* Posts by 45RPM

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Who to choose?

It seems to me that Labour's best chance of nabbing this is to firmly oppose Brexit and announce that, if they win, they’ll pull us back from the brink and back into the E.U. They won’t though because, like the Conservative Party, they support Brexit.

Personally, I don’t support Brexit - and that means that there’s only one party (in England) that I can vote for - Liberal Democrat. If you oppose Brexit too then I urge you to vote Lib Dem this time round, let them mend the bridge to Europe (and then, if you so wish, vote them out again in 2022, once we’re safely ensconced in the E.U. again). If you’re in Scotland, of course, then all I can do is envy your position - you’ve got an obvious, and powerful, anti-Brexit party in the S.N.P.

Of course, most voters (even ardently anti-Brexit voters) won’t vote Lib Dem, fearing it to be a wasted vote. It probably is too, it's a one in a million shot, but from where I’m sitting it’s still the best option that we have.

If you’re pro-Brexit of course, then you’re spoiled for choice - Conservative, Labour, UKIP, BNP, English Democrats, NF…

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

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Re: Muppet?

@AC

I think, in your blind desperation to prove the superiority of the OS to which you have pledged allegiance, you might have missed the point.

The point is that, overall, neither Android nor iOS can claim superiority - both are excellent, and both are superior, in their own ways. Where one pulls ahead, the other will surely catch up and possibly overtake soon after. And so the dance continues, and both OSes are driven ever greater. For your purposes, Android is better. For mine, iOS is. Ain't that great?

With regard to the superiority of the file system, I dispute that EXT4 is better than APFS. Actually, in some areas HFS+ has the edge on EXT4 (although in aggregate compared with HFS+, and technically, EXT4 is the better overall filesystem). F2FS, so far, is a bit of a sideshow.

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"I manage several hundred Apple devices"

Is that brimstone I can smell? Or bullshit? At least, if what you say is true, you don't seem to know very much about the devices that you supposedly administer. I pity the poor users who rely on you for support!

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Re: Is bit-rot a real phenomena? - SHOULD

@Duncan MacDonald

Perhaps I've misunderstood your point, or perhaps you jest. This functionality has been part of macOS and iOS for donkeys now. On macOS it's called time machine, on iOS it's just called backup. On macOS you have the option of backing up to a locally connected disk drive, or to a location on the network. On iOS you can backup to a connected Mac or to iCloud.

In either case, you can choose to locate your documents folder and desktop (and more besides) on iCloud - so that everything is kept backed up and synchronised at all times.

Do you want more than this? It's pretty seamless, straightforward and easy to set up…

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@Lee D

You don't actually follow IT much, 'cept p'raps to troll articles about Apple, do you?

Without warning - this has been in the pipe (as far as the public is concerned) since last year. Obviously, within Apple, it's been in the pipe for much longer than that. How much warning do you want? Is a year not enough for you?

Relatively untested? Well, there's been a public beta out for it for at least six months - and you can be damn certain that the t's have been crossed and the i's dotted (j's too) on this one.

Now I fully understand that you don't want to buy Apple. More power to you - more power to all of us. Competition is good, and a better file system for iOS means that Google will have to up its game on Android so you'll win as well from this. The converse applies too of course. This is good. But if you're going to choose a platform other than Apple fer chrissakes have a good reason for doing so - and kneejerk populist bloodymindedness doesn't count I'm afraid. And it especially doesn't count when there are plenty of good reasons that you could have chosen instead.

Muppet.

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iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

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Re: Security through obscurity

Have pity-upvote ;-)

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Re: Any indication

Have an upvote - that’s exactly what I was thinking. That, and what version of iOS are they running?

This story is about as informative as one released by Sean Spicer*

*although, in fairness, with more grounding in actual fact - just not quite enough fact to draw any valid conclusions.

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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In memory of the late, great, Douglas Adams…

…it can only be called Planet Rupert

Or some such nonsense after a mythical character. Planet God?

Suit yourselves!

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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Re: Might be time to try . . .

They did it for Macs…

I could argue that Office was Mac first, Windows second. Certainly, Excel and PowerPoint were Mac first, Windows second. As was a GUI version of Word. So the circumstances are a little different from those for Linux.

On my Linux box I use LibreOffice. After all, if you're going to break from Microsoft then you might as well go the whole hog. I use Office 365 on my Windows PC - and it works nicely enough with LibreOffice.

