* Posts by The Onymous Coward

46 posts • joined 1 Feb 2012

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Still using my iPhone SE and 2010 MacBook Air with cash ready and waiting to replace them when Apple again make products I actually want to buy.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: Slightly wrong.

I think he means the public vote that had the highest turnout of any vote in UK history. If you cast your mind back to 2016, you'll remember that the actual opinion polls were completely wrong.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Despite having many years of experience as a Product Manager, I still get agents phoning me asking if I'm interested in a Project Manager role.

In ten years of contracting, I'm yet to deal with an agency that adds anything of value to the hiring process.

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: Would they allow it if...

The most distinguished online trolls reside beneath Tickle Cock Bridge, Castleford.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Is it just me?

Apple have now killed off my favourite laptop form factor (the old Macbook Air) and now my favourite phone form factor (iPhone SE)

I'd have paid good money for a retina Air with 16GB of RAM, and I'd pay good money for a smaller phone with up to date specs, but Apple won't make them. Shirley I'm not alone...?

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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This <> a story

This isn't even a story; it's part of RFC 822. I use this gmail feature all the time and find it very useful. Some use cases:

- Abusing offers such as "10% off your first order when you sign up to our mailing list".

- Managing multiple accounts on the same website, for example several personas on a single social media service.

- I recently had a website refuse to forget an old billing address that I couldn't change or delete, which meant my card payment wouldn't authorise. Support was useless, so I just created a new account, with an extra dot in my email address.

- Throwaway email addresses without having to use another service (mye.maila.ddre.ss@gmail.com)

What's happened is that a developer who thinks he's too clever to fall for a phishing scam nearly fell for a phishing scam, so he's looking for anyone other than himself to blame.

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Re: So Google told them to fuck off

"Since when was no-platforming neo Nazis wrong?"

Congratulations, you've made my argument for me. Gab aren't neo Nazis. The majority of people no-platformed by people calling themselves liberal aren't neo Nazis either. To simply call someone who disagrees with you a Nazi is to lose the argument.

We used to have a thing on the internet called Godwin's law, you know.

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Re: So Google told them to fuck off

The "alt-wrong". Very cocksure for an anonymous coward.

It's this no-platforming, refusal to engage in debate, dismissal of any argument as simply "alt-wrong" that has led to an increase in genuine extremism. The branding of any and all opposition to so-called liberalism as alt-right/fascism is the death of genuine liberty.

Google have a monopoly on Android app distribution. Apple have a monopoly on iOS app distribution. To deny this is to support corporatism.

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

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"Apple outperformed the middle third of the companies in the S&P 500"

Surely they outperformed the bottom two-thirds?

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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We've always done the standard sausage, bacon, eggs, beans, mushrooms, hash browns, fried bread and, err... kidneys. Always had 'em.

Oh and it's called a BREADCAKE.

10Mbps universal speeds? We'll give you 30Mbps, pleads Labour in leaked manifesto

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Re: Blah blah blah Labour debts

You know it's not "corporations" that end up paying corporation tax don't you? It's the customers of those corporations.

Amazing new boffinry breakthrough: Robots are eating our brains

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Re: @ The Onymous Coward

@DougS - I agree; my point was more that the long sabbatical is much more prevalent than it was even ten years ago. We're /on the way/ to working fewer hours, but I'm not sure whether a legal, cultural or economic impulse will usher in the 4-day week.

I would suggest that most office-based staff already do a 4-day week by dint of long lunch breaks, copious web browsing and the odd day "working" from home, but it would be nice not to have to pretend.

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Re: The workforce of the future?

I think we are getting closer. I'm 35, but have already had two sabbaticals totalling three years. It's easy enough to do if you're a) an IT contractor and b) willing to forego unnecessary shiny shiny such as a new Merc on the drive every year or a home cinema setup to rival IMAX.

Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Are they going to make sufficient quantities of these or are they going to be almost unobtainable, like the Zero?

My experience of selling hardware based on a Zero does not endear me to further use of RPi products for my next venture.

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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I agree with the author's sentiment.

2011 MacBook Air user here. SSD failed a few months ago - replaced it with a 960GB SSD. Other than that, it has been flawless. The battery may be next on the list as it currently only lasts about three hours. I hook it up to a Thunderbolt display for Photoshop, the odd bit of GoPro editing and Garageband. I for the top CPU at the time, a 1.8GHz i7, so the only thing that holds it back is the lowly 4GB RAM.

I would love a speed bump and a retina display on both the laptop and external display, but Apple simply don't offer it, so when the machine dies, I'll have no choice but to go elsewhere for a replacement.

KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Re: Always back up your data!

Seems like you're covered for everything except a house fire, burglary, electrical surge and virus that attacks D-Link NAS boxes.

