* Posts by Timmy B

662 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011


Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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It may do the majority but when a feature is needed that the other half needs then the whole thing may as well be useless.

BlackBerry, Sony, Honor and LG flash their new phones for all to see

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No Honor For Me

Not ever again. the other half tried an honor 6x and had no firmware updates in nearly 2 years. We've had a Huawei media pad for over 2 years and not a single one for that too. We both use oneplus now and get pretty much monthly updates with security and features. Even my Samsung tablet gets occasional updates!

Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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Some of this IoT Automation does have uses

Live with an elderly, disabled person and see how much use it is to be able to turn things off and on for them at a distance or check on them when you're not there. Or check they haven't left things on, without going up and down stairs a dozen times a day...

I agree the security should be better and testing done to a sufficient level. But when you need help for these things and you don't want to be chained down then it's darn handy.

Smart TVs, though. They are terrible at being "smart". Dongles do all they can, and more, with ease and cheapness.

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Re: Nobody buys Samsung anymore...

"I bought my S8 for the same price as a OnePlus 5T. The 5T is a decent enough phone, but for the same money I went for the better screen, waterproofing, better support, wider compatibility and wireless charging."

I chose the 5T over the S8 when exactly the same option was before me. I went for the 5T as I have had S3, S4 and S5 and for all of them the support and firmware updates were dire. I get monthly updates on the 5T and that's what matters most to me.

Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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If I withdrew permisssion...

I wonder what would happen then? If I send a letter to Halifax and ask them not to do this and then monitored that they were would I have any legal standing. Just thinking...

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Seems a bit churlish...

… to ask for money for a school project. I'd have been pleased that a young kid liked my picture and simply asked that an acknowledgement was posted on the site and in the project with links to my personal page.

It's not as if anyone made any money from using it and now every time any child from that school wants to use any picture they are going to worry. I suppose there is a lesson there - don't assume the good will of others.

Edge, Azure and Windows Phone receives a Telegram. Yup, it's the week at Microsoft

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RE: "oh how I miss WP, such a great OS, better than Android or iOS."

I totally agree. It was so fast and easy to use even on really budget handsets. Not something you can say about Android. Shame it went, really.

Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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Re: Linx 12x64

That's very similar specs to an original Surface 3 (non-pro) and thus going to be a bit slow unless you're just doing bog standard email/browsing/office tasks.

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I don't think that the majority of people that will buy one of these expecting to ever do any kind of self-repair.

I'm unsure what this article is meant to achieve. It doesn't detail the actual specs, doesn't do any kind of review and only seems to be a placeholder page for a link to the iFixit page. Have I missed something and the Reg and iFixit are now owned by the same people?

Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: You can "dehumanize" robots?

It shows nothing of the sort. The videos aren't the same. It shows ONLY that some people prefer shorter videos.

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Re: You can "dehumanize" robots?

"Which is all well and dandy if you are a white Caucasian with a native accent and name. You may "treat humans as humans", there is a small minority that don't."


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Automatically fails....

The videos are all different. The one is 1/4 of the length of one of the others. Different video content generates different responses. Imagine my shock!

2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

"correct, except that I get 5 users, which I use so I know it is 5."

Yep - this is correct. I do the same. I do even better as I share it with my Dad and his other half and they pay half the subscription - so I get 3 installations including 3TB of one drive for £4 a month. Just can't argue with that value.

I even have onedrive syncing those three accounts and data to my NAS so that I have a backup independent to MS and off of the internet.

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Re: scanning directly into OneDrive via the device’s camera

"Did anybody actually ask for this?"

I didn't - but I'll use it.

Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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"What kind of shitty old computers are these lusers using?"

It's not the computers, or them being old. It's whoever set them up. I have never - not once - had a windows 10 PC reboot. without asking, to do updates. I don't understand who is having this happen and how. I have 6 at home and a quick poll of the office I'm in of another half a dozen people. None of these has had it happen.

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears

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"The proof is in the pudding..."

Stop it! Stop it NOW!. The proof is not in the pudding, it is in the EATING! Gah!

PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

"my client can't afford to have it unresponsive at the whim of its update cycle" - nether can we as a development house with dozens of PCs running Win 10. Funny that it's never been a problem for us.

You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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"I'm not sure anyone much cares about upvotes/downvotes. Nobody over 12 anyway. As the proud owner of 2600+ downvotes I can honestly say that I don't give a shit."

I've only got 2300+. I must try harder!

Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Re: Deckeled

That's from deckle cut. It's the phrase used for uncut paper straight from the paper making frame - known as a deckle. You may get charged more because the paper was likely made by hand and not machine.

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Re: fashion victims

"Traditionally tanned buckskin was softened by Indian maidens chewing the hides to soften them, can you guarantee that is the case with your product?"