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I don't like the idea of advertising in the OS. I don't like the idea of advertising in any software. But the prevailing opinion is that software, not being tangible, isn't worth anything. It's a race to the bottom, and it's the professional software developers who are being squeezed.

So what should we do? Put advertising, however unwanted, in the software that we write? Starve? Or are users going to start ponying up and paying for the tools that they use?

The free model works for Apple because Apple sells hardware, which pays for all that development work - with cash to spare. The free model works for Google because they can sell data scavenged from their users (oh, and advertising besides). The free model works for some Linux distros because they sell vastly expensive support contracts to enterprise. But other than that, it's a bloody bad time to be a developer.

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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Re: Getting better all the time

I always (okay, mostly. Sometimes, anyway) keep my projects updated for the latest version. Updating a project (in pretty much any IDE that I’ve used so far) between consecutive versions is fairly straightforward, especially if you’re diligent about fixing compiler warnings before they turn into errors down the line. If the versions aren’t consecutive then updating is a pain in the arse (I recently resurrected a project in Xcode that I abandoned a few years back - I sometimes wonder if it’d have been easier just to start from scratch!).

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Getting better all the time

I started in this coding malarkey with Turbo Pascal (2), kept going with Dephi (and, at about the same time, CodeWarrior). In 1999 I started using Visual Studio - and hated it. It was a grind to use, particularly since I was so used to better, more integrated, IDEs with a more complete feature set. I've kept up to date, through MSDN of course, and seen Microsoft's ugly duckling grow into a Swan. Not quite a beautiful Swan yet - there are still some rough edges - but it certainly isn't a chore to use, and it lives happily alongside Xcode in my workflow - just as my Mac lives happily alongside Windows and Linux.

Microsoft and Apple really do have to up their IDE game though - because my workflow, and that of many other developers, now includes IDEs from JetBrains - and JetBrains' IDEs are a joy to use.

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Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

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What does it matter how many devices are shipped? It's almost, but not entirely, irrelevant. What matters (if anything) is how much profit the devices make (after all, making money is the primary concern for most businesses), and ensuring that customers are happy enough that they'll buy more in the future, ensuring profit then as well as now.

So what was Apples share of the revenue in smart phones? Vs. Samsung? Huawei?

I'd be delighted to sell less as long as I earned more from the sales that I did make.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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@AC - Incidentally, I just spotted the way you spelled ‘plough’. Are you Georg Larschied, or one of his employees, in disguise? You scamp you!

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@anonymous coward - something something something a fool and his money are soon parted.

The fact is that third party garages are often just as good as main dealerships, and in many cases (especially for third party specialists) are staffed by people who used to work in, and were trained by, those main dealerships.

And I’m at a loss to imagine how a faulty GPS could ever result in a vehicle being dangerous. Actually, I can think of a way it could be dangerous - but only if the developer / manufacturer of the car were criminally negligent in its design.

My cars are all third party serviced (125k, 250k and 500k miles - a nice sequence, coincidentally, this month) - which I’ll bet is far higher than most (probably more than your Honda) - and which has largely been delivered with the helping hands of a third party servicer. The 500k car wins points for having the most superior design of no electronics except in the radio.

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Given how heavily DRM'd John Deere tractors are, to the extent that John Deere even objects to third party servicing of the damn things (ref: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/nothing-drms-like-deere-farmers-cant-fix-tractors/ and https://www.wired.com/2015/04/dmca-ownership-john-deere), it seems to me that their primary use of tech is to screw the farmer.

I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.

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Boffins break Samsung Galaxies with one SMS carrying WAP crap

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Devil

Further details please so that we can (ahem) verify this for ourselves!

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Gimme some skin: Boffins perfect 3D bioprinter that emits slabs of human flesh

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I don't need to imagine - Red Dwarf taught us exactly what a printer jam looks like!

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Oh, for F...acebook: WhatsApp, critics spar over alleged 'backdoor'

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Re: Facebook?

The problem is that most people don’t really understand security. They understand the need to lock their door - but the need to keep their data safe is either a mystery or unimportant to them. So they sign up for Facebook in droves, and use mobile phones without securing* them (i.e. use with the default settings, and with all the manufacturer installed crapware in place).

