* Posts by illiad

948 posts • joined 6 May 2010

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

illiad

Re: Great

The problem with '100M' is that many websites do not go that fast... :/

Even youtube limits its bandwidth to stop fast guys hogging it away from others!

Fast.com gives me a 'real speed' of about 80M, but speedtests give my 'headline speed' of around 150M..

EG most motorways you can go at 100 MPH, BUT ONLY if there is NO traffic!

with normal traffic, the speed is much less...

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illiad

Re: I assume Thinkbroadband are using the "can pay extra for fibre" definition of ("has access to"?

Well Thinkbroadband has is own odd view of it all. :/

I suggest you try ispreview.co.uk for a bit of a wider view...

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

illiad

sound is as bad as '4k video'..

Enough already!! 'my 4k video looks great on my 5 in screen' LOLOL

TL DR, but what about *useful* things like Bluetooth file transfer out of the box?? I suppose you have an excuse for not having that which ALL other phones have??

- It means that a 20M file can be transferred to your friend mobile, *without* cost or knowing his number!

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Hubble Space Telescope spies possibility of liquid water in TRAPPIST-1

illiad

Re: @Pascal

** on earth ** ... but life may be found elsewhere, at much higher temperatures, where normally solid materials flow like water... :p

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illiad

Re: Nice Impression - do red skies have blue rivers?

hey, you cant expect the poor artists to do *everything* !!!

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

illiad

Re: Surely....

#put plenty of

# wordy comments in!!! :)

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illiad

Re: Don't "Google it"!

Yes.... google, you have got to that level of fame, stop moaning about grammar, and be proud that almost no-one says 'search the internet' anymore!! If bing had been as good and inclusive, superbly effective etc, we would use that word...

we all say 'sellotape' even though it usually a cheaper brand of adhesive tape!! same thing with Hoover, etc...

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

illiad

Re: Indestructible

not even worth stealing then???? :)

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

illiad

Re: In a fight over...

https://youtu.be/auwSYKzQDdc

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Virgin Media resolves flaw in config backup for Super Hub routers

illiad

Re: Article Correction

hub, switch, router, modem... No one (even most VM support staff!!!) have no Idea of the difference of these!!! :):) :P

they would call it 'internet thingy' but it's not 'cool' enuff... :/

at least its not called 'cable modem' like most switches / routers are in dixons... :(

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

illiad

Re: Try this

there is one big problem... many sites use JS to format and enable text entry, and some strange webs *whole content** is managed by flash... :O

turn of JS on INQ... LOLOL

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illiad

DO tell, though...

does all this ONLY work if you use chrome???

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illiad

Re: It really is like a war ...

c) just DONT USE chrome???? :)

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

illiad

Re: Waitrose?

Meanwood: 18.3 miles away... :O

As I said, I ONLY go there as its almost next door... :P

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illiad

Re: First world problems

It rather depends where you live, and the attitude of the local supermarket...

I live within yards of a huge waitrose, and they keep cutting out stuff I want to buy!!

there is a sainsburys about a mile away, that has much more choice!! only problem is, it is a 'metro', with low stocks...

Another 5 to 10 Km away in either direction there is a massive sainsburys, but that means half an hour on the bus... makes Online much nicer..:)

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

illiad

Re: Is it because BA waived Tata

I think the *whole* of BA's system failing (at the same time??) cannot be just a power supply fault, just bad reporting of what a DC is... Must be a main DATA Centre... :)

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illiad

Re: Split brain

no money, they sacked half the IT staff, and the rest went on holiday, or worse... :)

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illiad

Re: Back-up, folks?

yes, dont bother with the TV news (RT, SKY, BBC) the first 20 mins was all about terror, then 2 or 3 mins on BA!

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

illiad

yes the meedya invent new meanings for words that are not 'fancy' enough... 'projection' is such a boring word...

notice the large frame at 45 % angle, that you project upon..

http://www.musion3d.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/freshizer/0d16002ee3e6c88b1ba3aad341786572_Eyeliner_Black-Eyed-Peas-61-1100-c@2x.jpg

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illiad

Re: Somebody has to say it...

its on rule 34...;)

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illiad

Re: SW was never about our future.

Kate Adie started on a national news team in 1976... :)

http://frostsnow.com/kate-adie

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illiad

Re: John Brown (no body)

AAAAH the wistful dreaming days of the late sixties......:P :/

we thought computers were all powerful, until reality and recession started....:(

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illiad

lightsabers???

Did you 'jump' before you read the rest????? :P

*NO* lightsabers, *NO* palm-sized video calls...

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And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin hologram ... Sir, it is only wafer thin

illiad

DUMB people think this is a hologram???

VERY simple, NO cutting involved at all!!!! :P

https://youtu.be/FJpmRnw9cos

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illiad

Re: needs clarification of terminology

D U M B people, who think an image that LOOKS like its 'floating in air' ....:

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illiad

Re: Holograms by Captain DaFt

here is a web on how to do it.. NOT a hologram, just a 'back projection'... :(

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/thingstodo/bp-make-your-own-hologram-projector

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illiad

Re: Holograms by Captain DaFt

well, plenty of them here..

https://youtu.be/7YWTtCsvgvg

BUT... *what* is your definition of a 'hologram'???

MY one is a picture , that will change its axis, as you walk around it...

the above youtube does not show this, just a projection onto plastic, so it looks like it is 'floating'..

a REAL hologram..

"you could see a small chip, with a magnifying glass floating above it. If you looked from above, you were looking 'through' the glass, and saw an enlarged image of the chip"

- if you moved slightly, it magnified a DIFFERENT part of the chip... :)

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illiad

Re: Where have the real holograms gone?

