* Posts by commonsense

62 posts • joined 9 Jun 2011


WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed


Re: Bloody Vegans

Very easy to hunt down in fact, given they all seem to advertise the fact to everybody every 5 minutes.

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK


It's 2019...

"For 2018, Microsoft upped the specs and dumped the option for an i5 CPU or spinning rust. All three configurations receive an Intel i7-7820HQ and either a 1TB or 2TB SSD."

Shame they released it in 2019.

Apple yoinks enterprise certs from Facebook, Google, killing internal apps, to show its power


Re: Seems to me that FB and Google got caught with their hands in the cookie jar

I detect a little snark against Apple in this article

A little snark?

Users of Android devices can side-load apps from outside the Google Play Store or other Android like the Amazon App Store or GetJar. That presents more danger from malicious code but it also treats mobile users like adults capable of making their own decisions.

Somehow action taken by Apple, which is universally seen as laudable, has been turned into "Android is for smart people, Apple is for thickos".

By gum(stick): Samsung speeds up 970 EVO Plus drive


So what do you actually use in your "facility" to support such high bandwidth requirements? I'm willing to bet that it's not just a single drive servicing all this wonderful video.

"Ooh look at me and all my bandwidth requirements"

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Re: I can believe it!

"Do you wish to erase all data? Press L to continue"

"Do you really wish to erase all data? Press T to confirm"

It worked.

2019 version: "Click each of the blurry images below with what resembles a shop front on it."

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic


Re: WAIT! Hang on, back up a second ...

"What does that do to your range? How does it affect battery longevity?"

I hired an eGolf with Zipcar recently. 160 miles left according to the computer. Turn the heating on, dropped almost instantly to 106 miles. So probably 30%, give or tak.

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop


Re: ...maybe a mistake..but....

That would be Hungarian forint. Well done on the small f, but you really should quality check your post.

As an aside, forints and florins are related. Florints don't exist.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files


"certainly anything up to Windows 2000 machines would not have had anything more than 500MB."

That's not really true. 16Gb hard disks were available in 1997. Windows 2000's system requirements were "2Gb, with 650mb free space". The Gb era was very much in full flow.

The idea of 320mb drives and Windows 95 is perfectly cromulent though.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock


Re: Hmmmm

For the purposes of balance:

"Try selling a "cheap" version for £749 which has the same spec as a £250 Android handset"

Sort of. It's got a nice chip in it and some clever software, but yes, by and large it's nothing special. Not £749 special anyway.

"Charge an absolute fortune for accessories and cases"

So do Samsung and any other major player. There are third party cases, and Apple haven't (yet) found a way of putting a chip in a case to make it not fit the phone.

"Make a "Pro" laptop with midrange specs and no upgrade path (not even the SSD) and charge far more than Windows machines"

Yes. But then a Surface Book 2 with the same specs and upgrade limitations costs the same. It's not just Apple at it.

"Around 2009 I bought in to the Apple system and quickly realised I was getting screwed.

We still have our 2009 Mac Pro tower running Windows 7 Ultimate on a Samsung SSD. It's a beast of a machine from the Apple of old. Those days are long gone."

You bought an Apple Mac Pro in 2009, it's still running strong 10 years later, but somehow you were getting screwed? Not sure that computes.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook


Re: Hermès

Fancy watches and Birkins are primarily fashion pieces. The ability to tell the time and carry stuff is incidental, and they don't do that any better than a Casio and a plastic shopping bag. That's why they can be priced as they are, and people will pay good money for them.

The issue here is that a smartphone's primary purpose is to do stuff on, Apple or otherwise. The fashion bit of it is secondary - the cachet of holding an iPhone is not enough to sell the things anymore (at least not at the prices they're asking). Until Apple invent an iPhone that makes the tea in the morning, they'll have to get real about prices.


Re: Patriotism [Was Overpriced kit]

"China's wealthy, like the wealthy everywhere, are acutely aware of which side their bread is buttered on (to use a culinarily-inappropriate metaphor...)"

Bravo. Have an upvote.

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)


Root cause analysis?

Do you not do any problem management? Did nobody ask for root cause?