You can shout about how stupid this state of affairs is until you’re blue in the face, but it won’t make one iota of difference. And, ultimately, (and unless you’re as misanthropic as me) you’ll probably want to stay in touch with them - so you’ll shrug your shoulders and join Facebook too (albeit that you’ll probably take a few sensible precautions, otherwise known as lying about some of your personal data).

I take the hard line - I won’t use this crap, if you want my personal data then you can damn well pay me for it (assuming that I want to sell) - and if you want to contact me then use email.

*insofar as you can ever secure any device - and especially a device with a baseband chip in it. But thats an entirely different kettleful of scary.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

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I was thinking of doing some work this morning, but what the hell. 'Tis the season to be merry. I think I might install Pixel on my old Dell laptop and then go to the pub at lunchtime instead!

Another great effort by the Raspberry Pi foundation while we await the next version of their amazing gizmo. And the Pi really is a Christmas computer because all geeks, whether fanboys for macOS, Windows or Linux can agree that the Pi is a wonderful computer. Brought together in unity by Pi.

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Zuckerberg turns his home into Creepy Robot Buddy

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Re: Smart toaster?

…well, it could help you fix your computer if it gets computer senility - albeit at the expense of remaining run-time.

Howdy Doodly Doo

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I live in a gloriously unsmart house. I have dumb-bulbs, a dumb-kettle, a dumb-fridge, dumb-doors, a dumb-axe for chopping up dumb-wood for the dumb-fire. There’s a dumb-cooker, and dumb-bed (for the dumbo (me) and the dumbo’s wife), and my car has less smarts than a ZX80. And you know what, I like it that way. Private. Homely. Human-sized.

More power to Zuck if he wants a robot house, with a robot girlfriend and so forth. Just as long as he doesn’t try to foist it upon me. I wouldn’t like that one little bit.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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@The little voice inside my head

Is it because the CIA and the media tells you? I know, I know, though I deny it, I'm getting old and a little old fashioned. But yes. Because the media tells me - and, when I say 'The Media' I mean Reuters, The BBC and similar. We've tried the untrustworthy mouthpieces of the alt-right like Fox News, Murdoch's empire, The Express and The Mail, blow-hards on Twitter and Facebook and it didn't work out too well, so I fall back on organisations which are so balanced that they get accused of being biased by both sides.

As for the CIA, the FBI seems to agree. So how about that - trusting the CIA and the FBI. Both have gotten up to some seriously bad shit in the past but, until I have solid evidence to the contrary, I have no reason to disbelieve them at the moment. It's down to who has the most to gain. Russia gains from a Trump Presidency. China will likely lose out, so will Iran. Taiwan might gain a little, as (maybe) might North Korea. But Russia will gain most - so yes, balance of probability, Russia. And who can blame them?

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I'm not at all happy about a Trump presidency - but it seems to me that the US has been sticking its nose into other countries business for so long, formenting regime change, that it was only a matter of time before it got a dose of its own medicine.

There's not a lot of doubt in my mind that Russia is behind this but, given America's history of meddling in Russian politics, I can't really blame them.

Perhaps, when Trumps time in office is over, the US won't be quite so quick to meddle in future.

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If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

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Re: Gimme A Break

Trumpmerica! Fuck yeah! Coming again to wreck your motherfuckin' day, yeah!

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The whole of a the US has bought a dildo, whether they wanted to or not.

He's called Donald and he reaches the parts that he really shouldn't be reaching.

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Pound's plunge opens UK's tech SMBs to foreign buyouts - analyst

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My list certainly isn't exhaustive, and neither does it exclude companies which have been sold by their new owners and repurchased. Indeed, you may also be right about EE. My point is that other countries do block the sale of their own businesses to foreign businesses. And good on them for doing so because it's a relatively cheap way of protecting jobs and keeping wealth in the country.

The British way of not interfering is idiotic. I certainly don't advocate the public ownership of businesses - as you rightly point out in the case of British Leyland that was an almighty cock up. But BL, or rather its successor Rover, was in a very healthy, profit making condition when we stupidly sold it to BMW in the 1990s. They kindly let us have it back very cheaply after they'd stripped it and crashed it into a wall.

