* Posts by Sandtitz

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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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Re: "is on course to become the world's default desktop OS over the next 2-3 y"

"Windows 10 user data slurping and continuous upgrades really pissed a lot of users."

Perhaps most of us technical people. The average Joe Sixpacks out there are oblivious to the 'telemetry' slurpage. People I interact with (end users) have never mentioned the whole thing when served with a new Win10 computer. Equally the same end users are buying Android phones en masse.

"And it's still interesting that despite having being first offered as s free upgraded, and then employed any malware tactics - but those that would have had Nadella jailed - to install itself surreptitiously, it's still NOT the world default desktop OS..."

I think the people who updated to Win10 were mostly home users and some users at smaller businesses. I sure as hell couldn't be bothered to upgrade any of my clients to Win10, because while the update was "free" it would still require lots of work and in the end Win10 wouldn't run the users' Office and other software any better. The Win7 death date has been pretty far in the future so more likely the computers would be replaced before that date anyway.

Being 'free' did help Win10 market share at home users because people usually like the notion of having free stuff, whatever it is. Those home users are also more likely to invest in the Store app.

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Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

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"HP's new toy is "Sure View", a software-driven privacy shield that dithers a laptop's display to narrow the angles from which it can be seen." - not really needed with the quality of their laptop screens. I bet it will also screw users' eyesight.

The Reg author is wrong, Sure View is hardware-based solution HP made with 3M. Whether the Fn+F2 toggle works with e.g. Linux I cannot say, but this definitely isn't just "software magic".

Sure View has been available since some 2016 models, this is just a new iteration of the tech. I have clients who use separately bought privacy screens and this could be quite handy for those users should they buy new laptops.

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Re: agreed...

"Not very impressed with usb-c. for one, you still have to plug power in to your laptop."

Some laptops can be charged with the USB-C dock, HP Spectre Pro G1, Macbooks etc.

The problem lies within the laptops which either consume more power than what USB-C can deliver (or what the USB-C dock/charger can deliver), OR the laptops contain the USB-C connectors but not the circuitry necessary to enable charging through it.

"Now you have a mess of cords going into a plastic hub that only ways a couple of ounces and stressing wires through daily flexing, as well as the chintzy usb-c port. Failure is sure to abound after a couple years of daily use."

Or, you can just select a weighty dock. I can live with light-weight docks with double-sided tape securing them to under the table or whatever.

Side and bottom docks and port replicators are being deprecated by the OEMs because people are buying laptops so thin that they can't be docked. USB-C is a sufficiently thin connector and Thunderbolt has as much bandwidth than the traditional docks. USB-C and Thunderbolt are both standards whereas with docks you had to usually replace them when you're replacing your laptop. You're also not restricted to using vendor-specific docks when you're using TB or USB-C.

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Uh-oh! Someone hit the Kalanick button! Uber's fired CEO claims Waymo deal vindicates him

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Re: What a douche bag @Mr Drone

"Wonder when he will announce he is running for President"

Sad thing is that if he was to be named in the next preliminaries for either party1, around 50% of Americans would vote for him.

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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"...unsettling sight of Helena Bonham Carter costumed as unsettlingly attractive chimp"

"Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and play girl bunny?"

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Laser sauce, cheat code, jam seshs: The Waymo vs Uber trial kicks off

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"Google information"

"Did you ask Levandowski to bring Google information to Uber?"

"In any job interview the company recruiter is interested in what advantage in skills, knowledge, background etc the applicant will bring to the company?"

Yes. Or at least should be. In this case Kalanick could have just hire him immediately without HR intervention.

Uber cannot ask Levandowski to bring "Google information" since that sounds very much like intellectual property theft. Whatever Levandowski has in his head is fine, but he still cannot bring anything copied from Google, nor can he obviously use anything that Google has patented.

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Monday: Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday: Intel shows off new server chips

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Re: Yes... But does it actually work?