Sorry. You've listened to Hollywood and not read your history books. :) I do a variety, from bark to brain tan and various other processes that I'll not bore people with. All are hand or frame softened depending on animal and hide thickness / quality.

I was having a giggle with the price and you quote is far better but I do tend to carve patterns into mine and that will inflate the price, of course. And one done in my buckskin with actual sinew stitching is going to clear £100.

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Re: fashion victims

"where 'more expensive = must be better'"

If that's the case I can make the best one. I actually do make things out of leather, including bags, pouches, book covers, etc. Anyone who wants one can order one from me. For really good quality leather I can do you one for £200. If you want one with traditionally tanned buckskin £350. Any takers?

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Who on earth is going to spend £22 on that tat? The printing, stitching and leather are junk going from the pictures. I don't even care about the security implications when I'm so shocked at the quality.

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: tech support team woes

Time-domain reflectometer - the most sci-fi sounding bit of IT kit.

Amazon tweaks its word processor for easier online Office edits

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Seems pricey....

I currently pay £7.99 for a 5 user license of 365. This includes 1TB per user syncing nicely through onedrive to my NAS for offline backups. This includes full installations of all the Office suite. Something the other half insists on as when she tried the online version she refused to use it as it didn't do half the stuff she needs. The AWS offering seems to do even less.

No thanks.

This HTC U12+ review page is left intentionally blank

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Why not review it as is and send suggestions and the review to HTC, and then review again when they make any changes?

PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: Just let them fade into obscurity

"What's good about wasting rabbit pelts?"

I don't. I tan them. :) After I've shot them and eaten them.

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I'm sure you'll get what I actually mean:

PETA would you please go away.

Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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It is easily GDPR compliant if it gathers information in a way that means it cannot be related to an individual. Loads of the advertising gumpf that these apps collect doesn't have to personally identify anyone.

Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: Turkey finally steps up and does the thing right

"Police action to suppress lawful activity on the basis of a campaign speech made by a politician isn't the right thing. "

That's the way the UK works now.....

OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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Re: Missing from review

If it's like the 3 and 5T then there are no apps that aren't sensible oneplus replacements (a tweaked dialler, gallery and a few very minor bits) there isn't any what I would call bloat at all.

As for OS - OP have been pretty good at acknowledging and even helping this in the past. Interesting, though that I've modded Samsung and LG phones out of desperation in the past but never with a OP device. Pop over to XDA dev - that's the place to go.

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"Still got a OnePlus 3 here (not the T), had it from new."

I'd still have mine but phone recycling place offered me £150 for it and oneplus offered me £50 off a 5t and some free accessories so I couldn't refuse.

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I am a oneplus fan. I'll put that out there first. I do, however keep a year to 18 months behind. I'll get a cheaper 6T when the 7 or 7T comes out. I got a cheaper 5T not so long ago.

Reasons for sticking with OP for the foreseeable future:

1. Monthly firmware updates. I don't see anything bar google being as good.

2. Value. Still not cheap but great value.

3. Near stock experience.

4. Headphone socket - though just moved to bose wireless so not so much a problem.

5. It's not Huawei / Honor - I will never buy anything from them again.

Things I dislike:

1. Monthly firmware updates. very occasionally they mess up - it's fixed quickly but has happened.

2. Far away support.

3. Not being able to walk into a shop and get one.

Just my thoughts.

USA needs law 'a lot like GDPR' – says Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff

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Any US company that holds any identifiable data for any European citizen has to follow GDPR anyway. That must be a whole load of them included already.

Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning

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Like PC World I only ever buy from CPW when the item is on offer and cheaper than anywhere else. But saying that our whole hose is now on Sim-free OnePlus phones and I think that this is the way we will go from now on. We stay a generation behind as it doesn't matter so much and good deals can be had - our 5Ts are almost brand new and my other half is amazed at the monthly updates considering her last Huawei had no updates in the whole time she owned it. If you can afford the up front cost then there is no reason to have a contract phone.

Also if you're in the UK and use BT for your phone and internet then there are some good deals to be had on sims through them (I know loads of you hate BT but they are the most reliable for me and working from home I need high uptime)

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Re: Windows Insiders

As one of those afore mentioned insiders I agree. I tried it once and not again. It's standard that the other halves workplace and causes no end of trouble. We have Sophos and apart from one issue is fine... but that issue is severe.. it doubled compile times.

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14 PCs in this office - over 50 in the building - over 60 if you include virtuals. Various specs from elderly compact dell desktops to high end ultra-books and everything has updated fine. All running Sophos. Some took a while (longest was just under an hour and a half) but mostly fine.