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Ridiculous

It’s ridiculous that we don’t protect our companies from buyouts by foreign businesses. You could argue that permitting buyouts is business-friendly - but it isn’t nation-friendly and it we persist in allowing our assets to be sold in this manner there’ll be no wealth left in the country. Rover (to BMW), Cadburys (to Kraft), Rowntrees and Lyons (to Nestle), Tetley, British Steel, Jaguar and LandRover (to Tata), Apricot (to Fujitsu), Acorn (to Olivetti), ARM (to SoftBank Group), Reuters (to Thomson), Walkers (to PepsiCo), Weetabix (to Bright Food), Thames Water (Macquarie), O2 (Telefònica), EE (Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom), Heathrow (Grupo Ferrovial), The Times (News International), ASDA (Walmart), Boots (Walgreens)… I could go on.

The truth is that successive governments have bled this country dry and lack the patriotic balls to protect this countries interests. We sign up for Brexit, and we lose the last few protections that we have - I mean, at least some of the buyers of our assets are European.

I’d say that we’re at risk of only owning tuppenny-ha’penny businesses that no one else wants, but it seems that that has already happened. Of course the pound has no value. This country has no value anymore.

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Re: Win95

Yes but, in fairness, an Apple Watch is several orders of magnitude more powerful than the very best PC available at the time of Windows 95's launch. So the feat was only impressive for the sheer pointlessness of it.

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Actually, I saw Windows 95 running in 4MB on a 16MHz 386SX. It booted. It ran. It was possibly the slowest computer that I’ve ever seen. Slower even than a 233MHz ‘Bondi’ iMac with 64MB RAM running MacOS X 10.1 - and that was pretty tragic.

I look forward to seeing these gogs running with Linux or macOS. In the new Microsoft, anything’s possible.

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Trump hires very best, greatest net neut haters to head FCC transition

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Re: Expending Good Will

@thomn8r

What an excellent quote. Pithy. And with, I suspect, more than a grain of truth. But it isn't Steinbeck - Steinbeck said (rather less succinctly) "I guess the trouble was that we didn't have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist."

Still, I prefer the Ronald Wright version (your version) - so have an upvote!

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Re: Expending Good Will

@Cris E and AC

Coal has had it, and natural gas and oil are next on the list. Clinton was offering retraining for sustainable jobs (i.e. a future). Granted, Clinton's offer may have been a pack of lies too - but, looking at the analytics, lyin' Hillary was a lot more honest and a lot less inclined to exaggeration and bullshit than the president elect.

And let's face it, Trump is no stranger to offshoring in order to prop up his own bank balance. Hell, even when Trump does employ American labour he's been known to declare bankruptcy in order to avoid paying his workers. He's an abusin', lyin', cheatin', racist, misogynist bully - and he still got the vote?

What a weird world we live in. Turkeys voting for Christmas.

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Re: Expending Good Will

@redpawn

I’m not an American, and I don’t know much about American politics - but it seems to me that with initiatives like Obamacare and a reduced deficit (looking at the figures, reduced deficits seem to come with Democrat presidents, increased deficits with Republican presidents), middle America (and poorest America) was benefitting from a Democrat, liberal, government. The problem is that less well educated people don’t seem to percieve benefit unless it’s a big flashy change like a new car on their drive, a big house, and a brand new TV - things that no government can provide, so they might as well wish for unicorns. Ol’ Trumpy seemed quite happy to infer that he could provide though, simply by driving out all them for’ners, muzlims and rapis mex’cans, and putting the niggra back to work (yee-haw), and by doing that all the wealth would go to those who deserve it. The poor, downtrodden, white male. Those with an education know that this is just a racist pipe-dream. Ironically, the people who will probably suffer the second-most (after those he will outright opress - black men, asians, women, hispanics, lgbt, anyone who disagrees with him) are the people who voted him in in the first place.

All of which is a long way of saying that I disagree. The status-quo, whether Democrat or centrist Republican, did help middle-America. But it did it quietly, and honestly. The new status quo, the status quo of Trump, Pence, Farage, Le Pen, Putin and so forth is to shaft anyone who stands in their way whilst shouting loudly about how you’re really better off.

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Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

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Re: Apple reportedly exiting home LAN biz

@Dave 126

Cost comparison - Sonos vs. Airport Express? And Chromecast, whilst cheap, is Google - and some people would rather keep Google out of their houses. You might disagree, and Google might be an excellent fit for you, but some people do still value their privacy - and that’s a valid choice too.

If you have suggestions for multi-room audio as cheaply and securely as Airport I’d love to know - my wallet is now open!