Unless your data is almost worthless, which doesn't sound like the case here, it's worth paying for an offsite backup service. The one I use costs £4 a month and definitely works, having had my laptop's SSD fail shortly after my NAS was misplaced in a house move. I don't think Mrs Coward would ever have forgiven me if I'd lost 400GB of photos.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Really, it would be easier to do away with this nonsense and put iPlayer behind a paywall. But, the BBC don't want to do they, because they'd find out how many* people are willing to pay for their programmes when there's no coercion.

* not many

OnePlus X: Dinky little Android smartie with one or two minuses

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Re: "Dinky little"

I've just bought an iPhone 5s for this very reason. I want my phone to fit comfortably in my pocket.

Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

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I worked at Argos on weekends when I was a student. They provide absolutely no training on the contents of their catalogue, so whenever anyone had a question about a particular product, we'd go and fetch whoever it was in the stockroom who was into the product in question. Me - hifi, computers, musical instruments. A bloke who was doing a plumbing course was an expert on washing machines and dishwashers. Baby stuff? Better send them over to the jewellery counter to talk to the new mums.

Most of the world still dependent on cash

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That's it, get rid of cash and we can have nice negative interest rates for all the bankster parasites.

Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

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This seems to me to be a step in the right direction. Why implement video on demand using millions of separate video streams, necessitating huge server capacity, massive bandwidth etc, when there are already existing mechanisms of broadcasting the content which can then be stored locally?

Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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Re: We've had problems for 2 months!

Let's see how that state-funded road network's doing... ah yes, it's way over capacity and riddled with potholes.

I suspect that the answer to many people's broadband woes (including my own) is to pony up for a business service with proper support.

I also suspect that, if the government were involved in provision of the nation's broadband services, we'd all still be on 512k ADSL.

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On the verge of leaving VM, but wondering if they're all as bad as eachother. Yesterday morning's call with a VM support bod:

Me: "Hello, my modem won't sync, I have a single flashing green light, no blue light."

VM: "Are you connecting wirelessly or wired?"

Me: "Both, but it won't matter, the modem won't sync."

VM: "Ah I see, all the modems in your area are offline."

Me: "OK, so you're on the case already then?"

VM: "No, you're the first to call about it, so let's book you an engineer visit. Are you around on Monday?"

Me: "Why does an engineer need to come to my house if everyone in the area is affected?"

VM: "Not enough people have called in yet, so we're not yet treating it as an area issue."

Me: "But you could update your fault page, send out an engineer now and save yourselves dozens of calls."

VM: "That's not how it works I'm afraid."

TL;DR: "What's that, you can't get into Outlook? Ah yes, I see the server is down. I'll reboot it when a few more people have called in."

VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Re: Crikey...

No goons here. I'm a car guy. I read the reg. I see a car article on the reg, so I read it. It's rubbish; I comment. What's wrong with that?

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"The lines are important" - In that case, why buy one of the most awkward-looking cars on the road, in the least imaginative colour?

Not sure why you're bothering with these car reviews, they read like spec-sheets. Surely you can think of something better to use as filler?

Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

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The Super Hub is a terrible piece of hardware. I run mine in modem mode because I don't want to use Virgin's awful DNS, so it does very little work. I still have to reboot it most days because it is completely unable to recover from a dropped connection.

Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

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I phoned VM and spoke to someone in tech support who seemed to genuinely want to help, asking me to run pings, trace routes and nslookups (although I use my own DNS). After half an hour of sounding reasonably interested in fixing things, he advised me to restart my router :-(

As we were finishing the call and I was waiting for a reference number, the helpdesk chappie exclaimed "oh my system's just restarted for no reason!". "Oh, it's just like my TiVo box then," I said. "Different help desk..." came his response.

I spent some time this evening looking at broadband-only providers and Freeview HD PVRs. If Xilo are widely praised and offer a monthly rolling contract, they may well have a new customer...

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They're having problems again. High-traffic websites like eBay and Google are not accessible right now.

I can get to Bing though. First time for everything.

Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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I keep my iPad 1 around purely for use as a Sonos remote and kitchen plex receiver, so guess what? It won't appear in web browsing stats.

Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Re: Frame

"Where technology needs some real improvements though is on saddles" - have a look at the Selle SMP range.

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Re: Frame

"As for gears has anyone tried modernising the old Sturmey Archer system with an electronic changer" - Shimano have sort-of done this, have a look at Alfine Di2. An electronically-actuated internally-geared hub with 11 (count 'em) ratios.

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Poor article

This could at least have been checked for accuracy by someone vaguely familiar with high-end bikes. Ultegra Di2 for example is now down below the £1,000 price point for a complete groupset, or £750 for the gearset to upgrade an existing bike.

IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

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Re: Resolved? I think not.

I've just moved away from First Direct due to their ludicrous new online banking login system and newly-introduced "foreign transaction fee" on Euro-based Visa purchases. Plus the fact that the First Directory extras are largely useless due to terms buried in the policy small print. Nationwide FlexPlus here I come.

Google: YouTube fights off HUGE ASCII PHALLUS MENACE

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Re: Get rid of crappy google+

The stuff that Google comes up with can be great... but they killed off Reader because they weren't making enough ad revenue on it.

Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

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That annual €100bn that users would willingly pay to use digital services isn't a simple loss to the "digital economy" though - those people instead have €100bn to spend on other things - maybe a few mobile apps, some software for their laptop, a Spotify subscription...

Ed Miliband brands Google's UK tax avoidance 'WRONG'

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FAIL

Re: The solution to the problem is simple (stop making it more complicated than neccessary)

Sorry, you lost me at "douchebag".

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Re: The solution to the problem is simple

Dan Paul, how would you enact your ridiculous plan? You'd need to get at least several tens of countries to ratify the same tax laws. How easy do you think that would be, on a scale of 1 to Europe? How would you enforce the "shunning" of non-signatories? How would you "ban" communication? And would you really do it permanently? "Sign up to a worldwide tax law now, or forever be North Korea".

I've said it before and I'll say it again: corporations don't pay taxes, people do. Having a go at the CEOs is what ill-informed people do these days, just like they blamed bank CEOs rather than a useless regulatory system and greedy borrowers for the credit crunch.

One day, you'll read a book on economics. And you'll be able to formulate much better ideas afterwards.

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FAIL

Beating up corporates for using tax avoidance schemes might play well with his core vote, but it's not a big issue for most people in the UK. Otherwise, Tesco and Starbucks outlets nationwide would close down as people vote with their wallets. Corporations don't pay taxes; people do. Companies like Tesco are as cheap as they are mainly because they find and exploit efficiencies. Paying as little tax as possible is just one of those efficiencies. HMRC isn't a charity and people should resist the temptation to talk about paying tax in the same moral terms as donating money to a charity.

The sad thing is not that some corporates use tax avoidance schemes, but that moronic Milliband will probably be our Prime Minister in a couple of years. That makes me sad not only because I think he's completely unqualified for the job, but also because it will mean that millions of people have been daft enough to vote for him.

These days, politicians of all stripes are a hateful bunch of self-interested parasites :-(

/rant

Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

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Happy

A Cambridge grad once told me of a friend of his, who turned on her bath taps and left the bath to fill up. She forgot about the bath, which ended up overflowing and causing water to seep into the room downstairs. She turned the taps off and made her way downstairs to apologise to her soggy neighbour. Lo and behold, who answers the door, but Stephen Hawking. The girl explains what happened and apologises profusely. Hawking taps away on his speech synthesiser for a few seconds, after which the machine utters the words, "you stupid b*tch"!

Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are way more fun

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The Enzo article referenced in this piece was written by an utter moron. I quote: "The lower part of the dashboard is made in a way, so that the driver has space for his casual movements."

Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

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Linux

Lynx → Linux

"Lynx" isn't a million miles away from "Linux", particularly if spoken with a transatlantic drawl.

I wonder if Mr Torvalds will sue?

Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

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Coat

She's having a Laffer

The fact that Margaret Hodge, house flipper and therefore tax avoider, has the temerity to grill Starbucks on the very same subject, makes a mocha-ry of the whole process.

I'll buy my coffee from the first exec who has the balls to explain the Laffer curve to the assorted morons we have elected as our leaders.

Facebook says it's LOSING money in the UK ... pays hardly any tax

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FAIL

Avoidance != Evasion

Everyone's a tax avoider - otherwise the government wouldn't use them to alter people's behaviour.

Cheap MacBook Airs for all!

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"Computer manufacturer may or may not decide to cut prices in a few months."

This piece of "news" is not worth reporting.

Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

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Better than the alternatives

Nobody forces employees to work in Apple suppliers' factories. They choose to do so because the alternatives available in their country pay less or have worse working conditions. For example, would you rather scratch 5p an hour working arid farmland, or earn 15p an hour in an Apple factory? Factories owned by Foxconn and Pegatron are a stepping stone to better-paid, more pleasant jobs that become available as a country’s economy develops – ask any South Korean. Or would you rather the workers stay out in the fields, and in poverty, forever?

To suggest that consumers should pay more for a product because it is made by a company investing in a developing country is ludicrous.

And to all those screaming "Fair Trade!", I suggest you undertake a little research to understand just how much economic damage the Fair Trade programme causes through market distortion.

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