I think the main reason is safety, cost, and the limited nature of the pictures... It is not that easy to make a 1 hour long movie using the process...

then lasers are *dangerous* - for any good display, they are carefully monitored to prevent it hitting your eye, causing blindness or worse...

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illiad

Re: Holograms by Captain DaFt

WAY to miss the point... DO tell, how long did it take you to make those 'holograms'??

say about 100 to 200 dots that took a lot of patience, say about 15 minutes of your life wasted, when a proper process would do that in a few seconds... THAT is 'bandwidth' - the time it takes to do something... how many dots do you think are in that star wars LP??? thousands??

and also notice it has been done ages ago, you have to 'look into' the glass that the hologram is in..

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

illiad

Re: Microsoft Update process

The problem with android is NOT just google, but all the other apps that come with the phone, put on by the various sellers.... :(

A lot of 'clueless' users bought the phone years ago, and do not know why it is slowing down, running out of battery quickly, etc...

The main reason is that google is STILL blatantly downloading updates for many, many apps (without even bothering to check whether they apply to the old version of OS) that have NEVER been used or looked at due to many not even knowing of their existence, or how to manage them!!

This is the main reason the average buyer just buys a new phone,

* * I F * * they can afford it, or their contract will allow...

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

illiad

So how 'fancy' is the word 'cloud' now??? Most intelligent people know that backup that relies in the internet is not that reliable... :)

the safe way is onsite backup to removable disk (AND the internal HDD..), that goes home with you every night... then the whole building may collapse, but your data etc is safe...

and of course that includes the incremental backups, too.. (to many places, depending on cash available...)

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

illiad

Re: Just Patch?

hey guess what?? I have run win7 **without** patches, upgrades, etc since 2013...

I do NOT USE IE, or other MS stuff.. office 2003 is fine thanks...

the latest Firefox (or the open sourced PaleMoon variant is much better..) and a very good AV that does full protection!

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

illiad

NHS AC...

and do the *know* about anti virus at all???

also, though, have you *actually* tried to run a .exe?? - it LOOKS like it is running it, until a message comes up about permissions...

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

illiad

Re: Welcome to the real world....

Nothing is free on the Internet, Nothing is free in real life!!!

you PAY for your clothes, so you do not get arrested...

you PAY for your gas n electric, so you do not freeze or die of boredom...

you PAY for your food and entertainment!

and while you are walking down the road, you are CAREFUL that you do not get mugged, insulted!

and DO NOT shout your address, bank details and phone number for any one to hear and take advantage!!

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

illiad

Re: I recently ditched Firefox.

http://linux.palemoon.org/

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illiad

Re: I recently ditched Firefox.

Ubuntu forum???

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illiad

Re: Firefox needs to fix basic issues

I am using an offshoot of the firefox source, called PaleMoon.. you will find it VERY familiar to older versions of firefox, with regular updates to keep up with current trends...

http://www.palemoon.org/faq.shtml

I find it is NOT the browser, but scripts and flash that take up the memory.. an addon is available to switch on/ off these on demand, removing the problem!! :)

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illiad

RE: VicMortimer

well you need to goto the OTHER open source versions of the firefox code... :)

Palemoon is a good one, with good sense, and still supports linux... :)

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illiad

Re: I recently ditched Firefox.

If you hate what firefox has done, why not try 'palemoon' , a *users* version of the old thing.. ??

http://www.palemoon.org/faq.shtml

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Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

illiad

Re: Smoke and Mirrors

again, is that speedtest result??? can you actually download a good VIDEO at that speed?? where???

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illiad

Re: Smoke and Mirrors

And PLEASE verify what speed you are downloading the pron!!! :)

NO, **seriously**!!! :) I get rather sick of hundreds of 'speedtest' results, and wanna know what is actually real world possible.... :E

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ISPs must ensure half of punters get advertised max speeds

illiad

Re: Annoyed... The rather pathetic progress continues...

Where in Northamptonshire?

considering its population is approaching a million, how about a vague postcode or even just town??

It would surely help business to focus on where to go, and others to help out.. :)

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illiad

Re: Money talks

Are you just pondering, and do not know what *really* happens ??? and then if it 'works', would you not have to phone up to complain about speed??

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

illiad

Re: So? "...writing this for *you* Linux devs"...

Yes, that may be very nice for the 'normal office workers' but what about those who want to get their browser settings going??

eg showing date created/ modified, and little tweaks to IE, needed for proprietary web software to work (yes, upper management are still too paranoid to leave MS.. :( )

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

illiad

Re: Corner shop

(why are peeps talking about the coin? this is about the web..)

Most newsagents and small shops have to PAY to process card transactions!!

A lot I know will NOT accept a card for less than £5 ...

THINK about that when you are buying your 50p paper...

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

illiad

Re: not.known@this.address

unless of course, you r timer does not JUST switch it off, but changes the set temperature at a set time of day...

you are jut making a simple system seem complex,...

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illiad

Re: re Why do you need the intermediate server, which is just another thing to go wrong?

No, I have an ancient thing called a 'timer' to turn it off for me. very easy to set, for long trips away..

and My timer works on temperature too, so a cold or hot spell, is catered for... :)

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illiad

Re: Re:Sounds completely - completely - pointless (heating)

well I have a wireless remote for my heating (independent, not WIFI!) - should get one... :)

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illiad

sorry, TL:DR, but FIRST rule of sales support is HELP the customer... Instead of 'cutting him off', and get BAD feedback from all the OTHER customers, he should politely say 'sorry, please call us and we will help you...'

on amazon there is always helpful feedback..:)

I hope they are watching this, while their sales are dropping like a stone.....

Why did he buy it?? people like 'flashy things', and have NO IDEA of the problems they produce... :D

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