Okay... which CPUs are not affected by either Spectre of Meltdown?

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Adobe: Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one

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Re: C'mon, seriously?

"The first thing I do on a new computer is delete IE and Edge, or at least delete their shortcuts, which is usually enough to encourage the user to browse with something else."

If the user doesn't have the blue 'e' icon on the desktop he won't be able to download that other browser. Worst case scenario: he still has an old CD from the ISP welcome package and you'll find him browsing with NN 3.02 when you're next time checking the computer!

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Re: C'mon, seriously? @Mayday

"Seriously Adobe, kill it."

How would Adobe do it - by stopping all support immediately and let the bugs roam free? What would that accomplish - millions of never to be patched browser/plugin combos?

Since there is no kill switch (or perhaps the final update will disable it or prompt?) the only way to "kill" Flash in even remotely well handled manner was for Adobe to inform that support will end by the end of 2020 and to honor that commitment. Yes, the development on a dead-end technology for almost 3 years now costs money to Adobe but for me that is praiseworthy whereas pulling the rug from under it is something more associated with e.g. Apple which may inform *afterwards* that 'by the way, Safari and QT haven't been supported for some time now.'

Since there are still plenty of Flash based services available (someone mentioned BBC) it will take time to move. Whether because of transcoding the movies, music etc. media to something more suitable for HTML5 presentation or for whatever reason (DRM?). HTML has only in the last few years caught up with the capabilities Flash had 20 years ago.

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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Great!

GPS has always sucked the life out of any battery so finally we can ditch it and have maps and routing where you don't need to worry about keeping the phone plugged all the time. Brilliant!

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: You all Astronauts on some kind of Star Trek?

I was thinking more of the ZZ Top video...

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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Re: And they were so close... @AC

"You get only IE instead of Edge - significantly less secure."

How is it less secure? According to CVE Details, IE had "only" 79 vulns last year, whereas Edge has 202 vulns and for comparison Chrome had 153 vulns.

In any case, lack of Edge doesn't mean IE only since there are several other browsers available, Chrome and Firefox come to mind. IE can be locked down pretty well through GPOs.

"And data slurping is the exact same"

Wrong. The telemetry shit can be tuned down (but not off) as in the normal Enterprise versions.

"But you DON'T get the security feature updates with the LTSB."

"Security feature updates"? LTSB versions, release every now and then, will all get 10 years of security updates from the release dates. For example, the 1607 LTSB version ("anniversary update") will get security updates for about 8,5 years as of now, but whatever fancy things MS has concocted in later versions won't be backported to it.

for instance no option to run Office Pro Plus - which is a common requirement in most enterprises that are not fully O365."

The recent Reg article referred to the MS article which specifically states that the upcoming Office 2019 will run on LTSC 2018 version. Office 2016 Professional Plus has feature parity with 365 Proplus.

"And you cant make sites that require IE automatically select it like you can in Edge. The list of problems with such an inappropriate build choice is significant..."

Many choices have pros and cons. Lack of Edge is either a pro or con for some.

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You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

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Re: Now let's play this through for a UNIX(oid) shop

"You cannot (usefully) ssh into a Windows box and use your standard text editor or e-mail software."

No argument there. If the users are only using text based stuff then SSH is fine.

Companies using Windows have this thing called RDP which allows the users to use their ERP, Office programs ("standard editors") and email software which I reckon is probably not going to be elm or pine in most businesses around the world.

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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#metoo with a big arse

One client had the single server rack installed into a stupidly tight space in a corner. There was barely space to stand in front of the rack for the times when you needed console. And behind the user was a big fuse board with circuit breakers aplenty.

Apparently I wasn't the only one who managed to turn off several of those breakers with my posterior and thus turning off several office computers, lightning, and worst of all, the coffee machine. I felt pretty stupid for doing that.

You couldn't remove or install servers in the rack unless you carefully turned the rack at least 45 degrees or so. Didn't really help that the ethernet patch panels were built into the back of the same rack...

