 3-4% between Sandy Bridge and Haswell... Unless you're counting MOAR CORES or very specialized applications for which Intel has developed special instructions.

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SpaceX: Breach in liquid oxygen tank caused Falcon 9 fireball ... probably

ScissorHands

Re: too technical for me

Only on the upper stages were hydrolox. The first, massive stage, was querolox (RP-1 + liquid oxygen).

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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

ScissorHands
Trollface

Oh, the US DoJ won't like this...

Bets on which big japanese bank is going to be whacked with a $120m fine next week for "causing the financial meltdown" like Deutsche Bank.

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EMC/Dell deal respectfully caps the minicomputer age

ScissorHands
Facepalm

Wait,*mini* computers?

Lotus was a totally microcomputer-based business...

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Kaspersky to 1337 haxors: take down our power grid. We dare you

ScissorHands
Black Helicopters

Come on Mr. Putin, at least try to be discrete...

Publicly having a proficiency test for the cyber-troops? oh my...

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Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

ScissorHands

Better get the N9 devs

I'll buy! Just remember that Qt can't be closed, by definition.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

ScissorHands
Devil

Schadenfreude, sweet schadenfreude

I'm giggling uncontrolably because payback came late but came like a ton of bricks. That "Fastlane" UX is a pale shadow of the original "Swipe" UX of the Nokia N9, which was unceremoniously killed in the cradle for this Redmond abomination to survive on life support. Then, Microsoft did me the favor of dropping the Lumia 520 from the Windows 10 roster, meaning that the choice between changing to Android or WPhone when my N9 died had been made for me. Finally someone gave the lame horse a mercy killing.

Schadenfreude is a b*tch, though - I HATE Android.

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

ScissorHands

Also on smartphones

They were also the absolute champions (*) in smartphones. You'd know that if you had used a Nokia N9 for any amount of time.

(* - in the end: the S60 interface was mostly usable, then they tried to add touch to it and made it horrible.)

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

ScissorHands

Can be installed under Virtualbox

You need to create a Linux 64-bit Ubuntu VM, give it 8GB of HD and 2GB of RAM, load a Linux Live-CD (like Ubuntu), install the Live-CD to the VHD formatting the VHD but leave when Ubuntu asks for the Timezone. Restart the VM from the RemixOS ISO and add "INSTALL=1 DEBUG= " option to Resident Mode. Don't let it format the disk, but allow it to install Grub. Remove the RemixOS ISO and restart the VM.

Unfortunately, it runs like molasses...

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

ScissorHands

Re: Let's face it...

Better UI? When in a car at arm's length, and used for voice-guide navigation, the interface is almost invisible and the buttons are too small.

That UI may work on a desktop or near your face, but never in a car. So yes, it kind of replaces HERE Maps, but it's a bad replacement for HERE Drive.

The least they could do was open a migration path for all favourites from HERE.com to Windows Maps...

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Offers? Opera's board likes Qihoo, says shareholders should too

ScissorHands
Trollface

Schadenfreude

Sweet, sweet schadenfreude. Posted from Opera 12.

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ScissorHands

Well, some of the amazing things on Opera <12 depended on hooks deep in the browser engine, they might be difficult to re-do under Chromium. This week's Vivaldi update tried to solve some Chromecast and extension issues, maybe you should try that (I don't use Chromecast - I have Kodi, natch) but all the Chrome extensions I tried work on Vivaldi.

Yep. progress on Vivaldi has been slower than I expected, but thankfully Opera 12 doesn't rot.

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Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?

ScissorHands

How much data do you have?

Sony has been working on something similar called Optical Disk Archive (ODA). It uses a sealed car-audio-type disc cartridge containing 11 discs (not individually accessible) and the cartridge appears as an LTFS volume (of up to 3.3TB). Sony says it will keep data for 50 years, but of course, will there be readers for the discs in 50 years? Drives are USB3 (standalone) and FC (inside Sony Petasite libraries)

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Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead

ScissorHands
Mushroom

Re: I like it

To me, it wasn't the lack of features (like bookmarks, or mail, or custom search engines, or mouse gestures, or quick shortcuts, or full-page-zoom, or...) of Chromium-skin-Opera that set my alarms ringing. It was their "Discover" tab - it seemed like a useful Flipboard-like (or Opera Portal) "curated magazine", until I found out, to my disbelief, that I couldn't add my own sites to the Discover tab - "oh, really, so I should just be expected to be fed this "sponsored content", as if I was a cow munching on straw - my eyeballs are not for sale, thank you." This told me all I needed to know about NuOpera.

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ScissorHands
Flame

Re: Is this why my Opera 12 is bombarding me with 'update to latest version' popups?

Just be careful and change that setting to "Never ask me again" - and keep enjoying your unb0rked browser.

I hope Jon has enough funding to get to the end of his vision, because M3 (the replacement mail client) has been pushed out from version 1 and will not be delivered in this release cycle. That's today's little bit of bad news, I'm afraid.