I also have 8 Pcs in the house and only one caused any kind of issues. This was a laptop that had some major issues and the motherboard was replaced under warranty and the hard drive was imaged swapped over with an SSD recently so there could have been some kind of serial number check that went wrong.

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Re: PC Updated itself last night

Martin Gregorie - that's an interesting idea. May give it a go. What distro would you advise?

UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025

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Re: In other news...

"I wish "market conditions" meant an end to Theresa May's incompetence and this Government."

^ This merits this >

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: Business leaders

"So, guns are killing more Americans than any other high income country, and violence is disproportionately high. Well done."

But when you look at the number of guns, the number of gun owners and the populace as a whole any particular gun is far less likely to kill you in the US than in Japan - a country with perhaps the strictest regulation in the world.

I'll simplify my thinking for you. Given 100 people in the US and 100 in Japan. In the US 10 have 20 guns and in Japan 2 have 2 guns. In the US two people commit murders and in Japan one does - three people die. This means that 50% of the gun owners in Japan have killed and 50% of the guns have far worse than the percentages for the US - clearly strict gun licencing has failed. Yes - more people have died in the US but gun owners are overall acting far more responsibly even with more lax regulation.

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no - mooseman - try again. I specifically said people killed by cars being driven in a dangerous way - death by dangerous driving - an avoidable way. People drive drunk - drive when they are incapable - drive in a reckless way. I purposely said it that way. It isn't a pointless statistic. There is a difference between an accident and someone killing whilst committing a crime. Read what I said not what you think I said.

You are less likely to be killed by any particular gun in the US than in the UK. In that each gun held is far less likely to kill you in the US.

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"As expected; lots of negative agenda signalling with the thumbs-down, but still nothing more than conceited posturing and not a single attempt at suggesting a viable solution."

I'm going to court downvotes - but my suggestion is.... wait for it... do nothing. Keep the legislation as it is. There are millions of legal gun owners in the US and a teeny tiny fraction of them commit crimes.

In the UK far more people are killed by dangerous driving in cars than guns each year and even cows get pretty close - are we asking for more restrictions on car (or cow) ownership? no - because we recognise that this is a tiny minority and the rules work for the vast majority. I know it's different countries but the idea's the same.

That's my suggestion anyway.....

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"Big pharma ensures you never hear about the fact 98% of mass shootings are carried out by individuals prescribed or taking anti depressants"

And I wonder what presidential candidate took money from big pharma and which one didn't (hint - the one that did didn't win)….

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Re: The NRA are a JOKE

"limit legal arms to Hunting rifles and Handguns, except where stored secureley at a licenced gun club, that is inspected and controlled."

so - you're allowing people to keep the guns most used in crime - handguns? You also realise that in terms of capability and function dome hunting rifles are exactly the same as "assault rifles" don't you? What about shotguns?

You also ignore the statistic that though the US has high gun ownership each gun is far les likely to be used - the vast vast vast majority of gun owners are totally law abiding and fine. Why should their ownership rights change?

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Re: A well regulated militia

What about people that don't want to be in the militia but still want to hunt, or need to control animals, or just want to become a proficient target shooter?

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Re: A well regulated militia

"Would these uses be necessary if guns weren't readily available?"

They're supposedly not readily available to criminals. They seem to get them. Even here in the UK.

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Re: A well regulated militia

Except, CrispyD, that the point of the militia and the second amendment is to stop government tyranny. You can hardly have the government controlling the militia that was envisioned to control them.

As an aside - nobody ever mentions the between 500 thousand and 3 million uses of a firearm in the US that save a life or prevent further violence.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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I wonder if the same phone unlocked has the software pre-installed too? I'm suspecting that this is down to sprint rather than LG

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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I'm still using my Surface 3. That's not the pro-3. The standard 3. It does great work browsing, doing email and office type work. I find I'm grabbing it for loads of basic stuff over anything else. I just wish there were proper windows apps for several things such as iPlayer, YouTube and others. The Netflix windows 10 app is fine so why can't others do it?

Net neutrality is saved in Senate vote! No, not really, it was a giant waste of everyone's time

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Re: actual legislation, not regulatory gerrymandering

Ok - so I start the morning kind of agreeing with Bob....

Can the day only get better or only get worse. I don't know. I'm confused..... more coffee is needed!

Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

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No - study whatever they want. We should not take public money away from research into more important things. If what they are doing is so important and world changing then seek private finance which will be gladly given as the cost benefits will be obvious. None of this should be from the public purse in any way at all. If this is not publicly funded in any way I have no issues at all. I strongly suspect that some government money went to the Durham part.

I'd like to think those able to support or help in development of something that would actually make life better for others would want to rather than perform research that no more proves multiverses than some pulp sci-fi.


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