* Posts by IsJustabloke

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I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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WTF is it with Faceboob insisting on preinstalling their slurpware

Hasn't been pre-installed on either of the Huawei phones I've owned.

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

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Re: Distant Origin

There was no such TV show....

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

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Re: Get rid of Software Patents completely.

@AC

"This could be used to make Americans speak proper English again"

The dialect of English they speak is less "evolved" than our own version so in some respects it could be said they speak a purer form of the language than we ourselves do.

While we're on the subject "-ize" versus "-ise" both are correct / acceptable and in actual fact we were using the "-ize" construct long before it became associated as being "American Spelling".

language, great init?

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Re: Just say "Yes Sir"

@werdsmith

I also travel to the Us to see [British] friends who live there and while I've never had a problem, my luggage has been searched entering and leaving on each and every occasion.

last year it was searched when I changed 'planes at San Francisco on my way to New Zealand and at Miami on my way back.

TBF, My luggage was also searched by NZ border on teh same trip and I've been searched *every single* European trip I've ever made.

I must look like some kind of major crim

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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It's the amusingly named ....

"that German company with the stripping-tool (name escapes me right now)."

ShutUp10 :)

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Re: "a lack of evidence that it works all that well"

"Windows says hello"

See icon for response...

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Re: "a lack of evidence that it works all that well"

"In fact, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary."

So does that mean we shouldn't worry about it?

Or perhaps we should get vocal about it now *before* it becomes usable because there's no way they'll give it up once it is.

And you can be sure it will get better because all technology does.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Nope

"but so cheeky you have to admire it a bit."

Nothing that is pikey related is in any way shape or form "admirable" , I live in a town that is like fucking catnip to them and they are without fear of contradiction the most unpleasant people it's been my misfortune to stumble across. They are a crime wave, they are violent, they intimidate normal people just trying to go about their business. The women are as bad as the men and when they arrive in any pub en mass pretty much everyone else leaves (generally for their own safety) and more often than not the night will end with the publican having no choice but to call the police.

I was once followed into a pub by several pikeys , when the barman asked me what I wanted to drink the pikeys immediately kicked off because they wanted to be served first, threatening all and sundry and me in particular.

In short they are a scourge.

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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weirdly...

You're spot on, almost. :)

I don't really clean, that's what my cleaner does, I tidy up after myself by which I mean, picking stuff up and putting things away, in the laundry hamper, filling the dishwasher that sort of thing. I'd be a proper messay bugger if I didn't have a cleaner.

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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"How do they know?"

nougat is fine, I'd only be worried if it turned out to be coffee cream

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

@PickledAardvark

You may hate it but intended audience for instructions that include such phrases know exactly what is meant by it and IMO clarity of purpose trumps all other considerations

NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today

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Re: Next...

I know his Muskness can be contentious but I'm not sure blending him is the answer

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Just keep the meter and give me 18 quid....

There is literally no incentive for me to have one of these things attached to my house. I use the energy I use because I need to use it. I know how much it costs me, I pay the fucking bill!

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...

"Are we getting a generation who can only do things via their phone?"

As soon as I can get the app to work I'll up vote you...

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: Hostage situations...

"Shoot to injure"

That's just Hollywood bollocks I'm afraid, all that "just wing him" shit is exactly that.

If you have to fire a gun at someone you fire for the biggest target, torso.

We definitely don't need more towers, says new Vodafone boss scraping around for €8bn savings

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Re: Age discrimination?

Do a lot of "social media" do you ?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Not expandable memroy

The P20 Pro doesn't have expandable memory, 128gig on board and that's your lot. I don't really consider the ability to access a USB stick as "expandable memory" in the same sense that sticking a card in the phone is.

I really don't understand why people get so upset about lack of a headphone port. There's an adapter in the box and it works very well; recharging isn't an issue because the bloody thing barely seems to use any power

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Re: Huawei problems.

1) I don't consider 2 days between charges in anyway "absymal" and no app on my phone (p20 pro) has been broken by "power management"... I'd look to your apps if I were you.

2) The UI is a bit clunky but can be changed. I have a few icons and then a bunch of icons in folders *exactly* like I had on my Xperia Z1 - As well as an alphabetized list on a single screen - so I think you're talking more bollocks

3) The majority of people don't give a flying hairy monkey fart about this.

have a nice day!

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: Eh?

"You get the government you deserve."

I don't necessarily disagree however... until we have a "none of the above, please think about your offer again" box to tick; we simply get the government we have to vote for.

Since I take my franchise quite seriously my vote is more often than not a "least objectionable" rather than an "actively like" because to not vote leaves me without any kind of voice or right to complain.

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Re: ABC: Assume Nothing, Believe No one, Challenge Everything

"Wear tin foil?"

There's a world of difference between a bit of due diligence and wearing a tin foil hat

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Re: The joke is on you!

"i have alcohol and a cat..."

I very much doubt the cat has any respect for you.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: "secure" boot is *EVIL* 4 Chronos

But once again no mention of price without a frustration-inducing hunt

yes, that "SHOP NOW" button was very well hidden in the middle of the page... 4 clicks later and I arrived at abase price of around $1200 us

You're welcome.

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given Apple's penchant for removing things

Are they sure they actually have internal storage?

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Yes it should...

"Let's start by programming vehicle AI to more accurately identify country & western singers"

Then it can change channels

While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+

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Interesting...