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Re: Also, discovered penicillin.

Who was outselling Apple in wifi in 1999? In fact, how many consumer laptops even had wifi before the iBook was launched by Apple? None. iBook was the first.

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Re: Apple reportedly exiting home LAN biz

Not really. When setting up a wireless network for the technologically unaccomplished I always use Airport because it's simple to configure as a mesh and simple to maintain - so I end up fielding fewer phone calls.

It's not ideal kit for techies, not least because it doesn't have the sort of advanced options (like SNMP) that techies require. But for everyone else it's perfect and it's loss will be felt.

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Re: Shouting at clouds

Ditto. Fuck selfies. If you want a picture of yourself get someone else to take it. Or prop your camera on something and use the timer function. Or, and here's a radical idea, live in the moment, realise that you don't need photographic evidence of everything, and use your memory. Besides, many celebrities are celebrities because they achieved something significant - they aren't eye candy to be gawped at. Perhaps you could try chatting with them?

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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Re: You know the joke meme about how do you confuse a blonde ?

"I'd like to see unilateral free trade, lower taxes and an end to subsidies."

I'd like to be able to get fit by eating pies and drinking beer. Oh, and since we're talking about unrealistic daydreams, I'd like a pet dragon called Ralph too.

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@m0rt

How can that be? I didn't use any brobdingnagian locutions.

Damn.

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Re: don't for get the Chocolate 'repackaging'

Although, from my point of view, perhaps smaller snack packs is an advantage - for the country's waistline if nothing else. I don't want a 60g bag of crisps - 25g, as used to be the standard size, is quite sufficient for me to snack on. Similarly, on the rare occasions that I have a fizzy pop, 330ml is quite sufficient - I don't need a 500ml 'fat boy' bottle. It seems to me that the smaller sizes are getting rarer and harder to get hold of.

Incidentally, is it just me or do the small mars bars taste better than the big ones?

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Brexit is an annoyance to me, as a good European, but I’m in the fortunate position of being able to weather the financial storm. I may well get caught in the Brexit inspired rounds of redundancies, but I reckon I can weather that too - although it will be rather annoying.

The people I feel genuinely sorry for are those people who are less well off than me who can’t afford to weather the turbulence around Brexit (which will most likely be long-lasting), and who voted to remain. This isn’t their fault, and they’re genuinely suffering for it. It’s not enough, but I will continue to support the food-banks so that (at least, and I hope) these people won’t suffer.

Anyone who voted for Brexit and who is now suffering? I’m sorry (and I’m aware of how heartless and cruel I am), but screw 'em. They voted to shoot their feet off, and I’m not going to give them a lift to the hospital. It’s unfortunate that I can’t mark my food bank donations ‘Remainers Only’ and expect my wishes to be honoured, so I end up accidentally supporting the dullards too, but that’s just the way it has to be if I want to keep supporting the deserving poor.

I implore you all, make a donation to your local food bank every week if you can afford to. It’s more important now than ever - and don’t forget the toiletries and sanitary products too. And if you are in desperate need of help (particularly if you didn’t vote for this mess), please don’t be too proud to visit a food bank.

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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

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Re: Not worth reading.

@Chet Mannly Actually no, they don't. And they make a big point about not collecting data for the purposes of monetisation. There are a few edge cases where data is used for the purposes of providing the service - but it is heavily anonymised and discarded as soon as possible.

If you know otherwise, and can provide evidence, then you have the scoop of the decade - a scoop that could conceivably bring down Apple (and which would make fascinating reading for everyone else). Otherwise you are just regurgitating the shite that your mate Dave told you down the pub, along with other tall tales of how wifi causes cancer and the moon landings were faked. At best, this claim is bullshit, tinfoil hat wearing Trumpism.

I guess you have an Android phone. Excellent and good for you. I genuinely hope that it does all you want (and I suspect it probably does). Android is an excellent OS - but it isn't the right choice for everyone. One day, when the haters (of any OS based religion) grow up, they might realise that (in computing at least) platform wars are so 1980s - and you and fans of competing systems can both be right (as long as your choice does what is required of it)

Computing ecosystems are at their healthiest when there's plenty of choice. And I love playing with operating systems of all varieties. This is a great time for computer users everywhere.

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Re: Not worth reading.