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Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

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Re: I still own an iPhone 6 plus @packet

"thought about getting the battery replaced for the low promo price while you still can?"

I tried that with my iPhone 6 (nonplus). It was a scam.

I had noticed earlier that the phone had become much slower when I upgraded to IOS11. People scoffed at the notion - before the deliberate slowdown was to become public knowledge...

Anyway, I called Apple helpdesk and the helpful and knowledgeable (really!) guy told that I am eligible for the €29 battery replacement program even though the remote diagnostics said that the battery wasn't too much worn. He directed me to the only authorised Apple reseller around where I live, which I promptly called only to hear that the price would be €49... Apparently Apple advertises this €29 replacement program but no-one here in Finland swaps even no-name batteries at those rates. I asked a few further questions and yes, they would have swapped in an Apple approved battery and no, Apple doesn't sponsor either the labor or the part.

Since the reseller tech said that the phone would be ready a day after I brought in the phone I went to the nearest mall where a small shop replaced the battery for €49 in half an hour or so.

And yes, the phone became about as responsive as it was before IOS 11 and the battery lasts longer than it did before.

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Been bugging the boss for a raise? Now's the time to go into infosec

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"they all want people who have years of experience in a more senior role"

They also expect you to be no older than 22 or thereabouts...

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Unsanitary Firefox gets fix for critical HTML-handling hijack flaw

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Re: By Firefox 60 Market-share with be 0.1% sadly

"No, we wont accept plans to shows Ads through the Browser etc!"

The masses don't care about things like that. If people don't care about their privacy (Chrome has what, 60% share and growing?), they sure won't care about some start screen ads that can be toggled off.

I can honestly see no way for Firefox to oust Chrome no matter what Mozilla devs do with the browser. Technical superiority doesn't matter, speed advantages etc don't seem to matter when they are fighting against Google.

Chrome is sideloaded at several download sites along with e.g. free Adobe downloads, FF doesn't have that luxury. People will install FF deliberately if they have had previous contact with it (like I do). A Linux distro may have it preinstalled, but because Linux-On-Desktop is a niche it won't really help FF's share.

Regarding your outlook on the dwindling market share Firefox has - how would you fix it? If you can pay mobile phone companies to preinstall it, pay for every other sw company to sideinstall and endorse FF and so on. Bidding against Google would be insane since they have infinite money and Google isn't dropping Chrome 'project' any time soon.

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

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7. The Indian Army have perfected the funniest joke in the world into a comedy show, killing the enemy with laughter.

My conscription service had its WTF moments but this takes goes straight to the twilight zone.

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Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

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Indeed.

Netscape and Forte Agent - heck, even OE already perfected the look 20+ years ago. TB should come with a "bare" look and for those who want blinky graphics (and the dinosaur mouse pointers) there could/should be support for themes.

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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

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Re: jury...

"But the Danish police has the tendency to bring cases in a Danish court of law. And they do have juries."

You're of course right. I just associated the SVT links to Sweden and drew wrong conclusions. My bad.

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jury...

Juries are not really used in Swedish courts of law. But the judge(s) will still find him guilty, don't worry.

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Supermicro crams 36 Samsung 'ruler' SSDs into dense superserver

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Re: Hate to think about what this will cost

An almost identical ADATA box is claimed to cost $250K. Probably from the same factory this Supermicro comes from...

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: Why not a cargo version

"Because nothing - absolutely nothing - can beat ocean shipping for costs."

True.

But somehow there still is a market for freight planes... According to Wiki, FedEx fleet has >650 planes, UPS has 240, DHL has 188 planes and so on.

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Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

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Re: Gender pay gap anyone....

...or Ms. Sandberg attended more board meetings than Mr. Dorsey. Sandberg has also been on the board longer than Dorsey. The board compensation rules for new members may have also changed before Dorsey was appointed. IDK and frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

Whatever the reason I'm sure both are compensated more than enough and the whole board and CEO should be fired just for the latest Star Wars disaster movie.