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update


Re: Going back to Thinkpad

"Agree it can cause problems with remote desktop, although the zoom function generally resolves them for me."

Create a mstsc manifest file which forces HiDPI scaling...


Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25


"NT5 for me. AKA Windows 2000. The first (somewhat) stable desktop OS I encountered, and it didn't slow down quite like XP (NT5.1) did."

Ditto. I used to dual boot NT4 and 95/98, until 2000 came along, with decent hardware support (eventually), DirectX support, multiple monitor support without the need for a specialist card, a satisfactory level of stability. Nothing but fond memories.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad


Re: Autopilot == Audi Driver

"20 years ago, I used keep a lookout for BMW X5's"

The BMW X5 was launched in 1999. I know they say that good drivers look a long way ahead.

Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020


I think the term GPU didn't catch on until nVidia started using it when they launched the GeForce 256. The i740 came before then, and I don't remember a successor to it. Marketing and all that.

First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts


Re: "From my experience (Emirates), I'd rather fly A380 than B777"

Agree. I flew Singapore to Heathrow on business class on the 777, and it's terrible. The "leg hole cubby" area is not straight ahead of the seat, so you sleep or lounge at an angle, whereas on the Emirates business class 777, it's straight ahead and more cleverly configured.

But I also agree with the other points. The A380 is smoother, quieter and therefore more comfortable, all other things considered.

Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer


Unfortunately my 2017 LG super duper OLED thing has a 100Mbps ethernet port. It's better via WiFi for very high bitrate video.


You realise that the BBC/NHK HDR standard was developed because the other common ones (HDR10, Dolby Vision) don't support broadcast television, needing the entire content to be encoded in one go. And that HLG is the only one that's backwards compatible with normal TVs. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?


Re: Sites sharing passwords with each other?

"I've got another idea - why don't we give all doors the same lock and key? What could possibly...?"

What you've described is having all doors in the world having the same lock and key.

The issue here is analogous to having all of of *your* doors having the same lock and key. Which is not that far removed from having one bunch of keys on you that let you access anything you own, which is what many of us actually do day-to-day.

2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie


"Apple has done powerbricks well for years..."



The 1.5/5 reviews would state otherwise.

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win


Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

The simple answer to the problem is to close the pit lane under VSC. We're not in the days of refuelling when cars *had* to pit or conk out on the track.


Re: Follows old adage...

Brabham BT46. The 'Fan Car'. Also banned because it threw up stones and other detritus

Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck


There isn't enough space in Starbucks to accommodate both a Macbook and a plate, duh.

US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims


Re: What about the monkeys?

It was VW, Daimler and BMW who were involved in the monkeygate saga.

Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house


So he's moving to a place which sells mediocre product at exorbitant prices? Sounds like the perfect fit.

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign





Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


Reality distortion field

"However, a member of Apple's support forums had posted details of the flaw more than two weeks ago, though the message appears to suggest the vulnerability could be a useful feature for troubleshooting rather than a critical security threat."

The force is strong.

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox


Re: Sure have yourself in a tizzy

"Sonos is and continues to be the best home audio product i've used over the last 10 years."

You should try using other products.

How does Apple chief Tim Cook's package look now? Like $89m


Overcomplicating things

"In 2015, Cook told Fortune that he planned to donate his estimated $785m fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education."

Here's a thought - donate $784 million now, and keep $1m for your nephew in trust.

Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera



"Most usefully, the camera is able to pan and tilt, following someone around the room – something that is done through the software rather than moving the camera physically."

So it has optical zoom then.

"The HDR camera enables what the company is calling "supersight" with a 12x digital zoom that far surpasses anything else we've seen on the market (the current Nest cam does 8x)."

Could this read any more like an advertisement? Who cares about digital zoom?

Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate


Re: Good going cobber - Pollution reasons

"Well for years European economy figures have been based on a car doing 100kph (56 mph) so manufactures had a massive incentive to make them most economical at this speed"

Yet 100kph is 62mph...

Intel reveals Optane will need a 7th-gen core and a PC-centric launch


Re: M.2 already goes via PCIe lanes

"Going to be slightly pedantic here; M2 is the physical type of slot"

It's actually M.2 (m-dot-2), if you're going to be pedantic...

Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'


Re: Auto-parking not working is a bad sign...

The M5 doesn't use a ZF 8-speed auto, it uses BMW's M-DCT double-clutch gearbox, which is a Getrag transmission I believe

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking


Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

"know, I know, bitching and moaning about how things were better in the past (they really weren't) is much easier than actually dealing with the issue. "

Couldn't agree more. Stuff happens, deal with it. People who don't know it? Well it's always been like that and always will be like that. They keep "The Tech Guys" in business. And the alternative that is trotted out ad infinitum is "Install Linux". Right.

The assumption seems to be that Windows has to be bulletproof and any deviation is a result of the resident Satan at Microsoft. I'm not saying the update process is great, but at least there is a fix, and people can either choose to work it out and research, or call their local IT expert and ask them to fix it.

Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop


Re: Worth $300 /400 extra?

Or could it be that the old tech hasn't been reduced to a price relevant to November 2016, and so the $300 looks better than it really is?

Samsung to Galaxy Note 7 users: Turn it off. Now

Black Helicopters


It's a Google conspiracy to sell more overpriced Pixels...

[tin hat off]

'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'


BSOD - the B stands for BBC


iOS 'date bug' can be exploited over Wi-Fi using NTP


Re: client should never accept a time that's wildly different

Yeah but if you fly to Australia from the UK, in Australia, your phone will still connect to time.apple.com. You get the same result back, so there's no shift in time. Your phone adds the 11 hours or whatever once it knows what timezone it is in via the phone network.

SQL injection vuln found at Panama Papers firm Mossack Fonseca


Re: Onion?

Well it was a data leek after all.

Your gran and her cronies are 'embracing online banking' – study


Re: Bankers for anyone...

I'm curious to know what you actually expected them to do for you? Send you your login details over the live chat session?

Brit thesp Kate Winslet eyes lead female role in Steve Jobs biopic – report


Sorry what?

Wasn't there already a film called Jobs with Ashton Kutcher?

SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store


"A daring thief drove a car through the front of a California Apple store on Friday in what police believe was a planned robbery."

A planned robbery? Believe? For a minute there, I thought somebody had accidentally crashed into an Apple Store and decided to make off with some loot to compensate for it.

Fanbois SQUEAL as DNS snafu knocks out iTunes website


What do we check when the Apple System Status site is down??

Get on with your life?

Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid


Re: Back in the real world

"You are terribly out of date - the top laptop bestseller on Amazon has been a Chromebook for the last 8 months. And over Christmas, the top two best sellers were Chromebooks."

As it stands, I have no idea whether Chromebooks outsell Windows laptops, but just because the top seller is a Chromebook, it doesn't mean Chromebooks outsell Windows laptops.

Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case


"I hope H is locked up for a long time for his crimes."

... quite right. A life sentence would be too lenient for that camp frothy Steps nonsense.

Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots


Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

That handful would be the tens (if not hundreds) upon thousands of other academics that routinely use LaTeX day in, day out?

Facebook underwriters accused of hiding forecast


Re: If you're all so clever...

Umm, who said anything about buying shares? I was talking about short selling. Look it up.


Re: If you're all so clever...

a) because we've been told that was made illegal.

For banking shares, yes. It's not Facebank (yet) though, so it's not illegal.

b) joe public cannot sell those shares fast enough to get money shorting, or if they can there are charges and capital gains tax and all those charges for little people who cant afford tax havens.

You still take home a profit, even after tax. And by "fast enough", the concensus seems to be that the value of these shares should be <$10. Currently at $31ish, so there's a fair way to drop so a fair bit of time yet.

My point is that there are many who like to say "yeah yeah saw that coming, how stupid everybody else is..." yet not many willing to put their money where their mouths are. Sure, I have the same hunch - Facebook is not bricks and mortar, like Tesco - but it's a hunch, and I wouldn't be so blasé as to think I'm somehow superior for not buying into Facebook at the IPO.

I wonder how many people here said the same about the Google IPO?


If you're all so clever...

Why aren't you all millionnaires now, having short sold the stock?


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