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SatNad failure as Lumia income drops over 50% at Microsoft

ScissorHands
Facepalm

Self-fulfilling prophecy

Right. So everybody and their uncle says that Windows has an app gap, then say that Microkia is crazy to pursue a "volume strategy" to entice users and provide a reason for more apps, then they spend a year roasting Microsoft for letting go of the "volume strategy", followed by "oh noes, now even the apps that were there are going away"... (???)

The real problem is that Microsoft keeps running to where the puck has been, and rebooting the OS every time (three times, and counting...) If Nokia hadn't lost its sisu (and soul) at the crucial moment, maybe we could have avoided the third reboot, because Windows Phone would be dead already.

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Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

ScissorHands

Well, Apollo 13 did shed some external panels along the way!

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AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

ScissorHands

Re: AVG has 200 million users, split among desktop and mobile versions of its security software.

199 million 999 thousand 999, 'cause I've nuked AVG from my computers because of this.

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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

ScissorHands
WTF?

Wanting an NHS is rent seeking?

So, wanting to stop fairy-dust Silicon Valley types from sucking the marrow and not paying their dues in return, to have roads, to have consumer protection, is rent-seeking.

I was blind, now I can see !!

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

ScissorHands
Coat

Re: Oh no!

Just like most die-hard geeks, then...

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

ScissorHands
Devil

Re: One word

Two words: uBlock Origin

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Western Digital sells strangely limited 15 per cent stake to China

ScissorHands
Black Helicopters

Spyware, spyware everywhere...

What better way to spy than to have code lurking on the microcontrollers of hard disks? Only code lurking on the CPU (Intel Inside...)

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: Harder, faster and they'll give you a buzz

ScissorHands
Devil

So, almost 4 years waiting for a good haptic "click"

Or maybe not, because I've been enjoying it immensely for all these years on my Nokia N9. Nothing even comes close. I had high hopes for the Taptic Engine, but given the writer's misgiving, my savings account seems to be safe for now...

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So Quantitative Easing in the eurozone is working, then?

ScissorHands
Paris Hilton

Blind spots...

As much as people who kneel on the altar of St. Milton of Friedman would like to have us believe, no planks were sawn through on the Keynesian side of Economics. The only reason Keynesian recipes were not used is that Keynes is now a censored word in the structures of power because it leads to a reinforcement of the place of the State in the global economy, and we can't have that... ("harrumph! Imagine that, as if the State was useful for something..."). All that this "Keynes allergy" has demonstrated is that even a broken clock can be right two times a day, but an intervention on keynesian principles from the beginning of the Great Recession would have allowed a faster recovery, not only on the timing of the recovery but also on the rate of recovery, avoiding a lot of unnecessary suffering - more milk and less moo.

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Red-stained Opera wants someone to hug it and whisper: 'No more pain, no more tears'

ScissorHands

Re: At the risk of going off topic does anyone know what the rendering engine in Vivaldi is?

Vivaldi shows that there is nothing exactly wrong with using Blink, but they still have a long way to go to even approach Opera 7, let alone 12...

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ScissorHands

Re: Wow, all 4 presto fans in one place

"That all went away with Blink".

The rest of the stuff that had kept me using Opera instead of other browsers (the differentiators, so to say) went as well. Classic case of throwing a baby out with the bathwater.

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ScissorHands
Trollface

I would be worried...

But Opera stopped being relevant to my interests when development of Presto stopped and BlinkOpera came out blind, deaf, mute and crippled.

So I'm posting this from Opera 12.17 and when I need to open a site that is incorrectly coded, I fire up Vivaldi (thanks, Jon!!).

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

ScissorHands
Pirate

Trooping along fine on my original MacPro

Yep, first generation MacPro running Windows10 like a champ. All the Apple 64-bit drivers applied and worked properly after the installer was patched for the 64-bit drivers to be available on the MacPro1,1. Just got 8GB more RAM, for a total of 12, and an SSD.

Low-cost computing. Until HEVC becomes popular - these 4 Xeon cores can't hack 1080p HEVC with pure CPU power alone (there's no accel)

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

ScissorHands
Linux

Meanwhile...

Can the Faithful be allowed to share items (photos, documents, vcards) by bonk, like my N9 can since 4 years ago? No? Really? Totes Amazeballs.

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Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

ScissorHands
Mushroom

These are the real Deathstars!

Seem to be the (in)famous Seagate ST3000DM-001 that have a failure rate on the order of 80%+

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EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

ScissorHands
Stop

Reality has a strong non-libertarian bias...

As someone that works in the audiovisual trenches, I can assure you that the current system is invaluable for all the niche cultures/language communities that do not have a global footprint. Per-territory sales make up a very large amount of the budget of a Polish film, for example.

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Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

ScissorHands

Re: The bees knees, the wasps nipples.....

Apart from some additions, most of Sailfish's UX is a dumbed-down version of the Nokia N9. It was a shame that Jolla couldn't leave with *that* on their small boat...

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

ScissorHands

Bloated code but minimal functionality. Anything else is farmed to extensions (and more bloat).

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