Personally, I'm quite happy to pay the idiot tax - mainly because I'm not happy about giving away all my data and personal information to Google so that they can troll me with advertising.

Don't get me wrong - I'm delighted for Android to exist (a healthy, competitive, ecosystem benefits us all). But I'm also old enough, and hopefully wise enough, to realise that what works for one doesn't work for all - so isn't it great that you can pay a little extra for iOS if you want a little privacy? Or pay a little less, for Android, if you're the sharing type.

On a separate note, I'm not a fan of freemium. I'd rather pay developers for their efforts upfront - but once you start doing that the prices rise dramatically. Which is one reason that iOS costs more out of the box. I also have a clear understanding of what these devices cost - and bear in mind that the cheap devices are either/both made at a loss or/and made in sweatshop conditions beyond the worst that Apple has ever been accused of.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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I’d be prepared to bet that the only option is a newer Hawk. After all, there’s no point in having a supersonic aircraft (and the RAF already did that with the Lightning display team) because it isn’t going to be able to go supersonic in a display. The plane needs to be relatively cheap, and yet powerful enough to get itself into virtually any position. The Hawk ticks all the boxes, so the sensible replacement is another Hawk.

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Pluck-filled platter-stuff: Bold disk drive makers fatten up

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Re: Heee haw

@Olaf

To make the disks dance, you needed to spin them up and spin them down - and then you could get them to walk (or play tunes). If they were out of balance then they’d shatter when they got spun up - so you can be sure that they were properly balanced in the factory. Of course, I don’t know anything about pre-1987 big iron (so things might have been different in deep pre-history) - and I’ve only ever seen disks shatter once (on a VAX).

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@Natalie Gritpants

Doesn't it depend on how fast the platters are spun up? If it gets spun up slowly then it won't cause the PC to fall over - and, in fact, might make it more stable once it's at full speed owing to the gyroscopic effects of the disk. Of course, it all depends on how they're oriented in the case…

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I’ve got a 2inch tall 3.5 inch SCSI drive somewhere. It stores, enormous for its time, a little over 40MB! That’s MB - not GB. The computer I had before, a 4.77MHz 8086 Compaq Deskpro, had a 5MB 5.25 inch hard disk. So these sizes don’t seem desperately alien or surprising to me.

I have to say that reliability of these devices is a concern. The MTBF figures are meaningless - I’m responsible for a system which can ruin disks very quickly. It has 50 of them - and we have about six failures a year. I’ll take a little less capacity in return for bulletproof reliability.

Incidentally, that old 40MB drive, a Connor, still works perfectly.

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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Re: @ DropBear Respect in the tech sector isn't assumed - it's earned.

@Phil W

I can't remember which wrist and, judging by the fact that he wasn't hospitalised (just shocked) I guess he tickled something at somewhat less than 230V / 3A.

As to the lasting effects, I'd say that the client bore those - which is why we cleared it with him first. I imagine that he was probably still finding dispersed packing chips for a while afterward, but he didn't hold it against us.

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Re: @ DropBear Respect in the tech sector isn't assumed - it's earned.

@sabroni

If I can write solid code and communicate effectively with the people I need to why the fuck should I have to dress like you?

You shouldn’t. I don’t. But, equally, you should be able to take a bit of ribbing without having a hissy fit. But, in PFY’s case, he:

couldn’t write solid code (no biggie - we were paid to install and service, not code)

couldn’t service and could barely install properly

couldn’t communicate without boasting about his prowess in his many fields of expertise

…and, after all that, really was most deserving of a piss-taking. Frankly, he was lucky not to lose his job.

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Re: @ DropBear Respect in the tech sector isn't assumed - it's earned.

@sabroni "This had nothing to do with technical ability, it was about someone dressing too smartly for the cool kids and being a briefcase wanker.”

Cool kids? You flatter us.

Briefcase wanker? Yes, that’s right - because taking the piss out of his technical ability would have been pointless. He did that all on his own through sheer ineptitude. This is, after all, a man who cattle-prodded himself by attempting to service a PSU (I’d have thrown it away and replaced it with a new one, as per the service manual) - with the computer still plugged in and, astonishingly, whilst wearing an anti-static strap (which, as any fule no, is for operating on low voltage transistorised / microelectronic circuits only).

You seem to be taking this a bit too much to heart though - I wonder, are you really Willsy?

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