* Posts by roblightbody

62 posts • joined 12 Dec 2011

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

roblightbody

Chrome is the new IE

In the 90s and early 00s, Microsoft was hammered for their browser providing extra functionality for their own services. But I don't see what Google's doing now as any different. Their browser is a portal to their services, and has lots of functionality built in to support G suite etc. If you use G suite with Firefox, for example, you get a different experience.

I try to restrict my Chrome use to my G suite usage. I am a huge fan of Firefox, and have become aware of how much better Edge is on a W10 laptop - resource usage is hugely less than for Chrome.

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

roblightbody

Re: Does it still have 2D FLATSO, SPYWARE, ADWARE ???

Forced updates only apply to Home edition. I believe any device connected to the internet should forcibly update itself.

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roblightbody

Re: What about auto-updates?

The Home versions of Windows 10 handle updates completely different to the Professional versions. The home versions force updates on users, which I believe is the correct approach (everyone I know who runs Windows but isn't an IT professional never lets their PCs update if given the choice).

The scenario you describe should not occur in a business.

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Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn

roblightbody

I'm one of millions of people in an area served by Virgin Media cable, and no Openreach Fibre - not even fibre to the cabinet. They are not incentivised to connect these areas, so there's no competition, and Virgin can get away with poor service without losing customers. Really frustrating. My 100mb Virgin service is fast enough but I'd like a choice of provider.

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Twitter will no longer snaffle data allowances on Virgin Mobile

roblightbody

This is a story about Net Neutrality

Why on earth does the article not mention this once?

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

roblightbody

Totally agree, use it daily and love it.

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It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons

roblightbody

Re: What a sterling performance..

It tells you that its a sixteen year old OS that shouldn't have been getting used for anything for years now.

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roblightbody

Re: Windows Update? Ha,Ha,Ha,....

Why didn't you upgrade to 8.0, then 7.1, then 10, then the 10 update... Windows 7 is really old now, I don't know why people persevere with it.

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

roblightbody

Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

From https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

"Customers running Windows 10 were not targeted by the attack today."

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roblightbody

Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

Everyone is brave enough to suggest not running an old version of Windows without any updates.

In this case, anyone with a current OS with current updates, was completely safe.

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roblightbody

Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

Windows 10 is unaffected.

Also there was a lot of criticism of Microsoft forcing updates on users with Windows 10 - will that criticism now end? Users need protected from themselves. We all know people who ignore all the updates their computer or device is asking to install.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

roblightbody

A Chromebook forces chrome and google search on you.

How is this different?

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

roblightbody

Re: Android - bit of a toy OS, really.

I checked with the police because I was confused too.

The phone must be mounted on the dashboard, not in your hand - thats essential.

As long as its mounted, you can touch it - as long as it doesn't affect your driving. In that respect its no different to the distracting touch screens that now come in all new cars.

By the way - the Android Auto app is great - and yes I have i disabled the "OK Google" command.

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Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016

roblightbody

Not a single mention of OnePlus? The Oneplus 3 was the standout phone of the year for me. £309 (to start with) and with specs exceeding phones more than double that price. I love mine.

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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

roblightbody

Outsourcing = problems

The only point when they discover how good and efficient their in-house IT team was, is a couple of years down the line when the problems start to mount up, and take ages to resolve...

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Trainline.com dumps Oracle and Microsoft, gulps AWS Kool-Aid

roblightbody

Fascinating article. I think he's right, mostly. Insourcing IT with developers and people who intrinsically care what they're doing, with the flexibility of cloud hosting.

I wonder what he thinks about the fall in the pound affecting what he's paying AWS, though... wonder if he factored that into his budgets this year...

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

roblightbody

"So even if every PC sold this year runs Windows 10 – which won't happen, because lots will be Macs..."

You make that sound like a large percentage, or even most, will be Macs. Which is complete nonsense. Macs still make up only a small % of the number of PCs sold. Even if everybody wanted a Mac, most people can't afford one.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

roblightbody

Microsoft says that Windows 10 is fundamentally more secure than Windows 7. Therefore, the entire OS is an important security update. I don't see the issue.