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Oncall story

"I work at a recently commissioned ballistic missile warning HQ somewhere in the Pacific. The 24/7 job consists mostly of playing Counter strike, watching Netflix, and boredom. There is also a spiderweb clogged red alarm light with klaxons which supposedly tell when we my every others' lives in the island are coming to an end. At that point we press the recessed and sealed Red Button to tell about this fate to the rest of the denizens."

"My boss decided to take a weekend night shift from us technicians because the pay is multiple of his already ridiculous salary and his new car needes a big down payment."

Someone else can continue from here...

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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Perhaps. Then again my Sony has the USB ports powered even in standby mode. I had to replace the external HDD for an SSD because of the constant whirring.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's password protection in macOS can be thwarted

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Re: Who said macs were more secure than Windows?

"I know a bunch of old retired folks that use Linux and have far fewer problems due to the lack of malware messing up their systems."

Do they install everything from repos or do they also download software packages from random sites?

They old folks could just be restricted to the app store on Windows and be just as safe.

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Re: So why pretend to have a security layer in this case if you don't?

"Security through deception?"

Fake security cameras. They usually have a battery powered led and are hard to tell from the real ones unless you're handling them (plastic and lightweight). I'm sure they have some effect on graffiti artists, vandals and thieves when prominently placed. Better than nothing I'm sure.

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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"Compare that to a trunk road interchange near me..."

Empire State Building was built in roughly one year, in early 30's. The mind boggles.

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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Nostalgia

"If you dig hard enough you can find original W95 styling and 3.1-era icons laying around."

Oh, MORICONS.DLL is still there in Windows 10. Whenever I need to create scripts for users I select something from there for the shortcut. :-)

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Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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PCID implementation in Linux?

"If there's a bright side to all this, it's that the PCID feature in Intel's x86-64 chips since 2010"

"PCID first saw Linux support in the 4.14 kernel released in November 2017"

If the Reg article is correct, why on did this tech take 7 years to be included in Kernel? Was PCID an unnecessary CPU feature until Meltdown was discovered?

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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Re: They made Athon CPUs until about 2010

"The Athlon II was released in late 2009, so they are well capable of running Windows 10. MS are skimping on testing again."

The MS support thread mentions only AMD CPU models made around 2006-2007. Athlon II seems to be in the clear.

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Re: Bah!

"Forever War Joe Haldeman"

I think that has been in some sort of preproduction hell for years with Ridley Scott attached at some point.

Need not bother with the Forever sequels though...

I've read many books with thinking how great a movie would be but some have just so complex concepts for the common movie going people to swallow that the films would need too much explained and that would just ruin the film. Vernor Vinge's Realtime or Zone book series were brilliant stuff but I can't see how they could be filmed - the former has timespan of millions of years and the latter has alien point of views which was fun to read but probably just too...alien for the masses.

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Wait! Before you fire up that HP lappy, check the battery

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Re: One piece of good news though...

"For whatever reason the AMD models they do use a different charger + battery."

HP has for a couple years now transitioned to a smaller 4.5mm plug for several laptop models - probably because some laptops are too thin to sport the older 7.4mm barrel connector. Nothing to do with AMD. A few models only have a USB-C for charging.

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Re: Another quality delivery from HP! @Voland

"You have to run their utility which runs only on THEIR OEM build of Windows."

You are wrong.

The HP download page also has a version that includes the "HP Framework" package: "If you do not meet minimum requirement's, please download the fully loaded battery validation utility that will install the required frameworks."

I agree that it is stupid not to be able to check the s/n online.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Re: Timeshift

"If you want to have 'real timeshift', you boot from a Gparted Live CD/USB and save/restore entire partitions. It doesn't take long and it's a proper time machine. (I'm old fashioned.)"