I have to say I've not got any complaints about Three. I generally find their signal and data rates to be spot on. There are a couple of places around where I live that no operator seems to get a signal in.

of course, with Three I also get the added benefit of using my phone abroad as though I'm at home. I travel quite a lot so that's important to me

Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

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Re: spacecraft design

"I don't think there is really another alternative layout for a reusable rocket launched winged craft"

Well Gerry Anderson would disagree!

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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ummmm....

"over-priced peddled trash"

over priced... possibly

trash...I think not.

if it's not for you then that's fine but I don't really get why you're so angry that some people like their kit.

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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Re: If this was five years ago...

"I bought a Sony Xperia.. never again."

I know we can only speak as we find BUT...

I had an Xperia Z1 that suffered premature battery drainage problems after about 15 months. I contacted Sony to see what it would cost to have it replaced. The website told me it was still under warranty, here's a shipping label, I sent it off as per instructions , it was returned to me repaired within a week. At no point did I talk to an actual human. I couldn't fault any part of the service. Pretty sure I could have walked into a SONY shop and got equally good service.

Amazon is at this point a money-printing cloud machine with a grocery store in the parking lot

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Re: "Possibly Pay TV should not have exclusives on live sport"

"And there's no constitutional right to free football or whatever."

'm pleased its behind a paywall , makes it easy for me to avoid

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: Racist?

in what way?

I honestly can't see anything racist about it. Are scammers a "race" now? I

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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Re: Some justice is still available for The People

The country you're talking about never really existed.

try watching "The Vietnam war by ken Burns" and you'll see it was just as insane 50 years ago.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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yes but...

"he'd be a free man by now"

he'd also be a forgotten footnote in the history of twats.

And he'd never be happy with that.

The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

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Re: The real challenge for Huawei

Innovation is not now and never has been a strength of the Chinese.

They are however excellent at taking an existing product, making incremental tweaks to it and producing it at a prices considerably cheaper than the inspiration.

Chinese companies play to these strengths superbly.

Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

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Hmmmm....

I really liked my Huawei watch... it did all I wanted it to do plus a bunch of stuff I had no interest in.. (making a phone call from it, play music with it) but in the time I had it (2 months) wearOS updates broke it twice. The last time permanently nothing I could do would repair the phone integration. The Huawei stuff like fitness tracking all worked brilliantly and the companion app was superb as well.

I've got a Garmin Vivoactive 3 and have found it to be flakey as fuck in comparison. I might take a look at one of these.

Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: Painting lasers on Samsung

"Has the P20 been getting monthly Google security updates"

My P20 Pro has been

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Oh dear...

I bet it's rubbish"

There speaks a bloke who knows literally nothing about photography despite knowing the word Bokeh.

If you think all mobile phones produce rubbish images you're not using it right, still if you ever learn to get out of auto mode you may begin to understand.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Sprouts Are little green globes of gorgeousness!

They also make excellent substitutes for Ferraro Roche chocolates when wrapped in the carefully removed wrappers from actual Ferraro Roche choccies and given out on Halloween :)

I find the parents think it's hilarious, the kids not so much but there's nothing in the rules that says my "treats" can't also be "tricks"

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: "Credible Threat"

"How exactly do you shoot down a drone, with a pistol?"

Hollywood shoots down all kinds of shit with a pistol

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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Re: Dosh Recovery

@Ac

The problem is that there are fewer actual banks to go into, those that do have very limited amounts of cash to hand and in a lot of cases the staff don't actually have access to the cash

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: In view of the site preferences

@Daedalus

down voted for the use of "no problemo"

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

"I just dredged up enough change for the return ticket I wanted."

I had to get off a bus I'd hailed recently because there was no way for it to give me change. :/ It would be fair to say I got several dirty looks as the bus drove away

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

The fact that you have to pay a higher price and that it continually fails at their (presumably) busiest time leads me to believe that behaviour is by design.

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Remember folks - You can and should form an opinion from facts

Well, the *fact* is I read headlines about mass shootings taking place in the US considerably more often than I do of mass shootings in other countries.

why do you think it is?

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

"The US has a problem with violence and mental illness"

Just stop right there.... the vast majority of people that have mental health issues do NOT and are not violent.

I don't have a gun, I don't know anyone with a gun, none of my neighbours have guns.... none of their friends have guns... how many gun deaths do you think there were in my neighbourhood?

It really doesn't matter how you try and justify it the US has a problem with violence and a ready availability of guns. full stop.

Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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It's a bum rap, copper!

"A loss prevention employee"

FFS...

They probably can't spell "security guard"

Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform

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Amazon...

perhaps they could consider paying their staff a proper wage and treating them as actual people adn then this problem would mostly go away.

NHS smacks down hundreds of staffers for dodgy use of social media, messaging apps

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Re: Policing private life?

I got the impression that these were groups setup specifically for use as a communications tool for work rather than Nurse Gladys' private facebook page

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Re: deeper than that

"I can't see how that passes the confidentiality test"

don't really see how that's an issue unless they're posting things like "Look at this picture of Valeyard with a wotsit up his bum!" lolz

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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well....

@RobertLongshaft

Yes, he's President but doesn't mean he isn't a Racist, sexist misogynist

World Cup TV sales offset dip in computing demand says Dixons Carphone

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Re: Going forward....

"in the absence of a World Cup"

Or possibly they'll be boosted by European Cup? And there'll be an Olympics in a couple of years too.

I suspect they're all very traditional times for people to upgrade their TVs.

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