Windows 7 is nearly 7 years old, its very much time to move on.

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Big-screen Skype gets small farewell note

roblightbody

Re: So the incentive to buy a "Smart" TV are ?

Dumb but big has been the way to go for years. Technology built into TV screens (or car dashboards for that matter) is stupid and short-sighted.

For example lots of us buy good monitors which outlive the PCs they're attached to.

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roblightbody

Re: Dementia setting in

Thats the reason Smart TVs are a dumb idea.

TVs should have a superb display, lots of ports, and great sound.

Then you plug some up to date technology into it.

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

roblightbody

Re: Single Source

So in summary, you're saying AWS is too big to fail?

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Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job

roblightbody

Would you encourage your child into a career in Computing?

I don't think I would.

Continued outsourcing combined with moving the actual technology to the cloud, combined with a trend towards temporary work, with static or falling salaries.

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Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

roblightbody

Re: We don't care

Windows has *always* allowed you to choose other browsers.

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Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

roblightbody

Exactly. And a nice pat on the back for the person who's saved them £14m. The cracks will take a while to appear and build up...

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

roblightbody

About time!

I used to have Vodafone Sony Ericsson "candy bar" phones (such as a K750i) which were absolutely ruined by the Vodafone firmware - including changing what buttons and shortcut keys did, making all the icons red (so it was hard to see what was what). It was really terrible. Flashing it to the standard Sony Ericsson firmware was slightly tricky, but was well worth it as the bog standard phone was far nicer to use.

Ten years later, I use Nexus phones for the same reason, after suffering Samsung phones which ruin Android.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

roblightbody

Totally agree, it makes no sense. 8.0 to 8.1 was a free upgrade, they should be shown as the same product. By doing that, the chart looks quite different.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

roblightbody

DAB just didn't have the same advantages as other digital technologies. In a moving car, or in an area with poor reception, it was actually worse than FM and even with a perfect signal, the low-bit rate again could mean the quality was worse than a good FM signal. The huge increase in power consumption over an analogue radio was the final straw. I'm addicted to radio, but after experimenting with it, I gave up on DAB long ago.

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Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

roblightbody
Facepalm

Re: Can't be worse than the new BBC site

I'd rather have a bad WWW site, than a "good" Facebook site any day.

Love the web. Hate Facebook.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

roblightbody

Chrome is as bad as IE used to be

if you want to run Google's web products properly, you have to use Chrome. If you use any other browser, you get warned about it.

Sound familiar? Its just what Microsoft used to do if you dared to use any other browser with their products.

In this respect, Google is as bad as old Microsoft, and for that reason I try to support Firefox as much as possible.

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

roblightbody

Chrome and screen resolutions

Are you sure there isn't a way to change the font size on Chrome?

The Chromebook pixel has 2560 x 1700 at 239 PPI but the reviews I've read haven't mentioned this...??

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

roblightbody

Windows 8 + 8.1 = 16% vs XP's 11%

When you combine Windows 8 and 8.1 (which you should, as they're the same thing) Windows 8 is showing at 16%, well ahead of XP's 11%. What's interesting is how far ahead the 14 year old Microsoft OS is of OSX...

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

roblightbody

My Nexus 5 is also noticeably quicker, and no problems whatsoever so far.

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

roblightbody

Surprised that they didn't let me know my website was down

I'm one of those affected. I'm surprised they didn't email their customers to let them know they were having problems - I haven't had a single email from them.

I'm one of those stuck with a legacy website that I'm very glad Fasthosts continue to support, while I get it re-written. Its a not for profit site done in my spare time so its easier said than done.

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

roblightbody

Re: XP OS despite its age

Only because for some reason they've split 8 and 8.1 on the chart.

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roblightbody
Holmes

Why Split Windows 8 - misleading

Why has Windows 8 been split into two? If you combine 8 and 8.1 (why on earth wouldn't you when 8.1 is just a free windows update to Windows 8) the graph is quite different.

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Disaster roster: OMG, are YOU SAFE? I dunno. Check Facebook

roblightbody

Wouldn't it have been better for them to find a way to help people who are NOT OK?