Year of the Linux desktop will never happen unless those sort of advisories are abolished. I have nothing against imaging, but most people in the world would have trouble doing it. And some would still manage to image the USB backup media to the internal disk because they have no understanding what 'sda' or 'sdb' means.

Take a look at Windows Shadow Copies or OSX Time Machine. They really are not backups unless stored at dedicated media but many times I, and end users have recovered deleted or uncorrupted files from those without resorting to proper backups. Snapshots take relatively little resources to create (except for disk space), and can (and even should) be scheduled to happen several times a day for multiple revert points. It's rather cumbersome to image you computer even weekly unless you can do it automatically with e.g. PXE boot.

If this TimeShift works and the end user experience is even half as well done as in Windows/OSX then it should be a very welcome thingy.

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SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware

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Re: HP Sauce

"At least the crapware on HP machines comes from HP. Which is one of the reasons I don't buy HP. One of the others is that I don't see a need to use the screen as a mirror."

All the HP machines I use at work and see at customers' are matte displays. If you buy your laptops from 7-11 or Walmart then you're bound to end up with consumer laptop crap. Lenovo has glossy displays too you know.

Any new laptop I receive is imaged or the OS is installed from scratch. Pretty much no new laptop has the latest Windows 10 version (1709) and upgrading takes more time than installing from scratch which is about 20 minutes to fully updated, crapware-free system. No more useless Lenovo/HP utilities, diagnostics, registration reminders etc.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Re: GFX fail

"I am the only one who considers a GTX 1050 2Gb to be a pretty low end graphics card? I mean, for a corporate box email and word bpx, sure. But not even 4gb?"

I'm curious how anyone would consider 1050 a "pretty low end graphics card". Anything Intel is low-end and even they're perfectly sufficient for corporate stuff. This Nvidia is perfectly fine for casual gaming - and this is not a gaming laptop anyway.

"You can pick up a gaming laptop with a 1060 6gb for ~1500 or a 1070 8gb for ~1800. They have 256gb SSDs and 1Tb spinning rust, and one gen previous processors."

Apple and oranges, mate. How much do those gaming "laptops" weight? Can you actually use them in your lap? How long do the batteries last? How hefty is the power brick? How silent are they when idle or under full load?

Do people in your Uni actually lug gaming laptops to classes? How do they manage a day of lectures with those power sucking beasts.

"I'm curious about it's build quality too, since about 80% of the surfaces in my university crowd didn't survive past six months*"

Sounds like you are pulling that statistic straight out of your ass.

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Re: Buy the US 15” from Amazon or similar

"I still use it 8-18 hours a day. It’s my development and gaming PC and I’ve experienced some sleep issues"

Uh, perhaps those 18 hour computathons have something to do with sleep issues?

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Re: Real alternatives?

"Any ideas?"

Wacom Mobilestudio Pro has partly you covered and HP Zbook X2 eclipses your wishes, although the Quadro GPU isn't nearly this powerful. The top spec Zbook is 50% more expensive than this Surface Book though.

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Re: Eh?

"Three thousand quid for a 13" laptop!?"

Did you see the price for that new Nvidia Titan V??? $3000 when one can buy a fine GPU for under $100.

The thing is, some people like to pay more for luxury and I have no problem with that. People here are claiming how their ¤500 laptop is perfectly fine and I have no qualms with that either. I drive a no-thrills Toyota but some get delight in same size Mercedes with double the price. It's their money and I don't care. Drive a new car out the show room and the value drops immediately more than the price of this laptop is.

I read the Anandtech review yesterday and their conclusion was that this laptop trounces everything else in the same class. The CPU/GPU/SSD specs are really top of the line so it is going to be expensive. It's not like they're shoveling shit here fotr silly money.

I'm not the target for this and neither are you it seems. Some people are.

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Ugh, stupid power supplies hogging server density, who needs 'em?

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Re: Commodity ness is the problem

For example feed in a few hundred volts d.c. and you can

Most servers can be powered by either telco 48V or more hefty 380VDC power delivery. Bit surprisingly Supermicro doesn't seem to offer 380VDC but (at least) HP, Dell, Cisco do.

What you are proposing is nothing new. In ideal world every DC would be running on DC juice.

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Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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Re: Increased my interest in Vivaldi

"However, isn't Vivaldi one of those browsers that under the hood use the same engine as Google's Chrome?"

Yes, it uses the open source Chromium / Blink engine.

The fact that Google has created a spy wrapper around Blink and calls it Chrome doesn't affect Vivaldi.

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Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps

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Re: It would have been nice...

"I have been resisting calling everything apps"

Oh, that's nothing. I resisted calling directories as 'folders' for a long time, but after a couple decades I gave in and was assimilated when newbies didn't know what I was talking about.

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Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

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Re: False allegations made by intelligent high-functioning employable delusional fantasists

"YOU apparently want to remain anonymous. Maybe the rest of us, who are NOT anonymous, would like to NOT divulge our personal life details in this forum,"

Sound advice, but "Bombastic Bob" is about as anonymous as say, "Big John". Unless you are actually that Google hit #1, a retired theatrical wrestler?!

The difference with ACs and your nom de plume is the possibility of profiling by browsing your posting history. A clewer algorithm could eventually deduce your identity - possible much quicker if you're using the same unique pen name in other forums as well. You could say that people are forming opinions of writers here (you're that FLATSO FUGLY geezer!), but that sort of 'profiling' doesn't try to identify anyone.

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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Re: android envy

"Been available with siri for ages - probably for the same number of years as android."

Track ID came with IOS 8 in 2014.

Windows Phone 8 had the same built-in function in 2012.

Google Now - in 2015.

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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Re: Where's the third part? @Cuddles

"No, we're really not. Tablets, and indeed laptops, with wireless internet connections have been around for quite a while."

Compaq Evo N600 series had a multipurpose slot on the display lid where you could easily attach a Wifi, BT or GPRS module. This was in 2002-2003 or so quite a while indeed...

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Re: Hello! Real World here!

"Why? Because a lot of users in the Real World don't have the luxury of always on, unlimited data wireless plans. $10 a month? Not from any Canadian carrier."

Blame Canada then... My paltry unlimited 50Mb/s 4G costs €15,90/month here in real world Finland. No fixed-term contract, I can change operator any time without a penalty. This is due probably because we have 3 cellular operators with pretty good coverage each and healthy competition.

Is it just North America where cellular (and fixed internet) pricing is pure highway robbery? The population of e.g. Toronto metropolitan area is higher than whole Finland and the population density is also much higher so in theory there should be low burden for the operators to provide good connectivity. Serving 6 million people in relatively small area should provide lot of opportunities for several cellular companies to compete.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: 17.46km/HOUR???

or hear you scream

"I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream"

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Big Mike is going to make HPE's life a living Dell: Server sales surge

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Re: Just curious...

"If you knew your HP history, you'd understand why Carly Fiorini instigated the merger, as well as being fully aware the neither Bill Hewlett or Dave Packard were involved at any level in the running of the company at that time."

Oh, I know the history. Do you? Bill & Dave were not involved, since both were already dead.

To blame HPE's recent slump from the top position in server sales because some 15 years ago HP and Compaq united? I would only blame the management (Carly) for not using the potential Compaq brought into the house.

Compaq servers and PCs were better engineered than the HP equivalents, both in hardware serviceability and the software/firmware management (Insight Manager, iLO). HP practically adopted Compaq's computer design and management software, and until recently the personal computers were rather identical in looks and internal organisation to what Compaq provided back then. (internally they still use have similar designs, and not just the torx screws).

Without the merger Dell would probably had overtaken both HP and CPQ and both would have withered away, but this is just whataboutism, who knows.

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