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

roblightbody

Nexus 7 2012 gets Lollipop, gets faster!

Unlike iPhones and iPads, which seem to get slower each time they're updated until they have to be replaced, the 2012 Nexus 7 is about to get its second major Android update which will speed it up (as for the Nexus 4). I think this is fantastic support for devices which, after more than 2 years, other manufacturers have abandoned.

I'm a big fan of Google's Nexus line, but unfortunately the 6 is too big for me.

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roblightbody

Re: Urgh - I was really hoping they would pull an "Apple"

I switched from a Nexus 4 to a Nexus 5 - its a substantial upgrade in my opinion. The screen is dramatically better (crisper, brighter, larger) and the performance is significantly improved - 1 year after getting mine, and everything is still essentially instant to respond. Its a staggering phone for £299.

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roblightbody

Re: Nexus 6

At £299, the Nexus 5 has always been 'on discount'. I think it will stay at this price for a time yet, its still highly competitive.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

roblightbody

Re: Vista user

Windows Vista was fine, I had no problems with it. BUT Windows 8 (on the same PC) is *significantly* faster, speaking from experience.

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roblightbody

Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

Totally agree. Windows 8 (all versions) showing very good progress on both these data tables if you plot it correctly.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

roblightbody

Re: Nevermind Windows XP, did you see the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 numbers?

It tells you no such thing. It tells you that businesses move slowly, and rarely to the very latest version of an OS.

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roblightbody

Why split 8 and 8.1 in your table?

I think its misleading to split out 8.1 from 8 in your table. 8.1 is just the latest version of Windows 8 and anyone on 8 can and should update to it for free.

I've had no significant problems with Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, and each has been better than what went before.

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

roblightbody

Happy with Plusnet

Hi,

I've been with plusnet for 12 years or more (from when they were Force9), and currently getting genuine 73mb downloads, and paying £22.50 a month, which I'm very happy with. I'm not aware of any reliability issues, and would forgive them if they've had one after so long without trouble. As long as they get it fixed before I get home from work!

- Rob

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Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

roblightbody

Missing the big picture

I already have problems with people contacting me via my Facebook account (which I don't check often) instead of emailing me (which I constantly check). Its going to drive me to deleting my Facebook account altogether.

They've already managed to replace email for most people - this is the crucial part of the story for most people. Facebook, owned by an American corporation, is becoming the de-facto global communications platform and contacts directory. Its a terrifying proposition.

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Scottish NHS bosses say soz after 2-day IT ballsup scrubs 700 appointments

roblightbody

Re: Please speak English (or Scots)...

Bad grammer happens all over the UK....

England cannot disown Scotland, as it does not own it. It could disassociate itself perhaps.

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

roblightbody

Couldn't agree more.

The register is read by Engineers. Engineers designed this car, and they appear to have done a superb job. Very disappointed at the Register Headline/tone until I got to the end and read the truth from Tesla.

If you'd wanted to make a humorous story out of this, it should have been about the idiots who say this car is unsafe.

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roblightbody

Look at the facts

Significant accident.

Driver unhurt.

Passenger compartment remained undamaged - there would have been ample time to get 4 or 5 people out safely.

Only the battery that was damaged caught fire.

No wonder Tesla gets Pugnacious when such nonsense is written about their cars. I would too.

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Time has already run out for smart watches

roblightbody
Megaphone

Sony SmartWatch is fab

I have a Sony Smartwatch connected to my Galaxy S 3.

It works brilliantly. A discreet vibration on my wrist and I can see who's calling me, and accept or reject the call, I can read my texts, I can read the first few sentences of my Gmails, and i can view my missed calls - all without touching my phone in my pocket. There are loads of other apps available for it too, you can go mad. It tells the time too...

I honestly don't know why it isn't more popular, and more people aren't talking about it.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

roblightbody

What about outlying areas

When I'm at home in Glasgow city centre, I don't care about AM at all, and never listen to it (except Radio 5 in the car that is...).

But when out in the Scottish countryside, and up North, it is often the only reliable reception you can get. LW Radio 4 is often the *only* BBC radio station that can be received!

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